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06 August
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Little Rocco is almost nine months old!

Hi guys,

Well another week has passed and I can’t believe it’s August already… Every so often I get an email from Baby Centre and today I got one saying ‘Your Baby – 8 months and 3 weeks’. So almost 9 months on and little Rocco is pulling himself up on the furniture and saying ‘up, up, up’!  It’s also really cute when I say clap your hands and he does.  Babies really understand everything and he is certainly taking it all in.

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So talking of milestones, Prince George reached a big milestone, his first birthday on 22nd July.  I spent the royal celebrations just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace with Rocco and his friend Faith, (Michelle Heaton’s gorgeous daughter).  Rocco and I were honoured to be part of the ‘Royal Ride’ that was sponsored by SmarTrike.  I’m a big fan of their bikes which are suitable for children up to the age of three.  The great thing about them is; for now I can push and control Rocco, but as he gets older he will be able to steer the bike himself.  He really loves it and thoroughly enjoyed his day in London.

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Something else Rocco is really loving at the moment are his wooden toys from Boikido.  His favourite thing is playing his xylophone.  He seems to enjoy music a great deal, and my dad (who was once Uncle Bulgaria in the Wombles) is planning on teaching him to play the drums when he is old enough… so we have all the noise to look forward to.

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Last week I had a bit of beauty pampering.  I had a little photo shoot with Fresh Minerals Make up, which will be in HELLO! magazine soon and I also had a lovely calgel manicure and pedicure with my favourite colour!  The gel polish lasts for 3 to 4 weeks, and it doesn’t chip or damage your nails.  The lovely Robyn came to my house and did my nails whilst Rocco had a nap.

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This week (as I write this) I am back on the road filming. I’m currently in Exeter and later this week I will be in Leeds so if you see me out and about come and say hi!  The shopping in Exeter is brilliant.  I’ve purchased a few dresses in Oasis for my next stint of filming abroad with A Place in the Sun and I have also purchased some great dresses from Lipsy that have gorgeous prints.

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Whilst I’m away from home, I tend to relax in the evening and watch TV as I can’t do any work on the house… Relaxing and switching off is a rarity for me so it was great last night getting to watch one of my favourite TV shows Long Lost Family.  It was a pretty emotional evening in my rental apartment to say the least…

Right I had better get back to filming now,  I’ve got properties to view and people to meet!  I hope you have a great rest of the week and as always, thanks for reading my blog.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

23 July
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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

27 June
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One of my favourite weeks of the year…

Hi Guys,

How are you? This week I have been in France filming another series of Fort Boyard Ultimate Challenge.  It’s one of my favourite weeks of the year.

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I’ve been part of the team since the show came back on UK screen 4 years ago and I absolutely love it.  Ever year when I return to the Fort, it’s great catching up with the crew (most of whom have worked on the show for the last 25 years in France).    Travelling to the fort on a boat everyday is pretty special and this year the weather has been fantastic.

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Zoe Lem styled me for this series and I was really happy with my look; a bright blue top from Karen Millen and some dark ankle cropped trousers with a subtle print. I kept my jewellery simple with some silver hoops and as I’m loving wearing bright red lipstick at the moment, Sylvie the make up artist on the Fort used Mac’s Matte Ruby Woo on my lips.

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Since I started presenting the show a few years ago, I’ve married Alex and had Rocco.  The crew have followed my journey which is sweet and this year Sylvie and Celine, the two wonderful makeup ladies, bought Rocco some cute little clothes.

Each year I have an enormous amount of respect for our contestants.  Some of the challenges they compete in push them to their absolute physical limit.  For most , taking part in the show is an opportunity for people to face some of their biggest fears.   This year was no exception and with brand new challenges (even if our contestants had watched the show previously), they didn’t know what to expect.  Andy Akinwolere (my co host) and I tried a few of the challenges ourselves off camera so we both really appreciate how hard taking part is.

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Talking of Andy, he has just signed up to an exciting new project with the BBC called ‘Inside Out’.  He starts filming next week and I’m sure he will be fab.  Good luck Andy! He is a top guy and a brilliant presenter.

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The new series of Fort Boyard – Ultimate Challenge will hit screens later this year and it’s going to be a good one.  Make sure you don’t miss it.

I’m flying back to the UK today and I am looking forward to seeing how the house renovation has progressed.  On Sunday I’m travelling to North Wales to film there for a few days then at the end of the week I’ll be in Cornwall filming but before all that, I can’t wait to celebrate some of our best friends’ birthdays in Clapham tomorrow night.

I hope you have a lovely weekend all.

Thanks for reading

Laura xxx

20 June
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Never a dull moment…

Hey guys,

Wow it sure feels nice to be home and sleeping in my own bed. Although saying that, time at home is actually more frantic than when I am working away at the moment.

I took Rocco to a local little play group on Wednesday morning and it was lovely seeing him interact with lots of other children his age.   It was funny watching a little girl try to take a toy from him, he held on to it so tightly she couldn’t snatch it.  He seems to be growing so quickly, hardly any of his clothes fit!

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With everything else to think about, I never really considered the time differences when travelling.  However with only an hour’s difference between France and the UK, Rocco has easily settled back in to his routine UK time!  He is a bit of a fidget in his sleep and seems to keep hitting his head on the side of his cot so it’s time to invest in some soft cot bumpers.

This week has been a particularly busy one.  I attended the Freesat Awards with Andy Akinwolere (to represent Fort Boyard which was nominated for an award), and I had unexpected last minute trip to Spain for a day to film some pick up pieces to camera.

The Freesat awards were brilliant and despite not winning in our category, it was great to see Andy and catch up with my friends from The Jump; Graham Bell, Marcus Brigstocke and Henry Conway.

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I was lucky enough to wear a beautiful Bershaw dress to the red carpet event, and the lovely Marie Maveric painted my hands and feet using Calgel.  Their selection of colours is unreal and it was lovely to have a bit of much needed pampering!

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I have half a stone of pregnancy weight left to loose so I have decided to try a juice detox.  Over the next couple of weeks I am trying two so I will report back on my thoughts and if I have shifted anymore post pregnancy pounds.

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When I look back at the last seven months of my life, it has been pretty crazy to say the least; the arrival of Rocco, moving house, taking on a renovation and learning some new winter sports on ‘The Jump’.  I’m really not sure how I have managed to fit it all in…  To say Alex is understanding it is an understatement!  Hopefully things are going to calm down a little now.

With our house renovation nearing completion, we are starting to unpack boxes and get things organised.  Upstairs is now carpeted and looks fantastic.  The guys from Carpet Right have really done an amazing job.  We chose a carpet called ‘cloudy bay’ (a pretty decent white wine too!) and downstairs we opted for Tegola flooring in the kitchen, hall and utility.  The house renovation has taken around 6 months and it has been a mammoth project.   We are at the exciting starting stage of furnishing and I’ve found some great bits and pieces including dining room chairs on www.londoncows.co.uk.  I discovered a great company who make bespoke headboards, www.theheadboardworkshop.co.uk  and an online light shop www.homelightingstoreuk.co.uk where I sourced a great chandelier.

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I particularly enjoy this part of a house renovation project as the house is no longer dusty and I love interior design (hence my new property blog on my website).

We are aiming to be settled in the house mid July but before then I am off to film the fifth series Fort Boyard with Andy Akinwolere and I have two weeks of filming another show in the UK.  Andy and I are flying to La Rochelle for Fort Boyard this weekend and we can’t wait to be back on the Fort and meet this years contestants.

Well that’s it from me for now, it time to head to a voice over – there’s never a dull moment!

Thanks again for reading my blog and supporting me.  Don’t forget to leave your comments below as it’s always nice to hear from you.

Laura xxx

10 June
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I really love travelling, but I am really missing home…

Hi Guys,

I hope you are all well!

I’ve now been away from home for 5 weeks and it feels like such a long time.  I really love travelling, especially when I am with my family, but I am really missing home and I can’t wait to be back in my own bed.
I’m sure Rocco can’t either.  I’ve just about had it with my travel cot and find it such a nightmare to collapse.  I don’t think I will bother bringing it back to the UK. Surely there must be one out there that is simple to use…

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Collioure

I have now moved up from Spain in to the South of France.  At the start of last week I filmed an episode in Collioure which was picture postcard perfect – try saying that after a few glasses of vin rouge!  The pedestrianised streets were cute, there was an amazing tapas bar called Casa Gala, as well as some lovely interior shops too.  It was a little touristy and likely to be packed in the Summer but it is a beautiful place and worth a visit.  I am now in a place called Martel, staying in a little chalet at the Soulliac Golf and Country Club.  If you are a keen golfer it’s a lovely course and it’s quiet as it’s not yet peak season.

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Me in Collioure

I’m finishing my last episode in Carcassone, one of my favourite locations in France.  It’s such a magical, romantic place and reminds me of a huge Cinderella castle.  I think it was actually used as a filming location for the film ‘Ever After’ starting Drew Barrymore.  I’ve had the opportunity to visit Carcassone several times; a couple on holiday and once previously with ‘A Place in the Sun’.  This time my Mum is with me (as she is looking after Rocco now) which is great as it’s a place she has always wanted to visit.

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Me in Carcasonne on a previous visit

Rocco’s first tooth has now made an appearance and he is also very close the crawling.  It’s amazing how quickly he is developing now.  He’s had a couple of nights where he has had broken sleep but this could be down to the fact he is teething and also that he is approaching some big developmental changes – well that’s what ‘baby centre’ (an online source I use regularly) said!  Whilst Rocco has been away with me it has been fantastic but when I get back home I am planning on starting a few classes with him where he can interact with other babies as this is where I feel he had missed out a little.

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Rocco teething using his Tommee Tippee toy

If you are going away with your little one anytime soon and you are going on a long car journey (I’ve had quite long drives between locations), I’ve found the ‘Babycademy Music Time’ CD very useful.   When Rocco is crying he immediately stops when he hears this music.   I find myself humming the songs too when I’m on location filming.  The crew think I am a little strange but the songs are so catchy they just stick in your head!

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The Tummy Tub

Something else I have discovered whilst being away is the ‘tummy tub’.  I’ve stayed at several properties that didn’t have a bath and Rocco has a bath as part of his bedtime routine.  One of the owners of a property I stayed at loaned me a tummy tub as an alternative.  You fill the water to the marked level and sit your little one in the tub.  Rocco loved it and apparently it is like being back in the womb.  I’m not sure how practical they are to travel with but if you need a bath for your baby and you know your accommodation won’t have one, it’s worth packing if you have the space.

The next time I blog I will be back in the UK.  I’m only there for a week though before I return to France to film Fort Boyard.

Have a lovely week,

Laura xxx

27 May
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Hola from Valencia!

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? I’ve been hearing reports that the UK has been experiencing some lovely warm weather. Great news! I’m still in sunny Spain and I am currently filming in Valencia. It’s about 26-28 degrees so very warm to be filming in but I am not complaining. Below is a little photo from my most recent episode when I was wearing one of my favourite dresses from www.theprettydresscompany.com.

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Out of all the places I have filmed A Place in the Sun, I have never visited Valencia before and I love it. The city has a real buzz about it, the architecture is amazing, property is cheap and the beach is beautiful too (it’s only 3 miles out of town). It feels a little like Barcelona but there are fewer British tourists and not many of the locals speak English which is a rarity in Spain.

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Alex has now arrived and Rocco is very pleased to be reunited with his Daddy after two weeks apart. I’m really glad that he is with us for the next two weeks of my filming block so he will get to spend some quality time with his little boy. Given that we are staying so close to the sea, it’s lovely being able to spend time on the beach altogether on my days off.

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It was really interesting taking Rocco to the beach for the first time. He was fascinated with the sand but thankfully he didn’t put any in his mouth, he just enjoyed picking it up and letting it run through his fingers. I always make sure Rocco is covered in a high factor sun cream whenever he is out and I really love the organic children ‘Green People’ products for him.

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If you are planning a trip to Valencia, Patacona beach is definitely worth a visit. ‘La Mas Bonita – Beach and Food’ seems to be a real favourite with the locals and Alex and I are big fans too! We have visited it for breakfast, lunch and dinner all in one day – I think the waiters and waitresses must think we are mad but the food is really good and their selection of cakes is amazing. I noticed they have a website too so you can check it out on www.lamasbonita.es.

Unbelievably Rocco is now 6 months old. He is having three bottles of milk a day to compliment the food I am giving him (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Thankfully I have brought lots of the Ella’s kitchen pouches with me and I am able to buy Aptamil (the brand of milk I am using in Spain). It’s given a different name but the packaging looks the same so it’s handy to know you can purchase it abroad if need be!

I have also discovered some great new toys for him. He is particularly fond of his monkey from the ‘breathablebaby’ company. They sell a good selection of toys, cot liners and sleep suits all of which are lovely. If your little one is teething, I have discovered ‘gumigem’. They sell toys that are safe for your little one to put in their mouths to chew on. They also sell jewellery for the same thing which is a genius idea. Rocco loves his keys and credit card!

I actually have a day off today so we are off for a swim so that is it from me for now.

Have a great week.

Lots of love

Laura x

11 May
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A weekend away in Cyprus with Alex and Rocco

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break? It seems like an age ago now. It’s been three weeks since my last post as I’ve been really busy prepping for my six week trip with A Place in the Sun. I am now in Spain filming and I will be abroad until 13th of June.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I spent the Easter weekend in Cyprus in the sunshine. Although Rocco has travelled with me previously for work, this was in fact his first holiday and it was fantastic.

Alex and I are a couple who enjoy spa treatments, adventure activities and fine dining, however when you have a little one, things certainly change when it comes to holidays. Gone are the days you can relax in the sun for 30 minutes and enjoy a few spa treatments, or are they…?

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Our five night trip to Le Meridien Limmasol was a real treat. The hotel with 329 rooms is located on an estate of over 10,000 square metres and the gardens are stunning and immaculately maintained.  With eight restaurants, five bars (including a sheesha bar with every flavour you can imagine), three swimming pools, a bowling ally, tennis courts, football pitches, an award winning spa and a kids club/crèche facilities, there really was no need to leave the resort – the hotel have really thought about everything.

The children’s crèche was absolutely amazing. Erhan Gota who runs it (and has done for the last 20 years) was incredible. His team of staff do a fantastic job of keeping the children entertained and we felt very confident and comfortable that Rocco would be well looked after whilst we got to enjoy some spa treatments.

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Le Meridien Limmasol prides itself on it’s award winning spa. The spa is voted one of the best in Europe and their Thassalotherapy treatment is very interesting. The 40 minute treatment consists of visiting seven different pools (with different ingredients) that repair and treat your skin. Floating in a pool with a high salt content was an unusual experience. If you have ever been in the Dead Sea you will be no stranger to this. Personally I preferred the massage treatments in the spa, but it was nice to get the experience The Thassalotherapy pools and my skin did feel amazing after.

It came as no surprise to me that most of the guests we chatted to were returning clientele. Most of them had been visiting the hotel with their children (each year), for the last 18 years. They return to the hotel to not only enjoy the facilities, but also to visit the staff, many of whom have been working at the hotel since it first opened. The sommelier Miroslav Kalinic really stood out to us.  Although the wine list was a little pricey, he had an excellent knowledge of the wines and we were particularly impressed to hear he spoke seven languages!

Our favourite restaurant was the Japanese restaurant Kojima. I struggled to choose from the extensive menu but was never disappointed. Considering the size of the hotel, the quality of food in all of the restaurants was outstanding and we were spoilt for choose.

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We stayed in an Imperial Suite and although the decor of the room could have benefited from a little updating, the space was perfect for our growing family! The hotel is actually having a big renovation (it will be closed from Nov ’14 to April ’15) so all of the bedrooms will be getting an overhaul. Once the renovation is complete, the rooms will compliment the hotel’s top class service.

We really enjoyed our stay in Cyprus and would thoroughly recommend Le Meridien Limmasol to anyone, particularly those with children.

As I mentioned, I am now in Spain filming so Rocco can add another country to his passport. I am filming  very close to Marbella and this week my mother-in-law is looking after him so he is getting to enjoy a nice bit of time with his Nana.

That is it from me for this week.

Adios from sunny Spain.

Laura xxx

17 April
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It’s fantastic seeing all the photos of Prince George in the press this week…

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re well.

What shocking news last week about Peaches Geldof. I followed her on Instagram and Twitter and she seemed like a lovely person and great mummy. I would like to send my sympathy and best wishes to her family and friends and also send lots of love to her children – I’m sure they are going to miss their mummy…. RIP Peaches.

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I’d also like to send lots of love to (my friend and fellow mummy) Michelle Heaton and her husband Hugh. Their new son Aaron was recently taken ill and I hope he gets well soon. Being a parent can be so scary sometimes, our little ones are so precious and when they are unwell it is extremely upsetting.

It’s fantastic seeing all the photos of Prince George in the press this week. Can he look anymore like William?! Kate looks amazing too and has sure pinged back to her pre pregnancy body. I hope she doesn’t become too skinny though. She really is a inspiration to all new mums and it was great to hear they had taken George on a long haul flight and it all went smoothly.

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I am actually writing this week’s blog from Gatwick airport. Alex and I are taking Rocco on his first holiday to Le Meridian Limmasol in Cyprus. The hotel looks fantastic and as mentioned last week I will be reviewing the trip in the Mail on Sunday. Travelling with a little one really requires a lot of organisation. It’s about a 4 hour flight to Cyprus so I’ve made sure I’ve packed enough bottles, some changes of clothes (incase of accidents), and a few toys to keep Rocco entertained. I’ve put together a little travel must have list with a few of the things I think you might need incase any of you are going away on a summer holiday soon. I hope you find it helpful…

1. A bath cradle
2. Snooze shade with UV protection to put over your car seat/pram
3. Plenty of high factor sun cream
4. All in one swim suit and hat with protection at the back for your little ones neck
5. Insurance for your little one
6. Waterproof nappies as well as normal nappies
7. Babybjorn carrier – fantastic to be handsfree when walking to the gate if your pram is in the luggage hold
8. Travel cot (if the hotel can’t provide one)
9. Milk formula (if you aren’t breast feeding)
10. Some jars of food if your baby is on solids
11. Some toys and books for the flight
12. Car seat and buggy – I use the bugaboo bee and I have the travel bag which it all fits in perfectly and goes in to oversize baggage on a flight.
13. Tommee Tippee travel steriliser
14. Bottles, bowls and spoons

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This past week has involved painting, painting and more painting. In fact I really can’t wait for a holiday and a few massage treatments in the hotel spa as my neck, back and shoulders are in bits! Colin Ratushniak (my dancing on I’ve partner) has been helping me with our house renovation and he has been absolutely brilliant. I think I need to treat him to some spa treatments too! We have now mist coated the whole house and this is basically the first coat of paint on new plaster whereby you water it down. I love to get involved as much as I can when I’m renovating properties and I really enjoy painting however, I always seem to cover myself in so much paint. When Colin and I popped to the shop to get some more supplies, the man joked with me and said ‘you are supposed to paint the wall love!’

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We are now hoping our renovation will be complete by the end of June so it will have taken 7 months from start to finish. We hope to move in after my 6 week trip away with A Place in the Sun and also after I have finished filming the next series of Fort Boyard. Yes – exciting news it’s back and they will be casting soon.

Just before I sign off, I want to tell you about a great little competition. You may remember in a recent blog I talked about Babycademy. It’s something I’ve been using with Rocco.

Babycademy’s Music Time has been designed especially for babies aged 0-12 months, with the help of Dr Brenda Todd, and it’s aims are to stimulate and engage through sensory play and music. This is perfect if you want your little one to experience creative musical play but cannot afford to attend supervised sessions. Babycademy equips you with the resources needed to bring the sessions into your own home, fitting in with your own schedule.

You can find our more here… www.Babycademy.co.uk or check out their fab video: http://bit.ly/1gIUV3W

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Babycademy, are offering you the chance to win TWO exclusive Musical Play activity sets (worth £50)! The deadline is midnight Easter Monday and the winner will be announced on my Twitter page.
To enter the competition simply tweet the message below telling me your little one’s favourite song!

“@Laurahamiltontv @Babycademy I would to #win love #Musictime my baby’s favourite song is……..”

Anyway good luck, they are calling us to board the flight. I hope you enjoy the Easter break.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

11 April
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Juggling being a Mummy, working and house renovations

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve had a lovely week! For me, it’s been a busy week as usual juggling being a Mummy, working and the house renovation.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I’ve been trying baby led weening with Rocco and also feeding him puréed food.  I’ve recently purchased a few of the Ella’s kitchen pre prepared pouches and so far the mango and apple porridge seems to be a hit!  The pouches are certainly quick and easy but I think they are a little on the expensive side and it’s probably cheaper to purée vegetables yourself!  Ella’s kitchen do a fab range of different pouches and Rocco loves them.  Because I am going abroad for 6 weeks in a few weeks time I think these pouches are very handy when on the road and for anyone who is going on holiday.

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I personally think that when babies are being weened they should sit at a high chair with a tray.  Then as they get older, they learn that food should be eaten at a table.  It’s really important to Alex and I that Rocco develops respect for food as well as table manners.  Even at just 5 months babies start to learn this.  Rocco has sat in his Chicco Polly Magic chair since he was a few weeks old.  Now I am attaching the tray to it so it can be used as a high chair.  It’s great he can grow with it!

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If you follow me on twitter you might have seen me recently tweet about a great little gadget called the ‘Door Jammer’.  I spend so much time away from home, staying in hotel rooms and when I discovered this gadget I soon realised it is the perfect travelling security companion!

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If you have ever had an unexpected visitor let themselves in to your hotel room (as I have on a couple of occasions), this great little gadget gives extra security and peace of mind so you can get a better nights sleep.  I only wish I had one when I was travelling.  The Door jammer will also be great for when Rocco is more mobile and I want to keep him out of certain rooms in the house.

On Wednesday I was a guest at The Gadget show in Birmingham on behalf on the Door Jammer.  I had a great time with Mike and Joseph who are part of the team and I really enjoyed seeing some of the amazing new gadgets that are soon to market.  If you know anyone who is going travelling soon or you personally stay in hotels regularly and want an extra bit of security at night check out http://www.door-jammer.com for more information.

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This week the house has really moved on.  Upstairs is now plastered and we are starting to paint.  My lovely friend and Dancing on Ice Partner Colin Ratushniak (who loves renovating houses) is helping do some painting this weekend. Carpet Right are laying our Tegola flooring in our kitchen and I can’t wait to share some photos with you soon. Our house renovation is turning in to a home – finally…

Next week we are taking Rocco on his first holiday to Le Meridien Limmasol Resort and Spa in Cyprus for Easter and we can’t wait.  I would love to hear about your first holiday experiences with your little ones or what you are up to at Easter.  Don’t forget you can always leave your comments below and I will always email you back.

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and until next week,

Lots of love

 

Laura xxx

04 April
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Shifting a few post baby pounds…

Hi Guys,

I’m writing this week’s blog from Scarborough!  I have just finished my  UK filming of A Place in the Sun for now and it’s been great fun.

This week on the road I had a big focus on fitness as I am trying to shift a few pounds of baby weight.  I have 10lbs to go.  One of the best tips I have been given when you are trying to lose weight is not to weigh yourself everyday.  It’s best if you can do it weekly as you are more likely to see results.  Counting calories and exercise seems to be the most effective way for me.  I use a great Iphone app called ‘My Fitness Pal’ which sets targets and allows you to monitor what you consume each day.

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Sometimes I am lucky and the hotels  I stay in (whilst I am on the road with the film crew) have gyms.  On occasions when they don’t, I use a skipping rope and workout in my room.  I skip to music and find it’s a really great way to push yourself.  Some tracks can actually motivate you to push harder.  Chicane’s ‘Offshore’ is one of my favourite tracks.

I’m also a big fan of Tabata training.  There is another great Iphone app called ‘Tabata timer’.  It’s a basically an intense mini circuit where you pick 4 exercises that you do in rotation for 20 minutes.  You do the exercise for 20 seconds then have a 10 second rest and then repeat it x10.  You then move on to the next exercise.  I love it and it’s supposed to be a more effective way of exercising and you don’t need to go to a gym to do it.  If your baby naps during the day, it’s the perfect opportunity to do it.

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When I get home I am going to be trying out the ‘Techno Shape’.  It’s best described as a pressure belt that you wear around your stomach area whilst you are either running, cycling or using a cross trainer.  The machine has pressure chambers that inflate with air and then deflate as you are working out.  The idea is that it will increase blood flow to stomach area which will help with weight loss and tone up the abs.  I will keep you updated on my progress and who knows I might be able to post a photo of my toned tummy soon!…

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In other news this week, my son Rocco has discovered that he can poke his tongue out!  I thought I would share the pic with you!  I am introducing various foods to him and  trying a bit of baby led weening as well as feeding him puréed vegetables.  Baby led weening is basically when you put various foods in front of your child and they pick them up and try them independently.  A word of warning… It’s very messy.  It is however fun watching Rocco discover the different textures and tastes.  If anyone has tried any good puréed baby recipes I’d love to hear from you.

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Anyway that’s it from me for now.  I have a 5 hour drive home.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

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