• travelling alone tips

    Travelling solo: Why everyone should try it at least once.

              By NAT HAWK Like pretty much everyone else in the world, I really love to travel. I love visiting beautiful, exotic beaches and sampling the local delicacies. I love learning tidbits of new languages and meeting new people. There’s only one problem. I really don’t like new places and I [read more]

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    4 and a half of the best things to do in Christchurch.

        By DIMITY KIRKWOOD Whenever I pictured New Zealand, 100 sheep flashed before my eyes. Obviously this automatically made me ready for a nap and the thought of travelling to the actual country left my mind immediately. So for the one moment when I forced myself to ignore the sheep and really consider going there, I [read more]

  • Rain

    The Joy Project: 365 photos in 365 days.

      By SARAH NORTON 365. That’s how many photos Ginger Unzueta wants to take. One for every day of the year. Unzueta, who is a photographer, wife and mum, has created a photography project celebrating the simple joys of everyday life. The aim of her venture, called the Joy Project (365), is to post a picture or series [read more]

  • Couple

    When you accidentally meet the love of your life. And everything changes.

            By JACQUI PORTER I’ll be honest with you, I always hoped that somewhere in my future I’d find someone to share my life with. I’d always hoped that I would have children. But for the most part, I just didn’t think it was on the cards for me. I guess I [read more]

  • how super works

    How to turn your retirement fantasy into reality.

              By HELEN VNUK I don’t often think about retirement, but sometimes – when the kids are wearing me out and work is grinding me down – a retirement fantasy does creep into my head. It involves a house by the beach, piles of books and lots of good coffee. I’m [read more]

  • Grandma DJ

    All your retirement dreams. And how much it’ll cost to make them come true.

              By LISA ALMOND It’s the three year anniversary of my fiancé and I living in our own home and I love looking around my home and thinking about what I’ve managed to achieve as I get older. My favourite part of our home is our front deck, ironically, because I sit [read more]

  • what do strippers do about their period

    ‘How pole-dancing made me a life-long feminist’

                  By ASHLEY HUNT When people ask what I do for work and I tell them I am a pole dance instructor, I’m faced with mixed reactions ranging from shock, to patronising and the very occasional admiration. I am used to being judged for my chosen profession, but that [read more]

  • By Wendy Squires

    Planning to travel to Spain? Make this your itinerary…

                By WENDY SQUIRES As I set out on day one of my walking tour of Spain’s famed Catalan coast, I wondered if this was in fact my beautiful holiday ideal after all. The sparkling Mediterranean appeared to be teasing temptress-like, as I headed in its opposite direction, leaving behind [read more]

  • 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]

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    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]

  • 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]