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August 2016 12th Annual Back-to-School Issue sponsored by Providence Academy and Rhea Lana's

I have the same feeling every year when it’s time for school to start. Dread. It seems silly. I love my kids’ elementary school. They’ve loved all their teachers and the staff, and they are cared for as if they were that person’s child. They have really good friends there too. Honestly, the dread comes from not seeing them as often in the day and sticking to rigid schedules of making lunches, bedtime routines, before and after school activities. You get the idea.

To add insult to injury, we have one entering junior high school this year. Many unknowns await us and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious for her. She sailed through middle school these last two years and had a wonderful experience but this is a new playing field. It’s a scary and exciting time and one that’s sure to bring the start of a new normal at our house.

I share my stories because I can relate to most of you. I remember being the first time mom of a Kindergartener. (one more to go!) I know how it feels to send them to a new school where parents aren’t informed of every detail because it’s time for your child to learn their own way. And trust me, I’m taking notes from parents who have already graduated kids from high school and college. Gulp!

The flip side is that it makes me happy to watch them grow, learn and experience new things. I’m sure you share that sentiment. And whether this is your first or last year to send kids off to school, somewhere in between or you’re a homeschooling mom, this 12th Annual Back-to-School Issue will help guide decisions and smooth transitions for your family. Look to the quick-reference guide on pages 46-57 for businesses that provide all your back to school needs.

We get to offer double thanks this month to Rhea Lana’s and Providence Academy for their joint efforts in sponsoring this issue! The owner of Rhea Lana’s is Ashley Noland and her kids attend Providence so they have a great partnership and it made for a fun photo shoot!

Rhea Lana’s is NWA’s premier children’s consignment event where you can shop for or sell all your children’s clothing, toys, furniture, books, games, baby equipment and more all in one convenient spot. Their back-to-school event is August 21-27 at 1106 N. Old Missouri Rd (just north of The Jones Center), Springdale. Visit www.rhealana.com for more information.

Providence Academy is a premier private, independent, college-preparatory school serving Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville. Their mission is to partner with parents to equip students with a biblical worldview, all to God’s Glory. Plans for a new permanent campus on 66 acres in Lowell are underway. Learn more at www.providence-academy.com or make plans to attend one of their informational meetings.

Our final issues rounding out 2016 are the September Healthy Families Guide, the October Birthday Guide and the November and December Holiday Gifts and Events Guides. Contact our sales staff to learn about advertising opportunities.

Wishing you a great school year!

March 2016 Summer Camp Preview

I’m loving the spring-like days we’ve had this month though I’m bracing myself for the colder temps and snow potential that’s heading our way as I write this letter. My family and I are going to Colorado for spring break so I’ll get my fill of cold and snow while there! Even if you’re a cold weather person, I’m sure you’ll agree that consecutive outside play times have been a VERY welcome change.

The good news about being snow bound is that you’ll have this issue in hand to start spring and summer planning for your kiddos. Look to pages 2-22 to fill their days with camps and programs to suit every child’s interests. And be watching for even more opportunities in our April Summer Camp Guide.

We’re excited to partner once again with Champions for Kids for their biggest event of the year…RazorFest! This year’s event is April 23, 9-11:30 am at Razorback Stadium. RazorFest is a free, family-friendly event held prior to the annual Red-White game (12 pm kickoff) and includes games, inflatables, concerts, performances, autographs, mascots, healthy tips, giveaways, and more. They also host a food drive to benefit NWA Food Bank and UA Full Circle Pantry. If you’ve never been, we strongly encourage you to come and stop by our booth for some fun! Visit championsforkids.org/razorfest for more information about this amazing organization.

Our special thanks this month to Rhea Lana’s for providing our cover models with adorable game day gear! Their spring sale is March 6-12 at 1106 N. Old Missouri Rd, Springdale (previously National Home Center). They offer high quality, name brand children’s clothing, furniture, toys, baby equipment, maternity clothing, video game systems, books, DVDs, nursing items, sporting equipment, and more. Join them as a  Shopper, Consignor or Volunteer Worker. Learn more at nwa.rhealana.com.

Remember to set your clocks forward on March 13th and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Ahem…that’s if your kids comply! Happy Spring NWA!

November Holiday Gifts & Events 2015 Sponsored by Rhea Lana's

Can you believe we’re in November already? It’s hard for me to imagine that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner though my kids keep reminding me that Christmas is NOT coming soon enough for them! Since we know many of you are planners, we are bringing you our Holiday Gifts and Events Issue in November. But if you need more time, don’t worry. It’ll be featured in December too. These guides provide unique gift ideas for all the special people on your holiday list and fun events that are sure to become family traditions.

Since we celebrate Thanksgiving this month, I have an experiment for you. Keep a record the entire month of how many times in a day you thank someone. This would be fun to do with your kids too. Don’t force a “thank you” but genuinely mean it. Total your results on the 30th then determine if you need to express gratitude more often. Thanksgiving Day is an easy day for us to say “thanks” but shouldn’t it be the norm rather than the exception? Let’s practice true appreciation more than once a year. I think Ralph Waldo Emerson said it well. “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

With that being said, we thank Rhea Lana’s for sponsoring this issue and for continuing to provide the best children’s consignment event venue in NWA. We are honored by their partnership. Their fall sale is November 8-12 at 1106 N. Old Missouri Rd, Springdale (previously National Home Center). Take your Christmas list…you’ll find fabulous clothing, toys, baby equipment, furniture and more all in one location! Holiday shopping made easy.

For more fun and convenient shopping, plan to attend the NWA Boutique Show, November 6th & 7th at the NWA Convention Center in Springdale. They’ll have over 150 one-of-a-kind boutiques including home and holiday decor, clothing, gifts, gourmet food, children’s items and much more. While you’re there, be sure to stop by our booth so you can register for our giveaways and take fun pictures at our photo booth provided by Oh Snap!

Happy Thanksgiving NWA!