Stress-free Christmas hosting: it CAN be done

Whether it's your first time hosting Christmas, or you're an old hand looking to inject some new sparkle into your traditions – our festive tips will make sure you survive the holidays with your house (and sense of humour) intact.

Cyber Monday: grab yourself a bargain

baby sleeping

Save yourself from battling with the high street and make the most of our round-up of the best online deals and offers. That's your Christmas shopping sorted without moving from the sofa.

Nigel Slater: post your questions

Christmas pudding

Webchat, tomorrow, 12-1pm: Nigel Slater is joining us tomorrow midday to help reduce Christmas cookery anxieties and to tell us about the third instalment of his Kitchen Diaries, A Year of Good Eating. Join the webchat for a chance to win a signed copy.

Happy Saint Andrew's Day

party dress

Food: If you've never tried Scottish tablet before, prepare to say hello to a sugar coma. This super-easy and delicious version is made in the microwave: seasonally appropriate sweets are just a ping away.

How to write: learn from the best


Writers – find your voice with these top tips on the creative process from some of the bestselling storytellers and legendary journos who joined us at this year's Blogfest.

How to make your child's bedroom magical


You'll be amazed at what a bit of fabric and some imagination can achieve. Find out how a little decorating ingenuity can transform a bedroom into an enchanted space.

"You don't get over bereavement, you get on with it"

Beth Phillips

Guest post: Two and a half years after her husband's sudden death, Beth Phillips says the initial shock and exhaustion has passed, but she and her sons still take each day as it comes.

The top toys for Christmas 2015


Christmas: What's going to be on every child's must-have list? From Hamleys to Amazon, we've got all the toy toy lists right here*Bold*

The best new picture books for Christmas

Picture books

Books: Even the dreariest of winter nights can be cheered up by snuggling down with a great book – and our choice of this season's best titles would make fantastic Christmas presents.

The best toys for babies

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Reviews: They may not be able to fully support the weight of their own head – but babies still have discerning tastes. Check out MNers reviews of the best toys to keep your little ones entertained.



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Tell your MIL where to go

Tell your mum about Gransnet

To Gransnet of course. Refer her today and if she joins she'll get LOADS of top tips about being a brilliant gran (plus the chance to win fantastic prizes including shopping vouchers and a Lakeland hamper.

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

Pregnant woman

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?

Baby names

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

Ovulation chart

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.