Devotion in Motion: The virtues of preparation

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6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash I carry a very large lunchbox to school. Sometimes people poke fun at me, saying things like, “Hey John, is that thing from ‘The [...]

The Rockwood Files: Ripple in the gene pool

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By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Sometimes genetics can be cruel. Often the things you hope won’t get passed down to your kids are the very things that show up and start banging on the door. In our family of five people, there are 18 eyes, if you count all the glasses [...]

Fall classes start next week at Nerdies — and Arties!

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The new Northwest Arkansas start-up, Nerdies, had a GREAT summer. And so did all the kids and teenagers who attended their summer sessions. The Nerdies summer school registrations were off the charts, the founders built a new gaming center for birthday parties and corporate events and they also started a new company for kids who [...]

Radio mamas are turning 100… sort of

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We look pretty good for turning 100, right? Okay, so technically we’re not 100 years old, but we are celebrating 100 consecutive weeks of doing the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio show. And since the show is on Mondays through Fridays at 7:45 a.m., that means we’ve done 500 individual segments! We love working on [...]

Basketball tournament for charity: Kids and adults invited!

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If your family loves basketball, here’s a chance to play ball and do something great for charity at the same time. Put a team of three to four people together, and mark your calendar for Thursday, September 11, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Shadow Valley Clubhouse basketball court in Rogers. Cost is $30 [...]

7 Things You Need to Know About Sports Physicals

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We moms spend our fair share of time in the bleachers or on the sidelines, watching our kids run, block, tackle, pass, shoot, kick, dance, cheer, swim, wrestle — and the list goes on. But before that happens, we should spend some time in the doctor’s office making sure our kids’ sports physicals are up [...]

Guide: Corn mazes and pumpkin patches to visit in Northwest Arkansas!

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It’s almost fall, y’all! That means it’s about time to visit pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Here’s a guide to all the great options in Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas: Farmland Adventures A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have [...]

Tips to help keep your kid’s packed lunch out of the ‘Danger Zone’

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Children are at high risk of contracting foodborne illness because their immune systems are still developing. Kids under the age of five have the highest incidence of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infection among any other age group in the United States. This highlights the importance of following the USDA’s four food safety steps whenever [...]

Devotion in Motion: Spiritual encouragement for only 34 cents

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31 When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.        Acts 15:31   (NKJV) By Bro. John L. Cash If you’re looking for a way to encourage somebody in the Lord this week, why not send them a postcard? The lowly picture-postcard is the unsung hero of the postage world; you can mail one for [...]

The Rockwood Files: Back to school angst

By Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3 Our 12-year-old groans every time he sees a back-to-school commercial, which lately seems to happen once every five seconds. (I can’t blame him. When adults go on vacation, the last thing we want is to be constantly reminded that our regular jobs are about to start [...]

Back to School Picture Parade!

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We have been LOVING all the back-to-school photos you’ve shared with us this week. Thank you so much for allowing us to show off these beautiful faces here on nwaMotherlode.com. Enjoy!

Life with Ladybug: Are you up for The Kissing Challenge?

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By Shannon Magsam A blogger over at the MOPS website issued a Be Brave 2014 Kissing Challenge yesterday, noting that some married couples who may have kissed passionately while dating – or when they first got married – have let those lip-smacking sessions go by the wayside. I kiss my husband quite a bit, but [...]

Abrakadoodle offers new art classes, including Pint-Sized Picassos

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Since Joy Davis and her mom, Cora, started Abrakadoodle in Northwest Arkansas, they’ve been spreading the joy of art all around the region. They’ve helped kids create at First Thursday in Fayetteville, at First Friday in Bentonville, at summer camps at Fast Lane Entertainment and other local businesses/non-profits. Now that school is back in session, [...]

Inside His Head: Too ‘friend’ly for Facebook?

OK, ladies, it’s time to travel back to the strange land called …  “Inside His Head”. This month’s question is quite timely for many of us. Check it out: (Oh, and if you’ve got a question for our outspoken guys, just send it to mamas@nwaMotherlode.com and it may be featured in an upcoming installment.) Q: [...]

Beauty Buzz: 10 Common Make-up Mistakes with Foundation

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By Andi Douglas, nwaMotherlode beauty editor While cleaning out my old magazines, of which there are dozens stashed around the house, I came across a great article in the October 2007 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Even though it’s not recent, an article called “Ten Makeup Missteps”, which focuses on foundation, caught my eye [...]