Northwest Arkansas Mom’s Choice Business Awards and a HUGE giveaway

Mom's Choice Business Awards 2012

It’s no secret that when you’re scoping out the best businesses around, you find a mom and ask what she recommends. Women and mothers are always on the lookout for the “best” when it comes to restaurants, doctors, party places, music lessons and all the businesses necessary to take care of the whole family. Mamas, [...]

Crafty Mama: DIY Modern Art!

diy modern art

Guest post by artist Amber Perrodin Sale alert note from the mamas: Amber’s husband makes her artist panels (as seen in this post). He sells them on Etsy as Perrodin Supply Co. The Perrodins have generously offered to sell these to Motherlode readers at an exclusive 30% off. The coupon code at checkout is CraftyMama. [...]

Getting Healthy for Good: When he won’t get healthy


By Laurie Marshall A while back I mentioned that my husband was being treated for high blood pressure. Actually, there was a whole post about it. His doctor has him taking a couple of different medications three times a day, and it’s brought his numbers down enough that he doesn’t have to visit the clinic [...]

What We’re Reading: Remarkable memoirs

signs of life

If you follow the mamas on Twitter (@nwaMotherlode) you’ve probably seen my (Shannon’s) tweets about the memoir Signs of Life. I was especially twitter-pated when the author, Natalie Taylor, tweeted back to me. It was … awesome to hear back from her, because I was right in the middle of the book and completely in [...]

Giveaway: Tickets to Peking Acrobats at Walton Arts Center


Note from the mamas: Jose’s on Dickson Street is temporarily closed, but the one in Springdale is still open.  Just wanted to give you a heads-up! Do you have one of those kids who’s always tumbling, cartwheeling or bouncing around the house? Well, this show is the perfect fit for your little (or big) mover [...]

Mealtime Mama: Make these recipes tonight!

Amy James 2012

Recipes by Amy James, Our Everyday Dinners Amy and her husband of 13 years, John, have 3 little ones: Kate, Abby and Alex. Before kids, she was an MBA working in HR and John was a Family Practice doctor. “We ate out every night, stayed up past midnight, spent our weekends at the lake with [...]

Devotion in Motion: Letter to my son, on his 18th birthday

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Dear Spencer, It’s so hard to believe that you’re 18 years old now and graduating high school. The thing that astounds me most is how quickly the time has gone by [...]

The Rockwood Files: “You can’t handle the tooth.”


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Early this morning, I opened my eyes and saw 7-year-old Jack’s eyes looking right at me, just inches from my face. “Mom,” he whispered. “I need to tell you something.” “What is it, Jack?” I groaned sleepily. “The tooth fairy didn’t come last night,” he said. [...]

Listen to Your Mother: Send in those stories by Feb. 29!


Mamas and writerly friends, auditions are OPEN! But not for long! You have until Feb. 29th to send in that great story/post/essay you’ve written about any aspect of motherhood. Northwest Arkansas will have a local performance of the national Mother’s Day series of live readings called Listen to Your Mother and emailing your story is [...]

Roadtrip! Mamas made it to Blissdom!


The mamas drove all the way to Nashville on Wednesday and are happy to be soaking up all the bloggy goodness at the BlissDom 2012 Conference today! One fellow mama called it ”speed dating for bloggers”. We love that! BlissDom is an amazing conference for women “who find and express their bliss by publishing online”. That describes us, right? [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Heidi Simmons

Heidi Simmons

Name: Heidi Simmons Kids’ names and ages: Luke 9,   Alyssa 5 Where are you from and what brought you to NWA? My husband and I are both from Northeast Ohio, but we haven’t lived there in 20 years. We met when he was active duty military and married in Tennessee. When he decided to leave the Army, he [...]

Inside His Head: Is it time for the kids to meet my boyfriend?


OK, ladies, it’s time to travel back to that strange land that we (sometimes) just don’t understand …  “Inside His Head”.  Inside His Head has become very popular with the mamas, since women have a million questions about why men do the things they do. Our panel of husbands (whose identities will remain anonymous for [...]

Pet Parenting: What is “clicker training”?


Dear Denise, We just adopted a new puppy and I’ve been reading a little about “clicker training”. How does clicker training work and do you think it’s effective? Can a dog of any age respond to clicker training? Dear Mama, Clicker training is AWESOME! I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s how I [...]

Devotion in Motion: Love and Liquid Paper


12 ¶ Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” When I was a little boy, I had an uncle that I adored. He was a devout Christian and an elder in the church. After he passed away, my aunt told me something [...]