Mother Earth News Fair Review (Seven Springs, PA 2017)

Mother Earth News Fair Review

(Seven Springs, PA)

2017

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I can’t believe it was already a week ago (last weekend) that I worked in a vendor booth at the Mother Earth News Fair for the 2nd year. This has become one of my favorite events to work! The first year at the event, I met some wonderful people including the women from Pittsburgh’s “Farm to Table of Western, PA.” Last year, I was amazed at how many vendors participate in this fair.

On a side a note, I’ll explain why I loved this event even more this year!  We all know that life isn’t always pleasant and peachy by any means, it also doesn’t always go as imagined or planned. (This has been especially true for me probably for about the past two years.) Sometimes we get to a point, before we hit a breaking point where we finally have to figure out what brings us any type of happiness… I was outside thinking one day when I thought, what is simple that makes me smile that makes me proud of myself?  Gardening…it’s such a small part of my life, but it was something that I knew that I enjoyed and wanted to learn more about. It all started with me planting small things from time to time, year to year. Nothing crazy, just mosty container gardening. Last year, I started to add a few perennials around the yard. This year, I decided early this summer that I wanted to take a basic gardening class. I was interested in creating a good soil. (Money is always tight, and always seems to be an issue and holds me back from many things. I researched and found a reasonably priced class and decided to register for it.) It was probably one of the best decisions and investments that I have made in a long time! I was so excited to attend! (I was the student that got there early and sat in the front row! A little nerdy, I know, but that’s okay in my book, haha!) This class was wonderful and I looked forward to attending it each week! Sure, you can read, watch YouTube videos, and learn online, but it felt really great and did me a world of good to take an hour for myself a week, with no interruptions, and educate myself in a roomful of individuals with the same interest as me. 

This experience gave me the confidence to expand and fill my backyard with new and old favorites of plant, flower, and vegetable varieties.  I felt that it wasn’t a waste of money because I at least had a little bit more confidence and knowledge now that I could take of care of these plants.  It’s the best feeling waking up, looking out your window and admiring the shapes, colors, and beauty these creations of nature provides us.  Also, there is fun in picking and cooking with your own herbs and vegetables!  It’s a hobby that I love and continue to learn more about!

Now, back to the Mother Earth News Fair Review! (Sorry for the long explanation and venting!) So knowing what I did from attending the event last year, I was kinda in (nerd mode) again and researched the fair weeks in advance. I looked at their website, printed out maps, calendars, and schedules for workshops. I also researched some of the speakers and got my highlighter ready for what I was interested in!

Unfortunately, I did not have time to participate in any of the workshops while working, but the research still paid off because as I took a break on Sunday, I was able to make a beeline and gather information from the booths that I knew I wanted to visit. One thing that I appreciated that Mother Earth Fair did was keep vendors in a similar set up from the year before. That way if you do have limited time, you can make sure that you hit up your favorite booths if you remembered where they were set up from the year before.

Seven Springs was a great location! It was gorgeous up there! The weather cooperated and we had chilly mornings and beautiful days! I would take that drive in the morning any day.  Such a burst of refreshing air, with leaves starting to change colors…Beautiful!!!  The venue was packed with people who varied from locals to visitors from various states. The pictures from the workshops were also filled. If you love gardening and sustainable living, this is one event that I highly suggest you go visit!

There are Mother Earth News Fairs held in Kansas, Texas, North Carolina, and PA. Some of my favorite booths that I visited this year were: Funky Fresh Family Farms, Farm to Table Western, PA, The Gardener’s Workshop, Sow True Seed, Mockingbird Meadows Farm, Metalledwith, The Bookstore, Fruition Seeds, Mother Earth’s Natural Organic Root Cider, (I’m not sure if it was this or the Fire Cider that I had from the Herb Angel, but I noticed a huge improvement in my sinuses over the next few days without having to take anything for them.) I’m anxious to plant my Marshmallow seeds that I purchased from Herb Angel. Sacred Plant Traditions was another booth that I enjoyed. The lady working the Harris Seeds booth was so friendly and she hooked me up with free purple carrot seeds! I’m also looking forward to learn more about the PA Women’s Agricultural Network and see what they have to offer and how I can educate myself in the future through their workshops.

The 2017 Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs was a success for the booth that I worked for, as well as a whole for the entire fair. I could’ve definitely spent 3 days learning new and different things each day, as well as attending workshops or taking it day by day to spend time at vendor booths and have time to talk to them and generate connections and network. Thanks, Mother Earth News for a great fair at Seven Springs! I’m already looking forward to attending next year!

Here are some pictures of me before arriving to the fair and our vendor booth at the fair.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Growing up, this was just another holiday to me. I always knew that it was a holiday to remember the people that died that had served in our country’s armed forces. Although to me, it was a sign that school was almost out and that summer was right around the corner. Red, White, and Blue, family gatherings, grilling, and picnics. That was how I used to think of Memorial Day as a child.

As I became older, it started to mean a whole lot more. Both of my grandfathers fought in the war and made it back home safely. Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to fight in a war? I can’t even imagine it really. I do think that those who fight are the most brave individuals. I’m sure they have life changing and unforgettable memories. Some chose to speak about it, some do not. I never really heard any graphic or detailed stories from either of my grandfathers, but I know both had faith and were grateful that they returned home. Not all that fight are that lucky to make it back home.

Many people will walk through cemeteries and attend memorial day services over Memorial Day weekend. I plan on attending one myself.  There will be American flags placed on the graves of our veterans. When I was younger, I would attend one of these ceremonies near my house, then for many years I stopped going. The last few years it became a tradition that I would go again to these ceremonies with my dad and grandpap. My grandpap is no longer with us, but as I was older, I was truly honored to be sitting next to a veteran. Every Memorial Day now, I look back at photos and a video of the last year when I spent the holiday with my grandpap by my side. I get tears in my eyes. One for being blessed that both of my grandfathers made it home, and how I was lucky enough to know them and have them in my life for so many years. Another reason, is watching the tribute and hearing the veterans play songs and shoot the guns in honor of those gone, hearing the shells hit the ground gives me chills every time. Also, I think back to seeing both of the flags that my grandfathers had, and I remember seeing them when they both passed away. That is when I think it hit me the hardest. These two men were beyond wonderful and great in my eyes. I don’t have enough words to explain how much they both meant to me and how they both added such special meaning to my life. Looking at those flags, brings their greatness to a whole other level.

We need to remember those that fought for our freedom.  Many leave to fight and protect us and many don’t return home.  It’s a true sacrifice on their end.  In today’s world, we have a lot of problems. It is important to always keep in mind that people risked and sacrificed their lives for us, so we could have freedom. Make sure when you are celebrating this weekend, have fun, be thankful for our freedom, and remember the real meaning of the holiday.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day weekend is almost here! The older I get, the more I appreciate my mom each day. She is my best friend, and is always there for me. We don’t always see things the same way, but she is always there when I need someone to talk to or need a shoulder to cry on. Life changes, and there are many challenges. My mother has always been there to try and help glue the broken pieces together.

I can’t even find the right words right now to explain what I want to say about my mom. She has made holidays, birthdays, and special occasions memorable for our family. She keeps traditions alive as best as she can. She is continuously trying to always make things right and perfect, to keep everyone happy. She has a heart of gold and loves unconditionally. I hope one day that I will be fortunate enough to have children and be a mother. I can only hope that I will come close to being a wonderful mother, like the one I have!

I know many women who have been blessed for awhile now, and many recently, that have found out that they are pregnant. I wish you the best! As years pass by, I’ve seen how motherhood is not always delightful. One day, I want to be able have the feeling that everyone says, that they never knew they could love someone so much before meeting them. To those of you that are lucky enough to have the gift of being a mother, make sure to cherish it!

Here are a few Mother’s Day gift ideas:

  • Going Out to Dinner

  • Having Brunch

  • Flowers

  • A New Outfit

  • Jewelry

  • Spa Day

  • New Set of Pajamas

I saw some of these items and thought that they would be cute personal touches as well! What are some of your Mother’s Day ideas, and what are your plans for Mother’s Day?

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                   (My mom and I)     (The “Best” Mothers and “hopefully” Mothers in the Future)

Happy April! Easter is on its Way…

Happy April!  Easter is on its Way…

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying Spring and the beautiful weather that we have had this weekend! The warmth and sunshine motivates me to begin looking at gardening and patio essentials! I’m already on the lookout for beautiful flowers and plants!  This weekend I went into the shed and pulled out at two chairs and a mini table, because I couldn’t wait to sit outside and soak up some sun and read. 

I can’t believe that Easter will be here this weekend already! I’m getting excited to dress up for the holiday! Also, warmer weather means less bulky apparel. Dresses, skirts, sandals, tees…a lighter and brighter wardrobe ahead!

This week I plan on baking Easter sugar cookies and making a dessert or two. One tradition that I am looking forward to is eating ham pie! This tradition has been in my family for years.  An old tradition that I miss, that was always a must as a child growing up, was dying eggs and having our Easter morning Easter egg hunt. I’m looking forward to going to Sunday mass with my family and spending time with them. Life has been so busy, no one seems to have time to enjoy a few hours together at the same time.  What are some of your Easter traditions?

I am going to share a few Easter items that I thought were really cute for the holiday. There have been multiple recipes for Spring/Easter that I have found as well. If I have some time this week to try them out, I will share them with you as well! Enjoy the beautiful weather and have fun getting ready for Easter this week!

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Marvelous Marble

Marvelous Marble

One of my favorite designs and trends right now is any item that is white and grey marble. I am really liking a variety of these products. Everything and anything from jewelry, paper products, soaps, home decor, etc. If there is a hint of copper or gold added within the marble, than that is an added bonus for me! My eyes are immediately attracted and I seem to gravitate over to the product when I spot this marble pattern. Here are a few marble items that I currently have my eye on.

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Love Yourself!!!

The first month of the new year is coming to an end and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Some of us love it, some hate it, and for others it’s just another ordinary day. Whether you are filled with love and romance, or if you dread it and cry over it, there is a way to get through the day still feeling loved. The solution to this issue all comes down to you!

Recently, I keep asking myself, “what would make me a happier person?” I came across an article on Lifehack that caught my eye. It was titled, “People Keep Searching for the Recipe to Happiness, but the Answer Lies in Loving Yourself More,” so it caught my eye and I decided to read their suggestions.  The title of this article has such a powerful meaning. I did like a few of their suggestions. It’s not always as easy as it sounds to come up with realistic solutions that will make us happier.  Sometimes, we critique ourselves so much that we lose a sense of who we are, what makes us happy, and what we need to do to recognize and give ourselves self love.

(Here is a link to the article that I was writing about above.)

http://www.lifehack.org/468021/people-keep-searching-for-the-recipe-to-happiness-but-the-answer-lies-in-loving-yourself-more?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20170103_editor_pick&uid=1064581&hash=797178757f7f6d6b7e7b79717b4c747b80796d75783a6f7b79&action=click

This Valentine’s Day, whether you have plans or not, take some time and focus on you. It doesn’t have to be on the exact day of the holiday, try for a few days, or weeks if need be, and do things that make you feel good about yourself and make you want to smile.

On a fun note, “Red or Pink?,” which color do you prefer for this holiday? I myself am more of a red person. Lately, when I’m out and about and see all the red and pink, plus hearts all over the place decorated for the holiday, I’ll admit, it makes me smile because this can be such a fun holiday! 

Here are a few fun items that I came across that I thought tie into Valentine’s Day! Let me know how you plan on enjoying Valentine’s Day in the next few weeks!

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National Compliment & Peanut Butter Day

January 24th-National Compliment & Peanut Butter Day

Here are two wonderful things: a compliment and peanut butter! Today, try to give someone a compliment. You will make someone’s day by making them feel good and it will help you to feel happy about being kind!

One of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter would be by eating Reese’s peanut butter cups and enjoying some peanut butter fudge! Tell me what you love that has peanut butter in it.

Happy National Compliment & Peanut Butter Day!

Here are some compliments for you!

Sharing some peanut butter love!