My daughter, the video blogger!


Zoella Suggs has a lot to answer for! My daughter talks to herself, or more often to mirrors, or indeed her iPad a little… no A LOT of the time!

Now I remember talking to myself lots too, but back in those days when you saw someone having an animated conversation in a car or walking down the street you raised eyebrows, nay even laughed. These days one realises it’s just a vlogger (video blogger) doing their chatty little thing!! Why am I even surprised when I myself talk for a living?!

So who exactly is Zoella you may be asking (ask your daughters, I bet they’ll know). Well, she is a beauty vlogger, who has made her name and career from testing out and demonstrating products and video blogging about them. She is a beautiful young lady and Maddie is enthralled by her! So, when I caught her chattering away (as if on camera!) as she made Tom a smoothie with our new Nutri Ninja, I had a little thought that she could maybe do a vlog of her own… so here is Miss Maddie demonstrating her smoothie!! Sorry it’s a bit long, but I didn’t have the heart to rush her! I think I had better watch out, my little girlie may be after her mummy’s job!!!

We use the Nutri Ninja loads, it’s the easiest thing to use AND clean up, and it’s certainly not a one hit wonder kind of gadget as they often can turn out to be. “Can we shop for more fruit mummy?” It’s so much nicer to hear that than, “Can we go and get some crisps!!”

I have been following the Christianne Wolff Body Rescue Plan since September and I have really changed how I eat. For me my problem was NOT eating enough!!! Then the classic “reward” of a glass or two of wine or a G&T. Yup it’s easily done isn’t it? Plus, the crisps and dips to accompany this “Aaaah time” meant my calories were all taken in at the end of a long day, eaten way toooooo late and laden with the sugar and empty calories alcohol offers (what a temptress!).

So September arrived and I was spurred on by Catherine Huntleys phenomenal results. I sat one morning super early in the car park at QVC and thought the phrase, “I’ll deal with myself when I’m going to be 50” just didn’t cut it anymore! So I ordered the book and started. Since then over a stone that had just nestled itself in and around my curves dissolved away and I’ve continued with better habits.

I wasn’t sure I would do it, particularly the detox part, nor that I would stick it out, so I quietly began. Had it been a diet, I wouldn’t have been at all interested, but I approached it as a change in my habits and I really appreciated some of the relaxing meditation CDs Christianne had done, which just helped me breathe better and slow myself down in general.

Christianne Wolff's Body Rescue Plan

Now I’m 7 months in! I guess the naughty bits sneak in and yes, I’m still having the Prosecco here and there, but just not as regularly!!! I appreciate all I’m drinking and eating so much more, oh and I’m eating plenty too! And drinking more…WATER that is!!

Bizarre isn’t it but I think all those years of not performing as a dancer on a full tummy had stayed with me, but now I’m munching on stuff every few hours… it’s a good feeling! Benefits? I feel more like ‘me’. Feeling more like ‘me’ perhaps should be the subject of another blog, or “who actually am I ..??!!!!!” I’m feeling more than a little peculiar and a little lost after such massive hard fought battles have been won this end, and life is developing now for ALL my three children.

I guess I’ve had my mummy hat on for just that little more time than most mummies of a soon to be 14 year old. I’m never taking it off that’s for sure, but maybe the girl beneath it needs to remember what else she’s able to do…!!!

I’m off now to be photographed for World Downs Syndrome Awareness Day (March 21st) with my socks on… Mmmmmmm just my socks on…?? Noooooooo better re-read the brief QUICKLY!!!!

Do pop a comment back to me, or my gorgeous girlie. We’d LOVE to hear from you.

Wishing you all happy and sunny March moments!

Claire and Maddie


  1. gina March 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire and Maddie, wow Maddie you are fantastic at demonstrating, very clear instructions and beautifully spoken, watch out Claire I think your gorgeous girly will be taking over your job in a few years time.
    I also ordered Christiane’s book but I haven’t yet started the régime, well done you and Catherine, you are both very inspirational to me,
    Look forward to some more videos Maddie!
    Your just like your mummy, very pretty, and confident, well done x

  2. Andrea March 11, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Maddie is so lovely, what a credit to you and your hubby Claire x

  3. Lyn March 12, 2015 at 1:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire and maddie it was nice reading your blog and watching the video of your lovely daughter maddie making a smoothie I think your right Claire. Maddie may be after your job ! Xxxx

  4. Claire Sutton March 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gina,
    What lovely things you said about Maddie, I shall pass them on to her! My sis in law is planning to embark upon the plan too.. I hope you find it an empowering read Gina and see the benefits too.
    Thankyou for your lovely reply . Claire xx

  5. Claire Sutton March 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Aaah, I can just see her beaming smile when I tell her that.. Thankyou ever so Andrea , love Claire x

  6. Claire Sutton March 12, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Lynn, thankyou for your lovely comment..she’s my little superstar for sure!
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Claire xx

  7. Karen March 14, 2015 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    watch out QVC!

  8. Jillian March 15, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi lovely ladies! You are both so beautiful.
    Claire I find you an inspiration. I have a disability and am a mum and wife. My mum is still there for me and my dad too but they brought me up to be able to look after myself. My mum says whether or not your child has a disability you always worry. You are doing a great job be kind to yourself. Lots of love x

  9. Judith lennon March 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire

    What a lovely daughter you have. I think she may well follow in Mummy’s footsteps! Watch out she could be competition for you…. Love Judith xx

  10. Nicky b March 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire and Maddie,
    What a fabulous piece, Claire I am very interested in the plan and may have to order myself a copy. I have turned the dreaded 50 now and seem to have put on a few pounds over the Winter months (Winter warmth). When I was younger and before I had my two children, I could eat as much as I wanted and never gained any weight, my daughter Charlotte who is 16 is lucky enough to carry the slim genes too as is her older brother Harry soon to be 21.
    I will keep you posted on my
    Progress with the plan.
    Now this is a little message to young Miss Maddie, what a beautifully demonstrated video blog. Mummy has much to be praised, bringing such a lovely little girl up so well spoken and well presented. I know that you have two big brothers who are equally gorgeous in their way too. Mummy better watch out you will be after her job. My daughter Charlotte also follows Zoella, she is slightly obsessed along with Tanya Burr, who she went all the way to Manchester to her book signing. Keep up the good work, until next time.
    Much love Nicky xx

  11. Claire Sutton March 17, 2015 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    Morning Judith,
    Thankyou! She’s thrilled to bits to see herself on my blog, and getting such lovely comments – happy girl! Have a lovely Tuesday xx

  12. Claire Sutton March 17, 2015 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Gosh you sound to be pretty immense yourself!! I hope Tom can have some kind of independence and yes we shall try hard to always be there but get him to be able to do things solo.. You know what I mean!!
    Thankyou for writing love Claire xxx

  13. Claire Sutton March 17, 2015 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Simply a thankyou for lovely words.. Maddie wants to go to Brighton .. Yup that’s where Zoella lives!! Think if she ever was on Qvc Madds would hide in my car and escape school!!
    Hope you get on with christiannes plan and you see good things too. Love to you and your brood! Claire and Madds xx

  14. jennifer cann March 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    wow clare your daughter is such a professional you must be so proud of her as you must be of all your children. you will have to watch out in a couple of years clare as she will be after your job. good luck maddie

  15. Claire sutton March 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Nicky, Thankyou for writing.. And I really hope you reap the rewards of christiannes plan too. 16 and nearly 21 .. Crikey you could probably tell me a thing or two of what to expect..!!!!
    Oh and Maddie is now desperate to visit Brighton.. 3 guesses ! Yes Zoella lives there!
    Lots of love
    Claire xx

  16. Claire Sutton March 19, 2015 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Jennifer….I wondr have the ” bosses” spotted her….still I would get all the glory she’s mine!!!
    I’m thinking she will have to pop up in a blog again..perhaps giving her thoughts on SBC or…as I cought her in mascara yesterday….. On make up…noooooooo way too soon!!!
    Thankyou for watching her though..lots of love,
    Claire x

  17. Tina Harrington March 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Watch out Claire your job is on the line, we have a new star in the family!!!!!

  18. Claire sutton March 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Hang on, is that a P45 in the post……!!

  19. Samantha Hudson July 29, 2015 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Well done Maddie. Surely worth some commission!!!

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