Easter surprises…


Before I chatter on, I really wanted to thank you all for your support of my last blog I wrote about World Down’s Syndrome Day. I intended to reply to you all but I worried it may appear that I hadn’t given any thought to your personal comments if all my 41 replies suddenly appeared en masse.

So I truly hope you realise how very grateful, recharged and energised by all your comments I was – Dan too and of course the star of my blog, Tom! He loved seeing his video up there and hearing your lovely and kind comments which I passed on to him.

And now I’ll chatter!

“A healthy complexion is a reflection of total wellness both inside and out. This, in turn, creates a healthy environment for the skin so that if problems do arise, they resolve more easily.”

How very true. This is a quote from Dr. Murad, who founded the fabulous skincare brand back in 1989. I’ve yet to work with the team on QVC but was delighted to experience a couple of pieces from the brand, and I’m rather loving the Rapid Collagen Infusion from Dr Murad! Wrinkle-fighting, collagen-building and hydrating – yup that sounds kind of where I am as I’ve just celebrated another birthday!

It’s a pleasure to use and I feel the smoothness of my skin is quite distinctly noticeable. The sun has been peeping out (yippee!) so it’s been good to know that even in February and March there is SPF30 in the Age Balance Moisture Plus so I’ve been feeling happy to bask in the warmth. Plus our Pick of the Month from Ultrasun sounds a marvellous mask which I can’t wait to try after sun exposure. So come on sun, get your hat on and come out to play!

Birthday boogie!Talking of birthdays, it’s all ramping up! The diary is unusually filling with lovely and special things, aside from the usual everyday stuff. A great friend of mine celebrated his 40th – a tough one for him as he’s a youthful, fit and fabulous boy (being 40 changes nothing Mark!). His afternoon tea in a posh London Hotel was full of extra special surprises! The following weekend a friend’s 50th and of course my own (NOOOO not 50th, nor 40th for that matter, just an in-betweeny one!!).

My birthday was a total treat, with an early start. The children were disappointed to have to be at school, though Dan and I spent a lovely chilled day in Cambridge just the two of us. The weather was a tad chillier than I anticipated so there was no way we were off on a punt down the river!

But it was lovely having no time restraints and mooching around. Dan announced he can’t eat at lunchtime… eat? That’ll be the two pints of lager my darling!! He actually dozed off in a chair whilst I tried something on – classic!

I was beautifully treated with gorgeous presents from my family and friends and then two days later, an extra gift of two beautiful cherry trees that Dan has planted up near Gypsy for me. I get so upset when he takes a tree out of our garden (even if it’s dead!) he says one out, two in, so I was doubly thrilled and can’t wait for them to flower.

I’m feeling frissons of excitement as we have taken the plunge and booked to take the children to Disneyland Paris. I’m hoping the timings will be just right and we haven’t missed the boat, though Tom has an eternally delightful connection to all things Disney, character and well, just fun in general, so fingers crossed that we all enjoy it as much as we hope.

It was a total surprise and our Easter Egg Hunt in the garden, I decided was the perfect way to  surprise them, so I hacked open (yes it looked like I had!) the large eggs I had bought and hid their passports and an ‘admit one to Disneyland Paris’ ticket with it!! It was priceless – silence from Joe, stunned. Maddie cried, and then through her tears was explaining it all to Tom.

Egg hunt

Egg huntEgg hunt

It was a wonderful moment and we have kept it totally secret since February, which believe me has been tricky! We waited to tell them so they could have some anticipation and excitement yet not go off the boil which could have happened if I had caved too soon and let the cat out of the bag!

I timed it so they opened their eggs at exactly (bu bum!) the same time, and I made sure the batteries were charged AND there was space on the phone/iPad! Isn’t it one of life’s frustrations when you go to capture a moment and there’s no space to even take a picture?! Must fully charge all the devices ready for action as we have many heroes and heroines from Disney to have a ‘selfie’ with – I’ll look forward to sharing them with you super soon.

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Trying new products is a real treat and part of my work as a QVC presenter, however these next few weeks I will be lucky enough to be experiencing facial reflexology. How fortunate am I that my friend is training and adding in this gorgeous treatment to her practice? She needed a guinea pig – it would’ve been rude not to! I’ll let you know how it feels and any super benefits, I’m a fan of reflexology (feet wise) so really looking forward to this different version.

This week, busy as ever – Maddie’s had her tap exam and I’ve had a little technology lesson as Dan bought me a super duper laptop for my birthday and part of his deal was that someone could show me round it! Probably because he knows I will drive him mad trying to get to grips with it, especially as he is just as bad as me! Think I need a private lesson from Lee Hohbein, especially as he cooked a lasagne for Debbie Flint when she had a cheeky lesson over at his. Lee I shall await your invitation!

News in the garden (aside from my mould issue in Gypsy – much care and attention required) is that the long-awaited, much-promised tree house build has begun! It’s soooooo exciting and all the children (and me!) have been roped in at various stages. Here is Tom filling the holes…

Tom building

Joe helped concrete and Madds was in charge of passing all the vital tools to Dan, rather like a surgeon’s assistant! I shall keep you updated with progress, though sadly the feeling of freedom and family we’ve had over this Easter Weekend has almost disappeared, and back to the usual work pressures for Dan, though with these lighter evenings, you never know it may be done before the children leave home!

Tree before

Tree after

I hope you all had a marvellous Easter and that the weather continues to be kind to us all – just a little warmer please, oh and especially when we’re in Paris! By the way, do you think a full-on Cinderella dress will be a tad too much for me to trot around Disneyland Paris in? Oh to be six again!

With my love,

Claire xx



  1. Lanie April 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire, what a lovely video you have chosen to share with us. The excitement was palpable. Hope you all enjoy your sojourn to gay Paris! I do so enjoy your family filled blogs.
    With the very best of wishes, Lanie

  2. lorraine April 10, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    hi claire WEAR WHAT EVER YOU WANT TO DISNEYLAND! you will look beautiful in whatever! I also wanted to add that all the struggles you have had with bureaucrats over your lovely son is sometimes a spiritual lessson for us to learn and fight for our loved ones for what they deserve .love to you xx

  3. Susan April 10, 2015 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant Claire!! I say go for the full on Cinderella dress! Lol now that would be a fun picture!! When do you go to Paris? Summer hold or before? Hope you all really enjoy it. Glad you all had a great Easter and what a wonderful treat to look forward to!
    Let us know about the facial reflexology too. No wonder you presenters all look so young! You’re always off having some facial treat! Oh to dream lol.
    Enjoy your weekend! X

  4. Nicky April 16, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    What a wonderful Easter you had and such excitement for the children when they opened their Easter Eggs. I hope that you all have the best time, I know mine did when they were small ( happy times) they grow so quickly my eldest is 21 next month. I can just see you floating round Disneyland in a blue Cinderella dress!!

  5. Nicky April 16, 2015 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire.
    How rude it didn’t print my ending to above message.
    Much love Nicky xx

  6. Claire Sutton April 16, 2015 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    We had a ball.. I shall share all in my upcoming blog – lovely to hear from you and Thankyou for your reply xx

  7. Claire Sutton April 16, 2015 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou!!! And I did!!! Tho had I had the chance i’d ve been on the parade float , fully attired as Minnie or any of the gorgeous princesses !!! Xx

  8. Claire Sutton April 16, 2015 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    So in need of the facial reflexology, if only to clear the hideous sinus I’ve held onto since the cold!! But yes will report back!! We’ve just returned so I need to blog and share! X

  9. Pseu Donym April 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,

    Wow, it sounds like it has been all go for you. How lovely that you had time to feel close and like a family again. Life really does get in the way sometimes.

    That was a really sweet way to announce your holiday to the kids, and delightful that you managed to capture it on camera. So many of these moments are lost when the memory fades. Hope you will share some photos of your holiday.

    I can’t wait to see the tree house updates. That is something I always wanted as a kid, so it will be great to enjoy this vicariously through your construction.

    Thanks again for a lovely blog, it is always a pleasure to share your thoughts.

    Love, K.

  10. Claire Sutton April 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    How very ruuuude indeed!!!! A fave phrase of mine!
    Well we went, we’re back and we LOVED it, there was an Ariel and a princess in wigs as well!! But aside from maddies Minnie’s ears , nothing fit !!!
    Still in my head I was floating around in the dress!!!
    Love Claire xx

  11. Claire sutton April 20, 2015 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Aaah K , Thankyou and yes my fingers are getting ready to type today…the pics are fab and I shall share !!
    Cos we’ve been away the tree house is as was…but I’ve no doubt it’ll be super..the kids keep adding all th extra “wants” onto their designs, so Dan had better hurry up or else it’ll be a tree mansion!!!! X

  12. martin forbes April 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    hi claire hope you are well
    i am not bad

  13. Claire sutton April 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin, nice to hear from you, I’m really well Thankyou, I hope you are too x

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