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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2nd Date Formal Wear Consignment Event Feb. 13-15th

2nd date logoIf you’re looking for a great new formal dress without spending a zillion dollars, you’ll definitely want to know about this new event in Northwest Arkansas. It’s called 2nd Date Formal Wear Consignment Event, and it’s happening on February 13th, 14th and 15th at the Embassy Suites in Rogers. Admission is free! The sale opens to the public at 10 a.m.

Think of this event as the Rhea Lana for formal wear. Great idea, isn’t it? It was dreamed up by a fellow Northwest Arkansas mom, Carla Laing. (We think you’re a genius, Carla!)

If you’d like to sell one of your formal dresses at this event, there are opportunities for consignment. Just click HERE to get the info on how to do it.

If you’re shopping for a dress for yourself or for your daughter who might be attending an upcoming prom or formal, there will be dresses at this event that would work great for a wide range of occasions. (Don’t worry! The event organizers are weeding out all those bad bridesmaid dresses, so you won’t see any of those here.)

2nd date dressThere will be dressing rooms available so you can slip on the dress to make sure it fits. (Sales are final, and you can use cash or credit cards but no checks.)

MOM PROM: If you’re planning to come party with us at the 3rd Annual NWA Mom Prom (and we hope you are), this would be a GREAT place to shop for your Mom Prom dress. Click here for more info on the Mom Prom.

Below are a few pictures of some of the dresses that will be available at the 2nd Date Formal Wear Consignment Event. Aren’t they beautiful? We’re betting they won’t last too long before they get snatched up, so make plans to shop early if you can.

You know what they say… the early bird gets the amazing dress. So if you want to shop early before the crowds start to form, buy a $10 ticket to a “pre-sale” event that’s happening Friday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. Ticket proceeds will benefit Laundry Love. Click here for info on how to attend. Event volunteers also get a chance to shop early, so click here for info if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer.

Here’s hoping we all find the dress of our dreams at this fun event. Happy shopping!

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Baby’s Room Black Friday Sale

If you’re pregnant or have a baby, you’ll definitely want to know about the Black Friday sale at The Baby’s Room in Rogers. (The store is located at the big_sale_tagShoppes at Pinnacle Hills, next to Dilly Dally’s toy store and close to Carrabba’s restaurant. The address is 3301 Market St. in Rogers.) This is the store’s biggest sales event of the year.

During the sale on Black Friday, you’ll be able to pop a balloon and get the savings amount contained inside, which could range anywhere from 10 to 50 percent off the total purchase. The Baby’s Room is known for high quality baby furniture, clothes, baby gear and more so check it out if you’re in the market. (I bought a glider for my baby’s nursery there 7 years ago and we are STILL snuggling up in it today. Love it!)

Click here to see their line of furniture and baby products featured on their website. And click HERE to get the latest updates from them on Facebook. Happy shopping!

babys room balloon sale

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Easy beauty tips for busy moms

beauty sliderWe all want to look our best but we also have lots of balls to juggle on a daily basis. So during a recent week of the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio show, we compiled some of our favorite no-fuss no-muss beauty tips for busy moms who don’t have a lot of extra time to devote to spa days or beauty treatments.

To hear the radio show, listen to it live on Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday. Or click the play arrow on the left of each audio bar below to hear it now.

Non-surgical facelift?

Simple makeup tips

Favorite hair products

Fashion trends

What we wish we knew then…

Review: I See Me! Books

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By Liz Boch

My son loves to “read” books. And by that I mean, play with and chew on books. But since his mother is such a bookworm and writer, our family makes a big deal out of reading time.

Jackson book, croppedThis is why I love the recent book we read by I See Me! Books. Instead of reading about Curious George or any other character, we got to read about my son Jack, since these books personalize the story to fit your child.

Log on to their website, simply load up some baby photos and choose from a large selection of themed books. In a few weeks, your doorstep is graced with a personalized book all about your child! The artwork is superb, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, and the story teaches your child valuable lessons.

Our personalized children’s book focused on sports, and how important it is to try hard, play by the rules, eat right and be a gracious team player.

The only thing I would caution is that a child too young, like seven-month-old Jack, will try to eat the pages rather than read the book! But in a year or so, he will love seeing his smiling face beaming back at him.

I See Me! also offers personalized lunchboxes, puzzles, coloring books, placemats, stickers (think potty training, mamas) and growth charts.

personalized lunch box

Disclosure: Liz received a free book in exchange for her honest opinions about the I See Me! book she received on behalf of her son, Jackson. If you have a product for kids, mamas or families, email us at mamasATnwaMotherlodeDOTcom.

liz About Liz: Liz Emis has spent more than 12 years in the communication industry. Beginning on the East Coast as a reporter for outlets like The Boston Globe, Orlando Sentinel and The Baltimore Sun, she moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2004 to write for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Three years later, she transitioned to public relations, branding and marketing, working on both the agency and client sides. In 2010, she added product development to her résumé, spending more than three years at Tyson Foods, Inc. in Springdale, Ark. Liz welcomed her first child, Jackson Gaines Emis, to the world in October 2013, and now uses her communication and organization skills as a stay-at-home mother to her eight-month-old son. As a domestic engineer, Liz has added financial analyst, counselor, chef, project manager, teacher, diagnostician, comedian, housecleaner and efficiency expert to her skill set. She can be reached at


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