Giveaway: $100 Panera gift card to enjoy this summer!

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We recently met the marketing director at Panera Bread, a local mama of two daughters, and in the course of conversation, we asked her if she’d give us some Panera bucks to offer the mamas of NWA.

She gave us gift cards to pair with several recent Walton Arts Center giveaways and today we’re making the gift card the giveaway. The winning mama will receive $100 worth of Panera gift cards to enjoy the rest of the summer! That will buy you a whola lotta salads, croissants, flatbread sandwiches, sweet iced tea and pastries (or whatever you like there)!

In case you missed the big announcement, Panera is on a journey to remove all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners, and flavors from the food in its bakery-cafes by the end of 2016. You can find out more here: http://bit.ly/1cijOcG.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this $100 gift card, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

panera baked goods

Mmmmm. Baked goodies at Panera.

To enter, just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us your favorite thing to eat at Panera. (If you have somehow never eaten there, here’s a menu!)

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. 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 afternoon, mamas! Good luck!

Giveaway: Maids in Red housecleaning gift card!

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In the summertime, there’s so much to do and enjoy. Cleaning house is not at the top of that to-do list for most of us, am I right?

If the idea of having someone else come in and clean your house makes you feel downright giddy, you’ll LOVE this giveaway! One mama will win a $100 gift card toward house cleaning services by a new local cleaning company called Maids in Red.

The company has reasonable rates, so the $100 gift card will cover most of your entire fee — depending on how big your house is — unless you want to add on services like deep cleaning, fridge clean-out or other specialty services. Regardless, $100 will go a long way to getting your house’s sparkle on! {Maids in Red is even waiving the first-time-cleaning fee, so no worries there}

ABOUT MAIDS IN RED: Maids in Red is a new (local) cleaning company in Northwest Arkansas. The “in red” part of the name pays homage to the Hogs :)

The company has flat rates (plus add-on services for reasonable rates) so you don’t have to guess how much they’ll charge. The founder, Andrew Flocks, said he finds the Maids in Red cleaners the same way many other folks find cleaners, by posting ads.

“But from there I devote time to multiple interviews and test cleanings,” he said. “I look at their work history and I run background checks to make sure they are going to perform a premium cleaning.  I do what you would want to do if you had the time to devote to it.”

We interviewed the founder, Andrew Flocks, last week on Motherlode. CLICK HERE to read the full interview with the Maids in Red founder to give you a better idea of how the company operates — including info about their 200% guarantee that you’ll be happy with your cleaning service.

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HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this $100 gift card, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

maids in red, mopTo enter, just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us which room in your house could use a good Maids in Red cleaning right now!

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. 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 afternoon, mamas! Good luck! CLICK HEREto visit the Maids in Red website or call the company at: 

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Giveaway: 5 mamas will win tickets to the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular!

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The Walmart AMP and the city of Rogers are presenting a brand new July 4th Fireworks Spectacular this year featuring a patriotic concert by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) and we have lots of tickets to give away!

Five mamas will each win two adult tickets to enjoy the event on the lawn of the AMP — and each adult ticket includes free admittance for 4 children! Gates open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th, and the music starts at 8 p.m. Fireworks to follow!

About the Show: The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), under the musical direction of Paul Haas, will present a concert celebrating both the beauty and grandeur of America as well as honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. The program will include beloved music like “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Overture of “William Tell,” “Bugler’s Holiday,” an Armed Forces Salute and so much more! The uplifting and celebratory concert will lead right into the City of Roger’s beautiful fireworks show.

FIREWORKS begin at 9:30.

A musical salute will be broadcast on KIX 104 to accompany the fireworks. Blankets are welcome, no chairs.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these Fireworks Spectacular tickets, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about one of your favorite 4th of July memories!

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. 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.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Fireworks Spectacular and to buy tickets. If you want to sit in the covered area of the AMP, tickets are $10.

Giveaway: Tickets to TWO upcoming Artosphere shows!

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Photo Credit: Stephen Ironside

If you didn’t win show tickets last week, don’t despair! We’ve got two giveaways starting today for Artosphere Festival Orchestra tickets plus gift cards to Panera Bread!

  • One mama will win a pair of tickets to the June 19th AFO “Earth Sounding” concert
  • One mama will win a pair of tickets to the June 27th AFO “Bold Spirit” concert (this is the festival finale concert!)

Plus each winner will receive a gift card to eat at Panera Bread in Fayetteville before or after the show!

ABOUT THE SHOW: The Artosphere Festival Orchestra is made up of more than 80 premier musicians from around the world come together musicians from around the world come together for a series of truly inspired orchestral performances. The music director for both AFO shows is Corrado Rovaris.

Here’s more about each concert:

Earth Sounding

Featuring symphonic works by Scandinavian composers Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen, alongside the natural soundscapes of Bernie Krause and Richard Blackford. 

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm (plus post-show performance)

Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center

*You’ll want to stick around after the show for a post-show party to see The Fruits’ breathtaking outdoor performance. This world-renowned performing arts company fuses theater, dance and circus on 14-foot-tall flexible poles. They’ll be joining NWA for a night under the stars on Dickson Street to perform “Spheres,” a cosmic and awe-inspiring performance that takes an imaginative look at the laws of physics. Performances begin at 9:30 & 11:30pm on Tyson Plaza.

Tickets are $10

The Fruits

The Fruits

Bold Spirit: The Best of Beethoven

The orchestra closes out the 6th Annual Artosphere Festival, performing Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony and his Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring renowned Italian pianist Pietro De Maria.

Saturday, June 27, 8pm (this is the Artosphere Festival finale concert, so there will be a post-show party)

Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center

Tickets: $10

panera bread logoABOUT THE FOOD: When we’re craving a great soup and sandwich, or a bagel with cream cheese, or a salad,, or … well, we can’t think of anything we DON’T love at Panera Bread.

My picky daughter adores their broccoli soup. Veggies! YES!

And, as we mentioned in last week’s giveaway, we also love that by the end of 2016, they’re removing all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food. Cool, huh?

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these orchestra tickets plus dinner at Panera Bread, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about one of your favorite sounds (since these tickets are to win tickets to hear beautiful orchestra music!). A certain type of music? Crickets at dusk? The sound of your kids laughing in the summertime?

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. 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.

CLICK HERE to read more about “Earth Sounding” and to buy tickets. CLICK HERE to read more about  Bold Spirit and to buy tickets.

Tickets are only $10 for these shows!

We’ll choose the winners a little earlier this time (our giveaways typically run Monday to Friday), so heads-up! We’ll choose two winners on Wednesday, June 17, at 5 p.m.

Giveaway: Tickets to see Alonzo King LINES Ballet!

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What an amazing night it will be when Alonzo King LINES Ballet performs at Walton Arts Center on June 16th!

And we’ve got two tickets to  give away to one lucky mama and her date PLUS a gift card to eat at Panera Bread in Fayetteville before or after the show! It’s this celebrated contemporary dance company’s first visit to Walton Arts Center with a new program that’s just perfect for Artosphere, the Arts + Nature Festival!

During their debut appearance, they will be performing Biophony, which combines ballet and the {real, recorded} sounds of nature.

alonzoABOUT THE SHOW: The ballet company collaborated with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His vast archive catalogs the collective sound of entire ecosystems – what Krause terms biophony.

The sounds of crickets, elephants, whales, birds, thunderstorms and more set the backdrop for this exciting performance featuring the soundscapes of bioacoustician Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford.

Krause has spent more than 40 years traveling the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures, and his recordings of more than 15,000 species immortalize entire ecosystems.

The dancers’ senses are heightened amid calls of killer whales and tree frogs; their sweat seems to mingle with the mud, salt, and dust of their new sonic environments.

SPECIAL EVENTS BEFORE & AFTER THE SHOW: Prior to the performance, guests are invited to join Alonzo King for a Creative Conversation at 6 p.m. Then, following the show, guests can help kick off Artosphere with a roar at a post-show party!

The day after the show, there will be four Alonzo King LINES Ballet dance workshops for different ages — and skill levels. What a unique opportunity!

There will be master classes in beginning and intermediate ballet for youth and adults, on Wednesday, June 17 at Walton Arts Center.

All workshops are $10:

• 1pm – Beginning Ballet for Youth with Michael Montgomery

• 1pm – Intermediate Ballet for Youth with Meredith Webster

• 3pm – Beginning Ballet 14yrs – Adult with Michael Montgomery

• 3pm – Intermediate-Advanced Ballet 14 yrs – Adult with Meredith Webster

Click here to find out more about these special classes.

panera bread logoABOUT THE FOOD: We love Panera Bread’s …. well, everything! The salads, the soups, the bread, the sweet treats. Panera is always a happening place and always lots of fun to visit — or enjoy a date.

And we love that by the end of 2016, they’re removing all artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners and flavors from their food. :)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these show tickets plus dinner at Panera Bread, throw your name in the online hat, mamas!

Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post and tell us about your favorite place in Northwest Arkansas to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Do you love Devil’s Den or an out-of-the-way place that you could introduce the rest of us to? Maybe it’s your own backyard!

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 alonzo balletabout 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.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets if you don’t want to take a chance! They’re only $10 and this is going to be an amazing performance :)