• Pippa feels fab

    Do you feel like this in the mornings? No? Pippa, former Muddy Herts editor, has so much energy she’s like a bouncing bean. Find out why…

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Is it possible for skincare products to contain only six ingredients, sometimes fewer? A former BBC producer has hit on a winning and organic formula in Harpenden.

  • Mother’s Day gift ideas from local independents

    Some gift ideas for Mother’s Day, with recommendations from some of the local independent businesses in the Muddy Herts Little Black Book

  • Head to toe health check – do you have the nerve for it?

    Hero, editor of Muddy Bucks/Oxon and founder of Muddy Stilettos, has just been for an MOT at a clinic that will soon be opening a branch at Champneys in Tring: With the NHS buckling under pressure, GP surgeries rammed and seemingly a different doctor working every time you manage to rugby tackle a receptionist for […]

  • Be a safety-net parent, not a helicopter

    Feeling stressed? What’s your solution? Mindfulness or double espresso? You can’t stop worrying? Do you bring wine o’clock forward or dip into downward dog? All of us experience stress, and it can be overwhelming. But if you’re a parent of a teenager, well, that’s a whole other barrel of bananas. Nicola Morgan is an expert […]

  • Want buns of steel? Visit this woman.

    I’d like to say that all the Muddy Editors are *ahem* in peak physical condition — and Hero, over at Muddy Bucks & Oxon, has been to try working out with a fitness instructor who’s perched precariously on the Bucks-Herts border. She’s just about stopped gasping…

  • Getting the knots out…

    I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time hunched over my laptop — or over the steering wheel — and so my poor old neck and back often end up feeling, inevitably all stiff and sore. And I end up feeling miserable. (Quick, send wine… or chocolate… sympathy just isn’t going to cut it.) It’s what we all do, though, isn’t it? Using a laptop just makes it all that much easier to work or surf anywhere — like, on the sofa in front of the telly, or on the dining room table, or in bed, wherever….

  • You are getting sleepy…

    How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Dry January proving a bit of a challenge? Struggling to give up other bad habits? Just not focusing on the things you want to be doing? You know, lots of people turn to hypnotherapy for a bit of extra help for that sort of thing and at this time of year….

  • Reflexology — only without the feet….

    If there’s one thing I really don’t want to happen, it’s someone playing with my feet. So reflexology has emphatically not been top of my list of things to try. Helen James, of Healing Sole Reflexology in Berkhamsted, however, offers facial reflexology – which is about as far from your feet as you can get – and she persuaded me to give it a try….

  • Get away from it all in the heart of Berkhamsted

    I’ve probably walked past BAYoga more times than I care to remember. It’s easily done, though – the entrance is through a tiny door squidged between Costa and Waterstones on Berkhamsted’s busy High Street. Blink and you could miss it…

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