Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Zoo Fun & Happy Earth Day!

Last week was April Vacation here. So one thing we decided to do was go to the zoo.

I realized I hadn't been to a zoo in at least 5 or more years. And we had never been to the Metro Richmond Zoo.

daughter doing a Galapagos Turtle impression - see the turtle?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saving Your Ocean Property from Infestation

Do you have a home right on the coast? Have you ever thought that your home could pose a risk for termite infestation? This is everyone’s worst nightmare, but you must be aware that termites prefer damp conditions and sandy soils, making an ocean property a target zone for them to dwell. They don’t like the sun so they will build shelter tubes above ground to feed on any wood. These tubes keep their environment damp, making it easier for them to hang out at your home and continue to feed on wood. So what can you do about these nasty insects and is your home at risk? Here are some important things to keep in mind if you have a home on or near the coast.

 Improper Drainage
Improper drainage and having a lot of damp shaded areas at your home unfortunately creates the ideal habitat for termites. If you suspect that your drainage is not working properly, call the plumber and get this resolved. The last thing you need is a food source for these critters to use to thrive. Also do your best to eliminate nesting conditions (dark damp areas around your home) and this will reduce the risk of infestation. One way of doing this is eliminating wood soil contact, discussed next.

Eliminate Wood Soil Contact
Another way to prevent termites from infesting your home is by eliminating any potential wood soil contact for them. You can do this by removing any wood stored on the ground that’s near your home, storing firewood on concrete or steel elevated off the ground instead of on the sand or a damp area, and removing any pressure treated retaining walls, railway ties and edging boards. There are other ways to eliminate wood soil contact such as removing dead trees and getting rid of the stump. Outthink termites and your home will be safe and sound.

What if Termites are Dwelling Anyway 
There’s still a chance your home could have termites, even if you’ve done everything to prevent them. If you’d like to know if termites are indeed at your home, call an inspector from Pacific Coast Termite. They’ll be able to inspect your home for termites, answer your questions about treatment, and later spray underneath your house and other areas to ensure the termites do not return if they find these insects. In addition you may quality for a warrantee, which means that if termites should come back, you can be at ease that it will be taken care of and your ocean haven will be safe from termites.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bravo's Southern Charm ( #SothernCharm #SverveChat)

Last week I was asked to join a campaign through Sverve. It involved Bravo's tv show Southern Charm.

I personally had never heard of this show before that. I decided to catch up on all the previous episodes through ON Demand.

This is a very interesting show - it takes place in Charleston, South Carolina. And revolves around some unique cast of characters. Some include an ex State Treasurer named Thomas Ravenel, a guy named Whitney, who I guess used to make films or something in LA, but now seems to just live with his very rich mother and party.

Then there is Shep, who seems to be the lovable playboy. I kinda don't like him, but then I kinda do. It says on his Bio he is a "Raconteur." Google it.

I guess he just was born into money so he can do whatever he wants. Must be nice.

Also Jenna - who I guess has a really rich "older" boyfriend they never showed, but who pays for her fancy house and everything else.

There is a lot of drama, hookups, parties, eating and drinking on this show. A pregnancy scare, boar hunting, a girl named Kathryn who seems to stir up a lot of the trouble. And more fun stuff. My personal favorite on the show is Cameran. She seems to be one of the few who actually works, and is trying to make a living selling real estate.

There's a few other people I didn't mention but you can check it all out on Bravo to find out more about the cast.

We (me Sverve and a bunch of other bloggers) also had a cool Twitter party Monday night during the show. Monday April 22 is actually the season finale of the show. So I want to catch that! Check out this show for yourself it's highly entertaining!

Disclosure: this was a volunteer based project through Sverve. I received no compensation.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dance Costumes

This year my daughter is taking 3 dance classes! Every year she seems to add one more, somehow. She finally seems to be recuperating from her ankle/foot injury. And was able to participate in "Picture Day."

Which is when the photographer comes in and takes individual/group photos of all the dance classes. The recital is in May - and the main theme is revolving around The Sound of Music!

Here's my own pics I took of her:

Hip Hop Costume:

Camping Gear at The Clymb

You may or may not know this - but I love camping. I never actually did any camping growing up. My mother wasn’t really into it. Once I met my husband though, I started going camping with him. My husband has always gone and got me in to it too.

 Now, I think I may actually even like it more than he does. My kids like it also, and enjoy going. When they were really little we sometimes went 4 or more times a year. Now we have been trying to go at least 2 times a year. 

Every year we seem to need some new camping gear. I found a website called The Clymb. They offer insider pricing on premium outdoor gear. They actually offer discounts of up to 70% off retail.

Sometime before our next camping trip, I would really like to buy some new things we will need. One thing I know we will definitely need is some new camping chairs. The camp chairs I was just looking at are so nice. I need like 4 chairs - take it from me - this is a really important essential while camping. 

Another thing that I need is a lantern. I had one but something happened to it. I want to show my husband this lantern I was just looking at. It is really cool looking and really has a great price on it!

 Lastly an item that isn't necessarily something you need to go camping, but would be fun to have is a hammock. My brother-in-law always had one when we went camping with him. And now I would like to have one. It seems like very relaxing to be able to sit in a hammock while camping.

I just saw a large selection of them. In all sorts of different styles and colors. And for very reasonable prices. Doesn't that sound cool? Setting up a hammock at your campsite, hopefully overlooking the water. 

Now I am getting excited about going camping this Summer again! Do you like camping with your friends and family?

This is a sponsored post - written 100% by me.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Favorite TV Shows - Join me on Beamly

Hi Guys! I want to let you know about a super cool collaboration I am involved in. It is through Tapfluence and Beamly.

Let me tell you a little about it!

First Beamly is an interactive social site, that makes TV more fun. You can see what your friends are watching and invite them to watch with you. Also Chat, share and Tweet around your shows. There are a lot of other features I am exited to check out!

That's because I just joined Beamly and you can check out my profile here. Please join it's super easy to join and you can follow me!

I also joined some TV Rooms. I joined three different one's so far. The first one is Grey's Anatomy, because that is my number one favorite show of all time!

Did you watch it the other night? This is a photo from last weeks show. When they were celebrating an award Christina was nominated for:

(c Grey's Anatomy FB Page)

Another show I love is Day's of Our Lives. I have always loved soap operas. I used to watch certain one's - but they were canceled, so It is only in the past year or so I have really gotten into Days. I pretty much watch it everyday now, and really like it so much! So I joined the Day's of Our Lives TV Room.

The other show that I absolutely love and never miss is The Voice. I have seriously loved this show since it debuted a few years ago. I really love it, I get so into it and it is one of the few shows, I will actually vote for the people when it comes time for the voting!

So I am really excited to find Beamly where over the next month - I'm going to watch my favorite shows and chat, share, etc. in the TV Rooms, with others. And maybe make some new friends who are passionate about the same shows as me!

I will probably be joining some more TV Rooms too, because there are a lot of other TV shows I love. So join me on Beamly and follow me through my profile page!

Also check out this cool video below:

What is your favorite TV show? And what TV Rooms would you like to join?

Beamly is THE 24 X 7 social and content network for TV and TV fans. Join me today in TV conversations and get the latest juice and gossip about your favorite shows!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Beamly. The opinions and text are all mine.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Moderna Artisan Series 12 oz Double Wall Glasses review

Hi guys - I want to tell you about a product I received recently. It is from the company Ozeri. You may recall some of my other reviews of their products. Well this time I am reviewing some drinking glasses of theirs.

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