Saturday, August 21, 2010


Today we came home and found our hive had tipped over. At first I thought maybe some kids came through the yard and pushed it over but upon closer inspection found that the "landing strip" as I call it had actually broken apart. I noticed that it was coming apart several weeks ago but then promptly forgot about it. Well, now I've learned a valuable lesson, when said hive is looking shabby I must repair said hive or I'm going to be in deep doo doo.

I feel horrible. There were lots of casualties. Mostly because hubby and I panicked and rushed to put it back together. We should have taken our time and worked carefully but a racing heart and uncertainty did not make for a good combination. We crushed several bees, mainly a heap that was laying on the ground and we just blindly happened to step on. Everything is back in place and the bees went back to business as usual. My only fear... did the queen get killed in that mess?

Any experienced beeks willing to share any tips on how determine whether the queen has perished or not, aside from the queen cells that the bees would make?

UPDATE: (8/23/10) I've learned several things.

1. I'm not the only person to experience the hive tipping drama.
2. The queen is most likely alive since my bees showed know sign of defensiveness when we put the hive back together.
3. I need to check the hive in 5 days to see if there are eggs just to make sure the queen is ok.
4. I should strap my hive down with a heavy leather type strap. Wrap it all away around the hive so in case it tips again all the hive bodies will stay in tact.

Thank you posters and buddies for sharing all this information with me!!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Sorry I haven't blogged lately. I'm busy back at school and honestly, the bees aren't doing much of anything right now. On July 31 I added a honey super to the three hive bodies because the top hive body was filled plum full of honey. Initially I put a queen excluder between the honey super and the top hive body but was advised to remove it since the queen isn't known to cross honey (so no risk that she'd go into the super and lay eggs). I removed the excluder on August 7. About 3 bees actually went through the excluder into the super. I checked a couple days ago and there were about a dozen bees in the super but they haven't drawn out a single frame. So... it looks like I won't be getting any honey this year. I'm not disappointed since I wasn't expecting it. Hopefully the girls make it through the winter and produce lots of honey next year :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Hey bloggers!

I've decided to take a break from this blog for a while. I'm back in school studying aromatherapy (AGAIN)... this time I'm actually getting a degree in the program instead of a certificate and therefore will be able to use it for consulting and writing purposes. Woohoo! I'll actually know what I'm talking about. Anatomy and Physiology is a lot more involved than I anticipated and have lots and lots to focus on so I won't be able to blog anything too serious or facebook for a while. With my studies, my kids going back to school, my bees to take care of, and trying to get my website back up and running again, among a trillion other things, I'm just going to let this blog collect some dust for a bit. I look forward to coming back and reading what everyone else is up to on their blogs though.. hopefully when I'm on the run I can do that from my phone :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Whether you are a health conscious individual or not, the thought as to why you maintain a healthy lifestyle or why others choose to must have crossed your mind at one time or another. We all have reasons for what we choose or choose not to do.

Why does someone eat organic?
Why does someone avoid synthetic ingredients in body products?
Why do people exercise?
Why do people only eat certain types of foods?
Why are people vegans?
Why do people drink 8 glasses of water a day?
Why do people meditate?
Why do people read?
Why do people take long walks in the morning?
Why do people avoid buying products from China?

So on and so forth.

The list of questions can be endless no matter which side you are on (healthy or not).

Lately the big question with people seems to be, why try and eliminate things that COULD be bad for us when it seems like EVERYTHING is bad for us? Our food is pesticide laden, the corn you ate last night along with the soy milk you drank was genetically modified, you just planted a garden in your backyard just to learn that the soil is full of toxins, the natural lotion you bought turns out to be not natural at all and instead has a preservative in it that some say is carcinogenic. What is the answer?

Is the answer "oh well, everything will make you sick so you might as well throw your hands in the air and say forget it?"
Is the answer "no matter what you eliminate you can't eliminate everything so why bother?"
Is the answer "I feel like all of this information is just causing me and my family to be fearful so I'd rather not know?"
Is the answer "I don't know where to start, do I focus on food first or the body products? Gee, this is all so over whemling, I just can't do it?"

Maybe you recognize some of those answers as your own or belonging to others you know. It is so much easier for us to throw our hands in the air and give up because, afterall, the truth is that all of this information on chemicals in our food, water, air and body products is VERY overwhelming and VERY scary but the point of it all is ELIMINATING RISK FACTORS!

The world is toxic, there is no question about it. Our very being is polluted with numerous chemicals, unborn babies are polluted, but ask yourself how did we get here? We didn't just wake up one day and become toxic, we slowly found ourselves in this position. Unregulated industries, lobbyists, politicians, uninformed Americans, that is what brought us here. We've been at the mercy of corporations for a very very long time.

Today, with the internet, we are a much more aware society than anytime in history. It is time to turn that feeling of being overwhelmed into being grateful and the feeling of being scared into positive action. Be grateful that you are aware, be positive when you shop. Avoid the risk factors. No, you won't detoxify your body by starting to buy organic food today, you won't cleanse your soul because you've purchased an organic all natural shampoo, but you will eliminate many of the risk factors contributing to some cancers, fetal abnormalities, hormonal disorders, depression, obesity...

The industry responsible for creating chemicals and those promoting their usage want you to sit on the couch, throw your hands up in the air and feel overwhelmed. They want you to feel like you are fighting a losing battle, because if you don't feel those things than they can't win. Be the educated positive force that you are and begin now by choosing the healthier alternative so that you eliminate some health risks for yourself and reshape the future for your children and grandchildren.

I often ask people, would you accept a plate full of formaldehyde for dinner? The answer is always "NO". I ask why, and almost always they say "because it would kill me." Then I ask them why they put it on their body in the form of nail polish. They often reply, because there is such a little amount that isn't dangerous. Then I ask, how do you know it isn't dangerous?
They know because the very industry responsible for the creation of this harmful chemical has told them so. Not directly but in the way of the media (internet, television, magazines) and thanks to the lobbyists hard at work in Washington we now have politicians who have lined their pockets with large amounts of money willing to tell us it is safe too.

So the BASIC answer to the WHY questions is ELIMINATING RISK FACTORS! Do not INCREASE your risk of health problems by making your body MORE TOXIC than it already is. Keep exercising, keep searching out the foods with the least amount of pesticides, keep planting that garden because your soil is no where near as toxic as the soil the foods at the grocery store came from, keep buying the organic natural body products, keep educating yourself on the issues, keep insisting that government regulate the industries responsible for making us sick. Your body will be grateful and so will future generations!


We always look to others with credentials to tell us the facts on what is good and bad for our health but what we fail to do is look BEHIND the studies that are done. Who are these people that release reports on chemicals? They have scientist next to their name so we think they are honest and forthcoming, right? Next time you want to know the truth, investigate the person telling you something is "safe." Who paid them to do the study? Who do they work for? I guarantee you will be surprised at what you find.

According to, “In the latest years for which information is available, some 40 percent of ACSH’s (American Council on Science and Health) budget was supplied directly by the industry"

Now ask yourself. Do you trust the ACSH to be honest?


Now read the report from ACSH on Phthalates and ask yourself... can you trust them?


What I always like to ask people is, if I paid you a million dollars to test my product and determine its safety, what would you say? Kinda like having a gun to your head, isn't it?!!

NOTE: The ACSH no longer makes their financial backing information available to the public.

Dr. Elizabeth Whelan (not a medical doctor) is president and co-founder of the industry-friendly, global warming skeptic group and The American Council on Science and Health.



Monday, August 9, 2010


This plant/herb is taking over my yard, choking out all the flowers and other weeds (that I actually like) but the upside to it is that my honeybees LOVE it. This is the first time I've seen hundreds of honeybees head straight over to something in my yard. They aren't the only insects in love with this plant either, there are bumble bees, wasps, and other things I can't identify. Can anyone identify this crazy plant/weed?

Monday, July 26, 2010


Ok, my every Friday natural colorant posts aren't working out like I planned. Life is getting in the way. So, here it is. Natural soap colorant #3... Alkanet Root. I apologize for low picture quality, I took these photographs with my cell phone.

Alkanet Root is an herb that is used as a dying agent (among other things) and has been for centuries .

Here, I'm using it to color my soap.

To begin, I take 6 tablespoons of Alkanet Root and add it to 16 oz. of warm olive oil (that I've heated slightly on the stove).

I let it sit in the pan for 5 minutes and then pour it into a clean jar, cover, and let sit over night.

The following day I strain the oil.

I add the olive oil to the other oils in my soap recipe. Add the lye/water. Mix until trace.

Continue with the other additives at trace. Pour into mold.

This is the result 48 hours later. Tiny bit of ash on top but looking great. Turned out a deep purple.