It’s Music Festival Season.

It’s festival season and millions of people all over the world are heading out to hit their favorite festivals. Did you know that the average festival goer is 28 years old — and more than 50% of them are females? Or that only 19% of them have children, but 46% of them are single and “unattached.”  This includes festivals you may have heard of, like Lollapalooza and Coachella.

Music festivals have been around for ages, ever since the Ancient Egyptians had religious festivals in 4,500 BCE. And attendance to these festivals just continues to increase, from 100,000 people in 1924 at the Ole Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival to 1 million people in 1985 at Live Aid.

The average revenue of a large venue festival is approximately $10 to $40 million. And, boy, do tickets sell fast! Coachella 2012 tickets sold out in 3 hours. And those tickets sell for about $349 a piece! If you’re hosting a festival and are looking for event supplies and concession machines, check out equipsupply.com.

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It’s Time For Back to School Shopping!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's Back to School Season and that means one thing — shopping! Chances are, if you're doing Back to School shopping for yourself or your kids, you're going to need shoes.

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You need to check out Famous Footwear, where you can take care of all of your footwear needs in one place. Not only do they have hundreds of brand name shoes and just as many if not more styles, but they have great prices, too. They also make shoe shopping so easy — either come in to the store and get something or shop from your house and order all of your shoes online! They have so many options, it doesn't really get any easier! 

Right now, there's even MORE reasons to head into Famous Footwear! Check out their Back to School promotion — 15% off AND a Buy One, Get One Half Off sale! So not only can you get all of your shoe shopping done in one place, you can save money, too! 

We all know that nowadays kids need a lot more than they used to to go back to school. Clothes, shoes, and lots of school supplies. Who doesn't want a coupon to help make their shopping a little easier on their wallet? 

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We’ve Moved!

And by that, I don’t mean bought a house or anything crazy like that!

I mean, our blog has moved!

Head on over to Daisiey, Naturally which will be our new home from now on! All of our content has moved over so everything is still the same, just a brand new name!

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Easy Homemade Pickles.

I specifically chose to grow pickling cucumbers in my garden this year for one reason. I wanted to learn to make my own pickles!

We grew regular cucumbers last year and they didn’t do particularly well. We got a few, maybe, but not an over abundance.

But this year? Our garden is doing amazing. And over this past weekend we had our first harvest of cucumbers. There were 7 cucumbers “ready.” By ready, you want them to be about 2 inches around and no longer than 4 or 5 inches. Any bigger, and they will become seedy and a little bitter — not the best for homemade pickles. So we picked our 7 pickles and brought them inside and rinsed them with water. That’s all the “cleaning” they need — but you do need to make sure you clean them, if not your pickles are more likely to go bad quicker.

In order to give credit where credit’s due — I searched ALL over the internet for “pickling” recipes, but ultimately ended up following the one that I found on this blog.

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Recent Recipes.

I have been going crazy cooking and baking and trying out new recipes. Most of them are not all that complicated, so I thought I’d share.

Usually when I make something new or fun — or something that comes out really well — I post about it on Facebook or wherever. I even had a friend ask me, “Where do you find all of the time for that?!”

Finding time is easy when you really enjoy doing it. But I have to admit, it’s getting harder, at just about 26 weeks pregnant, to find time for cooking 3 meals a day, plus baking in between, and chasing my toddler all over the place, AND keeping the house clean. But it can be done.

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Finding Low Income Housing

There are more people out there than you think that are considered “low income.” If you make less than $40,000 each year you are considered to be in the low income bracket. And I can guarantee — everyone reading this right now either falls into that category themselves or knows someone close to them who may.

Finding low income housing in today’s economy is actually easier than you think, though. There are places you can go to get help. And while there are qualifications you have to meet, it is out there.  (Qualifications usually include things like proof of low income, proof of hardship, and verification of the number of dependents living with you)

One place that you can visit to get help in looking for housing is www.lowincome.org. They offer a large directory that almost guarantees something in your area. It features the most current listings of both low income and affordable housing. Programs are a combination of both government agencies and non-profit organizations.

The website also has a page of resources that you may find useful, along with help with food stamps, low credit loans, foreclosures, and more.

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What You REALLY Need For Baby.

Preparing for my 2nd baby has been a MILLION times easier than our 1st. (Not to mention — this pregnancy has been easier on me, Thank God! Even WITH an active toddler!)

Today’s media make babies out to be more like accessories. When you get pregnant they immediately convince you that you need to start BUYING things.  While you’re pregnant, they tell you buy your prenatals from day 1 (which you should — take your vitamins). Then they start pushing maternity clothing on you. And creams, lotions, and other “products” for all of your stretch marks and other “ailments” you may acquire while pregnant.

I have a few of those creams. I don’t even use them. I don’t have any stretch marks (from pregnancy, anyways).

Then you need stuff for the BABY. Clothes, diapers, bath products, cribs/bassinets/cradles, swings/bouncers, bottles/pacifiers and the list goes ON AND ON. Get a wipe warmer, they say — it’s “nicer” for baby. Get a Diaper Genie — it’s a “necessity.”

Umm, you don’t really need most of that stuff.

I’m actually downsizing for baby #2. Will i pull out the cradle? Yes. Will baby sleep in it? Maybe. Will baby probably sleep in my bed? Yep.

Do i have a bouncy seat and a swing? Yes. Will i use them this time? Probably. Only because I fully intend on still spending 1 on 1 time with my toddler, who will be 20 months when baby is born and is an INCREDIBLY attached child. And I don’t want that to end.

I actually purchased this item here:

A Fisher Price Rock & Play, after seeing more than just a few “2nd Time Mamas” online with them. I think it’ll be a nice portable way to have a pair of 2nd “arms” when baby is sleeping, so I can spend time with my toddler playing, learning, and being together.

But ALL of those items that “entertain” baby? HOLD your baby. They are only little for SUCH a short time!

I’m even downsizing our “bath” products. For my baby shower, I got a TON of stuff. Mostly Johnson & Johnson … I still have PILES of it left that I haven’t used. I’m currently looking for a more natural option, and planning on returning the piles of unopened stuff to be able to purchase a better option to use on both the kids. Any leftover money from that stuff will go towards nursing bras, etc.

And don’t even get me started on bottles, pacifiers, etc. People run out and buy tons of this stuff. I don’t even plan on pulling this stuff out to have around. This stuff on makes using formula easier. Doesn’t it sound tempting — make a bottle of formula! Then shove a pacifier in baby’s mouth! You will barely have to do anything! This will be one of the top things on my list of things NOT to do for the hospital/other people. DO NOT GIVE BOTTLES OR PACIFIERS. If baby needs to eat, or to be comforted — GIVE TO MAMA.

All you REALLY need when you have a baby is diapers (whether you use cloth or disposable), a place for baby to sleep (my arms and my bed work well for that) and to feed baby — that’s what breast is for. If you have those things, you’re pretty much all set. (And obviously baby needs some clothing, too. But seriously — get some onesies, nightgowns, and sleepers. All of those crazy outfits? More of a pain in the butt than anything!)

 

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Making Your Own Cleaning Supplies.

So, I went ahead and did something that I swore I would not do.

I made some of my own homemade cleaning supplies.

In talking to other people and moms/parents, I’ve discovered that people do this for three main reasons. It’s cheaper, safer, and better for the environment. These are three pretty good reasons, I guess.

Most of the people I’ve personally asked about it do it’s for the “safety.” They all want to keep chemicals out of their houses and away from their children.

I’m not really sure that that’s my reason, though. Hey, I’m being honest — right? It’s not that I don’t want a safe environment for my baby. Because I do. And all of my cleaning supplies are in one locked cabinet that he has no access to. I don’t use bleach on his toys and then tell him to put them in his mouth. I use the harsher products on things that he more often than not doesn’t come in contact with.

But that’s besides the fact.

I was bored. We’re short on money. And I was curious. Those are my reasons.

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Birth Plans and Breastfeeding.

One thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is how important it is to have a birth plan. An actual written plan. I’ve had a lot of people tell me it’s not worth it. Don’t bother. Don’t waste your time. Whatever happens, happens.

I understand that whatever happens — happens. Ultimately, at the end of the entire birthing experience — all I really want is to find myself at home with a happy, healthy little baby in my arms.

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Breadmaker — There’s Nothing Like Fresh Homemade Bread. (Review)

About the same time I started juicing at home and decided to stop buying all bottled juices, etc., we also decided that we would stop buying processed store bought breads, too. I told my husband that I would like to bake all of our own breads and asked if we could purchase a breadmaker. He warned me, just like he does with everything — “If we buy it, you better use it…”

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