Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities

Last week the boys and I got to experience Boy Scout Camp at Camp Rockefeller for the first time together. It was enjoyable, yet hard.

VERY HARD.

But also very fun.

Boy Scout Camp - Camp Rockefeller - 2017

We started out at a camp site half a mile away from the activities which meant hauling Losh in his chair down a bumpy, slightly hilly, gravel road (basically around this lake pictured above). The gravel wasn’t packed tight and it felt like pushing him through sand. If you guys have ever pushed a stroller through rough terrain like sand then you can only imagine what it felt like.

Repeat a couple times a day and by day two my body was physically exhausted. Not only that, but they decided to do a hike on day two!

Camp Rockefeller - Camp Site
Our first camp site at Camp Rockefeller – Typical camp site found on the reservation

The camp director and a few other people ended up feeling sorry for us and invited us to move to a handicap accessible site. Not only was it closer to the activities and we didn’t have to hike half a mile to get there, it was also paved and even had an electrical outlet.

Hello, phone charger!

Reminder: Tell them ahead of time next year we need to be placed in this site!

Camp Rockefeller - Handicap Accessible Site
Camp Rockefeller – Handicap Accessible Site

While there, the boys participated in different activities to help them earn rank and merit badges. Kaia worked on the First Aid Merit Badge and also worked on Second Class and First Class rank requirements. He was supposed to do the Swimming Merit Badge, but had to work on passing the swim test first. He didn’t pass it until the final day.

Kaia - learning about First Aid
Kaia – learning about First Aid

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get many pictures of Kaia because I stayed with Losh nearly the entire time as his helper. Kaia had a blast and is looking forward to camp next year. Since it was our first time at Boy Scout camp, we learned a lot and know how to make it more enjoyable for him next year – like bringing a bicycle to make travel across the reservation easier.

Kaia - learning how to use tools
Kaia – learning how to use tools and make lashings

Losh worked on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements which included first aid. He tried swimming once, but didn’t enjoy it, and was really able to participate anyway. The night before we left for camp, he was in the ER and diagnosed with a UTI. Despite running fever those first couple of days and feeling miserable, he worked hard and didn’t want to sit out any other activities.

He ended up spending a lot of time going to the medic’s office because his Mickey button (feeding tube) started getting a yeast rash that spread down toward his waist band. The combination of heat, humidity, and antibiotics was not good for him.

Losh - learning how to tie knots
Losh.. not feeling well but learning how to tie knots

Losh had a great camp counsellor who didn’t let on to how nervous he actually was. He had never worked with a child like Losh before and was a little panicky and doubting his own abilities to teach Losh. He was also concerned about offending Losh or myself. He did an excellent job and Losh loved having him as a teacher.

Losh - learning about orienteering
Losh and his amazing camp counsellor learning about orienteering.

This is the third time I have accompanied one of my children to an event like this. Sometimes I feel a little awkward in these situations. I was there solely to help Losh, and didn’t want his counselor to think I was doubting his abilities to teach or anything like that. I just know that Losh requires extra help with certain things like fine motor skills and help pushing himself across rough terrain or long distances.

The other children tried to help push him a couple of times, but ended up getting the wheelchair stuck after only a few feet each time. There really is a trick to doing it right and since I’ve had lots of practice it is just easier for me to do it.

Fairy forest - Camp Rockefeller
One of the easy trails at camp. Many others are steep and rocky.

Losh also had a blast at Boy Scout camp and is already planning which activities and merit badges he wants to earn next year. As with Kaia, we learned a lot and know what to bring to camp next time to make it easier.

Overall, the scouting program does a great job of including people with disabilities and both of my boys enjoy being scouts. They are working their way to being Eagle Scouts. I highly recommend getting your boys involved in scouting, even if they have no desire to reach Eagle rank. The life skills and lessons they learn are worth it!

If you are interested in watching our vlog from that week, check it out on our YouTube Channel: Aduke Schulist

Do you know any Eagle Scouts?

Are your kids attending summer camp?

Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures

This post has been sponsored by Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa. All opinions are my own.
Mommy Med Spa Day

You guys want to know a little secret?

I love to be pampered.

Hello?! What girl doesn’t?

When Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa invited me and a few other bloggers to enjoy a day of pampering, I couldn’t say “Yes!” quick enough.

Single mom. Three kids. Need I say more? 

SingleMommyWarrior and AdukeSchulist
Fellow blogger and single mom, SingleMommyWarrior and I on our way to the clinic.

The Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa was the first day spa to open in Little Rock and just so happens to be owned and operated by the first aesthetician licensed in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs. Mahvash Kamran and her husband Jim. This clinic has been around since the beginning, so they legit know what they are doing.

Not only is it a day spa, they have a complete med spa side too. The med spa includes treatment performed by board certified doctor Bob Young, MD with the help of registered nurse, Sara Molsbee. Combined, they have over 30 years experience working in the med spa industry, making treatments safe and effective.

Med Spa Treatments

Long gone are the days when only those in their late 30s and beyond got med spa treatments. Med spas these days are geared towards men and women of all ages. Some of the treatments include Botox, Hydrafacials, Chemical Peels, Microneedling, and more.

These treatments erase signs of aging, skin damage, acne scars, and make your skin look and feel as fresh as it should.

Pampering Pedicures and a Med Spa Day

I’m counting down the days until I can schedule my Hydrafacial. The process involves shooting a blast of hydration and moisture into your skin all while simultaneously removing impurities within the skin.

Whether hyper-pigmentation, signs of aging, wrinkles, acne scars, or fine lines are your worry, the Rejuvenation Clinic med spa has a treatment that is just right for your needs.

Exclusive Product Lines

On top of the amazing treatments, they have some incredible product lines to choose from. Some of their product lines are exclusive to the Rejuvenation clinic like Ultraluxe. Ultraluxe is a vegan, non-toxic, natural line of skincare products. They have this amazing Eucalyptus Mud Wash that I highly recommend you try. They also have nourishing complexes like this Omega-3 Repair Complex.

Ultraluxe Omega-3 Repair Complex At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

Along with the Ultraluxe line, Rejuvenation Clinic carries other brands like Natura Bisse (only two spas in Little Rock carry this line), Eminence, and more. If you schedule a massage or facial, you even get a piece of chocolate from Eminence in your own, personal locker.

Chocolate - Yes Please
Chocolate? Yes, please!
Pedicure to Pamper my Feet

The day I went, I took advantage of the day spa side and got treated to a fabulous pedicure. Norma, my nail technician made me feel so comfortable and relaxed through the entire process. It was pure bliss.

Getting My Pedicure On At Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock

I picked out a deep pink color and am happy to say it is still going strong, even two weeks later! I have the cutest feet in town.

Pedicure Courtesy of Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa in Little Rock
Freshly painted nails and wearing my reusable pedicure sandals available for purchase at the clinic.
Gifts to Share

Now for the fun part… Mother’s Day is coming up and I wanted to invite all of you to give the gift of health and pampering. Rejuvenation Clinic and I have teamed up to share their goodness, in the form of a gift card, with one of you. It could be to your own mother, or just a friend in need. To enter in the drawing for a gift card to Rejuvenation Clinic, comment below with your answer to one of the following questions. Be sure to follow me on social media, because there are other opportunities to enter there:

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How are you pampering your mother this year? 

Have you ever been to a day spa or med spa? If so, what service did you get?

Visit Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa’s newly updated website and tell me which treatment you would like to get. 

Places to Take Pictures in White County Arkansas

Places to Take Pictures in White County Arkansas

Next to lighting, location is the second most important part of photography. One secret most photographers don’t want to share is the location where they take pictures. Well, I’m letting out some of my secrets today. Why? Simple. There is more to a gorgeous picture than just a fun location.

It’s all about how you work your equipment.

Here are some of my top picks for pics in White County, Arkansas:

Judsonia, Arkansas

Judsonia Bridge
– Located in Judsonia, Arkansas near the Judsonia Post Office, this bridge is open to traffic so keep that in mind when planning your shoot. This is a pretty popular place for family portraits in Judsonia.

Family Portraits Judsonia Bridge White County Arkansas Friendly Acres Park in Judsonia Arkansas Photography by Aduke Schulist

Judsonia Friendly Acres Park
Friendly Acres Park is a quaint little park located off of Missile Base Road in Judsonia. There are geese present year-round, play ground equipment for the kids, a lake, and a firework show every 4th of July, giving you plenty of options to photograph.

Friendly Acres Park in Judsonia Arkansas Photography by Aduke Schulist

Gillam Farms
Gillam Farms is a fruit and produce farm open year-round. This is a great place for bridals, or to practice some macro photography with all the greenery.

Searcy, Arkansas

Searcy Downtown Courthouse Square
– The courthouse itself is gorgeous. At night time, the newly updated Rialto in all its lighted glory is a beautiful capture. There are many textured walls, doorways, and hidden spaces to explore around the downtown Searcy area.

Riverside Park
– Nestled near the Little Red River in Searcy, this park features walking trails, caves, cliffs, and greenery making it a great place for Senior pictures or family portraits.

Riverside Park in Searcy Arkansas Photography by Aduke Schulist

Harding University
Harding University is gorgeous year-round. There is plenty of shade and short paths loaded with flowers. Christmas lights during the Winter make it a great place to shoot at night.

Berryhill Bike Trail
– Paved trails make this a great place for exploring the surrounding nature. There is a small bridge about half a mile north of Berryhill Park on the path perfect for family portraits.

Pioneer Village
– This is another location popular among photographers. The Pioneer Village is a small historical site filled with 19th century pieces including architecture, farm equipment, and more.

Ink-PioneerVillage

Smyrna Church
– Smyrna Church, located off of Hwy 36 is another historical piece in Searcy. This church is known as being the oldest church in Arkansas and is a great place to capture sunsets, portraits, or the building itself.

Searcy Art Gallery
– The Searcy Art Gallery, located in the historic Black House is a beautiful place for bridals, architecture, or just plain ole’ art.

Bald Knob, Arkansas:

Wildlife Refuge Bald Knob
– The Bald Knob Wildlife Refuge sits on over 15,000 acres and is a favorite amongst birders. Migrating birds, or static insects make great captures here.

Downtown Courtyard Bald Knob
– The Downtown Bald Knob Courtyard has been updated within the past few years and offers some similar details as the Searcy downtown area with textured walls, hidden nooks, and is perfect for senior pictures.

Downtown Bald Knob Photography by Aduke Schulist

Bald Knob Lake
– This is one of my favorites for sunsets. The water is also perfect for wading into to capture portraits.

Bald Knob Lake in Bald Knob Arkansas Photography by Aduke Schulist

Bald Knob Train Depot
– If trains are your thing, then add this to your must-see list. The train depot has plenty to photograph indoors or outdoors and it just a short walk from the downtown courtyard.

Pangburn, Arkansas

The Wedding Barn
– The Wedding Barn is a barn and event center located about 25 miles from Searcy. It sits atop a mountain, making it great for landscape, or bridal portraits.

So, there you have it. Some of my favorite places to take pictures in White County, Arkansas. What one would be your favorite place to take pictures?

*Please keep in mind that permission must be granted in order to utilize some of these locations.

Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

 

This post has been made possible by the Outlets of Little Rock. Compensation has been provided for my time and social media influence. All opinions are my own.
Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock

There are two things I love: Shopping and Starbucks! Luckily, the Outlets of Little Rock has both. They opened up in late 2015 with over 50 stores to choose from. Over 50 stores y’all! Today, I got to go shopping with some fellow bloggers and enjoy delicious treats from a variety of shops.

Outlets of Little Rock

We made our way around the stores, collecting goodies and filling our bellies as we went. I think I added about 5 million things to my Wishlist. This pair of shoes was one of them.

I would die for this shoe from Corkys Footwear

Others stops included Tommy Hilfiger, Corky’s Footwear, and Beef Jerky Outlet. I had no clue they even made Kangaroo jerky! We tasted different kinds of Jerky

Kangaroo Jerky from Beef Jerky Outlet

Sweetness Overload

One of my favorite stops was the Lindt store where we learned how to use our 5 senses to enhance our chocolate experience. I thought I already knew how to enjoy chocolate, but they helped me really enjoy it.

Lindt Five Senses Demonstration

Starbucks spoke my love language by providing drinks and samplings to the bloggers. I went with my typical Starbucks order of a Caramel Macchiato.

Caramel Macchiato

Giving Back

The Outlets are getting the community involved in different ways. In February, they hosted a Wish-A-Thon to raise money for Make A Wish children, and served Coffee with Cops in January. Coming up on April 22nd is a Food Truck Festival. This is a great way to get your grub on and support a cause. Some vendors are Black Hound BBQ, Eat at Eric’s, and Cypress Knee Food.

If you are shopping for a gift for somebody, the Outlets of Little Rock is the place to go. They seriously have something for everybody. I can’t wait to go back with the kids.

 

Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival

Get Down Downtown 2016

Street Festivals and vendor events are one of my favorite things ever! I adore getting to know new businesses and people in my community and supporting their hustle. Our local community members work hard farming, crafting, designing, cooking, baking, and more in order to bring us some of the best items available in town to the yearly Get Down Downtown outdoor festival.

2016 Get Down Downtown

 

Recently, our town held a street festival called Get Down Downtown and invited people from all over to showcase their talents and goods. Here is just a small sampling of what we experienced.

Entertainment & Activities:

The main attraction was the stage set up for local and big-name entertainers. As night time approached, the crowd grew larger, coming to see performers such as Keith Anderson, The Nobility, Edge Nation, Tristan McIntosh, and Waterproof Mascara.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

There was no shortage of entertainment activities for the kids. This young lady brought some homemade hula hoops and taught the children how to hula hoop. As a child I was great at hooping, but as I’ve aged and my shape has changed, my body just doesn’t do what it used to. This is one thing I want to get back into, especially with the hoop dancing and learning how to do awesome tricks like this.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Food:

From food trucks to the Farmer’s Market who set up right around the corner, food was plenty! This particular vendor is one of my favorites and always has the most delicious bread. You can find her on Facebook at Willowbrook Farm.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Another favorite? Food trucks! I finally tried some Fajita Nachos and let me tell you, they are to die for! It’s all the goodness of a fajita right on top of some chips. Yum!

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Vendors:

And finally, those that made it happen.. The vendors! Lined up on both sides of two streets, vendors were there with their goods, crafts, and other items. There was seriously something for everyone.

Nearly every booth had a giveaway and even some swag for attendees.

Get Down Downtown - Street Festival - Vendor Event 2016

Get Down Downtown happens once a year around the end of September. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Do you enjoy street festivals and vendor events?

What is your favorite type of festival food?