The Rockwood Files: Why persistence matters

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 When we left last weekend for our little cabin in the woods, we had five family members in the minivan. When we returned, there were six. Here’s how that happened: On Saturday a small gray cat showed up to greet us at the cabin. She weaved [...]

One mama’s review of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

On Tuesday night, I took my 3-year-old daughter Kate to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast musical at Walton Arts Center. It was opening night for this show, and the place was packed! Kate dressed up in all her princess gear, including a pink tutu, just before we left for the show. Can you tell [...]

Tweens & Teens: The back-to-school clothes dilemma

Welcome back to another edition of Tweens & Teens. I hope everyone is having a great summer, and it’s so very hard to believe that school is right around the corner. That means SHOPPING for school clothes…which leads right into this month’s article: How we dress our tweens and teens so they can go back [...]

Techno Mama: Blogging 201

  By Sarah Martin Hood It’s the not-so-new-anymore thing: blogging. I can almost guarantee you either have a blog or know someone with a blog. It’s fun! It’s free! It’s ADDICTIVE. Right? Well, if you’ve already gotten your feet wet and started a blog, here are some things I’ve seen on the more successful blogs [...]

Mamas on Magic 107.9 on Thursday mornings!

If you’re reading this between the hours of 8 and 9 a.m. on Thursday (July 29), flip your radio to Magic 107.9 ‘cuz the mamas will be in the HOUSE! We’ll be stopping by the station for our usual Thursday morning chat with radio hosts Jennifer Irwin and Guy Westmoland. (Click on the radio graphic [...]

Life with Ladybug: Do kids make you (un)happier?

By Shannon Magsam At the library the other day, I was looking for an article in Time Magaine about only children (since I’ve got one, I’m always drawn to conversations on the topic) when the headline splashed across another magazine cover caught my eye. It said: “I love my children. I hate my life”. You [...]

Drama for Mama: The Bachelorette Men Tell All

By Cara Cleek Ogden I was looking forward to some juicy scoop this week on The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All special. I didn’t exactly hear any revelations, but there was a lot of gossip and trash-talking, which psyched me up for next week’s finale. The Men Tell All special is usually a non-event in my opinion, [...]

Two spots available in next photography class!

Hey girls! Just wanted to let you know that two spots have opened up in the next photography class being taught by photographer Melinda Worthington of MJW Photography. When we announced this class several weeks ago, we had such a high number of moms sign up that Mindy agreed to teach two classes on two [...]

Ask an Allergist: Dust Mites peak season upon us!

Provided by Dr. Curt Hedberg, allergist and owner of Hedberg Allergy & Asthma Center While not everyone has a dust mite allergy, many people are irritated by dust. Dust consists of many things and includes not only dust mites but also skin scale, pollen, mold spores and fibers. Dust mites are tiny, microscopic creatures that [...]

Good Gossip: Weddings, babies, Fall TV news and Brad Pitt, too!

Time for some delicious gossip, ladies! And don’t bother feeling guilty about it, either, because our “Good Gossip” column is completely guilt-free — as in no nasty half-truths or anything meant to humiliate the people mentioned here. Please welcome a new sponsor of this regular feature! It’s RingO’s Chicken Rings, which are a favorite around [...]

Beauty Buzz: Naked face solutions

  Dear Andi, During the summer, I hate wearing makeup. How can I look my best with a bare face? A: With this sticky heat and frequent trips to the pool, I have been taking a vacation from makeup, too. I haven’t worn foundation in over a month and not only have I not missed [...]

Doc Talk: Done having kids? Watch this.

Happy Tuesday, mamas! It’s time for another online trip to the doctor’s office at Mercy Health System. This time we’ve got an appointment with local gynecologist Dr. Randall Feezell of Northwest Arkansas Gynecology. We asked him about a procedure called NovaSure, which is designed only for women who are certain they’re done having children. The [...]

What We’re Reading: Can’t-put-it-down novels!

One of my favorite things to do is get so wrapped up in a novel that I lose track of time and stay up way too late just to find out what happens next. It’s like letting my mind take a vacation to a completely new place. If you love a good page-turner, here’s a [...]

Don’t forget the Birthday Girl’s List giveaway!

Time’s almost up! If you had a birthday or wedding anniversary in July, let us know and you could win dinner on us! Here’s how the Birthday Girls List works: During your birthday month — or wedding anniversary month — send us an email telling us the date (we also like hearing all the fun [...]

Devotion in Motion: Happy Memories

11 ¶ And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Romans 13:11  (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I was looking through some photographs today that stirred up a lot of happy [...]