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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Theses simple stretching movements offer a host of health benefits

Stretching Theses simple movements offer a host of health benefits. By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Stretching, although often overlooked in one’s fitness routine, is an important part of staying in shape. Stretching offers a wealth of health benefits including reducing risk of injury, better posture, and improved performance in a variety of sports. Stretching increases your ...

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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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HIIT: Reach your fitness goals through high intensity interval training

HIIT Reach your fitness goals through high intensity interval training. By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Photography Shot on location at Orange Theory Fitness McCormick Ranch If you’re looking to burn more calories and make your workout more interesting, HIIT (high intensity interval training) might just be your answer. HIIT can be accomplished doing cardio or weight bearing e ...

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Amp up your fitness with trail running

Off Road Amp up your overall fitness with trail running. By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Photography Trail running is an excellent way to nurture one’s physical and mental fitness abilities. Getting off the roads and venturing through nature can transform both the body and the mind. For those new to trail running, start with shorter runs and don’t be afraid to combine running ...

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From an epic house-cleaning playlist to cleaning your home naturally, Kristin Caliendo makes spring-cleaning easy breezy

Spring Cleaning 101 From an epic house-cleaning playlist to cleaning your home naturally, Kristin Caliendo makes spring-cleaning easy breezy.   You shouldn’t feel defined by whether or not your windows shine, but it’s hard not to judge your own housekeeping skills when trying to stay ahead of the gunk and grime that inevitably comes with having kids. I’ve found that being a step ahead of the mess helps ...

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Get Your Heart Pumping with this Workout

Total Body Strength Get your heart pumping with this energizing workout. By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Photography If you’re short on time and want to target a variety of areas on your body, this workout will do the trick. It incorporates strength training alongside exercises that will get your heart pumping. Complete the following circuit for three to four rounds. If desir ...

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Get back into pre-baby shape with this gentle workout

Body After Baby By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty   Sculpting a fit, toned, and healthy body after the birth of a child is definitely achievable. New moms often want results quickly; however, it’s important to be patient with your changing body and realistic about your goals. If you are easing back into a workout routine, allow yourself time to adjust. Doing small bursts of activity daily, even if it ...

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M.D. Thalmann bemoans the various temperatures and other topics of the season

Hot or Chilly M.D. Thalmann bemoans the various temperatures and other topics of the season. I’m supposed to write a cheery, upbeat little blurb about civilian life in the suburbs. Meanwhile, other folks are going to outer space, finding water on Mars, developing driver-less cars, and such––you know, important stuff. Me? Well, the best topic I could come up with is Arizona weather. Newsflash––it’s not hot! ...

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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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4 Simple Yoga Poses to Start Your Day

Increase your balance and reduce anxiety with these simple yoga moves.  By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Photos by Stephanie Heymann Yoga is well known for increasing flexibility, improving posture and building strength, but it’s also practiced by many for the physical and mental wellness attributes it provides. Yoga encourages deep breathing as part of the practice, which aids in reducing stress and ten ...

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Ryan Sims Band

Writer Lynette Carrington catches up with Ryan Sims about life before and after The X Factor. Life is good for Ryan Sims. He’s enjoying writing music, playing, and performing in Arizona. As the lead singer of the band EastonAshe, Sims led a talented group of musicians as they worked at venues around the Valley. But as the EastonAshe band members got married and had families, their schedules got hectic. The ...

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Lose fat and build muscle

Ladder Down Use repetition to your advantage to lose the fat and build muscle using this simple, effective workout.   By Shannon Dougherty and Kim Miller Photos by Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com Moving your body daily can make a big difference in your long-term health. Workouts don’t have to be complex to be effective. This ladder-down workout repeats the same move several times on ...

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The 15-Minute Family-Fitness Workout

Try this quick exercise routine that can be done just about anywhere.  By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Models: Shannon Dougherty and Kari Burghardt and their daughters Photos: Stephanie Heymann, stephanieheymannphotography.com Exercise has a wealth of benefits, including reducing stress, preventing disease, helping to control weight, increasing life expectancy, and improving focus. Studies show that act ...

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Total Body Blast: A workout fit for any vacation

By Kim Miller and Shannon Dougherty Summer is approaching fast, and many people are planning a vacation for themselves or their family. Staying on track with your fitness goals while traveling is very beneficial. Vacationing doesn’t necessarily have to detour you from your exercise routine. Wherever you are, try incorporating a quick cardio-and-strength workout into your day. If the weather is nice, head ou ...

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