Lil’ Suburban Homestead Celebrates our 2nd Birthday With A Honey Giveaway & The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post Ed. No. 34

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Lil' Suburban's 2nd Birthday Honey Giveaway From the winsome roost

On August 10, 2010 I began a journey of blogging and sharing our stories with all of you….my life has become richer for this experience because I have met and connected with some amazing people from all over the world and I have not looked back.  I have been ribbed by some about blogging for one reason or another…. but those of us who blog know that everyone has an audience some of us have huge audiences some of us have small audiences but we write because its our authentic voice and it’s what we love!  Blogging gave me an opportunity to share with all of you my innermost thoughts, our everyday projects and my successes and my failures.  I have enjoyed every single minute of blogging and sharing our stories at Lil’ Suburban Homestead for the past 2 years and it is all of you who continue to inspire me!

We decided to do a giveaway that makes sense for us and that was to offer up a Pound of our Beautiful Raw Honey from (“the winsome roost” our family owned and operated apiary/plant business) that many of you have read about in my blog posts.  We have had lots of bee keeping adventures since we started bee keeping and truthfully my husband initially had to drag me to the Bee Keeping meetings I just didn’t want one more thing on my plate.  Now I love the bees buzzing about me in the garden I enjoy taking pictures of them and I get quite close up and have had them crawling on me several times and while I have yet to work with the hives it’s a partnership that works beautifully with my husband and I because he really loves handling the bees and he almost has a “Bee Whisperer” know how that is rare and I so enjoy watching him enjoy his newest passion of the last couple of years.  Chickens are easy and simple they want fresh food and water and for that they will give you beautiful eggs….bees are complex, not so simple and you never know when they are going to react in an unexpected fashion.  My husband got stung this summer and I asked my husband if he would mind if I shared the story for others to learn from and he was of course fine with it.

Often in the evenings my husband and me walk our lil’ suburban spread together …we check on the chickens, we check on the gardens, we discuss odds and ends it’s a great way to end the day.  One evening as we were wrapping our walk up he said I am going to peek at the bees real quick and he headed over to our small bee yard.  I heard the bees humming loudly so I almost cautioned him to suit up but then thought better of it as he knows what he is doing.  Well sure enough as it was the middle of the honey harvest season and one of the guard bees stung him right on the eyelid when he got too close.  This is how my husband usually looks:

My husband aka “The Viking In My Life” is a looker…usually 😉

This is how my husband looked after the bee sting:


Bee stings are very serious he was lucky that it just swelled up.  Our advice to all Bee Keepers keep your hat on!

Click below to enter this Giveaway!    I provided 7 Different Ways To Win This Pound of Honey.  This is our honey we harvest here at “Lil’ Suburban Homestead!”  This Giveaway Link will also be posted on our Facebook page and also on our family business “the winsome roost” Facebook page!

So Enter Here :  Lil’ Suburban’s 2nd Birthdy Celebration Honey Giveaway

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I just learned about Rafflectopter and I think it’s a great idea because it completely automates this giveaway!

Now if you have thrown your hat into the ring for some of that beautiful golden honey it is time to link up this week for “The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post Ed. No. 34”.

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Thanks so much for stopping on over here and being part of this celebration day and giveaway!



**Unfortunately due to laws in regards to honey being exported this giveaway is for US residents only….**  

43 thoughts on “Lil’ Suburban Homestead Celebrates our 2nd Birthday With A Honey Giveaway & The Ole’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post Ed. No. 34

  1. What a great giveaway! It’s been informative following all that you are doing on your homestead esp the bees…no meetings locally for us to learn more, but I’ve liked ‘watching’ how you do it. 🙂

  2. Great job and congratulations on your 2nd Birthday!!! You do a fantastic job with your blog! btw – i somehow screwed up an entered our post to share twice on your Saturday trading post – my apologies.

  3. I love honey! I had bees until poison got to them 2 years in a row. Something around here s just too dangerous to keep bringing them here only to have them die. 🙁 Thankfully, I have a ‘bee’ man I can get local yummy golden delish from. (bobbi doll dougherty on FB)

  4. We’d love the opportunity to try your honey! Congratulations on two years. We’re so glad we found your blog.

  5. Congrats on another year of blogging! I’ve got stories from when we kept bees on our family farm when I was a kid. But boy, honey fresh from the comb was worth the stings. 🙂

    1. I imagine at some point I am going to get my first sting my husband really wants to suit me up just so I have the field experience…I am a Certified Bee Keeper however I have all the book knowledge and not the solid application…I agree the honey is amazing just the smell alone is worth it but the golden yummy deliciousness is the best! Thanks so much for joining the celebration!

  6. We are in Durham and slowly but surely working our 1 acre. Gardening has been a bust until we raised up the garden. Chickens are growing we have 2 rhode island reds and 2 wyandottes and hope to add 2 more this weekend. The bee’s will be next spring’s project. Enjoy reading your blog. I love my mini homestead..sure beats the 50×100 lot we left in Western MA….I just wish we were closer to the coast. Would love to try out your honey..please enter me in your giveaway!

    1. Brenda I so miss my acre and a quarter in Maryland but I have to say I am such a beach gal……I am definitely torn….I am so glad your chickens are doing well I will have to stop by and check them out! I love my gals!
      Thanks for coming by the party 🙂

    1. Anna I love it….I actually had a couple of blogs prior to this one but they were too specific on one subject and in 2010 I decided this is my life its going to be ALL OVER THE MAP and mine is…from my financial musings to football, to my daughter and taxes but thats real life! I so enjoy visiting your blog thanks so much for celebrating with us!

  7. Congratulations 2 years, can you believe it? I am very allergic so I see how much he is also. Be careful Viking husband next time might be a worse reaction. Honey is good for allergies I know you must eat your wonderful honey…I would love to be entered in your honey giveaway. Thanks

  8. Happy 2 Year Anniversary!! I’m so happy I was able to find your blog and get to know you and the family. I hope one day to move from our city living to a house with some property so we can get on with doing some of the great things your family does. That bee sting looks nasty ouch. Cheers! Mr.CBB All the best for another year of blogging!!

  9. I just lost over an hour on your page–what fun you have on your little homestead! came over from the Morris Tribe blog link, and would like to be entered—“liked you on FB (both pages”. Many Blessings to you!!!!
    ~Heather @ The Welcoming House Blog

  10. Happy 2nd Birthday! Thanks for an awesome chance to win and be able to try some of your honey. { I did all of the other entries but couldn’t link up because I don’t have a blog yet.} I discovered your blog via Homestead Revival’s blog post of the barn hop #74. I liked your link. 😉

  11. Karen, you’d have a heart attack if you can see what I wear when I’m helping the Handyman with the hives: bathing suits, shorts and tank tops…. 🙂 So far no worries. I imagine it may catch me one day, but so far so good, so I’m not knocking it. It’s HOT under all that stuff.

    1. Katherine no I wouldn’t I watch all the Bee Keeping movies and documentaries with the women in their bathing suits or the men without shirts are working with the bees…and I am glad you have had no issues however I have heard some people have NO issues for years and then suddenly out of the blue something catastrophic happens. In the Viking’s case he had never had a reaction this was the first one and I don’t think he liked having an impaired eye so from now on I think he is suiting up. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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