Good Gossip: Engagements, babies and celebrity hair gel

Anybody hungry for a little Good Gossip? If so, pull up a chair and prepare to enjoy our guilt-free “dish” on the latest celebrity news. Speaking of a good dish, please note that this bi-weekly feature is sponsored by the makers of RingO’s, a Northwest Arkansas-based company. (I have one of the pickiest eaters in the universe, but the kid loves RingO’s. Find them in the freezer section.)

the royal ring

By now we’re sure you’ve seen the stunning engagement ring on Kate Middleton‘s hand. Here are a few facts about it: It’s got one 18-carat sapphire which was chosen by Princess Diana (who wore it as her engagement ring). It has 14 diamonds. In 1981, it was worth $42,000. Today, it’s worth half a million! You can buy a knock-off of the famous ring on QVC for about $35. (Source: People magazine, December 6, 2010 edition)

Jessica Simpson

Speaking of engagements, Jessica Simpson had a low-key engagement party at her parents’ home in California to celebrate her engagement to former NFL player Eric Johnson. Sources say her parents love her fiance, and they speculate that the engagement won’t be a long one. Jessica’s engagement ring features a large ruby sparkler. (Source: People magazine, December 6, 2010 edition)

Chris Daughtry

Former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna welcomed fraternal twins (named Adalynn and Noah) who were born via surrogate on November 17th. Chris recently tweeted “Our family is overwhelmed with joy by these two precious gifts from God!” The twins join a big brother, Griffin, and big sister, Hannah. (Source: People magazine, December 6, 2010 edition)

More baby news! Rock star Pink announced on the Ellen show that she is pregnant, and they think the baby is a girl! Pink said she is worried she might end up with a daughter as unruly as she is. Pink is married to Carey Hart, who is a motocross racer. The couple have not yet announced a due date. (Source: People magazine, December 6, 2010 edition)

Colin Firth

Even manly actors like Colin Firth get misty over Disney movies. The actor recently told People magazine that watching “Dumbo gets me all the time. The scene where he visits his mom where she’s locked in the cage and holds him in her trunk through the bars. I choke up and I’m a real mess,” he said. (We totally understand, Colin. Right there with you on that one.) Colin also said his favorite indulgence is a good old American burger with all the trimmings. “If I’m going to eat a burger, I’m not going to hold back. It’s heaven!” (Source: People magazine, December 6, 2010 edition)

Edward's hair gel?

Robert Pattinson‘s hair is so famous these days that we thought we should share this little tidbit with you. People magazine reports that he uses Black & White Hair Pomade, so that might be a good gift for any Twilight-obsessed friends on your gift list this year. Cost is about $18 on this website: rickysnyc.com.

This bit of info might score you some “cool mom points” with your kids. The sequel to
the movie Cars is due out in June 2011 and features at least four new cars. (Well, one of those newbies is acutally a plane.) The new cars’ names are Grem (voiced by Joe Mantegna), Siddeley (voiced by Jason Isaacs), Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer) and Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine). The sequel  is described as a “spy movie” set in a location full of exotic cars. (Source: People magazine, November 29, 2010 edition)

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Home Design: New ‘green’ faux iron product!

By Lori Homstad, business owner and mother of two

Around the holidays, our thoughts often turn to enhancing our homes. After all, many of us host lots of company this time of year and we want our houses to reflect our personal style.

Well, I’ve got a little stylish secret I’d like to tell you about. It’s a product called  Tableaux™ Faux (fō ) Iron, an innovative new décor item that gives you the look of wrought iron or leaded glass but is made from lightweight materials.


Customized to fit any size or shape, Faux Iron has a variety of applications, including doors, cabinet inserts, ceilings, arches, skylights and air conditioning grills. Click HERE to see more Faux pictures.

The picture below is a beautifully selected stairwell window with  a decorative touch that casts dancing shadows from the intricate details in the design. This window is decorated with Faux Iron artwork. This window decor is easy. It is an insert over the window which has the look and feel of rustic wrought iron. It is available in most any color and can be custom designed. Tableaux™ Faux Iron Decor is inexpensive and maintenance free.

Next up is this intricately detailed decorative faux-wrought iron design. It makes a sophisticated statement of elegance as it becomes the focal point of this beautiful wood and glass door. The natural lighting is allowed in with an artistic edge.

It provides light filtering, yet keeps the passersby from viewing directly into the room.

The beautiful example is below: a classy and intricate design on this french door entry. From the outside, anyone approaching these doors would think twice about breaking the side light glass for illegal entry. So, the faux iron decorative window treatment adds elements of security, also.

There’s yet another benefit of the Wrought Iron Decor. It’s reuse of recycled wood fiber and the use of formaldehyde-free resins makes it highly recognizable as “environmentally friendly” and qualifies for “Green” certifications. And did I mention it’s lightweight? It is 10% the weight of conventional wrought iron.

Choose from our library of designs, including floral, geometric and ornate styles, or create your own design for the very best way to add the perfect natural lighting to compliment your dining room decor. Give us a call at Budget Blinds and a style consultant can give you much more information.

The Home Design category is sponsored by Budget Blinds of Northwest Arkansas. (Click here to read more about this local company.)

Budget Blinds has one-hour complimentary consultations. Let their design consultants show you the vast array of options for adding value to your home at prices that will fit into your decorating budget. Call their office at 479-751-6655 or click here to visit their website.


You’re Invited: Progressive shopping party (with free limo service!)

David Adams Jewelry

Mamas, this sounds like so much fun. Some of the best downtown Fayetteville businesses have gotten together to create a fun way to do your Christmas shopping.

Hang out with friends, buy unique gifts, taste test some of the city’s finest, and shop local! It’s a progressive shopping party.

And to make it even more fun? FREE limo service! Yep, you and your friends will be chauffeured from shop to shop. How merry, how bright.

Heartwood Gallery

How does it work? Park at any one of the businesses listed below and take the complementary limousine to every shop on the route, or just the ones you want to visit. Details:

  • Thursday, December 9
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Downtown Fayetteville

Here’s a list of all the stores you’ll want to shop (click on each name to visit the shop’s website):

Riffraff

Brick House Kitchen
Dark Star Visuals

David Adams
French Quarters
Hand Held
Heartwood Gallery

Himalayan Mountain Shop

I.M. Spa

Monroe Boutique

Nightbird Books

Nordic Moods

Riffraff

Something Urban

Sound Warehouse

Swift’s Jewelry

Terra Tots

Ultra Studios

For more information call: 479-251-7422.

RSVP on their Facebook page HERE. See you downtown!

I.M. Spa

Nutcracker tickets and dinner at Bella Napoli!

Left: Molly Hedberg; Right: Hannah Brown; Photo credit: Lesly Zachry

You know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the Nutcracker comes to town! The spectacular ballet production has become a timeless tradition for so many families in our area. And we’ve got two tickets to give away to this Saturday night’s performance of The Nutcracker! And to put a big red bow on it, we’re also including a dinner gift certificate to the always wonderful Bella Napoli Italian restaurant, which is just around the corner from the Arend Art Center in Bentonville.

This year, The Nutcracker will be presented by the Classical Ballet Academy which will give two performances — on Saturday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 5th at 2 p.m. at the Arend Art Center on the Bentonville High School Campus.

We know lots of families who have made The Nutcracker a part of their annual Christmas tradition. It’s also a wonderful tradition to begin as a “mother and daughter” event that’s as enjoyable when your daughter is 3 as it will be when she’s 43.

Guest artists Leah Gallas and Alberto Montesso; Photo credit: Derek Ceola

ABOUT THIS SHOW: At the public performances, professional guest artists Leah Gallas of the Metropolitan Ballet of Minneapolis, and Alberto Montesso of the Tulsa Ballet, will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier. The Academy’s Youth Ballet Company dancers will dance the other lead ballet roles in the 2nd act, and the entire cast of 85 dancers features children and adults from our community. This year, the choreography for the Waltz of the Flowers was done by Melinda Tobian. Choreography and direction of this year’s show was done by Catherine Kyle, founder of Classical Ballet Academy.

This year, Molly Hedberg of Rogers, will portray Clara. Hedberg, 11, is the daughter of Curtis and Michelle Hedberg and has studied ballet at Classical Ballet Academy for more than five years. She is also a member of the Youth Ballet Company. Molly attends Ruth Barker Middle school and has dreamed of  dancing this beloved role. Join Clara as she dreams of a magical journey to the Kingdom of the Sweets by the side of the Nutcracker Prince.

Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here or visiting www.classicalballetacademy.net.

ABOUT THE FOOD: Oh, where do we start? Maybe we should start with some of the Bella Napoli appetizers, which include fried calamari or those wonderful Portobello mushrooms sauteed with white wine and served with tomatoes and melted mozzarella. And then we could move on to the Fettuccine Alfredo, which is amazing, not to mention the Pollo Piccata, the Ravioli, the Tilapia… the list goes on and on. You will LOVE it.

Photo credit: Rick Kyle

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the online hat for the Saturday night tickets plus dinner at Bella Napoli, just click the orange comment button below and tell us about one of your favorite holiday traditions. Your suggestions may inspire fellow moms to begin their own special traditions. You may also e-mail your entry to us.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: As always, our drawings are done at random, but we give extra chances to mamas who help spread the word! The Classical Ballet Academy is a non-profit organization which provides classical ballet education and performance opportunities to students in our community. This production relies heavily on word-of-mouth advertising for ticket sales, which means they need us mamas to let people know when and where it’s happening. If you send an e-mail to friends or family about the show and this giveaway, be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your email, and we will give you an extra chance to win for every friend you tell.

Because the show is coming up this weekend, we’ll be choosing a winner AT RANDOM early on Thursday, December 2nd, so we can contact the winner and confirm receipt of the good news. So throw your names in quickly and tell your friends. Good luck! We’ll see you at the show!

Giveaway: Tickets to A Christmas Carol

It’s a double-header giveaway today! Not only do we have tickets to the Nutcracker (see post above), we also have FOUR tickets to see the on-stage production of A Christmas Carol at the Walton Arts Center on opening night, December 3rd at 7 p.m. And before you get your Scrooge on, you can chow down at the family-friendly U.S. Pizza, just a couple blocks away from the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street.

ABOUT THE SHOW: This weekend’s production of this Dickens’ classic is by the University of Arkansas Theatre and features those ghosts we know so well — Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Your family will enjoy Ebeneezer Scrooge’s journey and transformation from miser to Mr. Generosity.

There are additional performances of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 4th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call the box office at 479-443-5600 for ticket information or visit them online by clicking here.

ABOUT THE FOOD: U.S. Pizza is a favorite spot of thousands of people who visit Dickson Street. In fact, it’s so good that I’ve heard more than a few people say that, once they’ve had pizza from U.S. Pizza, they are forever spoiled after that. No other pizzas seem to live up to that standard. What makes it so great? Some say it’s the crust. Others say it’s the sauce. I have no idea, but I do know it’s goooooood. If you’re not into pizza, the restaurant also has award-winning salads so you’ll be covered either way. (Click the logo below to check out their online menu.)

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name into the hat (winners are chosen at random), just tell us about a memory from Christmas Past, or tell us what you’re doing this year for Christmas Present, or you can say what you hope to do during a Christmas Future. Your choice! Click the orange comment button below to post your comment, or you can email your entry to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: As always, we love it when our fellow moms help spread the word. Send an email to your friends or family about the giveaway, and we’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit. We promise not to be a Scrooge about it!

Devotion in Motion: “A Merry Little Christmas”

6 Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.  Ecclesiastes 4:6 (KJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad”

At the end of October I was browsing through the satellite TV channels, and I noticed we had already been provided with five new channels of Christmas music. When I told my wife Susan, she said, “John, please don’t turn it on yet.  I’m not sure I can bear it. I’m just not ready for Christmas yet.” Surprisingly enough, I knew exactly how she felt.

I’d already had the exact same thought in August when I had to walk through a display of Yuletide decorations on my way to purchase school supplies. It’s sad when the sight of a decorated Christmas tree fills your heart with dread and a queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. It seemed like a visual reminder of an endless list of  holiday tasks that would have to be met before an unyielding deadline.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. In fact, I probably love Christmas as much (or more) than the average person. But I feel about Christmas the way I feel about Waffle House. I love Waffle House. Whenever the Cash family is making a 10-hour road trip, we always eat one meal a day, and that one meal is always at Waffle House. After eating our fill of the “All Star Breakfast” (which consists of the entire left side of the menu), we are satisfied and good to travel for the rest of the day. But as wonderful as our breakfast was, whenever we pass another Waffle House at the next exit, nobody ever begs to stop. Brunch has become ballast. Too much of a good thing has become oppressive.

Don’t tell anybody, but preachers sometimes have trouble practicing what they preach. I mean, every December I tell the people in my church that Christmas isn’t about the hustle and the hype. I tell them that “Hope was born in the manger” and “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” In light of that, I’ve decided to get a grip on myself and do the Christian thing this year. In today’s Scripture text (at the top), wise King Soloman says it is better to have one hand full (with peace) than both hands full (with stress). So, as for me and my house, we’re not going to “blow a gasket” in this holy season. I’ve decided upon a  plan based on the words to the common carol: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”:

1)  My goal is to have a Christmas—not to placate the god of money and commerce. If Jesus is honored, I have met my goal.

2) I’m aiming for a little Christmas. That means I don’t have to put out all the decorations. I don’t have to keep every tradition. I’ll only do the things that bring about the most happiness (with the minimum of stress.)

3) I’m planning to have a merry celebration. I plan on relaxing and enjoying all the things that come my way this season. A dear friend of ours (who is a missionary in Ukraine) sent us a card about her Yuletide that I’ve never forgotten. She wrote, “We had a wonderful holiday this year. I did fewer things this year, but we really enjoyed each thing that we did.” That’s my plan, too.

4) I won’t forget the words “have yourself.” My family’s Christmas doesn’t have to be like anybody else’s. It doesn’t have to be perfect or like the imaginary ones I see on TV. We’ll celebrate the coming of the Saviour in the way we feel is best.

I’ve felt so much better since I made this resolution. In fact, I’m really looking forward to December. Dear mamas, your babies are growing up so fast. Take time to enjoy them in this happy season. And “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, too.

Dr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 25 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days he works at a public school.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, and his sons, Spencer (age 19) and Seth (age 16) live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher and his family ate at Waffle House last week on their way to Elizabethton, TN where they spent Thanksgiving with the boys’ grandparents—Oma and Opa.) He would love to hear from you in an email sent to jcash@scott.k12.ms.us.

Black Friday toy shopping ideas!

If you need some gift ideas on the biggest shopping weekend of the year, here’s a list of helpful links on some of the hottest toys of the season, plus links to websites where you can find even more award-winning toys and industry picks.

Black Friday.com

Black-Friday.net

Fatwallet.com

Local Walmart Black Friday ad

JCPenney Deals Preview

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Award Winners

Toy Retailers Association List

List of hot toys and old favorites; Click below to read parent reviews of each:

Paper Jamz

LeapFrog Leapster 2

LeapFrog Tag Reader

LEGOS Hogwarts Game

Alphie the Robot

Plasma Car

Qwirkle Board Game

Hyper Dash (active game)

Wii “limited edition” bundle

Squinkies

Zoobles

Moon Dough

Sing-a-ma-jigs

Scrabble Flash Cubes

Bananagrams

Beyblade Metal Fusion Super Vortex Battle Set

Disney Epic Mickey video game

You can find more gift ideas and cool things mamas like in our Motherlode Must-Haves category. Click here to see it.

Happy Thanksgiving, mamas!

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The nwaMotherlode mamas hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! We’re thankful for our friends, families, turkey & dressing and our loyal readers. Thank you!

Tips for hosting and being a great guest

Hey girls, I’m flying solo this morning during our radio chat because Shannon has an appointment, so help a mama out! Call in to the show and join our discussion, which will be “Tips for hosting a holiday event,” and “Tips for being a great house guest.” Tune in to Magic 107.9 between 7:40 a.m. and 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) to hear the tips or to call in and contribute a few suggestions of your own. I’ll also be telling radio hosts Jennifer Irwin and Guy Westmoland about the year I hosted a family holiday event and things went HORRIBLY WRONG!

Click on the graphic at right to listen to the radio station live on your computer.

ABOUT HOSTING:

If you’re hosting family or friends this year, here are some tips, checklists and links to more info on how to make your event go smoothly:

Tip No. 1: Look around your guest room or house and imagine yourself as a guest. What would you want and need to have around you?

Checklist for a comfy guest room:

  • Extra blankets at foot of bed
  • Light for reading
  • Tissues
  • Trash basket
  • Cleared table or nightstand
  • Alarm clock
  • Luggage stand or bench
  • Bottle of water

Here are more helpful articles on the art of being a gracious host and avoiding pitfalls:

14 Secrets for Making Holiday Guests Feel at Home (from Country Living)

Top 10 Most Common Thanksgiving Cooking Mistakes (from ABC News.com)

ABOUT BEING A GOOD GUEST:

If you’re not hosting but will be traveling and staying with relatives or friends this holiday, here are some tips to keep in mind that will make you the ideal house guest who gets invited back time and time again.

Rule No. 1 “Fish and house guests stink after three days” (quote by Benjamin Franklin)

Checklist for being a good guest:

  • Bring a hostess gift
  • Let the host know when you’re arriving and leaving
  • Clean up after yourself, and strip the bed before you leave.
  • Offer to take the host and his/her family out to dinner one night during your stay.
  • Always write a thank you note when you leave.

Here’s another helpful article with rules for considerate house guests:

How to Be a Good House Guest (by wikiHow.com)


The Rockwood Files: What’s wrong with this picture?

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3

Six-year-old Jack and his dad have a Sunday morning tradition. They like to flip to the back page of the comics in the Sunday paper and try to find the six differences between two similar pictures in the Slylock Fox cartoon strip. It’s sort of a race to see who can find all six differences first.

Brain teasers like this one have been around for a long time because they tap into something people do almost automatically – we notice “what’s wrong with this picture.” I don’t know if it’s human instinct or something we’re taught as we grow up, but we’re all pretty good at it. Give us a field full of daisies and we’ll notice the one dead flower in the middle of all that glorious yellow. Our eyes are drawn to the flaw, that thing that’s just a little bit off, no matter how insignificant it is.

We do it in our lives, too. We look at a career full of wins and think mostly about the screw-ups or the missed opportunities. We look at a healthy body that works perfectly fine, and we notice how our belly isn’t as flat as we want it to be. In our homes, we see the floors that need new carpet or the kitchen that needs new appliances and miss out on seeing everything that’s right – like strong walls, a solid roof, warm rooms, hot showers, and a fridge full of food – basics that so many people around the world just don’t have and probably never will.

As people who’ve been blessed with so much, Thanksgiving is just the kind of “kick in the butt” holiday we need. Because it forces us to take off the “what’s wrong” goggles that magnify every imperfection and, instead, marvel at all the things that are so wonderfully right. And there are a lot of them.

Granted, it’s easy to forget about the good stuff sometimes. Our 24-hour a day news culture has a bad habit of finding the horrible, the weird and the controversial and serving up a piping hot dish of it during every hour of the day and night. Good news is harder to come by but it’s equally as important.

When we strip life down to what matters most to us, it’s so much easier to see what’s right with the picture – family, food, safety, health, freedom, love. It’s great to strive for things to be better or to reach for the ideal, but never noticing how good we have it would just mean we’re being jerks. And ungrateful jerks are the very worst kind.

So… here’s to all that’s right with the picture. Here’s to the carpet stains that remind us what a luxury it is to have carpet and food and drinks to stain it with. Here’s to the belly that’s no longer as firm as it once was and to the babies it allowed to grow inside us. Here’s to the thousand little “wrongs” that only prove how “right” we’ve got it.

From my family to yours, have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Gwen Rockwood is a mom to three great kids, wife to one cool guy, a newspaper columnist and co-owner of nwaMotherlode.com. To read previously published installments of The Rockwood Files, click here.

Saturday: Silent auction to help homeless animals

Pet Parenting: Tips for traveling with tail-waggers

Dear Denise,

This time of year we travel a lot and we like to bring our dogs along. The problem is one of them always throws up on long car trips and the other one gets really hyper. Do you have any ideas for calming them both?

Dear Mama:

Lots of people want to travel with their dogs this time of year, and lots of dogs don’t travel well. I have had this problem myself. One thing I absolutely DO NOT travel without is Rescue Remedy. You can find this at your local health food store and it is an all-natural stress reliever.

I would suggest a dropper-full for each dog a few minutes before the trip, and then as needed for the duration. A second item I really like to have ‘just in case’ is Comfort Zone. I’ve mentioned this stuff in past answers, but really, I tell you it’s like pet parenting gold. I’d get the spray and give the interior of your car a good spritz before leaving; you can also take this with you and use it when you get where going by spraying it on a bandana and putting around your dogs’ neck. Both of these products, especially when used together, can do wonders for general anxiety.

Now, to address your two individual problems. First, car sickness. There could be a variety of reasons for this from anxiety to motion sickness, and ultimately, you may have to resort to pharmaceuticals. However, there are a few things you can try. If it’s an anxiety issue, then the Rescue Remedy/Comfort Zone cocktail should help.

In addition, to that you may wish to try ‘swaddling’ you dog for extra security. Just like swaddling a baby, this can really calm some dogs. I’ve used it for all kinds of fear related issues with varying amounts of success, but it is worth a try. If your dog has a t-shirt or sweater of his own, put that on him (you can even mist it with Comfort Zone first). If he doesn’t have one or he is too big for a regular dog shirt, try using one of your own. The dog’s head goes in the head of the shirt, his front feet go into the arms. Cut a slit straight up the back, about half way, and then tie it snug but not too tight. Another solution for car sickness is to ride in a closed crate. Sometimes, not seeing the world whizzing by will help.

For the hyper dog, you can use these same techniques, or try a seat belt to keep him from bouncing from window to window. Additionally, a good loooooong walk before the trip and frequent stops should be included, too. Don’t forgot that the dogs also need something to do while traveling. Provide them with a bone or kong (maybe not for the car sick one) to chew, or a toy to squeak in order to keep them occupied.

Denise Holmes is a local pet behavior counselor who owns Ain’t Misbehavin’. She trains animals and also answers pet questions sent in by local moms for us here on nwaMotherlode. Denise has been training for 25 years and is passionate about pets. To send her a question, email it to: mamas@nwaMotherlode.com.

Beauty Buzz: Pimples and pregnancy

Dear Andi,

Eek! I am pregnant for the first time and thought I would have a beautiful, healthy glow. Instead, I am breaking out like a teenager. Any tips?

A: Well, the good news is that the breakouts generally decrease the further you get into your pregnancy and your body adjusts to the flood of hormones attacking your, already, overwhelmed system. Also, it’s one of those pregnancy side effects that you conveniently forget about once you are holding your baby in your arms and you will be just as surprised by your pubescent skin problems the next time around.

For now, the best advice is to drink lots of water and try to hydrate your skin as often as possible. That little bundle of joy is stealing as much fluid from your body as possible, which leaves your skin flaky and dry.

All of those flakes lead to clogged pores and increased blemishes, so exfoliate with a gentle cleanser, or mix a little sugar in with your normal face wash.

If you want to try something stronger to zap a zit, be leery of the usual Retin-A products or anything medicated. Because your skin will be much more sensitive to the sun when you are pregnant, you could end up with giant patches of sunburn on your face, which might distract from the pimple, but not the way you wanted.

When in doubt, call the nurse at your OB or your dermatologist. If you do see a specialist make sure you let them know you are pregnant, even if superstition would normally prevent you from sharing the good news too soon. Not all medications, even topical treatments, are safe for moms-to-be.

A little bit of cover-up and strategically applied make-up might help until the baby-acne fades away. If you don’t usually need cover-up, use the thicker part of your foundation from the lid or rim of the bottle. Dab lightly with your finger and blend.

More good news, we’ve all been there and can sympathize. Good advice also for later, when you are grocery shopping and your new baby has pooped something horrific and is screaming at the top of his lungs. Good Luck!

Have a question for Andi, beauty blogger and fellow mama? Andi welcomes your questions and feedback to Beauty Buzz. E-mail her at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com.

Drop and Shop Opportunities!

Gymnastics Joe and Coach Daysha

We heard about this cool event and wanted to let the mamas know! Gymnastics Joe’s (inside the Northwest Arkansas Mall) will keep your kids occupied with age-appropriate games and fun while you hit the mall shops and sales!

They’ll have crafts, face painting, trampoline and tumbling. Space is limited, so jump on this.

Here are the details:

  • November 26, 27, December 4, 12 and 18
  • 9am-12 noon or 1-4pm
  • Pre-register by phone 479-361-8282 or email www.gymnasticsjoe.com
  • Ages 3* and up: $25 for 1 child, $40 for 2 children, $60 for 3 children
  • 479-361-8282

* Children must be toilet-trained.

The Little Gym of Rogers is also offering day camp sessions this week, and you can leave your kids to play in the gym under staff supervision while you take off to work through that shopping list! Note that The Little Gym is located in Tuscany Square on Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers, which is close to the Pinnacle Promenade Mall, Target, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and lots more.

(Note from Gwen: My kids have attended several day camp sessions over the years at The Little Gym and they LOVE it. The staff here is awesome!)

Call The Little Gym at 636-5566 for availability and rates. Click here for more info about the day camps.

MOPS Drop and Shop, too! The Fayetteville Mothers of Preschoolers group is also giving parents the opportunity to have a kid-

free date night or afternoon of shopping.

Moms will be offering childcare for kids from birth to fifth grade on Friday, December 3, from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, December 4, from 2-5 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1021 W. Sycamore, in
Fayetteville.

Child care rates for each event are $15 for one child, $20 for two children and $25 for three or more children. Parents are welcome to sign up for one or both events.

The parents’ night out and shopping day out are fundraisers for the MOPS group. Reservations are required to take part in the parents’ night out or shopping day out and should be made by November 29 by visiting http://fayettevillemops.yolasite.com/.

Imagine Studios Drop and Shop! Imagine Studios at Village on the Creeks in Rogers will have a drop and shop this Friday (Nov. 26) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required and it’s for ages 4 and up. Fun activities are planned for the kids throughout the day at this new paint-your-own pottery, birthday party, gifts studio. Reservations are required so give Melanie Hewins a call at 619-6085.

Giveaway: Stress relief from I.M. Spa

Note from the Mamas: Congras to Betina Post, who won the fabulous stress relief package from I.M. Spa!

With Thanksgiving rushing toward us this week and Christmas hot on its heels, this is a time of joy but also lots of STRESS. We know just what you’ll need after the holidays: a few hours at I.M. Spa to melt all that tension away.

Or you can always use the gift certificate in between shopping trips to refresh you before December 25th hits!

We’re so glad to partner with I.M. Spa on these giveaways because the therapists really know what they’re doing. The massages and other services are simply amazing and can make you feel like a new woman.

Ready to feel like a new woman?

ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY: Today we’re giving away some of the most popular services at I.M. Spa, namely the I.M. Loving It package. You’ll be pampered with a herbal foot steam, salt glow and mud wrap for your tired tootsies in the Barefoot Spa Room, a 55-minute Swedish massage and your choice of 50-minute facial. Aahhhhh.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the hat, click on the orange comment button below and tell us about your favorite way to de-stress at the end of the day. Do you read a good book, have a cup of hot tea, watch one of your favorite T.V. shows? We’d love to hear about it!

Don’t forget! Send a note about this giveaway to your friends, and we’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell about this fantastic I.M. Spa package. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

Click here to visit the I.M. Spa website and remember: spa gift certificates are always fun to unwrap!

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