World Book Day is upon us...

Which literary character will you be fashioning for your child this year? Whether you're a sewing whizz or looking to pull something together last minute, MNers have an array of great costume ideas you can whip up in a jiffy.

Housing webchat this lunchtime

Houses

Live now: We're holding a joint simultaneous webchat with the Conservative and Labour housing ministers. Brandon Lewis and Emma Reynolds are both answering your questions - join in on Talk.

A leftovers pie for British Pie Week

pie recipe

Recipes: For the start of British Pie Week (2-8 March) - we present our frugal leftovers pie recipe for using up anything left over from the Sunday roast.


Waiting for secondary school offers?

school crossing

UK secondary school places are announced today. Share the stress with other waiting parents - and if your child doesn't get a place in the school they hoped for, one option is to appeal against the admission decision. Find out how to go about it. 

"Heart failure never entered my mind"

Guest post: To mark the end of Heart Month, Janet Newman - whose symptoms were attributed to the 'stress' of being a mother-of-four - describes how she finally got a diagnosis, and urges women to trust their instincts when it comes to their health.



Rachel Reeves talks children in Downing Street

Rachel Reeves

Webchat: After hitting the headlines for her plans to take maternity leave should Labour win the general election, Rachel Reeves MP joined us to answer your questions. Catch up on what she had to say.

"I'm telling the RSPB about you!"

...and other insults you'll only hear from a furious child. From dobbing you in to the RSPB, to uninviting you to their parties - children come up with the most imaginative ways to put grown-ups in their place. Here are 17 of the best.


Planning a holiday? Look a little closer to home

Travel: If you're in search of somewhere to take the family, don't overlook the glorious getaways right on your doorstep. Take your pick from Mumsnetters' top UK destinations for a great family break.

Got the itch?

Pregnancy: Itchy skin during pregnancy is common, but that doesn't make it any less uncomfortable - or worrying, if you're unsure of the cause. Read up on this expert advice for dealing with it.


MNers' top-ranking washing machines

Washing machine

Reviews: In need of a new washing machine? Whether you're thinking of going budget or luxury, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate highly - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Free books up for grabs this week

Behind Closed Doors

We've 50 copies of Behind Closed Doors to give away this week. When 14-year-old Sophie disappears one night, it looks at first as though she ran away. But as the investigation unfolds, a wealth of secrets start coming to light.


Amref Health Africa

Amref

Giving birth in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most dangerous things a woman can do. Help Amref Health Africa train more midwives and prevent needless deaths.

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.



Am I pregnant?

morning sickness

Wondering whether to test? Take a look at the most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy - from sore breasts to weeping over TV adverts - or consult our Pregnancy Talk board.

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.


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.