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 :)

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Good luck, mamas!

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Parenting stories in the news

Headlines slider 2When parents or parenting issues make national or local news, it always catches our eye. We talked about some of the more recent parenting headlines in our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment.

To hear the radio show, just listen to Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday.

To listen online, click the LEFT side of each audio bar below to hear that news story discussion.

Monday’s segment

Tuesday’s segment

Wednesday’s segment

Thursday’s segment

Friday’s segment


Ideas for where to shoot family photos!


A friend asked for suggestions on the best places to have family pictures taken in Northwest Arkansas and lots of mamas spoke up with their faves on the nwaMotherlode Facebook page!

Below are some of their suggestions. We’d love to know if you have any other ideas. Let us know in comments!

These spots are beautiful in any season:

Amy Cowan: Tanyard Creek (aka Bella Vista walking trail).

Laurie Marshall: War Eagle Mill on the bridge, Wilson Park at the castle, the open fields on the trails of Lake Fayetteville.

tree-in-autumnKristy Brown: Mount Sequoyah

Tina Banerjee: Memorial Park ….near the fountain & Crystal Bridges.

Cori Fryar: U of A campus

Taylor Dodson: Crystal Bridges and also Bella Vista lake!

Kaylin Gilkey: The Crystal Bridges grounds are beautiful. And Tanyard Creek trails in Bella Vista!

Rhonda Franz: Downtown Springdale by the trains/train station/old buildings

Stacye Peebles: Boyle Park in Bentonville

We’d love to know what you think! Do you have any other ideas for where to shoot family photos? Click the ‘post a comment’ button below and let us know!

Fall 2014: Craft fairs in Northwest Arkansas!

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Spanker Creek Farm Arts and Crafts Festival

Clothing, leather goods, basket-makers, woodworkers, ironworks, jams and jellies, pickled veggies, furniture, sculpture, and lots of other arts & crafts are available. Holiday theme gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations. Food, snacks, and beverages available.

Date: Oct. 15-19

Time: Wednesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Spanker Creek Farm, Bella Vista

More info: Click here

War Eagle Mill Craft and Culinary Fair

The War Eagle Mill Craft & Culinary Fair, located on the grounds of the Historic War Eagle Mill, a working water powered grist mill, will celebrate its 41st Annual show in 2014. The Mill opens at 6:30am for visitors to enjoy breakfast at the Bean Palace Restaurant, located on the 3rd floor of the Mill, featuring War Eagle Mill products. Juried craftsmen from throughout the United States will be represented. Featuring all original and handmade creations, such as handpainted decorative items, country furnishings, botanical art, ceramics, pottery, watercolors, homemade soaps, jewelry, and much more! We will also have cooking demos with samples for you to try. While you are shopping and eating, you can listen to the live music we will be featuring right on our front porch.

war eagle millDate: Oct. 16-19

Time: Breakfast Starts at 6:30 am. Booths open 8 am  - 5:00 pm, Thurs. – Sat., and until 4:30 pm on Sunday.

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

More info: Click here

Jones Center Arts and Crafts Festival

Inside show where the weather’s always perfect, free parking, free admission. Baskets, woodworkers, potpourris, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting, sculpture, and lots of other hand-made arts & crafts are available. Holiday theme gifts are in abundance, as well as seasonal decorations.

fall arts and craftsDates: Oct. 16-18

Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: 922 East Emma, Springdale

More info: Click here

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Fair

Frisco Station Mall Arts & Crafts Festival is located indoors at the Frisco Station Mall in Rogers.  Baskets, woodworkers, potpourris, candles, jewelry, clothing, wreaths, oil and acrylic painting, and lots of other arts & crafts are available. Holiday theme gifts and seasonal decorations.

Date: Oct. 16-19

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Frisco Station Mall, Rogers

More info: Click here

46th Annual Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival

Visitors can count on the highest quality art and craft work – always hand-made – never buy-sell. Since 1969 the Bella Vista ARts & Crafts festival has been steadily growing in size and reputation. Admission and parking are free. Food court.

Date: Oct. 16-18

Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 1991 Forest Hills Boulevard, Bella Vista

More info: Click here

Artist Market Faire, Bella Vista

The Artist Retreat Center is hosting its first ever Artist Market Faire. Local artists will be selling their handmade wares including jewelry, upcycled art and home decor, found object assemblages, journal covers, wire sculpture and more. There is no admission charge. For information call 

Date: Oct. 17-18

Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Artist Retreat Center, inside the historic two-story log home on U.S. 71 B across from Lake Bella Vista, 13467 Lookout Drive.

More info: (479) 268-6463

Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festivals

The 23rd Annual Fall Craft Fest will be held in 2 locations, the NW Arkansas Convention Center at the Holiday Inn/Springdale, and the John Q Hammons Convention Center adjacent to the Embassy Suites/Rogers. The festivals are located in the two “finest” facilities in NW Arkansas and represented by the most talented artisans and craftsman from across the country!

Date: Oct. 17-18

Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: NWA Convention Center, Springdale: John Q. Hammons, Rogers

More info: Click here

CLICK HERE to see what’s else is happening in Northwest Arkansas in October! The calendar of events is packed with lots of fun, including all kinds of Halloween activities!

Mall-O-Ween offers safe, fun environment for trick-or-treaters on October 31st!

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Every year, the Northwest Arkansas Mall offers a safe, fun environment for kids to score some candy, treat bags – and maybe even win a prize for their costume!

Mall-O-Ween is on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. Trick-or-treating at the Mall-O-Ween is a tradition that lots of local moms enjoy with their kids every year. We’re big on traditions and love a reliable event like this. The Mall-O-Ween has been going on for over two decades.

And a bonus? Bedford Camera & Video will be at Mall-O-Ween taking FREE photos of your little pumpkins! (Plus Halloween is on a Friday night this year. Even more fun, knowing you don’t have to get up early for school and work the next day!)

Here’s our list of Top 5 Things We Love About the Northwest Arkansas Mall’s Mall-O-Ween:

1.candy craze Candy and goody bags from the merchants. They give the good stuff :)

2. Come rain, shine, drizzle or cold temps, the mall always offers a controlled climate.

3. Moms can get a little shopping done while the kids are cheerful and entertained (see the above two points).

4. Kids 12 and under can participate in a Halloween costume contest. Get rewarded for all the hard work you put into that costume, mamas! Prizes are awarded to the top three in each age group, based on originality and creativity. (Click here to see the age ranges and WHEN the contest will be for the various age groups.)

5. It’s safe, y’all. If you don’t like your kids going door to door at strangers’ houses, you’ll enjoy the experience of trick-or-treating in a brightly lit space where the kids will receive treats from nice store reps. Or go out earlier in the neighborhood, then wrap up the trick-or-treating at the mall!

Click here to visit the NWA Mall’s website for more details about Mall-O-Ween and be sure to like them on Facebook so you can be updated on sales and promotions throughout the year.

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