Do you see the sparkle on your computer screen? It's Sarina, shining through. You see, behind the scenes of the HGO website and blog is our Honey Girl Sarina Erstad. She's the one who makes your online shopping experience a smooth sail. How does she do it? Personally, I think it's all about that sparkle.
The Queen Bee, adorned in royal blue. Photo by Katie Metzger
Mother’s Day is here and it has me reflecting on the Mother Bee-- and, the bees that "mother."
The average bee hive has about 50,000 - 80,000 bees. All of those honeybees have a single mother, known as the Queen Bee, the Queen of the colony. She is extraordinary, both in the literal and in the ethereal sense of the word.
Practically speaking, you will notice the Queen is different in appearance. She has an elongated abdomen, to hold the thousands of eggs she will lay in her lifetime. Queen Bees seem to have super-powers; incredibly, on any given day, a Queen can lay her weight in eggs! In fact, a Queen Bee can lay up to 2,000 eggs in a single day.
Photo by Katie Metzger
We at Honey Girl Organics never forget our beginnings. It all started over 20 years ago, when owners Anthony and Gwen Maxfield moved to a property on the North Shore of Oahu that happened to already "bee" occupied-- with you guessed it, honeybees. :) Rather than move them out, Anthony and Gwen got to know this colony of bees, and grew to love and care for them. Anthony, who at the time was busy building their house on the property, took a couple days off to harvest some of the abundance of honey that had stored up. He recalls, "it was my first time harvesting and I didn't' have any fancy equipment, I simply squeezed the honeycomb to extract the honey. The honey was luscious! There's nothing like raw, organic Pupukea Honey!”
I’m in a relationship and I didn’t know it. All the hours, days, months and years I spent in companionship, but not in relationship took a toll. I have no regrets, just an appreciation that I finally woke up and now have a willingness to take care of this very important person, because I’ll be with her the rest of my life. If you guessed that someone is me, you’re exactly right.
The Winter Solstice, is not only an astrological phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year, it’s also a metaphysical celebration. An invitation to go inward, into the depths of our being to ponder, reflect, meditate.
Being a fire sign, I gravitate to the light. I’m also a visual person, and literally bliss out on the tropical beauty of the ocean, coconut palms and of course the honeybees that delight my senses on a daily basis. But, there’s a time and a place for everything. I know that, and so do the bees. The winter solstice is here and I look forward to the opportunity to “bee” in the dark, to quiet my mind, and allow my inner knowings guide me.
Honey, olive oil, beeswax: as a consumer, the thing I love most about Honey Girl products is the simplicity of the high quality ingredients. Timeless beauty essentials revered by the beautiful women of ancient Egypt and Greece brought to us by Honey Girl to simplify our own morning and evening skin care routines. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, we can also use honey to simplify what can sometimes become a stressful time for us all. Here are a six short and sweet ways we can use honey, the ancient remedy of choice, to simplify the modern day craze of Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
Our skin is as delicate as a feather.
And just as feathers are layered as a means of protection, so too is the skin. In fact, the outermost layer of the epidermis consists of 25 to 30 layers of cells. The health and vibrancy of those skin cells, and the subsequent layers underneath, are affected by a host of different factors: genetics, lifestyle, environment, product usage and the change of season.
Speaking of the season, autumn is upon us! Of course here in Hawaii, our fall colors are not what signals change; the palm trees remain green, the sky is blue, but don't let that fool you- the "Aina" is rich with change. We see it in the mighty surf, taste it in the juicy sweet starfruit, and savor it while watching the sunsets that arrive earlier, and are more spectacular than ever. All of these factors and so many more-- affect our daily lifestyle, as well as our skin.
Nature uses layering to protect what is precious
Do you wonder how to use all the organic skin care products you own? Are you not sure how to layer these products properly? Read on to learn how to streamline your beauty regimen to get maximum benefits.
Listed below are five basic steps in the art of layering skin care products to get the most out of your daily routine.
When being in the present, is all about moving on...
Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you felt really comfortable, downright cozy— the curve in the pillow you lay your head on each night is just right, the ritual of your morning cup of coffee is just so, —and should you ever forget to close the windows downstairs at night— no matter, you know to avoid the step that creeks so you don’t wake the family dog. All good.
….And then, seemingly all of a sudden, (though you knew it was coming), everything changes. You awaken in the middle of the night, knowing in your bones, you have to make a move. You have to walk right out the front door.
You open the door and see the future, it’s coming. You go to it. And there you are, on the cliff. One step and the comforts you know fall away— and BAM! A new life chapter begins.
Except, sometimes it’s not “Bam.” Sometimes it’s a WHAM BAM!! Well, for me— it was a double WHAM-BAM with a WOOT and a WHAMMY! —and don’t let the door hit ya on the behind kinda SLAM!! —At least it felt that way. ;)
(For clarity— I’ll just call it a WHAM-BAM-SLAM).
You know how they say moving is one of the most stressful life events? Okay— I believe that now. But, how-about having your kids transition into public school after 2 years of homeschooling— the very same week of your move? Into 2 different schools? Oh, and how-a-bout throwing a job interview in the middle of all that, just to add some spice? And where are the bees in all of this?— Oh yeah, they gotta move too. But at least ya got that desk job, the trusty desk? Oh no— that moves too!
Yes, all the above is true. Kid you not! My home, my work, our schools, the bees, everything—all at once, changed, in a matter of a few days.
And honestly, it all worked out, as it always does. The boxes have been unpacked, the kids like their new classes, I got the job, the new office is spacious, even the bees are managing okay. At least they’re still there!
“They” say when you move bees, you have to move them less than 2 feet or more than 2 miles. See, the theory goes that they set their GPS systems on their hive, and if you move them anywhere closer than 2 feet or less than 2 miles, they’ll fly back to their original location. They’ll get confused, get lost (—and it’ll be your fault).
So being the cautious and caring beekeeper that I am, I tried, I really tried to stick to this rule. But that messy thing called life, and circumstances and logistics got in the way. And over the years, sometimes when I’d move bees, that whole “2 feet, 2 mile rule” just didn’t work out. And you know what?? It was okay, again and again.
So this time, with this move, I had faith in the bees. And, I had faith in myself. Yes, moving was still hard and life got crazy, frazzled and messy, but I felt it all. And I think the bees did too. I don’t think they were confused—- they communicated quite clearly with a few good stings! And I felt that too ;) --Truth be told, I actually like the medicinal effects of bee venom. Getting stung is a great metaphor for this move, yes, a bit of a pinch- but the enormous opportunity for positivity, personal growth and a fresh new outlook made it all worth it. Getting stung snaps you into the moment like nothing else :), it brings awareness to the here and now.
And awareness is the ultimate gift we give ourselves, for in every moment we have the opportunity to choose our perception, our attitude, our reality. As the saying goes: "if you think you can or can't, you're right. ;)
So, the bees and me, we kinda want to stay put for a while. (If I should be so bold as to speak for the bees). And yes, I’ll heed to the call of the trade winds, should they blow me yonder, but for now, I’ll just bee right here. Because I’m happy to say, my current present— is all about getting grounded in the bliss of the here and now. As it always was, and always will beeeeeee.