If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher

It’s hard to believe we’re flipping the calendar page, or scrolling through another month on our devices, and landing on August. Summer always seems to fly by. We look forward to those more relaxed days and vacations, visiting family and friends or maybe a new destination. We’ve celebrated our country’s independence with parades and fireworks. And, here in The Valley of the Sun, we’ve endured record-breaking temperatures! Now, hopefully, those under 100 degree days are closer in sight and, believe it or not, the new school year is right around the corner.

As we start preparing for those busy days of routine again, we thought we’d provide you with some back-to-school fashion insights. We all remember the first day of a new school year and planning on what we were going to wear. It’s exciting and scary, and probably the most documented day on cameras and videos! Smiles or tears, those moments are fun to look back on (as are the styles!) so be sure not to miss the opportunity. I even asked my kids to send me a picture of them their first day of classes at college! Yes, I’m THAT mom!

When it comes to lunches, be sure to check out the Lunchbox SOS piece. Don’t be fooled, kids aren’t the only ones who get bored with the same old stuff, and we’ve offered up some creative ideas and healthy alternatives to make the most of that midday meal.

You’ll also read about some of the most important, and possibly influential, people in our lives: teachers. Besides the fact that I come from a family of teachers, I hold the utmost respect for them and am grateful for their dedication, patience and inspiration. I understand, firsthand, the passion behind the title. They are so much more than teachers. Robert Frost once said, “I’m not a teacher, but an awakener.” We, at Paradise Valley Lifestyle, say, “Thank you,” to all the teachers, present and past, who may be reading this.

Lastly, music is in the air, and we’ve provided places to discover and let your hair down. From classic rock to country, via DJs, bands or concerts, you’re sure to find somewhere to “get your groove on.” You might even read about my love for music and who I recently saw on tour!

Here’s to a new school year and all that we can still learn, no matter where we are in life.

Warmest regards,

Kat McMahon, Publisher