Mom-Approved Business Award Winners Announced!

Award Winner Facebook badgeThe votes are in! Here’s the list of winning businesses chosen as the 2014 “Mom-Approved” Award Winners, as voted by the readers of Thanks so much for taking the time to vote in the online survey, and congrats to the businesses who have earned the respect of so many local moms. (And congrats to Cori Fryar, who won a shopping spree at the NWA Mall after being chosen at random among all the voters in the survey.)

Best Birthday Place

  • jumpzone winnerJumpzone — Benton County
  • Boingo Bounce — Washington County

Best Mother’s Day Out

  • Central United Methodist Church — Benton Couty
  • First School — Washington County

Best Bank

  • Arvest — Benton and Washington Counties

Best Hair Salon

  • brieshi award winnerBrieshi — Benton County
  • Freshair — Washington County

Best Computer Repair

  • MegaByte — Benton County
  • Best Buy Geek Squad — Washington County

Best Consignment Store

  • Plato’s — Benton County
  • Once Upon a Child — Washington County

Best Dance Lessons

  • All That Dance — Benton County
  • Academy of Dance — Washington County

Best Date Night

  • Theo’s — Benton County
  • Bordinos — Washington County

Best Daycare

  • Little Sunshine’s Playhouse — Benton County
  • Bright Haven Christian Learning Center — Washington County

Best Dermatologist

  • (TIE VOTE) Hull Dermatology and Premier Dermatology — Benton County
  • Ozark Dermatology — Washington County

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

  • Chick-fil-A — Benton County
  • Grub’s — Washington County

Best Local Clothing Boutique

  • The Pink Tomato — Benton County
  • Belle Boutique — Washington County

Best Pediatric Clinic

Best Place to Find Accessories

  • Charming Charlie’s — Benton County
  • Whimsy Whoo — Washington County

Best Spa

  • Spa Botanica at Embassy Suites — Benton County
  • La Vida Massage — Washington County


Best Orthodontist

  • Orthodontics Exclusively, Dr. Derek Brown — Benton County
  • Storms Orthodontics, Dr. Darrin Storms — Washington County

Best Toy Store

  • Dilly Dally’s — Benton County
  • Bella’s — Washington County

Editor’s note: Soon we’ll be sending a printable list of the winning businesses to the local moms who receive our email newsletter. It’ll be an easy way to print this list (which will include some contact info) and put it on your fridge or bulletin board for easy reference. To get the printable, just make sure you’re on our email newsletter list. The sign-up form is in the upper right-hand corner of this web page.

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2014


Farmland Adventures Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze opens

A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have a new theme for 2014!), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 5th to November 1st on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM. It’s a short drive from where ever you are in Northwest Arkansas. They also facilitate group outings or birthday parties.

farmland adventures 2014Date: Sept. 5-Nov. 1

Time: Varies

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

CLICK HERE to see the complete guide to Northwest Arkansas pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

Chefs in the Garden

Date: Sept. 9

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

vintage market days

Vintage Market Days of NWA

Date: Sept. 12-14

Time: Varies

Location: Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Polo in the Ozarks

Date: Sept. 13

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Buell Farm, Goshen

More info: Click here

Bacon Bowl, Petit Jean Meats

bacon bowlTeams consisting of chefs and amateur cooks will compete in Entrée and Dessert Divisions and test their culinary skills by creating innovative bacon creations featuring Arkansas’s own Petit Jean Meats bacon. Bacon Bowl attendees of all ages will vote for their favorite dishes in both divisions as well as the overall People’s Champion.

There will be live music, Petit Jean Meats sampling, other foods and beverages, and more. Tickets are $10 at the gate and advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Date: Sept. 13

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Downtown Bentonville

Note: Teams or individuals interested in competing should visit Team registration is open until Friday, September 5. Space is limited.

More info: Click here. Visit and the Bacon Bowl Facebook page for more details.

2nd Annual Bella Vista Hay Days

All activities for children and families are free. Activities include inflatable slides, obstacle courses and a bounce house; water balloon chunkin’ with a big slingshot; face painting; train rides; Earthshakers spark plug competition, Bella Vista Fly Tyers casting competition; Bella Vista Woodcarvers Club demonstrations; and a dunk tank with local “celebrities”. Pony rides will be available from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Marshall Mitchell, a children’s entertainer, will perform at 1 p.m. In addition to family activities, Bella Vista Hay Days will feature food – barbecue ribs and hotdogs on Friday and brats and hotdogs on Saturday. Other events include live music, a car and bike show, rain-gutter regatta races, Bella Vista’s Public Safety Day, Bella Vista Animal Shelter’s “Wiener Takes All” Wiener Dog Races, the Arkansas Department of Conservation’s traveling aquarium and a 5K walk benefitting the animal shelter, Bella Vista Library and Cooper Elementary PTO. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m. Concerts and events are free. The concerts will be performed in open-air venues, so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Date: Sept. 19-20

Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Location: The site of the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival, corner of Rogers Drive and Arkansas 279

More info: Click here

NWA Steak Cook-Off

Teams made up of chefs and amateur cooks will fire up their grills and other cooking apparatus’s to find out who is the master of the ribeye steak that day. Each team submits one 16oz ribeye steak to be judged by a panel of experienced beef eaters who sample, vote and determine who moves on to the 2015 World Championship Steak Cook-off in Magnolia, AR. The overall winner also wins free entry into the 2015 U.S. Steak Championship in Tulsa, OK. In addition to the steak competition, there will be an appetizer competition that the public determine the winner by sampling and voting for their favorite.

Date: Sept. 27

Time: 1-7 p.m.

Location: Arvest Ballpark during Bikes Blues & BBQ rally

More info: Click here


Date: Sept. 27

Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Frisco Park, First & Elm Streets, Rogers

More info: Click here

New Kindermusik classes in Fayetteville

Pam Lipinski has opened a Kindermusik studio which is opening this month. Kindermusik is a music and movement class for babies and toddlers; preschoolers and big kids. It’s a program devoted to the development of the whole child – cognitive, physical, emotional, and, of course, musical. In classes children play games, sing songs, pretend to be boats, trains, cars, monkeys; play with scarves, balls, and have a lot of fun. Within all this fun is where the learning occurs. These classes are done with the caregiver present so Kindermusik provides a unique bonding experience with the parent/caregiver. Here’s the schedule:

9:00 Sing and Play ages 0-2
10:30 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3
4:00 Laugh and learn ages 3-4
6:00 Wiggle and Grow Family ages 0-7 (for families with siblings wh0 want to do class together)

9:00 Sing and Play ages 0-2
10:30 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3
4:00 Laugh and Learn ages 3-4
6:00 Wiggle and Grow ages 2-3

9:30 Wiggle and Grow Family ages 0-7 (for families with siblings who want to do class together)

Date: Studio opens in September

Time: Class times vary.

Location: 2863 Old Missouri Rd., Fayetteville, in the Butterfield Plaza (diagonal from Butterfield Trail Elementary School)

More info: Click here

Coming up:


Tinkerfest (The Amazeum event)

The Amazeum announced the inaugural Tinkerfest presented by 3M to be held 10am – 3pm, Saturday October 4th, 2014 at Old High Middle School in Bentonville.  This event is free and open to the public. Tinkerfest is a hands-on event where makers, artists, and tinkerers showcase their work and attendees of all ages join in the fun. Tinkerfest is a fun family activity where all can experiment and learn things together.

Learn how to pick a lock, how to solder electronics, or how to create an electric circuit. Make gigantic bubbles, launch your own rocket, or discover what goes into making a car by taking one apart.

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Old High Middle School, Bentonville

More info: Click here or call 479-696-9280 x 201. Click here if you’d like to bring an activity to Tinkerfest.

Happy Hollow Harvest Moon Festival

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 2175 E. Peppervine Drive, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

happy hollow 2014

Devotion in Motion: The virtues of preparation

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

I carry a very large lunchbox to school. Sometimes people poke fun at me, saying things like, “Hey John, is that thing from ‘The Napoleon Dynamite Collection’?” But I don’t mind that at all. People laughed at Edison and Einstein, too. And besides, my industrial- sized lunchbox is one of the tools that helps keep my life on track.

Not too long ago the doctor told me that I am pre-diabetic. (Historically, this is something that has happened to all the men in the Cash family when they turn lunchbox50.) So I’ve really tried to straighten up my act about what I eat on a daily basis.

I’ve discovered that I can keep my blood glucose at perfect levels if I’m careful to eat the right things. And I’ve found out that if I carry a lunchbox, I eat things like lean meat, non-carby-vegetables, salads, homemade soy yogurt, and fresh fruit. However, when I don’t have my lunchbox, I eat fast-food burgers, cookies, and things out of the snack machine. It’s really just that simple. For me, failing to plan to eat good food is the same as planning to eat bad food.

I heard a good sermon on the radio the other day. The preacher was talking about Mary and Martha and about how Mary sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha was scrambling around with the duties of the house. Usually, preachers blast Martha and tell her that she needs to be more like Mary.

But this speaker said something that has a lot of wisdom. It’s a statement that has stuck with me ever since: “If you want to be Mary on Sunday, you’ve got to be Martha on Saturday.” Clearly, failure to prepare is the same as planning to be absent. The “Lunchbox Principle” prevails again.

This week, let’s do our best to make advance preparations to do the things that are right. It’s never a mistake to make it easy to do what is good.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 28 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, and until recently taught Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the lunchbox-carrying-Preacher has had perfect blood sugar levels all week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 22), his wife Madeline (age 22), and Seth (age 19).

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