27. State Parks

Think BIGGER than a sleeping bag! :)

Think BIGGER than a sleeping bag! 🙂

Tip #27 State Parks– This is for those that choose to camp or are thinking about it.

State parks are the first thing that we look for when seeking a campground. They have very affordable prices, excellent facilities and of course they are beautiful!

When we’re in a new park we like to check the whole thing out before we leave and make notes of any campsites that we like, for our next trip. I usually take a picture of the space # and load it into a file on the computer so I always know where it is.

Make sure you verify showers and electric before booking. Some state parks don’t have showers houses. It’s not a must have for us because we have a cap shower, but we find out ahead of time so we’re sure to pack ours, if needed.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #26 here

 

26. On Kids…

Tip #26…On Kids– The last few tips have been on health, moving your body and eating well on the road. I want to backup for a minute and give you a tip that is very important: kids in your booth.

First of all let me say that Joe and I have 6 kids together. They are all grown now and we have LOTS of grandkids now. And one thing that we always expected was for them to behave themselves in public. I by no means am saying that they were perfect and we had 100% compliance, we didn’t. But we also didn’t let them run amok and handle or pick up every shiny thing they saw.

(Lots of kids and grandkids!)

(Lots of kids and grandkids!)

Unfortunately we see more and more of the kids running the show these days, so listen up: this is YOUR space and YOUR product. Have rules and use them!

When we see that a parent isn’t “paying attention” and their child is helping themselves, we will say something, nicely. It’s really not a big deal if you’re firm and nice (just smile).

But too many times we have parents allow their kids to pick up candles in the booth, blow candles out and pass them around. That’s fine if they choose to do that, but if they break them, they are also choosing to pay for them.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

25. Real Fast Food

IMG_0304I’m not sure why we think that going on the road means going to fast food. Seriously…we all know that REAl FAST food is what nature provides…fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. There’s no reason you should be caught in the fast food line at the nearest McDonalds, when you’re on the road, if you’re prepared.

The best way to avoid fast food joints while you’re on the road is to always make sure you have a fast food option at your fingertips.

Pack sandwiches in the cooler and pull over at a rest area and have lunch. Rest areas are usually very clean, well maintained and landscaped. They almost always have picnic tables and some even offer grills! Who says you can’t eat gourmet while you travel? 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #24 here

24. Smoothies!

IMG_7821.JPGTip #24 Smoothies! Here are a few great smoothie recipes:

GINGERBREAD COOKIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 Tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 banana

1 cup of spinach

1 Tablespoon of almond butter

Stevia to taste (optional)

Ice (optional)

CHOCOLATE BANANA BLISS SMOOTHIE

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup kale

2 Tablespoons cashew butter
or almond butter

1 Tablespoon raw honey or stevia

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao

Ice (optional)

ENERGY SMOOTHIE 

1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp or rice milk

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

1/2 avocado

1 banana

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

1 Tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds

Stevia to taste (optional)
Ice (optional)

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #23 here

23. Mason Jar Salads

salad to goTip #23- Mason Jar Salads. This is a favorite! Have you been on Pinterest lately and looked at all of the great ideas for mason jars? They are everywhere! And perfect to pack for shows.

It’s really simple, all you need to do is pick your favorite veggies (and fruit if your like me) a little dressing if you need it and a fork! You can eat it right from the jar- perfectly acceptable. 🙂

The idea is to start with all of the wet ingredients on the bottom and layer the drier ones on top. Super easy. And yes, you can even add the dressing to the bottom of the jar and just shake it up when your ready to eat.

This is one of the BEST ways to stay healthy on the road. You can pack them ahead at time at home or pack them fresh daily from your cooler at the campground or hotel.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #22 here

22. Pack a Grill

This is breakfast at the campground.

Tip #22 Pack a grill! This was Joe’s idea. We started doing this years ago and will never stop. Portable camp grills are easy to come by. There are some shows where we are able to grill right in the back of our booth (outdoor shows of course) and at the ones where we can’t, we tailgate and grill ahead of time.

We have spent some great evenings on our lawn chairs in the parking lot of hotels (when we’re not camping) watching the sun goes down as we grill out. It’s a lot nicer to sit outside grilling our own food than in a restaurant where the air is stale and the food is just meh…

Remember…this is about having FUN and LIVING your life the way YOU decide! FREE!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #21 here

21. I Won’t Leave Home Without It…

IMG_0857Tip #21. I won’t leave home without  my Nutri- Bullet. I use it as often as possible. It’s even great to take to a show to whip up something delicious that will definitely satisfy!

I always use it for breakfast, either in the hotel or at the campground, wherever we’re staying at the moment. You can pack so much nutrition into one of those canisters! Throw in some protein powder if you want and you have a delicious meal.

This is what our cooler held last week: I prepared as much ahead of time as possible. All I had to do was cut up my apple, dump it all into the canister and good to go! I don’t remember the recipe, exactly, but here are the ingredients: 1/2 C green tea (which I wanted to brew at home), plain greek yogurt, a little honey, an apple, some cayenne pepper (to taste) and a little coconut oil.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #20 here.

20. Move Your Body!

Move your body!

Move your body!

Tip #20. Move Your body! Along with packing a cooler for your weekend trips OR road trips, you need to be thinking about body movement as well. It will help to keep EVERYTHING in your body moving as well. It’s too easy to get off track when you up and leave for 2- 4 days at a time. Thinking about exercise is as important as what’s in your cooler.

One of my favorite things to bring along, because it’s very portable and fun, is my kettlebell. I found KB’s years ago and fell in love with them. It’s one of my favorite forms of body movement. I can throw it (not literally) in the truck and use it at either the campsite OR the hotel room.

If KB’s aren’t your thing and your staying at a hotel, then look for one with a fitness room. Many times hotels are not conveniently located for walking. I always take my walking shoes just in case, but usually  plan on using my KB. If your camping, walking is ideal.

I also have weighted hola hoops that are light and portable. And don’t forget your yoga mat. Nothing is more portable than your yoga mat!

Bottom line- remember to move your body everyday. Find something that you LOVE to do and do that. Don’t do something that isn’t fun or feels forced, it defeats the whole purpose.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #19 here

19. Pack a Cooler

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The cooler on top is a new purchase we’re taking back to the truck- we do not haul two coolers back and forth! 🙂

Tip #19. Pack a cooler. Beginning today I am going to start incorporating some healthy travel tips; ones that have worked well for us. So the first one is always, pack a cooler. We not only pack a cooler, but we also have a portable grill. We take it with us almost everywhere we go.

Joe happens to be a hunter/gatherer, so there is always fresh meat and fish in the freezer. Of course if you’re vegetarian or vegan, your cooler would be packed much differently.

Ours includes: meat, veggies for salads, hummus and veggies for dipping, fruit and sometimes homemade bread, condiments, sea salt & pepper, plates, travel mugs/cups, real silverware, and paper towels. Whenever possible, we are traveling back and forth from our campsite, but even if we’re staying in a hotel room, the protocol is pretty much the same. We purchased a collapsable wagon at Sam’s Club and it’s always in the truck. It hauls or cooler and dry goods bag back and forth, making life very easy!

When you live life at art & craft shows, street fairs, and vintage markets,  you do not want to eat the standard “fair food” as the main source of fuel for your body.  You will become fat, sick and on your way to an early grave (at least that’s my opinion). Taking the time to prep ahead and have a semi-plan will keep you from the food stalls and ice cream trucks (though we do splurge once at each show- fro me it’s always ice cream, so Joe will usually follow suit). You will have more energy for the long hours that you’re there and more energy equals a happier YOU!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip # 18 here

18. When You Have a Less Than Stellar Show

Friends become family.

Friends become family.

Tip #18. When you have a less than stellar show: I really want to talk about this because it is so, so important. You cannot say you have a “bad” show simply because sales were lower than expected or almost no-existent…and here’s why.

1. You never know WHO is going to become a customer at a later date because they saw your booth.

2. WHO did you make a connection with that might turn out to be your BEST customer ever?

3. Who’s life was impacted because of something you said?

4. How were you impacted by something someone else said?

5. WHO did you network with while you were there?

6. What new shows did you hear about?

7. What new friends did you make? I tell you…these friends DO become your family.

The point is…it’s not ALWAYS about the money. I know I talked about this in one of the earlier tips, and I’m talking about it more because it is so important! You cannot judge a show on sales alone. If you are feeling down about low sales, then make it a point to talk to someone or MANY someone’s and brighten their day. Lifting them up will ALWAYS lift you up! It’s true.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried selling your art & crafts? If so, what was your experience? What is the one thing you want to know? Leave a comment below so I can help you figure this out and we’ll get your booty into action! (pssst..you CAN do it!)

hugs,

Marie

read tip #17 here

 

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