Creating Food Truck Magic

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor It all started with a smoker rolling up to a location and letting the smell of barbecue pull people in. In 2020, Dexter Johnson had moved from Atlanta with the idea of bringing Southern soul food to Arizona. Lonnie’s BBQ & More was named after his grandfather, and it only … Read More…

Dodge These Kitchen Layout Pitfalls

When your kitchen’s layout and lack of counter space is just not working for you anymore, it may be time to consider remodeling. While it can be an expensive undertaking, if the heart of your home is not functional it creates a drag on the rest of your house and how everyone feels while they’re … Read More…

‘Rare and Exotic’ Shop Opens in Maricopa

by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor For Ruben Rivera, it has been a lifelong goal to have a place where he could share his knowledge and love for all things that slither, creep and crawl in the shadows. He and his family opened Desert Grown Reptiles March 26. “I’ve been into bugs and reptiles since I … Read More…

Guard your Dog Against Distemper

by Gigi McWhirter Distemper is one the most contagious and serious diseases your dog can get, but it is preventable. It’s part of the core vaccines recommended by veterinarians. Once contracted, distemper attacks several body systems resulting in widespread infection that is difficult to treat. A dog can get the virus through direct contact or … Read More…

CAC Once Again Designated a Military Friendly School

Central Arizona College has earned the 2022-2023 Bronze Military Friendly® School designation. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard. The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will … Read More…

10 Things to do for Your Mental Health

submitted by Sun Life Health While we often associate taking care of ourselves with eating healthy and working out, we forget that it also means keeping our mind healthy. Here are 10 things we can do for our mental health. 1. Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your … Read More…

Stay Hydrated My Friends

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT   Believe it or not, as you are reading this, you are sweating. Many of us think we need to be exerting ourselves like exercising to be sweating, but that is not the case! And with our hot summers, it is a prime time … Read More…

Make Cool Summer Home Improvements

by Blake Herzog Our desert summer is here and hopefully you’ve been able to get your major preparations taken care of; ensuring your air conditioning, windows and pool barrier are functioning. There are many interior and some exterior projects you can take on to keep life comfortable now and throughout the rest of the year! q … Read More…

Discover the Hidden Paradise in Aravaipa Canyon

submitted by Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn Reconnecting with ourselves and loved ones has become a necessity during the past couple years, and there’s hardly a better place to do so than within the regenerative embrace of Aravaipa Canyon, just one and a half hours northeast of Tucson. This wilderness area is a rarity in … Read More…

Stride into Adventure on the Arizona Trail

by Blake Herzog The Arizona National Scenic Trail is an 800-mile path spanning our state from north to south, cutting through high plains, forests, mountains, deserts and canyons, slicing through the Grand Canyon itself. The nonmotorized trail also links wildlife habitats and human communities, establishing or reinforcing ties along the way. Hikers, runners, bikers and … Read More…