A rural retreat in Crete

Last month I blogged about our Crete holiday part 1 – which was a one week stay at the 5* Domes of Elounda resort. [If you missed it you can read part 1 here.] Today, in part 2, we’re moving to inland Crete, just outside the small village of Zaros, to stay at Eleonas Country [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]

Family-friendly holiday in Crete

Looking for some inspiration for your next family getaway? I’ve just returned from a lovely holiday to Crete and I’d thoroughly recommend it. Crete is a 4-hour flight from the UK. Once there you’ll find beaches, quaint little towns, good food and a warm welcome. In May the weather is a bit more unpredictable than the Summer months but [read more]

Hobby inspiration | Classes and activities around St Albans

It’s with embarrassment that I must admit my lack of hobbies. 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’. My creative talents are non-existent although I do enjoy lobbing paint on an empty egg box with the toddler and I [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 Wednesday [read more]

Welcome to our first Word of Mouth Wednesday!

Word of Mouth Wednesday is our new blog feature. It’s going to be our regular list of things we like. We’ll share recommendations and spread the word. Any product, person or place that we discover, we’ll give it a mention. So if you’ve got somewhere / something / someone you think deserves a shout out, please email [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Date night dining at Brasserie Blanc

It was the husband’s turn to choose the restaurant for date night…and having walked past it many times but never been in, he opted for Brasserie Blanc in central St Albans. Busy and bustling when we arrived (8pm on a Friday night), it took a little while to be seated and get our first drinks (“not [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]

Breakfast, brunch or lunch eggs

It was one of those days where I had to be in for deliveries and visits from tradesmen so I thought I might as well make use of my self-inflicted curfew and try a few new recipes from The Art of Eating Well (by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley). First up breakfast; when I had a [read more]

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