Talk With Your Mouth Full

Sep 12, 2015 by

This is a sponsored post. All opinions belong to me.

The Promenade at Chenal and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce paired up to present Talk With Your Mouth Full on Thursday night. It was a night of great food, wine and networking.

If you’re never been to one of the Talk With Your Mouth Full events, you are missing out.

There were so many yummy bites, it was hard to know where to start. Promenade restaurants — A.W. Lin’s Asian Cuisine, Big Orange Burgers, Bonehead’s Grill, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Cafe Brunelle, Del Fresco’s Grill, Local Lime, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream & Treatery, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and YaYa’s Euro Bistro — all had booths at the event, offering up some of their tasty cuisine.

Heidi, aka Margarita Mama, and I were able to sample food from A.W. Lin’s, Del Fresco’s Grill, Local Lime and YaYa’s. Everything was delicious, but I think the Ahi tuna tacos from Del Fresco’s were my favorite. The tuna tartare and guacamole were so refreshing on a warm evening. The restaurant just opened, and I’m thinking Matt and I will have to pay them a visit very soon!

Great food offering at Talk With Your Mouth Full

(Clockwise, from top left) YaYa’s Euro Bistro serves up tomato bisque; Chef George at the Bravo! Cucina Italian table; Del Fresco Grill offers tuna tacos; Local Lime makes carnitas for the crowd

There were also tons of networking opportunities. I will admit — I’m really bad at networking. I get very shy in crowds and would prefer to people watch. Luckily, I ran into one of my fellow Arkansas Women Bloggers and my roommate from the past three years of AWBU. Christie Ison, the founder of, and her husband, Joe, were at the event. So we chatted for a while, and they introduced me to some of their friends.

Fun with friends at Talk With Your Mouth Full

(Clockwise) Christie poses with the Menchie’s mascot; Christie and Joe; and me and Christie

It was a fun evening. Heidi and I capped it off with cocktails and spinach dip at Bravo!

Fun with friends at Talk With Your Mouth Full

Selfie time! Me and Heidi at Bravo!


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A perfect gift for Mom

May 5, 2015 by

Sponsored Post

With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, the hunt for the perfect gift for mom is on. Well have no fear, Little Rock Mamas and The Promenade at Chenal are here to help with our annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Whether your mom loves jewelry, candles, knickknacks, exotic cooking supplies or a sweet treat, we’ve got plenty of ideas to help you make her feel appreciated.


If you’ve never been to Francesca’s, you are missing out. This boutique is packed full of cute clothes, jewelry and accessories! Plus, they’ve got some great Mother’s Day gifts and cards to choose from right now. In fact, I found a great card for my mom while I was snapping these pictures. Shhh, don’t tell her. 😉

Just a few of the great items Francesca's has for mom.

These are just a few of the great gift items at Francesca’s. (Clockwise) statement necklace (prices on necklaces range from upper teens to mid-30s); frame ($18); assortment of cards ($3.50-4.50), card with necklace ($16) and “What I Love About Mom” book to personalize ($12); soy candle with reusable dish ($18); watch ($30) and “Home Is Where My Mom Is” candle ($10).

 Altar’d State

Altar’d State is one of those stores where you just feel good about shopping because the company is a big believer in giving back. On Mission Mondays, the company donates 10 percent of net proceeds to a local charity. And a portion of every purchase of their in-house clothing line goes to charity. Plus, they have the cutest stuff!

Altar'd State has great gifts for mom!

Altar’d State has lots of great gifts to tell mom how much you love her, including fun dish towels ($14-$16), Primitives By Kathy plaques ($12-$20), Voluspa candles ($10 small, $30 large), Grumpy Cat ($25), and decorative pillows ($36).

Saggio Olive Oils & Vinegars

If mom loves good food, then Saggio is a great place to look for her gift. Whether you opt for their wonderful oils, vinegars or spices or choose from their stylish table accessories, mom is sure to be pleased. Saggio also sells gorgeous gold bracelets by Ronaldo, which currently are 20 percent off for Mother’s Day!

Does mom love great food? Then check out Saggio Olive Oil & Vinegars.

If mom loves to cook — or if you want to cook mom a fantastic meal! — then check out Saggio! They have dozens of olive oils and vinegars to choose from (gift packs run from $17-35), Spice Lab collections ($38-62) and funky salt and pepper shakers from Pep Art ($56, $70). Then there are the beautiful gold bracelets by Ronaldo ($90-$205, before the Mother’s Day discount) that mom is sure to cherish for years to come.

Cafe Brunelle

Speaking of great food, have you discovered Cafe Brunelle yet? This charming, locally-owned coffee shop is located behind lululemon athletica at The Promenade. Want to surprise mom with some tasty treats on Mother’s Day? Cafe Brunelle has macaroons ($8.99) and toffee ($6.50) packaged in gift boxes and bags, ready to go home with you. Maybe you’re thinking you’d like to give mom a cake? Cafe Brunelle sells whole cakes (double layer) for $40 and whole cheesecakes for $45. They need about three days for a specialty order. Or maybe you think mom would love an afternoon to herself. A gift card to Cafe Brunelle will allow mom to relax and unwind in their warm and inviting space. You could pair it with a mani/pedi at Luxury Nails Spa for an afternoon of mom time!

Cafe Brunelle has plenty of treats to satisfy mom's sweet tooth!

Look at all this yumminess that Cafe Brunelle has to offer! Macaroons, toffee, caramel-covered brownies, cookies and cream cake are only a few of the delicious treats that mom can enjoy at Cafe Brunelle. And there are plenty of coffee options to choose from as well.

Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers

Are you looking to give mom something really special this year? Then check out Kenneth Edwards. The store’s helpful employees will help you find a beautiful piece of jewelry that is sure to take mom’s breath away and bring a smile to her face every time she puts it on.

Kenneth Edwards has jewelry sure to bring a smile to mom's face.

There are so many beautiful pieces to choose from at Kenneth Edwards! (Clockwise) Charles Krypell silver sterling necklace ($215), rings ($215, $325) earrings ($275); Kenneth Edwards amethyst necklace ($250) and rainbow moonstone necklace ($300); smoky Quartz earrings ($225); and Gabriel & Co. pearl necklace ($175).

I hope this has given you some great ideas for Mother’s Day. Whatever you pick up for mom, just give it with lots of love — and she will love it!

Note: This is a sponsored post. All items in this gift guide were selected by me, with the help of sales associates, and all opinions are mine.

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Talk With Your Mouth Full

Sep 19, 2014 by

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


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