Eight awesome items the whole family will enjoy in 2017

Hot List Eight awesome items the whole family will enjoy in 2017. By Nadine Bubeck   Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum A mother’s dream come true. This cord-free, hassle-free, powerful vacuum stays charged for 40 minutes. It works like a charm, cleaning carpet, hard flooring, and beyond. The V8 easily transforms between stick and handheld mode to clean high and low, and comes with numerous head options for cust ...

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Scottsdazzle: Downtown Scottsdale hosts a month-long holiday celebration with signature events and sights

Scottsdazzle  Downtown Scottsdale hosts a month-long holiday celebration with signature events and sights. By Susie Timm The holiday season will be significantly more festive in Scottsdale this year with the debut of the month-long holiday celebration Scottsdazzle. Scottsdazzle officially kicked off with a tree-lighting ceremony on Nov. 25 when Mayor Jim Lane and members of the Scottsdale City Council lit a ...

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Straight talk from local jeweler Scott Bohall on buying genuine gems

Full Disclosure Straight talk from local jeweler Scott Bohall on buying genuine gems. By Scott Bohall Is a poster as good as a painting? Is a fake designer watch as good as the real thing? Is laminate as good as solid wood? Is microwave pizza as good as the freshly made variety? The jewelry industry is loaded with gems that are coated, dyed, simulated, diffused, irradiated, lab grown, glass filled, composit ...

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Meet four standout Notre Dame Preparatory varsity soccer players

Sports Spotlight Meet four standout NDP varsity soccer players. Photos by CMQ Photos LLC     Notre Dame Preparatory ndpsaints.org (480) 634-8200 9701 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale Mascot: St. Bernard Colors: Purple & Gold     Varsity Soccer Coach Kenny Hack   Years coaching at NDP: 8 Highlights of the varsity team’s achievements over the years: 2011 State Champions 2012 State Finalist 2012 ...

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Throw together an effortless holiday cocktail party with these tips

Festive Gathering Throw together an effortless holiday cocktail party with these tips. By Jamila Watson Photography by Kourtney Marie Photography   It’s the holiday season and I’m so excited. One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is to invite family and friends over so we can catch up and just unwind from all the busyness of the season. Here are a few tips for creating a beautiful but easy holi ...

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Support local with these 10 uncommonly cool gifts that are produced in Arizona

Made in AZ Support local with these 10 uncommonly cool gifts that are produced in Arizona.     Sphinx Date Co. Mother-daughter duo Sharyn and Rebecca Seitz purchased Scottsdale’s iconic Sphinx Date Co. in 2012 and have since added over 200 local products including locally-sourced dates and hand-crafted pantry goods from local producers. Try the stuffed and chocolate medjool date gift tray with a s ...

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Winter skies include meteor shows––and more

Wonders Above Winter skies include meteor shows––and more. By Steve Kates The skies are rich with signs and symbols of this great universe. You are just a few moments away from experiencing this for yourself, all you need to do is head outside. The good news is that December marks two major sky events. First, we get to see one of the year’s best meteor showers, the Geminids, peak on the night of Dec. 13 int ...

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Mommy Makeover: How to pull off a quick classically chic holiday look

Mommy Makeover How to pull off a quick classically chic holiday look. By Kristin Caliendo Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography   My style changed after having kids. When I was in my 20s, I never left the house without makeup. My tresses were also always styled and my clothes required dry cleaning. All that faded away once I became a full-time mom. What used to be familiar now creates a bit of unease. So, ge ...

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The 2017 Acura ILX Tech Plus

The 2017 Acura ILX Tech Plus Buyers looking for an upmarket compact sedan will find a compelling value equation in this vehicle, says auto writer Greg Rubenstein.   By Greg Rubenstein Entry-level luxury is sometimes hard to define. Cars considered mainstream can be loaded with tech features and comfort amenities formerly reserved for all but the most exclusive vehicles. Globalization and the enormous e ...

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Cupping therapy: Ancient technique offers Olympic-level pain relief

Cupping Therapy Ancient technique offers Olympic-level pain relief. By Richard Sedillo If you were glued to the TV during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, at some point you probably saw a few athletes, swimmers in particular, with clear plastic cups stuck on their backs. The cups were pulling up their skin into various-sized bumps, the way a throw rug gets if you get the vacuum cleaner hose caught on it. You were ...

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Celebrated Phoenix photographer captures the beauty and intricacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture

Andrew Pielage Celebrated Phoenix photographer captures the beauty and intricacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.   By Nicole Royse Photos courtesy of Andrew Pielage Phoenix photographer Andrew Pielage specializes in architecture, landscape, and endurance sports photography. Recently published internationally in the #shotoniphone6 campaign for Apple, his work is inspired by a childhood spent explo ...

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Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding

Thanksgiving Apple Bread Pudding Serve this perfectly sweet treat during your seasonal celebrations. By Leann Grunwald Bread pudding is a dish with old roots. It began as a use for stale bread. Wasting bread was unheard of, so cooks created savory and sweet dishes to use the stale bread in. Bread puddings have remained popular throughout time. But more so in Mexico, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belgium, than ...

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Suggestions on how to transition from one season of life into another

Seasons of Change  Suggestions on how to transition from one season of life into another. By Kristin Caliendo I long for fall to appear, for those days of Halloween costumes, slow cooker meals, and crisp mornings when I can leave the backdoor open and smell the aroma of my husband’s coffee brewing. I love the change in seasons, but when a season of my life changes, it’s not so welcome. My youngest child sta ...

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Schizophrenia overcomes the North Valley’s Boulder Creek High School band

Band Notes Schizophrenia overcomes the North Valley’s Boulder Creek High School band. By Eric Olson   It’s that time of the year again. The sun has finally ceased (some) of its incessant torture; stepping outside in the evening, you can almost feel the sensation of a cool breeze. If you listen closely, off in the distance, carried by the wind, you’ll likely hear the thump, thump of the bass drum, the r ...

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Diamond switching: The importance of knowing your diamond

Diamond Switching  Local jeweler Scott Bohall talks about the importance of knowing your diamond.   Do you know your diamond? Many people worry about getting their diamond back when it’s been worked on or reset. Although diamond switching by mistake or by unethical jewelers is quite rare, one of the largest chain jewelry stores recently dealt with this issue. Not to fear, there are some simple ways of ...

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