My first ever book event & Buzz meets Santa

Having written two novels and one novella, those lovely folk at penguin decided it was time to reward me with my first ever author event. So last Wednesday, Waterstones in Covent Garden threw me a spectacular evening to celebrate the release of Christmas With Billy and Me. It was suggested that I maybe read something from the book, but the very thought petrified me! I’ve never been confident at reading out loud – even if I’ve penned the words myself. Suddenly words aren’t words – they become a random collection of letters that make no sense. Thankfully everyone agreed that, with that in mind, it was possibly best to do something less formal and go for a Q & A. I’m so glad we did.

 

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Writing books is a fairly lonely experience – I sit in my room in my PJs and let my imagination run wild, not really giving too much thought about the book actually getting read by someone eventually (possibly also in their PJs). And even though it’s amazing when I receive comments online about my books moving people, it’s a totally different feeling to have a room full of readers sat in front of me in appreciation for my work. And what a warm and kind bunch they were! I honestly felt like I was sat amongst friends – and I hope they all feel they were part of a special night. I know I’ll remember it for a long time to come.

Also this week…

· Buzz met Santa! Obviously it wasn’t the real one (it was one of his helper clones that he sends out while he is busy getting everything ready at the North Pole), but Santa’s double surprised us at a friend’s Christmas gathering at the weekend. I’ve heard that a lot of children are moved to tears by the mere sight of the jolly old guy in red, so I was a little worried that Buzz would have a meltdown – but he was more than intrigued by the grey bearded dude and wouldn’t stop staring… it was so cute! I have a feeling Buzz might be seeing Mr C again this week if Tom gets some time off.

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· We took a road trip to see Tom’s sister Carrie play Beth in War of The Worlds. Tom and Carrie were played Jeff Wayne’s soundtrack a lot growing up – but I’d never even heard of it before. It was a fantastic night. I blooming loved the production and have found myself waking up singing ‘The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one,’ every morning since. Slightly disturbing and I now know why Tom has such an unusual fear of being attacked by aliens in his sleep. Needless to say, I was super proud of my sister in law Carrie (pictured with Tom, her castmate Jonathan Vickers and I). She was only six when Tom and I first met – it’s been wonderful watching her grow up and blossom into a ridiculously talented young lady.

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· In further Buzz news… we have waving, pulling himself up into standing (with the help of something to hold on to) and… leaning in for kisses! Honestly that little boy knows how to melt my heart!

Festive love to you all!

Gi. Xx

Buzz’s First Tooth has Arrived!

I thought Buzz was going to be rocking the gummy look well into his teens, but his first tooth arrived and it had company… his second tooth! Yep, two bottom teeth have appeared from nowhere, much to our surprise and his indifference – seeing as we’re still ill, I don’t think he’s been able to fully take in the epicness that is teeth. He already loves his food, and I imagine he’s going to love it even more now that he has teeth to tackle it with.
 
So onto being ill… The hand, foot and mouth saga continued this week with me and Buzz both catching colds before I came down with a throat infection and lost my voice. Honestly, I’ve never been so ill as I have in the last month. And as for Buzz – I thought breastfeeding was meant to strengthen his immune system against all this stuff. Still, I can’t complain about the gorgeous mummy/son time we’ve had this week. Cuddling up on the sofa together has been actually delicious – even if we have both feel pants… and had to watch the first thirty minutes of The Muppets on repeat.  

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Annoyingly, last week was one of the busiest I’ve had in a while. It was a crummy week to be ill as there was lots going on that I’d been really looking forward to. So instead of curling up on the sofa the whole week, I had things to do and places to be and people to see:
 
THE COSMOS: I was thrilled when, earlier in the year, I got asked to write an article for Cosmopolitan magazine about ‘finding the one at thirteen years old’. I was even more thrilled when I got invited along to this year’s Cosmo awards – an event I’ve always wanted to go to. Well, it always looks like such a glamorous affair – and to go along with that glamour, I decided to wear a dress from littleblackdress.co.uk called The Marilyn. Coming in at the waist before shooting out in a prom style skirt, the black dress was very flattering and totally took me out of mummy-mode for the night. Hurrah!
 
As Tom and the McBusted boys had won the award for Ultimate Men of the Year, he was also there – although we turned up and sat separately. It did feel a bit weird at first (I’m used to having Tom by my side at big occasions like that), but I was so in awe of the event that I happily sipped away at my wine and talked to the other guests at my table… and they really were VERY interesting folk – with most of them actually winning awards for their inspiring ways. Yes, my first time at the Cosmos certainly didn’t disappoint!

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PRIMA BABY AWARDS: Now that I’m a mummy I feel I have a better understanding of some of the gadgets and gizmos that come with those crazy little beings. And this week I got to use my mummy-wisdom as one of the judges at the Prima Baby Awards 2015. The day was spent talking through and testing out various products from all aspects of mummy-hood – breastfeeding, toys, travel, food – it was all in there. I came out of that room feeling like I’d really learnt some valuable insights into what bits and bobs are needed as a mummy… and what aren’t.  Sometimes it feels we need every product invented, but, actually, we don’t… Saying that, there are some amazingly innovative ideas out there!

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PENGUIN’S WOMEN’S FICTION EVENING: My publishers Penguin held a lovely event for their female fiction authors. Unfortunately I was majorly poorly and had hardly any voice, but it was still great to go along and spot some friendly author faces – and meet other book folk. My germs didn’t seem to put too many people off talking to me either. Fingers crossed I’ve not made anyone else ill!
 
Also, in the lead up to Christmas, I’ve decided to take part in a thing called Vlogmas on YouTube… My channel has effectively turned into a video countdown to Christmas with me posting something everyday until Christmas… It’s been a fun challenge so far. Let’s hope I can keep it up!
 
Big love to you all,
 
Gi. Xx

It’s Important To Mummy-talk

Being a first time mum can be a dauntingly lonely experience. I think friends assume you sit at home all day cooing and cuddling your bubba – but the reality, especially in the early days, is far from that… Well, it was for me. I’m sure I’m not the only mum who questions her every thought as a mother, and Googles to see what other parents have done before her in a quest to ‘get it right’. I’ve made a realisation – one that I keep rediscovering and reminding myself of – and that is that there is no RIGHT. The only RIGHT is keeping your bubba out of danger and happy… As well as yourself, of course. This realisation always pops up when I’ve spent time with other mums. We all have different methods to our madness, we all have different struggles, and it always feels so good to just offload when possible in a nonjudgmental capacity. Although, be warned – there are judgemental beings out there (I’ve spoken about them before) who will pull the scariest faces at your techniques due to them being so different from their own – just smile, nod, and take their views with a pinch of salt. Babies do not fit into a one size fits all method and every household is different.

 

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But back to the happy stuff – talking to other mums and dads is great, and possibly one of the biggest perks of going to baby classes. Actually, even just talking to another mum in the park and having a natter can be equally as uplifting. Talking is so important (as is getting out of the house and seeing people) because it reminds you that you’re not alone. There are loads of mums out there and you can bet whatever you’re going through they are too. Yes, you might meet someone whose attitude makes you feel a bit rubbish, but you could also meet someone whose attitude is hugely uplifting – kick-starting a new friendship with someone you can text in the middle of the night about your child having a slight temperature… Or just to share in a I-have-to-laugh-or-I’ll-cry manner that they’ve just pooped all over your favourite top. You’re in a whole new phase of your life, so it makes sense that there are going to be new additions to your friendship groups. I love meeting other new mums… it turns out I love oversharing too. Oopsey!
 
Also this week…

 

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It was Dougie’s birthday so we took a group trip to Gilgamesh to celebrate. I was thrilled at the amount of vegetarian dishes available. Usually we’re stuck ordering the only veggie option on the menu but instead we were surrounded by delicious yumminess and stuffed our faces. Happy times!

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Buzz has been poorly… Again. Everything was fine and we were having a magical week together and then Saturday afternoon he woke up from a nap with a temperature and wouldn’t eat his dinner. Then his nose started leaking and the dribble started flowing in a way I’ve never seen before. He was very wet and slippery. And so followed a sleepless night (typically when Tom was away) in which I gathered my pillows and blankets and tried sleeping on Buzz’s floor to see if that would help at all. It didn’t. When he started getting a blistery rash the following day on his body (especially his hands) I knew it was time to get a doctor’s opinion. I’d already been Googling his symptoms online and was fairly certain that he’d managed to catch hand, foot and mouth disease, but a late night call to NHS direct and a visit to an out of hours doctor confirmed that. With it being a rash and a fever it was worth checking it wasn’t anything more sinister than the common virus. Thankfully it wasn’t. He’s still super poorly (as I write this he’s asleep in the back of the car while we listen to some Adele). Being poorly yourself sucks, but when it’s your child who can’t communicate what they’re feeling (they can only look at you with a pained expression while they whimper) it’s a million times worse. Needless to say we’ve had lots of cuddles while watching The Muppets… on repeat. I hope he gets better super quickly! 
 
Time to go mop up some more dribble!
 
Big Love,
 
Giovanna
Xx

Christmas shopping and Buzz’s new piano

You might recall that four weeks ago we were referred to a physio to make sure that Buzz’s flat head (something that is very common thanks to the guidelines that babies sleep on their backs) was not a cause for concern. Thankfully it wasn’t, but we were relieved to have it checked out by a professional. This week we returned to Physio Gill to see how Buzz is developing. She was extremely impressed with his crawling and sitting… I felt like a very proud mummy! Now that he’s moving around a lot more, and hardly ever flat on his back, his head has really started to round out. The only thing we’re keeping an eye on now are his feet – he likes to go up on his tiptoes a lot when we hold him in a standing position. I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about at all – but we’ll be helping Buzz keep his feet firmly on the ground before going back to Gill in six weeks.

Following that appointment we took Buzz into town for a family day out… he happily sat through two meetings, two restaurant trips and some late night shopping without even a whimper! What a star! And yes… we’ve finally started our Christmas shopping! Not long to go people.

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Also this week…

· I’ve discovered Pinterest! I’ve had it for a while, but never really understood it… I still don’t understand it, but am loving pinning lots of pretty/ inspirational images and quotes. It’s great fun! Following this discovery, my friend Joe pointed me towards Etsy… Oh gosh, I can tell I’m going to spend so much time and money on there. It’s a den of hidden treasures.

· Tickets to my first ever book event went on sale AND sold out! I’ll be having a little Q&A/signing at Covent Garden’s Waterstones on December 10th. It’s a ticketed event – which is great as it means I’m guaranteed some guests… Can you imagine if I did something like that and no one turned up? I’d be so embarrassed!

· I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here is back and I’m in reality TV heaven! Yep, I’m a huge fan of the show and genuinely get excited about it every year. So far I’m LOVING Kendra and Jimmy. I used to watch Girls of the Playboy Mansion and was a huge fan of Kendra back then as she’s nothing like what you’d expect from one of Hefner’s ladies – it’s nice to see she’s exactly the same on this show too. I had no idea who Jimmy was at first, but he’s had me in stitches since day one. I love all the adventure in camp – it’s definitely one show I think I’d enjoy doing myself… although do you get out of the eating challenges if you’re a veggie? I’d hope so!

· Buzz got sent the most adorable tiny piano from Korg! Tom was trying to tell me that there was a chance Buzz would sit down and bash out a symphony of some kind – well, it’s just a collection of notes – but I’m pretty sure the tune Buzz created wasn’t like anything I’ve heard before on Classic FM. Still, he’s highly enthusiastic with his bashing.

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· We took a group trip to the cinema to see Interstellar… I really enjoyed it… although (I’ll be totally honest), I was a bit baffled when it finished. In fact, a few of us turned to each other and said, ‘I THINK I get it’… which is possibly not the best reaction to be left with. BUT, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I think it’s one you have to roll with and not think about TOO much, otherwise your head might implode. Yep… that’s a scientific fact.

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Right, I’m off to try and not think about Interstellar!

Big Love,

Gi. Xx

Buzz Becomes The Fastest Crawler Who Ever Lived…

Okay, I might be slightly exaggerating with that title, but our cheeky little monkey has been flying across the room with the biggest grin on his face this week. He’s loving exploring and wants to touch everything that he can put his hands on. It’s amazing to witness him loving life, but it’s also a little bit terrifying! Everything in sight has become a potential hazard waiting to happen… Let the baby proofing commence!

With that in mind, it won’t come as much of a shock that we’ve visited the idea of a playpen. I’ll be honest, I was in two minds about putting Buzz in something that resembled a cage, but seeing as he can dart across the room very quickly now (making doing anything impossible) I thought it was worth having a little Google. After all, Christmas is just around the corner and they’ll be lots of shining things around that he’ll want to put in his mouth… and a Christmas tree for him to pull down. So, on my search to find something that wasn’t oppressive, boring and depressing, I came across the TikkTokk range. Made for nurseries (yes, I know… I went big and bold), the colourful plastic is fun, strong and extendable. So I bought to kiddykare pen and an extension pack to make Buzz’s play area as huge as possible. It’s so flipping easy to put up that it really is possible to just get it out when needed.

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Also this week…

We’ve been sick! So sick! Last week I mentioned how Buzz had been vomiting over the weekend and that the doctor had said it was due to teething…. However, I think the fact that me, my mum and brother Mario have all graced our toilets with our heads this week would suggest otherwise. All I could think was ‘poor little bubba’ at the thought of little Buzz going through the same thing. I can’t lie – I’m pretty glad that week is behind us!

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But in better news… WE’VE ORDERED A DISHWASHER! I agree, mundane info that you probably don’t want/need to know… but it makes me so happy to know we’re finally on the way to replacing our old dishwasher that broke several months ago. Three cheers for the new dishwasher that’s on its way – hip hip, hooray, hip hip, hooray, hip hip… HOORAY!

Yep. Other bloggers give you updates on their glitzy outfits to snazzy celeb-filled events – I tell you about kitchen appliances we’ve ordered. I lead a riveting life sometimes.

Thanks for sticking with me and reading this blog each week. Your support and kindness really is wonderful.

Big love!

Gi. Xxx

Christmas, my novella and a babyshower!

When looking back at the last week the two images that spring to mind instantly are me typing away at my computer getting started on book three and then being sat at my desk hidden under a pile of receipts as I worked on my tax return. Yeah, riveting stuff! But, actually, there have been some gems this week too…

Christmas With Billy and Me has been published! Hurrah. It’s always lovely to have feedback on something that you’ve put a lot of time, effort, energy and love into… So I’ve loved hearing from everyone this week as they’ve downloaded my little novella (or gone into Waterstones – it’s physically exclusive to them). Plus, in further book news, it was announced this week that Billy and Me is being translated into Portuguese for Brazil (published 10th December). How flipping awesome is that?! That’s now four countries the book has officially reached (UK, Italy, Germany and Brazil), I wonder where else my creations will travel!

I got into the Christmas spirit early this year thanks to writing my novella, but now Christmas has really arrived in the Fletcher household. Okay, not really, but yes really. Ha! We have a deal in our house that Tom’s allowed to play Christmas songs once Halloween and bonfire night are out of the way. So Thursday morning I was woken up to Michael Bublé crooning out some festive greats… I’m not complaining! There are far worse things to be woken up to. Ooh, and let’s not forget the arrival of the John Lewis Christmas ad… how emotional was that?! Yet again JL have come up with a corker. Although it’s no surprise as to who cried over it the most in our house. Tom. Obviously.

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Also this week, I threw a surprise babyshower! Cath (mummy to Martha who featured in last week’s blog) is ready to pop, so us friends decided to shower her with love and cake before she welcomes hers new bundle. I’ll be honest, I was hoping that she’d go into labour and I’d have to make a mad dash to get the hot towels before delivering new baby Last, but sadly that didn’t happen. But what DID happen was that we all had a lovely time and ate lots and lots of cake! Most of Cath’s family came down from Liverpool for the afternoon too – something that really shocked her!

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The night before the babyshower was quite eventful though… After spending the night with Tom, Katy and Charlie baking cakes (we made a rainbow cake – it was delicious) and blowing up dozens of balloons – we walked into Buzz’s room to find him totally covered in vomit. He then was sick throughout the night and had to see the doctor the following day. Luckily it wasn’t an infection – the doctor couldn’t be sure, but thought it might be connected to teething. Poor thing. So, while we were all eating cake downstairs at the babyshower, Buzz and Tom stayed upstairs and chilled out for the afternoon. Apparently he slept for most of it – which isn’t surprising as he was up the majority of the previous night. I’d have to say the worst part of him being sick was the look of fear in his eyes when it was about to occur or while it was happening. He didn’t understand and was so scared. He’s totally fine now though. I think all the sleep did him good.

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Right, off to give the little dude a big cuddle!

Big love,
Gi. Xx

A Very Happy Week for the Falcone/Fletchers

The most wonderful thing occurred this week… I’ve gained an almost-brother-in-law. Well, I saw him as ‘almost’ before this weekend, so maybe he should now be called my really-almost-brother-in-law. Yes, that wonderful Lee (aka Chickpea) has made my sister Giorgina the happiest girl ever by asking her to marry him. Like most little sisters I’ve idolised my big sister throughout the years and always felt disheartened for her when her boyfriends turned into Mr Wrong – but now she’s found her Mr Right, something we were all sure of from the moment we met Lee. It was love at first sight for all the family, so we’re thrilled that he’s now going to officially be a part of our family’s circle of trust and love. So… I’d like to say a huge congratulations to my big sister Giorgina and Chickpea on their engagement!

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I’ve known it was going to happen for a few weeks, and have been on the verge of happy tears every time I’ve thought about it, but seeing her beaming face as she proudly showed off her new bit of bling this weekend (Chickpea did a wonderful job – it’s a gorgeous sparkler) is up there with one of my favourite moments ever. I can’t wait to weep through all her bridal dress shopping trips, like she did during mine. Happy times ahead!! That also means that I’ll be bridesmaid at THREE weddings next year! 2015 really is set to be filled with love, laughter and merriment.

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This week Tom’s been away with the McBusted boys and Nanny Fletcher had a nasty cold, so Buzz and I have had lots of time hanging out. We’ve also had a trip to see Emma and the Willis munchkins, to my lovely friend Katy’s for cake and a visit from Mario. I must say, I might’ve got no work done (at all) but it’s been flipping brilliant just having quality time together. I’m going to take a week off more often… I’d better just make sure my writing time is as productive as possible when I do work!

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When Tom was finally back from his tour we had a little day visitor in the form of little Martha – our friends’ three year old girl. It was a great insight into what life will be like when we eventually add to our brood. Yep, it’ll be beautifully chaotic. Ha! Martha was a delight and made our Saturday highly entertaining, although we were shattered when her mummy Cath came to collect her!

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BBC Children in Need asked me to get involved in their campaign to get people baking in a bid to raise lots of money for their good deeds. I decided to make a vegan carrot cake as Tom’s been unable to eat a lot of cakes lately as they contain butter, cream, milk or eggs… I’ll be honest, I was really worried what my concoction was going to turn out like, but it was one of the best carrot cakes I’ve ever made. Phew! Visit the BBCCiN website to learn more about how you can get involved. http://bbc.co.uk/Pudsey

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So all in all it was a fantastic week for us Fletchers! Hope yours was fab too! I have an exciting week ahead as Christmas With Billy and Me will be available in Waterstones and on eBook devices. It’s always great to know that something I’ve dreamt up is about to read by others… although, I can’t help but feel a little nervous too! Fingers crossed everyone enjoys where I’ve taken the story over the festive period.

Big love,

Gi. Xx

One Anniversary, One Flat Head and One Cheeky Announcement…

This week Tom and I celebrated our 11 year anniversary of being a couple! I know we should probably stop celebrating this one now that we’re married – but it’s always nice to have an excuse to go out and have a date night, isn’t it?! Plus, eleven years!!! So, this year Tom took me to a gorgeous vegetarian restaurant in Holborn called Vanilla Black … Oh my gosh, the food was amazingly delicious. It was great going somewhere that I could eat everything on the menu. I think people think all vegetarians eat is a lump of boring vegetables at every meal, but this restaurant proves how creative veggie dishes can be – and how moreish, pretty and naughty, too! Munching on fab food with a glass of bubbly with the hubby – a perfect way to celebrate how far we’ve come.

 

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My novella (that’s short story to you and me) Christmas with Billy and Me is set to be published November 6th. Originally it was going to be an ebook exclusive, however those lovely folk at Waterstones asked ever so nicely to have the exclusive physical format. So now it’ll be available in eBook and also physical! Hurrah. Two copies unexpectedly arrived the post this week and I’m thrilled to say they look amazing! I can’t wait to see them in stores (I think they’ll be at the till points) in ten days time. THAT’S SO SOON!

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Remember I mentioned a little while ago about Buzz’s flat head? Well it’s nowhere near as bad as it was, but our doctor referred us to a physiotherapist just to check everything was okay. We met a lovely lady who gave Buzz lots of toys to play with while she checked out his development. The main thing she noted was that he wasn’t sitting up… But not because of anything sinister – he was just too laidback to bother. She helped him find a strong base to balance on, and he’s basically spent hours sitting in that position ever since. Turns out he just needed to be shown that it required far less effort than he was using to hoist his toys above his head when rolling around the floor with them. Now he has both hands free to play and explore… And reading is much easier when you have two hands to bash a book with!

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Another week, another birthday – although this time it was the turn of my wonderful sister-in-law Carrie to blow out those birthday candles whilst saying ‘hello’ to a new chapter of her life. I’ve known Carrie since she was a little girl and I’m so proud to see the gorgeous woman she’s become…

Right, Tom is off on a radio tour with the McBusted boys this week (rather excitingly they announced they’re releasing an album on the first of December) so I’d better go get him organised.

 

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As ever, thanks for all the comments on here and Twitter – I love hearing your views on my ramblings!

Big love to you all!
Giovanna. Xx

Crawling, Cake and Fancy Dress

As the title suggests, Buzz is crawling! For weeks he has been toying with the idea (before shuffling backwards in a diagonal direction), but this week he’s officially become a crawler. Yes, yes, yes… I know what you’re all going to say – time to get baby proofing. If anyone has any recommendations on products they’ve used or just general advice, please leave a comment or tweet me. I’d love to hear the thoughts of others who’ve moved onto this stage of their baby’s development. It’s a tough balance between letting them free so that they can explore the world (living room) and containing them to keep them safe from all the hazards in the room, but we’ll get there! Needless to say the highlight of my week was coming downstairs one morning and having Buzz crawl over to me with a massive grin on his face. What a way to start the day!

It’s been a few weeks since the McWags got together for a little chinwag, so we decided to all head to Café Royal for tea and cake (aka afternoon tea). Firstly, I was worried that in my new world as a vegetarian I’d be left with just egg and cucumber sandwiches – but Café Royal REALLY puts on a great spread no matter your dietary requirements. Our group consisted of two vegetarians, two gluten free ladies and two ‘normal’ eaters (we’re a fussy bunch) and ALL of us were full to the brim with satisfying deliciousness by the time we left. I certainly hope there are more girlie afternoon teas put in the diary soon – it’s always wonderful to spend time with those fab ladies!

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This week brought with it birthday celebrations for three beautiful ladies – my cousin Sam, niece Isla and primary school friend Sarah. I met my friend Sarah when we were both nine years old. I can remember being sat in my new school and seeing her goofily smile at me across the room. She won me over instantly and is my oldest friend… well, my oldest serving one, but I like to freak her out by calling her my oldest. Anyway, it was Sarah’s 30th this week and to celebrate she held a ‘S’ themed fancy dress party. After much deliberation I decided to go as The Snowman. I’ve never been so comfortable at a party before… it was like going in my PJs!

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Onto Sam and Isla’s birthday party and Buzz played pass the parcel for the first time. He couldn’t keep his eyes off the parcel as it went around the circle. It was so adorable. The wrapping paper kept him entertained for hours afterwards too, as though it was the most interesting, complex and desirable thing ever… that’s his Christmas present sorted, then!

Also this week, I was sent the luxurious Sydney Pacapod changing bag to try out… I LOVE being organised so you can imagine how excited I got packing the separate compartments of this bag – there’s a pod for changing bits and bobs, one for Buzz’s lunch and snacks, a compartment for spare clothes/toys/muslins and then a whole section just for ME! Plus, this HAS to be the least ‘mumsy’ item I’ve acquired since being a mummy – it looks so blooming stylish. Yeah, okay, I’m totally fan-girling over a bag. Ha!

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Right, I’ll see you all next week… I’m off to pack my Pacapod for Buzz’s trip to his Nanny Fletcher’s tomorrow. Fun times!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Buzz Joined his Daddy and McBusted on Set

McBusted’s first ever single Air Guitar was revealed to the world this week when they shared its lyric video after teasing fans with fifteen second snippets of it first. I’m not too surprised that it’s has such a positive reaction – I’ve been unable to stop singing it since I first heard it. The lyrics are so funny and perfectly encapsulate everything that the McBusted boys are about. I have a feeling the year ahead is going to be pretty epic and luckily you guys will get to see this McWag’s take on the whole thing… well, THAT and how I’m juggling mummyhood and writing at the same time. Oh, life is for living and squeezing in everything you can. No point sitting around doing nothing when there’s so much fun to be had.   ;-)

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Tom and the boys filmed Air Guitar’s music video this week at Leavesden Studios. Seeing as it’s not too far away from our house, me, my brother Mario and Buzz decided to take a little drive and see Daddy at work. Buzz (wearing his ear defenders) was fascinated by all the flashing lights and seeing the McBusted boys energetically jumping around. As ever, it was lovely watching the boys fuss over Buzz – I know Tom loves it when he’s there… he tries to get him doing all his adorable ‘tricks’ – laughing, rolling and crawling attempts. However, Buzz is no performing monkey and usually just looks at us both as though we’re mad.

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Also this week…

· Me and Mrs Georgia Jones (it’s still so much fun to use her NEW full name) were invited along to Little Black Dress’ launch for their very own collection of little black dresses. A night out with my girlie, sipping champers and looking at fab dresses – I could hardly refuse. Team LBD have been amazing with me over the last couple of years and have helped me find most of my dresses for TV appearances, premieres and weddings. So it was lovely to go along and meet the team who work their magic via their website and hear more about them and their latest venture. I’ve no doubt I’ll be rocking a dress from their new collection VERY soon. Check them all out at www.littleblackdress.co.uk.

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· Tom and I stumbled across Lola’s cupcakes a couple of weeks ago – we were so excited by their vegan recipe that I couldn’t help but blog and vlog about them. As a thank you for featuring them they sent us a collection of cupcakes… six vegan for Tom and a dozen of their standard cupcakes of yumminess for me… They were so flipping delicious I feel I have to mentioned them again! Thank you for your thank you Lola’s!

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· Jennifer Garner became my idol this week! I’m sure we’re all aware of the pregnancy rumours that circulate about her every other week when photos emerge of her with a ‘bump’. Speaking on the Ellen Show, she said, ‘I am not pregnant but I have had three kids and there is a bump. From now on ladies, I will have a bump. It will be my baby bump and let’s all just settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere. I have a bump – it’s name is Violet, Sam, Sera’. Well, I think she’s gone a long way to addressing those rumours once and for all while giving every mummy out there a little high five in the process. Wonderful.

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Have a lovely week guys!

Big love,

Gi.Xx

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