Monday, April 4

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Prom Dangers

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1 in 5 female high school students is the victim of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a date. While there are no hard numbers on the incidence of date rapes occurring on prom night, the risk of being victimized is almost certainly higher on prom night when alcohol is involved.

Society has portrayed prom night as being a "milestone" for teens who are planning on getting intimate for the first time. According to a joint survey conducted by Seventeen magazine and Centers for Disease Control, that may not be true. Of nearly 13,000 students who responded, just 5% of girls and 3% of boys said they lost their virginity after prom.

Once kids hit the teenage years, they tune out just about everything their parents have to say, but parents can get through with a little persistence and conversation. According to a survey from MADD, teens whose parents view underage drinking as totally unacceptable are 80% less likely to drink compared to their peers whose parents are more lenient about it.

Feeling accepted by friends often leads teens to do things they normally wouldn't, including drinking or using drugs on prom night. Data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Chrysler found that nearly 75% of teens felt pressured to use alcohol while another 49% said their friends encouraged them to try drugs during prom.

Having just one or two drinks is bad enough, but 54% of teens are consuming four or more alcoholic beverages according to Liberty Mutual.

Most teens learn about the perils of driving under the influence during Driver's Ed, but their fear of getting into trouble with their parents appears to outweigh the risk. According to AAA, 84% of teens surveyed said their friends would be more likely to get behind the wheel after drinking than to call home for a ride (if they believed they'd get in trouble for using alcohol). Another 22% said they'd ride in a car with someone who was impaired instead of calling their parents.

Dr. Sharon Thompson, MD of Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology in Phoenix is holding a public workshop on Thursday, April 14th at her office. It is located at 926 E. McDowell Rd. Ste 134, Phoenix, AZ 85006. The event starts at 6:30pm. For more information call 602-288-0777 or visit

For more information:

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology, 
926 East McDowell Road, #134
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 288-0777 

Queen of Clean

Linda Cobb the Queen of clean teaches us surprising uses for vinegar.

Dishwasher Rinse Aid 
Instead of chemical-laden, store-bought rinse aids, fill your dishwasher's rinse air reservoir with white vinegar instead. Your dishes will sparkle for less money and with fewer harsh chemicals.

Remove Sticky Labels 
Use a rag to soak the sticker in white or apple cider vinegar, then use an old gift card to scrape it away. If there's any gunk left when you've got the sticker off, soak it with more vinegar for a few minutes, then scrub it with your rag.

Revive Old Paintbrushes
Soak gunked-up nylon brushes in hot vinegar for up to 30 minutes to remove paint and soften the bristles. Afterward, wash them in hot, soapy water, brushing off paint as needed, then rinse and let dry good as new.

Clean a dirty thermos or travel mug
To get a thermos bottle clean, fill it with warm water and 1/4 cup white vinegar. If you see any residue, add some uncooked rice, which will act as an abrasive to scrape it off. Close and shake well. Then rinse and let it air-dry.  Fill travel mugs with ¼ cup white vinegar and add hot water to the top.  Soak overnight and then rinse well.

Deodorize lunch boxes and coolers
Has your child's lunch box has taken on the bouquet of week-old tuna? Quit holding your breath every time you open it, and save them from lunchtime embarrassment with a quick deodorizing treatment. Soak a slice of white bread in white vinegar and leave it in the lunchbox overnight. The smell should be gone by morning.

Disinfect cutting boards
To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use. The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus.  When your wooden cutting surface needs deodorizing as well as disinfecting, spread some baking soda over it and then spray on undiluted white vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for five to ten minutes, then rinse.

Make an all-purpose scrub for pots and pans
For an effective scouring mix that costs a few pennies, and can be safely used on all of your metal cookware try this scrub. Simply combine equal parts salt and flour and add just enough vinegar to make a paste. Work the paste around the cooking surface and the outside of the utensil, then rinse off with warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft dish towel.

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

Motivational Monday: Method Athlete 

Method Athlete is a gym specializing in Golf Performance.

15444 N 76th St. Ste. 115
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (480) 343-4009

The Great Australian Bakery

Brand new Australian themed restaurant. Authentic recipes from the "land down under" to include Australian meat pies, pasties, sausage rolls and dessert pastries

7217 E. Main Street 
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-3801

Best AZ Wines/Sorso

Monday at Sorso is Local Vendor Day: 1/2 off all bottles of AZ wine.

Tuesday is Arizona Gives Day, if you donate $25 to Chrysalis (Domestic Violence Shelter) they'll give you $25 off your check.

Located In the Scottsdale Quarter
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 150 
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Mon-Fri - 11am to Midnight
Saturday - 10am to Midnight
Sunday - 10am to 10pm

Happy Hour
Mon-Fri 3pm to 6pm