Monday, February 13

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Last minute Valentine's Day gifts from the heart

It's the day before Valentine's Day and Feed My Starving Children has some "heartfelt" gift ideas.

Metal Heart Necklace -- Handmade by Frederic, who has a metal shop in his home on the side of a dirt road in Haiti. The purchase of this necklace not only supports his livelihood, it also provides 33 meals to children around the world.
Threads of Hope -- Very popular with people of all ages, these brightly colored bracelets cost only $3. The funds generated help families living in Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines.
Daisy Bouquet and Vase -- A beautiful clay vase created by artisans near Port-Au-Prince filled with colorful handmade daisies made by Anite, a mother who lived in Jubilee, Haiti. (FMSC heard about Anite's struggle to provide for her children, and started working with her in 2014. Now, she and her family have moved to a more secure home, and she now employs 3-5 of her neighbors at any given time.)
Heart Ornament --These lovely symbols of love are made by the Hope Again Women's Ministry group in Rakai, Uganda. They've been constructed from recycled FMSC MannaPack boxes and then wrapped in red and white magazine strips.

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Feed My Starving Children
Mesa Fiesta Power Center, 1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480) 626-1970

Sleep training class for parents of newborns

Taking Cara Babies teaches new parents how to set up healthy sleep habits with newborns in their class "Will I Ever Sleep Again?" Many will naturally begin sleeping through the night.

Sleep Deprivation is an epidemic among new parents. 3 out of 5 new moms report it as their greatest stressor.

Cara's class "Will I Ever Sleep Again" teaches new parents 7 Tips For Newborn Sleep in hopes to avoid those long, hard nights.

It's so much easier to create healthy sleep habits with newborns than it is to correct infant sleep problems down the road.

Cara demonstrates how to calm a fussy baby and can turn any new parent into the "baby whisperer"
This class involves NO CRYING. It promotes lots of snuggling! And is breastfeeding friendly. 

For more information, visit: and

Modern Milk
13802 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Cross Streets: Scottsdale Road and Thunderbird 
(480) 999-1585

Le Macaron French Pastries in Scottsdale

The macaron is considered to be the jewel of French pastries and Le Macaron has created the ultimate dessert gift box for every kind of sweetheart!

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Le Macaron French Pastries
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 145
(At the Scottsdale Quarter on North Street)
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Finding Dr. Right 

You are putting your health and your life in your doctor's hands, so do your due diligence to select the right one. Dr. Sharon Thompson shares the tip to help you find Dr. Right.

Ideally, you want your relationship with Dr. Right to include: 

  •     A long-term commitment
  •     Excellent two-way communication
  •     Trusted expertise
  •     Tough 'love'/ hard truths when needed 

Remember, you are putting your health and your life in this person's hands, so do your due diligence to select the right one for you. 

Tips to help you find a doctor who is good for you

  •     Know your health history
  •     Prioritize what is most important to you. (Remember, it's hard to find all qualities in one person/office)

Provider education/training
On time schedule
Provider advocacy
Low intervention
Community involvement

  •     Know your health insurance plan? 

Who's in-network and who is not 
Laboratory/radiology facilities
Covered services; Special riders/exclusions

  •     Get recommendations from family and friends (ask why the like them)
  •     Figure out what you value in a physician: e.g. education, experience level, personality traits
  •     Know what type of care you are looking for? Primary care? Specialist? Sub-specialist?

Check them out online (medical board, social media, reviews (although, take these with a grain of salt)

Speak up and ask questions 


  •     Ignore your gut
  •     Rely only on Internet sources
  •     Expect Dr. Right to read your mind
  •     Give up control of your choices
  •     Expect Dr. Right to do all of the work to keep you healthy

Dr. Right will

  •     Stay up to date with clinical guidelines and recommendations in their field
  •     Be willing to listen and respond to your concerns
  •     Provide an explanation of diagnoses and treatments you can understand
  •     Offer clear reasons for recommendations
  •     Be open to feedback on office efficiency and customer service 

Remember that the doctor-patient relationship is one of the most intimate and vital professional relationships that you will have.

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

Former "Bachelorette" contestant shares fitness tips and three moves to build a better booty

Fitness professional Ben Zorn shows us five moves using your own body weight that can be done anywhere. 
He also shows us the best moves for the perfect booty and the clothing for active women brought to you all the way from Brazil, home to some of the greatest "assets" on the planet. 

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Former D-Backs pitcher offers lessons & secrets to success

Former Arizona Diamondback pitcher and three-time World Series Champion, Todd Stottlemyre is now a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and business coach. Stottlemyre shares his secrets to success he learned in the Big Leagues that carry into everyday life.

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Recreate Mastro's magic at home this Valentine's Day

One of the hottest reservations every Valentine's Day is Mastro's and in case you can't get a highly sought-after table at Mastro's, Executive Chef David Battersby shows us how to make the New York pepper steak, how to build your own seafood tower and how to shuck oyster. 

For more information: 

Mastro's Restaurants
8852 East Pinnacle Peak Rd. 
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-9500

MVP Dummy

The Nick Lowery Foundation set to host its 2nd annual "Future of Football" Lunch at the Concussions: 2017 Summit with Barrow Neurological Center, and unveil for the first time in Phoenix, the revolutionary MVP tackling dummy that's been proven to help prevent concussions, and reset the landscape of football for generations to come.

To learn more about the MVP Tackling Dummy and The Dartmouth Way, please visit

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Carla Jimenez

Mexican-American actress Carla Jimenez made her series regular debut to massive ratings last week on Fox's new sitcom "The Mick," playing a housekeeper for three rich kids who are being raised by their drug-addicted 'Aunt Mickey' (Kaitlin Olson). But while most television maids exit in and out of scenes, her character, 'Alba,' subverts the stereotypes: She drops molly, smashes a glass over a cop's head, and gets stuck on a raft while wearing a maid's outfit. Jimenez has become the show's breakout star-a physical comedian on par with Ethel Merman and Lucille Ball. New episodes air Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm on FOX. 

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