See who won the NWA Mall Shopping Spree!

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Congratulations, Cori Fryar!

Cori, mom of two, won the shopping spree to the NWA Mall after being chosen at random among all the folks who voted in our annual Mom-Approved Awards. We’ll announce the businesses who won soon. Be looking for that post!

In the meantime, we asked Cori a few questions so we could all get to know her a little better:

Tell us a little about your family:

I am a 5th grade teacher at Lee Elementary in Springdale. My wonderful husband, Matt, is a lawyer at Cypert, Crouch, Clark, and Harwell, PLLC, in downtown Springdale. We have two beautiful daughters – Katie (4) and Anna (3).

Tell us about a typical day in your life:

Well, it depends on what time of the year it is! During the school year, I wake up around 5:30 to get ready for school, get my girls up around 6:45 to get them ready for school, and I leave the house at 7:15! My husband takes the kids to school at 7:45 and then goes to work. I spend most of my day with my wonderful 5th graders and come home and spend my evenings playing baby dolls and watching Doc Mcstuffins, Sofia the First, and Dora with my two daughters and husband!

During the summer, we wake up whenever, lounge around in the morning, play outside, go swimming at the Elks Lodge, get sno cones, and usually play outside in the evening! Totally different than during the school year, but I love both times!!

What do you think you’ll buy with your gift certificates?

Definitely back-to-school clothes!

Which businesses are you really rooting for to win Mom-Approved Awards? My girls go to Oak Grove Montessori School in Springdale, so I’d love to see them win!

How long have you lived in NWA? I have lived in NWA my entire life and even managed to stay here after marrying a boy from Hot Springs!! I love NWA and am so glad that I get to raise my girls here.

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who voted in the Mom-Approved awards. This list will come in handy for moms who are looking for the best of the best NWA mom-friendly businesses.

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

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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.

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