According to, the definition of a family is as follows: a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for.

In this day and age, let’s not forget animals, too! This month in Paradise Valley Lifestyle we’re celebrating Kids + Pets, two things that warm my heart and make me smile—just think babies, puppies and kittens!

In this issue, we have two Readers’ Choice winners that you’ll get to know a little bit more about, and I’ll introduce you to some local pet owners. Plus, we’ve touched on a few places where you can take your whole family—pets included!

Speaking of families, our Open House features the new location of a local nonprofit where you can donate or volunteer and support foster care in Arizona. Or perhaps you’d like to rescue a small dog? 

If you’re looking to “staycation” right here, wait until you read about the Phoenician and the transformation it’s making. We’re very fortunate that we can experience wonderful opportunities right in our own backyards. 

Here’s to a great month, a smooth transition into the new school year and to YOU, our readers. We’re grateful for having this privilege of being with you every month. Enjoy YOUR family, and thank you for being a part of OUR family. 

Make it a great August!