Busy Busy…Happy Happy!


June has been super full-on and I really feel I have ‘lived’ each moment and not just cleaned, worked and organised – amazing how we all get by when the time is removed from all the chores isn’t it?!

I was delighted to read so many lovely comments about the make-up routine on my previous blog – here is the link if you missed it. Thank you all so much for the nice things you said, it makes me happy that I make you happy, or laugh or smile! Many of you mentioned I make you laugh – brilliant, a laugh is good medicine isn’t it!

Things that have made me happy recently are many… here are a few of them!

My brother Neil returned to the fold at the start of the month, having gone to Australia for a new life with someone and her children, leaving a huge hole in our hearts. We all wanted him to be happy, yet it has been a tough adjustment. Well, the news he told me when he was at our house for a family gathering made me cry. The girl he chose to start this life with, it now transpired hadn’t been a great choice after all. I won’t go into details but suffice to say it hurt a lot to see my big brother experiencing sadness, but I have to admit to whoops of delight as for me he was released from her clutches and able to become a son , a brother and a daddy once again.

Neil with his kids

The official permanent residency for Australia came through for him just weeks before, yet his dream had been taken. We won’t have him home in the UK though as he is based in Singapore with work, however, a new lady friend who seems super lovely and has an interest in all of us, plus a niece with a ticket to visit him in Singapore for September all adds up to… happiness!

This visit was full of that as Neil and his children spent time together and my children had their uncle Neil back, for a visit at least! Neil found time to pop and see my eldest brother Mark who wasn’t able to be with us all – we missed him loads.

Claire with her brothers

Claire with her mum and brother NeilMark has MS and it is proving more and more tricky, yet he is incredible and just ‘gets on with it’ – an attitude I think we as a family must share as my lovely little mummy was valiantly  manoeuvring around my house with her bionic boot – no fun and still immensely painful for her.

The boot is removed on July 8th, yet because of her three breaks and the previous times she has broken her ankles it’s a long, tough and painful road ahead (sorry mummy if you’re reading this).

Also just to make her feel better, in capital letters NO, SHE HAD NOT HAD A GLASS OF WINE! Nor does she have osteoporosis. I personally think there is a connection to Parkinson’s which mummy was recently diagnosed with, not that I have any medical knowledge you understand but…

I spent days laughing at myself in the mirror at the smile which kept creeping onto my face at random moments last week as I was privileged to be invited to watch the Laine Theatre Arts Graduation Show in Epsom.

Claire with Betty LaineHelen, my roomie and best friend at college and I sat next to Betty Laine OBE and quite literally wept at the talent! Actually I really did weep when the finale ‘Razzle Dazzle’ happened, making the last 29 years melt away – I so wanted to be on that stage, I so wanted to peel back the years and ‘do it all again.’

Was the class of 1986 ever THAT talented?! Of course – we had Ruthie Henshall in our class! This year’s graduates were truly outstanding and without a doubt there were huge bright stars amongst them.

Chatting with Betty was a joy. She was fabulous then and still is. She was so interested in everyone and it transpires she is a QVC viewer with packages winging their way to her regularly – who’d have known. Next year will be 30 years since I left – so a BIG REUNION is on the cards for sure.

Finally, it’s her birthday – the tiny baby I had 11 years ago, is a beautiful little girl I am so very proud of, Maddie… of her achievements, yes, but mostly her delicious nature, kind, thoughtful and caring. She has skipped happily off to school wearing her homemade birthday badge (just so everyone knows! She is her mother’s daughter!) leaving the aroma of ‘Lush’ in her wake.

Maddie as a baby

Maddie at 11Maddie in hot tub

Joe indulged her Lush passion, with some spectacular bath bombs for her presents. Her party was at the weekend and she had a garden party for 30! I was the BEST MUMMY EVER as I managed to hire a hot tub and her delight was evident.

It was of course the rubbish rainy weather forecast on the day, but once you’ve had a bubble in the hot tub, you’re already wet so who cares! I kept ushering all her friends out to the deck under the sail and out of the house – my fear was a slip on the tiles as I had experienced that on Tom’s birthday sleepover.

The parents collected with raincoats and brollies and the children wandered out in their cossies! it was funny. I worried I was spoiling Maddie, maybe so but do you know I feel incredibly lucky to have her and the boys and to be able to treat them and make special memories, alongside the everyday memories is important for me. I love my memories, they power me up on a grey day and I want the same for my children.

Alison and Colin’s wedding is finally almost here. It may have happened by the time you are reading this. I saw her for a chatter yesterday at QVC and her happiness was infectious, it is going to be a truly memorable day and Dan and I will be savouring every second of it. I have a new frock. I think she will approve, but can I find new shoes to go with it – not a chance! Still, I can’t pretend I don’t have a plan B shoe wise, so all will be well – though I may still keep trying! A Wedding is THE perfect excuse isn’t it?!

These last few weeks of term are speeding away and are full for the children and us as their parents. Exams for Tom this week, Sports Days, school productions, Les Miserables for Joe and Maddie, so today is a breather, a catch up with you and with my pink drawer where all the paperwork is popped until I have a chance to sort it!

Next week I shall see you on QVC on the 29th and 30th with the fun and fabulous Morning Show and on Tuesday the Lunchtime Show amongst others and at the weekend of the 4th and 5th I shall be looking forward to joining Richard Jackson in the garden and presenting the Julien Macdonald Home range.

I honestly can’t function more than a week ahead! All I know is that I need to do my roots, WEN the hair, paint the nails and James Read the bod! So long as I get them in the right order and on the correct parts of my anatomy all will be well!

On that note, I hope all is well with all of you, and may the happiness of this month pervade throughout the next, and the next and the next… you get my drift!!

Much love,

Claire xxx


  1. loraine June 25, 2015 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant blog you are so uplifting hope you have a great time at the wedding it’s my birthday that day i told alison I would raise a glass to her and Colin anyway best wishes to you and your family so much more I could say just keep your happy blogs coming love Loraine x

  2. Peter Mealing June 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    A very interesting read Claire, and yes the LTA year of 86 was a very talented year. xx

  3. Mary Morphy June 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire..my ginja ninja Chloe loves LUSH…problem for me is that I am an acute asthmatic and the mere mention of the name makes me wheeze…I have to ask the lovely ladies inside to choose my goodies!!! End of term..hurrah for us support staff who already tasked with supporting the Kids who have many issues and who are invariably already wanting the get to end!!.I agree with making memories.especially with family. I don’t know how I would cope if my siblings were so far away..we all live within 3 miles of each other!! I tell my kids that everything we do now is a memory for the future..at this point they are usually both rolling their eyes and pulling faces!!! My daughter had her year 10 sorts day today and came home with red face paint everwhere..their house colour is red. It was her last one as next year she would have done her GCSE exams and left..she took some great photos. lovely times to look back on.Thank goodness for Cleanse and Polish..3 seperate cleanses leaving super soft clean skin!Have a less hectic week although I doubt that will be the case. Love Mary

  4. Hayley Ashbourne June 25, 2015 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    I didn’t know your son has MS I have MS AND ME plus lymphoddma

  5. Ade June 26, 2015 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    I saw your make up film. Lovely and you look so young with beautiful. Congratulations on making everyone so very happy. We are blessed.

  6. Steven June 27, 2015 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Great blog once again Claire. You look fab in the pics too. Take care x

  7. theresa June 29, 2015 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Loved reading your blog about family life making memories for all to keep. Like you I know how ms affects family members, like your brother Mark my daughter-in-law has ms and my heart goes out to her when she’s not well and struggles yet takes it all in he stride. My 11year old grandaughter Ellice helps as much as she can and is very caring, my son is a tower of strength and takes it all in his stride as she was told she had ms not long after they got together. Sometimes I feel things in life are srnt to try us.Hope your brother Neil find happines and your mum feel better soon and you and your family are all well, take care x

  8. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Theresa, I know what you mean about things sent to try us, but gosh so many people have so much on their plates don’t they .. Thank you for your lovely wishes for my family and mine to yours too. With love ,
    Claire x

  9. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Steven.
    Hope all well.. Great sunshine!! X

  10. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Peter… Is that you? From then?! X

  11. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Ade, how kind of you and Thankyou.. To be told I look young is lovely!!! Lots of love . Claire x

  12. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hayley Hi,
    It’s my Brother with MS – Tom ( my son) has Downs Syndrome.
    Gosh you have a lot to cope with – how are you in this heat? X

  13. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Hoping your birthday was as tremendous as Miss Ali’s wedding !!! What a day- she looked just perfect – lots of happiness splashing around us all I tell you !! Hope you celebrated in style !
    Lots of love xx

  14. Claire Sutton July 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Mary… Nearly there.. Nearly there.. Though all the mummy’s will not be chanting that in the same way I’m betting!!!! I did laugh at your triple cleanse story — red is never the easiest – I remember a little girl asked me to do her as a ladybird at a school fair.. I cringed as I knew she’d be pink for sometime after!!! My C & P is depleting quickly now as all are using it.. Thieves, well maddie regularly and the boys when forced!
    Dans just left me scrubbing a swimming pool – not a proper one but a gifted one, trouble is it was their dogs hydro pool so it’s not a nice job at all.. I’ve given up to lay out and the Suns gone in.. Typical!
    Oh and yes I get you with the lush.. Seriously potent !! Maddie has ” Dorothy” coming next week – that’s the part she has at end of school production so seemed apt- it’s rainbow coloured- better get the bath cleaner ready! Xx

  15. jillian July 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    hi Claire great blog as always.may I say you look gorgeous with or without make up. it really is lovely to spoil our children sometimes. I believe the small and big things we do for our children and the things we do with them all create what I hope will be lifelong happy memories. take care jillian x

  16. martin forbes July 29, 2015 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    hi claire hope you are well iam well
    cant complain

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