Brilliant beauty offers and the boy’s 18th birthday


I was a little absent on QVC these last couple of weeks and actually stepped out of the social media lure too. It is really fascinating and a joy… some days, and on others… less so. I wanted to give myself a fighting chance to be there as and when needed for Joe ahead of the exams, and as ever a change in routine can prove challenging for Tom. I had no big plans but crazily still managed to berate myself for my lack of achievement! I feel it such a waste to have taken some days off QVC and done absolutely zilch with them.

Intentions were set… I fancied heading to Brighton, a much needed trip to Aldeburgh felt a necessity (that, I am happy to say did happen) I would have space to catch up with friends. So many lovely, super, smashing plans careered around in my head and whilst each day started with a blank canvas, it pretty much ended the same way – BLANK!

I’m cross with myself, yet trying (on others recommendations) to see my small achievements positively. So I have cleaned chandeliers… as you do. Scrubbed down Gypsy ready for the warmer months, and yes I’ve kept the house rolling, the family functioning and the food rotating… but I am disappointed with myself and I can’t help it so I’m going to place the blame on… hormones! There we go, the blame is parked and with it a freeness of spirit to accompany it. Isn’t it crazy to mentally beat oneself up for absolutely nothing?

So here I am pulling my socks up, metaphorically speaking as I’m relishing the bare legs and a silk skirt combo… delicious and summery. Thank goodness for the range of faux tans we have in stock at QVC. Isle of Paradise being my newest trial – easy, streakless and odourless. Honestly, on application, the usual smell was masked by a fresh eucalyptus scent, when I bathed later and the water hit me, I did get a waft of the fake tan smell BUT as soon as I was dry again… gone! So that was impressive.

Having missed our Beauty Event last weekend I was very pleased and very happy to share with you that so many of the offers… many 4 interest-free instalment deals and some without P&P are still current until May 5th if you check our website.

A few of my favourites are there, with Revitabrow successfully giving me back my tails! I truly have a more lush brow, they were pretty ok before but the ends were thinner and it’s brought them back a treat. I think mine took longer than the 30 days to see a difference so I was thrilled to see the 90 day money back guarantee available. Four interest-free instalments help with that purchase I think!

Nails Inc pots have four in a collection with the Rose scent and the Coconut scent (I love the smell just not the texture of coconut!) they hopped straight into my basket with the first Easy Pay. Two for me and two for my Momie. Top tip, dark colours in one, lights in another – oh and glitter takes more patience!

Remember how I blamed my indecisiveness on my hormones earlier? Well I’m certainly blaming them for how my skin on my body feels… it’s so irritated, almost as though it may split, it’s not that dry it’s just a feeling and I have to slather on cream particularly as I lay down to sleep. I’ve never loved the feeling of being enveloped in creams but now it’s a necessity! So I’m trying out the L’Occitane Home and Away Shea shower oil and body lotion set in an attempt to lessen the itching… any thoughts on what may help?

My “Claire Cherry picks” is two-fold this blog.

Firstly I was asked to suggest a gift for a friend’s daughter for her 15th birthday and as Maddie is almost 15 too and very make-up and brand aware I immediately thought of these Bobbi Brown Pro Brushes. It’s a gorgeous set, the case is perfect and houses the brushes you need. We all end up with too many brushes, surplus to requirement and so I loved the simplicity yet necessity of this five-piece full size brush set.

The second request for help came in the form of another teen, currently taking medication which means she must fully protect her skin in the sun. No hesitation in recommending Ultrasun and the face formulas with a tint may help give her confidence and a little coverage whilst all importantly protecting her. Shout away if I can help you with anything.

The most important question I am currently asked (at least 10 times each day) is… “How many days until my birthday?” Tom is on countdown to his 18th birthday! Never have I witnessed such excitement, it truly is contagious and we all are gearing up for Saturday 4th May and all the celebrations.

I have spent vast amounts of my time fighting with my MacBook and finally after many hours where he “took control” the lovely Pedro from Apple “found” some storage again for me so my photos could actually download and I could finally spend the time creating the book of life for Tom.

Oh how amazing it has been creating this book (and a second one as there were just too many memories and people to get in to just one… even with loads of additional pages!) it is most interesting that at the time we take them we are searching for and crave that perfect shot don’t we?

Be it for social media, the blog or to fill the frames on the wall, we look for the so called BEST of ourselves… However, as I put in all the random mad, silly and personality filled shots that wouldn’t have made it to be framed for sure, I realised what stories they tell. Maybe this is what has discombobulated me over these last few weeks, my baby, my first born, my super special boy is turning 18 and his years thus far and all his changing faces are there as a record of all his brilliance and all our love for him… just there in picture form… for all to see. I cried after I finished it, overwhelmed and relieved I had done it… finally.

I know Tom will have immense pleasure looking over and over again at them all whilst reeling off names, places and things that happened. It’s hard to believe these years have gone by and it was exactly this time 18 years ago that I finished my last shift at QVC, sold our house, bought a house and then had Tom… all in the space of a week. What a week… what a surprise and WOW what a boy I got.

Party pictures and proud mummy moments will litter my next blog, you so know it!

Until then, stay perky and share your smiles.
With my love as always,
Claire xxx


  1. Wendy Campbell May 1, 2019 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Looks like you and Tom are a perfect match of excitement and the bond between you is clear to see, what a lovely album, hope he has a fabulous birthday.x

  2. val rollings May 1, 2019 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    what a fine young man he has grown into . where has 18 years gone i can remeber you having him. like all your children they have grown into fine young man and a fine young lady. have a great time to you all .

  3. EILEEN ARCHIBALD May 1, 2019 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire, many birthday congratulations to your Special Star. Wishing Tom a lovely day and a great future as he embarks on his great adventure of life. Tom’s birthday book will bring tears to lots of people. Congratulations to you and your family for giving Tom a wonderful and happy life xx

  4. jennifer cann May 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    what a beautiful young man, happy birthday Tom, its mine next week the 7th, and Tom May is a good time for a birthday

  5. Loraine Plumb May 1, 2019 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire what emotions you must be feeling hope Saturday is a day to remember your family are so lucky to have you sounds like you have to spread yourself thin sometimes doing everything take a deep breath and enjoy the day love Loraine xx

  6. Linda May 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Happy 18 birthday tom 🎂🎁 hope you have a lovely time and lovely presents

  7. EILEEN CHADWICK May 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire. Happy 18th Birthday to Tom. Hope you all enjoy his special day as a family. My lovely son, Steven, will be 37 on the same day!! Have fun! xx

  8. Susan Hunter May 1, 2019 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Lovely photos of your beautiful boy, wishing him a very Happy Birthday x

  9. Diane May 1, 2019 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Most Mum’s berate themselves it comes with the territory even though we do the best we can!
    I am so moved seeing these pictures this book is something Tom can always treasure, you must have had a wonderful & leaky eye time creating it
    We walk a parallel path with our youngsters but they know they are much loved ❤️
    Happy 18th Birthday Tom! I wish you everything & more have a fantastic day! X

  10. Deborah Stapleton May 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing mum you are,and you have an amazing son and family you all work together love hearing about your amazing family xxx

  11. Christine Cairns May 2, 2019 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Wishing Tom a very Happy Birthday! Also, don’t beat yourself up – it’s alright to do nothing sometimes – you’ve earned it!

  12. susan Kramer May 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Do you know Claire? I think you need Liz Earle overnight mask. have a word with Caroline , the liz earle ambassador. I think you may need superskin. Its comforting. I also think you need to give yourself time, somewhere to park the emotion and somewhere just to be you. I go to the yorkshire dales, you go to Aldeburgh. Have a stroke of your “mobile counsellor”, Ours is called Barney, I think you call your dog, Gus? And then enjoy the 18th party, you did good girl and are an inspiration to us all with SEN kids. Have a great weekend. xxxx

  13. Anne Lewis May 2, 2019 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    But you have achieved such a lot already! Having 3 incredible children is a huge achievement. The album must have been a joy to do. Lots of love to all

  14. Keryn murphy May 2, 2019 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Your love for your children always shines through , no doubt Tom will have a wonderful birthday Saturday .My oldest granddaughter was 18 in March & the second one 18 in April so a busy but happy few weeks it’s been xx

  15. Mose weir May 2, 2019 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    What a fab mum

  16. Fran Whitehead May 3, 2019 at 6:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire what a lovely present for Tom to cherish. It has me reminiscing of the anticipation of going to boots to collect your photos and being dissapointed that only 16/24 were printed. I bought some gorgeous J Macdonald frames to encourage mysrlf to print some and not leave as a j.peg. My nephew (all 6ft 3in of him) just turned 18 and was horrified when I told him his first legal round of drinks should be for the family. It was fun to see him at the bar buying his Dad a pint. Re your skin, have you thought of a cocktail of the SBC gels and bath soaks. They might give you the results without the heaviness of creams! Your countdown truly begins today. Wishing you and the family a wonderful day ofcelebrations. Happy 18th Birthday Tom. 🎂🍺

  17. Antoinette Browne May 3, 2019 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, once again thank you for your fantastic blogs. I just love reading them. You reminds me of how I am with my children. You are a fantastic lovely person. God bless you and your lovely family. Antoinette x

  18. Vanessa Roberts May 3, 2019 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire you’ve achieved so much my love so please stop beating yourself up. The book is completely wonderful and I imagine that Tom will be thrilled with it! Hard to believe that he’s approaching 18, I well remember your pregnancy and his birth being announced on Q. I think the fact that your first born baby will officially be an adult, is a strange fact for a mother to accept. By the time the other two reach 18 you’ll be an expert in dealing with the mixed emotions that accompany the event.
    Happy 18th birthday Tom and I hope you all have a fabulous day of celebration xxx

  19. Susan May 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi claire,
    All the girls here are right. You have done a blooming marvellous job with your children especially as you had to adapt from the word go. Give yourself a break or you might need a break. You need to be ok with just being as they say. It’s silly the pressure we feel to do so much. It’s like a competition which is needless and not good for us! You have a special bond with them all so now bond with yourself. Enjoy the party!x

  20. Kim May 4, 2019 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday, Tom! Wishing you oats of cake and candles 🎂 Claire, congratulations on raising such a fabulous young man x

  21. Loraine June 12, 2019 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    I have super dry eczema prone skin and I am menopausal. For lightweight body moisture oil after showers on damp skin followed by either an after sun gel or hand chemistry gel in the pump. Neither sweats off in the heat or feel heavy. Hope that helps. Happy birthday to your son. Best wishes

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