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Valentine’s Trends for Your Little Loves

Valentine’s trends are a great way to add a bit of fun to your kids February.  Whether a major V-Day enthusiast or not, celebrating love can surely be the highlight of the potentially ho-hum month. The adorable trends are perfect for your little ones of all ages.

We’ve rounded up the cutest of the cute to make your month as easy as 1-2-3!

Design History - This lux line is in-demand amongst little fashionistas everywhere!  This Girls' Sweatshirt & Tutu Dress is high quality and  super stylish- absolutely perfect for showing Cupid your ready to party.  Design History is available at https://www.bloomingdales.com.

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LuLaRoe – The popular leggins from this company are noted to be “soft as butter.” I especially love their holiday lines for women and kids, which makes wearing festive apparel easy and fun!  Besides the popular leggings, LuLaRoe has a variety of fashions available, from dresses to tops and t’s! This company also pulls at our heart-strings  as they continuously find ways to bless lives and strengthen families.   Production and development that goes into each style, print and design touches the hands of thousands of artists and craftsmen around the world.  http://www.lularoe.com/

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Freshly Picked  - A celebrity favorite perfect for the glam girl in training, these super stylish moccs are 100% leather and feature a unique design with elastic at the opening. These tot-must-haves are easy to put on, easy to take off and most importantly, stay on your child’s feet. The soft-soled shoes come in many colors, are made with durable leather and are suitable for infants and toddlers alike. Moccasins fit true to size and are available in children sizes 1 - 10. The XOXO style is perfect for showing love all year long!www.freshlypicked.com

 

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Scottsdale Vampire Facial for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day commonly brings forth whimsical thoughts of picturesque roses, rich chocolates and intoxicating champagne. However, for those who think outside the box, glamour gurus, beauty masochists and anyone youthful-at-heart, the upcoming holiday may entice a need for blood.  Platelet Rich Plasma, to be exact.

A few years back, reality mogul, Kim Kardashian, and fashion model, Bar Refaeli, ensured the Vampire Facial nearly became a household name.  From celebrity favorite to the go-to -facial amongst any beauty enthusiast in-the-know, the Blood Facial results are meant to mimic a facelift, minus the downtime.  Since this sounded to good to be true, I decided to contact our friends at Affiliated Dermatology, a Phoenix-based company dedicated to skin health.  Here is what I discovered:

It’s all about the details:

The Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial, commonly called the Vampire Facial and / or Blood Facial, is a cosmetic procedure in which blood is extracted from your arm, the blood is then centrifuged to separate plasma and platelets from the red blood cells, and then the platelet-rich plasma is added back into your face. To guarantee ultra-absorption of the plasma into the skin, microneedling is performed before applying the plasma. This process speeds up collagen production and gets the blood flowing. It is often used treat wrinkles, dull skin, dark under-eye circles, and even stretch marks.  A Vampire Facial may be performed on any age group and requires minimal downtime - your skin may need 2-3 days to completely recover.

My facial experience: 

Of course, my interest is piqued and I needed to try this Vampire Facial.  Here is my personal experience:

First, numbing cream is slathered on my face while blood is drawn. I then bring out my laptop to get some work done while the numbing cream sets in and the staff spins my blood in a centrifuge, separating the platelets from the red blood cells. (This lasts about 40 minutes.)

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Next is the microneedling.  Basically, a specialized device is applied to the skin, creating thousands of micro-channels, or holes, that stimulate collagen production. Along with this, the platelet-rich plasma, aka blood, is added back into your face.  Thankfully, the numbing cream makes this procedure virtually painless.  (However, your imagination can easily get carried away with the constant drilling sound being made against your face!  The familiar sound is reminiscent of the dentist.)

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I left the office red as a tomato, but feeling excited, extremely optimistic, and pain free.  I even made a quick stop at Whole Foods post-procedure, going incognito in my oversized sunglasses.

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Day 2 was easy - I was able to cover any redness with my normal makeup regimen in order to attend an event!

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Day 3 was the most challenging day as my face felt sore, dry, and incurred a great deal of peeling.  Merely one day later, on day 4, my skin was dewy, glowing, and showed nearly no signs of having undergone a Vampire Facial!  (There was very minimal peeling on my face during day 4 and 5.)

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I am officially obsessed! It’s no wonder why this procedure is used amongst top models and reality television superstars!  It literally raises the bar on those typical (ahem, basic) facials while completely maximizing skin results. Skin problems like wrinkles, dull skin, and dark under-eye circles seemingly disappear while promoting a glowing, dewey complexion.

Special Promo!

Affiliated Dermatology is offering $150 off a package of 3 Vampire Facials - just mention the article when calling to schedule! To schedule your Vampire Facial with Affiliated Dermatology, visit https://affderm.com/contact-us/.

Let’s be Mermaids

Striving to live a fishy life is totally on trend for 2018.  In fact, we estimate that mermaid products will increased by at least 200% from 2017.  Girls and boys of all ages want to achieve mermaid status, and they surely have outlets to achieve there dreams.

Here are our top picks on how you can live on land (and in water) in true mermaid fashion. Of course, they are all tested and approved by Ariel herself.

Mermaid Tails- Any mermaid - wannabe must start by obtaining a magical mermaid tail. Fin Fun has created a line of 100 percent swimmable mermaid tails made in an array of custom-printed fabrics. Each and every mermaid swim tail from Fin Fun is designed to help traverse the deep seas (or the backyard pool, if that’s your style) just like all the most famous magical mermaids.

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Mermaid Shampoo and Conditioner - Being am mermaid can wreak havoc on your hair!  Think of summer swimming times one thousand! Luckily, Mermaid Shampoo and Conditioner gives hair all the vitamins and nutrition it needs to maintain healthy, luxurious hair with the fragrance of orange blossom flowers, coconut, ocean waves, warm sand and salt air.

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Mermaid Sweatshirt - For those inconvenient times out of water, mermaid apparel is an absolute must! Our favorite by Life Clothing Co features “Swim with mermaids, ride a unicorn, and fly to the moon” on a vintage tissue jersey long sleeve shirt. This tee features an oversized loose fit with a crop silhouette, perfect for lounging on rocks.

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Giant Mermaid Tail Pool Float - BigMouth Inc created a 5 feet long mermaid raft! It’s a big-time inflatable for time at the beach, pool, lake or river. Emerge from “under the sea” into the center opening, or just relax with a great book while you comb your hair with a plastic fork from the picnic table.

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Mermaid School - Throughout the country, Mermaid School is actually a thing this year.  Human swimmers—adults and kids alike—learn how to transform into shimmering, graceful mermaids with the help of artificial tails complete with colorful scales and broad, delicate fins. Before you can glide through the water, though, students have to learn how to swim with  a fin.

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Until next time, swim on!

Disney On Ice Follow Your Heart in Phoenix from January 18 – 21!

Mark your calendars!  We are days away from the premier of Disney On Ice Follow Your Heart in Phoenix!  Whether this is your first Disney On Ice experience or you’ve become a regular at the rink, this 2018 ice skating extravaganza is sure to be memorable for the entire family.  With performances at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix from January 18 – 21, 2018, the new show will feature Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends, including characters from the smash hit animated movies Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory and Inside Out.

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Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they help Riley find the confidence to win the big hockey game. Then, venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang.

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WHEN: January 18 – 21, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 187:00 PM

Friday, Jan. 19 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, Jan. 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Sunday, Jan. 21 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE: Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ  85004

TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $20 each!*

Kids (age 2-12) tickets available for only $15 each for select performances (discount offer only valid for Fri 10:30am, Fri 7pm, Sat 11am, Sun 12pm & 4pm shows; limit 2 kids tickets per full price Adult ticket purchased; not valid for premium level seating)

Discount Opening Night Ticket Offer:  50% off on select seating (not valid for premium level seating)

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW, AGE OF HEROES

Super hero action, thrills and drama is soaring, smashing and bursting into arenas across the country with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes.  The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil.  The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, is playing the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix from September 8 –10, 2017.

“Our tremendously talented creative team and a nearly super human cast, have created a show that brings the grandeur of Marvel to life,” said Juliette Feld, producer of Marvel Universe LIVE!  “Age of Heroes creates an experience that immerses families in non-stop action, creating movie-style thrills and jaw-dropping stunts that showcase the powers of your favorite Super Heroes right before your eyes.”

Called on by Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy join Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes on a momentous crusade against the scheming Nebula who teams up with the conniving and loathsome villains Loki and Green Goblin.  The incredible superhuman forces of Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow will unite in clashes that pit student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother.   Immersive video projection and cutting-edge special effects will captivate and transport audiences across the universe from the fantastical Savage Land to New York City and beyond.  Spider-Man and Wasp’s dynamic aerial stunts along with Captain America’s daring motorcycle skills will be on display in the ultimate race against time to save mankind.

“I’m extremely excited to work on Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes and bring the talents and powers of these amazing characters with such dimensionality to life,” said Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada.  “Audiences will be on the edge of their seat as they witness the outrageous stunts and fight sequences in truly a unique experience that puts fans at the center of the action.”

PHOENIX SHOW SCHEDULE

WHEN:         Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10

  • Friday, Sept 8                    7:00 PM
  • Saturday, Sept 9                11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, Sept 10                12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

WHERE:       Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ  85004

TICKETS:        Tickets start at $15 each!

Tickets now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit the venue Box Office.

 

Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big in Phoenix

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big in Phoenix from April 13 - 16.  Girls and boys of all ages are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to witness their favorite Disney Princesses come to life during this action-packed crowd-pleasing journey filled with singing, dancing and, of course, intricate skating.rsz belle

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers throughout Phoenix witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told in Dream Big. The entire audience will be transported to a magical place where dreams truly do come true. With her infamous enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell will take the audience on an adventure through the beloved Disney tales we have come to cherish. Expect to make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Then watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Next, travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget.

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WHEN:  Thursday, April 13 – Sunday, April 16

  • Thursday, April 13          7:00 PM
  • Friday, April 14               10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 15          11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, April 16             12:00 PM & 4:00 PM

 

WHERE:           Talking Stick Resort Arena – 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ

TICKETS:          Kids Tickets start at only $15 each for select seating

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Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Guy

Everyone is counting down the days to celebrate Valentine’s.  Not only do us ladies hope for some extravagances from our significant other, but we also like to pamper our special guy on February 14th. When our men are also our dads to our little ones, we have double the need for gift-giving.

This year, we have a list of must-haves for the ones that make our hearts flutter:

Have fun with Bug-A-Salt - Whether  a gun enthusiast or not, this modern-day fly swatter is a must!  Especially in Arizona, where flies will soon be taking over the Valley, a new nontoxic way to eliminate pesky bugs is welcomed.  It’s simple to use: A miniaturized shotgun effect is generated through this ingenious design. Ordinary table salt is utilized as a lethal projectile with accuracy range of within 3 feet. Bugs will remain whole for easy clean up. https://bugasalt.com

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Make them pretty with BeautyCounter –  Some men are open their love of beauty products and some men prefer to quietly samples our goods, but there is no denying men in Phoenix appreciate the ability to have great beauty products at their disposal.  This year, BeautyCounter has been all the rage – and they have two products that your man is sure to love. If you’re not familiar with this company, Beautycounter is committed to a health and safety standard that goes well beyond what’s required by U.S. law: They’ve banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals while ensuring all products perform and that they’re as indulgent as any other luxe shampoo, lipstick or oil in the market. http://www.beautycounter.com/

Charcoal Cleansing Bar -  The Charcoal Cleansing Bar detoxifies and absorbs impurities in your skin without drying it out, resulting in a smoother, brighter complexion. Made with antioxidant-rich, organic green tea and hydrating organic coconut oil, the gentle formula can be used daily on your face and body.charcoal-cleansing-bar_600_2

Purifying Charcoal Mask - A mineral-rich mix of kaolin clay and charcoal, Purifying Charcoal Mask works to gently exfoliate, draw out impurities and soothe. The formula helps improve skin's overall condition by refining the appearance of pores and increasing elasticity. Offers a purifying treatment for congested skin and a 10-minute spa-grade facial.charcoal

R&R with Massage Envy - Whatever life throws at you, it’s the daily wear and tear that takes its toll on your body. Massage does more than just relax the body and calm the mind, it also gives you the time to check in and tune up to help you be ready for more of this wonderful thing we call living. There are Massage Envy locations all throughout the Valley and they’re currently offering special Valentine’s Day discounts. https://www.massageenvy.com/massage envy

Personalization with Zazzle-  The online store, Zazzle, is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get nearly anything personalized.  This year, we’re opting for Customized Frosted Glasses for Valentine’s Day, which can be used all year round when your sweetie wants a cold one to end his night. https://www.zazzle.comzazzle mugs

Valentines Must-Haves for Mom & Daughter

Valentine’s trends are a great way to add a bit of glam to your February.  Whether you’re a love enthusiast or not, celebrating the official day of love can surely be the highlight of the potentially ho-hum month. The beauty trends on fleek this year are perfect for girls of all ages, so it’s no surprise that moms in the Valley are indulging in a bit of Mom & Me Dress up for their pre-date night celebrations.

Below are some of our favorite trends that are all $25 or under and perfect for work, the gym or holiday room-mom duties.

Leggins from Lularoe – Leggins from this company are noted to be “soft as butter.” I especially love their holiday lines as it makes getting dresses easy and fun!  LuLaRoe strives to continuously find ways to Bless Lives and Strengthen Families.   Production and development that goes into each style, print and design touches the hands of thousands of artists and craftsmen around the world. Leggins are approximately $25. http://www.lularoe.com/

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Heart T’s from Zazzle – Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect holiday T.  Luckily, the website, Zazzle, makes it ultra-easy to design custom looks for all-ages.  With a variety of styles, colors, fits and designs and the option to upload your own creation makes Zazzle a no-brainer.  T’s range in price but are approximately $25. https://www.zazzle.com

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Trucker hats from Mother Trucker – From celebrity moms to Scottsdale moms, Mother Trucker is all the rage amongst ladies that know how to have fun while staying stylish.  With youth and adult sizes with phrases including “Heart Breaker” and “#CUPID”, these hats are the perfect addition to your Valentine’s Look.  Hats are $25 at https://www.mothertruckerco.com.

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Beauty Must-Haves from Trust Fund Beauty – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this beauty line is helping girls look gorgeous. With  100% vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and GMO free products, Trust Fund Beauty is also safe to use. http://trustfundbeauty.com/

  • Lipgasm – Forget boring lipstick! Lipgasm at Trust Fund Beauty is for modern-day glam girls. From “Liquid Sex” (my current fave) to “ Right Now”, these fun and flirty colors are definitely must-haves. Lip colors are $22.TFB-LiqLipsticks_LiquidSex_e8b9cf68-52ba-468f-93f2-ea3b654463c7_1024x1024
  • Nail Polish – This year, popping color is all the rage and Trust Fund Beauty is conquering the market. Choose from colors like “Snow Job”, “Naughty By Design” and “Kiss Kiss Darling” for the perfect mani / pedi.  Nail colors range from $12- $15.TFB-Naughty-by-Design_NEW-LOGO-2016_1024x1024

Disney on Ice is Coming to Phoenix!

Families across Phoenix are becoming more excited by the day.  Disney on Ice is coming twice to the Phoenix-land area in early 2017; World of Enchantment will be here January 19 -22 and Dream Big plays from April 12 -16.

What is Disney on Ice?

An all ages event, Disney On Ice combines the incredible talents of world-class ice skaters and heartwarming Disney stories, lavish costumes, dazzling lighting and enchanting music to create an extraordinary show for families around the world. Each year, a new production of Disney On Ice is created to bring favorite Disney characters to families around the world. Audiences can sing and dance with their Disney friends such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, the Disney Princesses, and the Toy Story gang in a series of wondrous ice spectaculars. There are 8 different Disney On Ice productions playing to audiences around the world.

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More about World of Enchantment:

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. This year, Disney on Ice has added some new favorites to ensure fans of all ages have a magical time!

  • Before the how, Mickey and Minnie will host a special Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show.
  • The world of Frozen has arrived to Phoenix! Enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff as they learn that true love comes from within.
  • Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom.
  • Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney
  • Pixar’s Cars race across the ice!
  • The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure!rsz_anna_and_elsa

More about Dream Big:

Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Dream Big will be in Phoenix from April 12 -16.

Commonly asked questions:

Children’s tickets: In most arenas, children under 2 are admitted free provided they sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. However, public event laws vary nationwide from county to county, and some arenas may require all patrons, regardless of age, to have a ticket. Please contact your local arena to confirm their specific policy.

Length of show: Disney On Ice productions vary in length, but they average between one hour and a half to two hours. This includes a 15-20 minute intermission.

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Tickets and Location:

World of Enchantment tickets can be purchased at http://www.ticketmaster.com/Disney-On-Ice-presents-Worlds-of-tickets/artist/2095684. In January, Disney on Ice is performed at Talking Stick Resort Arena;  201 East Jefferson Street Phoenix, AZ 85004.

For additional information, please visit https://www.feldentertainment.com/Shows/DisneyOnIce/.

 

 

 

American Girl Celebrates New Years Day

If you and your mini-me are looking for a memorable way to begin 2017, American Girl has the perfect event for girls of all ages. As they launch their new Girl of the Year doll, they are hosting a 2–day event that is perfect for celebrating the New Year and spending quality time with your favorite little ones.

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Who: 2017 Girl of the Year – Gabriela McBride Launch Event

What: Celebrate both the new year and the new Girl of the Year, Gabriela McBride, at an in-store event at Scottsdale American Girl! Gabriela is passionate about the arts, and her favorite forms of self-expression are dance and poetry. In the spirit of Gabriela, girls will have an opportunity to watch and learn as spoken-word poets share their techniques as they perform at the store. While supplies last, attendees will receive a free giveaway and a sweet treat. Girls can also take part in a fun “marquee sign” craft, in a nod to Gabriela’s love of the performing arts. Suggested for girls ages 8 and up.

Where: American Girl at Scottsdale Quarter; 15059 N Scottsdale Rd #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

When: January 1 & 2, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://www.americangirl.com/retail/scottsdale.php.

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