Devotion in Motion: The virtues of preparation

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 Napoleon Dynamite Collection’?” But I don’t mind that at all. People laughed at Edison and Einstein, too. And besides, my industrial- sized lunchbox is one of the tools that helps keep my life on track.

Not too long ago the doctor told me that I am pre-diabetic. (Historically, this is something that has happened to all the men in the Cash family when they turn lunchbox50.) So I’ve really tried to straighten up my act about what I eat on a daily basis.

I’ve discovered that I can keep my blood glucose at perfect levels if I’m careful to eat the right things. And I’ve found out that if I carry a lunchbox, I eat things like lean meat, non-carby-vegetables, salads, homemade soy yogurt, and fresh fruit. However, when I don’t have my lunchbox, I eat fast-food burgers, cookies, and things out of the snack machine. It’s really just that simple. For me, failing to plan to eat good food is the same as planning to eat bad food.

I heard a good sermon on the radio the other day. The preacher was talking about Mary and Martha and about how Mary sat at the feet of Jesus while Martha was scrambling around with the duties of the house. Usually, preachers blast Martha and tell her that she needs to be more like Mary.

But this speaker said something that has a lot of wisdom. It’s a statement that has stuck with me ever since: “If you want to be Mary on Sunday, you’ve got to be Martha on Saturday.” Clearly, failure to prepare is the same as planning to be absent. The “Lunchbox Principle” prevails again.

This week, let’s do our best to make advance preparations to do the things that are right. It’s never a mistake to make it easy to do what is good.

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 lunchbox-carrying-Preacher has had perfect blood sugar levels all week.) Their kids include Spencer (age 22), his wife Madeline (age 22), and Seth (age 19).

The Rockwood Files: Ripple in the gene pool

rockwood files colorBy 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 and contact lenses it takes for us to navigate around the house without bumping into things. So far, only 10-year-old Jack has managed to cruise out of the eye doctor’s office without a prescription for glasses or contacts.

I might say he’s the lucky one of our group, but genetics has a way of evening things out. He’s also the one who is destined for not one but two sets of braces on his teeth, thanks to some seriously jacked up dental DNA he got from me. Sorry, kid.

Since Tom and I are both nearsighted, we knew our kids would most likely need glasses one day, too. We’ve been keeping an eye out for the tell-tale signs of glasses katevision problems – squinting, sitting too close to the TV, or running up to hug strangers and calling them Dad.

As a kid, I managed to skate through four years’ worth of annual eye exams before the school nurse figured out I was guessing at all the answers and, in fact, couldn’t see 80 percent of what other kids saw. When an eye doctor confirmed that I did, indeed, need glasses, it felt like a social death sentence. In the early 80s, it was not cool to wear glasses. Not even a little bit.

Back then, manufacturers weren’t designing and marketing to tweens and teens the way they do now, so there were only about 3 different styles of glasses for kids my age. The one thing those styles had in common was that they were all ugly. You just picked a certain color of ugly and that was that. “Here’s your glasses, kid. Good luck being a nerd in middle school.”

I put on those cursed glasses and walked dejectedly out of the eye doctor’s office, staring down at my feet. My mother led me out onto the sidewalk of Main Street and I looked up and saw the world for what felt like the first time. I noticed the leaves before anything else. What had once been fuzzy blobs hovering around tree trunks suddenly transformed into amazing shapes with defined edges and rich colors.

Then I looked down Main Street and marveled at how I could clearly read the word “stop” on the bright red sign even though it was a few blocks away. It felt like a revelation. That’s when I decided that even though glasses were ugly, seeing clearly is beautiful.

Glasses and fashion have changed dramatically since I was a kid because now there are a million cute frames to choose from. And the “smart look” is most decidedly “in.”

Seven-year-old Kate recently joined our family’s four-eyes club, and her bright blue frames look great with her blonde hair and blue eyes. But here’s one more odd ripple in the gene pool: Kate has 20/20 vision yet still needs glasses for reading. She sees things at a distance perfectly, but hold a book in front of her and she sees two books, or two lines of piano music, or two math worksheets. Thanks to special lenses that correct double vision, Kate’s life is a whole lot less crowded these days.

Genetics can be both friend and foe and none of us ever quite know what we’re going to get. All we can do is hope for the best and keep smiling as we backstroke through the mysterious gene pool.

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

Fall classes start next week at Nerdies — and Arties!

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 may have a different bent called Arties.

The new studio is a thing of beauty for gamers (it has an adjoining “chill room” where you can have the birthday cake or other food/drinks. Cool.):

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This news just happened this week: Nerdies Founder Head Nerd, Brad Harvey, was named one of the “Visionary Arkansans” of 2014 by the Arkansas Times.

In the most recent August 28th Issue, The Arkansas Times chose 25 people from across the state of Arkansas whose vision and leadership in their respective areas makes Arkansas a better place to live.

Click  here to what Brad had to say about Nerdies in the Times article. We loved this quote:

Head Nerd, Brad Harvey

Head Nerd, Brad Harvey

“The big deal is that we’ve just gotta go do,” Harvey said. “The learning is secondary to the doing. If we’re going to build this, write this, shoot this, the learning has to occur. But we’re very much outcome-focused. … By the time they’re 18 and they’re applying for jobs, they can say, ‘I’ve already shot 12 films.’”

Fall classes at Nerdies start next week, so be sure to check out the awesome sessions to see which ones would be a good fit for your kiddo. Nerdies and Arties will offer some of the same awesome classes they had over the summer, but are adding some new ones, too.

Classes for the fall include: Minecraft World Building, Web Design, Mods for Minecraft, Comic Book, Photography & Editing. Click here for all the fall classes at Nerdies.

There’s also some good news for adults! Starting next month, Nerdies and Arties will offer some classes just for grown-ups, like how to set up and run your own blog! You know the Motherlode mamas love that topic :)

Here’s a full list of kid and teen classes Nerdies and Arties will offer for fall:

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Click here to see the entire list of Arties classes.

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Radio mamas are turning 100… sort of

100 celebrateWe 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 gwen and shan polaroidMagic 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 the show and want to say a big thank you to the folks at Magic 107.9 for inviting us to be part of their radio family.

Click the left side of the audio bar below to hear our celebration of turning 100.

 

Basketball tournament for charity: Kids and adults invited!

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 per team, and tournament proceeds will benefit St. Jude basketball5Children’s Research Hospital.

Two Northwest Arkansas moms, Heidi Simmons and Laura Sylvester, are coordinating this charity basketball tournament where kids and adults can play 3-on-3 basketball. (There will also be a free throw contest, for those who are interested.) There will be three divisions — youth, teen and adult, and fun prizes will be awarded. (Youth division starts at 5 p.m. and the teen and adult divisions play at 6 p.m.)

Tournament rules include:

  • Teams can consist of up to 4 players.
  • Half-court games will be played to a score of 11 (counting by 1′s).
  • Call your own fouls but no free throws allowed.

If your kids, husbands and/or fellow moms want to play, contact Heidi Simmons by clicking here. Register your team by Friday, September 5th.

If you’d like to support these local moms in their efforts to raise money for St. Jude, you can also donate at the following links:

  • http://heroes.stjude.org/heidisimmons
  • http://heroes.stjude.org/laurasylvester

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7 Things You Need to Know About Sports Physicals

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 to date.

stethoscopeMost school athletic programs require a sports physical before participation so, in most cases, it’s not optional. And it shouldn’t be because these types of physicals are designed to catch health problems that, if they go undetected, could cause serious health issues for young athletes. In most cases, a sports physical will only take about 15 to 20 minutes and they’re covered by most insurance programs. (If it’s not covered, cost is about $25.)

Here are 7 things you should know about why sports physicals are so important BEFORE your kid steps foot on the field or in the gym.

  • Doctors will ask about any past heat-related illnesses.
  • Doctors will educate the student and parent about how to avoid getting a heat-related illness.
  • Doctors will look at the child’s cardiovascular health and any potential problems.
  • Doctors will check lungs and blood pressure.
  • Doctors will check for any possible joint issues as well as flexibility.
  • Doctors will talk to you about family history, trying to determine if there is any link to people passing out during exercise or any incidences of sudden death.
  • Sports physicals can and do catch health complications that are capable of causing life-threatening conditions for athletes.

More questions about sports physicals? Click HERE to see an interview with Dr. Steve Goss of Mercy about this important exam.

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Fashion Fairy Godmother: Game Day Outfit Inspiration

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By Lizzy Miller, fashion blogger, U of A student and nwaMotherlode intern

Fashion Fairy GodmotherIt’s beginning to look a lot like game day here in Northwest Arkansas, and I could not be happier. Hog football is in our roots and we Arkansans go all out for our team. Ever since I began school at the U of A, game days have always been my favorite. The school spirit in Arkansas is contagious, and I like to show my pride in my game day outfits.button

For me, the perfect game day outfit is something simple: a little red, a little white or cream, a little black.

Being in a sorority, I always have my Chi Omega loves the Hogs button to wear, so even if I’m wearing a plain, casual black dress, I still tie in a little red. I love game day buttons like this one from mygamedaystore.com.

If you’re looking for a little game day outfit inspiration, take a look at these collages we’ve put together with pieces you can find right here at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. Happy shopping and Go Hogs!

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gameoutfitcasualgamedayElizabeth Miller, intern (cropped)ABOUT ELIZABETH: Elizabeth is a senior Ad/PR major at the University of Arkansas. She’s been in various leadership positions in her sorority, Chi Omega, and is part of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. The Motherlode mamas would like to add that she’s a fabulous intern and we appreciate her keen eye for fashion (we’ve already lined her up to help us pick out a new fall wardrobe) as well as her work ethic, creativity and ability to quickly grasp what we need and pull it off.

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

farmland adventures 2014A great place for fall outdoor family fun on the farm. A variety of attractions including a 9-acre Giant Corn Maze (they have a new theme for 2014!), a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pony rides, petting zoo, pig races, a kids play area and more. Open September 5th to November 1st on Fridays from 1PM-9:30PM and Saturdays from 9AM-9:30PM. It’s a short drive from where ever you are in Northwest Arkansas. They also facilitate group outings or birthday parties.

Season: Sept. 5 through Nov. 1

Location: Parsons Road, Springdale

More info: Click here (Look for special hours in October)

Ozark Corn Maze

Corn maze, pumpkin patch, animals and games.

Season: Starts Sept. 19

Location: Cave Springs

More info: Click here

McGarrah Farms

Season: Pumpkin patch opens Sept. 27 through Oct. 31. Pick-your-own pumpkins.

Location: Pea Ridge

More info: Click here

Vanzant Fruit Farm

Season: Pick-your-own pumpkins starts in late September. The pumpkin patch (for pictures, etc.) opens Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.

Location: Lowell

More info: Click here

Dickey Farms

dickey farmsHay rides, photo opportunities, pick-your-own pumpkins.

Season: Runs from the last weekend of September through the first weekend of November. Open 4:30 p.m. until dark on weekdays, all day Saturday (until dark) and 2 p.m. to dark on Sundays.

Location: Springdale

More info: Click here

Right Choices Corn Maze

Pumpkin patch, games and activities, hay rides.

Season: Sept. 20-Nov. 2

Location: Southwest City, Missouri

More info: Click here

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 preparing meals: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

To help families teach the importance of the four steps to young children, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has developed a food safety “science experiment” that parents and children can do together to make sure school lunches are safe to eat come lunchtime.

Here’s how to do the experiment with your kids: To start, parents should pack their child’s lunch and have their child store it as they would at school. After the normal time between lunch packing and consumption has passed, parents should help their child take the temperature of the lunch contents. Cold items should still be below 40 °F and hot items should be above 140°F.

If food in is in the Danger Zone (between 40 °F and 140 °F) parents can use the following tips to ensure their child’s lunch remains safely outside the Danger Zone for future preparations:

1. If the lunch contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, or yogurt, make sure to pack it with at least two freezer packs. Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly in the Danger Zone, so perishable food transported without an ice source won’t stay safe long.

frog ice pack2. Frozen juice boxes or water can also be used as freezer packs. Freeze these items overnight and use with at least one other freezer pack. By lunchtime, the liquids should be thawed and ready to drink.

3. Pack lunches containing perishable food in an insulated lunchbox or soft-sided lunch bag. Perishable food can be unsafe to eat by lunchtime if packed in a paper bag.

4. If possible, a child’s lunch should be stored in a refrigerator upon arrival. But leave the lid of the lunchbox or bag open in the fridge so that cold air can better circulate and keep the food cold.

5. If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food hot – 140 °F (73.9 °C) or above.

6. After lunch, discard all leftover food, used food packaging, and paper bags. Do not reuse packaging because it could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.

7. If packing a child’s lunch the night before, parents should leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The meal will stay cooler longer because everything will be refrigerator temperature when it is placed in the lunchbox.

By following these tips, parents can reduce the risk that their child will be kept home from school due to a foodborne illness.

Parents with more food safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at AskKaren.gov, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish.  For more tips to keep your family foodborne illness free this season visit FoodSafety.gov and follow @USDAFoodSafety on Twitter.

Information for this post came from a report from the USDA.

Devotion in Motion: Spiritual encouragement for only 34 cents

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 only 34 cents. Also, it’s easy to procure a never-ending supply of them. In the past, a lot of people collected postcards, and now those collections are being sold on Ebay and in thrift stores. They often sell for a few pennies apiece.

What could be more day-brightening than opening nebraska postcardyour mailbox and finding a photo of a giant jackrabbit from Nebraska?

If you can’t find a pre-made postcard, make one of your own. Recycle a greeting card by cutting it to 4 x 6 inches, or use part of a cereal box.

I use a paper-slicer for fast and perfect work and always get comments on my professional results. A friend of mine once called to say, “Where in the world did you buy a postcard with a picture of a ‘Hostess Twinkie’ on it?” :-)

I’ve come to believe that postcards don’t just SEND sunshine — they SPREAD it. After all, your message of hope isn’t sealed up in an envelope. You have to believe that dozens of people are influenced by the good news you’re sending. Surely the mailman reads it and also anybody who finds the postcard on a kitchen table. (It’s human nature to want to be nosy and read other people’s mail. :-))

If you’ve watched the news lately, you know everybody is in need of the Good News and some Christian encouragement. Who are you going to send a postcard to this week?

john l cashDr. John L. Cash is the “Country Preacher Dad.” He was raised in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and has spent the last 29 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, where he used to teach Latin on closed-circuit-television.)  He and his lovely wife, Susan, live in the parsonage next doojonny catr to the Antioch Christian Church (where the Preacher once made a postcard for his friend Jonny from a cat-litter-liner package.) Their kids include Spencer (age 23), his wife Madeline (age 23), and Seth (age 20).

The Rockwood Files: Back to school angst

rockwood files colorBy 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 up again on Monday morning.) So my kids are milking these last few days of freedom for all they’re worth – wearing pajamas until noon, playing Marco Polo in the pool and enjoying lazy evenings without a hint of homework.

back-to-school3The kids may think I’m ancient, but I’m young enough to remember the special brand of angst that comes with the first day of school. The one that stands out most in my mind is the night before the first day of fifth grade.

Fifth grade was a big deal because, in the town where I grew up, it was a kid’s first departure from the sheltered simplicity of elementary school. It was separated from all the other grades and housed in a building across town – sort of like Lord of the Flies, only with backpacks. I’m not sure if school officials set fifth grade apart because there was no room in the elementary school building or because they wanted to protect the rest of the town, just in case all that pre-teen hyperactivity were to spontaneously combust.

I spent the last half of the summer of 1983 worrying about what I should wear on the first day of fifth grade. It had to be something way cooler than what kids wore to elementary school – that much was certain. So my mother took me back-to-school shopping at the Belk department store on Main Street and I found a red and white outfit made by Esprit, a brand that was uber-cool for 10-year-old girls. The jeans had this red belt that put the final, fashionable touch on what I hoped would be the outfit to launch me into fifth grade popularity.

The night before the first day of school, I laid out my new outfit so everything would be ready to go the next morning. But where was the cute red belt? It was missing! I double and triple checked my closet. I looked in the laundry room, the shopping bag, the car, and every square inch of our house. It was just gone, and I was devastated.

My mother kept saying something ridiculous like, “Just wear a different belt,” as if that was the obvious solution to a trivial problem. And I didn’t have enough tearful words to explain to her how my entire fifth grade identity and future happiness hinged on that one red belt that was now, in a cruel twist of fate, lost forever – probably floating around in the same black hole where stray socks, sunglasses and signed permission slips go.

More than 30 years later, it seems absurd that I shed tears over a red belt the night before fifth grade, but it made perfect sense at the time. Because the tears were really about fear – of the unknown, of not fitting in, of being in a new situation that you don’t feel old enough to handle. And of course there’s always the dread of dealing with “the jerk,” and every school year tends to come with at least one of those.

Sometimes we grown-ups don’t give kids enough credit for just getting through the first day of school. Every year it’s like clearing another emotional hurdle, and any number of things – like locker location, homeroom assignment or even a missing red belt – can trip a kid up. The first day of school requires much more than notebooks and No. 2 pencils. It takes guts. For all those kids facing yet another new adventure, good luck and Godspeed.

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

Back to School Picture Parade!

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!

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Funny Friday: Have you seen this one yet?

Okay, so most of us know what it’s like to have a crying baby in the backseat. And we also know that you’ll do almost anything to get that baby to calm down so you can drive the car without your head exploding from all that crying and whining, right?

Well, one mom discovered that a certain Katy Perry song (Dark Horse) worked like magic on her fussy daughter. If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re going to be amazed. (And by the way, this baby girl is SO freaking CUTE!) Do your kids ever have instant reactions to songs on the radio? If so, leave us a comment below.

Happy Friday, mamas!

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 lately we’ve been passing like ships (lips?) in the night. A peck on the way out the door, a kiss on the back of my neck when I’m at my computer, a brush of the cheek when one of us goes to bed first (I’m still having trouble adjusting my sleep schedule from summer mode to back-to-school mode). But we haven’t shared any real lip-lockers lately, to tell you the truth.

So I’m gonna do it. I’m taking the challenge. Who’s with me?

Here’s a paragraph from the post about The Kissing Challenge:

“The Be Brave 2014 Kissing Challenge is a commitment to kiss your husband passionately every day for a month. Yes, I said a month. Pecks don’t count. I’m talking about real kisses. The kind of kiss that leaves you breathless and makes onscreen kisses pale in comparison. It doesn’t have to be a make-out marathon, but it does have to be the kind of kiss that says, “Welcome home. I’m glad to see you, and just in case you’re wondering, I can’t get enough of you.”

I started the challenge yesterday. When my husband came home from work, I pulled him into our bedroom and laid one on him. His reaction was …. very positive.

After the kiss, he happily said, “That was a nice welcome home! I’ll take that every day.”

Mission accomplished.

I didn’t tell him about the challenge, although I don’t think secrecy is required. I want organic results plus I don’t want to feel like I “have” to kiss passionately every day (I’m rebellious like that).

If you’re joining me in this kissing challenge with your own honey, let’s meet back here in a month and discuss the results. I bet we’ll all see some changes (for the better) in our relationships.

If you need some convincing, here are some links to stories about why kissing it’s good for us (click to read):

Kissing as a way to fight the common cold?

And a way to burn calories?

People who kiss more often are more satisfied with their relationships.

Kiss more to live longer.

P.S. — If you don’t want to participate in the kissing challenge, what about a bear hug challenge with your kids? Give your kids an actual, full-on hug every day for a month.

Are you and your lips in? Let me know in comments or email me at mamas{at}nwaMotherlode{dot}com. 

shan, blue dress, circleShannon 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.

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, it’s time for a new format.

Abrakadoodle classes are great for schools, after-school kids, homeschooled kids and pre-k kids. This fall they’re offering The Abrakadoodle Express: 50-minute art lessons for a special fee. They specialize in art education for kids ages 2-12. Abrakadoodle also offer classes for adults. That could be FUN with the right group of girls! Joy and Cora bring the party to you.

Joy said they just started Pint-Sized Picasso Play Dates for Pre-K kids — or just plain Picasso Play Dates for older kids. Abrakadoodle can bring out the supplies on Saturday or after school. They also offer private lessons in homes or can meet in a public space like a library.

Here’s some of the art from a recent Picasso Play Date themed “Animal Doodles”:

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Oh and we can’t forget that they can provide everything you need for an Arty Birthday Party. As artists, you can bet the face painting is AWESOME.

eventsAbrakadoodle Art Classes for kids are all about creativity. Kids use their imaginations while using a wide variety of materials, such as paints, wire, clays and more.  They explore artists, techniques, world cultures and more.

They offer a wide variety of art classes for kids of these age groups:

  • Toddler Art Classes called Twoosy Doodlers (ages 20 months – 3)
  • Preschool Art Classes called Mini Doodlers (ages 3-5)
  • Elementary School Art Classes called Doodlers (ages 6 and up)

Give Joy a call at 479-856-6651 to find out about options for your kids.

Click here to check out the Abrakadoodle website and click here to connect with them on Facebook.

Be sure to tell Joy that you heard about Abrakadoodle of NWA here on Motherlode!

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