• how to help a friend through bad times

    The best friends are the ones who make you feel loved even at the darkest times.

          By NATALIA HAWK We’ve all experienced at least one of them. Those earth-shattering moments that turn your world upside down in less time than it takes to say, “hey, that was unexpected.” Sometimes, the changes that come from these moments are good. And at other times, they’re bad. The kind of bad [read more]

  • ALS ice bucket challenge

    Local news reporter perfectly refuses to dump a bucket of ice on his head.

      Lincoln Humphries is a sports reporter at WIN News on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He – like a lot of people in the past few weeks – was nominated to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. He – also like a lot of people – could see how that seriously wasn’t the best use of his [read more]

  • Samorn Sanixay

    Voulez-Vous: This woman’s art is the definition of a “labour of love.”

            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.) The aim: to make the internet a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place. To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here. Click here to see all [read more]

  • facepalm better

    “The year I forgot Father’s Day. (And how I redeemed myself.)”

              By LISA MITCHELL My dad is notoriously hard to buy gifts for so I tend to come up with something he likes once, and then spend the next five years repeating that gift until Mum taps me on the shoulder and points out that he hasn’t actually been using my [read more]

  • Daphne

    Why is the new Scooby-Doo movie trying to fat-shame Daphne?

          By TOM BURNS There’s a new animated Scooby Doo movie being released to DVD today—Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy—and, unfortunately, the creepiest part of the movie has nothing to do with an overly elaborate plan to scare people away from an abandoned amusement park. Instead, this time, the folks at Warner Bros. Animation decided [read more]

  • Popcorn cupcake

    Best and worst: Come and tell us about your week.

            By MEG WRIGHT Welcome to best and worst, the place where we give you a chance to tell us what’s new with you. This is a place to debrief, offer advice, ask questions and tell us what’s on your mind (OMM). I’ll kick things off! Best: This week I discovered the [read more]

  • some good news

    Help us remember that the world can be a beautiful place.

      There have been some truly harrowing stories in the news lately; enough to make a person feel like evil and sadness are taking over. We get that, we really do. We cover some excruciatingly sad stories each day. And does feel like there are more than ever. Of course it’s important to know what’s happening in the [read more]

  • what is the als ice bucket challenge

    Is this 26-year-old man’s life worth saving?

          Anthony is 26 years old and he’s just been diagnosed with what we call Motor Neurone Disease. Already, his fingers fumble when he’s trying to do up the buttons on his shirt. His hands shake and stiffen as he tries to brush his teeth. And he knows what’s coming because he’s seen [read more]

  • is quitting sugar dangerous

    KATE: Eating clean isn’t about health anymore. It’s about shame.

            By KATE LEAVER   Eating clean isn’t about health anymore. It’s about discipline and shame. Celebrity-endorsed eating plans like Sarah Wilson’s “I Quit Sugar” series and Pete Evans’ “The Paleo Way” are not diets. They’re cult-like groups that thrive on a culture of fear around food rather than realistic wellbeing. At various times in my [read more]

  • reggie bird

    Remember Reggie from Big Brother? Her son is sick, and she needs your help.

            Remember Reggie from Big Brother? She’s the wonderful women who won Big Brother (and Australia’s heart) back in 2003. These days, Reggie is a single mum to Mia, 6, and Lucas, 4. Sadly, Reggie is also legally blind and lives on a disability pension and she’s struggling to raise funds to support her son Lucas, [read more]

  • Rosie Waterland.

    “Hey, ladies – catcalls are flattering. Deal with it.”

                By ROSIE WATERLAND Doree Lewak is a writer for the New York Post and she has something to tell all the ladies. We know this because the headline on her controversial article starts with “Hey, ladies” and ends with “Deal with it.” Observe: “Hey, ladies – catcalls are flattering. Deal with [read more]

  • Video thumbnail for youtube video Watch this family try to fit a couch into a hatchback. - Mamamia

    Watch this family try to fit a couch into a hatchback.

      NOPE. Just nope.        

  • Open Post Help me find my bike

    Open Post: Someone stole my bike.

            By DIMITY KIRKWOOD Welcome to our weekly Open Post, the place where we come to talk about how our week’s going so far, or to rally everyone together to help me find my bike. Please. You see my bike, affectionately named Red Rocket because of its red sheen and ability to [read more]

  • planesss

    The part of the plane passengers never ever see.

      Have you ever thought about where the crew go to sleep on long haul flights? Well, prepare to be jealous. Basically, every aircraft that’s flying long haul is fitted with some kind of ‘crew rest area’. The section is usually above the passenger area and can sleep up to five crew members at a time. Depending [read more]

  • what is the ice bucket challenge

    There’s a reason celebrities keep pouring buckets of ice over their heads.

      By THE GLOW TEAM There’s an ice habit sweeping Hollywood – and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with recreational drug use. Over the past week, social media has been flooded with videos of celebrities like Oprah, Taylor Swift, Girls’ Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke, Justins (Timberlake and Bieber), Jimmy Fallon and even tech kings Mark Zuckerberg and Bill [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]

  • Alissa.

    10 brutal but beautiful truths about turning 30.

          By ALISSA WARREN I love birthdays. I celebrate them with child-like enthusiasm. So when my thirtieth birthday crept up, I thought I’d be just as buzzy because I didn’t think turning 30 would be a big deal. WRONG. Every few years there’s an age that gives us a little slap. 28? 32? [read more]

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    Religion in schools. It’s time to choose a side.

        By ANNA HALAFOFF and CATHY BYRNE. Religion in schools is being debated once more in anticipation of findings from the controversial Review of the National Curriculum. This is a challenging topic locally and internationally. Can, and should, religion be taught in a secular context? Conversation author Gary Bouma recently described the difficulties some [read more]

  • mia freedman

    Right now it feels like pedophiles are everywhere.

          By MIA FREEDMAN On Sunday night I watched the 60 Minutes interview with pedophile David Farnell, father of baby Gammy, who was convicted on 22 charges of child sex abuse against little girls as young as four years old. He now has a baby girl of his own in his care. It [read more]

  • inspiration from mums

    “This one goes out to my mama, the woman who taught me to love.”

          By KATE LEAVER This one goes out to my mama. The woman who taught me to love. My mama has cared for me her whole life. When the time comes, it will be my pleasure to care for her. I’m holding my mum’s hands, which makes the whole world feel safer. She [read more]

  • natalie wood surry hills

    When everyone you love dies first.

          By KATE LEAVER A carton of six-month-old milk, a pair of cheap Chinese slippers, and a pile of neatly kept diaries. That’s all that was left of a 90-year-old woman who died at home alone in the Sydney suburb of Auburn in January this year. Her remains were not found until July. Nobody [read more]

  • kate hunter and tiger

    “A woman judged my dog’s name.”

            By KATE HUNTER My relationship with my dog has never been easy. It has been fraught at times. Weighed down by misunderstanding. But time and therapy have helped and I’m not even joking. (You can read about our relationship counselling session here.) So you can imagine my distress when a woman, unknown to [read more]

  • katty perry roar

    The 20 most popular songs to get sweaty to.

        By KAHLA PRESTON It is a truth universally acknowledged (in fitness circles, anyway) that a playlist can make or break a work out. When your calves are on fire, your face is dripping and your heart feels like it might launch itself out of your chest, it really helps to have Jessica Mauboy/Dizzee [read more]

  • lazy people

    “The kind of models that would actually make me want to buy clothes.”

        By LUCY GRANSBURY There is a model who keeps popping up in my News Feed. An insanely beautiful, ridiculously hot model. You know how they say ‘she has legs for days’? Her legs reach until about August 2017. You know how they say ‘glowing skin’? Her skin is the surface of the sun. [read more]

  • cookie monster

    Artwork made out of everyday objects that will make you smile.

        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.) The aim: to make the internet a slightly more beautiful, captivating, or thought-provoking place. To find out more about the Voulez-Vous project, click here. Click here to see all the previous [read more]

  • Christina Aguilera pregnant belly

    Baby news for Christina Aguilera.

            Popstar Christina Aguilera has given birth to a baby girl. The 33-year-old signer and her fiancée Matt Rutler welcomed their daughter into the world on Saturday morning via c-section.  According to The Daily Mail, Christina, checked into a private and deluxe birthing suite at Cedars Sinai after arriving at the hospital with Matt around 8am. [read more]

  • okayest dad best

    Father’s Day gift ideas. (That dad will actually like).

        By JACQUI PORTER I love father’s day. It’s a chance to show Dad what he really means. It’s a time to celebrate all the appalling jokes we’ve all tolerated over the years, and a time to cringe at the memory of him mowing the nature strip in his speedos. It can sometimes be tricky to [read more]

  • I had a baby and it didn't ruin my life.

    The 17 things every parent of a baby needs.

          By NICOLA MORIARTY It’s funny how much one person’s list of essential baby items can vary from another’s. I remember once being asked by a pregnant friend if she had to have one of those ‘baby on board’ signs on the back of her car… by law. Another friend was determined to [read more]

  • refugee camp in jordan

    These children deserve a safe place they can call home.

    By DR GRAHAM THOM As a father myself, there’s something particularly haunting about seeing kids trying to play in a desert, made up of rocks and dust, devoid of anything you’d relate to a normal childhood. Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is 12 kilometres away from the border with Syria and a place I recently [read more]

  • gay teacher comes out

    He came out as gay in a whole-school assembly. Four years later, he received this email.

            In 2010, David Weston was a teacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys in Hertfordshire, England. During an assembly that year, Weston stood up in front of all 1200 boys at the school and told them he was a gay man. And, four years later, he received a letter from a former [read more]