Hi! I’m Melissa…a Texan living in Canada! After I married my “honey” we decided it was important to live in the same country (old fashioned I know ;-), so I packed up my hive and moved North. Since that time, we’ve built a house, had 101 home projects (yes, my husband is a carpenter bee), and had two babies now 10 months old and 3.5 years old…our busy bees!

Before marriage, I was a career woman working for Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and non-profits. My career focused on leadership development and helping organizations grow and change. I traveled extensively for work and enjoyment and lived for a period of time in Santiago, Chile. Today, I continue to work for the same organization as I have for the past 12 years, but now, I do it part-time from home (in Canada.)

It’s funny how life changes once you have kids. These sweet innocent soft skinned babies are entrusted to us…and it’s my hope to protect them and keep them as safe as possible. These babies were a turning point for me. After having kids, I became increasingly interested in clean living…from what we eat, to chemicals we use in our hive, to products we put on our body. We’re on a learning journey to find the safest/healthiest way for our family to thrive! As the economy has changed and our family has grown, we’ve also learned to be thrifty by using a variety of tools and resources. While life has changed, we continue to travel a lot for a family of four. Between the United States, Canada, and Mexico- we are guaranteed to make at least five airplane trips a year as a family.

So, why “Our Happy Hive” and what do I want to share? “Our Happy Hive” came about because “Melissa” means “Honey Bee” – and the things we want to buzz about center around the home and family. We want to invite you into our hive as we learn about raising kids, clean living, establishing our home, family focused financial planning, etc. In most cases, we aren’t the queen bee on these topics…we’re just worker bees doing the research, organizing thoughts, or sharing our experiences. We hope you’ll enjoy “Our Happy Hive” and that it will help you along your journey.




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