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t’s May, the month in which we set a day aside to celebrate our mothers. While you’re showing gratitude to the important women in your life, don’t forget to include the mother we all share – Mother Earth. Our May issue focuses on women and mothers of all kinds. It also offers solutions to typical feminine problems. Did you know the average woman will use 11,000 tampons in her lifetime? That is an astronomical amount of waste! Become part of the solution and minimize or even eliminate monthly feminine waste with the eco-friendly period product alternatives listed on page 8. Our May issue also features stories about natural beauty practices such as threading; the dangers of traditional lipstick; natural treatment options for HPV; how to upcycle your closet; Marci Zaroff’s new organic cotton clothing line; celiac disease awareness; Debbie Gaby’s Charity Catwalk event; the Tilted Earth Food and Wine Festival; and much more!

While you’re showing gratitude to the important women in your life, don’t forget to include the mother we all share – Mother Earth.

Read about my recent experience at an ecofriendly bed-and-breakfast located just outside of Tucson in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, called Paca de Paja, on page 36, and start packing your bags! What will you do on May 8 to celebrate mothers and Mother Earth? If you’re looking for something special, don’t miss our Green Scenes calendar of events which includes some eco-friendly Mother’s Day events around the state. I want to take this opportunity to give a shoutout to my mom, Tina, and all she’s done for me and for our family. I love you, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Our May Women’s Issue features inspiring eco-conscious women like Debbie Gaby, one of Arizona’s premier philanthropists. This photo is from last year’s Celebrity Catwalk event. From left to right: Mark Tarbell, Michael Cairns, Bob Parsons, Renee Parsons, Debbie Gaby. Read more about this year’s event on page 27!

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uman papillomavirus (HPV) infections One of Dr. Stage’s first recommendations affect women across the globe, with for patients fighting the infection is to more than 290 million women infected drink more green tea. In some cases, in 2012 according to the International Agency she may also suggest higher potency for Research on Cancer. Fortunately, naturopathic options such as encapsulated medicine offers a variety of treatment options for products or vaginal suppositories. women looking to fight off HPV naturally. Preventative measures are key to Dr. Katie Stage, ND, RH (AGH), a women’s avoiding HPV and cervical cancer, wellness physician at the SCNM Medical Center however. Women should always use in Tempe, explained that a woman’s age is the a barrier method to protect themselves from DR. KATIE STAGE first factor a naturopathic doctor considers before sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and recommending a particular treatment. In younger women, smoking cessation can also help with prevention. Dr. Stage HPV often resolves on its own, she said, adding that women further explained how taking care of one’s body overall can under 30 years can usually fight off the infection like they help inhibit HPV and other STIs; it will also help the body would fight off a cold. However, factors such as genetics, fight the infection if contracted. lifestyle stress and smoking can make it more difficult for “In my patient population, I’ve seen that a lot of the some women’s bodies to combat HPV, while also putting them women who have trouble getting rid of the HPV infection at greater risk for developing cervical cancer. are under a lot of stress and lacking sleep – these might be Treating HPV naturally first involves nutrient optimization, graduate students, nurses, or people who are working 12Dr. Stage said, because women at higher risk for cervical hour stretches,” Dr. Stage explained. “So my sense is that the cancer are often deficient in nutrients such as vitamin A, the body is working so hard to compensate for that kind of sleep carotenoids, vitamin C and possibly folic acid. “I also tend pattern, it’s not able to focus on fighting the viruses itself.” to use a lot of herbs,” Dr. Stage added. “We know that many Taking measures to get quality sleep and manage stress, in herbs are antiviral in general, and some of them are specific to addition to eating plenty of vegetables, can help the body fight HPV infections.” STIs and promote optimal sexual health.

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Stage added that naturopathic doctors have excellent success rates when it comes to treating women with HPV or cervical dysplasia (both of which can progress to cervical cancer). “Though many women do not know [naturopathic medicine] is an option for them, I feel very confident that we can treat [HPV or cervical dysplasia] naturally without removing tissue or causing problems with pregnancy,” Dr. Stage said. To learn more about treating HPV naturally, schedule an appointment with a women’s wellness doctor at the SCNM Medical Center by calling 480-428-3232. Kate Lloyd is the senior communications coordinator at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). She is an alumna of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and her hobbies include writing, reading, hiking and having good oldfashioned theological discussions.


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f you’re a woman who bleeds once a month, you may have wondered how your hygiene routine affects the Earth. Just like disposable diapers, pads and tampons end up rotting in landfills and ocean dumping grounds, taking years to decompose and harming the animals they come in contact with. Thankfully, there are quite a few options for those who want to bring a little green to their red week.

ORGANIC COTTON TAMPONS For an easy transition to green menstrual hygiene, organic cotton tampons are a good choice. Eco-friendly tampons are similar to their chemical-laden cousins but are biodegradable and don’t contain parabens or chlorine. Cotton breaks down quickly, so it’s better for the environment than the synthetic material in traditional tampons. Some of the not-so-great things about organic cotton tampons are that they are still disposable, they can be drying, and they can alter the balance of bacteria in the vagina. Many eco-conscious companies offer organic cotton tampons that you can purchase at your local health food market. Even more convenient is Kali Box – a subscription service that, for $25.00 per month, delivers 14 organic cotton tampons, 10 wipes, and a small bottle of aromatherapy spray. Use code “greenliving” to take $5.00 off your first box.

REUSABLE CLOTH PADS For those who want to be more conscious about their menstrual product waste, cloth pads can be washed like regular laundry and last up to six years. A downside to reusable pads can be a greater potential for odor. Also, they aren’t convenient in public – if you’re used to sneaking into the bathroom with a tampon up your sleeve, you will not like having to carry a cloth pad into the bathroom and a baggie with your used pad out. Everyone works their own system out eventually, though. There are many reusable cloth pads to choose from, and you can even make your own at home. WillowPads offers a whole cycle kit containing 9 regular and 3 long pads, extra inserts, and cleaning materials for $189.95. PERIOD UNDERWEAR If you’re looking to supplement your already green period routine, consider period underwear. These specially designed underwear work to trap blood within them, preventing leaks and drips. For those with a light flow, period underwear can be used through the whole cycle, though they do work best in

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conjunction with other methods. As with cloth pads, blood is being held outside of the body, so odors are more likely to occur. Thinx sells period panties starting at $24.00 per pair. MENSTRUAL CUPS The soft, flexible menstrual cup can stay inserted for up to 12 hours, which means it only needs to be taken out once in the morning and once in the evening. It can also be left in overnight, while exercising, during work, or while traveling without leaking or falling out. You only need one menstrual cup, as opposed to the dozens of pads or tampons you’d normally use, and it can last for years. The menstrual cup is easy to clean and prevents odor as it catches the blood inside of the body, disallowing the blood to oxygenate and waft smells about. If it’s so wonderful, why isn’t everyone

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id you know that the fashion industry is cited as being the second largest polluter after the oil industry? The water production for just a single pair of jeans is 2,900 gallons. The impact of the fashion industry on the environment and society is becoming increasingly wellknown; fortunately, this knowledge can empower you to make more conscious wardrobe choices. The pesticide use for cotton is so high that it is considered the world’s dirtiest crop. Cotton covers only 2.5 percent of the world’s cultivated land, yet cotton growers use 16 percent of the world’s pesticides. Data from 2012 estimates that the amount of resources used for fiber production every year equal approximately 145 million tons of coal and 1.5-2 trillion gallons of water. The average American also throws away more than 60 pounds of textile waste each year. Of the clothing that is donated, less than 20 percent gets sold through thrift stores. The clothing instead goes to a postconsumer waste stream or to facilities that are clothing processors. Unfortunately, the environment isn’t the only factor; there’s a human cost, as well. In 1911, 146 workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City tragically lost their lives. The Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh claimed the lives of 1,129 people in 2013 – ironically fashion’s most profitable year of all time. The incidents of lives lost to this industry in between these dates are countless. What can you do? You can make the most of what you already own, make it last, and restyle your clothes and accessories for new looks. Here is some guidance to get you started:

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DEFINE YOUR STYLE. What look do you want to portray in professional and/or casual settings? Choose a celebrity or designer whose style resonates with you and use that as your guide. Browse magazines and the internet for inspiration. Also, consider what accessories help define the style you are targeting.


REVIEW YOUR CLOSET. Determine which items in your wardrobe align with your style. Try those clothes on to ensure they fit properly. A proper-fitting garment should skim your body, meaning the clothing lays against your skin without excessive bagginess, gathering or length. It also should not be skin tight, pull or restrict movement. The clothing should not hide your natural shape or silhouette. If your clothes do not fit, either donate or consign them. If they are too big, consider alterations.


PUT TOGETHER OUTFITS. Consider the look you want to achieve and the pieces you have to get there. You bought them for a reason, so start putting together outfits that meet your goals. Also consider separating out your clothes by season – yes, we do have them here in Phoenix. For fall and winter, choose darker colors, shirts with longer sleeves, and heavier fabrics (wool blends, heavier cotton). For the spring and summer, look for lighter fabrics (linen, silk blends), sleeveless and short sleeves, and lighter colors. Add accessories to further enhance the style. As you create outfits, try them on and document with a camera so you can refer to these looks. At the end of all of this, your outfits should feel new to you.





CONTINUE THE POSITIVE CYCLE. You may have some gaps in your wardrobe that need to be filled. Before running to the mall, consider shopping secondhand stores or hosting a clothing swap event with friends or colleagues. By shopping second-hand, you are reducing demand for new clothing, therefore reducing all the resources that go into bringing that garment or accessory to market. Also, you are keeping that garment out of the landfill cycle for at least one more use.

To understand more about the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet, view the documentary “The True Cost,” or read “Overdressed – The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion,” by Elizabeth L. Cline. Loren North is a personal stylist and owner of Through the Closet Door. She has spent the past 14 years in the environmental consulting and software fields. Ms. North focuses her styling on reuse of existing garments and accessories and sourcing “new” items from secondhand and sustainable sources. For more information and to follow her, visit throughtheclosetdoor.com or contact her at loren@throughtheclosetdoor.com. Find more fashion articles at greenlivingaz.com/fashion


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ore than 20 years ago, green entrepreneur, educator and expert Marci Zaroff coined the term “eco-fashion” before it was the chic thing to do. According to Zaroff, the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world – an overwhelming statistic that her company MetaWear is looking to combat today and into the future. “With a commitment to ethical production, certified organic fibers and renewable energy, MetaWear aims to be the nation’s leading sustainable fashion manufacturer and turnkey solution for stylish ‘made in the USA,’ GOTS-certified [Global Organic Textile Standard], screen-printed and dyed t-shirts and other custom goods,” cites the company’s mission statement. Zaroff, who serves as the company’s founder and CEO, says that the company has been a work in progress for three years and began to take in its first orders in 2015.


“First of all, MetaWear is a turnkey solution for sustainable t-shirts and other cotton goods,” Zaroff explained. “Say a company wants a sustainable t-shirt made; they don’t have to go everywhere sourcing every little detail. We have it all under one roof. It’s all sustainable, made in the U.S. Second, we [MetaWear] offer contracts for private label manufacturing for major brands and are starting up conversations with several well-known brands for other projects,” she continued.

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Zaroff says that MetaWear has worked with a variety of companies and organizations, including: Nature’s Path, White Wave, New Hope, Organic Trade Association, Earthbound Farms, Macy’s, Emerson College, 2Kidz and more. The company has also worked with eco-friendly films and is now “doing initial product development for a wide array of other food, fashion, NGO and lifestyle companies.” Zaroff and her team see MetaWear as a solution provider for some of the fashion industry’s biggest problems, including the lack of eco-friendly options for companies. “The biggest road block now is often navigating the supply chain and certifications; finding made-in-the-U.S. products with sustainable sourcing can be a challenge,” she said. With decades in the green industry, Zaroff is dialed in to the pulse of everything eco-friendly and eco-fashion. Some of her accolades include: being a board member of the Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange, Fashion Positive and Turning Green; and being an integral part in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard and first Fair Trade Textile Certification. Zaroff adds that not only does MetaWear provide ecofriendly solutions for the fashion industries and its companies, but the company also helps their clients with marketing their eco-fashion products. “We provide a marketing tool kit to our customers to add value and help give them credit for taking a step in the direction of eco-friendly products,” she explained. While her impact is impressive, Zaroff gives credit to her team – like co-founder Curtis (Cas) Shiver – for helping




MetaWear continue to grow and thrive. She sees the future of her company, and the eco-fashion movement in general, as nothing but bright. “Today’s consumers demand transparency, and organic fibers are the next frontier,” she said. “We [MetaWear] are putting our feet on the gas pedal and going. I see us doing 10 times our growth in the next five years.”

To learn more about MetaWear, visit metawearorganic.com. To find out more about Zaroff and her many ongoing endeavors, visit marcizaroff.com. Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelance writer, editor, public relations consultant and mom based in Phoenix. With degrees in both journalism and PR from Northern Arizona University, she writes for several Valley publications. Find out more at mteverson.com. Find more fashion articles at greenlivingaz.com/fashion

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t has been estimated that a makeup-wearing adult can ingest up to four pounds of lipstick in a lifetime. Just imagine sitting down at a restaurant and making a selection of your lipstick. If we are what we eat, it would be wise to take a look at the ingredients of what we’re smearing on our lips. Many lipsticks contain synthetic dyes derived from aluminum (“Lakes colors”) and coal tar. These colorants can be absorbed into our bodies and stored in our organs and fatty tissues. For the sensitive individual, the use of coal tar colors is said to cause such symptoms as nausea, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, mood swings or other allergic symptoms. Coal tar is a mixture of many chemicals, derived from petroleum, and is recognized as a human carcinogen. These colors may also be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals, some even being combined with aluminum substrate, which is toxic to the brain. Some colors are not approved as food additives yet they are used in cosmetics that may be ingested, such as lipstick. In the color naming system, “FD&C” indicates colors which are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in foods, drugs and cosmetics. “D&C” colors are not approved for use in food.

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Certain types of artificial dyes, lanolin and added fragrances in lipstick can also cause drying and cracking of the lips. A condition called cheilitis, dermatitis of the lips, can occur due to an allergic reaction to lip products since the skin of the lips is quite thin. The preservatives BHT and BHA, which are commonly used preservatives in lipsticks, have been linked to toxicity and cancer. The cosmetic industry will not tell you that some of the ingredients used in its products are health hazards, but this is no reason to be uninformed. No one wants to be at risk for allergic reactions, irritations, dermatitis and cancer. Products from lipsticks are going to be absorbed into your body as you moisten your lips throughout the day, and especially when you eat. The bottom line is to pay attention to the ingredients on any cosmetic label and buy those of a natural origin. If there is one cosmetic that should be traded in for a natural version, lipstick is it! AVOID LIPSTICKS THAT CONTAIN: • Petroleum-based emollients, such as mineral oil and petrolatum. • Artificial scents, which are usually listed on the ingredients label as “fragrance,” “natural fragrance” or “parfum.”



• Synthetic and petroleum-based waxes that give lipstick its shape. Common waxes to avoid include paraffin and ozokerite. • Synthetic preservatives such as BHA, BHT and parabens. • Artificial dyes. In the U.S. these dyes are listed on the label beginning with FD&C or D&C, or the color name followed by a number. For example: D&C Red 21 or just  Red 21. • Avoid mineral ingredients that have been “micronized” into nano-particles. Marj Melchiors is the owner of allnaturalcosmetics.com boutique in Prescott Valley. Find more beauty articles at greenlivingaz.com/beauty

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en and women have been removing unwanted hair for centuries. The most common methods today include shaving, tweezing, waxing and applying creams. However, a safer, non-toxic option called threading dates back to ancient India and proves a better alternative for the 21st Century. Marcie Loftus, co-owner of Beautif-EYE, a salon with two Arizona locations, brought threading to the Valley of the Sun several years ago, and her clients love the safer alternative for hair removal. “It’s a much better option for those who don’t want to use harsh chemicals,” explained Loftus.

THE THREADING PROCESS Threading is a precise hair removal technique using an organic all-cotton thread to remove unwanted hair, most commonly around the eyebrows. The thread is manipulated, almost magically, by a skilled technician. They loop and twist the thread in a series of quick and nearly painless movements, making very little contact with the skin. Because of the intricate looping, shaping eyebrows is easy for someone who is skilled in threading. Threading removes hair at the follicle level without any tugging, pulling or stretching of the skin, which can cause fine

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wrinkles around the eyes in traditional waxing. It is a quick process, taking about 10 minutes to complete both eyebrows.


The most obvious benefit of threading is that it uses no chemicals to remove unwanted hair, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Because there is little contact with the skin, there is no damage that can result from chemicals or waxes, such as burns or irritations. Loftus points out that many of the waxes used for hair removal contain resins, carcinogenic parabens, dyes and fragrances. All of those are avoided with threading. Loftus does caution that discount threading shops often use non-organic or even regular polyester thread normally used in sewing. This cost-cutting attempt may mean cheaper services, but doesn’t create the same level of precision or guarantee that the thread is best for your skin. Susan Lanier-­Graham is a Phoenix-­based freelance food, wine and travel writer. You can follow her adventures looking for “wow moments” online at wanderwithwonder.com Image courtesy of Beautif-EYE Salon Find more beauty articles at greenlivingaz.com/beauty




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itrus Greening, or Huanglongbing, is a bacterial infection that affects the vascular system of a citrus tree caused by the Asian citrus psyllid insect. This disease is growing rapidly, killing thousands of acres of citrus groves in its path. Jobs are being lost as the groves are destroyed, citrus products are rapidly increasing in price, and food banks are beginning to refuse any type of citrus donation so they don’t inadvertently transmit the pest and spread the disease. With no known cure, the disease could potentially be lurking in the citrus trees in your backyard, harming the fruit you are growing and spreading to the trees around it. So, how might you know that the Asian citrus psyllid has infected your trees, and what can you do about it? We sat down with Yindra Dixon from the USDA to find out.

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SYMPTOMS Although the disease itself is not hazardous to humans, it is extremely lethal to citrus trees. An early symptom to watch for is the yellowing of leaves on only one limb or one sector of a tree’s canopy on an otherwise healthy tree. Yellowed leaves will show an asymmetrical pattern of blotchy yellowing or mottling of the leaf, with patches of green on one side and yellow on the other. Eventually, the branches give off poor flowering and stop growing. The fruit that might have grown is skinny and dehydrated. Additionally, the fruit might remain partially green, giving the disease its name. Dixon adds that the “oranges aren’t turning out orange, lemons aren’t turning yellow. We don’t get much fruit productivity.”



PREVENTION Currently there is no known cure for Citrus Greening. However, as Dixon stated, “there are many treatments being tested right now, and some of them are having huge success rates.” One technique being employed is known as natural biological control. The most promising biological control is utilizing the Mexican honey wasp, which significantly reduces psyllid populations. Female Mexican honey wasps pose no threat to people, but attack and kill psyllids in great numbers. The wasps lay eggs underneath psyllid nymphs, and after hatching, the parasitoid larvae kill the psyllids. By reducing the amount of psyllids, the wasps are also reducing the number of citrus trees that are affected by Citrus Greening. Detector dogs have also been trained to sniff out Citrus Greening on individual plants within a grove, currently maintaining a success rate of 99 percent. As the weather warms and the scent of citrus fills the air, be on the lookout for the telltale signs of Citrus Greening. Arizona, California, Texas and Florida are the only four citrus-producing states in the U.S., and we must do our part to help stop the spread of the deadly Citrus Greening disease.



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t Keep Arizona Beautiful, we work with large and small communities across the state to help citizens improve their local environment. Sometimes these communities are located in uniquely remote and underresourced parts of the state, and the challenges can seem overwhelming; but we know that creating a broad coalition of concerned citizens is the first step. This month, we turn our attention to one such community. If you’ve ever traveled through the Navajo Nation, you may have been to Kayenta, which is both the name of the Township located on Route 163 and the name of the larger Chapter area. Considered the gateway to Monument Valley, Kayenta Township has a population of just over 5,000 and is the only municipal-style government within the Navajo Nation. The larger Kayenta Chapter is a political division within the Nation analogous to a county within the state. In late January, Keep Arizona Beautiful was invited by Kayenta Township representative Chris Burnside to meet with community members. The goal of the meeting was to

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establish and grow a long-term coalition of community representatives to create a strategic plan for addressing widespread problems with illegal dumping and littering across the community. We invited J.B. Shaw, recycling coordinator for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), to join us as we spent the day identifying illegal dumping sites around the area, cataloging the most common types of litter, identifying community members who need to be brought into the coalition, and helping to map out the important steps that the community can take to remedy the problems. When asked about the local tradition of tossing trash “out behind the hill,” Navajo EPA representative Frederick Sherman explained the root of the problem. “In the past, we have always thrown our trash out on the land, but the difference is that the trash used to be baskets, skins and bones, which would go back into the earth,” he said. “But now, the garbage includes metals, plastics, tires and glass. The behavior hasn’t changed, but the garbage has.”



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he first of its kind, the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation is an educational campus located just north of the Arizona Historical Society Museum, at 1400 N. College Avenue in Tempe. The complex is anchored by the beautifully restored 1930s pueblo revival adobe house originally owned by early-20th-Century winter resident Rose G. Eisendrath. Designed of concrete, adobe and wood by Valley architect Robert T. Evans, the Eisendrath House was restored and natural desert preserved thanks to $4.3 million raised from 2005 to 2015 through the Rio Salado Foundation partnering with the city of Tempe, Salt River Project (SRP), Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community, Vestar, and the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation. The Foundation began in 2001 to ensure the success of the Rio Salado Project and has contributed $15 million plus $4.3 million toward Eisendrath House. Bob Graham and Motley Design Group, Phoenix, completed the architectural and engineering design for the rehabilitation and also designed the site work, parking lot/drop circle and the new meeting room and restroom block north of the main house.

“Great things really do take time, and our patience has officially paid off,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell at an event following the official grand opening weekend. In 2001, the city purchased the Eisendrath House and the nine acres that remained of the original 40-acre property. Rose Eisendrath, widow of a Chicago glove manufacturer, acquired the parcel, known as the “Elfin Hills” portion of Papago Park, on April 23, 1930. She commissioned the two-story house after being refused accommodation at a Valley resort because she was Jewish. She named her home “LOMAKI,” Hopi for pleasant home. The pueblo-style building now houses Tempe’s Water Conservation Program and the Rio Salado Foundation offices. Largely returned to its 1930s floor plan, the two-story adobe structure is set with period furniture and galleries with interpretive educational panels highlighting Robert T. Evans’ work and the importance of the Valley’s adobe revival during the ’30s and ’40s. Plans include interactive displays that will tell the city’s water story. Adjacent is the SRP Water Education Facility, a freestanding building used for water conservation classes as well as meeting space where civic, educational and neighborhood organizations can hold meetings, classes and special events upon request. “SRP is proud to be a part of preserving the legacy of Eisendrath House, which is an integral part of Tempe’s history. It serves as a unique example of environmental sustainability in the early 1900s and why it remains important today,” said the company’s community outreach manager Rosemary Gannon. Kim Knotter, executive director of the Eisendrath Center, adds: “The campus is a unique public resource that combines recreational and learning opportunities based in the themes of water, history and environmental awareness. We want adults and children to understand the importance of making better decisions for the environment.”

Docent-led tours are available by appointment Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on the Eisendrath House, visit riosaladofoundation.org. David Brown is a Valley-based freelancer at azwriter.com. Photos courtesy of the Eisendrath Family and Bonnie Marshall For more articles about water visit greenlivingaz.com/water

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oon, nearly seven million people will call Arizona home. Twenty-four percent of them will be under the age of 16. Arizona is now in year 16 of a punishing drought, meaning nearly 1.7 million Arizonans, high school juniors and younger, have never known a day in their lives when their state was not experiencing drought. Long-term drought may be a “new normal” for adults, but it is the only “normal” that Arizona’s youth have ever known. Is this the legacy we leave to them? For the past year, Green Living magazine has been exploring the challenges and opportunities of living with less water in the face of the state’s growing water insecurity. In that time, we’ve had a few encouraging things break our way. Last May, surprising spring storms on the Colorado Plateau inched our two largest reservoirs temporarily above the level that many expected would have triggered a shortage declaration on the Colorado River. Elsewhere, public awareness of water issues and climate change are clearly on the rise, with a firm majority of Arizonans now calling for action to address these challenges. Across the state, local governments, professional associations, landscapers, irrigation contractors and utilities are responding to the challenge with education, training, public outreach and other tangible support for new ways of using and thinking about water. Growing use of solar energy by homes and businesses means less water is used by our legacy coal-fired power plants, and educators are bringing water-wise skills and knowledge to a generation keen for a more hopeful water future. We have much to build upon going forward. Meanwhile however, groundwater extraction is spreading across wide areas of rural Arizona. If some have their way, this will get even easier as major pumping schemes continue to be unveiled around the state. Groundwater extraction is barely monitored in most non-urban areas, although dropping water tables and abandoned wells confirm the magnitude of withdrawals. Without knowing how much water is in our rural aquifers or how much is being pulled out, we certainly cannot say how much remains. If every drop is supposed to count, then shouldn’t we be counting every drop? If we don’t, we can’t


say we’re serious about prevailing against this challenge. We’ve had a year to get familiar with the reality that a Colorado River shortage declaration will happen, with the odds now nearly 60 percent that 2018 will be the year when this occurs. Still, the collective discussion statewide on our water vulnerabilities is certainly in a better place than it was even a couple of years ago. Some things remain outside our individual control, as when fossil fuel consumption accelerates around the world. Yet, we can reduce the worst consequences of these global influences with better attention to matters that are ours to control. The longer it takes us to work down these pre-existing water stressors like groundwater overpumping, wasteful crop and irrigation choices, ineffective price signals, and utility losses, the easier time we’ll have when climate change hits in a more serious way. Then, every choice will become more urgent and expensive. Living with less water is imperative to long-term green living in the Southwest. If we’re not using water efficiently or if we’re using it inappropriately, it’s difficult to make a case that we’re living green no matter how many solar panels we have or how much we recycle. As we proceed, we need to keep in mind Arizona’s youth, who have been handed the challenge of deep drought – a case of intergenerational inequity if there ever was one. For them to have a chance, they’ll need the help of all of us. Beginning in the July issue of Green Living, we’ll begin a new series looking at how climate change is expected to affect each of Arizona’s 15 counties. Each month we’ll feature a different Arizona county, focusing on the threats posed to each by climate change and highlighting the steps being taken by county residents, businesses and local governments to lessen the worst of these impacts. Join us for a close-up look at how global warming is already touching our lives, no matter where we live in Arizona. David Schaller is a retired environmental scientist living in Tucson where he writes on climate, water and energy security. For more articles about water visit greenlivingaz.com/water

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DID YOU KNOW? May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month!



y doctors were stumped. I was a new mom and had been struggling with chronic insomnia since my second trimester of pregnancy. Going on almost a year without good sleep, I continued to ask my doctors what was wrong with me. The only diagnosis they could come up with was stress, and the JAIME WARD only solution they could provide was a prescription sleep medication. Unwilling to accept medication as the only solution to my sleep problems, I continued to search for an answer. Little did I know at the time, the reason I couldn’t sleep was because I had celiac disease. Unfortunately, I was one of the 97 percent of people with celiac disease who didn’t even know they had it. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten (the family of proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and a few other less-common grains) leads to damage in the small intestine. Women are two to three times more likely to develop celiac disease than men. When people with celiac disease eat gluten, their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine.

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These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine and promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. There are more than 300 symptoms that can be associated with celiac disease, but only 35 percent of newly diagnosed patients have chronic diarrhea, dispelling the myth that diarrhea must be present to diagnose the disease.

Common symptoms of celiac disease include: • IBS • Abdominal pain • Acid reflux • Bloating • Constipation and/or Diarrhea • Lactose intolerance • Lymphoma • Fatigue • Infertility • Miscarriage • Menstrual irregularities • Anxiety • Depression • Anemia

• Migraines • Arthritis • Joint pain • Fibromyalgia • Hair loss • Recurrent mouth canker sores • Eczema or Dermatitis • Weight loss or Weight gain • Osteopenia or Osteoporosis • Nutrient deficiencies, especially iron, folate, calcium, Vitamin D and B12



I am very thankful that I eventually received the proper diagnosis and was able to begin my road to recovery. If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these problems, please talk to a doctor and make sure you get the proper testing to see if celiac disease may be a factor in your health. For more information about testing for celiac disease, visit celiac.org. Jaime Ward, INHC, CGP, provides functional nutrition coaching for women with autoimmune disease and specializes in celiac disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, digestive health and gluten-related disorders. Ward is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, certified in BioIndividual Nutrition, and is a Certified Gluten Practitioner trained by Dr. Tom O’Bryan. Jaime is also a speaker, a writer, a busy mom, and a celiac survivor. To learn more visit mynutritiouslife.com. For more articles about nutrition visit greenlivingaz.com/nutrition


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o you eat your beans, greens and grains? According to the USDA, these are the three most under-consumed foods in the United States, but eaten together they are a powerhouse of a one-pot meal containing all the needed fiber, protein, vitamins and carbohydrates to keep you feeling energized and strong.

BEANS Beans, or pulses, can include anything from black beans and cranberry beans to lentils and chickpeas. Beans are high in fiber and protein, but unlike animal protein they contain no cholesterol and are less expensive. When you plan ahead to soak and cook your dried beans, you have access to a greater variety of organic beans and pulses. Next time you’re at the grocery store, check out the bulk section!

GREENS There are so many types of leafy greens to choose from. All of them are rich in vitamins, high in fiber, and low in fat. It’s important to thoroughly wash and dry your greens, then remove the thick stems. Shredded very thin and dressed with a nice vinaigrette, you can appreciate the delicate flavors of all types of greens. The recipe to the right is great with kale or spinach, swiss chard, dandelion greens, or even cabbage.

GRAINS Whole grains are a necessary and important part of a healthy and balanced diet. They help your body regulate blood sugar and insulin and provide the necessary carbohydrates your body needs for energy and brain functionality. Whole grains can include brown rice, barley, rye berries, whole wheat berries or quinoa.

BEANS, GREENS AND GRAINS WITH BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE Tepary beans, wheat berries, and kale are all grown right here in Arizona. You can substitute these favorite beans, greens and grains in this recipe and find local ingredients at goodfoodfinderaz.com. Ingredients SALAD 1 cup cooked tepary beans 1 cup cooked wheat berries 1 bunch kale, shredded 1/2 cup carrots, shredded 1/2 cup apples, chopped and tossed in lemon juice 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped 1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped   DRESSING ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp shallot, minced Salt and pepper   Directions 1. Place salad ingredients in a large bowl. 2. Shake dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid until emulsified. 2. Toss salad with dressing until combined. Refrigerate for up to one hour before serving. Enjoy!

Rachel Morningstar is the Local Foods Development Coordinator at Local First Arizona Foundation where she is launching a unique Community Food Literacy program in addition to the support the foundation provides for farmers and food entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit localfirsazfoundation.org. For more articles about nutrition visit greenlivingaz.com/nutrition

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e are starting to wonder if there is anything Debbie Gaby can’t do. Among many other things, she’s an author; an accomplished real estate agent; an ambassador with Camp Soaring Eagle; the co-founder of the former Sleep America, the largest mattress retailer in the state of Arizona; and the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, including the “Florence Crittenton Visionary Award” in 2015. For her next “life chapter,” as she likes to call it, Gaby has turned her attention towards providing for those in need through her charity program, Debbie Gaby Charities. Through different fundraising events and relentless community support, Gaby has raised thousands of dollars for different organizations over the years. Debbie Gaby’s Celebrity Catwalk, one of her most distinguished fundraisers, will return on October 11 for its 10-year anniversary at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia. “It was very rewarding to see people enjoy themselves at a fundraiser and having an organization reap the benefits of us having a good time,” Gaby said, reflecting back on her very first Celebrity Catwalk nearly a decade ago, when all proceeds went to Area Agency on Aging to support those with Alzheimer’s disease. It was this first fundraiser that inspired Gaby to continue the catwalk events. “My heart loves it,” Gaby said. “When I was young I felt like I had a lot of help through my life, so that’s why I feel I need to help a lot of people now.” According to Gaby, 96 percent of the money raised from the Catwalk events goes right back to the community and chosen charity. This year’s lucky beneficiaries for the “Purrfect 10 Celebrity Catwalk” are VALLEYLIFE and Homes for Our Troops.

“We have such a giving community, and that’s what makes Debbie’s Catwalk one of the more premiere events of the Valley,” said JoAnn Holland, the Operations Chair for the event. “Not only does Debbie rally the celebrities, but she rallies the community as a whole.” Just like each one before it, the upcoming Catwalk event promises to impress. Event highlights include an elegant luncheon, a live auction conducted by Letitia Frye, and of course, Valley celebrities modeling fashion from Dillard’s down the catwalk. Many community leaders from last year’s event, including Ilana Lowery, editor from Phoenix Business Journal, and Rick McCartney, the CEO of InMedia, are expected to hit the runway again this year. More than 400 people will be in attendance, and, according to Gaby, the event sells out quickly every year. As a bonus, each attendee will receive a pre-sale copy of Gaby’s new book “Bouquet of Gifts: Transformations from my Life Gathered to Inspire Yours.” The story encapsulates Gaby’s often-difficult life decisions that lead her to become the entrepreneur and philanthropist she is today. “I believe many doors will open if you just knock,” Gaby said. “You have to believe in something, so why not believe in yourself?” For more on Debbie Gaby and the 2016 Celebrity Catwalk event, visit debbiegabycharities.org. Kianna Gardner is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona where she studied journalism, marketing and environmental sciences. She is passionate about the environment, particularly water resources, and would like to one day be editor of her own environmental magazine. Find more leadership articles at greenlivingaz.com/leadership



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or Gilbert residents James and Carol May, distributors started to pick up their products and life is anything but boring. The two who sell just about everywhere. Carol says it wasn’t operate and own SweetLeaf Sweetener and easy, but it was worth it. Wisdom Natural Brands are the true example “We gave up everything we had except our of living life to the fullest. In 1982, Jim was home, one car, and some college savings planned introduced to a special leaf called Stevia by a for our five young children. We used every other young man who had been serving in the Peace asset we had to get started. That was awhile Corps in Paraguay. Despite initial reservations, back, and it has been an exciting and a rewarding according to his wife Carol, Jim gave the leaf a try. journey ever since.” “He wasn’t all that excited about putting some When embarking on this business venture, there JAMES MAY leaf from the rain forest into his mouth,” Carol was a lot to consider. Both were already immersed said, “but he finally decided to take a risk. What in other careers, Jim as a hospital administrator and he experienced was a dry leaf that, after sitting director of the Arizona Kidney Foundation, and there on his tongue, became sweeter and sweeter.” Carol as a marriage and family therapist. So this Carol said Jim then gave the Peace Corp worker wasn’t just about starting a business, it was about funds to retrieve more of the Stevia leaf. Jim switching gears into new industries. later traveled to Paraguay himself to collect more Jim was actually the first person to bring data and connect with government officials and the Stevia plant to the U.S., and it’s been quite scientists, and the rest is history. a journey to get it to where it is today as a The couple actually began their business out commonly known sweetener. At first, it was of the garage in their Scottsdale home, originally considered a dietary supplement, and when the CAROL MAY starting Wisdom of the Ancients teas and pair began working with it, you couldn’t describe brewing herbal tea with herbs from the rainforest, any of the characteristics for legal reasons. including Stevia. Their children helped to put herbs in boxes However, the couple worked with congressional leaders to and take them to local health food stores. After some time, bring about the Dietary Supplement Health and Education

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With about 100 different nutrients, Stevia is a healthy choice and is a great substitute for processed sugar.


Act of 1994 (DSHEA), which helps define and regulate dietary supplements. The benefits of Stevia are vast, especially for people with diabetes, those trying to lose weight, and everyone else who enjoys something sweet. With about 100 different nutrients, Stevia is a healthy choice and is a great substitute for processed sugar. In leaf form it is 30 times sweeter than sugar, and when extracted is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia does not spike blood sugar like refined sugar and other sweeteners, and is completely natural.

Jim continues to work closely with the people of Paraguay to harvest Stevia. “The President of Paraguay told Jim he had helped the government and farmers of Paraguay in an extraordinary way, because he had believed in this plant when others did not, and had brought a new industry that was lifechanging for the people,” relayed Carol. SweetLeaf has won 24 awards for taste and innovation and was also recently inducted into the Natural Products Expo Hall of Legends. SweetLeaf also has a cookbook where you can discover ways to use Stevia in all your favorite recipes. For more information, visit sweetleaf.com. Gretchen Pahia has 15 years experience in both media and public relations and is an award-winning television news producer in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Portland. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She lives in the Phoenix metro area with her husband, their two children and their dog. For more business profiles, go to greenlivingaz.com/bizprofile

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hoenix and other major cities throughout Arizona consist of mostly metropolitan and suburban areas. In fact, from the years 1990 to 2000, Phoenix metropolitan areas grew by 3.25 million people, and continue to grow rapidly. With it comes the increase of urbanized land, including residential developments, commercial strips, and other metropolitan areas. This boost in urbanized land is becoming an increasing issue with Arizona’s observatories.


Arizona is an ideal place for astronomy – its dry heat is perfect for stargazing, as more humid environments cause wavy lines to appear in a telescope. However, in recent years Arizona observatories are faced with a different challenge: light pollution, which has become the number one issue for observatories in Arizona and other states.

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Alison Klesman, a star guide at Spencer’s Observatory in Tucson, says light pollution is a challenge since “the purpose of a telescope is to gather light and isolate it to the area you want to view. The tube part of a telescope surrounds the glass and works to block out as much light as possible.” However, the increase of city lights around the area makes it more difficult to block out that light. Several Arizona observatories have developed different ways of dealing with light pollution; however, sometimes the effects of light pollution cannot be avoided. Klesman says there’s “not much we can do about light pollution from Tucson in the east” and that they now “have to avoid viewing stars on the east side.” The University of Arizona Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter has made efforts to block out light from the surrounding Tucson metropolis. This includes building walls surrounding the telescopes to block out street lights and making every effort inside the observatory to avoid unnecessary lighting near the telescopes. Despite these efforts, Adam Block, founder and manager of SkyCenter Observing Programs, says that light pollution has prevented astronomers from being able to see stars and the Milky Way. Arizona observatories, including Spencer’s Observatory, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Lowell Observatory and Kitt Peak Observatory have dedicated education, public programs and lectures to discuss light pollution and how changes often have to be made to avoid its effects. Cities have even started to fight back against light pollution. On October 24th, 2001, Flagstaff became the world’s first International Dark Sky City and remains “dedicated to preserving and protecting the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies,” according to the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition website. Several other spots in



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Arizona have become Dark Sky Cities, including Sedona, Tucson, Oracle State Park, Kaibab Paiute Reservation and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. Visitors and residents of Arizona have the opportunity to visit our state’s amazing observatories and learn more about how city lights and pollution affect their ability to view the night sky. Explore this summer and travel to a Dark Sky City or observatory to experience the beauty of the night sky in all its glory...before it’s too late. Roxanne Bowers is currently a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Arizona State University’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is a local writer passionate about sustainable living. Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter photo by Adam Block Find more active life articles at greenlivingaz.com/activelife



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he 3rd Annual Tilted Earth Food and Wine Festival will take place June 16-18 at Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. The three-day festival includes live music and some of the best wine, beer, and food trucks in the state. According to their mission statement, “Tilted strives to accomplish [the growth of culture, community and the economy in the Verde Valley] by tilling the ‘soils’ on and around the Summer Solstice each year by producing the Tilted Earth Festival. The ‘seeds’ will be sown in this soil by the hands of attending artisans from the fields of craft drink, food, music and fine arts. After planting, the fields will be ‘watered’ by the local community – Arizonans from far-and-wide, and eventually people from all over the country and world.” The festival has only been around for three years, yet it connects heavily to Cottonwood’s history. Casey Rooney, the economic director for the City of Cottonwood, stated, “Old Town Cottonwood is actually an old bootlegging town…We’re going back to our roots with the bootlegging [concept], but it’s more upscale now.” This history makes

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Cottonwood an ideal place for a festival centered around food, culture, and old-fashioned fun. Arizona has a rich wine country, and Northern Arizona has numerous wineries that make up the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Cottonwood is considered the heart of the wine trail and boasts several award-winning wineries. Tilted Earth is a celebration of this community and will feature 13 of the top Arizona wineries, including Page Springs Cellars, D.A. Ranch and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. Eric Glomski, owner of Page Springs, is a key influencer in the community and a founder of the Tilted Earth Festival. “It’s been awesome to see the festival grow and expand and we know this year is going to be bigger and better,” said Glomski in an official press release. Four Peaks Brewing Company and That Brewery will be serving beer and a variety of food trucks from the Phoenix Food Truck Coalition will be on site, including Queso Good quesadilla truck, Jersey J’s East Coast Cuisine and Burgers Amore. This year’s musical lineup includes acoustic and rock performers including Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Jamie n Commons, Taj Mahal and many others. Before the festival, residents of Phoenix can drive the short commute to Cottonwood and enjoy the cooler mountain temperatures by exploring the area. “People can come up here early and go to the wineries in the countryside, then hit



Old Town and have lunch and enjoy the boutiques, then the festival,” suggested Rooney. Some of the signature restaurants for visitors to check out include Bootleggers Saloon, The Tavern Grille and Old Town Café. The festival has been popular since its inception, with 3,000 visitors attending last year; this year 3,500 visitors are projected to attend. Repeat attendees will find that camping is now available on festival grounds for all three days, with traditional tents and even “glamping” style luxury tents available for rent from local company Stout Tent. There will be plenty of parking available nearby, and shuttles will bring people to the festival from the Verde Valley area. Families are also encouraged to bring their children to enjoy the Kids Zone area with arts and crafts, a climbing wall and bounce room. BMX Impact of StuntMasters will also be performing extreme bike tricks throughout the weekend. “I think Tilted Earth is one of the premiere festivals in Arizona,” Rooney continued. “It’s a real home-grown, fun, family event with amazing music.” To learn more about the Tilted Earth Food and Wine Festival, visit tiltedearthfestival.com. For more on the Verde Valley Wine Trail, visit vvwinetrail.com. Amanda Strusienski has a degree in English and is currently getting her masters in Adult Education and Training. She is passionate about education, the environment, and having random adventures. In her spare time she loves getting lost in nature, playing with her dogs, and traveling to new destinations. Photos by Grace Stufkosky Find more arts and entertainment articles at greenlivingaz.com/artsentertainment


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ou know exactly where you put your glasses. Well, kind of. You remember that you put them down in the kitchen, but then you piled mail, a plastic fork, a magazine, and a pair of gloves on them. Your glasses are right where you left them: under other things. And once you read “Junk” by Alison Stewart, you’ll see those things differently.

Five decades of stuff. That’s what Alison Stewart and her sister faced when it came time to clear their parents’ home – a mess, the result of “50 years of life” that filled the entire basement, packed to the ceiling. Why, she wondered, do we hang on to the things we keep? How come we collect some items and toss away others? Why do folks often happily accept other people’s cast-offs? Stewart decided to find out. To begin, she defines junk as “worthlessness.” Stuff is something you don’t want anymore but that someone else might find useful, and treasures “are any stuff or junk that appeals to you.” A third of us collect something, Stewart says, though professionals “make a distinction between collectors and clutterers.” Then there are packrats, while hoarders fall under a newly-created psychiatric category all their own. At “a giant 250-mile-long junk-a-palooza” rummage sale in the South, Stewart promised herself that she wasn’t going to buy anything but, of course, she couldn’t resist. In Austin, Texas, she visited The Cathedral of Junk and spoke with the man who created the “creative, chaotic colossus.” She learned that humans weren’t the only creatures to be inveterate collectors. In several different cities, Stewart rode shotgun with junk collectors, clean-up crews, and haulers, to get a feel for the

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kind of things people throw out and what’s done with it. She met the World’s First Official Spammer, she learned why we get so much “junk mail,” she asked about space junk, spoke with professional clutter-fighters and “freecyclers,” talked with TV producers about pawn stores and picking, and she learned some good news: if you have just too much stuff, there’s plenty of help available. When it comes to possessions, are you downsizing…or oversized? Whichever direction you’re heading, “Junk” can help you spot the bigger picture. It’s hard not to look around with a critical eye when you see what author Alison Stewart discovered; why you’ve saved trinkets from high school, broken tools, plastic silverware, and unfinished projects will never seem so puzzling. And then, turning things around, we get a serious (yet light-hearted) look at other people’s junk, how it’s tossed, and where it goes once it’s gone. In that, Stewart is respectful and doesn’t pick on anyone, but who can resist peeking? Who doesn’t want to see a happy ending to still-useful things? Yes, this is interesting…um, stuff. This is not a self-help book. It won’t tell you how to empty your crammed closets, busting basements, glutted garages, or stuffed sheds, but it’s engaging and plenty fun to read – which makes “Junk” a great book to put in your hands. 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. For more book reviews visit greenlivingaz.com/bookreviews


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estled in the Sonoran Desert 35 miles outside of Tucson, Paca de Paja Bed and Breakfast is a quaint southwestern-style bungalow that offers the perfect escape from city life. I recently had the pleasure of staying at Paca de Paja for one night in March, as part of an anniversary trip. We were warmly welcomed by Caroline Wilson, owner of the B&B, who quite literally opened up her home to us. You see, Paca de Paja was originally built in 1999 as Caroline’s own home. The second wing, that is now the B&B, was intended to house Caroline’s extended family and other overnight guests. When she realized that the space remained empty for most of the year, a friend suggested she rent it out. Caroline soon discovered that lodging guests from all over the world

and hearing their stories became a passion, and has continued to be for the last 16 years. Caroline drew up designs with the property’s builder Jon Ruez, and she oversaw every step of the process. A trailer was set up outside, and she spent nine months living there while the house was being built. “It was like incubating a baby,” she joked. The property is actually a straw bale house, (“paca de paja” literally means “bale of straw”) which means its insulation is made up of wheat straw bales from a local farm instead of chemically-laden insulation. “It’s what’s left after a harvest; it’s a sort of stubble,” Wilson explained. “Farmers will either burn it, make it into bedding for livestock, or sell it.” In addition to being eco-friendly, straw bale houses have an R-value (resistance to heat flow) of 50 to 55, whereas regular houses


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have an R-value of only 18 to 19. The higher the number, the better insulated the house. “I wanted to participate in the building, and [Ruez] was very patient with me. He showed me how to do different things,” Wilson said. “I actually ended up cutting and installing all of the tile in and around the home. I got so hooked on tile, I would finish one project and look around and say, ‘What else can I tile?’” Caroline’s father was the superintendant of several national parks in Southern Utah, and she spent her childhood exploring these parks. She has always had an affinity for nature and the environment, and also spent years as a park ranger. Upon moving to Arizona, Wilson began working at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and later the ArizonaSonora Desert Museum. After retiring two and a half years ago, she now runs the B&B almost full time. The property is absolutely gorgeous. With a spacious, open concept and outdoor spaces that are inviting to both people and nature, it’s no wonder Wilson enjoys her retirement so much. “It’s so important to have beauty in your day-to-day life,” she said. “I have a huge amount of gratitude that there is beauty in my life and people that matter and good health. And having a B&B to run during my retirement years is just perfect.”


Visitors will have the pleasure of spotting numerous wildlife during their stay, including cardinals, quail, squirrels, jackrabbits and owls. While you’re in the area, visit Kitt Peak Observatory (the observatory domes can be seen from the property), dine in downtown Tucson, explore the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and enjoy hiking, birdwatching, mountain biking and more. Caroline practices the idea of living with less – everything in the house has its place, and she does not accumulate more “stuff.” She composts food scraps and yard clippings, has a vegetable garden in the backyard, and often uses a solar cooker to make breads and beans. A solar hot water system provides all the hot water for the home, and solar PV panels generate electricity. When asked her favorite thing about Paca de Paja, Caroline answered: “Sharing it with people. I love to share this house. If I can also educate people about being more eco-friendly, then I feel like I’m doing some good.” For more information and to book your stay, visit pacadepaja.com. Find more travel destinations at greenlivingaz.com/travel

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THIS MOTHER’S DAY, break out the grill and enjoy dinner outside! This grilled salmon recipe is a nutritious, flavorful summer meal for Mom and the whole family. INGREDIENTS: FOR THE SALMON: 1 filet fresh Steelhead or any wild caught salmon 1/2 tsp blended oil Kosher salt and fresh-cracked black pepper, to taste FOR THE QUINOA AND BULGAR WHEAT SALAD: 3/4 cup quinoa and bulgar wheat, cooked and chilled 1 Tbsp radish, cleaned and julienned 5 fresh mint leaves, hand torn 1 oz. fresh wild baby arugula Pinch sea salt 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

FOR THE MEYER LEMON VINAIGRETTE: 1 cup scallions, finely sliced (whites only) 1/2 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice 2 tsp Meyer lemon zest 2 Tbsp champagne vinegar 1 Tbsp kosher salt 1/4 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley 1 cup extra virgin olive oil DIRECTIONS: FOR THE SALMON: 1. Rub the salmon with oil and then season with salt and pepper on both sides. 2. Place on the grill with serving side down, making nice grill marks (salmon should be cooked medium). 3. While salmon is cooking, combine all ingredients for the quiona and bulgar wheat salad in a bowl.

4. Place salad in the middle of a warm, round plate, forming a mountain. 5. Place grilled salmon over salad but resting over the plate on an angle. 6. Top with a spoonful of Meyer lemon vinaigrette. FOR THE MEYER LEMON VINAIGRETTE: 1. In a stainless steel bowl, combine scallions (whites only), lemon juice, zest, vinegar and salt. 2. Let stand 10 minutes. 3. Add parsley and oil. 4. Stir to combine, let sit at room temperature. 5. Refrigerate leftovers for future use.


THIS FUN SPRING COCKTAIL will be offered at True Food Kitchen on Mother’s Day for only $10.00, and every mother who orders the specialty drink will also receive a package of mint seeds to grow at home. The mint package includes this recipe along with information about the many health benefits of mint! INGREDIENTS: 5 honeydew cubes 5 strawberry slices 8 mint leaves 1 oz. lemon juice .5 oz. simple syrup .5 oz.pineapple juice .5 oz St. Germain liqueur 1 oz. Veev vodka Splash of sparkling white wine 40 greenliving | May 2016

DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine all ingredients aside from the wine in a shaker, add ice, and give 4-5 good shakes. 2. Pour into a glass and add ice to fill. 3. Top with sparkling white wine and toast to Mom! Makes 1 cocktail greenlivingaz.com




THIS DELICATE AND SWEET crepe is the perfect Mother’s Day brunch or breakfast treat. INGREDIENTS: FOR THE CREPE BATTER: 8 free range eggs 1 cup butter 6 cups milk, your choice 3 cups flour 4 Tbsp sugar 4 Tbsp powdered sugar 2 Tbsp salt Yields 15 crepes FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPINGS: 2 oz. granola 2 Tbsp mixed berry marmalade or jam 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt Fresh mixed berries, your choice DIRECTIONS: 1. Whisk eggs, milk, flour, sugars, salt and butter together to prepare crepe batter. 2. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes and then strain to remove any lumps. 3. Ladle 6 ounces of batter onto a heated skillet on medium and heat for one minute. 4. Flip over and cook for an additional minute, then remove from pan. 5. Add mixed berry marmalade and granola as desired, top with greek yogurt. 6. Fold crepe in half and then fold once more into a triangular shape. 7. Garnish with granola and fresh mixed berries. For more recipes, visit greenlivingaz.com/recipes


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5/8 SMoCA Family Mix

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5/14, 15, 21 & 22 Schnepf Farms’ Annual Peach Festival


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10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 19th Avenue and Camelback Road Park and Ride, Phoenix Check out this new event collaboration from Local First Arizona, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Valley Metro. The event will feature over 30 unique vendors from the community to offer a local shopping experience with a global feel. localfirstaz.com/news/worldbazaar

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), Community Commons 2152 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes when following the Paleo lifestyle. The Paleo diet dates back to early humans and excludes any processed food, grains and dairy products. Hear from third-year naturopathic medical student Guillermo Ruiz at this free event. facebook.com/SouthwestCollegeof NaturopathicMedicine/events

May 8 SMOCA FAMILY MIX 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale Join SMoCA’s free Mother’s Day event, filled with fun crafts, entertainment and art. The event will include a fashion show, face painting, hair braiding, food trucks and more! Wear your silliest outfits and get a photo taken while strutting your stuff down the runway. Bring your whole family to this artful event. smoca.org/events

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May 14 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL LIBRARY TREE WORKSHOPS 8:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Southeast Regional Library 775 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert Now is your chance to receive up to two free trees with the SRP shade tree program, courtesy of the Valley Permaculture Alliance (VPA). The trees will be distributed on the same day as the workshop, are typically four to six feet tall, and come in a five-gallon base which will fit in most standard cars. vpaaz.org/eventcalendar

May 14 MOTHER’S DAY TEA 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Hackett House 95 W. 4th St., Tempe Hosted at the Hackett House historic Friendship Room, Mother’s Day will be celebrated with a twist. The traditional tea event will offer a delightful ritual from a time that was more serene. Mimosas, wine, and champagne will also be available through purchase, as well as the opportunity to take a few delectable scones home by pre-ordering. The price of the event is $35.00 per person. Register online. hacketthouse.org/events

May 14, 15, 21 & 22 SCHNEPF FARMS’ ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek Arizona is celebrating its 50th year of growing peaches with live music, hayrides to the peach orchards, peach pies, peach cookies, train rides, water activities, carousel rides, craft booths, peach art, and more. Schnepf Farms, one of the largest peach growers in Arizona, is pesticide free and completely organic. Don’t miss this peachy event! schnepffarms.com greenlivingaz.com


5/7 & 8 30th Annual Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival

5/14 Payson Wildlife Festival

5/28-29 Zuni Heritage Festival


May 7 & 8 30TH ANNUAL PRESCOTT FINE ART & WINE FESTIVAL May 7, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. May 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Courthouse Square 120 S. Cortez St., Prescott The Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival is held on Mother’s Day weekend every year, presented by Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery. This art show and marketplace will feature Arizona’s top 10 vineyards and wineries along with delicious food, silent auctions, and more. Admission is free; wine tasting tickets cost $12.00 per day. mountainartistsguild.org

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9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m. Green Valley Park 1000 W. Country Club Dr., Payson The 22nd Annual Payson Wildlife Fair will feature wildlife-based activities, a variety of conservation groups, and fishing and games for the whole family. Get a close-up look at birds of prey, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters and alligators. No fishing license is required for attendees, and bait will be available at the festival’s fishing booth. Admission is free! paysonrimcountry.com

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Museum of Northern Arizona 3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists, buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures, and delight in musical and dance performances. This event is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. musnaz.org


May 11 THE GREEN CHAMBER LUNCH AND LEARN 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Macayo’s 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix Come to the Green Chamber Lunch and Learn event not only to nourish your mind, but also for a delicious Mexican meal. Arrive between 11:30-11:45 a.m. to place your lunch order; the program will begin at 12:00 p.m. The cost is $20.00, which includes a choice from the Macayo’s lunch menu and soft drink. thegreenchamber.org


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8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Phoenix 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Don’t miss the Arizona Forward Stewardship Summit at the beautiful Hyatt Regency hotel. This event will focus primarily on wellness and public health, and how the environment influences both. The cost to attend is $60.00 for student seats, $95.00 for member seats, $110.00 for non-member seats, $900.00 for member tables, and $1,050.00 for non-member tables. RSVP today. arizonaforward.org

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Bringing together food producers, food system advocates, policy makers, and funders to grow the capacity of Arizona food producers and entrepreneurs, the Food and Farm Finance Forum forges alliances and partnerships that build collaboration around healthy local food systems, and cultivates healthy eating habits that demonstrate the connection between food, health, community and the environment. Tickets start at $59.00. localfirstazfoundation.org May 2016 | greenliving



Every Wednesday Hands On Work Parties

5/25 Sustainability Series

5/31 Celebration of Place


Every Wednesday HANDS ON WORK PARTIES 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona 3003 S. Country Club Rd., Tucson Get educated and converse with other gardeners at the Community Food Bank Garden. There will be a number of engaging activities, including soil preparation, harvesting, seed starting, worm composting, irrigation repair, and transplanting. The free workshop is intended for all ages. tucsonorganicgardeners.org

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5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Laura Tanzer Atelier 410 N. Toole Ave., Suite 110, Tucson Join us for our next Sustainability Series, brought to you by Green Living magazine, Laura Tanzer Designs, Local First Arizona and Mrs. Green’s World. This month’s topic is Waste. Learn from local experts, enjoy appetizers and drinks, engage in Q&A, and meet like-minded individuals at this parteducational, part-networking event! tucsonsustainabilityseries.eventbrite.com

5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. La Cocina 201 N. Court Ave., Tucson The annual Celebration of Place fundraiser will feature live music, drinks and dinner featuring locally grown and harvested native ingredients. Ten percent of proceeds from the drink and food sales will be donated to Desert Harvesters nonprofit. desertharvesters.org/calendar

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G R E E N CHAMPIONS Green Living magazine has a new section called the Green Champions of the Month! Each month we will feature three people – one each in northern, southern and central Arizona – who are making strides in the green community. NORTHERN – HADASSAH ZIEGLER, FOUNDING PARTNER AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, ROOFTOP SOLAR

Hadassah Ziegler is the founding partner and director of operations for Rooftop Solar in Arizona and California. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Urban Planning at Northern Arizona University and served for four years as Administrative and Program Director for Diablo Trust, a land management collaborative. She is a former board member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Northern Branch and the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) of Northern Arizona. She is a current board member of the Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance. She is a graduate of Flagstaff Leadership Program – 2005 and a founding member of Flagstaff Hullabaloo. Ziegler is passionate about building local communities and working in the renewable energy field. At Rooftop Solar she recognizes the special opportunity not only to educate people on the environmental benefits of solar energy but to offer them the means to participate by producing energy from the sun. Nominated by Heather Gearhart, PR Consultant, Be Heard Public Relations.


Kelley Bird is the co-founder of Grabbagreen and executive director of Grabbafoundation. With a passion for feeding people nutritious meals, Grabbafoundation is a nonprofit that supports local charities whose missions are aligned with living a Grabbagreen lifestyle. Grabbagreen supports and donates funds to the Mollen Foundation in Scottsdale, whose mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle in children that includes fitness, nutrition and self-esteem through exercise programs and nutritional education. Before Grabbagreen, Bird was a stay-at-home mom who increasingly became frustrated with the lack of nutritional food options while on the go. Ms. Bird served as an elementary teacher in the Dallas and Downey, CA school systems for six years after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. Nominated by Morgan Vanderwall, Owner, Vanderwall PR. Photo by Jim Poulin


Colleen Crowninshield has worked for the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) since 1994, and in 2002 she assumed the Clean Cities’ responsibilities as a full time Coordinator. In 2004 she was promoted to Clean Cities Manager. A year later she was named the Cities Coordinator of the Year. Some of her biggest accomplishments include: assisting with the first “green” Super Bowl, acting as a clean fuel consultant to the NFL Environment Program to assist with alternative fuel choices and access for the 2008 Super Bowl in Tempe. She was inducted into the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Hall of Fame in 2011. She was also recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Energy for Greatest Petroleum Displacement in the Nation using E85. In 2015 the U.S. Department of the Interior presented her with the Director’s Partnership Award for her work with the National Parks Initiative to “green” our national parks. Nominated by Stephanie Jarnagan, President, Think Communications.

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HE’S GREEN SHE’S GREEN GLUTEN-FREE COOKIES Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that is triggered by consuming proteins called gluten, which can be found in wheat, barley and rye. Luckily, the food industry now makes several products gluten-free – unfortunately, a lot of them are taste-free as well. If you have a sweet tooth but are on a gluten-free diet, we’ve found some cookies for you to try…and a few to avoid! MARY’S GONE CRACKERS | VANILLA MINIS {organic, gluten free, vegan} HE SAID: I think there must have been an internal power struggle going on at Mary’s when they were designing this product. Half the board room was shouting cookies, the other half was shouting crackers, and no resolution was reached. The flavor starts as a sweet vanilla cookie would, but then moves into a whole grain, brown rice cracker flavor. I’ve never been more confused by a product.

SHE SAID: Mary really had gone crackers when she made these...cookies? Crackers? They were grainy and heavy, similar to a whole wheat graham cracker, and almost entirely lacking of all sugar and vanilla flavor. I loved the star, sun, moon and heart shapes – so pretty! But it seems they may be best for those who have never had a sugary cookie before. Toddlers perhaps?

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UDI’S | PEANUT BUTTER COCONUT SOFT BAKED COOKIES {gluten free, non-GMO cereal grains} HE SAID: These should come with a free broom and dustpan, because they are the most crumbly cookies ever; I made a giant mess just getting the first one out of the bag. They are quite worth the mess though. The peanut butter is nice and sweet, and the flavor blends into the coconut aftertaste wonderfully. Whatever you do, do not eat these in bed.

SHE SAID: So here’s an odd combo, but it kinda works. These had the dry, crumbly texture of a peanut butter cookie, but with coconut shreds and hardly any peanut butter flavor. I’d ask Udi’s to add a bit more peanut butter, and a giant bib to catch all those cookie crumbles!

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LUCY’S | LEMON GOODNESS {gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, kosher} HE SAID: High five to Dr. Lucy! These Lemon Goodness cookies are a home run: light and crispy with a great crunch and occasional chewy lemon fruit bits. The lemon flavor is strong but sweet and absolutely delicious. Serve these with a pot of Earl Grey tea and all will be right in the world...until you run out.

SHE SAID: If you like old-fashioned crunchy cookies, grab some of these. The bright lemon flavor reminds me of spring, and keeps me coming back for more. They are also vegan. Lots of goodness going on here!

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ENJOY LIFE FOODS | DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE SOFT BAKED COOKIES {gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher} HE SAID: Gluten is a combination of proteins that gives bread its elasticity and spongy texture, so to remove it and keep a soft texture is no small feat. It’s like saying you want to build a brick wall, but you don’t want to put any bricks in it. So when I realized that these scrumptious chocolate cookies were also super soft and pillowy, I was amazed to say the least.

SHE SAID: Kudos to a company who makes tasty products while avoiding common allergens and artificial ingredients. Nowadays, it’s often hard to find everyone-friendly processed foods! These cookies are definitely worthy of your taste buds. The grainy texture is quickly forgotten with all the fluffy, chocolatey goodness happening in these cookie/brownie treats.

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MILTON’S | SNICKERDOODLE SOFT BAKED COOKIES {gluten free, non-GMO} HE SAID: The internet says that the driest place on Earth is the Atacama Desert in South America, but that’s only because they’ve never tried a Milton’s Snickerdoodle cookie. I took one rather small bite and my mouth turned into a cinnamon-sugar Sahara. Milton really went the extra mile to take that second ‘S’ out of dessert.

SHE SAID: Well, they got the “soft baked” and cinnamon parts right. I couldn’t place the strange sour-ish sweet flavor until I read the ingredients. Raisin paste. It was a dry raisin paste and cinnamon cookie. Sorry Milton, back to the drawing board.

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Acorelle has you covered this Mother’s Day with the most exquisite, chemical-free French perfumes. Several enchanting fragrances are available, including Citrus Infusion, Divine Orchid, Lotus Dream and more. These “extraits d’emotion” are certified as the only fragrances in Europe to be organic and all natural. Acorelle never uses parabens, phthalates, synthetic compounds or artificial preservatives. $55.00 ACORELLE.COM/ACORELLEUSA





If you’re looking to give Mom an elegant gift this year, look no further than a handbag or tote from 88 Bags. Owned by a lifelong vegetarian who believes the environment would benefit from the reduction of factory farming, 88 bags are completely vegan and cruelty free. Each bag is individually crafted and tested for durability; 88 even makes their own custom hardware. A portion of every sale goes toward helping educate women around the globe. Katie Fuchsia Medium Saffiano Satchel (pictured), $49.99 88-EIGHTYEIGHT.COM



Created by the founder of a breath mint for humans, Woofmints is intended to resolve your fur baby’s bad breath. Woofmints are nutritious, glutenfree, vegan and made in the U.S. The capsules are made with organic sunflower oil, parsley oil, and organic peppermint oils that dissolve in your dog’s stomach, creating fresh breath from the inside out. $26.80 for 120 gel caps; monthly or bi-monthly subscription for $20.95 WOOFMINTS.COM


This Mother’s Day, give her comfort and style with Bzees Shoes. In addition to being a comfy fit, Bzees revitalize the body and mind with their air-infused outsole and “cloud technology,” creating a feeling of being light and free. Even more, the shoes are easy to wash and have incredible free-foam footbeds that will shape to her feet. The brand offers several styles, ranging from wedges, slip-ons and stylish sandals. Sashay Slip On (pictured), $69.00 BZEES.COM


Maintain a healthy PH balance, support natural acidity, and help to prevent yeast and bacterial infections with feminine wash by Honey Pot. Enriched with plant-based ingredients like lavender water, grapefruit seed extract, coconut oil soap and garlic, this wash will keep you feeling clean, naturally. Available in Normal, Sensitive and Moisture. $13.99 for a 6 oz. bottle THEHONEYPOT.CO



NeoCell’s Beauty Infusion is the beverage your skin, hair and nails have been thirsting for. Available in Tangerine Twist, Appletini and Cranberry Splash, these refreshing summer drink mixes are rich in Vitamin C and Alpha Lipoic Acid, protecting from radical damage and boosting collagen; Hyaluronic Acid, which is great for renewing and hydrating the skin; Collagen Type 1 and 3, which helps produce strong, smooth hair and nails; and Biotin, which aids in nail and hair growth. Prices vary per store NEOCELL.COM

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FOUR WAYS SOLAR MAKES FINANCIAL SENSE — AGAIN — FOR SRP CUSTOMERS In 2015, when SRP changed its rate structure for new solar installations, many customers who were still considering solar were left feeling uncertain if such an investment would actually pay off. SRP discontinued their usage-based solar pricing plan – where solar customers paid a simple time-of-day kilowatt hour rate for any extra energy pulled from SRP. The new E-27 rate plan replaces the old model with variable charges that are instead assessed from the MAXIMUM power drawn in a 30-minute window during on-peak hours. SRP’s change dramatically complicated the return on investment (ROI) calculation for solar, and solar installers needed time to break the roadblock. Fortunately, thanks to reimagined solar systems from Sun Valley Solar Solutions, residential solar is once again a compelling financial — and environmental — option in SRP. Here are the four ways that solar makes financial sense – AGAIN – for SRP customers:


Add solar with demand management: With SRP’s new pricing, careful management of high energy appliances during on-peak hours can offer sizable savings. Our innovative demand manager uses sophisticated software to carefully balance big power loads, such as AC units, pool pumps, or water heaters. By juggling these high-usage devices during costly on-peak hours, our demand management technology with smooth your demand curve and help you avoid costly energy peaks.

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Take advantage of historically low off- and on-peak kilowatt hour rates: Since the new E-27 solar plan places high-value on the demand-based fees, SRP took the liberty to reduce all base kilowatt hour rates to levels not seen since the 1960s. In other words, investing in an SVSS solar system with demand management technology actually buys you into cheaper kilowatt hours. More options for panel orientation: While prior best-practice was to install panels on south-facing roofs for maximum exposure during prime high-sun times of day, solar with demand management technology often includes west-facing panels that draw late-afternoon light to improve demand shaving during high afternoon usage times.

Demand management requires fewer solar panels: With the new E-27 rate plan, the objective is no longer about simply producing as much solar energy as possible over the longest timeframe. Instead, the goal is to mitigate peak usage draws from the SRP grid. As such, solar with demand management technology typically requires fewer panels, and are priced at, or even below, the cost of more conventional solar energy systems. What’s more, we achieve these benefits without the added cost and complexity of in-home back-up battery systems.

If you’re an SRP customer and want to see how solar once again can make financial sense to you, contact SVSS today for a free, customized, solar energy consultation.

480-689-5000 Watch our reimagined solar with demand management technology informational video by visiting


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