Theraderm: Our NWA Mom Prom lounge sponsor + a surprise!

So did you hear the fabulous news that Theraderm Clinical Skin Care is our NWA Mom Prom lounge sponsor?

Not only will you have a lovely lounge to take a break from dancing on Prom Night, there will also be great products waiting for you there to smooth your hands and give you luscious lips. (Note that there won’t be anyone selling anything in the Lounge, so you won’t need to feel any pressure to buy anything. This is simply a chance for a local company to show off some great products and offer local moms some pampering treatments. There will be a few samples in the Mom Prom Swag Bags for you to take home, as well as info on how to get more, if you fall in love with the products.)

*Read to the bottom for a surprise.

These products are cosmetic grade and the story behind  how they were originally formulated is so cool!

theraderm logoThe awesome Theraderm backstory: Dr. James Beckman, the company’s founder and CEO, started the line of products while he was a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, working with patients who had been severely burned.

Dr. Beckman wanted to improve the quality of life for his patients. He wanted to help restore full function and mobility to their skin-grafted hands, which led to Beckman’s Skin Care Cream.

In further developing this highly-specialized restorative crème in 1989, a new ingredient was discovered that greatly enhanced moisturizer penetration, but had the unique side effect of decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Yeah, baby!

Patients used the specialty cream with this second product containing the newly-discovered ingredient. Many began reporting not only that the effects of the moisturizer were enhanced, but also that they had noticed a disappearance in wrinkles and a more youthful look to their skin.

It was a natural progression to create Therapon Skin Health, a company that supplied these products to other physicians. The two primary products led to the creation of the Theraderm Skin Renewal System, a daily skincare system designed to restore skin health and uncover natural beauty while enhancing skin’s natural ability to restore itself.

theraderm quote, Dr. Beckman

theraderm girlTheraderm has a travel version of the daily *Skin Renewal System that Gwen and I have used and loved.

You can actually put these little travel sets in your suitcase (TSA compliant). The trial sizes are the same 4 products that have been formulated to use every day:

  • Cleansing Wash
  • Fruit Acid with Application Pads
  • OPC Reparative Gel
  • Moisturizer

This is an anti-aging system that only takes four minutes to do. We actually timed it and it can be done in less on days you gotta get out the door fast :)

Well, guess what, ladies? *The first 100 who buy a ticket to the Mom Prom will receive one of these travel sets for FREE! Surprise! Tickets go on sale TOMORROW (March 1st) at www.nwaMomProm.com. We’ll share more details soon about how you can snag your travel bag. And don’t forget: you’ll get to play with some of the Theraderm products when you’re hanging out in the Theraderm Mom Prom Lounge. Woo-hoo! We’ve got all kinds of extras planned for this year’s prom.

Aren’t the travel sets cute? See:

theraderm skin renewal travel system

Show Theraderm some love and go visit their website to look around at all the amazing products they have for improving skin — including problem areas like acne, dark circles, puffy eyes and wrinkles  — and lovelier lips. Click here to visit their website. They always have great discounts and offers, so be sure to follow them HERE on Facebook to take advantage of those!

Thanks, Theraderm!

NWA Calendar of Events + Spring Break activities: March 2014

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Fantastic Mr. Fox

Trike Theatre’s Youth Theatre production of Fantastic Mr. Fox is fun, family-friendly and springs to life on February 28th at NWACC’s White Auditorium. Performances run until March 2nd. Tickets are available on Trike’s website: www.triketheatre.org. Adults: $8; Students and Seniors 65+: $6. Come enjoy this fantastical story of mayhem with our group of talented local youth.

Date: Feb. 28-March 2

Time: Varies

Location: NWACC’s White Auditorium

More info: Click here

Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Fund the Farm

fund-farm-55$5 admission/adult only event. Live Music provided by local bands, including Mike Bewley, Dave Baer, Effron White, Shannon Wurst, Smokey & The Mirror, Candy Lee & The Sweets, and Cutty Rye. Local beer provided by Apple Blossom. All proceeds benefit the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm.

Date: March 1

Time: 6pm until last call

Location: Smoke & Barrel Tavern

More info: Click here

NWA Fashion Week

Date: March 3-8

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

More info: Click here

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Fat Saturday Parade of Fools, downtown Fayetteville

mardi gras paradeCostumes, beads, floats and fun.

Date: Saturday, March 1

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Square to Dickson Street

More info: Click here

NWA Financial Forum

Keynote speaker former Governor Mike Huckabee. All net proceeds from the ticket sales ($20 per person) go to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation.Huckabee will speak on “The New Economy and You.”

Date: March 6

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Center / Embassy Suites, Rogers.  

More info: Click here to buy tickets 

Dancing with the Stars of NWA

dancing with the starsDate: March 8

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: John Q. Hammons Center, Rogers

More info: Click here

NWA Beautiful Girls Retreat

The largest girls’ ministry conference in NWA. Worship, dynamic speakers and teachers, a fashion show, ballroom dinner, film premiere and more at Embassy Suites.

Date: March 7-8

Time: Varies

Location: Embassy Suites, Rogers

More info: Click here

Miss Nelson is Missing

DMiss Nelson is Missingate: March 8-9

Time: Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks

More info: Click here

Chicago

ChicagoTNEWDate: March 11

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Walton Arts Center

More info: Click here

NWA Lawn and Garden Show

Date: March 14-15

Time: 9 to 6 p.m., both days

Location: Washington County Fairgrounds

More info: Click here

Siloam Springs Girls Night Out

Gather your girlfriends and head to scenic downtown Siloam Springs for this popular quarterly shopping event! Boutiques, cafes, restaurants, flower shops, and more will be open late and offer refreshments, door prizes, and merchandise specials – all within close walking distance! Bring your mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins and friends to explore the scenic historic downtown Siloam Springs (named 2013 City of Distinction by NWA Main Street Preservation Association), and treat yourself to a truly memorable Girls Night Out! Social Hour runs from 4:30 – 5:30 in 28 Springs Restaurant, where you’ll enjoy a free wine tasting, door prizes, and other refreshments. Retail shops are open until 8pm. Hosted by: Main Street Siloam Springs

Date: Thursday, March 13th

Time: 4:30 – 8pm

Location: Downtown Siloam Springs (streets include Broadway, E. University, E. Main, and N. Wright)

More info: morgan@mainstreetsiloam.org, 479.524.4556

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Father-Daughter Princess Ball

The First Ever Father-Daughter Princess Ball, a fundraiser for the NWA Mercy Family YMCA, is open to the entire community- not just members of the YMCA. Princesses 2 & older are invited to bring their favorite male role model – not necessarily just fathers. We welcome stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and even older brother escorts to join the fun! We will be serving dinner & indulgent chocolate treats donated by Ferrara Candy Company. There will be a 40-foot red carpet for each princess and her escort to walk as they are announced. Capture Me Photography will also be on-site with a custom designed backdrop created especially for this event. They will be taking studio quality portraits and will provide a FREE digital print to each couple to commemorate the evening. We will also have a dance room, complete with a disco ball, for princesses who wish to show off their dance moves! And for competitive princesses, there will be fun games such as “princess relays” and “princess cornhole”. The cost is $25 per couple and $10 for each additional princess.

Date: Friday, March 14

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: NWA Mercy Family YMCA, 5214 Village Parkway, at Village on the Creek in Rogers.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the YMCA at (479) 273-9622.

More info: Click here

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, downtown Fayetteville

The celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will travel around the square before heading north and then west along Dickson Street to West Avenue. By 2 p.m a portion of East Avenue on the square will be blocked off where the Craft Beer Village will be. Expect music, food and other festivities throughout the afternoon.

Date: March 15

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Tales from the South, On the Road

This unique radio showcase of southern writers broadcasts locally on KUAF on Sunday afternoons. Host Paula Morell chooses local writers for performance, accompanied by local musicians and a scrumptiously southern Sunday night supper.

Date: March 16

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

More info: Click here

Tales and Ales

Date: March 29

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville Town Center

More info: Click here

Spring Break Activities for Kids in Northwest Arkansas

Spring Break events, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges will have a variety of Spring Break events from Saturday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 30th.

On March 22nd:

crystal bridgesAll Day: Spring Bingo
Pick up a bingo card in the main lobby before you enter the galleries. Complete your bingo hunt and stop back in the lobby to pick up a prize.

Noon to 3 p.m.: String Painting
Drop in anytime between noon and 3 p.m. for a free, guided studio session. Be inspired by Janet Sobel’s drip paintings in our permanent collection and try this irresistible, gooey technique. Materials are provided and all ages are welcome!

1 p.m.: Family Tour
Join our friendly volunteer guides for a fun family tour – and each child participating will receive a pair of I-Spy Gallery Glasses to use on the tour and decorate at home!

2 p.m.: StoneLion Puppet Theatre presents Stellaluna
Enjoy this puppet presentation of Stellaluna, the story of a little bat who is separated from her mother during a night of foraging and lands in a nest full of birds. Mama bird happily adopts her, but Stellaluna just can’t change her “batty” ways. A great tale of acceptance adapted from the beloved children’s book by Janell Cannon.

Click here to see the full listing of Spring Break week activities at Crystal Bridges.

Spring Break at The Jones Center, March 24-28

jones center, smallExtended Recreation Sessions, Monday through Friday, Noon to 8 p.m.:

$3 All Access Pass

Skate, Swim and/or Gym for one price

Open House, Thursday, March 27

Come enjoy free popcorn and inflatables in the gym and learn about the leagues, day camps and fitness classes at the center.

Frozen Friday, March 28 (Noon to 8 p.m.)

Dress as your favorite princess character while skating to the soundtrack of Frozen and enjoy Ben and Jerry’s ice cream after you skate!

Click here for more info about The Jones Center.

Spring Break art classes, Terra Studios

During Spring Break, we’ll have fun and affordable art classes for kids and adults (and for all ages together!)  There’s also Sunday Music at Terra every Sunday from 1-4 p.m.  And during Spring Break, we’ll have specials that will only be posted for our friends, so be sure to “like” us on facebook.

Click here for more information.

Spring Break “Go-5″ Fitness Camp for youth (Grades 1-8)

Focused on providing kids with enjoyable, active group training sessions in a fun, motivating environment, G0-5 includes: Age appropriate exercises, drills, and games; Education about healthy eating habits and hydration; Special guest appearances from local athletes.
Cost: $99

Date: March 24th-March 28th

Time: Varies

Location: New Advanced Fitness and Performance facility, Fayetteville

More info: Call 479-987-4187, email ksummers@arkosm.com or click here.

For some inexpensive ideas for Spring Break excursions across the Natural State, click here to see a list compiled by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Click here for a list of Spring Break classes at Trike Theatre.

Click here to see more about Spring Break art classes (Treasures from the Wilderness) at Community Creative Center.

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Mamas’ Marketplace: Cool stuff for moms and kids

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Hi ladies! Welcome to our newest nwaMotherlode feature, Mamas’ Marketplace!

This will be a place where Gwen, Shannon and other local moms share their favorite products for kids, themselves or other members of the family (woof!). If you have a product you are LOVING right now, please let us know! Email us a mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com. Note from the mamas: This is a review, but none of the ladies referenced in this post received free product. We’re just writing about the things we’re using and loving right now!

If you have a cold right now, Motherlode co-founder Shannon recommends this product:

vicks steamThe Vicks Warm Steam Vaporizer for soothing coughs and congestion.  The Vick’s smell is not super strong and it’s very comforting. There’s a spot for two “scent pads” (it comes with a couple, then you have to buy more), has a protective steam guard design, auto shut-off and a large nightlight.

“My daughter had a terrible cold a few weeks ago and this really helped soothe her and help her sleep at night,” Shannon said. “Then, when my husband and I caught the cold, too, we moved it to our room.”

Mom of three, Kim Dishongh, is recommending Norwex Cloths to everyone in sight these days. She loves them!

Kim says they’re great for taking off makeup, even waterproof mascara.

She said, “I actually bought them because the people I know who were using them had skin that looked so fresh and young. Norwex is more known for cleaning stuff. These cloths supposedly have properties that disinfect naturally and do it so well that in Norway they’re used to clean hospitals with just water.”

norwexKim said these are a good bet for people with acne or sensitive skin because no other products are necessary. She added, “They also exfoliate a little bit every time, hence the fresh young skin, I guess.”

Click here to visit the Norwex Facebook page.

Brand new mom Liz Emis has a couple of toy recommendations:

Liz said Jackson, her first baby who’s now 17 weeks old, and is primarily a visual learner, with kinestetic tendencies. She said he prefers objects to look at and movement.

So Jackson is the proud new owner of the Lamaze Monkey in the Mirror toy:

Liz says, “My son has torticollis, a condition where a stiff neck muscle makes looking both directions difficult. He prefers looking to the right. Tummy time has become essential to his physical exercise and play time, forcing him to develop the curve in his neck and turn left. As a visual learner, the mirror stimulates him with a reflection. He often laughs at it, and it allows me time to get things done around the house. Laying on the floor all day can actually be tiring for mama!”

The mirror can be found on Amazon.com for about $20. (See Jackson playing with his mirror in the picture at the top of this post!)

Liz is also loving the Garanimals “crinkle” book.

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Liz says, “The feel of the Garanimals book and its easy-to-grasp handle give him something textural to put in his mouth. Often, I’ll find him reading it. And now that knows how to roll, he frequently rolls over to grab it.”

You can find this item at Walmart for about $4.50.

Life with Ladybug: 14 questions to ask your husband tonight

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My husband and I have a long history of asking each other probing questions on road trips.

It’s a good way to reconnect, to get back a little of the old romance, to remind us of a time when we couldn’t wait to hear MORE about each other.

So when we headed to Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Oklahoma, over the weekend for a little anniversary getaway, I started the 20 questions game.

I think asking questions — even surface ones, like what’s your favorite color or restaurant — keeps things fresh and helps improve your relationship. And there’s always something new to learn about each other. Really!

Since our 14th anniversary was yesterday, here are 14 questions I asked my husband that you might want to ask yours — tonight, on the next date night or while zooming down the road on an upcoming road trip. Just make sure you answer, too. It’s called a conversation!

14 questions to ask your spouse:

1. If we could return to one of the places we’ve already visited and relive the trip, where would we go? Why? (See how I slipped an extra questions in there?)

2. What’s a trip you would love for us to take together this year?

3. If you received a windfall of money, what would you do with it?

4. What’s making you super happy lately?

5. What could I do to make you feel more loved?

6. What’s one thing you would tell your teenage self?

7. If all jobs paid the same, what would you do?

8. If you were about to be executed, what would your last meal be?

9. What’s a hobby you wish we could do together?

10. Name three things you love about me.

11. What one word or phrase would you want on your tombstone?

12. How would you describe your perfect day?

13. What’s your favorite thing that I wear?

14. What’s a goal I can help you achieve?

Bonus question! Which song best describes our marriage?

By the way, if you’ve never been to Choctaw Casino, we had a good time listening to live music at Gilley’s, eating dinner (and dessert!) at Seven Ponies and the rooms are GORGEOUS. We didn’t gamble at all, but y’all the people-watching there is epic. It might be the one last place where people can smoke in public, and boy do they ever. The only downside, I’d say. We had a great time, some good food and enjoyed the band.

Hope you enjoy these questions and that you have a good time talking to your husband tonight, or sometime soon. Are there any questions you would add to the list?

blue dress headshot blogShannon Magsam is mama to Ladybug (a salty/sweet tween girl who still likes things like superheroes and unicorns, thank goodness) is wife to newspaperman/entrepreneur John and is co-founder of nwaMotherlode.com.

Healthy Mama: What foods should I avoid eating while I’m pregnant?

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By Dr. Matthew Steed, Mercy family practice doctor and obstetrician (and father of two)

Most women seem to have a change in appetite immediately after finding out they’re pregnant.

Your appetite may go into overdrive or disappear altogether. Along with the change in appetite you may notice strange cravings. Everyone has an opinion about what certain cravings mean as well as what you should and shouldn’t eat while pregnant.

So from a medical standpoint, what should a woman that is pregnant avoid eating?

Shellfish

no food or drinksUncooked shellfish, including oysters, clams, mussels and scallops should be avoided. Cooked shellfish should be cooked until the shell opens.This ensures that bacteria and parasites have been killed.  If the shell doesn’t open on cooked shellfish then discard, because more than likely the shellfish was dead before cooking and may have been sick.

Chocolates

It’s ok to indulge in leftover Valentine’s chocolate, but avoid chocolates filled with liqueurs like Grand Marnier, Amaretto or Kuluha.  All alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy.

Meat, Fish and Dogs

Make sure that all meats are well cooked and not pink in any area. Undercooked meats can have E. coli, salmonella and toxoplasma. Sushi should be avoided but California rolls made with avocado and cooked crab is a great alternative.

It’s ok to enjoy a hot dog now and then, but they are high in nitrates, fat and sodium, so don’t eat them a lot even if you’re craving them.Make sure they are cooked until steaming. Handle the juice from hot dogs and other meat packaging carefully and don’t let the juice come in contact with other food.

Due to the risk of mercury the FDA recommends limiting fish to 12 ounces (about two servings) a week and avoiding some kinds of fish altogether. Click here for more info.

Canned items like smoked fish, such as salmon or trout are okay as long as they are not from the refrigerator section.Those that are refrigerated can contain listeria and are only safe if they are heated until steaming or they are part of a dish that has been cooked.  Avoid carving stations and refrigerator-ready-to-eat foods. Make sure meat is well cooked and still steaming hot when it is served.

Ice Cream

ice creamAvoid homemade ice cream that is made with raw eggs.  Raw eggs can contain salmonella (cooking kills salmonella, but freezing does not).

Holiday Foods

Turkey should be cooked until it reaches 180 degrees.Dressing or stuffing should be cooked outside of the turkey and in a separate baking dish.

Ensure ciders and soft cheeses are pasteurized. Unpasteurized items can contain listeria. Homemade eggnog should be avoided since it is generally made with raw, unpasteurized eggs and alcohol. Check the label for store bought or opt for the “soy nog” which does not contain eggs or dairy products.

During the time that my wife was pregnant for each of our children she had cravings for sugar. She has told me that she would go through the cabinets at the house looking for something sweet. There was a box of cake mix that she said she wanted to eat, but would have second thoughts about consuming a whole cake on her own. She even considered just eating some of the cake mix raw. You should never eat cookie dough or cake mix raw. As long as the cake is cooked, then a piece or two should be okay for a woman during an uncomplicated pregnancy.

Don’t be surprised if you are eating things you never would before. Enjoy your pregnancy along with all the fun and odd foods you may be craving.

Quick Facts:

1.  Always wash your hands before and after handling food.

2.  Ensure food is thoroughly cooked.

3.  Avoid unrefrigerated items or items that have been sitting out for 2 hours or more.

4.  Avoid ALL alcohol.

5.  Consult your physician with any questions about foods to avoid.

What did you crave when you were pregnant?

Dr. Steed’s number one passion is to care for the pregnancy and birthing needs of women. You may call him at the Mercy clinic at 479-338-5555 to begin your prenatal care and let him help you enjoy your pregnancy journey. His office is located in the Mercy Physician’s Plaza just off Interstate 540 in Rogers.

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NWAMotherlode.com does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is for informational purposes only and isn’t a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about a medical condition. Don’t delay getting professional medical advice because of something you read online. This website doesn’t necessarily recommend or endorse any specific tests, doctors, products, procedures or opinions discussed on the site.

Good Gossip: New love, new babies for famous names

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Okay, we admit it. We love a little celebrity gossip but don’t want to do something we teach our kids not to do. It’s never good to indulge in stuff meant to humiliate or hurt another person. That’s why we came up with the concept of “Good Gossip,” which is celeb news minus any mean stuff. Have as much as you want because this “dish” is all guilt-free.

As always, this feature is sponsored by Great Day Farms, a national brand based right here in NWA. Look for their products at the Walmart Supercenter. Click HERE to like them and get coupons on their Facebook page.

Did we mention that Great Day Farms is once again the lead sponsor for the NWA Mom Prom? It’s scheduled for April 26, 2014. Get the details at www.nwaMomProm.com. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 1st!

 julianne hough2Julianne Hough has a new boyfriend. His name is Brooks Laich and he’s a hockey player for the Washington Capitals. The two were recently spotted out walking her dogs together.

simon_cowellSimon Cowell is a dad! Can you believe it? Let’s hope he doesn’t critique his newborn too much. Simon and girlfriend Lauren Silverman had a baby boy on Valentine’s Day and his name is Eric. Simon tweeted, “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.”

orange rosesWow! Now this guy knows how to send flowers. Singer Jason Derulo is boyfriend to singer (and former American Idol winner) Jordin Sparks. For Valentine’s Day, he sent her 10,000 orange roses. Color us impressed.

christina aguilera 2014After three years of dating, Christina Aguilera and Matthew Rutler are engaged. She announced the news along with a pic of a very large sparkler on her ring finger. According to People magazine, he spent more than a year designing her engagement ring.

emily blunt and john krasinskiEmily Blunt and husband John Krasinski just welcomed a baby girl into the world. The two actors have been married since 2010 and this is the first baby for both of them. John tweeted, “Emily and I are so incredibly happy to welcome our daughter Hazel into the world today. Happy birthday!”

arnold and kleinThis is wonderful news about Dr. Jennifer Arnold, who stars in the reality show called The Little Couple with her husband Bill Klein. While in the process of adopting their second child, a daughter named Zoey, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare cancer. After months of intense chemo and a hysterectomy to remove a cancerous mass, Jennifer is now in remission and the couple’s newly adopted daughter is now settling into her new home. As they chased their toddlers around, Jennifer said, “It’s chaos here. Isn’t it wonderful?”

Source: People magazine, March 3, 2014 edition

Good Gossip is sponsored by CCF Brands, a Northwest Arkansas company which makes Great Day All Natural Eggs. These eggs are produced by happy hens who are fed premium vegetarian diets with no animal fats, animal by-products, or antibiotics. Great Day Farms also offers hard-boiled eggs, which you can find in the deli section of the Walmart Supercenter. (Love the hard-boiled eggs because they’re peeled and ready to eat! Perfect in salads.)

Giveaway: Tickets to see Chicago at Walton Arts Center

great-date2-2Note from the mamas: Congrats to Kristy Hutchins, winner of the tickets and Bordinos gift card!

The weather may STILL be cold outside, but this week’s Great Date Giveaway package is HOT. It includes two tickets to the Broadway show CHICAGO and dinner at the always amazing Bordinos Italian Restaurant, just a few steps away from the Walton Arts Center.

Opening night is March 11, 2014 at 7 p.m., and we’ll have a dinner gift card waiting on you at Bordinos which you can use before or after the show or on a different night, if you wish. This Great Date Package normally sells for about $200, but it’ll be free to one lucky mama who throws her name in the online hat. (If your husband can’t make it, this would also be a really fun Girls Night Out!)ChicagoBannerABOUT THE SHOW: A Broadway legend, CHICAGO, has it all — a story about fame, fortune and “all that jazz.” The music and the dancing in this show take chicago john ohurleyit to a whole new level, which is why it has won six Tony awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and too many standing ovations to count.

John O’Hurley will be the male lead in this show, and you’ll instantly recognize him. He was voted one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” and is best known for playing the role of  “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld for man years. He was also on Dancing with the Stars and hosted Family Feud before returning to the stage where he shines as CHICAGO‘s Billy Flynn.

ABOUT THE FOOD: We could say so many things about the incredible food at Bordinos, but we think the pictures probably say it all. What you see here is a pan-seared and butter basted beef tenderloin with sauteed Brussels sprouts, house bacon and fingerling puree, covered in a beef marrow and black garlic jus.

bordinos tenderloinBe sure you save a little room for dessert, too, because Bordinos is famous for whipping up Pinterest-worthy final courses. Check out this beautiful slice of Tiramisu. bordinos tiramisuAnd won’t it be just as delicious to get up from an incredible dinner and dessert and NOT have to clean up your kitchen? Yep, we think so, too.

HOW TO ENTER: To throw your name in the hat for the Great Date Giveaway package, click the words “post a comment” below and tell us about one of the best dates you’ve ever had.

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: If you’d like to increase your odds of winning this Great Date Giveaway package, just share! Email friends and family about the giveaway and CC us so we’ll be sure to give you credit. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for each person you tell. The email is giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. The sign-up box is at the top right of this page.)

BE SOCIAL: You can also earn extra chances to win by commenting on our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or following us on Pinterest. If you do any of those, just mention it in your comment or email so we can give you proper credit.

TICKET INFO: Click HERE or call the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600 for more info on tickets to the show. This is definitely a “must see” show so don’t miss it!

Good luck in the giveaway!

 

Mealtime Mama: A delicious Sungold Quiche

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Happy Monday, mamas!

We don’t know about you, but we love quiche. This recipe is from the Ozark Natural Foods recipe page (click here to see other great recipes) and it looks delicious.

Sungold Quiche

1 9-inch pie crust
1 small onion
3 eggs
Approximately 3/4 cup milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh chopped sweet peppers or corn
3/4 cup grated cheese (Swiss or cheddar)
Salt and pepper to taste
A generous handful of chopped parsley or basil

Directions: Preheat the over to 425. Chop the onion and saute it. While it’s cooking, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cheese, onion, peppers/corn, and chopped parsley/basil. Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust and place the whole tomatoes as desired. Turn the oven down to 350 at the start of baking. Bake for about an hour, or until the filling is set, taking care not to get the crust too dark.

Source: Ozark Natural Foods recipes page via Dripping Springs’ CSA

ONF storeFYI: There’s an upcoming event benefiting the non-profit Apple Seeds Teaching Farm that we wanted to share. Ozark Natural Foods supports the teaching farm and recently donated $25,000 to the farm (click here to see more about Apple seeds, the teaching farm and ONF’s involvement). The Fund the Farm event is on March 1 at 6 p.m. at Smoke & Barrel Tavern in Fayetteville. It’s $5 admission, adults only. Live music will be provided by local bands, including Mike Bewley, Dave Baer, Effron White, Shannon Wurst, Smokey & The Mirror, Candy Lee & The Sweets, and Cutty Rye. Local beer will be provided by Apple Blossom. And ALL proceeds will benefit the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm. Click here for more info!

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Do you have Mom brain?

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Okay, all jokes aside: Sometimes we really worry that our minds are slipping a bit. We’ve all heard about “mom brain,” and how parenting can sometimes make us less than razor-sharp, mentally. But when you feel like you’re struggling to remember all the things on your to-do list, or you walk into a room and forget why you’re there, you start to realize how important it is to keep your mind healthy as you go through your life.

So this week we’re talking about brain health and including some easy things every mama can do to take care of her mind — everything from fun little brain exercises to brain food to smartphone apps that promote a sharp mind.

Listen to Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday morning to hear this discussion or click on the links below to hear them now:

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Devotion in Motion: Cleaning up the mess

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

One of my favorite authors is Don Aslett, who has written dozens of books about cleaning, de-cluttering and organization. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’ve learned a lot from him about being neater. In one of his books he quoted a woman who made a point that I think contains a lot of truth. She said that almost all of the messes in the world are made by men and children, and women wind up cleaning up 95% of them. I’ve never done a formal study, but if I had to guess, I’d say this statistic is pretty close to correct. Can I get an “amen” here, ladies?

clean up your messI’ve come to the conclusion that “how to clean up a mess” is one of the most important skills we can teach to our children — because life is certainly full of messes. If you spill something, wipe it up. Take your dishes to the sink. Pick up after yourself. Leave the room better than you found it. That’s what it means to clean up our physical messes. Really, I can’t imagine a more important lesson that we could teach our little ones.

But more importantly, we all need to learn to clean up the non-physical messes we make in our lives and to pass this skill on to our children. 

Sometimes we make financial messes through poor planning and impulsive spending. Sometimes we make messes of our relationships through thoughtlessness and selfishness. And very often we make spiritual messes through sin, sloth, and neglect. In each situation, the only proper recourse is to accept full responsibility for the havoc we’ve caused. Only then can we begin to make things right.

So let’s begin to clean up our messes and teach our children to clean up theirs. Those who never face the consequences of their actions tend to bring about one bad situation after another. But cleaning up the messes we make is the Christian thing to do.

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 28 years being a country preacher in the piney woods five miles south of the little town of Hickory, Mississippi. (On week days has a desk-job at a public school, and until recently taught Latin on closed-circuit-television.) He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the dogs in the Preacher’s yard are glad this week for the beautiful weather.) Their kids include Spencer (age 22), his wife Madeline (age 22), and Seth (age 19).

The Rockwood Files: Married with cold feet

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When you’ve been married for a while, gifts aren’t as big a deal as they once were. There have been several times in our 15-year marriage when, instead of rushing around to find an anniversary or Valentine’s Day gift, Tom and I just say, “Hey, want to skip the presents this year and just go out to eat and see a movie?” As long as both people are fine with that low-maintenance approach to gift giving, things work out just fine.

But there are other times when someone gives you such a perfect gift, you know they must truly know and love you. A few months ago for our anniversary, Tom gave me just such a gift. It’s not sparkly – although I certainly have no aversion to diamonds whatsoever. It’s not expensive – although I certainly appreciate a high-quality gift now and then. And it’s not even pretty. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of my favorite gifts in the history of time.

What is this mystery gift that has me gushing all over it in print? It’s a simple little thing called “Comfy Toes.” It’s made by Sunbeam, and even though the Sunbeam people aren’t paying me a nickel to say this, I must tell you about it in case you’re like me and you desperately need one.

Before Tom gave me this present, I didn’t even know I needed or wanted one. All I (and he) knew was this: At the end of my legs are the most frigid feet that have ever walked the Earth. Based on their average temperature, I’m pretty sure only a few blood cells circulate cold feetthrough my feet on any given day. Particularly in the winter, my feet are roughly the same temperature as the iceberg that sank the Titanic.

As problems go, having cold feet is not a big one. But it is difficult to fall asleep at night when all you can think about is how cold your feet are. I used to sneak them over to Tom’s side of the bed and put them on his legs to warm them up a bit. He’d flinch when he felt those icy toes against his legs, but most of the time he’d let me steal a little body heat because that’s just the kind of guy he is – plus I gave birth to his three children and he owes me.

The easy answer to this problem would be to wear warm socks to bed. But I’ve tried that a number of times and it just feels – wrong. No other way to describe it. Feet should be free at night.

So when Tom gave me this product called Comfy Toes (which cost under $30 at Walmart), I understood right away why he thought of me when he spotted it. It’s like a much smaller version of an electric blanket. You put it underneath the mattress cover on your bed, and when you turn it on low, medium or high, it heats the foot of the bed but leaves the rest of the bed a nice cool room temperature.

Now I crawl into bed at night looking forward to slipping my feet into that envelope of cozy warmth waiting at the bottom of the bed. Tom no longer has to contend with the Grim Reaper’s feet brushing up against him at night. And best of all, I drift off to sleep much more quickly.

And every time I revel in the simple pleasure of having toasty tootsies, I congratulate him again on finding the most perfect gift in all the world for a girl with the coldest feet – to which he says, “What can I say? Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but they won’t keep her warm at night.”

gwen rockwoodGwen Rockwood is a mom to three great kids, wife to one cool guy, a newspaper columnist and co-owner of nwaMotherlode.com. To read previously published installments of The Rockwood Files, click here. To check out Gwen’s new book, “Reporting Live from the Laundry Pile: The Rockwood Files Collection,” click HERE.

Photo credit: Lisa Mac Photography

Funny Friday: Will you remember me?

Kids are natural comedians, aren’t they? Watch as this cute Northwest Arkansas kid cracks her mom up with a new joke.

Our thanks to friend and fellow mom Amy James for sharing this video of her daughter. And be sure to check out Amy’s amazing food blog over at Our Everyday Dinners. You’ll find tons of Pinterest-worthy recipes there. Enjoy.

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Blog 66: Things to do in Little Rock!

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So many times we visit other states and countries, but forget about the great options in our own backyard. We’ll continue to bring you info about travel destinations outside Arkansas, but thought we’d also set the GPS for navigating some of the cities in the Natural State, too.

Today we focus on the downtown/Argenta section of Little Rock. Watch for another Little Rock things-to-do tour next month focusing on other areas of the city.

Thanks to Sarabeth Jones of thedramatic.com for sharing insider tips — and pics — with us today about her hometown (see more about hilarious Sarabeth at the bottom of this post):

When you’re in Little Rock, you should definitely plan to eat at …

Oh my goodness, there are so many wonderful places to eat in Little Rock! Here are a few of my favorites that combine fabulous food with wonderful atmosphere:

Local Lime: lovely fresh Mexican food and margaritas

sarabeth, capital hotelBig Orange: yummy specialty burgers, milkshakes, cocktails. Don’t miss the homemade potato chips!

Capital Bar & Grill: located in the gorgeous Capital Hotel, this place feels like you’re in the middle of everything. The food is delicious & the bar is extensive and excellent.

Mugs Café: Cross the river and come to Argenta for breakfast at Mugs; you’ll love the interesting and beautiful space, coffee and treats.

You do NOT want to miss seeing …

The bridges: The Arkansas River is gorgeous, spend some time with it by crossing one of several pedestrian bridges – Two Rivers takes you out to a peninsula and is short enough for family members of all ages, or the Big Dam Bridge has breathtaking views high above the lock & dam. If you’re downtown, park at Riverfront Park to cross the Junction Bridge, or head down to the Clinton Presidential Library and explore the walkway down by the river, then cross the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge. All 4 of these bridges are open to cyclists as well as pedestrians. At night, the river bridges come alive with beautiful colored lighting.

Downtown: On the Little Rock side of the river, the River Market anchors a vibrant downtown full of shops & restaurants. Wander around, there’s something for everyone here. The North Little Rock downtown area (called Argenta) is much smaller but is home to some great spots, including kitchy Galaxy Furniture, Starving Artist Café, Ristorante Capeo, Crush Wine Bar, and Mugs.

Junction Bridge

Junction Bridge

A few “hidden gems” that only the locals know about …

Tales from the South: This is one of my absolute favorite things – a weekly event that combines great food and drink with music and storytelling. Every Tuesday, Starving Artist Café in Argenta hosts a live reading that’s recorded for Public Radio International. Before the stories, you can eat dinner while local musicians play live music. (pic, below, is of local author Lela Davidson reading one of her essays)

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SOMA (Southside Main Street): Downtown and west Little Rock are well-known, as are the quirkier neighborhoods of Hillcrest and the Heights – but this area is really coming into it’s own as a great place to eat and shop. Grab breakfast or lunch at the The Root, enjoy upscale southern food and drink at South On Main (better yet, make sure you catch one of their live music events), and sit for a few moments and enjoy Bernice Garden. Finish it all off with a treat from Community Bakery or ice cream from Loblolly Creamery.

Stone’s Throw Brewing: stop into this cozy spot for a freshly brewed beer; if you’re hungry, order something yummy from the food truck parked out front.

Be sure to take your kids to (little kids/big kids):

Museum of Discovery: This place is fantastic. My kids loved it when they were little and they still love it now (as middle and high schoolers).

Box Sledding on the Clinton Library Lawn: Get an empty box and head over the Clinton Library, where the landscaped hills make for perfect sledding. Yes, I’m serious – you won’t believe how much fun your kids will have. Best part? It’s free!

Box sledding!

Box sledding!

Central High National Park Site, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: take your older kids to learn some of the history of desegregation – both of these places feature fascinating exhibits that will draw in even non-history buffs. A bonus is the beautiful architecture of Central High School and the Mosaic Templars building.

Central Arkansas Main Library, Cox Creative Center: If you need a break from lots of activity, take your kids to the main library, where they will find a whole floor built just for them. There’s a separate floor for teens, too. They can get a snack, play a video game, look out at downtown through the giant windows, or you know, relax in a comfy chair with a book. Be sure to head across the parking lot and stop into the Cox Center, which sells used books and lots of other interesting gifts. My youngest son loves to rifle through the vintage comic books bin.

Heifer Village: On the grounds of Heifer International, kids can tour Heifer Village – it’s full of hands-on interactive exhibits that help kids imagine life in other parts of the world. You’ll love the shop featuring fair-trade items from across the globe.

The most kid-friendly hotels are …

Probably the chain hotels that are good for kids wherever you go, like Embassy Suites in west LR or the courtyard Marriot downtown.

For couples-only excursions, stay here …

The Capital Hotel! This historic, 4-star rated hotel is truly gorgeous, with lovely rooms and incredible service. In all honesty, I would say stay here, for any kind of trip, any time you can. However, I know what it’s like to travel with kids who want a pool. Still, if you can, stay here. Order a Southern Comfortable and enjoy it on the large balcony above the front doors. You can thank me later.

If you visit Little Rock when it’s cold, it’s fun to:

Stay inside! Catch some live music, see a show at The Joint, wander through the current exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center, or connect with nature indoors at the Witt Stephens Nature Center (great for kids and free!).

If you visit in the summer, try:

Visit one of our farmer’s markets for food, art, flowers, handmade items, and people watching! You can find almost anything at the biggest one housed in the River Market; for a smaller scene where you’ll have more chance to sample wares and visit with farmers, cross the river to the Argenta Farmer’s Market.

One of the most awesome things about Little Rock is …

sarabeth, the repThe Rep (Arkansas Repertory Theater) is an amazing theater, bringing in all types of musicals and plays. It’s truly a favorite; I hate to miss anything they are doing. Seriously, the shows I’ve seen there are every bit as good as ones I’ve seen in New York City – The Rep is a treasure.

I would describe the “vibe” in Little Rock as …

I’ve always thought that Little Rock has the best of both worlds in a lot of ways: it has the amenities of a city without really being big. You can shop at an upscale boutique or hike a trail, buy veggies from a market table or enjoy fine dining.  You can drive from one end to the other in 30 minutes, and anywhere you go, you are probably about to run into someone you know. It’s the perfect combination of small town & big city – I love it here.

Sarabeth JonesSarabeth is a creative at Fellowship North who enjoys all kinds of artistic work: writing, directing, acting, design, photography, and the occasional flash mob. She grew up in central Arkansas and now lives there with her husband, Bryan, and 3 kids, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Will – she loves the way make her laugh. She blogs at thedramatic.com and her latest Little Rock adventure is bringing the national phenomenon Listen To Your Mother to the stage of The Rep on Mother’s Day, 2014.

Inside His Head: My husband has no friends except me

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Dear Inside His Head,

My husband doesn’t have any friends he likes to do things with, so he wants to do everything with me. I love hanging out with him, but I don’t like it when he gets jealous when I go out with my girlfriends. I want and need both in my life. What would you suggest here? I would like for him to “go out with the guys” occasionally but he doesn’t make the effort. I think having guy friends would make him a happier person. How can I help?

GRAY: If you don’t want to do things with someone are they really a friend? It sounds like your husband is without friends entirely, which is very odd. I’m an introvert and really need to have time by myself frequently, but this goes beyond introversion.

That he is jealous – always a red flag in a marriage – seems to confirm something deeper is going on. He could be insecure , be codependent, or suffering in another manner and be in need of professional counseling.

Have a talk with him. Find out if he’s genuinely comfortable and happy in his life. If he’s not simply an introvert, then finding a way to help him deal with his problems would be the best advice I could give; however, if he is just an introvert with a little jealous streak then you might try some other approaches.

Help him find a way to get out in groups of like-minded individuals. Maybe he can join a book club, maybe he goes solo to watch is favorite sports team or something similar. Pretty much anything to get him out and doing something he’d otherwise enjoy.

Social events can get him used to not having to do everything with you and a chance to work on those ever-important social skills. If crowds really aren’t his thing then maybe hiking or music lessons could get him interested in a hobby a little less people heavy. You get the idea. Kick him out of the house for a while, just do it very nicely with a smile.

At the end of the day I’d say a “night out with the guys” probably isn’t the likeliest thing to happen, but figure out what bothers him, what hobbies he might want to pursue and take the best course of action. I agree with you that either way he’ll be a happier person in the long run.

generichead-1MICHAEL: I can completely relate. We moved here and didn’t know anyone. All my acquaintances are from work and most of them are women. So I don’t really have any guys to hang out with either.

Having said that, fella here in question shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself.

I don’t think that finding guy friends for him is going to solve the problem. If he wanted them, he’d go looking for them. It sounds like he enjoys your company and doesn’t need anyone else.

Sounds like he figures that if he doesn’t need anyone else, then neither should you. Maybe he feels like no one else likes him. Or he’s insecure that while your out with the girls you might find someone else that’s more interesting than he is.

Either way he sounds insecure and you’re not going to solve that by getting him a big brother from the Y. You’ve just got to be straight with him and explain why you need time with the girls. It’s not because something’s missing in your relationship, it’s simply that you need to have some outside connection with the world.

We’re all different people and we all need different things to make us happy. We just have to give each other room to make that happen.

MAVERICK: If your husband didn’t have a few good friends before you were married, I hate to tell you, but you’re doomed.

A lot of women complain about guys who are too close to their friends before and after marriage, but it’s much worse to have a guy with no friends for two big reasons. A guy with no friends likely isn’t that much fun to be around in the first place, hint, hint and, since he never really learned to play with others, he’s likely to do exactly what he’s doing here, which is focus obsessively on you.

Assuming the lack of friends is a fairly recent phenomenon, simply encourage him to reconnect with some of his old cohorts.

Guys can get a little hyper-focused, so he might have put his pals on hold initially when you got married and he’s simply gotten into a habit on going solo, and being a bit annoying that needs to be broken.

He’s in a behavior rut so don’t be subtle. Tell him he’s becoming clingy and a bit needy and he needs to go play with his guy pals. Go about your business normally. If he bugs you about you spending time with your friends, don’t knuckle under. Go out, have fun, don’t apologize and point out he has friends too and he’s much more interesting when he hangs out with them from time to time.

Also, don’t forget guys tend to enjoy solo hobbies. So, don’t insist he hang out with friends because that’s how you have fun. Just encourage him to do something —  take up another hobby rather than than his current one being your shadow.

Fishing, hunting, shooting, biking, even video games can be fun for guys without needing anyone to pal around with, but they also can lead to new friends and new experiences. So pals likely will result eventually.

Once you do all this he’ll like get off your back and start enjoying a little freedom. Here is where you can’t b*tch.

If you don’t like him obsessing over where you’re going or what you’re doing, and you want  him to have friends you have to keep your mouth shut when he actually starts doing those things.

When he gives you plenty of notice (at least as much notice as you would give him) and says he’s meeting his friends for a game of pool or some beers, you don’t have the right to act hurt, or snide because he chooses to go out with his buds on Friday instead of sitting around for a Charmed marathon.

You wanted him to have friends. You think independence is manly and attractive. So remember not to complain about it if he starts getting involved in something new.

To read previous Inside His Head questions and answers, CLICK HERE. If you have a question for our anonymous panel of husbands, email them at mamamas[at]nwamotherlode[dot]com.

Beauty Buzz: Sunless tanning tips you need to try

By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor

Hooray, warm weather and sunshine, Northwest Arkansas! At last!

Time to shed my puffy parka and fleeced-lined leggings for rolled-up jeans and short-sleeved shirts and….AAAACH! Underneath all those layers, my skin is whiter than the snow we are so glad to see melt.  Allow me to slip back into my Uggs and sweatshirt and hightail it to the drugstore for some self-tanner.

I’m sure we all tried self-tanner in high school, and it resulted in orange palms, streaky forearms, and a lot of ruined bras, making us swear of the stuff for good. But, with the push on the dangers of sun exposure, we are all searching for alternative tanning methods. Beauty companies have answered our pleas by  perfecting their formulas and developing better ways to apply.

The unwanted side effects of sunless tanning can be avoided before you ever open the bottle.

Here are some tips:

The golden rule to a consistent glow is exfoliating. An exfoliating product with a gritty texture will remove the most dry skin. They are also really easy to make at home. Pay special attention to your elbows, knees and ankles, or anywhere you’ve noticed darker spots in the past. For some reason, I always have problems around my collar bone, so I give that area a second pass when I exfoliate.

Next, lotion your whole body and wait about ten minutes before applying tanner, to give the lotion time to sink in. If you put some lotion on your hands immediately before application time, it will help keep the color from clinging to your palms. This is also a good idea for under your arms and behind your knees.

Now, it’s time to pick a product.

As far as a color goes, this can take a little trial and error, since different brands have varying formulas based on your skin’s undertones. Specialty beauty stores, like Ulta and Sephora, will often have samples to try or employees trained to help you determine your coloring.

loreal sublime bronzeIf you are still having flashbacks from your senior pictures where you looked like you bathed in Sunny D, you may be a little reluctant to try DIY tanning again. Products like Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer are tanning solutions mixed with a lotion so the effects are more gradual and take several applications to see a huge result. But, the margin for error is much smaller.

If you can’t wait, L’oreal Sublime Bronze has an instant bronzer, which shows immediate results and will also help achieve even coverage. Other formulas can take a couple of hours to show their full effects. 

Now the fun/scary part: Applying the tanner (in my head that sounded all echoey and ominous).

The main rule is to be consistent and make sure you get it everywhere the sun would touch; so, not on the soles or heels of your feet. After it is thoroughly rubbed in, take a dry washcloth and gently buff your knees, elbows and ankles, because no matter how well you exfoliated, those dry spots will still soak up more tanner. If you apply tanner to your face, use the washcloth on your eyebrows and along your hairline as well.

Wait at least 10 minutes before putting on your makeup and clothes, and opt for loose fitting clothes when possible. This is another benefit from DIYing your tan, instead of going to a spray tan joint. I just can’t bring myself to walk all the way to my car at a strip mall bra-less.

Women with darker complexions also benefit from a little bottled sun. Even though you may not be blinding people with your bare legs (sooooo jealous), tanner can help even out your skin tone and gives off a warm, summery glow.

Now, dig out your sun hats and go play outside! I highly recommend a Nerf gun fight with your kids; it’s very therapeutic.

AndiAndi loves playing with makeup/beauty products and writing about her experiences. She welcomes your questions and feedback at Beauty Buzz. E-mail her at mamas@nwaMotherlode.com. 

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