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I'm Sophie, editor of Muddy Herts & Beds, here to bring you the quirky, cool and downright unmissable in the area.

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Anyone else's kids shot up a few inches during lockdown? We've got you covered with our pick of the coolest, colourful childrenswear to style out the summer.

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    • Muddy ‘Lockdown Gardens in Bloom’ is GO!

      Muddy ‘Lockdown Gardens in Bloom’ is GO!

      Calling all green fingered goddesses! We want to see your lockdown gardening handiwork. Snap your space and post it on Instagram for the chance to win vouchers (there’s £1000 up for grabs) to spend online at gorgeous garden and homewares boutique Olive & Sage.

    • 7 steps to better sleep in lockdown

      7 steps to better sleep in lockdown

      So you've downed a chamomile tea and ignored your phone but still can't get to sleep. Sound familiar? Read on for our guide to getting some Z's during lockdown.

    • Five useful things I’ve learned  in lockdown

      Five useful things I’ve learned in lockdown

      What I wouldn't give for a sunny afternoon, a few bottles (barrels) of rose and my girlfriends, right now. Lockdown has been bloody hard. Hugs, holidays, popping out for a coffee and weekend getaways seem a long way off. BUT this monumental shift hasn't been totally bad. One day, when I was totally fed up, I jotted down a few of the positive things I've learned in lockdown.

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  • How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

    How to work from home (without going stir-crazy)

    Working from your home office (or, er, the sofa) for the foreseeable? Don’t panic! These top tips will help you stay calm, collected and productive – or at the very least, sane. Find your space Creating a specific (ideally well-lit) space to work from home is spot-on for your sanity. If you have to work […]

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    • Bedford School, Bedfordshire

      Bedford School, Bedfordshire

      Muddy says: One of the top independent boys’ schools in the country, Bedford School excels in the arts, empathy and sport, in addition to its outstanding academic results

    • Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead

      Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead

      Muddy says: A traditional boys’ prep school and co-ed pre-prep with an intimate, home-from-home feel and an emphasis on inclusivity and individuality.

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  • Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    Wear the rainbow (and find gold)

    The weather’s been pants, but we’re giving Joseph and his technicolour dream coat a run for his money with the best rainbow brights. Prepare to be dazzled.

    • Trend alert! Artisanal style

      Trend alert! Artisanal style

      Delicate embroidery, expert craftsmanship and dreamy fabrics - we're coveting chic for summer. Here are 16 pieces to add to your (handwoven) basket, including a few local gems.

    • The 9 most stylish face masks

      The 9 most stylish face masks

      Well, who could have predicted THIS as the must-have summer 2020 accessory? If you've gotta wear one, it may as well look chic, right?

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  • Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

    Muddy meets: Shlomo, beatboxer

    He’s worked with Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen, and Rudimental, and now record-breaking beatboxer Shlomo has a new project on his hands – raising money for the NHS in association with theatres like The North Wall. Tell us about it, Shlo!

    • What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      What I’ve learnt in lockdown

      Love it or loathe it, lockdown has given us time to learn new skills but has it taught us something deeper? Muddy tapped five busy writers and presenters, juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

    • Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      Muddy gets chefy with Olivia Burt

      We catch up with the 'Masterchef: The Professionals' finalist to find out her backstage goss, favourite dishes and top spots to eat in London.

    • The 4 funniest people on social media

      The 4 funniest people on social media

      Social media can be a depressing place at times but these Instagram and Twitter accounts never fail to make us smile – go funny up your feed with these guys.

    • Exclusive! Muddy meets…. Laurence Fox

      Exclusive! Muddy meets…. Laurence Fox

      The actor-turned-singer has been front page news of late. In this exclusive interview, he talks midlife crises, death threats and groupies with Muddy's Kerry Potter.

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