Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving 2014Happy Thanksgiving, mamas! We’re so thankful for the opportunity to get to know other moms in Northwest Arkansas through the community created here on nwaMotherlode.com.

Thank you for taking the time to visit the site and join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and our email newsletter. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family. And for those of you on the road this holiday, we wish you safe travel.

Meet the mama who won the Metro refrigerator!

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Congratulations to Tricia Griffith, winner of the Metro “Big Chill Giveaway” refrigerator.

We had to convince Tricia that she really did win! We think it will sink in when Metro delivers that beauty to her house! Tricia has been a “regular” on Motherlode for many years and we’re thrilled that she won the fridge.

We asked Tricia a few questions so we could all get to know her better:

What did you think when you got the email that you’d won?

bigchillWhen I received the email, I honestly thought it was a joke. I have no idea why I thought you would randomly send emails out telling people they had won, but it just seemed way too good to be true!

And believe me, we could use a new fridge! I’m somewhat of a stickler when it comes to big purchases. And I’m the kind of person who believes in the saying “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.  Our 14 year old refrigerator now has yellowing handles, a VERY slow water dispenser, and a broken light in the freezer. But it’s still kickin’ in the cold department!

 Tell us about your family:

I am a stay at home mom who is never at home. I teach Zumba one night a week and on occasion work at Imagine Art Studios or substitute for Mother’s Day Out (A girls gotta have her spending money). But I LOVE being free to go to class parties, field trips, school lunches and every once in awhile, have a shopping day with friends!

I am married to Kevin, a super hot drummer/ computer nerd (is that an oxymoron?) who has worked for Walmart in the IT department since we moved to Bentonville in 2000. We have two boys. Peyton, 8, is an aspiring class clown and social butterfly. Nothing is serious, he laughs constantly, and he loves to be around people. Brandt, 4, wants to be a soccer player when he grows up, is the loudest person I know, and probably won’t smile at you if you’re not on his short list.

What’s your fave feature of the new fridge?

My favorite feature about the new fridge may be the flip up, slide under shelves to make room for taller things. But I’m almost as excited about the SMUDGEPROOF stainless steel! Anything to keep fingerprints from showing gets an A+ from me!

 What do you expect to be transferring over from your old fridge to the new one?

I can’t wait to transfer all my fresh veggies and fruit over to the new fridge! And maybe a bottle of wine and celebratory dessert for me and a few friends. Kevin says “more room for beer”, and the boys are excited to fill it with cheese.

Where will you be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas? Will family and friends get to try out the new fridge?

Just until yesterday, we thought we were celebrating Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, but the boys insisted that we have “a feast” at our house this year. So the new fridge will be here to hold Thanksgiving dinner and share with family. We will also be here for Christmas, so Santa’s milk and cookies will have a brand new place to wait!

metro appliances and moreI can’t say Thank You enough to NWAMotherlode and Metro Appliances for offering such an amazing giveaway! NWAMotherlode has been a go-to website for me since it started and has always been full of great information and support for moms in NWA! I am so thankful that there were two moms out there who decided to share such an amazing website with the rest of us!

From us and the folks at Metro, you’re welcome! Enjoy your new refrigerator, Tricia!!! And please send a few pics when it’s delivered. We want to live vicariously through you :)

Baby’s Room Black Friday Sale

If you’re pregnant or have a baby, you’ll definitely want to know about the Black Friday sale at The Baby’s Room in Rogers. (The store is located at the big_sale_tagShoppes at Pinnacle Hills, next to Dilly Dally’s toy store and close to Carrabba’s restaurant. The address is 3301 Market St. in Rogers.) This is the store’s biggest sales event of the year.

During the sale on Black Friday, you’ll be able to pop a balloon and get the savings amount contained inside, which could range anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off the total purchase. The Baby’s Room is known for high quality baby furniture, clothes, baby gear and more so check it out if you’re in the market. (I bought a glider for my baby’s nursery there 7 years ago and we are STILL snuggling up in it today. Love it!)

Click here to see their line of furniture and baby products featured on their website. And click HERE to get the latest updates from them on Facebook. Happy shopping!

babys room balloon sale

James + James adds retail location, new surprises

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Can we start out by saying that we think the world of the owner at James + James?

We first met James Smith when he was shooting video Christmas cards for families and then we recruited him to shoot and edit videos for our brand new (at the time) Doc Talk series with Mercy Health.

Then James (and his friend, James) shifted gears. He noticed there was a need for affordable, quality and real-wood furniture, so he tried his hand at another passion — furniture building. Now his start-up, James+James is one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country.

James+James products are found in nearly every state from coast to coast. Job creation right here in the U.S. continues to remain a top priority. The company now provides work to over 20 team members and growing.

And just a few months ago, James + James opened a new retail store and it is a furniture showcase that’s filled with amazing home decor, lighting and gift options you don’t see in other places. They are headed to market soon and plan to come back with a HAUL. We can’t wait to see the new surprises in store!

We have to tell you, the retail location (at 4217 S. Thompson St. in Springdale, 1 mile north of the NWA Mall) is beautiful even without all the great furniture and accessories.

Here’s a little peek inside:

james inside store

Here’s a video about their story. In it, James talks about the versatility of their hand-crafted furniture and how it has led them to selling to people living in all but two states in the U.S. (and lots of other  countries) from penthouses in New York City to farmhouses in Illinois.

The retail store and showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm. In addition to the amazing tables and chairs, we’re partial to the lighting options at the retail store:

james lighting

CLICK HERE to visit the James + James website. You can order online or stop by their retail store and showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale! Like them on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s new. They have some surprises coming soon!

Baby Gear and Gadgets: Gift ideas for 1-year-olds

By Liz Emis, mama to Jack and another on the way

jack emis, big brother shirtJack just celebrated his first birthday! (And we announced baby #2!)

I can’t believe we made it through the first year. Moms you know: the first birthday is just as much a milestone and recognition of your accomplishments as it is a celebration of the toddler you’ve helped develop.

Our son got overloaded with love that day and also overloaded with presents. In light of holiday shopping coming up, here are a couple of gifts I highly recommend, especially if your child, like mine, enjoys figuring things out.

You can almost see the wheels turning in his head!

An Activity Cube:
We like vintage toys that teach in addition to entertain, and this gift has it all. It’s tall enough that your one-year-old can stand to play with it, its four sides have musical elements and abacus-like activities for learning colors, shapes and numbers, and it also has a matching game for animals. The top usually has a colorful winding wires that pass through a wooden town and allow your child to move cars and shapes through them. We bought ours at Once Upon A Child in Rogers for about $30, but you can find them brand new on Amazon between $40 and $100.

learning cube

Melissa & Doug:
farm puzzleThis is a toy brand you can easily find at Target, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning and Amazon. They promote classic toys from our childhood, and just like our family, believe more classic toys allow the child to use even greater imagination.

Jack received several puzzles by Melissa & Doug and they all teach new concepts. Each puzzle piece is either very thick or has a big knob on it, allowing your toddler to easily remove it. There is a picture of the puzzle piece underneath on the wooden board, so Jack could learn new concepts through matching the picture to the piece. They come in themes like colors, shapes, vehicles, animals and so on.

Jack’s favorite is the farm themed puzzle he received from a close friend of ours. These puzzles cost about $12 to $15 retail.

Melissa & Doug also offers “make your own sandwich” kits, clocks for learning to tell time and coloring books.


I hope this helps in your holiday shopping plans. Enjoy the season!

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