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This is a sponsored post for Storyline. All opinions are my own.

So, there are many things I love: A hearty cup o’ Joe if I have to get up before 10 on Saturday morning; local food; a delicious mimosa; and TACOS. I had no idea I would enjoy such things all together in one place, but thanks to Downtown Bentonville Inc.’s final Farm to Table event of the season, I was able to do this. AND HOW.

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The event was held September 20 at Airship Coffee – which is actually a coffee wholesale producer! Yep, they process the beans right there. I was so happy to be told about how my cup of fair-trade coffee came from growers in places like Ethiopia, Brazil, Venezuela, Guatemala and El Salvador, and the process of how it ended up in my hands.

 

Learning one of the many ways coffee is processed from green bean to my cup.

Learning one of the many ways coffee is processed from green bean to my cup.

I was so excited to see Airship Coffee Owner Eric Bray, because I’d actually met him in my reporter days several years ago when he was a Benton County Extension Agent, just starting to work on the side with growers in other countries to produce and distribute fair-trade coffee. We had a small chat, got to catch up, and I truly am amazed that he’s been able to transform his talents in working with and distributing from workers to a full-time career with a warehouse full of coffee beans and grounds from countries where growers need a sustainable income in order to survive and thrive.

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Airship Coffee Owner Mark Bray chatting with Nicki Dallison of Downtown Bentonville Inc.

Airship Coffee is sent to brewers across the country; and the only place where you can buy it locally is at the Bentonville Farmer’s Market. Bray told me it was part of the company’s aim to connect consumers with those who produce their food. Regardless, you only have a few weeks left to go and pick up some grounds!

In addition to the coffee, we had some AMAZING mimosas served to us (see the pic at the top of the page). The Trickdilly food truck was also there to serve up some amazing tacos. Trickdilly owner Troy Walker said they create gourmet tacos that are different than those you’ve conventionally heard of; they like to combine Arkansas tastes with the handy, portable food.

Check out these Watermelon and Brisket tacos. Now, I’m not a Watermelon person, but my friend Jasmine assured me that they were absolutely delicious. I do believe that’s goat cheese in there. Yum!

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But THESE were the tacos that made me want to get a megaphone and tell the entire region about: The Chicken n’ Waffles tacos. I mean, I cannot begin to describe how incredibly tasty these things were. If you love home-cooked food and the sweet and savory combination of chicken and waffles, you will LOVE these.

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Stare into the depths of the Taco.  These were going fast, and I had to keep my eye on the table to see when the Trickdilly folks were going to bring them out next. I originally got this one one to split with Jasmine, but she lost by chatting with someone else and, well, I am a firm believer in No Taco Left Behind.

I’m really excited to see the exciting things that Downtown Bentonville Inc. is doing to bring the community with local businesses and local food. I have seen this area of the city completely transform since I moved here in 2005, and I’m sure in another ten years it will look completely different, and there will be much more to offer.

Be sure to like Downtown Bentonville Inc. on Facebook to see what they’ll be cooking up in the future! Especially be on the lookout for the First Friday events.

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Shiver me timbers, it be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Mabel’s Labels is offering two great 50% off promotions! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Plus, on 9/20, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Plane Sticky Labels for their second year of Talk Like a Pilot Day, created by Mabel’s Labels. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers!

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have you heard of Harvest Snaps? Well, they are just about the most wonderful snack I’ve tried lately. They’re low-calorie, tasty as all get-out, and there are six varieties – which I want YOU to try! Read on and see if you want to win a gift pack of these tasty, smarter snacks!

Harvest Snaps are varieties of crispy Lentil and Snapea crisps that come packed full of surprisingly good flavor and texture. Every one of these flavors is delicious, light, and crispy.

I tested these out with my mom, who is a very traditional snacker, and she loved them – the sneapea crisps AND the lentil snaps! Color me amazed.

 

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I thought these would be similar to the texture of the dehydrated vegetables found at health food stores. I was surprised that these baked snacks are extremely light! They remind me of the texture of Cheetos Puffs or Funyuns, only they’re a LOT tastier AND a LOT better for you!

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Harvest Snaps come in six different flavors! The Snapea Crisps come in Wasabi Ranch, Lightly Salted, Black Pepper and Caesar. The Lentil Snaps come in Onion Thyme and Tomato Basil. ALL flavors are yummy – but I’m partial to the Caesar and the Black Pepper. I especially love that the Black Pepper really packs a punch! My mom was a fan of the Wasabi Ranch, which totally surprised me as she is not a fan of sushi or strong-tasting foods!

I prefer to eat these alone, but they’re also great as an alternative to croutons on salads, they’re amazing with cream cheese and I imagine they’d be delicious in soup, too!

I love the Tomato Basil Lentil Snaps – excellent with some sundried tomato cream cheese on a rye cracker!

Give these a try! Everyone I know who has tried them has LOVED them!!! Be sure to check out Harvest Snaps’ Lunchspiration page for more great ideas on how to serve these goodies!

And now, here’s the giveaway! Be sure to leave the mandatory comment in the comments section! Good luck!

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Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and Little Passports will donate 15% back to your school. They even have a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 – 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

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Materials and information provided by Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas. 

White House Black Market is teaming up with Dress For Success worldwide to collect donations of new or gently-used black pants – the cornerstone of the career-woman’s wardrobe, to benefit women reentering the workplace.

I remember my early days in professional office work. It was difficult finding clothing to wear at entry-level office jobs that had dress codes. One time I remember walking in downtown Little Rock in my khakis, collared shirt and loafers, and some old man in a business suit walked up to me and said, “Is that costume what office workers wear nowadays?”

It stuck with me. And it really hurt. I was trying to earn a living and working with the best I could have. So I definitely understand the need for women who are reentering the workplace to have access to a good, professional wardrobe.

 “The black pant is the great equalizer. No matter if you’re a seasoned CEO or just getting your career started, the right pair of black pants makes every woman look strong, confident and ready to take the workforce by storm,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “We’re grateful to White House Black Market for helping us to provide even more of our women with that feeling as they progress along their professional paths.”

From now through September 21, 2014, White House Black Market locations in Rogers and Little Rock and all other stores will accept both new and gently worn black pants to benefit Dress for Success, helping disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and tools to confidently reenter the workplace.

 The Black Pants promotion is in conjunction with an international partnership between Dress for Success and White House Black Market.

 “In our lives and in our business, we are constantly touched by the individual power of women. That’s why we’re so excited about our international partnership with Dress for Success,” said Donna Noce, White House Black Market Brand President. “Our black pant donation program enables us to give back to women in the communities in which we live and work. Through everything, our passion has always been to make women feel beautiful.”

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 135 cities in 16 countries, including Northwest Arkansas in 2013.

To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 775,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more about volunteering, events, donations and success stories.

This is a great opportunity not only for my area, but any town where a White House Black Market is located. Let’s help these women get a good start; maybe they can avoid an experience like mine and be treated with the respect they deserve.

 

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