Monday, June 19

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St. Mary's Water Distribution

St. Mary's will distribute water to any family in need on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-21) during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the following locations:

  • Phoenix:  St. Mary's Knight Transportation Distribution Center (3131 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix)
  • Surprise:  St. Mary's Surprise Warehouse (13050 West Elm Street in Surprise)

You will NOT need to go through the normal emergency food box lines to receive a case of water. Just let a St. Mary's employee or volunteer know you are here for water and we will take care of you.

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Fear free vet takes the "pet" out of petrified 

Taking your beloved friend to the vet can be a terrifying experience, but it doesn't have to be. More and more veterinarians are becoming "Fear Free Certified Professionals," which means they'll go to great lengths to take the "pet" out of petrified. One of those fear free clinics is in North Scottsdale where we learn the tools used to make your pets vet visit less stressful, preventing fear and anxiety.

Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners.  Our courses provide learners and pet lovers with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet's physical well-being, but her emotional well-being as well. We know we must feed the pet's mind as well as the body so we make sure that in-home enrichment and Fear Free training are front-and-center with pet professionals and pet owners alike.

Founded by "America's Veterinarian," Dr. Marty Becker, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, with over 13,000 veterinary professionals committed to becoming Fear Free certified. We get you. Like you, we love pets like family, and want what is best for them so click on the portal of interest to you for more information about Fear Free courses, education, membership opportunities and celebration of that unique affection-connection called the human-animal bond. 

To learn more about Animal Hospital Grayhawk Fear Free Certified Veterinarian:

For more information, visit:   

Animal Hospital Grayhawk 
20801 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Scottsdale Road & 101 North to Grayhawk Drive 

Teen makes camo quilts to earn Girl Scout Gold Award  

Meet 15-year-old Fiala Richard, a local teen making 160 camo quilts for three units being deployed to the Middle East this summer from Luke Air Force Base. It's all a part of her project to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award, equivalent to the Boy scout Eagle. And, you can help. Fiala will be hosting and teaching seven free classes at Ultimate Sewing Place to recruit helpers to complete her project. Her first set of quilts will be delivered this week.  

Her next class will be on 6/19 from 10-4pm. She will be delivering the first set of quilts to a medical unit at Luke Air Force base before they deploy on 6/22. Please let us know if you would be interested in this story

Ultimate Sewing Place 
5138 W. Northern Ave, Glendale
51st Ave & Northern  
Phone: (623) 937-2293

Cool down inside Arizona's only ice bar 

Where in Arizona, when it's about 117 degrees outside, will you be able to wear a parka and mittens? It's the coolest place to be in the desert; inside Polar Play Ice Bar. It's Arizona's only ice bar where it's kept at a chilly 23 degrees, and it's made out of 30,000 pounds of ice. Here, backyard games are made entirely of snow and drinks are both kid-friendly and adult-friendly. Polar Play opened in May, and just in time, as we head into the dog days of summer and all those excessive heat-warnings we are far too familiar with. Instead, try cooling down, and explore this Polar Zone.  

For more information, visit:

Polar Play Ice Bar 
9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
101 & East Via De Ventura 
Phone: (480) 291-6578 

Keep cool with Cryotherapy

As we head into excessively hot days, we're keeping it cool with a blast of Whole Body Cryotherapy. This cold therapy is all the rage in the recovery of muscle aches and pains, relief of stress, elevation of mood, energy, and it's even said to help in reversing the hands of time. Many people who enter the cold chamber believe in its anti-aging effects, and its alternative approach to health and wellness. We learn about all of this and more at Scottsdale's new US Cryotherapy location near Raintree and Northsight Blvd. 

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US Cryotherapy Scottsdale is located at: 14747 N Northsight Blvd #108, Scottsdale AZ 85260    
480-508-2796 Hours of operation, pricing, and other information can be found at:

Motivation Monday: Holistic wellness with Lauren McBride

Fitness model and trainer Lauren McBride shares her " days to slimmer" secrets and strategies to look as good as you feel.

The Three Things You Need for a Great Day and a Healthier vacation:

  1. Book your room on a high floor
  2. Hydrate
  3. Plan something active everyday

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Hotty Toddy Recipes
This is my ultimate metabolism boosting drink recipe! It helps wake up your digestive tract, alkalize the body + detoxify your system while revving your engine for the day. 

  •  8 oz. hot water 
  •  1 ginger tea bag (or 1/2-inch fresh ginger thinly sliced) 
  •  1-2 Tbsp. lemon juice (1/2 lemon) 
  •  1-2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (Braggs is best- make sure it's unfiltered) 
  •  1/2 tsp cinnamon (it won't mix as well because it's fat soluble, just keep stirring 
  •  A dash of cayenne pepper (a little goes a long way) 
  •  1/4 tsp of turmeric 
  •  Stevia or monk fruit (to taste, again a little goes a long way!) 

Seep the ginger tea bag (or fresh ginger) for 3-4 minutes in hot water, remove. Add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, cayenne, turmeric and stevia to the water and stir.

Energizing Green Smoothie Bowl Recipes

  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 handful frozen kale 
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop protein powder 
  • 1 tbsp. MCT oil 

Blend all together until smoothie-like texture. Pour into a bowl and top with some super foods:
Unsweetened and unsulfured coconut flakes
Goji berries 
Hemp seeds  

We're celebrating the 120-degree day by getting soaked

Trying to keep cool when it's 120 degrees outside is nearly impossible, unless of course you are completely drenched. That's what we're doing with Arizona Bounce Around this morning. They brought their dunk tank out, getting us soaked, so we don't melt away in this summer heat wave. 

Arizona Bounce Around is gearing up for 4th of July. They'll get the party started in Scottsdale, Chandler, Tolleson, Peoria, and Tucson this year. 
To rent something for your home can cost around $300 typically for up to 4 hours. It's something you can definitely do on the weekends for the kids without having to stand in line at a waterpark. They offer a large selection of water slides, slip n' slides, and water games as well as the world's tallest inflatable water slide.

Rent a dunk tank in Phoenix, AZ with a window to see the people getting dunked. We deliver Dunk Tanks, water tag, water walking balls, foam machines and more to Mesa, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Goodyear, Buckeye, Glendale, Peoria, Surprise, Cave Creek, Carefree, Flagstaff, Tucson, Maricopa, New River and all over AZ

Why Choose Arizona Bounce Around for your Inflatable Party Rentals & Event Party Planning?
We have Hundreds of in stock Party Rentals to choose from for any size party or event!
"We Rent the Cleanest Most Unique Party Rental Equipment Available" 

For more information, visit: 

Arizona Bounce Around 
1717 N 77th Street Suite 20 Scottsdale, AZ 85257 
Phone: 480-874-3470 

Queen of Clean: Great Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

All of these tips use 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide. This is what you would find at the drug store.  Watch $$ stores too for large bottles. Remember, most sprayers will fit on the top of the peroxide bottle. Peroxide should always be stored in a dark opaque bottle like it comes in.  Light destroys peroxide. 

Always keep a spray bottle of peroxide and one of white vinegar in the kitchen. You can disinfect countertops, sinks and appliances with it. It will not only disinfect the kitchen but also give it a fresh smell. TO USE:  First spray the peroxide and then spray the vinegar over it.  Let sit 3 to 5 minutes and dry with a paper towel or cloth.

Clean Sponges
Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow bowl, and let the sponge soak for about 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Do this once a week.  Sponges are one of the dirtiest most bacteria filled things in your kitchen.

Pour it directly onto the stain and let it sit for about five minutes. Blot and rinse in cold water. You may need to repeat this once or twice to fully lift the stain. Word of warning: as a mild bleach, it can also whiten your clothes use caution!

Stained Tiles & Stone Countertops
No matter what the culprit was, hydrogen peroxide works wonders on removing stains from stone and tile. Combine it with flour to create a thick paste and apply to the stain. Let it sit overnight covered in plastic wrap. Carefully remove in the morning.
Clean Toilet Bowls
Pour ½ cup of peroxide into the bowl and let it soak for about 20-30 minutes before scrubbing clean.
Clean Out the Refrigerator
Non-toxic hydrogen peroxide is an ideal cleaner for your fridge. Apply, let it sit a few minutes, and wipe clean. 

Clean up Mold
Hydrogen peroxide works well on mold. Spray and let sit 10 minutes.  Respray and scrub with a brush.  Rinse, respray and let it dry.

Whiten Grout.
Mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour to create a thick paste. Apply to grout and cover with plastic wrap overnight. The next day, simply rinse with water.
Disinfect Cutting Boards

Spray hydrogen peroxide on cutting boards to kill germs and bacteria from raw meat and other foods that may have soaked into the surface of the board. Let sit on the surface for 10 minutes and then rinse with hot water.

Remove Organic Stains
Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent and apply to organic stains (coffee, wine, blood, sweat, etc.) to remove them.

Remember, hydrogen peroxide will bleach darker fabrics. 

Cleanse Dehumidifiers
Add a pint of hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water and run the solution through humidifiers to disinfect and remove any mold or mildew that may be growing inside.

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Cold Concoctions: Cooling down with portable beverages in "pop" form

We are at full-tilt with Phoenix summer temperatures, reaching a whopping 120 degrees today. So, we can never get tired of new ideas and ways to cool off. Check out these frosty fruits and even adult beverages in portable "pop" form, as in home-made popsicles, courtesy one of our favorite food bloggers, Heather Walker. 

-    Home-made popsicles can be easily prepared for ANY summer occasion
-    Start with either a creamy base (coconut, dairy or nut milk, pudding) or "simple syrup" (sugar/water, fruit juice or soda)
-    Add your favorite fruits or treats (use themes, popular food combinations or get creative with your own)
-    Turn your favorite cocktail (Pina coladas or Margaritas) into a "pop"

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There's nothing more refreshing than lemons on a hot day

We're whipping up lemon everything this morning, to try to stay cool. Nothing is more refreshing than a tart lemon on a hot day. The Crepe Club joins us with their signature fresh squeezed lemonade, and the lemon crepes they're notorious for. We're keeping our summer cooking fresh this morning. And, to make those light fluffy crepes for breakfast, lunch or dinner, firing up the oven is not required. 

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