Laura Davidson, travel editor, columnist and journalist, is mum to three-year-old Hannah and 18-month-old Lucy.

Juggling work with a turbo-charged toddler and an energetic pre-schooler isn’t always easy but she’s still determined to look more yummy mummy than slummy mummy. Here’s how she’s been getting on this month…

Ever felt distinctly inadequate? Then I hope you didn’t make the mistake, like me, of tuning in to see the Olympic female snowboarders. Bloody hell, these women are goddesses. Not only are they the very image of fitness and health, they perform gravity-defying stunts on the slopes and make it look as simple as nipping to the shops for a loaf of bread and pint of milk.

But that’s not the worst bit.

After kicking ass on the slopes (and managing to look slim and trim in the baggy gear to boot), they’d haul off visors and helmets to reveal Jennifer Aniston hair and Angelina Jolie lips breaking into a Colgate smile.

Fit, talented and gorgeous. Not exactly what you want to see when you’re bleary-eyed in bed of a Sunday morning with hair that was last washed three days ago and an energetic toddler bouncing up and down on your less-than-toned mum tum. It did get me thinking though. All that exercise and training doesn’t automatically make the snowboarding goddesses gorgeous … but it really doesn’t hurt. At the moment I struggle to make it to one measly exercise class a week, but you know what? Even though I don’t look like the snowboarding babes when I leave the aerobics studio, a little part of me feels like one.

All those feel-good endorphins released by exercise undoubtedly boost your mood. So it’s time to get back on the horse and commit a little more time to exercise. Commit a little more time to me. Before I had my girls, I did six classes at the gym every week and saw a personal trainer twice as well. I was never a size 10, but I felt amazing. It’s time to try and see if fit Laura is still inside me somewhere.

As I embark on my new regime, I’ve also been boosting my mood with a few little beauty treats.

Jo Malone’s Lime Basil and Mandarin Shampoo (£16 for 250mls) and Conditioner (£18 for 250mls), both is a treat for the senses as well as your crowning glory. The shampoo works up a great lather and the conditioner lightly moisturises. While the formula is probably best suited to non-colour-treated hair (I prefer a slightly richer conditioner for my highlighted hair), it’s good for occasional use. And that’s exactly where I see it fitting in – whenever you want to layer your favourite scent for a night out. The fragrance is long-lasting and to die for.

Forever on the search for the magic potion that will halt time ahead of my 40th birthday in a few months’ time, this month I’m loving Aveda’s Green Science Face Firming Creme (£45 for 50mls,

With organic argan oil to help restore the skin’s moisture barrier and organic cactus which boosts natural collagen production, I’m noticing my skin feels more toned and the fine lines on my forehead reduced. One of the things I liked best was the richness of the cream – it feels truly nourishing on the skin without the need for a separate serum underneath.

Another area I’m paying more attention to as my big birthday approaches is my teeth. I went for a whitening treatment last year with my dentist and loved the results, but with the amount of coffee I get through in a day looking after two tiny terrors, I think I could probably do with a top-up. As a stop-gap, I’ve been loving the effects of Darphin’s toothpaste, Denblan (£13 for 75mls,

It not only gives great protection against cavities, it also brightens and whitens teeth and the zingy mint flavour is really fresh. Love it.

For nails, I’ve been giving my favourite polish a wintery makeover with Illamasqua’s nail varnish in Blizzard. Speckled with gorgeous flecks of white and silver glitter, I love using it as a top coat over deep dark reds and rich taupes to add an extra dimension. If you’re pushed for time though, it looks fantastic on its own. Go on, unleash your inner Ice Queen – this is one snowstorm that you’ll love.

Priced £14.50 from

Finally, new(ish) from Clinique is Calyx, a fragrance that may be familiar to some. I missed this one when it was introduced first time around in 1986. I was 12 back then and think the most sophisticated scent I’d been introduced to at that point was Le Jardin (remember that?!). Anyway, Calyx has been ‘rediscovered’ by those clever bods in white Clinique coats and it’s a relaunch worth getting in on.

It’s a fruity floral concoction, but with definite citrus notes coming from steely grapefruit that I reckon will make it a big summer favourite. Try some next time you’re passing a Clinique counter – you’ll love it.

Priced £46 for 50mls and £66 for 100mls from from February 28.