Monday, July 25, 2011

Intern Olympics Backpack Reporter Challenge 2011

Don't forget to vote for your favorite on the poll to the left!!! 







Don't forget to vote for your favorite on the poll to the left!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

"THE SMURFS IN 3D" Sneak Preview


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Your Chance to Win Circus Tickets!

Circus goodies just arrived at our door, so we thought we'd share some circus goodies with you!  Leave a comment telling with the answer to the question below and you could win 4 tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's: Zing, Zang, Zoom - Gold Edition at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock August 4-7.

What is your favorite part of the circus?

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You have until 3pm Wednesday, July 27 to enter.  We'll draw one lucky winner on GMA Thursday, July 28.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Acid Reflux Surgery

We were glad to have Dr. Dan Lister on this morning to answer your questions about acid reflux and an incisionless surgery for acid reflux disease.

Below is a video showing how the surgery works:

For more information on this surgery, you can visit:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Backyard Pool Safety

Warning from American Academy of Pediatrics:

Portable or inflatable pools have become increasingly popular for home
use due to their small size and low price tag. Parents, however, need to
be aware that deaths and serious injuries have resulted from children
becoming submersed underwater in these pools in the U.S. The study,
"Pediatric Submersion Events in Portable Above-Ground Pools in the
United States, 2001-2009," in the July 2011 issue of Pediatrics
(published online June 20), tracked 209 fatal and 35 nonfatal submersion
cases reported from 2001 through 2009. Ninety-four percent involved
children younger than 5 years old, 56 percent were male, and 73 percent
took place in the child's own yard, usually during the summer months.
This is the first study to describe the epidemiology of pediatric
submersion incidents associated with portable, above-ground pools. The
study authors point out that no single strategy will prevent all deaths
and injuries, so layers of protection are recommended. It is suggested
that industry develop affordable and effective products for portable
pools to decrease the risk of drowning, including isolation fencing,
safety covers, and pool alarms. Parents are advised to closely supervise
their children and know CPR.


Thanks to the Injury Prevention Center with Arkansas Children's Hospital for providing the tips for staying safe. 

The Layers of Protection with Water Safety:
* Swimming lessons are recommended for children, but lessons do not make
a child drown-proof. Children can drown in just a few inches of water.
* Children swimming need to be supervised by adults at all times.
Children under the age of 5 should be in arm's reach of an adult.
* At least one adult should be designated as a "Water Watcher." A "Water
Watcher" is an adult who watches the water at all times, is not
distracted by a cell phone or book, etc., knows how to swim, is sober,
and knows CPR.
* Caregivers should learn CPR. Contact the Red Cross for classes.
* Pools should be gated off to prevent unsupervised access. Or, drain
and store the pool upside down when not in use.

For more safety information visit their website: 

Chicken Challenge...You Pick Your Winner

Now that we've heard Mark's thoughts on all 4 competitors, we'd like to know who you think should win...or who you think Mark will pick as the Chicken Challenge Champion.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us who you think will be crowned the winner.  Don't forget to include your contact information.  The comments are not published.  

Then, after Mark has revealed the winner Friday, we'll draw 1 lucky viewer from all of those who guessed correctly.  If your comment is drawn, you win dinner for 2 at Red Door or Loca Luna.

You have until 7am Friday, July 15 to cast your vote.

In case you've missed them, below are the contenders' recipes, segments, and Mark's critiques of each.

Alyson's "Almost Good" Tropical Chicken Pockets, 7/11/11

Alyson Courtney
Chicken Challenge Contender
Prep time: 5 min Serves: 4

1 large mango
2 small avocados
1 bag of Tyson fully cooked grilled chicken
chopped red onion to taste
two spoonfuls of pico de gallo or your favorite fresh salsa
cilantro to taste
4 whole wheat pita pockets

Cut mango and avocados into cubes.  Mix all ingredients lightly in a bowl.  Spoon into pita pockets.  Serve. (preferably poolside)

Michelle's Southwestern Chicken, 7/12/11

Michelle Rupp
Chicken Challenge Contender

1 can of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 8oz jar of chunky salsa
3 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
1/2 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
Combine corn, black beans and half of the salsa in a crock pot.  Top with chicken.  Pour remaining salsa over chicken.  Cover.  Cook on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours or low for 3-4 hours. Sprinkle with cheese, cover 5 minutes for cheese to melt.

Katherina's Arroz con Pollo, 7/13/11 

(Chicken with Rice)

Katherina Yancy
Chicken Challenge Contender

My Colombian grandmother made Arroz Con Pollo every time we went to visit her. My mother is known for her cooking skills, and she kept this dish alive in our family, and now I make it for everyone I know.

Serves 6-8

* 6 boneless, skinless chicken (any cut will do)
* 3 cups long grain white rice
* 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 onion, diced
* 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
* 1 tomatoes, diced
* 1/2 cup parsley and cilantro, roughly chopped
* 2 tablespoons capers
* salt, pepper to taste
* Ketchup, paprika to give color

   1. In a large skillet, make the 'sofrito' by heating olive oil and adding onion, capers, paprika, half of parsley and cilantro.  When onion has softened, add tomatoes, salt and cumin and cook over low/medium heat for 15 minutes.
   2. While the mix (sofrito) is cooking, trim off any excess fat from the chicken. Add to the mix, making sure the chicken is fully covered. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
   3. While chicken is cooking, cook three cups rice according to package directions. Add salt, olive oil to taste. Set aside.
   4. Once chicken is cooked add to the mix.  (You may shredded chicken).
   5. Add cooked rice one cup at a time to the chicken/tomato mixture, ketchup (just to give color) and paprika until you reach desired consistency and color. You want it to be juicy but not too runny.
   6. Stir in fresh cilantro, parsley and any additional salt if needed.
   7. Served.  Sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese if desire.
   8. Enjoy!

NOTE: Since Arroz con Pollo is a complete meal. I like to add a fresh tossed salad like: Herb Green Salad with Strawberries with a tangy Vinaigrette dressing, is just delicious!!

Matt's Sesame Ginger Chicken, 7/14/11

Matt Johnson
Chicken Challenge Contender

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 green onions cut into thin strips

Mix first 4 ingredients then marinate the chicken in plastic bags with the soy mix

Grill the chicken on low to medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning it over very frequently

For videos of each contender cooking, or Mark's critiques, visit: 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rebecca Ward's Advice: Why You Should Wait to Marry

Thanks to Rebecca Ward for sharing this blog entry with us.

One reason people shouldn't get married after dating only a few months is they haven't known each other long enough to be out of the Courtship phase and into the Relationship phase. It's really crucial to move through the phases so each will be prepared for the realities of the Marriage phase which as we all know can be more than enlightening and is not for the faint of heart.
During Courtship we are all so goofy with our idealizing projections onto this dream of a person we've finally located that we can't even begin to notice any annoying or even disturbing personality traits that might make us doubt this perfect match-up. We may even think such things as this new relationship is so perfect that there may never be any adjustments either of us need to make! Such is the air balloon in early attraction and each of us deserves this halcyon experience at least once. Some people like it so much they prefer it over and over again rather than move beyond to experience Relationship phase which takes some maturity to handle.
In the Relationship phase, we begin to deal with more reality and see our love object as a person who may be late at times, a bit messy, plays his/her music too loudly, dresses just a bit too casually or even, heaven forbid, seems stubborn at times. So we begin to wonder if our less-than-ideal selves can meld  in mostly harmony and love.Time and experiences together  give us great information  we must have to make wise decisions about whether we can spend a lifetime with this person. This is, after all, the "Go To Person" for life.
It is during this time that we may begin to think to ourselves about possible adjustments or changes that this person may need to make to be more compatible. We may not tell him/her what we are thinking which is not good. Now is the time to discuss these issues to see how willing and able the partner is to meet our needs for alteration!
Unfortunately many couples don't discuss them at all until after the walk up the aisle has been taken, the honeymoon  is a memory, and marriage has begun. Uh-oh. "Now you tell me" and that doesn't feel fair." Why didn't you tell me sooner that my putting catsup on my eggs drives you nuts?" "Well, how was I to know you didn't like my best friend and now you're trying to banish him/her from my life?" And these are little things! My politics and love or sports, my need to shop and my need for you to load the dishwasher my way are more difficult. Oh, family is not going away!
Most newly weds still operate under the somewhat delusional belief that the partner can be altered...substantially. Older married people know that is not the case. While you may be successful in "training" your partner to pick up errant clothing or honor time requirements or even remember to put an ATM withdrawal into the conversation, more basic personality traits are resistant and usually impossible to change. So you get to the "That's just the way he/she is" stage and marriage becomes infinitely better!
Focus on the traits you love, endure those that you don't, and be smart enough to know that changing anyone is not an easy endeavor. We can only change ourselves and we all know how difficult that can be! Giving up sleep for exercise, carbs for proteins,and coffee for herbal tea...well, that kind change is just hard!

Love Live Music Outlook, July 13

Thanks to Chris King & the folks from The Rev Room & Stickyz for this blog entry.

The following are the best live music shows in Central Arkansas in the coming two weeks:

Wednesday, July 13 —
• JACK'S MANNEQUIN with Steel Train, Lady Danville & River James, ALL AGES, Rev Room, 7 pm, $20.50 at door or online,
• Mayday by Midnight, Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 pm, $5 admission

Thursday, July 14 —
•Ladies Night with Lucious Spiller Band, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission

Friday, July 15 —
• RANDY ROGERS BAND, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $20 at door or online, tickets available at or at Rev restaurant, 300 President Clinton Ave.
• Randall Shreve & The Sideshow, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission

Saturday, July 16 —
• The Venus Mission, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $5 early admission price at the door
• 2nd Annual Midsummer Night's Jam with Freeverse, Tyrannosaurus Chicken & Interstate Buffalo, 9 pm, $7 in advance, $10 day of show

Wednesday, July 20 —
• Mayday by Midnight, Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 pm, $5 admission

Thursday, July 21 —
• MUCK STICKY with Flameing Death Fairies, ALL AGES, Rev Room, 9 pm, $8 at the door
•Ladies Night with Lucious Spiller Band, Stickyz, 9:30 pm, $5 admission

Friday, July 22 —
• THOSE DARLINS with Spero, Vanhoose and Quin & Dodson, Stickyz, 9 pm, Tickets $8 in advance, $10 day of show, available at Stickyz, 107 River Market Ave., or at
• Zodiac/Cancer Edition Dance Party with Punktronica, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $10 at the door

Saturday, July 23 —
• ALIEN ANT FARM with Me Talk Pretty & Se7en Sharp, AGES 18 AND UP, Rev Room, 9 pm, $11 in advance or $15 day of show, tickets available at or at Rev restaurant, 300 President Clinton Ave.
• THE LAST STRAW with Lazy Bone, Stickyz, 9 pm, $6 admission

* All shows at Stickyz are restricted to ages 21 and older.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Refreshment for Your Skin

Here are Dee Dee Helbig's "recipes" for skin care from last week.
Sorry for the delay & have a great holiday!
Vanilla coffee cellulite treatment. ...
This treatment is actually for moderate to severe cellulite
1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
1/4 cup of cocoa
3/4 cup of avocado
1 t vanilla extract
15 drops of vanilla oil
Mix together and scrub over cellulite areas. Do this a couple times a week for best results.
Cantaloupe and Cucumber body peel...
This treatment is to help exfoliate your skin with natural fruit enzymes while moisturizing the skin and keeping it smooth throughout the summer!
1/4 cup of cantaloupe
1/2 cup of sugar
2 capsules of vit E
1/4 cup of pureed cucumber
Mix together and scrub over entire body.  Apply lotion if needed-
Cantaloupe has natural enzymes in it that work as a body peel. Cucumber soothes the skin while nourishing. It also helps with any swelling or breakouts. The Vit E is moisturizing among other things.

Friday, July 01, 2011


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