August 16, 2015

There's Something Special About Eureka Springs

When it comes to road trips I am the master.  I am always on the lookout for an out of the norm getaway.  Eureka Springs, Arkansas fits the bill.  An eclectic, fun little town in the Ozarks of Northern Arkansas.  

I'd been to Eureka Springs a couple of times for business and each time I told myself I would bring my family.  Well, we FINALLY did it.  Hubby and I loaded up the kids in the Kia and off we went to scope out one of my fave cities.

Eureka Springs is known for the mysterious Crescent Hotel and the historic Basin Park Hotel.  Both have been featured on various syndicated cable shows, particularly during Halloween as both are reportedly haunted.  Now although I cannot attest to their validity of these claims, I can definitely say they are quite spooky. 

The Crescent Hotel has longed been deemed "America's most haunted hotel" and it lives up to the name.  With the resident black house cat and the countless stories of ghostly events, a stay there is truly an adventure.  I once had a friend who stayed there, unbeknownst to the ghoulish tales.  Unlike some others, she opted to forego a roommate. 

When she arrived she was enamored by the splendor of the majestic hotel with it's spacious rooms and well manicured lawns.

The first night she couldn't sleep.  "There's just something about this huge room", she said.       

The second night she couldn't sleep and the elevator just happened to be out of order one late night.

The third morning she was sharing how she couldn't sleep and how she felt the presence of someone or some thing and then we had to tell her the history of the Crescent.  That night, she slept quite well as she invited everyone over for a slumber party!  

Crescent Hotel

One of my fave places to stay in Eureka Springs is the Basin Park Hotel.  First time I stayed there I was naive to the tales of this historically haunted hotel.  Upon entering the room I was taken back to days of old.  The claw foot tub and the beautifully spacious suite welcomed me.  I was exhausted when I checked into my room and had to tinkle.  I sat on the commode giggling like a child as my feet dangled nearly 2 inches off the ground.  I'm not a short person but the commode was unusually tall.  

Basin Park Hotel

The accommodations were absolutely beautiful but it wasn't long before little things began to happen. 

Like the constant sounds of people giggling in the room beside me.  I chalked it up to thin walls.  However, the following day, my friend and I met for breakfast and she shared how she heard people dancing all night long.  "That must've been one heckuva party", she remarked.  The waitress overhearing us, told us there wasn't a party... of the living.  She shared the history of the Basin Park Ballroom with us and we were in awe.  Now granted we saw the Ghost Tour brochures when we checked in but we thought they were for the Crescent Hotel up the hill.

Eureka Springs is more than haunted hotels.  It's home to some of the most spiritual views in the world including the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Great Passion Play and Thorncrown Chapel.

Hubby and the kids weren't as thrilled as I was about going to see a huge statue of Christ but as we neared the property and they caught a glimpse of the towering statue they were in awe.   The statue is the 3rd tallest statue of Christ Jesus in the world and is truly a beautiful sight to behold.  

Be sure to stop and read the placards about the history of the building of the statue and look for the gravesites of the man who envisioned the work and his wife.  

Another beautiful stop is Thorncrown Chapel is truly a work of art.  It's an amazingly beautiful structure of glass and steel with a full frontal view of nature like none other. The story of a faithful man, Jim Reed and his mission if you will, to build the structure despite a lack of funding and the challenges of nature.  Reed, along with famed architect E. Faye Jones built a structure that has won countless awards and serves as one of the finest examples of spiritual architecture in the world.  

During our visit to Thorncrown, Hubby sat down as deer nibbled on grass within an arm's reach as familiar hymns piped throughout the structure.  "This is absolutely amazing" he remarked and I couldn't agree more.

I didn't get a chance to take the family to one of Myrtie Mae's, one of my fave Eureka Springs eats.  I hate to admit but I have a weakness for fried chicken.  I don't fry foods so when I find a restaurant that claims to have the best fried chicken, I surrender.  Myrtie Mae's NEVER disappoints.  Their fried chicken is crispy, juicy and it's nestled in a local hotel so if you're too full, you can just get a room.  Seriously, this is some good fried chicken.

If you are ever traveling on I-40 and you see an exit to U.S. 49, just outside of Alma, Arkansas, head on up to Eureka Springs for a unique peek at something special.

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This is NOT a sponsored post.  These are just my views of some fab places my family and I have visited that I'd love to share with you and your family.  As always, if you visit, be sure to tell them Three Boys and an Old Lady blog sent.

August 15, 2015

Guess Who's Getting Married...

A couple of weeks ago, I got the news I've waited nearly 20 years to hear... there's gonna be a wedding.

Yep, my favorite blonde and our favorite Green are tying the knot.

Their nuptial plans will commence on September 19th...

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OMG... who plans a wedding in less than 6 weeks?  

Those two, that's who. 

There's so much to do and oh so little time.

You'd think after almost 20 years of "dating" what's a year of wedding planning.  Well, for these two have put their foot down and without further adieu I am so proud to announce that my darling sister and her beloved beau are tying the knot.

Congratulations on your engagement and this wedding coordinator of a big sister is promising you the best wedding ever.

They've been together so long even the President was surprised to hear they were tying the knot.  Now granted it was the wax figure of President Obama, I'm sure the President would be just as surprised nonetheless.

So, this fab blogger has lots of wedding planning to do and I'd love to hear your ideas on how to make this the best wedding ever.

August 02, 2015

Sample the Taste of Summer with Sweet 'N Low #DontHesitaste #IC #Ad

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Last week the Sweet 'N Low sampling truck stopped by the Insane Inflatable 5k in North Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Los Tres Amigos and some of our friends signed up to volunteer for the 5k as it raises funds for a couple of our favorite local charities. Finding out the Sweet 'N Low Sampling Truck would be at the event was a bonus given Sweet 'N Low is making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters for every cup sampled. You get to sample a fab beverage and donate to a great charity at the same time... WINNER WINNER!!!

The 5k was so much fun!  We climbed up, we slid down!  We raced over and under and through and into obstacles left and right!!

If you look closely you can see the youngest of Los Tres Amigos helping set up this obstacle for the onslaught of nearly 1300 registered participants.  Our favorite obstacle was ...drumroll please... the Big Balls.  

We had fun navigating through the Insane Inflatable 5k obstacles and it was nice to cool down with some Sweet 'N Low sweetened tea from the Sweet 'N Low Sampling Truck.

Sweet 'Low is running a great contest.  Simply snap a pic of your favorite Sweet’N Low®-sweetened drink, tag your pic with the hashtags #donthesitaste and #contestentry and a Sweet’N Low® packet in your pic to qualify.  

Oh, and be sure to mention "Three Boys and an Old Lady blog" and snag a free gift!  

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July 12, 2015

5 Quick Tips to Burst Your Energy

It's getting harder and harder to keep up with my kids' busy schedules.  You'd think Summer Break would bring some reprieve, but it's quite the opposite.  Funny thing is during the school year my youngest was the last one to wake but now that Summer's here, he's often up and at 'em way before me.  Go figure.

Busy days at the office often leave me feeling exhausted when I come home.  The kids are on Summer break, I'm not.  I've got to go to work but I still want to spend quality time with my kids when I get home from work so rather than forego some of our favorite Summer activities, I've found a few ways to give me some quick energy boosts.

  1. Lunchtime Walks.  Get up and away from your desk and go outside.  Just a brief 3-5 minute walk a couple of times throughout your workday can make a difference.  I'm cooped up in an office for nearly 9 hours and I can't always go outside but I make a point to get up and go outside a couple of times throughout the day.  Your body will appreciate the Vitamin D and your mind will appreciate the change of atmosphere.
  2. Change Your Snack.  The Vending Machine Revolution hasn't made it to my office yet.  Our office vending machine is full of empty calorie laden, unhealthy snacks.  Save your change and stop by your local farmer's market during lunch to pick up some healthier snack options.  There are plenty of Summer fruit options and the natural sugars will give your body a boost without the crash of those vending machine choices.  Oh, you can also save those quarters for a visit to the local arcade with the kiddos.
  3. Pack Your Lunch.  Thanks to online delivery services my lunch options have greatly increased.  I can order from practically all of my favorite restaurants and even snag an online coupon for free delivery.  Yea though I love the convenience, I loathe the afternoon laziness that accompanies it.  Reality is this money-savin' mama will pay $15 for the lunchtime portion of Chicken Marsala with Naan but I turn my nose up at the $10 healthier green salad with light vinaigrette saying "I'm not paying $10 for a salad".  Save your money and pack your lunch.  Packing your lunch allows you to portion your serving size and save your money for a fab Summer weekend getaway.  One week of packed lunches could equal a full tank of gas.
  4. The Power of Mint.  Ever wonder why mint-flavored gums and mints are the highest selling flavors of gum and mint? Mint offers a proven bursts of energy and not to mention fresh breath.  When I had braces my orthodontist recommended I chew sugarless gum to stimulate healthy saliva and mint flavors were my gum of choice.  Even though I don't wear braces any longer, I still keep sugarfree gum or mints with me.  Recently I was introduced to PUR Mints. I've been a fan of PUR gum for a while because they're sugar free, aspartame free, contain simple ingredients, and my orthodontist approved.  PUR Mints are also non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, nut and soy-free, and they don't spike sugar levels so they're perfect for persons with Diabetes.  PUR has added a mints to their product line available in the traditional Peppermint and Spearmint, but the new lineup also includes a cool Polar Mint and a delightful tasting Mojito Lime Mint.     
  5. Hydrate Thyself.  With temps soaring to record highs, hydration is a must.  Are you really drinking enough water?  Forego the sweet tea and soda during lunch with the girls and opt for water instead.  Tap or bottled, your choice.  Not a huge fan of water?  Believe me I understand, plain water bores me and I admit I don't drink enough water but over the years I've learned a few tips which have helped me increase my daily intake.  First of all, perk up your water by adding a slice of mint or a couple slices of cucumber or fresh fruit or even drop in a peppermint into your glass of water.  My new recent fave is dropping a PUR Mints Tangerine Tango mint into an ice cold glass of water.  It adds a zing to my water and it's a 0 calorie burst of energy.
So there you have it, 5 little tips to burst your energy.  What are some of your favorite energy bursters?  Let me know, leave a comment below.

July 03, 2015

Let's Talk About Some Common Misconceptions About Occasional Incontinence… #PeeHappens

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I have this one friend who is the life of the party. When the girls and I get together, her recollections of days gone by have us in stitches. A few weeks ago, we got together for lunch and she was at it again. One of the girls blurted “You are hilarious. Stop it, you’re gonna make me pee on myself.” Then we all started laughing. Back in the day when we were pregnant, a little tinkle happened and now that we’re getting older “PeeHappens”.

Their timing couldn’t have been any better. I had just received samples of Always Discreet bladder protection pads and briefs and happened to have the packages in my car. The girls are always teasing me about my being in the know when it comes to practically everything. “Leave it to Tomi to have some tinkle pads”. Next thing you know we’re all sitting around sipping sweet tea talking about bladder protection. Maybe it was being among friends which made my friends more open to such an awkward conversation. Honestly, I’d never talked to anyone about occasional leaks but after talking with my friends leaks aren’t all that uncommon.

Always Discreet are very discreet and easy to conceal in your clutch or beach bag.

Always Discreet offers liners, pads and underwear with a variety of leakage protection to meet your individual needs. Some may need a light liner for day to day protection. Others may need a pad or underwear for maximum protection. Always Discreet has a product to meet your personal needs.

 Let’s clear up some misconceptions about 
those little accidents we have from to time.

  1. Pee Happens
  2. Urinary incontinence is common. Many women experience incontinence during pregnancy and following childbirth
  3. UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) may lead to urinary incontinence
  4. Laughing, coughing, sneezing and exercising put pressure on the bladder and may cause occasional incontinence
  5. Certain prescriptions may cause incontinence
  6. Incontinence can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition
  7. Talk with your doctor. It’s great to have a friend you can confide in about your occasional incontinence but talk to your doctor to see if there’s an underlying condition that may be causing your incontinence. I know it’s an awkward conversation, but believe me you are not alone and remember Urinalysis is a covered benefit under PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and in some instances you may not have to pay a deductible, co-payment or coinsurance for the service.

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So keep laughing…
    Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze…
        And don’t let the occasional “oops” ruin your day!

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