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    A love letter to the most under-rated place in your suburb.

        By ALISSA WARREN To my new lover, my library… You’ve been so neglected and for that I apologise. By me. By your people. You see, I’ve been rather preoccupied with life. With a job. A wedding. Then kids. I’ll be honest, I’ve been distracted. Mostly, buried in my iPhone. But I’ve come to my senses [read more]

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    Why are we always our worst selves on a plane?

        Humans. They can be totally revolting on the ground and in their own homes, sure. But put them in a confined space with lots of other humans, several thousand feet in the air? They become vile, unstoppable monsters with no regard for basic hygiene, body odour, or accurate aim with regards to the toilet bowl. [read more]

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    Best and Worst: How’s your week been?

            By LOUISE AYLING Happy Friday, faithful Mamamia readers! Yes, you read correctly, it’s Friday. You’ve made it. It’s that time of the week where we can all sit back, relax and unwind. This is Mamamia’s Best and Worst so feel free to have a bit of a vent or a whine, [read more]

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    Huge corporation does something beautiful. APPLAUSE.

      This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. Actually, it’s a HUGE deal. Target just did something truly significant (and we’ve got to say, beautiful) in their latest ad. Watch it, and see if you can spot the moment they kind-of make TV history. Did you see this happy little kid? With her dad? [read more]

  • Bec

    Bec: “I want to learn to knit. Yes, knit.”

      By REBECCA SPARROW It’s fair to say that over the past four years I haven’t at any point attempted to hide my lameness.  Nay, I have revelled in how uncool I am and have never shied away from outing myself as something of a loser. There was the time I admitted to singing “Like a [read more]

  • happy pup

    9 ways to make your dog as happy and healthy as this one.

            By HELEN VNUK I always treated my dogs like children. I’d buy them fluffy toys, take them fun places on weekends and let them sleep at the end of the bed. Then I had real babies, and… well, now my house is full of children, both the two-legged and four-legged kind. [read more]

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    Chipetiquette: A definitive guide of when to steal, dip, and share.

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a chip taken from another’s plate will always be more delicious. This rule holds whether you have ordered chips of your own, are still awaiting their arrival or foolishly chose a pasta dish that came without any accompanying deep-fried deliciousness. The epitome of golden crispy perfection will always [read more]

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    “A comprehensive list of the things I did before 9am.”

        By HOLLY WAINWRIGHT Ah, good morning. Sit down, drink your coffee. Breathe. How’s your day been? Do you remember a time when all you had to do in the morning was get your sorry arse out of bed, into a shower, and onto the bus? And then you had children. And then you went back [read more]

  • Lynne Ravenhall and her granddaughter.

    ‘This is our family story about heart disease, and the many different ways we can all be affected.’

            By LYNNE RAVENHALL ‘This is our family story about heart disease, and the many different ways we can all be affected.’ – Lynne Ravenhall Growing up in Melbourne in the 1940’s I was part of a large, loving family. I didn’t realise then just how young a lot of our male relatives [read more]

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    Open Post: Come meet our new Editor, Holly Wainwright.

                This weeks Open Post is brought to you by Omo Ultimate. It’s been a pretty big week at Mamamia so far. On Monday, our Editor-in-Chief and the former Editor of Mamamia Jamila Rizvi announced that Holly Wainwright would be taking over as Editor of Mamamia. Holly was previously Editor of the Mamamia [read more]

  • William was wearing this Spiderman suit.

    The whole country is thinking of this little boy tonight.

            By REBECCA SPARROW A little boy is missing A little boy with a cheeky, mischievous grin and twinkling eyes. A little boy who loves his big sister and Spiderman and playing outside in the sunshine. A little boy who could be my little boy. One minute William Tyrell was playing with [read more]

  • Janine Slack

    The most beautiful reason to trash the dress.

        Janine Slack’s beautiful wedding dress was meant to mark the beginning of her new life. A life shared with her fiance, John. But fifty-two days before their wedding, John died unexpectedly and Janine was left heartbroken. She was also left with the memory of a completely planned wedding that was never going to happen and a custom [read more]

  • 9 year old shooting

    This 9 y/o just killed someone. And she’ll live with that fact for the rest of her life.

             Update: The children of the shooting instructor killed by a nine-year-old girl have penned an emotional letter to her — and have taken turns reading their pledge of forgiveness on a video. Personal injury lawyer Marc Lamber, who represents the Vacca family, uploaded the video onto his firm’s website, the Daily Mail reports. [read more]

  • Tony Abbott.

    Why the Prime Minister’s visit to Arnhem Land is nothing but window dressing.

                By ALYS GAGNON With our Prime Minister spending a week in Arnhem Land right now, one could be forgiven for thinking that here we have a leader truly committed to closing the gap for Indigenous Australians. Before he was elected Prime Minister, Tony Abbott promised to spend one week [read more]

  • Holly Wainright

    Introducing: Mamamia’s new Editor, Holly Wainwright.

          After almost two years in the job, yesterday was my last as Editor of mamamia.com.au. As of this morning I have officially handed over the reigns of this magnificent beast of a website, to the very able Holly Wainwright. Holly was previously Editor of the Mamamia Network’s parenting website iVillage and before that [read more]

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    Why the world needs to back off Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”.

          So there’s this song that’s being played much more than it should be on radio stations around the world. It’s called All About That Bass and it’s written by Meghan Trainor, a 20-year-old singer singer/song-writer from the US who has been who has been writing songs since she was 11. You’ve probably [read more]

  • Video thumbnail for youtube video Two blind sisters see for the first time. - Mamamia

    Amazing. Watch the unbridled joy of two blind sisters seeing for the first time.

      There are videos that make you laugh… There are videos that scare you. And then there is this. A truly amazing story about two blind Indian sisters, Anita, 6, and Sonia, 12, seeing for the first time. Just look: Sonia and Anita were both born blind. Raised in rural India, the only way their parents [read more]

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    “I discovered my friend had died via Google.”

        By MICHAELA FOX When I want to know the answer to something, I turn to Google. Google is knowledge at your fingertips – full of useful and not-so-useful information. Whether it’s research for an article, catching up on current news, or poring over food ideas (read: killing time), I invariably ‘Google’ it. I [read more]

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    Voulez Vous: Art that would add a pop of colour to any room.

      Welcome to Mamamia’s art endeavour, the Voulez-Vous Project. Every week we celebrate emerging artists, designers, illustrators, creators and women who knit using their vaginas. (Kidding. Maybe.) Our aim: to help the internet become a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place by making art accessible. To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here. Click [read more]

  • Active against cancer

    Meet the smoking hot cancer patients changing our view of life in treatment.

        This is the film clip to 2004 song ‘Call On Me’ by Eric Prydz. (Which is one of those great songs that absolutely no one can remember the name/artist of, but that appeared in enough car advertisements that we’re sure will recognise it when you hear it.)   And this is that same [read more]

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    How to send the climate change denier in your life scientific spam.

      You know that saying ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’? Rubbish. Utter rubbish. Take this example: Internet spam is crap. Climate change deniers are crap. But, when combined, these two crap things produce something that is definitely not crap. They produce someone that is, in fact, rather awesome. That (^^) is a screenshot from a new app called [read more]

  • chicks smashing grunters

    Chicks smashing grunters is exactly as bizarre as it sounds.

        A new magazine launched in Australia last month. It’s for women who like hunting pigs. And it’s called ‘Chicks Smashing Grunters’. ‘Chicks Smashing Grunters’ launched in August, and is Australia’s first women’s hunting magazine. So what does it feature? Lots of pictures of women with the pigs they’ve just killed of course. For [read more]

  • Bec

    Bec: “I publicly pledged to lose weight but instead, I gained.”

            By BEC SPARROW For some reason (WAS I DRUNK?) on 23 July I decided to announce how much I weighed and commit to doing regular exercise for the first time in years. No idea what I’m talking about? Here’s how it went down … “So what this means is that right [read more]

  • Mel Greig royal prank inquest

    Why did Mel Greig go to the royal prank inquest in London?

            Mel Greig is sitting in a coroner’s court in London, sobbing. She doesn’t need to be there. She could be at home with fiance, Stephen, and her dog, Mia, getting on with her life. Instead, the 32-year-old Australian radio host is at an inquest into the death of Jacintha Saldhana. A death she probably still [read more]

  • parenting advice from mums

    “If in doubt, kiss ‘em,” and the other best pieces of parenting advice we’ve ever heard.

        By MAMAMIA TEAM All our lives we are bombarded with unsolicited advice and never more so than from the moment we fall pregnant, to the moment we give birth. Eventually we figure it out, and as we muddle through this amazing parenting journey we just need that one special person we can look [read more]

  • shared parenting

    10 anonymous parents confess: “What I regret about my divorce…”

          “My kids hate me because I divorced their father and I can’t tell them all the the horrible things he did to me, so I let them treat me like crap.” Anyone who’s life has been affected by a divorce will find it hard not to be moved by this story from [read more]

  • Elissa. With makeup.

    Best and Worst: How’s your week been?

    By ELISSA RATLIFF. It’s Friday. Which means two things – it’s almost the weekend and it’s time for Mamamia’s Best and Worst. A place where you can share the highs and lows of your week with the MM community. Like therapy, only cheaper. I’ll kick us off. Best: I was lucky enough to see Nora at the Belvoir [read more]

  • Ana

    “When I sit in that chemo chair, all my bravery just goes.”

              By ANA FERGUSON Most days, I get up and face my demons head on. I wake up damn well determined to MAKE MYSELF be positive, warm and fuzzy. I bounce out of bed and I try to be bouncy all day long (I should make Tigger from Winnie The Poo [read more]

  • Julia Gillard at the launch of former cabinet minister, Greg Combet's book today. (Photo: Brendon Thorne/Getty)

    Yet again, Julia Gillard handles herself with the utmost poise, grace and dignity.

            BY ALYS GAGNON If I have, at any point in my life, even just a quarter of the grace under fire Julia Gillard has displayed again and again and again, I will be a very happy woman. Yesterday, Julia Gillard spent the better part of a day under oath at a [read more]

  • Parties like this might now attract a fee.

    Hosting a kids party in the park is about to get REALLY expensive.

      BY BERN MORLEY     The best things in life are free right? Well, no. Especially if one local council in Brisbane gets their way. The simple act of throwing a party in your local park, is about to get a whole lot more complicated. And expensive. Under a controversial move, Brisbane City Council are suggesting the simple act [read more]