It is a pleasure to join Paradise Valley Lifestyle as your new editor.

As a contributing writer for the magazine, I was able to experience new things, meet extraordinary people and connect with companies and organizations that are deeply committed to their cause, all within our wonderful community. I have also had the opportunity to write articles about these amazing people and experiences, and I look forward to facilitating these stories in my new role.

As it is July, summer is well upon us, and for those of us in Arizona that means things are really starting to heat up. However, this month in our “Summer Fun” issue, we detail all the ways to keep cool during these hot days. Try taking a trip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where you can find shade under one of its many towering, wonderful plants. This hidden Arizona gem is the largest and oldest Arboretum and Botanical Garden in the state, with numerous flowers, fruit trees, desert fauna and an astounding array of wildlife sure to make you want to stay for the whole day.

If you are looking for a way to escape the heat without leaving home, try staycationing at one of the Valley’s premier resorts like The Phoenician, The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, and The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, all offering unbelievable summer packages—think days spent poolside or at the water park and evenings filled with fireworks and parties.

Finally, there are amazing companies doing some really cool things this summer, like the pottery-painting haven As You Wish. Embracing a spirit of philanthropy and a dedication to helping children Valley-wide, the company is an avid supporter of the Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council and has recently taken on Make-A-Wish Arizona, hosting Wish Granting Painting Parties and donating items to their Wish Ball.

Whether lounging poolside, hitting the waterpark or getting creative with crafts indoors, I encourage you to use our “Summer Fun” issue to make this summer a most memorable one.

Until next month!