A book to "shake and stir you": join our bookclub with Costa award winner Emma Healey tonight

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Webchat: Emma Healey, who's just scooped the Costa First Book Award for her novel Elizabeth Is Missing, will be joining us tonight at 9pm - post your questions now.

Strictly come... and chat to Claudia Winkleman

Webchat: Claudia Winkleman will join us this Friday from 1-2pm to talk about Comic Relief's Danceathon - post your burning questions now, and find out how you and your dancing shoes can raise some charity cash too.

Turning reluctant readers into bookworms

reluctant reader tips

Reading: If you've spent more time pleading, bargaining and bribing your kids to read than they've actually spent with a book, Mumsnetters have got 11 top tips for you...


"Why we need to stop using the term 'mumpreneur'"

Work outside the home mother

Blog of the Day: Defining women according to their childbearing status is insulting and patronising, writes MN blogger Emma Woods.

Your best World Book Day costume?

To help other parents avoid desperate night-before-World-Book-Day panics, share your pics of previous #WBD costume triumphs - £100 of books to be won



9 things we learned about fitness from Jillian Michaels

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30 Day Shred author Jillian Michaels dropped by for a webchat recently - if you missed it, here are 9 of her solid gold tips for finding the motivation you need to get fitter and leaner. 

15 genius batch cooking recipes

spag bol recipe

Family food: Save time AND money with our collection of great tasting recipes that you can cook in bulk, freeze and then reheat for an instant family supper.


Breakfast - don't skip it!

kedgeree

Recipes: it's National Breakfast Week - just the prompt you need to get creative in the mornings. Here are 100+ inspiring breakfast recipes to get you started including this kedgeree recipe from the Mumsnet cookbook.

Mumsnet Best... family holidays

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Family travel: Ignoring the grotty weather and dreaming of your family hols? Don’t book till you’ve seen which hotels, cottages, and campsites were so beloved by MNers that they’ve won a Mumsnet Best badge.


Pregnancy exercise and wellbeing classes near you

Local: When you're pregnant, gentle exercise and wellbeing classes can be a great way to prepare for - and recover from - the big day. Our Local editors have rounded up the best where you are.

"I'm sick of having to 'perform' my disability"

Invisible illness: Lucy Britton argues that the media forces disabled people into two camps - 'worthy cripples' or 'benefit scroungers' - and says she's tired of having to conform to society's idea of what being disabled looks like.


Review of the Month: win a Sage slow cooker

Sage Risotto Plus

Slow cookers: the kitchen gadget that Mumsnet dreams are made of. If you fancy getting your hands on a luxury Sage by Heston Blumenthal Risotto Plus model worth £100, simply write any household appliance review and you'll automatically be entered into our draw.

Book giveaway: A Perfect Home

A Perfect Home

Claire appears to have it all - the kind of life you read about in magazines. But underneath the idyllic façade, all is not quite as happy as it seems... A Perfect Home is the new novel by Kate Glanville, apply for your free copy now.



Home away from home

Ronald McDonald

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families who have sick children being treated in hospital, for as long as they need.

Competitions: what can you win?

January's prizes include a £250 supermarket voucher, six weeks of organic juice boxes from Abel & Cole, a HTC One mini 2, a beauty consultation and make-over and loads more.


Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips

Ovulation

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.