REGNAT POPULUS! Arkansas in the Fall: Top 5!

I had the opportunity to live in many states but Arkansas has got to be the most interesting and diverse!

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With this chapter of the FALL COLLABORATION, I have the great privilege of introducing readers to the great state of Arkansas!!   I had the opportunity to live in many states but Arkansas has got to be the most interesting and diverse!  It goes without saying that in 1863 when Arkansas was admitted into the Union the motto was Regnat populus – which translates to “The People Rule!”  The following is a list of some of the great places to visit and events to attend when Fall comes to The Natural States.

 

1- Thorncrown Chapel        Eureka Springs, AR               All Year Round  thorcrown

Over six million people have visited this magical chapel since it was opened in 1980.  This magnificent piece of architecture was placed fourth on the list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.  You can visit it any time of year but the fall colors are what make this place a delightful venue for weddings and sightseeing.  The town that it is in is also amazing and has that perfect small-town vibe offering big-time laughs and entertainment.

 

2- Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair    Fort Smith, AR        September 23 – October 1

The Fair is a must-see!  People come from all over in order to get in on the larger-than-life drumsticks, the amazing cotton candy art, the Livestock and Creative Arts Competitions, the Fair Rides, Concerts, Rodeo, and so much more.  The Fair takes place in a lot of different places all at once.  It just depends on if you want to see a Hypnotist, if you’re interested in the Kachunga Alligator Show, or if you want to see all the shows and concerts at Kay Rogers Park.  There is something for everyone in the family at the State Fair and it opens its doors only in the Fall.

 

3- Mount Magazine State Park                                     All Year Roundasp_mtmag_2014_img_lg_08

Fall has never looked so spectacular.  Even though it takes a little more time for the changes in color to come over this state park, the Fall weather makes it the perfect time to hit the trails.  Hiking, lodging and cabins, horseback riding, canoes on a lake, rafting over rapids, mountain biking, hang gliding, ATV tours, and camping are all available here.  If one of the listed options doesn’t make you smile with excitement, I going to guess that it’s because you have never tried it before!  Word to the wise – get to Mount Magazine and “Just Do Et.”

 

4-  Fayetteville, AR & Razorback Stadium                   Septemter 3 – Novermber 25

razorback-stadium-1I decided to link the two because of their mutual existence.  Fayetteville is a young vibrant city full of energy, commerce, health, and beauty.  Part of what makes this town so popular and bustling is the University of Arkansas campus that is nestled right in the heart of this place.  For the sports fan in the state, this is the place to be to see Razorback Football, Basketball, and all other college division sports.  Fayetteville is also home to the infamous Dickson Street!  Bars and live bands, the best food, and entertainment at your fingertips.  Needless to say, this college town is much more than a college town now and to visit it is to see something new every time!

 

5- Magic Springs & Crystal Falls  

Magic Screams     Oct 8 – Oct 30    &    Cooler Sundays    Sept 23 – Oct 30

Located in beautiful Hot Springs, AR, this water and theme park offers a load of fun for all the family!  With admission to both at the same time you are sure to get your share of soaking and thrill-seeking fun!  The special events offered through Fall are Magic Screams and Cooler Sundays.  Magic Scream is Halloween town all over the place.  Ghost and ghouls jumping out at every corner, witches flying over-head, and waiting in line for a ride or game is not boring anymore when werewolves are trying to snatch you!  It’s a whole lot of fun and will definitely keep you giggling and on your toes.  Cooler Sundays is the opportunity to bring a cooler full of any goody that you want into the park with you at time of admission !!  Sound crazy?  It is but Magic Springs offers it every year.  This way you can have lots of fun and be able to carry your favorite snacks with you everywhere you go.

With so much to do and so much to see, Arkansas allows you to wake up every morning and experience something fresh and exciting.  Sometimes the only thing that lacks is the energy to keep up with all there is to visit!!

Many more where those came from and throughout the FALL COLLABORATION, I will be sharing more of the place I call home with all our readers.  Make sure to check out my fellow collaborators below as they share their homes with you and what do to “When In Rome… In Fall.”

Cheers!

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

 

 

 

 

Chicken Parm you taste so good!

As a man that lives in Merica, and lives in southern Merica, and loves Merica until the day that I die – I LOVE ME SOME FOOTBALL!!

For the second installment of our FALL COLLABORATION, the gang and I are going to take you through the steps on how to prepare for Primetime NFL Action!   As a man that lives in Merica, and lives in southern Merica, and loves Merica until the day that I die – I LOVE ME SOME FOOTBALL!!  Hank Williams Jr. was more famous in my home than Justin Timberlake or 98 Degrees because when you heard “Are You Ready For Some Football?” on the television – you knew it was bout to go down!   Monday night and Sundays were huge for us because that’s when the family came together for yet another fun and exciting time.  At my house, we had cousins come over with uncles and friends!  We had great food, jokes, rivalries, and you were sure to laugh your gut sore.

Now in days its no different!  There is a deep and thick love for the game of football in this country.  It stems from the rich history of great athletes that have set foot on the Grid Iron and from some of the most explosive last-minute plays!  Games that garnered the attention of more sets of eyes at one moment than anything else in the world!  Yes, that big!  So besides watching the game, allowing yourself to feel energy and excitement of the crowd and players, there are a few things that I find help me get the most of it!  You should adopt the following as your SOP for the duration of the season.

~Everyone Coming Over Needs A Jersey.  If Not, Just Go Home.

The Eyes of the experience.  We gather to yell and jump and fist pump our team to victory!!  The best thing you can do is wear your colors; wear the jersey of your favorite player!  This way, when they win, you can just throw the hot wings in your hand at the curtains and run into the street!  There you will be met by your strange and funky neighbors.  But today, you are fans!  So nothing else matters as you jump up to Belly Bump’em.  The smartest thing to do is to buy a quality jersey that will last you year after year.  If you are like me, I like to have somewhat of a collection, so I try to buy a new one every other year or so.  It can even be a T-Shirt with the logo of the team and team colors, but you can not show up to my house without colors.  Get with it!

~ The Food Must Be Spot On!!

Guacamole and Chips, Barbecue Chicken Nachos, Pigs In A Blanket, Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce, Barbecue Meatball Sliders, Kickin Chicken Nuggets, Grilled Chicken, Smoked Pork Ribs, and BUFFALO WINGS!!!  You don’t want me to go on, trust me.  I have limited GB space on this WordPress deal.  The food must make your mouth water.  It’s what catches the attention of that Nose of yours.  You enter the living room with the flat screen on the wall, but your nose takes you right into the kitchen to start to pick at the food!  When the belly can feast, the Beast is at peace.  It’s essential, and there are so many great recipes for you to try every single game.  You grab a plate full of food, grab a cold drink, then sit in front of the game to cheer and scream without running the risk of being famished.

~If The Stakes Aren’t High, Baby Bye, Bye, Bye!

JT reference there…  A fun thing that we like to do is make bets on a game.  Occasionally we will put a dollar or two in on a play for fun, but we like to up the ante!  This is why, as a general rule, I like to keep a bottle of scorching and spicy sauce in my cupboards.  This way the losing side knows that it has to pick a finger food then put the spicy sauce on it – and they don’t get water or milk! Not in my house!  Mwuahahahahaha.  It works well for pranks all year long too.  Dope.  Score.  For the guys, we have the losers leave the house without their jersey on (or any shirt at that matter).  For the ladies, especially from November through the Ship, they have them leave the house without their jersey on and their shoes and socks.  It’s usually frigid.  Something to add more punishment.

This list can go on forever and with a new season just around the corner every time, I love to add new things to make it a good time.  If you can catch a game live, you can take all of this to the tailgate parties that get way out there!!  It’s no longer your home where you have “control” – if it’s not OUT OF CONTROL it’s not TAILGATING.  Without all of the extravaganza and hype, the most pleasurable things for me is to surround myself with people that can laugh and have fun.  Surround yourself with people that love one of the above, and Football if possible, and you are sure to have a great night!  That’s what it is all about in the end – having an excuse to put down the phone, turn off your laptop or computer, put away your work, and live it up with family and friends.

Needless to say that my favorite NFL team are the Denver Broncos!  I grew up in Denver and still have family there.  The Mile High City is near and dear to my heart.  And since I live in Arkansas, well…

 

The title comes from a great commercial featuring Super Bowl 50 Champ Peyton Manning.  I’m sure you have seen it and I’m sure it annoys you by now!

 

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

 

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

 

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

 

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

 

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site