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Arkansas Outside Website Shares Info on Adventure Sports

Learn about mountain biking events and other recreational opportunities at is a new website designed to offer information on all the things to do outdoors in Arkansas.

“Until now, people looking for outdoor recreation venues had to search all over the web, scrolling through various online calendars and still finding limited information," says website owner Job Jacobs.

"With the launch of, visitors can find just about any information they need in one place."

The site includes a calendar and stories in a searchable blog form. The calendar is accessible by race directors and group leaders to add events.

"People are looking for more than just a race date and location, they want to know what the race is like, what to expect," Jacobs says. "The articles provide that."

While the articles can’t cover every event or hiking trail in the state, Jacobs expects that over time, as new articles are added, visitors will find all the information they need. 

“This is a participatory sports site but we don’t cover hunting and fishing," Jacobs says. "Those activities are already covered on numerous other sites in the state. We want to help people who want to get out and experience Arkansas. We are focusing on road and trail running, all kinds of cycling (the pedal kind), kayaking and canoeing and rock climbing. Multi-sports like triathlons and adventure racing are also covered.”

For more information contact Jacobs at (501) 707-5989 or

Stuttgart Arkansas Engagement: Andrea Jacobs & Chris Knight

Image by Drew Cason Photography

Andrea Jacobs of Stuttgart and Chris Knight of Flint, Texas are engaged! They are tying the knot on May 12, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart.

Their engagement photos were taken by Drew Cason Photography.

Click here to see more pics of Andrea and Chris.

Best wishes to the happy couple!

Catering Idea: Sample a Fuzzy Navel Crush Signature Cocktail

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Thanks to Vincent Van Gogh Vodka for letting us sample this delicious signature cocktail!

Part of what's cool about my job as editor of Arkansas Bride is getting to sample and review things and share them with you. Planning books and bridal products are usually what we get, but last month we were excited (after a particularly busy month of finishing our Spring/Summer 2012 issue) to receive a large bottle of Vincent Van Gogh's Cool Peach Vodka

We just had to try it -- for research of course -- and more importantly, to try their suggested signature cocktail recipe: a Fuzzy Navel Crush (pictured; recipe below). 

So, after work one night, the Arkansas Bride ladies got together for a little happy hour of Fuzzy Navel Crush cocktail ... wondering what wedding they might fit best with and what other ways to mix this delicious peach vodka. Here's what the ladies had to say...

  • My daily emotional support and associate editor Amanda Hoelzeman: "It was really refreshing and very Southern. I think it would be perfect for an outdoor Southern spring/summer wedding ... it could even be served punch-style in Mason jars with a peach wedge."
  • Our list master and my daily sounding board Alex Graham: "I don't drink fruity drinks, but it was strong!"
  • Our blogger extraordinaire and marketing guru Rachael Rickels: "I immediately noticed the hint of mint, which was really refreshing. It really tasted like a peach, too, which reminded me of the rustic, farm weddings we've seen a lot of this year. It'd be a perfect signature cocktail for a summer farm wedding."
  • And "editor" a.k.a. crazed workaholic me: The orange juice in the recipe is a little heavy in the recipe they provided. The peach vodka, with its subtle hint of mint, stands alone and just needs something lighter and bubblier ... maybe mix it with Diet Sprite, Cherry 7Up or the like. I think it'd be perfect at a summer reception, a reception that has an orange color scheme, and at a bridal shower or bridesmaids' luncheon to brighten the mood.

Here's the signature cocktail recipe:

Fuzzy Navel Crush

  • 2 oz Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • Splash Orange juice
  • Splash soda water

Serve in pint glass filled with crushed ice.

Thanks to Vincent Van Gogh vodka. It was a fun taste test!

(If you want to send something for review, be our guest! We're game if you are. Inquire at

Winter Can Bring Treacherous Weather -- Are You Ready?

Prepare now for troublesome winter weather.

Enduring winter weather requires preparation. With winter storms right around the corner, here are some tips from Verizon Wireless on how to plan ahead in case of a weather emergency. 

1. Make sure you have a working phone charger for your home and car in case the power goes out in your community. Your smartphone or tablet keep you informed through radio coverage to warn of bad weather and allow you to stay in touch with family and friends through calls, texts and e-mails.

2. Designate a central contact, preferably a family member in another city or state, for all family members to contact in the event an emergency or disaster separates loved ones who live in the same community.

3. Arkansans can find a multitude of apps to ease the stress of winter weather:

  • The Weather Channel app allows users to enter locations for a localized weather update and view animated radars and detailed hourly, daily and weekly forecasts.
  • If lost or stuck in snow, the Winter Survival Kit will determine your location and notify your friends and family. The app also features a gas calculator to show how long your car can run based on the amount of gas you have.
  • Users can get up in the morning early enough to scrape their car windows and make it to work on time with Winter Wake-Up. This alarm clock monitors overnight weather and rings earlier than usual based on the pre-set preferences of the user.
  • Many local news outlets have free apps available to listeners and viewers that feature weather alerts.

4. Dress in layers, wear gloves and don a winter hat. Wear waterproof insulated boots while outside to keep your feet warm and dry. 

5. Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle with blankets, water, flashlights and nonperishable food. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing and will provide a place to charge up smartphones or tablets.

6. Running water in your home, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

5. Plan to have some of these items on hand if a winter storm is approaching:

  • Prescription medication
  • Wireless phone batteries and other batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • First aid supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Rain gear
  • Nonperishable food

For more suggestions on winter weather preparation from the Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention click here. 

Arkansas Engagement: Amanda Fawcett & Geoffrey Campbell

Gallery by Carper Creative Photography

Amanda Fawcett of Ashdown and Geoffrey Campbell of Little Rock are engaged! They plan to tie the knot on June 23, 2012 at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock. The reception, immediately following, will be held at Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Amanda and Geoffrey met at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. They are both huge Razorback fans and have incorporated their love of the Razorbacks into their engagement and wedding! Geoffrey decided to add another special memory to the many they have had at Amanda's family's tailgate. He proposed!

Here's what Amanda has said about some of their wedding plans: "We have continued the Razorback theme into the planning of our wedding. Our first engagement party was the Saturday of the Auburn game on the same tailgate deck he proposed. He got his way once again when we decided the location of the rehearsal dinner. It will be at War Memorial Stadium in the new press box."

Their engagement photos were taken by Carper Creative Photography.

You can click here to see all about Amanda and Geoffrey's wedding!

Best wishes and Go Hogs to the happy couple!

Arkansas Wedding Dresses: Big Sales at Six Bridal Boutiques

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There are three wedding dress sales happening now in Arkansas - dresses as low as $99 - so make your appointments ASAP.

For all you brides-to-be who are strapped for cash after spending too much on others for Christmas, here's a belated present: Big sales on wedding dresses at six Arkansas bridal boutiques.

Danielle's Bridal in Clarksville: Wedding dresses are marked down as low as $99 during a winter sale going on through Jan. 14. All gowns are on sale, including new gowns. For more info click here. To make an appointment call (479) 754-5885.

Always & Forever in Fort Smith: Check out its semi-annual sample sale. For info click here, call (479) 646-1997 or e-mail

Proposals Boutique in Little Rock: A wedding gown sample sale, running through Jan. 31, offers prices from 30-75 percent off. To learn more click here or call (501) 661-4696.

Low's Bridal & Formal in Brinkley: Low's is having its semi-annual half-price sale through Jan. 28 with couture gowns at 65 percent to 75 percent off. Call (870) 734-3244 to schedule an appointment. For more information click here.

Jessica's Bridal & Formal in Bay (near Jonesboro): Wedding gowns will be as much as 75 percent off, making some as afforadable as $99. For more info click here or call (870) 781-3334.

MaRu in Pine Bluff: The store, which is closing, is selling its collection of 250 designer wedding gowns (sizes 4-24) off the rack at 40 percent off through the middle of January. For more info click here or e-mail owner Betty Higman at

Sign Up Now For Remaining Little Rock Marathon Races

The 2011 Little Rock Marathon gets off to a flying start. 

The Little Rock Marathon (26.2) is already sold out. The half marathon, 10K and 5K fun run will sell out quickly, as always. So you might want to sign up now for the events happening March 3-4.

Through Dec. 31, online registration for the half-marathon is $70. The 10K is $45, 5K fun run/walk is $30 and kids' marathon is $20. Online registrants will receive an auto-generated e-mail confirmation which contains info needed to obtain the registrant's race packed on race weekend. 

To register online click here. To learn more about marathon events click here. 

State, County, Federal Offices and Banks Are Closed Today

State, county and federal offices are closed today (Dec. 26) because Christmas fell on a Sunday. Here's a complete list:

  • Garbage routes in Little Rock, Maumelle and Sherwood will run one day late. Little Rock recycling will run one day late.
  • Cammack Village, Jacksonville, Little Rock Wastewater, City of Little Rock, Maumelle, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Wrightsville, Pulaski County, Pulaski County Courthouse, state offices and federal offices are closed.
  • Banks are closed.
  • The Post Office is closed.
  • Central Arkansas Library System libraries and Laman Library are closed.
  • Central Arkansas Transit Authority buses and River Rail streets cars are not running.
  • Central Arkansas Water is closed.
  • Parking tickets will not be issued today, but metered parking at the Little Rock National Airport will be enforced.
  • Little Rock and North Little Rock schools will resume Jan. 4.

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What’s new in shopping, the arts, music, travel, fun parties and delicious food in Arkansas? Let Lauren James of be your guide. An avid shopper, traveler and lover of everything-arts-related, she will show you the best of what Arkansas has to offer. Make your go-to spot every day to learn the latest in entertainment, dining, attractions, activities and more.
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