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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Three Surprising Things I learned During My Weekend at BronyCon!!

Earlier this month my daughter and I headed to Baltimore with one of my friends for our very first BronyCon! I know, stop, hear me out. It sounds crazy I'm sure. First I guess you might like to know what BronyCon is if you don't know. BronyCon is the premier My Little Pony convention. Yup, a My Little Pony Convention, celebrating the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I first heard about this event a couple years ago when I discovered the documentary Bronies. Who knew such a thing existed? Being the fact that its a small, small world I ended up meeting some of the people involved in the documentary. And despite the fact that some Bronies out there were looking for something a little different from the documentary; those of us that are outsiders were clued in on a whole fandom we probably didn't even know about.

Jose, my go-to Press guy! 


BronyCon Royalty - Aka Convention Chair!!


1. The People -  I definitely went in with pre-conceived notions, but left with a wildly different understanding of the fandom. The sheer variety of fans was surprising. Parents with their kids, older siblings with younger siblings, whole families, adults...so many people under one roof. Some fans grew up watching My Little Pony and were fans of the originals. Some of them are your all round Nerd. They like everything from Doctor Who, Star Trek, comic books and some even stumbled into the fandom by way of a friendly bet. It's simply another facet of their fandom.

The Fab Ingrid - voice of Raspberry Torte...Ami's favorite character from Strawberry Shortcake
She also voices Maud Pie 


YouTubers...The Ruby and Daddy Show!! Look them up! 


Fabulous Cosplayers!! Doctor Whooves

2. The Kids - The conference has a huge children's program!! They are particularly proud of their children's programming and I was also very very impressed. It never occurred to me that there would be specifically targeted children's events but there were tons! That was never something that was shown on the two documentaries (Bronies and A Brony Tale). They had a strict '14 and Under' policy and no picture policy. The events were thoughtfully put together and were really fun.



With Andrea..the voices of Ami's favorite ponies - Pinkie Pie and Shutterfly

Getting hugs from Applejack (Ashleigh Ball) 


3.The Fun - I didn't know just how much fun I would have! It was so fun. I didn't even get to experience as many of the panels as I wanted and I didn't get to one of the events where you learn to play the card game. There was just so much to do and so little time. I'd love to get more of my girlfriends to come next year with their kids. Who knew right?

Some of our MLP loot!

if you want to learn more check out my nerdy podcast "Two Nerdy Girls" for our BronyCon recap 'Part 1'!





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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Night Out with Applebee's *New* Wood Fired Dishes + {Giveaway}



I was so excited to check out some of Applebee's new Wood Fired Dishes a couple weeks ago! They have hand-cut quality meats (USDA Choice Hand-Cut Wood Fired Steaks and Bone-In Pork) and a new way of cooking with a literal piece of wood they are grilling this on!! Let me tell you, you can smell it when you walk in. A yummy smell that I don't remember ever smelling when I've gone to Applebee's before. YUMMM!!!!!!!



                    

The new menus are very nice and really play up the new additions; as well as adding in a new feature that I've not seen before - drink pairings of red and white wine, and beer. I think that is very cool, especially for someone who doesn't have a lot of experience pairing drinks. We like what we like but will it taste good with any given meal? Who knows, so having something like this really takes the guess work out of it. 


 They have also included many new sides that they are also wood firing, or adding wood fired meat to ( like my quesadilla I had!). The sides are all really fresh and unique, and the ones we had were amazing!! The items really reminded both Mr. Air Force and I of choices we would find at a high-end restaurant. But these are so much more affordable and it is a comfy and relaxed atmosphere that you have come to know when dining at your neighborhood Applebee's.


 Mr. Air Force went all out with the 12 oz steak, garlic mashed potatoes and some wood fired squash! He's kind of a steak snob, the hubbs is. He doesn't eat a lot of meat in general, so when he does he's going to order a quality steak. Trust me when I say he would really let me know if wasn't good. He said it was cooked well, the cut was great and it was on par with what you would probably pay double for a four-star restaurant.


I chose another new item for them - their cedar-grilled salmon on a bed of spinach. I added to that garlic fries and their new rice side dish. The portions were great and the all of it was yummy. Just the right amount of garlic on the fries and the rice was amazing! The salmon cut smoothly with my fork, just the way I like it.


If you are looking for a inexpensive date-night, or perhaps a place to eat out with the whole family, I would absolutely recommend Applebee's. Check your local restaurant because they may even have a kid's eat free night like ours does! One kid per adult entree ordered, so that really does help you save some dollars.

Now, I've got a surprise for one lucky reader! Applebee's was so generous and decided to giveaway a gift certificate to one of you!! So if you win you can definitely go grab yourself some of these delish Wood Fired menu items! All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know if you would use it for a date night or a special family night out....or maybe even give it away to someone. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!



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Friday, July 8, 2016

4 Things I've Learned about Road Trips

I have received compensation from this post from TravelCenters of America. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer is here, and I was so excited to share that TravelCenters of America is partnering with NMFA {National Military Family Association} this summer. So it seemed like the perfect time for me to ramble on about how much I love a good road trip. It's such a great opportunity to see places and spend time as a family, or couple. Whether or not you have kids, the road trips I've taken have been some of the greatest memories and so much fun!



1. Explore America Is Fun! I'm sure that it sounds incredibly cheesy...get out and explore our country!! But its so true. We take driving trips a lot, even before we had kids. You see things you might not normally see if you were simply flying to a destination, or driving straight through. If you budget right, look for deals, and save up it can be cheaper than any other trip. I know for us, flying out of the DC area can be a daunting thought process. Five people on an airplane....the cost is sometimes insane. But a drive somewhere is much less daunting. Taking advantage of living in a place where a couple hours drive can take you to one of four states.

Seriously though, isn't it beautiful?!

2. Research.  Before we go out on our road trip we spend some time researching the route we are taking. Looking up local places to eat, must see stops in small crazy towns, and where all the Starbucks are.  Am I right?! There was a time where my hubby and I, in high school and college, looked up where all the Big 5 Sporting Goods along our route. Mr. Air Force used to work there, and we spent a lot of time there. So we collected business cards from Big 5's down California and even snagged a few in Nevada. It seems silly, but its just a small fun thing we used to do. We also look up Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives food joints for any given location. We haven't been to one that was a dud and it is always some really fun, locals only, non-chain kind of place.

chilling out and all packed in for our East Coast or Bust move!

3. Road Trip Early With Your Kids! Lets face it, road trips are just easier without young kids. But I will say that it is so important for you to travel with your children from a young age. I know that it isn't the easiest thing to think about doing. But biting the bullet and going for it was one of the best things we did. I know that some babies just hate to be the car, especially facing backwards. My poor friends that have experienced this, I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. As soon as you are able to start getting them used to long trips do it!

Letting the kids get some wiggles out during our West Virginia Road Trip 2012!

4. Be Prepared! For the times you do want to travel with your kids, its important to pack right. Relying on technology alone to get through a road trip is, in my opinion, is missing the opportunity that a road trip provides and isn't healthy either. Its good to break up the time, especially if you are going to be on the road for a long time; but come up with other cool options to keep kids entertained. Choose an early morning departure time, or time it so a good chunk is taken up with a nap time, make frequent stops and brush off your old-school car game knowledge. Check out my travel board for some of my favorite kid-trip games with free printables!!!

And just in case you might be planning a road trip this summer, why not use that opportunity to give back to an amazing cause! TravelCenters of America has joined with National Military Family Association to give back to military families this summer. How can you help you ask? Well, its probably the easiest way to make a difference, simply eat!


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 I love seem large companies take the time to give back in some way. For TravelCenters of America its important to give back to our service members and veterans. "Nearly one in three truck drivers is a military veteran," noted Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. "These brave individuals served our nation in the armed forces and continue to serve by safely delivering goods across our country."

So while you're planning your road trip, between now and August 5th, consider stopping by Travel Centers of America!

What's the best road trip you've ever taken?

Happy Road Tripping!!!!



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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy 4th of July from the Cammo Style Love Family!!




My favorite holiday is upon us. The special day of the year where I can go all out with the Red, White and Blue! Although, I must admit that all year long I've got the Patriotic vibe going on in my home. I love it. So much so that my room is decked out with a Tommy Hilfiger bedspread, statue of liberty photograph and flag pillow. What can I say, I'm a succor for it. We gather together with friends and family and celebrate this amazing country that we live in.



My family has always embraced this holiday. My mom has almost yearly photos of me and my sister on the porch with the flag...one that I try to replicate every year. We went to parades, lit our own fireworks or went out to watch them with a big group of people. There'd be BBQ chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs....the usual suspects. We would cry when we would hear Lee Greenwood sing and couldn't have been more proud to be an American. 



Now everyday is a reminder of our families connection to our country. The flag that is neatly folded in a frame honoring my husband's service, the uniforms hung neatly in the closet and the camouflage duffel bag leaning against the wall in his office. The strong feelings of pride that I have for my husband, his career and our country have never been stronger. Its hard, don't get me wrong; and there are days that I just don't want to do it - but that doesn't mean that I don't love it with all my heart.

I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. Celebrate the fact that we are here in this country with freedoms that many can only dream of. I know that times may seem dark, and the road ahead for our country doesn't seem all that great for many of us. But I still believe in it with all my heart; and I pray continuously that God blesses us and shows himself to us even in the darkest of times.




God Bless America!!

“We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. . .But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.”
~Calvin Coolidge






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