The Rockwood Files: My 10-Year Top 10 List

What I’ve Learned in a Decade of Marriage: 1. “When I got married, I was stupid.” What I mean by that is, I had no idea just how huge a decision I was making. Sure, I’d heard all the blah-blah-blah about how marriage is a big step, but it’s hard to comprehend the blah-blah when [...]

Beauty Buzz: “Ask Amy” about vibrating mascara


Dear Amy, I saw an ad in a magazine for a “vibrating” mascara. What is this and does it work? Dear Gadget Girl, You must be referring to Lancome’s newest mascara, “Oscillation.” This is either the craziest or the coolest product I’ve seen in a while – it has a battery powered, vibrating wand that [...]

Mealtime Mama: Dipping sauces for new Tyson chicken nuggets


If chicken nuggets show up on your dinner table more often than you’d like to admit, Tyson Foods has introduced something that will make us feel less guilty about serving up this kid-friendly fare: 100% All Natural*™ Chicken Nuggets, which are minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives or fillers.   We first found [...]

Fresh and Fabulous Recipes You’ll Love


By Shannon Magsam Jen Lewis of Fayetteville (fourth from the left in the picture above) recently held her first Fresh and Fabulous Entertaining cooking class for eight local women. The meal was so impressive, I wanted to share the full menu with you. Whether you’re looking for delicious recipes to whip up for visiting family [...]

Devotion in Motion: Thanksgiving in the Abbreviation Nation


“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8 (NKJV)   By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Have you noticed that the times devoted to God are getting shorter and shorter? Up until the 1960’s, country churches had [...]

The Rockwood Files: Train or Get Off the Pot


By Gwen Rockwood, columnist and Motherlode mama of 3 I should be ecstatic right now. I should be dancing in the streets because my almost 2-year-old daughter is making some tell-tale moves toward our ultimate goal: potty-training. Without much encouragement or nudging from me, she has suddenly taken a huge interest in all things potty-related. [...]

A Ring is Born!


“I would have a mother’s ring made that has plenty of big diamonds surrounding the birthstones.” ~ Lisa “I would have my grandparents’ weddings rings made into a ring for my mom. She would love that.” ~ Lindy “I would redesign my wedding ring… The new design would have a wider band, to show how [...]

Gold Mine Giveaway Winner Announced!

We absolutely loved reading all of the heart-felt comments from nwaMotherlode readers about what piece of custom jewelry they’d love to have if money were no object. There were so many great stories about jewelry being passed down through the generations and the desire to have new pieces designed so they could be passed down [...]

Life With Ladybug


By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mother Yesterday afternoon I ran out the front door on my way to a holiday event — barefoot. My black high heels were still in the car from the last work thing I’d attended. I’d slipped them off in the car in favor of a cushy pair. When I stuck my [...]

Just a few hours left in the Gold Mine Giveaway!

UPDATE: We’ll choose a winner at random at noon today (Thursday, Nov. 20), so get your tail in high gear and COMMENT for your chance to own this gorgeous necklace! It’s baaaaack! Our famous Gold Mine Giveaway is going to make somebody a really, really happy lady this week. As always, we only put the [...]

More crazy recipes


The latest crazy — yet tasty — recipes come from two nwaMotherlode readers. The first one is chocolate cake in a mug from Fayetteville mom of two, Shannon Jones (who got it from her neighbor, Tricia Moore, who got it from a friend in Canda). It is seriously made in a mug in five minutes [...]

Devotion in Motion: Just Another Brick in the Wall?

By guest writer and local dad Scott McClymonds, owner of Busy Bees Christian Preschool Hello again Moms of Northwest Arkansas.A few months ago, I wrote here about the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. In the third chapter of Nehemiah, the work of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem is started with great enthusiasm.As you read it [...]

The Rockwood Files: “Picture This”


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 As much as I love photographs, I hate family picture day. No matter how well I plan it, no matter how much I want it to go well, it doesn’t. Maybe the problem is I want it too much. Like many mothers, I’m a photo junkie. [...]

Family Portrait Giveaway Winner!

UPDATE: Portrait giveaway winner Kimberly Williamson gave us a call this morning and was very happy to accept her prize! Kimberly has two children, 5-year-old Clayton, and 2-year-old Sydney. She and her family, which includes husband Zach, live in Springdale. Kimberly offered thanks to her friend Jamie Stein for telling her about nwaMotherlode (and offered [...]

Bath Junkies have a party!


Julia Applegate and her girlfriends are hard-core bath junkies who know how to take a free party and run with it! Julia, a loan officer at Signature Bank (and winner of the Bath Junkie party last month) recently rounded up her friends to hang out together at the Rogers store. The friends (pictured L to [...]