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Isn’t this a gorgeous piece? After pop princess Kylie announced that she’s more likely to be a step-mother than a mother now, we asked Cath to share her step-situation with us. Cath is step-mum to four lovely children but doesn’t have any biological children of her own, so I like to tell her she’s basically Wales’s answer to Kylie.

The piece is a celebration of step-families, blended families, happy families – all the wonderful ways we make our families. Thank you to Cath for sharing! Out now in Bella.

So, so proud of Kathleen! Such an honour to get to write about amazing women every day. Do I have the best job in the world, or what?! Kathleen and her mum Denise invited me into their world and let me champion their lives. Now more than ever, we need to show society that Down’s syndrome is nothing to be feared. Down’s syndrome is to be celebrated. Quick, before NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) causes a dramatic decrease in the number of people born with Down’s syndrome. As Kathleen will tell you, her life rocks.

 

Please buy Best Magazine this week to read all about Kathleen. She’s going places!

The gorgeous Sarah and Dave can teach us all a thing or two about living, while they live in the shadow of death. Dave has been battling worsening cystic fibrosis his entire life and never thought he’d experience love, marriage and family. But Sarah is by his side as his wife and carer and together they make every day special.

A beautiful, poignant love story just in time for Valentine’s Day, out now in Woman.

Support their gofundme campaign for Dave’s bucket list here.

I couldn’t reasonably hope for others to allow me to write about them if I wasn’t happy to write about myself! Luckily I love writing about myself…For Valentine’s Day this year, I wrote a piece for Best magazine about my love of rom coms and how I came to realise that true life is nothing like the movies. Working with neurologist Dr Nour, author of the super new book True Love, I looked at how most Hollywood fairytales stop at stage two of the four stages of love, so it’s futile to compare their ‘happily ever afters’ to the reality of our actual lives. But in reaching stage four – true love – I have discovered a more authentic, interesting, inspiring and real love. Yay! Thanks hubby!

You can catch us in Best now and buy Dr Nour’s book here. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Becky was an absolute dream to interview, such fun and an open, honest, wonderful person. She’s in the current series of the Undateables on Channel 4 and we placed her story in Reveal magazine to coincide with the series.

Becky has severe scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and spent many years feeling low in confidence, not helped by a series of awful dates with men who couldn’t cope with the fact Becky needs a wheelchair or crutch to assist her. But her journey through the Undateables has boosted her confidence and helped Becky see just what a fox she is.

Here’s hoping she finds the love story she so truly deserves in the near future. Catch her episode on All 4 now!

Extra big story this week – three pages in Best Magazine. Absolutely love all these champs, writing open letters to their future selves. I love this style of writing, it’s so powerful. We have Claire, advising herself on life after her three eldest sons flew the nest… Tracey, discovering what truly matters in life after fighting cancer (and celebrating the news of a new baby on the way – whoop!) and Lou, a divorcee looking forward to new beginnings in 2018.

Thank you all for working with me and here’s to a wonderful new year x

I would say it seems odd to think about Christmas while sipping on cocktails and topping up our tans, but let’s face it, summer’s a washout. It’s been raining for weeks… but, nevertheless it is sort of nearly Christmas, at least in mag land. In August, we start thinking about our Christmas ideas. By Christmas, we’re over at Mother’s Day.

Christmas stories…We are looking for any stories around the Christmas theme. Perhaps this will be your first Christmas with a long lost family member or your first Christmas since someone you love passed away. It might be your first Christmas alone, or maybe you love spending Christmas alone, or abroad, or both! Maybe you’ve lost weight since last Christmas or stuck to your new year resolutions in 2017. ANYTHING festive, get in touch today!

Ah… sun, sea, sangrias and husbands! Here we have the beachside meetings of Francesca and Rich and Laura and Gav, both couples met on holiday, came home and made it last. I love the moment when Laura met Gav in Ibiza and told him she was looking to meet the One, to which he retorted, well, you won’t find him in Ibiza. Turns out, she was talking to the One right there!

I do love summer’s excuse to write happy, feel good stories like this. Huge thank you to our couples for taking part. Out in this week’s Bella.

If you have a summery love story you’d like to share, get in touch today!

And found! Here’s the story of beautiful Bethany, a young lady looking for love on Channel 4’s Undateables. While her TV dates didn’t work out, a chap called Tom was watching and took a shine to our Beth. Through mutual contacts he got in touch and the rest, as they say, is history! Tom and Beth have been together over a year now and are madly in love. He tells her she’s beautiful every day, which is just what Bethany needed to hear.

Huge thanks to Bethany’s mum Bekki for sharing their lovely story with me.

To find out more about Down’s syndrome and get support from other parents in the community, visit the Future of Down’s website.

Out in Take a Break this week!

While there’s no doubt Pippa Middleton looked beautiful on her wedding day, the reported one million pounds she spent on it seems rather indulgent to us… That kind of money could go a long way for a lot of people! Oh how the other half live…

In Reveal this week, Steff shares the story of her wedding, which was beautiful, charming, romantic, detailed, vintage, thoughtful and under £1000. Steff’s story perfectly illustrates how, with a bit of style and know-how, you can have a wonderful wedding day without going OTT.

Did you spend ludicrous amounts on your wedding? Do you regret it now? Or maybe you, like Steff, had a canny wedding day for a bargain price? We’d love to hear your wedding stories – get in touch today!