Voted Best Orthodontist: Storms Orthodontics

Dr. storms staff, cropped

Dr. Storms and staff

Visit Storms Orthodontics in Fayetteville and you’ll see a huge wall of thank-you notes to Dr. Storms — and pictures of happy kids wearing big smiles.

Many of the kids are holding a small paper replica of Dr. Storms (think Flat Stanley) and are pictured with him in all sorts of places: in a canoe, under a bronze John Wayne statue or even picking squash in the garden.

These shots were all part of the “Where in the world is Dr. Storms?” contest. Here’s the squash picture on the wall:

dr. storms in the squash

Dr. Storms visits patients at two locations, Fayetteville and Siloam Springs. Our readers here at nwaMotherlode chose Dr. Storms above all the other orthodontists in Washington County. This clinic has been Mom-Approved!

Here are some recent reviews posted on the Storms Orthodontics website:

Dr. Storms reviews

Here’s a little more about Storms Orthodontics to help you get to know them:

Tell us about the technology that Storms Orthodontics uses:

Our practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a fun and comfortable Arkansas Razorback-friendly environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry, such as tooth-colored ceramic braces and Invisalign, along with the latest in computer technology (intraoral scanning, digital imaging and advanced computer graphics) to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.

What is your treatment philosophy?

Our treatment philosophy is a very personal approach to each patient’s treatment. We are not interested in performing stormsorthoquantity – we are committed to QUALITY!

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our door. You will find our practice to be a unique and pleasant experience in every way as we understand the importance of choosing an office that truly values the quality of service it provides.

We encourage open communication with our patients and provide constant feedback on your treatment progress.

Is Storms Orthodontics just for teenagers?

Whether an adult, adolescent or child, Dr. Storms and his experienced staff are committed to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

A little more info about Dr. Storms and his family:

Dr. Storms and his wife Amy are the proud parents of Will and Sarah. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Dr. Storms enjoys golf, basketball and is an avid supporter of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Go Hogs!

Click here to visit the Storms Orthodontics website or call 479-521-8887. You can also visit the Facebook page by clicking here.

Be sure to tell Dr. Storms and his staff that you saw the Storms Orthodontics ad on nwaMotherlode. We love our sponsors! ♥

Voted Best Mother’s Day Out: First School at First United Presbyterian Church

Award Winner Facebook badgeThe moms in Northwest Arkansas have given their stamp of approval on the best local businesses and service providers by voting in our annual Mom-Approved Awards.

And what could be more important than the people who work with our kids when we need child care/early education?

firstschoolMoms endorsed First School at the First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville for Best Mother’s Day Out in Washington County.

First School not only has MDO, but they also have preschool and 5-day private kindergarten. This faith-based school has low child-to-teacher ratios and earned accreditation (three-start rating) from Arkansas Better Beginnings, which is very rigorous.

My daughter (Shannon here) attended First School every summer for several years in a row when she was younger and LOVED it. There was lots of outside exercise, art, music, learning and structured/unstructured play time.

Here’s are a few of the cute classrooms:

first school classroom collage

first school roomAnd we couldn’t resist sharing this cute one on the playground:

First school playground

Contact First School at 479-571-4516 or CLICK HERE to visit the website for more information! Here’s a great shot of the great teachers who work with the children at First School:

First School Teachers use this one


Voted Best Birthday Place: Jumpzone

Award Winner Facebook badgeWe ask moms to vote in the Mom-Approved Business Awards because we know that moms always pick the best of the best. Moms have such high standards when it comes to service, value, atmosphere and overall customer experience. And we moms are especially picky when it comes to choosing the right spot to celebrate something as important as our kid’s birthday.

jumpzone winnerFor the second year in a row, Jump!Zone has won the “Best Birthday Place” category for Benton County in the Mom-Approved Business Awards. (Congrats to the owner and staff at Jump!Zone for another stellar year that earned you so many votes!)

My kids and I have been going to Jump!Zone for more than six years and have had birthday parties there as well. They’re at 805 SE 22nd St. in Bentonville.

Here are some of the perks that make this place SO popular with kids and moms.

  • Jumping! The inflatables give kids a fun, safe place to use up all that extra energy (and we all know how much EXTRA energy they have when there’s a birthday party involved). They can run, jump, squeal, slide and be as silly as they want to be with their friends. (The huge pirate ship with octopus inflatable is still my kids’ favorite thing to play on at Jump!Zone.)
  • Mom-Friendly: Moms can hang out nearby and watch the action. There are benches to sit and visit with other parents and there’s also free Wi-Fi, so you can answer a few emails or catch up on your social media news feed.
  • Party rooms! The party rooms are big, clean and have great lighting so you can get good birthday party snapshots.
  • Party HELP! You always get a birthday party helper so you’re not alone when you’re trying to serve cake, pour juice, take pictures and write down who gave which gift. That extra pair of hands is SUCH a big help.
  • No clean-up: Let’s admit it. Part of the reason some of us choose to have birthdays away from home is because we’d like our home to still be standing and not covered in cake frosting and party confetti. Jump!Zone handles all the clean-up after the party, so you’re free to pack up those birthday gifts and hit the road.

jumpzone open playIf you’ve got a birthday party to plan and need a place to do it, we’d suggest you go check out Jump!Zone during one of their Open Play sessions. We have a feeling that, once your kids get a taste of it, they’ll be begging to do their birthday party there.

Discount alert! There is a “Back-to-School” coupon available right now at Jump!Zone that can be used to book a birthday party any time this year OR next year. It gets you $40 off of a 15, 20 or 25-kid party package. It also adds an extra pizza to the package (in addition to the pizzas already included.) (Be aware that you can’t combine this coupon with other coupons.) If you want to use the coupon online to book a party, the coupon code is bk2skl14. (The coupon expires on Sept. 19, 2014.)

Click HERE to see more on birthday party options at Jump!Zone, and remember that you don’t have to wait for a party to go play! Click HERE to see the calendar of Open Play times and print it out to keep on your fridge. When the weather gets ugly and you need a way for the kids to burn off energy, THIS is your answer. :-)

Mom-Approved Business Award Winners Announced!

Award Winner Facebook badgeThe votes are in! Here’s the list of winning businesses chosen as the 2014 “Mom-Approved” Award Winners, as voted by the readers of Thanks so much for taking the time to vote in the online survey, and congrats to the businesses who have earned the respect of so many local moms. (And congrats to Cori Fryar, who won a shopping spree at the NWA Mall after being chosen at random among all the voters in the survey.)

Best Birthday Place

  • jumpzone winnerJumpzone — Benton County
  • Boingo Bounce — Washington County

Best Mother’s Day Out

  • Central United Methodist Church — Benton Couty
  • First School — Washington County

Best Bank

  • Arvest — Benton and Washington Counties

Best Hair Salon

  • firstschoolBrieshi — Benton County
  • Freshair — Washington County

Best Computer Repair

  • MegaByte — Benton County
  • Best Buy Geek Squad — Washington County

Best Consignment Store

  • Plato’s — Benton County
  • Once Upon a Child — Washington County

brieshi-award-winnerBest Dance Lessons

  • All That Dance — Benton County
  • Academy of Dance — Washington County

Best Date Night

  • Theo’s — Benton County
  • Bordinos — Washington County

Best Daycare

  • Little Sunshine’s Playhouse — Benton County
  • Bright Haven Christian Learning Center — Washington County

Best Dermatologist

  • (TIE VOTE) Hull Dermatology and Premier Dermatology — Benton County
  • Ozark Dermatology — Washington County

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

  • Chick-fil-A — Benton County
  • Grub’s — Washington County

Best Local Clothing Boutique

  • The Pink Tomato — Benton County
  • Belle Boutique — Washington County

Best Pediatric Clinic

Best Place to Find Accessories

  • Charming Charlie’s — Benton County
  • Whimsy Whoo — Washington County

Best Spa

  • Spa Botanica at Embassy Suites — Benton County
  • La Vida Massage — Washington County


Best Orthodontist

  • Orthodontics Exclusively, Dr. Derek Brown — Benton County
  • Storms Orthodontics, Dr. Darrin Storms — Washington County

Best Toy Store

  • Dilly Dally’s — Benton County
  • Bella’s — Washington County

Editor’s note: Soon we’ll be sending a printable list of the winning businesses to the local moms who receive our email newsletter. It’ll be an easy way to print this list (which will include some contact info) and put it on your fridge or bulletin board for easy reference. To get the printable, just make sure you’re on our email newsletter list. The sign-up form is in the upper right-hand corner of this web page.

Want to win a $100 gift card? Fill out this survey!

Soapware MHW-Motherlode-Ad2 Sept14

Maybe the kids don’t listen to their mamas as much as we want them to, but more and more companies ARE paying attention to what we mothers have to say. In fact, a local company called SOAPware is going to give one local mom a $100 Amazon Gift Card in exchange for less than five minutes of her time. (SOAPware is a software development company that works with healthcare clinics and hospitals across the country.)

Fill out this online Mom’s Survey and your name automatically goes into an online hat for the random drawing to win the $100 Amazon Gift Card Woo-hoo! This would be perfect for buying Christmas presents or for mama to use on herself ;)

gift cardAs always, we have thoroughly checked out this survey and have also taken it ourselves, so we can assure you that there’s no scam here. Here’s what you need to know about the Mom’s Survey:

  • They’re not asking for too much personal information — just first name and email address and your “age range.” (No specifics.)
  • They’re not asking for too much of your time. (The survey is only 5 multiple-choice questions long. That’s it. We took it in less than five minutes, and it’s all multiple choice point and click. No essay questions here.)
  • They’re asking these questions in order to make the healthcare system more helpful and efficient — which is something we moms can appreciate since we’re usually the ones who are taking kids, aging parents (and even reluctant husbands) to the doctor.

We hope you’ll participate by providing your honest feedback on these healthcare-related questions. And if you happen to help yourself to a $100 Amazon Gift Card because you offered your opinion?? Well then everyone wins. :-)

Good luck, mamas!

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