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Mom Prom is tomorrow night, May 30, 2015!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should come to this year’s NWA Mom Prom, let us help you decide.

YOU SHOULD COME. Because it’s fun. Because you deserve some time with your friends. Because there’s no other local event like it.

Online ticket sales close Mom Prom 2015 Are You Intoday at 2 p.m., but we’ll be selling tickets at the door and there WILL be enough room for you to get in. (Last year, we sold out of tickets, but this year we’ve moved to larger venue so we can welcome more women to the party. Online ticket price is $45. Ticket price at the door is $50 and we do accept credit cards.)

So text or call a friend right now and convince her that you guys should go to the Mom Prom tomorrow night (Saturday, May 30, 2015 starting at 7 p.m.). She might say, “But I have nothing to wear!” Yeah, we’ve heard that line before. But the truth is you DO have something to wear.

You do NOT need a formal dress to attend this event. There’s a WIDE range of options, and each year we see everything from formal dresses to simple maxi dresses. (This year’s theme is “A Night in the Tropics” so we’re betting you already own a cute summer dress that would work perfectly. No need to go buy anything!) For more ideas on Mom Prom outfits, click HERE.

Once you’re at the Prom, you can eat, drink and — most importantly — DANCE! We play all your favorite dance songs and our DJ is so much fun. And you don’t have to dance in those pretty (yet painful) high heels because we have a “Shoe Bank” (sponsored by First Bank) where you can park your heels and dance barefoot. If you’d like to join us for a fun “flash mob 098(2)dance,” you can learn the moves by clicking HERE. (Or you can just join in that night and follow along.)

You can also get professional prom pictures made with your friends and then download them for FREE after the event, thanks to our amazing Photography Sponsor — MJW Photography. How often do you get a chance to get dressed up and have great pictures made with your friends? This is a big deal, and you’ll enjoy these pictures for years to come.

You’ll also have the chance to buy raffle tickets at the event (they’re only $2 each) and throw your raffle ticket into one of 8 different raffle prize drawings. One of our raffle packages includes a brand new washer and dryer from Metro Appliances & More. Winners are announced during Prom night!

Around 11 p.m. on Prom night, we’ll crown the Prom Queen, who is always chosen AT RANDOM from among all ticket holders. Anyone can win, and the Queen takes home a $500 Visa shopping card, courtesy of our sponsor Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

The NWA Mom Prom will happen at the Metroplex Event Center in Springdale. The address is 881 Metroplex Drive, Springdale, Arkansas. Here’s a map for how to get there:

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We don’t want you to be one of those ladies who sees all the fun pictures AFTER the Mom Prom and then wishes she had come to the party. Don’t over-think it. Just come. You’re gonna have fun. See you on the dance floor!

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Savvy Banking: How much banking can I do from my smartphone?

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In this new nwaMotherlode segment, Savvy Banking, you’ll find the answers to your most pressing money questions.

Local moms asked lots of questions in a recent $50 Visa shopping card giveaway (courtesy of FNBNWA) and financial experts will answer them here — in this new money category. In the first Q&A with First National Bank of NWA, they answered a question that many moms asked: How can I start saving for my child’s college? Click here to read that answer.

Today’s question is: How much banking can I do from my smartphone?

Wake up. Get ready. Get the kids ready. Feed the kids. Take them to school. Go to work. Work. Pick up the kids. Stop at the store. Fix dinner. Help kids with homework. Do the laundry. Fix lunchboxes for tomorrow. Put kids to bed. Sneak in a glass of wine. Collapse. Repeat. But wait! (Sit straight up in bed). I forgot to stop at the bank and deposit that check!

Two things are constant these days… moms are busy and life is crazy. But have no fear, our additional appendage (also known as our cell phone) can help us alleviate some of that craziness. Enter the phenomenon of Mobile Banking.

iphoneWhile your friendly banker is always available to assist you, the idea of actually stopping at the bank is becoming a thing of yesteryear. Recent studies show that as of December 2014, 39% of Americans with smartphones and bank accounts used Mobile Banking according to the Federal Reserve’s 2015 Consumers and Mobile Financial Services Report. This is an increase of 33% from 2013!

So how do you begin and what kind of banking can be done from your smartphone or tablet?

You first need to sign up for mobile banking at your financial institution so that your accounts will be properly linked through your bank’s mobile platform. Then, download the appropriate app based on the type of smartphone you have.

Once you’re logged in, most mobile banking apps allow you to view balances, transfer funds between accounts, make loan payments and even deposit checks through Mobile Deposit software. Text banking is an additional feature that gives you the ability to receive text alerts based on preferences you set such as low balance alerts, cleared items, etc. In short, you can do most of your daily banking from the comfort of your sofa or while on the go!

First National Bank of NWA proudly offers Bank by Mobile which can be obtained from the Apple App store or Android Market. Ask an FNBNWA team member for more details! First National Bank of NWA is a division of First National Bank of Fort Smith, Member FDIC.

Now, back to the routine… Wake up. Get ready…

Natalie Bartholomew is a Vice President and Marketing and Private Banking officer for First National Bank of NWA. She has 14 years of banking experience and is a fifth generation NWA resident. Natalie obtained both her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and  serves on the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA Board, Washington County Fair Association Board, NWA Business Women’s Conference sub-committee and is the treasurer of the NWA Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association. Most importantly, she is Mom to her four year old son Brody and wife to her husband Colt.

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Get ready for summer!

Most kids in Northwest Arkansas will be out of school in a matter of days. Are we ready, mamas?

sunshineIf not, we’ve got a few short audio clips from the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio show that might help. We recently discussed ways to get prepped for summer break — everything from travel tips to lists of local summer camp and day camp options in Northwest Arkansas. Click the play arrows below to get all the info.

You can hear the Mamas on Magic radio segments live by tuning into Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday.

Ready… set… summer!

Travel safety tip for parents of toddlers and preschoolers

Road trip tips

Summer camp options: Part 1

Summer camp options: Part 2

Summer bucket list!

 

FPL Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Celebration is this Saturday!

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The Fayetteville Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Celebration will be this Saturday (May 30th) from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can sign up for the Club that day and pick up your first reading log. Click here to read more about how the reading logs work and when they are due so you’re eligible for the grand prize drawings!

Here’s a sneak peek at activities scheduled for Saturday’s Summer Reading Kick-off event:

Inside the Library

Making Memories Photo Booth

Face Painting in Storytime Room

Magician Doug Krueger in Yellow Niche

Superhero Face Cut-Out in Red Niche

Outdoor Events - Rock Street & Gardens

Jaws of Life Rescue Demo by Fayetteville Fire Department

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Air Brush Tattoos

Hair Feathering

Video Gaming Truck

FPL Helium Balloons

Sidewalk Chalk Art with Leilani Law

Bounces Houses & Super Slide

Arkansas Denistry & Braces Snow Cones

Kiwanis Cookies & Punch

Nomads Food Truck

Music

10:30 – 11:30 am – Afrique Aya
11:45  - Shaky Bugs Music

There are so many fun things planned for the summer. Click here to see what’s happening for kids and families at the library in June, including kids’ camps and workshops. If  you have a teenager, click here to see what’s up for them!

Click here to visit the Fayetteville Public Library’s Summer Reading Club page to sign up your kids, teens — or yourself!

Inside His Head: The perfect Father’s Day day?

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We really appreciate the dads who answer questions for us here on Inside His Head. Guys, you’ve helped us gain insight into how dudes think and have offered some great advice to women in Northwest Arkansas over the years.

Thanks, Inside His Head husbands! This question is from the mamas, because we’re curious:

Dear Dads,

Father’s Day is coming up and that usually means ties, cologne and cooked meat. What would your Ultimate Father’s Day day actually look like? (If ties, cologne and cooked meat factor into the day, there’s no shame.)

GRAY: I don’t often wear ties and never wear cologne, though the allure of some tasty cooked meat is difficult to turn down any time of year. And I’m sure many dads, such as myself, don’t need token gifts.

If my daughter was old enough to be away from home, a phone call would be nice. Not just a “Hi. Happy Father’s Day. Gotta run.” kind of call, but a genuine conversation about how they are and what they’re doing.

Since my daughter isn’t that old yet, I think letting her have a fun-filled day would be nice. I think it’s when we see our children having fun or achieving personal goals that we most feel like dads, whether it be pushing them on a swing, watching a movie on the couch or going out for a bike ride.

And just to go back to the meat thing for a minute, a good meal is always welcome, but not for the gluttony of gorging ones self. The real pleasure of any meal should be the company and conversation around the table.

I suspect it’s a lot like any other day in which we celebrate. As we get older the less presents matter and the more substance is important. I’d certainly skip everything to simply have a day to look back on with my daughter and remember it as what being a father is all about.

MICHAEL: Up early alone with coffee, NPR and the New York Times.

Follow that up with pancakes at home with the family. A walk around the square at the farmers market and then a trip to the library.

Lunch somewhere on Dickson.

A short hike somewhere close, then home for a quick shower followed by dinner at Greenhouse Grille with just my wife. Finish the night snuggled on the couch with all my girls while we watch a movie.

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MAVERICK: Well, a perfect Father’s Day would of course involve sleeping in and waking up to some hot tea and my wife’s wonderful fluffy pancakes, some bacon, and maybe some eggs – over easy.

While I know a lot of dad’s would like some solitude on their day, and I understand that urge as well as most, I would of course want to spend the day in the company of my lovely daughter and spouse.

Because I’d have to be there to watch my lovely daughter and spouse mow the yard, do the weed-eating and clean up our small chicken coop.

After the showers and the griping had settled down, we’d all go to the movies.

I usually get to pick anyway because my wife tends to select films that are just terrible, but to be safe I’d invoke the Father’s Day rule and select an action-adventure film.  If the girls want to see something, well, girly, I’d send them along to watch something frilly and I’d sit by myself in the dark with a big tub of popcorn and not feel one bit guilty.

To prove I’m not a total load, I’d take care of cooking dinner.

Perhaps grilling some steaks and burgers, fresh corn would have to be there, and as a slight nod to my heath, a small salad. Afterward we’d all go out for ice cream to properly undue all the good stuff from the salad.

The evening would involve some TV watching, perhaps re-runs of Arrow, or The Flash or Gravity Falls. We’d laugh and joke and likely snack.

And while I’m sure, after all of this, I’d feel properly spoiled, I’d also feel grateful.

And while moms get a lot of the credit for child rearing and as Chris Rock said so famously, “Nobody every says, ‘Hey dad thanks for knocking out that rent’” I’m just happy to be my daughter’s dad and my wife’s husband.

But a little recognition, an the odd tie now and then, doesn’t hurt.