Cammo Style Love: March 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Deployment Cycle....

Faced with more time separated from my Airman I began noticing patterns in my behavior.  My extreme highs and lows are finally under semi-control.  What I can tell you about that is if you are at all feeling even the slightest bit out of control, if you decide to be truly honest with yourself, get help.  There's no shame in it.  This life is hard enough without feeling extra out of control.  But I've noticed I go along a specific pattern each time.  The first week or two is spent keeping myself ridiciulously busy. On any given day you can find me cleaning, organizing, throwing/give away bags and bags of junk.  I might even make a trip or two to Ikea in an effort to please my Deployment OCD self.  Each time he leaves this is my pattern.  No matter the length of trip and each time he goes this is what I do.  The next week or two is spent not sleeping, which inevitably leads to me becoming sick.  I've become too busy taking care of everything and everyone but myself, no wonder I get sick.  My body be like, "woman, slow down!!! Do I have to make you sick to slow you down because I'll do it!"  And it does, so there you go.

Recognizing something and admiting it is a problem is the first step in recovery right?  I mean, I realize in the grand scheme of things this isn't a huge problem, or an addiction, but it is affecting me for sure.  My body is telling me something, and whether I want to pay attention or not its going to do what it wants.  And like most moms and women I never ask for help.  I'm the first to offer it or give it (totally not tooting my own horn here, but you get what I mean), but asking for it is hard.  Its almost as if I equate it with weakness, with not being able to handle all the things in my life I feel like I"m supposed to.  But we are designed to have a help-mate, someone who stands by us and lifts us up.  Mine just happens to not be here all the dang time.  So I need to fill that in with people who clearly love and care about me, who offer help.  I need to take it when its offerred.  So after going back in my mind I've come up with a possible solution (or at least a new path to try) to the current cycle I go through.

1. Take it easy!

this has to be important!  This time setst the tone for the entire separation (at least for me).  Don't try to organize or purge the whole house in the first week.  Do leave the house every day, dragging your kids everywhere.  Just be!  Read a book, paint your nails, doing silly things with the kids.  Get out that craft box and play!  There are more fun and relaxing things to do that can keep you busy after they leave then things that will run down your body

2. Stay healthy!

While you can't predict what horrible plague like death your child will bring home from school, you can do your part to stay healthy while you endure this separation. Keep up on those vitamins, echinacia or whatever! Get that coldeeze in there if you feel something going on. Eat healthy and find that time (see 1) to exercise. Leave the dishes in the sink and do a quick workout (find my favorite quick YouTube workouts here).



3. It's okay to feel

Typically I like to mask my feelings.  I know, so completely healthy right?  Since I went so long without getting help, my emotions were crazy out of wack.  So there is a part of me that wants to swing the pendulum the other way.  Any emotion is bad emotion.  It means I'm crazy and out of control.  No way man!!!  It's okay to sad.  Your parnter in crime is gone and you're alone.  This is for real and it sucks.  This all goes back to number one.  Keep busy so you don't feel is my interpretaion of Keep Calm and Solider On; although I don't think that's what it means.  It doesn't say Keep Calm and shove your feelings so far down that eventually you crack!

Now its time to Keep Calm and Soldier On....I have to totally rewire my brain to follow a road less traveled.  The one where I don't freak out, stay healthy and enjoy some me time.

Do you do the same thing?  How do you stop yourself for heading down the wrong path when you are by yourself?

Friday, March 21, 2014

First Lady Welcomes Military Kids for Muppets Screening

Last week the First Lady invited military children to attend a screening of the the new Muppets movie at the White House.  We were lucky enough to be included in this group.  It was a huge deal for my kids and watching their little faces register who it was that was talking to them was a pretty incredible expereince.  I loved it!  We were greated by the amazing Kermit the Frog.  He spoke with the kids and took a picture with them.  They were not at all distracted by the man laying on the weird contraption talking for Kermit.  The First Lady was introduced by the always witty and fun, General Martin Dempsey.  He is probably one of the most hilarious people.  I've never not heard him speak and it not be funny.  In fact my kids are still quoting the jokes he told to the kids.  His normal repitore of token Irish jokes about drinking and signing probably wouldn't work...but he actually took the time to come up with three jokes for kids.  It was perfect for them.


If you haven't had the chance to see The Muppets Most Wanted (it just came out in theaters), here's a little run-down.  

The Muppets are ready to take their show on the the road with a global tour.  But their new manager is actually a crook, and he works for Constantine, the World's Number One Criminal!  Constatine, who looks almost exactly like Kermit, plans to steal a priceless treasure and blame it on the Muppets!

I have to say I am a huge muppets fan, and remember watching the old movies...I mean, come on, Kermit singing "It isn't easy being green," is probably the most recognizable thing.  They are hilarious and I've always loved them. Introducing them to my kids is just a natural thing.  Their first "come-back" movie of sorts I wasn't all that impressed with.  I mean, it wasn't horrible...but what I loved about this one is that it really harkens back to the old days of the Muppets.   I mean, the randomness of it all, weird cameos, a live running of the bulls (Hilarious!).  It doesn't get any more Muppets than that.  The story line is engaging and funny, while maybe slightly over the heads of my two kids, there were lots of funny parts that they laughed out loud at.  Tina Fey is supurb and Ricky Gervais is perfect.  

Muppets Gets 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.  It would really be good for children maybe slightly older than mine, even though Brian did enjoy it.  Some of the plot was a bit complicated for him.  Adults who grew up with The Muppets will love it.  

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fall in Love with Some Jewels *Majestic Jewelry*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Like most girls I love me some jewelry, mixing and matching them up with each other, with outfits and all that fun stuff.  When given the opportunity to check out some new jewelry and share that with you guys, well...what's a girl to do?  Majestical Jewelry sent me these absolutely amazing earrings.  They are absolutely beautiful to look at and make quite the statement.


The stones on these are beautiful and flawless looking at them.  These are their Beaded Drop Earrings and would set you back about $6.50.  Yes, that's what I said.  What is so great about these earings is that they feel really high quality.   The earings aren't flimsy and the stones are set well.  They hang about two inches off your ear.  Since they are such a statement all by themselves I decided to pair them with a simple necklace with diamonds.


I thought they went well together and you definitely do not want to overdo with with all your jewelry at one time, especially in a daytime look.

One of the reasons why I love the idea of companies like Majestical Jewelry is that they bring trends to everyone by making them affordable.  Majestical Jewelry was started by a small group of jewelry lovers in South Carolina that strive to bring amazing jewelry to everyone, at a cost people can actually afford.  High quality jewelry none the less.   After purusing the site I found so many thing that I would love to have, and tons of things I had seen in magazines and on tv.


These are just a few of the amazing pieces you can snag, and all for twenty dollars or less.  Now that is something that I can get on board with.  I see myself making a swing by Majestical Jewelry in the near future.  If you visit theirwebsite and sign up for their newsletter there just might be something in it for you.

Did you pay a visit to their website?  I wanna know what really cool thing you found!  Are you an earring girl or a necklace girl?
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Four Ways to Pretend You're Surviving the Toddler Years

They're so much fun right?  I'm convinced the "terrible twos" is a phrase we moms use to not completely go crazy and call them devil children.  "Oh he's just going through his terrible twos," is something I find myself saying.  Although I'm not sure if I'm saying it to the people who are giving me weird looks, or two myself.  Either way I'm saying it, loud and proud.  On Sunday I had an encounter with a sweet mama in the hallways of church.  She was dropping off her older son, and her sweet and adorable three year old was hiding in a little doorway alcove screaming her head off.  The mom looked slightly frazzled and I looked at her with a knowing smile.  The first thing she said to me was, "I'm so sorry, I don't know what's wrong with her." I laughed and said, "been there, done that, and doing again with my two year old."  I gave her a little squeeze on her arm and said, "you're not alone."

The first "mistake" she made was saying "I don't know what's wrong with her!"  Please raise your virtual hand if you've done this.  I know I have, and you aren't raising your hand then you're totally lying! So what do you do to pretend you're surviving?  After having three kids I can officially say I'm getting better at these younger years.  Don't get me wrong...I'm totally clueless about what's coming up.  That is for my friends with older kids to sort of figure out and then clue me in on thanks Sarah (go buy some of her amazing purses and accessories at Hands Full Creations - she has three boys between the ages of like 8 and a sister out.

1) Don't say you don't know what's wrong with them.  The absolutely best way to handle to survive anything that comes your way in parenting is speak the truth!  can i get a witness!!??!!  Say, "my child is currently going crazy," or "if I wasn't out I'd be hiding in the closet eating frosting right out of the container," something along those lines.
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 crying because he would rather drink juice all day long then water

2) Learn the power of ignoring.  Find your inner mom zen.  Now whether you do that by busting out the yoga mat while your child is screaming in the other room, yelling "mommies going to take a shower" and then secretly locking yourself in there while the shower is running and playing candy crush, or eating frosting right out of the container.  Find your mom zen and ignore the fit.  It's parenting gold I tell you.  For the most part kids will react to any attention you give them, whether it be good or bad.  They also know you're mom, they totally have your number and know how to push the buttons.  Case in point, my kids almost always behave better while with friends or babysitters.  I'm talking, "oh my gosh, Brian is the sweetest, quietest, most respectful child I have ever seen!!"  I'm sorry, who are speaking of?  Don't get me wrong, for the most part he's all those things; but the last time we had a friend out I was literally telling him, "please don't act like this, your friend is going to go home and tell his mom how crazy I am!!"  I later fount out that she was secretly thinking the same thing when my kid was other there.  So back to number one, talk about it!!!

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 crying because his sister in on his side instead of going around

3) Girls night/date nights:  Do it, do it now, do it often.  Coffee dates, dinner dates, dragging all the kids to Chick-Fil-A and then sending them all to the play area and praying they stay it!!  Talk about how crazy your kid is being, and if you're hanging out with the right people then they will probably start doing the same.  I love spending time with adults, but seriously who wants to spend time with someone who pretends their kid literally never does anything wrong.  This chick ain't got no time for that!  And since when did grocery shopping at 9 o'clock at night become the best thing ever?  I hate sacrificing time with the hubby, but for this I'll do it.  Find some good friends to swap kids with so you're not paying for sitters all the time and go out!  Heck, go out on double dates!  Just do it!!

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crying because he can't put his shoes on the right feet

The best thing about my little guy is on top of all the crazy he is the sweetest, most loving, best hug giver and cuddlier.  He does everything with extreme passion.  So that leads to my final thought....

4) enjoy the snuggles, the giggles, the hugs.  Relish in the moments when he picks up his toys, puts his dishes in the sink, goes potty like a big boy and plays well with his siblings.  That is really the secret to getting through the rest of it.

and just because I'm nice, I thought you'd like to see my latest video "Real Tales of Motherhood: Phil Phil wants my coffee."

Do you have a toddler, or a crazy kid?!  Tell me all about it!?  Or do you have a tip? I'd love to hear it!
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Rustico - fancy leather gifts for fancy people...

{I have taken part in this program as an influenster with Entertainment New Media Network, partnering with Rustico Leather.  As always my reviews reflect my own thoughts and opinions.}

So I said Rustico Leather is fancy leather for fancy's not too far from the truth.  The stuff is out of this world exquisite to look at, and incredible to touch.  Just feeling it in your hands tells you that its quality leather.  I'm not typically a fan of the look of leather, but this stuff is beautiful; and I mostly chose it for my husband.  He is quite the traveler, and making sure he had nice things is the cool part about being an adult.  You know that person that you don't know what to get them because they have everything, or they have the money to buy whatever they want?  I have several of those people in my life, and getting them a gift card is just boring sometimes.  So, you put the money out for a small, high quality item, that is unique.   That is what Rustico Leather provides you.

This journal is absolutely beautiful.  You feel as though you are transported back in time
when you open this and turn the rough-cut paper pages.  This is perfect to record your thoughts in and
beautiful enough to passed on to your children and grand children, so that they can relive
what you did.

This is one of those unique items perfect for that hard to shop traveling person. This is one of the reasons why I chose this review set.  Mr. Air Force is quite the traveling man, and this is kind of a cool thing.  You will pay $18.00 for it, but you are paying for the quality leather, and this particular one is hand-sewn.  There are tons of colors to choose from, including a really cool turquoise color.

The second reason why I chose this particular package was the passport cover.  If you have someone in your life that uses their passport frequently how cool of an item would this be to give them.  Sure its small and pricey, but you would probably end up paying about $25.00 for a present anyone.  So what if its a small one.  For ten more dollars you can get it personalized.  Maybe you know someone who is leaving, maybe go in for a group gift.  I think that is would be a cool gift if I was going out of the country.

While Rustico Leather items are pricey - that isn't in dispute - and one could reasonably argue that they may not be worth the price, I believe they have their place.  As we get older, and our friends are finding them at a place in life where they can buy what they want for themselves - and gift cards are just super lame all the time - Rustico offers unique items to purchase as gifts.  I also think these gifts would be perfect for our parents.  Talk about people that are getting tougher to shop for, AND can usually buy the things they want for themselves....right?!
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Finding Your Inner Writier with Now Novel *review*

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Writing a book has been something that has been on my "list" for several years.  Ideas have come and gone, pages have been written, tossed, and written again; but nothing has ever stuck.  Whether it be the kids, another kid, crazy Mr. Air Force work scheduling issue or just life in general, it just hasn't happened.  Then I came across Now Novel.  It is perfect for someone who wants a little something else in their writing experience. 

Some people have been known to go old school, write on a type-writer, some can hole themselves away in their office, or bedroom, and type out their thoughts on their computer.  Now Novel does it a little differently.  It's like a full-fledged support group, on top of being a place to write.  It keeps track of your word-count and overall progress right there on the side panel.  There's a blog, forum and even a place to get some of your worked critiqued, and no one would have to know who the heck you were.  That is pretty cool.  That is one of the parts I absolutely dread about writing.  Submitting that work to someone to edit it.  I know that I'll have to do it eventually, and submitting it to someone I know has both good and bad points.  For one, its kind of nerve wracking to basically soul your perverbial soul to someone (okay, maybe not that dramatic).  I'd always be wondering what they thought of me, if they thought I was crazy, whether it was awful...would they really tell me the full truth?  So much stress right?  For those you ( like me!) who enjoy watching things being explained, here' s short video about the Now Novel process.

Some other cool things about Now Novel is that it really helps almost anyone to write a book.  Some people, like myself, don't have extensive training or a college education that has to do with writing.  However, what many people do have is a story to tell.  You want to be able to put all your words on paper in a way that reads well to a large audience.  Not everyone will like it obviously, different strokes for different folks, but you want to be able to put your words down in the right way.  A way that will get the most out of it.  With this very cool website they can help you develop your book with a blueprint and expert guides.  Help you get that jumble of thoughts out and looking organized. 

All that being said, Now Novel doesn't come cheap.  You did get a portion for free, you can create your mood, find your central idea and test that it is the way you want to go.  After that you have to pay for the program.  With that you get access to everything, all the time, as well as a mentor to help you through the process.  There are different levels of programs you can purchase, based off what you believe your needs will be.  For the DIY Writer ( knows what they want and doesn't need a lot of support) you are looking at $99 for six months, no editing and no mentor.  The programs go progressively up to $599.00 for six months which gets you your mentor, phonecalls with them and editing of up to $3,000 words a month.  So there's something for everyone.  The FAQ section has a lot of information in it and answered many of my questions about the program.

All in all its a super neat and very unique program.  I could see purchasing something like this if I was super committed to writing and knew that I could finish it in six months; or maybe if I didn't have three small children running around and was litterally watching my time and money disappear before my eyes.  But you get what I'm saying.

If you're serious about book writing, and have the cash to do this program I think it would be an awesome opportunity.

Any of my readers writing or considering writing a book?! I'd love to hear about it.  What genre?
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