Monday, 1 February 2016


Observation Hive

Keeping Backyard Bees
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What’s better than surfing the web or watching Netflix? Having your very own observation bee hive of course! Whether you are a newbee or a long time veteran beekeeper an observation bee hive is the coolest addition to any home.


The Observation Bee Hive

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What’s better than surfing the web or watching Netflix?  Having your very own observation bee hive of course!  Whether you are a newbee or a long time veteran beekeeper an observation bee hive is the coolest addition to any home.  Provided of course you put it in a room where your wife does not shoot you for putting it in the WRONG place.  I would consult with her first and make sure it is in a place where it can please everyone.  We put ours in our basement rec room / Beekeeping 101 class room.
I first saw an observation bee hive when I was about 10 years old in a family owned general store.  I couldn’t take my eyes off it.  When I was told there was one bee that was bigger than all the others called the “queen bee”, that gave me even more motivation to keep watching until I could spot her.  Hey what can I say…….this was the time BEFORE video games and the internet.  But even now having just installed our observation hive in the rec room, the rest of our family members and friends can’t resist spending several minutes just checking it out from time to time.  Even some of our guests that have no real interest in bees find out that they really are in fact very interesting creatures, and can’t help themselves from watching the same as I did as a kid.

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If you’ve ever thought of having one in your home I thought I’d give you some of the pros and cons to help you make a good choice if you decide to take the plunge.  First the pros:
1.  They are just plain cool, everyone else has fish – not you!
2.  You can watch the bees without disturbing them
3.  As a beekeeper you can see if they are bringing in forage
4.  You can observe comb construction
5.  You can sharpen your queen spotting skills
6.  By observing what is happening in the observation hive, you can get a good gauge on what your yard bees are doing as well

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There are probably many more reasons that you can think of too.  But I think you get the idea.  But here are a few cons to be aware of too:
1.  You’ll have to cut a hole in  you wall or construct a window port entrance ( I chose the window port entrance for mine )
2.  You will have to take it outside to do any maintenance
3.  Most observation hives are too small to house a full size colony so you’ll have to build your own if you want enough room to do it right (see my video, below )
4.  They are a bit expensive unless you build your own

If you opt to build your own make sure you have a way to feed them if necessary and have a door to get easy access for maintenance.  Use correct bee space 3/8” in between frames and install vents so you don’t get moisture build up.
Since keeping bees is an education in itself, you will find it to be a huge advantage in your learning curve.  So if you’ve ever given thought to putting one in your home I hope these tips will help you make a good decision so that you too can enjoy beekeeping!
Make sure to watch the video below to learn more.

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Say Goodbye To Bad Breath Tartar And Plaque With This Home Dental Whitening Toothpaste.

Although it is well known that proper dental care is floss, mouth wash and brushing, which is not so well known are the incredible benefits of washing your mouth with coconut oil! Best known as ” oil pusher “, rinse mouth with one tablespoon of oil out and eliminates harmful bacteria that rot your teeth and cause bad breath. Although this is growing in popularity today, it is actually an ancient Ayurveda medicine  dating back 3,000 years. In addition to get rid of harmful bacteria, coconut oil can also help keep teeth white.

The effects of using this recipe for toothpaste based on coconut oil are the prevention of tooth decay naturally, eliminating bad breath and reducing the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. All these effects are the result of the antimicrobial power of coconut oil. Keep in mind that some sites sell Coconut Oil for “cosmetic use”, which means, basically, that have lowered with a chemical product and therefore is not suitable for consumption.

We, from this site, we recommend using only virgin coconut oil, and in particular we like the Coconut oil brand because it has a wide variety, is certified and sold at a very reasonable price, below the other brands on the market. organic farming and sustainable harvesting Making homemade pasta teeth with coconut oil is very simple. Here are the instructions: Melt a couple of tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil (about 30 grams) in a bowl Add 3 tablespoons baking soda (about 45 grams) Mix with a fork until the mixture becomes similar to commercial toothpaste paste following these three simple steps, we will have achieved a homemade paste teeth, in addition to providing the benefits of Coconut Oil It will be bleaching due to sodium bicarbonate.
This toothpaste can be used just as a commercial toothpaste. However, remember that coconut oil solidifies above 24-26 degrees, so some people may prefer to pull the remains in the trash instead of pipes. Actually, we have found that, to weigh less than water, oil floats and does not stick to the pipes. However, please do not throw oil WHATSOEVER, through the pipes as a measure to preserve the environment. To get rid of bad breath, we must also use this paste for brushing the tongue. The antimicrobial power of coconut oil will kill bacteria living on the tongue and are responsible for bad breath. Also, we will leave a very light and fresh scent of coconut and a feeling of freshness and cleanliness that few commercial toothpastes get, all with the benefits of not use powerful chemicals in our mouth. Thank you for taking the time to read this article. If you find this information useful, please share it with friends and family. Your support in our efforts to share free information would be greatly appreciated.


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How To Burn 12 Pounds In Just 1 Week With This Egg Diet!

This egg diet is great choice if you are looking for rapid weight loss. You should be aware that this diet deprives the body of nutrition for extended time and because of that it is not for long term weight loss.

(ORGANIC) Egg Diet
Eggs are rich in protein and nutrients, eggs are extremely healthy. Due to these properties, you will supply the body with the majority of nutrients and vitamins by consuming eggs. Upon looking at this diet you will notice that there does not appear to be much food.
By following this egg diet, you will lose 12 pounds after just one week.

Here is the Diet Plan

How To Burn 12 Pounds In Just 1 Week With This Egg Diet

Day 1
Breakfast: a glass of milk (low-fat), 2 boiled eggs, 2 oranges
Lunch: 6 ounces of boiled chicken (skinless), a glass of yogurt
5 ounces of boiled chicken, 1 orange and boiled egg,

Day 2
Breakfast: one squeezed lemon with a cup of warm water and 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: 1 grapefruit, 5 ounces of roasted fish
Dinner: 3 boiled eggs

Day 3
Breakfast: a freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of warm water and 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: 1 grapefruit, 6 ounces of boiled beef
Dinner: 3 boiled eggs

Day 4
Breakfast: onion and dill, parsley with 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch: salad with 5 ounces of cooked chicken
Dinner: 2 oranges and 1 boiled eggs

Day 5
Breakfast: 1 tbsp of sour cream, 2 boiled eggs, 2 carrots
Lunch: a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 carrots
Dinner: 1 boiled egg, 3 ounces of fish (boiled)

Day 6
Breakfast: 1 freshly squeezed orange or lemon, 5 ounces of Yogurt (low fat)
Lunch: 2 grapefruits, 2 boiled eggs
Dinner: 1 cup of water

Day 7
Breakfast: ½ grapefruit, 2 eggs
Lunch: 1 orange , 6 ounces of beef
Dinner: a cup of water

As you can see, you should stick to the (Organic) diet for only 7 days.
Another important thing if you want to maximize the weight loss, you must consume large quantities of water.
After one week, you can start eating normally. Still, be aware that you can shock the body, and in order to prevent that, it is recommended to consume plenty of boiled eggs in the first few days.


Warning To All Parents: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes!!!

Most of you probably are convinced that rice candies, which are really popular with kids, are healthy. Actually, the truth is quite contrary.

According to a new study, these products are loaded with dangerous levels of a carcinogenic substance.

The study was conducted by the Swedish National Food Agency.
After examining 102 rice products available on the market, this Agency in some of these were discovered high levels of arsenic, which is a known carcinogen.

Due the results of this study and taking them into consideration, the food safety organization revised its dietary recommendations on rice.

Rice or rice products such as rice porridge, rice noodles, or breakfast cereal made of puffed rice like (Rice Crispies, for instance) should not be consumed by children more than four times a week (?). Rice cakes contain the most arsenic, which is why these shouldn’t be given to children under the age of six.
Emma Halldin Ankarberg is toxicologist at the Swedish National Food Agency. Regarding this problem she says: “Many children eat rice cakes as a snack, but unfortunately we must advise against this. Other countries are also giving this advice. For everyone else, rice cakes are ok in moderation, but it depends on the amount of rice products consumed overall”.

If you are consuming a lot of rice, for example more than seven times a week, should cut down on their rice intake as they’re exposing themselves at a risk of ingesting a lot of arsenic.

It is shocking that the study results revealed that popular rice products, including Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, Boots Baby organic rice cakes and Organic First Wholegrain Baby Rice, were some of those containing unsafe arsenic levels.

Arsenic in the natural process appears in the soil and bedrock and is absorbed by plants. It seems that rice is especially open to absorbing and storing high levels of arsenic.

Many scientific studies have proven that this element is carcinogen which, if ingested in large quantities, can lead to tumors in the skin, lungs, bladder, as well as the liver, kidneys and prostate. In addition, continual exposure to arsenic can also contribute to a number of other health issues including cardiovascular disease, liver damage, chronic cough, diabetes and neurological effects. Children have highest risk.

In the last years, there is a lot of attention pointed to the presence of arsenic in baby rice and rice products. According this study, there were different levels of arsenic in rice depending on the variety, cultivation area, cultivation methods, and production methods. As an example – whole grains generally contain more arsenic than refined rice.


N.B.  Also keep away from added cyanide compounds in kitchen salt!  (BAFS)

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