Cammo Style Love: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rewing 365 - January 31st

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  Today, a year ago, we were driving around DC for the first time, snapping pics, taking in the sights and sounds!  I loved every second of it.  It was that day that I realized how close we were to everything and how weird it felt when it hit me.  As were were driving into the city we had to drive by the Pentagon.  Its right there, like literally right next to the freeway.  At first we were like, "what is that?" and then when the realization hit us both we couldn't believe it.  Everything feels so small to me still.  I don't know if its because I"m an adult and not a kid, or its partially the fact that there are no tall buildings, and so many of the buildings have been there forever, when things were just smaller.  It really doesn't feel like a city to me, it feels like a small town.  I know that is so weird, but its true.  It doesn't feel as overwhelming and scary as I would have imagined.

 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.




4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

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Washington Monument from afar

Part of the State Department

Center for Peace

The Kennedy Center

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Miss Rhe's Bookshelf - Manipulating the List

Today's book review is kind of exciting for me!  This is my first opportunity to review and brand new book from a brand new writer...and it's a brand new series.  So many brand new's, but it's pretty cool!!  The book is Manipulating the List, by KB Lever.

Manipulating the List 


Summary

Katherine Sheppard is the exception to the rule. That is, as long as she continues to run from the law; murder innocent people; and manipulate the Collector’s List…

Shouldn’t be hard, right?

Since the tender age of six, Katherine has always loved to hear Jonathan’s nightly stories about tracking, stalking, and collecting his victims. She’s even had the privilege of watching souls transition into the afterlife, led by the hand of the Collector to their paths where angels or demons escort them home. It has been an unwavering friendship that has flourished for sixteen years. That is, until an unexplainable twist in circumstances causes Katherine’s name to appear on the Collector’s List.

Oh, but do not mistake this as an end, this is just the beginning. Katherine refuses to hand over her soul quietly and Jonathan will stand beside his friend, feeling the bitter sting of helplessness as he realizes that he might possibly be the cause of her demise. So now a new relationship unfolds between them, one of checks and balances, hints, clues, and mysteries, where the two, despite their now forbidden friendship, will work together to manipulate the List.

But just as resolute, the law won’t stand idly by as Katherine assists in the deaths of others. Every form of law enforcement is preparing to conduct a global manhunt to bring her to justice. Nor will the Creator of the List tolerate a friendship that goes completely against his rules. The collections continue to increase in difficulty, pushing Katherine into an irreversible life of crime where the only possibility of escape is her own death. Yet Katherine, as impassionedly determined as a trapped animal trying to escape its captor, will stay the course in her fight to overcome Heaven, Hell, earth and … the Collector

What I thought

So, this type of book is totally not my genre. I'm not really into Paranormal type stuff.  I did read Twilight (don't hate me), but that's such a secular series that it's really hard to equate it to anything really. But I'm always up for a new challenge. For me, this book was definitely that. It started off pretty slow and really weird. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more in the character development, I'm not sure, it felt like it was moving really strangely, but I know that part of the feelings I was having was because I'm just not used to this genre. I started really getting into the book about halfway through when the love interest for the character was introduced. 

I had a hard time following how the plot of the story came about, and I don't even want to explain that because it will give away so much, which I know is super weird because I just said it was hard to follow.  It is super detailed and a lot of complex information from my perspective.  And I had a difficult time liking the main character to begin with. 
 
By the middle of it,t he flow greatly improved for me and I was beginning to start following it better in general.  By the end of the book, I was totally confused, completely hooked and hoping for a sequel. Luckily this is book one, of three!  So much to my utter surprise and amazement I will be looking for them because I just HAVE TO KNOW!!!  If sort of a sci-fi, paranormal genre is your thing, this is the book for you. It is decently written and I feel like this writer and books would only improve as more came along.  I admire her for coming out the gate with such a challenging story line.

** you can find KB Lever on Goodreads (my favorite place!)
on the web at KBLEVER.com



**I was given this book in exchange for my opinions and viewpoint.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and feelings are my own, take 'em or leave 'em.**

Robby Wash Laundry Ball *Review and Giveaway*



Hello all!  I'm a super excited to be reviewing the Robby Wash Laundry Ball today.  When I was given the opportunity I had never before heard of the Robby Wash Ball, but was super intrigued because it is a Natural and Organic option.  Just another thing for me to scope out for potential cloth diapering usage!  We aren't a picky lot when it comes to laundry detergent.  I use baby wash for the littles, when they are littles, but standard detergent doesn't seem to effect us and our semi-sensitive skin.  The cloth diaper laundry is a whole other story.  After trying many different, weighing the effectiveness vs the cost, we finally settled on one, but I'm always up for trying something new.



So, let me tell you a little bit about the Robby Wash Blue Ball:  The Robby Wash blue laundry ball pack is designed to be used in both cold and hot water for 12 months on average with softness and colors maintained.  Does not require any additional detergent to clean clothes or odor removal detergents to get your laundry smelling fresh. Works with both front load and top load washing machines.  The pack includes the blue washing ball, a stain stick and three extra packets of macro-molecule pellets.

The coolness of the Robby Ball doesn't stop there though.  There is a fushia colored ball, designed to work in cooler temps on dark clothing.  There's a ball for every occasion.  It is environmental friendly, and friendly to your budget.  You can use this for your babies, as well as anyone else looking for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  There is no phosphates or Chorine in it, and it can be used in all standard and high-efficiency machines.  But, just the fact that I can use this for a year is enough to sell it for me.  I'm such a crazy lady when it comes to saving money, so when I can do that and also buy something that is worth it, its great!

The down -low on the whole cloth diaper situation is this: yes I used it on my cloth - rinse, wash, rinse, rinse.  The result - clean diapers, great smell, no build-up or stink issues after a couple weeks of use.  I was also pretty impressed with its ability to remove stains.  Now, old stain, that I haven't been able to sun out because of bad weather, not so much.  Extra heavy stain, not completely removed.  But I've been really impressed for sure.



 I would definitely recommend this product.  If you're looking for an environmentally friendly,  hypo-allergenic, cloth diaper friendly, all around great laundry - that is easy on the budget and extremely user-friendly this would be a great choice in my opinion.  You can purchase the Blue Ball from Oransi
for $32.95, with free shipping.  Pretty good deal if you think about - and if you purchase some of the many other high-quality and very expensive laundry detergents.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Sunday Social, week 34

Happy Sunday Ya'll!  Its my favorite time of the week - The Sunday Social with Ashley Lately and A Complete Waste of Make-Up.  If you've never heard of this weekly blog-hop you're missing out.  I've discovered so many wonderful blogs through it, and gotten to read some many great posts.  I'm pretty sure I've got several new followers as well, which I'm so very grateful for.  So, if you haven't checked it out read my questions for the day and then hop on over to the rest of blogs hosting, and participating.  Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday Social

1. What is your ideal way to relax?
 My ideal way to relax is either a nice spa pedicure or just simply to curl up in my room, with my blankie and a good book.  sigh It's the simple things when you're mom of three crazy kids! 

check out my current book review 

Echoes, Glenbrooke Series #3

2. Where is your favorite place to be?
My favorite place to be is with my hubby - sounds silly but he's not around too much.  If I had to pick somewhere else it would be Dillon Beach.  I went there every year until we moved back east a year ago.  

 
 me with some of my small group girls during a retreat at Dillon Beach

 I even did my maternity pictures there one year, with my now six year old
 
3. Who do you consider your biggest role model?
Gosh, I  hate questions like these!  My mom, several of my mommy friends with older children.  People like Catherine Marshall and Elizabeth Elliot, gosh - so hard!

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4. What does your life look like in 3 years?
I hope we are still back east, maybe further along in Christopher's career - maybe thinking of buying a home, depending on where his career is - maybe taking on a part time job, or one flexible with my children, considering my two oldest will be well into school and my youngest will be 4 1/2.
 
5. If you could go back and change one decision, what would it be?
 Geez, I also hate questions like these.  Most of the decisions I have made have led me here!  I probably would choose not trusting people that I did.  It only led to heartache and didn't really affect where I am in my current life.  But there was good that came out of that awful situation.  I now have three extremely close girlfriends that have lifted me up, encouraged me and believe in me 100%.  I would just be lost without them in my life.  They know who they are :)
6. What is your biggest accomplishment in life so far?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rhe's Bookshelf - The Glenbrooke Series, Book 3

Happy Saturday everyone!  I am happy once again, to bring you a book from The Glenbrooke Sereis, by Robin Jones Gunn.  Echoes is the third book in this wonderful series.  I was able to get my hands on it and couldn't wait to find, buy and receive number two, so I just went ahead and dove right in. 

Echoes, Glenbrooke Series #3 

Summary: In this dramatic contemporary romance by bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn, Lauren Phillips enters the wild, uncharted territory of the Internet on her home computer and "connects" with a man known only as "K.C." As she struggles to recover from a broken engagement, Lauren keeps busy by working full time and striving to finish her college degree. But her correspondence with K.C. quickly becomes the thing she loves most...and the source of dreams she cannot bear to relinquish. When the opportunity comes for them to meet after a year of corresponding, Lauren faces a tough choice: Is she willing to risk everything...including a broken heart? Readers will stay "on-line" to find out in this bestselling former Palisades release, now the third book in the new Glenbrooke series.
Will Lauren risk losing her heart...to a man she's never met?
Lauren Phillips tries to keep busy while recovering from a broken engagement. Then one day, through her home computer, Lauren accidentally connects on the Internet with a mysterious man she knows only as K.C.
Lauren's e-mail relationship with K.C. quickly becomes the thing she loves most in life..and the source of dreams she cannot bear to relinquish.
After a year of corresponding, the opportunity appears for them to meet. Lauren faces a tough choice: Is she willing to risk everything...including another broken heart?

What I thought:  As I said in my brief introduction I am a huge fan of Ms. Gunn and this series.  The Glenbrooke series is a sweet series all taking place in and around the lives of those of the small town of Glenbrooke.    Book Three takes place in a time when computers, email and chat rooms are a new thing.  I must admit it was kind of weird to be catapulted back to a time when that was all new.  I remember that time!  Despite that, the book was still relate-able and didn't feel outdated in any way.  It was sweet and cute and reminded me of You've Got Mail, or its older inspirations - The Shop Around the Corner and In the Good Old Summertime (movies I recommend everyone check out if you haven't!).  Its a timeless story, and one that I think most women would love.  Sure, it might seem unbelievable at times, finding true love through someone you've never met.  It is a beautiful story, one full of inspiration and lessons about trusting God.  This is a Christian novel, make no mistake.  It is carefully woven through the story, but also carefully not rammed down your throat in a offensive way.  It is full of inspiration and life lessons of trust, and letting go.  I highly recommend this book, and the series as a whole to be young and adult women.

5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book as a part of the Blogging for Books program with Multnomah Publishing.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts are opinions are my own.

Friday, January 25, 2013

#FitnessFriday - Under Armour Makes Me Run!

One of my goals this year is to become Fit Fluential....I mean, I can't ever actually imagine myself being as amazing as some of my fellow mommy bloggers that are my inspirations; but I'd like to think I can show how someone can go from nothing to something, with three kids and a husband that is frequently busy.  It's really hard to find the time to work out; and I'm just so dang tired that at this point in my life getting up at 5:30 isn't something I can imagine myself doing.  On top of all that its never been easy for me - losing weight that is.  On the flip side of that I don't fluctuate much either.  Before I had my kids, which are my main weight gain issues, my only other significant weight gain is when I quit dancing.  To inspire myself and not get bored, which I find myself easily doing, I decided to pull out my phone and find myself some apps.  I came across an app for Couch to 5K (more on that later - I'm such a tease).  After I decided to give it a whirl, my immediate thought was, "what about the ladies?"  I happen to be fairly well endowed, what can I say.  This is one of the reasons why I don't even go there with running.  The last time I ran was before I got married...so eight years ago?

The hubby suggested we head over to the BX and see what we could find.  I was freaking out over what I would use?  I mean, am I going to be doubling up here?  Then the gates of heaven opened and Under Armour shown brightly before me.  It was affordable too.  The prices at the BX were amazing.  The Under Armour maximum impact, compression bra is what I discovered.  Locating it online hasn't been easy, but they have lots of other similar bras that look amazing.  If you're military head over to your local BX and see what you can find.




I've been doing the couch to 5k here for a couple of weeks now, and I'm really excited and proud of myself.  I would never have imagined myself doing it.  Having done some P90X and not being in Reno, with its high elevation, is one of the reasons why I think I'm doing so well.  Maybe I was just being too hard on myself before.  I can't wait to keep updating you all on my journey this year.  

check out some of these great links:

Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family - bloggy inspiration and fellow MilSpouse  
Maria @ Lift Love Life - bloggy inspiration and fellow MilSpouse

My Couch to 5K app - C25K by Zen Labs


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 visit www.JillConyers.com for her Fitness Friday Link up!! 

Have a Happy Weekend!!!

Women In Combat: What's the big deal, and who's got it right



The news has been all a buzz with the news of Panetta lifting the ban on women in combat.  My initial reaction was, “well, aren’t they kind of already there?”  To me, it became very apparent they were when Jessica Lynch was captured.  You don’t get captured not being in the thick of it.  We have women every day traveling in convoys, armed to the teeth, ready to fight alongside their brothers.  We have women pilots, getting it done!  I realize that “in combat” technically means downrange and on the front lines; but the lines are kind of blurred these days, and “down range” is really everywhere.  It may come as a surprise to those that know me or read my personal blog, that I’m cool with this.  I would be the first to tell you that I’m pretty conservative, as well as being pretty old-school.  However, a lot of the world isn’t and there are women serving in the military of their own volition and not by draft. 

 
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Several months ago a news piece popped up about women being allowed into the ranger training program.  That’s when I really started thinking about this topic.  My hubby, who is pretty smart about these things, explained to me that there are a lot of people that use the Ranger program as a way to further their military career, with no intention of joining a Ranger Unit.  My brain burst into flames at this point.  I had absolutely no idea that that happened.  Now that I know that, it would only make sense to allow women to participate.  Why should they not reap the benefit of it to further their career?  A man that posses that will automatically be chosen over a women with the same accolades.  


The problem for me comes in when we look at the requirements to achieve that goal.  There is a reason why women previously haven’t been allowed into Special Forces, or combat zones.  I’m sure many people will argue that a women’s emotional sensibilities have been involved in the conversation; but let’s just put that one aside for moment.  The bigger issue to me is the physical requirements.  If you were to ask me I would tell you that I don’t think there should be different in them, combat or no combat.  If you want to have different requirements for someone that works in finance or admin that’s fine, but if you’re being deployed to a war zone, you need to be ready.  This would be especially true if you were going to become a Seal or an Army Ranger.  There is no way that a woman should be allowed to be in either one of those unless she can do the same thing that her male counterpart has been doing all these years.  It’s not about being sexists, it’s about the safety of themselves, their brothers in arms, and those they are to rescue.

 

The Coast Guard (and Navy) has it right.  I knew that women were a part of the elite Rescue swimmers, but I didn’t know the whole story.  While doing some research on that part, I came across several articles and fact sites.  There are currently four female rescue swimmers in the Coast Guard.  Did you know they were asked to do and did the exact same things that were asked of their male counterparts?  Go Coast Guard.  Why should they not have to do the exact same thing?  They are under the same stressors and rescuing the same people.  The first female rescue swimmer for the Coast Guard was Kelly Larson “nee: Mogk”.   Ms. Larson retired in 1999, having received numerous awards, including the Air Medal and an in-person congratulations from President George H.W. Bush.    You can read about another rescue swimmer, Sarah Faulkner, here, who was instrumental in several rescues during Katrina.

While I personally may not be signing up for Rescue Swimming or the Army Rangers any time soon, I’m all for women choosing to do that.  However, having the same physical requirements should be the first thing we discuss in the coming days.  To not discuss it would only set women up for failure and possibly be putting their fellow Soliders and Seamen in danger, as well as those civilians around them.  More importantly it would be a slap in the face to those women that have stood toe to toe with their elite counterparts in the Coast Guard and Navy Rescue Swimmer Programs.  Women can do what men can do, sure, but they have to be able to do what men can do.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rewind 365 - January 24th

Happy Thursday ya'll!!  I'm so glad you're here.  I love this linky and I'm thrilled to be a host for it.  Remembering where you were a year ago, taking the time to reflect on how far you've come in a year is just so much fun.  So, where was I a year ago today?




We were at the Knoxville Zoo.  It was one of our final stops on our journey East!  I can't believe its almost been a year since we've been in our home here.  Its kind of ridiculous how quickly time flies by.  Wow!  The kids and I decided to visit the Knoxville Zoo while Mr. Airforce went and changed the oil in the car and ran some pertinent errands.  I wish he could have come with us because it really was a neat zoo.  There was a whole indoor play area, with all sorts of dress up, and different theme play sections.  There were slides, chickens and bunny rabbits.   The animals there were really great and I loved how the exhibits were set up.  You felt really close to all of the animals.  My favorite was the red pandas, so little and adorable.  Did you see how little Phillip was then?  

Where were you a year ago?
 


WELCOME TO REWIND 365! 
 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.




4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cammo Style Love attends the Kid's Inaugural Ball



We were absolutely beyond honored to attend the Kid's Inaugural Ball, to honor military children, hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.  I picked them up, opened the envelope and started crying.  I'm driving down E street in DC crying!  Seriously?  A year ago I never could have imagined that this would be happening, that my kid's would be experiencing something like this.  There are three official Presidential Events during the Inaugural and we were at one of them!  Wow!  We haven't experienced many of these types of things.  Where we were located last just didn't have many of those things, or groups, around to provide those things.  We were able to attend a Def Leppard concert once, as well as pick up school supplies for our kids one year.  Other than that it was pretty desolate.  Living close to the city has surpassed all my wildest expectations.  In reality I had none.  I knew I wanted to get involved, but I had absolutely no idea the amazing opportunities that would come from it.  We are truly blessed beyond belief.

 My adorable kids more excited about their new paper and pens

 Usher....I was freaking out, LOL

Early that day my two oldest went with me on the sumway (what Brian and Ami call the metro), packed with new little toys, two pads of fresh drawing paper and brand new pens.  We arrived at the Washing Convention Center about an hour before the event was to start.  I have to tell you that my children were probably the most amazing they have ever been.  It was a long, hard day, and to be perfectly honest the concert wasn't really all the interesting to them.  Ami fell asleep right before it started and slept through Usher.  I was probably more excited then they were. Michelle and the girls were wonderful, the volunteers were amazing, we sat in the 6th row and I couldn't believe that I was in the same room listening to Michelle Obama.  It was pretty amazing.  That was one of the things Brian was pretty excited about, however he was quite upset that President Obama wasn't there.  Ami became aware at the end when Katy Perry came on.  The bright colors and fun music were mesmerizing for her; and she kept saying how pretty she was.



That brings me to something else I wanted to mention.  The day after the event an article popped up on my Yahoo! home page.  The author was making a joking remark about Katy Perry's somewhat racy outfit choice for a children's event.  I was actually pleasantly surprised by it.  Her cleavage wasn't that bad, and it looked like a once piece bathing suit.  She was sweet and cute and I really loved the performance.  What I did find odd about the whole experience was the fact that it really wasn't for young children.   Taking my children to see Usher, Katy Perry and Far East Movement isn't something I probably would have ever done under any other circumstance.  The show was probably more geared towards children the age of the Obama girls.  While the outfit didn't really concern me, the content of the songs sung might have been concerning if my children were paying attention, aware of what was occurring.  So if anyone was going to be concerned about anything - and everyone remember that I, Rheanna, said this - it wasn't what Katy was wearing, trust me.

The thrill of my night was probably seeing JR Martinez, an amazing Hero!  I wish he had more time on stage.


The whole evening was really the Thrill of a lifetime.  Not one thing was more amazing then the other.  It was all sort of surreal!  Thank you so much to those that made it possible.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rhe's Bookshelf - Claiming Mariah

I am happy to bring you another great book, this time from Tyndale Publishing. Working with Tyndale Publishing has been a pleasure. There are so many new books that I've been able to read and share with you.

Claiming Mariah - Pam Hillman

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

What I Thought:

Claiming Mariah is a wonderful book. This is my first historical type fiction with a western flare. I'm no stranger to a strong women in an unfriendly era though. This reminded me of another book I recently read, A Path Toward Love. If you appreciate a strong women, some love and romance, even stronger men, with a little adventure thrown in Claiming Mariah would be a great ad to your bookshelf. Since I don't want to give away to many spoilers, I'll leave it at that. You can snatch up this book for your Kindle (I read mine on IPhone) on Amazon. Check to the left. Ms Hillman has done an excellent job weaving a wonderful story, with heartfelt characters, and a strong story of faith.


4 out of 5 stars

I received this book in partnership with Tyndale Publishing. I was not compensated in any other way. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rewind 365 - January 16, 2013

Welcome to Rewind 365!  This is a recently resurrected blog hop started by one of my dear bloggy friends over at Mommy Only Has Two Hands.  I am so excited to a part of it with her.  When I first discovered it, this hop quickly became one of  my favorites.  A good excuse to go back a year and see how far you come - I'll take it!  Some weeks this really helped me to gain perspective and just remember.

So, what was I doing a year ago today.   

We were with our amazingly amazing friends in Colorado.  They are really family to us.  My husband grew up with him, and his parent's are my hubby's God Parents.  Its really great that we were able to see them and spend a day or two with them.  They were able to see our newest addition when he was little and we had a wonderful free place to stay.  

 The kids' Uncle wowed them by making some fancy pancakes!


 Brian making their little laugh

 We were able to see the Air Force Academy.  Definitely something on our bucket list!

 It's more beautiful then the pictures give it credit for

 a little hike from the car to the chapel and museum

Me and Aunt Allie and the little!  Isn't she freaking adorable!!!

See, don't you just love this post!?  I now I have a huge smile on my face

I hope you guys enjoy and I look forward to seeing all the blogs that link up.





WELCOME TO REWIND 365! 
 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
Every Thursday come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:
1.Your hosts: Mommy Only Has Two Hands, and Rheanna from Cammo Style Love (We will read your posts) 2. 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. (You can put this in your side bar if you don't want to put it in your post.
4. Link your post up on the linky below so we can all check it out. 5. And the most important thing:

HAVE FUN!



Monday, January 14, 2013

Rhe's Bookshelf - Six Hours One Friday


Happy Monday everyone.  Its been quite a weekend here at the Cammo Style Love house.Mr. Air Force has been taking some leave time, and that has been wonderful. We've gotten some rest, the kids have gotten some daddy time. We were able to go to church and Awana as a family,which hasn't happened in awhile. I'm looking forward to a whole week of time at home.

I still wanted to stop by a bring you another great book review.  This one is brought to you by my partnership with BookSneeze. I was able to review Max Lucado's book, Six Hours One Friday.


 

Summary

Does life feel futile? Doesn't have to.
Do some of your failures seem fatal? They aren't.
 And your death. Does the grave appear to be the final stop? According to
Christ, your death is just the start of the something great.  There
 is a truth greater than all the losses and sorrows of life. And it can
be discovered in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In Six Hours One Friday,
 Max Lucado delves into the meaning of Jesus' last hours on the cross.
Through his death, your life has purpose and meaning. You are forgiven
and loved by a Savior who died for you. And an empty tomb proclaims that death does not have the final word.
"Peace where there should be pain. Confidence in the midst of crisis. Hope defying despair."
Does death have the last word? I can see Jesus wink as he gives the answer, Not on your life.


What I thought:

It all comes down to those final hours.  His life is obviously so much for than that,when you read the stories of the healings, of Lazarus, the grace given to prostitutes and tax collectors.  But it all lead to those final hours, the culmination of everything.  I have no read a Max Lucado book before, but had heard man good things them.  I really appreciated the readability of this book.  Even though this isn't a light topic, it felt that way, in the sense it is comfortable to read.  The mix of real life stories, brought together with the main message of the final hours of Christ, was done extremely well.  They were funny, insightful, emotional, and serious.  Mr. Lucado does an excellent job of showing the reader you aren't weighted down in your life by all the junk.  Those final hours made sure of that.  This is a subtle book for a small fellowship group, bible study or yourself.  The study guide included the back is done equally as well as the book itself. 

4 out of 5 stars

I received this book in partnership with BookSneeze.  I was not compensated for a postive review.  My thoughts and opinions are my own, take them or leave them.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday Walkabout - My thoughts on Recalls

Today as I was running errands I was listening to our all news radio station here. Its kind of lame that I really enjoy listening to an all news station, but there you go. So as I'm listening and an announcement for the latest baby related recall comes on. Now, there are some that might be thinking that I should list some sort of disclaimer, or many exceptions to the rules. Maybe I should talk about the fact that there are accidents and not every parent is stupid. Maybe I should but I would just like to think that I don't have to, that most of the things one might think would already be assumed and I'm not just some crazy person running around calling everyone stupid. I guess that was sort of a disclaimer, now wasn't it.

The latest baby recall is for the Rock N Sleep......truthfully I still haven't recovered from the hysterical laughing fit when I received the recall kit for my bumbo seat.


If you want further information about the recall, here's one of the news articles that popped up.  The gist of it that mold can grow between the pad and the plastic.  A reported 600 cases have been reported (out of how many that have been sold in comparison) and there have been 16 cases of infants being treated for respiratory, cough and hives after sleeping in it.

Maybe I'm cynical, or just easily annoyed, but seriously?!  I feel horrible that these cases happened. how did they happen, will the recall prevent more?  Is it really anyones fault, even Fisher Prices, because mold can grow anywhere in those kinds of conditions.  If wet fabric is left folded together against a dark wet surface mold will grow.  Let me tell you about mold.  Ever since we moved to the East Coast mold has become my worst enemy.  I'm not used to having to even think about it.  Nevada has negative humidity, so worrying about that isn't something that even crosses my mind ever.  Here, a towel might not dry before your next shower.  How crazy is that?  So I'm wondering if issues occurred just because, and it was purely a fluke sort of thing  Did the child leak through and no one cleaned it - not because they are a bad parent, but because they forgot.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if they forgot because I have!

The whole bumbo recall and the issuing of the new kit with the seat belt cracked me up as well.  That's when I really started getting annoyed with a lot of the recalls.  A baby could still be injured in the bumbo with the seat belt on, because most of the injuries were reported when babies were put on tables or high surfaces too close to the edge.  So a baby that is going to try to crawl out will just tip the whole thing over instead of just themselves now.  Maybe I'm thinking about this too much, but I feel really bad for these companies AND the parents too.  Everyone wants to sue everyone, be mad at everyone and find someone else to blame for everything!  Most of these cases probably occurred and it was just an accident...no one is to blame.  Why must we find someone to blame for every little thing?

The truth of the matter is that almost anything can be proved defective or dangerous if used improperly or if some weird, freak accident occurs.  Where will it end and when will it stop.  Like I said, these companies issue recalls and people must comply, its just the way it is.  I'm not telling anyone to say "shove off" and disregard any warning.  Its just sort of a vent I guess.  

Am I crazy or does anyone get what I'm saying?

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sunday Social, Week 31

Sunday Social
Happy Sunday everyone, although it is only a couple hours away from Monday for me.  It's been quite the day, preparing for Mr. Air Force to return home to me after some time away.  I'm especially looking forward to getting on with this month, since he will be taking some well deserved and much needed leave.  Along with cleaning we had church and Awana.  Its been quite a full day.  My amazing friend and neighbor made some fabulous healthy comfort food for us tonight - some homemade chicken nuggets.  I think I'll have to share that recipe with you guys this week.

Now on to the fun thanks to Ashley and Neely!  Make sure to click the hop button up top and check it out for yourself, link up or just find some really cool blogs.  I've found so many new and amazing ones through the hop.

1. Do you plan on changing any of your eating habits in the new year?

Not really, I do however what to not go crazy with soda this year.  We'll see,  its been an extremely stressful year so I blame that, LOL.

2. Any workout tips to get us back into shape after the New Year?

I have recently discovered the amazingness of IPhone apps.  I've just recently started two - a couch to 5k app and a six weeks to fit arms app.  so far I've been impressed with them both and myself.  I'm hoping to review some later.  Meanwhile, check out Apps Gone Free in the Apple Apps Store.  Lots of stuff pops up there!

3. Whats the favorite thing you did over the holidays?

definitely our trip to the Gaylord Resort in The National Harbor.  We attended some of their Christmas festivities and I was more than impressed and the kids love it.

 

4. What is something you hope to accomplish in 2013 that you did not in 2012?

well I'd like to actually meet my book challenge goal.  I almost did last year, but the move and everything proved to much harder on me.  I'd also like to get my volunteer work more organized and consistent, now that I feel I've got my barrings here.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why?

1. my volunteer work.  I have so many ideas and plans!  I'm extremely excited to see where it takes me.
2. Traveling - we've got some trips planned this year - New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and hopefully to see our families!
3. some kind of blogging conference.  I'm not sure which one or two I will be going to this year, but I can't wait for whatever happens as far as that goes.


Friday, January 4, 2013

#MommyParties with Pinypon - #PinyponParty

A month or so ago I had the opportunity to take part in a Mommy Party, in partnership with Pinypon.  Then it was the holidays and sickness, but I am so happy to be sharing this with my readers.  I'm always looking for new things for my kids, something that inspires creative play.  Pinypon toys are not only adorable but inspire creative play for girls and boys of varying ages.  My son and daughter are 6 and 4 and pretty different.  They typically play very well together, and I absolutely love when they incorporate their two worlds together.  Since Christmas it has become quite normal for me to see Cinderella hitching a ride with GI Joe in is Jeep.  Yeah, they are that cute.....most of the time.

Here's is one of the items we received for our little Pinypon party, the Pinypon Caravan.  I absolutely love this little thing.  Isn't it adorable?  It has a little bathtub/pool type thing that really works well and the kids loved it.  It is probably their favorite part.  The items are made fairly well, the stickers all go on well.  The pieces of the van all come apart and move easily for the kids, but the flip side of that is that they come apart easily, when you don't necessarily want them too.


Pinypon Caravan 

The little Pinypon characters are more than adorable.  They, too, encourage creative play.  Each little boy or girl Pinypon comes completely apart and you can mix and match to your little heart's content.  I love that.

We also received the Newborn Makes Bubbles Doll from Nenuco Famosa.



New Born Makes Bubbles
The kids thought this little doll was pretty cute, and were pretty darn fascinated with the whole going potty part of the doll.  I just didn't think that he worked very well, nor did it work consistently.  The blowing bubbles part took some work and wasn't as easy as I hoped it would be, considering the age it was aimed at. 

These are some of my other favorites from this line of play dolls:

Newborn Takes Care

Hair Dressing Kit

We had girls ages 3-7 and the toys were a hit with all.

Where You Can Buy:

Nenuco dolls are available on Amazon, and at KMART, Toys R Us and Meijer

Pinypon Dolls and Playsets are available on Amazon and at Target, Toys R Us and ShopKo

Please visit Pinypon and Neunco
You can also find them Facebook and Twitter

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