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Neighborhood Romance 3 Real 85086 love stories! 3 The best singles spots! 3 10 dating dos and don’ts!

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contents F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 || V O L . 1 I S S . 5

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What attracts both married, dating, and single folk to our area? We set out to find the reasons why love is alive and well in 85086.

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Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers the perfect gifts



Seen in the community


Fun things to do in February


Cool stuff your neighbors are selling




The North Valley Regional Library’s partnership with the New Friends of the Library is a win-win


The 85086 Book Club is gathering momentum

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Enter 85086 Magazine’s First Cutest Pet Contest


Barbara Stitzer catches up with Anthem Prep teacher Richard Watmore


Budget-savvy mom Judy Weston on the savings to love in February

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A peek into Gina Quinn’s kitchen

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Treat your love to a night in the kitchen whipping up short ribs with ricotta gnocchi

Meet Daniel Mercer

Local psychologist Chris Wylie on 10 parenting mistakes to avoid


Jim Oliveri takes on the controversial subject of unidentified flying objects







Local dietitian Kelli Morgan has a recipe for hearthealthy romantics



Tame your tresses for a night of romance


Get your whole family involved in fitness


How to master self-tanners


Pharmacist Tara Storjohann on keeping the flu virus at bay


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between neighbors Romance in the Neighborhood Love is alive and well in 85086, as writer M.D. Thalmann finds out in our February cover story. He set out to find a cross-section of residents who found love or are looking for it. In this issue, read real local love stories from married folk, divorcees, dating couples, Adam Toren and singles. We also offer up the best Publisher local meet-up spots and 10 dating dos adam@85086magazine.com and don’ts to help you navigate the area’s singles watering holes. Meanwhile, we’re excited to announce our first 85086 Cutest Pet Contest. Visit our website or Facebook page to submit a photo of your furry (or not so cuddly) friend by Feb. 12 to enter your pet. All pets qualify—dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, gerbils, lizards…you name it. If it’s your pet, you can enter it in the contest. We’ll showcase all the entries in our March issue with directions on how to vote for your favorite. The animal with the most votes will grace the cover of this magazine’s April edition and also earn valuable prizes. Since a lot of us have cute videos of our pets, we also encourage you to post yours on Facebook and tag 85086 Magazine on the video to get more exposure. We’ll feature the funniest animal videos on our website in addition to the photo entries. Before you get down to all the other engaging local content inside, we want to send out a huge thankyou to all the readers who’ve written in to give us their feedback on the magazine. We appreciate all your comments and suggestions and encourage you to keep the conversation Matthew Toren going. Publisher matthew@85086magazine.com Until next month! Cheers.

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o and Petra Simon v e r : Bret Holly , photographed Stephen Miller by . “I’m an avid reader. When I read magazines, I rip out pages that I want to save and reread. I ripped out over half of the January issue. Great job!” —Nancy Lamontagne

“Please give my accolades to Adam and Matthew Toren. I find 85086 Magazine to be the best of the locals. I find the design of the magazine and the excellent choice of articles to be very fresh. I wish them continued success.” —Michael Altieri

In response to the story Close Call by Joseph Wisniewski on page 13 of our January 2013 issue, reader Herb Jacobson wrote in to say:

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“I am a retired geologist, have lived in Anthem nine years, and have frequently hiked on Daisy Mountain, often alone. I have been on all the Daisy Mountain trails and have made a map of the trails. The most important guideline for hiking (not mentioned by Joseph) is to know where you are at all times. Nowadays, this can be done easily with a GPS unit. During my career, I hiked many mountains and jungles and almost always knew where I was because I carried a map and navigated with a compass.”

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Skip the Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

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Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa offers the perfect gifts—relaxing massages and facials. Writer Anissa Stringer sits down with the owners to discuss how their kneads can ease your needs. Photos by Stephen Miller

Hippocrates may have called it “the art of rubbing,” but massage is so much more than that. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the benefits of massage may go beyond the fact that it feels so good. Some theories propose that massage may stimulate the release of chemicals that make us feel better, while others suggest that massage may help block pain signals. David and Tara Mantione, the owners of Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa, agree. Tara explains that receiving regular massages results in improved circulation, releases toxins, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress, pain, and muscle tension. Whatever the cause, the fact that it really does make us feel better is the perfect reason to give the gift of massage this Valentine’s Day. David and Tara, who opened a Hand and Stone franchise location in 2008, suggest making the day exceptional with one of their romantic specials. Consider a 50-minute couples massage with a free aromatherapy upgrade or the Tranquility Spa package, a limited-time offer complete with champagne and a rose-scented foot

treatment. They also offer spa packages with a “Love for Heart, Mind, and Body” theme and a three-month gift membership to try their relaxing and feel-good services at a discount. The Mantiones, who were both previously in the real estate business, opened the spa after seeing the need for a massage and facial outlet in Anthem. Two of the things that drew them to Hand and Stone were the franchise’s philosophy and business model. Unlike many spas, which charge high prices for each service, becoming a member of Hand and Stone means that you can enjoy a one-hour massage or a signature facial for one low price each month. The Mantiones’ vision must have been right on target because today, just six years after opening their doors, Hand and Stone has more than 1,300 members, many of whom know David and Tara by name. The Mantiones are directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the spa, but they aren’t alone at Hand and Stone. More than 20 massage therapists and three estheticians are on staff to provide a wide


range of relaxing services. Each therapist specializes in a particular kind of massage, including sports, therapeutic, relaxation, cranial sacral, and reflexology massages. To bring out your Valentine’s inner beauty, the estheticians offer services such as waxing, peels, facials, microdermabrasion, and brow and eyelash tinting. The Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa is located at 39504 N. Daisy Mountain Dr. in Anthem, making it the perfect place to buy your sweetheart a relaxing, feelgood treat on Valentine’s Day. So this year, skip the chocolate and think “massage!”

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Things to Do… FEBRUARY


A little competition for a good cause never hurt anyone, right? If you agree, then come out to Anthem and join in the St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor’s 5km race. Race packet pickup on Feb. 7, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish, 2825 W. Rose Canyon Cir., Anthem. For more information, visit 4peaksracing.com/events /friends-of-the-poor-2014


The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will hold its next meeting and program on Sat., Feb. 8 at 9:35 a.m. at the Outlets at Anthem Community Room. Linda Rehwalt is the guest speaker, and she’ll recount her personal childhood story and her time at the Tamassee DAR School. Outlets at Anthem Community Room, Suite #435. ocotillo.arizonadar.org


Arizona Music Fest brings to you the Bryant Park Quartet performing Beethoven and Ravel. If your family is classically inclined, come out and experience an enlightening musical performance at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 34605 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, visit azmusicfest.org


Check out the Musical Theatre of Anthem’s (MTA) Freckleface Strawberry production. Based on the beloved New York Times


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best seller by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, it’s a family-friendly musical that will put a smile on your face. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem. musicaltheatreofanthem@gmail.com


The 4th Annual ACTS Auction Benefiting Families in Need will feature an auction of various items such as golf packages, wine, and vacation packages for Anthem Cares through Service (ACTS). Held at Ironwood Country Club, the event is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information on this exciting event, visit http://bit.ly/19VJCcb.

Anthem Kindergartener Receives a Reading AwarD! Over 14,000 applications were submitted to the Scholastic Book Club for the reading achievement awards—only eight were selected nationwide. Caitlyn Guthrie, a kindergarten student at Creative Castle Preschool and Kindergarten, was one of them! Caitlyn will appear with the seven other honorees in the Scholastic Reading Club’s February flyer and will receive a 10-book library, according to the Scholastic Book Club. Caitlyn wrote in her entry that she reads for at least 30 minutes each day and loves to learn. She says she likes to read “because I sound out the letters and then I can say a whole bunch of words.” Congratulations to Caitlyn! We are so proud of you and your passion and love for reading and learning!

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Fabulous Finds Each month, we highlight the unique wares that local folks are selling. Check out these interesting things you can buy from your neighbors. By Sondra Barr

Smartkin Smartkin is an ecofriendly company that offers affordable green napkins, bags, and more for you, your family, and the planet. Created by local Kathryn Brasfield in 2012, the inspiration for Smartkin’s ecofriendly napkins was brewed in her kitchen after she started thinking about how many disposable napkins were consumed on a daily basis. Brasfield has since created a reusable product line of cloth napkins and towels that are 100 percent cotton or cotton flannel with decorative trim. They’re available in fun patterns for kids and adults to enjoy and are the perfect accessory for mealtime or for quick on-the-go cleanup. From $2.50 each. smartkin.net

Seen & Heard Did you catch Anthem’s very own Thomas Hill, owner of Bounce Boot Camp, on ABC’s Shark Tank? If you missed it, Thomas didn’t get the deal, but since his appearance on the hit show, he’s been getting a lot of positive feedback for his program to get youth off the couch and active. “We are extremely humbled by this experience and can’t wait to see what is next for Bounce Boot Camp. Stay tuned.” Hill says.

Christina_Marie @Woke49erGirl #SharkTank is on with a former NFL player from Anthem Arizona pitching a mobile fitness company for kids. Hope he gets a shark to invest!

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Spotlight on Planet Beach Contempo Spa The newest revolution to your total body health and wellness goals is happening right here in 85086 at Planet Beach Contempo Spa. Owned and operated by Anthem residents, the facility offers the latest technology in self-automated spa treatments. It’s now possible with just the touch of a button to fully customize an array of spa services to achieve the results you’re seeking. The spa menu offers specialized facials, relaxing and energizing massages, tanning, and more. Even better, they offer these total skin care, wellness, and stress-relief services at affordable prices. Planet Beach Contempo Spa 3668 W. Anthem Way (623) 551-6871 planetbeach.com

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Neighborhood Touchdown The North Valley Regional Library’s partnership with the New Friends of the Library is a win-win. By Irma Poznecki

Patrons of the North Valley Regional Library may not be aware that they’re recipients of NFL funding. No, not the football league—these playmakers are officially named New Friends of the Library, which is a local nonprofit group whose mission is to provide financial support to our library for the benefit of all its patrons. The NFL plays an important role in our community by providing support to our county library. The NFL often fully funds special events brought to our community; a recent example is “Ernie Fern’s Music at the Library,” a program for all ages. The NFL has also provided funding for other library requests such as guest speakers, books, historical entertainers, posters, tables, genealogy classes, yoga classes, auditorium rental fees, vacuums, book carts, and refreshments for all events. The local chapter of the NFL can also be thanked for purchasing movie rights for teen programs, special area rugs for children’s story time, and a podium and a laptop for guest speakers to use. And that’s just the short list of all the NFL has given to our library and its patrons. This small group of volunteers gives

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time and talent to our community. They’re like the stage crew that diligently works behind the scenes and receives little to no recognition. For the past seven years and to the tune of $75,000, the New Friends of the Library have been silently working with the library staff to bring our community many of the extras that help make our library a dynamic community hub. “Each summer, the New Friends of the Library support the Summer Reading Program,” says Luci Kauffman, Youth Services paraprofessional. “The Summer Reading Program is essential to help the children and teens in our community maintain their reading level. The Friends of the Library contribute money so that every child that finishes the summer reading program receives a book of their choice as a final prize. This would not be possible without the support of the New Friends of the Library.” The NFL also buys shirts and snacks for students who help with the summer reading program. Youth librarian Lynn Taylor also appreciates the NFL. “We are very grateful for our Friends group,” she says. “Their contributions, such as craft supplies, food

supplies, and guest speakers, enrich many of our programs. Some of the programs have become annual traditions for our residents, such as the Gingerbread Story Time in December.” And how does a group of about one dozen volunteers raise so much money? The NFL has an efficient system established

Irma Poznecki is an active volunteer in and around Anthem. She loves to travel and especially enjoys visiting National Parks. She enjoys reading and describes herself as a lifelong learner.

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within the library and the community. Here’s how it works: The library donates books retired from its shelves to the NFL. Community members donate their used books to the library. Librarians at the front desk receive the donations and place them on a designated NFL table within the library. NFL volunteer Carole Seifert checks the table daily to sort and box the donated books. (Yes, Carole volunteers every day and is often assisted by another volunteer, Barbara Dempster.) The day before a book sale event, the boxes are relocated to the sale room where volunteers group the books as well as movie DVDs and music CDs by genre, and the three-day sale, which is open to the public, begins. Most items sell for $1 or $2. When NFL volunteer Mary Jeanne McRoberts was asked about her volunteer work, she was quick to pass the gratitude forward. “We need to thank the community for their support,” she says. “They supply about half of the books we sell, and they also buy books at our book sales and our ongoing book sale shelves at the entryway of the library.” A series of four book sales are scheduled for this year. The first event is slated for Feb.21–23. Take advantage of the best prices in town and support your library at the same time. It’s a win-win situation.


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The NFL group meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the North Valley Regional Library, 40410 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, and is always open to new members. If you can’t attend monthly meetings, most volunteer help is needed during the week of book sale events. Even a couple of hours of your time are greatly appreciated. If you’re interested in volunteering, e-mail NewFriendsNVLibrary@gmail.com for more information.

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We’re Bookin’ It! The 85086 Book Club is gathering momentum. Join in the reading fun with Kristine Abrams Gresh. Happy February, readers! Are you enjoying Gone Girl? I am. If you haven’t started it, no worries—plenty of time to pick up a copy and read along. Don’t forget to write and let us know what you think! Personally, so far I find the writing appealing and even attention grabbing at times. It’s blunt and easy to read yet descriptive and exciting at the same time—a nice combo. Plus, I can tell it’s going to get twisty and edge of the seat soon—I can’t wait! I want to thank all the 85086 community members who’ve been writing in, finding the hidden books, and letting us know their thoughts on the selections so far. Thank you so much for reading along and making this a true neighborhood book club. You inspire me to keep researching great books, analyzing content and author style, and keep coming up with creative hiding spots around town. So this month, I thought I’d mention a book I read a while back and thoroughly enjoyed. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is one of those nonfiction books that’s such a fascinating story that it reads like fiction. You’ll have to keep reminding yourself that it really happened. Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer from Virginia whose cells were taken from her in the early 1950s without her knowledge, re-

searched, bought, sold, and eventually became one of the most important tools in medicine. They were used to help develop the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Her cells (known as HeLa in the scientific community) did so much for modern medicine. Meanwhile, her own family could barely afford food and shelter, let alone health insurance. Her story remained untold until recently. As a reader, you are exposed to all sides of this situation, and you come away glad to have had your eyes opened to this story. I look forward to next month when we’ll pick the next official selection. Remember, keep your eyes peeled—you may just find a copy of it!

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PAIR THIS WINE WITH A GOOD BOOK Ok, and as a bit of a fun sidebar this month, I thought I’d share a cool little wine I discovered recently. Sometimes, when I’m reading a great book (or not), I love an easy-drinking red wine. I also love a neat new wine-related concept that’s environmentally friendly. Cue Paperboy Red Blend, produced by Truett-Hurst wine company (California) with Green Bottle (UK-based manufacturer) and design agency Stranger & Stranger. Currently available at your local 85086 Safeway, Paperboy is a clever, easily transportable ecofriendly idea packaged around a crowd-pleasing red. The cardboard bottle (yep) takes only 15 percent of the energy that regular glass bottles take to produce and weighs a fraction of them, too, so it also saves a huge amount of energy on shipping. Again, it’s only available in our area at Safeway now, but it will be going nationwide soon. Give it a try the next time you dive into one of our book selections. In addition to reading together, we can toast to reducing our 85086 carbon footprints!

Here’ s what locals have to say about the two books we’ ve featured so far “I read the book Quiet and am almost finished with the book The Know-It-All. I definitely learned a lot from both books, although the latter one was an easier read and a lot of fun. Thanks for your suggestions; I really enjoy them.” —Sigrun Coombs

“I’ve been following your online book club articles in the 85086 Magazine. I love the fact that you are suggesting books for the community to read and then discussing them. I’m writing to suggest a book that I think would be appropriate for the community to read in March. On March 12, there will be an Anthem Family Event on the topic of bullying. The book that I’m suggesting is a book that will appeal to school-age children, teens and adults. It is the novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Thank you for your consideration of this book, and I look forward to reading more of your suggested reads. By the way, I loved Gone Girl when I read it.” —Luci Kauffman, library paraprofessional, North Valley Regional Library

85086 Magazine reader Alexandra was lucky enough to find the copy of Gone Girl we left in the Starbucks in the Fry’s center. Here’s what she had to say:

“Excited to read on. I’ll have feedback when I’ m done. Thank you so much! ” FEBRUARY 2014

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Barbara Stitzer catches up with Anthem Prep teacher Richard Watmore. Photos by Barbara Stitzer

He’s the big brother you always wished you had: zany, loyal, hardworking and earnest—a prankster who goes out on a wobbly limb, the one who would do anything to keep you from crying. He’s a twin who has twins, and he raced motocross for 35 years before becoming a fourth-grade teacher. He’s Richard Watmore, and he always writes with a purple pen. Somehow, he makes that seem really, really cool. “I always wanted to teach since sixth grade because of my sixth-grade teacher,” Watmore says. “I was little in sixth grade. I got teased some. It wasn’t bullying, but it bummed me out because of all the comments. The motocross racing saved me.” Watmore’s teacher would come out regularly to watch him race. “I saw my teacher as a person outside of school, and it made a huge impact on my life,” Watmore says. Before teaching, Watmore owned his own tool-sales business, which did well, but there was something missing. “I felt in my soul that I was put on this earth to teach,” he says. “Even though I went to Catholic school, it was my wife, Lisa, who

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taught me faith.” Lisa, Watmore’s wife of 22 years, encouraged him to sell his business and go back to school to become a teacher. “The crazy thing is how long I wanted to teach and how long it took me to get there,” he says. “My customers laughed at me and asked, ‘You make all this money now and you want to teach?’” Lexie Mitchell, one of Watmore’s current fourth-grade students, says, “My favorite thing about Mr. Watmore is he makes learning fun. I used to not like school very much, but now I do because I am getting good grades. I want to do good in school. I wish he could be my teacher forever.” “I’m a quirky teacher,” Watmore admits. He tells stories from his life that relate to the material he’s teaching—experiences such as being in a large earthquake when he was in fourth grade, of being in fires, in a tornado, sinking a boat. “I guess I have so many stories because I’m so old,” he jokes. “One funny thing that happens a lot is that the kids call me Mom. Then they realize what they said, and they have a meltdown. I tell them it happens all the time.”

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“One funny thing that happens a lot is that the kids call me Mom. Then they realize what they said, and they have a meltdown. I tell them it happens all the time.” Like Lexie, Watmore’s students and his colleagues as well offer enthusiastic testimonials. Fifth-grade teacher Shefali Kubavat, an Anthem Prep staff member, says, “He is the kind of person you can have on speed dial on your phone because you know he will be by you when you need him.” And from fourth-grader Tenley Stitzer: “Give me Mr. Watmore, or give me death!” What makes Watmore the consummate teacher is his heart and perceptive nature, which complement his lighter side. He knows that it’s not all fun and games with a lot of his charges. “If they are struggling with any issue—a single parent, money—I can just tell,” he says. Lisa and Richard have their own family, and Watmore is proud of his houseful of overachieving boys—Boulder Creek High School senior Trey, his twin Tristen, and sophomore Brady. All three boys play sports and are strong students. He did admit, however, that he’d like a daughter as well, possibly to offer a little balance. Watmore loves the closeness and convenience of Anthem. “Lisa says that I know everyone here, so she calls me the mayor of Anthem,” he says. “I love seeing my kids out at the grocery store. I make a point of going up to them and saying hi. I have kids graduating from high school still e-mailing me, and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. I love the fact that just by doing my job, I get to change a child’s life.”

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Who Goes There? Fact or fiction? Jim Oliveri takes on the controversial subject of unidentified flying objects over Arizona skies. [Note: This article comprises research and opinion by the author and does not represent any opinion or endorsement by “85086 Magazine.”] Arizona seems to be a hotbed for UFO sightings, perhaps because visibility in the night sky here is unusually good. However, a recent rash of UFO sightings appears to have been largely ignored by the media, and I’m wondering why. Allegedly reliable witnesses have reported incidences of strange lights or objects overhead, some captured on camera, for which there seem to be no rational explanations. Yet if these events are covered at all by the media, it is often in a dismissive or humorous manner.

Some Recent Sightings Nov. 2013: On two separate dates, groups of motorists pulled off the road in Chandler to observe and record more than 20 strange lights moving in triangular formations. July 2013: Eight lights traveling in groups were recorded on camera over Tucson. The photographer posted the video on YouTube; incredibly, a former FBI agent later identified the objects as “Chinese lanterns.” Nov. 2012: A large orb with three yellow lights surrounded by clusters of blue lights was seen hovering over Glendale. Aug. 2012: A witness reported an “extremely large black triangle with a light at each corner” moving southwest over

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Surprise. The same month, a formation of blue and white lights appeared in the night sky above Sedona. April 2012: Eyewitnesses spotted three lighted saucers moving at incredible speed over Bisbee. These are just a few examples of the dozens of sightings over Arizona during the past two years. Many have never been explained to my satisfaction.

Is There a Cover-Up? Despite numerous such eyewitness accounts, some by airline pilots, few in government seem to take any of this very seriously, although Senator John McCain stated during a 2000 press conference that he was indeed interested in lights observed over Phoenix in 1997 during one of the largest mass sightings in history. Granted, more than 90 percent of all UFO sightings eventually prove to be something far more mundane than extraterrestrial visitors, but there’s that small fraction that cannot be explained. However, it seems that instead of considering the possibility that life may indeed exist beyond our Earth, the government prefers to ridicule these incidents or, even worse, suppresses them.

We Can Handle It! I like to think that modern Americans are sophisticated enough to deal with the possibility that little green men may actually exist. It’s hoped that if there is indeed classified information on the subject of UFOs,

Jim lives in 85086 and is a retired bank vice president, a writer, and an editor. He’ s written two books based upon his experiences while serving with a military advisory unit in Vietnam. Currently, he’ s publicity chairman for Anthem’ s Daisy Mountain Veterans Parade. our government will release them. Logic dictates that in a universe so vast, there are bound to be other life forms besides us. We’d have to be a very arrogant species to believe that we are the only intelligent beings in the cosmos, especially with scientists finding more and more Earthlike planets throughout the galaxy on an almost weekly basis. Perhaps we’ll soon learn whether some life form out there is actually watching us or if it can all be explained by pranks, weather balloons, or other terrestrial natural phenomena. That would either settle it forever or validate what a good number of people have suspected all along. And unless an interstellar war breaks out as a result, such knowledge may benefit us as a species. So, are there indeed intelligent beings beyond our solar system? If the truth is out there, it would be at the very least interesting to know.

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Budget-savvy mom Judy Weston on the savings to love in February. Ahhh, February! The month of love and chocolate. Along with the affection I feel for my beautiful family is my love of saving a bunch. There really are specific times of the year to buy everything. Here are a few great items to buy in February. You’ll love the deals, too!   • This may sound as if I’m a Valentine’s Day Scrooge, but if you can postpone your Valentine’s gifts until the day after the holiday, you’ll save a bundle! Expect deep discounts of over 50 percent if you can wait. Items commonly seen during these great sales are lingerie, jewelry, and of course, Valentine’s Day candy. Be sure to search the Internet for coupons for stores like Victoria’s Secret and the larger department stores to increase your savings even more. • A little extra word on Valentine’s Day candy: It tastes the same the day after Valentine’s Day—actually, it seems sweeter because I usually find my favorites at 75 percent off! I’ll stock up on them, chop them up, and use them in baking. Cookies with chopped-up Snickers pieces in them beat a plain chocolate chip cookie! • The end of February is a great time to buy that new coat that

you’ve been wanting. The stores will now start making room for their spring collections, and they’ll want to clear these bulky items out quickly. Last year, we saw savings of up to 85 percent. • Presidents Day is Feb. 17 this year. We can thank our Founding Fathers for a great sale weekend! Presidents Day sales offer savings of up to 80 percent! The items most often seen on sale at this time are clothing, tools, bedding, and certain types of furniture. Watch your weekly circular, and search online for coupons. The biggest savings will be found in clothing and department stores. • This can be a great time to buy your tax software. Last year, we saw some of the favorites go on sale for around $20 in February. These are fantastic savings that would be silly to pass up if you do your taxes on your own. Many of these software programs offer free support to assist you with any questions you may have. This can really save you a bundle. Be sure to check back next month for how to save in March! Have a happy Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

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Q&A Q: What advice would you give to your younger self? A: R  eading, learning, and growing as a person are the three activities that will contribute highly to your business and personal success. Q: What comes naturally to you? A: Q  uick-wit humor, inoffensive sarcasm, making people smile, being genuine, and the ability to connect with anyone Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve? A: T wo words––I know. I’ve come to learn that when someone says “I know,” they have shut you out, they are not open to learning, and most of the time, they really don’t know. Q: What are you most proud of? A: B  eing married for 21 years, my children, beating addictions, beating cancer, and becoming a better person full of gratitude. The growth experienced in the auction industry along with the in-depth understanding of the auction profession. [Being] broom pusher to an accomplished auctioneer.

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aniel Mercer grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. He was active in 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA), football, wrestling, and track. His first big decision came at the age of 19, when he joined the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after four years. The next major step was his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Teresa. They’ve been married for 21 years and have raised their children here in Arizona since 2001. In 1990, on a whim, Mercer ordered some tapes from an auctioneering school, and from then on, he was selling everything he saw along the road! As with any skill, it’s a long road to being an expert—10,000 hours, according to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers: The Story of Success. Mercer’s first auctioneering experience was literally traveling the long and winding road. For 15 years after

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Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received? A: G  et out of your head and into your heart. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people

he moved to Arizona and settled in Cave Creek, he worked throughout the country in the auction industry, primarily with food service and groceries, and became accomplished at his trade while on the job. He eventually left the first business and went on to start two more auction companies. Keeping it honest is a major part of Mercer’s tradition, but he says that his favorite part of auctions is watching the peoples’ smiles break out as he chants and bangs the gavel at his fast-paced sessions. In addition to the commercial auctions, Mercer has conducted or been involved with many charitable, personal-property, and real estate auctions. For the past two years, Mercer’s been lessening the number of auctions he conducts in favor of igniting his real estate career. But he’s not done yet—real estate can be sold on the block, too!

Q: What’s next? A: Achieving “definiteness of purpose” [Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill]. Midway through 2014, my plans are to begin doing real estate auctions here in Arizona.

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Bad Parent? Good Parent?

Local psychologist Chris Wylie on 10 parenting mistakes to avoid. Being a parent is full of joys, but most would agree that it’s also one of the toughest challenges in human experience. Children don’t arrive with a how-to manual, and what works for one child may not work for another. Parenting may not be easy—even the second, third, whatever time around, but I can impart a few classic words of wisdom that have passed down through the generations. Here are some mistakes to avoid:

1. Avoid telling your children what to do all the time. Instead, listen more. Many parents feel it’s their duty to guide and control their children’s lives until the kids are ready to do it for themselves. I suggest listening to your children first and give them advice when they ask for it. 2. Don’t get too caught up in setting up too many rules and punishments. Most parents don’t have a problem being very clear about being unhappy with their children, but they often neglect to praise them when they’re doing what they’re told. Make sure you give your children lots of attention when they’re doing the right thing. Let them know you’re proud of them and that good behavior will always be rewarded. 3. Don’t expect your children to love what you love. All human beings are born different. Many parents believe that their kids should enjoy the same activities as they did as children. Keep your eyes open for what your children enjoy, and stay away from pushing your own interests onto them! 4. Be a parent as well as your kids’ best friend. In today’s society, many parents want to be considered the “cool parents.” Parenting is a hard job because it sometimes requires you to say no.

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There’s nothing inherently wrong with telling your children no, except that no doesn’t give them enough information. Instead of saying no, tell your children what you want them to do.

5. Both parents should be on the same page. Whenever you’re parenting, it’s important to get your spouse involved as soon as possible. Consistency is the key to your success. 6. Don’t put unrealistic expectations on your child to be perfect. Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your children’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change ones that you don’t like. Often, behaviors that have been rehearsed over a long period of time will require about the same amount of time to fade away. 7. Underestimating the importance of proper nutrition. Feeding your children a high-quality diet with appropriate amounts of water and vegetables will make a considerable difference in how they feel. Nutrition and your children’s overall mental energy have plenty in common. 8. Avoid reinforcing the wrong behaviors. If your child exhibits a behavior you don’t like, there’s a likelihood that it’s

something that has been reinforced before. A great example is when your toddler tantrums in the grocery store when you didn’t buy the bag of M&Ms. To limit your public embarrassment, you decide to give in and purchase the candy while unknowingly reinforcing the tantrums. Your child has just learned that crying gets you to do what he or she wants. Stand your ground!

9. Don’t bribe your children. Reward them instead. The idea of using money to get your children to do what they’re told is a form of bribery. Every interaction you have with them is a learning opportunity, so when one of your children asks for money after getting an A on a math test, redirect him or her to internal rewards, which are self-gifting. Teach your kids how to reward themselves with selfconfidence so they won’t have to wait on others to provide them with encouragement. 10. Let your children gradually earn their own freedom. Autonomy is a natural and important part of development, but it must be earned! A common error that many parents make is giving their teenagers or even younger children too much freedom too soon. As you and your children continue this adventure of being a family, enjoy the journey, but navigate wisely. Successful parenting during your children’s formative years is the key to a happy, well-adjusted adulthood.

Dr. Wylie is an educational psychologist, founder and president of the Psychological Testing Center of Phoenix. You can reach him through his website at psychologicaltestingcenter.com.

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Dating Couple Names: Bret Holly and Petra Simon Age: 39 and 40, respectively They live in: Anthem Occupation: Real estate Love story: They met at a mutual friend’s going-away party and were instantly smitten with each other! Ideal date: A romantic hot-air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert while sharing a bottle of champagne Key to romantic success: Communication, communication, communication!



What attracts both married, dating, and single folk to our area? Local writer M.D. Thalmann sets out to find the reasons why love is alive and well in 85086 and everywhere else a heartbeat away. Photos by Stephen Miller Who says love is dead? I used to. I used to live downtown. Facebook, texting, Twitter. People out to dinner, never speaking one word to each other. They talk briefly to the waiter, which might be the conversational highlight of the evening, and then out comes the smartphone. That’s why I went out on a mission to prove that love and romance still exist. And I found out that they actually do in our area. While on assignment for this story, I got to meet a lot of interesting people, revisit favorite spots in our community, and on the sound advice of some of our interviewees, take in some of their favorites as well. The best thing about this process was being able to pluck at the heartstrings of a variety of people, hear a new love story

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or two, and learn about particulars of love and romance in 85086. A bit about me, first. I’m what you might call a semi-newlywed. My wife and I joined in holy matrimony in 2011. We’re still figuring a bunch of stuff out, which is why it was refreshing to learn from two seasoned veterans in the marriage game. Jon and Heather Gardikis, a husbandand-wife real estate team from Desert Hills, say that their romance is the American dream: high school sweethearts who have been married for 19 years and have three children together (number four is still in the oven). Hearing how they met and fell in love gives me a fresh perspective on my own marriage, and listening to them discuss their resolve to continue dating no matter how many kids or years pile up offers me a great deal of insight for

the future. “What’s your idea of the perfect date?” I ask them over breakfast at the Taramonto Denny’s. Obviously, having a 10-monthold and a baby on the way makes traveling to the French countryside not an option. “Last night we went out to Olive Garden without the kids and then had a cup of coffee. It was great to do normal stuff, just the two of us,” Jon says. “What about a date idea that’s unique to our area?” I ask the Gardikises. “They run hot-air balloons from the Deer Valley Airport over to Desert Hills. Talk about a cool idea for a date!” Jon says. Vanessa and I have a one- and a twoyear old, so that sounded like a perfect date for us as well. In premarital counseling and again in the parenting classes we took, the pastor drummed into our heads

the importance of constantly dating your spouse. “A healthy marriage,” he said, “is the most important part of being healthy parents.” When asked why dating and romance are different in our neck of the woods, Heather says that it’s definitely more laid-back here. “The people in the city get all dressed up and go to crowded places, and that’s fine sometimes,” she says. “But here, and for us, it’s more about spending time with the person. We don’t necessarily need to be in a busy, loud place to have a date.” Like Jon and Heather, that’s why I moved here from downtown Phoenix: peace, serenity, and a lot of opportunity to relax. “We live in a place where you can actually see the stars at night,” Heather says. I also chatted with another local couple who’ve been dating for some time. They asked to be referred to as Will and Donna because they live by me in Taramonto and are understandably skittish about what I may write about them. I asked for their point of view as people who have lived here longer than I have about finding a date in the 85086 community. “The Buffalo Chip on Friday night. That’s where you should

go,” Will says. “All the girls are decked out in boots and tight jeans, trying to catch a cowboy.” “Then Harold’s on Saturday. That’s where you’ll find your older couples and middle-aged singles.” Donna adds. So, I headed to the Buffalo Chip to round up some more folks to talk to. I didn’t have a lot of success finding people who wanted to chat with me because I was wearing Nikes and a gray pullover—I had left my belt buckle and boots on my other horse. So instead of talking to people there, I watched the guys pouring out the machismo, the girls done up like Sadie Hawkins, and everyone dancing and drinking and having a blast. Not to mention that it’s not every day you get to show off your strength and virility to a young woman by riding a live bull. Even if I had brought a hat and a buckle, I surely would’ve failed this test. I think that guy in Nikes is paralyzed, they’d say. All in all, the experience was fun but didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know: being single can be rough, and sometimes you land on your head. Though I didn’t date my wife long before I popped the question (I was sure she would realize she could do better if I didn’t FEBRUARY 2014

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Newlyweds Names: M.D. and Vanessa Thalmann. Age: 33 and 30, respectively They live in: Dynamite Mountain/ Taramonto Occupation: Novelist and freelance journalist and stay-at-home mom. Love story: They met at a rock show, didn’t want to fall in love but couldn’t help it. She broke up with him three times in the first few months before he finally realized he was was about to lose her and straightened his act up. Ideal date: Getting a baby sitter and going shopping at the Outlets of Anthem, followed by eating ice cream. Key to romantic success: Having the same goals and ideals, working toward the same future, and being willing to take the time to get on the same page as each other.

act fast and then throw me over so hard that I’d really land on my head), I do remember the single life (somewhat) and all the joy and pain involved. I was humbled and reminded that, though it feels like a lifetime ago, it hasn’t been all that long since I was blogging about rejection or horrible dates with women who should’ve been medicated or perhaps were overly so. But then, I started to remember that electrified feeling of seeing her across the room and thinking, “I am going to go talk to a total stranger who could be a nutcase but sure is pretty.” Then the miracle happens. She’s not a nutcase, she has more than just sparkling eyes, and by some wonderful twist of fate doesn’t already have a boyfriend. And she’s currently interviewing candidates for the position. Trifecta—now what do you do? Our species depends on us taking risks and successfully dating, but I have forgotten what it’s all about. Do I open her door, or is that passé? I didn’t open the door for her. Is she mad about that? Is it wrong to assume that she’ll take my name in the marriage? Should I take hers? What is her last name anyway? “Hi, I’m Michael, nice to meet you.” Why am I so sweaty? That was the case with Vanessa and me. I saw her from across the dance floor at a rock-and-roll show. I made my buddy go over and stand close to her so that when I said something cute, funny, or at least loud enough, she would look over and I could say something memorable. It just so happened that she was my trifecta. That’s what I had forgotten: How do you date a stranger? Luckily, I did find a few single folks to sit down with and remind me

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million: number of Americans using online dating services


segment of the adult American population that is single *MSNBC survey

what it’s like to be out on the prowl, honing your romance skills on a regular basis. Cave Creek’s Brooke Lawrence is a driven and successful businessperson working in sales, with a background in finance. She gave me the best advice out of all the singles with whom I spoke. “Find out what you like to do, do things you enjoy, find success, and capitalize on that,” she told me. “For example, I like to travel, and I’ll travel whether I have someone to travel with or not. I’ll go by myself because I’m not going to sacrifice the things I love to do just because I don’t have a partner to do them with.” Brooke’s main thought on romance was to be vulnerable, but she also had a sensible overall viewpoint. She says that she’s willing to be single loner and risk rejection rather than mask who she is and what she loves. This is a valuable lesson. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found someone to be a totally different person from what I’d sensed after a few dates had gone by. I ask Brooke what she’s looking for in a future partner. Nerdy

Married Couple

Photo provided by Jon and Heather Gardikis

writer wasn’t on her list, but I’m taken anyway. And neither was paralyzed bull rider. “He needs to be educated, funny, and a good conversationalist,” Brooke said. “We need at least a few common interests, but he needs to be independent as well. I don’t want to spend all of my time with and do all of the same things as my boyfriend.” And her dreamdate location? “There is a little place called The Village Coffee Shop. It’s perfect for talking and hanging out on the patio at breakfast,” she says, adding that “a first date should have good lighting.” Next, I spoke with Joe Wisniewski, a divorcée and personal-trainer who lives in Anthem. He lives here because “we’re above the smog line up here; there is a ton of great hiking. I belong to a hiking club at the community center, a great place to meet people.” Joe’s idea of the perfect date: “Not formal. Someplace where your eyes can meet and you can hear each other. No big crowds.” And how are the women in 85086 different from those in other places? “They’re more approachable,” he says. He and I spoke for a long while about the dos and don’ts of dating. His response sounds familiar: Be vulnerable, be honest upfront, and stay away from the busy scene if you are trying to find someone. To sum up romance in 85086, it seems that the type of folk who live here are of the more down-to-earth variety. We chose to live in a place where we can feel comfortable, and we like the serenity and romance of a more secluded setting that’s about community and connection—a place far removed (but not too far) from the hustle and bustle.

Dating Couple Names: Will and Donna Age: 31 and 36, respectively. They live in: Taramonto Occupation: Software engineer and personal banker Love Story: They met at Donna’s workplace when Will went in to open a checking account. He coerced her into bending the rules so that he could take her to dinner. The date was a dismal failure, so he went back to open a savings account and ask for another shot. They have been together for four years. Ideal Date: Dancing and live music. They love to dance and look for any excuse for putting on fancy duds and hitting the floor. Key to romantic success: Keep it exciting and physical.

Names: Jon and Heather Gardikis Age: 38 and 37, respectively They live in: Desert Hills Occupation: A husband-andwife real estate team. Jon also does technology sales. Story: They met in high school. They didn’t say that it was love at first sight because they were dating each other’s friends when they met, but they started talking about marriage within months of meeting. Ideal Date: Low-key dinners. They like quiet and peaceful settings so that they can be attentive to each other. Key to romantic success: Be clear on your goals, beliefs, and desires. And make sure you’re “similarly yoked.”

86 to 100: ratio of single men to single women in America


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portion of singles who find a great smile the most attractive feature

Name: Joe Wisniewski Age: 58 Lives in: Anthem Occupation: Math tutor and personal-fitness coach His story: “I thought that I was perfectly healthy because of the long process of the divorce and that I was ready to date right from the get-go. I could not have been more wrong. Now that I’ve figured me out, I’m looking for someone who knows how to put the baggage away. I don’t want to wait for someone to find themselves or figure themselves out,” he says. Ideal date: Something informal and away from crowds. “Outdoor activities are best because it puts you in a vulnerable place,” he says. Key to romantic success: Don’t be afraid to get hurt.


segment of the adultfemale population that finds money to be very important in a relationship And money is the number-one issue couples fight about. *MSNBC survey

LOVE THY NEIGHBOR(HOOD) In other Valley spots, singles usually get into a car and travel to meet and mate. In the slightly out-of-the way northern environs, there are transit limits, which usually means that each neighborhood has evolved its own spots for getting together. Here’s a cheat sheet. Anthem

Meet up

Anthem Community Center/ Park


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Desert Hills


Cave Creek

New River

The Buffalo Chip

Roadrunner Steakhouse

First date

Café Province

Desert Dragon Pottery

Brix Wines

The Village CoffeeShop

Gizmos Sports Bar (formerly Gavilan Peak Sports Bar)

Romantic getaway

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Pioneer Village horseback riding and Museum

Balloon ride at the Deer Valley Airport

El Encanto

Rock Springs Café & Saloon

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Single Gal Name: Brooke Lawrence Age: 30 Lives in: Cave Creek Occupation: Sales and finance business executive Her story: She moved here from Wisconsin eight years ago. Brooke is highly motivated and career driven and wants to find someone as focused and educated as she is. Her perfect match needs to be funny, genuine, and selfsufficient and have long-term goals. Ideal Date: Somewhere that she can hold a conversation: a coffeehouse or breakfast restaurant (not Denny’s). “If we do go out for drinks and he has too much, that’s a huge red flag and a deal breaker,” she says. Key to romantic success: Do you first—stay true to your standards and convictions. The guy comes after.


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Western Flair

A custom rustic look fits the bill for this Desert Hills family, originally from Long Island. By Sondra Barr Photos by Michele Celentano

When George and Dolores (no last name given) moved from Long Island to Arizona, they knew they wanted their own private piece of land. After moving into a Toll Brothers home in Sonoran Foothills in 2006, it didn’t take them long to realize that the backyard was too small for their needs and that living in a homeowner-association-regulated neighborhood wasn’t for them. A friend suggested they look in Desert Hills because of the generously sized lots and bucolic feel. Within a year, the family finally had their dream home.

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Along with their youngest daughter, Kelly, George and Dolores have since created a relaxing living environment. “One of the reasons why we were drawn to Arizona was the Western style décor,” Dolores says. This is manifest in her favorite spot—the family room. “The various wood finishes are all eclectic, which gives it an informal air,” she continues. “We work with a local vendor and have obtained some one-of-a-kind pieces. One of these pieces is the mesquite and copper bar, which is the focal point of the room.

of a flintlock W hat’ s not pi ctured is th e fam ilyd’ sflinreptlolicckas an d antique gun. “M y late fat her co llecte his co llect ion w hen rifles , an d I w as given a pi ece frochmose th is gun, because he pa sse d, ” Do lores sa ys . “I my fat her cr afted it w hile it ha d little mon eta ry va lue , pa rts of ot her guns .” w ith his ow n hand s out of lefto ver

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G eo rg e received a ke gerato r fo r hi s bi rt hd ay on e ye ar, so Dolores ha d a custom w oo den su rround bu ilt to m ake th e appl ianc e blen d into th e room .

“A few years ago, we bought an authentic covered wagon. One of the items that it came with was an antique lantern, so that’s hung up, too. Another unique piece is a footstool that a local leather craftswoman made. It comes in very handy for someone such as myself who is vertically challenged. I also enjoy having a TV above the bar—I’m addicted to cooking and HGTV, so I can multitask! The room’s proximity to the kitchen is wonderful. Since I’m never really far from the kitchen, it’s much more convenient to entertain and use the countertop to serve food. It’s more versatile and comfortable than the living room.”

Want to share your favorite room with 85086 readers? E-mail a photo of the room along with your contact info to home@85086magazine.com for consideration. FEBRUARY 2014

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Have Your Cake and Feel Good, Too If there’s one downside to fabulous goodies, it’s the gurgles and groans of post-feasting indigestion.

“We assume it’s because we overate, but for a lot of people, that pain and sick feeling may not be about how much you ate but what you ate,” says Kyra Bussanich, two-time winner of The Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and author of a just-released recipe book, Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle. “About 2 million Americans have celiac disease—an autoimmune reaction to gluten, the protein in wheat,” says Bussanich, whose painful symptoms became life-threatening before she was finally diagnosed with the illness. As a chef who relishes what she creates, Bussanich she refused to give up pastries, cakes, and other treats, so she perfected gluten-free varieties. Here are her tips for whipping up gluten-free baked goods: • If you’re following a recipe, don’t substitute the listed flour or starch with another type unless you’re familiar with its properties. • Use eggs and butter at room temperature. • Don’t overwork batter and dough that contains xanthan gum. • Heat higher, cream longer for lighter cakes.

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‘Love Your Heart’ Cookies

Local dietitian Kelli Morgan has a recipe for heart-healthy romantics. Photos by Kelli Morgan

How about spiffing up your sweetie’s Valentine’s Day card with a delicious and nutritious cookie? After all, you want him (or her!) to stick around for a while, right? I created this cookie recipe to be as heart healthy as possible, and what better time to share it than Valentine’s Day! This cookie’s base is walnuts. Walnuts are a true superfood! A plethora of published research lauds the benefits walnuts offer for the heart and circulatory system. Walnuts favorably impact vascular reactivity—the ability of our blood vessels to respond to stimuli in a healthy way. Walnuts contain high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, which is a major contributor to heart health. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reviewed the heart health benefits of walnuts for 365 participants who were monitored during control diets and diets supplemented with walnuts. Results showed the walnut-eating group to have a significantly greater decrease in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

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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.


“Love Your Heart” Cookies

3 Tbs. coconut oil (I used refined so as not to add any coconut flavor) 2 cups walnuts 1 cup raw sugar 2 Tsp. vanilla extract 1.5 cups oat flour (I grind my own oats in my Vitamix) 2 cups whole oats 1 Tsp. baking soda Ω Tsp. sea salt ∑ Tsp. cinnamon ∑ cup dark-chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line two baking sheets with Sil-Pads or parchment paper. Blend walnuts and coconut oil (melt first if in the solid state) in a food processor or blender. Blend for 2–3 minutes until it has the consistency of peanut butter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times if necessary. In a small saucepan, add the 1 cup of brown sugar with Ω cup of water. Stir. Bring mixture to a boil. Take off the heat and add the walnut mixture and vanilla extract. Blend this mixture together. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, oat flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Pour the walnut mixture over the oat mixture. Use a hand mixer to blend them together. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Add the chocolate chips and stir again. Use a small cookie-dough scooper to place the dough on the baking sheets. Bake for 8–10 minutes until the bottoms begin to brown.

Even the FDA has recently cleared the health claim that eating 1.5 ounces per day of walnuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. This is the first time a whole food and not its isolated components has shown this beneficial effect on vascular health.

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food | HOME COOKING Short Ribs with Ricotta Gnocchi

For the short ribs: 2 pounds bone-in short ribs (you can find these at the butcher’s or higher-end grocery stores) 1 Tsp. salt 1 Tsp. freshly cracked pepper 2 Tsp. vegetable oil 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrots, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 Tsp. garlic, minced finely 1 6-ounce can tomato paste (about π cup) 1Ω cups red wine 2 cups beef stock 1 Tsp. chopped fresh sage 1 Tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1 bay leaf For the gnocchi: 1 15-ounce container whole-milk ricotta 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1∑ cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ∑ Tsp. grated nutmeg 1∑ cups all-purpose flour ∑ Tsp. salt ∑ Tsp. pepper

Cooking with Your Valentine

Treat your love to a romantic night in the kitchen whipping up scrumptious short ribs with ricotta gnocchi. I think cooking in the kitchen with your significant other is so romantic. One of the first dates I had with my husband was cooking pasta together in his kitchen—what a fun night that was! There’s something about getting your hands dirty together, laughing at your mistakes, and cheering your triumphs—it brings the two of you close! In the end, you have a delicious meal you’ve created together. Pop open a great bottle of wine, and the night is perfect. This recipe for short ribs with ricotta gnocchi is one of my most popular ones. It’s gone pretty viral, and I receive lots of e-mails from people who say that it’s now one of their favorite dishes. This is just perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner—lots of rich, lick-off-thebowl sauce with tender pillows of ricotta pasta and fall-off-the-bone short ribs. Yum! This is actually a very easy dish to make. I would put the short ribs in the oven about 2Ω hours before you both start making the gnocchi together, which kills two birds with one stone—the house will smell of the delicious short ribs when you start cooking together, and you will also have made half the dish in advance, leaving the gnocchi for you two lovebirds to have fun making.

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Start the short ribs. Preheat oven to 275˚F. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper. In a heavy oven-proof Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat and sear each side of the short ribs until they’re a nice caramelized brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the Dutch oven and set aside (do not rinse out). Purée celery, carrots, and onion in a food processor. Add to the Dutch oven along with the minced garlic over medium heat. Sauté until tender, scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in tomato paste and sauté another minute. Add wine, and deglaze pan, making sure to incorporate any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add sage, thyme, and bay leaf followed by beef stock, and stir well, cooking until the liquid starts to bubble. Add short ribs to the Dutch oven, and cover. I like to coat the ribs with the braising liquid. Place in preheated oven and cook for about 3–4 hours, until

the short ribs are very tender and fall off the bone (I do mine in 3 hours, and they’re quite tender). This will still need a seasoning of salt and pepper when it comes out of the oven.

the pot, stirring occasionally until half the gnocchi are in the pot. Cook until cooked through (cut one in half to check), 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain in colander.

Start the gnocchi. When the short ribs are about 30 minutes from coming out of the oven, start prepping the gnocchi. They can be cooked right before the ribs come out. Stir together the ricotta, eggs, parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Add flour, stirring to form a soft, wet dough. If too sticky to roll out, add a little more flour. Shape the dough on a well-floured surface with lightly floured hands into 2 1-inch-thick ropes. Cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces with a lightly floured knife. Put in 1 layer on a lightly floured parchment-lined baking sheet. Bring a medium to large pot of salted water (3 tablespoons salt for 6 quarts water) to a boil. Starting with half the batch, add few of the gnocchi at a time to

Finish short ribs. Take the short ribs out of the oven and remove them from the sauce. With two forks, pull the meat off the bone, removing the fat and bones and discarding. I like to leave in some big chunks of meat along with some shredded meat. Some ribs are more fatty than others. If there’s a lot of fat on top of the sauce, use a baster and remove some of the fat. If the sauce is too thin, place on a burner over medium to medium-high heat and reduce the liquid until the sauce is thicker. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste after reducing. Put the meat back into the sauce and toss to coat. Spoon sauce/ ribs into each bowl or plate and top with gnocchi. I like to add some more sauce to the top. Enjoy!


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Love Is in the Hair!

Tame your tresses for a night of romance. Hair-care professional Martin Weston shows you how. Happy Valentine’s Day! Open a huge box of your favorite chocolates and lie back. Gaze upon your long-stemmed red roses or that small blue box from Tiffany’s. Imagine a night on the town dancing cheek to cheek or a quiet evening spent cuddling together. Dream of beautiful lingerie or a couples’ massage—perhaps a day at the spa. Admit it—you deserve to be pampered! But before that pampering begins, we need to pamper your hair. Because truth be told, wearing tonight’s lingerie with yesterday’s hair sends a different message altogether. There’s no denying that with the onslaught of cooler weather comes a new set of hair issues. We may not have the intense heat of summer yet, but we do have indoor heating, cold wind, icy rain, and snow. Just like Arizona’s blistering summer heat, the elements of winter can lead your hair to the same dry and brittle effect. Dehydrated hair needs replenishing to keep it from becoming damaged.

Here are a few tips to get your hair Valentine’s Day ready! • Location, location, location! I’ve seen too many beautifully sleek styles walk out of a salon only to turn to frizz once exposed to the outdoor humidity. Hair reacts to moisture. Imagine drying your hair in a damp bathroom after a steamy shower. The results are the same. Frizz. Step into a steam-free room for your blowout. • Rough-dry your hair from the roots through to the ends. This is a very quick way to remove 80 to 90 percent of the moisture before you pick up a brush. But don’t go wild and shake your hair with your hand as you dry it. This only encourages frizz as the cuticle layer gets lifted. Simply dry each section in a downward motion, concentrating the airflow from your dryer down the hair shaft as opposed to drying on the top. This helps to smooth the cuticle flat, resulting in an immediate shine. • When using your brushes, make sure to use enough tension to stretch the hair. Instead of drying large areas, I like to work in very small sections. This allows me to control what I’m

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doing, and the results are longer lasting. To begin, section off the crown from temple to temple, rounding out your part at the back crown. Secure the top horseshoe-shaped section out of the way. You’ll dry this area last. • Apply a small amount of heat protectant to your palms and rake through your hair, starting from the middle shafts through the ends. Comb through for even distribution. If you need additional volume, apply a root boost and massage the product in at the scalp. Starting from the area just below the horseshoe parting, take a one-inch section and dry from the roots to approximately three quarters of the way down the shaft. Leave the ends till last. Lay the dried hair across the top of your head, and secure with a clip. This allows for cooling while the upward direction promotes volume and keeps the hair free from the section you’re working on. Move down to the next section and dry it in the same fashion, remembering to stay away from the ends. Continue this through the entire section. Once dried, take the hair down from the clip and dry the ends as one large section. By doing this, you will help to eliminate further damage to the fragile ends. Continue this around your entire head. • Now, drop down the top. Begin your blowout at the back crown, and move toward the front hairline. Be mindful to finish your ends last. • Finish your style with a soft-hold crème or gel to accentuate the cut. For added lift, lightly back-comb the roots and crown, smooth the outer hair, and spray for hold. You can also use a large-barrel curling iron to give your hair a nice touchable wave.

For a quick, sexy style, use a lighthold texturizing spray and lightly spritz through the strands. Twist everything

Model: Anna Tools used: • FHI Ionic blow-dryer • Macadamia Natural Oil brush #43mm • Matrix Blow-In Control • Redken Quick Dry 18

back into a coiled bun and secure with a clip. On the lowest setting, blow-dry the bun for a minute or so. You can even use a diffuser with more heat and less airflow. Once cooled, uncoil the bun and muss your hair, using your fingers. The look is effortlessly sexy!

As a hairstylist, a salon educator, and an artist, local Martin Weston sees artistry everywhere. After working in the beauty industry for 30 years, he’ s still passionate about creating amazing looks for his clients. He’ s available by appointment at (623) 412-2421.


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Fitness—A Family Affair

Make health and fitness your lifetime priorities by getting your whole family involved, says fitness mentor Michelle Steinke. The family that plays together has a lot of fun! I call it FFF, or Fun Family Fitness, and what I’ve learned with my two young children is that being active as a family can make all the difference and change the dynamic for years to come. Kids learn by what we do, not what we say, so if we can lead by example and get active with our children, we’re also showing them how to make health and fitness prevail throughout their lives. This doesn’t mean that we have to take our kids to the local gym and have them run on the treadmill. Youngsters should enjoy their fitness activities and learn that they’re fun. The great bonus in living a fit family lifestyle is more time with our kids away from the everyday distractions of a dirty house or constant social-media interaction. We get outside, we live in the moment, we laugh, we reconnect, and we discover who we are and how we love. Here are my top eight tips for making fitness a family affair:

1. Go for a family walk or a bike ride A simple 15-minute walk can enhance your mood and lift your spirit. Just getting outside for a little fresh air can be the start of something even bigger down the road.

2. Play with your kids at the playground I can’t think of a more enjoyable way to be with youngsters than to chase them around the playground, go down the slides with them, swing on the swings, hit the monkey bars, do some step-ups on the equipment, and play hide and go seek. You have the benefit of burning a lot of calories while you connect with your kids and give them memories of quality time with Mom or Dad.

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3. Set an obstacle course Head to your local sporting goods store and pick up a few soccer cones. Let your kids plan an obstacle course in your backyard or the local park. They will come up with some pretty nifty obstacles, and you’ll all get the benefit of a neat way to break a sweat!

4. Let your children train you My kids love it when I tell them that they get to be my trainer for 20 minutes. They have me doing all kinds of wild things! Bonus: They get to use their creative energy to help us all get in shape!

5. Play freeze dance My daughter loves to play freeze dance, and it’s a perfect chance to raise my heart rate, laugh with my kids, and have a lot of fun! Next thing I know, my heart’s racing and my tummy hurts from laughing so hard.

6. Sign up for a family race My 7-year-old daughter and I ran the Iron Girl 5k on my birthday a few weeks ago. Nothing comes close to the pride she felt when she crossed the finish line. You are teaching your children so many life lessons when do this type of activity. They see how important fitness is not only to you but also to many others. They get to finish an event with their parent. They experience community support and competition.

7. Center THE rewards around activity, not food When you have something to celebrate in your family, how about skipping the frozen yogurt or fancy dinner and instead plan a family reward centered on activity? Ice-skating is always fun. How about a white-water-rafting excursion? Teach them that making memories is more rewarding than looking to food for comfort or approval.

8. Plan active adventures Anyone for a hike? When was the last time you got outside with your kids somewhere in a place where your phone didn’t work? When was the last time you saw their eyes light up at the sight of a hawk flying or the pride when they reach the summit of a local mountain? Outdoor adventures are not only good for the body but they’re also good for the soul!

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.


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Mastering Self-Tanners Beauty expert Jacqueline Starr-Hubert offers tips on how to look like Sunshine Superwoman all year long.

The winter months are why self-tanning products are so popular. We all want a sun-kissed glow year round. By now, I hope that most people understand the serious reasons why baking in the sun is a dangerous way to achieve that warm glow we all love. With all the great sunless tanning products available today, there’s really no need to sit outside for hours and bake your skin into bronzed submission. Glowing skin has become so popular that even dermatologists have recognized the demand for sunless tanners. Treatment tanners allow you to maintain a fabulous glow while staying out of the sun. After all, it’s so easy to get a fake tan in the comfort of your home after just a few hours. Sunless tanning, or self-tanning products, have been around in some form or other since the invention of cosmetics. In 1960, Coppertone introduced its first sunless tanning product—QT, or Quick Tanning Lotion. This product produced an overall orange effect. Today’s sunless tanning products produce much more realistic results. Let’s explore the most common method of self-tanning with overthe-counter products. Perhaps the most effective sunless tanning products are lotions and sprays con-

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taining dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the upper layer of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. Let’s start with a few basic rules to follow before applying the product. • Take a warm shower or a bath to soften the skin, followed by a good exfoliation (this includes your face as well as your body). • Towel-dry. • Use disposable gloves to apply your self-tanning lotion. Apply it in small sections. Do not be in a hurry! • Allow the product to dry completely. • Wear an old T-shirt to bed. • Next morning, shower well to remove any residue. The most important rule you must observe when using self-tanners for the first time: Always give yourself two weeks before a big event to get the color just right. I prefer to maintain a glow year-round, and I routinely apply my favorite self-tanner twice a week.

Special Tip: Apply a thin layer of body lotion to your elbows and toes prior to applying self-tanner. This will help to avoid an unflattering streaking effect.

Jacqueline Starr-Hubert, ME, CMLT, has been an Anthem resident since 2001. A medical esthetician/laser technician, and makeup artist, she’ s also the director of Scottsdale Ridge Medispa.

Self-tanning nightmare? Not to fear—we have the solution! Even the best of us have had a bad application with uneven results. Having the ability to remove the tanning product is important and takes the fear out of process. My self-tanner removal solutions are here! And the best part? Every ingredient can be found in your kitchen or bathroom!


Mix together one cup of raw sugar and π cup of lemon juice. Using raw sugar is essential, as the rough granules scrub away the tan. Rub the mixture over your skin and leave it to sit for a few minutes. After, rinse off with warm water.


Mix half a cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda— not to be confused with baking powder) with half a cup of lemon juice until a smooth paste forms. Apply to your skin and allow it to sit for a few minutes before wiping off with a cleansing cloth. You may have to repeat this process a few times, but it works!


Want a quick way to remove your glow? Hair-removal cream and waxing will instantly strip your skin of your tan, so if you make a mistake, immediately spray a little of it onto the area and wipe off!

Jacque’s Favorites: L’ O real Paris Sublime Self-Tanning Gelée, Medium Natural—5 fl. oz., $9.99.

Where to find it: CVS, Walgreen’s, and Wal-Mart • Quick-absorbing, rapid-dry formula. • Even, 100 percent natural-looking tan without streaks. • Leaves skin incredibly smooth and soft.

Motives Bronzing Lotion, $24.95,

Where to find it: shop.com/ishopjsh • Motives Bronzing Lotion is a lightweight, non-oily formula. This product has an amazing coconut aroma in addition to a skin-moisturizing effect.


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Virus Alert

While there’s no cure for the common cold, local pharmacist Tara Storjhann has a few suggestions to keep some of the misery at bay.

Signs and Symptoms of the Common Cold

Sneezing Stuffy or runny nose Sore throat Coughing Watery eyes Mild headache Mild body aches

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work- Common Cold and Runny Nose.” cdc.gov (accessed 12/6/13) Unless you work with the very young, the very sick, or the elderly, having the common cold isn’t a good enough reason to call in sick (sorry!). You may feel as if it is, but unfortunately, you’re not sick enough to lie around the house all day watching Netflix. On the other hand, you certainly are sick enough for coworkers and friends (maybe even a germaphobe spouse) to treat you as if you have the plague. If you have the common cold, you’re trapped, and the worst part is that there’s no cure. Because it’s a virus, it will not succumb to antibiotic treatment, and this leaves you waiting until it simply runs its course while you suffer at its mercy. You know you have a cold, as opposed to the more serious flu, when you have the signs and symptoms listed in the table at the bottom of the page. If you have exaggerated symptoms, fever, fatigue, or

other ailments that are not on this list, consult your pharmacist or health-care provider to determine your next course of action. Understandably, those afflicted with the common-cold virus want relief. As a pharmacist, I often see cold victims muddling through the over-the-counter cough-andcold aisle wondering what will work for them. First, I recommend always consulting with your local pharmacist regarding your symptoms, which product will work the best for you, and proper dosing. Pharmacists are drug experts, so use them as your primary resource. Many of these combination products contain up to three or four different medications, and you could be placing yourself at risk for drug interactions and side effects by taking something that you don’t need. There are home remedies that can be ef-

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fective in managing symptoms of the cold. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, resting in bed is top priority, and chicken soup really does work to alleviate cold symptoms. In the dry arid environment in which we live, maintaining a humid environment through use of a humidifier can ease congestion and coughing. Take precaution, however, to keep the humidifier clean to prevent growth of bacteria. Drinking lots of fluids such as water, warm lemon water, and clear broth are all good choices, but avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate your symptoms by causing dehydration. Finally, to help relieve nasal congestion, try saline nasal drops. If you have dodged the annual commoncold bullet so far this year, here are some ways to help prevent becoming a victim, according to the professionals at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. • Hand washing Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and teach your kids to do the same. Use alcohol-based products only if water isn’t available. • Sanitizing Disinfect surfaces in your home or office when people have colds. The most common virus that causes the common cold can survive up to three hours on your skin and objects such as remote controls, door handles, and cell phones. • Evading If possible, avoid being close to people who have colds. Cover your nose and mouth and sneeze or cough into your elbow rather than your hand. • Alternative Medications Echinacea, vitamin C, honey, and zinc have all been studied for their efficacy in preventing or alleviating cold symptoms. In all cases, the clinical evidence has produced mixed results. My advice is to use caution and avoid large amounts of any of these substances. The good news is that the common cold usually lasts no longer than a week (sometimes two), so the end will come. If your symptoms persist beyond this, seek help from your health-care provider because your cold may have morphed into an infection.

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Across 1 Famous golfer Phil’s nickname 4 Arizona governor Jan 8 TV chef Rachael 10 Time for love messages and flowers (2 words) 13 “Let It ______” 14 French for love 17 Great golf-hole results 21 Present moment 22 Let’s _____ lunch! 24 Beloved English princess

25 The Bachelor flowers 27 “Bang Bang” singer and the lady in a famous couple (goes with 42 across) 30 Deeply personal 32 Star Wars Jedi first name 34 Blue 35 Belief 36 Former Diamondbacks pitcher who went to school in Phoenix 39 Expression of delight or pleasure 41 ”Two Hearts Beat as ____,” U2 42 Husband of 27 across 43 Tragic lover in Shakespeare


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1 Message on a Valentine’s card, perhaps (3 words) 2 “________ your heart,” romantic advice perhaps 3 Deep desire 4 Groom’s partner 5 Conducted a campaign

6 Ogle 7 Conclude 9 Golf course designer Pete _______ 11 Abe’s role in The Godfather 12 They’re sculpted on infomercials 15 Query from Miss Piggy 16 City the Girl from Ipanema was walking in 18 Billboard displays 19 Start 20 Biblical verb ending 23 One part of Brangelina 26 Rare and wonderful 28 ”So Much ______ Love,” 1963 soul hit by the Tymes 29 _______ biloba, herb that is said to be an aphrodisiac for men 31 Three-time NBA Coach of the Year Pat 33 First name of the actor who is married to Jennifer Garner 34 Scottsdale-born actress who starred in The Help Emma ___ 37 Babe 38 Lodging 40 Type of TV


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