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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!






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Luminance Skin Care Review, Discount, and Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review several Luminance Skin Care products. Luminance Skin Care prides itself on creating products that are organic, non toxic, free of synthetics, and vegan.  One of the things I look for in facial products is that they are good for the environment and for my face.  Who wants to put toxic chemicals on their face?
For the review I received the Delicate face Cleanser, Rosewater face toner, deep hydration Moisturizer, Hydration face Moisturizer, and a bar of soap. The delicate face cleaner is a soft mild face wash and the Rosewater face toner is very refreshing. I like that they are both sprays, easy to apply to face.


Luminance also has a blog that is full of helpful and useful information about their products, beauty tips, and ingredient lists.

Here is a little bit more information about Luminance:
Kim started our company a couple of years ago while working in Silicon Valley as an electrical engineer. His wife had just hit menopause and became suddenly and seriously allergic to synthetic fragrances in cosmetics and soaps so he used his background in science to develop our skincare line without any animal products, synthetic ingredients or toxins. We are now a growing company with products in Whole Foods and a stable online business.

Luminance is also having a giveaway with some fabulous prices on their blog.  They are giving away 3 prizes, $150, $100, and $50 credit to spend on their site.

The rafflecopter form for their giveaway is below, please answer the questions in my comments section below.


if you can't wait to see if you've won you can use the code RAISINGGREENRICHMONDKIDS on the Luminance website and receive 20% off your order.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Natural DIY Weed Killer-Round Up

This Natural Round Up recipe has been all over the internet so I had to try it.  Not only is Round Up expensive but it also has plenty of chemicals in it that I would rather not spray on our lawn that our children and pets play on.  The recipe is easy and uses common household ingredients. Even though I had heard it worked really well I had to see it for myself and I was surprised at how quickly it worked.  

Natural Round Up will kill everything (including grass) so do not spray it on areas with desirable plants or grass.

Recipe and directions:
1 gallon white vinegar
2 cups epson salt ( other recipes called for plain salt so I think you can use either)
1/4 dish soap
empty sprayer
just mix and spray, let it sit a couple of hours( preferably in the sun)
By the end of the day the weeds should be dead-gone!


The left picture is of a weed before I sprayed it and the right picture is a day after I sprayed it!