Giveaway: Photo Shoot with Freedom Dreamer Photography

Happy Monday, mamas! The winner of this week’s giveaway is going to see herself in a whole new way. We’re sending one local woman to a 5-hour photo shoot experience courtesy of photographer Marsha Foster of Freedom Dreamer Photography. The winner also gets one free 8×10 print of her favorite image from the photo shoot. This package would normally cost more than $500!

freedom dreamer 3Marsha specializes in boudoir photography, which can be as conservative or as bold as you want it to be. (Click HERE to read an earlier article we wrote about Marsha’s work.) The client decides what to wear — which could include a range of outfits like a fabulous dress, your favorite jeans or the kind of lingerie that would make your husband’s head spin. (Many of Marsha’s clients give some of their photos to their husbands as an anniversary, birthday or Christmas gift.)

If there are certain areas of your body you’re not too crazy about, don’t sweat it. A professional photographer knows how to position you in each shot so that your best features are emphasized and your not-so-favorite features fade away. Marsha is in the business of photographing REAL women and mothers — not stick-thin twenty-somethings who have never wrangled a toddler in their lives.

Boudoir photography captures images that help you see yourself the way your husband sees you — as that beautiful, feminine and, yes, even sexy woman that you are.

freedom dreamer 4At least two weeks before the photo shoot, Marsha will meet with the photo shoot winner for a consultation. She’ll get to know more about you and your personality and what freedom dreamer sportytype of feeling you want your photos to convey. (Flirty and sporty in a sports jersey, jeans or a tank top? Soft and feminine in silk or lace? Bold and edgy in a leather jacket?) She’ll give you tips on the kind of outfits that photograph best and show you plenty of photography Pinterest boards where she has collected great ideas to help inspire you.

On the day of the photo shoot, all you have to do is arrive at the studio with your outfits and a make-up free face. Marsha’s makeup artist and hair stylist Ashley Gregory will do the rest — including eyelashes, hair extensions, professional makeup — the works! After a couple hours to relax and get gorgeous, the 3-hour photo shoot begins. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the full supermodel treatment, this is your chance. Marsha calls it the “Full Day of Sexy.”

After the photo shoot, Marsha will meet with you to review more than 200 shots she will capture during the photo shoot. She’ll help you review the shots so you can narrow down your favorites. CLICK HERE to see a short video of what a photo shoot in session looks like. Click on any of the photos shown here to visit the Freedom Dreamer website and get more info.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat for the complimentary photo shoot and print, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us what makes you feel beautiful. Is it a certain dress? The way your freedom dreamer legshusband smiles at you? A killer pair of stilettos? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the Freedom Dreamer photo shoot, just email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

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.

We’ll tell the winner the good news via email at the end of the week, so watch your inbox. Good luck, mamas!

Giveaway: NWA Boutique Show tickets and gift cards!

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The NWA Boutique Show is hands-down, one of our favorite shopping events.

We’re always blown away by the creativity of the merchants and it’s always great to get some of our Christmas shopping done a little early. This year, the show is on Nov. 7-8 and if you’ve never been, we’re telling you: make plans to go.

We love being a media sponsor of this show and we always have a booth with a knockout giveaway. Hint: It’s so COOL this year! (More about that later.) Right now let’s talk about the CURRENT giveaway that’s starting today.

We’re giving away away 5 ticket bundles, so 5 different mamas will win! Each bundle includes 2 VIP passes ($40 value), 5 general admission passes ($15 value) and 1 $15 merchant gift certificate to be used at the show. That’s a total bundle value of $70!

boutique show decorABOUT THE VIP SHOPPING EVENT: The VIP event will be Friday, Nov. 7, from 9-11 a.m. and benefits the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas.

As a VIP, you’ll get first dibs on all the fabulous shopping and be treated to live music and treats from Mama Carmen’s Espresso Café and Ozark Natural Foods.

You’ll also receive a swag bag filled with goodies + free return general admission* ALL weekend and the chance to win hundreds of amazing door prizes.

Each of the 5 nwaMotherlode winners will receive a $15 gift card from one of following NWA Boutique Show merchants:

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Mary & Martha

gingiber.tea towels

Gingiber

Katie Goodwin

Katie Goodwin

Wit & Whimsy

Wit & Whimsy

Vintage Crush

Vintage Crush

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win one of these 5 special NWA Boutique Show bundles, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about something awesome you’ve purchased at the boutique show sometime in the past 10 years (yes, this is their 10th anniversary!) or which booths you’re most excited about shopping this time. If you’ve never attended, just tell us which booth(s) you plan to visit at the show this year. CLICK HERE to see the full list of fall 2014 merchants.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning one of these 5 Boutique Show bundles, share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

twitter birdBE 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.

The Boutique Show ladies are adding something extra special fun this year:

Cookies With Santa
Saturday, 11/8, 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Santa will be on hand to pose with the kids in his sled. Moms, feel free to take your own photos of this special visit. Milk and cookies for the children are donated by Highland Dairy and South Coast Baking Company.  Bell ringers will be on hand and additional donations to The Salvation Army are welcomed.

CLICK HERE to visit the NWA Boutique Show website to read more about the event and to purchase VIP or Girls’ Night Out tickets.

Good luck, ladies! We’ll alert our 5 winners via email next week, so be watching your inbox for a note from the mamas!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Hey mamas, we’ve got another date night brewing!

bordinos21This time we’re giving away four tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It at Walton Arts Center PLUS dinner at the ever-popular Dickson Street restaurant Bordinos.

Can I get a heck yeah? The show is on Oct. 21 and would be so much fun to go laugh along with the show next to your honey and another couple — or three girlfriends!

This glamorous show is guaranteed to make you laugh.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) , NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

Here’s a little tv spot to give you a feel for the show:

bordinos cocktailABOUT THE FOOD/DRINKS: We adore everything about Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar, from the amazing brunches to the romantic dinners to the dazzling desserts. Bordinos is consistently voted “Best Date Night” in our Mom-Approved awards every year. We know why!

And this classy show just calls for a cocktail, don’t you think?

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to win these FOUR show tickets + dinner at Bordinos, click on the words ‘post a comment’ below and tell us about either your favorite theatre show — or one of the best meals you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

We absolutely adored Blue Man Group at Walton Arts Center and we’re so excited to see Bill Engvall this Friday night! (Click here if you want to grab tickets, too!) And every meal we’ve ever had at Bordinos is our fave :)

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

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!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Robin Hood on stage at Walton Arts Center

robin hoodIf you didn’t win — or get a chance to throw your name in the hat — for the Home Free Vocal Band last week, we’ve got another giveaway starting today!

We’ve got FOUR tickets to see The Adventures of Robin Hood on Oct. 16th at Walton Arts Center. Since you’ll have 4 tix, you can go with another couple or take the kids (this show is recommended for ages 7 and up).

ABOUT THE SHOW: Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice, seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice-seeking machines!

Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest. But one thing is for sure…no rogue is safe!

Join the internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions cast for a silly and unexpected take on this classic story. This presentation for youth and adults is an equally memorable and powerful experience, mixing things up and turning the story of Robin Hood on its head. Prepare to unleash your imagination!

(Content considered suitable for children ages 7 and up.)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to see this FUN, SILLY show for free, click on the words ‘comment’ below and tell us about something that made you laugh out loud recently. This just happened to me: I was in one of those creepy Halloween stores a few days ago and suddenly a large (automated) spider jumped out at me. I screamed first, then laughed loudly enough that the whole store probably heard me! Your turn!

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

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!

Want to win a $100 gift card? Fill out this survey!

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Maybe the kids don’t listen to their mamas as much as we want them to, but more and more companies ARE paying attention to what we mothers have to say. In fact, a local company called SOAPware is going to give one local mom a $100 Amazon Gift Card in exchange for less than five minutes of her time. (SOAPware is a software development company that works with healthcare clinics and hospitals across the country.)

Fill out this online Mom’s Survey and your name automatically goes into an online hat for the random drawing to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card Woo-hoo! This would be perfect for buying Christmas presents or for mama to use on herself ;)

gift cardAs always, we have thoroughly checked out this survey and have also taken it ourselves, so we can assure you that there’s no scam here. Here’s what you need to know about the Mom’s Survey:

  • They’re not asking for too much personal information — just first name and email address and your “age range.” (No specifics.)
  • They’re not asking for too much of your time. (The survey is only 5 multiple-choice questions long. That’s it. We took it in less than five minutes, and it’s all multiple choice point and click. No essay questions here.)
  • They’re asking these questions in order to make the healthcare system more helpful and efficient — which is something we moms can appreciate since we’re usually the ones who are taking kids, aging parents (and even reluctant husbands) to the doctor.

We hope you’ll participate by providing your honest feedback on these healthcare-related questions. And if you happen to help yourself to a $100 Amazon Gift Card because you offered your opinion?? Well then everyone wins. :-)

Good luck, mamas!

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