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Choosing The Right Pet For Your Family

Most individuals have an idea just what type of pet they want; however, the maintenance of a pet can surely cause some concern. Knowing how to choose the correct pet for you may be easy or somewhat difficult. You may have had several pets as a child and know you need a companion for your own home or you may have always wanted a pet but been told you could not have one. Whatever the case you may need to take into consideration some key points to pet care when deciding what pet is right for you. Continue reading

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How I make my face look younger?

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Looking younger!

When I had my own photography studio I used to really enjoy editing my images, especially those of the high school seniors.  I loved touching up their faces to make them glow (none of my senior images had zits or acne)  it was so much fun.  In fact I edited every image I took so that faces looked better and skin was pretty.  I even smoothed out a lot of wrinkles for some of the older clients.  They all loved the touched up images. Continue reading

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Best Dog Backpack – You can put them to work!

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Maybe Your Dog can carry his own weight!

Many of us enjoy taking our furry friends with us on trips and walks and it can be great fun.  But what about the dog’s water and drinking bowl?  Do you simply add that to your own pack?

There is no reason your dog can’t carry his/her own stuff, especially if he is not too small.  For my husband and myself, our dog “Boaz” is plenty big enought to carry his own stuff at 130 pounds.  Bo loves to go walking and hiking with my husband, but he does need to have water and something to drink out of just like my husband does.  Recently Bo went along on a 10 mile hike and we decided that he needed to carry his own things.  My husband jury-rigged a small human waistpack for him to carry across his shoulders but that didn’t work out so well – his movements made the pack slide around off his shoulders.  So my husband went shopping to get him a “real” doggie backpack.  Bo is rather large, so he had to go along to try it on.  It just fits and is a little snug but works well without being too tight on him. Continue reading

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How to Make Walking Fun and Interesting?

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Walking can be interesting

Here in Bella Vista, Arkansas we see people walking all the time.  They walk around Lake Bella Vista, they walk the numerous walking trails and paths, they walk their dogs, they walk in groups, and where I live in in Norwood Courts, they walk uphill to their mailboxes.

Regular walking is known to be great exercise, and it only takes a few minutes each day to enhance your health.  As a person in a wheelchair, my goal is to get out of this wheelchair and be able to walk on my own again someday.  My husband walks a lot:  1) walking our dog; 2) hiking with the hill-n-dale hiking club; 3) walking to Harps at Town Center for a few groceries; 4) walking to our mailbox. Yes, walking is part of his daily planned activites along with several other exercise means (pickleball, yoga class, biking, fit blast class and more). Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Hiking Backpack

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Hiking Backpacks

If you are a hiker, one thing to get right is your backpack.

Size of Backpack

You need to consider the right size for you.  One way to figure this out is to measure the vertical distance from your neck (from the bony bump at the base of your neck to your the center of your back at the hip bones).  You may need a helper to do this.

Vertical Height:

16″ or less, get a size Small

16.5 – 19.5″ get a size Medium

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Thoughts for Decorating your Home

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Home Decorating

Utter the two words “home decorating” in a crowd or women and the place will go mad. These two words seem to breathe fire in women’s bellies. Most women love the idea of home decorating. When discussed in a crowd, there will likely be all sorts of ideas and tips passed around. For some strange reason the female population enjoy smaking changes, especially to their homes. The idea of getting rid of the old and bringing in the new gets women all excited. Continue reading

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Why I buy from Amazon?

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My Favorite Online Store

I have no problems saying Amazon.com is my favorite online store to purchase from.  I buy online a lot.  Mostly because being in a wheelchair makes shopping at brick and mortar companies pretty difficult for me.  Its a lot of trouble loading my wheelchair and myself in my car and then driving to a regular store, unloading my wheelchair and myself and then rolling myself into the store and then pushing a cart or holding  a basket with my selections and then getting it all back in my vehicle and driving home again.  Then, once back at my home, getting my purchases from my vehicle to inside my home is yet another time consuming chore. Continue reading

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Top Cold Press Coffee Makers of 2019

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Cold Press Coffee Maker

For the last few weeks of 2019, my husband and I have been talking about cold press coffee.  He had read an article in Consumer Reports on them and became interested.  When he asked me about them and I read that cold press coffee was less bitter, I became interested also.  I’ve always thought the smell of coffee perking was awesome!  However, when I drink that coffee, I’m disappointed with the bitterness I taste.  I’ve tried various types of coffee and found all to be quite bitter and never living up to the “promise of the magnificent aroma”. Continue reading

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Road Cycling Safety Tips and Other guidance that can save your life!

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Road Cycling Safety Tips

Bicycle safety is a very important part of riding a bicycle. People ride bikes for many reasons including recreation and relaxation, for exercise, muscle toning, and weight loss, charity bike-a-thons, wine tours, bicycle races and many more!

While riding your bike is a very rewarding experience, you MUST know and use proper bicycle safety rules. Continue reading

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Why not let me help you finish your family Christmas shopping?

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Get The Last Family Gifts Right here On Our Mall.

I just finished my Christmas gift shopping online last night.  I do most of my shopping online because I’m in a wheelchair and its so much more fun and easier to shop online and have it delivered right to my door.  I shop mostly on Amazon – the Worlds Largest Online Retailer.  I love to shop there because the choices are endless and my Amazon Prime subscription gets my orders here so quickly – usually within two days.  I also use Amazon all the time to find and download books for my kindle (I’m a voracious reader!).  I have Kindle Unlimited and I can try all kinds of books and new authors for free.  I select the many, many free books from new authors and even well-known authors also.  It’s perfect for my reading habit.

The Seasonal Sale Shop here on the Bella Vista Online Mall is now updated for Christmas.  I’ve spent quite a bit of time selecting possible gift choices.  You can go there and see what I’ve selected this year.  Or just check out any of the other many Shops from the “Our Shops” dropdown menu. Continue reading

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Starting a new online drawing course today – to learn to draw realistically

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Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced by  Jaysen Batchelor

Today I started the “Ultimate Drawing Course – Beginner to Advanced” by Jaysen Batchelor.  Jason is a very talented young man and a good teacher.  I’m already having fun with the first lesson.  I joined after midnight last night in order to get the special pricing of $9.99 (awesome price).  The course has 63 lectures and over 50 drawing projects.  Its going to be very good.  I stayed up until after 3 am to begin the course already.  Here’s my “eye drawing” the first assignment. Continue reading

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Meet Dana Johnson, local photographer and creator of beautiful art!

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Meet Dana Johnson, a local photographer

You will find Dana Johnson, a Bella Vista Resident with his wife Sonya since 2007, most any day out on the trails and roads in and around Bella Vista and NW Arkansas with his camera.  Dana is a member of the Bella Vista/Bentonville Photography Club and you will find him at most of their events.  Dana is from Plano, Texas. Continue reading

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My first try at Grocery Pickup

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My first try at Grocery to go pickup

Bella Vista may not be as much of a “retirement” community as it used to be, but there are still lots of retired and senior residents like myself. I’m retired.  I’m also handicapped (in a wheelchair).  This makes shopping of any sort at a brick and mortar store more difficult.  Many stores do not have the electric carts at all or not enough for the demand.

Many times I’ve gone to Walmart and had to wait quite a long time to get access to an electric cart with a basket to hold my purchases.  Its no fun when you have to struggle from your parking spot with a cane or walker when you really need an electric cart with a basket to shop and hold your purchases.

Then there are the stores like Dillards where there are NO CARTS at all unless you bring your own.  Then you have to load and unload your own cart from your vehicle.  Even if you have a wheelchair you carry around with your vehicle, loading and unloading it can be difficult if you are by yourself.  Also, your wheelchair probably doesn’t have an attached basket that will contain your purchases.  This week I decided to use the “Walmart to go” or pickup.  The Walmart store just over the Missouri line in Pineville provides both pick up and delivery of groceries.

How does it work?

You place your order online and then go park in the pickup spot at the Walmart closest to you that provides the service.

  1. You will need to create yourself an online account at Walmart (not hard to do).  Go To Walmart.com and the pick up and delivery section of the website: https://grocery.walmart.com/?adid=1500000000000039636450&veh=wmt
  2. Choose the Walmart location close to you that offers grocery pickup.  (in my case it was the Pineville Walmart (it offers both pickup and delivery options, but you can choose the specific location you want to use)
  3. Reserve your timeslot to go to that store to pickup your groceries and items.
  4. Fill your online cart with the items you want purchased and pay with your cc or debit card.
  5. Mark the items you will accept an exchange for if the item is not available.
  6. Your account will have your email address included.
  7. You will be notified when your pickup is ready by email.
  8. Download the Walmart app to your smart phone.
  9. Drive to the Walmart (in my case – the one just into Missouri north of Bella Vista when you receive the email that your order is ready to pickup.
  10. Go to the center parking isle that has Pickup Signs (they are numbered).  I got parking spot #1.
  11. I logged into my Walmart app and entered that I was ready to pickup my order, the parking slot I was in and the color of my car.
  12. Shortly a lady came out with my order and loaded it into my car.  She was very nice.  She also said she did home delivery too but unfortunately she could only deliver to the door step, not take the groceries inside.  Too bad for me, but its a Walmart rule for the safety of their employee which I can understand.

My first experience was a good one and I’ll definitely order for a pick upagain.

What about Harps at Town Center?

My understanding is that the new Harps store at Town Center also offers home delivery, but I haven’t tried it yet.

Here’s the website locator link.

Here’s more information at this site:

https://www.harpsfood.com/Pages/18267/Pickup & Delivery

Create an account and choose your location.  I figure the procedure is similar at Harps as at Walmart.  There is a Harps app also for you to download.

Here’s a link to Bella Vista Harps on Facebook.


I enjoy getting comments and questions from my site visitors.  Let me know your experiences with grocery pickup and delivery.  You can leave your comments below -Shirley


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Try Cycling for Your Health – its fun and fit!

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Cycling Fitness Benefits

Biking/Cycling, just like other sports requires practice to become better at it.  We know that cycling is a great exercise to lose weight and become healthier.  So, if  you have decided to take up cycling as a hobby for both fun and fitness, you should learn as much as you can about the sport and how to become better at it. Continue reading

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Lets learn to do Yoga! Plus Challenge Review

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Is Yoga The Perfect Exercise?

Is Yoga the perfect form of exercise and relaxation? Let’s make a list of what our ideal type of exercise would do. Firstly it would be simple enough that anyone could do it, but have enough variations and different methods that it would maintain the interest of someone who had been practicing it for years. It would need to be easy to learn so that people could pick up the basics quickly and stat seeing the benefits as soon as possible. To be a perfect form of exercise it would need to be capable of keep our body in good shape all by itself. It would help with weight loss, circulation and increasing the strength of the muscles. It would stimulate the lymphatic system as well as the blood flow and help the body dispose of waste products, improving the overall immune response system. It would also have benefits that went beyond health – the sharpening of the mind and an increased sense of well being and contentment. Ideally it would be an exercise form that required no expensive equipment and that could be practiced practically anywhere, alone or in a group. Continue reading

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Fly Fishing for Dummies (Arkansas version) – Part 1

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History Of Fly Fishing

Fly fishing has been around in various forms for many years. Early historical records indicate that Macedonian fishermen were using artificial flies to catch fish as early as the second century. The Roman Claudius Aelianus described the Macedonian anglers as using six-foot rods with six-foot line. Aelianus detailed how the Macedonian fishermen would craft artificial flies from a hook with red wool and insect wings tied on. These Macedonian fishermen were apparently quite successful with their technique. There is also some evidence that fishing with artificial flies may even predate the second-century Macedonian techniques.

Unfortunately, little else was written about ancient fly fishing methods. It was 1496 before any major work was published describing fly fishing.

It is thought that modern fly fishing probably developed in England and Scotland. Fly fishing techniques similar to modern techniques began to be developed in England in the 19th century. Around this time fly fishing clubs were also formed in England to accommodate a growing interest in the sport. Part of the interest in fly fishing in southern England was because of the prevalence of shallow, weedy rivers. Fly fishing proved to be well-adapted to this type of watercourse. Continue reading

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Learning to Play Tennis for the Absolute Beginner!

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Basics of Tennis Explained

Tennis if you have ever stopped to consider what it is, can be called a fairly basic sport. Because of this, virtually anyone can learn how to play successfully, but the hard part is the physical aspect.

In terms of how the game is actually played, there are some basic guidelines that will allow you to play successfully without feeling as if you are lost. Even if you are not interested in playing but merely watching, having an idea about what is going on and why will give you a much better understanding of the game overall.

The game of tennis is played with a racket.  The game may be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber tennis ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s side of the court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

The equipment that is used is a tennis ball, tennis racquet and a tennis court. For each individual player there is also tennis shoes and of course suitable tennis clothes. Otherwise, there is no other equipment that is needed. This makes it a sport that is fairly light to play, unlike football, which has a large amount of heavy equipment that is involved as well. Continue reading

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Start Fitness Cycling!

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What You Need to Know Before Taking Up Cycling

Are you thinking of taking up biking as a hobby or perhaps a means of exercise?  Maybe you are ditching the car or public transportation and taking up bike riding as a means to get around. Either way, it’s a great hobby or workout or mode of transportation that is fun and easy to do.  Biking is considered Low impact – and causes less strain and injuries than many other exercises.  Cycling will use all of the major muscle groups as you pedal and is great for strength and stamina.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started in your cycling. Continue reading

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Ways to Help Stop Aging Now

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Protect your body and mind against aging

As the years pass by quicker and quicker, and body and mind slows down, my mind tends to think more about ways to help stop aging, NOW!

One surefire way to help both your body and your mind stay a peak ability is by:


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Dealing with Snakes on the Trail

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Watch out for those trail loving snakes!

Summer is here and naturally, you want to be outside enjoying the beautiful nature around us here in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas.  Hikers, walkers, and bikers are out in force.  Kayaks and canoes are in the waters of our beautiful lakes.  The weather is getting hot, slowly but surely.

With warmer weather, we need to start watching out for snakes in our yards and around the trails and lakes.  Yes, Arkansas does have some venomous snakes we need to be aware of.  But no need to be terrified of enjoying our natural beauty here in the Ozarks.  Employing caution and keeping aware of our surroundings will help us to stay safe from these native reptiles. Continue reading

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Product: Paint Basket Online Art Lessons website Review

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Product:  Paint Basket – Online Art Lessons

Website: Paint Basket Online Art Lessons

(an art training membership site)

Cost:  tutorials are free; VIP membership is$1 for first 7 days; $19/month after that.

My Rating

Target Audience:  Artists and those who want to learn about various art, how to create it and increase their skill levels.


Paint Basket Online Art Lessons is a site that offers over 500 draw and paint along classes and courses totaling over 800 hours worth of art instruction.  There are over 100 FREE tutorials and more added weekly for anyone. Continue reading

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Celebrating the 4th of July

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July 4th – An American Holiday

We have just a few days until the 4th of July, our own American Holiday.  Bella Vista and the surrounding area offers several events you can attend to celebrate, but what if you would like to celebrate at home and have your own Party?  Here are some suggestions for you for a BBQ cookout and some Games.

The Bella Vista Online Mall has a “Seasonal Shop” where you can purchase items for your party if needed.  Check it out.

Plan a Perfect BBQ Party

Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions, and going away parties. No matter why you have decided to plan a barbecue party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you plan ahead.

Planning the perfect BBQ party is not difficult, as long as you follow a few simple steps.

  1.  First, no barbeque would be complete without guests. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be too far as long as you everyone enough advanced notice. Remember that not everyone will be able to come, no matter how much notice you give them, so do not get discouraged if you do not get as many RSVPs as you originally hoped for.
  2.  Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, then you may want to have a backup plan just in case unusual weather comes. You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold your barbecue during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbecue in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends.
  3.  Purchase the type of meat that you will be serving at your party. You will want to have a least a couple of different kinds of meats, as everyone attending may not like a certain kind. It is usually safe to go with pork, sausage, hamburgers, and chicken. If smaller children are going to be in attendance, you should consider child-friendly foods such as smaller hamburgers and hot dogs.
  4.  Once you have the meat purchased, you will then want to consider what type of sides dished you will serve. If you want a complete traditional barbecue, you may want to stick with traditional sides. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically served at barbeques because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the items listed above. Once again, if children will be present, you may want to consider sides for them as well.The simplest approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any cooking on your part, and will still be loved by the majority of your guests.
  5.  Depending on the theme of your party, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at a different time, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches.
  6.  The day before your party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat stored away, soaking up the marinade until it is time for it to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time.
  7.  The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if you have been planning this for weeks. Try to have the grill already going by the time the guests get there as well because the smell coming from the grill is sure to get everyone in the mood.

Veggies can Take Center State at your 4th of July Cookout

Your annual 4th of July cookout is quickly approaching. Whether you’re expecting vegetarian guests, you’ve newly transitioned to vegetarianism yourself, or you’d just like to incorporate more meatless recipes to give some variety to your cookout menu, there are all kind of ways to prepare meatless options.

Before beginning, remember that most vegetarian foods are more fragile than meat, and do not contain as much fat. Therefore, a clean and well-lubricated grill is essential to successfully grill vegetables. It’d be a shame for those beautifully grilled peppers to stick to the grill!

Traditionally, vegetables have been considered a side dish in most meals, but at a cookout, they can take center stage as the entrée. Almost any kind of vegetable is great for grilling. Complement your meal by serving them over pasta, rice or polenta. You can also make them into extraordinary sandwiches with a soy-based cheese and some freshly baked rolls or bread.

Cut the vegetables lengthwise into thin slices in the case of zucchini and eggplant, or into thick rings, in the case of onions, tomatoes and peppers. If you’d rather have your veggies in handy bite-size pieces for serving with pasta and the like, try using a special pan for the grill with small holes that keep the veggies from falling through the grill and being lost. And probably the easiest way to grill vegetables on the grill is shish-ka-bob style!

Don’t forget to balance out those grilled vegetables with some fresh fruit salads, perfectly chilled and juicy. Watermelon, strawberries, grapes, and citrus fruits all complement one another well in a delightful fruit salad prepared with non-dairy whipped cream.  Also, use fruits to experiment with some fun smoothies and slushies for the kids – they’re fun and better for them than sugary sodas.

4th of July games

If you’re hosting a 4th of July party, there are hours and hours to fill before the highlight events of the day begin – the fireworks. You’ll want to have plenty of activities and games planned to keep everyone busy and entertained.

There are a variety of games you can plan that have a patriotic theme.

Balloon pass

This game involves relaying a balloon down a line of people. Use balloons that are red, white and blue and tell the participants they will be using their hands and their legs to pass the balloon down the line. Create two teams of people, and line them up in straight lines. Give the first person a balloon and tell them to put it between their legs, passing the balloon to the next person in line with their legs only. That person will take the balloon and pass it to the next person by putting it over their head. That third person will put the balloon between their legs and pass to the next person like that. The game continues until the balloon has passed all the way down the line. If you have a small group, require that the balloon get passed down the line and back again before declaring a winner.

Chalk it up

Pick a panel of judges (the oldest members of the family are the obvious picks) and have them become the official judges for a chalk contest. Break your guests into two teams (or more, depending on how many people are at the party) and give them each one or two containers of sidewalk chalk. Tell them to create a sidewalk picture that shows something patriotic, and tell them the flag must be included in the picture. Give them a time limit (depending on your group, this time limit might range from 10 minutes to 45 minutes) and then have the judges declare a winner after they have carefully examined all the artwork. You could have art-themed prizes for the winners.


One fun 4th of July activity that just screams “4th of July!” is a parade with decorated bikes, scooters and the like. Ask everyone who comes to the party to decorate their bike or scooter or other items in patriotic garb. You can have people bring them to the party already decorated and have a contest for “best bike”, etc., but also fun is to have a decorating party within the party. Have all the items on hand to decorate the bikes and scooters and skateboards. You might have streamers, banners, flags, and ribbons. The children and adults can decorate their bikes and scooters as a party activity.

Guessing Game

These games are always popular for just about any occasion. Fill a large jar with peppermint candy (the red and white striped kind) and decorate it with blue and red ribbon. Have people guess how many candies are in the jar (which of course means you count as you place the candies in the jar). The winner, or the person who comes closest to the number without going over, gets the jar of candy.


If you’re having fireworks at your home, you might have a big box of assorted fireworks. Everyone has their personal favorites and people might have clear ideas of what they want to see and hear. You can play a game to determine who gets to pick the next firework to go off next. You might ask trivia questions (why are there 13 stars on the flag?). Or you can have a dance-off. While music plays in the background, each person who really wants to pick the next firework to go off has to dance the craziest, silliest dance they can come up with. Someone who’s been designated a judge will decide who won the dance off and that person gets to pick the next fireworks item. Unless there are more fireworks than people, each person only gets to pick one.

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I love to get questions and comments from our site visitors, leave yours below.  If you enjoyed this post, share with your friends. -Shirley

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How To Pick The Best Golf Clubs For A Beginner?

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Best golf clubs for a Beginner

When you are first starting out with golf, you will want to have equipment that is geared more towards your skill level than anything else. If you decide that you are crazy about golfing and you want to spend thousands of dollars on the most deluxe clubs available, you are likely to encounter nothing but frustration. The more expensive clubs are meant to be played on by experts, so your lower skill level is just going to clash with their design, and you will be left with a bunch of clubs that you utterly despise, and paid a huge amount of money for. Therefore any beginning golfer should carefully choose the clubs that they buy based on a few different things, rather than just the reviews and price tag. If you consider these things, you will be a happier golfer in the long run, and you will most likely be able to increase your skill level at a much higher rate.

The main thing you want to look for in golf clubs is flexibility. I’m not talking about the kind of flexibility that determines how much your golf club bends when you swing it. I’m talking about the kinds of golf clubs that are very forgiving to those who don’t have as much of an idea as to what they are doing. The best kind of flexible golf club is the one that is adjustable. Rather than deciding on set measurements and details, you can spend a little bit extra and get golf clubs that are able to change at the flick of the wrist. Since you are a beginner and your gameplay habits have not fully developed (or perhaps have not even begun to develop), it’s best to play it safe until you can have a better idea as to what you personally need in order to succeed. Continue reading

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About the Kayak

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Where did the Kayak come from?

The kayak has been around for over 4000 years. It was created almost out of necessity by the people of the Arctic in order for them to be able to hunt and fish away from their frozen landscape on which they lived. At first, kayaks were constructed out of driftwood as there were no trees that were in the areas from which to get the wood that would make the frame.

Usually a husband and wife would work together to make this craft for themselves or the male to use. The wife would sew seal skins together to be stretched over the wooden frame that was made by the male. The wife would then make an insert that would fit over the cockpit to keep the craft water tight as many of the Arctic people were unable to swim. This is where the term Eskimo roll comes from. Continue reading

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Its a new Spring, a new Season – Let’s do something different!

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Spring is Coming and I’m loving this wonderful sunny weather we are having

FINALLY!  My mood is getting better and I’m not so SAD.

Lately, I’ve been getting the urge to spring clean, and I’ve been moving stuff, cleaning behind, under and around things in my house.  I’m even going through my closets and all my clothes.  I’m getting rid of the too worn out items and cleaning and storing the things that fit where I can get to them easily.  I’m finding I had a lot more clothes than I realized, so I don’t plan on adding a lot of new clothes, but I have been thinking about dressing up the ones I have with new accessories, like summer sandals, new and colorful earrings and maybe a bracelet or two.  I don’t wear a bunch of jewelry normally, just my wedding ring, my cross necklace, and earrings.

This last year, I’ve been wearing earrings more and more – I even got my ears punched again so I can.  I’ve found a line of jewelry that is not expensive, but still vintage and elegant that I like to wear.  The brand is Plunder Design and I’ve been purchasing their unique looking earrings for months now.  I’m finding them easy to wear, colorful and yet very tasteful.  I’m even wearing dangle ones now because they are not so heavy they make my ears sore.

Each month, Plunder has some wonderful specials that I check closely to see if I can buy something new and cool on sale.

Plunder even has a subscription group called “Plunder Posse” where you signup for automatic shipping each month of some awesome items not available elsewhere.


Plunder Posse is a subscription service that delivers 1-3 on-trend pieces to your door each month! These pieces are not found in our normal catalogs have a limited quantity.  These pieces can be a gift to yourself or to others! The Plunder Posse box is only $25 per month including tax and shipping.  Check out some of the monthly posse items recently:  https://www.plunderdesign.com/shirleydawson/plunder-posse/

You can check out my Cool Plunder online shop to see more of these great jewelry items.


I enjoy reading your comments and getting questions.  Please leave yours below. -Shirley
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A Visit to The Rail in Downtown Rogers is Enjoyable

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The Rail Pizza Company in Rogers, Arkansas

Image of Mel at booth in The RailMy husband, Mel, and I got out of the house finally Tuesday.  I was truly ready, after a week-long bout with Influenza A and still battling a persistent cough, I enjoyed our outing to our accountants to sign our tax documents and then we decided to have lunch someplace we haven’t tried before. We parked in front of a coffee shop and The Rail on South 1st Street near downtown Rogers. I was in my wheelchair and we looked in the door of the coffee shop and realized there was a step down in the front that wouldn’t accommodate my wheelchair, so we turned next door and entered The Rail Pizza shop.

The Rail is known for its fresh pizza and also for its Wings and Pork Shanks.  You order to carry out or you can eat in, there are tables and booths and a cool bar area to enjoy beer, wings, and pizza, plus an outdoor patio eating area in the back when the weather’s nice.  The atmosphere is casual and friendly.  We enjoyed the decor.

The menu included fresh in-house baked crust that is really good.    Mel and I decided to try the Dumpster Pizza.  It was delicious!  I’m reading in other reviews that the wings, especially the Thai wings are great.  So I’m definitely going to try those when we visit again.

Image of The Rail Menu Image of The Rail Menu

It didn’t take us long to get our pizza, but the wait was not so bad.  The Rail is decorated in an interesting fashion, with lots of colorful items to look at.  They have a special wall for cool stickers and many different items for sale.

Image of dumpster pizza Image of sticker wall Image of table decor


I enjoy receiving comments and questions, please leave yours below. -Shirley

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Get Your Very Own Website or Blog site – finally

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Put your small business or hobby online for less than $300

Many small business owners or hobbyist have delayed giving their business an online presence.  But it really does not cost a lot to get .ne up and running and there is so much value to an online presence. Continue reading

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Kindle Fire HD Tablet for Kids – Product Review

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Choosing an Educational Tablet for Kids – my Grandkids

This Christmas I decided I wanted to get my grand kids something educational and cool to use.  I have two precious little boy grandsons, age 3 and 5 and 1/2.  Their parents are missionaries just arrived back in the States on furlough.  My daughter will be homeschooling them.

I had been looking for a learning tablet for kids several years now to get them; however on the mission field, they do not have good internet, but now that they are back in the states for a couple of years, the internet is no problem. Continue reading

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I love Rosie- my Robotic Roomba 980 vacuum

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My Roomba “Rosie”

I ditched my regular vacuum 2 years ago because I could not vacuum from my wheelchair or deal with the pain of pushing that bulky $2k machine around and emptying the water.

I now have “Rosie” my irobot Roomba 980 vacuum and I love her.

Rosie cleans my floors because I am physically unable to clean them myself.  I’m in a wheelchair and using a regular mop or a vacuum is pretty hard from my sitting position and also hurts my back and arms.  She saves me so much time and pain.  I hire a lady to come to clean my home twice a month, but in between, Rosie cleans every other day and keeps my home looking tidy.

Rosie has lived with my husband and myself for over 2 years and is still working hard.  I remember the day we got Rosie.  We found her while shopping at Bed, Bath and Beyond and managed to get her while she was on sale.  She is a professional and was definitely not cheap.

After taking her home and getting her ready to work (an easy process), we waited a while after plugging her in for her to “juice” up.  It was at a holiday time and most of my family was there (my husband and myself, my daughter, son-in-law, little grandson and our monster Giant Schnauzer “Bo”.   We named our Roomba “Rosie” (we are Jetson fans).

Rosie started working as soon as she left the charging station, her extractors twirling around furiously and her rollers on full thrust.  She began “mapping” the layout of our home.

Imagine 5 people (4 adults, 1 toddler) and a 130-pound dog sitting in our living room and staring at the little round workhorse we named “Rosie” as she rolled up and down and under and around the living room furniture.  We sat there fascinated watching this small robot do her job and memorize the dimensions of our rooms and where our furniture was located.  My little grandson and my dog “Bo” followed around after her trying to figure out what she was doing.  We all found “Rosie” quite entertaining for about 45 minutes.  Even now I find myself watching mesmerized as she rolls around my house and under my furniture.  It’s still fun to watch her do my work.

That was two years ago and at our former home.  Since then, Rosie has mapped our new home in Bella Vista and does her cleaning job every other day.  She is great at picking up dirt and small debris that my hiking husband and dog bring in (leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc.).  Rosie makes the first round, her sensors guiding her in cleaning each room and then she goes back to the charging station for a while and later makes the 2nd round, cleaning around the edges of the room and furniture.  When she finishes that, she heads back to her station and then my only job is to remove her small collection bin and shake the collected debris out in the trash can. She makes keeping our floors looking good much easier.

We have engineered hardwood flooring throughout our home except for tile floors in the bathrooms and laundry room.  We have a few doormats at the doors and bathroom rugs.  Rosie handles these pretty well and we can hear her working slightly harder when she is on the rug or mat surface.  She cleans carpets fine too (we had carpets when we first moved to our new home).

About Roomba 980

The Roomba 980 was irobot’s latest and best model until very recently when the e models and  i7+ came out. The 980 comes with a home base charging station, 2 virtual wall barriers (battery operated with 4AA batteries which are also included), an extra filter and side brush.  There is a owners guide and some documentation and the 980 has a Manufacturer Warranty. The owners’ guide is available online also.

The Roomba 980 specializes in multi-room mapping and cleaning and can be controlled via your wifi network by an iRobot app on your smartphone or through Amazon Alexa devices.  You can start your robotic maid before leaving the office and hit the grocery store and pick up kids at the daycare while she cleans your floors so you arrive at a nice dirt free house.

The Roomba 980 is a gentle cleaner, gently bumping her way around your expensive furniture and painted baseboards as she works.  She can fit under most couches and chairs and will work her way around the legs to clean your floor space.  She can sense a dropoff and will not fall down your steps.  She can maneuver over low door sills though and we once found Rosie out of the laundry room and beginning to clean our garage floor.  So you can close the doors of rooms you do not want her to enter.  You can also set up one of the two virtual wall barries to keep her from going in certain areas.

Watch the Roomba 980 at work (this guy has named his Roomba “Steve”

Where can you purchase the Roomba 980?

There are several stores that offer the Roomba 980, but I’ve round Amazon to offer one of the lowest prices available at $699.99


Thank you for visiting my website and reading this article.  I welcome comments and questions – you can leave yours below.  Also if you have found this information valuable, please share it with your friends. -Shirley

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Fall Clothes for Women, 2018

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Great New Clothes for Fall

Just as mother nature is getting ready to dress out in all her fall glory, we too as women can embrace the beautiful warm colors of fall.

It never ceases to amaze me how ready I am for those earth colors after a summer of cool shades.  But come August I am ready to see the golds and browns of fall.  I’m not much of a cold weather person, but spring and fall I do love because I can be comfortable outside with short sleeves or a light windbreaker.

So i’ve begun shopping online for some fall clothes and I’m loving what I see.  I shop online because it is much easier than going to brick and mortar shops in my wheelchair.  I can take my time looking and I don’t have to worry about carrying packages around either.  My purchases are delivered right to my doorstep.  I can try them on in the comfort of my own home and if I messed up and ordered the wrong size, I can return it.

I’m into comfort when I select my clothing.  At 64, almost 65 years old, I can concentrate on what feels good to wear as well as how it looks.

Here are some of the things I’ve been looking at for this fall:

Azokoe Womens Fashion Button up 3 4 Sleeves Front Pockets Tunic Blouses Tops (4 Colors, S-XXL)

AlvaQ Women Loose Soft Long Sleeve Knit Sweater Pullover Tops

FISACE Womens Oversized Batwing Cardigans Draped Open Knit Sweater Outerwears

Inorin Womens Henley Blouse Fall Button Down Pullover Knit Long Sleeve Lightweight Shirts Tops

haoricu Women Blouse, Fall New Women Fashion Three Quarter Floral Striped Splicing T-Shirt Casual Tops


Women’s 2pc Outfit Batwing Sleeve Tie Front Loose Tops with Skinny Leggings Set


Lookbook Store Women’s V Neck Mesh Panel Blouse 3/4 Bell Sleeve Loose Top Shirt


Londony Clearance Sale! Autumn Plus Size Women Chiffon Cold Shoulder V-neck Half Sleeve Floral Blouses Casual Loose Tops (Wine❤️, 2XL)

Playworld Womens Sleeveless Fuzzy Vest Jacket Hoodies Open Front Cardigan Outerwear


POSESHE Women’s Long Sleeve Casual Loose T-Shirt Dress




I’m glad you checked out some of the nice fall clothing I’ve been researching.  I hope you saw something you liked. – Shirley


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I feel Plunderful!

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So how does Plunderful! feel?  It feels special, unique, stylish and VINTAGE!.

This month i became a Plunder Design Stylist.  Plunder Design offers the most beautiful vintage style jewlery for amazingly economical prices.


Plunder incorporate vintage, unique designs at sensible prices and brings a business plan meant to empower and uplift women who are looking for a little bit extra or are wanting to retire early. We offer a sisterhood nothing shy of spectacular and a customer service department that outperforms the call of duty. However, do not be fooled by all the fun, Plunder is one savvy business and there is a place for you on the team!

I found Plunder when an artist friend of mine recommended it.  Plunder offers some great “customized” jewelry where you can upload custom images (of whatever you want, family, grandkids, pets, etc.) to be part of pendants and more on your jewelry.


Like this Personalized Atlas Necklace below:  What a great gift for someone you love!


or how about this gorgeous personalized pendant with beads and charm chosen by you for only $34.

Not everything needs to be personalized, and Plunder has lots of beautiful necklaces, braclets, earrings and even rings.

They also have special items on sale a lot.  Like these that are on sale right now.  There are so many beautiful pieces:




Yes!  All these lovely pieces are ON SALE right now!  Be sure to take advantage of these prices NOW!

How do you order them?

Its easy to order.  Go to my Plunder Shop online and choose “shop” from the menu.  You will see the categories on your left and you can choose the sale items or any other category to shop.  Buy the ones you love.



You can even sign up to become a Plunder “Stylist” like myself and have your own parties.

Or you can join the Plunder Posse for $25/month and receive exclusive product(s) that are only available in limited quantities while supplies last. Each month, Plunder releases special pieces (1-3 items) for a flat rate of $25.00 with tax and shipping included.


I love to receive comments or questions, please leave yours below.  Also if you have friends who would enjoy this post, please share it with them. – shirley

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How I Got Relief from My Pain

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Finally – Chronic Lower Back Pain Relief

I’ve lived with chronic pain for years now.  First, the degenerative discs in my low back began giving me pain 30 years ago during my 7th month of pregnancy.  The pain was off and on for years; then I developed fibromyalgia and the flare-ups during the years have been at times severe.  In mylate 50’s I developed pain in my hips (the left one especially) and I have lived with sciatic nerve pain from my hip to my knee for over 4 years now.

I have been in a wheelchair most of the day for over 4 years now.  Every now and then I would be able to use a walker for a short distance, but that never lasted.  I’ve been to doctors and chiropractors, physical therapists and done massage and over the counter pain relievers (docs will not prescribe regular pain meds these days).

I do have a prescription for Tramadol; so I use that and extra strength Tylenol and have for years for slight relief. But the last few years the pain has been very severe at times and moderate the rest of the time.  Especially at night – I have rarely been able to sleep more than a couple of hours at a time.  There was simply no comfortable position.  I would move from bed to my recliner several times during the time and still be exhausted in the morning.  I could not straighten my left leg without severe pain and hardly put any weight on it because of the sciatic nerve pain.

But a couple of weeks ago, this changed.  I’ve been doing a lot of research on hemp and CBD oils and how to achieve relief from sciatic nerve pain by using them.  So I decided to try this natural method to relieve pain.

I started taking some Hemp Oil drops and I’m happy to say that my severe pain is gone.  I can sleep for several hours now in my bed and I can straighten my left leg all the way out (it was impossible before due to the pain).  I’m getting up and using my walker more often and I’m amazed because


I am able to go to my appointments by myself now; my husband doesn’t HAVE to go to help me.  Best of all I have periods of absolutely no pain – I never thought I would enjoy that again in my life.  But now I’ve found how to achieve natural pain relief.  right now I’m sitting at my computer and there is no pain.  How Awesome!

I totally credit the hemp oil and CBD oils I’ve been using for this amazing relief from my pain.  I truly believe the anti-inflammatory and relaxation effects are responsible.


Best Hemp and CBD Oils

My research shows that the following hemp and CBD oil products have great reviews and have seemingly helped many with their pain and better sleep.  The products can be ordered for wholesale prices by just signing up as a customer and then placing your order.

Check out my personal website to purchase these great CBD products by:

CLICKING HERE to purchase.


Become an Associate like myself

If you find these products work for you, you can join as an associate and sell to your friends and family who are seeking pain relief like myself  by:

CLICKING HERE to sign up.

I can definitely say that finding these oils is a true blessing.  My life is rapidly becoming much better as I can get up and do more of the things I couldn’t do before because of the severe pain.  I can stand up and put my dishes and glasses in the cabinets from the dishwasher.  When I get out of my wheelchair and use my cane to get to the car in the garage – the pain is going away.

I can use my walker to go from the car to my chiropractic appointments now and some restaurants where I do not have to walk far.  I’m starting to do some exercises to strengthen my legs again so I can walk more.  These exercises do not hurt anywhere like they did before.

My personal opinion is that these oils are reducing the inflammation in my body significantly.  I can’t say for sure but that is one thing they are said to be good for.


If you deal with chronic pain, I highly recommend trying some hemp or CBD oil for your pain and see if it helps.  I’m certainly not a medical professional, so you should check with your doctor first to make sure there are no contra-indications with your current meds or ailments.


I love to get comments or questions from those who read my posts.  I encourage you to leave yours below and I’ll get back to you soon.  – Shirley

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Sighting a Bob Cat

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An image of a running bobcat

Meeting a Bob Cat on the Road

My husband and I were driving our “new to us” convertible around the backroads this past weekend and we drove into southern Missouri, just north of Bella Vista.  At one point, we turned a corner on a country road and saw in front of us a streak of grey crossing the road.

We both exclaimed “Bob Cat!” at the same time.  His ears were back and his body was laid out almost horizontally in the air as he leaped across our path.  It was getting darker and he looked grey to me in that light.  Mel and I both said that was the first time we had seen a bobcat in the wild.  I was so excited and wished I could have captured an image but he was too fast.

I had read on Facebook of sightings of these cats in the perimeters of Bella Vista but had never seen one myself.  After I got home I was thinking about the sighting and decided to find out more about this creature.


Bob Cat or Lynx?

I found out that it could have been either a box cat or a lynx. Bobcats and Lynx are actually two separate species but belong to the same genu – the Lynx genus.

This genus has 4 separate species in it:

  • The Eurasian Lynx (found in Western Europe and Northern Asia)
  • The Spanish Lynx (found in Spain and Portugal)
  • The Canadian Lynx (found mostly in Canada and some of the northmost United States)
  • The Bob Cat (found in North America)



The Lynx can be a larger cat of 80 pounds, but the bobcat generally is more like a large housecat with tufted ears, a short tail, and longer cheek fur.  They weight from 20-28 pounds.  They can be up to 23 inches tall and 41 inches in length.  They have a lifespan of 12 or 13 years in the wild and can live up to 20 years in captivity.


An image of a bobcatPrized for its fur

The fur of both the Lynx and Bob Cat is prized and the European Lynx and the Canadian Lynx are endangered species because of fur hunting.  The Bob Cat of North America is maintaining its numbers.  I agree the pelt is beautiful but I think I would settle for a synthetic one rather than real fur just to preserve these beautiful animals.



Bobcats are loners and can be very territorial, especially the females.  They find dens in a rock shelter, caves, brush piles and hollow logs.  Mating is typically winter with a 2-month gestation.  Usually, there are 1-6 kittens born.  At 2 months they will begin eating solid food.



There are over 1 million bobcats in North America and you can see many in zoos and maybe you too will be fortunate enough to see one in wild.  The Ozarks are a great place to site them.


Learn more about Bobcats

Bobcat: Master of Survival

Bobcats (Cats of the WWild Bobcats (Animals in My Backyard)



Thank you for visiting the Bella Vista Online Mall and this post.  I welcome comments and questions.  You can leave yours below – Shirley


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Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

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How to Survive the Hot Weather

We have reached that time of the summer.  Yes, those hot days often referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  See the Wikipedia definition here. Some days it is miserable both outdoors and indoors.  Every afternoon I thank God for my home air conditioning and try to stay in as much as possible.  I didn’t grow up with home air conditioning.  We used an “attic fan” to pull cooler air in at night and then closed the house up during the day to try to keep it cooler inside.  I remember nights we slept out in our screened in patio because it was too hot to sleep in our bedrooms.  We used box fans also, several of them. There were days we were just plain miserable and tried several things to survive the extreme heat of central Arkansas.

Yesterday, Mel and I drove our “new to us” convertible to Fayetteville (with the top UP – we are not dummies!).  We saw some people running on the sidewalks; there were even bikers out in this heat.  I looked at those people and shook my head.  It seems to me they were asking for a heat stroke.  So I thought I might write today about the dangers of overheating and how to survive extreme heat.  Even in these Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas, we must learn how to survive hot weather.

The Dangers of Overheating

Technically, when a person’s body temperature gets too high, it is called Hyperthermia (as opposed to too low of a themperature – known as hypothermia which we hear of more often).  Hyperthermia is when our bodies internal temperature is extremely high and is a medical emergency.  Wikipedia has this definition of hyperthermia.

You can DIE from hyperthermia.  You can also become ill with heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

If you are older, have medical conditions, or a child, you are more suceptible to overheating in hot weather because your body doesn’t regulate your internal temperature as well.

If your body temperature goes above the normal high of 99.5–100.9 °F, and you are not ill, you may be showing signs of hyperthermia.  A body temperature of 104 °F is life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention.

Hyperthermia can show in stages

Early stages of heat exhaustion, heat stress or heat prostration show symptoms of heavy sweating, rapid breathing and your pulse can be fast and weak.

If your body continues in the extreme heat, then symptoms will increase and your skin may feel dry when your body can’t keep up its cooling mechanism of perspiring.  You can progress to a Heat Stroke and, may feel nausea and vomit.  Your blood pressure may lower and you could feel dizzy or even faint. As it worsens, you may have confused and even seizures.  Your organs will fail and then you could die without treatment.

You can develop heat stroke whether you are exerting or not, but exertion will bring it on quicker.  There are even some medications ( anticholinergic drugs, antihistamines, and diuretics) which will make you more likely to develop heat stroke.

Treatments to avoid death or damage

Don’t expect drugs like acetaminophen, aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help in heatstroke, they will not work on a healthy hypothalamus overloaded because of heatstroke.

  • Your body’s first method to treat overheating is through sweating.  You can help by drinking plenty of cool water, stay in the shade, use a fan, or go into an air-conditioned area.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol as it can make it harder for your body to deal with the heat.
  • You can remove clothing and wash your face, head, arms and trunk with cool water.
  • You can fill your tub with cool water and immerse yourself in it to cool off quicker

But if you are showing the later signs of heat stroke, like confusion or fainting, it is an emergency and you need to go immediately to a hospital for more involved medical treatment.

Those who work outside or in factories in heated situations requiring PPE (personal protective equipment) gear, should be sure to take all safety precautions against

overheating in their equipment.





Exercising in the Heat

If you are are a runner, walker, biker or play an outside sport, be aware of your body and avoid overheating by:

  • Staying hydrated and watch for muscle cramping as a symptom of overheating.
  • Layering lightweight loose clothing and choosing clothing that wicks sweat away (like synthetic materials such as microfiber jerseys or singlets) from your skin. Also, choose light colors to reflect light.
  • Run early and avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear sunglasses and be sure and apply sunscreen and for sure a hat.
  • Stop exercising if you experience the symptoms of heat stroke and get treatment. If you are not at home, call for an ambulance, go to a shady spot or inside and wait.
  • Be sure and have your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.


Seeking Some Comfort

Sometimes you are not in danger of heat illness but are simply very uncomfortable dealing with the hot dog days of summer.  Besides having an awareness of the dangers and symptoms of overheating, there are some things you can get to help keep yourself cool and more comfortable.  The post has included the most common dangers and treatments for overheating in extremely hot weather.  There are other dangers like sunburn and potential cancer risks on the road, you should always use a sunscreen when out in the sun for more than a few minutes.  Our summers are too beautiful to be laid up with the pain of sunburn.


There are various cooling towels and wraps you can purchase to help cool off. Basically, you soak them in water, wring and wear.

Instant Cooling Towel – Stay Cool, Fresh & Active For Hours. Perfect for All Sports & Outdoor Adventures – Camping, Hiking, Gym Workout, Fitness, Yoga, Golf. Wear it as a Neck Wrap or Bandana. UPF 50. Various colors. 4.5 stars

KUEN [4 Pack] Cooling Towel (40″x12″), Ice Towel, Soft Breathable Chilly Towel, Microfiber Towel for Yoga, Sport, Running, Gym, Workout, Camping, Fitness, Workout & More Activities. 4.5 stars


YoungMobileSkin Microfiber Cooling Towel – The Instant Cooling Towel for Travel Camping, Gym, Yoga, Tennis, Running, Chill Ice Fitness Towel for Golf, Biking, Hiking.  5 stars


Chill Pal Ultimate Microfiber Cooling Towel – Extra Soft.  4.5 stars




Chill Pal Ultimate Mesh Cooling Towel – Extra Long 12 x 40 inches.  4.5 stars




Neck wraps and headbands

Mission VaporActive Cooling Lockdown Headband, attracts moisture, removes sweat.  4 stars.



[NEW2018] N-rit Cooling Scarf. Wrap Soaked Tie Around Neck, Head to Instantly Chill Out. Crystal Polymer Technology Keeps Cool, Reusable. Great for Summer, Indoor, Outdoor, Leisure Activities, Sports. 3.5 stars  Several colors/patterns available.

Mission Enduracool Reflective Cooling Headband.  4.5 stars.  

When wet, stays cool for hours; when dry, soft and absorbent. Reflective.


Cool Downz Cooling Bandana and Neck Wrap. 3.5 stars. Soak and use for up to 4 hours.




Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace – Purple – BEAT THE HEAT IN STYLE – Take out of the freezer for Hours of Cooling Relief!  4.5 stars.  The cooling technology inside lasts for around 2 hours after you take it out of the freezer.

More Neck and Head Gear

Blubandoo Water Activated Evaporative Floppy Hatbandoo Bucket Hat with Cooling Crystals. 4 stars.   Our cooling crystals evolve into a gel when immersed in water. Within minutes your Neck & Hat Bandoo will completely dry to the touch, yet the active gel will remain hydrated and cool the wearer, due to evaporation, for several days before slowly returning to its original crystal state.

KOOLGATOR Cooling Neck Wrap, 4 stars.  Just soak in water for 20 minutes and the non-toxic, super absorbent crystal polymers, sewn inside the middle chamber, absorb hundreds of times their weight in water. This helps keep you cool all day through the process of evaporation.



Blubandoo Water Activated Cooling Crystal Safari Hatbandoo With Cooling Crystals.  4 stars.






Mission Enduracool Cooling Performance Hat.  4 stars.  

Activate the technology by wetting the hat before wear; soak in water, wring out and wave in the air for instant cooling.




Mission Cooling Bucket Hat.  4 stars.  

Ultra-wicking Eventure fabric pulls sweat away from the body and encourages quick drying.





Here are some sunscreens rated 4 stars and above.

Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Multipack (7-Fluid Ounce Bottle, Pack of 3) Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50 Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70+, Sweatproof & Waterproof Active Sunscreen, 2.5 fl. oz Banana Boat Sunscreen Sport Family Size Broad Spectrum Sun Care Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50, 12 ounce Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray, Twin Pack




Thank you for visiting the Bella Vista Online Mall and this post.  I welcome comments and questions.  You can leave yours below – Shirley


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Product Review: The New Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf Course

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Product:  The New Four Magic Moves To Winning Golf Course

Website4 Secret Magic Moves to Winning Golf “Course    Click Here!

Cost:  $4.95 21-day trial or pay in full $39.95


Target Audience:  Golfers of all levels except Pro

Learn the Perfect Golf Swing

If you are a golfer and want to improve your swing, then this course will give you the techniques to improve your game with these “SECRET” four magic moves that will give you a better swing.  Even if you’re a beginner, just a casual golfer or one with a low handicap, with this one course you’ll learn techniques that improve your golf swing. Continue reading

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Things to do in Bella Vista Arkansas – includes Shopping

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Bella Vista is for Shopping as well as Relaxing

Bella Vista, Arkansas, one of the top “places to retire,” is known for its natural beauty and variety of things to do – especially outdoor activities. These activities include golf, tennis, pickleball, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, volleyball, hiking, and cycling.  I see many people doing these activities as I drive around Bella Vista and there are even more things to do that are less strenuous, like walking, creating art and playing card games.  I’ve read where there are over 100 different clubs in Bella Vista.  And if you are not active in one of those clubs or in many other activities popular here, then you can always enjoy dining at one of Bella Vista’s excellent dining spots.  Some of these are:

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The Artist Next Door – Bob Sanford

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Image of Bob's LoomKnowing Your Neighbors

My husband and I have been visiting Bella Vista since 2001 and we moved here permanently in 2016.  After years of visiting through my timeshare and now living here for the past 2 years, I was well aware that this is an “artist community.”  In fact, that was one of the reasons I liked the thought of moving to Bella Vista.  As an artist myself, I take notice of arts events and Facebook groups and posts about the art produced in this community.  I’ve also visited “The Wishing Gallery” and several of the “Art shows and Fairs” over the years.

This spring, I found out that one of my neighbors is an artist also and I’ve enjoyed visiting with him and seeing his works.

Who is Bob Sanford?

Image of Bob at his loomRobert “Bob” Sanford is 84 years old and lives with his wife, Rachel, and his two cats.  He was born in 1934 in Chicago.  He is also one of my neighbors, just a couple of houses down.

I visited with him this week and learned quite a bit I had not known before.

Bob and Rachel have lived in Bella Vista for 23 years, coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Bob is a retired police officer.  He is also an artist who creates some beautiful “rag rugs”.  Bob’s great, great, great, grandfather built his first loom in 1870 in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  This began a family tradition of weaving, which has continued up to now.  Bob’s mother was a rug weaver herself and taught Bob how to create rag rugs of his own on one of the handmade original family looms built in1930. Bob began weaving while in high school and has been creating rag rugs for over 60 years.

Bob currently weaves with a loom he purchased in 1970.  He weaves as a hobby and because he enjoys it.  It takes him around 8 hours to make one of his rugs. (including prep of cutting materials and sewing together.)  After the weaving is done, strings are attached by hand tying the fringe to the rug.

During the year, he will create about 100 rugs which he sells only once a year at the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival held each fall.  This is the ONLY TIME you can purchase one of these unique hand-made rag rugs.

The Family tradition of weaving rag rugs may end with Bob’s generation since none of the younger members of his family and extended family have taken up the art of “WEAVING RAG RUGS.”

His Materials

All the materials Bob uses is recycled from what he finds at garage sales, places like Helping Hands and Goodwill. The materials he recycles comes from old sheets, clothes, T-shirts and dated fabric.  The fabrics he used, in the beginning, were 100% cotton but now he uses mostly cotton blends.

His loom allows him to create rugs 24.5-26″ wide and lengths up to 6 or 7 feet.

I learned about Warp and Weft – terms used in the weaving world.  See the definition in Wikipedia.

Each rug has a fringe of around 3 inches in a beige color.  The strings for this are purchased from special merchant suppliers.

There are 2 main products he needs to produce his rugs:

1.  Special string for the fringes

2.  Cotton/cotton-blend fabrics he finds at yard sales and thrift stores.

When creating his rugs, Bob uses his “artist eye” for matching colors and creates the patterns in his head.  Each rug is a unique, one-of-a-kind, creation.

His rugs can be machine washed (on cold cycle) and hung out to dry, but not dried in a machine dryer.

Examples of some of his rag rugs

Here are some images of his rugs.  His kitty “Zephyr” enjoys laying on the rugs and being part of our photo shoot.

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Buying a Rag Rug for Yourself

Remember, you can only purchase Bob’s unique rungs once a year in Bella Vista, Arkansas at the fall arts festival.  But you can purchase rag rugs online anytime if you like.  Here are some rugs I’ve found that you can purchase.

Bristol Blue Hand Woven Rag Rug, 2 x 3, 100% Cotton

nuLOOM Casual Handmade Braided Cotton Area Rug, 5′ x 8′

Cotton Hand Woven Multicolor Rug Rag Chindi Handmade Dari Floor Runner Carpet 68X44 Inches

Indian Chindi Rug Stripe Pattern Woven Recycled Cotton Rags Floor Throw Dari 70 X 42 Inches

Recycled Floor Runner Hand Woven Indian Chindi Cotton Rag Rug Throw Mat Dari 70″ X 45″

Learning to Weave Rag Rugs Yourself

Even though your great, great, great grandfather didn’t start your own family tradition of weaving, you can learn on your own.  Here’s some information:

Books on weaving

Weaving Rag Rugs

The Rag Rug Handbook Rugs From Rags

Here are some good Youtube videos on weaving rag rugs:


I always enjoy getting comments and questions, leave yours below. – Shirley

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How to Improve your Golf Swing from Home

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There just may be a new way to help improve your Golf game

With any sport, there are different ways to improve, such as the following:

1.  Practice

2. Taking Lessons with a Pro

But just maybe there is a third way you can utilize to improve your skills.  I’m talking about a way I have used over the years for sports like softball, volleyball, kayaking and more.  I’m a visual person and I learn by both doing, and by watching.  I also  like to learn by reading.  But the method I’m talking about today is by watching and listening.

You can learn by watching others perform the skills you want to master and its best when you are watching and listening to a detailed description of the movement or technique you want to learn.  I do this a lot using video instruction – I go online to YouTube and watch lots of videos there.  I did this before I even got into the kayak my husband and I purchased last year.  I learned about the different paddle strokes, about how to get back in your kayak after falling out and I watched many videos on how to be safe on moving water.

3.  Online Classes

I began taking online courses many years ago and I still enjoy learning online through reading and instructional videos.  I’ve found great places to learn from master instructors and Udemy is one of them.

I am signed up for 66 Udemy online classes right now.  They cover every subject from art (traditional acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil and ink painting, and drawing to digital painting with Corel Painter and Photoshop) to business classes, affiliate marketing, selling online, creating websites, dog training, photography, tee-shirt design, publishing and creating an ebook, losing weight and more.  I have access to all of these courses 24/7 and can take them as many times as I want.  And best of all, I purchased every course on sale for between $9 and $15 instead of paying the full regular prices.

For Golfers, there are currently some great courses available like these below:

The Perfect Golf Swing – Timeless Golf Instruction

Sign up with this link:  The Perfect Golf Swing

Absolutely the best golf videos ever made, period. 99% of golf instruction is utter nonsense.
4.3 (180 ratings)
982 students enrolled
Created by Jim McLellan
Last updated 3/2013

What Will I Learn?

  • Know exactly how to transform your golf swing into a perfect golf swing
  • Lower your score

  • Fix your golf slice, once and for all

  • Increase the distance of your drives
  • Improve your chipping, putting and sand shots
  • Shock all of your friends you have been playing with for years by suddenly surpassing their skills and leaving them in the dust!


The Perfect Golf Swing is the internationally acclaimed course taught by golf pro Jim McLellan.

Jim has been featured by the New York Times, NBC, CBS, Entertainment Tonight, Today’s Golfer, and ABC.  He is also prominently featured in John Richardson’s bestselling book, “Dream On”

Jim has helped tens of thousands of golfers improve their Golf Swing Basics when all other instruction has failed.

Volume I is ten lessons that cover the basics of how to transform your swing into a perfect Golf swing.  All that is required is a golf club and your willingness to do what Jim says.  In fact, in the beginning, you don’t go to a golf course, you don’t even hit a golf ball.  Whether you’re just starting or have been playing for years, this is about starting out right or about un-learning all of the bad habits and bad instruction that other magazines, books, and videos have put in your head about Golf Swing Basics.

Volume II is about taking your game to the next level.  Increasing power and distance, fixing your slice, chipping, putting, sand shots, etc.

All of the instruction is delivered via video, and Jim will be available to answer questions you post to Udemy.

Golf Fundamentals | Learn the basics well, from a pro coach.

Sign up with this link:  Golf Fundamentals

Rapidly learn how to golf with these practically taught golf fundamentals of posture, grip, club selection, and swing.
4.3 (13 ratings)
231 students enrolled
Created by Frazer BondJoel Young
Last updated 12/2015

What Will I Learn?

  • Correct posture & Grip for healthy injury free golf
  • Have a basic understanding of golf equipment

  • Knowledge of shot types & where to use them

  • Practice golf effectively on your own
  • Learn drills to create muscle memory for correct swing, grip, posture, and impact.
  • Be able to tee off and play!


Frazer Bond is going to take you through the fundamentals of Golf.

You will learn about Posture, Grip, and Swing, fully illustrated with different camera angles, and photographs.

You will master your backswing and forward swing with a full breakdown until impact, and then drills to ensure you build the muscle memory required to hit each ball perfectly.

You will then be guided around New Zealand’s incredibly scenic international course at Gulf Harbour – well, in particular, the 16th hole. You will be stepped through two different strategies for playing the hole from teeing off till putting including some etiquette along the way.

At the end of this course, you will confidently be able to play a round of golf knowing that you are building on a technical foundation that will not only help you enjoy the game but may serve as the first step in your golf career.

Ultimate Golf: The Perfect Golf Swing and Beyond

Sign up with this link:  Ultimate Golf

The Three Keys To Consistency
4.8 (13 ratings)
81 students enrolled
Created by Dave Johnston
Last updated 9/2016


Have you ever hit a perfect shot?

My name is Dave Johnston. I have been teaching golf for a living for 33 years. This course is based on the most common questions I’ve received from over 11,000 students. Produced with Rick Davis (a dedicated 14 handicap golfer), we are committed to helping you discover the essentials elements found in every consistent swing.

This step-by-step approach will help you develop your unique style and give you the tools to monitor your progress.

The majority of once-a-week golfers attempt to correct effects without understanding the underlying cause. If you’re familiar with the term “consistently inconsistent”, then this program will set you on the path to constant improvement.

This course is a unique format, comprised of three distinct sections.

Part One focuses on the swing essentials found in every consistent swing. We look at the three elements that are the stepping stones for consistency in every part of the game, from Putting to Driving and everything in between.

Part Two is an introduction to the mental side of the game. In the next program, (Spring 2017) we will look at some common misconceptions and offer guidelines to help you elevate your game beyond the level of swing mechanics.

Our first interview is conducted with Mr. Danny King, Director of Instruction at the prestigious Magna Golf club in Aurora, Ontario. Danny is a 4 time winner of both the Ontario and Canadian PGA championships and was voted
2016 player of the year by his peers. Danny’s insight on common misconceptions and the development of junior golf program development is enlightening.

Part Three consists of bonus material on golf fitness with Ms. Shanon McMillan, owner of Core Shots Fitness in Markham, Ontario, Canada.

Shanon is a certified personal trainer and a certified CCCP Level 2 gymnastics and trampoline coach.

Her insight on common golf injuries (such as golfers elbow) and some simple stretching routines before and after a game, will help golfers at every level increase flexibility, avoid injury and gain more distance off the tee.

You should check out these great online courses while they are on sale and see if its something that can help you with your game.


Try a Golf Magazine

Golf Digest – 1 year, 11 issues.  $19.99 Golfweek – 1 year, 14 issues.  $29.95


I enjoy receiving comments and questions, you can leave yours below. – shirley

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The Wicker Basket

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Summer is about the Wicker Basket!

Summertime is here in force in the Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas.  We’ve had a week of pretty hot days (into the 90’s in temperature) and now a couple of cooler days that have been so pleasant.  My husband and I really enjoy sitting on our deck in the evenings.  As soon as we roll out the deck awning and take the box fan out and plug it in, we head to the lawn chairs with a glass of iced tea.  Our “monster” dog “Boaz” joins us.  I with my camera and Mel with his newspaper, we can sit there for a long while listening to the birds and watching them at the many feeders we keep filled around our deck.  We enjoy watching the occasional squirrel too; although Boaz loves to chase them away if they DARE touch HIS DECK.

Our small water fountain gives out a nice little trickling sound as long as Bo doesn’t drink the water down too low.  We have a running battle to keep him from drinking out of the “fountain”.

This last month, Mel has been practicing his grilling on our deck grill. We usually invite a few neighbors over to share our grilled meal and something to drink.  We’ve found we can host about 8-10 people max on our deck.  He has mastered hamburgers and hotdogs, steaks, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, grilled veggies, and most recently spare ribs.  I think he has done a great job (and it certainly gives me a break from cooking inside).

We purchased our grill a few years ago and we are loving it.  It’s a Weber and Mel really enjoy cooking with it.


About the Weber grill?

The grill has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, with 70% of reviewers giving it a 5-star rating

The price is $899

This grill is a Weber 62030001 Genesis II E-410 Liquid Propane, Grill

  • The Grilling System has (4) stainless steel burners with porcelain enameled flavorizer bars and sports a grease management system which reduces the risk of flare-ups and allows for easy removal of the greases.
  • There are porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates which give you over 640 square inches of cooking space, which includes a 198 square inch Tuck-Away warming rack overhead.
  • Battery type : AA
  • The Infinity Ignition knob, will ignite the gas and start each burner with easily.  My husband loves the flexibility of the knobs and 4 burners to control where the heat is located when he cooks.
  • On the side are Stainless steel  prep workspaces which have hanging storage hooks for your barbecue tools
  • The size, when assembled, is: Depth-31 inch, Width- 61 inch, Height-61 inch
  • There is a 10 year, 100 Percent Weber Guarantee

A great cookbook too.

I purchased this cookbook to go with our Weber Grill and we are loving it.  It has instructions on how to grill all kinds of things and lots of receipes are included.

Grill Accessories

Weber 7131 Genesis II Cover


Weber 6678 Large Original Grill Basket


Weber 6625 Original 2-Piece Stainless Steel Tool Set


Weber 6494 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush


GrillHogs Sauce Basting Brush Set of Two, Premium Stainless Steel Handles, Dishwasher Safe Heat Resistant Silicone Bristles, Natural Long Lasting BBQ Set

Summertime is Also Great for Guess What?  – Yes, Picnics!

View from a picnic art imageOver the years, we have enjoyed having our own personal picnics with just Mel and I and now with our dog “Boaz” or BO for short.  We started doing this years ago.  One of our first picnic outings had us heading to Petit Jean Mountain in central Arkansas from our previous home in White Hall (in Arkansas’s delta region).  We drove around the mountain roads for hours and en we can across a nice lake and set up our blanket and food and enjoyed the view.  I love capturing photos, so I had brought my Canon camera along to take some photographs while we were there.

Later, when I started learning to paint traditionally with acrylics, I painted a scene from one of the photos I took that day.  I named it “View from a Picnic”. Here’s an image of it later framed and hung in a gallery for sale. That was my first attempt at traditional acrylic painting and I think it turned out ok.

Since that picnic on Petit Jean Mountain, we have been on many other picnics and when we moved to Bella Vista in the Ozark Mountains, we continue to have our occasional picnic.  We have 7 lakes here to choose from, but we typically go to Lake Ann. There is a beautiful view of the lake, dock, a picnic table and a large grassy area to play with our Bo.  The lake has a gorgeous rock wall on the west side near the dock.

We have taken up kayaking since moving here and we love this lake with that beautiful rock wall.  I take pictures when I’m kayaking also.


The other day when we were packing to go for our picnic, I mentioned to Mel that I wish we still had our old wicker basket.  We had sold it when moving here when downsizing.  We got a little carried away with getting rid of “things” I believe.  But we really do have a much smaller house and storage areas now.  I have become a little more reconciled to a more minimal living style since we have moved here.

convertible image

However, I truly would enjoy another wicker picnic basket, so I’ve been looking at some online.  I’m saving my Amazon gift cards up to purchase a new one for us.  Mel and I will be picking up our “new to us” Volkswagon Beetle Convertible in a few days and I’m planning on some mountain drives and more picnics.


Which Basket to Get?

I’m kinda wanting one of the traditional wicker baskets. With the woven look, cloth lining and split lid on top and folding handle. There are several nice ones to look at.  I am deciding whether to just get just the basket or one with extra stuff, like picnic plates, containers, glasses, etc.


OPTION 1. I found this picknic basket on Amazon that is basically just the basket for $21.52

It has a 3-star rating with  23% of reviewers giving it a 5-star.

Vintiquewise TM QI003081 Gingham Lined Picnic Basket with Folding Handles


  • Its small a  12.5:x 7.5x 7.5-inch
  • Its made of natural woven woodchip
  • and has a cherry faux leather and clasp

This one is too small for my use but for a snack type picnic, it might work.


OPTION 2.  I found this one for $46.88 on Amazon.

It has a 4.5 start Rating with 72% of reviewers giving it a 5 star.

The “Picnic Time Piccadilly Willow Picnic Basket for Two People”, with Plates, Wine Glasses, Cutlery, and Corkscrew – Red/White Plaid liner.

  • The dimensions are:  16.5 by 11 by 9.3 inches
  • There are a couple of 8” melamine plates included
  • Also, there are two 7 oz. acrylic wine glasses, and
  • Two sets of flatware (fork-knife-spoon) in a cool roll-up wrapper.
  • There are a couple of matching napkins too.
  • Its made of willow and weighs 6.61 pounds

There are lots of nice reviews and people seem to like it although some would like better quality plates and glasses made of real glass.

There is a blanket you can order that matches the cloth in the basket  This is pretty nice

The Camco 42803 Picnic Blanket (51″ x 59″, Red/White)

The Cost is $21.59 and the size is 51″ x 59″ and can fold to 3″x8.5″x13″

Its red and white checks so it matches the picnic basket liner.

And has a waterproof backing – great for a picnic.

Ordering both would cost me  $46.88 + $21.41 = $68.29


OPTION 3.  Here’s one that already has the blanket included:

Picnic Basket Set for 2 Person Picnic Hamper Set | Double Lid | Beach Collection | Folding Picnic Blanket Ceramic Plates Metal Flatware Wine Glasses S/P Shakers Bottle Opener Green Lining Picnic Set

The cost is $63.45 and the size is 18″L x13.7″W x 16.5H”

This basket includes:

  • A matching picnic blanket which is 57″x57″ and waterproof
  • Two Matching Pattern CERAMIC Plates,
  • Two Stainless Steel Forks-knives-Spoons,
  • There are two Wine Glasses
  • Two  matching napkins
  • Two Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Shakers,
  • an Insulated Wine Holder and a Bottle Corkscrew,
  • You also get a wooden Cheese Knife, Wood Cheese Board
  • And you get an Insulated Cooler Lunch Box



For myself, I’m liking OPTION 3.   This is the one I’m saving for; I sure hope I can get my new wicker basket soon so I can use it this year.


I love receiving comments and answers questions.  please leave yours below – Shirley


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You volleyball players, Questions for you?

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Bella Vista Online Mall – Friday Prize Questionaire

Here are some questions for our online mall visitors.  A winner will be picked randomly from the list of those who respond by next Friday. The prize is $5 egift card.

Leave a comment answering these questions?

  1. What is the difference between Power volleyball and Backyard volleyball?
  2. When was Volleyball invented?
  3. What was Volleyball first called?
  4. Who was a famous movie star who played on the Outrigger Canoe Club Volleyball team?
  5. What is a “carry” violation in Volleyball?

Submit your answers using the comment form below to be eligible to win an egift card.


Use the comment boxes below to leave your comments and questions – Shirley



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My Top Facts about Volleyball

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First, what is Volleyball?

Wikipedia –


Wikipedia has this basic description about Volleyball:

“Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams made up of six players are separated by a net. Each team attempts to score points by grounding a ball on the other team’s court under organized rules. 


It also states that Beach volleyball, is a variation of the game played on sand and with only two players per team.”


However, I’ve played volleyball for almost 20 years and most of the recreational volleyball I’ve played is with six players whether I’ve played indoors or outdoors.  (I’m sure that is to allow more people to participate).  I’ve played and coached all ladies volleyball in recreational leagues and our own USBA Ladies team.  I’ve also played lots of recreational Co-Ed volleyball(mixed men and women teams).  In fact, I met my husband playing indoor Co-Ed volleyball. Continue reading

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A Great Father’s day Gift!

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What to give your Daddy?

I was thinking today about what would be a good fathers day gift.  Then, it hit me, I had just ordered myself a new wallet for my many cards I carry in my purse from Amazon today.  Men need these too.  I have so many cards I have to carry and my old wallet gave up the ghost this week so I threw it in the trash.

So today I searched for the perfect wallet for myself.  One that would hold a lot of cards safely and the one I chose to purchase for myself is this one:

MaxGear Small Credit Card Wallet Genuine Leather Credit Card Holder RFID Credit Card Case for Women Credit Card Purse Organizer Ladies Security Wallets with ID Window Purple

This one holds a lot of cards and my cash also. It has:

  • 9 RFID blocking card slots
  • 2 cash slots insides
  • 1 clear slot outside
  • Each card slot can hold 1 or 2 cards (18 in all),
  • You can put notes, receipts or some folded cash in it too

Then, of course, it is my favorite color, purple; and cheap and small (4.5 x 3 x 1 inches) so it will fit in my small shoulder purse.

It has a 4.5 start Rating on Amazon with 83% of reviewers giving it a 5-star rating. So a lot of satisfied customers.

Best of all, it’s on Amazon Prime and will be here Tuesday evening with my Prime 2-day shipping.


What is RFID?

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically-stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader’s interrogating radio waves. Active tags have a local power source (such as a battery) and may operate hundreds of meters from the RFID reader. Unlike a barcode, the tag need not be within the line of sight of the reader, so it may be embedded in the tracked object. RFID is one method for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) used by merchants.

These tags allow for the possibility of reading personally-linked information without consent and could be a serious security issue and used to steal information.  Thus a new market of RFID-blocking wallets has developed.  These wallets are designed to help protect you from electronic theft, called RFID skimming. The concern is that some credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses now come with embedded radio frequency identification chips which, when activated by an RFID reader, these chips transmit certain types of information wirelessly so that you can verify your identity or even make a purchase without swiping your card. Anyone with an RFID reader can activate those chips and pick up whatever information they’re designed to transmit. And they can do it without you even knowing it.

An RFID reader can “skim” sensitive information from people’s cards at a distance of several feet; including collecting your name and country of origin from your passport. they can also collect whole credit card numbers from the pockets of a passerby.

But RFID-blocking wallets are designed to make your cards RFID signals harder to read remotely.

While there are other ways to steal your cc information, these RFID blocking wallets can help protect you from “skimming”.

Here are some highly 5-star rated men’s RFID blocking wallets:


Men’s Wallet RFID Blocking Minimalist Genuine Leather Bi-Fold Slim Front Pocket with Money Clip, Quick-Pull Tab and ID Window, Full Grain Leather

Mt. Eston RFID Blocking Trifold Bifold Mens Leather Wallet, 18 Pocket Extra Capacity, High-End Build, Gift Box for Men (Previously Mt. Everest)

Stealth Mode Trifold RFID Blocking Leather Wallet for Men

Bryker Hyde 2 ID Window RFID Wallet for Men, Executive Bifold Top Flip Wallet, Sleek and Stylish Gift for Men, Multi Card Extra Capacity Travel Wallet


There is still a few days to order one of these cool wallets for your dad.  Read about the benefits of each one on Amazon and order one for him for Father’s Day.


I love to get comments and questions.  Feel free to leave yours below. – Shirley

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The Best Hiking Poles and Why You Need Them?

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Wait!  What are Hiking Poles?

Bella Vista Hiker imageMaybe you have seen the hikers around the trails and paths of Bella Vista and you certainly have seen pictures of hikers climbing hills and going down woodland paths holding poles in each hand.  These are know as Hiking Poles or Trekking Poles or Sticks.  Typically, they are used as a pair.  There are several benefits of using Hiking Poles when you are hiking.  I list a few of them below:

1.  If you are hiking on level ground, the poles will help you maintain good posture keep you stable and enhance the rhythm of your walking.

2.  When climbing, hiking poles/sticks will take a lot of strain off your hamstrings and keep you from falling by giving you two additional points of contact with the ground.  Your arms will also take some of the weight off the knees, feet and ankles.

3.  When navigating downhill, the poles are said to take over 25% off the compression off your knees.

4.  The pole can be used to move obstacles aside, like thorny brushes and poison ivy, test water and snow depth and check for quicksand.

5.  The poles can be used as a weapon also to ward off dangerous animals (both 2 legged and 4 legged).

6.  Carbon fiber or aluminum poles are very light and even if you aren’t using them, they are very easy to carry with your pack.

7.  You can lean on the poles to rest while taking a break from hiking with a heavy load.

8.  The poles can be used as tent or shelter poles in an emergency.

Choosing the right hiking poles for you

1.  First, decide whether to use one or two poles.  Generally two poles are best.

2.  The height of the poles should allow for your elbows to have a 90 degree angle when the tips are touching the ground. If you are using the poles to climb up a steep path, shorten the length a little, more as the path gets steeper.  For downhill, you do the opposite, adjust them to be longer.

3.  Decide if you want adjustable poles, foldable ones, very light ones, poles with locks, etc.

4.  Decide what type of hand grip you want your poles to have:  Cork and foam help if you have sweaty hands; rubber is good for use in cold weather – it may cause blisters in hot weather.

Accessories come with most pairs of poles:

The large baskets are for snow, the smaller baskets are for mud, and the “feet” fit over the points for using them on asphal that are longer and have a part that goes up like the back of a running shoe.  Some come with a carry bag.

Some top Hiking Poles:



Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Pole

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon (88% of reviewers gave 5-star rating)

Price:  $96.15
  • Two poles
  • Ultra-light aluminum shafts
  • Dual-density grip and 360-degree padded webbing strap
  • Non-slip foam grip extension
  • 4-stage shock absorbent 
  • They have a dual locking mechanism for changing the length.
  • Switchable rubber or carbide tips
  • 26″ when fully collapsed

Cascade Mountain Tech 100% Carbon Fiber Quick Lock Trekking Poles

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon (72% of reviewers gave 5-star rating)


Price:  $44.99

  • Two poles
  • 100% carbon fiber, lightweight
  • Length can be adjusted from down to almost 25-54″
  • Cork grip to reduce sweaty hands, Eva foam grip available
  • Great Flip locks rather than twist ones
  • Bargain at this price

Hiker Hunger 100% Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles – Ultralight & Collapsible with Quick Flip-Lock, Cork Grips, & Tungsten Tips

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon (87% of reviewers gave 5-star rating)

Color: Black

Price:  $69.99

  • 100% carbon fiber, ultra light
  • Length adjustable from 24″-54″
  • Comfortable cork grip plus Eva foam extensions included
  • Adjustable hand straps
  • Great customer support

Foxelli Trekking Poles – Collapsible, Lightweight, Shock-Absorbent, Carbon Fiber Hiking, Walking & Running Sticks with Natural Cork Grips, Quick Locks, 4 Season/All Terrain Accessories and Carry Bag

Rated 5 stars on Amazon (88% of reviewers gave 5-star rating)

Color:  Black

Price:  $59.97

  • Two poles
  • One size fits all – length can go from 24″-55″
  • Cork grip
  • Padded, adjustable straps
  • There is a carry case included

Ryno Tuff Trekking Poles, Durable 100% Carbon Fiber Hiking Pole With Natural Cork Handles and Extended EVA Grips, Ultralight, Expandable, Collapsible, Foldable – For Hiking, Walking, Skiing – Set of 2

Rated 4.5 stars on Amazon (88% of reviewers gave 5-star rating)

Color: Black

Price:  $29.99 (a bargain)


  • 2 collapsible/fold-able walking poles
  • 2 rubber tips to protect the built-in tungsten tips
  • rubber boots for trekking on pavement
  • 2 mud baskets for trekking on softer ground
  • 2 snow baskets for snowy terrains or skiing
  • 1 carry bag
  • Great customer support


There are many reasons that you would choose to use hiking poles or sticks to help you stay safer when hiking, expecially in the hills of northwest Arkansas.   There are also a large variety of brand and prices of poles.  You do not have to spend a fortune to acquire your own hiking poles.


I enjoy receiving questions and comments.  Feel free to leave yours below – Shirley

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We’re Updating Our Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy Update

We are writing to let you know that we have updated our privacy policy to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) which went into effect on May 25th, 2018.

While the GDPR is a European law, we are taking this opportunity to clarify and apply our privacy policy to everyone, no matter where you’re located.

Here’s a quick summary of our changes:

  • We’re being more specific on how we use the information we collect, and how long we keep the data
  • We’re being more specific about your data preferences and your data rights
  • These changes will not affect the way you use Bella Vista Online Mall
  • You do not need to take any action

If you continue using this website on or after May 25, 2018, you are agreeing to our privacy policy and use of your data.

And as always, if you have questions about these changes, feel free to email us at dataprotection@bellavistaonlinemall.com

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A New Shop!!! But Why?

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We have created a new “Seasonal Sale” shop but I’m sure you guys are all asking the question, “Why did they do that?” Well, I would like to explain that to you.

Most brick and mortar stores will have a section of their store that is devoted to just seasonal/promotional items. I found this out today while I was shopping for something myself and thought this would make a great addition to our online mall!!

With this addition you no longer have to get in your car and drive to the store just to wait in a long line.Then you will have to  pay for the item(s), only to drag them home and then struggle to get them into your house. Boy, I’m tired just thinking of all that work, there must be an easier way!! In comes bellavistaonlinemall.com. to your rescue. Here is what you do now.  Turn on your computer, you can sit in the comfort of your home, click a few buttons on the computer and then your order will arrive in a few days. Now isn’t that so much easier!! And with it getting warmer, staying out of the heat sounds like a plus to me!!! Now you will have more time to enjoy your family.





We had this idea, everything starts with an idea, that people might like to be able to find products for a certain holiday all in one central location. So we decided to create a shop just for that. Now it will have changing products because currently for instance, it is stocked with Fathers Day products but those will be replaced with 4th of July products, then back to school/Labor Day products, Halloween things, Thanksgiving things, and on and on and on. It will have a revolving door for the new products.

And remember if there is ever a product YOU need or use regularly that YOU would like us to carry just leave it in the comments below and we will see about including it.

Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to make this an easy shopping experience. So if you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will respond as quickly as possible.       CTA-SeasonalShop1 image

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Father’s Day and What Should I DO?

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You Have A Big Decision!

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you have to decide what to do about it.  Do you just send a cool Father’s Day Card, a gift card, or maybe choose a neat present a gift to Dad on Sunday, June 17th.

How did Father’s Day Come About?

One story for Father’s Day in the U.S. tells about a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd who was an influential figure in the establishment of Father’s Day here in the U.S.  Sonora’s father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. At the time, it was uncommon for a widower to raise his children by himself – usually children of widowed men were placed in the care of family or the man married again quickly.  But Sonora’s dad chose to raise all of his children by himself.

Inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother’s Day celebrations, Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father’s Day was held was in June in 1910. Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

Choosing a Present for Dad

Unlike on Mother’s day, when a beautiful flower arrangement will delight most moms, Dad is a little harder to choose a gift for.  Many gifts for Father’s will be related to a sport he plays or likes to watch.

New sports equipment can be a good gift, neat t-shirts and caps are always a fun gift.  Coffee mugs and cups with special sayings and stuffed with a small bag of new coffee to try, are sure to get a laugh or a smile of appreciation.

If dad is a Gourmet Grill Chef, then something to help with grilling might be a good idea.  Tools and fishing and hunting items are big hits with those who love to build, fish or hunt.

Clothing can be a practical gift, if not an exciting one.  When my husband was in the workforce a new tie or new handkerchiefs worked for him.

Be sure to order your gift in time.

We still have a few weeks until Father’s Day so you can check out our Seasonal Shop on the Bella Vista Online Mall or one of our other cool Shops and purchase a gift that will be here in plenty of time.

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We welcome your comments and questions.  You may use the form below. – shirley

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4 Places To Swim

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The weather is starting to warm up so, many people are thinking about heading to the water. The question is, what kind of water should you head for? That depends on the activity you want to do.

In today’s article I’m going to compare: swimming in beaches, in pools, in lakes, and in rivers. These are 4 main places that you can swim.



The Beach  

Most people think that to go to the beach you have to go to the ocean. Well that is almost true. That is what I thought for a long time as well. But that is if you want salt water but there is such a thing as fresh water beaches. I know that fact surprised me also!!

Most people think of things you can do at the salt water beach such as surfing. Now that is a fun sport!! Well it is a fun sport until you wipe out and get a mouth full of salt water. A quick note, I remember the first time I went swimming in the ocean, I ran in and when the wave hit my face and that salt water got in my mouth I quickly learned things not to do!!! For instance, when you go charging into the water, DO NOT KEEP YOUR MOUTH OPEN. Just saying!!!

Now to talking about swimming in a pool!!



The Pool     

I enjoy swimming in a pool! When a pool has been kept up, you can see the bottom. There are a few hotels I have been to that have had green pools. I didn’t go into these pools because they were a little scary.

I have had the experience of swimming in both indoor and outdoor pools. I think I enjoy the outdoor ones better simply because I’m a nature girl. When I was younger, my family did a lot of traveling both up north and down south so I was able to have a wide variety of pool environments. I remember, in one motel we stopped at, they had half the pool indoors and half the pool outdoors. That was a very different experience, that really blew my mind.

I can remember that one of my favorite things to do in a pool is to throw in a diving stick, then go fetch it. My granddaughter loves to play this game with many of the other kids at our apartment complex even today.

In our complex the pool is open year round but people only use it during the summer months. I always thought it was silly that it was open but no one asked me!! When I lived in a house, we owned a pool so I understand that you have to maintain the pool all the time.

What activities can be done in the pool? Swim laps, diving for objects, playing games such as Marco Polo, but the main thing about a pool is you can see the bottom and see each other!!

Now we will talk about the river or the roaring rapids!!



The River  

The river, what is a river? According to the dictionary a river is a body of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another such stream. It can be a small trickle, babbling brook, or roaring white water rapids.

What activities can you do on a river? You can kayak which is when one person sits in a small, narrow boat on the water. This boat is then moved through the water by a double-bladed paddle. Another activity you can do is canoeing which is similar except it is 2 people in the boat.

Rafting is a group activity that is usually done on the roaring rapids!! In my personal experience this is a lot of fun. Since it is done as a group you can have experienced people along with people who are doing this for the first time.

The last activity we will be talking about is tubing and this can be done in all swimming places. It is sometimes frowned on at pools simply because they take a lot of room and pools are crowded.

Have you ever gone to a water park and gone tubing on the “Lazy River”? Or to the Guadalupe River and simply floated down the river. It was very relaxing. Well, the Lazy River was relaxing but the Guadalupe wasn’t so when we hit the white water with the tubes. Have to learn the hard way sometimes.

For the last major category, the lakes!!!



The Lake   

Here we are going to talk about the lakes!!! A lot of people I know live on the lakes and it sounds like it would be so grand. Oh yes, I’m going to my lake house!!! The ring of saying that just sounds so fancy!! Well, I soon found out, that those houses could be so much extra work. For instance, if the lake level dropped, then you had major problems with your pier and deck. If the lake level stayed too low too long you could start having foundation problems.

But even with all that waking up the peaceful sounds of nature are something I could get use to very quickly!!!

What activities can you do on the lake? Well, first there is always boating and of course skiing goes right along with that.

Then next, we have something that began in 1972, jet ski which is also called a water scooter. The sitting styles can hold 2 people while the standing styles only hold 1 person.

The last activity is paddle boating. This is a small boat that will hold two people. The boat is pushed through the water by human power when the pedals are turned to rotate the paddle wheel. There is also become more popular recently are standing paddle board were you propel yourself through the water with paddles while you are standing.

Now for a summary of everything we have discussed today.




The Beach

  • Fresh water and Salt water
  • Surfing can be fun

The Pool

  • Clean and Clear to see the bottom
  • Indoors and Outdoors

The River

The Lake

  • Houses are fancy
  • Jet ski and Boating



Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to make this an easy shopping experience. So if you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will respond as quickly as possible.

Elaine Smith


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A New Place: Swimming Pool Beach

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We all love to swim, ok, most of us like to swim. Well, I heard about this cool new place that I really want to try out!!

It has something for everyone!!

It’s called Lake Avalon Beach and they have their Grand opening on May 26, 2018.

They will have live music plus activities for kids and adults as well.

I know what you might be thinking, I don’t have anything to wear!! Well, we have you covered in that area too. Just hop on over to bellavistaonlinemall.com and you will find so many great products that can help you out to have fun in the sun!!

Lake Avalon will be having ice cream for kids and all of you that have a sweet tooth. I know I love ice cream as well. They will be having some awesome giveaways that I know you don’t want to miss out on.

Their water is shallow, to begin with, and only gets to a maximum depth of 5-6 feet so you don’t have to worry about it being too deep.

They also have thought about the kiddos and built a new play structure called the ZipKrooz which is a low to the ground zip line. This is available for kids ages 5-12.



For those that would rather not get in the water, they have volleyball courts on beautiful white beach sand that was carted in. You can perform yoga on the beach in their special classes.

If you are daring, they have paddle boats and kayaks that you can rent hourly or for 1/2 the day. Also, they have a fitness class that will work on your core muscles WHILE you are also on the paddle boats. That sounds very interesting to me!!

Now that you have done all this working out, I’m sure you are thirsty! Well, they have you covered in that department as well. Because they have not only a concession stand but a picnic area too. So when you get something from them you will have someplace to sit down to enjoy it!! Or you can always bring your own, just remember to follow the rules of NO GLASS!!




Now I’m sure you are wondering about the hours and the fees. I know I would be. Hours are 11am-8pm and fees are

Photo ID Member Card
Beach/Pool Season Plan Family $125.00 $150.00
Beach/Pool Season Plan Individual $40.00 $55.00
Daily Photo ID Member Card Guest
6 and older $2.00 $2.50 $3.00
5 and below $1.00 $1.50 $2.00

Like I stated before, we have a large number of products you can use and enjoy your outdoor and indoor activities. So just look us up at the Beach-Pool Shop in the Mall and see what we are all about!!!

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Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to make this an easy shopping experience. So if you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will respond as quickly as possible.

Elaine Smith


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How to Write About Your Own Art?

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Artists can have writer’s block too when describing their art!

As an artist, I have found that writing about my own art can be a little difficult. I tend to have “writer’s block” when talking (or in this case “writing”) about my own art creations. Maybe you have problems with this also.

Yet, as an artist wanting to promote and sell our artistic creations, it is important to be able to write a good description of the specific art you want to sell. Sometimes you may only need a few sentences, but being able to describe your art in such a compelling way that a viewer will become interested in purchasing it is something all artists should grow to be comfortable doing.

Maye you were formally trained in art, art theory, techniques, and history, but the average person cannot relate to talking about a artworks Form, Composition, techniques, etc.  This means you really need to describe it using more of a marketing method. Describe it as having features your potential buyer can relate to. Size, colors, impact, and what emotions the art evokes is something everyone can relate to and connect with. Help the customer use their imagination as they view your artwork by describing a mood or visual effect the work has.

Learn to use adjectives and descriptive words in writing about your art. Here’s a link to a nice article with lists of many descriptive words.

The colors in an artwork can be very expressive as to its mood and meaning. Check out this cool article about the meaning of colors and all the adjectives that can be expressed about color used in an artwork.

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Run Spot Run: A pet 4 You

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I love to tell stories, so let me tell you one.

Dad is driving home from work on evening and he is coming down the long, winding road.

He’s stopped at the local pet shop to pick Billy up a present. A surprise!!!

Mom knows what it was but they are both keeping the surprise from Billy. They want to see the happy look on his face!!

When Mom sees Dad’s car pull into the driveway she sends him upstairs for something. Dad sneaks the “surprise” into the living room so Mom can grab the camera.

Everything is ready as he comes back down the stairs. At first, he doesn’t think anything about it but then… Mom and Dad are acting like giggly teenager so he knows something is up.

As Mom and Dad separate they both say “surprise” kinda quietly. He sees a puppy in a basket sitting on the floor. His mouth drops to the floor because he knows not to squeal and scare the puppy.

Mom’s first question “Well, what’s his name?”. All he can think of is “Spot!”.

Oh Mom and Dad he is so cute!! I love him!!! Can I keep him in my room? squealed Billy.

No-No-No, he is an outside dog. You can help me build him a dog run in the backyard!!! That way he will have plenty of room to run, said Dad.

But Dad, he will be lonely out there all by himself!!, whined Billy.

Now Billy, he will be fine, promised Mom.

OK Billy, for tonight ONLY he can sleep in the garage since we don’t have a dog run for him yet, agreed Mom and Dad.

The next morning Billy and Dad got up early, since it was Saturday, and they could build the dog run and a dog house for Spot!!

Spot is running in the backyard while Billy and Dad are working. By noon, they have a dog run and a dog house built. Billy moves the dog bowl of water and food from the garage to Sport’s new home, says Dad.

Billy is very proud of what he has done with the help of Dad. I will take good care of Spot by watering and feed him each day, says Billy.

You know that Spot will need to go to the vet for puppy shots and such, says Mom to Billy. The vet will tell you more things to help you care for Spot!!

You have been waiting for a pet and when you finally get one your mind goes blank. You can’t even think of a name.

Well today I want to discuss with you why you should care for your pet, how to protect your pet, what is a healthy pet food, and where you can find pet products.

So let’s jump right in to why you should care for your pet.



Why Care For Your Pet          

This is an interesting question that really has many answers.

  • Love
  • Teach routine
  • Moral obligation
  • For emotional support
  • Because keeping a pet is a choice
  • They are dependent on you!!!

So how do you love a pet? Usually you will love your pet at first sight, at least that is my experience. And you love that pet unconditionally!!


So, we see from our story Billy loved Spot from the first time they met.


Next let’s talk about how to protect your pet…so keep reading.



How To Protect Your Pet  

Is it important to protect your pet? Yes and how do you do this? I compare it to how a mother loves and protects a child. That pet is dependent on you for all their needs. For example, their water bowls need to be changed on a daily basis and they will need to be fed many times during the day. If they are inside, then they will need to be walked on a leash. When you walk them on a leash, you need to make sure other dogs do not harm them and vice versa.

So how did Billy provide for Spot in the story? He gave him water, food, shelter and took him to the vet.

Now let discuss the different kinds of healthy pet food that are out today.





What Is a Healthy Pet Food

Today you can find dry dog food in many different types. For instance, you can get wet food or dry food. Now with wet food the shelf life is of course not as long as dry food. Even in dry food you have the choice of getting hard or semi-soft food. The manufactures may call it soft dry food but let’s face it when you start out with dry crunchy food you can’t really get it totally soft. They do make a brand that you mix with liquid to make gravy that is semi-soft but from personal experience not totally soft.

Now we will talk about the dog treats. You do have a large variety of choices in this area here as well. There are “regular” dog treats, dog treats made of bone powder which will give vitamins and minerals to help keep dogs performing at their peak. You can even make low-fat dog treats which is a very health conscious dog treat.

What about cats you ask? Well they have about the same choices if not a few more.

I bet you are wondering where you can all these products. Well if you will read the next category I will be glad to tell you.



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You have a choice, you can get in your car, drive to the pet store and find the item you want. Then wait in the long line to pay for it. Then lug it home, out of the car, up your stairs and into the house. Whew, I’m tired just thinking about all that work!!!

Let me offer you an easier way. Just get on your computer and go to bellavistaonlinemall.com and click on pet shop. Search for the product you want, order it and it will be delivered to your door. Now wasn’t that so much easier!! Oh, and if you don’t see the product you want just drop us a line and we will add it because chances are others may find it useful as well.

So far we have dog beds, cool cat collars, luxury cat collars, designer cat collars, dog leashes, breakaway cat collar, dog life vests, male cat collars, adjustable cat collars, dog food, cat food and so much more. Like I said if you don’t see something you want just let us know!!

Now let’s wrap up what all we have talked about today!!





  • Spot
  • Dog run

Why Care For Your Pet

  • Love
  • They are dependent on you

How To Protect Your Pet

  • Walk on a leash
  • Food, water, vet

What Is A Healthy Pet Food

  • Dogs-many kinds of choices
  • Cats also the same

Where Can You Find Pet Products

  • We can help
  • bellavistaonlinemall.com/petshop




Our goal is to assist you in every way possible to make this an easy shopping experience. So if you have any additional questions or concerns please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will respond as quickly as possible.

Elaine Smith


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All About Elaine

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In The Beginning


Well where do I start when I’m talking about myself.

First, let me introduce myself, my name is Elaine Smith and I have two great grown kids that I live with, plus my beautiful granddaughter who is an amazing preteen at this time.

Back in the late 80s we lived in Mangum, Oklahoma where we did a lot of hiking in the Ozark Mountains. We lived there for 3 years. It was a great place to raise a child because it was a small town. But then we moved to central Texas, another small town.

Then in the early 90s we moved to Burnet, Texas where we lived for 8 years. This is in the hill country which has 7 lakes and many state run parks. We did quite a bit of hiking, camping, swimming, cave exploring, boating, and other miscellaneous outdoor activities.  While in Burnet I took a Children writing class online and have always wanted to do something with that but never pursued it. I really loved living here but then we where called elsewhere.

In the late 90s we moved to Newport, Arkansas where we lived for a year. This is on the White river so we visited there many times.

Then in the early 2000 we settle in Fort Worth, Texas to be near family. Here we are close to many lakes and trails. I currently have no vehicle but that doesn’t bother me one bit because I have always enjoyed walking. If I need to get somewhere that too far to walk I will either take the bus or ride a bike. I enjoy being outdoors!!!

Currently I’m working online with a new friend Shirley Dawson. With her assistance and the assistance of a great online program that I have found, I’m now pursuing my dream of writing and helping others at the same time to receive products at home.

Now over to you, How do you feel about being outside? Leave your comments below!! I would love to hear from you and yes I will personally respond!!


WHY Help?

Why do I want to help people? That is a good question that I feel I have answered but maybe not. I love being outdoors, I want to help others out as much as possible. So like I said if you ever have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitant to tell me. I don’t feel this is MY website but a website to benefit you so if you don’t see something you want or need, please say something because I can include it. The chances are that if you find it beneficial so will others.


What Is My Goal?

Of course the goal of this site is to assist YOU in every way possible to make this an easy shopping experience.

Like I stated above, if you have any questions or suggestions please tell me so I can take action. This will benefit everyone!!


If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.



All the best,

Elaine Smith

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How do you play pickleball?

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What IS Pickleball?

A few months ago, I would be the one asking that question.  I’m not sure I had ever heard anything about “pickleball” before my husband and I moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in July of 2016.  My husband retired in June of 2016 and we already had purchased our retirement home here in Bella Vista.  Once we closed on the sale of our home in White Hall, Arkansas, we packed up and moved here.  My husband, Mel, lost no time starting to go to exercise at the recreational centers here and scheduling classes several times a week.  I think he heard about pickleball at one of the classes or we learned on Facebook or at the library.  I can’t remember exactly how it can up, but we learned a group played Mon-Wed-Friday mornings at Metfield.  So we decided to check it out.  There was a good group there playing the morning we went to watch.  Mel decided it looked like fun and when we got home he asked me to find a pickleball racket online and order it for him.  So I did.  A few days later, he was up bright and early to join the pickleball players with his new paddle.

That first time, he was just learning some of the rules and how to play the doubles that the group played.  He loved it and found it to be great exercise.  It looked fun to me also.  If I wasn’t in this wheelchair, I would be out there playing.  But I go ever so often and take pics of the group playing to post on facebook.  The group seems to get bigger and bigger and one reason is that my husband invites most people we meet to come to try it out.  Several have and love it too.

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I know you have probably heard this phrase before.


Maybe it was said in a mean or sarcastic way.  But the truth is.  TAKING A HIKE  IS very good for you. Especially hiking in a natural setting like we have in Bella Vista.  Research is showing that there is certainly many benefits of hiking regularly.


Less Stress and better cognitive function


Text image with words"Yes, the ones who walked in a natural environment"



A study by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources indicated that time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety.  The study had participants walking 50 minutes in a natural environment and 50 minutes in an urban environment.  Guess which group were less stressed, had less anxiety and increased their work performance?

There are definite mental health benefits of hiking in a peaceful rural setting as opposed to an urban setting.

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Welcome to the Bella Vista Online Mall

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Lake Ann imageBella Vista, Arkansas is located in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.  This area with its miles of beautiful woodlands, hills, and lakes is one of the most popular places to retire in the U.S.

Bella Vista has been nationally recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine. In 2017, Bella Vista was ranked as one of the 25 Best Places To Retire.

The population of Bella Vista takes advantage of the natural beauty surrounding their homes by taking part in many outdoor activities, from, walking, running, hiking, tennis, golf, kayaking, tennis, and pickleball.


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