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Tuesday
May062014

My Little Sister: The Beekeeper

If there was one word to describe my little sister, it would be "passionate." When she firmly believes in something, you know about it. She doesn't care if you agree with her and she's more than happy to beat to a different drum if it means doing the right thing. 

Now in her second year of backyard beekeeping, she is, once again, showing everyone how passionate she is. When she told us she wanted to become a backyard beekeeper, we weren't quite sure how it would turn out. "You have little kids" we said. What will your neighbors think? Are you sure you want to do this?

She did it. After reading about the decline of bees throughout America, she realized she could help. She knew that if more people decided to become backyard beekeepers, collectively, they could make a difference. It hasn't been without challenges. There has been hours of reading, building hives, gaining insight from mentors, joining Philadelphia area beekeeping groups, and learning all that she could about honey bees.

Being a backyard beekeeper requires a commitment. A honeybee hive is perennial which means that although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybees live through the winter months by clustering for warmth in anticipation of spring. My sister has learned that maintaining a healthy hive isn't always easy, but seeing them flourish is a reward in itself.

This spring and summer, I will be sharing stories and updates about these adventures in beekeeping.  I am also very happy that my older sister has joined in the adventures as well.  There are now two backyard hives (in our family) that will be helping the local farms, orchards and vegetable gardens throughout the Philadelphia suburbs.

Thanks to all the local beekeepers who are working to make our world a better place! 

Sunday
May042014

Win a Safety 1st Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor!

 

I remember the excitement of shopping for baby products during my first pregnancy. I'd stroll through the isles and think about having a baby of my own in those strollers, beds, and baths. Now that my eldest is 8 years old, I truly feel like a veteran mom, but I still get excited hearing about friends who are preparing to bring their first baby home. Those last few months of pregnancy can be a wild combination of magical and stressful, and the end result is life-changing!

Mother's Day is almost here and my friends at Safety 1st are thinking about all the moms out there. On their behalf, I'm sharing some of Safety 1st products that make mom’s life a bit easier and I have a very special giveaway too!

The Safety 1st Custom Care Modular Bathing Solution is the only infant to toddler bathing solution on the market! The ergonomic design adapts to your growing baby and eliminates the need for multiple tubs. Three easy to change positions promote physical closeness to your baby and proper support. Positions fit the newborn, infant recline and toddler stages.

It's amazing how much technology has changed since I had my first son. I wish I had a Safety 1st Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor when he was little. Using the remote controlled camera, parents are able to pan, tilt and zoom to get the best view of their child. It is also equipped with a special Talk Back function allowing parents to soothe baby. This would have been a lifesaver when my sons were infants!

If you know me, you know that I'm serious about car seats.  The Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air +  convertible car seat ensures your child is safe from 5-65 pounds, and, it meets the new requirements for the new 65 Pound LATCH rule, which is so important!

Whether you're bringing home your 1st baby or your 5th, it's always good to know about modern essentials for motherhood. My friends at Safety 1st want you to have a wonderful Mother's Day, and they have offered to give one of my lucky U.S. readers a new Genesis Digital Color Video Monitor. Enter using the rafflecoper widget below & Good Luck!

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Sunday
May042014

50% off Mabel's Labels - May 4th only!

 This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

 

I don't post too many deals here, buy this one is too good not to mention. I snagged the 50% off Mabel's Label deal the last time they offered it and I'm so glad I ordered them when I did.  I especially love these labels for my kids' pricey sports gear. I personalized my labels with our last name and phone number, which would make it easy for anyone to contact us if they find something one of my kids lost.
So, on May 4th, 2014, in honor of the Star Wars Trilogy, Mabel's Labels is offering 50% Off Robot, Rocket, Princess and Star Sticky Labels  today only from 10am EST until 11:59pm EST. IF you've been thinking of getting labels, this is a great deal!

Just click the image above to order labels today!
Friday
May022014

Eastern Pennsylvania Girl Scout Camps

Did you know that 80 percent of women in leadership and executive roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress?

Clearly, there is so much more to Girl Scouts than than just the cookies! The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania operates six local campgrounds with numerous camping opportunities for girls between the ages of 5 to 17.


 They have overnight camps at three different locations:

  • Camp Laughing Waters in Gilbertsville, PA
  • Camp Mosey Wood in White Haven, PA and
  • Camp Wood Haven in Pine Grove, PA

At overnight camp, some of the activites include:

Athletics, Hiking, Archery, Horseback riding, Swimming, Arts and crafts, Cookouts, Campfires, Nature activities, Singing, Games, Boating, Science, singing, Teambuilding activities, and Wishing candles.  

Not ready for sleepover camp yet?  They have day camps too!

  • Camp Mountain House in Allentown, PA
  • Shelly Ridge Day Camp in Miquon, PA and  
  • Valley Forge Day Camp in Valley Forge, PA

Some of the activities at day camp include: 

Swimming, Arts and crafts, Archery, Sports, Art, Cooking, Sports, Outdoor exploration and More! 

The 2014 Camp Guide is now available! Click here to download a PDF copy of the guide.