The Buzz On…The Walking Dead!

We’re almost to the season 7 premier!!!  It’s been a long summer waiting for the return of The Walking Dead and I’ve filled several days this summer reading articles, watching videos, and completely immersing myself in TWD universe.

In doing so, I’ve learned so many fun facts about this awesome show.  From “death dinners” to Breaking Bad Easter Eggs, this list of “40 Fun Facts About The Walking Dead” is sure to get you in the mood for Sunday’s premier!


  1. You can buy Daryl’s crossbow (The Horton Scout HD 125) at Walmart for about $300.00.
  2. HBO (the same network that brought you gems such as The Sopranos, Deadwood, Game of Thrones, and Oz) passed on TWD because they thought it was too violent.
  3. Norman Reedus (Daryl) originally auditioned for the part of Merle. The casting director liked him so much that the role of Daryl was written for him.
  4. In the 1830’s, the settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad lines was called “Terminus.” You might know it now as Atlanta.
  5. The flesh the walkers eat is actually ham soaked in vinegar.
  6. The characters of Daryl, Merle, Beth, and Sasha never appear in TWD comic series.
  7. The bag of drugs Daryl finds contains blue meth…a nod to AMC’s other fantastic show, Breaking Bad.
  8. And speaking of, the car Glen uses in the first season of TWD is the same car Walt Jr. drives in Breaking Bad.
  9. Daryl also refers to Merle’s drug dealer when talking with Beth in the episode, “Still” in season 4. He says, “Merle had this dealer…this janky little white guy…he says, ‘I’m gonna kill you, bitch.’”  Hmm…sound familiar?
  10. The word “zombie” is never mentioned in the TV series and very rarely shows up in the comics. This is because Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics, wanted to create a world where zombie culture didn’t exist…making these monsters truly terrifying.
  11. Over the course of the series, the walkers have continued to decay. This was done purposefully, possibly hinting that even dead zombies won’t last forever.  The show’s logo has also decayed throughout the series.
  12. In the comic, Rick ends up losing his hand in a battle with the Governor. They decided to forego this in the TV series because the CGI would cost too much and would get in the way of Rick’s action scenes.
  13. Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), and David Morrissey (The Governor) are all British in real life. In fact Lincoln’s real last name is Clutterbuck.  How delightfully British is that?!
  14. When it comes to The Walking Dead universe, walkers outnumber the living 5,000 to 1.
  15. The scientist at the CDC is named Edwin Jenner after the actual English scientist, Edward Jenner, who developed the smallpox vaccine in the late 1700’s.
  16. The CDC has a guide on their website for what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
  17. The CDC plotline is also unique to the TV series…it does not appear in the comics.
  18. The farm the survivors build while bunking in the jail in season 4 was real. The cast and crew often ate from the garden during production.
  19. On set, there are separate eating areas for the living and the dead. They’re segregated because producers want the walkers and humans to feel as far apart from one another as possible.
  20. There was a series of webisodes released in 2011 that showed the backstory of “the bicycle zombie” that Rick shoots in the series premiere.
  21. After a character is killed off the show, the remaining cast and crew throw them a “death dinner” to celebrate the character. This gives the whole production team the opportunity to say goodbye and a reason for past actors to come back and hang out with cast and crew.
  22. Permanent residents of Sequoia, Georgia, where some of TWD is filmed (it’s the location of Woodbury), get paid an average of $400.00 a month for the trouble of having the show film in their backyard at all hours of the day and night.
  23. Head of the special effects team, Greg Nicotero, has made cameos as a zombie several times on TWD, being killed by both Daryl and Andrea throughout the course of the show. He was also the zombie who bit Amy (Andrea’s sister) in season 1.
  24. Johnny Depp’s head was used as a model for a decapitated walker in one episode of TWD.
  25. Scott Wilson (Hershel) kept a replica of his severed head and displays it proudly on his mantel.
  26. All of the cast and crew wore suspenders on the day they filmed Hershel’s death to honor Wilson.
  27. Jon Bernthal (Shane) used to play semi-pro baseball in Russia.
  28. Norman Reedus’s back tattoos are real. He says he likes to “carry his daemons with him.”
  29. Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) has had a role in every film and project directed by Frank Darabont.
  30. Because Dale had become such a beloved character, his guts were made out of chicken breasts, quite the star treatment after months and months of eating ham!
  31. Melissa McBride (Carol) was actually a casting director before landing the role of Carol.
  32. Steven Yeun (Glen) was originally studying psychology and pre-med before starting his acting career.
  33. Each zombie “look” is unique. They each have their own set of teeth and their make-up is applied based on the shape of the face.
  34. Mad Men actors Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks expressed interest in being zombies on TWD.
  35. Interstate 20, which runs from Texas through Georgia and into South Carolina, was used to film the scene in season 2 where the actors hide under abandoned cars. This was the same stretch of road used in the movie, Zombieland.
  36. Cast and crew use peppermint soap to keep bugs at bay on set.
  37. The poem written by the hanging man in season 2 was inspired by graffiti written on homes after Hurricane Katrina.
  38. Danai Gurira (Michonne) does all of her own stunts. #BEAST.
  39. Season 5 marks 1.5 years into the apocalypse.
  40. Traveling to Georgia in the near future? Be sure to take The Walking Dead tour!  A small jaunt around town will take you to Woodbury, Terminus, the homes of Rick and Morgan, and Hershel’s farm, as well as several other popular locations.

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Creativi-bee: Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace

I really don’t think there’s a TWD fan out there that doesn’t love Daryl Dixon. Armed with amazing hunting and tracking skills, a killer bow and arrow (that you can totally buy at Wal-Mart!), and rugged sexy good looks, Daryl is the guy you want on your side should the zombie apocalypse ever happen. Modeled after Daryl’s winged jacket and showcasing an arrow with a little bead of blood, this Daryl Dixon Inspired Necklace is a moderate and fun way to show your true love for this bike-riding man’s man.


Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace


  • Necklace Chain
  • Wire Cutters
  • Jump Rings
  • Metal Clasp
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Wing Charms (2 needed)
  • Arrow Charm
  • Red Bead
  • E6000 Glue (optional)



  1. Cut your chain to size and attach your jump ring and metal clasp.
  2. String two wing charms on your chain, making sure the feathers on both sides face outwards.
  3. In the middle of the wings, use a jump ring to attach the arrow and red bead to the necklace.
  4. To make my wings stand out straight, I actually used E6000 glue to attach the two wings together on the back of the charms. This prevents them from moving around and flipping over when I wear my necklace.

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The Bees Knees: It’s Just Life and Death



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Reci-bee: 7 Deadly Walking Dead Recipes!


For those of you who are unfamiliar with AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’re missing out!  Season 6 ended with a bloody, horrible cliffhanger and loyal fans have been waiting ALL SUMMER to find out who the victim was at the other end of Negan’s bat.

Fans of the comics know who meets this bloody fate (no spoilers here…read the comics, they’re AMAZING), but the comics and the TV show have been parting ways…and the show has been taking drastic liberties with changing the comic book story…so we’re all in the dark…one of the major characters we’ve grown to know and love will surely meet a bloody demise and I can’t wait to find out who it is (fingers crossed that my Abraham is okay!!)!

If you’re gonna join me on October 23rd for this amazing season premier, be sure to check out these zombie-inspired foods and drinks, great for your viewing party!  From bloody sangrias to “walker” tacos, these snacks are perfect for preventing you from biting your nails throughout what’s sure to be the most intense TWD episode yet!

And keep up with The Hobbee Hive all week for more TWD posts!

7 The Walking Dead Recipe Ideas


Carl’s Chocolate Pudding
Try Anything Once

Walker Blood Sangria
Cravings of a Lunatic

Carol’s Cookies
Dishes and Dust Bunnies

Rice Krispy Brains
Left Brain Craft Brain

Zombie Nachos
Shaken Together Life

Rick Grimes Cupcakes
Frugal Mom, Eh!

“Walker” Tacos
Saving Dollars and Sense

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Bee Happy: Columbine Book Review

41r2b1sidfylColumbine High was buzzing with post-prom excitement.  Mere days away from graduating, the seniors of CHS were enjoying their last days of high school glory.  Some were getting ready for college, others were planning summer road trips or family adventures…and hidden among those graduating seniors were two boys harboring a dark secret that would completely change the lives of everyone in the small town of Littleton, Colorado.

Toting jackets and bags stuffed with bombs, guns, and knives, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High on April 20, 1999 with one goal in mind…destruction.  They made a pact to take out as many students and faculty as they could before blowing up their high school for good.  Though most of their plan actually failed, there’s no denying that the Columbine tragedy has gone down in American history as one of the worst domestic attacks of our generation.  It left 13 students and faculty dead and several more wounded, both physically and emotionally.  It was a horror story that left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, turning one high school, thought to be a safe haven for students, into a bloody hunting ground.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the Columbine tragedy is the insurmountable amounts of unanswered questions…the most prevalent being why.  Armed with 10 years of reporting on the Columbine disaster, as well as a keen investigative eye as to the make-up of Eric and Dylan, journalist Dave Cullen attempts to answer that question.  Filled with amazing stories about the victims, the survivors, the killers and the facts of what actually happened that day in April, Columbine aims to shed light on this horrible tragedy and perhaps offer some sense of closure for those who were affected by this terrible act of aggression.

I was 15 years old when Eric and Dylan attacked Columbine.  I remember kids talking about it in the hallways and parents discussing it at PTA meetings.  Councilors were available near 24/7 for any student who wanted to talk about it and security was at an all-time high for my little high school which still sits on the boarder of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Before Columbine, the thought of a school shooting never even entered my mind.  I couldn’t comprehend how someone could do that to their friends and teachers.  School was supposed to be a safe place, somewhere I could go where the biggest thing I had to worry about was what to have for lunch.  I never felt in danger there, never looked at anyone twice or thought anyone at my high school would have the balls to do what Eric and Dylan did.  And really, most people at Columbine felt the same.

From beginning to end, I was completely mystified, engrossed, and disgusted with Columbine.  It is a brilliant, honest, and intricate account into the lives of Eric and Dylan and a true and unsettling retelling of the events that unfolded on April 20, 1999, as well as the days leading up to it.

Interspersed with the story, Cullen also offers a look into the lives of those who were taken on April 20th, including Rachel Scott, Cassie Bernall, and the beloved coach, Dave Sanders.  After several hundred interviews with family members, witnesses, police officers, and others who were on the scene that day, Cullen attempts to rebuild this broken story in the hopes of offering some type of understanding as to WHY Eric and Dylan did what they did.

There are no excuses…no reasons…no explanations to completely satisfy this burning question, but Columbine does shed light on the lives of two troubled teens who felt so lost, so unaccepted and unloved that they were eventually driven to horrible deeds.  A story told with amazing respect and fairness, Columbine does not point fingers, it does not cast unfair blame or generalize in any way; rather, it offers what everyone has been searching for these last 10 years…the truth.

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Fun Facts About…HOCUS POCUS!

If you grew up in the 90s or 00s, chances are you have a worn-out VHS copy of Hocus Pocus in your basement.  A Halloween favorite for kids (and adults) of all ages, Hocus Pocus tells the story of The Sanderson Sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy), three witches who are brought back to life on Halloween.

Originally meant to be a made-for-TV movie, Hocus Pocus was released on the big screen in July of 1993.  Though it opened with mediocre numbers, it’s gone on to cult classic fame and is a favorite movie for several of the actors in the cast.

Since we’re nearing Halloween, no October would be complete without at least a few viewings of this beloved film…and though it’s completely riddled with historical inaccuracies and obvious filming errors, there’s no denying that Hocus Pocus is the coup de gras of everyone’s Halloween movie list!

As is the case with most cult films, this movie also has some amazing trivia associated with it.  So brew up a cauldron of your favorite potion and light some candles (BUT NOT THE BLACK FLAME ONE!!), here are 22 Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus!


22 Fun Facts about Hocus Pocus

Neither Omri Katz (Max) nor Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson) were supposed to appear in the film.  Those roles were originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio and Rosie O’Donnell.
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Supposedly, Leo was offered “more money than he ever dreamed of” to be a part of the cast, but passed on it to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (thank goodness, because WEGG is probably one of Leo’s best!).
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Sarah Sanderson’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) hair constantly switches from curly to straight throughout the film.  This could be a little nod to The Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy’s hair also changes lengths throughout the film and is thought to be one of many allusions to Oz throughout the movie.
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In the scene where the Sanderson sisters meet “Satan”, Satan and his wife are played by well-known directors, Penny and Garry Marshall…who are also brother and sister.
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Originally Hocus Pocus was released in July 1993 so it wouldn’t have to compete with the other Halloween film being released that year, The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Ironically, both films were initial flops but are now celebrated as cult classics.

Of all her films, Bette Midler (Winnie Sanderson) still claims that Hocus Pocus is her favorite.
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Actress Thora Birch (Dani Dennison) has said something similar: “The most fun I ever had on a film was Hocus Pocus.”
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Max Dennison was named after the producer who came up with the story (David Max Kirschner).  He likes to think of the character as his alter ego.

Before doing Hocus Pocus, Kathy Najimy was a huge fan of Bette Midler.  She actually snuck backstage at two of her concerts to try and meet her.

When Winnie takes the stage to sing “I Put a Spell on You”, she says, “Hello, Salem!  My name’s Winifred.  What’s yours?”  This is a reference to a line from Mama Rose in Gypsy: “Hello, world.  My name is Rose.  What’s yours?”  Midler played Mama Rose in a TV version of the musical in 1993.
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“Come Little Children”, sung by Sarah Sanderson, was written by James Horner, who co-wrote – and won an Oscar for – “My Heart Will Go On”.

When Billy the zombie cuts his mouth open, those are real moths flying out!  They used a device similar to dental dam to prevent the moths from flying down his throat.
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The little girl who played Emily Binx (Jodie-Amy Rivera) is the YouTube star, VenetianPrincess.
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There were about nine black cats who played Thackery Binx throughout the film.
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Katz and Jason Marsden (the voice of Thackery Binx) are still good friends to this day.

The Sanderson sisters were hanged on October 31, 1693; however, the Salem Witch Trials ended in May of the same year.

During filming, Midler requested two people follow her around with dictionaries containing old curse words.

While doing research for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Sarah Jessica Parker learned that her 10th great-grandmother, Esther Elwell, was accused of witchcraft.  She was not killed though, since her accusation came after the trials ended.
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Even though Max is shown attending school on Halloween, October 31, 1993 fell on a Sunday.

Hocus Pocus is also the first Disney movie to ever mention virgins.
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Several statues were made of Midler for the scene where she bursts in the sunlight.  One of the statues, along with the famous spell book, can be seen at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Orlando, Florida.
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The fountain you see in the background where Dani and Allison (Vinessa Shaw) are dancing after supposedly burning the witches alive is the same fountain and set used in the opening of the TV show, Friends.
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Pinterest Top 10: My Favorite Cross Stitch Patterns

These aren’t your grandmas cross stitch patterns…

For years cross stitch has been viewed as a craft lost in time…something so old fashioned and vintage that you couldn’t even find cross stitch fabric at the craft store.  However, since the opening of ETSY and the boom of the creative DIY movement, creators everywhere have embraced this beloved hobby and turned it into something much more fun!

I just recently got into cross stitching, crafting up a few patterns with the help of Excel and all the patience I could muster…And since I’ve been bitten by the cross stitching bug, I have searched high and low for cute patterns and ideas and I’ve collected 10 of my favorites right here!

Pinterest Top 10:  My Favorite Cross Stitch Patterns


Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta


Have a Nice Poop!


Uteruses Before Duderuses


Home is Where No Pants Is


I Wish I was Full of Pizza Instead of Emotions


Dapper Octopus


It’s LeviOsa, not LeviosA


Cross Stitch Up House


Tea Rex


For Fox Sake!


Want to see more of my favorite cross stitch patterns?  Check out my Pinterest board, Cross Stitch, Bitch!

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