Our wonderful trip to Cork


Well hello there!! We are back from our holiday in Ireland and we’ve had a brilliant time. I’m currently ignoring the suitcases in the hall and I’m hoping someone will magically come and unpack it all for me, I may be waiting some time! Even though Fred didn’t get to come with us we managed to have a lovely time messing about at the beach, chilling with family and getting lots and lots of fresh air!

We are very lucky that my parents have a lovely retirement cottage in West Cork so it’s somewhere we try to get to every year. I’m sure I have mentioned before that we have been going since we were kids and my mum has been going there since she was a teenager so it was her lifelong dream to one day have a cottage there. It’s very laidback, no rushing, just taking the day as it comes. Most of it is spent by the water in some capacity whether it’s on one of the beautiful wild beaches or jumping in off the pier into the water at high tide down by the pub. Fishing trips and picnics out on the boat are also something that we look forward to.

One thing you will see everyone doing too is walking! Long gorgeous blustery walks with the most incredible scenery. There are many places to explore and one of our favourites is a castle ruin called Three Castles Head. It’s a bit of a walk/climb but the girls were sooooo good and managed it with minimal complaint. We had a family friend with us who helped keep the kids entertained by teaching them amazing facts about all the wildlife and plants they saw along the way. He also got them to ‘collect high fives’ from everyone coming back the other way which the girls both loved and got their competitive sides going and kept their momentum up.

My dad has become a bit of a superstar vegetable grower too and has been working incredibly hard on his vegetable patch and salad garden. He has designed and built the whole thing himself and is producing the most amazing produce! Giant courgettes, humongous cabbages, radishes, lettuce, rocket, potatoes, beetroot and more. Ivy is hiding one of the cabbage leaves in the pictures as the cabbage was too big! I love that it means the kids can understand even more where their food comes from, unfortunately it hasn’t encouraged Ivy to try more veg though, she likes picking them though, so baby steps.

As you can see I spend a lot of time taking pictures of the girls when we are in Ireland, the colours of the backdrop and the happy smiling faces means I get some brilliant happy pictures of them which I treasure. I will have a whole library of them growing up there to look back on. This time we also tried to re-enact a photograph that my mum and I took when I was little at the castle ruin but with me and Tilda. I want to dig out the original picture before I share it with you so you can see them both together, so perhaps I will have found it by next week!

I took one of my all-time favourite photos of Ivy this holiday, it’s the one of her looking up at me from the table with the plate of bread in front of her. Her gaze is so serious and the wooden panelling behind her makes for a beautiful shot I think. Tilda’s Ice lolly picture is also super cute.

I have to admit though it’s nice to get the kids home and back to a routine because it all goes out the window when you are away doesn’t it. They stayed up too late, ate meals at completely random times and probably ate Ice Cream every single day. By the end of the trip it was starting to take its toll and the meltdowns where definitely more frequent, so for now its back home to earlier bed times and a little less excitement.

What I woreBaukjen Breton Stripe Jumper

I don’t have loads of fashion to share with you from the trip because I pretty much lived in the same jumper most of the week. The striped dress I am wearing in some the pictures is from Joules and there are similar styles to it on our website as this one is now out of stock. Back to the jumper though, another Breton stripe, this time from Baukjen!

I can’t get enough of this jumper, it’s a firm favourite and it goes with so much as a stripe has become a bit of a neutral in terms of putting it with other items, even other patterns. It’s 65% wool and 35% nylon and thankfully for me it’s machine washable. I hate hand-washing knitwear! I will be wearing this jumper for years to come as its great quality as you would expect from Baukjen. Tilda took these pictures of me and I think she did a really good job, she is becoming quite the assistant for my blog pictures!!

Back to QVC – so I will be back this weekend at QVC and I’m really looking forward to some of the big offers we have for you.

Moda in PelleLanci Ankle Boot 

Firstly I am particularly excited to have a funky fashion Today’s Special Value coming to us on Saturday. It’s an ankle boot from Moda in Pelle called the Lanci and we have some brilliant colour ways. I am immediately drawn to the Burgundy as the colours are perfect for Autumn. The snake print in blue and mustard is what has swung it for me, I think they are really different. If you prefer something that will go more easily with other things that you have then perhaps the navy will be a good option. The leopard is perfect to go with so many things too as animal print has become another great neutral that goes with so much and elevates even a plain pair of jeans to a funkier look. They are available now on pre-sell!

Decleor 5-Piece Firming and Energising Skincare Collection

Decleor is bringing us the most exciting Today’s Special Value this Sunday, the 5-piece Firming & Energising Skincare Collection. It includes the launch of the Lavandula Shower Gel in a supersize 400ml along with a supersize of the bestselling Prolagene Gel 400ml. You will also be getting the Lavendula Plum Eye Cream, Fine Night Balm and Light Day Cream. I will be in the salon with Fiona at 4pm on Sunday to find out more about it but you can already get ahead of the game and order yours here.

So that’s it from me for this week. I will now go and get through the mountain of washing, get the fridge stocked up and prepare for a really early night tonight.

I hope you are all well, please let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments.

See you on QVC this weekend.

Love from Katy xx

PS. As always you can keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Susan August 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Katy,
    What a lovely family holiday you had! It’s so nice to hear of British isles holidays! We don’t celebrate our homes enough I don’t think. You’re a perfect tour guide for Ireland! Well done you!
    I love your jumper and all your family pics. You and Kathy could team up and promote the British isles!x

    • Katy PUllinger September 12, 2019 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      yes we have so much close to home that is wonderful. There are many places I want to visit with the kids. I will make sure to share any new places we go to.Thanks for the comment, sorry it took a while for me to reply, it’s the crazy summer holidays! x

  2. Eileen Mahoney August 8, 2019 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    I looove all of your photos Katy. And yes, you are right, that one of Ivy with the bread is very special. Where in West Cork are your parents based? Do they live there full time now or just holidays? It truly is a gorgeous corner of the world…..and is my 3rd fav area of all of Ireland after Galway and Kerry. I, myself, am a Galway girl at heart. My parents used to have a holiday house outside of Spiddal. Sadly, they built the house after I was grown (although we did rent there a couple of summers when I was a child) but it was their grandchildren who really got to benefit from it – and they soooo LOVED it. The absolute freedom they had of running out the door at 9am and not returning until about 9pm and yet us knowing they were absolutely safe and happy. And not a tv or any other technology in sight – just their imaginations. They all have such great memories of those summers and such a love of Ireland as a result which I have no doubt they will pass on to their own children.

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Eileen, sorry I’m finally catching up on your comment now that the kids are back at school. My parents place is right down on the coast south west beyond Skibbereen. They’ve retired now so are there for big chunks of the year. It’s such a special place for children, and for adults, but like you say they can use their imaginations and be more free from technology although wifi is in most places now!

  3. sue August 9, 2019 at 1:53 am -  Reply

    Nice blog Katy ,love reading your adventures as I am a QVC viewer now living in USA but still get orders from here for when I take my vacations yearly home . My next trip is Fort Lauderdale USA as kids have just left home this yr and we are empty nesters . I remember the days when they were young and it all went so fast .

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue, it’s already going so fast. I can’t believe I have two in school now! Hope life in the States is good fun?!x

  4. Kylie August 9, 2019 at 6:15 am -  Reply

    What lovely photos. Looks like you had a lovely time.

  5. jillian mason August 11, 2019 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hiya bab,i so enjoy reading your blog,sharing what youve been up to with your loverly family.Ive been busy looking after my adorable 7yr old grandboy Jaxen,as his mom (me daughter)works,we have fun in the school hols and it keeps me busy and fit in me retirement.Look forward to your next blog,best wishes,
    Jillian x

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jillian, sorry it’s taken me a while to reply. I am catching up on things now that the kids are back to school! Hope you had fun with your grandson over the summer holidays x

  6. jacqueline tucker August 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Lovely photos Katy and good to see John as well.

  7. mary storrie August 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Great pics Katy looks like you had a fabulous holiday . Can I just say you are one of my favourite presenters X

    • Katy Pullinger September 12, 2019 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      HI Mary, sorry for such a slow reply. I blame the summer craziness of having the kids off school, I’m trying to catch up now. Thanks for your lovely message. I hope you had a great summer. x

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