July 2014: Where to see fireworks plus other local events!


Independence Day events: Thursday, July 3: Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks Date: July 3 Time: 7 p.m. Location: NWA Mall (Events during the day and evening) More info: Click here The Great American Blast Date: July 3-5 Time:  After each 7:05 p.m. baseball game Location: Arvest Ballpark (NWA Naturals) More info: Click here City of Rogers [...]

Devotion in Motion: Are you too busy for God?

11 Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash A dear friend of mine spent part of his life as a missionary in a very primitive country. The village that he lived in abounded with witch doctors and demon-possessions, [...]

The Rockwood Files: What were you wearing when…?


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 “Can we give it to him now? Please, Mom? It’s just a few days early.” “No, you can wait. If you give it to him today, he won’t have anything to open on Father’s Day.” “I know, but it’s so hard to wait! I really want [...]

Tips for getting kids to unplug

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Let’s face it. We ALL need a little digital detox now and then — a vacation from all the screens that eat up so much of our time and attention. We’ve noticed that our kids become kinda like little techno-zombies when they spend too much time staring at screens. If your kids (and maybe you, [...]

5 Minutes with a Mom: Jill Langham

Jill Langham

Name: Jill Langham Where do you live in NWA? We live in Springdale. What brought you to the area? Originally, I moved here to help open the Christian Book Outlet stores. I worked at the one in Harrison and was asked to move to help start stores in NWA. Children’s names and ages: Tanner – [...]

Life with Ladybug: What did I forget again?

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By Shannon Magsam, co-founder of nwaMotherlode and mama to 1 little lady(bug) My memory is shot, y’all. If I don’t write it down, set my iPhone alarm – or the timer on the oven, when I’m cooking – I’m toast. Burnt toast, on those occasions I forget to set an alarm. Actually, toast is pretty [...]

Healthy Mama: When to treat a child’s fever


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 [...]

Empty Nexter: Why we must take the risk

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By Carrie Perrien Smith I’m the oldest of Generation X. We’re the first generation to know what it is like to enter the workforce and not encounter barriers just because we’re female. We didn’t have to claw our way to the top, burn our bras, or march in front of the White House to compete [...]

Beauty Buzz: Help! My eyelashes are breaking off!


Dear Andi, My eyelashes are starting to break and look sparse. I think it may be because I have to rub so hard to get my mascara off. Do you have any ideas for how I can make my lashes healthier while still wearing mascara almost every day? Help! Ouch, that does not sound like [...]

Mealtime Mama: Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Kaylin Gilkey

Kaylin Gilkey blogs about healthy living — which includes healthy eating — at Enticing Healthy Eating and is working toward a holistic health coaching certificate. She loves to take recipes and healthy them up. Thus, these dark chocolate AVOCADO truffles. Want to try them out? Here’s the recipe and directions: Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles Makes [...]

Devotion in Motion: What makes a preacher want to lie

2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalm 138:2 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash I try to be a person who tells the truth. But this past week something happened that made me [...]

The Rockwood Files: Are you a Netflix zombie?


By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 It’s not culturally sophisticated to admit it, but I love TV – always have. I loved it ever since I was a kid and Fred Flintstone heard the whistle blow at five o’clock and slid down the back of his dinosaur bulldozer. I loved speculating with [...]

Funny Friday: Worry About Yourself

This one’s for every mama out there who has ever had a toddler who insisted on doing it herself. NO HELP needed here! We especially love this little girl’s go-to phrase — Worry about yourself! — because you know she has heard it a million times from her mom and dad and possibly the big [...]

Fayetteville favorite Joe Crookston returns to teach and perform!

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The Fayetteville Public Library will welcome Joe Crookston for three days of songwriting workshops for kids, teens, and adults, as well as a special Friday, July 11th concert. Crookston is an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Crookston will be at the library [...]

Advice from moms to moms-to-be

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For a recent giveaway, we asked Northwest Arkansas moms if they’d share some advice they wished someone had given them before their first baby was born. Below a list of the advice, wish is so, so good. (So good that Shannon printed it out, added a little ribbon and gave it to a mom-to-be at [...]