If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (which is not-so-lovingly nicknamed UTI) then you KNOW how painful it is. It’s a serious, drive-you-insane level of pain. And since we’re only a few weeks away from the holidays, we KNOW you don’t have time for one of those, right?
The good news is that, while it might not be possible to prevent every UTI, you can do a lot to keep yourself in the clear and out of the doctor’s office, begging for relief.
We asked nurse practitioner Megan Morgan, APN, to give us a run-down of the best ways to ward off the dreaded UTI.
Click the play arrow below to hear Megan talk about the steps you can take to prevent future UTI’s.
To schedule a visit with Megan Morgan, APN, call the Mercy Family Medicine and Obstetrics Clinic at 479-338-5555. It’s located in the Physician Plaza in Rogers, just off Interstate 540. Or click HERE to get more info on the Mercy website.
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Love a little gossip but hate to do something you teach your kids not to do? Yep, we get it. That’s why we only spread around the “Good Gossip,” — celebrity news minus any mean stuff. So have as much as you want because this “dish” is all guilt-free.
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Ian Somerhalder, the actor slated to play Christian Grey in the upcoming movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is featured in People magazine with his favorite cat named Moke. He said he rescued the cat on the set of Lost in Hawaii and walked him on a leash on the beach, adding that he got lots of dates that way. (Just a guess… but we’re thinking there may have been more to it than just the cute cat.)
No worries, country music fans. Longtime married couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are just fine, despite the nutty divorce rumors they have to battle from time to time. Faith Hill joked that, when she read the latest rumor about their impending $135 million dollar divorce, she said, “Let’s do it! We’ll take the money and run away together!” Tim and Faith have started the second run of their show at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas. When their three daughters aren’t in Vegas with them, Faith said “it’s kind of a nice little rendezvous.” Sounds like they’re doing just fine.
Chris Powell, the personal trainer who transforms severely obese clients on the show “Extreme Weight Loss,” just welcomed another baby into his family with wife Heidi. Their daughter, Ruby Lane, was born on November 16th and joins three siblings, Cash, Marley and Matix.
Here’s one more reason we love Jennifer Lawrence. When asked to lose weight for her role in The Hunger Games, she refused to get super skinny, telling the producers: “We have the ability ton control this image that young girls are going to be seeing. Girls see enough of this body that we can’t imitate… and this is gonna be their hero.” We think her gutsy move is as deserving of praise as her starring role.
And last but not least… did you see the cover story of Adam Levine in People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue? Wowza. There are plenty of swoon-worthy photos, but we think some of the interview answers are equally as eye-opening. For example, Adam said he has a good cry every once in a while. “If I don’t do it for a long time, I’ll need to induce crying, so I’ll watch E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, which is clearly the best movie ever made. I’ll watch it and cry like a baby.” Levine also says he wants to be a dad someday, although he’s not sure about the timing. (He is now engaged to model Behati Prinsloo.) Check out People magazine for photos of each of Levine’s tattoos and what they mean. And be sure to read the congratulatory note written by fellow Voice judge Blake Shelton. It’s hilarious.
Source: People magazine, December 2, 2013, 2013 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.)
We mamas are always looking for ways to instill gratitude and empathy in our kids. And at Christmastime, opportunities to help others in need are abundant.
Since today is #GivingTuesday, we wanted to highlight one of those opportunities. We also plan to share some other Ways to Make Difference in Northwest Arkansas this holiday season over the coming days.
We absolutely love this initiative for military families in our area. Pinnacle Hills Promenade will once again be working with Camp Alliance to host the Silver Star program. It’s a way to say “thank you” and raise the spirits of local service members and their families.
DATE: Silver Star tags may be chosen through Dec. 18 (drop off unwrapped gifts by Dec. 19)
LOCATION: Food Pavilion at Pinnacle Hills Promenade
DETAILS:Look for the Silver Star Tree at Pinnacle Promenade’s food pavilion and select a nominated service member or family off the tree to buy a gift (or gifts) for this holiday season. After shopping, drop off your unwrapped gifts at the food pavilion Silver Star tree. There will be volunteers there to take your gifts and wrap them. The presents will be distributed to the military families on Dec. 20, from 5-7 p.m.
When The Nutcracker comes to town, that’s a sure sign Christmas is right around the corner!
And we’ve got FOUR tickets to give away for the opening night show on Dec. 20 at Walton Arts Center! So many families have made this show a holiday tradition and we’re so lucky to have Walton Arts Center bring in this great production for a third year in a row.
ABOUT THE SHOW: Back by popular demand, the Moscow Classical Ballet returns for the third year with an invitation to experience the sweetest of holiday traditions, The Nutcracker. The esteemed Moscow Classical Ballet is one of the few remaining ballet companies supported by the Russian Government.
According to The New York Times, “The troupe boasts a cluster of phenomenal young dancers… and its corps performs in an uncluttered, streamlined style.” Regularly performing at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, they have also performed in more than 30 countries around the world! Get your family into the holiday spirit with The Nutcracker.
HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win four tickets to see this beautiful performance, just click on the comment button below and tell us about one of your favorite holiday traditions with your children — or about something your family always did together over the holidays when you were a kid. Do you always go see the lights on the Square? Read a certain story before bedtime on Christmas Eve? We can’t wait to read about your special traditions.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES: If you really, really want to win these tickets you can share this giveaway with family and friends! Just email them about it and be sure to add our email address to the CC line. Our email is email@example.com.
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.
As you know, this show is extremely popular and tickets will go fast. So if you’d like to guarantee your seats, click HERE for ticket info or call the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600 to purchase tickets.
Good luck in the giveaway drawing. As always, winners are chosen at RANDOM.
When we ran the Big Chill giveaway, we asked nwaMotherlode readers to share their favorite recipes for an extra chance to win the refrigerator from Metro Appliances & More.
We got lots of delicious sounding recipes and we wanted to share some of them with you over the next few months.
This broccoli salad recipe is from Northwest Arkansas mama Denise Richards. It would make a great side dish for the holidays:
1 purple onion, chopped (I usually leave this out unless I know the onion is sweet)
1 or 2 cups Kraft sharp cheddar cheese
1 or 2 bags Oscar Mayer real bacon bits
1 bag dried cranberries
1 package slivered almonds
Mix together in a large bowl. Set aside.
16 oz jar light mayonnaise
¼ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
(Or take the easy way out and just use a bottle of Kraft coleslaw dressing.)
Denise says: Wait to pour dressing over salad until right before serving. Or, leave the salad dry (as leftovers will keep much longer) and let each person add dressing to suit.
If you need ideas for additional sides or the whole ONF’s new deli, A la Carte, offers lots of options (and catering!). Just FYI, Ozark Natural Foods has a full service coffee bar and offers custom coffees blended by Onyx Coffee Lab. They have all sorts of muffins and scones that go great with the coffee. In addition to the delicious breakfast options, A la Carte has a hot bar and a salad bar. They also offer plated salads and made-to-order sandwiches. Normal A la Carte hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.