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Funny Friday: Bad Lip Reading Videos

By nwamamas - Last updated: Friday, April 18, 2014

I’ve learned that, as long as you have really good parental controls on your home computer system, your kids can find some awesome stuff on YouTube. My oldest two kids have introduced me to some very funny stuff, including Glove & Boots and this new one I’m sharing with you today that’s called Bad Lip Reading.

Apparently, there’s an entire channel devoted to Bad Lip Reading with readings of everything from movies to political ads to music videos. And I’ve gotta admit… some of it really is as funny as my 12-year-old son says it is. For our fellow Twilight fans, here’s a bad lip reading of Edward and Bella. Enjoy and Happy Friday, mamas!

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Easter week!

By nwamamas - Last updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014

eggs FB coverOnly a few days to go before Easter! This week we’re gearing up by talking about some of our favorite Spring and Easter-related topics. Join in the discussion by listening to our radio segments, The Mamas on Magic, each weekday on Magic 107.9.

You can hear them around 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday on Magic 107.9.

If you miss one, just click the LEFT side of the audio bars below and listen to them here!

Monday’s segment:

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5 Minutes with a Mom: Heather Schisler

By nwamamas - Last updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Name: Heather Schisler

Kids’ names and ages? I have 3 children: Zachary (age 6), Hailey (age 4) and Madden (7 months)

Where were you raised? I was born & raised in Northwest Arkansas, I lived in Fayetteville growing up.

What brought you to NWA? I have always lived in Northwest Arkansas and I am not sure I’d ever have a reason to leave, I really love this area.

What was the last song you sang along with? As much as I hate to admit this one, it was Frozen with my kids at dinner! Sometimes I use fun songs they love and change the words to help get them to do things I want them to do like eat their dinner or pick up a room. It’s a little cheesy but it works!

Where’s your favorite vacation spot? I am a beach girl so as long as there is Sun & Sand I’m happy! My favorite spots that we have visited recently include Puerto Vallarta Mexico & Costa Rica. We also love to vacation in Destin as a family.

Do you have any fun plans for the summer? We have a few small vacations planned with our families, but mostly I’m looking forward to slowing down for a few months and enjoying the pool with my kids.

What’s your favorite restaurant in NWA? My husband & I love Crabby’s in Rogers and Mary Maestri’s in Springdale is also a long time favorite.

Favorite chick flick? The Notebook. I still cry every time!

When/where did you first meet your husband? We met at the UofA my freshman semester in college. We dated all though college and got married once I graduated.

Was it love at first sight? I don’t know if it was Love at first sight, but I don’t think it took very long to realize we were meant to be together.

What are your favorite parenting moments? I love watching my children grow in their love for God and their love for others! I also love watching my children’s creativity blossom. It’s amazing what a child can do when they set their minds to it.

What’s your favorite way to get your kids laughing again after a hard day? Dancing & Singing :) I wouldn’t do it for anyone else, but it’s one of the best ways I have found to get everyone in a better mood when we have had a long day.

What’s a meal you make over and over for your kids? My kids love Stir-Fry and it’s one of my favorite meals to make. We probably have some version of Stir Fry once a week.

Your most-loved hobbies? I grew up dancing and figure skating but I don’t get a chance to do those anymore. I love shopping and baking so that’s typically what I spend my free time doing.

Tell us about how you got started with your website, Passion for Savings: I started my site to share great deals with my family and friends. I was spending a lot of time emailing people when I found a great deal so I started posting them to my blog instead of emailing them out and it just grew from there. I’ve been blogging over 5 years now and I still love sharing deals on a daily basis!

Your idea of a relaxing day? I’d vote for a day at the spa or a rainy day with a book and a nap :) Either one sounds great when you’re a mom of 3 kids.

One word to sum me up … Passionate. I am 100% passionate about whatever I am doing. I love My Family, My Church, My Savior, My Friends and My Job!

Life with Ladybug: Borrowing my daughter’s clothes

By nwamamas - Last updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

By Shannon Magsam

Last night, I gathered my Ladybug into a bear hug and realized something I’ve known was coming: my baby’s taller than me.

It was made official when I took her to the doctor a little over a week ago and they measured her height.

Now, for those of you who know me, you’re probably thinking, “Well, you’re not exactly tall.” And that’s true. I’m not even five feet, so it’s not a big stretch to imagine my daughter would outgrow me.

I’m glad she’s going to be a little taller, although I’ve never minded being “short”. But it’s a momentous occasion when your little Ladybug outgrows you.

mom loves me tshirtWhat’s most jarring is that we can wear the same clothes. Ladybug accuses me of buying clothes for her that I know she won’t really like, just so I can keep them. I DO buy clothes for her with no guilt, but don’t buy them for myself as readily, so there could be something to that. :)

Of course, I’m not too keen on wearing shirts covered with pictures of cats or phrases like, “You are so Cray Cray” with  dancing crayons on the front. Those were definitely bought with her in mind.

Yep, she’s literally growing up before my eyes – and now above them.

After that bear hug, we marveled at how tall she’s getting and how, when she was a baby, the pediatrician predicted she would be REALLY tall. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I suppose it’s possible. (Read this article on WebMD if you’re curious about when kids stop growing and predicting height.)

When it was time for sleep last night, I sat on the edge of Ladybug’s bed, and we talked. It’s still one of her favorite things, though I often tell her it’s too late and she needs to go right to sleep. We chatted about her day, a little school drama (in sixth grade there’s always something) and she suddenly called me her friend.

“Your mother or your friend?” I asked, remembering all those parenting books that warn: YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR CHILD’S FRIEND. THEY HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS BUT ONLY ONE MOTHER. RED ALERT. RED ALERT!

“Both,” she said, after considering.

I considered whether that was a bad thing.

Then I thought: “Therapists bedanged, I’m happy with that answer.”

Maybe we can get matching BFF shirts. In the same size.

(I’m only kidding, therapists!)

Blue dress, shannon, croppedShannon Magsam is mama to Ladybug (a salty/sweet tween girl who still likes things like superheroes and unicorns, thank goodness) is wife to newspaperman/entrepreneur John and is co-founder of nwaMotherlode.com.

Beauty Buzz: How to scale back your makeup routine

By nwamamas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dear Andi,

As a (fairly) new mom, I’m trying to scale back my makeup routine to just a few steps a day. What three products do you think are a “must” for looking polished, but that I can do with a baby on the hip?

First of all, welcome to the club, where you change into your “good” sweatpants to go to the store and a messy bun is a legitimate hairstyle for every occasion.

Everyone says to take care of yourself and have “me” time, even as a new mom, but a 15-minute makeup routine isn’t always an option in a world where trying to go to the bathroom alone requires snacks, a movie and a prayer.

These three steps will give you a polished look and take less than a minute:

1. Foundation or tinted moisturizer: Your own skin tone or age will determine how much coverage you need. I, for example, was fine with tinted moisturizer a few years ago, but as sun damage has started showing more prominently, I need something heavier.

BareMinerals Original Foundation with SPF 15 goes on quickly and can be applied lightly for daytime or a little heavier for a night out. I time myself and it took 17 seconds with extra attention around my eyes and nose (thank you, allergy season).

If you don’t freckle, or had the good sense to protect your skin in your youth, then a tinted moisturizer goes on just like lotion and will even out your complexion.

2. Blush: Now that your face is even, it’s time to add a little color back in. A bright pink blush like ULTA mineral blush in Peony can look a little, well tacky or young, in the store, but when applied with a gentle hand gives a natural flush like you’ve just worked out. Blush with brown undertones can end up looking muddy or too formal for the rest of your natural look.

You can also pinch your blush brush together and do a quick sweep over your eyelids, especially if you’re used to wearing eyeshadow all the time.

3. Mascara: Nothing opens up your eyes more than a coat of mascara applied to your top and lower lashes.

If you have fair skin or blond lashes, brown mascara will create a pretty effect. Since I have brown hair and eyes and usually wear black eyeliner, I prefer black mascara to make my eyes pop. And it makes me feel a little less naked without my eyeliner.

baby lips3b. Tinted chapstick: Okay, so I can’t skip this, but I promised you three steps. And this really doesn’t count since you can apply chapstick driving. walking, or changing a diaper if you’re that desperate.

My absolute favorite is Maybelline’s Baby Lips. It comes in several different shades that are all very light and only costs $3. And it seems to have a pretty high heat tolerance, since I always leave it in the dash of my car. Although, that is of little concern in the neverending winter of 2014.

There you go: face, cheeks, eyes, lips and out the door. And I have personally done all of these with a baby (or two) on the hip. See you on the playground!

AndiIf you have a question for our makeup maven, Andi, just email it to mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}.com. She’s a mama of three who totally gets you. We promise.