Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Sweets + a $200 gift card to Sam’s Furniture!

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Remember those beautiful chocolate-covered strawberries our friend Sierra of Dojo’s Designs gave away on Motherlode for Valentine’s Day and then made for Mom Prom a few years back? Well, she’s always coming up with the sweetest ideas and her newest creation is a cupcake in a Mason jar!

Yes, you open the Mason jar and enjoy. And they’re just beautiful.

Sam's FurnitureToday, Sierra is giving away a 6-pack of her “Cupcakes In a Jar” and the winner will also receive a $200 gift card to use at Sam’s Furniture. Sierra’s husband works there and Sam’s wanted to make this giveaway extra sweet!

ABOUT DOJO’S DESIGNS: Sierra’s been busy with other creations since we had that first giveaway with her so many years ago. She now has five kiddos! We asked her to share a little about her creative journey:

“We now have 5 kiddos, ages 6,5,4,2, and 1! (I think last time we did the giveaway we only had 2 kiddos! Time flies when you’re having kids! ) I’m still a stay at home Mom-trepenuer, just trying to make my mark in this world! I thoroughly enjoy blogging (dojosdesigns.blogspot.com), cooking, and chasing my five kiddos! My husband is a salesman at Sam’s Furniture, and we’ve been married for 8 years!

dojo's designsI get told all the time (mainly at Walmart, when I’m by myself, with all 5 kiddos) that I’ve “Got my hands full”, to which I lovingly respond “Yep! Full of blessings!” I suppose every Mom is trying to figure out who SHE is. Not just who she is as a Mom or wife, but rather, what excites her! I’ve searched for a long time to figure out my “mission”, as a wife and mom. I suppose if I could sum it up simply, my mission is to empower any woman, of any age, with or without kids that in each moment of our life, when we’re presented with a challenge, we CAN choose Joy. Finding little slivers of joy can change the trajectory of our future for our kids, our marriage, and most importantly, us.

It’s been my mission to Choose Joy, Speak Life, and Keep Marching. This Mom thing is far from easy. However, I’ve never been more refined, and had a better grip on who I am, than when I became a Mom. So Keep Mom-ing on! We leaving a legacy for our future generations to follow!”

Aren’t they all adorable:

Sierra and her family

Sierra isn’t taking any new Valentine’s Day orders for Cupcakes In A Jar (she’s already SOLD OUT!), but she does take custom orders throughout the year for parties, showers and a variety of special events. In addition to her cupcakes, she also makes Oreo truffles, cake pops and other sweet treats. To visit Sierra’s Etsy site, click here.

Cupcake In A Jar Flavors are: Life Gave Me Lemons (Lemon blueberry cupcake, with cream cheese frosting); I Love You Berry Much (Strawberry cupcake, with cream cheese frosting); Confetti In the Air (Like Ya Just Don’t Care) (Vanilla Cupcake, with vanilla buttercream frosting, garnished with edible confetti); The Chocolate One (Homemade brownie layers, drizzled with chocolate ganache, with mocha buttercream frosting); and Espresso Yourself (Coffee-flavored cupcake, with mocha buttercream frosting).

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this 6-pack of Cupcakes In A Jar + the $200 Sam’s Furniture gift card, 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 write a quick comment telling us which Cupcake In A Jar you would find most tasty and what you’d most like to buy with a gift card to Sam’s Furniture! Click here to see what Sam’s has to offer at their NEW (huge!) showroom in Springale!

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

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We’ll choose a winner on Friday, mamas! In the meantime, click here to visit Sierra’s Instagram page and here to visit the Sam’s Furniture page!

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Giveaway: Tickets to see Wild Kratts at Walton Arts Center!

WildKratts animatedThe wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, WILD KRATTS, is coming to the Walton Arts Center! And we have tickets to give away!

One family will win FOUR tickets to the show on Sunday, Feb. 26th. YAY!

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story, off “To the Creature Rescue!”

wild krattsABOUT THE SHOW: An all new theatrical stage show based on the #1 animated PBS KIDS® series “Wild Kratts!” Martin and Chris Kratt – stars of the Emmy® nominated show and creators of other popular kids’ series, like “Zooboomafoo” and “Kratts Creatures” – step out live on-stage to share some wow facts about animals presented in large screen multimedia format. The Kratt brothers put on their vests and gloves and begin activating Creature Powers, but when the Zachbots steal one of their favorite inventions, it’s “off to the creature rescue!” With hilarious “pratfalls” and slapstick fun, this on-stage adventure is an exciting experience for all ages.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see the Wild Kratts, 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 write a quick comment telling us about an adventure you and the kids experienced recently. It might not have been as crazy as an episode of Wild Kratts, but we know life with kids is nothing if not adventurous! Did you go on a trip to the store (or Disney World or the park) that was fun, surprising or unexpectedly crazy? We can’t wait to hear about it :)

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.

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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 Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details.

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Giveaway: Think Outside the Drum

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Happy Monday, mamas! Time for a giveaway with a great beat!

We’ve got FOUR tickets to see the show Think Outside the Drum at Walton Arts Center on opening night, Feb. 23rd. It’s an interactive drum show for kids of all ages and is going to be SO.COOL.

To give you a little listen of what the show will be like — here’s a video clip:

John Cage – The Works for Percussion 2 – THIRD COAST PERCUSSION from Third Coast Percussion on Vimeo.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Families of all ages will clap, sing and listen while learning about the extraordinary range of percussion instruments that can be found in cultures around the world as well as in their own kitchen cabinets.

Think Outside the Drum will begin in Walton Arts Center’s new Walker Atrium with Terry Riley’s landmark work “In C,” which has been performed thousands of times across the world. Third Coast Percussion will be joined by dozens of local students and professional musicians to offer this celebrated minimalist composition to Northwest Arkansas Families. The event will then move into the renovated Starr Theater for an interactive session so the whole family can get involved.

We love interactive theatre!

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see Think Outside the Drum, 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 write a quick comment telling us which song (or type of music) you like to listen to when you need to unwind and chill out. Maybe you like to car dance or drum on the steering wheel when this song comes on the radio? Or it might be something you listen to on your headphones while at the gym or in your office.

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.

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The nwaMotherlode newsletter is 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 Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details.

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Giveaway: $100 Shopping Spree at The Cannery Market

Happy Monday, mamas! This is the time of year we get the itch to do something new to the house. Maybe it’s the winter blahs that make us want to get organized, paint a few walls, or find a new favorite piece of furniture we can’t wait to bring home.

So this week we’re going to indulge that urge to get something new for the New Year by sending one of you to our favorite place to shop for one-of-a-kind furniture, home decor, gifts and antiques — The Cannery Market in Bentonville. The winner will enjoy a $100 shopping spree! (We love free shopping money!)cannery market sign1

If you haven’t seen The Cannery Market yet, you’re missing out on one of the coolest vintage shops in NWA. We know the owner, Jennifer Hansen, personally and there’s no one better at finding those amazing, high-quality pieces that only get better and more interesting with time. These are the kinds of pieces (old and new) that tell their own story and make a room feel special. As Jennifer puts it, the shop “specializes in uniques.”

Jennifer and her husband source almost everything in the store (it’s not a flea market). This means they’re constantly refreshing the store’s inventory with carefully curated and beautifully staged pieces at great prices. Each time you shop there, it’s a new adventure. If you’re looking for inspiration, wander through and get ideas from how she’s staged each room. (They do offer design services, too.)

If you like affordable, unique pieces you don’t see at chain stores, this is your kind of place. There’s nothing “cookie cutter” about it. (Follow The Cannery Market on Facebook and Instagram to see some of the newest arrivals. Just be aware that things can sell FAST once they’re seen online so you’ve got to pounce on them quickly.)

To see all the awesome in person, swing by the shop Wednesday — Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. (Cannery Market is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.) Call Jennifer at 225-1808 if you’re hunting for something specific. 

Here are a few of Jennifer’s favorite pieces that came through The Cannery Market doors during the past year. Scroll down to see how to throw your name in the shopping spree giveaway drawing.

IMG_2877We had a big crush on this distressed, white Ethan Allen bench. Classic, timeless, lovely.

IMG_2880Each piece is interesting alone and together they are stunning.

IMG_2878As self-confessed “word nerds,” we’re loving this original Underwood Typewriter case, which was re-purposed as a side table on casters. Genius!

cannery1How many places have things like a vintage, four-pane window? Special find.

 HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat to win the $100 Shopping Spree at The Cannery Market, click the word “comment” located right under the headline of this post. Then scroll down and add your comment by telling us what you’d love to find at The Cannery Market OR what piece shown here is your favorite. (Winners are always chosen at random.)

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emailINCREASE 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 extra chances to win by being one of our newsletter readers. Newsletter subscribers get free access to the good stuff, including exclusive giveaways (like this one), information about local events, local mom interviews, recipes and more.

The nwaMotherlode newsletter is 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 Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

For more info about The Cannery Market, click HERE to visit the shop on Facebook. Watch your inbox because we’ll notify the winner via email by Friday.

 

Giveaway: Tickets to a funny kids’ show at Walton Arts Center

The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket

Well, it’s Monday again, mamas. How was your weekend? We hope it was good, but it not, we’ve got your cure: A ticket giveaway to see the awesome kids’ show The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket!

We’re giving away 4 tickets for the show at Walton Arts Center on Saturday Feb. 18th. Woo-hoo!

ABOUT THE SHOW:

Henry and Bucket are best pals, although sometimes you wouldn’t think so! Like all good friends they have their ups and downs, their battles and reconciliations, their shared adventures and, at times, a need for their own space. But as long as these two friends are together, transforming their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world of discarded objects into a place of wonder, their adventures can take them anywhere. Lots of visual humor for the kids :)  This show explores what friendship is, what happens if it goes wrong, and how you can fix it.

What’s it like in the Bockety World? Here’s a little video:

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket at Walton Arts Center, 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 write a quick comment telling us — in honor of Henry and Bucket — your best friendship advice. What’s your surefire secret to making a new friend — or keeping one for years and years? If you can’t think of any advice, just tell us which qualities you love most in a friend :)

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

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emailINCREASE 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.

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.

The nwaMotherlode newsletter is 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 Instagram. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details and ticket prices. There are two shows on Feb. 18th and tickets are only $8!

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