Sponsor spotlight: Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

We all know parenting comes with a few unexpected bills along the way. But one local orthodontist — who also happens to be a nwaMotherlode.com sponsor and a 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winner — has totally revised their pricing structure so that orthodontic patients have no surprises. mlawardsArkansas Dentistry & Braces has a new “one-price policy” that applies not only to braces but also to the popular Invisalign system.

The clinic has several locations throughout the state, with Northwest Arkansas clinics in Fayetteville, Springdale and Bentonville. The company’s owner, Dr. Benjamin Burris, said “The cost is $3,995 for braces or Invisalign. That’s one fee for every patient… no matter if you choose traditional braces or Invisalign.”

Keep in mind that orthodontic treatment usually costs about $5,000 or up to $7,000 for a more complex case. But if your kid has one of those more complex cases that requires longer treatment, the one-price policy still applies, said Dr. Burris. There are no add-on costs or hidden charges.

ark-dentistry-braces-graphic1This is also good news for parents, many of whom decide to get braces for themselves, especially if they didn’t have that opportunity when they were teenagers.

“My business partner, Dr. Justin Bethel, and I are firm believers that we need to be a company that offers ever-increasing access to dental care for patients in Arkansas,” Burris said. “Braces used to be a privilege but now it is really part of growing up—a rite of passage. We are determined to make it affordable for everyone, not just wealthy people.”

Most parents don’t have an extra four thousand dollars laying around, so the company is offering a financing plan, too. It’s $300 down and $147.80 for 25 months. (If you do the math, those figures add up to the promised one-price of $3,995, which means there’s no interest or extra fees for financing. Insurance is also accepted.)

The doctor said the new one-price policy for braces has become possible because braces are now only one of a number of different services the clinic offers. They now also have general dentists and hygienists working in many of the company’s locations. (In this year’s 2016 Mom-Approved Awards, this company won awards not only in the “Best Orthodontist” category but also in the “Best Dentist” category.)

The company’s growth in recent years, resulting in several new locations across the state, also means it has a stronger negotiating position to pay for the supplies and equipment required for orthodontic treatment. The clinic is in a better position to pass the savings along to patients.

Most of us have seen medical bills that are so complicated that they’re nearly impossible to understand, so it’s great to see doctors like these doing all they can to make the process more straightforward and easier for families to budget for. A straight smile for a straight price is something all parents can all appreciate.

If you want to talk to someone at Arkansas Dentistry & Braces about orthodontic treatment or the new pricing policy, call them at 1-800-200-7700 or click HERE to get more info on their website.



2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners Announced


The votes are in, and local moms have spoken!

Thank you to all who cast votes for your favorite mom-friendly businesses in 35 different categories. This year we compiled a list of the three companies with the most votes in each category. Since Northwest Arkansas covers multiple counties and cities, having three good choices in the area is helpful for local moms trying to find solid companies to do business with.mlawards

Please note that the following companies are listed IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER in each category — not by number of votes received. In some categories, four winners are listed which indicates there was a tie for the third-place position. (After votes were tallied, all winners were offered the option to advertise their win and thank moms for recognizing them as “mom-approved.”)

Congrats to the 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners, and THANK YOU for being the kind of businesses that go above and beyond to meet the needs of local families.

NOTE: Congrats to Monica Bryan who won the “Unique Boutique Shopping Spree” simply by voting in this year’s contest. Have fun shopping!

CLICK HERE to download and/or print the list of this year’s Mom-Approved Award Winners. Keep the list as a helpful reference when you’re looking for a product or service. And look for the yellow window decals and award certificates displayed by local winners. When you spot it, you’ll know that company is “Mom-Approved.”

Best Family Outingamazeum-mom-approved


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Fast Lane Entertainment

Best Gift Store

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Melody’s Choices

The Mustache Goods & Wears

Best Preschoolfirstschool

Doodlebugs Daycare

First School of First United Presbyterian Church

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

The New School

Best Summer Camp

Camp War Eagle

Kanakuk Christian Summer Camp

New Life Ranch

Best Gymnastics Lessonswiliams-center-ad-2016

Aspire Gymnastics Academy

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Childcare Facility

Central United Methodist Church

Doodlebugs Daycare

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

Best Allergy Clinichedberg-ad-revised

Allergy & Asthma Clinic of Northwest Arkansas

Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center

Best Hair Salon

Cabin Red, A Salon

Crown Beauty Bar

Freshair Salon & Boutique

Best Place to Work Outfacad

Bentonville Community Center

Fayetteville Athletic Club

Planet Fitness

Best Jewelry Store

Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry

Kay Jewelers

Underwood’s Fine Jewelers

Best Mom’s Night Outpaintingtwistad-2016

Junque 2 Jewels

Painting with a Twist

Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Best Tutoring Service

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services

Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Sylvan Learning

Best Kids’ Clothes3-monkeys-with-seal

3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique

Belle Boutique

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Best Family Photographer

Amber Lanning Photography

Lisa Mac Photography

Maliah Pinkelton Photography

Best Dermatologisthull-dermatology-ad-2016

Hull Dermatology & Aesthetics

Ozark Dermatology Clinic & Advanced Aesthetics

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Best Local Women’s Clothing

Belle Boutique

Impressions Boutique & Gifts

Skye on the Town

Whimsy Whoo

Best Orthodontistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Dr. Jeremy D. Smith Family Orthodontics

Northwest Orthodontics (Dr. Jesse Gray)

Best Spa

LaVida Massage

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Spa Botanica of Northwest Arkansas

Best Pediatric Clinicmercy-for-award-post

Mercy Pediatrics

Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics

Northwest Health System (Best Start Pediatrics)

Best Consignment Shop

Cece’s Closet Luxury Consignment Boutique

Rhea Lana’s of Northwest Arkansas

Once Upon a Child

Best Pediatric Dentistsmile-shoppe-for-post

Dr. Brent Caple Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics

Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry

Best Family Restaurant (Fast-Food)


Slim Chickens


Best Family Restaurant (Table-Service)


Grub’s Bar & Grille

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Best Realtorcoldwellbankerad3

Nicky Dou

Meza Harris

Claudia Vilato

Best Florist

Northwest Arkansas Florist

Pigmint Flowers & Fun

Shirley’s Flowers, Inc.

Best Kids’ Birthday Placemodernmissionad

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Fast Lane Entertainment

HighRise Extreme Air Sports

Modern Mission Tactical Laser Tag

Best Furniture Store

Ashley Furniture Homestore


Sam’s Furniture

Best Dance Studioacademyofdance-2

Academy of Dance

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Getaway Destination


Eureka Springs

Kansas City

Best Private Schoolmamaapproved-new-school-final

The New School

Providence Classical Christian Academy

Shiloh Christian School

Best Eye Care


Brandon Eye Clinic

The Eye Center

Best Pet Boardingdogpartyad

Camp Bow Wow

Dog Party USA

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Veterinarian Clinic

Faithful Friends Animal Clinic

Stanton Animal Hospital

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Dentistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Family Dental Center

Smile Center Family Dental Care

Wisener Cooper & Fergus, D.D.S.

Best Car Dealer

Adventure Subaru: Fayetteville

Everett Buick GMC

Fayetteville Autopark


It’s Opening Weekend at Farmland Adventures: Everything you need to know before you visit!


Farmland Adventures opens TODAY, mamas!

And guess what? Since it’s opening weekend, there’s special pricing: Admission will be ONLY $6 per person (includes tax) for anyone 3 years of age and over! FREE admission for children under 3 years on these dates:

  • Friday, September 9th
  • Saturday, September 10th

The season runs through Nov. 5 and there’s so much to do there. We love that they’re always adding something new or making the cool attractions they already have even better.

This year they have a new tire play area! And have you seen the maze for this year? (Cue LOL face):


One thing cool about them is that admission covers everything (except pick-your-own pumpkins). Just be sure to wear your Farmland Adventures wristband throughout your visit to the farm (because re-admittance is only allowed with the wristband.)

Farmland Adventures is open in the fall September 9th through November 5th. *Hours are:

Thursdays: 3PM – 9:30PM (October ONLY)
Fridays: 1PM – 9:30PM
Saturdays: 9AM – 9:30PM
Closed on Sundays

The last ticket is sold each night at 8:30PM (one hour prior to closing).

{*Monday – Friday: Visits can be scheduled at other times during the week by appointment only for groups of 30 or more.}

Q: So what can you do down on the farm?

  • Giant and Mini Corn Mazes
  • Cotton patch & wildflower meadow
  • farmland-kidsPedal Karts
  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Farm
  • Pig Races
  • Kid’s Corner
  • Wagon Rides
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Roping Area
  • Spider web
  • Human foosball
  • Campfires (for groups only)

Q: Can you bring a picnic?

Farmland operates a snack bar including drinks, but you’re allowed to bring outside food to the farm and enjoy a picnic. {Be aware that there’s a No Alcoholic Beverages policy which applies to picnic baskets, coolers, and pavilion area.}

Q: What should you wear?

Remember, you’re visiting a real farm! Farmland recommends wearing clothing comfortable for walking or hiking. Use hats for sun protection. Pay particular attention to footwear. Chances are good you’ll get a bit dirty, so choose your shoes wisely.

Q: Are there any special pricing events during the school day?

Yes! They have several “Mother’s Day Out” dates.  Anyone can take advantage of these special days with special pricing. The price for these days only is $6 per person for anyone 3 years and older. (Kids 2 years and under are FREE with paying adult.)

  • Thursday, September 22nd (9AM – 2PM)
  • Wednesday, September 28th (9AM – 2PM)
  • Tuesday, October 4th (9AM – 2PM)

Q: Can we take pictures there?

Farmland Adventures is a great place for fall farm photos. The photo opportunities are truly endless. The beautiful scenery and farm setting make a great backdrop for candid or professional pictures.

You can bring your own camera and snap all the pictures you want. You might even want to bring a professional photographer with you. If you call ahead, Farmland might even already have one scheduled. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for a great fall background that only comes around once a year and your chance to capture all of the memories you can.

farmland photo-shootQ: How much parking is there?

Farmland has plenty of parking and bus parking spaces for groups!

leafClick here for directions and for more info about Farmland Adventures! Click here for the BIG list of even more things to do this fall in Northwest Arkansas!

Sponsor Spotlight: Academy of Dance offers $35-a-month class special

academy of danceIf you’ve got a tiny dancer at your house, now is a great time to sign her (or him!) up for dance lessons.

Our new sponsor, Academy of Dance, is a non-competitive dance studio promoting technique, self-expression, self-confidence, performance and FUN! Every student is given equal opportunity to grow and shine in a healthy environment. They’ve been teaching dance in Northwest Arkansas for 16 years.

And here’s some awesome news: If you sign up for Friday morning classes during the month of September, it’s only $35 per month with weekly classes continuing through May. Academy of Dance will be offering classes for 4 different age groups:

  • Kids who turn 2 between Aug. 2 and Dec 31st of 2016 will meet at 9:30 a.m.
  • Kids age 2 by Aug. 1st 2016 will meet at 10 a.m.
  • Kids age 3 by Aug. 1st 2016 will meet at 10:30 a.m.
  • Kids age 4 by Aug. 1 2016 will meet at 11:15 a.m.

The dance studio, in Springdale, offers a variety of dance classes for ages 18 months and up. Classes include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Acro.

Ballet trioThey also offer an Early Childhood Program that’s designed to provide children (between the ages of 2 and 6) with a strong foundation in dance and movement. In addition to classes in Springdale, there are several options for classes held at the Academy’s remote studio in Huntsville. Check out their class schedule to learn more.

Academy of Dance, ballerinaWe know several local moms who really appreciate that the Academy of Dance creates dances that are costumed appropriately and that they have age-appropriate choreography.

“By focusing on these positive appropriate routines, we hope to continue to attract families that share our philosophy and love of the true art of dance,” said owner Melinda Williams.

Melinda adds: “We’re unique because we are a recreational studio. All our annual recitals are themed. For example, we did a show last year called Rock This Town. All the songs centered around things in our town. The year before was all Disney themed. Two years before that we did a jungle theme and another theme centered around fun things and games.”

Melinda said parents love the themed recitals and that their kids are getting awesome instruction in a recreational studio. They don’t have to join a competitive studio to have an amazing experience.

“Our kids love that we know each of them. Each student has a great bond with their teacher. All of our students are treated equally,” she said.

For more information on the $35/month classes and to find out more about the Academy of Dance, click here to visit the website or call the studio at 479-966-0579.

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Tick Tock! Soak in summer before it’s gone.

parrot4We can’t believe that the kids’ summer break from school is coming to a close. But you DO have a little more time to squeeze in one more fun day trip before it’s over.parrotisland-logo

We suggest you check out one of our great website sponsors, Parrot Island Waterpark in Fort Smith, which just happens to be home to the only giant wave pool in this part of the state! It also has several water slides to choose from and a relaxing lazy river (our personal favorite).

If you want to throw a last-minute birthday bash, sports team celebration or “end of summer” party, there are also party packages available at Parrot Island.

A trip to Parrot Island would be a great way for one last opportunity to “get out of town” for the day without the hassle or expense of a long drive. For more info on directions and park hours, click HERE.