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June 2017 Moms in Business Guide

Plunder Jewelry Designs

Plunder Designs offers a wide variety of vintage inspired jewelry at savvy chic pricing. One of our top selling pieces is our completely customizable Atlas! These can be made into necklaces, keychains, or bracelets. Find me on Facebook for custom examples and creative looks.

Facebook group: Becca’s Vintage Pretties VIPs

Website: www.plunderdesign.com/rebeccaemitt

Cell number to text or call : 479-738-7576

 

Ring Bomb Party

Do you like to party? Well thanks to Ring Bomb Party LLC now you can! Representing NWA as your new Ring Bomb Party consultant! My name is Chanell Ramos and I am excited to bring to you my new Facebook page Ring Bomb Social! Through my page you will see me go LIVE and reveal beautiful rings out of ring bombs. What is a ring bomb you ask? It looks like a bath bomb but without any fragrances or essential oils. I like to call them fizzy bombs. They are a fun way to reveal your ring LIVE and you haven’t even heard the best part! The rings are valued anywhere between $25 and $500!!! Want to hear better news? They only cost $14.95 + S/H! Each ring is worth more than what you pay for it! I also offer Kid bombs and party theme bombs! Want to host a home party? Great! You can find all this on my page Ring Bomb Social. But wait there’s more! Ring Bomb Party has a sister company called Glam Box LIVE. I am a merchandiser for that as well! Through my Glam Box Social page I will go LIVE and reveal beautiful on trend boutique jewelry for $8 a piece! So if you are looking for a fun way to buy beautiful jewelry and potentially reveal a ring worth $500 then look me up! Want to make this your career? I can help with that too. I will be building a team soon for this BRAND NEW COMPANY!

Chanell Ramos – Ring Bomb Party Independent Consultant and Glam Box LIVE Independent Merchandiser

Contact: ringbombsocial@gmail.com

Group Page: Chanell’s Ring Bomb Society

Business Pages: Ring Bomb Social and Glam Box Social

 

Sunny Skaggs Photography

Hello, I’m Sunny Skaggs, mom of three boys, wife to my super hero, a photographer with an eye for design, a perfectionist’s drive, and a love of people. I know that life is amazing and fleeting. Life is about experiences and relationships. I strive for more than a click of the shutter on a nice camera and file downloads because I know we will never walk past our hard drives and get swept away by nostalgia. Kids don’t shuffle past thumb drives in the junk drawer and feel compelled to crawl into our laps so we can tell them how life was forever changed when they entered the world. I want my clients to walk away with something to connect over, a daily reminder of how they are unique and why that is something to preserve and treasure.  Let’s creating something worth passing on, lets tell the story of you. Your life, your art. Lets start a collaboration!

Contact Information:

Phone: (479)358-6636

email: SunnySkaggsPhotography@gmail.com

website: sunnyskaggsphotography.com

“Photographing Personalities & Milestones in NWA”

 

Lularoe

Lularoe provides the most sizes, colors, and patterns in skirts, dresses, and leggings. Plus the quality can’t be beat.  Lularoe is most well-known for their buttery soft leggings. It may sound silly, but just touch them once and you’ll agree, they are truly buttery soft! With sizes from XXS-3XL (00-28+) we can find the perfect fit for you! To earn FREE clothing all you need is a mirror, some music, and good friends– LuLaRoe provides the rest.

Danielle Dye

LuLaRoeNWA@gmail.com

4796847990

 

Rodan + Fields

Anyone can achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin through our Multi-Med® Therapy, the right ingredients in the right formulations applied in the right order.

Contact: Karon Parrish

(870) 723-2904

www.rodanandfields.com/US/pws/karonparrish

 

Plexus

Plexus is a health and wellness company with a line of products that are plant-based, non GMO and were created to heal the body from the inside out.  The products help by focusing on blood sugar regulation, inflammation, and overall gut health.  What could overall gut health do for you?  Lets discuss your health goal.

Teara Short

Ambassador #: 1354280

Telephone #: 479-685-2307

Email: Short_Stuff_Inc@yahoo.com

www.shopmyplexus.com/TearaShort

May 2017 Moms in Business Guide brought to you by Parkhill Clinic

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Parkhill, The Clinic for Women Sponsor of the Moms in Business Guide:

www.parkhillclinic.com

Each stage of a woman’s life brings unique health issues which deserve individualized care. Parkhill physicians are trained in adolescent gynecology, infertility, obstetrics, minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic hysterectomy, incontinence therapy, and hormonal management during menopause. As women transition from puberty to childbearing to menopause and beyond, the nine physicians at Parkhill Clinic for Women desire to provide personalized, compassionate, excellent, state of the art medical care.

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Fusion Dance Company:

www.fusiondancefdc.com

Fusion Dance Company brings a focus on the importance of proper technique and a solid foundation of dance fundamentals to our dancer training.

We offer classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and more. Competitive and recreational dancers ages 3 and up. We’ll bring out the best in your dancer in a fun, supportive environment!

Call/text- ‪479-366-2002 Email- fusiondancecompany@yahoo.com

Facebook & Instagram- fusiondancefdc

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NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet:

The NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet is a registered school of London’s Royal Academy of Dance. We provide the region with the highest quality of classical dance training, education and performance opportunities all in an environment that respects the wholesome dignity and grace of the dancer in both movement and attire. Our focus is on developing technical excellence and the preservation of the true art of classical ballet, classical modern, and contemporary taught by faculty that hold either a degree in dance, are credentialed by the Royal Academy of Dance examination process, or have a professional dance or teaching background. Dancers ages Two through Adult enjoy the class structure and the camaraderie felt in an atmosphere where students support each other rather than compete against each other. Contact us at dance@nwaballet.com or visit our website at www.nwaballet.com to find out more about our 2017-18 school session, Summer Heat classes, our Princesses and Heroes Dance Camps, and our summer birthday party package.

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TippiToes Dance:

www.TippiToesDance.com/Northwest-Arkansas

Tippi Toes® Dance brings dance to YOU!  We offer dance classes in schools, day care centers, community centers and after school programs all over the Northwest Arkansas area.  Our fun, exciting and energetic dance classes are geared toward children ages 2 to 8 years.  We use our own original Tippi Toes® music in class to keep dancers moving and having a blast.  We also offer Princess Dance Camps and Princess or Dance Birthday Parties!

NWA@TippiToesDance.com

479.310.6634 

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Hello Baby!:

Hello Baby! 4D Ultrasound Studio is an elective ultrasound business in Fayetteville! We offer early gender reveals, 2D, 3D/4D, & Fetal Realistic View Ultrasounds! We use a state of the art ultrasound machine that gives us the ability to do Fetal Realistic View Ultrasounds (FRV), which is the NEWEST technology in ultrasound that gives extremely detailed images of baby. We also love to do early gender reveal ultrasounds and help you find out what baby will be! We provide a comfortable and fun environment that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime! We will give you a bonding experience like NEVER before! Find us on Facebook at: Hello Baby 4D Ultrasound of NWA and message us or call us at 479-438-0728 or 479-214-1188 to find out more about our packages and schedule your appointment!

 

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Rodan + Fields

Anyone can achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin through our Multi-Med® Therapy, the right ingredients in the right formulations applied in the right order.

Contact: Karon Parrish

(870) 723-2904

www.rodanandfields.com/US/pws/karonparrish

 

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Young Living Essential Oil

As the world leader in essential oils, we believe that everyone deserves a life full of abundance and wellness. Our vision is to bring the life-changing benefits of essential oils to every home, family, and lifestyle.

Our story started more than 20 years ago with a simple, home-built essential oil distillery. Today, our farms and community span the globe. Because of our proven commitment to provide nature’s best, millions trust us to deliver superior essential oils.

Contact: Christy Rains 417-459-2469 or Sarah Perryman 417-396-5911

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Beautiful Besos

Beautiful Besos offers LipSense®, the premiere product of SeneGence®. Want long-lasting, smudge-proof, budge-proof, mom life-proof lip color that actually moisturizes for happier healthier lips? Contact me to try it today! And don’t miss our complete line of amazing skin care and cosmetics all with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Join the Beautiful Besos VIP Facebook group for promotions, updates, and tips and receive 10% off your first order when you mention this ad.

Contact: Jessica Dutton, Independent LipSense/SeneGence Distributor

Email: beautifulbesos4u@gmail.com

IG: @beautifulbesos4u

Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beautifulbesos4u

 

Caretouch Photography

CareTouch Photography

My name is Victoria Caresia and I’ am the photographer of CareTouch Photography located in NWA. My husband and I moved here almost 3 years ago with our 2 little girls who of course are my main inspiration of photography. I love shooting in natural light with families and children, as well as doing indoor newborn sessions. I love exploring the beautiful area for new locations, and using the classic and timeless spots as well. I always look forward to meeting new families and clients to form bonds that will continue to grow through the years. Each family is different in front of the camera when it’s time for their session. I strive to find the best way to bring out those genuine smiles, and make everyone feel comfortable. I have been told my patience and mellow personality puts everyone at ease. I love that photography lets me work with so many wonderful families, and still be able to come home and enjoy time with mine.There is truly no greater blessing than to do what you love and being the best you can be for your family.

To book your session:

caretouchphoto@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/caretouchphotography

479-321-4393

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Usborne Books & More

Usborne Books & More is a division of the Educational Development Corporation (EDC), a well-established company that has twice been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of The 200 Best Small Companies in America and three times by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s 100 Fastest Growing Small Companies, and has been in existence for over 20 years!  As a full time working mom of two small boys, I was looking for something to invest in that both me and my kids would enjoy.  Usborne was the perfect fit as the educational value and joy that they have brought to my children has been tremendous.  Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated and best of all they are the books kids love to read. Choose from almost 2000 bright, colorful and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects from newborn all the way up to young adult.

Contact: Anisha Fouse, Independent Consultant

C6879.myubam.com

alfouse07@gmail.com

316-768-7743

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LimeLight

Step into the LimeLight!

Exceptional, Professional Makeup and all Natural skin care. LimeLight makeup products are made with tried and true formulas that have been used by professional makeup artists for decades. These formulas are highly pigmented, blend easier and provide perfect coverage. Be in on the secret of celebrities & their makeup artists and experience eco-friendly, customizable packaging, incredible formulas and professionally selected colors, all with 100% happiness guarantee!

Or join our group of smart and talented leaders who are building successful businesses helping woman look and feel more beautiful every day!

Find out why I said yes to this opportunity!

Contact me at: Ashleypeeps@yahoo.com

Or visit my website at www.limelightbyalcone.com/ashleypeoples

 

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Fairytale Journeys Travel

Booking the perfect vacation can become overwhelming. As an agent with Fairytale Journeys, an authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I would be honored to help you and your family plan a magical trip to Walt Disney World, on a cruise, or wherever your heart desires.  My services are always free, I make sure to include you in all decisions from beginning to end, and I always throw in a little extra pixie dust of my own. Contact me today to learn about the latest promotions available, and let’s make your family’s vacation one you’ll truly cherish!

Contact info:

Cheryl Daniel

FTJbyCherylDaniel@gmail.com

479-313-5901

www.FTJbyCheryl.com

https://www.facebook.com/ftjbycheryldaniel/

 

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Lularoe

Lularoe provides the most sizes, colors, and patterns in skirts, dresses, and leggings. Plus the quality can’t be beat.  Lularoe is most well-known for their buttery soft leggings. It may sound silly, but just touch them once and you’ll agree, they are truly buttery soft! With sizes from XXS-3XL (00-28+) we can find the perfect fit for you! To earn FREE clothing all you need is a mirror, some music, and good friends– LuLaRoe provides the rest.

Danielle Dye

LuLaRoeNWA@gmail.com

479-684-7990

14th Annual Summer Camp Guide Brought to You by Dogwood Canyon

Dogwood Canyon:

14th Annual Camp Guide Sponsor

2038 West State Hwy 86 
Lampe, Missouri

dogwoodcanyon.org

A world of outdoor adventure awaits at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park! You can get up close and personal with wildlife on a tram tour through the canyon or explore the tree tops as you tour a treehouse built by Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters! While visiting this 10,000 natural paradise you can also enjoy horseback riding, trout fishing, hiking, biking, dining, and Segway tours. Call or visit the website to learn more! http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/

1-800-225-6343

 

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NWA Naturals:

Arvest Ballpark

3000 S 56th St, Springdale

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals Summer Camp Day at Arvest Ballpark will take place on Tuesday, June 13th at 12:05 PM when the Naturals host the Arkansas Travelers with gates opening at 11:00 AM. Summer Camp Day is open to camps, day cares, schools, churches, and other summer youth programs. Tickets are only $5.00 for campers and FREE for chaperones. Buses receive free parking while cars are $3.00 to park. Groups are also allowed to bring in their own lunches on that date. For more information, visit www.nwanaturals.com or contact Trey Garner at (479) 927-4063 or treyg@nwanaturals.com.

 

 

 

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Community Creative Center:

Communitycreativecenter.org

505 W Spring St., Fayetteville

Grab your ticket and head to Community Creative Center’s Time For Art Summer Camp! During 9 weeks of themed camps kids can have a great adventure in the Ozarks, explore art under the sea, and be inspired by magic, food and the circus! Ages 6-14. Enroll in morning, afternoon, or all-day art, clay, and technology camps beginning mid-April. Scholarships and military discounts available. CCC is located at 505 W Spring St. in Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. www.communitycreativecenter.org, ‪479-571-2706.

 

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Modern Mission

Modernmission.com

3484 E. Joyce Blvd Fayetteville

Week one will be June 5th-9th, week two will be June 19th-23rd, and our final third week will be July 10th-14th. While the kids are here they will be learning how to shoot a bow, outdoor survival tips (starting a fire in wet weather, edible insects, etc.) and the value of teamwork. We will also have a special guest speakers come in throughout the week from our Sheriff Tim Helder, our local K9 unit under Officer Chris Krodell, and more! There will be plenty of time for fun with our Archery Games, Bubble Soccer, and our Indoor/ Outdoor Battlefields. The camp will be a 5 day event that will run from 8:00am-12:00pm. You will be able to drop off your kids starting at 7:30am. When you make a reservation for your child, they will be registered for the entire week. This camp will be for ages 7-12.

 

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Fast Lane:

1117 N Dixieland St, Lowell

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Enjoy a week full of fun at Fast Lane Entertainment! Our daily games and activities are sure to provide campers with excitement and a sense of adventure. From bowling to laser tag to indoor roller coasters, kids are sure to have a blast. Reserve now for a week full of summer fun, friendship, and memories!

 

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NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet:

3111 SE J St, Bentonville

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Princesses & Heroes Dance Camps are for children ages 3-8. Each day, students will enjoy a full ballet class, an excerpt from a classical ballet video, snack time, and several fun activities revolving around the ballet about which they are learning. Activities include crafts and lessons in dance history, pantomime, music theory, and nutrition. On the final day of the week, dancers will give an in-studio performance for family and friends, and will leave with a scrapbook of all of their work. For more experienced ballet dancers, ages 8-11, we offer a Mini-Intensive Camp. This camp is designed for students with at least two years of classical ballet training. Each day, students will take both ballet and modern class, study a classical ballet, and participate in activities and seminars including dance history, music appreciation, healthy dancer habits, and classical stage hair and make-up. More information on either of the above camps can be found at www.nwaballet.com or by emailing dance@nwaballet.com.

 

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Arts Live Theatre

818 N Sang Ave, Fayetteville

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Arts Live Theatre Summer Theatre Conservatory and Camps for ages 5-7, 8-11 & 12-18 will take place during the months of June, July and August. Each month brings a new camp for each age group! Camps and Conservatories include Musical Theatre, Dance, Comedy Improv Reader’s Theatre, Create-A-Play and more! For information, schedule and registration from visit artslivetheatre.com.

 

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Crystal bridges

600 Museum Way, Bentonville

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Enjoy summer days at Crystal Bridges! Learn about the Museum collection and grounds, enjoy artmaking activities, make friends, and have fun. This year’s camps (ages 6-14) include Art and Nature; Pop Art; Fashion; Color and Light; Art Adventures; Mini Masters; and Creative Kids – $150 ($120 for Members). Also presenting Imaginate and Create with Crystal Bridges and the Scott Family Amazeum, sponsored by Nice-Pak Products, and Art + Game = Technology and Movie-Making Camp with Nerdies and New Design School – $335 ($265 for Members). Register online at crystalbridges.org/summercamps or by calling Guest Services at 479.657.2335.

 

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Trike Theatre

209 NE 2nd St., Bentonville

479-464-5084

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A plethora of summer camps wait at trike theatre. Whether your little one is interested in being a creative player, a storyteller, an actor, a designer, or in musical theatre, there is a summer camp for them! There will be many kid-friendly productions all summer long that your child will want to participate in. For more information and for full descriptions of summer camps and dates go to triketheatre.org.

 

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B-Sew Inn

2910 N McKee Circle, Fayetteville

479-442-7808

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B-Sew Inn, the world’s largest Baby Lock sewing machine retailer, is once again offering “Project Sew Summer Camp”. Project Sew is open for girls and guys, ages 9-16. Attendees will learn the basics of sewing while stitching their own projects. Camps will run 5 days ­– June 12-16 and July 10-14. Morning sessions, 9 a.m.-Noon or afternoon session, 2-5 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact the store, availability is limited!

 

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Boys and Girls Club

560 N. Rupple Rd., Fayetteville

479-442-9242

Children will be offered a variety of activities each day including: board games, arts and crafts, outside play (weather permitting), card games and recreational activities. Children will also participate in weekly field trips. Lunch will be provided each day at the Owl Creek Elementary cafeteria unless otherwise announced and daily afternoon snacks will be provided. Sessions are throughout June, July and the beginning of August. Check out fayettevillekids.org for more information.

 

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NWACC

1 College Dr., Bentonville

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NWACC Kid’s College 2017 offers numerous fun, educational short-term courses for two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16. From music and dance, robotics, to cooking, acting, Harry Potter inspired writing and more. There are a variety of great options allowing young students to experience the excitement of being on a college campus while learning about topics that ignite their passion. Learn more and register at www.nwacc.edu/kidscollege. For questions, contact Megan Kirsop: (479) 619-4280 or mkirsop@nwacc.edu

 

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Equestrian Bridges

3100 Oakland Zion Road, Fayetteville

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Equestrian Bridges is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit corporation whose primary objective is to improve the lives of children and their families for success.

Our mission at Equestrian Bridges is to help build bridges for Children and their Families, helping them to improve the quality of their lives and increase their opportunities for success!

Our Vision at Equestrian Bridges is that we change the face of Mental Health for Children and their Families with our Equine Recreational Therapy Center here in Washington County and Northwest Arkansas. We empower children and youth considered to be at risk for social, behavioral or academic delays with the tools to develop emotional, mental and physical fitness using Natural Horsemanship doing Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

 

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Infiniti Athletics

305 SE 22nd Street, Bentonville

479-715-6840

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CLUB iNFiNiTi offers our Summer Program providing Full Time Youth Activities ALL SUMMER LONG! The experience your children will have this summer in being a part of CLUB iNFiNiTi will create memories that will last a lifetime while accommodating parents busy schedule. We are happy to answer any questions you have and we are ready to get your registration started. You can enroll on-line by clicking the enroll today button above. 

During our Summer Camp Program we use our full facility as well as include field trips each week and we make sure all of our students are having great life experiences having fun, staying fit and meeting new friends in a safe environment!

 

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Mount Sequoyah

150 N Skyline Drive, Fayetteville

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Camp Sequoyah is a series of summer camps hosted at historic Mount Sequoyah in Fayetteville, AR. Each week of camp has a different theme including sports, tennis, outdoors, music/art/drama, science and technology, and more – there is something for every child. Most camps are full day camps from 7:45 am to 5:15 pm, and registration starts at $175 per camper. Campers will play, swim, try new things, and learn about God’s love for them while at Camp Sequoyah. Camps are for kids ages 5 – 12 years old. Please contact Emily Gentry with questions at 479-443-4531 or emily.gentry@mountsequoyah.org. You can also visit our website at www.campsequoyahar.org.

NWA Boutique Show Giveaway ~ Girl's Night Out

The NWA Boutique Show is coming soon, November 6th and 7th at the Springdale Convention Center. Shop over 150 merchants featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind and custom items! So, who needs a Girl’s Night Out? We have an awesome giveaway and we will be selecting 3 winners to each recieve 2 Girls Night Out passes ($30 value), 4 general admission tickets ($20 value), plus a $15 gift certificate to one of our merchants!

A little more about Girl’s Night Out:
Join the NWA Boutique Show as the lights go down and the fun goes up! Win amazing prizes from the show merchants, shop to tunes from D.J. Brian, grab a beverage and sample delicious treats from local favorites like JJ’s, Slim Chicken’s, Ozark Natural Foods and Nestle Waters!

Tickets are just $12 in advance online, through 11/5/15, or $15 at the door with a portion of proceeds benefiting Junior Civic League!

Make it an overnight girls trip! The Springdale Holiday Inn has a special rate of $89 per night for NWA Boutique Show shoppers. (That’s about $40 off the regular rate!) As a special thank-you for advance booking, guests will receive two complimentary breakfast vouchers per room per night AND two complimentary general admission tickets to the NWA Boutique Show at will call. Reserve your room by calling the Holiday Inn directly at 479-751-8300. Simply request to be put in the “Boutique Show” Block. Or, for online reservations, just make sure to enter BOU as the group code!

To enter like Kid’s Directory Facebook page, like the NWA Boutique Show Facebook page and tell us why you need a girl’s night out in the comments below!

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Monday Mom~ Hannah Carter's Health and Wellness Journey

September’s Kid’s Directory is focused on helping families get healthy and maintain good health. Today we have a special Monday Mom’s Edition to share! We interviewed local mom, Hannah Carter, to learn how she has incorporated health and wellness into her lifestyle as a stay-at-home AND work-from-home mom of two busy little boys! We are so inspired by her journey!

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  • When did you first start your fitness journey?
    • I started my journey in January 2014. Baby steps in the beginning.
  • Why did you start your journey?
    • I was tired all of the time and wanted more energy to be able to keep up with our two little boys. Plus, I didn’t feel good in my own skin.
  • What is your favorite exercise?
    • I LOVE to run! I never would’ve imagined in a million years that would be me, but I love it best when I get to run with my hubs or a few friends. I also love strength training and have a favorite class at my gym that keeps me motivated to come back for more!
  • What did you do to stay motivated when you wanted to quit?
    • Well, it can be so discouraging in the beginning when weight doesn’t fall off super quickly. I remember thinking “this is just NOT working” and then I’d suddenly be down another pants size! So, fitting into new clothes and shopping in fun boutiques I’d not been able to shop in before was huge for me! Plus, getting the energy to actually outrun my two boys is super fun too! I guess the best piece of advice I’ve got is just to stay the course. Changes are being made. The longer it takes weight to come off–the less likely it is to come back because hopefully that means real changes are being made in your lifestyle.
  • What is the biggest piece of advice you can share to other parents looking to start their own health and wellness journey?
    • Find someone to support and help you through your journey. For me, I enlisted professional help to keep me accountable and guide me through what I needed to do. I still workout with my trainer (the fabulous Lynn Hancock) once a week because she keeps me sane and gives me perspective and attainable goals. I remember that’s one thing Lynn always talks about. Your goals need to be smart. They need to be real, attainable, and probably most importantly, measurable! Small changes add up to big changes over time!
  • How did you balance working out while raising two kids?
    • I’m so thankful for a gym with amazing childcare provided by my husband’s employer for a minimal cost. Plus, my husband and I work our schedules around time with kiddos.
  • I hear you got your husband to join you in the journey; how has that helped or changed your relationship?
    • It has definitely impacted our relationship for the better! We are both on the same page as far as getting healthier and generally keep each other on track. I won’t lie and say that I’ve never been jealous of how easy this seems for him and it took him no time at all to lose weight! Ha!! Probably just a guy thing though.
  • What’s your favorite new food or snack?
    • Well…this is tricky! Before, I was a “junkfoodaterian.” I mostly ate junk and was super picky. Part of my journey has been changing EVERYTHING about how I eat! I do really enjoy just simple grilled chicken with salads. It’s easy and tasty!
  • What were your original goals, what have you accomplished, and what are your new goals?
      • My original goals were pretty small. I think it was to lose 30 pounds and I wanted more energy. I’ve lost 60 pounds and have SO much more energy. It’s not easy–always a struggle! My ongoing goals are to maintain my current weight (at a minimum)–since this is more about lifestyle changes, I’ll never be “finished.” There’s always room for improvement! And, I would like to be able to do pull ups! That’s one thing I cannot do!

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June 2015 Cover Kid Contest Winner

Seven years ago last month, we moved to our current house. One funny thing that sticks in my mind from our first summer here was how often I heard the buzzing sound of lawn mowers. Nearly every day–morning, noon & night. Now it doesn’t feel like summer until I hear that familiar sound & smell freshly cut grass. Every year, I seem to appreciate more all that summer brings like having my kids home, taking a break from routines, enjoying longer days. Makes life feel simpler.

We think summer is an important time for kids too. That’s why we continue to spotlight camps, programs & activities offered in this issue. It may feel overwhelming to choose but you can try one or two each year. It doesn’t all have to be done in one summer. Look for more information about these advertisers on pages 8-25.

Our June Cover Kid Contest Winner is Rodrigo Carmona! He’s the 21 month old son of Joaquín Carmona & María Peña of Fayetteville. He may be too little to play baseball now but he has a pretty mean throwing arm so pitching may be in his future! Thank you, María, for entering him in our contest. You have a beautiful family!

I close this letter with a heart-warming story of two little girls, a simple lemonade stand, an adoption story & the non-profit organization that brought them all together. Harper Hoyle (4 yrs), the daughter of our very own Cat Hoyle & her friend, Ember Crawford (3 yrs), granddaughter of Patricia Yatsko (a 20 yr volunteer at Loving Choices), decided they wanted to support Loving Choices during their Baby Bottle Campaign that runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. But could two preschool children really make a difference by selling lemonade?

Then there’s Holly Hook. She serves on the board for Loving Choices & along with her husband, Todd, has experienced the joy of adoption. Jacoby became their son when the birth mom who came to Loving Choices couldn’t care for him. Holly says, “I know first hand that there are babies that can be saved and if the birth mom is not able to take care of the baby, then adoption can become an option. My husband & I have been blessed to have adopted our sweet Jacoby. Volunteering of my time to Loving Choices is a small way to give back to the organization that truly gives life.”

So how do these stories collide? At the simple lemonade stand. When Holly heard about it, she wanted to show her support & share her story with these little girls of why their efforts matter. What a perfect way for them to see they’re not too young to impact lives. In one afternoon, they got to meet real people changed by Loving Choices & raised $300 to help continue their work of serving women experiencing unplanned pregnancies! I couldn’t keep myself from sharing this story & hope it encourages you to consider ways you too can become involved.

Loving Choices serves hundreds of women each year with free & confidential services that includes help with pregnancy & other reproductive health issues including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing & abortion information. Learn more at www.lovingchoices.org.

Don’t worry dads. You are NEVER forgotten. We shared about hard-working mommas last month but there’s usually a strong man behind them supporting their dreams. We are thankful for all the dads out that see themselves as co-parents & are actively involved in their kids’ lives. We wish you the happiest of all Father’s Days!

May 2015 Moms in Business Guide

My credenza is literally covered with artwork & notes from my three sweet girls. Hopefully soon my little guy will follow suit. Some of them were created to show their love for me on Mother’s Day but many are just because. I keep them in plain sight to remind me that being a mom is one of my greatest callings & although these treasures hold no real value, they represent the ones who are.

We know from experience how challenging motherhood can be. There are days we feel accomplished & proud. Then there are those other days that we don’t want to speak of. We certainly don’t post them on our social media lest someone think we don’t have it ALL together! (NONE of us do by the way.)

It’s because of working moms that we bring you this Mom’s in Business Guide. It’s our way of supporting their efforts. Both as moms & entrepreneurs. And we get the joy of sharing one of the Mom-Preneurs on the cover. So FUN!! We’re delighted to feature Ashley Lester who owns The Rustic Mule with her three precious children, Lexi, Ayden & Hudson. You can see her boutique line of women’s & children’s clothing at therusticmule.com or on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Alicia Jerome with NW Photography Works shared some relatable & hilarious truths about what a photo shoot & life in general as a working mother looks like. How many of us can wave our hands & say, “this is my life?” We thank you, Alicia, for your transparency. Your words made us laugh, cry, appreciate & reflect.

“[Imagine] us, as moms, acting like our kids aren’t there. My middle in his basketball or soccer garb, my oldest in his sports gear and baby on hip. Hannah’s (co-worker) girls playing dress up at her feet in her heels, oldest with her swim gear and middle doing homework. All on set while we shoot. Makes me totally laugh to somehow think we don photography superhero mom capes and make it work without our sidekick nanny Robin or superhero gadget belt thingy to make it all easier on us. Oh life as a working mom! How do any of us do it?! We joked the other day that we work two jobs, mom and photographer…neither of which come with paid days off, sick days, a 401k, a bonus structure, a support staff, or a consistent 8-5/9-5 schedule. We work weekends, evenings, some holidays and don’t have a custodian…oh what would I give for a custodian or an office cleaning crew? What our husbands would give for one!”

We hope you picked up a copy of our April Summer Camp Guide. But even if you didn’t, there are still LOTS of CAMPS included in THIS ISSUE. You’ll find most of these ads on pages 16-41. See our index on page 6 for a complete camp listing. Some are NEW like a chocolatier camp, robotics camp & chefs’ camp! Wishing I were a kid!

Join us in June, July & August for Summer Fun Days with Kid’s Directory!!! We’re partnering with Rogers Aquatics Center, Hopes & Dreams Gymnastics and Fast Lane Entertainment to bring you discounted activities to keep your kiddos active & away from electronics all summer. You can learn more about these upcoming days on page 4.

We’re also super excited to show off our June Cover Kid Winner next month! Talk about some cute kids. We have them in NWA! Thankfully, we’re drawing a winner rather than selecting one. That would absolutely be an impossible feat.

From all the moms at Kid’s Directory…we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 

12th Annual April Summer Camp Guide 2015

We’ve waited all winter for this…the 12th Annual Summer Camp Guide! Our kids’ summers may be short this year but I’m sure we’ll all hear, “I’m bored” at least once this summer. Maybe twice. Per day. None of us want that. That’s why this issue is the best resource to beat summer boredom. There are 63 camps or programs included on pages 7-45 with their guide listings on pages 46-57. When you contact these business or enroll your kids for a program, please be sure to tell them you heard about them from Kid’s Directory.

Not only do we need to keep our kids active this summer but also safe. This may be the first summer you’ve needed to consider full time child care options. We understand how scary & overwhelming the decision can be & want to assure you there are some outstanding programs, ones you can trust to give quality care with lots of fun. Better Beginnings recommends you make a summer child care checklist with these questions in mind.

  • Do the program’s activities address my child’s interests and abilities?
  • Is the program licensed or accredited?
  • Who will be working with my child?
  • What is the ratio of staff to children/youth?                                                                                                                                                       Source: arbetterbeginnings.com

We also want to wish Katinka Sweet, our Sales Director, a Happy One Year Anniversary! She joined our team last April & is an invaluable asset. Her passion is sales but she graciously extends herself in a customer services role as well. Katinka, we love you bunches & are grateful to call you our co-worker & friend!

Remember to register your child for our June Cover Kid Contest! To enter, come see us at one of our booths at The World’s Largest Baby Shower on March 28th OR Champions for Kids RazorFest on April 25th AND submit your child’s picture to artwork@nwakd.com by April 30, 2015. A winner will be drawn & announced on May 1, 2015. We look forward to meeting you & seeing your child’s sweet picture!

Happy Spring NWA!

February Baby Guide 2015

There’s no doubt that as parents we give our best for the ones entrusted to us. From the time we learn of our pregnancies or adoptions, we love, pray, dream, nurture, worry, teach, protect, question & hope. All this & more. So much of this holds true for us at Kid’s Directory. We strive to provide the best family resource & that sometimes feels like we’re caring for a responsibility that’s beyond us…much like parenting, a labor of love!

The February Baby Guide offers everything you need for your little ones but it’s not just for tiny babies. This resource is filled with fun activities & amusements, pediatricians, photographers, dentists, child care, clothing, furniture & more for children ages three & under. They may be walking & talking, but let’s be honest, they’re still babies. You can learn more about these businesses on pages 34-43.

To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, we want to share some interesting trivia about this month’s romantic holiday. We’re sure you’ll wow your co-workers, friends & family with the vast knowledge you learn here & hopefully laugh some too! My personal favorites are the last two.

  • Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.
  • The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the observance, making Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight.
  • Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
  • In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.”
  • More than 40,000 Americans are employed at chocolate companies.
  • Conversation hearts date back to Victorian times. Back then, lovesick bachelors would give “conversation lozenges” with phrases like “How do you flirt?” and “Can you polka?” to the objects of their affection.

                                                                                                          Source: history.com


Be watching for our NEW Spring Cleaning Guide coming in March! This one stop guide is perfect for the one time of year that projects like cleaning, organizing, and doing repairs around the house don’t feel like chores – they feel like a fresh start. Also coming is our 12th annual Summer Camp Guide in April! It’s the biggest resource for all your kids’ summer needs. Contact Katinka to learn more about these or any of our upcoming issues.

 

January 2015 Non-Profit Spotlight

Happy 2015! We hope you had a sweet time celebrating Christmas & New Year’s with your loved ones. With another little one running around our house, the holidays brought lots of entertainment & fun. I don’t know about you but 2014 certainly felt like a time warp for our family!

It’s our privilege to bring you this Non-Profit Spotlight featuring organizations that provide health care, therapy, counseling, shelter for children & families, cultural arts, education & more. If you’re looking for a new year’s resolution that makes a lasting impact, check out these amazing non-profit agencies starting on page 7 with the spotlight feature on pages 36-43 to learn how you can make a difference. We think Albert Einstein said it well, “only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.”

We’re also delighted to share a cover story with you from Big Brothers Big Sisters that brings hope & encouragement for the new year. And who doesn’t need that? Thank you, Nicholas & Andrew, for giving us a glimpse into your lives.

All the best for 2015!

 

 

Happy January, National Mentoring Month! A great time to learn about Big Brothers Big Sisters, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the country. Since 1993, BBBS has had a presence in Northwest Arkansas, forming over 1,700 mentoring matches in Washington and Benton counties. These one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) have documented positive outcomes for the children. Survey results show that Littles who have been matched for 12 months or longer have improved school attendance, healthier peer relationships, improved ability to avoid fights and use physical violence, and enhanced self-confidence and outlook for their future.

In order to qualify to be a Little, the child must either live below the poverty level, have a parent in jail, or come from a single parent home, and often a child qualifies on all three accounts. In Northwest Arkansas, there is a huge need for more adults to volunteer as Bigs and the funding it takes to facilitate the recruitment, match and follow-up process. As child safety is a primary concern, there is structured protocol that all chapters follow regarding the recruitment and interviews of the Bigs, the Littles and their families; the matching process; and then the ongoing monitoring by the program staff. It costs about $1,000 to set-up and monitor a match for one year, and the values the Little can learn may keep them in school, off drugs and out of jail. Here is just one of the many success stories.

Nicholas and Andrew were matched in December 2012 when Nicholas was 8 years old and in third grade. Nicholas lives with his mother Layce and two brothers, Michael who is 2 years older, and a younger brother who was then 11 months old.  Nicholas’ father is frequently incarcerated. At the time, Layce was looking for a male role model for Nicholas who could encourage him academically, help increase his self confidence, and help him learn how to cope with a big brother who rarely wanted to play with him. Layce also felt that Nicholas was a little shy and she wanted him to open up more. Like many boys his age, Nicholas spent a great deal of time playing video games. When asked about why he might want a Big Brother, Nicholas responded that it would give him someone to stay at home with and play video games with.

Enter Andrew Arkell, a 24 year old University of Arkansas graduate from New Hampshire. Looking to give back to the community, Andrew decided to become a Big Brother after reading about another Big’s successful experience. Following the match, Andrew and Nicholas began meeting 2 or 3 times a month, going to the Gentry Zoo, bowling, the movies, Terra Studios, the library and park. Andrew quickly discovered that he was having a lot of fun seeing the world through the eyes of an 8 year old boy, and that it beat being always in the adult work world! Andrew intentionally balances their expeditions between indoor sedate ones, such as drawing comics and playing video games, with outside activities such as sports play or exploring a new place. Andrew was delighted when Nicholas exclaimed that roller skating was better than his favorite video game!

Nicholas lit up when asked about spending time with Andrew, explaining that Andrew has taught him a lot of different things including drawing a dinosaur, but also how to calm himself when in a disagreement with his big brother (“Go away and count to 10, and if it’s really that bad, count to 100!”) Nicholas and Andrew frequently discuss schoolwork and making friends, and Nicholas knows he can rely on Andrew to help him figure out how to solve problems. Nicholas said that Andrew is “kinda like family” and that Andrew has shown him stuff that he didn’t even know about. Nicholas thinks that based on what he learned from Andrew, he is now a better big brother to his little 3 year-old sibling and can teach him lots of things too.

Andrew is also pleased with Nicholas’ positive attitude on their activities and life in general, remarking that “No matter what we’re doing, we’ll have a great time, and Nicholas has learned that if we can’t always do everything he wants, we can do something else that will be fun.” He has seen growth in Nicholas over the last two years; Nicholas has grown in self-confidence so that he is more likely now to offer an opinion and socialize, and is always ready to try something new. Sadly, their time together is coming to an end as Andrew is moving to Chicago in May 2015. The two plan to stay in touch through letters and calls, and both intend to rematch in the hopes of finding another very successful relationship.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters,

please call 966.4366 or visit our website www.bbbsnwa.org.