A Name, a Good Book and a New Map


I share a little bit about myself here and there, but most often I am sharing DIY projects, recipes and often how we decorate our home. Today I am doing a little bit of both =). You may not know that the name Zevy Joy came about as a portmanteau of both of my kiddo’s names, Zealand and Everly.  We often get asked about how we chose these special names, but most often people wonder about Zealand…


Both my husband and I have worked in education for over 15 years between the two of us; therefore, we have seen or heard many names throughout the decade. When it came time to pick a name for our first born we really wanted something unique, dedicated to my husband’s heritage and easily shortened.


As we searched all the baby name books and websites for the perfect Scandinavian fit, we happened upon Zealand. It quickly made the top of our list and fit all our criteria. When the sweet little guy arrived we looked at him and knew this was it.


When I was given the opportunity to work with Grafomap and found out that you can make any custom map poster, the choice was simple. I went to the site and began searching for locations in New Zealand.


Besides New Zealand being special because of our son’s name, traveling there would be a dream come true for my husband and I. I am not sure if that will ever happen, but it would be incredible. Plus why not dream – right?! Anyhow, the hubby and I sat looking through the map of New Zealand and remembered that the film versions of my husband’s favorite book series growing up (The Lord of the Rings) were filmed in New Zealand. After a bit of research we found one of the filming locations in Wellington, New Zealand and completed our map order.


Now this sweet map hangs on the DIY kitchen rack in our kitchen. I am really enjoying the vintage/modern vibe it brings to our space. I especially loved when my eldest walked by (who is also a beginning reader these days) and quickly recognized his name as he looked at it fondly. He even asked if it may go in his room – which may very well happen because after all it was made with him in mind ;).


And there you have it! A little bit more about me and our family, a favorite book and an easy way to make a personalized map for yourself or a loved one. We chose the framed option (poster only is also available) and I appreciate that it is very lightweight (as it is not glass), making it nice for hanging on a shelf, in a child’s room or off a rack (like shown above).

Grafomap is offering 10% off to customers by using the code “zevyjoy”

I hope you enjoyed and I really appreciate you being here.

This post was sponsored by Grafomap but all opinions are 100% my own and I feel grateful to share them with you.

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  1. You should totally visit New Zealand! It’s one of my fave places in the world. It’s so gorgeous and beautiful. It’s a paradise !

  2. Awww. What a sweet story. I wondered where your blog name came from! Love both the names you picked out for your kids. When my daughter was born [almost 26 years ago!] I chose Sydney because I also wanted a unique name. It was at the time but I know there are a lot of females named Sydney now days.

    1. Tania I love the name Sydney and it is a wonderful unique name too. Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

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