Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2019

Good morning my friends!

Since the new year is about new goals, new challenges, and new beginnings, I thought I would share one of my goals that maybe you’d like to participate in too. This year, I want to strive to read 50 books. As someone who loves to read, and loves to challenge themselves, I feel this is going to be a really great adventure to add to my new year. Last year, I don’t feel as though I read enough, and as such, I really want to change that. I have a long list of books I’d like to read, so I’m excited to finally be able to get around to them. To help me with this reading challenge, I’m using Goodreads to record my progress towards my goal. I used it last year to visually see how much I’ve read, and that’s what’s inspired me to make this challenge for myself. I have posted a link below if you would like to see what I’m reading and where I am at with my progress. I’ll make sure to add it to my about page as well. I’ll also make sure to post updates on here and on my twitter as the year unfolds.

On another note, I would love to hear how you’re making your own reading challenges and what you’re hoping to read into this new year. What are some of your new year’s goals?

Looking forward to jumping into this reading challenge year with y’all!
Sincerely,

Bee

Bee’s Goodreads account

1st Writing Prompt Challenge of 2019

Good evening friends,

As you may know from my new year’s post, I’m looking to challenge myself to write more with writing prompts. Tonight, I’m going to share the first one that I am working on. I decided to use my writing prompt book titled “642 Things To Write About” by The San Franciso Writers’ Grotto to some use. Instead of using it for the purpose of a personal journal, I think I will look through it and pick prompts that I find interesting to share here. The first one I’ve decided to pick is: “You are an Astronaut. Describe your perfect day.”

I will share what I come up with for this prompt on Wednesday January 16, 2019.

Please feel free to join in. If you would like to share your writing prompts, you can comment on this post or the one I will make on Wednesday. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of stories you come up with. Until then, happy writing!

Sincerely,

Bee

P.S. If you are interested in purchasing this book, here’s a link: 642 Things to Write About

New Year with New Ideas

Happy New Year Friends! Another amazing year is upon us, and I just can’t wait to share some of what I’d like my New Year to look like.

This is my first one year anniversary with The Little Life of Bee. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts, and to follow my blog. It’s thanks to people like you who keep me motivated and moving forward with making this dream a reality. I’m truly grateful for your support, it means the world to me. I hope that this New Year is treating you well, and will continue to, and that you’ll join me on my writing journey.

This year, I decided to make a list of goals for myself that I’d love to share with you all.

Goals for 2019:

I want to have my blog be more frequent than I did in the last year. This has been the most I’ve written in years, but I want to keep my passion for writing alive and I feel to help with this, I want to start making more posts on a weekly basis-working my way into a daily one. I know this is going to take a lot of work, but I feel with my consistency and determination, I can see myself making this happen. I have a lot of fun ideas in mind to keep me interested and I hope you’ll like them too.

One of my ideas is to post and do some writing promps. You’re more than welcome to participate, in fact, I highly encourage it! If you’re enjoying my work and may be struggling with where to start with your own writing, I feel that writing promps are a great way to get the creative writing juices flowing. I have a few books full that I’d personally like to complete, but I will also seek out ones from websites and post links appropriately. I’d love to see what stories you come up with. Feel free to share them on your own blogs or just comment below the writing prompt posts.

As you know, last year I was working on my first book in April with Camp NaNoWrimo. I’m looking forward to continuing that story this year and hopefully completing it. I definitely want to get back into Camp NaNoWriMo for both April and July as well as post my progress with it on here again. I’m not sure what stories I’ll come up with, but I will be sure to share them when I know what I want to write.

I definitely want to do more reviews this year as well. I’m currently working on some book reviews, and I have some tea ones brewing in the works. Other than those reviews, I was thinking of just talking about some of my other interests and hobbies on here as well. As some of you know, I love to draw, and really want to continue drawing more and more. It’s always been such a beautiful and creative outlet for me other than writing, and I find a lot of joy and relaxation in it. Maybe someday I’ll make a comic of my own! Speaking of comics, there are a few I’d also like to talk about on here. If you or anyone you know that makes comics, please feel free to share and comment their work below! I am a fan of independant comic artist-and writers as well, and am always up for new material to vview and read.

If there are things you as a viewer of my blog would like to see more of in the future, please feel free to comment below. I am always open for suggestions and love to try new things, and I love hearing from you all!

May your new year be as wonderful as you make it. I look forward to sharing mine with you.

Sincerely,

Bee

DAVIDsTEA Toasted Walnut Tea Review

Good Afternoon Friends,

Today I’d like to talk about this really wonderful tea I tried for the first time today. As you may or may not know, I am not usually a fan of green tea, but once again, my expectations have been blown away by another one of DAVIDsTEA’s.

Toasted Walnut-Green Tea-Low Caffeine
Steeping: 3 minutes at 170ºF (76ºC) – .18oz (5g) tea- 16oz ( 475ml) mug
Aroma: light fresh grass, coconut, tropical fruit, maple walnut
Flavor: light, earthy, and vegetal with a perfect blend of coconut, pineapple, and nuttiness
Liquor: light golden honey

If I had to describe this tea, I find this tea to be perfect for the transition of seasons: from it’s light, sweet tropical fruit taste of Summer that moves into a welcoming of the warmth and hearty nut flavor that’s reminiscent of Autumn. I mainly enjoy and prefer black, pu’erh, and lapsang teas because of their boldness and earthiness. This tea felt to me that it possessed that earthiness but without that bold intensity that black and earthy teas have, which is a nice change. All around, I found this tea to be very enjoyable, and I definitely plan to order this in the future!

One thing, of many things, that I like about DAVIDsTEA’s is their sample sizes and variety of said samples. When you spend a certain amount on their tea, you’re able to choose up to 3 samples. They’re a small .18oz(5g) package of tea with it’s name, description, ingredients, and brewing instructions. To me, I find this very thoughtful and helpful for those whom either have allergies/sensitivities, or people like me who want to know how to get the most out of their cuppa with some recommended instructions. The only thing I would change about the samples is the brewing temperature indicator. For example, on the toasted walnut tea sample, it just states that the water should be hot without a direct temperature. I feel that adding an actual temperature suggestion would be more efficient for proper brewing, especially for someone new to tea. All around, I was really impressed with this tea, and would rate for a green tea, an 8/10.

I have a few more sample packs to try and review, so please look forward to more tea reviews soon!

Here is a link to the tea for those interested as well as a link to the sample pack that it comes in.

Toasted Walnut Tea
David’s Top 12

Thank you for stopping by to read my review!

Sincerely,

Bee

DAVIDsTEA English Toffee Tea Review

Good Morning Friends,

It’s been quite some time since I did a review, let alone one on tea! I hope you are all doing well, and enjoying the change of seasons. Here in New York, I’m enjoying the weather finally cooling down enough for me to wear my lovely fall sweaters and to bake some very yummy cookies, but most important of all, I’m able to cozy up to a nice, warm cup of tea.

I decided to pursue DAVIDsTEA for a few reasons. I’ve always been recommended their tea by friends, they have a very strong and popular following which made me curious to look at what they had to offer. When I checked them out, they have creative tea blends which are decently priced, cute mugs and tea brewing equipment-especially seasonal, and they have great deals quite frequently on their website. Speaking of said sales, I decided that for my first purchase from DAVIDsTEA, I would try their best seller sampler pack.

English Toffee-Pu’Erh Tea-High Caffeine
Steeping: 4 minutes at 205ºF (96ºC) – 1 tsp/single cup
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, nutty
Flavor: bold, smooth earthiness with a subtle tone of chocolate and caramel
Liquor: dark molasses

An intense start to my morning, this tea’s bold and smooth flavor do not go unnoticed. What I enjoyed of it was the acute earthiness with the subtle tone of chocolate paired well with my light breakfast of french toast this morning. Another note that I enjoyed about this tea was the inviting aroma that it possesses: the warmth of fresh chocolate mixed with caramel and a nuttiness that made me want to pair it complimentary with a Heath bar. All around, I can see why this tea has such great reviews and it raved about by its fans. I rank this tea as an 8/10.

Thank you for reading my review, below I have posted links for those whom are interested in trying this tea or the sampler pack. Until next time, may your tea be delightful and brewed to perfection.

DAVIDsTEA English Toffee

DAVIDsTEA David’sTop 12

Thank you for stopping by to read my review!

Sincerely,

Bee

1st of June: First of the Month Post; Pride Month

Good Afternoon Friends,

My apologies for not posting for a whole month! As I stated in my last post, my life has been very hectic, and someday I will tell more about that story, but for now, I am getting myself more focused on my path to pursuing my dream of keeping this blog alive with the discussion of my passions, thoughts, and dreams. Again, I thank you all who have been very patient and supportive of my blog, I seriously can’t believe how grateful I am to have so many supportive and wonderful people in my life. That being said, I can’t believe how fast May has flown by us! Moving forward, I’m glad that it’s finally June and that I can openly express myself with LGBTQ Pride Month. For those that don’t know, LGBTQ Pride Month takes place in the month of June. This month was specifically chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots at the end of June, 1969 in Manhattan, NY. As a result of this leading the way to the LGBTQ liberation movement, many pride parades, events, and workshops are held during June to recognize the impact that LGBTQ people have had on the world. To me, it’s about celebrating your love for another person openly without judgment or persecution; Love is Love. As a gay woman, it’s been a struggle for me to express this view with the world around me, but over the years, the more I’ve been open and true to myself, the happier I’ve been. I hope to share some of those stories with you all this month as well as some exciting things I’ve found on my journey. Naturally, there’s a few books I’d love to talk about, and some teas that I think would be wonderful as well, so please, look forward to me being more active this month with my posts.

Sincerely,

Bee

 

 

1st of May; Mini-Catch Up Post

Good Evening Friends,

Happy 1st Day of May!

I’m going to keep this post short, since I will talk more tomorrow about some up-coming ideas I have about the future of this blog. As of late, I have been going through a sudden transition with my career path, and in particular, it’s requiring me to focus more on my certification for said career-which in turn has delayed the completion of my short story that I was working on for Camp NaNoWriMo. Once I get my certification out of the way, I can get back to my story as well as my lovely little blog. There’s a lot of thoughts I have about my Camp NaNoWriMo experience that I’d like to share with you all, and I felt that I should first make a post to let everyone know that I am still going to continue my blog, and to keep up on my love of writing. I’m hoping that I can in fact put together some pieces to share with you all this month, and talk about some teas as well. I will talk more about this tomorrow.

Thank you all for your patience, I look forward to catching up and getting back on track with my blog.

 

Sincerely,

Bee