Articles by Mala Blomquist


Burn baby burn – the fat!

Forget that “fat-burning” setting on the treadmill. According to a new study published in Obesity, strength training is better at helping people lose belly fat compared with cardio. While aerobic exercise burns both fat and muscle, weight lifting burns almost exclusively fat. And don’t worry about turning into a bulky, bodybuilding champion if you start…


Delectable Desserts

Since bar/bat mitzvahs are all about kids, it’s no surprise that sweet treats hold a prominent place in the festivities. Some children even choose an entire candy-themed occasion with candy adorning everything from the décor to the dance floor. Here are some different ideas if you want to add some sweet fun to your simcha!…


An intimate Israeli bar mitzvah

Planning a bar mitzvah is stressful enough, but what if you had moved to an area where there wasn’t a large Jewish community and no Jewish day school? Such was the case for Mark Aronauer and his husband, Jack. They lived in Phoenix when their son, Mason, was in 3rd and 4th grade and he…


The Paper Place: Sisters in Stationery

In 1978, gasoline was 70¢ a gallon, a postage stamp was 13¢ and Scottsdale Fashion Square was a three-story open-air structure. That’s also the year that Judy Silver and her daughter, Nancy, opened The Paper Place on Marshall Way in Scottsdale. “Mom was a tennis player and housewife…I think she was tired of being a…


Parkinson’s PWR!Moves at the JCC

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale has always offered exercise classes, but people might not know that they also offer a special program for those battling Parkinson’s disease. PWR!Moves and PWR!Circuit were introduced at the JCC in January 2016 by Lynn Staub, a certified personal trainer. PWR stands for Parkinson’s Wellness…

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