• Men of honour

    The 8 things boys really need from their parents

    Share         Mothers all over Australia are tearing their hair out trying to manage the hormonal changes happening to their once tender boys. This smelly, grunting, obnoxious teenager is a far cry from her little sweet boy that once allowed her to smoother him with kisses. Now all he seemingly wants to [read more]

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    “Bad sex is good for my relationship”

          My husband and I have sex almost every day which after three children, eight years of marriage and two demanding schedules is quite an achievement. But it isn’t very good. And we don’t care one bit. It isn’t difficult for couples to have sex every day. The problem is that couples expect [read more]

  • Taylor and Captain Starlight

    Starlight Day: Transform a child’s life

            The sad reality is that every minute of every day a child is admitted to hospital in Australia and unfortunately thousands of these children are then faced with a diagnosis that can change their life, and the lives of their family, forever. The Starlight Children’s Foundation transforms the hospital experience for [read more]

  • rape debate

    Why do some people think this isn’t rape?

    I currently live in a share house in London with 5 other men (boys?) in their mid-20s. Every evening they can be found either: a.     Watching soccer. b.     Playing Xbox. c.      Talking about soccer. d.     Eating take away. e.     A combination of b,c and d. This house is equal parts crazy and marvelous – but [read more]

  • Mia Freedman

    This week’s column: How old is too old?

    BY MIA FREEDMAN When you have a skirmish with someone on social media, the world is watching. OK, not the world. Nelson Mandela and Lady Gaga are usually pretty busy but there are always plenty of strangers keen to jump in and pelt you with tomatoes. And that’s how it went down earlier this week [read more]

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    News: Babies not a priority for Aussie women

    HAVING A BABY NOT A PRIORITY A study of Australian women has revealed just four per cent aged between 18 and 44 view having a baby as their top priority. 43 per cent said their number one priority was family and friends. The research, conducted by Galaxy on behalf of ovulation test company Clearblue, did [read more]

  • Gwyneth hair

    Celeb news: The new hair trend to try, thanks Gwyneth.

    Think of it as dip-dyed. Otherwise known as ombre. And if Gwyneth’s wearing it is must be cool. Check out Gwyneth Paltrow‘s latest hair style – her usually blonde strands are slightly darker than usual, bordering on orange.  It’s similar to Balayage, (check that out here). The difference here is the line between the two [read more]

  • Mia Freedman

    Join Mia Freedman at Australia for UNHCR’s Mother’s Day Lunch

      Mia Freedman, Publisher of Mamamia and News Limited Columnist will be speaking at the Australia for UNHCR Mother’s Day lunch – and everyone is invited to come along. When: Tuesday 8 May 2012 Where: The Ivy, George Street, Sydney CBD Time: 12.15 for 12.30 – 2.15 pm Australia for UNHCR says: Join us in [read more]

  • odd one out

    The challenges of friendship when only one of you has kids.

          Long before all my girlfriends starting popping out kids faster than an African nation without morally-sanctioned birth control, I proposed to them that we should institute an annual girls’ holiday.  Nothing fancy, mind you, just a weekend away.  Away from our partners, whatever children we may or may not have, and just [read more]

  • stop sign

    This is what happens when your body says ‘STOP’

      As I write this, I’m laying in my mum’s oversized bed, with my Labrador sitting by my feet and the television on for a little background noise. This is not the way I had envisioned spending a Thursday afternoon. Normally, I would be chained to my desk in the city, buzzing to finish my [read more]

  • An image from the 2011 bike ride

    Opera2Parliament: fundraising for Lymphoma research

    It’s not every day that you encounter something that really moves you. And then when you do, you naturally want to tell the world about it. What you’re about to read is a story of courage, and my small part of that journey started when I ran into an old friend in April last year. [read more]

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    Are we too used to people starving?

    I arrived in Africa at 3am, after a journey involving four airplanes and thirty hours. It was dark, unbearably hot, and my passport was confiscated at the airport by armed guys who did not speak English. Tears. World Vision Australia had asked me to do this five-day trip as part of their blogger ambassadorship program, [read more]

  • peter slipper

    NEWS: The nightmare that is Peter Slipper

    UPDATE: Peter Slipper has announced he will stand aside as Speaker of the House of Representatives while he defends allegations of fraud, after it was claimed he handed out blank cab charge dockets to a driver in Sydney. He says his decision to stand aside has nothing to do with the claim that he sexually [read more]

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    See if you can work out what this ad is for. Then laugh.

    Try not to laugh. Dare you. We can’t really explain too much about this except to say it made the MM office grunt inappropriately while laughing. It’s an oldie, but most of you probably won’t remember it.

  • This was before shapewear was invented. God bless shapewear.

    “My Shapewear tried to kill me”

          I am lucky to be sitting here at all. Earlier this week shapewear tried to kill me. It started innocently enough. I’m at my goal weight but three children later, the loose skin on my tummy continues to bother me. I have some great jeans but they are all low-rise. It’s so [read more]

  • Rick Morton

    Life’s little awkward moments

            by RICK MORTON I was in the Very Important Meeting when my nose began to run. Not the oh-so-subtle run where a well-timed sniffle could take care of it. Oh no. The kind of run that feels like China has opened the flood gates on the Three Gorges Dam without prior [read more]

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    The first ever Barbie TV ad.

    Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, which makes a lot more sense when you see the era from which she came. We all know Barbie is more than 50 years’ old. But have you seen the first ever TV ad for the then $3 doll and her range of (sometimes even more expensive) clothes? [read more]

  • breastfeeding doll

    The world’s oldest supermodel + the pics of the week.

    Meet Daphne Selfe. She’s 83 and apparently she’s the world’s oldest supermodel. She’s still gracing catwalks and catalogues, says she’s not afraid of getting older and has never had cosmetic surgery because she sees it as a “waste of money”. Also in this bumper edition of week in pics, there’s the fashion campaign featuring a [read more]

  • L'Oreal Youth Code Luminosity

    L’Oréal Youth Code Luminosity

    Some lucky Mamamia readers have been trialling the L’Oréal Youth Code Luminosity. According to L’Oréal: L’Oréal Youth Code Luminosity is a revolutionary skincare range that evens and illuminates the skin, leaving it glowing with a new luminosity. Youth Code Luminosity is developed for women 25+ who are searching for skincare that will even and illuminate [read more]

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    SEALED SECTION – He wants it when I’ve got my …

    The Mamamia sealed section is going off like schoolies on Viagra. This isn’t surprising – women have always wanted to talk about sex in a frank, non-judgemental way. Did you see what a reader was troubled by last week? And what another found in her partner’s bedside drawer the week before?  Today we’re talking period sex. [read more]

  • Our resident skin guru, Zoe Foster.

    10 ways to avoid looking like a tomato after exercising

          BY ZOE FOSTER How can I look presentable after a gym session? My face is as red as a lobster for HOURS. – Carla Sweet Carla, if when you finish your interpretive dance/boxing/spin class/run, your face is as red as the loveheart clutched in the paws of a giant white Valentine’s Day [read more]

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    Drastic pre-wedding diets. Would you do this?

    Women have been doing crazy things to lose weight for a long time, and when there’s a long white dress hanging in the wardrobe it often goes to another level. But the latest method to be spruiked by a few unscrupulous doctors would render even a weight loss infomercial star speechless. Yesterday, it was in [read more]

  • What was your best and worst?

    What were your best and worst moments this week?

        Happy Friday! It’s finally here, and in keeping with Mamamia tradition, it’s time to reflect on your week – the good, the bad and the in between.There are no “rules” just join in and tell us about your highs and lows. Remember no issue is too small or too big. Sit back, unload [read more]

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    News: When parents spy on their kids.

            SPY GAMES AS PARENTS KEEP TABS ON KIDS Some 41 per cent of Australian parents admitted to ‘spying’ on their children using social media. Digital security company AVG Technologies surveyed 4400 parents in 11 countries to see what kind of a record they kept of their children. Michael McKinnon, Security Advisor [read more]

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    The celeb news you might have missed this week.

    In case you’ve missed anything in celebrity land this week, we’ve packaged it all up for you in a bumper celebrity news post. 1. Kim Kardashian is setting her sights on the political world. In a clip from Khloe & Lamar, Kim said she wanted to be the mayor of Glendale in California. She chose [read more]

  • Madonna with daughter Lourdes

    Celeb news: Madonna’s smoking double standard.

    So Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter Lourdes was recently photographed smoking. And Madonna? She “wasn’t very happy” when she found out. In a recent interview, she said she might have to be more strict with her kids. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “I don’t think I’m as tough as I [read more]

  • lea michele

    Hipster watch: Celebs at Coachella (gallery)

    For the uninitiated, Coachella is a music and arts festival held over two weekends in the Californian desert. The second weekend is just about to kick off so we thought we’d have a look at what celebrities have been wearing to the event. From what we can see, it appears hipsterdom isn’t a condition only [read more]

  • jeans

    20 pairs of Jeanswest jeans to give away

    This competition is now closed – winners will be notified shortly. Thanks for entering I found a picture of myself the other day. I mean, like a real, hold in your hand, probably had to wait two days for it to get processed, accidentally spill water on it and it’s ruined, genuine printed on paper, [read more]

  • im not interested

    7 things I love to forget

          I feel I can quite comfortably describe myself as a competent person. I have achieved in life, have pieces of paper to quantify my competence, I appreciate complex literature and understand abstract ideas. However, I have come to find that there are a few things in my life that barely touch the [read more]

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    What can we do to end the ‘mummy wars’?

    Perhaps the most enduring wars are fought by women. On Facebook and in Mother’s groups. At the gate at school drop off and over coffee in the morning. At the watercooler in the office and outside of boardrooms across the city. It’s the war that pits mother against mother by comparing and belittling choices that [read more]