Spa Girl Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations to Stefanie Rogers, winner of nwaMotherlode’s first Spa Girl Giveaway! Stefanie signed up for the giveaway, which includes a one-hour signature massage and an aromatherapy pedicure from Sanctuary Salon & Spa, with a shout-out to Signed Sealed Delivered. She was particularly complimentary of their Kids’ Camp because all the scrap-booking pieces are pre-cut and [...]

Fayetteville Mom Shares Decision to Have Double Mastectomy


By Shannon Magsam Editor’s note: So many women were rooting for Fayetteville mom Gail Halleck during a recent nwaMotherlode giveaway that we couldn’t help but wonder about the back story on this obviously remarkable woman. We found out that Gail, 43, is celebrating the first anniversary after a double mastectomy. Gail (on the far right [...]

Life With Ladybug’s Dad: When Date Nights Go Bad


By Shannon Magsam The grown-ups in this house don’t get out much. We talk about a date night, but it seems we’re all talk and no action. I know you understand. And I know you’ll also understand what happened when those grown-ups finally did break the chain to flee an hour away for dinner. It [...]

Halloween Night at Jump Zone!


If you need a good way to help the kids burn off that sugar rush after trick-or-treating, you might want to check out the Halloween Night “Jump’n’Treats” at Jump Zone in Bentonville. They’ll have a costume contest with three age divisions, and each party room will have games with treats and prizes. There’s something in [...]

Spa Girl Giveaway: We have a winner!

We picked a name at random this afternoon for the first Spa Girl Giveaway which includes an hour-long massage and aromatherapy pedicure from Sanctuary Spa & Salon. We’ll post the winner’s name here on nwaMotherlode Friday. Thanks to everyone who showered our sponsors with love this week. We know they appreciated reading your kind words. [...]

A Must Read: Breast surgeon offers life-saving tips for women


By Shannon Magsam Since this is the last week of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share life-saving information with you from Donna Johnson, a surgeon with Mercy Health System’s Surgical Center and mother of three. Dr. Johnson is a general surgeon, but about 40 percent of the surgeries she performs are breast-related. [...]

All Akimbo on baby fat

By Kim Blakely, pregnant lady People – I’m just a little over 7 weeks, but I LOOK PREGNANT. I’ve heard that the belly pops earlier in a second pregnancy than in a first, but good golly … (I’m hoping that and the fact that I can’t stomach any of the grocery store aisles beyond the [...]

Spa Girl Giveaway: Sponsor Appreciation Week!

Don’t even bother reading this article unless you’re the kind of girl who enjoys a FREE one-hour signature massage and aromatherapy pedicure from one of the best new spas in Northwest Arkansas – Sanctuary Day Spa & Salon. Still with us? Good. Because today is all about appreciation – of you, our readers, and of [...]

Mealtime Mama: Recipes That Sound Crazy

Everybody’s got one – a recipe that sounds ridiculous but somehow it just works. Today I’m going to share a couple of mine. If you’ve got an equally crazy recipe that you just love, please share with your fellow moms by sending us an e-mail at Now, go get a little crazy. Ziploc Omelet [...]

Devotion in Motion: A shaver, some soap, and boundless hope


Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Some people aren’t big talkers. My father was like that. He was the finest Christian man I’ve ever [...]

The Rockwood Files: A Halloween Story

It was a dark and stormy night. Well, actually it wasn’t. I wish it had been because that would’ve been a cool way to begin this Halloween story. But the truth is it was an unusually warm October afternoon, and my brother and his pack of neighborhood buddies were up to no good. I was [...]

“Mom & Me” Giveaway: Enter to win show tickets!


Edited to add: We’ll choose a winner at noon Monday, Oct. 27. If you’ve got kids ages 9 and up, then this “Mom & Me Giveaway” is for you. We’ve got tickets for two lucky Motherlode mamas to take their kids to see Jason and the Argonauts, coming to the Walton Arts Center Wednesday, October [...]

Boot Camp Boss: Weight loss comes from both diet AND exercise

By Matt Swartz, co-owner NWA Adventure Boot Camp for Women So you’ve been working out now five days a week, for about a month. It’s time to step on everyone’s enemy, THE SCALE!!! As you finally get up the courage to take that dreaded step, the enemy tells you that you have ONLY dropped one [...]

Bath Junkie: “On the road again”


Bath Junkie, based in Fayetteville, has taken its show on the road again! This time you can catch the “road show” at the Bentonville Sam’s Club beginning today (Oct. 23) through Sunday, Nov. 2. You’re invited to stop by Sam’s Club to shop their mobile spa store, which will include some of their top-selling fragrance [...]

Life with Ladybug: Wedded bliss

By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama Well, my little (33-year-old) brother just tied the knot. I drove down a few days early to help with the preparations, which were extensive since A) the wedding was outdoors in a non-wedding setting; and B) My precious decorate-it-to-the-hilt younger sister was involved. It took us three days, but it [...]