• You can do it.

    3 easy ways to actually achieve all the life goals you set.

              By NAT HAWK You know what’s nice? Having a goal. Everyone needs a goal – whether it’s a big one or a small one – to keep them moving along this road that is life. You know what’s not so nice? Failing to achieve any of the goals that you [read more]

  • daily habit

    The one thing you do every day that’s costing over $1,200 a year.

              By ZOE LAWRENCE A year ago, I stopped buying coffee. Not because I don’t like it. There are few things I love more than a really decent flat white on a weekday morning. But my daily coffee started to become so much more than coffee. It was my crutch; the [read more]

  • anna james

    “A man taking a dump on my doorstep was the sign I’d been waiting for, Sydney.”

              By ANNA JAMES It’s the opinion that makes me a very unpopular dinner party guest: Sydney is no longer liveable. I’m moving back to Brisbane. My friends are appalled. This conclusion was formed the moment a man took a dump on the front step of my Darlinghurst home, at 9am [read more]

  • Sex and the City

    It was the most beautiful night with my girlfriends. And then this happened

                  By EVA BOTANY. It was the most beautiful night. A friend’s dinner party – full of love, laughter and the kind of conversation that can only be managed when there are seven girls all crowded around one very small table. And of course, there was food. We gorged [read more]

  • UNwomen_EmmaWatson_GoodwillAmbassador_2 jpg

    Warning: This speech will make you fall in love with Emma Watson.

                By MATILDA RUDD Could we love Emma Watson more? It’s unlikely. Because as well as being a witch (yes, really), a great actress and a rare Hollywood role model for how decent human beings conduct themselves, she has now launched the “HeForShe” program alongside the United Nations in a bid to [read more]

  • court and jules

    Make time for intimacy. Repeat: Make time for intimacy.

              By COURTNEY BECK 30 Nights Of Nookie. For some people, this might be their worst nightmare. For others, it’s everything they’ve always dreamed of. For us, it’s been fun, but also challenging. Actually, I think I’ve been the challenge. I knew it was worthwhile though when my partner Jules said [read more]

  • million dollar house

    $1 million gets you a run-down terrace in Sydney. Or THIS in Malibu or Paris.

                It’s expensive to live in Australia. Beautiful and delightful etc etc, but SO EXPENSIVE. And it’s not just you and us and everyone you know complaining about the living costs here. A study has just confirmed that Australian housing prices are the most inflated in the world. According to a global [read more]

  • mother-in-law

    Reader confession: “My mother-in-law hates me.”

    By ANONYMOUS I know the tensions between daughter and mother-in-laws are as old as time… but I really felt it would be different for me. With my easy-going, friendly nature and good background, I think I am not a bad prospect. I imagined I would have another supportive motherly elder in my life with long [read more]

  • Beautifulpeople.com mentor an ugly person

    Dating site for beautiful people launches “Adopt An Ugly Person” program.

            By KATE LEAVER There’s only one problem with running a dating site exclusively for beautiful people: You’re not making money from the ugly ones. This charming gentleman called Greg Hodge has exactly that problem, with his borderline-psychotic website BeautifulPeople.com. Hodge launched the site so that excessively attractive people can find one [read more]

  • sex

    Government steps in to save husbands from sex-crazed wives. Phew.

    By BERN MORELY Seems as though us pesky women are at again! Apparently, not only are we ALWAYS up for it in the bedroom, we are starting to pressure our blokes to reciprocate. Good news is though gals, the Abbott Government isn’t only encouraging couples to have a healthy sex life, it’s also going to [read more]

  • Maybe marriage isn't so bad after all?

    Why men really ask women to marry them.

          Only women want to get married. Right? Men just go along with it. Right? Wrong. Thanks to Reddit, we now know why the world’s men feel compelled to get down on one knee. Because someone asked and the world responded, posting a list of reasons why men actually get married. And their answers are all kinds [read more]

  • Nat at the snow

    You’ve got 48 hours in a ski resort. Here’s how to make the most of them.

        By NATALIA HAWK Being Mamamia’s resident ski nutter, people often ask me: what’s the ideal amount of time for a ski holiday? My answer is always the same. Go for as long as you possibly can. Ski holidays are never a bad idea, and if you’re there for a week or so, you [read more]

  • Remeber this - key advice.

    Sometimes love is simple. It’s either “Hell yes!” or a straight “No”.

            BY MARK MANSON Think about this for a moment: Why would you ever choose to be with someone who is not excited to be with you?  There’s a grey area in dating many people get hung up on — a grey area where feelings are ambiguous or one person has stronger [read more]

  • photoshopped holiday

    The woman who tricked her entire family into thinking she was on the other side of the world.

            Meet Zilla Van Den Born. She’s the Dutch student who just faked a five-week overseas holiday to Southeast Asia. And the reason she did it? Is amazing. Van Den Born, a graphic designer from Amsterdam, used her excellent Photoshop skills to lie to her friends and family about being overseas. She got [read more]

  • Courtney Beck

    Every night for a month, my fiancee and I made time for love.

              By COURTNEY BECK My name is Courtney Beck, and I have the intention to create more nookie in my relationship. My fiancé Jules is along for the ride (pardon the pun, or not). This is our story. Carving out time in your day for nookie is tough, and sometimes you [read more]

  • What to do when you're in a relationship with the wrong person

    “I had a baby with the wrong man.”

              This post was originally published on Role Reboot  and has been republished here with full permission. By MAVIS KING A case for balancing instinct and logic when choosing a partner who will father your children. I had a baby with the wrong man. It’s as simple as that, and what a [read more]

  • men who take women's surnames

    Only 2% of new husbands do this thing for their wives after their wedding day.

        Tamara and Simon Pace are a regular couple from regional Victoria — who made an announcement at their wedding that shocked their guests. It wasn’t a pregnancy. It wasn’t a move overseas. It was the fact that Simon had decided to take on Tamara’s surname. “They (Tamara’s family) were blown away actually, a couple [read more]

  • mybestfriendswedding

    ‘Marriage pacts’ that actually worked out.

              “If we’re both single at 35…. “ For all those who have made a marriage pact over a few too many glasses of wine/champagne/tequila, we have some news for you. Turns out, marriage pacts aren’t just silly statements. Turns out, they become reality. At least for these lovely couples. When a Reddit [read more]

  • jacqui porter and husband

    To the guy I fell in love with all those years ago: There’s something I want you to know.

        By JACQUI PORTER Hey you, yes, you. The guy I met all those years ago, the guy I fell in love with. The guy I married under the blistering hot summer sun. The guy my kids call “Daddy”. I just wanted you to know something. I notice. Between the sleepless nights and the toddler [read more]

  • family holidays with teenagers

    6 questions to ask before you book a holiday with teenagers.

          By KATHY WILSON Teenagers get lots of bad press these days but I have to admit, I’m finding that some things do get easier as my kids get older. Yes, we get moodiness in our household. And attitude… But most days I actually love having a teenager around. I love having an [read more]

  • Friends. The Poster production of all housemate families.

    While you’re leaning into your career, don’t forget to lean on your friends.

      By MAVIS KING Working women with children are not just time poor, they’re also neglectful, neglectful of the friendships that supported them to the point where they could dare to lean in as far as they are. Whilst a text from a nanny or a call from their child’s school will receive an instant [read more]

  • serial cheater 3

    What makes someone cheat repeatedly on their partner? This woman explains.

          By LEA CLARK This post originally appeared on Role/Reboot, and is republished here with full permission.  I am a serial cheater. I know many people would look at me and feel disgust or sadness if they knew my secrets, and perhaps they should. I feel these things toward myself often. My marriage [read more]

  • Is the spooning really worth the lost sleep?

    ‘My husband and I love each other. We just can’t share a bed.’

        Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann, 52,  and his Oscar winning designer wife, Catherine Martin, 49, don’t share a bed. The designer/director duo have been married for 17 years, have two children and keep separate bedrooms. In an interview with the Daily Mail this week, Lurhmann said both he and Martin “need space.” “We are surrounded [read more]

  • PW-lauren-conrad-engagement-ring

    The new wedding craze that includes plastic surgery on an unlikely place.

            By AVI VINCE Marriage, or the prospect of marriage, makes some girls go bonkers. And this new craze just testifies to that. We have all heard of how some girls turn into Bridezilla during the planning of their wedding. As well as their bridesmaids, sisters, mother, mother-in-law, step-mother and really any female [read more]

  • Professional bridesmaid

    ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ has never been more fitting.

      We’ve heard of couples hiring wedding venues, celebrants and fancy cars for their big days… But never before have we heard of brides hiring a bridesmaid. But that doesn’t mean no one ever will, right? Especially now that “professional bridesmaids” are offering their services. A few weeks ago, a 26-year-old US woman named Jen Glantz [read more]

  • Cullen Bay, Darwin. (Image via Yeowatzup on Flickr)

    What it’s like to live in Darwin.

          By SOPHIE VERASS The vibrant and colourful Darwin Festival is underway. Unique beats buzz from The Lighthouse, laughter oozes out the brickwork of Brown’s Mart and the grounds of the Botanical Gardens are covered with picnic blankets. The scent of stubbies and mosquito repellent fills the air. It’s August in Darwin. In [read more]

  • She's endangered.

    The female libido fairy. Rare. Endangered. Fragile.

        By MIA FREEDMAN “Every time a man lies in bed pretending not to hear a crying child, a female libido fairy dies.” This nugget of wisdom was coined by a guy called Jack Ellis, father-of-two in his entry for a competition to find Australia’s Mentally Sexiest Dad. “And you can’t bring her back [read more]

  • elephants 1

    4 things you should do in Thailand (and 1 thing you shouldn’t).

      By MELISSA WELLHAM Visiting Thailand recently was something of a revelation for me. I’d never been to South East Asia before, and after only seven days I had already decided that I needed to pack up my house and move there. The culture is chilled out, the people are so friendly, and the weather [read more]

  • Tully Zygier

    Honesty is a tricky point when it comes to online dating and having a disability.

          By TULLY ZYGIER I’ve never really dated. In high school boys didn’t look at me that way and I was too scared to make a move. My first and only real boyfriend was an older man that I had met online. In the ’90s online chatting was through a program called Internet [read more]

  • perfect relationship

    She’s a “freaking catch” and she’s looking for love. Can you help?

          By COURTNEY BECK A few years ago, I had a crazy idea to start a blog and advertise myself as a date in the hope that the Internet would help me find the girl of my dreams. In September 2011, I found her, and in February this year we got engaged. Single [read more]