Ebola: Live webchat NOW 11am-12pm


Webchat: If you have questions or concerns about the Ebola virus, join our webchat with Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, between 11am and 12 midday. Dr Farrar is a leading scientist in the global fight against infectious disease, and has been instrumental in the international response to Ebola on behalf of the Wellcome Trust. If you're unable to join us, do post your questions in advance on the thread.

Half-term: things to do

Half-term: Searching for fun things to do this October holiday? Find local events in the run-up to Halloween or get crafty with a range of indoor activities.

24 cheats for winning at life

Want to get ahead of the pack? Mumsnetters share the little things they do to make their lives a lot easier. Use them.

Could you write a novel?

Think you've got a novel in you, but despair of ever being published? The winner of our fantastic competition will be represented by renowned literary agency Janklow and Nesbit - so don't put it off, get writing now!

Halloween: get making

Spider Lollies

Watch our how-to videos for simple Halloween crafts and party treats - including spooky spider lollies, trolls' teeth and ghostly decorations.

How to treat children's burns

It's National Burns Awareness Day. Make sure you're equipped with the knowledge you need to avoid accidents where possible, and treat injuries if your child is burnt.

Blogfest tickets: 25% off!


Nick Hornby, Rebecca Front, Francesca Martinez plus a host of others join us for our annual celebration of great writing and big ideas on November 8. Book two or more tickets now using the code BloggerFriends to get 25% off the price.

Book giveaway: The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

We've got 25 copies of The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories to give away, featuring 10 beautifully illustrated stories written by Mumsnetters. Our latest book, The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories, is also available now!

Secret Santa - how it works

Secret Santa

Find out more about how to nominate a fellow Mumsnetter who could use a little extra Christmas cheer this year - and how to donate too. 

Career change?

woman working at home

Sign up for the latest Mumsnet Academy course and learn how to boost your earning potential. ACCA’s Foundations in Accountancy qualification is a good way to give your career a real boost.

'The best campaigns are powered by ordinary people'

Guest post: As celebrities line up to take part in another viral charity campaign, Blogfest speaker Brie Rogers Lowery argues that when it comes to online campaigns, A-list support is just a footnote.

Book giveaway: A Most Desirable Marriage

A Most Desirable Marriage

50 copies of A Most Desirable Marriage up for grabs this week. Lawrence and Jo have enjoyed a strong marriage, the envy of their friends. But something's wrong. Just how wrong, Jo is about to discover...

Guest Campaign: Bake it better


Great Ormand Street Hospital invites you to Bake it better – you could help them reach their £125,000 fundraising target by getting creative in the kitchen and hosting your own bake sale.

Mumsnet Reviews: ovens, cookers and hobs


Whether you're an Aga devotee or in the market for something more slimline, find out which ovens, cookers and hobs rank highest with Mumsnetters - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

Pregnancy symptoms

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 - and if you're still not sure, mull it over on our Pregnancy Talk board.

Trying to conceive?


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

October's prizes include cinema tickets for the family, a year's supply of innocent kids smoothies, a year's gym membership and loads more.