OK, Ok, so it may feel like we live on the sun in July for us Phoenicians … but let’s face it: Summertime still has an easy way about it: Things slow down a bit, all our seasonal “fair-weather friends” make a mad exodus. It’s really kind of nice.

If you really think about it, with most places there are prime seasons and less desirable times. For me, during our inclement weather, I enjoy taking a nice dip into a brisk swimming pool, boating on one of our amazing Arizona lakes, floating on a raft listening to my favorite summertime tunes while sipping something refreshing … don’t you agree?

Chill out with our summer issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, and read about our close-by neighbors in the cool Arizona pines of Flagstaff, Pine Canyon. This beautiful, family-friendly community is the perfect place to escape the Valley heat every summer.

Other fun features include a great way to combat damaged skin from the harsh Arizona sun with a Summer Ice Facial by Arizona Facial Plastics. Plus, learn how to get that desired summer bod through fat reduction and body contouring without any pain or needles with Bodcor’s FDA-approved technology.

Don’t forget our cover feature! Hear from the famous Howie Mandel, who we had the chance to meet with to learn about his mission to drive awareness around heart disease with his campaign, “Take Cholesterol to Heart.” Heart disease is responsible for nearly 83% of the deaths for Arizonians 65-plus. This is coupled with a feature on our very own local Heart Ball Chair, Kristine Thompson.

We hope you enjoy the July issue and stay cool all summer long!

Be grateful, be kind and live well,

Tammy Fellows