AMP tickets to see Styx in concert and dinner at Newk’s

styx 690Even people who aren’t children of the 80s have to admit. Some of the 80s music stands the test of time, and music by the band Styx definitely falls into that timeless category. (They were the first band to earn four triple-platinum albums in a row.) That’s why we are SO excited to send one lucky local mom and her date to the Styx concert on September 1st. She’ll be rocking out to songs like “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me The Way,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Renegade,” and “The Best of Times.”

These two concert tickets are for chair seats (not the lawn) at the Walmart AMP for September 1, 2016. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.Newk's_Eatery_Logo

We’re pairing the concert tickets with dinner gift cards at one of our new favorite places to eat in Rogers. Newk’s Eatery, which is located within walking distance of the Walmart AMP, has won us over with its big menu, incredible soups, gourmet sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas, and don’t get us started on the amazing pasta salad. Love it. (We also give it a thumbs-up for the sweet tea!)

We haven’t had anything at Newk’s that we didn’t like, but one of our favorites is the Pesto Chicken Sandwich with a side of pasta salad. (The Broccoli Cheese soup is also pretty spectacular, and plenty of people go nuts for Newk’s famous mac & cheese.) This week’s giveaway winner will also receive two gift cards which will get you two free dinner entrees at Newk’s, which you can use anytime or right before the Styx concert.

Speaking of the concert, here’s a clip of one of our favorite Styx songs, “Lady.”

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this package, just click HERE or 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 post a comment telling us your favorite Styx song (or favorite thing to eat at Newk’s)!

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.Newsletter sign up graphic

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. Good luck!

Voting is about to close for the 2016 Mom-Approved Awards!

awardsVoting is open for just a few more days in the 2016 Mom-Approved Awards! Voting ends Monday, August 22nd!

Vote for your favorite mom-friendly businesses in Northwest Arkansas. (CLICK HERE to vote online!)

We know from personal experience that the best recommendations are from our fellow mamas. If you want to know where the best places are to eat, shop, get a haircut, buy a car or go to preschool, ask another mom. She’ll know where to send you for the best stuff from the friendliest people.click here to vote

Moms are often the CES of the family (Chief Executive Shopper), which is why it’s important to have a list of some of the best stores and services in the area. Your votes will help other moms (especially those new to the area) make more informed decisions, and it’s also a great way to recognize those local businesses and service providers who know how to treat a mama right.

Another BIG perk? When you fill out the survey (CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW) you’ll automatically be entered to win $350 in gift cards for the “Unique Boutique Shopping Spree.” We put together a list of some of our favorite places to shop, and each of those boutiques has contributed a gift card. We’ll choose a name (at random) and that voter will receive a total of $350 in gift cards to use at these participating boutiques: (Click the name of each shop to visit their online stores.)

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Belle Boutique

Blue Moon on the Square

The Haley Boutique

Kate Austin

The Mustache

Use your shopping spree to add some new things to your fall wardrobe or your home, or use it to get a jump on gift shopping before the holidays. You’re going to LOVE these one-of-a-kind shops.

The details: Cast your vote by August 20th. (It takes less than 5 minutes.) Be sure to complete at least 30 of the 35 categories in order to be eligible to win the Unique Boutique Shopping Spree. We always choose our winners at random using a random number generator, so anyone can win.

The award winners will be posted on nwaMotherlode.com in late August. We’ll also provide a downloadable list of the winning businesses that you can print and keep as a handy reference.

We’d love for you to tell your friends about the giveaway — or share it with those business owners you may be voting for. We’re sure they would love to know they’ve got your support!

We can’t wait to reveal your favorite businesses and announce the BIG WINNER of the Unique Boutique Shopping Spree. Thanks and good luck!

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Giveaway: Free ticket to an awesome blogger conference happening in NWA!

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Mamas, we’re so excited that the Megaphone Summit Conference is here in Northwest Arkansas this year!

If you’re a blogger, social media influencer, brand, social media manager — or just someone who wants to learn more about social media — this is a great conference to dig in and come away with some great nuggets of information. Aside from the learning opportunity, you’ll also leave the conference with new friends in the blogging realm and, as we know from experience, that’s worth more than the cost of the ticket.

We’ve been to a variety of blogging conferences, but this one is our fave. The women (and men!) who attend this conference are the real deal, very inclusive, and also super smart. There are a variety of classes to improve your craft — and lots of downtime to mingle with blogger peeps!

So what if you got to go for free? Yep, free!

Our friend Stephanie, who started Megaphone Summit, wants to give one of you a golden pass to enjoy the weekend conference at The Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville. This is a $250 value!

We have cultivated deep, true connections with other bloggers over the past five years and we want you to join us.

megaphone conference, speakersHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a scholarship to the Megaphone Conference, just click HERE or 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 post a comment telling us why you’d love to attend this conference!

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.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. Good luck winning this golden conference ticket!

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Giveaway: Driving Academy Scholarship

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-car-crash-generic-compact-damaged-rollover-accident-wreck-insurance-concept-image41654287No mother wants her kid to be pulled out of a car that looks like this. That’s why we’re doing a repeat performance of a recent giveaway that was VERY popular with local moms of teenagers. Our sponsor, Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, has graciously agreed to give one more scholarship to a local mom so she can send her teenager (age 14 and up) through comprehensive driver training at the Academy — a scholarship valued at $525. (If you don’t have a teen, please tell your friends who do have teen drivers about this giveaway.)

One of the reasons the first Driving Academy scholarship giveaway was so popular is because moms of teenagers get very concerned when they read this scary statistic:  Motor-vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for ages 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This comprehensive course offered by the Driving Academy of NWA includes a week of classroom instruction (30 hours) as well as 6 hours of private, one-on-one driving lessons with a certified instructor. (A parent is allowed and encouraged to ride along during the private driving lessons with their teen driver and the certified instructor.)

learners permitFyi: My own 14-year-old son (pictured right) attended the Driving Academy course this summer and passed his written learner’s permit test last month. Woo-hoo! He is in the process of doing the private driving lessons now. The course has been phenomenal for him. He has learned SO much, and it gives me peace of mind that we’re doing everything we can to ensure that he’ll be safe on the road.

driving_academy_of_northwest_arkansas_logoKeep in mind that, for many parents, having your child complete driver education training may help you qualify for a discount on your teen driver’s insurance. (Check with your agent for details.) There are several different dates to choose from when scheduling the week-long classroom training as well as the private driving lessons.

ABOUT THE COURSE: Far more important than the insurance discount, this course can turn your new driver into one who is more prepared not only for normal driving situations but also the unexpected ones that often cause life-threatening collisions. Training includes these must-have driving skills as well as many others:

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  • Unique driving hazards for young drivers
  • How to drive in bad weather
  • What to do when a wheel goes off the road
  • Speed management
  • Traffic law changes within the past 10 years
  • Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others
  • How to use ABS brakes the right way
  • What to do if your car hydroplanes
  • What to do if the brakes fail and other malfunctions

Here’s a video sneak peek of some of the other things your teen will learn during the Driving Academy course. This video will also introduce you to the course instructor and Driving Academy owner, Kimma Harper.

sign with logo with clear backgroundHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a scholarship for your teen to attend the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, just click HERE or 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 post a comment about what bad driving habit scares you most when you see other drivers doing it.

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

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your teen needs driver training, we’d recommend you watch this video and this one before you make a decision.

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.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Newsletter sign up graphicOur newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. We want to close out this post with one more video that’s a “must-see” not only for our teens but also for every one of us who have ever been tempted to send or check a text message while behind the wheel.

Giveaway: 2 Family packs to the Walmart AMP fireworks event!

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Happy Monday! Ready for an explosive giveaway?

Two mamas will win each win a Family 4-Pack to the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular event — featuring the Northwest Arkansas Symphony — at the Walmart AMP!

Doesn’t that just make you want to burst?

The two winners and their families will be able to celebrate America’s 241st birthday with a patriotic concert performed by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) followed by an exciting fireworks display provided by the City of Rogers.

SoNA will present a concert celebrating the beauty and grandeur of America as well as honoring our nation’s veterans and those who bravely serve in our nation’s armed forces. It will conclude with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Fireworks will light the sky at the end of the show.

FYI: Before the concert, the public is invited to enjoy FREE festivities for families in the Unilever/Kimberly-Clark parking lot (located west of the Walmart AMP). This family-friendly event is sponsored by the City of Rogers and features face painting, caricature artists, balloon twisters, giant versions of games like Jenga and Connect Four, bean bag toss, mini golf, fire engine tours, a radar pitching station, a puppy kissing booth and much more!

Full July 4th celebration timeline:

  • Family festivities in the Unilever/Kimberly-Clark parking lot: 5pm-8pm
  • Walmart AMP gates open: 6pm
  • Patriotic concert starts: 7:30pm
  • FIREWORKS BEGIN: 9:15pm

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win one of these Family 4-Packs, just click HERE or 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 tell us which firework is your fave. Snakes? Sparklers? Bottle rockets?

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

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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. Spreading the word and earning extra chances can really improve your odds of winning.

You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week.

Our newsletter subscribers get access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more. It’s delivered straight to your inbox so you don’t miss anything awesome. CLICK HERE to sign up. We won’t fill your inbox with info, no worries. We only send out newsletters when there’s something in it for you — and we know you’ll be interested in hearing about it.

FireworksBE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck in this fun giveaway, and keep an eye on your inbox because we always notify our winners via email. For more info on the AMP event, click HERE.