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3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

by Lisa Bray

3 Wonderful Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley

Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so there are many celebrations leading up to the holiday and on the holiday itself. Here are 3 wonderful ways to celebrate 4th of July in the West Valley this year!

  1. Red, White and BOOM!: Celebrate the 4th of July at The Wigwam at their Red, White and BOOM event on July 4th from 6-8pm at the Blue Course of the Wigwam Golf Course located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park. The event includes live DJ entertainment, a Kid Zone with bounce houses & water slides. Unlimited rides & activities wrist band are available for purchase for $10 or $8 with active Military ID. Complimentary admission to the firework show on the first fairway of the Blue Golf Course. A variety of food & drink options are available for purchase. Bring your chairs, blankets, & beach towels! Click here for more event details.
  2. Star Spangled 4th:  Celebrate Independence Day at the spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. This free event includes live music (Shari Rowe, Groove Merchants), games, a hotdog-eating contest, a pitching contest, ziplines and fireworks. 6-10 p.m. Free admission, free parking. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way. Call 623-882-3120 or visit  goodyearbp.com for more details.
  3. Westgate Firework Fest: Enjoy the 4th at Westgate on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with two music stages, family entertainment, a cool water zone, food from more than twenty restaurants, a lively bar scene and a pyrotechnic spectacular! Westgate Firework Fest is free and open to the public and located at 6751 N Sunset Blvd in Glendale. Click here for more details.

For more fun things to do in the West Valley, or if you want to buy a home in Goodyear or the surrounding communities of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Estrella Mountain, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Surprise, Peoria or Phoenix please contact Lisa Bray today. Hope you all have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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5 "Egg-straordinarily" Useful Hacks for Easter

by Lisa Bray
5 "Egg-straordinarily" Useful Hacks for Easter
 
Easter is this Sunday and we all know how time consuming planning for Easter can be when you’re a busy parent. Everything from coordinating Easter egg hunts, planning arts and crafts activities, and meals can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you work or your kids are on spring break. So, here are 5 egg-straordinarily” useful hacks for Easter to make your life a little easier!
 
1.) Easy Egg Shell Removal: Add baking soda to your water when boiling eggs to make the shells easy to remove. When the water with baking soda passes through the eggshell, it helps the albumen to separate from the shell.
 
2.) Clean Dyeing: Use a whisk to hold eggs while coloring them to save you getting your fingers dyed. Just move a couple of the wires apart to insert and remove the egg.
 
3.) Use Koolaid Dye: Don’t want to use messy egg dyes to color your eggs this year? Use koolaid! Pour one envelope of each Kool-Aid color and 2/3 cup water into separate glasses, stirring to dissolve the drink mix. Use a spoon or whisk to place a hard-boiled egg into each cup. Keep eggs submerged until the desired color is reached.
 
4.) Quick Craft: Want to decorate eggs but have no time to dye eggs? Stick clear adhesive dots onto eggs and dip in sprinkles or glitter for easy decorating.
 
5.) Reuse Eggs: Wondering what to do with all those plastic eggs after the Easter egg hunt is over and the goodies have been removed? Reuse plastic eggs as mini lunch containers filled with little healthy bites of goodies like raisins, carrot sticks and trail mix.
Which of these 5 egg-straordinarily” useful hacks for Easter will you try? No matter how you spend your spring holiday, have a safe and Happy Easter!
 
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Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

by Lisa Bray

Staying Active and Involved this Holiday Season

It’s important to stay active and involved in your community all year round, but it’s especially important during the holiday season to help combat stress, improve health and help welcome in the New Year with optimism. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in two community 5K’s in the month of December that were fantastic experiences. The first was the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k in Scottsdale, an officially timed event that had mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats waiting for the racers at the finish line. Coined as “America’s Sweetest Race,” the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K proceeds benefitted the Make-A-Wish® charity and was truly a delight to be a part of.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I ran in the Run Run Rudolph Quarter Marathon Run at Rio Vista Park in Peoria. This event included a half marathon, quarter marathon, four mile and a Reindeer Kids’ Dash. This race was fun and festive with many participants donning their best holiday gear. It was impossible not to smile, and by the end I was filled with holiday spirit as I joined the other race participants of all ages, shape and sizes from the community at the finish line. This was very memorable run!

I invite you to join me for the next community racing event, Are You Faster Than a Boy Scout which takes place Saturday, March 18, 2018 in scenic Litchfield Park. This is a fun, family-friendly event that you will want to return to year after year. The race is a flat and fast, chip timed event and is staffed by the Boy Scouts with support from adult volunteers. Best of all 100 percent of the proceeds for this race go to fund Scouting activities including, summer camps and high adventure camps for the active Scouts in the local Troop. If you’d like more information about this event or if you’d like to join me, you can register by clicking here.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! –Lisa

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Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

by Lisa Bray

Holiday Safety Shopping Hacks

In the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and sales, it’s easy to get a little lax with our personal security. Besides; who’d ever try to steal from us during such a wonderful time of giving? But unfortunately, this is the time of year where criminals are at their peak. According to the Arizona Division of Public Safety report, November has the highest rate of "pick pocketing" of any month of the year, while shoplifting crimes are highest in December. That being said, here are some essential holiday safety shopping hacks.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings when you’re out and about shopping. Thieves typically target people who look lost in thought or are struggling to carry shopping bags and seem distracted so avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Never leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car, even if you’ll only be away for a minute. A quick thief needs a mere sixty seconds to make off with your car.
  • Always protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad or pin pad inside the store from anyone who is standing near you. All it takes is a peak, a quick distraction, and sleight of hand before your wallet is gone and your bank account has been drained.
  • Obviously if you’re traveling and away from home over the holidays you should lock your doors and windows. But also take additional precautions by having a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Want an extra level of safety? Leave your lights on an automatic timer.

Don’t be a target for dishonest criminals this holiday season, and don’t be afraid of being paranoid. You can never be too safe while you’re shopping for the season, and you can’t afford to be careless. Please share these tips with your loved ones and shop safe this holiday season.

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Why You Shouldn’t Wear White after Labor Day

by Lisa Bray

Why You Shouldn’t Wear White after Labor Day

Labor Day is this Monday, September 4th and many of us are familiar with the adage that you don’t wear white after Labor Day. Have you ever wondered why? Is it a fashion faux pass? A cultural no-no? Here’s a few reasons why you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.

The idea beyond the “no white after Labor Day” rule first came into the American fashion scene at the turn of the 20th century, according to the Emily Post Institute. Back then, the “summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day,” when city folks would shed their heavily-layered sidewalk frocks for more comfortable and light fabrics at the seaside.

Judith Martin, also known as etiquette columnist Miss Manners, tells TIME, "Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in T-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes. And white is of a lighter weight."

Another theory states that the history of not wearing white after Labor Day originated due to snobbery. Back in the day, the wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between respectable old money families and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. Hence, if you didn’t get the memo not to wear white after Labor Day, then you were not from old money.

So do we still need to follow this archaic rule more than 100 years after it took effect? Absolutely not!  In fact, you can wear whatever you want, whenever you want, because you live in 2017. So don whatever you’d like, and have a great Labor Day!

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What it Means to be a Mother

by Lisa Bray

What it Means to be a Mother

What is motherhood? What does it mean to be a mother? These questions are as challenging to answer as they are simple. Yes, to give birth; yes, to adopt children; yes, to have a family. But being a mother is also about much more than that. There’s some large, overwhelming, and beautiful piece at the center of motherhood that is so hard to put words to. It’s a feeling, not an explanation. Maybe that piece is best called love. If so, it is truly a unique love reserved for the mother/child relationship. And when you’ve felt it, you know it. In honor of Mother’s Day, these three moms share what it means to be a mother.

“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value in learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves. It is my greatest hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!”—Courtney Westlake, blogger, Blessed By Brenna

“Motherhood is truly a remarkable gift and a privilege that I hold very close to my heart. To me, being a mother means to be fearless2, to be a positive role model, to be a continuous cheerleader for every milestone my children will experience, to demonstrate the abundance of unconditional love that has no end and to cherish the countless memories that is truly priceless.”—Eluka Moore, Co-Founder & Author, Kitchen Club Kids

“To me, being a mother is the greatest job in the world. Helping my girls through all the things life throws them, while also lifting them up so they can reach for the stars and grab one! That’s what being a mom is all about—always being there—the shoulder to cry on, the cheerleader to never give up, the one that gives the standing ovation, the familiar hand to hold.”—Bobbie Rhoads, Founder & President, FunBites LLC

Motherhood means different things to everyone, but one thing is for certain. The love of a mother is a unifying love that can be felt by many for generations from family to family. Thank you to all the wonderful mother’s out there. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Beautiful Easter Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones

by Lisa Bray

Beautiful Easter Wishes to Share with Your Loved Ones

Easter is here and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Any holiday that allows you to spend time with the people you love and enjoy good food and treats is always a pleasure. So whether you want to wish your friends on social media some fun Easter wishes or maybe write a nice card to family members who you’re enjoying you day with, here are some beautiful Easter wishes to share with your loved ones.

  • May you feel the hope of new beginnings, love and happiness during this joyful Easter holiday.
  • I hope this Easter holiday fills your home with peace, joy, and plenty of colorful Easter eggs.
  • Easter symbolizes the renewal of life. I wish you and your family the renewal of life, love, and happiness.
  • May the spirit of the spring season fill your home this Easter and all the rest of your days.
  • Wishing you a very Happy Easter that is filled with plenty of love and happiness.
  • Here’s to hoping this Easter holiday brings your family health, happiness, and lots of love.
  • Sending you joyful hugs this Easter. May all of your dreams and wishes come true.
  • Easter is more than just eggs and candy. It is also about peace, love, and family.
  • Wishing you a Happy Easter that is just as bright and joyful as the spring time air around you.
  • May you find the renewal of hope, health, love and joy. Happy Easter to you and your lovely family.

Have a beautiful weekend and a wonderfully Happy Easter!

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10 fun Easter quotes that’ll give you a giggle

by Lisa Bray

10 fun Easter quotes that’ll give you a giggle

Spring has sprung and Easter is hopping this Sunday, March 27th. And in spirit of the fun, festive holiday, I’ve included a list of 10 fun Easter quotes that’ll give you a giggle. Cause who doesn’t need a reason to laugh a little?

1.) “I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.” Caroline Rhea

2.) I’ve hidden all the Easter candy for the kids inside my stomach.

3.) If you care about your weight and health during the Easter you should only eat the white part of the Cadbury crème eggs.

4.) "There's nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE."  Linda Grayson, "The Pickwick Papers"

5.) "All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"  Lucy Van Pelt, "Peanuts"

6.) If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

7.) "My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper."  Amy Sedaris

8.) It’s a pity your celebration of March 28th has become a remembering where you hid the Easter eggs.

9.) Easter is the single time in a year when it is safe to put all your eggs in one basket.

10.) Any holiday which starts with a “Good Friday” can’t be all bad.

Bonus Easter quote: What if happy thoughts would multiply like rabbits. Happy Easter! – Lisa

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