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!


The Promenade at Chenal

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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

CafĂ© 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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Valentine’s Day Shopping Guide

Jan 31, 2014 by

Little Rock Mamas and The Promenade at Chenal have teamed up to offer you a few ideas for what to grab for the man in your life, as well as your kiddos, this Valentine’s Day. Don’t worry dads, we didn’t forget you — we’ve got a gift suggestion that is sure to make mom smile.

Finally, we know that Valentine’s is also about giving us an excuse to have an all-too-rare date night. We’ve got a suggestion for a romantic meal out or where to get some ingredients to make a home-cooked meal that is truly Cupid-worthy.

*Psst, we might also have a giveaway (or two!) buried in this guide, so keep reading!

Crazy 8 is one of my favorite places to shop for children’s clothes. Their clothes are adorable — and so reasonably priced! Plus, they tend to have lots of sales, which makes this thrifty mama very happy! Speaking of sales, their Valentine’s Day items currently are 25% off and other previously marked down merchandise is $9.99 or less. (Shown here at full price.)

Your little miss will be getting plenty of smooches in this ensemble from Crazy 8. Even better, the tutu/leggings combo makes looking adorable a breeze!

Smooch bodysuit, $12.95
Ruffled skirted leggings, $16.95
Heart Mary Jane crib shoes, $12.95
Pouf Fruffle, $5.95
Heart sweater headband, $7.95

Shawl Collar Cardigan,  $19.95 Checked Cuffed Jeans, $19.95 Plaid Poplin Bodysuit, $16.95 Checked Straw Fedora , $14.95

Shawl Collar Cardigan, $19.95
Checked Cuffed Jeans, $19.95
Plaid Poplin Bodysuit, $16.95
Checked Straw Fedora , $14.95
















Justice is packed full of clothes for tween girls and has TONS of toys and toiletries that will make the perfect Valentine’s gift for the apple of your eye. Who can resist the big eyes on that teddy bear? They also have a couple of good sales going on right now — 40% off the entire store (good through Feb. 5) and up to 75% off clearance items (good through Feb. 4).

Nail polish, $12.90 Valentine's Day Loom Bundle Pack, $22.90  Valentine's Day White Bear, $15.90 Ever After High (Cupid) Rebel Doll, $36.00 Justice sweatshirt, $44.90

Nail polish, $12.90
Valentine’s Day Loom Bundle Pack, $22.90
Valentine’s Day White Bear, $15.90
Ever After High (Cupid) Rebel Doll, $36.00
Justice sweatshirt, $44.90


Apple is sure to have something that will make the gadget-lover (male or female) in your life very happy. As someone who has been researching the best activity tracker/fitness monitor, I was pleased to see that Apple carried a variety of brands in several sizes. Of course, they also have tons of items that will make your iPad more versatile.

Give the gift of fitness this Valentine's Day with an UP or Fuel movement tracker

Nike Fuelband, $149.95
UP by Jawbone, $149.95

Organizer, $29.95 Keyboard case, $99.95

Cocoon Grid-it organizer case, $29.95
Bluetooth keyboard and case, $99.95









Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers has so many pretty, sparkly things. One of my favorites was the Posh Mommy line of engravable jewelry. I don’t know of a mom who wouldn’t get a little teary-eyed to receive one of these necklaces or bracelets.


Posh Mommy prices vary depending on the charm and chain selected, as well as how many names are engraved.
Chains run between $35-60
Charms run between $50-100


Now, let’s talk dinner.

Strippaggio Olive Oil & Vinegar can certainly provide you with some wonderful ingredients to get you on your way to a delicious Valentine’s meal. Are you looking to make something savory? Or maybe you want to make a yummy dip for fresh-baked bread? No problem.

But what about dessert? They’ve got you covered there too. Don’t believe me? Check out their recipe for a Dark Chocolate Blood Orange Cake with Blood Orange Ganache, which uses their Blood  Orange Olive Oil and Tangerine Balsamic in the recipe. Wow, that just sounds beyond decadent!

Dips and mixes run between $4-10 Specialty oils and vinegars range between $12 for a small bottle to $18 for a large one

Dips and mixes run between $4-10
Specialty oils and vinegars range between $12 for a small bottle to $18 for a large one

But what if you want to go out for dinner?

YaYa’s Euro Bistro has been voted Most Romantic Restaurant in Little Rock by Little Rock A-List. And the food (diver sea scallops, filet mignon, lamb chops and shrimp risotto) sounds simply divine. Even better, you have a chance to experience all of that for FREE! YaYa’s is giving away a $100 gift card that comes with reservations for two on Valentine’s. Go here to enter — and hurry, you only have until Feb. 3!



But wait, there’s more!


Little Rock Mamas has a little dinner and movie giveaway of our own. We have 2 movie passes for the Chenal 9 Theatre with IMAX and a $50 gift card from The Promenade at Chenal, which is good at any of their restaurants or stores.

To enter our giveaway, leave me a comment below telling me about the BEST or WORST Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had. I’ll randomly choose a winner the morning of Friday, Feb. 7.

Note: This is a compensated post; however, all opinions are mine. I also helped pick out all of the items in this gift guide. After I was done, I might have done a little shopping of my own. 🙂

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Kids eat FREE

Sep 9, 2013 by

Note: This is a compensated post; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.

Did I catch your attention with that title?

It’s not a typo. On Monday nights, kids 12 and under eat free at the six very yummy restaurants at The Promenade at Chenal. We’re talking free meals off the kids’ menu at A.W. Lin’s, Big Orange, Local Lime, Bravo! Cucina Italian, The Tavern Sports Grill and YaYas Euro Bistro.

* Offer good on Mondays between 11am-7pm from the lunch and dinner kids menu entrees only. Kids must be 12 and under with paid adult (limit 1 kids meal per each adult entrĂ©e ordered). Drinks aren’t included.

My mouth is watering at the thought of all of that tastiness! Plus, I LOVE the idea of saving some money on Alaina’s meal. Eating out can be pretty expensive — so I love it when good restaurants offer some savings for families!

My family will taking advantage of this offer soon. I’ll report back on our experience!


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