Home and Garden

Celebrating Mardi Gras When You Can’t Get to New Orleans

February 4, 2014

I have spent a lot of time along Mardi Gras parade routes in New Orleans screaming that famous saying “Throw me something, mista!” For those of you who do not know, that slogan for the season pretty much means “hey y’all on that big parade float, throw me some cool beads and doubloons, and hey […]

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Bench From An Old Headboard

January 29, 2014

The previous Superintendent of our park, who is a dear family friend of ours, left an old family headboard at our house when he retired that was a total mess. He told hubby just to toss it in a fire, one less thing to move. Well, you know how I love to have pieces in […]

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Old Door Headboard Project

January 9, 2014

Our home is comfy. It is not a showplace, there are not many pictures that will show up on Pinterest of my clever, imaginative decor. However, I spent years trying for it to be. I wanted it to look how everyone else’s did. I tried to replicate their cute houses in the subdivision even though […]

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The Paul Michael Company ~ It’s all about creativity, family and tradition

January 4, 2014

As I rang in the New Year, I, like  many people reflected on the past year. It was a great one, filled with family, friends old and new, and happiness. Those of you who know me, know that I just love people ~  to hear their stories and walk away a bit more full of […]

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Adventurous Boy Gift Guide

November 22, 2013

I have enlisted The Buckaroo Boys to compile their first “Adventurous Boys Gift Guide” for 2013. We live on a state park, have boys who are constantly seeking adventure, and yes, I have a lot of laundry. Their creativity throws me some days, I can not keep up. So, when the holidays come, I get […]

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Choosing Gratefulness, Oh Silly Pity Party

September 24, 2013

Since my whining fest of September 2013 about living in a SMALL cabin with boys for the past few months, the weather has cooled off and my favorite season has arrived, FALL! I feel energized and invigorated, I might even get crafty and do a little Fall decorating around this joint. Well, let’s not get […]

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Fred, Age 96, Song for His Sweet Lorraine

August 27, 2013

I lost interest in MTV many moons ago.  Baby spit up, diapers, building forts out of refrigerator boxes, educating the next generation, oh, I just got busy.   Social media is a buzzin’ about the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana’s display at the VMAs the other night. No worries I am not going there. […]

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Here’s Your Sign

July 18, 2013

Did you hear about our recent move to a new state park (here). It has been touch and go for a few weeks, but I am still alive and kicking. The renovations will begin soon on our forever house. For now, I am trying to view it as a summer vacation in a cabin on […]

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Learning About The Miracle Bean at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

May 26, 2013

Disclosure: The following post is about the 2013 Bean2Blog event, where P. Allen Smith and the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board  invited bloggers (most ARWB members), fed us a deliscious lunch, gave us a cutie-patootie t-shirt and showed us a good ‘ole time that did involve heritage chicken gawking. All opinions are The Park Wife’s, owner of The Women Bloggers […]

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You Can Meet My Soon To Be BFF P. Allen Smith

April 23, 2013

Three years ago, I was working with the extraordinary Food Writer Kim Severson (now Atlanta Bureau Chief) of the New York Times on an article about watermelons. I know, sounds crazy, but those are the kind of things that I get myself into as the blogger gal, The Park Wife. Littlest Buckaroo’s picture was on […]

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