Giveaway: 60 minutes of tension-melting massage!


Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Tracy Byrd, winner of the massage at Pilates Plus! Just thinking about getting a massage makes us relax. But this giveaway will take one lucky mama past the thinking (dreaming, wishing, hoping) stage. We’re giving away a 60-minute Swedish massage from Linda Bryant, the therapist at our favorite workout [...]

Crafty Mama: Turning trash into treasure

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Guest post by Lindsay McGarity It’s the latest trend…turning thrift store finds into fun accessories for your home! It’s something anyone can do and it’s a great craft for those eco-conscious mamas out there, like me. We’ve all seen the repainted, restored, and reused furniture items around town, but I’m going to show you how [...]

Devotion in Motion: Why You Need to Go to Church


12 That is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.  ~  Romans 1:12 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” Sometimes when I give older folks an invitation to a church service they say, “I get my church on the television.” I don’t [...]

The Rockwood Files: The Sissy Versus the Snake


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 The snake sighting in our yard had been haunting me. Every time I stepped outside, I scanned for signs of it – the way wary beach goers check the water for signs of a shark fin. Then two weeks ago I was home alone with the [...]

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Tips from a local jewelry designer


Dear Fashion Fairy Godmother, I love long “statement” necklaces, but I’m not sure what to wear with them sometimes. Do you have some tips for a great pulled-together look, maybe a day look that I can transition into the evening? Dear Necklace-Loving Mama, Yes! I do have some tips for building an outfit around a [...]

Picture Mama: Springtime in Northwest Arkansas


It’s the perfect time of year to get outside and shoot pictures of the kids. And after you do that, attach a few of them to an email and send ‘em our way. We love to show off cute kids in Northwest Arkansas, and all the snapshots can be seen in our photo gallery. Thanks [...]

Five Minutes with a Mom: Amy Hickman

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Name: Amy Hickman Son’s name and age: Zayde- 5 Where are you from and what brought you to NWA? I was born and raised in Fayetteville! What’s your favorite thing about being an elementary school teacher? The kids this age are still so sweet, the hours and the schedule! If you could live anywhere in the [...]

Life with Ladybug: Y’all, she found my blog


Well, it finally happened. I’d been a little worried about it through the years. Busted. The lady in “Ladybug” stumbled across nwaMotherlode, and of course she clicked on the blog title she knew was about her. I know I’ve left some things out of posts, this concern evident just around the edges of my words, [...]

Dr. Oz: Lose Weight in Just 7 Minutes


Have you ever taken the Real Age test? It calculates your body’s “health age” and was created by various doctors, including Dr. Oz. We’ve taken the online test and occasionally receive emails from Real Age. You can’t help but click on an email with the subject line Lose Weight in Just 7 Minutes, can you? [...]

Beauty Buzz: Eat your way to beautiful skin


By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor One of my favorite NWA activities to do with the kids is picking fresh berries every spring, something I never would have done if we still lived in Dallas. So, when I saw that McGarragh Farms in Pea Ridge is now open for picking, it went to the top [...]

Take me out to the ballgame (for Teal in the Park!)


This is the perfect time of year to take the kids to a baseball game — not too hot, not too cool. And the Arkansas Naturals have one of the most kid-friendly ballparks around. On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the Naturals will take on the Tulsa Drillers at 7 p.m. Ozark Guidance is partnering with [...]

Mealtime Mama: “Recipes to Remember”

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We love collecting cookbooks from local churches and organizations. Our newest collection of recipes is from Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Springdale called Recipes to Remember. Thanks for the gift, Christy! It’s a small, paperback volume packed with delicious recipes from ladies here in Northwest Arkansas. (We love that we recognize some of [...]

Devotion in Motion: The Need for Kindness


32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32  (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I try not to give unsolicited suggestions about how other people should raise their children. But today I’m going to make an exception. Here’s my advice: [...]

The Rockwood Files: Real-life remote control


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 A few years ago, a friend told me I absolutely had to get a DVR, which is short for “digital video recorder”. Some people call it TiVo. “It will change your life,” she said. I was skeptical. But she was right. It has changed my life [...]