Emily Andre says ‘We’re staying at home for half term – flights are so expensive’

Emily Andre has revealed that she's not taking her young family away for half term because it's "too expensive".

Writing in her weekly OK! column, the mum-of-two says that she be staying at home and taking her children Amelia and Theo to see their dad Peter Andre in Grease The Musical instead. Here, she also shares her thoughts on Monkeypox and opens about missing out on milestones with her kids. Sign up – for free! – to see what she has to say.

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As a fan of the royal family, I’m so excited about the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We’re going to a street party and we’re also going to see Superbloom at the Tower of London, which is a flower installation for the Jubilee in the moat. We’re taking the kids, but I’d say it’s mainly for me!

I have this whole week off work which is lovely, but we decided not to go away. As nice as it is going on holiday, it’s a lot of work with all the packing and washing, and flights are so expensive at the moment. It also means I can take the kids to the West End to see Pete in Grease – they’re so excited.

I recently took Millie and Theo to the New Forest with my mum in her new campervan. She’s kitted it out with everything so it’s like a five-star hotel!

She was cooking me salmon and I was sleeping in a king-size bed with a feather duvet. Talk about glamping! The kids loved it and we had lots of barbecues and long walks. I was really appreciating how beautiful everything was around me.

I’m off to pastures new and it’s time to say goodbye to my OK! column… for now! I have loved writing it every week and I want to say thank you to the readers. I remember where I was sitting when I did my first ever column and Theo was just a newborn, so it’s crazy to think he’s five now!

I’ve got lots coming up this year, I’m really enjoying my jobs and the kids are all in a really good place, which is really nice to see. Going forward I’ll also be writing another children’s book too, as well as a few other projects so watch this space!

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Missing Milestones Is Hard

Georgia Kousoulou broke down in tears on her reality show as she missed her son Brody crawling for the first time while she was away for work. It’s really hard when that happens as a mum.

You can be there every minute of the day and then you go somewhere for a short period of time and end up missing something important.

I missed Millie crawling, too. It was my first day back at uni after having her and I was devastated.

Millie is eight now and in the long run, these things don’t matter. It’s much more important that you’re there for them throughout their life.

You think they need you more when they’re a baby, but I feel they need you more the older they get.

Georgia shouldn’t feel disheartened as she’s going to have plenty of opportunities to be there for other firsts and see all of the amazing things her son does.

Dont Panic

The number of Monkeypox infections has been increasing in the UK, which has led to many people becoming worried about the infection.

Usually, the virus doesn’t spread easily between people, but it can be spread through close contact with an infected person or contact with items they have used, such as towels or bedding.

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While any outbreak is concerning, it’s important to remember the risk to the UK population is low.

Monkeypox is generally a mild illness that gets better within a few weeks, and symptoms include a high temperature, headache, muscle aches or swollen glands. A few days into the illness a rash can appear.

The advice is to be aware of any unusual rashes or lesions and seek advice if you are concerned you might have symptoms of Monkeypox.

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