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on the cover Our cover photo captures everything that makes Green Living’s March issue great. On page 4, writer Ric Coggins gives readers the scoop on gardening soils and a cover of clovers can mean only one thing - it’s time to grab your green 14 and head out to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (story on page 36). 15 But only if you eat your vegetables.


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March 2018 Publisher’s Note

Last weekend, I was thankful to be invited to the first annual Food and Fitness Challenge Campaign. The city of Phoenix, Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) and the Mollen Foundation are working together on a health-related campaign to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and promote physical activity among youth. Students from three schools in the PUHSD participated in the event. Participants engaged in physical activities organized by the FitPHX program and demonstrated their knowledge about healthy eating habits. The challenge included an obstacle course where the kids learned which fruits and vegetables are healthiest, carried 25 pounds of sugar in a wheelbarrow to represent how much sugar average Americans eat per year, had a hula hoop contest and sac bag race, then prepared a healthy salad. The winners of the challenge received prizes ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 in grant money. They will use the money for healthy eating and activity programs for students. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America awarded Phoenix’s Office of Sustainability a $25,000 grant to help achieve its Local Food System 2050 Sustainability Goal of increasing food access and significantly reducing diet-related diseases in the community. At the end of the contest, Phoenix restaurant Gallo Blanco made and donated a huge vegan paella dish for everyone. I met chef owner Doug Robson, who said that he enjoyed Green Living magazine. He mentioned our magazine being in business for 12 years or so. I reminded him that we are only in our eighth year! How exciting to think that change agents such as Robson think we have been in business longer than we have. As we celebrate our eighth year of business, we have exciting news to share at Green Living magazine. Dolores Tropiano has joined the staff as our new managing editor. Dolores was a reporter for the Arizona Republic for two decades covering visual, performing and public art, celebrities, society, and more while hosting and producing an Emmy Award-winning TV show. Most recently she has freelanced and worked as a publicist in the community. In her new role, Dolores will lead coverage in Arizona and the broader topical issues that are important to our magazine and digital customers close to home and around the world. She’ll directly supervise our copy editor and writers and work in close partnership with other leaders in the sustainability industry, sales and other departments. Please welcome Dolores to our Green Team. You can call her at 480-840-1589 or email her at She loves to hear from our readers, subscribers, social media fans and partners. Please let us know what is springing up in terms of healthy foods and activities in your world. To educate, empower and inspire,

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By Ric Coggins


etting ready to plant your organic spring vegetables? Hold that hoe! One of the best reasons for growing fruits and vegetables in your garden is that they are free of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals. Or are they? The answer depends on the current condition of your soil, the previous chemical additions to your soil, and your knowledge of them both. So before you begin, get the dirt on your dirt. If you just recently became aware of the sustainable advantages of organic gardening methods and have used chemicals in the past that's cause for concern. A backyard lawn, long maintained with Roundup and Turf Builder, can be turned into the perfect garden spot, but maybe not this year. If you just moved into a house and have no idea of the previous soil history, you really don’t know how your garden will grow. Organic? Maybe not. The first place to get the scoop on your soil is to have it tested. A basic soil test determines whether your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline. It also indicates which elements are missing from your soil and how much to add to remedy the problem. But it does not cover contaminants. In order to get an idea of the real composition of your soil, you will need to send in a soil sample to one of Phoenix’s soil analysis and testing laboratories. Collect soil samples, about six inches deep, from different areas in the place you wish to garden. Mix the dirt, let dry, then place one cup of the mixture in a sealed container to mail or deliver to the lab. If you are anxious to get your garden going, you can remove the

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old soil and replace it with clean soil. The removal can be done with a gardening or tree spade or even a small excavator, which is available for rent from Home Depot for about $180. New soil can be amended and mixed in a wheelbarrow. Amended soil depends on the area’s drainage and intended plants for gardening. This may be an expensive option for some. An alternative to replacing your soil, if you are determined to get down on the ground for your gardening, is to pursue a soil detox program for your plot. This would also be the process needed before creating a garden that is truly organic. Time is the first element necessary for a soil detox program. To display the USDA organic label, growers are required to prove three full years with no application of prohibited toxins. This allows nature to take its restorative course. Rainfall and irrigation will leach toxins from the soil to depths beyond the reach of garden plant roots. Soil microbes will break down toxins into non-toxic components. And finally plants growing in the contaminated soil will draw up toxins into their roots, stems, leaves and fruits, doing their share in ridding the soil of poisons. For those on a faster track, it is possible to assist nature in its cleanup. Soil amendments, microbe products and special plantings can all work together to detox a contaminated garden site more quickly. The application of fine-textured humates, activated charcoal, or zeolite mixed together or applied separately act to tie up contaminants until they can be leached out. Apply these at a rate of 20

GREEN THUMB pounds per 1,000 square feet. Organic soil amendments such as compost, worm castings and even liquid molasses will feed and restore populations of microbes not killed by the toxins. These microbes breakdown the toxic molecules into non-toxic components. Adding mycorrhizal fungi inoculants will also greatly enhance the detox process and create immense soil health. Plants that absorb soil toxins are another means of detoxifying garden soils. If you are converting a former lawn to a garden spot, the much maligned dandelion may get the last laugh as they are one of the best plants for detoxifying contaminated soils. Maybe more acceptable than a field of dandelions is a sunflower patch. Sunflowers do an amazing job of pulling out toxins, as do mustard greens plants. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend eating any parts of these plants as they will have absorbed the pesticides and chemicals from the soil. While studying or detoxing your soil, or if you merely want to bypass the dirty work, why not plant a raised garden? Beds are fairly easy to build, and that can be followed by the addition of a perfect soil mix guaranteeing that your crop is contamination free. Any of these options will lead to solid ground for a healthy organic garden, a hearty harvest, and a healthier you.

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Ric Coggins is a University of Arizona Master Gardener (Maricopa County). He grew up on a one-acre garden tended to by his father, who was a regular contributor to organic gardening and farming magazines. Ric continues his father’s “green” traditions, owning and operating The Fool on the Hill Farm, a one-acre organic garden homestead in Mesa.

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f you are like most people, you have a stash of plastic grocery bags stuffed onto a shelf or in a cabinet somewhere in your house, and it is overflowing. Sometimes, we keep these bags because we plan to reuse them. Often, though, we keep them because we know that they are bad for the environment, and we aren’t sure how to dispose of them properly. Soft plastic is problematic for recyclers and for the environment. You’ve probably heard the statistic that it can take hundreds of years for a plastic bag to break down in a landfill -- or worse, in the ocean. You’ve also heard that once a plastic bag does break down, through a process called photodegradation, harmful toxins are released into soil and waterways. When non-recyclables are put into household recycling containers, it contaminates the whole stream, making it more costly to recycle. Workers often have to shut down machines to remove plastic bags and other non-recyclables, wasting valuable time and money. This can even cause an entire batch of recyclables to be sent to the landfill. To avoid undermining good efforts, it’s important for everyone to know what to keep out of the recycle container. Sixty percent of consumers say they know how to recycle plastic bags correctly. Arizona alone recycled 1,000 tons last year, thanks in large part to Phoenix’s Bag Central Station program and its participating retailers. While that’s great news, Arizona still has a high rate of contamination in the recycling process, with soft plastic being the most common contaminant.

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So, what can you do about it? Make sure you’re recycling correctly. It’s easy when you know what to do. Which soft plastic doesn’t belong in your at-home recycle bin? Here’s a good test: if the plastic can be wrapped around your finger, don’t put it in the recycling container. Instead, recycle soft plastic at retail stores such as Fry’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Safeway, Bashas’ and Lowe’s. Plastic grocery bags are the most common example of soft plastics that can be recycled, but there are many others. Items that may be accepted at drop-off stations along with plastic bags include: • Retail, carry-out, produce, newspaper, bread, and dry-cleaning bags (clean, dry and free of receipts and clothes hangers). • Zip-top food-storage bags (clean and dry). • Plastic shipping envelopes with labels removed, and deflated bubble wrap and air pillows. • Product wrap on cases of water and soda bottles, paper towels, napkins, disposable cups, bathroom tissue, diapers and female sanitary products. • Furniture wrap and electronic wrap. • Plastic cereal-box liners (unless it tears like paper). Of course, another option is to utilize reusable bags when grocery shopping. Even if you start by using them once a month, you are putting a dent in the problem. Always check with your community to see what is accepted in your curbside recycling container. Most cities have this information on

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y the the end of July 2017, my throat looked like I had swallowed a grapefruit. By then I knew I had some form of aggressive cancer, but my oncologist was still struggling to pin down the exact strain. On my own, I had learned that my immune system was now in free fall, allowing the cancer to run rampant. It quickly became very clear that if I was going to survive this, I RIC COGGINS was going to need my immune system back on track. I would need it even more so if I ended up on a chemotherapy regime, as chemo drugs decimate the human immune system. Whatever path I would take, I would need to go in strong. After hours of internet research, I began to see the immune system as having a sort of a bandwidth. I saw the varying foods and beverages we consume as taking more or less of that bandwidth to digest and process. Other powerful foods and herbs seemed to increase immune bandwidth. I’m not a doctor or scientist, and I’m not suggesting this concept is accurate. It’s just the model I held in my head, and it was with that understanding I began sorting through everything I ate or drank, my lifestyle habits, my spiritual and thought practices, my sleep habits, and my environmental exposures. My analogy allowed me to put my habits into two columns. My choices either used up immune bandwidth, making it unavailable to fight cancer, or they increased my immune bandwidth. With that premise, I set about rearranging my life with one single goal -- to build my immune system. From that point forward, everything I did or did not do was

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calculated to result in protecting or building my immune system so it could do the very heavy lifting of fighting cancer. The first thing to go, and perhaps the most painful, was processed sugar. Cancer eats sugar, so don’t feed it, right? Obviously I cut out all of the candies, cookies and cakes -- anything with the sneaky sugars like corn syrup on the labels. Cutting out sugars also meant cutting out beer, wine and spirits, all big bandwidth burners. Artificial sweeteners had to go too. Processing out chemicals takes a lot of immune work. Then I looked at animal protein and fat. A lifelong carnivore, I prided my prowess with meats in the kitchen or on the grill. After learning how taxing even the cleanest organic meats are on our immune systems, I decided that they had to go. Dairy was right behind, especially cheeses, cow’s milk was designed to nurture a baby animal with multiple stomachs. While we can digest it with our one stomach, a great deal of immune bandwidth is used up in the process. And that’s assuming we’re drinking pure organic raw milk -- the milk mostly available to us is neither pure nor organic, but heavily processed and likely to be full of antibiotics and growth hormones. Since it takes eight gallons of milk to make a pound of cheese, imagine the concentration of all of these toxins in cheeses and their effect on our immune systems. I said goodbye to dairy in all forms. Pesticides, herbicides like glyphosate (Roundup), and other toxins found in most over-the-counter fruits and vegetables, further tax the immune system. I eliminated all but organic fruits and vegetables. Along those lines, while the GMO debate goes on, one thing that

HEALTH AND WELLNESS studies do clearly show is that our systems do not recognize many aspects of GMO foods and it takes an undue amount of immune bandwidth to digest and process GMO foods. (GMO foods are created in a laboratory using genetic modification and engineering techniques.) I chose only foods I knew were non-GMO. So what’s left, you are asking? Actually, quite a bit. In fact, so much that it has a name and a big movement behind it. It’s called a wholefood, plant-based diet. I did not know about this when I started paring my diet back, but later discovered thousands of folks around the world are recovering from many medical maladies including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and even autoimmune disorders by following this immune-building diet. As a positive side effect, I gradually began losing weight, returning to my high school pants size in just a couple of months. I was not only beginning to feel better, but I was also enjoying the added benefit of looking better as well. It was a good feeling. Next month, I’ll share how the “Yellow Brick Road” took me to Hoxsey Clinic, the world famous holistic cancer treatment center in Tijuana, Mexico. Ric Coggins is a University of Arizona Master Gardener (Maricopa County). He grew up on a one-acre garden tended to by his father, who was a regular contributor to organic gardening and farming magazines. Ric continues his father’s “green” traditions, owning and operating The Fool on the Hill Farm, a one-acre organic garden homestead in Mesa.

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he Toyota RAV4 is an economical SUV with a reasonable $25,000 price tag and fuel economy rating of 23/30 miles per gallon (mpg). Recently, we were sent the upgraded hybrid version, which claims improved fuel economy of 34/30 mpg. With lots of local commuting between Phoenix and Scottsdale, over 350 miles were put on the clock to see what the real world fuel consumption was. Ordering the hybrid package raises the price to $29,000. This is a reasonable fee, but this example was loaded up with all options, so the total tab soared to a hefty $36,812! At least for this money, we get a pleasant experience. The suspension provides a smooth ride, and the cabin has excellent quality of workmanship and materials. Most hybrid vehicles do not come with a spare tire as the electrics often take up room where the wheel would go. Fortunately, a spare wheel is provided here. The base RAV puts out 176 horsepower, while the hybrid bumps this to 194 thanks to the electric motor and battery system. On the other hand, all of these electrics add about 500 pounds of weight, turning this SUV into a porker, at about two tons. In spite of this added mass, acceleration is still brisk due to the excellent torque provided by the electric motor. Getting on the freeway in brisk traffic was not a problem. In mixed city commuting, this vehicle averaged 29/31 mpg. At 75 miles per hour (mph) cruising, we observed 29 mpg. If you want maximum economy, cruising at 65 mph can produce 33 mpg. This compares to the non-hybrid RAV I drove last year that got 22 city, and 27 on the freeway. Both are good choices, so take your pick. C. Haire has been contributing freelance car reviews to newspapers and magazines in Arizona since 1991. He also provided reviews to Channel 3 audiences for four years. For nearly two years, Haire has written digital reviews of hybrid or gas-saving vehicles to Green Living magazine.



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AZ ECO FASHION WEEK spotlights sustainable styles

By Dolores Tropiano


co fashion has come a long way from Birkenstocks and bag-like dresses, and AZ Eco Fashion Week plans to prove it. The event takes place April 24-28 in Tempe as part of Earth Month and Fashion Revolution Week and showcases, among other things, styling dresses composed of scraps of recycled fabric. AZ Eco Fashion Week is being launched by F.A.B.R.IC., the Tempe headquarters for the Arizona fashion industry, in partnership with ASU's Global Institute for Sustainability. It is one of the first ecoevents of its kind in the Valley, and it comes with a dual purpose: to unveil cutting-edge fashion and to uncover the dirt behind a seemingly “model” industry. The week kicks off with a screening of the movie “The True Cost,” at 6 p.m. April 24. The groundbreaking documentary exposes the damaging impact of fashion manufacturing. Andrew Morgan, director of the film, believes that when people purchase clothing it is a moral act with a chain reaction of circumstances. Morgan implores consumers “to make choices that support life and not take it away.” The fashion industry is also considered by some to be one of the highest polluting trades in the world. One small solution is sustainable clothing. Sherri Barry will be the voice for change in this department during the whirlwind week of workshops. Barry is cofounder of F.A.B.R.I.C. and the Arizona Apparel Foundation. F.A.B.R.I.C. combines apparel manufacturing resources and co-op work space for fashion professionals. “The mission of the Arizona Apparel Foundation is to provide emerging designers and brands with innovative small batch manufacturing and strategic business resources so they can grow their brand sustainably,” says Barry. AZ Eco Fashion Week also features seminars and events that focus on sustainability in fashion. Green Living magazine will host a daytime event on April 25 and the “Above and Beyond Green Trunk Show” takes place from 6-9 p.m. that evening. Tracey Martin, author of the book “Sustainable in Stilettos,” will be part

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of a panel discussion from 6-8 p.m. April 26. Martin is a fashion designer, certified coach, health and wellness advisor and renowned public speaker. ASU hosts a workshop on April 27 and the week culminates with a fashion show from 7:30-9:30 p.m. April 28. Among the clothing lines racing down the runway will be those created in F.A.B.R.I.C.’s latest program called reFABRICate. Local designers will be using scraps from the company’s manufacturing waste and “transforming them into sustainable and stylish clothing,” says Angela Johnson, cofounder of F.A.B.R.I.C. “We sell the garments and split the proceeds between the designer and AZ Apparel Foundation.” F.A.B.R.I.C. was founded in 2016 by Sherri Barry and Angela Johnson, two fashion mavens whose passion was to provide graduates from local fashion schools with an alternative to leaving Arizona to pursue their design dreams. The building is located at 132 E. Sixth Ave., Tempe. According to Barry, F.A.B.R.I.C. was founded to “create ethical, responsible and sustainable design opportunities right here in Arizona.” Dolores Tropiano is a longtime Valley journalist and Managing Editor of Green Living magazine.

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AGRICULTURE By Sam Pillsbury


High-desert wines here to stay

By Sam Pillsbury


’m standing in the wine section of Costco, signing bottles from Pillsbury Wine Company that I can promote but not pour. A guy strides past me muttering, “Arizona wine? You must be joking!” I’m used to this. I call them Scottsdale wine snobs. They are all older men, and they prefer to be called wine connoisseurs. “Have you tried any?” I ask, not as politely as I could have. “Yeah. I tried one,” he replies. “You guys are crazy. You think you can grow wine grapes in the desert...” Fortunately by now he was out of earshot, or my cozy relationship with Costco could have gone cold. This display of ignorance always amazes me. Here are some simple facts: UC Davis, after years of genetic testing, established that most classical wine grapes originated in the deserts of the Middle East. They were brought to the green hills of France 1,000 years ago by the Greeks and Romans. Even there, take a close look at the soils: sandy or rocky. Wine grapes don’t like fertile soil. They produce canopy and no fruit. In 2000, I planted 20 acres of Rhone varieties on a 40-acre piece of desert in the middle of nowhere in Cochise County. That year, David Letterman joked that one of the 10 best ways to lose money was to plant a vineyard in Arizona. I remember thinking, “Yup! That’s exactly how I bought 40 acres for $400 an acre.” Grapes like this dry, sandy soil. To get the optimum temperature profile in Arizona, you’ve got to go up high. Our three growing regions -- Verde Valley, Sonoita and Cochise County -- are in the area of 4,350 feet high. We get heaps more UV rays than almost any vineyards in the world, which thickens the grape skins, concentrates fragrance and flavor, softens the tannins, and makes more resveratrol and other antioxidants. High desert nights are cool -- we average a 40-degree diurnal temperature swing. When it’s 100 degrees during the day, it’s 60 degrees at night. We easily ripen the grapes when it can be tough in France. We have endless sunshine and cool nights which slow down the ripening of the grapes and keep the acids up, which is great for food wines. Ultra-low humidity helps concentrate the juice. We irrigate our vines from our own wells, the purest water from the Chiricahua Mountains filtered through thousands of feet of limestone. This means we can control the concentration of the juice and the stress to the vines. Organic growing is made easier as well. The desert soil is almost devoid of common soil pathogens. The low humidity means little incidence of rot, so there is little need for chemical sprays or fertilizers. There are also plenty of wonderful organic sprays for rot, and plenty of organic fertilizers. What we have learned in farming is that healthy plants have their own inbuilt resistance to disease and predators, just like healthy people. We now have 14,000 vines on 100 acres. We also just pulled 14 medals, including a double gold, three golds and seven silvers, from 14 entries in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the most prestigious wine competition in the country. My friends in the area have done as well and even better. We have found some of the best vineyard land in the country by looking at essentials and avoiding cliché and perception. And we are making some of the best wines in the country, even the world. Imagine that -- in our own backyard! Take that, Mr. Scottsdale Wine Snob. Sam Pillsbury is the founder and owner of Pillsbury Wine Company, located on 100 acres in Cochise County, 200 miles southeast of Phoenix.

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Martha’s Gardens Date Farm is not the largest producer of dates in Arizona. At 137 acres, it may even be looked down upon by the other date palms on nearby farms. But it’s one of the only family-owned and operated farms left in the area and for a little guy it packs a pretty hefty production punch. Each year the gardens produce more than 700,000 pounds of dates. “We export all over the United States and all over the world,” said Jason Rogers, son of founders Nels and Martha Rogers. According to Nels Rogers, a large percentage of the dates go to Denmark and Australia. Their big, sweet, edible Medjools, also known

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as nature’s candy, have a USDA organic certification. Martha’s Gardens has never used pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides on the palm trees or directly on the fruit during cultivation. The Rogers family pride themselves on producing the finest Medjool dates in all of Arizona. As Martha Rogers once said, “we raise our dates as we raise our children - with love.” There also seems to be a sense of pride in the fact that they are a part of the entire production including sorting, storing, packing and shipping their precious dates. And having the family name on the dates makes a difference. Nels said they have a reputation for having higher standards and a higher quality date. “The bigger players use packing houses, but we do it all ourselves,” said Nels Rogers. The modest, but mighty Medjool date farm first took root on a small parcel of desert land in 1990. The farm is located off a dirt road on the Yuma Mesa overlooking the beautiful Gila Valley, just 10 miles east of downtown Yuma. It took some prep to originally set up the operation. First the family had to clear the previously unused desert land to prepare it for planting. Then, wells were drilled and a drip irrigation system was installed so the palms could be irrigated throughout the year. Surprisingly, large quantities of water are required for the desert plant despite the fact that it capable of surviving drought conditions. Date farming is a very labor intensive type of farming requiring a six-month growing season. Several steps are required from beginning

GREEN THUMB to end to ensure a successful crop, including hand-pollinating the female date. For most dates, a male and a female is required. The first crop consisted of 300 Medjool date palm off-shoots. Today the Rogers’ farm has nearly 8000 palms. Tours are available Monday-Friday for the scenic farm which also sells the Hayany date - a fresh variety of the fruit, date, locally baked date bread and date macaroons. Some days, Martha’s Gardens draw up to 500 people for a tour and a taste of their famous date shakes. “That’s a lot of people that drive down a dirt road for our dates,” Nels said. Dolores Tropiano is a longtime Valley journalist and Managing Editor of Green Living magazine.

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Turning off the water while you brush your teeth or wash your face can save up to four gallons per minute. That adds up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four. To save water in the shower, use a WaterSense labeled showerhead; they’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save up to 750 gallons a month. When washing dishes by hand, instead of letting the water run, fill one sink basin with wash water and the other with rinse water. When using the dishwasher, only run it when full. This can save you up to 1,000 gallons a month. Source:

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Each person in Arizona uses nearly 100 gallons of water per day. Of that water, 70 percent is used outdoors, especially during the summer. When using an irrigation system, water deeply and less frequently to create healthier and deeper root systems. Minimize evaporation by watering early in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Be sure to turn irrigation off when it rains, or better, install a rain sensor so the system won’t run when it’s raining. Remember to weed your garden regularly as weeds compete with other plants for water. Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources


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s the founder of a local women’s organization, I have had the privilege and pleasure of working with more than 6,000 local business women over the past four years. When I founded Conscious Connections, I had the burning desire to surround myself with accomplished, heartbased women who were striving to live and KRISTI HALL work with purpose, meaning and profit. I wanted to soak in their wisdom, share my own, and playfully explore, learn and create cool stuff in the world together. My experience and success in corporate community and public relations, nonprofit marketing and fundraising, and management consulting, coupled with my personal grappling with depression, spirituality, finding my voice, channeling my inner rebel, and more, uniquely positioned me as leader for women’s empowerment and success. I wanted a place for women like me – what my branding strategists at Root + River have coined “awake achievers” -- to come together to be an influence for good in the world. I started out very simply and practically. I had developed a strong network of wise women leaders throughout my career, and I wanted to showcase women who were leading with love and consciousness. At the time, I had a LinkedIn network of about a thousand people, maybe half women, and I decided to hold a luncheon to showcase one of my favorite local leaders. I know how to plan a great party (I organized my first community picnic at the age of 11), and although I had forgotten about my love and talent for writing, I could craft an enticing invitation. So I sent an email to my network, and 72 women showed up at our first event.

Since then, I have experimented with many ways to help women live wholeheartedly and build meaningful and successful businesses and careers. In more than 100 special events, workshops, retreats and masterminds, we have delved into breaking the “good girl syndrome,” learned how to unearth and share our stories from the stage, explored feminine leadership and presence, and more. We have been a place to focus on and develop the inner self so we can powerfully express ourselves in the world to be instruments for positive change. We have helped business women find their personal sweet spot where purpose, talent, service and profit intersect. In my daily conversations with women, as they share their inspiring and powerful stories of both struggle and victory, I never cease to be amazed. And, I have noticed that they often do not either see or embrace their brilliance and strength. Truth be told, I am first on the list, so I understand this issue deeply. Now that I see this phenomenon so clearly, I want to do something about it. I will be leveraging my passion and talent and connections to help women powerfully tell their stories, share their messages, and garner the visibility they deserve. If you are a woman who wants to take your life and business to the next level, I invite you to connect with me personally at kristi@ You are here to create magic in the world, and I am here to help you. Kristi Hall is an author, speaker and the creator of Conscious Connections, a community for more than 6,000 purpose-based business women. Kristi created CC out of her love for marrying business, consciousness and the beauty of playfulness in life. Her work emanates from a deep place of belief in human potential, self-awareness, love, accountability and vulnerability. Learn more at

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By Allyson Mallah


our job as a leader isn’t just to keep the trains running on time. Your job is to create innovations and breakthroughs so that you can remain competitive. Breakthroughs and innovation are a necessity – for you, your family and your business. Nothing stays the same, and if you aren’t growing, you are stagnating – or worse, reaching a place of atrophy, becoming less effective, and losing your edge. I have been a breakthrough leadership strategist for more than 10 years, helping individuals and groups to understand the power and potential of breakthroughs. We, as leaders, must become breakthrough seekers. In 2018, I’ll be sharing a series of articles in Green Living magazine on the power of breakthrough leadership. The first shows you how to create your own personal breakthroughs (yours), followed by leading for breakthroughs for others (theirs), how to create a collective breakthrough culture in your business (ours), and then how your organization can communicate a breakthrough mentality to your clients and customers – reshaping the world around you! Let’s start your breakthrough. Now. Breakthrough Leadership: Yours The first step in the formula is learning to be a leader who can create their own breakthroughs. According to Webster’s dictionary, a breakthrough is a sudden, dramatic, important discovery or development. It can be a new skill, understanding or emotional plateau. Breakthroughs happen when you say “I do,” “never again,” or “I will commit to this forever.” Breakthroughs can be marked by unusually high levels of

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performance, where old limitations are left behind. As leaders, we all want to be able to have our own breakthroughs. After all, how can we hope to lead others towards breakthroughs if we can’t create them for ourselves? I’d like to invite you to consider two things to avoid and two things to pursue to help you to more consistently experience leadership breakthroughs. WHAT BREAKTHROUGH LEADERS MUST AVOID: Data-driven limitations and reasonable expectations. It is impossible until it’s been done. The world is shaped by optimists or challengers of status quo. Breakthrough seekers set what others might think are unrealistically high expectations, of themselves and others. If you look at an actuary table or a life timeline, you may believe you are too old to run the race, or not old enough. If you believe in yourself, you can overcome data-driven limitations. Successful breakthrough leaders may be aware of the data, but they don’t let data and the expectations of others hold them back. They use records and stats as fuel to “seek” disruptive, innovative ideas. Negative speak and people. Our language is very important. Our word choices significantly impact how we see ourselves and others. Neuroscience shows us that our brains are continuously creating neuro-feedback loops. If our internal dialogue is negative and we share that negative dialogue with the world, we set ourselves up for a double dose of disempowering beliefs. We need extra empowerment to rise into a breakthrough. Secondly, it goes without saying that negative people can have a debilitating effect on our ability to lead a breakthrough. Negative people will tell you that it can’t be done. They may even sound sensible in their assessment. If you want to

LEADERSHIP be a breakthrough seeking leader, stay away from these people to minimize their effect on your mindset. WHAT BREAKTHROUGH LEADERS MUST PURSUE: “Act as if” to harden habits. Sometimes the way to achieve a breakthrough is to forecast the desired goal and “act as if” to instill a new, rigorous habit. To “act as if” is to envision the end result you desire and step into that vision mentally and physically through action, as if you have already arrived. For example, one of my passions is to lead high-intensity spin classes with audiences of breakthrough seekers. I have disciplined myself to spin every day and visualize how the class will unfold. Whether I am in the mood or not, I get on the bike with the intention of stepping up my spin game, practicing as if I am leading an army of passionate breakthrough seekers towards their most thrilling, intentional and challenging spin class ever! I envision brilliant breakthrough leaders in front of me, the fierce energy in the room and excited faces ready to collectively take on the challenge. Each day when I practice, the specific area of focus may fluctuate, but my end game of visualization, physical embodiment and consistency in showing up is the constant. Woody Allen said, “eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” If you are trying to establish a new bar for any goal, you must manifest it by acting as if it already exists, consistently. Visualize the goal as clearly as you can, let go of your old pal, perfection, and get acquainted with your new friend, progress. Resilient mindset and faith. One of the most important things you have to achieve in order to have a breakthrough is to believe that it’s possible. If you don’t believe you can become a better leader, a better mother, a better athlete, you probably won’t. You need to believe in your own abilities and have faith in the actions that you’re taking. What we flex grows. Obstacles are a given. Expect them and make your work about flexing your faith and resilience muscles as often as possible. When approaching resistance, remind yourself that it is possible and that the challenges you are facing are a requirement for a breakthrough. Be grateful when resistance shows up, as it is a symbol that you have a breakthrough opportunity. Seek and embrace the discomfort of challenges with that in mind. When you practice this, you develop a calm, powerful trust in yourself despite circumstances. You develop the superpower to quiet the noise in your mind, regardless of the external world. You develop the steadfast perseverance and resilient staying power that allows you to stay the course. When you stay the course, you earn the opportunity to break through. In my next article, I will be elaborating about how breakthrough leaders can help establish a pattern of breakthroughs in others. In the meantime, think about what I have recommended in this article and try to visualize your breakthrough and establish your habits “as if” with faith and a resilient mindset. I look forward to your breakthrough! Allyson Mallah, ACC, brings more than a decade of successful, high performance leadership coaching experience serving a wide variety of clients including the C-Suite, senior leaders, and high-potential emerging leaders. Her passion for her clients and their purpose is unmistakable as she continues to help leaders achieve at new levels of unprecedented excellence while finding joy and life-balance in the process. Contact her at or follow her at,, or

WHAT WILL BE YOUR AUTHENTIC BREAKTHROUGH IN THE NEXT 100 DAYS? Challenge yourself in the next 100 days to achieve a meaningful breakthrough that adds tremendous value to your life! Putting your goals in writing is one of the most powerful things you can do to get clear about what you want and hold yourself accountable. To break through over the next 100 days, answer the following questions: • In the next 100 days, the breakthrough I want most in life is___________________________. • I want this breakthrough because______________________. • To achieve this breakthrough, I am willing to___________________. • The people who I need to support my breakthrough are ___________________. • The five most important action steps I must take in the next 100 days to achieve a breakthrough are as follows (list one through five)_______________________________. • My start date is ______. • My end date is ______.

To make it real, send the answers to these questions to I’ll keep them confidential. And you will have made a commitment to your own most excellent growth! On or about your end date, I will follow up with you to see if you met your breakthrough goals. I will be your supporting accountability! For more support: Go back and read my article Breakthrough Leadership: Yours, Theirs, Ours and Everyone’s. Learn about what to avoid and what to pursue in order to make your breakthrough happen now! March 2018 | greenliving




By Dolores Tropiano


prouts Farmers Market stores are growing faster than oranges in Arcadia, especially in Arizona. The grocery, known for natural, organic and gluten-free foods, has planted two new stores here since the beginning of the year with two more springing up in March and April. And that’s just for the first quarter of 2018. Stores opened in Mesa and Sahuarita in January and February. On March 21, a new Tempe store opens its doors, and lines are expected at the Scottsdale grand opening taking place at 7 a.m. on April 11. “The Scottsdale Sprouts will be the fourth new store to open in our home state of Arizona this year,” says Kalia Pang, the store’s spokesperson. “Valley residents love Sprouts, and we're excited to meet new shoppers in the neighborhood and support them on their healthy living journeys.” Surprisingly, the store will be located at the SHOPS Gainey Village, the upscale shopping plaza at Doubletree and Scottsdale Roads. The grocer, whose guiding principle is that healthy food shouldn't be a luxury, will be sandwiched between designer clothing stores, boutiques and fine dining and services. It replaces Rolfs Salon, which moved a few doors down. Pang says that “the area's growing interest in health and wellness” makes Gainey Ranch a great fit for Sprouts. El Lor, manager of Carine’s Boutique, is thrilled about her new neighbors. “It will bring more diverse customers to the center,” she says. “I think Sprouts draws a somewhat younger and more conscientious shopper.” Lor says the addition of Sprouts will make the center a convenient stop for shoppers looking for clothes, furniture, restaurants and other services. “Now they can do their healthy grocery shopping as well,” says Lor. “You can do everything all in one stop.”

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The new store will be the fourth located in Scottsdale. The 27,000-square-foot market will feature more ready-to-eat and readyto-heat healthy foods along with an enhanced deli of soup, salad, olive bars; freshly squeezed juice and fresh sushi. Ninety percent of the stores’ more than 19,000 healthy products are natural or organic. The natural food destination opened its first store in Chandler in 2002. Today there are more than 300 stores throughout the country. Adena Astrowsky lives in McCormick Ranch just minutes from the new store. She’s delighted to have a Sprouts close by, though she is concerned about the limited parking at the center. The lawyer and mother of three children is a fan of the market’s organic fruits, vegetables and gluten-free products. Astrowsky says, “The shops at Gainey is an excellent location for such a great store.” Dolores Tropiano is a longtime Valley journalist and Managing Editor of Green Living magazine.

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he started as an actress. She grew into an activist. And recently, she evolved into an icon at the forefront of a movement. Ashley Judd is a two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress with one of Hollywood’s most impressive resumes. But her impact goes far beyond the screen. She has dedicated her life to causes close to her heart and helped to give a voice to women who are victims of sexual assault. Judd was one of the key public figures that sparked the #MeToo movement, with such a dramatic impact on women across the world that she ended up being featured on the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue. Her bravery in fighting sexism and sexual assault in the entertainment industry inspired thousands of others to step forward. Judd has also led significant philanthropic and activist work around women’s health, rights and equality. She has also helped those living with AIDS around the world. For all of this and more, the Arizona Foundation for Women is awarding Judd the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual award luncheon on March 26 at the Arizona Biltmore. The Sandra Day O’Connor Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to a woman who has distinguished herself through her leadership, contributions to society, and lifetime achievements, especially when their causes have benefited women and families.



Welter was the first female NFL coach and is a gold medalist and inspirational speaker. She encourages women to pursue their passions, especially in male-dominated fields. She hosts football camps and recently released the book “Play Big,” which is about pushing past limits and facing life’s challenges.

“We couldn’t be more proud to honor her and hear her acceptance speech at the event at a time when #MeToo is such a relevant movement.”

“Ashley Judd’s impact has been remarkable across so many different pursuits,” said Mesha Davis, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women. “We couldn’t be more proud to honor her and hear her acceptance speech at the event at a time when #MeToo is such a relevant movement.” Judd is not the only one to be recognized that day. A pioneer in the world of sports and a doctor with a commitment to serving those most in need will also be honored. Dr. Jen Welter will be the recipient of the Voice of Women Award, and Phoenix dentist Dr. Ken Snyder will receive the Marilyn R. Seymann Award. The Voice of Women Award is given to an individual who has been responsible for informing and educating the public about significant women’s issues. The Marilyn R. Seymann Award is named after the founder of the Arizona Foundation for Women and honors an Arizonan who has made a difference in the lives of local women and children.

Snyder has served as the dental director and pediatric dentist at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Dental Clinic and the satellite children’s program at the Chandler Care Center for 22 years. The clinic helps women who have been victims of domestic violence by providing them with a career path in dental assistance that will help them transition back into society. Tickets for the event are available at Yvette Roeder is a member of the Board of Directors for Arizona Foundation for Women (AFW), and chairs AFW’s Communications Committee. She has more than 17 years of experience in public relations, and have worked in almost every aspect of that industry, such as crisis communication, media relations, internal communications and public affairs. She is currently the Communications Manager at the City of Phoenix, directly supporting Phoenix’s chief information officer. She also is raising a Sun Devil and a Wildcat, and three furry animals.

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THE JET LAG BATTLE By Dr. Ilyne Kobrin


raveling frequently (or infrequently), you try to do all the right things to ensure you are well balanced and ready to work (or play) when you arrive at your destination. On the airplane you stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and caffeine. At your destination you exercise and try to get your body back on its natural cycle, but you still cannot avoid suffering from the effects of jet lag. The problem? You left home, but your body clock did not. Shortly after arriving you are irritable and can barely form an intelligent question. You may be suffering the effects of jet lag which occur when your circadian rhythm, known as your ‘body clock’ or sleep and wake system, is thrown into a tailspin due to time zone hopping. Symptoms of jet lag may include insomnia or extreme daytime fatigue; irritability or mood swings; digestive problems including diarrhea or constipation; difficulty concentrating or making decisions, and disruption of executive function or complex thinking. Thus, you may resort to over the counter or (with your physician’s approval) prescription sleep aids in an attempt to “trick” your body into the local time zone. Sound familiar? According to research performed by NASA, it can take a full day to recover for each time zone you crossed. Many of us do not have a full day per time zone to once again feel normal or productive. There has to be a better, more natural way to get our body back into its natural circadian rhythm. A holistic remedy to stay the effects of jet lag using the ancient principles of acupuncture has been offered by an international team of highly regarded healthcare practitioners. Led by Dr. John Amaro, it focuses on the general circulation of chi (Energy), and follows the traditional Chinese medicine Horary Chart. Amaro and his team

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found that using an acupressure technique of tapping specified acupuncture points has the effect of resetting your circadian rhythm allowing you to avoid the dreaded symptoms of jet lag. It is a simple, non-invasive technique that you can accomplish yourself while on an airplane. This involves tapping the appropriate acupuncture points based upon the current time at your final destination. This technique, the associated point locations, and their correspondence to the current times at your destination are detailed in the chart. Those schooled in acupuncture will often tap using a specially designed tool called a teishin, but you can accomplish similar results using a metal tipped pen (with the point retracted please). Using the chart as a guide, simply locate the point that corresponds to the current time at your destination. Tap that point lightly in a series of five taps (one per second) pause for a couple of seconds, repeating four or five times for a total of 25 – 30 repetitions. In this case, lightly is about the same pressure with which you type on your smart phone. Repeat this process about every two hours, moving to the next tap point - time zone combination. You should start this process once you are settled on the airplane and discontinue once you land at your destination. Taping your direct skin is best but in a pinch through a light layer of clothes will do (and is likely required on an airplane). Not exactly sure of an exact point location -get close. Not sure how quickly or how hard to tap – do what comes naturally for you. Following basic healthful living practices of sufficiently hydrating, avoiding caffeine after midday, limiting alcohol consumption and keeping a healthy diet and exercise when possible, particularly with travel, will serve you well. Being mindful of evening exposure to your

TRAVEL computer, tablet and TV is also recommended as the light emitted by these devises can have an anti-soporific effect. As frequent business travelers, my husband and I love this technique. Will it work for you? Only one way to find out, just remember to bring a copy this article and the chart as your guide.

Dr. Ilyne Kobrin is a speaker, educator, corporate trainer and creator of Body Messaging® - a Neuroscience Based Achievement Model is a guide to mastering new life patterns for a sustainable, internal success environment. Visit Dr. Kobrin holds post-graduate certifications in clinical neurology, acupuncture and yoga, in addition to more than 25 years as a Doctor of Chiropractic. As CEO, Posture Docs LLC she is credited with being a patented inventor of the travelers’ favorite posture support Back Bean®.

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TURNING TRASH TO TREASURE A new interactive public art installation lets you turn your garbage to a golden work of art

By Brian Passey


ooking for a place to put that treasured trinket, trading card or toy? An installation that illustrates how one person’s junk can be another person’s gems – or even an amazing piece of art – will be accepting small items like these at this month’s Canal Convergence in Scottsdale. The free spring event runs from 4-10 p.m. March 2-3 at the Scottsdale Waterfront between Goldwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road. (The interactive art project moves to the Scottsdale Arts Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center Park on March 9-11.) The convergence has been lighting up the Scottsdale Waterfront every year since 2012, but as the free event prepares for a move from spring to fall this year, it’s also making an effort to go green. “The event features primarily light-based art, so it’s inherently going to take energy,” said Colleen Donohoe, a public art coordinator for Scottsdale public art and director of this year’s first Canal Convergence. “We wanted to look at other ways to offset that footprint.” Those steps included an emphasis on sustainability in the event’s call for artists and a new partnership with Scottsdale Solid Waste to handle recycling at the event which also includes food, workshops and performances.

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Among those who responded to the call for artists was RADAR Art, a three-person collective that formed in Spartanburg, South Carolina. RADAR Art explores the transformation of “one man’s trash” into “curated art treasures.” Their "Barter Boat" accepts small items like baseball cards, keychains or toys in exchange for art created by the


collective from items they have gathered in other cities. Anna Abhau Elliott of RADAR Art says the idea for Barter Boat came from the collective’s concern about trash that ends up in waterways, harming wildlife. “So much stuff already exists, and it can have so much emotional value to somebody,” said Elliot. “How can we keep it around instead of throwing it away?” In addition to creating art out of what some might consider trash, "Barter Boat’s" green efforts include the use of biodegradable bags made from corn-based eco-plastic. The art installation also uses LED lights to operate at night to maintain a carnival-like experience as efficiently as possible, Elliott explained. Manuel Castillo, customer service and outreach manager for Scottsdale Solid Waste, says his department will provide three containers for waste at Canal Convergence. One will be for recycling, one for compost, and one for the landfill. Because Scottsdale Solid Waste does not have its own composting service, Castillo explained, the department has partnered with Recycled City, a Phoenix-based composting company. “We plan on going through the material and separating as best as possible to get as close as we can to a zero-waste event,” Castillo said. “We plan to see where we’re at, create a baseline, and see if we can do better from there (at future events throughout Scottsdale).” Scottsdale Solid Waste also will operate a booth at the event where employees will talk about recycling and give away knick knacks made of recycled material. Additionally, Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach will emphasize sustainability at Canal Convergence with its Sustainabili-tree. This activity asks visitors to “leaf” an environmental promise by thinking about the small things they can do to decrease their own ecological footprint and then writing or drawing those actions on “leaves” that will be attached to the Sustainabili-tree. With the move toward a more sustainable event, Donohoe says it wasn’t a question of “Why?” but rather one of “Why not?” Brian Passey is a former journalist and current public relationship specialist for Scottsdale Arts.

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ake your pick. Television, or getting that project done. Finishing taxprep, or cruising online? Burritos, or bananas? Skyhorse Publishing, life always has choices… but read “The Self-Discipline Handbook” by Natalie Wise first, and you may gain more willpower. Take a look at the closest dictionary, she says and you’ll see that self-discipline is basically passion and purpose and doing what we think is right. So now you know what it means… but does that make it any easier? Yes, says Wise, because there are steps you can take to gain selfdiscipline. It starts small, and it grows with consistent practice. Another ingredient she recommends: knowing your strengths and “owning the negative parts of yourself” so you can watch that they don’t “trip you up.” Note which – strengths or weaknesses – are harder to accept. According to Wise, it’s best to cultivate creativity and curiosity. Do so with a change in environment or perspective, and by nurturing yourself with occasional indulgences. Take naps. Eat snacks. Put relaxation on your schedule, and be sure not to deny yourself. That will help keep your energy up, because self-discipline “craves it.” If you begin to falter in your path, she explains, add humility to your self-discipline tool kit and ask for help. There’s nothing shameful in a hand-up; the bonus is that it teaches you how to say “no” when you need it. Have a hobby, but don’t dabble in “your hustle.” Eliminate “just because” chores and make sure there’s a reason for tasks you perform every day. Don’t just “get by” on the things that are important; if something’s really important, then “make it happen,” she says. Other great tips from the book include getting organized and having a written list of daily tasks to be done. Find your passion, Wise

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advises, even if it’s not for the thing your self-discipline efforts are focused on. Break tasks up into smaller projects, if the whole feels too daunting. Know how to avoid burn-out at all costs. And be patient: gaining self-discipline is absolutely “worth achieving.” Though it’s quite simplistic, “The Self-Discipline Handbook” surely could be of some help to anyone for whom procrastination is the default position. It’s useful – but you have some get-through in the book to get to the essence of her message. First of all, readers who just want the facts may bristle at the new agey-ness here. Talking to your bodily organs might seem odd to some, and the over-advice on healthy eating is rather superfluous in a time when nutrition guidelines are everywhere. Another annoying aspect of the author’s approach: the abundance of alliteration. Still, how could you resist even just a small bit of focus-help? How could you ignore a book that makes self-discipline so step-by-step attainable? If your workday is scattered and you know you can do better, you can – especially if you keep in mind that nobody says you have to read every single page. If you’ve got goals and you’re feeling panicked or if you just need a brush-up, this book may be a good lifeline. Take a deep breath. It’s okay. “The Self-Discipline Handbook” is a book to pick… up. Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer, also known as “The Bookworm,” is a professional book reviewer. Terri has been reading since she was three years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives in Wisconsin with her two dogs and 14,000 books.





e don’t often consider that we live in an urban state, but we really do. More Arizonans live in metropolitan areas than anywhere else in the state. We may venture out of our cities and towns from time to time, but we are largely urban or suburban people. Without trying too hard, months or years can go by in our busy DAVID A. SCHALLER lives without us experiencing the wilderness. The distractions of the modern world can easily disconnect us from developing an awareness of the natural processes that support us. So unless our childhood included opportunities to visit a national park, pitch a tent at a mountain lake, or just drive through a scenic landscape between two cities, we may have grown up without an appreciation for even the idea of wilderness. Waiting until later in life to try on a wilderness experience makes it more difficult to find a permanent place for it in our lives. Fortunately there is a state-wide program available for young Arizonans and their families not yet comfortable with camping and the outdoor enjoyment it offers. The Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program has become a ticket for families to visit, learn about, and camp at Arizona State Parks while experiencing how to recreate safely on public lands and completing an environmental service project. The program is built around weekends designed for families that have little or no experience camping. It is supported by AmeriCorps through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Governor’s Office for Children,

Youth and Families and the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. The goal of the program is to introduce young novice campers and their families to a range of outdoor experiences and inspire them to continue to explore the great outdoors. Staff and volunteers show young people how to set up a tent, give them an introduction to outdoor cooking, and provide a variety of activities to enjoy like fishing and archery. Additional activities often include mountain biking, hiking, geocaching, animal demonstrations, campfire stories, birding and more. Families will also get to work on a service project (activities vary by park). If interested, families should contact to register for a weekend program in a state park near them, being patient on a waiting list if necessary as the program has proven quite popular as the word gets out. Activities are already being scheduled for the spring of 2018 and feature weekends at Patagonia, Roper Lake (Safford), River Island (Parker), and Dead Horse Ranch (Cottonwood) State Parks, plus Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (Show Low). At a time when private interests are making a full-scale assault on the national monument and public land treasures of Arizona, additional champions for these lands will be crucial. One certain way to spark youth involvement as public lands guardians for the future is through programs like the Arizona Family Campout Program. 2018 is a great time to start. For more information, visit David Schaller is a retired environmental scientist living in Tucson, where he writes on climate, water and energy security.

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By Gretchen Pahia


he luck of the Irish is in the air. Green beer will soon be flowing, and it’s time to find your four-leafed clovers and get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. One of the longest running and most popular events in the metro Phoenix area is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Irish Faire is also a part of the St. Patrick’s Day package. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on 3rd and Sheridan Streets and travels south to McDowell Road. With more than 30 years under its belt, the annual parade is ready and raring to go. This year’s grand marshal is ABC15 sports broadcaster Craig Fouhy, and with the parade falling on actual St. Patrick’s Day this year, Saturday March 17, there is a special, vibrant energy surrounding the event. Harry Sexton, president of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, said, “With Craig Fouhy as our grand marshal and some exciting new additions to the day, this could be our best yet.” The parade team has been working tirelessly to put this event together, including focusing some efforts for sustainability. As a way to help keep the occasion greener than ever, the fair and parade are offering shuttles from one main location so that people don’t have to drive too far. Patrons are also encouraged to ride the light rail, carpool or walk to the event. The free shuttle can be picked up at 1850 N. Central Ave., and free parking is also available in the garage at that location. (The shuttle will bring parade goers back to the Irish

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Cultural Center for the fair.) For those choosing to take the light rail, riders should get off at the Roosevelt St./Central Ave. station. Fouhy will lead the Parade, including marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipes, floats and more. The 2018 Arizona Colleen and Rose title winner and her court will also be on hand at the Irish Faire to help celebrate the special day. Guests at the Irish Faire will find three stages of Irish music, Irish step dancing, and bagpipers. The fair will also include traditional Irish food, beverages, Irish crafts, a children’s area and more. Guests are also invited to check out the McClelland Irish Library to catch a guided tour of the only Irish library west of the Mississippi. This year for the first time, there will be a VIP lounge reserved for adults 21-and-older. The lounge features a D.J., craft beer tastings, and a relaxing place to enjoy a pint. General admission to the Irish Faire is $12 for ages 13-and-older, and kids 12-and-younger are free. Tickets for seniors and military members are $10. For more information on the event, call 602-2809221. You can also get tickets and information online at Gretchen Pahia has 15 years of experience in both media and public relations and is an award- winning television news producer in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Portland.

LUCK ‘O THE SCIENCE The Arizona Science Center puts their own spin on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with "Luck 'O the Science". The event takes place from 6-10 p.m. March 16 and features the Irish band U2 in an audio-visual laser experience that includes an immersive journey through this Irish band's rise to success. The evening will include green drinks, a path to the pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow, and demos with a wee bit of green science. Plus, experience the city natured destroyed but also preserved in POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION. No luck of the Irish required to join in the fun, you only need to be 21 or over. Admission: $12 non-members, free for members. Cocktails, food, shows and featured exhibitions are an additional cost.

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NUTTY STRAWBERRY BANANA Smoothies/Meal Replacements for Athletes Recipe Courtesy of TrainHeroic

INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup reduced fat milk, soy milk or almond milk (plain, vanilla or chocolate) 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries 1 peeled banana 2 tablespoons nut butter (peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter) 1 tablespoons honey 3/4 cup ice DIRECTIONS: Combine ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.



COURSE DESSERT PREP TIME 20 MINUTES COOK TIME 10 MINUTES TOTAL TIME 30 MINUTES SERVINGS 24 TARTS AUTHOR RACHEL CONNERS INGREDIENTS For the crust 1 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup coconut oil solid 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt FOR THE FILLING 1 cup coconut cream chilled (see notes) 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup fresh mixed berries

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INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 350ยบF. Lightly grease a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with coconut oil. 2. Combine coconut flour and salt in a bowl. Add the maple syrup and room temperature coconut oil and mix until a large dough ball forms, pressing out any clumps of coconut oil. If you're mixing with a bowl and spoon (not a stand mixer), you may want to use your hands at the end to bring dough fully together and make sure there aren't any lumps. 3. Divide the dough between the 24 mini muffin cavities and press up the sides. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely before using a toothpick or knife to pop the cups out of the muffin tin. 4. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or a hand mixer), beat the chilled coconut cream with the maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. 5. Add a scoop of whipped coconut cream to each cooled shortbread cup and top with fresh berries. Serve immediately. RECIPE NOTES If you can't find coconut cream at your health store, you can purchase regular full-fat coconut milk and place it in the fridge overnight. When you open the can, scrape off the thickened layer and measure that. You should get about 1 cup from a 14.5 ounce can.

NO BAKE SNICKERS CHEESECAKE A devilishly decadent dessert that's free of eggs, dairy, grains and refined sugars. Make it Paleo by swapping peanuts with almonds! PALEO & VEGAN PREP TIME 30 MINS COOK TIME 5 MINS TOTAL TIME 35 MINS


INSTRUCTIONS 1 If you haven’t already add the cashews to a bowl and cover with water. Leave the cashews overnight to use when you need it the next day. CRUST 1. Make the crust by adding the dates and the pecans to a food processor or high-powered blender. Blitz together until the dates and pecans are broken up into small pieces and come together. If your mixture is too dry, add a couple more dates. You may need to stop to scrape the sides down occasionally. 2. Press the crust into an 8-inch by 8-inch parchment-lined dish until evenly spread. Use another sheet of parchment paper to place over the crust when pressing in the pan. This will keep the crust from sticking to your hands when you’re trying to press it into the tin. NUT BUTTER CARAMEL 1. In a small pot, melt the caramel ingredients on a medium-low heat for about 2 minutes (the maple, oil, nut butter butter, vanilla and sea salt). Make sure to stir while everything melts to keep from burning. Pour the caramel mixture into a small bowl so that it cools faster. Set it aside in the fridge while you make the filling. FILLING 1. For the cheesecake layer, begin by draining the water from the cashews and then placing them in a high speed blender or food processor with the remaining cheesecake ingredients. Blend it all together until it becomes smooth. If you need, stop and scrap the sides down to get all the bits mixed in. This should take 60-90 seconds. 2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed. Add another 1-2 tablespoons of maple if you like it sweet. Keep in mind that the nut butter caramel will add additional sweetness. 3. Pour filling over the crust. Dollop half of the caramel mixture across the cheesecake filling and then drag a knife or toothpick across the top to create the ripple effect. Take half of the peanuts or almonds and scatter them across the pan and press them into the filling 4. Cover the cheesecake and place it in the freezer for 4-5 hours to set. 5. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer to allow it to thaw slightly before cutting it. 6. While it's thawing, melt your dark chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments or over the stove top over a pot of simmering water on a low heat,


1 1/2 cup packed pitted dates 1 1/2 cups raw pecans or walnut CHEESECAKE FILLING 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice, plus more to taste more to taste NUT BUTTER CARAMEL 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter for Paleo 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract TOPPINGS 1/2 cup salted peanuts or almonds for Paleo 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate stirring constantly. Remove the chocolate from the heat and let it cool for a minute or two before drizzling it over the cheesecake. 7. Drizzle the remaining nut butter caramel over the top along with the melted chocolate and remaining peanuts or almonds.

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March 2-4 McDowell Mountain Music Festival

March 10 Carefree Desert Garden Seminars: Desert Medicinal Plants

March 17 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Irish Family Faire


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Margaret T. Hance Park 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix Admission: $50 and up. Children 10-and-younger are free. The annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival is back, so get ready to kick it up with your favorite bands this weekend. Enjoy a variety of foods, brews and cocktails. Shop the vendor booths for that unique piece, and visit the merch tent for festival apparel. There’s also a kids’ zone for added family fun. For more information, call 602-343-0453.

Rawhide Event Center 5244 N. 48th St., Chandler Vintage Market is more than a flea market, it’s an upscale vintage-inspired market with salvaged and repurposed finds, repurposed designs, handmade items, tasty consumables, clothing and jewelry, and household items, along with live music to enjoy. The perfect place to seek out hidden treasures for the home.

Parade and fair start at 10 a.m. Downtown Phoenix FREE. The parade begins on 3rd and Sheridan streets, then heads south through Downtown Phoenix and ends on Willetta street. Enjoy an Irish day of parade performers and entertainers, Irish dancers, traditional bagpipe music, floats and bands. Following the parade is the St. Patrick’s Day Faire in the Irish Cultural Center at Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix. There is a cost for the fair.

March 3- 4 TRES RIOS NATURE FESTIVAL Meridian Wildlife Area 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Get outdoors for a weekend of archery, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and personal encounters with wildlife. This outdoor festival showcases the rich diversity of natural habitats, wildlife and the history of the Gila River with food, live music and dance performances. Proceeds benefit “Wildlife for Tomorrow.” For more information, call 623-333-2400.

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March 10 CAREFREE DESERT GARDEN SEMINARS: DESERT MEDICINAL PLANTS Town Council Chamber 33 Easy St., Carefree 9:30 a.m.-noon Minimum $5 donation required. This is the third of four seminar programs sponsored by Carefree Desert Gardens. Come join JoAnn Sanchez, herbalist and educator of botanical medicine for 20 years, as she demonstrates desert plants as medicines. Samples will be available to taste, touch and take home along with medicinal recipe ideas to try at home. Take part in the plant raffle for a chance to win a live plant. For information, call 480-488-3686.

March 24 & 25 15 ANNUAL ARIZONA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Tempe Town Lake Marina 550 E Tempe Town Lake, Tempe 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. The Annual Arizona Dragon Boat Festival returns for its 15th year at the lake marina featuring recreational and competitive dragon boat races. The lake is colored with more than 100 dragon boat racing teams from all corners of the planet. There will be paddlers, 40-foot-long rowing canoes, and a 500-meter race. Enjoy a day by the water with plenty of photo ops, vendors and food while enjoying Pacific and Asian entertainment.


February 10-11 Valentine’s at the Vineyards


March 2-4

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival Posse Grounds Park 525 Posse Ground Road, Sedona Registration: $50- $100. Get out of winter hibernation and pedal into spring at this weekend mountain bike celebration. The event includes a full expo-festival at the Tlaquepaque Village and features food, a beer garden, live music, bicycle demos, shuttle rides and much more. Festival partner Hermosa Tours will be providing a centralized camp area for Friday and Saturday nights. This will include breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Registration begins at 11 a.m. on March 1.

March 3

Flagstaff Sustainability Fix-it Event Joe C. Montoya Community & Senior Center 245 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff 10 a.m.-1 p.m. What a great way to keep items from going into landfills. This free fix-it clinic allows anyone to bring broken household items such as toys, small appliances, clothing and furniture to volunteers who will do their very best to fix them. For more information, call 928-213-2765.

March 17- 18

18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival Community Field 75 E. Holloman St., Camp Verde Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, with paid options. The 18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival includes the Verde River Raft & Kayak Run, Archaeological Fair, pecan pie baking contest, wine tasting, vendors, food, museums, music, and family fun. Admission is free with the exception of the Wine Tasting and admission to Fort Verde Historic State Park. For more information, call 928-301-0922.

February 17 11th Annual Buffalo Soldiers Reenactment & Vintage Baseball

February 3-4 Cave Festival



March 3

2018 Arizona Community Tree Council Tree Festival & Climbing Championship Peart Park 350 E. 6th St., Casa Grande 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. As kids, tree climbing was a cinch. So, bring the inner child and check out this tree climbing competition! Arizona arborists will compete throughout the day, presenting daily challenges they face in their work. Munch on a variety of foods and take part in some fun family activities. For more information, call 602-354-3023.

March 3 - April 14 Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

Tucson Scottish Rite Grand Parlour 160 S. Scott Ave., Tucson Saturdays 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Prices start at $33. Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic! This is a clean show recommended for adults and teenagers who love the mysterious art of magic and a chance to be on stage as a magical assistant. Shows sell out fast, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, call 520-615-5299.

March 10

Rio Rico History Museum Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 1060 Yavapai Drive #7, Rio Rico 11 a.m.-noon Come out to the Rio Rico Plaza to celebrate the opening of the Rio Rico History Museum, the first museum of Rio Rico sponsored by the Garrett family. Participate in a free museum tour and receive a free poster while supplies last.

March 7

Natural Resources Committee Meeting Arizona Forward 3800 N Central Ave., Suite 3800, Phoenix 10am - 11:30-am Arizona Forward’s mission is to bring business and civic leaders together to promote cooperative efforts on improving environmental sustainability and economic liveliness in our state. https://

March 14

Arizona Green Chamber March Lunch & Learn Pedal Haus 730 S Mill Ave #102, Tempe 11:30am - 1:30pm Come join Branden Kay and learn how businesses, nonprofits and governments can collaborate to support sustainable behavior & investment. He will share what to avoid when working with governments and nonprofits and what works for businesses..

March 30

WPC 101 Faculty Lecture Series W. P. Carey School of Business BAC 116, Tempe 3:30pm - 4:30pm FREE. This months lecture is on supply chain management: Fashion, Technology and food’s for innovation and sustainability. Come join presenter, Mr. Eddie Davila as he speaks on a variety of business topics and sustainability.

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GR EEN C HAM PIO N S Each month in our Green Champions section, we feature three people — one each in northern, central and southern Arizona — who are making strides in the green community. In this issue, we’re celebrating three innovators who have transformed the state with their advancements in different fields. NORTHERN: DYLAN LENZEN Sustainability Aide at City of Flagstaff

Dylan Lenzen is the Zero Waste coordinator for Flagstaff’s sustainability department. His work focuses on improving municipal and community-wide waste diversion and prevention through community outreach programming, as well as the development of new policy. Lenzen helped Flagstaff earn the “Municipality Recycler of the Year” award in 2017. He was instrumental in creating the city’s Master Recycler Program, which won Northern Arizona University’s Sustainability Leadership Award for “Best Community Project.” Lenzen also led the development of the city’s Rethink Waste Plan, which established goals such as achieving Zero Waste by 2050 and outlines programs to reduce the impact of Flagstaff’s waste and material consumption. Lenzen graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in environmental science, where he led the Student Environmental Caucus. Dylan also sits on the board of Flagstaff Foodlink, an organization promoting access to healthy and sustainably grown food. WWW.FLAGSTAFF.AZ.GOV

CENTRAL: LUCAS MARIACHER: Zero Waste Coordinator at City of Phoenix

Lucas Mariacher is the Zero Waste coordinator for Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States. He established the Phoenix Green Business Program, which recognizes Phoenix businesses that are recycling. Mariacher also revitalized all of the Phoenix City Hall recycling programs and established a food scraps recycling program at a local high school. Mariacher has a Master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University. While in school, he received two President’s Awards for Sustainability. He was also on the board for the Arizona Recycling Coalition. Most recently the Phoenix resident was selected to be on the 2018 Waste360 40 under 40 list. WWW.ARIZONARECYCLINGCOALITION.ORG

SOUTHERN: PAUL CUNNINGHAM City councilman at City of Tucson

Paul Cunningham is a councilman from Tucson for Ward 2 and a lifelong community activist. Cunningham is committed to safeguarding Tucson’s greatest asset: the water supply. He championed the current water service area policy and advocated for rainwater harvesting rebates. He firmly believes that policies like these are the only way to ensure the long-term viability of both our community and the precious desert. Cunningham served in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from University of Arizona and his master’s degree from Arizona State University. He volunteered for National Youth Sports, the Community Prevention Coalition, and more. Cunningham was even elected by his peers to serve as vice mayor for a year. WWW.TUCSONAZ.GOV

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SPRING CLEANING Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart


I’d have to think that with all the flu germs lately, folks will be tackling spring cleaning with a new fervor! Thankfully most germs can be eliminated with non-toxic and earth-friendly means. We gave our home a good scrub with five different products to see how they busted germs, grime and dirt.

AUNT FANNIE’S | GLASS & WINDOW VINEGAR WASH HE SAID: Glass cleaners always seem like a bit of a rip off to me. Warm water and some dish soap usually does a better job of cleaning windows than most glass cleaners (Aunt Fannie’s and Windex included). But some people enjoy having their windows and mirrors smell like pickles. If that’s you, then this is your stuff.

SHE SAID: When this can easily cut through the mystery stains up and down my sliding glass door, I’m a happy camper. I mean, how did my preschooler get food way up there anyway? That’s impressive. I’m not even mad. So yeah, it smelled like vinegar, but the smell faded quickly. A great alternative to the blue stuff.

BIOKLEEN | MULTI-SURFACE FLOOR CLEANER BAC-OUT HE SAID: This is a simple but effective floor cleaner. It had almost no smell whatsoever. The best part is there’s no need for a clunky mop bucket. Just spray it on and wipe it up. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

SHE SAID: I’ve never met a Biokleen product I didn’t like. The heavy-duty nozzle was easy to squeeze and sprayed a fine mist over a wide surface area. Some yummy citrus aromas and live enzymes later, I had a squeaky clean floor with no residue.

AURA CACIA | HOME CARE ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND DOWN TO EARTH HE SAID: The fragrance alone is worth the high price tag. This down-to-earth oil blend made our bathroom smell great! Citrusy and bright but also woodsy with pine and cedarwood. Now, I’m not going to lie. Seventeen dollars for two ounces of liquid will hurt when you buy it. But it’s pure essential oils, so you’ll hardly use any per bottle of cleanser.

SHE SAID: This is such a unique blend that it’s hard to describe the scent. It’s skipping through the woods after a rain carrying a basket of lemons, oranges and grapefruit, in a bottle. It comes with handy cleaning recipes on the label. We tried the toilet bowl cleaner. It worked great for basic cleaning, but not for tougher stains. I’ll give the other recipes a try.

SEVENTH GENERATION | DISINFECTANT SPRAY EUCALYPTUS, SPEARMINT & THYME SCENT HE SAID: We’ve used Seventh Generation disinfecting sprays before and I haven’t been a fan, but consider me converted. Usually I don’t like the smell of thymol (thyme oil), but if you add eucalyptus and spearmint oil you can make just about anything smell good. I also like that the bottle contains compressed air -just “push button and receive cleaner.”

SHE SAID: I can’t imagine an easier way to kill germs (including influenza A and H1N1) than this. The compressed air sprayed a perfect minty mist on unsuspecting microbes. And it was actually fun pushing the button and dousing everything from door knobs to light switches, knowing this was safe for us and the planet. A product like this should be in every home.

METHOD | FOAMING BATHROOM CLEANER EUCALYPTUS MINT HE SAID: While the cleaning results of this product were adequate, the process of using it was a nightmare. It comes in what can only be described as the worst spray bottle on the planet. It has a flat nozzle that sprayed vertically, which is useful if you’re cleaning a wall, but cleaning anything else could put you in an awkward position. And, it didn’t come out of the bottle evenly. I could’ve flung this stuff with my hand and received better coverage.

SHE SAID: I know this says “bathroom cleaner,” but when something smells like the crisp ocean air during springtime, you spray that on everything you can! Seriously, so good. Don’t expect the foam to come out like shaving cream, though. It’s more like the weak dribble from a faulty faucet. That was disappointing, but the spray did clear away soap scum in a jiffy! Also, our bathmat is now clear again (don’t judge).

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Finding a comfortable pair of running shoes that don’t smell after being worn too long is extremely difficult. Add to that sustainable, eco-friendly shoes, and the search seems impossible! Allbirds took up that challenge, creating an athletic shoe made from eco-friendly sheep wool to minimize odor, regulate temperature, and wick moisture. The company focuses on simplicity and comfort, and if you aren’t completely in love within 30 days, send the shoes back, no questions asked. Starting at $95 WWW.ALLBIRDS.COM



Aromatherapy is all about the smells. Certain aromas can relax people and put them their own happy place. The closer the smells are, the better, which is why the NuggleBuddy with Aromatherapy is perfect. It’s a “pillow-like” pack filled with organically grown beans, herbs and botanicals that have been infused with essential oils and natural fragrances. NuggleBuddy can even be heated or frozen for soothing aches and pains. Starting at $26 WWW.NUGGLEBUDDY.COM



Sunscreen is such a necessity, especially while living in Arizona. So, finding one that works well and doesn’t contain every chemical in the book is extremely important. Organic Zinc Oxide Sunscreen is one that’s not only organic, but also doesn’t have any added oils or fragrances. If you’re ready to skip the the extras in your sun protection, this could be the sunscreen for you. Starting at $15 WWW.THRIVEMARKET.COM Find more cool outrageous stuff at

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