Monday, Aug. 14

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Motivational Monday: We're "eating the frog" at Eat The Frog Fitness 

It's the newest fitness craze, and the first of its kind, to hit the Valley-if you've heard people taking about "eating the frog" this is what they're talking about. Eat The Frog Fitness just opened in north Scottsdale, designed by Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay. The concept is based on not procrastinating, even if you don't like the look or taste of fitness. So, what is your frog? We put this workout to the test and learn what makes it so unique. 

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Eat The Frog! Mark Twain said if you eat your frog, then all your problems go away. But who wants to eat a frog? What is your frog? Whether we put off specific exercises our body really needs or we just simply don't work out at all, most of us procrastinate because we just don't like the look or taste of fitness.

1. Athletic -Based Periodization Training to Maximize Results
More doesn't mean better... we don't believe in writing workouts day by day and pushing our bodies past their limits, instead we've taken the methods of periodization training to incorporate blocks of intensity and recovery periods. This process is scientifically proven to keep bodies safe from injury, while maximizing results.

2. Personalized Training Plan Customized for Every Member
No, one size does not fit all... we believe training plans are like fingerprints, unique to the individual. With that in mind, we create a personalized training plan for each member based on their unique FX Profile. This allows for a member's training plan to adapt along with their changing fitness level. It's about what you need, not what somebody thinks you need!

3. Training with Purpose
We aren't just another gym or class... we've accomplished something unprecedented in the health club industry. We've managed to bring fitness professionals, pro athletes, and even the "World's Greatest Athlete," Bryan Clay, together to create the most powerful approach to training available. Whether it's music, lighting, heart- rate monitoring, functional movements, dynamic stretches, foam rolling, Spin and Row. Everything we do at Eat The Frog is designed with purpose!

Eat The Frog Fitness 
18529 N Scottsdale Rd #128, Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale between Mayo & Chauncey
Next to the Lexus dealership---East side of the street  
(480) 686-9477

ASU looking for water on the moon

The count-down to the Great American Solar Eclipse is on. Every day this week we'll be bringing you something solar eclipse related to sink your teeth into. How about, this for starters, is there water on the moon? It's a question ASU is determined to find the answer to as ASU becomes ground zero, so-to-speak for moon research. And one of the main engineers on the project is Joe DuBois. If that name sounds familiar, it's because he's part of a Valley power couple, married to famous medium wife Alison Dubios. From mapping the surface to searching for water, Joe shows us how they explore this celestial body. 

Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 is a new and innovative research building on the Tempe campus. The building opened in early May 2012, and is the largest single research building at ASU, at more than 300,000 square feet. Through innovative architecture, the building incorporates various types of laboratory spaces, clean rooms,

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ASU-in ISTB 4--Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Bldg. 4
781 E. Terrace Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

Twisted Grove moves into Biltmore neighborhood  

From weekend brunch to a daily Twisted Hour and late-night menu, Twisted Grove's newest location brings craft cocktails and modern American cuisine to the heart of the Biltmore neighborhood. 

Twisted Grove is open daily for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday (11am-11pm) and Saturday and Sunday (10am-11pm), plus nightly Twisted Hour from 3-6pm, a nightly late-night menu from 9-11pm, and weekend brunch starting at 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Cookbook library featured at Twisted Grove 
Guests can share their favorite cookbook with a leave-one, take-one cookbook library.  Cookbook collections have become a signature of Common Ground Culinary restaurants with a similar leave one-take one library at the original Twisted Grove location in Scottsdale and cookbooks adorning the shelves of Grassroots in Scottsdale and Phoenix for guests to enjoy while awaiting their food

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To make a reservation, please call 602-730-3533.   

Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar 
3160 E. Camelback Rd. 
Phoenix, AZ 85016 

Queen of Clean

When using lemon juice to clean you can use either fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice.  You can buy a large bottle of lemon juice at the $$$ Store for $1.00.

Hand Cream

  • Mix two parts glycerin to one-part lemon juice in a small container.
  • Massage a little into your hands after washing and at bed time.  It only takes a little.  
  • It's also good for dry feet.  Massage in at bedtime and cover feet with socks.  Like any lotion you put on your feet, it will be slippery if you walk on a hard surface barefoot.
  • Find Glycerin at drug store and Amazon.
  • Removing Rust from White Clothes
  • Apply undiluted lemon juice to the stain and lay in the sun.  This also works on baby formula.

Make your own Bleach for Laundry

  • 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.
  • De-Stink the Garbage Disposal.
  • Run a few lemon rinds through the disposal and follow with cold water to dispel any odor.  The rinds will also remove food that may be stuck in the holes and blades.  If you have lemons that aren't good for cooking use or rinds left over, freeze them for use when needed.

Remove Stains from Linens and Clothes

  • This tip is safe for even delicate or vintage fabrics. Treat a set-in stain with lemon juice and salt. In a bowl combine about ¼ cup lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt. Let the mixture sit on the stained fabric for 30 minutes, cool water.
  • Get stains Out of a Cutting Board or Butcher Block.
  • Run the cut side of a lemon over the board or butcher-block surface to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle with area with salt first, then rub with the lemon. If the stains are particularly stubborn, let lemon juice/salt mixture sit overnight before you rinse with water. Wipe wooden boards lightly with mineral oil to seal.
  • Spots on Countertops and Similar Surfaces (Not for granite) 
  • Make a paste of lemon juice and Cream of Tartar or lemon juice and baking soda.  Apply to the stain gently rubbing it in and let it sit until the spot is gone.  Reapply if needed or simply add more lemon juice. 

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Best Eclipse Viewing without leaving Arizona

Arizona may not be in the path of the full solar eclipse, but that doesn’t mean you can't enjoy this celestial show nonetheless.  The further north you go, the better it gets. In fact, people in the norther part of the state will experience about 80% of the total effect.  Some ideal spots include Page, Holbrook, Flagstaff and Kayenta.

  • The northern part of the state will see eclipse coverage varying from 78% to 81%
  • The eclipse will begin just past 9:00am Mountain Standard Time, and be at maximum coverage around 10:30am
  • How you can see the eclipse in some of the state's most beautiful locations Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon
  • Consider going the night before to Page, Flagstaff, Holbrook, Winslow, Kayenta

For more information, visit:

Rosanne Coloccia, Preferred Travel Services
2141 E. Camelback Rd, Suite 240
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Create your own Ice Creams Social

Natural Grocers is hosting ice cream socials at all of its stores Thursday August 17th, serving over 60,000 people some great ice cream treats and hosting giveaways as well. today they teach us how to create your ice cream treats and a special treat, yummy chocolate powerhouse pudding. 

Anniversary events will include:

  • Free Natural Grocers shopping bag with purchase 
  • Free coloring book with purchase, while supplies last  
  • Prize giveaways every hour, on the hour 
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Powerhouse Pudding recipe demonstration and sampling from noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Free ice-cream social from 4-6 p.m. featuring dairy and non-dairy sundaes and root beer floats 
  • 50% off our Every Day Affordable Price on a selection of popular items (listed below) 
  • Double points for {N}power® loyalty program members

On August 17, customers can enter a drawing to win one company-wide grand prize consisting of an Alaskan Cruise for two, compliments of C20 Pure Coconut Water.  In addition, all stores will have drawings for the following prizes:

  • One Fitbit Alta, compliments of Natural Factors 
  • One GoPro, compliments of C20 Pure Coconut Water 
  • $62 Natural Grocers gift card 
  • One copy of Earl Mindell's New Vitamin Bible 
  • Natural Grocers freezer bags, lunch boxes, growlers, cutting boards, and caps

Stores will offer anniversary deals of 50% off many items in the store. (limit 6 per person)

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Recipe: Chocolate Powerhouse Pudding
Yields: 1 Cup
5 Minute Prep time

1 medium ripe banana
1 medium ripe avocado
1/4 cups Natural Grocers coconut oil 
1/4 Cup Natural Grocers bulk cocoa powder
1 tbsp. Natural Grocers raw honey 
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1.Mash banana and avocado together with a fork until smooth with minimal lumps and well combined.
2. Add in coconut oil, cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla. 
3. Mix until thoroughly combined and a smooth, pudding texture develops.