Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today I'm Wordless with #Linky

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Spice Route, South Africa



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Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Olympics and Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #185!


Do you have any favorite sports that you are watching in the Olympics? Right now I'm watching the Rhythmic Gymnastics on our TV here in South Africa. I love all the pretty outfits, colorful apparatuses, skill, and creativity. The ribbon is always the prettiest, and all the participants have amazing legs! My eldest daughter took rhythmic for a few years and made it to the South African Championships twice.

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What countries are you following? I've got several that I have connections to like USA and SA, but I enjoy seeing any individual or team succeed, especially when the person says that it's the first medal for their country.

South Africa has had a few exciting moments. My favorite was seeing Wayde van Niekerk's record-breaking run in the 400m. It gave me the goosebumps! This morning I watched Henri Schoeman finish third in the men's triathlon. The South African's have earned 9 medals so far with 1 gold, 6 silvers, and 2 bronzes!


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Walking the Dogs with #Linky

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3 Goo and Spot Picture Books


Amanda and I both love books. Actually, everyone in our home loves books. So, you can imagine how excited we were to hear that Elsa Takaoka wanted to send us three of her picture books as a "thank you" for the reviews we had done for her in the past. I just had to share my photos with you of Amanda with her new books!

Amanda's favorite of the three is Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape. I saw her reading it to herself the other day. She liked the adventure and how the story included the days of the week.

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Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle

Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape

Goo and Spot Under the Orange Tree

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About the Author:
Elsa Takaoka

Budding author Elsa Takaoka puts her pen to paper and creates a fun and heart-warming story. Spinning words with natural creativity, Elsa discovered her love of language at a very early age. She then pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology and English as a Second Language until the birth of her first daughter. Reading to her own little girls sparked her whimsical journey through children’s literature. Her dream to write and publish a picture book was achieved with Goo and Spot and The Do Not Wiggle Riddle, the first in the Goo and Spot book series.

Currently, Elsa lives in Fukuoka, Japan with her sources of inspiration- her loving husband and their two adorable little girls.



About the Illustrator:
Catherine Toennisson

Catherine grew up alongside her twin sister in the small city of Norris Tennessee. Together they climbed trees, and waded through creeks in search of frogs and fairies. Her love of nature and whimsy came with her when she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend The Art Insistute. Graduating with honors, and a Bachelor's of Fine arts in Media arts and Animation. She continued into her career, working as a storyboard revisionist for Big Idea Entertainment, and then into freelance. Illustrating a series of children's books written by Elsa Takaoka. Currently she's writing her own books, and working late nights in her home studio. In her free time she enjoys doll making, watching Ghibli films, swimming, and can never pass up a good cup of coffee, or a stroll through the woods.

Visit her website: Painted Deer


Disclosure: I received these three picture books as a gift and was not required to do anything in return. I chose to do this promotional post, because I wanted to.


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Our New Friend with #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #184!


The metal butterfly above is a new photo, but it's from an outing that I've been posting about on 1camera1mom. If you want to see more of the wine region where we live, then visit my latest seriesThe Hex River Valley.

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Our New Friend



Our new friend is our dog, Koda. When we got him from the shelter, he didn't come with a dejected countenance, so there wasn't any transformation like in the stories, but he did blossom. At first, he wouldn't run after we let him off the leash. Now he runs freely and sometimes with such reckless abandon that I fear he does so without thinking. He also now barks back at dogs that bark at him, not aggressively, but in conversation. He has brought a spark back into our lives. Benny enjoys his company too.



He isn't perfect, though. He still needs further training and we do work with him every day. He unfortunately chased Amanda's cat up a telephone poll on our property about two weeks ago. We were worried that she wouldn't be able to get down on her own, but after sitting there and contemplating her options, she decided to head down the poll backwards. We were so relieved.




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with $25 Giveaway



with $25 Giveaway



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Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

National Women's Day and a #Linky

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Today is National Women's Day in South Africa. 20,000 women from all over the country held a peaceful march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on August 9, 1956. They were protesting the "pass" system, which hindered the freedom of movement during apartheid. It was lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. These four women bravely handed bundles of petitions with 100,000 signatures over to the offices of the Prime Minister. This display of female solidarity is a reminder of the great women who helped mold South Africa and the women who continue to do so.

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The Hex River Valley - 3




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Done Growed Up
with $25 Giveaway



The SockKids Say No
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