Pastor David Bowen on how helping others can make for wonderful family traditions

Creating Memories Pastor David Bowen on how helping others can make for wonderful family traditions. The calendar may say that it’s fall, but those of us who live in the desert don’t really get to enjoy the autumn weather until early November. By then, summer vacations are over, the kids are back in school, and the need to get outside and do something as a family is unmistakable. The fall season is the perf ...

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Glam Halloween Fete––Stylista Kimberly Hufford orchestrates an elegant look for the spookiest of nights

Glam Halloween Fete  Stylista Kimberly Hufford orchestrates an elegant look for the spookiest of nights. Photo by Heidi Lea Photography Growing up in Chicago, I just loved Halloween. It was the start of the holiday season. The air was crisp, and it was usually raining. Now that I’ve been in Arizona for the past 16 years and have six kids of my own, I love it just as much. It’s not quite as chilly, but our O ...

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Over-the-top Halloween display is a neighborhood treasure

The Black Mariah Over-the-top Halloween display is a neighborhood treasure The creator behind the elaborate Black Mariah pirate ship display won’t divulge exactly where the ship is “docked.” When pressed, he quotes a line from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie: “It can only be found by people who’ve already been there.” He encourages everyone to go on a hunt to find this neighborhood treasure—his onl ...

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Local real estate agent David Fisher takes on a common homeowner conundrum

Should I Stay, or Should I Go? Local real estate agent David Fisher takes on a common homeowner conundrum. I often have clients ask me if it is better to sell their home and purchase a new one or fix up the home they are in to meet their immediate needs. This can easily be decided by breaking down the situation. What is lacking in the home that would make it more suitable? What would the cost be to make the ...

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Break Out the Winter Shorts––We’ve got seven months of glorious weather ahead of us

Break Out the Winter Shorts We’ve got seven months of glorious weather ahead of us—just you wait, says Shelley Sakala October is here, and with it comes fall. Temperatures start to dip––a little. The oppressive heat becomes manageable heat. We can finally crack open the windows in our homes––at night, anyway. And that pungent smell in the air means the overseeding of our lawns has begun. There are so many P ...

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Meet local writer Dave McMinn, who combs through online dating profiles so you don’t have to

You Talkin’ to Me? (Yes, you probably are)  On the day that I explained to my wife how I would be spending lots of time on dating websites, she reacted better than I expected. Skeptical, but supportive when learning that my days would soon include hours and hours combing through online profiles, scanning through photos, and trying to find the perfect match––for my clients. I am a ghostwriter for people on d ...

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A Sonoran Foothills couple makes beautiful memories by their sparking pool

Resort Style A Sonoran Foothills couple makes beautiful memories by their sparking pool.  By Sondra Barr Photos by Tina Hannaford Photography Rob and Tina Hannaford, along with their beloved pooch, Jackson, moved into their Sonoran Foothills home in August 2013. They moved from Vancouver, Canada, to be in the heat and sunshine daily and to continue Rob’s successful real estate business as well as Tina’s pro ...

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Local fitness instructor Desiree Robbins offers tips on how to get through the Halloween season without packing on the pounds.

Fitness Tricks for the Treat Bag Local fitness instructor Desiree Robbins offers tips on how to get through the Halloween season without packing on the pounds. Halloween is the holiday that tests even the most body conscience among us. If you’re a mother like me, you know that Halloween means buying and receiving tons of candy. Your kids will probably be hyped up on sugar for the next few weeks, throwing wr ...

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Shannon Fisher offers up fun and easy craft projects

Simple Art Creations Crafty local mom Shannon Fisher offers up fun and easy craft projects using items found around your house. Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography Fall for many of us means time for back-to-school shopping, signing up for sports, and other fun activities for the kids. These costs can all add up quickly! Lucky for you, there are probably inexpensive craft supplies all around your home. Here ...

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Take Your Passion And Make It Happen

Take Your Passion And Make It Happen Sonoran Foothills resident Julie Read has turned her enthusiasm for creating whimsical tutus into a thriving homegrown business. In this month’s issue of 85085 Magazine, she shares her dedication to community, entrepreneurship, and networking What would you build if you could follow your passion? It’s a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together to create so ...

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