July Calendar of Events!


July Calendar! Performance and Fireworks Show at the AMP Free family event! The MDA Central Casting Studios student show team will perform two shows of “Made in the USA”, that includes some of the greatest songs in American pop history. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and make a day of it! There will be kids’ [...]

Inside His Head: Vacation or ‘staycation’?


Dear Inside His Head, My husband wants to go on an expensive vacation this summer, but I don’t think we should spend the money (it would set us back on our financial goals). I’d like to talk him into a “staycation” which would save us some money. Do you have any advice on how to [...]

Life with Ladybug: First state blogging conference for chicks


By Shannon Magsam As Gwen and I drove over the rocky, slowly narrowing, dirt road in separate vehicles, we chatted non-stop on our cell phones. We had wanted to ride together, but Gwen had to head back that evening and I was spending a night in the Hunstsville woods. Her husband’s red Pilot was about [...]

Pet Parenting: Fur, fur everywhere!


Dear Denise, My dog is shedding like crazy. I could make a whole new dog out of the hair he’s leaving behind on my chairs, carpet, BED. Is there anything I can do to cut down on the shedding? Also, do you have any good ideas for getting the hair off everything in my house [...]

All Akimbo: Two years of Moxie


By Kim Blakely Moxie turned 2 last week, and because those kinds of birthdays tend to have special meaning for those of us who have birthed, I spent a few quiet moments contemplating. I still remember vividly how I longed to have a baby during the more than 2 ½ years my husband and I [...]

Devotion in Motion: That’s gonna leave a mark


7 ¶ As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17  (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Well, the Cash family has made it home from their week of working on staff at Bible camp. We’re exceedingly joyful but a bit exhausted. It takes a lot [...]

The Rockwood Files: If it bleeds, it leads


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Tom and I realized a long time ago that our kids, ages 9, 7 and 4, wouldn’t be able to watch much television past 7 p.m. Even at that hour, I can count on two fingers the number of shows without bad language, adult situations or [...]

Fireworks show on July 2nd!


If you’re making plans for the July 4th weekend, mark your calendar for the big fireworks show at the Arkansas Music Pavillion (AMP) at the Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville on July 2nd. The  MDA Central Casting Studios student show team will perform two shows of “Made In the USA“, that includes some  of the [...]

What We’re Reading: Beach Books!


Don’t say you’re too busy to read, mamas. We know you’re busy. Crazy busy. So busy you barely have time to shower. We get it. We’re right there with you. But we double-dog dare you to read anyway. Why? Because it’s SO good to get away from it all every now and then, and a [...]

Mamas on Magic 107.9 Friday mornings


Since summer officially began this week, we’ll be talking about beach books and summer blockbuster movies this morning when we stop by Magic 107.9 to chat with radio hosts Jennifer Irwin and Guy Westmoland. We’ll also talk about some fun ways to make sure your kids keep reading during their summer vacation from school. Turn [...]

Five Minutes with a Mom: Kate Wallis

Kate & Kinley Wallis

Name: Kate Wallis Daughter’s name and age: Kinley Morgan, age 3 Where was she born? Johnson Where were you born and raised? Gravette We know you own the new Ozark Corn Maze. How did the first year go? We were wonderfully blessed beyond our wildest dreams. We are so happy to be able to have [...]

Mama Guest Post: On following your ‘Mommy Gut’

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By Kristy Brown Colic, Reflux, Allergies, and Asthma. Those are the names of our first four children. My fifth child is John Lleyton. I’m kidding, of course, but I do have to say that I finally feel — after almost three years — like I’m getting to know the REAL John Lleyton. I’m going to describe [...]

Giveaway: Free movie tickets ALL SUMMER!

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Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Jennifer Luna, winner of the summer-long movie tickets and Amy Brown, who won the new mama spa package! We all know that entertaining the kids during the summer can be a challenge and can sometimes get pretty expensive. So we’re giving one very lucky Motherlode reader enough movie money [...]

Devotion in Motion: The Four Decisions


14 ¶ For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named   Ephesian 3:14-15 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I’m expecting this Father’s Day to be an exciting one for me. After I finish [...]

The Rockwood Files: Time in my pocket


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Yesterday we stopped at a country gas station cafe on our way home from a weekend at the lake. We slid into a booth and waited for our burgers and tater tots to be ready. We were all hungry and tired, and, despite slathering them with [...]