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Northwest Arkansas Shopping Guide: Gifts for Razorback Fans


razorback-collage1Valere Rene

Left: The Tusk Men’s 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt has been crazy popular since it was launched earlier this month. It’s made of a comfy sweatshirt material in athletic grey with a cardinal-colored Tusk embroidered on the left chest. This is an exclusive Valere Rene brand you won’t find anywhere else. Cost is $54. And we love this embroidered Tusk visor in classic khaki! It’s great for him OR her. #fearthetusk Only $28!

Right: Here’s a great top to wear when you’re cheering on Big Red at any U of A game — no matter what the season. The Big Red Tusk Slouchy Tee is slightly oversized, features a subtly speckled fabric in 100% cotton and is so soft and comfy. And that Tusk baseball hat! It’s prefect for the girl — or guy! — on your to-buy-for list. Embroidered Tusk on classic distressed black hat. Sure to become a favorite. Closure is velcro. Cost is only $28 for each item.

Where to shop: The Valere Rene store is located at 210 S. 1st St., Rogers, Ark., and you can also find select Valere Rene items at boutiques and salons throughout Northwest Arkansas. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.



revised-collage-lauren-jamesLauren James

Left: Moms don’t play favorites with kids but we definitely do when it comes to sweatshirts. This Shaggy V-Neck Sweatshirt by Lauren James has quickly attained “favorite” status in closets all over Northwest Arkansas and nationwide. It is just.so.soft, and the super light grey color lets the embroidered Hog stand out proudly on the left chest. Throw on a red scarf and you’re ready to hit the Hogs basketball game. Cost is $75.

Right: Is it possible to have a crush on a sherpa pullover? Because I think I’ve developed a thing for the Arkansas Linden Sherpa Pullover. (My friend Lillian bought one recently and says she is in LOVE with it and may not take it off all winter. I can see why.) The sherpa is double-sided, girls, so you can imagine how it feels against your skin. It also has side zippers so you can get comfy when sitting, and it even has a hidden mesh credit card pouch on the bottom hem. Genius! It’s available in different colors and — if you’re an Auburn fan or an LSU fan living in Hog country — there are even other collegiate team insignias available. Cost is $109.50 with the embroidered Hog. (If you want this pullover without embroidery, cost is $99.50.)

Where to shop: 623 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark.; Also sold at many retailers in NWA and across the nation. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Call 1-844-355-7591; Read the Lauren James blog; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.


Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Him

divider-template2Guys can be notoriously hard to buy for sometimes, so here are some gift suggestions most guys would love to unwrap this year.

rock-city-gifts-for-him-collageRock City Outfitters

Left: This raglan t-shirt from Rock City Outfitters will bring back all the awesome feels he felt when Scott Thurman sank that incredible shot in the final moments of the 1994 game against Duke to bring home the National Championship title to the University of Arkansas. Many of us remember exactly where we were when that happened and just how good it felt. Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Right: We love it when a Christmas gift makes him smile or laugh as soon as he opens the package, and this shirt definitely delivers on comedy. If your guy loves his favorite beer as much as his favorite team, he’s going to love this shirt. (By the way, Rock City Outfitters shirts are famous for being as soft as butter, so be aware that he might not ever want to take this one off.) Cost is $26.99. Click here to see more or to order it.

Where to shop: Rock City Outfitters is an Arkansas company founded in 2008, selling primarily through its online shop, at select retailers throughout the state and at regional events. (They also do custom orders for groups and organizations, and they’re the company we asked to produce our Mom Prom t-shirts for the past 3 years… because they’re awesome.)

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Twitter; Visit on Facebook; See more on Pinterest; Follow on Instagram; Watch the YouTube channel.

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Take your favorite guy out to the ballgame! Watching the Northwest Arkansas Naturals play ball has become a favorite pastime for thousands of men from all over the region. Here are some of the team’s special gift packages available now.

12-days-of-christmas-graphic-holiday-open-houseAbove: The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Team Store Holiday Open House will be on Saturday, December 10th. The store will be featuring discounted specials and other activities, including 40% off storewide. Be one of the first to get the new alternate team cap and wrap it up for your baseball lover this Christmas.

12-days-of-christmas-holiday-packsAbove: The Naturals Holiday Packs will be available for purchase from November 28 through December 22. Holiday Packs cost $25, $40, or $50 and contain a number of benefits including tickets, gift cards, and bobbleheads.

Where to shop: On December 10, 2016, shop during the Holiday Open House at the Naturals Team Store located at Arvest Ballpark, 3000 S. 56th Street in Springdale, Ark. Hours are Monday thru Friday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also order by phone by calling 479-927-4900.

How to contact: Visit the Naturals website; Check out the team’s Facebook page; See them on Instagram; Tweet at them on Twitter. Call 479-927-4900.


divider-linePetit Jean Meats

If your guy never met a piece of bacon he didn’t love, give him a gift that he can’t wait to smell cooking in the kitchen. Plus, he’ll love it that these meats are from an Arkansas-based company, Petit Jean Meats.


Left: The Petit Jean Breakfast Box has a little of everything. In fact, all you’d need to add is eggs and biscuits to round out this feast. The gift box includes 1 Cinnamon Coffee Cake, EZ Carve Smoked Ham Slices (16 oz), Peppered Bacon (12 oz), Thick-Sliced Bacon (16 oz), and Fresh Sausage (16 oz). One woman who has ordered this gift box repeatedly posted this online review about it: “I send the Petit Jean Breakfast Gift Box to my brother and his family in San Antonio, TX every year for Christmas. They tell me, with their three girls, two with husbands, and 3 grandchildren that they could not do without this box. They consider it tradition now, no matter where they end up for Christmas day, to spend the morning eating Petit Jean altogether where they grew up.” Cost is $55.99

Right: The Signature Gift Box from Petit Jean includes one-half of a spiral smoked ham, 24 oz. smoked bacon, and 24 oz. peppered bacon. These are three of the signature items Petit Jean has become famous for. Cost is $74.99

Where to shop: Skip the lines at stores and order directly from the company’s website. They’ll ship it to you or directly to your gift recipient. Click here to shop.

How to contact: We love how easy Petit Jean makes it to get in touch with them and ask questions. Call 1-800-264-2475. Or send an email to contact@pjmeats.com.




Core Brewing Co.

Left: If you’ve got a beer lover to buy for, Core Brewing Co. has you covered. This year they have a Holiday Gift Basket for sale that contains a growler, a Core t-shirt (with the cute wiener dog on it!), a taster glass, 3 stickers and a koozie! All in a nice gift pack and it’s only $24.99. You can select to pick the gift baskets up rather than shipping to ensure the surprise isn’t spoiled.

Right: Or you can give the gift of a 64-oz growler by itself! They’re only $10. You choose your favorite tap beer and they’ll fill ‘er up! You can just bring the growler back anytime you need a refill. What’s not to love? Core: Take Pride.

Where to visit Core

  • Fayetteville Public House, 3671 N. Mall Ave, Fayetteville
  • Brewery Taproom, 2470 Lowell Rd., Springdale
  • Har-Ber Pub, 7702 W Sunset Ave., Suite 225, Springdale
  • Rogers Pub, 1800 Osage Springs Dr., Suite 225, Rogers
  • Fort Smith Pub, 701 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith

How to contact: Core can be reached at 479-372-4300 or you can stop by one of their various locations above.


Giveaway: Tickets to see the Hip Hop Nutcracker!

Happy Monday, mamas!

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving and a fun weekend. Let’s get this week started off right with a giveaway! We’ve got 4 tickets to give to one local mama and her family to see the Dec. 22nd performance of the Hip Hop Nutcracker! These people can DANCE and the music’s great, too. Such a fun show, so much energy.

Here’s a short video to give you a little taste of how much this shop will be hip-hoppin’:

ABOUT THE SHOW: Heat up your Christmas tradition with an unforgettable contemporary mash-up of a timeless holiday story. A supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers combines with hip hop beats mixed by a live DJ and an on-stage electric violinist, turning Tchaikovsky on his head in the coolest possible way.

A spell cast by the mysterious Drosselmeyer takes Maria-Clara and her prince back in time to the moment when her parents first met. Digital scenery transforms a palace of sugarplums into a modern, romantic setting in 1980s Brooklyn. If your family is more into break-dancing than ballet, this Nutcracker is the perfect gift!

hiphop_nutcracker_web_266x375HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center, 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 write a quick comment telling us about something cool that made you feel like dancing recently! A day off from work? A promotion? Did your daughter finally get potty trained??? We can all relate to the happy potty dance :)

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

INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING: Help us spread the word about this giveaway by emailing your friends and family about the giveaway. We’ll give you an extra chance to win for every person you tell. Just be sure to put giveaways@nwaMotherlode.com on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

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We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details and ticket prices.


Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Her


gift-collage-whimsy1Wit & Whimsy

Left: When someone wears the Space Stitch Scarf (which is also available in navy, black, & oatmeal), people automatically want to touch it and then ask “Where did you get this?” Cost is $32.

Right: The Handmade Artisan Necklace (available in other styles & colors) is pictured here with the Handmade Artisan Bracelet. Aside from being eye-catching, these artisan jewelry pieces are handcrafted, feature compliment-worthy designs, immaculate workmanship and incredible detail. Inspired from the artist’s travels around the globe, they are more than just an accessory, they’re an expressive work of art. Necklace cost is $35.

Where to shop: 528 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville, Ark.

How to contact: 479-935-3420; Click here to visit the Wit & Whimsy website.


for-her-valere-collage1Valere Rene

Left: The large zip-closure cosmetic bag in Americana Plaid is the answer to our prayers because it is LINED and WIPEABLE! Hallelujah! No more worrying about liquid items spilling during a trip. This one is generous in size, measuring 8 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 4 inches deep. And this homegrown Arkansas brand is always made in America. Love, love it! Cost is only $29.99.

Right: If your husband needs to get you something worthy of the mother of his children, may we suggest you drop a few hints or send him a link to this Jillian Bag in Leopard? It will quickly become your go-to “my whole life is in here” bag, featuring leather handles, vegan leather bottom, and a fully lined interior in leopard print fabric with a leopard front pocket. It measures 16 inches high, 11 inches wide and 6 inches deep. (Fyi… there’s a medium-size cosmetic bag in leopard that would go perfectly with the Jillian tote bag. It would also make a perfect gift for a friend and costs only $19.99.

Where to shop: The Valere Rene store is located at 210 S. 1st St., Rogers, Ark., and you can also find select Valere Rene items at boutiques and salons throughout Northwest Arkansas. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.



Left: This clean and classic Structured Top in Blush is so timeless that she won’t ever need to push it to the back of the closet and wait for it to come back in style. This classic look features a collar, pocket, and loose-fitting sleeves. We love the soft, feminine color and could see this being worn to the office, on a lunch date with friends or even dressed up for a night out. Cost is $45.

Right: We think it’s fun to find two items that aren’t in the same category but seem to fit together into a fun theme. We’re calling this gift combo the “Charged Up” package because the fun coffee thermal mug can be used for your own caffeinated charge, and the gold phone charger cable will make sure your phone is charged for the day. Gold is such a big trend this year, so this gift combo is right on point. Thermal mug costs $20, and the gold charger cable costs $18. (Both are under the Ban.do brand name.)

Where to shop:

  • Belle Boutique @ Tuscany Square
    2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd. Suite 115
    Rogers, Arkansas 72758
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ Wedington Shopping Center
    3575 W Wedington Drive Suite 2
    Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704
  • Belle Boutique @ Walton Blvd
    1406 S Walton Blvd Suite 6
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
  • Belle-women.kids.gifts @ J Street Shopping Center
    3511 SE J Street Suite 4
    Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Browse on Pinterest; Follow on Twitter; See the brand on YouTube.


for-her-lauren-james-revisedLauren James

Left and Right: We love a jacket that doesn’t add too much bulk to your body, which is why this Ellison Jacket by Lauren James is perfect. It’s insulated with PrimaLoft so it will still keep you warm even though it doesn’t feel heavy. And don’t get us started on the cute gingham lining. Those are the special touches Lauren James has become famous for. Jacket cost is $139.50. If you’d rather have this jacket as a vest instead, yep… they thought of that, too. The Ellison Vest has all the style as the jacket, minus the arms. Vest cost is $124.50.

Center: You’re going to need something to go under the cute jacket or vest, right? The Texture Long Sleeve Tee is perfect for that. The thermal sleeves are fitted with a thumbhole detail, and we love the way it drapes over the body. It’s available in Sailor Navy, Heather Red or Dark Heather Grey. Cost is $48.

Where to shop: 623 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark.; Also sold at many retailers in NWA and across the nation. Click here for a list of retailers.

How to contact: Visit the website; Call 1-844-355-7591; Read the Lauren James blog; Follow on Instagram; Visit on Facebook; Follow on Twitter; See more on Pinterest.



Northwest Arkansas Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts for Tweens/Teens

tweens-teens-header-revisedtweens-collage2-bubble-and-fizzBubble and Fizz Shop

Left: The owner of Bubble and Fizz Shop, Heather Francis, is a mother of teens, so she knew exactly what she was doing when she came up with this brightly-colored solid bubble bar she calls Unicorn Poop. This handmade bubble bar is a huge hit with kids of all ages, and tweens and teens love the smell of this one, which reminds us of Froot Loops cereal. Cost is $6 per “poop.” :-)

Right: Okay, we know saying that something is “da bomb” is SO 2014, but — in this case — we mean it literally. These Bath Bombs from Bubble and Fizz Shop are amazing, and you can pick the scent you think your tween or teen would love most. The one pictured above is the Grapefruit Bellini Bath Bomb, the company’s No. 1 seller. The scent is fresh, citrusy and clean. Use it alone or combine it with another fruit-scented bath bomb for a fruity cocktail in the tub. Cost is $4 per bomb.

Where to shop: Bubble and Fizz Shop is a new local business doing pop-up shops at regional craft fairs, but you can always shop online at the Bubble and Fizz Etsy Shop or message the owner via Facebook with questions and your order. NOTE: Bubble and Fizz Shop will be at the Wampus Wonderland Holiday Arts and Crafts Show on December 10th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Free admission. There will be arts, crafts, food, music, and bubble and fizz!

How to contact: Visit the website; Follow on Instagram; See more on Facebook.


divider-lineIf you’re shopping for a teenage boy, we feel your pain. It’s tough. We usually go with an Xbox or iTunes gift card (or money for gas and pizza, if he’s driving) because, let’s face it, that’s what a lot of them really want. But if you’re shopping for a teenage girl who wants something a bit more visual to unwrap on Christmas morning, we found some cute options at Blue Moon on the Square in Bentonville. They’ve got tons of cute accessories and bags that work for women of any age, including teens.  Here are a couple of options we like:

teen-collage-1-blue-moonBlue Moon on the Square

Left: This Embroidered Pom-Pom Clutch is so bright and fun. The lid closure and zippered bottom make it extra secure, and the vivid blues and pinks make it perfect for a trend-loving teen. Cost is $34.

Right: If we buy these Dangle Turquoise Gold Earrings for our tween/teen daughters, we’d totally borrow them and wear them ourselves, too. They are small dangle earrings with a worn gold “Shield of Faith” charm and shiny turquoise beads. The shield represents the “full armor of God” mentioned in Ephesians 6:13-18. Beautiful and meaningful, too. Cost is $18.

Where to shop: 113 N. Main St., Bentonville, Ark. or shop online anytime.

How to contact: Call 479-657-6723; Visit the website; Follow on Facebook; See more on Instagram.