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:

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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:

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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!

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.)

Brieshi: Voted Best Salon in Benton County

brieshi logoWhen we calculated the votes for “Best Salon” in the recent Mom-Approved Business Awards contest, we weren’t surprised when we saw who came out on top in Benton County: Brieshi Salon & Spa. It’s located in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall, just a few steps away from Dillard’s.

We’re big fans of the beauty pro’s over at Brieshi, which is why we asked them to be the “Glam Squad” at last spring’s Mom Prom. (They pampered ladies with some hair and make-up touch-ups so we could all pose for prom pictures and look awesome out on the dance floor. The Glam Squad was a HUGE hit. These ladies really know how to deliver the “celebrity treatment.”)

Here are our top 10 favorite things about Brieshi Salon, which helped make it this year’s award winner for Best Salon in Benton County:

brieshi picsaveda logo10. Location, location, location: Let’s face it. There’s something pretty awesome about walking out of the salon with beautiful hair and being able to go try on a new shirt or dress, just steps away from the salon. So convenient!

9. That amazing smell! When you walk into Brieshi, you immediately know you’re in the presence of those amazing Aveda products which all smell so… heavenly. Aveda products are made from pure flower and plant ingredients, so everything is organic, natural and Earth-friendly (even the packaging!)

8. Magic fingers: It’s not just a simple haircut. The Brieshi team also gives you this amazing scalp, neck and shoulder massage which just may make you decide that you want to stay there… forever.

7. The right cut: Experienced stylists really know which type of cut will look best on your face. So if you’re on the fence about how to change your hair to update your look, you’ll find good advice here from people who really know great hair.

6. Color me happy: Plenty of us are in a stage of life where our natural color starts to look…. not-so-happy. So if you’re in need of a little color magic, you want to go somewhere where the stylists are highly trained in how to do color in a natural way that’ll look beautiful next to your skin.

5. aveda facialFacials! Have you had a really great facial? Because if you haven’t, you need to experience one. Not only does it feel amazing, your skin feels and looks so much better afterward. Brieshi offers several different types of facials, including one called “enbrightenment discoloration treatment” which helps with age and sun spots. (Sign me up!)

4. Waxing services: Because let’s just admit it. Sometimes waxing needs to happen. Am I right? Brieshi offers it all — whether you want a Brazilian or just a brow wax.

3. Special occasion make-up and hair: It’s nice to have a pro handy for those events when you really want to look your absolute best.

2. Mani-pedi: A little time and attention for your nails is good for the soul! It’s a guaranteed stress-reliever, and a great mani-pedi definitely gives your look the extra “polish” it needs.

1. brieshi award winnerTop-level Service: It all comes down to service, doesn’t it? No matter how many different things a salon can do, it’s the WAY they do them that makes all the difference. We love how the people at Brieshi understand that most mothers are busy people who tend to focus on others for 99% of the day. So they make sure that women feel completely taken care of while they’re in the salon.

Congrats to the great team at Brieshi Salon & Spa for earning the votes of so many local women who’ve named you the Best Salon in Benton County in the 2014 Mom Approved Business Awards.

To contact a stylist at Brieshi Salon, call 479-246-0502 or stop by the salon the next time you’re at Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. Click here to visit their website.

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!

Voted Best Orthodontist: Storms Orthodontics

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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! ♥

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