Cammo Style Love: February 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Tacky Box - a parenting tool that is fun for kids!

As a parent I am always looking for unique and creative ways to instill values and morals in my children.  To not only lead them by example but to actively involve them in this life.  Children learn by example, it's not inate within them to necessarily do the right thing.  In the battle of their personalities they want immediate gratification, and will respond accordingly.  Why do you think small children without verbal abilities hit and throw temper tantrums?  wouldn't you want to if you could adequately explain how you were feeling?  I totally would.  There are literally days where I feel like just throwing myself on the floor.  Seriously right?!  Can I get an "amen"!!??

I had the opportunity to check out a unique parenting tool called "The Tacky Box," created by mom, Chris Kent Phelps.  One of the main reasons why I love it is because it is kid focused completely.  The children are involved in the creation of the box, they can personalize it any way they want and they get to be involved in the story of the box.  It isn't simply me just telling them what to do, which we all know doesn't always work out well.  No, The Tacky Box is more than that.  Really what sets it apart from a lot of things is the package as a whole.  Having a book that goes along with it, to tell the story, to be the example makes this a great took for your family.  

                         


The Tacky Box story, written and illustrated by Chris' mom, tells the stroy of Margo or Max (depending on whether or not you ordered your box for a girl or a boy.  Margo and Max learn how make positive choices.  The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, in a water-color type style.  My daughter enjoyed the book and has already asked me to read it again.  She then sat down to create her own tacky box with her coloring crayons.  I'm guessing our tacky box will be a continuing project.  She has already added some stickers that she's gotten to it.  It is what you make of it.  You have to set the tone for your family.  You can not simply burchase a book and a wooden box and home for it to accomplish anything for you.  It's only a small tool for your family; a way to mix it up.


                        


I definitely would recommend this as a fun way to actively engage your children.  To help you instill the values that you hope they will choose to carry on.  To help them take charge of their own behaviors.

                         


You can purchase your own Tacky Box online, for a boy or a girl.  The set includes the book, box, crayons and a special pad so you can start writing all your tacky things down right away!  Have fun with those boxes.  If you have a tacky box I'd love to see yours.  Tweet me @RheChristine and include #TackyBoxKindness

**I received this item in partnership with the Social Media Moms Panel, in exchange for my honest opinion.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always my views and opinions are my own.  You can read more information about my disclosure and FTC policies up top, by clicking on the tab.**

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Save the Children Campaign: Social Good Moms

For many of us here in the United States there is never a thought given to our pre-natal care.  I know I never have.  I am blessed with great health care and everything that I could need or want.  When I give birth there are many options available to me.  I am not shy about the fact that I had three medicated births.  My middle child was induced.  With the guidance of my doctor I was able to make those decisions, and they worked for us.  My first birth experience was a really traumatic one, and I have no doubt that if it wasn't for the gift of medical knowledge my life, or Brian's would have been in some serious trouble.  And while mentally I was almost just as traumatized by the horrible bedside manner of the on-call doctor, we were taken care of.  With my third child I had tested positive for Strep B.  We went to the hospital and I was hooked up to an iv and my child was protected.  There are thousands and thousands of women who don't have the options that I have, or the safety that I was provided.  

                                          
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Since the early 1930's Save the Children has been dedicated to ensuring that children get the best start in life as possible.  Over the years it has grown to assist children all over the US and worldwide.  In 2014 Save the Children has created a report dedicated to ending newborn deaths.  The research performed for the report has indicated some startling things.  Half of first day deaths occur around the world could be avoided with skilled midwives and proper health-care.  On top of that, 1.2 million babies are stillborn each year due to childbirth complications, infections and hypertension.  The organization has called on world leaders to commit to The Five Point Newborn Promise.  The focus for this year is to ensure that there are enough trained, and well-equipped, health care workers, as well as removing fees for the services.  While statistics concerning infant mortality have steadily improved, there is more that can be done.

Here are the five promises:

1. Issue a defining and accountable declaration to end all preventable newborn mortality
2. ensure that by 2025 every birth is attended by trained and equipped health workers 
3. increase expenditure on health to at least the WHO minimum of US$60 per person.
4. to pay for the training, equipping and support of health workers, and remove user fees for all maternal, newborn and child health services (including emergency ob care)
5. the private sector should help address unmet needs by developing innovative solutions and increasing availability of products 

                                    

The full report is available on the Save the Children website, as well as information about advocay and what you can do to help!  please take the time to check those out, and lets make sure the #firstday is the best day for every baby.

*This post is part of The Moms for Global Good campaign that I have recently become a part of.  I am thrilled to be joining 200 other mom bloggers out there, talking about social good on a global level!*

Monday, February 24, 2014

Finding Time for You in the Midst of it All

**This is a sponsored post, brought to you by Simple Skin Care - reminding milspouses to remember to take some time for you and be encouraged....you are not alone.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was given product to review and items to giveaway.

As I sit here in my hotel room, thinking about me and taking some time isn't really high on my list.  I had this whole thing planned out for this post.  And then Murphy came to town.  You know him, Murphy is feared by all MilSpouses.  Its a joke but, for reals yo.....its real!!  This last week we had some unexpected, emergency, repairs that needed to take place in our bathroom.  The first fun part is that we only have one.  The second fun part, and where the whole Murphy thing comes in, is the hubby is gone.  Yup, he's gone and won't be back for a whole other week.  So here I am, having our most recent move flash-backs (when we lived in a hotel for weeks!!) in a hotel room with my sweet precious children, trying to write a post about taking time for myself.

                                  


What I do know, is that even in the midst of upheavel, you can keep some things going that remind you of home.  Keep as much of the routine as possible and that always makes transition easier.  Coming from someone who has had to experience more than their fair share of "transitions", that's the golden rule right there.  I had always been a fan of Simple Skin Care's cleansing cloths, but thanks to Simple I've been able to try out their new moisterizer and eye make-up remover.  Keeping a routine in taking care of me is important.  That time at night where I'm going through the motions of taking off my make-up and washing my face is my moment to decompress.  In one of my previous posts about skin-care you may have already read that Simple is a brand I alread love and recommend.  I can safely say the same goes for these new products.  The make-up remover is amazing!  That has always been the hardest thing for me to find, a quality product that did leave an oily residue.  Two thumbs up here.  The moisterizer has also proven effective.  It is light and airy, and it carries the Simple standard of clean and simple (hence the name).  While I generally use moisturizers that have anti-aging qualities in them, this is a time fresh alternative for night time.

                             
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So here I find myself, not really knowing how long we'll be in the situation, making the most it.  Taking some time for me currently consists of hiding under the covers after bedtime, with the my earphones in, watching Netflix...no judgement right?! *wink*

Thanks to the Simple Skin Care people I get to pass on a little joy by giving away a $25.00 Commissary gift card.  So light a relaxing candle, open up your favorite book, put on a fuzzy robe and enter to win!!






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Thursday, February 20, 2014

On the Road with Sophia The First: Songs from Enchancia *review &giveaway*

We're in the car a lot.  Between my need to get out of the house and all the other normal errands, taking kids places stuff one can do in any given week....well, we are out of the house a lot.  We have portable tvs in our car, but those don't come out of the car unless we are going on road trips longer than an hour.  My go to for the day to day is music, preferably the classical music station.  So when I received the opportunity to try out Sophia the First's new cd Songs from Enchancia.  I was thrilled.  Not only do I have music fans in the house, but I have a five year old daughter.  A match made in heaven.


This is CD has tons of tracks, which makes this mama happy.  If I'm going to pay money for music for my kids I defintiely want to get my money's worth.  The coolest thing about the CD is that it has four karaoke tracks on it, perfect for you little ones to belt away and be the star of their show.  Sophia the First is a wonderful little cartoon, good classic fun, and Disney really delivers by including all the favorites from Season 1- Sisters and Brothers, The Love We Share, A Recipe for Adventure and Bigger is better.  



Definitely our favorite was the karaoke tracks.  Its perfect for dancing and playing, even if you don't want to sing.  This has become something that we keep on during the day as we are playing and doing our chores.  We've been doing it for a week now and are still enjoying it.  Occassionaly my daughter will ask to take it in the car and I'm cool with that.

Thank you Disney!!!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Rhe's Bookshelf - No Greatness Without Goodness

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Summary

Randy Lewis bet his career that he could create an inclusive workplace at one of America's biggest corporations where people with disabilities could not just succeed, but thrive. "No Greatness without Goodness" is the powerful story of a corporate executive who, after watching the world through the eyes of his own child with autism, Austin, realized that we all have a greater responsibility to make the world a better place for everyone, including those with disabilities.As the Senior Vice President of Walgreens, Randy Lewis has created thousands of full-time jobs for people with disabilities. "No Greatness without Goodness" offers a firsthand account of what it takes to lead with courage in order to change people's lives for the better. Randy's motto is "What's the use of having power if you don't use it to do good." In this book, you'll learn how to start working for good no matter where you are or how much power you hold.

Review

If you're looking for an inspiration story, you will love this book. If you have someone with special needs in your life, you will love this book. There's almost nothing else for me to say about this book. And I really love when I get a book like this because it really just says so much, while saying almost nothing. The inspirational story of a father and son, a large Company, and all the people in their lives and that become connected to them. It has real emotions that aren't just fluff and fun, which is another thing I appreciate about it. I really encourage to pick up this book because I think not only will it be an enjoyable read, it will be an encouraging one as well. 



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Avoiding Cold and Flu Season

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As a mom, writing this seems akin to putting up a giant neon sign saying "Cold and Flu Wanted Here,"  like cheating death.  Maybe I should knock on wood or throw salt over my shoulder.  However, I'm a huge fan of the Babyganics line (one of the few products that started out simply as a review, but I've gone on to continue to buy from them) and when given the opportunity to try , and share with my readers I decided to tempt fate. The BabyGanics Alchohol Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer is a great addition to your cold and flu fighting arsenal.  It's a refillable product (which I love), and it's also available in an on-the-go option as well.


Most moms are worried about their little ones getting sick, I know I do.  A little sniffle here or there is to be expected: but its that nasty cold that I fear.  It seems to come with you least expect it, and most certainly when you don't want it.  of According to the National Institute of Health, and the CDC, 22 million school days are lost annually to the common cold.  Here on the East Coast we don't really need any help missing days at school (thank you Polar Vortex).  And while I'm not a fan of scrubbing my children from top to bottom every five minutes, or following them around squirting hand-sanitizer in their hand every time they touch something; I believe a little germs here or there never hurt anyone and building up immunity is good.  But if I can point the odds in my favor, and do it with a trusted, natural product I'm all for it. 

The Babyganics brand is one dedicated to providing a quality, safe product for babies and children.  Babyganics products, including the Hand Sanitizer, are free of all those toxic things you don't want near the ones you love.  The Germinator is also alcohol-free.  What I love the most about the Babyganics brand is that it is affordable for everyone.  Most of the time you have to go to boutique stores, order through the mail, or very high end grocery stores to find products like this.  When you find them they cost you an arm and a leg.  Every single one of their products is affordable.  I purchase mine at Buy Buy Baby, but BG products are available on Amazon (see my sidebar for some links to products), Babies R Us, Target, Meijer and Safeway.

Check out some of my favorite products 


Babyganics Benzocaine Free Gel Teething Pods BabyGanics Cover Up Baby Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray



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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happies and Crappies, week 55

The Vintage Modern Wife: Happies and Crappies Link Up


So, it's time to be real.....life happens sometimes and it is what it is.  I had pre-written this Happies and Crappies as I was preparing to leave for my first ever blogging conference in LA.  Alas, DC/NoVA got dumped on by a ridiculous amount of snow, shutting down airports and making it impossible for me to go.  I cancelled my flight and today when I heard flights were coming in I was just a little sad that maybe I should have waited and only been one day late.  Who knows what would have happened and I can't go back and change it now.  I'm the queen of what ifs.  So, here we are with my Happies and Crappies that should have been.  I'm not in LA and I'm here on Valentine's Day without my hubby and I'm sad.  This morning we all went to breakfast at Bob Evan's, my favorite place from my childhood.  It was my sweet and darling husband's attempt at making me feel better.  Yesterday I was a wreck.  It was so ridiculous.  I was crying, I was angry and sad.  Frustration to the nth degree.  I decided to leave my original post up, but just to include this little intro.  This is real, this life, and this is what happens when you're just living.

Welcome to happies and crappies, with The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch with Amber!  There are so many times I forget to link up with these ladies, and every time I do I love love love it!!  If you haven't followed either one of these ladies you definitely should.  So, lets get down to business!

Happies

 1. I am in freaking LA!!!  Happy happy happy for me!!  I am here for Entertainment New Media Network's very first conference and I am just beside myself with happiness.

2. Tomorrow I am seeing one of my very bestest friends that I haven't seen in almost five years.  She's a fellow milspouse, although her hubby is no longer in.  She fits into a unique category of friendship. We don't actually ever hang out in person because an entire country separates us.  We haven't even spent a lot of time together in person; but she has possibly been there for me more than anyone I know.  During some really horrible times in my life she has been there, and I can't even explain it.  So I am beside myself with more happiness!!!

Crappies

1. I missed Valentine's Day with the hubby.  Even though that isn't  too much of a surprise.  I really can't remember the last time we did anything special for Valentine's Day because he's frequently not around on this day.  He's been so amazing though, making sure I get to go to this....I mean, without him (and some amazing sponsors) I wouldn't be going.  So I guess this is happy and crappy.

2. no heart-shaped pancakes with my kiddos.  I love doing this with them on Valentine's Day!  But my oldest and I sat down and got all his Valentine's ready before I left so that was good.

3. I miss my friends and family.  It comes in waves and this last week or two has been quite a wave of missing.  The time difference + busy lives = never having time to catch up.  I really didn't think it would be this hard, and while some things like the amazing Voxer app have made it okay, it's really hard.  I feel like I'm always apologizing or making excused when that's not me.  I'm not like that...I'm the caller and the texter and the mail letter-er.  I have an organizer and lists...I'm always early!!  Its not in my nature and its driving me crazy.  While living two hours away from everyone at our last duty station was hard, I didn't realize how lucky had it.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day Nails with Julep

Nail Polish is one of my many loves, in fact I might classify myself as a hoarder of polish.  I love getting my Julep box every month, although occasionally I have opted for some of the make-up products that they have recently started including.  The latest box was full of fun Valentine-y goodness (is that even a word?), including a free polish, called Love.  I was seriously in heaven, two glitter polish's in one box!  This month's box also include a new eye sheen, which I'll be posting about later.

So here's the box!


My first pairing was a full-coverage glitter polish, Cameron, which is on my toes; and Love, which is a sort of glitter polish, but with a goldish base.  It has hints of pink and red in it.  It's really a cool color.  Love was actually a special edition polish and you can't find it on their website.  Maybe some day they will be make it available.


Next I decided to mix it up with several different colors for a fun, Valentine's themed mani.


All but one of the shades is a Julep shade. I really, absolutely love this pink color which is why I use it
despite my almost total allegiance to Julep.  It's an amazing quick drying polish called "In a New York Minute," and it really does dry in about a minute.

From the left: Rebel, Myrtle, New York Minute - MoMA (not available any more) and LOVE

I still will be putting on one more Valentine's Themed polish, so check my instagram for that.  I am so hard on my nails, with the kids, and cleaning and cooking...its ridiculous.  So i seriously paint my nails every 4 or 5 days.  But, like I said, I'm addicted and I love it!!

Are you wearing a Valentine's Themed polish?  Do you have a pic or a post...I wanna see!!!

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Selfless Fashion for the Fashion Minded

Self-less fashion: The act of dressing fashionably while helping others





I'm a little partial to this up and coming company, 1) because its right here in my own backyard and 2) one of the people behind this amazing concept is someone I call friend.  When I first heard of it I thought it was genius.  The One-for-One model is very common concept, made famous by TOMS, and copied by many.  While many companies send the other "one" out to the world, Eastern Drift chooses to bless those that live right here.  That is something I love and can get behind.

There's so potential and room for growth with an idea like that.  It could be and do so many things and I'm definitely excited to see where this company goes in the future.

Dress  Socially.  Help Locally.  


Buying from Eastern Drift will only help them continue to grow their reach.  So, even if you aren't local to the DC Metro Area you're doing your part to one day get Eastern Drift to your town.

Currently Available Items (hats are sold out right now - I was so freaking bummed!)



 If you happen to be local to the Northern Virginia area Eastern Drift is one of the 2014 Sponsors of Foxfield Races.  I'm pretty excited to go this year (although that is still in the works).  Ever since I found a ton of Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses in my Grandparent's basement I've kind of been obsessed with the whole horse race thing.  Seriously, the pictures alone make me want to check it out.  Boys in pink shirts and mint green bow ties, the hats, the whole deal!  I want it!!!



Find Eastern Drift on social media platforms...spread the word! So far I've gotten six of my friends to realize how much they need a little selfless fashion in their lives...I'm winning you all over to the darkside (in a good way).







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Monday, February 10, 2014

Military Support Series - ScoutComms

One of the things I love about blogging is getting to meet really awesome people, and then talk about them.  I met Fred right after I had moved into town.  It was my very first blogging conference, and whether he knows it or not he sort of came to my "virtual" rescue and offered some moral support.  Then I stumbled upon him again at a military related seminar.....and once more at an Operation Homefront event.  Yeah, he's everywhere.  One of these days I'm going to let him hire me.  Anyway, Fred is the CEO and founder of ScoutComms



ScoutComms provides strategic and unique assistance in the world of aerospace, defense and veterans sectors.  The list is incredibly long of the really cool things that they offer to their clients.  Services provided include media relations specifically targeted to increase outreach to exactly those that need it, Thought Leadership Support, consulting and guidance on veteran focused corporate giving programs and so much more.  ScoutComms specializes in something called 'Precision Public Relations', spending the time to find the right journalist, media outlet or partner for their client.  Who better to provide this large list of services then veterans and those that have spent years working closely with, and supporting, them.

Recently ScoutComms underwent a change.  It was a slight change that largely went under the radar, which is indicative of what I appreciate about how this organization runs themselves.  ScoutComms is now a registered B-corporation, or Benefit Corporation.  They are the first in the Nation to focus specifically on veterans and military family issues. They've taken on the mantle of not only providing services in a unique way, but blending it with advocacy and support. 

We’re one of the first social enterprises focused on veterans’ issues, but as the movement grows, we certainly hope to not be the last. As a social enterprise, we’re approaching our mission in much the same way we always have: through creating and implementing communications and philanthropic strategies for our clients and the veterans’ organizations we support. For our current clients, nothing will change in the way we provide a personal, precision consulting experience, and we hope this evolution opens the doors to future clients who share our vision that doing business and doing good are not mutually exclusive.

ScoutComms also has a blog, and something they call The Scout Report, a newsletter of sorts.  If you are a veteran, a milspouse, military-connected person or just concerned about veteran/military issues you should subscribe to this.  You can catch up on all the past issues of The Scout Report here.  It is very exciting to see this happen from the beginning, and I have absolutely no doubt that ScoutComms will accomplish great things moving forward.



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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Social, Week 88 - Movies and TV

This week I'm preparing for Entertainment New Media Network's Conference in Anaheim.  It's going to be an amazing week, an intense learning experience, but an awesome one.  I can't wait to share all the details with you all.  Make sure you are following along on my instagram and twitter, as well as with the hashtag #ENMNCon14.

Lets get on with the fun!




This week's topic is all about TV and Movies. They were tough ones, but good.  I'm excited to read everyone's ideas.  I always get the best ideas from all the blogs I read, whether it be music or tv, clothes, make-up.  That's one of the reasons I love blogging.

1. What is your favorite thing to watch on Girl's Night?

Definitely a chick flick - and it doesn't matter what kind.  I'm all sappy love stories, romantic comedies...or Magic Mike, which kinda doesn't fit into a category now does it.  Seriously just can't believe I admitted that on my blog.  Yes, I watched it.  Oiy!!

2. What is Your Favorite Thing to Watch on Your Day Off?

Lets see, usually whatever I happen to be binge watching on Netflix.  Right now I'm watching Dallas, Vampire Diaries, Wings and One Tree Hill.  It rotates so that I don't get too sick of one show.  Usually when the kids are napping, or playing solo I'll sneak away to my room to get some blogging work done and watch a couple shows.  When hubbies around on his day off we watch Seinfeld or Fraiser.

3. What is your favorite thing to watch when you're sick?

Most of the time I stick with the above, unless its really plot heavy.  Then I'll put on something fun,or something I know well.  Usually that means New Girl, Gilmore Girls, Psych (I watched that the last time I was sick).  Or maybe I would put on a good old black and white movie - an Alfred Hitchcock or something like that.

4. What was the last movie you saw in Theater?

Actually this past week we took the kids to see The Nut Job (with Will Arnett,  Brendan Fraiser and Liam Niesson as voices).  It was pretty darn cute, and the kids like it.

5. What are your Top 3 favorite Movies or TV shows?

Gosh darnit, there is always a ridiculously hard question involved in these link-ups isn't there.  This is so hard, how am I supposed to pick?!  The list would be a million miles long for sure, but who has the time for that.  So I'll do the best I can here.

Movies: 1) While You Were Sleeping 2) Sleepless in Seattle 3) Alfred Hitchcock movies - they can count as one last one right? a) The Lady Vanishes b) Rope c) Shadow of a Doubt

TV: 1) Gilmore Girls 2) Law and Order (the original) and 3) Monk

Man that was hard!!!!

Looking forward to reading people's responses and following some new blogs!

If you are following for the first time, make sure to let me know.  I love hearing from you.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Unique Valentine's Day Gift Idea - Diamond Candle *Review*

Valentine's Day is coming up, and while I know the trend of not acknowledging the day as anything other than a normal day is becoming popular, there are still some of us that think its fun.  The hubbs and I haven't done anything specifically special for Valentine's Day in long while.....although come to think of it we haven't really done anything particularly special for our anniversary in awhile either.  But such is the life of a milspouse or any other spouse that that has someone that travels a lot.  Sometimes those specials days are the only days you might have together; But whether its February 17th, or 28th, it doesn't matter as long as you set aside special time together as a couple.  I'm not sure about you all but I've noticed that those special days had more meaning and importance once kids come into the picture.  It's not like a need some grand gesture every time, or a huge expensive gift.  Sometimes the fun and unique ones are the best. 

That's when I discovered Diamond Candles.  If you've been on Facebook for longer than half a second you have probably seen pictures of people discovering what is in their candle.  I have one friend that is like totally obsessed, and believe me I've realized just how awesome it can be.  The hubby was skeptical of it, he was expecting something pretty lame.  I wasn't that cynical, but I wasn't really sure that the ring I got (at any value) would actually be something anyone would want to wear.


I chose the It's a Boy Candle.  What is cool about Diamond Candles is that they have ones that fit within a theme - It's a Boy/Girl and Love (perfect for weddings or anniversaries).  There's lots of different decor-matching candles, and scents to match any preference.  Some of my favorite ones include

 Carnival Candy Ring CandleSweety Pea Ring Candle

 Honeysuckle Ring Candle

 Currently there are eleven candles to choose from that are classified as "Ring Candles".  Diamond Candles also offer classic candles, if you really love the smell of your candle but want a cheaper option at only $19.95 (with ten choices).  Regular Diamond Candles cost $24.95.


I was obsessed waiting for my ring!  It was the most exciting thing waiting for it.  Luckily they aren't that far down, so now I can non-obsessively burn my candle and simply enjoy the smell.  The ring I received was a beautiful purple color (my favorite) with small diamond accents.  I received the $10.00 ring, and if you aren't careful the silver looking finish will come off, as with all costume-type jewelry.  None the less, its beautiful and I love it.

Isn't it pretty?!

Right now they have all sorts of Valentine's Day coupons going on, like $10 off, and all sorts of good stuff.  So hurry on over.

*I was given a free item in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always my views and opinions are my own.*


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rhe's Bookshelf - A Story Unfinished *2014 Blogger Challenge*

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2014 Blogger Challenge Note : This is the third posting for this year's blogging challenge, hosted by Another Girly Blog was a book review.  I post a lot of book reviews and discuss book reading a lot! If you're looking for more "Rhe's Bookshelf" tab up top is the place to go...also if anyone is ever looking for book recommendations let me know!


Summary:

Eiot wasn't supposed to make it to full term.
At thirty weeks into the pregnancy, Matt and Ginny Mooney were told their child had a genetic disease that made his birth unlikely. If their baby lived, it would be for only hours or perhaps a few days.
But Eliot was born and lived 99 days. And every one of those days was a gift that would change his family forever.

At Eliot's funeral, 99 balloons were released, one for each day of his life on earth. That simple act of remembrance stirred the community and received national attention. Eliot's story has been featured on Oprah and the TODAY show, and a video about his life has been seen by millions on YouTube.
And now, Eliot's father, Matt, recounts his family's remarkable journey in A Story Unfinished, a chronicle of pain, redemption, and Gods goodness even in the darkest days.

Review:

When I first chose this book I was kind of worried about reading it.  It isn't usually something that I would sign myself up for.  It was clear before I even opened the book that it was going to be something very emotional, and I had to decide whether that was something I was ready for.  A Story Unfinished is a profoundly moving story, but it isn't just the story of the grief felt at the loss of a child.  It's about what happens during that, after that, and from that.  Matt and Ginny share the story of their son Eliot with the blog postings they put up to keep everyone updated about what was going on.  As a parent and a Christian this book touched me deeply.  While Christopher and I have never been in this situation, nor have we ever been scared about what would happen to our children, I have no doubt that we would do the same thing.  Some might say its selfish, some might say it's the most heroic thing one can do.  But I know that they were just doing what they knew to be right.  Eliot was a precious life inside of her, and to them, that is as far as the conversation had to go.



From this experience they created 99 Balloons, a non-profit, that aids in engaging and assisting children with special needs, and their families.  One of the programs they have created is rEcess, which is a monthly respite program.  As a former respite caregiver myself (proving respite care for children with severe Reactive Attachment Disorder) I understand how extremely important this can be for the families.  What I love about this program is that it provides one-to-one care, and also provides fun activities to siblings that are in need of special assistance as well.  99 Balloons Global program strives to bring many of the resources that are available here in the states to those in need on a global level.  They recently filmed a documentary entitled "Notable," which is about living with disabilities in Uganda.

Please visit the 99 Balloons website, facebook and twitter
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4 out 5 stars

I was provided this book to review in partnership with Beacon Hill Press, as a part of their blogger team
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