Tips for back door organization with Simple Spaces


School has been back in session for a few weeks now. That means the calendar is packed with meetings, practices, and deadlines and an overwhelming influx of homework, permission slips, and event reminders. Is it time to get organized? Locally owned Simple Spaces suggests having designated “School Zones” in order to curb the chaos and [...]

Beauty Buzz: Assortment of product samples delivered to you


By Andi Douglas, beauty editor and mama of 3 Sadly, I had to explain to my 6-year-old that we do not celebrate his birthday on the 25th of every month, but only once a year in August. He asked, “Why not, it would be fun!” Instead of explaining that trying to organize a birthday [...]

Giveaway: Personal trainer sessions for you and a friend at Pilates Plus!


Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Amy Robinson, winner of the Pilates classes! You’ll love it, Amy! Early this year, Shannon and I decided to quit moaning about how we need to workout. We were so sick of our own excuses that we actually made an appointment to go exercise. We both tried Pilates for [...]

Getting crafty with Smarties!


By Shannon Magsam, #IamASmartie OK, all you crafty mamas (and even you not-so-crafty ones, because I promise you can do this!) we’re all going to make gift-worthy clipboards today. Everyone pull up your chairs to the kitchen table and let’s all do this together. I’ve added the step-by-step instructions and pictures below to go along [...]

Mealtime Mama: Let’s help Arkansas Rice Depot delete hunger!

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September is National Hunger Awareness Month and the Arkansas Rice Depot is asking bloggers to help raise awareness for those who are hungry in our state and to take steps to help them together with their readers. It’s called the Food Bloggers Delete Hunger online fundraising event. We really respect and appreciate everything the Rice [...]

Devotion in Motion: Do you have a question?


2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.  Ephesians 5:2  (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I’ve been working with students as a public educator for over 20 years. I’ve taught 4th graders [...]

The Rockwood Files: Dirty little homework secret


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I’m keeping a dirty little secret from the kids. Sometimes when I’m checking over their homework, I pretend to go to the bathroom or go check something that’s on the stove (even though I rarely cook). While I’m away, I use my iPhone to Google whatever [...]

Picture Mama: Grand prize winner revealed!


And the grand prize snapshot winner is…. Congrats to mama Allison Clark for submitting this awesome shot of her son cooling off during one of our many HOT summer days. The judges agreed that this shot summed up last summer pretty well and it’s a classic “all boy” moment. Allison will get a free photo [...]

What We’re Reading: Two page turners you’ll be glued to


For me, the best kind of novel is the one that very nearly consumes you — the kind you just have to keep reading because you’re dying to know what happens next. These two books by Gayle Forman did that for me. I was intrigued by how differently the first book, If I Stay, was [...]

Radio chat: Mamas on Magic 107.9 Thursday mornings


Remember, we’re moving our weekly radio chat on Magic 107.9 to Thursday mornings instead of Fridays. Gwen is on vacation this week, so I’ll be flying solo. Since I’m smack dab in the middle of trying to figure out how to make homework a little less painful around our house right now, this week we’ll [...]

Life with Ladybug: Growth Spurt


By Shannon Magsam Ladybug went for a well-child checkup on Friday (only six months late since she’s 9 ½ now) and I found out she’s only FOUR inches shorter than me. As in, I’m only FOUR inches taller than her. Of course, I realize I’m only 4’11” but STILL. Girl is getting tall! The pediatrician [...]

Inconceivable Mama: Riding an infertility roller coaster


By Inconceivable Mama We had left our last doctor’s appointment with a prescription for Clomid, a box of ovulation test strips, and little hope of actually conceiving in the near future. A lot of people are aware of the struggles some couples have with infertility but, unless you or someone extremely close to you has [...]

Good Gossip: So what’s a mini-moon?


Every other Tuesday, we sit down to enjoy a round-up of celebrity news — only we filter out the nasty stuff some magazines and bloggers print and give you only the “good stuff.” We figure there’s enough serious bad news out there without piling on rumors and embarrassing things about celebrities. But it’s still fun [...]

How do you enjoy a Smartie?

Smarties candy necklaces

By Shannon Magsam, mama to ladybug and co-creator of nwaMotherlode OK, mamas, do you have any unique and different uses for Smarties? You know, the pastel-colored twist wrap candy that always makes you think of Halloween and comes in all kinds of flavors? They are: White = Orange-Cream; Yellow = Pineapple; Pink = Cherry; Green [...]

Drama for Mama: New fall TV season on its way!


Woo-hoo! The TV fall season premieres are here! If you love to wind down on the sofa with a good show, we’ve got some news about when new and returning shows are scheduled to begin the new season. We’re very excited about some of the shows lined up for this fall. One of our favorites, [...]