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Easter represents many things to me: salvation, victory, grace…., but it also serves as a reminder of life change.  Six years ago, I wasn’t in the best place.  Life was good, don’t get me wrong, but there was something missing.  I was raised in the church and my family had attended the same church for almost 20 years.  When I was in my early twenties, I was far from God.  I had stopped going to church.  I didn’t have time.  I was having too much fun on the weekends staying out late, waking up late and of course embracing and loving my new independence. 
April 16, 2019 — Vickie Mireles
Greater Things Have Yet To Come

Greater Things Have Yet To Come

We meet again.

Saying goodbye to one year, while excitedly anticipating what’s to come in the new.

As I lovingly hug this last day of 2018, I can’t help but reflect on all the lessons, the season of growth, the season of loss and how God continued to show that He is so beautifully amazing.  He used all the things that hurt like hell to help me bloom.  He used the highs to keep me going and he wrapped me around the loveliest of friends and family to flourish next to. 

I’m not sure if you remember, but at this very time last year, I had no job.  Not even a potential interview.  Nothing.  

December 31, 2018 — Vickie Mireles
Tags: faith warrior
Giving Tuesday with Dallas DogRRR

Giving Tuesday with Dallas DogRRR

Tuesday, November 27th, is a day to celebrate giving before the holiday season.  With budgets going out of control this season, I know it can be hard to give back, that’s why The Sweet Hive has chosen to donate 50% of all sales to Dallas DogRRR. Whether you are gifting to a loved one or making a purchase for yourself, you will get the warm fuzzies knowing you have made an impact in an animal’s life.  
November 26, 2018 — Vickie Mireles
Tags: give
You are a Warrior

You are a Warrior

So, about a year-ish ago, I was at an all time low.  My anxiety had hit an all time high, which was something I had not experienced in over two years.  My dad had just survived heart surgery and I had just stepped into pursuing The Sweet Hive.  Things seemed to be going great, so why was I filled with anxiety? I remember waking up one morning and just falling into my husband’s arms crying and not knowing why.  I couldn’t pin point why my heart and mind were so overwhelmed and honestly, that made things worse.  Why was I so downcast?
November 08, 2018 — Vickie Mireles

Unexpected

One of our traditions on New Year’s Day is to head over to one of our favorite coffee houses to reflect on the previous year and goal set for the new year.  Well, this year was no different.  We sat bundled in our coziest sweaters, sipping on the ever so tasty vanilla latte from Crooked Tree and we started dream planning.  My sister in law likes to pick a word for the year, so I think at some point we went around the table and chose a word.  I honestly don’t remember if I came up with a one, but if I would have to sum up my year in one word, it would be unexpected.
November 05, 2018 — Vickie Mireles
Tags: unexpected

End 2018 with a BANG!

 

Currently, the weather is somewhere in the low 50’s.  It’s rainy, cloudy and windy.  Surprisingly enough, I’m loving this weather.   I know most people would say they dislike or even hate it, but I am embracing the new season. 

Similarly, I’m welcoming the new season in my life as a business owner with open arms.  The next few months, while terrifying, will be my busiest of the year.  I have tons of markets I’ll be attending including two-day Boho Markets in November and December, Flea Style Fall Show and a new show in both Waco, TX and Saint Jo, Texas.  I’m equally nervous and excited.

To prepare myself for the most wonderful (and busiest) time of the year, I’m working on me.  I know not everyone who reads this lives the same life as me, but I know we all juggle a lot.  Whether it’s a stressful full-time job, kids, pets, obligations, friends/family, commitments, etc., we all have a lot on our plate.  With the holidays approaching, we can either run on fumes or learn to prepare ourselves like an athlete to finish the 2018 race with a bang. 

So, ladies (and gentlemen), I’m sharing some tips on how I’m prepping my body and mind for the end of the year.

Time Management

I’ve got a lot going on, as I know many of you do.  Both my husband and I have businesses we are trying to get off the ground, which means, our weekends can get full.  If I don’t have an event, we typically have one scheduled for Hive Coffee Co, which means, we have a lot to prepare for during the week and on weekends.  That’s why I use (and love) Google Calendar.  Every school reminder, every market, every birthday, every commitment is all tracked online.  This means, I’ll receive a reminder on my phone so I never forget.  Additionally, I’m able to look at the month in its entirety without double booking or wondering what lies ahead for the week.  Both personal and business are tracked and color coded, so I can stay on top of it all.  This tool is FREE, and you can use on both desktop and through an app on your phone.

Spiritually

With so much on my plate, it’s easy to want to skip through serving or attending church.  But as a family, we’ve decided that if anything must go, it will never be church.  Church is a priority for us, even on the days where we are so tired.  Not only do we start our week serving others, but we are able to push pause on all that we have going and fix our eyes on God and his house.  Additionally, seeking God throughout the week is vital.  Whether it’s a free bible study through Horacio Printing, or a bible study through the Bible app, a sermon from Elevation Church or through prayer and meditation, my time with God doesn’t end on Sunday. Anytime I feel off track, I know it's because I'm steering away from what is most important and that is my relationship with my creator. 

Knowledge

I don’t have a business degree, so trying to manage through this new-found career,  things can get tough.  There’s so much I have yet to learn, that’s why I listen to a podcast a day (at least).  I recently posted some of my favorites on my Instagram stories which include Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis, Business Boutique with Christy Wright, Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher, NPR How I Built This, Elevation Church with Steven Furtick and The Tony Robbins podcast among a few others.  I once heard that all the information we ever needed can be found on the internet for FREE.  Many of the things I’ve learned have been through hours upon hours of education and mentorship from people who don’t even know I exist!  I bet whatever dream you have in your heart, you can find a blog, an article or podcast on the internet for FREE. 

Fitness

I’ve finally committed to an exercise program that I not only love, but I look forward to.  It has helped me sleep better (no more melatonin), increased my energy (no more wanting to just flop on the couch after work), increased my peace (bye anxiety), improved my confidence and I feel so accomplished after every workout.  Seriously, it has made a world of a difference. 

If you are not working out, even if it’s just walking, do yourself a favor and start now!  With the holidays approaching, so much yummy but calorie infested food will be at your doorstep.  

Having Fun

With a full schedule and plate, I forget to have fun.  Lately, I’ve been creeping out of my boring “get things done first” attitude, to stop and smell the roses.  It could be trying something new and thrilling like zip lining or something simple like watching a funny movie.  (My current recommendation is Game Night with Rachel McAdams.)  You can work hard, but still make time to have fun, laugh and enjoy yourself.

Jam Sessions

I learned from Rachel Hollis to create a playlist with music that would help when (1) I’m unmotivated (2) need an energy boost or (3) to calm my anxiety.  I’ve created a few playlists that help with just that.  If you want to know my favorite songs that help with what I mentioned above, you can follow me on Spotify at The Sweet Hive.

 

Shop Small

This year I'm planning to support small businesses for all my holiday shopping.  Not only will I avoid lines and crowds, I will support businesses just like mine that work hard to create one of a kind goodies typically made by hand.  Not only will I find products I can't find in the stores, but you guys, Target nor Walmart do happy dances when I buy from them.  I am choosing to support local small businesses and I hope you do too!  Most small businesses have an online store, so you can do all your shopping from home. (Stay tuned for an upcoming blog featuring all my favorite small businesses.)

#Last90DayChallenge

You may be sick of me talking about Rachel Hollis, but this lady has helped me big time over the last few months.  Her podcasts, documentary, and now the #Last90DayChallenge have helped me end 2018 with a bang.  What is the Last 90 Day Challenge?  It’s committing to living the last 90 days of this year as hard as you are committed to living the first 30 days of the new year.  Instead of a downhill slide into 2019, you are ramping up. Every Monday I get an email with a weekly themealong with a challenge to focus on.  Additionally, every day we are encouraged to complete the Five to Thrive.  Seriously, this has been LIFE CHANGING.  There is still time to sign up.  Click here for more information.

 

There are still days where I fall off the wagon but incorporating these tools and tricks into my life have been so helpful.  My hopes are you can use one if not all of these.  I’d love to learn how they are helping you.  And if you know of any great tips for the end of the year, please feel free to share. 

October 17, 2018 — Vickie Mireles

Hey Mama

When I became pregnant at 23 years old I was scared.  I had only dated my now husband for a short period of time, I wasn’t married, and I was so scared of the judgement.  My life at the time consisted of drinking, partying and being completely careless of my youth.  It didn’t seem harmful at the time, I was having fun, but it all came to a halt when life began to grow in my belly.
I gave birth to a 6 lb 13 oz baby girl with a full head of hair one week before Christmas.  Eventually, her dad and I got married, not because it was the right thing to do, but because we wanted to.  Life has since changed for me and what seemed like such a tough time turned out to be what saved me.
I love my daughter Mia with all my heart and soul.  She is very smart, loves animals, is such a great helper and she seriously has a heart filled with all the good things this life has to offer.  Often, I feel like I’m failing as a mom because I’m not like other moms.  You know, "other moms" seem to have more patience, more fun, more resources, etc.  But this weekend, I realized more than ever, that I was chosen to be her mama.  It was not by accident that God paired us together.  And while sometimes it may seem like I’m failing her, I’m not.  That is just a lie.
Ya’ll know I suffer from anxiety and it has taken most of the fun and free-spirited side of who I use to be.  So, you’ll see that I say no to things, I grab her hand a little closer, I cringe when she tells me she wants to save all the animals (even the big ones) because of my own fear.  When I see her self confidence sink in, I quickly want to save the day.  So, I constantly correct her when she says she is not good at something.  I tell her to at least try.  I tell her to conquer her fears.  And then I wonder, am I being too pushy?  Am I forcing confidence on her? 
And then moments will happen, where I blurt out how I feel extra squishy (not always that politely) and she tells me, “Mommy, you are perfect.” I’ll tell her I can’t do something, and she will correct me and ask me, “What do you always tell me?” I feel horrible for not practicing what I preach, but at the same time I’m happy because I know she is listening. 
This weekend while away at a Mother Daughter Retreat held by our church, we had some time to work on some things.  Yes, we had tons of fun, but there were moments where we had to really help each other out.
“Mommy, conquer your fears.  That’s what you tell me.” 
Gulp.  I wanted to cry. 
At one point,  we ventured off just her and I.  She wasn't feeling her best and I so desperately wanted to “fix it”. While I knew I couldn’t, what I could do was show her a side of me she’s not used to. You guys, I suggested we play basketball.  That may not sound like a BIG thing, but for me it is. Ya’ll, I have no idea how to play, but I knew it would distract her from what was bothering her.  So, we spent the next 30 minutes running down the court, laughing and giggling.  It was there where we shared a magical moment and even though we got to experience amazing activities such as horse back riding, zip lining, water activities, that part of our trip turned out to be the most special for me. 
I know I’m not the only mom who constantly feels like she’s failing.
What we are doing to raise our boys and girls is important and every sacrifice that goes unnoticed, really doesn’t.  You can not fail at a job you were created to do.  So, while some days we get the mom thing down, some days we probably won’t.  You’ll forget picture day money.  (Yep, that was me this year.) Or you will look to your left and right and feel that mom is better, or that mom has it down.  But that mom doesn't exist.  I promise you.  
I’m a Rachel Hollis fan and a month or so ago, she released a video that left me in tears.  Well, it made its way back to me earlier this week.  It was perfect timing to watch again and remind myself that I was chosen to be Mia’s mama and every fear that tries to enter my mind and heart is a total and complete lie.  I’m doing the best I can, and I can see how my daughter is learning from me.  Heck, she’s coaching me now!
This video is so good.  Please, please, take a few minutes to watch it.  I hope it blesses you and reminds you that perfection doesn't exist, your babies love you, and you can NOT fail at a job you were CREATED to do. 
Keep up the good work mama.  You are doing a GREAT job!
 

October 04, 2018 — Vickie Mireles

Three Strands

I’ve written tons of cheesy blogs about my love for my husband as each anniversary approaches (Read last year's blog here). It has become somewhat of a tradition. Over the years we have celebrated with trips, fancy dinners, expensive presents and even a tattoo. This year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary in just a few days, I’m not sure whether we should laugh, cry or demand a trophy.  I say that with all due respect, because this year has been our most challenging year in our marriage.  It’s been a year of leaning on each other while starting not one but TWO businesses from the ground up, questioning our dreams when they don’t look or feel like the movies, finding ourselves challenged as parents, learning how to cope with the uncontrol of what life throws at us, adapting to change and being tested in our faith repeatedly.  

Sounds romantic, huh?

I’ll be honest, this isn’t what I pictured on our wedding day 10 years ago. 

And still, with the hardships life can throw, there has been lots of joy.  We’ve learned how to dig deep to encourage ourselves, when others, sometimes with no intent at all, manage to crush our spirits.  We’ve seen God do miracles through the provision of what seems so little and stretch to supply every single need.  We’ve been on the receiving end of other’s generosity.  We’ve seen how strong our bodies are as we hit the ground running with little to no sleep as we hustle and bustle for our dreams.  We’ve been happy for others but also battled internally as we compare our season to others’ success, financial gain or even availability of time. We’ve been stretched so thin, pulled and pushed and yet, here we are, still standing with a love that gushes out of our pores. 

 A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. 
Ecclesiastes 4:12

This year, the one I married, picked me up when I was down, hugged me when I was weak, pushed me to keep going, loved me at my worst, supported me when others didn't and beamed with pride with every accomplishment I tackled.  He helped me with my dream, picked up where I lacked, cried with me during our loss, stood next to me at church singing songs of hope when we could have easily just stayed home. He prayed when my faith was lost, he spoke truth and promise over me when my fear was at it's highest.  He found my baby Reus, not once, but twice! He picked up extra work to help make ends meet. He never once complained.  He never left my side. And he always greeted me with coffee and amor.

We use to dream of how we would celebrate this milestone - a lavish party, a once in a lifetime trip, checking off something on our bucket-list?  Yet here we are, with so little, and yet so much and we know in our hearts that our 10 year anniversary won't be remembered in how we celebrated, but in how we survived. 

I am learning to cherish this trying time. I know in my heart, these are the days we’ll look back on and reminisce about. We've shed tears of utter pain and joy, all the while producing the best memories, learning lessons, togetherness and love. 

The labor of our love will reward us soon enough.

September 06, 2018 — Vickie Mireles

You've Been Assigned

Around this time last year, my father went through open heart surgery.  I documented the story in my blog post, You Never Know What You're Gonna Get.  At the time, it was hard to see the rock of our family in such a vulnerable state.  He endured a lot of pain; however, we were so thankful that the blockage in his arteries was found in the nick of time. 
September 05, 2018 — Vickie Mireles

Cut But Not Broken

A few months ago, during a storm, a limb from our neighbor’s tree fell on their home.  Our neighbors had not moved into their home yet, so they had no idea that this massive limb was laying on their roof. As the days passed, the limb which once held vibrant green leaves was now lifeless.  The leaves had turned yellow, a sign of dehydration. The beauty it once held was now completely gone.  Eventually, our neighbors were notified and hired professional help to clean and prune the tree. 

And then on Sunday, at one ‘o’clock in the morning, my husband and I were awakened to a loud thud.  You guessed it!  The same tree, which branches extended slightly over our garage, had broken off.  There was no massive storm, nor was it a windy night.  It just broke.

As I tried to drift off to sleep, I couldn’t help but picture the tree as a metaphor to a person who is detached from God.  Due to dehydration from living water, they break, wither and no longer produce fruit. But the more that I thought about the tree, the more I felt God was leading me to something else.  

During a recent road trip to Austin to get our oldest ready for his sophomore year at the University of Texas (Go Longhorns!), I stumbled upon a verse from Jeremiah 17:8.

He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.

I knew God was trying to tell me something, as I felt so drawn to the tree from earlier this year.  (Read Blog Post Here). I just didn’t know what he was trying to show or teach me. So, I started seeking this tree thing a little more. 

I realized that God was trying to paint a picture for me.  He showed me that 2018 is more about pruning than producing. He is cutting off dead branches in my life to reduce the chance of breakage later. 

“Daughter, did you see what happened to those limbs?  Instead of waiting for a storm to break you, I’m going to prune you now, so you can be stronger!  I know it doesn’t feel good in this moment, but I want you to know what I take away or remove from your life is not a loss.  It’s a gain.”

Cue ugly crying.

In the inconvenience of a broken tree limb, he’s wrapped up my year in one verse.    

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2-6 

Instead of trying to rush past my pruning season, I’m going to let God do the work in me.  No lie, I’m scared that too much cutting is like receiving a bad haircut.  But just like hair, you must cut the dead ends to reach that Selena Gomez Pantene ProV hair bounce.

Once that happens, I’ll be like the tree in Jeremiah 17:8.  I will not fear the heat (trails), my confidence will rely on Him always.  I will not be anxious for I know the same God who took my 5 loaves and 2 fish and stretched it over 2018 will continue to supply all my needs whether I have little or much.  I will not stop bearing fruit, for with God all things are possible!  This is my confidence. I will see the goodness of the Lord.

Prune: reduce the extent of (something) by removing superfluous or unwanted parts.

 

 

August 28, 2018 — Vickie Mireles