Cammo Style Love: November 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2013 - Shoulder Buddies

I'm always looking for fun and different things to stick in my children's stockings.  Something that they might not expect; but something small.  Shoulder Buddies fit right in with that goal.  They are cute and completely silly, which is exactly what speaks directly to a five and seven year old (at least in my house).


Hello Kitty Shoulder Pal


Shoulder Buddies are three-inch collectible characters kids can wear on their shoulders to interact with as if a friend is sitting right there. Now kids can learn more about Shoulder Buddies characters with the Shoulder Buddies Book & Buddy Combo. This set comes with a Shoulder Buddy of either Breezee or Biffle, a magnetic coin, a Smarts collector card, and the book Breezee & Biffle's Journey to the School of Smarts. In the 26-page book, written by Jeaneen Muller & Joyce Dohm, readers travel to The Land of Understand where Breezee and Biffle live. They plan to go to the School of Smarts and earn their Fluffles so they can fly. The two Shoulder Buddies help each other discover which Smart is right for them. 

Shoulder buddies are magnetically attached to the shirt of whomever is wearing it, by placing a small metal disc on the inside of the shirt.  The things are surprisingly sturdy.  It survived some bouncing around by the littles.

 Birth Stone Smarts (February)
What do you Shoulder Buddies do for your kids?

Shoulder Buddies are intended to be more than just cute little characters for kids to wear around on their shoulders. As kids collect and play with Shoulder Buddies, they are introduced to a range of important life lessons, from friendship to fire safety. Even more of those life lessons are introduced in Breezee & Biffle's Journey to the School of Smarts. Kids will enjoy reading the story and playing it out with the Breezee and Biffle Shoulder Buddies.


Should Buddies are a fun little collectible for kids.  They were a hit with mine, so I'm sure they will be a hit in yours!  You can get Shoulder Buddies online at ShoulderBuddies.com for $5.99.   Shoulder Buddies are also sold in retail stores across the United States.  The Shoulder Buddies website also has videos and games so kids can use those to interact with their buddies and help expand their imagination while playing with them.  And just in case anyone is interested Shoulder Buddies are also available for fundraising purposes!

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Disney Classics CD Set = A Disney Fan's Heaven on Earth

When I opened the package I was squealing with delight.  I knew what it was, and I was pretty sure I was more excited then my kids were.  Disney has been a part of my life, and is officially my first memory.  When I was three I went to Disney Land for the first time and those are some of my very first memories.  From then on Disney was such a huge part of my life - I've been Snow White and Sleeping Beauty for Halloween growing up,  anyone else remember Totally Minnie?  Family nights usually consisted of The Wonderful World of Disney, and I loved my Official Walt Disney World music record (you know the black on with the Electrical Light Parade on the cover) that about two years ago I finally found one on ebay and bought it.  I really wish I could find some of the Disney Encyclopedia books somewhere...they were white and there was a whole series of them.  Just as Disney was a huge part of my childhood, I hope that many treasured memories of my own children are associated with them.


What better way to keep the Disney magic going in our home then with the new Disney Classics box set (available now!).  Pretty much every song you could ever want is included in this set.  It is broken down into four categories: Classic, Modern, TV and Theme Park.  I'm not really sure which is my favorite, but who could really pick?

I'm sure that it was a difficult feat for Disney music historian and Grammy Award winning producer, Randy Thornton.  "From the Studio's earliest days, music has always been an integral part of the Disney creative process.  But when 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf' debuted in 1933, it began a musical legacy that remains unmatched to this day -- probably the most recognizable and beloved song catalog in the world.  Even though the musical styles range from inspiring ballads, novelty songs, folk, rock, to Broadway show-tunes, Disney Music is a genre in and of itself."  I don't think I could have said it better myself.  Thornton's correct, Disney songs are probably some of the most recognizable songs.  It spans generations and can garner the same attention and reactions from both the young and old alike.

As an added bonus, when you purchase the box set, you will receive the "Disney Classics Medley" from  the YouTube a capella sensations Alex G and Peter Hollens as a download.  Seriously, if you have a couple minutes this is a much watch video!  The Disney Classics box set is available wherever music is sold (and on itunes!)



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Monday, November 25, 2013

Military Monday: I Rock the Boots

Today's Military Monday post highlights a new organization to hit the scene.  It may be new but it is filling a void that I think is important.  The acknowledgement of female veterans, and the unique issues they seem to be facing needs to be acknowledged more.  I think with organizations like I Rock the Boots, Ms. Veteran's America and Final Salute, the time to change that is now.
 
Logo Shirt, available here

Michelle, founder of I Rock the Boots is a proud Army Veteran and the spouse of USMC Veteran.  With an exceptional military career behind her, that doesn't mean the boots came off for Michelle.  Exactly the opposite.  She has sought to create a legacy for female veterans, and she is "dedicated to creating a brand to represent who they are, one that gives back to the women veterans that need to be reminded of their strength."  With a stellar support of veterans, spouses and military supporters, I Rock the Boots is ready to make their mark not only as a clothing line but as a community of support.


Visit their website to check out more of their great shirts, their "Featured Hero" section (and submit your own hero), as well a list of resources.

I Rock the Boots has also partnered with Mana House to reopen their female wing, which  had previously been shut down due to lack of government funding.  This amazing organization provides, transportation to the VA or job facilities, assistance in searching for and obtaining jobs and support.  This is a peer run group of homeless and formally homeless Veterans.  You can learn more about Mana House by visiting their website.

Spread the word about #irocktheboots

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Friday, November 22, 2013

New Television Addiction - Hart of Dixie

A couple of years ago when Hart of Dixie premiered I remember wanting to watch it.  You know, when the new seasons start and all the new shows come out.  We TV junkies try to figure out how we are going to squeeze new shows in, while maintaining our old favorites, sometimes keeping fingers crossed that our favorites won't go the way of Go One, one of my favorite shows from last year that got canceled (NBC, I'm sad now *tear*).   Over the next two years I've tried to watch Hart of Dixe, I caught an episode here and there, but I couldn't make it stick.  I loved it too!  That was the weird part.  It wasn't that I couldn't get into it, life just happened.

 
Source: The CW

So when I happened upon it on Netflix I was thrilled.  I just figured I'd be behind a season as we went along.  I gobbled it up like my favorite junk food, powering through two season in a couple weeks (can you say addicted?).  Then I decided to see just how far they were into the new season.  Some shows don't start until later so maybe I hadn't missed too many.  CW is so freaking awesome that their mobile app had all of the episodes so far.  Just like that, MAGIC, I'm all caught up.  Now the tricky part comes, waiting for the episodes to air in the normal fashion.  Dang it all!!  I love the show.  It has been the closest thing to "Gilmore Girls" that I have found.  It's witty, funny, and actually spends time developing characters and story.  So many shows out there don't have a story, or real depth, so they just end up throwing a bunch of crude jokes and sex at you.  The writing is great and the casting is perfect.

 Hart of Dixie -- "I Run to You" -- Image Number: HA307a_0088b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Josh Cooke as Joel and Wilson Bethel as Wade -- Photo: Greg Gayne/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The CW

In the last episode we were left on a total cliff hanger because Brick's ex-fiancee was back and pregnant (with probably his baby...what!!!).  Lemon left the Rammer Jammer and didn't get Fancy's either, because the ex-fiance had purchased it herself.  AB and the Mayor finally had their talk about their relationship (I really hope it goes the distance), and I guess Joel is finally starting to grow on me...but come on...I'm a total succor for Wade.  He should really stop the whole bad-boy thing.

Source: The CW

I don't know about you, but I CAN NOT wait for next week!

I'll be tweeting (#heartofdixie) and writing about all the fun shenanigans that is "Hart of Dixie" over at ENMNetwork.  Chances are, if you haven't a favorite show you will find some fun over there as well.  Make sure you check it out.

Any other HOD fans out there?

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Family Portraits

I love family pictures.  It might just look like just the same picture year after year, but its so much more than that.  When I look at the family pictures that we've taken over the years it speaks to people we were, the people we've become...how our kids have grown, and how they change so much in just one little year.  It happens so fast, in the blink of an eye.  You can't stop it no matter how much you try.  The giggles, the faces smooshed between two chubbie little hands.  Little voices calling, "mommy" and warm snuggly bodies in my bed when daddy isn't home.  Every year I will take a family picture and every year I will take a picture of my kids on their birthday.  I might be the only one that keeps them, but I know when I'm old my hands will probably still finger those sweet faces on paper and be glad I decided to do it.

 2007


 2009



2010


2012

Here's a sneak peak of this year's, although I don't want to give it all away because these are for our Christmas cards this year 















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Monday, November 18, 2013

Military Support Series: Luke's Wings

Welcome to another #MilitarySupportSeries post here on Cammo Style Love.  This week's spotlight is on a wonderful group called Luke's Wings.  I had the pleasure of meeting some of the folks behind the organization at a Caregiver Fair I attended, and they spoke with such a passion and compassion for what they do.  I knew that including them in a post was necessary.  Please pass the word along.  I am a firm believer that everyone military-connected should know about organizations like Luke's Wings.  You never know when you might need them, and you can't wait until you need them to start looking.





When a service member is wounded, going through a life crisis, or an elderly service member is in hospice care, many times there is no notice to make arrangements to make sure loved ones can be near them.  That is where Luke's Wings steps in.

By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.


But Luke's Wings is so much more, and is continually expanding their mission, and seeing who else they can help.  That's what I love about organizations like this; they are ever-changing and the desire of their heart is to find a way to help those in need.

In 2011, Luke’s Wings expanded the mission to also include Texas Veterans during major life events and all Veterans in Hospice Care. As such; a Texas Veteran may be with their family during a major life event. A Veteran in Hospice Care may be surrounded by loved ones as they pass away. Today, the majority of requests are for World War II Veterans, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam War Veterans in elderly care facilities or long term inpatient care facilities. Luke’s Wings regards the Veterans in Hospice Care Program as a “final salute” to the greatest generation that ever lived.

Last year Luke's Wings made an additional expansion, to be specially involved with one of the best Wounded Warrior programs out there, the SOCOM Care Coalition.


In 2012, Luke’s Wings was asked to provide emergency flights for the families of our special operators who are injurred on special missions. Luke’s Wings is honored to be the “go-to” for the Special Operations Command (S.O.C.OM.). We are honored to be of service to our special operators as part of the S.O.C.O.M. Care Coalition.

Luke's Wings also partners with other non-profits to provide free and discounted accommodations, meals, entertainment and stuff specific to the locality.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

Once again its time for the amazing Sunday Social from Ashely Lately and A Complete Waste of Make-Up!  Last weeks was so awesome and I had some great comments here and found some great ladies!  Love it.  Seriously, this is the best link-up.  If you're new to Cammo Style Love, thank you so much for stopping by.  Check out my Hunger Games giveaway, all my revamped support tabs up top - if you know someone in the military spread the word.  I also do a lot of book reviews, so if you're looking for a book check out Rhe's Bookshelf up top.

now onto the fun!!!

1. Name 4 jobs you've had in your life.
I was in retail about this amazing little shop on the main street of an "old town" part of a city.  we sold dolls, swarovski crystal, figurines and stuff like that.  It was first job and it was my very very favorite.  It really was the best job ever.  I was probably at least 40 years younger than anyone else that worked there but it was such a fun time.

Dance Instructor

Courtesy Clerk (grocery bagger)

Bakery worker/cake decorator

legal assistant/admin
 

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over.

Sleepless In Seattle
While You Were Sleeping
Meet Me in St. Louis
Rear Window
 
3. Name 4 places you have lived.

California (although several house)
Nevada
Virginia 
 
4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.

Chicken Enchiladas
Hawaiian Pizza
most anything Italian
this was a hard question....I love everything!
 
5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.

Pen
Phone
notebook
lipgloss/lipstick
 
6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.

Maui, Hawaii

 i don't have a lot of photos because well, I'm old, and digital cameras were really expensive
nine years ago when we got married :)  LOL

Savannah, GA

 Summer in Savannah and I was seven months pregnant with Ami!

Indianapolis/St. Paul, MN

Oklahoma City, OK



Oklahoma City in 2007!  feels so long ago.  It was our first vacation away from Brian.  He
was one.  It was a really neat city, and I'm glad we got the chance to go.  I don't think
we would have ever had a reason to go there if it hadn't been for the military.  Seeing the
Oklahoma City bombing memorial was a memorable experience.

Can't wait to read everyone's posts!  make sure to leave a comment for me so I can find you!

thank you so much for stopping by!  


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