Hello June!


Tom's 13th!May came and went at speed and here now is June, full of promise and positively bursting with its summery plans…let's hope, little June, that those plans come to fruition and we get our carefree, lazy, sunshine-filled days of our youth during your residency!

How are you all? I do apologise for a rather blog-less month last month but let's catch up and we can amend that right now!

Let's start with my teenager! The wonderful celebratory weekend we had to mark Tom's move into the big teen numbers was totally brilliant.

Pizza makingTwo parties had to happen, Tom decided, as he wanted to get together with his old class friends and also celebrate with a group of boys from his current school.

Food figures hugely in Tom's life, so pizzas made in our garden on Dan's pizza oven, plenty of cake, a cheeky cinema trip thrown in and all his friends would guarantee a perfect party (or two) for Tom.



Tom with the girls

Tom and the girls...again!

Just to see the 16-strong gang from the primary school, maturing and back together again was wonderful. Lots of hanging out, chatting, instragramming, trampolining and the likes in our garden was a joy to watch. Tom was in his element, just look at him surrounded by girls , girls, girls and oh such beautiful ones!

Pizza doughI soon realised that their pizza creations needed a little assistance to get going, so I adopted a bossier approach (inherited from my mothers head teacher genes!) so soon had the perfect conveyor belt going. I'd already made and proven the dough (believe me, a Kitchen Aid is going to be bought very soon, I cannot keep this up!) they bashed it about and then rolled it out. I checked it, then sent them off to adorn it with a variety of toppings. The peel was slid underneath and popped into the pizza oven and "voila" – in a matter of minutes, delicious tasty pizza.


Pizza in the making!



Mind you, I ignored my own advice of "less is more" and piled everything on to mine, resulting in a teensy little soggy bottom. I think I was so starving watching them all make their own I was greedy!

Tom giving his birthday speechTom decided to give a little speech, thanking everyone and telling them how much he loved them all (a proud and lump-in-the-throat moment for us!).


The following day after the eight boys had enjoyed the freedom of watching Captain America on their own at the cinema and chilled out in the garden, the pizza making was honed to perfection.


Even more pizza making!I loved seeing Tom's new friends and how they all interact together, so easily and naturally and without ceremony, it made me very proud.

Along with his new teenage title, Tom took a little (well not quite so little…four days worth of worrying ) excursion to Paris with his school…phew, it was tough as I dropped him off at his school in the early hours of Monday…luckily I had the Morning Show and a busy few days at QVC to occupy me and lessen my "what ifs". 



Needless to say, he had a ball, loved every minute of it and I contained my worries very well…many of you kept me upbeat on Twitter those days, so Thank you!

It was so fabulous when he came off the coach, into my arms with the words "I love you Mummy," "I missed you Mummy " said loudly and proudly. I gulped into his shoulder (he's so tall now), you know the lack of inhibition or embarrassment shown by Tom because he has Down's Syndrome has got to be just one of the many huge bonuses of having a son with Down's Syndrome. I think I was envied by many parents that evening who had just the obligatory "alright" or nod from their child.

At the 50th birthday partyI decided to take half term away from QVC just to spend some time doing normal stuff- we weren't heading anywhere fancy, but it was nice to just be around and do all the catch up things like haircuts, dentists, brace appointments…oh my poor three, what an unexciting half term they had! Actually, we threw in some fun (of course!) and headed off to Dorset to surprise one of our dearest friends on her 50th birthday. We totally shocked her and had the best time celebrating over the Bank Holiday weekend. Her daughters were exhausted from all the secret-keeping!

To complete half term in style, Maddie and I spent Saturday enjoying our Christmas present treat of seeing Katy Perry at the O2!
What a fantastic show, I totally loved it all. When I saw all the people who had dressed up Katy Perry-style I soooooo wished I had (I have a mean California Girl costume I made, blue wig and all!). But Maddie's , "you are soooo embarrassing " conversation made me see sense!

Maddie singing her head off and jumping around to all the tracks was just brilliant! My moment of sheer specialness came when the song "Unconditionally" was sung. I felt a little hand slip into mine and lock fingers and Maddie lent over and kissed and kissed me…a forever snapshot memory for my heart!

School term (all seven weeks of it..!) is racing by. Already Tom is asking what we shall be doing in the summer holidays… heeeelp!!!

I have a plethora of exciting new items left in my dressing room whilst I was off, so expect reports! Incidentally, top vote from me for June's new beauty pick of the month, AD's Skin Synergy. I was already a fan of it and have added it in permanently to my routine at the moment. Really easy, so worth a try.
Studio 10 looks an exciting and interesting cosmetic range, I shall be playing with that this weekend when I'm on air with you all.

So, see you Saturday at 9am with Richard Jackson,
Sunday at 2pm essence of beauty and at 3pm with Sealy beds
Monday at 10am with Liz Earle and at 1pm with Amber
Thursday and Friday ….as I've just deleted my ENTIRE e-mail inbox, I can tell you no more…!

Oh dear!

I shall leave this now before any more misfortune technically befalls me!

Kisses and chatter galore!

Claire xx


  1. loraine plumb June 4, 2014 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    As usual a lovely blog your such a really upbeat person your husband and children are lucky to have you glad Tom had a good time at his party and the trip he went on let’s hope for a lovely summer ahead love Loraine

  2. Gwen Tugwell June 5, 2014 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hello Gorgeous Girl,
    What a lovely time you have been having, I have to say the Pizza Oven must have more then paid for itself, given all the fun you and the children have had with it, I bet yours is the most popular house in the neighbourhood. How wonderful to see your lovely Tom enjoying his birthday, it doesn’t seem possible that he is so grown up, I remember when you introduced him to us on screen, I think it was at Christmas time and he treated us all to a truly lovely smile.
    I have to say you really deserve all the “love you mum” and the hand being slipped into yours occasions, it really does make it all worthwhile doesn’t it?
    Anyway Claire, lovely to hear from you and like you I hope that pretty little June will deliver.
    Take good care,
    Love Gwen X

  3. Claire sutton June 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Loraine, lovely of you to say! And I shall be sure to remind my long suffering husband of that!!!
    I’m banking on a sunny summer, won’t it be lovely !:-) love Claire x

  4. Pseu Donym June 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    It is so lovely to read another update on your busy and exciting life.
    That’s hilarious that Tom decided to have 2 birthday parties. I think I’ll give that a go in January! Isn’t it scary how quickly they grow up!
    It is testament to your (and Dan’s) skills as parents that your kids feel comfortable showing their emotions and how much they appreciate all the time and effort you give them.
    Hope you managed to recover from your technical mishap?! Maybe you should buy an external drive from QVC to backup all your important files & emails!! ;)
    Looking forward to seeing you cheery chops whenever I can! :o)
    K. xxx

  5. Carole June 5, 2014 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    I also treasure those moments when your heart takes a picture. Never forgotten and no-one can ever take them away from you:)

  6. Susan June 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness Claire you have such wonderful children!! You are so lucky to have them. I hope I do one day! Tom sounds and looks like he had the most wonderful birthday and not a wonder you were starving after watching them all! And as for Maddie, how cute. Lovely to just have a week off doing catch up duties isn’t it. Too pricey these days for hols galore so nice to hear you enjoyed just doing normal things as you say. Have a nice weekend.
    Susan x

  7. Jean Pugh June 7, 2014 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Clare,
    Sounds as if the party went really well, especially the Pizza making, what a great idea. Yes you must get a Kitchen Aid, I purchased one from QVC quite a while back, fantastic machine, the best.
    Tom has some really good friends which is great. Glad he had a good trip to Paris he looks and sounds to be A really loving boy.
    How is your Labrador coming along, we are busy training our youngsters at the moment, I am the one with nine Labradors, seven black, two yellow, oldest fourteen, youngest two brothers eighteen months.
    Enjoying the gardening show, Richard is just great and all of his products.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  8. Claire sutton June 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean, I’ve tried numerous times to answer and kept getting a battery power down!! Here now!! I really enjoy Richards shows with him, he is SUCH a nice man and as you say has some amazing products.
    Just had a lwalk with Gus, I’ve been bitten to death! Whipped by the grasses , stung by the nettles…BUT he had a wonderful bouncy time! He is such a wonderful dog he really is. Quite how you manage with all your clan, especially with all the ages too…I take my hat off to you, I bet you’re recognised all around your area with all your 9!
    Much love, and snuffles from my golden boy xxx

  9. Claire sutton June 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Aaah Susan, I hope you do too one day, I am very grateful for them .
    Isn’t the weather amazing , I think due to be this weekend too so I hope we can all enjoy it . We have just booked our trip away in August…a Scottish road trip in a VW camper van!!!! Will I cope…we shall see!
    Lots of love to you,
    Claire x

  10. Claire sutton June 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Lovely of you to comment…and understand my heart/picture moment…
    Very poignantly a best girlfriend of mines dad died last week, he had battled with Alzheimer’s and I’m even more aware of how much we must cherish those “pictures” whilst we can and how terrible and thieving Alzheimer’s is…
    My love to you xx

  11. Claire sutton June 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Mr K !!!
    You are lovely posting a message to me ,
    I hope your nose wiping day was quite wonderful??!!… And yes a back up device…sensible, tho am now considering the thought it may all be up there in the mysterious cloud….think an iTunes back up is in store tonight…oh the delights!

  12. Claire sutton June 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gwen,
    Lovely hearing from you- I so remember taking Tom in to show you all, I think we had had a good visit from GOSH and I spruced us up in the car at the petrol station around the corner from Battersea…oh how time has flown.
    Little Miss June is doing beautifully …so far!!! Keep going I say, iim writing this sat on the day bed , straps down, whilst the children are eating my rice creation! Before the piano, brownies and scout run kicks in…sun is up there, .birds are sooooo chirupy and it all feels marvellous…
    I wonder if there’s time for a cup of tea…..

  13. Julie Toye June 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    I just wanted to say how much i loved reading this blog! It made me smile. Tom looks so happy in his birthday pics. My teenage daughter is 15, and going through the stroppy annoying hormonal stage in full force!!! Apparently it’ll get better, crikey i hope so! They grow up so fast, in a blink of an eye. Love and hugs to you and the kids xxx

  14. Debbie Jeffery June 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire I love reading your blog ;) like your friend I lost my Dad to Dementia in February at the age of 62 it is such a cruel illness ! I try now to appreciate every moment of my life and my children before they grow up at the ages of 13, 11 and 8 its going too fast !!! Lots of love Debbie xx

  15. Claire sutton June 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Julie, crikey …looks like it’s going to take some time to manoeuvre through the hormonal years then if it’s till 15… And some!!! Better prepare ourselves!!!!!
    Lovely hearing from you,
    Have a lovely week xx

  16. Claire sutton June 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    I am so sorry hearing about your Dad, I guess Father’s Day for you is bitter sweet…as for me.Luckily I have a lovely father in law and enjoyed a celebratory 75 th gathering for him and for Fathers Day combined.
    Our children are similar in age aren’t they? Tho I’m about to have a 10 year ols!! madds is turning 10 next week or so….noooooooo my baby!!
    Enjoy your week won’t you and speak soon,
    Love Claire x

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