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]

Life isn’t always easy

Mental health. Wellbeing. Happiness. We know the importance of looking after our minds as well as our bodies…but mental wellbeing is such a huge (and complex) issue to tackle. This month we’ve seen the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit; and we’ve had World Mental Health Day with a focus on young people and [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]

Healthy ageing – eat well, age beautifully

Today we’re talking about healthy ageing with Jenni from Nettle & Rose Nutrition. “Fill in wrinkles” “smooth out skin” “dye grey hairs” “tighten” “reduce” “wear a paper bag”!!!  Ok, the last one I made up, but doesn’t advertising sometimes feel like that? Ageing is a topic that riles me up, especially with so much advertising [read more]

Black Monster – a personal story of depression

From time to time everybody gets out of bed ‘on the wrong side’, but when you struggle with anxiety and depression this often leads to a situation which quickly spirals out of control. Historically known as ‘the black dog’, depression and anxiety can sit upon you, churn within you and follow you around like an [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]

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]

Swingers Crazy Golf Club

I recently put my lack of hand/eye coordination to the test at Swingers Crazy Golf Club. And despite my usual dislike of any activity that puts my (quite frankly, crap) sporting abilities in the spotlight, I actually had a really good time. Swingers is an over-18s venue with two nine-hole crazy golf courses, a couple of bars, street [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]

Are you really going to eat that?

As a food blogger who writes about healthier food choices, it’s a bit weird to say but I really dislike it when people judge what I eat. It’s a bit like Hermione judging the Weasley twins for only knowing the “flashy useless magic” they use to create their joke shop. Sometimes it’s useful to know [read more]

Butternut squash curry

Once again I was looking for some food inspiration so I reached for Madeline Shaw’s Get the Glow book – and with a chill in the air I decided it was a night for a warming curry. The recipe of choice this time was Madeline’s vegetarian squash curry, although I have to admit I did [read more]

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 feature [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]

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]

A bread making masterclass at Redbournbury Watermill

I’m not usually lucky when it comes to anything of the prize draw ilk (prime example being the tombola stall this weekend, where 50, yes that’s right, 50 tickets amounted to me winning a decidedly dubious looking jar of homemade quince jelly!) but for once the luck gods were smiling down on me… A friend organised [read more]

We all have something to say. We want your words!

Here at Women Aloud we feel pretty strongly that words connect us. You might not think your words matter, but they do. As women we are fountains of knowledge; we can give advice, opinions, and recommendations. We can share our stories and experiences.  We can inspire others and support someone in their time of need. And that’s [read more]

Support local this Christmas

Here at Women Aloud HQ we want to give a bit back and support our local community this Christmas. If you’d like to join us, here’s some ideas for getting involved… Shop local We’re probably a bit late even mentioning Christmas shopping. But if, like me, you haven’t started yet – take a look at [read more]