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Hello cutie! Here’s little Neave to touch your heart this Christmas! She gave her family a surprise last year but she’s doing great now and this year promises to be a bit less dramatic for the Baldwin family.

A lovely story celebrating Down’s syndrome and the joy it brings. Out now in Bella.

The gorgeous and oh so stylish Suzi, 69, shares her top tips for a stylish wardrobe on every budget, in this week’s My Weekly magazine.

I loved writing about Suzi. Her personality was as colourful as her outfits and she was such fun. She made me look at my go-to outfit of jeans and a top with raised eyebrows! Perhaps it is time to branch out…

Check out Suzi in My Weekly now, or follow her on Instagram here.

I absolutely loved working with Kristina on this feature. She had an idea to create an advent calendar with a charity twist – behind every door is a 50p contribution to a charity. The premise supports 24 incredible charities, all carefully selected by Kristina and covering good causes in various areas, from children in need to animals in need and everything in between. It is such a lovely idea and this year, she’s already reached £150k raised.

What an achievement – the calendars are stocked on Advent Of Change and also in John Lewis and Waitrose. So much better than chocolate!

You can read Kristina’s feature in Notebook here.

Love, love, LOVE this story! Absolutely love writing about women who have been on a journey to find peace with themselves. Women who have self-confidence, self-acceptance and happiness, much deserved. These are the kind of stories I want to read when I open a magazine and it is my great honour to help make them happen! Read all about Rachel, Nadine and Zoe in the new issue of Woman’s Own, out now.

If only there were just tantrums… poor Grace was dismissed by GPs as going through a ‘tantrum phase’. Sadly, what her change of behaviour actually revealed was the utterly devastating Batten’s disease. Mum Izabela shares her story in Bella magazine this week. It’s heartbreaking, but if her drug trial starts soon they hope to ward off and delay the onset of the debilitating symptoms.

For more about Batten’s visit the BDFA 

Another great resource is the website owned and run by the Rich family – The Nicole and Jessica Rich Foundation

I have written about the Rich family before and they are incredible. For support and information if you have just entered the Batten’s world, Gail is a fountain of knowledge.

Izabela’s story is out in Bella now.

What happened to Natalie is unfathomable. You may have read about her in the papers back on that fateful day and in the weeks and months that followed. We were a nation unable to believe her own partner, the father of her unborn child, could have done what he did.
But, he did. And that’s something Natalie had to come to terms with and move on from. In her incredible book, Still Standing, she goes into more detail about the relationship, the attack and what happened next. It’s written with raw honesty and I highly recommend it.

Natalie is a powerhouse – since recovering from her injuries she has become something of a Wonder Woman, taking part in all sorts of challenges and adventures to raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance.

Here she is in Closer magazine, out today.

Awwwww I love this family! Beautiful Maria and her beautiful children. Maria suffers from endometriosis and could not conceive again after the birth of her first child, Eleanor. She longed for a big, loud, happy family… Years went by and she booked in for a hysterectomy, ready to admit that it was not to be.

But then… along came Joseph. Joe has Down’s syndrome and in a stroke of fluke, luck and joy, so does his little sister – another surprise baby for the parents who thought they could not conceive!
Happy Families – just look at those smiles. Out now in Bella.

This is a story of love, loss, hope and the happiest of endings in the wake of the saddest of times. Angeleen is an absolute delight. She knew that she and Chris would make perfect parents. After a brain tumour cruelly took his life too soon, she decided to have IVF with his sperm, creating two beautiful children.

The story was in the Mirror yesterday – read it online here. 

Ah, isn’t this gorgeous? Four daughters and one son who were adopted write open letters of thanks and adoration to the mums who adopted them and helped shape their lives for the better. I love adoption – it is not easy but it is incredible and these five families are testament to the rewards.

Out now in Take A Break.

Here’s a story to make you smile… it’s Little Miss Sunshine, a real life yellow wearing, sunshine loving smiler, Ella. It all began at Ella’s wedding, where she wore touches of yellow to pay tribute to her late dad, who loved the colour. Now, yellow is Ella’s whole life and she wears it well!

You can follow Ella’s journeys around the sun on Insta here. Out now in Best.