I wanna be like ‘Baloo-hoo-hoo’: Health check chat and sunshine woes


Can't go in Sun pieceThis week –
– My life in the shade – living with dodgy skin!

– Baloo the spaniel steals the show – well part of it…

– Health check time – the most flattering pic ever (not!)

– Flower food TiFFT (Try it for the First Time) – what’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?!

– And sneaky peeks of Revitalash, H2O X5 steamer pack and Trinny and Susannah’s Magic Shorts

– Plus Yankee Candle’s Stephen spills the beans!

It’s soooo hottttt! We all love the sun, right? ‘Course we do! Well what about if you couldn’t go in it? Many of us are photosensitive and if you didn’t know already, I have a version of that particular malady.

After being asked by a few of you, I’ve shared a new blog on my website for the very first time about my feelings on what has made me different my whole life. It’s not much in the grand scheme of things. It’s in the Back to You, weekly Monday blog on my website – a full explanation of what it was like to be growing up ‘photosensitive’ in a family of sun-lovers, go here to find out more. Do feel free to leave me a comment there, or at the bottom here. More about Back to You below, by the way.

As we speak I am in fact sitting under a canopy in 30 degree heat writing this blog and looking out at the distant sea. I’m high up on the terrace at the Priory Bay hotel in the Isle of Wight (hence not being on Christmas in July – booked ages ago and I didn’t realise!). We’re here to tour the Liz Earle HQ tomorrow on a special trip; ‘we’ being me, Craigy, and Claire – I’ll bring you the low down next week.


Debbie and Baloo, Pina FaunaAwwww! What a little sweetie my daughter’s dog Baloo was when we did Pampered Pets last Monday! She was absolutely adorable and stole the show… well, almost. To be honest, no one could steal it from Levi the poggy from Pet Munchies – after all, he performs at Crufts! Lol.

Little Baloo did me proud! See the blooper in the QVC section below for clips.

She was so tired out afterwards though, this was the sight that met my eyes when I went back into the lounge once Lauren and her boyfriend Nick had gone to bed. Baloo snuk up on the sofa and made herself… ahem!… comfortable! Lol.

Baloo zonked outGreat pet show again tho’ – the Pine Fauna skin and pet coat spray sold out yet again, and guest Gill’s little Maisy behaved herself too! Order yours if you have pets with itchy, scratchy problems.

Also, the Neater Feeder gang brought us a clever idea – Polar Bowls – soooo good to keep pets’ water cool in this hot weather. Daisy and Gracie, my choccie labs, couldn’t get left out, could they?!

Daisy and Grace FeederLook at these two – very happy with their new feeder in cranberry colour – #LookMumAllGone! Yes, Daisy lost out in the pet-vote – but maybe next time… Or maybe not! Is the QVC world ready for ‘escape dog’…?!





Debbie Health CheckI was debating whether to show this pic of me at this week’s Nuffield Health Check – it’s hardly flattering! Lol! But what the heck.

I went along as part of an annual company thing and it was all fine and very reassuring. Overweight (natch) but most measurements were fine and some were great.

The check we have done is very thorough – as I said afterwards, I had nearly every orifice examined – except me belly button! Haha!

There’s even a spine check where they run a little machine down your spine and it recreates the shape of your vertebrae – very clever! Mine was all fine – and I discovered I’ve grown a quarter of an inch! Yay! So, I’m back to saying I’m 5″4 in fashion shows from now on (ok, rounding up, but what’s a quarter of an inch between friends?! Hehe!)! Lol!

Debbie X-rayI am, naturally, overweight and need to lose a stone or so – so it’s back to Freedom Eating. Actually, I’m writing ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0– the When Diet’ for when Back to You comes back on-air for four Mondays in September.

So I’m Freedom Eating my way to slimness! Hehe!

Debbie Health Check graphOne of the most fascinating things was the lying down/standing up test – which gave a measurement of a quite acceptable ‘normal’ for my ‘graphic representation of physical fitness’ – given my age etc.

It’s the little yellow diamond at position 8:6. Yay (The blue is where athletes would be)! Cholesterol was good, lowish blood pressure which is good, lung capacity very good, heart good, just a couple of little minor things to look at – so all in all pretty good! I’ll do for another year!


RiWisi – my weekly look at all things book – over on www.debbieflint.com

This week over on my blog for writers and readers –

– Help me recall a kids book – ‘The something Princess’… can you remember? I can’t!

– Why some authors are successful and others aren’t – inspiring Joanna Penn podcast

– And info about writing, for beginners, plus the full list of my novels and short stories.

Click here to be linked to my website and read all about the above.

Book of the Week – ‘Monsoon Mists’ by Christina Courtenay, Choc-Lit

Monsoon Mist Book of the WeekDue out imminently on 7th August, this charming romance takes us back to 1759 as the hero Jamie travels to escape his troubled past, and starts a new life as a gem trader in the bustling streets of India. There he meets the rich, beautiful ‘ice widow’ Zarmina, a lady with a dark secret.

Christina is one of Choc-Lit’s prolific authors, so it’d be good to get into her work as there’s lots to read. Her reviews are great too, go here to find out more about her.

BTW – Just so you know, Choc-Lit is a publisher specialising in heart-rending and witty romances – often from both hero and heroine’s points of view.

Choc-Lit Light is also a series of light-hearted love stories. Lots more on their website – Google it to see more. (P.S I hear they may be launching steamy novels next year – Hot Chocolate – haha – good name! I wonder if I should submit ‘Hawaiian Affair’?! Or Escape – or Retreat – or all three?! 😉 )



Sneaky peek

RevitalashAs ever, here’s a little sneak preview of the next Revitalash special offer – watch out on Saturday 2nd August for our guest Natalia – back with brow and lash combo.

I do love this product for my lashes – as do many of us – and you can reeeaaaally tell who’s been using it too, once you recognise the ‘Revitalash look’!


Akos, chemist and inventor, was back on with me with his S20 sheets this week. He mentioned he’s here soon with a clever new storage Ottoman product. Well, join us on 3rd Aug at midnight on Sunday to find out more! #TSV! Bonus Shhhh!

– Attention Kim & Co fans – on Monday 4th August at 11pm, grab the remote and get ready for a super ‘one-show only type bargain!’

– Same again for Percy and Reed fans – this time it’s Sunday 3rd at 10pm – wonderful haircare and a temporary offer!



Liz EarleWill’s superb QCam video previews during this Sunday’s (26th) Liz Earle new Today’s Special Value – don’t miss it! Do take a look at the rest of his recent YouTube channel chats with fab guests – QCam rocks!

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Okay, so it’s not so much a blooper, as a cute little clip from our pet show – as promised, here’s when Baloo the spaniel (my grandpog) performed on cue – bless her! Mind you it’s easy with Pet Munchies!




Weekend Bargains – Saturday’s hot deal will be Phil Parker’s fab new H2O X5 steam mop kit! This weekend also sees the return of Maxine and her ‘bawls’ with Bibi Bijoux, including with me on Saturday (26th) at 8pm. (Craig and I have to hot foot it back from the Isle of Wight for our Saturday shifts!)

Yankee Monday! Here’s Yankee Candle’s Stephen with a tiny teaser about what to expect from this Monday’s (27th) TSV from our top fragrance range – this time, for your car!

Affinity Diamond ring 620010Diamonds… are not forever, they’re for one day only, with Tuesday’s beautiful TSV ring! Launching Monday midnight with Ali K. Watch out for lots of us wearing it! I’ll give you a flash if I can when I’m on close up! Hehe!

Trinny & Susannah 2pk Magic Shorts 115361Magic – Trinny and Susannah’s magic knickers will be back on Tuesday at midnight/thru’ Wed, with a new Today’s Special Value – the launch is with me!



Back to You logoGill Gauntlett guested on last Monday’s ‘live online hub’ – 8-9pm every Monday on the Back to You group on Facebook – go here to request to join. She said she was very happy to be part of such a lovely group and there are now nearly 1,200 members!

The more the better as we continue our Monday night chats – this Monday (27th) it’s none other than Bruce from Bodyblade who will be joining in! Whoop! (TBC at time of writing).

Good news, next week our cameras may be joining us on 6th August, if you’re in London come down! Catch up on recent Back to You blogs here on my website.




Snippet - TiFFT - I ate a nasturtiumFlower power TiFFT*
I had a fabulous ‘first’ this week in the Isle of Wight, sitting writing my blog on a lovely terrace with the sea in the distance – a meal of salmon and beetroot and… blooms!

Fennel, Borage (the purple ones) and a nasturtium – all edible – really unusual too!

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Leave me a comment below!

Lacey drawersLacey Drawers!
Well! Who would’ve thought it?! Lol! My Slim ‘n Lift hour had lots of the ladies backstage agog as Janie Renner brought us these Dita Von Teese-esque bloomers! Sold really fast too – just shows you what a wide range we do nowadays eh? For me, they have to be wide… haha!

Back To You NormalNormal – what is it anyway?!
I like this saying – a lot!

Family Day OutWeekend Break a la Campervan
Remember the campervan? My brother Glenn and his wife Boki are out most weekends in it. Their girls have joined them now they’ve broken up for summer.

As kids we enjoyed long hols in Combe Haven caravan park in St Leonards near Hastings, but I think a motorhome is even better – lucky Izzy and Lara!

Snippet Al FrescoAl Fresco Nosh Of course, not to be outdone, Lauren and Nick are making the most of the balmy evenings including with this little med-veg extravaganza in our own back yard – literally! Let’s hope the weather continues, eh?!

What have you been doing in your garden this summer?



Facebook Funny
Take a look at this funny little poggy doing stair-surfing – it’s his tail that makes me laugh the most! Lol!



You have GOT to watch this – sooo funny! At the moment, my writing group and I are putting together an anthology of short spooky stories for Hallowe’en and my lovely beta readers (Debbie’s Readers group on Facebook) are discussing ‘how scary is scary.’

Well if you have any fears whatsoever about ‘The Walking Dead’ film – just watch this. It’s another ‘bad lip reading’ video on YouTube – where they put together alternative sound tracks for famous movies/videos. You’ll never be scared again! Funny!

P.S – I hear the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer is now out too – have a Google! Ooer! Lol x


Next week – Liz Earle training on the Isle of Wight!

Have a great week!
Best wishes

P.S *TiFFT = Try it For the First Time Club!

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  1. Lisa July 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debbie
    I enjoy your blogs very much, I too am overweight and was told I needed to lose weight a few years ago by a male nurse who must have been 20 stone plus!!!!
    I have just ordered your Hawaiian affairs books off of Amazon so looking forward to reading them. Might have to buy Til the fat lady slims! for some hints and tips.
    Keep up the good work xxx

  2. susan July 27, 2014 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Hi debs, hope you’re well? How’s your skin? Mine is struggling! I have to say again you lot are soo lucky having those health tests. Must cost a bomb for normal people? Wish we could all have one! I haven’t used revitalash btw but don’t think I will. I just have this thing that while I love beauty and see the point of it I also think the world is going a bit Ott on beauty. It just seems that none of us can have any ‘flaws’ anymore! Like lashes that don’t hit your glasses are flaws!? Sorry just a bug bearer for youngsters growing up. Night night. Hope you’re sleeping in this heat! X

  3. Mary Brazil July 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Loved the blog,as always. I don’t know where you find the energy to do all you do,but have ordered your favourite macrobiotic cook book to see if it helps!
    Love to the dogs xxx

  4. debs f July 28, 2014 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Lisa –
    do give Till the Fat Lady Slims a go hon – you’ll find it online or via my website debbieflint.com/writer – so many have said how pleased they’ve been with their experiences after reading it and how it’s helped unlearn things they’d been doing their whole lives! I’m currently updating it for a new version out in September so let me know how you get on!

  5. debs f July 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Susan –
    well i’m lucky in that i live in an old 1850’s house with thick walls and my bedroom is north west facing so doesnt get really hot! Plus i have my Dyson on! lol!
    ta so much for commenting – glad you enjoy the blogs!

  6. Sharon harvey July 29, 2014 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie!
    Loving the outfit btw in your medical photo hahaha! But you are brave for posting it lol.
    So pleased you passed with flying colours! A top bill of health-fab!
    Loving the look of your flowery lunch that you had in IOW, love food like that, so colourful and happy seems such a shame to eat it.
    Thanks for all the sneeky peeks and information you bring us each week! It’s a great insight into what’s coming up and a good way to plan our qvc viewing!
    Have a fun week x

  7. Adele July 30, 2014 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Great blog as always. First time I’ve watched the walking dead without a cushion in front on my eyes lol, much prefer it like this very funny. Will look out for new tsv from revivalash.
    Adele x

  8. Elizabeth July 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Look forward to your blogs lots of info and thanks for the sneaky peeks

  9. Debbs f July 31, 2014 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Mary –
    I dont sleep! Teehee!
    Good for u getting the macrobiotic cookbook! Some tasty recipes in there. Keep me informed!

  10. Debbs f July 31, 2014 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Sharon –
    Yes it was unusual, eating flowers! Lol. The nasturtium was actually more juicy than i expected and has a peppery aftertaste like rocket. Must experiment more!! X

  11. twinkle August 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Baloo is so good bless her 🙂 Have watched and shared the video many times 🙂 Your Labs are gorgeous – u are very lucky and they are very lucky to have u 🙂

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