'I was at a friend's place for supper and I realised I didn't have anything to talk about except the children, schools and the price of property."
One mum is going above and beyond with her twins' hair by creating elaborate hairstyles.
Ever attempted to make something you've seen on Pinterest? Not every thing is as easy as it looks.
There are two types of people when it comes to cakes, the cake "makers" and the cake "eaters". Which one are you?
They'll save you money, make your house look good and you don't even need a garden. Win, win.
what's in this section?
Mummy bloggers aren't just bored housewives with nothing better to do than document their child's every bowel movement.
I own up to my cake fails. I'm a self-confessed baking loser. Thankfully, my kids have been conditioned to expect the worst.
Whether you like to line them up in pots on the kitchen windowsill or hang them up in pockets on the wall, fresh herbs can look amazing.
An American mum started a blog to share recipes, photos and crafts, but her family's life has become a living hell after trolls rounded on her.
Kitsch or kind of cool? Gnomes are marching towards respectability in high places.
Just like fashion, gardening trends come and go, here's what's 'in' right now.
Winter is here and flowers are harder to find in the garden.
Recycle (or upcycle) your clothes, or take up knitting as a past-time: it's budget-friendly, satisfying and fun.
Kindle Worlds offers aspiring writers an opportunity to pen their own takes on franchises in popular culture.
Family snaps where everyone is perfectly arranged and saying cheese can end up looking awkward or boring.
Technology appears to be making timeless crafts more popular, as people making handmade goods find a market online.
Condensing a challenge into a bite-size time-frame can be liberating. Here's how to become a new you.
No longer the land of lace doilies and macrame plant-holders, craftwork is cool again.
A Wellington mother is getting dirty for the sake of fitness, as she trains for the upcoming Warrior Dash in Wellington.
Between the to- do lists and the Christmas shopping for the family there is one special person who often gets forgotten during Christmas - you. Here are some Christmas gift ideas to inspire mums, because you deserve it.
- Discussions on our forums
- Comments on our stories
- Newsletter guides to pregnancy, babies and toddlers
- A personal profile and the chance to connect with other mums
- Newsletter updates from the Essential Mums team
- Competitions and the chance to win great prizes.