When and why to use “Mama Bear” mode

MAMA BEAR SLIDEREven the sweetest, most mild-mannered woman in the world is capable of turning into a ferocious, dangerous “mama bear” when her babies are threatened. The instinct to protect our own is strong.

A nwaMotherlode reader asked us recently to talk about the Mama Bear instinct during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio show (which airs weekdays at 7:45 am.) It was a great topic that made us take a hard look at the kinds of situations where we think it’s not only necessary but also good to show your claws and fight for what’s right.

Click on the left side of each audio bar below to hear the discussion. What makes you shift into your most fearsome “Mama Bear mode?”

Mama Bear Scenario No. 1

Mama Bear Scenario No. 2

Mama Bear Scenario No. 3

Mama Bear Scenario No. 4

Mama Bear Scenario No. 5

What makes you go all Mama Bear? Post a comment below and tell us what kinds of situation transform you from Winnie the Pooh into an angry Mama Bear who’s ready for a fight.

Walton Arts Center announces 5 new awesome shows



Walton Arts Center recently announced the 2015-16 Procter & Gamble Broadway Series and the special five-show package will be available for renewal or purchase next week.

“This series being presented at Walton Arts Center reflects what is happening in New York”, said Jenni Taylor Swain, vice president of programming. “This lineup represents a good revival, something for the family, winners of multiple awards and a first national tour.”

2015-16 Procter & Gamble Broadway Lineup



Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015-Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Pippin is Broadway’s high-flying, death-defying hit musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Direct from an acclaimed run at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, this captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus; it features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Pippin is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “Glory” and “Love Song.”


Kinky Boots

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016-Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Kinky Boots is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.


Mamma Mia!

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016-Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

A mother, a daughter and three possible dads will make for a trip down the aisle that you’ll never forget! Over 50 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel good show. Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek Island paradise. On the eve of her wedding,  a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016-Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award® -winning Broadway musical from the creators of household names The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic fairytale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love, the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs including “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream or a really great pair of shoes.


The Bridges of Madison County

Tuesday, April 19, 2016- Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Bridges of Madison County is one of the most romantic stories ever written. It first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, and is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award® winning Broadway musical. The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at being so much more. The stunning stage production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award® winning composer Jason Robert Brown that draws upon the rich textures of Americana and folk and the expressive balladry of classic Broadway.

FYI, you’ll see construction for the WAC renovations and expansion during the upcoming year (click here to find out more about that), but shows will not be impacted. Subscriptions can be renewed or purchased by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Stylish kids’ items featured at James + James

Time to vote for your favorites!

We’ve been handed a mission from the buyers at James+James in Springdale. They want to know what kinds of home furnishings and accessories local women james james logoand mothers like most. So we’ve helped them form an online Advisory Group made up of our style-conscious readers. (If you love design, furniture, and home decor, you can still join the advisory group. Members receive discount perks just for sharing their opinions. Email us if you’re interested.)

This month, the buyers at James+James are featuring some items that are perfect for people with kids. The groupings below feature adorable clocks, reuseable lunch bags and wooden push toys. (We love it when kids’ items have a little style!)

Take a look at each photo and decide which is your favorite in each grouping. Then tell us which item is your favorite overall or would be the one you’d be most likely to buy. Post your answers in the comment section by clicking the words “post a comment” (or the little pencil icon) or you can email us at mamas@nwamotherlode.com.

clock collageIt’s hard to choose, we know. Which animal would you rather have tell you the time? (Love the idea of these clocks for a kid’s room, playroom or even a cozy reading nook.)

lunch bag collageTime for a lunch break! Which bag would you use to store those ever-popular peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

push toy collageOkay, time to play. These wooden push toys are going to be a big hit with the toddlers when they roll into the James+James showroom in the next few weeks. Which one do you like best?

We’re looking forward to reading your feedback, so thank you for sharing your thoughts. To see more fun items like these, go by the James+James showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale or click here to check them out online.

James+James is a true Northwest Arkansas success story. What began in a garage has now grown into a full-range furniture store shipping custom made furniture across the United States. Their first retail store opened in Springdale late last year. For directions to the store, call 479-225-5418.

Slightly Tilted: The Right Dream at the Wrong Time

right dream wrong timeBy Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos

What is up with dreams? Aren’t they just the weirdest combinations of things you didn’t even realize entered your consciousness until you wake up in the morning wondering who hijacked your sanity? Take, for example, my weirdo dream the other night. It was about a fish. Not just any fish. A fish I saw a million times in my Facebook feed.

I never even read the fish story, but the headline said a guy caught a catfish that was something like 8 feet long and 280 pounds. I don’t know if it’s true. I just saw a big fish. Didn’t even think about it. Or, I thought I didn’t. That night I dreamed that the Game and Fish Commission wanted me to track where this fish fish catfishused to live. So…they hooked up ropes to the back of the fish and I held on while the fish drug me around a lake. The fish stopped. Apparently, the fish was circling me from below, tying me up in the ropes. All of a sudden, the fish sprang up out the water, hitting me square in the back.

I woke up on the floor in my bedroom, my back aching, and totally ticked off at a pretend catfish that had knocked me out of bed. (Please tell me this has happened to you.)

I’m full of dreams. Both the ones I dream at night and the ones that involve my real, awake life. Some are crazy, some are not. The thing about dreams is that they never come to fruition when you expect them to. This has been a hard lesson for me  — I’m very impatient. God has had to flat knock me out a couple of times to get me to slow down and wait for the perfect time.

Does this happen to you guys? You dream of a new house, a new career, a baby, the perfect man…and then you try to rush it and MAKE those things happen instead of just waiting for the perfect time for your perfect dream to become realized? I don’t mean that you’re not supposed to do things to help out the situation, but do you force something when the door keeps closing on you? I do.

I always dreamed of having my own business. Always. I didn’t expect to get to homeschool the two children I was told I probably wouldn’t even be able to have. And now…after impatiently waiting until they were a little older and the homeschool chaos is a little more under control, I have my own business. I have more than I ever thought I could have — it just didn’t happen in the way or at the time I thought it should.

And I’ve been stressed. And moody. And frustrated. And now I look back and think about how dumb I was and how much better it is that everything happened the way it did.

The dreams I have for my life were placed in me for some reason by someone who knows me better than I know myself. The fact of the matter is you have the right dreams, too. However, the right dream at the wrong time won’t really get you anywhere. Trust me. I have the bruises to prove it.

No, really. I have bruises…from being thrown out of my bed by a huge catfish.

Hey, some dreams are better than others.

jen adair3Hey. I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur. Homeschool mom. CEO of organized chaos. Ok – it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT…it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever…at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people! :)

Beauty Buzz: Make-up trends that are new for Spring 2015

By Andi Douglas, beauty editor and mama of 3

I guess the ankle-deep snow we received this weekend means it’s going to be a while before we can start showing off our new Spring wardrobes.

But I have TWO bits of good news to share! That’s right, I’m seeing the silver lining.

First, all of the stores have started releasing their Spring lines, which means that you can pick up warm, cozy sweaters on the cheap that you get to wear right now. And second, you can start experimenting with the new spring beauty trends anytime.

Let your hands do the talking, or more of a whisper really, with a nude nail polish that blends with your natural skin tone. Of course, there is no universal “nude” so it may take a few minutes of exploring in the nail polish aisle, but here are a few of my favorite hues:

For fair skin, Don’t Pretzel My Buttons by OPI Nail Lacquer.

OPI nail polish

For medium skin, Royal Blush by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.

sally hansen complete salon manicure

For dark skin, Hot Cocoa by Essie.


If you like a little more volume from your nails, negative space manicures are hot right now and super easy to DIY with a little tape.

Nude lips are always on the list of what’s in, but are highlighted this season with a natural face, which was very popular on the Spring runways. The good news is you don’t need to invest in any new products to pull this off and it’s especially convenient for you Super Moms.

The trick to the real natural look (not the one that requires more time and make-up than your prom look did) is good skin maintenance. So, exfoliate regularly and moisturize religiously. If you haven’t switched to a night time cream or mask for the winter months, now would be the time. Okay, so that’s one thing to buy, but you’ll thank me!

e.l.f. purple eyeshadow paletteTime to look to the brighter side of Spring by adding a purple eye shadow to your regular routine. The e.l.f. Essential Flawless Eyeshadow palette in Party Purple has every color and step you need to try out this new hue and is only $2. Two! Dollars! And it’s labeled step by step for the most amateur of us.

Still a fan of neutrals but want to mix it up? Black liquid eyeliner flipped up on the edge will add some whimsy to your eye makeup. Skip the bottom eyeliner and let your adorned lids get the attention to be on trend.

Prep your pucker because bright, bold lip colors are here! Usually paired with a very neutral face and eye, wearing a lip stain or cream in berry will be a show stopper. Hues range from bright, playful raspberries to somber, deep blackberries.

This is one of the times you need to choose based on personality, I think, but try some samples, because subtle tones that pull blue or yellow can make a huge difference based on your skin tone. Leave the edges soft, i.e. no liner, but keep the color from running by using a lip primer, which, I found in the e.l.f. section for $3. I can’t even…

Go wrap a floral print scarf around your neck and don your white jeans (it’s okay now, I promise), ‘cause we’re bringing Spring, dang it, no matter what the weather guy says!

But if the temps do drop low enough that we all resort to wearing ski masks to pick-up, we’ll just have to work extra hard on our eye makeup, I guess.

Andi, 2014Andi Douglas is a Northwest Arkansas mama of three who loves to play with make-up. We’re lucky that she shares her beauty tips, tricks and finds with us here. If you’ve got a question for Andi, contact her at mamas@nwamotherlode.com. She can also answer your hair questions.

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