The best gift this Christmas? Has to be a book

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They're endlessly entertaining and don't require batteries (unless you're on a Kindle), making them the perfect present. Discover Mumsnetters' favourite books to give as gifts this Christmas for children and grown-ups.

Thanksgiving sorted

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Whether you're an expat pining for pumpkin pie or just fancy honing your festive food offering in advance of Christmas, our Thanksgiving recipes for this Thursday are just the ticket.

13 cunning kitchen cleaning hacks

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Mumsnet hacks: Fed up of wasting valuable hours cleaning up kitchen chaos? These tips and tricks from MNers will bring you great joy.


Top Christmas presents for picky teens

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Hard-to-please teenager in your house? We've scoured the internet for a selection of gifts to amaze and delight the fussiest of teens this Christmas.

Bullying: 'no one deserves to feel as low as I did'

Guest post: To mark the end of Anti-bullying Week, teenager Sophie Finnigan - who was bullied at school - tells her story, and urges us to teach our teens to stand up for each other.



Mumsnet Family Friendly Award winners 2014

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Congratulations to all the companies who received their well-earned gongs at our ceremony this week, celebrating the companies making life easier for UK families.

"In the olden days, milk came from cows"

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Did you know that eating broccoli is an environmental crime? Or that spaghetti is harvested from camels? Behold: the origins of food, as recounted by Mumsnetters' kids


Mumsnet Reviews: child bikes

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Ah the unbridled joy of receiving a bike on Christmas Day. If you're shopping for one, find out which makes and models Mumsnetters rate - and share your own recommendations by adding a review.

White van man, motherhood - and penis beaker

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Comedy: Lucy Porter's very funny Blogfest keynote on finding self-confidence - via the milestones of motherhood, Penis Beaker, and standing up to White Van Man.


Baby names: your one-stop shop

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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.

Guest Campaign: Dance4Change

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Dance4Change uses the power of dance to build the self-confidence, independence and friendship networks of deaf and blind young people. Support Dance for Change by Dancing like a Dad!


Ebola Crisis Appeal

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Ebola Appeal: Last week, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a campaign to help those affected by the Ebola Crisis. MNHQ is supporting the campaign by offering free ad space across the site - find out more.

24 hours in... Tower Hamlets

Local: Spend a day in the busy borough of Tower Hamlets and discover some of London's hidden gems, including markets and museums the whole family can enjoy.



100 books up for grabs

Looking for a new book to get stuck into? We're giving away 50 copies of the heart-wrenching true story Nowhere to Go by Casey Watson as well as 50 copies of the beautifully written Things We Couldn't Explain by Betsy Tobin.

Family competitions: enter now

November's prizes include a £100 spa voucher, Hobbycraft vouchers, Louise Galvin haircare products, £500 worth of vouchers of your choice and loads more.


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?

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.