Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream Giveaway!

Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream Giveaway!


We’re launching our new Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream today!

We named our business Bee Lovely Botanicals because you can’t get better natural skincare than when you combine the power of botanicals with the awesomeness of bees! In our new Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream, we’ve added ingredients to focus on diminishing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

Just like when we formulated our Royal Jelly, Green Tea, and Vitamin B3 Face Cream, we researched many ingredients for safety and effectiveness. We chose the ingredients that were first and foremost safe, and second, proven to give your eye area a renewed youthful appearance.

We have chosen to use Blue Chamomile and Blue Tansy, along with Geranium and Frankincense essential oils. These oils will calm the delicate, stressed skin around your eyes, and promote a healthy, youthful appearance. Coupled with natural compounds like caffeine, plant peptides, haloxyl, raw beeswax, Vitamin K, and minerals like copper and magnesium, these ingredients markedly decrease the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

I have suffered from dark circles pretty much all of my life. I would carefully cake on light colored concealer, yellow concealer, I tried “baking” it in, just to try to hide those dark circles.

When I would run into someone in the store without my concealer I would hear, “Aww, are you sick? You don’t look well.”

“Yes [fake cough] I think I’m coming down with something,” I would say to save us both the embarrassment of “Ah, no. This is just what I look like.”

If you can relate to my tale of woe, you should try our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream. It’s full of skin loving ingredients to diminish the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. For a limited time, we’re running a contest and one lucky winner will receive a Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream free! In addition to the chance of winning a free eye cream, when you share our posts and giveaways, you’re helping our business succeed! Recommendations of our business are such a blessing! Thank you so much for sharing!!

If you’re still on the fence about our Bright Eyes Vitamins + Minerals Eye Cream, here’s what our testers had to say about it:

“The Bright Eyes Cream is amazing! I’ve been using this product every night and whether I get a good sleep or not with a newborn no one can tell. I highly recommend it!” Wendy

“Bright Eyes Eye Cream is superb to any eye cream I have used! Not oily, very rich and smooth. I use it in the morning and at night I love it so much! The best part it’s toxin free. I can’t get enough of this eye cream! I know I have less wrinkles since using it!” Joanne

“So this product is amazing! My eyes have way fewer crinkles and as a positive side effect I have longer thicker eyelashes!!!!” Christine

“After Jodie gave me a sample of the Bright Eyes Vitamins & Minerals eye cream, I couldn’t wait until they were able to get it packaged to purchase! The cream worked so good on taking the puffiness and darkness away under my eyes! This is an awesome product!!” Anne


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I can’t sleep!

As you may already know, I have lyme disease. Leading up to that diagnosis, my life was a mess.

I had a kindergartener, an 18 month old, and an infant. That entire year I went on about 3 hours of sleep a night. I would have trouble falling asleep. I would finally doze off, only to awaken a few hours later, around 2 or 3 am. I would toss and turn, cry and pray for sleep to come, only to doze off minutes before the alarm would go off to get my oldest ready for school. I was living in a mental fog, my heart would race from being so tired, my muscles ached, and my stomach was a mess. I snacked my way through every day just to stay awake.

My healing began with a diagnosis of lyme disease. (Insomnia is a symptom of lyme disease.) We then had something to research and began finding treatments to help. I was advised by my physician to make sure I slept at night. Your body heals from the stresses and traumas of the day while you sleep, and if you are regularly missing sleep, you’re body can’t recover and you end up in a downward spiral. If I was going to get better, I needed to get enough sleep.

My doctor gave me a prescription of ambien. I was reluctant to take it because I had heard horror stories of people getting addicted to sleeping pills and missing out on life. I would take half or 1 pill judiciously, and try then try skipping a night to see if I could sleep. Within a month or two, my body did reset and I could sleep without a prescription.

I did still have bouts of insomnia. It would go in phases, where I could sleep well for a time, but something would throw me out of my routine and I would begin a cycle of less and less sleep. Following are some of the natural treatments that I’ve tried through out the years, and how they worked for me. I’m sharing this just as information. Do your own due diligence, but this might be a starting point to find something that helps for you.

Melatonin: This is a natural hormone that helps your body know when it’s time to enter a sleep cycle. Taking melatonin at bedtime could help your body reset to be sleeping at night, and awake during the day. {I still occasionally take melatonin. Personally, I don’t like it as much as some of the other options I have. When I was so sleep deprived, I felt like I was experiencing sleep apnea when I took melatonin. I remember laying there thinking “Wake up. BREATHE!” and then taking a huge gasping breath. I haven’t had that problem in quite a while. I think I was just so exhausted at the time.}

Sunlight Lamp: A sunlight lamp works well in conjunction with melatonin. Sitting in front of a sunlight lamp every morning helps to reset your circadian rhythms, meaning it helps your body sleep and night, and be awake during the day, not vice-versa. Using a sunlight lamp is also purported to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (basically depression due to lack of sunlight all winter).{I think the sunlight lamp helped me, especially in the long winter months without much sunshine. To be honest, I found it really difficult to stay in a routine where I sat by the lamp for 15-20 minutes every morning.}

L-Tryptophan: L-Tryptophan is an amino acid that is necessary for your body to produce serotonin. Serotonin helps control mood and sleep. {I really thought the L-Tryptophan was helpful for me. I would take them just before I went to bed, and I would start to feel calm and sleepy shortly after that. I didn’t feel groggy in the morning after taking L-tryptophan. I switched from it because L-tryptophan can contribute to a sluggish thyroid, and I had symptoms of a slow thyroid.}
L-tryptophan is converted by the body to 5-HTP. 5-HTP is also available as a sleep aid, and is supposed to help with depression. 5-HTP is supposed to be able to cross the blood brain barrier better than L-tryptophan, and therefore be more effective. {I just didn’t notice that the 5-HTP did anything for me compared to the L-tryptophan.}

Sleeptime Tea Extra: Celestial Seasonings has several different types of Sleepytime Tea. It’s a caffeine free herbal tea with soothing and calming herbs such as chamomile. Sleepytime Extra has valerian root in it. {I like the Sleepytime Extra Tea. I still drink it if I’m agitated or not sleepy and it’s time for bed. It helps you fall asleep, and I haven’t noticed feeling groggy at all the next morning. For me, the Sleepytime Teas without valerian didn’t really help much.}

Sleep Powder by Youtheory: This is a powder that you dissolve in hot water and drink before you go to bed. It contains magnesium, L-tryptophan, melatonin, L-glycine, and L-5-HTP. {This did help me fall asleep and stay asleep. I did not like the way this tasted, and it felt like a chore for me to drink the whole cup.}

Alteril: These are caplets that you swallow with water about an hour before bedtime. They include L-tryptophan, glycine, melatonin, and herbs including GABA, valerian, skullcap, hops, chamomile, and passionflower. {These also helped me fall asleep and stay asleep. They did make me feel a bit groggy when it was time to get up, but it wore off quickly. I don’t like taking these for 1 reason. Hops has a really weird, sickly sweet smell to me, and these caplets smell like hops. All said there are some really good, beneficial ingredients to aid in falling and staying asleep, but I just can’t tolerate the smell of it.}

Magnesium: You’re probably already aware of my love affair with magnesium. It’s integral for over 600 processes in the body. It helps with anxiety, and could also help with restless leg syndrome. Magnesium can interact with certain anti-biotics, statins, and heart medications, so check with doc before starting. If you take too much magnesium, it will give you diarrhea. My doctor told me to gradually increase the dose to that point, then back down a bit. That way I would know how much my body really needed. {I recently tried Calm brand of magnesium. It’s magnesium bicarbonate, and it’s flavored. It fizzes, similar to an alka-seltzer when you add it to water. The boys always ask for a sip, because they like the berry flavor. For me, the magnesium really works wonders. I can literally feel the tension melting away, and a sleepy calm feeling come over me. I do still occasionally wake up in the middle of the night when I take the magnesium, so it might not be as effective at helping me STAY asleep as GET to sleep. I twitch ALOT when I’m sleeping. Sometimes that’s what wakes me up, but Josh said that my twitching is less on the nights when I take magnesium.}

As you can see, I’ve tried many different natural sleep aids. Not everything works the same for everyone, but hopefully you can find something to help you get the sleep your body so desperately needs. I’m wishing you sweet dreams!!

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Sir Indiana Bones

Sir Indiana Bones

By Marianne Smith

Sir Indiana Bones (Indy) of Mount Pleasant is the sire of this beautiful litter. He will be two years old in June, and is about 47 lbs full grown. He’s an outside dog and though he was a soft woolly puppy, his lux fur is now more coarse. His coat is currently very thick for winter.

I’m amazed at the cleanliness of this breed. He cleans all the burrs out of his fur every day, and has created his own “latrine” area in his space. However, if I can get out to walk him early enough, he waits to do his “business” in our meadow or woods.

My walks with Indy are a highlight of my day. We live on 20 acres of mixed meadow, pines, and hardwoods. Indy loves to inspect the grounds, and “herd” any living creatures he can find (sorry, birds.) It’s a joy to watch him run full-bore in the meadow, his flag-like tail waving. It is clear that this is what he was made to do! (Here is a video of Indy enjoying the meadow.) For our situation, we have trained him with a long-range Garmin collar and he’s very responsive to commands.  There’s always new discovery, much sniffing, and marking of territory on our walks.

Indy also enjoys being a companion to our three boys as they hike and explore outside. He’s a part of any outdoor chores. He loves to be with his humans. He’s affectionate and will soak up any loving attention willingly.

He regularly conducts bird feeder inspections and defended our home from a stubborn groundhog that lived under our deck. He’s excited to see visitors, and alerts us with barking when someone drives into our property.

Indy was the last puppy available in the first litter of purebred English Shepherds named Tug and Honey (owned by Allen and Pam Stiles in Otisville, MI.) We really feel that we got the hidden jewel of the litter with our loyal, loving dog Indy.

English Shepherds – Great All Around Dog!

English Shepherds – Great All Around Dog!

We first heard about English Shepherds from friends of ours, who had grown up with the breed.  They promised them to be intelligent, loyal dogs.  They’re bred to be herding or hunting dogs, but adapt well to being a family pet.

English shepherds are medium sized dogs, weighing between 40-70 pounds. The color and markings of English Shepherds are varied, and not emphasized as much as in other breeds. They can be black and white, black and tan, tri-color, red or liver colored, and sable or yellow to brown. They have a soft dense coat that doesn’t tangle or require too much maintenance (other than more frequent brushing when they’re shedding.)  They can be born with a natural bobtail. They used to be referred to as a “farm collie” or a “farm shepherd”, but have been recognized as a distinct breed through the UKC and English Shepherd Club since 1930.

They’re prized for their intelligence, coupled with a willingness to cooperate. They love to work closely with their favorite humans.

ESs are also known for their loyalty.  They usually choose one person as their favorite, or master, and are extremely loyal to that person.  Junie would often sit under my desk while I was typing, or lay on my feet in the living room.  She definitely listens to me better than anyone else in the family, but she’s found a way to relate to each of us differently. She even knows each of us by name, and will go check on them if she’s told “Go see what so-and-so is up to.”

ESs are territorial, and tend not to stray too far from home. Most often, an ES will alert you of a new person in her territory, and stand guard until you give her the all clear.  Once she knows this person is supposed to be there, she’ll accept that and calm down. Junie has assigned herself the job of patrolling our yard.  Every day she’ll run the same route around the property, scaring off any hawks or eagles.  Should she come across something that maybe shouldn’t be there, such as a baby possum, she’ll bark and keep it cornered until we come check on it. One time my cousin’s dog was over playing with Junie. It was all fun and games until they ran toward the railroad track. I hollered to Junie, and she sent that other dog packing.  I’m guessing she thought I was telling her he didn’t belong in our yard.

Because of the working background of English Shepherds, they make great pets for active families that want to include their dog in all of their adventures. ESs are happiest when they have a job to do, even if that job is escorting the family on an outing to the park or alerting everyone to the arrival of the UPS man.  If an English Shepherd isn’t given jobs to do, he’ll make them up for himself, and you might not be happy with what he decides to do.  These animals love to be a part of the family, so families without the time to train or involve their dog in daily routines should reconsider this breed.

If you think an English Shepherd might be a good fit for your family, fill our our New Owner Questionnaire.


Cure What Ails Ya Master Tonic

Cure What Ails Ya Master Tonic

This is a take on Master Tonic or Fire Cider, a popular folk remedy. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

You can drink 1-2 ounces a day, or mix with water or seltzer water. You can also use in place of vinegar in recipes, such as a vinaigrette.

Add different herbs or turmeric for additional health benefits, or use our lemon ginger infused honey to simplify the recipe.

We’ve tried this, and one way or another, I think it will put you out of your misery. CHEERS!

1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger
1/2 cup diced horse radish
1 head garlic, smashed and peeled
3 sprigs rosemary or thyme
2 jalapeño peppers
1 teaspoon black pepper corns
1/2 small onion chopped
1 lemon cut in 1.5” chunks
1/2 orange cut in 1.5” chunks
2 cups + apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup BLB raw honey
Yields approx. 2 cups.

Pack first 9 ingredients in jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. (You might need a little more than 2 cups.) Cover with cheesecloth or parchment paper between jar and lid to prevent corrosion. Store in a cool dark place, shaking every other day for 21 days. Strain through cheesecloth. Discard solids and add raw honey. For additional health benefits, mix 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric with the raw honey before you add it to the vinegar.