Mamas on Magic 107.9: All about babies

baby and brotherWe LOVE babies — the way they smell, their sweet little feet, those contagious belly laughs they do. Can’t get enough of them. So we recently devoted a whole week to discussing everything baby-related on our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment, which airs at 7:45 a.m. every weekday morning on Magic 107.9.

Click the audio bars below to hear these short segments online, if you missed hearing them on the radio.

Cool new baby products

How to create a “transitional” nursery

High tech baby monitor

Social media pregnancy announcements

Awesome mom and baby videos

Sponsor spotlight: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

tropical smoothie food and smoothiesIf the amazing photo above makes you hungry, you’re going to love our newest website sponsor, Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Now that the weather is warmer, we know many of you will be Tropical Smoothie Cafe, nwamaking regular stops at Tropical Smoothie Cafe and there are SO many new things to try. We recently interviewed the owner, Wes Couch, who operates the three Tropical Smoothie locations in Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers) to find out more about the new menu, the new look and the kid-friendly options now available.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is one of the few places where you can get food and smoothies in a hurry and still include some really nutritious ingredients in what you and the kids are eating. Gluten-free eaters and those watching calories have great options here, too. (Who knew that kale and spinach smoothies could be so good?) Read on for more info and be sure to “like” their Facebook page because Facebook fans get info on special discounts.

Tell us why you wanted to bring Tropical Smoothie Café to Northwest Arkansas. What’s your favorite thing about running the cafes?

I purchased the Tropical Smoothie in Fayetteville in 2009 because there was nothing else like it in NWA. Working in a corporate environment for 20 years, I had no plans to open more stores until we started experiencing phenomenal growth in Fayetteville. I knew then that opening a location in Rogers Pinnacle Hills was our next step. Rogers has become one of the top cafes in the country. Springdale was our next logical market and we’ve experienced strong double-digit sales increases since 2013. I love offering a healthy, quick-service menu to our customers.

You’re known for your smoothies but some people might not realize that there’s plenty to eat at Tropical Smoothie Café. Tell us about tropical smoothie foodthe food and the range of items on the menu.

We make everything to order including our new tacos, flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. We recently revamped our menu and now offer fresh, made in-house toppings on most of our food items. Many of our customers now come in just for our food.

What’s your favorite thing to eat and drink at Tropical Smoothie Café?

I love all four of our tacos, especially the tilapia. The Buffalo Chicken and Jamaican Jerk wraps are my favorite along with the Spinach Feta breakfast wrap. island green smoothie(We open for breakfast at 7 a.m. on weekdays and at 9 a.m. on weekends.)

My favorite smoothie is the Island Green (spinach and kale) and the Peanut Paradise with whey protein.

Are there options for vegetarians, those who are gluten-free, or for people trying to limit their calorie intake?

Absolutely, we have the Hummus Veggie wrap and three types of salads, including the Loaded Spinach salad that has no meat. We also have a meat-free chicken substitute product for vegetarians. Most of our smoothies are gluten-free.

We have a nutritional card at each counter for customers to peruse. All smoothies can be made without our unprocessed, turbinado sugar that dramatically reduces the calorie intake, and we also offer honey and Splenda as alternatives.

tropical smoothie cafe signHow has the look of Tropical Smoothie Café changed since the recent remodeling project? 

The remodel dramatically changed the look and feel of the Fayetteville Crossover café, which was built in 2005. We now have an open, wrap-around bar for customers to sit at so they can watch their smoothie being made while they talk with our staff. We reconstructed the lobby with new wall décor, flooring, and new tables/chairs. We now have three table areas that seat 8 people for dining. It’s just a sharp, clean look and feel that I hope our customers will enjoy.

What’s the most popular item on your Kids Menu?

We now have cheese quesadillas and also a pizza quesadilla with or without chicken. These are by far our most popular. We also offer ham or turkey and cheese wraps. Our newest addition is a peanut butter crunch flatbread with peanut butter, granola, banana, and honey.

What do you wish more moms knew about what Tropical Smoothie Café has to offer?

For the moms who worry about their family getting enough nutritious greens, you absolutely need to come try our Superfood smoothies. Your family will not even know they’re taking in spinach and kale, cucumbers, celery, apples, avocado, etc. Our corporate staff did a wonderful job with the ingredients and taste of these smoothies.

Our thanks to Wes Couch of Tropical Smoothie Cafe for taking some time to answer our questions. And another BIG thank you to Tropical Smoothie Cafe for being the sponsor of this year’s Mom Prom Queen, who will be selected (at random) from among the attendees of the upcoming Mom Prom on May 30th. Click here to get tickets to Mom Prom — the ultimate girls’ night out in Northwest Arkansas.

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Get tickets to Walk a Mile shoe shopping event!

walk a mile graphicIf you haven’t already grabbed a ticket to attend THE best shoe shopping event of the year, now is the time because the Walk a Mile in My Shoes “preview party” is coming up on May 15th at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale. (The public sale is that next day on Saturday, May 16th.)

polka dot shoeBut if you’re interested in the best selection, you’ll definitely want to get a ticket to the preview party (and don’t wait too long because there are only a limited number of tickets that will be sold.) The event starts on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m.. There will be fine chocolates, wine and cheese for all the hungry shoe shoppers. And did we mention that shoes and handbags at this event start at $10 and go up to only $20? If you’re a fan of getting an amazing deal, this sale will make you happy.

Keep in mind, too, that ticket sales for the preview party as well as sale proceeds help support Ozark Guidance Center, a local non-profit organization with offices throughout Northwest Arkansas. We love it when shopping and supporting a great cause go hand-in-hand. Click HERE for info on how to get a ticket to the preview party.

If you can’t make it to the preview party, the public sale event starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the same location and ends at 1 p.m.

i love shoesHOW TO DONATE SHOES AND BAGS: Let’s admit it. We all have at least one pair of shoes in our closet that we fell in love with at the store and then wore them one time and realized that they don’t really fit comfortably (even though they’re still super cute.) Those shoes might fit someone else’s foot perfectly so donate them to this sale! Ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers or relatives to round up a few of their gently used shoes and/or handbags, too, and then drop them off at one of these donation sites:

  • Local radio stations Magic 107.9, Kix 104, 933 The Eagle, HotMix 101.9): 2049 E. Joyce Blvd., Suite 101, in Fayetteville
  • Everett Chevrolet: 1159 N. 45th St. in Springdale
  • Everett Dodge: 3709 S. Thompson in Springdale
  • Dress for Success: Frisco Station Mall, 100 N. Dixieland (Suite B8) in Rogers

Note: All donations are tax-deductible.

ANOTHER WAY TO HELP: Please help spread the word about this fun event to your fellow shoe and handbag-lovers. Post it on Facebook, Instagram or Tweet about it today. See you at the big sale! (We’ll be the ones stocking up on strappy sandals for summer!)

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Kids and Technology

Technology sliderUnless you’ve decided to go completely off the grid, we’re betting that technology plays a pretty big role in your life and your kids’ lives. On a recent week of our radio segment called “Mamas on Magic,” we discussed the good, the bad, the ugly and the awesome parts of technology and how it relates to raising kids.

You can hear these radio talks by listening to Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Listen while you drive the kids to school!

If you missed it on the radio, click the audio links below to hear it online.

YouTube Kids app

Texting acronyms we need to know

Great kids apps

Positive side of technology

Technology and kids’ sleep habits

Good Gossip: Scott Eastwood, Ryan Reynolds and Garth

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Yes, we do love a little celebrity gossip but we also know it’s not cool to do something we teach our kids NOT to do. It’s never okay to indulge in stuff meant to humiliate or hurt another person. That’s why we came up with the concept of “Good Gossip,” which is celeb news minus any mean stuff. Have as much as you want because this “dish” is all guilt-free.

As always, this feature is sponsored by Great Day Farms, a national brand based right here in NWA. Look for their products at the Walmart Supercenter. Click HERE to like them and get coupons on their Facebook page.

crisp packet clutchWho knew a chips bag could be so fashionable? Apparently the new “it” bag is called the Anya Hindmarch “Crisp Packet Clutch” and it looks like a shiny bag of chips. (“Crisp packet” is what they call chips in the United Kingdom.) Celebrities including Kerry Washington, Lily James, Olivia Wilde and Brooklyn Decker have all been photographed carrying the unusual bag. But these “chips” aren’t cheap! The clutches are made of polished metal and one bag costs more than $1,500.

garth brooks 2015We have a ton of parenting respect for Garth Brooks, who is staging a big country music comeback now that his three daughters have grown up and left the nest. In a recent People magazine interview, the singer says that people questioned how he could walk away from music 15 years ago to concentrate on being a good dad to his three daughters. His response? “…Being a dad — there’s nothing that can touch that.” He’s also pretty good at fatherly advice. Here are some of the words of wisdom he has always shared with his daughters: “I told my girls, ‘Don’t let the world decide who you are. You decide who you are.’” He also said he put his daughters to work pretty early, adding “once you’ve figured out how to wait on people and clean toilets, it makes you very mindful of how you treat the people who are serving you.” That’s one smart daddy.

kinopoisk.ruScott Eastwood is being called the “sexiest son alive” as he makes headlines as the leading man in the new movie “The Longest Ride.” (Scott is the son of legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood.) Scott said that, although people think he just started acting recently, he has been working at it for about 12 years. “I said I would give myself 10 years, and if it didn’t work out, I would be a firefighter or something. And things just sort of took off.” The actor is single and says his idea of a great weekend is renting a beach house with friends and bringing along “surfboards, fishing gear, Coronoa and pretty girls.”

ryan reynolds 2015Have you ever been busted by an onlooker while you were rocking out to a good song on the radio? It happened to Ryan Reynolds, too. He told People magazine that he was singing along to “These Dreams” by Heart. (Remember that song from the 80s?) “I was lip-synching ferociously in the car the other day. And a busload of kids were looking at me, laughing. Not the song you want to get caught rocking out to.”

Source: People magazine, April 20, 2015 issue

Good Gossip is sponsored by CCF Brands, a Northwest Arkansas company which makes Great Day All Natural Eggs. These eggs are produced by happy hens who are fed premium vegetarian diets with no animal fats, animal by-products, or antibiotics. Great Day Farms also offers hard-boiled eggs, which you can find in the deli section of the Walmart Supercenter. (Love the hard-boiled eggs because they’re peeled and ready to eat! Perfect in salads.)