Bee-aware and Bee-wear! Why you should know about the “Plight of the honeybee”

Honey Bees have been a staple of suburban gardens for lifetimes on lifetimes, always buzzing around and never really bothering anyone until being bothered themselves. At this point in time, the honey bee is integral to the survival of our agricultural system, and they are slowly but surely dying off.

honeybee-honeycomb-macro_26201_990x742In a 2013 Time Magazine cover article titled “A World Without Bees” Journalist Bryan Walsh delved into the heart of the issues commonly referred to as the “Plight of the Honeybee”
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The first line of the feature read, “You can thank the Apis Mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you’ll eat today.”

Yes the western honeybee is one of the most important animals in the production of the produce that we consume every single day.

Walsh added later, “Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the “glue that holds our agricultural system together,” as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper’s Lament. (In fact, nearly 70% off all crops that are grown today require pollination.) But that glue is failing. Bee hives are dying off or disappearing thanks to a still-unsolved malady called colony collapse disorder (CCD), so much so that commercial beekeepers are being pushed out of the business.”

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CCD is based on multiple factors, most are cause by human influence, these are:

  • Pesticides that human’s spray on our crops.
  • Biological Threats like the Varroa mite are killing off colonies directly and spreading deadly diseases.
  • Over-production of commodity crops such as wheat and corn that provide no pollen for honey bees and therefore they are literally starving to death.

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The population decrease is so profound in some areas that places that were considered honey bee hotbeds like Iowa, has lost 70% of its population over 6 years. (from 2006-2012)

During that same time period, California, lost nearly half of its honey bee population. And from 2010-2015, the United States has lost 30% of its total honeybee population, and bee colonies are now no longer existent.

Canada is not immune to the problem either, but there are many great organizations fighting to save the bees, including Bees Are Life, which is based right in Toronto. We plan to team up with them in the near future.

Our Bee dress is meant to raise awareness around the plight of the honey bee and hopefully work towards changing it to a more hopeful, rebounding, and rising in population, flight of the honey bee.

Check out the beautiful dress below and pre order soon on our website.

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V-Day Giveaway!

Wow what a year it has been so far! 2016 has been extravagant at Wee Urban. So we wanted to spread the love with a great V-day giveaway.

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Wee Love it Wednesday – Black Friday Edition

What is better than giveaways and ridiculously good deals?

Both of them! At the same time!

Here’s this week’s Wee Love It Wednesday! wliw-nov25

 

 

Check out all those deals coming this Friday!

As well as our Mini-Release of the Holiday Deer Dress!

 

 

 

 

Baby Brushing: Good Teeth Tips Your Toddler Should Learn

Let’s face it. Toddlers can be fickle creatures, and some more so than others. When it comes time to teach them how to brush their teeth, many parents feel like a battle with Goliath would be easier than getting their little one to open wide and keep those new teeth nice and clean.
The important thing to note is that dental hygiene is an important part of your child’s development that should begin early on, from the time their first tooth comes in. The two rows of baby teeth that develop in toddlerhood are place holders for adult teeth. According to a Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage AK, without proper hygiene and dental upkeep, decay and poor formation can lead to difficulty chewing properly and speech problems. This is why implementing a routine and encouraging tooth care should be done as soon as your child can begin to understand.
Wiping gums after meals and before and after bedtime are precursors to the real deal. Once it comes time to begin teaching your toddler how to brush their teeth, there are a few tips you can try out to make the process fun for them, and easy for you.

Let Them Pick Their Own Toothbrush
New routines like teeth brushing can be off-putting to toddlers because it’s such a foreign concept. You can make them feel like they’re in on the whole thing from the start by letting them pick out their own toothbrush or toothpaste. There are plenty to choose from nowadays that sport the latest and greatest TV and movie characters, so your little one is bound to find the right brush for them.
As a parent, though, make sure that the brush has soft bristles and isn’t too big for them. Allow them to choose from the children’s section of toothbrushes and toothpaste specifically and ask your dentist if you’re not sure which would be a good fit for them.

Be an Example
Stress the importance of brushing teeth after meals, before and after bedtime, and before you leave the house. Children look up to their parents, so hearing you say things like, “Oh! Wait! I can’t leave until I brush my teeth!” will make them want to follow suit. If they’re adamant that tooth brushing is the bane of their existence, they may not show much interest at first, but keep encouraging them and you should begin to see results.

Take Turns
When you introduce brushing, show your toddler how it’s done first and then let them try on you. Reverse the roles and demonstrate on them as well. You can allow them to practice on their dolls or favorite stuffed animals to keep the idea minty fresh in their minds.

A Family Affair
Have both parents and any siblings make a big deal about brushing their teeth. Your toddler will want to join in on the fun, and you can begin to teach them the importance of brushing gently and thoroughly. Be sure you show them how much toothpaste is just the right size for their tiny teeth, even though you should never allow them to use any of it alone, or leave them unattended while brushing. Keep everything stored out of reach when it isn’t time to brush.

Lastly, have patience. Speak with your child’s doctor if there are any major challenges getting them to brush, but don’t be too hard on them. Patient persistence is key, and encouragement will always be more effective than scare tactics. Over time, you can instill good hygienic habits that your toddler will grow up with, and will keep their smiles happy and healthy.

 

Six Often Forgotten Tips for Baby-Proofing Your Home

Take a look around your home. Virtually everything you see lying around will either become your child’s chew toy, or a potential hazard if you are expecting. While infants who have not developed an ability to crawl or toddle are not capable of getting into much unless it is placed at arm’s length, babies develop faster than you might first expect. You may not be worried about baby-proofing when you are in the daze of exhaustion after your newborn comes home, but fast-forward to 6 months down the line, and your little one will be all over the place and into everything.
Many parents baby-proof as they go, but will overlook some very hazardous areas in the home that need prompt attention. Here are six forgotten places to childproof before your toddler begins to explore.

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Unless you live in a cave or an underground bomb shelter, you more than likely have a few windows. These can be dangerous elements when you have curious little ones running around who want to watch the world outside their home. When little toddlers find their way to the window and see something that sparks their interest, it might mean a fall. In fact, more than 5000 kids fall from windows every year.
Your baby-proofing technique will depend upon the window type. You can use window guards, window stops, charley bars, and wedges to prevent the window from opening. It is also important to remove furniture that can be used as a ladder so your toddler cannot plan for a quick escape.

Bathroom for Bath Time
Babies outgrow their portable and folding infant baths very quickly. When promoted to the big bathtub, there many hazards to avoid. You might know to put away the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and razors, but that is not all. Be sure to invest in a non-slip mat and don’t overlook the importance of a spout cover. Children love water and they are drawn to the spout where it comes out. One slip could mean they injure their head on the spout.

Access to the Toilet
Another water source that poses a hazard and is overlooked by many is the toilet. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the toilet is not only infested with bacteria, but can be an overlooked drowning hazard. One way to cut off access is to close the door to the bathroom at all times, lock it with a hook-and-eye lock.
You will also need to secure the lid so your toddler cannot open it when they figure out it can be lifted. Find a type of lid lock that is easy to install and is compatible with your toilet style.


Dishwasher

Kids pay attention to your every move. If it is your routine to unload the washer as they eat in their highchair, they may be intrigued once they get down. If they open the dishwasher right after is ends, there is a chance of steam burns. They will also have access to sharp knives and glass that can break and cause deep cuts if they get into a dishwasher. Be sure to point all sharp utensils down, put away the detergent in a locked cabinet, and never leave the dishwasher door unlocked.

Backyard 
You never want to give your child free access to your driveway or the backyard where there is a whole new set of hazards. Just 30 seconds of putting away clothes can result in disaster if your child finds out how to open the door and run into the street. Over time, toddlers figure out how to open locked doors. When this happens, you can buy handle locks, knob locks, lock and pinch guards, and more. Another option is to always arm your home with a security alarm so it sounds whenever the door is opened. NorthStar alarm reviews say this system can also be controlled remotely so you can make sure doors are locked wherever you are.

Create a Closet
If you have guests who frequently come to visit, they could be carrying hazards with them. You know to lock up medicines and sharp items, but all of this could be easily accessed in a purse within reach. Be sure you have a place to put coats and bags so purses don’t become dangers.

No home will ever be 100% safe. You need to supervise your children, but you also need to prevent potential accidents with the right safeguards. Be sure you look at the obvious hazards and the not-so obvious ones so your child is as safe as can be in your home.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

How to Come to Terms with Your Postpartum Depression

Mental Health is often overlooked, Brooke has a great blog post on postpartum depression that you definitely need to read.

 

 

The act of giving birth drains you physically, not to mention the whole process playing havoc with your emotions. Changes in hormones greatly impact your emotional state and your ability to deal with the new responsibilities in your life.

Although few women pass through the birth of a child without some form of emotional stress, certain signs point to a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Unlike the regular baby blues during the first two weeks after birth, postpartum depression lasts longer, and yields much more dangerous results.

Signs of Postpartum Depression

Women who experience persistent anxiety or guilt, accompanied by feelings of worthlessness and recurring thoughts of self-harm likely have postpartum depression, and require professional help. If you think you are feeling out of the ordinary sadness, anxiety, and stress talk to your doctor to see if you can get an official diagnosis.

Seeking Help

Even you can tell when something may be wrong. If you think you may have postpartum depression, do all you can to get help. Countless women have struggled with this condition, and it’s no shame to admit you can’t deal with it on your own.

Once you obtain the help of a professional, they can make an accurate diagnosis, leading to the appropriate medication and or therapy. Find a counselor who has been qualified with a USC master of science in applied psychology or equivalent. In addition to these treatments, here are some ways to deal with and cope with postpartum depression:

Care for Yourself

Although many affected women feel guilty and overwhelmed, it’s important to practice self-care.

This includes getting enough sleep, which may sound impossible with a newborn. Recruit the help of a family member at least every two days to ensure you get enough sleep. Instead of trying to do household chores during the baby’s naps, take the time to nap as well.

Eat a balanced diet. To stay healthy and promote proper healing, eat healthy foods and avoid alcohol and caffeine. When you put goodness in, you’ll get good out. Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but the endorphins it produces will make it worth it.

Cry

The body normalizes its hormones in part through releasing tears. Crying provides a natural way for your body to secrete hormones that may be overly high now that you’ve had your baby.

Accept Help

Many sources of help lay in wait to give you the boost you need. Whether this comes in the form of a spouse, close friend, or sibling, accept help. Now is not the time to say you’re fine and don’t need any help.

If you let others lend their time, you’ll feel loved and more able to cope with what’s happening. Confide in your spouse to help them understand how you feel. Joining a local mothers’ group wouldn’t go amiss, as it helps you feel less alone in your struggles as well. The important thing is to get a good gage on how you’re feeling and find people you can trust to tell your fears and anxiety to. With time, you can begin healing and find more of the positives that come with having a baby.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

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Adorable Decorating Tips for the Perfect Nursery

One of the most exciting things about expecting a new baby is choosing the decorations for the nursery. Your baby’s room will be unique to them and be a place where they can grow and learn. There are many different decorating paths you can choose for the latest addition to the family, and these are a few suggestions to create the perfect baby nursery in your home.
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Nautical Themes
If you are a boating family, or just enjoy the peaceful themes sailboats inspire as they glide along the water, a nautical-themed nursery can be an adorable choice for your baby. Choose a sailboat mobile to hang over the crib and paint the walls either a neutral sand color, or a pale blue to represent the sky. Add photos of sailboats and consider a room-darkening, hand-painted shade with either clouds or the sun sinking below a horizon on water. When the baby is sleeping during the day, the shade will keep most of the sunshine out and at night, when the baby is awake for feedings, the hand-painting will give the room an open, airy feel.

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Animal Prints
Black and white patterns are always a classic, and perfect for any gender so consider animal prints such as zebra or leopard spots. Choose a neutral pallet for the wall paint to contrast with the starkness of animal patterns. Add a zebra rug and use soft, white pillows for seating along with throw pillows on the floor in various animal prints. A palm tree mural on the wall can be the perfect addition for an adorable animal theme.

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Bold Colors
There is no reason you need to stick with typical soft pastels such as pale pink, light blue, or mint green. In fact, research shows that babies respond better to bright primary colors such as reds, yellows, and blues. Consider using bright cheerful colors on the walls with black and white accents in rugs, throw pillows, or blankets. If you prefer white walls, or live where you are unable to paint the walls bright colors, choose accent pieces in bright purple, green, red, blue and orange. This is a room that can change and grow with your baby as their interests develop.

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Think Globally
If your family loves to travel, consider creating a nursery that reflects that love. With today’s online world, it is possible to purchase decorating supplies from around the world. Consider an Indian crib blanket, or Chinese tapestries for the wall. Add finishing touches like personal pieces you have picked up as you travelled the world. An Irish quilt adds a nice touch to a rocker, or you can place an English tea set on the dresser. Think about pinning up a world map to solidify your theme.

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Dark Walls
If the baby’s nursery will get a lot of sunlight during the day, you may want to consider using dark wall paint or even chalkboard paint for the walls that will provide your child with a washable canvas when they get older. Use light colored furniture and accents to offset the dark walls. If you don’t want to paint the walls a dark color, consider adding room darkening shades or blinds from an energy efficient company like Sunburst Shutters so sunlight streaming through the windows doesn’t make for difficult nap times.

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Vintage Nursery
One of the most unique ways to decorate your nursery is to scour antique, secondhand, and vintage stores for collectable items. You can often find vintage linens and baby clothing at secondhand stores at very low prices. Use your own baby clothing to hang on walls as artwork, and create window coverings or baby bedding with the linens to give the room an old world feel that is practical and inexpensive.

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Outdoor Look
If you have an artistic side, consider painting the walls a dark, neutral shade, then add your own unique paintings to the walls, such as trees in a forest or other landscapes. Add a throw rug to match the art you paint, and accent with colors that work well with that décor, such as browns or greens for a woodsy-themed nursery.

These are just a few ideas that can help you create a whimsical, pleasant, and unique nursery for your new baby. The possibilities are endless for making a small sanctuary for your child once you bring them home from the hospital.


~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you again to Brooke for this informative and helpful article!

Third Trimester: Tips to Handle the Home Stretch

The third trimester of pregnancy is a time of both exciting and nerve racking for mom. It can seem to drag on forever, but for some, the last months may seem to go by quickly. Here are some ways to handle this last portion of pregnancy with finesse.

Things to Do for Yourself
During the third trimester, the added weight of your growing baby causes more pressure on the spine, so it’s important to pay attention to your posture. Sit on a chair with a sturdy back, and sleep on your side at night, with a pillow between your legs for greater comfort.
It’s especially important to eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water during this time, which will help with constipation. Many women in their third trimester suffer from heartburn, so stay away from spicy foods. If you do get heartburn, try drinking some ginger tea to relieve it.
You will probably feel more tired at this stage, so take frequent naps when needed. Try to follow a mild exercise program each day, which will help with bodily functions and help you to get a better sleep at night. Frequent urination at night in the third trimester is normal. To keep it to a minimum, try not to drink fluids before you go to bed.
Above all, try to avoid getting stressed out. Although you may still have a regular job or other children to take care of, try to find some time each day to pray or meditate, which will help to alleviate stress.

Things to Do for Your Baby
Your baby can definitely respond to your voice and touches at this stage. Speak softly to your baby, and try massaging it several times during the day. Some expectant mothers find that babies in the womb enjoy certain types of music. Try playing some relaxing music, which will help to soothe both you and your baby.
By now you probably have a birthing program set up and ready to go. Try to spend some of your time in the third trimester learning as much as you can about breastfeeding and recommended ways to take care of new baby. The more you learn, the less concern you will have after baby is born, and the better you will be able to care for it.
The third trimester of pregnancy is a good time to begin searching for a good pediatrician for your baby. Your baby’s first visit to a pediatrician should be soon after he or she is born, so it’s definitely not too early to begin the search. Ask friends or family for references. Choose a doctor who is situated nearby, can accept your health insurance, and has working hours convenient for you.

Things to Do with Your Doctor
You will be having regular visits with your doctor of choice in your third trimester, probably as frequently as once a week. Let your doctor know if you notice anything unusual happening with baby, such as less frequent movement. Dr. Gilbert Webb also suggests you let your doctor know about any unusual changes in your own body, such as bleeding, pain during urination, nausea, or early contractions. Regular visits to your doctor will reassure you that your last trimester is proceeding as normally as possible.
If you have any special medical conditions that could interfere with birthing, your doctor may refer you to a high risk obstetrician or maternal-fetal specialist. It’s important to follow the instructions of these medical experts as closely as possible, to insure a safe delivery.

Third trimester can be a challenging time, but following these guidelines will help make it less of a challenge and more of a joy.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

Beauty and Cosmetics during Pregnancy: The Good and the Bad

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Every pregnant woman wants to look her best during her pregnancy, but it is hard to use the same makeup you used before you got pregnant. Pregnancy changes your body chemistry, the composition of your skin and the way your body looks in the light. Your makeup, fragrances and skincare regimen all must change during your pregnancy, and you may find they will stay changed after you have your baby.
How Your Makeup Reacts to Your Skin

The makeup you normally use may not react to your face as it always has. The color you use on your face may not look the same as it has in the past, and these colors may not stay on your face as they once had. It is possible that your makeup will cause you to break out in hives, or you may form a rash. You should consider changing your foundation, blush and powder during your pregnancy. The change in your body chemistry may require you to maintain this change in your makeup after you have your baby.

Skincare

The skincare products you use may not give you the same results they once did. You are counting on your lotions and moisturizers to protect your skin, but these lotions may not do the job they once did. You cannot continue to use the same moisturizer if it does not help you, and your skin may dry out much faster than it would otherwise.

Your skincare regimen may need to increase when you are pregnant. Chronically dry skin is going to plague you when you are pregnant, and you may consider using more moisturizer than you did in the past. Many women resort to moisturizing their whole bodies every day, and you must keep up with this routine to prevent stretch marks. Do as much as you can to keep your skin moist and soft.
Sunscreen

A woman who is not accustomed to wearing sunscreen may need to start using sunscreen during her pregnancy. Your olive complexion may have helped you a good bit at the beach, but you must start wearing sunscreen because your skin is so much more sensitive.

Women who do not typically use sunscreen may turn to a foundation that has sun protection built-in. You need to keep your skin from being damaged in the hot sun, and you must take steps that will prevent sunburn and sun damage.

Skin Irritation

You may go to bed with your makeup on after a long day, and your skin has never reacted poorly to your makeup. You must start washing your face every evening to ensure your skin is safe. You will likely feel a good bit of irritation when you leave your makeup on for too long, and you may need to use a professional makeup remover.

Daily Makeup Application

You should change from pads to sponges when you apply your makeup, and you may consider scaling back the amount of makeup you are putting on every day. Reduce the amount of makeup you are using to help your skin cope with your pregnancy. Your pregnancy is going to make your skin reject a good bit of your makeup, and the makeup that you choose to wear going forward should be as light as possible.

Your body will not respond well to all the makeup you typically wear. You must make a change that is going to help you look your best during your pregnancy. You may choose to keep these makeup changes after you have your baby, but you must make careful changes for the health of your skin. If you are unsure about certain cosmetic products while you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a physician like Dr. Gilbert Webb, to see what is safe for you.

 

– Rachelle Wilber

Guest Contributor

Pregnant With Your First? 5 Ways to Prepare

Giving birth is no easy task, hence the term “labor”. The expectant mother has most likely read tons of material for preparing for the birth of their first child, but sometimes a quick checklist is the most helpful way to get ready for this life-changing event. Preparing ahead will help you feel more confident and in control. These five ways to prepare for your first can do just that.

 

Follow a Schedule of Prenatal Visits

Make a doctor’s appointment with your OB-GYN or specialist as soon as you think you are pregnant. They will be able to confirm your pregnancy and check your health as you progress. Expect a schedule that begins with monthly check-ups and ends with weekly ones. The doctor will check the growth of the fetus and perform special tests that can detect problems like high -risk symptoms early. These visits are important to avoid any complications that may arise with your pregnancy. If you are having a high-risk pregnancy then visits with a maternal fetal specialist, like Dr. Gilbert Webb, are all the more important.

 

Pre-register and Practice Checking In

Most hospitals and birthing centers are more than happy to have expectant parents pre-register for the event. This allows them to take care of your paperwork and insurance matters in advance. It is a good time to also find out what you should do to have the new family member added to your health insurance policy. Ask for a tour of the birthing area and nursery. Ask about your options. Scope out parking and entrances. Pretend it is 3 a.m. and you have just arrived!

 

Stock up on Supplies

Cooking up a few meals for the freezer will save you and your family time and energy once baby is born. Heat-and-eat meals will allow you more time to rest and be with your baby. Don’t forget easy-to-grab non-perishable healthy snacks like granola bars and dried fruit.

This is also the time to decide whether you are going to breastfeed or put your baby on formula. If breastfeeding, purchase a couple of comfortable nursing bras and a breast pump. For formula feeding, get a case of formula and your choice of bottles. Disposable ones will make life easier in the beginning.

Stocking up on plenty of “incidentals” will cut down on errand-running after the baby arrives. Don’t forget maxi-pads, baby wipes, a gentle stool softener, and, of course, newborn diapers.

 

Recruiting Outside Help

Friends and family will be invaluable during those first few weeks of new parenthood. Now is the time to ask and recruit. Have a cleaning service come right before your due date. Bringing home the new baby to a clean and neat home will feel good. Enlist the cleaners on a temporary basis while you get established as a new mom. It may sound like splurging, but you will find that it’s worth it to save your own energy for being with the baby.

 

Planning Transportation

It’s never too soon to purchase and install a proper infant car seat. Hospitals won’t allow you to leave without one. If you must take a taxi, practice installing it in another car a few times. Make sure the car has gas, or if you are using a taxi service, decide on which one and have the number in a handy spot. Plan out the best route from home to hospital. Consider possible traffic jams at certain times of the day and any road construction that is in progress. Together with your partner, take a few practice runs.

Waking up at 2 a.m. with labor pains or having your water break while at work or lunch are not the times for packing your bag for a hospital stay. At least two weeks before your due date, pack up and put your bag in an easy-to-spot location. Pack a comfy gown and robe, slippers, and personal items you will need. Don’t forget a coming-home outfit for you and the baby.

These tips can help first-time mothers feel in control. And being in control can help you relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience,

 

 

A great guest blog from our friend Brooke Chaplan!

 

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