Monday, Sept. 11

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"Say Yes to the Dress" star hosts Valley Bridal Fashion Show

We check out the hottest bridal fashion trends ahead of one of the Valley's hottest bridal fashion shows. If you're dreaming about your upcoming wedding, this bridal show might be just what you need. Come Thurs., Sept. 14th the Dream Couture Bridal Fashion Show will take place at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, hosted by "Say Yes To The Dress" star Randy Fenoli. 

The dream-themed event will feature a whimsical white carpet champagne and light bites reception followed by a runway show highlighting the latest in bridal couture along with ready-to-wear for bridesmaids, men and mother-of-bride/groom, all by Destiny's Bride with featured designers including Galia Lahav, Flora, Monique Lhuillier, Lian Carlo, Anne Barge and Simone Caravalli. After the show, guests will indulge in a dessert reception. All guests will receive luxury swag bags.

Advanced ticket and table purchase required. 

For more information, visit:

Dream Couture Bridal Fashion Show
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
7-9 PM
$175 for standard ticket
(480) 627-3148

VIP Party with Randy Fenoli (only 50 tickets available)
6-7 PM prior to Dream event
$295 for VIP Ticket
VIP Tickets include access to the VIP Party featuring a meet and greet and photo opp with Randy Fenoli, front row seat to fashion show, commemorative bottle of Veuve Cliquot signed by Randy along with hors d'oeuvres and champagne.

Healing Field at Tempe Beach Park 

In memory of those who perished on September 11, 2001, the Exchange Club of Tempe, along with the City of Tempe, will present the 14th annual Healing Field tribute Friday, Sept. 8th through Monday, Sept. 11th. 

Healing Field® is a unique memorial that gives the community the opportunity to reflect on the tragedy of that day and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were lost. Though the attacks occurred sixteen years ago, they continue to connect us every year, both as Americans and as human beings.  Every year, members of the community dedicate thousands of hours to this grassroots effort, from those who coordinate and promote the events, to the workers who physically assemble the nearly 3,000 flags.

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Donate your hair at Crowns of Courage 

If you've got long, luscious locks, and want to help a child in need, now is your chance. Crowns of Courage and Scottsdale's STRAY Salon are offering complimentary haircuts to anyone who has nine inches or more of hair to donate to a child battling cancer. 

Appointments are available between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at the salon located at 4375 N 75h St. in Scottsdale, and all hair collected will be used by Crowns of Courage in the creation of halo wigs for kids currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Halo wigs differ from traditional, head-covering models because they offer real, authentic hair attached to soft, breathable caps that look great under hats, scarves and beanies. Crowns of Courage provides these halo wigs at absolutely no cost to the families.  

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For appointments: Call 480-947-4030.

Hair Donation Party 
STRAY Salon - 4375 N 75h St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17

Motivational Monday: Why and how to work out your stabilizer muscles

Don't go for the weights, all you need is a sandbag! For this Motivational Monday, we're learning how lifting sandbags can force your body to really target those stabilizer muscles that often get ignored, and why that's so important for your body and overall health. 

Using Sandbags in your workout force your body to use stabilizer muscles that often get ignored.

  • used for all different fitness goals
  • exercise demo: sandbag clean + squat + press
  • exercise demo: rotational lunge
  • exercise demo: plank pull through
  • exercise demo: lateral jumps + up + over squats

For more information, visit:

6820 5th Ave
Scottsdale AZ, 85251
Phone: 480-444-8062

Fiesta Bowl Parade

The Fiesta Bowl invites and encourages groups to submit a Parade Entry Application by September 22, 2017, to be a part of the 47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade.

For more information about the event, the application process and to purchase tickets, please visit:
Visit: for Parade Entry Application.

Fiesta Bowl
7135 E Camelback Rd. Suite 190
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tess Tips: Laundry made easier by sorting socks

All week, Tess Rafols is sharing tricks to simplify and organize your home. We tackle laundry by matching clothes with the kids, so they are ready ahead of time. Also, designate a drawer for school clothes to save time (and headaches!)

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Queen of Clean: DIY Cleaning Drains and Disposals

Drain Cleaner #1                    

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1 large kettle of boiling water
  • Pour the salt and baking soda over the drain opening.  It doesn't need to all go in.
  • Pour the kettle of boiling water down the drain starting at the outside and working toward the drain in a circle to rinse the baking soda and salt down.
  • If it is a grease clog it will clear almost at once.  Leave drain for several hours and then flush with cold water. 

Drain Cleaner #2 

  • 1-quart hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons washing soda. This is not baking soda.  Find in the laundry aisle.
  • Pour slowly into the drain.  Let sit and then flush with hot water after 10 minutes.

Cleaning your Garbage Disposal
Keep the garbage disposal clean, free-flowing and smell-free by filling the sink with 3 inches of warm water and mixing in 1 cup of baking soda.  Turn the disposal on and immediately pull the drain plug out.  The vacuum created will clean out the holes in the garbage disposal and freshen the smell
DIY Garbage Disposal Bombs

  • 1- 1/2 cups baking soda
  • 1 tsp dish washing liquid
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 20-50 drops of essential oils  
  • ¼ to ½ cup water

Mix the baking soda, dish washing liquid and sea salt together in a mixing bowl.  Add the essential oils as desired.  Then slowly add water until the mixture sticks together without being too wet.  You may not need all the water.  The more essential oils you use, the less water you will need.  If you add too much water by mistake, just add more baking soda until you get the desired texture.  Using your hands, form the mixture into balls {approximately 1 to 1.5 inch in size} or use a small scoop and place on a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Allow to dry overnight until firm.  This recipe makes approximately 20 balls {depending on size}. Place in a labeled airtight container and store indefinitely.

DIY Citrus Bombs

  • Place 5-6 small pieces of citrus peels {lemons, oranges, limes, etc.} into an ice cube tray and fill up with white vinegar.  If there are extra pieces of lemon or orange around, I will squeeze the left-over juice into the trays as well.  
  • Freeze until solid.  You can store them in a plastic bag in the freezer once they are solid too save space.

General Maintenance Tips

  • Do not put anything into the garbage disposal that is not biodegradable food waste.  
  • Run your garbage disposal frequently to prevent rust and corrosion and to ensure that there are no obstructions and always remember to run your garbage disposal prior to running your dishwasher to ensure that the drains are cleared.
  • Remember that all garbage disposals are not created equal.  Large, higher horse power disposals will be able to handle items that the smaller, apartment sized models can't.

What not to put in the Garbage Disposal

  • Expandable foods such as pasta and rice  
  • Large amounts of potato peels and carrot peels
  • Large animal bones {smaller chicken bones may be used in more powerful garbage disposals}
  • Fibrous material such as corn husks, asparagus, banana peels, or celery stalks and onion skins
  • Fruit pits
  • Artichokes
  • Grease
  • Large amounts of coffee grinds. They will not damage the garbage disposal itself, but they can combine with grease to form a clog in pipes.

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Last chance summer vacation

Last week was Labor Day and that is the unofficial end to the summer vacation season. But, Emily Kaufman, The Travel Mom, says just because summer is behind us, it doesn't mean you missed out on the opportunity for a warm weather vacation. 

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Rock the Guac benefits Free Arts of Arizona 

It's food festival season, and Rock the Guac is an unofficial lead-in of-sorts to Taco Fest, later this year.

Celebrate National Guacamole Day at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix for a festive evening benefitting Free Arts of Arizona and hosted by TV fave, Brad Perry! Enjoy unlimited guacamole from over a dozen top Valley chefs, live Lucha Libre Wrestling, Flamenco Performances, DJ P.O.D, super awesome taco bar by Artizen Crafted American Kitchen at The Camby, and two drinks with your choice of Casa Noble margaritas, ice-cold Dos Equis cervezas, or Tito-Ritas from Tito's Vodka. Cash bar will be available as well. 

  • Rock The Guac is Saturday night and tickets are $40 include all the guac you can eat from chefs like Mark Tarbell, Matt Carter, and Alex Stratta; plus two drinks and lots of entertainment.
  • The event benefits Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona a charity that holds art classes for abused children, helping them heal through artistic expression.

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  • Besides Guac, Rock The Guac will also feature flamenco dancing, lucha libre wrestling, and Tito-Rita's (Margaritas made with Tito's Vodka)

For more information, visit:

Rock The Guac
Saturday, Sept. 16
Tickets: $40 available online only
The Camby Hotel 
2401 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016