Giveaway: Win 4 NWA Mom Prom Tickets!

Mom Prom postcard snipWOW. The NWA Mom Prom is only about six weeks away!

It’s going to be such a blast and we’d love to have you there. So we’re giving away FOUR tickets so one lucky mama can go and bring three of her favorite friends.

WHAT IS MOM PROM? Ladies (you don’t have to be a mom to attend!), NWA Mom Prom is a massive girls’ night out, intended for women and mothers age 21 and up.

It looks and sounds just like a real prom, except we ditched all the teenage drama and angst and left only the fun stuff. This is the PERFECT opportunity to dress up, go out with your friends, eat, dance, laugh, have professional and photo booth photos made with your buddies, AND possibly win one of the amazing raffle prizes featured at Mom Prom.

We don’t want to forget that one of you could also win the title of NWA Mom Prom Queen 2015 (hey, that rhymes!).

The Prom Queen will be chosen at random from among ALL the ticket holders, so anyone can win :)

There’s no other event like this one in NWA. Although Mom Proms happen across the country in various cities, this is the ONLY one in the state of Arkansas.

A portion of proceeds go to support a local non-profit called Saving Grace, which helps girls who have turned 18 and have aged out of the foster care system. Without Saving Grace, many of these young girls would end up homeless.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these 4 Mom Prom tickets, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which song you would LOVE to dance to at the prom! We’ll collect all your suggestions and ask our DJ to play them all night!

prom theme 2015We know you’ll help us make an AWESOME playlist of dance songs. The songs can be new or old — just as long as they make you want to get up and dance!

Since the theme is going to be “A Night in the Tropics”, I’m sure we’ll have to play Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

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

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about the Mom Prom tickets 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. Click here to sign up.)

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 choose a winner on Friday, ladies! If you don’t want to take any chances, click here to buy your ticket now!

Giveaway: $50 Visa shopping card for one lucky mama!

It may be April 15th, but we’re starting a giveaway today that’s sure to turn that tax-day frown around: One of you awesome mamas will win a $50 Visa shopping card!

We KNOW you want to score that.

FNB Logo-Stacked-Reversed with black backgroundThe giveaway is courtesy of First National Bank of NWA, which is the sponsor of a new feature we’ll have on nwaMotherlode starting later this month called “$avvy Banking with FNBNWA”.

$avvy Banking will be a Q&A format where your money questions will be answered by the finance-wise bankers at First National Bank of NWA.

FNBNWA is a community, family owned bank in NWA dating back to 1872 with branches in Rogers, Centerton, Fayetteville and Lowell.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this $50 shopping card, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and share a money question you’d like to have answered by First National Bank of NWA for our new $avvy Banking segment.

Are you hoping to buy a bigger house and are wondering how much you can afford? Are you concerned about any money mistakes you might be making? Are you going through a divorce and wondering how you can protect yourself financially? Are you just wondering how you can save more?

We know some of you may not want to ask your question in public, so you can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

First National Bank of NWAINCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about the $50 Visa shopping card 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. Click here to sign up.)

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.

We’ll choose a winner for the $50 shopping card a week from today, on Wednesday, April 22nd. In the meantime, visit the First National Bank of NWA Facebook page and see what they’ve got going on. Click here to stop by. They like to share lots of fun NWA news along with real-time banking info!

Good luck, mamas!

Giveaway: Touch-A-Truck Family Pack + lunch at the event!

touch a truckThe 9th Annual Touch-a-Truck event is almost here and we’ve got a Family Pack of 5 tickets to give away!

The Family Pack includes a gift card for lunch for each family member, so all 5 will get hot dog or hamburger, chips and a drink.

This year’s Touch-a-Truck will feature dozens of vehicles that kids (and kids-at-heart) can explore. Expect to see attractions including construction equipment, safety and transportation vehicles, motorcycles, tractors and much more.

There will also be special appearances and activities including mascots, costumed characters, fingernail painters, science demonstrations and building projects, just to name a few.

ABOUT TOUCH-A-TRUCK: The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas will host the Touch-a-Truck event on May 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the JC Penney parking lot near Malco Theatre at the Pinnacle Hill Promenade in Rogers.

Rain date is May 16!

In addition to equipment, vehicles, and entertainment, there will be concessions available offering lunch, refreshments, ice cream and all the tasty treats you’d expect to find at a family-fun event.

“Touch-a-Truck is a family-fun event in Northwest Arkansas where the Junior League and local participants join together to bring a fun-filled day of vehicle attractions, food, activities and fun for all ages!” says Touch-a-Truck Committee Chair, Brittney Skelton. “We are very excited about once again experiencing this event with the community as well as with each other and our families. Our committee has been working very hard to create a fun day of exciting activities and entertainment for the entire family!”

Tickets are $5 each or $20 per family (max 5 guests per family ticket).  Guests can purchase their tickets here or at the event. For questions about the event, please email the Touch-a-Truck Committee at TAT@juniorleagueNWA.org.

With more than 3,000 in attendance each year, the Junior League’s Touch-a-Truck event raises more than $10,000 for the League’s charitable causes.

Check out the JLNWA Facebook page to read more about Junior League of NWA and the Touch-a-Truck event.

TAT 2TATHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this Touch-A-Truck package, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us why your kid(s) would love this event. Because (s)he is vehicle obsessed? Or maybe your kid just loves outings where there’s ice cream, science experiments and lots of other children to hang out with :)

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

tat 3HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the 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. Click here to sign up.)

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.

If you don’t want to rely on the luck of the (random) draw, buy your Touch-a-Truck tickets now by clicking here. We’ll choose a winner on Friday. Good luck, mamas!

Giveaway: Tickets to see “Spot” at Walton Arts Center

SPOT_266x375Toddlers and preschoolers across the land love the Spot” books by Eric Hill.

Our kids absolutely adored this cute little pup and he’ll be stepping out of the storybook and onto the stage at Walton Arts Center to entertain kids on April 12th!

And we’ve got EIGHT tickets to give away :) Two moms will each win 4 tickets!

ABOUT THE SHOW: Theater Terra of the Netherlands is bringing your favorite pup to life. The colorful characters and stage set of this new musical will transport children to the wonderful world of Spot.

Together with that lovable dog, preschoolers and their parents will embark on an entertaining and educational adventure. Spot will guide children to his father’s farm where all the animals are lost and enlist their help to find them all.

Can everybody recognize the sounds of the animals to help Spot bring them home?

Watch this cute video to give you an idea of what this show will be like:

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to 4 tickets to this show, throw your name in the online hat! Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which of the Spot books your kids like best.

where's spot bookWe read “Where’s Spot” and “Who’s there, Spot?” so many times the board books almost fell apart.

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

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the 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. Click here to sign up.)

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.

If you don’t want to take any chances, buy your tickets now by clicking here or call the box office for tickets! This is going to be a fun show!

Good luck, mamas!

Giveaway: CARGO tissue dispensers for the car

Sometimes when you’re a busy mom, it’s the little things that drive you nuts. And one of the things that used to drive me nuts was trying to keep tissues in the car because someone ALWAYS needs a tissue while I’m driving. It’s usually one of these scenarios:

  • need a tissue“Mom, my nose is running.”
  • “Mom, I need to spit out my gum. Where do I put it?”
  • “Mom, my juice spilled.”
  • “Mom, my scab started bleeding.”
  • “Mom, my Chick-fil-A barbecue sauce just got on the seat.”

I could list about a zillion other reasons, but you get the idea. (Sometimes we mamas need a tissue, too, to blot our lipstick or clean up the smudged mascara under our tired eyes.) The problem with keeping tissues in the car is that the tissue box always ends up getting sat on and crushed. One time I even made a tissue box container from an idea I saw on Pinterest. It worked pretty well to keep the box intact, but the container was always floating around the car and never seemed to be where I could reach it while I was driving.

cargo tissue dispenserSo… you can imagine how hopeful I was when Caitlin O’Connor emailed us about her invention that keeps tissues in the car and within arm’s reach. As a mom to FOUR boys, Caitlin also needed to be able to get to tissues quickly while driving so she invented her own holder that attaches to the sun visor. It’s called the Cargo Tissue Dispenser and it comes in charcoal grey or an oatmeal color. It’s available on Amazon for $9.99 and comes with two tissue packs. (SEE BELOW for an opportunity to WIN one of these dispensers!)

We agreed to try out the Cargo Tissue Dispenser for a few weeks and see if it solved the problem. I’m happy to report that this thing WORKS. Finally, no more scrambling around in the car to find a tissue or a fast-food napkin. I just reach up, pull one out of the dispenser that’s attached to my sun visor and hand it to whichever of my three kids needs one.

The best part? I’m not distracted from the road and looking around the car anymore to find one. This ingenious little dispenser is making me a better, safer Mom chauffeur.

cargo close upImportant note: What makes this dispenser so clever is that it attaches to your sun visor but it does NOT block you from using the vanity mirror on the visor. (I’ve used my car mirror to do my makeup more times than I can count, so it was very important to still have access to that mirror.)

I also like that the dispenser itself is made from a nice canvas-like material and the straps that go around the sun visor are stretchy but also strong. You can tell that this dispenser was made by a fellow mom who pays attention to detail and wants it to look nice — not cheap. The tissue packs slips into the dispenser easily and there’s a closure to ensure it doesn’t slip out.

cargo refillThe tissues themselves are soft enough so that they don’t feel scratchy on a runny nose, but they are also substantial enough to be able to handle the occasional drink spill in the car. That’s a big plus. (You can buy refills for the dispenser that come in packs of 6.)

When you first put in a new pack of tissues, getting the first tissue or two out of the dispenser (without tearing it) can be a little tricky, but I managed to do it by pulling the tissue out slowly. After the first one or two tissues came out, the rest of them dispense smoothly and easily. If it bothers you to have the next tissue peeking out of the dispenser, you can just fold it back into the opening, like I do.

HOW TO WIN ONE: Since we’ve solved our own car tissue dilemma, we want to share the love with our readers because we know that, just like us, you’re road trip1probably spending a lot of time in the car. (Did you know that Americans spend an average of 540 hours in the car each year, which adds up to almost a full month of your life? Wowza.)

To throw your name in the online hat to win a Cargo Dispenser and two tissue packs, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us what keeps you in the car the most. (The drive to work? Picking up and dropping off kids at school? Driving to the kids sports’ practices and games? Running errands?) Five readers will win a Cargo Dispenser plus two refill packs. (Winners are always chosen at random.) 

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

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about it. (They might want to win, too!) 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.

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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! We’ll choose FIVE winners at the end of the week and email the lucky moms.

Note: nwaMotherlode was not paid to write this review or to conduct this giveaway. We received one sample of the dispenser to test and keep as well as four samples to give to readers. (If we didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be reading about it here.) As always, the opinions expressed in this post are completely our own.