Mercy Health Foundation accepting donations to pay for NICU baby supplies

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We know lots of families like to to help others — and give back — during the holiday season.

We’d like to suggest a gift to the NICU at the nonprofit health care organization, Mercy Health Foundation. Each year, Mercy provides millions of dollars in charity care in the Northwest Arkansas region through the generosity of people in the community who donate.

Mercy’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where the tiniest patients can be found, is a current focus for The Mercy Foundation. Among the most precious, these little babies are also the most fragile and require a higher level of care.

“There isn’t anything more precious than a little newborn, yet at the same time, there isn’t anything more heart breaking than seeing one sick,” said Clark Ellison, regional vice president of  Mercy Health Foundation. “It’s our privilege as the Foundation to partner with our community to bring the highest level of care to these little patients and their families.”

From pacifiers to diapers and baby hats, there are lots of ways to help Mercy care for these little ones and their families, and each and every cent donated goes into our own community:

Baby hats: $36.94 per case would last 6 months in NICU.

baby_nicu-3-200x133 Baby Shampoo: $63.45 per case would last 6 months in NICU.

Diaper cream: $78.94 per case would last 3 months in NICU.

Pacifiers: $112.60 per case would last 3 months in NICU.

Baby wipes: $132.00 per case would last one month in NICU.

The NICU is a care line that has received even greater resources this past year. Mercy added two new neonatologists, Dr. Kimberly Thornton and Dr. Wayne Stillick, onto the team and is also investing in the latest advanced NICU equipment, including a transport isolette and customized ventilators that provide specialized respiratory support to premature babies.

“We have a genuine partnership with our community sharing the same vision of providing care to all regardless of means,” said Ellison. “It’s a true collaboration, as neither could accomplish that vision without the other.”

For more information on donating to the work of the Mercy Health Foundation, contact Clark Ellison with the Mercy Foundation at 479-338-2990 or click here to give to the NICU online.

This new temporary wallpaper from James + James is so versatile {and gorgeous}!

We love it when James + James goes to market and returns to Northwest Arkansas with super cool stuff.

This time they brought back temporary wallpaper and it definitely earns the title of FABULOUS. It’s a self-adhesive, removable, NO-MESS, high impact way to quickly update a room — or a bookshelf. Or a table. Or a lamp. James + James is the exclusive dealer in Arkansas to carry this product.

We know lots of you are getting your house ready for guests, so we wanted to share this awesomeness with you. Here are some of the patterns they have in the removable wallpaper — or “tempaper”:

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Deep blue honeycomb tempaper

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Black & Clay tempaper

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Damsel textured bisque tempaper

Here’s a little more about how this temporary wallpaper works: Tempaper is self-adhesive, “peel-and-stick”, temporary wallpaper that eliminates the need for paste or water. Simply remove its backing and adhere to a smooth, primed and painted surface. Just peel off to remove. It is fun and high-impact decorating for those who do not want to make a long-term commitment to a permanent design or renters who can’t.

Tempaper is sold in rolls measuring 20.5 in. wide x 11 yds. giving wall coverage of 56.37 sq. ft. with design repeat every 18 in. Applications on matte or flat paints are not recommended. Tempaper is a phthalate and lead-free vinyl-coated product. The adhesive and inks that we use are environmentally safe and friendly along with a biodegradable removable backing. Tempaper will not be affected by steam, humidity or indirect moisture from a bathroom and will remain in place until removed.

Cool, huh?

And if you want some ideas for what ELSE you could do with the tempaper instead of hanging it on walls, here are some other ideas:

bookcase with tempaper

Make a statement with your bookcase. Click here for the tutorial.

headboard with tempaper

Cool temporary “headboard”

CLICK HERE to visit the James + James page to see all the tempaper options!

Visit Santa at his new house in the NWA Mall + some insider scoop!

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We lovelovelove the new holiday decor at the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

The new “holiday house” makes for a great background for photos with Santa this year. You’ll find Santa here seven days a week through Christmas Eve (see hours above):

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Photo packages start at $22 and some will include free Shutterfly gift cards. Kids who visit Santa will also receive a free holiday book.

CLICK HERE to jump over to the mall’s website. Like their Facebook page HERE and stay up to date on all the holiday sales going on at the mall during this holiday season. The mall is a great one-stop shop for Christmas gifts.

Insider scoop: Did you know that the Northwest Arkansas Mall has an annual Breakfast with Santa event? This year the mall is supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Fayetteville. Get your tickets early, before they’re all gone. You can buy tickets at the Boys & Girls Club on Rupple Road in Fayetteville.

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Another insider tip: The mall has an adorable (interactive) “Santa’s Village” feature on the website right now. Kids can dress an elf, make their own holiday e-card, work jigsaw puzzles, play memory games, color picture pages, catch candy in the Candy Shop — and more. Just click on the door of the village shop you want to explore.

santa's villageHere’s a partial list of stores at the NWA Mall that will help you with getting that Christmas list knocked out:

  • See’s Candies
  • Dillard’s
  • Razorback Shop
  • JC Penney
  • Sear’s
  • Melody’s Choices
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Francesca’s
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Candy Craze
  • Gap
  • Gymboree
  • Justice

CLICK HERE to see a full list of stores at the NWA Mall.

What’s new at the Amazeum? Here’s the scoop!

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The Amazeum is a new museum in Northwest Arkansas (opening in 2015) for children and families.

Charter memberships went on sale recently and there are lots of benefits. A membership would make an awesome Christmas gift. Here’s what you’ll receive with a charter membership:

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Everything in the museum will be hands-on for maximum interaction. We asked the Amazeum staff a few questions so you’ll know more about what’s up at this fabulous 44,500-square foot wonder:

Q: When is the Amazeum scheduled to open?

The Amazeum is scheduled to open the second half of 2015.

Q: Can you tell us about charter memberships? How much do they cost?

A charter member is an original member of an organization. Everyone who purchases a membership before or during our opening year will be considered an Amazeum charter member. For those charter members who purchase between now and April 2015, there are extra special opportunities to enjoy prior to opening. (Those benefits are outlined below.) There are several levels of memberships, beginning at $95 for a family of four.

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 Q: What are the benefits of being a charter member?

A charter membership represents an opportunity to be at the forefront of something that will amaze, inspire and educate children in our region for generations to come. These exclusive memberships will allow holders to enjoy museum access before it opens to the public.

As long as they renew each year, those who purchase memberships now will be recognized as charter members for the life of their membership.

In addition to charter member benefits, all members enjoy unlimited admission all year, discounts on birthday parties, advance notice and early camp registration, special members-only hours, 10 percent store discount, special pricing for educational programs and camps, free or discounted admission to more than 550 science and children’s museums across the country, and invitation to members-only events and exhibit previews.

The museum is also offering contributing memberships to those who would like to support the museum’s annual fund along with their membership gift. Full details of membership levels are available at

Q: Where can we buy a membership?

Memberships can be purchased online at, by calling 479-696-9280 x 202 or emailing

Q: Can we buy gift memberships?

Absolutely!  These make a great gift that the whole family will enjoy.  When you are purchasing a membership, you are prompted to indicate if it is a gift membership and if you’d like to receive the information or if you’d like us to send it straight to the recipient. If it’s a surprise, we’ll help you keep it that way!

Q: Who can be included in a Family Membership?

Our memberships are designed so that you can include any combination of grandparents, parents and kids.

Q: What age range is the Amazeum best suited for?

The Amazeum exhibits are designed to promote imagination and creative thinking for children and families of all ages. There will be two spaces dedicated for toddlers. The majority of the spaces are designed with children ages 4 to 8 in mind.

Innovation Alley is a series of learning spaces – including the Tinkering Studio, the Art Studio and The Hershey Lab – that offer deeper learning opportunities to be enjoyed by older elementary- and middle school-age students.

The Amazeum will also appeal to audiences other than young children and families. It will feature meeting spaces for businesses and organizations in the region, as well as spaces for corporate team-building exercises that encourage creativity and collaboration. For educators, the Amazeum will offer a variety of professional development workshops.

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Doesn’t this look like FUN?!

Q: We hear kids can have birthday parties there. Tell us about that!

Yes, the Amazeum would love to host your child’s birthday party! Party packages will be available when we open. Also, charter members receive discounts on birthday parties. (See above for more details on charter memberships.)

Q: Can you tell us about some of the exhibits/experiences we’ll find at the Amazeum?

You can expect a lot of laughter and active play!

Currently under construction, the first permanent exhibition that has been announced is General Mills Lift, Load & Haul, which focuses on kinetic activity and transferring things from one place to another. The exhibit will allow kids to explore how things work on their own terms while experiencing basic principles of physics, engineering, logistics and problem solving. The multi-faceted exhibition allows kids to roll up their sleeves and work on their own or in cooperation with someone else to lift, move, load and ready a truck for transport.

One of the first things visitors will notice upon approaching this exhibit is the large, accessible cab of a truck inviting them to climb in and pretend to drive. The exhibit is built around an actual truck cab, donated by Walmart Fleet Services.

Other experiences at the Amazeum will include a tinkering studio, climbable tree canopy, indoor caves, an art studio and more. Exhibitions will extend to the museum grounds where approximately one acre of land will provide the background for more learning and fun. The Amazeum will also feature indoor and outdoor event space. For additional details about exhibits as they are finalized, visit

Q: Will there be a place to grab snacks?

The Amazeum will offer a café, where you can expect to find a variety of quick and healthy food options.

Q: How long has the Amazeum been on the horizon?

The Amazeum has been a long labor of love. In June 2006, supporters obtained 501c3 nonprofit status, and in November of that year organized and announced the founding board. Currently construction is in full swing, and progress at the site can be viewed in real time on our construction webcam.

Q: Why is it important for kids to visit places like the Amazeum?

amazeum experimentResearch continues to tell us about the growth and development of our children. From birth to age three, social, emotional and intellectual aspects of a child form. From ages three to five, children are like sponges exploring, absorbing and organizing information about the world around them.

Through this early development, children expand their social, sensory, conceptual, language, gross and fine motor skills, and problem-solving abilities. We have come to understand each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

In our fast-paced, complicated society where raising a child needs all the positive support possible, the Amazeum will create a haven that stimulates exploration and imagination, cultivates the grasp of information at a pace that suits each child individually, and inspires a love of learning from the beginning.

The Amazeum creates a fun environment where risk taking, imagining, problem solving, discovery, collaboration and exploration bring children and adults together to learn and grow.

CLICK HERE to visit the Amazeum website!

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

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