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Consumer Reports - News TV Options: Which One Is Right for You? 

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The Sparkle Bar

Leiah Scheibel, co founder and lead make up artist at the Sparkle Bar  demonstrates Halloween looks you can achieve either by yourself with makeup items already in your makeup bag, or professionally when you visit The Sparkle Bar this weekend. 

She showed three makeups looks that will make you a hit for Halloween:

1 - Sugar skull (black eyes and red lipstick) 
2 - Cat 
3 - Vampire 

For more information visit: http://thesparklebar.com/ or email: info@thesparklebar.com 
The Sparkle Bar 
4200 N. Marshall Way # 7 
Scottsdale, AZ 8525)

BevMo! Beer & Candy

Justin Oderkirk, of the BevMo Store shows which candy taste great with beer or a glass of wine. That's right, beer can actually enhance the flavor of classic Halloween candies.  Amber Ales and Twix? A delicious carmel fix. Snickers and Stouts? A creamy, chocolate combo that will make your taste buds shout.

Pairing Halloween Candy & Beer:
1.    Chocolate candies (Reese's Cups, Snickers, Milkway …)  Taste Best With Stouts
a.    Pair chocolates with beers that have a similar taste profile - i.e. chocolate stouts with chocolate candies
b.    The creaminess that comes about naturally from a Stout pairs perfectly with any candy that has a milky chocolate flavor, whether in full or just the shell
c.    The darker, aromatic malts used in Stouts enhance the not only chocolate flavor, but also complement the richness of a peanut butter cup

2.    Twix Tastes Best With Amber Ales
a.    It's all about the caramel in this pairing
b.    Amber Ales have a more pronounced caramel flavor than other beers, which goes nicely with the caramel of Twix
c.    The light copper brown color of Twix caramel matches the brewed malts of Amber ales

3.    Candy Corn Tastes Best With Pale Ales or Lighter Style Lagers
a.    An interesting pairing as it's a bit scientific
b.    Both contain diacetyl, which is naturally in alcoholic beverages.
c.    In candy corn, this chemical is added to create the classic 'buttery' flavor
d.    That shared elements makes these a match
e.    The hops of a lighter lager also helps cut the sugariness of candy corn

4.    Sour Patch Kids Taste Best With IPAs
a.    Sour Patch Kids have a very strong, bright citrusy taste
b.    The citrusy nature of an IPA creates big flavor when paired

5.    Starburst Taste Best With Wheat Beers
a.    The lack of bitterness in this beer makes it great for fruity Starburst 
b.    The traditional Belgian process that includes flavorings such as orange, complement the fruitiness of this chewy candy

To find more Phoenix-area Bevmo! stores visit: http://www.bevmo.com/StoreLocator

BevMo! is the leading alcoholic beverage-lifestyle specialty retailer in the western United States and among the largest in the country. With 156 stores across California, Arizona and Washington, BevMo! provides a uniquely friendly and welcoming environment for competitively priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and "goes with" products such as specialty foods and snacks, cigars, glassware and related bar and wine accessories. For more information on BevMo!, please visit: www.BevMo.com.

24650 North Lake Pleasant Parkway
Peoria, AZ 85383

Farm Sanctuary/ Phoenix walk for farm animals

Director and Producer Michael Moore shone a light on this awful topic years ago, and again it's back in the spotlight with support from singer Moby, Martha Stewart and actor James Franco. We're shining a light on a the gross underbelly of the food industry. 

We all like to think of the happy chickens running around a farm laying fresh eggs. The reality couldn't be further from the truth, and it's gross! On many farms, chickens beaks and toes are cut off with no anesthetic, ducks are violently force-fed, cows live in cruel, appalling conditions and that's just the beginning. Would we actually have a healthier diet if we treated our farm animals with some compassion and respect?     

You can live in alignment with your values, and activist Matt Ball explains how. How does the food industry deliver meat to the consumers without inflicting such pain, suffering and deplorable conditions to the animals?

On October 31st, Phoenix Walk for Farm Animals will be taking place. The Walk for Farm Animals brings together thousands of people to raise vital funds to support the lifesaving work of Farm Sanctuary, a national nonprofit that works to change the way society views and treats farm animals. It's a hot topic we cannot ignore.  

President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur wrote a book called Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. It's a practical how-to guide for living in alignment with your values

For more information on Farm Sanctuary: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/
Also for more information on the Phoenix walk for farm Animals visit: http://events.walkforfarmanimals.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=682

Mom & Me Halloween

It's Halloween time and families throughout the Valley are prepping for the big night!  This year, we're seeing a lot of fun costumes and families dressing up together.
Amanda Rumore of Valley girl Inc. talked about costumes moms can do with their kids

1. Etsy has made this Cinderella and Fairy Godmother combo possible for mom and daughter.  With Etsy, you can find custom and quality handmade options that will last long-term.
   Cinderella Costume by Ashlyn's Armoire  Find Ashlyn's Armoire on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/ashlynsarmoire
   Cinderella Shoes by SnuggleBugsAndBows Find SnuggleBugsAndBows on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/SnuggleBugsAndBows
   Fairy Godmother Costume by AJ's Cafe Find AJ's Café on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/AJsCafe

2. American Girl opened in Scottsdale this season and is all the rage.  This year, girls of all ages can dress up for Halloween and match their favorite American Girls. One of our favorites is the Pretty Poodle Skirt for girls and dolls.  www.AmericanGirl.com

3 .Moms are toting their toddlers all over town this Halloween, so they naturally want to look festive too.  Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles from www.CostumeExpress.com are still available for kids, and adults, of all ages. 

4. One of the biggest trends for Halloween 2015 is because of the upcoming Batman movie . Toddler girls are loving the new pink Batgirl costume at www.CostumeExpress.com

5. Of course, parents and tots are also looking for their own version of Batman.  From T's for moms and dads, The Dark Knight and the traditional Robin, 
www.CostumeExpress.com has it all.

For more information on Amanda Rumore and valleygalinc, visit: www.valleygalinc.com

Food Network Baking

Melody Larsen owner of  Sassy's Café and Bakery in Mesa, will be a contestant on Food Network Holiday Baking  Championship.this Sunday, November 1st  at 9 pm
She discusses what viewers can expect from the first episode of the show. The winner of the Holiday Baking Championship wins a grand prize of $50,000.

Fans can meet the competitors, relive highlights from the show, catch behind-the-scenes moments with the host and judges, and discover complementary baking tips and recipes on FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship. Plus, they can get in the holiday spirit with Duff's Sweet Spot, an exclusive web series where Duff Goldman whips up outrageously festive creations based on the challenges in each episode. To join the baking banter on Twitter use #HolidayBakingChamionship. 

Sassy's Café and Bakery 
4210 East Main Street  
Mesa, AZ, 85205