The Rockwood Files: Mom pleads the Fifth

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 It started about a week ago – a strange itching sensation on the palm of my hand. No redness, no bumps. Only a pesky itch with no apparent cause. I mentioned it one day to my dad, who said an itchy palm means you’re about to [...]

Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events: December 2013


Gardenland Express The popular Gardenland Express returns this year! The model trains of the Sugar Creek Train Club and the Northwest Arkansas Garden Railway Society will take over the Event Hall amidst a winter wonderland of sparkling lights. Enjoy some hot chocolate while the kids visit with Santa and take a barrel train ride around [...]

Fall photos that make us smile

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These photos from nwaMotherlode reader and friend Kathleen Villar remind us how blessed we are by the children in our lives. The top photo is one of Kathleen’s favorite shots from a few years ago, and the bottom shot is an updated one showing the newest little member of the family — baby brother Thomas [...]

Beauty Buzz: How can I brighten up my look for winter?


Dear Andi, Are there any new trends you would recommend for the winter? My makeup routine is so boring lately. Dear reader, As the weather cools and my summer color fades, my complexion is turning as grey as the skies. Ugh, dull and boring describes my look perfectly right now. The minimal makeup and nude [...]

The Metro fridge at its new home in time for Thanksgiving!

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The Lewis’ and their four kids are grateful this Thanksgiving week for friends, family — and that brand new FRIDGE! Tamara Lewis won the Big Chill Giveaway from Metro Appliances & More and it will definitely be getting a big workout over the holidays with houseguests and kids opening and shutting the doors hundreds (thousands?) [...]

Ask your most pressing OB questions at a meetup with Dr. Matthew Steed


Dr. Matthew Steed, who writes great Healthy Mama articles here at Motherlode, is hosting a little get-together on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Starbucks on Promenade Road in Rogers. (That’s him in the picture above with his wife, Kimberly, right after the birth of their second child. Dr. Steed delivered their sweet daughter, Araceli.) [...]

Things we’re thankful for

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We know this is a BUSY week for most of us — whether you’re hosting and cooking for Thanksgiving or if you’re packing up and traveling to a relative’s house. So it’s important to remember why this holiday exists in the first place — to stop and be thankful for the blessings that surround us [...]

Devotion in Motion: Thankful for the imprints


 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  8 “You shall bind them as [...]

The Rockwood Files: Give the turkey its due!


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Dear Thanksgiving, No matter how many twinkle lights go up around town or how many holiday songs I hear on the radio, I haven’t forgotten you. November is yours. I have a turkey decoration on the center of my kitchen table, and that bird will stay [...]

Fall photos in Northwest Arkansas

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Thank you so much for sharing your fall snapshots! We love seeing these smiling faces having fun in the leaves. We’ll pick one of these photos (at random) today and email the winner of the Fall-themed Scentsy warmer mentioned in last week’s photo post. (Our thanks to Melanie Markley, a Scentsy Star Director, for providing [...]

Healthy Mama: Dealing with PMS

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By Kimberly Steed, RN, MNSc. (woman, nurse, mother of 2 and wife of Dr. Steed) Tense and irritable? Crazy appetite? Tight clothes? Feeling depressed? Can’t concentrate? Feel like curling up into a ball and being alone for a while? And did you feel just like this about a month ago? Most of us know exactly [...]

Life with Ladybug: That unwelcome monthly guest


By Shannon Magsam I woke up this morning and realized: The B*tch is Back. Aunt Flo. She always shows up on my doorstep with her red suitcase at the worst times: Before I head out to go swimming, on the day I planned to wear white pants, almost anytime I’m about to leave the state [...]

Doc Talk: Average time it takes to conceive

So many of us have concerns when, despite plenty of “trying,” we’re still not seeing that extra line on the home pregnancy test. But how long is “too long” before conception? What’s the average time it takes for a healthy woman (under the age of 35) to conceive? Click the video “play” button below to [...]