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

Fireworks at the amp

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.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Panera gift card for delicious food all summer long!

paneras new salad

Yes, that’s right! Somebody’s gonna win $100 worth of Panera to enjoy this summer! This giveaway was so popular last year we just had to bring it back.

One hundred smackeroos will equal some awesome soups, bagels, sweets — and  maybe even a few Green Goddess Cobb salads with house-made dressing (like the one pictured above). Panera just added that one to its summer salad family. LOOKS GOOD.

panera gift card

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the $100 Panera gift card, 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 the first food item you’d buy at Panera with your gift card. (Here’s a menu link to refresh your memory on everything they serve.)

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. 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.

panera bread logoBE 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 Panera, click HERE. Happy Summer!

Room Makeover Winner: The before and after pictures!

So who won the big Mother’s Day package last month?

Amy Helmich was the lucky mama who won the jewelry from Magnolia and Vine, treats from Edible Alternative and a $500 room makeover from a certified interior designer and Modoa Interiors. Amy is a long-time Motherlode reader and Beverly from Modoa said she was absolutely a dream to work with throughout the room update. “Motherlode has great followers!” Beverly said.

Today we wanted to reveal the results of the room makeover which are AWESOME:

Before After shotsWe also did a little interview with Beverly to get the scoop on everything she did to update the dining room, which was the room Amy was just itching to get some help with.

Beverly said celebrating special occasions is a top priority in the Helmich family.

“Children’s birthdays and annual holidays are top on their  list,” she said. “Creating a finished space to celebrate was Amy’s wish for her dining room. In particular, Amy wanted me to focus on one particularly large, bare wall.  After listening to Amy’s needs, I started to build upon current furniture within the Helmich dining room.”

Helmich hardwareBeverly said removing the existing hardware on the buffet and china cabinet was the first order of business.

“A $5 can of spray paint painlessly transformed the furniture’s shiny brass into modern-day oil rubbed bronze, and blended beautifully with the family’s recently-installed chandelier,” Beverly said.

Next up: To tackle the upholstery on Amy’s eight dining table chairs.

“With the excellent foresight of a mother of three, Amy wisely purchased two back-up drapery panels, just in case something happened to the ones hanging in her windows,” Beverly said. “These elegant drapery panels worked perfectly, as double duty upholstery fabric, and transformed her well-worn, stained dining chairs into elegant seating.”

Helmich chairsWith fabric remnants, Beverly (pictured on the right with Amy’s daughter) sewed and stuffed two rectangular, accent pillows to soften the look of the new parsons chairs placed on either side of Beverly sewingthe family’s serving buffet for additional, last-minute seating. No more hard, metal folding chairs.

Once the hard work was out of the way, the fun stuff got started. Lamps, artwork, mirrors, wall shelves and serving pieces were selected, to meet the needs of this clan’s famously large parties and extended family gatherings.

event shelfAmy’s husband, Tom, brilliantly came up with the ideal name for the shelf, which proudly displays the first letter of the family’s last name.

“That’s the ‘Theme Shelf’ for our event decorations,” he said, as Amy was already pulling out her next party pieces from the attic.

Everyone in the family is already looking forward to this year’s Independence Day celebration, even the family cat who has taken the liberty of claiming the tin serving tray on the dining table for herself.

cat approved design

Beverly Odom of Modoa Interiors in Fayetteville is a local, certified interior designer who specializes in beautiful room makeovers on a budget. With a decade of experience in both residential and commercial design, Beverly launched Modoa Interiors with the founding belief that everyone should experience peace and tranquility in their environment. Beverly has a knack for walking into a room and instantly seeing what needs to be rearranged, enhanced or deleted to take it from blah to knock-out. CLICK HERE to visit Beverly’s website or call her at 479-530-7357.

Giveaway: Free family entry to First Friday Kids Night!

Kids having fun at The Jones Center, cropped

We know firsthand how it can sometimes feel impossible to get a date night scheduled.

And when you finally get a night figured out (just me and you baby!)  — you can’t find a babysitter to save your (date night) life. Or the only sitter available is the one your kids make that face about when you mention her name (you know the one).

first friday kids nightEnter First Friday Kids Night at The Jones Center! You and your honey get to go out on a Friday night (or you + your besties) and the kids get to have a blast in a fun, safe environment. Also? It’s affordable. And? The fee includes dinner, too.

We wanted to kick off the center’s First Friday Kids Nights with a giveaway for 1 FREE FAMILY ENTRY to the July 1st event!

So what is First Friday Kids Night?

Climbing at The Jones Center, cropped♦ First Friday Kids Night provides kids ages 5-12 with an evening of high-energy FUN at The Jones Center.  Kids have the opportunity to participate in themed games and activities, run and climb on an obstacle course inflatable, enjoy pizza, and end the night with a movie.

Basically, an awesome evening and you don’t have to feel bad about leaving the kids with that one sitter (you know the one) and they’re also getting lots of exercise.

♦ 6-10 p.m. the first Friday of each month.

♦ Fees: Member: $15; $10 each additional sibling

♦ Non-member: $20; $15 each additional sibling {Day of: $25} *Click here to find out more about being a member for as little as $5 a month.

♦ At most, there will be an 8:1 kid to adult ratio. Supervisors will be Jones Center staff and contracted staff (for instance, some part-time Camp War Eagle staff), all of whom will be background checked.

Note: Early registration deadline is Wednesday the week of the event.

Themes for the monthly First Friday Kids’ Nights:

July 1st Red White and Blue Blast
August 5th Go for the Gold
September 2nd Jungle Safari
October 7th Football Fever
November 4th Outer Space Spectacular
December 2nd Christmas Party

jones center, smallHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this free family pass for First Friday Kids Night from The Jones Center, 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 something your kids have enjoyed at The Jones Center! A birthday party? Swimming? Ice skating? A Spring Break special event? If they’ve never been there, what do you think they would enjoy most? Click here to visit their website and see all they’ve got going on :)

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.

facebook-twitterBE 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 on Friday, so check your inbox late afternoon!

Summer Kickoff Giveaway: Win a family pack to Parrot Island Waterpark!

parrot4The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to SPLASH, SWIM, SLIDE and enjoy some SUN! After a phenomenal first season last summer, Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith will kick off its second season this weekend on May 27, 2016.

To celebrate the beginning of summer break, we’re sending one lucky mom to Parrot Island with a “Family Fun Pack” that includes admission for FOUR people, a large pizza with one topping and four fountain soft drinks. (Winning this package will earn you some serious “cool mom” points with the kids.) It’s less than an hour away from most people in Northwest Arkansas, and it’s the perfect day trip to kick off the summer with something new and exciting.

ABOUT PARROT ISLAND: One of the things we mamas love about Parrot Island is how it features different areas for different members of the family. If you’ve got little ones, then you’ll love hanging out on Tiny Turtle Island which has tons of water spraying toys, climbing toys, waterfalls, small slides and plenty of shallow-water space to play and splash with friends.

parrot5If your kids are a little bigger, they’ll love the activity pool called Toucan’s Cove. With 250,000 gallons of water, it’s huge, includes basketball hoops and has plenty of space to play, swim or just chill out. It’s also centrally located in the middle of the park so it’s easier to keep an eye on the kids.

For water lovers who love a thrill, there are FOUR huge slides at Parrot Island, including the 40-foot tall Pineapple Plunge slide. When you’re standing at the top of the slide, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the entire park before you go flying down this thrill ride of a slide. The other three twisty slides give you the fun of a roller coaster with a cool splash down at the end.

We think this picture says it all:

parrot8If you want something that appeals to everybody in the family, you can’t go wrong with the Crocodile Creek Lazy River. Parents can use a double-tube so they can keep their little ones within arm’s reach. The lazy river is 500 feet long and includes a waterfall and a few other fun surprises we don’t want to spoil for you before you see it for yourself.

Last but definitely not least, the Caribbean Splash wave pool is the ONLY wave pool in this entire region of the state. You can ride the waves in the more than 85,000-gallons of ocean-like fun.

KidsAreaIf one of your kids has a birthday or special event this summer, there are some party package options available at Parrot Island, too. Click HERE to check out what’s available.

Regular park hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted in the season calendar. But keep in mind that people with season passes get early admission.

Cost for a one-day admission is $15 for anyone over 48 inches tall. For those under 48 inches tall, the price drops to $10. Click HERE for info on season pass prices.

We’ll keep you posted on upcoming special events which will be hosted throughout the summer, but you may want to mark your calendar now for the free swim lessons being offered on June 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Click here for more details.

PineapplePlungeHOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the Family Fun Pack of four admission tickets plus pizza and drinks, 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 part of Parrot Island Waterpark will probably be the most popular with your kids. Pineapple Plunge slide? Tiny Turtle Island? Carribean Splash wave pool?  (Our kids are into the tall slides these days, but we mamas like to relax and float the lazy river!)

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. 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.

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 in this fun giveaway, and keep an eye on your inbox because we always notify our winners via email. For more info on Parrot Island Waterpark and to see their season calendar of events and hours of operation, click HERE. Happy Summer!