Center Parcs, Mother’s Day and Dale’s fun blooper


Is that a waiter in that armourThis week…
– A Mother's Day treat with my lovely son Brad – weird waiter's uniform tho! Lol
– Can you ride tandem? Center Parcs break with a certain visitor
– Plus one of the funniest bloopers from Dale that I've seen in a long while!

Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday? Go anywhere nice or unexpected? I did! Very chuffed I was! Then it was off to a fab midweek break to one of my favourite places, with one of my new favourite people… It's all go!

Mother's Day treat with my lovely son Brad
BradOne of the nicest days I've had of late was Mother's Day, where, having spent some time with my own mum, along with several others in my family, I was whisked off to the Windmill near Shere for a fab Sunday roast with my boy. Funny uniform the waiters wear though! Hehe! It has the best far-reaching views.

And although they were rushed off their feet, the grub was nice too – View from the Windmilllong time since I've had a proper beef roast with all the trimmings – apart from on QVC King's Realm shows of course! Hehe! I really loved spending several hours catching up with my son, including hearing about his recent snowboarding holiday. Made me want to get going on the wakeboarding again this spring! Will have to fit it in around horseriding though!

The family together on Mothers' DayEarlier in the day I'd popped in to see many of my clan at brother Glenn's, which is always nice – including one of the latest to be subjected to the Flint treatment – brother Derek's girlfriend Amanda! A nice day was had by all, I think! What did you do? Any lovely surprises this year?

Center Parcs break with a certain visitor
Debbie and her tandemYes, I escaped to Center Parcs again, and had the unique TiFFT experience of riding a tandem! Cool! It was harder than you'd think, but we managed a full lap around the park before being saddle sore overtook the novelty and we swapped it back for our normal bikes! Have you ever ridden a tandem?

I went away, of course, for a break, but mainly to give me time to focus Center Parcs lakeand finish my romance novel which I've been writing for 2 years for submission to Mills & Boon. It'll also go off to this year's RNA New Writers' Scheme again for a full length critique and hopefully this year be put through for a second read! That's the plan. So I was relying on the peace and solitude of Elvedon Forest to get it done. And I am writing right now from the Starbucks next to the lake – how beautiful the weather's been. Doesn't it make you happy when the sun is shining!

Debbie's mystery man on the putting greenSo yes, I would have been all on my own – and missed out on a bicycle built for two – but for a certain visitor on one of the days, who fancied his chances playing the putting game. No more info for the time being, guys! But if there's anything more to tell at some stage, I will keep you informed! Lol.

Fab to be away though – I just love the place and have been going since the kids were small. Next hol is a workshop in April to learn about macrobiotic food – you going anywhere nice this year?

Blooper time
There was I, up late (as usual, Skyping (!)) and in the background on QVC came a roar of laughter! When I checked it back, Dale was keeping Carmel suitably amused during an overnight jewellery repeat, including his attempt at being literate – one of the funniest bloopers from Dale that I've seen in a long while!

– Had coffee with my old pal Stonehenge Gill in local Reigate garden centre Squires this week – noticed this little work of art on the wall for sale. What do they say about seahorses? They are the only creatures where the male carries the babies? Is it true though, do you know? Good deal, I'd say! Go female seahorses!

Reminds me of the Rita Rudner joke about wanting to have her husband share the pain of childbirth, by making him 'at least be on the next bed having his legs waxed'! Haha!

My sis Linda– Have been trying out a new gel coat nail product which is due to launch as a TSV in summer – it's a bit like shellac – dries fast and looks good for ages. Any of you had any good experiences with anything like it? I used the purple from the Nails Inc (Today's Special Value on Wednesday just gone) over the top of it and it even made THAT last ages! My sis has passed an audition to be a guest and she may well be on air for it at end of June!

– Been booking a couple of other daily deals vouchers which are due to expire soon. One of them is an intriguing 'live blood analysis'. The other is a short languages course – not sure which one to choose yet though. Which language would you like to learn and why?

Ultrasun SPF30 High Protection Family Duo– 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' #14? Ultrasun. Hate to say it, as it's something so obvious, but it's well known that being in the sun is ageing to the skin. And as a more mature single lady, wanting to look the best you can, it's never too late to start using a good SPF!

I always use one of our many SPF day creams or SPF primers or foundations. Or Ultrasun! Once a day too – brilliant protection. I have, of course, got photosensitive skin although not a lot of people know that (!). I was often hiding under a deck-chair shelter on hols when I was a kid, when everyone else was in the ocean playing. Am glad now, even though at the time it seemed unfair – it means fewer wrinkles now on my face, especially given the big birthday coming up in May! I even took factor 30 to Center Parcs! OK, it was probably wishful thinking, but you never know! Lol.

Facebook saying– Facebook and Twitter. Another nice saying doing the rounds this week is this one – I do love little sayings like this. It reminds me of the hotel owner in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' movie, who keeps saying 'it will all be OK at the end, and if it's not OK, it's not the end'! What's your favourite saying?

– And if you have someone very un-technical in your house, do take a look at this funny video – a lot of people are like that I'm sure, but I just hope that no-one's as bad as this guy!

WATCH – have been reading a lot of film scripts over the last few weeks, courtesy of an interesting pal. Some of them are really good – so vivid in my mind, it feels like I've actually watched the film! But the screenplay for one movie I saw recently was actually based on real life events. Which made it all the more difficult to stomach when I watched the new DVD release 'The Devil's Double'.

Whilst there were some absolute genius comic moments from Dominic Cooper, ('Mamma Mia', 'An Education'), playing both lead roles – superbly – the actual subject matter prompted some real cringeworthy violence. Not my normal sort of film, but I was intrigued by the trailer. Will you be? 8 out of ten for me.

The Hunger GamesREAD – well, there's a big fuss about 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins, about to premiere in cinemas, and I have to say I was tipped the wink (is that the saying?!) when it was highly recommended by Julie Cohen (of my blog fame, couple of weeks back) last year.

She said back then it's going to be the next big thing – and looks like she's right, considering the press the film's been getting. The book is apparently brill – I haven't read it – have you? If so, be my reviewer this week and leave me three or four paragraphs about what you liked about it by filling in the Comments form below!

Fifty Shades of GreyAlso for READ – 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James – also recommended by a pal – my friend QVC d irector Lisa – who said it's been getting a bit of a ground swell amongst us girlies and word of mouth is creating a bit of a stir! It's a trilogy, and the first one is what I'm reading here in Center Parcs as we speak – very good it is too – I'm only three or four chapters in, but thought I'd mention it, just in case you're looking to expand your horizons and find out what people are fussing about when you hear it mentioned! Be warned tho' – it's a bit X-rated in places! Lol.

QVC – this week I are mostly been using – SBC collagen cream for body – my new favourite body and hand cream. It's so thick, almost like a really thick jelly mousse, but I don't find it heavy at all, it's just what my skin needs! So lovely to smell too – the perfect remedy to the Center-Parcs-Waterworld-dried-out-skin!

SBC Arnica & Collagen Top To Toe CollectionI've just noticed a brilliant pack – it's actually a four-piece set including arnica – amazing value! Collagen face serum is included – on its own it's usually about £21, and it has 61 five star reviews and is only currently on Waitlist, which makes the four-piece set even more appealing. Loving it!

THIS WEEK ON AIR – well, I'm away till Friday, but it'll be all systems go again when I'm back on air at the weekend:

Nina Leonard Three-Quarter Sleeve Knot Front Top– Saturday includes an hour with Lenny and another fab selection of Nina Leonard outfits at 6pm. The cobalt blue top I was wearing on the Centigrade Show last Sunday night, in fact, was one of his. If you're quick you might be lucky if you saw me in it and wanted it, 'cos it's currently on Clearance online at just £20 or so! Some reviewers don't like it, but it's one of my favourite silhouettes and looks fab on, I think.

L'Occitane 5 Piece Shea Bath & Body Collection– Then a new L'Occitane Today's Special Value on Sunday, which I'm looking forward to – such great value and some excellent hand and lip creams!

– I'm launching the new Susan Graver TSV at midnight Sunday, and will also have another hour with the lovely lady on Monday evening. And then my favourite hair-booster guy is back in town – Ken Paves is here for Susan Graver Set of 2 Angel Sleeve Topsanother visit including with me at 8pm Monday.

His Style a Do is still one of the most useful pieces I've ever owned! You'll see it on me almost any time my hair is in an 'up-do'!

Next week – my lovely girl Lollipop comes to stay for a few days, with Auntie Carol. Mummy Lesley comes to help with the 'Great Clear Out' in Hairdo by Ken Paves & Jessica Simpson Style a Do Hair Wrapmy dressing room – she's ruthless, that woman! And maybe 'The Hunger Games' film review – we'll see! Hehe! Have a great week!

Debs x


  1. Linda,Glasgow March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya Debsx
    Thank you for such chatty and informative blogs,its well apprectated by me and i know many othersx I bought the SBC body butter on their last visits(on your recommendation as you were presenting the hour) and it didnot disappoint!! Its a lovely everyday luxurious butter which because of the size of tub and cost is very affordable – i’m currently using this everyday and when i fancy a spoily i use the Emma Hardie’s body butter – i love her whole capsule range, it more expensive(but not much more) than the SBC butter so i only use it a couple of times a week, but feel so spoiled when i do – come to think about it i also feel spoiled with the SBC as its so luxurious but in an everyday way. You had a visitor at Centre Parcs – now who could that have been ?ha hax I’m saying no more than i hope you both enjoyed your day and i’m delighted for you bothx I always visit my mum’s grave on Mother’s day and have a “chat”,your lovely meal with Bradley sounds scrummy and lovely for you to spend time with your lovely son(i remember him as a wee boy visiting QVC along with Lolly and your ex on a new years eve into day – you were presenting the show and you sung for us(you have a great voice)). I had a lovely spend up on Nails inc tsv day(i could not resist the three easi pays – never can) i got the tsv,the neons,sheer juicy,A listers and forest berry sets – i cant wait to receive them,i’m loving the Neons manicure,my favourite is the porchester sq varnish with a neon colour on the tip but painted about a third from the tip to mid nailbed.I’ve got my eye on the Attitudes by Renee up and coming tsv – i dont know what it is yet but i love her range so i’m sure i will like/love it – have you any idea when the lovely Antthony is back on QVCUK? as you know i loved his last tsv(i got all four colour ways) and am looking forward to watching him again. I’m looking forward to seeing you back on air but hope you really enjoy your break – so until then i’ll say bye for nowx Look after yourself Debsx Love Linda,Glasgow

  2. Alison March 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi-I like the saying you mentioned in your blog-the “It’ll all be okay in the end……” one. In fact, i bought it as a magnet several years ago as I thought it was so good!
    I was in France for a few days last week celebrating St Patrick’s day with friends and bought another magnet to join my collection. In French it reads “Bonne cuisine et bon vin, c’est le paradis sur terre.”-which I think translates as “good food and wine is heaven on earth.”-not bad, is it?!
    Best wishes,

  3. Mrs Sharon Windram March 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I cannot believe that you replied to my comments whilst on your break at Centre Parcs…..thank you. You lead such a buisy life and put a girl to shame with your get up and go – think mine has got up and gone! Anyway just had to drop you a quick line as i have just got back from a hopi ear candle treatment at my local beauty therapy spa and holistic centre, which is just round the corner from where i live, how lucky am i? I was a bit sceptical at first but having been suffering for days in the right ear with congestion (it felt like it was full of water) i thought i would give it a go. Decongestants had not touched it so what did a girl have to lose? It was a VERY relaxing and calming experience finished with a beautiful massage of the lymphatic and sinus areas on the face and neck. Then comes the exciting part as the therapist showed me what had been drawn from my ear through the paper candle. As she unrolled it i was amazed and slightly appalled to see the wax that had been removed and i cannot believe how clear and energised i feel. I am off for my dog walk now via the local post office and local library who provide free poopy bags for the local doggy owners if they ask. I will be tuning into QVC tonight for your Nina Leonard and Smash box hours and of course NEVER miss a L’Occitane TSV. I am very tempted to buy the SBC set which you recommended in your blog, oh and i’ve just noticed the Nina Leonard top too…..oh decisions, decisions! love and hugs Sharon X

  4. Jacqueline Thomson March 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Debbie I haven’t written to you before but just wanted to say your stories always make me smile! I love your blog – a bit like a mini-magazine. Highly entertaining with a good mix of stories, reviews and video clips. Good luck with the dating!! 😉

  5. Alana March 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Sounds like you had a nice time at Centre Parks, I’ve never been but would like to go sometime. Looking forward to the Loccitane TSV and I have to agree about SBC collagen range It’s fab! I use the collagen gel everyday and the new collagen hand cream is lovely.
    I have to let you know Debs that on your recommendation I bought the Babyliss Big Hair and It’s brilliant!! It gives so much volume to my hair and adds extra shine – great buy!
    Great blog as usual – looking forward to the next one.

  6. Michelle Roberts March 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Glad to hear you had a lovely time at Centre Parcs what a nice way to re-charge the battery.
    Thank you for the reply from the last blog I particularly like your comment about your mum only being 18 years old than you, my mum is 17 years older than me and as I age she feels more like a sister to me and of course a fabulous friend. She was married at 16 much to her mum’s disappointment but she is still married to my dad after all these years some things are just meant to be. I think my mum looks fab for her age she still has long dark hair which is down to her waist and very few wrinkles, I certainly have more wrinkles than her!!! Another funny thing to my mother-in-law is only 14 years older than me this is what you get for marrying a younger man!!!
    This weekend I got the ultra sun back out can’t believe this beautiful weather, I think this has to be the best thing I have ever bought from qvc which I purchased after watching one of your shows,not sure if my medication has anything to do with it but I have become very sensitive to the sun so I always protect my skin now using ultra sun.
    Have a great week hon
    Big Big Hugs
    Michelle x x

  7. Nikki Stanescu March 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    I love all SBC. Your always asking for commenson facebook.So here is a plea from a large calved lady. Please Please can we have measurements of calves for boots on air and online in the descriptions.

  8. Nikki Stanescu March 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    what size did you go for in the top? I’m a size 16 38″ bust, would I be ok with large?

  9. beverley young March 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    YOU MUST read the Hunger games trilogy -just finished them and they really are excellent! Did you ever get into The Killing 1 and 2 ,or Borgen -subtitled but they were fantastic. Currently into Inspector Montalbano on BBC4 -very good , the books are brilliant and really worth reading…Mind you the actor that plays him is ….Hmm …rather cute shall we say!
    Take Care

  10. debs f March 27, 2012 at 2:37 am -  Reply

    Linda – what a lovely long update – thank you hon! Always nice to hear from you!
    yes I’ve been very impressed about the SBC body balm – it’s making the backs of my hands very plump too! Am sure it’s that that’s helping – used it in center parcs as the waterdome was very drying on the skin!
    Brad and lolly in the early years on QVC -= ahh yes! Sad to say the early tapes were wiped some time ago, shame cos would love to have seen those new years eve shows again!
    Anttony is back with me on the Thursday before i go to scotland, around 19th april i believe! Am on with him mid afternoon – will be fun!
    big hugs and do keep writing!

  11. debs f March 27, 2012 at 2:39 am -  Reply

    Alison – lovely saying! I like it – a lot! I had a little collection of fridge magnets when I lived in Tiptree, but lately i’ve been liking cushions with sayings or logos on them! Latest being the kelly hoppen union jack!

  12. debs f March 27, 2012 at 2:41 am -  Reply

    Sharon – the Hopi ear candles sound wonderful – I’ve always wondered about them! Would love to have that type of result too! lol – but them I’m also somebody that likes to get blackheads on family so what can i say! Ooops – did I type that out loud! lolol
    Hope you decided on your purchases! yes there are lots of choices for sure!

  13. debs f March 27, 2012 at 2:43 am -  Reply

    Jacqueline – how thrilled am I when my regular ‘readers’ become regular ‘commenters’! THank you SO much for leaving your thoughts – always a pleasure to read them! Do come back again, and so glad you like the blog – I really enjoy doing it each week! And I know Sally my lovely web lady who takes care of doing the technical stuff for me, posting to the site etc, will also be very grateful to hear such things as it’s such a lot of work each week! Thanks again hon!

  14. debs f March 27, 2012 at 2:45 am -  Reply

    Alana – Oh I thoroughly recommend Center Parcs – been going since the kids were young, and it’s got to be the most relaxing holiday i’ve been on ! And sooooo glad the recommendations are working – presenter pics are usually really hot products, and I’m glad I started adding mine on here – it’s lovely when you can spread the word – or ‘share the love’ as they’re saying on all those promo’s at the mo! I use my big hair styler all the time still – it’s amazingly easy! Julia Roberts just got one recently too, based on what i said! cool!
    I do hope you come back again!

  15. Debs f March 28, 2012 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Michelle – not sure if last reply posted ok so here’s another if not!
    Toy boy eh – serve u right! Lol!
    Glad the ultra sun is helping – it definitely helps me be more ‘normal’ in the sun. Roll on days like these! Xx

  16. Debs f March 28, 2012 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Nikki – yes a large should be fine for you in nina Leonard tops if you’re size 16. If nearer 18, you may prefer xl. I use medium, I’m 14/16 but I don’t mind a snugger fit!
    Yes SBC is fab – am soooo soft on arms now cos of it and other qvc products – yay!
    And noted bout calves. They don’t currently have a system for doing it but If enough people ask am maybe they’ll consider it one day. Have any of our boots fitted you btw?
    Thanks for writing hon!

  17. Debs f March 28, 2012 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Bev – yes we’re going to see Hunger Games tonight! Not seen the progs u mention – but if my sky plus ever gets less full, I’ll watch out for them! Lol thanks for your comment hon – much appreciated! X

  18. Elizabeth Macpherson March 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I just love reading your blog & looking at the is like a mini magazine like Jacqueline said/wrote! Elizabeth xxx

  19. Debs f March 29, 2012 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Elizabeth- thanks so much! It means a lot when people leave me messages – its more like I’m doing this for a reason, specially when you guys tell me I’m doing something right!

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