Tuesday, October 14, 2014

That Time I went to Target and Bought Nothing.....Almost

Perhaps no one loves Target as much as me....really it's true. Second only to IKEA, is my love for Target and how much of my household decorations, furniture and clothing comes from here. The holidays are the best....my favorite Air Force Nutcracker that stays out all year long, my amazing bookshelves, the pillows on my couch and the amazing famous buildings that are framed in my room from my wedding ten years ago.

When Stephanie Giese posted her article in Huffington Post, (and her blog..read it, she's great!) about the situation of girl clothes at Target I ate it up in shovelfulls.  Heavens above, was she reading my mind? I knew the day was coming and I was terrified. I had sort of prepped for it in mind.  What I was most worried about was dresses, and feminine things that were age appropriate. The tightness of shorts and pants, and the length of them I sort of started to combat already and was pleasantly surprised with what I was able to score at consignment sales. Labels like Gymboree, The Children's Place and even Old Navy have been good to me so far in that category, but only at consignment prices. Her issue is with the Toddler Section (although I'm sure her issue will go right through like mine does the day she starts shopping at the 6-16 section. *dun dun dun* ~ insert 80s horror movie music ~

The Picture Day came.


Apparently something happens at the age (or size) of six.  I'm not sure what goes through a designer's head when they decide that my kindergartener should be wearing what a jr. higher might wear. A vice versa really.  What Jr Higher wants to look like a kindergartener? On the same hanger you will find xs all the way to xl. Really? I found almost nothing and left the store with a shirt (which I didn't actually end up using and returned) and a maxi skirt, which had nothing to do with picture day but was just something my daughter wanted to match me. I found one dress that I almost considered buying before I went through the catalogue in my head of her closet. I eventually determined that I thought I had something there for her so I left.  I was mad and sad. Nothing? Really? I even (yes I really did this) went upstairs with the XS from the "Girls" section to see if I could find a more age appropriate dress in the Toddler section that I could "wing it" with leggings. Nope.

 one of the dresses I had to chose from? Really Skulls? For a six year old. I think I'm both lame and
probably better suited to be living in the 40s or 50s I'm sure. So uncool of me I know.


 This is the dress I almost bought, but then I realized its from a tv show called "Ever After High" that no my
daughter doesn't watch. Why do they have a cartoon geared towards young children set in high school? Again, I'm totally lame I'm sure. So the most feminine and girly, old-fashioned looking outfit, is of course associated, and printed with the name, with a tv show that my daughter doesn't watch.


Some of the other dresses were again, okay, but not exactly what I had in mind for my six year old to wear to church or to a party. Their Circo Halloween dresses, oh man, adorable and I will purchasing that for her since Halloween is so close to her birthday...but why can't they carry that adorableness over to all year long. Where Target does do a decent job is with their Penelope Tree by Miss Behave line; but here's the kicker - not sold in stores and some of their most expensive stuff. I might has well go to Gymboree or Crazy 8's and get more age appropriate stuff. And its not just Target, Old Navy is fairly guilty of this as well. They have a section dedicated to "Girls".  That's all relative though. Girls to these two stores are six 6/6x (S), all the way to 10/12 (L/XL). We aren't even talking the same planet in my opinion. If you check out Old Navy's dress options for little girls its slightly better and definitely more up my alley then Target. Thank you Old Navy!

How I long for the days of shopping in the Baby/Toddler section. I actually persue it and wistfully finger the clothing.  Maybe I could rip out seams and re-purpose them?  And while I love places like Gymboree and Janie and Jack, frankly I can't afford them.  At least not on a regular basis and not without gymbucks or major clearance. This is one of the reasons I'm a die-hard consignment shopper. Its days like this I'm thankful my boys outnumber my girls.

That day I basically walked out with nothing and I haven't been back. The next weekend I went to the big consignment sale and bought all of my daughter's winter dresses (Gymboree, Matilda Jane, Macy's brands and the like). None of the baring the label of a more affordable clothing store.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Rhe's Bookshelf - Seasons of Tomorow by Cindy Woodsmall


 Seasons of Tomorrow, Amish Vines and Orchards Series #4   -     By: Cindy Woodsmall

Summary 

Rhoda Byler feels freer than ever in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped to establish. Healed from past wounds, she focuses on nurturing the orchards in her care and pursuing God's plan for her unusual gifts. When a horrible tragedy occurs, what will become of the bright future that just recently appeared?
The moving culmination in this popular Amish romance series, Rhoda Byler finally has the confidence and freedom she's always longed for in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish with the King family. But can faith, hope, and most of all love prevail when a horrible disaster strikes?

Review

I have been waiting to read this book and I was beyond excited. I don't want the series to end and Cindy keeps it going with Seasons of Tomorrow. I felt like it was all coming to a head with this book. By this time in the series you are totally invested in these characters and you genuinely love them. I felt myself going through the emotions a ton in this book. There were some lovely new additional characters introduced during this book. Even though I felt as though this was probably the last book in the series I definitely wanted more. Cindy is great with the happy endings and that's why I like to read. There were trials and tribulations, hardships along the way, but all's well that ends well. This series is what made me really fall in love with Amish fiction. Having never read one before this I wasn't really sure that I would be interested. She won me over I love it. I've read several others from different authors ( you can find those on my bookshelf tab ). Thanks for another great book Cindy.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rewind 365 October 2013

WELCOME TO REWIND 365!  
 LETS GO DOWN MEMORY LANE!
On the first Thursday of the month come join us in 'Rewind 365'!
It can be something you posted on your blog a year ago, a memory, a photo or even a video taken  a year ago!
This is what was going on with me a year ago:
So What Happened With You A Year Ago Today? Join in and "Rewind 365" days and tell us what you were up to A Year Ago Today!
It's all simple:



1. Follow me!  2.Tweet your post and tag me @RheChristine #rewind365 3. Create a Post with a picture, a memory, or even a previous blog post from 1 year ago, make sure you include our button so we have more people joining every week. 4. Leave your link below!

Hopefully I'll be able to resurrect this little post here.  I always think its fun to look back on where you were the last year, how big the kids have gotten.  Occasionally I'll even come across a really sweet memory that I haven't thought about in awhile.  So, the point is its really fun and you know you wanna!!

A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH......

We celebrate my adorable little girl's fifth birthday by heading to Baltimore to the Aquarium for the first time. Loved it! We also had a fantastic time letting our oldest carve his first pumpkin all by himself.



 
Lastly, on my blog this month last year I shared our homecoming, that we had had a couple months before that with you all.  Another shout-out to the amazing Jessica Del Vecchio Photography
for the amazing pictures. If you are in the DCMetro area, hire her.  She's amazing.


*my favorite thing about this picture (and a lot of the pictures) is that adorable couple in the back right. They are in many of the pictures in a similar pose. It wouldn't be a stretch to assume that he, himself, probably served.


so that's where we are and where we've been!  grab a button and join in the fun all month!  Link up and tweet #Rewind365 and tag me!




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day *giveaway*

Who as a kid remembers this book? I know I do.  I think its part of every kid's growing up, or it should be anyhow. When Disney announced that they were doing a movie based off this book I was super excited. It has an allstar cast and I believe my eight year old would think this movie is hilarious!  If by some crazy reason you do not know about this fantabulous book and movie, here's a little run down for you:


Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

In celebration I have some really fun movie swag to give away! To win simply leave a comment telling me either your favorite children's book to movie adaptation or what book you'd love to see turned into a movie.



Good Luck!!!
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's Okay Tuesday - Tales of Real Life Housewifedom *Link-Up with Airing My Dirty Laundry*

Airing My Dirty Laundry


Happy Tuesday Ya'll! I'm back after a terribly lacking blogging week, but I have an excuse.  My in-laws were here and we were taking in some of the sights!  This is a perfect segway however....

- it's okay that I have basically done nothing around my house - cleaning, organizing, putting things away

- it's okay that I have about a million and one emails to go through

-it's okay that we are going on vacation at the end of the week and I'm not even close to ready (see number 1)

-it's okay that after several days off hubby is back to work and I miss him terribly!

- it's okay that I'm going through Geocaching withdrawls...it's a real thing, I swear.  Mr. Air Force and I just started doing it and now I'm going through withdrawls after one day

Go link up with my fellow Air Force Spouse Blogging Pal over at Airing My Dirty Laundry. She has a great blog and you can link up with this post every week!




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Ripley's Believe It Or Not - Baltimore, Maryland

If you've never been to a Ripley's you need to go!  They are so cool and fun for the whole family.  We've been to several and they are all so different, with neat things that each museum call their own.  I'm excited to tell you all that Ripley's is in Baltimore now! You can find located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  Have you ever been to the Inner Harbor?  We were able to go last year to check out the Aquarium, and I instantly wished I had allotted more time to spend just looking around. It is going to be great to have another fun museum to check out while visiting Balitmore, and is going to be the perfect place to take the kids.  I imagine my eight year old is going to absolutely love love love this place!

A little about Ripley's Believe it Or Not, Baltimore

Come see over 15,000 square feet of the odd and weird world of Ripley's Believe It or Not! where truth is stranger than fiction. See a real shrunken head, Hogwarts Castle made of matchsticks and much much more! Along with incredible artifacts and artwork from all around the world and over 100 "interactives" take a ride on our 4D Moving Theatre and get lost in our Marvelous Mirror Maze. You can also take home your very own wax hand that you create. Ripley's has been proudly freaking out families for over 90 years. Why just say it, See it!



**I've got a little treat for my readers as well!!

Buy Two Attractions, Get the Third One Free! Code: USFAM
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Social 119 - Current Favorites

This week's Sunday Social is all about my current favorites.  If you've never participated in a Sunday Social you are missing out. It's lots of fun and I always find great blogs to read, and some time to catch up on some of my favorites.  Make sure to come back to my blog for the Rewind 365 link up! In the meantime you can link up with this month's until then. It's a fun little link-up of my own creation that I'm trying to get going. So please join in and spread the word!

1. Favorite Scent
My all time favorite scent in general is Tommy cologne, by Tommy Hilfiger. Hubby has worn it for forever, since high school.  I love it and I can't get enough of it. So many good memories attached to that smell

For me its a toss up between Love Spell, which is the purple body spray from Victoria Secret; Lavender Honey scent from Bath and Body Works and Beckham, Victoria Beckham's perfume.  I love perfume so if you have a favorite tell me!

2. Favorite Food

I've been in a "cooking new food" kick recently, as well as doing a lot of things from scratch (homemade enchilada sauce - what?!!  My friend recommended these Garlic Noodles from Budget Bytes, which are absolutely amazing!! I made some substitutions, gluten free and otherwise, so stay tuned for that post on the blog. This is my new favorite food! I'm going to have to resist from making it all the time.

3. Favorite Sound


Currently, its this little guy!  He's my little buddy in general, but since its been just me and him during the day its been a whole new level of fun.  We have the best conversations and he just cracks me up.

4. Favorite Picture Currently on Your Phone

It's a toss up guys....how to pick?!

This is my little man and his newest little pal Rowan. Rowan's mommy and I have know each other for almost 30 years (whoa!!).


This pick was our most recent family outing.  These are cherished moments since the
kids and I usually experience this type of thing by ourselves. Go Nats!!

5. Best Memory of the Year So Far

Seriously, the hardest question.  I'm not really sure.  Finally getting to go inside the Washington 
Monument is probably right up there.  I posted about that here.
We'll see what else the year has in store for u!


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