The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

snow cone graphic from printableUPDATED for Summer 2016: We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone on a hot summer day!

snow coneWe rounded up a list of where you can find great snow cones throughout Northwest Arkansas. If you don’t see your favorite snow cone stand on the list, email us and let us know where it is!

Click HERE to download a printer-friendly version of this list. Keep it in your purse or car so you’ll know where to go for an icy treat.

Note: We’ve linked to as many of the businesses below as possible so you can visit their Facebook page to check for hours of operation (and list of flavors) before you visit.

Fayetteville:

Shave the Planet: 3078 N. College Ave. (Next to the Bank of Fayetteville and Hobby Lobby)

Tropical Sno: 464 E. Joyce Blvd. (near TJ Maxx and Best Buy)

Springdale:

Shave the Planet: 1308 N. Thompson (Across from AQ Chicken and Kum&Go)

Shave the Planet: 2940 W. Sunset Ave. (in front of Malco Theater and Harps grocery store)

Lowell:

The Ice Box (formerly Sugar Shack): 1115 N. Dixieland Rd. (in the Golf Mountain parking lot)

Rogers:

The Frozen Coconut: 718 N. 2nd St. (across from Harps, near the Rogers Activity Center)

The Ice Box (formerly Cam’s Mountain Sno): Walnut Rd. (in the Frisco Station Mall parking lot near Hobby Lobby)

Brain Freeze Sno & Whips: 4205 S. Pleasant Crossing Blvd. (in the Burlington parking lot)

Bentonville:

The Chill Zone: 214 NE “A” St. (by the Lawrence Plaza Splash Pad)

Brain Freeze of Bentonville: 200 SW Regional Airport Blvd. (just off Rainbow Curve)

Frozen Tung: 604 Southwest A Street

Kona Ice: Shaved ice truck that travels around Northwest Arkansas (Call for today’s location.)

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Beyond the Casserole: How to Take a Meal to Your Sick Friend like a Rock Star

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By Marissa Henley, local cancer survivor and author of Loving Your Friend Through Cancer

In previous posts in this series, we’ve looked at ways to provide emotional support and practical service for a friend with cancer. Close, inner-circle friends will care for most emotional and logistical needs, but those in the outer circles also wonder how they can help.

Even if you aren’t besties with your friend who has cancer, you still have a role to play in her support network.

You have three responsibilities:

1. Pray.

2. Communicate support.

3. Bring food.

If you’ve been an adult for awhile, you’ve probably taken a meal to a new mom. But the needs of women with cancer are different. You’re not dropping in on a smiling (but exhausted) woman cradling a newborn—in fact, you may not see your friend with cancer at all when you deliver a meal. Your friend’s family may be receiving meals for several months, not just a few weeks. She may have strict dietary restrictions or preferences that need to be considered. When you take dinner, you have an opportunity to love your friend well and show your concern.

Here are some ideas for those who want to take a meal like a rock star:

1. Take a family recipe. Ask the patient or someone close to her if they can pass along one of her favorite recipes. If she has small children or picky eaters at home, they will be comforted by familiar foods.

My family received more than 100 meals when I had cancer, and the most memorable was the casserole that my friend Sarah made for us. She asked for one of my go-to recipes. She was willing to cook something that was new to her, but familiar to us. No amount of chemo-induced nausea could keep me from the dinner table that evening!

paper plates2. Bring paper plates. Do you enjoy washing dishes? Your friend doesn’t, either. And she probably doesn’t have the time or energy to finish that chore. She may not have extra money to spend on paper plates. Bring a large package of them with your meal, and you’ll put a smile on her face!

3. Include breakfast, lunch and snack foods. Your friend will be so thankful that you brought dinner. But her family probably wants to eat three (or more) times a day. Consider bringing healthy, ready-to-serve items for breakfast, snacks or school lunches.

Not only will you save her time and energy, you will save her money at the grocery store. When you’re spending money on co-pays and deductibles, lower food expenses are a blessing!

4. Leave your kids at home. If your friend is recovering from surgery or receiving chemo, she needs extra protection from germs. And while I’m sure your children never pick their nose or lick the slide at Chick-fil-a, your friend will benefit from being exposed to as few people as possible. You also want to keep her home calm and quiet in case she’s resting.

Whenever possible, leave your children at home or in the car while you deliver the meal. And if anyone in your home is sick, let your friend know before going to her home.

5. Offer to return dishes. Please take your meal in disposable containers. The last thing she needs right now is to keep everyone’s dishes straight and return them. If you must take a dish you need back, label it with your name and tell her you’ll stop by in a few days to retrieve it.

If you want to go the extra mile, ask if others have left dishes that need to be returned and offer to return them for her. She will appreciate your help with this task!

One last thing to keep in mind: if you are hesitant to take a meal because your cooking skills are like mine (terrible!), consider grabbing a pizza or take-out from their favorite restaurant. When I was sick, some of my husband’s colleagues ordered a pizza for us every Tuesday, and it was my kids’ favorite day of the week! Your thoughtfulness in serving your friend by meeting her family’s basic needs will far outweigh your shortcomings as a chef.

Your friend needs to know she’s loved and supported even more than she needs dinner.

When you meet her need for a hot meal, you also communicate your concern. You let her know she is not forgotten or alone in this fight. So keep taking those casseroles like a rock star until your friend is healthy and standing at her stove again.

Marissa Henley headshotMore about Marissa: Marissa Henley, author of Loving Your Friend Through Cancer, is a follower of Christ, wife, mom, and cancer survivor who writes about faith, friendship, and cancer at www.marissahenley.com. Most days, you’ll find her drinking a latte while shuttling her three kids around in a minivan, wondering if the dog will ever learn to stay and if she’ll ever love cooking as much as her husband loves eating.

2016 Swim Lessons in Northwest Arkansas

swim lessons680The pool, lake and beach are scary, dangerous places to be if your kids can’t swim. So swim lessons are a must.

As you may know, there are many swim instructors in our area who offer lessons but don’t necessarily advertise their services and are not affiliated with a specific business. If you know of individual swim teachers, please post a comment or send us an email if that the instructor would like to be listed in our directory (at no charge). We’ll keep adding to the list so our readers will always be able to find a swim instructor when they need one.

Here’s the list of swim instructors/local swim lessons we have so far.

  • Donna Speed (school teacher & swim instructor — private or small group lessons) — 479-366-7921
  • Angela Shadduck (former swim teacher — private or small group lessons in Bentonville) 479-268-5060
  • Swim Ranch — 479-521-2932
  • Bentonville Community Center — They have “Parent and Tot” swim lessons plus lessons for preschoolers and older kids. 
  • Rogers Aquatics Center — 479-936-5482
  • Razorback Aquatic Club AquaHawgs — contact through website at www.aquahawgs.org
  • Fayetteville Athletic Club Aquatics Center — 479-587-0500

New this year: The Jones Center for Families has added a new class called Survival Swimmers for infants as young as 3 months. They also have new Adults Learn to Swim classes as of summer 2016, which teaches swimming and water safety skills. Click here for more info

Click the comment button under the headline of this post if you know of other businesses and/or individuals offering swim lessons from certified instructors. We’ll be sure to add them to the list!

The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in NWA

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1. Walk a Mile in My Shoes SALE. Walk a Mile in My Shoes is a SALE of shoes and handbags benefitting Ozark Guidance to help provide services to people across Northwest Arkansas with behavioral health issues.

New and nearly new shoes and handbags will be sold for $5 to $25 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center February 26‐27. Friday evening is a VIP Presale Party with  tickets selling for $20. Click here to purchase tickets now. This is a great girls night out with access to the best selection of designer shoes and handbags.

The public sale starts at 8am Saturday, February 27, no tickets needed.

Click here for more information.

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2. Super Saturday: Read Across America with Tommy Terrific. From 10:30am to noon at the Fayetteville Public Library’s Children’s Library, they’ll be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a party! To make it extra fun, the “master of hilarity”, Tommy Terrific, will be performing.

After the performance, there will be birthday cake and face-painting.

Click here for more information.

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Tommy Terrific

3. NWA Model Train Show, Saturday. Got a train lover in your house? Then they need to make tracks to the model train show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Springdale.

Admission is $8 ($1 off with non-perishable food item) and kids 12 and under are free.

Click here for more information.

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4. The Open Road exhibit at Crystal Bridges, Saturday. This new exhibit starts on Saturday (Feb. 27) and runs through May 30th.

open roadWith 100+ images, The Open Road features 19 photographers on the move across America from the 1950s to today. Celebrate the great American road trip with this don’t-miss exhibition, debuting at Crystal Bridges.

The Open Road, Crystal Bridges’ first large-scale photography exhibition, presents the story of the American road as inspiration.

Visit roadside motels, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway, theme parks, and everyday America. The images provide offbeat and personal reflections of the photographers’ journeys, including the people they encounter, car culture, roadside attractions, and more.

$10 for adults, free (for 18 and under) and members.

Click here for more information.

5. NWA Soup Sunday, Sunday. Bring the whole family to the 15th annual Northwest Arkansas Soup Sunday in Rogers on Sunday (Feb. 28th). Delicious homemade soups, bread and desserts from more than 30 local restaurants, plus music, kids’ fun, an amazing auction and more.

Click here to buy tickets and for more information.