Local Snapshots: Kids in Northwest Arkansas

Local Snapshots Category Logo 2016Mamas, our Winter Snapshot Contest is in full swing, and we KNOW your phone is full of great pics from Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Let us show them off for you here on the website, and one of those shots might help you score a FREE favorite snapshot printed on a 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvas, prepared by Scott Frame & Art. It’ll be ready to hang on the wall, turning your favorite faces into the best kind of wall decor.

Here are a few of the shots that have come in recently. We are LOVING this cutie who apparently cut down her own tree last month and hauled it home on top of her little blue car. She is the definition of adorable.

aurora4“I got the tree, Mom! Now where’s that hot cocoa you promised?”

aurora collage1HOW 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.

If you missed seeing the winning snapshot from the Fall Snapshot Contest, click here to see it now.

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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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Health: Answers from an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

dr-chad-putman-entMoms often have tons of questions for doctors about ears, noses and throats. From earaches and sore throats to toddlers with a bad habit of seeing what might fit up their nose, moms have to deal with plenty of the same problems ENT physicians see every day.

So today we’re continuing our interview with Dr. Chad Putman of Mercy, who we talked to recently about about earwax, snoring and tonsillectomies. (If you missed the previous post about ear infections, click here to read it. Click here to read more about adenoids and ear tubes.) Today Dr. Putman weighs in on what to do if your child sticks something up her nose, what causes nosebleeds, and the truth about earbuds and excessive volume.

What should parents of toddlers/preschoolers do if their child sticks something up his or her nose? Does it always require a trip to the ER or doctor’s office?emergency-room-sign

If it is easily seen near the surface, sometimes parents can get them out. If there is a concern it may be pushed in farther, many specialists have special equipment and scopes that can safely remove them.

Why are some kids more prone to nosebleeds?

Some kids develop small blood vessels along the insides of their nose that can cause nosebleeds and can often be treated easily in the clinic setting.

Are earbuds bad for my teenager’s ears? Can daily use of earbuds damage hearing?volume level

Earbuds themselves do not cause damage, but moderate to loud noise over time can cause hearing loss. It’s important to use a reasonable volume when listening to music.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Putman, call the Mercy Ear Nose and Throat Clinic at 479-636-0110. It’s located at 5204 W. Redbud Street in Rogers, Ark. Click here for a map and to see a full list of the conditions treated at this clinic.

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Good Gossip: Kerry Washington, Ryan Gosling, celeb moms and more

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.

isla fisher2Kids have a way of keeping us humble, don’t they? And it happens to even the most glamorous, movie star moms, too. Actress Isla Fisher wore a gorgeous yellow gown to the AACTA Awards, and her daughter’s reaction was “Mommy, you look like a banana tonight.” Isla’s response? “I mean, I’ll take anything.” In her defense, Isla wore a great color that has been very popular on the red carpet lately. Other celebs who have recently walked the red carpet wearing a yellow gown include Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Viola Davis, Maisie Williams, Emily Ratajkowski and Kerry Washington.

kerry washington3Speaking of Kerry Washington, the star of Scandal and mother of a 2-year-old daughter and a 3-month-old son, recently said the best acting of her life is when she tries to look like a well-rested woman. Amen, Mama. We hear you.

best dressed awardAt the Golden Globes held January 8, 2017, the gowns were gorgeous. Here’s a list of some of the ladies named to People magazine’s “Best Dressed” list: Hailee Steinfeld; Ruth Negga, Emma Stone, Naomie Harris, Sofia Vergara, Lily Collins, Tracee Ellis Ross and Amy Adams.

ryan-goslingDid you hear that wonderful speech Ryan Gosling gave when he accepted the Golden Globe for Best Actor in La La Land? His sincere “thank you” to his wife, Eva Mendes, made moms all over the globe stand up and cheer. In case you missed it, here it is: “While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer.” We’ll add that comment to the million other reasons to love Ryan Gosling.

stork2Congrats to new mom Janet Jackson and her husband, Wissam Al Mana. They welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Eissa. He was born on January 3rd.

Source: People magazine, January 23, 2017 edition

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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.

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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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