Cammo Style Love: August 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Making Back To School Easier with HIVE {sponsored}


We are officially in the swing of Back To School. It is day two and I've survived so far. Mr. Air Force took the day off yesterday because we were sending our baby off to Kindergarten. I think this week I'm going to be living in denial and next week will really begin my new reality. It might seem like I'm a free bird, that I've got all the time in the world, but there's just a whole new world of things that I've been dying to do that I just couldn't before. This is a whole new season of life for me and I'm giving myself a week to wallow and then I'll be excited about it. But, its the little things that can make life easier that can make all the difference.




You've heard me talk about HIVE recently. I unveiled this product on my blog about a month ago and we are still loving it. The product isn't anything major, it hasn't totally revolutionized our lives or made life-altering changes; but isn't the small things that can make life easier? We can also save money and be safer too! Having three kids in school means more evening activities. More time for us to be out of the house. Now with a simple app and HIVE our outdoor lights at night will switch on, we can adjust the temperature in our home (what is with this cold, rainy weather today?!) and know when our oldest gets home if we had to leave before he arrived.


So in the business of Back To School and adjusting to new schedules and our new found busy-ness it is nice to not have to worry about stuff like this. If I forgot to make sure the outside lights go on, or the lamp in the living room so that I don't walk into an empty house, HIVE will do it for me. If suddenly the day that was supposed to be cold gets ridiculously hot I can make sure that the air conditioning comes on so that it's not forced to overwork by cooling down a suddenly sweltering house! And while I'm constantly warring in my head over technology and how much I should have in my home, I will admit that when I'm alone and busy THIS kind of technology is exactly my speed.


REASONS TO CHECK OUT HIVE!

  1. Affordable - With three plans available to you, anyone can find one that fits for them! Welcome Home kits contain a little bit of everything and range from $9.99 to $39.99 a month. Control lights, temps and know when your back door opens!
  2. Safety - The HIVE Home Check plan is exactly for those that want to up the safety aspects of their homes. For $19.99 a month you can make sure your porch light is on before you come home, check your door and window and be alerted to any motion! Feel secure when you come home. 
  3. Efficiency - Being efficient makes the whole affordable thing even better. For only $12.99 a month you can take your thermostat to the future! I talked about this specifically in my last post, and how even in our old home we were able to get this connected and set up. And efficiency is older homes can be TOUGH!! But being able to manage our homes heating and cooling from anywhere is a game changer. I can adjust it to begin cooling before we get home, but I don't have keep the air running the whole time I'm gone. This I can get behind.
Go Check out HIVE now!!!








Rheanna
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Lonliness of Being a Military Spouse





I'm coming up on my thirteenth year as a military spouse, almost fifteen as a military "significant other". It's a milestone on both parts, and it really cool and makes me very happy. But there's something else that lingers. In the back of mind, as I go through the day it sits there weighing heavy on my heart. It creeps up in the quietness of the evening and is even hidden in the laughter of my children. It's loneliness. There's so much I would tell that me, thirteen years ago. Then again, maybe I wouldn't. Maybe it was something she had to learn along the way.

I am so proud of being a military spouse. I'm proud of my husband and his career. It's a unique one, full of a lot traveling and long hours. Unpredictability is par for the course and for as long as we've been together that is how it has been. There's never been a 9 to 5 or days off you can predict. I've never not known loneliness, from the moment I got back from my honeymoon. Dealing with it has been sometimes good, and sometimes very bad. Thrown in depression and anxiety and sometimes its been down right horrendous. Its the thing about this life that you can't really explain; and its even harder to be mad at the job when the job is to protect our country and the lives of other service members. Sometimes I wish he'd simply travel for some kind of regular job. Then at least I could channel my anger at something. It's not his fault and he's doing something I really admire. He selflessly gives of himself, but sometimes I just don't freaking care!



I wish I could say that I simply pray, read the Bible, do my devotional and I'm able to shake these feelings. While I will honestly say that I don't know how people go through life without God, sometimes I wish I'd let him help me more through this. But this is the secret price of being a military spouse. Its the one that you think just comes with the territory and its not big deal. He or she is gone, you miss them, you're sad. You remember your friend, the military spouse. Think about her while their service member is gone. You invite them for a playdate or over for dinner. You give them an extra squeeze when you see them. But after they've gone home and they are alone in the quiet, what then? I'd rather take the kids out for errands, cook dinner and do all the cleaning then sit in my house alone one more night. Sometimes I want to kick the wall, throw a plate and scream at the top of my lungs....all at the same time.

That's the part I ask that you remember. The quiet nights alone. After awhile its not nice to be alone, have control over the tv and stay up. So I take a deep breath, shed a few tears and search my bookcase for nice story about true love to lose myself in.

So if you are a military spouse, I'm thinking of you in the quiet hours of my evening. I sending you love during those particularly difficult times of the evening. And if you aren't a military significant other, but you have some in your life, I'm asking you to think about those spouses. Take them out for a late night, have a girls night in, offer to have a slumber party. For its these quiet hours of the late night that they need you the most and they may not even realize it.



Rheanna
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Take a Trip to Lovely Steamboat Springs Colorado!! *Discounts*




I'm so excited to share with you about the beautiful Chateau Chamonix, Mountain Resorts' finest Ski-in/ski-out vacation property in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Chateau Chamonix offers the ultimate convenience of ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Sitting directly on the slopes of Steamboat's Mt Werner, Chateau Chamonix is the ideal location for a Rocky Mountains vacation just steps away from the Steamboat Snow School, the Kids' Vacation Center, and Gondola Square where you'll find an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Amenities include indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle for a quick trip to the grocery store or downtown Steamboat Springs. Choose a luxurious 2, 3, or 4-bedroom condominium, each with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, washer/dryer and wireless Internet. There's on-site check-in, complimentary hot beverages and pastries, as well on-slope ski valet and storage to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. 



What a beautiful place to visit and having the options it provides. You could be as active as you want, or just relax!





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Rheanna
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