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Get excited, motherfuckers.  Without bees, we will die off.  Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs.  Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.
I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.
Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.

Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY. 
Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.
Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.
GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!
If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.
Give the bees a free home!
Giving bees a “bee block” alone is a huge load off their backs! You can buy homes here or  You can even build your own. 
Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.
Sources and other helpful links:
5 ways to help our disappearing bees
How to “Friend” Your Native Bees
Why gardening is good for your health
Silence of the Bees

Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.

Guys, if all the bees died we’d have FOUR YEARS to live.

Even though I’m deathly terrified of anything that has both wings and a stinger, bees are vitally important to our survival. Save the bees.

taiga-cchi:thegreenwolf:sachimo:abeardfullofbees:alilnugget:wanashou:beatonna:

Get excited, motherfuckers.  Without bees, we will die off.  Bayer and Monsanto continue to produce the chemicals that have been proven to kill them, and the government has their backs.  Bees pollinate 30% of our food in the US and we are passing legislation to PROTECT the scumbags responsible for killing them.

I preach this shit to everyone who will listen and I always get “WAAAAH I HATE BEES THEY STING AND THEY ARE BIG MEANIES!” but think about your future life without kiwis, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, peaches, sunflowers, cotton, apples, plums, pears, mustard, celery, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beans, cherries, melons, turnips, canola oil, alfalfa, soybeans, lemons, oranges, and I could go on forever.

Bees are amazing creatures who are responsible for the comfortable lives we lead in this country and we cannot sustain and feed our population without them.

Alright you guys, there’s a good amount of notes on this but it’s only making us aware of the problem, not telling us what we can do to help. We can do something to help and YOU CAN HELP, YES THAT MEANS YOU. ALL YOU NEED IS DIRT, A FEW BUCKS, AND A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME TO MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, LITERALLY. 

Plant flowers that bees like and that attract them.

Bees prefer flowers that are blue, purple, and yellow. Choose flowers that bloom successively over the spring, summer, and fall seasons such as coreopsis, Russian sage, or germander. They especially love clover! Other plants include sage, salvia, oregano, lavender, ironweed, yarrow, yellow hyssop, alfalfa, honeywort, dragonhead, echinacea, bee balm, buttercup, goldenrod and English thyme. Buy seeds online.

GET RID OF THE PESTICIDES!!

If pesticides are killing off the bees so easily, what do you think it’s doing to us? The EPA says studies have shown pesticides can cause birth defects, nerve damage, and cancer. There are other ways to get rid of pests in the garden than using chemicals. Organic Garden Pests shows you how to keep off the bugs the organic way.

Give the bees a free home!

Giving bees a “bee block” alone is a huge load off their backs! You can buy homes here or  You can even build your own. 

Please, if you have already reblogged this, reblog this is again with what I have posted onto it so you know what you can do to help. We can make a difference.

Sources and other helpful links:

5 ways to help our disappearing bees

How to “Friend” Your Native Bees

Why gardening is good for your health

Silence of the Bees

Quick mention of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit group doing a LOT of good work for bees and other pollinators, among others.

Guys, if all the bees died we’d have FOUR YEARS to live.

Even though I’m deathly terrified of anything that has both wings and a stinger, bees are vitally important to our survival. Save the bees.

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I believe that children want to be good. I think even the most challenging children wish, in their core, that they could behave well. I imagine it’s not dissimilar to the way adults want to be more disciplined about exercise, eat a generally balanced diet, or get their finances in order. It would be nice, but sometimes we just can’t seem to keep it up.

Preventing Misbehavior: What Every Parent Should Know | cuppacocoa

Hospitals still strap down women’s arms for c-sections.

Not all of them, but many still consider this standard procedure, and many women are surprised when it happens to them, because I think most of us assume that strapping down a conscious person is pretty horrible (and it is!) and a relic of the past. It still happens though. It happened to me in 2012.

TBT - Easter 2013

We had so much fun last year. Isla didn’t really understand what was going on, but she did understand enough to make a huge mess of her Easter basket and find a couple of eggs in the apartment. The best part was getting to have Easter dinner and festivities with our neighbors, who had a daughter just Isla’s age. We were so lucky to have them as our neighbors. I really hope we can see them when we go back to Oregon in the fall.

I can’t shake the feeling that today is Friday.

Whyyy does it have to be Thursday instead?

TBT - My mom and great-grandfather, Easter 1961 (I think?)
I wish I could find an Easter hat like this today. So cute! Also, can you tell I look like my mom?

TBT - My mom and great-grandfather, Easter 1961 (I think?)

I wish I could find an Easter hat like this today. So cute! Also, can you tell I look like my mom?

TBT - Easter Edition

I loved Easter growing up. I had a lot of cousins who lived close by, and even though I saw them every single Sunday of my childhood, Easter was extra special because we got to dress up and hunt eggs, and Ma and Pa (my grandparents) always went all out for dinner. This year we’re going to Ma’s house for Easter, and I’m so excited Isla gets to share in some of my happiest memories from childhood. I really had a great childhood. I hope Isla’s is half as happy. 

The most effective response to bad behavior is to express disappointment. According to independent reviews by Professor Eisenberg and David R. Shaffer, parents raise caring children by expressing disappointment and explaining why the behavior was wrong, how it affected others, and how they can rectify the situation. This enables children to develop standards for judging their actions, feelings of empathy and responsibility for others, and a sense of moral identity, which are conducive to becoming a helpful person. The beauty of expressing disappointment is that it communicates disapproval of the bad behavior, coupled with high expectations and the potential for improvement: “You’re a good person, even if you did a bad thing, and I know you can do better.”

Raising a Moral Child - NYTimes.com

The article also explains the difference between guilt and shame, and how we want to cultivate guilt (remorse over a negative action) versus shame (sense that one is a bad person) in children.

I’ve read a lot of parenting things I don’t agree with where parents say they don’t want their children to feel bad when they do things that are hurtful or destructive, and I think this impulse from parents springs for the desire to keep their kids from feeling shame, maybe something they were made to feel by their parents a lot when they were kids. I’ve always felt like feeling bad when you’ve done something wrong is necessary and helpful, though. That those bad feelings are our conscience at work, and that they comprise the internal voice we all should listen to before we consider taking an action we know might hurt someone else or ourselves. Feeling badly about what we’ve done to another person is part of having empathy and recognizing that our actions have not met our personal standards for how to treat others. 

What I like about this article is that it makes it clear that feeling bad about your actions is distinct from feeling like you are a bad person, and there are ways to help your child feel the former, which is helpful, without feeling the latter, which is counter-productive and destructive. And hopefully it will help other parents see the difference as well and give them some positive guidance in cultivating a conscience, without making their children feel badly about themselves.

A couple of weeks later, when faced with more opportunities to give and share, the children were much more generous after their character had been praised than after their actions had been. Praising their character helped them internalize it as part of their identities. The children learned who they were from observing their own actions: I am a helpful person. This dovetails with new research led by the psychologist Christopher J. Bryan, who finds that for moral behaviors, nouns work better than verbs. To get 3- to 6-year-olds to help with a task, rather than inviting them “to help,” it was 22 to 29 percent more effective to encourage them to “be a helper.” Cheating was cut in half when instead of, “Please don’t cheat,” participants were told, “Please don’t be a cheater.” When our actions become a reflection of our character, we lean more heavily toward the moral and generous choices. Over time it can become part of us.

Raising a Moral Child - NYTimes.com

I’m almost positive I’ve seen this before, and I even think I may have blogged this before. If I did, it’s worth sharing again.

The best way to get Isla to do anything is to put it to the tune of any song from Frozen.

Do you wanna use the potty?
It’s fun to use the potty.
You put the peepee in,
You put the poopoo in,
Then flush it doooooown!

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only 100 in 5 weeks

man her game is weak

That’s 100 episodes in 35 days.

That’s 2.8 episodes a day.

I’ve had casual watching more intensive than that.

*tumblr collectively laughs*

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