The most wonderful Mother’s Day memento


Catherine and the kidsHi everyone,

I hope you're all well and looking forward to Mother's Day this Sunday. I know it can be a reflective time for those whose mums are now only here in spirit. My heart goes out to you.

My father passed away when I was in my twenties and I am so glad I have a few very precious photos to remember him by when Father's Day comes around. I've been tinkering with the idea of a professional photoshoot for myself and my two children for years but never took the plunge until now.

Getting made up at New CIDMany of you know that I adore New CID cosmetics. They are back on Sunday at midday and I'm thrilled to be presenting their only show this Mother's Day on QVC.

As a part of my preparation for the show I decided to go along to one of their very successful new make up masterclasses with my daughter. As this was to take place at the beautiful Burlington Boutique studios I decided to make a day of it and get both of my children along for makeovers and a professional studio shoot.

Chrissie working her magicMy daughter is planning on a career in make-up artistry so needed very little cajoling. Make-up artist Mikey encouraged Chrissie to get involved. My son isn't usually keen on too much attention and most definitely does not like his photo being taken. I asked him if he would consider coming along as a very special Mother's Day gift to me that I will always remember and cherish. He agreed!

Catherine's son, TomWe actually all had a brilliant time and, although being in front of a camera will never be Tom's favourite thing to do, we're all really glad to now have some great photos of us together.

These are some piccies prior to 'touch ups' as I couldn't wait to share. I plan to have one of the three of us made into a canvas. Best Mother's Day present I could have hoped for.

I hope you'll be joining us on Mother's Day as we have some brilliant New CID sets on offer. Some absolutely amazing prices compared to going direct to New CID. Founder Kelly Colman will be there and she's bringing her mum too! How lovely!

Catherine's daughter, ChrissieI'm already thinking of booking another masterclass for me and my mum. My mum doesn't wear make-up often and I think she'd really enjoy their masterclass. I'd love her to see just how beautiful she could look in a glam photoshoot, too. I've chosen our recent Yankee Candle Today's Special Value set for her this Mother's Day and I've been wanting to treat her to see Les Miserables at the cinema for a while so I look forward to spoiling her a bit.

How are you spending Mother's Day? I hope you get time to tune in as we have lots of fab surprises in store on the day.

See you soon,

Love Catherine xxx


  1. marie March 10, 2013 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Just had to write to thank you. The media is so full of mothers day. I lost my mum when I was young and no one seems to think of those amongst us who have lost their mums and how sad this day makes us feel.In the Ultrasun hour this morning you said a few lovely words about those people who have lost their Mothers. I felt quite moved when you said those kind words.Thank you for being so thoughtful.
    P.s.I love Ultrasun.
    Marie xxx

  2. Chris Page March 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Catherine
    Chrissie’s got all the poses, hasn’t she? ;)
    I bet your son didn’t enjoy his Sis preening him, but he does take a good photo. I’m self-conscious about having my photo taken because Mum kept sending my school photos back due to them always getting lense flash on my glasses. I’ve never been that confident about my looks, but that added to it.
    Mum and Dad are going out with some fellow expats for lunch, so I’ll call her later.
    I’m glad you’re a proud Ginger – I thought I was going to be in your bad books for that comment! Are you and your QVC buddies doing anything for Comic Relief – like going REALLY red-haired?
    Chris x

  3. Susan March 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    HI Catherine,
    I just wanted to say I so agree with Marie…it was very nice of you to mention those not as fortunate who have lost their Mums. I sadly know all too many friends who have lost theirs.
    Much love
    Susan x
    PS You all look wonderful in your photos!!

  4. Vanessa hart March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Just had to say i love watching your shows we have a lot in common that being same ageish’ two grown children and i like you change my hair like the wind gone from caramel blonde to bleach platinum blonde and now brunette which is a nightmare as greys are coming thru and hair to weak to go blonde or put permanent to disguise them sadly.
    I love your style and your enthusiasm keep up the great work.
    Love Vanessa

  5. Michelle Sergeant March 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I just want to thank you so much for your lovely comment on Sunday morning’s show, acknowledging how Mothers Day/Fathers Day are such difficult times for those who no longer have their Mothers/Fathers with them. I lost my Mum just before Christmas and found Mothers Day a very difficult time as we are constantly bombarded by mention of it everywhere. I was greatly comforted by your lovely comments, knowing it feels with the loss of your Dad,it really meant a lot and was hugely comforting.
    Kind regards to your and your lovely family.
    Michelle xo

  6. Diane gilbank March 13, 2013 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    What a lovely lovely photo of you and your children. Your love for them jumps off the page catherine and its good you managed to persuade your son to be photographed with you. Your daughter has ” model material” written all over her. Glad you got to treat your mum for Mother’s Day, my mum is 88 and looked beautiful on Sunday. I have 2 sisters and we all realise how lucky we are to still have her around. Looking forward to seeing you on air again soon. Lol Diane xx

  7. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Marie,
    My heart goes out to you, I’m so sorry you lost your mum. It’s such an unimaginable thought for a small child to grow up without their mother. Someone on twitter also mentioned those who have been unable to become mothers. I also thought about mothers (and fathers on Father’s Day) who have lost children and how difficult days like that must be for them.
    I will always take a moment on mothers and fathers days to think of those who find it painful.
    I hope you are well and that you have some precious memories of your mother to comfort you.
    Sending love,
    Catherine xxx

  8. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris,
    Sorry this reply has taken awhile! I liked your idea of bright red hair for Red Nose Day! Can you imagine Dale Franklin doing it? Maybe next year? Hee hee.
    I hope you & yours are well.
    Much love from a proud (& wannabe) ginger!
    Catherine xx

  9. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for your kind comments. There are always going to be those days when it’s especially hard to miss those lost loved ones. Christmas, birthdays and so on. Nothing can change the loss but its comforting knowing people care.
    Thanks also for your complimentary words about our piccies.
    Much love,
    Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Vanessa,
    Great to hear from you, sounds like we do have a lot in common! I must admit that the change to ginger has been far less harsh on my hair than the blonde was as its a tint rather than bleach. However, the roots soon show and the colour fades fast but I like it.
    Maybe one day someone can invent a dye that’s kinder to hair! I recommend elastcizer by Phillip Kingsley if yours is dry and prone to breaking. It’s a lovely treatment.
    Hope all is well with you & yours!
    Love Catherine xx

  11. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Michelle,
    I am so saddened to hear of your mother’s recent passing. It’s so hard to face these inevitable bittersweet days. It’s probably no comfort now but that old cliche about time healing does have some truth to it. It’s a wound that can never fully heal but I really hope all the good memories you have of your mum will soon begin to overtake the terrible feelings of sadness and grief that you’re currently going through.
    My heart aches for you and I wish you strength and love,
    Catherine xxx

  12. Catherine Huntley April 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane,
    I’m so pleased to hear your mum had a lovely day. I hope you all had a great time. It’s eels a while ago now…I must apologize for the late reply.
    Thanks for your lovely comments about our photo shoot. I’m so pleased I’ll always have those piccies. It was good fun on the day, too.
    Keep well & love to your family too.
    Catherine xx

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