Yes, we recently had the wettest day on record in Phoenix. But yes, we’re also still in a drought. Meteorologist Shelley Sakala explains why.

But It’s a Dry Rain Yes, we recently had the wettest day on record in Phoenix. But yes, we’re also still in a drought. Meteorologist Shelley Sakala explains why. As a public service to the community (non-court-mandated, thank you very much), this month, I’m providing you with fun facts that you can take with you to dinner parties. When you find yourself sitting with a group of interesting people, shower the ...

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Establishing a customary pattern of actions during this hectic season can bring peace and a foundation on which to build warm memories

Holiday Traditions Establishing a customary pattern of actions during this hectic season can bring peace and a foundation on which to build warm memories, explains Pastor David Bowen. When the holidays come around, sometime around mid-October, there are always too many parties to attend and too many errands to run. But when Christmas comes, we somehow always seem to find time for family gatherings, days awa ...

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Things to do in December

THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER Through Dec. 24 Visit the Arrowhead Towne Center for Photos with Santa. All ages welcome. Visit website for pricing and hours. Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. arrowheadtownecenter.com Through Dec. 24 Head to the Outlets at Anthem for Photos with St. Nick and to see Santa’s House! All ages welcome. Visit their website for days and times. Outlets at A ...

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Local real estate agent David Fisher on a relaxing investment

Vacation Rentals Local real estate agent David Fisher on a relaxing investment. During my 16-year career, my wife and I have made many different types of real estate investments. I enjoy our rental homes because they supply monthly income. Multifamily buildings are cash-flow producers, and I have found them to be incredibly lucrative! Owning land is rather boring, but it’s a great write-off and can generate ...

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Give your home some holiday panache. Stylista Kimberly Hufford shows you how

Sensational Seasonal Decorating Give your home some holiday panache. Stylista Kimberly Hufford shows you how. Photos by Heidi Lea Photography There is something so magical about the month of December. It seems as if everywhere you look, there are festive decorations and everyone you run into is in a good mood. The holiday spirit brings us together as a community. Every year, I make hot cocoa for my family a ...

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Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher

Keepsake Art Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher. Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make it hard to take the time to preserve memories or keep up with family traditions. Here are some ways to stay organized and create fun keepsakes this time of year. Ornaments Each year, we enjoy making ornaments wit ...

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With cooler temps comes the arrival of more than 50 shades of green. Here’s what’s in store, says Shelley Sakala

Time for Fall With cooler temps comes the arrival of more than 50 shades of green. Here’s what’s in store, says Shelley Sakala. It’s All About the Green Lawn envy. It’s a real thing among guys. That competitive side you see on the basketball court or the softball field carries over to the world of landscaping. And regardless of the size (which doesn’t matter, by the way), guys take a lot of pride in their l ...

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Volunteering leads to a stronger community, says local Tisha Morgan, who spotlights a charity near and dear to her heart this month

Positive Impact Volunteering leads to a stronger community, says local Tisha Morgan, who spotlights a charity near and dear to her heart this month. When you think of volunteering, what usually comes to mind? Some of you may think about the giving of time without compensation. Others might think of the overall good it does for our community and the organization involved. Some also may think of the positive ...

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How to Host a Beautiful Thanksgiving: Stylista Kimberly Hufford offers tips for a gracious meal

How to Host a Beautiful Thanksgiving Stylista Kimberly Hufford offers tips for a gracious meal. Photos by Heidi Lea Photography The holidays are upon us. I just love this time of year! It’s such a beautiful season of get-togethers with family and friends. Our homes are transformed into cozy spaces with the glow of soft candles and the smell of pumpkin in the air. Every year, I host Thanksgiving for my famil ...

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Julie Read catches up with the entrepreneurs behind an ingenious local shopping concept

Fans and Fashionistas Julie Read catches up with the entrepreneurs behind an ingenious local shopping concept. Photos by Jolie Anne Photography When I first walked into Fans and Fashionistas at the Shops at Norterra in 2007, I fell in love. It was the most ingenious marketing concept––half the store was dedicated to the sports enthusiast or fan, and the other half was dedicated to the boutique fashionista. ...

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