How To Spend Less Time Cooking To Be More Time With Your Family?

Fabulous read is on fire! Our next Hertfordshire Community guest is Maria Calzada Oliva – originally from Spain, currently living in Welwyn Garden City; Hertfordshire. Maria is an inspiring woman and a mother of three children, juggling household and running her own business as an independent Thermomix adviser.

Healthy food. Less time cooking. More time spent with family.

What is Thermomix?

Thermomix is a smart-looking ingenious must-have kitchen appliance which saves you time with meals planning, writing shopping lists and cooking! Have you heard about Cookido? It is an international platform full of healthy recipes you can schedule for your weekly planner! Once you purchase and welcome Thermomix at your home, this platform is available to you for FREE for six months, and then there is a fee of £30 for a yearly subscription.

It’s an amount fair to ask as you’ll have access to over 50,000 healthy recipes and you can look forward to regular monthly additions. This intelligent kitchen helper generates your shopping list according to your scheduled weekly planners -> more time with your family and less time in the kitchen! All you need to do is shopping and eat your fancy meal!

Healthy dinners and effortless cooking with Thermomix. 

Thermomix reminds me a bit of a medium-size magic box which you fill with all sorts of healthy ingredients, follow simple instructions on the appliance’s screen and wait for your fresh and hearty meal to be ready. With Thermomix, you can focus on other day-to-day tasks without being worried that your meal may get burnt!

Still not convinced to purchase Thermomix?

Welwyn Garden City residents are lucky to have Maria in town, and that is when her exciting journey as an independent Thermomix adviser begins. Maria demonstrates in your own kitchen what magic can be done and gives you a chance to run the show! Before she meets you, you receive an attractive menu with a list of ingredients to purchase. Once you schedule a day and time in your diary to meet Maria, your Thermomix journey can begin too. This experience is perfect to organise for a group of friends or just for you. Why not browse Cookido recipes for free for 30 days? Get the idea of what your next dinner may look like!

Thermomix demonstrations are also available online! Maria will invite you virtually to her own kitchen to introduce her Thermomix and will answer any questions you may have!

Example of a menu to cook with Maria:

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Maria is sharing regularly on her Facebook group her Thermomix culinary art

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Adore Nature; a business mission that makes a difference

Adore Nature.undefined It is a unique brand which strives to make a difference to our health and environment.

Today, Fabulous Read is going to talk about Kathy Hugill – a founder of Adore Nature, a firm believer in the benefits of natural products, and an incredible entrepreneur who strives to make a difference to our health and environment.

Kathy was interested in using non-plastic items herself. Soon enough, she realised that it wasn’t so easy to find everything in one place; thus, the idea of launching Adore Nature was born! With Adore Nature, you can purchase non-plastic everyday items, chemicals-free accessories for your household and even eco-friendly toys for your beloved fluffy friends! Everything is easy to review on one platform! Or If you would like to have a feel of their products – their shop is located in Stotfold, Hitchin! 

In their Stotfold’s shop, you can also meet Kathy! She is a true ambassador of Adore Nature. She will happily offer you advice on reducing waste or will share tips on how you can shop wisely to avoid low-quality products and excessive packaging.

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Adore Nature; cruelty-free, sustainable, eco-friendly and high-quality products which are available in Stotfold store or delivered right to your doorstep!

Adore Nature works with trustworthy and certified manufacturers that are eligible to distribute their products in the UK and EU. Adore Nature prides to work with small to medium businesses and only offers products which are tested by Kathy before display.  

Hang on; this doesn’t end here, though! They are on a mission. Keep reading to find out more!

But First..

What can you purchase from Adore Nature?

Anything for:

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Skincare
  • Bathroom
  • Home
  • On the go
  • Pets
  • Gifts & Goodies
  • Food

Let’s list a couple of products!

Kitenest- Clove & Lime Lip Balm 12ml

Description By Adore Nature:

A completely natural clove & lime lip balm to care for and protect your lips. The nourishing Shea butter and coconut oil moisturise dry and cracked lips back to health whilst the addition of beeswax creates a protective layer to lock in moisture.

All their Lip Balms are lightly fragranced with essential oils and preserved using natural vitamin E.

Head In The Woods-Reusable Baby Wipes (10 Pack )

Description By Adore Nature: 

  • Head In The Woods Baby Wipes are great to cut back on unnecessary waste within the household, hundreds of tonnes of baby wipes each day get stuck and block our sewage systems or those that escape the filter systems go into our oceans which has a knock on effect to our marine life.
  • These super soft wipes are easy to use, kind to baby’s bum, reusable and also great as facial wipes. 
  • Simply add some water and use as usual. Store them wet in a box, or just run under the tap as and when needed, Put 50/50 water and oil in a small spray bottle, shake well and spray on the skin before wiping. It cleans up the baby’s bum even easier, and leaves the skin soft and moisturised.

Eco Living-6 Smoothie Silicone Straws & Plant-Based Cleaning Brush Trade

  • Eliminate Millions of Plastic Straws used every day with these Genuine Premium Food-Grade Reusable Silicone Straws! No Plastic Fillers!
  • Do you want to reduce your plastic-pollution? This set is not only designed to reduce single-use plastic but to also reduce micro-plastics from entering our oceans.
  • Available in a 6 pack of wide SMOOTHIE straws or STANDARD width straws. 
  • 24.5cm STANDARD STRAWS have a 5mm inside diameter and are a suitable everyday straw. 
  • 25cm SMOOTHIE STRAWS have a 9mm inside diameter and are perfect for smoothies 
  • These 100% Pure Silicone Straws are tested non-toxic and contain no plastic-fillers!
  • What’s great about Silicone Reusable Straws?
  • Never be without a straw. They are so easy to fold up and take out with you. I keep one folded up in my purse so I am never without. Soft on your teeth, no risks of a chipped tooth! Easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Long-lasting and durable. Easy to manoeuvre, to get the perfect drinking position. Long enough for tall drinks and can be cut to a shorter size if you prefer. 

Key Features and Major Advantages  

  • 6 Reusable Food-Grade Silicone Staws – Never Throw a straw away again!
  • BIODEGRADABLE plant bristle cleaning brush (NO PLASTIC!) The bristles on the cleaning brush are plastic-free and made of plants.
  • GOTS certified organic cotton carry pouch with a secure drawstring closure. Made of natural thick organic cotton canvas. GOTS certified and with fair wages.
  • The travel pouch is also handy for carrying travel cutlery or other zero waste essentials
  • 100% Pure Food-Grade FDA/LFGB certified Silicone. No plastic-fillers! Non-Toxic
  • Comes in recycled card PLASTIC-FREE packaging!
  • Designed by a UK company committed to eliminating micro-plastics 
  • 100% VEGAN 
  • Lifetime Guarantee
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Great people have great ideas. Adore Nature is busy planning their future and Fabulous Read was lucky to find out more!

Their new mission is to incorporate these plans below within Adore Nature brand:

  • Supply of gravity bins and containers to reduce waste with dry food
  • Vegan food supply
  • Dairy products; plastic free wrapping
  • UK made mainly

For many consumers, it’s crucial to feel good about their purchase. Not only for the quality of the products, but also for the impact they can make on the environment, their health and much more. Rest assured, this is what Adore Nature can offer!

For more details please visit their website here: Adore Nature

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Where to Relax in Broxbourne; Waltham Abbey

Hertfordshire Fabulous Read is introducing Rena Victoria Calloo; your Hertfordshire’s Beauty and Holistic Therapist who specialises in relaxation, body, mind and spirit reconnection and much more!

Siren Spa Therapies is pure bliss. Let’s keep reading to find out where to relax in Broxbourne and Waltham Abbey or in the comfort of your home! Yes! All possible!

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Do you feel stressed? Do you have a busy lifestyle? 

Hour after hour, our to-do lists grow bigger, our days feel shorter and having time to relax and switch off seem to be the most challenging achievement, do you agree? 

Leading a healthy lifestyle is not rocket science; although, new beginnings may not always be easy. Starting a healthy lifestyle routine that lasts for a lifetime is the best decision to make.

If you can’t make it to the salon, Rena Victoria can make it to your home! So what keeps you on hold? Book your consultation with Rena Victoria today!

Let’s pause for a moment to explore what Siren Spa Therapies has on offer, and if you are too busy to stop by, why not to arrange a visit with Rena Victoria to your home? Having a full body massage, lymphatic drainage massage or treating yourself with an Indian face-lift rejuvenation in the comfort of your home saves so much of your time!  

Discover services with Siren Spa Therapies

  • Reiki Healing
  • Hot Stone Treatment
  • Deep tissue body massage
  • Crystal Healing
  • Holistic and Facial Treatments
  • Body Massage Treatments

Flowers can’t glow without the sun and water so you can’t glow without self-care.”

Where do I start?

Day by day, we get to accomplish what we classify as our priority. A healthy lifestyle can bring a lot of benefits to our physical and mental health. Make a healthy lifestyle your priority. Start today with Siren Spa Therapies! Step by step, little by little, schedule time just for yourself, not only for a one-off treat, spoil yourself regularly. “ME TIME” is priceless and very important. Look after your body and mind!

How can Himalayan Salt Stone Massage help me?

Rena Victoria will create a world for you, where time slows down, and relaxing music helps you to unwind. Himalayan Salt stones improve your sleep, blood circulation, and make your skin to look glowing. The heat from the stones soothes away stress and tension. Himalayan Salt stones have 84 natural, antibacterial and antimicrobial minerals, and when these are massaged into your body, they eliminate harmful toxins. “The best hot stone massage I’ve ever had,” one of her clients wrote about Rena Victoria. 

Another client wrote about Rena Victoria: 

Really enjoyed the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. During it I felt completely relaxed and found the stones to be very cleansing and like a light going over me. The exfoliating feel was also very pleasant. Victoria has great depth and pressure and worked out my knots. Thank you would definitely have it again. I felt extremely relaxed the next day and slept well.

This is just a little taster about what Rena Victoria can offer! For more details have a look below!

Siren Spa is 7 minutes away from the Broxbourne train station. 

For more information, please visit their website here: Siren Spa

Follow their Facebook page here: Siren Spa Facebook Page

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How To Improve Your Gut Health In 21 days?

In today’s post, Hertfordshire Fabulous Read is going to talk about Zoe Reast – a qualified Bowen Therapist, Health Coach, and ambitious professional who is offering Microbiome Gut Reset programmes, DNA testing for nutrition and The Bowen technique in Hertford.

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What is the Gut Microbiome?

In simple words, imagine trillions of microorganisms living in your intestinal tract, having an impact on your health and wellbeing. Everyone has their own unique gut bacteria footprint, but did you know that the imbalance of your gut bugs may affect your body weight, mood, or could be even responsible for irritable bowel movement? It doesn’t end here. Gut health may be linked to other diseases like colon cancer too. It’s no secret that your diet affects your microbiome balance, so let’s learn together what we can do to improve it.

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How can Zoe help you?

It’s easy. In your initial consultation, Zoe will prepare personalised lifestyle analysis, which helps to identify affected areas of your body. The next steps would be discussing how to improve your gut health in those affected areas.

Who would like to improve their gut health and feel better in 21 days? That’s right, changes start to show in 21 days. Just keep reading to find out more about the purify programme!

About the Purify Programme

The Purify Programme is a 21 day lifestyle changing programme, which cleanses and heals your digestive tract. We have learnt about the gut microbiome already, and the purify programme is very much linked to it. In fact, the programme consists of a combination of exercise, nutrition and supplements, which help to change your gut bugs balance for the better. This programme brings a lot of benefits – not only to your inner gut health. After all, many Zoe’s clients described massive skin improvements as well as noticeable increase in their energy levels and much more!

What the Purify Programmes offers?

  • 2 x one to one consultations with Zoe, a detailed lifestyle analysis and health questionnaire at the start and end, take your measurements and look at your health goals.
  • All the supplements to support you throughout the 21 days (one of them lasts 45 days)
  • Private Whatsapp chat support group throughout
  • Detailed guide book with around 50 recipe ideas
  • Ongoing support throughout the programme

What is purify friendly food?

The word “pure” may give us an indication that we are going to talk about some good stuff here – and that’s 100% correct. When you start with the purify programme, you will include specific food in your diet, which will support your gut health reset process. The Purify Programme lasts 21 days and is aiming for long term gut health improvements. Of course, you will be encouraged to carry on with good eating habits after the program – as to maximise its effect. Ideally, by undergoing this programme, you are hoping to make changes to your lifestyle too! Zoe’s role is to support you, explain the importance of your gut health, help you to make changes and teach you how to establish good eating habits.

The DNA testing for Nutrition

Have you ever thought about why you occasionally feel discomfort after eating? The DNA testing can find out whether you may have any yet unknown food intolerances. Isn’t it great to have an opportunity to learn a bit more about ourselves and what food to avoid? It almost feels like being able to change some parts of the future. Especially if the DNA test results may enhance our day to day life routines. 

How does the DNA testing for Nutrition work?

It starts with a sample of saliva and medically approved laboratory. The experienced team will analyse your DNA and test it against a large amount of food type, and then generate a personal report based on the results. This personal report will be shared and consulted with you. 

The Bowen technique and what is it?

Unlike other techniques that try to push muscles apart to release pain, Bowen works on the connective tissue level. The therapists use their bare hands and roll like movements to stimulate the body. This technique gives an impulse to under-active muscles to start working and to overactive muscles to release the pain. This method is very relaxing for the body and mind, and may release anxiety, general muscle stiffness, respiratory conditions and so on. 
Zoe says that using the Bowen Technique to balance a person from a structural and emotional perspective gives a holistic approach to healing the body.

When to seek a specialist? 

Message from Zoe: Many people will only look at gut health when they have a problem but really it should be used as a preventative measure to ensure health isn’t detrimentally affected in the first place. Everyone should consider gut health to be a lifestyle change, the programme will help to eliminate unhealthy habits, manage cravings and help you make better and more informed food choices going forward.

Why Zoe Reast? 

Nowadays, it is much easier to talk about the money situation, mental health, or gut health with specialists than it was before. However, having only the right set of qualifications may not be enough. Thanks to Zoe, many of her clients have been able to change their lifestyle for the better. Zoe provides confidential, unique, and professional services as well as exceptional client experience.

Useful links:

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FREE Hertfordshire What's On / Where to Go / What to Do Guide

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I am a runner – not a professional runner, though. I run from dawn to dusk, Monday to Sunday, January to December – nearly every day it’s the same  – morning school run, work, afternoon school pick-up, home time, dinner time, homework, laundry, writing by night, and that’s why I fell in love with Primary Times for Hertfordshire, my number one guide, which saves me time. With the impeccable content, I can plan our precious family moments efficiently. Are you running daily marathons too? Then you may want to keep reading!!!

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About a week ago, I was lucky enough to find Primary Times magazine in my daughter’s school bag. I started reading it with delight. On the 27th of March, thousands of people will be wearing hats – one of the articles said. Are you wondering why? It’s for a good cause. Our students and staff will be joining the Wear A Hat Day fundraising event with many others too. The fundraising kit is on the way with a list of tips on how to run successful fundraising events. I work in an English Language School, and this event is a great opportunity to work with students and staff as one team. We are glad to support the most important brain tumour research in the UK. Anyone can join, here is their website:

Or it might be that you are looking to find a perfect venue for a birthday party or, you are interested to learn about the latest educational trends, or you may be seeking the next family fun event to go to. Whatever it is, with Primary Times, you can avoid countless hours of online searching on a Saturday morning or rushing to attend the next event just because your friend messaged you last minute. Instead, you can have your calendar packed with Hertfordshire Primary Times tips far in advance!

My Two Favourite Birthday Places listed in Primary Times

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Hands-On Baking Parties and Workshops: How about organising a birthday party where children can dip their tiny fingers in dough and create something fun and tasty? All this and much more while you are sipping a cappuccino and enjoying a cake. If this sounds appealing, then Cinnamon Square may be on your list! It’s located in Rickmansworth and here is their website:

XC Adventurous party: The XC venue in Hemel Hempstead is a paradise for anyone with an adventurous soul. Have you ever thought about throwing a climbing party with food or skatepark parties with food and much more? Then you may like to visit their website:

More Tips From Primary Times

Are you ready to win a fun break for the family or just for two? Then don’t miss out! Stay Play Explore offers varied selections of breaks, and you can win a break worth £149! What does it take to participate? Just five seconds of your time! Follow their instructions here:

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The Hertfordshire area has a lot of outdoor places to visit. For example, discover Paradise Wildlife Park, Willow Activity Farm and much more. I can’t wait to receive the next issue and learn about what Hertfordshire activities will be on offer next half-term!

Valuable links to check out:

Primary Times Facebook Group

Family Fitness Tips Hertfordshire #2 Jump In Trampoline Park Elstree

When it’s foggy and wet outside, we’d love to snuggle up on our sofa with a TV blanket. Or explore cool indoor places! Jump In Trampoline Park Elstree is indeed a perfect place to visit with your family – and not only this time of the year!

What Jump In Trampoline Park Elstree looks like? Imagine spacious indoor area with tons of trampolines for all ages, soft play and a lovely cafe! Why not to book a birthday party, jump & play session or relaxed sessions; which include rebound therapy? This is all on offer in Elstree Trampoline Park and definitely worth checking!

What is rebound therapy? Activities for children with special needs for example. Read a list of benefits here:

Did you know that jumping on a trampoline may help you to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness? This workout can actually turn into family fun activity with many healthy benefits for you and your loved ones!

How much does it cost?

Jumping for 1 hour, 30 minutes  £9.45


YES! That’s right! Their first CLUB NIGHT is Valentines Night from 7-9pm!

Visit their website to check out their opening times for Jump & Play and Toddler time and their first CLUB NIGHT here!

Family Fitness Tips Hertfordshire #1 Potters Bar Indoor Climbing

Are you planning to start healthier lifestyle as a family?
Indoor Climbing can be a super-duper family fun activity! Furzefield leisure centre in Potters Bar will offer you multiple different climbing walls and it’s suitable from age 4 to 94 and with no prior climbing experience!

We’ve booked our climbing session twice already – spaces are limited so you need to book upfront. For some reason, I was unable to complete my reservation through their website, so I made it over the phone. It went smoothly and they even sent me a copy of my receipt!

  • Child Ticket – Climbing – Cost £10.50
  • Adult Ticket – Climbing – Cost £13.95
  • Adult & Child Ticket – Climbing – Cost £21.00

On the day, we’ve arrived at Furzefield leisure centre approximately 15 minutes prior to our session beginning. The parking space is for free and can be quite full at times. Once we entered the main reception area, I’ve presented my copy of the receipt. They have asked us to enter the premises and pointed us to the climbing area. We walked through a door where was soft play and a small cafe. The young lady asked us to go back through the door again; turn right and sit down in front of a small TV. We were going to watch a short video and await a member of staff to take us to the climbing area.

Potters Bar climbing sessions last 60 minutes. The first 15 minutes you receive safety information – by watching a short safety video outside the climbing area and by watching a member of staff in the climbing area. Shoes that are not permitted include flip flops, sliders, crocks, professional climbing shoes and similar shoes. We went with trainers and it worked fine!

Once we were in the climbing area and familiar with the rules, we started climbing the walls! My daughter is four years old, so I was helping her at the beginning. She was very good climbing up, but struggled to jump off for the first time. After a little encouragement, she did it! The staff is very nice and encourage young kids to explore the area without fear. Indoor climbing does help to improve children’s confidence as they try new walls and master their climbing skills.

You do need to work with your arms when climbing up the walls. The next day, my body was a bit sore. All in all it was worth the experience though. We spent good quality time together, explored something new, did a little workout and definitely have a place to go on a rainy day!

Feel free to check out their video below and if you’re going to go, don’t forget to bring a bottle of water along!


Furzefield Climbing

What would you recommend to check out in Hertfordshire as a family fun activity?