Family Vacations, Frugal Living/ Budgeting, Ways to be More Content

Hiking to Hawk’s Bill Crag

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  Isn’t that just breathtaking? This place was so beautiful, I decided it needed it’s own post here on my blog!

   See those tiny dark specks at the edge of the rock? Yeah, well that’s my son and a friend of his.  I tagged along on this hike, because Hawk’s Bill Crag was on my bucket list.

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 Here’s my son, Nicholas, overlooking the valley below. This rock is not Hawk’s Bill (also known as Whitaker Point)  but a smaller rock along the trail. there are many beautiful rock formations along the way.

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  Here is another pic of my son, sitting exactly where they tell you not to! And I am holding my camera, a ways off, yelling “Back up! You’re not supposed to go that far out!” like the worry-wart momma that I am. He and his friend find this amusing and are yelling back “Get good pics!”.  So I am hurriedly snapping photos yelling, “Okay, got them, now get back!”

   All teasing aside, the websites say it is not safe to go to the tip (the lower dip just where my son is sitting here) so please follow that, not the whim of teenage boys! I myself didn’t go anywhere near the edge, I am so afraid of heights. I wasn’t even going to venture out to the crag, but my son insisted I conquer my fear and go. I did and it felt great, even from my way far back vantage point. And my son took photos to prove it.

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That’s me there, the one further away from the edge! It was such a rush looking out over all that beautiful nature. I was in awe.

   Now we went towards the end of winter, which was nice weather wise, but not scenery wise. Albeit still gorgeous, I know colors would’ve been amazing in spring or fall. I plan to return this fall to see it again, when my daughter and son-in-law can go, and maybe I’ll talk my hubby into it to. He’s not much of a hiker, but for this view he might go along.

   I’m going to share links to the Harrison Web page, which has good information about getting to Whitaker Point trail head. I’m also sharing the link to Roadtrippers, which has some reviews as well as some pictures.

http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/c_upe_view.php?id=77

https://roadtrippers.com/us/boxley-ar/nature/whitaker-point-hawksbill-crag

   A few tips from me to you:

1. There are no bathrooms at the trail head, so plan accordingly. I was assuming there was at least a camp-type potty, so I drank a ton of water and coffee, oops!

2. The road is like a “pig trail”, not much of a road and pretty steep, rough, and narrow.

3. The trail is steep, so if you’re like me and a bit outta shape, you may need to stop for breaks along the way. No worries though, there are lots of awesome scenic spots you’ll want to stop and look at anyways.

 I live in rural Arkansas and am always looking for new places to go and see within my area. Go out and explore where you live! Or if you’re visiting Arkansas, look at the state park websites, there are so many awesome places to go and see! These type of activities are not only fun, but frugal as well. And what a great therapy to boot!

   Happy Hiking!! God Bless Y’all!

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Frugal Living/ Budgeting, Thrifty Fashion

It’s Back!! Frugal Fashion Friday- 8/21/15

Okay so with back to school I will try to get back into the swing of things! So here goes another round of Frugal Fashion Friday!!

My daughter started working at a local bank, so she needed some dressier clothing. She went and bought a pair of dress pants (for like $30) but still needed more.

Leave it to cheap-o mom to the rescue!! We took a hundred bucks and came home with tons of great “new” clothing! She loves thrift shopping as much as her momma!!

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Here we have this adorable outfit- total cost? A whopping $5.50!

She found this top at Goodwill for $3.50, what a deal! But wait- those super awesome pants were a find at Salvation Army and they were half price to boot (normally $4, sale $2).

I will share more of our shopping trips in the weeks to come! We are just a frugal, thrift loving family!!

I hope all are having a marvelous week, I know I am! My baby boy turns 17 today, wow! I am truly a very blessed lady and I give all the glory to God! He blesses me much more than I ever deserve and I thank Him daily for it.

Have a wonderful weekend- God Bless!!

Frugal Living/ Budgeting

Frugal Ways to Plan a Fun Summer

So last weekend was a beautiful weekend and we decided to take the boat out to the lake for a little summer preview! Granted it was much too cold to do any swimming, we had a great day just cruising around and soaking up the sun.

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Just pulling to the boat launch makes me happy! I love to go to the lake, just so relaxing and peaceful! It was just me and my hubby that headed up, then my daughter and her fiance met us at the dock and we all went out for a cruise.

I say it was relaxing and peaceful, but I must confess, when me and the hubs first launched the boat we had some engine trouble and thought the day was shot, but thankfully it was just a small problem and was quickly fixed and we were back on. I love the fact that my hubby is very handy and can fix just about anything!

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Now this looks so still and quiet, but just wait til summer and it’ll be teaming with activity! Tubing, jet skis, and boats galore out there! That’s when it gets fun and exciting!

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Here are one of the many camp areas on the lake. We also love to go for a camp out, camping is a great family activity that is also pretty frugal!

Make sure you check out your state for their state parks, state run camp sites and hiking trails. We live in North Arkansas and we have access to many different places and things to do that are fairly cheap (at least when comparing to other family vacation activities). Missouri isn’t too far for us either and they have some great sites as well.

Most of the camp sites we stay at have a full working bathroom with showers, a kids park, boat launch (if it’s on the lake), grills, picnic tables and electric hookup for around $20 a night. We tent camp, so we pack up our gear we’ve had for years and grab some “campfire” friendly foods (and some sandwich stuff), charcoal/lighter fluid, and some firewood.

Now I know that owning a boat isn’t cheap, but we have an older model, my hubby does most of the work on it himself (and has a friend that will help him out) and we have a great time out. It’s one of those things,some people see it as a waste of money, we do not.

Camping is still fun even without a boat, we went a lot when our kids were smaller and we didn’t have a boat. We played in the water at the designated swim area, went for hikes exploring, and just hung out with each other. So if you’re looking for a frugal fun family trip this summer, go camping! (or if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of great free/cheap things to do , depending upon where you live) You can google “free things to do in______” , wherever you live near and a list will usually pop up. Anytime I am doing any traveling, I do this. We have found lots of great places to go see using this method. We found out the St Louis zoo (which is amazing ) is free to go to, although you do pay a small parking fee. We took a picnic lunch and had a wonderful day for very little money.

So go forth and start planning a fun frugal summer!!

Hoping all are having a super week! We are on the countdown at school, 13 more days! We are all getting summer fever!! Have a Blessed rest of the week!

Crafty Fun

From Trash to Treasure- Ways to Organize That Won’t Cost You a Fortune!

So we all have that craft area that desperately needs to be more organized, but who wants to spend all their money on items to organize? Not me, which is why I try to use “found” items that work for storage solutions.

Here a great 1st grade teacher I work with knew how much I hate things to be wasted- she brought me these 2 nifty containers! (They were the boxes to some educational puzzles she was using- but didn’t want them in these containers)

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Now these are hat box style boxes with the lids that just lift off the top, these had strings, which I removed from them. I them just used a craft type spray paint in a bright aqua color.

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Now I used these cute chalk board label stickers I got at Michaels’, but a word of warning- I had to use hot glue for them to stay put. The stickers although cute- do not have a strong enough adhesive to hold them onto anything that isn’t flat. Also- I use a white craft pen to write on these, the chalk smudges too much.

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The final outcome is a super  cute! I will store craft supplies inside and stack these on a shelf. They will not only serve a function, but will look adorable in doing so. And I already had the paint and stickers from another project, so no cost really.

Have a wonderfully joy filled day! It is raining here and pretty cool- so Deer Chili is in the slow cooker and I am off to my sweet kiddos at school! God Bless!