prep for spring

prep for spring

Guys, I am so excited, because this week, March happens! I don’t know about you, but I have been embracing these warmer temperatures in Nashville. I am fully ready to say goodbye to February and hello to spring.

And so, here are some easy ways to prep for a season switch:


1. Put the winter decor away.

I know, it’s technically still winter. But when it’s March, my mind thinks spring. I have already stored away all snowflake-scented candles and wintry decor. I have floral candles back out and placed fresh blooms on countertops. I finally stripped away the rest of the Christmas lights (yes, I did have some strands still out…just white lights!) Refreshing your home means refreshing your mind.

2. Switch out your closet.

I still have sweaters and coats at the forefront of my closet. But with temperatures rising, I need my warm-weather clothes! I will keep some sweaters out for cold spells, but I am ready for my springy tees and dresses to be back and prominent.

3. Do a deep clean.

Spring cleaning means literally cleaning, guys. I get a little lazier about my home in the wintertime (I blame the weather). I have been cleaning, sure, but lightly. Sometimes just vacuuming but not mopping, for instance. Now is the time to take it up a few notches. I mean clean out all those crevices you normally avoid. Clear away all the dust (this will help with allergies, too). Scrub the tub. Wipe down the refrigerator. Do what you don’t want to do, and then feel awesome that you did it. I personally prefer to take a morning and do it all at once while playing some favorite music to keep me moving, but do what works for you.

4. Declutter and donate.

Whatever you did not wear or use this past winter season, say goodbye. Don’t just store it away, once again, if you aren’t really utilizing it (whatever it may be). Declutter, let go, and breathe a sigh of relief!

5. Refresh your bedding.

I love to have separate winter and summer bedding. It feels so nice to switch out thick blankets or comforters for lighter ones.


Making these changes feels good because it signals to your brain that spring is coming, and spring just makes people happy! Enjoy switching it up, and spread that spring fever!

Love, Bee

published poem

published poem

The anthology is here, and I am so thrilled! I had a poem published in Tennessee’s Best Emerging Poets. The poem in this book is one I actually wrote a few years ago, when I moved back to Nashville, my hometown, after being away for college.

I have been writing poetry since I was very young and was an English and Creative Writing major in college. My thesis was a collection of poems. Throughout my whole life,  I find that I always return to poetry at certain periods. Sometimes I am not reading or writing poetry at all, and then something happens, some event, that inspires me to write again.

Now, I feel so grateful to see my work in print. If you have any interest in poetry, if you are a southerner yourself, or if you simply want to read something that might inspire you or make you think, I would encourage you to get a copy of this lovely little collection. Topics range from life and memories to love and heartbreak to nature and the outdoors. There is something for everyone, and I truly feel you might find something meaningful to relate to in this book.

You can find it here. Read and write on, my friends.

Love, Bee

5 real ways to spread love every day this week

5 real ways to spread love every day this week

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This week we have Valentine’s Day, a day both observed and rejected by many. For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about feeling gratitude for the love in my life. Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love. Love for friends, family, pets; love for the ocean, the grass, the sunshine; love for moments in time. I spin this so-called “Hallmark holiday” (although it is actually based on history, and it has a pretty dark origin) into a celebration of all love.

And so, instead of just placing emphasis on cards and chocolates, here are 5 ways to really spread love every day this week:


Monday: Think good thoughts about others.

Wish everyone well who crosses your path. Just in your head, think something like, “I hope something really awesome happens to you today.” It will make you feel more positive and spread good vibes to those around you. What you give is what you get. It was Roald Dahl who said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Tuesday: Write a note.

Write a letter to someone who needs to feel loved. Maybe it is a thank you note (even just a “thank you for being you”) or something you love about them. It might even be a sticky note that you place on a co-worker’s desk with something funny that will make them smile.

Wednesday: Call your parents.

On Valentine’s Day itself, call your parents (and your grandparents if they are around) and tell them you love them and appreciate them.

Thursday: Give flowers to a friend.

I have a friend who gardens, and she often surprises me with a little cup of flowers that she grew. It always brightens my day. Flowers and plants are wonderful mood lifters.

Friday: Do something kind for a stranger.

Buy their coffee. Pick up something they dropped. Smile at them. We know that the tiniest things brighten the days of others, but often we are too absorbed in our own thoughts (or our phones) to pay attention to strangers around us. Notice them.


This week, I encourage you to go about your week by intentionally spreading love through thinking, writing, calling, giving, and doing. Show others that you care. Be aware.

Happy week of love, y’all!



5 ways to get out of your winter funk

5 ways to get out of your winter funk

Around this time of year, I usually get into a funk. I am tired of the short days and the cold. I crave spring, and the longing for it gets stronger every day. If you feel like you are going a little crazy indoors, I am sharing some tips for coping with your winter blues!

1. Move.

You have to get moving. It can be so easy to go straight from work to the couch and Netflix. I know I easily fall into this pattern. However, as soon as you get home from work, change into active gear. Do not check social media yet. Get moving right away to ensure you make it happen! Perhaps you go for a brisk walk or head to the gym. Maybe you do a home workout, like a yoga video on YouTube or something quick like the 7-minute workout. Do something.

2. Considering investing in a sun lamp.

Sun lamps, or light therapy boxes, mimic natural daylight. They create a simulation of sunlight that lifts your energy and your mood. I use one in the morning at work for about 30 minutes, and it always gives me a little boost.

3. Choose Emergen-C over more coffee.

When I am dragging this time of year, my instinct is to drink more caffeine. However, instead of that second or third cup, I find it better and more beneficial to opt for something like Emergen-C, which gives you a boost of vitamins and immunity support.

4. Avoid sugar.

I know this is hard to do, but I find that avoiding sugary treats and snacks, and eating a piece of fruit or some veggies + hummus instead, replenishes me and gives me more energy. Particularly at this time of year, having more sweets just makes me lethargic.

5. Wash your hands + sanitize your phone.

Everyone is sick at this time of year. Wash your hands often, but do not wash your hands and then get on your phone or computer while you eat lunch. Think about all the germs that are stuck on those electronics. I avoid touching my phone while I am eating, and right after work, I give my phone a disinfecting wipe-down. I do this every single day. Not getting sick = feeling better and avoiding the winter funk.

How do you deal with the winter blues? Hope my tips help!

Love, Bee




I am super excited to be partnering with Rocksbox, a subscription service that sends you a set of jewelry every month (or however often you want)!

I was honestly a little skeptical of box subscription services, but I decided to try Rocksbox and am loving it so far. I am going to tell you how it works and how you can get your first month free on me!

Here’s how it works: Fill out a profile and a wish list, and a stylist sends three pieces of jewelry straight to your home. Wear them for as long as you like, apply your monthly membership credit of $21 to purchasing a piece you want to keep, and send back what you do not want to buy (with the prepaid label and reusable envelope provided –  it’s so easy!). Then, Rocksbox sends you three new pieces. You can exchange sets as you please, with a recommendation of one new set per month (since you pay a monthly fee).

Here’s why I like this serviceRocksbox essentially provides an opportunity to try designer jewelry before you buy it. Plus, you can mix up what you are wearing when you would like. I know I am usually not very creative with my jewelry selection, but I am loving the chance to try new pieces from designers like Kate Spade and Kendra Scott (and they are all SO pretty).

If you want to give Rocksbox a go, use my code thehoneyprintxoxo to get one month free! So worth it, am I right?

Let me know when you sign up and how you are loving your new jewelry!

Love, Bee

20 things to do on a snow day

20 things to do on a snow day

Last month, Nashville schools were hit with a week’s worth of snow days. If you live in the South, you know that snow days get real. Everyone rushes to the grocery the night before and takes all the bread and milk. With the slightest layer, schools cancel. Get a genuine snow, and no one goes to work.

I know I can struggle on snow days with figuring out what to do with myself. If you find yourself in the midst of another snow day (or series of snow days) where you are this winter, here’s a list of 20 ways to spend your time! I have divided this list into three categories – productive, active, & chill – so you can pick based on your mood.


1. Clean the whole house.

2. Do all the laundry.

4. Clear out/organize emails/computer files/phone data.

5. Start a donation pile.

6. Get ahead on work things.

7. Clean out/organize your pantry/fridge.


8. Bake something sweet.

9. Play board games/card games.

10. Have an indoor dance party.

11. Do an indoor workout (try Pop Sugar Fitness).

12. Bundle up & take a snowy walk.

13. Walk to an open business to get out for a bit.

14. If driving is possible, invite friends over for a snow day party.


15. Read an entire book, cup of tea in hand.

16. Netflix/movies in cozy socks.

17. Start a puzzle.

18. Write something (journal, poem, blog post).

19. Seize this free day & take a nap.

20. Meditate (maybe while watching the snow).


Hope this helps! How do you prefer to spend your snow days?

Love, Bee