A big family equals a birthday nearly every week…


Jackie and her sistersHello, hope everyone had a great Easter!

We had four family birthdays in the past week, so it’s been a frenzy of card-choosing and present-buying, although that’s not too unusual – when you have an enormous family like I do there are birthdays most weeks!

My parents are Irish, and having lots of children was the norm when they were young…hence my mum is one of eight children and my dad one of eleven. That’s a lot of aunties and uncles! My parents had six of us, one boy and five girls, of whom I am the eldest. My poor brother, surrounded by so many females growing up!

The five of us girls are pictured here at my sister Deborah’s wedding – we have so much fun when we get together. We’ve also counted up all the first cousins and it’s around seventy (I think!!). And although my husband and I DON’T have children, last Christmas we had to buy gifts for twenty-three nieces, nephews and god-children. Crazy, but fun!

Most of my family live in Ireland – my parents met and married in Coventry, where the first five of us were born. But when I was nine they moved back to Ireland, so I finished my primary school, secondary school and university education there and then returned to the UK when I was 22. 

It’s resulted in an odd situation where I have an English accent, as by the age of nine my accent was firmly established, but everyone else in my family sounds Irish. My nieces call me “the English auntie”, even though I have an Irish passport…Anglo-Irish is probably the easiest way to describe me! It’s been nice to be working with several Irish people at QVC including one of the producers, a couple of floor managers and of course the lovely Miceal!

Despite living in different countries we are a very close family and see each other as often as we can. In fact later this month my mum, one of my sisters and I are heading off to Devon for a little mini-break. We have the BEST holidays – we never stop laughing, and that’s seen us through some very hard times. I LOVE my family!

Meanwhile, I’ve been shopping again (oh dear!)

Steam cleaning ovenMy latest QVC purchase is the H2O X5 mop/handheld steamer. My husband steam-cleaned our oven over Easter – oh yes, I have an excellent husband! Did a very good job too (the steamer and the husband!).

Right, amazingly the sun is out and I’ve got a day off, so I’m off to plant some herbs in the garden.

Have a great week!

Love Jackie x


  1. Louise Glover April 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Whilst reading the blogs I thought I would reply to yours.
    I am one of six children also five girls and one boy he came
    after three girls but then mum went on to have two more girls.
    Mum only had one sister but my Dad had two brothers and one sister so not quite as big an extended family as yours!
    However being part of a big family does make for a closeness
    many people can’t comprehend. We try and get together as often as possible but it’s not easy what with work and distance being major factors. I hope you enjoy working at QVC and look forward to reading your future blogs. Louise.

  2. Jackie Kabler April 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Louise….yes big families are great, good to hear about yours. I think the best thing about being one of six as a child was that there was always someone to play with! Thanks for getting in touch….I’m loving QVC!
    Jackie x

  3. Susan April 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I’m quickly establishing myself as a regular reader of your blogs! They’re great! I think you’re a fab presenter and fit right in. Hope you feel it too. Your family photo is lovely. Your dress is stunning! Lovely day I’m sure. Big family sounds crazy and fun! Never a dull moment and wonderful it goes to prove that big families are possibly even closer than small families! And many pillars to lean on in the bad times yes. Hope you have a great trip to Devon and look forward to the news.
    Susan x

  4. Jasmin April 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    One of 5 girls here! Dad must have had a nightmare getting into the only bathroom! Lovely to hear of your family, I hope you get to see them all soon. Deeply impressed with your husband and the steam mop!

  5. Jackie Kabler April 11, 2013 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan!
    Yes big families are great, wouldn’t change a thing!
    Love Jackie x

  6. Jackie Kabler April 11, 2013 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Jasmin,
    Yes we only had one bathroom too, always queues! But always someone to share clothes and makeup with as teenagers!
    Love Jackie x

  7. Anita Belding April 17, 2013 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    What a pleasure it is when you are presenting at QVC, so pleased to read your blog, and what a lovely family you have, and a husband that cleans the oven !!!! that can’t be bad.Hope you have a fab time in Devon with Mum and Sister.
    Love Anita x

  8. Jackie Kabler April 18, 2013 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anita,
    Oh how kind, thank you! No doubt there will be a blog about our antics in Devon shortly….come back soon and read it!
    Love Jackie x

  9. Barbara Matchett June 3, 2013 at 1:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I was interested to read about your background. I was born in Belfast, but after living abroad all my life I have prett much lost my accent, except if I have to say “how now brown cow”! My brother, however, has kept a strong Northern Irish accent although he lives in Englandt. When I asked him why, he said it helps people remember him in business, especially on the phone. Smart, eh?

  10. Jackie Kabler June 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Barbara
    I love hearing “how now brown cow” in a Belfast accent! Yes it’s odd having different accents in a family, but that’s modern life I suppose!
    Love Jackie x

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