03 July


The first 8 weeks…

Hey all,

It’s been a good few weeks since my last blog post and it is good to finally be back. It has certainly taken a little while to settle with two under two.  Bath time is pretty challenging and initially it was a bit of a stress when both children were crying at once.


I’ve been trying out some new bath products for Rocco and the DGJ organics Top to Toe soaps smell great!  Things are getting easier now with Tahlia especially as she is establishing herself in to a pretty good routine, sleeping from 7pm until 7am only waking up once during the night. She is an absolute cutie and Rocco adores her and always wants to kiss and cuddle her.


You may have seen our recent photoshoot with Hello! Magazine introducing Tahlia to you.  We thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope you liked the photos.  As I haven’t had much time for pampering, getting glammed up for the shoot was lovely and I felt truly fabulous thanks to Jo Adams and Arabella Boyce the clothes stylist.


The house smelt fab thanks to some beautiful Heir and Grace candles we had burning, and both Roccos and Tahlias rooms looked fab with their cots and beds dressed using beautiful Clair De Lune linen, little personalised Teepees from ‘Just for Tiny People’ and gorgeous rugs from ‘Nubie Kids’ (all fab companies for design conscious parents!).



I guess most people who follow my blog with know I am a bit of a workaholic, but I truly love my job and I’m so lucky I am able to travel with my children.  When Rocco was 4 weeks olds, some of you may remember I took part in ‘The Jump’… Well, when Tahlia was four weeks old, I returned to work too, but this time to film in the sunshine! It has been an interesting juggle but thankfully we now have a fab nanny who travels with us too and Tahlia who is now 8 weeks old and has visited Malloica twice and there are lots more trips in the diary including our family holiday to Forte Village in Sardinia in a few weeks time.  I feel like a bit of an expert travelling with children now, but knowing exactly what and what not to take!  You often don’t need as much as you think and you definitely shouldn’t be put off by travelling with children.  I think the experience can only benefit them…


The hardest thing about returning to work is that on a couple of occasions my boobs have started leaking milk on location but I’m determined to continue breast feeding for as long as I can.  I’ve got a great Tommee Tippee expressing machine which is coming in very handy and I’ve found some really handing clothes from www.boobdesign.com which are worth checking out.  I’m finding it easier second time round and I’m hoping whilst it’s good for Tahlia it will help me get back in shape.   I actually have two stone of baby weight to shift and because I am on TV I am slightly feeling the pressure.


I fly back to the UK on at the weekend and fingers crossed the weather is still nice so we can spend time in the garden.  As a little treat for Rocco when Tahlia arrived, we bought him a Little tikes climbing frame.  He absolutely loves it and when we are at home it’s all he seems to want to play with.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I’ll be back next week with some information on my new fitness regime and how I plan to get back in shape and loose my baby weight as well as some much deserved new mummy pampering products!

Lots of love

Laura xxx

27 May


Three become four!

Hi guys,

So this is my first blog post since the birth of my daughter… and our family of three has now become four.

Our little girl actually arrived a week early but thankfully we were prepared for her arrival. When I appeared on The Wright Stuff on 7 May and said my baby could come any minute, I didn’t expect her to arrive to following morning!


Alex has had two weeks paternity leave from work and it’s going to be interesting now he is back at work and I’m going to be home alone with them both. Mornings and bedtime are pretty interesting that is for sure and it has certainly been a busy few weeks so far. When I say I’m going to be at home alone, I’m not actually going to be at home because I am returning to work in a few weeks and taking the children abroad with me. Travelling with two is going to be a completely different ballgame…

When our little girl arrived,  Alex and I were totally overwhelmed by all the kind messages, flowers and gifts we received, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank a few people.


Louise and Beryl are a couple of wonderful ladies who have followed me since Dancing on Ice.  They sent us a cute hungry caterpillar baby grow which was very kind. I’d also like to say thank you to Dee who sent us a gorgeous outfit too. She has followed me for many years when I first appeared in Panto with Stephen Gately and has always been very sweet.

Sassy Bloom Box sent us a lovely gift box full of useful bits. Baby Bjorn sent a great pink baby carrier which will be very useful when I go away. We love Fruji and Ruby and Boris sent our daughter some cute outfits and useful muslins, and My 1st years sent her her very first dressing gown! A new company I have recently discovered called Bizzi Growin sent both her and Rocco a beautiful blanket each and a Prince and Princess doll.


I also want to say thank you to the teams at Cowboy Builders and A Place in the Sun who sent very thoughtful gifts of clothes and a Tiffany necklace. And I would like to thank all our wonderful friends who have sent us beautiful gifts… you know who you are. We had so many beautiful flowers too and the house smelt and looked amazing – if only we could have flowers like that all the time.

Finally I want to say a BIG thank you to Bubblee and Jessie Bassi from the children’s designer clothes shop Childsplay who have sent us some gorgeous clothes for the children to wear in our HELLO! photoshoot taking place this weekend. You may recall Childsplay shop featuring in the ITV show Minors in Designers? If you didn’t see the show, the store is really incredible. They have a great website and their customer service is amazing. Bubblee, one of the owners is a lovely lady and she actually hosted her first big fashion show in Manchester this week so I hope it was a huge success for her and the team.


So I can’t give too much away in this blog post and therefore it is short and sweet. What I can say is don’t forget to pick up HELLO! magazine in a couple of weeks to see the first exclusive photos of our little girl and also to read about how it was a slightly scary experience giving birth.  Thankfully everything turned out okay…


Until then, lots of love,

Laura xxx

06 May


Baby fever hits London and fun family days out before the new arrival…

Hi guys,

I hope you are all well and had a lovely bank holiday weekend?

How exciting was it that Kate and William welcomed their new little Princess in to the world? And what a gorgeous name too… Kate looked beautiful as she left hospital – she was in and out in record time. I’m hoping I will be out just as quickly… I am not so sure I will look quite as glam but I will certainly be giving it my best shot! Just like Alex and myself, Kate and William will have two under two… Let the fun begin!


Since I last blogged I have been struggling to get over a really bad cough – someone mentioned to me that the 100 day cough is going around (which is awful), but I think when you become ill and you are pregnant it’s just harder to fight because all of your energy is going towards making a little person. I’ve been trying to eat healthily and starting the day with a tasty new granola cereal I have discovered called ‘Lizi’s Granola’ which doesn’t contain much sugar but provides much needed slow-release energy. They’ve got some really delicious flavours.


I actually really feel huge now and I’m going to be honest, I can’t wait to try and start getting back in shape. I think it is going to be tough but Alex and I aren’t planning to have any more children so this time I am going to be really focused. I’m planning to do lots of skipping which I did before I got married, and I also plan to use the Techno shape which is an air compression machine I can use whilst working out on the cross trainer. I know I will need to wait a few weeks to recover before I can start my exercise regime and I do plan to breast feed so eating healthily will be my priority.


Over the last couple of weeks it has been great to do some lovely things with Rocco. I took him to Hobbledown in Epsom with my friend Sam and her children. Hobbledown isn’t too far from where I live, it was absolutely brilliant and makes for a superb day out. As well as having loads of farm animals, there is a huge indoor Softplay area and a fantastic play ground outside too. Rocco particularly loved bouncing on the huge green pillows with his little friend Isla who was dressed as a princess. If you are thinking about places to visit with your little ones this is definitely a top pick of mine: www.hobbledown.com.


Last Sunday we had another trip out as a family. As I continue to support ‘Dreams Come True’ charity, we took Rocco to Hamleys to support their ‘Dream Day’ out event. The store kindly closed its doors for two hours whilst lots of children the charity support were able to explore. Rocco didn’t quite know where to look or which cuddly toy to pick up next. He wasn’t so keen on Spiderman but adored The Gruffalo and a colourful bird puppet and it is so amazing seeing his face light up when he sees things like this.


So with just over a week to go now until his little brother or sister arrives, the nursery is ready for the new baby – decorated neutrally of course, complete with its own little teepee ready for the new baby’s initials. We have chosen a name for a boy and a girl and thankfully like last time, Alex and I are both in agreement, but we have kept the names to ourselves.


We have ordered a climbing frame from Little Tikes as a present for Rocco as people say we need to spoil him when the new baby arrives. We have also got him some cute little gifts for Galt toys who have a great range of bits for children of all ages. Who knows what he is going to make of the new arrival? Fingers crossed he is fine!


I actually have two days work to complete before the new baby is here – I will be on The Wright Stuff tomorrow (Thursday) and also at the A Place in the Sun exhibition on Sunday. Neither of the days are long so I’ll be taking it relatively easy.

The next time I blog hopefully our family of three should be four…

Until then, wish me luck!

Lots of love,

Laura x

23 April


My temptation this week… did I find out the sex of our baby?


Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine?

This week it is my birthday week! Well my actual birthday is on Friday but I had a lovely little surprise celebration on Saturday night when Alex arranged for a private chef to come and cook at our house for 8 of us. Lucy Furlonge is none other than Lord Sainsbury’s chef, and when she arrived at my house on Saturday night and took over our kitchen with her waitress Anyas in toe, I was more than excited to sit back, relax and enjoy the culinary delights.

Lucy’s menu and creations were incredible and it was amazing to be entertained at home. Thank you Alex for such a great surprise and thank you to my friends who were able to join me to celebrate the occasion. #luxurylifestyleliving for sure!

Over the last week, I’ve been trying out some lovely new maternity clothes. I’ve discovered a lovely brand called ‘Heavenly Bump’, who stock some really cosy maternity wear, and cute dresses for Summer. If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed me in a couple of their cute dresses but I particularly like these outfits too…

Paisley print maxi £40


Green flower print wrap dress £36


Palm tree playsuit £32

If you are expecting a baby I recommend checking them out www.heavenlybump.co.uk – who said being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish?!

Moving on to more clothes but this time children’s ones… how cute are these designs that come gorgeously gift wrapped…


Shmuncki’s are a London-based design house specialising in classic and stylish babywear and accessories. Their collection takes inspiration from heritage designs, and all of their clothes are made in Britain (www.shmuncki.com). I’m starting to wish we knew what we were having now so I could buy lots of bits… Although saying that there isn’t really long to wait at all.

I was actually a little naughty last week because I tried to find out the sex of our baby without Alex knowing when I attended St Helier hospital in Surrey. I was given a guided tour of their birthing facilities and helped present an award to their maternity team with UNICEF representative Anne Strong. The award was given to both St Helier and Epsom hospital, recognising their high standards in encouraging and supporting new mums to bond with their babies and make the best choice in how to feed their newborn. It’s important that all parents get the support and help that they need to feed and bond with their new baby, and I think it’s great that both of hospitals that are local to me are doing that so well.

So…whilst I was there I asked for a cheeky scan but unfortunately they were unable to fit me in… Oh well the surprise is meant to be. I’ve waited this long, so what is another couple of weeks?


Aside of my pregnancy news, my new show Cowboy Builders and Bodge jobs starts on Channel 5 next Monday and A Place in the Sun is back on Channel 4 too. Hopefully you get to see them.

Have a great weekend guys,

Laura xx

16 April


My baby shower, as featured in this week’s HELLO!

Hi guys,

How are you all doing?

So this week’s blog is all about my wonderful baby shower that was kindly hosted by Sketch London on Conduit Street. This venue is pretty special and one word that springs to mind is TOILETS! If you haven’t been, you need to go and check this place out…

My baby shower is also featured in this week’s HELLO! magazine who I would like to say an enormous thank you to for all their support to the wonderful charity. My baby shower was actually in aid of Dreams Come True.


In the lead up, I decided to give myself a little pamper before the event. I was treated to a gorgeous new hair colour at FOUR LONDON by Jenny and a lovely blow dry from Amy. It’s amazing how much better I felt. I really love this salon and the girls are all so lovely.

I had my usual lovely lash extensions my Emily Ponte from Poeme beauty, and I chose to wear a dress from the Mamalicious Collection complimented by a gold belt from Oasis with my Christian Louboutin heels (not too high!), that Alex treated me to last Christmas. After Jo Adams waved her magic wand, my make-up was done and I was good to go!


Given that this was my second baby shower I wanted to do something a little different to the first time round.  I decided to make my baby shower an event where I could do something to help others. At the same time as fundraising for Dreams Come True and helping them launch their dream tea week (15th to 21st June) I ensured my guests enjoyed an amazing afternoon tea at Sketch and also made sure they felt well and truly pampered with the help of my good friend Hayley Sparkes. You might have seen Hayley on This Morning (as their beauty presenter) and I can’t thank her enough for helping me plan the event. She is a top girl!

Sophia came with her assistant to paint nails (www.sophiastylianou.com, @Sophia_Nails), Fake Bake gave everyone hand scrubs and massages (www.fakebake.co.uk, @fakebakeunited) and the Lava angels team came to offer hot lava shell shoulder massages to everyone (www.sharedbeautysecrets.com, @lavashells, @lavaangels), all of whom were a massive hit!


My guests got to take away goodie bags with lovely treats from all the brands above as well as some lovely bits from The Vintage Cosmetic company (www.thevintagecosmeticcompany.com, @thevintagecosco) and Miners Cosmetics (www.minerscosmetics.co.uk, @minerscosmetics).


In addition to all of the pampering we had a very special cake made by a celebrity baker and a royal tea taster! I don’t want to give everything away so to see all the fab photos of the full feature on my baby shower and who attended, make sure you pick up this week’s HELLO! magazine AND if you want to host a Dream Tea party and help support Dreams Come True, you can find out more about the charity here… http://dreamscometrue.uk.com.


Have a great weekend all – I hope this weather lasts – I’m thoroughly enjoying my last few weeks with my bump in the sunshine!

Laura xxx


09 April


Excited for my baby shower tomorrow!

Hi guys,

How are you all?  I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break?

It’s been another couple of weeks since I last blogged so apologies for that – I think I’m in nesting mode trying to get everything organised before this little one arrives.  I have now finished filming and am getting bits and pieces sorted around the house which I LOVE!  Soon after the baby arrives you will get to see photographs of the nursery and Rocco’s new bedroom in HELLO! magazine which I can’t wait to share with you.


Over the Easter weekend Alex, myself and Rocco spent some quality time together as a family. We actually moved Rocco in to his new bedroom and he is now sleeping in a bed which he seems to like. Alex and I were really impressed he didn’t get out of it (not bad for a 16 month old), but we kept a close eye on him with our Tommee Tippee monitor. We wanted to move him into his new bed at least 5 weeks before the new baby arrived as I have read that timing wise this can help toddlers adjust to a new baby arriving!


As it was Easter weekend we of course had to take Rocco on his first Easter Egg Hunt and I was delighted to be able to support the Children’s Trust Easter Fair in Tadworth, Surrey (http://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk). I had a bit of a treat as well as Rocco as I got to sit in some pretty nice supercars! #luxurylifetstyleliving!

Andy Newbold, the event photographer took some beautiful photos of our little boy which was totally unexpected and a real treat for us!  It was fantastic to hear the afternoon raised over an enormous £10,000 for the charity.


As regular readers of my blog may well know, I do try to attend at least one charity event each month. Over the last couple of weeks in addition to supporting The Children’s Trust, I actually attended another two other charity events. I was a guest at Tommy’s awards, (http://www.tommys.org), and I was also invited to Wellchild’s Helping Hands Dinner at The Park Lane hotel.

Tommy’s awards were incredibly emotional and at one point I broke down in tears I had to leave the room – I think with my hormones it was all too much.  There were so many amazing families and children and I was completely overwhelmed.

The Wellchild helping hands was equally as emotional but I managed not to break down in tears this time. It was great to be able to attend with Alex and a couple of our friends Matt and Michelle Smith. I wore a gorgeous coral lace dress from one log my favourite maternity designers Tiffany Rose #luxurylifestyleliving.


Now as much as I love dressing up and going out, particularly to support a charity event, it’s pretty nice (being pregnant or not) to be able to chill out in front of the television in some cozy joggers.  I discovered a newish brand recently called Dreamcatcher who have some pretty nice loungewear. I am wearing my joggers lots and you can check out their collection here:


The other products I am loving at the moment are from the Mama Baby Bliss collection.  They are all organic and the bubble bath smells amazing. It’s become a bit of a pregnancy routine to use it in my evening bath. http://www.mamababybliss.com.


This week has been all about beauty prep for my baby shower which is  tomorrow!  I’ve had my lashes done by Emily Ponte, my hair is being done at FOUR London as I write this and I cannot wait.  Jo Adams is doing my make-up so I just need to sort my outfit now. #luxurylifestyleliving

That’s it from me for now – I hope you have a great weekend.  I shall be blogging next week with lots of news from my baby shower…

Laura xxx

16 March


Our new family car and decorating Rocco’s room

Hi Guys,

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged so apologies if you have been expecting to hear from me. I’ve been crazy busy working, attending red carpet events and going to meetings. This week I’ve travelled to Manchester three times; twice to film my new show and then a third time to take part in the A Place in the Sun Exhibition. There hasn’t been a moment to stop for breath and with just 8 weeks to go until the new arrival is here, the countdown has really begun.

If any of you follow me on Instagram, or Twitter you might have seen me using a tag line #luxurylifestyleliving. I have started using this to refer to all the things I love; property, interior design, travel, cars, fashion and of course being a Mummy. I thought it might be good to start using this in my Hello! blog too which I hope you will enjoy…


I’ve always loved my cars and in the last few weeks Alex and I decided to change our family car. We opted for the new and luxurious BMW X5 MSport. We took delivery of it from Keith Heaviside at Evolution Vehicles and we were seriously impressed with the customer service. The car is amazing, it’s spacious, and certainly has some power! Okay so fuel economy wise it might be a bit juicy, but it provides a nice mix luxury and fun and is also practical in terms of space for day to day living with children – well sort of! Alex is literally obsessed with getting it cleaned and keeping it looking immaculate so you would never know it is a family car.


Aside of the new car in preparation for the new arrival, I was lucky enough to be treated to something every girl loves…a new handbag. Hamilton Turnberry bags are about as luxurious and affordable as changing bags/handbags go. This relatively new brand has been created by Louisa Whitlock who is a busy Mum to 5! I’m now the proud owner of the black leather ‘Hamilton’ bag and I’ve been using it as my day to day bag as well as a holdall for travelling. It’s spacious, classy and chic, and comes complete with a purse, bottle warmer pouch and changing mat which will be put to good use in a matter of weeks. You can check out their beautiful collection here www.hamiltonturnberry.co.uk


When you become a parent, your focus very much turns away from you as you become responsible for a little person. However, just because you are a mum it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to take some time out for yourself and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it either! I’ve always lived my life at 110mph and that hasn’t stopped since having children. Time out for me generally means going to an event, going on a date night with Alex, or even enjoying rare spa day. Last week no date nights or spa days were on the agenda, but I did attend the TRIC awards (Television, Radio, Industry Club awards) and I received some really nice comments about my outfit and look. Little did anyone know I had a makeup disaster enroute to the event and was trying to apply false eyelashes on the train on the way to London – oh the glamour. For this red carpet occasion I opted for a dress from UK based designer Tiffany Rose (www.tiffanyrose.co.uk). I completed my outfit with some nude shoes from Louis Vuitton, and some gorgeous yet affordable earrings from Rai Jewel (www.raijewel.com). I put my hair up in a messy side bun and for my make up I used Rodial’s Skin Tint (which I use every day), Chanel’s luxury bronzer and Mac’s red lipstick Ruby Woo. My nails were painted red after a Calgel manicure and my look was complete with my Nouveau falsh lashes (that I managed to glue on in the end!) At least I provided some entertainment on the journey for the lady sat opposite me. I actually managed to get ready in all of 30 minutes which is a tad scary when you know you are potentially going to be photographed on the red carpet. Thankfully the look was a success.
If you are going to a party or event soon and are a mummy to be its worth checking out www.tiffanyrose.com and www.seraphine.com


Since becoming a Mum, Mothercare has become one of my trusted, favourite shops when it comes to buying much needed baby supplies. As well as all the necessities, they have a good range of affordable furniture and I recently purchased a toddler bed and a chest of drawers for Rocco’s new bedroom. I decided to have both pieces of furniture painted (in a water based paint) to make it bespoke which I think I mentioned in a previous blog. After a bit of research I eventually found a great company online to spray it called www.RenovateDecorate.com.
They are based in Bromley, Kent and their prices were very reasonable. I am so happy with the finished product. It looks fantastic and the room is really starting to come together especially with a star rug that I found on www.nubie.co.uk. Nubie is another a great company to check out for nursery bits and pieces and I particularly love their wallpapers and rugs.

I’ve actually become a little bit obsessed with an American based company called RH Baby and Child. It is so chic and stylish and has some really nice ideas for children’s bedrooms. I have been trying to create a similar look for Rocco’s new bedroom as well as the new babies nursery so the rooms tie in with rest of our house. The house is being photographed this week for 25 beautiful homes, and we also have our upcoming shoot with Hello Magazine in May so i want everything to look perfect.

Despite it being a busy few weeks, we always make time to do things together as a family. Something we particularly enjoy doing on a Sunday (if the weather is nice and after Rocco’s swimming lesson), is going for a walk. Rocco absolutely loves his Smart Trike. The great thing about this product is that it will grow with him, and eventually he will be able to pedal himself rather than us pushing him. However, something else he is becoming somewhat attached to his new little Micro Scooter. Just like the trike, the scooter is something that can grow with him. He is currently using it with the little seat but it won’t be long before we can take this off and he can scoot around standing up. I am a BIG fan of these scooters, not only can design your own, (choosing your child’s favourite colours) but they have an adult range too! You can check them out here www.micro-scooters.co.uk.

Little time for sleep...

Little time for sleep…

Most recently because of my crazy work schedule, I have only been getting 6/7 hrs sleep each night, BUT they have been the best 7 hours sleep that’s for sure.

We purchased a new bed from Silent Night and the 2800 latex supreme mattress from The Diamond Collection is so luxurious I feel like the Princess from the story the Princess and the Pea. We invested in some new pillows and a duvet from their website too and their moto ‘the secret to a great nights sleep’ couldn’t be more apt! www.silentnight.co.uk


I enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea last week at Mortons, all for an extremely worthy cause as I supported the charity Mothers2Mothers. This charity is all about helping prevent mothers from passing on HIV to their unborn children. The videos that were played were pretty moving and it was an eye opening afternoon where some much needed funds were raised www.m2m.org.

In addition to this, in the last couple of weeks it has been great to be able to help Action for Children. As the ambassador for their Giant Wiggle campaign, I read the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to a group of children at Rocco’s nursery and we did a Giant Wiggle of our own. There are just 3 days left to sign up to this fundraising event and you can find out more about it here www.actionforchildren.org. Anyone can do it – so what are you waiting for? Get Wiggling…!

Well that is it from me this week but with another busy week looking there will be more to report on #luxurylifestyleliving

Lots of love

Laura xxx

27 February


A visit to the baby show followed by a worrying scan…

Last week it was a real treat to visit The Baby Show at London’s Excel with my Mum and Rocco.


(Snug and cosy on the train)

Travelling up to town on the train with Rocco, snug and cosy in the I-Candy Raspberry was a breeze. The pushchair is light and the extra hidden storage unit at the front was useful for my bits and pieces.

Travelling on the tube however is NOT an experience I wish to repeat! It had nothing to do with the pushchair at all, it was just an incredibly tough journey because people pushed in front, they didn’t leave any space for me to fit in and at one point the doors started to close as I was trying to get on the tube and two men had to hold them back…It wasn’t even rush hour. It was a very stressful journey.


Anyway, I made it to The Baby Show in the end and it was worthwhile especially when I got to see Rocco enjoying himself playing at the Pirates play area on the Tommee Tippee stand. I treated him to one of their new active sippee cups which he has already become quite attached to and can proudly say the word ‘Cup’!


It’s quite overwhelming at exhibitions like this because there is so much choice and it’s hard to know where to start… Because this is my second baby I’m already a fan of a few products but it’s always nice learning about new ones and testing them to see how products compare.

First of all I bumped in to a few of the lovely ladies from Baby Bjorn. Although they didn’t have a stand at the exhibition, they were there visiting too and checking out what else was on offer. I’ve been using the Baby Bjorn high chair with Rocco everyday for some time now and if you looking for something simple, easy to clean but minimalistic in its design, this is the chair for you. Rocco has all his meals in this chair and I also let him do arts and crafts and painting whilst he it sat in it too. Below is one of my favourite photos of him recently – I particularly like his red streak in his hair!


It was also really nice to catch up with some people from Maxi Cosi. They were telling me all about “i-Size” which is the name of a new European safety regulation that affects car seats for children under 15 months of age. It only came into effect on July 9th 2013 and provides extra protection in several ways…

1. Improved protection at higher forces from side & front impact and a much better protection of head and neck
2. Rearward faced travelling mandatory up to 15 months old
3. i-Size also requires Isofix, which has less chance of being incorrectly used than belted car seats
4. i-Size car seats will fit all Isofix cars
5. Length classification fro easier choosing the right car seat, similar to clothing sizes

Maxi Cosi aren’t saying you need to upgrade your existing car seat but ultimately we all want our children to be as safe as possible when we are travelling in a car don’t we?


They are currently the only company offering this kind of car seat and its crazy that is has all changed since Rocco was born. I haven’t upgraded my car seat yet but I’m looking in to it for the newborn.

It was really lovely looking at the I-Candy stand. Visually it looked amazing. Their prams and pushchairs make me think of the car brand Mini; cool, sleek, and they can be custom built! They have a new range of changing bags out (that have been designed by someone who works for Mulberry), and they also have a new range out blankets out too which look gorgeous. I’ve now ordered my I-Candy Peach pram which I will be using with both Rocco and the new baby and I can’t believe I only have 10 weeks to go…


With not long left, my check ups at the hospital are more frequent. In my last appointment I had a bit of a scare. Basically when the midwife measured my bump (taking my fundal measurement) it only measured 23cm instead of 29cm. A lot of people have been commenting that my bump seems quite small for how far along i am, and I oddly I did mention in my last blog I have put on a lot less weight during this pregnancy compared to first time round… As you can imagine I was really shocked and worried at hearing this news from the midwife. She told me I had to book in an urgent growth scan and see a consultant immediately because the baby might not be growing properly. She suggested there could be a problem with the placenta or simply the baby might be in a funny position, nothing could be confirmed until they could look at the scan. The next 24 hours were horrible.

Alex took the afternoon off and attended the appointment with me. We were so relieved when the sonographer informed us that everything was absolutely fine. The baby’s measurements were all of average size, the placenta was functioning normally and it was just a measurement error. The worry was over…

As a parent you never stop worrying but at least it’s reassuring to know everything is as it should be for now and fingers crossed the last trimester isn’t too tough.

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you have planned.

Laura xxx

20 February


Your emails…

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all well and you are having a good week?

I have around 10 weeks left to go now until baby number two arrives and so far in this pregnancy I have put on less weight than I did first time round. With Rocco I put on almost 4 stone which seems like a lot, but at the moment, I’m no way near that, although if I’m honest I try not to weigh myself because ultimately as long as the baby is healthy that is all that matters. I know I’ve put less weight because I am not snacking as much as I did with Rocco and unlike when I was pregnant with him, I have a toddler to run around after and he certainly keeps me on my toes. I’m suffering with heart burn and an acid taste in my mouth in the evenings and I’m avoiding eating late because as soon as I lay down I feel sick. Whilst feeling the baby kick is an amazing feeling, being pregnant certainly is tough sometimes.

I’m filming too and I thought you might find this photo amusing which I took ok location last week… On a building site but still trying to be glam!


So, in this week’s blog I wanted to answer someone your questions…occasionally I get emails through my website asking me about property, interior design, parenting, my beauty regime and where a particular outfit is from that I wore on screen or at an event. Last week I got an email from a lady called Kelly who wanted to know about the makeup I use and if I use a particular face cream. First I just wanted to say thank you to Kelly who said my skin always looks flawless! That is very kind… One of the advantages during pregnancy for me is that I seem to have good skin. When I was pregnant with Rocco my skin was flawless and everyone said I was having a boy…my skin is really clear now, so maybe it’s another boy? No Kelly, I’m not telling you to get pregnant so you can have good skin… I do in fact use a variety of products and I am happy to share those details with you…

As many of you know I generally spend a lot of time abroad with work or outside in the element because my TV work is location based. My skin gets really dry and dehydrated so I drink as much water as I can throughout the day and I always take my make up off each night. I avoid face wipes after I was told off by my make up artist Jo Adams. The day before my wedding she told me they are the worst thing for drying out your skin because of their alcohol content. I got a slapped wrist and haven’t touched them since! I now cleanse, tone and moisturise each night.

There are so many skincare ranges out there so it’s all about finding the one that suits your skin best. I’m currently a big fan of the Rodial skincare range which smells amazing. Don’t be put off by the quirky names of the products because their ‘dragons blood hyaluronic moisturiser’ is lovely. It’s light, non greasy and is a really nice product to hydrate and tone the face.



Rodial also have their own make up range so I have started to use their ‘instaglam skin tint’, a tinted moisturiser with SPF. I also like using their concealer pen to brighten any darkness under my eyes. Both products are nice and light and can be set with Rodials fixing powder. www.rodial.co.uk

The other skincare range I like it AEOS. This range is completely organic natural with no toxic chemicals or synthetics. I absolutely love their ‘Cleansing Oil De-Maq’ and their ‘Refreshing Hydrating Mist’. I didn’t know much about them until recently but they have won a lot of awards and their website has some great information about the products www.aeos.net.

So on to hair and makeup… I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to looking after my hair. I try to get it cut every 8 weeks but it doesn’t happen often. When I get the chance I go to FOUR London in Conduit Street. The salon is gorgeous and I’m always happy with my cut and blow dry. Much like my skin, my hair gets dry so I use http://www.moroccanroots.com/ Organic Argan Oil that I rub in to the ends before I dry it. You only need a small amount of this product for it to go along way. I also like using Bumble and Bumble’s thickening serum because when I’m not pregnant my hair is generally quite fine and thin and this really helps.


I wear a fair bit of MAC make up on screen. Their studio sculpt foundation is quite thick in its consistency but it is great for staying put when filming in the sunshine. Ruby Woo is my favourite matt lipstick and I am often seen wearing out and about. I finish off my brows using my billion dollar brow pencil.




The other two products I use regularly and love are for my hands. The elemis pro collagen hand cream whic is non greasy (and I find most hand creams are) so I totally recommend this one. However a great alternative is Calgels version ‘Calbrook’. Again it’s non greasy and priced at £8.00 it’s a great product and gives the Elemis hand cream a run for its money.
Hopefully that has answered some of your beauty questions. I really love hearing from you so please always feel free to get in touch and ask away!

That’s it from me for now. Rocco and I are off to The Baby Show at The Excel… Better dash…

Laura xxx

12 February


Pregnancy Pampering, Wintery boots and preparing for an at home shoot

Hi All,

I hope you have all had a fantastic week? Last week I thoroughly enjoyed some much needed pregnancy pampering. It’s so important when you are pregnant to take care of yourself, not only do you need to eat and drink well but you should treat yourself to spa days, massages and facials. On Tuesday I visited Nutfield Priory in Surrey. The spa/hotel is less than 30 minutes from where I live and is part of the www.handpickedhotels.co.uk collection. A couple of my friends got married at the hotel a few years ago and it’s a beautiful venue. The spa pamper day started with a little tour of the facilities. I then enjoyed some time by the pool and managed to take some time out in the relaxation room before my 25 minute neck, back and shoulder massage. My pamper day included a two course lunch too which was excellent value at £75.00. If you are thinking of visiting this spa/hotel, I throughly recommend sampling the afternoon tea in the main hotel next door. The building is beautiful and the tea and cake is pretty nice too – bump certainly appreciated it!


My second pampering fix was when I attended the press day for ‘The Dermatude Treatment’ by Elizabeth Caroline from Nouveau Beauty group in Harley street. This treatment is a non-invasive and it works by making invisible micro-perforations into the upper layer of the skin without causing any pain to the client – therefore no downtime after the treatment. As a result, the skin becomes firmer and regains its elasticity, fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, pores become finer, circulation is stimulated and the overall condition of the skin improves.

Although I couldn’t actually try the treatment because of my pregnancy, Elizabeth did treat me to a lovely pregnancy pampering facial and my skin was glowing. You can find out more here www.dermatude.co.uk


After my few days of pampering were over I headed to Crawley to film on Thursday. When it started to snow, I was extremely pleased to be wearing my new purchase from www.siberianchic.com. Not only were uber warm, they looked good as new when I cleaned them after they got covered in mud and brick dust after being on a building site. They are the perfect boot to wear during pregnancy because they are incredibly supportive and its not often that both function and fashion are words that are combined when discussing footwear.

Sandie Chapman owner of Siberian Chic has managed to combine both with her range of must have winter footwear, (though the fashion conscious may end up wearing them year round). The soles have a special C ring which is adjusted to give additional grip on icy surfaces which is fantastic and Sandie has very kindly offered me a discount code to pass on to you of 30% off. All you have to do is enter LHSC15 at the checkout so fill your boots!

So with not long to go we are at the exciting stage of decorating a new ‘boys’ bedroom for Rocco, as the newborn will go in to his old bedroom ‘the nursery’ – which is pretty neutral and has a white woodland scene effect on the walls (that will work given we don’t know if we are having a boy or girl!)


I’ve got a few ideas about what I want to do with Rocco’s bedroom including having a teepee made for him. I met an amazing lady and fellow mum (Effie) from the company www.justfortinypeople.com who is designing something for him. Effie appeared on Dragons Den a little while ago and is currently working on a new website which looks amazing. Some of the things she sells are unique, like the ‘plumfy’ and I can’t wait to see the finished teepee that is made for Rocco. I’ve also ordered his first toddlers bed from Mothercare and I am going to paint it so it is bespoke. We have a photoshoot at our house with ’25 beautiful homes’ in March so I am hoping to get his new bedroom finished by then and then I can share some photos with you.

The rest of the house is coming together with more interior bits and pieces. I learnt a new skill of hanging wallpaper whilst filming ‘cowboy builders’ last week so Alex and I wallpapered a feature wall in our family room at the weekend! Check it out below…


Finally I couldn’t finish this week’s blog without saying a massive congratulations to Joey Essex who was crowned champion on the 2015 series of The Jump. I loved every minute of the show when I took part last year and watching it this year was just as enjoyable. It was so nice to see a non athlete win. Sitting at the top of the jump is terrifying and all the celebrities did so well but Joey Essex certainly pulled it out of the bag on the night!


I’m off to film in Wales now. Have a lovely Valentines weekend all.

Big kisses

Laura xxx

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