Summer holidays: how to make it out alive

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School's more or less out for summer - now to the question of how to keep the kids entertained (and yourself sane) for the next six weeks. Whether you're planning a family holiday - abroad or in the UK - or you're staying at home and in need of things to do, we've a whole range of ideas to keep everyone amused, whatever their age. And, more importantly, whatever the weather.

Announcing... BumpFest!

Bumpfest

Pregnant with your first child - or second, or third...? Then join us at BumpFest - our one-day event will be packed with talks, workshops and activities to prepare you for becoming a parent.

11 beauty hacks you'll thank us for

Baby Bottom Butter

You've heard the rumour that haemorrhoid cream reduces wrinkles - but Sudocrem as a primer?! Read our beauty hacks roundup - each one tried and tested by (some very brave) MNers.


Heatwave: hot weather safety tips

suncream

It's getting hot out there - find out what you need to know about protecting babies and children in the heat, and other summer safety hazards to avoid.  

Video: perfect prawn and orange tagine

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Video: Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Honey and Co rustle up a super-fast tagine - 15 mins start to finish! It's packed with delicious Middle Eastern flavours and perfect for a summery supper. 



What would the world look like if gender roles were reversed?

Amazing how blindingly obvious (and palpably ridiculous) sexism is when gender roles are reversed! Take a look at our roundup, inspired by this thread.

Summer dresses: the MN edit

summer dresses

Searching for the perfect frock for a summer 'do'? Relax - MNers have scoured the shops on your behalf. Perfect dresses for weddings, graduations and garden parties - or to skim a blossoming baby bump!


Moving back in with my parents - in my thirties

Guest post: MN Blogger Kiran Chug ponders the benefits - and challenges - of moving back in with her folks, husband and kids in tow. 

Summer food

picnic

As the temperature across Britain builds who wants to be stuck indoors cooking? Get out of the kitchen with our top BBQ recipes and picnic food ideas.


Bounty Mutiny: update!

Bounty mutiny

As as result of Mumsnet's campaign, the Care Quality Commission's maternity services inspections will now ask mothers what they think about commercial representatives on maternity wards.

BlogFest '14: grab your Early Bird ticket

blogfest

BlogFest: Our glittering celebration of sharp writing and big ideas will take place on Saturday 8 November. Book now, and you can grab an Early Bird ticket for £75.


Review of the Month competition

Gulliver's theme park

Looking for an end of term treat to get the holidays off to a flying start? For July's competition, write a day out review and you could win a family Gulliver's theme park ticket.

Guest Campaign: Migrants' Rights

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This week, we're supporting the charity Migrants' Rights as they fight for every person's right to live with their family, regardless of how much money they make.



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.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

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.


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.

Family competitions: enter now

Celtic Manor

July's prizes include a family ticket to Camp Bestival, £100 to spend at The White Company, two nights in a luxury lodge in Wales  and loads more.