Getaway Giveaway: Valentine’s Day stay at Hyatt Place + Ruth’s Chris + Kyya chocolate!

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OK, show of hands: who needs a mama break?

::Whoosh:: That was the sound of hands going up all across Northwest Arkansas.

Sometimes you just need to get away, but it sounds like crazy talk to say you’re going to fly or drive somewhere far away from the kiddos.

That’s when a LOCAL overnight stay makes sense. You get away for the night, recharge with your husband (or your besties) and still make it to your kid’s events — or work — on Monday. The manager at the Hyatt Place in Rogers totally gets it and she said bring it on! So today we’re giving away an overnight stay at Hyatt Place, which the winner will be able to use on Valentine’s Day night (which is a Saturday, how fun!) or another night if you can’t get an overnight sitter for the kids on that particular day.

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This is the perfect way to “get away from it all” without going too far. Sound like something you’d like to win? We thought so!

kyya barAnd how about if we also include a Valentine’s Day basket of chocolate bars from an amazing Northwest Arkansas chocolate company? Kyya Chocolate is all hand made here in NWA and a portion of sales goes to orphans.

The owners are passionate about people — and chocolate!

The winner will receive:

10 Kyya Artisan Chocolate Bars – Each bar is made from single origin premium cocoa beans from a variety of countries including Ecuador, Uganda and Madagascar, just to name a few.

1 Kyya Super Dark Artisan Baking Bar – made from single origin beans from Ghana.

Oh, and one more thing!We’re including a dinner gift certificate courtesy of to use at Ruth’s Chris! (The gift certificates from are called “Penguin Bills,” and you can find them online by clicking here.)

ABOUT THE HYATT PLACE HOTEL:  We’re sure you’ve spotted this hotel from the interstate as you drive through Rogers (it’s at 4610 W. Walnut St). Their logo has the cute dots that we always notice when we’re over that way. We love the upscale vibe of this hotel inside and out.

While you’re relaxing at the Hyatt, you can enjoy the (coffee, beer and wine) bar, grab ‘n go items at the Gallery Market, the fitness center and more. And we know you’ll love your bright, airy guest room. Sleep late at the hotel, if you want, because the kids won’t be there to wake you up too early. When you do climb out of bed, you’ll be treated to a complimentary “A.M. Kitchen Skillet” breakfast at the hotel to complete your stay. Here are a few other luxuries:

Free Wi-Fi everywhere

Swiveling 42″ flat screen HDTV

Contemporary bathroom

Luxury skin and hair care


Click here to see more pics and read about what they have to offer.

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kyaa chocolate basketABOUT THE CHOCOLATE: The owners, Ben Butler and Rick Boosey, are all about chocolate in every form and they have built relationships with local farmers around the globe. They also pay them above fair trade prices for their cacao beans.

From hand-grinding beans from a single farm to hand-molding each bar, Kyya makes small batches of chocolate to maximize the flavor inherent in the individually-sourced beans. No artificial flavors or additives.

They are among a select few artisan chocolate makers who make their own cocoa powder and cocoa butter.

And this is so cool: They give 10% of their net profits to orphan care initiatives around the world “because life is about sharing the good things we have with others”. The Kyya team has 6 adopted children within their families. Love it!

As the Kyya guys say, “Help us share the good things: buy a bar, share and enjoy!”

Click here to see some of the retail locations that now carry Kyya Chocolate.

HOW TO ENTER: If this getaway sounds great to you, it’s time to get busy and throw your name in the online hat. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re asking you to put your name in the drawing by writing a short “love note” to someone special in your life. You can write one to your husband or significant other, or you can write one to your kids, your friends, your parents — anyone who has a special place in your heart. Your note can be sweet, sappy, funny or anything in between. Winners are chosen at random, not based on the comment, so just be yourself. Just click on the words “leave a comment” at the bottom of this post.

If you don’t want your love note posted online, just email it to us at (Send it to your sweetheart, too!)

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR ODDS: Help us spread the word about the 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 on the CC line of your note so we can give you proper credit.

(You can also earn an extra chance to win by signing up to receive the free email newsletter we send once a week. Click here to sign up.)

BE SOCIAL: 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.

Good luck in the “Getaway Giveaway”, and enjoy reading all the love notes. We’ll choose a winner at the end of the week and email the lucky mom.

P.S.: Our love note of appreciation goes out to our great website sponsors who make it possible for us to bring local moms opportunities like this one. And to our fellow moms who read the site, we thank you for making time for us in your busy day and for continually inspiring us to create this online retreat that’s “just for us moms.” ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥


  1. To my husband the man who not only has my love but also my respect and attention.

  2. I’m so lucky to have an amazing husband and 4 daughters who love me unconditionally! I would love to have a night away with the hubby and treat him to a nice night since he works ao hard to take care of the girls and I! I want him to know how much he means to us and how much we love him!

  3. Happy Valentine’s Day to my husband and two beautiful girls. I love all of you so very much!

  4. To my sweet husband,, thanks for being my Valentine for 25 years!! Love you babe!

  5. I couldn’t imagine anyone else to share in this journey with me. Love
    You sweetheart!

  6. I am so lucky to have so many loves in my life. I have a special someone I like spending time with, but right now it’s a circle of friends who fill me up and take care of me. And I love taking care of them, too. This past year wouldn’t have been livable if it hadn’t been for all of them.

  7. To my hubby,
    I love you so much. Thank you for taking such good care of me while I’m moody, sleepy, and sicky while being pregnant! I love you!

  8. I have the best partner to take this journey through life with. We are the “A” team!

  9. I’m not local to NW Arkansas, but I’ve been wanting a NW Arkansas getaway! My love note is to my husband Anthony: Anthony, you are such a blessing to me. You not only love me just as I am, you are an actively-engaged father to our four daughters. You are a true example of a loving leader, and I love you so much.

  10. To the craziest, most loved Valentines ever – my sweet husband and my beautiful kiddos A and L. Love you bunches!!

  11. Happy valentines day to my husband- the best man in the world.
    Also, can’t forget my daughter and parents- also the best daughter and parents ever!

  12. To my dear husband,
    We have been through so much together, and yet, you stick with me through each turn. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful person in my life! I love you dearly!

  13. Would love to win this! My husband has really stepped up this past year and has loved me unconditionally through a cancer diagnosis, radiation and chemo. I couldn’t love him more.

  14. This is a love note to my husband who remains a constant source of light in joy in our lives despite a really difficult year personally and professionally. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share my life with you!

  15. My Valentines are my little family, my husband, Zach and two girls, Caroline and Charlotte. They are my heart and soul and bring me joy everyday!

  16. So excited to spend this valentines with my wonderful hubby. Thanks for all you do! You are such a wonderful husband and daddy to our two adorably frustrating children 🙂

  17. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without you. I wouldn’t be pursuing my dreams without you, nor succeeding at them. You make the days brighter, each passing year more exciting, and you’re always willing to try new things with me. Here’s to many more years of experimentation with my best friend, my lover, my husband. Love you, Destin!

  18. I won the lottery on kiddos. My two daughters are both brilliant, hilarious and beautiful. I’m so very proud of both of them. Lucky me!

  19. My valentines are my 2 grown kids always! But my main valentine is my adorably fun loving and understanding husband! I can always depend on him to make feel better about any situation! He’s super understanding and never complains.

  20. Honey, through hell and good times, we have made it. Thanks for hanging in there.

  21. To my husband – Thanks for putting up with my craziness and helping raise our two precious kids! Love you! And would love to win this getaway – it is much needed!!

  22. To my amazing husband,
    Words can’t express how much I love and respect you. You’re everything a woman could want and more 🙂

  23. To my husband:I love you with all of my heart. I am one lucky girl! Thank you for everything.
    To my son: Words will never describe how much I love you! You bring me so much happiness every single day! Mommy loves you!

  24. Thank you for always putting us first. I love you more than the stars in the sky! Happy Valentine’s day to my super awesome husband. =)

  25. What a great surprise this would be for my hubby! He is everything to me. He works hard for our family and is always ‘doing’.

  26. I love you more everyday. I appreciate all you do for our family. You are an amazing husband and father. Thank you:)

  27. To my husband is has always been so patient, kind, and understanding with me .. I know I can be difficult but he loves me through it ! 🙂 Hugs and Kisses always!

  28. To my wonderful husband, thank you for the 11 years that we’ve spent raising our beautiful family! It hasn’t always been easy and there have been many obstacles that we’ve had to endure, but our love has always stood strong and we’ve always found our way through. You are my rock and I will forever be the solid ground for you to stand upon.

  29. To my husband: who is supportive of my momma season and keeps me calm when the storms of our house arise! Thanks for the love!

  30. There are moments in your life when you see with certain clarity that everything happens for a reason….and that reason is you! Having close to a decade b/w the times we have spent together has made me appreciate you so much more. I am so incredibly proud of you not only as someone I love, not only as my boyfriend, but simply as a person. I know where we are at now was b/c you let your defenses down to open up and see where ‘we’ stood. That took courage and was against your better judgement but after all…I was the one that got away. This time, I won’t be taking my heart back, you can keep it. So this year, let’s not waste too much time on sweet love…it’s the friendship that lasts in a relationship. Love you B! Always and forever after, H

  31. Shout out to the 3 most amazing guys in my life…Anthony, Dixon and Chamberlain. I love being the only queen of our household and appreciate the love, affection and devotion we all have for each other. Can’t imagine a Valentine’s Day or any other day w/out them!

  32. What a FABULOUS Valentine gift this would be! Hugs & Kisses to my little lovies, their Daddy, and my fabulous amazing friends and family as well! <3 HAPPY HEART DAY, Mamas! XOXOX

  33. I won’t try and quantify the different holders of my heart, so this is for my partner, best friend, husband, late night move watching, creative, powerful, beautiful, Darling.
    Thank you, from the depths I my soul, for all you do. I look forward to each time we are together!

  34. I love my family with all of my heart. They are the reason I live, they have made be the best person I could ever hope to be.

  35. To the man who must love me endlessly to brave a 5th pregnancy as my hubby;)-you are more than I ever dreamed.

  36. You are simply the best. The most caring, helpful, funny, loving husband and father.

  37. To my hubs, Trey…how awesome would it be to sleep in away from the kids? 🙂 Love you!

  38. Much Valintine love to my sweet gandbaby girls, oh yes and to my childern too….just something extra sweet about those grands!!!

  39. To my husband of 15 years, Thank you so much for the love you’ve shown me for the past 20 years. You are selfless. I’m so grateful for the love and support that you give our family. You are a dedicated police officer and put others before yourself every single day. I appreciate the dedication that you give to the City that you work for as well as the children in our community. I love you so much and thank God for our bond! You’re my one and only, always.

  40. To my husband and beautiful children, there are not sufficient words to tell you how very much I love you. Thank you for the blessing it is to be in your lives.

  41. To my husband – best friend and partner a girl could ever ask for!

  42. Happy Valentines Day to my loves. Michael and Fiona you make my world a whole better place to be in. Thank you for everything. I love you both.

  43. One of my favorite “love” quotes:
    “Success in marriage and love is much more than finding the right person; it is a matter of being the right person.”

  44. “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong doing. It does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres.”
    Corinthians 13

  45. To my 3 wonderful children:

    You each fill my heart with love in your own unique and wonderful way. I am thankful everyday for each moment I get to spend with you. And to your Daddy, my husband, I thank for these sweet little blessings that fill our days. I love the four of you with all my heart, always!

  46. To my husband and kids,

    I don’t know what life would be like without you and I don’t ever want to find out. Thank you for all the love you show me. Happy Valentines Day!

  47. Troy, you are the love of my life. I can’t imagine being on this crazy, wonderful journey with anyone but you. You have my heart and my love. Love always, Me

  48. I want to shout out about the amazing man God has put into my life. I have never experienced a love so deep for anyone before…I never want to be the cause of hurt in his life and I cant imagine growing old without him. Love you so much MKS.

  49. Happy valentines day to my wonderful husband! Love you more and more everyday!

  50. Dear Hubby/Daddy,
    Thank you for working so hard for our family! We know how much you love us, because you put every bit of your time into making our family the best it can be. We love you so much! We are blessed and grateful to call you ours!

  51. Dear Hubby and Kids,
    Thanks to my kids for being the best kids in the world ( no really they are!). You make me laugh and smile daily. I enjoy you hugs, laughs and silly stories. So blessed to be your mom.
    Thanks and love to my husband of 10 years. You have been there through thick and thin, sickness and in health. You are a hard worker and a great provider. Love you lots!

  52. To my Valentine, my husband,
    We have our ups and downs but in the end we truly love each other and want to be together! Thank you for being here for me and having the patience when I didn’t. Thank you for being the best dad to our 4 kiddos! I love you!

  53. To my family- my husband of 13 years- and my kiddos- you are the reason for everything I do and everything I am, I love you more everyday!

  54. To my husband and best friend. I am so thankful that God brought us together and I get to do this crazy busy life with you. It may not always be the most romantic, but it is real and it is beautiful. Love you so much!

  55. To my sweet baby buns.

    You are the love of my life and I thank God for sending you to me. You have been the best hubby, dad and grand dad. I would love to spoil you on Valentines day this year with dinner at fantastic restraint and a night stay at a great motel. And to add to that a basket of yummy chocolate bars. You are the best baby and you deserve the best.

  56. Thanks to my sweet husband for still being my Valentine after 2 states, 2 kids, breast cancer, 2 jobs, & a broken leg. What a guy!

  57. My love note goes to my amazing husband. He works 2 full-time jobs in order for me to be able to stay home with our kids. Now that I’m surprisingly expecting baby #4, he has been taking care of me through morning sickness and fatigue, as well as helping out around the house even more than he was before. He is absolutely wonderful, an I couldn’t ever imagine a more perfect husband and father!

  58. To the man who loves me in spite of myself…. the man who dotes on our son… the man who makes me want to be a better person… the man who stirs my heart like no other.

  59. Would love to take my valentine to Ruth Chris and I will eat all the chocolate since you are allergic to it!

  60. God, I am overwhelmed by your love and Grace. You knew me before I was born. You created such a blessed life for me on this earth. You surrounded me with loving parents and grandparents who created who I am today. You gave me a role model and playmate, the best big sister anybody could ask for. Wow! I cannot thank you enough for my precious and amazing husband. As you designed, he makes me laugh and thrills my heart. God, I love the way you love me. You have blessed me with two beautiful and caring daughters, who bring me joy daily. Thank you for sending me their birth mothers, who selflessly gave me the gift of life. Thank you for comfort, peace and hope. Your love never fails me!

  61. Dear Boys,
    There is nothing I love more in this world than you all. Being your mom is the most precious gift I could imagine. This valentines day, I want you to know that each one of you stole my heart the moment our eyes met, just like your daddy. Love, Mom

  62. My love- thank you for working so hard for our family! You have demonstrated an excellent example of hard work to our children.

  63. I am so blessed to have a loving husband. He has held my hand through many hard times and has laughed through the good times. I am thankful for my five precious children. God has truly blessed me completely.

  64. I am blessed!!! 30 years and counting, with a Godly husband who puts Jesus first.
    I fall in love all over again, every time I hold his hand, hear his voice, look in his eyes…MY LOVE!!!

  65. Just heard about Ruth Chris yesterday. I would love to try it and have a weekend getaway in Arkansas with my Valentine! Happy ❤️ Day to my hubby and kiddos!

  66. How do you describe the perfect love? Well, he’s honest and kind, loving and giving. He lifts you up when you are down and does everything in his power to provide for his wife and kids. He follows Jesus and leads his family to Him each and every day. He cuddles and snuggles and giggles with the kids, and reminds them that they are wonderful just the way they are. He teaches us all how to love and be loved. He lives life according to God, and no other person can distract him from that. He is a man unlike any other I’ve met, and I’m so glad to call him mine!

  67. Happy Valentine”s Day , Mitchell. We’ve lost some very special family members in the past year, especially your mother on Christmas Day. Your daddy being sick recently and my mother being sick has been very difficult. Your birthday is February 6 and this gift would help us get away for a whole to recharge. Then we can get back to taking care of our family. You’re my Valentine”s gift from the Lord. I love you!

  68. A Happy Valentine’s Day wish to my husband who makes me coffee and breakfast each day and says he is “lucky to have a hott wife!” I am quite average, yet he makes me feel beautiful everyday. He is the love of my life. I am so happy I chose well and received this gift of such a wonderful man to spend my life with!

  69. To my sweet boys, You are all a wonderful blessing to me. You make my life rich and I am grateful for each of you.

  70. To the most amazing husband…words cannot even truly begin to express the love that we share that continues to grow. Everyday I am blessed by your love. The longer we are together the more I see a true reflection of your heart in the way you love me and our family. I know my heart is forever safe with you, and for that…I am beyond thankful. We have been through quite a journey so far together. We have had amazing seasons, and seasons of serious trials. We always come through stronger thanks to your love and leadership. It’s a blessing to see that our kiddos not only know they are loved, but know they are protected through your guidance. Thank you for being such an amazing husband and father for our family. You are our world. I love you always and forever.

  71. To my children, I am so very blessed to be the mother of three amazing children. Each one of you holds a special place in my heart and I could not imagine life without you. I know that being a single mom was not in our plan and it can be challenging at times, but everything I do is for you and to better your lives. I am thankful for Blaklie for stepping up and being the best big sister (2nd mama) to her younger siblings. Boston has stepped up to be the man of the house and is very protective. And little miss Sam, at the tender age of 2 keeps us on our toes everyday! You all feel my life with joy and happiness. Whether it’s been a long day at work or a tough night at school I am so thankful I have your beautiful faces to come home to each and every day. I love you all to the moon and back.
    Love mom

  72. To my wonderful, hard-working husband,

    This year has been truly a year of ups and downs that have tried us more than most. I’m so blessed to say that those trials have only made our love stronger and greater. I look back on our almost 10 years of marriage, and just can’t believe that I’ve been lucky enough to have you by my side for all of those years. You are truly a man committed to his family, his job, and our Lord. Thank you for everything you do for me and our boys. We love you!

  73. I would love some time with love of my life! We are going on 25 years together and I never go a day without being thankful for Nathan Wilkerson my amazing husband, awesome father to our children!

  74. To my amazing husband! I am so thankful for an incredible man who loves our family so well! You are an amazing husband, father, coach, teacher and most importantly love Jesus so well! Thank you for your example to our kids and myself- love you so much! Also, a shout out to my 2 sweet kiddos and our new baby on the way- excited to meet you in a few short months!!
    Love, your wife and momma❤

  75. A love note to myself:
    I know how hard you work at your job and at home. You are a fantastic mother and a generous wife. You deserve a bit of pampering.

  76. To my husband and my two handsome, big-hearted sons. We missed out on our origininal honeymoon get away for lack of funding, then enjoyed the next 20 or so years coaching, laughing with and entertaining the two sons God blessed us with. We have and are enjoying all the time we spend with our 3 beautiful granddaughters and that handsome and funny grandson of ours. But really-Mom/Grandma needs a honeymoon getaway. Keep this in mind guys if we don’t win this one. Love you all-Always

  77. To my sweet husband,
    Thank you for taking the time to be a good nurse to me while I’ve been ill this year. You’re bedside manner is perfect and you handled our 4 kids with ease. (and your dinners were yummy!) Thank you!!

  78. To my amazing little boy,
    You are truly my hero! You have been through more in the first year of your life than most people will go through their entire lifetime. I admire you and your fighting spirit. I am so thankful that God chose me to be your mommy. I love you more than words can say! What better day to celebrate those you love than February 14th….not only Valentine’s Day, but also Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day! Mommy Loves You!

  79. To my little girl,
    Thank you for making me want to be a healthier, better person. I love you!

  80. I follow on Pinterest. My love note would be to my Mom, who passed away Valentine’s night in 1997. And it would simply say “I love you.”

  81. I’m am so blessed to have such an amazing man in my life! He is my best friend and a wonderful daddy and husband!

  82. I could never express the love I have for my partner in life. He is a devoted dad, strong provider, and caring husband. He works hard every day to make our family’s life easier and I am so thankful for him!

  83. To my wonderful husband, he works hard to provide for our family. He puts my needs and wants first. He treats me like a Queen. He’s always been here for me through good and bad thick and thin, ups and downs. He’s the love of my life, I love him with all my heart, he makes my heart beat. The smile on my face, the sun on my skin. He’s my Valentine!

  84. Jason, I know we haven’t spent enough time together recently with our crazy schedules. I hope that we can reconnect over the next few weeks. You are awesome, and I love you. I’m so glad you chose me.

  85. to my husband and my 2 boys, ya’ll are my true Valentines, I love the 3 of you more than I ever thought I could love someone else. I can’t wait to spend Valentines Day with you 3. But to be honest, if I win this package, I will check myself into the hotel alone and lay in bed in pajamas, watch tv and drink coffee for 24 quiet hours. I love you all, but momma needs a break before momma has a meltdown.

  86. Dear Hubs,

    Thank you for putting up with my craziness. 🙂 You are the best and I’m lucky to have you!

    I commented on Facebook, follow you all on Twitter and Pinterest, too. 🙂

  87. I’m so lucky to be doing life with such a wonderful husband and daddy of three girls. He always make sure all four of his girls feels loved and appreciated. I would love to spend a special night together on Valentine’s Day!!

  88. To my wonderful and amazing husband,
    You came into my life when all was dark, but you gave me the light and I found my way. You have pushed me over the last 4 years to reach for my goals of becoming an RN and without your love and support I wouldn’t be able to say today that I am a nurse! The last 10 years have been a roller coaster ride but I wouldn’t want to ride this coaster called life with anyone but YOU! I love you babe :x!

  89. Want to express my love for God who has given me the most wonderful other loves in my life, my husband and my daughter.

  90. This note dedicated tp my daughters…..i am blessed to have them in my life ….they gave a different meaning to my life ,love my angels T & S. My husband holds a very special place in my heart, he’s my support system, a man whom i can blindly rely for the rest of my life!!!

  91. I have two loves…my daughter who makes my life so easy. She is just one of these easy going kids with a big heart. My next is my boyfriend…he supports me in my decisions and encourages me to always be myself. I love both very much!

  92. A shout out to the love of my life and soul mate! He’s the cheese to my macaroni and cheese

  93. All my love to my three heartbeats = my husband + two kids. I am a very blessed wife and mom!

  94. Would be great to experience this with my hubby! He’s a hardworking guy that deserves to be taken away. Even if just for the night!

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