Mum's life

Mum's life



Isolation of motherhood

Mums share their stories of feeling isolated, and what they do to try to break out of it.

kristen bell

Celebrity mums pose nude

A few Hollywood mums came together to inspire healthy body image, posing nude for Allure, and we have a sneak peek.

Working mum

Line between home and work

For many of us there is little difference between home and work, causing problems for both.


Grandkids keep grandma alert

Get on the phone and tell grandma it's time for babysitting - new research shows it can help ward off brain disease in older women.


Women on the beat

Even when she was knee high to a grasshopper, Sergeant Caroline Martin wanted to be a policewoman.


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Relationships pregnant women talking on phone looking at ultrasound

Friends during pregnancy

Friendships are important as we navigate life-changing events for the very first time, like pregnancy and parenting.


Do you need separate beds?

What's holding me back from selling our king mattress and ordering two twins? Society!

Health Sad woman

Life with anxiety

At times, I feel pretty worthless. In those moments, all I want to do is curl up into a ball and hide in the dark.

The truth about fitness scamsThe truth about fitness scams

Fitness scams

The real story on ab machines, diet pills, protein shakes, magic contraptions and more.

TV & movies leslie mann The Other Woman

The Other Woman

REVIEW: The Other Woman is a female-strong, but not quite feminist, take on infidelity.

Mad Men

Mad Men dream ends

It's the last roll of the dice for Don Draper as the series that has explored sexism and infidelity reaches its conclusion.

Work Generic money

Money not top of the list

Making a lot of money is not the main focus for half of NZ's small business owners.

The toughest job

World's toughest job

Would you answer a job ad for a 135 hour work week for a demanding associate? See what happened when these people did.

Celebrities Lorde

Lorde anti-airbrushing

Lorde has again shown she is not without flaws, while highlighting the fact pictures do lie.

olivia wilde and baby

Olivia Wilde gives birth

Actress Olivia Wilde has given birth, announcing the arrival of her baby via Twitter.


Transform yourself: week four

In week four of our six-week personal makeover series, Lisa Lyford shares tips on dressing to suit your body shape.

Kiran phone

The mummy uniform

I've realised I wear a subtle variation on the same clothes every day. It's my 'mummy look' you could say.

Mum's books natalie cutler welsh and jacqui lockington

'If only they told me'

A new book by two Auckland women aims to lift the lid on how becoming a parent impacts every aspect of your life.


Bumpy reads

There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.

Home kitchen

How clean is your kitchen?

From tea towels to chopping boards and pantyhose, banish the bugs with these tips.

Home decor

Home - no place like it

I realised I had a problem when I almost spent $100 on an hourglass.

Hobbies herb garden

Handy herbs to plant now

They'll save you money, make your house look good and you don't even need a garden. Win, win.


Great cake expectations

There are two types of people when it comes to cakes, the cake "makers" and the cake "eaters". Which one are you?

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