I’ve had better weeks!


Outside of QVC

Well if you read my blog last week you may remember that I said I had to keep it short due to Ivy being poorly. Well that Tuesday I’m afraid went down hill very quickly. I took her to the doctor’s that morning and we were given antibiotics for an ear infection but by that afternoon she was being sick and couldn’t keep anything down. The nurse told me to come back in and after getting a second opinion from the GP we were sent to Poole hospital.

At this point I still thought it was just a precaution and we would be sent home that evening, how wrong I was. She was admitted that evening and we stayed for five days while they helped her to fight a rather nasty lymph gland infection. The right hand side of her neck and up and around her ear had now swollen up massively. Anyone who has seen a poorly child knows how worrying it is so you know what it felt like to see Ivy with a cannula in her hand and an IV drip for a strong dose of antibiotics.

Fred and I of course stayed by her side all week, taking it in turns to stay the night and be with her during the day. My mum also came down to help with Tilda and also to give us a bit of a break from the hospital room for an hour or two. It’s been an exhausting and emotional week but we are so glad she is now on the mend and home with us. We still have to take her back in to have her antibiotics for a few more days but we are able to look after her at home which is so much better for her in terms of comfort and her things around her. I want to say another big thank you to our NHS (for the second time this year) for the care they gave Ivy at Poole Hospital, it really was first rate.

The staff, nurses and Doctors were so on the ball and very supportive and lovely even when they were at the end of their very long shifts. I’m glad I am able to share one happy picture from our hospital stay and that’s the one of us all ready to go home with a happy smiling Ivy. Tilda has also been a little trooper, the knock-on affect of her knowing her little sister was poorly in hospital has had her feeling pretty wobbly this week too. Thanks again to Poole hospital and love to the kids and parents who are still in there and around the country.

What I’ve been wearing!

Well this week funnily enough I’ve pretty much been living in T-shirts and tracksuit bottoms so not my finest fashion hour, but who cares when your kids are poorly eh? However I did go to work on Sunday night, as Ivy came home on the Saturday, it was hard to leave her I have to admit but Fred was on the case so I didn’t need to worry.

I had ordered a few new things the week before so it was a nice treat to have some new clothes for my first day back. I went with a rather lovely top from Marble which is very lightweight knitwear. It’s 100% viscose and has a lovely beaded embellishment on the front, along with a pretty pointelle detail. I chose the coral as it’s such a lovely bright colour for summer but we also have it in black and white. I teamed it with a fantastic pair of Betty & Co printed trousers. They are nicely tailored and have a light stretch to them which make them really comfortable. I love the big blousy flower print in these, they are fun and fashionable and a new favourite of mine.

As for the shoes, ooh boy do I love these. They are from Bronx and they are sooooooo cool! They have a rock chic edge with leather and studs and believe it or not they are actually very comfortable. I wasn’t sure if they would be or if they would even fit me with my big feet but the size 8 are actually perfect for me.

Something for the kids

Seeing as this week has all been about Ivy I thought I would bring you something for the kids. Did you know that we have a really pretty range of jewellery for children? It’s from D for Diamond and there are some really pretty age appropriate pieces for all ages. There are gifts that are perfect for celebrations like Christenings, naming ceremony or Birthdays and also Mother and Child gifts which would be lovely for first time mums.

For example the necklace pictured is two hearts that can be put on two different chains (obviously not for a baby but for when the child is bigger!). The watch would be a lovely first ‘big girls/boys watch’ we do it in Pink Blue and Lilac and it’s the perfect size for little wrists and all the numbers are marked clearly for learning to tell the time. It’s worth looking through the collection if you are looking for a special present for a little one in your life.

In Beauty

The Today’s Special Value from Sonic Cleanse is winging its way to you on Wednesday night and all day Thursday 28th June. If you have been after a sonic cleansing device or have been curious about them to see if they really do get right down into those pores then perhaps this will be the one for you. It’s a targeted device for deep cleansing and offers exfoliating, facial massage, T-zone cleansing and even a delicate eye area setting.

After the last week of hospital with Ivy, my skin had never looked worse, I looked so tired and grey in my skin that I was really happy to try this to wake up my face again. It didn’t disappoint, the vibrations were literally shaking the dirt out of my pores and sloughing away the dead skin cells. I used my Elemis cream cleanser with it and it’s like it got super-powered. My skin felt so soft afterwards and no dry patches.


Most importantly I looked sooooo clean!! I’ve been stroking my face and I haven’t yet added any serums or anything onto it as I’m enjoying the freshness of my skin. I do know though that when I do add my creams they are going to soak into my skin effortlessly as there are no dead cells blocking the way! It’s exactly what I needed this week and I will be carrying on with this routine for sure.

In the Kitchen

I’m sorry to say that I don’t have a recipe for you this week for obvious reasons. The only thing I have cooked this week is toast in the hospital communal kitchen!! So what I am bringing you for the kitchen is another Today’s Special Value alert. It’s a Panasonic 1000W Combi Microwave, Convection Oven and Grill. It’s a fantastic 27 Litre capacity and you will be able to do anything from the simplest baked potato to a full roast dinner.

It’s definitely worth tuning in for on Friday 29th June to see what you will be able to cook with it at home. You get a full instruction manual with 85 recipes plus Enamel Tray, Wire Rack and Glass Turn Table for all the different cooking settings. If you have been thinking about upgrading or replacing your microwave then it’s a must to watch on Friday.

That’s it from me this week. I hope you have all had a better week than we have had, thank you to all of you who messaged me on Social Media with well wishes for Ivy it was very much appreciated. If you want to stay in touch then pleased do follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Lots of love Katy x x


  1. Antoinette Browne June 26, 2018 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Katy, l am so happy that you lovely daughter is feeling better. Love reading all your blogs. Take care and God bless
    Love Antoinette.

    • Katy Pullinger July 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Antionette, we are so pleased she’s back to her old self. Lots of Love x

  2. Susan June 26, 2018 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy,
    I’m really glad ivy is better or on the mend anyway. Not pleasant for you all. I’m glad she had good care and good of you to thank the staff. Everyone is under unimaginable pressure and often for such small salaries. I can’t understa these footballers salaries in comparison. That’s another subject!
    Take care. Thank goodness it was short lived x

    • Katy Pullinger July 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

      Yes you a right, they should be paid a fortune for what they have to deal with daily. We are lucky to have such amazing people in the profession x

  3. Jules June 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katie,
    Gosh what a week you have all had. I can completely understand and empathise with what you and Fred have been through. My son Jack was born at 24 weeks and we were in NICU for over 7 months. And then in and out of paediatrics around 3 times soon afterwards. But you realise how resilient and strong our babies / children are. And brave too.
    So glad Ivy is home and you can all have some normality back.
    If you have half an hour, please try and listen to the radio programme The Incubator by Clare Jenkins on radio 4. It’s about our NICU journey with Jack and life on NICU.
    Take care x

    • Katy Pullinger July 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

      I will absolutely check out the radio program Jules, what a time that must have been for you all. I hope Jack is thriving! Lots of love, Katy x

  4. Jacqueline Bostock June 28, 2018 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Katy I’m so pleased your little girl is on the mend. I am a retired Midwife and I know how worrying it can be for parents and staff when little ones are unwell. I keep wondering whether you have found your wedding ring but when children are unwell priorities change.

    Can I ask what blouse you were wearing on tonight’s show 28th June. I always find your blog very interesting and cooked the salmon recipie you recommended. It was delicious. Many thanks from Jackie of devon

    • Katy Pullinger July 12, 2018 at 10:53 am -  Reply

      Hi Jackie, sorry for the slow reply. As you can imagine we’ve been playing catch up even since we got home. Thanks for your well wishes, Ivy is doing so much better now. Can you remember what the blouse looked like, colour or style, or even the show that you saw me on? thanks Katy x

  5. Sandy Hill June 29, 2018 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy, what an awful week for you, glad to hear Ivy is on the mend, xxx

    • Katy Pullinger July 12, 2018 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Thanks Sandy, she is bouncing back thankfully! She still has a little swelling but it’s all going down. Hopefully abc to 100% soon x

  6. Kim June 30, 2018 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Hi, Katy; sorry to read about your rotten week, but glad little Ivy is on the mend. Best wishes to you all x

    • Katy PUllinger July 12, 2018 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Thanks Kim, we are so thankful she is better x

  7. Janet July 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes to all of you. Keep strong. Xx

    • Katy Pullinger July 12, 2018 at 10:55 am -  Reply

      Will do Janet, lots of love to you x

  8. Judith lennon July 3, 2018 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Katy
    So sorry to hear about your beautiful little girls illness. It is awful to see them so poorly. Glad she is now feeling better and at home. Kids ha ha!!!! You worry about them from the minute they are born and throughout their lives. It was lovely to hear how you spoke of our NHS. I too have have great need of them this year and have nothing but praise for them. Take care.love judith x

    • Katy Pullinger July 12, 2018 at 10:59 am -  Reply

      Thanks Judith, sorry to hear you have needed the NHS this year too, but so glad you were looked after so well. Lots of Love, Katy x

  9. Jacky Edwards July 9, 2018 at 1:48 am -  Reply

    Katy, I’m so sorry I’ve only just seen this post. Feel so sorry for you all. It’s absolutely rubbish when your child is ill. Just so pleased that Ivy is better now and you’re all recovered from this awful and tiring time- when a child is poorly and especially in hospital it takes a toll on the whole family Thank goodness for wonderful NHS staff-such a blessing. Take care all of you, Jacky x

    • Katy Pullinger July 12, 2018 at 11:02 am -  Reply

      Yes it does indeed, you don’t realise how much it knocks on to everyone in the family until it happens to you. Poor Tilda was so emotional through it all too and I wasn’t ready for that because I was so focused on Ivy, so we had to make sure she was getting lots of cuddles and support too. All is well now though thankfully. Thank you for your lovely message. Katy x

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