• Shrinking Violet? Shrinking Muddy!

    I know, I know, it’s hard to believe, but there are a few flabby bits on the old Muddy bod. Well, let’s be honest, there are a lot of flabby bits. So given the chance to try out the Shrinking Violet Wrap — which promises the more-or-less instant loss of inches — I jumped at it….

  • Knebworth’s Hidden Spa Gem

    The Spa at Odyssey in Knebworth, recently voted Best Day Spa in the Muddy Herts Awards 2016, was just crying out for a visit and seeing all those votes was all the incentive I needed. Not that I needed much. I booked in to try out some of their new treatments and to spend an afternoon unwinding from the stresses and strains of tottering round the county on your behalf. (I know, I’m a saint…)

  • Hot lava shells — and hot tips for looking fab!

    Winter is all about bundling up, right?  Lots of scarves, gloves, thick tights.  I quite like it, to be honest.  Takes the pressure off a bit, and those lumps and bumps can be blamed on scrunched-up layers rather than on a complete lack of restraint regarding the biscuit tin. And with all these frosty mornings […]

  • Stately home spa breaks

    It’s great not having to hop in the car for hours to escape somewhere for the weekend, so  having Champneys just five minutes down the road – well, up the hill – is an absolutely brilliant bonus to living, as I do, in Tring. That said, it’s not really that far from anywhere in Herts […]

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