Monday, December 18

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Taco Guild turns 124 years old 

Taco Guild is a nationally acclaimed local foodie favorite, and they have a lot to celebrate this morning. The Taco Guild building has a rich and well-documented history. Nineteen years before Arizona became the 48th state in the union, the parcel of land was purchased for $30 to build a church. Today, it's a foodie hot spot for some of the best taco's in town, and this morning the building turns 124 years old. Taco Guild is located at 546 East Osborn Rd. in Phoenix. 

Taco Guild Birthday Event Dec. 18 - 24

  • A special tequila tasting of Milagro Select Barrel tequila on December 18 at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm  
  • Special new cocktail the Feliz Cumplemango - the Feliz Cumplemango which includes Milagro Reposado tequila, Solerno Blood Orange liquor, black peppercorn syrup, fresh lime juice, mint and mango ($10)
  • Special shot the Ancho Sour drop - Ancho Reyes Chile liquor, Milagro Reposado tequila, fresh lemon and orange juice ($5).
  • Birthday cake on 12/18 and 12/24!
  • Lime tequila chicken taco is the special taco of the day this week
  • Gift card giveaways daily! 12/18-23 $25 gift cards will be given away each night. You must be present to win. One 12/24 a $100 gift card will be given away. You do not need to be there to win. 
  • The building is turning 124 years old. 
  • The Taco Guild building has a rich and well-documented history. Nineteen years before Arizona became the 48th state in the union, the parcel of land was purchased from Mr. and Mrs. George and Edna Smith for $30 to build a church. At the time of construction in 1893, the church was called Smith's Chapel and was an evolution of a one-room schoolhouse named Osborn School. When the new church opened one year later, 1894, the name changed to Bethel Methodist Church, honoring Mrs. Smith's home church in Illinois. 

For more information: 

Taco Guild
546 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Hop Social Tavern now open in Chandler

Hop Social Tavern, the newest independent restaurant to enter the ever-expanding culinary scene in greater Phoenix, is now open in Chandler. The family-owned scratch-made, brew-forward destination features an Americana inspired menu paired with 52 brews on tap and a design incorporating one-of-a-kind elements such as lighting sourced from 1915 brass era cars, a mural incorporating two original 1950's Schlitz beer billboards and a wall of beer tap handles.

  •     Amazing happy hour (prices as low as $3.95), great space for events
  •     Custom designed by locally owned Brick & West (whose designed Postino's, The Yard, etc.)
  •     The only family-owned independent restaurant on Chandler Blvd, next to Chandler Fashion Center

Hours of operation are Sunday- Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. 

For more information: and Facebook:

Hop Social Tavern
3405 W. Chandler Blvd
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 485-HOPS

Walmart going high tech to keep shelves stocked this holiday 

Christmas is just one week away, so if you're procrastinating, Walmart is trying to help by going high tech and transforming the shopping experience. From 16-foot Pickup Towers (think giant vending machines) to robots that'll stock shelves, Walmart is going high tech this holiday season to keep shelves stocked. We check out this latest technology and how it can save you time with your holiday shopping.  

  •     The Season's Hottest Toys and Games
  •     Latest Video Game Consoles
  •     Drones and Virtual Reality
  •     Smart Televisions
  •     Smartphones
  •     Laptops and Tablets
  •     Streaming and Speaker Devices
  •     Home Merchandise

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"Marine mom" workout helps moms stay motivated 

FIT4MOM of Phoenix and Scottsdale gives women the "strength for motherhood" by providing classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood. Stroller Strides, Body Back and Our Village are just a few of the classes offered. 

FIT4MOM of Phoenix & Scottsdale gives women the "Strength for Motherhood" by providing classes and support for moms in every stage of motherhood. Through Fit4Baby's prenatal fitness classes, Stroller Strides, Body Back, and Our Village, women have the opportunity to have a workout and support that is flexible around motherhood.

FIT4MOM of Phoenix & Scottsdale provides Mommy and Me fitness programs such as Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre that allow Moms to get a workout with their baby in tow. These hour-long classes provide a high intensity workout that will tone and burn calories through strength training and cardio and allow Moms to workout at their own pace. 

Classes are offered at locations around town, including Desert Ridge Marketplace, OdySea, the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Shops and Norterra, Cactus Park, just to name a few of the outdoor locations! In the summer months, the programs move inside and allow Moms to workout alongside their babies in air conditioning.

Body Back® is a 60-minute, results-based workout designed to help you reach your full physical potential and reconnect to your inner strength. Our high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cycles through cardio, strength, and core work and concludes with a relaxing meditation to help you recharge and head back to your family. Improve your health, fitness, and physical strength while experiencing a personal transformation.

For more information about classes and locations, visit:

  • Mention GMAZ for a FREE trial week of classes and $25 off our registration fee (new clients only).  

Financial moves to make before the end of the year

It's the advice we all need to hear, what to do financially before the end of the year to give us an edge going into 2018. Financial Expert Chris Hogan joins us with how to take advantage of retirement options, making additional contributions, how to make the most of year-end giving and when to meet with a financial advisor.

Financial moves to make before the end of the year

Take advantage of retirement options 
o    Increase your 401(k) contributions for your last paycheck.
o    Consider contributing your yearly bonus toward retirement.
o    Put up to $5,500 into your IRA. 

Make the most of year-end giving 
o    Focus on one or two to make the most impact. 
o    Donate unused clothes to a homeless shelter or books to a library.
o    Make sure to get a receipt for donations of $250 or more.

Meet with your financial advisor 
o    Review your investments and finances.
o    Share any changes to your retirement goals. 

Set 2018 goals 
o    Discuss financial goals with your spouse. 
o    Talk about reducing debt, major purchases, retirement.

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LOL Games: Hottest toys that'll have you laughing out loud 

With exactly one week left until Christmas, we've got some gift ideas that might have you laughing out loud. They're some of the hottest toys of the season that your teen and pre-teen should get a big kick out of. The Toy Insider joins us with the funniest games that might have your kids picking family-time and game-night over their phones and friends. 

No Thumbs Challenge (Mattel)

  • No Thumbs Challenge is the hilarious game that calls for fast-moving teamwork, creative thinking, and maximum dexterity as you and your team members try to execute simple tasks without the use of your thumbs!
  • Using thumb straps, players "attach" their thumbs to their palms and then try to perform tasks like opening a water bottle, applying lip balm, or tying a tie. You still have four fingers, so this should be easy, right? Just wait.
  • Divide into two teams and get ready to see who can do the most with the digits they have left. You'll need a few household items to complete some challenges, and the game includes some colorful plastic thumbs just for laughs.
  • Game includes 112 tasks on 56 Challenge cards, but you also have the option to create challenges of your own. Can you tie a shoe or peel a banana without using your thumbs? With this delightful game, you'll find out!
  • Age: 13+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Kohl's, Target, Toys "R" Us, Walmart

Break Free (Yulu)

  • Break Free is a new, challenging action skill game full of urgency, suspense and tons of fun. The objective: players must race to pick the lock on their handcuff as quickly as possible and before everyone else.
  • Players are handcuffed together and insert one of three mazes into each handcuff (each with a different difficulty level). 
  • Using a pick lock, players have to pick the lock as quickly as possible. 
  • The player with the most points at the end of three rounds wins the game. 
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Target

Hearing Things (Hasbro)

  • Inspired by the online viral whisper challenge sensation, Hearing Things is all about the challenge of reading lips while laughing hysterically. 
  • To begin, players are divided into two teams. One player places the speech-cancelling headphones over their ears and does their best to guess the phrase on the cards by reading their teammate's lips. Once the player guesses the phrase correctly, the teammate draws another card and keeps going until the timer runs out. 
  • The active team tries to earn as many cards as possible, but if a player passes on a card, the opposing team automatically earns that card the team with the most cards at the end of the game wins! 
  • Age: 12+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon,, Target, Toys "R" Us, Walmart

House of Boing (University Games)

  • House of Boing is the game that mixes speed, dexterity, and fast thinking. The first player to empty his or her room of balls wins. 
  • House of Boing features 10 games, including House of Boing, Top Boing, Team Boing, Long Boing, and more. 
  • With its elegant design, House of Boing may be enjoyed as a work of art or played as a challenging addition to any game room.
  • Age: 12+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Who's The Dude (Identity Games)

  • Players can play charades with "The Dude," a life size inflatable man-doll, while the other players try to guess within the time limit what you and the Dude are doing.
  • Using the charade cards, player act out scenes from a movie, a sport, or a profession.
  • The game includes 440 charade cards, 50 score sheets and different ways to play.
  • Age: 16+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Target

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Queen of Clean: Quick Guest Clean Up - Speedy ways to be ready for company without killing yourself.

Focus on what guests will see
Most casual gatherings center on just a few rooms, such as the kitchen and family spaces, so spend your cleaning energy on those areas. 
Use a laundry basket or two to gather piles off tables, floors etc., that will be in view and put the basket in a closet you won't need to access (but don't forget to empty it later).

De-clutter and wipe down kitchen countertops and give the kitchen sink a quick scrub. Hide dirty dishes in the dishwasher to quickly get them out of the sink. Grab a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down surfaces.

Focus on what guests will use
Your guests probably won't need to venture into the master bathroom, but odds are your guests will probably need to visit the first-floor bathroom at least once. Clean the sink, mirror, and countertop with white vinegar spray.  To make: Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 water and white vinegar.  Spray and wipe. 

Pour undiluted white vinegar in the toilet, swish and flush. 

Empty the trash and put out a fresh hand towel and a full roll of toilet paper. Adjust the cushions on sofas and chairs, quickly tidy stacks of books, fold blankets, and fluff up accent pillows.

Look down
Vacuum rugs and carpet in the entry and family room.  Give smaller rugs a quick shake outside.
For hard floors, run a dry mop over them to pick up lint, fuzz, dust and food crumbs.

Pet check
Got cat litter?  Check it out to be sure there are no strong or lingering smells that people will encounter.  If you keep it in a spare bathroom, move it.  No guest wants to sit with a dirty litter pan! Pee pads? Get them out of sight and clean.

Close doors 
If the desk in your home office is messy or the laundry in the master bedroom isn't put away, don't worry. Simply close the doors to those rooms that won't be visited. 

Keep cleaning necessities on hand
The best way to be prepared no matter who is on their way and when is to stash cleaning basics including microfiber cloths, dusting spray, and other essentials in a quick-carry basket. Take it from room to room as you do your multi-tasking, speedy cleaning routine.

What Should Be In Your Quick Clean Kit?  Keep it small, this is for a quick clean not a deep clean.
Micro Fiber cloths to use wet and dry
Water and White Vinegar spray use as an all-purpose cleaner and mirror/glass cleaner
Undiluted white vinegar

Paper towels
Magic Eraser for quick tough jobs.
Lambswool Duster telescoping is best to dust high and low
Lemon oil treated dust cloths.   How to Make: Take microfiber cloths, fold in half, lightly zig zag a light stream of lemon oil down the cloth.  Roll it up and wring it like you were wringing water out of a cloth.  Keep in a container with a lid.  A recycled coffee can work great.  Use to dust.  No other spray or cleaner needed.  Once heavily soiled, wash and retreat. These leave a beautiful shine and no additional buffing is required.

Freshen the Air 
Fill a small pan with water.  Add some vanilla extract, cinnamon and whole cloves.  Bring to a boil and shut off.  Let sit on the warm burner to distribute the "fresh baked" aroma.

Look in The Mirror
Don't go to the door looking as tired and frazzled as you feel.  Freshen up, get out a clean festive shirt, relax and enjoy.  Once the house is filled with people nobody will notice dust and they will just be grateful they aren't the ones entertaining!

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