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Bridal Shower of the Week: Paige's Special 'April Showers' Party

Gallery by Lisa Stagg


Little Rock Bridal Shower

Paige Schnaitman + Trey Gosser

Photos by Lisa Stagg

When our Arkansas Bride marketing guru Devan Malone came across this gorgeous (and colorful!) shower of her friend Paige, we knew we had to feature it. With a theme of "April Showers," it seemed fitting for our special month-long promotion covering everything you need to know about bridal showers. That's why it's this week's Bridal Shower of the Week. Enjoy!

Food: Hosts and designer Lisa Stagg showered guests with a variety of yummy snacks, including veggie shooters (celery sticks and carrots with ranch dressing at the bottom of shooter glasses); a fruit tray with fruit dip; Hawaiian ham slider sandwiches; cheese and bacon spread on served on Ritz crackers and Wheat Thins; and hot baked olive dip served with Fritos. For drinks, they served a pink lemonade spritzer and bottled Orange Crush. All glasses were rimmed with pink sanding sugar. And, the super-cute springy cakes were created by Community Bakery. Love!

Decorations: The theme was "April Showers," so Stagg and hosts wanted something "girly and springy" with lots of color. That meant incorporating umbrellas, large bright florals, tissue poms and polka dots anywhere they could. Napkins were an inspiration piece for Stagg. "I took them to Community Bakery and asked if they could make my cakes exactly like the napkins [I had]!" she said. Something else that added more pops of color and fun were the circles of scrapbook paper she cut out for confetti on the table.

'The Second City' at The Rep Debuts This Month

Image by Joe Mazza

From left to right, John Hartman, Emily Walker, Sarah Shook, Pat Reidy, Adam Peacock and Nicole Hastings.

If you haven't got your tickets to see "The Second City" at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre yet, what exactly are you waiting on?!

"The Second City" opened in Chicago in 1959, and has been the spot for up-and-coming comedians. More than likely, your favorite comedians today were a part of "The Second City" in their younger days. Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Jason Sudeikis and Keegan Michael Key all passed through the doors of "Second City." Not to mention, so did Bill Murray, Chris Farley, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Jim and John Belushi, Tim Meadows and Jerry Stiller. 

With that list, it's safe to say this is your chance to see some of the great comedians of the future.

The traveling comedy tour — which combines sketch comedy with improv — will do 14 shows in 10 nights at The Rep. The first show of the "Happily Ever Laughter Tour" is set for April 30 and the finale is May 10. Tickets are $35, and are a $25 add-on for series subscribers. You can get them here. FlexPass holders can use their passes for this show. 

Before the shows start, The Rep's Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp will host the cast in a discussion of the art of improv comedy at the Clinton School of Public Service as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk is set for noon to 1 p.m. April 29. For more, click here.

For more on "The Second City" and a full list of shows, click here.

Pizzeria Santa Lucia Establishing Shop at Terry's Finer Foods

Image by Steve Shuler, LR Foodcast

Hey, pizza lovers! Good news! Pizzeria Santa Lucia has started work on a brick-and-mortar shop at Terry's Finer Foods in the Heights!

Santa Lucia at Terry's Finer Foods will move into the space that was previously occupied by The Restaurant at Terry's Finer Foods. The Restaurant recently moved to the opposite side of the building, which opened the door for Santa Lucia, and its owners, Jeremy and Jacquelyn Pittman.

The Pittmans, of Palette Catering and Event Planning, already sell some of their processed foods at Terry's Finer Foods, owned by Lex and Ellen Golden, and operate The Pie Shop at Terry's.

Santa Lucia's official open date has not been set yet, but Jacquelyn Pittman said it would be open by mid-summer. The date could be affected by how quickly the Mario Acunto brick oven is shipped from Italy.

"It's a classic, Neapolitan style, pizza baking oven," Jacquelyn Pittman said. 

The oven, between 120 and 140 inches in diameter, will establish residence in a corner of the restaurant, and cook three to five pizzas at a time.

"The oven will come a couple of feet in the window, and mortar around it," Pittman said. "The dome and stack will be on the exterior of the building, and the window will be in the interior."

Pittman said the shop will be "less of a restaurant, and more of a gastropub," and have seating for about 40 patrons. The restaurant will feature a full-service bar, with an emphasis on craft beer.

"The pizza will be classical, similar to what we already offer," Pittman said. For a look at the menu for Santa Lucia's mobile wood oven, click here.

As for the Santa Lucia traveling wood oven, don't worry, it will still be around.

"We will continue to do the catering and community events," Pittman said. "We're just adding the brick-and-mortar."

The restaurant hours will be 5-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to at least midnight on Friday and Saturday.

"And if the Tuesday through Thursday demands more, the restaurant will be open," Pittman said.

Last Chance! Win Tickets to See Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson Show at Verizon

Image by Cirque du Soleil

Round two! Today (April 16), we are giving away our last pair of tickets to see the brand new Cirque du Soleil show that’s all about Michael Jackson.

"Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," coming to Verizon Arena on April 22, is an electrifying production presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson's music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil unparalleled creativity. 

The underpinnings of the show are Michael Jackson's powerful, inspirational music and lyrics--the driving force behind the show--brought to life with power and intensity. Through unforgettable performances, the show underscores Michael's global messages of love, peace and unity. A live band including some of the same artists who previously worked side-by-side with Michael, further enhance the excitement and authenticity of the show.

Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael's creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. 

For a chance to win tickets today (April 16), visit our Facebook page here. And be sure to check out a special Q&A with Shondra Leigh, one of eight female dancers in the show, Thursday (April 17)!

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For additional information, click here.  

2014 Guide to Summer Camps & Classes

Don't panic! Keep your cool this summer with help from our sister publication, Little Rock Family. Here's LR Family's ultimate guide to summer camps and classes in central Arkansas.

In the April 2014 issue, the LR Family team compiled a list of over 100 summer camps and classes -- including everything from sports training and music academies to traditional overnight camps and well-rounded day camps.

To help make your summer scheduling a breeze, the list is organized by date and then category. Browse the full list in our digital edition here.

Facebook fans were also asked which local camps their families loved. Here's what they said:

Ozark Mission Project! Nothing is more rewarding than being able to help people in need and build lifelong friendships.” –Bailey Newcomb Faulkner

Culinary Camp at the Clinton Presidential Center and Camp Solgohachia near Morrilton. My boys beg to go back to each of these each summer. I love to take them to places they enjoy so much and want to return. This year we are adding a camp at the Museum of Discovery.” –Cynthia Haller Austin

What's your family's favorite summer camp or activity? Don't see it on the list? Email and tell the team about it. Visit to stay up-to-date on family summer fun! 

Shop Talk: Trunk Shows and Sales Event Roundup

Just in time for Easter weekend, here is our roundup of trunk shows and sales events happening through the week and weekend. Enjoy! 

E.Leigh's, 2911 Kavanaugh Blvd.,Little Rock: The women's boutique is offering special daily deals leading up to Easter Sunday.  Stay posted on the shop's daily specials here. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (501) 268-0448.

Indigo, The Promenade at Chenal, Suite G107, Little Rock: The west Little Rock clothing store is offering $20 off all full priced handbags valued at $100 or more through May 15th. Just in time for Mother's Day!  The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call (501) 821-2808 for more information. Click here to stay up-to-date on store events. 

Eggshells Kitchen Co., 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. ,Little Rock: This week, the kitchen supply store is offering 15% off cutlery items including knives, scissors and cutting boards. The sale ends Saturday (April 19). The store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 664-6900 or click here. 

Barbara/Jean: 7811 Cantrell Road, Little Rock: The high end boutique is hosting the Gypsy Jewelry Trunk Show featuring bohemian inspired pieces this Thursday (April 17) and Friday (April 18). 

A YSL Cosmetics event will also be held Friday, April 18. A YSL featured artist will be in store doing makeovers with the new spring color collection. Call (501) 227-0054 to book your appointment. Makeovers are complimentary with purchase of an item.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, click here.

Spirited Art, 5610 R Street, Little Rock: This week get $10 off adult classes with code TAXDAY2014. Sign up here. Offer ends April 18.

Faux Pas Boutique is offering 25% off all online purchases this week. Use code Tax25 at checkout. Offer expires on Sunday, April 20.


Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Hosts 2 Free Concerts This Week

Get your classical music fix this week-- for free!

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is hosting two free concerts for the public at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences today (April 16) and the Capital Hotel Thursday (April 17). Here is the rundown:

  • UAMS hospital lobby gallery, 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock: Starting at 4:30 p.m. today (April 16), flutists Barry McVinney and Diane McVinney will be joined by Dr. Martin Hauer-Jensen and Cindy Fuller for a program of flute sonatas, duos, trios and more. Click here for more information about setlist and for directions to the concert.
  • Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock: At 5 p.m. Thursday (April 17), the ASO's Rockefeller Quartet will present a free concert in the Capital Hotel lobby with short pieces and commentary from the musicians. Listen to Mozart's "String Quartet No. 19 in C Major," along with music from ASO Composer of the Year, Christopher Theofanidis. Get more information here.

For the families, mark your calendars for the Young Person's Guide to Orchestra, composed by Benjamin Britten at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Roosevelt Thompson Auditorim at Central High School, 1500 S. Park St., Little Rock. This family performance will celebrate the birthday of Caroline Pugh. This concert is free and open to the public. Call (501) 666-1761 for more information and click here to make your reservation!

Knowing What - and When - to Feed Your Baby at Meal Time

When to introduce bottles, how to choose the right formula, when baby is ready for solid food—these are some of the questions new mothers have when it comes to what, and when, to feed their little one. Fortunately, knowing what to feed your baby and when to introduce new things doesn’t have to be so complicated.

“It can be confusing, especially for new moms, to know exactly what to feed their baby,” says Shannon Hendrix, director of Clinical Nutrition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “There are some simple guidelines to follow to make sure your baby is getting proper nutrition that can be helpful in alleviating some of that stress.”

We’ve all heard by now “breast is best.” In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for babies for about six months. The AAP further recommends that moms continue to breastfeed until your child is 12 months old, even after adding solids to your baby’s diet.

Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t possible, and in those instances, formula is the best substitute. Formula brands nowadays offer several of the beneficial nutrients found in breast milk and are easy to prepare: Simply mix powder or liquid with water and shake, or pour pre-made formula in a bottle and you’re done.

The transition to introducing solid foods can be more challenging, as you want to make sure your baby is ready for this next step on her nutritional journey. So, how do you know if your little one is ready to venture into the world of solid foods? Here are some signs to look for:

  • Baby holds his/her head up consistently for long periods of time
  • Sits up without assistance
  • Birth weight has doubled and baby weighs at least 13 pounds
  • Exhibits increased interest in watching parents eat, and may even move mouth and make biting motions

The first solid to introduce is generally baby cereal, which comes in powder form. It is mixed with breast milk or formula, and is usually integrated into a baby’s diet between four and six months of age. “Keep in mind, introducing solids, including cereal, shouldn’t take away from or decrease breast milk or formula feedings,” says Hendrix.

The fun starts between six and nine months, when your baby can add a greater selection of solid foods. In addition to baby cereal, you can start out with unsweetened dry cereals, fresh or cooked mashed bananas and vegetables (squash, peas, carrots, green beans), and chopped and jarred meats or poultry cooked plainly without seasonings. “Introduce new foods one at a time and wait at least three to four days before adding a new food to your baby’s diet; this helps identify any potential allergies or sensitivity to particular foods,” says Hendrix.

During the nine- to twelve-month stage of your baby’s development, you begin to add in foods such as crackers, breads, muffins, rice, noodles, peeled and soft fruits like pears and peaches (bite-sized pieces with no seeds), well-cooked and bite-sized portions of meats (including poultry and fish), cooked beans, yogurt and cottage cheese. “You don’t want to introduce regular cow’s milk until your child reaches one year of age. When they’re ready for milk, make sure it’s whole milk and not skim or low-fat,” says Hendrix. Hendrix also notes that it’s important to use adjusted age when dealing with a baby who was born prematurely.

While it’s important to know what you should be feeding your baby at particular milestones in their development, it is vital to know how to safely feed your baby to prevent accidents. Below are some safety tips to consider:

  • Bottles are for breast milk or formula only. Never add infant cereal, sugar, corn syrup, solids, or extra water to a baby’s bottle.
  • Do not heat bottles in the microwave, as heating may be uneven and burn a baby’s mouth.
  • Discard breast milk or formula left in a bottle after feeding.
  • Do not spoon food directly from the jar unless the entire jar is to be used. Refrigerate leftovers and do not keep for longer than 24 hours.
  • Do not offer foods that may cause a child to choke; examples include hot dogs or meat sticks, raw vegetables, whole grapes, berries, nuts, popcorn, hard candy and peanut butter.

More information, including a feeding guide for baby’s first year, can be found via the free MyACH iPhone app in the “Health Library” section. Visit the App Store and search “MyACH” or “Arkansas Children’s Hospital” to download the app and have the resources of ACH right at your fingertips.

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