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If you’ve ever watched the Food Network, you’re probably at least familiar with Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. Actually, I admire her a lot. She started a blog in 2006 and turned it into an amazing empire–cookbooks, a cooking show, merchandise, a boutique hotel, a magazine, and the Mercantile, a store with a restaurant and bakery located in the small town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, near her husband’s ranch.  Just imagine being able to showcase your life and turn it into a lucrative career; it’s every blogger’s dream! That’s why when my family had the opportunity to stop by The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, I jumped at the chance. And it wasn’t just because I was a blogger. The food sounded amazing, and getting a chance to see the beautiful items for sale in the store was too hard to resist. So one summer afternoon, we stopped in for…

When people think about places to see bison, or buffalo as I called them growing up, they often think about Yellowstone or maybe South Dakota. If you live in the Midwest, you probably know that bison can be found in various locations that don’t require a huge road trip to access them. Don’t get me wrong; you should definitely see Yellowstone or the Black Hills. But sometimes it’s cool to take a day trip to experience these animals. Woolaroc near Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is one such place.  Why is this place called Woolaroc? In 1925, Phillips Petroleum founder Frank Phillips established a ranch in the Osage Hills of Oklahoma. He named the place Woolaroc for the area’s best features–woods, lakes, and rocks. Woolaroc.  Located just outside of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the ranch served as a country home for the Phillips family during Frank’s lifetime. They often hosted parties with diverse attendees. In…

What do you do after stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving in Tulsa? You burn it off at Gathering Place. When we visited my brother-in-law for our Thanksgiving feast, he knew the perfect place to explore on a beautiful fall day. This is not your average city park. Located along the Arkansas River, this place ignites the imagination. It’s a fun place to explore any time of year, but the park is especially beautiful in the fall. I’d love to go back and see a concert or rent a boat sometime, especially in the spring or summer. If you’re near Tulsa, be sure to put Gathering Place on your itinerary, no matter what time of year it is. Walk the Winding Trails We arrived at a parking lot near the park, but it wasn’t the main parking area. We parked at a small lot south of the park. Parking and the park…

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