Cammo Style Love: September 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My Kids Do Chores, and Why Yours Should Too!

School's in full swing and we are fully embraced in our new schedule. So it's the perfect time to evaluate the chore duties. We have three kids, and they are all their unique person. But let's face it, when more often than not I'm here alone with them the easiest road is the one I often choose. But chores are important, and no matter what you're doing them so we should all get to a place where we can accept that. Acceptance is key! In our home we also pay for chores. It's one of those marriage compromises, that I ended up totally coming on board with and we have seen the payoff *no pun intended*. We don't pay lot, but we pay enough for them to understand the value of money and get into the habit of saving. I use a great allowance app with a profile for each kid. They can also choose to put money in their piggy bank if they want. They also have a goal they are working towards and we encourage them to pick something special. You see the beauty of them making their own money is now they buy themselves anything they want. So outside of birthdays I now can say "save your money for it!" The second benefit is their desire to do extra chores and coming up with the idea on their own! It's lovely!!

So what types of chores do they do?
 
-It should be noted that my kids are also required to participate in the our household like putting away folded laundry, clearing the table, keeping their rooms clean as best they can and other things that are part of keeping our home together-

The 11 yr old $2.50

  • Vacuuming
  • cat box duty
  • dusting
  • unloading dishes
  • vacuuming and mop kitchen and mud room
  • extra chores we ask
The 8 yr old 1.50

  • Bathroom (minus chemicals for shower and tub)
  • vacuum and mop bathroom
  • wipe down kitchen cabinets
  • dusting (splits with brother)
The 5 yr old .75

  • windows ( whatever he can reach)
  • bathroom trash
  • recycling
  • he loves extra chores, so he'll ask regularly for them

You have to change your point of view

If you are a super type A person this will either drive you crazy or be a great learning experience....what I'm hoping is that its both. It's okay to want perfection. I'm kind of that way about my living room. It's my space, with no kids toys or anything like that. So there I get to be crazy and organized. But the dishwasher, maybe not the best place to go crazy. 1) they won't learn how to do it and 2) they won't want to do it with a happy heart. When are having company sometimes you'll see be bust out the cleaning supplies for a grown-up once over. But its so important to us that they kids also recognize and take ownership over the space.  Kids can do way more than we think they can and we have seen the benefit in our household.

What kinds of chores are done at your house?
Got any questions?  


Rheanna
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dreaming of a California Fall


You can take the girl out of California, but you can't take the California out of the girl.

Never has a truer statement been made. I haven't lived in California for close to thirteen years, but its where I was born and raised. We moved to Nevada about five months after we got married and then moved to the East Coast in 2012. But its really hard for me to let go of the sense of style that I created when I lived on the West Coast. Most of it is just because we have some of the best weather ever. I mean Northern California is pretty darn awesome. You drive two hours in any direction and you can find yourself in a different climate - Forrest, lakes, ocean, city, coastal towns, desert....whatever you're looking for we've got it close by. And we don't have to deal with snow or earth quakes. It's about as amazing as it gets. 

So when I get the occasion to bust out some of my west coast style I jump on it. There are very few weeks here where I can combine my fall and summer looks to create "California Fall". You know flip flops and jeans? It's the classier, and less basic, version of Uggs and skirts {don't get me started on that one}.  Thankfully I have Old Navy close by which never disappoints when I need some California inspired love. Where else can I purchase a cute tank top, and go one rack over and find a boyfriend Cardi? The key is color and confidence. Combine some Summer and Fall colors together, throw on some Rainbow flip flops and some cute sunnies are you're good to go. And while you might not be able to afford the Ballenciaga handbag pictured below, its the perfect Summer to Fall purse color!


California Fall





What I'm Wearing

Sandals: Rainbow Braided Flip Flops (Tilly's Gives a Military Discount In Store)
Sunnies: Palm Eye Wear - Bocca




 Rheanna
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rhe's Bookshelf - A Visit to Summer Grove with Cindy Woodsmall's New Series


I am so excited to be doing a book review for ya'll! It's been awhile since we've paid a visit to my bookshelf and I'm really excited to bring you guys a new book from my favorite Amish-life author. Cindy first came across my bookshelf a couple years ago with the Amish Vines and Vineyards series which is the reason why I started reading Amish books in the first place. It never seemed like anything I would love but I did!! When the series was done I had some serious sadness and withdrawl issues. But Ms Woodsmall is back with what is going to be another amazing series; and I was lucky enough to check out the first two books.



summary



Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.

Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.


summary

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend
living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.
New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?


Review

So I didn't read the back cover of book one, so I had no idea what was coming. Feeling emotional while reading a book is really one of the most important things I look for when reading fiction. I want to feel what these characters feel. That is what gets you through a book, makes you want to continue on and find out what happens. The writing, again, sucks you in as Cindy is so skilled at drawing you into the Amish world. The relationships of the family, and the love that the main character shows to the family draws you in. Quill is one of my favorite characters in Ms Woodsmall's books. His passion and love for the faith, while in direct opposition to his life, was emotional. You could feel it coming from the book. I found myself simultaneously angry, imagining how parts of this book could never actually happen in real life....while also thinking, "What would happen if this was real life?"

Cindy's books are an easy and enjoyable read, but don't mistake that for simple or something that isn't complex. The relationships are hard, and the reality of what these people are dealing with his powerful and very, very real. People might get angry at the way some of the characters behave, I know I did, but you have to understand the reality of the world these characters live in. It's a very real world. Looking at these books as not only an enjoyable read but as an education as well is important. These books are an education for its readers, and Ms Woodsmall expertly does so.

have you read any Amish fiction? I'd love hear about it!! 
And one lucky reader will win their own copies of books 1 and 2 of this series!!

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~Rheanna
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