It was so nice to get back to work after our holiday. I do count myself very lucky that I enjoy my job and I felt refreshed and ready to get back to it. I had a fun show this week with Alison O’Reilly and Diamonique. We haven’t had a show together for ages so it was nice to have some laughs during the show and bring you some amazing offers. I wore these fabulous Teardrop earrings but I want to give a special shout-out to the Unicorn Stud Earrings because they are so much fun and of course Unicorns are still incredibly popular at the moment!
It was also Catherine Huntley’s birthday and she was at work that day so we surprised her during the Lunchtime Show with a birthday cake. I looked high and low for a vegan one to suit Catherine but no one seems to do them ready to go but still the sentiment was there. The supermarkets are missing a trick there, or perhaps we need to get onto our many cake brands to sort that out!
Outside of QVC
Now there’s nothing like an all-inclusive holiday with food and wine on tap to make you need to have a bit of a health overhaul when you get back. Fred and I have both decided it’s time to make a few changes in our life. There’s lots of change all round actually as Fred has changed his job and is now a freelance agent with a number of different brands, he has always worked in sales. This means that he will be around at home more for me and the kids, of course he will still be on the road a lot but when he’s working from home he will see me and the kids more and be able to juggle school pick-ups and more importantly be able to clock off at home around 5ish if he wants to so we can squeeze in more family time.
This also means he and I can both have more opportunity for exercise. I have always struggled to get windows for this and by the time Fred would get home at night I would be too tired to go to the gym but I also wanted to see him and have dinner together so I just didn’t. So this week we have really got stuck into it. I have been on five power walks. 5!!!!! That’s more than I have done during a whole month. The summer makes it a real treat to get outside so I am taking full advantage of it.
I have a new collection of sports clothes too thanks to the Modern Soul Range (formerly called Anybody) at QVC so expect to see more from this range here on the blog. The top I’m wearing is the Active Tank Top and what I love about it is the longer length and peplum shape at the back that gives a bit more coverage and style. I also have a lovely bunch of girlfriends who want to get out and about too which makes it even more fun and is a lovely catch up too. Regular readers of my blog will know I’m very good friends with fashion guest Rhiannon so we have been doing beach walks together, I feel incredibly lucky being able to head down to such a beautiful beach to get my exercise. There has also been a load of new street art commissioned along Poole beach front so there are now lots of fun murals along the way to add some extra fun and colour.
Along with the added exercise, Fred and I are on a strict, no wine during the week rule, we are also getting healthier with our food. I want to stress – this is not a diet! I don’t believe in fad or crash diets, I do however think that if you make some realistic changes that you can maintain then you have much more chance of keeping it up. Moderation, is the key don’t you think? I love cheese, bread, cakes, chocolate, wine and pasta. I couldn’t ever give them up and why should I? So I have swapped a few things during the day.
I’ve changed my bagels covered in jam and butter for breakfast for scrambled eggs and spinach. I will then still allow that bagel or bread at lunch time but it means I haven’t had two bagels in one day which I was often guilty of. I have then swapped some of the cups of tea with milk for hot water and lemon. In the evening we’re cutting back on carbs or just swapping starchy carbs for good ones. Pasta for brown rice, or white potatoes for sweet potatoes.
I’m avoiding the latte and brownie I would have in the afternoon at work and getting a pot of fruit too. These little changes plus more exercise is already making a difference. I’ve lost 3kg and I feel much better already and I have more energy. Some days I want a treat and that’s fine, I’m just not doing it every day. What are your health tips? I would love to hear them in the comments below.
This weekend we had a little visitor in our garden, a tired and sluggish little bumble bee. I saw him crawling around on the decking and having seen lots online about how to save tired little bees I jumped into action. This was a great opportunity to teach the girls about how important bees are and how without them the circle of life would completely break down. I called for Tilda and Ivy and asked if they wanted to save a bee. Of course they jumped to help!
I knew what we needed was some granulated sugar on a spoon with a little water and to wait to see if the little bee would take it. It took some time before he (she?) finally took the sugary liquid but once he did he loved it. It’s amazing to see their little tongue fold out to suck it up. He then did a little bee dance and bounced its little fuzzy bottom up and down! I have a put a video onto my Facebook page so please go over and have a look if you are interested.
After he drank we put him up on the table so he wouldn’t get squashed and left him to get his energy back and find his way home. I kept going out to check how he was doing and about an hour later he had gone on his merry buzzy way. So if you see a little bumble bee who seems tired, try doing the sugar trick to get them back on track. Who else has tried this?
There’s been one not so good part to my week however. I have lost my wedding ring! I’m devastated. We think Ivy took it off my dresser to play with it. I take my rings off at night because of using lotions and creams but I also find it more comfortable. Then, when I went to put them on the wedding band was gone. Ivy said she had it but she can’t tell us what she did with it. We have tried talking her through her actions, we’ve made it into a game but to no avail.
I talked about it on my Instastories over on Instagram and you’ve all been so lovely with tips and advice. So many people told me to ask St Anthony, known as the patron saint of lost things. One lovely person has even lit a candle for me in the hope of finding it. I really hope it turns up, it’s irreplaceable as it was my Granny’s eternity band. So if you have any spare positive thoughts for me I would really appreciate it. I know it’s just a material thing but it’s so special to me so I’m keeping everything crossed.
What I’m wearing
I love these earrings from the Pilgrim range, they have been bringing out some fantastic pieces. They are the perfect length without getting in the way and add just the right amount of drama. I have also found some other great statement earrings for you guys to check out. These Organic Multi Link Drops earrings and these Interlinked Circles. They are a key fashion look at the moment and definitely worth adding to your collection.
This week I’m also trying out my ‘party wear’ skirts as day wear. All you have to do is swap heels and nice tops for trainers and T-shirts and you’ve got a really current look for every day! I’m wearing a Betty & Co skirt with my own slogan T-shirt and Vionic trainers.
What I’m cooking
Chicken with Lemon and Tarragon
As you’ve already read we are trying to be healthy so I have been trying to cook some really good veggie heavy meals with low carbs. So this week I made Chicken with Tarragon, Lemon and green vegetables.
This is very simple. You’ll need –
2 skinless Chicken breasts – Diced
1 whole Chopped Courgette
Chopped clove Garlic
Brown Rice to accompany
If you are having brown rice to accompany then put this onto boil. Then pour a table spoon of olive oil into a pan and heat, add the chopped garlic and a shake of dried tarragon to infuse some flavour into the oil. Then add the diced chicken and cook all over to seal the meat. Then squeeze half a lemon all over it and shake in more tarragon.
Follow with the chopped courgette and broccoli and toss together until the vegetables have softened and the chicken is cooked through. Sprinkle with salt to taste, I use sea salt and not table salt as it’s much healthier. Even better, use the pink Himalayan salt as it has more minerals. Drain the rice and serve altogether. Brown rice is packed with nutrients and vitamin B6 and way more healthy than white rice. I’ve only just discovered that white rice is actually brown rice first and has all the hull and rice kernel removed, which is where all the good stuff is!
That’s it from me this week. I shall be back next week with all my latest news from inside and outside of QVC. Please do let me know if you’ve been making any changes in your world too, have you got any great tips? Do you use Fitbits, or is there a particular type of exercise class that you go to?
Love Katy x