Great blogs as recommended by Roamlers

During the past two weeks Roamlers have been telling us what their favourite blogs and websites are. We received  hundreds of excellent recommendations! We selected a few interesting ones, covering a wide range of topics, to share with you. A few of these are blogs and websites created by Roamlers themselves. Interestingly we learnt that 14% of Roamlers have their own blogs or websites!

Money-saving blogs

One that popped up in many submissions is the The Money Shed, one which is close to our hearts because many Roamlers found Roamler through this site!

There were also more personalised options, such as the one Roamler Jill B shared:

diary-of-a-frugal-family-by-jill-barlow

Jill recommends this blog, because “It sets realistic goals and is down to earth in its wording – some articles are in depth, others skim the surface but they are all very informative and on occasion personal to the blogger.

Cooking and baking blogs

In line with the great submissions we have received from past tasks such as ‘Roamler recipes’, many Roamlers recommended blogs and websites about cooking and baking. Among these, we especially liked the following two:

minimalist-baker-by-tanya-partridge

Tanya P. explains that the Minimalist Baker offers simple, healthy recipes with less than 10 ingredients. She likes it for the following reasons: “It has loads of great vegan/vegetarian/gluten free recipes for inspiration for a healthier lifestyle, plus just some really different ideas.

Caroline C. recommended the following food blog:

gimme-some-oven-by-caroline-clarke

Caroline describes this blog as follows: “It’s a recipe website that reads like a food blog. The creator is a very interesting woman who tells excellent stories about her life alongside her wonderful recipes.” And Caroline likes it because “Ali is interesting as she tells stories about her day to day life in Kansas whilst sharing the most brilliant recipes. She takes all her own photos.

City lifestyle blogs

Laura K. suggests:

the-londoner-by-laura-klark

She explains that The Londoner is a “Lifestyle blog featuring great places to eat in London (and around the world), affordable fashion pieces and cool photography images.” She likes it, because “It’s really interesting and inspires me to go visit the places in London that she writes about. All the fashion items are normally at an affordable price too! And the photography in the blog is amazing.” Combining these kinds of blogs with the execution of Roamler tasks makes for a great day out!

Louise P. drew our attention to another interesting city-specific blog, which is her own:

cheltenham-foodie-by-louise-paige

For this blog Louise gets creative in reviewing food and drink places all over Cheltenham, a nice opportunity also to do Roamler bar checks!

Motherhood

The following motherhood blog featured more than once in the submissions:

hurrah-for-gin-sarah-abbatt-walker

Sarah A. explains that the purpose of this blog is: “To talk about the reality of parenting without the patronising rubbish that parenting websites usually spout. She tells it like it is and makes us all feel a little bit more normal and less guilty about the everyday stresses of being a parent.” It is Sarah’s favourite because “She tells the truth. No dressing it up, no pretending, just the truth about the reality of parenting. I feel like I can identify with her and very often, after a looooong day of feeling guilty about all of my parenting choices, taking her blog makes me laugh and feel slightly less guilty.

Other interesting blogs

Curtis W. recommends:

love-and-hisses-by-curtis-wilkin

This website was created by a kitten fosterer and the aim is to entertain, mainly through cute kitten pictures. Curtis loves this because “It has cute kittens and it’s nice to follow them growing up without any of the mess of having kittens myself. I’ve followed it for a few years now.” This site reminded us a lot of the submissions from the task ‘Pet shaming’, such as the photo of the mischievous Roamler cat below.

Submission for 'Pet shaming' from Roamler Pete W.

‘Pet shaming’ submission from Roamler Pete W.

 

Another unusual, but interesting blog was suggested by Rebecca D.:

post-secret-by-rebecca-davies

She explains the purpose of this blog as follows: “People from all over the world send secrets to one man who uploads onto the website.” Rebecca writes: “Insightful, emotional, interesting, feelings, deep, intimate secrets shared, books are released of all secrets, and all classic secrets are also shared. I check this site every Sunday morning.”

Then, of course we received recommendations for some tech websites and blogs.

One that featured more than once is:

macrumors-by-rob-williams

The purpose of the blog is to share news regarding Apple products. Rob W. explains that he likes it, because: “It’s first to get the drop on all the latest apple news and it’s well written and balanced on its opinion. And they do great live streams of apple events.

Kiran K. recommended an interesting feminist blog:

the-f-word-by-kiran-kainth

She explains that “It’s the UK’s first feminist webzine which is responsible for reviving debates around feminism in Britain.” Kiran is a fan of this blog, because it is dedicated to providing a forum for contemporary feminist voices.

And something for the guys:

askmen-by-dean-johnson

Dean J. writes that the purpose of this website is: “Everything for men, health , exercise, gadgets and relationships.

Lastly, we received many recommendations of blogs telling the stories of different people. Here we selected two blogs created by Roamlers themselves.

The first one is Lucy L.’s blog in which she relates and discusses her experiences of suffering from Grave’s disease and hypothyroidism:

thyroid-girl-by-lucy-lewis

And a second fascinating and heartrending one is Shelley F.’s blog in which she shares the story of how her life suddenly changed:

shelley-by-shelley-faulkner

Happy reading!! And thanks for all of the great submissions!

 

Mottos to live and die by, as shared by Roamlers

On this cold day in these turbulent political times, we decided to give all our Roamlers a little pick-me-up by sharing some of the powerful and uplifting mottos that Roamlers live by.  

For those in need of a smile:

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

smile-by-dominic-r

Dominic C. explains this motto as follows: “Everyone deserves to be happy, and everyone can help them with this!” He applies it in his life by “smiling at others as much as possible (without looking like a total crazy!)

For those in need of bit of motivation, Paige B. writes:

Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing

For Paige this means: “Don’t half heartedly put effort into two separate things when you can put all of your effort into one thing for a greater result.

For those who feel that life is a bit dull today:

If it’s not fun, then what’s the point!?

fun-by-lynsey-m

She explains this motto as follows: “Time is precious and so valuable – especially in such a vibrant city where there is just so much to do and so many amazing people to see! So, if you try something and  it’s not so fun – well, go do something else…” And she applies it in her life by “If I’m somewhere and I’m really not having fun then there’s places I’d rather be…I also love what I do in my work, I sell accessories which I hand make (which is very fun!)” Check out Lynsey’s work here.

For those who are experiencing a difficult time:

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

dancing-in-the-rain-by-anahita-m

For Anahita M. (only one of the many Roamlers who shared this motto) this means: “Make the most of what you have because life is about experiences.” In her life she lives according to this motto by doing the following: “I always look on the bright side and know that things will get better when they are bad.

For those who dream (and know that others do too):

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

dreams-by-sinead-m

Sinead M. explains: “Be nice to those around you and demand the respect for them to be nice to you. And have dreams and aspirations.” She applies this in her life by “learning new things that I’ve always wanted to do, such as paddling a canoe on my own. And supporting others in their dreams.

For all of us, everyday, who encounter strangers:

There’s no such thing as a stranger, they’re just friends you haven’t met yet.

friends-by-joanna-h

For Joanna H. this motto requires of us “To be open and friendly with new people. Accept people. Everyone is someone you could potentially get along with.” She lives this motto as follows: “When I go out I always speak to people I don’t know and try to involve others so as not to leave anyone out.

And finally, when all else fails:

Chocolate doesn’t ask questions, chocolate understands.

chocolate-by-tim-w

Tim W. writes: “I like this motto because chocolate is one of my favourite guilty pleasures and always helps when I’m stressed about anything at that point in time. I don’t have to worry about being judged by chocolate because it knows just what I need…My daily fix of cocoa!!” He explains further: “Whenever I feel as though I’m not in the mood to do anything productive or I feel as though I’m not performing to the standard that I should be, I will have some type of chocolate to take the edge off things and also to give me that extra shot of energy that is needed to get through the day!

Thanks for these wise words everyone!

Here at Roamler we wish you a very happy, calm, productive and love-filled day!

Eat like a Roamler: The Vegetarian edition

During the past few weeks Roamlers shared their favourite recipes with us. We received some absolutely mouth-watering submissions. Below we give you a selection of some of our vegetarian favourites for every meal of the day.

BREAKFAST:

A sun fruit salad with homemade cashew cream and pumpkin seed sprinkles

breakfast-meal

By Lindsay N

In this recipe Lindsay shows us how to make a colourful, protein rich, vegan but creamy version of the classic fruit salad.

Ingredients: Apple, pear, mango, banana, lemon, pumpkin seeds and cashews.

Method: Cut up the pieces of fruit, blend the cashews with water to make a cream. Pour on fruit and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

LUNCH:

Ploughman cheese on toast

lunch-meal

By Paul B.

Paul shares with us an easy, quick, but wholesome lunch with both fruity and savoury flavours and three cheeses!

Ingredients: Bread, red cheddar, onion, tomato, chutney, caramelised red onion, Brie, Wensleydale cheese, crisps, grapes.

Method: Toast the bread, place tomatoes and onion on the toast, put cheeses on top, grill for 6 minutes in gas mark 5. Spoon out chutney and caramelised onion on to a plate. Place toast on plate, serve with a cuppa tea and grapes

DINNER:

First Course

Tasty tower

first-course-meal

By Louise W.

Louise shares with us a fun, light and indulgent starter.

Ingredients: Tomato, cheese, wild rocket, crackers, soft Italian cheese

Method: Slice the cheese and the tomato. Put a thin spread of the soft cheese on a cracker and then some wild rocket. Add a slice of cheese, then add a slice of tomato, then another slice of cheese and finally add another cracker on top.

Main course

Pea and Mint Croquettes with Avocado Relish and Sour Cream

main-course-meal

By Lindsay N.

Lindsay shows us how to make another delicious raw meal that is packed with all of our favourite superfoods

Ingredients: Spinach, rocket, peas, tomatoes, chia, pine nuts, cashews, avocado, lemon, lime, nutritional yeast, mint, chives, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, chilli flakes

Method: The pea croquettes are made in a food processor then dehydrated, then served with rocket salad, mashed avocado relish and cashew sour cream made in a blender.

Dessert:

Dark Chocolate Cake

desert-cake-meal

By Blessing B

Blessing provides us with a simple version of a classic, rich, dark favourite!

Ingredients: Flour, eggs, milk, cocoa, sugar,soda, vanilla extract

Method: Sift the flour and the cocoa powder with one cup of sugar. Mix vanilla eggs in a separate bowl and add a cup of water. Mix the 2 bowls together and beat on high until the ingredients is thoroughly mixed together.  Pour into a cake tray and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 45 minutes.

Happy eating everyone!

What do Roamlers do when they are not Roamlering? #myfirstsevenjobs

We asked Roamlers what their #firstsevenjobs were, and we learnt that Roamlers have been, and are, doing fascinating things! Among these are:

A crime scene examiner

A crime scene examiner

ambulance paramedic

An ambulance paramedic

 

audiologist

An audiologist

cake designer

A cake designer

 

 

poker manager

A poker manager

 

 

royal navy aircraft engineer

A royal navy aircraft engineer

 

 

ships registrar

A ships registrar

 

self employed artist

Several artists

 

soldier

A few soldiers

 

cancer specialist

A cancer specialist

tennis umpire

A tennis umpire

 

 

Other interesting jobs that Roamlers have been doing, or are still doing, are being a money counter, train driver, zookeeper, prison officer, stable hand and trumpeter. Many Roamlers are in creative fields like art and theater. Others follow and have been following more conventional career paths like engineers, police officers, data officers and ecologists.

An interesting recurring theme in the submissions for this task was that so many Roamlers enjoy what they do, because they like helping people. One of the police officers, Lesley Ann K said for example “I love working with people and it’s nice to know you have helped someone or made a difference.” We have  some nurses, teachers, bus drivers, paramedics, and cashiers (among many others), who all say that they enjoy(ed) their jobs, because they really like helping  people.

More than one postman noted that the reason why they love their job is the exercise and fresh air that the job requires. The soldiers tend to enjoy the opportunities for travel that the job offers. Some Roamlers in business positions enjoy the wining and dining that accompany the job.

Some women indicated that being a mum is both the most challenging as well as rewarding jobs they’ve ever had. We also had a submission in which a man explained how fulfilling he finds the role of househusband to be, because he gets to spend so much time with his family.

It was great to see that many Roamlers love their current jobs more than any other job they’ve done before. This is often because they say that it is in line with their career objectives and that they are doing what they’ve always wanted to do. On the other hand, many Roamlers who are now doing the more long term jobs that they have been aspiring to, really miss certain aspects of their previous, more temporary, jobs. For example, one Roamler misses being a night porter, a job that allowed him to watch the  sunrise everyday. There is a Roamler who thinks back fondly of her days working at a cinema where she could watch movies for free every day and a Roamler who is missing working as a stable hand, because she enjoyed so much being outside with the horses.

night porter

Some Roamlers find their jobs thrilling and exciting on most days. While others find their jobs super boring:

bored at work

The only thing all of these persons have in common is that  they are all Roamlers! We are excited to have such an interesting and diverse Roamler workforce!

 

 

 

Pokemon Go and others ways of Roaming your city

pikachu

‘Not all who wander are lost’ -JRR Tolkien

This month we asked Roamlers their opinion on the new craze that has taken over the world: Pokemon Go. As you know, this is a location-based augmented reality game in which players find, capture, battle and train Pokemons who appear on the screen of mobile phones as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. This app has become a global phenomenon and is regarded to be a new way to get people outside and moving, and to bring people of different walks of life together. However, it has also attracted a lot of criticism, because it is believed to contribute to accidents and to lead to public nuisance.

As always, Roamlers proved to have very diverse, but interesting perspectives on this phenomenon. So far 61% of Roamlers who completed this task said that they play Pokemon Go, while 39% don’t. 7% of Roamlers think that Pokemon Go is a good way to explore the city. 43% feel neutral about it. And 8% think it is bad!

Roamlers who do not play Pokemon Go told us how they prefer to explore their cities. The answers were interesting and often quite poetic.

Some Roamlers, like Gregory C, explore by foot…

boots

 

And some, like Chris C, by bike:

bike

 

While Roamlers like MK R and Mary W like to plan their explorations properly…

planning books           planning map

 

Others, like Hilton W and Patricia C, enjoy wandering  aimlessly and exploring paths that lead to unknown places:

path 1          path 2

Many Roamlers, including Hannah W, Lindsey K and Joanne M  are accompanied by their four-legged friends in their explorations:

dog    dog 3   dog 2

 

And others, like Ozgun L, by their human loved ones:

family

 

Last, but not least, many Roamlers mention Roamler as an excellent way to explore their cities and towns!