The Holidays Are Just Around the Corner- So Are Criminals

The Holidays Are Just Around the Corner…..
So Are Criminals

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By Brent Grove


 

Soon we will be caught up in the holiday spirit, unfortunately, so will criminals. Criminals know people will be preoccupied with holiday to-do lists, less attentive of their situational awareness, and people will have more valuables on them during the holiday season.

There is a reason why shopping centers hire more security guards during the holiday season. Local police know they will be receiving more calls for home burglaries.

You and your family can prevent yourself from being victimized by following some simple precautions, both at home and at shopping centers, which are listed below:

HOME SECURITY

• Keep window blinds closed when not at home
• Keep outside lights on during night
• Post Holiday vacation pictures on social media after you have returned from vacation
• Have a trusted neighbor watch your house while away, collect mail, trash cans and maybe even park their car in your
driveway while you’re gone.
• Keep some inside lights on timers to go on and off at different times during night.
• Put a radio on a timer so it goes on and off at different times of the day.

SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOTS
• Do not allow yourself to be distracted when heading to your car, no texting, no headphones, no cell phone.
• Have your keys in hand before leaving to go to the parking lot. Place a key between pointer and middle finger so it can
be used as a weapon.
• Park under a well-lit areas, and try to back in the parking spot for quick exit.
• Check your car before getting in, glance in backseat.
• When using your remote, use it in the mode that only unlocks the driver side door.
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Happy Holidays, and stay safe!
Brent Grove
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Brent Grove is a Force Recon Marine Veteran and a Law enforcement officer with many years of experience in developing, testing,and producing ballistic products for both law enforcement and the personal protection market. Brent also is a NRA firearms instructor for both civilian and law enforcement.

We also provide firearms, hand defense, and in-home custom defensive training. For more information, go to http://www.wargrove.com/
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Ask The Trainer- Holiday Willpower & Dieting

Ask The Trainer- Holiday Willpower & Dieting
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How many of you have ever wished for more hours in the day? I think most of us at one time or another have felt the pressure of too much to do and too little time. There are only 24 hours in each day. What if you could use all 24 . . . every single day? Just think about how much more you could accomplish! Of course, you have to train yourself to function without any sleep. You have to eliminate that wasteful use of 8 hours each day. One third of your day . . . unnecessarily spent with your eyes closed.

What? You don’t think you can do that? You don’t think it’s healthy or the right thing to do? Well, how else are you going to achieve your goal of getting more accomplished in your 24 hour day? Just decide you are going to do it and summon up every ounce of willpower you can muster!

Of course, we all know how the above scenario will turn out. Your willpower may get you through one day without sleep, but the true needs of your body will soon take over and you will fall asleep. And it was NOT the fault of a wimpy willpower!!! In fact, it had nothing to do with your willpower whatsoever.

The definition of “will” is “the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action.” Willpower, then, would be the control of that decision making process. Obviously, the main emphasis in that definition would be on the word, “control.” And herein lies the answer to the universal complaint of all dieters: “I just didn’t have the willpower to continue.” “I fell off of the truck. It’s all my fault.”

Let me make it very clear right here that I strongly believe in personal responsibility. One needs to understand that actions have consequences and we reap what we sow. That being said, however, we need to examine the control factor with willpower and diets.

Most diets are designed with deprivation in mind. The HCG diet, for example, is built on severe calorie deprivation where the dieter must eat only 500 calories each day. Since most adult basal metabolic rates (BMR) are above 1200 calories, this is destined to fail. Your BMR tells you the amount of energy (calories) your body NEEDS just to function. That means sitting on the couch all day, breathing, but not moving. So if you are providing your body less than half of what it needs to function, what do you think will be the result? Do you think your body, which desperately wants to survive, knows that you are simply trying to make your gut smaller by consuming only 500 calories? NO!! Your body knows that in order to keep functioning, it
MUST find nourishment quickly. So it sends the appropriate hormonal cascade into action that signals hunger. Starvation, in fact. Ignoring that signal becomes impossible. It has nothing to do with your decision to lose weight. It has everything to do with the control of the hormones and the central nervous system that environment.is hard-wired for survival. It is not the dieter’s “fault” that they “fell off of the truck.” The fault lies with the diet that is completely counter to supporting the body
in a healthy way.

Think back to my ludicrous suggestion that you could “will” yourself to stay awake 24/7, without any sleep. You, of course, rejected that idea as a valid solution to getting more done each day. You knew that not getting sleep is harmful to your body and to your productivity levels. The only ending to that scenario is one in which the body takes over and controls the situation. Your willpower means nothing at that point, right?

So why do we insist on diets that are just as ludicrous, just as harmful to our bodies . . . and believe that we can “will” them to work for us? Restricting calories severely, eliminating an essential food group, or even excessive exercising in order to “purge” are all misinformed ways to approach weight and fat loss. They are destined to fail and will not provide the long term result of a healthy body that really is what we are all seeking when we go on a diet.

Consider my opening example again. What would be a better approach to accomplishing more in each day? We might focus on improving efficiency and effectiveness throughout the day instead of just adding hours. Who is in control in that situation? We are. We can decide to write a chapter in our new book instead of watching that mediocre sitcom on TV. We can meet by webinar at work instead of traveling to each different location. Making choices and utilizing our decisions to “initiate actions” give us the opportunity to work on our willpower because control is appropriately ours to exercise in each situation.

Now translate this same idea to losing weight. What is in your power to control? How can you use your willpower to help? Instead of working against your body by depriving it of certain macronutrients and consuming too little, work with your body to help it function at a higher metabolic rate and encourage it to release its stores of fat. When you eat quality ingredients and include a lean protein, a complex carbohydrate and a good fat with every meal, you send a signal to your body that it can have confidence it will receive what it needs and it won’t starve. In an atmosphere of abundance, your body will willingly release fat and not feel the need to store more. You can then use your willpower to focus on eating quality and not giving in to overly processed, sugar-filled, non-nutritive food. And your body will support you in this pursuit instead of taking over control because it feels threatened. There is no need to “fall off of the truck” because you, your willpower and your body are all working towards the same goal of being healthy !

Read the original in our Holiday issue; http://joom.ag/rZkb

Email your fitness questions to Dianne at: DBailey@TheConditioningClassroom.com
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Dianne has been providing professional weight management and sports conditioning training for individuals since 2002 and opened The Conditioning Classroom, a private personal training studio, in 2006.

Safety Unplugged

Safety Unplugged
By Dan Ronin

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One of the greatest concerns parents face today is the challenge of keeping children safe in a fast moving and ever
changing world. The world we live in today is not the same as the one we grew up in. We grew up in a much smaller and slower
moving world than that of today’s youth.

When I was growing up, I played outside from morning until the streetlights came on with little-to-no adult supervision and in relative safety. The streetlights indicated dinner time, which was a cherished family gathering around the dinner table. We enjoyed our meal together and conversation of the day’s events. This was our time to connect. Television was a part of life, but not the main focus. We had a telephone on the wall, and when someone was talking on it, the rest of the family was quiet and respectful. With no cell phones, Dad was only summoned at work if the house was on fire or an equally important emergency! We learned to problem solve because we had to.

Another important factor, which was much different than today, was that we lived in the “now” reality. While actually
doing something without a cell phone or computer at hand, we were forced to focus on our activity. Creativity flourished,
delayed gratification was a developed by the natural wait for things, and it was not so easy to be distracted from any negative consequence of actions that may not have been in our best interest! Today we do not live in the now, we live in the “screen,” and such fixation can be a sure impediment to learning necessary life lessons. Often, children make choices not by a set of family values but by what others are doing. They are all too quickly aware of and informed in the advent of this “selfie” society, where good examples are hard to come by and even harder to filter. If we want our children to grow up and live in a safe world, we need to teach them to make good choices. When it comes to self-defense, children and young people are often at a disadvantage. They are smaller, weaker and more easily influenced than most adults. However, this is also the precise time period when the most important form of self-defense self awareness, can be developed. This is when the mindset can be formed and if we teach good safety habits when our children are at a young age we have a head start!

Train your children to be aware. Awareness is lacking more now than at anytime in the past. Most situations can be avoided by simply being aware of the world around you. Teach your children that they need to pay attention to what is happening in their environment. They won’t learn this on TV. Let your children make their own decisions, guided, of course, by your sound judgment. By allowing your child to seemingly make their own age- appropriate decisions as soon and as often
as possible, they build their insight, ability and confidence in making sound choices. When children are allowed to make their own decisions, they learn by their own successes and mistakes which path of judgment is best. When we learn, we grow our minds, and our ability to problem solve increases. The more problems solved on their own the better, and the better equipped they will be in life.

Additionally, if children are respected for their good decisions, they will treat others with respect as well as be able to
recognize “disrespect.” This is an important factor in developing healthy personal boundaries. This will translate to a day to day skill set, making the on screen challenges seem more like the fiction it is. Your child will be able to recognize real warning signs in the real world, and will be able to avoid tangible potential problems unlike the drama scenarios they see on TV. Remember, the key here is age- appropriate decisions with your guidance.

Remember to connect with your children on a daily basis. Find a ritual and stick to it. Dinner can be difficult with kids
on the go, but it is very important to do your best to make that work. On the nights where it does not, have a plan B for connecting. Don’t let a day go by.

In a world where people are endlessly challenged to make safety decisions, make sure your children learn well how to interpret information and do what they think is best. Hopefully, they will grow to be the person who can teach their children the same!
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-Dan Ronin
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Dan Ronin has trained in the martial arts for over 30 years. He is a combat veteran who served as a Military Police Investigator in the Army for 8 1/2 years. Dan offers classes in Counter-Attack self defense for open hands and weaponry, as well as disaster/emergency preparedness. Contact Dan at dan@roninproducts.com or 602-373-9630

Spa Renewal-Detoxify your Body

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Fall Renewal…Detoxify your Body

By Marie Bernat


Fall is a natural time of transition and an ideal moment for a gentle detox cleanse that will reset your body and mind, and prime your system for a winter of wellness. Ayurvedic practitioners say
it’s important to slow down, support your liver’s natural ability to remove toxins from the body, and take stock of the influences that you allow into your life. From the foods that you place in your mouth, the people you surround yourself with at home and at work, the joy and stress you embrace in your life as well as the other emotions you choose to hold on to. Doing this review and release, will protect your health year round. Particularly in the fall, as we begin to modify our eating patterns due to new school and work patterns, and we adjust what we eat and cook to the new seasonal fruits and vegetables locally available. Fall is a great time to harvest and prepare for the new way we want to live our lives.

We know that the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat are polluted and contain toxic chemicals. The prepackaged or mass produced foods we eat are loaded with sugar, preservatives, colorings and additives. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy may contain chemicals, pesticides and hormones. All of us face these toxins in our everyday life and we absorb them into our lungs, skin and digestive track. Your body fills with toxins stored in fat and then your body stops functioning properly You can’t sleep, you gain weight, you are bloated and you
are constipated. Your body wasn’t made to function with all these toxins. Think of a small baby, who has not been exposed to toxic pollutants. They eat, then right afterwards they release the waste from what they have eaten. As we get older that isn’t how it works for many people; many people eat and maybe they are not able to release the waste for 2 or 3 or 4 days or even a week. You have to ask yourself, where is this waste from these 6, 9 or 12 snacks and meals hiding? The food has been taken into your body but the waste hasn’t been released so it has to be somewhere.

In Chinese medicine, the intestines are related to ‘mentally letting go’. If one is unable to release and express emotions the function of the intestines will be altered and the body will not be
able to eliminate toxins. When trying to improve elimination it is imperative to calm the mind, let go of emotions and create a space for healing. Fall is a great time for letting go. The trees shed their leaves and so you too should shed that which you no longer need. Isn’t it time for you to let go, release the toxins and detoxify?

Don’t let the word detoxification turn you off. You may think it sounds like a New-age idea or something only celebrities who have addictions do. This is not true, detoxification is a normal, everyday function of life. It’s the body’s way of breaking down and eliminating anything that doesn’t belong. And, these days, there are a lot of things our bodies come into contact with that don’t belong. The bowel disposes of toxins from the digestive system and the liver helps clear the way for other organs to function properly and help rid of those unwanted toxins. Your body is
actually able to detoxify itself in a natural manner with the use of its lungs, liver and kidneys. However, if waste builds up, the level of toxins build up in our body and we get sick. With so many conditions on that list, it might seem that everyone is toxic, and to a certain extent that may be true. The reality is that many of you probably have symptoms of chronic toxicity but don’t realize that you’re toxic.

Some diseases you may suffer from if you are toxic:

• Parkinson’s disease
• Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia
• Autism
• Attention deficit disorder
• Depression and other mood disorders
• Insomnia
• Heart disease
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Fibromyalgia
• Cancer
• Autoimmune disease
• Food allergies
• Arthritis
• Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, and colitis
• Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes and hot flashes.

The following is a list of the common symptoms of chronic toxicity. If you suffer from any of the following, detoxifying might be critical for you to get healthy and feel good again:
• Fatigue
• Muscle aches
• Joint pain
• Sinus congestion
• Postnasal drip
• Excessive sinus problems
• Headaches
• Bloating
• Gas
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Foul-smelling stools
• Heartburn
• Sleep problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Food cravings
• Water retention
• Trouble losing weight
• Rashes
• Skin problems
• Eczema
• Psoriasis
• Canker sores
• Acne
• Puffy, dark circles under the eyes
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Other menstrual disorders
• Bad breath

The most important thing before beginning any detoxification plan is to find the cause of imbalance. Once the root cause has been identified individualized naturopathic care can follow which
addresses an individual’s unique needs.

6 Simple Steps to Enhance Detoxification

Proper detoxification is so essential for health that you need to start enhancing your body’s ability to detoxify today. Here is how to do it:

Drink Water – Drink plenty of filtered water, at least eight to ten glasses of filtered water a day. Alkaline water if you have a water ionizer. The kidneys are responsible for flushing waste from the blood. Make sure you give them what they need by drinking plenty of water. Your body will not release the toxins that is stored in your fat easily. These toxins may be very concentrated and can damage other organs if they are released. However, if you drink enough water then your body will feel free to release these toxins as the water will dilute them so they can safely leave your body.

Go to the bathroom regularly – Keep your bowels moving, at least once or twice a day. And if you can’t get going, then you need some help. This can include taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds or chia seeds, taking acidophilus or extra magnesium citrate capsules. If you have any chronic diseases or problems,you have to be careful about taking supplements and should work with your
doctor.

Eating and Supplementation – You should also eat organic produce and animal products to eliminate the toxins, hormones, and antibiotics in your food. If it is not in your budget, then properly
wash your fruits and vegetables to remove pesticides using a vinegar and water soak for 10 minutes, next add baking soda, these scrubbing bubbles and a vegetable brush followed with a good rinse will remove most toxins and dirt. Avoid sugar as well as other white foods. You should eat 8 to 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day. Take a high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.

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Read the rest of the article, and get spa deals on pages 36-38

Marie Bernat
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Marie Bernat is the owner of Scottsdale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy. Scotts-dale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy has two locations. They are located in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale Arizona. To schedule an appointment please call them at 480-522-1041 or visit http://www.scottsdalespaandholisticmassagetherapy.com.

 

“If-Then” Self-Defense

if-thenI am always interested in the studies of crime statistics, probabilities and scenarios. Certainly these studies yield important information and can act as prediction indicators of the occurrence of crime but the information they gather, simply put, are generalities. IF such and such is in place, THEN we may assume that x,y,z will follow. Basically, when it comes to crime indicators, I think the if-then scenario concludes the following predictability reliability: Sometimes. When it comes to predicting whether or not a certain person will commit a violent crime one must consider the individual with their ever changing experiences, chemistry and soul status. I am sure that even the most organic of us cannot predict with any certainty what another will do from one moment to the next.

No one is immune from crime. If we were, we wouldn’t need all those statistics, probabilities and studies to predict its occurrence in the first place. Life itself is an “if-then” scenario. If we are in the path of any number of scenarios that manifest into a violent crime, then we must know what to do. Danger is always brewing somewhere.

In terms of safety, we simply are safe until we are not. Sounds simple but it is true. Here’s another if-then scenario to think about. If you learn nothing, then you will know nothing. Although our basic instinct may be to survive in the face of danger, that often is not enough to actually survive. It is not enough to want to survive if you don’t know how.

Logically speaking, there are just too many threatening scenarios to think about preparing for. At the end of the day, we live with so many risks all around us that it just doesn’t make sense to consider them all and wonder which one we will most probably have to deal with. We rely on studies and statistics, to make educated choices about our safety based on our best guess of where we fit into those statistics and that is helpful, however, crime doesn’t always make sense therefore statistics can not be 100% accurate and only so much of our society can be patrolled at once.

Simply put you will never really know what is coming your way until it is happening.

The only thing we can really rely on is ourselves. The best defense to the myriad of risks that ebb and flow around each of our interactions in life is to know where we stand within them. By it’s very nature, violence is not a predictable event. If it were, no one would become a victim, and clearly, there are victims of violent crime every day all day long.

What safety really becomes is another if-then scenario. Simply put, if I am attacked, then I need to know what to do to survive. If I know what to do then it doesn’t really matter if I am attacked. I know how to defend myself so I will.  That skill will help me get out of trouble. It is the same way that I approach renting a car at the airport. If I know how to drive, then it really doesn’t matter what make or model they hand me the keys to.  If I know how to drive, then I will and increase my chances or arriving safely because I have the basic skill. You cannot always predict which threat in life you will have to deal with, but if you know how to protect yourself, then your chances of survival increase no matter what situation you find yourself in. But only if you have the skills.

We are not born with appropriate self-defends strategies because the nature of threats against us change with the climate of the era. However, it is essential that we do learn to protect ourselves because we never know which situation we will be handed. Without skills, we live a life of chance of which threat we may actually encounter, and common sense tells us that it is not a matter of If, but a matter of when.

~KBC

Mindset Self-Defenese offers workshops, products and a cutting edge magazine dedicated to the self-defense, personal protection and safety of women. Learn more at http://www.mindsetselfdefense.com

 

Hands On- Think Before you Click

Hands on Preparedness
Youth Safety-Think Before you Click
By Tim Ralston

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It is our natural instinct as parents to protect our children and keep them safe at all times. If it were up to us, we would shield them from all of the negativity that takes place in this world in the hopes of keeping them innocent as long as possible. As much as we would like this to be true, it is unrealistic to believe that we can be the sole protectors of our kids. This is evident in the fact that we are not together with them 24/7; they attend school, they have social lives, they explore virtual worlds… meaning
they are guaranteed to have experiences for which we cannot control.

While certain issues of safety may seem uncomfortable to talk about, you will only do your child a disservice by not doing so. In fact, by providing them with the knowledge and tools of how to avoid danger, along with what to do if they come across it, you will help transform their fears into empowerment during the times they need it most.

Online World
The Internet has been both a blessing as well as a curse for us as parents. When used properly, it has opened up doors for our children with its endless possibilities of educational value.Unfortunately though, it is also a gateway into the evil side of
humanity. There are those in our society who hide behind their screens to embark upon immoral acts, such as bullying and sexual inappropriateness. No matter how sheltered you try to keep your child, the second they turn on the screen, they are exposed.

Some parents take action by monitoring social media pages, putting time limits on Internet usage, or even installing specialized computer programs. These are all excellent ways to protect your child online. Ask yourself though, are they really
enough? This generation of kids is tech-savvy beyond belief, and if there is a will, there is a way. Especially if you take these security measures without informing your child of your reasoning, it will only heighten the chances of defiance. I recommend opening up a conversation with your child about the grim realities of the Internet. They should be made aware that you cannot be trusting of all that you read, nor all that you see. In particular, address predators on the chat sites. This is an extremely serious issue, which each year leads to numerous crimes against adolescents. Speak frankly; speak
graphically, whatever it takes to make them realize that Internet communication with strangers is not a game.

Another area I would focus on is the type of material they select to share online. How well do they grasp the fact that what they do and say is forever in print? Talk about how a future career might be affected, or the day they have children. Inform them that it is in their power to control how positive or negatively they are represented. It is all about choices. The main goal is to have your child choose proper Internet behavior not because you say so, but because they understand the importance in doing so. Help them achieve this by giving them ideas for self-protection, such as passwords and who can view their social media pages. Lastly, encourage non technological activities! There is nothing more rewarding in childhood than experiencing it in “real life.”

The Real Real World
Most emergency situations are unpredictable. From natural disasters to acts of violence, there is no telling when a catastrophe could occur. As adults, we are usually the ones who prepare our households for these types of events. Yet, it is just as crucial that your child be prepared as well. I would recommend beginning the conversation with your child by asking questions. (What would you do if the lights were to go out? What items do you think would be helpful?) Make it a game of sorts, praising them for their answers. Kids become very engaged when they are having fun, and also thrive with positive feedback.

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-Tim Ralston
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Author Tim Ralston is an international spokesman and recurringfeatured survival expert on National Geographic’s #1 rated program DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. Tim owns the survival brand
Gear Up, exclusive manufacturer and provider of cutting-edge survival gear and apparel. Contact Tim on Twitter:@gearupguy-tim
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10 Non-Surgical Ways to Take Ten Years off Your Face

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10 Non-Surgical Ways to Take Ten Years off Your Face
By Marie Bernat

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If you are ready to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin that are adding years to your appearance, but want to do it without evasive surgery, this article is a must read for you. Today’s innovative cosmetic surgery treatments can help you stop the clock without going under the knife. Medical spa procedures with laser technology, dermabrasion techniques and skin tightening treatments can create a dramatic difference within a few weeks. Many non-surgical methods, when they are used regularly, can improve the appearance of the skin. Keep in mind, that no non-surgical face lift methods will remove wrinkles completely. However, non-surgical methods are easier and less expensive and do deliver results. Most non-surgical face lift products and methods will need to be used regularly for there to be lasting result.

You may find that you need to use a combination of the six keys strategies for facial rejuvenation in order to achieve maximum benefits.
The Six Keys include:
1. Exfoliating to remove dead skin and wrinkles
2. Stimulating new collagen to plump wrinkled skin
3. Removing brown spots, and abnormal blood vessels
4. Removing crow’s feet, worry lines and frown lines
5. Filling or camouflaging of the deep facial lines
6. Tightening loose skin on the face and neck

All six steps can be achieved without surgery and with minimal or no down time. There are many minimally-invasive programs that use FDA approved and tested products and treatments that are widely accepted as safe and effective by the medical community. Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of a facelift without the pain? Consider these top ten non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures:

Anti-aging Treatments:
• HydraFacial or Aquabrasion Facial
• Thermage
• Microdermabrasion
• Juvederm
• Laser Skin Resurfacing
• PhotoFacial
• Photodynamic Therapy
• Microcurrent Facelift
• Chemical Peels
• Makeup Application

Read more tips to look 10 years younger and get more spa deals here (pg36-37).

Marie Bernat

 

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Marie Bernat is the owner of Scottsdale Spa and Holistic Massage Therapy. Scottsdale Spa and Holistic

 

Massage Therapy has two locations. They are located in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale Arizona. To schedule

 

an appointment please call them at 480-522-1041 or visit

 www. scottsdalespaandholisticmassagetherapy.com.

Miss Demeanor- First Time out.

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Miss Demeanor

First Time Out


It’s funny the way that words work and how they have so many different meanings and so many different forms. When said in one context, a word can mean something so different than if it were said in another context. Being independent can mean so many different things and has so many forms.

Independence is not only a word, but an action, a feeling, a way of life, and such an important aspect of being an adult that I have yet to even figure out its true definition myself.

What does one do when in the process of figuring out what something really means? One action to take is to look it up in the dictionary. As I sit here with my Webster’s Dictionary open to the correct page, I am still not convinced that I have fully comprehended the meaning of the word “independent”. Webster defines it as follows:
Independent; free from outside control, not depending on another’s authority.
Then beneath that there is another definition that reads;
Not depending on another for livelihood or subsistence.

So, what does this tell us? Does it tell us that being independent means to be free from outside control? Does that mean we should not listen to our parents or our teachers in school? Does being independent mean we should say “no” when a professor asks us to write a paper? Maybe we should throw our hands in the air and crawl into bed when our boss tells us to come in for work.

I think that independence is something different for all of us. I always thought I knew what it was or what I wanted it to be, but I don’t think that I ever really experienced independence until this year and I believe that what I have experienced of it is only a taste. I guess the first time I felt independent was when I moved away from home and into the dorms at the college I was attending. I was nervous, but so excited, and I think that both of those emotions are huge ones that preclude the feeling of being independent.

Living away from home was awesome. There were so many things that I enjoyed like the freedom and the privacy away from everyone at home. I didn’t have to share anything and I could keep my room in any condition I wanted. I could come home at three in the morning and wake up at four in the afternoon. However, with every positive there is always a negative to follow. With that being said, I am not trying to sound like a pessimist, but more a realist.

I learned a lot. I learned that if I stayed out until three in the morning and slept until four in the afternoon, that I would be absolutely exhausted and my whole day would be ruined. I learned about loneliness and that sometimes I would rather have people around me than not at all. I missed family dinners on Sundays and my little sister stealing my clothes.

Being independent teaches you a lot about yourself and the scary thing about that, is that it is not always easy to learn the truth about who you are. Being on my own ignited
a new perspective in me that I would have never gained if I were in the comfort of my own home. When out of your comfort zone and thrown into situations that make you feel on edge sculpt us into the grown ups that we are supposed to become in the world Suddenly, all the friends that I used to hangout with and spend all my time with began to look so minuscule in my eyes. I began to see them for their true colors and their true motives for being a part of my life and I no longer found time to entertain them. I figured out what relationships in my life were worth hanging on to and which were absolutely worth letting go of. When it all comes down to it, I ended up really surprising myself and I pushed people out of my life that I once thought would never leave it. I also learned that some of the people that were so hard to let go of were actually the most important to move on from.

Life is all about making choices that are good for you. If there is one thing that I have learned recently, it is that it is so important to make choices that are beneficial for your future. People, myself included, are often weighing their decisions based on the actions and feelings of other people, and that is where I believe we are at fault. That is
where we stumble and lose course because life and your choices are about YOU and only you.

I sometimes think that we were created with our hearts bigger than our heads because it is so hard to make choices when they are not both in an agreement. I believe that real independence within yourself is learning how to make a choice that both your heart and your head agree on. It is one of the hardest tasks to accomplish, but when it is executed, nothing ever feels so good.
-Alexandra Costa
Allie Costa
Alexandra was born in Red Bank, New Jersey and moved to Scottsdale, AZ with her family in 2002. She is currently pursuing her college degree in English and Psychology.

Off the Grid-EMP Communications- Hands on Preparedness

Off the Grid by Tim Ralston
Hands On Preparedness
EMP Communications

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There are numerous events that could occur, which would have a devastating effect on life as we know it. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is surely one of them. Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, the resulting affect on magnetic fields can be strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines. An EMP would take down the power grid in an instant.

In recent news, Arizona (Gear Up Center’s home state) passed a bill requiring the state to educate their residents on how to prepare for an EMP. They will provide tips on water, food storage, and the medical supplies that would be needed during this type of catastrophe. While they are the first state in the country to do this, it is hopeful that it will open the doors for more to follow. After all, with the number of unpredictable disasters taking place in our country every year, it is vital that everyone adopts the principals of
preparedness.

We applaud Arizona for taking steps in preparing for the effects of an EMP. Yet, the thought of the grid actually going down is an unbelievably hard concept to swallow, and would mean intense lifestyle changes in addition to acquiring various survival skills.

In the United States, we are reliant on electricity for really EVERYTHING. This is an overwhelming truth that can’t be denied. For this reason, it is important to break down the areas of your life where you use electricity, and learn how to replace them with more primitive but reliable solutions.

I would like to provide some creative tips on what would be important skills, products and resources to have in case of an EMP. As a topic of such great magnitude, let’s break it down into smaller categories and relay them in the preparedness series beginning here.

The first area I would like to address is communication. In our society, we spend so much time communicating with each other. Whether it’s on social media or through cell phones, everyone is more connected than ever before. By clicking onto Face Book, you will learn just as much about the girl that sat behind you in math class, as you do your actual
real life best friend. This accessibility has lead our generation to interact largely with each other through the use of computer and screens.

If an EMP were to occur, it would propose a problem to those who prefer technological communication, forcing people to actually “Laugh Out Loud.” In fact, this limited mobility
would also drive people to interact not only in person, but also in smaller radiuses than we are currently used to. In this type of dire situation strong communication skills are most essential, not just for your entertainment, but indeed would be necessary for your very survival. Here are some important ways that words may be just what keeps you alive.

Read more of the article where Tim Ralston covers bartering, hostile situations, and leadership here (Pg.46)

-Tim Ralston

Tim Ralston
Author Tim Ralston is an international spokesman and recurring featured survival expert on National Geographic’s #1 rated program DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. Tim owns the survival brand Gear Up, exclusive manufacturer and provider of cutting-edge survival gear and apparel. Contact Tim on Twitter: @gearupguy-tim Gear Up Center: (480) 306-4945 Scottsdale, AZ.

Freedom From Styling

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Freedom from Styling by Andre Aronica


 
It’s that time of year when the sundresses and sandals come out, pool parties abound, and casual backyard gatherings redefine your weekends. You don’t have to sacrifice great style just because the temperatures are reminiscent of the surface of the sun. Try letting your hair show its true colors! Is your daily routine to spend 45 minutes taking out that gorgeous natural wave?

Instead of being chained to your flat iron or blow dryer, try adding Aquage’s Sea Salt Texturizing Spray while your hair is still wet, scrunch it in, let your hair air dry, and voila gorgeous natural waves perfect for an afternoon soiree! Prefer more of a structured, polished look? Opt for a side swept braid with an embellished headband. The key to creating a refined braid is the right product. Start with Unite Eurotherapy’s Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to lock in your hair’s much needed moisture. Next add a smoothing cream while your hair is still wet – we like Unite’s U Luxury Moisture Shine – and braid away! Once the braid is complete, give it a quick once over with a light hold hairspray like Aquage’s Finishing Spray and for healthy shine, finish it off with an aerosol shine spray; our favorite is Beyond Shine from Aquage.

If your skin is feeling the heat, try a hydrating treatment free from chemicals and added fragrances that can further irritate your skin. Our favorite series for parched summer skin is Eminence’s Arctic Berry Peptide System. Read more on pg. 33

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Andre Aronica Andre Aronica is the owner of “Dre’s Hair Salon &Spa”(Scottsdale, AZ). Andre has over 25 years of experience behind the chair and a portfolio backed by numerous celebrity clientele. Andre has driven his salon to be one of the industry’s leaders.

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Dre’s Hair Salon & Spa
15551 N Greenway Hayden Loop, Suite
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Call Dre’s:(602) 368-2009
Email: dreshairsalon@gmail.com
Visit our website: http://dreshairsalon.com/