The New Year is officially upon us, and it’s time to put together our New Year’s resolutions. When putting together your resolutions, it’s important to make concrete, measurable goals to hold yourself accountable. Here are a few of our favorite New Year’s resolutions at Russell Honda.
Learn a new skill
Adopt an entirely new skill this year. Try something you’ve always wanted to do, such as dancing or snowboarding. Learn a new card trick or how to make a new recipe the whole family will enjoy. Whichever skill you learn, you’ll be able to carry it over each year.
Read 12 books
Instead of resolving to “read more,” make your goal a little more concrete. Consider setting a goal to read one book per month. You can pick from a variety of different genres, including fiction, poetry, and biographies.
Reduce distractions while driving
Modern technology makes it easy to get distracted behind the wheel. Instead of driving with your phone in your lap, lock it in the glove compartment before you even put your keys in the ignition.
From all of us at Russell Honda, we wish you a safe and happy 2019. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle to start 2019 off right, visit our showroom or give us a call to schedule a test drive.
The capital city of Little Rock is home to vibrant culture, beautiful nature, great food, and even better people. The bustling downtown area holds many of the landmarks and attractions that make Arkansas such a great state to live in and visit. The next time you want to get out and explore, remember there are many unique things to do in Little Rock.
ESSE Purse Museum
The ESSE Purse Museum strives to illuminate the rich past of purses through a decade-by-decade review that teaches you what purses can reveal about not only the fashion of the times but the social changes which were so instrumental in creating fashion statements throughout the years.
The Old Mill
The 1939 classic film Gone with the Wind contains this iconic water-powered grist mill in its opening scene. The mill was constructed in 1933 but was made to look like it was from the 1800s. The Old Mill has since been designated a Historical Place and sits in a park full of toadstools, tree stumps, and a tree-branch bridge.
Rock Town Distillery
Check out the tours offered by this distillery to catch a firsthand insight into the process which churns out the drinks you love, like bourbon, vodka, or gin. Be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on going to Rock Town.
Here at Russell Honda, we love hearing about the rich history of the Little Rock area.
Plan Ahead For May
This May, the International Greek Food Festival enters its 33rd year of providing exceptional food and entertainment to friends from near and far. The Festival is the largest ethnic festival in Arkansas and has a long-standing tradition of being a local favorite. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, because this is a festival that you will not want to miss.
The 2018 International Greek Food Festival features food and fun for the whole family. The cuisine on offer comes from the many cultures of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, including Greek, Armenian, Romanian, and Russian. Not only will you get to experience the food of another culture, but also how food brings us together to the table. Along with the food, you can enjoy the entertainment – such as live music and dancing – and shop from the Old World Market, browsing the market’s many unique items from around the world.
There is a $3 entrance fee or, alternatively, you can donate three canned food items. In the course of the Festival’s history, it has donated almost $1.5 million to local charities, supporting the community and adding some philanthropic fun to this already exciting event.
We here at Russell Honda hope to see you at one of our favorite community events this May.
Just because it is cold and frosty outside, that does not mean you and your family can’t have any fun. In fact, some places offer the most fun when the temperatures are below freezing. Here are some family winter trip destinations you can plan this year.
- Go to Disney World. Nobody likes standing in staggering lines in sweltering heat. You can beat both of these things by going to Disney in the winter. Since Florida enjoys a mild winter, you likely won’t even need your coat.
- Hit the Slopes. You don’t have to travel too far to reach some snowy slopes. Just north of Arkansas in Missouri there are two ski resorts, Hidden Valley in Eureka and Snow Creek in Weston.
- Be an Olympian. Visit one of the former Olympic host cities, like Lake Placid, Salt Lake City, and others to try out some classic winter sports.
- Visit National Parks. Even in the wintertime, our national parks are a spectacular sight. Take ranger-led tours, see amazing wildlife, and more all without the heat or the crowds.
- Head to Texas. The Lone Star State offers a lot of fun for not a lot of money, making it an ideal spot for warm weather fun on a budget.
Which of these family winter trip ideas would you love to try? If you need a new vehicle before you hit the road, come visit us at Russell Honda.
On Saturday, December 2nd, the Little Rock community came together to celebrate the holidays with the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade. This parade is a holiday tradition that features marching bands, floats, animals, classic cars, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Here at Russell Honda, we love watching the parade with our families each year, especially seeing all of the creativity that goes into the floats. Which was your favorite float this year?
In case you missed the parade, there is still plenty of holiday fun in the Little Rock area throughout the month. Try some of these holiday events.
Mother Goose Christmas.
Take your kids to see this delightful Christmas tale with a nursery rhyme twist. It plays at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre through December 17th.
Catch this classic Christmas ballet performed by Ballet Arkansas at the Robinson Center.
This friendly competition challenges tasters to choose the best eggnog in town. It will be held at the Historic Arkansas Museum on December 8th.
Christmas at the Old State House.
On December 17th and 19th, the Arkansas Chamber Singers will present their annual holiday concert.
What are your favorite holiday events in Little Rock?
In our home state of Arkansas, there’s always something to do while the leaves are changing, from music festivals to outdoor celebrations. Our staff at Russell Honda has rustled up five of our favorite fall festivals in Arkansas — be sure to check them all out.
Arkansas is home to the Blues! Big name bands and solo artists flock to St. Francis for this renowned music fest. Music lovers would be to remiss to skip this cultural-touchstone event.
Nothing will bring out the spooky spirit of the season like the Arkansas Paranormal Expo. Held in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, a building that itself looks haunted, you’ll get to hear from paranormal guest speakers, with areas of expertise ranging from UFOlogy to local folklore.
If you’ve never been to the Arkansas State Fair, the “Natural State of Fun,” what’s your excuse? With delightful rides, delicious fair food, and live music, and a real-life rodeo, it’s next to impossible to be bored here.
We know what you’re thinking: A whole festival dedicated to cornbread? Where do I sign up! You don’t even need to sign up. Just head to Little Rock on October 21st and come hungry. Don’t forget to get a picture with the Cornbread Festival’s mascot.
The best place to hear the best new music is where it’s born. If you’re at all interested in the down-home stylings of Midwestern folk music, do NOT miss out on the Ozark Folk Festival, taking place in early November.
If you need a reliable new ride to get yourself to any (or, as we suggested, all) of these fall festivals in Arkansas, pay us a visit at Russell Honda. We’ll get you into something efficient and comfortable, like the all-new 2018 Honda Accord.
Family gatherings are a natural part of the summer season. While some families are content relaxing with some cool drinks, others need to get in on some action-packed games. Check out some of these fun family yard games recommended by us here at Russell Honda!
Every family knows the game Twister, but did you know that you don’t need the plastic mat to play it? Use some circular stencils and spray paint to create your own twister board right on the front lawn. It’s a simple, fun family yard game that everyone will enjoy!
Giant Lawn Pong
There’s regular beer pong, and then there’s taking things to the next level. Giant lawn pong gets rid of those little red cups and replaces them with massive trash cans. Arrange them in a similar fashion and use volleyballs instead of ping pong balls. If children are joining in, simply leave out the alcohol aspect of the game.
Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Imagine playing dodgeball without the lingering sting of getting hit with a rubber ball. Switching out the dodgeball with water balloons and get ready to dodge. Make sure to set some ground rules, like not aiming for people’s faces, to prevent any accidents or injuries.
Making seasonal meals is a great way to celebrate the warmer weather and sunshine that summer brings. Fortunately, there are plenty of summer meal ideas and recipes that can get your family in the mood to enjoy the season and all it has to offer. We here at Russell Honda know of some of the best summer foods that you can make at home.
Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Making penne with sun-dried tomato pesto is fairly straightforward and doesn’t take long to create at all. Start by following this recipe and your family will be enjoying their seasonal meal before you know it.
Chicken Watermelon Tacos
Chicken and watermelon probably isn’t a combination that you’ve heard, or even thought of trying. Fresh watermelon makes for a delicious treat in standard tacos. Simply replace the tomato (and follow the straightforward recipe) with watermelon for a juicy meal the entire family will love.
Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Shrimp and avocados tend to go hand-in-hand, so why not mix them into a delightful salad? The recipe is pretty simple and easy to understand, provided you know how to make shrimp. Add more vegetables to make the meal a delight no one will soon forget. It could quickly become a seasonal tradition!