I went to an Introductory Beekeeping class this month, and it was AMAZING!! Offered by the Lake County Beekeepers Association, it was chock-full of information, useful strategies, history and biology, and specific steps for starting your own hives.
I left with the very firm conviction that I want to commit to beekeeping; however, with a daughter who is still hesitant, neighbors right next door who are somewhat nature-phobic, and still so much to learn… I’m okay taking one more year to plan carefully, feel fully prepared, and find a good home for my initial hives.
Posted in Food + Garden, Resources
Tagged Bee Conservancy, Bee Petitions, beekeeping, bees, chemical-free, environment, Honey, honey bees, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, natural, Nature Conservancy, pollinators, Royal Horticultural Society
I am picky about my granola. It has to be sweet, but not too sweet; it has to have a nuttiness to it that will pair well with any manner of fresh or dried fruits; it has to stand up well to milk but also play nicely with yogurt; and it has to have just the right amount of salt to balance all the flavors out.
As I mentioned yesterday, my husband (Andy) and I decided to do our best to go chemical-free after watching the documentary Chemerical. It opened our eyes to the number of crazy chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products… and upon doing further research via the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, we were determined to go a more natural route.
Now, Andy had been a long-time “apricot” face wash user and desperately wanted something that would still do the scrubbing duty of his favorite brand. Luckily, I was able to combine an amazing recipe I found at One Good Thing by Jillee (who had originally found it at Towards Sustainability)… and an idea that came to me after reading several body wash recipes that used cornmeal for grit.
Posted in Health + Beauty
Tagged apricot, Bronner, Castile soap, chemerical, chemical nation, chemical-free, Cleanser, cornmeal, DIY, Do it yourself, Dr. Bronner, Dr. Bronner's, Emanuel Bronner, Environmental Working Group, exfoliating, face wash, facewash, homemade, Honey, Liquid castile soap, natural, peppermint, scrubbing, Soap, Trader Joe, Trader Joe's