Scottish Referendum: a nation decides

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In the news: As we wait to find out how Scotland votes in today's historic referendum, catch up on what Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling had to say on the key issues in their Mumsnet Debate.

Secondary school: the fun starts here

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If your child's starting secondary next September, you'll be well aware that open day season is upon us. Fear not: we've guides on how to make your choice, and how to weather the application process.

Come and chat to author Elizabeth Gilbert tonight

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Webchat this evening: Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert joins us this evening at 9pm to talk about all her books including The Signature of All Things, described by one Mumsnetter as "an epic novel to immerse oneself and luxuriate in."


10 ways to reduce your sugar intake

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As scientists call for our sugar intake to be slashed, Mumsnetters share their tips on the small changes you can make to what you and your family eat, to help you all cut down. 

Super easy soups

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Recipes: Whether you're starting from scratch or looking for more soups to add to your repertoire, these 10 easy soups fit the bill. They're tasty, nutritious and simple to knock up.



"Surrogacy changed my life - but is it morally right?"

Guest post: Alice Jolly's youngest child was born to a surrogate mother in the US. Despite her own joy, she understands others' misgivings about surrogacy - and argues that a commercial system could actually make things fairer.

9 simple ways to develop a routine for your baby

How-to: The word "routine" can conjure images of spreadsheets and clock watching - but, as Bumpfest speaker and childcare expert Rachel Waddilove explains, there are huge benefits to having a loving, flexible routine that works for everyone.


Potty training

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Everything you need to know: Tips on how to tell when your toddler's ready for potty-training, and how to go about the whole messy business - plus, getting your child to stay dry through the night.

Lib Dem support for Miscarriage Care Campaign

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Update: Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Health Minister, has said he will personally argue for the inclusion of our Miscarriage Care Campaign in the party's manifesto - so please keep the pressure up on Jeremy Hunt.


Mumsnet Reviews: baby car seats

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Child Passenger Safety Week: See how Mumsnetters rate the various extended rear-facing baby car seats on the market - and add your own review.

Grab a Bumpfest ticket for 45

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Expecting a baby, and befuddled by the reams of advice and info out there? You need Bumpfest - our one-day event dedicated to all things birth and baby-related. Book now using the code MUMSNETTER to nab a ticket for just £45.


24 hours in Buckinghamshire

Local: Walk through the park where Harry Potter was filmed, treat yourself to some Michelin star dining or spend an afternoon at an inspiring museum. Explore Buckinghamshire with our Local editor's top pick of the county's attractions.

Free Julia Donaldson books!

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Book giveaway:  Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is the brand new children’s picture book by the dream team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks and we’ve got 50 copies to give away


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Guest Campaign: Balance

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This week, Balance is helping to raise awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as part of a national campaign to help parents understand the risks of FASD, and the ways to prevent it.

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.

Family competitions: enter now

September's prizes include a family break to Holland, a £100 John Lewis voucher, three months of fruit and veg boxes and loads more.