Monday, August 8

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Motivation Monday: Vibration Pilate

For Motivation Monday, ever heard of Vibration Pilates? It's these kick butt vibration machines at COR that have been implemented into their Pilates classes. The 20 minute cardio equals an hour of cardio in the gym. (Insane right!?) 

COR (@BodyByCOR)
A cutting edge boutique fitness studio in Scottsdale that has completely reinvented what it means to "go to the gym." COR integrates Pilates, TRX, Barre, Ballateez, HIIT and more with creatively crazy signature fitness classes that will never have you bored. COR gives clients the opportunity to mix it up with heart-pumping workouts and the ability strengthen your core, build muscle, and calm your mind all in the same place. For class descriptions or to sign up for a class at COR visit The first class is free.

6990 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 124, Scottsdale, AZ 
Located in Scottsdale at Shea and 70th
Phone Number:  480-389-1504    

Gymnastics Fever

USA Youth Fitness Center
(480) 926-1480

1530 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296
Cross Streets; Ray Rd. and Gilbert 

Back to School Traffic Safety

Though some may not believe it, back to school is a very exciting time for our children, especially the younger kids! It is important that our children and parents understand the hazards our children face during the school year. 

1.    Prepare your child for travel to and from school, whether by school bus or walking, by ensuring if at all possible that they never travel alone. If riding the bus, make sure you watch your child as they walk to the bus stop and keep an eye on them until they are safely on the bus. An adult should also be waiting near the bus stop when the children return home. If walking to school, remember there is safety in numbers. Children should never walk to school alone! Speak with your neighbors and identify those children in your neighborhood who walk to school and form an alliance! One neighbor, again if at all possible and perhaps even in a rotation, should keep an eye on the youngsters as they walk to school or catch the bus.
2.    Talk to your children about "Stranger Danger"; tell them to never talk to strangers as they walk to and from school. If they are approached by a stranger, especially in a vehicle, they should move away as quickly as possible and go on to school or back home, whichever is closest. Any contact with a stranger should be reported to a teacher, or mom and dad as soon as possible. It is important that, unless there are organized before and after school activities or pre-arranged events, our children should go directly to and from school.

1.    Many of our children, even the youngest, are carrying cellular telephones these days. The cell phone can be an extremely useful tool for our children if an emergency situation occurs. Cell phones allow the kids to call for help when needed and to communicate with their parents. Unfortunately, cell phones also create a distraction for our children. Texting, talking on the phone with friends and even playing games keep our children from paying attention to their surroundings and this makes them vulnerable to strangers and traffic hazards alike. Parents should warn their children of these hazards and restrict casual cell phone use when traveling to and from school, even on the school bus. 

1.    Neighborhood streets, crosswalks and school crossings pose the most danger to our children when traveling to and from school. Children should be told to pay extra attention when traveling to and from school, even if there are crossing guards present. Crossing guards, those who volunteer their time to help keep our children safe, may have a difficult time attempting to control vehicle traffic and the children they are trying to protect at the same time. Children should be told to obey the directives of the crossing guards at all times.
2.    Our children should also be reminded to never play in the street and be extra careful when crossing the roadway.  It is during the early morning (school) hours when folks seem to be in a hurry the most. Unfortunately, often times drivers are not prepared to react when a child suddenly appears in front of their vehicle! 

Sometimes circumstances dictate that children be left at home alone for a short period before and after school. If this is necessary, parents should ensure the following: 

1.    In Arizona, the law does not designate the exact age at which a child can stay home alone or watch other children.
2.    Parents need to use a "reasonableness test" by asking these questions:
a.    Can your child, regardless of his or her age, act reasonably under the circumstances?
b.    Police advise parents to consider the following:

  •     Is your child mature enough to know what to do in an emergency? 
  •     If there is a fire, is your child mature enough to get out of the house? 
  •     Is he or she mature enough to get other children out of the house?

3.    Important Key Points:

Keep the doors locked.

  • Do not open the door for or talk to anyone who stops by unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative, and the visit has been pre-approved by the parents or guardians.
  • Never tell anyone who calls that you're home by yourself.
  • Before leaving your child home alone, ensure there is a trusted neighbor or friend who knows the child is home alone and that the child can call if they just feel afraid or uncomfortable. And, of course, ensure your child knows how to reach you and how to make an emergency call if necessary!

These simple rules and tips should assist us in keeping our children safe not only during the school year, but at all times!

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Chicken Scoop

The Chicken Scoop-inside the Scottsdale Promenade shopping Center

16495 North Scottsdale Road
Frank Lloyd Wright & Scottsdale Rd 
Phone: 480-219-9419 

Hours of Operations
Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm 
Closed on Sunday

Healthy College Life


  •     Does your child have private health insurance? Does the school cover basic health care needs?  Where is the health center? 
  •     Does your child have special health care needs? Allergies?  Medications? Find a provider in the area and establish care. Transfer needed prescriptions to a local pharmacy.
  •     Are they up to date on vaccines? Each year, there is an infectious disease outbreak on college campuses from rubella to meningitis.  
  •     Encourage healthy habits three essentials of good health are sleep, nutrition and exercise. 
  •     Google and the Internet give you, and your friends, volumes of information and make self-diagnosing seem easier. But chronic conditions or symptoms that don't go away should be addressed by a licensed health care provider.


  •     Reiterate your values and expectations but be realistic about teens and developing independence.
  •     Talk about birth control and STD prevention to your sons and daughters. According to one statistic, one in every four college students has an STI. 
  •     Be clear about the dangers of alcohol use and of mixing alcohol and/or drugs with sex. 
  •     Talk about consent to daughters and sons. Some college campuses use an affirmative consent standard (
  •     It is estimated that for every 1,000 women attending a college or university, there are 35 incidents of rape each academic year.*
  •     Encourage consideration of roommates and conversations about visitors, in room parties, alcohol, drugs, etc. Get familiar with the schools policies to preempt issues. 
  •     Cover how to handle a threatening or disturbing situation. Discuss who to call to report, how to get help, what are the support systems available to them.

Stress management

  •     In 2012, the American College Health Association compiled an assessment of undergraduates and 30% reported that stress had caused a negative impact on their studies.
  •     Talk openly about the many stressors that may arise including homesickness.
  •     Give tips for management meditation, time with friends, pampering, exercise, and academic guidance.
  •     Review mental health resources available at school.

Tips for safe exploration 

  •     Be positive about your expectation for a great experience.  Encourage students that: 
  •     It's ok to live your values 
  •     Parties are a part of college life. But know your limits. 
  •     Get involved in campus groups/activities
  •     Always let someone know where you are and where you are going.
  •     Designated drivers apply in college too.
  •     Talk to your instructors and professors.
  •     Trust but verify.
  •     Establish a balance. Remember the primary goal is to learn and finish. (Only 46% of students graduate once they start!). 


  •     Students graduate with debt and not just from student loans. A study from Fidelity Investments found that 70% of the class of 2013 graduated with debt. The average amount was $35,200 including $3,000 in credit card debt.
  •     Encourage budgeting and independent money management.
  •     Talk openly about the hazards of the abundant credit card offers start pouring in. 
  •     Avoid the regular financial bailout.
  •     Talk about student loans and responsibility for student debt

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology

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

Queen of Clean: Back to School

Easy fixes for dirty sports shoes, miracle spotter that may be all you need, Refreshing old clothes, getting new clothes ready to go, Quick laundry spotting help that even the kids can do, Color runs in the kids clothes.

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

Busy Bees Babysitting

Busy Bees is a referral based program on both the family and sitter side that each person must be verified from someone within the network to join.
All Busy Bee babysitters go through screening including personal interview, background check and CPR certification prior to connecting with families on the app.
All bookings go directly through the app as well as payment processing. (No worry for getting cash at the end of the night) 
Opportunity to reconnect with the same Busy Bee through our preferred sitter option.
Currently iPhone only but alternative booking options for Android or non-iPhone users through the Busy Bee.
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Try Again

TRY AGAIN! Don't give up: The bold steps I took to lose 200 pounds for good, and the BOLD STEPS - Diet & Fitness Commitment Journal are available through and can be ordered at bookstores everywhere. To arrange a book signing, speaking engagement or interview, contact Sheila Markstrom at: 623-670-3602 or by email at:  Visit her website at: 

Essential Elements to Weight Loss Success

  • Forgiveness-  past attempts, self-criticism, self-doubt, acceptance 
  • Attitude-  creating a positive environment with mantras and affirmations
  • Commitment-  a realistic and achievable goal, the foundation
  • Strategy-  the nuts and bolts: diet, exercise, accountability, trigger solutions, support
  • Motivation-  the why reminders and actions to take to stay the course
  • Fortitude-  emotional strength, endurance and resolve
  • Celebration-  celebrate and reward milestones along the journey
  • Gratitude-  acknowledge and give thanks for the kindness, encouragement and praise from others

Conquering Setbacks temporary setbacks will occur on the journey. Recognize them, accept them, learn from them and manage through them

Eat Healthy, Exercise Daily, Live Happy

Eddie's House

7042 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 
(480) 946-1622
Open today 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM