Strictly come... and chat to Claudia Winkleman

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

"I think it's important to leave something to be discovered"

Book Club: Author Emma Healey joined us to answer questions about her Costa Award winning novel, Elizabeth is Missing. She talked about her own experience of dementia, finding inspiration from her grandmothers - and also gave us a glimpse of her next novel.

'We must rebel against the way fitness is sold to us'

Guest post: Lisa Jackson loves to run, and she has come last in five marathons - here, she describes how she got fit on her own terms, and says we should redefine what it means to be 'sporty'.


NHS watchdog: 'complain about poor care - we'll listen'

In the news: The Nursing and Midwifery Council has just voted to have direct responsibility for regulating midwives, following complaints to the Health Ombudsman - here, Julie Mellor explains why this could improve care for mothers and babies. 

11 ways to turn reluctant readers into bookworms

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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...



15 genius batch cooking recipes

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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.

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


Sugar-free: how to get started

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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 myths.

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 including this kedgeree recipe from the Mumsnet cookbook.


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. 

Review of the Month: win a Sage slow cooker

Sage Risotto Plus

Slow cookers: the kitchen gadget that Mumsnet dreams are made of. Want to ge 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.


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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.

Book giveaway: Dangerous!

Dangerous!

We've got 30 copies of Dangerous! to give away - the new book by award-winning author illustrator Tim Warnes. Mole has a penchant for labelling things, but will soon learn that appearances can be deceiving...



Smear for smear

Smear for smear

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust’s #SmearForSmear campaign asks women to post a lipstick smear selfie to remind others of the importance of attending a smear test. Get involved 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.


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.