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Thanks for visiting Honeybee Homemaker!


My name is Melissa, which means “Honeybee” in Greek. I’m a stay-at-home mom (thus the title Honeybee Homemaker).


I’ve always loved writing, so I originally started this blog in 2012 to chronicle my life as a SAHM and share things I had been learning and ways my heart was growing. Then, in 2014, I decided to try out the new 21-Day-Fix weight loss program and blog my way through it. I also began sharing recipes I developed while doing 21-Day-Fix and the blog’s popularity soared. With this, the focus of my blog then shifted to helping inspire and equip people on their own journey to accomplish their personal goals.


I hope wherever you are on your journey today, you will fill your heart with encouragement through my 21-Day Fix journal entries (See Bee-Coming Healthy Blog) and fill your belly with nutritious, fix-approved recipes (See Sweet As Nectar Recipes).


“Challenges are what make life interesting,
Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Please note: This blog is mostly archived entries and not regularly maintained, so please be patient in waiting for a comment response (busy mom life lol). Thank you!

37 comments:

  1. I found your 21 Day fix recipes on pinterest and I am so thankful! I am fixing to start the 21 Day Fix seeing all the delicious recipes gives me hope. I am excited to start it :) I know these recipes will help me succeed and not get bored. I love your blog and I can relate to you on everything. You are not wasting your time. Everyone has different views and I say you do what you feel led to do! Jesus gives us all different gifts and different paths to travel. I never in my life thought I would be a homeschooling mom but I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. "Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting." --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. I find I have more contentment in my life when I find my identity in God and not in those around me :) ----Hayley W.

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  2. Thank you so much for the sweet words of encouragement! I appreciate them so much and thanks for visiting the blog too :)

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  3. Your recipes are great! Although I'm not a homemaker and I don't feel like it is what I am meant to do, I really appreciate people like you that can do it and share awesome recipes for people like me! :)

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  4. Can I subscribe to this? I will never remember to come back and look.

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    1. I will look into that for you Kelley and get back to you :)

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    2. Do you have an email subscription for followers? Shannon

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  5. I was touched by your words. May God bless you and your family.

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  6. Hey, Melissa! I found you through one of your recipes, and I read your "homemaker" section. So precious. I just want to encourage you, that you are doing a good thing. I have heard all the same things and I know exactly what you mean. I left my career (except for some part-time work) to be a full-time wife, mom, and homemaker and haven't regretted it for one second. And now I've started blogging to encourage other moms, just like you! Be encouraged! :)

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  7. Hey, Melissa! I found you through one of your recipes. I just read your "homemaker" explanation. So precious. I just want to encourage you that you are doing a good thing. I left a career (except for some part-time work) sixteen years ago to be a full-time wife, homemaker, and (homeschooling) mom. I haven't regretted it for one single second. And now I'm blogging to encourage other moms just like you! :)))

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    1. Thank you so much Lynn! I appreciate your kind words and encouragement- keep doing what you do- I'm sure you are a blessing to many!

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  8. Your truly a blessing to me, thank u for taking the leap of faith n b there to serve to our Lord n to ur family. God bless u n ur family!

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  9. Hey honeybee how can I follow ur blog and ur recipes for the 21 day fix thanks

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    1. I am working on adding a subscribe feature to the blog. If you click the "Bee Healthy: tab at the top, you will see a list of all the recipes by category. Hope that helps!

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  10. I just read through your First 21 Day Fix. Inspiring! I have been thinking about doing the 21 Day Fix a lot. Also I am from Anderson so you must be close!!!

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    1. Hi Christy! Thanks so much for your encouraging words! I am a Clemson alum and worked at Anderson University for awhile. I actually live in Charlotte now. Anyways, I would love to help you with the 21-day fix. If you could take a few minutes to fill out this basic inquiry form, we can talk personally and go from there on how you can get involved with challenge groups and more :) https://melheywardfitness.wufoo.com/forms/beachbody-programchallenge-group-inquiry-form/

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    2. Trying that link again :) https://melheywardfitness.wufoo.com/forms/beachbody-programchallenge-group-inquiry-form/

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  11. Melissa your recipes are wonderful! I am also starting a blog about living healthy in the city, and am going to recommend followers to visit your site! It's amazing! Thanks for all of the great work!

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  12. Is there a way to subscribe or follow your blog?

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  13. I need to look into a way to set up a subscribe feature!

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  14. Good morning Melissa! I pray all is well with you and your family! I was wondering if you are still a beachbody coach. If so, I was wondering if you and I can discuss you becoming my coach. I start my journey on Monday and I must admit I'm feeling overwhelmed already! I look forward to your response
    Bridgett

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    1. Hey Bridgett!
      Thanks for reaching out! I'm actually about to have another baby so I'm taking a step back from coaching at the moment. But I'm happy to recommend another coach from my team or help in any other way I can :)

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  15. Congratulations!! That would be great! Thanks again!
    Bridgett

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    1. I'm referring you to Tahlia- she has lead challenge groups with me for months now and would love to help you. You can email her at tybrunner@gmail.com

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  16. Love your blog!

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  17. Hi Melissa, I just "found" you on Pinterest while looking for 21 Day Fix meal plans. I am going to start this plan. I need to lose weight and believe that portion control is the key. I am excited about your blog, 21 Day Fix recipes, and the fact that you bring your faith in Jesus Christ to the forefront is refreshing. Thank you.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comments. Glad you stumbled across this site and I hope you will find it helpful during your 21-day fix challenge. Best of luck to you!

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  18. Hello! I love your blog! Is there any way to follow you on Facebook? How did you alter your 21 day fix routine while pregnant? Thanks!

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    1. Hey! Thanks so much! I have a facebook page called Mel Heyward- Healthy Living, although I don't update it nearly as much as I do the blog ;)... When you're pregnant, you need about 300 extra calories per day, so I would add 300 to whatever that calorie range formula number is for you and then follow the portions in that category. Remember the goal is to be healthy rather than lose weight (and sometimes you have to eat ice cream just because lol)... Also use the modifiers as needed with the workouts- I avoided any ab and twisting exercises just to be extra careful :)

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  19. I just found your blog from a pinterest post. My children are now grown, but I was a homemaker while they were in the house. I think of it more as a home manager as you have to be organized for the position. I loved being home, but the image that is out there is I was home watching TV all day eating bon-bons on the couch! It was not a sacrifice to stay at home it was a blessing. I did not have children to let someone else's values imprinted on them. The time with them goes by so fast and it is a precious time you cannot get back. Time well spent! I was an LPN before having children, and recently went back to college for my RN. God didn't miss a beat! Great Job and keep up the good work.

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  21. I came across your blog last night, i am planning on starting the 21 day fix next week and was wondering a couple of things... Can you give a link to your 21 day fix recipes on pinterest, i have looked for them and can't seem to find them and do you have any advise you can give on how to begin counting and organizing the containers for someone that has never done this before?

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