March is the perfect time to get excited about books — it is National Reading Awareness month, and March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Springtime is also a prime time to think about donating gently used hardbacks and novels to Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. Huntington Learning Center in Little Rock is making it easy and fun to donate with a Book Drive from March 3-22.
When you donate a book at Huntington, you can enter to win fun prizes from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Little Rock Zoo, the Wonderplace and Museum of Discovery. Simply take your books to the Huntington Learning Center located in the Pleasant Ridge Town Centre at 11525 Cantrell Rd. (You get one entry per book.)
For additional information, call Rebecca Brockman of Goodwill at (501) 372-5100 or Bryan Redditt of Huntington Learning Center at (501) 223-2626.
What age do sleepovers start? I deeply disappointed Ava last week by ruining my kindergartener’s and her older friend’s big plans (mostly because I didn’t know it was a plan in their minds and haven’t yet gotten to meet her friend, naturally). Sounded like it was well thought out, though!
Still working on your New Year’s resolution, or is it time to refresh that mindset again a bit with new fortitude now that it’s been a few weeks?
For my part, I’ve been hauling my rear to the gym, and eating healthier by chowing down on way more veggies and fish instead of cheese, chips and hamburgers. But clearly, there’s more work to be done.
To help keep us all motivated, the Promenade at Chenal’s got a New Year New You contest going on for a $500 prize package that features:
- $100 Nike gift card
- $100 Gearhead Outfitters gift card
- $50 Promenade at Chenal gift card
- 10 free CrossFit classes at Wellness Revolution, courtesy of Lululemon
- 3-month premium membership to 10+ Fitness
- one free custom airbrush tan from Indulgences by Body Bronze
It’s pretty fantastic motivation to get you on your way to a new, fit you! To enter to win, just print off the entry form found HERE and take it into either Lululemon, Nike or Gearhead Outfitters before Jan. 31.
And while you’re out there, you can walk the new St. Vincent West mile, which is a trek around the interior of the shopping center. Or if you really want to get in a good workout, hit up the 2-mile path around the whole Promenade. (See the map HERE.) That way, you can get in a workout and grab a bite to eat or dash into one of the stores to get yourself a motivational present for keeping yourself on track, too. (Am I the only one who does that?)
Note: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own, of course. And I LOVE the Promenade. I’m there a lot!
And the winner is Melissa Holden!
Melissa and her kiddos will be heading to Verizon Arena on Friday, Jan. 24, for Monster Jam in all of its glory! I hope you guys have a great time!
Thanks to the Angela Rogers Group for providing the tickets to give away!
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, with conductor and music director Philip Mann, will present the fourth installment of the Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series — Bohemian Rhapsody — on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Robinson Center Music Hall.
Bohemian Rhapsody is sponsored by American Airlines and features a special appearance by pianist Norman Krieger.
Single tickets are $14, $30, $47 and $53; active military and student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org; at the Robinson Center box office; or by phone at (501) 666-1761. Primary school students grades K-12 are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free of charge with purchase of an adult ticket using Entergy Kids’ Ticket, downloadable at the ASO website.
Johannes Brahms.: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
i. Allegro non troppo
ii. Allegro appassionato
iv. Allegro grazioso
Norman Krieger, piano
Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46/72
Op. 72, No. 2 in E minor: Allegretto grazioso
Op. 72, No. 5 in B-flat minor: Poco adagio-Vivace
Op. 46, No. 8 in G minor: Presto
Op. 72, No. 7 in C major: Allegro vivace
Antonin Dvorak: Scherzo capriccioso, Op. 66, B. 131
Johannes Brahms began work on his Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B-flat Major in 1878, the same year as his Violin Concerto. Brahms chose a very busy time to work on the piece—so busy that three years passed before its premiere. Brahms himself was the soloist at the first performance, in Budapest on November 9, 1881, with Hans von Bülow conducting.
Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances had its beginnings as a piece commissioned by Berlin publisher Fritz Simrock. Simrock apparently was eager to have more of the same style of music from the composer after hearing the first installment, but Dvorak took his time—noting that “to do the same thing twice over is damnably difficult.”
According to Monster Jam’s website, some of the trucks scheduled to be at the North Little Rock shows are Hotsy driven by Mike Miller, War Wagon driven by Andy Hoffman, Rap Attack driven by Dave Rappach, Fatal Attraction driven by Jeff Murphy, Incinerator driven by Ryan Rice and Robo Machine driven by Shane Phreed.
Do you want to win the 4 tickets to the show? Please leave a comment below (not on our Facebook page) telling me why you or one of your planned guests is crazy for Monster Jam! I’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday, Jan. 17.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not good at resolutions. But I’ve spent the first week of 2014 thinking about what I’d like to do this year.
Mostly, my goals are things I should be doing anyway — and that’s fine. More power to those who resolve to study a foreign language or to lose the 75 pounds that I need to lose. On any given day, I’m just a slightly haggard mom trying to stay afloat, not superwoman.
But these are the things I’m giving a shot:
Return to a healthier path
From vacation until the end of the year last year, I really just let it all go.
When I’m watching what I eat, I’m fairly crabby. And when I’m cutting back on caffeine, I’m extremely crabby. Particularly at the end of the day, when I’ve just gotten home from work and am rushing the girls into bed. So, in an effort to curb snapping/yelling at my babies, I just said screw it, ate whatever I wanted to and let myself have a drink or two each night to boot. And slept in instead of going to the gym.
The flip side is that now my pants are getting way too tight, and THAT’s making me crabby, too. It’s most definitely time to return to moderation and to get my rear moving.
I’ve made a few gym dates, and that’s most definitely helped get me there. Plus, Aunt Nerd has been working out like a maniac with a trainer recently and has given me some extra motivation.
On the food side of things, this NYT article about sustainable diet resolutions seemed reasonable. I’m going to give it a go. Plus, I finally have a beautiful new stove now that works great. And we’re having fun putting it to use!
I could count on one hand the number of times Daddy and I have left the girls with someone to go out and do something. I just feel guilty shoving them off on someone else. And I am a bit of a control freak, so I spend the entire time we’re gone worrying about them. But when they’re at school/daycare, this is not an issue for my crazy brain. So lunch is the answer. I’m going to try to find at least one day a month where we can connect at lunchtime — just like we used to pre-children when I worked nights and we didn’t see each other as much.
Doing good while keeping the clutter clear
Again with my nutty OCD brain, I cannot rest amid clutter. A twitch inside me is not satisfied until everything is back in its place. We recently bought a few shelves to store toys and games in the living room, which made a huge difference. But with Christmas brought in a huge slew of things there was no room to put up.
To help remedy this, I rounded up all the toys the girls have outgrown/lost interest in and took them to Goodwill along with some clothes they’ve outgrown. Not quite in time for a 2013 tax deduction, but I’ll save my receipt for next year’s taxes. And I recently got a tour of Goodwill’s distribution facility, where the people I met seemed to genuinely care about working toward changing people’s lives. I generally take a few loads per year, but I’d like to do better.
Find ways to have more family fun
If we spend too much time out of the house each weekend, we get woefully behind on laundry and there’s no clean underwear come Wednesday. I genuinely would like to take the kids out more often to the library, the zoo, the park, etc., and find a way not to let the house completely go to hell in the meantime. Easier said than done, especially when I’m doing great on weeknights to get home in time for dinner and bedtimes. But now that potty training is largely through, it’s getting slightly less insane when we hit the road — unless it’s to the grocery store. You don’t want to know what fresh hell that is. Perhaps this will be the year things fall into place a little better.
And that’s it. Nothing fancy. Nothing off the wall. Just trying to live life in slightly less crazed fashion. Wish me luck!
I’m on the lookout for a little Christmas break fun.
Of course, we’ll have plenty of family time as relatives drop in and out. But anyone can go bonkers during a full week at home without school or daycare, particularly when Grandma’s oversugared you and everyone’s wildly off routine.
We’ve got our eye on seeing the movie Frozen, which Ava hasn’t been able to stop talking about.
There’s also been quite a bit of talk about ice skating. Fortunately, the Arkansas Daily Deal today is for roller skating AND ice skating at the Arkansas Skatium — $16 for 4 passes that include skate rentals. Note, they’ve got a full snack bar that includes hot chocolate. Whoo hoo!
Somewhere in there, we’re probably going to drop by the library. There’s special events at a few of the branches, which you can find on the Central Arkansas Library System calendar.
If you’ve got any other ideas, please feel free to leave them below. Thankfully, our aftercare starts back up next week, but I’m sure not everyone’s does.
Of course, we’ll also be making treats for Santa tomorrow — I hear he may be getting brownies this year. He’ll dig that. And reindeer food (oats with sprinkles) for his crew.
Have a very merry Christmas with your families this week.
Peace and holiday love,
Note: This is a compensated post. However, all opinions are completely mine.
They’ll be kicking off the fun at noon with the Central High Marching Band and Santa and the Missus. Your kiddos can get their pictures taken with Santa (for free!!!) from noon-4:30 p.m. Also Saturday afternoon, rides on the the Promenade Express (their cute little train) will be free!!
WhooHoo on the free!
Then at 6 p.m., the folks at the Promenade will be lighting their 26-foot-tall musically animated tree, as well as several smaller lighting displays.
Of course, while you’re out at the Promenade, the stores may be calling to you. That is to be expected, they have plenty of fun places to shop. But to help out your pocketbook a little this holiday season, the Promenade folks will be handing out their 2013 Holiday Coupon Book.
You can also register for the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway to win 1 of 12 Apple iPad Mini’s that they’re giving away or a $500 shopping spree. *A $5 donation is requested for entry into the giveaway, with the proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Mid-South.*
Speaking of charity, Plays with a Purpose will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol at The Promenade Courtyard to raise more money for the Make-A-Wish Mid-South fundraiser. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
To read more about Saturday’s event (and to see a handy map of where everything will be!) go here.
The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra will present a special event — Selections from Swan Lake — featuring performances by Ballet Arkansas company members on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 712 Scott St., Little Rock.
Tickets for Selections from Swan Lake are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org or by phone at (501) 666-1761.