The Rockwood Files: An expensive free cat

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Sometimes you throw one small pebble of change into the Universe and the ripples create a tsunami of trouble. That’s what happened to me last week – all because I felt sorry for a fat cat. I’ll back up a bit. Our cat Percy, who was [...]

June 2014: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events

Gulley Park concert series

Trail Mix Concert Trail Mix combines music, hiking and biking for a one-of-a-kind, free outdoor experience which starts along the beautifully sculpted Art Trail near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville (1-3pm) and continues along the Frisco Trail in downtown Fayetteville (5-7pm). Rocky Grove Sun Company will provide solar-power for energy-efficient music for [...]

Countdown to Summer 2014!

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There’s only about a week to go before most kids in Northwest Arkansas burst through those school doors and straight into summer vacation. Are you ready? If not, no worries. We’ve got you covered. We discussed this topic on our daily radio show, the Mamas on Magic, which you can listen to each weekday at [...]

Inside His Head: Who should take our kids if we die?

Dear Inside His Head, My husband and I are leaving on a big trip soon without the kids. The problem is, we can’t agree on which relatives would take our kids if something happened to us while we were away. We’re leaving soon and need to make a decision. I want my sister to be [...]

Beauty Buzz: How do I heal my super dry hair?


Dear Andi, My hair is so dry and brittle from the winter. I know you usually answer makeup and skincare questions, but I need help! What do you recommend I do to get my hair looking good again? I think we’re all ready to leave that crazy, roller coaster winter behind, including the damage it [...]

Mealtime Mama: Quick side dish for your Memorial Day gathering

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Happy Memorial Day, mamas. We hope  you enjoy this recipe, which is tasty and healthy: Roasted Green Beans & Asparagus 1 pound whole green beans (fresh) 1 bunch asparagus (fresh) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Directions: Wash and drain the [...]

Devotion in Motion: Pressing the Button for Others

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27 ¶ Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so.  28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.   Proverbs 3:27, 28   (NKJV) By Bro. John [...]

The Rockwood Files: Is picky eating genetic?

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Ham salad sandwiches. That’s what the school cafeteria lunch menu listed for Wednesday’s meal, which meant I’d be packing three lunches for school the next day. Ham salad? Those two words shouldn’t even go together. Did Michelle Obama sign off on this menu? Doubtful, I pulled [...]

On Your Mind: Mom feels overwhelmed and unable to ‘measure up’

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Mamas, we recently received the below question through our “online hotline” button. It’s a question so many moms can relate to and we appreciate licensed professional counselor and fellow mom, Lauren Levine, for this thoughtful answer: Q: I’m a mom of two kids under the age of 6 and lately I’m feeling completely overwhelmed. Even [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Beth Christy Hamilton

Beth Christy Hamilton

Name: Beth Christy Hamilton Children’s names and ages? Lily, 7 and Jackson, 5 What’s something funny your kids did recently? They enjoy playing pranks, so together they took a plastic snake and put it outside Lily’s bedroom door to “scare” me. I saw it but still did a little scream. They thought they played a [...]

Fayetteville Public Library offering free “science” workshops this summer

The Fayetteville Public Library is offering several Teen “science” workshops this summer. These look like so much fun and they’re FREE! If your kiddo is in 6th to 12th grade, they’re eligible to attend these workshops. Registration opens three weeks before each class starts and you can register online at the event links below: Teen [...]

Good Gossip: Celeb baby news and life lessons

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Yes, we do love a little celebrity gossip but we also know it’s not cool to do something we teach our kids NOT to do. It’s never okay 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 [...]

Fabulous Five: Answers from local moms

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We love asking questions on Facebook and Twitter and getting answers from local moms. That collective insight from so many women throughout the area makes for great reading — witty, clever and thoughtful, too. We compiled several of those questions and answers received from readers and put them into the Mamas on Magic radio segments. [...]

Devotion in Motion: How to handle horseplay

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3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash My sons have spent a large portion of their lives wrestling, “fighting,” scuffling with one another, and horsing around in general. It used to drive me crazy because what started out as good-natured [...]