Monday, July 31

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Get ready for back to school with an eye exam

As parents gear up for the start of a new school year, Midwestern University's Eye Institute is providing comprehensive eye exams, as well as tips to help parents keep their children's eyes healthy during academic pursuits. 

According to national statistics, one in four children has a vision problem, which can create significant roadblocks for early learning if left unaddressed. As parents gear up for the start of a new school year, Midwestern University's Eye Institute is providing comprehensive eye exams, as well as tips to help parents keep their children's eyes healthy during academic pursuits. 

Back to School Tips for Eyes:
1.    Schedule a comprehensive eye exam before school starts. Vision screenings can miss issues that, if left undiagnosed, may lead to long-term limitations.
2.    Understand vision related learning difficulties vs. ADHD. Often children are misdiagnosed because their vision challenges make it hard to engage, focus and not disrupt class, similar behaviors to ADHD. 
3.    Reducing Screen Time will allow younger children's eyes the rest and variety they need. Overuse of digital devices before, during and after school can lead to digital eye strain and computer vision syndrome.

For more information and to set an appointment for your child’s comprehensive eye exam before school starts, visit

Midwestern University Eye Center
5865 W Utopia Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 623-537-6000

The Refuge Café opens 2nd location to Sky Harbor travelers   

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton calls it a "gem" in our community, and now Sky Harbor travelers will soon experience the giving spirit behind The Refuge Cafe, as it opens a new location inside Terminal 4. The popular cafe is a social enterprise of Catholic Charities Community where everything sold, from the pastries to the coffee, raises money to benefit homeless, veterans, and foster care. 

The Refuge Coffee-Food-Wine at Sky Harbor will serve gourmet coffee, made to order outstanding breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as beer and wine. The airport location will open at 4:30 a.m. daily and travelers can expect a breakfast menu that ranges from freshly made muffins to The Refuge Breakfast Burrito filled with bacon, eggs, cheese, and avocado. Tasty sandwiches and salads for approximately $8-$10.

Gate B9 of Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

For more information, visit:

The Refuge Café
4727 N 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 265-1725

Back-to-School: Dorm Decor on a Dime is all about organization 

Back to School is back-in-action and graduates are heading off to college. A dorm room is a student's home away from home and choosing how to decorate it is not only a rite of passage but also a fun project for teens. One of the most important thing, though, about those small spaces, is being organized! We head out to Arizona Mills Mall for some help from The Art Institute of Phoenix.  

For more information on stores at Arizona Mills, visit:

5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 491-7300

Motivational Monday: Booty Pop

Ian Michel Simon, Levels Fitness and Nutrition, shows how different exercises and muscle nutrition for building and strengthen glutes.

For more information, visit: www.ReckPerform.Com 

4848 E Cactus Road, Unit 220, Phoenix, AZ 85254 
Phone: (623) 218-7181

Days and Hours:
Monday-Friday 5am-10am
Saturday-Sunday Closed

Levels Fitness & Nutrition
7607 E McDowell Road, Suite 107, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phone: (602) 717-2212

Days and Hours: 
Monday-Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 9am-12pm, Sunday Closed

Back-to-School: Pack this not that

It's that time of year again, moms are getting busy packing school lunches, and hopefully they're packing something healthy. But, it's not easy, and what you think might be nutritious, might not be. Life Time Fitness Dietician Julie Brown is here with easy tweaks to help you pack a healthier lunch for your little one, along with the "harmful 7," you should just stay away from altogether if possible. 

7 consist of:

  •        Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Oils
  •        High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  •        Hormones & Antibiotics
  •        Processed & Artificial Sweeteners
  •        Artificial Colors & Flavors
  •        Artificial Preservatives
  •        Bleached Flour Processed

For more information, visit: 

Life Time Athletic - Scottsdale
6850 E Chauncey Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone:(480) 538-9009

Life Time Fitness -  Tempe
1616 W Ruby Dr, Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone:(480) 705-8855

Life Time Fitness - Gilbert
381 E Warner Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296
Phone:(480) 892-5020

Life Time Fitness Palm Valley
14540 W McDowell Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85395
Phone:(623) 536-9595

National Mutt Day-Dripping Dog Bathrobe and the Paw Drying Mitt

Wet dogs rejoice, thanks to the Dripping Dog Bathrobe and the Paw Drying Mitt. 
Shari Mindlen's business not only makes your pet comfy post bath or walk in the rain, but 20% of her proceeds benefit the Maricopa Animal Shelter, so you're helping valley dogs waiting for their forever homes.

Dripping Dog™ products are made in the USA. We are proud to stand by our commitment to create jobs in America and make only high-quality products. Our company was created out of my love for my shelter dogs Ollie and Sam (aka Oliver and Samantha), and for all dogs and breeds. That is why you see a happy, laughing Pitt as part of our logo.

Find them online at 

Call:   480.292.1287

It's National Cotton Candy Day! 

We're getting our "sugar high" this morning, with Sugar Hi Cotton Candy of Gilbert. It's National Cotton Candy Day, and nobody knows more about this sugary treat than Robert Clark. Did you know cotton candy was originally called "fairy floss," it's been around for over 100 years.

Five Food Finds about Cotton Candy:

  • Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss.
  • Cotton candy contains only one ingredient: sugar.
  • The process by which cotton candy is made has been around for over 100 years so chances are you could ask your grandparents about their first encounter with cotton candy and they'll tell you at great length how much it cost and how neat it was back in the day.
  • It was forgotten for a while several decades ago, but cotton candy became an instant hit when suddenly it was mass produced and became readily accessible to everyone not just the ones going to a fair or circus.
  • Cotton candy doesn't contain all that much sugar merely as much sugar as one would get drinking a can of an average soft drink.

For more information, visit: or call: 
(480) 492-9491