Monday, November 4, 2013

Can't Wait Willow (Review and Giveaway)

How long till... ? 
Can I get____ ?  
I want it now! 
Why can't I get/do ____ AND ____? 

Have you heard these sorts of questions/comments in your home? I'm guessing that if you have children in your home you probably have. ;) 
Do you ever say "Don't let that money burn a hole in your pocket." to any of your children? 

Sometimes lessons are learned the hard way (Particularly that money burning a hole/budgeting lesson), but it is so much better when they can be learned a little more easily, without our children having too much at stake. This is why I appreciate receiving books like the picture book "Can't-Wait Willow!" to review.

Although the story's main character is a little girl, my 6 year-old son enjoyed the story. He liked the pictures and he said he liked how the story talked about making good choices and making better choices. 

This photo was taken surreptitiously when I saw him "reading" it on his own... We talked about how Willow had a "goal" to go to the circus and buy some cotton candy, but her choices to spend her money and her time on the way to the circus made it so that she missed out. 

Willow is given a 2nd chance, so we had to talk about how that doesn't always happen, and why it's important to make the best choices the first time around. 
When I last read this book to Youngest, he was overheard telling his brother that he had to wait to play or do something with him because "Mom is going to read me a good book that I like." 

If you like to gift books to children, this might be a great choice! Can't-Wait Willow was  named one of the “Most Beloved Bedtime Stories” of the year thanks to Red Tricyle’s 2013 Totally Awesome Awards!  

More information from the publisher: 

The first book in the series:  Can't-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she cant say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just cant turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!

About the Author:  
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. 

About Shine Bright Kids:
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The series teaches principles including: using good judgment, taking responsibility, self-control, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.  Check out their website at for free reward charts, activities and other parenting resources.

You can find Can't-Wait Willow at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers, as well as at Ideals Books. 

Social Media Links for Shine Bright Kids
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If you'd like the opportunity to win a copy, please take a minute to let the Rafflecopter load, so that you can enter!


Disclaimer: I received this/these item(s)/service for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. I think we all have at more than point in our lives-- A perfect reminder that the best of plans can get destroyed by wants. I had planned to finish college before having children---well with for now I have finished but it took so much longer than I wanted-- but I would never give up my little blessings

  2. Yumm--- I had to check out the recipes-- looks to me as if you have a great start :-) ---

    1. Thanks Dianna~ I need to get some more up one of these days soon! :)

  3. I can't remember any good decision that took over the place of a great decision. I stayed in an awful position at work because it was an easy job to do and I wanted to be available for my kids so while the decision was good, I bypassed great job opportunities working for a couple of other supervisors that were interested in me because of my kids. But now I have one of the great positions since my kids are older. So, it was still a great decision in terms of my children but only a good decision in terms of my career.

  4. I do think I've made a good decision that turned into a great one. I believe in Karma. I recently helped an elderly woman load groceries into her car. I did it just to help, but as soon as I got home with my groceries and checked my email, I found out I won a $379 Britax car seat from a contest I entered. I think my good decision was really a great one. :)

  5. I made the decision to homeschool. Great things occur everyday since the decision. :)

  6. I'm not really sure how to answer that about the Good decision.

  7. I attended RN nursing school but had to quit as I started to get sick in the operating room. I didn't think I would make a very good nurse if I couldn't stand blood. Eventually I started volunteering at our local hospital and eventually got a great job first as a nurses aid but eventually got to work in Central Supply. So then I was working daylight with more pay, got my uniform for free and worked in air conditioning. It was great!!

  8. I made the good decision to go back to college after 3rd child started to school. It was a great decision in that I went back into the work field doing what I love and make great wage!

  9. This looks like a great book for children

  10. I made the decision to care for my papaw at home. Now that I look back on it I had 10 yrs with him and every single holiday!!

  11. Passing over job opportunities to take care of my child, but would do it all again.
    Thanks for the chance, I think this book would be fabulous.

  12. I suppose we have all done this, if only to chose an OK lunch when a healthier one was available.

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  13. I made the decision to stay at home taking care of my kids instead of working and accepting job offers.

  14. I think the best moment was when we sent our son to church camp during the summer, and it changed his life. It was amazing

  15. There have probably been several instances in which a good decision made has had the potential to hinder something greater, that being said, I may not be where I am today had I made different decisions, so I am content with the decisions I've made.


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