Why I Give Back

Local State Farm Agent JoEllen James has been with State Farm for 27 years. She evaluates what people need to protect and then helps them protect it with appropriate insurance options. 

Fun for All

Looking for some fun around town? These kid-friendly destinations around town provide hours of fun for all.

Author Charles Babbitt

Birding Arizona: What to Know, Where to Go is written by author Charles Babbitt and shares Babbitt's 40 years of birding experiences to show when, where and how to see the many of Arizona's most fascinating, rare and beautiful birds. With its maps and descriptions, it is the ideal guide for beginning and experienced birders who want to enjoy some of the best…

Lylah Ledner Skincare Line Offers Pure and Simple Beauty

In 2009, fashion designer Tory Burch started the Tory Burch Foundation to support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Seed Box is a curated selection of products made by women entrepreneurs and sold to benefit the Foundation. Local entrepreneur and beauty and botanical enthusiast Lylah Ledner was fortunate to have her Rose Geranium Facial Tonic included (from Lylah Ledner, formerly TSF…

Ways to Give Back this Season with Local Charities

 Debbie Gaby Charities   This organization is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Arizona who need help. Since 1997, Debbie Gaby has been providing assistance, support and other resources to deserving Phoenix Valley charities and organizations in need. Each year, Debbie supports more than 35 charities throughout the Valley. If interested in volunteering for the nonprofit,…

Love’n the Kitchen Talks Tools for the At-Home Chef

Growing up in the Midwest, Connie Kirchner, creator and owner of Love'n the Kitchen, was taught that the kitchen was the heart of the home. Her mother and grandmother prepared delicious meals from scratch, and that was a mindset that stuck with Connie.


 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Provided  Feeling good in the clothes you wear professionally, casually and formally says a lot about self-confidence. Aladdin Hussein of Artful Tailoring knows all about creating clothes that fit your physique using beautiful fabrics that are durable and comfortable.   Aladdin grew up in Syria in a family of tailors. Ever since he was a child,…

Five Favorite Things

 Article Kathleen Blair | Photography Sean Egan  Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, which has been in the Valley for more than 30 years, is the recipient of the 2018 Paradise Valley Lifestyle Reader’s Choice for Best Orthodontist. Husband and wife team Dr. Tal Masserman, an orthodontist, and Dr. Danielle Masserman, a pediatric dentist, joined the practice six years ago. Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides pediatric…

Five Best Indoor Theaters

 Article Mindy Haskins  When it gets excruciatingly hot outside and you can't bear it any longer (let's be honest, we're already there), what's better than a dark, air-conditioned theater where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the show—and maybe with a frosty beverage in hand! Escape the heat and head indoors to these speciality theaters.   iPic Scottsdale Patrons can experience the…

The Miksta Brothers

 Article Mindy Haskins  Money Clip  M-Clip.com, $140

Kristin Edwards and Her Mom

 Article Mindy Haskins | Photography Tony Marinella  MAC Lipstick in Snob  Nordstrom, $15

dig in

Using the right soil, tools and equipment can make all the difference in desert gardening. Knowing where to go for inspiration and expertise is helpful, too. The Green Goddess is a family-owned and operated full-scale nursery, and for more than 55 years they have helped desert dwellers with their gardening needs. Here are a few items they recommend for a healthy…

Our Contributors

Mindy Haskins was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Chandler. She's a wife and mother of two young girls and enjoys freelance writing, cooking, reading and seeing movies. She has a fitness goal to complete 100 workouts in 2018. Mindy loves the scenic beauty of Paradise Valley, a hidden treasure amongst the vast Phoenix area. 

Cheers to the New Year

Dominick’s Steakhouse, located in the Scottsdale Quarter, will be decorated for festivities on New Year’s Eve. They will hold a Champagne toast at midnight. Their full menu will be available, and seating is open. They are located at 15169 N. Scottsdale Road. View their menu at DominicksSteakhouse.com.

Holiday Traditions

Traditions connect us with family and history as nothing else can. One whiff of my mom’s sweet potato dish mixed with cinnamon and apples then topped with roasted marshmallows induces years of memories and jokes about it being the dessert we pretend is a side dish. But my new traditions are treasured as well. My husband’s family cooks a turkey…

Fall Fashion Picks

Scottsdale blogger Marlene Srdic covers fashion, beauty and all things luxury on her lifestyle website. She curated her favorite fall finds to share with readers. Take a peek into her glamorous life at LifeWithMar.com.

Publisher’s Playlist

Kat McMahon grew up in Syracuse, New York. As a kid, she listened to the radio and strategically recorded mixtapes with her boom box, carefully hitting the stop button so she wouldn’t record the DJ over the song. Her favorites included pop, Motown, disco and southern rock tunes. Rhythms changed with the seasons, and summer brought melodies from John Denver,…

We All Scream for Ice Cream

The weather has hit triple digits, and, besides moving from one air-conditioned location to the next, there’s no better way to cool down during the hot summer months than the classic frozen treat: ice cream. Luckily for locals, the Valley is full of some delightful eateries that specialize in all things chilled and delicious.

2017 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Give Him What He Really Wants This Year

Fashionable Finds

Angela Keller, Style Expert and Blogger at Mom Style Lab, Shares How to Refresh Your Summer Style

Portraits to Last a Lifetime

Burton Silverman is an iconic New York City artist, as well as Saper’s friend and mentor. “Burt is truly a living legend in the portrait world,” she says. “He is one of four portraits I've done in a series of paintings to recognize and thank artists who have helped me or inspired me in some way along this journey.”

Getting to Know Mallory Buxton, RN, BSN of Solos- Concierge Home Care

Will you tell a little about your background and how you got into the nursing field? I grew up on a farm in South Dakota; my father is a third generation farmer. Being the oldest of three girls, responsibility came naturally to me. I loved the sciences in school, so the medical field was a logical progression for me. My…

Cocktail Essentials

What motivated you to pursue your passion for writing? Well, I’ve had two pervious careers. First, as an emergency room nurse, then after 10 to 12 years of that, I decided I needed a change of pace. I had always loved looking at homes, so I decided to sell real estate and became very good at what I did and…

Beau MacMillan’s Kitchen Essentials

1. My Staff: We have a team of over 45 culinarians here, ranging from executive sous chefs, catering chefs and pastry chefs to line cooks and stewards. Every person here counts and has an important role. 2. My Engineering Team: We are a high-volume, 365-day, 24-hour operation. Our kitchen runs like a beast and has been known to take a…