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5 Savvy Tax Tips for Families

Tax time can certainly drudge up anxiety and most parents start to panic as April 15th gets closer and closer. Doing taxes tends to end up on the back burner, but don’t procrastinate-check out these 5 tips as tax season is just around the corner. 1. Know Your Tax Credits- “In general, tax credits are more beneficial than deductions since the amount can come right... Read More

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A trip that gives back

Hard Labor  Writer Anissa Stringer experiences a trip that gives back. The idea of going on a mission trip can be intimidating. You know that you’re doing a lot of good, but you’re surrounded by people who speak a different language and presented with food you aren’t used... Read More

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Scottsdale party planner sets the stage for a romantic Valentine’s Day

Romance, with a Touch of Fitness Party planner Jamila Watson sets the stage for a romantic homespun Valentine’s Day. Photo by Scott E. Whitney Photography A Love and Fitness Valentine Ah, Valentine’s Day! Are you looking for a new way to celebrate with your loved one? Why not... Read More

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Look to the February and March skies for a glimpse of the goddess!

Hot and Heavy  Look to the February and March skies for a glimpse of the goddess! With 2015 well underway, it’s time to look to our Arizona skies for some amazing sights. The month of February is that special time, when our thoughts turn to romance and images... Read More

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The Luck of the Irish: M.D. Thalman (aka Dirk) is out to celebrate St. Dirktrick’s Day

The Luck of the Irish           M.D. Thalman (aka Dirk) is out to celebrate St. Dirktrick’s Day. Is it just me, or have things gone too far? Ahh, if there were ever a less justified holiday than St. Patrick’s Day, I couldn’t think of... Read More

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5 Mystery Ingredients: Scottsdale Chef Matthew Grunwald divulges his top gourmet secret weapons

Five Mystery Ingredients Young culinary gun Chef Matthew Grunwald divulges his top gourmet secret weapons.   1. Light Coconut Milk Creamy and dreamy is right around the corner at the grocery store, and guess what, it’s healthier than using classic heavy cream to thicken a dish. I cannot live... Read More

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Scottsdale & Valley events in January 2015

JANUARY 2015 1          Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions. Start training now for the 11th Annual New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Papago Park Ramadas 9 and 10, 455 N Galvin Parkway at the Zoo, Phoenix. allarizonarunningevents.com 4  The Scottsdale Wedding Walk is a shopping experience... Read More

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Auto Mania: For Barrett-Jackson chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, bringing the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection to the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction is another milestone

AUTO MANIA  For Barrett-Jackson chairman and CEO Craig Jackson, bringing the world-renowned Ron Pratte Collection to the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction is another automotive milestone. By Sondra Barr A signature Valley event, the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is once again set to break sales and attendance records when... Read More

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Scottsdale & Valley events in December 2014

DECEMBER 2014 Through Jan. 4 Witness the Princess Resort turn into an enchanting winter wonderland during the 5th Annual Christmas at the Princess Festival. The Princess is the perfect destination to create holiday memories and traditions that your family will cherish for years to come. Enjoy light shows,... Read More

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Sky Change: Many unique sights await us skyward in the months ahead

Sky Change Many unique sights await us skyward in the months ahead, says Dr. Sky. The end of another year of brilliant observations, so to speak! Happy holidays and happy New Year to each and every one of you! The Arizona skies of December are full of special... Read More

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Stop practicing and start playing: Scottsdale golf pro Scott Sackett says, “Head to the course!”

Stop Practicing and Start Playing Golf pro Scott Sackett on why getting off the range and heading for a course is important. Practice is very important. Sometimes the message “Golf is played on the course—you need to practice less and play more” drowns out a player’s sense of... Read More

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Dining Out at Isabella’s Kitchen in Scottsdale

Isabella’s Kitchen North Valley Magazine’s managing editor, Sondra Barr, tries out different restaurants to offer you a no-holds-barred—pardon the pun—opinion about the experience––food, ambience, service, location, and whatever else strikes her. This issue, she steps inside Isabella’s Kitchen. By Sondra Barr While the North Valley certainly isn’t lacking... Read More

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There’s a difference between natural and man-made gems, jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why

All That Glitters May Be Glass There’s a difference between natural and man-made gems, jewelry expert Scott Bohall explains why. Would you pay the same price for a poster as you would for the original painting? Would you pay the same price for a Mercedes if it were... Read More

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