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Al Uretsky Publisher & Sales Exec

Published by Estrella Publishing LLC, PO Box 6962, Goodyear AZ 85338. Additional copies and article reproductions can be obtained for a fee by contacting info@EstrellaPublishing.com Catherine Uretsky, Publisher and Editor 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com Al Uretsky, Publisher and Sales Executive 623.594.9283 info@EstrellaPublishing.com All contents © 2010-present Estrella Publishing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission from Estrella Publishing LLC is prohibited. Estrella Publishing accepts freelance contributions, there is no guarantee that materials will be used or returned. Some content is provided by Brandpointe and Family Features. Estrella Publishing is not responsible for the views of contributing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or Advertisers. Estrella Publishing reserves the right to restrict all advertisement to their proper classification and to edit or reject any copy at its sole discretion.

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From Me To You... It is now 3:51 a.m. I have been trying to sleep since 1:26 a.m. and I hate to give up but I have things to do tomorrow - today really. I never have a problem falling asleep but staying asleep, that’s the challenge. I can be woken by any of a number of little things. From needing to go to the bathroom, a storm (thank you monsoon season), leg cramps (my particular favorite), or even a dog licking his paw by my bed. At this point if a moth flaps its wings outside my bedroom window I think I would be up. Once awake I rarely get back to sleep before 4 or 5 a.m., only to be awakened once more by the household starting their day at 6... I have tried any number of sleep aids to nod off again, apps that soothe, candy that crushes, books, meditation, muscle relaxation techniques and more - but once my mind is up it is up. I thought of starting a group online where others could share their stories and perhaps band together to solve crimes during the night. What else should I be doing at 3 a.m.? I could always go to my office (conveniently located downstairs)

and get some work done, but then my day is messed up and it will just encourage the perpetuation of the problem into the next night. I will report back tomorrow and let’s see what happens... So last night I bit the bullet and took a sleep aid before going to bed. You know the one, it promises to make you go to sleep and stay asleep, waking the next day bright and early, ready to conquer the world! So? Well I did fall asleep and, although I woke briefly, I went back to the land of nod quickly and easily. The problem is I am not bright eyed and bushy tailed. I am woozy and lethargic. My ridiculously strong coffee helped for about half an hour but now I feel the wool gathering in my head again. I definitely see a nap in my near future. I guess I will chalk that one up to ‘buyer beware’ and go back to relaxation techniques and accepting the fact that this may be my life for a while. Luckily I have a job where I can set my own hours and take that nap, but most people cannot. Unless you live in Spain. Now they have the right idea - shut down the country for two or more hours every afternoon and take a siesta. Apparently it actually makes people more effective and productive at work and I can see how that would be true. I maintain that nothing good comes out of my office after 11 a.m. No matter how much I try and drag it out there is no way for me to be productive unless I nap. I think I should look at this insomnia as my body making me take afternoon naps without guilt. On that note, it is now 3:05 p.m. and I think the couch is calling my name... see you in a couple of hours!

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Life Insurance In today’s environment, when many things may seem like they’re not in your control, finding ways to help your family feel more financially secure and protected is important. As anyone who has suffered a loss in their family is likely to tell you, having life insurance in place beforehand made a huge difference for their financial situation - and their peace of mind. What do you need to know about life insurance? Here’s a quick guide. 1. Don’t wait Beyond establishing that protection right away - before it’s needed - another advantage is that typically, you can secure lower rates for life insurance when you’re younger. 2. Life insurance is a vital part of an overall financial plan When assessing your family’s overall financial picture, one crucial fact can’t be overlooked: Your family’s financial health may be in jeopardy if you or your spouse is no longer around to provide income. So when you’re making a

financial plan, consider whole life insurance as a crucial piece of your overall financial planning puzzle.

3. It’s about more than immediate expenses Providing life insurance for your family does a lot more than just pay for funeral expenses, debts or medical bills not covered by health insurance that you may leave behind. It can help provide financial stability for your family for years to come. 4. Nearing retirement? Whole life insurance can be an effective investment. “If you are nearing retirement, your financial obligations may look different than they did 10 years prior. This provides a great opportunity to focus on your own future,” said Jim Jacobsen, executive vice president, Distribution and Underwriting at Boston Mutual Life Insurance. “With whole life coverage, your plan can be continued after retirement, at the same premium.” To learn more about your life insurance options, contact your HR department or visit BostonMutual.com.

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Furry Friends Welcoming a new cat or kitten into your home is an exciting event. However, like any new experience, it can feel daunting to prepare your home for your new furry family member. Now is the peak season for finding kittens and adult cats available for adoption, as it’s the height of the kitten season. And of course, there are always wonderful adult and senior cats in need of forever homes, all year round. Cats make excellent pets, especially for those who live in apartments or other areas with limited green space, which would be needed for a dog. Cats are also an excellent option for those with limited mobility who are in need of companionship. If you are considering opening your home to a new cat, here are some tips to help make the transition easier - both for you and for them. 1. Prep your home ahead of time * Crate or carrier to safely bring home your new feline friend * Food dish and appropriate food for your kitten or adult cat Want to make a move, but you are a little uncertain about getting started? Strategic planning is a must in today’s market.

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* Water dish * Quiet area to set up food and water * Litter box, litter scoop and litter (if you have more than one cat, supply one box per cat so they have adequate space) * Cats are very curious, so remove breakables on shelves or tables that cats could access * Make sure you have no ductwork, HVAC registers or other holes that could be hazardous or cover them up. 2. Choose a “starting room” When you first introduce your cat to their new home, pick one room to isolate them for a few days so they can slowly get used to the new sights, sounds and smells of your home. It should be the same room where their litter box is kept, so they’ll know that location from the start. Make sure to supply your new furry friend with clean water and food. After a few days in the starting room, gradually open up more rooms of the house so your cat can explore. If you’re introducing them to other animals in the house, do so very gradually. Let them get used to each other’s smells first by swapping rooms for several days, before allowing any supervised face-to-face interactions. 3. Offer them a cozy hideout Cats love small, enclosed places where they’ll feel safe and secure. You can leave a cat carrier open or supply a cardboard box or covered cat bed. Make sure the box or carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and move around in. Put down a soft blanket or towel to make the box comfy. If possible, position the box or carrier so it faces the door to the room. That way they won’t be startled by people or other pets entering. 4. Set up their first vet appointment After adopting a new cat, it’s always a good idea to have it checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. You’ll want to immediately get a sense of health issues and any special care that may be required. If your cat is adopted from an animal shelter, they may have recommendations for vets in your area.

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Out & About

Whether you prefer meandering road trips to small towns, focused explorations of top tourist destinations or fast flights to energetic big city escapes, traveling is one of the things people missed most during the pandemic. Now that travel is rebounding, people are eagerly planning trips and crunching the cost. The reality is vacations may be fun, but they can also be expensive. One potential solution is renting your home while out of town to help pay for your vacation costs. Private residential rentals are a hot commodity that has flourished in the last year. Not only do these places often provide a more unique, integrated experience compared to hotels and resorts, they also offer comfort and amenities that modern travelers desire. Additionally, during times of heightened health awareness, many people appreciate the space and solitude that private rentals provide. You may have wondered about renting your home but stopped because you assume it requires a full-time commitment. However, people are finding flexibility in renting their spaces part time while they’re out of town to add to their income. If you want to start renting your property, consider these tips: • Evaluate your space: At a minimum, guests expect a clean, comfortable sleeping space and access to a restroom. Not all listings have access to a kitchen, but it’s important to indicate if guests will have access to a cooking space. • Define the rental: It may be a whole house, a condo or unique spaces like an RV or sailboat. Define your property and decide what guests can access, whether it’s the entire space, a private room or shared with others. • Create a listing: Help travelers decide if your space meets their needs by providing attractive pictures, clear information and

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must-know details in the listing. Strive to provide good customer service by responding to inquiries within 24 hours. • Convey pros and cons: When listing your space and answering questions, convey the pros and cons clearly. For instance, a downtown condo might be conveniently located to attractions, but also be noisier. • Assess amenities: Travelers want to stay at places that align with their lifestyle and meet their needs. Budget-minded travelers might be OK with minimal extras, but others will want amenities like wireless internet and kitchen basics for cooking. • Price right: For new hosts, start with a price that’s a bit lower than your goal. This will help you attract guests, and once you’ve received some great reviews, you can re-evaluate price increases. Currently 4 million hosts have welcomed more than 900 million guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe on Airbnb. Learn more at Airbnb.com/Host.

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After School

As most working American parents and students return to in-person work and school, after a year plus of remote work and virtual learning, it begs the question for parents: How prepared are you to handle back to after school? According to a survey conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 75% of parents report that after-school time actually causes as much or more stress than in-school time. On top of that, layer the emotional impact of COVID-19 and it makes for a nerve-wracking start to the school year. Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers these tips to help take the stress out of back-to-school season for parents this year. Emphasize the importance of emotional development After a stressful school day, kids and teens need mentors and trusted adults they can turn to in order to feel supported and better learn to cope with any challenges that may have come up during the day. Working parents aren’t always readily available right after school to talk to their child, so utilizing affordable afterschool programs can alleviate stress for parents, knowing their child is with trained, trusted adults and mentors.

Justice, parents have cause for concern about how their children spend their time during these critical hours. Parents can stay focused at work and have peace of mind when they know their child has arrangements for supervised, afterschool care with trustworthy adult leaders. Get active, get healthy Increased screen time, more snacking and fewer outdoor activities became prevalent during the pandemic. After-school time offers the chance for young people to take part in sports and fitness activities that not only burn off pent-up energy but allow youth to build their self-esteem, reduce anxiety and learn good sportsmanship. Plan for consistent homework time After a year of virtual learning, keeping up with homework is a priority. By making and sticking to a plan for how and when to tackle homework each day, parents and kids can make the most of after-school time. Whether it’s at home with, at a tutoring facility or at a community organization with academic programming, setting aside a specific time and place for homework will avoid headaches for parents and children alike. Ensure your kids and teens have a balanced after-school routine that consists of time spent working on academics and time with friends.

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Edible Garden People have become more health-conscious in the last year, seeking relaxing activities and projects that give them a sense of accomplishment. According to the National Gardening Association, 67% of Americans are growing or planning to grow their own fruits, herbs and vegetables in 2021, and there are more than 18.3 million new gardeners trying their hand at growing their own flowers or produce. While growing your own edible garden can be exciting, there are a few things to consider before you start. It can all feel a bit overwhelming, but with tips from Garrett Magee, the design mastermind behind the landscape design firm Manscapers, you can create the ultimate edible garden - no matter the time of year or where you live. Here are a few suggestions to help your garden sprout: 1) Think about what you already eat Before you start digging, plan your edible garden by looking inside your fridge to see

what kinds of produce you buy from the grocery store for inspiration. By growing fruits and veggies you like, you don’t have to worry about them going to waste. If you have kids, grow the fruits and veggies they enjoy too.

2) Start small When building your edible garden, start small by growing plants out of a window box or small garden bed. As you get more comfortable, slowly expand and scale up the following year. Fruit and vegetable gardens are typically low maintenance, but they’re never no maintenance, so be patient and stay on a regular schedule you’ll develop your green thumb in no time. 3) Grow a vertical garden if you live in a big city If you live in an urban environment or don’t have a traditional back yard, every square inch of space is precious. However, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to garden. Focus on growing your produce up rather than out with tools like a garden trellis, which works well for supporting high-climbing plants like cucumbers. 4) Go green

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Directions: • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. • Preheat oven to 400¬∞ F. • Heat a griddle pan on medium heat. Spray the griddle with cooking spray. • Dip 4 slices of bread into the egg mixture separately then place on the griddle pan. Cook about 4 minutes each side or until golden brown. Spray the griddle again and repeat steps with last 4 slices of bread. • Treat large cooking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each bread slice into large cubes. Place the bread cubes single layer on the treated pan. Lightly spray the bread cubes with cooking spray. • Bake 10 minutes, then flip the cubes and continue baking for 5 more minutes. • Make the glaze by mixing the confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup and milk in a small bowl. • Using a large serving bowl, toss the bread cubes and granola. Drizzle the maple glaze and toss again until bread cubes and granola are lightly coated. Add all the berries and toss until combined. Top with almonds. • Serve immediately.

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SEVEN WONDERS of the Ancient World

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