Don't be scared: Halloween made simple

Have an impressive, Pinterest worthy Halloween without going batty. We've got inspiring ideas for costumes, quick but spooky Halloween snacks, and everything you need to throw a stress-free Halloween party your kids will love.

Make someone's Christmas truly magical

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Nominations for the Mumsnet Secret Santa close in two days – so if you know a Mumsnetter who deserves some festive cheer, now is your chance to show them how special they are.

13 quotes from children wise beyond their years

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Inside every child is an old person, desperate to get out (and boss you around). Mumsnetters have proof that children are actually tiny, Peppa Pig-watching philosophers.

Ada Lovelace Day: "We need more female role models"

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Guest post: We must celebrate the achievements of women in STEM to encourage girls into male-dominated careers, says Suw Charman-Anderson.

Have you got your ticket for Blogfest?

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Blogfest 15: With scintillating speakers including Meera Syal and Margaret Atwood, this year's Blogfest promises to be an exhilarating day that is sure to inspire. Do join us.

Boozy pudding recipes - cheers!

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Book Club: Bestselling Irish chef Rachel Allen brings us her most personal cookbook to date: Coast. We've nabbed three of the book's best boozy pudding recipes for the perfect end to a dinner party.

Child sexual abuse: mitigating the risks

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The statistics on sexual abuse can be frightening: 20% of girls and 8% of boys under the age of 18 experience it in some form. Here's what you need to know.

Explore Hackney: the greenest borough in London

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Mumsnet Local: Hackney has become an urban landscape full of unique places to visit (cat cafe, anyone?) – here's our Local editor's pick of where to go and what to see.

Have baby, still travel

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Reviews: Getting out and about weighed down with sprogs can be tricky. Luckily our reviews section will help you find the perfect travel system so you can feel like Columbus and Mary Poppins rolled into one.

Send a Cow

Send a Cow UK Aid

Guest Campaign: Send a Cow’s Planting Hope appeal will give families the confidence and knowledge they need to grow their own food, to beat poverty – and the UK government is doubling donations to the cause.

Nailing the working mum morning routine

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Careers: Trying to leave the house on time in the morning once you have kids can be a nightmare. Here's how to make that part of the day work for you and your family.

"You're going to be a gran..."

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Over on Gransnet: “I can't help feeling put out I found out with their 634 other 'friends.'” Announcing your pregnancy to your parents via social media – right or wrong?

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

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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?

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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

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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.