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Kids Who Grow up in Multi-Generational Households Feel More Loved

An interesting thing happens when a single family household makes room for Grandma and Grandpa…everybody feels more loved and valued.  Starting at the top of the generational pyramid, combining households allows the senior generation to:

  •                 Give their time to childcare/car pool/housekeeping duties
  •                 Contribute financially to the whole family’s welfare
  •                 Live in a mentally stimulating, vibrant environment.

For the second, or “Sandwich Generation”— those who care for both their parents and children— the creation of a three generation household can significantly ease the press of day to day logistics.   In 60% of US households, (April 2015 statistics),


Multi-Generational Family Households

both parents working equates to “no time left over” for anything else…In single parent households, 90% of the adults work full time away from home, so the time press is even greater. When Grandparents can assume some of the chauffeuring for kids’ activities, grocery shopping, even waiting for deliveries and home maintenance visits, it reduces stress on the working adults in the family. Dependable after school care and oversight as the kids get older lifts a major financial burden from the parents as well. Even if the older family members don’t drive and are in need of assistance with their health and personal care routines, the family receives a significant gift of time and ease of mind to care for their parents in their own home.


But the most significant beneficiaries of grandma and grandpa just down the hallway come to the third generation.  Katie and Anna Myhr, whose grandmother lived with them for more than 15 years, say they “loved being with their Grandmother” every day after school, and like many other kids whose nurturing grandparents were woven into their lives, felt like they were more loved and cherished than other kids. Anna notes that it didn’t seem unusual for their grandmother to be woven into their lives, “it was just the way our family was.” Katie describes it as “comforting” when they were little and their grandmother made their after-school hot chocolate and snacks, but on the other end of the spectrum, “comforting” to be able to schedule her personal care assistance into their daily lives when she needed their help.


There are many advantages to the multi-generational household.

Sandy Myhr, whose mother Thelma Feehan lived with her and husband Bill for nearly two decades feels like there were so many advantages to the multi-generational lifestyle.  “At one point Bill and I each had a parent in our household. I think it was clear that it gave our parents a real sense of purpose to be helping us with the over-all household management, but it also gave structure to their daily lives, and made them feel wanted. When we combined resources from the sale of both of our homes, we could buy a well-designed house in Fountain Hills that gave us both space and privacy. “It wasn’t a ‘Grandma lives with us’ situation; both of us were owners of a single home.  And although it is not always easy when two adult women want to manage a single household ‘their way’, the plusses far outweighed the minuses. We never had to have the heart-wrenching “you just can’t live on your own” crisis because multi-generational living situations tend to transition into new form as the need arises.”

The numbers of two, three and even four generations sharing a home has nearly tripled in the US since the dawning of the new Millennium. While financial considerations may play a large part, new patterns of family life seem to be emerging, with each generation contributing to enrich the fabric of the family unit.

At Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate, we enjoy helping Multi-Gen Families find their happy place.  Contact us to see a variety of custom homes offering nurturing environments, beautiful views and fun outdoor spaces.

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Spring Break “Staycations 2017” Abound in Fountain Hills

Learning to ride horseback is one of the very special adventures available to Fountain Hills kids this spring break.  And what Arizonan doesn’t want to know how to ride?   Twelve lucky kids will have the experience of a life time learning about all things “horse.”  The riding lessons will include mastering some of the many grooming and care that creates that wonderful bond between horse and rider.


Horse Camp begins Monday March 13th.

Horse camp will start Monday, March 13th and will end Wednesday, March 15th. Drop your kids off at 8am and pick them up at 1pm.  The ranch is located in Rio Verde (about 25 minutes from Fountain Hills), and the price is $300 per child. The camp is limited to x12 kids, so sign up ASAP with Lori Bridwell at 480-471-3151. #springbreak #horsecamp

Fountain Hills Youth Theater’s Spring Break Camp wants to make your kid a “Star.” 

Maybe our local kids won’t make the “big Times” like Emma Stone, but we might be nurturing the next Oscar winner! Card tricks, magic, vocal and instrumental music, dancing, gymnastics—even aspiring stand-up comedy routines are invited to the 2017 Spring Break Camp at the Theater.


Begins on March 13th-17th .

This camp is devoted to taking each participant’s natural talents and developing them into an act for school talent show or other competitive auditions.  Each act will be part of the finale variety show to be performed for friends and family at the end of the camp. No need to be shy—this camp offers opportunities for all experience levels and all kinds of skills.


Due to differing Spring Break schedules, two full week camps are offered:

March 6-10, 2017 and March 13-17, 2017.

9am-12pm Half-day option $150* 9am -3pm Full-day option $250*

*Sign up by Feb 22 for $50 off early bird rate for full-day, $25 discount for half-day

Call 480-837-9661 x3 or visit

Fieldtrips, Fun and Hands-on Activities at Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club

Kids from 5 to 15 are welcome at the Boys and Girls Club Spring Break camp.  Age-


Boys and Girls Club Spring Break Camp

appropriate field trips delight both the younger and older ends of the age spectrum, and a variety of interesting activities are planned throughout the day. Kids will need to bring their lunch and two snacks each day.


Perfect for working families with busy schedules, the Fountain Hills Boys and Girls Club is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registered after-school program kids: $85 for first family member/$75 for additional kids.

Non-registered kids:  $110 for first family member/$100 for additional kids.

14605 N Del Cambre Ave, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Phone: (480) 344-5400


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The Ladies Take the Lead On Opening Night

The Fountain Hills Theater debuts the opening of play Ken Ludwig’s comedy, Leading Ladies on March 10th.  In this hilarious gender-bending comedy, two Shakespearean actors find themselves down on their luck, and when they hear that an old lady is about to die, they try to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives, and get the cash.

leadingLeading ladies is produced by Patty Torrilhon and directed by Petey Swartz. It stars; Terry Gadaire, Donna Georgette, Alexia Lorch, Dan Marburger, Morgan Ottersbach, Karl Roger Perry, Darryl Poenisch and Roger Prenger. Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.

Leading Ladies will play March 10 -26, 2017 Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $30.00 for Adults and $23.00 for Youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5.00 discount on all Thursday and Saturday performances. Group rates and student rush discounts are available. Veteran and Active Duty discounts. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3 or by visiting Box Office Hours are 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

For additional information not contained in this press release, please call Fountain Hills Theater Artistic Director, Peter J. Hill at (480) 837-9661 EXT. 7.

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2017 Fountain Hills Saint Patrick’s Day Festivities: Everything You Need To Know

There’s no better place to celebrate the Wearin O’ the Green than FountSt-Patricks-Day-Printable-Leprechaun-Juiceain Hills’ Fountain Park.  Relax on the grass at the Amphitheater as the day unfolds with Irish music, contests, games for the kids, and—of course—great food and beer.

On, Friday, March 17th, at 9:00 am visit Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate  as we serve up Irish Coffees, Irish Pastries, and lots of shenanigans throughout the day.  We’ll have green beads and other fun St. Patrick’s items to help you “get your green on!”

At 10:00 am, Magic Bird Festivals Presents: Fountain O’Green Artisan Market, that will be held on459c61e1bcf9534411cbf79b8b1b1d88 the weekend of March 17th-19th. There will be 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, holiday themed vendors, live music, and dance performance are planned.

At 12:00 pm, stroll down to Fountain Park to watch the Greening O’ the Fountain and then make your way down Avenue of the Fountains to  participate in the community activities.

At 3:00 pm, head to down to Parkview Ave, to celebrate Arch Mehaffey’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off. There will be food vendors, a beer tent, music, and loads of chili. The Annual Chili cook off will benefit Extended Hands Food Bank, and will host a food drive. If you are a chili fanatic, and love to make a mean bowl of chili, sign up to show off your cooking skills. There will be a cash prize for the best chili, and festivities will continue until 10:00 pm.

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Fly High This Weekend with the 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival in Fountain Park

It’s that time of year when people yearn for spring. People are inspired to step outdoors on a more regular basis, enjoy the warmer weather, and perhaps watDSC07635ch the colorful kites take to air during the 15th Annual Kite Flying Festival “Basant Mela”. This exciting event is presented by the Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization, and it is a celebration to celebrate the arrival of spring. Kite flying is a cultural tradition that is common in India and Pakistan.

One of Arizona’s largest kite festivals is one of a kind of event, and sponsored by the town of Fountain Hills. Families are encouraged to bring their own kites, or purchase one for a nominal cost of $5.00. Last year many of the kites flown were large custom made kites, and Fountain Park provided the right wind conditions for an amazing kite flying kiteflying6experience. In addition, there will be live music, various ethnic foods, henna tattoos, and the star of the festival “hundreds of flying kites.”

Last year, approximately 2000 people attended the festival, and this year another 2000 people are expected. This year’s festival  is on March 11th, and will begin at 11:00 am, and go on throughout the day until 6:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the Pakistan Information and Cultural Organization at 480-586-1840 or through email at

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The Cactus Cup: Time to Get Tough

March 10-12, 2017

The Cactus Cup is one of the toughest competitions of its kind in the Country.  Three days of completion, including a 40-mile single day race, will challenge even the most seasoned riders.  Professional teams sponsored by bicycle manufacturers from around the world send their riders to this competition in the hopes that their equipment will emerge victorious.  Both amateur and pro riders compete for daily and over-all cash prizes. Cash purse is $3500.

MBA_1tomac1000Specialized Bikes is the named sponsor of this event, which started in 1991.  Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Cycles is the Main Stage sponsor for the after-race party, featuring the band, “Elvis Before Noon.”

The race also includes a junior category for Mountain Bike Racers aged 12-18 years old, with a free Specialized branded helmet given to the first 50 youngsters who sign up. This race is for serious bikers, as it covers the full three-day gamut.

The cutest event of the three-day schedule is the “Strider” class race for kids from 2 to 5 years old. These cuties will compete on “Striders”, a unique balance bike designed to make it easy and fun for beginners who will compete for ice cream and prizes.

This event is a spectacular opportunity for action photography.  There is an admission fee for McDowell Mountain Park, but the event is free for spectators.

Details about the cash awards, course descriptions, after party and sign up links are available at:

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Making a Difference: The Home Delivered Meals Program of Fountain Hills

Life moves fast. Many of us lead busy lives, and if we don’t stop and reflect occasionally we miss the things that matter most to us. Perhaps one of the most important things that matter the most in our lives is the importance of volunteering. Many of us intrinsically believe that the meaning of life has something to do with helping people.Volunteering  gives us the satisfaction of incorporating service into our lives, and making a difference in our communities.

The Home Delivered Meal Programs of Fountain Hills is making an incredible difference in the community and in the lives of the people they serve. In 1990, Marti Lemieux founded the Home Delivered Meal Programs with the mission of providing nutritional meals for individuals of all ages living in Fountain Hills who required meal assistasam_1194nce. The Home Delivered Meals Program helps individuals recovering from surgeries or hospital stays.
Meals are prepared fresh daily by the staff of Fountain View Village. The noon-times meals consist of a three-compartment hot-tray with a main dish, side dish, and a vegetable. In addition, the individual receives a cold sack with a pint of milk, salad, fruit, and a dessert.  On special days throughout the year, several civic organizations will provide a personal touch to the meals by adding a holiday favor such as a holiday card handmade by the Girl Scouts, or a handmade arrangement provided by the Four Peaks Women’s club. The portions of the meal are adequate, and for some individuals is enough for two servings. Meals are picked up at Fountain View Village, and currently delivered within a time-frame of 90 minutes. Meals are delivered seven days a week, including major holidays

The Home Delivered Meals program is unique, and is more than just a meal. All deliveries sam_1195are delivered by volunteers in which they provide a wellness check on the individual, and sometimes the volunteers are the only social contact that these individuals have on a daily basis. If individuals don’t answer the door or not able to be reached by the phone, or their emergency contact is not accessible, the Home Delivered Meals volunteers often alert staff about individuals needs and will contact the Sheriff’s Office to perform a check on the individuals’ well-being.

The volunteers of the Home Delivered Meals program are the backbone of this program. One of the largest volunteer based organizations in Fountain Hills with over 200 active volunteers. The program has seven daily coordinators, one volunteer each day, and teams of two volunteers who deliver the meals. Each team of volunteers deliver meals once per month. If regular teams are not available, then substitute teams are used to help deliver.  These volunteers are truly the heart and soul of this program, and the satisfaction they receive by making one individuals day by delivering a meal is rewarding.

If you are interested in volunteering in this amazing program, or wanting more information, you may contact Nita Blose, Home Delivered Meals Program Coordinator, by phone at 480-816-5226 or email at  Or stop by the Activity Center from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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Before & After Fountain Hills Home Makeover: 10 Interior Design Tips for Family Friendly Design


We wanted to capture a recent interior transformation of a family home for sale in Fountain Hills that underwent a major overhaul.  The family updated the flooring and interior paint to brighten up and modernize the home, and hired Fountain Hills interior designer, Gina of Gina B. Designs & Home Staging, to assist with space planning, lighting and incorporating their furnishings with a new layout. Gina draws from her experience as an interior designer, wife and mom of two young girls to help busy families design and space plan their home.  This blog post captures the incredible before and after transformation of this home, along with Gina’s tips and tricks for family-friendly interior design:

1. Design the space for how you and your family live

People oftentimes get inspired by what they see on a design show or a magazine, but are not practical about how it fits with the way they live.  The result can be a room that is designed for show, but never utilized.  The family wanted a casual and inviting entry that was also functional.  The family’s DIY coat rack was paired with a simple bench along with accessories and a wicker basket for extra storage. The elements of the room were tied together with an wrought-iron orb chandelier and a playful, stain-resistant entry way rug.
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2. Don’t be afraid of color and texture

There are so many easy ways to incorporate color and texture with accessories like pillows, curtains, and throws to add dimension and warmth.

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3. Don’t underestimate the value of lighting

Light fixtures can dramatically set the tone of a room and can make an ordinary space extraordinary.  The dining room chandelier makes an impact for the living/dining room while the sconces add balance to the tableau wall art.

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4. Ample storage for kids stuff

Always have a home for where your kids put their things, that way they know where everything should go.  Label with pictures, names, etc. so they know where their toys are supposed to go when they are put away.  The homeowners utilize their entertainment center for storing all of their son’s toys in this room.

5. Declutter the room to make the space work

The living/dining room felt cluttered because there was too much furniture in it.  The designer removed oversized pieces and rearranged furnishings to make the space look and feel more organized and pulled together.  It also makes a space feel more relaxing.

6. Add visual interest by incorporating the unexpected

The homeowners were reluctant when a modern crystal chandelier was recommended for the master bedroom, but now it is one of their favorite elements of the room.

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7. Don’t be afraid to combine modern and traditional pieces

In the family room, Gina selected a second hand mahogany end table, a classic striped chair, an antique looking wall clock and lantern to complement the family’s modern furnishings. She utilized sheer, geometric curtains to keep the room feeling light and anchored everything with a traditional rug.

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8. Have a space for the kids

The homeowners son’s coveted train set was the focal point for the playroom/bonus room.

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9. Don’t wait to decorate

Many families don’t invest in new furniture or décor until their kids are older. Your home is your sanctuary, where you relax, unwind, and create memories as a family. You should love the environment that you live in.

10. You don’t need to break the bank in order to have a beautiful home

Although Gina’s background has included interior designing multi-million dollar homes for a high end home builder, she contends that you don’t need to break the bank to have a well-designed home. Gina loves working with families who want their home to reflect who they are and how they live.  She lives in and practices out of Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Have any interior design questions for Gina?  Please comment on this blog post or contact Gina B. Designs and Custom Staging

To view more photos of this home click here. Contact Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate for more information.

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The Great Fair: A Unique Experience for Everyone

For 31 years, the Fountain Hills Great Fair is a three-day art fair featuring the work of over 500 artists from around the United States. Free to the public, this juried event highlights a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry and pottery. The event also showcases culinary artisans alongside local vendors selling hangreat-fair-21dmade candies, chocolates, honey, salts, pasta and seasoning mixes. The Food Courts at each end of the shows feature walking munchies, snacks and full meals.  Many of the most favorite food venues are seasonal fundraisers for local service clubs.  There is a wide variant of musical talent, performing and selling CD’s to more than 200,000 people who attend this annual event.

Eighteen different food booths and convenient local cafes offer a wide arrangement of culinary delights. Center stage area, Beer Garden and East-end food court have lots of seating to have a munch and look over your wonderful “finds.” Great breakfast, lunch and rest stops are situated at locations in the middle and great-fairat both ends of the festival area.  Drop in and see us at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate on the Avenue of the Fountains…we love to see the wonderful treasures you’ve found…

  • Live music entertainment
  • Shaded seating areas
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking

The entire area is handicapped accessible, and scooters available for rent at the intersection of Verde River Drive and the Avenue of the Fountains. As a consideration of others, to please leave your pets at home for everyone’s safety and enjoyment during the Fair!

Learn more at

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24, 25, 26

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Avenue of the Fountain/Saguaro Blvd.

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5 Reasons to Catch up on All Things Cactus League

Baseball is back and that means it’s time to catch up on all things Spring Training. The Cactus League provides the most  “Fan Friendly” Baseball experience in tusa-today-8422904-0he Valley of the Sun.  Fifteen Major league teams, perfect weather, and the ultimate fan experience —
autographs, “selfies” with the stars of Major League baseball is a thrill for young and old. Here are five reasons to attend Spring Training:

  1. Baseball, Baseball, and More Baseball

It’s the reason for the season. You get to see the great game up close in cozy ballparks in a laid-back atmosphere. Scottsdale Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants, is the perfect setting.

  1. The weather

In February and March, the Valley of the Sun enjoys just about perfect weather. Most days, the skies are clear, the sun is shining and the temperature is in the mid-60s.

  1. The access

It’s startling how close fans can get to Major League players during spring training. Especially the first couple of weeks before games are in full swing and players are working out on the back fields. You can almost bump into Adrian Beltre or Cole Hamels without even necessarily trying.

  1. The sightseeing

Try McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 40 minutes west of Scottsdale Stadium, or take a day trip up to Fountain Hills, where you can visit one the “World’s Highest Fountain” which sends a peaceful jet stream of water 560 feet into the beautiful clear blue sky.

  1. The Sprawling Collection of Wonderful Communities

The sprawling collection of surrounding communities, such as Fountain Hills and Scottsdale, all have their own unique qualities while sharing baseball. You’ll never run out of good places to eat or shops to browse.

More than 200,000 fans from all over the country gather in the Valley of the Sun for to enjoy their favorite National League and American League teams, and tickets can sell out fast for popular match-ups.  Come into Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate to pick up your 2017 Cactus League Spring Training Guide or download here: sonoran-lifestyle-real-estate-spring-training-guide.


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