Monthly Archives: February 2018

8 Rainbow Crafts

It may be hard to believe, but spring is on the way! To get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, bright and colorful flowers, and warm weather, here are 8 rainbow crafts that are sure to bring a smile to your face!


8 Rainbow Crafts

Pom Pom Rainbow Art


Rainbow Catch All Dish


Rainbow Cell Phone Holder


DIY Rainbow Clutch


Rainbow Sunglasses


Rainbow Necklace


Rainbow Pom Pom Mobile


Rainbow Tie Dye Shoes


Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.


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A Strong Woman


“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
East of Eden

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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14 Easy Shrimp Recipes

Looking for some quick weeknight meal ideas? Shrimp are the perfect solution! Perfect for pairing with pasta, veggies, or just chopping up and putting on a sandwich, shrimp are affordable and cook up super fast.


These tasty shrimp recipes make tasty meals for any night of the week and you’ll love how easy they are to make.

14 Easy Shrimp Recipes

20 Minute Honey Garlic Shrimp


Easy Takeout Shrimp Fried Rice


Sheet Pan Shrimp Broil


Garlic Honey Lime Shrimp


Spicy Shrimp Sushi Stacks

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Spicy Shrimp Burrito Bowls


Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp


Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes and Arugula


Cajun Fried Shrimp

fried shrimp

Shrimp Stuffed Avocado

avocado shrimp

Blackened Shrimp Skewers

blackened shrimp

Ceviche Style Shrimp Cocktail


Mediterranean Sheet Pan Baked Shrimp and Veggies

med shrimp

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa

taco bowls

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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16 Books about Coping with Loss and Death

Death…it freaking sucks, ami right?

It’s inevitable. It’s unknown. It’s scary and dark and real and it’s the final ending for the entire human population…maybe the one thing that we all have in common.

For years books and movies have tried to make death more…comfortable. They’ve tried discussing topics like the afterlife, reincarnation, heaven and hell, and so on to help make death not seem so final. Now I’m not here to start a big debate on my views of life and death, but I think we can all agree that coping with death, whether that be the death of a loved one or the acceptance of death of self, is certainly a hard road to go down…

Ranging from loss of self to loss of hope, these 16 books about coping with loss and death have really opened my eyes to acceptance and understanding. Some made me mad enough to talk about my feelings, others made me cry so much that I had trouble even finishing the book, but they all helped me cope with my situation in some way, shape, or form.

I personally never really thought about death until my dad died. He was the first person who was close to me that I lost. When he died, I had no choice but to turn to books because that’s what comforted me…and I hope these books comfort you as well.

16 Books about Coping with Loss and Death


Being Mortal

In Being Mortal, author and doctor Atul Gawande tackles maybe the hardest question about aging and death: how medicine can improve life and dying with dignity. An eye-opening look at elder care and end-of-life decisions, this book is so important for anyone and everyone to read.

The Girl with Glass Feet

On the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land, Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. While searching the forest for a cure, she meets a man who ends up falling in love with her. What results is a beautiful and heartbreaking story about what we will do, no matter what the circumstance, for those we love.

Tuesdays with Morrie

What would you say to a dying mentor? Many of us don’t have that chance, but Mitch Albom did. In Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch visits his mentor and old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, every Tuesday, just as they did back when he was in school. Their visits end up becoming one final lesson on how to really live.

Life of Pi

Though Life of Pi isn’t a book about death in the most straight-forward way, I still find it a beautiful work of fiction that explores the issues of spirituality, survival, and acceptance of fate. The ending left me questioning a lot about my own spirituality and I loved the internal struggles that made Pi Patel such a relatable character.

Big Fish

In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late. The story that is all of our grandfathers, Big Fish is tender, bittersweet, and a tale bigger than life itself.

The Book Thief

Set during World War II in Germany, The Book Thief is told from the perspective of the Devil and tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. An unforgettable story about death and the afterlife, The Book Thief is maybe the best piece of Holocaust literature I’ve ever read.

The Year of Magical Thinking

Several days before Christmas 2003, author Joan Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne saw their one and only daughter come down with a life-threatening disease that left her on life support. Days later, John Gregory suffered a massive and fatal coronary. Struck with such loss in such rapid succession, Didion attempts to make sense of those few weeks and months before, during, and after that fateful winter in her book, The Year of Magical Thinking. A beautiful testament to a family that was completely shattered, but somehow found the strength to pull through, this book will definitely touch your heart.

A Blessing on the Moon

Death is merely the beginning of Chaim’s troubles. In the opening pages of A Blessing on the Moon, Chaim is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim’s afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes.

The Last Lecture

Based on the extraordinary final lecture by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch, given after he discovered he had pancreatic cancer, this moving book will inspire readers to live each day with purpose and joy.

Red Hook Road

When a newly married couple dies on the way to their wedding reception, it’s up to their newly joined families to come together and now plan the couple’s funeral. A haunting book that you will power through in no time, Red Hook Road is up there with Ayelet Waldman’s finest stories about loss and grief.

The Lovely Bones

A haunting tale of loss and understanding, The Lovely Bones is a beautiful story of a girl not ready to let go of her hold on life and the people she loves. Told from her perspective after her brutal rape and murder, The Lovely Bones is an interesting exploration on heaven and the afterlife.

The Painted Drum

When Faye Travers is called to appraise a collection of artifacts, she stumbles upon a haunting drum that seems to call out to her. Compelling and unforgettable, The Painted Drum explores the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, the strength of family, and the intricate rhythms of grief we all seem to feel at certain points of our lives.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is one of my favorite books, and is actually the first book I read that made me cry. A touching story about an adventurer who stumbles upon a little prince who inhabits a tiny planet, this book is an exploration into acceptance, love, and making peace with letting go.

A Monster Calls

A haunting and darkly funny novel about loss and death, A Monster Calls is about a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected visitor that helps him question everything. Phew, this one is rough guys.

Lincoln in the Bardo

A story that intertwines history, death, and spirituality, Lincoln in the Bardo is told from the perspective of several characters – both historical and invented – to answer the question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? A book unlike anything I’ve ever read before, Lincoln in the Bardo is a visual story that will magically come to life in your mind.

Bridge to Terabithia

A story about pure friendship, Bridge to Terabithia is a story that will tug at your heartstrings. A story about a boy and a girl and the imaginative world they live in, this story is up there with Where the Red Fern Grows as a book that teaches kids that death, loss, and maybe most importantly, friendship, are all very, very real.

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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14 Snappy Facts about Steve Irwin

Cranky! Today marks what would have been Steve Irwin’s 56th birthday. Best known for his TV show The Crocodile Hunter, Irwin was a famous wildlife conservationist with a variety of TV shows and appearances. He and his wife, Terri owned and operated the Australia Zoo and appeared side by side in a collection of TV documentaries and specials about Australian wildlife.


On September 4, 2006, Irwin was pierced in the heart by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled Ocean’s Deadliest. His death was a shock to several fans, including our entire family. The Crocodile Hunter was as much a part of our Saturday morning ritual as was drinking coffee or eating breakfast together.

Thankfully, Irwin’s family continues to carry on his legacy of wildlife conservation and, in order to celebrate Irwin’s birthday and legacy, here are 14 snappy facts about The Crocodile Hunter himself!

14 Snappy Facts about Steve Irwin

Not surprisingly, Steve Irwin grew up at a zoo. His father was a wildlife expert (he studied reptiles) and his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator. When Irwin was a child, his family moved to Beerwah, Australia to open the Beerwah Reptile Park, which eventually became the Australia Zoo.

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As a matter of fact, Irwin met his wife Terri at the Australia Zoo. Born in Eugene, Oregon, Terri was also passionate about wildlife conservation. She opened and ran Cougar Country, a facility that helped rehabilitate foxes, raccoons, bobcats, bears and more. On a trip to Australia to visit the zoo, Terri met Steve during one of his crocodile shows. She instantly fell for him and the couple got engaged just four months later.

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The first episode of The Crocodile Hunter was filmed on Steve and Terri’s honeymoon. The Irwin’s were just as passionate about wildlife as the show portrayed them to be, so there was no question when they were planning their honeymoon…they just did what they loved to do.

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While the show was popular in Australia, it was also extremely popular in America (duh), as well as 130 other countries around the world.

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While Irwin would wrestle with some of the deadliest predators on the planet, he wasn’t totally fearless when it came to the animal world. He had a slight fear of parrots and got some pretty horrible bites during his time working with wildlife.

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While on a fishing trip with his dad, Irwin caught a turtle that didn’t look like anything he had seen before. They sent a photo to a herpetologist who confirmed it was a new species never before seen. In honor of Irwin, the title was named Elseya irwini, or Irwin’s snapping turtle. You can see one at the Baltimore National Aquarium if you’re not an Aussie.

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There’s also a snail named after his famous catchphrase, “Crikey!”, the crikey steveirwini.

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Irwin’s daughter, Bindi Sue, was named after two of his favorite pets – a saltwater crocodile named Bindi and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Sue.

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Although the Irwin’s were happily married, they did not wear wedding rings because they didn’t want their jewelry to pose a hazard to them or the animals.

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In 2005, Irwin provided the voice of an elephant seal named Trev for the 2006 animated film Happy Feet. The film was dedicated to him, as he died during post-production.

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In 2017, it was announced that Irwin would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously.

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Irwin was buried in a private ceremony at the Australia Zoo. The gravesite is inaccessible to the zoo’s visitors.

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Irwin’s best friend, Wes, is the director of the Australia Zoo. Irwin actually saved his life when Wes was attacked by a crocodile during a flood at the zoo.

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Irwin died after being attacked by a stingray, however, his death was said to be only the third known fatal stingray attack in Australia and the 17th in the entire world. After his death, several stingray were found mutilated on the shores of Australia, most likely an act of violence by fans of his.

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Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!


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8 Cute AF Polymer Clay Crafts

Clay crafts may sound old-fashioned, but there are actually some super cute things you can make with polymer clay.

From jewelry storage to actual jewelry, these 8 cute AF polymer clay crafts will have you stocked up on clay in no time!

8 Cute AF Polymer Clay Crafts


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How Much You Care

how much you care

Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
–Teddy Roosevelt

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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