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

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

Got questions for the Costa First Book Award winner?

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

Breakfast - don't skip it!

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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, from weekday quickies to leisurely weekend feasts. 


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

Baby names: choose wisely

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In the news: A French family who wanted to call their daughter Nutella (yes, really) have been forced to change the name after the court ruled it would cause the child to be mocked. If only they'd consulted our baby name finder first!



9 things we learned about fitness from Jillian Michaels

jillian michaels

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

batch cooking recipes

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


Sugar-free: how to get started

Davina

Keen to cut down on your family's sugar intake, but not sure where to start? We asked Davina McCall - mother, TV presenter and self-confessed former sugar-addict - to share her top tips and bust some popular myths.

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.


Mould and condensation: household hacks

mould removal

Hate waking up to sopping windows? Sick of grotty mould in the bathroom? You need Mumsnetters' tips for getting rid of them both, for good.

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.


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.

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.



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.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.


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.