Life's a juggling act, but childcare needn't be with the help of this company, which takes away the hassle by matching your family's needs and requirements with experienced and flexible childminders - aaand breathe!
Muddy says: Looking for a great photographer who's a joy to work with? Rebecca Fennell is highly recommended.
Muddy says: Forever Green is a brilliant floral design business in west Herts, working throughout London and the home counties. Designer Nicky Pritchard specialises in flowers for weddings and special occasions and also runs fun creative workshops from her garden studio.
Muddy says: If it's good enough for the Queen, it's good enough for us! Petals have years of experience in creating beautiful floral arrangements and have even made a bouquet for the Queen.
Muddy says: Dance, mindfulness, ArtsLive ballet and opera screenings and a wonderfully diverse programme of live music. Berkhamsted Arts Centre has it all!
Muddy says: Terrified by the sight of a blank canvas? Itching to get your hands moving with a piece of charcoal? Did you love drawing and painting at school but haven't lifted a brush for years? ColourWheel is guaranteed to unlock your creativity!
Muddy says: Signal Studio is brilliant at understanding a brand in order to create a logo and website that works. Keith Wilson, the founder of this Letchworth-based creative consultancy, is wonderfully creative, but he also knows how to listen to his clients. His talent is in coming up with quirky and innovative design solutions. Signal Studio will also measure the effectiveness of your ongoing digital communication. Read the testimonials and see for yourself.
Muddy says: this vibrant and always changing lifestyle store in Baldock is great for gifts and vinyl, but it's also a destination for interior design.
Muddy says: All In One Season is a completely delightful and fully immersive floral and lifestyle experience. Alice is the creative genius behind All In One Season, and she will transform your wedding or any other celebration with her unique Dutch style. You can also learn from her: she is a gifted teacher who runs wonderful workshops in the magical courtyard of her Arts and Crafts home in Letchworth. I'll keep you posted about the Dutch Winter House in December. It's unmissable.
Muddy says: Sharon Cooper is a hugely talented and much loved photographer based in Hitchin. She has a generous spirit, which I think comes across in her photography, and she also does a lot to support independent businesses in Herts. Read the comments below from some of her delighted clients - well deserved!