Hi there, how’s your January going? Fast eh? Exactly what I thought : ). Possibly moving a little slower for those of you who’ve been struggling with one form of lurgy or another, so I very much hope you’re on the mend now. I’ll be honest I’ve not had a flu jab this year although I am supposed to, but last year I had a bad reaction to it, so decided to give it a miss this time around. I’ve managed to avoid the worst of it up until now, so fingers crossed it stays that way!
Something else I did last year was to make a list of New Year’s resolutions. Looking back, perhaps boxing, taking up Nordic walking, learning to play the saxophone and walking 5K three times a week was possibly a little adventurous! Anyway, this year I once again set myself a number of resolutions that I was adamant I would stick to, but I’m ashamed to say the only thing I’ve managed to tick off my list so far is going to the dentist!
Being a child of the 60s I visited the dentist religiously every six months, and over the years, pretty much every tooth in my head had been filled – whether it was necessary or not! Along with all the amalgam they’d used to fill my cavities, I had all my wisdom teeth out just after my 21st birthday, and also one of my huge back molars removed because I had an abscess which wasn’t responding to antibiotics!
Unfortunately, since being diagnosed with breast cancer, the drugs that I have to take continuously to block the production of estrogen, cause issues with my bones, nails and teeth. Can you believe it was eight years on 18th January since I was told? I’ve started taking the Prime 50 Bone Supplements we sell at QVC, and am confident that the mix of ingredients will help not just my joints but my teeth also. My lovely dentist who lost her mum to breast cancer, told me to keep up with my excellent cleaning regime which I have to thank Soniclean for! Their Ultrasonic toothbrush has made all the difference – a bit tickly at first, but I’ve persevered and wouldn’t be without it now. Isn’t it weird though, the older you get the gappier your teeth seem to be! Dental floss is now an integral part of my life : )
Of course my family and friends are also an integral part of my life and I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a number of them over the last few weeks. Jack and I enjoyed a day together where we spent ages catching up in his cosy flat before managing to consume pretty much our body weight in grilled meat, having ordered a massive flat bread sandwich each!
As Colin and I had failed to get to Bournemouth before Christmas, we headed there on Saturday to see our friends Colette and David so that we could celebrate his birthday with them. They’d chosen a fabulous restaurant called The Pear and we had a fun evening culminating in this surprise pudding for Dave (pictured above)! He was genuinely delighted.
On our way home the following day we called in on my mum and Joe and took them out to lunch. We all chose the roast beef and motored our way through a mountain of food which left us unable to even think about a dessert! This time I did take a few photos, having missed our opportunity previously when we were together at Christmas : ) I thought they both looked really well and they enjoyed having a little time away from home too.
Staying with the food theme, we’ve had some wonderful TSV’s over the last few months, but last week, one of the stars was The Real Pie Company with their steak and cheese, bacon and garlic pies to name but a few. That said, I must name check my lovely friend Julie who baked the beautiful chicken, tarragon, ham and mushroom pie (pictured above) for six of us when we had a weekend away in the Cotswolds. It was monumental! I was glad of my Joules coat when we went for a long hike across the fields the following day to burn off the calories, and if you’re also a fan of this brand of outerwear you may be interested to know there’s a TSV this Thursday the 24th from Joules that is available now on pre-sell. The Seaham Textured Breton Striped Jumper comes in four colour choices! My personal favourite is the Red/Gold – which do you prefer?
And from fashion to a fabulous Beauty Weekend where not only are we featuring very special offers from brands such as Benefit, Nails Inc, Gatineau, Margaret Dabbs, NIOD and problem solvers with LAB, but have a set price of £1.95 P&P on EVERYTHING over the weekend. If you want to keep ahead of the game, keep in touch with me on Twitter @alikqvc or Instagram @alikeenan1 and I promise I’ll let you know what’s occurring! Oh, and I must mention the return of Ali Young’s Beauty Insider show this evening (the 23rd) at 8pm. She and Will Gowing will be together to bring you beauty news, backstage gossip and great guests, and don’t forget to stay with them for live Q&A at 9pm on QVC’s Facebook page.
Can you believe it’s a whole year since I visited the home of Downton Abbey with my sister’s primary school pupils? No, neither can I, but I’m doing the same again this year, although this time we are heading off to the British Museum. The last time I visited there was at least eight years ago, and to be honest, I really can’t remember much about it! That’ll all change on Thursday, and I’m very much looking forward to it, so I’ll make sure I document it for you next time here on the blog.
Talking of schools, I will be looking after Honey at the end of the month as Lucy has another parent’s evening, and I’ve promised Honey we can have another session with her microscope! I bought her the Quick Attach Digital microscope for Christmas and we hunted around for some of the more unusual subjects. I even allowed her to take a few photos with my phone too, and not just with the microscope, so see if you can identify what these are??
We’ve got Jack’s 26th birthday coming up on 2nd February and Colin’s son Dan is 34 on the 10th, so I’m going to have to start baking a few cakes! I hope that all is well with you, and thank you for keeping in touch with me here on the blog.
With my love,