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queen bee…

Celebrate the Queen Bee in all Women

(ARA) – Although moms get their own special day of recognition every May, what about all of the other women that help make the world go ‘round?  Grandmothers, sisters and best friends all deserve to know how much they are appreciated on a daily basis.

The summer months are dotted with special days dedicated to the ladies. This summer, declare all of the women you know a queen bee and celebrate the things that make them beautiful – inside and out. Keep these dates in mind and surprise her highness with a day of pampering.

Gorgeous Grandma Day – July 23

Girlfriend’s Day – August 1

Sister’s Day – August 3

Natural beauty is easy to attain with an item you most likely already have in your kitchen cupboard – pure honey. Used by itself or with a combination of ingredients, honey can help moisturize, ward off unwanted bacteria and help give your skin an all-over natural glow.  Not only is honey a humectant, it also contains vitamins, enzymes, minerals and antimicrobial properties, making it one of the more natural ways to indulge your skin.*

Christopher Watt, Hollywood aesthetician to stars such as Halle Barry and Jennifer Lopez, has developed a database of recipes especially for the National Honey Board that focuses on natural ingredients and easy do-it-yourself directions.  

* Not a significant source of vitamins, enzymes or minerals.



The Honey and Gold Luxe Facial


1/3 cup pure honey

1/4 cup papaya, peeled, seedless (optional)

1 banana (optional)

1 Tbsp. Chamomile tea (optional)

24-karat gold leaf sheets

Treatment Instructions:

Steep 1 Chamomile tea bag for 5 minutes and set aside. Mix together honey, papaya and banana in a small bowl. Add 1 Tbsp. Chamomile tea; mix until completely blended. Apply to clean skin in circular motions. Leave on face for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove using tepid water. Apply gold leaf sheets to entire face and neck. You may need to use tweezers to handle as the gold sheets are very thin and delicate. Leave on skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by a cool rinse. Skin may appear shiny after application. If desired, wash face with a gentle cleanser. Apply moisturizer.

Note: Honey may be used alone on clean, damp skin prior to the gold leaf application.

Golden Honey Body Polish


1/2 cup pure honey

1/2 cup Dead Sea Salt (can substitute Epsom Salt)

2/3 cup grape seed oil

24-karat gold leaf sheets

Treatment Instructions:

Combine honey, Sea Salt (or Epsom Salt) and grape seed oil. Crush 2 to 3 sheets of 24-karat gold leaf until almost powder consistency; add to honey mixture and combine. Apply in bathtub or shower to damp skin. Work the mixture in on rough areas such as elbows, knees and the soles of your feet. Rinse with warm water. Towel dry and apply moisturizer.

Note: You may also add the crushed gold leaf to further enhance your favorite moisturizer.

Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath


1 cup sweet almond oil, light olive or sesame oil may be substituted  

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup liquid soap

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract


Treatment Instructions:

Measure the oil into a medium bowl. Carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean plastic bottle with a tight-fitting stopper or lid. Shake gently before using.  Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water – then step in and descend into a warm, silky escape.

For additional beauty tips and recipes using pure honey, visit

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girly things…

Tell me some things you do to feel feminine and girly?

Curl your hair?

Wear perfume?

Wear makeup?

Wear dresses and skirts?

You tell me!

I live in a house full of men….My husband, son and another son who is going to get married next month. Also their friends are here frequently…It is SO hard to keep up with “feminine” things with this kind of environment, if you know what I mean? LOL

It’s a constant battle to pamper myself, take time to do girly things, etc…. It’s so easy to just go with the flow and let myself go!

Help!! I need some inspiration!!


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can you help me out??

Okay…silly thing I need to know. I was looking at a ladies magazine in the doctor’s office a few months ago and noticed a book in a column about new books being released/book reviews…Okay I don’t know what magazine this was, or what month either! I just know the cover of the book they were promoting was pretty art, mostly green colors, with a woman lying on a bed with long blonde hair, the best I remember….The description said it was set in the South. That is what caught my eye…But I’ve forgotten all the other details. We went back to the doctor’s office, and I looked through every mgazine and couldn’t find this. Are there any of you ladies out there that subscribe to ladies magazines that might be able to thumb through and if you find it, give me the name and author?? I would be so appreciative!

I done the same thing last year, when I seen the prettiest decorating scheme in Southern Living magazine….It had one of my favorite colors-turquoise, in all of the rooms! I should have written it all down, but didn’t, on either occasion! I thought I would remember the details, but no….

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spring is in the air, again…

Springtime seems to be teasing us! We’ll have gorgoeus spring weather, then another cold snap…Well all of the bleak weather was about to get to me….I usually can find and appreciate beauty in all the seasons but have a hard time in winter, having SADD, I think it’s called. We’ve also been having some family problems which doesn’t help much. Mix that with PMS and/or the big M, and you’ve got trouble.


I know I sound very pessimistic at times, and I don’t like that, but it’s there nonetheless. Trials and tribulations seem to be never ending at times. I keep thinking about the line in Anne of Green Gables where Marilla tells Anne that “to despair is to turn your back on God”… So how could I possibly feel that way and let it linger!


So what do I do about it? I have found various methods over the years to pick myself up by the apron strings and get moving, forget about my woes, and get on with it! First I read some scripture and pray, I give thanks for even the negative things, knowing that God will certainly bring about good from it. Second, I don’t sit around and moan about it for very long. I do not wish to wallow in the mire for long. I get a nice cup of tea, I put on my apron and work. whether in the house or in the yard, if weather permits. Having warm, sunny, beautiful days are an extra blessing!


Well, I bought some new plants this morning at the feed store where I take our son to go get feed for the horses. They had lots of new plants and it was very inspiring to see the blooms everywhere! I bought some beautiful deep purple Salvia, and a big pot of Iris and Trailing Verbena to match them. Also, some Purslane and Lobelia for my herb bed. I hope they will all be safe to plant since we keep having the freezing weather. I am getting the spring fever to make everything look pretty once again, but it will be a real chore because my yard is a mess, my porches are a disaster, and it will take a lot of hard work getting everything back in order once again. This is a biannual thing I do is to clean porches and windows. I usually dread it, but it cheers me up in the end, so I need to get after it.


Like I said, we have horses, and tracking in and out around the barn and house has brought some little surprises to our doorstep—-we have white clover (from the hay)growing in the front yard, all around the porch, steps, and sidewalk! I hate to mow the grass now! In fact, it seems that all sorts of wildflowers and flowers that I’ve planted over the years are taking off and popping up in various places around the house! I have tons of Pink Oxalis, Johnny Jump-Ups, ivy :0 (it has become a nuisance really, choking out other plants), just to name a few! The White Iris is in full bloom and so pretty, my pansies survived the freezing temps and are back blooming again. I could go on and on listing all the different flowers…..My son borrowed my camera again, but when he gives it back I’ll post some pictures. After a little rest and lunch, I’m getting out in the sunshine and getting busy. 

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cherry dress


Little girls Cherry Dress…Isn’t it precious?

New York Times Article

I posted this article last Easter and thought it deserved a re-run…Dresses are still popular at Easter at least!

Photographer: Stephanie S. Cordle for The New York Times

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Here is a good website for the “Envelope System”…You are not required to make any purchases, just follow basic directions:

And their budget forms are really good:

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