Blog Swap: Mind Your Bees and Trees

Hey guys! Happy Saturday! Please welcome Kristen of Mind Your Bees and Trees to my blog today! Kristen is so super nice and I’ve had some great conversations with her through emails. She lives in Japan with her hubby and has some wonderful recipes to share with you today. Take it away, Kristen!


Hello The Cards We Drew readers! My name is Kristen and I blog all about healthy and delicious food over at Mind Your Bees and Trees.

I am so honored to be guest posting here today! I first stumbled upon Abbey’s blog a couple of months ago and loved it right away. After I read Abbey’s about page, I felt like we were long lost friends because we have a lot in common (like wishing I could go back to school if it weren’t for all the student loans I already have, and having way too many projects that I’ve started and have yet to finish!). I emailed her right away and was thrilled that she was interested in swapping guest posts. This is the first guest post I’ve done on a non-food blog—yay!!!

Rather than just feature one recipe today, Abbey and I thought it would be fun for me to use this opportunity to tell you a little about me and my blog so here goes!

I grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in Washington, D.C. (where I met my wonderful husband), joined the Peace Corps and moved to Peru, came home from Peru to get married and four days later my husband and I moved to Japan for his first assignment in the Air Force. Here we are, four years later and in three weeks we will be leaving Okinawa (tear!) for Mississippi. Phew, it’s been a whirlwind, but an exciting one!

I’m so sad to leave Okinawa for many reasons, but a main one is that I won’t be able to see this from my balcony every night:

Anyway, that is my life in a nutshell. You can learn more about me here.

As for my blog, Mind Your Bees and Trees is a place where healthy eating and exercise are balanced with a major sweet tooth! MYBT is a blog for anyone interested in eating delicious, healthy, and unprocessed foods—from the health conscious to those who are just starting their journey to a more mindful lifestyle.

The blog started on a whim last summer when my best friend and I challenged ourselves not to eat any processed sugar between June 1st and August 20th (the next time we would see each other). We decided to use the blog as a way to document our journey. I had a lot of fun writing the blog during that time so after the challenge was over, I decided to continue on with it.

I love love love to cook and bake, and even more than that, I love to share great recipes with others. My goal in the blog is to help others realize that healthy can be delicious so I aim to share my favorite good for you mouth-watering recipes.

Here is a sampling of some of my favorites:


You can find a lot more great recipes on my blog, starting with the Best of MYBT page.

In addition to sharing my own favorite recipes, I recently joined a group of bloggers in something called The Food Matters Project. The philosophy behind this project is completely in sync with my philosophy at Mind Your Bees and Trees—that what we put into our bodies matters and the better we eat the better we will feel. I have been participating in this project for four weeks now and absolutely love it!

Before I go, I wanted to let you know that in honor of the Leap Year, I launched another No Processed Sugar Challenge —and this time I invite all of YOU to join me! You do not have to commit to the whole time, only to whatever you feel comfortable with (even if it’s just one day)!

Please visit Mind Your Bees and Trees and join me as I learn to balance healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and my nagging sweet tooth .

Another super thanks to Kristen for stopping by. Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully I’ll have some fun Bridal Shower pics to show you soon. Theme is Love Sweet Love!! :)


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