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Mom Prom Raffle Sneak Peek!

If you’re joining us for this year’s Mom Prom this Saturday, May 30, 2015, here’s a sneak peek at the impressive line-up of raffle packages you’ll see on Prom night. Remember– this is a raffle and NOT a silent auction. Winning raffle tickets are drawn at random so anyone can win.

There are 8 raffle packages, ranging in value from $200 to more than $1,300 each. We’ll send more than $4,000 in prizes home on Prom night! ALL the raffle ticket proceeds go straight to the non-profit Saving Grace, which helps girls who have just aged out of foster care in our area.

Each raffle ticket costs $2, and you can buy as many as you like in order to increase your chances of winning one of the packages below. Just toss your raffle ticket (with your name on it) into the bucket next to the prizes you’d most like to win. You can enter to win all 8 packages if you like, or just put your tickets into the packages you most want to win. (Click HERE if you want to pre-order raffle tickets online.) You can also purchase raffle tickets during Prom night.

Raffle winners will be announced during Prom night between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., and you need to be there to claim your package and take it home with you. Good luck! Can’t wait to meet this year’s winners!

Package 1: Maytag Bravos Washer and Dryer Set

Description: Brand new Maytag Bravos Washer and Dryer set will be delivered and installed in the winner’s home during the week after Mom Prom. (Value of more than $1,300!)

Courtesy of: Metro Appliances & More

Package 2: Go Home with a Celebrity

Description: Two winners will be drawn and each winner may pick the life-size, cardboard celebrity of her choice and take it home with her when she leaves Mom Prom. Celebrity options include: Channing Tatum, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Matthew McConaughey, Bradley Cooper, Usher, Bruno Mars, Jason Statham, Will Smith, Adam Levine, Zac Efron, Ryan Seacrest, Ian Somerhalder, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth.

Courtesy of: The Mustache Goods & Wears

Package 3: Girls Night Out with Personal Chef

Description: Helen Lampkin, the owner and founder of the national brand My Brother’s Salsa, will bring ingredients to your home and cook a meal for you and five guests of your choice. She’ll offer cooking tips and lots of amazing salsa to sample along the way. This package also includes: 4 margarita glasses, 4 salsa bowls, salsa and chips.

Courtesy of: My Brother’s Salsa

Package 4: Baby Love

Description: This baby-themed (gender neutral) package includes a Chicco Infant Rocker from The Baby’s Room; books and toys from Dilly Dally’s; baby food from Oh Baby Foods; an Infinity Nursing Scarf from Terra Tots; and a gift certificate to use for personalized pottery at Imagine Studios (so you can capture those baby footprints or handprints!)

Courtesy of: The Baby’s Room, Dilly Dally’s, Oh Baby Foods, Terra Tots and Imagine Studios

Package 5: Beauty & Pampering

Description: This over-the-top package includes a complete makeover at Sephora; a Spa Botanica massage; 10 tanning sessions at Club Tan; Microdermabrasion paste from Rodan+Fields consultant Jenny Gann; haircut and color from stylist Tania Sanchez of T. Michael’s Salon; manicure and assorted nail polish and hair products from T. Michael’s Salon & Spa (Total value of more than $790!)

Courtesy of: Sephora, Spa Botanica, Club Tan, Jenny Gann of Rodan+Fields, Tania Sanchez and Carla Fritchey of T. Michael’s Salon & Spa

Package 6: Pink Zebra Home Fragrance

Description: This package includes a little bit of everything we love about Pink Zebra’s line of home fragrances, including a Red Mercury Glass Liner, Simmering Light Base, Red Phone Booth Shade, Hyacinth Diffuser, and Fragrance Sprinkles in Cake Batter, Honeydew, Macho Man and Apple Pie scents.

Courtesy of: Pink Zebra Consultant Jennifer Howard

Package 7: Date Night

Description: This package will give you plenty of reasons to go out for date night, including an overnight stay at the Hyatt Place hotel; four Malco movie passes, tickets to see Broadway musical “Pippen” at Walton Arts Center; massage at Massage Envy; designer perfume and lotions from Dillard’s; Bordinos Italian Restaurant gift card; “The One” home decor sign from Kate Austin Jewelry & Gifts.

Courtesy of: Hyatt Place, Malco Theaters, Walton Arts Center, Northwest Arkansas Mall, Massage Envy, Bordinos, Kate Austin Jewelry & Gifts

Package 8: Chef’s Dream

Description: Throw out your tired-looking pots, pans and kitchen tools. This package includes a 10-piece Guy Fieri branded set of cookware; cutting board; kitchen shears; burger turner; can opener, serrated knives; and a special “tattoo” skillet. Beautiful set!

Courtesy of: Lifetime Brands

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Mamas on Magic 107.9: Prom trends!

What do you remember about your high school Prom? Does it bring back great memories or ones that make you roll your eyes?

mom prom 2015 logoRecently on our “Mamas on Magic” segment, we discussed how things have changed with proms over the years — the fashion, photos, traditions, etc. Click the audio bars below to hear each day’s discussion. You can always hear the radio show live by listening to Magic 107.9 at 7:45 a.m. each weekday morning. Topics change each week.

Speaking of Prom, get your ticket to the NWA Mom Prom and join us THIS SATURDAY on May 30, 2015 for the 3rd Annual NWA Mom Prom. This year’s theme is “A Night in the Tropics,” and we’re SO excited to be hosting the “ultimate girls night out” again this year. Click HERE to get ticket info

History of Prom

Trends in today’s proms

Prom horror stories!

Prom photos through the years

All about the Mom Prom

Devotion in Motion: Understanding the Old Testament, part 4

22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Hebrews 9:22 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

Today we continue on in our series of (partial) explanations of why the Old Testament seems so gory and brutal, especially in comparison to the New Testament. Since I’ve been working on this series, I’ve discovered something about the nature of writing. When you write about something, especially to try to explain answer a question, it takes a lot of thought. And as you think through a problem to write about it, you realize things that never occurred to you before.

The “brutality” of the Old Testament is caused because of the nature of rules that are unchanging and unchangeable. We readily accept those kinds of rules in everyday life;  none of us would touch a hot stove and expect not to be burned. But we’re slower to accept that there are spiritual laws that cannot be changed.  nothing but the blood

But, in reality, there are immutable spiritual laws. And one of them is this: “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.”

Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. It simply isn’t possible. For sin to be forgiven, something must die. That’s just the way God’s universe works.

Have you ever stopped to think how much of the Old Testament deals with instructions for the blood sacrifice of live animals? Because it’s on the printed page, it somehow loses the realism and horror involved. It is one thing to READ of the cutting of the throat of a baby lamb in Leviticus; it would be quite another thing if you were required to do the same action to a little puppy or your own kitten. Yet, every Passover, millions of innocent lambs were slain—all because there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.

Today’s lesson is probably one of the most important ones we can ever learn. It affects us on an everyday basis. God sacrificed His Son for us that we might have remission of sins—and so that the animal sacrifices could cease once and for all. We should love our Heavenly Father for what He has done for us. And we should never explain away the seriousness of our sins, but instead we should repent of our sins and strive to forsake them. They could only be forgiven by the shedding of blood.

rp_john-l-cash-212x300.jpgDr. 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 door to the Antioch Christian Church (where the preacher got a good report from his screening colonoscopy.) Their kids include Spencer (age 24), his wife Madeline (age 24), and Seth (age 20).

The Rockwood Files: Are we exasperating our kids?

rockwood files colorBy Gwen Rockwood, newspaper columnist and mama of 3

Whether you’re religious or not, most parents can agree on the absolute truth and wisdom of the verse in the Bible that says, “Honor your father and mother.” It’s such an important verse that it lands smack dab in the middle of the Ten Commandments, right above “Thou shalt not murder.” We parents are big fans of this particular rule.

Any time this verse get read aloud in church, every parent in the room cuts his or her eyes over toward their kids with a satisfied look that says, “See there? God said so.”

exasperate graphicBut lately I’ve also been thinking about another line from the Bible – one that kids are often thrilled to hear – which says this: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.” (I’m pretty sure the “do not exasperate” line applies equally to mothers.)

I’m no parenting expert but I’m beginning to think that the essence of parenting lies in that magical middle ground between those two verses. How do you raise a kid to honor his father and mother without sometimes exasperating him?

With one kid firmly entrenched in the teenage years and another well on the way, I’ve noticed that a kid’s “exasperation threshold” drops considerably as he hits the middle school years. The other day I called one of the kid’s names and heard an audible groan come from the other room – the kind of groan that translates into something like this: “Oh no, not again. What does she want this time?”

That’s when it hit me. Sometimes all it takes to go from a state of peace to the land of exasperation is the mere sound of my voice.

It feels like this shift happened overnight. One minute, you’ve got this sweet baby in your arms who coos and grins when he hears your voice. The next minute? He’s wishing you’d shut up already so he could get back to a far more interesting app on his smartphone. Any mom who has experienced this drastic drop in the level of maternal adoration knows it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

But I get it. I really do. I know how irritating I must be for them at times. Of course they don’t want to be reminded about homework. Or chores. Or piano practice. And they definitely don’t want to hear that tired old speech about how the toilet should be flushed every single time.

I distinctly remember when I was a teenager burdened with a mother who’d suddenly become supremely annoying. I wondered what had happened to her and was convinced it had nothing to do with me and the endless waves of moody hormones I was surfing. I look back on those days and feel sorry for my mom because I know now what she knew then: Trying not to exasperate a teenager can be, well, downright exasperating.

But if my mission as a parent is to raise kind, respectful, toilet-flushing citizens, there are bound to be times when those goals are at odds with what the kids would rather do. So they’ll get annoyed and they’ll mess up, just like most of us did at that age.

Tom and I are beginning to make peace with the knowledge that there’ll be times in the next few years when the kids won’t find us cool or funny or maybe even likeable. And that’s okay, as long as they treat us honorably even on those days we’re annoying.

And I hope that, even when Tom and I are supremely annoyed by the kids’ annoyance, we’ll find a way to correct and guide them without ever making them “lose heart.” More than anything, I pray that they’ll never doubt just how much we love their hearts.

gwen-headshot-2014Gwen 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 book, “Reporting Live from the Laundry Pile: The Rockwood Files Collection,” click HERE.