The Rockwood Files: Welcome to my fort

This is the tent seen in that awesome chick flick, The Holiday. Cameron Diaz climbs into it for a visit.

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3   My kids did something last week that convinced me they’re not all that different than kids were several generations ago. With free time on their hands and a house full of toys, games and electronics, they shunned all the fancy stuff and built a fort. [...]

On Your Mind: My Husband Pushed Me


Dear Tom, During an argument last month, my husband shoved me. That has never happened to me before. I wasn’t hurt but it really shocked me, and I’m afraid of what this means. Neither one of us mentioned it after the argument was over, but this feels like one of those “red flags” you hear [...]

Top 10 steps for creating the perfect patio

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By Teresa Huddleston, owner of Huddleston Designs The great thing about having a patio is that, not only does it give you a place to enjoy the outdoors, it can also be a true extension of your home. You’ve heard the phrase “bring the outside in.” When you’re decorating a patio, you should also “bring [...]

Northwest Arkansas Mama Doc: Important facts about immunizations


By Dr. Haley Vo, Mercy physician and mama of 3 As a doctor, most of the decisions I make are based on what the medical community calls “evidence-based medicine.” It means we make decisions based on the best research available to us. It also means we try to select the most well-designed studies. Researchers agree [...]

Life with Ladybug: A phone call away

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By Shannon Magsam Here’s my number. So call me, maybe. New lyric: If my mom will let me get a phone, that is. Let’s hope she’s crazy. My 10-year-old daughter is lobbying hard to get her own cell phone. She believes that going to middle school this fall makes a phone not just a luxury, [...]

What We’re Reading to the Kids: Books that help with touchy subjects


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! We all know that some subjects are tough to explain to little kids with lots of questions [...]

What We’re Listening To:

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Guest post by Kristy Brown I’m busy. When I have downtime, my mind still goes 90 to nothing. I have to have my mind constantly stimulated. I don’t watch TV to speak of unless it involves Calliou or SuperWhy (thanks to my almost 4 year old!). This means I do a lot of reading right? [...]

Good Gossip: New books, babies, rock bods and plenty of happily ever after


Time for another healthy dose of “Good Gossip” — the only guilt-free celebrity news round-up in Northwest Arkansas. As always, this fun feature is sponsored by Great Day Farms, a national brand based right here in NWA. (FYI: Great Day is a sister brand to RingO’s Chicken Rings, and you can get a $1.25 coupon [...]

Birth Photography: Capturing those amazing moments

Note from the mamas: This post is part of the Motherlode Summer Remix series. The Summer Remix symbol appears on posts previously published on nwaMotherlode that were noted as a “reader favorite”. We heard from so many moms who LOVED this post. If you missed the original publication date, we hope you’ll enjoy this encore [...]

Giveaway: We all scream for ice cream!


It’s just not summer without lots and lots of cold, creamy ice cream, right? If you feel the same way,  you’ll love this giveaway! We’ve got 10 Hiland Ice Cream packs to give away to 10 moms! Each winner will receive 2 Hiland ice cream coupons plus a cute little scoop to go with. One [...]

Mealtime Mama: MOM’s Club members share weekly menus


Some mom friends of ours recently started sharing their weekly menus as a way to help pull each other out of the dinner doldrums. I think we can all relate to these words from Fayetteville MOM’S Club member Shannon Jones: “I am so bored and frustrated with my dinner menu and I think with the [...]

Devotion in Motion: When Bad Things Happen to Good People — Part 2


The LORD is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.  Psalm 145:17 (NKJV) “The Foundation From Which We Work” By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” In every situation, it’s important to know who you’re dealing with. When I was about 5-years-old, I spent a week with my aunt and uncle [...]

The Rockwood Files: The flip-flop frenzy


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Recently we took the kids to an amusement park. While the boys and I rode the big stuff, Tom chaperoned Kate on kiddie rides because his stomach is less forgiving and he has a healthier respect for gravity. As the boys and I climbed onto rides [...]

Crafty Mama: Lolli “Pop” Art with Imagine Studios

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Guest post by Melanie Hewins, owner Imagine Studios This is one of my favorite projects from the Imagine Studios’ Gourmet Gallery art camp.  It’s a simple project that’s not all that messy plus it’s perfect for any age. The end result makes a tasty treat for the kiddos or you can give it away as [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Shannon Langston

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Name: Shannon Langston Son’s name and age: Peyton Langston-6 (His nickname is Ptot) What’s his personality like right now? He can light up a room! He truly brings out the best in people and is so empathetic and loving. He cracks me up at least 10 times a day. I mean belly laughs! Thankfully, he [...]