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Giveaway: Guide to the Trails of Petit Jean

By September 24, 2014 Arkansas, Books
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Petit Jean State Park is one of the best parks for trail hiking in Central Arkansas, if not the best. It’s a huge system of almost 20 miles of trails—and that might mean you miss some of the best parts of the trails. But don’t worry, Dr. Matt Moran is here to help! He’s published a Guide to the Trails of Petit Jean to help you make the most of all Petit Jean offers.

And one lucky reader will win a copy of the Guide! 

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Ways to Support a Loved One’s Business Launch

By September 9, 2014 Arkansas, Life
How to Support your Loved One during a Business Launch - Tips from a entrepreneurial couple

Today, I’m more than six months into my business venture. I registered my business on March 25, 2014 and launched my website two months later on May 26, 2014 over Memorial Day weekend. It’s been an adventure but at this point in our lives, I’m proud to say I’m making enough money to support us. Why is that so important?

My boyfriend, Joseph, decided to launch his own law firm that helps entrepreneurs starting a business in Conway, Arkansas where we live. I couldn’t be prouder that he made this decision and wants to help other entrepreneurs make their dreams become realities.

(He hates if I blog about him but this is a special occasion. Also his face is now in my sidebar. So there’s that.)

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A Day in an Online Business Owner’s Life

By August 27, 2014 Life
A Day in the Life of an Online Business Owner

Every once in a while someone asks me how I manage my time. Frankly, I don’t think I’m in a position to laud my system—I’m such a perfectionist that I always think “Um, I mess up my time management constantly! Why do you want to know what I stink at?” This is especially true when it comes to doing the task I think I should for marketing my own blogs. But I guess that I look like I’m pretty well put together most of the time. At least that’s what I hope!

I run a successful online business with a large number of clients, a personal blog, and still find the time to participate in lots of volunteer and hobby groups.

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Bacon Cheese Dip: Central Arkansas in a Bowl

By August 23, 2014 Arkansas, Food
Bacon Cheese Dip made with Petit Jean Meats Bacon. It's like Central Arkansas in a bowl!

This post is sponsored by Petit Jean Meats. They provided a Bacon Sampler Pack for the post and one for me to give to one lucky winner! All opinions are my own because, well, I just freaking love bacon from Petit Jean Meats. And their franks. And their ham slices. And well, all their products. You can buy some here, no matter where you are in the US!

There’s little more that speaks to what it means to live in central Arkansas than bacon and cheese dip. Cheese dip was invented here in the 1940s, don’t you know! Stoby’s in Conway is my favorite cheese dip but my favorite bacon comes from up the road in Morrilton from Petit Jean Meats.

In honor of International Bacon Day, the fantastic people at Petit Jean Meats and gave me a Bacon Sampler to create something that celebrates bacon and all things central Arkansas. And let me tell you, this is an amazing recipe you won’t want to pass up. Plus, I’m giving away a Bacon Sampler pack to one lucky winner!

Petit Jean Meats goes all out for Bacon and will be hosting the Bacon Bowl Saturday September 13, 2014 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bacon lovers, it’s your kind of thing. Think lots and lots of bacon and happy bacon faces.

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