Devotion in Motion: Are you boiling yet?

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: Car conversations with a 6-year-old


Have I mentioned that one of the best places to talk to your kids is in the car? It is. Maybe it’s because they’re strapped in and they can’t run off to play. Maybe it’s because they’ve got time to fill while the road slips by outside the car windows. Who knows? All I know [...]

Calendar of Events: July 2013

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Fireworks/Independence Day Events in Northwest Arkansas! 6th Annual Fireworks at the Crosses Date: Sunday, June 30 Time: 5-10 p.m. Location: The Cross Church at Pinnacle More info: Click here Bella Vista Independence Day Fireworks Date: July 3 Time: 9:30 p.m. (dusk) Location: Loch Lomond Dam More info: Click here City of Rogers Fireworks Display Date: [...]

Love it: Appliances that know how to blend

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If you’re like me, you probably spend a LOT of time in the kitchen which means you have plenty of time to daydream about how you’d renovate it — one of these days. I really do like my kitchen but there are a few things I’d do differently if I could. I’d make the kitchen [...]

Travel Blog 66: Things to do in Cumming, Georgia (near Atlanta)

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It’s vacay time! Where’s your family headed? For over a year now, we’ve enlisted the help of fellow mamas across the blogosphere to give us the low-down on their hometowns — places you might consider visiting. Next up is blogger Mandi Holcombe, an awesome mama who runs the hyperlocal website (like nwaMotherlode!) called Cumming Local [...]

What to expect on delivery day

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Hello! I’m Dr. Matthew Steed and I work at Mercy. I’m also a husband and dad. A couple of weeks ago, Gwen and Shannon asked me to do an article on what a first-time mother should expect on delivery day. Although I will never understand the “urge to push” or how it feels to look [...]

Radio chat: Mamas’ How-to Guides

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As you know, mothers learn SO much when we’re “on the job.” And some of the best tips we pick up along the way come from our fellow moms. So this week we’ve compiled a few of our favorites to talk about during the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segments. We’re covering things like: How [...]

Beauty Buzz: Is your makeup making you sick?

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By Andi Douglas, beauty editor Is your makeup making you sick? Or the cause of the mystery pimple that just popped up? Unfortunately, that just might be the case. Here are a few tricks to clear your makeup bag of repeat offenders: As your makeup brushes layer on that magical glow, they are also [...]

Inside His Head: How can I ditch my in-laws for this year’s vacation?


Have you ever wondered, or said aloud: “What was he THINKING?!” Well, so have we! That’s why we started this feature on Motherlode — to find out what men are thinking, delivered straight from the “horse’s” mouth. Here’s this month’s dilemma: Dear Inside His Head Husbands, My husband and I usually go on vacation with [...]

Devotion in Motion: A minister and father’s take on tattoos

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. [...]

Go meat-free on Mondays at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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My husband thinks this is weird, but sometimes I’m just “not in the mood for meat.” Do you ever feel that way? Even though I’m not a vegetarian, there are many days when I could be. He, on the other hand, never met a  greasy burger he didn’t love. But sometimes meat just makes me [...]

The Rockwood Files: Put some pants on

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 I’m beginning to question that old saying about how we all “put our pants on one leg at a time.” Because lately, I’m noticing plenty of people who have stopped putting pants on at all. This weekend Tom and I went to a Laundromat to wash [...]

Wood floor looks with tile practicality

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We are LOVING this new flooring option we heard about from our friends at Flooring America. It’s tile that looks like hardwood floors. Genius! Most of us love how warm and natural and upscale hardwood floors look. But let’s face it. Wood and water don’t always mix. And there will always be spills in a [...]

Jumpzone Summer Schedule and Special Offers


We all have a few tricks up our sleeve for those days when the kids are bouncing off the walls and it’s a zillion degrees outside and too hot to play. One of my best tricks involves a few hours at Jumpzone in Bentonville — a place that offers kids a potpourri of huge inflatables [...]

Empty Nexter: Praying powerfully in spite of the unknowns

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By Carrie Perrien Smith Last year, KLRC, our local Christian contemporary music station put a focus on human trafficking. This complex international problem involves acquiring people for use in prostitution or pornography; forced or bonded labor such as domestic servitude, begging, or manufacturing; extraction of organs; as well as other atrocities. Thirty-five percent are under [...]