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Arkansas Engagement Announcement: Jayne Burdick of Fayetteville & Logan Jostad of Rogers

Gallery by Novo Studio

Jayne Burdick of Fayetteville and Logan Jostad of Rogers are engaged! The couple plans to wed May 26, 2012 at the Pratt Place Inn in Fayetteville.

Their engagement photos were taken by Philip Thomas at Novo Studio.

Best wishes to the happy couple!!

Ready for Some Football? ArkansasSports360's 2011 Football Preview Now On Stands

Image by Zac Lehr/Nelson Chenault

Jake Bequette and Joe Adams are the cover subjects of the 2011 Arkansas College Football Preview while LR Central’s Brian Anderson, LR Catholic’s Zach Conque and Pulaski Academy’s Fredi Knighten come together on the High School Preview cover.

The Little Rock Family staff loves us some football! Whether its high school or Hogs, we start counting the days to kick off. That's why we're excited about Arkansas Sports 360's new 2011 Football Preview.

You can read all about the Razorbacks, ASU Timberwolves and the controversial field of the UCA bears. Plus, the magazine covers the top players at the high school level all over the state.

Can I get a Woo Pig?

Get an inside tour of the magazine here.

Watch Little Rock Family Weekly Play Date on Today's THV

Editor Jennifer Pyron shares ideas for weekend fun on Today's THV.

Wondering what to do this weekend? Here are Editor Jennifer Pyron's top picks for family fun.

Follow These 10 Routes To Terrific Arkansas Adventures

No matter where in Arkansas you choose to retire or relocate, there’s a guaranteed adventure around every corner. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorites that run the gamut from quirky to quintessential.

It's mid-summer and we're all in need of an adventure to get our minds off the fact that it's the middle of summer.

Here are 10 fun escapes to be found in our state -- published in the new issue of Living in Arkansas -- that range from quirky to quintessential.

To investigate, click here. 

Bastille Day Means Free Muffins at Mimi's Cafe

New on the menu at Mimi's Cafe: Chocolate Mousse Muffin Sundae

In honor of French Independence Day today (July 14). Mimi’s Cafe, 11725 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock,is offering a French-inspired menu, a chance to win a trip to Provence, and a chocolate mousse muffin get-two-for-free offer with a valid coupon and any purchase.

Among the new dishes are Cinnamon Brioche French Toast, Le Grand Bleu Burger, Chicken Provence, and Provençal Glazed Shrimp & Asparagus Ravioli. Tour de Provence Seasonal Breakfast Entrees range from $3.99 to $8.99. The Two-Course Seasonal Lunch Menu is $10.99 and includes a beverage, and the Three-Course Seasonal Dinner Menu is $13.99.

Guests can enjoy a free two-pack of Mimi’s muffins including the new chocolate mousse muffin with valid coupon and any purchase on Bastille Day. The printable coupon is available at or through Mimi’s Facebook page.

Through Aug. 15 guests can “like” Mimi’s on Facebook to participate in the Chance for France Giveaway and enter for a chance to win more than 100 prizes. Grand prize is a five-day, four-night trip for two to Provence (including round-trip air transportation and accommodationsOther prizes include a one-year supply of Mimi’s muffins for five winners and $25 Mimi’s Cafe gift cards to be awarded to 96 participants. The grand prize winner will be announced in September.

For more information click here. 

What's Klezmer Music? Find Out at Laman Library Today

Meshugga Klezmer Band

Klezmer is a style of secular dance music played by Ashkenazi Jews for celebrations. According to the website, it's intended to replicate the human voice -- crying, wailing and laughing -- and incorporates international traditions including Roma (gypsy), Russian folk, French cafe and early jazz music. 

Since that description doesn't help much, find out for yourself. Little Rock's Meshugga Klezmer Band, formed in 1999, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday (July 14) at Laman Library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock, as part of Live at Laman series. 

Admission is free. For more information call (501) 758-1720.


Multitasking: Maybe Not So Good?

Experts say multi-tasking may not be so good after all.

Multitasking much?

Turns out, what used to be considered a desirable skill -- the ability to juggle and effectively complete multiple tasks at once -- may not be such a desirable skill after all.

According to MarketWatch, Jones over in Enterprise Services may seem to be hitting it out of the park, producing that Dubuque market analysis, uploading the power point on widget productivity to the intranet and shining the supervisor's shoes. All in a day.

But what if the analysis stinks, the power point was uploaded wrong and the shoes look like crud?

In other words, excessive multi-tasking may be lowering the bar on the quality of our work. Here's an excerpt from Ruth Mantell's On the Job blog at MarketWatch:

It can be tough to resist the allure of an unread e-mail or an unanswered instant message, but the reward is completing tasks at a higher quality level. Here are tips from the experts about how to stop -- or at least curb -- multitasking:

  • Strategize: “Plan ahead and remove the possibility of distraction. If there are [fewer] things tempting you, it’s easier to focus on the job at hand,” Miller said.

  • Work on a single task for at least 20 minutes: “When you start to do something, do it and nothing else for 20 minutes. This trains you to focus, to think deeply. It trains you not to think that distraction is a positive and it teaches your brain to be able to focus,” Nass said.
  • Make face time sacred: “It’s very, very important for the human brain to really spend some time talking to one person, face-to-face, without any technological distraction,” Nass said.

So remember -- productivity goooood. But the idea is to produce good stuff. Slow down and give yourself a chance to do that.

(The older we get, the more we sound like our parents and grandparents ...)

And don't run with scissors either.

Just Engaged: Jourdan Wood of Jacksonville & Clayton Williams of Redfield

Gallery by Christopher Nolan Photography

Jourdan Wood of Jacksonville and Clayton Williams of Redfield are engaged! The couple plans to wed October 8, 2011 at Jourdan's family owned estate.

Clayton and Jourdan met while working together. On their one year anniversary he took her on a romantic helicopter ride flying over all the important places in their relationship. While flying over Jourdan's family farm, Clayton proposed!

Their engagement photos were taken by Christopher Nolan Photography.

Best wishes to the happy couple!!

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