Posts Tagged: Holidays

13 February


I remember my worst haircut ever…

Hi everyone,


Hope you are having a lovely week, despite the grey and rainy weather!


Ben and I took Aoife to a sing-a-long of Disney’s Frozen a few days ago. The atmosphere was great as all the kids sang along. Even the adults joined in – I think they might have been even more into it than the children!


Aoife enjoyed it for about 10 minutes, then decided to get up from her seat and run around. It was the first time we had ever taken her to the cinema, but I’ve realised now she’s still a bit too young. I was a bit disappointed we had to leave early as the film looked really good, so Ben and I are going to go and see it if we can.


I really love the new hairstyle Amanda Holden debuted at Britain’s Got Talent, it looks great. I like to leave my hair down generally, although I like a chic updo for the red carpet. When I’m around the house, I prefer a messy bun – it’s so easy to do and it keeps my hair out of my face.


I remember at the beginning of the Saturdays, I had my worst haircut ever. The hairdresser at the time convinced me to cut a fringe in, and I hated it! I tried to hide it by parting it in the centre, but that only made it worse because then it looked like I had curtains. It was awful. So for our very first music video, If This is Love, I had dead straight hair with curtains. Luckily nowadays I can laugh about it, but I definitely won’t be repeating that style again.


I love to use Kérastase products in my hair, as my locks go through a lot of stress. I leave their products in my hair overnight, about once a week, and I also use their shampoo. It’s great because my hair is coloured, so it helps lock in the shine.


When I was younger, I dyed my hair all the time. I’ve been blonde, dark brown, black. I’ve even had blonde highlights, but they were hard to maintain because my natural hair colour is mahogany brown, so they needed a lot of upkeep. I love the colour I have now, it’s becoming my signature look.


Aoife’s hair is amazingly silky and thick. I play with it all the time, doing different styles such as pigtails, buns and ponytails. I have to put her in front of the television to get her to sit still though, otherwise she gets distracted starts moving around a lot.


Speak soon,
Love from Una xxx

26 July


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!



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.




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!




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.




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.




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


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.




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.




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.




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!




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.




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

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