Cammo Style Love: June 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

#ad The Bounce Back....cuz I'm a succor for a good romance

Disclaimer:  I was asked to participate in this campaign by the Bounce Back Film Campaign as part of a first-of-its-kind blogger initiative. I will cover the making of the movie from fundraising to premiere throughout the next year. I am being provided promotional material, giveaways and exclusive interviews but this is not a paid post. All opinions are my own.

Before I go any further, who here is a fan of Criminal Minds.....well, you happen to be reading the blog of the Number 1 fan...and the daughter of the Number 2 fan (Hi MOM!).  If you know the show, you know this adorable guy...

Meet Shemar Moore, the adorable Derek.  I am so excited to be a part of a new campaign with Shemar, for his new movie The Bounce Back.  Derek is a talented actor, who also appeared in Diary of a Mad Black Women, who is now adding Executive Producer to his resume with his new filmThe Bounce Back is the story of finding courage to love, and bounce back, after love has let you down.  I have been very fortunate in life, to have found my Mr. Air Force at only 15, and to be so lucky as to have found that "love of my life."  But loss is something that everyone can relate to.  No one is immune to it.  It is probably the great equalizer.  We all know what that is like and all the emotion that goes along with it.  It can be hard to recover from sometimes.  Shemar is no different.  He connected with the story and decided to take this project on. You need to have passion behind a project in order for it to truly succeed.

Take a look at this sneak peak!

Shemar decided to harness that passion in the form of the fans.  I'm sure you all remember the huge media frenzy over the donations for a Veronica Mars movie.  It was crazy how a small grass roots effort took off.  The idea behind this is similar.  I think its pretty awesome, getting the fans involved.  It makes us feel connected to something that we wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to connect to.  That's pretty freaking awesome.  I know that I'm a succor, not only for romance and Criminal Minds, but for Hollywood and all the fun, the glitz and the glamour.  I'm also a fan of the smaller budget films.  From my experience these are the ones with the passion, with the meaning behind them.  They aren't necessarily about the glitz and the flash.  Its usually the story that matters.  When I had the opportunity to read more about The Bounce Back, and how the people connected with the film felt about it, I knew that I wanted to be able to take the time to share this with all of you.

"The Bounce Back" is a heartfelt romantic comedy about finding the courage to love after love has let you down.
When I read “The Bounce Back” - that very same issue was at the core of the script and the character, Matthew Taylor. I saw a lot of myself in Matthew, although I've never written a book (but I’m thinking about it now, hint, hint). I felt a kindred spirit to what Matthew was going through and my own life. Matthew loses his wife, his first love and after a short recovery creates a best selling book and a system of survival in order to shield himself from the pain.  He throws himself into a year long speaking tour.
That system of survival; his book and speaking tour, keeps him from falling in love again when he meets the perfect girl, the beautiful and zany Kristin Moreland. Matthew realizes that he has to renounce his book and the world he has created around it in order to take the big unknown plunge of letting himself fall in love again.

I think there is a wonderful poetry to that, the idea of risking it all for love. And I feel, in my heart, that is why we’re here on this planet. To love. After I put down the screenplay, “The Bounce Back,” I knew I had to make this movie simply because I believe in love all the way down to the fabric of my being." -- Shemar Moore

Now you can be a part of this unique campaign by visiting The Bounce Back's Indegogo page.  Word of mouth is the name of the game, and your involvement will not go without being rewarded.  There are some great gifts for getting involved.  Tweet about it, tell your friends on facebook or any other Social Media Outlet, so that we can get this movie made!  Because really, who doesn't want a cute romance to watch....I mean seriously.  You can be a part of this and make The Bounce Back and success!

What you need:

Tweet #TheBounceBack @bouncebackfilm

Check it out on Facebook

donation and info website:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Art of Saying No

This has been a long long lesson in my life, a lesson that I think I've had to relearn as I've gone through different stages of my life.  Sometimes I have a really hard time saying no.  I want to be and am often the person that gets brought in on things because I'm reliable and I do things right the first time.  Its not even about tooting my own horn, you probably are that person too.  Its part of who you are right?  You might also be the person that cares what people think of you, in the sense that you don't want people to be disappointed with you and it eats away at you.  Sometimes I still feel like that girl, and I know when its happening to me.  I call one of my bff's in particular (she's like me) and we talk about what we're thinking and about how ridiculous we are.  Its kind of like a mini therapy session and I love her for it.  Where's this all going?  Well, Sunday during our small group I was having a conversation with a mom about saying no.  A light went off behind her eyes and I knew....I knew she was just like me.

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keeping this smile on his face is priority #1!

I said before that I go through stages of relearning, but it was about 6 years ago when I had my biggest revelation.  My oldest wasn't very old and if you've read my blog before you would have read about my struggle with PPD after his birth.  It was during this time that I was struggling with finding the balance in my life.  I knew that I was doing too much but I was hugely conflicted about what my role was, is, should be.  It was a disaster.  A group of us were discussing the different ways we use our gifts and how we are working in the church.  One person flat out told me that what I was doing wasn't enough and I needed to be doing more.  I was crushed and I turned to another friend and poured my heart out.  It was then that my revelation was on its way, in the voice of my friend.

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Friends get you through the toughest times!

We need to find the best way to use our gifts so we don't go crazy.  I believe that we are called to serve. Yes!  But I also believe that we are all called to serve in different ways, at different times, and to use our gifts to serve.  There is no way that I believe that God would want me to sacrifice my children, my home and my husband to put myself in every job out there.  At the time I was part of the worship team, serving as a table leader for MOPS and pregnant with my second.  My husband was never home and I was pushing myself too hard.  I wasn't succeeding at anything and it was taking its toll.  I needed to be able to say no and be okay with that.  It didn't matter what anyone else thought.  It only mattered what was in my heart and in my home, and my relationship with God.  Once I centered myself a huge burden was taken from me.  So, I decided to go where I thought I was best suited, the nursery.  My kids were with me, I could do it whether the hubby was around or not and I had fun.  The ladies that were in there were so wonderful to me and my children.  

Find your gift, find how to use it in a way that fits into the stage of life your in.  It doesn't have to be the same all the time.  It might work for you forever.  And guess what, that's okay!!!  Being a mom can be hard enough without us putting this immense pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone all the time.  Its not physically healthy, mentally healthy or spiritually healthy.  We have to find our role in life, in the home and in our life of service.

Do you struggle with this as I do?  How has saying no been beneficial in your life?!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My "make it work" moment *plus recipe*

In general I feel like my philosophy on life, for this particular moment in life that is, is "make it work".  Really I think we all go through moments like that, moments where all you are doing is making it work.  Right now in this moment I want to tell you that is perfectly okay!  Okay, maybe that was mostly for me but it really is for you too.  So, my "make it work" moment from yesterday.  What do you do when you have no spaghetti sauce, and no tomato sauce or paste....and, the spaghetti, including ground turkey is already cooking?

"Make it Work" Spaghetti Sauce

1 can of whole peeled tomatoes (blended in the blender)
1 can of tomato soup
1/2 can of water
sea salt
(all to taste)

What you get is kinda of a thin sauce, but it complements the meat so well.  My kids loved it and I loved it.  It's kind of satisfying to be able to pull something out of nowhere, especially in the kitchen.  It feels like some sort of Martha Stewartish validation of the home.  I'm not really sure, but it was amazing.  Toss in some amazing new pasta I discovered (did you see the veggies in there?)

Do you have a "make it work" recipe or story?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Preparing for a Little One - Dealing with Post-Partum Depression

 Preparing For A Little One

This is my second topic with these lovely ladies and I am so happy to be a part of it.  Its not because I think I'm super awesome (*cough cough*) but I being the mother of three, with so many different experiences I would only hope and pray that God would use me to bless another mama.  Motherhood is scary, if not just for the most obvious reasons, but for all the mommy drama that can go along with it.  I'd like to think that I approach it from a real and relaxed viewpoint.

Here are some of my other posts in this series that I never got the chance to link-up, but wanted to cover anyway!

1.To Vaccinate or Not
2. Tips for Recovery

This weeks topic is dealing with Post-Partum depression, and this is something that I have talked about here, and here.  Its the real deal and the stigma attached to it is also very real.  What person wants to admit that they can't handle everything?  As a military wife I'm in a lot of situations where I'm left to handle most everything by myself.  It happens more often then I'd like, but this is the life we both chose and I'm cool with that.  However, just because I chose it doesn't mean I can't vent about it and can't admit that I can't do everything by myself.  The same goes with after having a baby.  

I remember it very clearly, the first time I dealt with this.  I knew about post-partum and baby blues.  I think most moms go through this, whether its just the overwhelming reality that you have a little life in your arms or sheer exhaustion I'm not sure.   There are many ways people say you can avoid this - breastfeeding, support, rest, whatever.  I appreciate all those things, and I did and had all those things.      Dwelling on all the reasons I should have been fine is probably part of the reason I got myself into the predicament I did.  Granted I had a hubby working a ridiculous amount, but still.  It took me eight months to admit that I had a problem.  Eight months!!  I was stubborn and thought I could handle everything.  I told myself plenty of times that if I started to feel bad that I would get help, but I didn't; and when it lasted longer than six weeks I still didn't get help.  One day I looked at my husband and said, "I think I'm depressed."  He was relieved.  While he had expressed concern, what's he supposed to do?  So, I went it and began a low dosage of Lexapro.  It was the lowest dose, just to get me over "the hump," so to speak.  It immediately changed everything.  Admitting that I couldn't, and didn't have be perfect, was probably just as helpful as getting some medication.  There was no shame in it.  I was on the medication until I became pregnant with my daughter, and didn't go back on anything until recently.  I didn't experience any issues going off of it, or stopping the sleeping pills I occasionally took (as that was also a problem related to the PPD).  So, if that is something you're concerned about, don't let that stop you!

So here's some quick tips for you:

1) get help right away.  Keep talking to your doctor.  They'll know when it goes beyond normal post-delivery hormone withdrawl.

2) don't tell yourself you can handle everything!  We weren't meant to handle everything.  That's why we have friends and family!!

3) know that just because you get help doesn't mean you can't be, and aren't, Super Mom - Because you are!!

Rewind 365 with a guest host!


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:


**If you're interested in guest hosting with me, shoot me an email cammostylelove at yahoo dot com**

And here's a little shout out to my amazing guest host - The Young Retiree

So what were we doing a year ago today?

My Boys came to town!  I call them my boys, I mean they aren't really my boys.  One of them is basically like my brother from another mother.  I love him so much, and I couldn't be prouder to know him.  We just clicked when I met him about seven years ago (if you can believe that).  I was four months pregnant and they came to our church to perform at a music venue we had.  I helped them experience their first In and Out!  Since that time I've gotten them places to say, my parent's have let them stay, they've stayed with me in three different states and its such a cool thing.  Pete, the original in all this is now in a different band (Rocky Loves Emily) and they're amazing (make sure to watch the music video at the end, and check out their website.

My kids (especially my oldest) adores them.  They are amazing to my kids when they have interacted with them.  That to me is a true sign of goodness in a person.  They talk to them, and listen.  Its really been a blessing to know them.

Naturally I'm training my children to love their rock n roll!

Here's my brother from another mother!  I love this boy!!

check out some of  their music.  You know you want to!

I'd love if you wrote your own post and spread the word about this link-up.  I really don't want it to die because I have so much fun doing it.  I'll probably keep on plugging away.  I leave the linky up for a whole week!

Thanks for stopping by, and if you had fun in my little corner of the world i'd love for you to give me your vote in the Circle of Mom's Top Military Mom Blog awards!  The button is on the top right.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Preparing for a Little One - Birth, Recovery and What to Bring

~ preparing for a little one series ~

 This weeks topic is tips for a quick recovery.  I'm hoping my tips are a little different then some things you might have read in the past.  But before I start, go grab your hubbies real quick because this list is mostly for them.  You're welcome ladies!

1. Start preparing for recovery before it starts

You need to have a great support team before you even go into this.  Your mate needs to be ready to stand his ground and be strong for you.  I have a very strong and confident hubby, he was a little overwhelmed for the first birth, so I'm not expecting them to not be overwhelmed.  That's to be expected.  However, in the midst of all that is going on your support person/team to be able to advocate for you, to calm you and be there.  This will start your recovery on the right foot! You have a birth plan, and that's nice and all. But things happen and it can get really crazy. I had an episiotomy. Sucked, but it may or may not have been necessary. The doctor made that call and in the middle of Brian being stuck you do what you gotta do.  Dwelling on it isn't going to get anyone anywhere. So, just remember, Birth Plans are all the rage, but don't get caught up in that because nine times out of ten it will be different.


 2.  After the birth it is so important that this continues.  With all of ours we were very clear about visiting, who we wanted at the hospital, first in and all that stuff.  One of my most special memories was with our last one.  It was the most amazing that I had felt after a birth and the hubby and I decided that since we wanted our older ones to be the first guests that we would just wait until normal waking hours for them.  It couldn't have been better.  We had so much time just to ourselves after the baby was born it was great.  Now for the mamas, especially if its your first one you will probably be exhausted.  Its okay to sleep when your guests come, they just wanna see the squishy baby!!  So just don't worry about that.

3. Hubby's change those diapers

My sweet and amazing hubby was on diaper duty for quite some time after the babies are born.  I didn't even ask and it was great..and actually just made me swoon over him even more.  If that is even possible after just having his baby.  I mean, seriously!


All right ladies, the next couple are for you.  Thanks hubbies for sticking around.

4. Wear that make-up!

Looking good and feeling good about yourself, at least for me, was such a huge part of my recovery.  I didn't bring a bunch of clothes to change into, in fact most of the time I hung out in the bed with my gown on but with a cute shirt to breastfeed in (so comfy).  But I put my hair up cute and put my make-up on, and that really helped me feel good.

5. A little secret from Elle McPhereson

About a million years ago I was watching an interview with Elle McPhereson, and she shared the most amazing bit of information.  It's probably going to be the weirdest thing you've ever heard and you might be like, "uh no way!"  Get yourself some depends.  One word, "uhhhhhmazzzzing!!!"  I got the really nice ones that fit more like underware.  So much more comfortable for my body and my brain for post-recovery (then what they give you), especially for sleeping.  I did it every single time and it was amazing!

6. Speaking of Sleep

Get one of those sleep masks and maybe some earplugs for the hospital stay.  My last experience was pretty horrendous and I didn't get a private room.  I actually ended up writing and complaining about it because it went beyond all reasonable expectations.  Hubbs actually ran out at night and bought me those too things, helped tremendously!  It doesn't mean you can't hear the baby or anything else, its just helps dull it so your brain can relax.

 What to Pack!?

This varied a little bit between my births, but after three this is where I ended up.
1) your own pillow
2) Boppy or breastfeeding pillow
3) your toiletries
4) something to read or watch movies/tv on. (You may or may not have a private room depending on where you are)
5) earplugs and sleeping mask
6) comfy dress or skirt for going home
7) cute jammies or nightgown. I'm gonna be honest, my first kid I didn't even change out of the hospital gowns. It was a rough time for me. Second kid I just kept a shirt on and stayed under the blankets. Third kid I was in full clothes right after.
8) simple diaper bag with a diaper or two, wipes, extra hospital style pacifier (you can also change later if they don't like it, or if you are like me you'll have three kids who never took one. don't force it because you might regret it), receiving blankets and two sets of clothes (one special going home and one extra just in case).
9) whatever hubby needs to be comfortable for sleeping over with you.
10) snacks just in case

I really wanted to cover random things that aren't talked about all time, because there is not shortage of information out there!  So, I hope it helps.  Make sure to check out the rest of the link-ups over at Wifesessionals.

And, if you think I'm awesome, vote for me for 2013 Circle of Moms Top Military Mom Blogs!

Monday, June 17, 2013

#MilitaryMonday - Meeting the Second Lady and reading her book *bookreview*

Before I share this MIlitary Monday post, I wanted to share with you that I have been nominated for Circle of Mom's Top Military Mom Blogs for 2013!  It is such an honor and surprise.  I really hope that being a part of this group of ladies will provide some wonderful opportunities to share the military life story and advocate for all of us.  If you think I'm worthy of a vote I would be honored if you would.  You can actually vote for me every day until July 4th.  There are so many wonderful ladies on the list, so if you think they are awesome too please vote for them.  Thank you for stopping by.

I've probably said this about one million times (yes, literally), but I am so beyond blessed to be living in this city.  Blessed to know the people that I know and to feel the blessing from them for inviting, telling me, emailing me and calling me about so many wonderful things.  Having spent the majority of our military career, DC is almost overwhelming at times.

One of my milspouse friends sent us the info about a great event with Dr. Jill Biden at the Library of
Congress.  The event was to share her book with us, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops," written about her granddaughter Natalie and the deployment of her son Beau."  The event was also an important event for the Library of Congress in that it was the launch of a wonderful program Books and Beyond for Young People, at the Young Readers Center, which was started three years ago.  Dr. John Cole, Director for the Center of the Book, shared that Dr. Biden was chosen because supporting the children of military families was so important for the Library of Congress.  The Library of Congress has taken special of note of the trials and  uniqueness of life in the military, with the creation of The Military Voices Initiative, which a recorded history of military troops and their families, post 9/11.  It is amazing project that you can check out at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

For this special day I chose to take my daughter, for some special mommy and me time.  Ami had her copy of the book and we read along as Jill and her granddaughter read the book to us.  If you get a chance to pick up this book I would recommend it.  It is a beautifully written story that provides encouragement for children with a military parent.  The drawings are soft and sweet.  It is the perfect length and includes so much of life that each child who has experienced a deployment can relate to.  Even my four-year-old daughter understood that the little girl in the book was going through what she was going through.  At one point she said, "I have to be brave too mommy!"  Let the water work commence people.

Cammo Style Love gives this book five out of five stars.  I also want to give the experience five out five stars as well.  If you ever are in the DC area please make the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, a stop on your tour.  The inside is absolutely gorgeous.  We didn't have time to do a full tour, but Ami and I walked around and checked out some of the interactive stations and looked at the beautiful ceiling in the center.  Even the elevators are cool looking.   All in all it was a fun little date with my girl.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cascade Platinum Dishwashing Pacs *Sponsored post*

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Of all of the things I do as a mom, doing the dishes is probably my least favorite.  I mean, it really is one of my least favorite things to do.  Laundry ain't no big deal, the bathroom doesn't bother me; but for some reason, doing the dishes is the bane of my existence.  However, I continually count my blessings that I have a dish washer.  I remember doing dishes by hand when I was little girl.  Growing up we didn't have a dishwasher, until I was a little bit older.  Needless-to-say, this mama is thankful for modern day convenience and I try not to take them for granted.   Currently we are an adorable house built in the late 50s.   Its a small little home (thankful for the add-on!) and I actually have to hook up dishwasher to my sink....its totally weird.  I'm not sure if its the detergent I've been using (another name brand) or what, but sometimes I feel like my dishes  don't come out super clean.  Who wants to wash the dishes before you wash the dishes, if you know what I mean.  One wash with the Cascade Platinum pacs and I'm telling you, whoa, what a world of difference.  There was no way I expected to be able to tell a difference that quickly. The fact that it has Dawn grease-fighting power is another huge plus for me, seeing as that I'm already a big fan of Dawn.  The downside of it all is that Cascade Platinum is slightly more expensive, at about at 12% increase.  I may check out the Cascade Complete Pacs to see how they fair, but I feel like I'm going to be spoiled now with the fancy Platinum pacs.  I used to use Cascade powder back in the day, and I know that the brand is good. There are few things that I don't skimp on (by buying an off brand), dish-washing detergent being one of them.  So we'll see how it goes.

Cascade Platinum Pacs are a unique, new dishwashing detergent, featuring a triple-action formula that targets 24 hour dried on food, hard water film, and food build-up on your dishes, as well as your dishwasher.  This last one is a new feature for Cascade, and something I really wish I had had when we lived in Northern Nevada.  You wouldn't believe the hard water there.  It was so crazy and affected everything we did.  Living here I've found that hard water isn't as much of an issue, but the overall cleanliness of my dishes is very important to me.  Making sure they look good, with no spots or streaks, is always a plus.  Now that I'm hosting people more (our amazing military surrogate family) I want my dishes to look good. Who knows when one one my plates might end up on facebook or twitter (don't lie, you know you take pictures of your food too)?!


Thanks to Cascade Platinum I can now be sure that my dishes look good, on and off camera.  Since this is such a huge thing these days Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine, Gail Simmons has partnered with Cascade to talk about why presentation is just as important as preparation.

Watch Gail discuss Cascade and her Chicken Panna Cotta

And while we're on the topic of crazy plate picture taking people (which none of you are right?), Cascade has also launched what looks to be like a super fun Instagram #MyPlatinum contest!  Who doesn't love a good photo contest on Instagram.  There will be weekly winners and a grand prize winner, that will be chosen based on pictures that line up with a particular theme for the week. Sounds like fun right?  We are coming up on Week 3 of the contest, so make sure to check out the contest and start snapping those amazing pics!

Stop by and visit Cascade on facebook to learn about the new Cascade Platinum and get involved in the conversation!  We know moms really know the down-low on all this stuff.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rewind 365


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:


**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?

I'm pretty sure a lot of our posts this summer are going to be pool pictures!  These were at swim lessons last summer, which reminds me I sort of need to get on that.  We've only been to the pool twice this season because a) no swim lessons yet (high five for me) and b) the east coast hasn't decided if it wants to fully give us our summer.  I'm telling you.  It's supposed to be nasty this weekend.  We'll see!

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can't wait to see what everyone else has to share!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Dollar General Honors Every Day Military Heroes

Procter & Gamble has teamed up with Dollar General to honor America's Everyday Heroes, and this month they are honoring an Every Day Military Hero.

Dollar General chose Sparky Edwards as its Every Day Hero for June 2013.  Sparky exemplifies the Every Day Hero.  He is a decorated military veteran who served in South Korea and Iraq.  Once an at-risk teenager, Sparky turned his life around with the help of a National Guard youth academy.  The fresh start helped him earn his GED and enter the military.  Today, he is a successful business owner, pursuing his PhD and paying it forward by volunteering to mentor at-risk teenagers.

Already being a huge fan of Dollar General and their amazing prices, I have to say its things like this that impact my shopping somewhere more than almost anything else.  When companies give back to their communities it shows me something.  Last month, during military appreciation month a local gas station was donating a portion of sales from each gallon to The Fisher House, which is a place Wounded Warriors and their families can get free and low-cost lodging while seeking treatment for their injuries.  I wasn't even near this gas station but I purposely went there because of this.  Thanks to Procter & Gamble and Dollar General for giving back to their community and honoring those that do so much for it as well.

Learn more about Sparky's story!

You can find many P&G products at Dollar General and if you remembered to pick up your P&G brandSAVER® in your local paper at the beginning of this month, you can save even more money on some of these fantastic products.  

But that's not all!   One lucky reader will win a prize pack from Dollar General and P&G, including a $10 Dollar General Gift Card and full size products of Gain Fireworks, In-wash Scent Booster, a Gain dryer bar and a Febreze Car Clip.

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MoonWalk 2013 in NYC! #MoonWalk2013

I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share information about the MoonWalk 2013 with you guys.  It is probably one of the coolest things that I've heard about in a long while; and it immediately grabbed my attention and touched my heart.

What's the MoonWalk?

Seventeen years ago Nina Barough, the founder of MoonWalk, decided it might be fun to get a bunch of girlfriends together and walk the New York City Marathon in their bras.  Their goal was to raise money for breast cancer awareness.  They raised $40,000 that first time.  The next year Nina herself was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A group of women decided that they would carry on the walk and walk the London Marathon in support of Nina.  The next year they walked the London Marathon again....and it was official, this was getting big.  Since 2000 Prince Charles has been a great supporter of the MoonWalk and became the official Patron in 2004.  This year is special because this is the official Inaugural even in America (since all other walks have taken place in Europe).

 Want to know more?

Make sure to visit the official page of the MoonWalk 2013 to get all the skinny on the event.  The walk will start at Randall's Island in NYC where you will have a full marathon or half marathon choice.  What really struck me about this event, other than the total coolness of being at night, it seems to be more of a party then anything else.  It all starts at 8pm with live entertainment and fun!

 What does MoonWalk do?

MoonWalk is a grant raising charity, which means that they grant as many of the funds raised as possible towards vital research and care.  To date $126M has been granted to research and future health.  A grant is being made by Walk the Walk America to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to support their Breast Cancer Examination Center in Harlem, where 80% of patients are uninsured.  Breast cancer is a public health issue and they believe that everyone, regardless of where they come from and access to money, should be able to get the best care possible.

If you are going to be in around the NYC or know someone who is please send them my way to find out more information about the Walk.  I wish that I could get it together in time to participate myself.  Breast Cancer has a special place in my heart.  My grandmother was had a masectomy many many years ago, and unfortunately passed away when the cancer came back.  There is almost no one that hasn't been touched by it in some way.  I think continued support and research in the area is so wonderful.  Doing it in such a fun way is great!  The feeling of community that events like these bring, I believe is so vital to the wellbeing of mankind.  We're all in this together.

I participated in this campaign for One2One Network.  By posting, I am eligible for incentives.  All opinions stated are my own.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday Social - June 9th

welcome to this week's Sunday Social, hosted by Ashley and Neely. Thanks for stopping by. If this is your first time at Cammo Style Love, welcome! Make sure to let me know it's your first time. Some housekeeping before we get started. I've got some giveaways going on, Affresh Cleaning Product and Mari Mariu Botanical Beauty Set. And if you want to come back on Thursday I also host my own hop called Rewind 365. Check it out and come back and join us later this week!  Last but not least, I've got a fun list of unique Father's Day gifts as well.  Thanks and welcome to my little space.

Sunday Social

1.  How did you come up with your blog name? 
The hubs helped me come up with it.  It was really hard to come up with something.  I spent forever trying to think of it.  Camouflage, Ammo...some days I love it..some days I wonder if i made the right decision.  But that's my personality.  I want to change my blog design alllllll the time!  Experiment with new pictures and colors and stuff.  
2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Absolutely the best thing about blogging is the people that I've met and the opportunities that I have had.  I never in a million years believed that I would be so fortunate in life.  It's been so fun to read about the lives of these bloggy women, learn about writing and so much more.  I am truly blessed.
3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can't live without? 
To rehash and sound totally cheesy, all the wonderful people I've met.  Its been pretty amazing.

 There's me with a bunch of millie bloggers I spent a weekend with!  It was amaze-balls!
4. Facebook or Twitter? and why? 
I do use them both, but I think facebook (all around) is my favorite.  I use it for work and family.  Keeping in touch with my parents and sister and all my friends back home.  
5. If one celeb read your blog who would you want it to be? 
 Gosh!  I would be honored if anyone famous read my blog.  I think it would be kinda cool if one of the Chief of Staff's wives or someone like Michelle Obama or Laura Bush read by blog.  I'd love to do something encouraging within the military community.  If my blog could accomplish that it would be amazing.
6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?
 That it is a place of encouragement and comfort.  Where you can get help and learn things, whether you are in the military or not.  Throw in some prizes occasionally and hopefully, its a great place to hang out!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mia Mariu *Review and Giveaway (US/CAN)*

Mia is a natural health and beauty products company created to provide women with the opportunity to run a home-based business.  Jeanie Price's (founder and CEO) hope was to create a way for women to not have choose between spending time with their families and running a business.  Products are available exclusively through Independent Advisers and online.   Ms. Price has found a way to harness the powers of social networking and eCommerce to build an extraordinary company that is helping women succeed all over.

I had the opportunity to review some of the Natural Botanicals Collection, including the Refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser, the Anti-Aging Brightening Serum, Anti-Aging Eye-treatment and a sample of the microdermabrasion set. 

The cleanser is made with sea kelp and aloe and is probably one of the most amazing feeling cleansers I've tried.  I'm fairly faithful to my brand but I absolutely loved this. It felt so good and smelled absolutely amazing.  Mia boasts that this cleanser is especially effective for those with extremely sensitive skin including rosacea, as well as for all skin types.  I have a moderately oily skin type, especially since moving to where humidity is my mortal enemy.   Being someone that already has a fairly regimented skin treatment I haven't noticed a difference in the way my skin feels using it; however, I have fairly sensitive skin and I have had no bad reactions to this product.  No breakouts and dry-outs or anything like that.

The Skin Brightening Serum was something I was super excited about.  I've never used a product like this, just products that have all encompassing effects similar to this product.  Dark spots and wrinkles are no match for a product like this.  This serum has anti-aging peptides and skin-brightening botanicals that improve the look of your skin.  It is light feeling and oil free, which is something that I look for in the products I use.  I really wish that I could use this product long-term to provide some real insight to how the anti-aging properties affect my skin.  If you aren't using a skin-care regimen I highly recommend you do, no matter how old (or young) you are.  Like I mentioned before, I have been using a fairly regimented program since high school and the benefits of caring about your skin BEFORE you start to see problems is priceless.  While I believe I've been blessed with good genes (my mom and grandmother have killer skin), we all use the same products and I think that also plays a big role in how my skin looks, and will look in the future. 

Anti-Aging Eye Treatment - Being a mom who doesn't get a lot of sleep, using eye-creams is something that I try to do on a regular basis.  I noticed an almost immediate response to using this product, which is great because I can pass that information onto you.  It absolutely helped with the overall brightness around my eyes, any puffiness I had, and while not completely eliminating dark circles I noticed that it has helped with that in the short review period.  Happily, Mia knew exactly what they were doing in creating this product. By combining ingredients like Japanese Green Tea, Aloe and Vitamins B5 and E, they have a created something great in this product.

Microdermabrasion isn't something that I do very often, in fact I think I've only done it like two other times.  The benefits to the skin are incredible.  Our skin cells regenerate and we have dead skin on our bodies.  By buffing that away we can immediately see positive results.  Utilizing microdermabrasion in your skin care regimen can reduce the appearance of scars and acne scars.  This kit is incredible!  It's warming...I know right?  How amazing is that?  It felt incredible and my skin looked and felt wonderful.

My thoughts:

This is a great skin-care line, especially if you are looking a Botanical/Natural type product to use on your skin.  When comparing it to another similar brand it runs equal in price, and slightly more expensive for some products.  But when you compare it to some of the extremely high end products that you can find at places like Nordstroms and Sephora this is an extremely accessible brand.  I really like the whole picture of the company and the goal of the founder.  When looking for brands to support and products to buy I find myself, more and more, looking for brands that support work at home mom's, and women's small businesses. 

You can purchase a whole treatment kit, including the microdermabrasion kit and a moisturizer, for $180.  The cleanser is the most affordable, at $19.00, it is a great price and size.  The microdermabrasion set will run you about $55, but its not something that I would use very often and I could see it lasting you awhile.  Both the serum and eye-treatments are smaller containers, but you use smaller amounts of it.  They will run you $38 and $30.  Like I said, it may seem pricey just from looking at the numbers, however proper skin care is worth the price (and this is affordable!). 

However one of my lucky readers will get to win the Rejuvenate Your Skin package - the Gel Cleanser, Brigtening Serum and Eye Treatment.  Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Rhe's Bookshelf - 'Grace's Pictures' Blog Tour

I am so excited to be taking part in Tyndale Publishing's blog tour for Grace's Pictures, by Cindy Thomson.  Please visit Cindy's blog to find out more about her and the other books she's written.

Let's learn a bit more about Cindy and her book

1. What was your inspiration for this book, Grace’s Pictures?
When the Brownie Camera was introduced, it changed photography forever. What
was before expensive and not very portable, suddenly became available for the
average person. I read a contemporary commentary that expressed the concern that
with everyone carrying a camera, someone could have his/her photograph taken without permission, and what an invasion of privacy that would be
. That got me thinking...what if that happened, and at a time before there were very many mug shots available of criminals.
I love writing about immigrants because their stories are a part of who we are today. If not for their bravery and ingenuity, our lives would be much different today, and probably more difficult.

2. Tell me about your main character, Grace McCaffery. Was her character based upon anyone in particular?
Grace comes to America wounded by her experiences of having an abusive father, being evicted from her home by the police, and then having to survive in a workhouse. When her mother gets remarried, to a policeman no less, Grace is horrified. In her mind, avoiding the kind of people who hurt you is the only way to stay safe. When she is sent to America to start a new life, she is not certain she wants to go. She wishes for the confidence and joy she sees in others around her, and she tries to capture it in drawings and snapshots so she can better study it. I know a lot of people, me for one, who would rather observe for a while before stepping out and trying something new. But historically, immigrants could not do that. They were thrust into change and had to adapt and endure.
Grace, like most fictional characters, is not based on any particular person. She is a conglomeration of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers who came to this country seeking a better life, but without many options to support themselves. They must have been frightened at first by this vast new country, but somehow they overcame that fear and founded our American families. 

3. What lessons or truths will your readers find in the pages of this novel?
A lesson that I hope is learned in this story is that God provides what we need, but many times it requires us to put aside our preconceived ideas. No matter what disadvantages we start with, we can turn things around, with God’s help. 

4. How do you expect Grace’s story to resonate with women?
Grace, a young woman who was not nurtured much as a child, becomes a nurturer. She is a nanny with a role that becomes essential for the children she cares for. I think most women are nurturers. Unfortunately, Grace had a far from ideal childhood. I think many women struggle with not having been nurtured themselves. Grace’s story illustrates the hope that God can turn that around, and even in unexpected ways. Grace meets someone who cares for her, who just happens to work in that dreaded occupationa policeman. 

5. As a writer, what did you particularly enjoy about crafting this story?
I loved learning about Ellis Island, visiting New York City, and imagining those immigrants of the early 20th century moving along the same paths I was exploring. I loved writing about how the children Grace cared for helped to change her. History is fascinating to me, and it's a privilege to be able to write about it. 

6. What is your hope for this story? How would you like it to impact readers?
I hope readers will be transported to a time in history when everything was changing at a rapid pace and experience a bit of what their ancestors’ lives were like. I would like readers, through Grace’s Pictures, to not only appreciate the sacrifices their ancestors made, but also find the courage to meet their own challengeseveryone has them. 

7. How has this novel helped you to grow as a storyteller?
Grace was at first a difficult character to figure out. I had a loving father who passed away a few months before I started working on this book. Grace, who did not have a loving father, stretched me a bit, but it was good to explore what life was like for her and try to imagine how someone like her could not only survive but thrive. 

8. What is it about this time period in history that made you want to write about it?
New inventions were constantly popping up, things that we take for granted today. For instance, telephones were becoming more widely available, but immigrants were not familiar with them. Same with electricity. There was a huge disparity between the rich and the poor, and the middle class was the minority. Monopolies were not yet forbidden. The rich were extremely rich. The poor were extremely poor, and the conditions in the tenements were disgraceful. And yet, this was not overlooked. There were gangs and corrupt police, but also scores of charities working hard to protect, educate, and care for immigrants. And it was also a time period of huge numbers of immigrants coming to the country, most through Ellis Island, so in that way this time period has impacted a great many Americans today. 

9. What lessons can we learn from the pages of historical fiction?
The Bible tells us, “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16, NLT). Historical fiction uses the power of story to help us find those old ways. We deceive ourselves if we think no one has experienced the struggles we have. Someone has. Why not learn those stories and be led by them?

10. What is one of the best pieces of advice or encouragement you have received?
I’m always open to sound advice. Here is one that has encouraged me. It’s from a tea bag quote. 

What I thought:

I love a good historical novel.  It can be a tricky thing because you're messing with history.  It is stuff that has already happened, so you have to be careful.  Whenever I read one it has to be able to transform me to that time and place.  I need to be able to imagine that this is something that could have actually happened.  Perhaps my favorite part about this book is the inclusion of the Brownie Camera.  It was such a revolutionary item, and something that gave just about everyone access to pictures and a way to preserve memories.  In a time where memory was the only way to preserve the past, being able to take pictures was pretty much life-changing.  This fact alone made the story so great.  

The character of Grace was an interesting one for me.  I really liked her, but as the story went on I felt it was harder to keep that going  There were maybe a couple chpters there where the story seemed to be dragging a bit.  There was a lot of stuff going on, several different stories and I really didn't feel like they were explored to the fullest.  At times it was difficult to also fully take in the reality of the times.  Communication was difficult, people's experiences were rough and sometimes down right horrible.  As a result there were times I found myself frustrated with the character of Grace and her attitudes toward the police and her step-father.  I kept having to remind myself that there is so much unsaid history that you can't fit into a book.  Our world and reality is so vastly different then the very real one portrayed in this book.  Sometimes its hard to put yourself in the position of those during this time.  

3 out of 5 Stars

**I received this book in partnership with Tyndale Blogging Network, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  My opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Preparing for a Little One: To Vaccinate or Not

Preparing For A Little One

Disclaimer: While I appreciate everyone's thoughts and ideas, this is clearly one of those "mommy wars" type topics and this is just not the place for that.  So in the words of my awesome friend Taylor over at Dear Olympia..., I will delete comments Chinese Government Style! LOL!!!

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Instead of giving you a ridiculously long list of the reasons that we chose to vaccinate I want to talk about some of the things people say to me when they don't agree with me.  First of all, from our perspective its not really a matter of choice.  Its not like we sat down and really thought about it, and did any sort of investigative work.  That's not to say we just willy nilly run around like sheep just following the heard.  I say that to illustrate exactly how important we feel the decision to vaccinate is.

1) People have said, "oh its a big scheme by pharmaceutical companies to make money."  I'm not really sure how to respond to that without sounding sarcastic.  I don't mean to be.  When it was common for people to die from these diseases, I'm don't feel like anyone was out to make money, and only now when people don't die daily from them do I hear that argument.  Anyone heard the phrase "prevention is key?"  My husband and I firmly believe that in order to keep these diseases from coming back prevention is key.

2) What are the odds?  I once had a conversation with someone talking to me about the odds of their child being exposed to this.  In her mind the odds weren't great and that was reason enough.  She was upset about the fact that the Tetnus and Pertussis were combined.  And here's a perfect reasoning for my argument previously mentioned.  She does very limited vaccinations, however one that she did want to get is Pertussis.  Why?  Because we are seeing a rise in Pertussis.  Anyway, back to this discussion.  In my book, when it comes to the health of my child, any risk is too great of a risk.  If we were in a car accident and someone the blood of someone in another car that had HepA got into a cut on my child, well to me there's no need to further discussion.

3) They wouldn't die from the diseases today.  Okay, that's nice but why wait to cause my child suffering when they can prevent it.  Mumps can sterilize a boy.  Do I want to tell my son that someday?  What about Polio?  My husband's grandfather died of polio, and I worked with several people who had physical disabilities because of it.  Tetanus can be life threatening, even with modern medicine.  And just because you clean a cut out doesn't mean the bacteria can't get it.

4) If you breastfed then your immunities pass on to your child.  Breastfeeding may enhance immunitiy to your child, but I haven't been convinced that somehow your child will be protected from life-threatening illness because you breastfeed.  And in any case, the argument is usually, "I was vaccinated so I pass on that immunity."  To me, that doesn't add up.  Not to mention the fact that some woment don't breastfeed and some people have issues, and I'll just leave it at that.

my oldest, who is almost 7 now!

I think I've covered most of the important issues for us.  I want everyone to feel confident in their own selves as a parent.  and while I appreciate everyone's right to make their own deciions, I feel like vaccinating isn't really a topic of debate.  I feel like everyone should vaccinate and it concerns me that my newborn could be exposed to someone who in't, because I do venture out when they are younger then the age to vaccinate.  Its really not a matter of me not respecting everyone's choice as a parent.  It is just my personal feeling that vaccination should be a given.


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