Join the Bee Lovely Team

Join the Bee Lovely Team

Hey there! So glad you stopped by, because I have what might be an AMAZING offer for you!

My family and I started Bee Lovely Botanicals after a swarm of wild bees inhabited a hollowed out tree trunk.  We were so amazed by these little creatures’ ingenuity, intelligence, and creativity that we started beekeeping the following year.  Never in my wildest dreams did I see this path for myself and my family, but there is a time for planning and a time for letting God do His thing.

The beginning of our business was completely letting go and letting God.  My husband got laid off, and we were very blessed that he found a new job within a week or two.  That was no small feat for our area or that time, but it was a significant pay cut. I clearly remember thinking “God, the next thing to go on the budget is toilet paper!  We don’t want to go there!!”  For about a year and a half I prayed that God would lead me to some way to boost our finances while still staying home with the boys.  I wasn’t quite hit with a lightening bolt, but it was a very clear vision of a display at the farmers market.

Our business slowly grew as our family grew.  The boys needed less of my complete attention, and they developed skills to help out.  We were slowly coming into the time to plan.

About 6 years into our business, Josh quit his full time job to work full time for our business.  Over the last two years, we’ve done huge craft shows, small farmers markets, and everything in between.  Our products were sold in tiny mom and pop shops and huge corporations with stores across the country.  We learned a couple things through our experiences.

1. We like working with people. Real people.  We don’t want to be in huge chain stores that try to haggle over every penny.  We love working with other small businesses.  Small business owners are really the back bone of our country! (Did you know that small businesses account for 13% of businesses, but 48% of employment?!)  We love, love, love working with honest, hard working family people!

2. Travelling is fun, for a while.  We worked at so many markets that we were beginning to burn ourselves out, and we felt it taking away from instead of empowering our family. We really did enjoy getting to interact with our customers, and we have made some life long friends out of neighbors at the farmers market, but I can’t be in two places at once, and our business was growing to the point where we needed to decide where our work would have the biggest impact and reward.

If you’ve read this far, thank you! You’re probably asking yourself, “What is this really all about?”  Bee Lovely Botanicals has always been about our passion for family (and I dare not forget my most industrious business partners, the bees!).  I want to share the blessing that God gave us with other families.  That is why we are launching a direct sales pilot program.  I’m hoping to offer families a fun, flexible way to boost their bottom line, while offering a community of Christian women that raise each other up.

Josh, the boys and I have been in direct to the customer sales for the last 8 years, and we are experts!  We want to offer that support to our Beauty Beeologists!

Our products are very high quality, and we know all there is to know about our products. We want our Beeologists to be well versed in each product, too.  We’ve invested hours upon hours into training videos that tell you everything you need to know to sell our products.

We can teach you the basics of making killer graphics, and selling through e-mail marketing and social media, and we can help you knock it out of the park with in-person selling! 

Although are products are really, truly fantastic, they don’t sell themselves.  If you think you might be interested in becoming a sales rep, know that you will have to put the work in.  For our pilot program, we are asking for a 6 month commitment.  Do you think you’re our next Beauty Beeologist?

Join our live facebook event August 23, 2018 at 6:30 to learn more.

So much family closeness!

So much family closeness!

So much family closeness!

As many of you may already know, both Josh and I work for our business, Bee Lovely Botanicals.  We also homeschool, car school, farmers market and craft show school.  You get the point, Josh and the boys and I spend alot of time together.

What’s it like to spend so much time with your husband?

A friend of mine once suggested that one of the topics that we talk about on our blog is what it’s like to work with your husband.  She wondered because when her husband was home, her schedule was thrown off, and at the end of the day her to-do list was the same as it had been that morning.

I can understand that completely, but there is a difference between a husband using some vacation days to finish a project and a husband that works from home full time.

What I’m missing out on….

There are some quiet peaceful times that I don’t have as much as I used to. The boys are some how hard wired to get up about 10 minutes after I do.  It amazes Josh that they’ll sleep in if I do, and they’ll get up early if I do.  (Except for the oldest, I think he might actually sleep for an entire day if I let him.)  Quiet Bible study and devotion times are a thing of the past. The other side of that coin is that I can sneak away while Josh is working with the boys and, although it requires a little more focus, and quiet is definitely not the word to describe it, I can still have my study time. Another aspect is that  everyday Josh and I do a devotion with the boys.

That scenario pretty much describes what it’s like to live, work, and homeschool.  You lose the quiet, contemplative times. You lose the peaceful housekeeping that stays done at least until everyone gets home.  You lose knowing where something is because you’re the only one that uses it and puts it away. You lose this ideal image that you have of yourself, your kids, your husband.

But what I gain is so much more than what I’ve lost!

It is truly a blessing to be able to spend this time with Josh and the boys.  Our “unconventional” life is far from perfect, but it is abounding in blessings from God.

I get to spend time with my boys before they grow up and fly the coop. We get to see their personalities and senses of humor develop, and we get to be a bigger part of their development.

Josh and I have gotten to know each other so much better, and we’ve learned to work together more efficiently than we ever did before. (We’ve been married for 17 years, and working full time together for 2.)

I know that this time will come to an end, one way or another. The boys aren’t babies any more, and they won’t be boys forever.  It is my earnest hope and prayer to make the most of the time we have now, and that these experiences set all of us up to be ready for whatever God has in store next.

What about you? Do you work with family? Would you want to?  We’d love to hear your thoughts on so much family closeness!

Ramblings from the Bee Yard + Honeybee Hand Lotion Sale

Ramblings from the Bee Yard + Honeybee Hand Lotion Sale

SEASON CHANGES AND HONEYBEE HAND LOTION SALE

What better time of the year to look back at the summer and see how fast time has gone back and also to offer a Honeybee Hand Lotion Sale. Where has the summer gone anyway? I am sure you have been asking yourself that very question a lot lately. Kids are either back in school or will be next week. Leaves are starting to turn colors. People are finally dressed properly (in plaid).

It is times like this that make you take a step back and realize that time really is the only commodity that we have. With time you can build, with time you can make a living, with time you can uplift a worn out spirit. Even a tiny rain drop can in time wear down the hardness of rock to create grand structures.

When life get so hectic, time always seems to be for another time. I will eat better and exercise when I have the time. I will read bed time stories when I have the time. I will visit my aging parent when I have the time. We get so caught up on the present we forget about the eternal.

We forget that the little things we can do with the minutes we have could have long lasting effects. In some cases they might be the only thing that gives us more time.

TAKE SOME TIME

Reflecting back on the past three months has given me a slightly different perspective on time. I ask that you do the same. As the season changes take SOME TIME to find where you can spend the time you have been given to make the world around you a little better.

Now on to the discounts!!

It is TIME for change. If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you might already know of the great opportunity to be a part of the BonTon Close to Home Program. With that, it was time to change our packaging to facilitate better sales for our wholesale customers.

We now have boxes for our all natural beeswax hand cream. This allows us to stand our lotions up for a better display, as well as protect them from being dented all the time.

As we are in the process of switching over, we have many tubes that are well traveled and need a home. They are dented on the outside, but still have all the natural goodness inside. We are offering our dented tubes for $15, while supplies last. You can find the discounted lotions here. Get $9 off a Bees Wax Hand Cream while supplies last! Tell the cashier the reward code 947 786 when you pay. The reward expires on October 31, 2017. No cash value. Not transferable. In-store only. May be canceled at any time.

Time for a break

So take a breath, prioritize, then head over to the Bee Lovely Botanicals™ website and score some awesome hand cream!

 

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The Clandestine Keeper

The Clandestine Keeper

“Just sit right here, Butch, and the bees won’t bother you.”  I’d heard this story before.  As my father continues the tale, I imagine my great grandfather, looking somewhat like the old man from the Mountain Dew bottle, leaping in the air and being chased by a cloud of angry bees.  “And sit right there I did.  Grampa was right, the bees didn’t bother me at all.  He ran right past me and the bees chased him all the way down the path, but I didn’t get stung once,” Dad IMG_3629concludes.

This was my first exposure to beekeeping, and never did I imagine myself to be a homesteading, homeschooling mama with a beekeeping business.  The only way that I can expain it is that God is good, and sometimes He sneaks up on
you.

In 2007, while I was pregnant with my second son, we found a swarm of bees living in a hollowed out maple tree.  The entrance to the hive was near the ground and Jaden (my oldest) and I would sit and watch the bees return with their baskets full of colorful pollen.  Later that fall, I read many, many beekeeping books while nursing the baby.  The more I learned about bees, the more intrigued I became.  The following spring we started a great adventure with our first package of bees.

During the next year, my husband, Joshua, was laid off when the local high school cut the ag program he taught.  We also found out we would be welcoming a third son into our family.  This was just the nudge we needed to turn our beekeeping hobby into a sideline business.
I spent many delightfully frustrating hours developing our brand, revising labels and product formulations, and coming up with eye catching displays.  While I worked at this, my husband, a biologist with experience in wildlife and agriculture, delved into natural hive treatments, integrated pest management techniques, bee genetics, and efficient home remedies for bee stings.  Our boys fostered a natural interest in pleasing aesthetics IMG_3611 (2)and the scientific process by watching us and helping us work through these things over time.  As our boys continued to grow and mature, our business did, too.  A clear brand emerged, and our natural beekeeping practices became sound and successful.  Soon, we were able to identify our niche.  The boys learned this intuitively from speaking with customers at farmers markets.  Recognizing our niche helped us to not only identify potential customers, but helped us pin point where to sell and advertise.  Being able to choose profitable venues and advertisements increased our sales and helped our bee business continue to grow and expand.

Throughout the last few years, the boys have worked alongside us in the bee yard.  They suffered the occasional sting for the privilege of doing what Mom and Dad were doing (and a small smackeral of honey now and then).  On the days when the whole family wasn’t going to the farmers market, they debated who should get to wake up at 4:30 AM to go with Dad.  Neighboring vendors supposed the boy that got to go had drawn the short straw, it was actually just the opposite.  They’re so excited and enthusiastic to share what our family has worked on.  They’ve set up our booth, packed up products, and lugged display pieces bigger than they are.  Our customers are always impressed with the boys’ maturity, their work ethic, and their knowledge of honeybees and our products.  Work ethic, maturity, and business knowledge weren’t purposefully taught to our boys, but they were inferred through the many interactions we share working together.

I don’t think we ever would have dreamed this path for our family.  It’s definitely full of mistakes and challenges, but we are so grateful to God for leading us on this adventure.  He provides for our family in such interesting and rewarding ways, and blesses us with the opportunity to spend time working, and playing together.