Mumsnet hack: microwave meringues!

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Yes really - no-whisk meringues, cooked in the microwave. Takes three to four minutes – all you need is one egg white and 300g of icing sugar. Cook, serve with berries and whipped cream (or ice-cream, if you're that way inclined), and take a massive bow.

Can a wedding ever be feminist?

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Guest post: With Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (Cheryl Cole as was) facing criticism for taking her new husband's name, blogger and former Feminist Times deputy editor Sarah Graham asks whether a truly feminist wedding is actually possible.

14 ways Mumsnetters made their sibling's life hell

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Most parents hope for harmony between their offspring - but were Mumsnetters little angels with their own siblings, back when they were nippers? Um, that'll be a no.


Bumpfest: 7 birth myths busted

Childbirth: mainly breathing and Rescue Remedy, right? Read Mumsnetters biggest pre-birth misconceptions - and don't forget, there'll be loads more no-nonsense advice from those in the know, at our inaugural BumpFest.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Webchat: Karen Jay Fowler's brilliant novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Post your questions for the author, and join us on Tuesday 29 July.



Bumpfest - grab the group offer quick

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Latest: We've a brilliant Bumpfest ticket offer for groups of three or more - £43.55 per person, including lunch, refreshments, AND a goody-bag worth more than cost of the the ticket! 

Are they bored yet?

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If your kids are already moping and making you twitchy, we've a whole range of ideas to keep them amused - whatever their age and (crucially) whatever the weather.


Best hair and beauty near you?

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With the wedding and holiday season undeniably underway, you might be in the market for a bit of gussying-up - so our Mumsnet Local editors have rounded up the best hair and beauty spots in your area.

Loom Band Challenge: crikey

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Some amazing entries to our Loom Band Challenge - we've £200 of Hobbycraft vouchers up for grabs, so get your DC involved (we'll take their ages into account!).


Mumsnet reviews: travel cots

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In need of a travel cot for the holiday season? It's well worth checking out our Mumsnet Best recommendations in Mumsnet Reviews to avoid costly errors. Pay it forward by sharing your own recommendations.

300 free books up for grabs

The Secret Place

We’re really excited to be giving away 300 copies of The Secret Place this week. It's a beautifully-written suspensedful tour de force - and we haven't been able to stop talking about it here at MNHQ. 


Guest Campaign: TCAA

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This week, we're supporting The Children's Air Ambulance – the UK's only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service – who work to safely transport critically ill children to the care they desperately need.

BlogFest: Early Bird tickets selling out fast

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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.



Pregnancy symptoms

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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

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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.


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.