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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

Mezona Market Opens Friday

Sweet Cakes Cafe in Mesa has served some of the best sugar cookies on Main Street for more than a decade, but the bakery will unveil a new concept called the Mezona Market in a grand opening celebration Friday. Rest assured, you can still get your cinnamon rolls, cookies and other sweet treats. Sweet Cakes no longer serves lunch fare, but it will continue to serve up fresh bakery items at the market. And be surrounded by more than a dozen other local makers and bakers in the shop at 21 W. Main St. The homey market is named after the Mezona, a once

Visit Tempe’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” House

Drive down El Freda Road in Tempe and you’ll see one of the most elaborately decorated houses in the city. Jessica and Francis Brown decorated their house after the 1993 classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. From the street, garland and Christmas lights illuminate “Nightmare Town,” large fangs hang from the monster house, and color-changing eyes peer down at passer-bys from the second-floor windows. “We’re big Disney fans,” said Jessica in a Facebook Live with ABC15 on Wednesday evening. Her favorite attraction at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion. “We’ve wanted to decorate our house for the longest possible time,” she said. “So why

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