July, 2013

31 July
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Prince George and post-pregnancy dieting

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week. The Sats were shooting the video for the new single Disco Love last week which was lots of fun. I’ve got a couple of exclusive photos to share with you next time to give you a sneak peek of what’s in store.

Ben and I watched the live coverage of when Prince George was introduced to the world – we were really wrapped up in the whole thing and got quite excited! Of course we were over the moon for William and Kate, who are such a gorgeous couple, when we heard the happy news of the safe arrival of their little boy. It seems that people not just from the UK but from all over the world enjoyed hearing that they’d had a baby.

 

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Being in the public eye I’ve come to expect people to disagree with me and my views and I accept that I will never please everyone. For example, a few people said that I’d turned my back on the Irish by getting excited about the birth of George. That really isn’t the case at all. I’m so proud to be Irish and i’m very patriotic but that doesn’t stop me from celebrating their baby being born – I think it was the same for lots of people worldwide.

I’m sure Kate and William are having a great time getting to know baby George. I didn’t feel under any pressure to ping back into shape when I had Aoife. It takes a few weeks for the body to get back to normal. Your tummy is still swollen because your uterus hasn’t contracted yet and there’s no amount of dieting that will change that. It’s a very natural process.

After I gave birth to my little girl, I wanted to get back into shape quite quickly but also safely and I think that would have been the same regardless of whether I was a member of the Saturdays. I actually followed a diet for about six weeks which involved having really freshly prepared food sent to me. It wasn’t a weight loss plan – it just involved lots of healthy, nourishing food that was perfect for me as a busy new mum. The food deliveries made mealtimes very convenient – they sent three meals a day and two snacks. It wasn’t a case of going hungry at all – I’m a big eater so it’s important to me to eat well and sensibly.

 

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Like many women, my weight tends to fluctuate. Even since I was about 16 years old, I’ve weighed around eight and a half stone – sometimes three or four pounds more or less. I’m lucky in that that is my natural weight and I don’t have to diet to maintain it. Often if I’m very busy, my eating patterns slip and I tend to lose a few pounds – people tend to comment and it’s quite noticeable.

While I was on holiday, I put on about half a stone but I’m not too bothered about that. A holiday isn’t a holiday to me if I’m counting calories and worrying about my weight. Ben is watching what he eats at the moment because he’s started pre-season training so that suits me quite well because we’re both eating lots of protein and going easy on the carbs so I’ll lose those extra holiday pounds soon.

Thanks for reading – I’m really enjoying reading your comments on the blog and your tweets.

Speak to you soon.

Love from Una xxx

26 July
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Aoife Belle’s first summer holiday photo album

Hi lovely readers,

Thanks for checking out my blog. I’ve got some really cute photos of Aoife on her first summer holiday in Portugal. It was the first time we’ve ever had a proper family holiday because it’s so tricky with our work schedules to find a couple of spare weeks that coincide!

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The place we stayed, the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, was perfect for us as a young family. Everyone there had children – from tiny tots to teenagers. When you think of family resorts you imagine lots of excitable, screaming children but it wasn’t like that at all – they made sure it was fun for the adults too! There’s a great creche there too if you need it.

 

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There were three fine dining restaurants and because it’s right on the coast, the seafood was incredibly fresh. We splashed out on the most beautiful lobster on the first night – lobster is one of my favourites and it always feels like such a treat – so we kicked off our holiday in style!

 

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We enjoyed lots of family meals and the hotel made sure kids were well looked after with a really yummy children’s and babies’ menu. There was also a play area right by the restaurant which was a really good idea.

 

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Aoife’s Water Babies classes have really paid off. She’s got no fear at all when it comes to water and loves splashing about. She made lots of friends too with children her age and some older ones too. It was fun to see them all interacting and they really doted on her.

 

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When Rochelle came over with Alaia there was such a contrast between her tiny sleeping baby daughter and my very active Aoife! They were both gorgeous though in their cute little swimming costumes in the sunshine.

But it’s back to work now. The Sats have got a few festivals coming up from now until autumn – the V Festival, Fusion Festival and the SD2 Festival – plus a few shows too.

Hope to see some of you there!

Enjoy your weekend.

Love Una xxx

24 July
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Welcome to the world Prince George!

Hi everyone,

Ben and I are so thrilled for William and Kate’s new arrival. A little baby boy – welcome to the world Prince George! I hope they’re enjoying some downtime and peace to get to know their baby. Those first few days are so precious.

I’ve been dying to tell you about our amazing holiday in Portugal. We went a hotel called Martinhal Beach Hotel and Resort which is in Sagres, at the furthest south western point of the Algarve. As you can probably imagine it was absolutely gorgeous.

 

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It’s really child-friendly – literally everyone there has children – but they’d done it really well and that didn’t ruin the magic of the place at all. You still felt like you were having a romantic, luxurious experience. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting for a family-friendly holiday while still feeling indulged and pampered. Of course you want to spend as much time as possible with your children while you’re on holiday but there’s a brilliant crèche if you need it.

 

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We were there for about ten days and spent most of it chilling by the pool and on the beach. Ben and I did a spot of paddle boarding in the sea. The first time we did it I did really well but on the second occasion the currents had really picked up and the tide was going out quickly.

 

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I’m a really strong swimmer but I just couldn’t get myself back into the shore – it was like taking one step forward and two steps back. It was a bit scary for a couple of minutes but I had a life jacket on so I was safe. Ben was great and started to tow me in and then the hotel speedboat came to our rescue!

 

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Ben, Aoife and I saw Rochelle, Marvin and Alaia while we were out there too. They were on holiday in the Algarve too. They were in Quinta do Lago which was about an hour and a half from our hotel. The Algarve is a golfer’s paradise so Ben and Marvin were kept entertained!

Our husbands teamed up together and played against some of Marvin’s friends and they were very proud to win. While they were out on the golf course Rochelle and I had a girly catch up by the pool with Aoife and Alaia. Once the boys were back we went out for a really delicious dinner together.

 

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We flew back to the UK and headed straight up to Cheshire to a wedding. It was one of Ben’s best friends who was tying the knot and Ben was best man. He made a great speech and it was a fantastic weekend.

It was good to be back to work on Monday. It’s always tough after a relaxing break but it’s always great to see the girls again and catch up. We’d all been away so there was lots of chatting to do and of course some work to crack on with as well.

I’ve got some more photos to share with you from our album ‘Aoife’s first summer holiday’ next time.

Speak soon.

Love from Una xxxxx

22 July
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We’re so swept up in royal baby fever!

Hi everyone,

We’ve come back from our lovely holiday in Portugal to gorgeous sunny weather and royal baby fever!

We’re all so swept up in it and excitement is at an all-time high which is lovely to see. I keep checking the news to see if the little Prince or Princess is here yet – it’s like a relative having a baby!

I’ve got no real inkling as to whether it’s a boy or girl. In terms of names, I think they’ll go for something very traditional. Alexandra seems to be a favourite but I don’t think they’ll go for that. Maybe Victoria if it’s a girl. It’s got to be a name that’s in keeping with protocols.

 

Can’t wait to share more holiday photos with you all next time!

 

I met both William and Kate at Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s wedding in Edinburgh in 2011. They’d just got married so it was a really exciting time for them. They were great and they fitted in brilliantly, Zara is obviously very down to earth and they were just glad to be there and enjoying the celebrations. Charles and the Queen were there too – I was very star struck that day!

I’ve got lots of memories of my experience of childbirth. We made sure to get lots of photographs of the whole thing so that the memories will never fade. I think it’s a great way to document things. We did the same for our wedding.

I saw the amount of paparazzi camped out the Lindo Wing waiting to get that first picture of the baby. Obviously my experience was very mild compared to that but I do remember being followed around for a while before and after having Aoife.

The photographers hung around my house desperate to get that first photo. We live in a really rural community and my neighbours are all very protective so they were shooing them off if they tried to come up the drive. I eventually ventured out of the house after about two week to go for a walk with my mum and remember them being there.

If the baby’s born today he or she will share their birthday with Ben. I’m not a big believer in star signs because Ben is a Cancerian and I’m a Libra and apparently we’re not compatible at all!  I’m not a typical Libra at all but Ben fits the traits of his star sign a lot better than I do. They’re quite homely and nurturing and he definitely fits that.

The Sats have got a busy day back at work today, we’re getting prepared to shoot our next video later this week. It’s a really fun one with three outfit changes so we’ve got lots of fittings. I’ll be keeping an eye on the news to see when William and Kate’s baby arrives!

Can’t wait to show you all our holiday photos from Portugal.

Speak soon.

Love from Una xxxx

17 July
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More anniversary celebrations at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all having fun in the sun. Our holiday is coming to an end now – it’s been amazing, I can’t wait to share some photos with you all next week.

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Before we went away, Ben took me to Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant in Bray, Berkshire. It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was such a unique evening, if you ever get the chance to go, you absolutely must.

 

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The Fat Duck is nothing like a regular restaurant – it’s more like a show. The quirky staff are like entertainers and they come and explain what you’re about to eat. They take you on a journey – they said ‘now you’re at sea’ and handed us a shells with iPods in them so we listened to the sound of the waves and then we were presented with fantastic fish dishes.

 

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The presentation was just out of this world. Not only is it a real taste sensation but they try to tap into your other senses too. You think you’re eating one thing – like an egg – and your brain is totally prepared to eat egg and then it turned out to be something completely different. Once I’d cracked into it, the egg actually turned out to be chocolate!

 

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The whole evening was just amazing, so memorable and a real treat too. We wanted to celebrate our first anniversary in style and we did exactly that!

Speak to you soon.

Love from Una xxx

16 July
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Ben and I were thrilled to win All Star Mr and Mrs!

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post because we’re on holiday at the moment. Ben, Aoife and I are away soaking up the sun and having a really relaxing break.

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While we’ve been away, Mr and Mrs All Star was on. I’m really happy to say that Ben and I won and that we were able to donate £20,000 to The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre. The cause is very close to our hearts as the parents of little Aoife.

 

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It was lots of fun to take part in. I was a bit worried initially that couples that had been together longer than us would know more about each other but it turns out that Ben and I know each other pretty well after all!

 

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All of the band have got a couple of weeks off at the moment. We’ve got a group chat on Whatsapp so we stay in touch while we’re apart.

 

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We’re shooting a video when we get back to work so we’re never totally switched off, we’ve always got to be in touch with home.

We get back on Wednesday and we’re going up to Cheshire for a wedding where Ben is going to be best man.

Can’t wait to tell you more about our holiday once I’m back!

Speak soon.

Love Una xx

09 July
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Frankie did a fantastic job performing in the heat at Hyde Park

Hi everyone,

Summer is finally here! Hope you’re enjoying this amazing weather we’ve been having.

The Sats performed in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday night for The Rays of Sunshine concert. It’s such a beautiful venue and really fantastic cause.

 

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The next day we played Hyde Park which was also brilliant – a real contrast to the night before in terms of the venue – but we loved every minute of both performances.

They were both two places on my ‘Venues I’d like to play’ bucket list so to have ticked two off in one weekend is pretty cool. The Rolling Stones had played Hyde Park the night before us so that made it feel very special.

 

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I have to hand it to Frankie, she did such a fantastic job performing in the heat at the weekend. It was boiling, I’ve never been that hot on stage and I remember what it’s like to be pregnant in the heat – you feel about ten degrees hotter than anyone else. She’s about six months pregnant now and I kept looking across thinking ‘How is she doing this?’ But of course she did a great job of it.

 

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Sunday’s gig was part of the ‘Barclaycard British Summertime’ and Sunday was the family day so it was the perfect time for Rochelle and I to bring our babies along. Ben couldn’t make it so our nanny Ruth came along and watched with Aoife from the side of the stage and Marvin was there with Alaia too.

 

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Aoife is beginning to understand more and more about what her mummy is doing up there and I waved over a couple of times to get her attention. Our manager Peter said I looked like the proudest mum in the world looking back at her. I thought to myself ‘How cool is this that I’m singing on stage at Hyde Park and my little girl is watching me’. It was a really great moment.

 

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Mollie told me something really funny that Aoife did yesterday that I thought I’d share with you… There’s lots of different acts over the summer playing in Hyde Park and there was a brochure lying round with a picture of J Lo on it because she’s playing there next weekend and she pointed to J Lo and said ‘Mama’. I thought ‘I’ll take that one’. It was probably just the hair or something but I thought I’d enjoy it anyway – that’s my girl!

 

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Wimbledon was on in our dressing rooms on Sunday so we caught some of Andy Murray battling his way to victory. We were all so happy for him to win, he really deserved that. Mollie actually started crying with happiness! She saw Judy, Andy’s mum, crying and it started her off. It was really sweet.

So after a manic couple of weeks I’m off on holiday to Portugal with Ben and Aoife. I’m so looking forward to being away with my family and switching off for a while. It’ll be lovely to unwind.

Speak to you all soon.

Love Una xxx

04 July
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Behind the scenes on our ‘Gentleman’ promo week

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having a great week.

It’s been a crazy week with the band as we promote our new single Gentleman. You might have seen the Sats on Lorraine and This Morning over the last week. We’ve been at MTV and Kiss FM for interviews and we’ve done a Google hangout too. I’ve got some photos to share with you from behind the scenes.

 

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On the set of ‘This Morning’

 

Coming up this weekend we’ve got a gig for the Rays of Sunshine charity, who we do quite a lot of work with, at the Royal Albert Hall. On Sunday we’ll be performing in Hyde Park – JLS and The Beach Boys will be there too so we’re all very excited about that.

 

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Vanessa and I ready to rumble!

 

We had a 4am start ahead of Lorraine but luckily we’re really used to irregular schedules, late nights and early starts and of course we have our glam squad, Nick and Celena, on hand to make sure we’re looking our best.

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When I’ve got lots of appearances coming up I try to get to bed before 12 but early nights don’t come naturally to me at all. Even though I’ve got a baby, I’m not used to early starts at all. Aoife goes to bed at around 9pm and wakes up about 12 hours later which is bliss for Ben and I as parents.

 

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It’s great to have Rochelle back

 

She’s just like me – not an early riser at all! Failing the early night, I have a couple of strong coffees and make sure I eat healthily so that I can keep going.

 

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We were at MTV and Kiss FM

 

I always make sure to do my vocal warm-ups so that I don’t strain my voice. Your vocal chords are a muscle so it’s important that you work on them. I’m always training them by singing when I’m at home or just doing normal things.

 

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In the middle of all our promo work, The Sats had lunch with a couple of lovely competition winners at the Soho Hotel. The fans were really relaxed and we all chatted away like you normally would at a girly lunch.

Must get back to rehearsals now – I’ll let you know how the weekend goes.

Love Una xxxx

03 July
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A year into our marriage, Ben is more romantic than ever

Hello everyone,

Hope you’re all well.

The Sats have got a really hectic schedule at the moment because we’re promoting our new single Gentleman but Ben and I managed to get away for a romantic night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

We didn’t want to go too far from home so we had a night at a lovely hotel in Buckinghamshire. We carried on the celebrations at home on Sunday (our actual anniversary) and had a family barbecue. Of course we wanted Aoife to be part of our celebrations too!

 

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Ben and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last weekend

 

It was our paper anniversary so I wrote Ben a letter. He handed me the paid hotel bill and said “That’s my treat”!

My parents, who have been married for nearly 37 years, are a real inspiration to me. I hugely admire their relationship. They’re barely ever apart because they work together. My dad is a GP and my mum is a nurse so they’re together all day every day.

The longest time they’ve ever been apart was when my mum came out to LA with me for three months to help out while we were filming Chasing The Sats. I felt really sorry for them because you could tell they missed each other like mad but they’re back together now.

 

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They met when they were students in Galway and they’ve owned and run the practice together for most of their working lives. They are really old school and their systems are really cute and quaint.

They’ve got so many patients that have been in their care for a long time and they say they wouldn’t want to go anywhere else. My dad is close to retirement age now but he has said he never wants to give up.

 

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Aoife enjoying the sunny weather

 

Can’t wait to tell you more about my busy week with the band in my next blog post – thanks for reading!

Love from Una xxx

 

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