Party stylista Jamila Watson celebrates the season with plaid

Mad for Plaid  Party stylista Jamila Watson celebrates the season with a traditional pattern. Photos by Kourtney Marie Photography It’s time to celebrate! The weather is beautiful and it’s the perfect time to rejoice in the season with family and friends. Plaid is so hot right now and is the perfect accessory for the holidays. This season, I decided to go plaid and decorate for Christmas, using different ta ...

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Mama G. shares a tasty holiday recipe––Christmas Eve Corn Bread

Christmas Eve Corn Bread Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) shares a tasty holiday recipe with a kick. It’s no surprise that the style of Mexican cuisine most typical of Arizona originates in Sonora. Beef, cheese, sour cream, masa, yellow corn, roasted green chilies, beans, and more distinguish this cuisine. The possibilities to tie all these delicious foods together is endless. After World War II, young families ...

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10 stylish finds for a fashionable mommy and baby duo

In Style  10 stylish finds for a fashionable mommy and baby duo. By Nadine Bubeck Photos by Marisa Belle Photography The New Year calls for updated and stylish gear. Consider the start of 2016 a perfect excuse to add fab finds to your closet. Here are 11 mommy + baby must-haves for a fashionable ‘16. Native Sid Boots The latest look from Native: comfortable kids boots that are waterproof, washable, shock ab ...

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North Valley readers share what makes this time of year so special to their families

Holiday Traditions North Valley readers share what makes this time of year so special to their families. By Kristin Caliendo I never realized how important holiday traditions were until I had a family of my own. I was inspired looking back over my childhood, while tracing my family traditions for this column. This journey made me appreciate all the effort my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles put in to ...

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Scottsdale’s Samantha Lang combines her passions in a unique book

Yoga & Poetry  Scottsdale’s Samantha Lang combines her passions in a unique book designed to soothe the soul. By Jennifer Wolff As residents of the North Valley, most of us are busy people. Between working hard, taking care of families, countless social activities, dining out, events, outdoor adventures, and nightlife, we are an intensely vigorous group. Ask anyone these days how they are doing and the ...

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Jewelry expert Scott Bohall talks jewelry investments

Gold, Silver, & Diamonds This is the time of year that silver and gold are not only in jewelry but the colors of many holiday packaging and displays. Customers often ask, “What is a good investment?” To me, investment has many meanings. Do you want to buy it in order to sell it? Gold and silver coins and bars are popular. If so, the price of them is easy to find on a daily basis. Gold coins usually have ...

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ENTERTAINMENT IN DECEMBER ’15 / JANUARY ’16

CONCERTS/MOVIES/TELEVISION    CONCERTS/  Dec. 6 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015 Gila River Arena This unique rock band brings holiday cheer to attendees. With a sound described as Pink Floyd meets Yes and The Who, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform a rock opera. Their unique sound will bring a twist to the typical holiday feel.   Jan. 9 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Comerica Theatre Since the debut of ...

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Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson opens up about his 45th annual car auction

CAR GUY Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson opens up about his car collection, his Scottsdale memories, and what the 45th Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction has in store for 2016.   By Sondra Barr Most boys love fast cars, but it’s a rare few indeed who get to grow up surrounded by exotic and high-performance automobiles. For Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, his Scottsdale childhood ...

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North Valley Magazine December / January Fashion Spread

FELINE FIXATIONS Let your style go wild with animal print and soft-to-the-touch fabrics. Photos: Brad Olson, bradolsonphotography.com Wardrobe and styling: Shannon Campbell, shannoncampbellstylist.com Model: Sabine Turner––FORD/Robert Black Agency, fordrba.com Makeup and hair: Patrycja Korzeniak, patrycjakorzeniak.com Location and cat: Lynn Spanganberg–Northern Exotics Clothing: Dillard’s Fashion Square, di ...

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This easy-to-do Magnet Wall project makes learning fun

DIY Magnet Wall This easy-to-do decorating project makes learning fun. By Kristin Caliendo Photos by Kristin Caliendo   When my son came home from preschool one day, waving a piece of construction paper with his name spelled out LEIF, I was so excited that I wanted to find a way to help him continue learning the alphabet. I searched the Internet for inspiration, but fell short of anything more exciting ...

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Improve your golf drives

Improve Your Drives  Golf pro Scott Sackett explains how to greatly impact your total distance and spin by changing your contact point. Launch angle, total distance, spin, and contact point: What do these four elements have in common? Well, three are a result of the other. In this case, contact point heavily influences launch angle, spin, and total distance with a driver. Why is that? The driver is a curved ...

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A Royal Room for Baby

A Royal Room for Baby  All babies should live like royalty. Behold, here are some fabulous finds and essentials for your little prince or princess. By Nadine Bubeck By Marisa Belle Photography   Complementary Separates Romina cribs are stunning, sturdy, safely crafted, and available in many finishes and designs. Pictured: The Classic Crib Nerva in natural. rominafurniture.com Elegance meets affordabili ...

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Pecan and Cherry Irish Soda Bread

Pecan and Cherry Irish Soda Bread  Mama G. (aka Leann Grunwald) on the sweet history of a delicious family staple.   Irish soda bread is a prized recipe that’s usually passed down from generation to generation. A quick bread made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of the more common yeast breads, traditional Irish soda bread recipes started showing up around the 1840s. From the earliest time ...

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship redefines the concept of cruising

Getaway on the Getaway   Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship redefines the concept of cruising. By Alison Bailin Batz When a ship hires iconic Miami artist David Le Batard––commissioned in recent years by Adidas, Calvin Klein, Macy’s, the Miami Heat, and Gibson Guitars, just to name a few––as its “painter,” it is pretty clear that said ship is out to make a statement. But Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) new G ...

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Books to read

Books to read   By Julie Carlson   WOLF BY WOLF By Ryan Graudin   Known for creating fantastical worlds, Ryan Graudin offers an alternative version of World War II in Wolf by Wolf, the first in a new series of books. Wolf by Wolf takes place in Europe in 1956 when the Axis powers of Germany and Japan have won the war, not the Allies. At the heart of this story is Yael, a child of the Holocaus ...

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