20/20 in 2020

They say hindsight is 20/20… it is always easier to understand something after it has already happened. Let’s take advantage of the year 2020 to see clearly the things we can do better! With the turn of a new year, we can focus on enriching our lives, surrounding ourselves with positivity, thinking healthy thoughts and … Continued

Happy Holidays and See You Next Year!

It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of 2019. Where does the time go? The good news is that this is a magical time of year that most of us absolutely cherish! We get to enjoy the cool crisp air, wear our cozy sweaters and boots, drink hot cocoa, and revel in the festive … Continued

Thank You, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Grazi!

We want to take a minute to say thank you. Thank you to all the inspiring people of our community. It never ceases to amaze me how many truly great people and organizations we have right here in our community. We are consistently blown away by all of the endless philanthropic efforts, charity and nonprofit … Continued

Food, Glorious Food

Who’s hungry? It’s safe to say I am…Well let’s be honest, I am always hungry. We’re confident you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this month’s issue. October is the “Foodie” issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle! This is one of my favorites! We are so lucky to live in a place with so many … Continued

Fall Into Fashion

It’s getting to be the time of year where we begin to think about the newest and best looks for the fall season. We begin to envision the perfect ensemble for all the upcoming special events and social gatherings this year. In that spirit, we hope you enjoy the September fashion issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle. … Continued

I Tell People I Live at the Circus!

Do you remember as a kid when your parents would say two, three, sometimes even four names before they got your name right? Well I seem to have joined that club years ago. Why, you ask? Take a look at the photo above. With four active boys plus the dog, things can get … well, … Continued

Summertime, and the Livin’s Easy

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, … Continued

Gentlemen, We Honor You!

Luck was on my side when I became a mother of four boys. Yes, that’s right: I am surrounded by male energy in my house (four boys, my husband and even the dog is a boy). I wouldn’t trade it for the world! For any young man, it is essential to have a great male influence … Continued

All about the ladies…..

As a little girl, my mother always taught me to be authentic, embrace who I am, stand strong and believe in myself. My father taught me that there are no limits, to follow my dreams, work hard and never give up. I am grateful for their lessons because it made me realize that ANYTHING is … Continued

Going Green

As we dive into April, we can be comforted by the amazing weather and colorful flowers in full bloom which make it easy to appreciate how beautiful our surroundings are. I aspire to be better at embracing a “green” lifestyle. There are so many ways to incorporate an eco-friendly way of living, from recycling, buying organic goods, practicing … Continued

Spring at Last!

Springtime in the valley is my absolute favorite time of year! March 20 marks the first official day of spring. It’s a time to celebrate new life with endless flowers in bloom, sunny, beautiful weather and perfect temperatures. These are just a few reasons so many of us call this beautiful place our home. Home—that is … Continued

All You Need Is Love

February is the month of love. With Valentine’s Day on the 14th, we get a chance to give a little extra attention to those we love and cherish. As you focus on your Valentines this month, remember to hold tight those you love and shower them with a little extra affection. That being said, I … Continued

Happy New Year!

I love this time of year. January is when we hit the reset button, set our New Year’s resolutions and focus on the good that is to come in 2019. I welcome you to spend some time targeting your goals, finding ways to improve, and most of all, to practice positive thinking! There is so … Continued

‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year when we feel extra cheerful and count our blessings. In that spirit, I am very grateful to introduce myself as the new owner/publisher of Paradise Valley Lifestyle! It brings me so much joy and excitement to become a voice and amplify the voices of this beautiful community in which I … Continued

Counting Our Blessings

It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of 2018. If you’re like me, you’re wondering, “Where did this year go?!” I seem to ask myself that more and more often. And then, I step back and realize, that even with as fast as time seems to fly, I’m so grateful for all I’m experiencing along … Continued

F Is for Foodie

Can you smell that? (Did you actually sniff?!) Perhaps it’s the aroma of a seasonal latté or a fresh-baked apple pie. The heat is subsiding, and our cooler weather is beginning to settle in—a perfect time for our Foodie issue. Although we don’t have any “scratch-and-sniff” pages, we can provide you with a visual feast! We are print, … Continued

Season of Style

It’s official! School’s back in session, the monsoon season is almost over (thank goodness!) and our annual style issue is now in your hands. I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been up to here at Paradise Valley Lifestyle. In a sense, we’ve traveled the globe. From a New York designer to a … Continued

Celebrating Family

According to Dictionary.com, 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 … Continued

Dog Days

Listen…can you hear that? It’s the sounds of summer. Whether it’s splashing in a pool, the humming of a motorboat or the rhythmic ocean waves, it’s a refreshing sound. It means relief from this heat — and usually making some fun memories!  For me, growing up, those were on lakes in New York state. From … Continued

Dear Gents,

Welcome to June! It’s filled with celebrations throughout the month: Flag Day, Father’s Day and the official kickoff of summer—although it feels like we’ve been there for a while already! As we celebrated women in our last issue of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, it’s time we do the same for the men in this community. This … Continued

To Strong Women

May. It’s when we at Paradise Valley Lifestyle focus on the “Women’s” issue. A time when I, as publisher, get to share how honored and blessed I am to be surrounded by such great influencers and those that touch my heart in this community. It’s no secret that there’s an abundance of amazing women in … Continued

Eco Chic

Most of my life I've lived where April showers brought May flowers. However, we know that's not how the Valley brings it in. We're fortunate enough to live in a climate where things bloom all year long.

There’s No Place Like Home

When I thought about what to write in this month's letter knowing it's the "Home" issue, three things popped into my head: the saying "Home is where the heart is," Michael Buble's rendition of "Home" and Dorothy's famous statement, "There's no place like home." They all conjure up a feeling of comfort for me.

And the Winners Are …

It's here; it's here!!! The 2017 Readers' Choice Awards issue is here! Let me start out by first saying congratulations to all the businesses that were nominated in each category. From dentists to dog groomers, baked goods to boutiques, we had a great list of candidates that you, our readers, suggested.

A New Year’s Change

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! Now that 2017 is behind us, it's time to turn the page (or swipe the device) and embrace a new year: new goals, new dreams, new beginnings. And, a new look for us! With 12 fresh months at our fingertips, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at…

A Season of Giving

Here we are: December, the culmination of 2017. We're asking ourselves, "How can it possibly be December?" Especially here in the Valley where temps in the 90s are still somewhat fresh in our memories! Yet we find ourselves reflecting 
on the year that is almost over. 

A Time to be Thankful

Thankful: it’s a word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year as November arrives and 2017 begins to draw to a close. And although it typically marks the winding down of the year, November is also a season of beginnings. This month begins the season of giving and the season of receiving. It begins the season of…

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?”