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Shopping Small with the Help of the Elves in Eureka Springs

Shopping Small with the Help of the Elves in Eureka Springs

Disclosure: We received a one night hotel stay plus a Shop Small goodie bag in exchange for this blog post. All opinions belong to myself, my family, and that pesky ghost that came with us from the Basin Park Hotel. We are long-time fans of the village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It’s only about an hour and forty five minutes from our home in Southwest Missouri, but a road trip to Eureka is like going through a time … Read entire article »

Filed under: 417 With Kids, Arkansas, Day Trips, Travel, Weekend Getaways

Down in the Delta

Down in the Delta

Helena, Arkansas is a small city on the banks of the Mississippi River. Some would call it a town, but I’m going to call it a city because of 1) Its size relative to other towns in the Delta Region, and 2) The number of descriptive words that come to my mind when I think about my recent visit there. Helena right now is such an interesting mix of things: historical, progressive, cultural, charming, adventuresome, southern, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Travel

Shopping and Eating in Historic Hillcrest

Shopping and Eating in Historic Hillcrest

The Historic Hillcrest neighborhood is one of those places that I wish I would have spent more time in when I lived in Little Rock.  Last time I visited I took notes and pictures on all the fun places to eat and shop. You can read all about it over at Only in Arkansas. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Guest Blogger, Things to Do in Central Arkansas, Travel

I’ve Got the Blues

I’ve Got the Blues

But in a good way!  Today I am wearing my “I Love Helena” t-shirt because I am getting really excited about heading down to the King Biscuit Blues Festival October 8-11 in Helena, Arkansas. Over the weekend I learned about “Japanese Blues” at a Japanese Festival. That was really interesting, but I couldn’t understand what she was saying. Then, a friend shared this video of this two year old singing the blues. Very entertaining, but I couldn’t understand him … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Travel

A Trail of Two Cities

A Trail of Two Cities

I want to share with you a trail of two cities.  There’s action and adventure, drama and suspense, and probably some humor if you bring a funny friend. The story begins over at Only in Arkansas, where I have a post up all about the Arkansas River Trail.  It’s a great place to ride with friends or family, whether you opt for the entire loop or just a small section.  I’ve split the trail into four … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Fitness, Guest Blogger, Health & Fitness, Things to Do in Central Arkansas, Travel

AWBU ’14 Conference: Why You Should Go (Plus: Swag Giveaway!)

AWBU ’14 Conference: Why You Should Go (Plus: Swag Giveaway!)

It’s that time of year again – I’m gearing up for the Arkansas Women Bloggers University (AWBU), the bestest blog conference there is, IMO. The conference is September 5-7 and the registration deadline is September 1. Now, I hear your brain starting to prioritize reasons why you shouldn’t/can’t/might not like to go.  I am here to tell you different. No matter which of these bloggers you most identify with, I can tell you why you … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arkansas, Write & Blog