Kuma’s Adventures

Camping at Woods Canyon Lake   Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Oh, happy day! My mom and dad loaded up our camper, and that meant we were heading to the hills. I settled into my kennel for the ride up. I never know if it will be a short or long drive since we can sleep in our camper. This particular drive was about three hours from North Phoenix. We went through Fountain Hills on State ...

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Fall Fun

Wood pumpkins, leaf faces and scarecrows, oh my!   Story and photos by Shannon Fisher Fall is finally here in AZ! Here are some easy crafts to celebrate. Wood pumpkins are fun to paint and decorate. We ordered ours from a local wood maker, but they sell them at crafts stores as well. You can use acrylic paint to make the colors of your choice. You can also use paper covered with Mod Podge to create ano ...

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Remembering the Blessings

Creative ways to be thankful with family this holiday season   By Pastor David and Kelley Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church/ Standing Stones Christian Academy Do people look at your family and think it should be the poster family for the next Hallmark movie? That’s nice that others think that, but you know the truth. As the calendar turns to November, hearts and nerves begin to focus on Thanksgiv ...

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Classy Crafts

4 easy DIY school supplies to make at home   By Madison Rutherford The smell of fresh pink erasers and clean white binder paper is in the air, which can only mean one thing – the first day of school is fast approaching. While you may have to hit Staples or Target for standard stuff like highlighters and pencils, there are plenty of supplies you can make at home for cheap. These four personalized DIY id ...

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Autumn Aesthetic 5 interior design tips for your home this fall

By Lynette Carrington Cooler temperatures are right around the corner as we simmer into the fall months. Making some easy and inexpensive design adjustments to your home can put you in the fall mood and bring a festive atmosphere to your living space. Certified home stager and redesigner Lori Kinsale of Clean Lines Staging in Anthem has developed five fun ideas to incorporate fall color, décor and design in ...

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Edifying Education

Standing Stones Christian Academy to open soon   By Shelley Sakala If you’ve recently driven on North Valley Parkway, you may have noticed a new structure rising from the fields. Standing Stones Christian Academy will soon be open. For more than a decade, Standing Stones Community Church has been serving Phoenix from its original campus on 16th Avenue, providing worship services, spiritual growth, and ...

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Northern Colorado Explorations

Kuma enjoys the view from Pinewood Lake.   Told by Kuma & Written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith Before moving to Phoenix, my family took me on many an adventure in Colorado, where I was born. I was just a pup then and wasn’t into blogging yet. Now that I’m all grown up, I enjoy sharing my adventures with my faithful fans—that’s you. One such outing was to Pinewood Lake located in Northern Colorado. Pinew ...

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Quick Crafts

Try these simple projects to help your kids get into a school bound state of mind. By Shannon Fisher, Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography   Summer flew by and kids are getting set to head back to school. With that in mind, here are some crafts to get the kiddos thinking about the school year ahead of them. Bookmarks Bookmarks are easy to make with ribbon and little stuffed animals, felt, fleece, or st ...

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Live by the Seven

Veteran Patrick Crouse shares his family’s code with a supportive community.   By Gabi Jenkins Patrick Crouse is one of many in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. His family’s history in the military dates back to the 1700s. From the Revolutionary War to World War II, Patrick’s family has served in the milary in any way they could. It’s a tradition to continue the legacy of his gran ...

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