Cammo Style Love: June 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Following Friday!

Well its finally Friday people, whatever that means, LOL!  In our house it means its just another day.  In fact it was a weird one for us.  I'm pretty sure my husband is at work today and didn't get on a plane this morning, but it was like 4am when he woke me up.  I distinctly remember me taking him to work this morning because he didn't rent a car because he was supposed to be on a plane...but then again, it could have been a tall, dark and handsome stranger for all I know.  Such is the life of this military wife.  But, thankfully there are things like blogs to keep me preoccupied.  Oh, and my three little munchkins.  And despite the fact that there is an extreme heat advisory, which make even going to the pool not an option (there is absolutely no shade around it, LLLAAAAAMMMMEEEE), I'm hoping that this is going to be the start of a fabulous weekend.

Now, onto the fun. The hops for today are thanks to some fabulous book review writers and some new hops I've not done but thought I would check it out!!










Aloha Friday Blog Hop








First off, as an ode to the book review blogs on the hop here's what I'm reading this week!

I've got an interesting group on my bookshelf this week!  I'm continuing on my Alex Cross Series read.  I really love this series.  James Patterson is really pretty rockin.  I love the Women's Murder Club series, but I got out of whack with them and have to start all over again.  I'm on Number Thirteen, Double Cross, and so far its pretty good.  I really liked the last one, Cross.  It really delved into the past of Cross, which I really loved.  There haven't been too many in the series I wasn't into, maybe two out of the thirteen.  Not one was so horrible that I didn't want to read.  The other book on my list this week is a book from Tyndale Publishing , entitled "The Searchers," by Joseph Loconte.  It's proving to be an extremel interesting read, so be on the look out for the full review on that one.

The fun stuff this week is the Five Question Friday brought to you by Five Crooked Halos!  This is my first time on this hop and it looks like lots of fun!

1. What's your favorite childhood snack that you still eat as an adult?
Gosh, I don't know.  I'm going to have to ask my mom on this one.

 
2. What food will you not eat the low fat version of?
Well its not really a food, but soda, I just will not drink diet!  No way!  bleh.  I will usually try the low-fat, low-carb, whatever low of lots of stuff.  Most stff doesn't really taste all that different from the originial, or maybe I'm just not that picky.  But the soda, just can't do it.  LOL


 3. What's your favorite way to cool off during the summer?
Either pool or staying in my nice air conditioning!!  

 
4. What's your favorite summer read?
I usually try to read some Jane Austen every year, but I don't have a particular summer read.  Right now I'm powering through the Alex Cross series, by James Patterson.

 
5. What are you doing to stay cool in this awful heat?

This is my first summer living on the East Coast, and OMG!!!!!  This whole heat index thing is killing me.  By 8:00am today it was almost 90!!  The heat index has today's high feeling like 115!!  and its only June.  This NorCal girl might not make it the rest of the summer. :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Military Lifestyle Series #4

Happy Sunday everyone.  I hope this new post finds you all in good spirit this wonderful weekend.  Happily I have a new guest post in my Military Lifestyle Series.  I actually had the extreme pleasure of meeting Kris last month at the mil-blogging conference.  So, not only is she a bloggy friend, but she's now a real-life mil-spouse friend; and I am happy to count her as such.  Hopefully we'll get to meet up again soon!  I am so excited to bring you the guest post of another National Guard Spouse.  Kris is a wonderful blogger and you can find her over at The New Normal, which was also a finialist in this years Mil-Bloggie awards!  Go Kris!!  She brings a great perspective that I know so many others out there experience.  They are a traditional National Guard family, and also joined up after marriage, which I think is a whole different ball game.  She didn't marry into this, this was a post-marriage decision and I think that's pretty amazing.  Anyway, I could go on and on......but I'll let Kris.  Enjoy!


That's me and Kris rockin' the white shirts, and another mil-blogging pal!


 
         Hello!! I’m Kris from The New “Normal.” Thank you, Rheanna, for allowing me to guest blog today about our crazy military life! We are an Army National Guard family living in the lovely Midwest. My husband and I have been married 11 years and we have been an Army family for just about 5 years now. It’s definitely been 5 years full of ups and downs with the military, but it is a part of our life that I wouldn’t change for anything and despite all of the obstacles, it has been one of the best decisions that we made as a family.


        When I met my husband, he had mentioned the fact that joining the military was something that he has always dreamed of doing. Having no one in my family or circle of friends with any military experience, I thought he was crazy. Why would anyone want to do that? That was back in 1997. Fast forward to September 11, 2001. We had been married a couple of months and after that tragic day, talks of my husband’s wish to join the military resumed. Sadly, as a selfish new wife, I did not want to think of my husband in that role and put him off a little longer, saying I wanted kids first. 6 years and 2 kids later, my husband finally told me, “If I never join the Army, it will be something that I regret for the rest of my life.” I knew then how much it meant to him and I fully supported his decision, so at 27 he headed off as the “old man” (as the drill sergeants called him!) to Basic Training for the Army National Guard. They say hindsight is twenty-twenty, and in this case I couldn’t more agree because knowing what I know now, I wish I had been more supportive of my husband’s military dreams when we first met. When it comes to the Army, he excels and it is his passion. And in turn, it is something that I love for our family as well.


 
My husband decided to join the National Guard rather than Active Army because of family ties. He is an integral part of his family’s small business and did not feel like he could completely walk away from the civilian side. We had also established a home in our current city and he did not want to disrupt our family life. He saw joining the Guard as the best of both worlds; he could fulfill his duty with the military while remaining in the civilian world at the same time. This has been a decision that we waver on constantly and at many times wish that we had chosen to go Active Duty when he first joined. There are many benefits to being a Guard family – we do not have to move every few years, we choose where we want to live, my career can thrive – and I am grateful for those opportunities.

Life with the National Guard also brings about difficulties that at times are very frustrating. My husband’s current unit is located two hours from our home. Due to this, I do not participate as I would like to in the FRG and other unit events. I am one who loves to get involved and get to know people. Since many of the Soldiers in the unit are spread all over the state, the families rarely have the opportunity to get together, which made the deployment difficult for me. I wanted to reach out to the other wives. We all needed support but with there being such great distances between many of us (and a non-functioning FRG at the time) we found that extremely difficult. This made the time during our recent deployment very lonely and isolating at first. I felt like I was the only on going through this situation and that no one, try as they might, really understood what our family was going through. Thank heavens for all of the wonderful milspouse bloggers who became my support network during this time! Without this amazing community, I know I would not have survived our deployment as well as I did!

We find that being in the National Guard is a strange occurrence to many people around us on the civilian side. Many do not know just what they Guard is and we are asked lots of questions. We have found that most think that with the Guard, you do not deploy often, or at all, and that it really is just one weekend a month and two weeks a year. It always makes me laugh when people ask about that, as in the 5 years that my husband has been with the Guard he has been away for training for close to 3 years of that time! After the deployment, most people assumed that since he was not active Army that his returning home meant he has fulfilled his service obligation and now he was done. They were shocked when we would tell them that he wants to make it a career path and that he will definitely deploy again. At first I found the questions very frustrating, but then I began to realize that people asked their questions mostly out of genuine curiosity and that I was just like them once. Now I answer honestly and attempt to give them a better picture as to what the National Guard is and does. 






 
Life with the Army National Guard brings its challenges, but “the grass is always greener on the other side” and I know that Active Duty Army has its many difficulties as well. Despite not being located near my husband’s unit, a base, or other military families, I do enjoy that we do not have to move every few years and our kids can remain in the school and house that they have always known. At times I do wish we could move around the country or overseas, but then again I have never had to deal with a PCS so I really have no idea how difficult that is! I love the fact that we are a military family but can still remain with our feet in the civilian world as well. I am proud of my husband and the choices that he has made to serve this country. It’s been a crazy 5 years, but years that I look back on with fond memories and cannot wait to see what the future years will bring!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Excuses only go so far.....

Its been going around today so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon, since apparently that's what I'm doing these days *wink wink*.  Two other wonderful articles I read concerned the National Guard spouse who got the media involved in her lack of an R&R were on Spouse Buzz and Army Wife 101, and mine isn't as good as theirs.  But, what's a blog for if it isn't for expressing ones own feelings and venting out some annoyance.  I have been a National Guard gf/fiance/Spouse (of various standing - Active Duty for almost the whole time) for 10 years.  I have never lived on or near a base until about six months ago.   I've never been to an FRG meeting, or had a pre-deployment briefing or meeting, or post deployment anything.  I learned right away that the military is in charge when my wedding occurred four months later than I wanted (Yup I moved around a good 'ole fashioned white wedding for the military).  My husband was basically my only guide and example for about four years before I really became close with any fellow mil-spouses, and they weren't close to me anyway (distance wise).  He set the example for me.  He explained things to me, and helped me through when I was frustrated with the change.  I quickly learned that was the plan in the military.  The plane WAS change.  It became a joke in our house, humor to deal with the insanity.  I'm not a betting woman, but I would lay a whole lot of money down on the fact that many military families cope with life in this same way.  The military is the mistress, the other woman, and so on and so on.  Taking this military life became really important to me and I experienced a lot of things most younger and new spouses did not experience and quickly became a senior spouse because of experience.

Another thing I came to realize is that though my husband is not alone, a lot of husbands don't convey the importance of things properly to their wives.  There are a lot of amazing husband and wives, and girl friends and fiance's out there that do.  I know I'm not alone, and I know there would be another girl/guy out there that would totally understand what I'm saying when I say, "I may not get to wear his rank, nor do I deserve it, but its just as important to me as if it was mine."  His career is important to me, and being insanely involved with my husband and understanding the in's and out's has been one of my ways of coping.

Now that I've blathered on and on, let me get to the point.  The point of this is the National Guard spouse in question. If you haven't already seen or read the article you can go here and check it out yourself.  Personally I'm wondering more about her husband than I am her, although I am definitely questioning her actions 100%.  Something wasn't talked about.  Something wasn't explained.  I wonder also about this feeling of entitlement that I feel like may or may not be occurring in this situation.  The military won't even guarantee your husband home for your child's birth, so I'm pretty sure an R&R doesn't rank up there in the Things To Do category.  But I also question her need to rush to the media?  Did she do this on her own?  I mean, did she just get so incensed, and without checking on things that figuring out what's what, she just immediately went there with it?  Did she not consider what may happen to her husband when its seen that she's talking like she is and demanding apologies not just from the Army, but from the Pentagon?  Really?  I get that she may be uneducated and far away from support, but so are lots of people that go through crud that don't do this.  Common sense has to come into play at some point.  I feel bad for her, I feel bad for her kid.  It's sad.  My kids have been through a lot of disappointment, but I explain to them in an adult way and I talk about what an honor it is to sacrifice for their country.  Sure I'm real and we say it totally sucks that daddy isn't here.  I don't live life looking through rose colored glasses, but I try to make life as rosy as I can for the kids.

I guess that's my point really, in these last few words that I say.  I get it, and you're not alone, but I feel like excuses only get you so far.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway! #SummerCloth

Hello everyone! Another great cloth diaper event is here and I am super excited about this. Thank you to Mommy's Favorite Things for hosting this one. I'm happy to showcase a company that I haven't showcased before, and two other ones that have been previous sponsors for Cammo Style Love. This is going to be a great event and there are lots of great blogs hosting giveaways. So please make sure to check out the other sites after entering here. Good Luck and have fun.




         Now lets check out whats available here at Cammo Style Love First up we have a cloth wipes set from Fashion Bums. I've done a review on Fashion Bums before and you can find that here.   This a great WAHM company, and she is also a fellow Military Wife.  She makes great diapers, and these adorable diaper key chairs.  She is always expanding her line, and she's one of the few places I could find a diaper made from military uniforms.  So cute!

Next is Baby Babu.  Another great cloth diaper company which I have used.  I'm working on a video review for them, so be on the look out for that.  They are giving away another cloth diaper on here of the winner's choice.  Thanks Baby Babu!

My last sponsor is a new sponsor for Cammo Style Love!  You can find the spotlight for Shasha Wraps here.  Please read about their company here.  Corrina and her hubby run Sasha Wraps.  Corrina is also a fellow MilSpouse, which I absolutely love supporting here on the blog.  Corrina is also a certified Fitness Instructor, as well as a Le Leche League Leader.   I was so happy to have stumbled upon their company and am proud to have them as a sponsor if this event.  Sasha Wrap is giving away a $40 gift card to their shop.  Thanks guys.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

#SummerCloth Hop Sponsor Spotlight!

I have a wonderful sponsor spotlight here for you today. I am most pleased about this one because this because Corrina is a fellow MilSpouse. Here's a little bit about Sasha Wrap!  


 Can we just talk about how cool that twin wrap carrier is!!??  Wow and amazing.  I've not seen anything like that, specifically designed for twins!!


         We always get asked how did we come up with the idea for baby carriers and our products. When Sasha was born she did not want to be put down at ALL! So we bought almost every carrier, sling and wrap that was out there. Corinna would wear Sasha for about 20 mins or so and start to complain of a headache and how her neck and back would be killing her. Corinna had a bad neck injury from her college days of playing soccer when she had a head on collision when attacking for the ball. Myself being a big bad man would tell her to suck it up and stop complaining, but in turn that would mean another baby carrier being bought. Keep in mind Sasha is about three months old and might be about 10 to 12 lbs. So after she had enough she decided to create a baby carrier that met her needs. It wasn't long before she came up with the Sasha Wrap. Because of how the Wrap was made she could wear Sasha for hours with no pull or strain on her back or neck. Hence the name of the carrier the Sasha Wrap. We really didn't think anything about making them as a business until all of our friends started asking for one and then raving about how comfortable it was and how everyone needed one of these. Sasha's Inspirations was created and we started selling in small stores in New York. As Sasha grew she became heavier and taller. We could still wear her with no pressure on our shoulders and back but she was so tall that it was hard to get her in and out of the wrap. Our goal was to create a carrier that would give you the same comfort and support as the Sasha Wrap but also facilitate a large toddler. After a few months the Sasha Asian Baby Carrier (ABC) was created and embraced quickly. Not only was the Sasha ABC great for quick holds, easy back holds and holding larger children, but it also held a newborn comfortably as well.


          But they make so much more than wraps, which is why they are a part of this Cloth Diaper Giveaway.  Here's some of their cloth diapers!  You can check out some videos, showing their cloth diapers and available patterns here.


So cute right?!  Make sure to head over to Shasha Wraps!  And make sure to check them out on Facebook too!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sleeping Baby Happy Parents Review and Giveaway




          Baby Baby Baby overload here at Cammo Style Love.  Lots of fun reviews and giveaways recently.  All stuff that I've tried and loved.  This one being no exception.  I am pleased to talk to you today about the Sleeping Baby, Happy Parents CD.  I received this item, and since we have been using another sound type machine for my son, I immediately put this to use.  The one complaint about the item we are currently using is that its not long enough.  My son is still stirring in the night and I like the noise for him.  I think it helps.  We also have a bathroom right next to his room, so I like the filler noise for him.  The older kids can be loud and while I try to go about my regular day, vacuuming while he's asleep, running the dishwasher, and all that kind of stuff, I don't like to push it.  Anyway, I digress.  I got to review this CD and this was everything that I had been looking for.  I can download it on my Ipod, hook it up and hit replay!  On its own, its over an hour long, which is way longer than a lot of the noise machines for babies, that have an automatic shut-up.


         Here's the story of the Sleeping Baby Happy Parents company:

Our inspiration for this project started when we were having difficulties calming our triplets for their naps and nighttime sleep. We fruitlessly searched for products that would soothe and relax them. For weeks, nothing seemed to work. that is, until a stormy, tropical night brought the calming rain, as well as the much-needed solution to us. Our babies slept like angels, as they listened to the soft, gentle sounds of the raindrops hitting their bedroom's windowpane. This inspired us to share our discovery with other weary parents facing the same dilemma of a sleepless night.

While doing research for this project, we were much surprised to learn that for centuries, caregivers have utilized the power of nature as a way to lull infants to sleep. The calming sounds of rainstorms, ocean waves and rivers were harnessed by ancient peoples in order to calm and soothe babies. Sleeping Baby . Happy Parents proudly continues this tradition with our "Soothing Tropical Rain to Help Your Baby Sleep" soundtrack. Just press play and watch as you and your little one enjoy a peaceful night's sleep. After all, when there's a "Sleeping Baby" in the home, there are sure to be "Happy Parents.”


I love this CD.  I love that I can download it from Itunes to my IPod or IPhone and hit repeat and play it for as long as I want, or as short as I want.  I can take it with me anywhere, and for a mom on the go, I LOVE that.  You can read more testimonials here

I give this four combat boots from the Cammo Love House! 

You have the chance to win a copy for you and your baby (or whoever else).  I promise, you'll love it! 

Good Luck!


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day 2012

We are celebrating father's day today without daddy.  Its nothing particularly unusual, and the kids don't really know much about the day.  But I do, and its harder for me for sure.  I love holidays, and photo ops, and tradition and all that silly stuff.  So, I get all sad and sentimental when he misses things like this.  I know what we'll do, we'll make up little cards and the kids will draw or paint on them.  We'll post pone the day and I'll make a special dinner, something he's requested as his favorite.  He got a nice gas bbq last month so that was sort of his present.  His first big boy bbq (lol).  It's funny when buying things like couches and BBQs become the highlight of your life.  My new couch is my current crush.  But this post isn't sad, nor meant to be sad or poor me, boo hoo he's not here.  That's not really anything new, and its one day out of how many Father's Days we've had, or will hopefully have in the future.

Hold onto your hats folks, its about to get mushy.

The hubby and I started dating about a million years ago, and it wasn't very long after we started dating that he was pretty sure I was the girl for him!  Yup, he told me that first and I'm pretty sure he said he loved me first too.  Here we are at 16 and 18.  We were at a dance.   I had on a vintage dress and he had on my grandfather's WWII Army Air Corp Uniform.


That was in 1999.  In 2004 we were married.


Two years later (almost exactly) we were blessed with our son

I was lucky to have him there that day.  He was supposed to be deployed.

Just a little over two years later our daughter was born.


Then this past October we had our second son


Through those years, with babies and birthdays we've been through a lot.  He's been gone so much I think sometimes I feel like we've only been married for half the time that we really have.  Some days I've handled it better than others.  There's been some post partum depression, anxiety, times alone with little ones that where too young to understand where daddy went, and had no concept of time at all.  He's dealt with my crazy and I've handled (or tried to at least) him being gone.  He's calm and chill, when I freak out and jump off the cliff.  He's always firmly clipped to the side of the cliff, holding my ropes so I don't go crashing into the ground.  He's my perfect match.  Even on days when we are just soooooooooo not communicating, which sometimes I think happens a lot with military couples, I know that he'll be there to go visit famous crimes scenes with me (yes, I've done that), or walk with me early in the morning on the beach to find sea shells.  I watch movies and read books (one in particular that I've been reading since before I had Phillip) that are right up his alley.  I make sure to read the news so we can talk about it.  I now eat Avocados, and 98% fat free hot dogs.  I haven't had an American Cheese slice, or Sunny D, since we were married. 

I don't know anyone else that would get excited about Presidential Libraries with me, or would sit and watch Twilight: Breaking Dawn with me (after he went out and got it all by himself - with chocolate cake).  I don't know anyone that would sacrifice so much to bring home the bacon just for me, but still gets to do what he loves.  I don't think he knows anyone that would handle recruitment type hours for almost 10 years!  Whoa!
I don't know anyone that would undo 100 new year's eve poppers and refill them and then give them to as a present, filled with 100 things we were going to do that year (yes he did).  I don't know anyone else that had a picture turned into a painting.  Remember when Center Stage came out (I used to be a dancer)...he took me to that in the theater.  Even better still, he took me to go see All About Eve (a very old b&w movie) with my mom and aunt, in this adorable historic theater one Valentine's Day.  

When I think about all that we've seen and done I'm pretty lucky.  I'm lucky to have such a wonderful husband, who is a pretty darn amazing father to our children.  Even when he's exhausted wrestling around with the kids, or playing ball outside is still a priority.  I know that as our oldest son, gets older, and starts "getting it" more, it will get harder for him to be gone so much.  The questions and sighs of discontent are already starting to pop up more.  But I know that he will always be there, my true perfect match. 

 April 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Teethe Me Review and Giveaway

Happy Saturday everyone. I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I have a most awesome review and giveaway of a very cool product. I happened to stumble upon it while looking through some listings of new, small businesses. It was quite unique, and while I had seen similar products, nothing exactly like it had come across my desk. So I contacted them and now they are a lovely sponsor here at Cammo Style Love. Now, to lift the suspense. I would say its safe to assume that most people who have been hanging around the blogging world have heard of Birch Box, or similar products that come to you in the mail, full of full-size and sample products. I've seen Earth Friendly/Green ones, different make-up ones, but never one for kids! I'm sure there is something out there, but this was the first one that I've seen geared towards this demographic. It's a fabulous idea in general. I mean, what woman doesn't like to test all sorts of products that you wouldn't normally buy or wouldn't think to buy? Here's a quick little snippit about Teethe Me:


What is a TeetheMe Box?

When you subscribe to TeetheMe, a monthly box of 4 to 5 products for your child aged newborn to 3 years old, will be stork delivered straight to your door in our signature TeetheMe Box.  We know how busy you are as a new parent.  At TeetheMe, we take the guesswork out of the seemingly endless amount of baby products on the market and only send you the most innovative, practical and unique products available.  The items in each box are hand picked by savvy moms and are based upon the child’s age. Don’t worry, we will not be sending a 2 year old the latest swaddle blanket!

Is that all?

No, we don’t stop there. Teetheme is a Community, not just a fabulous box of products. Our members rate, review and share their experiences on the latest products to give you the invaluable buyers’ edge in today’s overstuffed market. While here, don’t forget to check out our Diaper Bin (coming soon), the convenient one-stop newsroom where you can escape to your favorite mom blogs or catch-up on the latest parenting trend. Check out our own blog, The Daily Drool.

     Pretty cool huh?  Now, lets check out my Teethe Me Box, because I was very pleased.






          How cute is that box first of all.  Amazing presentation.  It was packed extremely well and was very appealing to the eye.  The customer service for Teethe Me is absolutely amazing.  And I'm only pointing that out because there was one issue with the box.  One of the items in it was a potpourri bag.  It pretty much was the strongest smelling thing I have ever ever ever smelled and it changed the smell of everything else in the box and I had to get rid of the box almost as soon as I opened it.  When I talked to Teethe Me about the situation, it was immediately noted, and taken care of.  I admire that in a company almost as much as the products they are selling.  If you don't have great customer service you have nothing.  I am 100% confident in Teethe Me, that if you were displeased or dissassified, or concerned about anything, that they would be 1000% in your corner and do everything they could to satisfy you as a customer.  Now that I've completely gushed, let me tell you what awesome goodies were in my box.

I received several full-size items, much to my glee and surprise.  I received a Green Sprouts insulated bottle bag.  Its an adorable green argyle print.  It is quite roomy and has a hidden mesh pocket in the top for a pacifier or something like that.  Also, from green sprouts I received this adorable teether that Phillip was being so silly with!


I received a full size Earth Mama Angel Baby Baby Bottom Balm.  Great stuff.  It kind of has a Vaseline type texture and is a great barrier for baby's bottom.

I received a sample size of Dr. Robins all-natural, chemical free skin care products - sunscreen.  Super great stuff, not oily or weird feeling.  Goes on good and lasted us a good couple hours outside in the sun.  

A sample Light a Candle - Feed a Child campaign.  This is an amazing program, and I will be buying a full-size candle.  Its a great, simple way to be a part of something great.  Click here for more info.  Great scents and a great cause.

The sachet I mentioned above is by Greenleaf.  They have lots of great scents and the scent I received was Classic Linen (in the large size).  It was great and I loved it (just not in the box in the mail, lol).  

I was so pleased with  my box, I'm hoping to talk hubby into letting me the get the box more.  It is custom tailored to you and your child by a questionaire, so I would really be shocked if you weren't totally satsified each month when your box came.  Some of this stuff I hadn't heard of (Dr. Robin and the Feed a Child Campaign) and the rest I just hadn't ever thought of to buy.  I was totally thrilled and now I know more about the brands in question and will look for them to try in the full-size.


One lucky reader of Cammo Style Love will win a one month box of Teethe Me!!  Good luck!



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Baby Babu Cloth Diaper Review

Hi everyone!  I'm going to just take a quick second to do a review of a wonderful cloth diaper that I am happy to say is a sponsor of my little piece of the internet.  I am also extremely happy to say that it passed the Cammo Love tests, and boy are they rigorous.  I'm working on a video review and will hopefully have that up shortly, but until then I wanted to talk quickly about why I love this diaper.


Here's a little bit about the Baby Babu diaper.


Having a baby involves making many important choices. One of the earliest choices is what type of diapers to use for your baby. There are many forms of disposable diapers on the market. However, these diapers are expensive and may not be the most convenient when it comes to your pocketbook. The good news is that cloth diapers offer parents a variety of options.

Baby Babu makes those options affordable and provides parents with quality in addressing their child’s diapering needs. Our company was created by a mother-father team that saw the need for sustainable diapering products for parents all over the world.

Our varieties of diapers are good for the environment. Unlike disposable diapers, our affordable cloth diapers can be laundered, sanitized, and reused. Since you will not be throwing them away, you are assisting in preserving the environment for future generations.




They also happen to make a completely 100% biodegradable diaper!!  They have pocket, AIO diapers, flats and prefolds and covers!  They really are a one stop shop for all kinds of diapers.  And, what's better than affordable thrown into the mix.  Especially, if you are concerned about giving used diapers your first go around, and want to try different types of diapers (because heaven knows I don't use what I thought I would) at an affordable rate.  But specifically I wanted to address the Pocket Diaper.  We have a major heavy wetter here on our hands and I have tried so many diapers that I was pretty much at my wits end for night time diapering.  Truthfully I was really over it.  Then I was sent a Baby Babu to try.  It seemed to me to be like your standard pocket diaper.  It is extremely light weight and trim.  I have a cow print minky and a blue PUL. 


Here's the cow minky open on the top right and on the smallest setting, as compared to Best Bottom and Alva.  I was quite impressed with the rise options and waist options.  It is very comparable to the average diaper out there on the market as far as the sizing options.  I really appreciate the double gusseting on the inside, and the two pocket openings.  It is an extremely easy to stuff pocket, but they aren't giant openings like some pocket diapers I've tried.  The openings also have elastic which is great, and they agitate out in the wash, which makes cleaning super easy.  The most important thing for me to express about this diaper is its ability to hold a heavy wetter's leaks.  The fit on my little man is absolutely wonderful, and keeps the pee in all night.  The flaps lay flat, there are not button impressions, no red marks!  I have so please with this diaper, and I recommend it for sure. 

Something I would change would be the snaps on the closure.  I wish there were two snaps in both rows, on the hips and the tummy.  I personally feel like it makes it a little difficult to get the right fit the first time around.  It's just kind of awkward and when I compare it to my other diapers that have two snaps on the flap across the tummy I definitely notice an ease. 

Stay tuned for the video review of this awesome diaper.  And in the mean time, check out Baby Babu for all your cloth diapering needs!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Military Life Series #3 OCONUS

Welcome to the third post in my Military Life Series!  I hope you can check out the previous two posts from A Boy, A Girl and The Marine Corp, and Aim High Erin.  The goal of this series was to focus on and highlight situations within the already crazy military life, that just make it that much more crazy.  I know, before I got myself really connected with some fabulous military girls I frequently  felt lost and alone.  Was anyone else going through what I went through?  So these posts are a way to connect people, to show them that they aren't alone and to help them through a situation in life.  I know there are other people in the same life situations as these fabulous ladies!

I'm so happy to have Lynn here for my third guest post.  If you get a chance to go check out her blog I know you'll love it.  She's super great.  Here's a little bit about her:

Lynn is mom to an incredibly charming, mischievous 18 month-old boy and a dog who hates the rain. She blogs at http://wanderlynn.wordpress.com because she still hasn’t figured out how to not do some kind of work on the computer since leaving her marketing job when the little guy was born.
She and her husband, an officer in the US Air Force, just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary at a rather fancy restaurant in the east of England. She’s a Midwestern girl who sometimes misses the soul-warming heat of her college days in the South.







My Military Life – Getting that Overseas Assignment
By wanderlynn

A big thanks to Rheanna for asking me to write a guest post about our military life overseas!

The prospect of seeing the world was dazzling when we got married, me just out of grad school and him just out of training. Then this strange thing happened, where our Big Adventurous Military Life started off as anything but. As in, we started off with more than half a decade in Omaha, Nebraska.

We settled in nicely there. I began my marketing career, got involved in a variety of community projects, and made friends. We got used to regular deployments and not seeing each other for about one-third of each year. We were DINKs (dual income, no kids) in an awesome neighborhood, and started to believe we’d never leave.

It wasn’t until we had two dogs and an infant that we learned we’d be moving to England. (Isn’t that how it goes?)

The news was thrilling in the exciting-scary kind of way. We were finally leaving! And going to ENGLAND! But we’d have to sell rent the house, and pack it all up, and fly overseas with a 6 month-old boy.

The concept of moving seems simple. Pack, move, unpack. The reality is vastly different. There are a ton of moving parts in getting everything and everyone from Point A to Point B, particularly if there’s an ocean involved. Toss in a healthy dose of unfamiliarity with processes and destinations and, BAM!, you’ve got yourself one heck of a mess.

Being a novice mover (but a professional project manager), I was stunned to discover that there was no “account manager” or point person for the giant cluster that is moving. Rather, I was not prepared for that person to be me, and to have to balance those duties with full-time care of an early-mobile infant.

Of course, there was a deployment hanging over it all. Perhaps I was pushing off full responsibility to my husband to take advantage of him while I could, up until our 10th day in our new, empty, English house.

Ultimately, the transition was challenging mostly because I had no idea what I was doing. I wanted to blame it on the fact that our household goods took three months to arrive, making it impossible to feel like “home.” But the truth is, I had no idea what to expect and was embarrassingly unfamiliar with the processes and offices involved. It felt like there were a million moving parts that somehow intersected at our house while flailing wildly in every direction.

We received information booklets and checklists from so many places – Airman & Family Readiness, the vet office, Pass & Registration, the housing office, the medical group, the squadron, the VAT relief office (which, thankfully, provides relief for Britain’s 20% sales tax on many large purchases) … sometimes there was conflicting information, sometimes information was flat out wrong. And usually an office was closed or a person wasn’t available.

Next time around, I intend to take the PCS bull by its horns and handle the frenzy with authority. And you bet I’ll make plenty of phone calls to get my program straight before I start running all over base to do it!

There are certain things, though, that you just can’t anticipate.

How hard it is to miss your family and not be able to pick up the phone to call any time of the day (that is, unless they’re cool with calls in the wee hours of the morning).

How hard it is to miss your family and not be able to hop a cheap flight or take a long car ride to see them.

The lost feeling many of my friends here share, from not working after having established ourselves in challenging careers.

The intense feeling of isolation of the stay at home mom of a young child, without your “village,” in a new country, while your husband is away for months.

But we get by. We adapt to this “normal.” Then we hop cheap flights to Europe to squeeze it in while we can. And before we know it, the tour is up and we do it all again… maybe closer to home?


Thanks Lynn and have a fabulous Friday everyone!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Watch out, I'm getting controversial!

I very rarely post stuff like this, but I watched the news last night and that was a terrible idea. One of my favorite blogs to read is The Rhino Den. It's an awesome blog is associated with the Ranger Up Clothing Line, which is another one of my favorite things.  You can read more about Ranger Up and The Rhino Den here.  I promise it will be an entertaining read.  I had the chance to meet and say a quick thanks to the Rhino Den guys at the MilBlogging conference.  I wish I had had more time to chit chat with them, because I know I would have been one of those annoying fan types, plus I'm only a spouse *sarcasm*, who has probably nothing awesome to say to these guys.  I love them and I'm super glad they won an award at this years Award ceremony. Over at the The Rhino Den you can find one of my favorite posts, The D*&@$!bag of the Week.  This week definitely lived up to expectations and people came out in full force.  Naturally there were plenty of comments that really had nothing to do with the point. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I can't stand when people take a topic, find a controversy that isn't there, make it about something else, and the true point of the story gets lost in this fake controversy".  If you get a moment you can check it out and see what I mean.  When I saw the news last night I immediately thought of this weekly post and thought, "marion barry should get it!!"  So here's my tribute to The Rhino Den!

Now, onto the point of the post.  I watched the news last night, and for those that don't live here in DC, there is quite a controversy going on the city council here, with embezzlement and such.  Kwame Brown and Marion Barry are pretty much idiots from what I can tell, in my short time here in the area.  Barry has made so many crazy and weird statements that I can't keep track and Brown seems to me to be an egotistical dirtbag, who pretty much thinks he's the most awesome thing out there.  Its all been coming to a head because of Brown resigning from the council and temporary people being elected and there's been allegations of bank fraud.  Needless to say its been quite entertaining.  So last night the hubby and I were watching the news and they were showing video of the council.  There were plenty of snarky quips to go around, people were crying, Brown was laughing inappropriately, it was quite the hullabaloo.  So at the end of the segment they of course wanted to get some statements from important people.  Important is clearly a relative term, because what I think they wanted was a quote that would grab ratings, but why would they?  And who is good for some ratings spikes?  Marion Barry of course.  Are we ready for his quote?

“This is the greatest governmental crisis since home rule. I can’t think of anything except 9/11 that’s been more horrific,” Barry said in a press release titled, “Barry Urges Media to Quote Him Accurately.”

Thanks to Politico for the quote.

Ummm, yeah.  I really don't even feel like I need to elaborate on this post anymore after that.  Its the perfect ending to a post.  I love when I don't have to ramble on and on.  Happy Thursday Peeps!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Halloween in June......Costume for 2012 #halloween #costume

          Sort of like Christmas in July right?!  Maybe its a new holiday we should come up with, or some kind of sales thing...I dunno, I smell a good marketing campaign.  When you think of costumes most people naturally think of Halloween.  If you have a little girl, about the age of 3 or 4, every day is a costume day!  One day she just started gravitating to them in the store.  It didn't matter if it was an actual costume or anything pink and frilly.  There is definitely something to be said for Nurture, and how we mold our children, but I'm telling you, there's a lot of nature involved!  LOL!  I remember my mom telling me about the times I would sleep in my slip and my "clicky shoes", which is what I called black patent leather mary jane's.   So I'm happy to say that I'm passing on the girlishness and Ami loves to wear all that stuff, all day long, in bed, eating food...its like pulling teeth to get them off.  We have one rule, "it stays at home."  So we don't go to the store or errand running in the dress-up clothes.


          When I received the opportunity to review an item from a costume store, and it wasn't anywhere near Halloween, I wasn't concerned in the least bit about what I would do with the said item.  I mean, who wouldn't want a new costume you know what I mean?  So, I took a nice little internet stroll over to Wholesale Costumes to check out the Popular Costumes for 2012.  I naturally checked out some of the Disney costumes that would be sure to catch the eye of my girlie girl.  Some of my favorites were Snow White,  Belle, and Minnie Mouse And for only a little bit more than a costume I could get at my local grocery type store, I can have more variety and, frankly, better quality.  The truth of the matter is I was honestly a little shocked at the quality.  I mean, you know these costumes are usually not the best.  I've gotten the ones locally and have a day of playing in them they are starting to come apart.  We can safely say that after a week or so of some good playing this costume has kept up quite nicely, and I was even able to get a stain off of it and get it right back to playing.



          We chose the Girls Deluxe Alice In Wonderland costume and it is darling.  It came with the petticoat and a matching headband.  What I most liked about the costume was that, even though it has some unique aspects to it, it looks like the costume from the movie.  It has some added decorations that make it unique and "deluxe" I think.  Some extra frills, some sparkly and ruffles and a picture of Alice, are some of the things that make this a little more "deluxe" then the movie version, but it was enough like it that my little girl knew right away what it was.





Love it: I really appreciate the quality of this item.  For a little more money I can get something nicer then what I might find in the average grocery store.  Its super cute and I appreciate the fact that even though they frilled it up a bit it still looks like the costume from the movie.  I would recommend ordering online from this company if you were looking for some dress-up clothes or you couldn't find a costume in the store that you were looking for.  You can find so many costumes on here, and last year when I was struggling to find an affordable Captain Hook costume for my son I would have loved to have been able to order from them. 

What I might change: The headband it comes with isn't super high quality and isn't one-size fits all. The elastic on the waist of the little petticoat was a little big on my daughter, while the rest of the costume fit her well, so that might be something I would change.  And even though the pictures on the bow and the apron of Alice are super cute, its kind of a pet peeve of mine when costumes actually picture the character the costume is of, lol, but it wouldn't stop me from buying.

All in all I give this 3.75 combat boots from the Cammo Love House! 

You can check out Wholesale Costumes at the link above, or search Wholesale Costume Company on Facebook and like them!  Follow them on twitter @WHCostumes

I received this costume in an exchange for my opinion.  I was not compensated for a positive review, these opinions are honest and are my own.  you can see my PR and Disclosure link above for more information.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sunday Social Link up!






Sunday Social


         I'm totally late on this, as it is now 11:35pm on Sunday, but I've been behind in everything all day long! More importantly this just looked like way too much fun to pass up! Thanks to fellow MilSpouse, Morgan, over at Stars, Stripes, Military Life for introducing me.

So, the basics of how it works is that the lovely ladies over at Ashley's Carnival Ride and A Complete Waste of Make-Up, post some questions, we answer and link up.  Fun!  I really love these kids of things.  Its a great way to meet some fellow bloggers and network.  Plus, and most importantly, its just so much fun.  Make sure to clink the button above and check out their lovely blog.  I already can't wait for next week, where I promise to be prompt.

On with the questions:

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

Well, I started blogging in 2010 as a way to talk about my life, parenting, stuff I liked, military life...stuff I was already talking about anyway and people were always asking me questions and advice, which I totally hesitate in giving because I'm so shy (sarcasm, can you feel it dripping off your computer?).  LOL.  So I spent forever it felt like trying to come up with an adorable, military related name and this is what the hubbs and I came up with.  I think its pretty cute.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

I'm not going to be the only to say this, I'm almost 100% sure.  The people that I've met and the fun I've had, winning things, giving away things, getting to write my opinion about things.  Its just been a lot of fun.  This year was like my mecca, because I got to go the MilBlogging conference and had so much fun!

Me and some fabulous mil-spouse bloggers at dinner!

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can't live without?

Gosh, I don't know.  I guess these relationships and the experiences.  That's a tough one!  




4. Facebook or Twitter?  Why?
Gosh, another good question!  Facebook probably.  I'm on it more and that's where the relationships are for me :) 

5. If one Celebrity read your blog who would you want it to be?
I've always loved Kate Winslet and I think it would be so cool if she read my blog.  If some really awesome political journalist or military person read my blog that would be so amazing too.  I think Dana Perino is wonderful.  At the MilBlogging conference I had some pretty awesome people retweeting some of my tweets and I was just thrilled to pieces!

6. What is one thing you want people to know about you and your blog?
 Well, aside from that fact that I think it's pretty awesome, I want people to know that I put a lot of time into it, and that even those its mostly for me, its also for the people that take the time to read my blog even though there are a million and one (literally) other blogs out there. 

Have fun and link up!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A day late, and a dollar short....

         You know that feeling when something happens and you want to say something, but you don't because you know you're so mad, or irritated or have too many thoughts running through your head that you just know you won't be able to sound anything like a coherent person? Well, when the breastfeeding Airmen pics took center stage that was how I felt. I was like, "no, I'm not going to run to my computer and start typing."  What could I possibly have to say that would be new and interesting. Nothing probably.  I read the articles. I wondered, was there another underlying issue that was going on, at least for me.


          A lot of time I feel like there's an issue that can't be discussed because it gets pushed aside before you can even get there. Personally, if we're going to honest, its our Politically Correct society that's the problem. Honesty has become a unique venture. Sometimes you can't tell the truth because you will be offending some group of people. For this particular incident, I feel like that particular "group" is breastfeeding moms. The truth of how some people feel about the pictures and whats going on in them is muddied up by the fact that they are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is a hot topic right now. Breastfeeding in public is really the reason. Another reason is the whole movement of attachment parenting and that purposely antagonizing Time Magazine cover - manipulative Time Magazine! So when this hit the blog world, and social media it was no surprise to me that the reason it even became anything was because of the breastfeeding in public issue. It couldn't be about women breastfeeding in the military because the military has some pretty amazing regs when it comes that. A breastfeeding mom can have a year non-deployable status and is allowed plenty of, and reasonable, time to pump at work. So this discussion couldn't be that they aren't able to breastfeed in the workplace.  If you look at all the pictures, taken in support of World Breastfeeding Day, they are beautiful. There are some other ones of the ladies in the uniform and they are great. I've heard many different arguments, so many, in fact, my head is still spinning.


        I've heard, they shouldn't be breastfeeding in uniform at all....that's stupid. I've heard people just get hung up on people's uncomfortableness with public breastfeeding and spend an entire article going on and on about breastfeeding in public or breastfeeding at all. One of my favorites is people that talk about male members of the military acting crudely and provocatively in their uniforms, so what's the difference between these women doing something wonderful and natural. Another argument that was presented by the Air Force Times, Here, discussed the misuse of the uniform to push an ideology and comparing it to wearing it at a political rally. We know that this has become quite a hot-button issue within the military, with recent incidents of members being kicked out because of this. I asked my husband about this and he said, "they're right." To me it seems like a stretch but I can appreciate it.  I mean, we all know the list of things we can't do in uniform - things like PDA, holding hands and there's also a rule that states they can't smoke while walking in uniform! 


         Here's my two cents. We've all seen the videos of deployed service members lip syncing, and making funny dance videos over-seas. One could argue, "is that really an appropriate use of the uniform." I think that most people, including senior officials in the military have overlooked this type of behavior, especially when it becomes sexual or vulgar (either sexually or with the use of Profanity) because there is a general view of "gosh, let them do what they want, do you know what they are going through over there." One of the articles that I read talked about this in fact, videos and pictures of service members displaying themselves in compromising and less than prim and proper situations. Most people don't complain about this. I have to admit I've watched some of the videos, but I am NOT and the hubby is NOT a fan of ones that become disgraceful and disrespectful to the uniform. So I guess, since I say that I'm allowed to state my opinion about this issue. My issue really was with the one airmen and her decision to basically show a huge amount of her breasts in the pictures, while in her uniform. Hubbs even remarked that if our son was a little older he would have ripped off the cover and removed it from the house all together. That's pretty profound for him to say that. I support these women, I thank them for serving our country. I admire them for being a part of a breastfeeding support group on base. Breastfeeding in public doesn't bother me, I do it. I'm more of a prude, but I do it. I can see the military's point, and really, are they in the business of splitting hairs? More importantly I feel like this wouldn't be an issue if it was any other subject then breastfeeding. Showing your boobs (even in this case), despite the fact that according to some we have sexualized the human body so much that breasts are sexual instead of natural (I really don't even want to argue this, I'm too tired), in uniform and using them to display in public is not okay with me. I stand here as a breastfeeding, baby wearing mother, who breastfeeds in public - I still cover up in front of my son - AND as a military spouse and I say that I'm sorry, but this was just the wrong choice. Well intentioned and I don't believe these women were purposefully trying to be disrespectful in anyway. Its a tough call and I'm glad and I don't have to make it.  Furthermore, I think trying to explain this opinion to someone that doesn't wear or uniform, never has worn one, or isn't involved in the military is just really hard. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Military Lifestyle Series #2 - Aim High Erin

Here is number two in my lifestyle series. I had started this series because I wanted to focus on different aspects of the military life and talk about them. Each job, branch, status, family situation comes with its own set of challenges. The military life in general can be quite a challenge, but sometimes there are situations that present a unique set of challenges. Here's the first guest post and some posts from me here. This weeks post comes from a friend of mine that I've known for close to six years but have never met. Crazy right? The wonders of technology and the craziness that is the military online forum/blog world. Its on my bucket list, to meet the lovely Erin someday soon. But I have watched her go through and accomplish and experience so much stuff in the past 5ish years that I knew I had to make sure I got her in on this series. She has some valuable advice that experiences that I know that she can share with people out there that are going through the same thing or thinking about it anyway. Shewww....I think I could go on and on here. But make sure you stop by her blog, especially if you are considering going into the Air Force. Her blog is the place to be, and I actually had the amazing honor of accepting her award for Best Air Force Blog at the 2012 MilBloggies this year in VA. Way cool!! Now, onto the post.
Aim High to Have It All! Hello everyone! I’m Erin from AimHighErin.com and I’d like to thank Rheanna for inviting me to blog for her today about my military journey! Rheanna and I have known each other about as long as I’ve been involved with the military, which is approximately five years. It doesn’t seem like a lot in compared to other seasoned milspouses, but I promise it’s been a dynamic half of a decade! After a year and a half of cohabitating with my [now] husband, he made the decision to re-enlist in the military. He had previously been medically discharged from the Marine Corps, and was a Marine through-and-through. I had family in the military, but I had never dated anyone who served. Knowing that being a Marine was something he loved and did well at, I was glad to support him through this process. A waiver allowed him to enlist in the Army, but due to the gap in his service record, back to basic training he went! We went back and forth, but ultimately decided not to prolong the inevitable and decided to get married during his graduation weekend from BCT. I drove out to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri from California, equipped with all of the important documents the folks in the DEERS office would need for a new milspouse. Reuniting after ten weeks, we had the traditional military courthouse marriage, set in a beautiful gazebo in the humid summer sun. With just six people in attendance, we were able to focus solely on our love for each other and the commitment we were making to each other. Due to training commitments, we never had a wedding night, nor did we have a honeymoon. I kissed my new husband goodbye, and drove back to California. After he completed his Advanced Individual Training (AIT), he received orders to an unaccompanied tour in Korea. We made the decision that I would remain behind in California, rather than try to get orders to join him in Korea. I was in the middle of a Master’s Degree program in Special Education and completing three years of teaching that would make future transfers to new states easier. I would’ve loved to have dropped everything and had an adventure abroad, but we both knew that solidifying my status in my career field would pay off in the long run.

After he came back from Korea, he went promptly to his new duty station at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and shortly after he deployed to Afghanistan. After finishing my Master’s, I drove solo across country and set up the home that he had left empty for me when he deployed and began teaching at a new school. While some questioned my reasoning for moving out there without a support system in place, I knew I wanted to settle in and be prepared for his return.

Ultimately, my husband and I were separated for a little over three years, with the occasional weekend visit here and there. Looking back on our time apart, it barely seems like a blip on my timeline. We grumble about our separation while we’re in the moment, but I would make those same decisions again if necessary.

As his deployment came to an end, the end of his contract was also in sight. He had reached a frustration level with active duty Army service, and made the decision to transfer to the Reserves. While he initially discussed going into the Air Force Reserve, he surprised me with a contract for the Army Reserve, convinced by a signing bonus. We had made the decision to relocate to Colorado, since the military would move us one last time, and he found an available slot at Fort Carson. I accepted my first-choice job, a position at a high school in the area I wanted to live, with extended family nearby. I saddled up the vehicle and drove across country once again, moving in with family until he began terminal leave and could join me.

After the comforts of an active duty lifestyle, the transition into civilian life and the Reserves did not come easily for us. He was out of work for a little over a year, and found himself increasingly dissatisfied with the leadership in his Reserve unit. I missed the stability and benefits that active duty provided us, the support of the FRG, as well as the quality of life. Financial stress and general uncertainty put tension and stress on our marriage.

Let’s switch gears for a bit though. I had my own dreams of a military career, and after joking long enough, I set a goal of enlistment by age thirty. I had always thought it was too late for me and that I was too far into my civilian career to make a change. I finally realized I could have a civilian and a military career through the Reserves. I told myself that if we didn’t start a family by the time I hit thirty, I would proceed with my plans. My birthday came around and there were no children on the near horizon, so I trotted into the office of my local Air Force Reserve recruiter. Four months later, I was off to Basic Military Training (BMT) with my husband’s blessing. I didn’t believe them when they initially told us, but BMT was one of the more challenging experiences of my life. Ultimately my leadership skills and commitment to excellence paid off, and I received the Top Honor Graduate award, out of the 817 trainees that graduated that day. I kept my standards high for myself in technical training, where I received the Distinguished Graduate award for having perfect scores on all of my tests.

Reintegration back home with my husband and into my civilian job proved just as difficult as we’d experienced in the past. I felt as though my own changes weren’t mirrored by the changes at home. I was frustrated and I felt trapped. The husband and I were eventually able to weather the changes and stressors that life threw at us, and emerged renewed as we finally caught a few breaks.

This brings us to the present. I’m settled into my unit here at Peterson Air Force Base, where I’m continuing to set ambitious goals for myself. My husband was able to switch over to the Air Force Reserve, where he’s found a greater sense of satisfaction and belonging. Looking forward, I’m planning to complete a AAS degree in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force this summer, as well as meet the requirements for the next skill level in my career field. In the fall I hope to be accepted into a program that will allow me to commission as an officer. He is looking forward to attending technical training to become a Crew Chief on the C-130H. We’re also in the process of home buying, and we’re hoping to establish permanent roots here in Colorado. My military life hasn’t been an easy one, but whose is? I think we’re all the same in that aspect, despite the unique facets of our journeys. All of the skills that I honed as a milspouse – independence, resourcefulness, motivation, and initiative – helped me succeed when I made the leap into the dual military world. My experience has shown me that if you set the bar high for yourself, you can have it all.

Thank you for reading, and best of luck to you in your own military journey! [Psst! Considering enlistment in the Air Force, or know someone who is? Check out my blog where I help future trainees prepare for their own successful careers!]

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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