Monday, September 26

Posted: Updated:

Motivational Monday: Workplace Workout

Fit Method 
Fall is just around the corner. Now is the time to prepare to look good in those skinny jeans! For this Motivation Monday we check out Felicia Romero's Fit Method. It incorporates spinning, TRX, Yoga and more to help you control your mind and conquer your body. We learn the Fit Method way with Felicia Romero, who is a Figure Pro and an award-winning fitness trainer. She is also A&E's "From Fit to Fat to Fit" reality star. Felicia can also demo the best leg, thigh, and butt moves to have viewers ready for fall, and getting ready for those skinny jeans. 

Cubicle Workouts
Getting paid to burn calories? For as many hours as some of us spend sitting idly at our desks, it wouldn't hurt to break a little sweat! And, it won't hurt your employer either, ladies. Studies show that mini-workout breaks throughout the day helps lose weight, and reduces sick leave up to 25 percent. And, while some employers are incorporating standing desks, fitness technology and exercise balls into the workspace, one Arizona fitness expert says, workplace wellness doesn't have to be limited to gadgets. 

For more information, visit:

Felicia Romero's Fit Method
263 E. Warner Rd. Suite 103
Gilbert, AZ 85296

World's Largest Car & Toy Auction begins Thursday, Sept. 29, 30 & Oct. 1 featuring classic, antique and muscle cars, vintage toys, fine art and other rare collectibles

The collection from one consignor's estate is so large, J. Levine will spread it out over a series of three-day auctions taking place at the end of September, October, November and December. 

Starting Thursday, J. Levine will auction 25 classic, antique and muscle cars, and thousands of vintage toys, cruiser bikes, Coca-Cola memorabilia, RC planes, scooters, soldier figurines, Matchbox cars, and more.

The September auction also will include fine estate collectibles from other consignors, including an original Charles M. Russell oil painting, "Montana's Majesty," that belonged to Steve Rose, former owner of Biltmore Gallery. 

Another highlight includes a Clark Mills plaster cast from the original plaster life-mask of President Abraham Lincoln, taken in the White House on February 11, 1865. Lincoln sat for two life-masks, one by sculptor Leonard Volk in April 1860 and the other by sculptor Clark Mills, taken two months before Lincoln's assassination. Mills' mask is the only presidential life mask that portrays Lincoln's entire head, as Volk had left the back open. 

For more information, visit or call (480) 496-2212. For more details about J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, visit

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal (SE corner of Shea & Scottsdale Rd.)
10345 N. Scottsdale Rd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 496-2212

Dr. Sharon Thompson, MD, MPH, FACOG talks about 10 Times When You Really Should Go to the ER

ERs are crowded with people wanting to be seen for everything from stomach aches to broken toes.  
Who should definitely go to the ER (some may need to call 911 immediately)
1. Chest pain that you can't point to with a finger. 

  •     This could be the sign of heart attack
  •     Especially if the pain is accompanied by pain to the neck and/or left arm (pains from heart attacks tend to radiate to the left side), sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, dizziness, or feeling that your heart is beating irregularly or too fast

2. Change in mental status

  •     This includes unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing, not being able to walk, speak, or move a portion of your body
  •     This may be sign of injury to the brain from a blood clot, bleeding (stroke) or concussion 

3. Bleeding that will not stop

  •     If you've applied direct pressure for more than 15 minutes and it is still bleeding 
  •     If the bleeding has stopped, but you have jagged skin or exposed muscle or bone
  •     Wounds need to be cleaned and stitched immediately to minimize the possibility of infections, scarring or damage to the nerves or tissue

4. You hit your head and lost consciousness or have changes in your vision

  •     Could be a serious brain injury (concussion or stroke)

5. You have an excruciating headache or one that won't stop.

  •     The pain could come on suddenly and may include problems with speech, vision, swallowing, movement or thinking clearly
  •     If you are having 'the worst headache of your life' (could be from bleeding in the brain) 
  •     A severe headache has lasted more than 72 hours (status migranosus)

6. Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
    Especially if:
o    you have a history of asthma and usual medicines are not working
o    You swallowed a foreign object
o    You ate a new food or at a new restaurant (could be a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction anaphylaxis)
7. Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body 

  •     Pain that starts suddenly and makes you double over or doesn't go away with over-the-counter pain medicine
  •     Sudden, severe pain could be the sign of conditions that require surgery, sometimes right away --from appendicitis, to an ovary twisted on      its blood supply, to gall stones 
  •     Pain might be accompanied by nausea, loss of appetite dizziness or fainting

8.    Coughing up or vomiting blood
9.    Swallowing a poisonous substance
10.   A strong feeling or thinking about plans to hurt yourself or someone else 

When you DO NOT need to go to the ER right away

  •     Cold or flu symptoms
  •     Sore throat (not related to swallowing a foreign object)
  •     A fever that is relieved with over-the-counter medication
  •     Toothache
  •     Minor cuts, scrapes and abrasions
  •     Muscle sprains
  •     Sunburn
  •     Chronic problems that have not changed

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

Wally's American Gastropub Opens in Scottsdale

Opening in Scottsdale on Monday, September 26, Wally’s American Gastropub (7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., 480-596-7978) is a fresh new twist on a longtime Valley favorite. Previously known as Wally's American Pub 'n Grille (and now owned by Wally's son, Christopher Collins), the new Wally's American Gastropub features a fresh-yet-familiar look and a chef-crafted menu combining the best classic Wally's dishes with modern takes on all-American pub favorites. 

For more information, visit:

Wally's American Gastropub 
7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: 480-596-7978

Celebrating Deaf Awareness Week and learning some signs in American Sign Language

In Arizona, currently there are more than one million people who are hard of hearing and more than 20,000 who are culturally Deaf.  
Deaf Awareness Week is a time to address the misconceptions of being Deaf and the challenges the Deaf population face during everyday life.

Everyone should understand that Deaf individuals are equally as capable, able, and intelligent as hearing individuals. And while there may be a difference in the way those that are Deaf communicate it is not a handicap or disability.

 An example of what ACDHH does in the community to improve the quality of life for the deaf and the hard of hearing is work with a variety of industries to better understand and communicate with deaf individuals. 

ACDHH strives to serve every individual's needs by offering telecommunication services, equipment distribution programs, community development and outreach education. 
ACDHH also serves as a statewide information referral center for many topics including healthcare and public safety.
Myths about the Deaf culture that are important to understand. 

  •  Myth: You need to talk louder and use more gestures when trying to communicate with a deaf individual. 
  •  Fact: While talking louder may work for some hard-of-hearing individuals, those with complete hearing loss will not be able to tell if you raise the volume of your voice. Over-exaggerated gestures are not needed and can make it more difficult to understand your body language.
  •  Myth: All Deaf people can read lips. 
  •  Fact: Although some deaf individuals are skilled lip-readers only 30 percent of spoken English is visible through lip reading. 

For more information, visit ACDHH website and social platforms:

Phone: (602) 542-3323
100 N. 15th Avenue, Suite 104 
Phoenix, AZ 85007 

Queen of Clean-Lemons and lemon juice are nature's bleach
Lemons and lemon juice are natures bleach and disinfectant.  They are a safe natural way to clean many surfaces in your home and also laundry. 
If you are using real lemons to clean, buy in bulk size bags.  If using lemon juice, look for it in the large bottles at $$$ Stores.  

Here's a quick and easy recipe for homemade furniture polish:  Combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 10 - 20 drops of lemon essential oil and ½ cup olive oil. Mix well. Add this mixture to a spray bottle. Use the fine mist setting on the bottle to spritz on furniture. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.     

Glass cleaner can also be made from lemons or lemon juice. Mix 3 tablespoons of lemon juice with ½ cup of rubbing alcohol. Pour into a 24-ounce spray bottle and add water to fill. Use this mixture to clean glass and mirrors. For mirrors, spray on a cloth and wipe the mirror.  Do not spray on the mirror.
Using a grater for cheese or other sticky foods makes cleaning this kitchen utensil a task.  Use half a lemon, cut side on the grater, to scrub away any food residue. Wash with warm, soapy water as usual.

Cutting through hard water deposits is easy with lemon juice. Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it over your glass shower doors to remove soap scum and mineral build up. Dip the lemon half into Twenty Mule Team Borax for extra scrubbing power. You can also apply lemon juice to a gentle scrubbing sponge and scrub the tough spots.  Rinse with warm water and dry.
Lemon juice not only cleans stains from cutting boards, but helps kill germs as well. Rub the juice full strength onto the stain and let sit until the stain fades. For tough stains keep wet with lemon juice and leave overnight. Rinse well and dry.

Clean your microwave and remove odors by placing a cup ¾ full of water with two tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave. Heat to boiling.  Leave the door closed for about 30 minutes to let the lemon and steam do their job.  Then just wipe away food particles with a clean cloth and dry.

Put a solution of ¼ cup lemon juice and 2 cups water in a spray bottle to clean laminate counter tops. Spray and wipe.
Soak plastic food storage containers in lemon juice and water to remove stains and odors. Add baking soda and scrub, rinse and dry. If you have heavy stains, apply lemon juice and sit the container in the sun.

Remove rust stains from cotton and polyesters. Make a paste with lemon juice and Cream of Tartar (find it in the spice aisle) and rub the mixture into the stain. Let the item sit for about a half hour, and then wash as usual.

Brighten your clothing by soaking white clothes in a hot water and lemon juice mix. Combine a ½ cup of lemon juice per gallon of water.  Then wash as usual. This is not for use on silks or other delicate fabrics. If you are uncertain, test a small area first.

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

Free San Diego


More than 60 rides, show attractions, new this year is Ninja World. During the month of October for every adult ticket you buy, you get one kid's free ticket. So for a family of four that is nearly 170-dollar savings.

For more information, visit:
USS Midway
Depending on the age, kid’s tickets range from 10 to 15 dollars. For the month of October, kids get in free with every adult ticket purchased.    

For more information, visit:    

Here are other places to visit in San Diego that take part in the Kids Free Program.
Belmont Park- For each adult ride wristband, you get one free.

For more information, visit:

Birch Aquarium- For every paid adult admission, you get one free children's entry.

For more information, visit:

San Diego Zoo Safari Park and San Diego Zoo- For each adult ticket purchased can get up to 10 kids free.

For more information, visit: