Giovanna Fletcher Giovanna Fletcher

Time to head back to Essex…

Over the last year my mum has talked nonstop about a charity ball her and her friends have been organising. Well, this weekend, after months of hard work, it was finally time for us all to go along and support her at Orsett Hall in Essex, so that she could make lots of money for MIND – a charity that helps those suffering with mental health problems.


I’d say we’re only really just beginning to give mental health issues the focus they deserve and I find it fascinating that it’s usually people you wouldn’t expect who are silently going through such internal struggles. With that in mind the night was (rather fittingly) called ‘Behind the Mask’, and to go along with the theme my Mum had patiently spent hours and hours making beautiful black masks for every female in the room.


The night was fantastic – there was a scrummy dinner, great prizes being auctioned off, a mammoth game of heads or tales, a performance with duo Into The Ark and a jam-packed raffle. I even had a little boogie with my dad at the end to round off the night… perfect.


Well done Mum, Sarah, Katherine and Michelle for organising such a grand night!

Also this week…

…We went to watch The Dinosaur That Pooped a Show! Yes, Tom and Dougie’s popular books have been put on their feet, meaning Buzz got to finally meet one of his idols – DINOSAUR. It was so cute watching him watch the show (I love watching him watch things – I think it’s a common thing parents do) and waving frantically when Dino came on stage – as though he was a close friend. Adorable.


…I decided to ditch my uncomfortable unwired bras and rehome my baps in some nice maternity bras at last. Last pregnancy, and throughout the year I breastfed Buzz, I lived in Bravado bras. They were so great that I’ve decided to stick with them this time round too. Happy Boobs!


…Along with October, Lorraine’s Breastmates campaign has come to an end, so I was on the sofa this week with Kris Hallenga and Dr Hilary to round up the whole thing in a final effort to get our message heard. In case I’ve not mentioned it enough – get to know your body and understand what is normal for you. Check regularly and go to the doctor if you’re worried about anything you find. It’s that simple.


…We decided to let Buzz paint a pumpkin. This is actually something I saw Fearne Cotton do on Instagram with her son Rex and I thought it was a gorgeous way of getting the little ones involved with Halloween. Seeing as Buzz loves putting things in his mouth though, I decided to make some homemade paint using flour, water and food colouring – it worked amazingly and Buzz did a wonderful job with getting his hands dirty.


Have a fab week!

Big love,

Gi. Xx

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