Welcoming in 2014!


Christmas lunchHello and a very happy 2014 to you!

I hope everyone had a wonderful festive period… and if you hate/ don't celebrate Christmas, I hope it wasn't too painful. I absolutely love it and had a brilliant time.

There were nine of us in our house, with members of both mine and my husband's families getting together – my mum, hubby's dad, my sister, hubby's sister, her partner and my two nieces!

There were so many hilarious moments, the first of which came at our Christmas Day lunch when we put on the 'festive masks' that came with our crackers. Off, they looked quite fun with turkey, clown and snowman masks all included.

But when we put them on….OH MY GOODNESS! (as you can see above!) We looked like something out of 'Silence of the Lambs' – it was positively scary!

Then there was the game of charades in which my husband kept frantically tapping his nose, much to the bemusement of all of us. After we miserably failed to guess his charade, we asked him what on earth all the nose-tapping had been about. His reply? He was trying to say "sounds like". SOUNDS LIKE?!

"Er, shouldn't that have been tapping your EAR?" we all yelled.

"Oh", he said…

Oh dear. And then there was my mother telling us about "fluff pops" and getting totally exasperated.

"Fluff pops", she insisted.

"Mum, we don't know what fluff pops are", we said.

"Of course you do", she said. "Fluff pops. You eat them at fairgrounds. FLUFF POPS."

"Mum, could you possibly mean candy floss?" we asked, as the light dawned.

"Oh", she said…

And so it went on. Much laughter, too much food, and a fabulous time had by all.

Now, a new year dawns. I'm very excited about this year, with a number of personal goals – that I'm keeping to myself for now, but I'll keep you posted as I (hopefully!) achieve them. But there is one thing I've resolved to do in 2014 and that is to try as many new things as possible! I've already started by trying to introduce more colour to my wardrobe (I have far too much black/grey/brown!) and by taking up hula hooping, thanks to the gift of a hoop from a friend at Christmas (it's supposed to be great for toning the tummy!).

It's also the year I'll be celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary. I can't quite believe it!

I would love to hear your plans for the coming year… maybe we can inspire each other! You can always get in touch by leaving a comment on this blog (see below) or by chatting to me on Twitter (@jackiekabler).

Have a great week!
Love Jackie x


  1. Jean January 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Sounds as if you had a great Christmas, must have been nice to have your family around you. Love the mask’s, never seen them with crackers before, what a great idea. The Charades sounded good.
    Keep up the hula hoop, I use to have one, it was great.
    Plans for 2014, well maybe spend more time with my dog’s and far less time doing the accounts etc for the business, which I find so boring.
    Hope you achieve your goal’s for 2014, and have a happy and healthy year. And you have your Wedding Anniversary to look forward too.
    Love Jean XX

  2. Jackie Kabler January 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Happy New Year! More time with the dogs sounds like an excellent plan. Lovely to hear from you.
    Love Jackie x

  3. Magda Chetty January 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    I have been shopping with QVC for the last 20 years, and been keeping in touch with everyone on the blogs.
    I love watching you, somehow your voice is just great, you don’t sound like a sales person, but like a friend having a chat with us. And you always smile and make it fun.
    I also had 9 people at the Christmas dinner, and a lot of fun was had by all.
    Hope you have a great 2014, and do all that you planed. My aim is to travel more and enjoy every day, as the last few years have not been kind, in 2011 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and thing has not been so good. But thank God I am great now and want to enjoy life to the full, starting this February by going on a cruise with 3 girlfriends starting in Dubai.
    Hope to keep in touch, and all the very best for the new year.

  4. Jackie Kabler January 14, 2014 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda,
    Great to hear from you and so glad you are well again. Your cruise sounds amazing, have a wonderful time! I agree absolutely that we should make the most of every day, life is so short and you never know what is round the corner. Have a fantastic 2014 and I hope to talk to you again soon….let me know how the cruise goes!
    Love Jackie x

  5. lesleyredmond January 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Happy new year to you and your family could you tell me were you got your crackers with masks from I have searched the shops and internet but cannot find them. Many thanks Lesley

  6. Jackie Kabler January 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lesley
    I got them in John Lewis, they were their own brand of crackers. Might not have any at this time of year though!
    Love Jackie x

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