Save the Date: Girls’ Night Out to See Dirty Dancing!

dd show680It’s time for a fun Girls’ Night Out! On March 9th, we’ll be going to see Dirty Dancing come to life on stage at the Walton Arts Center. We would LOVE it if you and a few of your friends would join us. (Put March 9th at 7 p.m. in your calendar!)

Dirty DancingAll you’ll need to do is purchase your ticket to the show (at a discounted price) by calling Kimberly Jones at the Walton Arts Center. Kimberly’s direct phone number is 479-571-2719. (If she doesn’t pick up, be sure to leave a message and she will call you back.)

Also, be sure to let Kimberly know you’ll be attending the Girls Night Out event with the nwaMotherlode group.  (We’re also arranging a pre-show Happy Hour, and you’re definitely invited to that, too. We’ll post more details on it soon.)

You have two options on ticket pricing, depending on where you want to sit. (Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll still be sitting with the nwaMotherlode group, so no worries!) Not only does our group get a ticket discount, we also don’t have to pay any extra ticketing fees.

Option 1: $58.95 (regularly priced at $69)

Option 2: $47.90 (regularly priced at $56)

Last year, we did a Girls’ Night Out for the opening of Mamma Mia at Walton Arts Center and we had a blast with the ladies who joined us for Happy Hour and the show. This year’s show is going to be just as great. (We won’t even mention how many times we’ve seen the movie Dirty Dancing. We’ll be the ones lip-syncing some of the lines right along with the actors.)

Here’s a video sneak peek of the show. It looks SO good! Can’t wait!

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Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: January 2017

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First Day Hikes

hiking iconFirst Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.  The initiative targeted the first of January, the start of a new year, to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and the year-round recreation that can be experienced locally in state parks. Through the years, other states, including Arkansas, joined this health initiative. Among them is Hobbs State Park Conservation Area just east of Rogers.  Two different guided tours will be available on Sunday January 1, 2015.

Meet Interpreter Steve in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 10:00 a.m. for a 1/2 mile nature hike on the Sinking Stream Trail. Or meet with special guides Jim and Diane Gately in the Van Winkle parking lot on Hwy. 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a 1/2 mile historic hike.  They will guide you through what was the Peter Van Winkle sawmill community.  The Van Winkle sawmill mill was the largest in the state during the 1870’s, and the area you will be hiking is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Date: Jan. 1st

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove State Park, Devil’s Den or Hobbs State Park

More info: Click here to find a First Day Hike near you

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

gentlemans-guide-broadwayGentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession, by any means necessary. All the while, he’s got to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?) and the constant threat of landing behind bars. Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Date: Jan. 10-15

Times:

Tuesday, January 10 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Wednesday, January 11 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Thursday, January 12 at 7pm  GET TICKETS
Friday, January 13 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 2pm  GET TICKETS
Saturday, January 14 at 8pm  GET TICKETS
Sunday, January 15 at 2pm  GET TICKETS

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

Cheese Making 101 at Fayetteville Public Library

try-fpl-series_12Sweet Freedom Creamery owner Jessica Keahey leads a cheese tasting class with a discussion of different varieties of cheese and foods and drinks to serve as an accompaniment. She gives suggestions for how to cut, serve, and store cheeses. Participants will sample the cheeses and have opporunity to ask questions.  Cheese 101 is free but sign-up is required. Jessica Keahey has a background in microbiology. Her love of food and fermentation naturally has led her into the tasty world of cheese and the artisanal cheese movement with Sweet Freedom Creamery. She has studied cheese with experts from Vermont to Belize, and teaches hands-on cheesemaking classes.

Date: Jan. 11

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts center

More info: Click here to register

Discovery Tots, Amazeum

Ages 18 to 36 months old and a caregiver. (Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop.) Advanced registration and payment required. January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

Date: Jan. 11; Encore workshop January 12, 2017

Time: 10-11 am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 11 Discovery Tots; Register here for January 12 Encore Discovery Tots Workshop

Ozarkansas Tool Library: Build a Bird House

feed-communitiesLearn how to build a bird house for your garden! Participants will learn the safe use of basic power and hand tools. We will also learn about some common backyard garden birds and proper placement of your new bird house. Material fee of $5

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Feed Communities, 221 S. Locust Ave., Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, open house

Visit Shiloh and see some of their new exhibits.

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Shiloh Museum, Springdale

More info: Click here

Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival

school-choiceNorthwest Arkansas School Choice, an organization created to empower families and educators, is working to provide resources and information that parents need when choosing the school that best fits their child.

“Our goal is to increase student retention by placing students in educational environments that cater to their individual needs,” said Dr. Martin W. Schoppmeyer, founder of Northwest Arkansas School Choice. “Our end goal is to increase Arkansas high school graduation rates, ensure preparation for higher education or technical educational pursuits, and to provide each Arkansan the necessary information to make an informed decision on the educational future of their child.”

Their first event, the Northwest Arkansas School Choice Festival, will highlight each private, public and home school’s educational programs and services. Representatives from schools in Benton and Washington counties to come together under one roof to showcase their achievements and share with families what they have to offer.

This event kicks off National School Choice Week 2017, which is America’s largest-annual celebration of opportunity in education. Out of more than 13,000 schools nationwide sponsoring events during National School Choice Week, the NWA School Choice Festival has been chosen as a “Spotlight” event.

Family admission to the festival is free. The first 500 families will receive a swag bag filled with Northwest Arkansas School Choice promotional materials and information about the schools in attendance. College planning and financial aid presentations will take place in the chapel, and a scholarship fair will connect applicants with scholarship providers. The festival will include giveaways, arts and crafts, live music, and refreshments. Swimming is free at The Jones Center during the event.

Date: Jan. 14

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Jones Center for Families, Emma Ave., Springdale

More info: For more information visit NWAschoolchoice.org or contact Heather Holaway at (479) 966-4930 or info@NWAschoolchoice.org.

Great Pretenders, Amazeum

Amazeum logoAges 3-5 years old and a caregiver*

January’s theme: Building Buddies: Build it big. Build it small. Early childhood is an age of experimentation, discovery and play! Blocks provide a perfect tool for young children to explore building techniques. Children and their play partners will also explore balance, patterns, stability, and design with a variety of familiar objects and building materials.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required.

Date: January 18; Encore workshop January 19

Time: 10-11am

Location: Amazeum museum, Bentonville

More info: Register here for January 18 Great Pretenders; Register here for January 19 Encore Great Pretenders Workshop

Chinese New Year celebration, FPL

Join FPL to celebrate the year of the rooster! There will be a brief presentation on the history of Chinese New Year by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association along with traditional dances from the Chinese Association of NWA (CANWA), a performance by FHS Color Guard, and a lion dance from members of 5 Way Dragon’s Martial Arts.

The presentation will be followed by food and a craft.

Date: Jan. 21

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Fayetteville Public Library

More info: Click here

3rd Annual Afternoon of Fairytales at Restoration Village

We invite children and children at heart to join us for an Afternoon of Fairytales on Saturday, January 28, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville. The program will feature an interactive storytelling experience presented by Trike Theater, music, fairytale themed crafts and food. Come dressed as your favorite prince, princess or fairytale character. 

Date: Jan 28

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: Avondale Chapel and Gardens, Bentonville

More info: Click here

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Zing Adventures, Amazeum

Ages 4-6 years old and a caregiver* open to all guests: Amazeum members and non-members

January is Fiber Fun! This month’s workshop is inspired by the mural in yarn, “Biking in Bentonville” by artist London Kaye.  Adult and child partners will become more familiar with a variety of MAKING techniques and tools using yarns, threads and fabrics.

$10 Amazeum member child + adult caregiver
$15 non-member child + adult caregiver

*Adult, age 18 or older, must accompany child during the workshop. Advanced registration and payment required. Registration is open to all guests- Amazeum members and non-members

Date: January 28

Time: 9-10 am; Encore workshop January 28 at 11 am-Noon

More info: Register here for January 28  9-10 am Zing Adventures; Register here for January 28 11 am-Noon Zing Adventures encore workshop

The Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!

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The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

snow cone graphic from printableUPDATED for Summer 2016: We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone on a hot summer day!

snow coneWe rounded up a list of where you can find great snow cones throughout Northwest Arkansas. If you don’t see your favorite snow cone stand on the list, email us and let us know where it is!

Click HERE to download a printer-friendly version of this list. Keep it in your purse or car so you’ll know where to go for an icy treat.

Note: We’ve linked to as many of the businesses below as possible so you can visit their Facebook page to check for hours of operation (and list of flavors) before you visit.

Fayetteville:

Shave the Planet: 3078 N. College Ave. (Next to the Bank of Fayetteville and Hobby Lobby)

Tropical Sno: 464 E. Joyce Blvd. (near TJ Maxx and Best Buy)

Springdale:

Shave the Planet: 1308 N. Thompson (Across from AQ Chicken and Kum&Go)

Shave the Planet: 2940 W. Sunset Ave. (in front of Malco Theater and Harps grocery store)

Lowell:

The Ice Box (formerly Sugar Shack): 1115 N. Dixieland Rd. (in the Golf Mountain parking lot)

Rogers:

The Frozen Coconut: 718 N. 2nd St. (across from Harps, near the Rogers Activity Center)

The Ice Box (formerly Cam’s Mountain Sno): Walnut Rd. (in the Frisco Station Mall parking lot near Hobby Lobby)

Brain Freeze Sno & Whips: 4205 S. Pleasant Crossing Blvd. (in the Burlington parking lot)

Bentonville:

The Chill Zone: 214 NE “A” St. (by the Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad)

Brain Freeze of Bentonville: 200 SW Regional Airport Blvd. (just off Rainbow Curve)

Frozen Tung: 604 Southwest A Street

Kona Ice: Shaved ice truck that travels around Northwest Arkansas (Call for today’s location.)

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Beauty Buzz: How to deal with under-eye circles

By Andi Douglas

I am 1001 times over the dark circles that have taken up permanent residence under my eyes. Once only a problem for Hungover Andi, they have become a daily struggle and the realization that this is caused by *gulp* the thinning of my skin due to aging sent me spiraling into the five stages of grief.

Denial: Dang, the lighting in my bathroom is awful…I’ll look better once I’m outside.

Anger: This is ridiculous! I’ve never had dark circles before and I WILL NOT have them now. Period.

Bargaining: Okay, if I start going to bed an hour early instead of searching Pinterest and I drink 8, no 10 glasses of water a day they’ll go away. Yeah, that will work.

Depression: If I’m going to look like a raccoon I might as well just sleep all day and create a burrow on the couch. Loafin’ Joes delivers; I’m just a fat raccoon now. Call me Rocky. *sigh*

Acceptance: Siri, how do I cover these freaking under eye circles?

So, here I am admitting that I need to add a couple of extra steps to my beauty routine which I can accept, because to be honest, I wasn’t really getting that extra hour of sleep anyway.

If your dark circles are accompanied by puffiness there are a few ways to minimize those bags. Preventatively, cut down the amount of salt and alcohol in your diet. Both lead to water retention and increased swelling. You can also sleep on an extra pillow to help drain the fluid that is accumulating around your eyes and apply a cold compress or chilled spoon under your eyes for a few minutes in the morning.

To help hide the discoloration, follow these 3 steps:

1. Prep your skin with an eye cream: Dab a drop of eye cream along the under eye area starting on the inside corner and working your way out. There are a jillion under eye creams on the market because we all know our “wisdom” shows first in our eyes, so don’t be afraid to ask for samples and test it out. A couple of top-rated options are Mario Badescu Skin Care Ceramide Eye Gel , particularly effective for puffiness if you keep it in the fridge, and Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream, which lives up to it’s name.

under eye circles2. Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them show: I bet Elsa depuffs her eyes every morning with her icy touch but not all of us are that lucky. Gently dot concealer along the under eye area using a thin concealer brush and starting at the inner corner of the eye were circles are darkest. Choose a concealer that brightens and has a yellow undertone to neutralize the purple color of the dark circles. (FYI: Here’s a great guide to what makeup brushes are for what)

3. Seal the deal with powder: Prevent the concealer from settling into creases and wrinkles throughout the day by applying a light translucent powder on top. Or you can use a matte eye shadow two shades lighter than your skin.

If you too are suffering with the loss of your 30-second makeup routine and having trouble coping, there is a support group. We meet at the Chick-fil-A playground in our active wear.

P.S. If your dark circles happen to be brought on by a new baby, a stomach bug raging through your house, an elementary school yearbook deadline that required several all nighters (true story), or having to wait up late for a tardy teenager, you wear those bags with pride, Mama!

Where Kids Eat Free in Northwest Arkansas

where-kids-eat-free-list-sliderSometimes a mama just needs a break from the kitchen. Use the Kids Eat Free list to find a fun place to eat without breaking the bank. (Click here to get the expanded, printer-friendly version of this list.)

We compiled a list of the restaurants we know about, but we’d also like to hear from you.

If it’s not listed below, please tell us about your favorite Kids Eat Free restaurants around town. We’d also like to hear about those places that offer “kids eat almost-free” meals (as in super cheap). Click the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and share your favorites with everyone! Or you can email us at mamas@nwamotherlode.com.

If you’d like to receive a printer-friendly copy of the Kids Eat Free list, sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be able to download our free printable. CLICK HERE to sign up!

A word of caution, though: The hours/times of the following Kids Eat Free restaurants could change, so make sure to check with them first. We’ve linked to each restaurant so you can double-check. Also, keep in mind that these offers are typically contingent upon an adult meal purchase.

Here’s a list of Where Kids Eat Free (or for a great price):

Every day:

The Catfish Hole, Fayetteville (kids under 5)

Grub’s Bar & Grille, Fayetteville, all day for kids under 12

JJ’s Grill, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day for kids under 12

Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili, Lowell, 4 to 8 p.m.

Boar’s Nest BBQ, Fayetteville and Rogers. Kids eat free every day, all day. 12 and under. 1 kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Frickin Chicken, Fayetteville Spring Street location, all day (1 free drumstick, or chicken strip, 1 waffle, and 1 side)

Mondays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Slim Chickens, Fayetteville (College and Joyce locations), all day

Las Palmas, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Tontitown, 5 to 9 p.m.

Bliss Cupcakes, Children 10 and under get a mini cupcake with the purchase of a regular cupcake

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FYI, kids don’t eat free on Wednesdays at Village Inn, but you can score some FREE PIE that day after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill. Fayetteville and Rogers. TWO free kids meals (for 12 and under) per adult entree purchase. 5-10 p.m.

Wagon Wheel Country Cafe. Springdale. One free kid’s meal with an adult purchase. 4-8 p.m.

Slim Chickens, Rogers and Fayetteville. Kids eat free all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.

Mojitos, Fayetteville and Rogers, 12 and under, all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.

Tuesdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 4-9 p.m. Springdale (one Kids Meal per Adult Meal)

Denny’s 4-8 p.m., Fayetteville Springdale (1 kid’s meal for 10 and under with each adult entree)

AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Springdale

Firehouse Subs, Fayetteville, both locations, after 4 p.m.

Applebee’s, 5-9 p.m.

Atlanta Bread Co., 4-9 p.m. (Children 10 and under) *Note: At the Fayetteville location, kids receive free face painting and balloon animals during the kids eat free time.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FYI, kids don’t eat free on Wednesdays at Village Inn, but you can score some FREE PIE that day after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Wednesdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, Rogers, ALL DAY. Every Wednesday is Wednesday Family Day. For every 9-inch or larger pizza that a parent orders, kids 12 and under get a free 6-inch pizza.

Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville, after 4 p.m.

Firehouse Subs, Bentonville, after 4 p.m.

Panda Express, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers. Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.

Thursdays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. ALL DAY. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, all day, M-F)

AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Springdale

Jose’s Southwest Grille, Springdale location, all day

Mariachi’s Mexican Grill at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville. 3-9 p.m. Kids 12 and under eat free with each adult meal purchases (includes kid drink).

Fridays:

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Kids 10 and under. (Every weekday, M-F)

Saturdays:

Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)

Sundays:

Jose’s, Springdale, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Rogers (Promenade location), Springdale and Lowell, all day

Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)

Mama Fu’s Asian House, Bentonville, all day

Slim Chickens, Rogers, all day

Arvest Ballpark during NWA Naturals baseball games (Click here to see when the Naturals will be playing home games on Sundays)

Inexpensive kids meals:

Backyard Burgers, 99-cent kids meals (up to 2) w/adult combo purchase, after 4 p.m.

Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Q, 99-cent kids meals, Tuesdays

Sassy’s Red House BBQ, kids 12 and under one kid meal for 99 cents with each adult meal purchased (Regularly $3.99)

Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fayetteville, Kids’ meals $1.50 on Saturday and Sunday

Flaps Down Grill, Springdale (inside the Springdale Airport), All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for kids 12 and under on Sundays: $2.99 Note: Flaps Down Grill also offers free plane rides for kids at lunchtime every third Saturday of the month.

Zaxby’s, all locations, Thursdays, buy an adult meal and get a kid’s meal for 99 cents (up to 2) Also: Family Night, all locations, $20 for four meal dealz and six cookies, 5-8 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville. $1.99 kid’s meals (dine-in only, 12 and under, includes drink) with adult meal purchase.

Golden Corral, Fayetteville. Tuesdays, 4-9 p.m. 1/2 price kids buffet (includes drink) $2.99 per child for each adult meal purchase.

Ginger Rice and Noodle Bar, Fayetteville. Every day from 3-6 p.m. the entire purchase is 20% off (no specific kids menu).

The Grove Local Pub & restaurant, Rogers. Kids’ meals are $4 every day (includes drink).

Kids Eat Free 2016

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