Summer Camp Spotlight: Mt. Sequoyah camps for ages 5-12!

Editors’ note: Camp Sequoyah is a sponsor in the featured section of our 2017 Northwest Arkansas Summer Camps & Activities Guide. This story offers additional information about the camps and contact info.

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Camp name:

Camp Sequoyah, on beautiful Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville

Can campers attend every week?

Yes! Campers can experience a new, fun experience every week, throughout the summer. “We hope they find their new passion at camp and that your child can spend all summer at Mount Sequoyah.”

Full day, half-day and overnight camp options are available. Each week is a different theme.

Age Group:

Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 (Camp Sequoyah will accept 4-year-olds who will be entering kindergarten in the fall).

Camp Options:

Camp Sequoyah: Sports

June 12 – 16, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Camp Sequoyah: Tennis

June 19 – 23, 2017; Monday – Friday 9:00 am to noon

July 24 – 28, 2017; Monday – Friday 9:00 am to noon

Mt Sequoyah Create Camp 2017Camp Sequoyah: Create 

June 26 – 30, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: Missions

July 5 – 8, 2017; Overnight Camp

July 12 – 15, 2017: Overnight Camp

*Campers must attend with a group and their own group leaders. 

Camp Sequoyah: Tech

July 17 – 21, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Camp Sequoyah: World Tour

August 7 – 11, 2017; Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:15 pm

Click here for more info on Mt. Sequoyah camps!

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Produce for Kids: Help fight childhood hunger here in NWA just by shopping

Gwen & Shan roundNote from the mamas: We partnered with Produce for Kids to bring you this sponsored post. I think we can all agree that creating a healthier generation is a goal we can all support — 100%! And you can bet we’ll be grabbing these brands on our next big grocery shopping day!

When it comes to food and nutrition in America, two of the main issues we face are:

1) a lack of food for people in need

2) the lack of nutrition expertise on how to shop for and prepare healthy foods

PFK Logo_4CWe recently partnered with a program called Produce for Kids, which tackles both of those issues in a unique way that makes us — parents! –  a partner in the solution for both of these issues.

We all go to the grocery store, right? If you shop at one of the participating stores  — Harps and Price Cutter are participating in Northwest Arkansas — you can put certain items in your cart that will help support local Feeding America food banks.

And bonus… the brands on the list offer plenty of healthy options you’d want in your fridge and pantry anyway. Easy peasy.

Here’s how the program works: Step 1 — Shop at Harps and/or Price Cutter and look for the Produce for Kids signage in the produce department.

Step 2 — Simply buy a few of the brands that are participating in the Produce for Kids program. (Look for the Produce for Kids logo on the packaging of the following brands.) Here’s a list of the participating brands you should toss into your grocery cart:

  • Borton Fruit
  • Cool Creations
  • Dole Salads
  • Growers Vegetable Express
  • Melissa’s Produce
  • Naturipe
  • Organicgirl
  • Sage Fruit
  • Schmieding Produce
  • RealSweet by Shuman Produce
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc.

Just by purchasing a few items made by these brands, you’re helping support more than 200 food banks that lead the fight against hunger in the United States. The Feeding America program provides food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across the country. (The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank is part of the Feeding America program.)

The program also helps to educate the public about the problem of hunger and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

In addition to what this program does for the well-being of our community, it also provides practical advice to parents who sincerely want our kids to grow up with good eating habits that will help keep them healthy for a lifetime. The program’s website, ProduceForKids.com, has more than 300 registered dietitian-approved (and family-tested) recipes you can try. The site also has meal planning tool, lunchbox ideas and healthy tips from fellow parents. (Follow Produce for Kids on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat if you’d like to see new recipe ideas and healthy eating tips throughout the year.)

We took a look at some of their kid-friendly recipes, and they look easy and tasty, too. Here’s one we like:

Banana, Blueberry and Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:Banana, Blueberry & Mango Smoothie

  • 2 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup Naturipe® blueberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup spinach, loosely packed

Directions: Add yogurt, bananas, mango, blueberries, ice and spinach to blender. Blend until smooth.

Note: The recipe takes 5 minutes or less to prepare and would work great for breakfast or after-school snacks. And for those with allergy concerns, this recipe is nut-free, egg-free, soy-free, and gluten-free.

If your kids are big fans of the always-popular chicken nugget, here’s a recipe for a healthy version to try sometime soon.

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:Healthy Chicken Nuggets

  • 2 cups Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles
  • 3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups bran flakes

Directions:

  1. Place cauliflower and 2 Tbsp. water in bowl. Cover loosely and microwave HIGH for 2 minutes at a time, for 5-6 minutes or until very tender.
  2. Place cauliflower, chicken and salt in food processor and pulse into very small pieces.
  3. Whisk 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. milk in small bowl. Add to cauliflower and puree until smooth. Mixture should be slightly damp but able to hold together when pressed. If too dry, add a drizzle of milk and puree.
  4. Preheat oven to 400. Spray large baking sheet with baking spray.
  5. Put flour on plate. In bowl whisk together remaining eggs and milk. In separate bowl, add bran flakes and crumble into small pieces.
  6. Scoop 1 Tbsp. of cauliflower mixture and drop gently into flour. Use fingers to roll around to coat, forming into a ball. Remove from flour and place in egg mixture; flip to coat. Remove and place into bran flakes. Roll around to coat. Transfer ball to prepared baking sheet and press down and flatten into a ¾” inch thick oval. Spray nuggets with baking spray.
  7. Place in oven and bake 15 minutes, or until nuggets begin to darken underneath. Flip and cook 10 minutes. Serve immediately or allow to cool on pan.

Hope you love the recipes! Be sure to bookmark the website for those times when you need specific produce tips, like how to peel a mango or how to cut a butternut squash. The tips are really helpful.

If you live outside Northwest Arkansas, here’s a complete list of the grocery stores participating in the Produce for Kids program. (Thanks to one of our website sponsors, Harps and Price Cutter, for offering this program in Northwest Arkansas!)   Produce For Kids Graphic

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3 Tips from The Organizer Chicks

organizerchicksWe love it when we have a chance to interview the ladies from The Organizer Chicks because those ladies KNOW things. They have seen tons of households in action, so they’ve developed the ability to quickly zero in on ways to make a person’s home and daily routine run more efficiently and effectively.

Here are three tips shared recently by Amber Taggard, owner and founder of The Organizer Chicks:

Tip No. 1

flat iron2We recently had a client say that, hours after she used it and is no longer home, she has the hardest time remembering whether she has unplugged/turned off her hair straightener or not. Does that happen to you?

Here’s the solution: Say, “The straightener is unplugged” and say it out loud. When you say it aloud, it will stand out in your memory better. If simply saying the words starts to lose potency, sing it in a silly voice. Doing so will take the task from mundane (and therefore easily forgettable) and move it into the category of something that stands out. It sounds crazy, but it works!

Tip No. 2

stopwatchSometimes the simplest organizing tips are really just the best. Here is a small motto with big potential impact: “If it takes less than two minutes to do, do it now.”

Letting multiple small tasks pile up to wait for you at the end of the night makes you feel tired and overwhelmed when it’s finally time to handle them, but remembering the “two minute” rule will make sure that you deal with minor jobs as they come up and your late-night pile of things to be done will be all but gone.

Tip No. 3

big_sale_tagIf you get caught up in making purchases because you “…can’t pass up a good deal,” consider this: It’s not a good deal if you don’t actually need it or if you let it go to waste.

If, a year from now, the item(s) you stock up on now taking up space and covered in dust, it’s not a good deal.

 A truly good deal means getting a fair price on something you were going to use anyway. It does not mean purchasing items you don’t need and may not use simply because they were on sale.

If you missed our Q&A interview with Amber Taggard, click here to read it now. For more tips and hands-on organizing help from The Organizer Chicks, click HERE to visit the website or call 479-270-2760 to talk to Amber.

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Beauty Buzz: Some new Spring trends to try!

By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor and mama of 3

Interesting fact about me: I was born on the first day of spring. Which means first, my dad almost named me Spring, which is so bizarre if you have met me. Flowers, bunnies and rainbows are not words that would ever describe me or my personality. Thunderstorms maybe.

Second, I just had a birthday. But we will talk about anti-aging stuff another day.

Today, I’m feeling optimistic and ready to mix it up a little. I’m pretty bad about finding a look that I like and not changing for years but that’s all changing today! Well, at least one thing is changing today!

eyeGood news for those of us who are not art majors, but also like to wear make-up: the dramatic-but-difficult winged liner can take a back burner for a while. I, personally, always pare back my black liner during the warmer months anyway, but instead of cutting it out altogether, try using a pencil liner to line the water line around your eye instead.

Your water line is the area of eyelid under your lashes, for the top — and above your lashes, for the bottom. Although the change can feel a little weird at first, it is actually very simple, just start with a sharp pencil and take your time.

I have been a tinted Chapstick girl for quite a while now, but I’ve been feeling a little washed out lately, so wearing actual lipstick is where I will be dipping my toes. Thankfully, I can just skip right back to one of my old comfort zones since the 90s are still trending, reflected especially in the resurgence of rose and brown-hued lipsticks.

Don’t worry, I won’t be wearing any of the actual tubes left over from my early years (although I did find some particularly disgusting leftovers while helping my mom clean out her attic). Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rose Velvet looks wonderfully creamy and classic. Or update the look by choosing a matte lipstick in a 90s shade, like NYX Lingerie in Embellishment. This was a little too brown for me but I have seen it on women embellishmentwith darker complexions than mine and it is gorgeous.

Big shocker, but fresh, youthful-looking skin is also in. Thankfully, we can fake it! One way is with the NYX Dewy Finish setting spray. If you do not already use a setting spray as a part of your daily routine, I highly recommend it. Unless you are one of the special people who can resist touching their face all day, this will help protect all of your hard work from the elements and your grubby hands.

Bright, bold blush is also making a comeback, but to prevent looking like a Dynasty rerun, forgo brushing the blush up your temple and into your hairline, but focus on the apple of your cheek. Your goal is a natural flush like you would get from exercise without the actual work of exercise, of course.

Last but not least, metallics and glitter. They aren’t going anywhere but are being used with a lighter hand than you may have seen in the cooler months. Try gently sweeping a glittery shade of silver eye shadow across your lid or try this deconstructed mani style that looks low maintenance and chic at the same time.

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Help me get inspired to try something new! Comment with a new Spring trend you’re testing out! Happy trendsetting, Mamas.

Have a beauty or hair question for Andi? Email it to us at mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com.

Giveaway: Tickets to see the family Mnozil Brass “Cirque” show!

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Well, it’s the Monday after Spring Break. We’re dragging a little, how about you?

To help brighten this day, we’re giving away 4 tickets to see Mnozil Brass! Playing together for more than 25 years, Mnozil (pronounced “nozzle”) Brass has a refined but buoyant sound reminiscent of an old-time concert band, both rousing and fun, performing jazzier arrangements mixed with a bit of classical and Broadway.

Their powerful brass sound and creative use of physical comedy makes this a lively concert your family won’t forget. The show is on Wednesday, April 5th, at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Mnozil Brass is bringing three trumpets, three trombones, one tuba and lots of laughs to Walton Arts Center as part of the Kimberly-Clark Family Fun Series. These tickets will be for the “Cirque” show. “Cirque” is the newest escapade of the seven Mnozil Brass players who enter the ring to combat the monkey business of daily life with music and humor, transforming it into a nice, tidy flea circus if only for a few hours.

With more than 130 performances a year, Mnozil Brass has sold out houses in Europe, Russia, Israel, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, and has captivated audiences with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. No wonder their videos have garnered millions of YouTube views, and their fans travel countless miles to hear them play.

Here’s a video to give you a little taste of the show:

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see Mnozil Brass’ Cirque show, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us the name of your favorite park in Northwest Arkansas, since this show is all about monkey business! Tell us why your kids love this particular park :)

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details.

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