On Your Mind: How to handle school anxiety


Dear Tom, My daughter is starting Kindergarten this month and she is really anxious about it. I know a certain amount of anxiety about starting school is normal, but I’m worried that she is spending a lot of time feeling scared about this transition – especially at bedtime. I’m not sure if it’s a healthy [...]

Captivating: A retreat just for women at New Life Ranch, Oct. 5-7

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How often do you really take time to refresh your spirit and renew your mind? If that sentence makes you sigh, you might enjoy a retreat coming up the first weekend in October called Captivating Heart. It’s going to be held at the awesome New Life Ranch just outside of NWA in Colcord, Oklahoma. In [...]

September 2012 Calendar of NWA Events!


61st Annual Clothesline Fair Date: Sept. 1-3 Time: Varies Location: Civil War Battlefield, Prairie Grove More info: Click here. NWA Run for a Child Join others on Labor Day at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers for the 9th Annual Run For A Child. When you register you will be helping support CASA of Northwest [...]

NWA Mama Doc: Doctor makes a confession


By Dr. Haley Vo, Mercy physician and mama of 3 I have a confession to make. After 8 years of school, 3 years of post-graduate training, and 3 years of private practice, there’s still something I struggle with each and every day. I have seen the effects of poor lifestyle on people for several years, [...]

Good Gossip: Celeb proposals, close calls, weight loss or a new book


Time to serve up a steaming hot dish of Good Gossip – the only guilt-free celebrity news column in Northwest Arkansas. We strip out all the nasty half-truths and give you only the good stuff. This delicious post is sponsored by Great Day Farms, a national brand based right here in NWA. (FYI: Great Day [...]

Mealtime Mama: Q&A with celebrity chef John McLemore plus recipes!


Celebrity Chef John McLemore will be signing his brand new cookbook, “Dadgum, That’s Good, Too! at the Cabela’s Sporting Goods grand opening on Thursday morning near Pinnancle Promenade. We asked John, CEO of Masterbuilt, a few questions and to share two of his favorite recipes: Which cookbooks will you be signing at the Cabela’s opening? [...]

Giveaway: Tickets to see STOMP at Walton Arts Center


Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Jennifer DeRose! She won these awesome tickets + dinner! Happy Monday, mamas! This week we’re giving away an amazing night at Walton Arts Center to see the legendary show STOMP on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. It’s one of those shows that’s so unusual that it’s tough [...]

Giveaway: Polo in the Ozarks date night!


Note from the mamas: Congratulations to Jane Keen, winner of the Polo date night! Woo-hoo! Two giveaways in one week! We always like to bring giveaways to Northwest Arkansas mamas which pass our strict test: they must have the “wow” factor. This one has definitely got it. We’re giving away two “gala package” adult tickets [...]

Devotion in Motion: Growing comfortable in my own skin

Dr. John L. Cash

34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” The coolest thing in the world is when a person is completely comfortable in his own skin. And for some reason, when we possess that quality others are attracted to us. You know [...]

The Rockwood Files: Mama in a quiet house


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 By this time next week, I’ll be sitting in a quiet house. The boys will have gone back to school and this time they’ll be taking Kate with them. Kate, the baby of the family, begins kindergarten on Monday. Her new Tinkerbell backpack is stuffed full [...]

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Late summer clothes for him, them and you!


Dear Fashion Fairy Godmother, What should we wear for a family outing to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings? We always seem to run into friends and acquaintances while we’re there and it would be nice to look a little more put together. Any suggestions? September in Northwest Arkansas is almost magical — the shiny [...]

Picture Mama: Back-to-school pictures!


Happy Friday, mamas! How was the first full week of school? Thanks so much for sending in your snapshots of the kids heading back to class. We LOVE those cute, excited faces. Take a look!

Mom’s Choice Award Winner: Aspire Gymnastics Academy


My 5-year-old daughter Kate practically cartwheeled out of the womb. The kid has not stopped moving since before birth. So I knew early on that I’d need to find an outlet for all that extra energy. When she took her first gymnastics lesson, she was in love. For the past year, she has been taking [...]

5 ways to make your carpets last longer


New carpet isn’t cheap. We all know it’s a big investment and makes a HUGE difference in how your home looks. (No amount of dusting and cute furniture will make up for carpets that look terrible.) So when you’ve shelled out good money for carpet, it makes sense to do whatever you can to make [...]

Tweens & Teens: The back-to-school clothes dilemma

Note from the mamas: It’s the first week of school, which means your tween or teen might be asking for more new clothes, if he or she hasn’t bagged them already. To help you navigate those tricky waters, here’s a great post written by child psychologist Dr. Billy Jones of Mercy Health. Did you know [...]