7 reasons why you should give meal planning a go

Meal planning…the simple act of taking some time to plan for your weekly meals and yes, this can include going out for dinner or ordering a take-away! There are many benefits to meal planning and in this blog Claire Gillies, Founder of Delicious and Real shares with us the reasons why she loves meal planning. [read more]

And still I rise. Paintings of survival.

I am Kat, and I am shyly stepping out of the shadows to call myself an artist, rather than just somebody who makes art!  I recently completed a series of 85 paintings of glorious women who have survived; who have used the broken pieces of their lives to build a bridge and walk with power. [read more]

Ask yourself…do I have too many?

Today Tracy Ross from Blissfully Organised is on hand to help us cull the clutter. Tracy is passionate about helping people to organise their homes and in this blog post she’s giving us her top tips to declutter some of our most common household items. Do I have too many…mugs? How’s your mug cupboard looking? Perfectly [read more]

Have I done enough? No, I have not done enough.

I’ve rewritten this blog post countless times as I try to find the right words to say and then it hit me!  I’m pretty much free to write what I want and say what I want (with very little fear of recrimination). Meanwhile the words, the voices, the real-life experiences of black people are being [read more]

Hobbies, classes and activities (St Albans)

Confession alert…I don’t really have a hobby.  Aside from reading, writing and wellbeing; my interests largely revolve around food, drink and socialising!  I just don’t seem to have found my ‘thing’ yet.  Lack of time, lack of passion, lack of skill or just too many excuses!  I’m sure you are all busy bees filling your time…but, [read more]

Stop before you shop

There is more to simplifying your home than just decluttering and better organisation. It’s also important to avoid the build-up of clutter by being more aware of your purchasing behaviour and what new items you bring into your home. To help you with this, Tracy from Blissfully Organised is going to share some of her [read more]

Are you feeling anxious?

We have as many as 50,000 thoughts a day, 80% of those are negative and 98% are repetitive [National Science Foundation]. Judging by the statistic above, it’s no wonder there are so many of us with anxiety! I suffered with anxiety for many years. Now I help people to overcome anxiety and issues of low [read more]

When it comes to fashion, it has to work for you

Today we’re talking fashion and styling with Nina from Edits Styling. After having her children, Nina decided that travelling and working long hours wasn’t what she wanted to do anymore, so she set up her own business as a personal stylist and image consultant. In the latest of our ‘sharing your story‘ blogs, Nina talks [read more]

When did your bedroom last see some action?!

Whoa, calm those minds of yours, I’m talking about decluttering action! When was the last time you gave your bedroom some serious sorting attention? If, like me, your bedroom has become a dumping ground for kids toys, clothes that don’t fit and washing baskets that never stay empty…well, join me in taking action, let’s get [read more]

Tidy house, tidy mind

We’ve all heard it said that a tidy house can help to achieve a more ’tidy’ mind. It’s a sentiment I’m ready to embrace. I’m a woman on a mission. It’s time for a more organised home! Life is busy. Our brains are constantly in over-drive; suffering from too much stimulus and too little down-time. [read more]

Make time for a smear test. It could save your life.

I never thought I would have much in common with Jade Goody. Turns out we both have two boys, and both of us have had experiences with cervical cancer. Sadly Jade died of this horrible disease, and through cervical screening I caught it early on. A good friend sent me a link to an article [read more]

Rain or shine…let’s get outside

Here at Women Aloud HQ we like to talk about little things you can do to take control of your own wellbeing. We don’t want you glued to your screen reading for too long though so we’ll keep things as brief as possible. Think of it as a quick fix to a happier you. Today’s [read more]

Are you running on empty?

How much time do you dedicate to self-care – to showing yourself some love and compassion? Not enough I’m betting. You’re busy; your to-do list is overflowing; you give your care and attention to others. But your own self-care goes out the window. It’s easily done. When we’re juggling our hectic lives the things that fall by the wayside are [read more]

It’s time to take a break from my phone

Since having my daughter I’ve stepped away from the corporate rat race and had time for a spot of self-reflection and life assessment. The result of which was the recognition that there’s some room for improvement. Hence I’ve decided to go on a journey of little changes to make me a bit happier and healthier; [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]

Take 10 to calm your mind

Mindfulness isn’t new. Everyone seems to be banging on about it these days. But just in case you haven’t heard. Mindfulness is finding ways to pay more attention; learning to be present in the moment; to be aware of and focused on the here and now. It helps you to develop a mental place of [read more]

Me and my mooncup

You know when you realise that over ten years after discovering a new product, you’re still ahead of the curve? That was me when discussing Mooncups at our recent Women Aloud book club. One impromptu speech extolling their virtues later, I had some converts, a few maybes and kudos for my eco and purse-friendly love of the [read more]

It was time to tackle my underwear drawer

Decluttering is another ongoing project in the K-household. I’ve tasked the husband with the target of one thing must go a day (he’ll be going commando soon if he continues with his mission of each day discarding a pair of pants  – confusion between the washing basket and the textile recycling bag perhaps?!) Anyhow, his pant clear-out inspired [read more]

Nature helps us lead happier and healthier lives

Mindfulness books and stress-reduction studies cite the power of nature for helping us lead happier and healthier lives – as does UK charity MIND who spent 5 years compiling evidence to show that Ecotherapy works. [Ecotherapy = the name given to all the ways in which you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing through [read more]