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contents J U LY 2 0 1 4 || V O L . 1 I S S . 1 0

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Good food, good friends, and good times come together in a neighborhood restaurant worth dishing about

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SUMMER GRILLING Experiment on the grill with these 11 delicious grilling tips

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FINDS

Local wares, websites, social media, and more

MOMENTS

Fun things to do in July

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OUTTAKES

Seen in the community

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BOOKS

The Book Club tackles a new read

GROUPS

The Anthem Young Professionals

FACES

Ginger Hoeder brings her family together

BUSINESS

Rhapsody School of Music finds a new home

PERSPECTIVE

The perils of not showing up for a court date

COUPLES

Local couple brings holistic health to the community

STEALS & DEALS

Dealista Judy Weston on sweet summer deals

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50 H  OME COOKING

Renee Palmer-Jones

34 PARENTING 

Six tips on how to reset your family’s mindset

Tips for a safe family picnic

better

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56 H  EALTH

A Desert Hills family enjoys privacy and seclusion Ricky Miles and his brood kick back in their backyard

44 SAFETY 

Tips to keep you and your family safe around the pool

46 PETS 

Trichobezoars! Aka feline hairballs

Keep your summer locks in tip-top shape

Make YOU a priority for lasting health and wellness

58 B  EAUTY

What you need to know about sunscreen

60 I NSIDE

Ask the local pharmacist

62 C  ROSSWORD

An original Myles Mellor puzzle


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Grilling, 85086 Style! Even as our temps stubbornly reside in the triple digits for months on end, most of us can’t resist the allure of heading outside to throw food on the grill. Summer and grilling go hand in hand. Indeed, one can argue that grilling is even more American than the proverbial apple pie. Here in 85086, we hearty folk enjoy cooking on an open flame more than most—it seems so, anyway. This is exactly Adam Toren why we bring you our first annual—err, Publisher strike that, you can’t have a first annual. adam@85086magazine.com Introducing our inaugural Grilling Issue! Inside these pages, you’ll find tips from your neighbors on how to expertly grill up a perfect piece of meat. We also take you inside The Tennessee Grill to find out just what the community is raving about. It turns out the restaurant’s owners, Anthem’s Bob and Angie Adler, are serving up some of the best barbecue, smoked meats, and baked goods in town. Read about what they have cooking, along with getting the inside scoop on Bob’s secret rib rub. To cool you off, we take you behind the gates of two of your neighbors’ backyards to see where they chill out with their families and entertain guests when the mercury rises. Of course, with everyone retreating to a refreshing pool to escape the stifling heat, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer some safety tips on how to keep you and your family safe around water. Meanwhile, our 85086 Book Club is on a new summer read—The Fault in Our Stars. Before you head out to see the movie, follow along as we read the novel that inspired the film. As always, we’ve hidden a copy of the book somewhere in the community. Let us know if you’re the lucky one who finds it. Switching gears, we’re working on our August Back-to-School Issue. Please send us all your upcoming school-relatMatthew Toren ed news so that we can keep the commuPublisher nity up to speed on local educational opmatthew@85086magazine.com portunities. See you next month!

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It’s a Dry Heat! (Yeah, Right!) Pounding pavement during an Arizona summer? Here are some tips for you.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of daylight savings time. Get up early anyway.

Think about getting illegal tint…then, after thinking it over, go get some. I know a guy.

Parking is an algorithm. Shade/ distance from door + duration of visit (+/- leather seat)2 = how long you’ll drive around looking for a spot with cover.

Two words—som-brero.

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Hang out at Albertsons in the frozen-foods aisle. All day. They have free Wi-Fi.

Another two words— strawberry margaritas with salt. The more you have, the more accurate my math gets (see tip 2).

Last but not least, two final words— Flag-staff.

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Fabulous Finds Each month, we highlight unique local wares, websites, social media, and more that have your neighbors talking. Check this stuff out. By Sondra Barr

Registration Open for the Boulder Creek High School Mountain Bike Team

In its second year of competition, the Boulder Creek High School Mountain Bike Team finished in the top five of all Arizona schools in the 2013 race series. Although the BCHS team still has club status, it operates much like any sport at Boulder Creek. The BCHS is a cross-country mountain bike team; the members practice a specific form of cycling that is set apart from road riding, downhill racing, and BMX. Cross-country mountain biking includes the broadest range of skills, and team members often bring with them backgrounds and skills gained from other sports. For the greater good of the team and high school racing, activities are focused upon preparing for and racing at cross-country mountain biking events only, and the coaches have an organized practice schedule designed to teach cycling safety principles, bike care, nutrition, and race preparation. The BCHS team has much to offer: As a team, they learn skills quickly, receive valuable coaching, and drive each other to achieve. They set goals and work collaboratively to not only attain these goals but to also develop a wide range of valuable skills. When you ride with a team, it makes training seem like fun instead of hard work—the improvement comes quickly and steadily, and soon after that, your racing results vastly improve. Registration is now open through the month of July for the regular season. Incoming freshmen through seniors living in the Boulder Creek High School district are invited to bring questions about registration, equipment, practice, or other details to Ryan Wayne, team director and head coach, at anthemmtb@gmail.com. For more info, visit arizonamtb.org.

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Things to Do… J U LY

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Meet with the Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and chat with city officials about the current issues in and around the Anthem Community. For more information, visit onlineatanthem.com/calendar.

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15th Annual Independence Day Celebration. Have fun in the Anthem Community Park with musical entertainment, a kids’ zone with water slides and inflatables, face painting, patriotic tattoos, a stilt walker, a food court with a beer garden, a color guard presentation, and a fireworks display. The event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Contact (623) 742-6050 or visit onlineatanthem.com.

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Listen to a free concert as acoustic performers take their places on the terrace of the Anthem Civic Building from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for Java & Jammin’. Free coffee is available. For more information, please visit onlineatanthem.com/calendar.

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Try a variety of teas and snacks at Tea on the Terrace at the Anthem Civic Center. For more information, visit onlineatanthem.com/calendar.

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During the Anthem Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to noon, browse through vendors of organic and seasonal crops, plants, seeds, compost, and worm castings and ranchers with grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and goat, fresh local eggs, cheeses, and butters. Locally produced jams, jellies, pickles, tamales, and sauces along with freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, and more will be available for purchase. For more info, contact deervalleydana@aol.com or (602) 721-5741.

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Way to Go, Diamond Canyon! The Diamond Canyon School Choir traveled to Disneyland recently to compete in a national performance competition, World Strides Heritage Performance Festival in Anaheim, California. Diamond Canyon proudly achieved second place out of 13 other middle schools across the country. Diamond Canyon also achieved the highest award with a Gold rating, which means all three of the judges rated these students above 90 out of a possible 100 in all areas. Way to go, DC!


Martial Arts Students Excel Local kung fu students of teacher Grandmaster Tao Sifu Franklin brought home numerous trophies from a regional tournament. In May, 15 students from the kids’ kung fu class and three students from the adult kung fu class at the Anthem Community Center entered the Inaugural Fighters Syndicate’s Phoenix Open Martial Arts Championship held at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona. In a field of tough competitors in diverse styles of martial arts who entered from several surrounding states, the hard work and dedication to their training was evident. Anthem students took home eight first-place trophies, five secondplace trophies, three third-place trophies, and one fourth-place trophy. Grandmaster Tao Sifu Franklin’s popular classes have been the longest-running program at the Anthem Community Center, having started soon after the center’s opening in 2000. Programs include kung fu—Northern Shaolin style for kids and adults, tai chi—Yang style, and senior stretch-and-tone classes.

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fresh | OUTTAKES MUSIC IN MAY Photos by Stephen Miller

US ARMY CAKE-CUTTING CEREMONY AT THE ANTHEM VETERANS MEMORIAL Photos by Dawn Hamm Photography

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TYLER HALLSEY’S SPECIAL 15TH BIRTHDAY Photos by Michelle Queen, Steven Ragan, Jerri Cottrell, and Hands Across Anthem

Learners today. Leaders tomorrow. “What’s important to me? Friends. Academics. Sports & Clubs. I’ve got all that at Westwind Prep.” You want what’s best for your student, and so do we! Tyler Hallsey was diagnosed with pontine glioma, which is a tumor surrounding the brain stem. For his recent birthday, Tyler’s wish was to be able to go upstairs in his home, which he had been unable to do in over a year. The local heroes at Daisy Mountain Fire Fighters Charities took up the challenge of making Tyler’s wish come true!

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The Fault in Our Stars The 85086 Book Club tackles a new read.

85086 reader Kristen Stout had this to say about Where’d You Go, Bernadette When I started reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette, I found it to be a little strange and hard to piece together. The first 79 pages were e-mail correspondences that I found made the story line hard to follow and impersonal. There was no investment in the characters for me or a strong plot to start out with. I flipped through the book to make sure the entire novel wasn’t e-mails. Fortunately, it was not. Although dry in some spots, I had to give it a shot since it was being touted as “one of the year’s best books.” All in all it took time to become invested in the characters and story line, but in the end, it didn’t turn out half bad. Where’d You Go, Bernadette was an odd and longer-than-normal read for me, but if you enjoy a dry sense of humor with a laundry list of eclectic characters, this book is for you. Meanwhile, here are some suggestions for future 85086 Book Club reads: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox  A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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Thanks to everyone who’s been reading along! Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple was an interesting pick, and it inspired so many different reactions. It’s fantastic to hear different opinions and perspectives, and it’s even been suggested by some that we start having occasional in-person meetings to really discuss some of these reads. I think that would not only be a lot of fun but would also allow us to get into deeper conversations about all these characters, plot twists, and of course, the endings we loved— and didn’t. And as nice as meeting up with other 85086 readers would be, I’ve also been thinking about how sometimes a common experience strengthens faraway friendships, too. A book is one of the best examples of that. True, this is a “local” community book club, but I did reach out to a few long-distance friends to ask about our next read. The Fault in Our Stars is a book I’d been thinking about reading, and of course, one can’t avoid hearing about the movie this summer. It’s just that knowing the story’s general premise (a young girl with cancer) wasn’t making it an easy decision. It would, especially in this case, need to be well written as well as touching and intelligent. I asked a friend in Alabama and a friend in California, both of whom had read it, if I should go for it, and they enthusiastically said yes! So, here we are with our next selection—The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Plus, anything that’s being repeatedly called things like insightful, bold, and raw is something I’m drawn to. This month, let’s get the tissues out and see if my friends and the vast numbers of other people that helped it get to number one on the New York Times Bestsellers List are right. As always, there’s a hidden copy somewhere in 85086. Good luck, and happy reading!

Kristine Abrams Gresh has been a freelance writer and an avid reader for several years. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Anthem with her husband and son. She loves a good book and is determined to write one of her own someday.


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Anthem Young Professionals A local social networking group of young men and women just starting their careers brings a sense of community back to business. By Anissa Stringer

Anthem is home to many talented professionals, but not all of them are fully established in their careers yet. And some young career people like Ryan Halleran of Wells Fargo Advisors and Amanda Flores of the Carroll Law Firm have joined local networking groups but found they don’t quite meet their needs. With that in mind, Halleran, Flores, Flores’s husband Paul of Archway Classical Academy Scottsdale, and Andrew Cowan, owner of First Mark Insurance Group, founded Anthem Young Professionals (AYP). While these four are responsible for planning monthly events, they strive to incorporate suggestions from the rest of the group. In January of this year, they had their first happy hour with approximately 15 people. By March, AYP had grown to 40 members. Today, twice as many people subscribe to the group’s e-mail updates, and there are regularly more than 20 people at AYP events. The group is still growing, and as each new member joins, AYP’s parameters become slightly more defined.

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The AYP booth at Anthem Days.

Some members, like Halleran, enjoy the social aspects of the group but also find value in being able to network with others. He says that he grows his insurance brokerage “one relationship at a time” and that AYP has allowed him to “mix and mingle with other folks [and] build relationships.” Tony Gautier, the owner of Social Samurais, finds that the group has helped him in a similar fashion. At the first networking meeting of AYP, he met someone who became his very first client.

Amanda Flores says that they’re intent on growing AYP by “allowing ideas and opportunities to develop organically over time” and they work hard to keep from focusing on any single type of activity as they grow. For example, Jennifer Uhlig, executive assistant of Anthem Community Council, sees AYP as more of a “social group with a volunteer-support-based agenda.” So far, they’re meeting that goal admirably. Anthem Young Professionals is well on its way to becoming established


as a social networking group of young professionals with a strong interest in supporting the community. In fact, you may have seen their booth at Anthem Days. Many of their members had booths for their own businesses, yet they managed to keep the AYP booth fully manned. They also volunteered with the Ice Wagon in order to keep vendors supplied with ice throughout the event. Despite the hard work, the AYP volunteers brought enthusiasm and excitement to their work— something that’s typical of the Anthem Young Professionals. Their meetings and activities reflect the same level of fun each month, which also helps attract new members. Many are new to the area or are looking to make friends as they transition from jobs to careers. They’ve met at AMF Union Hills Lanes, Café Provence, Rookies Neighborhood Sports Bar, and other local venues. Their meetings are monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the month, and those meetings have already resulted in some strong relationships. Amanda Flores says that recently, a few of them got together to help some of their members with heavy lifting as they moved. As adults who are primarily in their 20s and 30s, many AYP members are getting married and having children. They’ve always welcomed children to join events with their parents, something that’s not typical of most networking groups. Perhaps it’s that level of inclusivity that sets AYP apart from other networking groups. Anthem Young Professionals isn’t “all business” or limited to a single industry or profession; the group even hopes to “graduate” its members to other groups like Anthem Rotary Club and the Anthem Chamber of Commerce when they’re ready. In the meantime, however, AYP is about people—real people, their connections with one other, and the collective difference they can make in Anthem. Interested in learning more about Anthem Young Professionals? Visit their website at anthemyoungprofessionals.com, or find them on Facebook or Twitter. You can also meet them in person in the near future at Autumnfest and other Anthem events.

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Family Ties Anthem’s Ginger Hoeder brings her family and community together. By Dawn Hamm Photos by Dawn Hamm Photography

The Fourth of July is a day for celebrating our country’s independence. Many Americans will spend this day enjoying a barbecue, watching fireworks, and reuniting with family and friends. One member of our community who strives to make this holiday as well as every other holiday so amazing is Ginger Hoeder. The Hoeder family would like to take this opportunity to recognize their matriarch for her innate ability to bring everyone together and to thank her for being a devoted wife, mother, “Nani” (grandmother), friend, and citizen of this great community and country. Ginger grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota, a small suburb of Minneapolis located on Lake Minnetonka. She married her high school sweetheart, Skip, and together they attended Mankato State University and had two sons, Brad and Todd. Skip’s successful and growing career had the family moving multiple times throughout their marriage and their sons’ lives. With every move, Ginger and the boys made the best of their new surroundings while Skip worked to support the family. Ginger made it a priority to build and maintain their traditions and keep their family together regardless of

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their zip code: from Minnesota to Chicago, then to Boston, over to California, across to New York, back to Boston, on to London, and eventually here to Arizona, where Ginger and Skip transplanted their family tree. Since 2001 when they moved to Anthem, the Hoeders’ roots have really spread. Both sons, now adults, have married and given Ginger and Skip five grandchildren between them, thus making what is affectionately known by their family and friends as the “Hoeder 11.” And they all call Anthem home! Although Ginger lost her biological mother when she was two and her father when she was 37, she has always had an instinctual ability to love and nurture others. If you have had the pleasure of meeting Ginger, you know to expect the most affectionate hug or a talk that is always pure and genuine. She gives wholly of herself and loves her family and friends unconditionally. Her daughter-in-law Stacy says, “Ginger may not always agree with your choices, and she will tell you like it is! But she will always love you, be there for you, and give you what you need! We are so blessed to have Ginger in our lives. The world would be a better place with more people like Ginger.”

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Rhapsody School of Music Finds a New Home By Anissa Stringer Photos by Stephen Miller

When Brian and Angie Benson started Rhapsody School of Music, they had no idea how successful their endeavor would be. Now, approximately a year after opening their doors, they’ve found it necessary to move to a larger location. They’re now situated in the Eastside Shopping Center at 3668 W. Anthem Way in Suite B-142 near TutorTime, Rookies Neighborhood Sports Grill, and Planet Beach. According to Brian, the ability to provide space for students and instruments at the old store was becoming an issue. The Bensons believed they could enhance the learning experience for their students if the school was larger and had quieter classrooms. The move has also provided them with more exposure and the ability to expand their brand. The store’s mission of providing an enjoyable, safe environment for people of all ages hasn’t changed with the new location. Students will always be able to learn an instrument, create music, and inspire others to do the same in their lives. The store also continues to be an authorized dealer for the big names in music like Yamaha and Fender. Rhapsody offers programs suitable for everyone in the family. The successful Rock Band Program is led by professional musicians from the area and culminates in a free concert at local venues. Individualized lessons are available for those interested in developing their skills with a particular instrument, and the Kindermusik program is an age-appropriate class that combines music and movement. “Children are able to experience different styles of music, play with a variety of instruments, and have a blast,” Brian says.

Having a variety of programs and offering quality instruments is important to the store’s success, but it’s the people who have made Rhapsody School of Music a new Anthem favorite. For example, Ray Goodwin teaches violin, piano, and guitar, and he makes learning an instrument so much fun that his students always want more time with him. Mike Mule’s drum students are among the quickest to learn and improve at the school, and there are 10 other instructors who are all of the same high caliber as Ray and Mike. They’re graduates of prestigious schools like Berklee College of Music, the Musicians Institute of Los Angeles, and the Arizona State University School of Music. They’ve performed in opera and theater, and many are local musicians themselves. The Bensons manage to be parents to their three children and involve themselves in the day-to-day workings of the store. Angie oversees the operations side of the business while Brian focuses on developing the vision of the business and building relationships with the students and families. This is important, Brian says, because people need to know they’re dealing with someone who cares about them and not just the instruments they’ve purchased. The Bensons are proud of all they’ve accomplished in the past year, and with good reason. They’ve created a safe place for musicians of all ages and abilities, and they encourage creativity in a positive, nurturing environment. With their growing reputation in the community, it’s no wonder that Rhapsody School of Music needs a bigger concert venue!

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fresh | PERSPECTIVE

Judge Gerald A. Williams is the justice of the peace for the North Valley Justice Court. The court’ s jurisdiction includes Anthem and Desert Hills.

Show Up According to Judge Gerald A. Williams, nothing good will happen if you miss your court date. Woody Allen is often quoted as saying “80 percent of life is showing up.” A similar statement could be made concerning court dates. What will happen if you miss your court date? The short answer is nothing good. Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that you receive a traffic ticket containing the standard trifecta of civil speeding, no insurance, and no registration. If you fail to appear for your court date, those three charges will go into default status, which is a legal concept that means that you lost the case. Next, fines will be imposed.

The fines and fees for this not-sohypothetical ticket are substantial and would likely add up to $1,777. If this weren’t enough, your driver’s license will also be suspended. So what do you do if you don’t want to drive to Surprise to respond to the ticket you received in Anthem? Your best bet is good old-fashion regular mail. For example, if you had insurance at the time of the ticket but could not prove it, e.g., didn’t have a paper copy with you or couldn’t call it up on your phone, then mail in a copy along with a brief cover

If you are charged with a crime and miss your court date, then expect a warrant to be issued for your arrest. At minimum, being named in an arrest warrant will result in you facing an additional criminal charge for failing to appear, a $45 warrant fee, and the likely suspension of your driver’s license. It also has the potential to ruin your day. If you have some type of contact with a law enforcement officer and have a warrant out for your arrest, you most likely will be going to jail. There is never a good time to go to jail. Nobody ever wants to hear a policeman say, “I’m sorry, sir, but there’s a warrant for your arrest. You have to come with me.” Such phrases are most likely going to be spoken at the worst possible time. For example, you leave your daughter’s birthday party to get more ice cream. If someone runs a light and hits you, and you have an active arrest warrant, guess who’s going to jail. I know of one case in which a plumber was called to fix the plumbing at the jail. The sheriff’s deputy ran the plumber’s driver’s license through the computer system, saw that he had a warrant, and arrested him, but not until after he had fixed the plumbing.

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letter and a copy of the ticket. Do not just fax it in and assume that it will be dismissed. We have one fax machine for four justice courts. The odds may not be in your favor. Ignoring a lawsuit is an equally bad idea. If you are served with a lawsuit and don’t file a response, called an answer, to it, then a judgment will be entered against you for the amount the plaintiff is requesting. If your first court appearance is not until the garnishment hearing, you most likely have lost your right to challenge the case against you.


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fresh | COUPLES

Dynamic Duo

Anthem couple brings holistic health to the community. You may see them at the Sunday Farmer’s Market in Anthem, Haley carrying baby Onyx and Nicolas gliding slowly on his longboard, which he shares with the couple’s friendly bulldog, Le Beau. Haley and Nicolas Desmet, Anthem residents since 2007, recently merged their two businesses under one roof to bring health, beauty, and physical well-being to

the community through massage, skin treatments, and nutritional support. The couple represents what is exceptional about Anthem through their commitment to family, healthy living, and supporting each other and their community. Haley, a licensed esthetician and certified laser technician, brings a holistic point of view to her work. She believes that healing and treating the skin comes from the inside out, so she focuses not only on healthy skin care but also on diet and lifestyle. With this in mind, she customizes each personal treatment to fulfill exactly what her client’s particular wants, needs, and goals are. Nicolas is a licensed massage therapist and certified natural health professional. His primary passion in bodywork is creating awareness and understanding of where one’s physical imbalance is coming from, that is, finding the source rather than simply working on the symptom. He supplements his massage expertise with his knowledge of nutrition, body systems, iridology, and other elements of holistic wellness. Haley launched MOD SKIN in 2010, and Nicolas launched 28 Symmetry in 2013. The two businesses are located in Anthem—they’ve formulated their working schedules so that one of them can always be at home with Onyx. Not every couple can work together, but Haley and Nicolas met actually doing that in 2006, waiting tables at PF Chang’s restaurant in Scottsdale. They loved working together then, and they do now. The couple loves food, art, living a minimalist lifestyle, and bringing well-being to the Anthem community––one customer at a time. For more information, visit modskinstudio.com.

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fresh | STEALS & DEALS

Sizzling Savings

Dealista Judy Weston on sweet summer deals. When I was growing up, my fondest Fourth of July memories were the neighborhood parties. We’d all gather in the streets and light a bunch of fireworks. Some of my favorites were the ones that made those charcoal snakes, which we’d rub all over our faces. Eventually, we’d all wander up the hill to watch the fireworks going off across the San Fernando Valley. I love that in Anthem, I can extend some of those same traditions to my kids. We moved into the Traditions neighborhood in Anthem seven years ago. Each year, we have a neighborhood party with fun, legal, and much safer fireworks for the kids. Together, we walk to our neighborhood pocket park and watch the Anthem fireworks show. I love and delight in the similarities to my past. As a child-development specialist, I know the importance of creating memories and establishing traditions that our children will carry all their lives. Having a 19-and 17-year-old, I’m happy to say that they cherish the memories we’ve created. Below are a few tips for saving in July, including some economical ways to spend quality time together as you create your own memories. Having friends over for a barbecue can end up breaking the bank if you’re

not careful. Fortunately, the first week of July is time for some sizzling savings. You will find drastically reduced prices on meats, condiments, chips, charcoal, and paper goods. Keep an eye out for coupons, as they will be plentiful. Be sure to take advantage of these savings, as you may not see them again until Labor Day! July is National Ice Cream Month. Just one more reason to love our great country! You will see terrific savings on ice cream, ice cream bars, and popsicles this month. Combine your coupons with great sales for some chilly savings. Here in Phoenix, summer isn’t even halfway over; however, the department stores would beg to differ. Toward the latter part of the month, you will start to find clearance prices on summer clothing. This is a great time to restock your summer wardrobe and pick up outfits for the kids’ first day of school. With so many of us taking road trip vacations to cut costs, we all want to find the cheapest gas out there. Be sure to download the free app Gasbuddy. You simply enter the zip code or area you’re in, and it will show you the cheapest gas around. It also has a GPS feature to help you find the station. Just to throw this in––there are only 22 weeks left until Christmas. If you put $25 a week away in a separate savings account, you will have $500 by holi-

A photo of one of Judy Weston’s fondest Fourth of July memories.

day time to buy gifts. Just a thought. July 11 is Chick-fil-A’s Dress like a Cow Day. Visit the restaurant that day in bovine garb and get a free meal. Partial costumes get an entrée. July 12 is Family Fun Day at the ASU Art Museum. The exhibition this year is all about the funny papers. There are educational booths, performances, and art projects for the kids. The event is free and is sure to be a great time. The hours of the museum are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu and click on “Events.” In July, the Phoenix Zoo is offering $10 Tuesdays. This is half-price for adults. The summer hours for the zoo begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. Picture Show Entertainment Theaters are offering their Summer Kids Movie Series again this year. All movies are only $1. The summer series is offered on Fridays at 9:45 a.m. They also offer $1 Tuesdays for all movies. Advanced purchase is not required. Visit pictureshowent.com for locations and times. Several stores offer free project classes for kids. Be sure to search online for free events at the Lakeshore Learning Store, Home Depot, Michaels, and Lowe’s. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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Go Glam

Incorporate vintage Hollywood glamour into your home design. Interior decorator Heather Sanders shows you how. Glam style reemerged on the home and fashion scene a few years back, and its popularity appears to be sticking. No wonder—it’s reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour and evokes the beauty of silver-screen starlets. Try these simple tips for bringing some glam into your home.

Magic Mirror

A hallmark of glam style is mirrored furniture. This comes with the warning that a little goes a long way. One accent piece is stunning; five is over the top. Try a coffee table, a side table, a buffet, or a small chest to really pack a punch in your room.

Metallic Mixing

Break all the rules when it comes to mixing metals. Gold/brass tones, silver from matte to shiny chrome, and copper all have a place in this style.

Faux Fur

Add in some scrumptious fur (faux, of course!) for the ultimate in luxury. (Warning: Everyone will want to touch those little touches!) Try a pillow, a throw blanket, a small ottoman, or pouf.

Fabulous Fabrics

Glam style means luxurious fabrics mixed together but not matched. Just like a great outfit, every room needs a layering of rich texture. You can easily add in glamour to your space by opting for velvets, tone-on-tone wovens, silks, or embellished linens.

Go Glossy

Nothing evokes the luxe feel more than glossy finishes. Finish your look with mother-of-pearl, lacquer, shiny ceramics, and glass accessories. Tips courtesy of restylegroup.com Photos by Gillian Tomimbang JULY 2014

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home | GET TO KNOW

Renee PalmerJones

Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: Don’t I wish I could give my younger self advice! I would absolutely attempt to convince myself that I was capable of achieving anything I wanted, with the clear exception of great athleticism. Never settle for less than you really want to work for. I would advise myself to paint, paint, paint! I didn’t pick up a brush until I was past 40. Mostly, I would say remain true to yourself and do everything with integrity. Q: What comes to you naturally? A: Imagination, painting, sculpture, design, composition, and the ability to teach others. My writing skills are genetic traits from my parents, but aren’t most things? Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: Misspelled words and incorrect punctuation on public signage. It drives me nuts that someone paid good money for a sign with misplaced apostrophes or poor grammar.

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enee Palmer-Jones moved to 85086 in 2002 from Colorado as a part-time resident of Anthem Country Club and quickly became a permanent resident. She recently moved to Tramonto but remains active in both communities. A well-known artist, Renee’s specialty is oil painting. Her works span from large abstract compositions and murals to fine, traditional portraiture and are

Q: What are you most proud of? A: I’m proud of my two daughters for the fine women they’ve grown to become and the fact that we’re best friends. I’m proud of my participation in several U.S. veterans memorial projects, including the rebuilding of the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center at the USS Arizona [Memorial] in Honolulu, the design of the Anthem Veterans Memorial, and now the Arizona Silent Service Memorial at Wesley Bolin Plaza slated for construction this year. I take pride in serving on nonprofit charity boards and hope to make a difference. Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: Nearly everything my parents told me still resonates, including my father’s admonition to “keep my head cut-in,” which was his colloquial way of saying “Don’t lose control of the situation in which you find yourself.” My mother advised me to catch more flies with honey than vinegar, and she was right. No one appreciates being treated poorly and will give you what you want if you’re kind and respectful. My mother also wisely said, “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”

typically commissioned by collectors around the country. Renee also holds classes in her home studio, where she instructs adults in fine oil painting workshops and youth in mixed media. She also designs striking public art and recently created the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Currently, she’s working on the groundbreaking design for the Silent Service of Arizona Memorial in Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Arizona State Capitol Building.

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Q: What’s next? A: I’m in the process of polishing the final edits and formatting e-reader and traditional print of my first fiction novel, Beneath the Winslow Stars. This novel took nearly three years to research and write. I anticipate the publisher’s release this fall. The subject matter is weighty and controversial, with a love story, interstate crime, mystery, and suspense.

FAVORITES Author/writer: Abraham Verghese Escape: The Enchantment Resort in Sedona Meal in town: Vegetarian Nosh plate at Tonto Bar and Grill, Cave Creek Local landmark: The Anthem Veterans Memorial Movie: A three-way tie between A Fish Called Wanda, The Right Stuff, and Contact Musician/band: The Black Keys and The Broken Bells Annual event: Barrett-Jackson Car Show


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Family Reset

Life coach Dr. Chris Wylie offers six tips on how to reset your family’s mind, body, and soul this summer. 1. Create a to-do list and take out the bottom five. If you’re like every mother and father in the country, your life is full of drop-offs, pickups, time schedules, and planned activities. With so much family stuff, you may need to reevaluate what activities are necessary to include and which ones can be eliminated. You may need to stop doing some of the least important things— the things that, if you are honest, really don’t matter that much. Don’t hold yourself to the “perfect” standards. And set a limit for how many times you will check inboxes, Facebook, Twitter, etc., per day. Checking on stuff all the time creates a lot of stress. Learn to say no if you really don’t have the time. 2. Make time for your family to relax. I like working out to release tensions and recharge during the day. What works for you? Long walks, music, yoga, meditation, or going for a swim? Find out, and do what works for you! Now the trick is to allow each family member to

choose which relaxation activity works for him or her and commit to doing it every day. 3. When it comes to family decisions, don’t sweat the small stuff. When facing what looks like the end of the world, ask yourself questions like does this really matter? If I do this, then what will happen? If I don’t do this, then what will happen? These questions help you zoom out and realize that in most cases, things aren’t really that bad. 4. Make it a family rule to stop rushing to do everything. If your family learns how to slow down while walking, moving the body, or talking, everyone will start to feel less stressed compared to families that always live in a state of panic. Slowing down to decrease stress goes for many other things you do in everyday life, too, like riding your bicycle, driving the car, working at your desk, and eating.

Dr. Chris Wylie’ s “Life Coaching...for Life” helps you get from where you are in your life now to where you want to go. Dr. Wylie is an educational psychologist as well as the founder and president of the Psychological Testing Center of Phoenix; he can be reached through his website at lifecoachingdr.com. 5. Get rid of things you just don’t use anymore. Take one day and have the entire family declutter every room in the house. A simplified and ordered home brings clarity and order to the mind. Taking the time for everyone to go through each room in the house and declutter will simplify and organize your home and everyone’s life to live in a more relaxing environment. 6. Allow each family member to forgive one person every week that has hurt them in the past. If something negative from the past, such as something someone said or did, is in your mind, then accept and let that feeling and thought in instead of trying to push it away. When it is there and you accept it, then it starts to lose power. And while the facts may still be there in your head, the negative feelings are much less powerful, or they may be gone completely. At this point, let the thing go like a bag of old clothes you’re tossing out. Direct your focus to the present moment and something better instead.

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Stepping into The Tennessee Grill is a bit like walking through the front door of Bob and Angie Adler’s Anthem home, which is pretty much how they planned it. After all, the idea for opening a local restaurant came after Angie sent Bob to Costco for detergent and he came home with a smoker instead. From there, it didn’t take long before 50 to 70 people started regularly showing up at their house every weekend to partake in Bob’s barbecue and smoke cooking. “The Tennessee Grill concept was built around having 60 people over for a meal,” Bob says. “We like to feed people.” In the year since The Tennessee Grill’s been open, word has gotten around that it’s the place to go for homemade, made-to-order meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The grill features something for everyone—there are even a couple of meatless items—and word on the Anthem streets is that Bob’s barbecue and smoked meats are some of the best in the Valley. Perfecting his brisket took a lot of trial and error for Bob. “I got to practice all of my cuss words on brisket,” he readily admits. “Brisket is a fickle piece of meat. The meat comes from the chest of a steer and is tough. It needs to cook at the right temperature for the correct length of time,” he says. “The key is slow and low.” Bob’s flavorful, tender smoked brisket is featured in a number of dishes, including brisket and eggs, a brisket sub, a brisket platter, and a brisket pita. Meanwhile, Bob’s tender ribs also generate a lot of attention and kudos. “We utilize a double-rub system to enhance the flavor profile,” he explains. Controlling the ingredients in all their dishes is very important to Bob, which is why the restaurant smokes and cures the nitrate-free bacon served there. “Our bacon has six ingredients: salt, pepper, pink salt, maple sugar, thyme, and bay leaves,” Bob says, adding that the meat cures on-site for 10 days. The Tennessee Grill isn’t just a place for smoked meats and barbecue, although those dishes are among their most popular features. The Adlers are proud to offer patrons an ample selection of dishes to satisfy most any palate. “Our concept is based on three good meals a day along with great fresh-baked breads, muffins, bagels, and desserts,” the restaurant’s website says, and whatever the tastes, Bob or one of two culinarytrained chefs will prepare them—a notable fact for a neighborhood grill. “There’s over 100 years of combined experience between the chefs and servers,” says Angie, and Bob points out that every chef knows how to make everything on the menu. “So, while it’s not listed, you can order breakfast any time,” he says. The Adlers’ attention to detail extends to their baked goods. The Tennessee Grill is one of the only restaurants in the North Valley to make its own bread. Each morning at 4, their baker, Damian, crafts a rotating selection of fresh breads, muffins, and bagels. Of course, their homemade bread is put to excellent use in dishes such as French toast; during the holidays, Damian adds seasonal favorites to the mix. Serious about offering patrons exactly what they want, The Tennessee Grill also takes bread requests with a 24-hour notice. Since opening in June of last year, the success of the restaurant has far exceeded the Adlers’ projections. Prior to opening, the couple drew up five-year projections, and by the fourth month of operation had already hit their five-year numbers. It’s been challenging to keep up with the restaurant’s rapid growth, the duo says. They quickly found that their original space wasn’t large enough, so, when the space next door became available, expansion was the logical next

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step. Recently, the restaurant unveiled an expansive new bar area with additional seating. “We’re the only bar west of I-17,” Angie says of their easily accessible location just south of the Outlets at Anthem. For a venture that started out to afford the couple more time to spend with their four children (ages 6, 9, 14, and 17) and to bring in income in their retirement years, the future looks bright. In addition to a brisk business catering to groups up to 1,000, Bob has a line of The Tennessee Grill barbecue sauces he’s working to get distributed, and the couple also doesn’t rule out franchising the concept

when the time is right. But for right now, their immediate goals are to be the place where Anthem eats and to be an integral part of the community where they’re raising their family. Among the ways they’re doing this is by sponsoring local sports teams, investing in the area, and providing jobs where, according to Bob, “not a single employee is paid minimum wage.” The Tennessee Grill is located at 4220 W. Summit Walk Court, #1202. For more information, including hours of operation, menu items, and more, call (623) 551-1500 or visit thetennesseegrill.com.

Delicious, Tender Ribs The key to tasty ribs starts with the rub, says Bob Adler, owner of The Tennessee Grill. Here’s his secret mix. Dry Rub Recipe

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Use St. Louis or loin back ribs. Rub ribs on both sides with dry rub recipe. Using pecan, apple, or mesquite wood, smoke at 250ºF for three hours. At three hours or when meat begins to pull back from the bones, remove ribs for the final process. Spray or spritz apple juice over ribs, and then rub lightly with brown sugar. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil for another two hours at 250ºF. Ribs are done when the meat easily pulls away from the bone. Ribs are overdone when the meat falls off the bone.

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Get a Handle on Summer Grilling!

Experiment on the grill with these 11 delicious grilling tips. By Erica Monroe Williams

For years, I stayed away from the grill, only approaching it when my husband was home and could take on the duties. I certainly never ventured out to the “man cave,” as my husband calls it, on my own (our grill is in a covered outdoor area that actually resembles a cave). My hubby is the master griller, so why would I even bother to try? For one thing, I certainly don’t want to step on his toes. I like to let him take over where he feels it’s his “job” at home—starting the fire on cold nights, replacing lightbulbs, fixing things, and of course, grilling. I started doing some experimenting on my own one day when I was craving my warm grilled lime chicken and vegetable salad and my hubby was nowhere to be found. What was the true secret of tender, juicy grilled meats? How could I conquer this gasbreathing monster on our back patio without letting it beat me first? I spent some time reading through my cookbooks, searching the Internet, and examining the grill itself to come up with some foolproof ways to win this battle between man and beast. Here are my top 11 grilling tips: 1. Find great meat, fish, or poultry. Meats should be marbled, which essentially means lots of fat throughout the meat. Marbling gives lots of flavor. 2. For meat eaters, bring that steak to room temperature before grilling (about 30 minutes depending on the size of the steak)—same with fish. You don’t want to put a cold piece of meat right onto the grill—it will make for a longer cooking time to get that middle warmed up. 3. Clean the grill before starting. Those charred leftover bits inhibit the flavor and heat distribution of what you’re grilling. 4. Preheat that sucker for as long as it takes. Don’t jump the gun here, because waiting a few minutes could mean the difference between a ho-hum steak and a steakhouse-worthy piece of meat. The grill should heat at least 15 minutes, and you shouldn’t be able to hold your hand over it for more than a few seconds. 5. Season meat, fish, and poultry before grilling. For steaks, season generously with kosher salt. 6. Pat dry and lightly oil meats and poultry before grilling. This will help the meat not stick to the grill. 7. For juicy chicken, try brining (marinating with water and salt) the pieces for one to two hours before grilling (always pound boneless chicken breasts to even thickness before grilling as well, regardless of whether you’re brining them). 8. Don’t cut into meats and poultry to test doneness. All that delicious juice will escape immediately! Use your fingers to test doneness instead. Rare steak feels soft and squishy, medium-cooked steak bounces back when pushed, and well done feels firm and doesn’t bounce back. 9. Use a grilling basket for vegetables. I brush mine with olive oil and sea salt and throw them in a basket on the grill—these baskets are little wonders and make the best vegetables! 10. Always err on the side of caution when cooking a steak. Overdone is impossible to undo, so don’t overdo it. 11. Let meats and chicken rest for at least five minutes before cutting into them.

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M ic ah ’ s o ffic e is in a ca sita just o ff t h e poo l area — a locat ion , h e ad m its, t h at can so met imes m ake w ork in g tou gh .

Pool with a View A Desert Hills family enjoys the privacy and views from their backyard pool. By Sondra Barr

Micah and Caroline moved to their Desert Hills neighborhood after taking in the beautiful desert scenery surrounding their soon-to-be home. “We moved into the neighborhood in 1999—probably the worst year to try and buy a house or the best time, depending upon your outlook,” Micah says. “We fell in love with the design and the backyard/pool immediately.” Besides the stunning views, the family enjoys the privacy the location affords. “You’re not right on top of your neighbors,” Micah says. “You have great views of Daisy Mountain, Apache Peak, and Table Mountain. The area is so quiet and peaceful. The neighbors you do have are good people, and everyone knows everyone, so it’s a safe place to raise a family.” The family’s backyard gets a lot of use. Aside from regular use by the couple’s three children—Peter (15), Sydney (11), and Keikilani (14 months)—Micah and Caroline can be found most nights in the spa going over the day and unwinding. “At night, the view of the stars and meteors from the spa and the sound of coyotes and owls nearby is the perfect way to unwind from the day, Micah says. “There’s also a lot of privacy, so the kids aren’t bothering anyone E-mail a photo of the room while having fun. along with your contact info to “This was the last place my father visited from the East Coast before he passed home@85086magazine.com for away from cancer. He loved sitting outside the casita watching and listening to consideration. birds, especially the cactus wrens. His favorite chair is just as he left it.”

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A Great Place to Hang Out Ricky Miles and his family kick back in their Anthem backyard. By Sondra Barr

Since moving into his Anthem neighborhood nine years ago, Ricky Miles and his family have created many memories on their family-friendly block. One of the reasons they selected their current home was because after living in a two-story dwelling for 13 years, they wanted a single story. After settling in, Ricky added a backyard barbecue area and fire pit, which they use regularly on the weekends with family and friends. While Ricky and his wife, Renee, love to entertain in their private backyard oasis, their children Ricky and Jada prefer frequent playing in the pool. “My fondest memories around the grill and pool are the summer pool parties that last all day and go into the night,” Ricky says. “Our backyard has awesome lighting from the trees

and barbecue as well as the pool, which makes for a cool atmosphere. Come on over and check it out, 85086—just BYOB!” The sitting area and bar on the opposite side of the grill make it convenient for Ricky to entertain while he cooks. “It’s a great place to hang out and relax,” he says. “I hop in and out of the pool to keep cool while drinking a cool beverage.” Of course, the space wouldn’t be complete without tunes. “I love the outdoor sound system as well—it makes for a great time,” Ricky says. As for what you’ll find him regularly whipping up on his barbecue: “My favorite dish from the grill is curry-and-gingerrubbed lamb chops with apricot-lime sauce—it’s amazing and fun to make.”

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Ricky Miles’ Grilling Tips Get it hot! Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature and to kill any bacteria. Your grill should be 400 to 450ºF for high heat, 350 to 400ºF for mediumhigh, 300 to 350ºF for medium, and 250 to 300ºF for low. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist, and helps prevent sticking. While searing doesn’t seal in the juices, contrary to popular belief, it does create improved flavors through caramelization. JULY 2014

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home | SAFETY

Water Safety

Practice these steps to keep you and your family safe in and around your backyard pool. Adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to ensure a safe and fun experience in a residential swimming pool or spa. Parents and families can build on their current safety practices by adopting these water safety steps at home pools and spas. Staying Close, Being Alert, and Watching Children in and Around the Pool • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa • Teach children basic water safety tips • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments • Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first • Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency Having the Appropriate Equipment for Your Pool or Spa • Install a 4-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas. • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order • Consider using a surface wave or underwater alarm

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Create a Pool Safety Toolkit for Your Home Pool or Spa Create a pool safety toolkit to have near your pool or spa to ensure that if the worst happens, you are ready to respond. What should be in a pool safety toolkit for your home pool or spa? • A first aid kit • A pair of scissors to cut hair, clothing or a pool cover, if needed • A charged portable telephone to call 911 • A flotation device Tips courtesy of poolsafely.gov

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home | PETS

Trichobezoars!

The scientific term for hair balls is pronounced pretty much like the sound your cat makes coughing them up. Can they be prevented? The overwhelming majority of cat owners can attest to the unpleasant discovery of a feline hair ball. But surprise! Regurgitation of fur is actually not a normal event for cats. The original source of the contents is no mystery—the cat’s own fur. The feline tongue is unique and has tiny hooklike structures that catch the loose or dead hair as the cat grooms itself. The hair is swallowed and forms small clumps that usually pass through the intestinal tract. However, when this is prevented from happening, the indigestible wad is most often regurgitated. The cat’s body goes into accordion mode and plays the alltoo familiar and audible trio of hacking, coughing, and finally retching. Let’s look at which felines are most likely to form hair balls: • Longhaired breeds • Cats whose owners neglect to brush and groom them on a regular basis • Compulsive groomers • Cats with poor digestion and/or poor nutrition Tackling this problem does not have to be expensive or complicated and can indeed prevent a life-threatening complication. The most obvious approach is regular brushing, which will simply reduce the volume of hair your cat removes when self-grooming. Your cat detests getting brushed? Buy some highly valued treats such as dried tuna flakes and seduce the cat as you begin and also during a very

brief grooming session. Regularly groom and treat, slowly increasing the length of time you groom. Does your cat seem to have very dry skin, scratch itself, or shed excessively? Take a close look at the ingredients in your pet’s food. Consider switching to a high-quality, grain-free food that also contains natural probiotics in addition to sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, as contained in fish oil. Another alternative is to purchase probiotics to add to your current feeding regimen and also include a one-quarter teaspoon of organic coldpressed virgin coconut oil with each meal. An easy method is to place a small amount of the coconut oil on your cat’s paw right after mealtime. The cat will then lick it off and ingest it during the post-dinner grooming routine. A spoonful of canned pumpkin added to three meals each week can help your cat pass these beastly clumps through the intestinal tract.

So, the takeaway is this: Furry projectiles need be launched no more. If your feline companion often gifts you with hair balls, you can try the recommendations above. Then, if you do not notice a reduction in frequency, a routine visit to the vet is recommended. Be aware, too, that if your cat frequently gags, hacks, or vomits without a resultant hair ball or if you notice a decrease in appetite, lethargy, constipation, or diarrhea—take heed! These signs could be indicative of an intestinal obstruction, and an urgent vet evaluation is needed. Hair balls, then, aren’t standard equipment for cats. I can attest to that—mine was a long-term multicat household years ago and I never thought the cats had to suffer with them so. And now you all know the proper technical term for hair balls: trichobezoars. Won’t that be an appetizing icebreaker at your next cocktail party?

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Preheat the grill until the temperature gauge reaches 475°F. Oil each of the steaks until very glossy. Salt and pepper the steaks right before placing them on the grill at a 45-degree angle for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Turn the steaks 90 degrees and cook an additional 1 minute and 30 seconds. Flip the steaks over in place and repeat. Enjoy. Recipe courtesy of Chef Matthew Grunwald

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food | HOME COOKING

Picnic Safe

Keep your family clear of illnesses carried by food this picnic season with these tips from local dietitian Kelli Morgan. When the summer months roll around, families start packing up their picnic baskets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 48 million Americans get food borne illnesses each year! With a little preparation and a few easy steps, you can keep your family and picnic safe this summer.

How to Pack a Cooler Bacteria grow between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s important to pack your cooler or picnic basket properly to assure that your food stays in the safe zone! • Make sure that all of your foods are safe when you put them into your cooler. If you have any frozen items, place them at the bottom to keep the other foods cold. Extra frozen water bottles work great! • Take only the amount of food you think your family will eat. Food is only safe outside the safe zone for an hour in extreme temperatures (two hours if the weather is under 90 degrees), so throw away any leftovers. • If you’re going to be cooking food, keep all raw meat in a separate cooler away from the foods that will not be cooked.

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• Bring a separate cooler for the drinks, since this cooler will be opened multiple times, which increases the temperature. • And of course, wash your hands before you eat! We have all heard the stories of people becoming violently ill after eating a mayonnaise-based salad at a picnic. My solution: Whip up a healthy non-mayo salad before you head out on your picnic!

Kelli Morgan, R.D., is a registered dietitian living in and loving Anthem. She’ s also a total foodie. She completed her dietetics degree and internship at Syracuse University in New York. She loves preparing, cooking, and eating delicious foods. She shares all of her recipes on kellird.com.


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Q: Do I really need an attorney to handle my divorce? We agree on everything.

Italian Quinoa Salad

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Place 1 cup of dry quinoa in a bowl of filtered water for an hour. This will soften the quinoa. When the hour is up, strain and rinse the quinoa. Place in a rice cooker or on the stove with 2 cups of water and cook according to directions.

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Chop all the vegetables into small pieces. Place in a large bowl. When the quinoa is done, place in the large bowl with the chopped vegetables. Add edamame if desired. Pour dressing on top of the salad. Stir to combine. This salad will last three to five days in the refrigerator.

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July is the Perfect Month to Volunteer

Here are some tips on how to get your kids off the couch and involved in the 85086 community this month! •

Help your children determine a point of interest. Focus on things they like. For instance, if the neighborhood strays “follow” your kid home from school, maybe he or she has a knack with animals and would enjoy helping out at a local animal shelter or animal rescue.

Illustrate how valuable their time is. Even though your children aren’t getting paid for their efforts, explain to them how much their charitable work is worth to cashstrapped nonprofits that rely on people giving their time for free to help those less fortunate. Give your children real-world examples of how their efforts make a measurable difference.

Point out the benefits. Besides being a way to uncover new interests, point out that volunteering offers an excellent opportunity to make new friends with like-minded interests. And don’t forget to mention how favorably colleges look at applicants with a lot of community service under their belts.

Tips courtesy of Kristin Caliendo, beeinghappy.com

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better | HAIR

Tressed Out

Keep your summer locks in tip-top shape this summer with these tips from local hair-care professional Martin Weston. It’s ba-ack...the 300 days of summer! (Well, it feels like 300 days, doesn’t it?) Imagine a peaceful Arizona summer morning. Suddenly without warning, your great-aunt Sunny barges into the house without knocking. With suitcases under both sweaty arms, she settles in for a long visit—not just for a week but those 300 days. Yep, whether it’s Aunt Sunny or her seasonal counterpart, you’ll want to rip your hair out by the visit’s end. But before you start ripping, let’s see what can be done about keeping your hair looking stunning during summer’s extended visit.

First things first

It all begins with a great cut. Make sure you’re consistent when scheduling your haircuts. Depending on the length of hair, I recommend between four to eight weeks between salon visits. Having your stylist cut the split ends will help keep your hair looking its best. If left untreated, a split end can lead to further breakage. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic shampoo or conditioner that will repair a split end. The only way to repair it is to cut it off. Various shampoos and conditioners claiming to repair split ends merely envelop the hair shaft in a coating of wax or polymers, giving the illusion that the split end is gone. Before you spend money on a product that promises, it’s best to start with a fresh cut.

“Can’ t I just use the cheapest brands from the store?” Of course you can. By spending less, you may think you’re saving money, but in the long run, you spend more maintaining the color you’ve invested in at the salon. Over time, inferior ingredients can build up on your hair, weighing it down. Harsher components deplete the hair of its natural oils and moisture, leading to hair that’s brittle and color faded. Having beautiful hair isn’t simply inherited—it’s also about the products you use to care for it. Here are two sets from my favorite product line, Aveda.

Color Conserve • Shampoo Infused with lavender and ylangylang plants, it’s both gentle and protective. It extends the vibrancy of color-treated hair and is enhanced by a 100 percent organic aroma. • Conditioner This product is lavender and ylang-ylang based, which helps to seal the cuticle while locking in color and gloss. Protects, detangles, and increases shine. • Daily Color Protect This is a leave-in treatment with the color conserve complex™ that triple protects against color fading. Green tea extracts help protect against the damaging environment. Wintergreen and cinnamon oil protect against UV damage. It’s a win-win. Apply to damp hair, and style.

REMEDY FOR DAMAGE Too much sun exposure, chlorine, dry environment, and styling tools will leave your hair weakened and burned. Sometimes, hair needs a Band-Aid for a small boo-boo; other times, it needs a tourniquet and an IV drip—stat!

Conserving your color

To prevent burning, we protect our skin against the intense desert sun by slathering it with sunscreen. So, why not protect your hair from the sun’s damaging UV rays in the same way? For color-treated hair, there’s a multitude of professional products specifically designed to protect against UV rays, but I prefer Color Conserve by Aveda. This four-step system is designed to protect color from the effects of the sun, water, and environment as well as prevent color fading while leaving your hair silky. My favorite part of Aveda products is the intoxicating fragrance—they smell like a Hawaiian breeze floating across the desert.

• Restructuring Shampoo Here’s a gentle cleanser rich in quinoa protein, babassu, and coconut oils. Used daily to strengthen weakened hair from the inside out. • Restructuring Conditioner This product contains quinoa protein to repair and jojoba oil to effectively moisturize from the inside out as well as the cuticle-smoothing blend of philodendron, sandalwood, and barley. Use daily. • Daily Hair Repair This leave-in treatment instantly repairs hair by 26 percent while preventing further damage. It’s loaded with quinoa and wheat proteins to protect and enhance curl or wave. Soy-derived oil aids in detangling while preventing further breakage, and certified organic essential oils, including bergamot, mandarin and ylang-ylang, provide a celestial fragrance. Apply to damp hair, and style.

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Don’t fool yourself into thinking that change isn’t possible. Fitness mentor Michelle Steinke dares you to make yourself a priority for lasting health and wellness. At my lowest point, I was over 200 pounds, bogged down with work, exhausted from being a mom of two very small children, and being a partner in a marriage that was full of love but not a lot of life. We were going through the motions—each day was Groundhog Day, and our once-adventurous life was routine and boring at best. We had once held so much passion for being active and adventurous; I thought about this and chalked our slump up to parenthood, a 14-year relationship, and routine day-to-day activities. It seemed as if our youth was slipping away along with our health and our desire to do anything active. Looking back over every day of my 35 years, I stood on a Los Cabos beach with tears in my eyes. I had everything to be thankful for, and I was thankful for so little. In my rock-bottom moment, I realized that while life had continued on and become busier, what had really changed was my desire to live a fit and active lifestyle. Day after day I told myself that I was too busy to exercise and too tired to cook real food. Over time, these

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Michelle is the founder and CEO of 1FW Training and the future One Fit Widow Foundation. After losing her husband in 2009, Michelle found a new love for fitness as a grief-coping mechanism. Learn more about her at 1fwtraining.com.


small daily choices formed a completely new life and me, but not in the image that I’d envisioned. I was tired, I was sad, I was a mere shadow of the woman and mother I had always wanted to be. I had put everything and everyone above my own personal happiness, and the price that I was paying for those choices was higher than it should have been. I had to take several steps back and look at my life and the lies I was telling myself about it being the only way to live. Did I really not have the time? Did I really not have the energy? Did I really not have the motivation to change? As I took stock, I realized that we always have time for the things we make a priority. I realized energy comes from movement. When we move, our body craves more movement, and like a snowball gaining size and speed, we gain momentum as we carry on our journey. I realized that motivation is not an endless well we can draw from each day but rather something we must find within ourselves as we continue to light and burn our fire within. It was time to take ownership of my choices and start the process of moving in a better direction for a better life. Often, we tell ourselves we just can’t make the time for these changes because the people who love us also need us too much and therefore any time we take away from them is selfish. Stop and think about that excuse for a moment. The people who love you and need you can’t spare a little time each day for you to be healthier? The people who love you and need you can’t spare a little time each day for you to be fitter? The people who love and need you can’t spare a little time each day for you to be happier? Let’s turn that excuse around for a moment. Instead of seeing it as time away, let’s look at it as time well spent so that when you are present with those who love you and need you, you can give them all the things they need from you. Your energy will improve, and you’ll have more motivation to engage with them. Your fitness will improve, and you’ll have more desire to enjoy life with them. Your health will improve, and you’ll have more years of full living with them. In total honesty, the people who love and need you want you to be the very best version of you that’s possible. They want you to live your dreams, know your worth, and make time for all the things that really matter. Ultimately, you are leading by example and showing the people you love that loving yourself is important and a top priority. Take stock of your life, and figure out what you value each day. How can you make simple changes for a better, fuller path? Can you turn off the TV an hour earlier each night? Can you wake up 30 minutes earlier each day? Can you preplan your meals on Sunday and grocery shop for more real food? Can you take 15 minutes each day to focus on your own personal happiness? These small and simple changes can lead to a new life in a short period of time. Groundhog Day will continue as long as you allow it to, and one day, you may look back at your life with regret for all you wished you’d done.

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SPF! It Does Matter! What you need to know about sunscreen. By Jacqueline Starr-Hubert

Yep, it’s that time of the year when we all reconsider our zip code. It’s already hot and getting worse by the day. Let’s face it—we live here for many reasons but certainly not the heat and intense sun exposure. As Arizonans, we all should take the use of SPF seriously and absolutely not leave home without it. One would assume that the majority of our population understands the importance of SPF protection. The numbers prove different. There’s no question that most skin cancers are related to sun exposure, yet even with sunscreen sales approaching $1 billion a year, skin cancer rates continue to climb. Melanoma diagnoses have risen nearly 2 percent a year since 2000 and are increasing even more among young white women. It’s been my experience after years of client consultations that only a modest portion of society will lather up with SPF, and of that number, most do not reapply. The Big C word does motivate some to do so, and others rub it in at the idea of aging faster. Do I have your attention? Let’s get real about SPF protection. Are all sunscreens equally effective against UV radiation? No. The majority (about 95 percent) of UV rays that reach earth are UVA rays. While these are less potent than UVB rays, they are also thought to be involved in the development of skin cancers and skin aging. Sunscreens that protect against both

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UVA and UVB and are thus classified as broad spectrum are recommended. The use of the label broad spectrum protection now means that the sunscreen has been proved to protect against both UVA and UVB rays, although the UVA protection may be comparatively weaker. High-SPF Sunscreens: Are They Better? The SPF rating is the measure of the time it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed to the time it would take with sunscreen on. It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on, but that’s not how it works. And is a 100+ or a 90+ sunscreen really that much better than one with an SPF of 30? SPF 15 product blocks about 94 percent of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product block 97 percent of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98 percent of rays. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offers 100 percent protection. Most dermatologists recommend SPF 30 products to their patients. But even if you manage to find a

Before scanning the shelves, consider the following: • Look for products with an SPF of 30 to 50 and that are labeled “broad spectrum protection,” meaning that they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Higher SPF values are misleading. • Try to keep children over the age of 6 months old inside when the sun is harshest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. • Look for fragrance-free products. Scents bring more unnecessary chemicals and potential allergens to the mix. • Take endorsements and seals of approval with a grain of salt. The Skin Cancer Foundation gives a “seal of recommendation” to sunscreens, but only if their manufacturer has donated $10,000 to become a member of the organization. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours when staying outdoors for a prolonged period and after swimming, bathing, perspiring heavily, or drying off with a towel or handkerchief. Water- and perspiration-resistant sunscreens are available. However, even their protection will not last indefinitely, and they should be reapplied frequently as well. Some believe that SPF application is not necessary in winter—not true! With the wave of tinted sunscreen products flooding the market, more individuals are applying skin protection because of the convenient concept of applying makeup or moisturizer and sunscreen at the same time. Keep in mind that an SPF of 30 is ideal. Not all of these products offer 30+ SPF, but many do.

Jacqueline Starr-Hubert, ME, MLT, has been an Anthem resident since 2001. A medical esthetician/laser technician and makeup artist, she works at Bellina Medspa.


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better | INSIDE

Ask the Pharmacist Local pharmacist Tara Storjohann offers educated answers to your healthcare questions. Q: A friend of mine recently found out that she has low vitamin D levels. I know we get vitamin D from the sun, and I assumed that, living in Arizona, we should not have to worry about low vitamin D levels. How can I ensure that my family and I are getting enough vitamin D, and what are the consequences of low vitamin D levels? A: Vitamin D (aka the “sunshine vitamin”) is required in order for our bodies to absorb calcium. Calcium forms and maintains strong bones, and a lack of vitamin D can lead to bone diseases such as osteoporosis or rickets. Additionally, the sunshine vitamin helps normalize the immune, nerve, and muscle systems. Vitamin D comes in two forms that are important to humans: vitamin D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 is made by plants, and vitamin D3 is made by the human skin when exposed to sunlight. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin D for adults is 600–1000 IU per day. That goes up to at least 800 IU a day for

those older than age 70. You can get vitamin D in three ways: through your skin, from your diet, and from supplements. Vitamin D is so important to your health that your body forms vitamin D naturally after exposure to sunlight. As little as 10 minutes of exposure daily (without sunscreen) is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. However, this time can vary depending on your age, skin type, season, and time of day. And, perhaps most importantly, too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and skin aging, which is why so many people try to get their vitamin D from other sources. Vitamin D-rich foods include egg yolks, salmon, mackerel, and beef or calf liver. Foods that have added vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals, yogurt, and some brands of orange juice. If you are not getting enough exposed sunlight or dietary vitamin D, you may consider taking an oral vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is a fatsoluble vitamin, which means that the vitamin is stored in our bodies. For this reason,

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various cancers, heart disease, depression, weight gain, and other conditions. It has not been proven however, that lack of vitamin D causes these diseases or that vitamin D supplements would lower risk. You could be at risk for deficiency if you meet any of the following criteria: You don’t consume the recommended levels of vitamin D. This could occur if you don’t regularly include foods rich in Vitamin D in your diet or if you follow a strict vegetarian diet because most of the natural sources are animal based. Your exposure to sunlight is limited. Because the body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, you may be at risk of

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Tara has resided in Anthem for over 11 years and is a wife, a mom, a pharmacist, and an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in Glendale. She is a health advocate and is passionate about helping others achieve their wellness goals. You can reach Tara through her website at tarastorjohann.com. if you choose to take an oral supplement, make sure you do not exceed the recommended dose provided by your health-care professional.

deficiency if you are homebound, live in northern latitudes, wear long robes or head coverings for religious reasons, or have an occupation that prevents sun exposure. You have dark skin. The pigment melanin reduces the skin’s ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. A person could be at risk for deficiency if he or she is obese or has kidney issues or medical problems including Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease. If you’re concerned about whether you’re getting enough vitamin D, talk to your doctor about your diet and if a vitamin supplement might benefit you.


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