Meeting Sam Bailey, Mother’s Day and more!


With Sam BaileyHi all!

It's been a busy old week! Did any of you manage to catch my interview on Saturday with the lovely winner of last year's X Factor, Sam Bailey ? What an absolutely lovely, down to earth, delightful woman she is.

A few of us had the privilege of being in the studio while she recorded two live tracks from her album, and I can tell you it was a spine-tingling, hair-standing-on-end experience.

My motherHer voice is so powerful and seemingly effortless, and to hear her sing those big ballads in a small space was extraordinary. I wish her all the luck in the world with her new career (and of course her new baby – congratulations Sam!).

Talking of mothers, it's Mother's Day of course this coming Sunday, and my sister and I have clubbed together to get our mum the most FANTASTIC present! I think we're just as excited about it as we hope she will be! I won't tell you what it is though until next week, just in case she happens to read this blog. I've been sorting through some old photos recently and found this one of my mum holding me when I was just six weeks old.

Isn't she lovely? I'm the oldest of her six children and we've always been close – although she lives in the west of Ireland so we don't see each other as often as we would like, we speak on the phone every single day. Mum has also recently learned to Skype which means we get to see each other when we speak too, which is brilliant!

She is an incredible woman, the glue that holds our widely dispersed family together; we have been through some very tough times together over the years, and mum has always been there, loving and supporting us all no matter what. To her, and to all our mums, a very happy Mother's Day! And to those of you whose mums are no longer with you, I hope you have wonderful memories of someone very special.

Cook's essentials Electric Soup & Smoothie Maker - 802398 with Stilton and broccoli soupNow – soup! You might remember in my last blog I said that I had bought the cooks essentials Soup Maker. Yes, me. The worst cook in the world. But I really am trying to make more of an effort in the kitchen (although I admit I find it very, VERY boring, tedious and time consuming. Not sure that will ever change!).

However, I've been very pleasantly surprised about how easy it is to make tasty soup with this machine. I've now made two, a smooth Stilton and broccoli soup (pictured left) and a chunky leek, spinach and cannellini bean soup.


Both were not only edible, they were delicious! (And I seem to be still alive and well after consuming them, which is a bonus.) So if you're as reluctant a cook as I am, I recommend it.

Another gadget I've been trying out is the Vax Spray & Vac Window Cleaner which will be our Today's Special Value on QVC on Saturday (29th March). You know how it is when the sun starts shining after a long winter, and shows up all the marks on the windows? Well I've been attacking mine with the Vax and it's brilliant, so quick and easy to do inside and out.

My husband has been very taken with it and whizzed around doing our entire conservatory in a matter of minutes. Here's a little video demo – tune in throughout the day on Saturday to see more.


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Finally this week, a quick bit of fun from one of the Kipling 10th anniversary shows at the weekend. When you buy a Kipling scarf it comes in a lovely box with lots of suggestions on how to wear it. Our fab Kipling guest Marie-Francoise Wolff challenged me to try as many as possible in just a few seconds – here you go!


That's it for now, have a wonderful week and do leave any comments below this blog or say hello on Twitter (I'm @jackiekabler).

Lots of love,
Jackie x


  1. Susanne Fitzpatrick March 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    It’s so nice for viewers when the Presenters interact so beautifully (and hilariously) with the Guest Presenters and your Kipling show was a classic, worthy of lovely Debbie Flint.
    Have followed your TV career for many years (I live in the Midlands) and you’ve adapted yourself to shopping telly seamlessly – it’s like it was a job meant for you.
    Best wishes
    PS Have you thought about asking the Producers for your own ‘Home Things’ show? You seem to love all things ‘home’ like me, and could choose items from QVC with a different ‘theme’ each week ie Vintage, Animal, Classic, Elegance, Romantic etc.

  2. Jean Pugh March 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    I missed Sam Bailey on QVC , yes she has a fantastic voice and comes over as a lovely person. Yes what a lovely photograph of your Mum. Sadly my Mum is no longer with us, but she is on my mind every day. I am going to my daughter Heidi on Sunday they have just moved house and said we must go to them for lunch, fantastic a day when I will not have to cook. I enjoy cooking but hate housework. Talking of cooking your soup sounds delicious, I love homemade soup. What can we expect from you next? I did see your scarf demo, really made me laugh. I have one of them, lovely size and really soft. Love the demo of the Vax window cleaner, will have to watch out for that, my window’s really need a good clean.
    Looking forward to your next recipes.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  3. Jackie Kabler March 26, 2014 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Susanne
    Good to hear from you! Yes shopping telly is a big change from my previous career in news but I absolutely love it so thanks for the kind words. I actually did have an occasional show called “At Home with Jackie” last year, similar to what you suggested (great minds think alike!) and it may return now and again this year too so look out for that!
    Love Jackie x

  4. Jackie Kabler March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Hope you have a LOVELY time at your daughter’s on Sunday, you deserve a break! And what a great name, I love the name Heidi. Hope the dogs are well too.
    Love Jackie x

  5. Jane March 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Please could you tell me the item number of the ring you were wearing on your right hand on the Nails Inc show on Wednesday at 11pm. It looked stunning.
    Thank you,

  6. Debbie March 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    hiya jackie loved the video of the kipling scarf demo soooo funny especially the need to hide it did make me giggle gorgeous photo of you and youre mam honestly i can see you look the double of her,keep up the good work jackie you are so lovely and genuine.

  7. Jackie Kabler March 28, 2014 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jane
    I think it was this Nour ring 302323. Does that look right? Can’t quite remember what ring I was wearing but that’s the one I’ve had on almost constantly recently!
    Love Jackie x

  8. Jackie Kabler March 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Thanks so much for the kind words, really appreciated! Yes a lot of people tell me I look like my mum, more so as I get older. Have a lovely week.
    Love Jackie x

  9. Jane April 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Yes thank you. That looks like the ring! Will put it on my wish list.
    Love Jane. X

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