The Rockwood Files: A Tale of Two Nights


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 One night 12 years ago… The night didn’t get started until 9 p.m. My friend JC and I, whose single-girl apartments were a few doors away from one another, considered it uncool to be seen out any earlier than nine o’clock. What would be the point [...]

Waiting for Shlomo: A loving tribute to Erin’s mother

By Erin, Isaac’s mama My Mom passed away on Sunday.  My Mom.  My Mother.  My Mama – I usually called her Mama, just as I like Isaac to call me Mama, not Mommy – my Southern roots show with that.  My Mama – what a wonderful woman.  I don’t know what I am going to [...]

The Sleep Diet? Really?


I saw the Sleep Diet featured on the Today Show recently, and now I’m convinced that I’ve GOT to get more sleep! Finding a way to get enough sleep is particularly challenging for busy moms, but this bit of news just might be the thing that convinces us all to get to bed on time. [...]

Fashion Mama: Get trendy with Spring accessories

By Stephna Masters of Stephna’s Closet Consulting For those of you suffering from a case of Spring fever, let’s talk accessories. (We can sneak these into our wardrobe a little earlier than the seasonal clothes!) But don’t rush out to the stores just yet. Some of the trends for Spring ’09 might be right in [...]

Great Date Giveaway: We have a winner!

Congratulations to Ambre Brewster, a pregnant mama in dire need of a date night! Ambre won tickets to see The Passing Zone at Walton Arts Center and a gift certificate for dinner courtesy of Copeland’s of New Orleans in Rogers and If you missed Ambre’s comment on the website, here it is: “I would [...]

Where We’re Surfing: Fridge Personality Quiz


One of our friends at Metro Builders Supply told us about this fun little online quiz over at They’ve got 10 new refrigerator designs featuring new colors and patterns. They’re asking web readers to rank their design choices by dragging and dropping each fridge design into a rank order. Based on your selection, they’ll [...]

Mommy in Progress: Eight weeks and counting!


By Jacqueline Presley, first-time mama It’s hard to believe, but there are only 8 weeks (give or take) until I meet my Katie.  Until I become someone’s mom .  Until my life is changed forever.  Lately there is so much running through my mind!  What will labor be like?  Can I handle it?  Will I [...]

New Carousel Opening at Promenade Mall


Grab your kids and your camera! A new carousel is opening in the Food Pavilion of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall on Wednesday, February 25th. If you want to be first in line to ride, you’ll need to be there by 11 a.m. because that’s when the carousel officially opens and the celebration begins. Metropolitan [...]

All Akimbo: Two to tango

By Kimberly Blakely, soon-to-be mama of two Much has been said in the last few weeks about the “Octo Mom,” Nadya Suleman. (For the record, this nickname actually kind of bugs me – makes her sound Medusa-esque.) I’m not going to get into the debate about whether she should have undergone selective termination or whether [...]

Great Date Giveaway: Win dinner and a show!

Editor’s Note: We’ll choose a winner today (Wednesday, Feb. 25) at 4 p.m. Good luck! OK, girls, ready for a night out with your guy? This Walton Arts Center play is extra special guy-friendly. After all, what’s not to love about two men juggling chainsaws? And when you throw in a Garden Weasel, it’s even [...]

Healthy Mama: All about your heart


A friend of mine was chatting with her mother on the telephone recently. Her mom mentioned that she hadn’t been feeling well for the past week or so and that she was having a little trouble breathing. Her chest felt a little … tight. So the mom went to the doctor for a quick check-up [...]

Devotion in Motion: Everyday Thanks


“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” The water is off this morning. That’s something that happens when you live five miles from a town of 350 people and rely on the Tallahala [...]

The Rockwood Files: The Making of a Basket


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 When 7-year-old Adam said he wanted to be on a basketball team, I was happy. There’s a sport I can not only understand but also enjoy from the relative comfort of nearby indoor bleachers. And whoever invented basketball had the good sense to end the game [...]

Waiting for Shlomo: Me-me-me-meme!

By Erin, Isaac’s mama and Michael’s wife I know that I promised no more memes, but I have a REALLY good excuse. NO, really! I realized that I have written very little about my husband. I thought you might to learn more about him. I really do have an amazing husband. We have been through [...]

Life With Ladybug: I love you with a B


By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama Do you want to cry? A really cleansing cry? If so, you might try reading Notes Between a Mother and Daughter: Life on the Refrigerator Door. In fairness, I didn’t know how it was going to end — I hadn’t even read the book jacket. I just picked it up [...]