Canine Companions

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella  The relationship between humans and dogs has long been a natural part of life. For these Boise residents, their dogs are their family, going on hikes, cuddling and even visiting their offices. Learn how these locals welcomed their pets into their homes and what makes each of their canine companions so special.  Chelsea and Shaun Whitney 

Family Band

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Three years ago, Boise Lifestyle introduced readers to The Runaway Hamsters, a group of sibling musicians who raise money for children’s charities by sharing their talents. Since we last checked in with the band in 2015, they have had amazing success in achieving their goals and have raised thousands for the charities they support, such as Camp Rainbow Gold, Camp HODIA, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Humane Society and the Idaho Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry. They were also personally invited to be Jr. Ambassadors for the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Abby and Riley are patients there, and The Runaway Hamsters have shared their passion for helping others over the many visits and years they have gone there as patients.   With more than 1 million views on YouTube and a whirlwind tour across the country, the band has garnered national attention. They have traveled from Nashville to LA, opened for Andy Grammer, been nominated twice for a Grammy in the children’s category, taken part in the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas, played the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, and taken part in CMA festival in Nashville this summer. 

Volunteer Opportunities

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Provided  Philanthropy is a large part of what makes our community so special. Whether it’s donating your time, your belongings or food, Boise has many opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand. These three organizations, which all benefit children, are worth checking out.  Computers for Kids

Five Things to Expect When Adopting a Dog

 Article Kim Jones  In 2015, Coldwell Banker partnered with Adopt-A-Pet to encourage shelter dog adoption through their Homes for Dogs Project. Their initial goal was to rally CB’s vast network of offices and realtors to assist in finding homes for 20,000 needy pups, a goal that was met by September of that year. Now in its fourth year, the project has helped thousands more homeless and deserving shelter dogs find their forever homes. Locally, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group partners with the valley’s shelters to bring attention to the benefits of adopting. Jessica Ewing, executive director of Meridian Canine Rescue, shares the top five things to expect when you adopt.  1. The Ride Home: After you leave the shelter, there’s a moment on your way home when your adopted dog knows something is different. Life just changed for both of you, and you can see him start to adjust to the newness. Remember this moment. It’s your first step together.

Preparing Your Heart and Home

 Article Julie Meyer  For more expert advice, contact Kami Brant of O2 Real Estate at 208.713.1933.  3138 S. Bown Way, Boise, Idaho, O2RealEstateGroup.com

Beach Day, Idaho-style

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  Idaho beaches are a little different than their coastal cousins. They’re not next to the ocean, and the surf is typically river waves. They tend to be considerably smaller than those at the ocean, but when you have a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand, does that matter?   A day at the beach is still a day at the beach, and it’s a great place to cool off and relax on a hot summer day. Grab your beach chair, your cooler, a towel and some food, and relax at one of these spots. 

August 2018 Around Town

Boise Woman Recognized at Plexus Worldwide Convention Boise resident Emily Burgess was recognized for the success of her home-based business during Plexus Worldwide’s Legacy Convention, which hosted 11,000 people at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Burgess shared tips and personal experiences with ambassadors to help them grow their home-based businesses and achieve their goals for … Continued

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your years with: the grandfather who tells you old war stories at the Thanksgiving table, the uncle who brings you souvenirs from his travels or the aunt who can almost perfectly replicate your grandmother’s best pie recipe. Or maybe it’s the people … Continued

Patio Dining

 Article Julie Meyer  Patio dining is a great way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather we have here in Idaho.  We recommend trying one of these restaurants with great patios next time you are dining out.    Cottonwood Grille

Realtor Golf Tournament Raises Money for Nonprofits

Local real estate professionals raised more than $29,000 at the 2018 Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Realtors Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life through housing-related projects and grants. Held at Shadow Valley Golf Course, 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participated. This year’s event raised more than $9,000 more than in 2017.

Red Cross Honors Residents with Hometown Heroes Awards

The Red Cross of Greater Idaho celebrates humanitarianism with its annual Hometown Heroes Awards by bringing together community leaders, first-responders, emergency and safety personnel, businesses and others to acknowledge those who have saved the lives of others. Winners were honored in categories including water safety, fire safety, military, law enforcement, animal rescue and youth.