Activities

Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge WINNER

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Activities, Featured, Giveaways, Lucky Mama, sports | 0 comments

Congratulations to Katy (katytweety/Kathy)! You are the winner of the 4 tickets to the Women’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Check your inbox so we can work out the best way to get your tickets to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered our contest. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

An Hour of Code

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Activities, Ava, Featured, kid stuff, Margarita Mama, school | 3 comments

I was thrilled that my sassy little bit came home last week asking to play on Code.org after Ava’s school and many others held an “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week.

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Ava looking smart in Hello Kitty glasses

If you haven’t heard about it before, this the mission stated on the Code.org website:

Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science and computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

While that may sound intimidating, these people clearly know how to get into kids’ heads and work with them. (Note: Although there are several options to try, Frozen still rules the world.)

Elsa and Anna on Code.org

Early readers like my first-grader will probably need a little help going through the steps. And an hour is a really long time to hold a young child’s interest in anything.

But there are options for different age groups, the steps can be done in pieces and the point is really to introduce something that many children would not otherwise experience. So even just checking it out and paging through it a bit to see what happens is pretty cool.

Give it a shot!

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

It’s Elf on a Shelf time

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Activities, Ava, Christmas, Featured, holidays, kid stuff, Margarita Mama, twins | 1 comment

Elfie has returned! (Probably a few days later than most of the rest of the Elf on a Shelf dolls of the world.)

Elf on a Shelf, having fun

Elfie, our Elf on a Shelf

Yes, it’s a little creepy. And kind of a pain to keep up with. But last year I gave in after quite a bit of begging and arranged for a Santa to send us one of his magical behavior-reporting elves for the season.

However, I don’t go all out with this gig. Our Elf on a Shelf mostly does lame things like ride the banister. Or hang on a doorknob. Or show up sitting near the bathroom sink. This cup gig is about as creative as it gets.

You know what? They love it all the same. Ava, Kayla and Kendall will all jump out of bed and go running to see where Elfie has popped up.

No need for fancy, Pinterest-worthy arrangements. (I can’t bare to waste all those marshmallows people use in making those cute setups!!)

Besides, it reminds us all that there should be a little magic in Christmas. A little wonderment. And a lot of love.

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

The long weekend

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Activities, Ava, daddy, family, holidays, kid stuff, Margarita Mama, shopping, Thanksgiving, The Promenade at Chenal, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Well, that holiday didn’t quite go as planned.

We had planned a Thanksgiving meal with relatives and then a smaller celebration at home afterward. Instead, Kendall woke up in the middle of the night with a raging fever, and began purging her insides out first thing in the morning.

Daddy fled the house with the other girls to the lunch destination, while Kendall and I hunkered down for 48 hours of living in the Hot Zone. It wasn’t pretty, and  I nearly took her to the hospital since she couldn’t keep down anything at all and seemed to be getting worse. Somehow on Day 3, it all stopped. And for that, we were thankful.

After she rested most of the day Saturday, we knew we had to get out for just a few minutes to get everyone some fresh air and de-crankify. Fortunately, we were right on time for the Promenade at Chenal’s tree lighting ceremony, which I figured would help us get back in the right spirit.

Believe it or not, this is the best Santa visit we've had yet, even though Kendall was exhausted and crying

Believe it or not, this is the best Santa visit we’ve had yet, even though Kendall was exhausted and crying

These sweet kids handed out teddy bears from Bale to kids visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus

These sweet kids handed out teddy bears from Bale to kids visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus

Clearly, we weren’t up to the shopping I had planned to get done this weekend. I’ve never actually gotten to go Black Friday shopping — ever. And clearly, that streak was unfortunately unbroken this year. To appease Ava, who had been looking forward to starting in on our Christmas list together and who was an extremely good helper through all this, we ducked into Crazy 8 and got her a new dress off the clearance rack. (And ran into Ava’s kindergarten teacher and her adorable kiddos!)

But we at least got in one cute family pic with the Christmas tree with everyone managing a smile before we had to run back home.

A family selfie

A family selfie

Wishing you happy holidays and good health!

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

Holiday activities in Little Rock

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Activities, Christmas, Featured, holidays, Margarita Mama, The Promenade at Chenal | 1 comment

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

Fall fashion and fun

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Activities, cocktails, eating/food, fashion, Food, Giveaways, Margarita Mama, shopping, The Promenade at Chenal | 3 comments

Fall’s biggest trends in Little Rock shops are on display at The Promenade at Chenal tonight as part of the Lights, Music, Fashion event held in conjunction with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and The Pointe Brodie Creek.

If you have a few minutes to get over there before 7 p.m., you have a chance to win one of these great outfits — which are all about $200. Just take your picture with the model and post it to Instagram using #LightsMusicFashion and tagging @ChenalPromenade and the store you’re in. 

But if you’re on the hunt for a new game day outfit or something to wear on a night out with your girls, these outfits will all be available at the featured Promenade stores for longer. Bold colors and Aztec-looking prints are clearly winners in this lineup, along with everything red. (Go Razorbacks!)

Here’s the picks:

J. Crew's outfit features a Razorback red top and great jeans

J. Crew’s outfit features an eye-catching red top and form-fitting jeans

Altar'd State's pick is a black-and-white scarf, paired with a plum tunic and leggings

Altar’d State’s pick is a black-and-white scarf, paired with a plum tunic and leggings

Ann Taylor Loft's pick of a classic little black dress paired with bling is hard to top

Ann Taylor Loft’s pick of a classic little black dress paired with bling is hard to top

Francesca's outfit features a striking tribal print outer layer with a burgundy  dress and a mixed-materials necklace that ties it together

Francesca’s outfit features a striking tribal print outer layer with a burgundy dress and a mixed-materials necklace that ties it together

Layers are the thing at Apricot Lane, which is showcasing a brightly printed sweater over a tunic top and a cross-body underlayer with a bold gold, white and blue necklace

Layers are the thing at Apricot Lane, which is showcasing a brightly printed sweater over a tunic top and a cross-body underlayer with a bold gold, white and blue necklace

White House/Black Market's pick is a warm and cozy faux fur-trimmed sweater, accented by layers of necklaces

White House/Black Market’s pick is a warm and cozy faux fur-trimmed sweater, accented by layers of necklaces

At W by Azwell, the showcase outfit is a standout red-and-white floral dress with a chunky black and gold necklace

At W by Azwell, the showcase outfit is a standout red-and-white floral dress with a chunky black and gold necklace

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

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Lights! Music! Fashion!

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Activities, fashion, Margarita Mama, Music/concerts, The Promenade at Chenal | Comments Off

Another chic event is coming up this Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Promenade at Chenal — a red carpet-worthy fall fashion show presented in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and The Pointe Brodie Creek that will also kick off the ASO’s Pops Live! series.

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Lights, Music, Fashion will include a chance to purchase and/or win tickets to Bill Conti’s Academy Awards at Pulaski Academy’s Connor Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5, when a FREE kids matinee is available. (More information on the show featuring tunes from familiar favorites such as Rocky and The Godfather can be found here.)

Best of all, the fall fashion showcase featuring clothes from the hip and trendy stores at the Promenade will include a chance to win your favorite outfit out of the lineup — a prize valued at $200 that no one would want to turn down.

Sample bites from A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine will also be available to tide you over until after the show, when you can relax with your besties while plotting out the rest of your shopping trip.

Can’t wait! See you there!

xoxo,

Margarita Mama

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Note: This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own, of course.

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Talk With Your Mouth Full

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Activities, eating/food, The Promenade at Chenal | 5 comments

UPDATE: Congratulations to Becky Layes! She is the winner of two tickets to Talk With Your Mouth Full!

 

Note: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

The Promenade at Chenal is hosting “Talk With Your Mouth Full,” in conjunction with the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 5-7 p.m.

The “Talk With Your Mouth Full” event offers a perfect time to network and nosh on some delicious food from 8 restaurants at The Promenade. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door — pretty reasonable for all of the yummy bites you get a chance to sample! Food and conversation — what could be better?

And Little Rock Mamas has two tickets to give away! Keep reading for the details. :)

But first, how about a sneak peak at the menu?

A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine — Red curry chicken, vegetable fried rice and spicy scallion chicken

Big Orange Burger — Tzatziki, chicken salad, pimento cheese with veggies to dip and Kennebec potato chips with dip

Bravo! Cucina Italiana — Crab cakes, Pasta BRAVO and Insalata Fresca

Café Brunelle — Assorted crostini bites, mini savory rolls and cinnamon rolls, mini desserts (think cookies and bars) and coffee and tea shots to sample

Local Lime — Various appetizers including Queso dip, salsas (red and zucchini), guacamole and market corn

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream & Treatery — Ice cream in sweet cream and dark chocolate flavors, low-fat yogurt in vanilla and chocolate, and sorbet in mango and raspberry

The Tavern Sports Grill — Award-winning smoked buffalo wings and a strawberry salad

YaYa’s Euro Bistro — Hummus and pita, Spanish meatballs with saffron tomato sauce, and phyllo dough cups with lemon curd and blueberries

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine definitely is!

Now back to the giveaway: to win the two tickets, leave a comment on this post telling me which of the menu items you would most like to try. I will choose a winner in a random drawing on Monday morning, so get those entries in!

Also, the tickets will be left for you at Will Call, so you will be able to pick up the tickets at the event.

Talk With Your Mouth Full

 

Pop Up in Park Hill

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Activities, Alaina, animals/pets, Lucky Mama | 4 comments

Pop Up in the Rock, which previously has focused on underdeveloped areas in Little Rock in an attempt to show how awesome they could be, crossed over the River and into North Little Rock this weekend.

Thus, Pop Up in Park Hill was born.

Graffiti artist paints on a fence at Pop Up in Park Hill.

You know an event is going to be fun when it has its own graffiti artist!

For those of you who have never visited North Little Rock’s Park Hill neighborhood, you should check us out. We have some awesome little shops — my favorite being Andres Coffee Shop. They have great coffee, great bites to eat and a great atmosphere to enjoy it all in.

So I was excited about Pop Up coming to Park Hill and showing how awesome this neighborhood is and how much better it could be. An additional bonus was our fantastic weather this weekend — seriously, who can resist temps in the ’70s?!?! — so Matt, Alaina and I headed to partake in the fun.

People sit and eat their food-truck fare at Pop Up in Park Hill.

Lots of people turned out to enjoy the great food from the food trucks!

A great crowd turned out for all of the events. There were tons of families and lots of dogs, so many in fact that I could have turned this post into “The Dogs of Park Hill.” But I resisted, although I totally had to “help Alaina” pet as many friendly dogs as possible.

Little girl checks out tiny cute puppy at Pop Up in Park Hill.

One of the many “Dogs of Park Hill.”

The first thing our family did was look for the food trucks. It was lunchtime and we were hungry. We weren’t the only ones who had the food truck idea, so the lines were pretty long. Matt and Alaina got in line for hotdogs and I headed over to The Southern Gourmasian. I’ve eaten at this truck before during Main Street Food Fridays and I have to say, I have never had a bad meal from them. Yum, yum and yum!

Women and a puppy wait to order at food truck at Pop Up in Park Hill.

A couple of women wait to order at The Southern Gourmasian. Their puppy was waiting patiently too.

After we finished eating, we checked out some of the vendors selling their wares. We definitely stopped in to see my former co-worker and friend, Erin, at ArkieStyle. Matt picked up the awesome black cassette-tape shirt!

Some of the cute shirts on display at ArkieStyle at Pop Up in Park Hill.

Some of the cute shirts on display at ArkieStyle

By this time, Alaina was getting a little grumpy, so we started walking to the car. We (Matt and I) looked longingly at the beer garden, featuring Diamond Bear beers, but sadly, kept on walking. Of course, the rock-climbing wall caught the whole family’s attention, as did the BMX show, sponsored by Angry Dave’s Bicycles.

Two boys scale the rock-climbing wall at Pop Up in Park Hill.

Who can resist a rock-climbing wall? I’m really glad Alaina didn’t ask to try it — this mama was nervous enough about her balancing act on the way to the car.

BMX show, sponsored by Angry Dave's Bicycles, at Pop Up in Park Hill.

The guys in the BMX show started off with some awesome tricks. Unfortunately, the guy in this air fell minutes later and messed up his shoulder/collarbone.

We had a great afternoon at Pop Up in Park Hill. Did anyone else make it out there on Saturday? What did you think?

Little girl balances on retaining wall after Pop Up in Park Hill.

The balancing act that made this mama a little nervous!

Little girl gets dad's help in jumping down off retaining wall

The triumphant jump down! She was so proud of herself, I’m glad I reined in my anxiousness and let her play.

 

Who’s ready for some football?

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Activities, Ava, daddy, family, Food, football, Margarita Mama, pasta | 4 comments

It’s already that time — the time of the year when most of the weekend is filled with yelling, stomping and pouting. But this time, it’s not from the kids.

Football season is upon us!

Last year's game day gear

Last year’s game day gear

Ava asked this morning on the way to school if it was “time for the Razorbacks yet.” But she doesn’t particularly want to watch the game.

Instead, she’s excited because I promised her some “girl day” time together this football season while Daddy is off in Hog Heaven. And then heavens of every other SEC team out there. And then the purgatories that are the rest of them.

We’ll be doing a little shopping and maybe stopping for special treats, like ice cream. Perhaps going to the library and the park, too, along with more boring duties like heading to the grocery store together. As the season stretches on, I’m sure I’ll have to get a little more creative. So if you’ve got ideas out there, I’m all ears.

I’m generally all about trying to find fun gameday snacks, too, to keep the herd happy. Pinterest, I’m headed your way. Can we top last year’s peppers stuffed with cream cheese and little smokies, then wrapped with bacon?  Oooh, I don’t know.

In the meantime, Woo Pig Sooie! And Go Big Red, my Nebraskan friends!

xoxo,

Margarita Mama