Teacher tales: Jumping ship bedecked in jewels

I’d been in teaching for 10 years but the job had become less and less fulfilling for me. In truth, it became too much. So, after months, perhaps years, of fretting over what to do instead…I quit! My name is Natalie, I’m 32 years old, and this is my story… It seems remarkable that it’s [read more]

An A-Z of date ideas (St Albans)

Whether it’s a long-overdue date night without the kids, a first date or a double date with friends…we hope you find some inspiration here in our A-Z of date ideas, in and around St Albans. ******************** Admire some artwork at one of these St Albans based Art Galleries – Gallery Rouge, Whitewall Galleries, or Nude [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]

WUKA period pants: kind to your body, kind to the planet

Today we’re talking to the CEO and co-founder of WUKA Wear. Hi everyone, I’m Ruby Raut. I am a Nepali and I’ve been in the UK for the past 8 years. I am a passionate environmentalist, who likes to be among wild nature whenever I can…and I love mountain biking. I run a small project [read more]

Matojo Suckerbib – weaning with less cleaning

After another mealtime hovering over the baby trying to catch dropped food and control wayward spoons, Victoria began ‘the clean-up’. Wiping the baby. Washing the highchair. Changing the trousers. Mopping the floor. There must be a way to make weaning easier, thought St Albans-based Mum, Victoria Salter. And she set her mind to coming up [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]

Nourish your body for a healthier you

Hi, I’m Jenni from Nettle & Rose Nutrition. I help women who are fed up with dieting; women who aren’t loving their bodies, and women who want to reignite their spark. I am fascinated by the power of food and passionate about self-care and living a mindful, healthy life. My philosophy is that everyone has [read more]

Rain or shine…let’s get outside

Here at Women Aloud HQ we want 2018 to be the year of health and happiness. So as often as we can we’re going 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 [read more]

Can you have it all?

One thing I’ve learnt is you can’t really ‘have it all’ but you can create a realistic version of ‘all’ which you can live with. It’s taken me a long time to come to that conclusion, and a lot of trying to have more than I can…which left me feeling exhausted, stressed and a failure. On [read more]

Hitchin Lavender Fields

It was the weekend; our chicken pox confinement was finally over and we wanted some fresh air. We didn’t want a big day out or a long journey so after a little internet trawling we decided on a trip to Hitchin Lavender at Cadwell Farm. Cadwell Farm has been family run for more than a [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, [read more]

Home hairdressing with Babytrim

One of the many milestones on the long path through parenthood is a baby’s first haircut. There are many salons out there who can help you mark the occasion with a deluxe salon experience but I couldn’t justify the cost for snipping a few locks off. In the search for alternatives I came across the Babytrim. Designed by [read more]

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]

Read this (then put your phone away!)

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]

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]

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]