Monday, March 21

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National Poison Prevention Week

Dangers are lurking in bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens and garages where 90-percent of poisonings occur in the home.  This third week in March marks National Poison Prevention Week.  More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country.   Poisonings are the number one cause of injury related deaths. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. Pediatrician, Dr. Sheena Banerjee of AllKids Urgent Care is here with advice.
Medications: The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that 57 percent of human exposures reported to poison centers involved medications, or pharmaceuticals.  Parents should make sure medications are childproof and are not accessible to children.  Also be wary of containers such as supplements which may not be available in childproof containers.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) says 80 percent of exposures reported to poison centers involved people who swallowed a substance.  This can cause lung, skin and eye irritations.  Experts recommend keeping products in their original containers, some of which may already be child-resistant containers.  Obviously, you also want to store the product out of a child's reach by childproofing cabinets or keeping substances on a high shelf.
The AAPCC also says Never call medicine "candy." Poisons may look like food or drink. It is important to also keep medicines and household products away from food.  A good rule is to teach children to ask an adult before tasting anything. Don't overlook your laundry room, as many laundry products can be harmful if ingested or in the case of bleach also harmful to the skin.  

Poisonous mushrooms and plants also contribute to poisonings each year.  So monitor your kids outside, especially the little ones who love to explore with their mouths.
In 2014, someone called the poison control center every 11 seconds!!!!  If you think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222.  Put this number in your cellphone and near home phones.

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AllKids Urgent Care Locations:

AllKids Urgent Care Mesa Pediatric Urgent Care
10720 E. Southern Ave. #112A
Mesa, AZ 85209

AllKids Urgent Care Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care
1430 N. Cooper Rd. #101
Gilbert, AZ 85233

Phone: 480-633-1111

AllKids Urgent Care believes that all kids deserve the best and is active in the community, educating kids, parents, teachers and caregivers about children's health. AllKids Urgent Care has clinics in both Mesa and Gilbert off the US60. Both locations are open from noon to 10 pm every day.

Understanding the Tax Credits available in AZ and how that works

Tax season is upon us and figuring out which Arizona tax credits that we're eligible for can be confusing. Bill Tennison, a local non-profit financial expert to explain the difference between the public and private school tax credits, non-profit donations,  as well as other ways to divert tax bills into giving back to the community!

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5 Digital Apps to Help You Save

Saving money is tough, and it's tougher for some than others. While there are more opportunities to consumer today than ever before, there are also more ways to track and curb your spending. Here are a few digital apps that can help you save money and make smart financial decisions.

1.    Consumer Reports Mobile (iPhone and Android)
If shopping is an area where you need to rein in your spending, then this app is a must. Designed and operated by the highly regarded magazine and company of the same name, Consumer Reports Mobile gives you at-your-fingertip access to professional and consumer reviews, and the ability to check and compare prices in an instant. One popular feature enables you to use a barcode scanner to find the nearest deal on a product you're interested in purchasing.

2.    Level Money (iPhone and Android)
If drafting budgets doesn't come easy to you, Level can help. It automatically breaks down your spending into categories so that after just a month you'll have an idea of how much you're spending on areas as diverse as morning coffee, car maintenance, beauty products, and health care. Level also has a ticket showing you how much spendable cash you have left on a given day.

3.    Unsplurge (iPhone)
For many people, the big purchases and lifestyle changes they're able to make as a result of frugal living are what drive them to live frugally in the first place. If you're saving for the vacation of a lifetime, a big down payment, a wedding, or raising a child, this app can help you put your money where your head is.

4.    Digit (web and SMS)
Like several other apps, Digit links directly to your bank accounts. It monitors your daily spending, and promotes regular spending check-ins of the "where is my money going?" variety? Based on your spending habits, the app will recommend daily, monthly, and annual savings goals. Digit communicates via web and text messaging so it doesn't take up app space on your smartphone.

5.    Mint (iPhone and Android)
With a fairly comprehensive free version, Mint is one of the most widely used financial planning apps around. Link all of your accounts, and Mint will track your spending habits, notifying you when you're nearing your budget in a particular category or an unusually large transaction is made in your name. It's a great tool for helping you save and achieve your savings-related goals.

For more information visit:

Outlook Advisors 
16930 East Palisades Blvd., Suite 100
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

Queen of Clean

Linda Cobb the Queen of clean teaches us how to make your own laundry detergent. Softeners, boosters

For more information visit Linda's website and Facebook page.

Actress Haley Lu Richardson

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A roundup of great non-candy Easter basket items for kids

Bumkins Finer Baby Products feature an array of great products for all ages, infant to little kids! Items include waterproof Bibs, Art Smocks, Splat Mats, Reusable Snack bags, Placemats, Divided Plates, Silicone Teethers and so much more. Choose from a variety of fun prints, like DC Comics, Disney, Dr. Seuss, owls, turtles and butterflies.
Piggy Paint makes painting kids' nails fun without toxic and smelly chemicals. Natural, eco-friendly, and hypoallergenic, the line is available in an assortment of gift sets perfect for Easter and other special occasions.
Debbie Lynn Inc. products are sure to excite the creative critters in the family! With unique stationery items like silly animal pens, bold markers, fun erasers, and more, these Debbie Lynn items will encourage creativity and make it more fun!

SafetyTat Anywhere Labels make it easy to keep track of belongings. Customizable with a name and phone number, these labels are perfect for clothes, to toys, to containers, and much more! Plus, Anywhere Labels are dishwasher and washing machine safe! 

Fill your little's ones Easter Basket with a super-cute, personalized book from "My Snuggle Bunny" counts ten ways that express affection for your child with a hug in the morning to snuggle time in the evening. This beautiful 20-page hardcover book is sure to become a classic bedtime reading ritual. You even have the option to add a companion plush snuggle bunny just for Easter!

Violet Love Headbands are a great non-candy solution for Easter baskets this year. The lightweight, eco-friendly, fashion-forward styles for kids feature solid colors and bright patterns. The durable fabric is colorfast, absorbent, and washable and has a unique "No Headache-No Slip" feature, making them perfect for play.

CloSYS, the renowned oral hear care line, offers a trial-sized set of dental health must haves. Kids will love having their very own little toothpaste, mini mouth wash, and breath spray just for them- and perfect size for the Easter basket. 

Liquid Palisade by Kiesque is the hottest buzz flaunting a new look for their launch in Sephora. Consider Liquid Palisade the ultimate at-home DIY manicure; it's like painter's tape for nails. Ideal for spring style! It provides an innovative barrier that protects the cuticles/skin during nail polish application just apply around your nail, paint on your favorite polish, and peel to reveal the perfect paint line. 

The SideKick 360 by MeFoto is a perfect item for photography and selfie!  lovers. The special design allows it to stand on its own or be adapted to a MeFoto tripod. With a 360 degree rotating ball joint, the MeFoto SideKick 360 can help create perfect photos and videos anywhere.

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Mayhem of March will be going until April 4th. Drink specials are available during March Madness games

This March is Mayhem of March at Uptown Alley. Come enjoy their specialty Nacho Pizza topped with nacho cheese Doritos, taco beef, cheddar and jack cheeses, red onions, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, salsa and sour cream. There will also be specialty martini's available during games. 


2 oz. vanilla vodka
2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a pre chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

3 oz. black current vodka
1 oz. blanc vermouth
1 oz. midori
1/2 oz. maraschino cherry juice

Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a pre chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

1 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. peach schnapps
2 oz. red bull

Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a pre chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

2 oz. absolut vodka
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lime juice
4 ea. Mint leaves

Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a pre chilled martini glass. Garnish with two slices of cucumber.

3 oz. mandarin vodka
1 oz. mango juice
1 oz. lime juice
Chili powder rim

Shake all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a pre chilled martini glass. Garnish with a chili powder rim.

Uptown Alley
13525 N. Litchfield Road
Surprise, AZ 85379