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U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Lack of Accountability in VA Stems from Lack of Permanent Watchdog

Committee members heard first-hand accounts of such wrongdoing from VA whistleblowers during an emotionally charged hearing Tuesday that ran three hours. 

Click here to watch.

If you are a federal employee, including with the VA, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee established a venue to safely and confidentially report wrongdoing to Congress. That email address is whistleblower@ronjohnson.senate.gov

Flu Shot

It’s that time of the year again, time to get a flu shot. Many doctor’s offices are already taking appointments and have the flu shot in stock. But when is the best time to get a flu vaccine? Is ever too late? Fred Shulski MD from MVP kids care says it is important to get one than not get a flu shot. Just because the strain may change doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it.

MVP Kids Care
13065 W. McDowell Road, Suite C-130
Avondale, AZ  85392

Phone 623.932.5042


Breakfast Battle

Chef Beckett from Beckett's table and Southern Rail and Chef Hebert from Posh were the only two selected to compete in the Thomas Brand Hometown Breakfast Battle. The breakfast battle selected 134 chefs from across the country to submit a locally inspired dish. The competition will ultimately be crowned the "Hometown Breakfast Battle Grand Campion" and receive $25,000.C

Chef Justin Beckett and Chef Joshua Hebert are submitting their locally inspired dishes.

The recipes and information about the chef are housed on the contest website, www.ThomasBreakfastBattle.com, where consumers can vote for their favorite over the course of six week.

Southern Rail, Phoenix
300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013


7167 E Rancho Vista Dr,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

AAWL/ Arizona Welfare League Jr volunteer days

Is your child interested in earning service learning credit for school or do they just have a love for animals? AAWL's Education Department is proud to introduce Junior Volunteer Days. Led by a professional humane educator, Junior Volunteer Days allow children ages 9-17 to participate in the day-to-day volunteer activities of the shelter in a structured, safe environment. Typical activities include: cleaning cat condos and dog kennels, making enrichment activities for exotic animals, sorting and folding laundry, socializing the animals at our shelter, and more. Additionally, students are instructed on proper daily care of a variety of animals.

Upcoming Classes/Sessions:

  • Junior Volunteer Days (Ages 9-12) - Sunday, October 18, 2015 -9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Junior Volunteer Days (Ages 12-17) - Sunday, November 15, 2015 -9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Junior Volunteer Days (Ages 9-12) - Sunday, December 20, 2015 -9:00am to 1:00pm

Arizona Animal Welfare league

25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034


For more information on the Jr. Group Volunteer day please email Rosie at: EduAdmin@aawl.org or (602) 273-6852 x122.

Splurge baby

It seems there's a lot of women expecting in the Valley during the fall months and one question I always get is what products are worth the splurge. Amanda Rumore, mom blogger says  when it comes to car seats, baby bags and certain strollers go splurge. She gives some ideas and websites you can check.

Splurge: Coach "Baby Bag"

If you are in to designer items, a Coach diaper bag may be for you.  As a mom (or dad,) your baby bag is now your most used accessory. Modern moms are opting to purchase bigger bags by their favorite designers, or using their older bags instead of purchasing a traditional diaper bag. A Coach tote style bag offers enough storage capabilities to handle all of your baby's stuff and more than a few of your own things like cell phones and car keys. $400 /      www.Macy's.com   

Steals & Deals: Thirty-One Baby Bag

A line of personalized bags in an array of colors and fabrics with personalization options! These are definitely a trend of moms in-the-know.  All bags have the option of personalization.  Depending on type of tote, they run from $15  $60 / www.thirtyonegifts.com

Splurge: ProRIDE Carseat by RECARO

A car seat is so important for the safety of your tot. RECOR, a German company known internationally for their auto and aircraft seating, also makes super stylish and ultra-safe child safety seats. The ProRIDE convertible car seat follows the RECARO tradition. Designed for use in either the rear-facing or forward-facing positions, the RECARO ProRIDE Convertible Car Seat offers multiple safety features such as racing-inspired side-impact protection, protective and comfortable PUR foam in the head restraint and a vehicle belt lock-off mechanism (forward-facing). Plus, an ergonomic shell structure, breathable mesh fabric, and easy-to-use harness and head restraint adjusters provide comfort and convenience.  The seat is available in fin colors like pink, purple, red, blue and gray.  $280 / www.babiesrus.com

Steals & Deals: SureRide DLX Convertible Car Seat by evenflo

Keep your child harnessed longer with the broadest range of harness adjustments. With 6 harness height positions, 2 crotch buckle positions and a 65 lb. harness weight rating the Evenflo SureRideâ„¢ Convertible Car Seat provides room for your child to grow. The machine-washable head pillow, body pillow and seat pad will provide a comfy ride and the up-front harness adjustment makes getting your child in and out a breeze. The lightweight design comes equipped for LATCH systems, including tether, for easy conversion between multiple vehicles.  $99 / www.babiesrus.com

Splurge: Quest Lightweight Stroller by MacLaren

Who doesn't like to travel in style? Based in England, MacLaren is synonymous with designer strollers. The Quest is a favorite with parents all over the world. The lightweight sporty solution, Quest offers a smooth and relaxing ride. It is compact and sturdy and travels well in city as well as rural landscapes. A simple, single handed recline makes it easy to adjust the seat from an upright position to a full recline, ideal for newborn babies. Key features include an Infant Safety System with cocooning head and foot barrier, extendable leg rest, as well as a viewing window and extra storage pocket on the hood. The seat can easily be removed and is machine washable. This stroller weighs a mere 14.2 lb. / 6.5kg, and includes a rain cover.  We love the color combinations like dove / orchid smoke, charcoal / citadel and cardinal / wheat. $290 / www.maclaren.us

Steals & Deals: Babies R Us Lightweight Stroller

Style and convenience combine to create the Babies'R'Us Lightweight Stroller. This cheerful stroller is designed with an adorable owl pattern and comes with everything needed to keep baby safe and comfy, including a double-clip belt, a retractable canopy and wheel brakes. Padded handles promise extra comfort, while the handy storage pouch keeps your necessities close at hand. $29.99 / www.babiesrus.com

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