Milksplash: Drinking your milk just got a lot more fun

milk glass“Drink your milk. It’s good for you.”

We’ve all said it dozens of times over the years while we’re feeding the kids. Some kids are more than happy to gulp it down because they love it.

But some kids… and maybe you have one of them… simply do NOT like it. And we all know what it’s like to try to get a kid who doesn’t like the taste of something to eat or drink it. It’s only slightly less challenging than wrestling an alligator.

milksplash logoTimes like these call for a little creativity. A new product called MilkSplash might make it easier (and a lot more fun) for the kids to drink their milk and be happy about it. Squirt a little into the milk, stir it up and suddenly that boring glass of white milk that your kid refused to look at becomes something a lot more interesting — something called “Sir Strawberry Swirl,” “Orange Cream Dream,” or even “Jammin Banana.” (Click here to see the options for different flavors.)

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This product earned the title of “Best Children’s Dairy Product” from the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Awards. While that’s impressive, what moms like more than that is the fact that the extra flavor comes with NO extra calories.

The reason our mothers and grandmothers all pushed milk toward us as kids is simple. Milk is STILL the No. 1 source for Vitamin D, calcium and potassium. And people who drink low-fat milk (instead of sugary sodas and fruit drinks) are more likely to be at a healthy weight.

A few other things moms like about this product:

  • It’s portable and doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
  • It’s not messy and, if it does get on a kid’s clothes, it washes out.
  • Each bottle has enough flavoring in it to prepare 24 glasses of milk.
  • You can use it in cereal, milkshakes, and protein shakes. And it works just as well in soy milk and almond milk.
  • It contains no caffeine.

Moms, we always want to give you the full picture on any kid product we write about, so we’ll tell you straight up that this product does have both natural and artificial ingredients in it (although an all-natural version of the product IS now in development.) The truth is that MANY of the things that we and our kids eat daily have a few artificial ingredients in them.

What we do know is that this product is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and it’s also gluten-free and allergy-free. We trust that you, as moms, can look at a product’s ingredient list and decide if you’re comfortable it.

As two moms of picky eaters, we know how tough (and how frustrating) it can be to get kids to eat and drink what we know they should. If melting a little cheese on the broccoli or splashing a little flavoring into the milk helps us get the job done, we’re happy to have those options available.

Click HERE for more info on MilkSplash. (You can find it locally at Walmart and Target.)

Take a look at the video below for more opinions from moms who have struggled to get their kids to drink milk (without extra sugar), including one mom of a diabetic son.

Note: MilkSplash is an advertiser on this website. But, as with ALL posts we write and publish on, the opinions here are completely our own.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Revive Medical Spa options!

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Need a gift for Mother’s Day?

We love a gift card (as you know!) and we really love a gift card from a great spa! And we can tell you from personal experience that Revive Medical Spa is a great spa.

Revive, one of Motherlode’s amazing sponsors, knows how to treat a mama right and a gift card can be used for all kinds of fabulous services, depending on what your wife, mom, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law or daughter-in-law might prefer.

Here are some services they could use a gift card for (or toward):

Two young womans with facial cream.Deep tissue, hot stone, maternity or Swedish massage

A facial

Clarisonic items

Makeup + skin care

Spray tanning

Laser treatments

Revive Medical Spa is connected to Advanced Dermatology and that’s another gift card option if you know the mom in your life would love some of the services offered there.

One of the new options at Advanced is LimeLight, which can be used to treat:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Red, brown and age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Redness
  • Wrinkles
  • Facial veins

That’s the thing about a gift card: it’s full of possibilities and it will allow mom to choose what she’d like. CLICK HERE to visit Revive Medical Spa to find out more about what they offer or to purchase a gift card!

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Tropical Smoothie to reveal new look, menu and DEALS on Friday, April 10th!

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Tropical Smoothie, the awesome company that’s sponsoring our NWA Mom Prom Queen this year, will reveal a new look this coming Friday (April 10).

To celebrate, Tropical Smoothie will treat its customers ALL DAY at a grand re-opening at the Fayetteville location. Not only will there be special food deals, anyone who stops by on Friday can sign up to win an iPad Mini :)

Don’t you LOVE the new logo?

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, nwaOn Friday, food specials will include $1.99 tacos, $1.99 Island Green Smoothies & $1.99 Mango Magic Smoothies. Tropical Smoothie will also be introducing a new “refreshed menu” on Friday.

Click here to follow Tropical Smoothie Cafe on Facebook for more info about Friday’s event and to stay in the loop about food/smoothie deals they offer at their cafes.

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Giveaway: CARGO tissue dispensers for the car

Sometimes when you’re a busy mom, it’s the little things that drive you nuts. And one of the things that used to drive me nuts was trying to keep tissues in the car because someone ALWAYS needs a tissue while I’m driving. It’s usually one of these scenarios:

  • need a tissue“Mom, my nose is running.”
  • “Mom, I need to spit out my gum. Where do I put it?”
  • “Mom, my juice spilled.”
  • “Mom, my scab started bleeding.”
  • “Mom, my Chick-fil-A barbecue sauce just got on the seat.”

I could list about a zillion other reasons, but you get the idea. (Sometimes we mamas need a tissue, too, to blot our lipstick or clean up the smudged mascara under our tired eyes.) The problem with keeping tissues in the car is that the tissue box always ends up getting sat on and crushed. One time I even made a tissue box container from an idea I saw on Pinterest. It worked pretty well to keep the box intact, but the container was always floating around the car and never seemed to be where I could reach it while I was driving.

cargo tissue dispenserSo… you can imagine how hopeful I was when Caitlin O’Connor emailed us about her invention that keeps tissues in the car and within arm’s reach. As a mom to FOUR boys, Caitlin also needed to be able to get to tissues quickly while driving so she invented her own holder that attaches to the sun visor. It’s called the Cargo Tissue Dispenser and it comes in charcoal grey or an oatmeal color. It’s available on Amazon for $9.99 and comes with two tissue packs. (SEE BELOW for an opportunity to WIN one of these dispensers!)

We agreed to try out the Cargo Tissue Dispenser for a few weeks and see if it solved the problem. I’m happy to report that this thing WORKS. Finally, no more scrambling around in the car to find a tissue or a fast-food napkin. I just reach up, pull one out of the dispenser that’s attached to my sun visor and hand it to whichever of my three kids needs one.

The best part? I’m not distracted from the road and looking around the car anymore to find one. This ingenious little dispenser is making me a better, safer Mom chauffeur.

cargo close upImportant note: What makes this dispenser so clever is that it attaches to your sun visor but it does NOT block you from using the vanity mirror on the visor. (I’ve used my car mirror to do my makeup more times than I can count, so it was very important to still have access to that mirror.)

I also like that the dispenser itself is made from a nice canvas-like material and the straps that go around the sun visor are stretchy but also strong. You can tell that this dispenser was made by a fellow mom who pays attention to detail and wants it to look nice — not cheap. The tissue packs slips into the dispenser easily and there’s a closure to ensure it doesn’t slip out.

cargo refillThe tissues themselves are soft enough so that they don’t feel scratchy on a runny nose, but they are also substantial enough to be able to handle the occasional drink spill in the car. That’s a big plus. (You can buy refills for the dispenser that come in packs of 6.)

When you first put in a new pack of tissues, getting the first tissue or two out of the dispenser (without tearing it) can be a little tricky, but I managed to do it by pulling the tissue out slowly. After the first one or two tissues came out, the rest of them dispense smoothly and easily. If it bothers you to have the next tissue peeking out of the dispenser, you can just fold it back into the opening, like I do.

HOW TO WIN ONE: Since we’ve solved our own car tissue dilemma, we want to share the love with our readers because we know that, just like us, you’re road trip1probably spending a lot of time in the car. (Did you know that Americans spend an average of 540 hours in the car each year, which adds up to almost a full month of your life? Wowza.)

To throw your name in the online hat to win a Cargo Dispenser and two tissue packs, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us what keeps you in the car the most. (The drive to work? Picking up and dropping off kids at school? Driving to the kids sports’ practices and games? Running errands?) Five readers will win a Cargo Dispenser plus two refill packs. (Winners are always chosen at random.) 

You can also email your answer to us at

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the giveaway by emailing your friends and family about it. (They might want to win, too!) We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

facebook-twitter(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

Good luck! We’ll choose FIVE winners at the end of the week and email the lucky moms.

Note: nwaMotherlode was not paid to write this review or to conduct this giveaway. We received one sample of the dispenser to test and keep as well as four samples to give to readers. (If we didn’t like it, you wouldn’t be reading about it here.) As always, the opinions expressed in this post are completely our own.

Calling All Shoe Lovers: Save this date!

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If you love to shop for shoes and finding an amazing deal makes you crazy happy, write down this date because this is THE ultimate shoe shopping event in Northwest Arkansas.

Ozark Guidance_Horizontal_Banner_Color_1970 (2)The Walk a Mile in My Shoes shopping event happens this year on May 15-16, 2015. It’s an amazing fundraiser that helps support Ozark Guidance.

This event has grown like crazy since it was introduced several years ago, so the selection of shoes is ENORMOUS. This year’s event will take place at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale, right off the Interstate.

Shoppers at this event can buy men and women’s shoes for $10 each and kids’ shoes for $5 each. Handbags are $10 each, and there’s also a selection of high-end designer shoes for $20 each. (The shoes are new or slightly used, and there are LOTS of new shoes that are donated from local stores, too.)

There will be a Preview Party on May 15, 2015 and the Public Sale is on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (We suggest you get tickets to attend the Preview Party on May 15th if you want the very best selection. The tickets are on sale now. Click here for info.)

Note: If you’re going to the NWA Mom Prom this year, this might be the perfect place to get shoes to go with your Mom Prom dress! The Mom Prom happens this year on May 30, 2015, and the Walk a Mile in My Shoes shopping event happens just two weeks before on the 15th and 16th. Perfect timing!

For more info on the Walk a Mile in My Shoes event, click here to follow the updates on Facebook. We’ll share more details about it as they become available.

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