Yesterday was the first anniversary of Chrissy Amphlett’s death.
Chrissy’s dying wish was for the Divinyls iconic song ‘I Touch Myself' to become an anthem for breast cancer awareness.
Twelve months on, ten of Australia’s best known singers: Connie Mitchell; Deborah Conway; Kate Ceberano; Katie Noonan; Little Pattie; Megan Washington; Olivia Newton-John; Sarah Blasko; Sarah McLeod; and Suze DeMarchi, have teamed up with Cancer Council NSW to make Chrissy’s wish come true. 
What a beautiful tribute - and what a powerful way to convey such an important, potentially life-saving, message. 
I touch myself is this week - and every month’s - #tuneoftheweek 
Join the conversation #itouchmyselfproject

Time to ring in the changes with Marriage Equality

Want to show your support for same-sex marriage? Soon you’ll be able to put a ring on it!!!

imageThis beautiful ring, symbolising same-sex marriage and designed by award-winning Aussie jeweller Nadia Neuman, launches today on the Eternal by Mondial website with proceeds from sales going to help Marriage Equality Australia’s lobbying, education and advocacy work.

If you think it’s unfair that some people are protected by certain laws while others aren’t, or that it’s not ok to stop couples who love each other from making a legally recognised commitment because of their sexuality, then wearing this beautiful piece is a great way to lend some meaningful support to the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage.

Some people are gay – get over it! Girls & girls & guys & guys #putaringonit!

Join the conversation #marriageequalityring @mondialbynadia @amequality

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Photos from my visit to the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Had the best morning hanging out with kids at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, for the Good Friday Appeal.

I met some really cool kids at the hospital. It really is an incredible facility and I got to see some behind-the-scenes areas I’d never seen before.

I got my Easter Bunny on with some of the nurses from Platypus Ward - the hospital’s speciality surgical unit which cares for patients undergoing General Surgery, orthopaedic, plastics, maxillofacial, urology and burns procedures. 

There was a team of mobile nail artists going around the hospital and these chicks had the full ‘treatment’.

My (unusually) conservative nails just didn’t cut it in this ward! #mobilemanicuristtoWard1STAT!!!

I promised Toby I’d share his photo first on my Instagram and Twitter (which I did) and I saw later that the posts made the Good Friday Appeal telecast on Channel 7. #GlobalStardomAwaits Toby!!!

Make sure you tune into the Good Friday Appeal telethon on Channel 7 or live online and give generously to this incredibly worthy cause.

To donate Call 1300 277 325 or donate online.    

Join the conversation:

Twitter @GoodFriAppeal 
Instagram @GoodFridayAppeal
Facebook.com/RCHGoodFridayAppeal
#GoodFridayAppeal

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Who’s hitting the kitchen this Easter?

The long weekend is nearly here! So, who’s hitting the kitchen for a spot of baking this Easter weekend?

These yummy Easter cupcakes are made from this fantastic white chocolate cupcake recipe. You make them using sour cream so they stay deliciously moist.

Cupcakes are a blank canvas so you can have so much fun decorating them, whatever the occasion. These fluffy Easter bunny bottoms with tails made from mini marshmallows covered in edible glitter are super-cute for tea parties this weekend. 

Burch and Purchese sugar maestro Darren Purchese shared these other insider tips for decorating sweet treats …

Make a quick Icing using 50g Butter, 40g icing sugar plus colouring and/or flavouring, beat well and pipe personalised message or use it to stick edible decorations in place. 

To melt small amounts of chocolate for decorating, place broken up chocolate chunks in a microwave and nuke it in short 10 second bursts so it just melts. Stir with a spoon in between each burst and take care not to overheat. 

Crystallise edible decorations by brushing with egg white and rolling in superfine sugar or edible glitter. Dry in a warm oven for 10 minutes and stick in place with just-melted chocolate or the icing mix (above) for a unique touch.

Join the conversation @DanniiMinogue #Eggcellent

Discover Darren Purchese’s amazing chocolate artworks on Twitter @BurchPurchese

Check out the bowls and measuring spoons used to make these Easter cupcakes at DanniiShop.com

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Easter feaster: My favourite brunch recipe…

Whoop! It’s nearly Easter and what better way to set yourself up for the day’s sugar rush than by fuelling up with a hearty brunch?

Gwyneth Paltrow’s slow-roasted tomatoes are a favourite. I like to top them with some soft, crumbled goat’s feta, wilted spinach, a hefty grind of black pepper* and maybe a drizzle of good balsamic vinegar.  

The recipe, from her cook book ‘My Father’s Daughter’, couldn’t be simpler, just leave yourself enough time to cook these - the emphasis is on SLOW!

Gwyneth Paltrow’s slow roasted tomatoes

Ingredients
Ripe tomatoes
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper

Method
Pre-heat oven to 140°C
Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally
Rub with a little olive oil and sea salt and bake seed-side up for between three and five hours (or until they look caramelised around the edges).

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can pre-cook these and either store them in the fridge ready for urgent brunch action, or even freeze them in portions (the flavour intensifies even more)!!!

Find more amazing recipes on Gwyneth’s Goop here.

*Stainless Steel electric pepper mill, $29.95 DanniiShop.com - also great for grinding sea salt! 

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