Had a brilliant family weekend. Now both my kids have their own babies, I saw my mum last Sunday, and saw Brad on Saturday and Lolly on Sunday, with lots of grand-baby time!
Mum was on fine form at our breakfast get-together – and I was very happy to go for a long family walk… Although I didn’t realise how long! It took us round the back of Banstead Woods, brought back many memories as that’s where are used to walk the dogs when I had just Holly and Patch, when I was living in Banstead after moving back from Essex in the early 2000s. Sister came along with some of her kids, including funny niece Steph!
Mum was really curious about the gift I gave her – the Revitive foot zapper! Go here to see it online – it helps to give the most fabulous relief for uncomfortable legs and feet. I have one myself at the retreat and love it! After a hectic day on my feet looking after people it makes me feel so much better, whilst I relax in my massage chair (a divorce present to myself!) and do my blog or watch Catch Up TV! I can imagine mum will do exactly the same with hers, at last I bought her something as a surprise which she will actually use!
Kew with Brad and Blake
What an amazing day it was, lovely and warm, lots of sunshine in between a few shadows, and a day filled with laughter and a very proud heart. My lovely son Bradley took me for lunch in Kew Gardens, then a tour around the cherry blossom lanes and treetop walkways. Little Blake is toddling very well now, albeit she does it with her arms up, hands up at the side of her face for balance. She’s getting there. She thought it was hilarious when daddy rolled himself down a little hill near the palm house – then, with help, did it herself!
Lolly, Phoebe and Cuddles galore
Then on Monday I was in Carmarthen in Wales for a day with bootiful daughter Lolly and baby Phoebe, now six months old. It wasn’t too bad weather-wise, again. We had a tasty lunch and then did what we do best – went shopping! I bought some lovely three-piece sets for her for the summer. She is so strong and steady on her legs, strong grip and really alert. In to 6 – 9-month clothes now too, such a big girl. At home she had another taste of a new food – soft sweet potato – and seems to love every bit! She kicked her little legs and got all enthusiastic, bending her head forward and opening her mouth for every little piece that was offered to her. Such a lovely beautiful baby, they both are. And I am very lucky. It would have been nice to live closer to either of them though! Maybe one day. It was also lovely to see the two fur babies, Blue and Luna. And my son-in-law Nick of course. Always nice to have a catch up :-).
One last thing to say about spending time with my kids this weekend – I got for the first time some specific comments about parenthood in my really amazing Mother’s Day cards and phone messages. Now that they are parents, they are really appreciating what I had to ‘give up,’ to quote Lauren, in order to put them 1st to make things right for them. I was a single mum from when they were 14 and 11. And yes, I would say that many, many times I put them first. And that’s how it should be. The title of this blog this week is a cogent reminder that this is how to get the best out of children, I think, and it’s a line from the film I saw this week! I got divorced and started really listening to my kids, there was not any room for the rails or disagreements – so we found a way to solve our problems differently. I would often say to them you know what is best for you, go and sort it out. And I have been rewarded with two wonderful children of him I could not be more proud.
This weekend’s highlights
Today Friday – MarlaWynne pleated duster cardigan. Go here to see and buy it now
Saturday – Skechers Cali beaded sliders. Go here to see and buy them now.
Sunday – Laura Geller Sun Catcher five-piece make-up collection. Go here to see and buy it now
Big deals ending Sunday at midnight
0.15 carat Diamond Rectangular Double Halo Mixed Cut Ring in 9 carat gold, a Gale Hayman four-piece Cinematic Kiss Lip Treatment Collection and a Home Reflections Artesia Indoor & Outdoor Rug.
I am loving this red version which is more of a terracotta, a bit more vintage styling than the last ones. Indoor and outdoor means you can create a sense of occasion even on top of some cracked concrete! Daisy and Gracie appreciate it very much. Comes in a series of fabulous sizes and colours, available from Monday – click here to see all the Big Deals.
New Big deals – for next week from Sunday at midnight
Nina Leonard printed side drape dress, the Powerfit Vibrating Fitness Plate with resistance bands, and a Philosophy five-piece Pure & Peel Skincare Collection – click here to see all the Big Deals from Monday onward.
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This week and old friend was at QVC! Sort of… My talented friend LJ Rich who is on BBC tech program click, was on our telly in the cafe right next to our own output. How lovely to see her again. She is so clever with tech and an all-round fab gal, and it was lovely to have such a surprise treat!
Weird Weather and Stormy Skies
This week I also got caught in a couple of hailstorms! One of them came and went within minutes, and the dogs and I found ourselves being pelted by hail to being in bright sunshine. What weird weather we are having. Do you think it will be a lovely summer again? Do you know any of the old fashioned signs that it will be? By the way, I have not got a microphone or antenna coming out of my head in this picture – it’s a street lamp behind me making a photo bomb ha ha! Go here to see this week’s Vlog of the week where I am sheltering from the onslaught! It’s so loud!!
Watch – Home, I’m Darling
Went with my pal Sara to see the most amazing theatre production this week – all about a lady who decides to live as a 1950s housewife and their relationship problems that ensue. Really brilliantly acted and performed and staged – and I loved the summary and conclusion at the end, did not predict it. It was lovely to spend the day in London on a surprising day off – I had originally swapped days with Jilly in order to go and attend an event in Devon which was then postponed. I managed to make my way through enthusiastic flag-waving crowds and marching bands, and avoid other areas, to reach Leicester Sq. for supper. I love theatre like this and would highly recommend this performance – at least 9/10 from me!
Dumbo – I also went to see Dumbo on Wednesday – charming, entertaining, and some really strong actors in it. Funnily enough Eva Green reminds me of LJ Rich! I gave it 8/10. That’s where the title of this week’s blog came from – I thought it was a cute line and so true.
Book of the Week – We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet.
I’ve got a bit of a thing for period tales at the moment, haven’t I! What with the 50s show above, and now this book of the week. Frances has been a writer guest down in Devon and her newest book spans decades but includes the 1940s. One woman. One little girl. The war that changed everything. December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus. No one knows who little Pamela is. Ellen professed not to want children with her older husband, but she takes Pamela into her home and rapidly into her heart, with unforeseen circumstances… highly recommended- she’s a great writer and I’m looking forward to seeing her again at a yoga retreat!
The week ahead on QVC
Monday – Vax Platinum Power Max Carpet Cleaner with additional 1.5 litre solution
Tuesday – Kim & Co culottes jumpsuit with front pockets
Wednesday – Cozee Home Supersoft magnolia print four-piece duvet set
Thursday – Diamonique 5.09-5.91 carat friendship bracelet sterling silver
Friday – Yankee Candle bumper deal – if you like dual wick candles from the unusual ‘created’ fragrance collections, you will love this new today’s special value. Very unisex, quite good presents I think for couples, or men in your life! Don’t miss it on Friday 12th.
Next week on the blog – another niece’s baby shower and some more Phoebe time! Fingers crossed for some good weather!