Devotion in Motion: Fifty First Dates

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Psalm 103:2 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” When Susan had her surgery earlier this month, there were two outcomes that she wanted. First, she was praying the doctor would not find any cancer. And, secondly, she hoped the [...]

The Rockwood Files: Making peace with snap, crackle and pop

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 During the holiday break, I did something stupid – something that would have been no big deal if I was about 10 years younger than I am. But alas, the decade has taken its toll. My kids, ages 8 and 5 and 3, challenged me to [...]

Fashion Mama: Top Trends for 2010

Welcome to our new nwaMotherlode Fashion Editor, Michelle Thompson! Here are some of her best picks for the New Year: Top Ten Trends for 2010: Flowy, fluid floral dresses and tops. Tribal Influence: dresses (like this Mark dress from Avon at right), tops, shoes, bags, belts, and scarves  (Do this trend sparingly…don’t be tribal from [...]

Recalls: Find out first

The news about the big Toyota recall reminds us how important it is to be “in the know” about potentially dangerous products — for ourselves and for our kids. You can go to a website called and sign up for an e-mail alert service that will send you an e-mail when recalls are issued [...]

Picture Mama: Enter the snapshot contest!

Oh, I do love the pictures! Opening e-mail is a little like Christmas because I can hardly wait to see what kinds of photos might be waiting there. Thank you to those moms who have already sent in a few snapshots. Some of them are scattered throughout this post, and they are SO cute. Love, [...]

Life With Ladybug: Kitten crisis!

By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama We’ve have a bit of a kitty crisis around here. Right before I picked up Ladybug from school yesterday I said goodbye to the pets (and turned on the TV for them to stave off any loneliness my absence might cause. Sucker) and noticed the kitten’s right eye looked very [...]

Meet our new Fashion Mama editor!

Editor’s Note: OK, you fashion-minded mamas, we’ve got a new fashion editor we’d like you to meet. Her name is Michelle Thompson and she exudes fashion. We asked her to write a little about herself and you’ll see her first fashion post on Friday. It’s about 2010 trends, so be sure to tune in. From [...]

Military Mama: Little man’s logic

By Jade Stone It’s amazing how much kids learn from their environments, even when we are absolutely certain that they are focused on playing and paying no attention to their surroundings. Nonetheless we do our best to continue our daily lives while keeping a fine tuned ear to the music they listen to, and a [...]

Oh Baby, are these winners smiling!

Help us congratulate the winners of the professional teeth whitening from Northwest Orthodontics and Oh Baby Foods goodies! Mitzi Traxson is the randomly-selected winner of the professional teeth whitening giveaway from Dr. Jesse Gray! (We happened to have a pic of Mitzi from when we featured her in 5 minutes with a Mom. Click here [...]

Giveaway: Tickets to Goodnight Moon/Runaway Bunny and Drowsy Chaperone!

For nearly two years now, the Walton Arts Center has generously offered tickets to our readers for many of the great shows they’ve attracted to Northwest Arkansas. Today we’re giving away two sets! The first is for a double-bill adaptation of the beloved bedtime classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. With FOUR FREE TICKETS to [...]

Mealtime Mama: (Easy) From-Scratch Brownies

The Junior League of Northwest Arkansas’ Add Another Place Setting cookbook is filled with fabulous recipes from cover to cover (click on the cookbook picture to order one!). I tried a sweet one over the weekend when I had company over. We were all hungry for chocolate — and there wasn’t a brownie mix in [...]

Devotion in Motion: A good meal

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. Proverbs 22:9 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Things have been very busy here. My wife Susan had “female surgery” (complete with bikini incision) two weeks ago, and it has brought domestic work [...]

The Rockwood Files: We’re still waiting…

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Earlier this month, technology experts from all over the world gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, where the latest and greatest gadgets are unveiled. The place was a virtual sea of smartphones, e-readers and netbooks. I know a few men who would [...]

Tweens & Teens: Love is in the air

“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” ~ Winnie the Pooh Hello all and welcome to another edition of Tweens and Teens! Hopefully you’ve been following along each month, but if not, then welcome here.  Also, please let [...]

Life With Ladybug: A heavy heart

By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama She pulls out the scale with a loud scrape and steps up. Her feet are tiny standing there as the numbers make a swishing sound, then bounce to a stop. She says the number out loud, then adds, “That’s almost 100.” It’s not even close, but I have no idea [...]