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Sunday, August 10, 2014

We have been Volunteering at the Richmond SPCA this Summer!

There are not too many volunteering opportunities for younger children to volunteer in the area.  Both my daughters love animals so I was very excited to find out that children 7 and older can volunteer with a parent at the Richmond SPCA.
To become a volunteer you must attend one of their introductory 2 hour courses which they run about once a month.  After that you will need to decide what type of volunteering you would like to do.  Most dog and cat interactive jobs require another course before you are able to volunteer with the animals.  They also require that you volunteer at least 6 hours a month.

Since I was bringing my 2 girls with me each time we decided to only volunteer for the in-house jobs.  There are several in-house jobs that allow children to interact with the animals.  The jobs that were most appealing to us are kitty calming, waterer, kong stuffer, and kitten nursery.

Our first job was kitty calming which the pictures posted here are from.  We got the cat catillion rooms ready before the SPCA opened to the public.  We swept the room, groomed the cats, cleaned the litter boxes, wiped windows, and cleaned other surfaces.  overall it was a really fun volunteering experience! My girls are looking forward to going back next week.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yard Gard ECOKILL Inspect Spray Review and Giveaway

ECOKILL Insect Spray

I was recently contacted by Yard Gard to review one of their products.  I choose to review their ECOkill Insect Spray since we  have a vegetable garden and we have a variety of flies, spiders, Japanese beetles, and crickets that roam our yard.  We also have 2 energetic girls and 2 energetic cats that love to be outside.
We do not spray anything on our yard that can be harmful to our children and our pets.  Following the directions, I sprayed ECOkill where I have seen critters on our plants.  I went back to check a few days later and could not find any critters on the plants.  The Spray bottle is easy to use and covers a large area.

Yard Gard carries several natural lawn and yard products: Armadillo reppellent, mole reppellent, ECOkill insect Spray, and multi animal reppellent.

Here is a little bit more about ECOKILL from the Yard Gard website:

Yard Gard ECOKILL organic insect killer is for outdoor use on home lawns and gardens. Our all natural spray is eco-friendly friendly using only organic ingredients. It is safe for use around children and pets and can be applied to plants the same day of harvest so that you can eat you produce without the danger of poisions and other harmful prodcuts. Ecokill will not harm the environment while still giving you effective insect control. Our product does not kill bees that help pollinate your garden. With ECOKILL you can effectively garden worry free! 
Yard Gard ECOKILL organic insect killer kills a variety of caterpillars, moths, flies, spiders and other bugs including army worm, Japanese beetle, cut worm, diamond back moth, squash borer, loopers, crickets, grass hoppers, aphids, snails, earwigs, leafhopper, locust, spiders, leaf-footed bug, Lycaenidae moth, leaf miner, roaches, chinch bug, nematodes, and more! Take your garden to the next level while still protecting the things you love. With Ecokill you can effectively protect your lawn and garden without polluting the soil or causing harm to you lawn and family. 
- Environmentally safe
- Safe for use around children and pets
- Non-toxic
- For Organic Gardening
- All Natural Insecticide or All Natural Insect Killer
- Kills by Contact and repels
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family Camping Trip to Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Over the 4th of July holiday weekend we went camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.  It was our first trip to the park and the lake.  The campground was one of the best kept campground we have found at a Virginia State Park.  We were able to get to the campground early enough to pick out a spot with parking attached to our camp site.  There are also several camp sites where you park just a short walk from your site.  The bathrooms and shower were clean and the camp hosts were very friendly.  They were very kind and helpful when one of our daughters got sick. There are a lot of things to do near the campground including hiking, swimming at the park beach, renting kayaks and paddle boats.  Nearby there is also a drive-in movie theater with it's own diner. Here are a few shots from our family trip!