Cammo Style Love: August 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What's wrong with being a mom....

     
         This topic is as old as the day is long, and it's been done so many times before.  But I can't help it.  Everytime I see a story/article where a women writer is bashing another woman it makes me just foam at the mouth.  I'm not going to deny that perhaps my religious beliefs don't play a roll in how I feel, but I personally know another mom who has the complete opposite beliefs in religion as I do, but our view on being a mother and parenting are right in line with each other.  I am so tired of women bashing women.  I'm so tired of being accused of being some sort of 1950s Stepford Wife, trying to keep women down.  It absolutely infuriates me.  It makes me so mad I could just spit.  Why in the heck would one mean the other?  Frankly, I don't see what is wrong with wanting to stay at home and provide the best that I can for my children.  What is wrong with me wanting to fully support my husband's career?  What is wrong with making dinner for my family, doing the laundry and most of the cleaning?  I argue that nothing is wrong with any of those things?  What's more, why am I subjected to thoughts that aren't my own if I say that.  Somehow I become so old fashioned woman basher if I don't think that everyone women should just do whatever they want regardless of whether or not they have kids.  And that somehow my husband is probably brainwashing me, and that's the only possible way that I could come to these facts and opinions on my own.  That every women in the 1940s and 50s was some oppressed person.

         I'm not an idiot, I'm not going to deny that there were plenty of cases where women were forced to do things they didn't want to do.  I get it.  But did anyone ever stop to think that maybe a woman's biggest enemy is another woman?  Having a personal belief these days only subjects you to a lecture about how are basically against woman's right and ability to do anything for herself.  No.  I'm not against women being educated, or working or anything like that.  I have a degree and had I not gotten pregnant my last semester in college I would have gone to work.  I plan on working once all my children are in school in school and grown.  Yes, my husband and I both prefer that I am home to raise the children.  Why is it weird that I wouldn't want to raise my children myself?  Why is it weird that I wouldn't want to spend money letting someone spend more time with my children than I do?  I get that some people don't have a choice, for a long time my mom wasn't at home.  I don't think those women or my mother are some horrible slacker of a mom.  It doesn't seem so hard for me to believe that while I feel personally that my place is at home, and at the same time not pass horrible judgements on someone who doesn't choose that life for themselves.


     
         How do we know what Ward Cleaver did or didn't do?  What if he was the one that taught his kids to tie their shoes, throw baseballs, change tires, mow laws, clip bushes, taught his sons the value of women - how they are to be honored and treasured.  Why do we assume that because a women back then may have done most of the cooking and cleaning that the men in their life thought of them as nothing more than slaves?  I happen to believe that men and women are designed differently.  That we have different strengths and weaknesses.  My husband doesn't cleaning, does laundry and spends time with the kids without me around.  But he does it differently.  He talks with them differently.  He knows and does things that I don't.  Little girls are continually being taught that they can do anything, but be a mom.  Little boys are basically taught that opening doors for girls is wrong and that girls can open their own freaking doors.  Opening a door for a girl must mean you're a sexists jerk face.  We don't let boys be boys, even from a young age.  We need to celebrate each others strengths and weaknesses.  I think that's what this world needs.


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NOVICA review and giveaway

Hi everyone I'm super excited to bring you this amazing giveaway. NOVICA is an amazing group of designers. That's really the best way to describe it. It reminds me sort of Etsy, but not at all, which clearly makes no more sense. The mission of NOVICA is to "give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity."


        Through NOVICA one is able to connect with artisans all over the world and get real items made by these same artisans. This is better then shopping at World Market! NOVICA is done with a partnership with National Geographic, so you know that this company is taking things very seriously.  

 The purpose of NOVICA is to create a revolutionary system through which the artists and artisans of the world can display their fine works to global audience of prospective customers. NOVICA does not charge artists any fees for listing their items on the website. Furthermore, artists remain fully independent--they are free to raise their prices, lower their prices, or remove their items from our website. By cutting out the long strings of middlemen, NOVICA allows both consumers and artisans to get the most out of each and every transaction.

        You can pretty much get anything you want at NOVICA - area rugs, mirrors, chess sets, jewelry, handbags, clothing and jewelry. Absolutely amazing stuff that you are getting from actual artisans and not just from a factory somewhere.

 This is soda pop tabs, crocheted by hand
 This is also made from cotton
Made in India
Absolutely beautiful right?
I'm not into wall hangings but this is pretty remarkable and exquisitely done
It is cotton and made in India

         You will find all sorts of items in varying price ranges, from the very affordable to the way out of my price range.  But the price really isn't the issue for me.  I would rather pay more for something that is quality made and will be around for forever, then something I'll have to just replace in a year or less.  This is especially true for my clothes.  I've been trying to purchase classic, nicer items that will last through the seasons.

I was able to purchase two beautiful earrings, one for me and one to give away!  So affordable and beautiful. 




As you can see from the pictures the one of the right is from Bali, and the left is Thailand.  Each comes with its own unique packaging and information card about the artisan and the country they are from.  I found both pieces to be beautiful in person, well made, and the hubby gave me compliments on my pair (on the right).  I had a hard time deciding which one to keep, but I figured I would share the wealth with my lovely readers.  From Bali, we have beautiful Amethyst floral earrings, with 3 gemstone carats and made from Sterling Silver, by had, at a price of $42.95.  From Thailand we have Aventurine and Amethyst dangle earrings, with glass beads in between.  They are put together with sterling silver and silk thread, at a price of $18.75. Gorgeous right?!

One more thing I would like to tell you about is the NOVICA Live program, which is a Home Party Division of NOVICA.  Now you can become a consultant and/or host a party.  You will have confidence knowing you are sharing amazing fair trade and amazingly handcrafted jewelry, shawls and accessories to share with your friends.  You can earn jewelry and gift items, as well as trips abroad to meet the artisans that make the items you sell.  It's pretty stellar, if you are looking to get your foot in the door of a unique business that is unlike many others out there.  If you decide to check it out remember Cammo Style Love told you!

Good luck in the giveaway, and think of NOVICA for your next gift item.
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Monday, August 27, 2012

Military Monday August 27, 2012

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Happy Monday everyone!  It's Military Monday here at Cammo Style Love and I couldn't have asked for a better topic to discuss.  If you are friends with me offline or know me you may have heard one of my many OPSEC rants.  I even wrote an article for Spouse Buzz about it (in which some lovely readers told me I didn't to take it easy with the caffeine).  It's okay, I know I'm a little more OPSEC crazy then your average military wife, but that's just how we are.  The truth of the matter is that I think the average Military wife isn't OPSEC conscious enough.  However, I don't necessarily believe it is all their fault.  They aren't the military member, they don't often get any training about it, unless it's a deployment time.  Even then the training is severely lacking in my opinion.  I'm not entirely sure you're average military member gets the training they need, especially with social media being what it is.  People assume too much.  People assume all things are private and that who would want to see what little 'ole them might be talking about.  If you had a mama from West Virginia you might have heard this saying, "You know what assuming does?  It makes an Ass out of U AND MI," get it?!

If I see one more person posting something like, "My husband will be finally home in ___ hours" or posting numerous pictures of all the decorations they've put up BEFORE there husband is home, my eyes might roll out of my head.  I'm sure people who will read this post will totally disagree with me, some of you may have even done those things.  That's fine, you can totally disagree with me.  You can think I'm crazy.  But lets be clear, just because those are my opinions doesn't mean I think you are some horrible person for doing those things, or that you take the safety of anyone lightly.  I promise I'm not thinking that.  What I'm thinking is that the military is doing a horrible disservice  to everyone by not making sure people are properly educated and making sure their own people aren't doing some of these very things, therefore setting a bad example.

But, that's not the worst of the worst.  I reserve ACTUAL feelings of hatred towards people that know better but choose out of selfish reasons to turn their back on everything they know to be right.  Most of you who watch the news have probably seen the story about the former Navy SEAL who has decided to publish a book about the Bin Laden incident.  For the record, Military members, including retired military members can not publish or take part in anything without approval from someone.  Do you know how many confidentiality agreements he probably signed?  And saying that its okay because he is using a pen name is absolutely the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.  He talks about so much that there really is about three people who it could be, and trust me, everyone involved knows who it is.  I think it's selfish and petty and frankly egotistical.  Not to mention disrespectful and about a million other things.  I personally won't be reading it.   I will concede in saying that how can you expect people to care about this stuff when our own President and Vice President were willing to just toss around what SEAL team it was that participated in the raid without so much as a blink.  And its not like anyone could dispute that because disputing it would mean it exists, which they can't do.  The world of Intelligence, and OPSEC and Top Secret, Classified is a complicated one.  And just so we don't get all political here - I'm a huge fan of The Rhino Den - got to meet a couple of them at the Mil-Blogging conference - here's a good article you might want to check out if you want to know more about this type of thing.

One of the comments I read was someone that said, "oh I think it will be so great to read about the SEALs and learn what they are really like and what they really do!"  Well, let me tell you there are plenty of other things out there that can help you do that.

Why don't you check out these books for starters, both of which have proud places on our bookshelf.  You can win a copy of FEARLESS here on my blog as well.


If you're not a book person you can always watch






Like I said, these are just my humble opinion, and since I don't plan on cutting out coffee or soda from my life permanently the caffeine will probably continue to make me crazy.

Have a great week everyone!  I promise, crazy rants like this are extremely few and far between, but when someone like this comes up I feel like talking about it doing the right thing by those I admire and especially in honoring my husband.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fearless - One SEALs story

I recently joined forces with Books For Bloggers because reading is really one of my great pleasures.  We are a book household.  My ridiculous stuffed bookshelves are proof of that.  So, getting opportunity to review books is an opportunity I couldn't pass up.  There was a book I'd seen floating around that I really wanted to get my hands on; and it just so happens that one of the first books I had the opportunity to review was FEARLESS, by Eric Blehm.



When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, but Adam was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this Earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

But long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX—the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden—there was a fun-loving country boy from Arkansas whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam Brown was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents … until he grew older, and his family watched that appetite for risk draw him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail.

FEARLESS is the story of a man of extremes, whose determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the U.S. military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam Brown's final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

FEARLESS is the intimate story of a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as just that—fearless.

This was perhaps one of the most beautiful stories, relating to the military and our current military situation, that I have read in a long time.  I felt truly honored to be even allowed to read this book and have an inside look at the life of a man, and his family, who we are lucky to have had tred this ground for the years we did.   Eric Blehm clearly took the time and was 100% dedicated to the story of Adam Brown and to honoring him, his family, and his SEAL family.  After reading the book I discovered that many of the men interviewed for it were lost to us in a Marine Helicopter crash.  That made reading the story even more haunting.  I'm writing this review just as it is hitting the media that another SEAL book will be making appearance on bookshelves in a couple weeks.   If you are interested in a SEAL book, and what to learn about being a SEAL, the life of one and his family then I would suggest picking up FEARLESS.  You can read the first chapter here.  There's also a wonderful podcast with Eric Blehm here, if that sort of thing interests you.

You can purchase the book on Amazon right now for under $14.00.  Scroll down for a chance to win a copy thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.

 I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  I was not compensated in any other way for a positive review.  My opinions are my own, take 'em or leave 'em


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Sunday Social for August 26, 2012

It's been a long week my friends and I am pooped!  Nothing like a good Sunday Social to get the week offo a good start.


Sunday Social

This week is another great line-up of questions, so join in the fun!

 1. What is the first website you log into each day?

That would be CNN.  We're a news sort of house here.  The it's yahoo to see what all the headlines in all types of news are and check my email. boooorrrring!!!  LOL

2. Seriously I think I'm totally boring.  Maybe its because I have a bunch of children running around crazy.  I don't have any funny sites that I go to.  There's one that I used to visit often that was a photographer who was posting funny pictures of other bad photographers pictures.

3. Pinterest or Facebook?
I don't really spend a bunch of time trolling Pinterest.  I don't even get on every day.  So, for me Facebook probably.  Although I love me some Pinterest.

4. Favorite You Tube Video?


6. Biggest online pet-peeve

For me definitely it would be OPSEC violations from people who should know better.  Drives me absolutely nuts.  But it's sort of a military specific thing, although we should all be careful about what we put out there.

Can't wait to read some more stuff from the other lovely bloggers, so make sure to check out Ashley's blog!

Also, check around for some giveaways and reviews on my site here!  Thanks and have a great day!!

Yoga Mat Review
Cloth Diaper and Cash Giveaway - click the link for rafflecopter
Cloth Diaper Creams Review and Comparisons
Piper Read children's book Giveaway
Natural Children's Nasal Spray giveaway

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fittness Fri....errr....I mean Saturday Aurorae Yoga *review*

Yes, its Saturday not Friday...but that's really only a day off so I say its pretty close.  I really want to be committed to working out and loosing this baby weight...from Brian, Ami and Phillip.  I sort of loose most of the weight but not really.  I'd really love to fit back into my wedding dress as my first goal.  Ultimately I'd like to lose more than that, but one goal at a time.  I've never been a skinny gal, ever.  Even at my smallest, where I was working out the most with dance.  It's just not the way I'm built.  I'm stacked and thick.  Being the proud owner of P90X I really got motivated after Ami was born.  I lost quite a bit of weight and got close to that wedding number.  Then came Phillip, which I didn't gain a lot with and was really committed to working out during that pregnancy.  Then after Phillip, you know, you take it easy like you're supposed to take it easy, then I had gall bladder surgery, only two months after having him, then we moved across country.  Not exactly prime workout motivation circumstances.  Yes, I know its all about motivation.  It is really hard to work out with any sort of consistency with three littles at home.  Once Brian starts kindergarten I really hope it will get easier.  That's why I decided to bring this part of me to my blog in the hopes that blogging will help hold me accountable and help me track my progress.  I would love to be FitFluential for all you mama's out there that are in the same place as me.

 This is me about 6ish months pregnant

 This is me about a month after giving birth at my friends Tea party shower - see my awesome vintage hat?

 This is me on Day 2 after Phillip was born

So What I'm Doing?

P90X, walking with the kids, My Fitness Pal App and a Workout App called Workout Trainer (great workouts when you want to spice things up).  I've also decided to add in SlimQuick.  It worked out well for me the last time.  They have reformulated it so I'm excited to try it out this time.  It may not be what everyone would do or likes, but that's what I'm doing for me.  I really love that it is formulated just for women and helps with other issues.  Stress is a huge part of my life and I'll be the first to tell you Stress Management is not something that I have under control.  One of my bloggy friends who I had the awesome opportunity to meet blogged about something similar - stress and anxiety (which I have in spades).  Her blog is amazing and you should take the time to check it out.  But anyway, she absolutely saved me when she talked about visiting her doctor and the symptoms that appear on your body when you are stressed out to the max.  Having a baby, surgery, moving across the country all in like 3 1/2 months?  yipes!

So in honor of starting out I have a review for you.  It's an awesome cool Yoga Mat.  If you are friends with me off line you may have heard me talk about the fact that I loathe yoga.  I really do.  Seriously!  I just can't get into it.  I find it absolutely maddening (anxiety and stress much! LOL).  But I wanted to start fresh with this Yoga thing, and really get into it.  So when I was given the opportunity to review a product for Aurorae  Yoga I jumped at it.  The perfect motivator!

I tried out the Aurorae Northern Lights yoga mat.  

It is a great yoga mat and I'm excited about it furthering my new friendship with Yoga.  It is also just as beautiful as it looks in the pictures.  You can purchase the mat on sale for $39.95 (reg 59.95).  Now I don't profess to know too much about Yoga mats.  I've tried a cheaper mat before and I've got to tell you there really is now comparison with the comfort and support I felt when I tried out the Aurorae mat for the first time, and I have bad, picky feet.  So take that for what it's worth.  I love it!  Aurorae has tons of other products as well including two other yoga mat types, bags, mat spray, rosin, and other tools to help make your yoga experience good.  Their customer service was wonderful and you can easily order from them through Amazon!  Yahooooo!  I'm a fan of easy.  If you are in the market for an awesome yoga mat check out Aurorae products.

And since this is a crazy kid house, what better way to show off the mat then to share the pictures my 6 year old took of me using it while my 3 yr old pranced around with her pink blanket trying to steal my picture thunder.  Yes, we apparently have no shame in this house



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Funky Fluff Stash n Cash Giveaway!

Welcome to the Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway! DiaperDeals.ca and ClothDiaperTrader.com have teamed up with Funky Fluff to give away a full stash of cloth diapers for one lucky family - PLUS some extra cash to pay off some of those bills that start to pile up when a new baby blesses our lives! Funky Fluff Cloth Diapers


The prize: A complete Funky Fluff cloth diaper stash, worth over $500, plus some cool cash!

12 Funky Fluff Bamboo Diapers 12 Funky Fluff Stay Dry Diapers 1 Pail Liner 1 Wet Bag 2 Packs of Boosters

PLUS an awesome cash prize of $300!

  This stash has 24 diapers! That is all you need to cloth diaper full-time! Plus, an awesome wet bag with two zippered compartments – DiaperDeals.ca’s favourite wet bag, a very generous easy fit pail liner, and 2 of the softest bamboo booster packs.
Funky Fluff Cloth Diaper Wet Bag
This Funky Fluff diaper stash is an awesome prize for different cloth diapering preferences: Funky Fluff Fusion 3 in 1 cloth diapers are as flexible and versatile as it gets in the world of cloth diapering. This interchangeable design proves that modern cloth diapers are easy to use, convinient and can work for anyone, no matter which system they prefer to use. With Funky Fluff, the same diaper can be used whether you are a dad who likes an AIO system, a mom who prefers the convenience of an AI2 or a daycare provider who feels comfortable with the Pocket System concept. Funky Fluff also offers both natural bamboo blend and stay-dry diapers, and the winner of this super package will get to try both!

Funky Fluff Cloth Diapers

         To learn more about Funky Fluff's awesome 3-in-one diapers, visit www.funkyfluff.ca and check out reviews on DiaperDeals.ca and NorthernBaby.com.  

         About Funky Fluff: Funky Fluff was started by 2 moms who were on the quest for the perfect diaper – and when they didn’t find it, they decided to design it. Learn more on the Funky Fluff web site.
         About co-host Diaper Deals: Anyone can post a deal on DiaperDeals.ca to share giveaways, sales, and promotions with parents (it's free). Post or find deals at DiaperDeals.ca.  
        About co-host Cloth Diaper Trader: ClothDiaperTrader.com is a classifieds site JUST for cloth diapers - organized the way fluff addicts think! Buy and sell your fluff at ClothDiaperTrader.com  

All of the bloggers involved in this giveaway have contributed to the cash portion of the prize, and a special thank-you goes out to these Funky Fluff retailers who have sponsored an even bigger portion of the cash prize: The Ninety Ninth Monkey From the Stash Change Matt Kradles Baby Boutique Babyrama Total Baby Store



 This giveaway starts at 12:01AM August 24th EST and is open through 11:59PM August 31 EST, and is open to residents of Canada and the U.S. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Entering means you agree to the terms and conditions stated in the form. To enter this massive giveaway, use the Rafflecopter form below!

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 Disclaimer: We have not been compensated in any way for this promotion. All blogger fees collected go directly to the cash prize. Funky Fluff is responsible for fulfillment of the cloth diaper stash portion of the prize and DiaperDeals.ca is responsible for the cash portion of the prize. Cash will be awarded in the currency of the winner's country of residency and no conversion will be made (i.e. if the prize is $160 the winner will receive $160 regardless of country of residence).
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Lincoln - 2012 Movie

I've to say its been awhile since I was really excited about a movie....actually I guess that's sort of a lie.  I was really excited about seeing J. Edgar, with Leo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer.  I had spent what seemed like an eternity reading my J. Edgar Hoover book (review can be found here) that when I finally got to see it I was so utterly disappointed that I can't even tell you.  Being such a history nerd, biographical, non-fiction type gal I kinda irritated when movies that claim to be as such are not.  I particularly love when they say things like "based on a true story" when the based part is really a loosely based, maybe even barely.  I also really enjoy historical fiction, for what it is, especially if its done well.  One of my favorite, and one of the best done of this type, is The Other Boleyn Girl.  Phillipa Gregory did such an excellent job that if someone had told me they there had somehow been magically tape recorders back then so they knew this had happened this way I would believe it in a second.  Thirteen Days is probably one of the best historical movies that I have seen in a long time.  I really loved the black and white to color for actual recordings, and I really respected and could feel the time and care and concern that was put into making this movie.  It's been a long time since I've seen anything that really rivaled it.  The last thing I watched of Steven Spielberg's was The Pacific, which was an HBO miniseries.  If you haven't seen it then I would highly recommend it.  It was absolutely wonderful. 



Coming soon from Dreamworks/Disney Touchstone is the movie Lincoln!  I am so excited about this movie and I really hope it does him justice.  I'm not as worried about this movie as I have been other historical movies as of late because it is Steven Spielberg.  I firmly believe that that man wouldn't put his hand on something that didn't go as far as it could to make sure it was historically accurate.  Where do you start though, in the amazing life of Abraham Lincoln (who happens to be one of my favorite Presidents)?   This film will be focusing on the last few months of his life, abolition and the end of the Civil War.  The movie is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which I will be trying to read before I see the movie.

The poster alone makes me excited!!!!




Which Diaper Cream for you?

I haven't done a cloth diaper related review in awhile.  So much has piled up on my desk.  I feel like I'm in that sweet spot in blogging where I still feel like I have so much to say!  So many ideas keep popping in my head, so many things I want to tell you about (reviews and stuff) and so many great opportunities to share products with you.  Thankfully I'm a semi-organized person (don't laugh, for having three kids 6 and under I think I'm doing pretty good).  I've always been a list girl, with my paper planner.  Its how I've always been and so far I feel like its served me pretty well.  I have a family calendar up on the wall that we write stuff on, keep track of hubby's schedule and all that good stuff.  I use my iphone to make lists of blogging stuff, so I guess I'm trying.  I feel like I'll never get to say it all!  Although I suddenly feel like what makes what I have to say more awesome then what anyone else has to say?  Hopefully I'm helping someone in some way.  As long as I enjoy it too I guess I'll keep plugging along.

Today's thing I have to say is about Diaper creams for Cloth Diapers.  There are so many out there, which do you use?  Which one is good for you?  I had the opportuntity to try out three different types of creams thanks to some samples I received from The Cloth Nook (or host for the Great Cloth Diaper Change here in NoVA) and Kebbie's Diaper Bag, a local cloth diaper store.  I had the awesome opportunity to have two of my little one's take part in their most recent store photo shoot.  *If you go to Kebbie's homepage you can see my daughter on the far left!*

I have three different creams for you to check out today.  CJ's Ointment, Scarlet's Naturals Hiney Honey and Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm.  These three are totally different.  It's crazy how three things meant to do the same thing can be so completely different

CJ's Ointment, by CJ's Unique Boutique- this is a very creamy ointment, it almost was melty.   I got the Monkey Farts flavor (totally weird right).  It's a great fruity/tropical smell.  Despite the fact that it looked like Crisco it wasn't really greasy.  It had a slightly greasy feeling but it didn't have a greasy residue if that makes sense.  It went on really smoothly and you didn't really have to use a ton of it.  If you are just using it for occasional bottom troubles getting the mini jar would last you a long time.  Out of the three that I tried this was in a tie for first.

4oz spritz version  will cost you $8.99 at The Cloth Nook
1/2oz mini Jar available for for $1.99 at Squishy Tushy
You can also create a sampler pack - 8 1/2oz tubs for $8.99 at CJ's

4 out of 4 Stars!

Scarlet's Hiney Honey, by Scarlet's Naturals - This was my tie for first!  This was such a cool thing in general, made from honey.  The only way I can really describe this is that its like grainy looking.  Its almost like ground up honey comb.  It's not a rough grainy feeling though.  This stuff goes a long way.  Doesn't go on as smoothly because of its more textured appearance, but I was highly impressed.  the first time I put my lil's bum in a bamboo fitted the next morning he woke up with a red bum, which apparently isn't so strange with a natural fiber.  However, I put some of this Scarlet's of there and by day's end he had a perfectly un-red baby bum!  Whoohooo!!!!

A 4oz tin will cost you $9.00
Purchase at Kebbie's Diaper Bag

4 out of 4 stars!

Angel Baby Bottom Balm, by Earth, Mama, Angel, Baby Organics - While this isn't a terrible cream it was my least favorite of the three.  This cream is more of a Vaseline type feel, and was a bit more greasy in my opinion.  It went on well and you didn't need much.  I didn't have a lot in the sample to really use it for an extended period of time, but just from a more first impression type perspective it wasn't my favorite.  You are looking at almost $10 for 1oz and $14.95 for 2oz.

Purchase at Earth, Mama, Angel, Baby.  I've also seen this one in stores like Buy Buy Baby and Whole Foods, in their Baby section.

3 out of 4 stars

So there's some opinions from a previously disposible diapering mama who was strictly a Baby Powder kinda gal.  Diaper Creams didn't really work well on my previous two children.  I swore up and down by Baby Powder and it worked like a charm for us.  Since making the transition to cloth diapering I knew that baby powder wasn't an option.  And even though I would say that any kind of rash or redness is a rare, if any, occurrence since making the switch to cloth (which is something people say all the time as a positive about cloth diapering), exploring your options and seeing which of the best work for your little one's bum!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Instagram Tuesday

This is my first time participating in Instagram Tuesday, over at Taingamala. I've got to say in the link-up schedule Tuesday is seriously lacking! Instagram Tuesday is like the mirage in the desert man!

This is my first InstaTuesday.  I'm quite a fan of Instagram, although half the time I forget to use it!  LOL!  In fact my inlaws have been visiting so I haven't used it really, or anything social media, in like the last week really....except for making sure I've got some posts up cuz I just love ya'll!

So here's some of my favorite Instagram pics from the past, to kick of my first InstaTuesday!

Battle of Bull Run in Manassas
A typical morning in my house

The kids with their vintage record player reading books

An old school McDonalds....love it

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday Social Week 11

Welcome to Sunday Social here at Cammo Style Love! A big shout out to our host Ashley at Ashley's Carnival Ride, one of my favorite link ups of the upcoming week.  Ashley has a great blog any day of the week so make sure to check it out.  A little housekeeping here - check out the notable posts over to the right, as well as the giveaway and review directory.  I have a natural children's nosespray to giveaway (which is awesome, I've used it) and some great children's books (great for the military child, and non-military alike), so make sure to check out those links for the reviews and giveaways.  I also want to thank everyone that voted for me at Circle of Mom's Top Military Blogs of 2012.  This is the first year I was nominated, after almost three years of blogging, so it was just an honor.  I finished at 35 out of 61.  There were so many awesome blogs nominated and the ones that beat me out were so deserving of the honor.  I've had one of them guest blog for me.  Check out her post here and then check out the blog.  Congratulations Lynn!  Now, onto the fun!

Sunday Social

1. What were you like in Middle School/Jr. High

I've got to say that that time in my life wasn't all that bad.  I was sort of a nerd in 7th grade.  I was a "band geek", playing the flute.  I had a lot of 8th grade friends, which one might think is cool..but when they're in the band, as far as the whole school is concerned it doesn't matter.  LOL.  My parents pulled me out of public school for 8th grade and beyond and I really came into my own in that time.  Being a former public school kid it made for interesting popularity standards.  I think to some I was pretty cool, because I was the unknown, new girl who had gone to the infamous public school.  But to others I was not "homeschooly" enough and considered bad, if that makes any sense whatsoever.  High school was where I met and got together with my future husband.  I went to junior college in my junior and senior year of highschool, Did a lot of volunteer work, and worked on political campaigns.  Lots of cool stuff.  At the time, in the beginning at least, I wasn't very happy, but I look back on my time during those years of my life and am grateful that that is how things were.

 with my daddy - I was about 14 or 15 here

 One of my senior pictures, class of 2001

I think I was 13 here 



16 with the hubby who was 18
2. What were my favorite past times

Back then it was reading, watching old movies with my mom, hanging out at the pool and doing anything that involved hanging out with my boyfriend.

3. What songs were you obsessed with?

I was a major Backstreet Boys fan!  Major Major!!  LOL.  I also liked a lot of Christians music like D.C. Talk, Jars of Clay, Plank Eye, Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, All Star United, Carmen. 




4. What fashion do you look back on and just cringe

Gosh, the bangs, the scrungi things for your hair, knee highs...oh man, do you remember knee highs and mary janes?
This is me with my sister (in the white tank - me in red) with my cousins. I was 12
notice the birkenstocks with white socks pulled up..totally a 90s fashion!
5. Celeb crush?

Oh man, well I think definitely the boys from Backstreet were high on my list of celeb crushes!  I mean seriously, lets just all bask in the awesomeness of the late 90s, right?

Tom Cruise was pretty rockin' in the 90s and I remember thinking Freddie Prinze Junior was pretty darn awesome!  of and Ben Afflec in Armageddon..I mean, come on people?!




6. What were your favorite tv shows/movies?

TGI Friday was definitely the place to be on a Friday night, for tv for sure - Full House, Family Matters, Boy Meets World

Movies I remember loving were She's All That, Matrix, Batman Returns (one of the best batman movies if you ask me), The Firm, A Walk To Remember, Armageddon, That Thing You Do I loved loved loved that movie!  Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Senseability. 



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