Had a couple of family events last week – a lovely close family event and then an extended family one afterwards. It was our annual get-together of Mum’s 31 descendants, plus other relations, family and friends. How amazing it was too to see last year’s little babies all walking around now.
Mum now has 10 great-grandchildren and another two on the way, the cousins are popping them out, that’s for sure! Two of them are of course my granddaughters, Blake, aged nearly two-years-old, and Phoebe aged 14-months-old. What an utter delight they are. Blake is saying so many more words now, and acting all grown-up. She knows what you are saying most of the time and has started saying ‘Danta’ for Santa! She loved my light up earrings!
I am looking forward to taking Blake along to our little secret Santa event on the 21st for babies in our family, which my sister Linda organises each year. I wonder what Blake’s reaction will be.
I also had much joy with lots of cuddles from baby Phoebe. She is now going doing peek-a-boo, covering up her eyes with her fists and then popping out from behind them, and knows ‘shut your eyes’, loves her food, loves singing songs and dancing. She is really getting to grips with walking as well. She has the most vivid ginger hair, bright blue eyes, and little pink cheeks and nose, it is adorable. We took a picture of all four gingers among the cousins and it was quite funny seeing them all together. It obviously runs in the family somehow.
My mum is so proud of everyone. It’s so lovely to have these annual get-togethers with our massive family. And while I like a little bit of ‘me time’ as well, this is the stuff that makes the world go round, isn’t it?
This weekend on QVC
Saturday – join me at midnight on Friday to launch the Decleor Today’s Special Value, or go here to see and buy it now. Absolutely amazing value, a four-piece set, the Hydrating & Anti-Ageing Skincare Gift collection, including no less than two of the famous Aromessence face serums. Plus a powerful overnight moisturiser in the Neroli Bigarade Night Balm and full size Neroli Bigarade Rich Day Cream, all in fab packaging. Can’t wait to bring it to you!
Sunday – its hi-tech time with the Amazon Fire 32GB tablet with extras, looking forward to my 9pm show with my lovely telly hubby Lee Hohbein, and hoping it lasts until then!
Big deals old and new
Gatineau four-piece Anti-Ageing Indulgence collection
Mr Max soft touch longline duster with side slits
Lifeprint photo and video printer with ten-pack of paper
Amazon set of two Echo Dot Gen 3 Smart Speakers with Alexa
Next week’s Big Deals
Elemis six-piece Luminous Skin & Body collection
Kipling Kenzie premium medium triple compartment grab multi-way bag
Bell & Howell weighted blanket
Maison reversible piped edge duvet set
See below for more sneaky peaks and early bird links from the next week on QVC.
Santa in Chiswick Park
How lovely are these decorations? Santa on his reindeer – minus the red nose – lights up the entrance to where we work. The Chiswick QVC building is in a wonderful location, as regulars will know. They have some beautiful decorations all around the site this Christmas. Including some massive six foot presents, photos, illuminated trees and more. Makes me joyous every time I turn into the car park when I arrive for work. What are your decorations like?
Guess the most Christmas songs in 30 seconds
Here is the latest one of our fun videos on social media, recorded specially for you guys by one of our talented promo team called Milan. Charlie won this one but, question, do you think Charlie should have been given the points just for saying the name of the band, when the question was name a Christmas song?! Ha ha ha, that was the argument amongst presenters, only in jest, obviously. What do you think? By the way, if you missed the first one last week, the Christmas quiz question was guess the Christmas films go here to see it. Watch out for others in the next two weeks.
Vlog and pod of the week
Will has done it again with an amazingly insightful interview on his latest pod (podcast) when our beauty expert Alison Young gets the Gowing treatment, go here to listen. And look out next time for Simon from Butler & Wilson – it will be absolutely fascinating I’m sure, with so much history to go through, coming here on Monday 16th.
Vlog – thought you might appreciate this video of Oreo the killer cat in action!!
Watch – Elizabeth is Missing, starring Glenda Jackson, on iPlayer. I really enjoyed this made-for-TV film from the BBC, which is on catch up. Glenda Jackson plays an old lady with dementia, and her mixed memories confuse her as characters from the past overlap with the current day in her mind, while she tries to solve a missing person/murder case from decades ago. In some respects it’s thought-provoking, and in others a bit depressing, but the payoff is worth it, Glenda Jackson is absolutely outstanding. She’s always been a favourite of mine. When I was on the Generation Game with my dad in 1981, one of the questions they asked in the interview chat was “who is the person you would most like to meet?” and I said Glenda Jackson. Not because she is, or has been a politician, but because of her outstanding acting ability, which is on full show in this new film. Marvellous. Catch it on iPlayer. 9 out of 10.
Book of the week – Go vegan – A Guide to Delicious Everyday Food for the Health of Your Family and the Planet, by Marlene Watson Tara.
A very hot topic right now, vegan eating, and having discussed with lovely Catherine, my colleague, how many Christmas gift boxes or edibles do not accommodate vegan ingredients, how about making your own? Marlene is one of my fave writers on the topic of food helping health, and this would make a lovely present I think. It is an innovative approach too, not just another cookery book, and the five star reviews help understand why she has such amazing success stories. I’m going to do a vegan dish as a couple of my relatives on Christmas Day will need it, usually a lovely spring greens, Brussel sprouts, soy sauce and seeds combo, slow cooked and delicious. Yum!
Next week on QVC
Monday – IT Cosmetics return with the six-piece Discover IT, Love IT collection, always great value and going on sale early.
Tuesday – fragrance time with Homeworx by Harry Slatkin, the two-piece set of large seasonal scents for a great price.
Wednesday – Radley are back with the Crownhill large flap-over matinee bag at a very affordable price, and don’t forget all of these will be with you in time for Christmas, our last shopping day I think is the 20th this year!
Thursday – Babyliss bring us a new styler, the Easy Air Curler.
Friday – and again, going on sale by the middle of the week, Lulu Guinness’s new Annie medium tote bag with removable zip pouch set, for designer bag lovers everywhere.
Friday 9pm, Saturday’s TSV is from Perricone, also going on sale around mid-week, the five-piece Anti-age Renewal collection on interest-free instalments.
Next week, just me and Bradley time, my annual Christmas shopping trip out with my own son who is now 32-years-old. How did that even happen? And a flying visit back to Devon on Thursday, then my last two days before a long extended trip to London over Christmas and New Year. Not long now! Plus our Christmas present to lunch! Busy week. What are your plans?