Tuesday, November 22

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Holiday travel with your furry friends / Unleashed Fundraiser to benefit AAWL.org 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation over 2 million pets will travel every year and in the past two years 66 pets have died in transport. How do you make sure your furry friends arrive just as safely as you do this holiday season? the experts from the Arizona Animal Welfare League are here with advice.

Tips for Traveling

  •     Make sure your pet is microchipped
  •     Up to date on all vaccines
  •     Make sure the crate is the right size and that they are used to being in the crate
  •     Keep them hydrated and fed
  •     Legally your pet must be over 8 weeks old to fly
  •     Be aware of each Airlines regulations with animals
  •     Check their specific websites for regulations
  •     Do not sedate your animal unless your vet says it is ok
  •     Try to schedule a non-stop flight
  •     Put all of your information on the kennel

Unleashed Fundraiser to benefit AAWL.org
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Omni Resort & Spa at Montelucia 
$20 per person / $35 for two
30% proceeds benefit AAWL.org 

For more information on visit: https://aawl.org/                          

Arizona Animal Welfare league
25 N 40th Street Phoenix AZ 85034

Fighting the holiday bulge with more fat

The Ketogenic Diet is a new diet trend sweeping the country. The diet calls for eating more fat, and lower carbs. It's similar to Atkins, but we learn the differences, how it works, and the do's and don'ts to following this new diet.

A new, trendy diet that is growing in popularity across the Phoenix area is actually combatting the bulge with, more fat!? Yes, that's right! The Ketogenic Diet a low-carb, high-fat diet that has been scientifically proven to help with diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s lowers blood sugar and insulin levels by reducing overall carbohydrate consumption levels to about 5 percent of your daily calories. 

It's similar to the Atkins diet, but Atkins is actually a high fat, high protein, low carb diet while Ketogenic dieting is high fat, moderate protein and very low carbs. That may seem like a simple differentiation. Additionally, by achieving a state of ketosis, your body instead burns stored fat as fuel, rather than consumed carbohydrates. 

To Learn more about Ketogenic Diet visit:

The Hormone Zone
9377 E Bell Rd #361
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: 480-338-8070

Travel Tuesday

For some, family holidays can be a joyous occasion, for others, they can make you want to pull your hair out. TheTravelDiet.com's Dena Roché has the holiday destinations for those who want to celebrate without family. 

The Travel Diet

Bacara Resort & Spa

Waldorf Park City


Monica & Mike Lindstrom: People getting uninvited to their family's gatherings because of how they voted

1.    First, each family must decide: Politics or no politics?  (How to "frame up" the day/night with the family in advance.)
2.    Practice active listening (Do NOT engage but just listen and nod)
3.    Ask, don't attack (Be curious and do NOT judge their stance or view).    

To learn about how to navigate politics during the holidays:

For more information, visit: Monica Lindstrom blog at: http://monicalindstrom.com/category/monicas-blog

Gina's Broccoli-Cheese Casserole
(My Alternative to Green Bean Casserole)


  • 1 14 oz bag of frozen broccoli (or 2 cups of fresh broccoli)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small jar of Cheez Whiz (8 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted (or 2/3 stick)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Minute Rice *(uncooked)

Saute onions in butter; add to all other ingredients.  Bake in a buttered 2 quart casserole dish for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees.  (You can also microwave for 10 - 15 minutes in a microwave safe dish.)  

This recipe is very ease to double, triple, etc.

April's Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes


  • 1 - 29oz can yams, drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup margarine, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp. melted butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup chopped pecans.  

Beat the yams, eggs, vanilla, sugar, margarine and milk together.  Put into a 9" pie pan. 
Mix together the brown sugar, melted butter, flour and pecans and sprinkle the topping mixture over the top of the sweet potato pie.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.    

Fairmont Scottsdale's 7th Annual Christmas at the Princess Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration

The public is invited to Fairmont Scottsdale's 7th Annual Christmas at the Princess Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. The event features the lighting of the resort's four-story musical Christmas tree in Princess Plaza, along with more than 3 million Lagoon Lights, the start of the Princess Express Trains, the opening of the Desert Ice Skating Rink, the new Polar Glide ice slide, new "Twas the Night Before Christmas" hi-definition video show and new holiday characters.
For more information, please call (866)-540-4495. Join our online communities at www.facebook.com/FairmontScottsdalehttp://instagram.com/fairmontscotsdl and http://twitter.com/fairmontscotsdl
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 7575 E. Princess Drive in Scottsdale 
The Christmas at the Princess festival runs through January 1, 2017.

Skate Westgate Icebreaker & Holiday Tree Lighting

It's the official kick-off to the holiday season! Start the evening with a professional skating performance followed by the lighting of Westgate's 33-foot holiday tree and Santa's official arrival. At 7pm it will magically snow for the first time and Skate Westgate will open. Santa will be available for photos from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The ice rink will be open until midnight. The event is free and open to the public. Skating fees apply.

For the very first time at Westgate, kids and adults can partake in the timeless holiday tradition of ice skating with the debut of "Skate Westgate", a real ice rink that will run for seven weeks from Nov. 22 through Jan. 8. There will be daily deals, themes and promotions posted on Westgate's website from participating Westgate restaurants and retailers.

For more information about Skate Westgate and holiday happenings, visit www.westgateaz.com/skate and www.westgateaz.com/holiday

6751 N. Sunset Blvd.
Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 385-7502
Located at the Loop 101 & Glendale Ave.

The trout are making their annual Thanksgiving comeback to Tempe Town Lake on Tuesday, Nov. 22

The trout are making their annual Thanksgiving comeback to Tempe Town Lake! The City of Tempe and Arizona Game and Fish will host the annual Welcome Back the Trout celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the SRP Tempe Town Lake Marina. 
Families and community members are invited to come down and watch as thousands of rainbow trout from the Department's Page Springs Hatchery are released into Town Lake.  

Arizona Game and Fish will conduct a fishing clinic starting at 4 p.m. and will provide anglers of all ages with loaner rods, reels and bait, as well as the tips and advice they need to try their hand at the sport. 

Attendees will also be able to fish without a fishing license during the event from 4-6 p.m. Information on obtaining a license for future use can be found at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml

For more information on the event, visit http://azgfd.net/artman/publish/NewsMedia/Family-friendly-event-welcomes-back-the-fish.shtml