Highest Temperatures of 2019 Take Over Phoenix, Arizona

The state of Arizona is famous for its’ Grand Canyon, Sedona, a large entertainment landscape, and most importantly, extreme blistering heat. Yes, this is the time of year that those living in the Valley of the Sun dread the most. While families across the country enjoy outdoor BBQs and vast hikes through nature, Phoenix residents are retreating to the air-conditioned confines of their homes. While our winters see beautiful, moderately cool temperatures, the summertime rears it’s vengeful head with temperatures that often fall into the triple digits. Very few places in the world experience such harsh weather. Oh well, at least it’s a dry heat, right?

No week in the year of 2019 has seen such an abrasive onslaught of high temps as much as this week. On July 11, 2019, Phoenix experienced the hottest day of 2019. Temperatures skyrocketed to 114 degrees Fahrenheit. It sounds quite outrageous to those who do not live in this area. How does one even survive such unhabitable weather? Well, the gift of the A/C of course! It is recommended that Phoenix residents stay indoors throughout the day, only going outside at the break of dawn, and well into the night. Of course, be sure to stay hydrated. If you want to have a fun day out, check out my blog post detailing the best places to go in Phoenix when it is too hot spend a day out in the sun.

Oh well, at least it’s not as bad as it was on June 26, 1990. That was Phoenix’s record-breaking high, at 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Growing up in Phoenix, it seems as though all those who were there that day remembered it. I was often told how Sky Harbor Airport had to redirect flights, as the heat on the cement was far too hot for the airplane tires to withstand. The day seemed to be the stuff of legends.

All throughout the next week, temperatures are expected to top 110 degrees. It’s just what we put up with, living where we are. Remember residents, in months when people in northern states experience hazardous blizzards, we see breezy, cool weather. Why do you think we get so many snowbirds? It’s simply a trade-off. So fellow Arizonans, be sure to stay hydrated and do not go outside, unless it is absolutely necessary. It may be unpleasant now, but you’ll have the last laugh in December. While you’re sitting by the pool, drinking margaritas, others will be retreating from blizzards.

Fun places to go in the Phoenix, Arizona area when temperatures get hot, hot, hot.

Summertime has come and the infamous Phoenix summertime temperatures are closing in. Tis’ the season when many residents in the Valley of the Sun are questioning why they willingly chose to live in Arizona. (It is quite easy to forget that Phoenix sees beautiful breezy winters and the refreshing spring temperatures that would make many envious). Being outdoors is currently hazardous due to the sweltering sun. For your safety, it’s best to stay indoors where the AC is blasting.

I have lived in Arizona nearly my whole life. Growing up in North Phoenix has taught me that you don’t have to spend a day out to have a fun day. There is something inherently relaxing about a nice day-in, whether that’s in your home or in a mall. Here are some places that my family and I like to go when the heat gets blistering.

Scottsdale Fashion Square. This mall has been a love of my mother and sister since they first stepped foot in the mall in 2000. I remember being small and marveling at the exquisite store-fronts; it was like stepping into a luxurious dream. This mall features many luxury stores, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Neiman Marcus, and more. If those stores are out of your price range, there are tons of mid-level priced stores such as Hollister, Macy’s, and GAP.

Desert Ridge. This is another shopping center, only outdoors. It sounds crazy to go to an outdoor shopping mall during the Arizona summer, but hear me out. This mall contains water misters to cool guests off while shopping. The stores here are more mid-price range, so this mall may be better to hang out at while on a budget. This mall has a large Dave and Buster’s that gives you a fun indoor family arcade night. There are plenty of restaurants and large stores such as DSW, Target, and Kohl’s, you can retreat to on a hot summer’s day.

Indoor trampoline centers. Many large retail spaces have opened up, due to consumers shopping online now more than ever. With so many empty retail space, trampoline and activity centers have made their way in. This option is great if you have children; this option will release some pent-up energy and blow off some steam (all while keeping your family cool). Altitude and Skyzone Trampoline centers are located in the Scottsdale-Phoenix area and are sure to create some fun family memories.

Waterparks. Who doesn’t love a waterpark? All the adrenaline junkies are in luck, as the Phoenix area is home to many great waterparks, such as Hurricane Harbor in Glendale and Big Surf over in Tempe. A day out on the waterslides is sure to be fun for all ages,so pack up your towels and swimsuits and go!

Many dread the Arizona summer. Snowbirds are known to avoid the Arizona heat like the plague. But don’t let the extreme weather stop you from enjoying yourself. You need to be sure to stay hydrated and stay in the A/C as much as possible. So come on and beat the Arizona heat.

ASU “Best Bang for your Tuition Buck”

ASU once known as the party school has changed under the leadership of Dr. Michael Crow.  It is no longer seen as the party school with over 70K students it is a large school and it is finally getting the reputation it deserves.  In Princeton’s “Best Bang for your buck” 2018 ASU has made it to the list.  You can read the full report here https://asunow.asu.edu/20180117-asu-news-princeton-review-colleges-pay-you-back-list

Arizona State University is gaining national recognition for its quality and excellence which makes me very proud of out top State School.

Arizona Restaurant Week


Few weeks excite us foodies here in Arizona like Arizona Restaurant Week  

Every year at the start of the summer and at the end Arizona Restaurants come together and create menus for a fixed price which are available to its patrons.  The meals are typically 3 course and all taxes and gratuities are extra.  The prices in 2018 range for $34 to $44 per person.  For years I have taken advantage of these offers and its is especially good to try the very expensive restaurants like Morton’s.  Although it is still hovering in the 100’s in Arizona for Zonies that is a cool down so its off to the best restaurants in town to celebrate at a great price.  It really is a great idea and one that I take advantage of every year.  So check out the link above surprise your partner and wine and dine them in some of the best eateries in Arizona and there are many.  You will need to book a table either with the restaurant or on Open Table as they get pretty full this week.

Justin Billingsley Arizona

Arizona immediately brings to mind heat, heat and more heat.  Yes its true in Summer its all about the heat.  If you are not afraid of the heat it is a great time to visit for the best prices for hotels, Spa and golf (If you can golf in 110 degrees that is, not for the faint hearted).   If you love blue skies great temperature and  some amazing hikes in January when there is 5 feet of snow in other places then Arizona is for you.

I am Justin Billingsley, Arizona native and sometimes blogger about our great State, the food, the people and Real Estate.


Why I Got into Food Blogging

I have long been passionate about healthy eating. I am also vehemently opposed to animal product consumption, with a deep understanding of the ethical obligations of veganism. All throughout most of my life, I ate unhealthy. I had no regard for what I put into my body. Eating vegetables seemed more like a chore and an obligation, as opposed to a choice. In a society which is filled with junk food at every street corner, many of those who want to eat healthy do not know where to even start.

Healthy eating not easy and accessible to many. In America, our social lives often revolve around alcohol and unhealthy food. Veganism is often looked at as an extreme and unreasonable lifestyle. Many of those who desire to be fit and healthy view it as something which is only attainable for the young and privileged in society. I want healthy vegan eating to seem accessible and attainable to all.

I want to provide an online presence of accessible clean and healthy eating. I want to be the blog that I would have needed when I first started eating healthy.

My biggest tip to those who want to develop a social media presence is to develop an online presence that the past you would have needed.