Kitchen is becoming the smartest room in the house

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Note from the mamas: Besides our cell phones, the machines in our kitchens are the ones we interact with most on a day-to-day basis. That’s why we’re constantly on the lookout for the latest advancements in the appliances we rely on so much. We asked our friend and website sponsor, Judy Bilyeu of Metro Appliances & More, to bring us up to speed on some of the new technology she is seeing introduced in the appliance industry. Keep in mind you can see some of these appliances in person on the showroom floor at Metro Appliances & More in Springdale.

By Judy Bilyeu, Metro Appliances & More

Technology has made some pretty impressive advancements over the years, and the appliance industry is no exception. Consumers everywhere now have the ability to make their kitchens a little smarter with interactive, metro technology2streamlined appliances that can be accessed and engaged remotely. Indeed, the lines of Internet-connected appliances — from ovens to refrigerators and washing machines — have made technological leaps in household maintenance.

This summer, Electrolux is introducing a new innovative product that eliminates the need to stand beside the oven, checking every few seconds to see if your roast is ready. These new cookers are equipped with cameras inside the oven, allowing you to monitor the progress of your meal on your mobile phone. This appliance will also revolutionize cooking life for those among us who don’t have a natural instinct for when to put certain things in the oven or get started on sides to ensure everything is metro technology1 680completed at once and maintains its heat. A separate app will signal when work needs to begin on each component of the meal and help ensure the heat remains in proportion to the recipe.

Other innovations come in the form of the new Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, which is revolutionizing the way families communicate. The Family Hub Refrigerator streamlines household communications. With a 2.1-inch full HD LCD resolution screen, families can post, share, and update calendars, leave notes, pin photos, and even display the kids’ latest artistic masterpiece. The Family Hub will also help organize groceries and identify items that need to be restocked.

Kitchens really are becoming one of the smartest rooms in the house. The latest in appliances offered by premium brands are designed to modernize your kitchen experience. Digital panels on appliances have become more and more mainstream, but Metro metro technology3 300brands such as Dacor, Viking, Jenn-Air and Wolf have upped the ante with touch-screen displays and guided cooking tutorials. Many of these ovens feature the added ability to choose the meal you intend to prepare from a specific stored recipe. The application will suggest the appropriate temperature based on your meal’s specifications, which range from how done your meat should be to the type of pans you intend to use.

As we advance further, appliances working in tandem will help maintain connections to gauge when one process ends and the other begins, reinvigorating everyday tasks. We have officially entered the era of at-home James Bond technology.

For more info on the appliances mentioned in this post, swing by the Metro Appliances & More showroom in Springdale or call them at 479-750-2200. Click here to visit Metro on the Web.

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Sponsor Spotlight: A Q&A with Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

Dr. Rhys BranmanWe interviewed Dr. Rhys Branman of Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, one of our sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, about  the “mommy makeover” and other cosmetic surgery questions mamas might want to ask.

Of course, we LOVE before and after shots and there are lots to look at HERE.

Dr. Branman regularly appears on Arkansas television answering patient questions about cosmetic surgery and has been featured nationally on Dateline NBC. CLICK HERE to see some of his most popular videos and media features on Good Morning Arkansas.

Q: How long has your clinic been open? Can you tell us a little about your approach?

Our clinic was originally opened by Dr. Jim Billie in 1986. I originally trained with Dr. Billie in 1998 and was asked by him to take over the practice in 2002. Since that time, we have grown the practice to include a certified surgery center and all aspects of cosmetic surgery and aesthetician services.

Our practice approach is patient-centric. I want to know how the patient feels about themselves and what they see as aesthetic issues. We work hand-in-hand with our patients to guide them through the process of aesthetic change and partner with our patients to achieve the best, most natural results.

Q: What does a free consultation consist of?

meet dr branman's staffA cosmetic consultation is an opportunity for patients to meet privately with a potential surgeon to discuss their concerns, learn about which procedures and treatments can help, and ask questions. When arriving for an initial consultation, you will first be greeted by one of our friendly staff members, who will provide you with necessary patient forms.

When your registration is complete, it is time to meet with me and my nurse.  During this time, I will listen to your concerns, evaluate your trouble areas, and make expert recommendations for the best course of treatment.

The consultation is all about you, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about your procedure(s) of interest and ask any questions you may have about surgery, recovery, and results. We will also go over a number of other things, including:

  • My qualifications, credentials, and experience.
  • Where your procedure will be performed.
  • Who will be administering anesthesia.
  • Before and after photos of patients with a similar body type and concerns as yours.

Once your examination is complete, you’ll meet again with a patient coordinator to discuss your financing and payment options and, if you feel comfortable moving forward, schedule your procedure.

Q: What’s the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery?

While there is quite a bit of overlap between the two, there are some distinct differences. Plastic surgery is largely focused on restoring normal functionality and appearance, with surgery being reconstructive in nature. Plastic surgery usually includes reconstructing or improving defects on the body and face that result from injury, trauma, disease, or birth defects.

Cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is focused on enhancing or improving appearance from an aesthetic standpoint. Goals include enhancing symmetry, proportion, and balance of the body, face, or breasts to achieve a more pleasing appearance.

Q: What types of surgeries do you perform at your clinic?

branman testimonialI perform a wide variety of facial, breast, and body cosmetic procedures, including breast enhancement (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction), body contouring (liposuction, tummy tuck, mommy makeovers), and facial rejuvenation (facelift, rhinoplasty, facial implants). Additionally, I offer a number of non-surgical or minimally invasive options to address a variety of concerns.

Q: What’s the Mommy Makeover?

A mommy makeover is a customized set of procedures designed to help address some of the main concerns mothers have after pregnancy and childbirth. Typically, these concerns are related to excess or sagging skin around the abdomen and changes in breast appearance.

While a mommy makeover can be customized with any number of procedures or treatments based on the patient’s needs, mommy makeovers most frequently include a breast lift (with or without breast implants), liposuction, and tummy tuck surgery.

Q: What do you say to women who are afraid of feeling “vain” or too preoccupied with their appearance to have a procedure?

If there is something about your appearance that bothers you, makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, or negatively impacts your self-esteem, there is nothing at all wrong with getting a little extra help.

The confidence that comes from feeling and looking your best can have a positive impact on your family and almost every other area of your life. I firmly disagree with the idea that correcting or improving a feature that causes you despair is vain.

Q: What about a woman’s concern that a procedure isn’t safe?

When performed by a qualified, board certified cosmetic surgeon, these procedures are quite safe and come with few risks. Prior to any procedure, your health and medical history is assessed to ensure there are no underlying factors that may lead to surgical complications—so be sure to answer all questions honestly and thoroughly.

Safe anesthesia is also paramount. That’s why I work only with board certified anesthesiologists in my practice.

The third key to your safety is checking that your surgeon operates in an accredited surgery center.

If you have any concerns about the safety of a procedure, get a second opinion. It’s also wise to independently verify all of the practice’s certifications before proceeding with any surgery, no matter how minor it sounds.

Q: When you’re not helping patients, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy camping, hiking, playing guitar, and travel. I also definitely enjoy trying out new foods and wines and, when I have the time, enjoy cooking at home.

Huge appliance sale at Metro starts today

metro feb 2016 saleAttention all sale lovers! We just got word yesterday that our sponsor Metro Appliances & More is having a three-day red tag clearance sale that starts TODAY and goes through Saturday. If you’ve been dreaming of a new fridge or a good reason to replace that ancient washer and dryer, here’s your chance.

Prices on clearance items will be up to 20 to 50% off! Woo-hoooo! We love a deep discount.

Metro png 200People who shop Metro regularly know that the early bird definitely gets the best selection when there’s a major sale going on, so we recommend you go as early as possible. Here are the store hours during the sale and the location.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 5700 N. Thompson, Springdale, Arkansas

Phone: (479) 750-2200

(Note that the sale items may vary from what is shown in the photos above.)

The last time Metro had a major sale like this, we mentioned it on social media and one of our nwaMotherlode readers snagged a whole package of appliances and let us know about it on our Instagram page. How cool is that?

metro commentKeep in mind that local deliveries are FREE which should save you even more on the deal.

Happy shopping, ladies!

Spring Break at The Jones Center!

poolThe Jones Center, one of our awesome Motherlode sponsors, is gearing up for a great Spring Break Week on March 21st-25th and here’s your sneak peek!

Kids can enjoy their favorite characters all week long, so mark your calendars:

  • Monday – Razorbacks Day
  • Tuesday – Princess and Super Hero Day
  • Wednesday – Star Wars theme Day
  • Thursday – AETN Character Day
  • Friday – Frozen Friday

The Jones Center’s recreation venues, including the indoor pools complex and ice arena, will be open extended hours. Swim, ice skate or both for just $3 per person.

Ice Rink hours will run from 10 am-8 pm & Indoor Pool hours will be noon-7:45pm for the week.

Sounds like a fun week!


Tropical Smoothie gift cards come with a bonus. Yum!

gift cardSome people are hard to buy for, but we haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t like food and a fun drink. One of our website sponsors, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, is making gift cards a lot more fun this year by giving you a holiday bonus. When you buy a $25 gift card, you get a free smoothie! (And it’s a big 24-ounce smoothie. You’ll get one free smoothie for each $25 gift card you buy.)

So that’s a little something for your gift recipient and a little something for you, too. Everybody wins.

People who are new to Tropical Smoothie Cafe are always pleasantly surprised when they find out how amazing the food is there. Here are some of the popular dishes being served up this season at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

Island Buffalo Sandwich: It comes with FRANK’S RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce and features grilled chicken, mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese, tangy, house-made slaw tossed in a citrus dressing and covered with buffalo cheese spread, served on freshly toasted brioche bread.

Moho Mojo Chicken Club: It’s served with bacon, avocado, zesty mojo sauce, and topped with a signature slaw. It’s a full-flavored sandwich served on freshly toasted brioche bread.

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If you’re in the mood for one of their famous smoothies, there are a few new holiday choices you won’t want to miss.

Feeling naughty? Try the Blueberry Pom Truffle Smoothie featuring Ghiradelli White Chocolate. (Did someone say white chocolate? Yes, sign me up for “naughty.”)

Feeling nice? Try the Blueberry Bliss Smoothie made with blueberries, strawberries and bananas. (This one has plenty of antioxidants and it’s tasty, too.)

blueberry pom truffle and blueberry bliss naughty niceGiving Back: We’re so proud to be promoting a company like Tropical Smoothie Cafe because they stay focused on things that truly matter. Every summer in June, they host National Flip Flop Day which raises money for a non-profit organization called Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is a camp specifically for families who have a child dealing with a life-threatening illness.

quarter1During the holidays (Dec. 1st to Dec. 27th), Tropical Smoothie is inviting its customers to donate just one quarter (25 cents) to Camp Sunshine during each visit. While that one quarter doesn’t sound like much, the coins definitely add up to huge benefits for the camp when you consider how many people visit Tropical Smoothie Cafes. For example, 200 quarters provides a DJ Masquerade Night for kids at camp. And 2,000 quarters will provide a horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides for a night.

We hope you’ll join us by visiting Tropical Smoothie Cafe often during December and help those quarters add up to new joy for the families visiting Camp Sunshine. It’s an easy (and delicious) way for you and your kids to do something for others during the holidays. You can find a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers.

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