5 Minutes with a NWA Mom: An interview with author Talya Tate Boerner


Name: Talya Boerner

Kid’s names and ages: Kelsey is 27 and Tate is 23.

How does momming change when your kids are in college? Both my kids have graduated college and are happily employed, but those college years were a time of transition for all of us. I’ve never been a helicopter mom, but even so, freshman year felt particularly odd when I realized I no longer had any idea of my kids’ routines or schedules. We all found ourselves with more freedom, and that was a good thing.

The worrying and praying part never changed, but my role became more that of a sounding block, an advisor, and a friend. And home became a safety net and a place for our children to regroup, because really, once they left for college, they never lived under our roof again for any significant stretch of time. When you think about it, that’s the end goal, right?

What’s your favorite “me time” spot? I’m very much a homebody, and there are lots of great spots in our home to sit and read or write. Really, I find “me time” any place I can sit in silence with my journal, Macbook, and a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea. Working in the yard is also favorite “me time”.

the-accidental-salvation-bookTell us about what inspired you to write your book, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee: I always planned to write a book, but a conversation with my father-in-law spurred me to actually put pen to paper. The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee was inspired by my own childhood as a farm girl growing up in the Mississippi River Delta. The book began as a series of blog posts that evolved into a memoir and eventually became fictionalized into Accidental Salvation. It was a process, for sure.

Where have you traveled to promote your book? I’ve had book signings and events all over Arkansas, as well as in Dallas and Austin, Texas. This past summer I attended the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery and did some promotional work in Mississippi. I participated in the Barnes and Noble Teen Book Panel in Tallahassee and had a book signing in Seaside, Florida. Next up, I’ll be attending the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge at the end of October.

Did you always want to be a writer? Not really, although I always planned to write a book (if that makes sense). Growing up, I wanted to work in the corporate world and have a corner office in some large city.

I have vivid memories of playing “banker” with my little sister. We’d count out Monopoly money and write up deposits using slips from the bank in town. When it came time to attend college, I earned an Economics degree from Baylor University.

I worked in banking for thirty years and even ended up with that corner office in Dallas—probably some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. Now, writing feels like my reward for working so hard all those years.

Do you have any new creative projects in the works? I’m working on another novel, I’ve started on a sequel to Accidental Salvation, and I have a children’s picture book in the works. I have lots of other projects working in my head.

What was the last thing you laughed out loud about? Saturday Night Live.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world this winter, where would you go? I’d love to spend Christmas in the Rockies with our entire family.

What’s something your friends might not know about you? I can juggle.

If you could share a message with the entire world, what would you say in just a few sentences? Be kind and laugh often.

the farm sunflowersWhat’s the most reliable way for you to get inspired? Nature always inspires me, especially working in the garden and walking around on our family farm where my mother still lives. Even a quick walk through the neighborhood provides inspiration for me. I also find inspiration in being around other writers and bloggers. Reading inspires me, too.

What were you doing last when you lost track of time? Writing. For me writing is like time traveling. I can easily lose half a day or more.

What do you most want people to remember about you? Maybe that I had a way of making people see something special in ordinary things.

One word to sum me up: Inspired.

5 Minutes with a NWA Mom: An interview with Kellie Sprouse

Interview with a NWA mom

Name: Kellie Sprouse

Kid’s names and ages: Korbin (4yr), Kolbie Jo- “JoJo” (3yr), Tucker (7 weeks)

What’s the funniest thing that happened to you as a mom most recently? Forgetting my breast pads…oops!

The scariest? Almost hitting a deer.

Do you have any fun fall plans with the kids? Farmland adventures and Silver Dollar City

Where are your favorite places to play in NWA? AMAZEUM,  the new Splash pad/playground in springdale

What was the last thing you laughed out loud about? When my little girl called my breast pads “boobie diapers”.  :)

If you could vacation anywhere in the world this winter, where would you go? Disney World

What’s your favorite NWA restaurant? Juicy Tails

What’s a meal you make over and over for your family? Roast

If you could magically have a new skill, what would it be? Sewing, I’m a beginner.

What’s something your friends might not know about you? I’ve been skydiving

If you got an unexpected gift of (a lot of) cash, what would you do with it? Adopt

What’s a sure-fire way for you to wind down and relax? Reading a good book

What do you most want people to remember about you? Loves Jesus and others.

One word to sum me up: Passionate

MOMS Club of Fayetteville: How to plug in to this fun group for kids and moms


Guest post by Beth Gallini

If you’re a mom who’s at home during the day and has young children, then MOMS Club of Fayetteville might be for you! Our membership group is very supportive and our events allow you to get out with your kids, meet up with other moms, and enjoy all the fun things to do in our area.

moms-club-resizedMOMS Club is a national organization with a mission to provide support for at-home moms. We schedule events for moms and kids on weekdays during traditional work hours.

We have breakfast and lunch meet-ups, activities at local children’s places, park play dates, and holiday potluck parties.

There’s also a monthly Mom’s Night Out just for the moms. In the past, we’ve done things such as dinners, bowling, escape rooms, and group painting and craft projects.

Typically there are between two and four events planned each week and moms RSVP for the ones that fit into their schedule and are age appropriate for their kids.

One of the most fun activities we do is Secret Sister. Secret Sister is an activity we organize once a year in the spring for moms who want to participate. Once a month, our Secret Sisters put together a care package tailored to their Secret Sister’s interests and drops it off as a surprise for that mom.  It’s a nice way to boost that mama’s day and to let her know that someone is thinking of her.  At the end of the Secret Sister event, we get together for a Secret Sister reveal party.

I joined almost two years ago and have loved being a part of MOMS Club!  I love that when I take my boys out, they get to meet up with other kids and I get to see other moms.  I have formed some great friendships through the group and I love seeing my boys playing with other kids instead of just each other when we go out.

It’s also very comforting to get together with others who understand what your days are like and can offer advice on what stages your kids may be in or helpful tips for current challenges.

We would love for you to come to an event to see if the MOMS Club of Fayetteville could be a good fit for you.

We have a New Member Tea and Social on October 7th at 9:30 at the Boardwalk Clubhouse (2704 E. Meandering Way, Fayetteville). This event is always well attended and it’s a great way to meet current members. We hope to see you there!


If you’re not able to make it to the New Member Tea, you can view upcoming events and get membership information on our Meetup page.  If you decide to join, you’ll be given access to our Meetup group and private Facebook page where you can see upcoming events, RSVP, and communicate with other member moms.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the New Member Tea, please contact Beth at efgallini@gmail.com.

beth-galliniAbout Beth: Beth is a SAHM of two 3-year-old boys and has so much fun with MOMS Club that she volunteers as the Membership Coordinator and tries to get all the moms she knows to join. You can find Beth chasing her boys around or running the local trails.

Five Minutes with a Mom (of 7): Christina Sluyter

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Name: Christina Sluyter

Kid’s names and ages:

Ethan 15, Grace 14, Luke 12, Tessa 10, Zane 8, Owen 6, Reed 10 months old

What are the best things about having such a big family?

Everyone learns at an early age how to get along with others. They also always have someone to play with, help them, stand up for them. Built in best friends!

What’s the most challenging?

Getting quality time with each one.  My husband and I make a point of finding something that each one loves to do and spend time with them doing that.  Whether it be a sport or activity or reading books.

Do you have any fun summer plans with the kids?

Our boys LOVE football so we have several football camps that we are attending this summer. We spend every Sunday afternoon after church on the boat at the lake.

Where are your favorite places to play in NWA?

Tanyard creek in Bella Vista, the kids love the waterfall and the hiking trails. The Razorback greenway and we see a lot of movies during the summer so Malco theater at the Promenade.

We hear you decorate some pretty awesome cakes. We’d love to know more!

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One of Christina’s cakes

I started decorating cakes for the kids’ birthdays and the more I did the more people asked what kind of cake I was making instead of what the child wanted as a gift.

I started making them for friends and family and have had the pleasure of becoming a part of people’s lives through cake.

I was a part of their wedding, first child, and kids’ birthdays.  It’s pretty amazing thing when you bring someone joy through something you enjoy doing!

It has also become a part of my identity. I’m not just a wife, not just a mother, but I have an interest that’s all mine.  I think every mother needs something like that, a Zen thing if you know what I mean.

What was the last thing you laughed out loud about?

Our house is full of laughter!

You have to have a sense of humor with kids, especially when you’re outnumbered or else you’d lose it! My kids have great comedic timing! Whether it’s an obscure movie reference or an impersonation they keep me laughing all day!

If you could vacation anywhere in the world this summer, where would you go?

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“I’m awesome at sweet, terrible at savory!”

I’ve always wanted to take the kids to Israel.  The travel in the footsteps of Jesus.

If you could magically have a new skill, what would it be?

I would love to be able to cook the way I bake!

People automatically think since I bake these yummy treats that I can cook, but so not true! I’m awesome at sweet, terrible at savory!

What’s something your friends might not know about you?

My husband and I love to swing dance. He entered several competitions before we met and he taught me. We love going to weddings and events where there is dancing so we can show off.

What’s your go-to when you need some down time?

Riding the bike with my hubby! Time together is a MUST and working out together is so much fun!

What’s one thing you’d want people to remember about you?

My faith. My love for my Savior and my willingness to share it with others!

One word to sum me up:

I went to the kids on this one, which I totally recommend to all Moms because I felt pretty good about myself after this!

  • Ethan said creative
  • Grace said determined
  • Luke said hardworking
  • Tessa said amazing
  • Zane said helpful
  • Owen said Mom
  • Reed has no input as of yet…
  • I have to admit Owen hit the nail on the head! I’m Mom and I couldn’t be happier being anything else!!

5 Minutes with a D-Mom: Lori Gladden

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Name: Lori Gladden

Children’s names and ages: Maddison age 7, Tristin age 5

What’s one movie you could watch over and over? Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Tell us about some traditions you’ve started with your kids? Every Christmas Eve we make homemade pizzas and open presents at my parents house.

Where does your family love to play in NWA? We love going to Devil’s Den and walking the trails.

What’s something your friends might not know about you? I have always dreamed of starting an orphanage.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world this summer, where would it be? I would love to travel Europe.

What are your favorite hobbies? Hiking and swimming

What’s something you have always wanted to learn? Sign Language

Which three things do you always have with you? Tea/Coffee, my phone and snacks.

Tell us about what it’s like to have a child with Type 1 diabetes: 

I have thought about this questions for a few days. For us, Type 1 diabetes is just a part of our life we have to manage and has been since Maddie was 20 months old. As a mom of a young child living with Type 1 diabetes, I am always on the go checking blood sugars, counting carbs, dispensing insulin while balancing our everyday living needs.

I am So thankful I have a wonderful husband. At the end of the day I am just a mom doing what it takes to ensure my family is taken care of.

For more information about living with Type 1 diabetes check out this video we made with Maddie:

What’s something you’d like other people to know about T1D?

Maddie is a child first who happens to live with Type 1 diabetes. She is able to eat and do everything any other child can, we just have to plan ahead for it.

How do you wind down at the end of the day? Hot tea and catch up on my shows.

One word to sum me up … I would pick determined. I asked my husband and he said Spunky.