Giveaway: Driving Academy Scholarship

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-car-crash-generic-compact-damaged-rollover-accident-wreck-insurance-concept-image41654287No mother wants her kid to be pulled out of a car that looks like this. That’s why we’re doing a repeat performance of a recent giveaway that was VERY popular with local moms of teenagers. Our sponsor, Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, has graciously agreed to give one more scholarship to a local mom so she can send her teenager (age 14 and up) through comprehensive driver training at the Academy — a scholarship valued at $525. (If you don’t have a teen, please tell your friends who do have teen drivers about this giveaway.)

One of the reasons the first Driving Academy scholarship giveaway was so popular is because moms of teenagers get very concerned when they read this scary statistic:  Motor-vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for ages 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This comprehensive course offered by the Driving Academy of NWA includes a week of classroom instruction (30 hours) as well as 6 hours of private, one-on-one driving lessons with a certified instructor. (A parent is allowed and encouraged to ride along during the private driving lessons with their teen driver and the certified instructor.)

learners permitFyi: My own 14-year-old son (pictured right) attended the Driving Academy course this summer and passed his written learner’s permit test last month. Woo-hoo! He is in the process of doing the private driving lessons now. The course has been phenomenal for him. He has learned SO much, and it gives me peace of mind that we’re doing everything we can to ensure that he’ll be safe on the road.

driving_academy_of_northwest_arkansas_logoKeep in mind that, for many parents, having your child complete driver education training may help you qualify for a discount on your teen driver’s insurance. (Check with your agent for details.) There are several different dates to choose from when scheduling the week-long classroom training as well as the private driving lessons.

ABOUT THE COURSE: Far more important than the insurance discount, this course can turn your new driver into one who is more prepared not only for normal driving situations but also the unexpected ones that often cause life-threatening collisions. Training includes these must-have driving skills as well as many others:

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  • Unique driving hazards for young drivers
  • How to drive in bad weather
  • What to do when a wheel goes off the road
  • Speed management
  • Traffic law changes within the past 10 years
  • Sharing the road with trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others
  • How to use ABS brakes the right way
  • What to do if your car hydroplanes
  • What to do if the brakes fail and other malfunctions

Here’s a video sneak peek of some of the other things your teen will learn during the Driving Academy course. This video will also introduce you to the course instructor and Driving Academy owner, Kimma Harper.

sign with logo with clear backgroundHOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win a scholarship for your teen to attend the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas, 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 what bad driving habit scares you most when you see other drivers doing it.

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

If you’re still unsure about whether or not your teen needs driver training, we’d recommend you watch this video and this one before you make a decision.

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.

Newsletter sign up graphicOur 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, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. We want to close out this post with one more video that’s a “must-see” not only for our teens but also for every one of us who have ever been tempted to send or check a text message while behind the wheel.

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

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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!

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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!

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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!