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  • Mar 17 2015

    Nashville, TN.

    Y'all, I've been so amazed at your response to the blog so far!  Thank you for reading, commenting, sharing, and blessing me so much with your kind words.  I'm catching up on comments and have a bunch of posts in the queue--can't wait to get you some more content this week!

    In the meantime, here is a link to follow the blog with Bloglovin.  It's an easy way to keep up with all your favorite blogs, and they have a great app too.  Have you checked out my blog roll to see who I follow?  It's a great place to start if you're new to blogging!

    xo,
    Francesca

    P.S. Have you been outside?  It's GORGEOUS in Nashville this week, and we are soaking it up!  Enjoy the sunshine, lovelies!!

  • Mar 14 2015

    Columbia, S.C.

    I've always been a bit of a product junkie when it comes to makeup, skincare, etc.  About 6 years ago I read a book called "The Green Beauty Guide" that rocked my world.  Thanks to sites like EWG's Skin Deep, awareness about the unregulated cosmetics industry has increased, and more and more consumers are saying no to conventional products and yes to more natural approaches.

    The exciting thing about taking a more natural approach to skincare is that it can be a LOT cheaper.  No, I'm not talking about pricey organic products, though those can be fun to splurge on sometimes.  I'm taking about making your own!  I am not the world's most crafty human (AT ALL), but I can get excited about an easy DIY recipe if it means at the end of it I'm left with something that I can use every day.  Here is the recipe I've been using for the past 8 or 9 months as a toner.  It's cheap, easy, and so effective!

    ACV Geranium Toner

    Ingredients:
    1 glass bottle with spray top
    Equal parts purified water and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar 
    5 drops of Young Living Geranium Essential Oil
    3 drops of Young Living Lavender Essential Oil

    Mix together in the bottle, shake well, and store in a dry place.

    To use, spritz a few times on a cotton pad and wipe over your face after cleansing.  I usually go through 2 cotton pads (both sides) until all the makeup is gone.

    Apple cider vinegar is an incredible thing to have in your beauty arsenal.  In this toner, it helps balance the skin's ph, sloughs off dead skin cells, and is an incredible detoxifier.  I also love using it as a clarifying treatment on my hair, and I mix it with my favorite clay mask for an intensive skin detox.  Now, the smell of pure ACV is very strong, and my hubby and band guys (when I wash my face on the bus) are not fans, but I found that when mixed with essential oils, the smell is easier to handle.

     

    Geranium essential oil helps tighten skin, prevents wrinkles, encourages regeneration of new cells, helps heal scars, age spots, and acne, is antibacterial and brings balance to the skin.  It's scent is somewhat rosy, and I love it.

    Lavender essential oil is one of my all-time favorites.  It is one of the best oils for soothing skin irritations, which is why I love it in this toner.  It moisturizes and helps speed up the healing of the skin, especially cuts, burns, scars, etc. When used in your nightly skincare routine, it helps promote calmness and good sleep.  Bonus!

    ***The only oils I recommend are the ones my family and I use daily: Young Living pure therapeutic grade essential oils.

    Essential oils have been a mainstay in my family, and I'm excited to have a space to share some of our stories with you about how oils have helped with symptoms of colds, nausea, fever, skin issues, allergies, add, and more in the coming months.  What I love most about essential oils is that they come from plants, trees, and living things that God created.  He gave us everything we needed for health and healing right in His creation, and there is something so comforting about that to me.  It's like an earthly father who hides easter eggs around the backyard and tells his kids to go find them, with a big smile on his face.  I imagine God, during creation, thinking, "Ooh, I'll put a property in this cedarwood tree that helps them sleep and gives them good concentration.  Oh, oh, and lemons!  Lemons are so bright and happy.  They should have a happy smell too, that lifts their spirits and disinfects.  Mmm, I love this clove plant.  Let's make it good for helping numb pain and heal cavities, because, lets be honest, they are going to eat WAY too much sugarcane."

    I don't know...that's just the way I like to think about it! :)

    I will do an in-depth post about these wonderful oils soon, but to learn more, or to sign up to receive a wholesale discount now, go to youngliving.com and sign up using my sponsor and enroller number: 1417446 

    Until next time, dear ones!
    Francesca

  • Mar 13 2015

    Raleigh, N.C. -- (I start all my journal entries with the name of the city we're in that day, so I thought I'd do the same thing on the blog!)

    I can't believe the day has finally come.  I've been dreaming up this blog for almost 5 years.  Thanks to the gentle encouragement of my husband, mom, sister-in-law, and Jesus, I finally worked up the courage to take the first step.  A divine connection with the lovely Danielle sparked me to ask her if she could design this space, and hasn't she just knocked it out of the PARK?  (All the heart eye emojis!)

    I struggled with what to call the blog for months.  My sis-in-law Joy is one of the most creative people I know.  She can cook, bake, sew, craft, paint, or create anything I send her from Pinterest without breaking a sweat.  On top of all that, she is an incredible photographer (all of our family photos for all time have been from her camera).  After some sweet talks with Joy about how we want to live our lives and serve the Lord, the name Honeycomb was born.  Proverbs 16:24 says, "Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  What a precious reminder to guard my tongue.  I'm a quarter Italian, so I feel things REALLY deeply.  (Did you ever see that gelato commercial with the subtitles where the two Italians are fighting loudly until one of them sees the gelato in the grocery bag, and then they start being lovey towards each other...and then it ends with them yelling and throwing things again?  For your viewing pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZUMYU-Ghb0 -- I feel like that woman.)  I wear my heart on my sleeve.  It is somewhat of a joke in our family that you always know what I'm thinking/feeling.  For better or worse.

    But I don't want to be a mom who yells.  Or a wife who nags.  Or a friend who is easily offended.  Or a boss who doesn't offer grace.  I want the word Honeycomb to be a constant reminder to me to guard my tongue and to let my words be loving, gentle, gracious, kind.  To exemplify the fruit of the spirit to everyone I meet.  It's hard, but it's important.

    Ok, on to the fun stuff.

     

    My name is Francesca.  I sing and write songs and tour for a living.

     

    My studly hubby is Matt, 

    and we have two kids, Eli (4.5),  

    and Audrey (2.5). 

    We live in Nashville, TN with our kitty who has no name. 

    (She's a rescue we got before Christmas.  Her given name is Kit-Kat, but we have been known to call her Risotto, Charlie, Lola, Kitty, and "stop scratching the headboard, cat!" at all hours of the day or night.)

    We love Jesus, and we feel called to make His name famous by writing and sharing music that honors and glorifies him.  My husband not only manages our ministry, but he is also a graphic designer (he designed my last two album covers), drummer, and producer, so basically he never sleeps.  :)  Our kids travel with us, and we've had some pretty amazing adventures in the past few years.  We feel very grateful to call each other family and to get to spend so much time together.

    There is so much I am passionate about that I can't wait to share with you all in this space.  I hope we can become friends and develop a special community of like-minded people who can learn and grow together!  Here's to a new adventure!

    - Francesca

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