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Funny (Black) Friday: Viral video

If you’re heading out EARLY this morning to hit the Black Friday sales and you’re leaving the baby home with Dad, we hope you have plenty of Press N’ Seal. Check out this hilarious video below. Happy shopping!

How to prevent and cure that “weird smell”

Smell slider 700Hopefully your house smells AWESOME this week because you or someone else is baking pumpkin pies or preparing the turkey. But most of us have worried (especially before guests come over) that our house might smell weird and we don’t even know it. Have we gone “nose blind” to the weird smells all around us?

We talked about this topic recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which airs at 7:45 a.m. weekdays.) Click the left side of the audio bars below to hear that discussion and get tips on how to make sure your carpets, car, kids room and more all smell great.

Stinky carpet?

Refrigerator funk?

Kids rooms and bathrooms

Does your car smell like a rolling chicken nugget?

De-stink the sneakers

Good Gossip: New love, new baby and a new movie

Good Gossip slider 700Yes, we do love a little celebrity gossip but we also know it’s not cool to do something we teach our kids NOT to do. It’s never okay to indulge in stuff meant to humiliate or hurt another person. That’s why we came up with the concept of “Good Gossip,” which is celeb news minus any mean stuff. Have as much as you want and share it with your celeb-loving friends because this “dish” is all guilt-free.

gwen stefani blake shelton 2015 smallLooks like two famous coaches from The Voice are helping each other through divorce and finding love at the same time. A source close to Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton said that what drew them together is their support for each other. “They both like to laugh and have fun.” A recent article in People magazine also adds that Blake is understanding that Gwen’s top priority is her three kids. The famous pair co-wrote a country song earlier this year, so we’re hoping to hear that on the radio soon.

jessa seewald baby spurgeon instagram smallCongrats to local new mom, Jessa Seewald and her husband Ben Seewald who welcomed a new baby boy on November 5th. His name is Spurgeon Elliot Seewald. (Check out this video to see the meaning behind his name.) He weighed 9 pounds and 11 ounces and is the grandson of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar who also live in Northwest Arkansas. After a brief trip to the ER for a blood transfusion after the birth, Jessa is home with the baby and doing well. (The baby was born a day after her 23rd birthday, so we’re guessing Jessa will never forget that birthday full of hard contractions!) Click HERE to see some beautiful baby photos on Jessa and Ben’s family website. Congrats to the new parents and the happy grandparents!

miracles-from-heaven smallJennifer Garner will star in a new movie called Miracles from Heaven, which is the story about a girl named Annabel who survives a 30-foot fall from a tree and later told her parents that she had visited Heaven. Then, inexplicably, she was cured from a terminal digestive disorder. Jennifer said she felt very maternal toward the 11-year-old girl who plays her daughter in the movie and said that she hopes the movie will remind people “of the power of love and hope and family and prayer.” Queen Latifah and Martin Henderson are also in the movie. Can’t wait to see this one!

patrick dempsey smallMaybe a reunion is in the works for one of our favorite actors, Patrick Dempsey? Well, we hope so anyway. He and his wife, makeup artist Jillian Dempsey, split up 11 months ago but they were recently photographed together walking hand-in-hand in Paris. One source quoted in People magazine said that they are “slowly finding their way back together.” That would be wonderful news for the couple’s three children — Talula, 13, and twins Sullivan and Darby, 8.

Source: People magazine, November 23, 2015 issue

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Style tips from a local boutique owner

Fashion category banner BelleBy Meredith Bollinger, Style Coach and mama of 1

Brittany Bass of Belle Boutique 200As a lover of clothes, I enjoy picking the brain of like-minded people. Brittany Bass is the owner of Belle Boutique and she took some time out of her busy life as mama and business owner to pass on some of her style advice plus a few favorite pieces in the shop!

What are some of your style rules?

Must be in-season. Must be comfortable for you. Must include a standout piece (example: shoes or jewelry or accessory of some kind) And must not break the bank to purchase UNLESS it is a good staple item!

Do you have a go-to look?

That depends on where I’m going. I always want to dress for the occasion no matter what. I feel out of place if I don’t. :-) But my ultimate go-to is distressed skinny jeans and an over-sized top of some kind with Converse. I’ve been super casual lately! I always prefer the basic top and bottom with cool shoes or accessories!

On weekends, I spend a lot of time at dance competitions because my daughter dances. There it’s all about comfort! I love my workout leggings and a big, WARM sweater with my Nikes or Ugg boots to stay warm in the freezing rooms.

To work, I prefer comfort as well. Jeans and a cute top, and a MUST-have is cute shoes. I’m in love with shoes! I always feel complete when I have on cute shoes.

Dressing up is the most fun! I love a good dress with tights & booties, but a fur vest never hurt any outfit either. If it’s too chilly, leather leggings are the go-to always. Match it with a cute top and again the fur vest and booties. Of course, don’t forget your standout piece — a fun, blingy necklace is my fave.

What was your vision behind opening Belle Boutique?

Belle-Boutique-LogoI LOVE clothes and shopping A LOT! I have shopped and shopped and shopped for many years before opening my own store. I wanted to create a store that was for the ultimate shopper. I wanted to have the trendiest fashions, BUT offering them at an affordable price is key. Anyone who knows fashion knows that it’s ever-changing. With that being said, you’re constantly buying new pieces and they need to be affordable pieces because you may only wear them a few times, possibly even just once!

Who is the Belle Boutique girl?

The Belle Boutique Girl is someone who loves fashion, keeps up with the latest trends, but wants it at an affordable price. She can come to the store or shop online and get the latest from Belle and not overspend or break the bank, allowing for money to spend to go places to show off her new fabulous finds. :-)

What are a few of your favorite pieces in store now?

My favorites include:

  • Leather leggings
  • Plaid Scarves
  • Fringe Booties
  • Over-sized sweaters
  • Tshirt dresses

belle collage fave thingsPictured above are a few of Brittany’s current favorites in the store. Pictured from left to right are: Isn’t It Lovely Cardigan Sweater; Spot It Out Sweater; Time to Snuggle Scarf (in green); In and Between Dress; Life of the Party Leggings.

What shopping advice would give to other women?

If you see it and really like it, chances are you are not gonna be happy until you have it, so you may as well get it. If you’re shopping at Belle, you’re going to get the best price on it, so that makes the purchase okay! :-)  I’m not an over-thinker-shopper at all. I either like it or don’t, so this is easy for me. BUT if it is a pricey purchase, I always check around just to be sure everyone is carrying it at a similar price before I buy, but typically small business saturday logo 200anything name-branded like that is.

And now that you think Brittany is as fabulous as her little shop(s), you can get extra excited about Small Business Saturday. This Saturday, November 28th, people are showing their love for small businesses by shopping small. And just to motivate you a little more, Belle Boutique will be continuing their black Friday specials through Saturday. That includes buy one get one 50% off all denim and 40% off shoes, just to name a few.  Sounds like the perfect opportunity to apply some of Brittany’s tips. Happy shopping!

Note from the Mamas: If it’s tough for you to shop in person because you’re short on time or have little ones in tow, Belle Boutique has an awesome online store with tons of options. They also have stores in Fayetteville, Rogers, and two locations in Bentonville.

Meredith Bollinger 200 squareMeredith is a lot like a coach, but for your style: helping you take a little stress out of getting dressed. She can help you refresh your current wardrobe by styling it for you, create a personalized shopping list to update your closet and get the most out of what you already own, and she can even do all the shopping for you! She loves helping women feel confident about what to wear and how to wear it. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband and almost one year old boy. Connect with her on Instagram (@mere.stylecoach) and email her for more information or to schedule a coaching session. (Send email to mere{dot}stylecoach{at}gmail.com.)

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Mealtime Mama: Kelly Ripa’s pumpkin cheesecake recipe

Kelly Ripa, fellow mama of 3, is my FAVORITE person to watch on TV — so smart, funny and down-to-earth at the same time. (She is pictured here on the kelly ripa instagram walk of fameright with her family shortly after receiving a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this year.)

Years ago on her talkshow, she shared a recipe for her Pumpkin Cheesecake and I downloaded it from the show’s website. I’ve been using it ever since as part of our Thanksgiving feast, and it’s one of the things we look forward to the most. If you’re looking for something new (and easy) to add to this year’s lineup of Thanksgiving desserts, I can highly recommend this one.

Happy baking!


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • pumpkin cheesecake3501/4 cp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Layer:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 15-oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of salt


  • Preheat the oven to 325 F
  • In a bowl, mix 8 oz cream cheese with 1/4 cp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 egg
  • Once well combined, blend using a blender and set aside
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine all “Pumpkin Layer” ingredients until well blended and set aside
  • In a frozen pie crust, add the cream cheese mix, followed by the “Pumpkin Layer” mix
  • Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes