Mosquito Joe treatments begin this month!

It’s May 1st, mamas, which means a swarm of unwelcome visitors will soon be multiplying all over your yard. If mosquitoes bug you as much as they bug me, Mosquito-Joe-logoyou may want to nip this problem in the bud early. Mosquito Joe is a national service that began providing mosquito treatments for yards in Northwest Arkansas last summer. We paid for the service to treat our yard last year and had amazing success, as did several of our friends.

Our home backs up to the woods, so the mosquitoes can get particularly nasty back there. It’s frustrating to have gorgeous spring and summer days and feel like you have to go inside just to get away from the bugs. And we’re not big fans of slathering on the stinky insect repellant and then have to wash it off later.

After we started the Mosquito Joe treatments last summer, we hardly noticed any of those blood-suckers at all, so we know the new treatments made all the difference. We’ve already scheduled them to come back again starting this month so we can get a jump on the problem before it has a chance to get ugly and cover my kids’ skin in itchy welts.

FYI… Bill Gates (of Microsoft fame) wrote on article recently for that points out that the disease-carrying mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet, killing more humans each year than sharks, lions, crocodiles, rabid dogs and snakes combined! Mosquitoes also outnumber all other animals except for ants and termites. Yikes. Click here to read this eye-opening report.

For more info on Mosquito Joe service on how to get on the yard treatment schedule, call our local contact (who’s also a fellow mama) Stephanie Simon at 479-202-9960. The first service for new customers is only $39. Click HERE to see their website.


HUGE surprise for 30 families at the NWA Nerdies Awards ceremony!

nerdies_adSome deserving Northwest Arkansas kids were presented NWA Nerd Award scholarships on Saturday to attend awesome Nerdies sessions this summer.

The best part?

All THIRTY of the kids who entered the contest were given a scholarship because several NWA companies stepped up to sponsor them.

The event was held at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville and the Nerdies folks didn’t let the parents and kids in on the secret until the end of the awards ceremony.

Here are just a few of the adorable kids who won scholarships:

nerdies awards collage

We loved how each company’s representative spoke about the contestant they had “picked” to receive the scholarships and what made that child special and unique. Then the students came up and accepted posters with their pictures on them and were awarded a scholarship to the particular camp they wanted to attend.

See how cool the posters are? We think the kids are pretty cool, too:

Nerdies Seth poster

FYI: Nerdies has a campus in Fayetteville and now one in Benton County as well.

Nerdies summer camps include:

  • Mods for Minecraft
  • Photography
  • Robotics
  • Video Game Development
  • Music
  • Performance
  • And more!

CLICK HERE to go see all the camps and how to sign your kids up. Several of the camps are SOLD OUT, but there are still some spots available. They’ve also added some new camps.

Brad, Head Nerd over at Nerdies, said the non-profit Foundation for Nerd Advancement had a tough time at a recent board meeting trying to decide who would win the Nerd Award scholarships. Brad said that’s when the magic happened.

The foundation started out planning to award only 10 scholarships, but companies like BlkBoxLabs, Cox Communications, Idea-Loop and Ozark STEM decided they wanted to do more. Nerdies also gave two more scholarships, which brought the total up to 20 kids who would receive scholarships. That was awesome, but there were still 10 more kids who had applied and the board meeting wasn’t over yet.

“As we were breaking up to go home, I received an email from Tyson Foods stating that they would cover 10 kids. It was such an amazing night!” Brad said.

That meant that every kid who wanted to attend a summer session — studying everything from video game development to robotics to Mods for Minecraft — would be able to attend a Nerdies class.

Here’s a list of all the kiddos who won:

Seth Greer

Jaxon Krueger

Alex Mancia

Dane Myran

Leah Becker

Aryana Amparan

Olivia Harrison

Izabel Crone

Declan Thiele

Sully Sanford

Stella Floyd

Elizabeth Harrison

Lily Davis

Madison East

Hayden Hehl

Joshua Kay

Jackson Lyons

David Rabelo

David Kay

Amelia Harrison

Kimberly Kay

Veda Farmer

Bianca Gear

Christopher Connolley

Jasmine Black

Izayah Townley

Louis Bimbi

Shannon Perry

If you’d like to sign your kids up for a Nerdies class, click here to jump over to the website and see all the awesome options.

An iPad for your thoughts? Take this survey for a chance to win one.

MHW-Motherlode-AdMaybe 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 an iPad mini 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 an iPad mini. Woo-hoo! This could be an amazing gift for someone in your family, or you could keep it and enjoy it yourself! :-)

ipad miniAs 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 3 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 FREE iPad mini because you offered your opinion?? Well then everyone wins. :-)

Good luck, ladies! They’ll contact the winner of the new iPad mini in July!

Get rid of mosquitoes in your yard with Mosquito Joe

block hero graphicIf there’s one thing moms really need, it’s a kid-friendly front or backyard. Let’s face it: Sometimes the kids just desperately need to run around and act nuts and get all that extra energy out so they won’t come inside and wreck the house and drive us nuts.

But it’s tough or downright impossible to send them out into the yard to play if you know they’re going to be chewed up by mosquitoes as soon as they step foot Mosquito-Joe-logoout the door. And none of us likes to coat the kids in insect repellant just so they can go swing in the backyard. Last year, for the first time since we’ve lived in this house, I fell in love with my backyard because the mosquitoes weren’t a problem.

We started using Mosquito Joe last summer when we heard about this new service coming to Northwest Arkansas. Having them treat our yard once every 21 days during the summer and early fall has made a HUGE difference in how we’re able to enjoy the yard — minus coating ourselves in insect spray. Now we just go outside and enjoy it — grill out, eat on the patio, swim, run through the sprinkler, etc. It’s awesome. It’s safe for people with backyard pools, gardens and ponds, too.

Click HERE to read more about our personal experience with this service last summer and why we’re using them again this summer. The Northwest Arkansas service is locally owned by Brad and Stephanie Simon, who are parents just like us.

If you want to check out the service, here’s a good way to do it that’s not only free but will also score you some major brownie points with your neighbors. Again this summer, Mosquito Joe is hosting the “Be Your Block Hero” contest. Enter for a free treatment for your yard AND several of your neighbors’ yards. Click HERE to see the details and throw your name in the drawing.

New NWA business Abrakadoodle offers art classes, summer camps and birthday parties!

We stopped by a Fayetteville MOM’S Club event recently while Joy Davis and her mother, Cora, of Abrakadoodle of NWA  taught an art class to some adorable preschoolers.

We were so impressed by how the Davis’ engaged the kids and took them step-by-step through the process of making an lovely lion like that of LeRoy Neiman’s “Portrait of the Lion”. Here’s Joy with a picture of the finished product (and the original portrait):

abrakadoodle lionAbrakadoodle art classes are for kids 2-12 and this new NWA art business offers after-school programs, birthday parties and summer camps.

They’ve got some great summer camps coming up at the Fayetteville Underground which is over on the Square in Fayetteville. CLICK HERE to read more about their summer classes!

Here are some extra pics of the MOM’s Club moms working with their kids on the lion painting:

abrakadoodle moms and kids

If you need a birthday party plan, Abrakadoodle can also help you with that. They do face painting as well as bring the arty party to you. Don’t you just love this unicorn face painting?

unicorn face painting

We ♥ our sponsors! If you book a birthday party — or sign up for a summer camp — with Abrakadoodle of NWA, let Joy and Cora know you saw their ad here on Motherlode!


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