Tuesday, August 1

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Back-to-School: Keeping kids’ safe as they head back to school 

Kids are either getting ready to go back to school or in some cases, have already started their new semester. That means kids walking home, riding bikes and facing potential dangers or vicious bullies. In today's world, these types of scenes have been playing out more regularly on social media. So, how do parents teach their kids to protect themselves. We go to the experts at Keenes ATA Martial Arts in Glendale who have a whole program on empowering kids.  

For more information, visit: http://keenesata.com/

Keene's ATA--Glendale
6740 W. Deer Valley Rd D106
Glendale AZ 85310 
(623) 561-KICK (5425)

Free Kidz 'n Power Program wants to keep your kids’ safe  

ATA Martial Arts, in partnership with the nationally known experts in child safety, AMBERAlert.com is launching a worldwide initiative to help minimize the risk of child abduction through education. Their new, free Kidz 'n Power Program, a one-day seminar for kids on Sat. Aug 26th, is designed to educate kids on the dangers of strangers, methods for dealing with bullies, and simple break-away self-defense. 

For more information, visit:  http://keenesata.com/     

Keene's ATA--Glendale
6740 W. Deer Valley Rd D106
Glendale AZ 85310 
(623) 561-KICK (5425)


Pinspiration is a DIY arts and crafts studio/wine bar/events space in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area located on High Street (City North). 

The studio removes DIY's common barriers to creativity and make it easy for every member of the community to unleash their inner artist and "try DIY.

Pinspiration's hip studio offers both open-ended and tutorial-let art experiences in a supportive, playful venue. Customers have access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools. Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular "pinned" social media projects and current craft trends. 

The venue includes a VIP party room, a full-service beer/wine bar, a crafting/project room and Arizona's first splatter room, inspired by Jackson Pollock. 

Please call ahead at 480-636-8010 or email info@pinspiration.com before visiting so we can make sure your space is reserved for your group.

Visit their website at: www.pinspiration.com

5410 E. High Street, Ste 105
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joins us in studio

The Arizona lawmaker is back in Arizona for the congressional district work period and stops by the studio to discuss politics and current issues.

Congresswoman Sinema is working hard for Arizona families she has a plan (Opportunity for Arizona) to ensure Arizona families have the tools they need to get ahead in the new economy.

Supporting Arizona veterans is one of Congresswoman Sinema's top priorities. The House of Representatives recently passed legislation she helped introduce to strengthen and improve the GI Bill to ensure Arizona veterans can achieve the American Dream.

Kyrsten was also the first member of Congress to complete an IronMan competition. Each week that she is in Washington, she teaches a spin class to a bipartisan group of members of Congress. The group has become friends who work together on legislation in Congress. 

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema www.sinema.house.gov - 602-956-2285

Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, is adapted for the big screen with an all-star cast. 

The adaptation of Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle, hits theaters August 11, starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, and Academy Award Winner Brie Larsen.  

Glass Castle novel has been wildly successful garnering awards, selling more than 2.7 million copies and being translated into 22 languages'

For more information, visit:  http://www.TheGlassCastle.movie

Creative Ways to Pack Kids' lunches and Healthy Trail Mix Rice Crispies

Creative Kids Lunches
There are crazy ideas on Pinterest for packing lunches. For me, though, they have to be easy to do, not too many ingredients and the kids have to like it.
"Uncrustables" are a popular kids lunch item, but we learned how to make our own at home with whole grain bread and healthy fillings like almond butter and bananas or hummus and carrots.  
Kids love nachos, so go with one of the many healthy varieties of tortilla chips out there and include shredded low-fat cheese and sliced grape tomatoes to make BYO nachos.
The trick is meal planning ahead of time.  Prep all fruits and veggies in single serve bags on Sunday to use through the week.  Then assembling the lunchbox is just grab and go.

Homemade "Uncrustables"

  • 2 slices of bread
  • peanut butter
  • bananas


  • Place both slices of bread on a work surface and smash them to make them flat.
  • Put peanut butter and bananas in the center of one slice of bread in a circle, then top with the other slice. 
  • Using a round cut and seal sandwich maker, press down into the center of the sandwich and twist to cut off the crust of the sandwich.
  • Pop, it out of the maker and pack in a lunchbox.

Trail Mix Rice Crispies
My kids love rice crispies, but I wanted a way to make them without corn syrup and add a little extra nutrition to them.  That's how we came up with these Trail Mix Rice Crispy Treats.
These took about 15 different tests to get them just right.  Soft and chewy but still crispy.
If you want to make them gluten free, be sure to get gluten free rice cereal.
You can add your own mix ins including different nuts, fruits and even chocolate.
Let them set at least two hours after cooking so that they firm up.

Trail Mix Rice Crispy Treats

    3 cups rice krispies
    ¾ cup rolled oats
    ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
    ¼ cup walnuts chopped
    ¼ cup dried cranberries
    ¼ cup almonds chopped
    ¼ cup raisins
    ¼ tsp almond extract (optional)
    ½ cup brown rice syrup
    3 Tbsp. butter
    ½ cup marshmallow crème

1.    Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
2.    Spray a 9 x 13 glass pan (or other microwave safe pan) with cooking spray
3.    Add brown rice syrup to a pan on the stove over medium high heat and add in butter and simmer on a soft boil for at least a minute, stirring constantly until butter is melted and the sauce slightly thickens.
4.    Add in the marshmallow creme to the pot and continue stirring, cooking for another minute until the creme is dissolved and the sauce is a thick creamy syrup. If adding the almond extract, stir that in at this point.
5.    Pour the sauce over the bowl of dry ingredients and toss everything together until all of the dry ingredients are coated and then transfer to the 9 x 13 pan and spread the cereal evenly.
6.    Press the bars down with a smaller pan inset into the larger pan, just to ensure the bars are well compacted and hold together once they've set.
7.    Microwave the 9 x 13 pan with the bars for 1 minute on high, just to ensure everything sets and is bonded by the syrup.
8.    Allow to cool and set for 2 hours, then cut into squares and serve.

Joanie Simon Food Blogger at www.JoanieSimon.com
Email: food@joaniesimon.com

The best in back-to-school products    

Organic meals delivered to your door, a sleep mist to get your kids to bed earlier? PR Pro & Lifestyle Expert Andrea Toch shows us the best products that will make your life easier!

Helpful finds to ease the hustle and bustle of back-to-school season 
www.Instacart.com, online grocery delivery- Promo code BACK2SCHOOL for $10 off $35

Green Chef- organic healthy meals delivered www.greenchef.com

SeaSnax- healthy, tasty seaweed snacks www.seasnax.com

Lehi Valley Trading Company, locally made snacks for lunchboxes and after school www.lehivalley.com

Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter- single serve packs for easy lunch packing 

True Citrus- healthy alternative to sugar-loaded juice boxes www.truelemon.com

TWELVElittle- Stylish, water-resistant backpacks and lunchboxes for kids 
In the kitchen with Congresswoman Sinema

The Arizona lawmaker is known for being a fitness fanatic and runner. She shows us one of her favorite no-bake energy recipes.

Energy Bites
1 cup (dry) old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema www.sinema.house.gov - 602-956-2285

What's next for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio?

After former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge for refusing to stop traffic patrols from targeting immigrants, we talk with Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Lamm for an analysis on the judge's decision, and what Arpaipo's options are moving forward. 

For more information, visit: http://www.thephoenixcriminalattorney.com/

6245 N 24th Pkwy #208, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 663-9100