The Rockwood Files: Confessions of a fraidy-cat

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 This time of year, some people actually like to be scared. They go to novelty shops and buy plastic tombstones, fake severed limbs, and cobwebs to decorate their homes and yards. I like Halloween as much as the next person, but I’ll pass on the scary [...]

Don’t Forget to Set Your Clocks!

Well, it’s that time of year again — time to “fall back” one hour tonight! Yay for the extra hour of sleep. We just wanted to remind you about the time change tomorrow so you could set your clocks back an hour tonight. Can you believe it’s already the first Sunday in November? Enjoy the [...]

Halloween Grab Bag!

Thanks so much to all who sent in photos of cute kids in costume! I’ve sprinkled the pictures throughout this post, and they are SO cute. I can’t wait to go trick-or-treating Saturday with the kids to check out more costumes. Hope you guys like the grab bag of Halloween trivia we’ve put together for [...]

NWA Boutique Show on Saturday, Nov. 14!

Every year I go to the NWA Boutique Show and I’m amazed by all the talent we have around these parts. These Northwest Arkansas girls create some SUPER-CUTE stuff — bows, bags, furniture, jewelry, custom clothing, unique paintings, baby stuff. The list goes on. This year, the show will feature 35 very talented vendors. They’ll [...]

5 Minutes With a Mom: Heidi Stephens

Name: Heidi Stephens Child(ren)’s names and ages: McKenna 12, Dillan 8, Ashlyn 5, Hannah 3 Where are you originally from? I was born in Salinas, CA.  We moved to Monroe, GA when I was 4…all my happiest childhood memories are there.  What is one of the funniest things that’s happened to you as a mom? [...]

Just for laughs

Usually I’m not a big fan of those e-mails that get forwarded all over the universe and crowd your inbox. But every now and then I get one that I’m really glad someone took the time to send. And this is one of them. A friend forwarded a few of these hilarious photos last week [...]

Tweens & Teens: Need-to-know info for moms

Note from the Motherlode moms: We’re so excited about the launch of this new feature devoted to helping moms understand and help our kids (and ourselves) through the “tween” and teenage years. This is such a critical time in our kids’ development, and it’s important for moms to be up-to-date about what’s really going on [...]

Waiting for Shlomo No More: He’s here!

By Erin, mama to 2 boys Yes, y’all it FINALLY happened after 17 months! Baby Shlomo, aka Solomon Lee, has joined our family. He was born on October 1 at 9:19 p.m., weighing 5 pounds and 7 ounces. We got our phone call from the agency on Saturday morning, and we were in the car [...]

Healthy Mama: Answers to your questions

Last month, we attended the annual Business Women’s Conference at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center along with about 1,000 other women. It was a great group of women, and the informational sessions were particularly strong this year. One of the sessions was on women’s health and was led by an all-female panel of health-care [...]

All Akimbo: Sweet Days of our Lives

By Kim Blakely, blessed mama Today has been one of those days. Not one of those days, but one of those days I wouldn’t mind having over and over. I don’t have any more money than I did yesterday (which is to say none at all), deadlines are looming and it’s been cool and dreary [...]

Halloween events this week!

Halloween in Northwest Arkansas is being celebrated practically all week! Here are a few events to consider. Just think: more chances for your kiddos to wear their costumes! (Click on the event to learn more — and click on the treats to see the recipes!) On Thursday, Oct. 29, Circle of Friends is hosting the [...]

Mealtime Mama: Mac & Cheese from Scratch in 3 Steps!

Is there anything better than hot macaroni and cheese on a cold day? I think not. And it’s one of those classic meals that most kids LOVE. (Did you know mac & cheese is Baby Bop’s favorite meal? I know this because my 2-year-old has watched the same Barney video roughly 2 million times — [...]

Devotion in Motion: A String of Pearls

20 ¶ My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. Proverbs 6:20,21 By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” For several years of my career as a Mississippi public schoolteacher, I taught a Bible class [...]

The Rockwood Files: What a fly on the wall hears

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 One of the perks of being a parent is that you’re often part of some interesting conversations. Here are a few excerpts from recent chats at our house. The first took place with 5-year-old Jack while we were loading backpacks to take to school the next [...]

Don’t forget the Cheez Quiz!

We’re having lots of fun finding out more about you through the answers in our Cheez Quiz jar. The question this latest go-round was: “Which of the following phrases do you find yourself saying most often?” The possible answers included: What do you say … ? (Prompting ‘please’ or ‘thank you’) Settle down Clean up [...]