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Ouch!....Yum, Prickly Pear

Ouch!....Yum,  Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear, also called tuna, will bloom and set fruit from early spring through the summer, depending on the variety.  Prickly Pear, which is classified as both a fruit and vegetable is delicious on the inside but vicious on the outside with its sharp needle-like thorns. Practically every part of the Prickly Pear Cactus has been used from prehistoric to today’s times, including the stems, flowers, leaves, seeds, and sap. Packed with protein and vitamins, the leaves of the Prickly Pear Cactus have been used to treat diabetic issues, gastrointestinal problems, sunburn, and cold symptoms. The leaves of the Texas...

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6 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees

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6 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees

Bee-informed: Read as much as you can about honeybees and other pollinators! National geographic, the Honeybee Conservative, my Beelieve blog and the American Beekeeping Federation have informative articles about the honeybee and other important pollinators.  Shop smart: Buy local honey & groceries. By supporting local growers and beekeepers you’re supporting sustainable agriculture and honey harvesting! Even eating organic fruits and veggies goes a long way. Mix it up: Plant bee-friendly flowers with different colors, shapes and bloom times. By spicing up your lawn and garden can not only boost the health of your garden but also provide bees with the pollen they need to sustain...

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More Bad Buzz about the Bees

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More Bad Buzz about the Bees

  I am often asked, how the bees are doing. Although I would love to tell everyone they are doing great....busy pollinating fruits and veggies ans sweetening my lemonade, that’s not the whole story. There is bad buzz about the bees and you should know about it. Bee colony death continues to rise. According to the Bee Informed Partnership's latest June 2019 survey, U.S. beekeepers lost nearly 40% of their honeybee colonies last winter — the greatest reported winter hive loss since the partnership started its surveys 13 years ago. The total annual loss was slightly above average.* Shrinking habitats,...

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Earth Day is Every Day

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Earth Day is Every Day

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. That's why I think Earth Day should be every day!  Have you ever heard the saying that - "We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."  That is why I love finding and sharing new ways to save Earth.  You can do your part too. Read my Top 10 Things You can do for EARTH DAY and discover ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle and more. Get Buzzy!  Take and share photos.  Don't forget to tag @MikailasBees. There is something for the entire family and every grade...

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DIY Bottle Cap Magnets

DIY Bottle Cap Magnets

Go For Seconds: There are so many fun ways to reuse items around your house. Check out our DIY project on how to make your own refrigerator magnets out of your Me & the Bees Lemonade caps.  This project transforms a boring refrigerator, chalk board or locker into a work of art.   DIY: Easy to Follow Instructions Templates:  Colorful Earth Day Magnets or Fun Honey Bee Magnets  

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Autumn, Summer, Winter, STING: Treating Springtime Bee Stings

Autumn, Summer, Winter, STING: Treating Springtime Bee Stings

  Spring is in the air! Wildflowers are blooming all across the country and the bees are taking notice. Remember, bees are our littlest and biggest links in our food chain and Spring is the busiest time of the year for our friends to pollinate. As you and your family go out to enjoy the great weather, always be aware of your surroundings. Bees are pretty good at warning people away. However, Worker bees will sting if they feel threatened by loud noises, curious hands, or sniffing dog snouts. When a bee stings, it releases a painful venom known as apitoxin....

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What’s All the Buzz About?

What’s All the Buzz About?

I'm  often asked why I spend so much energy trying to save the bees. Funny enough, my love for bees started with a series of painful stings. When I was 4 ½ years old I got stung by two bees in one week. Unsurprisingly, this experience left me terribly afraid of bees. In an effort to help me get over my fear, my parents encouraged me to do some research into the ecological role of honey bees. My research revealed how incredibly important bees are to sustaining healthy ecosystems. I also learned that bees are dying at an alarming rate....

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Bee-o-Lantern

Bee-o-Lantern

  Nothing screams Halloween more than pumpkins.  I love to see the scary jack-o-lanterns lit-up and lined up on porches all over my neighborhood. This year, I decided to try something new.  Instead of carving a scary face, I would carve a bee!  Yes!   Why?  To bring awareness to the fact that bees pollinate pumpkins.  Not just honey bees, but wild bees, squash bees and bumble bees all work hard to make sure we can celebrate the holidays by either carving our favorite scary face on a pumpkin, drinking a pumpkin spice latte or just making a yummy pumpkin pie.  The science...

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Everyone Loves a Good Maze. Right?

Everyone Loves a Good Maze. Right?

When collecting nectar to make honey, a honey bee may visit 50-100 flowers during the “collection trip.”  Get your pencils out and help the hardworking honey bee find its flower!  Complete the maze and help the bee pollinate the flower. I want to see your hard work. When finished, feel free to post, share, and tag #LoveHoneyBees  Download Maze here .  Activity level - up to 2nd grade Love Mikaila

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I’m all about the bees, ‘bout those bees, and Honey

I’m all about the bees, ‘bout those bees, and Honey

Here at Me & the Bees, we are all about the bees. They are the reason we get to enjoy so many delicious things, including my lemonade! Every day I learn new things about our littlest and biggest links in our food chain.  In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, I am sharing fun facts about the honey bees and even a few fun activities. Just like me, if you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the honey bees, look no further. I encourage you to share one of the fun facts below, learn how to save the bees, or purchase a...

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7 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS CELEBRATION!

It's my birthday and I've always thought it's better to give than to receive!!

So, as a token of my appreciation,  I am celebrating by giving back to you.  Join in on the fun. #MikailaTurns13

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