Inside His Head: Mom is opposed to toy gun for Christmas

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Dear Inside His Head husbands, My 5-year-old son has moved away from Thomas the Tank Engine toys to wanting toy soldiers and plastic guns. I’m not really comfortable with him having “weapons” even if they don’t look super realistic. I’m afraid having those kinds of toys in the house will encourage him to be violent. [...]

On Your Mind: Post-divorce dating and kids

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Dear Tom, My husband and I divorced about two years ago. We have two kids, both in elementary school. He remarried very quickly, and I’ve been dating regularly since the divorce. My mother thinks that dating is distracting me from being a mom and that I should concentrate more on the kids’ needs instead of [...]

Military Mama: New deployment details

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By Jade Stone I hope you had the opportunity to sit down with your friends and family this Thanksgiving and truly enjoy one another.  I know we dodged a close call this holiday and will certainly say a few extra prayers of thanks for the blessing. It started Wednesday 2 weeks ago. I was heading [...]

The Big Chill refrigerator winner!

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Stephanie Laney was still shaking a few hours after she got the great news that she had won the brand new fridge from Metro Appliances & More. By the time the gorgeous French door beauty arrived at her house the day after Thanksgiving, she had recovered enough to invite most of her friends and family [...]

Beauty Buzz: Reprogramming your body

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By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode.com beauty editor I woke up Saturday morning and was convinced I was having an allergic reaction to something because my face was swollen (true and pathetic story). But after a Benadryl and a good hard look at myself I admitted the only thing I was having a reaction to was the [...]

Giveaway: TWO free Heaven’s Best Carpet/Hardwood Floor Cleanings!

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Thursday is December 1st, y’all, and that means Christmas is just a hop, skip and jump away. It also means lots of company for some of us! Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your carpet and/or hardwood floors cleaned before the relatives came to visit? If that makes you say a big “AMEN!” we’ve got [...]

The Etsy Economy: Buying local online

Found this pretty pair of earrings for 20 bucks! Tons more on Etsy.

Mamas note: As you know, today is Cyber Monday, which means tons of mamas like us will be scouring the World Wide Web for gifts. One of the best places to hunt is on Etsy.com. Many crafty people right here in Northwest Arkansas use this huge website to sell their items, and you can find [...]

Devotion in Motion: Christmas advice

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4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4,5 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” If you’re like most [...]

The Rockwood Files: An ongoing count

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 When I was growing up, our little church congregation sang a handful of favorite hymns over and over again. And the one that replays in my mind most during November is an instruction as much as it is a song — “Count Your Blessings.” The lyrics [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Sabra Jeffus

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Name: Sabra Jeffus Kids’ names and ages: Sawyer, 8 & Nash, 5 How long have you lived in NWA? Since 1996 Tell us about your job: I’m a commercial lender at The Bank of Fayetteville.  I love working for a community bank.  We truly reach out and involve ourselves in the community and help as [...]

Thanksgiving crafts to do with the kids

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We love this finger stamp place card below from Family Fun and wanted to share! We’ve also included some other Thanksgiving crafts from around the blogosphere that you might want to try for the holiday. Just click on the craft to see instructions. Happy Thanksgiving!    

Doc Talk: Abdominal pain during pregnancy

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Anyone who has ever been pregnant knows that abdominal pain can really freak a mama out. But, as you may also know, some pain is very normal during pregnancy while other types of pain can be warning signs that you need medical attention. So how’s a pregnant mama supposed to know which pain is normal [...]

Devotion in Motion: The blessing of loving mothers

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10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me. ~ Psalms 27:10 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Autumn is my favorite season of the year. Autumn makes me think of Thanksgiving, and at Thanksgiving I’m always thankful that Autumn is so beautiful. Last [...]