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Father of Three Starts Honey Farm Bringing Extra Sweetness to his Family

Have you ever wanted to just try something new and different and unique, but never did because you were scared or doubtful?  It’s tough to jump out on a limb and take on a new activity, career or adventure.  Tough or not, Tod Tracy, went for it.  This married father of 3 jumped out on that limb AND took his family with him for the ride!

Tod, his wife, Teah, and their 3 children (along with some dogs and chickens and now, bees, of course) live on a bit of land about an hour south of Houston, TX.  Teah had already left her previous career as a teacher to become a successful Young Living Essential Oils Distributor, working from anywhere and enjoying a less traditional and super interesting line of work.  And it seems that the unconventional bug bit Tod, too.  He began researching honey bees and became fascinated with them.  This busy family man who holds down a full-time job, not only decided to reach out to a local bee club for more information, but also to multiple local bee farmers, one of which he actually helped with his bees voluntarily on his days off.  “That’s when I knew that this is what I wanted to do, especially when I saw you could make a living at it,” Tod said.

So, sure enough, Tod and Teah got their honey farm up and running not long after, and their lives are forever changed.  Just like any sort of farming, there is a lot of maintenance involved in having a honey farm.  “There is more maintenance required with the equipment than the actual bees” Tod explains.  Wondering if he gets stung often?  He says it happens.  Maybe not as much as you think.  But he also chooses not to wear a bee suit, so that increases the odds of a sting, of course.  And, how is the new business affecting the entire family?  Tod tells us, “My kids are exposed to real, hard, hands-on work.”  Their 3 kiddos also get to go with dad on some deliveries, allowing them to witness the business side of everything.  “They learn and see me interact with others in business and that you get paid for a product.  It’s teaching them lessons on the value of a dollar.”  But all of the fun and cool lessons don’t come without sacrifice, of course.  There are some days where they have to put playtime on hold and give extra attention to the bees and the farm.  “Although that may seem like a negative to them now, I believe it is really teaching them very valuable, lifelong lessons.”  Plus, the Tracy kids think the bees are pretty darn cool.

Tod and his daughter, Taytum.

Teah and the kids helping dad work bees.


Tod shared a few good things everyone should know about bees and honey, because the entire thing is really quite crucial to our existence.  “Bees only make honey one time per year in any given area.  Also, most honey you buy is not 100% honey.  It only has to have a small amount of real honey in it to be able to label it honey.  Many honeys out there have additives in them, which ends up making something that is naturally healthy, unhealthy.  The best way to know if the honey you’re buying is pure is to ask the farmer.”

Overall, the entire Tracy Family truly enjoy their new lives as beekeeper and beekeeper assistants.  There’s a plethora of bee jokes and puns in their home nowadays, including the phrase printed on their bottle labels that says, “Bee Blessed”.  Cute, appropriate and oh-so-sweet.  😉

Tod and Teah are especially thankful to be able to provide for their children doing things lead by their hearts, all while exposing them to the beauty of nature and the reality of a family business.  It takes desire, passion, courage and faith to make a change in your life and start a new journey.  And it seems that Tod has done just that with really positive, inspiring results.

Tod and Teah Tracy selling Tracy Honey Farm honey at a local market.

Kind Kiddo is honored to have been able to feature this bee-autiful family.  Please follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TracyHoneyFarms.

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Cooking with Gwyneth: Chocolate Cake with Darleen’s Healthy Buttercream

I love cake.  Like, I looooove cake.  But I’m also a bit picky about cake and can be rather critical about textures, flavors, and especially icing.  Look, I’m not a professional, but I know what I want out of a cake.  So when I saw the pictures of the Chocolate Cake with Darleen’s Healthy Buttercream in Gwyneth Paltrow’s book, It’s All Good, I got extremely excited.  This cake had what I love.  I just knew it.  Plus, I’m a sucker for chocolate cake with white icing.

So, off we went to Whole Foods to grab the ingredients I needed to make this delicious, and dare I say, healthy, cake that’s vegan (don’t worry, carnivores – you can’t tell) and also Gwyneth Approved.  First of all, I’m going to say, yes, you probably need to go to Whole Foods (or something similar) to find all of these ingredients.  Mayyyybe not, but the odds of these things being at any and every grocery store out there are slim.  Don’t live close enough to a Whole Foods?  No worries!  You can order most of the ingredients on Amazon!

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Clean Foods for Families: Wipala Bars

Clean clothes, clean kitchens…clean foods?  Yep.  Clean eating has finally caught mainstream attention after decades of fad diets.  What is clean food, you ask?  It’s pretty simple.  Clean foods are also known as whole foods (not to be confused by the grocery store of the same name – which I’m obsessed with, of course).  It basically means that the food and/or ingredients are real.  They’re not processed.  They’re not junk.

That brings me to my family’s newest fave snack, Wipala Bars.  These little beauties are packed with super foods and are also vegan, raw, gluten and nut-free, and all natural.  Made in Ecuador, Wipala Bars have been introduced to the U.S. by a cool company called Bonus Salus.  My kiddos love the raw cacao best.  My husband loves the pineapple.  And I can’t pick a favorite.  I love them all.
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Kind Kiddo has teamed up with Bonus Salus for a super exciting promotion during the month of February!  We are giving you 3 FREE Wipala Bars – 1 pineapple, 1 banana and 1 raw cacao – with every single Kind Kiddo Shop order in February!  Yes!  Every single order gets 3 FREE bars!  No catch!

Kind Kiddo Shop is our online store where we sell cool, casual t-shirts and home goods with simple messages of kindness on them.  Time to start shopping and eating clean!

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This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.  -Britney Crosson