Cammo Style Love: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Happies and Crappies: Summer is almost here...

The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up

I feel like if i really let myself world vomit this might be a little on the "crappies" side of things...but I think the point (at least for me) is not allow myself to focus on just the crappies of the week.  So....

Happies

1. Summer is almost here, no school for my little guy.  Which means, I don't have to wake him up, which I hate.  His poor little eyes looking at me, all sad.  And frankly, I've missed having my little man around.  Lil Sis and Bro have missed him as well, although more Lil Sis, because lil bro, is pretty little...but I think he gets it.

2.  getting healthy and trying to get fit!  I hurt my knee, but I'm adapting and have found new stuff to do to keep going strong.

3. the calendar pages are passing quickly...some days not so quickly (but this is the "happies" section), which means that hubby won't be gone for too much longer.

4. Ami is getting her next belt in Tae Kwon Do.  She's worked really hard,and at her own pace, but I'm so proud of her.

5. Brian has moved out of the little kid's program and into the big kid's.  He is thriving and doing well.

Crappies

1. No hubby = major suckage

2. I hurt my knee, which means my running was sidelined and so was my P90X. I have no idea what I did to it, but it just couldn't take the intense of the workouts.  I would half do it, skip it, get frustrated.   It also means that my Couch to 5K has gone by the wayside as well.  Its taking a little bit longer then the norm, but I"m hoping to resume soon.

3.  The kids are at an interesting stage in development,which it comes to Daddy being gone.  Each new age and each separation has its own new and exciting (NOT) adventures.  Ami is super emotional, Brian is back-talking, and Phillip...well, he's just Phillip and he's beginning his terrible two's....which is compounded by no daddy and mommy being just too darn tired to see everything through for as many hours in the day that I have to.  How many hours?

Can't wait to read everyone's blogs!  Thanks for stopping by.  Make sure to let me know and I'll definitely return the bloggy love.  If you want to check out my newly relaunched and revamped Thursday Blog Hop/Link up, I will be leaving it open for a week in the beginning.  It's a fun little trip down memory lane. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rewind 365 *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. Follow me!  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!

**If you're interested in guest hosting with me, shoot me an email cammostylelove at yahoo dot com**
So what were we doing a year ago today?

A year ago this week one of my oldest and dearest friends came to visit her sister (another oldest and dearest).  I wanna say its probably like 27 years..but I need to do the math on that.  I mean, its a ridonculous amount of time! She was preggo with her first, while I was preggo with my last at the same time!  It was a lot of fun I have to tell you.  We've done pretty much everything together in life...camping as kids, Halloween, prom (and both of our dates are now our hubby's...so funny).  I really should have dragged out all the old pictures.  So many fun memories.  Anyway, we got to spend a little bit of time together and it was such a blessing.  I can't wait to see her again! 




Loading InLinkz ...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wummel Box Review

My kids love doing projects.  That's the key word I always use when moving the kids from one activity to another during the day.  I love incorporating craft and art activities into our day.  I try to do something like that once a day.  We throw down some newspaper or a washable table cloth, and get messy.  Nurturing the creative side of children I think is so important.  Not everyone is crafty, I get that...but even if its as simple as finger paint on white paper, or coloring in a coloring book....kids will love it!  However, if you aren't a crafty mom and are looking for a little bit more in the crafty department Wummelbox is here to save the day.  I was completely thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to check out a Wummelbox for myself.

 
*Wummelbox example*
  • Wummelbox is a subscription service box, from Berlin, and has recently launched here in the US
  • Wummelbox comes here month with a particular theme in mind (Nutrition, Music or Color and Light), and includes the materials needed to do 3-4 projects
  • Wummelbox uses high quality materials and takes the extra step to be eco-friendly wherever possible - using reforested wood and materials, like cork and sand, reusing the actual box as part of an activity whenever possible.
  • Wummelbox subscriptions have three different options - Try A Wummel - a one-month subscription prices at $34.95, a three-month subscription prices at $24.95 per month and Big Wummel - a twelve month subscription priced at $19.95.
Please visit Wummelbox online, as well as their Facebook page for more info!

Now, to the good stuff!!  The box we were able to try had a 'Time Travel' theme!  It included the materials for three projects: Build your own time machine, create a cave painting, and create and play the Hunter & Gatherer game.
 
 

*example of a Wummelbox craft*
 
This was the best box for my kids!  We are in hyperactive imagination phase around these parts, and I absolutely love that the Wummelbox is more than just arts and crafts.  The big selling point for me with this box is how it encouraged imagination with my children.  After we made our cave painting we made a fort in our living room and hung our cave painting up.  We talked about what cave paintings were and what people used them for.



As far as the actual tools to make the projects, they are perfect for little hands and easy for them to do by themselves.  The Wummelbox also contained scissors and paintbrushes.  I thought this was genius on their part because if you didn't have any tools at home you could use the Wummelbox straight from the mail without having to go out and buy anything.  That makes a mother's heart happy! They did struggle with peeling the sticky tabs, but that was the only thing they completely needed my help with.  
 
 
I would definitely recommend giving Wummelbox a try.  The pricing for one box, I will say, seems a little steep, but the for a mom who is not crafty and needs some help with that it might be worth it.  I really like the price for the three month subsciption..I mean, that's one lunch out at Chick-Fil-A for us, you know what I mean.  Spread the projects out, make the experience special.  That's what I did with my one little box.  We've had so much fun with the Wummelbox.  The concept is great, the ideas are fantastic and it encourages play in children, which I'm the biggest fan of!

**I received one Wummelbox for review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and opinions are my own**

Wednesday Walkabout: To the Mother of Boys

Yesterday I was playing in the park with some mommy friends, and since we have a lot of boys among us we talked about what its like to be the mothers of sons. Most of the boys that I know are boy's boys...you know like the phrase, "he's a man's man." We also share the same experiences when it comes to having our boys out in public, to play with other kids. Who do you find climbing things, jumping off things, creating jungle gyms out of tables, chairs, fireplace hearths, couches and basically anything else that might (or might not) hold their weight. It's almost always a boy. If you hear a strange growling type noise, its probably a little boy making a car noise...he will make that noise...ALL. The. Time.



To the mother of boys with only friends with little girls. You are a good mom, you just have been blessed with the life and passion, tightly wound up in a little adorably grubbie package. He's wild and loud, but looks at you like you could walk on water. Don't apologize for your boy being a boy. Help him grow and learn...to know when to let his boyness flow...and maybe sometimes to pull it in a little. But when he's two and just wants to be a lion, let him be a lion. The other moms, that look at you sideways, need to be able to adapt as well. It shouldn't be all on you to calm and quiet your little man. To hold him back from experiencing worms in the dirt, and then getting that dirt over every inch of his little body.






To the mother of a boy like mine.....

let him take stuff apart, find the show "How It's Made," right this second and record every episode. Look up Discovery TV on youtube and watch every episode about planets. Then, go make some planets out of rocks. Put him in martial arts (put your girls in too), it was one of the best decisions we ever made. Teach him to be a gentleman, even when he's 4. To be sweet to little girls, to say excuse me when he burps, and to share his worms (if they want them).

I love being the mother of boys!

 

I don't often mention or suggest parenting-style books, but if you have a boy check out the book Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys.

Monday, May 27, 2013

#MilitaryMonday Memorial Day



On this, Memorial Day, I realize how lucky I am.  How lucky I am that I'm only missing my hubby for a short time.   I think of my children and what I'm trying to instill in them.  What I want them to know about our Country, this America.  We have been to Arlington many times, and I will be taking the kids again tomorrow.  We visit several specific graves, to pay tribute to those important to us, as well as acknowledge what Memorial Day is about.  It is a day to honor those that have fallen.   I hope that I can honor those are no longer with us, that I can pass that on to my children.  I want to spend this day honor them by celebrating life, my being with my friends and family and raising a glass to them.  So very thankful for them.  They are the reason I can be here with my children.

 Lifetime Moms recently began a series of video stories called,  "The Soul Behind the Soldier," talking about the journey of Gold Star Families.  Please visit Lifetime to see the first story, of Gold Star Wife, Nicki Bunting.  A&E Networks/Lifetimes Moms will donate $1.00 for each video view to a Gold Star Family organization.  Click and spread the word of these amazing stories.



Monday, May 20, 2013

#MilitaryMonday "Keeping It In"


**I would like to say a special thank you to Blue Star Families, and Colonel Anthony Henderson, United States Marine Corp. 

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Blue Star Family, Military Lifestyle Survey Release.  If you have never been or heard of it I definitely urge you to go and check it out here.  See if what is important to you was important to other military families.  If you aren't military, reading this survey might give you insight into the military life.  The invisible divide between military and civilian worlds was something of special note on the survey.  There was a fairly high number of those surveyed that felt, while civilians as a whole are supportive of the troops, they don't understand them.  Its pretty hard to understand something that you don't live, but how does that feeling affect our lives...that, I guess, is something to think about.

I could go on and on about all the things that were talked about that day.  It was so much information, insight, thoughts and feelings that I wish I could ramble on for pages.  But who wants to read that.   There was one particular thing, that stuck out to me that day.  It came in the form of Colonel Anthony M. Henderson, USMC, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  I honestly wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I've never seen him before (although I heard some rumblings in the crowd) and most of my experience with Marines in high authority has been, well, basically terrifying (insert nervous laughter here).  

He touched briefly on the subject of PTS/TBI/Suicide, which was in the top five concerns among military families today.  Twenty-three percent of service members surveyed, and 24% of spouses surveyed, reported PTS symptoms regardless of diagnosis.  Nineteen perecent of service members said they had actually been diagnosed.  From those number, 57% reported that treatement was not saught out, which issues of "confidentiality/career concerns" being the main reason for that.  When broached about these numbers Colonel Henderson spoke of a culture of keeping it in.  We are a nation that has been at war for over a decade and we weren't ready, and still aren't ready, for what that means.  The culture of the military is a "keeping it in" culture, he said.  Steps are being taken, but we won't likely see the results for years to come.  It didn't become this way overnight, and it won't change over night either.  My husband had been able to attend that day.  That struck a chord with him.  He 1000% agreed with that statement. When something is so wrong - PTS, high suicide rates and the like - we want to find a way to fix it instantly.  It just doesn't work that way.  It really sucks, but its true.  


So how can we help?  Educate yourselves.  Know the signs and know what to do about it.  Its really difficult to force a spouse to get help, especially when they don't want to, for whatever reason.  I have to say that after having used Military OneSource, and helping friends use it, it is completely confidential.  Nothing ever got back to anyone that we/they didn't want it to.  You are referred to civilian doctors, for free, who only have your typical reporting duties.  Even a baby step in the right direction is a step.  But no one can do it on their own, no matter what their uniform looks like, no matter what their rank is.  Those in positions of authority that only encourage and feed this culture of "keeping it in" are doing a great disservice to their country and to the men and women who wear the uniform.  You have to start somewhere.  Find friends who are real.  Surround yourself with support of all kinds.  Find "battle buddies" who are there for you.  Don't be afraid to get help, as a service member or a spouse.  

Together we can help change the culture of "keeping it in".  

**all statistics stated above can be found in their entirity in the Blue Star Families Survey.  Visit the above mentioned link, as well ashttp://www.bluestarfam.org for more information

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rewind 365 - May 16th

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. Follow me!  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!

**If you're interested in guest hosting with me, shoot me an email cammostylelove at yahoo dot com**
 
So what were we doing a year ago today?
 
We were at the pool for Ami's swim lessons.  Look at my cute kids.  I can't wait to get back to the pool this summer.  I loved being at the pool last year.  Ami's almost swimming and I can't wait to see how she does this summer.  My goal this year is for Brian to go off the diving board this year.  He'll also being going to a summer day camp this year for a week and I know all the kids will be going off the diving board.  So, of course I want my little man to be able to do it too.
 


 
What are you the most excited about this summer?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Newborn Essential Fluff 'N Stuff Event! #NBFluffNStuff

Welcome to the Newborn Essentials Fluff 'N Stuff Giveaway Event!  I am so happy you are here.  Thanks for stopping by and entering.  Make sure to check out the other giveaways with my fellow blogmates and the amazing giveaways from our host, Life with My Littles.  Make sure to check out all of my sponsors and reivews of the products I've got to give away.  Some of the giveaways are sponsored by the great companies, others are sponsored by me.  Please make sure to visit the other blogs (as well as the host) to win other great prizes!

Prize Pack 1:

Two sunbaby diapers (Boy)
size 1



Two My Little Legs newborn leggings (boy)

Teething Bling Necklace
click link for review



Prize Pack 2:

Second Teething Bling Necklace

The Cloth Nook - Baby Geffen Fitted NB/xs inserts
click for review of store
and Geffen Baby Fitted



Scarlett's Naturals - Gift Certificate


a Rafflecopter giveaway    

**Disclaimer: unless specified, all prizes are provided by the sponsor.  Cammo Style Love is not responsible for receipt of prize.  Each entry will be verified for authenticity.  The giveaway is available in the US only.  Items that I reviewed were provided solely for review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Newborn Essentials Event - Sponsor #2 - Smart Moms Teething Bling



Time for a look at another sponsor for the Newborn Essentials, Fluff 'N Stuff giveaway coming up tomorrow.  Thanks again to Life with My Littles for hosting, and putting together this great event.

Teething Bling - brought to you by Smart Mom Jewelry
 
 
I'm so thrilled to be able to give away one of these amazing necklaces for a lucky mama out there.  As far as I'm concerned this is a major essential when having a baby.  I have used several different types of teething jewelry, and Smart Mom's Teething Jewelry is one of my top favorites.
 
me, and Smart Mom Founder, Amy!
 
 
I had the extreme pleasure to meet Amy from Teething Bling for a photoshoot for their new line and unveiling of their new packinging.  It was such an amazing expereince.  I hung out with some mamas, saw a bunch of cute babies, tried some new products and got some great pictures taken as well. 
 

 
Here's what you'll win, and a look at the new packaging!  Don't you love the color combo?
 
 
Not only is Teething Bling a fantastic product, safe and fun for baby, as well as fashionable for mama - Smart Moms is a truly wonderful company.  They have a strict commitment to safety for our babies and little ones.  There are no harmful chemicals in their products, which is a relief to all of us.  Smart Moms also makes a donation to Dress for Success, a organization that empowers women from disadvantaged situations so that they can succeed, in honor of Amy's sister-in-law who passed in 2005.  These are all things that I love about a company, and play a role in where I decide to put my money.
 
Teething Bling is a lightweight, comfortable product, available in a wide variety of colors.  It can be dressed up or down and I'm sure you're baby will love it.  I'm sure many of you are like me and didn't really want to give up my accessorizing when I had children.  This is a way for me to incorporate style and accessories for those days when my little one just can't keep things out of his mouth. 
 
 
Come back and enter to win starting Wednesday!!
You can also purchase Teething Bling at many local and online retail shops. 
But in exciting and amazing news you can now find Teething Bling in 370 Target stores
and all Buy Buy Baby stores.  Military mamas - Teething Bling is also availble with AAFES!!
 
Make sure to visit Smart Moms online, and check out their facebook and twitter as well.
 
 
**Disclaimer - I received this product in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.


Monday, May 13, 2013

#NBFluffNStuff - Sponsor #1 *Geffen Baby Fitted Review*

In a couple of days will be the kick off to the Newborn Essentials giveaway and blog hop!  I haven't done an event like this in a long time and its been so fun gathering up some great gifts for a lucky winner.  I want to thank Life with My Littles for hosting this event.  She is going to have so mondo amazing prizes...like I can't even tell you how awesome its going to be over there on her blog, so make sure to check it out, as well as the other blogs participating.


Sponsor Number #1 is a local sponsor, a fabulous hubby and wife that I have personally met and spent time with.  They are a super important part of our local Great Cloth Diaper Change here in the Northern VA/DC area.  The Cloth Nook, not only provided me with a Geffen Fitted to check out, but they will be offering one as a part of the prize pack.  So very exciting!


So let's get on with the review
 






 photo 8e1f5deb-76e2-445f-b1ca-aeb8bd32d3c3_zpsacbfb348.jpg
Showing off!  He's so cute


On the move!!



Here is the Geffen pictured next to a BabyKicks (to the largest size)
 

Pros: This is an extremely absorbant duo - the geffen fitted and inserts.  I used this diaper with two inserts for nap time and it didn't get the outside soaked through.  I usually use fitteds with a wool cover of some kind.  We did an overnight with all three inserts and with my heavy wetter it worked great.  I like the material of both the inserts and the cover.  There's a good fit and you could probably roll it over so that it would fit a younger child.  My son is currently wearing about 18-2T in the pants and these fit great.   It's pretty stretchy as well.  So the size is definately adjustable.  He's a wide boy as well.  When I used it with the one insert, or two, I didn't really feel like there was a huge issue with bulk.

Cons: I'm not a fan of having to use a snappi.  I found that they snag and stuff (which I had a horrible incident with it ruining a brand new shirt, LOL).  I don't use them enough to really get them down if you like using them.  These are sized diapers.  I really like to get my bang for my buck and using things that are one-size is great for me.  There's a bit of a bulk issue going on when you have all the inserts in, but for me that's not really an issue at night.

**Disclaimer - I was provided this item in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

#MilitaryMonday - Bent, Not Broken


Music has always spoken to me.  It reaches inside my soul and grabs hold.  Getting emotional listening to a song is a common occurrence.  Many important times and events in my life can be closely tied to a song.  Right now the song that want to hear all the time, that I turn up and sing along with as loud as I can, is "Give Me a Reason," by Pink.  Its the part about being bent, but not broken, that is really getting to me I think.  I'm really in a rough season in life.  There has been frequent short-term travel (at least a month), continuous long hours that are really nothing new.  Being here is wonderful.  It's what we've wanted for a very long time...but its not home.  We aren't near family and our friend and support base is growing, but still really small.  Not having my medication issue worked out yet is, I'm sure, playing a role.  But I'm bent.  This life has been hard and I think I've hit the eleven-year wall.  I'm tired of it,  I'm over it and I feel like I'm drifting.   Its like a constant state of reintegration, pre-deployment, deployment and back to reintegration.  I'm not sure of another way to describe it.  The days he has off I feel are just days of scrambling to catch up, get things done that I couldn't do alone, or needed his help with.  Its a panic-stricken time of trying to get the most squeezed out of every second.   It just ends up being a mess.  



 Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough.  Just a second we're not broken just bent and we can learn to love again.  It's in the stars, it's been written in the scars on our hearts, that we're not broken, just bent and we can learn to love again.

Our relationship isn't in jeopardy, in a literal sense.  But our relationship is just so different than it has been before that sometimes I don't recognize us.  I do feel like my heart is scarred, at least surrounded by heavy guard sometimes.  Its exhausting.  When will it end?  Will it ever end?  Is this how are relationship is, is it just developing into some sort of mature state and I've just been watching too many chick flicks?  Who knows.  I really feel like these scars are real and need to be healed.  We need a healing (how silly does that sound), but its true.  But where does one start when they need a healing?  I know my husband loves me, I know he wants to be with me.  Why can't I shake the feeling of separation between us.  

I'm sorry I don't understand where all of this is coming from.  I thought that we were fine.  Your head is running wild again my dear, we still have everything, and its all in your mind

Oh tear ducts and rust, I'll fix it for us.  We're collecting dust, but our love's enough.  

I know that our love is enough to get through anything, scars and all.   My head does run wild, when I'm alone and thinking of him.....but I know I'm not alone in that.


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day Sunday Social

Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's out there!  Having three kids doesn't make me a "mother expert", but I have to admit its a pretty amazing gig.  It may have its ups and downs, but my three little crazy muchkins make all that worth it.  As I embark on some more single-parenting time (yay me!) I come to appreciate my amazing little ones.  My son has acquired this amazing ability to come alongside me, and behave far beyond his six years of age.  That's probably true of most military kids his age.  I'm thankful for them every day, but a special day to really appreciate them is fine by me.

Check out my MilSpouse Appreciation Day post here, and keep your eyes out for the Newborn Essentials Fluff N Stuff giveaway coming up in just three short days!!



Sunday Social


1. 1 year ago I was doing...
one year ago, I was adjusting to being here...we still had tons of boxes and it was crazy!!!



 

2. 5 years ago I was doing... 
Five years ago I was really pregnant with my daughter, and I had just turned 25.  My hubby planned a decades party for me and it was pretty awesome.  I remember not really being upset at all about turning 25...it must have been the extra hormones from the pregnancy.  LOL!

 

 
 my fab and super amazing...and world traveling superstar photographer took these!  if you're looking for a photographer...anywhere you are, check out her website!


3. 10 years ago I was doing..
Wow, this is really taking me back!  10 years ago I was just a little engaged 20 year old :)  My soon to be hubby was gone being Mr. Air Force and I was planning a wedding all by my lonesome.


 
4. 1 year from now I'll be doing...
One year from now my little miss will be preparing for Kindergarten.  I think that will be almost harder then when Brian started.  It will just be me and my little Phillip.  Oh boy..this is starting to become a little emotional.  Where does time go?  

On a slightly less emotionally intense note  I hope to be more ensconced in the DC/Military life here...more volunteering, getting better at writing and all that other stuff.  I'm excited to head out on this road.
 
5. 5 years from now I'll be doing...
 Five years from now...all my kids will be in school.  Maybe I'll have a paid position somewhere, maybe I won't.  I don't even know if I'll be in the same location.  It might be fun to be here still, but how amazing would it be for my husband to find a job near our families.  

6. 10 years from now I'll be doing...
Seriously..do I have to talk about this?  I'll be 40...so seriously...lets not talk about it :)  

thanks for stopping by!!  if you're a new follower make sure to let me know and I'll return the favor!


 

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...