Claire Sutton and family

Shiny happy new beginnings


Let’s remember that it’s not a given, we do have to make new beginnings happen and unlike QVC’s 30 day money back guarantee there’s no guarantee to waft and wave as we start 2017.

How are we all now we are “out the other side” of Christmas? It went quickly don’t you think, was it because it fell on the weekend that it seemed even swifter?

I was on air with you on the Friday and arrived home to Momie and Uncle Arnold and the feeling that now Christmas could begin!

We ate, we drank and we made merry. I had a small (well I thought small!) strop, we played games and ate and drank some more… yes a lovely Christmas was had, albeit a shorter one as I was back on Boxing Day with you.

However each time I came home from work I arrived home to more visitors… so the party feeling continued, it was super sociable and each “window” was seized and made the most of that’s for sure.

Pie Face

The craziness of Pie Face which is a simple game where the unfortunate loser gets splatted in the face with squirty cream! was excellent fun. Tom received it from his godfather who quite correctly thought it would be right up his street and we did have such a laugh playing with it over Christmas.

Mr and Mrs, the card game, was excellent, although Dan and I refrained from playing as during Charades the night before I had become a tad cross let’s just say, so I think we both realised we should step away from the games if we wanted to stay as Mr and Mrs!

Dancing around the room to the wonderful tunes from George Michael with the loved and important people in our life was special so Boxing Day night was a relaxed yet crazy fun evening. Tom loves his god parents so much he apparently whispered in Amanda’s ear ” I could come and live with you, think about it”!!!!


Talking of Tom I must share with you my Christmas presents from him. I was presented with a wrapped and very heavy large box, I opened it and inside was nestling… ME! Tom told me the mask was me… and the black paint he had liberally used was a beard.

What could I say in response..?! Except “wow, thank you darling it is amazing! I love it!”

And yes I do, it’s spectacular and special, a one off! And just goes to show it’s not always about the monetary value… I am however rather anxiously checking my chin in the mirror, what does he know that I don’t?!

Joe chose two books for me, having asked my friend which titles she thought I would like, he ordered them for me as he knows I adore reading and wish I made more time for it. I was thrilled with his sensitivity and thought.

Maddie was determined to buy a new phone case for my new phone she knew I had bought (though stupidly I didn’t check the gigabytes so am struggling without photos and emails on it at the moment). Daddy was sooooo busy leading up to Christmas it fell to me to order my own! She chose it though, I just… paid for it. She’s a clever minx isn’t she! (She assures me that she will pay me back !)

Claire Sutton with her brother

Maddie has had a wonderful run in Dick Whittington, with all our families coming to see her and lots of friends too even my lovely brother who flew in from Singapore to surprise his children for New Year. He certainly surprised Maddie as he came to see her in panto! We have loved her little smiley face in the show and I became quite adept at getting her and her team in and out of their rat costumes as I have chaperoned at the theatre. It was a hilariously funny show with an amazingly talented cast. It’s been full on and she will be so disappointed to head back to “normalness” and school I think.

My beautiful niece Phillipa also surprised her with the sweetest way of asking her to be her bridesmaid… a balloon holding a box with a lovely bracelet and a poem inside. So, we have a wonderful wedding to look forward to and with the most beautiful of brides I have no doubt.

All in all it has been a wonderful time to cherish and spoil one another and step out of the norm and into the magical world of Christmas albeit for just a short time.

And now the expectations of shiny new beginnings and fresh starts is all around us… what will we do? And how will we change? I guess all will reveal itself naturally although to plan a few things ahead and make a few little changes to how one acts, believes and maybe perceives ourselves and each other is worth a little thought.

New year's resolutions

I spotted the above on the fridge and was impressed by Maddie’s thoughts she had penned… I certainly hope that it is a year full of happy laugh out loud moments, fabulous friends and my special and loved people being happy and healthy and optimistic about it all with me.

I want to thank you all for your continued support here, on social media and on air at QVC. Your kindness to me, to Dan and the children is massively appreciated. May I take this moment to wish you all the specialness of life, and the health to enjoy, appreciate and create wonderful times ahead in 2017.

Let me know what fresh starts you would like to embark upon and maybe we can all inspire each other to make some differences.

Much love as ever,

Claire xxxxx


  1. Susan January 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year Claire! I love your blogs as you know and I will continue to read and enjoy in the new year. I hope you all have a good year and don’t have too many exams and challenges to deal with? I hope this year is a year of settling and peace. We will wait and see! Chat soon x

  2. theresa January 6, 2017 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Claire I love reading your blogs about what you and your wonderful family get up. Hope 2017 is full of love, health and happiness for you all and like all. I’m contemplating retirement in the next twelve months but as my son said what will you do mum, oh I will think of something besides enjoying the company of my soon to be teenage granddaughter. Look forward to reading your future blogs about all you do take care x

  3. Hayley Downs Side Up January 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    I think Maddie is right. I’ve just finished writing a post about New Year’s aims and I think they should be simple and achievable – for me getting health checks and drinking more water, as well as surrounding myself with positive peopple that make me happy. Much love to you and your gorgeous family.
    Hayley x

  4. Claire Sutton January 10, 2017 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Thankyou so much and yes I truly hope so too! Toms final year at school, just some sorting out for September to do..lets hope not a battle!…and a peaceful year.. Fingers crossed ! Xxxx

  5. Claire Sutton January 10, 2017 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    Theresa, oooo an exciting time…it appears when one retires that you won’t how you ever fitted in working! I had to laugh this week , my “retirement letter” arrived from my pension company….when I set it up, I was a dancer so clearly thought I wouldn’t be hoofing it by the ripe old age of 50.. Apparently I am no longer allowed to retire at 50, unless I offer an age, they automatically choose 75 for me…. Better head in to Work right now!! Xxx

  6. Claire Sutton January 11, 2017 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    I truly am sipping my hot water and lemon as I type this Hayley ! And the mantra in this house is ” don’t let anyone dull your sparkle” another good and I hope achievable thing for New Year..have a lovely week ,love Claire x

  7. Vanessa January 15, 2017 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I adore your outfit on this mornings RJ gardening show, would you mind letting me know the details please?
    Many thanks

  8. Jessica Napier January 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Claire for your words of wisdom and encouragement. May I say that you always look absolutely fabulous. I look forward to reading your blog and seeing the photos of your family. God bless.

  9. Claire Sutton January 18, 2017 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Hello Vanessa, Thankyou ! I was in my Coco Bianco trousers , my own sweater and the Kelly Hoppen pendant 🙂 I actually wore it into work ( I wear them loads at home too ) and kept it the outfit on as I liked the look so much xx

  10. Claire sutton January 20, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    That’s most kind and Thankyou , I do appreciate your taking time to reply,
    Have a lovely weekend ,
    Love Claire x

  11. JANICE SOUTHERN January 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed ready your blogs, all the family photos and wish your family much happiness in 2017! I was reading your November blog and I have the coatigan in pink, its beautiful. Could you tell me where you got the fluff from as it elevates the coat to another level. You always look so stylish Thanks x

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