I’ve consumed a lot of training in marketing over the years from my involvement in non-profit organizations and as a contractor/business owner. Some times I am presented with ideas for new practices because the world changes. An example would be the evolving role of the internet in our lives and the rise of social media. Other times I am presented with ideas for old practices that need revisiting as I evolve. Today, I revist the ideas of the “what” and the “why” of my business — both have changed multiple times over the years. Currently, my business is beekeeper education and honey production.
My what is 1) backyard beekeeper education and 2) lavender honey production
My how is 1) bridging current Midwestern research with practical backyard operation — I have belonged to the IPM4Bees Midwest Working Group since its inaugural year, 2019; and continually learn from the academics and the boots on the ground operators; and 2) keeping bees on a lavender farm with conservation-minded land owners.
My why is 1) the value I place on combining local and regional data with hyperlocal practices to produce honest, local food and sustainable apiaries and 2) I was raised in a family of intergenerational small businesses.
TLDR: I believe in local small business and local food.
I have enjoyed trying variations of and replacements for the ponytail. On Monday, I tried the Soft Fishtail.
My original pin on Pinterest.
One source (but it could have been published online earlier by someone else).
Thoughts: My hair is shoulder length with long layers. With my short sides pieces of hair, I used a technique similar to a French braid. Fishtailing is extremely similar, and when it’s worn loose, it also looks very close to a loose French braid. Conclusion: I’m keeping this style, but will need to refine it.
Refine it? Yes. I’m not a huge fan of the long barrette; I’m still figuring out how to get the rest of my ponytail hidden under the fishtail portion. With my hair as fine, and therefore thin, as it is, anything more than wearing it down is a perpetual challenge.
My month (last two months, really) has revolved around getting my yard “visitor pretty.” With plant exchanges, a pallet garden (post coming soon!) and one distressed plant, I’ve got a fresh looking front yard that aligns with my long-time goal of less mow-able yardage. Not that I hate mown grass, but I dislike the noise that lawn mowers and edgers and weed whips create (especially before 8:30 a.m., even with a noise ordinance in effect).
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Three ingredients: sweet almond oil, beeswax, and honey.
That’s all that I put in my lip balm. I adapted a recipe from local mom and herbalist Kristie because I had an abundance of beeswax. I say adapted, because I didn’t read the instructions carefully when I made the recipe the first time. Now, I can’t imagine my lip balm any other way. It’s so…perfect. All edible, all honeybee products, all from America, and all crafted in my kitchen. It’s not too hard, not too soft, and smells like honey.
It is a frugal option for me once I purchase the lip balm tubes. It can be frugal for you, too, because I am offering lip balm kits — 15 tubes and lids and 5 T. (approx. 2.5 oz.) grated wax for $20. This could be your kids’ Christmas gift to someone! You can choose your recipe online or ask for mine. Kristie generously shared her recipe with me, so I will share with you. You can also buy finished lip balm from me for $2 tube. I’ll be delivering at my coupon meetup on Nov. 12. (RSVP with a comment here or by clicking on the photo to the right). To order, please use the Contact Form.
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