By the time you read this I will be on the starting blocks waiting to get back to you on Friday for Jewellery Day! I can't believe it's been a month since I was last at QVC and you know I've missed you
Soooooo, to celebrate the day I have the most fabulous prize up for grabs in a competition I'll be setting at the end of the blog. Handmade Bibi Bijoux jewellery from a collection designed exclusively for you, worth £159! It is beautiful! More on that later…
Firstly, I want to thank all those of you who've kept me going over the last few weeks or more with your lovely comments. I do so enjoy keeping in touch with you this way, and it's been a real boost particularly when I've been feeling a bit down, which chest infections have a nasty habit of making you feel Mind you, reading all about your lives and some of the incredibly difficult situations you are having to deal with makes me feel humble, and very grateful for my lot. I hope that this kind of sharing is as beneficial to you as it is to me, Ali's Army is a force to be reckoned with
I would also like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to Lucy's Cancer Research Dryathalon – she broke her month long abstinence with us last Sunday to celebrate Jack's 21st birthday :). Yes, can you believe my boy is 21? No, neither could I!
It's funny as a mum, how clearly you remember everything about their birth and those early years, when nowadays I struggle to even remember where I parked the car! I'm sure I've mentioned that Jack was the largest of my three weighing in at a bonny 10lbs two and a half ounces! He was two weeks late though, and when my waters finally went the midwife had to don a life vest!
We ended up with an emergency cesarean delivery, but he was a beautiful baby and well worth the wait – Lucy and Sam loved him on sight, and were always incredibly helpful when he was little. This is Jack at nursery school - four years old – and one of my favourite pictures of him :)
As he's currently working six days a week, he didn't want a party, so we plumped for Go Karting, and then Nando's for lunch – his favourite food. Lucy and Simon came to celebrate with us, as did my dear friend Jo, who is his Godmother. Sadly Sam wasn't able to make it, but did see Jack that evening, so all was well.
The Go Karting was indoors, the competition fierce, and the driving pretty dodgy at times! Colin's kart kept konking out, but he made up his time, and Simon and Jack drove like demons! Jo and I were glad we were on the sidelines and not on the track, although once I'm completely mended, I may well feel the need to take to the tarmac and see if I can beat their times!
Of course a birthday party wouldn't be complete without a cake and so, having decided it was to be a Victoria sandwich and not chocolate cake, I set about putting it all together. I designed a memory cake – things that have been special to Jack over the years – and this was it!
I made Barney the Dinosaur, Pikachu, a skateboard, camera, and a map of the Nurburgring in Germany, which he and Sam raced around last year…I even managed to find the number 21 in sparklers! His face said it all when he saw it, and it tasted pretty good too with the champagne.
I'm proud of my boy, he's not had it that easy, but is sticking with his job, and has given up smoking too! He's planning a road trip with Sam, but hopefully I'll see a little more of him this year than last…they have such busy lives
Well I'm certainly going to be busier as of Friday, and am so glad to be returning on QVC's Jewellery Day! So many fabulous ranges to choose from, and I get to bring you stunning South Sea Pearls and possibly one of our most creative, handmade fashion Jewellery lines, Bibi Bijoux
The two sisters, Wendy and Diana, who design every piece have come a long way since selling their jewellery on the beaches of Scheveningen in Holland!
The earrings and fabulous necklace I have for you are typical examples of all that they do so well, with that real artisan touch, and can be yours if you answer this simple question correctly:
Q: What does Bijoux mean?
a) something small but expensive
b) something classic but with a twist
c) something small and delicately worked
Just leave your answer in the comments section below (as well as your email address in the email field – don't worry, this won't be made public) and we'll make the draw next Wednesday 12th February.
Do join me at 1pm for Stefano Oro Italian Jewellery and again straight after at 2pm for a Butler & Wilson!
As always, I look forward to hearing from you. Stay warm and hopefully dry too, inspite of the weather.
With my love, Ali xx
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See the full competition terms and conditions