Sponsor Share: You’re invited to a week of events at the Birth Center of NWA!


National Midwifery Week is Oct. 2-8 and the Birth Center of Northwest Arkansas, one of our sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, is celebrating with events for local women and moms. You’re invited!

All the following events are at the Birth Center (at Village on the Creeks in Rogers) and are open to the public:

Monday, October 3rd


BumpFit moms exercise

*1-1:30pm – Prenatal Exercise with Joanna Krause of BumpFit

*2-2:30pm – Postpartum Exercise with Joanna Krause

Tuesday, October 4th

5:30-6:30pm – Birth Center tour to learn about the Birth Center’s prenatal care

Wednesday, October 5th

6-6:30pm – Mindfulness with Jay Amargos of iMindful Studio

Thursday, October 6th

5:30-6:30pm – Birth Center Tour to learn about women’s health care

Friday, October 7th

12:30-1:30pm – Yoga with Allisson Butler-Kublanov of BeeWellYoga

Close-up of a baby boy sleepingFYI, the Birth Center will have a Diaper Drive all week long. You can bring a pack of diapers with you to one of the events, or drop off the diapers, and they’ll be donated to a local NWA women’s shelter.

* Special note about the fitness classes: Anyone who is pregnant and not a BCNWA patient needs a waiver signed by their prenatal provider to attend the BumpFit class. The Postpartum class is for moms at — or more than — 6 weeks postpartum.

You can RSVP for any (and all) of these events on the Birth Center’s Facebook page and be sure to check that page all week for inspiring messages from the center’s midwives, nurses and clients. A sample waiver will be up soon for the fitness classes.

The Birth Center is at 5203 Village Parkway, Suite 3, Rogers, 479.372.4560. Click here to visit their website.

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A birthing room at the Birth Center of NWA

2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners Announced


The votes are in, and local moms have spoken!

Thank you to all who cast votes for your favorite mom-friendly businesses in 35 different categories. This year we compiled a list of the three companies with the most votes in each category. Since Northwest Arkansas covers multiple counties and cities, having three good choices in the area is helpful for local moms trying to find solid companies to do business with.mlawards

Please note that the following companies are listed IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER in each category — not by number of votes received. In some categories, four winners are listed which indicates there was a tie for the third-place position. (After votes were tallied, all winners were offered the option to advertise their win and thank moms for recognizing them as “mom-approved.”)

Congrats to the 2016 Mom-Approved Award Winners, and THANK YOU for being the kind of businesses that go above and beyond to meet the needs of local families.

NOTE: Congrats to Monica Bryan who won the “Unique Boutique Shopping Spree” simply by voting in this year’s contest. Have fun shopping!

CLICK HERE to download and/or print the list of this year’s Mom-Approved Award Winners. Keep the list as a helpful reference when you’re looking for a product or service. And look for the yellow window decals and award certificates displayed by local winners. When you spot it, you’ll know that company is “Mom-Approved.”

Best Family Outingamazeum-mom-approved


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Fast Lane Entertainment

Best Gift Store

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Melody’s Choices

The Mustache Goods & Wears

Best Preschoolfirstschool

Doodlebugs Daycare

First School of First United Presbyterian Church

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

The New School

Best Summer Camp

Camp War Eagle

Kanakuk Christian Summer Camp

New Life Ranch

Best Gymnastics Lessonswiliams-center-ad-2016

Aspire Gymnastics Academy

Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Childcare Facility

Central United Methodist Church

Doodlebugs Daycare

Learning Ladder Preschool Academy

Best Allergy Clinichedberg-ad-revised

Allergy & Asthma Clinic of Northwest Arkansas

Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center

Best Hair Salon

Cabin Red, A Salon

Crown Beauty Bar

Freshair Salon & Boutique

Best Place to Work Outfacad

Bentonville Community Center

Fayetteville Athletic Club

Planet Fitness

Best Jewelry Store

Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry

Kay Jewelers

Underwood’s Fine Jewelers

Best Mom’s Night Outpaintingtwistad-2016

Junque 2 Jewels

Painting with a Twist

Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Best Tutoring Service

Club Z In-Home Tutoring Services

Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Sylvan Learning

Best Kids’ Clothes3-monkeys-with-seal

3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique

Belle Boutique

Bella Jack’s Children’s Boutique

Best Family Photographer

Amber Lanning Photography

Lisa Mac Photography

Maliah Pinkelton Photography

Best Dermatologisthull-dermatology-ad-2016

Hull Dermatology & Aesthetics

Ozark Dermatology Clinic & Advanced Aesthetics

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Best Local Women’s Clothing

Belle Boutique

Impressions Boutique & Gifts

Skye on the Town

Whimsy Whoo

Best Orthodontistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Dr. Jeremy D. Smith Family Orthodontics

Northwest Orthodontics (Dr. Jesse Gray)

Best Spa

LaVida Massage

Premier Dermatology & Skin Renewal Clinic

Spa Botanica of Northwest Arkansas

Best Pediatric Clinicmercy-for-award-post

Mercy Pediatrics

Northwest Arkansas Pediatrics

Northwest Health System (Best Start Pediatrics)

Best Consignment Shop

Cece’s Closet Luxury Consignment Boutique

Rhea Lana’s of Northwest Arkansas

Once Upon a Child

Best Pediatric Dentistsmile-shoppe-for-post

Dr. Brent Caple Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics

Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry

Best Family Restaurant (Fast-Food)


Slim Chickens


Best Family Restaurant (Table-Service)


Grub’s Bar & Grille

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Best Realtorcoldwellbankerad3

Nicky Dou

Meza Harris

Claudia Vilato

Best Florist

Northwest Arkansas Florist

Pigmint Flowers & Fun

Shirley’s Flowers, Inc.

Best Kids’ Birthday Placemodernmissionad

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Fast Lane Entertainment

HighRise Extreme Air Sports

Modern Mission Tactical Laser Tag

Best Furniture Store

Ashley Furniture Homestore


Sam’s Furniture

Best Dance Studioacademyofdance-2

Academy of Dance

Kaleidoscope Dance Academy

Williams Dance and Gymnastics Center

Best Getaway Destination


Eureka Springs

Kansas City

Best Private Schoolmamaapproved-new-school-final

The New School

Providence Classical Christian Academy

Shiloh Christian School

Best Eye Care


Brandon Eye Clinic

The Eye Center

Best Pet Boardingdogpartyad

Camp Bow Wow

Dog Party USA

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Veterinarian Clinic

Faithful Friends Animal Clinic

Stanton Animal Hospital

Wedington Animal Hospital

Best Dentistark-dentistry-braces-for-post

Arkansas Dentistry & Braces

Family Dental Center

Smile Center Family Dental Care

Wisener Cooper & Fergus, D.D.S.

Best Car Dealer

Adventure Subaru: Fayetteville

Everett Buick GMC

Fayetteville Autopark


Girl Scouts in Northwest Arkansas: The making of a ‘mighty girl’

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Guest post by Girl Scouts volunteer Amanda Coussoule

The school year has begun again (hooray!) and with it comes so many opportunities for our children to join new teams, groups and organizations. In our family, Girl Scouts is one of our favorite groups, and I can’t wait for the coming year!

That’s right, Girl Scouts – the 112-year-old organization that we all know a little (who hasn’t eaten a Girl Scout cookie, right?), or maybe a lot (volunteers out there, props to you!), about. For an organization with so much history, it is still one of the most relevant activities for today’s girls. We all want to raise a mighty girl, right? Girl Scouts can be a big part of that!

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Girl Scouts officially exists to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. I have seen a transformation in my daughter as she’s tried new things, met new people and had her eyes opened to the possibilities of her future. From traditional Girl Scout activities like cooking and hiking to STEM programs in computer programming, the opportunities are endless! Here are a few examples that my daughter’s troop has done in the last year:

  • We discover our beautiful Natural State with overnight camping trips, sleeping in tents and enjoying S’mores around the campfire. The girls earn badges by observing the constellations, hiking some of our scenic Arkansas trails, paddling a canoe, searching for and finding geocaches, and so many other never-tried-it-before things.
  • The girls sell cookies – LOTS of cookies! They learn how to set and achieve goals through organization and hard work. They get to try on the roles of business manager and sales person, giving them confidence in themselves and possibilities for their future professional selves.
  • They participate in World Thinking Day, where each troop brings the culture and traditions of a country to life. Our children live in a fully connected world, and this unique Girl Scout activity helps them better understand how we are all unique but all part of the global community, too.
  • Field trips are a favorite, with so many different options right here at home. Dan Skoff took them on a tour of the KNWA studios before their cameo on the evening news! A badge workshop at the Amazeum; the climbing wall at Lewis & Clark; the Pumpkin Patch; and an evening of stargazing with experts at Hobbs State Park were terrific weekend activities, too.

Girl scouts, archeryIt’s easy to see why girls can benefit from joining Girl Scouts, but adults can, too! As a volunteer for two years, I have gotten so much more out of this than I ever expected when I first dipped my toe in the parent-volunteer waters.

I’ve seen light bulbs come on as girls build Lego robots and program the computer code that makes them go. I’ve seen the confidence that’s built from the hard work to exceed a sales goal. I’ve watched from arm’s length as girls have successfully navigated the tricky personal relationships that come with the pre-teen years. I even got back in the water and earned my Lifeguard and CPR Certifications, building my own confidence that you’re never too old to do big things!

Before you think, oh, I just don’t have the time, let me encourage you that there are so many ways to volunteer. Yes, troop leaders are so important – they bring it all together and lead the way while teaching the girls to do the same.

Opportunities exist, though, from once-a-year involvement in helping girls at a meeting to supporting the local Council in its work with all of the troops in the region. If you have a heart for opening doors for girls in NW Arkansas, you can get involved in a way that fits your schedule and your expertise. Jump in with both feet – it is so worth it!

So dive right in! Sign your daughter, your granddaughter, your niece up. Then, join the fun by volunteering!

There are troops all over NW Arkansas, and you can even start one yourself – it only takes five girls and two adults to get started. And our local Girl Scout Council has all of the resources you need to get going. You can call 800-632-6894 (this is our NW Arkansas office!) or visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org to learn more.

There’s no easy way to capture all of the things Girl Scouts do, so instead I will try to sum up what I see Girl Scouts to be: a place where girls of all ages can learn, grow, try new things, and see the possibilities of a world without boundaries. Be a part of it today!

Amanda, girl scoutsAmanda Coussoule is a mama of two who is also a serial volunteer! She enthusiastically fills up all of the free time left over after her job, her husband, her kids, and her running, with groups and causes she is passionate about.

Go Ask Dad: Jake Lane

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Name: Jake Lane

Son’s name and age: Luke, 6 ½ months

What has new fatherhood been like?

Fatherhood has been a huge blessing. Luke brings such joy to our lives, and we love him so much! It’s already hard to remember what life was like before him.

Any surprises that you didn’t expect?

Grandparents come visit a lot more often! It’s actually great when they visit because it gives us another 2 sets of hands to help around the house.

Jake and LukeAre there any traditions you had with your father that you’d like to do with your son?

Praying with him before bedtime and playing sports with him.

Where did you meet your wife?

Haley and I were college sweethearts at the U of A.

How soon did you two get married?

2 weeks after college graduation! Straight from dorm life to married life.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn?

How to draw/paint. My drawing skills are currently on a Pre-K level, to say a Kindergarten level might be pushing it.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I really enjoy team sports- soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, and I just recently started playing hockey at The Jones Center.

What’s the last book you read?

I’m re-reading through the Left Behind series, and I just finished the first book.

What’s something you always have with you?

Before I leave the house, I always check my pockets for my phone, keys, and wallet. Pretty classic.

In your opinion, what are three things dads should teach their kids?

Well, I’m only a few months in on this journey of fatherhood, but I would say how to love God, love others, and to how to be confident and accepted in who you are.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

When our dog gets muddy paws and frolics all over the house

One word to sum me up: Connector

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