The festive feeling…


Hi everyone,
I usually spend my days off at home in Gloucestershire, but this past weekend I stayed in London to attend a very special lunch. I was honoured to be invited to the annual awards ceremony held by Headway, the brain injury charity I support in memory of my sister Deborah, who died from a brain aneurysm in 2010 when she was 39.

It was a wonderful, moving experience, rewarding those who have battled through brain injury to achieve wonderful things, and those who volunteer with, care for and support them. It was also great to see famous brain injury survivors and fellow Headway supporters like former Olympic rower James Cracknell (who suffered a serious brain injury in a cycling accident in 2010) and singer Marc Almond (who had major head injuries after a motorcycle crash in 2004) there too. Nice to have Eric Knowles from The Antique Roadshow there as charity auctioneer as well! Here’s a photo of him in action. I didn’t take any more pictures… too busy reaching for tissues, it was an emotional day!

Huge thanks to Headway for letting me be part of such a special event, and inspiring me to keep on supporting this amazing charity in the future.

That evening my husband drove to London after work to join me, and we went for a wander to see the Christmas lights. London looks SO BEAUTIFUL this year. Here’s a shot of the wonderful, sparkly green lights in Carnaby Street, and a little video of the beautiful angels in Regent St, just to get you in the mood!

Meanwhile at work there are still a number of fabulous Today’s Special Value offers to come before Christmas and I wanted to show you this one which will air on Friday 15th December. It’s the Rio SoniCleanse Glo facial cleanser… I want to call it a brush, because it does a similar job to sonic facial brushes, but as you can see from the photo it really isn’t a brush at all – in fact, it’s a rather odd looking silicone… THING. But oh my goodness, it really works!

Its various angles and differently-textured surfaces are designed to get into the nooks and crannies of the face and give each area the specialised treatment it needs in terms of removing make-up, cleaning pores, promoting the micro-circulation, relaxing the facial muscles and polishing away dead skin cells. It cleans really deeply but is still gentle, and there are five different intensity levels so you can adjust it to suit you.

You also get about 300 uses per charge, which is amazing. You can use it in the bath or shower if you want to, and with any of your favourite cleansers. There’s also nothing to replace – this is a one-off purchase. And if you’ve always fancied a sonic facial brush, but have been put off by the price, then wait until you see how much this one costs! Do tune in on Friday and take a look.

So, the days until Christmas roll by. I’m excited… I love this time of year. But if you’re not a fan, or don’t celebrate it, hold tight… it’ll soon be over.
Lots of love
Jackie x


  1. Peter Porter December 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blog…???

    • Jackie Kabler December 14, 2017 at 9:30 am -  Reply

      Awww thanks Peter! Happy Christmas.

  2. Nikki December 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, It sounds like you had a good, if emotional time at the Headway charity dinner. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a Sister so young, it must be awful. I can offer you some virtual Hugs though.
    Enjoy Christmas whatever you’re doing. XxX

    • Jackie Kabler December 14, 2017 at 9:31 am -  Reply

      That’s so kind Nikki, thank you! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Juliette P December 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    That sounds like an amazing event for a fantastic cause, Jackie. I’m SO excited to be launching the Rio TSV tomorrow night, I can’t wait. I can’t do without mine and I can’t believe the price!

    • Jackie Kabler December 14, 2017 at 9:32 am -  Reply

      Yay! It’s amazing value. See you Friday! Jx

  4. Jo December 14, 2017 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. That must have been a great event with some remarkable guests. I lost my brother when he was 34. 17 months between us in age. Although that was 10 years ago it still feels like yesterday. He is a huge miss, but I have some wonderful memories of him , although he died in December I too love this festive season like him & my dear late mum who battled with cancer she died two years after him . You are looking so well. Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Jackie Kabler December 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo, so sorry to hear about your brother and your mum. But you’re right, it’s the happy memories that keep you going. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Josephine Jennings December 14, 2017 at 7:09 am -  Reply

    An inspirational blog thank you, it helps to remind us that life can sometimes be tough. That not everything comes easily.

    • Jackie Kabler December 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine,
      So true. But the tough times make us appreciate the good times, and the little things. Happy Christmas!

  6. Susan December 20, 2017 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Well done on supporting the charity. Any one of us could be affected any second. I’m sure your mum always feels it at this time of year. By the way, off topic, tell me how your eyes always look so lovely?! Happy Christmas x

    • Jackie Kabler December 27, 2017 at 6:17 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan
      Very true. What a nice thing to say about my eyes! All I can say is that we are fortunate to have very good makeup artists at QVC and I always request a smoky eye with plenty of mascara. I also use Revitalash which is amazing for keeping the lashes nice and long! Happy Christmas.

  7. Eileen December 21, 2017 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Great blog happy Christmas and new year to you and your family Jackie Godbless xx Eileen

    • Jackie Kabler December 27, 2017 at 6:17 am -  Reply

      Same to you Eileen!

  8. Sarah Smith January 14, 2018 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Someone es been at the Photoshop!

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