Arizona Local Magazine - Holiday Edition

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MACHELLE HINKLE Magazine Editor GIANCARLO RODRIGUEZ Graphic Artist & Layout


DANA ASHLEY Cover Photo Makeup Artist JEAN BEDSAUL NAPOLI Cover Photo Hairstylist DANIELLE DION MUCCILLO Cover Photo Photographer










Can Turn Back the Clock on Your Appearance Botox and dermal fillers have become prevalent in the beauty industry, offering a range of potential benefits for those seeking non-invasive cosmetic enhancements. These treatments, when administered by trained professionals, can have several advantages:

Wrinkle Reduction:

Botox, a purified form of botulinum toxin, works by temporarily relaxing muscles, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This can provide a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

Natural-Looking Results:

Dermal fillers, typically made from hyaluronic acid, add volume to target areas, enhancing facial contours. When done skillfully, they can achieve natural and subtle results.

Minimal Downtime:

Unlike surgical procedures, Botox and fillers involve little to no downtime. Most individuals can resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment, making them a convenient choice.

Customized Solutions:

These treatments can be personalized to meet individual goals. A skilled practitioner can tailor the procedure to address specific concerns, allowing for a personalized approach.


Botox and fillers can be used to address a variety of concerns, from reducing crow’s feet

and frown lines to plumping lips and enhancing cheekbones.


One of the benefits is that the effects are not permanent. This allows individuals to experiment with their look and make adjustments as needed. However, it’s essential to approach these treatments with care. Choosing a qualified and experienced practitioner, understanding potential risks, and having realistic expectations are crucial steps in reaping the benefits of Botox and fillers while minimizing potential drawbacks. Always consult with a healthcare professional before deciding on any cosmetic procedure.



Friendsgiving, a delightful blend of “friends” and “Thanksgiving,” is a beloved tradition that brings friends together to celebrate gratitude and create cherished memories. While Thanksgiving usually centers around family, Friendsgiving is an opportunity to show appreciation for the friendships that enrich our lives. Here’s how to prepare for this heartwarming celebration: Prepare a Guest List: Start by creating a guest list that includes friends you cherish. Consider the size of your space and how many people it can comfortably accommodate. Invitations: Send out invites or create a Facebook event to gather RSVPs. This ensures you have a headcount for planning food and seating. Potluck Style: Friendsgiving is often potluck-style. Assign dishes or categories to guests to ensure a diverse and delicious spread. This also eases the cooking burden on the host. Decorations: Embrace a festive atmosphere with fall-themed decorations. Pumpkins, leaves, and string lights can set the mood. Games and Entertainment: Plan fun activities like board games, charades, or a “thankful” 8

round where everyone shares what they’re grateful for. Dietary Preferences: Be mindful of dietary restrictions and preferences. Ensure there are options for vegetarians, vegans, or those with food allergies. Drinks: Don’t forget beverages. Offer a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic options to cater to everyone’s tastes. Gratitude: Set aside time for everyone to express what they’re thankful for. It’s a heartwarming tradition that makes Friendsgiving truly special. Leftovers: Provide containers for guests to take home leftovers. It’s a thoughtful gesture that helps reduce food waste. Capture the Moments: Document the day with photos or videos, so you have lasting memories of this joyful gathering. Friendsgiving is a celebration of friendship, gratitude, and good food. With some thoughtful planning, it can become an annual tradition that strengthens the bonds of your chosen family.





Holidays The holiday season can bring joy and warmth to your home, but it can also lead to clutter and chaos. To keep your space organized during this festive time, start by decluttering and organizing before the holidays arrive. Invest in storage solutions like bins and baskets for decorations and gifts. Create a designated wrapping station to keep gift-wrapping supplies in order. Establish a schedule for cleaning and tidying up to prevent messes from piling up. By staying proactive and maintaining a clutter-free environment, you can enjoy the holidays with ease and serenity.


IN THE GREATER PHOENIX AREA: FAMILY FUN AWAITS The Greater Phoenix area comes alive with enchanting holiday activities that are perfect for families seeking festive fun. From twinkling lights to seasonal traditions, here are some delightful ways to make the most of the holiday season with your loved ones.

Christmas at the Princess:

Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias:

Christmas Events at the Musical Instrument Museum:

Explore the Desert Botanical Garden as it transforms into a magical wonderland during Las Noches de las Luminarias. Thousands of luminarias and twinkling lights create a breathtaking desert landscape, and live entertainment adds to the enchantment.

ZooLights at the Phoenix Zoo:

The Phoenix Zoo hosts ZooLights, a beloved tradition featuring millions of sparkling lights, animal-themed displays, and even a visit from Santa Claus. It’s a mesmerizing experience for the whole family.

Downtown Glendale Glitters:

Glendale’s historic downtown transforms into a winter wonderland during Glendale Glitters. Enjoy over 1.6 million lights, festive performances, and unique holiday shopping. 14

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort offers a magical experience with a massive ice-skating rink, a Christmas carousel, and a desert ice kingdom. The resort is adorned with stunning lights and decorations.

The Musical Instrument Museum hosts holiday-themed events, including concerts and festive activities. It’s a fantastic place for music-loving families to celebrate the season.

The Polar Express:

Embark on a magical train journey with The Polar Express. Departing from Williams, AZ, this enchanting ride brings the classic book to life. The Greater Phoenix area is teeming with holiday cheer. Whether you’re strolling through luminaria-lit gardens, marveling at festive zoo displays, or enjoying seasonal events, you’re sure to create lasting memories with your family. Embrace the magic of the season in this vibrant Southwestern region.



Arizona is renowned for its stunning landscapes and hiking opportunities, and the fall season adds a unique charm to the state’s outdoor adventures. As temperatures cool down and the leaves change colors, hikers can explore the vibrant beauty of the Grand Canyon State. Here’s a guide to some of the best hiking trails in Arizona to experience the magic of autumn.

West Fork Trail (Sedona):

Located in the enchanting red rock country of Sedona, the West Fork Trail is an excellent choice for a fall hike. As you meander through the lush Oak Creek Canyon, the trail is shaded by towering canyon walls and


lined with vibrant deciduous trees, including sycamores and maples. The combination of the red rocks and golden foliage makes for a breathtaking autumn landscape.

Horton Creek Trail (Payson):

Horton Creek Trail, near Payson, offers a serene and picturesque hike through a forest of ponderosa pines. In the fall, the trail is adorned with a golden canopy of aspen and oak trees. Along the way, you’ll cross a picturesque creek several times, making it a perfect escape for hikers seeking fall colors and the peaceful sound of flowing water.

Lockett Meadow (Flagstaff):

Lockett Meadow, nestled in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, is a treasure trove of fall foliage. The area is famous for its groves of quaking aspens that transform into brilliant shades of yellow and gold. There are multiple trails to explore in this area, each offering a unique vantage point to appreciate the autumn spectacle.

Aspen Nature Loop (Flagstaff):

This short and family-friendly trail is ideal for those looking for an easy hike surrounded by fall colors. The Aspen Nature Loop, also in Flagstaff, takes you through groves of aspens that turn a fiery yellow in the fall. The loop is suitable for all skill levels and provides stunning leaf-peeping opportunities.

Inner Basin Trail (Flagstaff):

For a more challenging hike amidst fall foliage, the Inner Basin Trail in Flagstaff is a top choice. This trail takes you deep into the heart of the San Francisco Peaks and provides spectacular views of aspen trees displaying their vibrant autumn hues. The sight of golden aspens against the backdrop of evergreen pines is truly captivating.

Hart Prairie Loop (Flagstaff):

The Hart Prairie Loop in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks is a moderate hike that allows you to revel in the beauty of aspens and meadows. The surrounding landscape is a tapestry of fall colors, making it an idyllic destination for an autumn hike.

The Grand Canyon:

While the Grand Canyon is a fantastic destination year-round, fall offers milder temperatures and fewer crowds. The North Rim, in particular, showcases gorgeous fall foliage with aspens and oaks adding color to the dramatic canyon scenery. Hiking along the North Kaibab Trail or the Bright Angel Point Trail offers fantastic vistas of the changing leaves.

Mt. Lemmon (Tucson):

Mt. Lemmon, just outside of Tucson, offers a unique hiking experience as you ascend through various ecological zones. In the fall, you can hike through forests of oak, maple, and aspen, enjoying the changing colors as you gain elevation. The picturesque views of the surrounding desert from higher altitudes add to the allure. Fall in Arizona is a time of transformation, as the desert and mountains come alive with autumn hues. Whether you prefer the cool mountain trails of Flagstaff, the red rocks of Sedona, or the unique beauty of the Grand Canyon, Arizona offers hiking opportunities that are sure to leave you awe-inspired by the seasonal splendor. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your camera, and set out to explore the best hiking trails that Arizona has to offer this fall.


BUSINESSWOMEN, PROFESSIONALS AND MOTHERS FROM OUR COMMUNITY In the heart of our community, there exists an extraordinary cohort of empowered women who seamlessly navigate the realms of business, professionalism, and motherhood. These remarkable individuals stand as beacons of inspiration, exemplifying the perfect blend of grace and grit in the pursuit of their dreams. In our cover story, we celebrate these women who break barriers, leading the way in their respective fields, all while wearing the hats of dedicated mothers. Their journeys are a testament to resilience, ambition, and unwavering commitment, setting an example for us all. Join us as we delve into the lives of these incredible women, hear their stories, and discover the secrets to their unparalleled success in this special edition. 18



Dena has lived in the Carefree area for over 3 years and has made this her home. She loves what the community offers and has a passion for exploring this beautiful area and meeting new friends. Dena has been a photo solutions specialist for over 30 years with Creative Memories. She teaches a variety of different classes in her home with 2-3 monthly events. Part of her work is to help clients with the organization of all their precious photos, products and tools; allowing them to focus their attention to detail on all scrapbook pages, albums and projects, as well as, helping clients complete pages in a timely manner. Not only does she host private events in her home, she also hosts events for your family and friends throughout the year and for this holiday season. She can also be found at many farmers markets throughout the Arizona area as a vendor.

Jacquelyn WILSON

Jacquelyn was an Arizona transplant in the 80’s, having lived here for about 10 years, and then returned to her roots in Green Bay, WI. Her love of Arizona and sense of adventure brought her family back here in 2019 – they truly enjoy anything to do with wheels and travel! Jacquelyn’s love of our beautiful state goes unmatched to even the biggest fan of AZ. She owns Mrs. Wilson Window Treatments, where she specializes in the window coverings. She and her husband Paul, co-own Mr. Wilson Tinting where they offer for your home, business and auto needs.




Ali is a wife and mom to one daughter and 3 fur babies. Ali has a passion for real estate, building wealth, health/wellness, and personal development. Ali was a military kid, born in Germany, lived in Texas as a young child and spent the majority of her childhood in Alaska before calling sunny Arizona home since 2008. She actually had plans to work in the mortgage industry after college in 2007 but the economy and life took her down a different path where she dabbled in management and banking before thriving in the corporate healthcare world. Covid, the AZ real estate boom, and a supportive husband encouraged her to pursue her dream career in real estate. She is ready and willing to support you in your own real estate goals and dreams.




She is a dedicated healthcare professional with a passion for aesthetics. With 12 years of experience as a nurse, she has honed her skills to perfection. Nestled in North Scottsdale, she shares her life with her loving husband and beautiful children. Tanya brings her caring nature from the nursing profession into the aesthetics beauty business, where she not only enhances her clients’ physical beauty but also their self-confidence. Her journey in this field is driven by a desire to help individuals feel their best, inside and out. Her warm personality and meticulous attention to detail make her a sought-after nurse injector in the beauty industry. Balancing the demands of her career and family, she exemplifies dedication and resilience. In her spare time, Tanya enjoys exploring the picturesque landscapes of North Scottsdale with her family, creating a harmonious blend of professional excellence and personal happiness.



She is a powerhouse of inspiration. As a devoted mother and highly motivated professional, she understands the intricatacies of work-life balance. Her passion lies in empowering women to achieve success in all aspects of their lives. Her personal journey, filled with determination, makes her the perfect guide for others on their path to greatness.

Machelle HINKLE

She is the owner of the Arizona-Local Magazine, turned community business advocate with an inspiring journey. For over two decades, she served as a clinical educator in the medical field, imparting knowledge and skills to countless professionals. However, her heart found a new calling in North Scottsdale, her home for the past six years. When she decided to venture out to meet new friends the thought a Facebook group seemed to be the best way. For those seeking camaraderie, the Arizona Local Ladies Group is a wonderful platform to make lasting friendships with women who share your local interests. Businesswomen, on the other hand, can leverage the Arizona Local Business Ladies Group to network, collaborate, and find opportunities for professional growth. And for those who want to engage with their community and make a positive impact, the broader Arizona Local Community Group offers a welcoming space to connect with neighbors and participate in meaningful initiatives. This multifaceted group truly embodies the spirit of community and empowerment in the vibrant Arizona landscape. Let us not forget the Arizona Local Businesses Group which provides a valuable platform for both men and women to discover essential business connections and foster professional networking opportunities in the vibrant local business scene. In Machelle, we find a dynamic individual whose journey from clinical education to community empowerment reflects a deep commitment to personal growth and the betterment of those around her. 21





The holiday months are a time for joy, not stress. To manage your finances wisely, create a budget, setting limits on gifts and festivities. Seek out discounts and consider thoughtful, budget-friendly presents. Plan ahead for travel, taking advantage of early bookings and flexible dates. Embrace the spirit of togetherness with affordable, homemade celebrations and shared expenses. Remember, the season is about love and connection, not extravagant spending. By being mindful of your finances, you can relish the holidays without the weight of financial worry.





The holiday season is a perfect time to capture precious family memories through photographs. One way to make those photos truly stand out is by dressing your family in fun and coordinated outfits. Here’s how to ensure your holiday pictures reflect the joy and togetherness of the season: Choose a Theme: Start by selecting a theme or color scheme that resonates with the holiday spirit. Whether it’s classic red and green or a winter wonderland theme, a cohesive concept sets the tone. Coordinate, Don’t Match: Rather than going for identical outfits, aim for a coordinated look. Mix and match clothing that fits within the chosen theme and color palette. This allows individuality to shine through. Layer Up: The holiday season often means chilly weather, so embrace layering. Add scarves, cardigans, vests, or shawls to create depth and warmth in your photos. Mind the Patterns: While solid colors work well, don’t shy away from subtle patterns. Plaids, stripes, and polka dots can add a touch of personality to the overall ensemble. 26

Accessorize: Holiday-themed accessories like Santa hats, reindeer antlers, or festive jewelry can bring a playful element to your outfits. Dress for Comfort: Ensure that everyone feels comfortable in their chosen attire. Happy, relaxed family members will radiate joy in the photos. Personalize: Encourage each family member to add a touch of their unique style to the outfits, making the theme more personal and special. Consider the Background: Keep the photo location in mind. If you’re shooting against a snowy backdrop, vibrant colors can contrast beautifully. By thoughtfully coordinating your family’s attire, you can enhance the holiday spirit in your photos. Remember that the most important aspect of these images is capturing the love and togetherness that the holiday season represents. With fun and stylish outfits, your family photos will become cherished mementos of the festive season for years to come.





The holiday season is a time for celebration, togetherness, and creating cherished memories with loved ones. However, it can also be a period when boundaries are tested and tensions can arise within families. To ensure a harmonious and enjoyable holiday season, setting and maintaining boundaries is crucial. Communicate Openly: Before the festivities begin, have open conversations with family members about expectations and boundaries. Clearly express your needs and listen to theirs. This can help prevent misunderstandings and conflicts. Respect Personal Space: In a house full of relatives, it’s essential to respect personal space. Ensure that everyone has a place to retreat to when they need a break from the commotion. Limit Screen Time: Consider implementing screen time rules during holiday gatherings. Encourage real face-to-face interactions and bonding, rather than everyone being absorbed in their devices.

Set Time Limits: If family time becomes overwhelming, set time limits for gatherings or events. This can prevent burnout and allow everyone to recharge. Self-Care is Essential: Remember that it’s okay to prioritize self-care. If you need a break, take it. It’s not selfish to step away and recharge when needed. In summary, the key to maintaining healthy boundaries during the holidays with family is open communication and mutual respect. By setting clear expectations, respecting personal space, and practicing self-care, you can ensure a more harmonious and enjoyable holiday season for everyone involved. Karen Gordon, LCSW is the owner of Flourish Counseling 480-454-5598

Manage Family Traditions: While traditions are an integral part of the holidays, be open to modifying them to accommodate changing family dynamics. Discuss which traditions are most important and be willing to compromise.





ENJOYING QUALITY FAMILY TIME WITHOUT CELL PHONES In a world dominated by screens and digital distractions, carving out quality family time devoid of cell phones has become more important than ever. Disconnecting from the virtual world and reconnecting with your loved ones can lead to profound moments of togetherness. Establish Tech-Free Zones: Designate areas in your home where cell phones are not allowed. The dining table and bedrooms are great places to start. Encourage open conversations during meals and peaceful sleep without screen interruptions. Plan Outdoor Activities: Organize outdoor excursions like hiking, picnics, or sports. Enjoy the beauty of nature and the company of your family without the constant buzz of notifications. Game Nights: Bring back the joy of board games, card games, or puzzles. Engaging in friendly competition fosters laughter and camaraderie. Storytelling: Encourage storytelling, whether it’s sharing personal experiences or reading books aloud. This not only strengthens bonds but also

stimulates imagination. Volunteer Together: Participate in community service or charity work as a family. It teaches empathy and provides a sense of fulfillment. Set Boundaries: Establish screen time limits and encourage self-discipline among family members. This ensures everyone is present during shared moments. Technology-Free Days: Dedicate certain days when the family collectively unplugs from technology. Use this opportunity to reconnect in various ways, from cooking together to having heartfelt conversations. Unplugging from cell phones allows us to focus on what truly matters – our family. It may take some adjustment, but the rewards of deeper connections, meaningful conversations, and lasting memories are well worth the effort. Embrace the opportunity to savor quality family time without the constant digital distractions.” These simple steps can help your family reconnect and enjoy meaningful moments together. 31






FOR A MEMORABLE 2023 HOLIDAY SEASON As 2023 ushers in another holiday season, it’s the perfect time to start or revamp family traditions that will create lasting memories. Here are some fun and innovative ideas to make your 2023 holidays extra special:

inner artist with icing, sprinkles, and edible glitter.

Festive Scavenger Hunt: Organize a holiday-themed scavenger hunt around your home or neighborhood. Clues and hidden surprises will keep the excitement alive.

Holiday Lights Tour: Go on a drive to explore the best holiday light displays in your area. Create a rating system and decide on your favorite one.

Ugly Sweater Showdown: Host an ugly sweater competition where family members design and wear their most outrageous and creative holiday sweaters. Bonus points for homemade designs! Movie Marathon: Choose a theme (e.g., classic holiday films, family favorites) and have a cozy movie marathon complete with popcorn, blankets, and hot cocoa. DIY Ornament Crafting: Create homemade ornaments as a family. Each year, you can look back at the collection and reminisce about the memories associated with each one. Cookie Decorating Extravaganza: Hold a cookie decorating competition. Everyone can unleash their 36

“Giving Back” Day: Dedicate a day to giving back to the community. Volunteer together at a local charity or participate in a neighborhood cleanup.

Family Talent Show: Host a family talent show where everyone can showcase their skills, whether it’s singing, dancing, or telling jokes. Pajama Brunch: Have a holiday brunch in your coziest pajamas. Create a festive menu and enjoy a leisurely morning together. Memory Book: Start a holiday memory book where each family member writes down their favorite moments and memories from the season. Read it together in the years to come. In 2023, make your family holiday traditions unique and exciting. These creative ideas will help you celebrate the season with laughter, togetherness, and cherished moments that will be treasured for years to come.



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