Devotion in Motion: On judging versus doing


1 ¶ “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. ~ Matthew 7:1,2  (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I’m sure by now your preacher has told the story [...]

The Rockwood Files: Now Entering Barbie Town


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Here’s an ugly secret mothers try to deny, even to ourselves: Sometimes we buy our daughters a few extra things we probably shouldn’t. Is it because we like the girls more? No. We love all our kids equally. Is it because the girls just need more [...]

Five Minutes with a Mom: Janeal Yancey

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Name: Janeal Yancey Daughter’s name and age: Vallie – 4 Tell us about your job: I’m a meat scientist, a professional meat head. I work at the University of Arkansas and my official title is Program Technician, which means I help the faculty and students with meats research. I love doing research with undergraduate students [...]

On Your Mind: Postpartum depression and unsympathetic in-laws


Dear Tom, I’m a new mom and I’ve been struggling with postpartum depression lately. I’m being treated by my doctor but my husband’s parents think it’s all nonsense and that I should just “get over it.” It’s causing a lot of resentment in the family because I’d like nothing more than to “get over it” [...]

Pet Parenting: ‘My dog keeps digging out of the fence’


Dear Denise, My dog keeps digging out of the fence and roaming the neighborhood. He’s a true escape artist. We need help before he gets hurt or completely lost. Do you have any advice on how to deal with this? Dear Mama: You said ‘he,’ but didn’t mention if ‘he’ was neutered. If he is [...]

3 Ways to Keep Kids Focused on Homework


Many kids have trouble staying focused during an activity or while doing homework. Whether they’re working on an art project or studying for a test, here are a few tips to help your child stay engaged: Create an environment free from distractions (ie: television is turned off, etc.) Reward their success – Agree to do something [...]

What We’re Reading: ‘Be the Mom’ book review + giveaway!

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By Shannon Magsam Two years ago in the fall, my sister and I took our daughters on a guided trail ride near Pinnacle Mountain in Little Rock. Our young, beautiful guide, Samara, was especially kind to my horse-crazy daughter. At one point, our horse/rider line-up shuffled and I was on the horse behind Samara’s. We [...]

NWA Mama Doc: How to translate medical jargon


By Dr. Haley Vo, Mercy physician and mama of 3 While I was in medical school, the sister of one of my friends was in a car accident. She picked up her medical records from her ER visit to bring to her insurance adjuster. As she rifled through them, she was very offended when she [...]

Mealtime Mama: Fancy taters and, for dessert, the ‘Pink Stuff’

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Guest post by Shannon Patricia, mama of five and blogger at Still Seeking Martha Feeding seven mouths every night can sometimes be a challenge. And by sometimes, I mean it usually is. I have to plan ahead a lot, and I do my very best to do that but, sometimes even the best laid plans [...]

Devotion in Motion: “Two too tatooed”


23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.  ~ Luke 9:23 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash, “Country Preacher Dad” I am going to reveal a prejudice of mine today. Tattoos are not my favorite things.  [...]

The Rockwood Files: My computer’s obituary


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Hewlett Packard Pavilion M6000, lovingly known as “Hippy,” died on a local writer’s desk on September 7, 2012. She was almost 5 years old. After weeks of a lingering, undiagnosed illness, Hippy’s screen suddenly went black and her familiar hum fell silent. Attempts to resuscitate Hippy [...]

Fashion Fairy Godmother: Inspiration from New York Fashion Week


By Paige Meredith, fashionable blogger at Approaching Joy The best thing about going to New York for Fashion Week is knowing what’s coming in terms of trends. The worst thing about going to New York for Fashion Week is knowing what’s coming in terms of trends. Even though the (welcome) nip of fall just arrived here [...]

Online crowd-funding tool helps dreams come true

See Justin Kaleb Driggers on the Indiegogo website.

If you’ve ever had a really great idea or a dream to do something BIG but didn’t have the money to make it happen, you’ll be fascinated with a new online trend called “crowd funding.” I just discovered it a few months ago when a friend told me about a writer who was using a [...]

Citiblox: The smartphone app born in Northwest Arkansas!


Do you know any local moms whose day job is to make apps for smartphones? Well, now you do. Meet Jennifer Adair, owner of AdAir Mobile, based right here in Northwest Arkansas. The app development company she started with her two kids just released its first app called Citiblox, now available in the iTunes store. [...]