Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Part of Discovering Arkansas means discovering things to do in my own backyard, so Saturday morning seemed like the perfect time and day to head over to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, AR.

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For residents, admission into the Botanical garden is FREE Saturday mornings from 9am-noon.  What a perfect way to start the day!

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We saw beautiful flowers, lush gardens, fountains, goldfish, butterflies, bumble bees, dragonflies, sculptures, statues, lily pads, caterpillars and so much more! Botanical-Garden-Fayetteville

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chicken-botanical-gardens For more information on hours, directions and admission fees check out the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks website (here).

Check out other staycation ideas in North West Arkansas (here).

My Saturday Garage Sale Finds

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We went garage sale hopping on this fantastically beautiful Saturday and found some deals!

Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses: 10 cents

5 canvases in various sizes that I plan on painting over: $1.50

Barbie futon: $3

2 White milk glass candy dishes: $10

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Total spent: $14.60

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Staycation Ideas in North West Arkansas

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Trying to have fun with the family without spending a lot of money?  Look no further than the state of Arkansas, your own state, for some great places to visit and explore!  These can be day trips or one night excursions that won’t break the bank and the entire family will enjoy!

Terra Studios

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Terra Studios, home of the Original Bluebird of Happiness, is a must see attraction in North West Arkansas.   The property has a ten acre art garden and soon they will have a Troll Garden.

Devil’s Den State Park

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Devil’s Den is one of my favorite places in the whole wide world.  The trails are easy for kids to hike, clean and well taken care of and the views are amazing!  I usually go as a day trip, (as seen here)  but there is camping, cabins, paddle boats, horseback riding and much, much more!  For all state park info, check out the Arkansas State Park website (here).

Crater of Diamonds State Park

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If you got the chance to dig for diamonds, would you do it?  If so, check out the only diamond producing site, in the WORLD,  that is open to the public! Start you adventure today!  Check out the Crater of Diamonds State Park website for what to bring and where to go! (here)

Clinton Presidential Library

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Are you a history buff?  The Clinton Presidential Library features exhibits, special events, educational programs and replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room.

Crystal Bridges

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Crystal Bridges is another one of my favorite places to go in North West Arkansas!  Take a lazy walk on the art trail or step inside the magnificent walls of the museum and experience art from the 19th century to modern day treasures.

 

Gentry Wild Safari

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Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh my!  Check out exotic animals at the Gentry Wild Safari less than an hours drive away  from anywhere in NWA.

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

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Take a moment to get immersed in nature by visiting the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.  Moonflowers and Mojitos returns to the gardens Thursday, June 13 and includes mojitos, music of the band Got It Covered, nibbling on hors d’ouevres, viewing the art work of Greg Moore and Kathy Snodgrass, all in the beautiful summertime atmosphere of the Garden.  Check out all events (here).

Farmer’s Markets

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The Farmer’s Markets in North West Arkansas are fantastic.  Fayetteville farmers market (here), Springdale farmers market, Bentonville farmers market (here) , Eureka Springs farmers market (here) and Madison County farmers market (here).  For other Farmers Markets, check out this site.

 

 

You Won’t Shoot Your Eye Out

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Until last week, anytime someone mentioned Daisy BB guns, I would hear every adult from Ralphie’s life saying in unison, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

Daisy, founded in 1886, has called Rogers, Arkansas, it’s home since 1958. As part of a meeting between Daisy’s management team and Collective Bias, I had a unique opportunity to tour the company’s Northwest Arkansas warehouse and spend the afternoon shooting with some really fun air guns.

I’ve never been a gun enthusiast, although I’ve always loved shooting. I got a combination BB/pellet gun for Christmas one year and spent at least one afternoon during every visit to my Mamaw and Papaw’s house target shooting with their 22.

As an adult, I’m a strong believer in gun control and strict licensing, and I agree with hunting as a necessary means of animal population control. I tried hunting once or twice with my cousins but soon discovered I’d rather sleep late on a Saturday morning than be in the woods before the sun rose.

As I discovered last Friday, I still love the sport of shooting, and Daisy makes a wide range of products that parents can use to safely and will little intimidation introduce their kids to the activity. The company emphasizes safety at every step and provides a lot of education and training to its customers on proper gun handling techniques. Their products are not toys and should never be treated as such.

We started our day shooting targets in Daisy’s mobile target ranges. They have dozens of inflatable shooting ranges that they use to introduce kids and parents to shooting with low-powered air rifles like the iconic Red Ryder.

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They also have a trailer they use to demo higher powered specialty rifles used by competitive shooting teams and military training groups across the country.

From there, we moved out behind the warehouse to fire a number of high-powered guns that Daisy is producing through a licensing agreement under the Winchester brand. They had everything from a semi-automatic handgun to a replica M-14 rifle.

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These guns were fun! Our group spent the next hour shooting Shatter Blast targets set up in the grass. I could definitely see spending some quality afternoon with my kids teaching them how to shoot.

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Along the way we also learned some fun facts like how much a barrel of BBs weighs!

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Daisy, bb guns, Rogers, Arkansas, Collective Bias

You can read more about the trip from Joan Cook on the Collective Bias blog.

I really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this iconic local company and look forward to working with them soon.

Disclosure: Daisy is a prospective client of Collective Bias. I received no compensation to write this post, and all opinions are my own.