Giveaway: Win a Keurig 2.0 Brewer!

Today we’re giving away something we know is going to make you one happy mama. It’s a brand new Keurig 2.0 Brewing System! If you love coffee — or hot tea, flavored iced tea, hot cocoa, lattes or mochas — this machine can make it in a matter of minutes. What’s new about this machine is that, not only can it brew a cup of your favorite drink, it can also brew a whole carafe that holds up to four cups of whatever drink you’re making. Isn’t it pretty?

keurig 2.0With cool temperatures arriving, this is the perfect time to set up one of these beauties in your kitchen. I know, from personal experience, that this machine keurig win3has the “cool factor.” I just WON a Keurig 2.0 in a door prize drawing while Shannon and I were attending the Arkansas Women Bloggers’ conference at the Embassy Suites in Rogers on September 6, 2014. The Keurig came courtesy of one of the conference sponsors, the Kendal King Group, who works with national brands like Keurig and many others. (The Kendal King Group just launched a new digital influence division called Velocity. If you’re a blogger who’s interested in working with national brands, you might want to get to know the people at Velocity.)

The Velocity folks are smart, so not only did they hook us up with a new Keurig for ourselves, they gave us an extra one to give away to one of our readers so we can share the love.

I’ve been whipping up hot drinks for a few weeks now, and so far, we’re loving the results. And because I’m just vain enough to care, I have to tell you that the new Keurig looks really great on the kitchen counter. The design is sleek and features a beautiful touch-screen color display that you can change the look of anytime you want. If you want the 80-ounce water reservoir to have a beautiful blue glow at night, you can do that. And when the Hogs are about to play, you can change it over to red. When the holidays roll around, switch it over to green. You’ll never get tired of the same old look because you can kei love coffeeep changing it up.

This machine scans the top of each K-cup so it knows exactly what you’re making and it gives you the option to brew it stronger, if you like. You can also get hot water on-demand. Just be sure to buy K-cups that have the official checkmark on the outside of the box. It should say “for use in all Keurig K-cup brewers.” If the box has that checkmark and verbiage, it’ll work in the new Keurig 2.0 with no problem. Here’s what you should look for on the packaging:

kcup seal3HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the new Keurig 2.0 brewer, click on the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us what your favorite drink is. (Are you like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, who likes to serve a hot beverage when someone is feeling distressed? :-) ) Shannon and I are both hot chocolate girls, but we also love a good cup of hot tea on a cold morning.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning the awesome Keurig 2.0, 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! We’ll notify the winner via email at the end of the week, so you can be brewing your favorite drink by this weekend! Watch your inbox for the news.

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!

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!

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.

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