Another Blog Update!

This is a picture of my ‘linktree’ on my instagram bio. Simply click the LiketoKnow.it bar and you’ll be directed to my page!

Another fun announcement!  I have joined the LiketoKnow.it community!  This was a big achievement for me which I have been working on for quite awhile.  What does this mean for you?  Another super easy way to shop my product recommendations. I do all the work for you. If you see this small icon (see picture below) in the corner of an instagram post this means that it is a shop-able picture in which I have picked out either the exact products or related ones. Just download the LiketoKnow.it app and hit my link, it’s that simple.  I’ll also be working on producing links for both LiketoKnow.it and ShopStyle on the blog as well.  A little bit more learning for me, but as usual, I’ll keep you updated!  

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August 2019

This beautiful picture was taken by my friend Karen Kalwara

Wow, August already!  I hate to admit it, but I’m never a big fan of August. Too many signals make it feel like the beginning to the end, and the ever dreaded words, “back to school”!!  So here I’m pledging that I’m going to ignore it and enjoy every last bit of summer. I started a challenge to try to take more time to myself.  I’m a do-er and always feel the need to be busy.  I’m learning to let go of that mentality.  Every day should afford time to relax, enjoy some quiet or whatever it is that makes you happy.  

In other blog news updates, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m now an affiliate with RewardStyle, also known as LiketoKnow.it another top notch shopping site for all things fashion and home. I have some homework to do to get it up and running. Stay tuned! In the meantime if you don’t have the app, download it now to see what they’re all about.  Enjoy August my friends!

Big Collaboration News!

Big News everyone!  I’ve been working on this for a while, but I just became an influencer with ShopStyle Collective.  This means I’ll be giving links to more great brands and showing where and how to get what I’m wearing and alternatives as well.  Since this is a collaborative affiliate, I do earn a small commission from all sales generated from my links.  Stay tuned!

A quick how-to for using my Instagram link

Hi Everyone! I guess I assume that everyone knows how to do the “link in bio” that is used so often on Instagram. Here is a quick easy visual. Just click the bio address that is circled on my bio, this will automatically send you to the picture on the left. To shop The Hive Shop, just click on that and you will automatically be redirected. The same goes for any of the great brands listed that I am an affiliate for.

When you are on my site – as you are now, all the brands and my link to The Hive Shop are listed to the right. Click on any of them for easy shopping! Any other questions – just contact me on my contact page! I’m always happy to help. Also, I must mention this disclaimer, that all products that I promote or provide links to will generate a small commission for me.

July 2019

July is here and summer is into full swing.  Schools are out, the kids are all home.  It’s time to get around to enjoying long days and filling them with fun. When my children were younger they all swam for the local club swim team.  They played tennis and golf and their little tanned tired bodies seemed to be full of boundless energy.  Needless to say, I spent alot of time in the car!  Now that they drive themselves to all the things that fill their days, I have more time to devote to gardening, developing recipes, and even, dare I say, sit and enjoy some down time! I have mentioned before, that I always try to eek out a small amount of “me time”, usually at the end of the day, just to relax and take in the beauty of the season.  Be it strolling through the gardens or sitting out on the patio with a glass of rose. I offer this tip to you to do the same.  Remember summer is fleeting, be sure to soak it all in!  Also, I am building my subscriber list so please sign up, and check out The Hive Shop for new items added frequently.  You never know what you’ll find.  Enjoy July everyone!

June 2019

I’ve often said that June can be a month of new beginnings and bittersweet endings. For me personally, I once again have a high school graduate, causing me to reflect on the fleetingness of life. Wondering what lies ahead for my child, and hoping for success and happy experiences as she leaves one life behind and ventures into young adulthood – new beginning, bittersweet ending. It seems at times that life moves along in a daily hum of mundane activities, then suddenly we stop to realize, “wow, how’d I get here?” Happens so suddenly. I am recovering from my ski accident. It seemed life came to a grinding halt and those initial months were very long days. But now I am here, just starting to walk again and grateful for that, especially because June is here. I will try not to be wistful, but instead live in the moment and carry on. Welcome Summer!

May 2019

Welcome to May! As I write this, a bird is singing persistently outside. I know it is trying to attract it’s mate and start the endless life cycle. Nature at its’ finest.  I love all the seasons, but something about those early mornings (if you’re a morning person, I suppose), the exuberant bird song and smell of the earth re-awakening makes me stop and take a deep breath and marvel at the yearly re-birth.  It also makes me want to slow down time a bit. Take it all in. Spring, like Autumn, can be so fleeting.  Blossom, so eagerly awaited, gone so quickly, yet always so appreciated.  Life goes swiftly, I find myself saying this more and more often.  Seems so cliché, but facts cannot be denied. My injury has forced me to slow down, and in some strange way, I am learning to embrace it. I am typically an over motivated personality – type A, but learning to accept what was dealt my way  is another life re-set (again!! I’ve had several).  And on we go, like the little bird singing outside my window, persistence and acceptance prevail.  So, like myself, try to slow down here and there.  Enjoy the simple beauty of a quiet moment, the rustle of the just emerged leaves in a gentle breeze and the simple song of a little bird.

April 2019

Well it’s finally here – April.  Something about just saying April seems to usher in a feeling of warm breezes and fresh beginings.  Here in the east it is not unusual to get the odd chance of snow, but it’s tolerable knowing it is just temporary.  April is when I start putting together and tackling the spring to-do list and I’ve got a few new projects I’m adding this year.  I’m adding a cutting garden and also hoping to build a new larger outdoor pen for my egg-laying, feathered pals.  As far as Blog News – I’ve cleaned up a few posts and changed the Home page for more instant updates.  Most exciting, I’ve opened an Amazon Store on my Instagram account with items I’ve personally curated for my readers and followers.  We are still trying to solve the ‘clickable link in bio’ issue with Instagram, unfortunately this is a problem on their end!  It can be ‘cut and paste’, if need be. So, here’s to the new month and season.  Get out there and spread the beauty!

March 2019

This will be a fond memory until next season!

Well February certainly was a whirlwind for myself.  Between school breaks, lots of great skiing (since I was able to slip away for a trip to Utah), and working on new projects, the month truly has flown by.  Unfortunately, it didn’t end in a very positive way as I broke my leg in a ski accident on the last weekend of the month on my home mountain.  The skis will have to be put away for the season as I focus on recovery.  As I mentioned, I am working on new projects with my blog.  I am ever working on making a more user friendly version for Android and Smart Phone users.  I am also trying to find the best way to provide my readers with links to products I use and recommend – please give me your feedback!  I am also determining which topics my readers want more of – again, feedback is always welcome.  My blog is set up as a book of ideas and recipes and how-to’s.  I will add to those as needed.  However, my home page will have more current posts and thoughts and ideas for the “right now” user.  Please bear with me as I slide into these changes and also, please be sure to subscribe for any special promotions I may be presenting in the future.  In the interim, I wish you all a beautiful March!