home_wallpaper_standard_5My goodness – 8  years on and I’m sure there must still be some pregnancy hormones floating around as I was an embarrassing emotional wreck while watching this film! An animated children’s movie that gives you a lump in the throat and makes you all teary eyed – how on earth is that possible? Home, that’s how!

I took the twins to see this movie during the Easter break and enjoyed it so much that I never took my eyes off the screen, revelling in the child-like fantasy of it all. This feel-good movie is made by those clever people at Dreamworks Studio – they must have the best job in the world!

Anyway, the story is about a six-legged, colour changing little guy called Oh who arrives on earth with his fellow aliens, collectively called the Boov, in search of a new home, having run away from their enemy, the Gorg. These cute characters, who fly around inside bubble saucers, have rather a habit of running away from their fears instead of facing them and initially take much pride in that fact. As the Boov arrive on earth they go about ‘re-homing’ the humans – except for one, Tip, who they miss because she has a cat called Pig on her head when the transporter hovers by (never mind – you’ll get it when you see it!). Her mum isn’t so lucky and they end up being parted.  The story follows Tip’s search for her mum, aided and abetted along the way by Oh. I won’t give anything away about how they meet or what they get up to, but straightforward it certainly is not, and there’s one thing that Oh has done that could put the whole planet in peril. Their adventure also shows both Oh and Tip the true meaning of home.

This very funny movie is about courage, friendship, love, standing out from the crowd and being proud of who you are, celebrating uniqueness and being different. The soundtrack, which we had to buy a couple of days later, is also fantastic and features music by Rhianna and JLo.

A brilliant, colourful and lively movie. With a happy ending, of course! Don’t forget the hankies.


Dove c’è musica – thank you Eros Ramazzotti

Now things have calmed down a bit since the book launch I need to make a start on some other IVF, pregnancy and twins posts. I might also throw in a few non-mummy observations if something comes up that takes my fancy, here on in referred to as the ‘other bits and bobs’.  So, to kick off, I wanted to say a little something about one of the things that is very important to me and which I found particularly comforting during my most difficult IVF moments. That something is music, and, in case you hadn’t noticed, Eros Ramazzotti in particular (who just happens to have a new single out, Io Prima Di Te, see):

Now, if you’ve read my book you’ll know that he’s mentioned in my acknowledgements page as a special appreciation of his sheer brilliance, and several times throughout the text. He’s on permanent play in my car, and even the twins sing at full volume morning and afternoon during the school runs – bless, they’re absolutely clueless as to what they’re singing about but their Italian accents are coming along nicely.  Per Me Per Sempre (For Me, Forever) is a particular favourite of theirs. It may seem a little weird as I don’t know the bloke – obviously and unfortunately 😉 – and although I do have a rough idea of the gist of his songs, I must admit that I too am clueless as to an exact translation. Must get round to learning Italian properly at some point. Whilst I’m very proud to be English I do believe I was born into the wrong nationality. Anyway, there’s something in the composition of his music and his voice that can calm me down when I’m stressed, lift my spirits when I’m sad, and make me sing at the top of my lungs and smile like an idiot when I’m happy. The fact that he’s absolutely gorgeous has nothing to do with it whatsoever. Honest.

Music has always played a large part in my life – I even learned the violin many, many years ago. And I did attempt karaoke at my 40th birthday party. Anyway, I digress. I first heard Eros back in 1993 when I was living in Geneva. This video came on MTV and as soon as I heard the guitar at the beginning it caught my attention. I was hooked and have been ever since. That video was to the song called Cose Della Vita (Things of Life) and the meaning in the message has been unbelievably appropriate to me on many levels. It also happens to be my absolute favourite, although with Eros’ songs it’s pretty difficult to choose. Stella Gemella (Twin Star) is another one, which did provide the inspiration for part of the title of my book – how fabulous is that? Here’s Cose Della Vita below – the original version mind, which will always beat the reworked one with Tina Turner (although that’s good too). And thank you Eros. For the music, as they say. You are a truly gifted and talented soul.