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Weekend Getaway: Sedona

Sedona has become of the country’s favorite vacation destinations, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll find breathtaking scenery, beautiful weather, and a myriad of activities that will keep you coming back for more. Luckily in Tempe, this spiritual mecca is only a few hours away, so it’s the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Here’s what you can explore in and around Sedona.   Play Outdoors Sedona is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest, wilderness areas and state parks. It’s the perfect area for biking, fishing, horseback riding, running and more! There is no shortage of outdoor

A Guide to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is a great chance to make changes in your life, whether in your career, health or personally. However, making lasting change is hard, which is why so many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions within a month. In fact, only eight percent of people are show to keep their resolutions. Here are some tips on how you can make successful goals for 2019 and keep them.   Pick the Right Resolution – and Keep it Simple Many people start the new year with these grand resolutions that aren’t really realistic. That is their first downfall.

A Guide to Grooming Your Dog

If you have a dog, or are thinking of welcoming a pet dog into your life, it’s important that you know about grooming and bathing care. Bathing and grooming your dog will not only keep them clean and healthy, but you and your home as well. Try grooming your dog at home with these DIY tips!   Bathing Your Dog Bathing your dog to get rid of any unpleasant odor or dirt is good, but there are even more important reasons to do so. Regular washing helps keep a dog’s coat and skin healthy and clean, and can help prevent

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become a trending item in recent years, and for good reason. It has been found to have some health benefits and is a very versatile oil, able to be used in everything from cooking to beauty to pets! Unlike most vegetable oils, coconut oil is solid at room temperature. However it reacts to its environment – in the colder months it can be hard as a rock, and in the warmer months (or climates, like Arizona) it can be completely liquid. It doesn’t matter what form it sits, its uses don’t change!   In the Kitchen Coconut

Healthy Foods to Eat in July

July is right around the corner and that means it will be the best time to eat these delicious (and healthy!) foods:   Plumcots Or pluots, or apriums, apriclums, or apricums, or apricotandplummixedtogether. America has a grand tradition of bending nature to suit the shortsighted needs of its citizens, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plumcot, an apricot-plum hybrid designed to titillate your easily bored taste buds. These little stone fruits can be eaten by the half-dozen, and apparently research has shown the nutrient level of plumcots to be higher than the “much-touted” blueberry. Shows you how far a

Breakfast in Tempe

Breakfast is a very important meal you shouldn’t skip out on. It kick-starts your metabolism helping you burn calories throughout the day, and gives you the energy you need to focus and get things done. It is also very delicious. From the classic bacon and eggs to a sweet stack of pancakes or savory breakfast burrito, there are endless options for breakfast lovers. As Leslie Knope in Parks and Rec said, “why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” Here are some local favorites in Tempe:   Harlow’s Cafe 1021 W University Dr Since 1980 Harlow’s Cafe has been

Why You Should Join a Summer Sports League

Summer can bring back great memories of playing on summer leagues as a kid. Not only was it fun, it was physically and mentally healthy, although we didn’t know it then. There are many benefits, in fact, to playing on a summer sports league even as an adult. Reach Your Fitness Goals Sticking to fitness goals can be difficult when it feels like a chore to go to the gym. Luckily nowadays you don’t need to turn into a gym rat in order to get fit. There are tons of classes offered providing a different type of workout, including barre,

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors

Keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs year round with these herbs that thrive indoors. Lemon Balm Lemon balm is a very easy plant to grow indoors because it requires low/little light, however it does need regular watering. To avoid the lag time it takes to raise the plant to a harvest-able size, buy an already-started plant and grow it in freely draining potting soil. Lemon balm’s fresh lemon fragrance and flavor pairs nicely with fish and chicken dishes and fruit, and can easily be used to make herbal tea. Cilantro Cilantro prefers cooler temperatures than most plants, so keeping

The Best Dogs for Apartment Living

Dogs are one of the best companions a person can have – they are even considered “man’s best friend”. Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have that same companionship. Here is a list of some of the best dog breeds for small space living. Basenji Native to Africa, the Basenji is a small hound dog ideally suited for apartment living. These dogs are only 25 pounds when fully grown, do not shed and don’t bark, although they do yodel. They are fiercely loyal and protective and will make your apartment their home. Basenji can be

Health Benefits of Kombucha

Though kombucha didn’t appear on the shelves of U.S. health food stores until the 1990s, humans have been swilling the fermented tea for more than 2,000 years. Legend holds that this mystical brew was first consumed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Whether you drink kombucha for those very purported health benefits or just because you enjoy the taste of the fermented tea drink, kombucha has a storied history with human health. Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, homemade kombucha is fermented by a colony of bacteria

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