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Growing up in a small town in California that was minutes from the beach and known for its strawberry fields, I still took the natural beauty of this planet for granted. As I grew older and moved from California to Arizona, I learned to love and cherish the variety of ecosystems and landscapes we have on this planet. I want to help raise awareness about the protection of our natural resources and the people and creatures that inhabit it, for both current and future generations. Here at Green Living magazine we aim to bring the concept of sustainability and living green to everyone regardless of income or lifestyle – green is for everybody

I’m very pleased to be the new Associate Editor of Green Living magazine and to be part of this wonderful publication. My entire life, I knew I wanted to work in publishing – reading and writing were my favorite hobbies growing up, and I quickly discovered I also had an eye for editing. I graduated with my BA in English Literature from Arizona State University in 2013, and caught a lucky break when my first job interview led me to a technical publishing company in Fountain Hills. I loved the work, but discovered the subject matter was not my passion. I met with Dorie Morales and discovered the breath of fresh air that is Green Living. Read more

March 2, 2015 6:30 am

By John and Jennifer Burkhart

Many say that Valentine’s Day is just a commercialized “holiday” that pressures us to buy overpriced balloons, flowers and sweets. Well, they may be on to something, but who doesn’t love a reason to eat chocolate? The important things to look for when buying chocolate are whether or not it is organic and fair trade, sourced from small farms and made using eco-friendly business practices. All of our chocolate bars this month meet those criteria.

Royal Exchange Milk Chocolate CaramelEqual Exchange Chocolates | Milk chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt

He said:  Salted caramel is the new rage. It’s everywhere — salted caramel coffee, salted caramel ice cream, salted caramel toothpaste. Okay, maybe not the last one. Equal Exchange did a little bandwagon jumping with this one. The smooth milk chocolate crunchy caramel (a.k.a. toffee) was delicious, but there was too much salt for my taste.

He gave it: ★★★

She said:  I know firsthand that seawater tastes pretty awful, so who would’ve thought sea-salt anything would be such a hit? The salt in this chocolate bar was a bit strong, but that didn’t stop me from devouring square after square. The crispy toffee-like caramel was a nice added surprise.

She gave it: ★★★★ Read more

February 26, 2015 6:30 am


by Molly Cerreta Smith

Designed by both students and faculty of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the series of semi-custom homes dubbed Cahava Springs in Cave Creek will serve as one of the Valley’s largest fully entitled residential development projects. The 982-acre master-planned community is being built by a company collaboration between Mark Stapp, executive director of the Master of Real Estate Development program; Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University; and former chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Jon Kitchell and Lorenzo Perez of Venue Projects: Kitchell-Perez. Read more

February 24, 2015 6:30 am

Fig YarrowFloral Spa Bath Gift Set

Pamper your loved one with a trio of handcrafted organic skincare products from Fig and Yarrow featuring unique blends of soothing herbs, essential oils and healing botanicals designed to nourish, enrich and cleanse damaged or maturing skin. This treatment promises to leave skin glowing and moisturized from head to toe. $62 Read more

February 12, 2015 6:30 am

By Kathy Maguire, reposted with permission from

There are networking events, and then there are worthwhile networking events. Last week I attended a schmoozing cocktail affair and left after the first half hour. It just wasn’t my scene.

The next day, Dorie Morales, a friend and publisher of Green Living magazine, called and invited me to another networking event that evening. “I know you’ll love this. Local First Arizona is one of my favorite organizations,” she said, in response to my grumbling about my experience the night before.

Dorie was convincing, and I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did!

Walking into the huge warehouse-type structure in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. But it wasn’t long before I was warmly welcomed by Local First volunteers and given the rundown on the evening’s affair. The night’s event space, monOrchid, is a 14,0000-square-foot building comprised of open exhibition space, office pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas. A tour of the space was quite impressive.

I wasn’t there very long before I became engaged in conversation with several interesting entrepreneurs. I must say, the energy and excitement of the Local First attendees was absolutely contagious. I also wasn’t there very long before I decided that Local First is an organization that I’d like to join.

Local First Arizona is a non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state. They educate consumers, business leaders, and policymakers about the significant economic, civic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies.

An interesting educational tidbit from Local First’s website is that for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy and $27 leaves. For every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $43 remains in the local economy and $57 leaves.


Click here for more information on Local First Arizona.


As a REALTOR® with DPR Realty, Kathy Maguire specializes in residential real estate in the Phoenix Valley. She holds NAR’s Green and EcoBroker® designations and is committed to helping her clients evaluate the costs and benefits of green building features and practices, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, educating discussing homeowners on the financial grants and incentives available, and helping consumers see a property’s green potential., 602-418-4565

November 13, 2014 11:56 am

 Rancho Vistoso

El Tour de Tucson is always a big event in the Old Pueblo and this year promises to be no different. The 2014 Special Olympics 32nd El Tour de Tucson’s theme “Ride to be Unified” honors the efforts of Brandon Lyons and Lorena Evan, a firefighter and a registered nurse respectively, to alert the community about the safety solution for both cyclists and drivers. Their story began in 2013 while training for the 31st El Tour de Tucson, when a motorist traveling approximately 45 mph struck Lyons and Even from behind. Since the accident, the two have worked towards building public awareness of the safety between cyclists and cars on the streets of Pima County.

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November 6, 2014 6:30 am

The theme of Earth Day this April 22nd 2014 is “Green Cities”, which means over a billion people around the world will help to highlight the importance of living in a sustainable city with a focus on improving our environment. Over half of the world’s population now live in cities and it’s having an increasingly detrimental impact on our planet.


30 greenest cities

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April 22, 2014 8:55 am