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 ...

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Family-owned Lake Pleasant Cruises takes to the local waters to offer a unique cruising experience.

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Local crafty mom Shannon Fisher takes on March art projects in 85085 Magazine

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 ...

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Local 85085 baseball instructor Fred Speck brings America’s pastime to 85085 neighborhoods

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 ...

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Stylist Kimberly Hufford on how to plan a fabulously fun birthday party

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 ...

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Pastor David Bowen on an oft-misunderstood word

Love: A Noun or a Verb? Pastor David Bowen on an oft-misunderstood word.  A survey was done a few years ago in which participants answered the question: What three-word sentence would you most like to hear? The top three answers, in reverse order, were: 3) Supper is ready. 2) I forgive you. 1) I love you. People want to hear “I love you.” People need to hear “I love you!” Remember back in junior high Englis ...

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Losing weight comes down to caloric intake, says local personal trainer Christy Snyder

A Numbers Game Losing weight comes down to caloric intake, says local personal trainer Christy Snyder. Here, she shares her plan to keep track of those errant calories. Having a Plan The phrases “I need to lose some weight” or “I’m on a diet” have crossed everyone’s lips at some point and will probably do so again. Many of the failures that we experience in losing weight come out of a lack of planning. I of ...

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Not too hot, not too cold. Shelley Sakala waxes poetic about the Valley’s March weather

Welcome to the Sweet Spot Not too hot, not too cold. Shelley Sakala waxes poetic about the Valley’s March weather. In Phoenix, March is considered to be the pinnacle of beautiful weather. With an average high temperature of 77, we can’t get out of those bulky sweaters fast enough. Total Goldilocks weather––not too hot, not too cold. Just right. Our winter visitors are downright giddy. Restaurants are reopen ...

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