Thursday, July 7

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Furniture Surplus Store

Surplus Asset Management (SAM Auctions) has some great deals for anyone looking to furnish or remodel their offices.
Today, it is auctioning new and showroom furniture and equipment form a major office furniture store in the Valley. 
Things like ergonomic chairs, couches, tables, and desks are all up for grabs to the highest bidder.
The items are from the closure of a major office furniture and equipment dealer in town. When businesses like this close, SAM Auctions helps them sell, liquidate or recycle nearly everything in the space.
For the closing business, it helps offset the cost of closure. For the public, it means the chance to find equipment and furniture at a deal.
A catalog of items is online at
You can bid online or in person at 4111 W. Clarendon Ave. 

Surplus Asset Management (SAM Auctions)
4111 W. Clarendon Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85019

Chocolate Day- Cerreta Candy Company  

Free Chocolate Factory Tours Mon-Fri 10 & 1. Hands On activities after, make and take a 
Chocolate Pizza $12.50 or Marshmallow Pops $4.00  

For more information visit:  

Cerreta Candy Company  
5345 West Glendale Ave Glendale AZ 85301  

New Archery Tag and Tactical Laser Tag Center in Chandler Grand Opening

After hosting 5 years of mobile laser tag and 3 years of archery tag for groups all over the state of Arizona, M2PTactical, a small family owned business, is opening new doors in Chandler!  A Grand Opening will be held at their new location at 1315 S. Arizona Ave. from July 7th  9th  from 4:00  10:00 pm offering discounted laser tag and archery tag sessions and free Safe Archery for ages +10 yrs.

While laser tag is not new, the combination of high-tech gear and team assigned missions offers a completely new experience.  No vests are used and players must use red-dot scopes accurately in order to register hits.  In addition to tactical laser tag, a new skill-set can be acquired in the rapidly growing Archery Tag.  Both the bows and arrows are real.  However, the arrows are very light and the foam tips make them completely safe.  Players are involved in numerous missions, or games, throughout a session.  Keep the little ones home though.  While it's family friendly players must be at least 10 years old in order to participate.

For more information visit their website and Facebook page:


1315 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler, Az. 852386
(480) 980-7952

Queen of Clean-Hot Summer Stains

Grass stains on clothes can be removed with an old toothbrush and plain white toothpaste; just make sure you use a paste variety and not a gel or whitening paste. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste onto the stain, then dip the toothbrush in clean water and use it to scrub away the stain. Repeat this process as needed to treat all of the stain(s). Rinse the area and launder the clothing as usual. Now the kids can steal home plate without a second thought.

Red Mud
If the mud splatters are small, the first step is to remove any solid matter with a dull knife or edge of a spoon. Don't rub because that only pushes the soil deeper into the fibers. As soon as possible, hold the stained areas under a faucet running cold water. Hold the fabric with the wrong side of the stain directly under the faucet to force the mud out of the fibers.
If there is a great deal of mud on the clothing - like a football uniform - take the item outside and use a hose to rinse off the mud. If you can't head outside, fill a deep sink or plastic tub with cold water and rinse off the mud.
Work in a good lather of Fels Naptha Laundry Bar Soap.  If the mud stain remains, work in some Twenty Mule Team Borax with the lather of Fels Naptha. Flush with cool water and launder as usual.

Ice Cream
Spot-treat the fabric with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and glycerin (available at drugstores).   Machine wash, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
Oil Off Bike Chains and Cars, etc.
Do not treat with plain water will help set the stain. Place soiled garment facedown on clean paper towels and apply leaning fluid to the back. Carbona Stain Devils No. 5 ( is a good choice. Let clothing air-dry, then rinse. Machine wash, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

Rust is a hard stain to get out, because it has tiny particles that get stuck in the fiber.  On white fabrics, make a paste of lemon juice and salt.  Cover the rust with it and then lay in the sun. For best results, treat with a commercial rust remover that's safe for fabrics. For both methods, launder as usual. Don't add chlorine bleach to the mix. It reacts with the rust, intensifying the discoloration.

Fast fix: If the stain is wet, soak the fabric in cold water, then rub with a bar of soap.
If the stain is still wet, soak in water and apply a small amount of ammonia with a Q-tip. If it's a light-colored material, follow up by dabbing with hydrogen peroxide.  It will create an oxygen-type bleach and remove the blood.  Machine wash. With dried bloodstains, apply an enzyme prewash product or soak the clothing in warm water with an enzyme detergent before laundering.   One to try, BIZ found in the laundry aisle. If the stain persists, wash with a detergent and a bleach that are safe for the fabric.

Calamine Lotion
If spilled, the shocking pink particles can really cling to clothes. Lubricate and lift out the particles by immediately applying glycerin and dishwashing liquid in equal parts, then launder as usual.

Collar Stains
You don't need a special stain remover or laundry pretreater to banish a ring around the collar.
Whether it's on work shirts or Sunday best, staining around the collar can be easily be removed with something you already have at home, shampoo. Just pour a little shampoo -- any shampoo will do, even the inexpensive, generic kind -- onto the collar, rub the collar together to work the shampoo in well, and rinse thoroughly. Then launder as usual.
I bring home the complimentary bottles of shampoo from hotels and keep them in the laundry room.

Tea Stains
If you have fabrics with tea stains, don't despair. The stain will come out with a little sugar. 
Mix up a solution of heavily sugared water by stirring the water as you add sugar to it. Keep adding sugar until it no longer dissolves (warm water makes it easier for sugar to dissolve). To remove tea stains from clothing or table linens, submerge the stained area for several minutes in a small container of the heavily sugared water, then launder as usual.

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

Tropical Prints

Turn heads and stay up-to-date with the latest trends at Scottsdale Quarter. We're mixing it up with tropical and beachy trends from retailers like GAP, Urban Outfitters and Joie. Scottsdale Quarter is also teaming up with Arizona Animal Welfare League this weekend for a kitten pop-up shop starting at 11 a.m. (on South Street across from Grimaldi's Pizzeria in suite 155). 

Scottsdale Quarter is located at 15037 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Check them out online at or call them at 480-270-8123

Cool New Tech Products for the Whole Family 

ALLie Camera
360-degree cameras are so popular right now, because they allow you to see every inch of everything around it, instead of just the limited view of most cameras
This is called an ALLie Camera. It's the first 360-degree camera that is always on, and doesn't use a battery, so it's a perfect fit to use as a camera in your home, running 24/7.
The ALLie camera has perfect 4K resolution, so it truly does feel like you're there, even when you're not.
It's great for giving you peace of mind with being able to see your child, your pet, or even your elderly parent or grandparent while you're away right from your smartphone or tablet.
And you can even stream important events through YouTube like birthday parties for family and friends who can't be there.
You can also record video or still photos, so you never have to miss important life moments like baby's first steps or other events that are hard to capture with a regular camera.
And as you can see here, ALLie camera also offers a VR (virtual reality) headset, so you can actually get a fully immersive experience. 
For more information and to order, visit
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Merge VR Headset:
Speaking of VR - Virtual Reality headsets are a really exciting new technology in fact, tech experts are agreeing that 2016 is the "Year of VR". 
VR headsets allow you to completely immerse yourself in a different environment/reality as if you're actually in the environment, videogame, concert or movie.  
The Merge VR headset in particular is very comfortable as well as durable, making it perfect for kids.
They're also super hygienic, which is important for something you wear on your face. These goggles are super easy to clean.
To use the headset, you simply snap your cell phone into the front, and any way that you move your head is the direction that the camera goes, so you can actually feel just like you're there in person.
Visit for more information and to order.
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Edwin the Duck
This next product is a perfect example of how "what's old is becoming new again."
As you can see, Edwin is a rubber ducky, but he is also a connected smart toy.
He is completely interactive and can be paired with an app to guide kids through stories, games and songs.
He's also a Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker, and your child can interact directly with their screen by tapping, shaking, and throwing Edwin (gently) in the air to make the animations come to life.
If you give his wing a firm tap, he can even give you a soft glowing night light.
Edwin's Sleepy Time app includes white noise sounds, additional lullabies, and timer controls.
And of course, he's completely waterproof which makes him perfect for bath time.
Visit for more information and to order yours.
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Speaking of app-connected devices, Kolibree is the first ever connected toothbrush.
This toothbrush actually has 3-D motion sensors that tell you where you brushed and where you missed to help you become a better brusher.
So it's actually for both adults and kids!
You download the Kolibree app and they have "coach mode" for adults, and they have a "Go Pirate" games for kids which makes it super fun for kids and helps them increase brushing time.
All you have to do is simply switch out the different brush heads for each member of the family, and then pair the app with the brush.
So, the game actually directs kids to brush areas they may otherwise neglect. 
The brush is surprisingly lightweight, and the battery can be recharged.
It's such a genius idea because it turns tooth brushing (which is otherwise a pretty annoying chore) into a playful experience for adults and kids.
Visit for more information and to order.
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Comedian Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne will be performing at Standup Live this weekend. July 7th thru July 9th.
For more information on tickets and show times visit:

50 W. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Miracle Mile Deli-National Hot Dog Month, H.E.A.L Backpack drive 

It's estimated that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year. That works out to about 70 hot dogs per person each year. The entire month of July is National Hot Dog Month!

To celebrate, locally owned Miracle Mile Deli is offering up a Dog Days of Summer special. For just $5, you can purchase a Hebrew National Hot Dog, French Fries and a Small Soft Drink from Monday July 18th through Sunday, July 24th. This special deal will be available for lunch and dinner (but not before 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday). All you have to do is ask for the "hot dog special". 

Also happening at Miracle Mile Deli from now until July 22nd, the locally owned restaurant has teamed up with local nonprofit Happily Ever After League (HEAL) to raise enough funds to fill 42 backpacks for Valley kids in need for back to school!

As people walk in they will see a display at the front of the Miracle Mile Deli counter (see photo below) with information about each kid and how much their backpack costs for school! People can donate as much or as little as they want.

HEAL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help nurture, facilitate, and provide support services to mothers in Arizona diagnosed with cancer, living with at least one dependent child.

Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 67 years. The locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. Miracle Mile Deli has been family owned and operated for three generations and continues to provide a unique experience in casual dining. Visit or like them on Facebook at

Miracle Mile Deli
4433 N 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016