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Day 59: Best Seller is … Colour in!

The numbers have it, and they’re telling us colouring in is cool! Over the last few weeks, Amazon’s best selling books are colouring in books for adults. And to be honest, who doesn’t love a good colour-in session?! Herbie certainly does, download your FREE printables on the HOME page, print and colour in until relaxation …

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Herbert Peabody Mood Food

Day 58: Food = Mood

Hello Readers, Herbie and I have been offline with school readings, market visits, and planning our up coming Prahran Market School Holiday Lunchbox Workshop! We’re super excited for October 1, at 10:30am and 1:30pm, with the help from our lovely and delicious friends, Health Bowl Cafe! And I spied a great article literally confirming our …

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Day 55: How to start off in the book business

It’s one thing to write a book, and it’s another to sell it. Writing was the easy part, and after talking with a couple of publishers, I decided to self-publish the “Herbert Peabody” series. Why? Because I wanted Herbie to look, and feel, a certain way. I was new to the world of books, so …

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Herbert Peabody Farm life

Day 51: Five Top Tips to Get Your Kids Out Into The Garden

A long weekend is around the corner, so here are five ways to encourage your child to get out into the garden! 1. Show your child something new Have them draw a picture or write about what they’ve found. 2. Embrace “Let ME do it!” Allow your child to get their hands dirty by picking produce …

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Day 45: Sharing Herbie’s magic with children at Stories Up High

The great American comic, W.C. Fields, once said, “Never work with children or animals.” However, if he had been at the Stories Up High children’s writers festival this weekend at Cloudehill in Olinda, he may have thought otherwise. Reading chapter one of Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch, followed by painting pots and planting …

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Day 41: Children who grow their own veg are FIVE times more likely to eat them

Yes, children who grow their own veg are FIVE times more likely to eat them. This was reported in the Daily Mail this week – read more via the link below. And if you think about this, it makes sense. When I understand a process, I am more likely to give the outcome a try. …

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Day 40: Quick, healthy and do-able

Stir fires are fantastic. They are quick to cook, quick to clean up and deliver on taste! Weekends are about convenience for me and Herbie, and today there was a lovely leek and curly kale sitting in our veggie bowl. I pulled out the fry pan, chopped the leek and kale, and by the time …

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Day 39: 8 days to go!

This time next week, it will be one sleep until Herbie’s Children’s Writer’s Festival debut! “Stories Up High” is a fabulous festival in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, just one hour from Melbourne. http://www.storiesuphigh.com.au/ I am thrilled to have been asked to attend thia festival. I will be reading and signing both of Herbie’s books, and involving …

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Day 38: Fresh and simple is best

Sautee home-grown garlic in butter. Add farmers market porcini, slippery jack and pine mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. In the meantime, boil spaghetti. Then mix together, drizzle with olive oil, top with parmesan, and be consumed by taste. The beauty of tonight’s dinner was that the flavours were so individual. You could taste the …

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Day 37: Same vegetable, different flavour!

Tonight Hubby and I went to our favourite Japanese restaurant, and rather than order our usual dishes, we were in the mood to try something different. In the entree section, I spied eggplant with teriyaki. Rewind to last week: I made veggie lasagne, with mushroom and eggplant as the filling. Hubby and I love the texture …

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