Why Bees Are Worth Saving

Why Bees Are Worth Saving

Bees make more than just honey.
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Many species have been put on the endangered species list throughout the years, and most recently added are various species of bees. Bees are essential to our ecosystems and we need to band together and put all our efforts in to save the bees. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Honey

Bees make honey and so without them there would be no honey. Now, while honey is often overlooked, it has many health benefits. It can be used medicinally, for healing wounds, and has other general health benefits.

2. Cotton

Most of our clothing is made from cotton and without bees pollination wouldn’t be possible.

3. Flowers

In addition to pollination of cotton, without bees we wouldn’t have the flowers we do.

4. Fruits and Vegetables

Again I stress the importance of pollination. Without bees we wouldn’t have as many fruits and vegetables because bees wouldn’t be pollinating those plants and then they can’t grow.

5. Beeswax

This one isn’t as obvious as the other reasons stated but beeswax is used in many products like lipsticks, candles, moisturizers, and so much more. Without bees we wouldn’t have these products anymore, at the very least they wouldn’t be the same as they are now.

So, how can we play our part in saving the bees?


1. Limit the use of pesticides.

Pesticides aren’t good for you and so they also aren’t good for the bees. If you have your own garden limit use of pesticides. Also, buy local and organically grown foods to increase the demand for pesticide-free produce.

2. Plant things that native to your area.

If you are planting flowers plant ones that are native to your area. Bees like things they are familiar with and it will also not disrupt the local ecosystem.

3. Buy honey from local beekeepers.

By supporting local beekeepers you are ensuring that they keep good conditions for their bees.

4. Create a water basin for the local bees.

Bees need water and by putting a small dish outside with water you can provide for the bees in your area. Even by having a birdbath in your garden or yard you can help the bees. Just make sure there are small stones in the water that provide a place for the bees to rest on while they take a drink.

5. Share the awareness!

The more people that know about the endangerment of bees the more people can help to save them.

Find out more information here: http://www.lifebasicsorganics.com/blog/why-are-bees-important

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18 Realities Only Chihuahua Owners Understand

Tiny tongues, toys and tummy rubs.
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Being a Chihuahua owner is a task many are not cut out for. Chihuahua hearts are big but there owners' are bigger. From constant coddling to invasive snuggles, there are some things only a Chihuahua owner understands:

1. Tiny tongue in your nose.

Be wary. Look away for a moment and your Chihuahua's tongue will slide into your nose faster than you can say stop. Just to be clear, this doesn't end at noses. Other body cavities, such as the eyes, ears and mouth are also at risk for Chihuahua infiltration.

2. Cat toys are its toys.

When your dog is tiny, it needs tiny toys.

3. Burying.

If your dog is missing, it's probably at the foot of your bed... under the covers. Oh, your bed is made? You don't think they would have been able to nuzzle down without disturbing your pillows? Wrong.

4. Claw marks halfway to your knee.

Because they want to be picked up and that's as high as they can reach.

5. Belly rubs.

Lots of them.

6. The fact that your dog is basically a cat.

They play with cat toys. They're cat sized.

7. The fact that your dog is more like a baby than a dog, or even a cat.

Okay, scratch that. Owning a chihuahua is more like having an infant that needs constant coddling. If they could talk we'd hear "pick me up, mommy" all day long.

8. The shakes.

Shakes because they're scared. Shakes because they're nervous.

9. Any miniature sized objects become toys.

Wine corks, toilet paper rolls...

10. Constant crying.

They cry when they're too excited, overwhelmed or scared which means it's always eye-wiping time!

11. Snuggles in your body's crevices

Mere cuddling is not enough for these creatures. Snuggling is only adequate when they strategically place themselves into the most irritating curve of your body- like the arch of your back or the back of your knees.

12. Being judged for the type of dog you own.

As if all Chihuahua owners participate in this type of embarrassing behavior... not saying that I don't.

13. Little dog syndrome.

14. Rain is not your friend.

Let's not even talk about thunder. There's no way you're getting your dog out of the house for a of couple hours.

15. You can't count how many times your dog has been called the Taco Bell Dog.

Yes, we get it, it's a Chihuahua. No, it doesn't need a sombrero.

16. You never go anywhere in your house alone.

Going to the kitchen? So are they! Bathroom, no problem, they'll be there to support you!

17. 'Sit' probably took you six months.

Let's just say, at least they've got the cute thing going for them.

18. The stank eye.



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Lessons My 4-Month Old Puppy has Taught Me

Other pets come and go, but puppies are forever... no matter how needy they may be.

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A few months ago, my family was blessed with a fluffy little Shih Tzu. Charlie immediately became a member of the family, and in the short time we've had him, he's taught me a lot more than I expected. Although being a dog owner guarantees you a loyal, cuddly companion, there are definitely trying times... times when you may even consider giving your pup away; you never do but you consider it.

That being said, here are just a few lessons my puppy has taught me:

Patience & Sacrifice

Training a dog is hard enough without the rebellion, but when you have a revengeful puppy like mine, it gets a whole lot tougher. Charlie's first month at home was pretty breezy, he adapted to his environment quickly, learning to do his business outside. He didn't even need to be on a leash because he'd run straight to the door.

Now, the outdoors are for exploring and eating leaves. To get him back inside I have to bark so he thinks another dog is coming after him... it's such a mission. But I love my dog, so I've learned to deal with his new tendencies. I patiently stand outside, watching him eat grass and do literally everything but go to the bathroom. I clean up his messes with a smile on my face, and when he doesn't let me do anything but give him attention... I sacrifice my duties to give him attention.

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Responsibility

Before Charlie, I just had myself to worry about, but now I have a whole other fluffy creature to take care of. Your dog may only be a small part of your world, but to them, you're their world. Being a responsible pet owner means feeding them before you feed yourself, making sure they've received ample play time, and finding someone you trust to watch your puppy when you're out of town. Eventually, you and your puppy will develop a daily routine and they'll adapt to your schedule.

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Love

Although having a puppy is a lot of work, I wouldn't trade my Charlie for the world. Since he's been part of our family, my puppy has taught me unconditional love. Puppies are like babies, so they require all of your time and energy, yet they steal your heart none the less.

To anyone considering buying a furry baby of their own, I say go for it. As long as you're patient, responsible, and attentive, the love will follow.

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