Don't be scared: Halloween made simple

Have an impressive, Pinterest worthy Halloween without going batty. We've got inspiring ideas for costumes, quick but spooky Halloween snacks, and everything you need to throw a stress-free Halloween party your kids will love.

Acknowledging baby loss

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Babyloss Awareness Week (9-15 October) is an opportunity to mark the brief lives of babies lost in pregnancy, or during or shortly after birth.

Ada Lovelace Day: "We need more female role models"

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Guest post: We must celebrate the achievements of women in STEM to encourage girls into male-dominated careers, says Suw Charman-Anderson.

As if you needed another reason to love your slow cooker...

Chocolate brownies

Food: What could be better than some gooey chocolate brownies? Gooey chocolate brownies baked in a slow cooker, and ready for you when you get home. Pure perfection.

Disneyland Paris: how to have your best half-term holiday ever

Disneyland Paris

Your dreams of a stress-free holiday to Disneyland really can come true. We've got the skinny on how to beat the queues, crafty money saving tips – everything you need for a perfect half-term holiday.

From The Moomins to The Dark is Rising: authors' favourite childhood books

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Book Club: We've had some of the world's finest writers in for webchats over the years, and every time we ask them to name their favourite books from childhood. Here are the results.

WIN a reusable bag from Supreme Creations

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Competition: Outwit the plastic bag charge and nab yourself a rather beautiful, ethically made bag – enter our competition to win one of 20 reusable bags from Supreme Creations.

Explore Hackney: the greenest borough in London

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Mumsnet Local: Hackney has become an urban landscape full of unique places to visit (cat cafe, anyone?) – here's our Local editor's pick of where to go and what to see.

Have baby, still travel

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Reviews: Getting out and about weighed down with sprogs can be tricky. Luckily our reviews section will help you find the perfect travel system so you can feel like Columbus and Mary Poppins rolled into one.

Send a Cow

Send a Cow UK Aid

Guest Campaign: Send a Cow’s Planting Hope appeal will give families the confidence and knowledge they need to grow their own food, to beat poverty – and the UK government is doubling donations to the cause.

Nailing the working mum morning routine

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Careers: Trying to leave the house on time in the morning once you have kids can be a nightmare. Here's how to make that part of the day work for you and your family.

"You're going to be a gran..."

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Over on Gransnet: “I can't help feeling put out I found out with their 634 other 'friends.'” Announcing your pregnancy to your parents via social media – right or wrong?

Pregnancy calendar: week-by-week from conception to birth

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Week by week: From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and your baby are changing, in our calendar.

Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

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Naming baby: Stumped for monickers? Fending off in-law suggestions to name your child after Great Aunt Hildegard? You need our patented Baby Name Finder…

Potty training? Take heart...


Mumsnetters have heaps of advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips

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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.