Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Naturally friendly products

I'm a huge fan of eco-friendly and natural products. As a member of Influenster, I was sent a package of Hello Products.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the package was that the packaging is absolutely beautiful! It's bright and modern, and my first thought was, this looks cooler than ordinary toothpaste and breath spray! It's so pretty, that I would definitely leave these on the counter of my bathroom vanity! Inside the package was a toothbrush that is made from 50% recycled materials. Pretty awesome. The toothpaste has safe ingredients. It is all alcohol free and is free from artificial sweeteners, and dyes. Love that. And the flavors were so interesting and different. In my box was Mojito Mint and Pink Grapefruit. It tasted like a yummy drink and it cleans your teeth! Score!
My favorite product in the box are the breath sprays. I've been keeping them in my purse for the on the go instant fresh. They are amazing! hashtag instafresh!
disclosure: I received these products free for being a member of influenster in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Springtime in New York City

Spring in New York City is something special. The blooming trees, the spring bulbs, all the blooms put on a show. This street in my neighborhood is just gorgeous with the flowers starting to bloom over the road. So pretty.
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But the cherry blossoms are the star, it's just spectacular how beautiful these blooms were at the park. It just took my breath away, wow.
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I take a walk through the park near us almost everyday, and it always have some surprises. Today I spotted these pretty bleeding hearts. I love this plant. The foilage is a little boring, but then it has these incredible flowers. Just stunning. Spring is quite easily my favorite season. I just wish the blooms lasted longer!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Beautiful Day to Beekeep

I love beekeeping this time of year because the magnolia tree where my beehive is located is in full bloom! When I arrived to the beehive this past weekend, I was overwhelmed with how beautiful this scene was.
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I did a hive inspection of the overwintered hive and the Queen is laying really well. Perfect brood pattern. My only concern was that on the left there looks to be two supercedure cells forming. I didn't remove them and let the bees do what they do. If they decide to replace the overwinter Queen, I will let them be, to see what they do. They know more about the health of their Queen than I do.
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Here is a closer view of the brood. You can see that there is larvae in those Queen supercedure cups.
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I moved the brood box to the bottom and put two more boxes above it to allow the Queen to go up and have plenty of room to lay eggs. I really love how the blooming tree looks next to the beehive.
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Here is a video of our other beehive in slow motion. I could watch this for hours.
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The bees were building a lot of burr comb, so I removed all of it. I'm so happy the hives are doing well! I'm still feeding the bees sugar water because we are still waiting for the neighborhood to start blooming. Look forward to the next inspection!
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Installing a new bee package for 2015

Two weeks ago, I went over to my friend Amy's house to check on her beehive. She installed a new bee package on her rooftop hive and it was looking good. Her kids help her beekeep too! I love that. Teaching a whole new generation of beekeepers!
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Then I went over to my hives to install a new package since one of our hives did not survive. My friend Amy picked up the bee packages from Beehive Barn in Cranbury, NJ. This year, I decided to do the gentle install of the bee package instead of pouring the bees out of the box.
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To do this, you remove the Queen box and put it in between two beehive frames. Then you leave the open bee package box next to the frames in the deep. The bees will come out of the box to find the Queen. This is a more gentle way of getting the bees out instead of pouring them out of the box. Here is the Queen at the top of the Queen box.
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Here is the hive all installed! In 3 days time, I come back to check that the Queen bee is released from the Queen box by her attendants. They will eat the sugar plug to let her out. We named this Queen George Lee. Long live the Queen!

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