The Rockwood Files: Kindergarten shot bravery

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I got a lesson in bravery today from a 5-year-old. Our preschooler, Kate, knew she’d need kindergarten immunizations before she could move into the elementary school big leagues this fall. Her preschool teachers have been talking about it for months now, encouraging everyone in the class [...]

Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw to perform at Northwest Arkansas AMP

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Woo-hoooo! Tickets go on sale TODAY at 9 a.m., mamas. The actual performance will be Sunday, June 17th at the AMP (which is temporarily located at the Washington County Fairgrounds.) Don’t waste any time snagging your tickets because we’re betting they’ll sell out quickly. To call and order tickets, call the Walton Arts Center Box [...]

Inconceivable Mama: Blocked fallopian tube and HSG

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By Inconceivable Mama Last month I shared with you my Conceptual Plan. We’re currently in phase 2 – Timed intercourse. All I can do now is laugh at how clinical this has all become. What else can I do? Crying and anger have gotten me nowhere. Jealousy of the 16-year-old student in my class who [...]

Northwest Arkansas Easter Egg Hunts 2012

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Here comes Peter Cottontail! Yes, Easter is almost here and lots of Northwest Arkansas cities are hosting egg hunts, some starting this Saturday. We rounded up some of the region’s best, but please let us know if we left anyone out. We’re happy to add an event! Bring your cameras, kids and Easter baskets to [...]

Sponsor Spotlight: Ozark Natural Foods

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Ozark Natural Foods is our new Mealtime Mama sponsor and we wanted to introduce this fabulous local gem to Motherlode readers. Obviously, many of you already know about — and take advantage of — this great cooperative which offers a huge selection of natural and organic foods and products to Northwest Arkansas and beyond. (Not [...]

Life with Ladybug: A slave to pets

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By Shannon Magsam, Ladybug’s mama and pet parent I’m back home after dropping my daughter off at school in the morning and I walk over to my computer. I’m itching to get to work. I have stories to write, clients to call and social media to appreciate. As soon as my butt hits the office [...]

Math tutoring website helps kids and parents, too

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You have no idea how happy I was when I found out about this website from a report on 60 Minutes. My kids are in elementary school and I’m already having trouble helping them with their math homework. It’s very, very humbling, not to mention frustrating, when I honestly can’t remember how to do some [...]

Easter traditions in Northwest Arkansas

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Only 10 days to go until Easter. Can you believe it? It’s coming up fast, and we’re finding so many cute things to put in the kids’ Easter baskets this year. Speaking of baskets, we did the coolest thing last month when we were at the Blissdom bloggers conference in Nashville. Hershey’s was one of [...]

Beauty Buzz: Correcting — and beautifying — with color

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By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor As a visual learner, a lot of beauty advice doesn’t always resonate with me without a frame of reference. Enter the color wheel. I’ve seen a lot of references to using the color wheel as a beauty tool lately and it boils down to one rule: opposites work together. [...]

Giveaway: Spring Carpet Cleaning for the WHOLE house!

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In case you missed it, the official first day of spring was last week. What’s that you say? You say you did NOT get all your spring cleaning projects done on that first day of spring? Well, neither did we. And guess what? This week’s giveaway will do some of that spring cleaning for you. [...]

MomTalk on Motherlode: Surprises about motherhood

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Look, mamas! We dreamed up a new video feature for the website, and we’re asking local moms to answer the big questions, like this one: “What has surprised you most about motherhood?” Click the play arrow below to see four Northwest Arkansas moms answer it. (We met these four amazing, funny mamas at a bloggers [...]

Mealtime Mama: Make the perfect springtime meal courtesy local cooking coach Jen Lewis

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Recipes by Jen Lewis Jen Lewis teaches cooking/entertaining classes at the design studio Whiteline Designs. She teaches cocktail/appetizer demonstration classes, 3-course meal classes with wine pairings and private parties. We’ve seen Jen in action and she’s a natural in the kitchen and as a hostess extraordinaire. She loves teaching groups and her classes would be [...]

Devotion in Motion: On dried fruit and moderation

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¶ Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.  Proverbs 25:16 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Today in the elementary school cafeteria, one of the menu choices was a little plastic cup of dried fruit. I always pick up one [...]

The Rockwood Files: In-flight fishing

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I watched a man fish today at 30,000 feet above the Earth. He was sitting across the aisle one row ahead of me on an airplane heading for home. Wearing tiny white earbud headphones connected to an iPhone, he fished for nearly an hour on his [...]