Vote for your favorite “Mom-Approved” NWA businesses + a huge giveaway announcement!

Mom-Approved Certificate 2014 USE THIS

It’s time to tell us your faves, mamas!

We know when it comes to finding the best businesses in town, moms are the ones who know the right answer. Where to eat, where to take the kids, who to cut your hair? Yep, mama knows, since she’s the one who takes care of everybody.

We’ve changed the name of our annual awards this year to “Mom-Approved Awards” and, as we have for the past two years, we want your true opinions. We’ve switched up the categories this year to keep the awards fresh.

Not only will your collective votes help other moms make informed decisions, it’s also a way to recognize those local businesses and service providers that know how to treat a mama right.

Another BIG perk? When you fill out the survey (CLICK HERE TO TAKE IT NOW!) you’ll automatically be entered to win a $300 SHOPPING SPREE from the Northwest Arkansas Mall! You can do some summer/vacation shopping or early back-to-school shopping, it’s up to you!

The $300 shopping spree package includes $50 gift cards from each of the following mall stores:

mall logo green♥ Gymboree

Justice

Express

Rack Room Shoes

Dillard’s

The Razorback Shop

The details: We’ve changed up the timing of this year’s awards. You’ll have through July 16, 2014, to vote for your favorite businesses.

Be sure to complete at least 25 of the 30 categories to be eligible to win the NWA Mall Shopping Spree. The winner will be chosen at RANDOM, so anyone can win!

The award winners will be posted on nwaMotherlode.com in 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. I’m sure they would love to know they’ve got your support!

We can’t wait to reveal your favorite business and to announce the BIG WINNER of the NWA Mall Shopping Spree. Thanks and good luck!

An iPad for your thoughts? Take this survey for a chance to win one.

MHW-Motherlode-AdMaybe 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 an iPad mini 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 an iPad mini. Woo-hoo! This could be an amazing gift for someone in your family, or you could keep it and enjoy it yourself! :-)

ipad miniAs 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 3 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 FREE iPad mini because you offered your opinion?? Well then everyone wins. :-)

Good luck, ladies! They’ll contact the winner of the new iPad mini in July!

Giveaway: Tickets to the Summer Salsa event on June 20th!

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Who needs a GNO or a date night ASAP?

You do?

Well, good news: We’ve got 2 tickets to give away for the annual Summer Salsa event at the Fayetteville Town Center on June 20th from 7-11 p.m.

The Summer Salsa benefits the EOA Children’s House  and literally involves salsa. Not the dance, the food :)

There will be a salsa competition and guests will be able to taste test salsas from across Northwest Arkansas and vote for their faves.

This fun event also includes heavy hors d’oreuves, unique drinks, and live music from local favorite Ultra Suede. Don’t you love them? Tickets are $75 each, so this is a $150 giveaway. Woot!

ChildrensHouseLogoABOUT CHILDREN’S HOUSE: EOA Children’s House is the nation’s largest long-term center for early childhood abuse prevention and treatment and the only center of this kind in Arkansas.

The center serves children in Benton and Washington counties from ages 18 months to 5 years.  Children receive a comprehensive range of professional therapeutic services, preschool education, healthy meals, and outdoor play.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win tickets to this great event, just click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us about the food you most look forward to eating in the summer. ice creamWatermelon, corn on the cob, tomatoes, ice cream? Or maybe some summer salsa? :) We love LOVE salsa, especially when it’s eaten while sitting outside on a patio somewhere.

REALLY WANT TO WIN? If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the 2 Summer Salsa tickets, just 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! We’ll choose a winner after 5 p.m. on Friday.

Get rid of mosquitoes in your yard with Mosquito Joe

block hero graphicIf there’s one thing moms really need, it’s a kid-friendly front or backyard. Let’s face it: Sometimes the kids just desperately need to run around and act nuts and get all that extra energy out so they won’t come inside and wreck the house and drive us nuts.

But it’s tough or downright impossible to send them out into the yard to play if you know they’re going to be chewed up by mosquitoes as soon as they step foot Mosquito-Joe-logoout the door. And none of us likes to coat the kids in insect repellant just so they can go swing in the backyard. Last year, for the first time since we’ve lived in this house, I fell in love with my backyard because the mosquitoes weren’t a problem.

We started using Mosquito Joe last summer when we heard about this new service coming to Northwest Arkansas. Having them treat our yard once every 21 days during the summer and early fall has made a HUGE difference in how we’re able to enjoy the yard — minus coating ourselves in insect spray. Now we just go outside and enjoy it — grill out, eat on the patio, swim, run through the sprinkler, etc. It’s awesome. It’s safe for people with backyard pools, gardens and ponds, too.

Click HERE to read more about our personal experience with this service last summer and why we’re using them again this summer. The Northwest Arkansas service is locally owned by Brad and Stephanie Simon, who are parents just like us.

If you want to check out the service, here’s a good way to do it that’s not only free but will also score you some major brownie points with your neighbors. Again this summer, Mosquito Joe is hosting the “Be Your Block Hero” contest. Enter for a free treatment for your yard AND several of your neighbors’ yards. Click HERE to see the details and throw your name in the drawing.

Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps giveaway!

ABRAWe’ve never met a kid who didn’t love art.

And don’t you love the idea of letting them get all kinds of creative — with tons of art supplies — then not having to clean up?

That’s where Abrakadoodle, a new art-focused company in NWA, can help.

The owners, Joy and Cora Davis (an adorable mother-daughter team) want to give one lucky Motherlode reader a free summer camp for her kid! The winner will be get to choose the theme. That’s a $130 value!

The camps are for kids ages 5 to 12 and Abrakadoodle has all kinds of summer camp options, including:

The Big Abrakadoodle Circus

Camp Art Rocks!

Yummy Art

Glitz and Glam Fashionista

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win one of these art camps for your kid, click on the words “post a comment” below and tell us which camp you think your kids would most enjoy.

CLICK HERE to see all the camp options so far!

EXTRA SPECIAL WAY TO GET AN EXTRA ENTRY: If you’d really love to win a free Abrakadoodle camp, just post an art-related picture of your kid(s) on their Facebook page by going HERE. Be sure to let us in comments that you posted a pic :)

OTHER WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning one of these great art summer camps, just 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.

abrakadoodle dogBE 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.

FYI, Abrakadoodle also offers art birthday parties, art workshops for kids and adults and other events. Just call Joy and Cora to discuss! They are easy-going, sweet ladies who love to help. Joy’s phone number is 479-856-6651.

Good luck in the giveaway! We’ll choose a winner on Friday!

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