Like many moms, I have to forcibly schedule any free time for myself. And with the size and young age of my brood, along with a job that keeps me at work past dinnertime and into the bedtime hours, that very very rarely happens. So I’m REALLY looking forward to taking a break for Ladies Night Out tomorrow at the Promenade at Chenal.
The other Little Rock Mamas and I are planning on drinks and dinner — there’s $5 specials on cosmos and flirtinis at Bravo! Cucina Italiana, and a free bar bite appetizer. There’s also live music on the patio at YaYa’s Euro Bistro and at The Tavern Sports Grill.
Some pretty spectacular giveaways are happening — shopping sprees valued at $3,000, $1,500 and $500, a spa package, a 10 Fitness membership and more. We LOVE giveaways!
For the first 100 ladies there, they’ll be giving away bags with coupons, beauty products and shopping essentials. And there’s sales, too! Here’s just a few examples:
- Charming Charlie - Spend $50 & receive a beach tote with purchase!
- Coldwater Creek - 40% Off Storewide!
- J.Crew - $30 Off $150, $50 Off $200 or $75 Off $250
- RK Collections - Buy One, Get One FREE* (*Free item must be $40 or less)
- W by Azwell - ALL Merchandise Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off!
So gather up your girls, your mom or sister, or anyone else and meet us there! I’ll be hunting out a margarita for sure. After this week, I think we could all use one.
Note: The Promenade at Chenal is an official partner of Little Rock Mamas, but all opinions are my own, of course!
Here’s a good reason to eat out on Wednesday!
We had a great time today at the Promenade at Chenal’s Family Health Fest!
Even though it was a little rainy, there was just enough of a break for us to check out everything they had to offer. And the tents they set up kept everyone plenty dry.
Representatives from St. Vincent Family Clinic had several stations set up with all sorts of information handouts, screenings and fun things to try out. Dr. Kyler Crary, a pediatrician at St. Vincent Family Clinic Chenal, even fashioned a faux cast around Daddy’s finger when the girls were a little too scared to try it out for themselves.
Plenty of booths showcased all kinds of health-related organizations, and even the Red Cross Blood Drive bus was there.
The stations featured heathy snacks, and they were fabulous!
The offerings by A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine particularly went way above and beyond what you’d expect. I will definitely be going there to try out more from them. Their samples included seaweed salad with sesame seeds and cucumber, something I’d have never tried on my own without a push. But it was tasty!
They also gave away pieces of their yummy joy roll sushi, which was bean curd with cream cheese and tempura crunch topped with sliced avocado. Also piling onto my plate was their Thai spicy red curry with chicken, which also has bell pepper, onions, mushroom, pineapple, asparagus and basil in a coconut sauce — a perfectly warming dish for a chilly day.
Next up at the Promenade at Chenal is Ladies Night Out — you won’t want to miss it. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
They’ll have refreshments, and the first 100 ladies will receive a “Shopper Survival Bag” with coupons, beauty products and shopping essentials. They’ll also have three amazing giveaways for shopping sprees worth $3,000, $1500 and $500.
Note: This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own, of course.
There’s a great deal available for Little Rock Mamas followers on Huntington Learning Center’s summer enrichment programs.
Call (501) 223-2299 and mention the whisper code: BRIGHT FUTURE to get $75 off while keeping your kids’ minds active over the summer.
You can also get more information about their programs at http://little_rock.huntingtonhelps.com/
Family fun alert!
The Central Arkansas Library System is holding the “Great Library Scavenger Hunt” from now until May 18. Cards are available at each branch and at its website. You could even win a Kindle Fire!
See aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and more when the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie on May 11 at 8 p.m. and May 12 at 3 p.m. at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The Acxiom Pops LIVE! Series is sponsored by Aristotle and Magna IV.
Single tickets are $18, $34, $46 and $58, and active military and college student tickets are $10. They can be purchased online at www.arkansassymphony.org, at the Robinson Center box office or by calling (501) 666-1761. Best of all, K-12 students are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free with purchase of an adult ticket when using an Entergy Kids Ticket, downloadable at the ASO website.
We at Little Rock Mamas are huge fans of the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre. And a few of us also harbor a lingering fondness from childhood for author Ronald Dahl’s book, James and the Giant Peach.
Performances start tonight, Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The show will run through May 12.
Performances: Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
From the Children’s Theatre description:
A magical peach! An incredible journey! Young orphan James escapes the clutches of his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker when he finds an enormous peach growing in his yard containing talking insects. James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm begin a wild adventure to an unknown destination.
Princesses rule with many little girls — and some little boys, too — making the idea Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream a pure delight.
We hit the show on opening night, and it didn’t disappoint. Tons of tiny darlings in the audience in full ballgown gear only added to the atmosphere, which was fairly joyous for a young crowd on a school night.
A few things to note first off: I didn’t see a nearby place to park for less than $10, so keep that in mind. It’s an ice show, so dress for warmth. And forgot about all the kid traps set up all over these kinds of shows until I got there. I generally set a “pick one thing” rule, which is how I ended up spending $12 for cotton candy that came with a crown and added jewels — and some minor grumbling later that “everyone else” had wands instead. Oh, the horror!
But back to the show.
There were plenty of colorful costumes, lighting changes and skillful skaters. Ava really started to get into it during the middle of Tiana’s segment, when the gator and the lightning bug from the bayou scene showed up. (I think that’s the point where she caught on that they were retelling shortened versions of the stories she already knows.)
But for Ava, Cinderella was the star of the show. Once her story began, she really started grooving with the music and clapping hard, making it clear she was having a great time.
Cinderella’s segment was split in half with a well-timed intermission. Potty breaks are important for this target audience! Snack time, too.
My favorite part was from Tangled, with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder showcasing some spectacular aerial silk work. Ava was amazed to see Maximus the horse had skates on, just like everyone else.
The show wraps up with a grand finale featuring every princess you can imagine skating out from a castle with their princes, a sight that brought several of the smaller kids on our half of the arena to their feet to dance. The cameo appearances seemed to satiate every mini princess who was there hoping to see their favorites.
The show, sponsored by Lego Duplo, runs at Verizon through Sunday, and ticket prices vary. Check it out! I’d definitely plan to go back with my smaller kiddos in the future.
Note: Our tickets for this show were provided by the Angela Rogers Group. But all the opinions expressed are my own.