Monday, August 1

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Coconuts Blessing

A traditional Hawaiian Blessing by a certified Hawaiian cultural expert at Coconuts Fish Cafe's new location in Chandler.

Coconuts Fish Café
1155 W. Ocotillo Road, Ste. 1
Chandler, AZ 85248
480-247-7900
http://www.coconutsfishcafe.com/home

Facebook: Coconuts Fish Café
Twitter: @CoconutsFishAZ    

Peanut Butter Americano

Peanut Butter Americano, can be found at all Sprouts, Whole Foods, indie shops like Luci's and Duck and Decanter and online at www.pbamericano.com.

Upcoming events: 
Chile Chocolate Festival at DBG 
https://www.dbg.org/press-releases/chiles-and-chocolate-festival

Phoenix Vegan Festival
http://phxveganfest.com/

Back to School Products

Chooze reversible backpacks give school age children the ability to express themselves. Available in two sizes and over a dozen design collections, each "Choozepack" comes with two distinct patterns that let kids pick what side they want to display on any given day. Matching lunchboxes are also available! www.mychooze.com

Perfect for toting school lunches, ISeeMe offers fun personalized lunch boxes that come in a variety of designs for kids. Plus, the adorable name stickers are perfect to keep track of belongings. I See Me also offers personalized books, great for getting kids in the reading spirit as they gear up for school. www.ISeeMe.com
 
No more wasteful Ziploc baggies in daily lunches, Bumkins reusable snack bags come in fun prints kids will love. Choose from DC Comics, Dr. Seuss, Disney and much more.  The bags are a great alternative to plastic bags and are made of an easy wipe, waterproof fabric. www.bumkins.com 
 
A new healthy lunchbox find, Earth's Best's eight new frozen Organic Fruit Cups and Organic Nutty Snack Bars can be placed in a lunchbox and will be thawed by lunchtime! They're sold exclusively to Target stores nationwide. www.earthsbest.com 
 
For tasty afterschool snacks, Ella's Kitchen organic line of tasty treats for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary age kids include Smoothie drinks, "Nibbly Fingers" crackers and "Yum Yummy Cookies" are made from fruits and veggie- a great healthy option for growing kids! Ella's Kitchen also has a full array of vegetarian, lactose- and gluten-free foods! www.ellaskitchen.com 
 
Schoola is an online retailer that sells gently used kid's clothes name brand finds at 90% off retail. What's more, part of the money goes back to schools to fund important programs like music and art! The site is a great place to find school clothes, uniforms, dressy outfits and more without spending a fortune! www.schoola.com 

For school age kids, Educents is a great solution for educational products, with tools for both parents and teachers! They offer a variety of online resources, from study guides to worksheets, books, flash cards and much more, Educents is a must for back to school preparation! www.educents.com

There's a new solution for carpooling parents, mifold is 10x smaller than the average booster seat and can even be folded to fit into a backpack. Rather than boosting kids up, it brings the seatbelt down to kids. For older kids embarrassed to be seen in a booster seat, it's also discrete from a car window. www.mifold.com

Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Summer Heat

Watch for Heatstroke 
Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive panting, staring, anxious facial expressions, warm skin, refusal to obey commands by owner, vomiting, collapse and rapid heartbeat. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from this, lower the animal's body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Often the pet will respond after just a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. If this happens, take the dog to the vet immediately don’t try to solve this yourself.

Exercise with Caution
Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but show extra care to older and overweight pets that are more at risk from high temperatures. If you go for a run on the beach, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Extra caution should also be taken with short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats.

Never Leave Your Dog Unattended in the Car
Pets can sustain damage or even succumb from heatstroke in only 15 minutes. Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, record the car's color, model, make, and license plate number and have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Always have someone keep an eye on the dog and don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

Groom for the Summer
Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, but never to the skin, so your pet still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more frequently can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. 

Pets Need Sunscreen Too
Cats and dogs can get sunburned too, especially if he/she has light-colored hair. Animal sunburns can cause the same problems as that of humans: peeling, redness and even cancer. As skin cancer in pets is a serious concern, purchasing pet-friendly sunscreen can go a long way in protecting the health of your pet when the heat kicks in. Places that are easy to forget, but prone to burning are: inside the nostrils, tip of nose, around your dog's lips and the inside of ears for dogs with standup ears.

Pets Need Extra Water, but don't let them drink just anything
Give your dog extra water during the summer, but be sure not to leave the water out for too long. Change the water often to prevent your pet from getting sick from bacteria that can grow in hot water. Also, when dogs are thirsty, they are bound to drink something they shouldn't. Puddles of what may look like water on the ground can actually be dangerous chemicals, so keep an eye out when your dog is looking for something to sip. 

Make a Safe Splash 
The pool is a great way to cool down, but do not leave pets unsupervised at the beach or around the pool not all pets are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. To remove salt from their fur, rinse your pet after swimming in the ocean. 

Avoid Crowded Outdoor Events 
Warm temperatures and outdoor fun go hand-in-hand, but when the temperatures hit record highs, refrain from taking your pet to crowded summer events like concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets. 

Camp Bow Wow Avondale
1050 North Fairway Drive
Building #111
Avondale Arizona 85323
(623) 925-8998
http://www.campbowwow.com/avondale-phoenix-airport

Future of Testing

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http://www.expectmorearizona.org/