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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DC/NoVA Adventures - National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum

Tucked away in a rather innocuous looking building in Alexandria you will find the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. It's sitting in the giant office buildings in the US Patent and Trademark Office, with no fancy signage or giant signs. In fact, we were unsure we were in the right place for a minute. But we were pleasantly surprised with a cool little museum with a big story inside!

This display shows all of the Hall of Fame recipients, like Steve Jobs

The museum has interactive display screens where you can swipe through each recipients and read about them and their patents.

Anyone remember the palm pilot? Man, I wanted one of those so bad!

New Inductee into the Hall of Fame, the patent holder for the Epi-Pen!

One of my favorite displays paid tribute to patent holders that are also Veterans.

can you guess?

 This museum was a really cool place, and one that I wouldn't normally have chosen to go to. But when you're looking for something interesting and unique you sometimes stumble upon the best stuff. I would highly recommend this experience for children (although my five year old wasn't that excited about it), especially children interested in this kind of thing. It would make an excellent homeschool field trip with a paper involved.

Want to learn more about the Inventor's Hall of Fame, find educational materials for kids of all ages and learn who is being inducted next? Visit

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sometimes It Isn't Easy....And I Probably Won't Admit It

I play the "I've got it card" a lot! It's my jam. When your spouse is gone what seems like all the darn time you get tired of saying that it's hard. People say, "Oh that must be hard," and you slap a smile on your face and say that you've got it. Thank you for your sympathy and probably sometimes your pity. When I hit that three week mark, right before the stride of our new rhythm kicks in, is when you see me. I'm probably frazzled, ordering take-out and making peanut butter and jelly because the thought of  going to grocery store actually makes me want to cry ugly tears. I probably smiled and said something like, "oh, you know we're making it through." Right now, one of my friend's reading this is probably laughing hysterically because I have in fact said that to them.

Photo Credit ~ Gronde Photography

But sometimes its not easy. You tell me that its okay for me to admit its not, and I hear you, but admitting that to myself isn't something that is easy for me to do. It's like flood gates on a dam. Once you open them its incredibly difficult to close them. When I didn't have children I found it much easier to be mope about, but these days its harder. I want so much for my children, for them to be happy and not be filled with worry and sadness. Their whole lives have been this way, they know nothing different. We have an open home when it comes to their father's career. We allow them the freedom to talk about how they feel, to cry and to be angry. There is no secret when mommy is sad, but I want to give them security and peace as best that I can.

So, yes, sometimes it isn't easy. It is very very hard. And I know its asking a lot to expect you to know that without me having to tell you....but sometimes that is how it has to be. I hate to place that burden on you as a civilian friend, or even as my another military spouse. But sometimes the thought of admitting what is really going on, or having a conversation about it is just too much to deal with.

Sometimes it isn't easy, and I probably won't admit it

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Nutrisystem Week 3 and almost 4...... #NSnation #sponsored

You know how in life you're going along so well. Too well in fact. Because in this military spouse life, or frankly life in general, one is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. The third week of Nutrisystem was amazing! The food is good, I wasn't getting bored, I had allowed myself a diet soda on rare occasion and things seemed to be going along swimmingly. I was all prepared to prepare my third and fourth week's posts and then it hit. The last hold-out in the Cammo Style Love house came right down with one of the worst cases of stomach flu that I had ever had!!!! And left to fend for myself alone it successfully derailed me from my rhythm.

And now I find myself one week later still not eating a ton of food, if really any. I've managed to eat saltine crackers, a little bit of toast, and some chicken and rice. But not much else and my stomach doesn't love it. However, I remain confident that I will soon be over this ridiculousness and back in the saddle again.

Now, if you've started Nutrisystem, or are thinking about it I want to encourage you. This has been by far one of the easiest health transitions I have made, and believe me I've done a few. And while I may have been derailed and not found my work-out rhythm yet I still have noticed changes. The scale is still my nemesis and I've decide to avoid it still, but took this first month on the program to really pay attention to my body and my eating habits. That's what I would encourage anyone starting this program to do. You can't get hung up on losing the maximum. It might not happen for you like it will for others.

Another important piece of the puzzle for me is finding my snacks - my PowerFuels and my SmartCarbs! If you are following me on Instagram or Snapchat you might have seen me talking about this. My favorite snacks by far are hardboiled eggs, sweet peppers and yogurt. Discovering easy snacks that I take with me on the go have been extremely important for me. You don't realize how busy you are until you have this program you must follow. Thankfully there is much that I can take with me as needed, you just have to plan it right.

I'm trying not to rush myself currently, but I feel the need to jump back in full force, especially since my newest shipment came! I did an unboxing on Instagram and there is so much good stuff that I ordered this time around. New stuff to try that I find myself getting giddy about!!! I just want to eat it all right now. But alas, I must wait.....and it's killing me guys!!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Week 2 Nutrisystem Recap: Uniquely You #spon

Week two of my Nutrisystem program is over and I'm staring my third week right in the face. I decided I was going to lay off the scale because for me that's a brick wall. I get obsessed with the numbers I'm seeing, while not appreciating all the things that may or may not be happening with my body. How do my clothes feel, how do I feel inside...those are things that are important. The foundation for what I'm trying to do is what's important. A lifestyle change, and a different way of looking at what I'm eating. The fact that I can immediately notice a difference in my eating and how I feel is really the goal that I'm trying to reach.

The first full week off the Turbo Takeoff week is an entirely different world. I'm not hungry, I'm not cranky and it's amazing! I'm fueling my body with food that I'm also choosing, which is empowering to me. My favorite fueling food has been hard-boiled eggs and bananas. But so many options are available to me like yogurt, cottage cheese and peppers.

One of the best things about being on the Uniquely You program, which I mentioned last week, was the ability to choose and create my own meals. I think this is such a valuable part of the Nutrisystem program. Learning how to translate the Nutrisystem meals into my ow meals is a motivator. I was able to meet my friend for lunch at Chick-Fil-A, and with Nutrisystem's Eating Out Guide choose food that fit in the program and satisfied me. There's something on the other side of this. What I found is that I was simply not eating enough food to fuel my body, and despite what one might think, eating nothing isn't a great way to lose weight. I was also drinking my calories. Transitioning away from sugar completely was way easier than I thought it would be. The cravings for it have all but completely gone. I know there will be struggles, but the little victories are what get us through.

For anyone that is trying to make a change, don't let yourself be thrown off course by the little roadblocks that come up. It's just life. And that's okay. It's okay to not be perfect, or thin, or to loose the 1.5lbs a weeks. Everyone is different. It's how you feel, your body and yourself that matters. If you get wrapped up in these you won't succeed. At least, that has always been a problem for me. Getting caught up in the fact that I haven't accomplished exactly what others have in exactly the same way as others.

But I will win!!!!!!

how do you get through the tough times?!
what keeps you motivated?

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