How are you? I hope you’re keeping as well as you can. I’m still staying home and only going out for dog walks as per the advice and I know a lot of you will be experiencing the same. I’ve spent a fair amount of time snuggled up on the sofa reading, which has been quite nice. Do you like the photo at the top of lovely Wotsit snuggled up too? Doesn’t she look cosy?
I have actually called in to a couple of QVC shows now, which is lovely because I really do miss the team and all of you so much! I especially loved joining in for a couple of beautiful items on Diamonique Day and I’ll be joining Simon for a Diamonique outlet hour tomorrow (Thursday 7th) at 10 a.m. I’m hoping there’ll be more too!
Also, if you’ve missed them so far, don’t forget to have a look at my IGTVs on Instagram. They’re going up every Thursday lunchtime with either a bake or cook-a-long. Did you see the blueberry muffins? I know a lot of you are keen bakers and have tried a couple of the recipes I’ve posted on here, so do have a look at those. And if you’re not a keen baker, they are also a good one to try because they are just so easy!
I’m posting those as part of our #QVCAlwaysWithYou campaign on social media and advise you follow the hashtag to see some other great things that are going on like book clubs and sing-alongs etc. The wonderful thing I’ve noticed lately is how our lovely QVC viewers have been so caring and kind during this strange time and that my colleagues too are trying their best to keep everyone going. I have to say, as someone sitting a little on the sidelines, I think the team that are still going into the studios are doing such a fab job!
And I want to say thanks to all of you for kind messages on blogs and on social media – I so, so miss being on your screens, so I’m really happy to hear from you while I’m at home keeping me and bump safe.
Speaking of bump, I’m officially in the third trimester….the last one?!! EEK! So exciting and scary all at once. I’m trying to get things a bit more organised as I hadn’t done ANY baby shopping before the advice to stay at home came in, so there’s a lot to get. First things first, though, and that’s sorting the nursery. We have a small third bedroom in our house with a lovely outlook to the garden and that’s where baby will be. We didn’t find out if it is a boy or a girl so I wanted something neutral but not too bland. I picked a nice light sagey green and decided to pair it with bright white for a nice fresh look. My husband Lawrence was huffing and puffing and asking why I can’t ever simply just paint the walls all one colour when we were using the spirit level to get the line straight along the walls!! Anyway, Here it is so far.
As you can see, a lot more to be done and chosen… carpet, blind, curtains, etc. We will be having a second-hand cot from some very generous friends and I have picked a chest of drawers that will double up as a changer, but I’m not able to have it delivered yet. I am, however, very pleased with the way the paint looks and I keep going in there feeling a bit more excited about things now.
Our lovely cot-donating friends also gave us some clothes and blankets a while ago and I was sorting through them and some bits that I bought the other day. Monty came in and decided he liked the look of the blankets for a little lie down himself, so I tucked him in for another one! Doesn’t he look comfy?! (All to be washed before baby of course!!)
Now I know a lot of you reading will have done it all before so I’m going to ask a question – what’s your best bit of baby advice? Or, best advice for soon-to-be/new Mum? I’d love to hear it all from you!
In the meantime, I shall be perusing our amazing gardening offers because my husband very kindly did lots of weeding and turned the soil in our flower beds for me. We’ve very heavy clay soil, so there was no way I could do it at the moment but he’s sorted it all out and I think it is certainly ready for some new plants etc. I’m loving spending time in the garden at the moment; for me, sunshine without too much heat is lovely.
Speaking of sunshine, if you’ve not tried Ultrasun for sun protection yet, then I strongly recommend you do! Being very fair myself, I have always started wearing suncream as soon as the sun pops up in spring, but obviously we are learning now that it is a good idea to wear an SPF much more often. I have spent my life being covered in sun creams and have tried most on the market. I found Ultrasun before I started at QVC and I will never look back. Even my Dad, who also has fair skin, loves it. To get sun protection that sinks in fast, doesn’t make you feel sticky and sweaty and works all day is a godsend. I also really suffer finding protection for my face that doesn’t make me break out, but this ticks the box too. So if you’re enjoying the garden like me or going on walks in the sunshine then why not give it a go? Remember, we do have extended money back guarantee on at the moment too! Here’s a little snap of Monty from a recent sunny walk of ours. I felt sorry for him and Lawrence that day because I was VERY slow up the big hill… not quite the brisk walker I used to be!
That’s it from me for now, I’ll be back here in a couple of weeks but please feel free to comment and I’ll try to get back to you or come and say hello on social media. I hope you’re looking after yourselves and that you have a good couple of weeks until I’m back here again.