- Joanna Lumley’s secret weapon for good skin
- Who won the Liz Earle comp?
- SJ from Bare Minerals – Q&A on the Back to You group
- What does Dale do to Flint the Monkey from Charlie Bears?
- And sneaky peeks at the new Elemis Today’s Special Value(added Monday 10th), Centigrade, Thornton’s and a Flora Mare One Time Only type bargain!
This week I got to cuddle little Evie Jessica Flint – the 16th granddaughter for my mum! See below for what happened to make her go to sleep!
Skydiving with Gill Gauntlett – Indoors
OMG what good fun we had! And how tough it was on the muscles – we could hardly walk for a couple of days afterwards! Yes, for Gill’s birthday I got her a voucher to go to Airkix in Milton Keynes, for a short session in their indoor wind chamber which makes it feel like you’re free-falling. It’s harder than the experts make it look, that’s for sure! At the end of last week, we rendezvoused at sixteen hundred hours, put the clobber on, and watched the training vid. Then it was up to the gallery!
Gill went first, and I went second. We had a group of school girls in the same party as us, and it didn’t help that one of them abandoned after a few seconds in the chamber, saying she felt sick and couldn’t breathe! The instructor said ‘get your chin up’ as that way you avoid too much rushing air going down your throat! My heart did pit a pat, but I love pushing back the barriers and doing something different – hence my regular TiFFTs* – and this was one of the best! Check out our two videos – and watch what the wind does to my cheeks!
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This was off the DVD that they gave us to take away – there was no music when we were ‘flying’ – just a huge rush of air, despite wearing ear plugs!
That was my first one minute session – we all had two. The second one was when I was more tired – it’s amazing how much it takes it out of you! It felt absolutely brilliant to be actually ‘flying’ in the air, and the slightest movement of the hands or legs took you one way or the other.
It’s like those dreams – have you ever had them? Where you end up trying to fly? And sometimes you just can’t get off the ground? Fortunately for me and Gill they turned up the volume of the airflow, to support our weight! Lol. Anyway I loved it so much I immediately bought (at discount) some more vouchers for Christmas presents and another go for me – 4 one minute sessions this time. Will go in the new year probably – by that time I’ll have forgotten how much my bottom ached! More from airkix here.
Meet the 12th Granddaughter!
Awwww! Bless little Evie Jessica! Had a quick trip down to Kent this week to see my lovely sis in law Amanda panda, brother Derek (he’s the copper,) and their new three day old baby. Ahhh it took me back! I helped wash her hair, which she loved, bless her, (with Liz Earle shampoo – no SLS), and had a nice cuddle. There was only one moment when she began crying!
She is really doing well – breast-feeding fine and sleeping ok. Little bit yellow atm, but nothing major. Here’s a little clip of her – isn’t she adorable? One use for a hairdryer! Lol!
That’s my mum with me and Evie in the top pic too. Evie is her 16th grandchild, aged three days – the eldest ones, Ricky and my son Brad, being 27-28 years old, may well be having babies themselves soon! But not too soon, I hope. And no, it didn’t make me broody holding baby Evie. I’m bad enough with Lauren’s pog, crazy spaniel Baloo, mollycoddling her, so goodness knows what I’d be like with a proper grandchild of my own! I wonder which one of you was the youngest grandmother, who has the most unusual named grandchild, and who has the most grandchildren? Leave me a comment below!
Just have to share with you the early Christmas pressie for my brother which he opened when I was there – here’s Derek doing a ‘Charlie Brook’ – with one of the hats I bought from QVC when Charlie wore them (see blog a couple of weeks back) – funneeee! That should entertain the baby come Christmas – it certainly entertained us!
Read it Write it Sell it
RiWiSi – my weekly look at all things book
If you’re enjoying Downton Abbey at the moment, do go to my website blog about this week’s Book of the Week – ‘Lady Catherine…’ – the real Countess of Carnarvon and the real Downton Abbey.
Also on this week’s book blog – the countdown is on till the PG Paperback of the whole Hawaiian Romantic Trilogy in one book becomes available for xmas gifting… and how to write crime novels – make a killing! Plus links to all my books, fiction and non-fiction, including Till the Fat Lady Slims.
Back to You Update
Had a super, informative Monday webchat this week with lovely SJ from Bare Minerals. Go to my Monday B2U blog on my website to see her Q&A, especially if you’ve enjoyed this week’s QVC mini series full of make up tips with Lee and SJ each night. Also on this week’s blog, comments about how Bodyblading helps you do gardening and lift stuff! Plus, what exactly happens in your mouth when you eat – the magic of mastication (ahem!… lol!) And what happened one day this week when I, er… had a little hiccup…
Also this Monday 10th, it’s Craig Rowe’s turn in the hot seat once more on our Back to You QVC Facebook group, live Q&A – and Bruce from Bodyblade has also been on our webchat most Mondays around the same time – 8-9pm – on the Bodyblade QVC group – why not join both groups (see below) in time to join the chat! Here’s Craig last week with our Gatineau guest, Andrew looking not quite so debonair in his Christmas jumper!
Winner of Liz Earle competition
Congratulations to Christy Beckett who won the ‘Gift of Good Skin’ bundle of fabulous Liz Earle products, and a copy of my paperback book Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0. BUT as so many people said it was the book they most wanted, I’ve drawn an extra runner up to get the paperback version of my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – chosen at random from those who wanted it – and that’s Emily Knight. Just let me know whom you’d like me to sign it to, Emily!
For anyone else wanting to get it, you can find out how, by clicking here. Plus, if anyone wants to buy one and have me sign it, send a copy direct to me at QVC, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5XU and email me your address (email@example.com) and whom you’d like it signed to. I’ll do my best to get it back to you by return! Another way to get a gift for Christmas sorted out for a loved one – specially one who is driven mad by dieting and food. Or drives you mad! Lol.
Sneaky Peek - this weekend’s big event from Elemis – the massive Xmas Today’s Special Value, on air this Saturday 16th, including big value – body products, and the top rated Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
Shhh! So what exactly DID famous icon Joanna Lumley say her good skin was down to? Here’s the extract from April’s ‘Good Housekeeping’ magazine – read it then ask for our 4 pack of Imedeen for Christmas maybe!
Quick Check – We’re making shopping with us even easier with our new and improved Quick Check service. It works much like QCut but you can use it to check the status of your orders and returns and now your Easy Pay instalments too! Plus if you decide you want to place an order, we’ll just transfer you straight to QCut. Just phone 0800 53 43 33 for our automated Quick Check service.
QVC BLOOPER – I loved my Charlie Bears show this week with Will and the lovely Charlie who’s back now and she’s recovered. The day after, though, Dale got up to mischief with the cuddly they names after me. Just what DID he do with ‘Flint’ the monkey to make it look more like me!?… And what a rubbish impression of me William did – haha!
Today’s Special bargains this week : on Saturday the TSV is the long-awaited Xmas Decleor 5pc anti-ageing collection and Sunday it’s the return of the amazing G Tech cordless vac – the handheld – it’s compact! On Monday, Craigy launches Northern Nights stripy flannel set, check his blog here for pics and info. And after Peony’s offer on Weds, Thursday’s Today’s Special Value offer is the Thornton’s 6 pc continental Collection – all great for gifting!
Centigrade Monday Monday night at midnight, join me and lovely Glen Campbell for two hours of Centigrade outerwear – warmth and style and value – ‘WSV…?’ – no, I prefer QVC – Quality Value and Convenience! Lol! Anyway here’s a sneaky peek at the new Centigrade supersoft zip detail coat. STOP PRESS – am trying to get Glen to be on our Monday B2U webchat – check Facebook group for updates! (info on how to join group is below.)
Flora Mare incl OTO bargain! Don’t miss Tuesday night – my last day till 21st November ‘cos of hols – when at 10pm the delightful Axel from Flora Mare returns for another hour with me – including a one time only! Get in early, we had tons of sell outs last time! Followed by Carole Hochman nightwear at 11 with another OTO! Whoop!
Baloo Gets Comfy during last week’s Halloween online party, my daughter’s crazy Spaniel Baloo decided she needed to get closer – talk about needy! Lol! Maybe it’s ‘cos my speedy typing had made the keyboard hot! Haha! If you attended the ‘party’ on Facebook,we hope you enjoyed it?
Silly Billy Mummy And people wonder where I get it from…?! Here’s my mum, yes the same one as the angel faced one in the pic at the top with the baby – playing the fool at her birthday get together with family Lin, Nicky and Alfie-san! I wouldn’t mind but it was only lunchtime!
Belstone Fair If you’re anywhere near Oakhampton, Devon on Sunday (8th) don’t miss Belstone’s Fair in the village hall as usual. If I wasn’t on my writing retreat, I’d go too! I love this picturesque village on the edge of Dartmoor national park – the people are so lovely and all know each other!
Cut-Down Catherine the Tabloid Star! Marie Francoise’s sister, Christianne Wolff, is to thank for fellow presenter Catherine’s new shape – her body rescue plan is great for people who need to follow a structured diet plan. The exercise has been amazing too, says Catherine! Well done her – the Daily Mirror thought so too – did you see the article?!
Me and My Shishta My sis makes me so proud! She’s currently travelling round the country helping to train people to use Red Carpet Manicure – and she stopped long enough to help do mine too! Lucky me! Loving the red colour at the moment. Tweet her @lindabignellqvc or Facebook her to ask any questions about our fave long lasting gel manicure system!
Facebook Funny Loved this story circulating on Facebook this week – 50 adults and kids were asked what they’d change about their bodies – the kids’ answers will make you smile and have a tear in your eye!
WATCH – this week it’s a repeat but I make no excuses! The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is on Channel 4 this weekend – one of the best films I’ve seen in recent years – do record it Saturday night and watch it if you can! Would love to know if you enjoyed it as much as I did – leave me a comment below to let me know! I adore Bill Nighy as regulars will know – this will be a movie I will watch over and over again.
A high scoring 9.5 out of ten from me!
PS Alfie Boe on QVC – singing Volare from his sell-out album ‘Serenata’ on the Morning Show this week – loooovely! Order the album too!
Next Week – pics from my writing retreat – news of a freebie – and my blog will be live from LA!
Have a grand week!
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