Life with Ladybug: The summer ‘bucket list’

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By Shannon Magsam Do you ever get to the end of summer and realize you never did all that stuff you planned to do? The stuff you wanted to do? And then do you try to cram it all in to the last few weeks before school starts again? Camp! Swim! Take a road trip [...]

Inside His Head: Can men and women have “platonic” relationships?

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When we ask moms about their favorite Motherlode features, they often mention “Inside His Head”. It’s just downright interesting (and often entertaining) to see what’s going on in there because heavens know we’re often stumped. Yes, we know they feel the same way about us sometimes, right?. We love receiving questions from NWA mamas, so [...]

Fleet Feet’s new summer dresses plus sale items, too!

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We love it when practical meets pretty! And these new Prana dresses at Fleet Feet Sports in Fayetteville are the perfect combo of pretty and practical because they’re made of performance fabric which means they’ll be forgiving even in intense summer heat and the cut and fabric are designed to move with you. Some moms [...]

Tweens & Teens: Top four reasons why teens misbehave

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By Dr. Billy Jones, psychologist with Mercy Health  A few weeks ago, this website asked a question in an online quiz that went like this: “Which of the following behaviors would bother you most if you noticed it in your child?” The possible answers were “bad grades, bad hygiene, bad friends, or bad manners.” The [...]

Stories from Moms in Northwest Arkansas

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Happy Memorial Day, mamas! A lot of us have kids who got out of school recently for the much-anticipated summer vacation. Woo-hoooo! Although it can be challenging to find ways to keep everybody entertained and out of trouble during the summer, it’s fun to have some extra time to hang out together. We hope you’ll [...]

Devotion in Motion: “It’ll keep.”

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4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  ~ Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” In a couple a weeks I’ll mark the 27th anniversary of the day when I came to “try out” to be [...]

The Rockwood Files: A whole new kind of “first”

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 For generations, parents have been taking note of first steps, first words, and first days of school. But today’s parents also witness a whole new breed of “digital firsts” that our great, great grandparents could never have even imagined. I saw a “digital first” today for [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Angie Albright

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Name: Angie Albright Son’s name and age: Blaise, 15 A tricky age! For those of us not there yet, what was the most surprising thing about mothering a teenager? The drastic ups and downs. The ups are really high. When my son is feeling talkative, we have great conversations about everything in the world. It’s [...]

Hair: Help Me Rhonda… on bulky hair

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Note from the mamas: The Summer Remix symbol appears on posts previously published on nwaMotherlode that were noted as a “reader favorite”. If you missed the original publication date, we hope you’ll enjoy this encore performance. Happy summer! Hi Rhonda! I have a hair question. I have A LOT of hair, and I like to [...]

Crafty Mama: DIY decoupaged picture frame!

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By Sarah E. White Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, why not make a quick craft to hold one of those sweet pictures of you and your kids that you took that day? This project is super-simple, and other than the picture frame you probably have all the materials you need right at [...]

Beauty Buzz: Andi shares some of her pretty little tricks

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By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode Beauty Editor Note from the mamas: The Summer Remix symbol appears on posts previously published on nwaMotherlode that were noted as a “reader favorite”. If you missed the original publication date, we hope you’ll enjoy this encore performance. Happy summer! Andi adores trying new beauty products or adapting the products she [...]

Empty Nexter: “I’ve got this idea for a business … “

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By Carrie Perrien Smith I can’t tell you how many times someone has pulled me aside and said in a hushed voice, “I’ve got this idea for a business …” They have that look of anxious excitement in their eyes as they proceed to tell to tell me about it. No one has ever asked [...]

Giveaway: Tickets to see Daughtry in concert!

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Note from the mamas: Congratulations to April Parkhurst-Harp, winner of this giveaway! We’ve got one word for you, mamas: DAUGHTRY. And here are a few more words: Four free tickets to see Chris Daughtry live in concert at the Arkansas Music Pavilion on June 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m! And we’re pairing the hottest tickets [...]