Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Diary note :: models, markets, magic puddings & more

  • Cute, no? You can give a little bandaged bear a home this Friday for a few bucks and help raise funds for the amazing Children's Hospital at Westmead. We had a few trips there after our daughter was born and everyone was so lovely, from the volunteers to the big-shot specialists. Look out for volunteers selling merchandise on a street near you this Friday.

  • The Norman Lindsay Festival of Children's Literature is on at the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge this weekend. It's a pretty magical spot. I love that all the roads up there are named after his characters. There's lots of talks and workshops for both kids and adults. Featured writers this year include Andy Griffiths, Libby Gleeson and Anna Fienberg. The program and costs are here.

  • Give the planet a break on Saturday by taking part in Earth Hour from 8.30pm. Switch off all that electricity and read to the kids by candlelight or have a romantic dinner with your hubbie. Of course this brilliant idea was started right here in Oz a couple of years ago. This year organisers are aiming for 1 billion participants so they can present results as a vote for taking action against global warming at the 2009 Global Climate Change Conference. Queen B has some gorgeous 100 per cent Australian beeswax candles to light your way. That's the genius Earth Hour special edition eco bulb pictured above. Love it.
  • A friend in the ACT really recommends the Canberra Baby & Kids Markets which she says is full of really good quality pre-loved kids gear, including clothes, toys and even nursery furniture. She got a barely-used phil & teds buggy there for a song. They are on this Saturday from 9am at the Woden CIT Auditorium.
  • This one is for the London ladies who emailed me some kind words recently. I know your kids fit the bill for this one: UK kids nutrition and cookery writer (she's on her 18th book!), homemade food advocate, meal planning queen and all-round super mum Annabel Karmel is on the lookout for models for some of her new ranges. She requires toddlers between the ages of 1-3 and kids between 8-10. Simply email site[at]annabelkarmel.com two recent pics of your child with a fun, engaging or cheeky expression by tomorrow, 25th March. Check here for more deets.


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