The Coming Storm

Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala on how to survive an Arizona monsoon. This is bigger than ComicCon. Bigger than any fantasy football draft party. This is the time of year when Arizona weather reporters (and former weather reporters like me) get downright giddy over the upcoming change in the weather. June 15 marks the official kickoff of the Arizona monsoon—and you’ll notice I didn’t say “monsoon season. ...

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Father’s Day Crafts

These three personalized handmade gift ideas are sure to put a smile on Dad’s face! By Shannon Fisher Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Father’s Day is coming up on June 21, and we have so many great art projects to make that show your dad, grandpa, or other significant guy in your life how much you care. Mug  Take a plain-white ceramic mug. (We found ours at the Dollar Tree.) Use stickers to make a desi ...

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The Carnival Must Go On

After $40,000 was stolen from the Norterra Canyon Parent Teacher Student Association’s account, the community came together to right a wrong. By Anissa Stringer Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography With 1,200 students, Norterra Canyon is somewhat larger than many elementary schools. It’s a popular choice among parents during open enrollment as well, and many grade levels are at capacity. Otherwise, the A+ D ...

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How to create a beautiful dessert table

Party planner extraordinaire Jamila Watson details the elements to design a magical treat tableau. I’m a huge fan of dessert tables, not just because I am addicted to sugar but because of what they add to a party. I believe every party deserves to have one, whether it’s a small setup with cupcakes and treats to a large, over-the-top presentation designed for a larger event. Today, I’d like to focus on a tab ...

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Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert talks the pros and cons of permanent makeup.

Wake Up a Cover Girl! Waking up with a flawless face is typically something we only see in the movies––or is it? Permanent makeup, also known as micro-pigmentation or cosmetic tattooing, dates back to the early 1980s and can allow anyone to get up in the morning and bypass the rigorous and lengthy makeup routine we all dread. Although the word permanent has taken on a new definition in the 21st century, it’ ...

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Local personal trainer Christy Snyder offers tips on how to break chronic eating patterns

Break Your Food Habits          The Habitual Eater We all are habitual eaters in some way. It only becomes a problem when we habitually eat too many of the wrong things. We have daily habits and weekly habits that lead into special-occasion habits. A giant bowl of ice cream every night while watching your favorite Netflix show is your daily mistake. Pizza wings and beers every Friday night just because it’s ...

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The Good News Club: Local mom Stacey Pearson volunteers time to teach Biblical values

The Good News Club By Tisha Morgan The Good News Club is a fast-paced one-hour program designed to bring the Gospel of Christ to children on their level and in their own environment. The club was founded in 1937, and since then, it has been training volunteers throughout the United States and around the world through seminars, conferences, and formal courses. Good News Club meet-ups take place in neighborho ...

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Year-Round, or Well-Rounded? Local coach Fred Speck on the benefits of kids playing more than one sport

By Fred Speck An athlete is defined in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary as “a person who is trained in or good at sports, games or exercises that require physical skill and strength.” The key part of that definition that I would like to bring to your attention is the plural form of the words sport, game, and exercise used in the definition. I take it to mean that for one to truly be considered an ath ...

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Stylista Kimberly Hufford offers up some festive ideas for your next 85085 pool party

By Kimberly Hufford Photos by Heidi Lea Photography With spring break over, there are only seven weeks of school left! It’s time to start planning those end-of-the-school-year get-togethers and fun summer pool parties. The weather is just about right to take your first dip of the season. Things warm up fast, so plan ahead and be ready to invite some friends over for an afternoon, or get a group together and ...

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: Meteorologist Shelley Sakala offers up her tips for Arizona summer survival

By Shelley Sakala I’m borrrrrrrred. For anyone who has kids (or used to be one), you know that old familiar refrain that goes hand in hand with summer vacation. Everything on the DVR has been watched, your San Diego trip is still two months away, and your skills as entertainment director for your household are being put to the test. To make matters worse, you happen to live in Phoenix, where summer activiti ...

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