The best part of my day was getting celebrate with Lisa Pennington on the launch day of her brand new book, Mama Needs a Do Over: Simple Steps To Turning A Hard Day Around.

Earlier today I saw Lisa’s Periscope where she announced she’d be going around to different books stores in San Antonio to leave special notes in her book. I knew I had to see her and sent her a message.


Before Lisa arrived I found her book and took a couple of selfies to tweet out while I waited. I told everyone who came down the aisle, “This is my friend’s book! I know her!” like Buddy Elf telling everyone he knows Santa. They just looked at me a little strange and went on to the History section.

A few minutes later Lisa walked through the wooden doors of Barnes and Noble and found me and my three kids yelling, “Congratulations!!’ I wish had brought some noisemakers and balloons, but I don’t think Barnes and Noble would have appreciated the commotion. After hugs and fist bumps we located the Christian book section and took more photos with the large stack of books with her name on them.

Photo courtesy of Lisa's Instagram.

Photo courtesy of Lisa’s Instagram.

I asked Lisa to sign her copy for me and she said it was her first book signing. She whipped out her red pen and wrote a sweet message for me. She was concerned and made sure I was going to buy the book. Of course, I would! I know the week a book launches is a pretty big deal to determine if a store will buy more copies of the book.


While talking a mile a minute I asked Lisa what is one thing she wants people to know about her book. She said this a funny and relatable book about how you have the ability to change your day. Like Glinda says to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along.”

I love feeling empowered to make changes in my life especially when it comes to my kids. Lisa is a mother of 9 children. She knows a thing or two about parenting. I sit up and listen whenever she speaks her words of wisdom.

During my time with Lisa my kids were sprinting back and forth from me at the front of the store to the lego table in the back. A couple of times they brought me stuffed animals. I’m sure Lisa appreciated the irony of a real life example of a mama needing a do over. I can’t wait to dig into her new book!

More about the book

Title: Mama Needs a Do Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around
Author: Lisa Pennington
Pages: 205


Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid screaming, complaining, and slammed doors—and that’s not even counting what the children are doing.

Lisa Pennington knows what those days are like. And she knows that even in the hard times you can find immense joy. In Mama Needs a Do-Over, Lisa offers hopeful, practical ideas for resetting your family’s mood in the toughest moments. She also dives deep into your mother’s heart to show you the power you have to turn those challenges into gifts. A little fun, a new perspective, and a go-to list for those do-over days, and you might just find joy in all those dirty dishes after all!

The Kindle version is currently $6.15 and the paperback is $11.99 on Amazon (the prices may change since the date of this post.)

How do you handle hard days when you feel like you need a do over?