Don't you always find that when you can't have something, you want it even more? At the moment, I'm on a serious budget so spending any money on the non-essentials is out. This, of course, means that I'm craving clothes shopping, holidays and treats. Treats a-plenty!
And this is why blogging can be amazing. As much as it can be hard work sometimes, it's often SO worth it. Just as I was feeling really down about having no budget for fun times, the nice people at The Laughing Cow got in touch to ask if they could help fulfil a craving and I admitted the source of my grumpiness. So, they treated Matt and I to a day of fun in London on Saturday - an epic afternoon tea at The Landmark Hotel (Champagne! Unlimited sandwiches! Two types of scones! ALL THE CAKES!) and a performance of Book of Mormon in the evening (which was INCREDIBLE. Go, go now. It's hilarious, the songs are ridiculously catchy and it's so well produced. Hello!). As I mentioned last week, this was part of their Mini Cravings campaign (although my craving for cheese is rarely mini - more all-consuming).
The day was topped off - the soon to be apparent pun is intended - by a trip up The Shard, thanks to Avios. Avios is a reward points scheme where you can earn points for your everyday spends on things like food and petrol (and wine!), which you can then spend on holidays and experience vouchers. A trip up The Shard is £25 each, which I think is quite pricey (even if it is the best views in London), so it's a great to know you can earn points towards the cost. Lots of other London experience days are included, too.
It was pretty amazing - the views are out of this world, and we were lucky enough to go up on a super clear day (they do offer a free return trip if you go on a day with terrible visibility, though) and couldn't resist having a celebratory glass of fizz, too (we also did this at the top of the Eiffel Tower - I've decided this should be our new tradition to accompany great views. It's a good tradition, right?).
If this post reads a little like a blogger showing off, that wasn't my intention. I'm genuinely so thankful for the experiences that blogging has given me, and this came at the perfect time. So I just want to get a little mushy and say thank you - to you, reading this now. To the people who've come back again and again over the past six or so years. To the brands who want to work with me. I blog because I love it, but you guys do so much to make it feel worth it. Thank you.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Laughing Cow for treating us to afternoon tea and theatre tickets, and thanks to Avios for paying for our trip up The Shard.