HEALTH & WELLBEING

LIFESTYLE

No card. Again. It’s time for a card subscription.

I’m completely disorganised. I try not to be but I’m a work in progress. I remember a few weeks in advance that it’s someone’s birthday. This time I tell myself I WILL get that card sent on time, no, make that early. I’ll get that card bought, written and in the post way before it [read more]

Letterbox flowers | Bloom & Wild

I love having flowers in my house. It’s one of those little things in life that puts a smile on my face. So I was thrilled when a friend surprised me with some gorgeous flowers from Bloom & Wild. Delivered through my letterbox; the flowers arrived in pretty yet protective packaging with suggestions to keep my blooms looking [read more]

Feel good songs | What’s on your playlist?

Monday mornings; humdrum housework; dull drizzly days – they are all made infinitely better by music – well I think so.  I’m in a much happier mood after listening to some of my favourite feel good songs. My grumpiness lifts, things don’t seem so bad, I get an energy burst and feel more upbeat. So every [read more]

Amazon’s new super-quick delivery

I’m just about to head out for the evening when I realise there is only one nappy left in the house. It’s no secret that I’m disorganised but this is pretty slack parenting even for my standards! So, I considered my options – take a risk (you just can’t, the day you do some kind of freak poo storm [read more]

Why didn’t I know about freezing food – flat – in bags?

I’ve always loved my freezer but having a toddler has brought new meaning to the words ‘frozen ready meals’. Move over oven fish and chips (the husband’s meal of choice when he’s ‘cooking’ for himself) I need room for all that home-made Bolognese that I’ve cooked in bulk. Don’t applaud my domestic goddess-ness, it’s only [read more]

OUT & ABOUT

Kings Cross eating and drinking

After 150 years of industrial use, Kings Cross has undergone a huge redevelopment which has brought arts, culture, sporting facilities and big brand names to the area. There’s also now a plethora of places to eat and drink; making it a destination of choice for the foodie fanatic and cocktail connoisseur. So for this week’s Word of Mouth Wednesday [read more]

Review | Chappell & Caldwell Supper Club

Mother’s Day this year was going to be a quiet affair [given I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have a chickenpox ridden toddler] but I did have something extra special to look forward to – I was going to a supper club run by Chappell & Caldwell. Founded by St Albans resident, Ali Young, Chappell & Caldwell offers bespoke cookery lessons and private chef services [read more]

Meraki festival fun comes to St Albans

Meraki is an exciting new festival coming to Herts County Showground from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017. Promising to be a wonderful experience for the people of Hertfordshire; here’s a taster of what to expect… Music on the Main Stage with a line-up of major global acts and emerging artists. There will also be an alternative stage. If dancing [read more]

Gin tasting with Tomoka Spirits Boutique

Confession…I don’t really like gin but when an invite to a gin tasting appeared in my inbox, I thought let’s do this. The tasting was organised by the team at Tomoka Spirits Boutique. If you haven’t heard of them they specialise in fine spirits and champagne, which they sell from their St Albans shop in [read more]

A little bit of luxury at Pennyhill Park

Having turned the grand old age of 33, my husband finally listened to my hints and bought me a birthday present of a weekend at my favourite spa – Pennyhill Park. Swimming pool and hot tub? Tick! Quality time with the husband? Tick! No small child hanging onto my legs begging for my “bone” (phone in toddler [read more]

YOUR WORDS

Dear Mum who’s trying to do it all…

I am a huge fan of motivational and inspirational quotes. I use them in my teaching regularly. However, there are many I have come across since becoming a Mum that are far from inspiring; instead I find them limiting and patronising. Take this example. “Dear Mum who’s trying to do it all: STOP. You’re only [read more]

After a year of maternity leave I was ready to get back to work

In the blink of an eye my helpless newborn had grown into a cheeky and curious – almost walking – little monster. Who knew that a year of maternity leave could fly by so quickly? I’d really enjoyed it but as it came to an end I felt ready to return to work. Being a Mum is a funny old job. My little boy [read more]

When cows go boe – raising a bilingual baby

When people ask me about being a bilingual family, I often find that what I’m really answering questions about is biculturalism. In the ten years that I have known my husband, our different languages and culture have been one of the cornerstones of our relationship. So it was natural that we thought our child should also enjoy [read more]

It’s time for a personal MOT

I’m reviewing my to-do list. You know the one I mean – the one that’s partly jumbled in your head, partly scribbled in haste on the back of an old receipt and partly noted (in your best handwriting) on that spanking new list pad you purchased (when you had good intentions of getting your to-dos together in one place). [read more]

Who am I? And when did my days get so guilt-filled?

Anyone out there wondering who the heck they are these days?  Wife. Mum. Daughter. Friend. Employed grown-up person. The list goes on… In the blink of an eye you went from a happy-go-lucky university student who skipped through life enjoying crazy nights out at the Student Union for less than a tenner and somehow picking up a degree [read more]

WORD OF MOUTH

  • Books, podcasts, TV…

    Relax; make yourself comfortable; take some time out from the rush of life. Whether you prefer to read, listen or watch; I hope this blog post gives you some inspiration. All the books, podcasts and television programmes listed below have been recommended by our Women Aloud members. Enjoy. BOOKS Himself by Jess Kidd – 1950: A teenage girl is brutally murdered in a forest. But, somehow, her baby survives. 1976: A mysterious and charming young man returns to the remote coastal village of Mulderrig, seeking answers about the mother who, it was said, had abandoned him on the steps of a Dublin orphanage. With the help of [read more]
  • It was time for some hair care…

    I’d avoided the hairdressers for over a year. I’d become hairstyle-less. My hair was unwashed more than it was clean; some days it wouldn’t even get a brush. At the most my hair efforts involved a blast of the hairdryer; at the least…well, nothing! Enough was enough; my hair deserved some care so this week I visited Trinder Hair for a much needed cut and colour. Trinder is run by husband and wife team, Marc and Sophie Trinder, who have more than 20 years of hair styling and colouring experience between them. Previously part of the artistic team at Charles Worthington; stylists for London Fashion Week [read more]
  • Our recommendations: podcasts, mindfulness, tea and travel

    Despite the hot and sticky weather, we had a fantastic book club event this week. One of the things I love about our book club group is that we share what we’ve been up to and that usually means I come away with a couple of recommendations. So in today’s post, I’m going to spread the word (about books, food, drink, meditation, mindfulness, podcasts, travel) so you too might discover something new. Books The Wrong Knickers – written by Bryony Gordon, author of our June book club read, this book tells the tale of how she survived her adolescence by [read more]
  • The word on the St Albans street

    We’ve not had a Word of Mouth post for a while so here we go. This time I’m hitting you with food, hair, nails, homewares and an open air cinema – all on our St Albans doorstep. Food and drink St Villa has brought British European, contemporary fine dining to St Albans. Downstairs is sophisticated yet relaxed, with an open kitchen and space to eat or have a drink at the long marble bar. Upstairs there’s more formal dining and outside there is a large sun-trap of a terrace to enjoy a cocktail or dine al fresco. They have just launched their [read more]