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Winter at Sleepy Bees

Holly McCabe

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Winter at Sleepy Bees
The holiday shopping is over, the lavender plants are put to bed for the winter, and the new plants for 2019 are ordered.  What are we going to do with ourselves for the next few months?  Well, hopefully this is the calm before the storm, and we will spend our quiet months getting organized and prepared.  

Giving Thanks

Holly McCabe

Giving Thanks

The past few weeks have been very busy, and the next few are going to be even busier.  Since I woke up before anyone else this morning, it gave me a chance to think about all the things I have in my life to be grateful for.          It's easy to lose track of things when you are so busy starting a new business, and I want to make sure that doesn't happen here.  Family is always the top priority, and we have so many wonderful people in our lives.  Everyone has been there for us this year, and...


Meet Biscuit and Gravy

Holly McCabe

Meet Biscuit and Gravy

Well, there isn't a whole lot happening right this minute with the lavender or the bees, so I thought it might be a good time to show you all around the farm.  Our farm family keeps growing a little at a time, at the moment we have our sweet dogs, Biscuit and Gravy, 2 barn kitties, Sugar and Spice, Bear, our very old housecat, and about 25 chickens and guinea hens.  We are hoping to add some goats to the mix in a year or so.  I'll start with the pups today, and save the rest for another quiet time....


Website Launched!

Holly McCabe

Website Launched!
On September 28th, we officially launched our sleepybeeslavender.com website.  This was so exciting for us.  Most of the summer has been spent developing recipes for bath and body products, and sending those products out to testers.  After sending a batch out, we sent out questionnaires, and when we got those back, made adjustments.  It was a lot of trial and error...and actually still is as we are tweaking things all the time. 

Starting Our Product Line and Website

Holly McCabe

Starting Our Product Line and Website

With the plants growing nicely and our 3 hives of bees doing well, it was time to move on to web design and product development.  We were about to find out how many things we hadn't even thought of yet!   Besides creating products from scratch and designing a new website, we needed to design a logo, create labels, figure out what kind of packaging would look great and be affordable, create spreadsheets for batch logs, inventory and costs, come up with test recipes, taking beautiful pictures, checking FDA guidelines for cosmetic products, and working with social media. I'm sure there...