Juicing, pram revelations, unpacking boxes and the ITV summer party…

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all well? It has been a few weeks since I last blogged and as always I have been all over the shop; North Wales, Cornwall and Yorkshire in just 10 days!  The weather has been great whilst I’ve been filming ‘A Place in the Sun – Home or Away’ and if you have never been to North Wales – Abersoch is such a beautiful place.  The beach is incredible, and despite being a 6 hour drive from London, it is well worth it.  If you are looking for a great place to invest in property in Cornwall, Loos is a good option.  I looked at some amazing places overlooking the water.

Whist I have been away working and Rocco has been with me, I have been making the most of a new product I have discovered; a car seat that turns in to a pram.  It is called The Doona and it has literally changed my life!  The product had been in development for 7 years and it’s been worth the wait.  I think it is quite possibly one of the best things I have ever used.  It retails around £300 and a word of warning, people will stop you in the street if they see you using it as they will be so impressed.  It’s suitable for children from birth up to 12-15 months so I am able to get a fair bit of use out of it yet.  You can find out more about here www.cuddleco.co.uk  As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan.

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Aside of working, you may remember a few weeks ago I tried two juice detox diets; JuicetoU & Just Juices.  Juice detoxing seems to be a popular thing so do right now and I was really impressed with both of these.

The idea is you literally drink juice for three days.  You can have water, fruit teas or hot water and lemon but nothing else can pass your lips.  It made me realise when I was detoxing, as a new mum, I am often having a spoonful of what Rocco is eating which isn’t great.

So first I tried JuicetoU.  I weighed in at 9st 8lb and I lost 5lb after the three day juice detox so I was pretty happy.  The juices were well labelled and the detox was easy to follow.  They didn’t taste at all sweet which I was surprised by (given the amount of fruit they contained), but I really liked the flavours despite of this.  Day two was the hardest, especially as I had a day filming and the crew all ate a huge meal in front of me. I didn’t cave in and I’m really glad I didn’t because on day 3 I felt amazing with loads of energy.

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I tried the Just Juices detox 3 days later with my mother in law.  They offer a ‘wake up shot’ and hot lemon water before you have your first juice of the day.  We really liked this as it was a great pick me up first thing.  The other thing I really liked about this detox is that it was delivered in a cool bag.   Although it’s recommended to keep the juices refrigerated during the day, if you can’t,  you can put some ice packs in your cool bag and take them with you – a nice little touch I thought!  This time I managed to loose 4lbs so again I was extremely happy with the results.  I felt full of energy after and my skin looked great.

I would highly recommend trying either of these juice detoxes. They offer a great kick start to loading weight as well as make you feel amazing.

We’ve now officially moved in to our new home after our 8 month renovation.  I thought I’d share a little before and after photo of our kitchen from Handmade Kitchens Direct.

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We painted the long run with a Farrow and Ball colour (Dove Grey), but used crown paint as a more cost effective option.  The island is painted in a colour called Skimming Stone.   If you are looking for a granite work surface: Russell Stone Fixing are fantastic.  We opted for a Silestone product and we think it looks fab.  Flooring wise we chose a relatively new product that Carpet Right sell called Tegola.  It is a grey/white, vinyl, water proof floor that is extremely hardwearing and durable, perfect in a kitchen especially when you have little ones. I sourced the two lights over our island from a lighting shop in Reigate and I found our kitchen clock in a little shop in Collioure on my travels which I managed to get home on a flight undamaged.

There is a lot of interior styling to do now and I’ve found some amazing wallpapers from Anthology and Zeppany.   Alex and I painted most of the house ourselves with a little help from friends but I’m using a great decorator called Matt Jackson from @mattsfinish to hang the wallpaper.  He is extremely tidy and a real perfectionist which I like!

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I’ve also been discussing soft funishings with a family run business called ‘The Harper Collection’ who I am really impressed with.  You can check them out on www.theharpercollection.co.uk.

I love all stages of a house renovation but when it comes to the interior design I really enjoy it.  As the house gradually comes together I will of course share some more photos with you.

I had a night off being a Mummy, painting and working for a few hours last week when I attended the ITV Summer Party.  It was lovely to let my hair down, have a few cocktails and chat with Paddy McGuiness and Leigh Francis (AKA Keith Lemon) about our children of course!  I wore a lovely black and blue dress from Bernshaw, with silver shoes and a silver clutch and my favourite matt red lipstick ‘Ruby Woo’ from Mac.

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Well that’s it from me for now.  I hope you all have a great rest of the week…

Lots of love

Laura X

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