Cammo Style Love: June 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Must See Sites in Delaware City, Delaware {Kid Tips Too!}

Everyone once in awhile you find yourself in cool little town. And if you're like me you have your own little "Gilmore Girls" moment, while in said town. That's what happened to me when I visited Delaware City, Delaware! I fell in love with this small town, with his big history, adorable shops, white gazebo and amazing food! Here are some must see sites and things to do in Delaware City!

1. Fort Delaware - of course its at the top of the list because I would venture to say its the main tourist attraction here in the town. You come for the history, but stay for so much more. This fort was probably the coolest of all the ones I've ever been to {and I've been to a ton, and on both coasts!}. The docents and actors were amazing. The kids were super involved. There were areas to run around, stairs to climb and crevices to peak into. They saw a cannon, blast, rifle demonstrations, and actually got to blacksmith. NO JOKE! I've never ever seen that before anywhere. With the assistance of some docents my two oldest got to make an "S" hook and a spoon. For five dollars my eight year old got to actually have a dream, wish type of experience. Ever since he was six and went to Coloma (Northern California) for the first time he's been absolutely obsessed with blacksmithing. Plus, riding a ferry to get there was pretty cool.







~ Parent note: you can pack a lunch and bring it on the island with you. There are picnic tables and grassy areas (watch out for the goose poop!). Souvenirs and snacks are also ridiculously reasonable in prices! I snagged a bonnet and two civil war hats for $6.00 each. They are awesome!

2. GeoCaching and Boat Watching in the Square - As a geocaching family we, of course, had to see what was what! Unfortunately it started to pour rain on us the first day so we could only snag one; but there is one right in the square.  Huge boats come right by the square and the kids had a marvelous time watching the boats and laughing as the water splashed up on them!!! They could have stayed longer but we had to skidaddle.

3. Lewinsky's On Clinton  - Yup, you read that right! A restaurant that cleverly uses the name of the main street in town, 'Clinton Street' in its name. It was a must-see place that we didn't have time for. Since the hubby was only able to be with us on one of the days there we had to make the most of our time. We didn't get a chance to swing in and check it out, but you better believe it is on my bucket list. I don't even care if the food sucks, I want to go just so that I can say that we ate there!

4. Cordelia's Bakery and Cafe - This adorable Cafe and Bakery would be the place I would be hanging out, or going to every day if I lived in Delaware City. With bread and desserts made fresh daily and the sweetest staff ever, Cordelia's is the perfect stop for lunch during your visit here.



5. Ice Cream Parlor - its simply called 'Ice Cream Parlor' and is located at the end of Clinton Street near the water. This is a no-frills, old fashioned ice cream shop. They have lots of fun flavors and the servings are huge. There are some places to sit, but this is a take and go, walk around the square, go sit in the grass type of area. 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Attractions Come to Baltimore's Ripley's Believe it or Not!!


If you've never been to a Ripley's Believe it or Not you are definitely missing out. Mr. Air Force and I have been to several over the years, and across the country. They are some of the coolest museums to visit. We have a Ripley's in our own backyard, and starting June 19th there are some special exhibits coming that will be the visit that much more cool. Coming soon are the legendary Ripley's Fertility Statues, which will be on display as part of world tour. The statues will be available to look at and touch!

 

The statues were hand-carved by the Baule, who live on the Ivory Coast in West Africa and probably date back to the 1930s. In 1993 they made their debut in the Ripley's Orlando headquarters. The legend started there when within months 13 staffers and office visitors became pregnant. The story sparked the curiosity of many and the Wall Street Journal picked it up in 1995. The statues became an international phenomenon, with women everywhere wanting to see and touch the statues. Now, I'm not sure if I believe in legend of the fertility statues; however, in one of my MOPS groups we had a fertility statute that made the rounds and we all swore by it!! Regardless of whether you believe the legend it's pretty darn fun!


Ripley's is making the statues available in the lobby during regular business hours {m-th 10-9pm, Fri 10-10pm and Sun 10-8pm}. There is NO CHARGE to see the statues, but you will need a ticket to tour the rest of the Odditorium.

Not gonna lie, but I think I'll be giving the statues a rub - Don't tell Mr. Air Force!!

As a special treat for Cammo Style Love readers I have a discount for you!
Come see over 15,000 sq feet of weird and crazy stuff! There's a marvelous mirror maze and a 
4D movie theater as well! So buy two attractions and get the third one free by clicking here, and entering 
the code USFAM

*this post is part of a my partnership with UsFamilyGuide Mom Bloggers. I was compensated for my post, but I picked it
because I love Ripley's!! My thoughts and opinions are my own, as always.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When Honor Comes Unexpectedly ~ Meeting Taya Kyle

On two separate occassions this year I had the tremendous honor to meet Taya Kayle, the wife of the late Chris Kyle {American Sniper}. Although talking with her you would have thought she had the tremendous honor of meeting me. I still can't quite put into words how I felt to be there, hear her speak, thank my husband and just take in the whole experience. I decided to write about it at Homefront United.


Recently, I had the honor of attending two events that were also attended by a recent 
icon in the military spouse community. Thrust into the spotlight by circumstance 
beyond her control, in a unique but unfortunately not unique position. 
Military spouses as a collective group are smart, compassionate, resilient, caring, 
understanding and some of the strongest women I know. The ‘Millies’ in my life, as
 I affectionately refer to them, are the backbone of my life, second only to my 
civilian church family. There is no one else in the world that I could go to and not have 
to explain my feelings or what I’m going through. There is however, a group of 
spouses that I couldn’t even classify myself as being on the same level with. They are 
the caregivers and widows of the military spouse community. 

~continue reading at Homefront United Network

{photo courtesy of Sandboxx}
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