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‘Three kids is hard work!’

‘Why I choose to home school my boys’



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‘My school run beauty tips’



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As a mum of two young boys, I sympathise with all you fellow parents out there. Juggling the seemingly never ending summer holidays with work deadlines and endless play dates is no easy feat, and – as much as I’ve loved having my brood at home – I’m counting down the days until my little, erm, treasures are back at school. One such mum who can relate to the pressures of family life is Danielle Lloyd. Our Liverpool-born coverstar has four sons to look after, however, from the moment we arrive at her home for our photoshoot it’s clear she’s got things totally under control. Just how does she manage to keep her clan in check – and will we ever see a daughter to complete her family? Turn to Danielle wears dress from jameslakeland.net and boys wear shorts and shirts from riverisland.com p6 to find out. Elsewhere, we’re jam-packed with exclusive interviews from a whole host of celebrity mums and dads. We talk kids’ health concerns with Christine McGuinness, Alicia Douvall and Nadia Sawalha (p19), chat to Samantha Faiers, Jamie Lomas and Amy Childs about their holiday escapes (p55) and we find out what it’s really like to home school your kids with Stacey Solomon (p43). Add to that kids’ fashion from Kimberley Walsh (p32), school run beauty with Rachel Stevens (p35), the perfect packed lunch from Nadiya Hussain (p27), and family finances with Sam Bailey (p50), and you’re all set for the new school year ahead. Enjoy the issue,

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27 Nadiya Hussain

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The mum of four on why five kids will be her magic number

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30 Leanne Brown

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star on what she wears in a week

32 Kimberley Walsh

We chat to the Loose Women host about home schooling her kids

45 Creative Learning

Becky Adlington on swimming for kids, plus Tanya Bardsley’s reading tips

49 Sinitta

The singer chats to us about teaching her kids the value of money

50 Sam Bailey

School uniforms, stationery and kids’ savings with The X Factor winner

55 Travel

With Samantha Faiers, Jamie Lomas, Amy Childs, Kimberly Wyatt, Caprice, Lisa Scott-Lee and Sheree Murphy

58 CS Loves

The Girls Aloud member talks kids’ clothes and life as a mum

The best products and services to get your kids back to school ready

35 Rachel Stevens

62 Abbey Clancy

The former S Club 7 singer reveals her school run beauty tricks

The model and presenter talks juggling work with raising a family

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The reality star on when and how she’ll add a daughter to her brood

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who she shares with ex-husband Jamie O’Hara. WE’VE GROWN UP with Danielle Lloyd, Her youngest, 11-month-old Ronnie, sits in dad watching her life splashed across the media Michael’s arms, while the other boys bound ever since she first came in to the public eye. around the house, desperate to play on their The winner of Miss Great Britain in 2006, that bouncy castle and water slide that’s being set same year she was stripped of her title when up in the back garden. What’s it like living in a she posed naked for Playboy. Work flooded in, house full of boys – and how far has she got in but she was later catapulted to fame for all her quest to add a daughter to their brood? We the wrong reasons when she found herself caught up in the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother race sat down with the star for an exclusive chat… row. Modelling contracts were axed, and her high-profile relationship with footballer Teddy Danielle, you’ve been in your new home for Sheringham came to an end. The Liverpool10 months – is every box finally unpacked? born model even received death threats, ‘Pretty much, but the garage is still rammed. describing it on Channel 5’s In Therapy as ‘the Michael’s mum did a car boot sale the other worst time of my life’. day, and I gave her 10 bags of clothes from it!’ Fast-forward to 2018 and Danielle’s in an altogether better place, having moved in to Why did you move? a new home with fiancé, electrician Michael ‘It was the house I lived in when I was married O’Neill, and her four sons. Danielle is warm and to Jamie. Even though we’ve downsized it’s so friendly the second we arrive, clearly besotted much nicer – the boys are two minutes from with Archie, eight, Harry, seven, and George, four, school, and I love how peaceful it is.’

With six bedrooms do the boys each have their own space? ‘Archie and Harry have always shared, so I think it would be weird splitting them up. They’ll want their own rooms when they’re teenagers, but now they like to talk themselves to sleep.’ Plus, you’ve space for a pink nursery… ‘Yes! We’re still going ahead with gender selection and the plan is to head to America. It’s similar to IVF, in the sense that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I just don’t want to live with the regret of not having tried to have a daughter.’ Being a mum to four must be exhausting… ‘I think our house works by being organised. I can get up at 8am and the boys are washed, dressed, have had breakfast and are ready for school by 8:45am. You’ve got to have a routine or you’d be ripping your hair out!’


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How’s Ronnie? ‘He’s started to crawl and is trying to walk, plus he’s saying loads. He’s turning one next month, so I need to figure out what to do for his birthday. We might get him christened along with George and have a joint celebration.’ What would you say is the best thing about being a mum of boys? ‘Cuddles! The boys are so loving, plus they always tell me I look beautiful. I can’t imagine a girl being like that – she’ll probably be a right little diva!’


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And is it ever a struggle? ‘They play fight all the time, which we try and stop. They’ve got an obsession with wrestling, but we’ve had to ban it in the house as I know one of them will end up getting hurt.’ Four boys and a fiancé must mean a lot of housework. Do you have help? ‘We’re buying a ride-on lawnmower, as it costs a fortune for a gardener to come! We’ve also started using a cleaner, as up until now I’ve been doing it, with the help of Michael’s mum. I definitely made the right decision - four boys make a lot of mess!’

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What have you been up to as a family over the summer holidays so far? ‘We’ve had a busy few weeks! The boys went to football camp, and we’ve also been to London to see Matilda for Archie’s birthday. We love doing stuff like going to theme parks, but it’s also just as nice to go to the park to feed the ducks or kick a ball around.’ The boys are back at school soon, so do you have any plans to go abroad? ‘Me, Michael and the kids are about to leave for Dubai. We’re staying in our friend’s apartment, which means I haven’t even got a hotel kids’ club to fall back on! The three older boys will entertain themselves, but I’m nervous about how Ronnie will cope as it’s going to be so hot.’ So are you the mum who loves every second of the break – or do you count down the days until the kids go back to school? ‘I like the fact they’re at home, as I get bored without them. They do drive me mad sometimes, though, and I’m sure towards the end I’ll be keen to get them back to school!’

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Your boys attend a state school. Do you have any plans for them to ever go private? ‘No. They go to a lovely little primary and are so happy there. I know people who have gone to private schools and it has not benefited them in any way. Save your money!’ It must cost a lot with all three boys being at school, though… ‘I felt a bit ashamed the last week of term because their school shoes were falling apart! Michael said ‘you can’t send them to school like that!’ but there was no way I was going to fork out for three new pairs just before the summer holidays!’ Would you ever do a Stacey Solomon and home school the boys instead? ‘No, but I understand her reasons for doing so. My boys are all very happy where they are, and I think it’s good for them to interact with other kids anyway. I couldn’t imagine them not going in every day, as they’d miss their friends.’

How do you cope with all the homework? ‘The boys get a lot – plus, some of the stuff I don’t even know the answers to! They get their homework on a Friday, but we always do it on a Monday after school. Reading of course has to be done every night, which is hard going but we usually manage it.’ Have you ever taken the kids on holiday during term time? ‘We usually go in the holidays, but it’s ridiculous how much extra it costs. The way travel companies put their prices up takes the p*ss – and I’ve four to pay for! We’re actually going to ask for term-time leave next year, but I don’t know what the school will say. It’ll be for three or four days, which certainly isn’t going to impact their education, so fingers crossed we won’t get fined.’ Let’s talk healthy eating. Do your boys have school dinners or packed lunches? ‘Archie has a packed lunch, whereas the other two have been enjoying free school dinners. He’ll have a sandwich, some crisps and a yoghurt. He used to have a chocolate bar, but he’s had problems with his teeth from birth, so I’ve swapped it for banana malt loaf, which he can’t get enough of!’ Do you eat together as a family? ‘We live in our kitchen, so we try to! I make a stew or homemade chicken soup and we all dig in. Archie loves pie, and George will literally eat whatever you put in front of him. Harry’s the fussy one – if he sees any herbs in his dinner he’ll be sat there trying to pick them out!’ What do you say to fans who’ve criticised you for giving the boys iPads when out for dinner? ‘As a mum you need to consider your family as well as other people. Some places don’t mind if your kids run around, but at a posh restaurant my boys need to stay still! I don’t take the iPads everywhere, but people don’t want to hear my screaming kids while they’re trying to eat.’ celebritysecrets.com





It seems social media is the perfect place to rant. You had cosmetic surgery after people cruelly commented on your looks – why did you feel under so much pressure? ‘I’d just had Ronnie and felt like crap, so I had fillers to make myself feel better. It’s hard, especially as I’m turning 35 this year. I love watching TV shows like Love Island, but they make you question your looks and figure against all those hot young 20-somethings.’ Love Island recently lost one of its stars, Sophia Gradon, with claims she took her own life. Is it true you’re teaming up with 2016 contestant Zara Holland and organising a charity night in her honour? ‘Yes – we’re meeting up soon to sort things out. I recently judged Miss Birmingham and all the girls were talking about the fact they’ve experienced online bullying. Social media can be so cruel – it’s a way of people getting to you when they couldn’t have before.’ You experienced mental health issues yourself, starting with the fallout from the Celebrity Big Brother scandal… ‘I was drinking a lot, taking drugs and in a bad place. I ended up receiving death threats, and it got to the stage that I considered taking my own life. I remember phoning my mum saying, ‘I’m going to do this’ – and she came straight from Liverpool to London to be with me. I’m so thankful I asked for help, because otherwise I wouldn’t have had my beautiful boys, would I?’

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14 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW ★ You also suffered from postnatal depression after having Archie and Harry… What would you say to anyone who’s struggling to cope with mental illness? ‘Make sure you speak to someone about it. I was lucky enough to have family and friends around me, but I understand plenty of others don’t. Phone a charity like the Samaritans, because if you keep it in it just ends up becoming overwhelming.’ Do you still stand by the fact that you overcame postnatal depression by taking pills, made from your own placenta, after Ronnie was born? ‘Yes! They didn’t smell very nice, but I’m pleased to say they were tasteless! I got mine made into pills and a massage oil, and also as some energy drops. I even had a nappy rash cream made up, which worked a treat whenever Ronnie had a sore bum.’ Speaking of post-pregnancy procedures, are you still incontinence-free after the vaginal rejuvenation course you completed in April? ‘It’s transformed my life! I know people cringe about me talking about it, but why should I feel embarrassed? A lot of people who’ve had babies go through stress incontinence. It got so bad that I’d sneeze while out and have to go home to get changed.’ Moving forward to future plans. Will we see you married to Michael before having another baby? ‘Marriage is definitely first! We were talking about hen and stag dos the other day, and Michael said he doesn’t even want one! He loves going away and having fun, but he’s just not into the stag do scene. I might have a girlie trip abroad with my mates, but I haven’t decided on anything yet.’

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What is it about Michael that makes you realise he’s your happy ever after? ‘We are just best friends. He’s such an amazing dad and step-dad, too. I never thought I’d find someone who’d want to take on three kids, and he has to put up with a lot! He’s a great role model for them and is a really genuine person, plus he isn’t interested in the fame side of things, which just makes it more real.’ So who wears the trousers? ‘I think we both do! I’m definitely the boss of the house, as I get everything done, but Michael’s the one who tells the kids off when they’re misbehaving. We’re both really stubborn, though – and when we’ve had a row I’m the one who holds out for the longest before giving in and saying I’m sorry!’ CS


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‘My daughter Joy, four, picked up chickenpox from nursery, and I was braced for my son Albion, two, to get it too. In fact Joy hardly had any spots and they were gone really quickly – and Albion didn’t get it at all! Now I wonder if they’ve got the antibodies – or whether they’ll suffer from chickenpox again.’


DR PIXIE SAYS ‘An infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chickenpox is caught through direct contact or through the atmosphere, like a cough or a cold. Most children have chickenpox before the age of 10, which causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. If you’re vulnerable to chickenpox and in the same room as someone who has it for a quarter of an hour or more, you are likely to catch it.’

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‘I have eczema and it often flares up, especially now I’m going through the menopause. My children Maddie, 15, and 10-year-old KikiBee have been lucky so far, as we consult a homeopath every few weeks. However, some kids I know suffer really badly and can’t sleep because they’re so uncomfortable.’

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convinced it must have been something I did during my pregnancy or my parenting, and I questioned everything.’

Christine with ‘Our twins Leo and Penelope were husband Paddy THE EXPERT ‘Every case of autism is diagnosed with autism at three-and-aunique,’ says Awakened by Autism half. Our third child Felicity was eight author Dr Andrea Libutti. ‘High-functioning weeks old when our paediatrician said she was showing signs, but she’s considered too young for individuals can be included in mainstream classrooms, as they have functional language assessment, so is not officially diagnosed. and communication skills. Regardless of the ‘At the time of their diagnosis it was incredibly type of autism your child has, always focus on difficult to take in. We knew we had to do their strengths and presume intelligence.’ everything to help our kids grow and develop,

a result is very itchy. It isn’t contagious, but it can be hereditary and is triggered by factors including diet. Luckily many children grow out of eczema by the time they reach adolescence.’

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‘When Coco, eight, or Edward, four, come down with a cold, the last thing I want is for it to spread to the rest of the family. During the colder months I give them chewy multivitamins, as well as healthy juices and smoothies. I also found last time they caught a cold that a hot bath soothed their symptoms.’

‘My daughter Papaya, five, was constantly catching head lice until I put argan oil in her hair – and she’s never had them since! To keep them at bay I Alicia with still put a few drops on daughters Georgia her hair every other day. and Papaya As a parent you feel helpless and frustrated that it keeps happening every week. It was so bad I even considered taking her out of school, as neither of us could live like that.’

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DR DAWN SAYS ‘There’s no doubt kids get more colds than adults. Spread by coughs and sneezes, but often by hand, it’s important to keep surfaces clean and dispose of tissues after use. A good diet and sleep regime will also help their immune system.’

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DR DAWN SAYS ‘The best way to keep lice at bay is to check regularly. Wash your child’s hair in shampoo, rinse and use generous amounts of conditioner. Use an ordinary comb to detangle the hair, followed by a detection comb. Any lice need to be removed and the whole scalp needs to be covered.’

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NELL MCANDREW ON SHAPING UP The fitness expert and author of Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running on how mums can shed those summer pounds YOUR DIET ‘Don’t count calories – instead focus on being mindful of what you choose to eat. A diet

packed with vegetables will give your body a vitamin boost.’ YOUR HEALTH ‘Take part in a Parkrun – a free, weekly 5k run that’s open to all. If not try British Military Fitness, where everyone encourages you to be your best.’ CS



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Interview Amelia Glean

What food do you put in your kids’ lunchboxes? ‘They always have fruit and crackers for snacks, but it also depends what time of year it is. In the summer we love watermelon, while a chocolate bar goes down a treat in the winter.’ What Tupperware brand do you swear by?

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Do you encourage healthy eating at home? ‘Yes, but I don’t ever try to disguise fruit and vegetables. My kids are curious about lots of food and I’ve learnt that giving it a go with lots of variety is worth it in the end!’


How do you have time to make healthy meals as a full-time working mum? ‘It’s all about preparing and cooking in bulk. I always make more than I need so I can freeze portions as I go along. But whatever we eat, there will always be a salad or a side of steamed veg on the table.’ CS Nadiya’s Family Favourites is out now (£10, amazon.co.uk)


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‘In 2014 my husband Rich sold his motorcycle to buy bottles for packaging kefir, a cultured, fermented drink containing probiotic bacteria. ‘We were milking two goats and using their milk to make the tart, fizzy, live culture drink that we sell today. In those days no one had ever heard of kefir, except those hardcore health fanatics, and so we struggled on without much hope of success. ‘Fast forward four years and our Chuckling Goat Live Kefir has just been named the Best New Dairy Drink in the world, by the International Beverage Awards 2018. ‘Our tiny family business, born on our farmhouse kitchen table, has become a multimillion-pound global enterprise, with hundreds of thousands of customers in 38 countries, and three best-selling books exploring the science behind kefir.’

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Harrison Jones & Michaela Wain We caught up with The Apprentice 2017 candidates to discuss their pregnancy news Interview Lynn Carratt

You were both candidates on last year’s The Apprentice. How did you get together? M ‘On the show I thought he was gorgeous, but we were just friends. We actually got together after filming – when alcohol got involved!’

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Michaela, does Harrison give you advice on healthy eating? M ‘Yes, but as I’ve had 15 miscarriages he’s right to be cautious – plus he runs a healthy eating brand and knows his stuff. I had a bad day recently and craved pâté, but he wouldn’t let me have it. I just started crying. I can’t drink or smoke or eat bloody pâté!’

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You’re now expecting your first child together. Was it planned? M ‘No! At first I was in a state of shock, but after that it was just about logistics, as Harrison lives down south and I’m up north.’ H ‘I’m working as hard as I can to provide for our child. The plan is to work in London Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then spend the rest of the week in Bolton.’

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Will you take maternity leave? M ‘Yes, but only for two weeks if we’re fit and well! With all my businesses I’ve got my hands full, so I’ll go part-time and employ a nanny as opposed to using a nursery.’ Any names for the baby yet? H ‘We know it’s a boy and agree on a couple, but we can’t say because it’s a surprise!’

How will you get back in shape after the birth? M ‘To be honest I like eating, plus I think the baby’s going to be born just before Christmas, so I won’t be in any rush to go on a diet.’

Can you spill the beans on any insider gossip from your time on the show? M ‘All the girls are meant to sleep on one floor of the house and the boys on another – and there were a few who didn’t stick to the rules! The camera crew would turn up to find people in beds they shouldn’t be in – and that meant they’d have to shoot the scene again!’ CS To find out more about Harrison and Michaela’s companies visit equalshealth.co.uk and designandbuilduk.net



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‘Allowing kids to take up an extra-curricular activity is so important. A sport like swimming is the perfect way to learn new skills, as well as staying healthy and keeping fit. It’s so much better than your child just watching TV after a day at school. I learnt to swim myself when I was three years old. My mum and dad were

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really passionate about getting all of us to be safe in the water – and I absolutely loved it! I didn’t get really good until I was 12, as before I just enjoyed being with my friends. I would always get told off for talking too much! ‘I started Becky’s Swim Stars because I wanted to inspire the next generation after London 2012, plus I was shocked by the statistics that over a million kids leave primary school unable to swim 25 metres. Everyone should learn, as it could help save your life, or someone else’s, one day. ‘Watching a child’s confidence grow after just a few weeks of lessons is so rewarding. It’s also very sociable for them. My Learn to Swim programme has six kids all of the same age in a class, so that they can develop together. They also learn about the importance of teamwork and helping one another.’ Becky’s vision is that all children in Britain should be able to swim 25 metres by the time they finish primary school. Visit beckyadlingtonsswimstars.com

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Do you give Magdalena and Zac pocket money? ‘They get £2.50 a week each. They’ve been getting it for five years – it started at 50p and has gone up by that amount every year.’


Can you see yourself forking out thousands of pounds for driving lessons and cars when they hit 17? ‘I’d like to help, but I’d prefer them to save for something that important, like I did. That feeling The star wants of independence her kids to save and the sense of for their future achievement was almost as exciting as getting my first car itself!’ Do your kids have bank accounts? ‘Yes, they’ve each got an account that I opened for them when they were five, but it’s for savings only – and not for drawing out of.’


Can they buy what they want? ‘Within reason. They get their pocket money on a Saturday morning, and I have a rule that any sweets bought with that must be finished on the same day.’

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Is it hard saying ‘no’ to teach them the value of money? ‘Not any more, plus they’re quite good at accepting it now. Instead we have a treat once a week, like a trip to their favourite ice cream parlour. They don’t push the boundaries and know they’ll be rewarded as a result.’


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What did you last buy them? ‘With a new school year about to begin, it’s never-ending! I’ve ordered their uniform and stationery, and have also bought new clothes, baking ingredients, books, sunblock, slime, slinkies and squishies. Kids certainly don’t come cheap!’ CS Sinitta’s autobiography, Who Put The Sin in Sinitta? and single, Shine With Pride, are out now

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GIVE YOUR KIDS RESPONSIBILITY ‘Two of my kids have an Osper card, which I put money on every month. Your kids can’t lose the cash, and as a parent you can download the app and see what they’re spending it on.’ EXPERT WARREN SHUTE SAYS ‘Sam has the right idea. You can automate payments directly onto an Osper card each month, which helps kids learn lessons they’ll use throughout their lives.’

BE UNIFORM SAVVY ‘I get the kids’ uniforms from Asda. When it comes to stationery, I shop at WHSmith. We don’t buy the most expensive – instead, I search for 3 for 2 offers when the sales are on.’ WARREN SAYS ‘Shop early for school uniform, as you don’t want to risk sizes running out of stock! Make sure you keep an eye out for deals like Sam, checking price comparison sites for the best offers.’

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LOOK AFTER THEIR SAVINGS ‘My kids have an account, which we put into every month. This is to help with money for investments like cars when they’re older. We’re thinking of putting money in to them until they’re 21, because I want them to use it for important things and not waste it.’ WARREN SAYS ‘Investing just £1 per day from your child’s birth until they reach 18 years old, then leaving the money invested until retirement at 68, would give a pension fund worth over £835,000 at 8% per annum growth!’

THINK OF THEIR FUTURE ‘My husband and I have updated our life insurance and are sorting our wills. When my dad died he didn’t have a will and just wrote something on a piece of paper. I wanted his guitar for sentimental reasons, but it was given to someone else as it wasn’t official.’ WARREN SAYS ‘Life insurance and legal wills are essential for parents. Wills are also used to nominate who would care for your children in the event of your death.’ CS Sam’s single, Bleed Red, is out now on all download sites

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Vanessa Lloyd Platt is the expert lawyer on This Morning and Good Morning Britain have included Anne Diamond, Les Dennis, Bridget Rowe, Fiona Wright and Dr Hilary Jones, as well as pop stars, models, sports personalities, presenters and actors. Where did it all start? Born and educated in London, Vanessa Lloyd Platt graduated from University College London with an LLB (Hons) in Law. She then completed her training in the legal profession, within a media-orientated practice in London. Opening her specialist matrimonial practice, Lloyd Platt & Co, back in 1992, Vanessa’s firm quickly became involved in several leading divorce and cohabitation cases. It continues today to campaign about family issues, including fathers’ rights and advocating

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SAMANTHA FAIERS The Mummy Diaries star enjoyed the Turks & Caicos Islands with baby Paul, two, and Rosie, nine months ‘Two months ago we visited the Beaches Turks & Caicos resort for 10 days. It was the perfect holiday with my family, and I loved having some down time with the children. Being family-friendly, the resort had a lot of activities available for the kids, which kept them super-busy! Baby Paul is also learning to swim, and there were loads of pools for him to use.’ Shop the latest women’s fashion online at Samantha’s website allbitslondon.com

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The actor and I’m a Celebrity runner-up, 43, went to the Canary Islands with kids Billy, 12, and Polly, seven ‘Back in April I took the kids on a week’s break to Tenerife. We stayed in the Hotel Botanico & The Oriental Spa Garden in Puerto de la Cruz, and when the holiday was up Billy and Polly didn’t want to leave! Besides chilling out, we also took trips to Loro Parque, one of Europe’s largest zoos, and Siam Park, a brilliant water park. Both places were amazing and we created some fantastic memories – the kids were begging me to take them there every day!’


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KIMBERLY WYATT The Pussycat Doll, 36, loves to holiday in the USA with her daughters, Willow, three, and Maple, one ‘We recently went back to my hometown in Missouri for a holiday. We’d been to Texas for a friend’s wedding, before spending the rest of our trip with my sister. We hung out and enjoyed lots of barbecues, drinking coffee and catching up until the early hours. My parents met Willow and Maple properly, and the kids spent their time

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AMY CHILDS The pregnant TV star, 28, headed to Italy for a break with daughter Polly, one ‘Recently Polly and I escaped for five days to the Amalfi coast with my family. We went for my cousin’s wedding and it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Polly loved swimming while we were away – we couldn’t get her out of the pool! As amazing as it was it was also quite

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ABBEY CLANCY APPEARS to have it all. Three adorable kids, a happy marriage to footballer Peter Crouch and an ever-rising career, from winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 to her most recent gig on Britain’s Next Top Model. Then there’s that figure, with a body most of us can only ever dream about! Just how does she juggle work with family – and will we see baby number four anytime soon? We Facetimed the star to find out… Abbey, you’ve launched the Catwalk Collection with My Babiie. How did you get involved? ‘I’ve toyed with the idea of designing baby equipment since I had Sophia. I’d seen the brand’s pushchairs around, and wanted to put my own spin on their designs.’ How involved were you in the process? ‘The team let me get really creative and I had a lot of fun with the designs, prints and materials. All the little details you see, like the Dalmatian print, were my idea. It really was an opportunity to make a pushchair that I wanted myself! I took inspiration from everything around me, from the clothes I like my kids to wear, to the wallpaper in my home.’ How’s life as a mum of three shaping up? ‘It’s full-on but great. I’m one of four myself, so I’m used to a busy house and hate it when it’s too quiet! It’s great watching the kids develop their own unique personalities as they grow up. Having said that, it’s hard work juggling three children at three different ages, which means you’re trying to do three different things at once!’ Your son Johnny was born in January. How is he getting on? ‘Johnny is such a chilled little guy, and manages to sleep through most of the night. It’s incredible, I’ve never had a crying baby, and I can’t believe how lucky I am.’

How’s Peter coping with being a dad to three? ‘He’s taken to it like a duck to water. There’s nothing he won’t do – he feeds them, changes nappies and helps around the house. I can’t fault him, he’s such a doting dad.’ Any plans for baby number four? ‘No. I have three healthy and happy children, and that’s definitely enough for me!’ Do you and Peter still have date nights? ‘We make plans at least once a week, even if it’s just watching a movie at home. There’s not too many nights out, but we did go to the Isle of Wight Festival as a special treat, which was a lot of fun.’

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What in your eyes makes a happy marriage? ‘We just get on and we don’t fight. We make each other laugh every day and don’t take ourselves too seriously. I think being friends, treating each other with respect, and being open and honest is vital.’

So what would you say is an advantage to having a husband who’s six foot seven? ‘We have cupboards that reach the ceiling, and when I need something out of one he’s definitely the man for the job!’ Are there any disadvantages? ‘I always look so short next to him! He has really long legs, too, which I’m jealous of.’ What advice would you give to other mums who have young kids? ‘Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because every child is different. Go with the flow and enjoy it – because before you know it your babies are growing up!’ CS Abbey Clancy’s Catwalk Collection of pushchair and nursery designs is available exclusively at mybabiie.com

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