Monica’s New Mommy Must-Haves

As a mother, I feel like there are constant pulls in opposite directions.  My inner dialogue is something like this: “I haven’t showered in a few days, maybe I should do that… but look at that sweet baby boy wanting lovin’ and there’s all that laundry to fold!”  Or this common one: “You do know you’re going back to work in a month and have no sitter lined up… but how can I possibly find someone to care for my precious love in my place?!”

Before Deacon came along, I would have said my “must-haves” were much simpler and inward looking… with chapstick probably topping the list.  Now that I’m a new mommy, my go-to items have shifted from self indulgence to self preservation and providing for my family. 

These are not listed in order of importance, just the order that my brain processed them because I don’t have the time or energy for perfection anymore. ¬†That’s a new mom skill I’m working on… Leading us to my first new mom must-have…¬†

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6 Reasons You Should Start Beekeeping!

When Matt came to me and said, “we should start beekeeping,” it was almost in passing.  We knew as close to nothing about beekeeping as possible and had done zero prep work (nor did we know the work it might entail to get started).  It was early Spring and as we began reading we realized that if we were starting it was now or never!  

Our research told us that starting colonies is done in the Spring; so, if we didn’t get going on it soon, we would be better off just waiting a year until the following Spring.  I basically told Matt either we do it or we don’t, but we had to decide! We took the leap and haven’t looked back.  The pictures below are from the day we picked up our bees to start our first two hives!  

As we drove home, it was exciting… and a little stressful! We did not yet realize how docile honeybees are for the most part – especially without a hive and brood (eggs) to protect.  I think we were both almost on edge, awaiting the bees to revolt against us! 

When I think back to that decision, I am not positive what it was that motivated us, but here are some reasons you should consider starting beekeeping of your own!

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