The election is over. President Obama won a second term. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, then surely you’ve seen people post pictures of their ballots. Wearing your “I Voted” sticker is one thing, but taking a picture of the actual document or machine seems questionable. This Gizmodo article begs the question, is it illegal to post said picture online? The results are interesting and depending on the state, can lead to a misdemeanor or worse.
Check out Arizona’s law that results in a class 2 misdemeanor, ”show the voter’s ballot or the machine on which the voter has voted to any person after it is prepared for voting in such a manner as to reveal the contents, except to an authorized person lawfully assisting the voter.”
Last week, we mentioned a couple Election Day events. Whether it was a complimentary California Roll at RA or a 15 cent beer at TEXAZ, the list gets better. Sure, you were planning on going out and participating in your civic duty to vote, why not get some immediate results?
Here’s some more for you. Cadillac Ranch in Tempe will be offering a twenty percent discount on one regular priced menu item for anyone that comes in with their “I Voted” sticker. Anyone who shows to Sprinkles showing off that same sticker will get a free cupcake. Or, if you’re a Z’Tejas fan, they will be offering either a buy-one-get-one entree when you dine in or a twenty percent discount on your to-go order. The Z’Tejas deal is only good until 4:00 p.m.
See, if you weren’t going to vote before, you’re definitely going to now.
Alright folks, today is the day. It’s Tuesday, November 6: Election Day. Chances are you have already made up your mind on who you’re voting for. We just wanted to remind you how important it is to actually go out there and vote. Voting is what makes the U.S. great. It lets you have your voice be heard. It is a staple of what this country was founded on. Don’t choose to stay home out of apathy. Choose democracy. We don’t care if you’re voting for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. We just want you to get out there and show that you’re an American and care about where this country is going. Okay, sorry about that, the PSA is over.
During the holidays we tend to gain a few extra (and unwanted) pounds. Honestly, who doesn’t love to indulge in delicious food that will surely present itself when you see your family? It’s a good thing that CityScape Phoenix and Gold’s Gym are teaming up for a free six week outdoor ”Holiday Survival Camp” series.
To help you keep off the pounds, every Wednesday from November 7 to December 19, a Boot Camp-style class will help you combat calories, reshape your body and get tighter and leaner. The goal of the class is to burn over 500 calories a session. You can participate in the class for free from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Patriots Square at CityScape Phoenix.
For more information, click here.
Let’s face the facts, people: One in three Americans is obese. Let’s think about those numbers. That’s roughly over 100 million people and that’s outrageous. Fast food, high-fructose corn syrup, and overall laziness could be factors to that, but that’s not the point. The U.S. has a weight problem. Fitness Propelled wants to fight this epidemic. How? By stopping it before it starts.
Start ‘Em Young
In the age of video games, hundreds of TV channels, and other digital stimuli, it’s no wonder the problem starts early in life. One of the best ways to maintain healthy life is prevention. Physical education consultant and motivational speaker Geoff Rubin, owner and founder of Fitness Propelled, is devoted to helping children and young adults “seeking a healthy, more active lifestyle by offering affordable, fun and rewarding fitness options.” Through group programs, Fitness Propelled is geared towards helping kids and young adults High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The Personal Power program helps those on the Autism spectrum. This includes a functional training approach to develop locomotor movements, helps increase attention spans and on-task appropriate behavior, and incorporates anaerobic and aerobic conditioning at an individualized pace.
The Clap Attack was specifically designed by Rubin. It is a truly unique fitness program that specifically aims to generate positivity, motivation, and enthusiasm. Because motivation and self-esteem go hand-in-hand with healthy living.
It truly is an amazing program. The trainers train with you on a personal level in group workouts. They get to know you and your group. They motivate you. They keep you wanting more. Our hats are off to Rubin and Fitness Propelled.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, click here.
Let’s face it: Our lives pretty much revolve around technology these days. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t own a computer or smart phone. With work and social media, people put their lives online for the world to see. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’re safe from hackers and identity thieves.
One of the best ways to keep yourself safe online is to have a strong password. It’s only a matter of a couple of characters that keeps you safe from hackers ranging in noob (newbie, for those of you who aren’t exactly tech savvy) to expert qualifications. Thanks to our friend James Jones and LifeLock, check out this handy infographic that will give you the tips to keeping a secure life online.
This Infographic was developed with the help of LifeLock. Follow LifeLock on Facebook.
On Oct. 11, our beloved Phoenix Suns will unveil the John Macleod Reading & Learning Center. Suns Ring of Honor member John Macleod was inducted last season into the organization. The Ring of Honor organization said that they would open a reading and learning center in his honor. That time has come.
With Suns president Jason Rowley and NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, the trio will unveil the center at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, Spencer D and Mary Jane Steward branch at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 11.
The center will feature a brand new computer room, and a TV designed to look like the Suns in-game scoreboard. The “Coach’s Corner,” is a reading area that is decorated with fan graphics, where children can read their favorite books.
When working in a restaurant, having an unsatisfactory review made about your establishment can be a blow to your ego. Ncounter on Mill Ave is reacting in the opposite way. Recently, the Phoenix New Times gave them a bad review, citing mediocrity as their biggest fault. Instead of wallowing in shame, do you know how Ncounter responded? It’s pretty cool.
Until Oct. 10, if you bring in a copy of the article when you get food, the restaurant will supply you with a free lemonade. Yes, that’s right. Bring in their poor review and get something for free. Talk about life giving you lemons.
We haven’t had Ncounter, so we couldn’t tell you if it were mediocre or not. But, it does seem that this place has a sense of humor and we would gladly support any business that does so. If you’re free today or tomorrow, head over to Ncounter on Mill and grab a lemonade on the house.
If you’re looking to pick up a tablet, there are plenty to choose from now. With the iPad dominating the sales charts, some believe it is still too pricy to pick up. So, what are your other options? There’s the Google Nexus and the recently introduced, Kindle Fire HD. Smaller than the iPad, both of these tablets are about 7 inches, smaller compared to the iPad’s 9+ inches. If you’re looking for a new tablet and you’re a Mac-addict, you may want to hold off on purchasing the Kindle or the Nexus. Gizmodo reported that the iPad mini is rumored to unveiled in the next couple of weeks, with a selling date at the end of the month. The best part, to compete with said competition, it is rumored that the mini will be priced at $200. We can expect many sold for the holiday season. We’ll probably be in line.
Image via MacRumors
First and foremost, these aren’t edible! Sure, they look delicious but they are for your bath. That said, with breast cancer affecting one in eight women, chances are the disease has hit close to home for you. The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort’s Tocaloma Spa will be working with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.
Carrying the Feeling Smitten Bath Bakery limited edition cupcake bath bombs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, all proceeds of these bath bombs will go to the Susan G. Komen or the Cure. Available in a variety of sizes, you can pick up your bath bombs for $6 for a mini, $12 for a large and $17 for a trio.
Again, these are for your bath. They do look delicious, but they are meant to be thrown in your bath to soften your skin!
What else is new? But, really, we learned something interesting from Learn Stuff (with that name, makes sense right?) Apparently, almost one third of employees think that their boss should seek professional help. Your higher ups may also be four times more likely to demonstrate psychopathic behavior than you or your co-workers. But they’re your boss and you can’t really do anything about it. The toll it can leave on the employee can be bad. Stressed out employees can suffer from weight gain, loss of hair, and an increased risk of heart disease. So, yeah, that’s bad. Want to know more? Check out this complete infographic about crazy bosses.
Admit it, fall brings many welcomed changes and seasonal delights. Although we’re still enduring the triple-digit heat, we can now 1) get a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and 2) enjoy football in its three most popular forms; NFL, college and, of course, fantasy.
Since Arizona State University kicked off their season at home a week ago with a 63-6 victory over Northern Arizona University, despite their new coach, Todd Graham, and the new quarterback(s). The Sun Devils will host Illinois Saturday and here’s their complete 2012 schedule.
The University of Arizona was also victorious in their 2012 season kick off against Toledo Saturday. The game, which was Rich Rodriguez’s coaching debut in the desert, ended in overtime Wildcats 24, Rockets 17. What’s next for the Wildcats? Oklahoma State will be hitting U of A Saturday and here’s their complete 2012 schedule.
If you missed both games, don’t worry, after making final roster cuts and naming the John Skelton their Week 1 starting quarterback, the Arizona Cardinals will host the Seattle Seahawks for their home opener Sunday. Tickets are still available here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the Cardinals 2012 schedule.
If your fantasy football team’s roster looks just plain terrible we’re sorry, but we can’t help you. However, if you haven’t found a fantasy league (let alone a team) for this season it’s not too late to participate, NFL.com has the details here, but don’t get flagged for “Delay of Game,” get to it!
This fall, kids will be able to stay for free at Hidden Meadow Ranch in beautiful northern Arizona. If you’re the outdoorsy type family, then this will be the perfect Fall Break vacation destination for you.
Located in the quaint town of Greer, this opportunity is only good for guests who book the Rancher’s Package now through the end of September and plan to stay at the Ranch anytime between October 15 through November 15.
You can hike, fish, ride horses, or just enjoy being out of the city for a little while. The weather will be perfect (then again, we can’t exactly predict rain or any other weather event.) Kids 11 and under will enjoy free accommodations and meals, plus every activity that Hidden Meadow Ranch has to offer. There’s plenty for adults too. All of you wine lovers can enjoy the Hahn Winery Winemaker Weekend on October 19 and 20.
To book for your reservation or to find out more, click here. Remember, you have to book before the end of September.
It was a sad Labor Day when we heard of the passing of Michael Clarke Duncan. Taken from us too soon, the Oscar-nominated actor was only 54 years old. Often referred to as a gentle giant, Duncan has starred in many movies. Some of our favorites include The Whole Nine Yards, Talladega Nights, and Armageddon. We must not forget his (arguably) most powerful role: John Coffey in The Green Mile. Here is a scene from is Oscar-nominated performance. (We’re sorry about tugging on your heart strings a little too hard.)
Celebrate Chinese culture with two services for one price and Qigong classes at the Spa at Gainey Village. The entire month of September will be the time to replenish your body and mind. Ch’ang-O, the Chinese Goddess of the moon, represents yin as the female principal, and embodies the intangible concept of eternal beauty and life and Gainey wants to help you celebrate.
Classes of Qigong, a 5,000 year old practice that is used to strengthen the flow of life force begin on September 8. Valley residents can choose one 60-minute spa service from their Body offerings and an additional service from their Beauty offerings for $150 and be eligible for the classes. The beauty offerings include massages, body treatments, facials, haircuts and gloss, manicures, and pedicures.
For more information, click here.
We know we’ve already mentioned the brutal summer heat about a thousand times the past few (but what seems like many) months. This right here though, is an object of our summer desires. There’s nothing quite like a chilled martini to cool off in the blistering nights. How long until that delicious cocktail warms up though? With the Ice Mini Martini Glass you won’t have to worry about that. It’ll keep your martini cool for hours, or until the glass melts. Either way, you’ll be the life of the party.
Let’s give it up for the troops. They willingly put themselves in harms way while the rest of enjoy our cushy 9-5 schedule. That’s why some good people got together to create the 2012 Veterans Tribute Ride and Family Festival.
If you’re an avid rider or just want to give back to the troops, this is the event for you. On November 10 an expected 500 motorcycle enthusiasts and the community will come together at the Veterans Tribute Ride & Family Festival to honor all branches of our armed services and our veterans presented by Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln.
The day will be filled with two heart wrenching events:
• FREE Family Festival bringing our community together in a day of remembrance and celebration
• Veterans Tribute Riders sign in. Entry fee = $25/sgl, $40/2-up
Recently we’ve been giving you some travel deals around the country and world. In today’s Travel Alert, we’re bring you to your backyard (well, close enough anyway.) According to Jetsetter, Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa has a great deal for ease your mind, body, and soul.
Surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountains of Tucson, you can enjoy delicious dishes and the perfect spa treatment. We know it’s what you want when the temperatures are still scorching. The Aqua-Zen watsu style water therapy will ease your muscles. Take classes and learn about the opposite sex. Learn more about yourself while working with horses.
This staycation has a lot to offer. We hope to find ourselves there.
Starting September 9, each event will consist of an intense-hour long group fitness training session, followed by a healthy brunch and social hour at a different Scottsdale eatery. The series kicks off with “Tight-end Training,” is a Hollywood-style workout to tone your rear-end. Fitness enthusiasts of all skill levels are invited to the American Junkie patio at 9 a.m. on September 9.
After the workout, you can have some fun with bottomless mimosas, appetizer specials, and a VIP wristband that provides bottomless mimosas all day. Prizes will also be awarded for the best ‘tight end.’
Each event will be $30 per person, with 40 total spots available. Men and women are invited to participate, and a special emphasis will be placed on butt workouts for women. Sign up today by clicking here.
In the 1920s Coco Chanel introduced the world to the Little Black Dress. For almost a century it has become a staple in pretty much every woman’s closet. Now Mane Attraction Salon, one of the Valley’s leading salons, wants to introduce you to the Little Black Bag.
When Valley residents purchase Mane Attraction’s black reusable envirosax bag for just $6, they will instantly become a member of the Little Black Bag Society. Members receive an email every 6 weeks with a special offers. These offers include awesome discounts on top-quality beauty and hair products.
Once the email offering is received (such as a percentage off or a freebie gift with purchase) bags can be brought in as proof of membership and the shopping can begin.
Become a member today!
Mane Attraction Salon | 3165 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85016
Do you know what sounds nice? Sandy beaches, crystal blue water, and a spa treatment. You can get all of that and at a great price, according to Jetsetter. The JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa has a special deal of just $162 per night at this fantastic resort. Four pools, white sand beach, three classy restaurants, n enormous adults-only spa specializing in Mayan treatment, what’s not to love? You can visit an artists sculpture gallery… underwater! That’s right, scuba dive 28 feet and check out a series of underwater statues by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Play golf, explore Mayan ruins, and even save some sea-turtles. The possibilities are endless.
Is your child a die-hard Suns fan? Now is there chance to be a part of the team. The Phoenix Suns will hold interviews for kids’ age 16 and older who are interested in a position with the Suns Ball Kids during the 2012-13 season.
The Suns are looking for highly motivated, hard-working individuals who are able to attend all Suns home games during the 2012-13 season. The perks are endless. A great thing to add to your resume and the ability to attend every Suns’ home game. Can we sign up too?
Registration will be held at US Airways Center on Tuesday, August 28 at 5 p.m. Bring your resume!
The comedic actor known for cult classics like Back To The Future, Teen Wolf, and Spin City, will be returning to the small screen in 2013. As you know, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the early 90s and left television in 2000 because of his ailment.
Word on the street is that Fox will be making a comeback in 2013 for a new show on NBC. In his new comedy, which is loosely based on his life, Fox will play a father of three who is dealing with the degenerative nervous system disorder. We think it’s awesome that he can write and act in a show that doesn’t attempt to hide his disorder but puts it center stage.
If you happened to catch Fox on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, you can see how he still an extremely funny guy (check out this clip).
NBC ordered 22 episodes of the currently untitled show without even so much as a pilot. This goes to show you how good it will be. We can’t wait.
Looking for a new handbag this season? Neiman Marcus has exactly what you want. Their new line of Chloe handbags are elegant and classy but not too flashy. Perfect for every day errands or a night on the town, there is bound to be one that fits your taste. Made from genuine leather and other top-tier materials, the bags vary in size, style, and color. If you don’t feel like making a trip to the mall, Neiman Marcus is offering free shipping on your order, just click here for details.