They’re flying!

Finally, a warm day. And my bees are flying! They are also cleaning out the winter debris, including any of those who have died in the hive. They are so industrious and so inspirational. Which is to say, I need to do the same for my own house.


Happy New Year!

Hppy New Year. We’re starting our 10th year, so it’s time for some introspection and change


Merry Christmas

December 25th is a special day for beekeepers: it’s the birthday of L. L. Langstroth, the man who invented the modern beehive. Rather than keep bees in woven straw skeps or hollow logs that did not allow the beekeeper to remove honey easily, Langstroth created the moveable frame hive that…

Biscotti Bar Soap with beige and reddish brown streaks

Biscotti Bar Soap: Limited (Very!) Edition

When Kathi and I were working on a holiday scent, it took batch after batch to find the right colors, the right scent, and the right look for the bars and the bath fizzies. We really came to love this one: natural almond and vanilla combine to make an almost…

Bar of Chaya's Hope soap: orange with darker orange calendula petals

Spring Dreams

This is a hard time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, or Festivus. The days are short and gloomy, and for most of us, cold. Way cold.  I am not a fan of cold. I know the saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes….


Honey Bee Values: Diversity

Most people know that the queen is the mother of all the bees in the hive (usually! nothing is every 100% in nature, right?). In English, we call it a “colony,” but other languages use the word “family,” which really is more accurate. One hive of bees is generally a…


Honey Bee Values: Hard Work!

Every once in a while, I think about why I fell in love with honey bees. They’re bugs! Who make honey. And have good values. What? Bugs have values? Well, kinda. And that’s when I realized that I wanted to write about honey bees and their values for you. Because…


Letchworth Farm B&B

Long before the gig economy, the B&B was a thing. And Letchworth Farm Guest House is one of the most beautiful. The house is part of an equestrian estate owned by Richard and Daisy Trayford, who breed, sell, and train horses, and compete in evening in the UK, Europe, and…


Fall Fest Fizzies

Say it three times fast! In addition to the Fall Fest soap, we are also making Fall Fest Fizzies, so that you can luxuriate, surrounded by the warm spice scent of orange, cinnamon, clove, and cardamom. No pumpkin required! The fizzies are available at GreenStar on Buffalo, and through ShopAvitals.com….

Hexagonal, light beige bar with honeycomb pattern and bee

Our Conditioner Bar

Once Kathi and I decided to make a shampoo bar, conditioner was the obvious next step. I had been casually making a conditioning masque for my family for over a year, so making a traditional conditioner in a bottle would have been a snap. (Conditioner is essentially lotion with a…

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