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Why Little Rock Should be Your Next Vacation Spot

October 22, 2019

Why Little Rock Should be Your Next Vacation Spot

You shouldn't overlook Little Rock, Arkansas, when you are making your vacation plans.  

This is a city rich in history with plenty of cool sight-seeing tours to keep you busy and enthralled during your trip. This is a great place to take a family vacation, and the kids will love the different activities they can try and the treats they can eat. There are even old school style ice cream and soda parlors to take a step back in time and enjoy a delicious treat.  

Here are a few things you should check out when visiting. And if you love it so much you want to stay, check out some Little Rock homes for sale that you might fall in love with.

Visit the Governor’s Mansion

No trip to Little Rock is complete without visiting the Governor's Mansion. The mansion has been home to Arkansas governors since the 1950s. If you are lucky enough to score a ticket, you can take a tour of the inside of the mansion.  

It has a fantastic antique and art collection. Another area that you can check out are the gardens. They offer specific garden tours that will delight the most seasoned arborist. 

Culinary Delights

Little Rock is known for its barbecue. It has some of the best sweet and tangy sauce in the country, and you must try it. When you do, make sure to dine at Sims Bar B Que. Sims has been around almost forever and is a favorite haunt of most locals.  

But aside from that, it is a celebrity hot spot. Celebs and food critics flock to Sims to indulge in their barbecue with the special sauce. Try it once you are hooked.


Try something different and visit the only purse museum in the country. The museum was started by a private collector to showcase her collection and grew into what it is today.  

The museum takes you through the history of purses and shows how styles and fashion have evolved over the years. If you can't get enough, visit their gift shop which has an excellent collection of vintage purses for sale.

Visit Downtown

Visit the Capital Hotel, which was built in the 1870s in downtown. The hotel has hosted many presidents over the years. And, it is known as the front porch of Little Rock by locals. If you can't stay there, you can at least drink there. Check out the bar and treat yourself to specialty mixes or try some of their signature cocktails. 


There is so much that Little Rock has to offer; it is impossible to squeeze it all into one trip. Aside from all the tourist destinations and tours, there is a whole lot of hidden gems that locals know about. Don't be afraid to ask for suggestions on places to eat and places to visit. I'm sure they would be happy to help!


Do You Know a Local Hero Who Deserves Recognition? Nominate them for a Holiday Award.

October 16, 2019

Do You Know a Local Hero Who Deserves Recognition? Nominate them for a Holiday Award

Do you know a person who has impacted your life for the better through an act of bravery or service? The holidays are the perfect time to make an effort to recognize the people in our lives who have made sacrifices to make things better for all of us.

With this in mind, The Joye Law Firm has founded an annual contest designed to recognize a few of South Carolina’s unsung heroes with a holiday award. The SC local hero contest will award three holiday cash prizes of $1,000 to local heroes in December 2020.

Any South Carolina citizen can nominate someone for one of the awards. The only eligibility requirement is that the person making the nomination and the nominee be South Carolina citizens. The nomination process involves submitting an essay explaining why the nominee deserves one of the prizes.

The nomination prompt is as follows:

"To nominate a local hero, the entrant should write an essay of 600 words introducing us to the person you consider a local hero. Explain why the individual should be recognized for his or her deeds. We are prepared to be overwhelmed because we have encountered a number of people over the years who deserved recognition for their selfless and heroic actions. We know that they are out there."

Entries are due on 11/01/2019, and the prizes will be awarded in December.

Nominations can be made through the contest's page:

The Joye Law Firm partners are excited to have a chance to read about and recognize some of South Carolina’s unrecognized this holiday season. They look forward to reading the stories of courage and service submitted by SC citizens from across the state.  


The lawyers at the Joye Law Firm believe that everyone should be involved in giving back to their community to the best of their ability. They give back to SC residents with their annual scholarship, their annual local hero contest, and by giving to many local charities, such as the Charleston Animal Society.


First Newsletter

October 13, 2019 has just sent out our very first email newsletter today! After running the website for over 4 years, we've finally had the opportunity to send one. Thank you for all of those who have subscribed to get more information. I've had the form submission up on the events page for over a year. Thank you to all the subscribers for being so patient.

If you'd like to be included in the email list, go to: and scroll down a bit after the event list to fill out the form. 


Halloween Costumes at ROSEGAL

September 1, 2019
ROSEGALcom's Halloween Sales are starting on Sept 5, 2019 through Oct 31, 2019!

Choose from Gothic Style, Pumpkin Print Style and Halloween Party Costumes.

There will also be a variety of Halloween home decors available on ROSEGAL too that are up to 80% off on Halloween items!

See all Halloween costumes on ROSEGAL.

Summer Camps for Kids in Florence

June 8, 2019

Lynches River County Park Summer Camp
With fun indoor and outdoor activities like arts and crafts, field trips, games, activities, canoeing, splash pad and more for kids who like a real adventure, this is's #1 pick if you don't mind the longer drive. For kids ages from kindergarten through 5th grade. They start mid June through the beginning of Aug. Call 843-389-0550 to secure your child's spot. Address: 5094 County Park Rd., Coward, South Carolina 29530

MACK Summer Camp at Mcleod Health & Fitness Center
Summer Camp at McLeod Health & Fitness Center is for children ages 3 to 13 years. They offer Full-day camp: 8 am - 3:30 pm and Half-day camp: 8 am - 11:30 am or 12 pm - 3:30 pm. Before camp care is provided from 7:30 am - 8:00 am. Each week, campers will participate in various activities centered around the camp theme. The campers will also participate in swim lessons, indoor/outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and much more! This is a very active and physically challenging camp. For more information or to register for camps, call the McLeod Activity Center for Kids at 843-777-3030. From my personal experience, the smaller kids have a tougher time with the bigger kids and camp runs conjunction with the fitness center childcare for members working out at the facility, so make sure your child would be comfortable in this busy setting and environment first before enrolling. They are also strict about enrollment deadlines and can fill up quickly.
Address: 2437 Willwood Dr, Florence, SC 29501

Addie's Baby Art Summer Camp
If your child is an artist or love art and doesn't need to be in a summer camp for a long period of time, Addie's Baby is a great option! They have weekly and even daily themed projects for kids ages 7 and up! Snacks are included. The studio is located in downtown Florence so after dropping your artist off for some fun, take a mommy break around town. Call 843-229-5862 to register.
Address: 290 W Evans St., Florence, SC 29501

Girls University Summer Camp
Summer camps at Girls University is strictly for girls with field trips, projects, science, technology, engineering and art and positive role modeling! It's for grades kindergarten through 6th grade. They start on the second week of June and end mid-August. You can select to do it by week. Call 843-407-7937 to register.
Address: 1249 Celebration Blvd, Florence, SC 29501

YMCA Florence Summer Camp
The YMCA in Florence has separate groups for summer camp: preschool (3K and 4K) and the 5k - 6th grade. The grades that fill up first are usually between 5K - 3rd grade. Call 843-665-0226 to check and register your child's spot. Their summer camps here are fun with great long hours from 7AM - 6PM. This makes it helpful for parents who work full time jobs. They have weekly themes.
Address: 1700 Rutherford Dr., Florence, SC 29505

For summer camps for the little ones, go to the preschool favorites list for Florence, South Carolina

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About Me Originally from Southern California, we had moved here when my husband got out of the military and began his civilian work at the Duke Energy Power Plant in Hartsville. I had a hard time finding family-friendly resources online in Florence when we moved here in 2013 so I started writing and taking pictures of our adventures and places we've been. This website is a collection of several years of adventures. I hope this helps you as a transplant or new mom. I have two sons who were both born in Florence at the McLeod Hospital.
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