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Giveaway: Professional organizing from The Organizer Chicks!

Mamas, we are SO excited about this week’s giveaway because we know it’s something that almost all of us have wished for at one time or another. If you’ve ever fantasized about how great it would be to have a Professional Organizer come over and help you finally get your house in order — organized in a way that truly works for you and your family — this is the giveaway that could make it come true.organizerchicks

We’re hosting a giveaway from our friends at The Organizer Chicks that includes:

  • Initial consultation
  • Four-hour work session with TWO Professional Organizers
  • (Total of EIGHT hours of professional organizing which equals a $480 value!)

For many of us, one of our goals for the New Year is to get our homes and organizing methods in better shape so we can get more done and enjoy clean spaces that don’t make us feel stressed. One of the best ways to finally make that happen is to let someone who is truly gifted in this area come over and not only come up with a plan but help you make it happen. That’s what Professional Organizers do. (And they can do a LOT in four hours. Check out this before and after photo that happened after only two hours.)

before-after-closet1As owner Amber Taggard pointed out in our recent interview, some people feel guilty for needing a Professional Organizer’s help. But the reality is that we moms hire professionals all the time. Would you feel guilty for hiring an electrician to come over and fix a broken fuse box? Nope. The electrician knows things we don’t know and has specialized training in his area of expertise. Professional Organizers are also specifically trained to put rooms and/or entire homes in order as well as develop new systems and routines that will help you KEEP that organization intact.

organizer1Electricians don’t judge you for a broken fuse, and Professional Organizers don’t judge you for a cluttered space. They are simply happy for the opportunity to transform a space and make a positive difference for their client.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win this giveaway valued at $480, click the word “comments” (located right under the headline of this post). Then scroll down to the bottom of the posted comments.

Then add your own comment telling us which space in your house you’d love to have transformed by two of the Organizer Chicks. Why did you pick that space? (Would it be your kitchen? Bedroom? Garage? Kids’ playroom? Home office, etc?)

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

As always, the giveaway winner will be chosen AT RANDOM and notified via email. (Watch your inbox!)

Once the organization work is complete, we’ll share that person’s experience and before and after photos here on nwaMotherlode.com, so fellow moms can read about and see what professional organizing in action really looks like.

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emailINCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

You can also earn extra chances to win by being one of our newsletter readers. Newsletter subscribers get free access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

The nwaMotherlode newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

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For more info about The Organizer Chicks, click HERE to visit the website or click HERE to read our recent interview with the owner, Amber Taggard.

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Mealtime Mama: Breaded Oregano Chicken

mealtime-mama-category-sponsor-banner-2017We think a good recipe for breaded chicken is a must-have. It’s a crowd-pleaser for even the pickiest eaters and it’s easy to pair it with rice, potatoes and/or any type of vegetable. Add a multi-grain roll to the plate and you are DONE — a simple, comforting plate of food perfect for a warm, cozy evening at home.

Here’s a recipe for a breaded, baked chicken dish to add to your weekly line-up of family dinners. Hope you love it! (Click here for the printer-friendly version on the Harp’s website.)

Breaded Oregano Chicken

Ingredients:oregano leaves

  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs or Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Directions:breaded oregano chicken

Mix bread crumbs, cheese, oregano, garlic powder and pepper in a large flat dish or on a plate with a lip.

Brush mustard on all sides of the chicken. Coat both sides of chicken with bread crumb mixture and place on a large baking sheet or casserole sprayed with nonstick cooking oil or lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 375 degrees F. uncovered, for 25 minutes or until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest part of chicken is cut.

For more meal inspiration, click here to check out the HUGE collection of recipes on the Harps website. You can register (for free) on the site and save all your favorites (or share one with a friend) by clicking one button. It’s super easy to search for ingredients, and we love how organized the recipe collection is. While you’re there, sign up to use the Harps Digital Coupon program. (No more forgetting your paper coupons at home!) Just enter your phone number at checkout and your coupons will be applied to the total. It’s so easy, and it’s one more reason we love shopping at Harps.

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Save the Date: Girls’ Night Out to See Dirty Dancing!

save the dateHey mamas! Hope you’re enjoying a great holiday today for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

We just wanted to tell you about a fun Girls’ Night Out event we’re hosting in March so you can save the date. On March 9th, we’ll be going to see Dirty Dancing come to life on stage at the Walton Arts Center. We would LOVE it if you and a few of your friends would join us. (Put March 9th at 7 p.m. in your calendar!)

Dirty DancingAll you’ll need to do is purchase your ticket to the show (at a discounted price) by calling the Walton Arts Center box office and letting them know that you’ll be attending the Girls Night Out event with nwaMotherlode.  (We’re also arranging a pre-show Happy Hour, and you’re definitely invited to that, too. We’ll post more details on it soon.)

Last year, we did a Girls’ Night Out for the opening of Mamma Mia at Walton Arts Center and we had a blast with the ladies who joined us for Happy Hour and the show. This year’s show is going to be just as great. (We won’t even mention how many times we’ve seen the movie Dirty Dancing. We’ll be the ones lip-syncing some of the lines right along with the actors.)

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show. It looks SO good! Can’t wait!

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2017 Winter Snapshot Contest is open!

Local Snapshots Category Logo 2016We had a blast with the Fall Snapshot Contest and the winning shot was awesome. Now it’s time for a new batch of photos and a new winner because the Winter Snapshot Contest is officially open. We’re sure your camera is already full of some great shots you took during the winter holidays, so send them in!

Here are a few bundled up cuties to kick things off.

winter snapshot collage exampleHOW TO ENTER: Get some of your favorite shots submitted for the Winter Snapshot Contest! Just send up to 5 photos per month to gwen@nwaMotherlode.com. Our judges will select a winner in early March. The mom who submits the winning snapshot will win a 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvas prepared by our friends at Scott Frame and Art.

Smile Shoppe updated logo 2016

The Photo Category, which is always full of smiles, is sponsored by The Smile Shoppe, a pediatric dental practice with offices in Rogers and Springdale. The Smile Shoppe specializes in the treatment of infants, children, adolescents as well as children with special needs. Dr. Jeffrey Rhodes and Dr. Emily Fourmy are both board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Click HERE for more info on the Smile Shoppe. (And let your kids check out their fun website which also includes free coloring sheets and online games.)

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Devotion in Motion: The remedy for a bad mood

6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (KJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Scientist differ on the exact number, but all agree that a great percentage of your body heat is lost out of the top of your head. (This is particularly true if you happen to be bald. Trust me on this one.) Something I’ve discovered is that if you’re in the house at wintertime and you feel a little chilly, you don’t necessarily have to turn up the furnace; probably all you need to do is to put on a cap.

We keep the parsonage heating system on about 68 degrees. When Seth was in middle school, he complained of being cold one evening. (I must point out that Seth has always had a  great deal less natural “insulation” than I have. Presently he is six feet tall and weighs about 125 pounds.) Just as he was reaching to turn up the thermostat, I made a deal with him. I said, “Seth, put on this Carhartt work cap. It’s the warmest cap I own. I can’t even wear it that often because it’s usually TOO warm. After you put on the cap, we’ll set the timer for 15 minutes. When the bell rings, if you’re still cold, I’ll be happy to turn up the thermostat.”carhartt toboggan hat

He agreed to the deal. He pulled the toboggan over his hair and went back to whatever he’d been doing.

After a little more than 12 minutes, Seth came in the room and handed me the hat. He said, “Dad, here—you can have this. I don’t need this hat anymore. I’m warm — too warm, really.”

Well, we didn’t have to turn up the heat that evening. It’s a good principle to know. Whenever you’re cold, you have a couple of choices. You can turn up the heating system and burn fossil fuel to heat up thousands of square feet of living space. Or you can just put on a cap and heat up yourself.

This principal works in daily life, too. You have two choices if you’re in a cold, dark, mood. You can wait until all the other people in the world are in a good mood, and if and when that happens, they can cheer you up. (I don’t foresee this ever happening, but there are people who spend their whole lives waiting for it.) Or you can put on a “spiritual cap” (by thinking the right kind of thoughts) and this will warm the coldness out of your heart.

The Bible says King David “encouraged himself in the LORD.” I think that means he knew how to put on a “spiritual cap.” David was a warrior; he was always surrounded by enemies and difficulties. But he realized that even when he was surrounded by trouble, he could encourage himself by thinking about the goodness of God.

If winter is making you feel cold, bleak, and blue, put on your own spiritual cap this week. Be like King David, and encourage yourself in the Lord.

rp_john-l-cash-212x300.jpgDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 31 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where it was 21 degrees last Sunday and 72 degress this Sunday.) Their kids include Spencer (age 25), his wife Madeline (age 25), and Seth (age 22), and his wife Leanne (age 21). You can send him a note at brotherjohn@ilovechurchcamp.com.

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