Flash Sale Alert! 10 dollars off a 3D Art Pen

ido3dAttention all sale-lovin’ mamas: If you’re trying to get the kids’ gifts bought and wrapped before the last minute, you may want to set the alarm on your smartphone and grab this toy when it goes on “flash sale” Thursday morning on Amazon from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. It’ll be $10 off the regular price, which means you can get it for $14.99.

big_sale_tagThe toy is called IDO3D and it’s a 3D art pen and a guide book that includes directions for how to make up to 25 different projects. It also comes with 5 ink pens.

We have not yet tried this toy out ourselves, but our tech-savvy friend Jen Adair and her two kids have tried it and they loved it. (Jen says she thinks it’s best for kids who are age 10 or older.)

Click here to see a video that gives you a little glimpse of what the toy can do. If your kids are into art and cool 3D effects, you might want to check this out and get it while it’s on sale between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Thursday (November 19th.)

If you grab one on sale, here are some tips (written by Jen and her kids) on how to make your 3D creations look awesome. Happy sale shopping!

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Hear Motherhood: Local podcast you need to hear

HearMotherhood_logo_8.14_horizontalIf you haven’t discovered just how awesome the podcast world is, it’s time. (Gwen is officially addicted to podcasts and listens to them while she’s in car line at the three different schools where she picks up kids daily. Shannon listens while she’s cleaning the house.)

There are some phenomenal podcasts out there, and we are LOVING the new one launched by our friend and fellow mama Paige Ray. The podcast is called paige photoHear Motherhood, and it’s a real-life discussion (with real moms) about how to be a productive creative woman and a happy loving mom at the same time.

We caught up with Paige and asked her a few questions about the birth of her beautiful new baby and her inspiring new podcast.

What inspired you to start the podcast?

As a brand new mom-to-be I was scared that motherhood would totally deplete me of my creativity. However, I realized that I was surrounded by women who were combining motherhood and creativity and that the best way to glean this knowledge was to talk to them directly. I then realized that if I found this knowledge valuable, others would, too, which is why I decided to share it via audio.

How did you decide on the name?

This is going to sound ridiculous but here’s the truth: @hearmotherhood was the only option of a possible five titles that actually fit as both a Twitter and Instagram handle.

The reason this matters: our society is so connected that I knew if I wanted other women to listen & learn from the women I would be talking to, I was going to have to use social media to make that happen.

Tell us about what kinds of topics you cover:

The main question the podcast asks is: “Can creativity and motherhood coexist?” but in answering those questions the women I talk to cover issues as diverse as what it’s like to manage a small creative business to lessons learned from moving with four kids around the globe.

How do you decide on those topics?

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to ask moms what a “normal” day looks like for them. This has two benefits:

1- No one’s day ever looks the same, therefore the conversation is always different.

2- We get to push through the “veil” that so often exists on social media. I know personally I am hesitant to share the negative parts of motherhood on social media for fear that I won’t seem grateful for the immense blessing that my son is to my life. However, audio allows me and my guest to organically bring up both the good and the bad that happens in the span of a day.

Who is your ideal listener? Who would really benefit from hearing Hear Motherhood?

I expected to really connect with new moms like myself. I didn’t expect to help women who aren’t yet moms. I recently received a message from what I lovingly refer to as a “non-mom” who said, “I am storing away the mommy things for future use but I really appreciate learning the way these women are able to balance their families and their work.” I love that women (and maybe men?) are able to learn from and be inspired by these women regardless of their own life experience.

paige ray and babyWhat’s the most surprising thing about motherhood for you so far?

This is going to sound conceited but: the biggest surprise has been that I’m pretty good at it! I was not one of those girls who played with dolls and had my future kids’ names picked out. I know those girls and I love the women they’ve become but my journey to motherhood wasn’t paved with summers of babysitting gigs or loads of time with younger relatives. Because of this, I REALLY didn’t know how I would handle taking care of a small human. Thankfully, he and I are pretty resilient.

Are you enjoying the creative process of Hear Motherhood?

I am!!! Both the technical and editing aspects have been challenging to learn, but it’s so satisfying every time I get a new episode published. And I learn something from every woman I talk to – I love that I can share that knowledge and experience with the world.

What can we look forward to hearing in the next few weeks?

Emily Jeffords is a fine artist whose abstract landscapes have been blowing up the Internet. This has her looking for a way to redefine success.

The week of Thanksgiving my friend MJ and I will be talking about the life lessons we’ve taken away from traveling with our kids. While there will be a few “travel tips,” this is more about taking the 30,000 foot view of how much our kids can teach us.

Amy Clark is a woman of many talents who has written a book called The Good Life for Less. I’m definitely looking forward to her take on smart meal-planning and budgeting while heading into the holiday season.

What would you say to a mom who feels like motherhood stands in the way of being a “creative”?

Just like we don’t expect our children to run a marathon as soon as they learn to walk, neither should we expect ourselves to paint like Picasso after our first watercolor class.

Decide what you want to pursue creatively and take small steps.

Our thanks to Paige for letting us pick her brain about her new venture. Click HERE for info on how to get started listening to the Hear Motherhood podcast. (It’s free! And you can easily subscribe to it on iTunes and by using an app like the Apple Podcasts app or an app like Stitcher.)

Happy listening!


Where Kids Eat Free (or cheap) in Northwest Arkansas

Kids Eat Free category banner 2015Sometimes a mama just needs a break from the kitchen. That’s where the Kids Eat Free list comes in! We compiled a list of the ones we know about, but we’d also like to hear from you. (This resource is sponsored by a local kid-friendly restaurant called The Grove, where kids eat free every single day, ALL day. LOVE it!)

If it’s not listed below, please tell us about your favorite Kids Eat Free restaurants around town. We’d also like to hear about those places that offer “kids eat almost-free” meals (as in super cheap). Click the words “post a comment” at the bottom of this post and share your favorites with everyone! Or you can email us at mamas@nwamotherlode.com.

If you’d like to receive an expanded Kids Eat Free list, sign up for our newsletter and you’ll be able to download our free printable. CLICK HERE to sign up!

A word of caution, though: The hours/times of the following Kids Eat Free restaurants could change, so make sure to check with them first. We’ve linked to each restaurant so you can double-check. Also, keep in mind that these offers are typically contingent upon an adult meal purchase.

Here’s a list of Where Kids Eat Free (or for a great price):

Every day:

The Grove, Rogers (at 2600 Pleasant Crossing), ALL DAY, DAILY!

The Catfish Hole, Fayetteville (kids under 5)

Grub’s Bar & Grille, Fayetteville, all day for kids under 12

JJ’s Grill, Fayetteville and Rogers, all day for kids under 12

Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili, Lowell, 4 to 8 p.m.

Boar’s Nest BBQ, Fayetteville and Rogers. Kids eat free every day, all day. 12 and under. 1 kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Frickin Chicken, Fayetteville Spring Street location, all day (1 free drumstick, or chicken strip, 1 waffle, and 1 side)

Big Tony’s Pizzeria, Springdale, Kids 10 and under eat free all day (comes with a soft drink and cookie)


Flying Burrito, Monday-Wednesday, all day

Slim Chickens, Fayetteville (College and Joyce locations), all day

Las Palmas, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Tontitown, 5 to 9 p.m.

Bliss Cupcakes, Children 10 and under get a mini cupcake with the purchase of a regular cupcake

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Colton’s Steakhouse & Grill. Fayetteville and Rogers. TWO free kids meals (for 12 and under) per adult entree purchase. 5-10 p.m.

Wagon Wheel Country Cafe. Springdale. One free kid’s meal with an adult purchase. 4-8 p.m.

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Second child eats 1/2 price from kids menu. (Every weekday, M-F)

Slim Chickens, Rogers and Fayetteville. Kids eat free all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.

Mojitos, Fayetteville and Rogers, 12 and under, all day. 1 kids meal per adult meal.


Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 4-9 p.m. Springdale (one Kids Meal per Adult Meal)

Denny’s 4-8 p.m., Fayetteville Springdale (1 kid’s meal for 10 and under with each adult entree)

AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Fayetteville, Springdale

Firehouse Subs, Fayetteville, both locations, after 4 p.m.

Applebee’s, 5-9 p.m.

Atlanta Bread Co., 4-9 p.m. (Children 10 and under) *Note: At the Fayetteville location, kids receive free face painting and balloon animals during the kids eat free time.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, one free kids meal with each adult entree. FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Second child eats 1/2 price from kids menu. (Every weekday, M-F)


Monday-Wednesday, Flying Burrito, all day

Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville, after 4 p.m.

Firehouse Subs, Bentonville, after 4 p.m.

Village Inn, Fayetteville and Bentonville, FREE PIE on Wednesdays after 10 a.m. with any purchase (such as coffee or a soft drink).

Panda Express, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers. Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Second child eats 1/2 price from kids menu. (Every weekday, M-F)


AQ Chicken, Tues/Thurs. nights, Fayetteville, Springdale

Jose’s Southwest Grille, Springdale location, all day

Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Second child eats 1/2 price from kids menu. (Every weekday, M-F)

Mariachi’s Mexican Grill at the Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville. 3-9 p.m. Kids 12 and under eat free with each adult meal purchases (includes kid drink).


Hog Haus, Fayetteville. 3-7 p.m. 1 free kid’s meal per adult meal. Children 10 and under. Second child eats 1/2 price from kids menu. (Every weekday, M-F)


Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)


Jose’s, Fayetteville, Springdale, all day

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Rogers (Promenade location), Springdale and Lowell, all day

Steak ‘n Shake, all day (free kids meal for every $8 spent)

Mama Fu’s Asian House, Bentonville, all day

Slim Chickens, Rogers, all day

Inexpensive kids meals:

Backyard Burgers, 99-cent kids meals (up to 2) w/adult combo purchase, after 4 p.m.

Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Q, 99-cent kids meals, Tuesdays

Sassy’s Red House BBQ, kids 12 and under one kid meal for 99 cents with each adult meal purchased (Regularly $3.99)

Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fayetteville, Kids’ meals $1.50 on Saturday and Sunday

Flaps Down Grill, Springdale (inside the Springdale Airport), All-You-Can-Eat pancakes for kids 12 and under on Sundays: $2.99 Note: Flaps Down Grill also offers free plane rides for kids at lunchtime every third Saturday of the month.

Zazby’s, all locations, Thursdays, buy an adult meal and get a kid’s meal for 99 cents (up to 2) Also: Family Night, all locations, $20 for four meal dealz and six cookies, 5-8 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings, Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville. $1.99 kid’s meals (dine-in only, 12 and under, includes drink) with adult meal purchase.

Golden Corral, Fayetteville. Tuesdays, 4-9 p.m. 1/2 price kids buffet (includes drink) $2.99 per child for each adult meal purchase.

Ginger Rice and Noodle Bar, Fayetteville. Every day from 3-6 p.m. the entire purchase is 20% off (no specific kids menu).

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Have you heard about Bitmoji?

If you’re like us, you are BIG fans of texting. It’s so quick and efficient and sometimes it’s the only way we have to keep tabs on teenagers.

(Remind me to tell you about the first time Shannon got an iPhone years ago and wondered if she even really needed a data plan for texting. She wasn’t sure bitmojishe’d even use texting. HAHAHAHA! We still laugh about that one, mostly by sending each other laughing emojis via text.)

Fellow texting junkies, have you heard about an app called Bitmoji? I downloaded it about a month ago and it has been so much fun. It’s basically an emoji picture designed to look more like you! (You pick the face shape, hair, eyes, outfits, etc.) And the Bitmoji version of you is placed in all kinds of common texting phrases like “Running late!” or “Seriously?” or “What’s up?” There are tons of options.  Sometimes I can have an entire conversation using the funny pictures on Bitmoji.

(Pictured on the right is a screen shot of a text trail between Shannon and me when I was showing off my new Bitmoji pics.)

It’s available on the App store and on Google Play, so check it out if it sounds like fun to you. My kids think it’s hilarious. (But do be aware that there are a few of the Bitmojis that are not appropriate for kids, so make sure to tell them that it’s not cool to use those.)