Monday, April 18

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On the Ask

Laura Fredricks is author of THE ASK©, If you have the courage, the inspiration and the know-how, you can ASK your way into having the life and career you need, want and deserve  by simply knowing how to A$K for it.

Laura who, as Founder & CEO of THE ASK©, puts the world of ASKING into perspective by teaching nonprofits and philanthropic professionals how to confidently and successfully ASK for charitable dollars. THE ASK© provides training, coaching and proven best practices to help nonprofits and philanthropic professionals expand their fundraising capabilities.

-DEVELOP and transition small donors into big contributors
-EXECUTE and evaluate giving programs, such as endowments and capital campaigns
-IDENTIFY and increase major gift donors without staffing or overhead adjustments
-MONETIZE and measure rate of return on financial resource allocation
-POSITION and address opportunities and challenges in fundraising campaigns

For more information visit her website:

Queen of Clean

How to make home-made streak-free window cleaner and how to erase streaks on glass, easy and fast!  

Homemade Streak-Free Window Cleaner
1/2 bottle of "Jet Dry" 
4 Tablespoons 70% Rubbing Alcohol 1/4 Cup Ammonia
2 Tablespoons liquid dish soap
2 Gallons of Hot Water
Combine ingredients in bucket.  Use a sponge to apply to window.  Rinse off with hose starting at the top of the window and working down.  That's it, you’re done!
Spray and Wipe Window Cleaner #1
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol (I like 70%)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups water
8-10 drops essential oil (optional)
Simply spray and wipe.
Spray and Wipe Window Cleaner #2
2 cups water
½ teaspoon liquid dish soap
2 cups water
Shake, spray and wipe
Outside Window Cleaner
2 gallon bucket of warm water
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup white vinegar

Combine well to dissolve cornstarch.  Using a sponge (a natural sponge works best) wash window, buff dry with paper towels or microfiber cloth
Tough Job Window Cleaner removes screen stain, bugs, etc.

There is NO water in this solution
1 pint of rubbing alcohol
2 Tablespoon ammonia
2 Tablespoons liquid dish soap. 
Apply to window using a scrubbing sponge, rinse and buff.  Great for windshields too.  
Bug Stains, screen stains, etc. Remover
Moisten a bar of LAVA Soap and rub a wet cloth across it.  Rub into stain, rinse and continue you're your choice of window cleaning solution.  Buy LAVA where you buy hand or bath soap.

Streak Remover
Simply take a black board or white board eraser and erase the streaks away. 

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

Teen Pregnancy

Be the information source for your kids or someone else will be. (Ideally, parents have been talking about their child's body and being honest about its functions from the beginning. But that is not what most parents do. Now is the right time.
A smartphone is access to everything including pornography.  If you haven't been having these talks, giving the first cell phone is a good time to have one--discuss goals, values, and expectations
How do you start the conversation about teen sex and pregnancy? 

  •     Do find teachable moments, Use events at school, upcoming activities, TV show or movies as a springboard.  Go over the annual health forms with them. 
  •     Do share your values and concerns but also why are these things important to you?  Let them know what you want for them.
  •     Do keeping it light and simple, no lectures, no freaking out. Answer questions honestly. 
  •     Do use private, low pressure times driving in the car to talk, watching a movie, a trip to the mall. 
  •     Do use your resources pediatrician or ob/gyn, favorite aunt or uncle, etc. The ob/gyn or pediatrician can counsel without need for an exam. To decrease awkwardness, send your child off to lunch with a trusted adult for 'the talk'
  •     Don't make it all about sex.  Lead with changes in their bodies; "You're getting your adult body, what comes along with that is"
  •     Don't wait until adolescence. (Ideally this is an ongoing series of conversations that started with naming body parts as a toddler.) 

Let your child know that you are approachable and they can talk to you about anything, without judgment. In a 2012 survey, almost 9 in 10 teens (87%) said that it would be much easier to postpone sexual activity and avoid pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations about these topics with their parents. 38% of teens said that parents most influenced their decisions about sex, whereas just 22% said friends most influenced their decisions.
In 2014, there were 6,622 teen births. Arizona ranks 32nd (#1 is lowest) in the rate of teen pregnancies.
Comprehensive sex education can help youth delay onset of sexual activity, reduce the frequency of sexual activity, reduce number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive use. Importantly, the evidence shows youth who receive comprehensive sex education are NOT more likely to become sexually active, increase sexual activity, or experience negative sexual health outcomes
About 25% of teens will become sexually active before the end of high school; long-acting contraceptive methods are a key to helping avoid pregnancy. 

For more information visit:

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

Deal Diva: Tax Deals
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Cycle Bar

Those seeking high intensity workouts, pulse pounding rhythms and streamlined personal performance tracking from the pros need look no further than Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch, the newest and first Arizona site of CycleBar Premium Indoor Cycling.

  • Luxury boutique fitness franchise offering a high-energy workout in a lively, concert like atmosphere.
  • Set to open early May One of 100 CycleBar locations opening this year from coast to coast.
  • 10 Day CycleBlast celebration, where guests can try out one of 50 heart pounding
  • CycleBar workouts completely free.
  • Registration for free rides is required and can be done at
  • Corporate groups, community organizations and charities can reserve complimentary private group

CycleBar McCormick Ranch
7001 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 360-0064

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National Karaoke Week is April 17th- 23rd

Clear your throat and warm up your voice its National Karaoke Week! Geisha A Go Go in downtown Scottsdale celebrates this Japanese tradition of singing like no one's watching every night. They have a private karaoke room, the Tokyo Tonic where they'll give us some tips on how to do it right.

Geisha A Go Go in Old Town Scottsdale takes the best of Japanese food, drink and pop culture. Its new Tokyo Tonic Room is like a karaoke speakeasy.

7 Tips to Be Awesome at Karaoke
    1.    Go with a group
    2.    Pick a song you know by heart
    3.    Practice!
    4.    Don't perform while drunk
    5.    Breath
    6.    Big crowds are good
    7.    Have fun! Geisha A Go Go

7150 E. 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Pork a Fork
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