Motherlode’s Greatest Hits in 2008


We can’t believe it’s already the end of the year, and we’re really blown away that the website is now eight months old. Since our May 1st launch (remember our online invitation?) we’ve been bringing you new stories daily, and the following were some of the most popular posts this year. Just click on the [...]

Healthy Mama: Common sleep issues in children, decoded

We had so many questions for Dr. Fomin, we had to stretch them out over two days. Here are his answers to our most pressing sleep questions: There are several different reasons that might prompt a visit to a sleep specialist like Dr. Fomin. In this video podcast (click the icon on the right), Dr. [...]

All Akimbo: ‘Wow, I’m pregnant!’

By Kim Blakely Wahoo! The fog is lifting. I’m starting to feel like the old me again … only pregnant. Morning sickness (which for me was more like all-day, with a special emphasis on night, sickness) has mostly gone away, and although I still feel exhausted much of the time I’m not so tired that [...]

Healthy Mama: Your FAQ’s about common childhood sleep issues

Dr. Dimitry Fomin specializes in neurology and sleep medicine at Mercy Health System’s Sleep Disorders Center. We narrowed down the most frequently-asked-questions about sleep issues and Dr. Fomin agreed to answer them here for us. He even answered one that keeps some of us women up way too many nights: the s-n-o-r-i-n-g husband. Q: Does [...]

Devotion in Motion: Never too old


“Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” Luke 2:25, [...]

The Rockwood Files: 2008 Round-Up


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 With less than 30 days before the year ends, I took a look back at the 11 months we’ve left behind and rounded up a few pieces of “columns past” that give a snapshot of how the year has gone. It’s been a fast, funny year [...]

Mamas’ Tip of the Day: Save your scratched DVDs

If you’ve got kids, then most likely you’ve got DVDs – lots of them. And if your kids are like mine, they love to get their little hands on the discs which inevitably results in lots of little scratches on DVDs that will ultimately stop working because of the damage. So here’s a little tip [...]

Jamie Stein Won Wizard of Oz Tickets!


Jamie Stein is going “over the rainbow” next month when she picks up FREE tickets to see Wizard of Oz at the Walton Arts Center. Jamie entered our online drawing last week for the pair of tickets that also come with a complimentary gift certificate to Jose’s Mexican Restaurant. Jamie is a stay-at-home mom of [...]

Connection Parenting Classes to Begin Jan. 6th


A seven-week series of classes on Connection Parenting will begin on January 6th at Pages of Parenting Bookstore (located at 388 E. Sunbridge Drive in Fayetteville). Class time begins at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. Connection Parenting classes are based on the book by Pam Leo. The program is designed for anyone involved with [...]

Beauty Buzz: “Ask Amy” about night creams


Dear Amy, Do you think heavy night creams really make a difference? I don’t like the feel of a heavy lotion on my face at night, but I don’t want to neglect my skin either. Any advice? Dear Creamy, If you don’t like the feel of a heavy cream, I’m betting it’s because you don’t [...]

Recipes from

For those of you who need to lay off sugar, here are a few great recipes from that you might want to try during the holidays. Enjoy! Apple Dip Ingredients: 1 (8 ounce) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese 1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated 1/4 cup SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend 1 teaspoon [...]

Devotion in Motion: Clobbered by Christmas


“Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I got ambushed by Christmas this year. I just didn’t see him coming. I should have remembered, especially since Christmas shows up every year, just like clockwork. But this year he was hiding behind [...]

The Rockwood Files: It’s a wrap


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I remember being a kid and wondering why my mother was never as giddy about the approach of Christmas as my brother and I were. During the weeks leading up to the holiday, she was just a blur of wrapping paper and Scotch tape, rushing here [...]

What We’re Reading: For the moms and the kids

By Marci Tate There’s Snow Better Time to Read! When you are trying frantically trying to get everything just right for the holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Everyone needs something besides the television for unwinding on a cold winter night! For a quick and enjoyable holiday read, try Tis the Season [...]