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  • Write on! 11 stylish stationery picks

    Back to school season always calls out for new books and pens — the prettier the better. Grown-ups, gather round: this is your ultimate stylish stationery round-up, from pens to paperweights.

  • Back in the office? We’re here to help!

    Feeling unprepared to head back to the office after a year WFH? Muddy to the rescue with eight essential Do's and Don'ts (and yes, you will have to change out of sweatpants).

  • Muddy talks parenting with Lorraine Candy

    “All teenage girls think their mums are a bit rubbish”. Journalist and mother of four Lorraine Candy talks parenting, moody teens and motherhood with Muddy.

  • Revealed! The winner of our £1,000 Tide competition

    Last year wasn't all a disaster! Meet Joanne Cuckson, founder of an innovative job search website, and find out how she plans to use her winnings to increase gender diversity in her sector.

  • Superwomen – Local Business Superstars

    From cookery schools and delis, restaurants and retail businesses, there are some bright stars in Cambs and Suffolk, many of whom are women. And now lockdown is easing, we want to celebrate them!

  • Is there a best time to move schools?

    Thinking about changing your child's school before Year 7? Could combining a state and independent education in early years be the way forward?

  • Valentine (and galentine) letterbox treats

    The pandemic has created a boom in letter box gifting. With so much choice and V-Day coming up, why not make someone's day?

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    Is your sex life suffering in lockdown?

    Is lockdown 3.0 wrecking your sex life and pushing your relationship to the limits? We hear you. Read on for our expert guide on how to Covid-proof your love life.

  • Get your finances into shape for 2021

    The beginning of the year is always about renewal, resolutions and healthy regimes. But the fallout from Covid has shown how financial wellbeing is also vital - and too often overlooked. Muddy limbers up for a money MOT.

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    J’adore/J’abhor: Surprise presents

    The tree is up and waiting for gifts. But do you like to discover what Santa has bought on the day or did you buy all your own presents yourself? Two Muddy staffers have two very different opinions...

  • Introducing The Indie Store

    You want to 'shop small' but lockdown is making it tricky. Not on my watch! Our latest launch, The Indie Store, is all about supporting brilliant local retail, and here's how you can help too.

  • How to survive lockdown (again)

    Feeling the Covid 2 blues? Here are six silver linings to the latest restrictions that just might change your mind (and no, cheeky, they're not all gin brands)

  • Is it time to start your own business?

    2020 has forced many of us to radically rethink our careers, goals and dreams. Muddy meets four inspiring women who took control and started their own businesses during Covid. Is it time we joined them?</a

  • Back-to-school for grown-ups

    The kids may be going back to school but why should they get all the new gear? We all deserve shiny winter boots and bags too. Here's our pick for back-to-school style.

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    J’adore/ J’abhor: video calls

    Are you a FaceTime fanatic or a Skype cynic? After months of video call catch-ups, two Muddy editors battle it out over the digital face-to-face.

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    Muddy opinion: let’s support our shops

    Anyone else itching to get into a real shop when they open on 15 Jun? Here's why we think hitting our local high streets is a good thing.

  • 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 women juggling careers, babies and even a tumour, to tell all.

  • Which entrepreneur won Tide’s £2000 helping hand?

    Thanks for asking! Say hello to Jade and her delicious bakery business and find out how the money has helped her boost her business to the next level.

  • 25 online classes for kids and adults during lockdown

    Kids driving you mad and homeschooling not quite going to plan? Make the most of these free online classes with everything from drawing and cooking to yoga and astronomy

  • work from home

    How to WFH (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.

  • How to be ambitious (and still be kind)

    Muddy chatted to author and comedian Viv Groskop - about redefining female ambition for 2020. Need a life reboot? Viv can help with that.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Parlez-vous teen slang? The language barrier has always been a problem when it comes to parent/child communications. Do you find the way your little darlings speak totally basic or, like, lit?

  • Win £2000 to kickstart your business dreams

    Have a brilliant business that needs a helping hand? We’ve teamed up with business banking alternative, Tide, to offer two grand to give you the boost you need. Competition now closed.

  • J’adore/ J’abhor

    Feeling it for 2020's New Year's Resolutions or think they're a total waste of time? Muddy ed-in-chief Hero and HQ staffer Nancy duke it out.

  • Are you an imposter too?

    Self doubt, anxiety and an inability to believe in your own success. I've just been there and it's not pretty. Here's how to stop it happening to you.

  • Making work work for you

    Back at your desk after summer fun and not really feeling it? We hear you. Here's some food for thought from the autumn's hottest self-help book by ex Elle journalist turned author Lotte Jeffs.

  • Flexi-time – are you working it out?

    Flexible working is a buzzy phrase, but seriously – how many of us actually live the dream? Muddy’s Editor-in-Chief Hero Brown explains how it could work for you.

  • First time fashion

    Ready for an adventure? Us too! At Muddy we’ve committed to new experiences this summer (both cultural and clothes related, natch). Read on for inspo - and win a sizzling £400 hush wardrobe while you’re at it!

  • Wonderful Weddings

    Planning a wedding? Don't do anything until you've consulted our comprehensive wedding guide for all 21 Muddy counties. The dreamiest venues, florists, photographers and more - you're welcome!

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