What is your lovable nerd doing over Christmas break?

nerdies winter sessionsIf you need some good ideas for what to do over the holiday break, Nerdies will be holding a week-long day session December 29-January 2 for kids ages 9-14.

This limited size, week-long day session will give your Nerd something amazing to do over the Christmas break and get them exposed to various areas while challenging them in a cool, relaxed environment.

More about the session:

Can you handle the Nerdies Winter Challenge? In this session your Nerd will join a team which will compete on a daily basis in several cool and challenging areas. They will fight robots, engage in hacking challenges, build a PC, program robots to accomplish certain tasks and compete on the final day in the Nerdies Double Secret Challenge. So get them out of the house and let them do something cool this Christmas break.

A word for the parents:

So Christmas is over and the kids are getting a little stir crazy. The Nerdies Winter Challenge is the perfect thing to get the kids out of the house and doing some amazing things. They will learn so much and not even know it. This session is  designed to get your Nerd exposed and fired up about STEM and all things Nerd.

Tentative Daily Schedule:

love nerdiesMonday: Sumo Robotics and Design Challenge

Tuesday: Robotics Programming Challenge

Wednesday: PC Build and Troubleshooting Challenge

Thursday: Hacking Challenge

Friday: Nerdies Double Secret Challenge

If you have questions feel free to reach out to Head Nerd in Charge Brad Harvey at brad@nerdies.me or call (479) 715-0622. CLICK HERE to visit Nerdies online and to sign up for a winter class.

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!

James + James adds retail location, new surprises

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Can we start out by saying that we think the world of the owner at James + James?

We first met James Smith when he was shooting video Christmas cards for families and then we recruited him to shoot and edit videos for our brand new (at the time) Doc Talk series with Mercy Health.

Then James (and his friend, James) shifted gears. He noticed there was a need for affordable, quality and real-wood furniture, so he tried his hand at another passion — furniture building. Now his start-up, James+James is one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country.

James+James products are found in nearly every state from coast to coast. Job creation right here in the U.S. continues to remain a top priority. The company now provides work to over 20 team members and growing.

And just a few months ago, James + James opened a new retail store and it is a furniture showcase that’s filled with amazing home decor, lighting and gift options you don’t see in other places. They are headed to market soon and plan to come back with a HAUL. We can’t wait to see the new surprises in store!

We have to tell you, the retail location (at 4217 S. Thompson St. in Springdale, 1 mile north of the NWA Mall) is beautiful even without all the great furniture and accessories.

Here’s a little peek inside:

james inside store

Here’s a video about their story. In it, James talks about the versatility of their hand-crafted furniture and how it has led them to selling to people living in all but two states in the U.S. (and lots of other  countries) from penthouses in New York City to farmhouses in Illinois.

The retail store and showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm. In addition to the amazing tables and chairs, we’re partial to the lighting options at the retail store:

james lighting

CLICK HERE to visit the James + James website. You can order online or stop by their retail store and showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale! Like them on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s new. They have some surprises coming soon!

Metro Appliances Anniversary Celebration

metro winnerOne of our favorite nwaMotherlode sponsors, Metro Appliances & More, has been celebrating their 40th anniversary for the past several months. And these guys really know how to party. In fact, they’ve been celebrating 40 years of business by pledging to give away $40,000 in appliances to their customers. (They draw for a winner’s name once each week, and that person wins a new washer and dryer.)

Pictured above is one of the most recent winners, Thelma Eckert of Springdale. She’s going to be smiling every time she washes a load of clothes in those FREE machines. :-)

Metro has already blown right past the $40,000 giveaway mark. They’ve already given away $60,000 worth of appliances and they’re still going. So… if you’d like to get in on the action, we’d recommend you do it soon before the anniversary celebration comes to a close.

Here’s how you enter:

1. Go to the Metro Appliances & More showroom. (They’re located at 5700 N. Thompson in Springdale. It’s on 71B between Springdale and Lowell.)

2. Put your name in the drawing to win a washer and dryer set, which is valued between $1,000 and $2,000. (Note: You do NOT have to purchase anything to put your name in the drawing. No strings attached.)

metro_40logo_jpgThat’s it! Easy as that. If you’re out and about this weekend, stop by the showroom and put your name in the hat. We can guarantee you’ll enjoy looking around the store, which is beautiful and HUGE. It’s fun to look at all the different kitchen displays they have in place, and the staff there will answer your questions if you have any or just let you browse in peace, if that’s what you prefer.

For more info about the drawing, stop by the store or click HERE for details. Good luck!

And Happy Anniversary to our friends at Metro Appliances & More. Thanks for 40 years of some of the best customer service we’ve ever seen. :-)

Freedom Dreamer Photography

Marsha Foster has a tough time explaining her job in just a sentence or two. The short answer? She’s a photographer. But she’s not shooting photos of sunsets or babies or families or seniors graduating from high school. Her particular brand of photography — boudoir photography — is perhaps the most misunderstood art form out there. But after talking to Marsha, looking through her portfolio and looking around the Freedom Dreamer Photography studio, we can tell you what boudoir photography is NOT.

It’s not pornographic.

It’s doesn’t demean women.

It’s not trashy.

Rest assured that if it was ANY of those three things, we wouldn’t be writing about it here. Here’s what boudoir photography is: You know how sometimes your husband (or boyfriend) looks at you like you’re the most beautiful girl in the world? And you know how he sometimes says that he thinks you’re gorgeous and sexy — (even though you sometimes convince yourself that you look awful and you’ve got 10 pounds of baby weight to lose and your hair isn’t right today, and, and, and, and….?)

Boudoir photography captures images that help you see yourself the way your husband sees you — as that beautiful, feminine and, yes, even sexy woman that you are. And you know how they say that “seeing is believing”? When women see themselves through Marsha’s lens, they start to realize that they really are beautiful. And even years of raising babies and chasing toddlers can’t erase that beauty or diminish the spark that lives in each of us.

When women begin to feel and act as beautiful as those photos, Marsha’s work is done. Because boudoir photography is about women. Even though many women have boudoir photos made as a gift to their husbands, it’s the women who come away from the experience having gained a new sense of confidence and appreciation for the bodies we so often criticize or fail to appreciate.

freedom dreamer1As a survivor of domestic abuse, Marsha knows what pain and ugliness look like. She has lived it. But when she climbed out of a bad marriage, she fell in love with photography. And when she saw how boudoir photography could capture women in their most feminine, confident moments, she was hooked. She wanted to give women that sense of power, beauty and liberation.

Listen, we know that boudoir photography might not be something you’ve ever even considered. Believe me, we hadn’t considered it either. But when we saw the essence of what it really is — photos that celebrate femininity, confidence and personality — we realized it could be a powerful thing for women who deserve to feel as pretty as they are, inside and out. And we can all agree that feeling beautiful and confident tends to do great things for a marriage, too.

Boudoir photos can be as bold or as conservative as you want them to be. As Marsha told us, it’s her clients who decide how much or how little they want to show in their photos. The photo shoot is about capturing what makes the client feel beautiful. Some of our favorite photos in Marsha’s portfolio are of a woman wearing a dress she feels beautiful in. And check out this one of a woman wearing a favorite sweater and leg warmers.

freedom dreamer 3And we love this shot of a woman in her blue jeans, who was smart enough to capture a photo of that great mid-drift. (Do you know how glad she is going to be that she has this picture so she can look back on it when she becomes a 90-year-old grandmother one day?)

freedom dreamer jeansAnd if you’ve got great legs, why not capture them with the kind of shot that would make your husband’s eyes get as big as plates?

freedom dreamer legsFor the most part, you won’t see anything in tasteful boudoir photography that you wouldn’t also see in a Victoria’s Secret catalog. And let’s admit it: It’d be pretty great to have a shot like this wearing something lacy and beautiful.

freedom dreamer 4In a few weeks, we’ll be hosting a giveaway from Freedom Dreamer Photography which will feature what Marsha calls a “Full Day of Sexy” — a consultation several days before the photo shoot, a two-hour session with a professional make-up artist and hair stylist right before the shoot, and then a 3-hour photo shoot with Marsha. The winner will also get an in-person viewing, complete with assistance to help you choose the best images for your album. You can have pictures made in whatever outfits you like — jeans, a dress, a favorite sports jersey, lingerie or whatever makes you feel great.

For more info on Marsha and Freedom Dreamer Photography, click HERE to visit her site. Or give her a call to talk about it at 479-841-5539. Marsha is a fellow local mom, and we guarantee she’ll put you right as ease. (If you’d like to have photos made as part of a Christmas gift to your husband, we’d recommend you call asap so you can get photos back before the holidays.)

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