Great Date Night Giveaway: Win dinner and comedy tickets!


Edited to add: We’ll select a winner at random today, Tuesday, April 21. Good luck!

Did you know that laughing burns calories? It’s true. It really does. So… for our next Great Date Giveaway, we thought it would be kinda fun to send a lucky mama and her sweetie to nobodies.jpga great dinner at Bordinos, followed by an evening with some really funny stand-up comedians so you can literally “laugh your butt off.” (Okay, you probably won’t laugh your whole butt off, but you know what we mean.)

We’re offering a free dinner at Bordinos and two tickets to a show called The Nobodies of Comedy at the Walton Arts Center on April 25th. It‘s a night of incredible food and incredible comedy starring the funniest comics you’ve never heard of.

But don’t let the name of the show fool you. These comics have definitely paid their dues, working in every major club in the country and performing on shows like The Tonight Show and Comedy Central. They may not be household names just yet, but they are hip, young and hilarious.

tricia-harbaughpic.JPGAs for Bordinos, what can we say? It’s fabulous. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask the most recent lucky mama that won our Great Date Giveaway last month. Her name is Tricia Harbaugh, and that’s a picture of her and her hubby on the right. Cute couple, huh? They celebrated their anniversary at Bordinos during their Great Date evening, and here’s what Tricia said about the experience:

“Hooray for nwaMotherlode! We had the best time! Bordinos is a fantastic restaurant… I can’t believe we’d never been there before. The food was wonderful, and the service was incredible. Since it was our anniversary, they invited us back after the show for coffee and dessert, on them! Wow! …Altogether, it was just a perfect evening. Thanks for the Great Date!”

Let’s face it, girls. If you tell your husband that you are taking him out for a wonderful free dinner followed by free tickets to see funny comedians, you are going to earn some bordinos2.jpgMAJOR “cool wife” points. And you’re going to enjoy the evening as much as he does.

How to enter: In the spirit of the show, we’re asking you to throw your name in hat by clicking the comment button on the lower right corner of this post (or sending us an e-mail) and tell us something funny that happened to you recently. It might be something funny your kid or husband or dog did. Or… if you’re having “one of those days” and you’re all out of funny, then just tell us you desperately need a night out and a few laughs, and we’ll put your name in the hat.

How to increase your chances: As always, you can increase your odds of winning the Great Date by helping up spread the word to your friends. Just send them an e-mail about the website and/or the giveaway, and be sure to put in the CC line so we can give you proper credit. You’ll get an additional chance to win for every friend you tell.

So get busy posting your funny comments or sending us your e-mails. We’ll select a winner AT RANDOM on Tuesday the 21st. Good luck!


  1. Thanks for considering me for the great date giveaway! My “funny” story will prove that I really need a date!

    Last weekend I flew to Nashville without my husband with my 8 month old son. This all wasn’t too funny a few days ago, but it is now. Here are just a few of the funny things that happened…
    – A kind man offered to help carry my stroller up the stairs to the terminal for me and as we were carrying it ALL baby’s toys came tumbling out of the basket underneath, covering the stairs and the tarmack and blocking everyone’s path.
    – Trying desperately to quiet my fussy baby, I reach in my bag for a bottle only to find I have no nipple for the bottle. I had packed it in my checked suitcase.
    – I nursed my baby in the airplane restroom, standing up, while an old man was banging on the door.
    – We got to spend 2.5 hours in the Nashville airport, then an unexpected trip to Denver where we had a 3 hour layover before flying home to XNA.
    – Baby slept great on the final flight home, but then thought it was morning when we pulled into the driveway at 11pm. He was not happy when I put him in his crib and decided it would be fun to scream till 1am. The next day he took a 3 hour nap… which has NEVER happened before 🙂

  2. So my funny story starts with the fact that I’m 8 months pregnant with my first child and just got laid off from a great job last monday! Haha right!? Well let me rewind and explain in detail how last monday was one of the craziest days of my life.

    It all started out like a normal monday morning, birds were chirping, flowers blooming and then bam! I get to work and am called into the human rescources office and am told that the company is downsizing and they have to let me go! Naturally I’m devestated and panic rushes in as I think about how expensive Cobra is and how I’m supposed to give birth to my baby in 1 month with possibly no insurace and deffinately no job to return to.

    I called my husband and he calmed me down immediatley. Everything was going to be fine, don’t stressbecause it’s bad for the baby, yada yada. Ok one crisis I can deal with.

    In the mean time I noticed that I had missed 4 calls from my Father who is still coping with the trasition of being a widower. I return his call and find out that he’s decided to take his relationship with his e-Harmony love interest to the next level. The crazy man proposed to this woman and she accpepted!!!

    At this point my heads spinning and I desperately need a back rub and a bubble bath. I know right, not exactly a “funny” story but someday I hope to be laughing about it!

  3. There’s not much comedy in my life lately, but my kids crack me up on a daily basis with their cute comments and actions. My two-year-old greets me each morning with “It’s morning-day, Mom!”, and my five-year-old often warns me during a stroll about the “toison ivy”. They’re so cute, and I’m so happy to have them to put a smile on my face!

  4. My daughter just turned 4 and she loves to shop and already has a fashion sense. I bought her some shoes at Target that were to big so we were going back to exchange them, She was all excited to “go shopping”. We got out of the car and started across the parking lot. Ahead of us were another little girl about her age and mother and so as innocent as she is my daughter turns to me and says “Hurry up Mom they are going to get the last shoes.” 🙂

  5. We were having a nice Easter dinner with my folks, my brother and his family. Usually my bro is the comedian. But it was Dad who had the best line that night. I was telling everyone that I had taken advantage of the warm weather on Saturday and had planted some flowers. I said I must be REALLY out of shape because I was sore all over just from planting flowers. Even my butt was sore! To that my dad replied, “Well, don’t plant them there!”

    Thanks for having such great giveaways!

  6. I go into the garage to toss the trash and see a turtle. I have my 6 month old taking a nap and my 1 year old home with me. I get a box to try to catch the turtle to show my older kids and go back into the garage. My dear Samantha jiggles the door lock just enough that it locks me out of the house while I’m trying to catch this turtle. I’m in my jammies, it’s pouring (lightning/thunder) I have no shoes on. I go to the back porch to see what Samantha is doing and she’s smiling and waving at me. I have to run over to the neighbors (in my jammies) to use their phone to call my husband at work. He had a key hidden in the garage … whew!! Samantha greeted me at the door with a big smile not having any idea what she had just done!! I’m sure the neighbors were quite entertained also.

    We would love a date night. Anyone want to babysit now?



  7. Ok, to begin with my house is FUNNY! My husband is a natural comedian and my son is following in his witty footsteps. But the following is a story about our Dog Noah. AS Gwen knows, Noah likes to and is allowed to roam to neighborhood because he always comes home. The other night I let him out a abotu 6 pm and because it was raining and cold I closed the back door and FORGOT about him. DInner, bath, bed time. I do remember one fleeting thought abotu letting him back in and forgot as soon as I remembered. Well, sound asleep I was awoken by Hubby at midnight asking where Noah was. We spent the entire night Mark calling, me crying… sure he was gone forever, worrying about how to tell Evan, worrying that we will drive by him on the side of the road on our way to school. Well, he did return first thing in the morning no worse for wear and later I learned that he let himself in our neighbors doggy door ( as he often does!! who knew?) and spent the night on thier sofa. He was discovered by them in the morning as he pranced out of the living room into the kitchen to say goodday! I keep laughing about how worried I was while cute Noah was on a sleepover with his friend Comet up the road!

  8. We have funny stuff happen around here every day, that’s for sure. But I tell you, my brain is so fried I can’t think of even one thing to say. Please give us a night out!

  9. This story is from back in October. My 7 year old had pneumonia AGAIN, and she had to go for her re-check. I wanted her to get her flu shot while we were there, so when she got in the car after school, I calmly explained to her that we were going to the Dr. for her re-check, and that she was going to get her flu shot. I explained how important it is for all of us to have ours, especially since my 2 year old can’t get one anymore with her egg allergy. So we don’t want to get sick and then get her sick, blah, blah, blah. I promised her a treat of her choice afterwards if she would just take the shot without too much drama. No such luck. We were cooped up in that little exam room for 40 minutes waiting for the Dr. They could have at least left us in the waiting room where the toys were. So I spent 40 minutes trying to keep them from getting injured while they did gymnastics off the “castle” examining table. My oldest was perfectly wonderful for the Dr., but when the nurse came with the shot she went crazy nuts. The shot was going to be in her leg, so she was holding on to her pants for dear life while we begged her to pull them down. I know it’s mean, but the nurse and I couldn’t help but laugh at my little one while the big one was in her misery. While big one was screaming, little one kept putting her little pointer finger up to her mouth and saying “Ssh!” Then she got tired of the whole ordeal and finally pulled her own pants down. I guess she was thinking, “just give me the darn shot and let’s get out of here!” I finally had to strong-arm the big one and hold her down while the nurse administered what you would think was the death shot. She ended up having more discomfort on her wrists where I was holding her than the actual injection shot. Needless to say, she did NOT get a treat. I’m the one who needed the treat when that was all over! We have many days like this and could definitely use a night out!

  10. My girls do something everyday to make me laugh but two things from this week that stick out are: we were watching Dancing with the Stars (which my 3 year old absolutely loves!) and it came Melissa and Tony’s turn and she got up and said “Oh they are just too cute..I can’t even watch them cause they will make me cry” and she honestly got up and left the room! So dramatic!!! She is so silly! And then my 1 year old put her jacket on recently and told me “bye, love you” as she walked to the door and I asked her where she thought she was going and she said “mall-mart to eat” and then laughed hysteically! They keep me laughing!!

  11. Oh, boy! Do I need an evening of laughs. I am an advanced placement teacher at Bentonville High School. My students will be taking their 3-hour test in about three weeks, so we are in the sprint-to-the-finish phase of the year. That means that I must read 75-150 essays per week. My poor husband only sees me at night. I even have to work Saturdays and Sunday afternoons to keep up with my grading. Yes, I could use an evening of laughter, please.

  12. OK, let me see, where do I start! I work retail, I sell shoes at Dillard’s Department store in Rogers. I am a new mother to a beautiful one year old son, and I am also 8 months pregnant. I have a wonderful husband who works for Cox communications. He works 4 ten hour days, which never seem to be 10 hours, more like 11 to 12 hours, We do not seem to spend much time together. On his days off I am working or when I am off he is working. Needless to say we never seem to spend much time together, just me and him. I would love to have a chance to win this “Date Night” it would bring much needed joy to me and my husband. Thank for the giving me the chance at a night of laughter and joy!

  13. What an awesome evening of laughter and eating–the best of both! We would love to share this evening of entertainment with so many others of like mind . . . I don’t want to sound selfish but I hope this is one time I am selected the winner! Thanks for opportunity!

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