Making Bee Baths

What’s a bee bath 🐝?

It’s a miniature version of a bird bath but  its small with rocks in it to prevent drowning!!

Why a bee bath 🐝?

So bees – our fabulous pollinators- can safely get a drink of clean water πŸ’¦!

We took a class at Mo Dept  of Conservation were we learned all about the different kinds of bees in MO and IL!! 🐝 

  • Did you know squash bees will sleep in a squash blossom! How cute is that!! 
  • Bumble bees seems aggressive, but they are just checking you out to make sure your not another male bee… and since your not… no worries!!
  • Only female bees can sting!!

After we our class- we got to make our own bee bath! It’s easy- you can make one too for your garden!

  • Terra-cotta pot and water dish
  • Patio paint 🎨 paintbrushes 
  • Rocks
  • Gorilla glue 

Paint a design on your pot! The pot will be upside down- so paint the design with the bottom side up!!

The water dish gets glued to the upside down pot! The rocks are also glued down to keep them in place!

Finished pots…


Add water and put outside!


and don’t scream when you see a bee!!

Camping Activities

Simone and I had entirely too much fun Girl Scout camping this weekend!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

As I mentioned before- we were in covered wagons… so we had A Little House On The Prairie theme.

We sewed bonnets for all the girls to wear!

…and bonnets for the mothers too!


I bought vintage aprons and some beautiful dresses I scored from Goodwill!

This gorgeous leader wore the old fashion dress all day!

Beautiful Simone! 😍



Activities:

Corn husk dolls!

Basket WeavingΒ 


Archery 🏹 


Dutch oven cooking – cobblers of course!


Campfires, butter-making, hiking…

and most importantly –Β playing in the mud!

P.S. Yes, I wore my white dress camping… 3 weeks and counting!

Camping in a covered wagon πŸŒΊ

Simone and I are at Girl Scout Camp! 

We are staying in covered wagons… and playing a little dress up 😊

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After losing our chickens to wild animals a few years ago, we took a break from backyard chickens. But, when I friend incubated a bunch of eggs and had extra chicks, we decided to get a few. 

What started as getting two- quickly turned into four, one for each kid LOL πŸ˜‚ 

Shadow…


Sunshine 


Yoshi (the one on Andre’s head)


Pidgy (named after a bird PokΓ©mon)


Clover enjoys hanging out with the chicks in the chicken coop!! They cuddle up together and sleep 😴! 

So adorable…


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I finally learned how to make jam!!

My friend, Theresa, and her husband taught me how to make strawberry Jam!

Theresa has been my friend since the 7th grade! She introduced me to Pearl Jam πŸ˜„ and I just happened to name my firstborn son Eddie after Eddie Vedder 😍!


Since we had just gone strawberry picking, her husband suggested that we make jelly and can it!

He was an excellent teacher- the kitchen was all prepared and organized when I got there!


We made 11 jars, and I got to take some home! It looks beautiful and tastes delicious!

… on my way home, I detoured and  went to Walmart for canning supplies… because I still had a fridge full of strawberries!

When I got home, I practiced the skills I had just learned! And I think I got it right!!!


All the jars sealed πŸ˜„ and I tasted tested it on homemade bread… sooooo good! πŸ˜‹



Oh- I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION…Eli is now gluten free!!! πŸ€— 

We slowly introduced gluten back into his diet (through donuts of course LOL) and all is good!!!

This of course means I am baking two loaves of white bread everyday…  and loving it!!!


Clover teaΒ 

I’m not really fond of prepackaged herbal tea β˜•οΈ, I’ll make myself a cup, delight in its aroma, and then neglect it!

Then I realized I liked Passion Tea over ice but I was getting tired of the same ol flavor! While I was surfing Pinterest, I found information about foraging clover to make tea.

I was intrigued… I enlisted a flower picker…


…and together we picked a couple hundred Clover Blossoms!

  • My husband bought me this beautiful blessings basket from church! 
  • Agness, a mother in Uganda πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ made this basket!!


This basket is perfect for collecting flowers and herbs!!! 

Preparing the Clover Blossoms and making the tea…

  1. I dehydrated the flowers for a few hours (you could make the tea with fresh flowers)
  2. Then I spooned 3 TB of flowers into my homemade teabag (I sewed cheesecloth together and secured the top with a twisty tie!) The typical ratio is 1 tablespoon per cup, but I didn’t crush the flowers so they took up more volume in the spoon…  I soaked the teabag with a cinnamon stick for 2 minutes.
  3. Then I poured the tea over ice and tasted it… good and earthy… but I wanted something sweeter!
  4. I had read that orange zest could be added in the teabag for extra flavor… so I added a drop of citrus fresh essential oil

I LOVE it! 

The kids love it!! 

We all love it!!! 😍😍😍😍


    Me drinking the tea after mowing the lawn in my white dress! πŸ˜‚ 

    A happy Mother’s Day πŸ˜Š

    Happy Mother’s Day! 🌺🌸🌿🌸🌺

    I’ve had such a wonderful day today! 

    I love my four children to the moon πŸŒ™ and back again and my husband is absolutely amazing πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜!!


    I got to go to a books store for over an hour and I am so excited about this book (recommended by a friend- thanks Becky!)

    Alchemy of Herbs 🌿 

    by Rosalee De La Foret


    I even got to plant some herbs- Rosemary, Lavendar, and Thyme!


    I also planted some milkweed seeds and seed bombs the kids and I made at a nature class this past fall! I planted the seeds in a large area, hoping for a forest of milkweeds for the Monarch Butterflies!

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    I hope everyone has had a great day! 

    I love you mom and mother-in-law! 😘

    Making peppermint infused coconut oil for oil pulling and why I’m wearing the same dress for a month!

    Wow! Now that’s a title! LOL πŸ˜‚

    I’ve been AWOL again so I figured I better interest ya’ll real fast!

    So, what should I talk about first? The oil pulling or the dress?

    The Dress…

    I’ve been wearing the same beautiful white dress for 9 straight days now…


    I mostly wear an apron over it to protect it…


    I even made my own apron 😊


    Strawberry picking in my white dress and apron!


    Ok… so why am I wearing this white dress everyday for a month?

    I’m wearing the dress as quiet protest against the fashion industry… 

    the crazy expectations placed upon women and their bodies, 

    fast fashion which harms our beautiful Earth and it’s resources and the people making them in sweatshops, 

    and for me to contemplate just how much clothes I own while there are many people with barely enough to cover themselves!

    I have begun reading the book 7: an experimental mutiny against excess by Jen Hatmaker. I’ve cried many times reading this as I realize I should be doing more for those who have less!
    …and that’s why I’m wearing the same white dress for a month πŸ˜‰

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    Now for the oil pulling…

    Google Oil Pulling and you will learn about the health benefits of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for a few minutes.

    I have swished coconut oil in my mouth several times, but the flavor is a bit gag-worthy… just too coconutty!

    I have a forest of mint plants in my front yard, and I wanted to make something useful… I decided to infuse the mint oils into the coconut oil for oil pulling!

    Directions:

    • Pick a bunch of peppermint!


    • Pull the leaves off the stems, rip up the leaves πŸƒ measure about a cup


    • Boil (carefully) the leaves in 2 cups of coconut oil – stir often


    • Let the leaves sit for 5 min


    • Pour into a glass jar- staining off the leaves with a strainer or cheesecloth

    • Look at how beautiful it is… such a glowing green!!!

    • After the coconut oil cools and hardens it is ready- its now a sweet mint color!

    • Put a spoonful in your mouth and swish it around for at least a minute… try for 5!
    • Keep this in the fridge and use within a few days!

    So easy! So good for your teeth!!! And wearing my apron over the white dress saved it from some bright green stains!!!

    A class on Nature Journaling

    Nature Journaling in itself is easy and fun. Basically, you go out in nature, observe and draw!

    Although the kids and I have done it before while inside Β and sick …Β 

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    And I have sewn sit-upons to use while outside observing and drawing…

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    But when I heard there was a class at the Mo Department of Conservation- I signed us right up! I was curious as to how they would teach this!

    First- we made upcycled journals πŸ““ with old calendar pictures!


    Second- the instructor explained to the kids to write the date, the location, and the weather at the top of their journaling page.

    Third-Β the instructor flew a mounted bird across the room. She had the kids describe it, after it had flown past. You don’t draw while you are looking… observe the animal and all it’s unique characteristics – then draw it!

    Fourth- we got to go outside… with binoculars! We changed locations a few time!

    Fifth- we drew!



    * One neat drawing activity they had the kids do was called a sound map. You draw a map of all the sounds you hear- it was fun to try to draw the birds I heard – which was way more than I saw!


    Building wooden bird houses

    The other day – Eddie was inspired!

    First…


    he was inspired to eat a worm because he just read “How to eat Fried Worms” πŸ› . Thankfully – he decided NOT to eat it, and he set the worm free!
    Second, he was inspired to build a bird house out of wood!


    His new carpentry skills and inspiration happened because he loves his mama ❀️️!

    HOW IT STARTED…

    I was sad that the kids’ old picnic table was being destined for the trash!

     I had bought the table for a dollar at a garage sale years ago and the kids helped repair and paint it…


    Pieces were missing again, there was rotten wood, and the kids are probably technically too big for it… but I loved the table and all the memories that went with it! 

    I was reluctant to let it go and voiced hope for the table- but my husband told me to let it go… (we try not to hold onto things just for memories sake).

    Well- Eddie heard me and decided to fix the table for me… all by himself! 😍


    Then he used it as a workshop table- and built a birdhouse for me- ALL BY HIMSELF!


    …and then he built me another birdhouse!


    Eddie has a heart of gold!! 😊❀️️

    I have seen a bird in both houses already!!! I’m so excited for the new families in the yard!!!

    Anyway-

    After church we ran some errands- one of which was to buy deck screws so everyone could build with wood.  We went to Lowes and a large box cost… $30!!! 

    I bought the box- knowing it would bring lots of joy and experience for the kids…

    …and then I drove past an estate sale! I stopped and bought all their nails and screws and hammers πŸ”¨ for $20!


    Needless to say, I turned around and returned that expensive box of screws!! πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘πŸ€‘

    NOW THE KIDS ARE OUTSIDE SAWING AND DRILLING AND HAMMERING!!

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