Giveaway: Tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It

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Hey mamas, we’ve got another date night brewing!

bordinos21This time we’re giving away four tickets to see Nice Work If You Can Get It at Walton Arts Center PLUS dinner at the ever-popular Dickson Street restaurant Bordinos.

Can I get a heck yeah? The show is on Oct. 21 and would be so much fun to go laugh along with the show next to your honey and another couple — or three girlfriends!

This glamorous show is guaranteed to make you laugh.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.”

Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, direction and choreography by three-time Tony® Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes) and a snappy book by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) , NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

Here’s a little tv spot to give you a feel for the show:

bordinos cocktailABOUT THE FOOD/DRINKS: We adore everything about Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar, from the amazing brunches to the romantic dinners to the dazzling desserts. Bordinos is consistently voted “Best Date Night” in our Mom-Approved awards every year. We know why!

And this classy show just calls for a cocktail, don’t you think?

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to win these FOUR show tickets + dinner at Bordinos, click on the words ‘post a comment’ below and tell us about either your favorite theatre show — or one of the best meals you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant.

We absolutely adored Blue Man Group at Walton Arts Center and we’re so excited to see Bill Engvall this Friday night! (Click here if you want to grab tickets, too!) And every meal we’ve ever had at Bordinos is our fave :)

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, 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!

Classes on tap for adults at local start-up Nerdies

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Should the kids have all the fun?

We don’t think so and neither does local start-up Nerdies/Arties. They’ve added some classes for the grown-ups, too! Woo-hoo!

In our 5 Minutes with a Mom interviews, we often ask local mamas what they would like to learn if they went back to school. Everyone has something they would love to learn more about. The Nerdies (and Arties) classes give adults a way to dip their toe back into the classroom.

It’s always fun to learn something new and it’s good to give your brain a workout.

These adult classes are on tap right now at Nerdies/Arties:

Trashleys logo.jpgTurn trash to treasure with Trashley’s Junk. DIY, mamas! Bring in an old piece furniture — or something else that needs a new paint job — and turn it into something incredible. Ashley Henry will fully assist you in a “Junk Paint Makeover”. Click here to read more.

Build a computer. Seriously, they’ll teach you how to build your own computer. This class is in cooperation with the local non-profit Free Geek. Click here to read more.

Self Publishing 101. Who wants to publish their own book? Learn how to do it right (and on a shoe-string budget) in this 4-week course. Click here to read more.

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Photoshop and lightroom. Professional photographer Maliah Pinkleton (remember that time she shot the mamas in fashionable dresses from Maude Boutique?) will help you take your photos to the next level, ladies. Click here to read more.

Tech 101. Head Nerd Brad is teaching this class and will help you with all things techy. Topics could include things like: How to use my iPhone, What is Minecraft and Why Do My Kids Love It So Much, Internet Safety, Easy Ways to Take Great Photos with Your Phone, All Things Social (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter). Click here to read more.

Minecraft Server Building. Speaking of Minecraft, this class will take you right to the motherboard. It’s in cooperation with Free Geek and adults are encouraged to bring their Minecraft-loving kids along for some great family bonding. Click here to read more.

Check back often because they keep adding sessions. Also? You can join a session anytime, which is awesome.

CLICK HERE to visit the Nerdies website to see what classes are available for kids this fall!

Giveaway: Tickets to see Robin Hood on stage at Walton Arts Center

robin hoodIf you didn’t win — or get a chance to throw your name in the hat — for the Home Free Vocal Band last week, we’ve got another giveaway starting today!

We’ve got FOUR tickets to see The Adventures of Robin Hood on Oct. 16th at Walton Arts Center. Since you’ll have 4 tix, you can go with another couple or take the kids (this show is recommended for ages 7 and up).

ABOUT THE SHOW: Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice, seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice-seeking machines!

Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forest. But one thing is for sure…no rogue is safe!

Join the internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions cast for a silly and unexpected take on this classic story. This presentation for youth and adults is an equally memorable and powerful experience, mixing things up and turning the story of Robin Hood on its head. Prepare to unleash your imagination!

(Content considered suitable for children ages 7 and up.)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to see this FUN, SILLY show for free, click on the words ‘comment’ below and tell us about something that made you laugh out loud recently. This just happened to me: I was in one of those creepy Halloween stores a few days ago and suddenly a large (automated) spider jumped out at me. I screamed first, then laughed loudly enough that the whole store probably heard me! Your turn!

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, 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!

Giveaway: Tickets to WAC show Home Free + U.S. Pizza!

Happy giveaway Monday, mamas!

Who’s ready for a double date night or Girls’ Night out? Ok, you got it!

Home_Free_TNEWWe’ve got FOUR tickets to see the country music a cappella group Home Free Vocal Band at Walton Arts Center on Oct. 9 plus a gift certificate toward dinner at U.S. Pizza (delish!)

ABOUT THE SHOW: Five guys. Five microphones. No instruments. Hailing from Minnesota, the Home Free Vocal Band claims the title of the world’s first country music a cappella group.

The band won the fourth season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off ” in December 2013 with an arrangement of Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy.” The win on national television catapulted the group to stardom, earning them $100,000 and a Sony record contract.

With the harmonic sound of a traditional barbershop quartet, Home Free consists of five formally trained vocalists who started the group in 2000 while some of the members were still teenagers.

Home Free entertains audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

You have to watch their country-fied version of Meghan Trainor’s “All About the Bass”. Hilarious! Watch:

ABOUT THE FOOD: We love U.S. Pizza! It’s right on Dickson Street — just down the street from Walton Arts Center — USpizzaand they have parking just outside the doors. Of course, the pizzas/salads/sandwiches are amazing.

U.S. Pizza is seriously a Fayetteville legend.

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these four show tickets plus dinner at U.S. Pizza, leave a comment telling us why you need a date night or GNO immediately if not sooner. Working extra hard at work recently at your job? The kids have been going through the terrible twos (or threes)?

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning a night out on the town, 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! MWAH!

~ Gwen and Shannon

Giveaway: Tickets to see Sid the Science Kid on stage + dinner!

sid artThis is a HAPPY MONDAY, mamas, because we’re starting a super fun giveaway.

One lucky Northwest Arkansas mother will win four tickets to see Sid The Science Kid Live! on stage at Walton Arts Center on Oct. 12. You’ll definitely win some major “cool mom” points for this one!

In the PBS KIDS show Sid the Science Kid LIVE!, kids and parents discover the curiosities of the world with characters Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald.

A lively musical score sets the tone for fun and adventure with audience interaction, cooperative problem solving and plenty of laughs. Join the gang in the Super Fab Lab!

The winner also scores dinner at Hammontree’s! Delicious food AND a show. YES!

Hammontree’s is a cheese lover’s dream. Seriously, their grilled cheese sandwiches are downright addictive. They have names like Parmageddon, Bries Company, The Scarlet Cheddar and Cheebacca. They actually have 15 different grilled cheese options including build-your-own.

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Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

Hammontree’s also has gourmet hot dogs, soups, fabulous salads, classic melts — if you don’t like all that fancy stuff — and amazing desserts.

The atmosphere at Hammontree’s is really fun and they have outside seating. It’s on West Avenue, just around the corner from Dickson Street.

HOW TO ENTER: Mamas, this one’s going to be a little different to enter, but FUN! Just send us a short video of your kids asking a “science” question. Kids ask questions all the time, so you might just get them to repeat one they asked you recently.

Here are a few examples of questions your kids could ask on the video:

Why is the sky blue?

Why do snakes shed their skin?

Why do leaves change colors in the fall?

candy making machineYour second option to enter the giveaway is this: Have your child(ren) draw a picture of their “big idea”.

It could be an invention, a wish for mankind (world peace) or just the solution to a problem they recently had.

Just in case what they drew is not obvious to us (wink!), write the name of their big idea on the page, take a picture of it on your phone/camera and email it to us! Email is: mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com.

Here are some Big Idea art ideas:

A homework-erator (Does all your homework for you!)

A jet pack (Who doesn’t want to fly?)

A candy-making machine (Kids love their candy)

A bully shrinker (Shrink that mean kid down to size)

We can’t wait to see all the videos and Big Idea art! Have your entries submitted to us by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, and we’ll announce the winner that next week. BONUS: Some of the art/videos may be shared on the Walton Arts Center website or at the show!

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning this Sid family pack, 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 pbs kidschance 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.

If you don’t want to take any chances and want to make sure you get to go see Sid with your kids, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page about the show and grab some tickets. It’s coming up SOON and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! (There’s also the option of paying $20 more per ticket so your kids can interact with the cast after the show.) 

Good luck!

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