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I’ve taught first, third and sixth grades throughout my career, but when I went home to Beebe, I taught first and third grades. I am passionate about teaching and making sure students receive the education they deserve, regardless of their demographic.” Nancy earned both her national board certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and master’s degree in 2007, and she is active in the Arkansas Education Association (AEA) and the Arkansas Teachers for National Board Certification (ATNBC) state network. As the legislative outreach chair for ATNBC, she has learned a lot about the legislature and all its workings. “I learned that school employees must engage with and inform our legislators about what we face daily in our classrooms as well as form partnerships with them in order to make our schools the best they can be,” she said. “Many legislators are chomping at the bit, so to speak, to hear from teachers. We are at a critical moment in our state’s history. School employees need to send a message to those who would seek to take anything away from our students. Regardless of one’s political affiliations, school employees should research and

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ancy Fancyboy has experienced a number of “Aha!” moments in her career. For more than 25 years, she’s taught elementary school students how to read and explore the world. She started in Cross County, Arkansas, teaching three grades in two schools in three years, and that experience netted her lifelong friends. She then moved to rural Alaska where she taught for nine years in an Eskimo village on the Yukon River. “I met my husband, George, in Alaska and then we moved back to Arkansas in 2000,” Nancy said. “After some time out of the classroom, I taught at White County Central.

think for themselves when voting so they can support legislators who will always put our students first. I recently took my daughter and her friend to the state capitol. I was taken there as a child by my father and was told it was my house, that our taxes pay for it, and we elect those who are there. I was encouraged to believe myself an equal to those creating legislation.” Nancy joined the AEA about a year ago after being a member of another teacher organization. “I researched both leading organizations in Arkansas, and the AEA was the only one that had a history of working hard to lobby for public school students and teachers. AEA is the only one sitting at the table with lawmakers to promote and protect our public school students and employees. We are facing a giant in our state that other states have faced and have failed—the gutting of public schools. We no longer have the luxury of pretending everyone has our students’ best interests at heart. The time has come for educators to stand together and send the message that we will stand together for the best interest of our students and our schools.”

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FASHION IS MY KRYPTONITE

September is probably my favorite month—and not just because it’s my birthday month! Even though September is always packed with activity, it seems like it’s the month to take a moment and relax before we barrel headlong into the holiday season. September means the weather is starting to get back to what I consider tolerable, which means it’s time for football, a new season of Empire and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and most importantly, fall fashion. The September issue of fashion magazines is the most-anticipated issue of the year, not to mention the biggest (and heaviest), boasting hundreds of pages of ads and editorials showcasing the latest trends in fashion, beauty, accessories and more. Well, Savvy may not be a fashion magazine, but we’re dedicating a few pages to our favorite beauty trends for busy moms, as well as our very first kids’ fashion feature! Shooting “Kindergarten Cool,” which begins on page 20, was hands down the highlight of this issue. Creative director Mandy Keener created a cardboard city for the set, and guest stylist Jeanne Johansson cast the mini models and curated each look. The moms on-set played DJ and shouted words of encouragement for the kids, and I conducted an enlightening round-table discussion with Brooklyn, Bauer, Jett and Beckham while sitting on the studio floor. This issue also includes features on two amazing foodie moms, Jacquelyn Pittman and Jen Lewis. I’ve known Jacquelyn since her Palette Catering days, and I’m excited to see such an awesome woman changing the face of the culinary scene in central Arkansas. And Jen Lewis, our first northwest Arkansas mom, is helping families around Fayetteville and beyond enjoy making healthy meals at home through her cooking classes and event and culinary consulting company, Jen’s Art of Cooking. Finally, you’ll find we’ve made a few changes throughout this issue of Savvy. We’ve redesigned the front of the book to include more content for families, from books and apps to local news and information. And the new back-page feature, Bag Check, offers a glimpse into the lives and handbags of busy moms and the stuff they always have on hand. We’ve got more updates on the horizon, and I hope you enjoy the evolution of Savvy as much as we enjoy creating it.

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contributors SEPTEMBER 2015

KD REEP

is a writer and public relations practitioner in Little Rock. She owns Flywrite Communications, Inc., a public relations agency, and is the PR director for Mass Enthusiasm, a full-service marketing communications firm in Little Rock.

DWAIN HEBDA

is a writer and editor living in Little Rock. He and his wife Darlene are the parents of four grown children. The empty-nesters spend their time traveling, working out and spoiling their two dogs.

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is a photographer in Little Rock. She studied photography at Parsons the New School of Design in New York. Currently working out of a photography studio in downtown Little Rock, Lily loves to shoot people and places unique to Arkansas.

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Using super easy-to-follow videos, kids can learn how to code the easy way—while making games, creating pixel art and building something completely new. Hopscotch is easy to use, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a powerful language. Explore computer science fundamentals like abstraction, variables, conditionals, loops and more—while making stuff that you actually want to play. Available for iPad.

Seesaw empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school. With support for QR code login for younger learners and Google account integration, Seesaw works in any K-12 classroom. When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device. Available for iOS and Android Devices, Chromebooks and computers using Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Wonderbox inspires curiosity and creative thinking—explore fascinating topics from science and design to sports and geography, all through videos, maps and daily new content curated by educators. Kids can use stickers, videos, photos and drawing tools to create something new, and enjoy fun challenges that encourages designing, tinkering and building. Available for iPhone and iPad.

Even when you’re traveling, you and the kids can still read together over video chat with Storytime. Read over 250 books together with the same page of the book appearing on each users screen. This allows you choose from a great selection of books, and read them together as though in the same place. Never miss another bedtime story! Available for iPhone and iPad.

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The fall quarter at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School begins Friday, September 12! From mixed-media classes for kindergarteners and their adults to ceramics, painting, fiber art and even digital art for kids of all ages, there is something fun and new to learn. Visit arkarts.com/artclasses to view schedules and register, or call 501-372-4000.

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Thea Foundation Launches 14th Annual Scholarship Competitions With the start of the school year, Thea Foundation launched its 14th annual scholarship competitions, which will award 30 scholarships totaling almost $80,000 to Arkansas high school seniors in the spring of 2016. High school and home school seniors as well as those obtaining a GED are invited to compete in the categories of visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, fashion design, slam poetry and film. Ten scholarships will be awarded in visual arts and performing arts, four will be awarded in film (facilitated by AETN, [Arkansas Educational Television Network]), and two will be awarded in slam poetry, fashion design and creative writing. The scholarships range from $2,000 to $4,000. Thea partners with 26 institutions of higher education across the nation who promise to match or exceed Thea scholarships for winners who choose to attend one of these universities. This list includes every four-year college in Arkansas as well as Pulaski Technical College. Students may register online now; thorough instructions for each competition are offered at theafoundation.org under the tab “what we do” followed by “scholarships.”

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WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! What Pet Should I Get? captures a classic childhood moment— choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! An editor’s note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’ pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?

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THINGS I’VE SAID TO MY CHILDREN As the father of five boys (all under age 10), graphic designer Nathan Ripperger has found himself saying some rather funny, absurd and downright bizarre things to his children, from “Stop riding that penguin, we’re leaving” to “I am NOT talking to you until you are wearing underwear.” With Things I’ve Said to My Children, Ripperger has assembled around 80 of the funniest, weirdest and most amusing sayings and paired them with full-color, designed images that bring these outrageously hysterical quotes to life. Covering the essential parenting topics like food, animals, don’ts and of course, bodily functions, Things I’ve Said to My Children is a light-hearted illustrated reminder of the shared absurdity of parenthood. Especially for those parents who’ve ever found themselves uttering some variation of the line, “Please don’t eat the goldfish crackers you’ve put in your butt.”

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A penguin ambassador from the Little Rock Zoo enchants young patients during the launch of San Diego Zoo Kids, an innovative closed-circuit television broadcast channel that features entertaining and educational programming about unique and endangered animal species.

“ANIMALS CAPTURE OUR INTERESTS, TOUCH OUR SOULS, AND REMIND US OF OUR OWN HUMANITY.” —Little Rock Zoo Director Mike Blakely

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San Diego Zoo Global, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Arkansas and the Little Rock Zoo have announced the arrival of San Diego Zoo Kids—an innovative closedcircuit television broadcast channel that features entertaining and educational programming about unique and endangered animal species. The channel is available on TV monitors in every patient room, as well as in hospital waiting areas. The project was funded through a generous gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford. “At ACH, we’re fans of any initiative that brings huge smiles to children,” says David Berry, senior vice president and COO of ACH. “The animal stories our patients are watching through San Diego Zoo Global take their minds off stressful situations, and remind them of the incredible world waiting for them outside when they’re healed and leave our hospital.”  San Diego Zoo Kids offers up-close video encounters with popular animals, all hosted by San Diego Zoo’s national spokesperson, Rick Schwartz, and San Diego Kids host, Lauren Ayers. Viewers can observe the zoo’s famous Panda Cam and other online cameras, as well as content from zoos across the country.  “We have heard from medical professionals that animal interaction and animal stories can help promote well-being,” says Doug Myers, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Global. “San Diego Zoo Global has a wealth of animal stories, and through the generosity of T. Denny Sanford, we are able to bring these stories to families at hospitals around the country.”  The channel will also feature animal stories from the Little Rock Zoo, which brought a few of their animals to the launch to meet patients and their families.  “Animals capture our interests, touch our souls, and remind us of our own humanity,” says Little Rock Zoo Director Mike Blakely. “In addition, nature has the power to soothe, inspire and restore. The more of the natural environment we can give to our children, and to those around us, the more we can hope for renewed health and change.” The service is also making its debut at the Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Arkansas in Little Rock.  

STORES GALORE! The much-anticipated Outlets of Little Rock, slated to open in October, has announced a slew of stores coming to town, many of which are making their debut in the state. As of press time, the following stores were announced: Auntie Anne’s/Cinnabon, Beef Jerky Outlet, Carter’s, The Children’s Place, China Max, Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks, Clarks Outlet, Cole Haan, Corky’s Footwear Outlet, Express Factory Outlet, francesca’s, Fragrance Outlet, Girlie Girl Originals, J. Crew/crewcuts Factory, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Kitchen Collection, LOFT Outlet, Osh Kosh B’Gosh, Rack Rock Shoes, Sketchers, TCBY, Torrid, VF Outlet, Under Armour, Wilsons Leather and Zales Outlet.

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Sweet Sheets

WAKE UP TIRED SKIN WITH CHAMOMILE & PEPTIDES

THE LATEST KOREAN SKINCARE TREND, SHEET MASKS ARE PERFECT FOR BUSY MOMS BY MEL JONES

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KARUNA HYDRATING+ FACE MASK Packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides for renewal, aloe vera and chamomile for hydration, and Chinese licorice and vitamin B for detoxification, Karuna’s Hydrating+ face mask is made from 100-percent natural wood-pulp fiber, allowing pores to fully absorb ingredients for major hydration for tired, dry skin. $8 for individual masks, $28 for a set of four. Available at Sephora in Little Rock and Rogers.

EARTH THERAPEUTICS RX HYDROGEL UNDER EYE PATCH Tired, puffy eyes? Dark circles for days? Spend 10 minutes with these hydrogel under eye patches and you’ll look like you got a full eight hours instead of a measly three. Enriched with a blend of plant extracts, green tea and antioxidant vitamins, the patches cool and soothe on contact while nourishing and hydrating the skin. $8 for five pairs. Available at Ulta in Little Rock and North Little Rock, and Target stores statewide.

SHISEIDO BENEFIANCE WRINKLERESIST24 PURE RETINOL EXPRESS SMOOTHING EYE MASK A little luxe goes a long way, thanks to Shiseido’s Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Masks. They work to dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the eye area in as little as 15 minutes, while also brightening and minimizing dark circles, plumping the skin with hydration and refining texture for softer, smoother, healthier-looking skin. $17.50 for three pairs; $63 for a set of 12. Available at Sephora in Little Rock, Rogers and North Little Rock (inside JC Penney).

DR. JART+ CLEARING SOLUTION™ ULTRA-FINE MICROFIBER SHEET MASK If your skin has problems, this mask is the solution. From Seoul, Koreabased brand Dr. Jart+’s new Dermask Collection, the Clearing Solution sheet mask is made of soft microfiber, and addresses trouble-prone complexions by soothing redness and inflamed skin from acne and preventing pigmentation. $9 for one mask. Available at Sephora in Little Rock and Rogers.

SKYN ICELAND HYDRO COOL FIRMING EYE GELS When you’re stressed and tired, the eyes have it—puffiness, dark circles and premature wrinkles. Take 10 minutes and let this cooling transdermal gel patch infuse the eye area with highly potent actives and Icelandic glacial water to firm, tone, brighten and reduce the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles. $15 for a set of four; $30 for eight. Available at Ulta in Little Rock and North Little Rock.

TONY MOLY I’M REAL TEA TREE SOOTHING FACE MASK SHEET From Korean cosmetics company Tony Moly, this soothing I’m Real Tea Tree sheet mask is the antidote for dull, irritated skin. Known as an effective, natural anti-inflammatory agent, green tea leaf extracts are rich in antioxidants, which protect skin from harmful environmental factors and soothes tired, irritated skin. Lemon, rosemary, thyme and jasmine extracts combine to soothe and balance skin. $7.50 for two. Available at Sephora in Little Rock and Rogers.

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As the kids settle into school mode, it is important parents make sure their children are mentally and physically ready for the homework, exams and projects throughout the school year. “There are plenty of behind-the-scenes elements parents can take part in to ensure their children are prepared at school,” said Chuck Smith, M.D., a family medicine specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). From making sure your children have nutritious meals throughout the day to ensuring the kids get to bed at a decent hour, parents can make a difference: • Healthy School Lunches. In addition to a healthy breakfast and dinner, a nutritious lunch can give kids the fuel they need in the classroom. • Sufficient Sleep. A set bedtime and sufficient rest can make sure your child is at his or her best during the day. This gives the child the opportunity to recharge for school. • Outside Fun. Whether it’s participating on a sports team or playing in the backyard, getting the kids outside often provides them with important, routine physical activity. All parents want their children to do their best in school, so let’s make sure we’re doing all we can to prepare them for success.

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Bauer’s style is totally pint-size hipster, from the skinny jeans and suspenders to the skull-andlightning-bolt print button-up shirt. On-trend black sneakers with heavy white soles, a beanie and faux glasses bring the look full circle. Clothes, Zara; beanie, Scarlet; glasses, Crewcuts. Bauer’s parents are Josh and Nicole Daniel.


From the denim jacket with the sheepskin collar to the striped long-sleeve t-shirt and tomato-red flare skirt, Brooklyn’s classic style is All-American and 100-percent adorable. Black suede boots and twist-knit socks with a contrasting stripe complete the look. Entire look, Zara; glasses, Claire’s. Brooklyn’s parents are Zach Witherow and Shelby Carter Witherow.

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Equal parts sweet and street, Jett’s ready to rock in a cute tulle tutu and a Run DMC t-shirt, topped off with a camouflage jacket, patent leather boots and an oversized beanie. T-shirt, Forever 21; Tutu, Tutu du Monde; jacket, boots and beanie, all Zara. Jett’s parents are Oskar and Jeanne Johansson.


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Too cool for school? Maybe. Ready to face the fall chill? Definitely, and it’s all about layers. Beckham’s gray hoodie sweater is paired with a long-sleeve plaid shirt, while coated black jeans toughen up the look. Black Adidas Samoas, aviator sunglasses and an “M” ball cap finish his kickin’ ensemble. Hat and sweater, Zara; sunglasses and sneakers, Crewcuts; plaid button down shirt, Little Rails; jeans, GapKids. Beckham’s parents are Russell and LeAnn Wolf.

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Jacquelyn Pittman: Hospitality Guru PHOTOGRAPHY BY BETH HALL

If you want to see the future of food and hospitality in Little Rock, look to Jacquelyn Pittman. A culinary professional and artist for decades, Jacquelyn is investing her talent, time, earnings and passion in the food scene of Arkansas’ capital city. A native of Little Rock, Jacquelyn and her husband, Jeremy, opened The Pizzeria at Terry’s Finer Foods last year. The Pizzeria serves Mario Acunto-wood oven pizza and is a full-service bar inside Little Rock’s oldest neighborhood grocery store. While Jacquelyn makes food her life now, her original career goals were a different type of service. “I began my freshmen year at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in pre-med,” she says. “I believe I would have loved that career path if I had stayed that course, but after my first year in college, I decided to spend a year living in Mexico exploring the culture. I landed at Cafe des Artistes, and it was there I truly discovered my love for the culinary industry. I love people, I’m a night owl, I love to eat and drink, and the culture of this industry fascinates me. The energy that a full and lively establishment generates is magnificent. It’s also challenging so it keeps me interested. This industry is tough, and it requires you to keep one step ahead to succeed. It’s ever evolving so boredom is rare.” Before opening The Pizzeria, Jacquelyn and her husband ran a catering company, Palette, for 12 amazing years. In addition to The Pizzeria, Jacquelyn manages RH Cuisine as well as Cache Restaurant, led by Payne Harding. Currently, they are working on building RH Catering, which is led by Tim Morton. Their overall goal with all their ventures is to work with the Little Rock community to expand and build amazing hospitality concepts. “We have seen tremendous growth in the past 10 years, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the future of the city I was born and raised in,” Jacquelyn says. “I live to share my love for entertaining with others. I ‘hosted’ more high school parties than I should have, but the lifelong friendships were worth the trouble I got into. Who doesn’t love a great party? Every night in the restaurant industry is a party for someone, and I look forward it every day. I began my culinary career at 19 in the kitchen of the most talented chef I have ever worked with, Thierry Blouet. His restaurant, Cafe des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a gastronomic masterpiece. It is the foundation of my career and a world-class establishment that I base my standards on. If you get the opportunity to experience it, I highly recommend the visit.”

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Jacquelyn and her kids—Phoebe, 6, and Jack 4—assemble mini cannolis at The Pizzeria.

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When not running restaurants and catering companies, Jacquelyn raises daughter Phoebe, 6, and son Jack, 4, while wrangling Lily and Fletcher, the Pittmans’ two dogs. The glue of their family, Jacquelyn says, is her mom, Beth. “We live in the Heights neighborhood in the same house I grew up in,” Jacquelyn says. “My family purchased the house in 1989, and while it’s surreal to raise my children in the home I was raised in, I could not be more grateful for it. My mom’s house is in Hot Springs on Lake Hamilton but she spends most of her time with us. I could not juggle all that I do without her, and our children are lucky to have her unconditional love. I am constantly in awe of her selflessness.” Jacquelyn says being a mom has improved her career and given her the drive to demonstrate what hard work can achieve. “I want my children to be proud of what they do,” she says. “I believe we are setting that example for them. As cliche as it sounds, my kids make me a better person because they allow me to see my flaws through their actions. My family is very patient with me and supports me fully. Without that, I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Her advice for other moms who must balance home, career and interests is to unplug—literally and physically. “I appreciate I can work while I’m not at work, but because of smartphones and tablets and wifi, I am literally always ‘at work.’ I could stand to have a bit better balance, but I love what I do so it’s tough to take breaks. I’ve learned that you cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking back. Every single step I have taken along my path has led me to bigger and better things. All of the decisions you make, good and not so good, are the right ones; you just can’t always see that in the moment.”

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From wood oven-baked bread to fresh ingredients, Jacquelyn’s veggie flatbread is overflowing with flavor.

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Jen Lewis:

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Scroll through any social media feed and you will see photos of food, someone’s review of her dinner and another’s recipe for the latest food fad. While food is our sustenance, it is only recently that it has become our obsession. While prepared meals through restaurants and fast food outlets fit the lifestyles of frenetic Arkansans, home-cooked meals bring families and friends together, and Jennifer Lewis is helping make those connections. “I started Jen’s Art of Cooking about six years ago, and I work mostly out of my home as an event and culinary consultant,” Jen says. “I teach cooking classes out of Whiteline Designs, and I do onsite cooking and team-building classes for people interested in learning everything from the basics of cooking to preparing a full meal. Other things my business does include food styling, recipe development, restaurant and menu consulting, custom cocktails for events and event planning. I’m also working on my first cooking and entertaining coffee-table book.” If that weren’t enough to keep her busy, Jen raises her children Ella Kate, 14, and Ian Robert, 12, with her husband, John. Their goldendoodle dogs, Oliver and Hunter, work for their room and board by cleaning up any spills Jen may make in the kitchen. “Being a professional and owning my own business while being a wife, mom and volunteer has definitely changed my life,” she says. “I had worked in human resources and public relations before starting this business. I have always loved cooking and entertaining. I grew up in Panama and did a lot of cooking with my mom growing up. When I started having kids, I stayed home for about seven years then decided to go back to work, but I wanted to do something that would allow me to have flexibility to be there for my kids and be able to pursue my passion of cooking and entertaining. When I moved to northwest Arkansas, it seemed I had so many friends that lived in beautiful homes and never really cooked or entertained at home. I wanted to help those who were interested in cooking, whether they were women, men or kids, and make them feel comfortable in their homes to make a meal that is easy and healthy. I wanted to make entertaining at home comfortable for those who would love to have friends over.” Jen’s commitment to the community is a significant aspect of both her private and professional life. “I am always looking to be creative and active in the community,” she says. “Keeping up with my Instagram account (@Cookingfresh), blog (jlcookingfresh.wordpress.com) and volunteering helps that. The work I do with the Girls Rock Program at junior high schools educates middle school girls about healthy eating and kitchen safety. I am also chairing a committee for Cobblestone Farms for the Harvest Party fundraiser. Cobblestone helps families in need and serves as an education program on farming and healthy eating for schools in the area.” Helping people across every economic level enjoy cooking healthy meals at home for friends and family is what keeps Jen going. By cooking at home, families pursue a healthier lifestyle and make connections while sharing a meal. A common meal demonstrates that each person at the table is valued and welcome. “I love watching people feel more comfortable in the kitchen and helping them change their lifestyle to eating more at home,” Jen says. “That’s the most rewarding thing. Food is such an important part of our lives that it is vital we understand healthy cooking techniques and educate our children on where food comes from. I would love to see more families sit down for dinner together, work together as a team in the kitchen and be appreciative of the food that fuels their bodies.

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Jen and daughter Ella Kate, 14, prepare pasta and produce for Jen’s roasted veggie pasta with basil and garlic sauce. Not only do mom and daughter cook together they shop together for chic outfits like these at Lala Boutique in Fayetteville.

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Hanging out with Oliver and Hunter, the family’s goldendoodles. Fresh veggies are ready to roast. Mix in the flavorful basil and garlic butter. Finish the dish with goat cheese and pine nuts.

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“Owning Jen’s Art of Cooking has opened my kids’ eyes on how hard it is to own your own business,” Jen says. “They also see how rewarding it can be. They see how hard I work to make clients happy, and that when you own your own business, everything falls on you. They see that life is about what you give and how hard you are willing to work. I am a big believer in not waiting for someone to give you an opportunity. You create your own opportunities and follow your passion.” By prioritizing connection with the people she loves, Jen is able to balance the varying aspects of her life with help from her family and friends. “I balance work, family, interests and friends as best as I can,” she says. “Sometimes my work requires me to be busy during the evenings, and that can be difficult to manage with kid activities. I am beyond thankful for my incredible husband because he is busy during the day with his job, but he’s always willing to help when I need to be gone during the evenings. It is a tag-team job and the only way to balance everything. I believe in good quality time and my life not being in a constant state of chaos so I take jobs that I believe in. It’s not easy, and I definitely have things that fall through the cracks. I know I can only do so much, and I hope that whatever I do decide to focus on, I try to give it 100 percent.” Accepting that not everything will be done perfectly is what helps Jen maintain a healthy balance in her life. “There can be a balance of work, kids, private interests and a happy marriage and family,” she says. “It takes work, and it never is perfect, but it is definitely doable.”


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Building off a successful debut year in 2014, ACANSA Arts Festival returns this fall with a new five-day lineup that spans the spectrum of artistic expression. This year’s event will be held September 16-20 at various sites in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Linda Newbern, associate director of programming, says feedback from civic leaders in the two communities as well as artists, sponsors and last year’s attendees have all provided the grist for the 2015 event. “It has been a positive response,” she says. “We’ve really worked hard to incorporate both the City of Little Rock and the Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Chamber of Commerce—as well as in North Little Rock— and they’ve both been very positive and very helpful. And one of the goals of our festival as we grow is to bring people from all over and that will impact our economic development in this area.” Newbern says such cooperation and shared vision is one reason last year’s event was successful right out of the gate. She said organizers took several things away from last year’s event as indicators of the appetite for an annual arts festival. “There were two things that I thought were very positive and measured the festival very successfully,” she says. “One was the quality of our performances. One of our goals is to bring in unique performances of high quality and I really

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thought we did that. We had a wide variety of performances, both out-of-state and local, and we had them for all ages. So in that sense, I thought it was very successful. “Also, what I thought was very successful was having a first-year festival and we came out in the black. It was hard to do, but we raised over $300,000 and were able to pay our bills. So those two things were great.” On the other hand, Newbern says, attendance was below hoped-for levels, something the organization plans to attack with a variety of marketing tactics, one being targeting certain populations in Little Rock. “The biggest thing on marketing is how to reach different areas of people,” she says. “We always want to have a lot of diversity in our performances, and we do. But some of the groups in Little Rock and North Little Rock are harder to reach, so we’re really focusing on trying to reach out to all communities.” Among the demographics ACANSA would like to better reach are young adults, which is why the 2015 event will feature a new attraction, ACANSA Avant Garde. “They are a group in their late 20s early 30s and they’re putting together one of our late night events,” Newbern says. “They’re also going to help us with the social media aspect of it, which has become so important. I think that it just helps to get the word out better.”


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For children and families, Newbern noted several events throughout the week, starting with the free festival kickoff Wednesday, September 16 on Main Street between 5th and 6th streets in Little Rock. “Our festival opening last year was a ticketed event at the governor’s mansion that was a little more formal. We decided to break away from that and do something different,” Newbern says. “The Little Rock Symphony is going to be playing and we’ll have food and drink. Recreation Studios is going to have stilt walkers and fire performers and hula hoops and it’s going to be really festive and fun.” Other recommended events for families are two events on Saturday, September 19. The first, a puppet, music and dance show, is slated for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library. This event is free, but RSVPs are requested to help facilitate planning. “Because of a grant the library has, we’re also going to be providing food and drink,” Newbern says. “We’re going to be marketing in that neighborhood which is a lower-income neighborhood and we hope kids and families can come over for the show.” The second event, Children’s Public Art Project, is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. Fayetteville artist Alice McKee will lead children in the development of an art piece that will be displayed in various central Arkansas locations following the festival. This event is also free of charge. For a full schedule of events and ticket information, please visit ACANSA’s website at acansaartsfestival.org.

WHAT IS ACANSA?

ACANSA (an indigenous precursor to the place name Arkansas) was formed in 2012 by Charlotte Gadberry who, inspired by the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, came home determined to bring a permanent, annual arts festival to Little Rock. The organization’s stated mission is to “bring together people and resources to present unique and exciting visual and performing works which celebrate the unique influence of the South and champion excellence and innovation in artistry.” ACANSA’s emphasis is to nurture talent by providing unique performance opportunities which are publicly accessible across a wide range of venues, best showcased in the inaugural ACANSA Arts Festival held September 23 to 28, 2014. Held in multiple venues in Little Rock and North Little Rock, the festival featured free and admission-based events, performances and exhibitions. The festival is the primary activity for the group, which relies heavily on volunteer support to carry out its programming. The purpose of the festival is to collaborate with a variety of community entities to bring art to the people, enlighten residents on the breadth of visual and performing arts, highlight local emerging and established artisans and their work, educate underserved audiences with better access to workshops and classes and impact economic development by fostering an artistic marketplace.

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YOUTH WRITING AND DRAWING WORKSHOP

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Arkansas native and NBA All Star turned writer and painter Joe Barry Carroll will conduct a free interactive hands-on writing and drawing workshop for middle school-aged children, using a theme or a value from his book as a launching pad. Attendees will begin creating what might be their own memoir in words and images. Admission is free. Visit historicarkansas.org for more details.

START WITH BUILDING

SEPT. 15, 6 P.M., ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER Presented by the Architecture and Design Network, Alex Gilliam’s “Start with Building” talk will kick off the nonprofit’s 12th season of its popular lecture series. Gilliam, the founder of the Public Workshop, works with young people to encourage their participation in the design, or redesign, of facets of their communities. He will share his ideas about the value of hands-on experience and its role in design education. The lecture is free, and is preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, contact ardenetwork@mac.com.

PUSS IN BOOTS PREVIEW NIGHT: PAY WHAT YOU CAN SEPT. 17, 7 P.M., CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Be amazed as swashbuckling Puss the Cat raises his master, Claude, from a down-and-out miller’s son to the heights of happiness. Enjoy all the madcap fun as Puss brandishes not his sword, but his superior feline intellect to conquer kings and ogres (and even a few rabbits along the way). Maximum ticket purchase of six tickets per person. For more information, visit arkarts.com or call 501-372-4000.

BELLA RUSTINA MODERN VINTAGE MARKET SEPT. 18-20, WAR MEMORIAL STADIUM

The concourse of War Memorial Stadium will be brimming with more than 200 booths filled with antiques, vintage and vintage-inspired items from exhibitors around the country. Early shopping begins Friday at 4 p.m., and admission is $8. Regular admission for Saturday and Sunday is $5 for adults, $1 for kids. Visit bellarustina.com for more information.

FOURTH ANNUAL TINKERFEST SEPT. 19, 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M., MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY

Tinkering, a popular activity that is part of a nationwide “Maker Movement,” takes place every day in the Museum of Discovery’s Tinkering Studio. Once a year at TinkerFest, tinkering takes over the entire museum and neighboring areas for a day-long event with more than 40 hands-on, interactive activities. Each activity engages children and adults, teaches visitors how everyday objects such as cars and computers work, and provides opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects.

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This quick and easy guide will make planning your next family trip to Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers or Springdale a snap! We’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly hotels, great places to enjoy a meal, and plenty of things to do—from enjoying the great outdoors and catching a game to museums and unique attractions. Ready to relax? You’ll also find our favorite spots for retail therapy, spa services, and of course, where to go for the perfect cup of coffee or glass of wine.

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RETAIL THERAPY: By Request FEELING ARTSY? Lola’s Boutique Check out Terra Studios: French Metro Antiques Home of the Blue Bird of Happiness Riff-Raff or Walton Arts Center Luxe Take in the beauty of nature at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. The Anchor Located on 86 acres, the BGO is a unique collection of 12 themed Mae’s Emporium gardens—including a children’s garden—and the region’s only Fayettechill Clothing Company butterfly house. The Moustache Terra Tots MORE ADVENTURES.. The recently opened Northwest Arkansas FAYETTEVILLE

Regional Razorback Greenway starts in south Fayetteville at Walker Park, and offers additional access points around the city. Trails are family friendly and picturesque, and include plenty of activities all the way to Lake Bella Vista.

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Spend an afternoon at the Arkadia Retrocade, on College Ave., and show the kids how you spent your childhood, with more than 75 retro arcade games. Donkey Kong, anyone?

FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTELS The Chancellor (indoor pool for all seasons!) Inn at Carnall Hall The Cottage at Pratt Place Inn

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AFTER THE GAME DINNER

“Feltner Brothers is always a big hit with our family! Great burgers, milkshakes and family atmosphere.” -Alicia Baker, mom to Ella Kate & Jace

Bordino’s on Dickinson Street! (more than 30 wines!)

COFFEE BREAK! Arsaga’s at the Depot Little Bread Company Savoy Tea Co. Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe

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TIME TO RELAX, MOM! The Bohdi Tree Salon & Spa Glo Limited Trailside Yoga LIVE MUSIC!

Check out: Leah & the Mojo Doctors and so MUCH MORE Bikes, Blues & BBQ September 24th!


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Hit the half-pipe, quarter ramps and centerpiece at the Springdale skatepark at Luther George Park. Just follow the Greenway trail to get here!

Watch the NWA Naturals play at Arvest Park, and say “hi” to Strike the sasquatch!

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Tour War Eagle Mill and watch the water-powered grist mill in action, and enjoy some beans and cornbread in the restaurant.

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From classic rock to the latest acts, why not take in a concert at the Walmart AMP?

FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS:

SPRINGDALE: Spring Street Grill (breakfast and lunch in Springdale’s historic downtown!) Flaps Down (watch the planes and helicopters) Neal’s Café (home cooking in a cool pink building!) The Steam

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ROGERS: Lucy’s Diner (great kids’ menu!) The Rail The Grove Kitchen & Cocktails Monte Ne Inn Chicken (family style!) Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

RETAIL THERAPY: Lewis & Clark Outfitters Cellar Door Antiques Euna Mae’s Beyond Urban FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTELS Holiday Inn DoubleTree Club by Hilton Residence Inn by Marriott

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RETAIL THERAPY: Pinnacle Hills Promenade boasts more than 80 stores, including national clothing chains, local favorite Gearhead Outfitters and the only Cabela’s in Arkansas. FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTELS Aloft Embassy Suites of Northwest Arkansas Hyatt Place

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Tinker, play, create and explore your way through the Amazeum, where exhibits include the Canopy Climber, the Nickelodeon Play Lab, the Hershey’s Lab, the Cloud Theater and more!

FIND THE PENGUIN! Enjoy the art both indoors and out at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art! Take in the tranquility of Compton Gardens.

You just never know where that silly penguin will be! 21c is great for a quick little scavenger hunt for the whole family!

FAMILY FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS: Awesome Food Trucks: Crepes Paulette, Trickdilly, Big Rub BBQ & The Crazy Pear Tusk & Trotter Station Cafe Pressroom

COFFEE BREAK! Kennedy Coffee Roasting Company MOM JUICE!

Check out: The Hive Oven & Tap Ramo d’Olivo

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See how it all began at The Walmart Museum— exhibits and interactive displays chronicle the history of Walmart, and the Walton’s 5&10 is a trip to a bygone era. FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTELS 21C Museum Hotel Courtyard Marriott The Bentonville Bungalow

TIME TO RELAX, MOM: Accents Salon Spa The Studio Salon & Day Spa Escape Face & Body Spa Bentonville Yoga Room RETAIL THERAPY: Elysian Boutique K.K. Fox Boutique Mojo Cycling Rollie Pollie Shindig Paperie Klothe Three Dog Bakery (Bring Fido a treat!)

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