Swine Flu: What Moms Need to Know Right Now

Unless you’ve been living in a remote cave, you’ve probably heard lots about swine flu lately. (It’s also referred to as the H1N1 virus.) Some of it is pretty scary stuff. And that’s why it’s so important for moms to have the facts about the illness and be as prepared as possible in preventing it [...]

Mealtime Mama: Eat half/freeze half dinners!

It’s the last day of August. Time to start thinking about warm food and Fall. And what mama doesn’t love a recipe that’s easy freezy? Motherlode reader Kristen Gemeiner recently shared two of her favorite recipes just perfect for eat half, then freezing the other half. We can all appreciate the joy of heating up [...]

Devotion in Motion: The Little Boy Next Door

3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.  2 Timothy 2:3-4 By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Susan called me at work on [...]

The Rockwood Files: What a Woman Will Do for a Haircut

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 The day started out great. It was the last day of summer vacation, so the kids and I slept late that morning. I didn’t wake up until Jack, my soon-to-be kindergartner, climbed into bed and snuggled up next to me. I put my arm around him, [...]

Free gift alert: Dillard’s this weekend

Hi, Andi here! Just wanted to share: Estee Lauder has a great free gift right now, but, according to the associate at Dillard’s, it’s only available until the 30th of this month (that’s Sunday!), so you need to move quick. There are no restrictions on what you have to buy as long as you spend [...]

Crafty Mama: 10 ideas to create a fall centerpiece!

With as much time as most moms spend in the kitchen feeding kids, it sure is nice to have something pretty to look at on the kitchen island or table. So we asked our crafty friends over at Signed Sealed Delivered to give us some ideas on how to make great fall centerpieces to use [...]

Mamas’ Tip of the Day: Turn photos into canvas wall art

A few months ago, I had this decorating dilemma. In my family room, there is a weird space between the top of my bookshelves and the ceiling. It needed something, but I wasn’t sure what that “something” was. I spent a few months browsing at different stores for framed artwork that would be exactly the [...]

Hair: Help Me Rhonda on Bed Head

Dear Rhonda, Is there any cure for “bed head”? I really don’t want to have to wash my hair every day, but it seems so bad in the morning that I feel like I have to start all over to get it to look the way I want. Do you have any tricks for transforming [...]

Great Date Giveaway winner!

Congratulations to a lucky mama, Sharon, who won Motherlode’s “Great Date Giveaway”! This mom of a teenager snagged two tickets to the Second City comedy show at Walton Arts Center for Friday night and dinner at U.S. Pizza on Dickson Street to boot! Give us a shout, Sharon, and we’ll fill you in on all [...]

Fashion Mama: Turn Summer clothes into great Fall finds!

By Stephna Masters, owner of “Closet Consulting with Stephna” While thumbing through the latest “Instyle” magazine, I found an article similar to one I read every year about transitioning your wardrobe into fall. If you have a summer piece that you just love, you can find a way to wear it during the fall, too. [...]

iPeriod. Yes, there’s an app for that

We were out walking and got to talking about that time of the month. I asked my friend when she was supposed to start. That’s when she pulled out her iPhone and started punching. Then she told me the date. What the … ? “I just checked iPeriod to see when I’m supposed to start,” [...]

Beauty Buzz: “Ask Andi” about brushes

Dear Andi, Do you think the type of make-up brush makes a real difference in application? My sister bought a very expensive set, but I say the drugstore kind work just as well. What’s your opinion? Dear Applicant, The more expensive brushes can create a smoother, more polished look, but unless you are being photographed [...]

All Akimbo: Light bulb moment

By Kim Blakely, mama to 2 We were blissfully happy when we finally got to introduce Moxie to our families and the next two days in the hospital are a blur of oohs, aahs, and wondrous gazes. Moxie had a gift for her brother – amazing that she had the presence of mind to shop [...]

Great Date Giveaway: Comedy show and pizza, too!

NOTE TO MOMS: We’ll choose a winner at random by 4 p.m. today (Aug. 26). Good luck! If you could use a good laugh, good food and a good time with your sweetie out on the town, we’ve got you covered. Today we’re doing another of our famous “Great Date Giveaways,” and the lucky mama [...]

Doc Talk: Advice on ‘growing pains’

Doc Talk is a weekly series of short video podcasts of Mercy Health System doctors answering questions moms want answers to. Click on the Motherlode video podcast below to see and hear the answer to today’s question. Dr. Harry Harmon, a long-time pediatrician, answers a mom’s question about “growing pains.” Want to know more about [...]