Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: The Gift of Food


ricks-collage1Rick’s Bakery

Left: You can’t go wrong with giving a Holiday Gift Tower or Cookie Tray from Rick’s Bakery. Their most popular gift tower is the Silver Bells tower, $35, which includes festive petit fors, rich brownies and more sweet treats.

Right: The cookie trays are also a best-seller around the holidays. They’re available in a 2-dozen tray for $10 and a 5-dozen tray for $25. Each includes a selection of Rick’s most popular tea cookies.

Where to shop: Rick’s Bakery is located at 1220 N. College, Fayetteville. 479-442-2166

How to contact: Visit Rick’s Facebook page; Call the bakery at 479-442-2166 or email them to order at


divider-linesalsa-collage1My Brother’s Salsa

Left: We LOVE this little piggy that’s just right for holding your favorite My Brother’s Salsa flavor. This gift set is $34 and you get your choice of two jars of salsa, a bag of My Brother’s Organic Tortilla Chips and & the small red ceramic pig bowl (red glaze 7”x6”x2.75”; food safe). The whole set is packed in a custom gift box. Click here to order the “Small Red Pig Deluxe” package.

Right: We get so excited about dishes that can go straight from the oven onto the table, which is exactly what the red red & white enamelware plate in this package can do. It’s beautiful and practical. It’s the perfect gift for your friends who love nachos (nacho recipe card included). Food safe, oven safe, dishwasher safe. The $43 package comes with the enamelware plate, your choice of one jar of My Brother’s Salsa and a bag of My Brother’s Organic Tortilla Chips — all packed in a custom gift box. Click here to order the Red & White Swirl Nacho Plate, Chips and Salsa” package.

Where to shop: The gift boxes can be ordered online and sent to you or the gift recipient; or you can order and pick them up at 1006 NW 11th St, Bentonville

How to contact: Visit the Facebook page; Follow them on Instagram; Tweet them on Twitter; See their products on Pinterest; Or call 888-557-2572



collage-fork-and-crustFork & Crust Pie Company

Left: The nickname for this Caramel Apple Pie is “perfection,” and it’s easy to see (and taste) why. It’s made with Granny Smith apples and it’ll be the pie your holiday guests and/or party hosts will still be thinking about well into the New Year.

Right: The Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie is only available during the holiday season, so get it (and give it) while you can. It really is as good as it sounds.

Pie prices:

  • Large 10″ pies are $27
  • Petite 6″ pies are $11
  • Mini 4″ pies are $4.50

Where to shop: 5208 W. Village Parkway (Suite 11), Rogers, Ark. (Find the shop in the Village on the Creeks shopping plaza,  right behind SOHO Clothiers, diagonal from the YMCA. The shop faces the three crosses.)

How to contact: If you would like to order a pie and you live in Northwest Arkansas or Southwest Missouri areas, send the pie girls an email at Visit the website by clicking here; Follow on Facebook; Follow on Instagram; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter. Call the shop at 479-268-6634.


Giveaway: Tickets to A Very Electric Christmas


Good morning, mamas!

Can you believe this is the first full week of December? Eek! We’re trying to soak it all in and bet you are, too. Today we’ve got a giveaway to a super FUN show at Walton Arts Center. One mama will win 4 tickets to the Dec. 23 performance of A Very Electric Christmas.

THIS LOOKS SO COOL. Your kids will love it! Here’s a sneak peek video:

A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS 2015 PROMO V2 from Mendelson Entertainment Group on Vimeo.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Brighten up your holidays with a dazzling tale of family, friendship and hope! Friendly caroling worms, dancing candy-canes, Nutcracker soldiers, an evil Rat King and other glow-in-the-dark creatures light up before your eyes, incorporating classic holiday stories and non-traditional flourishes set to timeless holiday hits by Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Tchaikovsky and more.

A little bird gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole on a big adventure! Will he make it home in time to celebrate Christmas? A delightful holiday production that will warm hearts big and small. Best for ages 5+

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see A Very Electric Christmas at Walton Arts Center, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms.

Then write a quick comment telling us how you’re savoring the season this month. Do you sit in front of the Christmas tree and read before bed? (That’s Shannon’s favorite!) Do you take time off work? Do you just try to be more intentional? We can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say. Maybe we’ll inspire each other?

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We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details and ticket prices.




Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Teachers

teachers-headerkate-austin-collage1Kate Austin

Left: Corkcicle Canteens have become so popular with teachers because they tend to have a water bottle or a coffee thermos on their desk all day. With proprietary triple insulation, this canteen keeps beverages cold for 25 hours or hot for 12 wherever you take it. It’s available in 14 colors and four sizes, including the 25oz which holds a standard bottle of wine. Cost is $32. It’s pictured above with a Scout bag, which is a sturdy, wipe-able bag that teachers LOVE. You can carry lunch in it or anything else. Cost is $9.

Right: Your child’s hard-working teacher has EARNED some brownies, right? He or she might eat the brownies right away but this ceramic Brownie Tray (with mix and silver spatula that says “brownie points” on it) will be around forever as a special gift and reminder that “Life is what you bake it.” Cost is $44 for the brownie tray and $17 for the Jingle Bell brownie mix.

Tip: (We always think it’s a special touch to include a heartfelt thank you note from parents and/or your child with any gift that goes to a special teacher.)

Where to shop: Have you seen Kate Austin’s new location at 3046 SE J Street in Bentonville? It’s GORGEOUS. Swing by there and prepare to stay a while because you’ll want to look through all the pretties and try on a few cute clothes while you’re at it. The ladies who work at the shop are always kind and helpful.

How to contact: Call the shop at 479-268-3033; Visit the website: Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.


kyya-chocolate-collage1Kyya Chocolates

Left: Hand-crafted Kyya Chocolate bars. Yes, please! Through adventures to cacao farms around the globe, Kyya crafts distinctive chocolate for their customers. They make small batches of chocolate with hand-picked single origin beans to highlight the unique flavor profiles. A few of these wrapped in a pretty bow would make a teacher’s day! Some of the chocolate bar flavors include Uganda Single Origin Milk Chocolate, Coffee Infused Milk Chocolate Bar, Ecuador Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Infused with Coconut and lots more!

Right: Kyya Bon-Bons. We all know teachers don’t have time to sit around eating bon bons, but with this gift she might be able to occasionally kick her feet up and indulge. This would be a fun teacher gift that says You get me. You totally get me.

Where to shop: Visit the website; Find them on Facebook; Tweet them on Twitter; See pics on Pinterest; Follow them on Instagram; Watch this new video about them on YouTube; Click here to see the full list of Northwest Arkansas retailers where  Kyya Chocolate is  sold.

How to contact: Using Google, you can find Kyya at 337 North Elm Street, Springdale, Arkansas 72762. For locals, the chocolate shop is in Elm Springs on Highway 112, about 2 miles North of Hwy 412. The shop is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. You can also call 1-844-281-4470


Devotion in Motion: The true source of bad language

35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” ~ John 13:35 NKJV

By Bro. John L. Cash

Yesterday I saw something I’ve heard about all my life but had never actually seen. Next to the sink in the teachers’ lounge was a can of “Bab-O.” It’s an old brand of bathroom cleaner, the gritty kind people used to use to scour the bathtub.bab-o

When I was a little boy, all my older relatives talked about Bab-O quite a lot. Specifically, they’d say, “John, if you ever say that word again, I’m going to wash out your mouth with Bab-O.” The threat sounded serious, so I’d clean up my conversation in a hurry. Even though I wasn’t sure if any factories still manufactured Bab-O, I didn’t want to take any chances. After all, there were lots of other kinds of soap around that could be used to wash out my mouth. Besides, I realized my language wasn’t good, and I needed to change it.

Is it just me or do you also notice how common bad language is these days? When I was younger, I wasn’t surprised to hear sailors and construction workers “turn the air blue” when there were only a bunch of guys around. But lately it seems like it’s spreading to the masses — even among Christian people. It’s especially shocking to me to hear a woman let loose a string of profanities, but I hear it whenever I’m out and about. Things have really changed over the past few years.

Maybe the constant use of profanity on television, in movies, in music, and on the internet has made these words less noticeable than they used to be. But we can’t blame the whole problem on that alone. When you get to the root of the matter, the problem is a spiritual one. Jesus said “from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)  If you use bad language and talk about immoral things, it says something about your heart — whether you admit it or not.

All the soap in the world isn’t enough to clean up our language or make it okay when we “talk ugly” about other people. What we really need is to ask the Saviour to cleanse our hearts. When our hearts are clean, our words will also be beautiful.

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 we got a little bit of much-needed rain this week.) 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





Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts with Local Flair


local-flair-rock-cityRock City Outfitters

Left: The “Call Me” t-shirt is one of the designs Rock City Outfitters is best known for, partly because you have to be a Hog fan to appreciate what those two words — “Call me” — really mean. This shirt is 100% cotton, unisex sizing, and so soft you’ll want to live in it 24/7. Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Right: We love how the Homegrown Hoodie says so much without using words at all. Whether you were born in this state or have fallen in love with it and put down roots since you moved here, this shirt shows off your love for all things Arkansas. Cost is $34.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Where to shop: Rock City Outfitters is an Arkansas company founded in 2008, selling primarily through its online shop, at select retailers throughout the state and at regional events. (They also do custom orders for groups and organizations, and they’re the company we asked to produce our Mom Prom t-shirts for the past 3 years… because they’re awesome.)

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Twitter; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Instagram; Watch the YouTube channel.

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scott-collage1Scott Frame and Art

Left and Right: Some of the most memorable, special gifts to give or receive during the holidays are the ones that are truly personal. The pros at Scott Frame and Art can help you customize a one-of-a-kind framed memory — something like a jersey, tickets, program, pennant or a photo collage. We love these “Frame Your Game” Custom Shadowboxes featuring sports jerseys, which can either be mounted full-length or folded. (See examples above, left and right.) The reason we both have Scott Frame and Art frames in our own homes is because they have the largest selection in Northwest Arkansas and their framing experts make it so easy to pull a project like this together.

Center: There are so many beautiful places in Northwest Arkansas and so many amazing artists, which is why we love to browse the big selection of local art at Scott Frame and Art. They have Artist Originals and Fine Art Reproductions of special places in Northwest Arkansas. If you want to customize a gift of art for a friend or relative, the shop can produce these Fine Art Reproductions in a variety of sizes on canvas, fine art paper and photo paper. The example shown at center above is a Giclee on Canvas called “Crystal Bridges,” by local artist Jane Garrison-Davidian.

Where to shop: Scott Frame and Art has a location at 2603 W. Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers and another shop at 100 E. Joyce Blvd in Fayetteville.

How to contact: Visit the website; Get updates on Facebook; Call the store at 479-696-8263 (Rogers) or at 479-443-7262 (Fayetteville).




Left: A bad hair day is no problem when you’ve got a cute hat with a little Arkansas pride on it.  This Charlie Southern Retro Arkansas Hat is only $28 and would be a great gift for an Arkansas girl.

Right: We adore this Charlie Southern Marble State Long Sleeve Tee. It’s a fun twist on Riffraff’s traditional state designs — with a marble motif! Proclaim your love for Arkansas, mamas! Cost is $36.

Where to shop: 15 S Block Ave, Fayetteville, Ark.

How to contact: Call the store at 479.799.5763; Click here to visit Riffraff’s website. Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; Watch on YouTube.