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- 09/30/14--08:13: _Creamy Crab Dip
- 09/30/14--09:18: _3 Days / 60 Miles
- 09/30/14--14:15: _Perfect Pot Roast R...
- 10/01/14--08:45: _StriVectin & QVC: T...
- 10/01/14--09:36: _My Grandmother's 19...
- 10/01/14--10:37: _Welcome to my Home ...
- 10/01/14--10:39: _Girl Time on Camera...
- 10/01/14--11:34: _Girlfriend's Weeken...
- 10/01/14--12:10: _Mary Beth's Menu - ...
- 10/01/14--12:54: _Balsamic Cranberry ...
- 10/01/14--13:05: _New Fall Favorite!
- 10/01/14--13:15: _Get Cooking with my...
- 10/02/14--08:20: _Dramatic? Me? Reall...
- 10/02/14--11:03: _Road Trip - QVC Sit...
- 10/02/14--12:56: _GILI TSV Sweepstake...
- 10/02/14--13:22: _Gourd-geous Lights!
- 10/03/14--09:30: _Our New Jacket & T-...
- 10/03/14--10:29: _Rick Domeier celebr...
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- 09/30/14--08:13: Creamy Crab Dip
- 09/30/14--09:18: 3 Days / 60 Miles
- 09/30/14--14:15: Perfect Pot Roast Recipe...for the Slow-Cooker!
- 2 Tbsp espresso powder
- 4 Tbsp flour
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 4-lb beef chuck roast
- 2 medium onions, peeled and cut in large chunks
- 2 carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks
- 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut in large chunks
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 (4-oz) bottle balsamic vinegar glaze, divided
- 4 Tbsp tomato paste, divided
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup cold water, optional
- Combine the espresso powder and flour in a small bowl. Coat the beef roast.
- Turn the Ninja to the "Stovetop High" setting, add the olive oil, and sear the roast on all sides; set aside. Add the onions and 2-oz of the vinegar glaze to the Ninja. Cook until lightly browned and then stir in the garlic.
- Return the roast to the insert and add the carrots, potatoes, beef broth, and 2 Tbsp of tomato paste. Set Ninja to slow-cook for 8 hours.
- Remove the beef roast and stir in the remaining balsamic glaze and tomato paste. (If you like a thicker broth, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Stir the slurry into the broth. Serve.)
- Combine the Espresso powder and flour in a small bowl. Coat the beef roast.
- In a large sauté pan, add the olive oil and sear the roast on all sides; set aside. Add the onions and 2-oz of the vinegar glaze. Cook until lightly browned and then stir in the garlic.
- Place the pot roast in a slow cooker and add the carrots, potatoes, beef broth, and 2 Tbsp of tomato paste. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Remove the beef roast and stir in the remaining balsamic glaze and tomato paste. (If you like a thicker broth, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water. Stir the slurry into the broth. Serve.)
- 10/01/14--08:45: StriVectin & QVC: Then and Now
- 10/01/14--09:36: My Grandmother's 1940's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
- 10/01/14--10:37: Welcome to my Home – Fall Edition
- 10/01/14--10:39: Girl Time on Camera: A Moment with My Amazing Friend, Laura Geller
- 10/01/14--11:34: Girlfriend's Weekend Fun at the Desomnd
- 10/01/14--12:10: Mary Beth's Menu - Chili
- 10/01/14--12:54: Balsamic Cranberry Chicken
- 10/01/14--13:05: New Fall Favorite!
- 10/01/14--13:15: Get Cooking with my Pinterest Sweepstakes!
- 10/02/14--08:20: Dramatic? Me? Really? - I Guess So!!
- 10/02/14--11:03: Road Trip - QVC Site Visits, Virginia
- 10/02/14--12:56: GILI TSV Sweepstakes Official Rules
- 10/02/14--13:22: Gourd-geous Lights!
- String of lights (around 30-100, depending on size of pumpkin)
- Medium to large pumpkin (I used a medium-size pumpkin with a string of 40 lights)
- Serrated knife
- Cut a circular hole in the top (or bottom) of the pumpkin.
- Scoop out the flesh, pulp, and seeds with a scooper or scraper.
- Use a drill equipped with a ½” or ¾” spade bit to drill the holes. (If your strand has 30 lights; drill 30 holes.)
- Push each light through a hole until it feels firmly in place.
- Turn on your lights, return the pumpkin top, and enjoy!
- 10/03/14--09:30: Our New Jacket & T-Shirt Trio Will Leave You Charmed, I’m Sure!
- 10/03/14--10:29: Rick Domeier celebrates 20 years at the Q
- 10/03/14--11:10: Which shoes should I wear to the FFANY Gala?!
- 10/03/14--11:53: Happy World Animal Day!
My go to dip is easy crab dip!
Creamy Crab Dip
I use 1 can of crab and squeeze the juice out… add 1 softened bar of cream cheese… add some chili sauce and mix it together. Place in bowl and top with a bit of chili sauce. Refrigerate and serve with crackers. Enjoy!
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It’s October, which means Fall is here! But it also means that it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am sharing with you a two part blog on my training for the 3 day, 60 mile walk in support of breast cancer awareness.. this is part 1.. look for part 2 on October 16th! Thank you for joining me on my journey!
I’m a breast cancer survivor (5 years cancer-free this month). When my friend & jewelry designer, Carolyn Pollack, found out I had battled breast cancer, she asked me to do the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk with her. She had already walked 420 miles (that’s 7 walks) and I promised her that one day (that was 3 years ago), I would walk with her. I was working at the kitchen table in early February, listening to 92.5 WXTU (my fav country station), when I heard the ad for the 3-day. I immediately sent a text to Carolyn to see if she was “in”. She said “yes”. So, this year, I made good on my promise.
Carolyn Pollack & I tailgating (with coffee & Gatorade) before our training walk:
Look at my cute tshirt Carol Orkis made this for me for my 3-Day BC Walk training. I love it! Thank you Carol!
Super cute boots Carolyn Pollack found for me:
60 miles is a long way! Having run the Disney Marathon in 2000, I knew training was key. My goal was 2-fold: to finish the 3-Day & finish it without injury. I downloaded a training app specifically designed for the event to keep me on track. In mid-February I began to walk & walk & walk & walk some more! I was so grateful for all the people who walked with me over the 7 months! Albany, Carolyn, Janice Marie, Kristen, Susie, Cindy, my mom, Sarah, Becky, Shelly & even Isabella shared tons of time & miles with me. Beyond training, it was awesome to have all that girl time!
Albany Irvin had just met me for a walk. We did 14 miles this day. Bless Albany for her company!!!
Albany Irvin had just left, she just sprayed bug spray in her eye. Goofy girl! She left with a laugh & a smile. So, I think she's going to live! . I have to do aAnother 9 miles or so...so Natalie Grant is going to keep company with her album Awakening!
More training with Janice who met me to walk at Q!
The most important part about the 3-Day is to raise money. Each participant was required to raise $2300. I’m the worst fund-raiser on the planet! So, I thought I should make “training” t-shirts to advertise the walk. My hope was that people would ask about my t-shirt & offer to make a donation. I ask you, did that happen? Not even once! LOL! I’m guessing there were no inquires because they looked like they were made by a 3-year-old. Oh well, it was a fun project, & it makes me laugh when I look at them.
Fast forward to August. Carolyn & I decided we should have a team name & reached out for help from our FB Friends. They offered suggestions (which were so fabu) & ultimately voted on Gemtastic Q-Ties! Because I was already experienced in the art of t-shirt making, I set out to make the “real”, “official”, “perfect” shirts for Carolyn & me. (These actually turned out pretty well!)
Once the t-shirts were made, we turned to our FB Friends again. This time to find out for whom you wanted us to walk…a survivor, someone in the middle of the battle or a loved one who had lost their battle with breast cancer. Unfortunately, there were so many names. We filled the back of 6 shirts. Suddenly, it became clear why I was walking. It was for you & those we love.
You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/NancyHornbackqvc
I think every great hostess has a special pot roast recipe. Some bake it, some speed things up with a pressure cooker, and I use a slow cooker. That way, it doesn’t have to be a recipe reserved for the weekend. Tomorrow night on You’re Home with Jill, I’ll show you how to make my Perfect Pot Roast. We’re using the Today’s Special Value®…the Ninja Multi-Cooker which doubles as a stovetop, oven, steamer, and slow-cooker!
Perfect Pot Roast
To prepare in the Ninja 4-in-1 Multi-Cooker:
To prepare in a slow-cooker:
It doesn’t get any cozier with pot roast—and that’s what we’re talking about tomorrow. Those cozy touches that you can work into every room of your home.
Speaking of cozy touches…I just got home from a trip to see my 96-year-old grandpa. Trevor and I flew out to Indiana for a quick trip and I just love how “at home” I feel there. There’s nothing like going back to the places of your youth and re-living fond memories all over again. Here are a few pictures from our trip if you aren’t on Facebook:
Airplane selfie! My heart needed a trip to the farm to see my 96 year old Grandpa. Doug and Kylie had other commitments, so Trevor and I are off!
Hello farm! See the bright green roof on the barns in the back? My grandpa painted them that way so when you were driving down the country road and saw them in the distance, you knew you were almost home. I still love that story. :)
A beautiful Indiana morning at this little church. My Uncle is the pastor, I sat with Trevor, my cousins, their families, and my grandpa. Feeling so grateful for my family and am so glad I'm here.
The goodbye. A heart filled weekend for Trevor and his great grandpa.
See you tomorrow at 7pm ET for You’re Home with Jill.
From my home to yours,
Four years ago, my life changed. I became the Brand Ambassador for StriVectin on QVC.
At that point, I had over 25 years of experience in the cosmetic world. I had worn many hats—from training, to marketing, to public relations for over 12 internationally sold brands—but I chose to partner with StriVectin because I experienced their results first hand. See, before I worked for StriVectin, my friends, family, and neighbors on the street all stopped to tell me that they saw a difference in my skin when I first started using StriVectin products (I was 46 at the time). Even my husband noticed! Well, with that I had to share my passion. My dream came true just a few days after New Year’s 2011.
My very first appearance on QVC was with Gabrielle Kerr at three in the morning. I first remember being amazed by how long the hallway was from the lobby of the building to the studio where everything is filmed. Once I entered the studio, I was amazed by how large it was and at how many cameras there were to navigate—I think I looked in the wrong camera most of the eight minutes I was first on air. I remember being very impressed by how professional and friendly everyone behind the scenes was to me and to all the other guests (yes, even at three in the morning everyone is friendly!). They really wanted each and every one of us to feel welcome, to feel a part of the family, and to reflect that “Quality, Value, Convenience” philosophy that makes QVC what it is to this day.
Then, in my eighth month on the job, I had the privilege to make history; I got to launch StriVectin’s TL Neck Cream in a Today’s Special Value® with Lisa Robertson. I was so proud that StriVectin had solved a problem to improve the appearance of skin. The QVC customer immediately took notice, then the country took notice, and then the world took notice. We received the CEW Award for Moisturizer Prestige in 2012 and learned that our TL Neck Cream also became a global phenomenon in the 50 countries where StriVectin is sold.
So, what does StriVectin do next? Oh, we’ve made TL Neck better (yup, we do that). So, after four years, I feel that same rush I felt on my first day on the job. And now (drum roll, please!), I'll be launching our NEW Advanced TL Neck Cream at 7am ET on October 11 on QVC. Now, don’t worry if you love the original: we just improved on perfection. Based on comparison testing, our New Advanced TL Neck Cream with new Gravitite-CF Complex reduces the appearance of neck wrinkles and décolletage crepiness, and improves that skin barrier function EVEN MORE!
I know you might be wondering why we took the top-selling neck cream and made it better. We didn't have to—but when you do business with QVC, that's the kind of quality and innovation you reflect. Happy four years, QVC and StriVectin. Thank you for all you exemplify and all you teach me, and thank you for improving my neck EVEN MORE!
I love pumpkin pie because it's really the dessert for every holiday! It's the perfect pie for Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas! This recipe couldn't be simpler, and it's been in family forever. Be sure to check out all of my recipes on QVC.com. Happy baking!
15-oz. can of pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/4 cups WARM milk (must be warm)
1 Tbsp. flour
Unbaked 9-inch pie shell
Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix pumpkin, sugar, and eggs until well combined, but do not beat.
Sift dry ingredients together and add to the pumpkin mixture. Slowly add the warm milk and mix together.
Pour mixture into an unbaked 9-inch pie shell. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes, then for 45 minutes more at 350°F.
The pie is finished baking when a table knife inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean.
I love to decorate for every season! My fireplace is my favorite focal point for every season.. I am sure you will recognize lots of QVC products from Valerie Parr Hill garland, Bethlehem lights aqua candles to battery operated lights... I added my own flare by incorporating faux leaves from the craft store and juts to give these large aqua candles a holiday look.
Each year I try to invest in decorations, so I can layer my pumpkins.. I love these new Valerie Parr Hill pumpkins. If you look at the candles I added faux leaves to them also..
I also love to decorate my dining room table with pumpkins from a past Valerie Parr Hill purchase and update with battery operated lights on the inside... I also used candle rings on the stem of the pumpkins and on my battery operated candles..
Another place I used the napkin rings was on my chandelier..
More napkin rings are on my Bethlehem lights battery operated candles on my windowsill.
Here is my harvest of gourds and the surviving pumpkin that my squirrel did not eat.. I thought the fake eyelashes added a girlie girl flare..
My pumpkin friends on my kitchen windowsill. ... Wish you could smell my pumpkin scented candles in my well lived and lived in house.
So now that the inside is decorated, time to check out the local farm market & orchard to find my hay stack, ornamental millet and more pumpkins for the outdoors! Who would have thought that the pumpkins would be so big! Here I am contemplating how I was actually going to get a couple of them into my car and home!
These were super cute and SMALL!
Gourds are a great way to add color in a fall display… these look much better than the ones I grew!
I couldn’t resist going inside to look at the inside decorations.. too much? lol
Super sweet pumpkins… so clever of an idea, maybe I will paint mine this year instead of carving.
I settled on a few cornstalks and look who helped haul them to the car..
Please share your fall decorations and ideas with me!
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I am trying to remember how many years Laura Geller and I have been friends, and I cannot come up with the exact number. Suffice it to say that we have been friends for a long time. She is an amazingly talented accomplished woman who never ceases to be humble and funny and wonderful. As a coworker, she is a joy to work with. I am always so happy when I get to do one of her shows. She has taught me a lot about makeup. She is the one who taught me to contour and I will forever be in her debt!
As a friend, she is steady, loyal, and honest. There have been many dinners in New York catching up on things we've missed about each other because we are both so busy. But no matter how long it's been, it seems like no time has passed at all. I adore her (obviously) and love her makeup. No matter where our lives take us, I know that we will always be friends, and I am extremely grateful for that! :)
See you soon!
Chili Con Carne
I ordered the Cooks Essentials pressure cooker when it was a TSV. I went on Pinterest to get some recipe ideas and came across a recipe that looked easy and I tweaked it a bit. It was so easy and so fast and the chicken was moist and flavorful. Who knew that fast food could be so good. LOL!
Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Cranberries
2 lbs. chicken thighs
1 ham hock
2 cups chopped carrots (fresh or frozen)
2 cups of onions (fresh or frozen)
1 Cup dried cranberries
2 bay leaves
4 cloves of garlic
1/4 Cup Balsamic vinegar
1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
Put the chicken and ham hock in the pressure cooker first then add all the other ingredients. Set the presser cooker for 20 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally. The chicken is fall off the bone tender. I served it with a loaded baked potato and broccoli. Yuuummmy!!!
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Leaves are on the ground, the air’s brisk…fall is definitely here and it is such an exciting time for fashion. What a perfect season for combining simple styles with fun cozy textural ones. That’s what we love doing here at LOGO, taking a classic and elevating it with unique details — with that being said, I’m so happy to share a fabulous new top with you all (A258742)!
(Black, Charcoal, Frost, Abyss Blue, Jade Garden, Olive, Wineberry, Maple)
This is going to be your fall favorite! A versatile and comfortable piece available in a spectrum of saturated, autumnal colors. This is based off one of LOGO’s most popular tops with great, all new designer details. The full long sleeves will keep you warm and can be easily layered under chunky knit sweaters and cardigans. The two front pockets add an elegant feminine flair with a draped sheer chiffon finish.
But the best part of this top is on the back! This versatile top is on ANOTHER level with a fashionable back chiffon tuxedo inset and subtle draping that creates a flowing hi lo hem. You’ve got four buttons running vertically and can be adjusted to your liking for a hint of masculine touch. What’s better than being able to personalize and make a piece truly your own?!? And as always, comfort never takes a backseat in our pieces – super soft fabric feel that’s easy wear and care. Effortless, cozy, fabulous styling with this one, grab it in any of the delicious colors!!!!
Hope you love this top as much as I do!
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Hey, foodies! Where are all my Pinterest-ers? You may not know, but I have LOTS of recipes on Pinterest for you to check out! September was a month of One-Pot Meals and we had so much fun, we decided to make a Pinterest Sweepstakes out of it!
All you have to do is click here -> Pinterest Sweepstakes Entry
Then, pin your favorite one-pot meal & use #GetCooking in the description. Submit your email address & you will be entered to win my new cookbook, Back Around The Table& Le Creuset cookware!
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Keep it flavorful!
I have always likened myself to Switzerland. I don't like picking sides. I always see good points in every angle of an argument and I often choose to keep my opinions to myself. I think that is why I had such a successful career as a journalist. Just state the facts! So imagine my surprise when the QVC stylist team that is in charge of creating my image and showcasing who I am to our customers, told me that I, Stacey Stauffer, was a Dramatic girl. I thought they were...uh…mistaken.
The revelation came after I took a test in which I was asked to choose various adjectives and verbs that I thought interested me or describe me the best. I can't remember exactly what I circled, but none of the words represented what I thought "Dramatic" meant… "over the top", "center of attention", "blows everything out of proportion", you know, "drama queen"? But the way the Q sees the word Dramatic is different. Here it means: Strikingly Sophisticated and Stand Apart Style.
This was eye-opening because, after years of working in television news, I wore the same "outfit" to work everyday; a solid-colored sheath dress or v-neck sweater and pencil skirt. I was never to draw attention to my clothes because that would distract the viewer from listening to the news. But, after hearing the stylist's assessment of me and what the word "Dramatic" means in this case, I realized there has always been a "Dramatic" flair inside me just begging to come out. Who knew!
I think back to when I was in junior high school and I would try to copy fashions or hairstyles I saw in Vogue or Seventeen magazines. Once, I cut up one of my long skirts into strips and wore it to school because it looked great in Cosmo. Another time I ran long colored ribbons through my hair because it looked so pretty on a model. I wore blue mascara, flowers on my nails (before nail art was a trend) and even bought a lime green dress to wear to a school dance. I felt uber chic, but to my classmates, I just looked weird. Ha!
Even working in news, I subconsciously found ways to express myself. I wore black or dark grey nail polish when all the other women had French manicures. I wore hot pink or blue suede shoes with my black or grey dresses. Even throughout my home you'll find a funky colored appliance or an off-beat accessory like a snow-leopard printed throw mixed in with my traditional decor.
So, in honor of this hidden drama, I am looking to fully embrace it and share it with you. So, each week I will be featuring on my Facebook page, "My Pop of Drama" – whether it be a fun shoe, daring shade of lipstick or something out of the ordinary for the home. Here is my first "Pop of Drama" – the gorgeous faux fur vest by Nicole Richie. The rest of my outfit is from my personal wardrobe and I'm loving adding my new finds from the Q!
I would love for you to share your inner drama with me and let's inspire each other - because life is too short to be anything but Dramatic… at least in this sense of the word!
Road trip! Recently, program hosts Stacey Stauffer, Alberti Popaj and I visited our QVC Suffolk Distribution Center and Chesapeake Call Center. Our boss, Kathie (Director of Talent Services) came with us! Our first stop on our QVC Virginia tour? Suffolk!
In total, there are four distribution centers at QVC. They are located in Suffolk, Virginia, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Florence, South Carolina. Did you know that our Suffolk site shipped over 19 million units last year?! Neither did we! May sound like a daunting number to you and I but not for the well-oiled machine that is Suffolk!
Suffolk has been a fully-functioning facility for QVC since 1988 and has had a lot of growth over the years. It is now the size of 28 football fields (1 million square feet)! Merchandise is stored in 110,000 pallet locations that look like this:
And some of us went for a ride in the “TSC” to see how high it was. It has an “official-acronym” name, but after seeing how high it goes, we refer to it as “The Screaming Carriage”!!! It goes SO HIGH!
The best part about our visit to Suffolk? The 573 wonderful people who work there. We love our extended team so much and appreciate them immensely for all of their hard work!
Now it was time to head to Chesapeake! QVC has domestic call centers in Chesapeake, Virginia, San Antonio, Texas, and Port St. Lucie, Florida. In Chesapeake alone, our call center friends handle an average of 16,000 calls per day (average of calls per day and time of year). From January 1, 2014 to August 31st, 2014, the Chesapeake Call Center has taken over 10 million calls! How many folks work there? 800+ (including seasonal employees) OK, and I thought I was busy…
As I have mentioned (a lot) I started out at QVC in one of our call centers. It makes me so very happy to spend time with our award-winning customer service and I’m extrememly proud of my roots. Alberti, Stacey, Kathie, and I had the opportunity to sit with our team mates at a round table where we generated lots of great ideas together. We got to check out the call center, and received a warm welcome right when we walked in the door!
Our Chesapeake Call Center answers questions on live chat and social media as well. From January 1 to August 31 of this year, we’ve assisted customers with 3.3 million questions and comments online. We rock! Here’s a photo of some of our Chesapeake social team:
Unfortunately, it was time for us to head to the airport and head home. We want to thank our friends in Suffolk and Chesapeake. Your hospitality, work ethic, and pioneering spirits are inspiring. Thank you for what you do everysingle day. You have to come visit us now!
More to come! ~ Mary DeAngelis
GILI TSV SWEEPSTAKES
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I know we just had our You’re Home with Jill fix last night, but I’ve been wanting to share this DIY project with you since last month…I just had too many other things to tell you about! Anyway, now that it’s October, I couldn’t wait another minute.
Do you use battery-powered lights for your decorations at home? I LOVE them…you can bring light and life to all of those special pieces and you don’t have to worry about cords. When my husband Doug and I decorate for Halloween, we put them everywhere—inside and out—and this year, I’m putting them everywhere…and then some. See?
Isn’t that cool? Here’s how you make this:
I used a medium-size pumpkin and a strand of about 40 lights. And if you can’t find battery-powered lights, you can also use electric lights. You’ll just need to make a hole in the bottom of your pumpkin for the cord to escape. And, when you drill the holes, keep the pattern random.
Happy fall, everyone! I’ll blog with you again tomorrow.
From my home to yours,
How many of you still have a piece of “Vintage Quack” in your closet with Jeanne Bice’s famous “Button Covers”? Yes, Button Covers were how this whole Quacky way of dressing started back in 1995 when Jeanne was discovered by QVC! Button Covers were what made Quacker Factory famous! Quacker Factory has evolved over the years, but Jeanne always wanted to bring back Button Covers in a new way!
She challenged us all the time with, “What’s the next Button Cover?” If you ever saw Jeanne, there was one accessory she was always wearing (besides her adorable head band) – and that was her beloved charm bracelet! She would wear it everywhere she went – to meetings, on television, in airports, everywhere! She loved it because she could collect all the things that made her smile and keep the things she loved the most close to her heart. She collected many special and beautiful charms over the years, but her favorites were her heart and star charms. As she used to say, “Shoot for the moon, and even if you fall, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Her words still echo for us today as we continue her legacy of making women sparkle and shine!
And so it is with great pleasure that we announce something that has been years in the making (literally!). We have taken those memories of Jeanne’s precious charm bracelet and designed our very first Quacker Factory Charmed I’m Sure Jacket and T-shirt Trio (A258930).
This set features not one, not two, but THREE Quacktabulous pieces!
A bling embellished jacket
Your “go-to” jacket for the entire fall and holiday season!
A bling embroidered scene T-shirt
So stunning you will wear it all by itself too!
A jewelry quality removable CHARM!
Pick your favorite, or pick them all!
We’ve got you covered all year long!
Royal Blue Jacket
Wear all 3 pieces together, or use them as wardrobe builders to your existing Quacker favorites! And did you catch that we just HAD to include Jeanne’s favorite heart and star charms to this first collection!
The best news is…our Quacker Factory Charmed I’m Sure Jacket and T-shirt Trio Set is finally ready to make its way to your closets! Click here for all the details!
So, if you’re as “charmed” as we are about this exciting news (and we’re “sure” you are) - then let us know what kinds of charms you’d like to see more of in the future!
And know that Jeanne is smiling down on all of us as she watches this dream come true!
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Twenty years have passed since Program Host Rick Domeier joined QVC on October 10, 1994. Now, he’s happily married with two boys and one of the most recognizable faces and personalities on QVC. “A lot has happened in 20 years,” Rick muses. “All in all, it’s been a wonderful experience.”
I first met Rick shortly after I started at QVC about 16 years ago. I took my mom on the QVC Studio Tour. Rick appeared along the tour route and stopped and spoke to the group, and I remember how excited and impressed everyone was (myself included!). Working with Rick over the years, I’ve always found him to be incredibly enthusiastic, no matter how mundane my requests may be. It’s that infectious enthusiasm that makes him such a joy to work with in the eyes of his coworkers.
Host Dan Wheeler has been working with Rick from the beginning, witnessing his growth from an anxious rookie to a QVC mainstay, and he’s gotten to know him quite well over the years. “We have a mutual respect for each other; we know each other’s strengths. That’s why we work so well together. I consider Rick to be a great friend, not a co-host. I think the world of him.”
Dan, who co-hosted Home Projects with Rick and Dan for more than 10 years and is launching a new show with Rick called Gourmet Nation with the Food Dudes says, “Rick has boundless energy, and we both feel like two big kids who never grew up and never want to. We may get older, but we refuse to grow up.
“Speaking of getting older, we used to do promos for the Home Projects show, and my all-time favorite was when they made us up to look like old men,” laughs Dan. “It was very funny—we didn’t even need a script. Rick’s very quick-witted, so I’ve always enjoyed working with him. One of my fondest memories was when we were celebrating the Home Projects show’s 10th anniversary. They brought out a cake, and Rick picked up a piece and threw it at me, which turned into a big food fight! There was cake all over our faces, all over everyone—we were just laughing.”
Aside from his sense of humor, Rick is also known for his seemingly endless energy. No matter the product or the presentation, Rick gives it his all, a trait his colleagues marvel at and admire. “Twenty years, and Rick is still going 100 mph,” remarks Craig Smith, electronics expert and on-air guest. “His energy is amazing, contagious. I always look forward to an airing with Rick. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get, but you know it will be something great.”
Shawn Killinger, friend and co-host of Anything Goes with Rick & Shawn, agrees. “We call him Captain Midnight because you always see him kicking off a new day with the energy of a human cannonball act! One of my favorite memories of Rick is when I was still a baby host. When he met me, he flashed that camera-ready smile, shook my hand, and gave me a headshot of himself, signed ‘Your fave host, Rick.’ He’s like my big brother at QVC. It’s a cool, cool thing to get to know him.”
“I’ll never forget when Rick and I did some impromptu Quacker Factory modeling!” remembers Host David Venable. “It was a pullover top, so we each wore the top and matching headbands (a Jeanne Bice trademark) and ran out live on air to help model the clothing. Jeanne Bice couldn’t stop laughing!”
When asked about his favorite memories of the last 20 years, Rick recites a lengthy list. He singles out Joan Rivers (“Working with Joan was a blast”) and Jimmy Fallon (“I worked with Jimmy Fallon! That was awesome!”) as two of his favorite celebrity collaborators. But it’s working with entrepreneurs that Rick finds especially rewarding. “I love working with people who have created a gadget. Seeing the tears in the eyes of these people after their product sells out is just amazing.”
Rick recalls climbing the Great Wall of China, standing among the mountains in Switzerland, broadcasting from Germany, and mentoring new hosts in Italy as some of the many highlights of his two decades with QVC. “I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world. That part of the job has been incredible—the biggest, most pleasant surprise of my 20 years.”
A customer recently wrote to me and shared, “I remember when Rick was told on camera that he was a permanent host. He said something to the effect that his parents wouldn’t have to help support him any longer. Look at him now!”
If you have a favorite memory of Rick, email it to me atQVCInsider@QVC.com and I’ll post it in a future blog.
Be sure to check my blog in November for a look back at Joan Rivers over the years.
I need your help choosing which pair of shoes to wear to the QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" Gala in NYC this week! Vote for your favorite below to help me decide! Thanks in advance for your help :)
I've felt a great kinship to animals my entire life...growing up with the pets we had in our family, then later as an adult with pets of my own, and as a pet rescue volunteer. While living in Los Angeles, I had the wonderful opportunity of becoming a Docent at the L.A. Zoo, which allowed me to get to know all kinds of animals and birds from all over the world. It was fascinating and taught me how every single creature has an important purpose on this planet, and how each deserves our care and respect. I hope you will join me in celebrating World Animal Day today... Visit your local zoo or animal shelter and learn about the animals with your kids or grandkids....read a book about animals with them....and certainly give the animals in YOUR care some extra attention today! You know you can always find cute fur baby photos on my Facebook page, or shop some my favorite pet mama and papa picks on toGather. For now, here are some pictures from my recent visit to the North Carolina Zoo....
Train selfie with my travelin' buddy
Giraffes at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. They are one of my favorite animals. Did you know they have blue tongues and their babies are born 6 feet tall?!
The NC Zoo has a beautiful lion pride....with four new baby cubs born recently! They had 2 boys and 2 girls. Here their mama keeps a watchful eye while I chatted with her over the barrier.
Three of the month-old cubs having a nap...the other cub was hanging out with his Pop....
Pop (aka King of the Jungle) and now, occasional babysitter.
So glad we have a day to celebrate the entire animal kingdom (though I know many of us celebrate them everyday!) Do you have a favorite animal??