Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Women Blogger Meetup in Little Rock

Check out this press release for our first meetup!

Museum Event Connects Women Bloggers From Around the State
The Museum of Discovery is partnering with Arkansas Women Bloggers to present a networking event at the Museum of Discovery on Saturday, December 11, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The event is open to any Arkansas woman blogger. The event is free but reservations are required. RSVP by emailing arkansasbloggers@gmail.com.

The December 11 "meetup" is a social gathering of women bloggers. From tech blogger to mommy blogger, food blogger to political blogger to whatever-pops-into-your-head blogger; all are welcome. Attendees have the opportunity to talk about shared interests, learn new technologies and develop new friendships and social connections. Also, attendees receive a "behind the scenes" peek at the Museum of Discovery's future plans for renovation and how they can be contributors to the Museum of Discovery's "MOD VOICES" guest blogger series.

"We are honored to host the inaugural meetup of Arkansas Women Bloggers," says Katie McManners, Museum of Discovery Marketing Director. "The Museum's mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. What is more dynamic and interactive than a group of people using technology to connect ideas and people?"

Launched earlier this year, Arkansas Women Bloggers is an online gathering place for Arkansas women to share ideas and pride; joy and pain; birth and loss; and every other story that is part of living a life. The group transcends the barriers of race, politics, religion, and age to form a supportive community of women, most of whom do not know each other in person. There are currently 229 bloggers from the natural state listed in the group's regional directories. The website is www.arkansaswomenbloggers.blogspot.com.

"Women bloggers are a powerful force to be reckoned with," says The Park Wife, Arkansas Women Bloggers Co-Founder. "Women are the most powerful consumers in the world. Women who can harness the tools of social media are an especially important demographic. Many brands and businesses are utilizing these effective influencers to build personality, loyalty, and sales for their product."

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us by emailing arkansasbloggers@gmail.com

So very excited about this, everyone is invited and I can't wait to meet you!
The Park Wife

Friday, November 19, 2010

Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner

Yuuuuummmmy, one lucky lady and her family will be enjoying a Petit Jean Meats Ham and Turkey this holiday season! Hope over to The Park Wife Sharing the Love Giveaway Blog to find out who will be savoring that delicious meat this holiday season and meet my very own Random Number Generator.

Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!
The Park Wife

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Traditions - Petit Jean Meats Giveaway

Fantastic holiday giveaway of a ham and turkey from Petit Jean Meats! Hop over to The Park Wife Sharing the Love Giveaway Blog to enter!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Giving Pow Wow

A Tradition Worth Sharing

Hello, I am The Park Wife and I am a tradition junkie. (Let me hear you say "Hello Park Wife"). I was raised in Mississippi with many wonderful Southern holiday traditions and have added a few as I married and started my own family. However, I found out that there is such thing as tradition overload.

I live on a state park, love the simplicity of my life, and am trying to keep the holidays from getting out of hand, so I have chosen the traditions that speak to our family and have thrown out the rest.

A couple of years ago, I started a tradition with our two little buckaroos that is wonderful for character training, a history lesson (we are homeschoolers), and it helps to de-clutter before the holidays. Now that is a win-win tradition that fits our life perfectly, it is THE GIVING POW WOW.

In Native American culture, true wealth comes from sharing with others instead of amassing material wealth. The gesture of giving illustrates selflessness while it strengthens the community bond. The gesture is more important than the value of the gift. Now, that is something I want our boys to understand and embrace.

This year we invited some other families to join in on the fun of our Giving Pow Wow. All the kids cleaned out their closets of toys that were still in good shape and brought them to our volunteer fire station/community library wearing full Native American regalia. We sat in a circle around the treasures we would donate to a local charity and the festivities began. The children were given a history of pow wow’s and of the tribe’s from our area, that fulfilled history class for the day. Also, several of the children shared what they know about the Native American culture from sign language to the meaning of face paint colors. We then all held hands and prayed for the recipients of our gifts, that their lives would somehow be better from our act of generosity.

Plan your Giving Pow Wow today and give your children a shared past that they can pass on to future generations, a tradition that embodies the qualities of the person you hope them to be.

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.

In everything, give thanks,
The Park Wife

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Comedian In Me

Sometimes I crack myself up. Really, I think a little quirky fun is needed in everyone's lives. People need to loosen up and have some fun. Anyway, my hubby walks in and shows me this pair of jeans.

Big Buckaroo: "Honey, do you think you could put a patch on these jeans? They are still good enough to wear up at the cabin to work."
The Park Wife: "Are you serious? Look at that huge rip in a not so good place."

Big Buckaroo: "Oh, just put a patch on them and they will be fine."
The Park Wife: "Baby, I could go buy you a pair at Goodwill that cost less than a patch and are in better shape."
Big Buckaroo: "They really are fine, just need a little patch, no one will see them but us."
--a few more minutes of this back and forth goes on---
The Park Wife: *****Sigh**** "O.K., I will take care of it."

And take care of it I did!

I totally crack myself up. Husband, not so much, but I laughed very hard when he saw them. He packed them for his trip to the cabin this weekend. I hope he is wearing them when our Mennonite neighbors come over to talk to him about saw milling and insulation for the cabin.

Still laughing,
The Park Wife

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thankfulness Time Of Year?

Ahhhhh, it is November, finally we have cooler weather and everyone is thinking of Thanksgiving, can't you just smell the turkey, dressing, and fruit pies? Oh, and there is also the attitude of thankfulness that is magnified this month, hmmm.... seems to be a bit of a second thought most of the time.

For the past few days, I have seen 30 days of thankfulness posts on blogs and on Facebook and the first thing I thought was that I really need to start that thankfulness journal I have been wanting to start. Now, let me stand up and say I AM GUILTY OF NOT BEING AS THANKFUL FOR MY BLESSINGS AS I SHOULD BE.

Sometimes I think it is because of the busyness of life, sometimes just being complacent, but it also can be because of stinkin' thinkin'! I am learning that I have to be very careful with what I allow myself to think about! Oh dear! Our negative emotions have a huge impact on us and those around us. It changes our heart and the way we see the world.

Think about a gal you know who is as sweet as pie, gracious, cheerful, passionate about life, filled to the brim with wholesome goodness, kindness and creativity, now, think about a woman you know with a sour-milk attitude, always complaining, filled with bitterness and resentment toward others………. which one of those gals would you rather spend time chatting with over coffee and a yummy treat?

We can't be syrupy sweet all the time, there are such things as hormones and just plain 'ole bad days. That would be those “help me Jesus” days when we want to pull our hair out, or scream or do both. Yea, I am a homeschool mom, just sayin', it happens. Those are the times I have to take a deep breath, ask for God’s grace, sit down with a Dr. Pepper and try to gain my composure.

But then, after I whine just a little bit, I try to pull myself up by my boot straps, cancel the Pity-Party, ask the Lord for strength, and guess what, He gives me a sweet song in my heart! Yes ma’am, I become a thankful, toe-tappin', sweet, hymn-singin' gal (that is very off key)!

I want to raise thankful kids, not entitled, whiney woos. So, like I say often here, more is caught than taught! If we live a life (not just the month of November) with a spirit of thankfulness, think of the impact on our kids!

My Southern mantra is "Pretty is as pretty does" (remember that saying if you think it is alright to wear pajama's and house shoes to the Walmart) but it is also true to say pretty is as pretty thinks since everything we say or do starts with a thought.

If you read God’s promises, spend time praising Him and count your blessings everyday, your thankfulness and joy will start showing! Try it today!

Going to start a thankfulness journal,
The Park Wife

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stop the Insanity, Be the Change

Whew! Election day is over, now I won't have to get all upset when I walk to the mailbox and retrieve a pile of postcards from candidates touting how awesome they are while all I am thinking is how wasteful they have been with their money campaigning. Oh the number of postcards and yard signs in the landfill right now.

I am naturally a very positive person, but every once in a while I just stop and wonder about the loss of logic in today's society. Here are a few things that have been driving me crazy lately:

1- In addition to the campaign paraphernalia littering our streets and mailboxes, yard sale signs that are left up for weeks on end are ridiculous. Now, I am all about a yard sale, but people respect the beauty of your town! As you are heading to the mall to spend the money you made at your yard sale, pull over and pull down the signs you put up!

2-As I was parallel parking the other day (yes, I am a parallel parking champ), I looked at the vehicle in front of me, a big 'ole, I mean big SUV, and good grief it had an anti-BP bumper sticker on it. I think they might be missing the point.

3-To the coach of the other soccer team we played last week, you really do not have to scream at and berate the 6-year-olds when they don't have the skills of Pele'. My college soccer coach screamed at us like that and I promise it did not make us want to be a better player or a better person.

4-My boys tend to have short haircuts, but some boys look cute with the longer hair thing that is trendy right now. HOWEVER, if your son is blessed to be a pretty child and his hair is long, please do not be upset with me if I ask how old your daughter is.

5- Mama's don't let your daughters grow up to be trashy. Seriously, how long does it take to put on some pants and shoes to go to Walmart? Do you really have to go in your pajama pants and fluffy house shoes? Oh, and boys, pull up your pants, I really do not need to know what kind of underwear you have on.

6- Right lane for slow folks that want/need to go under the speed limit, left lane for passing. Move over! Oh, and I am not a mind reader, please use your blinker. Also, turn your music down, I can't hear mine! This is how road rage begins, stop the insanity people.

7-When you post on Facebook, could you please not use slang? I live on a state park and am evidently quite sheltered because I have no idea what you are saying!

8- Hang up your cellphone when you are ready to check out at the store. And, I don't need to hear your entire conversation in the grocery isle. Cellphone etiquette, yes, there is such a thing.

Thank you, these are off my chest now. I will now resume my positive personality.

Back to politics, wait, wait, don't click off!!!! I have been told numerous times from a dear friend of mine in reference to child training that "more is caught than taught". I want to raise world changers, men of Godly character that bring something to this world to make it a better place. With that said, thanks to all the voters in our little village for electing me to the city council!

Working to make our little town a better place than I found it,
The Park Wife