Mr. Zip and The Capital Z by Kimberly Bryant-Palmer

I love tracking down new and interesting books for my kids! I really want my kids to loveunnamed-2 reading. Now if I can find a fun clean series that will pull them in AND include history — What a find!! 🙂

I really enjoyed Mr. Zip and The Capital Z. The main character is, of course, Mr. Zip, an older gentleman who owns a very unique shop with “everything you would need to know — from A to Z.” He is a very likable and yet slightly strange character that has a hint of Mr. Whitaker from Adventure’s in Odyssey and Finnian Jones from Lamplighter Theatre. (Great audio resources I would highly recommend!)

This book focused on a young boy called Peanut. He learns a little more about family, history and his heart. Somehow with Mr. Zip he sees glances of history from General Jackson in the War of 1812 to General Washington in the Revolutionary War to as far back as the Tower of Babel.  I love the last chapter with the interaction between Peanut and his dad. What a special moment!

Mr. Zip shares an interesting fact from history between each chapter. Also, there’s footnotes and endnotes concerning the history, if you want to check more out.

We look forward to the next book in the series — Mr. Zip and The Capital Z ~ Lucy Jane Pennywhistle Comes Home!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to give a positive review, but to solely express my own thoughts and opinions.

Roots for the Journey CD Review and **Giveaway**

Our family loves good, Christian music, and we listen to all kinds. Yet we had never heard of Yancy and were excited for the introduction through Roots for the RootsForTheJourney-COVERJourney CD —Music centered on the eternal Word of God. We were even more surprised and pleased that there is an app that goes along as a family devotional. Yancy provides us parents this amazing tool that will help make God’s Truth not only come alive through her music, but also gives us activities to reenforce that the Word of God is be something to live and pass along.

Here’s what Yancy had to say about why she created Roots for the Journey CD and App (Yancy had family ministry friends help her make these Biblical truths come alive.):

“Taking key Scriptures and truths that I wanted to pass on to my son and making sure he knew and understood the direction and answers these Scriptures provide us was important to me. As I worked in the studio, I realized that with how the music was shaping up and the fact that the Bible is true, whether you’re an infant or a grown-up, these songs had more potential. Already, when I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears, or needs for answers, I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says.”

The music got my kids up and moving and singing about Jesus! The app gave us a fun way to point out the Scripture Truths in the songs and how to walk in God’s way. I would definitely recommend Yancy’s music for ALL ages!!

The app is free; don’t miss it!!

“Roots for the Journey” app for iPhone

“Roots for the Journey” app for iPad

“Roots for the Journey” app for Android

AND the CD you can win by sharing about this giveaway and then leaving a comment. On Monday, July 1st, one person will be chosen randomly to win their very own copy of the “Roots for the Journey” CD!!!! 🙂

Also check out more of Yancy’s music and apps, such as

Yancy's Stars, Guitars & Megaphone Dreams

Stars, Guitars & Megaphone Dreams


Yancy's Jesus Music Box

Jesus Music Box (Deluxe Edition)







Sharing “It’s the Desperate Launch Week!!!!! Gifts & Giveaways for YOU!”

It’s the Desperate Launch Week!!!!! Gifts & Giveaways for YOU! at

They are launching this book – Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe….I am so excited about it….but they are also giving away gifts to us!! So, I wanted to share with you. 🙂

Today’s Giveaway!

Every day this week we will have a giveaway for you to enter! Today’s giveaway is…

A year of FREE house cleaning!!!!! 

The details:

  • One year of free house cleaning (once/month) or 6 months of free house cleaning (twice/month) – your choice!
  • Once a winner is randomly chosen, a gift certificate will be given to you from a local house-cleaning service.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Can I get a WOOT?!

There’s more….

Spa/Mentoring Weekend with Sally Clarkson & Sarah Mae! at

Oh friends. If you are craving a time away to catch your breathe and refresh your soul, you will love this giveaway.

Mentor mama Sally Clarkson will be opening her home to you and a friend to come and be loved and mentored and fed and poured into. You will be spending the night at the Marriott nearby, but your days will be spent with Sarah Mae and Sally at Sally’s home, and at the 5-star Broodmore hotel for a relaxing afternoon of pampering.

Oh yes, you read correctly. Pampering!

Those would be some truly amazing blessing to win! But don’t forget to check out their book too. 🙂

25 Days – 25 Names of Jesus

Here is a study –> 25 Days – 25 Names of Jesus <– done by Manna 2 Go.

It was actually leading up to Christmas.


I’m sorry that I didn’t think about sharing it earlier, however I am now because I don’t want you to miss it.


I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to you all!


Click this picture to get to the introduction of the study. —>


If you want to go in order (which you don’t have to), work backwards through the posts.


Take the time to go through these – some videos, some pictures, some write ups.


They aren’t very long. However, don’t rush just because they are short.


Take your time, because there is much that is shared about the names of Jesus.

Happy New Year! 🙂

Registration Ends Today for the Hello Mornings Challenge

What is the Hello Mornings Challenge?

“The Challenge is a tri-annual online community event that gathers together thousands of women from all over the world. We encourage one another and keep one another accountable as we work to develop the life giving morning habit of waking up early, spending time with God and being intentional about planning our days and exercising regularly.

The Hello Mornings Challenge is based on the (free) ebook, Maximize Your Mornings, which specifcally challenges moms to stop waking up TO their children and start waking up FOR them. (Although, all women are welcome to join, not just moms.)”

This is my second second session to join (this session dates are: January 16-April 15), because the above description is exactly what I need – encouragement and accountability. I long to be the mom that God wants me to be for my kids!  I want to wake up FOR them and not TO them. I want to already started my day right by spending time with God, which will be my main goal. I also want to include working out and organization/planning in my goals.

Well, i guess, if you think about it… my first goal would be to just GET OUT OF BED! 🙂

What about you? You need some encouragement and accountability from other ladies who want to maximize their morning? I hope you join the Hello Morning Challenge!

2011 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Abiding Fruit

I joined The Maximize Your Mornings Challenge from Inspired to Action about the weeks ago. I’ve been encouraged by the other women who are also trying to wake up for their kids instead of to their kids! (Check out my repost of Inspired to Action‘s Kat’s “Do you wake up TO your kids or FOR your kids?” post. It’s one of my favorites!)

Also, there is a Bible study that is available for anyone. It’s called Abiding Fruit found on the website Do Not Depart (“Encouragement and Tools to Abide in God’s Word”).


Here’s the post describing it…

Abiding Fruit

By  | September 15th, 2011

I long for my life to be one which bears the unmistakable mark of a Christian. When people interact with me, I want them to see Christ and His characteristics in me.

But when the baby is crying, my oldest is trying to tell me every detail of his very important dream, my toddler is…well, being a toddler, I’ve lost track of time and we need to be in the car, like NOW, but no one seems to carry the same urgency that I have, and, oh my gosh, I’m still in my pajamas…well, I’m not sure there is much evidence of Christ in me in those moments.

Why is it so hard to do what I desire to do?

If you know this familiar struggle then I’m glad you are reading this. Not (only) because it makes me feel less alone, but because this Fall we are going to take a journey through the Bible to find out how we can have the abiding fruit of Christ in our lives.

We’ve partnered yet again with Inspired to Action’s Maximize Your Mornings Challenge, and have hand-picked thirteen different passages of Scripture to help us understand how the fruit of the Spirit can become evident in our lives. Each Monday, beginning September 19th, we will have weekly Bible study posts for you!

If you are not already diving into a specific study in the Word, we would LOVE for you to join us in making the Abiding Fruit study part of your time with the Lord. You can download the study guide here. Anyone is welcome to join in the study, regardless of whether or not you are doing the Maximize Your Mornings challenge.

This study guide is unique in that we will be guiding you to new passages and YOU will be doing the studying! Each week we will read and study the same passage over the course of five days. Using different study questions, we will observe the passage with a new set of “glasses” each day to help us dig through another layer of Scripture.

If you will be doing the study we’d love to hear from you! Just give us a shout out in the comments and let us know what you are looking forward to as we dive into the fruit of the Spirit. And, if you haven’t already, go ahead and subscribe to Do Not Depart so you can receive the Bible Study posts straight to your inbox!

We are excited about getting to dig into the Word with you!


I should have posted this earlier, since one of the purposes of my blog is to share things I’ve found that might interest you. However I haven’t stayed as regular in posting so I didn’t even think about it. Honestly, I do think you would be blessed by this Bible study…I have! Also, The Maximize Your Mornings Challenge is closed for the fall, but there will be another one in the spring, if you are interested.