A helping hand and a Happy New Year!


Well my goodness, just how fast does Christmas go? All of that prep (and often stress), you blink, and before you know it, Christmas Eve becomes the day after Boxing Day. What’s worse is that the bathroom scales seem to indicate more of a three week weight gain, rather than a three day one!

Well, if you’re looking for something to make you look as if you’re onto the second week of a New Year healthy eating regime, then Sunday’s (New Year’s Eve) Today’s Special Value from Vercella Vita could be the answer.

It’s a wonderful smoothing bodysuit which is going to push up where you want and flatten what you don’t want – but (or should that be ‘butt’?) comfortably!

Honestly if you’ve never tried the range before and think that having that svelte silhouette is all about being trussed up like a Christmas turkey (we’ll get on to that in a minute!) then you couldn’t be more wrong.

This really is a gorgeous, sexy, but luxuriously wearable all-day bodysuit. It’s medium control, so yes you do get a strong svelte look, but you’re not ripping it off the minute you get in the door – unless you want to of course (I’ll say no more on that one or this blog’s rating could move from a PG to a 15!). It comes in a range of really pretty colours and has a delightful sweetheart neckline too.

So, if you’re looking for a bit of a boost and have never tried Vercella Vita before, at least give this one a go – you’ll not need 30 days to make up your mind here.

Old, ugly constricting bodysuits and lingerie are so much a thing of the past nowadays what with the advances in technology, we can now feel and look fab even before we’ve started our January health kick.

Well how was Christmas? And how was the turkey/goose/duck or whatever you decided should be part of your festive feast?
It all went down a storm here, and we are now loosening those buttons (just slightly) as we convince ourselves that our waistlines haven’t really expanded that much!

I’ve included some before and after photos of the infamous Seven Bird Roast which was as delicious as ever! (Phil just couldn’t resist getting a picture of his latte art skills in there too!)

Also, take a look at a piccy Louise sent me of the kids a few days earlier. I think they were at a party and there was a photographer there (changed days eh? We had to make do with a fairy cake and a drink of Irn Bru at a birthday party!).

Anyway I digress, Joshy doesn’t look happy at all – apparently Mummy had just removed his thumb from his mouth in an attempt to get him to ‘strike a pose’ for the paparazzi!

Doesn’t his big sister look all grown up? I can’t believe she’s starting pre-school in the New Year! She looks even more grown up when Bex (my daughter-in-law) decided to put some red lipstick on her at a restaurant we all went to on Boxing Day. Look at Auntie Anne joining in too! (I only put it on for the cameras!)

Anyway one and all, I wish you peace, health and blessings galore for 2018. This will be my 19th year at the Q… unbelievable!

Happy Hogmanay everyone, catch you over the weekend. I’ll be the one with the seven double chins! One for each of those birds in that Christmas roast,

Lots of love,
Anne xx


  1. Christine December 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Guid New Year Anne from a fellow Scot. X

  2. Susan December 29, 2017 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas and happy new year to you Anne! Your turkey bird looks gorgeous and sounds filling! You must be a good cook! A great time was had it sounds like. Are you out for new year? I’m sure it was lovely going out on Boxing Day with the family. It’s a gorgeous photo of you, Bex and Sophie! Have a peaceful new year too x

  3. Andrea Kirk January 1, 2018 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Anne to you and your family. I look forward to the New Year for many reasons. Just like you, my son will be 21 on New Years Day. It seems like only yesterday when he made his arrival at the Ulster Hospital. My baby is now a young man who is taller than me but still loves a cuddle. (He will not be amused at me saying that lol.) The New Year is also about new starts – eating properly, exercising etc and also being grateful for another year to put our stamp on. Let’s all make 2018 a fantastic year.

  4. Elizabeth keenan January 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Food looked gorgeous and tasty Anne
    All the best for 2018 💜

  5. Anne Dawson January 30, 2018 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Thanks Christine. And a very happy 2018 to you too!! Xx

  6. Anne Dawson January 30, 2018 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Hey Susan,
    All the best for the coming year. I promise to try to respond a bit quicker in 2018 to your lovely comments…….stay with me on that one……life is usually fairly hectic!! Lol xx

  7. Anne Dawson January 30, 2018 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Andrea!! I couldn’t agree with you more!! Hope your son enjoyed his birthday…..my Jon had a ball!! Lots of love and health and happiness for the coming year.
    Anne xx

  8. Anne Dawson January 30, 2018 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Thanks Elizabeth! Yes it was all a bit too tasty, if you catch my drift.
    Lots of love and all the best for 2018.
    Anne xx

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