Sad to hear Cilla passed away…

I was deeply saddened yesterday when I heard Cilla Black had passed away. When I was 11 years old I played Cilla in a school play and sang two of her biggest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World. They were two songs that moved me in a way that no other songs had before – the heart and emotion with which she delivered them became, for me, what all songs should be about. Music should tell a story and move people – it should transport them to another time, place and emotional state… not always in a sad way, but certainly those two songs had a melancholy feeling that I hadn’t experienced to such an extent before. I still listen to her greatest hits album now and even converted Tom into a fan a few years ago.

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Then there was obviously the other side of Cilla – the TV personality who many of us will feel we grew up with. I didn’t realise back in the nineties that the happy lady we saw on the telly all the time had such a heartbreaking story, or that she actually turned to presenting after her music career had dwindled.

Cilla was made for prime time Saturday night viewing. Her charm, humour and heart pulled in the nation and left us with a feeling of warmth… I find it crazy that she had that affect over people in a career that she was originally hesitant to pursue. For that reason I find her story amazingly inspiring. We can achieve everything we could possibly want in life and then have it snatched away from us unfairly, but it’s what we do in those testing times with the opportunities that present themselves that really shape us as humans. Because of the choices that Cilla made she ultimately became a national treasure and burrowed herself deep in our hearts. So rest in peace, Cilla – and thank you for filling our Saturday nights with laughter and magic… And for the music that will stay with me forever.

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Also this week…

… Firstly Tom and me went to YouTuber Marcus Butler’s launch for Hello Life!, a book that’s largely about Marcus and his inspiring and healthy take on… well, life. It was lovely to see Marcus and his lovely girlfriend Niomi and celebrate his creation being out there for people to read.

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…As usual, me and Tom seized the opportunity of time away from the house (and parenting duties) and went to STK for a romantic little meal afterwards. Which, I have to say, was possibly the best meal I’ve EVER eaten. It was all scrummy and I’m actually sat here salivating at the thought of it.

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…I attended another book launch for Eleanor Moran’s A Daughter’s Secret. I met Eleanor through Dorothy Koomson a few years ago, and then we randomly found ourselves sat next to each other on a flight over to LA a few months ago. I haven’t read her latest book yet, but, having listened to Eleanor read the first page of it I’m sure it’s a corker.

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… We spent a lovely day in south London celebrating my bestie Katy’s birthday – she’s joining the 30 club this week. Katy has been my rock for the last twelve years and I find it hilarious to see how our method of celebrating birthdays has changed over the years. Gone are the alcoholic shots in questionable nightclubs – this year we were sat in a very civilised and chilled out manner, in a big open space, surrounded by bunting, eating homemade delights and singing silly songs to keep the children entertained and happy. It was a very funny afternoon.

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That’s all from me – time to get cracking with a week of writing.

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Family day out and a wedding!

Morning!

Well, the start of this week was fairly miserable. As I said in last week’s blog, we managed to catch a bug and that fully unleashed on Monday and meant a full day on the sofa feeling sorry for ourselves. Yes, with Buzz with his Nanny it meant that me and Tom could allow ourselves to really feel ill and gloomy. I hate letting Buzz see us poorly, so it was nice to not have to put on a brave face and just relax in our discomfort. It lingered around and dampened most of the week but, fear not, some fun was still had…

Midweek we headed into London for a family adventure. We were hoping to go to the zoo but an interesting meeting got scheduled in last minute (hopefully I’ll be able to share more on that soon), meaning our plans changed. We ended up strolling around Covent Garden and the Southbank with a grumpy, teething toddler… not fun.

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Actually, talking about the difficult moments of parenthood – we have experienced one area of family life that’s a tad troublesome when we’re out. And that’s when we get to a restaurant, order our food and have to wait… Buzz gets very confused as to why the waiter isn’t bringing out his food instantly – after all, he’s in the highchair, we’re sat at a table… what’s the hold up?! Fair to say he gets vocal in his hunger… I think his huge appetite is something he gets from my Italian side of the family – and, unfortunately, no distraction will work to tear him aware from his desire to stuff his face with goodness… We end up giving him rice cakes to tide him over. Yes, yes, yes, I know – we’re awful parents (and try not to) but he has learnt how to say ‘snack’ and ‘more’ – two words he says with absolute conviction. Bowing to his diva-ish demands is all we can do to keep the other diners happy… not that it’s hurting anyone – he still eats his proper meal when it arrives.

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Also this week…

…An old friend of ours, Duncan Wood (aka Woody), got married to the gorgeous Loli at Fulham Palace. We met Woody through Harry at the start of McFly and we’ve had many drunken adventures together – he’s hilarious. What was particularly wonderful to see on his wedding day was his romantic side – I knew I’d laugh at his groom’s speech, but I had no idea I’d find myself weeping. Speeches are SO important at weddings and Woody smashed it. My advice to anyone having to talk at a wedding is to speak from the heart – it’s your one day to do so without anyone thinking you’re soppy, weak or any of the other stupid and crappy connotations that come with opening up your heart and expressing love… I love declarations of love and hearing how lives have been changed from finding their special someone. So congratulations Woody and Loli – I hope you have a lifetime of happiness together as Mr and Mrs Wood.

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…While we were at the wedding some special guests made an appearance as the wedding band – McFly, of course. Having played at the three McFly weddings before, I have to say that I love, love, love seeing them play in those intimate settings with family and friends around. The best bit is that it’s a chance for all us wives to get up close and scream along. And yes, by close I mean front row. Ha…

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…The best part of the week was seeing Harry and Izzy Judd announcing their baby news with a gorgeous snap of them both on Instagram. I’m so excited for the pair of them to start this whole new adventure together – they’re such a caring couple and I know they’ll make wonderful parents. So, come on, Baby Judd – we can’t wait to meet you.

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Big love,

Gi. Xx

Tom’s Disastrous 30th…

Firstly, sorry for my lack of post last week. It was a manic working week and, to be honest, you didn’t miss much – it was pretty boring otherwise. Hahahaa… So, on to this week!

The main thing to happen this week is that Tom’s joined me in the 30’s club. Yes, that milestone that had always felt like it was miles away suddenly caught up with him and landed him in a new decade of his life. I know I’m his wife (and possibly slightly biased) but he’s achieved a huge amount in that time – more than some do on their entire lifetimes, so I’m hoping hitting 30 hasn’t affected him in the panicked way I hear of… he seems fine with it so far.

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To celebrate Tom’s birthday we had planned a gorgeous day with our families and friends – a nice and chilled BBQ at ours. My first worry was the weather as, in the few days leading up to it, light rain was predicted – but when we woke up that day I was thrilled to see the sun shining and it looking fairly glorious. Hurrah! So with the sun shining, balloons blown up and a fridge stocked with goodies we were set to go… Right?! Wrong! Tom had been feeling rough since the day before (feeling like he as going to pass out on stage) and felt extremely ill when he groggily woke up on his birthday party morning. After debating for an hour we sadly had to cancel the party just as my family turned up from Essex with a gorgeous Mickey Mouse themed birthday cake made by the extremely talented Juliet Sear (she also made our wedding cake and my amazing Nutella Jar cake in January).

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Deciding that our families wouldn’t mind if he had to go off to bed for a few hours, they stayed, but we explained to our lovely friends that Tom wasn’t in a party mood… What an epic fail of a birthday celebration. With a huge birthday cake and double the food and drink necessary, we munched our way through the day and still sent everyone off with huge mountains of food to see them through the week.

And it’s a good job we cancelled – during the afternoon I also started feeling awful and we both ended up leaving Buzz with everyone else so that we could have a lie down. Looks like we saved our friends from catching a bug, as we both still feel awful now… Blurgh!

Also in the last two weeks…

…Tom and I had a little date night and went along to the amazing Juliet Sear’s book launch for Cakeology. The cakes that were on display were just incredible – burgers and chips, a beach – a majestic woodland setting – all made from cake. Such a talented lady and the book in filled with plenty of great ideas.IMG_0646

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…I got my hands on a gorgeous Maasai Colour bag. Yes, bored of having to take changing bags everywhere, I decided I was due an upgrade away from the nappy carriers – especially for those times when I’m not with Buzz. Well, this bag is beautiful and has a rather lovely and inspirational brand story to match. They work with a skilled team in Nairobi who handcraft all their bags and they endeavour to make their business as ethical as possible whilst giving back to the local community in Kenya.

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Right, I’m off to curl up under the duvet. Let’s hope this bug scurries off quickly!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Wimbledon, Book signings and becoming a CoppaFeel! Boob Ninja!

This week it has been revealed that I am a Digital Boob Ninja for the wonderful team at CoppaFeel!. I’ve spoken lots about CoppaFeel! and Kris (its founder) in previous posts, but now I’m actually on board as an official part of the team and I’m blooming thrilled. My job is to remind people (females AND males) to regularly check their baps. Let’s face it, a lot of us forget, but it’s such a simple thing to do and can easily be done in the shower once a week.

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I find boobs fairly fascinating. Noticing the change over the last couple of years during different parts of my cycle, during pregnancy and then breastfeeding has opened my eyes to just how much those bad boys can change – and how quickly. It’s a marvel to witness. So I’m urging you all to stay in tune with your boobs and the rest of your bodies, and to get checked out by your doctor if you’re concerned. Also, if you get told its nothing without a scan but you’re adamant that something doesn’t feel right – ask for a referral. You know your body.

Our aim is to get younger people realising that cancer isn’t just something old people get. It can happen to any of us – and, sadly, it does. In our lifetime, 1 in 8 of us will be directly affected by breast cancer – but if we catch it early enough we severely raise our chances of survival. So yes, I’m going to be reminding you on a regular basis to check your bazookas – but I feel it’s important. If you want to hear more about CoopaFeel! please go to www.coppafeel.org. I also made a rather hilarious YouTube video about my new Ninja status, which can be found on my channel.

Also this week…

…We went to Wimbledon! Yep, that’s right – this mumma got dressed up in a gorgeous outfit from Coast and had a day out with friends. I’ve never been to Wimbledon, and I’m be totally honest and say that I’ve only recently become familiar with the rules – but when Robinsons asked us if we wanted to attend I know it was an opportunity not to be missed. All I can say is that watching it at home on the TV screen does the speed of those balls no justice. They fly by!

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…I had a signing in Bluewater for Dream a Little Dream. Whereas my other book events were ticketed and kicked off with a Q&A, this was just a straight signing – meaning I had absolutely no idea if anyone was going to turn up. I was worried I’d be sat in the store on my own, but on the way there I was astonished to hear that people had started queuing hours before the event! It was such a lovely day – thank you to everyone who came along and made it special!

…Our lovely friend Carina got married to John and became Mrs Bowers. Tom’s known Carina since he was just six years old and it was lovely to be able to share a part of her special day with her because she’s such a wonderful girl inside and out. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Bowers!

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Other than that there’s been a sprinkle of family time and lots of playing in the sunshine for Buzz – who’s discovered he loves to sit in buckets of water… bless him!

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See you next week!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Lovely Buzz and Mummy time

This week it was time for me to scurry away from my desk and attend some book events – both with a Q&A set up followed by signings. The first was held in the Covent Garden store on Tuesday night and hosted by the gorgeous Anna James, and the second up in Liverpool, hosted by the lovely Caroline Smailes. I’ll be honest, I can get nervous having just one on one chats sometimes, so the thought of having to make coherent sentences in front of so many people always scares me. What if my words decided not to come out? What if I made no sense? What if I came across as a total idiot?

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Well, I’m happy to report that my words did come out, that I did make sense and that I wasn’t a total idiot… OK, I might’ve been a bit of an idiot, but I’m totally fine with that. I had so much fun doing the Q&As – it was wonderful to hear people laughing along and enjoying themselves. I’m heading to Waterstones in Bluewater this weekend (Saturday 4th July at midday) for another signing. There’ll be no Q&A this time, but I do love a good natter so will be chewing ears off while signing books. Please come and say hello if you’re in the area!

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Also this week…

…I had afternoon tea at the Haymarket Hotel with my sister-in-law Carrie and the gorgeous Kris Hallenga from CoppaFeel! I wrote about the inspirational Kris a couple of months ago, now it was time for her to spread her message to Carrie. After lots of boob chat and endless cake, it’s fair to say we were all fired up to get spreading the word and making sure people get to know their bodies, regularly check for anything they consider to be abnormal, and seek medical attention if concerned. It’s an important message – one that needs to be heard and can ultimately save lives! Please go to www.coppafeel.org to find out more.

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…I have finished my marathon watching of Lena Dunham’s TV show Girls. Although I was sad to be late to the party, it’s been great to absorb the whole thing in one mammoth chunk. I have to admit that I’m also a little relieved that I can now continue with all the other pending tasks on my rather full plate, without the constant pull of seeing what my four NYC friends are up to.

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…Buzz has mastered the art of multitasking and (as the photo shows) has learnt to mow the lawn and hoover at the same time… I feel like a very proud mum. Hahaha… Seriously though, I’ve had some lovely Buzz and mummy time this week. Just what I need before the acceleration of ‘mummy-work-mode’ that’s about to go into full-force over the next couple of months.

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Right, I hope you all have a fabulous week. I have a week of writing ahead – as well as a trip to Wimbledon (I’m so excited) and my Bluewater signing. I’ll tell you all about it next week!

Dream A Little Dream Gets Published!

Writing a book can be a lonely experience. You spend months on end sat on your own at your desk (or sometimes in bed) living in your imagination, and doubting everything you type, until finally the pieces of the puzzle you’ve created seem to bash together and miraculously make magic (well, that’s the aim). Weeks, sometimes months, follow before that book hits the shops and you hear feedback from your readers… Well, that time came this week with DREAM A LITTLE DREAM finally hitting the shelves of all good bookshops and supermarkets.

I guess this time round it doesn’t feel like I’ve been away from the book for too long as it was only completed a couple of months ago, but it was certainly a book that demanded far more from me than the previous two. Writing as a mummy brought along different pressures, however, it also made working days far more productive. As a result of that I found myself so immersed in the team of characters from my imagination and the world they live in, that having that work now out there for the public to buy and read has been extremely emotional for me. Having readers tweet or email me with their reactions has been so overwhelming and heartwarming. Quite simply, it’s been a huge deal and I’ve been on the cusp of tears for the last few days.

But let’s break my publication day down…

– First off I was up ridiculously early to appear on Lorraine. I’ll admit I was quite nervous, but it was over before I knew it. Lorraine Kelly is always such a friendly lady. She always seems so chilled out and relaxed that it’s impossible for a little bit of that not to rub off on you. A few people have already asked about my lovely tea-dress with all the birds on it. Well, it was from Joy and I flipping love it too.

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– Then there was a quick interview with Dusty from Sugarscape. They got me to play a really tricky game about celebs and dreams. It was really funny because my brain just wasn’t functioning clearly. I’m sure it’ll be on their website soon.

– After a quick juice stop, we then trotted into Magic FM for an interview for their book club. I was really excited about this one as I love listening to Magic on the radio. Nothing like those love ballads to sing along to when you’re driving on the motorway…

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– Finally, Penguin threw a gorgeous party for me overlooking the Thames with lots of inspirational folk (my family, friends, favourite authors and wonderful people who have shown me support), while surrounded by gorgeously colourful flowers, yummy cupcakes, jars of personalised Nutella and towers of Ferraro Rochers. Basically all my favourite things in one room! How lucky am I? I was also wearing the most stunning dress ever! I found it online at www.littleblackdress.co.uk and it’s from Eden Row… I’ve had so many comments about it. It’s super flattering and hid almost all of my lumps and bumps. Hurrah!

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– An hour into my lovely party, my editor Maxine Hitchcock gave a little speech and said some amazing things about me (while I stood by her side all embarrassed) before saying a few words of my own… Well, I suddenly became so overwhelmed. I got a lump in my throat, tears sprang to my eyes – my voice even did that thing where it goes up a few octaves and squeaks… I think I was just hit with the realisation that life is flipping great, and that I am so unbelievably happy to be doing something I adore while receiving unconditional love from the people I love and admire. I felt a bit of a plonker for my emotional outburst, if I’m honest. I would totally have been mocked if I was at the Oscars. Ha! Thank goodness I had only lovely, kind, sweet people in attendance who totally understand me and my bonkers ways.

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Also this week…

– I went for lunch with the brilliant Adele Parks. She’s superb and I can’t wait for more adventures with her in the future!!

– Me and Buzz went to a children’s fancy dress party. I went as The Snowman (again) and Buzz went as Woody (oh the irony).

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– I bought Tom, me and Buzz the cutest shoes from Vans… they’re from their Disney collection and I simply couldn’t resist.

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– It’s been Father’s Day! Buzz and I are extremely lucky to have three extraordinary men in our lives, dishing out their love, encouragement and wisdom: Tom, my dad and my father-in-law. We celebrated with a little meal all together in Essex. A lovely way to end the week.

Ooh, next Saturday I’m doing a signing in Waterstones Bluewater from midday. It’s not a ticketed event so if you live locally, come along and see me. I’d love to meet you!

Hope you all have fantastic weeks!

Big love,

Giovanna. Xx

Time to give my body some love

As you know, I’ve decided to stop watching my weight climb higher and get cracking on getting my body back into something I recognise as mine. Not that I’ve started hating on the wonderful body that grew a human and then nourished him for thirteen months afterwards. Not at all. I just think it’s time for a spring clean… Or a bit of redecorating. FYI, Body – if you’re reading this – I love you long time.

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As I’m already away from Buzz for work I don’t like the idea of having to leave him to go to the gym – so I’ve been looking into other ways of giving my body some love. First up I started with Jason Vale’s juicing plan which made me feel great, energised and even more determined to work hard for the result I’m after. While doing this I did some online ballet classes with Sleek Technique as soon as Buzz went to sleep at night. I was then handed the T25 DVDs by my sister Giorgina. Last Monday I decided to give it a bash and consequently turned crimson while sweating like a big sweaty red thing… Needless to say the workout pushed me. And so all through the week I’ve taken twenty-five minutes in the evening to be coached along by the marvellous Shaun T. I’ve moaned, groaned, puffed and sworn – but at the end of each session I’ve felt fantastic. I’m hoping this is the start of something great! Fingers crossed… Actually, the reason I love posting pictures of me post workout (in my hot sweaty mess) is not to give myself a public high five, but actually to jeer me on to continue. If people know you’re doing something it’s harder to give up and quit… Right? So, if I don’t post a sweaty red picture next week on Instagram please feel free to message me. I’m sure I’m not going to lose focus at this stage – but a kick up the butt would be appreciated nonetheless.

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Also this week:

…I’ve had another couple of photoshoots! It’s so lovely getting my hair and makeup done for me and being beautified! The first was a fashion piece for S Mag (out in a couple of weeks) and the second was for something I’m working on with Coppafeel… I can’t tell you more than that at the moment, but I’ll share more information on our collaboration very soon!

…I remembered how joyous rolling down hills was…and is! That carefree feeling as your body cascades downhill with gravity is so brilliant and reminded me of my childhood. I think I’ll do it more often… Although I got far dizzier than I ever remember getting as a kid! My head was truly spinning.

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…I made Nutella. Yes, that’s right – I’ve shunned my naughty treat for a blend of roasted hazelnuts, maple syrup and cocoa powder. I’ll be honest, it’s not the same – BUT, it’s better than nothing and means I can have a spoonful without feeling guilty.

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So, my latest novel Dream a Little Dream is published his Thursday!! A huge thank you to everyone who’s already preordered – and a huge advanced ‘thanks’ to anyone who heads out and bags a copy this week. Your support brightens my heart – I hope you enjoy what I put so much time and love into creating!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Sauce, sun and Sardinia

Believe it or not, we’ve been away again! While Tom was in Cardiff opening for One Direction with the McBusted boys, I headed to Sardinia with Buzz and my sister Giorgina.

 

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She’s getting married out there in October, so needed to head out there to check over some things with the venue and the florist… well, me and Buzz saw the excuse for forty-eight hours on a sunny beach and leapt at the chance. Why not?!

 

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We had a wonderful time playing in the sand, paddling in the clear waters and stuffing our face with pasta… Buzz ate a crazy amount of the stuff (my nonna would be proud) and smeared so much tomato sauce all over his face that the locals were stood around taking photos of him. Me and Giorgie broke down in giggles because he looked so delighted with his bright red appearance. Bless him. He ended up needing two baths that night.

 

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Sardina and the hotel were utterly beautiful – such a gorgeous location for my sister and Lee to say their ‘I dos’. I can’t believe that the next time we’re over there Giorgie will be becoming Mrs Cawley and starting a whole new exciting chapter of her life. Crazy times.

 

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Also this week…

…me and Tom went on a date night to the Landor theatre to watch The Clockmaker’s Daughter, a new musical written by our friends Dan Finn and Michael Webborn. I’m regularly blown away by the creativity that flows from those around me, but this was pure genius and had both me and Tom weeping. I can’t wait to see where this production takes Dan and Michael – and what they come up with next!

 

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…I went to Adele Parks’ book launch for If You Go Away – her fifteenth novel. Adele has been such a huge inspiration to me and incredibly supportive of my writing, so it was wonderful to go along and listen to her words of wisdom. She’s wonderfully bonkers, but then, I’m pretty sure creative types generally are!

 

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…Promo has started for Dream a Little Dream (it’s out next week – gulp), and what better way to start than a photoshoot with the lovely folk at HELLO!?! I love having my hair and make-up done (Alice Theobald) and being put in clothes I wouldn’t normally think to wear (Vix Adams).

 

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I had a great pamper. Plus, it’s always good to step away from my desk and mummy life to have a girlie session with lovely ladies! If you want to have a little look at the photoshoot and interview then you’ll find it in THIS WEEK’S magazine – out today!

Big love to you all!

Gi. Xx

Sleep, Juicing and a Dodgy Fringe…

Remember last week I said Buzz was having trouble adjusting to the time difference? Well this week that escalated to a whole other monstrosity in that he wouldn’t go in his cot… I’d lull him to sleep (thought it was the kindest thing to do given the jetlag), ever so gently lower him in there and his head would be up like a rocket as soon as his head touched the mattress – even though he’d been snoring seconds before. If I walked out the room to allow him to self settle (he used to do it perfectly fine before we went away at the start of the year) he would scream his head off and shout ‘Mumma, Mumma, Mumma’ repeatedly, making me feel like the crappest and meanest mother in existence. I mean, I’d tried to lull him to sleep for HOURS! He had been asleep for ages before me lowering him and trying to get him in there. Nothing would work other than me picking him up and holding him – consoling him over the fact I dared to abandon him in his gorgeous cot.

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Yes, it’s been a tough adjustment. But it’s slowly getting better. Now I just sit next to his cot while he falls asleep (no singing or hushing) to get him used to drifting off by himself with the comfort of having his mummy by his side… Step by step we’ll get back to where we were without having to listen to him cry his eyes out.

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Also this week:

…I’ve completed a seven day juice detox. I know there’s some controversy about juicing, but (as I have before) I followed Jason Vale’s set plan and have watched a lot of documentaries on the matter – I’m not going into it blind. Juicing has left me feeling a lot healthier, more energised and has reset my taste buds. I’m no longer thinking about dipping a spoon in the Nutella jar… Although I will be making a nutritious homemade version of it. Ha!

…My hair has started really thickening up and all the hair I lost after giving birth is starting to really grow. If I pull it all forward I look like I’m rocking some crazy fringe. Ha! Comforting to see it growing.

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…I’ve had a weekend of seeing friends and family time and it’s been wonderful. Only when I hand a book in and start socialising do I realise how much of a hermit I am while writing. Luckily my friends don’t love me any less in my absence and (thankfully) they’re always happy to see me once I’m out of my imagination and back in the real world. Even though I’m diving straight into book four, I’m still going to make time for walks with Tom and Buzz and seeing all the people I love… life is too short not to.

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Big love to you all!

Gi. Xx

Beach baby

For our last week on holiday we decided to head to the beach for some relaxing fun in the sun at Santa Monica’s amazing Casa Del Mar.

It had been a busy couple of weeks leading up to this, but once our feet were buried in the sand and our swimming costumes were on we instantly started to unwind. The weather might have been a little on the breezy/chilly side, but it was perfect for us to play with our bucket and spades … I forgot how much fun digging holes and building castles was – I’d even go as far as to say that I enjoyed it more than Buzz! Ha!

 

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Although one thing I wasn’t happy about was my failed swinging attempt on Muscle Beach – no, it’s not how it sounds. Hanging from a big steel structure were hoops in something resembling the game Hang Tough from The Gladiators. On the first day I watched a man whizzing up and down them and was dying to get on them and live out my dream of being on The Gladiators.

 

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Well, on the last day I had a go, but it didn’t go as smoothly as I’d hoped. I was too short and didn’t even make it to the second hoop. I had more luck on the children’s version, but even then I only got to the third hoop. I’ve sadly come to the conclusion that I’m never going to be a Gladiator. I’m crushed…

The flight from LA to London was a little bit more interesting this time around thanks to Buzz’s new ability to push buttons – the literal kind, not the metaphorical mental sort. My seat was going up and down during take off, much to his delight. He was extremely good though and slept for more than half of it. Hurrah.

 

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So now that we’re home, jetlag with a 14-month-old bubba has been rather interesting… Buzz has been waking in the night and refusing to go back to sleep. In fact, the other night he was up from 11:30pm until 4am wanting to munch on rice cakes and play. Needless to say we weren’t particularly impressed with the little monkey.

 

 

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It’s just a good job he’s got cuteness on his side. I’m sure he’ll settle back into our usual time zone soon… otherwise I’ll be adding a few extra grey hairs to my head and gaining darker bags under my eyes. Wonderful.

 

 

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Right, it’s time to stop pretending I’m still on holiday and get back to work – yes, that’s right. Time to get cracking on BOOK FOUR! I’m sure I’ll be able to tell you more about that soon, but before that I have the publication of Dream a Little Dream to look forward to in less than four weeks. Waaaah! For editions bought in Waterstones, I’ve written an exclusive extra chapter for the end of the book (which I hope will melt a few hearts), those versions are available for pre-order now if you fancy bagging one.

Have a fab week.

Big love,

Gi. Xx

Also worth mentioning – for anyone who’s been unable to sleep since last week’s blog – Buzz now knows that a helicopter is not a boat and has started signing and calling an actual boat a boat… phew!

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