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By John and Jennifer Burkhart

If you happen to be hosting for the holidays, the delicious food is no doubt the focus. But you can’t forget the oh-so-fun task of cleaning house and getting rid of those unwelcome visitors – germs! What are some convenient ways to clean house quickly without filling it with toxic chemicals, you ask? Take a look at these five options and see how they fared.

Dr. Bronner’s | Sal Suds biodegradable cleaner, spruce and firDrBronner

He Said: Eleven dollars for a lifetime supply of biodegradable cleanser, now that’s a deal! Just add a little over a teaspoon of this stuff to a gallon of water and you’ll have an exorbitant amount of cleanser. It had a pleasant scent and did an adequate job cutting through the gunk. The hardest part was figuring out where to store the other three and a half quarts.

He gave it: ★★★★

She Said: I’d say this is definitely the most economical choice of the products we tried. The basic dilution makes 32 gallons(!), and you can use it to clean anything that can get wet. It cleaned nicely, but I’d make it stronger for tougher jobs and greasy surfaces. The scent reminded me of a Christmas tree or Pine-sol, but thankfully it was much easier on the nasal passages.

She gave it: ★★★★

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November 24, 2015 6:30 am


By Marci Zeisel Rosenberg

Around 106 B.C.E., Cicero, the Roman philosopher, lawyer and politician wrote, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

Take a moment. Think about it. Cicero was onto something. How can we feel joy, compassion, forgiveness or love, without gratitude as our guide? Gratitude teaches us that when we live with an attitude of abundance rather than need, we are more joyful. Our capacity for compassion is stronger because we have enough in our lives to share with others. We forgive because our hearts are full. And we love because they are open.

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November 12, 2015 6:30 am

by Amanda Harvey

The newest P.B. Bell property, The View at Cascade, located in Scottsdale, is part of a pilot program featuring LED light bulbs in the community common areas and living spaces.

Cascade_FINAL[1]P.B. Bell is moving in a green direction with the inclusion of these LED bulbs. In an effort to increase energy efficiency, 75 percent of the lights in the common areas will use LED lighting, in addition to interior lights inside the 187 units.

The View at Cascade is set to open next month, along with another P.B. Bell community in Phoenix, also featuring the LED lighting.

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November 10, 2015 10:28 am


By Laine Seaton

It’s the holiday season once again, and amidst all the good cheer and warm fuzzies, there’s an ingrained tradition that’s not always best for your well-being – nor for your waistline, your pocketbook, your planet or your sanity, for that matter. It’s called overindulgence, and it’s not your friend.

From the moment that the last piece of Halloween candy is eaten (oy, the sugar!), we join the stampede of shoppers to the grocery store, frantically filling our baskets to the brim for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. And because we’re all busy and time is so precious, anything with the word “instant” on the box or can is definitely going in the cart, no matter that the ingredients may be unhealthy.

But there’s a better way to do Thanksgiving. From planning a healthier menu to knowing where to find local, natural ingredients and dealing with those plentiful leftovers in less wasteful ways, we’ll set you up with a new tradition for which you and the planet can be truly thankful. Read more

November 2, 2015 9:48 am


By Karen Langston

Like soil to a seed, food is the foundation that encompasses what and who we are. Food influences how we feel and think. According to epigenetics – the study of chemical reactions and the factors that influence them – our cells have the ability to sense and communicate what we are thinking and how to react to it. Throughout our lives, food becomes a part of our foundation for love, belonging, comfort and reassurance to satiate our feelings, whether positive or negative.

There are three mediators that drive cravings: emotional memories, weak impulse control, and the intensity of pleasure anticipation. According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology, people with strong emotions experience higher levels of food cravings, salivation and eating intentions. The food industry knows how to tap into and suck in these emotional eaters. Read more

October 30, 2015 6:30 am

By Roxanne Bowers

DSC_1009 (1)Arizona’s Recycling Coalition’s Statewide Conference, held yesterday, featured discussion on the new Reimagining Phoenix Project, a plan dedicated to finding new ways to reuse products commonly found in landfills such as construction materials, carpeting and food products. The panel discussion, lead by Gretchen Wolfe, Economic Development Project Manager for the city of Phoenix, outlined the project’s primary goals: find innovative ways to reuse and recycle and boost Phoenix’s economy by creating a larger job market.  Read more

October 29, 2015 6:30 am

By Stephanie Funk (PRNewsFoto/Water For Life)Human beings can’t live longer than a few days without water. It is quite literally our lifeblood (about 92 percent of plasma is made of water). Imagine living in an environment in which that water, which you desperately need to live, could also kill you. This is a stark reality for many: United Nations reports that 4,000 children die each day from contaminated water borne diseases, and 4 in 10 people in the world do not have access to clean water.

Water For Life, a San Diego-based nonprofit, is working to reduce those numbers. Read more

October 28, 2015 6:30 am