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Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #252

November 23rd, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Friday Fun Post… on a Saturday… this week was somewhat overwhelming for a lot of us, what with a fire right above our house…

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So we took a day off… a mini-break and headed for the great outdoors.

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I hike that turned out to be quite a bit harder than we all expected and exactly what we needed…

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GiveAways… We would love you to Enter!!!

It is GiveAway season over here… heaps of GiveAways over the next couple of weeks!!! Click on the images to enter and win these fabulous books…

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Book of the Week

Lawrence in Arabia, by Scott Anderson and published by Penguin Books South Africa. I have fond memories of sitting with my mum, during varsity vac, eating bowls of olives and watching the epic classic: Lawrence of Arabia. And we have been reading about and researching life during World War 1 for school this year. So, when I saw Lawrence in Arabia on our book review list I was really eager to read it. Just as the movie was long, this book is a long read, just over 500 pages of dense writing, more of an academic read than I was expecting. There are literally dozens of footnotes and references, and an extensive biography… the author has clearly done a lot of extensive research, and yet it is very readable and you will find yourself reading just one more page and whiling away great chunks of time in an effort to find out the story behind the story we have been led to believe..

If you have even the slightest interest in military history, the great war or the turn of events in the last century that led to where we are today… then this is a book that you will enjoy reading. It provides the story behind the obvious story… who trusted who, and who didn’t, which secrets led to other secrets and all the while people with real lives… living through desperate times. You will find yourself watching a political thriller unravel as you read, and like any great political intrigue you will read on and on hoping for a happy ending… but this is not a novel. I found myself saying “oh wow” and a number of variations of that, many times as I read. Clearly you can make plans and plans were made, but you cannot predict the frailty of men and the decisions that individuals will make and the domino effect they will have. not just on their lives, but on society as a whole and nations down the paths of time.

Unlike the movie there is not a whole lot of marching through the desert. The author opens up the world of T.E. Lawrence by looking at the people around him. The truth is if you want to know somebody then get to know their friends and family. Honestly, when you read books like these and the factors that contribute to who and what a man becomes and when all those men are put together. This book provides a bigger view of the how and why of where the Middle East is today, rather than just another biography of a life filled with intrigue. History lovers will embrace this book, it is a great read for a very long weekend… and you will come away with entire collection of new and amazing anecdotes to share.

We were given this book for review purposes by Penguin Books South Africa, we were not paid to write this review and the opinions expresses are as usual entirely our own.


Here are some lovely links from this week:

  1. As I said, we have been learning about World War 1 for school recently and making full use of the BBC Schools resource page… it is packed with useful goodies to listen to, to read and things to do… well worth stopping by if you are looking for resources.
  2. I loved this post on the Art of Simple: Giving Each other the Space to be Authentic. Let’s just stop assuming how others are feeling and ask them… just a slight change in approach can make the world of difference.
  3. Must, must, must read on Nesting Place: Hospitality, but not the kind you are thinking of.
  4. We will be creating our Advent Calendar this week… it is a big deal over here and one of our things… here are a heap of Beautiful Advent ideas on the Crafty Crow!!!
  5. Alisa Burke’s Paper Ornament Wreath… fun, fun, fun…
  6. Oh you want to see this darling idea, packed with every detail on Babyccino Kids: The Little Things – How to create a doll hospital. I see a ward of teddy bears coming in to play!!!
  7. If you don’t already follow theRebelution, written by youngsters for youngsters, I guess I am young at heart because I really enjoy it. The post really resonated with me, What if I am Just… Normal?
  8. And the se7en + 1th link:

  9. A Blast From the Past: And here are a couple of links to posts, this week, from previous years:

GiveAway Winners

A Road Tripping Feast

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All the entries…

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And picking and choosing…
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And the winner is:
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Cindy Nov 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm I would LOVE to drive our Italy for about a month. Experiencing anything and everything. I’d love to do that here too though – I’m easy to please!

We would like to thank MapStudio who supplied us with the GiveAway book. We were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.

That’s us… Hope your weekend is a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all…

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Justin Bonello’s Cooked in the Karoo – A Review and GiveAway.

November 20th, 2014 · 27 Comments

So I thought I would surprise you all with a fantastic GiveAway of Justin Bonello’s Latest book: Cooked in the Karoo written by Helena Lombard and published by Penguin Books South Africa. Like all of Justin Bonello’s books this one has a wonderful earthy feel to it. His books might be touted as cook books but they are always so much more than a cookbook. He produces books that are exquisite travel guides, not superficial travel, this travel to the very heart of a place… and then there are whole lot of recipes tossed in for good measure. This is the kind of “cook book” that leaves you freeing up your calendar, and blocking off chunks of time, just so that you can pack your bags and head out into the wilds.

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The Karoo

The dry and arid centre of our country is called the Karoo and for many folk it is a means to an ends and literally a desert that you drive through as fast as you can to cover the distance between Cape Town and anywhere else in South Africa. The truth is after reading this book you will be lingering a lot longer en-route…

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I noticed that I wasn’t the only person that had grabbed a notebook and plotted a potential route… Places with names like the Dwyka Gorge, Nieu-Bethesda, Steytlerville and Canarvon deserve a visit. This is a place full of nostalgia, The Swartberg Pass where my father took me as a child, and now I have a yen to take my own children there. Each spot on his road trip through the Karoo gets a chapter packed with details about the folk that live there and the life they lead. The book is packed with sites to see, where to count stars and where to go fossil hunting, where to stay and how to camp. There is a fabulous “Survival Guide”… and that alone is worth buying the book for… but lets go on to the food…


Justin Bonello’s cooking journey is well documented in his book collection and South African’s all over the world have been glued to his “Ultimate Braai” TV series… this book goes a little deeper and you will find it packed with recipes from the heart of your childhood. IF you are a South African on the far side of the world, I am sorry already because the recipes in this book will make you homesick: Biltong and frikkadelle, koffie and roosterkoek, melk tert and prickly pear ice-lollies, vetkoek and tamatiegemors, I could go on and on. I love how his recipes always take you back to the beginning, you can make these recipes with ingredients you are familiar with, and the directions are easy to follow… also he believes in family size recipes – there is no “serves one” in this book. I love that he doesn’t just say, this is the only way… often he will have three or more varieties of a recipe… would you like to make sweet mustard, hot mustard or wholegrain mustard from scratch, just for instance. So as usual we tried and tested Se7en+1 recipes… actually a whole lot more that we couldn’t resist and we still have a few more that we would like to try!!!

Se7en+1 Recipes we Tried

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  1. Apricot Jam: We are unlikely to ever buy jam again… so easy and so so so tasty.
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  3. Helena’s Mom’s Rice Krispie Treats: Can I mention just slightly life changing. Where o’ where have I been… I have always, always thought these were just too much effort and just too much work – had I known how easy they were and what a winner they were. Everybody, from all walks of life love these… we may well have been conquering the world’s supply of rice crisps since we discovered these… because one must!!! Justin bonello suggests that you hide these… I just smiled. they don’t last long enough to hide.
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  5. Olive Tapenade: I am stocking up on these supplies for drop in visitors… you can totally whip this up and impress your drop in guests with a tasty feast. Just add some fresh crusty bread and you have a winner…
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  7. Bottled Peaches: Basically if you know me, then you are getting baked peaches for every gift from now and evermore… Dad, did you here that… I have your birthday covered. Had I known that these were that easy to make… unfortunately they would not have made it into a jar if I had not stolen some. Literally eaten from the pot… I saved some and turned them into a crumble… divine.
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  9. Salted Caramel Popcorn: Because of this recipe we now have movie night. I never could stand popcorn flying everywhere… but now I am converted. Long may our teeth last… because this stuff is simply irresistible.
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  11. Hertzoggies: Now these are yummy little bites… for our overseas readers these are basically lemon meringue pies, except without the lemon… you use your apricot jam instead and then instead of plain meringue… you use coconut in your meringue… tweak, tweak and tweak again and really good to come home to after an evening amble!!!
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  13. The World’s Easiest Baked Potatoes: Who knew this was an art and I will never look back. I have made them this way since I read the recipe… but only ever have a couple left over to photograph.
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  15. Banana Bread Muffins: Why have we not made banana bread muffins before… quick and easy and gone in a flash.
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    And the Se7en + 1th… we actually had to add an extra recipe to the mix!!!

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  17. Whole Baked Pumpkin: Dinner for the whole family, stuffed inside a pumpkin – how incredibly wonderfully yummy is this… we constructed this one afternoon and spent the rest afternoon smelling these delicious aromas percolating through our home… and then we attacked it… and the following day we ate the leftovers for lunch!!! In a word “yummo.”
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Previously with Justin Bonello

The GiveAway

We have a copy of Justin Bonello’s Cooked in the Karoo by Helena Lombard to GiveAway to our readers.

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We would love lots and lots of comments from you all: Tell us the place in South Africa that you would really, really love to visit. For those of you who are following, we will plot your trips on our map… which is looking fantastic and worthy of it’s own post!!!

This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of Sunday, 30 November 2014. We will draw and publish and contact the winners after that. I won’t respond to your comments as we do on our other posts because we don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!


We would like to thank Penguin Books South Africa who supplied us with a copy of this book to review and another copy to GiveAway. We were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.

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The Easiest Hike in Cape Point by Far…

November 20th, 2014 · 8 Comments

You know we have that mid-week, longing for the weekend feeling when we pop a hiking post up in the middle of the week. After a year of hiking about and exploring the park we appear to have found our hiking rhythm. It is pretty much routine, sandwiches are made and we are packed and out the door. All the hikes we do in our game reserve are new to us, so we never quite know what to expect, as you all know what appears to be easy on paper is not necessarily easy on the feet. We did really want to do a hike along the False Bay coast and previously we had tried one and it had turned out to be quite a challenge. This hike was exactly what we were looking for, the easiest hike we have found and would make a great hike for a family looking for a little adventure, without too much effort for short legs.

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Before the Hike

Hike day turned out to be wet and rainy, so we did a drive around the Park first to see if the weather would lighten up… and we were lucky enough to stop by our friends the Bontebok…

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And good morning to this very wet ostrich…

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Scavenger Hunt

All our hikes begin with a morning spent learning with a ranger… and the lesson was a scavenger hunt, how fun is that. Looking for natural factual treasures.

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Everyone loves this sort of class…

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Learning beside a glittering sea…

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And here are the discoveries…

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Up the False Bay Coast from the Whale Look Out to Bordjiesdrif

The hike begins at the whale-watch lookout…

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It looked like a really rocky beginning…

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But the weather cleared and it turned out to be a really easy amble along the top of the rocky outcrop…

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The look out is high above the water and it is a great spot to sight whales… we weren’t to optimistic we aren’t the luckiest whale watchers (!!!)… and we were quite content to look at the beautiful sea crashing below us…

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And then…

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A southern right whale popped up to greet us…

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After watching the whale for the longest time we got going with our hike…

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Before long we could look back at Cape Point lighthouse…

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It is a really easy walk along the top of the rocky outcrop and when you get to the signboard you can choose to go inland towards the visitor centre or turn down towards the coast…

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Down we went… keep your eye on the path ahead, and you will quickly find your way wandering through soft springy grass…

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Let’s say that again… and easy easy walk… if your kids are used to ambles then they can totally do that…

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Looking back, the hike starts just above those rocky cliffs and looking back you can see that it is an easy wander down the slopes and along the coast…

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We were rewarded with wildlife…

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And a crashing ocean…

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The highlight was the whale that swam the whole way alongside us…

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There is something incredible about whales…

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And along the rocky shore…

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We stopped for a play, which is essential when you are hiking with kids…

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And we wondered why we never made use of the cooking spots right on the beach – that is a definite future fun adventure for us.

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Back to the glittering to sea…

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Sandy beach and sea birds on the one side of us…

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And grass on the other side…

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Plenty of time for some exploring…

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And a short walk across the beach…

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Following footprints…

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Finding treasures…

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The birds chose to move along…

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And before we knew it…

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it was just a quick walk over the dunes to the end of our hike…

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Looking back along the beach, we saw the baboons arriving and we were quite glad we had missed them…

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And a last goodbye to this friendly ostrich… another hike under our belts…

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Other SAN PARKS Hiking Posts

Hiking in the Cape Peninsula

Cape Point and Outings with SAN Parks


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Cape Wild Fire on Elsies Peak Above Fish Hoek and Glencairn…

November 19th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Just an ordinary day… that began with everyone doing a bit of school and hanging the laundry while watching the ocean…

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And the power going out for maintenance, as it does.

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And a puff of clouds above house.

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But when the Cape Fire Helicopters arrived we knew there was a bigger problem…

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And it quickly became apparent that that puff of clouds was anything but a puff of clouds…

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And we have spent the rest of the day watching the blaze…

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The choppers arrived in full force…

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Around and around…

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Again and again…

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And around some more…

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Drips and drops right over our heads…

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Then the spotter plane arrived…

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It spent the entire day circling… in and out of the smoke…

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And it got fairly hectic…

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And we watched our mountainside become engulfed…

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Really we salute these guys, they are still battling it out…

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And it is going to be a long night too…

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It has been a day of sirens and choppers, smoke and noise…

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For updates follow @VWSfires on twitter.

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Coffee Culture, A Coffee Lover’s Bible… Another Mapstudio GiveAway…

November 18th, 2014 · 22 Comments

I told you all that we would have a GiveAway every single week throughout the month of November. Our Road tripping GiveAway is closed, we will announce the winner soon. This week we bring Coffee Culture: The South African Coffee-Lover’s Bible.

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For many of us the day only begins after we have had our first cup of coffee, and lets face it some days require two. Earlier in the year the father person and I did a recognisance of all coffee shops in our area, looking for the best possible coffee we could find – and the best coffee includes, fine service, a good atmosphere… and a sigh of contentment when you taste it. We set our standards high and had to endure some shockers. Honestly, where was this book when we needed it.


The book is in written in two parts, the first part explains the story behind your coffee and the second part of the book tells you where to get the best of the rest:

  • The Buying, Drinking and Making of Coffee: This part of the book is for everyone anywhere, and is a coffee lovers dream. Details and facts, the story behind your morning cup of coffee… The history of coffee, where your beans come from, and the people and processes involved. It makes for a fascinating read to discover who drinks coffee around the world, and how they drink it. There are plenty of tips on how to taste your coffee and how to enjoy it. Not only that, but coffee machinery is explained in detail, the ins and outs, the good and the bad… and the the best way to extract your coffee from the beans. There is a whole section on what to order, the special lingo of the coffee industry, what to expect from your order and how to rate it. This section is really a coffee lovers dream, it is easy to read, with lots of infographics, and blocks of information… you will come away equipped with a good working knowledge of what to expect from all that is coffee.
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  • The A to Z of South African Coffee Shops: The second part of the book is dedicated to bringing us over a hundred of the best coffee spots throughout South Africa, sorted by province and maps are provided. You know, when you are on the road and absolutely desperate for a real coffee, this book is equipped with all the info that you need to know. Each coffee shop comes with location details, contact details, opening hours and a website. For each store there are details for the coffee fundi: The owner, the barista, any coffee awards, the vibe, the coffee, and a coffee review. It’s a Mapstudio book, you can expect the information to be detailed and organised, not to mention beautifully photographed. The photographs really do set the scene, and help to define the vibe – the funky coffee next to a gallery, the township coffee… all the coffees have been tried and tested, and reviewed in detail. There are tips and tweaks to add to your order, and each coffee is ranked from good to extraordinary. There are even tips on how to review your coffee, according to the World Barrista Championship Judges’ Protocol. And for those of you who are not looking for a coffee shop at all, but something a little closer to home, there is a list of bean and equipment suppliers in the back.


Coffee lovers everywhere will enjoy this book, it is packed with useful and interesting information, I am not surprised that it has the sub-title: The South African Coffee-Lover’s Bible. You will come away from reading it better equipped and more informed about all things coffee, which can only bring a little more enjoyment to a freshly ground cup.


The GiveAway

We have a copy of Coffee Culture to GiveAway to our readers.

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We love it when our readers leave us comments, so to enter… leave us a comment: Tell us where in the world you have had the best coffee ever… For those of you who are following, we will plot your trips on our map… which is looking fantastic and worthy of it’s own post!!!


This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of Sunday, 23 November 2014. We will draw and publish the winners after that. I won’t respond to your comments as we do on our other posts because we don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!

We would like to thank MapStudio who supplied us with a copy of this book to review. We were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed in it are as usual, entirely our own.

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Se7en + 1 Things My Kids Need to Learn Before They Leave Home…

November 17th, 2014 · 10 Comments

Home is where the heart is, home is a haven and for our children home is the preparation ground for stepping out into the world one day. We have this idea as moms of young children that our children will be with us forever, that we will be in the rut of diapers and dishes forever. Eventually one day our children will leave home. They will launch and we will instantly transition into empty nesters. Turns out the transition is not quite so cut and dried and our children launch and integrate into the world, almost unseemingly as they move forward in one direction and then another and then another… always onwards and upwards and out into the world. It is good that they spread their wings – I am all for it, and by the time they actually launch I am hoping they will be equipped with the skills they need to survive.

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Much as I would like to have my kids around forever and right now I cannot imagine an evening without bedtimes. But I am actually in the business of raising adults… not confident teens or curious kids… I am hoping that our kids launch one day as responsible adults. It just so happens that because we homeschool and I happen to be their primary teacher that I hope they leave home able to do a little math, write comprehensively, communicate well and generally know how to research a topic that interests them. But more than that as their mum, I have to hope that they possess a number of life-skills: they can do laundry, make their bed, clean a bathroom, shop and feed themselves, not to mention maintain friendships. All of these skills are built upon other skills and take time and training. The skills however that appear to be most important are the skills that are harder to pin down, those illusive life skills that are somewhat harder to define. I have learnt that these skills are also harder to master and they require the utmost patience and creativity to teach.

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I realise as our older kids stride onwards and upwards and think about things like drivers licenses (yikes) and holiday jobs… that I need to get more than a little intentional about raising adults. This past week was Remembrance Day and it always reminds me that we are training our children and raising them to be men and women of honour. In the scheme of life they will be called to rise above, again and again. Our kids need to face trials, because through trials comes perseverance, and through perseverance, well James 1:2-4 says it perfectly:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Se7en+1 Life Skills We Can’t Afford to Forget to Teach Our Kids

  1. Accountability: When the going gets tough they need to step up to the plate. There is no point in having a whole lot of skills if you can’t follow through with your word. My kids need to know that if they say they will do something then they will, in fact if they should do something, then they ought too. It is easy enough to give our kids a break and do their chores for them, in the scheme of getting everyone a timeous dinner. Let’s face it, in the scheme of life our kids need to step up to the plate, so to speak, and get beyond saying, “It wasn’t me” whenever anything goes wrong.
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  3. Learn from their Mistakes: Admitting you have made a mistake is huge, but learning from your mistakes and moving forwards is so much bigger. I know when my kids fail at things I really want to dive in and rescue them, but for obvious reason they need to be left to find working solutions. A little discomfort, a little instability and a little changing of plans is all good preparation for the life they are hoping to lead. Not to mention that often when we make mistakes, not only do we have to admit to them, but while we are about that we have to ask someone for help. This is a good life skill… it is all very well to say, “I’ll work it out myself,” but there is a time and a place when our kids need to know that it is time to ask for help.
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  5. How to Cope with Disappointment: Our children need to learn to cope with disappointment, long before they have to deal with the bitter disappointment of not getting into the college they have dreamed of, or the disappointment of a lost love. Our kids live in a time when they get rewards for everyday things, they are rewarded for attending class, and they are gifted even for giving gifts (who invented the party pack?). But lets be honest as long as our children are receiving things at every turn they are not learning about how to cope with disappointment and they are certainly not learning to wait until the next birthday for a treat, or one day waiting until the next payday to get something they need right now. And we all know, even our kids know, that there is a vast difference between the things that we need and the things that we want.
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  7. How to Survive a Confrontation: This is a hard one, and I don’t know anyone who likes a confrontation. Our kids need to master the communication skills they need to feel confident about confrontations. Debating where you sit at the dinner table or who gets to fetch the mail from the mailbox today are all part of the training ground and the less we step in and rescue them from these situations, the better. One day our children are going to have to stand up to unfair workmates, not to mention they may themselves have opinionated children… this is not a bad thing, but they need to be able to cope with that and the intense feelings that arise when you wrongfully accused or rightfully wronged.
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  9. How to be a Team Player: My kids have to work in a team everyday. They may not be on the local football squad but they have to work as a team to prepare meals, to get the laundry done. And it isn’t all drudgery. There is a lot of team work to learnt while out hiking or building a world out of lego. You have to work hard together to encourage folk of vastly different ages and abilities to get from one side of a mountain to another. Just like any well running team, our kids have to spend lots of time together, not just working but playing too. It is very easy to scatter our kids to all sorts of activities to keep them all busy. I am all for our kids spending hours and hours of their lives together. I firmly believe that shared memories will provide the ties that bind them, later on in life they will have siblings to back them through thick and thin and at the same time they will have developed the necessary skills shared memories. Our kids need to spend hours and hours of time together in order to work as a team.
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  11. How to Manage their Time: We are so working on this, especially with our teens: Getting up timeosly, getting assignments done on time and just going the distance, until the job is done. We cannot emphasise enough how critical it is to be able to break a big project into smaller projects and so meet deadlines… smaller deadlines like finishing an exam in the given time or large projects like finishing an assignments on time. In the world of entrepreneurial self-employment our children need to know that a project left undone won’t just mean a fail, it will mean they will not receive a salary, with serious ramifications not just for themselves but for their families.
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  13. Make a Decision: So many young people get into trouble because they simply follow the crowd, and the follow the crowd because they can’t really decide on what exactly the right or wrong thing is to do. Honestly I am hoping that my kids grow up terribly opinionated about what is right and what is wrong… and that they are not afraid to do the right thing, even when it means going against the grain. This is harder than you think… next time you walk past a group of teenage gamers that want to meet up on a Sunday afternoon to play, it isn’t that easy to say, well we don’t play online on a Sunday. There are so many times when our kids will need to make a decision, we need to give them plenty of opportunities to make choices, pick one thing and go with it. Honestly, it is easy when our kids get to the road block of a decision, to step in and guide them through it. Really they need to practice following through with one thing and doing without the other…
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    and se7en + 1th Life Skill:

  15. Continue in the Habits of a Life Time: It is all very well to follow through with daily habits of the people around you, but what about when your friends and family aren’t around you to keep you on the straight and narrow. Lets face it healthful eating, getting outdoors, getting enough sleep, spending time with God, and staying curious are lifesavers, not to mention job savers. Apart from the obvious of life preservation. Nobody wants to work alongside someone who hasn’t taken a shower and nobody is going to provide employment for a grubby student. These habits of a lifetime, need to be just that, daily things that get done because they must be. We are not helping our kids when we excuse them from getting the basics done from day to day. They need to do the right thing because that is the way they have always done it, not because someone reminds them or because they were told to do it. They really do at some stage have to clean their teeth and put their things where they belong… just so that they can get to work on time.

I am sure there are many more things that our children still have to learn, I have still have so many things that I need to learn. We have to know that even if we were the most absolutely perfectly devoted parents, that our children are going to have certain skills that they need to learn on the fly. And this is where their only advantage will be, to be comfortable with discomfort and to be easily adaptable. Armed with enthusiasm and an eagerness to try new things… they should be able to launch and launch well.

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Se7en’s Fabulous Friday Fun #251

November 16th, 2014 · No Comments

A damp wet week… mid-November always is, every year I look back on our blog to check and every year it is the same… cold and wet and then summer erupts… just can’t wait. But wow, have we been getting a lot done… it is definitely time for a week that was post!!!

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This Week’s GiveAway

We promised you a GiveAway… every week for the month of November and today is the last day to tell us where in the world you would like to go on a Road Trip… we really do want to know, we are plotting your road trips on our map…

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Book of the Week

The DK Book of True or False? brought to us by Penguin Books in South Africa. This is an Encyclopaedia, without the overwhelming sense of a million facts being tossed at you… In fact it is packed with atleast a million facts but they are presented in a very fun and easy to read “Question and Answer?” format… and since we have one child who was called “Did_You_Know?” for a number of years, you can imagine this went down a treat. It is a DK Book, so glorious, glossy and packed with incredible photographs, you can take a peek at some of the incredible spreads over here. The facts are divided into six categories: Human Body, Nature, Science and Technology, Space, Earth, History and Culture. And it has a working index, so if you aren’t just browsing and you need to use it to find a fact on an interesting topic… you can actually look it up. This is a stunning book and the kind of book that lives on the coffee table and is an endless conversation starter… heaps of obscure little snippets, general knowledge conundrums asked and answered and the facts are beautifully presented. Aimed at anyone, really, beyond the beginner reader lever… snippets are placed in boxes – so no heavy reading, they make full use of infographics… They have fast facts, and the how and why behind the answer… so no blind faith expected.

Here you go… se7en True or False Questions for you to ponder?:

  1. Spinach makes you strong?
  2. If scared, an ostrich will bury its head in the sand?
  3. A cockroach can live for three days without its head?
  4. We swallow eight spiders a year in our sleep?
  5. An opera singer can shatter glass?
  6. A red sky at night signals good weather?
  7. Enemy soldiers played football in the trenches?

One of these is, and I quote: “twaddle” the rest are true!!! This book is perfect for the curious kid of all ages… especially if they leave it lying around and their parents can pick it up and read it too!!!

This book was given to us by Penguin books South Africa for review purposes, we were not paid to write this review and the opinions shared are as usual our own.


Fabulous Fun Links

  1. Apartment Therapy has a Play Food Felt-A-Long… you have to take a peek at Week 1: Let’s Make Breakfast…
  2. Lego and Photography fans will love this link on the Phoblographer… A working camera fit for a mimi-figure… have you ever!!!
  3. Our friends at Yuppie Chef are upping the end of year party game, with menus plans and well everything. Not to mention a fairly fab festive competition…
  4. An Interview with 3 Homeschool Graduates on Simple Homeschool… I love this, and cooler than ever to show my homeschooled kids.
  5. I have got to do this, I have got to do this, I have got to do this… Blurb Photo Books from your Instagram feed on Babyccinokids.
  6. Surprised by MotherHood author, Lisa-Jo Baker just totally gets it right in this post: In a culture of Fast Food S.ex Let’s Give Our Children Healthier Choices.
  7. HandMade Charlotte and Se7en Things to Do With a Paper Cup… this is enough to make anyone what to get busy!!!
  8. And the se7en + 1th link:

  9. A Blast From the Past: And here are a couple of links to posts, this week, from previous years:

And remember a couple of weeks ago we blogged about Se7en + 1 Things to do with a Bandana and the Sunflower Fund…. well they urgently need our help… if you are interested in helping them then click on the pic.

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That’s us… Hope your weekend is a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all…

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