Fall into October

While much of the country is experiencing warm hues of fall colors, those of us in the Valley of the Sun are experiencing cooler temps and getting back outdoors. It's exciting to think that fall is officially here. And you know what that means—sports (the World Series, soccer and football), comfort food and beer!

What’s Your Style?

Fashion: a - a prevailing custom, usage or style; b - (1) - the prevailing style (as in a dress) during a particular time; (2) - a garment in such a style. We all have (or desire to have) a style. So what's yours? Are you classic or trendy? Conservative or flashy? I probably lean more towards trendy, but definitely…

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…

Explore. Dream. Discover.

The summer days I grew up with are very different than the summer days in Arizona. It was the time to be outdoors—riding bikes, going to the beach, water skiing and enjoying the longer days. Our daily activities weren’t hindered by the blazing hot temperatures, but I’m learning how to handle an Arizona summer by embracing, and tweaking, the adventures…

Memories, Movers and A Man Cave

Luther Vandross had a song, "Dance with My Father." It always makes me think of my dad. Not because it was popular when I was younger, or that we have a memory of dancing to that song, but because of the lyrics within the song.

Here’s to Strong Women

May has always been one of my favorite months of the year. Back east, it was just about the time you could count on not getting any more snow! Summer was just around the corner with Memorial Day weekend in sight, but it's Mother's Day that has always been a long time favorite day of mine (other than birthdays!) It's…

Fond Farewells & New Beginnings

Spring has finally arrived, and all the tell-tale signs of it are clear: days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to pop-up along the roadside and the promise of summer lingers in the air. For many, spring is a time of growth, renewal and new beginnings with the coming of a fresh, brighter season. Yet…

Memories of Home

Although I’ve lived on the West Coast for almost 15 years now, I always look back at my childhood home in a small little Connecticut town with a sense of nostalgia. Maybe it’s because I spent my carefree years of youth there, or maybe it’s because I lived there the longest of any place so far. Either way, I will…

Made With Love

I’ve always loved to read, and as far back as I can remember, my mother had always read to me at night before going to bed. As I got older, I continued this tradition, staying up to the first break of daylight on weekends devouring book after book. After finishing up a good novel, my thoughts would spin everywhere and…

Here’s To Health

With the New Year now upon us, it seems like we have instantly gone from the carefree indulgences of the December holidays to the urgency of having to set resolutions, most of which center on leading a healthier lifestyle. But what really defines health? When prompted with the phrase “Health Is…” one could indeed come up with a vast array…

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! Coming from a large, New York Italian family, cherished traditions passed down through generations play a large role in celebrating the holidays—think of a five-hour long “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner with the entire family on Christmas Eve that lasts well into the night and classic Pantone and coffee while opening presents in the morning.

With the Warmest Thanks

I think it’s safe to say that I inherited my passion for volunteering from my mother. A teacher, and one of the strongest, kindest and most compassionate hearts that I knew, my mother always made it a point to get involved with the community in one way or another—from fundraising for the annual Pumpkin Festival and Christmas Drive to starting…

Celebrate Fine Wine and Bountiful Beer

I’ve personally been lucky enough to experience the winemaking process first-hand while in Italy, and the experience was one that I will not soon forget. It was a crisp, chilly mid-September morning; the sun was just peeking out over the hills, casting a golden glow over the whole city. I sat in the back of the van, wrapped up in…

Celebrate Pets in Service

It was a clear, crisp January afternoon. The sun peeked out from a few scattered fluffy white clouds in the blue sky, the windows were rolled down on our new Subaru Forester and the soft breeze blew wisps of hair across my face. To most, it would seem like the perfect day, however, for me, it seemed a little less…

Celebrate Your State!

As summer in Arizona is in full swing—with the heat at its highest during the day, coupled with those monsoons at night—many of us spend our days dreaming of California’s sandy beaches or Colorado’s breezy mountains; anywhere but here. So now seems like the perfect time to put a little reminder out there of what makes our state so great,…

Celebrate Summer Travel!

It was a hot August day—although what day of the week it was I couldn’t tell you—as I stepped off the plane into the bustling airport. My eyes, still blurry with sleep, struggled to read signs in a language I had only studied for six months and my ears strained to hear a familiar voice amid all the chatter floating…

Celebrating Men!

The month of June is always synonymous with the beginning of summer. The days grow longer, temperatures begin to rise (for those of us in Arizona that means 100-degree days), the kids are home from school and a general sense of freedom and carefree fun seems to float through the air; making it an ideal time of year to take…

Celebrate Your Home!

Growing up, it seemed like I was always moving. In fact, by the time I was a senior in high school, I had the art of packing down to a science—that is, if I even bothered to unpack at all. Although I have lived in many houses over the years, 11 to be exact, I will always consider my true…

Celebrate Spring!

Spring is the quintessential time for growth and new beginnings, as the newfound warm weather and abundance of sunshine seems to spark a feeling of change, joy and excitement in all. And nothing better represents this time of year than a beautiful blooming garden.

Celebrate The Arts

It was a bitterly cold December day in Paris, yet the inside of The Louvre was filled with the warm glow of lights and the bustle of people. I remember just standing there in the corridor, absolutely speechless in the presence of such a great work. No, it wasn’t the Mona Lisa, it was something lesser-known to the general public—…

Celebrate Local Food

As Arizona is such a melting pot of people from throughout the country, its culinary scene is decidedly diverse. From beloved concepts like La Grande Orange and Fox Restaurants to elegant resort dining to hole-in-the-wall eateries serving authentic and ethnic cuisines, our state packs a lot of punch when it comes to local flavor.

Celebrate the 
New Year.

With the New Year upon us, most of us turn our thoughts to resolutions and goals for the months ahead. A majority of these goals have to do with health and fitness. However, most of us struggle with the question “What does it actually mean to be healthy?”