• August 2016: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events

New Mercy Walk-In Clinic option

quick tip mercyMamas, we know that getting sick NEVER comes at a convenient time. So it’s good to have a few different options on where and when to get help from a doctor.

Mercy (one of our nwaMotherlode sponsors) has just added a new walk-in clinic service at the Mercy Clinic Primary Care location at 2900 Moberly Lane in Bentonville.

This clinic will have providers treating the following minor symptoms: Flu, sore throat, cough cold, congestion, sinus infection, pink eye, urinary tract infection, and rash.

If your symptoms match up to one of those listed, you can see a doctor or nurse practitioner at the Moberly Lane clinic Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This is a walk-in clinic so there’s no need for an appointment, but we do advise calling the clinic on your way there just to see how long the wait might be. That phone number is 479-273-1550.

The Mercy Convenient Care Clinic — the one located on Highway 102 — will continue to operate as normal.

Good Gossip: Kevin, Sheryl, Amy, Sofia and babies!

Good Gossip slider 700Yes, we do love a little celebrity gossip but we also know it’s not cool to do something we teach our kids NOT to do. It’s never okay to indulge in stuff meant to humiliate or hurt another person. That’s why we came up with the concept of “Good Gossip,” which is celeb news minus any mean stuff. Have as much as you want and share it with your celeb-loving friends because this “dish” is all guilt-free.

kevin hart instagramComedian Kevin Hart, who was in Northwest Arkansas recently doing stand-up at the Walmart AMP, tied the knot with Eniko Parrish on August 13th in Santa Barbara. The bride wore Vera Wang gowns, one for the ceremony and a different one for the reception. She said it felt like a fairy tale and that she has been replaying the day in her head. The couple honeymooned in St. Bart’s.

sheryl crow 2016 instaSheryl Crow, who is a 10-year breast cancer survivor, is partnering with Hologic and the Better Mammogram Poll campaign to introduce a technology called Genius 3D Mammography exam. It’s supposed to be able to detect breast cancer 15 months earlier than any 2D mammography. Sheryl says there is a machine offering this type of exam in every state but women need to ask their doctors about it.amy schumer book cover

Did you know that Amy Schumer is an introvert? Yep. She points out in her new book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, that being shy and being an introvert are NOT the same thing. Being an introvert “means you enjoy being alone. You need it. If you’re a true introvert, other people are basically energy vampires. You don’t hate them; you just have to be strategic about when you expose yourself to them — like the sun.”

lisa ling and daughterIf you want an overdose of cuteness, check out People magazine’s collection of newborn photos posted this year on Instagram by a range of celebs including Michael Buble, Seth Meyers, Chrissy Teigen, Michael Phelps, Tyra Banks and Lisa Ling. Pictured left, a beautiful pic of fellow mom Lisa Ling and her baby girl named Ray.

Sofia Vergara makes being 44 look pretty amazing. (See below.) She recently told People magazine the best thing about being in her 40s: “I think you’re a better person. You’re more mature, you know what you want, you know what’s important and you don’t sweat the small stuff. I wish I had that knowledge in my 20s.” (We couldn’t agree more.)

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Source: People magazine, August 29, 2016 edition

AMP tickets to see Styx in concert and dinner at Newk’s

styx 690Even people who aren’t children of the 80s have to admit. Some of the 80s music stands the test of time, and music by the band Styx definitely falls into that timeless category. (They were the first band to earn four triple-platinum albums in a row.) That’s why we are SO excited to send one lucky local mom and her date to the Styx concert on September 1st. She’ll be rocking out to songs like “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Show Me The Way,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Renegade,” and “The Best of Times.”

These two concert tickets are for chair seats (not the lawn) at the Walmart AMP for September 1, 2016. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.Newk's_Eatery_Logo

We’re pairing the concert tickets with dinner gift cards at one of our new favorite places to eat in Rogers. Newk’s Eatery, which is located within walking distance of the Walmart AMP, has won us over with its big menu, incredible soups, gourmet sandwiches, thin-crust pizzas, and don’t get us started on the amazing pasta salad. Love it. (We also give it a thumbs-up for the sweet tea!)

We haven’t had anything at Newk’s that we didn’t like, but one of our favorites is the Pesto Chicken Sandwich with a side of pasta salad. (The Broccoli Cheese soup is also pretty spectacular, and plenty of people go nuts for Newk’s famous mac & cheese.) This week’s giveaway winner will also receive two gift cards which will get you two free dinner entrees at Newk’s, which you can use anytime or right before the Styx concert.

Speaking of the concert, here’s a clip of one of our favorite Styx songs, “Lady.”

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win this package, just click HERE or click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment telling us your favorite Styx song (or favorite thing to eat at Newk’s)!

You can also email your answer to us at giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com.

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Good luck, mamas! We’ll use a random number generator to select the winner and we’ll notify you via email so watch your inboxes. Good luck!

Clearance Sale at Metro Appliances this weekend

If you’d love a great excuse to get a new appliance (or two), you’ve got it. Metro Appliances & More, one of our awesome sponsors, is having a big clearance sale starting this Thursday through Saturday, August 25 – 27th.big_sale_tag

Did you know Metro is building a new, HUGE showroom right off Interstate 49? It should be ready later this fall, so that’s one of the reasons they’re having a clearance sale — to lighten the load of moving inventory to the new location.

Appliances with red tags will be 20 to 50% off and immediate delivery (or pick–up) is required after the sale. Metro is currently located at 5700 N. Thompson in Springdale. For more info about this weekend’s sale event, call the store at 479-750-2200.

Happy shopping, mamas!

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Devotion in Motion: How to have a laid-back school year

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.  ~  Nehemiah 12:43 (NKJV)

By Bro. John L. Cash

As your babies begin another grade in school, I want to tell you a story for the beginning of the academic year. I started the 1st grade in August of 1967. My sister Cathie was in the 6th grade that year, and we both went to Buerkle Elementary School. (I think that was the only time we ever went to school on the same campus at the same time.) I was brand new at handling the paperwork for a new school year, but I wasn’t worried about that.  I was sure my big sister was a pro at it. After all, she had already done it five times before.

On the first day of school, my teacher Mrs. Thompson gave me a “Textbook Record Card” on which she had neatly printed my name, my book numbers, and the condition each textbook was in. That night, I asked Cathie what I was supposed to do with that card. She said, “Get Mama to sign it, and then take it back to school.”report card

So (not being an idiot) I got Mama to sign it, and I took it back to school the next day. Then I put it in my desk for the rest of the year. On the last day of school, I put it in my book satchel and brought it home.

Now, let’s flash forward a dozen years. I am 17 years old, and I am cleaning out my book-bag on the last day of my senior year. One of the things I’m throwing away is the “Textbook Record Card” for my 12th grade year. One of my friends notices this and says, “Hey, John. Why do you still have your textbook card? Didn’t you turn it in to the teacher at the beginning of the year?”

I told her I didn’t know we were supposed to turn them in. (Cathie didn’t mention that part.) I always just got my mother to sign the card and then brought it back to school. I kept it with my stuff, and then at the end of the year, I threw it away. Twelve years in a row.

Are you catching how amazing this story really is? What I mean is that in 12 years of public education, I never turned in a book card. Not even once. I was a good student, and I always returned all my books in good condition at the end of the year. My teachers never had any reason to look for my book card. So, for my entire school career, I had not been doing what I was supposed to be doing. But nobody had ever noticed, and nobody even cared.

So, to all of you who have kids in school this year, here’s the lesson to learn. A lot of things that are hyped up to be really important actually don’t matter much at all. The thing I remember most about our sons being in elementary school and middle school is it seems that Susan and I were perpetually aggravated about one thing or another. Spencer had left a book at school, or Seth had lost a signed a paper he was supposed to get signed. It always seemed like there was some impending classroom crisis that was going to bring about the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it.

But, in hindsight, none of it ever amounted to a hill of beans. I couldn’t tell you the details of any of the situations now because, in the long run, they didn’t matter. Both our sons finished their educations and are gainfully-employed, productive citizens. I just wish we could go back to those years when the boys were in school and be more laid-back and joyful. The end result would have been the same.

So, relax a little and have a great year. School is fun. And kids are, too.

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 31 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 Sheba the barn cat was missing for a couple of days but turned up for supper on Tuesday.) Their kids include Spencer (age 25), his wife Madeline (age 25), and Seth (age 22), and his wife Leanne (age 21). You can send him a note at brotherjohn@ilovechurchcamp.coim.