Cammo Style Love: October 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

We had a Homecoming....

I know, I know..."what? I didn't even know her husband was gone?"  Yeah, it's a little deal we made about Mr. Air Force and his job.  It has sort of become a way of life and even my real-life, non-internet friends are always saying, "wait, I didn't know he was gone."  I don't even talk about it on my personal facebook.  O.P.S.E.C is my B**** yo!!!!  Okay, that was lame...but seriously, we here in the Cammo Love house try to be very mindful of OPSEC and PERSEC.  If you ever want to know more please don't hesitate to email me.  People are always telling me I should teach a class.  If anyone wants to have me come teach one I will totally do it.

I digress....we had a homecoming a couple months ago.  A real one!  One where he came home in a uniform, during the day, and I had plenty of notice.  So I hoped on the internet to find a photographer to capture the moment, because who knew when that would ever happen again.  It was a really difficult separation this time around.  I'm not sure if it was the number of kids, their ages and phases, the fact we are so far from family or some combination, but it was rough.  I discovered Jessica, from Jessica Del Vecchio Photography.  She's an amazing DC area photographer, and I still get a little teary when I think about what she did for our family.  She graciously did an OP Love style shoot, drove out so far to the airport, waited for a delayed flight and all because she has the kindest heart ever.  Words can not express what this meant for our family, and to have these beautiful photos forever.  If you're looking for a photographer anywhere in the surrounding DC area HIRE THIS WOMAN!

 the happiest little girl ever!

he was not so sure about daddy.  

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Shandle...A Germ Fearing Mother's Dream... *review*

This is probably the weirdest things I've ever reviewed.  I mean, it's not weird bad, its just not something I would have ever thought of.  But seriously, its amazing!  All my germ-fearin' mamas out there...don't be will love this.  And even if you're not you will still love it.  May I introduce to you..The Shandle...

I know..."say what?!" 

The Shandle, is a nifty little device that you stick to your toilet to make for easy lifting and lowering.  The coolest, "why didn't I think of that" invention ever.  It's easy, 'peel and stick', waterproof decals make toilet training easier for the little ones, and toilet use easy for your older ones.  My two-year-old, who is just now starting to become interested in using the potty, can use it easily.  I love it.  There's no risk of him smacking his finger, smacking another part of his body, or touching anything I don't want him too.  Plus, they are cute!

The Shandle isn't just for kids.  It comes in all sorts of colors and designs to match most decor.  You can go modern, simple and clean or funky!  I'm a fan of the Hampton Head Collection.

This simple product was created by two dudes that saw a need, and came up with a simple idea.  They are now both new parents and will certain come to appreciate The Shandle for the potty training phase of life.  

You can snag a three back for $9.99.  Check out The Shandle's blog too.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Never Ever Ever Link Up

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday!  It's hump day and the week is almost over.  I'm kinda giddy for the week to be over because the hubby is going on vacation!   Yay!  We get to spend some time together and I just couldn't be more excited.  Now on to the fun......

I've only done this link-up one other time and loved it.  It was really fun to read all the never ever evers!  Plus link-ups are THE absolute best way to discover amazing new bloggy peeps.  That is how I did at least.  If you are stopping by for the first time, hang out awhile and let me know you're here so I can return the favor if I don't already.  Most importantly have fun and check out the lovely ladies that are your hosts!

A Complete Waste of Makeup

I will Never, Ever, Ever....

~ imagined that I would run a 5k, much less enjoy it and keep on running.  I ran my first 5k almost two weeks ago with my hubby and my gal pals.  They are the two most amazing people, encouraging and supporting me...and running slow with me to get me through.  I'm excited to run my next race!

~ will have enough nail polish...seriously I'm obsessed.  I subscribe to Julep (check out my side bar if you haven't heard of Julep) and the last couple months I've gotten boxes with make-up and other supplies in it.  This month will be my first polish box in awhile and I'm super excited!

November is the Right At Home Collection and the polish colors are so beautiful!

I got this baby this month!

~ get enough least until my kids are older.  Sleep elludes me even now, when I should be able to sleep through the night because I have kids that are sleeping through the night *cough cough* or should be.  But I love this cute kids!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toddler Tuesdays - Three Ways to make Being Two Not so Rough, Man!

Today I'm linking up with Our Piece O Earth for Toddler Tuesdays.  It works out quite perfectly because today my baby is officially a toddler and not a baby.  My youngest isn't a baby and I'm really not quite sure how I feel about that.   Potty training is on the horizon, which means it won't be long until we are a diaper-free home.  I am really really REALLY not sure how I feel about that.

Tuesday's Toddler Tales

Two years ago, my little glow worm was snuggling in my arms right on his due date!  It was a super fast and ridiculously easy delivery.  He had some jaundice and lay on that light, that's when we started calling him glow-worm.  Then that morphed into snuggle worm.  He is by far my most snuggly and lovey kid.  He has a sweet gentle spirit and is always wanting to give us hugs and kisses.  He's very concerned whenever someone gets hurt and seems wise beyond his years.  But sometimes two is just hard man.  You can't tell people how you feel, sometimes they can't understand you, and gosh darnit if you don't get your nap its the end of world!

 Two is really a relative term here, because for us "two" has occurred at different ages and stages for my kids.  Two was pretty awesome for my daughter, however four has been a different story.  For my oldest it was three, but you get the idea.  If it could be done, they've tried it.  If you thought it could happen, I've seen it.  I once uttered the phrases, "No sweetie, your brother is not a lollipop," and "please don't sit on your sister's face."  So there you go.  When your two year old is in the middle of the side-walk in front of tae kwon do, having just flopped himself on the ground realize you've hit your terrible twos (or whatever age it is they are when that happens to you).  There's not a whole lot you can do.  Every kid does it and there's not a whole lot you can do about it.   So what are these three things that I'm going to tell you to make being two not so tough?  It isn't a huge secret or anything, but I know sometimes its nice when people tell it to you, the moment you don't think of it yourself.

1. You are a wonderful mom/parent and this is not necessarily a reflection of your parenting.  
Yes, clearly there should be instruction and discipline and bringing a child up in the right way.  We teach our child to be kind, and have manners, and that Jesus loves them....but sometimes kids are just kids and it doesn't mean you're doing a bad job.

2. Kill them with kindness, and a little laughter
When my kids are driving me crazy and one is flailing on the floor, I deal with it best when I maintain an upbeat demeanor.  Instead of doing what I really want to do, curl up and cry, I smile, tell them I love them and that they can just throw their fit and walk away.  The laughter part comes in when I jokingly say, "whose kid is this?"

3. This too shall pass
Like I said, this isn't something I came up with on my own; but I'm telling you, I almost never remember them in the moment.  Especially when its about 6pm, dinner is late and hubby has been gone.  Someone just said they are only little for such a short time, and we have to cherish those moments.  But when their face is covered with peanut butter and jelly, nap time is approaching and you have a pile of dishes you really need to get to....well, you're just not thinking clearly.  Even on the best of days, all it takes is one well-timed tantrum to send your day spiraling down.  This too shall pass and before you know it they will flash you one of those silly lop-sided grins that will melt your heart.

For my little Prince Phillip.  Oh how I adore you and your sweet little disposition.  Your kind little heart and your love for your brother and sister.  You are such a big boy, so very smart, and growing more so by the day.  You are my heart.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Introducing the Fisher Price Little-People Flower Power App #Review


I am so happy to introduce a little sneak-peek of Fisher Price's new app for kids.  This is the adorable Little People Flower Power app.  The Little People Flower Power Interactive Storybook introduces kids the world of Eddie, Sofia, Koby, Mia and Tessa.  The book is narrated by singer-songwriter and children's TV star, Genevieve Goings, aka Disney Jr's Choo-Choo Girl!

Story Summary

Mia is going to her first day of preschool at Little People Place.  She's feeling a little shy, but
the Little People friends help her feel at home.  Each child introduces Mia to something super
fun and special.  Miss Hugg, the fun-loving teacher has special, discovery-time, on the rug with the children.

App Highlights
The app has two modes, "read to me" and "read it myself." 
Interactive points on every page

What I thought: My favorite part about this app is the "read to me" option.  Believe it or not, that is a relatively difficult thing to find.    If you are able to find a read aloud app it is really robotic.  Miss Genevieve's voice is amazing and sweet.  My kids really responded to the app, plus this mom loved it.  Lets be real, you know you be out there taking out batteries and pretending toys are "accidentally" broken.  What I really appreciate about the Fisher Price brand as a whole is the educational quality of the toys; but almost more importantly is the classic style of the toys.  I'm old school all the way, and I love that I can still find that in the Fisher-Price brand.  The brand has stood the test of time in our family.  When Phillip was but a wee one we used the free baby apps, which are adorable and I would recommend snagging those.  While the Flower Power Interactive Book is $3.99, we buy lame .99 cent apps all the time.  Why not buy one good quality app that your kids will love.  I will say that there is only the one story, with only slight choice variation, my daughter noticed that it was repetitive and wanted to know why there wasn't more; and why it didn't do something else.  It would have been great for there to have been more variation or at least one more story.  This is especially because of the $3.99 pricetag.  But lucky you, when the app premiers on October 22nd you will be able to snag the app for .99 cents!  Don't miss out on that.

What are your favorite kid apps? 
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