Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving happy thanksgiving700From our families to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you’re spending it with those you love. (And we hope you have pie! Yum!)

How to prevent and cure that “weird smell”

Smell slider 700Hopefully your house smells AWESOME this week because you or someone else is baking pumpkin pies or preparing the turkey. But most of us have worried (especially before guests come over) that our house might smell weird and we don’t even know it. Have we gone “nose blind” to the weird smells all around us?

We talked about this topic recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which airs at 7:45 a.m. weekdays.) Click the left side of the audio bars below to hear that discussion and get tips on how to make sure your carpets, car, kids room and more all smell great.

Stinky carpet?

Refrigerator funk?

Kids rooms and bathrooms

Does your car smell like a rolling chicken nugget?

De-stink the sneakers

Christmas 2015: Where to see Santa this season in Northwest Arkansas!


Jolly Old St. Nick will soon be seen all over town!

He arrives at the Northwest Arkansas Mall at 6 tonight!

In celebration of Santa’s arrival, everyone is invited to attend a free performance by the Northwest Arkansas Dance Company at 6 p.m. in the Food Court.

After the performance, there will be a special reading of The Night Before Christmas by our celebrity guest reader, Jim Bodine, from Magic 107.9 radio. Afterwards, Santa will arrive at the Food Court and parade with children down to his holiday home at Center Court.

Photos with Santa will start immediately after the celebration of his arrival. Every child who visits Santa during the holiday season will get a special gift from Santa. In addition, the first 50 customers who purchase a photo package will receive a free gift (while supplies last). You know what else is cool about this Santa? He’s an interpreter for hearing impaired people, so he can communicate with hearing impaired children and parents.

Visits and photos with Santa will continue through Christmas Eve at Northwest Arkansas Mall. Santa’s regular hours are listed below:

*Regular Santa Hours from Nov. 21 – Dec. 23

  • Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Break from 3 – 4 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Noon – 6 p.m. (Break from 3 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Christmas Eve hours are 11a.m. to 6p.m.

On December 7th and 14th you can bring your pets to Center Court to purchase photos with Santa from 6-8 p.m.

On December 12th, your kids can have breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at Mariachi’s Cantina at the NWA Mall. Tickets are $5 and kids 2 and under are free. Every child will receive a special gift. You can buy tickets at the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville or go online here: www.fayettevillekids.org.

Here are some other spots around NWA where you’ll also spy Santa this season:

Light of the Ozarks on the Fayetteville Square

santasThe Fayetteville Square will light up tonight (Nov. 20) starting at 6 p.m. with the Lighting Night parade. Festive floats, Razorback mascots, and even Santa will be there to join in the fun.

The lights illuminate the square each evening fom 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music are awesome, but . The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year.

You can also visit Santa on the Square. Santa is free to see (tickets are $2 to visit his reindeer) but there is a $5 fee for photos with Santa. Santa and his reindeer are out on the Square every evening until December 23rd from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

Lighting of the Bentonville Square

On Nov. 21, the Bentonville square will light up! Look for the First National Bank of NWA booth to get free photos with Santa from 4-6 p.m.!

fnbnwa santaCabela’s

On Dec. 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can visit Santa in the Octagon at Cabela’s and get a free picture and Cabela’s keepsake frame with Santa Claus. (Or you can take one with your camera). Cabela’s says: Due to the popularity of this event, photo printing wait time may vary, so please make sure to bring your patience!

The Jones Center

christmas show, jones centerOn December 12th, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., the Ozark Figure Skating Club will present “It’s a Classic Christmas” at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. This will be a fantastic family event showcasing the finest figure skaters in Northwest Arkansas. After the show, ticket holders are invited to skate with the cast and Santa. Concessions will be available. Visit www.ozarkfsc.org for more information.

Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall

Santa will be at Pinnacle Promenade in Rogers through Dec. 24 in the Food Pavilion.

The Walmart Museum

Santa Claus will be at the Walmart Museum (just off the Bentonville Square) and ready for pictures with you, your family, and friends. It’s free.

Here are the dates & times he’ll be at the museum:

Friday, December 4th from 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, December 19th, from 9am to 2pm

Wednesday, December 23rd, from 5pm to 8pm

NWA Circle of Friends, Santa’s North Pole Party

Circle of FriendsThis party benefits Arkansas Children’s Hospital and sounds like a blast. On Dec. 5, from 5-7 p.m., kids 2 and up are invited to St. Thomas Episcopal Church on 48th St. in Springdale to enjoy games, photos with Santa, stories and crafts.

Tickets are $10 for kids (adults don’t pay). They will also be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Arkansas Children’s Hospital kids.


On Saturday, Dec. 5 and 12th from 1-4 p.m., your pet (and kids) can pose with Santa at Petco locations in Fayetteville and Rogers. For $9.95 you’ll receive a photo and keepsake frame and all proceeds  help homeless animals. We’ll bark — and meow — to that!

Farmland Adventures

Santa will stop by multiple times at Farmland Adventures in Springdale when they start selling Christmas trees and hosting fun winter adventures, which is new this year!

There will also be a shepherd and sheep for families to take pictures with at various times.

Click here to read a story about Farmland Adventures’ new winter hours, family activities (including a community campfire to enjoy!) and pre-cut Christmas trees.

Farmland adventures, Christmas trees

Outings under $20: Sidewalk Sundays at the Walmart Museum

Outings under $20 in NWA, 650

Have you been enjoying your summer so far? If you’re looking for some ideas for outings that won’t cost a bundle, we’ve got ya covered with our Outings under $20 ideas.

CLICK HERE to see previous Outings recommendations.

Today’s suggestion is to check out one (or all!) of the free Sidewalk Sundays events coming up at The Walmart Museum in Bentonville. Before or after your visit, try the old-fashioned soda fountain attached to the museum called The Spark Cafe. The prices are reasonable and they have all kinds of ice cream and pie. YUM.

Here’s a list of the upcoming drop-in Sidewalk Sundays events, which are free and all happen between 2 and 5 p.m.:

Sidewalk Sundays, new logoSunday, July 12: “Celebrate Mad Science!” Kids of all ages can become mad scientists with Bentonville Public Library with an afternoon full of actives including: a chromatography butterfly craft, uncovering rainbow paper, mad scientist hats, and Drop! Splat! Art!

Sunday, July 19: Hang out with your favorite princess and superhero with Once Upon a Party.

Sunday, July 26: Musical performances and education with School of Rock!

Sunday, August 2: Learn about wild animals with Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Roar!

Sunday, August 9: Train Your Brain! Bentonville Public Library will get your brain back in shape for a new school year with engaging memory activities, crafts and games!

Sunday, August 16: Sports Day with the Arkansas Blazers, Perfect Timing, and The Jones Center Hockey Team.

Sunday, August 23: Community Creative Center returns for more pottery making!

Sunday, August 30: School of Rock closes out the season with another rocking performance!

Enjoy your Outing, mamas!

Slightly Tilted: Bread — I Lust for Crust

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By Jen Adair, Blogger at Slightly Tilted, Entreprenuer, Homeschool Mom to two fab kiddos

Oh, bread! Why art thou so delish? 

When I see you, I fill up my dish…

I have no self-control at all, 

You leave me banging my head against the wall.

Or something like that.

I was never good at poetry.

All the problems in my life are caused by bread. There. I said it. I need to join Bread Eaters Anonymous because I have no self-control. If I don’t take that first bite, I’m fine. If I do…I’m toast. Literally.

I don’t have a problem with sweets. Chips are good…but I don’t crave them. Muffins? Heh…take them or leave them. Fresh baked bread with butter, still warm from the oven? Roll me home, because I’m eating that. All of that.

What is so good about flour and water and eggs and oil and whatever else?! I DON’T KNOW!! But it’s good. SooOOOoo good. Oh, look…new cellulite dimples are popping out on my legs as I’m typing this. Yay for me.

bread basket smallI’m trying to convince myself that I must be very holy because Jesus liked bread. He compared himself to bread. He fed people bread. In fact, the story about the 5 loaves and 2 fishes always bothered me because they had 12 baskets left over!! Twelve baskets of bread! I would keep thinking, Jesus made that bread. I bet it was the best bread ever! What did they do with the leftovers? Croutons? Save it for dressing? How could you not eat ALL the bread the Jesus made?

I mean, that’s just rude.

I tried to do the low-carb thing, and actually, it’s not that hard. The problem is that I can eat two pounds of meat at one sitting and not feel full. It’s true – ask my hubby! I’m also in love with all veggies, which is a good thing, but two pounds of meat and three pounds of veggies at every meal gets expensive. And I’m still a hungry grouch.

My problem, and the one that causes my self-control to evaporate, is that first bite of bread. The chemical reaction starts going on in my body and BAM! I have to have another bite.

I do that with a lot of things:

Exercising. Complete addict.

Writing. Addict.

Netflix. Oh, yeah…totally addicted.

Wine. No comment. That’s a whole different article.

Today, for example, my daughter made banana bread. We make this a lot because our house is where bananas go to die. She made a loaf and it was ready at 12:13. By 12:46, it was gone. The whole thing.

I guess maybe I’m carb-loading for all that exercising, writing, and Netflix watching? And the bread does soak up some alcohol, so I can drink more wine. See how good I am at rationalizing my addictions?

I also read that eating bread makes you smarter and sexier.

Or maybe I wrote that…like just now. As I eat some bread with butter.

With my wine.

jen adair3Hey. I’m Jen Adair. I’m an entrepreneur. Homeschool mom. CEO of organized chaos. Ok – it’s really not all that organized. Some days are great, some are not, some days I feel invincible, some days I can barely get out of bed. BUT…it’s my life and I’m living it. Browse my collection of random thoughts, humor (well, I think I’m funny!), images, links, whatever…at my blog Slightly Tilted. Sharing is caring, people! :)