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13 January
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New Year, new projects!

Happy New Year guys. I hope you all had a good one whatever you got up to?

I celebrated the first day of 2015 in the family place in Spain with Alex and Rocco and we had a fab time. It was slightly odd when I turned the TV on I saw myself on ‘A Place in the Sun’ filming in Spain on the Mar Menor. I was there only a few weeks before Christmas and it’s brilliant to see the show is now playing out on Channel 4 in an evening slot.

 

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New Year in Spain

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Since being back in the UK it has been all go. The day I got home I had my nails done by Alison from Calgel and my lashes and brows done by Emily Ponte from Poeme Beauty in preparation for my new tv project. I’m excited to tell you I have joined the team of ‘Cowboy Builders’. I will be filming the show all throughout this year as well as continuing with ‘Fort Boyard’ and ‘A Place in the Sun’ which is really exciting. I am also going to launching my own YouTube channel very soon with lots of hints and tips on property renovation and interior design as well as keeping you up to date with everything else I am up to! Watch this space… My first filming day is Friday.

Rocco and baby bump are both doing well. We still don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl and I’m really glad we don’t know. I have to admit sometimes I actually forget I am pregnant because I’m busy working and running around after Rocco. Then I look down at my tummy and think how can I forget? I’m passed that stage of just looking like I have put on a few pounds over Xmas and now I actually look like I’m pregnant!

I’m currently teaching Rocco to feed himself using ‘combination feeding’ (a mixture of baby led weening and letting him feed himself). I am a bit obsessed keeping everything clean/tidy in the house so this works best for me. Tommee Tippee have some great little first cutlery sets and Rocco really likes the ‘little dish’ meals at the moment. I don’t give them to him every day but they are really handy, with not much salt and lots of veg. I’m a big fan.

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I can’t believe I only have 4 months left until baby number two arrives. I’m loving getting in to maternity fashion again and one of my favourite dresses is the Avalicious in red from www.babeswithbabies.co.uk. You can really dress this outfit up or down and it’s so comfy too.

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For casual looks I’m loving these outfits from www.seraphine.com. Perfect for filming ‘Cowboy Builders’!

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If you managed to catch ‘Minors in Designers’ on ITVbe between Christmas and new year, you will have seen Rocco is in to his fashion too! I found a really lovely boutique on Instagram called monsweetboutique and recently got him this little outfit. I think he looks pretty cute in the little red hat!

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This coming weekend Alex are having our first night away together without Rocco which we have never done before. Alex said the only thing he misses from pre Rocco days are his lazy mornings and waking up late and although I have always woken up early I would agree with him. We are really excited to be spending a night at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire where we will get to enjoy some massage pampering too. I’ve never visited the hotel before but I’ve heard great things about it.

Before I sign off I have to quickly mention Celeb Big Brother. I don’t usually watch the show but I have tuned in this time and it crazy to see some of the behaviour going on. I really like Nadia Swahala. She appeared in my series of Dancing on Ice and I think she is coming across really well, fingers crossed she is there until the end – I think the other housemates need her.

On that note, I hope you all have a great week.

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

07 March
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House renovations and Mummy duties…

Hi everyone,I hope you have all had a brilliant week?  What a difference it makes when the sun shines!As many of you may know (and lots of you probably don’t), my life at the moment is involving juggling being a Mummy whilst continuing with my TV presenting career AND managing the renovations of our new house.

This week I featured in the Metro newspaper talking about property so I thought I would share some details about my own current property renovation.

http://metro.co.uk/2014/03/06/a-place-in-the-suns-laura-hamilton-first-time-buyers-should-rent-cheap-and-save-hard-4282437/

This is now my 10th renovation and I love everything about these kind of projects.  Turning an unloved, run down wreck in to a special home is something that I really enjoy.  It’s also a great way to make money but ultimately the amount you stand to make will depend on whether you bought the property for a good price.  I’d like to think I have a pretty good vision when it comes to seeing the potential a property has.  I’m not phased by having to remodel the house internally and knock walls down.  You can’t just knock down any wall as you please, before you do anything you should check it is not load baring because if it is, it will need a steel to support it.  I have a fantastic team of builders who work at an unbelievable pace (when the weather allows it), and the quality of their work is brilliant.  Finding a good builder that you trust is key to these kind of projects.

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Whenever you are taking on any kind of building work, I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to get several quotes.  Also make sure you inspect your prospective builders work.  Keeping a spread sheet of your quotes and actual spend is important too because it can very quickly, and easily spiral out of control.  You can source some fantastic bargains online so it definitely pays to shop around.Our project is pretty big.  The house was built in the 1930′s.  It needed a complete rewire and replumb.  It was sold as a three bed house but the third bedroom could only be accessed through the second one so with a bit of reconfiguration and raising the roof of the room (to give us full ceiling height), it is now a proper bedroom that can be accessed from the landing.

 

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Part of the property also had a flat roof.  We submitted planning permission for an extension and we have now created our fourth bedroom.  Planning permission usually takes around  8 weeks to come back.  We submitted our planning permission before we completed in the purchase of our house which is totally legal.

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Our house is still a building site and completely unliveable.  We have ripped it apart but we now putting it back together and we are making some exciting progress.

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Hopefully the photos will give a clearer idea of what it’s like and what we are trying to achieve. We are aiming for it to be finished by the Summer so I can’t wait to share some photos of the finished product with you…

This week Rocco and I had a lovely photo shoot with Mother and Baby magazine.  The article won’t be out until May by which time Rocco will be 6 months.  That sounds completely crazy he will be 6 months old in May…Time is flying so fast.  He was such a good little boy on the photo shoot and he is somewhat of a little poser.  I can’t wait to see the finished piece.

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Rocco and I also visited a lovely place called Heaven in Nutfield.
It’s somewhere that mummy’s can be pampered and children can play.  They have yoga classes for adults and dance classes for the little ones and there is a nice cafe for a bit of lunch too.  If you live in the Surrey area, I would recommend a visit.  I went with a few of my friends who also have little ones and we had a great time.

At four months Rocco loves looking in the mirror.  He is also trying to hold his own bottle which is a bit tricky.  I have discovered that Tommee Tippee do some great little mirrors with teething handles and they also have a great non drip ‘first cup’ with handles either side. Rocco is getting on really well with this.  It’s amazing watching him trying to put the teet into his mouth.  He pushes my hand away if I try to help him too so I think he is going to be stubborn like his mum.

Well that’s all from me.  Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the week ahead.

Lots of love

Laura xxx

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