If you’ve been following my stories on Instagram you’ll know that we recently acquired two bee hives that we hope to get humming along next spring. I was nervous at first to do this because I’m allergic to bees. But after some research we learned that over 500 species of bees don’t sting and only the females are able to sting. The bee is most interested in the hive and will only sting in defense when it absolutely has to. So now that we have hives and our minds are more at ease being around bees next year, we’re super excited about it and can’t wait to observe the bees with the kids and experience them making honey. But until then (and I’m sure even after the hives are humming), we’re indulging in pure raw & unfiltered honey from the USA for peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch, honey in our tea, and honey as an ice cream topping (YUM). The golden secret to the best ice cream is topping it with honey. Our kids just go crazy for it!
We are also planting wildflower seeds in portions of our new garden that will grow year round and we’re just so excited to give back to the little ecosystem here. The flowers will look and smell beautiful and help contribute to the bees’ way of life.
Did you know that honey has so many uses besides what you may think is the only and most common use, food? No, it’s not just for food but you can also use it for a bad cough, for hair care and beauty care and so much more.
For instance, being that it’s pumpkin season, we’ve even whipped it up with pumpkin to make a honey and pumpkin face mask. Here is the recipe if you’d like to try it for yourself! Fair warning, you may want to eat your face off and smell super sweet for days, HA!
We even made slime from it with the kids! It’s virtually mess free and safe to eat if it ends up in the little’s mouths. It only takes three ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry and is super quick to make especially when the kids start to hit those winter time blues and you’re running out of creative activities for them!
Local Hive provides honey from various regions across the United States for sale but also supports all of the local farmers and bees. No two batches taste or look exactly alike. Our favorite honey is the NorthEast blend. Go check out in the Local Hive Honey shop to see the difference in color between the different regions, it’s quite amazing to view the difference. Some honey is super dark (Washington) and some honey is super light (Midwest).
While you’re there, pick up a few bottles of honey. By doing so you will support your local honey producers and help keep them alive, they are after all, a key component in plant reproduction. The bees contribute to the entire food chain and our ecosystem of life.
We so appreciate being a part of raising awareness for Local Hive Honey and that they connected with us to help raise awareness around National Honey Month. Now it’s up to you to keep this in mind and share the message with your friends and family. Spread the word and yumminess!
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.