Cammo Style Love: August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless WEdnesday

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Labor Looks Review and Coupon Code!

You don't even know how excited I am to be doing a review for Labor Looks hospital gowns. If you could see me now I'd be jumping up and down. Practically as soon as I found out I was pregnant I was hunting around for fun things that I could do this pregnancy because we have practically everything we need for a baby because we kept everything from our last two. We've got all their clothes and all of our other big gear type stuff was all gender neutral. One of the things I wanted to get for sure was one of those snazzy hospital gowns. I had seen them on tv and had run across them randomly on mommy websites. After looking at about a million other companies I finally came across LaborLooks. What first drew me to them was the price. I couldn't believe how much other companies were charging for their gowns. It was ridiculous! Then the patterns. All sorts of patterns, that were beautiful and detailed and not just a blue and a pink. I was really surprised at how many other companies had ugly patterns. I was thinking that I'd rather wear the regular hospital gown then this. Then I began looking at the company. LaborLooks was created by two sisters, one a Registered Nurse and one a Certified Nurse Midwife! Both moms, both wearing and testing out their product during actual deliveries! I mean, seriously? How much better does it get than that?

For those of us, including myself, that decide to go the hospital route we get the need for hospital gowns. I mean, it really makes things easy for everyone involved. But its so impersonal, they most certainly aren't one-size fits all, and lets face it....they aren't really the most fashionable thing you'll wear as a mommy. So just from that stand point its a completely novel idea and I can see why people have jumped all over it. Now let me tell you some other things that make these LaborLooks gowns different from some of the other companies I've looked at. One thing that totally jumped out at me was that these gowns have an overlapping tie (as you'll see in the picture) instead of the typical snaps (on regular hospital gowns and on other custom gowns I've seen). This feature allows for complete coverage and, as you'll see in the pictures) I could totally do it myself. The fabric on these is amazing. I have heard that some of these other gowns having fairly thin fabric. Not the case here. I mean, it literally feels amazing! These gowns are totally comfortable and I can see myself having no problem wearing it through the labor and after without it getting dirty. It seems really durable, so wearing it for future deliveries wouldn't be a problem. One of the creators of the gown even wore hers through her c-sections. And of course the last great feature would be the snaps on the shoulders for great skin to skin contact (by unsnapping both sides) and breast feeding (by snapping one side at a time).

One more thing I wanted to talk about was the sizing. Pre-pregnancy I was a size 16 and their sizing is right on. I was kinda of leary because in their sizing that made me a size m/l. I received the gown at about 30 weeks, so I'm pretty out there, and I see myself have extra room, but not so much that after the baby it would be too big or feel huge on me. It seemed to be designed similarly to maternity clothes in that the bulk of the extra fabric is just around your middle and not just all over, so you end up wearing a tent after the baby is born. Literally this thing is amazing I could see myself wearing it at home later on, in post-recovery. And now for some pics!

Please check out my YouTube review of this to see it in action and when you go to LaborLooks to purchase your gown use the code "rheanna" to receive 15% off!!

Thank you so much to the gals at LaborLooks for allowing me to review their product. I received to compensation in exchange for a positive review. I received one laborlooks gown to review and give my own opinion about.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rhe's Bookshelf #4

Well, its that time again, I've got a couple books to review here so hang on to your hats!

My First Hands-On Bible - New Living Translation

My First Hands-On Bible is the preschooler version of the popular Hands-On Bible, which has sold over a half million copies. Jesus taught with hands-on lessons and illustrations; My First Hands-On Bible uses the same experience-based learning to communicate God’s Word in an active, understandable way. My First Hands-On Bible is a fun and simple yet meaningful way to engage preschool, pre-K, and K children (ages 3-6) with the Bible while helping them build a solid faith foundation. Each lesson focuses on a specific Bible point through a variety of activities in order to reinforce and help young children remember the stories and lessons. Using common household items, you can help your children have a “hands-on” learning experience while engaging them in 85 key stories from the Bible. My First Hands-On Bible doesn’t just retell the Bible stories; it also includes actual Scripture from the easy-to-understand and easy-to-read Holy Bible, New Living Translation. In addition to the stories and activities, there are fun illustrations, prayers, and a special Jesus Connection feature.

I am the mother of a 5 year old and a 3 year old and I loved this Bible. First off I really loved it just for me. A lot of times children's bible's can miss stuff, or skim over stuff or just shorten things down because its geared towards kids. I didn't feel like that at all when I was looking this over. But by far the best part is the illustrations. So beautiful and fun. When my son opened it up for the first time he said, "Wow mommy, i like these pictures". It was so easy to talk to him and have a conversation with him just about the pictures. That was before we even started reading it. The stories are great lengths and read in such a way that it kept my son's attention while also spurring questions and conversation between. I love this Bible and I would definitely recommend it to any parent looking for a first Bible for their children! An added bonus for you homeschooling moms with younger children who aren't quite ready for full on curriculum is the activities included within the stories. Its something for your younger kids to do that will make them feel like they are a big kid. I will be using it for my son who is doing pre-k and kindergarten learning at home this year.

**this book was provided by the Tyndale Blogging Program for my review. This review is my own and I was not provided any compensation for a positive review

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door, by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door gives teens answers that make sense, even for the toughest of questions. Internationally known defender of the faith Josh McDowell and co-author Bob Hostetler offer clarity laced with humor to expose common myths about God, the Bible, religion, and life to show how Christianity stands up to the test of fact and reason. Teens will be better equipped to stick with their faith as they begin to understand why they believe and why it's important to make a lifetime commitment to Christ and the church.

I wasn't actually sure what to expect when I first got this book. But after opening it up and powering through about the whole thing in one night I loved it. Josh McDowell is amazing and so I knew anything by him would be great. I believe that this is such a relevant book for this day in age and I really think that groups from Jr. High and even College Age could use this book. The stories are relevant and easily comparable to life. The follow-up questions are great. I'm always worried with things like this because I fear that the topics would become too relevant if you know what I mean. The questions and topics become too watered down. The future of Christianity today is in the hands of our kids and feeding them wishy-washy garbage isn't going to do us any good. I would pick up this book if you're a youth leader or any kid, or if you have teens in your house, or even before your kids get to that age. I have a five and three year old and I loved this book! Its a tough task to raise our children and anything that helps with that is good in my book!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chuck-e-Cheese Review!

I recently was given the opportunity to do a review for Chuck-E-Cheese. I was quite happy because my children (more specifically my five year old) have become aware of its existence. I love PBS for the fact that there are no commercials, but Chuck-E-Cheese is a proud as a parent you get where I'm going with that. The purpose of the review was to test out there new pizza recipe. Now, anyone that has been there growing up might remember the pizza and its not being the best out there. I personally didn't really remember, but my husband said that right off the bat when I told him about this review opportunity. Honestly though, is anyone really going there for the pizza, LOL? So I went actually with a different perspective, not really remembering what the pizza tasted like before. Of course I brought my husband because he remembered. First off let me say that I was quite impressed with the place. I haven't been in forever, and we did go during the week, but it was amazingly clean, the games were great and I loved that there was a good selection for my kids, who are 3 and 5. I was expecting them to have maybe one or two options. The staff was great, and checked on us through out our visit. Two thumbs up on overall experience.

Now on to the pizza. It was a thin crust, which I'm not generally fond on, and it was actually good. I mean, its not a pizza place so I think the experience that you would have at a place that is exclusively serving you pizza, as a restaurant, will be different. I did love the sauce. Great spices. It was by far then something that I'd just get at a Sam's Club, or in the frozen section at the grocery store. It wasn't super greasy, the pizza wasn't chewy and the pepperoni wasn't rubbery or extremely spices. My husband could actually tell a marked difference between what it was before and what it was now.

All in all I was thoroughly impressed with everything. The food, the drinks, the staff, the games, the overall appearance of the place. Two things, from a mom's perspective that I also loved was A) the bathrooms had little toilets and little sinks and handles on the doors low and B) if my kids were like 5 away from a higher number for the tickets they rounded it up so that all the tickets could be used and I wasn't stuck with random tickets and the kids not being able to use them. We spent several hours there and are already planning our return trip back. It was a great place and I definitely would consider having a birthday there and just going as a family!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this item from the Publishers, Manufacturer and/or Production Company as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week

I'm a little late on this everyone, but its World Breastfeeding Week! Check out their Link.
I am pregnant with my third, and will once again be breastfeeding. This time I'm determined to make it work longer than the last two. I think I do struggle with an actual physical issue. Some of it could have been just inexperience, especially with the first one, but heaven's it wasn't for lack of trying. I even got a fancy breast pump to help with that. The second time around I discovered a great herb called Fenugreek, and thank my mommy friend Barb for introducing me to that. What an angel! The thought had never occurred to me, before I was pregnant, that I would have any issues. But really, alot of stuff doesn't occur to moms before their moms, no matter how much babysitting you did (and I did A LOT!). My mom had a friend who was lactation specialist/nurse come over and talked to me. I never did a class with a certain organization and I probably won't ever. I am however going to class sponsored by Medela next week and I'm soooooooo excited, the awesome maker of my fabulous breast pump. The truth of the matter is that I have had one too many disspointing and irritating experiences with the unnamed organization that I'm over it. Now before I make anyone too mad, I am sure that there are wonderful people there and many many many people have been blessed by them. I'm also aware that there are nuts in every group of people. I feel like, along with the "natural" and "epidural" group, there is this ongoing battle between women in the breastfeeding/formula realm. And really it is so ridiculous!! Why do we as women fight over the stupidest things. Yes, I am here to tell you I get that breastmilk is amazing and wonderful and the best thing that I could give my baby. But from someone who has struggled, and felt like they did all they could, it doesn't help to tell them how horrible formula is. It doesn't help to tell me that I must not be really trying and must not be doing something right. I have two beautiful children raised primarily on formula. And, not to brag, but they are kinda smart and extremely healthy children - formula, vaccinations and all, LOL! If you are a breast feeding mamma that has had no problems I envy you! I think that is amazing. It is hard work, takes dedication and sacrifice and TIME! I'm excited to give it a third go...I'm all prepped with my mother's milk tea, my fenugreek, I'm going to my class and I'm excited! But I know that if I'm not able to, and I have to go to formula that's fine. I know my child will be healthy and wonderful. And to all those mom's out there that might read aren't alone! I discovered a whole world of mom's that were like me after I had my experience. I thought to myself, what a blessing that we have herbs, and teas and professionals.....and formula! To think back in the day, or in many third world countries, mothers and babies aren't so lucky!

So three cheers for mother's everywhere!! Whether you're a breastfeeding or formula mom, a store bought baby food or homemade mom, a cloth diapering or disposable mom, an organic, no plastic mom or not! We are mothers and that should be enough to unite us!!! So lets celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and let it remind us that we are all moms!!!!!!!

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