Monday, January 23

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Valley couple opens coffee shop exclusive to cold brewing 

Sweetz Cold Brew is the first custom craft cold brew coffee company to open up a shop that only brews coffee cold. Valley couple Emily and Aaron Barton came up with the idea in their own kitchen, which has now grown into their passion. They offer a smooth brew that is made from a variety of locally roasted beans. 

For more information:

Sweetz Cold Brew 
835 N. Gilbert Rd. Suite #101 85235
Gilbert & Guadalupe 
Phone: (480) 822-8315

Tax Filling Begins Today: Robert Hockensmith/CPA

Preparing for tax Season: 
-Examine last year’s returns 
-Check your name and social security number  
-Categorize expenses in envelopes 
-Schedule your appointment early

For more information:

Address: 6232 N 7th St #110, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 264-9331

Motivational Monday: Pole Dancing

Express MiE Pole Dance studio helps everyday women feel confident and gorgeous! We believe all women deserve to feel amazing and happy in their bodies, so we teach sensual pole dance in way that anyone can learn, even without dance experience. We teach nine levels of pole dance, plus dance fitness classes to help women build the muscles and flexibility to help them on their pole journey.  Our six-week pole dance courses are perfect for any woman wanting to gain confidence, meet new friends and have a fun workout! 

For more information:

Express MiE Pole Dance Studio
1655. W. Chandler Blvd. #5
Chandler, AZ 85244

How to get flavorful strawberries in the winter 

Strawberry season is usually Fall and Spring, but how do you find flavorful strawberries during the winter-time? We found a crop at Duncan Family Farms in Buckeye. It's a multi-regional certified organic farm in Arizona, which is now distributing locally-grown, organic strawberries for the first time. They'll be shipping them out under their own label to supermarkets throughout Arizona. And, since they're being grown in our own backyard, you will benefit because they're said to be fresh, ripe, and bursting with flavor. 

For more information:

Duncan Family Farms
18969 W. McDowell Road | Buckeye, AZ 85396
McDowell & 191st Ave.
(623) 853-9880

Adding context to the Women's Marches  

Inspired by and in concert with the Women's March on Washington, thousands came out for the Women's March on Phoenix Saturday, January 21st, 2017, on the Senate Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol. Co-organizer, Eva Burch joins us to add context to the weekend's events, locally and nationally.   

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Bleach 101 with the Queen of Clean 

Did you know you can make your own bleach? Linda Cobb, The Queen of Clean joins us with the best ways to use chlorine bleach, the best bleach alternatives and how to make your own cleaning and laundry bleach.

This is the one we are all familiar with.  It comes in liquid and powder form.  It is a whitener and disinfectant.  Use it on white cottons.  Using it on colors will remove color and fade them.  Using in on poly/blends will turn them a grayish color.  Use with caution.  It is hazardous.  Check out the label on the back to read all the warnings.  Measure the exact amount DO NOT just pour.

This is for colored fabrics and blends.  It is used to brighten colors
There are other alternatives, some of which work even better, and are totally safe to use. Did you know you can make your own bleach for laundry and for cleaning?                                    

2 cups Hydrogen Peroxide
2 cups water
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Combine in opaque (dark colored bottle) Peroxide is broken down by light. 
Use for cleaning sinks, showers, and toilets.
This is too strong for laundry.  Use only for cleaning so you don't remove color.

½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 ¼ cup water
5 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oil
Combine and use as you would regular chlorine or non-chlorine bleach

LEMON JUICE:    Great for bleaching cottons and polyesters.  Combine one gallon of the hottest water you can use for your fabric type (check the care label).  Add ¼ cup of lemon juice or slices of lemon from one or two whole lemons.  Soak for 30 to 60 minutes.  Launder as usual.  You can also apply undiluted lemon juice to fruit stains or rust on white clothes.   

AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER DETERGENT:  Great for things like white socks.  Add 2 Tablespoons to a gallon of hot water.  Soak the cotton clothes for about 30 minutes or longer.  Dump in the washer and launder as usual. 

MRS SMITHS BLUING:  This has been around for years.  It is basically an optical brightener.  It is great for getting white clothes brilliantly white.  Use care with this.  If you spill it, you will have a permanent stain.  If you pour it on the clothes without diluting it, it will stain.  Find in the laundry aisle.  Follow the directions on the label. 

WHITE BRITE: This removes yellow and dinginess from your whites and colorfast colors.  It is excellent for removing fugitive color from clothes.  You know, the red shirt gets in with your white shirts and boom, they are pink.  Follow the directions to remove that pink!  You may need to repeat twice if the color bleeding is bad.

SUGGESTIONS:  If you are making your own bleach, repurpose opaque detergent bottles that you carefully label.  I use different colored bottles for my cleaning and laundry bleach so I don't get mixed up.  
Buy lemon juice in large bottles at the $$$ store.

Watch for sales on hydrogen peroxide and stock up. You can also buy it at the $$$ store.
It doesn't matter what brand of chlorine bleach you buy; they are all the same.  

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

Gatekeepers 6 Alarm Firehouse Cook-off Showdown benefiting the Phoenix Children's Hospital

Firehouse Cooks and Local Restaurant Chefs throughout the Valley are set to battle each other in the kitchens of the Allstate Appliance Showroom, located at 15250 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.  The 6 Alarm Cook-off will showcase a Sizzling Spectacle of Tasty Treats as seasoned chefs are paired up with firehouse cooks in attempts to win the coveted first prize metal!   

Saturday January 28, 2017 6:00pm-10:00pm
Tickets sale:
Phoenix Children's Hospital:

Allstate Appliance 
15250 North Hayden Rd 
Scottsdale Arizona 85260

Fear that 60% of Primate species face extinction  

 A new report published in Science Advances reveals that primates are facing an impending "extinction crisis," with 60 percent of all primates now at risk within the next 25 to 50 years. We talk to Wildlife Expert Dr. Grey Stafford about this "alarming" population decline which includes three-quarters of the world's primate species, such as apes, our closest biological relatives, monkeys, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers. Some researchers fear that only a "revolution" will stop the animals from going extinct.  

Why are numbers declining
-Behind the collapse in numbers is an increase in industrial agriculture, large-scale cattle ranching, logging, oil and gas drilling, mining, dam building and road construction. 

-The illegal trade in bushmeat killing apes and monkeys for their flesh is also decimating the animals, as is changing climates and diseases spread from humans to apes. 

-Growing trees to produce palm oil used in many popular foods is a particular threat to primates in Indonesia, as is mining for gold and sapphires in Madagascar.

With many species living in rainforests, the cutting down of millions of acres of forest to supply the increasing demand for timber or to clear land for agriculture is destroying their habitat and making populations more fragmented. 
Source: Daily Mail

For more on Dr. Grey Stafford, visit

Experience "Chocolate & Wine" like never before

Chocolate and wine, a perfectly indulgent combination will take center stage on Fri., Jan. 27th at the Chocolate and Wine Experience at The Saguaro Scottsdale. You'll enjoy treats from local chocolatiers, gourmet cuisine, wine samples and fresh local craft beer. This is a Scottsdale Culinary Festival Event with all net proceeds benefiting the Scottsdale League for the Arts. 

Live entertainment will be provided by The Walkens a local band best known for their wide range of classic covers from top 40 to country and classic to Motown. 

General Admission to the Chocolate and Wine Experience is $60 if purchased during presale or $70 at the door. Early admission tickets are available for $75 and will get ticket holders into the event an hour early with champagne welcome and a special treat. Admission is all inclusive and includes unlimited bites, twelve drink samples and access to all the event activities. 

The Chocolate and Wine Experience will be located at The Saguaro Scottsdale, 4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Doors open at 7 p.m. for early admission ticket holders and at 8 p.m. for general admission Patrons are encouraged to come dressed in cocktail attire.

For more information and to purchase tickets: