OzMoMuFest 2016 – Friday Night Roundup

Friday night at the third annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival promised a relaxed, but danceable night at the Basin Park Hotel in downtown Eureka Springs, AR.

chuckywaggsAfter a full afternoon and early evening of music from James White on the balcony, Chucky Waggs got the evening going in the Ozark Room. Chucky Waggs didn’t have to travel far to play the festival (the band is from Eureka Springs) but their music has sounds that mix what might be inspired by something further south (Louisiana-ish) with an authentic Arkansan sound.

Throughout the festival I was excited to see lots of innovative pedal powered drums. Chucky’s set has another little snare set up (it’s hiding just behind the bass drum in the above picture). So despite everyone’s fully occupied hands, he was able to add percussion. There were some really cool boards with mics for stomping and even tambourines with pedals on them. On stages as little as these, it’s really cool to get up close and check out everything that’s going on.

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The Whole Famn Damily, from Conway, AR, was absolutely the most fun band of Friday night. They were loud and danceable and filled the whole Barefoot Ballroom with their sound, which is no surprise since there are eight of them on that stage! The whole crowd was on their feet for these fun folks. They’re definitely a band to check out live next time they’re playing near you.
I myself was mesmerized by the banjo mouth moments. At first, it looked like he was taking a drink out of his banjo! But no, he’s singing into it for a really neat effect. Here it looks like he’s giving the banjo a kiss!

 

The last band on Friday night, the Haunted Windchimes, came all the way from Pueblo, CO. I was really excited to see this band after checking them out online. They record so excellently and have such a sweet folk sound. I love when bands mix up whose singing and writing the songs like these guys were. They have some really great songs and are relaxed enough to listen to at work, so check them out on spotify!

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Stay tuned for updates on Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Mountain Music Festival 2016. Wondering what happened to Thursday’s roundup? There isn’t one! I had some car trouble and couldn’t make it up until Friday evening. Were you there Thursday? Was it amazing? Of course it was. Don’t worry folks, there’s always next year!

I was granted free access to the festival in order to share all about it right here on my blog. All opinions are most def. my own.

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OzMoMuFest Bucket List

Are you headed to Eureka Springs, AR for the Ozark Mountain Music Festival this weekend? Already there? Bonus points for beating me to it! Don’t know what it is? Oh no! Check this out: OzMoMuFest. Ok, now we’re set to get to the list! I’m here to share my top 10 things you need to do while in Eureka Springs during OzMoMuFest.

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  1. Dance! You’re at a festival! Get up on that dance floor and move your body! I promise, you’ll have the most fun if you do.
  2. Have your poster signed by the bands! Grab a festival poster from the merch. table and don’t be shy! The bands are all festival attendees too. This festival is intimate enough that you will feel totally comfortable engaging with band members before and after their sets.
  3. Take a selfie with a band member. Once again, the setting’s super chill. Take advantage!
  4. Explore the springs! Find out why Eureka Springs has it’s name and take a walk through downtown. Might I recommend taking your sweetie to Sweet Spring for a refreshing jaunt?
  5. Shop! Downtown Eureka is full of eclectic little shops with everything from kitchenware to clothes. Take a walk only one or two blocks in either direction from the venue and you’ll be bound to find something that you just must have!
  6. Grab a pizza at Chelsea’s Corner Cafe and Bar. This place is a local favorite with a growing lineup of bands cycling through year-round themselves. Not to be missed.
  7. Wander over to Brews and grab coffee or a beer. They’re open from 8am-11pm today and tomorrow and from 8am-9pm on Sunday.
  8. Have lunch at the Oasis on Saturday or Sunday. The original Ark-Mex cuisine is super yum and the restaurant will be open from 10am-2:30pm this weekend.
  9. Grab snacks! Hop over to the Eureka Market and load up on snacks to stock your hotel room for quick between set snack breaks. The bars are flowing and you don’t want to get drunk AND hangry!
  10. Try something new! Whether it’s a new dance move, borrowing someone’s hula hoop, joining in the group jams at the end of the night, trying some new kind of food,  or poking your head in a chilly spring cave – I guarantee you’ll be making memories and having a blast!

Let me know how it goes in the comments! Can you do all ten? Do you have other suggestions? Put them down there! And, see you on the dance floor!

 

Hey! This is the beginning of a whole weekend’s worth of posts about OzMoMuFest. I’ve been granted free access to the festival in order to share all about it right here on my blog. All opinions are most def. my own.

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Northwest Arkansas Mall Gift Card Giveaway (Now Closed)

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post – today a super incredible awesome amazing rad giveaway begins! One lucky winner will receive a $200 shopping spree to select stores at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. That’s a $75 gift card to Dillard’s, a $50 gift card to Gap, a $10 gift card to Clarie’s, a $40 gift card to Charlotte Russe, and a $25 gift card to Candy Craze! Why these stores? Check out yesterday’s post on my 5 holiday party essentials! The contest begins today, Saturday December 12th 2015, and ends on Wednesday December 16th 2015. You must live in Northwest Arkansas to enter and to win.

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This giveaway was generously sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

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Holiday Party Essentials from the Northwest Arkansas Mall

If you’re entertaining at all this holiday season, or even if you’re just attending various holiday shin-digs, this is the place to be! I recently spent the afternoon at the Northwest Arkansas Mall getting everything I’ll need to be super set for the holiday entertaining season. Here are the 5 things that are going to make my holiday party hosting and attending totally rock this December.

P.S. This post is sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall and includes affiliate links. Before you get super upset about how unspecific those links are (they’re to the main brand site, not the specific product), let me tell you why! I want you to go to the mall, just like I did, and buy those things locally. All of that sales tax and energy and community is important! And, in addition, I’m going to be giving one lucky reader the opportunity to do that with a giveaway! You should stay tuned tomorrow, right here on the blog, for that incredible giveaway. And when I say incredible, I mean big and amazing and so super duper!

Holiday Party Essential #1: a little red and green for your tablescape.

I picked up some red (aka: crimson) and green (aka: lemongrass) fiesta ware to serve up gingerbread cookies, sprinkles, and other super important holiday treats. I snagged these perfect pieces at Dillard’s. Click here to check out all of the fiesta ware that Dillard’s offers.

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I already had the lemongrass flatware set, so the crimson flatware, two crimson bowls, and a lemongrass set of dishes was the perfect way to round out my holiday tablescape. This year I’m going to be hosting my “somewhat annual holiday cookie decorating party”, and these pieces will be perfect to dish up cookies, and all of the things that my guests will use to adorn them.

Holiday Party Essential #2: See’s Candies (and it has to be See’s)

See’s Candies are a classic for my family. Actually, we used to get them on the reg. when we lived in San Francisco. Moving here meant leaving them behind, so finding the kiosk at the mall was an extra exciting thing for my parents and I. My dad helped me pick this one out, since he’s the chocolate aficionado of the family. I think I’m going to have to go back for a few more boxes because these are so decadent and make excellent treats at a party, and they are a super great hostess gift too. Shh, don’t tell my boyfriend’s family that they’re all getting See’s when we head their way for the holidays!

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If, like me, you are having a somewhat annual holiday cookie decorating party, then I also highly recommend checking out Candy Craze for unique decorative candies!

Holiday Party Essential #3: A cozy sweater you can dress up or down

I doubled up on this essential with layering in mind. Here in Northwest Arkansas it’s been totally warm during the day but freezing at night, so winter wear has had to stay on hold most days with fall layers holding on through December. Can you believe it? I keep forgetting what month it is because it’s so warm!

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First, (above) a chunky grey knit sweater from Gap. This one can be dressed up (think statement necklace, maxi skirt, fancy hair, and all that) or down (leggings, messy hair, and cookies in hand – that’s more my style obviously).

Second, (below) a wrappy shawl sweater from Charlotte Russe that can go over the above sweater when the sun sets and it gets chilly out.

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Holiday Party Essentials #4: something to cover your booty (with a little give)

After I’ve eaten all of my holiday cookies, I am going to need some pants with a little stretch. That’s why I chose these super comfy and cute pants from Charlotte Russe. They had a buy one get one for $10 deal, so I snagged two. Such goodness with more than one holiday party to go to. I can wear the same sweater and different pants right? Right.

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Holiday Party Essentials #5: last but not least, a little sparkle

I shopped all over the mall for some sparkly and finally landed on this little faux septum ring at Claire’s. Isn’t it the cutest? Aren’t you dying to put sparkly stuff up your nose? I am! Claire’s has all kinds of cute finishing touches to make your outfit look a little more, let’s say – thought about this holiday season.

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Whew, that was a lot of things! Let me know what holiday party essential you’ve been after lately and what you think of mine in the comments! And don’t forget tomorrow’s gigantic giveaway (which will be for Northwest Arkansas residents only – sorry other folks!).

The purchases mentioned in this post were sponsored by the Northwest Arkansas Mall and although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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Little Free Library Delivery – Words

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Today I’ll be dropping off this collection of books at the Little Free Library in front of Arsaga’s at the Depot. If you happen to want any of these three books, just follow me on twitter and look for a tweet that says, “The drop has been made.” Then you can roll on over to the little library and pick them up!

This collection includes:

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  • Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices is a really fun way to get your family to read out loud together. Fun for kids and adults too.

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  • The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary is a really fun, kid friendly, dictionary of rhymes for poetic types.

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  • Roget’s International Thesaurus is an out of date thesaurus for all of your out of date thesaurus needs – or perhaps the framework for a new upcycled journal project?

In case you’re just stumbling upon this and you’re wondering why I’ve got a little stack of books on my blog, check out my intro to this series. And remember, if you want any of these books, all you have to do is stop by the Little Free Library at Arsaga’s at the Depot and pick them up!

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Little Free Library Delivery: Fiction

Little Free Library Delivery: Fiction

This afternoon on my bicycle ride to work I’ll be dropping off this collection of books at the Little Free Library in front of Arsaga’s at the Depot. If you happen to want any of these three books, just follow me on twitter and look for a tweet that says, “The drop has been made.” Then you can roll on over to the little library and pick them up!

This collection includes:

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  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot and illustrated by Edward Gorey. This classic is a staple in my family because my maternal grandmother adored it so much. I have a hard cover copy that she gave me, and there are several other copies in the attic where I got all of these books. The book has poems describing various cats and their personalities and is filled with excellent illustrations of the humanized cats. Great for all ages, especially those in the business of naming their own cats and in need of inspiration.

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  • Stranger In a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlen tells the story of a human raised by martians who comes to Earth from his home planet of Mars. 1960’s science fiction at it’s finest.

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  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner is the story of the Compson family, and is written in a stream of consciousness style. Good luck.

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  • The Arabian Nights translated by Richard Francis Burton is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales that were compiled in Arabic during the 8th-13th centuries. This edition is illustrated throughout.

In case you’re just stumbling upon this and you’re wondering why I’ve got a little stack of books on my blog, check out my intro to this series. And remember, if you want any of these books, all you have to do is stop by the Little Free Library at Arsaga’s at the Depot and pick them up!

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Little Free Library Delivery: Religion

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Since I ride my bicycle by the Little Free Library in front of Arsaga’s at the Depot several times a week on my way to and from work, it’s easy for me to keep up with the little library’s stock. It’s clear plexiglass front door means I don’t even have to stop to check out whether there’s room to drop off some books or not. This collection doesn’t need much space though, as it’s just three books. If you happen to want any of these three books, just follow me on twitter and look for a tweet that says, “The drop has been made.” Then you can roll on over to the little library and pick them up!

This trio includes:

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  • The World’s Great Religions: This is another book which has it’s inside front cover graced by my grandmother’s name. The book must have been around when my mom was young because her name adorns a back page in purple crayon. Aside from some school library markings from the Anaheim School District and a big scrawl of “I Love You All” in orange pastel on the inside of the front cover, the book is in pristine condition. The whole thing is full of pictures, and covers the basics of many of the world’s religions. An excellent book for young people interested in exploring the world’s great religions!

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  • The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries: If, like me, you’re into pagan lady power – then this is the book for you.

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  • A Treasury of Kahlil Gibran: Apparently this book is no oddity to own. According to an article in the New Yorker, Kahlil Gibran is the third bestselling poet of all time. And, it’s no surprise this collection was in my parent’s attic because it’s hippy lit. So, if you’re into some super classic literature by a guy who was told he was a mystical prophet and started to believe it himself, this is the one for you!

In case you’re just stumbling upon this and you’re wondering why I’ve got a little stack of books on my blog, check out my intro to this series.

P.S. My mom had the excellent idea that I stick a card in the books I leave so that those who find the books naturally can trace them back to this whole project. So, I’ve done it! Check for these in the books left by me from now on:

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 7

The September 29th NWARK Local Harvest CSA included:

  • Lettuce Mix
  • Turnips (Radishes??? – more on this crisis below)
  • Green Beans
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Zucchini

My boyfriend made the little video to send me while I was out of town for the night when this came, so in lieu of my usual plain old picture, we’re all media-ed up! I kind of like it, maybe I’ll start taking more video! Ok, on to what happened to all of this goodness:

Jar SaladI’ve been carefully jarring up all of our lettuce into salads so that none of it goes bad. I’ve stayed pretty consistent at a week behind on eating it, so when each delivery comes I’m working on last week’s stockpile. But, at that rate none goes bad because it comes to me so fresh, so it’s all ok.

Last week my boyfriend took me to the meat market (my new favorite place to buy meat) and we got a whole chicken. With all of the little leftover bits, I made salads with chicken in them. Much more substantial.

Ok. So the turnips… some of them were not turnips. Instead, some of them were bitter aka: radishes! Which was fine, because I like radishes sliced thinly with a mandolin atop my salads. However, we went to mash our turnips again, because they are so good like that, and lo and behold our mashed turnips had a bit of ever so bitter radish in them. Not terrible, but definitely a surprise. After a bit of googling we learned that the size of the root indicates which you’re looking at. A thin root (I know the whole thing is a root, but I mean the stringy bit at the base) is a turnip and a thick root is a radish. Generally speaking.

Green beans have been pretty easy to work through. I usually just make them as a side dish. One night, I just ate leftover mashed turnip/radish and green beans, because, well I don’t know. What’s crazy cool about the CSA green beans is that they’re all beautiful (no bruises or slime) and they last for ages because they are so fresh. I like to imagine the farmers carrying my brown paper CSA bag around the farm and taking things right off the plant just before they drive it over to me. I guess that’s basically what happens, though the bagging happens slightly differently, anyway.., it’s amazing.

The sweet pepper hauls have been dwindling in size lately, which is okay – but I’ll be sad when they’re totally gone because the weather just gets too cold. I chop those guys up and stick them in salad jars. That uses most of them. Tonight I’ll make a pizza with some on it.

Still just sautéing and grilling the zucchini. I have to say, it’s the one thing I’m kind of sick of. Maybe I just need to get more creative with my zucchini cooking techniques. Suggestions?

That’s all for week 7. Stay tuned for more weekly-ish updates on what comes in my CSA and what I do with it all! And let me know in the comments, do you or would you sign up for a CSA membership? Why or why not?

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NWARK Local Harvest CSA – Week 6

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September 22nd’s CSA delivery included:

  • 1/2 pound Lettuce Mix
  • 1/2 pound 4-Kale Mix (Red, Siberian, Dwarf Blue and Primer)
  • 1 Bunch Japanese Turnips
  • 2 pounds Red Delicious Apples
  • 1.5  pounds Green and Gold Zucchini
  • 2 pounds Sweet Potatoes

This was a tricky week because I was out of town for the majority of the week celebrating my mom’s birthday, and my boyfriend had clients in town so the fact that this picture got taken is amazing. So, here’s what happened to it all:

The lettuce was used in salads. I’ve been pretty diligent about making 4-6 salads in mason jars each week for my boyfriend and I to take to lunch. For some reason I’m incapable of making a salad for lunch, but I’ll totally grab a pre-made one out of the fridge.

This was our first encounter with kale and it didn’t go well. The whole bag ended up in the compost because we were afraid of it. But don’t worry, we’ve since figured out a way to eat all of our kale and even get sad when we run out. Stay tuned for that excitement!

We actually mashed the turnips with some potatoes and had them as a side. They were delicious.

Ate the apples all on their lonesome, though it must be a bit early in the season because they were a little mealy.

The gold zucchini is so good! It has a much milder/sweeter flavor than the green kind. We’ve been slicing and sautéing most of the zucchini. It is good on pizza and pasta.

Sweet Potato BreadWe held on to the sweet potatoes for a couple of weeks and ended up making sweet potato bread out of them. It’s super easy to make, you just bake the potatoes until they’re soft and mash them into a simple sweet bread recipe. I added some nuts and chocolate chips. My boyfriend and I had a party a week or so ago and served the bread at it, it was a hit.

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Little Free Library Delivery: Journaling

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This afternoon on my way home from my Monday yoga class (a great free class at the Fayetteville Public Library, you should check it out if you’re into moving your body) I’ll be dropping off this awesome collection of books at the Little Free Library that lives at the trail-side entrance of Arsaga’s at the Depot, just off Dickson St. If you see something you must have – follow me on twitter (where I’ll announce that the drop’s been made), and head over to pick it up!

This collection includes:

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  • How To Keep a Sketchbook Journal: A really inspirationally beautiful guide to keeping a sketchbook journal.

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  • Spilling Open: Even inspirationaler beauty. Sabrina Ward Harrison’s stunning personal journal has been published for your lucky eyes to see.

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  • How To Make A Journal of Your Life: Another guide that is also inspiration because it’s so gosh darn cute. For writers, artists, journal keepers, those who aspire to be journal keepers, this is your book.

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  • Writing Essays about Literature: This one’s for a much more academic approach to writing, but as a certified English teacher I’m obligated to tell you that you must know how to write well for all types of occasions and audiences.

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  • Living Colors: This super rad collection of color palates takes you through the ages with color. A great inspiration for breaking out of your usual color scheme.

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  • Urgent: Second Class: This is a guide to collage. It’s such a neat example of some really rad ways to put nifty paper together with other nifty paper things. If you’re into artsy stuff, you need this book.

What in the world is all of this book related stuff about? Well, you must have missed my earlier post explaining why I’m giving a bunch of books away!

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