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Don’t Be Scared!

Sexy Halloween costume’s are popular, but they don’t leave much to the imagination.
Our tricks and treats will make you “bootiful” before your Halloween Party.

Trick: Cellulite or belly bump.
cellulite, Velashape is used to treat cellulite and for circumference reduction. There isn’t any down time so you can go out immediately post treatment. For best results a series of weekly treatments are needed, however even one treatment can offer improvement.

Trick: Scary Hairy
brow wax Waxing or Dermaplaneing
Laser hair removal is usually my first suggestion, however for a quick fix waxing or dermaplaning is your best bet. Waxing is quick and can be done almost anywhere on face or body, however waxing is not recommended if you are using isotretinoin or tretinoin.

For facial hair dermaplaning is my favorite option. Dermaplaning involves using a surgical blade to gently scrape the skin, to manually exfoliate dead skin and remove facial hair. Your skin is instantly smooth and your makeup will go on better than you ever imagined. You can go out immediately post treatment and look gorgeous.

Trick: Skin Laxity
refirm ReFirme is a non-invasive Skin Tightening procedure, that is used to achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring downtime. ReFirme is used to improve skin laxity, targeting those telltale signs of aging, including, jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds. There isn’t any down time with ReFirme treatments, so you can have a treatment the same day as an event. A series of treatments are needed for best results, however even your first treatment offers a visual benefit.

Trick: Acne
An acne facial can offer some improvement, however keep in mind it is never a good idea to do a lot of extractions before an event. Extractions can be done on pustules and can help reduce inflammation.

Trick : Peeling, flaking skin and beyond.
Microdermabrasion and/ or Dermaplaning
Microdermabrasion is a form of manual exfoliation and is ideal for most skin types. Your treatment is customized to your specific needs. Exfoliation will slough of any flakey or peeling skin, and reduces the appearance of skin discolorations ” slightly”. Pigmentation will still be visible, but we are talking about a last minuet treatment, and you don’t get 100% correction over night. After a Microdermabrasion your skin is left smooth, hydrated and glowing.

Treat: Dead Sea Body Paraffin
dead sea body wrap This is an incredibly pampering, 90 minute- body wrap treatment. First dead sea salts infused in warm aromatic oil is rubbed over your body, exfoliating and removing dead skin. You are then wrapped in warm wet towels and the salt scrub is gently removed. After the salt glow, oils are massaged into the skin, and then a warm dead sea mud paraffin is painted over your entire body. The body is then wrapped in a cocoon to help seal in moisture. Finally, the the wrap and paraffin is peeled away, leaving your skin silky smooth. This is a salt glow, massage, and body wrap all in one.

Treat: Oxygen Treatment Facial
A uniquely designed system to cleanse, nourish and revitalize every skin cell through its revolutionary use of pure oxygen. It helps to reduce the effects of aging caused by the sun, exposure to pollutants and free radical damage. Vitamin rich oils are first massaged directly into the skin and then infused via pure oxygen into the skin again. This is excellent for dry, dehydrated skin as well as skin that is “hungover” from to much late night partying.

Treat: Lash and Brow Tint
This treatment is excellent for men! Women enjoy it too. Whether the hair is naturally fair or has lightened with age, a quick tint can brighten your appearance. There are many colors that can be used for a natural look.

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety treatments.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation with Stephanie or Kristy. 480 421-1701

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Read MoreOctober 28, 2010 3:18 pm - Posted by Kristy

Bridget Marquardt, costume
Leave the candy for the kiddo’s,
sexy Halloween costumes are not for trick- or- treating.

Kendra and Bridget, costume
Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson: Our favorite girls next store, at the Playboy mansion for the annual Halloween party.

Holly Madison, Costume
Holly Madison: Queen of Hearts. This is my personal favorite!
Christina Milian, costume
Christina Milian: Victorians Secret

christina auguilera, costume
Christina Auguilera: This sexy nurse is sure to have all the boy’s calling in sick.

paris hilton, costume paris hilton, costume
Paris Hilton: I am not sure what she is in the first photo, but I like the matching contact lenses. The bunny costume is sexy but, a little unimpressive.

Heidi montag, costume
Heidi Montag: Officer Friendly

Khloe Kardashian, costume
Khloe Kardashion: Fashion Police
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Costume
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian: Even pregnant Kourtney looks sexy in her costume and Kim looks cute as Snow White.

Kim Kardashian , costume
Kim Kardashian: Looking a lot like Princess Jasmine

Kim Kardashian, Wonder Woman Costume
Kim Kardashian: Anyone that knows me probably knows that, I LOVE Wonder Woman. I love Kim’s Wonder Woman costume, with the exception of the black tights. It would have looked so much better with nude tights. I have to add, her hair is perfect. If it weren’t for the black tights this would be my favorite.

rihanna and coco, costume
Coco and Rihanna: Rihanna is a sexy tiger, and I couldn’t tell you what Coco is supposed to be.

Lauren Conrad, costume
Lauren Conrad: Classic Sexy and tasteful as a flapper.

Celebrity’s are not the only people that love to dress up in sexy Halloween costumes. How will you be dressing up this Halloween and where will you go to party? Send us photo’s of your Halloween costumes to or post them on our facebook page.
If we get enough “worthy” costumes submitted, we will come up with a special prize for best costume.

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Read MoreOctober 27, 2010 9:58 pm - Posted by Kristy

Kim Kardashian, pigalili shoe
Kourtney, Kim, Kloe Kardashian, Kims 30th birthday

Kim Kardashian wore these fierce Christian Louboutin shoes at her 30th birthday party at TAO in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, one of the spikes actually cut Kim’s foot, luckily it appears to be a very minor injury ! You can check out photo’s of Kim’s fashion induced injury on her blog. The “killer” shoes were a birthday gift from sisters Kourtney and Khloe. Kim’s killer shoes are a Boutique Exclusive. The Christian Louboutin “Pigalili” shoe is $3,545, and should be available in November.

She also received a Christian Louboutin black, spiked clutch as a gift from PR powerhouse pals Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck.

christian louboutin , spike shoes
Pigalili $3,545
Boutique Exclusive, Expected to be available 11/01/10

Christian Loubouton,Maralena
Maralena $2,445
Boutique Exclusive, Expected to be available

spike shoes
Clou Noeud Spikes $1,195
Minnie Mouse has a Dark Side and this is her shoe!!

flat shoes with spikes
Pigalle Flat Spikes, $995
The flat alternative, fabulous with the spikes of course.

These Clou Noued Spikes are a celebrity favorite in both nude and black.

Christian Louboutin

christian louboutin , rihanna
Rihanna wearing Christian Louboutin Clou Noued shoes.
My sources tell me that Rihanna has been seen shopping at Barney’s Scottsdale Fashion Square, perhaps she was picking up “these” killer shoes.

kim kardashian, Christaian  louboutian shoe

Christian Louboutin shoes

christian louboutin

You can find Christian Louboutin at Barneys New York at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Click for link to Christian Louboutin Boutique’s

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Read MoreOctober 25, 2010 5:40 pm - Posted by Kristy

latisse, longer lashes

Last night I attended a Latisse Event at the Hilton in Scottsdale. Allergan, the makers of Latisse are leading teams of LATISSE® users from across the country to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Inspired by the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true, the teams are challenged to raise the most funds to help grant children’s wishes, and they need your help.

Between now and November 30, 2010, Allergan will double each donation made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Latisse Wishes Challenge Campaign, with a maximum of $250,000.The total number of Latisse trial certificates is limited to the first 10,000 participants who make a minimum donation of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Offer limited to one Latisse trial certificate per person and U.S. residents only. This is such a GREAT deal since Latisse retails for $125!!


All you have to do is visit to join team Bobbie by donating a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After doing so you will receive a Latisse free trial certificate and schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if Latisse is right for you.

I got to meet Bobbie Thomas, one of the campaign ambassadors for Latisse’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is so beautiful inside and out! For over a decade, Bobbie has been empowering others to embrace their style as a positive form of self expression, and is passionate about communicating ”Style is the way you speak to the world without words.” She encourages everyone to match the ‘outside’ with the best that the ‘inside’ has to offer, and believes you don’t have to Do-It-Yourself, but you should Do-it-Your Way.

latisse event

As co-host of the Style Network’s Fashion Police, Bobbie helped to not only transform viewers, but trends, by taking from the runway, what could work their way. For the past six years, Bobbie has appeared as both a co-host and guest on a variety of E! Entertainment specials, including their annual red-carpet Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Awards coverage.

Currently, millions of people wake up to catch Bobbie on NBC’s “Today Show,” where she serves as Style Editor. Her weekly Style Buzz articles have become a popular fixture for the Fashion & Beauty section, and are often pulled to also appear on and MSN messenger, as well as’s home page. Check out Bobbie’s website for all of the latest Fashion Trends!

red carpet

Other campaigne ambassadors include fashion CEO Kathy Ireland and professional ballroom dancer Chelsie Hightower. They are leading teams of Latisse users from across the country in raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while sharing their personal lash experiences with Latisse at

Join the Latisse Wishes Challenge to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation!! I personally use Latisse and it’s amazing how well it really works. I LOVE it! I now have fabulous lashes and you can too! The donation is for a great cause and it’s a inexpensive way to try the Latisse.

Please note: The Latisse Make a wish challenge is not hosted by Best of Both Worlds AZ, Stephanie, Kristy or Paradise Skin Klinic. This campaign is by Allergan ( the makers of Latisse).


* This only works if it is your first kit.
#1 Go to
#2 Click pink button: donate and get a Latisse trial certificate
#3 Fill out all the required fields ( your name, email ect..)
#4 Select “Team Bobbie”
#5 Read terms and conditions
#6 Make $20 or more donation
#7 Wait for certificate in mail ( a couple weeks)
#8 Bring certificate into approved physicians office, to be signed and get a Latisse prescription.
#9 Return completed form via email or fax.
For assistance call 1-800 505-3898

Latisse is sold at Dr. Shapiro’s Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, and other Dr. offices. Click here to find an office near you that carries Latisse.

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Read MoreOctober 19, 2010 10:18 pm - Posted by Stephanie

obagi, naked

After Obagi Most Women Go Naked

The Obagi Nu-Derm® system is the world’s #1 professional skincare program, used by more than 11,000 physicians throughout the world. It is the most effective treatment for skin health restoration, correcting complex problems such as acne, melasma (brown spots), fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System contains prescription-strength formulations that can only be sold through a licensed physician, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

*Take a moment to watch the Obagi video at the end of this post.

The goal of the Obagi Nu-Derm system is to create soft, radiant- looking skin, increase skin tolerance and restore normal skin functions. The problem is, it only works if you use it. It works even better when you use it correctly. Dr Zein Obagi created the Obagi Nu-Derm as a skin health restoration system, and the products are designed to be used together. Each of the products are good individually, but if you don’t use the full system, you will not see the amazing results that Obagi is famous for.

- Increase smoothness
– Reduce pore size
– Improve elasticity
– Normalize oil production
– Increase skins own ability to hold moisture
– Increase skin tolerance to all external factors
– Generate a balanced, even skin tone
– Reduce hyperpigmentation ( freckles, age spots, melasma, Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation )

Obagi before and after

I have worked professionally with the Obagi products for over 10 years, and have had “literally” thousands of clients on the Nu -Derm system. The results shown in the before and after photo’s are typical and common. If you use the Obagi system correctly you will experience skin transformation. Using a specific dose and frequency that’s recommended specifically by your skin care professional for your skin condition, the prescription-strength system exfoliates old skin leaving healthy, new skin that looks and acts younger and healthier. The products in the Nu-Derm System are clinically proven, prescription-strength, ingredients that work to improve your skin cell function, compared to retail products that contain more cosmetic-based ingredients.


Obagi System: Steps 1-6

All of the products are labeled AM, PM or both AM/PM and numbered 1-6 in the order you would use them. The lines between the letters in the word OBAGI are designed as a tool to measure product. For example from the O-A = 1/2 gram ( thick like toothpaste).

obagi foaming cleanser
Step #1 Cleanser AM/PM
Foaming Gel – For Normal/Oily Skin or Gentle Cleanser – For Normal/Dry Skin
Proper cleansing is necessary
obagi toner
Step #2 Toner AM/PM
Adjusts the pH of the skin for increased penetration of the system ingredients.

obagi clear
Step #3 Clear AM/PM
A topical prescription treatment that includes 4% hydroquinone to correct hyperpigmentation (discoloration) and improve and even skin tone.

obagi exfoderm
Step #4 Exfoderm or Exfoderm Forte AM
Exfoderm – For Normal/Dry Skin
A plant acid (3% phytic acid) that removes old skin cells while promoting new skin cells for a lighter, brighter complexion.

Exfoderm® Forte – For Normal/Oily Skin
An alpha hydroxy acid (6% glycolic acid, 4% lactic acid) that removes old skin cells while promoting new skin cells for a lighter, brighter, firmer complexion for skin that needs deeper exfoliation.

obagi bleander
Step #5 Bleander & Tretinoin PM (mixed as prescribed)
This step restores damage to the deeper layers of the skin. It restores skin elasticity by enhancing the production of collagen and elastin.
A topical prescription treatment that contains 4% hydroquinone to target hyperpigmented (discolored) areas of the skin and increase the penetration of the active ingredients of the system.

tretinoin, retin a
Tretinoin Cream 0.025%, .05% , or.1% (as prescribed)
A topical prescription, use as directed. *Do not wax skin that is treated with tretinoin.

obagi healthy skin spf
Step #6 Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 AM
A sunscreen with 9% micronized zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that helps to protect newly transformed, younger looking skin and prevents further sun damage. This is a physical/chemical sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection.


If you just want to FEEL good you should get a spa treatment. If you want to LOOK good, then follow the recommended Obagi Nu Derm protocol. Generally, with a more aggressive protocol you will have more reaction, however you will also have more stimulation, see correction faster and build up tolerance more quickly. That doesn’t mean everyone should start out aggressively, individual system protocol is determined by skin type.

Reaction Phase: Out with the Old
Inital correction and stimulation phase
This is the time in which the damaged top layer of skin is replaced by a new layer of healthier cells. It takes about six weeks for ” newborn” cell to reach the surface of the skin and exfoliate.

You WILL experience one or more of the following symptoms:
– Dryness – Itching
– Burning – Redness
– Sensitive skin
– Exfoliation ( flaking and peeling)

These reactions are a sign the skin restoration is in process. The Nu- Derm system is accelerating the skin cell turnover to alter the rough top layer of the skin.

Tolerance Phase: In with the New
Correction and stimulation continues

Your skin has built tolerance , skin improvement is viable. The skin increases the production of collagen and elastin, to diminish wrinkles and reduce pore size.

Correction Phase: Healthy Glow
Finally, your skin enters the last stage and you are ready for a maintenance protocol. Skin tolerance is now complete.

“Begin with the end in mind.” – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Control Reaction

Peeling is more severe in the center of the face and around mucus membranes (eyes, nose and mouth). You can try focusing product use on the forehead and cheeks and blending them in toward the center of the face. Most people notice that the peeling reaction peeks late afternoon-early evening. It is okay to cleanse your face later in the day ( at least 4 or 5 hours later) and reapply sunscreen and makeup. Cleansing the skin can help slough off some of the loose peeling skin. If you have an social event and need to stop reactions, discontinue step 5, four days before event. Obagi Action and Tolereen are “control” products that can be used as needed to relieve surface tightness, itching and dryness. Control products should only be used temporarily, as they slow the skin restoration process. Be sure to discuss options for controlling your reactions with your skin care professional.

Obagi Nu-Derm Action
A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Tolereen
Contains 0.5% hydrocortisone for the temporary relief of itching and burning associated with minor skin irritations.

obagi logo
Find Obagi neer you.

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Read More 12:58 pm - Posted by Kristy

Tretinoin, retin a

Tretinoin ( retinoic acid) is the acid form of vitamin A and is available as a cream or gel (brand names Retin-A, Renova, Aberela, Airol, Atralin, Avita, or Stieva-A). Tretinoin was FDA approved as a topical medication in 1971. Tretinoin treats acne, minimizes pores and reduces oiliness. The anti-aging benefits of tretinoin include, reducing appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration.

Tretinoin promotes detachment of cornified cells and the enhanced shedding of corneocytes from the follicle. Tretinoin also increases the turnover rate of thin, loosely-adherent corneocytes. By making keratin softer and more gelatinous, the stratum corneum becomes soft and compact. Tretinoin suppresses the melanocytes, this is why it is often used when treating skin discoloration.

Tretinoin stimulating fibroblast.
It is believed that tretinoin stimulates the fibroblast. Some studies suggest that tretinoin can help firm the skin by stimulating fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts produce collagen, elastic fibers, and the ground substance of the dermis. With age fibroblasts become smaller and less active.

Tretinoin enhances the skin healing process.
Studies show that topical use of tretinoin before chemical peels, enhanced healing. There is more epidermal regeneration and collagen regeneration appears to be faster when skin was pre treated with tretinoin.

Tretinoin makes my skin peel and it feels tight and dry.
Initially, tretinoin dehydrates the skin the outer surface of the skin ( stratum corneum ), causing a rapid exfoliation. The good news is, tretinoin repairs the damaged keratinocytes, increases mitosis, and restores proper hydration. With time your skin builds up tolerance and reactions subside.

Does tretinoin thin the skin?
I have heard people say, “don’t use tretinoin it thins the skin”. I think there is some confusion, about what part of the skin is thinning and if that is a good or bad thing.

Tretinoin works by thinning the outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum), while cells in the epidermis are stimulated to produce a thicker epidermis layer. Collagen production and cellular growth in the dermis layer also increases. Although it is true that tretinoin does thin the stratum corneum, it actually makes other layers of the skin thicker. Thinning the stratum corneum isn’t exactly a bad thing. With age the statum corneum can become thick and dehydrated causing the appearance of fine lines and rough, sallow skin.
epidermis, skin layer
Epidermis Stratum corneum, outermost layer with dead keratinocytes being exfoliated off.

Is retinol the same as Retin-A ( tretinoin)?
Many people confuse retinol with Retin-A (tretinoin). Retinol and retinoic acid (tretinoin) are related but distinctly different. Retinol, retinal and retinyl palmitate, do not have the same effect on the skin as tretinoin/ retinoic acid. They first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Unfortunately , the conversion rate is low and varies among individuals. The other problem is that when retinols are exposed to air, they can become oxidized and degraded. There are some companies that have produced retinol formulas that are more stabilized.

Tretinoin vs AHA’s
Tretinoin causes a rapid coarse exfoliation, which is the shedding of attached group of cells. AHA’s cause shedding of individual cells. The action of AHA’s is extracellular, compared to the intracellular action of tretinoin. The intracellular action of tretinoin works goes into the dermis and stimulates the fibroblast. The effects of tretinoin can last up to four months even after product has been discontinued, in contrast to the short lasting smoothing effects of AHAs.

Tretinoin is a drug.
Tretinoin is a drug and should be used only as prescribed. There are certain contraindications for using Tretinoin, including pregnancy and nursing. You should not wax skin that has been treated with tretinoin and some skin treatments are not recommended while using tretinoin. Be sure to discuss possible contraindications with your skin professional.
*You should never purchase Tretinoin or any other prescribed drug on line.

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Read MoreOctober 18, 2010 10:30 pm - Posted by Kristy

This is my favorite time of year since the weather is finally starting to cool down! I love getting into the fall spirit by doing family activities such a pumpkin patches, hay rides, horse back riding, and haunted houses.

Here is a list of some activities and pumpkin patches:

pumkin patch, pumpkin festival

Fall Pumpkin Celebration at Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins in Wilcox, Az: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Now through Oct. 31st. Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins, fall vegetables and apples! Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch and a childrens play area. The farm also features a corn maze with three difficulty levels, an “All-You-Can-Eat” pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and a burger lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3 admission, prices vary for pumpkins and vegetables. Apple Annie’s Produce and Pumpkins, 6405 W. Williams Road, Willcox. 520-384-4685.

corn maze, apple annies, pumpkin festival

Pumpkin Festival at Freeman Farms in Chino Valley, Az: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Now through Oct. 31st. Pick your own pumpkin from the vine while enjoying the working farm. Visitors can also check out giant donkeys and other animals in the petting zoo. Other activities include hay rides and a mini-corn maze. $3 pumpkin patch, $10 all attractions, individual activity pricing available. Freeman Farms, Elemental Farms 1096 E. Road 3 South, Chino Valley. 520-850-3990.

pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Patch at Mother Natures Farm in Gilbert : 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Now through Nov. 5 Purchase pumpkins and decorate them, plus inflatable bounce house, hay rides, a straw bounce, animal feeding and Alexander’s Adventure Maze created with bales of hay. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, drinks and snow cones, are available for purchase and dine at picnic tables or in the grassy field. Mother Nature’s Farm, 1663 E. Baseline Road, Gilbert. $7, $3 adults. 480-892-5874.

pumpkin patch, farm

Pumpkin and Chili Party at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Voted as one of the best family friendly experiences by Phoenix Magazine, this pumpkin patch festival offers something for everyone. Featured rides are hay wagon, roller coaster, carousels and trains. Try finding your way through a 4- or 10-acre cornfield maze or relax by a bonfire and roast marshmallows. A rock-climbing wall, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and grilled food are also featured. $15, $10 military, $7.50 for Queen Creek residents on Thursdays, $7.50 for age 60 and older Thursdays and Fridays, free age 2 and younger, $12 discount tickets available at Fry’s. Schnepf Farms, 24810 Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. 480-987-3100.

pumpkin patch, fall festival

Pumpkin Days and Fall Maze at Tolmachoff Farms in Glendale, Az: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Now through Nov. 21st. Find the perfect pumpkin for your family in the pumpkin patch, get lost in the 6-acre family corn maze or be daring and try to find your way through the haunted corn maze. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, train rides and a hay pyramid. Hours change in November; call for new times. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $7, free age 1 or younger. 623-386-1301.

Fall Festival at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, Az: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays. Now through Nov. 20th. Families can make their way through a 10-acre corn maze, jump in the bounce house, pick a pumpkin from the patch and ride on the barrel train. See turkeys, ducks, donkeys, pigs and cows. Hot dogs, barbecue, Icees, soda and kettle corn are available for purchase. Non-perishable food donations are accepted for St. Mary’s Food Bank for a $1 discount on admission.$6, free age 4 and younger. Closed Monday-Wednesday after Nov. 1. Vertuccio Farms, 4011 S. Power Road, Mesa. 480-650-6606 or 480-650-6611.

pumpkin patch, corn maze

Fall Festival at Agua Linda Farm in Tucson, Az: 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. This annual festival lets families spend a day on a real, working farm, while enjoying a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, pony rides, vegetable picking, a hay-bale maze, live music and movie nights Fridays and Saturdays. There’s also plenty to eat and games to play. $7 per car. Agua Linda Farm, 2643 E. Frontage Road, Amado. 520-398-3218.

Farmers Market: Harvest and Halloween in Phoenix at City North: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 17 ONLY This family friendly farmers market features a pumpkin patch, hay bales, a train and balloon animals. City North retailers offer specials, and fresh local produce, plants and holiday wreaths are available for purchase. Musical entertainment is provided, and kids’ activities include a “play factory,” face painting, pony rides and root-beer floats. Free admission. City North, 5515 E. Deer Valley Drive, Phoenix. 480-319-8700.

The Great Pumpkin Festival in Phoenix at Desert Botanical Gardens: 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 21-22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23-24. Take a hayride out to the garden’s pumpkin patch where children ages 12 and younger can choose their own pumpkin for free. A petting zoo, hay-bale maze and live country-Western entertainment are also featured. Activities included in garden’s admission. $15, $13.50 ages 60 and older, $7.50 students with ID, $5 children age 3-12, free for members and children 2 and younger. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. 480-941-1225.

hay maze, pumpkin patch, desert botanical garden

“Halo-Win” at Avalon Organic Gardens in Tubac, Az: Sunday Oct. 31st 3-5 p.m. This Halloween festival features face painting, games, kids’ activities and live music. Visitors can compete in a costume contest for a chance to win a free garden tour and lunch for the family at the Avalon Organic Gardens, Farm and Ranch near Tubac. Proceeds benefit nonprofit teen and young adult rehabilitation programs and the Avalon Gardens internships of Global Community Communications Alliance. Free, donations accepted. Tubac Music Plaza, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. 520-398-2542.

Pumpkin Patch at MacDonalds Ranch in Scottsdale, Az: Open 7 days a week 9am-6pm. Now through Oct. 30th. $7 per person entrance fee, Bring 1 or more cans food for $1 off. Pumpkins range from $3 – $12 depending on size. Hayride to Pumpkin Patch, Hay Maze, Petting Zoo, Free Pony rides (just tip the person leading the horse), Sack Races, Horse Shoe Games, and More! MacDonalds Ranch in North Scottsdale 26540 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale Az 85255 480-585-0239

hay ride, pumpkin patch

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Read MoreOctober 17, 2010 11:26 am - Posted by Stephanie


Ghost Stories

There are several schools in Arizona that are rumored to be haunted. Are there truly spirits still roaming the halls of Arizona schools or are these stories just urban legends. Tell us what you think, or share a ghost story of your own.

Chandler High School – Chandler, AZ
In the north wing of the oldest building, sightings and voices are still experienced.

Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ
Morton Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former student, who died there. Studants claim she even pulls off their blankets while they are sleeping.

Highland Junior High – Gilbert, AZ

Globe High – Globe, AZ

Blue Ridge High – Lakeside, AZ

Desert Ridge High – Mesa, AZ

Carl Hayden High – Phoenix, AZ
Rumored to be haunted by a former cheerleader and football player.

Deer Valley High – Phoenix, AZ
A ghost by the name of Dewy is rumored to peer down from the catwalk. Stories of how Dewy died range from a love story gone wrong to a construction worker who fell of the scaffolding while the school was being built.

Trevor G Browne High School – Phoenix, AZ
When construction workers were building the auditorium in the early 90’s, one of the workers fell off of a high beam and was killed instantly on impact they say you can hear moans and crys of pain in the auditorum at night during closing time .

First Avenue Elementary – San Manuel, AZ

Saguaro High School – Scottsdale, AZ
A girl haunts the bathroom where, before it was a high school, she was hanged for practicing witchcraft in 1786.

Marcos De Niza High – Tempe, AZ
A worker who fell through the stage and died. If you visit the auditorium after 9:00 pm, you may see his ghost trying to finish the job he had started.

Bloom Elementary – Tucson, AZ
There’s a dead principal who still visits

Catalina High – Tucson, AZ
Rumor has it that a man had died from a heart attack in the school, and that his spirit is still there.

Davis Bilingual School – Tucson, AZ
People claim to have been touched by the ghost residing there, doors open and close themselves, and faucets turn themselves on and off.

Holaway Elementary – Tucson, AZ
Sightings of Mr. Holaway him self, checking rooms.

Tucson High Magnet School – Tucson, AZ
One of the many classrooms in the vocational building has been condemned because of rumors of a student killing himself there. Students now haunts the room.

University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ
The ghost of a woman runs to escape her attacker.

Mary Elizabeth Post Elementary School – Yuma, AZ
Students often hear and see visions of Mary Post, as she haunts the school. There is also a picture of Mary above the exit doors, and sometimes when you walk out, her eyes will follow.

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Read MoreOctober 14, 2010 3:56 pm - Posted by Kristy

pumpkin smoothie

1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups milk ( I prefer vanilla soy milk)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
Whip cream (optional)
* you can add a scoop of icecream

Place the pumpkin puree in a freezer bag; store in freezer or until frozen.
You can heat the bag of pumpkin puree in the microwave, just enough to soften, about a minute.
Pour the milk into a blender. Add the brown sugar, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, and pumpkin; blend until smooth. Garnish with a bit of whip cream.

I have made this for my family a few times, and even my kids like it. It has a strong pumpkin flavor, so if you prefer a more of a dessert, you can reduce some of the pumpkin puree and add a scoop of icecream. It’s like pumpkin pie in a glass. Yum!

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Read MoreOctober 13, 2010 8:23 pm - Posted by Kristy

fall leaves earings, rita beada

Falling leaves collection, designed and hand crafted by local artist Rita Beada.

fall leaves by rita beada

FALLing leaves are a featured item this month on Art Fire.
FALLing Leaves Bracelet, necklace and earrings. Lightweight metal leaves in dark orange, gold, and red with deep red glass bead accents. On a goldtone chain with toggle clasp.

Earings $8.00
Bracelet $28.00
Necklace $40.00

You can find FALLing leaves collection on Art Fire.

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Read More 7:42 pm - Posted by Kristy