Lip (and Beauty) Service!

In my efforts to simplify and de-clutter my life, I had been on the search for the perfect lipstick. I have so many that waste away in my make-up drawer and even though I love them, I have to admit they go mostly unused, primarily because they feather, have to be constantly reapplied or leave a sticky residue at the end of the day – ugh! A friend mentioned the @maybelline super stay, I tried it and I am officially hooked! I promptly cleaned out my lipstick cache and have switched. I cannot recommend this product enough!

Anyway, this prompted me to start a new category for The Hive Shop called “Be Beautiful”. I have picked products I personally use and also some fun ones to try. The Maybelline product above is featured there as well.

Just one easy click on the pink The Hive Shop bar and you will be there. Be sure to follow my profile picture there as well. You will get notifications on products you favorite for sales alerts, etc. directly from Amazon. As always, thank you for supporting me through my links!

November 2019

“Well the frost is on the pumpkin and the hay is in the barn….”, I just love those lyrics from James Taylor’s “Walking Man”.  They just seem to sum up this time of year.  That yearly clean up and prep for the cold wintry weather ahead, kicked off with a bountiful harvest feast better known as Thanksgiving.  I’ve probably mentioned more than once that this is my favorite holiday. No gifts, no pressure, just a wonderful long day filled with good company, great food and that cozy indoor ‘cooked all day’ feeling.  I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving since my first year of marriage, so I’ve become a pro at working out the details and making it truly stress-free.  If you are the host this year and you need a little help look for these posts under Entertain – 

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Make Thanksgiving Stress Free

Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

I give all my tips to keep you organized and look like a ‘cool as a cucumber’ hostess! 

If you need help with roasting your turkey look for my post Cooking the Perfect Turkey in the From the Kitchen category. Also this month, I am going to be offering some place card printables so keep an eye out for that and if you love my turkeys in the picture above, I’ve picked out some equally beautiful turkeys and pheasants on The Hive Shop to add to your Thanksgiving tablescape. Just click on the link to the right.  As always, any questions, need help, etc., feel free to contact me anytime!  Have a glorious November friends.

Beautiful Cachet Pot Candles

One of the Dragon Motif Candles

Hello friends! I’m pleased to be offering these gorgeous Hedge Farm Brand candles for purchase. These candles have two pounds of premium wax for long burning times. The scent is cool citrus basil. The container measures approx. 5.5″ tall and wide at the top, the base is approx. 3.5 wide and is reusable as well! They come wrapped in a cellophane bag tied with a large satin bow as shown, ready for gifting!

$35.00 + shipping

These are the designs available and are in very limited quantities at this time. Click “Contact Me” to order or if you have any questions.

October 2019

I think many of us can relate to that statement.  October truly is the epitome of autumn and the fall colors here in the northeast come to their full fruition.  Then comes that inevitable day or weekend, and it really happens that quickly, when the leaves go past peak and down they all come.  October is such a fun month to enjoy all the fall activities, visiting pumpkin patches, apple orchards, leaf peeping and just strolls out in the country.  Then we send the month out with the grand finale of Halloween!  Every child (and some adults) favorite.  Welcome October and welcome to perhaps the most colorful season!  

September 2019

Hello everyone and welcome to September! Ready or not, it’s here. I’ve said so often that September always feels like the beginning of the year. It’s the time for fresh starts, new schools, new experiences for many and a time to get back to a more scheduled life. Personally, I’ve been busy working on making my blog more user-friendly, easier shopping links and keeping you filled in on my latest projects, recipes and trends. I’ve already mentioned that I’ve become a part of the LiketoKnow.it family. What does this mean? I can provide direct links within my posting content for you to explore and shop. Also, all ads on my site, are placed there by me. These are companies I believe in and have partnered with. Just one click brings you directly to their site for easy browsing as well. As always, please subscribe. I am still creating an email list to send updates, offers, promotions from time to time. I promise not to inundate your inbox!! I personally can’t deal with that, so why would I do it to others?! I hope you are as excited as I am with the blog news. As always feel free to contact me! I love hearing from my readers. Now go outside and enjoy the beauty of September!!

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!  

LiketoKnow.it Icon

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!

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!