bee geometry

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
~ Albert Einstein
Insects are considered the most vital link between life on earth and all living creatures. Without bees, we would lose a majority of life forms. They are considered, by many entomologists, the “glue in nature” that underpins the food and water supplies that we collectively rely upon.

“There is one masterpiece, the hexagonal cell, that touches perfection. No living creature, not even human, has achieved, in the centre of one’s sphere, what the bee has achieved on her own: and if intelligence from another world were to descend and ask of the earth the most perfect creation, I would offer the humble comb of honey.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life Of The Bee, 1924


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Image: OmniGeometry

do not bleach your pumpkins to preserve them

PSA: DO NOT bleach your pumpkins to make them last longer!! I’ve seen this tip being shared all over social media this season and it stinks! Please remember pumpkins are food, especially to lots of the wildlife! Deer, squirrels, raccoons, possums, mice, rats, chipmunks, birds, and even bugs. We deliberately stick them outside somewhere where wildlife can access them and we DO NOT want our wildlife eating bleached pumpkins!!!

Instead, try using vinegar. 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water will work just as well. Or. Most natural oils – including avocado, sesame, olive, tea tree, almond, and grapefruit seed extract – lock in moisture so your pumpkin doesn’t dry out. For easy application, put on disposable gloves and apply oil liberally to the outside and cut-outs. Reapply over time as necessary. This is a great method even the kids can try, and your pumpkin will be safe for wildlife to eat later on!

When it’s time to get your Pumpkin glowing, opt for battery-operated tea lights or glow sticks as opposed to real candles. The extra heat from a candle can expedite rot and mold growth. Candles can dry out the pumpkin fast!

Spread a layer of dog hair on the ground, then set the pumpkins on the hair. Squirrels will avoid the area if they smell a dog nearby. Set out a plate of food to distract the squirrels from the pumpkins. Squirrels enjoy eating the dried corn found in many birdseed blends. An uncooked corn cob will also work.

How To Recycle & Reuse Your Pumpkins

Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Sure, toasted pumpkin seeds are great, but why not try something different? Rinse the pumpkin seeds to remove all the pumpkin strings and insides and pat the seeds dry. Then combine all the following ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until it reaches the desired consistency. Enjoy the pesto on pasta, crackers, salad, or as a spread on a veggie sandwich.

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs miso
  • 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbs lime juice
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro

IMPORTANT: Check with your state wildlife agency to confirm recycling your pumpkin outside is permitted: in states experiencing outbreaks of Chronic Wasting Disease, attracting deer to a pile of pumpkins could lead to disease spread. Also, please keep in mind this applies to non-painted pumpkins, as the toxins in paint can be harmful to wildlife. And keep pumpkins away from the house, ideally near trees.

national coffee day!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Here are some unique ways to enjoy your coffee!

  1. Give your face a cup – Make a batch of coffee ice cubes and use them for brighter, healthier skin. Use the cube to trace your eye area and your facial bone structure in the morning to reduce puffiness and make your skin brighter.
  2. Give your skin a lift – Blend together 1 cup of virgin coconut oil, ½ cup of ground coffee, and one teaspoon vanilla extract. Soak yourself in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then massage the scrub into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse in the warm water and pat dry. The blend of antioxidant-rich coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil help remove and repair rough skin.
  3. Feed your foliage – Stir your coffee grounds into soil or put in your watering can. Your plants will love the nitrogen boost and grow faster and stronger as a result.
  4. Offering to the worms – Worms might be the world’s most unattractive garden guests, but they’re great for your soil. They fertilize it with their own body processes. Worms are attracted to coffee grounds, so get spreading where you’d like to enrich your soil.
  5. Set it in the fridge – Instead of a box of baking soda tucked into the back of your fridge, make a box of used coffee grounds. It’s all-natural and does the same trick by absorbing odors and smells.
  6. Light it up – This uses lots of things that might’ve gone into the trash, including the ends of used-up candles, a used paper coffee cup, and of course used coffee grounds. Plus, it’s a fun home DIY project. Try it here: //www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Upcycled-Paper-Coffee-Cup-Candle-31102984?utm_campaign=default_hp&utm_source=hover_pin

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Shakeology Coffee Recipes

Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
(add 1 tsp. pure almond extract to make an Almond Mocha Chiller)

Almond Latte

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
½ c. cold-brewed coffee

Iced Mocha

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Minty Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. peppermint extract
½ c. almond milk

Snowstorm Smoothie

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. water
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. rum extract

Vanilla Latte

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold coffee
½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure maple syrup

Thai Iced Coffee

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 c. strong cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. pure almond extract

Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake

8 oz brewed cold coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tsp caramel extract
1/4 tsp 
1 cup ice


Coffee Faq’s

  • Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
  • Coffee beans are technically seeds. They’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them “beans” because of the resemblance to legumes.
  • There are two main types: Arabica and Robusta. Growers predominantly plant the Arabica species. Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine.
  • Brazil – Today, Brazil produces about third of the world’s supply, according to the International Coffee Organization, about twice as much as the second place holder, Vietnam.
  • Finland – The average adult Finn goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization. Compare that to a measly 11 pounds per American.
  • United States – Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee traditionally grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is optimal for harvesting beans. California also recently got into the coffee game with dozens of farms now churning out pricey premium bags.
  • Espresso refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, it would take three shots to equal the amount in a regular cup of joe.
  • $600 a pound?? One of the most coveted varieties comes from the feces of an Asian palm civet. The cat-like creature eats fruit including coffee cherries, but is unable to digest the beans. The excreted seeds produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak, but the means of production has drawn criticism from animal welfare activists.
  • Oh no… Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca believed it stimulated radical thinking and outlawed the drink. Some 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. Even as recently as the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.
  • Healthy! In moderation! Research has linking moderate consumption (about three to four cups per day) with a longer life span, plus a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
  • The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9-foot tall cup. The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guiness World Record in 2012.
  • Thank you Boston Tea Party. In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java in lieu tea, of PBS reveals. The Civil War also made the drink more pervasive because it helped energize tired troops.
  • Decaf does not mean caffeine-free. An eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains two to 12 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic states. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee supplies between 95 to 200 milligrams, while one can of cola has aout 23 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.
  • There are three distinct coffee waves. So far there have been three distinct coffee waves, or trends, that have defined the evolution of how people consume the drink. In the first wave, coffee was a cheap, accessible commodity where everything pretty much tasted the same. Popular coffee shops led the second wave with sweet flavorings and other customizations that added value, though the base roast was generally a blend that’s consistent in flavor. The third wave of coffee has become a specialty product with an origin, a story, and distinct flavors that tell that story. Roasting has also become an art that unlocks the nuanced flavors of carefully sourced, precisely cultivated beans.
  • Smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. It may come as a surprise given the mechanized and highly efficient production methods of countries like Brazil and Vietnam that the majority of the world’s coffee supply is produced by an estimated 25 million smallholder farmers. Much of the work harvesting, drying, and fermenting the coffee beans is done by hand and with great care to make the best coffee possible.
  • Second in the World It’s the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity.  Crude oil is first. Yes, it is not a typo. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.
  • Mecca banned coffee. Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and idleness.
  • Fairtrade coffee improves quality. Fairtrade coffee costs more, but coffee farmers spend at least 25% of this Fairtrade Premium to enhance productivity and quality. Over the last three years, Fairtrade-certified coffee products have won 28 Great Taste Awards.
  • The lighter the roast, the more caffeine. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the bean, the more caffeine it has. So, a light roast is most likely to wake you up in the a.m. — or carry you through a lull in the afternoon — followed by a medium roast, and lastly a dark roast. As far as the type of coffee, reach for cold brew over iced or drip coffee on particularly groggy mornings. It has the most caffeine.
  • These high-profile people had crazy coffee habits. Writer François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, reportedly drank 40 to 50 cups of a chocolatecoffee mixture each day. Although this is much more than the suggested daily intake, the world-famous thinker lived a lengthy life and died when he was 83 years old. Similarly, it’s alleged that former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee per day and died at age 60 after a blood clot traveled from his leg to his lungs. Though it’s unknown just how many cups he had daily, Beethoven would count exactly 60 beans to each serving — no more, no less.
  • Bach wrote a song about coffee. Circa 1735, Johann Sebastian Bach penned “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” also known as the “Coffee Cantata.” In the song, a father-daughter duo argues about how she drinks too much coffee and that’s why she doesn’t have a lover. Alas, if she gave it up she’d “become so upset that I would be like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” Yikes. When her father gives her an ultimatum, she lies to please him. While he’s out finding her a husband, she secretly tells potential suitors they must let her drink coffee if they want to marry her.
  • Coffee sent Brazil to the Olympics. Brazil couldn’t afford to send its 69 athletes to Los Angeles for the Summer Olympics in 1932, so they put them on a ship with 50,000 sacks of coffee and sold the beans at different ports along the way. Good thing Brazil has been the world’s largest coffee producer for more than 150 years, so they had beans to spare.
  • New York City has the most coffee shops in the U.S. per capita. According to a 2018 study by Wallet HubNew York City has the most coffee shopscoffee houses and cafés per capita. (Maybe it’s no coincidence that the Big Apple takes first for most doughnut shops per capita, too.) Runners up include San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sources: Good Housekeeping, Insider, Agiboo, and The Daily Meal


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saturn direct

Karma – Reaping Rewards for Hard Work – Obligations – Patience
Saturn turns direct September 29, a heavy burden or responsibility will be lifted. Pluto follows Oct 4.

Saturn has been travelling through his home base and breaking down foundations, crushing hopes and dreams and testing our will — in order to crystallize something entirely new.

Today Saturn turns direct and makes you focus on working hard, self control, dealing with authority and fulfilling obligations. This is a time when we reap what you have sown in regards to sacrifices made and good or bad deeds done. Saturn turning direct in his home sign of Capricorn, is paving a new 30 year cycle. Be ready to lay firm foundations and use your innate power and authority. This is a highly motivated time to take focus and firm direction in your life.

The struggles and setbacks you have experienced in the last 6 months-3 years were lessons you needed to learn. They have been difficult to bear at times and yes, have left scars that will be with you forever. But the wounds are healing and you survived. Saturn is the big Daddy of life’s most important lessons. When a heavy planet, like Saturn, turns its direction it’s important and makes Be on the look out for progress, not perfection. It’ll be important to pay attention to what’s taking place in your life. More importantly …. what’s finally trying to move ahead.

As Saturn makes his move direct, he’ll be battling Mars, and Mars can bring anger into the equation and is currently retrograde in Aries. Roadblocks are going to still be in play (progress not perfection). We should keep expectations low about how far we’re going to actually get as Saturn wakes from his 4 month retrograde slumber.

During this planetary shift, you could feel like you just want to explode, lose patience and just want to get things done and out of the way but this is also a time with many tests and challenges. Your lesson is the art of patient persistence and continuing to move forward despite the obstacles. Saturn direct in Capricorn will now show you the rewards for all of your persistence and feelings of isolation. Slowly but surely, plans you have made will begin to move forward. Karma wants to see you stand strong through tough times. That is why lessons have been so harsh and seemingly never-ending. Instant gratification never brings long term success. It’s time to receive what you have sewn with gifts and rewards for all of your struggles with the reminder that nothing is worth anything without understanding struggle, blood, sweat and yes, often times, tears. Saturn pushes us into uncomfortable situations in order to get us closer to what we need to accomplish. No matter how hard we protest—he’s the planet that pushes us so we can accomplish our goals. Saturn digs deep into what we subconsciously want and need. And we not always ready to hear it, much like children really are.

When Saturn moves direct, it’s time to work on deconstructing boundaries, remembering responsibilities, checking and maybe changing rules and regulations that feel oppressive, outdated and no longer serve us. We’ve spent almost this entire year feeling the burden of limitation and restriction in our lives while getting in touch with our deepest passions and desires. Now we’ve reached a point of release, finalization and forward (albeit slow) momentum where we must commit to a path over the next month or two, tie up loose ends, clear away the rubble left behind from the big purge, and begin slowly and deliberately working toward building foundations that support what we perceive as the ideal future.

September 28th – Saturn turns Direct (Expect further delays and restrictions.)
October 4th – Pluto turns Direct (Pluto rules collective Death and Rebirth, so again, this will be a huge energy push and turning point )

Meanwhile…. Astrologers all over the country are predicting October will be a tough month and November even more so. There will be shifts we probably never have experienced like it in our lifetimes like we will in November. Expect the unexpected.

Saturn Direct – “is nudging us to get busy making the life we want to live. Over the past 4 ½ months, did you re-evaluate your boundaries and responsibilities? If so, now’s the time to get down to business and put those thoughts and plans into action. ~ Sage Goddess

sep 29th saturn goes direct

Saturn , after its retrograde period of almost 140 days is going direct on Sep 29th. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and second largest planet in our solar system. This date frees you from a 10 year cycle. All those lessons you’ve learned, all those karmic contracts- cleared. Its the release... feels SO GOOD. Learning life’s lessons is the key to this planet. It’s the planet ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius and takes around 30 years to complete its orbit. It represents all things that have history and tradition. Ruling self discipline, restriction, and authority. When direct it can help us on life’s journey.
Saturn, is recognized as the Father of the zodiac, governing the sign of Capricorn, a water sign will reach the goal despite any obstacle in its way. Saturns energy tends to have us put everything on the back burner and makes the area of life it is traveling through the focal point of our most current lessons and tests of self mastery. Saturn is the planet of restrictions, lessons, foundations. Be prepared for some challenging times over the next couple of months but not to worry, it will pass and the lessons to take from this period will be long-lasting. It is important to remember to breath during this time and to take ‘time out’ for yourself when you feel that you are getting stressed.

Saturn strips you down, breaks you and rebuilds you piece by piece. This transit may urge you to switch careers, move forward from toxic relationships, heal suppressed childhood issues…. whatever and however you grow during this time can be harsh but is worth it. You won’t recognize the person on the other side. It is a “be your own hero” vibe, and if you get through your many lessons the rewards will be great. 


“Saturn” (Peaceful Soothing Sleep Music – Deep Calm Meditation Therapy – 8 Hours)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was used to observe the planet on 6 June 2018, when Saturn was approximately 1.4 billion kilometres from Earth. Visible in this Hubble image are the classic rings as recorded by the very first astronomers to observe the planet with telescopes. From the outside in are the A ring with the Encke Gap, the Cassini Division, the B ring, and the C ring with the Maxwell Gap. Data from NASA’s Cassini mission suggest that the rings formed about 200 million years ago, roughly around the time of the dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. The gravitational disintegration of one of Saturn’s small moons created myriad icy debris particles and collisions lasting until today; it is likely that they continually replenish the rings. The planet’s banded structure, clearly visible in the new image, is caused by the winds and the clouds at different altitudes.
*𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧
  1. Relax yourself completely and take deep breaths.
  2. Release all your worries, tensions and fears.
  3. Imagine the slow moving Saturn planet emitting its Grey rays and connect with it.
  4. Visualize receiving the Grey rays from the planet. Saturns Ray’s are directly related to the Nervous system of our body. Let the Saturn Ray’s harmonize through your mind body and soul.
  5. Ask the black dragons of Saturn to enable the needed wisdom. It helps you with Spiritual discipline giving focus, concentration, determination, awareness and the ability to plan and stick to a routine.
  6. Connect with the Violet flame in Saturn to transmute any and all lower energies and karmic debris. Surround yourself with a violet ball of protection.
  7. Once you feel it is complete, you may choose to have a message from the planet. Listen closely, it might be given subconsciously.
  8. Thank the planet, come back to your space and you may open your eyes.
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more autumn deliciousness!

These are some recipes from my mentor, my “coach” (I’m on the Dream Team)…”Fall is synonymous with pumpkin-flavored everything, apple-cider anything, chai, maple, cinnamon… you with me?? So, why not bring all those tasty fall flavors into your daily superfoods?! Just throw the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth!”🍁 ~ Melanie Mitro

Creamy Pumpkin Spice Superfoods: 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 cup ice + 1 scoop Pumpkin-Spice Shakeology (or Vanilla if you didn’t get your hands on PS) + ½ cup pure pumpkin puree (Containers: ½ Purple, 1 Red, 1 tsp; 2B Mindset Plate It: A great protein + FFC as part of breakfast)🍁

Cinnamon Apple Cider Superfoods: ½ cup water + ½ cup all-natural apple cider + ½ cup ice + 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology, 1 tsp ground cinnamon (Containers: 1 Purple, 1 Red; 2B Mindset Plate It: A great snackional or enjoy as part of breakfast)🍁

Vanilla Chai Superfoods: 1 cup brewed chai tea, chilled + 1 cup ice + 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology + 1 tsp raw honey + 1 dash ground allspice (Containers: 1 Red; 2B Mindset Plate It: A great snackional or enjoy as part of breakfast)🍁

Cranberry Clove Chocolate Superfoods: ¾ cup water + ¼ cup unsweetened cranberry juice + 1 cup ice + 1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology + ½ tsp ground cloves (Containers: ½ Purple, 1 Red; 2B Mindset Plate It: A great snackional or enjoy as part of breakfast)