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New Kitchen Floor Choices: Is One Right for You?

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

By Barbara Pronin
Kitchen Floor Choices: Is One Right For You?The kitchen floor, besides being practical, has become a major design statement—with a bigger choice of colors, styles and textures available today than ever before.  So before you decide on a new kitchen floor for your Green Valley, AZ home, take a minute to read about the many options available. 

“You need to consider practicality first,” said Home and Garden TV’s Katie Allison Granju. “How much time do you spend in the kitchen? What’s most important to you?”

Granju offers a brief description of the newest flooring options to help you make the right decision:

Porcelain tile
—Porcelain tile is very durable, and is available in a wide range of colors, designs and prices. It is tough enough not to chip, crack or discolor under most circumstances – and more affordable than natural stone. Limestone, slate and travertine lend character to the room, but they are absorbent enough to stain to an extent and they tend to scratch more easily than porcelain.

Wood—Wood flooring is making a major comeback. Wood adds charm and comfort to the kitchen and is easily continued into adjacent rooms. Properly installed and maintained, wood floors are durable and easy to clean – especially if factory pre-treated with a polyurethane sealer, which eliminates the need for anything more than regular sweeping or mopping.

Cork—Soft, comfortable, and remarkably resistant, a cork floor “remembers” its shape, preventing furniture dents and scuffs. Dropped dishes and glasses Kitchen Floor Choices: Is One Right For You?probably won’t break on a cork floor – a bonus if you have small children – and cork is extremely water-resistant.

Brick—Brick flooring pavers come in many colors and textures, and they can be laid in interesting patterns. Like tile, they require some grout maintenance, but they are practically indestructible and offer a homey look reminiscent of the vintage farmhouse kitchen.

Rubber—Today’s manufacture rubber flooring is environmentally friendly, often made from recycled tires, and offers a dazzling array of colors. They are durable, easy to clean, and easily withstand busy kitchen traffic while offering busy cooks an easy-on-the-feet surface.

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Feng Shui Tips that May (Or May Not) Change Your Life

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

By Barbara Pronin

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Feng Shui Your Green Valley AZ Home

Whether or not you believe in feng shui, the ancient Chinese philosophy that seeks to harmonize human existence, the fact is that many of the decorating guidelines inspired by feng shui simply make sense in terms of creating a tranquil and inviting home atmosphere.

HGTV feng shui consultant Suzanne Metzger suggests eight feng shui tips that may or may not improve your love life or bring you more money, but which may, at least, improve the look and feel of your living space:

To encourage romance –

Decorate in pairs – Create an image of partnership. Avoid putting a single chair in one corner, which suggests singularity. Hang pictures in pairs, and surround yourself with doubles, including such things as candlesticks and dual bookshelves.

Opt for a round dining table – Placing family and guests where everyone can see everyone else is important to building camaraderie, friendship, and even love.

Add whimsy to the bedroom – Add something whimsical, perhaps artwork, photos, or brightly printed pillows, that brings a smile to your lips – and try decorating with a splash of pink, the color associated with love, joy, happiness and romance.

Keep the kitchen clean – Feng shui proponents say keeping the stove clean and the fridge and pantry organized open pathways to love and serenity.

To attract prosperity –

Make your front door inviting – A pleasant front entry invites opportunity. The welcome mat should be bright and fresh, the door neatly painted or cleaned, and a pot of flowers or greens at or near the front door can be a welcome and lucky talisman.

Lose clutter and add plants – To encourage prosperity, create a vibrant, healthy, and clutter-free home. While clutter jams up good energy, life forces such as plants, flowers and fresh air are stimulants that inspire success.

Choose your favorite hues – Don’t decorate with the ‘in’ colors of the moment. Choosing fabrics and furniture that reflect your personal preferences can inspire friendship, sharing, and love.

Avoid water issues – Feng shui proponents believe drippy faucets are a sign of money going to waste. To attract money, repair any broken fountains, drippy faucets and the like, and avoid displaying water-based artwork above your bed.

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Glendale Glitters 2012

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

 

 Holiday Celebrations In Arizona

 

What is synonymous with holiday fun in the Valley of the Sun?  It is the Glendale Glitters Spectacular.  More than 1.5 million light illuminate the 16 block Historic Downtown area of Glendale during this FREE event that attracts thousands of visitors. 

You can visit this light extravaganza between now and January 12, 2013 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly.

Voted best Named Critics' Choice for the Best Festival in the Valley in 2008 by azcentral.com, this well loved celebration features hand-crafted holiday gifts, entertainment, horse drawn carriages, a children's winter wonderland and much, much more.

Arizona is a mecca for the very best holiday celebrations with events planned throughout the State between now and early January.  Check back to this website often for detailed information on the many celebrations and festivals or click here for a detailed calendar of what's coming up.  

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El Nacimiento Tucson Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

 

 Holiday Celebrations In Arizona

 

 

El Nacimiento is a Tucson treasure presented every year in La Casa Cordova

A special Tucson tradition is El Nacimiento which is on display in La Casa Cordova at the Tucson Museum of Art.  El Nacimiento means The Birth and is a traditional Mexican nativity scene.  For centuries, joyful and colorful Christmas celebrations of Mexican families have centered around Nacimiento displays in their homes.

This annual exhibition is an elaborate and very special version of cultural inheritance.  An intricate arrangement of hundreds of miniature figures combines the symbolism of the Spanish Colonial Catholic Church with the simplicity and faith of everyday existence in rural Mexico. Some of the scenes are from the Christmas story in the Bible; others show traditional Mexican village life with an accuracy that extends to the tiny replicas of kitchen utensils in country dwellings. The glow of a myriad of tiny lights binds the multifaceted collection of scenes into a magical fantasy world.

Truly a labor of love, the installation of this beautiful Christmas vision is done by a devoted daughter in memory of her mother.   Maria Luisa Tena spends months each year preparing and arranging the Nacimiento.  Her dedication to her mother's memory is the reason this age-old Mexican family custom is preserved and shared.  It has been delighting visitors since 1978. 

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Fiesta Feliz In Tucson Arizona December 2, 2011

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

 Holiday Celebrations In Arizona

 

 

Fiesta Feliz is an educational dance and music spectacular!  Journey with  Tio Vicente, from Puppet Mukik , through holiday traditions of the United States and Mexico.   Loved by young and old alike you don't want to miss the 11th Annual production that celebrates, through music and dance, cherished holiday customs. 

Be sure to make plans to attend this special event on December 2, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson, Arizona.  Buy your tickets online.

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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert
 
 

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#8 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Riordan Mansion State Historic ParkStep back in time and experience a great example of Arts and Crafts style architecture at the Riodoran Mansion.  This expansive home, turned State Historic Park, boasts 40 rooms in its 13,000 square feet and is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small territorial logging town. 

Built in 1904 in picturesque Flagstaff, Arizona, the Mansion features a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles.  The Riordan residence was designed by the creator of Grand Canyon's El Tovar Hotel, Charles Whittlesey.  Inside the historic home is an impressive collection of Craftsman furnishings with appointments by Edison, Stickley, Ellis, and Steinway.

Reservations are encouraged as the size of the personally guided 45-minute interpretive tours of the house are limited and fill up fast.  Essentially this park is an historic house museum.  In fact, the Visitor Center was formerly the family's garage and has introductory interpretive exhibits on the history of the Riordan Family, including a video.

In addition to the guided tour there is a Self-Guided Walking Tour that shows the Mansion's exterior points of interest. 

While the trip from Green Valley Arizona to Flagstaff is about 4 hours, with so much to see and do in the area not to mention places to stay that range from campgrounds to resorts, you'll want to plan on staying several days to enjoy everything this area has to offer.


Navajo National Monument In Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#4 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Navajo National Monument

 

 

 

Navajo National Monument features three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral people (Hisatsinom).  The Navajo people who live here today call these ancient ones, Anasazi.  The dwellings are nestled in the cliffs high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.  

These ruins are villages left behind in 1300 by prehistoric pueblo Indians--the Kayenta Anazi.  Built and occupied for only 50 years, the ruins represent the final settlement farmers who adapted to the area's scarce rainfall to grow crops, build houses and raise families, then mysteriously moved on. 

As you'll see by the video below, the half day round trip hike with a Ranger to this well preserved village from the 13th century is both scenic and educational. 

The Navajo National Monument, located west of Kayenta, Arizona features a visitor center with a museum, two short self-guided mesa top trails. two small campgrounds and a picnic area.  Rangers guide visitors on free tours of the Keet Seel (Kitsʼiil) and Betatakin (Bitátʼahkin) cliff dwellings. The Inscription House site (Tsʼah Biiʼ Kin), further west, is currently closed to public access.

Before planning your visit to the monument, check here for operating hours and seasons.

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Humphrey's Peak In Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#3 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

 

Humphrey's Peak is the highest natural point in Arizona, with an elevation of 12,637 feet.  For the outdoor enthusiast it offers a lung-searing, heart-pounding hike with panoramic vistas that shouldn't be missed. 

However, if you consider the 4.5 mile course to the top to be merely a means to the end, you'll definitely miss the many reasons to take on this steep and challenging mountain trail.  Along the way to the top you'll be treated to a thriving alpine forest streaked with rock slides and avalanche tracks as well as the scenic Hart Prairie stretched out at the base of the incline and a whole new perspective on the Grand Canyon that is easily visible on the horizon. 

As you near the upper reaches the trail becomes quite rocky.  Above the treeline you'll find yourself completely exposed to the whims of nature.  Here it may snow during any month of the year and a late summer monsoon storm can bring with it life threatening lightning strikes so be prepared to head for lower ground if a thunderstorm is brewing. 

But if you've ever wanted to experience standing on top of the world, here's a mountain peak in your own backyard that will give you an idea of how it might feel.  You can hike the Humphrey's Trail any time of the year, but you will need a back country permit if you are the die-hard type that wants to tackle it during the winter months. 

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Jerome Arizona

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#2 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

Jerome is a funky and friendly town that was precariously built on the side and top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) during the copper boom in territorial days.  Today this quaint town, known as America's Most Vertical City,  is a great place to shop, relax and enjoy life at a different beat. 

Tourists flock to this photographer's paradise to soak up the historical vide of this once thriving mining camp.  Now Jerome is an artists colony that boasts a population of 450 "counterculture" individuals, each with "unique" visions that are on display in the community's 40 galleries and studios.

Make a night of it with a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel, which was built as a Miner's Hospital in the roaring 20s.  As the highest public building in the entire Verde Valley, you'll enjoy breathtaking views and perhaps a few unexpected "ghostly" visitors.  The hotel was featured on the Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge where paranormal investigators compete against each other to find the most compelling evidence.  

You'll definitely want to add this modern day ghost town to your list of things to see and do in Arizona. 

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Antelope Canyon

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

Arizona's Centennial Celebration

#1 of 100 Things To See & Do In Arizona

In the land of the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona is a place called Antelope Canyon.  In this spiritual sanctuary ethereal light rains upon mystical shapes and patterns in natural shades that only Mother earth could create to such splendid perfection.  

Antelope Canyon is located about 3 miles Southeast of Page, and has two separate slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack and Lower Antelope Canyon or the Corkscrew.   The Upper Canyon is called:  Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo.   Lower Antelope Canyon, called called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches" by the Navajo, is located a short distance away.

 There is no better way than to revel in this natural wonder than through a personal Native American experience.  You'll hear  wonderful Native American stories from Chief Tsosie and his guides, with authentic Native American music resonating throughout the canyon. 

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