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The Friday 5: Fun things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 5

There are so many fun activities happening in northwest Arkansas this weekend! And the weather is supposed to be beautiful. We hope you take part in at least one of these amazing family activities!

1. Jones Center Movie Night: Secret Life of Pets
Secret Life of Pets
Friday, February 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: The Jones Center

#JCmovienight is back! This Friday night, scoot on up to the Jones Center auditorium with your kids to see a free showing of the Secret Life of Pets, a hilarious family favorite! No registration necessary.

More info: Click here.

2. Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 18, 9am to 12pm

Location: Devil’s Den State Park

This Saturday, in the mild morning weather, meet up with author and bird enthusiast Joe Neal and the staff of the park to hike and count the birds who live in our state in winter. Never been bird-watching? That’s okay! This is a great way to give your kids (and yourself!) an introduction to bird-watching, guided by an expert, in a fun group environment. Meet at the lower Devil’s Den trail area, by the highway bridge.

More info: Click here.

House Sparrow

3. Cooking Local Demonstration

Saturday, February 18, 9:30 to 10am

Location: Ozark Natural Foods

Do you have a child who loves to get in the kitchen? Help them develop their skills by taking them to the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market’s free cooking class at ONF! ONF’s wonderful and hilarious Chef Heather will be teaching how to cook meals using fresh, local ingredients directly from the Farmer’s Market.
P.S. Did you know the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market meets all year round? Their winter market happens every Saturday at ONF!

More info: Click here.

4. History and Technology

Saturday, February 18, 10 to 11am

Location: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has a series of family activities on the third Saturday of every month, and this month they are bringing in an EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) team from Springdale to demonstrate how 3D printing, virtual reality, and other modern technologies can bring history to life. If your kids love technology, robotics, or video games, this is a GREAT event to take them to!

More info: Click here.

5. Super Saturday: The Scott Family Amazeum at the Fayetteville Public Library
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Saturday, February 18, 10:30am

Location: Walker Community Room at Fayetteville Public Library

The Amazeum is coming down to Fayetteville this weekend! Visit the Fayetteville Public Library for a fun morning of exploring what the Amazeum calls “hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)” activities. We love the Amazeum around here—if you haven’t been up to the Amazeum with your kids yet, this is the perfect opportunity to get a little taste of the fun!

More info: Click here.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes SALE is coming up! Snag your newest pair of shoes!

Walk a Mile logo 2017If you love shoes and handbags, this is your must-attend event. The Walk a Mile in My Shoes fundraiser, hosted by Ozark Guidance, is THE shoe and handbag sale of the year. It includes new and nearly new shoes, handbags, accessories and more, and the prices are so legendary that you’ll be bragging about your bargains for months.

Brand new name-brand running shoes donated by the event’s presenting sponsor Rush Running Co. and high end designers will be sold for $40. Other brand new shoes/handbags will sell for $20, and nearly new shoes/handbags will be sold for $10.

You’ll definitely want to go to the VIP Party on April 28, 2017 because you’ll be able to see the full selection before the general public shops the sale during the next day. The VIP Party also includes food and entertainment. (It all happens on the campus of Ozark Guidance, located at 2400 S. 48th St. in Springdale.) Click HERE to get your ticket to the VIP event.

If your problem is that you have TOO MANY shoes that you don’t really wear, this fundraiser could use your help. Donate some shoes and free up space in your closet for new shoes you DO want to wear. For more info on how to donate, call 479‐725‐5294.

New this year! The Walk a Mile in My Shoes event will also offer a 5K race and a Family Fun Walk this year. Click here for more info.

Why it matters

Statistic snip1This fundraiser helps raise needed funds for behavioral health care. One in five adults, adolescents and children can have behavioral health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act.

Northwest Arkansas now has a population of more than 500,000. Potentially 100,000 NWA residents could need mental health services at some point, but many will go untreated due to knowledge, stigma, or funding.

When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school and work failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. (Last year there were more than 500 reported suicides in Arkansas, which means the state ranks as the 16th highest in the nation for suicides.)

Ozark Guidance is the nonprofit community based mental health provider serving Washington, Benton, Madison, and Carroll Counties in Arkansas. Each year, Ozark Guidance provides quality, compassionate mental health service to nearly 10,000 adults, children, and families.

Ozark Guidance is also the long-running sponsor of the “On Your Mind” feature here on nwaMotherlode.com. In this monthly column, counselors at Ozark Guidance answer questions from local moms who submit their concerns privately and anonymously via an “online hotline.” For more info about this service, click HERE to see the On Your Mind category.

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Good Gossip: Celebrity friendships and more

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.

jessica alba2Jessica Alba told People magazine that what she misses most from her life before motherhood is sleeping in and not worrying. “I’m always  worried about them. Even when they’re at school or they’re at home sleeping and we’re all in the house together, I’m still always worried about them!” (We can relate, sister.)

beyonce twinsIsn’t it great when successful women admire each other instead of taking petty swipes at each other? Two of the biggest names in music — Adele and Beyonce — are huge fans of each other’s music. Beyonce (who recently announced that she’s expecting twins!) said that “When Adele sings, you can hear that it’s coming from an unfiltered honesty and purity.” And Adele gave Beyonce a huge compliment by saying she is her “Michael Jackson,” and she paid special tribute to her during her speech at last weekend’s Grammy awards. Yay for superstar friendships.

zooey deschanelZooey Deschanel and her husband Jacob Pechenik are expecting another baby this year. The new addition will join big sister Elsie Otter, who is 19 months old. Congrats to the growing family.

duggar joyAttention Duggar fans! We just read a great update on what’s going on these days with Northwest Arkansas’ most famous family. There are new babies on the way for Jill and Jessa, a relationship for Joy-Anna, a new marriage for newlywed Jinger (who lives in Texas now), and a new passion (house renovations!) for Jana. Get all the details and some great photos of the sisters in the latest issue of People magazine.

Source: People magazine, February 13, 2017 edition

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Life with Ladybug: Married romance

By Shannon Magsam, nwaMotherlode.com co-founder and mama of Ladybug

Since we’re smack dab in the middle of the month of love (it really is for us: Valentine’s Day, our daughter’s birthday and our anniversary) I was just thinking about romance before. You know, before the domestic bonds of matrimony and parenthood swept us up into their all-consuming embrace.

You’re sweating, your bosom is heaving. You feel so breathless, so out of control. Scene: You’re mopping the tile floor and that sticky jelly patch just will NOT budge and you have to leave for a meeting in 15 minutes.

flowersThe mopping is what got me to thinking about it. All that energy I used to put into making my husband feel like the most adored man alive – and all that energy he used to put into covering an entire room with wildflowers just for my viewing pleasure – is now mostly devoted to domestic tasks.

Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW the romance of a man who will do dishes, laundry and remember that our child needs glow sticks for a school project.

Yes, he really is thoughtful like that. My man is a gem, I agree. Even his initials are JEM. It’s a fact.

But we, and I stress the we, are just not as romantic as we used to be. Who has the time?

As I noted, all that energy is spent on mopping, parenting and paying the bills. We can get into our loops and forget that we have the power – and the need — to step outside the swirling tornado of today on occasion.

I just told our daughter, who turned 15 this month (can you even believe it?), about how her daddy wooed me at the beginning of our relationship by first making me giggle in the orange juice aisle of our local grocery store and then by writing me a poem that  turned my knees to jelly (believe me, not kitchen floor jelly). It was soooo romantic.

Of course, my daughter, being 15 and all, wasn’t too impressed, noting that our romantic fusion had boomeranged and she wasn’t the slightest bit romantic. We’re apparently a little ooey gooey for her taste, even after 17 years of marriage.

Good thing she didn’t see us before.

We can’t go back to those crazy carefree days, but we can still hang on to the romance. As G.I. Joe says, knowing is half the battle, so I’m going to bust out with some extra love today, on Valentine’s Day, and on our anniversary, which is coming up later this month.

That 15-year-old will be heading off to college in three years and we’ll be here, alone, together. In the meantime, it’s smart to get back in touch with a little more of the before.

Shannon headshot, peach USE THISShannon Magsam is co-founder of nwaMotherlode.com, nwaMomProm.com, and the proud mama of a 15-year-old lady(bug). She’s married to John, a fellow writer and entrepreneur, who is the love of her life.

Giveaway: Tickets to see Dirty Dancing at Walton Arts Center with us!

Dirty Dancing

We’re headed to Walton Arts Center on March 9th to see Dirty Dancing and we’d love to see you and a friend there for FREE for this FUN Girls’ Night Out!

We’ve got 2 tickets to give away to the show which includes a special Happy Hour before the event starts with the nwaMotherlode group! Happy Hour will be in one of the awesome new rooms at Walton Arts Center and will include snacks, drinks, door prizes and maybe a little Dirty Dancing trivia! Then we’ll all head over to the show together at 7 p.m.!

If you don’t want to take any chances and know you for sure want to be part of the Motherlode group, you can purchase your ticket at a discounted price now by calling Kimberly Jones at the Walton Arts Center. Heads-up: We are almost sold out of our block of seats, so call ASAP. Kimberly’s direct phone number is 479-571-2719. (If she doesn’t pick up, be sure to leave a message and she will call you back.)

You have two options on ticket pricing, depending on where you want to sit. (Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll still be sitting with the nwaMotherlode group, so no worries!) Not only does our group get a ticket discount, we also don’t have to pay any extra ticketing fees.

Option 1: $58.95 (regularly priced at $69)

Option 2: $47.90 (regularly priced at $56)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see Dirty Dancing on stage 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 your favorite line — or movie scene — in Dirty Dancing!

“I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”

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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