The Rockwood Files: The quiet house


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 For the past few weeks, I’ve been ping-ponging between two internal monologues. The first one goes like this: “Oh, I love the summer and how the kids and I are free from strict schedules, homework, filling lunchboxes, school programs and ballgames. Summer is awesome.” And then [...]

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: September 2013


Jersey Boys, Walton Arts Center JERSEY BOYS, the 2006 Tony Award winning Best Musical about Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, finally arrives in Northwest Arkansas. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop [...]

Empty Nexter: No honey, you can’t retire yet

By Carrie Perrien Smith The last thirty days have been full of milestones. We just celebrated my husband’s sixty-first birthday, the fifteenth anniversary of his proposal to me, his thirty-year service anniversary with Walmart, and our two-year anniversary of moving into the distressed house we shouldn’t have bought. In addition, I also quietly celebrated the [...]

Mama Review: BooginHead Squeez’Ems, PaciGrip and PaciPouch


We were recently approached by the company BooginHead about reviewing some of their fun products, the Squeez’Ems pouches, PaciGrip and PaciPouch. The customizable pacis and PaciGrips are apparently all the rage, even among royalty. People Magazine recently featured the customizable paci in its Royal Baby Souvenir section and the BooginHead site calls out lots of [...]

Healthy Mama: When to treat a child’s fever

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By Kimberly Steed, nurse and mother of 2 Every parent has battled a child’s fever. It often happens after the doctors’ offices have closed, in the middle of the night or on the weekend. As parents, we’re often left wondering, “What should I do, or should I do anything at all? Fever in a healthy child is [...]

What We’re Reading: New book by author of Must Love Dogs

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Have you read any good books lately? We got a little extra time to sneak in some reading over the summer and have a few recommendations if you’re looking for something new. Wallflower in Bloom is a novel by Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs. (Remember that movie with Diane Lane and John Cusack?) [...]

The Back-to-School Snapshot Winner

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Congrats to local mom Jana whose back-to-school snapshot won her two movie passes and a Red Robin gift card! As always, the winner of this giveaway was chosen at random (using a random number generator), but we were thrilled when we saw how adorable Jana’s snapshots are. Pictured above is her son on his very [...]

Good Gossip: Celebs and their kids and Oprah’s latest gig

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Love a little gossip but hate to do something you teach your kids not to do? Yep, we get it. That’s why we only spread around the “Good Gossip,” — celebrity news minus any mean stuff. So have as much as you want because this “dish” is all guilt-free. As always, this feature is sponsored [...]

Cute kid alert: Ready for the Hogs to play!

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Only a few more days to the first official Razorback game of the season!! Who’s ready to CALL THOSE HOGS? (Our thanks to local mom Hannah for sharing these snapshots of her ADORABLE little Hog fan.) Click the “post a comment” words below and tell us what you LOVE about football season.  

Mealtime Mama: Pauline’s Pesto


Pauline, the produce manager at Ozark Natural Foods, offers all kinds of great advice and recipes on the cooperative’s website. We noticed her pesto recipe on the site recently, and since ONF sponsors Mealtime Mama, we thought we’d share it here! Paula says it’s definitely time to make pesto — and she likes the recipe [...]

Kids and music: Good kids, bad lyrics?

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Has this happened to you lately? You’re cruising down the road with your kid in the backseat, jamming out to a great song on the radio you’ve never heard before, and then BAM! You’re scrambling to turn the radio off because the lyrics just took a sharp turn into the gutter. (Yeah, we’re looking at [...]

Devotion in Motion: The Thing Parents Should Pray For

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9 ¶ And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight.  Philippians 1:9 (NRSV) By Bro. John L. Cash It’s kind of nice when you look up and see that your kids are approaching adulthood. You have a sense of perspective you didn’t start out with. [...]

The Rockwood Files: Hanging with my peeps


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Alaina, Christy, Jennifer and I grew up together in a small southern Arkansas town. We survived puberty and junior high school together. We cruised around in cars together singing the lyrics to every song on the Chicago 17 cassette tape. We put each other back together [...]

Back to School snapshot slideshow

Congrats on getting your kids through the first week of school! We’ve been practically giddy over all the awesome back-to-school snapshots we’ve received this week which feature preschoolers all the way up through high school seniors. And we think the slideshow below proves that kids in Northwest Arkansas are WAY cuter than average. Must be [...]