Dr. Julie Lam on how to eliminate nearsightedness with the Gentle Vision Shaping System

Improved Vision Dr. Julie Lam on how to eliminate nearsightedness with the Gentle Vision Shaping System.   The Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) uses specially designed vision retainers to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness (myopia) or astigmatism. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontis ...

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Writer Kristin Caliendo tries out the latest DIY trend

Getting Crafty  Writer Kristin Caliendo tries out the latest DIY trend. Are you tired of doing the same old thing on date night or girl’s night out? Maybe you’ve wanted to put a different twist on an upcoming birthday party, a wedding anniversary, or a bachelorette party. If so, than a Board and Brush Creative Studio outing may be just what you’re looking for. I recently attended the grand opening weekend o ...

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Hot reads for March

What to Read in March  By Julie Carlson   THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD By Colson Whitehead Throughout history there have been countless stories about the Underground Railroad, from the real-life legacy of Harriet Tubman to WGN's TV series, Underground. Author Colson Whitehead, whose previous work includes the bestselling novel Zone One, which focused on a post-apocalyptic world of zombies, brings us the st ...

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Seven springtime essentials for bettering your home, life, style, and health

Springtime Essentials  Seven must haves for bettering your home, life, style, and health. By Nadine Bubeck Get a good night’s sleep by updating your mattress. Phoenix-based Tuft & Needle offers one style of mattress made with special foam. The mattress is conveniently delivered in a small box (shipped free of charge), and easily unfolds within seconds. Comfortably equipped with a high quality support la ...

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The Nifty 50s: State historian Marshall Trimble looks back at a decade worth remembering

The Nifty 50s  State historian Marshall Trimble looks back at a decade worth remembering.  The Nifty ’50s spawned bomb shelters, drive-in movies, Hula Hoops, rock and roll music, car hops, McDonalds, Little League baseball, and Elvis. In 1950, Arizona had a population of 750,000 residents; the city of Phoenix covered only 17 square miles and had a population of 107,000. Scottsdale’s residents numbered 2,000 ...

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Improve your putting stroke with this simple exercise

On the Mark  Improve your putting stroke with this simple exercise. By Scott Sackett We all want to make more putts and do so from every length. There are many theories out there regarding how to improve your putting stroke and drills that help with distance or directional control. What I’ve found is there isn’t a whole lot in putting you can take from the practice green out to the course that will help rig ...

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For those interested in the function of a luxury sedan with the low-key practicality of a Kia, the Cadenza is a compelling option, details auto writer Greg Rubenstein

A New Cadenza For those interested in the function of a luxury sedan with the low-key practicality of a Kia, the Cadenza is a compelling option, details auto writer Greg Rubenstein.   Just over three years ago, North Valley Magazine featured a review of Kia’s then all-new Cadenza flagship. For 2017, Kia has launched its second-generation Cadenza, demonstrating maturity of both the product and this Sout ...

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Kingdom is changing the bike business, one option at a time

Designed by You Kingdom is changing the bike business, one option at a time. By Bradley Callow In a world where social media companies like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter are thriving as the result of creating their own consumer driven cultures, businesses with more physical products are moving to do the same. Startup entrepreneurs and established businesses alike are trying to create products t ...

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Long Beach is emerging as the hip, fresh, urban alternative for SoCal adventures

California Fresh  Long Beach is emerging as the hip, fresh, urban alternative for SoCal adventures. By Sondra Barr Long Beach isn’t Los Angeles. It’s not Orange County either. It’s somewhere decidedly different and a heck of a lot cooler than you’d expect––literally and figuratively. Just a quick flight from Phoenix (FYI, the Long Beach Airport was named one of the 10 most beautiful airports by the BBC), it ...

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Artist Rafael Navarro

Rafael Navarro Mixed media artist blends mediums and symbolism to create enchanting artwork.   By Nicole Royse Images courtesy of Rafael Navarro and Nicole Royse Local artist Rafael Navarro possesses the ability to skillfully handle a variety of mediums, which results in pieces that combine imagery and symbolism for spectacular visual impact. Originally from Mexico, Navarro began creating art at a youn ...

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Why pay extra for a brand name gem?

Branding Why pay extra for a brand name gem? By Scott Bohall If you go car shopping and head to a dealership, you won’t find a Mercedes without its signature star logo. If you shop for shoes, you won’t find Nikes without their familiar swoosh trademark. But, unlike cars and shoes, there is no reason to pay extra for a branded diamond, which increases the price. It’s possible to find a diamond in one store f ...

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Bivouac Camping Trailers

Beyond the Pavement Duo takes camping to the next level. By Sondra Barr Photos by CMQ Photos LLC Where the road ends is where the adventure begins for Rick Russek and Ron Bernaud, the owners and co-founders of North Valley-based Bivouac Camping Trailers. The duo started Bivouac Camping Trailers (BCT) to not only provide high quality, unique, expedition trailers/toy haulers for the outdoor enthusiast, but as ...

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For couples looking to achieve a trimmer, more contoured physique why not consider these ways to blast the fat forever

Nip/Tuck/Love  For couples looking to achieve a trimmer, more contoured physique why not consider these ways to blast the fat forever. By Jennifer Geoghegan, M.D. Kybella Kybella is a FDA-approved treatment that uses deoxycholic acid to break down fat under the chin. These injections cause the release of lipids from the fat cells, which are then absorbed and discarded by the body. Good candidates for this t ...

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How to keep kids––and the entire family––active all year long

Fit Together How to keep kids––and the entire family––active all year long. By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photo by 7713 Photography   When you instill active behavior from a young age children grow up with a natural inclination to move their body. With the increase of accessible technology kids are easily able to become sedentary, which overtime poses risks to their health and well-being. Keep ki ...

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February and March serve up some planetary treats

Sweet Sights  February and March serve up some planetary treats. By Steve Kates Spring is just around the corner and promises to offer up some amazing sights in the sky. February skies begin with a reminder to look for the brightest object in the night sky, other than the sun and moon. This would be the planet Venus; it reaches its greatest brilliancy on Feb. 17. Venus will appear in the southwestern sky an ...

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