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Se7en’s Fabulous Fun Post #291… And a GiveAway Winner…

September 28th, 2015 · 10 Comments

So we fell off the blogging world this past week but here we are back. I decided to take a much needed break from school and it quickly evolved into a week of volunteering, it was good and it was busy and blogging had to take a step back. Not to mention, a disastrous trip to the play park resulting in dental work for one of the hoods (be still my heart) and now we have a couple of sick little ones, that have taken to the couch with coughs and splutters. Needless to say, blogging and birthdays took a back seat. But it is a new week and I am optimistic, not to mention there are a couple of posts lingering in the draft folder and I just have to get them out to you all…


photo credit: Marike Herselman

One thing I do have is a heap of official photographs from Zambia, and I love this one of the school girl that I planted trees with…


Lovely Links from This Week

I might not have been able to write even a post or two… but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t reading… here are a few more links than usual and totally the best of the rest!!!

  1. The most Epic Post on the web this week: 41 (children’s) books to change my life… on Playing by the Book. I need to blog about this, I really do!!!
  2. A Complete Illustration of David Melling’s Tour in South Africa.
  3. I am so ready to be shuffling furniture around… I never ever plan it first, but I would be slightly tempted to plan and get the tape measure out because of A Beautiful Mess’s “How to Draw a Floor Plan.”
  4. Alisa Burke has a free colouring page that is everything to love…
  5. Re-Ignite Bible Reading That’s Become Boring… a Great Post on Head Heart Hand.
  6. Here’s a great post for homeschool moms, packed with resources for homeschool moms worried about teaching science: How to Homeschool Science, on Nurture Store.
  7. I spotted the perfect job for me, perfect Remote Scottish Village Needs A Teacher.
  8. Exactly the Bird Watching Post I need, from a totally unexpected source, Conrad Mbewe’s Letter from Kabwata, – the birds we see in our garden clearly named and explained.
  9. Great post for nearly new parents: 10 Decisions for Parents of Newborns… on Keeper of the Home.
  10. This NatGeo photograph on instagram spoke a million words about food wastage… go on, take a look and read the splab.
  11. Finally, have you seen The Topical Topic of this week: The Global Goals… so many good intentions in one place.
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    It is Bandana Season again… And if you haven’t noticed Bandanas are back in Pick’n Pay Stores… All over Pick’nPay Stores… this is a good thing because you can do so many stunning things with a bandana and buying a bandana supports a very important cause that is dear to our hearts, take a look at The Sunflower Fund Website and see how you can support them.


    And the se7en + 1th link:

  13. A Blast From the Past:

Book of the Week

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan, Published by Penguin Random House South Africa: Last year in school, as a family we sought out books on Greek myths and read and re-read our way through them, finally we listened to the audio book of D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths and my kids were hooked on Greek myths forever more. Percy Jackson is a natural progression to take reading and learning about the Greek Gods to the next level. Well Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes is the great, big, fat, 500 page version of the myths involving twelve great heroes like: Perseus, Daedalus and Theseus to name a few… You may or may not have met Percy Jackson in his previous books, he is the main character and hero, in the series after his own name. He is a young demigod, the son of Poseidon and the stories are written from his perspective… and explained really well so that the modern young hero can fully understand the ins and outs of life in ancient times. This is really ancient history rewritten as a teen fantasy. Keep in mind that Greek Myths were full of brutal head slayings and tragic deaths… and very unconventional relationships. If you are living with someone who is not afraid to put on their super hero cloak and head out to slay the world then this book is a must read. Not only is it one rip-roaring adventure after another, but there will be no forgetting, let alone confusing, the Greek Heroes after reading these adventure tales. My first thought was that my middle schoolers would really enjoy it, but after a little reading my way into it, realised that Greek gods were not exactly a moral bunch and there were some things in their lifestyles that wouldn’t have occurred to my middle schoolers yet, though Rick Riordan is very good at using humour to cover up a multitude of sins, this book is probably for teens and mine certainly enjoyed it.

We were given a copy of Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Penguin Random House South Africa for review purposes. We were not paid for our review, this is not a sponsored post and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.

A GiveAway Winner

We posted a review and GiveAway post on Justin Bonello and Helena Lombard’s Latest Book: Road Tripping, and today we announce the winner:

All the entries…

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All together now…
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And the winner is:
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Aunty Muffin Sep 18, 2015 at 9:54 am Those recipes look good! Roosterbrood is great, but really anything on the braai grill will be devoured by all of us!

Congratulations Aunty Muffin, you can look forward to hearing from us soonest…

We would like to thank Penguin Random House South Africa for supplying us with the GiveAway books. 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 was a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you!!!

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zoe // Sep 28, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for sharing my post. On the Greek myths topic – did you come across a good book showing art across the centuries inspired by the myths? I’m looking for just such a book now, so any tips would be much appreciated.
    Zoe´s last blog post ..Tree – a gorgeous book about seasonal changes

  • 2 a. muffin // Sep 28, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Wow!!!!!! So happy!

  • 3 Christi {Jealous Hands} // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    What a week! Congrats, Auntie Muffin on the giveaway win. And Motherperson – if you go to Scotland to teach… I definitely want to see the pictures!

  • 4 cat@jugglingact // Sep 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Welcome back – I do hope good health finds you all very soon
    cat@jugglingact´s last blog post ..The 25th of September is not a great day in the history books

  • 5 Marcia (123 blog) // Sep 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Congrats to Aunty Muffin!

    And I told D about that job vacancy – he wants to compete with you for that job 🙂
    Marcia (123 blog)´s last blog post ..I (almost) can’t wait for the end of the year

  • 6 se7en // Sep 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Exciting times Aunty Muffin, we expect you are going to have a great summer of braaing!!!

  • 7 se7en // Sep 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Oh Christi… Wouldn’t that be amazing, what an experience!!!

  • 8 se7en // Sep 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks Cat, we are so lucky to have mostly very healthy kids, and they seem to be picking up speed again. Hope you are all having a fantastic week!!!

  • 9 se7en // Sep 29, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Oh Marcia, unfortunately for D and myself the closing date has passed. But oh my, I would snap it up in a flash!!! Hope you are having a good week!!!

  • 10 se7en // Sep 30, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Hay Zoe… I have taken so long to respond to your comment because I haven’t a clue… Our library is pretty weak on kids art books beyond DK Books… And I am always scouring the usborne website, have you tried browsing around their quicklinks – always fab for resources. Beyond that I have to wait and see what crosses my path in my daily amble around the interwebs!!! It’s a great question though and I have put it into the “must check this out” drawer in my mind. Hope you are having a great week!!!

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