5 Minutes with a Northwest Arkansas Mom: Melanie Church

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Name: Melanie Church Kids’ names and ages: Silas, 20 months & Beau our blue heeler, 4 months What’s the funniest thing that happened to you as a mom most recently?  Most moments with a 20-month-old are hilarious! The scariest? Ummm…well I forgot to strap my child into his car seat and realized it after I [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom of 5: Denni Palmer

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Name: Denni Palmer Kids’ names and ages: Gretchen (16), Kirsten (14), Katrina (13), Teasha (11), and Jason (almost 10) and should add my husband, Carl.  Tell us what it’s like to have such a big family:  It can be wonderful and chaotic all in the same day.  It does take some coordination but I wouldn’t [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Sarah Gillmer

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  Name: Sarah Gillmer Kids’ names and ages: Rachel, 4 Luke 1 ½ What brought you to NWA? I was 10 years old when we moved to Northwest Arkansas. I was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas, but my family moved around a lot with Walmart. My dad was a Walmart Store Manager in Harrisburg, Illinois [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom + Nana: Sheila Fitts

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Name: Sheila Fitts Grandchildren’s names and ages: Only one granddaughter: Ashtyn and she is 10! How long have you lived in NWA and what brought you here? I was born in Kansas but my parents moved to Fayetteville when I was only a few months old and I’ve lived in NWA ever since! Can you [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Sara Wittenberg

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Name: Sara Wittenberg Kids’ names and ages: Charley (6) and Reed (3) What brought you to NWA? My husband and I met in grad school at the U of A; after a five and a half year stint at two of the most remote National Wildlife Refuges in the country, we returned to NWA for [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Stephanie Hardy

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Name: Stephanie Hardy Kids’ names and ages: Brylee age 10, Madelyn age 8, Emily age 6 How long have you lived in NWA and what brought you here? I was born and raised here in NWA! I did travel a lot after high school when I joined the United States Army and served for 6 [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Tracy Triplett

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A big thanks to First National Bank of NWA for sponsoring one of our longest-running features on nwaMotherlode, 5 Minutes with a Mom. We love interviewing local moms and reading their answers. We’re all more alike than we’re different, especially when it comes to how much we love our kids. Meet our latest interviewee, Tracy: [...]

5 Minutes with a NWA Mom: An interview with Megan Cuddy


First National Bank of NWA is the brand new sponsor of our 5 Minutes with a Mom category, which has been one of our most popular since the beginning when nwaMotherlode launched nearly nine years ago. Who doesn’t love reading about other local moms and how they do things? We think Northwest Arkansas moms are [...]

5 Minutes with a NWA Mom: An interview with widow Robin Smith


Name: Robin Smith Kid’s names and ages: Trinity 36, India 24, Taylor 19 What are your favorite spots to visit in NWA?  I love to try new eateries…I used to do a lot of camping with my family and riding trails with friends, not so much these days…I also loved to entertain and cook for [...]