Teens in the Garden Photos by Final Touch Photography Teens in the Garden (TIG) is a volunteer program for youth ages 13 to 18, conducted through the Arizona Desert Botanical Gardens. This program provides TIGs with valuable experiences and skills that include research acquisition, interviewing, collaborative discussion, leadership, interfacing with technology, and public speaking. Once a month from ...Read more ›
If you’re eating healthy and the pounds aren’t coming off, local personal trainer Christy Snyder offers up some reasons why your weight isn’t budging.
Too Much of a Good Thing Have you ever wondered why if you’re “eating healthy,” the pounds aren’t coming off? You could be eating too much of a good thing. Although eating clean, healthy calories is certainly better for you than fatty fast foods and high-fructose corn syrup, you can still be consuming an excess of daily calories. Any time you consume more calories than you need in a day, your body wi ...Read more ›
Beautiful Brunch Photos by Heidi Lea Photography It’s that time of year again! Flowers are blooming in the desert, and the mountains are covered with greenery. It’s a perfect time to get outdoors and host a beautiful brunch. Brunches are one of the prettiest and easiest events you can create. Since it’s mid-morning, you can serve a light menu such as breakfast items, finger foods, yogurt parfaits, pa ...Read more ›
Crafty local mom Shannon Fisher devises some inventive art projects by reusing items from around the home.
Recycled Crafts Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Spring is here! This month is a great time to create art from reusable materials to honor our Earth and have fun with some Easter crafts! April 22 is Earth Day, so we make art projects that help recycle and reuse items we already have at home. Egg Maracas With Easter being this month, we needed to find ways to reuse our plastic eggs. One way is to make eg ...Read more ›
All Aboard! Destination: Delight!! By Kristin Caliendo Photos by Scott E. Whitney Photography It’s smooth sailing for locals Fred and Katelyn Finney of Lake Pleasant Cruises. Life on the water is not uncharted territory for this dynamic father-daughter duo that has brought their unique brand of cruising to Lake Pleasant. Fred Finney knows that it takes hard work and good business sense to be successf ...Read more ›
Local meteorologist Shelley Sakala recommends savoring our delightful weather before the heat sets in.
The Last Hurrah We’re officially into spring, which brings a round of cheers from our friends in places like Boston and Philadelphia. But here in Phoenix, it’s our turn to pay. All winter long we gloated, posting picture after picture of our perfect days and even more perfect nights: “Look, here’s one of me shoveling the sunshine.” While we’ve still got a month of what most would consider to be “nice ...Read more ›
With the season of weddings upon us, Pastor David Bowen offers up some things to keep in mind after the big day.
Spring Tune-Up With the season of weddings upon us, Pastor David Bowen offers up some things to keep in mind after the big day. It’s officially spring. This means that many brides are getting ready for their June weddings— June and September are the two most popular months to get married. The average cost of a wedding is now $29,858, and that’s not counting the honeymoon! In addition to the financial cost, ...Read more ›
Let Your Creativity Soar Local crafty mom Shannon Fisher takes on March art projects. Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography March is a great month to enjoy letting your children use their imaginations and have some fun with St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some ways to get that creative thinking started! Print Making This is fun for toddler age and up. You can use things around your home such as a lint roller w ...Read more ›
Back to the Yard Local baseball instructor Fred Speck brings America’s pastime to 85085 neighborhoods. At the age of 5, I fell in love with the game of baseball just like thousands of other boys and girls. As many do today, I played in my local little league, made All-Star teams, and played high school and college all in the hope of one day playing at the highest level. But what I remember the most was pla ...Read more ›
Celebrate! Stylist Kimberly Hufford on how to plan a fabulously fun birthday party. Photos by Heidi Lea Photography My love of parties started almost 20 years ago when I planned my daughter’s first birthday. Considering her young age, it was probably more for me than for her, but when I saw the look of joy on her sweet face, I was hooked. I now have six children, and I love giving them their special day. Th ...Read more ›