Renter’s Insurance: For Affordable Peace of Mind

More than two-thirds of renters are uninsured for fire, natural disaster, and burglary. But the fact is more apartments are broken into than houses, and apartments also burn. Worse yet, if a fire starts in one unit it will often affect nearby flats. A careless neighbor could be the cause of your next burnt hallway. … Read More…

Tackle Your Dated Kitchen with these 2021 Trends

by Blake Herzog Have you been fretting for a while about a kitchen that hasn’t been upgraded for 20 years or so, but haven’t been able to commit to making upgrades that could age just as quickly? Here are six kitchen trends that have been blowing up this year, all with durability, timelessness, and style … Read More…

Smart Ways to Refresh Your Home Office

by Blake Herzog Many of us have been working from home for more than a year, if not longer. It’s time to think about what isn’t working for you in your home office and consider what can be done to make it a healthier, more productive space to be in. Adjustable desk — These not only … Read More…

Get Your Yard Ready for Outdoor Living

by Blake Herzog But it’s actually prime time for planning ahead for when backyard entertaining won’t be limited to furtive fiestas in the dark or underneath your drippy misting system. 2021 is shaping up to be another huge year nationwide for home improvement and expanding permanent living space into your yard. Here’s a look at … Read More…

Make Sure Kitty Stays Hydrated in Summer

by Blake Herzog Today’s domestic cats are descended from desert felines who evolved to get much of their hydration from food. Many, though, have instinctual suspicion of still water and instead run to any faucet they can get to. Cats need to drink about 3.5 to 4.5 ounces of water daily per 5 pounds if … Read More…

Picacho Mountains Teem with Life

by Loren and Melissa Shelton, Critter-Photography Team One of our favorite locations to explore in Pinal County is the Picacho Mountains; they are so close. Specifically, check out the Newman Peak side. Did you know that if you hike to the top there are grasslands and juniper trees? Lots of desert denizens live out there … Read More…

Smart Shoppers’ Guide for Pet Meds

by Gigi McWhirter Whether your pet is on a prescription medication or supplement, the cost can be expensive. This is especially true for animals with chronic conditions. Throw in the cost of the medication(s) on top of the required vet checks and lab work, it can easily put a dent into the wallet. For instance, … Read More…

Teachers Gain by Being Physically Active

by Tiffanie Grady-Gillespie, Certified Physical Trainer, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, WickedFiTT If you are a teacher, you know how hard free time is to come by and how easy it is to forget about taking care of you. Even the absolute best teachers. No matter how driven or prepared you are, if you aren’t healthy … Read More…

Q&A Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

Photos by Volo, Courtesy Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Sonny Dunn Citizen of the Year Award — Jennifer Connelly, owner/operator of 6th Day Farms and director of development at Maricopa Pantry Q: How did you get involved with the Maricopa Pantry? A: I began attending the food bank about five or six years ago as we had … Read More…

‘Bootie Scootie’ in Cats, Dogs Could Be Worrisome

by Gigi McWhirter “Why is my dog dragging its bottom across the floor?” “Why is my doggie or kitty licking at its rear end?” These are questions that usually mean your pet is not just doing their version of the “Bootie Scootie Boogie” but is in need of having their anal sacs emptied (or that … Read More…