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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Show your mom you care by giving her a delightful homemade craft this Mother’s Day

By Shannon Fisher Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography May is a great month to celebrate the moms and special people in our lives. There are so many fun projects to show our appreciation and love while creating lasting memories. Love Hands Start with a paper or a canvas that is at least eight by 10 inches. We used canvas and acrylic paint, but washable paint and paper work just as well. We painted both hand ...

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A Mother’s Day Blessing: Pastor David Bowen on the gift of motherhood

By David Bowen  May is the month we celebrate our mothers. We send flowers, we take them out for lunch, and we tell them we appreciate who they are and what they have done. Really, shouldn’t every day be Mother’s Day? Shouldn’t we let our moms know how much we appreciate them every day? We have to keep in mind how much mothers do for their children. How many times has Mom carried the items we didn’t want to ...

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Introducing Emmie, 85085’s Cutest Pet Winner

Top Dog  Introducing Emmie, 85085’s Cutest Pet Winner By Sondra Barr Our first 85085 Cutest Pet Contest proved that pet owners from around the area love to snap and share photos of their beloved critters. The year, we received dozens upon dozens of adorable pet submissions from their doting owners. The contestants were mainly dogs but also included some cats, a tortoise, and a guinea pig! We can’t wait to s ...

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Help us celebrate 85085 Dads!

Here’s your chance to celebrate the Dad in your life in a unique way. We’re dedicating the June issue of 85085 Magazine to the wonderful local patriarchs who make this community hum by showcasing them in a special feature. Here are the details: To be featured in our special Father’s Day issue, he needs to live in Sonoran Foothills, Norterra, Fireside, Deer Valley Airpark, Dynamite Mountain Ranch, Carefree C ...

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Watch out for these beauty red flags!

Local beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert describes the dangerous ingredients lurking in your skin-care products in 85085 Magazine.  Do you ever ask yourself how safe your skin-care and cosmetic products really are? The reality is that consumers of these items are daily exposed to a long list of chemicals. It’s a valid concern and one worth discussing. Consumers receive little guidance from product manufa ...

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Events in and around 85085 in May

THINGS TO DO…MAY Compiled by Sondra Barr 1 Join Gallery Glendale in welcoming their new month-long exhibit, showcasing the artistic talent at the City of Glendale. Gallery Glendale will showcase this talent throughout May. Gallery Glendale at Westgate, 6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., Glendale. westgateaz.com/gallery 1 The Paradise Valley Mall Kids Club has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities ...

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Eco-Friendly Tips

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. Practice these super-simple recycling tips, use eco-friendly products, and tryout out these water-saving ideas to lessen your environmental impact and to celebrate our planet.  Reuse a plastic bag Clean with vinegar (This pantry staple cleans coffeemakers and helps floors shine!) Install a more-effiecient showerhead Switch out incandescent bulbs to CFLs Water your lawn in t ...

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You Can Do What with Melons? Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) whips up a fresh idea in 85085 Magazine

By Leann Grunwald Sautéing, from the French sauté meaning “jumped” or “bounced,” references a method of tossing while cooking. It uses small amounts of fat—in this case, heart-healthy fat—in a heavy, wide pan with sloped sides over moderately high heat. For optimal sautéing, ingredients are cut into uniform shapes and sizes to facilitate fast and even cooking. Size does matter when sautéing, so take your ti ...

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For the thrill of the game––the special allure of baseball

By Fred Speck  Forgive me for writing about baseball once again this month, but with opening day coming up on April 5 and after a month when 15 Major League teams just completed spring training in the Valley of the Sun, I couldn’t bring myself to write about anything else. And of course, around this time, the sports world mainly revolves around people trying to squarely hit a little white hardball by a roun ...

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