Mumsnet Family Friendly Awards 2014: winners announced

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Our Family Friendly Awards celebrate the companies making life easier for families in the UK - congratulations to Bella Italia, Barclays and Butlins, and all the companies who received their well-earned gongs at a ceremony hosted by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg last night. 

The moment I knew I had to give up drinking

Alcohol Awareness Week: MN blogger A Hangover Free Life on being drunk in front of her children - and why society needs to take sobriety seriously.

Stir-up Sunday recipes

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Stir-up Sunday is this weekend. Be prepared with our selection of Christmas pudding recipes, plus tips from Mumsnetters on stirring, steaming and serving up the best puddings.


Christmas presents for picky teens

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Hard-to-please teenager in your house? We've scoured the internet for a selection of gifts to amaze and delight the fussiest of teens this Christmas.

13 cunning kitchen cleaning hacks

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Mumsnet hacks: Fed up of wasting valuable hours cleaning up kitchen chaos? These tips and tricks from MNers will bring you great joy.



"In the olden days, milk came from cows"

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Did you know that eating broccoli is an environmental crime? Or that spaghetti is harvested from camels? Behold: the origins of food, as recounted by Mumsnetters' kids

Video: Lucy Porter's brilliant Blogfest keynote

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Comedy: Lucy Porter's very funny Blogfest keynote on finding self-confidence - via the milestones of motherhood, Penis Beaker, and standing up to White Van Man.


Russell Brand's parenting tips

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The comedian, actor and agitator on toddler meltdowns, telling the truth to kids - and the efficacy, or otherwise, of baby baths. 

Time to get crafty

With the days getting shorter (and the weather colder) it's just the time to curl up on the sofa and get knitting. Our crafts section has ideas for beginners and more advanced projects too.


Mumsnet Reviews: child bikes

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Ah the unbridled joy of receiving a bike on Christmas Day. If you're shopping for one, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Ebola Crisis Appeal

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Ebola Appeal: Last week, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a campaign to help those affected by the Ebola Crisis. MNHQ is supporting the campaign by offering free ad space across the site - find out more.


Art galleries for children

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Local: In the dark winter months do you find yourself searching for exciting new places to visit under cover? Here's why art galleries can be a fun day out for all the family.

Guest Campaign: PEAS

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Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS) provides
life-changing secondary educational opportunities to marginalised children in Africa. With your help, they can give even more children the chance of a brighter future.



100 books up for grabs

Nowhere to Go

Looking for a new book to get stuck into? We're giving away 50 copies of the heart-wrenching true story Nowhere to Go by Casey Watson as well as 50 copies of the beautifully written Things We Couldn't Explain by Betsy Tobin. 

Family competitions: enter now

November's prizes include a £100 spa voucher, Hobbycraft vouchers, Louise Galvin haircare products, £500 worth of vouchers of your choice and loads more.


Pregnancy symptoms

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Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Trying to conceive?

Ovulation

Thinking about having children? Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.