Green Thumbed Alley’s

Does anyone else have two days in a row that are just so utterly opposite of each other? Because this is happening to me at the present moment – so please tell me I’m not the only one!

The past two days, I’ve felt like I’ve had it all together – I’ve gotten to work early, had successful days at work, watered all the plants and vegetables and moved them into the sunshine, taken walks at lunchtime and then taken the dogs on 2 mile walks after work, gone to the gym, prepped dinner, swept + mopped all the floors, had all the dishes done, and been in bed at reasonable times. I felt like I had been nailing this week.

This morning I woke up and drove halfway to work before realizing I was still wearing my UGG slippers, then when I got to work, I got off the phone and instead of hitting “end call” on the phone, I turned off my lamp. Some days, you just can’t win.

That being said, I want to share with you a marvelous weekend that Charles and I had last weekend {the weekend before Easter}! My husband and I have been focusing on curb appeal for the house, and we have been having a blast in the process. A few weeks ago, I shared with you the two small flower beds that we fixed up on both sides of the garage, and we are loving how much such a small change created such an impact to the appearance of the house. Sunday was all about tackling the swampy pit of grass and dirt that sits in front of our guest bedroom window. All that was there was a dead tree that blocked sunlight from the house and the dead limbs sprawling everywhere actually made the house look smaller! Needless to say, it had to go. My husband and his handy friends Chad & Matt got to work to remove that tree last week! I am so pleased. Since the tree was finally removed, and the ground was finally dry enough to create the flower bed, Charles and I took full advantage and started our next curb appeal project.

Let me just show you the “before” picture {sans tree..I forgot to take a before picture while the most hideous tree known to man was still there..what kind of blogger am I?}

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We set out to Lowe’s as soon as they opened, coffee in tow, to get our supplies. They ended up not having everything that we needed, so we got what we could and off to Southerlands we went.

PSA – Are you a member of Southerland’s text message “Garden Club?” If you aren’t…you are missing out on 25% off trees and shrubs every day!supplies2supplies1supplies3

45 garden paver stones, 35 bags of top soil, 9 bags of compost, 12 perennials, 6 boxwoods, 3 bags of mulch, 4 succulents, 2 adorable little purple plants, 2 lavender plants, 1 cute little plant that I’m not sure what it’s called, 1 elephant ear, 1 aloe vera plant, and 1 weeping willow later, we were finally ready to start our flower bed.

It took us about 7 hours total for this project, including shopping for supplies. Here’s some pictures of the progression / after:

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Doesn’t it look about 50x better? We were both so pleased with how much of a transformation this made to our home. And it was fun to do together! We laughed, listened to music, enjoyed the sunshine…We even ended up having enough rock left over to make small flower beds around the mailbox and around a tree in our front yard. We haven’t planted anything yet, but hope to this week sometime.

 

In addition to planting flower beds, we used two of the succulents, one of the lavender plants, and the aloe vera plant and planted them in the cutest {and most inexpensive} terra cotta pots from Wal-Mart, of all places. I think the mossy green color pairs perfectly with the orange, rusty colored pots. I’m actually quite surprised at how much I love having these little guys inside the house, it just makes the kitchen feel more homey and bright.

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We also re-potted some of our vegetables that we have been growing, since they need bigger homes! The tomatoes, cayenne peppers, jalapenos, and green onions are all re-homed into their bigger pots, and the mint and lavender are starting to sprout now, so they are still in their little homes.

 

I have to tell you, Charles and I are both loving having our own little garden and nice flowers around. I enjoy going home at lunchtime so that I can take a walk around the neighborhood and put the vegetables and plants out in the sunshine. I enjoy going home after work and watering all of the plants, then taking the dogs on a walk. It’s been my routine these past few weeks, and it’s become more something I look forward to than something I have to do.

 

I can’t wait to show you a few more things Charles and I have been working on for around the house to make it feel more like “us.” It’s supposed to be a cold weekend, so who knows what all we can accomplish to the interior of our home this weekend..Stay Tuned!

My weekend – via iPhone

Some of you may be wondering where I have been since last year when I posted last – and some of you may already know where I’ve been. Suffice it to say, it has been a whirlwind of a past few months for us, and I’m finally ready to get back into the swing of this blogging thing.

I don’t want to waste time catching you all up on the ins and outs of the past few months {trust me, there’s nothing interesting to share, I really haven’t been up to much!} so let’s just hop right into how I’ve spent this week/weekend. Warning: This will be all from photos off my iPhone. I only decided about ten minutes ago that I was going to jump back into posting, so I didn’t know to get out the good camera – or to have my sister come take pictures! With that being said, here we go!

Honestly, this weekend has been a glorious weekend. My husband and I were BOTH in town this weekend at the same time, and didn’t have concrete plans. This may seem to most as normal or nothing to get excited about, but lately, for us, this is a “little luxury” and I intended to soak up all of this time together. We’ve been trying to take a different approach to life lately. A slower one, focused on more time together, more intimate, more calm and kept to ourselves. I stumbled across a quote the other day that embodied everything we have been feeling lately, and it’s been such an inspiration. It says “The older I get, the more I realize the value of privacy, of cultivating your circle and only letting certain people in. You can be open, honest, and real while still understanding not everyone deserves a seat at the table of your life.”  That struck a cord. Just some food for thought for your Sundays!

Let’s get right into the weekend. On Friday, it was particularly stormy, and I thought we were probably going to be stuck in for the night {which I was completely content with!} but right as Charles got home, the storm had cleared, the sun came out, and a beautiful rainbow appeared. I should have known right then that good weekend was to come. We ended up getting sushi, and I was in bed by 9:30. The end.

Saturday morning, I woke well rested and decided to head to our local farmers market with Cholla, our little min-pin. It was only the second weekend this market has been open for season, so there wasn’t a vast amount of vendors, but it was still magnificent. Look at my loot! I’m fairly certain you can smell that gorgeous mint through the computer..

We had a great time, despite the chilly weather. We went back home and made a cup of coffee and did some research on what we would need from Lowe’s to FINALLY DO SOME LANDSCAPING IN THE FRONT YARD. We had nothing. No flowers, no trees, nothing. I was blessed that Charles was willing to get out of the warm bed on a cold and windy morning to go with me to Lowe’s to pick out flowers, trees, soil, etc. We didn’t completely finish everything we needed to, but we came home, made some mimosas, and got to work on the two flower beds outside of the garage. Look at this before + after. Nothing too fancy, but a significant improvement.

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I tell you what. I had more fun listening to music, drinking mimosas, and planting flowers with Charles than I’ve had in weeks. He makes me laugh, it was just the two of us, and we just had a glorious time. There’s still a lot of work to do creating a flower bed off the guest bedroom window and then doing a small flower bed around the mailbox, but we were happy with what we accomplished. Since it had rained, it was to wet to do anything besides those flower beds…{but that’s okay, that just means I get another fabulous gardening day with my handsome husband..I won’t complain!} We did, however, plant a plethora of veggie seeds and can’t wait to see how they turn out! We planted: green onions, tomatoes, cayenne peppers, jalapeños, vidalia onions, lavender, and mint!

We spent the rest of the afternoon doing a bit of grocery shopping + cleaning around the house. We grilled out steaks with friends and had a nice fire in the backyard. Take a look at some of our new additions to the house decor: The large GATHER sign and the large Letterboard are both from Paperwerk, which I’ve blogged about SO often, and much of the other decor was from Hobby Lobby. All of their items labeled “spring shop” were 40% off {and they were already fabulously priced..}

I am LOVING my new Mainstays essential oil cool mist diffuser. I purchased this at walmart and have been obsessed with Lemongrass and Grapefruit scents. I’ll put a few drops in the diffuser in the mornings and it wake me up and makes me feel refreshed. I’ll switch out of sandalwood or lavender at bedtime. Do you have a favorite essential oil? Please share if you do..

Sunday has been spent lazily drinking coffee, puppy walks, and then we are going golfing with some out of town friends {well, the boys will be golfing..I’ll be sitting in the golf cart!} 

I hope you’ve had as wonderful of a slow weekend as I have. I’ll leave with with a recent picture of the mister and myself.

Ho Ho, XO!

Welcome to my witching hour. I hope my post will be at it’s prime today because of the fact that I’m writing it during my favorite hours of the day — the wee hours of the morning.

`Everything is so peaceful between 5-7am. So peaceful. The peace is only intensified during the Christmas season. Everything during life is so chaotic during this time, I’m rushing back and forth from one place to the other, only to come home and have a to do list as long as my arm, so getting to spend a few hours knocking out the essential to do list items during a time of day when it’s oh so silent, my husband and sweet pups are sleeping, and the Christmas tree lights and twinkling just makes my soul soar. Now, of course I only get to enjoy these hours during the weekend – when I should be sleeping in – because I have to work at 6am during the week, and usually, I do sleep in..until at least 6:30 on the weekends, but today I had to take my parents to the airport, which means no “sleeping in” for me. {I foresee naps in my future..} Luckily, I got to spend some much needed time prepping for my husband’s 30th birthday lake weekend, and I can’t WAIT to share with you the fun things I have in store for him.

Okay. I’m sitting in bed with Milli the doberman curled up in the tiniest little ball next to me, I’ve got a cup of french vanilla coffee in the cutest sweater mug you ever did see {thanks, Katie!!}, and the winter morning light is starting to pour in the bedroom. Let’s start this post.

I know I just shared a few drinks with you a few months ago {ahem, I have been drinking that Cranberry Moscow Mule for WEEKS now..each time it just keeps getting better, so I hope you loved it too!} but I wanted to share a more “big batch” recipe with you that will be perfect for your holiday hostessing. I was doing a lot of soul searching Pinterest searching, and was trying to get inspired for a new Christmasy cocktail.

Can we pause for a moment to talk about the HYSTERICAL names for Christmas Cocktails? I’ve found everything from Santa’s little helper, Santa’s little ho ho, Jingle Juice, Grinch Green Punch, Rudolph’s tipsy spritzer, Yuletide Mules, the Red Rudolph..I could go on and on. I just love every single name! It makes me feel all holly and jolly inside. I perused all of the recipes, and I just couldn’t find one I was amazingly excited to make, so I decided to put my own twist on a winter sangria. I adapted this from a “secret sangria” recipe I found on Pinterest. First of all, why do people call things “secret recipes” even after they have shared them with you? I don’t understand. More like not so secret sangria.

I hope you enjoy this little recipe I’ve concocted, and I hope you get the chance to use this at your Christmas gatherings. Never miss an opportunity to get boozy with family and friends that you don’t always see! I’m giving you the “Big Batch” recipe, but feel free to adapt for yourself! Oh, and I’ve named this cocktail “Ho Ho, XO” 

  • 1 can La Croix {or Aquafina sparkling grapefruit water, or Fresca, or Squirt..}
  • 1 bottle champagne {Don’t use extra dry. Use either Brut or Spumante. I honestly think Spumante may make this drink too sweet with all of the other sweet flavorings in this sangria, so Brut would probably be your best bet. Because, you know, me being a professional bar tender and all…}
  • 2 cups vodka 
  • 1 cup white juice {You can use white grape peach, white grape, white cranberry..whatever you want, just make it kind of fruity tasting}
  • 1/2 can frozen limeade {softened..}
  • Garnish {cranberries, pomegranate seeds, rosemary..whatever you’d like, really!}

You stir it all together {..and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about! 10 bonus points to you if you read this singing “do the hokey pokey”} in a big pitcher, and let it chill. Letting it chill isn’t necessary, you can pour this into a glass and drink right away, however, one, I like to make things ahead of time when I’m anticipating a large group, and two, I like the different flavors to get a chance to blend a little bit better.

Now, clearly in the pictures below, I only made enough for one person. Do as I say, not as I do, alright? It was just myself drinking this and I didn’t want to make enough for a party until Christmas Eve. Also, I wrote this post on Saturday and didn’t get it uploaded until Monday..don’t hate me.

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Have a few glasses of this drink and it’s you that’ll be merry

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Glaring at your husband / photographer

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Winter is coming, protect your hair!

It was a beautiful, fall weekend. In fact, it was our first weekend home with virtually no plans in several weeks. We spent our Friday night dancing around the kitchen to country music, cooking and cleaning as we went. We went to bed early. We awoke the next morning early to get ready to take our Christmas card picture {insert shoutout to my sister’s amazing photography business here — go like her on Facebook  — N.M. Franklin Photography!} I started showering and getting ready for the fun shoot we decided to do – Christmas card pictures in our pjs — only to find that I was virtually out of shampoo and conditioner. No. Good.

I made do with what I had and rushed to finish my hair and makeup. I was going to do soft curls with my straightener, because who has time for a curling iron? Or knows how to use one? Seriously — i don’t know how – i need help, let me know. That’s when problem number two snuck up on me — my trusty Paul Mitchell flat iron completely crapped out. I don’t mean was struggling – I mean complete and totally dead. To make matters worse, only half of my hair was curled when it died, and it was too early in the morning to run out and buy another one {if someone wants to open a 24/7 emergency Ulta anytime soon, let me know, because I would be all about it.}

Surprisingly, I didn’t panic of freak out {mainly because there was no time} and instead I just messed up the curls I already had and tried to tussle the top section of my hair to look like “bedhead” since it was a pajama shoot, but this left me in a lurch — I had to find a new straightener AND new shampoo and conditioner. I went back and forth on whether or not I should go back to the Paul Mitchell, as it had treated me so well over the years, but ultimately decided to try something new and see how I liked it. Enter the BaByliss PRO Nano Titanium Prima3000 — phew, that’s a mouthful. This post is getting lengthy, so i’m going to bullet point the aspects of this flat iron that make me swoon:

  • Doubles as a flat iron and a straightener {just lock the plates for the wand!}
  • Straightens my hair with ONE PASS, and that’s unheard of if you have ever felt my hair
  • Made of stainless steel, so it won’t warp like plastic constructed straighteners
  • Titanium plates instead of ceramic – higher heat transfer to your hair at quicker speeds, which causes less damages and smoothes faster
  • Swivel Cord. Because we all learned from our old CHI flat irons to NEVER buy a flat iron without a swivel cord.
  • Hairstyle holds for DAYS as opposed to hours. FACT.
  • SHINE FOR DAYS

After only a week and a half, I can honestly say I’m crushing pretty hard on this flat iron. No, I was not paid to write this post, nor was I sent a free flat iron in exchange — all thoughts are my own and the product was purchased with my own money.

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I honestly have been having a good hair day every single day for the past week and a half, partially because of the straightener and partially because of my new shampoo and conditioner. I have always wandered past the ethnic hair section in Target and wondered what kind of effect the products would have on my hair, since it’s a completely different consistency than the target market for this section, but after intense research, watching videos from beauty guru’s on youtube, watching reviews and tutorials, I finally decided – I’m going to be brave and try out a new hair line from the ethnic section. What does my hair need more of? Well I color my hair and I use heat tools, so of course my hair needs moisture, which is exactly what these products aim to do. Enter Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Line. I ended up purchasing the hair smoothie {mask + moisture treatment}, the shampoo, and the conditioner from this line after hearing rave reviews, and boy oh boy, am I glad I did. Below are some of the benefits your hair will surely reap if you try this collection:

  • Less Frizz {I know, doesn’t every shampoo claim to do that? Yes. But how many actually deliver?}
  • More volume. Most shampoos tend to weigh my hair down, but this combination left so much body and life in my hair, that four days later, my hair still looks like day 1 or day 2. Talk about a win. 
  • The smell. You. GUYS! The smell is probably my favorite part. I usually go for shampoo’s that smell “clean” and “fresh,” but this combo smells like, well, for good reason, vanilla. Vanilla cake batter, in fact. Actually, it reminds me of going to Vegas and walking into hotels. They always have that vanilla mist that they spray to make the hotels smell nice, and this is that smell in a nutshell. Four days after washing, my hair still smells like vanilla, and I like it. 
  • SHINE FOR DAYS

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This is DAY FOUR HAIR. Day. Four. And there’s still volume, hallelujiah!

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I wanted you to see the texture of the hair smoothie.

I promise I’ll have my super awesome photographer sister take some good outfit pictures soon, but you guys, life has been so crazy! You’ll have to settle with my amateur photo skills for this week, at least.

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Fallidays calls for Yuletime Mule-time

God Bless Charles. Sometimes I think God looked at Charles and said ” Let’s keep his youthful innocence in tact throughout his adulthood,” and it’s one of the reasons I fell in love with him. That being said, with youthful innocence comes zero tact filter. I just got told “Oh my GOD why are your elbows SO DRY?” To which I promptly responded, why the hell are you feeling up my elbows? So here I sit, blogging and having a cocktail and slathering my elbows in lotion. Good Lord.

I’m not sure about you all, but this past weekend was just what the doctor ordered. My husband and I went to the lake and did absolutely nothing. I mean it. Nothing. I pretty much stayed in pajamas, took a soak in the tub, watched the Razorbacks {it’s hard to be humble..}, cooked sloppy joes, drank mimosas, and listened to a lot of music on the patio. Let’s just clone that weekend & play it on repeat. Thankfully, I got some much needed rest after a few hectic months.

I’m not sure if it’s the weather causing me to have seasonal depression {not depression because it’s fall, more like depression because it’s NOT FALL YET}, or all of the traveling, or just life in general, but I have felt a bit..melancholy these past few weeks. Literally as soon as my head hits the pillow, I’m fast asleep. I have been taking naps. I haven’t wanted to get out much. I haven’t put too much effort into my appearance. I just haven’t been myself! Does anyone else out there have little spurts like this? I’m especially crabby when it’s cloudy outside for lengthy periods of time. If it’s not thunderstorming or snowing, get away from me, you pesky clouds. As soon as the sun comes out in most situations, I’m like let’s dance! Let’s play music! Be my friend, ily.

To help remove me from my slump, I thought I would share two Autumn Cocktail recipes with you. My thought process, albeit flawed, I’m sure, is that by drinking autumn drinks this week, we can will the autumnal weather our way.

I’m not sure if any of you are the same way, but I get into spurts where I obsess over certain drinks: sometimes if I get into a “wine phase,” I’ll drink wine for months. Sometimes, it’s beer. Currently, I’ve been obsessing over Moscow Mules. Have you jumped on the Moscow mule train yet? If you haven’t, here’s a few seasonal twists to a classic drink {and as an added bonus, mules have the same base no matter how you tweak them, so a lot of these ingredients you’ll already have on hand:

APPLE CIDER MOSCOW MULE

  • 1.5 oz vodka of your choosing {I choose Titos! Partly because it’s fun to say..and partly because whenever you order a Mule at a restaurant, they always offer you Titos..so I figure that’s legit..}
  • 2 oz. Apple Cider. You can buy the apple cider or you can make it yourself. If you make yours homemade….then congratulations, because you are officially better at life-ing than me.
  • Ginger Beer: Some people use ginger ale, which should theoretically work fine, but I don’t find that it’s gingery {is that a word?} enough for me in my mules. You can also use alcoholic or non-alcoholic ginger beer. You have options!
  • Lime juice: I use the juice of half a lime, because I don’t want it too tarte + sour, but some people need more lime to cut the ginger taste. Adapt as needed. I also use lime wedges for garnish.
  • Garnishes: I used cinnamon sticks + apple slices, and used a cinnamon sugar blend to make a cinnamon sugar rim. Get creative!

CRANBERRY MOSCOW MULE

  • 1.5 oz Vodka: We’ve been through this part already.
  • 2 oz. Cranberry Juice: You know, actually any cranberry blend would probably be good. I know the cran-apple is delicious {actually, I’m using cran-apple right now and cheating on the recipe..but regular cranberry juice will work perfectly as well!}
  • Ginger Beer – Once your other ingredients are added, fill to the top with ginger beer.
  • Garnishes: I chose a sugar rim, sugared cranberries, and rosemary {because I just think rosemary adds such a pretty touch, don’t you?}

I love my mules in a nice Copper Mug {you don’t have to break the bank, try a copper plated mug from Wal-mart!}, but stainless steel mugs or mint julep glasses add a great touch as well. I love making drinks like this for gatherings and get togethers, because they are easily converted into “big batch” cocktails. My only struggle is that now I have two cocktails that I need to drink. Wait, that’s really not a problem. I don’t know what I’m thinking.

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FALLing in Love || Prints + Textures

Let’s just take a moment to admire my current condition: I’m sitting in my PJ’s {still} at my OWN house — high five for being home — we have all of the windows open, it still smells like last nights fire in the backyard, & I get to babysit my favorite one year old wild man tonight. Oh, and I’m on cup of coffee number 2. Oh, and the Hogs are playing Bama tonight. Oh, and I’ve got a sleeping puppy on me. I really don’t hate this day. 

My 9 week traveling spree has {almost} come to an end! I only have one or two more small weekend trips planned for the next few months, and I couldn’t be happier about it! {That being said, Nashville? You treated us WELL and we can’t wait to plan another trip..}

When we were in Nashville, there was one thing that stood out to me the most:

IT ACTUALLY FELT LIKE FALL!

Don’t get me wrong, we have had a few “fall-ish” days here in Arkansas, but we pale in comparison to the amazing Nashville weather. Arkansas, you can do better. Typically, by this time, we are at least in the 70’s, so I’m hoping we can drink some of the Tennessee kool-aid and start seeing some cooler temperatures.

While in Nashville, I got to wear some amazing fall clothing pieces from my closet, and it honestly made me feel renewed. I felt good in the clothes that I was wearing. I felt confident in the clothes I was wearing. I felt comfortable in the clothes that I was wearing. It was nice to get a bit chilly during the morning and evening hours. I was in “basic girl” fall heaven. All that was missing was a PSL…

Maybe it’s the fall weather that I experienced in Nashville, maybe it’s the fact that it’s the first week in October, maybe it’s because I’m going to a pumpkin patch with my cutie pie nephew this weekend, but for whatever reason, I wanted to share some prints for fall. Some of these you may not expect to be a “fall pattern” or a “fall print,” but hey, I like them, and who’s writing the blog post here?

Since my previous last time ended up being waaaaay longer than I intended it to be, oops, my bad, I’m going to make this one short and sweet. Let’s get right into the clothes, clothes, wonderful clothes. Yes, I realize that by posting pictures of said clothes, I’m setting myself up for my sister coming over to raid my closet. I see you.

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#LiveLocalFS || 25th Annual Survivors Challenge

Hopefully by now, you are all very well versed in the #LiveLocalFS series that I’m doing. I’m not sure if this ever came across quite how I intended for it to, but the whole point of the mini-series is to showcase this wonderful town that we all have the pleasure of living in. I absolutely adore this town, and I know some people don’t know a lot about Fort Smith – they may have just moved here recently, they may commute from smaller towns here to come work, or they may live in a bigger city like Fayetteville and not really see the appeal to a smaller town like Fort Smith. Well I’m here to tell you, Fort Smith is constantly surprising me with the progress it has been making lately.

Who reading this has taken part in local events recently? Please comment and let me know. We’ve had some great local events lately – let me highlight a few:

Ø  The UnexpectedFS festival {that art is incredible and makes our town vibrant!}

Ø  The Dragon Boat Races {how fortunate are we to live in a river town where we can do these fun things?}

Ø  Ales for Trails {a personal favorite…for obvious reasons}

Ø  New York in the Fort {sadly I was out of town and didn’t get to attend!}

These are all relatively newer events to Fort Smith, AR and I love each one of them. They are all unique, and they all require hard work from board members, and it requires participation from the people in our community. My heart soars when I see how the good people of Fort Smith have been showing up to support community events! Especially these new, exciting, and ambitious events. But today, I want to talk about an event that’s been around for quite some time.  For 25 years, in fact..

Let’s talk about The 2016 Survivors Challenge – The 25th ANNUAL EVENT

I remember when I was in junior high school and high school, I myself ran the 5k portion of the Survivors Challenge, and I have very fond memories of running this race. My best memory was sprinting like my life depended on it to beat a girl ahead of me during the final stretch of the race {I know you’re all dying to know, and yes, I did end up beating her – success!} I’m not a runner, not athletic at all, and certainly not a huge fan of running, but somehow I was in cross country for years & years – yes, I started because I wanted to impress a boy – don’t all teenagers do not-the-brightest things for puppy love?

Back then, I didn’t really comprehend the complexity behind this race – I went because our coaches made us. As I’ve grown older, the Survivors Challenge has grown more meaningful and even more of a staple event in our community. Have you heard of this event? Let me tell you a little bit about what the event stands for and supports.

I got the privilege of meeting with Kandice Poirier, Events Coordinator at the support house. The 2016 Survivors Challenge is going to be held the weekend of October 14th-October 15th, and is presented by The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House. Each year, runners from all over the region gather together to participate in the Survivors Challenge, where they support the Cancer Support House. It’s an opportunity for everyone to memorialize loved ones fighting cancer, or those who are currently fighting the tough battle. This year, to commemorate the 25th YEAR {can we just pause and appreciate the support this awesome community and this important organization have given over the past 25 years? Having an event last this long is impressive and not an easy feat, and it’s all thanks to our WONDERFUL COMMUNITY!}, they are having their first annual Survivors Challenge WEEKEND! Not just a run, but a whole weekend full of festivities. The 25th Annual Survivors Challenge is also teaming up with Over The Edge to bring a rappelling challenge to all of you daredevils amongst us. Don’t worry, Over The Edge has the highest level SPRAT certification that you can possibly have – this shindig will be safe as can be!

Here’s a breakdown of what to expect this year:

FRIDAY NIGHT {October 14th,1-4PM}: 

Ø  Over The Edge VIP night –> Come out to the First National Bank in Downtown Fort Smith to watch local celebrities rappel first national bank. On Friday from 1-3 pm, the Fort Smith Fire Department will be testing the ropes to ensure everyone’s safety. Starting at 4pm, local celebrities, including Congressman Womack, Dawson Meadows, and my personal favorite, everyone’s most loved local weather man, GARRETT LEWIS, will be rappelling down the side of First National downtown. We encourage everyone to come out and watch as these brave souls make their trek down the building.

SATURDAY {October 15th}

Ø  Survivors Challenge Race –> There’s a few options for all of you athletes here. The first option is the 10k Race, beginning at 8am at the Cancer Support House. The second option {a little less scary intense, is the 5k Race & walk, starting at 8:10am The third option is the Celebration Walk, which starts at 08:20am. If you’re not up for running – you can still UNRUN and donate to the cause! You can also go to the website, found here, and see who still needs donations to meet their Over the Edge goal!

Ø  Survivors Challenge FESTIVAL, 9am until the party stops –>Now we’re talking. This sounds like my kind of party. Starting at 9am in downtown Fort Smith, the festival will have your favorite local food trucks, kegs provided by Core Brewing {hello, now we’re really talking,} and entertainment for the kids! There will be a huge inflatable tv that will be playing the AR vs. Ole Miss game, and live music by The Crumbs! You’ll also get to watch people rappel down First National Bank all.day.long.

Does any of this sound intriguing to you? Check out the website, found here, for more information and to SIGN UP. In order to rappel Over the Edge of First National, you have to fundraise, which you can start doing on the website above! Here’s a breakdown of what your money will get you {graphic provided by The Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House, because I’m just not that talented!}

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Not wanting to rappel, but feeling like your boss should? Well, how about you TOSS YOUR BOSS!  Raise $1,500 and you can register you boss to rappel. If they are too scared, your boss will sit in the “chicken coop” on the ground, but they’ll have to raise $500 more to get out! Hmm..I can think of a few bosses of mine that might like rappel {Thank GOODNESS, it took me until this very time typing “rappel” to spell it correctly and not have autocorrect flip out..}

For signing up for these events, you’ll get a “swag bag,” and everyone loves a good swag bag.

This cause is becoming very near and dear to my heart. I will be doing a follow up post soon with a full tour of the Cancer Support House in an effort to give you insight into all of the wonderful services they provide to our community – from a salon for cancer patients with free wigs, to gas vouchers and grocery vouchers for those who have to travel to treatments. This facility is run by donations – they receive no state or federal funding. It’s imperative for our community to step up for events like this and donate to a cause that means more to this community than some will ever know.

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The top of the First National Bank building in downtown Fort Smith

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Swoon. I mean, wait, what? You didn’t read that, I’ll never tell. Thanks again Garrett for supporting the Reynolds Cancer Support House!
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For more information, view the website, http://www.reynoldscancersupporthouse.org, or please message me and I can either answer your questions or get you in contact with someone who can {..this option seems more likely!} I especially want to thank Kandice for being kind enough to sit and speak with me about this event, and for providing the pictures seen above!