Cammo Style Love: March 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Disney Reveals Planes Full Voice Cast!

 


August 9th is the big day and I'm super stoked!  Taking the kids to see a movie in the theater is really fun. They are at that perfect age, where they think its the best thing ever.  We always make it an adventure, and it truly is, because I think I can count on one hand the times they've seen a movie in the theater.  We are pretty picky about kid movie, and even though I haven't seen this yet I feel like I can already give it two thumbs up!
Last time I mentioned that Dane Cook was slated to play the main character of the movie, Dusty.



Audiences worldwide are fastening their seatbelts as “Disney’s Planes” prepares to take off this summer. Joining Dane Cook, who provides the voice of Dusty, are Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger.
 
Adding some high-flying flair from a classic feature film are Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.
 
Inspired by the world of “Cars” and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), “Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights.

Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander Payne’s upcoming “Nebraska,” Robert Rodriguez’s and Frank Miller’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For”) provides the voice of Skipper, a reclusive old Navy Corsair who takes Dusty’s training to new heights.

·       Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life”) lends his voice to fuel truck Chug, Dusty’s buddy, coach and biggest fan.
·       Teri Hatcher (“Coraline,” ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”) brings life and charm to the say-it-like-it-is mechanic Dottie.
·       Cedric the Entertainer (“Barbershop,” “Larry Crowne, “Madagascar”) as Leadbottom, a puttering old biplane who has no time for Dusty’s far-fetched flights of fancy.
·       Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Seinfeld”) lends her voice to Rochelle, a tough and confident racer who is the pride of the Great White North.
·       John Cleese (TV’s “Whitney,” “A Fish Called Wanda”) is the voice of Bulldog, the oldest and arguably wisest racer on the circuit.
·       Carlos Alazraqui (James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”) brings to life the intensely charming El Chupacabra, a racer with more dramatic flair than is recommended at high altitudes.  
·       Priyanka Chopra (“Barfi!”) voices the exotic, mysterious and ruthless Ishani, the reigning Pan-Asian champion from India.
·       Roger Craig Smith (Captain America in Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” voice of Sonic The Hedgehog in “Wreck-It Ralph”) voices world champion racer Ripslinger—wings down, the biggest name in air racing—and he knows it.
·       Gabriel Iglesias (Comedy Central’s “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-up Revolution”) provides the voices of both Ned and Zed, two not-so-sharp saboteurs who work for Ripslinger. 
·       Val Kilmer (“Batman Forever,” “Top Gun”) provides the voice of Bravo, a member of the Jolly Wrenches and a fan of air racing.
·       Anthony Edwards (TV’s “Zero Hour,” “Top Gun”) is the voice of Echo, a member of the Jolly Wrenches and a fan of air racing.
·       Colin Cowherd (ESPN) gives play-by-play coverage as Colin Cowling, an affable blimp and an eye-in-the-sky reporter for the Racing Sports Network.
·       Sinbad (Comedy Central’s “Where U Been?”) brings to life Roper, an irascible race official pitty full of sly remarks and colorful commentary.
·       Oliver Kalkofe (“Neues vom Wixxer”) provides the voice of meek German minicar Franz and his brazen airborne alter ego Fliegenhosen.
·       Brent Musburger (ESPN, ABC Sports) brings Brent Mustangburger, the excitable 1964½ Ford Mustang sports broadcasting icon, back to the big screen.

“Like” Disney’s PLANES on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyPlanes
 
"Follow" Disney’s PLANES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyPictures
 
Visit the website: www.disney.com/Planes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rewind 365 *with linky*

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!

 

Well, March is quickly coming to an end. Wow, already?!  We are fully into a total year here. Looking back a year and having it be here in the DC area, and not in Nevada or California is really weird. Good, but weird.  So, lets take a look at the fun!

The Cherry Blossoms - They were out early last year and clearly *ahem mother nature* it was much warmer last year.  This was also Brian's first experience to what is now his most favorite place to be (as clearly stated on his About Me poster for Kindergarten), The Washington Monument.
 

 I don't know that I'm going to brave them this year, or if there are even in blossoms out there to see (stupid snow and rain).  However, I did just discover that you can purchase grandstand seats to the Cherry Blossom Parade for a very reasonable price.  That is going on the list for next year. Something to know about me is that I am a huge huge HUUUUUGGGEEEEE fan of parades.

Link up, leave a comment!  I'll be making the rounds!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Military Support Series *Veteran CareGiver*

 


Last week I had the amazing pleasure of hanging out with some great ladies at the Care Giver's Resource Fair at Walter Reed.  I had never heard of Veteran Caregiver, so I knew I had to add their group to my list of resources to share with my amazing readers.  So lets hear a little bit more about this amazing group.

 The basics of it is this....what happens "AFTER"?  That seems to be a simple question, but in reality, for many veterans and Caregivers its the complete opposite of simple.  What do I/We do now?  That's where Veteran Caregiver comes into play.  


This site is a bridge for caregivers and veterans alike. It is a safe place to air questions and frustrations on and offline, but we also provide individualized assistance when you've hit the wall. As a veteran or a caregiver of a veteran, your life may be significantly altered by injury, illness, or aging. If you're feeling isolated or alone, want/need people around you who "get it", and you'd benefit from networking with peers and professionals, community health and recovery resources, you've come to the only site of its kind. VeteranCaregiver is here to fill the need for acknowledgement, mentoring as only peers can do, and to provide accessible support from others who share or can address your challenges.- Linda Kreter -Founder & CEO

It is a virtual community that provides a connection.  With so much of this world "virual", with social media being the way to go, I think this is a stupendous idea.  So many of my friends have been found and developed through social media.  Its like the key to the city for Military Spouses, especially those of us who have been situated in isolated areas as I was for so many years.

Simply go to Veteran Caregiver's website and register to start!



Monday, March 25, 2013

Puccini Ties from Bows and Ties *review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Bows 'N Ties

It isn't very often that I get to review items for the hubby; so when I received the chance to review something for him I jumped at it.  Puccini Ties, courtesy of Bows and Ties are beautiful ties.  Mr. Air Force approved of the quality and feel of the tie; but was kind of worrid about the color.

Rich Peacock and White Striped Tie 

When you look at it in the picture it really is an interesting color, and quite bright.  His initial reaction was not good.  He said that he would wear it for a picture (which needless to say I never took and then he left to do some traveling) and that was that.  But one day he came home with it on, paired with a white shirt and grey pants.





The picture I took makes it look slightly darker then it appears in the website photo.  I would say in real life its somewhere inbetween.  It really is a beautiful tie and they are very affordable, setting you back only $9.90.  While Mr. Air Force happens to be a grade-A tie snob I might have gotten away with these ties.  He probably won't make a habit of stocking up on these ties, because I think breaking a tie snob of his ways might prove difficult. However if I wanted to get some ties for the boys to match Bows and Ties would be my first stop.  They have an extensive collection of boys ties, you can definitely accomplish the whole Daddy/son matching thing.   These are some of my favorites:
Light Green and White Kids TieStriped Silk Kids Tie Silver and WhiteLight Blue Silk Kids Tie 


They also have environmentally friendly and organic ties, for those that appreciate the green lifestyle.
Check out Bows and Ties.  I'm sure you can find what you're looking for.  Thanks for stopping by!



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Sunday Social Time!

Time for my favorite part of the week!  And if you're a MILITARY SPOUSE, make sure to check out my post about Military.com's Spouse Summit coming to the DC Metro area in April!

Sunday Social



1. What is your favorite thing about spring?
 Probably just the fact that it's getting warmer (at least its supposed to be - here it's supposed to snow some time today).  Cute dresses and skirts, sandals and all that fun stuff.  Easter is also pretty fun.  How cute are these guys?


2. What is your favorite kind of flower to grow or receive?
I have grown Sunflowers and tulips and stuff....I love to receive Roses...I'm a classic romantic.  Although I love purple ones.  Last spring we grew a sunflower (my son did) and it was a lot of fun.  I want to do more this year.

3. What is your favorite nail polish color?
I'm really nail polish obessed!  Seriously.  Bright colors, classic colors, funky designs.  I paint my nails (toes and fingers) every week.  

Come try Julep!  Its so awesome.  I've skipped  months here and there, no problem. I absolutely love it! This month this is what I'm getting!


  • Avery: Hot pink crème
  • Jackie: Maraschino cherry crème
  • Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum: Peptides--super-charged amino acids that build keratine (for your nails) and collagen (for your cuticles)--are our Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum's secret weapon to transform dry and damaged cuticles almost overnight. Plus, get visibly stronger, smoother nails with fewer ridges and less splitting and brittleness in only 2-3 weeks.


Here's my Link!
or my code 4600288
and enter COLOR2012 to get your first box for a penny!

 
4. What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Being outside with my kids in our backyard is my favorite.  We have a fabulous backyard and a deck and I'm really excited for BBQs and having friends over.  Pulling out the kiddie pool and the slip n slide and experiencing Phillip outside this summer, fully mobile.  So fun.

5. Do you have any fun spring plans? Details! :)

When it definitely is Spring weather I want to take some day trips around the area.  We went to Williamsburg, but there's so much I want to do.  Hubby won't be around much so I'd really like to take advantage of some outdoor fun with him before it gets too humid around here.  I wish I had some amazing details to share, but solidifying details well in advance isn't really how we roll around here.

Can't wait to read everyone's posts!  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

MilSpouse Summit 2013: Will You Be There?

         In the world of blogging I still fill like a newbie.  It's only been about two and a half years.  It was one of those things where I just jumped in, all in, without really thinking much of it.  From there it has just evolved...and kept on evolving.  About a year ago I attended my first blogging conference, a military blogging conference.  There were several of us "Spouse Bloggers" there and it was one of those celebrity kind of moments for me.  So many bloggers that  I had been following were now all of the sudden right there in front of me.  It's how I started writing for Homefront United Network, how I met some amazing supporters of the community and how I met one special lady who totally got me, who understood my life and me (secretly snarky and all).  The only down side to this thing is that I spent that weekend being spoiled only to watch us be spread back all over the United States.  What it made me realize is the importance of being in the same space.  Yes, many of us live on base and have that community.  I don't, so to be surrounded by like women, with similar goals and very similar backgrounds was priceless.  The people that I met and the experiences that I had were far beyond my wildest expectations. 

 
 The Mil-Blogging Gals!

  

Me and Angela (Founder of The HUN) and Heather (now Associate Editor @ Military.com)
So, of course I was looking forward to this year's events.  However, this is going to be a whole different format, not necessarily a blogger thing, and pretty darn awesome if you ask me.  If you are or are going to be in around the DC/VA area April 11-12 then this is the place to be my friends.  Its as close to a once in a lifetime experience that I can think of.  The friendships you will make, the connections you will experience are 1000% worth it.

Me and Jacey (Director of Spouse and Family Programs at Military.com)
 
Here's what you can expect from the Military.com Spouse Summit 2013

  • No Power Point (although I'm that nerd that wishes she was still in school...but I have a feeling I won't be disapaointed)
  • No Panels
  • Representatives from the Center for Deployment Psychology, The Warrior and Family Support Center, USC's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and some pretty awesome speakers...perhaps one of the coolest is Sal Giunta - Medal of Honor Recipient.
        This will be the place for you to network, make friends and discover all the amazing things that will truly help you succeed and go forward in your military life.  Whatever is important to you I'm will to be that there will be focus on it, or you will meet someone that is in your position and can help you.  I know that is exactly what happened to me last year.

Visit the Spouse Summit website to learn more and register today!  Can't wait to see you there.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How children deal....

 

 Over the many years of our military life, we've experienced many days, weeks and months without daddy.  It's interesting how children evolve in their understanding.  Military kids are quite a breed of their own.  They experience things not a lot of other children do, and they adapt in their own ways.  One particular time in our life that comes to mind was when my oldest was about 4.  Ami was not really aware nor did I think she cared much.  At that point in her short little life it was all about mommy.  Brian, however, didn't handle it quite as well.  He never wanted to leave me, even to be in the next room at Gymboree.  He was sad and cried all the time.  He couldn't, however, explain it to me all that well.  He knew daddy was gone and thought he was in the computer.  I remember breaking down in Gymboree when my friend was visiting, trying to manage things.  Pretending like I had it all together when clearly I didn't.  I think there was some lingering depression and just the fact that I couldn't help my son.  The pressure on moms in general is undeniable.  We want to provide stability and happiness to our children; when we can't it wrecks havoc in our mom brain and heart.  I had no other real support do to the nature of our location, and I didn't have a lot of friends whose husbands were with mine.  Most of them weren't married or were married to other service members.  The load was too much to bare and I kept it all in.  In turn I think whatever the kids were feeling was compounded by the feelings I thought I was keeping to myself.  They are pretty smart little devils aren't they?

                   Getting in a little wrestle time



                                                                                                                           Daddy's Home!
So now, during this most recent time apart I have a 17-month-old, an almost five-year-old and an almost seven-year-old.  Phillip is aware in his own way, and I notice it way more than Ami at his age.  Every time the phone rings he says "daddy daddy!"  He checks the bed and the closed bathroom door.  Brian is more talkative and obviously his understanding is way more developed than when he was 4.  He discusses it with his school counselor and his other military buddies at school (school counselor = amazing support).  Ami, so far, isn't displaying any issues, verbal or otherwise.  However, her relationship with her daddy has recently developed into that typical daddy/daughter thing so we'll see if that changes.




 
 of course, Murphy's Law applies - via a hole in the chin

All I can do is take this one day at a time.  My support system here isn't well developed, but what I do have is wonderful.  I recently just met a lady (while volunteering) that lives a similar life to mine.  She has young kids and doesn't have support system that is connected to her husband's career ( like me), which is different then a separate support system).  It was a little God moment.  I didn't have to take this volunteer slot, I didn't know much about her.  I also didn't know I would need a ride to another metro station because the one where I was at was closed.  Sometimes its those little moments that you least expect, that don't seem all that important, that make all the difference?


 post-deployment trip - my favorite picture ever

Have you noticed changes in your kids over the years?  How do you handle it?
What about little moments.....what's your deployment "little moment'?



Monday, March 18, 2013

Military Support Series *Blue Star Families*

Hi everyone, so glad you're here stopping by.  If you're new reader, I'm so glad you found me.  Let me know you're new so I can check out  your blog as well.  I am so very happy to be starting this series here on the blog.  Over the last year of being here in the DC Metro area I've had the pleasure of meeting some amazing people who belong to some amazing groups.  Many of them I had never heard of and didn't know they were there.  So, I decided why not use my blog to spread the word about some of these amazing people.  There are many organizations out there, some doing similiar things, some doing very unique things.  I hope to share a little bit about these organizations in the hopes that it will help someone out there.

The first organization I want to highlight is Blue Star Families.  This is an organization that I work with here locally, and one I wish that I had known about or had when we were remotely stationed with nothing around for support.

 Blue Star Families Logo


Blue Star Families was formed in December 2008 by a group of military spouses to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with our civilian communities and leaders. Blue Star Families includes spouses and families from all services and all walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us. {via}

 Since its creation, Blue Star Families has worked tirelessly for the Military Community, and having been witness to some of the amazing things they have accomplished, as well as being blessed personally, I can tell you that they are living up to all kinds of expectations of what a support organization should be.  Some of the programs that they provide are the MilKidz Club, Blue Star Theaters, Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums and several new ventures including Professional Networks and Blue Star Jobs.  Here's a run-down:

MilKidz Club: a program for Military Child that provides support designed just for them, opportunities to "hang out" and participate in activities with other kids like them, special events and just some awesome fun!  MilKidz also partnered with the USO Metro to create a program called "Me and a Friend", where military children can invite a friend to special events.  You can find out more and join by visiting the MilKidz club page.

Blue Star Theaters: This is one of those cool programs that I wish I would  have known about years ago.  BSF has partnered with Theaters across the country to provide free and extremely discounted entrance to theaters   To search for information about your state visit the Military Blue Star Program page.

If you happen to be local to me, in the VA/DC area, here are some participating theaters:

Signature Theaters - Arlington, VA
Centerstage - Baltimore
Roundhouse Theater - Silver Spring

Books on Bases: Books on Bases was created by Blue Star Families to positively impact the lives of military children through the power of reading. With the generosity of partners and supporters such as Disney, BAE Systems, Sleeping Bear Press, Operation Paperback, United Concordia and Random House, Blue Star Families donates books to military children, base libraries, Department of Defense schools, military-impacted public schools, and community libraries. {via}

Blue Star Museums: This is a summer program brought to you by BSF and some amazing partners.  Many museums still offer these discounts throughout the year, but there are plans in the works for the Summer 2013 Season.  To find out more please visit the Blue Star Museums webpage.

Finally let me take a second to talk about the newests programs and ones that I have been involved with promoting personally.  In partnership with Hiring Our Heroes,  there are now hiring fairs specifically catered to Military Spouses.  I have now been to three of these, and have another one coming up next month, and they are an amazing event to be at.  These are companies and organizations who are there to support military spouses.  They know who we are and they don't care; and more importantly they want to hire us despite the negative associations - the moves, the gaps in hiring and things like that.  Blue Star Families has responded heavily to the need for employment for military spouses, and so the Hiring Toolkit (Making Volunteerism Work for You) was born.  Also recently launched is a professional network which includes Education, Health Care (including social workers) and Entreprenuers.  These are amazing networks because it gets you together with spouses that in your career field.  Maybe you're leaving Virginia and headed California and want to know what its really like out there in your chosen field.  We probably have someone that you can meet via the network!  What an amazing thing.  To find out more about the toolkit, network and the new jobs program visit BSF. 


If you have any more specific questions about any of the programs please leave me a comment or email me!  I'd be glad to help and/or point you in the right direction.  I encourage you join BSF (its free!!), find out how they can help you, maybe even get involved yourself.  Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Croods *giveaway*

Coming to theaters March 22, just a few short days from now, The Croods.




THE CROODS is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern
family through the journey of a lifetime. When the cave that has always been their home
is destroyed with the rest of their world not far behind it.  The Croods are forced to set
off on the first family road (or path) trip. Rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts, 
The Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures,and a 
future beyond any they imagined.
 Featuring the Voice Talents of Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman.




And now for the fun!!  I have a special giveaway, thanks to DreamWorks.  You have a chance to win a cute little stuffed animal guy and a copy of the movie poster!  All of my kids love him.  He's pretty darn cute!  Look how my littlest one carries him around.


The Croods movie site has some super cute games and activities for kids, including items to download.



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Friday, March 15, 2013

Goodreads Book Challenge Books 1-19

If you've been poking around the blog for any length of time you might have noticed book reviews from time to time.  Having always been a reader, discovering Goodreads a couple of years ago was like discovering the Holy Grail.  Do you know how many lists I've made, pictures of books I've taken on cell-phones, mental notes that I've filed away in my brain?  Finally I discovered a place where I can keep track of all the books I want to read.  In short, if you haven't made a Goodreads account and you love to read, then you need to get on Goodreads. 

A fun thing Goodreads does is creates groups and forums on their site for an annual reading challenge.  This is my third year doing it, and the first year I'll succeed.  The first year I definitely came up short - the whole being deathly ill with a Dutchess Catherine sort of morning sickness, the second year included more illness,  having a baby, having surgery and moving across the country.  Not exactly prime conditions for a reading challenge.  This year, according to Goodreads, I'm 18% ahead of schedule!  Frankly, having a blast doing it.

So here's the books so far, most of which I've reviewed on here.

Secrets (Glenbrooke, #1) A Path Toward Love Into the Crossfire (Protectors, #1) The SEAL's Valentine The Risk-Taker Six Hours One Friday: Living in the Power of the Cross Manipulating the List (Immortal Companion, #1) A Special Ops Christmas Claiming Mariah Camo Christmas Echoes (Glenbrooke, #3) Safe Haven Hired by the Cowboy (Windover Ranch #1) A Just Man Murder on Capitol Hill (Capital Crimes, #2) Murder In The Supreme Court (Capital Crimes, #3) Clouds (Glenbrooke, #5) Waking Up Married Prophecy of the Female Warrior

1. Secrets, by Robin Jones Gunn
2. A Path Toward Love - Cara Lynn James
3. Into the Crossfire - Lisa Marie Rice
4. The Seal's Valentine - Laura Marie Altom
5. The Risk Taker - Kira Sinclair
6. Six Hours One Friday - Max Lucado
7. Manipulating the List - KB Lever
8. A Special Ops Christmas - Kristen James
9. Claiming Mariah - Pam Hillman
10. Camo Christmas - Jennifer Traveler
11. Echos - Robin Jones Gunn
12. Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks
13. Hired By The Cowboy - Donna Alward
14. A Just Man - Helen Daniel
15. Murder on Capitol Hill - Margaret Truman
16. Murder at the Supreme Court - Margaret Truman
17. Clouds - Robin Jones Gunn
18. Waking Up Married - Mira Lyn Kelly
19. Prophecy of the Female Warrior - KA Young

You can find my reviews here on the blog  and some on Amazon as well.

Anyone else have a Goodread's account or are participating in a reading challenge?  What's on your bookshelf right now?

You can find me on Goodreads here

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