Cammo Style Love: November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Rewind 365 #3

Happy Thursday Ya'll!  Welcome back and Welcome Welcome for those that are here for the first time.  This is such a great little link up.  It is so nice to reflect on what you were doing last year, how far you've come, and if you're like me, get all sad and emotional about your babies growing up!

So what were we doing this time last year?  Well we were back up at our house to start the packing ridiculousness, after a nice little vaca in california with our families for Thanksgiving.  But apparently November 29th was Phillip's first real bath bath (aside from the wiping down).  So of course many pictures were taken and man was he adorable.








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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Fashion Bums fitted diaper

I'm happy to be bringing another cloth  review from one of my amazing sponsors.  This time I have a fitted diaper to talk about.  Fitteds are a recent discovery of mine and I'm just starting to feel comfortable with them.  It all began when I discovered my guy was part of the dreaded "heavy wetter" group.  Sleeping through the night, not sleeping through the night, didn't really matter, he was a heavy wetter.  Since I was a newb at the whole cloth diapering thing this was was a daunting task and I had all but given up on night time cloth diapering.  In my pursuit of cloth diapering knowledge I perused deeper into the websites of my fellow bloggers and my  go to when it comes to cloth diapering - Cloth Diaper Geek, Life with My Littles, Dirty Diaper Laundry and Padded Tush Stats.  I repeatedly trolled these sites, as well as picked the brain of my favorite cloth diaper friend, Holly (over at Baby Steps Blog).  Although I want to specifically credit Angela (fellow milspouse) at Life with My Littles for introducing me to the concept of fitteds and the fact that it wasn't as hard as it seems and that I should not be scared of them, which I completely was!

 I have reviewed for you one fitted, a workhorse from 4Ward Thinking, which I love.  So when my current amazing top sponsor made her first fitted I jumped at the chance to try it out.  She is brand new to fitteds, but let me say she pretty much knocked this out of the ball park as far as I'm concerned.  She chose to introduce this new diaper at Christmas time and unveiled it with a darling Christmas print.

 A Fashion Bums Fitted (Right) alongside a Babykicks 3G (left)

BabyKicks 3G with single hemp insert and Fashion Bums




This fitted is a zorb/woven cotton diaper and doesn't sacrifice absorbancy in its lack of bulk.  The woven cotton acts like a PUL, but it is still a fitted, so for a prolonged use, like a long nap or overnight you will need a cover for it. So it is a Woven Cotton, two layers of Zorb, Fleece for the cover, then a snap in insert of zorb2, which is a thicker zorb then then the zorb in the cover.  It is a sized fitted, but will probably fit him for awhile longer, depending on how much he grows.  I pair it with some wool longies and I'm good to go for the evening.  This diaper needs to be prepped because it does get more absorbent as you use it, but with only one wash it did a pretty good job.  You could certainly customize this fitted with other inserts with fibers that are okay to touch babies skin, but I have found that I don't need to.   This is similar to the workhorse I've reviewed, but I chose to compare it to the BabyKicks up top.  Obviously the BabyKicks (as shown above) are a pocket that is also customizable but for me couldn't stand alone like the Fashion Bums fitted.   I wouldn't mind a second snap in layer, so I could use two for an overnight diapering option.  But over all I'm exceptionally happy with the way the diaper fit around his legs and waist and rise as well.  It is plenty absorbent and with a great wool cover you'd be set.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Military Monday - The Toughest Job

I've been debating on whether I would eventually write about this topic.  Its one of those things where certain cliche sayings come to mind like, letting sleeping dogs lie or some things are better left unsaid.  However, everyone is talking about it and so why not jump on the bandwagon...since my view is, from what I can gather, the opposing viewpoint.  The issue at hand is that little phrase, " (insert military branch here) wife, toughest job in the (insert branch again."   The prevailing thought seems to be that this is highly offensive, although the idea of it being highly offensive is news to me.  In the 10 years that I've been a gf/fiance/spouse, it wasn't until recently that I even thought of it negatively.  Lots of things have been coming up recently that I had never thought of before, that I've all of the sudden head people getting upset about.  I wonder how much of it is social media, or just people's need to be mad, or pick a fight.  My husband tells me all the time I like to be angry, so I'm trying to make a concerted effort not to be.

Before I heard all the negative thoughts I always thought of this phrase as cute, as a way for military spouses to show support to each other, to lift one another up, and just a cute silly thing to put on a bumper sticker or t-shirt.  Literally - its not the hardest.  I get that, I really do.  Being the wife that stays home when her EOD, or Special Forces husband is deployed clearly is the toughest part of being in whatever branch of service they are in.  I'm not a complete idiot.

I asked my husband what he thought.  Its what I usually do when I want to get a grasp of something in reality.  He's super grounded, and my anchor on emotional topics.  He looked at me and laughed and was like, "I don't care."  There you go people, straight from the horses mouth.  Mr. Air Force is pretty even keeled.   Not much of anything bothers him, and I've rarely seen him upset in the 14 years that I've known him.  However, if he feels strongly about something he'll tell me.  When the whole hullaballoo over thanking current serving military people on Memorial Day came out he had an opinion.  People mean well, calmly say thank you and let them know what the day is really remembering, but don't get all upset.  People are less apt to listen when you get angry and overly emotional.  That's not to say that just because someone is well intentioned we should just let them do and say whatever they want.  But you get my drift.


So, there you have it.  It doesn't bother me and when you take it for what it is, a support for wives, a little fun, that really truly isn't hurting anyone, then why would you spend the time getting upset about it.  Now if you are the kind of person that wears that shirt or has that bumper sticker, or if you know someone like this, and you ACTUALLY think you have the hardest job and you act like you are the shizz that's a whole different story.  I would wager a bit of money that it wouldn't take a little saying to make that person act that way.  There will always be people like that, its the nature of the beast.

Maybe I have a little bit of a glass too full kind of attitude about it.  I mean, I just don't get upset about it, and the hubby doesn't get upset about it so I guess that is all that matters.

What do you think?  Am I crazy or do people seem to be reading too much into it then necessary?  Are we making a mountain out of a mole hill or should we be gathering signatures to abolish this saying?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Twice A Bride: A Novel - Mona Hodgson


Full of resolve, young widow Willow Peterson decides to pursue her dreams to be an artist as she settles into a new life in the growing mountain town of Cripple Creek.  When she lands a job working as a portrait painter with handsome entrepreneur and photographer Trenton Van Der Veer, the road before Willow seems to be taking a better-than-anticipated turn. 

With questions tugging at several hearts in town, including the Sinclair Sisters’ beloved Miss Hattie, change is traveling down the tracks as several unexpected visitors make their way out West.  Will the new arrivals threaten the deep family bonds of the Sinclair sisters and the roots of love that are just taking hold for Willow?    

Filled with the resonating questions that all women face, this romance awakens hope against grief, love against loss, and dreams against life’s unexpected turns. 


This is #4 in the series, The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek.  Let me tell you I am so sad that I didn't read the ones before this.  It is a book that can stand all by itself, and talks about the characters in such a way that you don't feel like you are completely lost.  However, if you are like me then you will read the book wondering about the lives of the sisters (that is alluded to) in the book and just be dying to pick up book 1-3.  I adore this book.  Ms Hodgson is a wonderful writer, with a true understanding of how a reader (me) wants to read a book.  The characters are real, experience real things - both happy and sad - and work through them.  They are a family and are strong in their faith, but you aren't beat over the head with it either. I would absolutely recommend this book; and I give it 4 out of 4 stars.


I received this book in partnership with WaterBrookMulnomah and Blogging For Books.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My opinions are my own.

Planet Wise and Bubbz - Wetbags

Happy Small Business Saturday Everyone!  I hope everyone has had a chance to check out a small business today.  One of the businesses I'm talking about today is a local small business (for me anyway), although she is also on the fancy dancy internet.  I've met this lady, and her family, in person and they are wonderful, dedicated people, who are all about the fluff!

One of the things that I'm really behind on that I want to catch up on is my cloth diapering related reviews.  I know that there are so many out there, but I also know that I have sort of a unique perspective, having used disposables on my first two.  My cloth diapering journey has been a crazy one and I definitely want to document it.  You can read my thoughts on my journey, as it were, here - and then find all my other cloth related posts (which will keep coming) by clicking on the tab up top.  Now, lets get down to business.

Currently, I am the proud owner of three wetbags - a Large Planet Wise, a small Planet Wise, and a Large Bubbz Wet/Dry bag.





Here's the basic run down of the two:

Bubbz

This ultra large wet/dry bag features a super roomy zippered compartment to store all wet items. The front pocket has all the room you need to carry extra diapers, wipes, creams, sprays and even an extra set of clothes, that way you have everything at your fingertips.
  • Features a 2 Spacious Zippered Pockets
  • Metal Zippers are the Best in the Industry that Won’t Leak Liquids
  • Holds 10 Bubbz 3.0 Double Stuffed Pocket Diapers up to 18 Single Stuffed Pocket Diapers
  • Sturdy Snapping Handle allows for ease of use with Stroller, Changing Table, Doorknob or Hook
  • Made from Eco-Friendly TPU Waterproof Lined Polyester, which decomposes in 4-5 years
  • Comes in 7 Bright Colors and 12 Fun Prints
Planet Wise

  • PVC Free and Lead Free Zippers
  • Anti-microbial
  • Reusable to avoid using plastic bags, helping to protect our planet
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with high quality designer fabrics with coordinating waterproof inner material and locking zipper.
  • Each bag is innovatively sewn with hidden seams and sealed for no wicking or leaking. First and ONLY in the industry!  Patent pending waterproof design.
  • Resists most stains odors - keeping smells in.

The Bubbz bag that I have is a wet/dry bag and the Planet Wise bag I have is just a wet bag.  You can purchase the Planet Wise is a wet/dry bag option as well.  The price difference is really the first apparent difference.  You can purchase the Planet Wise bag between $18.90 and $21.00.  The Bubbz bag is available for $7.50 right now on Kebbie's Diaper Bag.  The Planet Wise fabric on the outside is a real  fabricy feeling (yes, new word), whereas the Bubbz bag is a more slick fabric.  While I love both and both seem to hold the same amount of diapers, the zippers seem to be quite similar, the price of the Bubbz and the fact that it is a WAHM brand makes me want to love it more.  For me I also feel like I've had better luck with containing smell with the Bubbz; but like I said, that has just been my experience.

In ode to this Small Business Saturday I'm edging the Bubbz bag into the lead here with 3 1/2 stars out of 4; and a solid 3 out of 4 for the Planet Wise.  I really wish there were more size options with the Bubbz since I do like it so much, and the pricing for the Planet Wise, as wonderful as a brand and company it is, it is hard for me to recommend it to someone who is really struggling with the idea of paying that much for diapers and everything else, and then on top of it to add a wet-bag.  I purchased mine with a deal through one of my favorite online retailers, CottonBabies.  I can always find what I want, they have great details and their customer service has been absolutely impeccable and trustworthy when I've had an issue pop up.

You have a couple more hours to check out Kebbie's Diaper Bag's Small Business Saturday Sale!  You better hurry!  Enter Thankfulforfluff at check out!  You will also get 50% of your shipping if you purchase $25 or more in merchandise

Happy Small Business Saturday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rewind 365 #2

Happy Thanksgiving all!  I hope as we speak you are watching a parade, a dog, show, spending time with family and friends, or eating some good yummy food.  I had thought I would write my thoughts on Thanksgiving and this whole black friday ridiculousness.  It really is crazy people?  But the week got away from me and here we are.  Last week we had two participants and I hope to see it grow again.  Spread the word on this really fun linky and I can't wait to read everyone's posts!

A year ago today our little guy was almost one month old.  I was feeling pretty good and our impending move was going to be fast approaching.  We were spending Thanksgiving together, and a rareity..I had my hubby with me.  Today is two thanksgiving's in a row Mr. Air Force has been around.  Aren't I a lucky girl.  All the birthday's, anniversaries and random holidays that he's been gone and I'm such a lucky girl to have him this year.  I enjoyed watching the parade and dog show with my mama.  This year I'm sans Mama but we're with each other in person.  Happy Thanksgiving.





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Monday, November 19, 2012

Military Monday - The Military Romance Novel

Happy Monday Ya'll! I hope everyone's weekend was good. This past weekend Mr. Air Force was home *happy dance* and we spent some quality time together, just the two of us and as a family. On Saturday I took him as a surprise to Colin Powell's book signing. How totally cool is that? There were so many people there and it moved like an assembly line. But he did stop and take pictures with children only. Another really cool thing. He took a picture with my two oldest and then saw Phillip and said, "What about him," and proceeded to reach across the huge table and take him. It was really neat, and a super special thing I can share with them when they are older.





So, now, lets talk romance novels. I know I know, you're sitting there picturing me reading a romance novel. It's crazy right?  I've never really been a romance novel kind of girl.  I always pictured Fabio, from the butter commercials right - flowing hair, shirt half opened....bleck.  You know, poor little milk maids alone in the country side...I'm not really sure.  My grandmother had a shelf of them I remember.  Who read these books I wondered, besides my grandmother of course.

Now, you're wondering, did she read these books?  I swear it was by accident that I stumbled across my first romance novel.  It was in Wal-Mart (very romantic right?) doing a book drive by, which is something I always do when shopping.  I've found some great books while doing a book drive by.  So I was doing my stroll through and I happened to notice a fighter jet and a guy in a flight suit on the cover.  Of course I stopped to picked it up.  Turns out it was a book called, "Navy Rules" and it was part of the Harlequin Series.  Hmmmm, a military themed romance novel.  Interesting to say the least.  I've said it before, and you'll probably hear me say it again and again, this girl is a complete a total succor for Military, Love and Romance.



First, I want to note that the ones that I have read are absolutely nothing like what I had imagined them to be.  So far I have read nine military related romance novels, two of which are from the Love Inspired series, which is a Christian and faith based romance novel series.  So, when they say romance, they actually mean romance and not sex.  Something else that might surprise you is that there is actually a pretty good story line in all of the books I've read.  The characters are developed, there's conversation, emotion (other then all the physical stuff) and even some mystery!



My goal is to bring you some of these books in full review, but I wanted to at least let you know they are out there, I love them, and you should give them a shot.  You might be surprised.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Social - I am Thankful

Its that time of year again, you know what I mean. I'm sure if you scanned your news feed you would see people doing the daily thankful status update. I always say I'm going to do it, but I never get myself together. Right now I'm telling myself its because I'm hardly on there *cough cough*. Its just one more thing to add my list of other things I want to do, but aren't doing, even though I really want to. *le sigh*

This week's Sunday Social saved me. It's all about being thankful. What are we thankful for? Most of the time we're too busy to really notice a lot of the little things in life, even the big things sometimes. The daily thankful status thing is kinda nice if you think about it. You stop and think about something you're thankful for. But who needs November for that? I mean, why should we only think about what we're thankful for in the month of November, or when something terrible happens to someone we know, or somewhere else in the world. I want to challenge myself and anyone else to stop and think, every day, about what we're thankful for, for we have so much to be THANKFUL for. We live in America for Heaven's sake. And I know sometimes people feel like these days even that isn't saying too much. Our country is definitely going through something, but that's about as political as I care to get.

So, with that in mind here's some things that I'm thankful for - 

 childhood friends
 daughters
 running outside
 our nations veterans - the greatest generations




 our military

 people who love my children
 my family
 grandmas


 fellow moms
 


 SACRIFCE

 Pregnancy Pals....
 best friends - sharing memories
 college pals
 husbands
 cousins
 heroes
drinking buddies

 Godmother's         
 Generations
Papa's who wrestle

What are you thankful for?  Link up and tell us

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