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Se7en Tips to Rescue our Kids from Drowning in Stuff…

November 12th, 2014 · 21 Comments

The end of the year draws near and I know I am not alone in thinking it is time for some sort of a clean out… and over the next couple of weeks I will wander through the house and toss out things that are no longer treasured and mysteriously lose things that have been lying around for months. Luckily our house is relatively small and there just isn’t space for our kids to accumulate too much. But I have to be honest in a culture that spends so much time and energy on getting organised and decluttering, our kids appear to be literally drowning in stuff.

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It certainly is a time of year when the stores are filling up with Christmas paraphernalia and lots of it… I used to think it was just this crazy time of year that our children were being bombarded with stuff. But it isn’t… our kids are living under a perpetual shower of gifts… rewards for doing their chores with a good attitude, a gift for doing well in class, a treat for not whining in the store, not to mention a gift for making it onto the swim team… The list just goes on and on. I think our kids are being set up to fail. Not only are they expected to excel at everything, but they are being trained to always want a little (and sometimes not so little) something extra to go with it.

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When I was a kid we received birthday gifts and Christmas gifts and that was pretty much our gift quota for the year… very occasionally we would visit an ancient uncle, who had a twinkle in his eye and always had a coin to give us for buying candy. That was it. Now as kids are continuously being gifted, they are being carefully trained to want or worse “need” more. The chances of getting your child that one extra special gift on their birthday or at Christmas time, gets smaller every time our kids are given something for no apparent reason. We are stealing the magic… of the special occasion. Let’s face it too much of anything can get a bit… ho hum lame.

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Before you think I am a galactic scrooge… I have no problem with gifting kids, it is the crazy “over-gifting” that is cause for concern… gifts for everything: a chore chart half completed, a trip to the dentist, just because they begged and begged for it. The problem is not so much with the kids, but with the parents… we like getting our kids stuff, we just don’t like packing it away. We are sucked in by beautiful toy catalogues, just like our kids… in fact, I’ll tell you a secret, they are aimed at the parents, who are more likely to have cash than the kids… but we all know it gets harder and harder to satisfy a hungry beast… and that is exactly what our culture is creating – intentionally or not, our kids are being bombarded with actual stuff, not just marketing, like never before.

Se7en + 1 Tips to Stop Over Gifting Our Kids

Stay out of the stores… I know it sounds kind of obvious. In our culture folk seem to relax by going to the mall. Picnics and days at the beach have been replaced by days at the mall… breakfast out, quickly becomes an entire day out shopping. And to keep little folk going the distance from one store to the next, they receive enticements. The quickest and easiest way to stop gifting our kids at every turn is to make sure that we do not have access to get gifts for them.

  1. Stay Out of the Store: I’ll say it again, because it sounds so obvious… Weekends are spent lurching from one end of the mall to the other… with stops for coffee along the way. We no longer shop at the local mall, we slowly but surely weaned ourselves off all those trendy shops. Not to mention that it is about 10km down the road, really just too far for a comfortable walk. We used to go down about once a month… and the list of things we had to do there was torturous, we skipped it for one or other reason for a couple of months. And then made a fascinating discovery… a whole lot things that had been essential, weren’t actually that essential.
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  3. Choose Where You Shop Wisely: When we stayed with friends overseas they bought their kids a mini-figure or a matchbox car, every time they went to the store. Sure that is fun, but seriously, if you go to the store only once a week then that would be 52 new match box cars a year. That’s a hefty collection that they are expecting their kids to look after. If you find yourself tempted to buy a little something every time you go to the store then change your store. We shop at possibly the most boring store on earth. A small store of the “we only sell essentials kind,” is really all that we need. Weekends are free for fun, definitely not for dragging kids from one store to the next and to the other.
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  5. Don’t Blame the Season: I love a good gift guide as much as the next person… I have to tell you those beautiful christmas catalogues filled with all natural, wooden toys… bright vibrant colours… and page after page of “must buy offers…” Surprise of all surprises, kids actually only want to play with sticks and the reason we buy toys is really because we like the look of them. I have found that, while some folk like to get all their Christmas shopping done way in advance so that they can forget about it… this is only good up to a point. The trouble is we don’t forget about it and suddenly you find yourself with three gifts for that that ancient aunt you only see once a year. Sometimes leaving things to that last minute and running out of time is a good thing. That ancient aunt will be just as happy with a hand sewn lavender pouch as she would be with rather too many soaps. Stay out of the shops for the sake of your kids and your ancient aunts.
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  7. Rewards have their place: When my kids do their chores with a great attitude or finish an assignment that they have been working on, I don’t feel a need to gift them for doing a job well. The gift is in the job well done, we are designed to work. I know for myself at the end of the day, nothing is more satisfying than having all the jobs done and the house ready for the next day. However, on a huge project kind of day… when we tackle the entire garden or our we have a massive clean out day. I am first in the queue at the end of it all, to amble down to the beach for an ice-cream and some rock hopping.
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  9. The gift of going the extra mile: Similarly when our kids go the extra mile, and they do, for example we have one who routinely stops and helps folk when their cars break down or another one that is quite happy to help their elderly neighbour with a computer fail, there is character training going on and the gift is in the giving, so to speak. I think perhaps by rewarding our children for going the extra mile we are sending them a message, “while that feeling of accomplishment is great, it isn’t quite enough, you need something material to make that feeling even better.”
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  11. If you don’t want to pick it up or clean it don’t bring it into your house: The other day I told a friend about our strict policy of “no pamphlets” and, included in pamphlets are those lovely catalogs that you are given “for free” and packed with enticement, when you enter certain toy stores. She looked at me like I was mad… but really imagine every pamphlet times by eight. The thing about any form of pamphlet or candy wrapper, or recycling paraphernalia is that once it enters our house it instantly becomes treasure for all the pack rats… now not all of our kids are pack rats… in fact we have one or two kids who seem to have completely abandoned ownership, but those that haven’t sure make up the difference. Before anything enters our house we really do have to think about it… do you want to see it lying on the kitchen counter for eternity, do you want to sweep around it on sweeping days… if something is being taken home just to be placed into the recycling, then please may it not come home to our house.
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  13. Just because it is on Special doesn’t mean that you want it: This is a hard lesson to learn for all of us, I know I have swag sitting on my desk, that I literally don’t know what to do with… obscure things that I would never buy. The other day I gathered a bag of goodies that had been sent to us for “trials” and donated them. There were some little pack rats over here with eyes like circles, “… but it was all brand new?” “Yes it was and we didn’t need, ask for or want any of it.” I have no problem getting rid of stuff that I never even wanted. The trouble is those sneaky little “buy one get on free specials” and I am sure we have all fallen for them… “Specials” where you end up getting things that you never wanted for free. The time has come to teach our kids that just because something is on special, or free because we bought something else… doesn’t mean we have to have it.
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  15. If We Could Turn Back Time: We all know that modern marketing is so much more than it ever used to be… Along with the no pamphlet rule, we do not buy magazines… and our youngest child has the honourable task of tossing all the junk mail, including catalogues, directly into the recycling before anyone glances at them. And nobody wants to mess with a fiver year old on a mission… just let that junk mail go already. Our kids watch movies, but not tv… so they miss out on ads and by not going to the mall we have removed heaps of “very in your face marketing”… We certainly are not living in an ad-free household, but little changes can make a huge difference to the number of ads you experience.
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    And the Se7en + 1th…

  17. Get too Busy to Shop: Traditionally Saturdays were mall days for us… but as time has gone on… I just write different things on the calendar. Once you have written beach day, invited friends over for breakfast or popped hike on the calendar there will be no going back. Trust me if our kids see something marked on the calendar, it isn’t an idea… it is a commitment. Even community service, Cape Town has heaps of beach clean-ups… one Saturday a month we try and get to a beach clean-up… nobody gets a gift for gathering garbage, but there is a healthy respect for the person that collected the most bags. Time we might have spent at the mall in the past is definitely spent more wisely around here than it used to be. A couple of weeks ago we headed for the park on a Saturday – it was fairly empty, everyone was out shopping(!). We found a shady spot and played and read and played and read the day away. Fun time spent alongside our kids, playing away and there was no thought of buying a little something to take home afterwards… it was home supper and bed, everyone was well tired out from their busy day.

Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely love gifting our kids, just not every single weekend. I do want their gifts to be timeless and special, I want them to have spent a while looking forward to them with anticipation. I have no problem with our grannies spoiling our kids, I think they have earned the right… but I do have a problem with kids getting gifts all the time for everything. Pop a few picnics with friends onto the calendar over the next few weeks. You won’t want to cancel if there are friends coming too and you will have a good time, all the while staying out of the shops… a win, win kind of day!!!

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Anyone for a Road Tripping Feast… A Mapstudio GiveAway…

November 10th, 2014 · 17 Comments

So summer is finally well on the way over here and folk around here are beginning to think of nothing else, except perhaps a summer road trip… and synonymous with road tripping all over South Africa is the much loved Farm Stall, or Padstal as almost everyone calls them no matter what language your home language is. These are family owned, road side stalls selling everything local: seasonal fruit, local jams and preserves, crafts, and of course flavourful feasts to sit and enjoy or take on your journey..

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Imagine a long hot drive through the open veld and stopping at an old building, cool and shady inside. Stop and have a large farmhouse tea and pack up some supplies to take you further on down the road: Trays of ripe apricots, bottles of fresh ginger beer, a supply of biltong and mosbolltjies and the rest of your trip will be plain sailing all the way. We have the ultimate guide to Farm stalls all over South Africa to GiveAway…


Some farm stalls are really part of the landscape and appear to have been around for ever and ever. Places that I would have stopped at as a child and they are still going strong, others are new and off the beaten track. The point is there are a lot of them and some of them are really hidden gems. There is nothing worse than deciding to go on a country drive and hoping to stop for tea at a farmstead and you hit the road and drive and drive and drive and the only places you see are the shops at the massive garages along the way – somewhat lacking in character and really just the worst of home away from home. Finally we have the guide to the where, when, how and why… of our local farm stalls.


Se7en + 1 Fab Features of this Book.

  1. Location, Location, Location: Detailed maps, GPS co-ordinates, and contact details… website if there is a website, and telephone; shop hours and well the basics.
  2. What You Will Find: Do they serve tea or coffee, is it fine tea or coffee or just the regular, is it child or pet friendly, trust me there is nothing worse than emerging from a squashed stuffy car with se7en+1 kids to discover “disdain”… you will know beforehand if the stop is friendly or has even gone the ultimate extra mile.
  3. Plan your Route: The book is ordered according to the major South African road routes… you literally get on the road and plot your journey from one farm stall to the next. You can choose where you are going to stop for breakfast, lunch and supper. The only problem is you may want the journey to be longer, each farmstead has been beautifully photographed and the book is packed with photographs of country feasts and local offerings… loveliness from cover to cover.
  4. Micro-Details: Wouldn’t it be good to know which stores have special, and often not publicised at all, features? Accommodation, fly fish-ing in the dam alongside, an interesting walk, canoes for hire – there is so much more you can do at a farmstead then buy a packet of dried fruit. This book is worth the read just to see all the crazy, zany fun and creative ideas that folk have made available to their customers.
  5. Best of the Rest Features: If you are looking for the best apples the western cape has to offer, or the finest quilting fabric in the land, or the best honey baked cheesecake in all the land, the most fabulous Karroo sausages… or even the best cherry pancakes… this book is packed with these essential tips… and will have you packing for a road trip that you never thought you needed, just because…
  6. Local Recipes: I kid you not, some farmsteads are willing to part with their family secrets and you can discover quite a few recipes for some very local South African faire. Secret sauces, posh pies, scrambled ostrich eggs and bokkoms (sun-dried fish) some recipes are lovely, some are a learning experience and all are local.
  7. Farmer’s Markets and Festivals: Here is a bonus added to the end of this book… imagine plotting and planning a road trip only to discover that the annual speciality festival is two days before or after… this book allows you to plot and plan your road trips on the calendar, way in advance. Honestly I love that feature… do you want to miss the local crayfish festival, strawberry festival… there is even a potato festival… Fun times!!!
  8. And the se7en + 1th…

  9. Cultural Insight: This book provides a vivid picture of South African country life… and really when you know there is a pleasant place to stop and relax along the route of a journey… how much easier is it to get started on it. This book is a great read for local adventurers, families going on their annual holidays and of course folk living overseas that are hunkering after a little flavour of South Africa.


The GiveAway

We have a copy of Farm Stall to Farm Stall to GiveAway to our readers.

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We recently asked our readers if they prefer “leave a comment” or “rafflecopter” giveaways, it was unanimous. Our readers like to leave comments… So now we would love lots and lots of comments from you all: Tell us the location of your dream road trip… anywhere in the world. 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, 16 November 2014. We will draw and publish the winners in the Fabulous Friday Fun Post 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’s Fabulous Friday Fun… #250

November 9th, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Friday Fun Post… on a Saturday. It is starting to feel a bit like summer over here… most folk are busy with end of year exams, but there is a feeling of summer holiday anticipation in the air… We are having a lazy weekend… can you tell!!! And I do have some good news for all our readers… we have a fabulous book GiveAway for you, one a week for the rest of the month… so watch this space!!!

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Book of the Week

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The South African Alphabet by Alex Latimer, Published by Penguin Books South Africa. Well you know that we are avid fans of Alex Latimer, since we interviewed him last year. We were very keen to review this book, we love home grown books for kids and this is about as local as you can go. One or two simple words/illustrations for each letter of the alphabet and all words very familiar to the South African child. “B is for blesbok and braai” and “K is for kudu and koeksister…” It is quirky and fun and filled with South Africanisms. I am all for books that relate to a child’s own culture and our kids have really enjoyed this one… returning to it again and again. This book would make a fantastic gift for a young person and if you are looking to gift a friend overseas, it is a thin soft cover… really easy to post. Look out for this book it is definitely a keeper and will become the go to alphabet book for South African children everywhere.
This book was given to us for review purposes by Penguin Books South Africa, we were not paid to write the review and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.


Here are some lovely links from this week:

  1. Firstly did you know that Yuppie Chef has a new FREE cooking course: A Very Merry Festive Feast… and while you are at Yuppie Chef… take a peak at their Fluffy Churros with Chocolate Sauce Recipe… thank me later!!!
  2. I love following the beautiful Long Miles Coffee Project, their recent trip to Kenya is enough to make anyone pack their bags and grab their passports.
  3. If you are an instagram fan then this post is full of gold, dash over and read it: 10 Instagram Success Secrets I wasn’t going to tell anyone… by Katja Personal on Skimbaco LifeStyle.
  4. Looking for some photographic inspiration, prepare to be blown away by this 9yr old photographer…
  5. An excellent post as a result of the #CTMEETUP: What Brands want from Bloggers by Cindy Alfino.
  6. Babyccinokids Gift Guides are up and good to go, what can I say… heaps of eye candy, so much stuff to love here!!!
  7. Discovered TinkerLab’s Resource Page… scroll down and down it just gets better… arty crafty materials, books, blogs to follow.
  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:

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And since we blogged about books all week… here are a heap of fab book links from this week… because – well books, reading, fun…

Book Links

That’s us… Hope your weekend is a fabulous one…

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Saturday Spot: The Volvo Ocean Race…

November 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment

So we are interrupting our “Five Books in Five Days” posts for the weekend… and we will be back with our book fun next week. Meanwhile, if you are looking for something to do this weekend then a visit to the Volvo Ocean Race Village is an absolute must. We are avid fans of great sea voyages over here and the Volvo Ocean Race has come to town. We managed to get down last weekend before the yachts arrived and I have a feeling we will have to make our way down their again.

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The Waterfront is definitely bustling and gearing up for summer fun…

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But we were pretty intent on getting to the race village… because there is just so much to see…

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There were folk buzzing around in big boots…

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And of course all things VOLVO…

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Which gave some folk a chance to find a shady spot…

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And boats of all shapes and sizes…

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Happy Landings…

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And near misses…

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And where you have boats… there are busy hands…

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And loads of lenses…

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And there were guns… not very big ones mind you… bust clearly very distinctive and of historical importance…

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Clearly we only scratched the surface of this outing, and now that the teams have arrived there will be a lot more to see… I am sure that we are going to have to find our way down to the Waterfront again… and have a good look around at everything there is to see.

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Five Books in Five Days – Day 3: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt…

November 7th, 2014 · 14 Comments

Welcome to our third day of The Picture Book Party: Five Books in Five Days, running in conjunction with PanMacmillan South Africa and Walker Books UK…

Day 3: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

While some books bring out baking in us and others inspire craftiness, there are books that bring out pure nostalgia… Welcome to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, this is one of our all time favourite picture books… like ever, in the world, favourite. This book is the “comfort food” picture book for our family and very much describes many days in our lives: We get up with enthusiasm, launch off on an adventure… up the mountain, across the beach… in and out of “stormy weather…” and then a dash home to bed. We may not always be hunting bears but the adventure is pretty much the same and making memories is the game!!!

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Now, I firmly believe that every family should have a handful of picture books that they know off by heart, just in case you find yourself in a spot without a book when you desperately need one. Many a long boring queue has been endured by reading an imaginary book and then there is bedtime, when you are actually just too tired to read a real live book… I have little trick that we turn out the lights and I read in the dark. My kids fall for this… I know yours are much cleverer than mine… but mine really like when they are tired at the end of the day to get a story no matter what.

Anyway, we were thrilled to discover this book was part of the Picture Book Party… because it happens to be a twenty fifth anniversary edition… with a very sweet read of the story by Sophie Aldred. If you are looking for lots of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt fun and activities then head straight over to the official website, where you will find activities and behind the scenes and an epic read by Michael Rosen… and believe it or not one of our earliest blog posts was about this book.

Meanwhile, Holding on to Our Memories

So I mentioned how this book made us feel all nostalgic, and we are definitely in the business of making memories… but I am not always the best at keeping them. I cannot think when last I printed out actual photographs. So we chose some photographs from one of our recent hikes in The Nature Reserve… we weren’t actually on a bear hunt, but we were looking for wildlife.

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We printed some pictures and a together with an old cereal box, we created our own book. And used a colouring page from here, for the cover…

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Gluing, sticking, chatting and a lot of reminiscing later, and we had…

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The swishy, swashy long grass…

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A splash, splosh river…

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The squelch, squerch mud…

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A stumble trip forest…

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A hoooo woo snowstorm…

Yup, that’s as close as we get to snow – these fields of flowers are called Cape Snow.

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And of course a tiptoe tiptoe cave.

Now we have a book to to remind us of our recent hikes… lying on the coffee table in the lounge, getting just as read and fingered and enjoyed as the book that gave us the idea. And that is Book #3, in our Picture Book Party… Join us for the rest of the week. We will be blogging about books, books and more books… we would love you to join us.

We are planning to end the week with a post of recommendations by our readers, so we really want to hear from you. Today’s book was We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, that we all know off by heart. Is there a book that you love and have read so many times that you know it off by heart? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Day 1: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Day 2: Where’s Wally? The Magnificent Mini Book Box

We were given a copy of this book for review by PanMacmillan South Africa, we were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed were as usual, entirely our own. If you want to know more about the Picture Book Party, click the image, it will take you there!!!

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Five Books in Five Days – Day 2: Where’s Wally? The Magnificent Mini Book Box…

November 6th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Welcome to our second day of The Picture Book Party: Five Books in Five Days, running in conjunction with PanMacmillan South Africa and Walker Books UK…

Day 2: Where’s Wally? The Magnificent Mini Book Box

While some books require sitting around and munching on hot chocolate desserts, other books require action… and Where’s Wally books tend to inspire us to action and lots of it… so we made some Magnificient Magnifying Glasses to help us find our friend Where’s Wally all over the place…

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But First A Bit About Wally

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This is a collection of five fantastic Where’s Wally books and luckily they come with a magnifying glass… because they are tiny. And I may not have mentioned this before… but once you start staring at a Where’s Wally page you just can’t stop… you have to find him and all his friends… HAVE TO!!!


We love Where’s Wally so much that we have taken him of a tour of our city before… In fact, I will tell you a secret… though we are a couple of years apart, Where’s Wally and I share a birthday…


If you have some time and you are looking for details… then happy hunting. the details are very detailed and it requires a certain amount of perseverance to keep on hunting…


But eventually you will find him… and turn the page and carry on…


These books generate hours of silence and the fact that you have to read the mini-books with a magnifying glass, just adds to the fun.

How to Make A Magnificent Magnifying Glass for Finding Where’s Wally in Se7en+1 Steps…

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Let’s Meet the Players:

  • Strong Cardboard
  • Paints
  • Contact Paper
  • A Tiny Picture of Where’s Wally, we had a couple of stickers…

Let’s Play the Game:

  1. Trim your cardboard into the shape of a magnifying glass…
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  3. Grab your paints and get painting, we used acrylics because we love the brightness.
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  5. While your paint is drying… pour over a Where’s Wally Book…
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  7. Now cut out two sheets of contact paper, one for the front and one for the back of your magnifying glass. Just cut your contact paper around the edges of your magnifying glass and don’t cut out the middles of the contact paper, because that is going to be your magnificent lens.
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  9. Stick the one piece of contact paper on the back of your magnifying glass… so the sticky side is facing you through the magnifying glass.
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  11. Then we stuck some tiny Where’s Wally stickers onto our magnifying glass…
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  13. And finally place the last piece of contact paper onto the front face of your magnifying glass and you are good to go…
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  15. Happy hunting…
  16. We found Wally on the rocks…

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    In the Duplo…

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    In the Bay tree…

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    And amongst the dragons…..

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As you can see, you just never can tell where you are going to find our friend Wally next…


And that is Book #2, in our Picture Book Party… Join us for the rest of the week. We will be blogging about books, books and more books… we would love you to join us.

We are planning to end the week with a post of recommendations by our readers, so we really want to hear from you. Today’s book was a Where in the World is Wally Collection. If you could visit any landmark in the world to find Where’s Wally, where would that be… Leave a comment and let us know.

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Day 1: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

We were given a copy of this book for review by PanMacmillan South Africa, we were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed were as usual, entirely our own. If you want to know more about the Picture Book Party, click the image, it will take you there!!!

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Five Books in Five Days – Day 1: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs…

November 4th, 2014 · 7 Comments

A New week and a new project… we will be blogging all about books this week, in particular we are part of The Picture Book Party: Five Books in Five Days, running in conjunction with PanMacmillan South Africa and Walker Books UK…

Day 1: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

A while back we wrote a post on How to Make a Book more Memorable… Some books just cry out for more than just a quick read and back into the library pile. Well this book cried out for a little celebratory feasting to go along with it as we read… And sticky chocolate pudding in a mug was the order of the day.

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Here’s a link to our chocolate pudding recipe… We poured the mixture into mugs and the sauce over it and popped them into the oven till they were done. I don’t think anyone around here will be forgetting this book anytime soon, sticky chocolate dessert tends to fix things in our minds!!!

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This is very much an “ahem” book… as the three dinosaurs tidy their house and leave it absolutely perfectly set up to perhaps trap a little wandering visitor, just perhaps. They weren’t perhaps laying a trap with three might big bowls of chocolate dessert laid out on the kitchen counter… the chairs too big and dinosaur sized for a little girl and the beds… Unfortunately even the quietest dinosaur whispers weren’t quite enough to escape Goldilocks, who happens to be wise beyond her ears… All’s well that ends well. A very fun, tongue in cheek, take on a traditional tale.

Se7en + 1 Notable Points About This Book:

  1. Big Mo Willemms fans over here and they loved spotting his famous pigeon, from his other books, subtly placed throughout the story.
  2. Mo Willems’ fans will be pleased to discover a website filled with fun.
  3. The illustrations are deceptively simple, there are lots of hints and little surprises on every single page… you have to love a picture book that entices you to linger longer.
  4. Fairy Tales are fundamental to a child’s literary heritage, fairy tales with a wicked (not really) twist, really just up the game and make them a whole lot more fun for the reader and the listeners.
  5. Loved the ending… its a book with, and I quote, from Hood #7: “A real ending.” And the real ending happens after the page that says “The End.”
  6. Of course being a fairy tale, there is a moral to the story, and even a moral for dinosaurs, that some of us might like to take heed of: “Lock the back door.”
  7. Our favourite page was actually way before the story began… publisher’s take note – children notice every single detail about the books they read. The page our gang lingered over the longest was filled with many, many potential stories… and as my little guys drifted off to sleep, it was very much a case of: “What if they were three mice, or three mastodons, or three orthodontists…”

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    And the se7en + 1th thing…

  8. Walker books has a heap of fun activity pages on their website and if you take a peak on this page you will spot a maze for Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

So for the rest of this week we will be blogging about books, books and more books… we would love you to join us. I am planning to end the week with a post of recommendations by our readers, so we really want to hear from you!!!

Today’s book was a Fairy Tale with a twist. Do you have a favourite Fairy Tale? Leave a comment and let us know.

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We were given a copy of this book for review by PanMacmillan South Africa, we were not paid for the review and the opinions expressed were as usual, entirely our own. If you want to know more about the Picture Book Party, click the image, it will take you there!!!

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