NWA Calendar of Events: June 2013

Summer Reading kickoff

Fayetteville Public Library Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration THIS SATURDAY: Get ready to kick off summer with FPL on Saturday, June 1st from 10am to noon with the largest party ever … bounce houses, a Dig for Treasure play area, a magician, balloon animals, face painting, and music with Shawn James & The Shapeshifters. Date: June [...]

How-to: Make a Matchbook Seed Card

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Guest post by Shawnna at Small Talk Mama If your kids are already out of school and you’re looking for something fun to do together, we have a super cute idea to share today via Shawnna, who blogs over at Small Talk Mama. You can keep them current on their math and reading skills while [...]

Life with Ladybug: Living beyond the screen

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By Shannon Magsam, nwaMotherlode.com co-founder and Ladybug’s mama Lately, I keep hearing the admonition that life can’t be lived behind a computer. That to write words people want to read, you have to get out there and actually live a life worth reading about. Of course, this concept has always been whispering in my ear, [...]

2013 Mom’s Choice Awards winners announced!


When we launched the first-ever Mom’s Choice Awards, in partnership with Kid’s Directory of Northwest Arkansas, last year we had lots of votes. This year, we DOUBLED that number. That means you have TONS of wisdom in this huge collection of “best” 2013 Mom’s Choice Award winners. In this list you’ll find a winner and [...]

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Northwest Arkansas Summer Activities


A few of the school districts in Northwest Arkansas are already out for summer break and the rest of them will be by the end of this week. And we all know what that means. Without school to take up much of the day, there’s a much higher likelihood of hearing this phrase around the [...]

Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day!


Note from the mamas: This story originally published on Motherlode two years ago, but we thought it would be fitting to have Jade remind us what Memorial Day is all about. Be safe out there today and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. By Jade Stone Happy Memorial Day!!I hope everyone had an awesome relaxing [...]

Devotion in Motion: Non-toxic antidepressants


10 ¶ The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.  ~ Proverbs 14:10  (NKJV) Being born at the beginning of the 1960s, there weren’t as many things for kids to do as there are now. So, to pass the time, we made up things to do. The person I [...]

Beauty Buzz: How to get the fashionably full eyebrow look


By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode.com beauty editor I’m not sure how you go about nominating a person for the Nobel Peace Prize, but I know my vote would go to the wonderful designers who have brought the full eyebrow back into fashion. Lord knows my tortured brows (and forehead and eyelids…really thick brows here) are grateful [...]

The Rockwood Files: What’s your shoe mood?

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Today I saw a little girl in Target have a meltdown while her mother and grandmother tried desperately to talk her out of it. I felt bad for them because, as a fellow mom, I’ve been on the receiving end of a toddler tantrum so I [...]

Sneak peek at the new Rogers Aquatic Center opening this weekend


Tomorrow is OPENING DAY for the Rogers Aquatic Center! Do you have your discount admission punch card yet? If not, do it by tomorrow because that’s the last day to get one, and the discount punch card means that each visit to the Aquatic Center is only $4.20 per person. Woo-hooo! We got a special [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Cassie Webster

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Name: Cassie Webster Kids’ names and ages:  Izayah 10, Skyler 8, Alexi 6, and Kaydee will be 2 in July. Where are you from and how long have you lived in NWA?  I grew up in Fort Smith, but moved to Rogers after re-connecting with my now husband in 2009. It is a glorious place [...]

NWA mom shares info about scary food allergies, FPIES

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Guest post by Carrie Summers of Cradle Rocking Mama Next time you stop by your child’s school, take a peek in one of the classrooms. As you look over the 25-30 children lined up in their desks, think about this: at least two of them have food allergies. Current statistics show that approximately 1 out [...]

Life With Ladybug: Chicken farmers

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By Shannon Magsam So I mentioned recently that we’ve become chicken farmers. Yep [chews tobacco, spits]. We have three little hens: one black, one red and one speckled. They’re only a few months old, so don’t start asking for any free eggs yet. It shouldn’t be long, though. Ladybug has been wishing for chickens for [...]

Sponsor Spotlight on ARTS: So what does a speech therapist do?

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We met Kristy Brown, co-founder of Arkansas Regional Therapy Services, soon after we started Motherlode in 2008. We were immediately impressed with her bubbly personality and passion for her vocation as a speech therapist. When one of our kids received services at ARTS for a while we were able to see Kristy and her business [...]