A Very Boise Holiday

Boise has many dazzling and magical activities for the entire family to enjoy in our community during the holiday season. With so many holiday-related events, festivals, bazaars and displays to experience, it can be hard to find the balance between celebrating and feeling overwhelmed. It takes some planning and prioritizing, but making time for family, friends and cherished traditions is what makes…

Holiday Wreaths 101

There is nothing more welcoming than a beautiful seasonal wreath. Wreaths have been used as a decorative sign of the season for hundreds of years and can adorn any part of your home. In many homes, this symbol of growth and everlasting life can be found both inside and out.

Five Reasons to Get Excited About Winter

I understand winter can be a trying time for some folks in the Treasure Valley. Sometimes it seems like we get the bad aspects (icy roads, inversions and cold temperatures) without many of the recreation opportunities that our friends in the mountains enjoy.

Just Serve

JustServe.org has a chance at happiness for everyone. According to an article from Time.com, the secret to happiness is helping people. But according to an article from the Stanford Center for Longevity, although more than 90% of people want to volunteer, only about 1 out of 4 Americans do. Stanford's researchers found three common barriers to volunteering. The first is the…

Chains of Inspiration

 Boise residents are an inspirational bunch.  Their actions regularly kindle other’s desires to try out a new hobby, volunteer, take up a cause or even set out on a career path.  On the surface, it may be hard to see the connection between a master electrician, an educator, a renowned conductor and a pastor. But inspiration links each of these…

Give Your Kids a Taste of Culture

Teaching kids about different cultures is a great way to defeat stereotypes, break down barriers, and help kids value and respect people who are different from them. So why not give your kids the opportunity to experience the many cultures that make up our diverse planet and country? A fun way to explore our diversity is by trying out foods and mealtime customs of other nationalities and unique…

Great Grandma Alta Nova’s Chess Pie

My Grandma Alta Neal was well-known for her love of entertaining. The more people she could feed under her roof, the happier she was. She baked for weeks prior to every Thanksgiving. Cookies, bars and pies filled dozens of tins, Tupperware, and movie reel cans on her glass-enclosed deck. The deck became a sort of holiday "treat room" and every kid's dream! My brother…

New Season, New Reasons to Get Outdoors

Part of the beauty of being an outdoors person living in a four-season town is you’re always ending one season and preparing for the next, and November is a prime example of that. You never really know what you’re going to get. You could be hiking or mountain biking in the Foothills in a T-shirt or carving the first powder…

Worth the Trip

Portland is the perfect foodie destination. The city’s culinary scene spans a myriad of cuisines—every style, genre and ethnicity can be found in the city, whether it be at a corner food cart or a fine-dining restaurant overlooking the beautiful Willamette River.

An Idaho Hunting Guide for Nonhunters

Hunting is an enjoyable sport, a family tradition for many Idahoans and an amazing way to get healthy, 100% organic protein compliments of Mother Nature.

The Evolution of Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse (2455 Harrison Hollow Lane) has been at the forefront of Boise’s craft brewery movement since 1992.

A Man in Orders

Chef Lou Aaron (the Westside Drive In) is an icon. Idahoans have seen his appearances on the Food Network with Guy Fieri and Alton Brown or have caught his cooking demonstrations on KTVB. His story is well known: Lou is a hometown boy who does good.

Discover Idaho’s Great Lakes

Idaho is known internationally for its abundant, free-flowing rivers, but that sometimes means its amazing lakes and reservoirs are overlooked. In every region of the state, there are lakes with postcard scenery, cool, clean water and lots of fun things to do.

Dressing Your Truth

Picking an outfit causes us some to groan. We may have plenty of options in the closet, but are they right? Can a 30-year-old woman wear the same thing as a girl in her 20s? Believe it or not, a number does not define you in any way.

Enjoy Autumn in the Treasure Valley

As the weather turns cool, the Treasure Valley is filled with many opportunities for new and time-tested activities. Area hikes are pleasant as the fall colors appear on the trees. Apples and pumpkins remind us of the traditions that harken back to past years. Choose one or more of these possibilities for enjoying this season. 

Health Hacks

For the past 20 years, I have studied health, fitness and performance while personally testing every nutritional protocol and bio-hack imaginable in a quest to unleash the full power of the human body while enhancing longevity. During that time and across multiple global platforms, I have provided more than 150 million people with life-changing content to transform their bodies, health and self-confidence.

Paw Patrol

Most of us have a special place in our hearts for our pets, and they easily become members of our families. The same can be said of the working dogs in our communities. They quickly establish a place in the hearts of those they interact with during their jobs. Arco and Marymae are two such dogs—fantastic in their individual fields,…

Room to Grow

Creating spaces at home where your kids will want to spend time and bring their friends is a key factor in the design process for Jade Enzler designer for Maddyn Homes.

What I Brought Back

This year, my family and I went to Puerto Rico. This was our first trip to the Caribbean, so we were excited about seeing the island. I had to go on three planes to get there, so it seemed like it was really far away. Luckily, my mom brought lots of snacks, some coloring and movies to watch on the…

It’s All About Shapes, Forms and Colors

I wouldn’t say that there was a singular moment when I suddenly realized that I was an artist. I’ve had a few moments where I noticed my perspective changed dramatically because of art.

Life Lessons

With years of experience in their fields and a passion for what they do, these Boise businessmen share some of the lessons they have learned along the way. They have overcome obstacles, challenged themselves and had some fun along the way. Each has found success doing what they love.  

Sliding into Summer at Idaho Ski Resorts

The clear, cool air, seemingly endless views and lush green slopes make ski areas as attractive in the summer as they are when swathed in snow and skiers carve gentle arcs across the mountain.

Survive and Thrive on a Mountain Campout

I won’t lie; I’m not a fan of Treasure Valley summers. It’s too hot for my temperate body and mild-mannered soul. I love the long days of summer, but I make a beeline to the mountains and crank up Mother Nature’s air conditioner—a fresh mountain breeze.

Silvies Valley Ranch

Just a short drive from Boise via Highway 20, adventure awaits at The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch.

Broadway Comes to Boise

Boise is blessed to have access to a variety of cultural events, music and dramatic presentations. Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center bringing world-class live performances to our community. 

Get Ready to Shred!

It's hard to find a watercraft that can top the thrill of a modern wakeboarding boat. If you want to wakesurf 8-13 mph and go for your first 360-spin or even kick up the speed to 18-23 mph and master your inverts, you’re going to need a wake boat.

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path?  I worked as a commercial fisherman and served in the military before deciding to attend college. I knew if I was going to spend the time, money and energy required to get a degree, I wanted a rewarding career. Journalism was a good choice because it's challenging, interesting and lets me make a…

Lessons in Life

 Lori Otter  Real Estate Professional, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services SilverHawk Realty  Life Lesson: Set Boundaries

Step into the Boise Foothills

Decades ago the foothills included a dumping ground and a military firing range. There was also a network of “self-created” trails commonly used by motorcycle riders, horseback riders, livestock, hunters and others.

Getting Your Dream Kitchen

If you ask someone which room in their house they would love to makeover, it would most likely be the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of every home. It’s where meals are made and eaten, family and friends gather, laughter flows freely and memories are made. It’s easy to see why someone would want to make it as inviting, comfortable and…

Women’s Health:

When it comes to women’s health and wellness, certain issues often come to the forefront. Cari Powers, owner of Kaiafit gym in Boise, shares issues women face when it comes to a healthy lifestyle and offers tips to help.

Where Your Recycling Goes

After finishing a candy bar (and sucking every last bit of chocolate off the plastic), you might move to throw the wrapper in the trash. That wrapper will head from your trashcan to the landfill. And there it will stay, for years upon decades upon centuries. However, if you live in Boise, Meridian, Eagle or Garden City, a different destination awaits…

A Bird’s-Eye View

"World" Center? The first time I heard the cluster of buildings on the hill mentioned, honestly, I laughed. “The World Center for Birds of Prey” seemed lofty for our valley, 330-ish miles from any major metropolis. How little I understood the accuracy of the moniker and the scope of my error! With a sky-high mission and projects that circle the globe, the humble buildings…

State & Lemp

The rustic, unassuming charm that is the newly reopened farm-to-table restaurant Epek may seem a bit familiar.

Hunting for Treasure in Treasure Valley Ponds

Technically, I’m talking about fishing, not hunting, but treasure fishing doesn’t make much sense, so bear with me. I might be stretching the metaphor a little, but I’m not stretching when I say Treasure Valley ponds are a treasure chest for anglers. This gem of intel comes from a hardcore angler, and while you may know our jaded reputation for…

Heather Echevarria: Innovating Boise Since 2004

One of the first things you’ll notice about Boisean Heather Echevarria’s building and design portfolio is the diversity of her projects. Via her company, Innovative Custom Homes, her discriminating tastes come alive on major remodels, complete tear-downs, reimagined spaces and cutting-edge new construction. Boise is the ideal city, a virtual playground, for creating spaces called “home.” From the North End to…

Home Style

To showcase some amazing Boise homes, we turned to April Florczyk and her team of real estate experts. These three unique homes are great examples of artistic design elements and distinctive style. With more than 17 years of experience in our local real estate market, April has honed her skills matching prospective homeowners with a home that perfectly fits their style. 

Welcome Guests

Some are born with the gifts and talents of a natural hostess. Even if thoughtfulness and effortless charm are not your strengths, anyone can make guests feel relaxed and pampered by putting together a delightful welcome basket. 

Explore Hells Canyon When It Blooms in the Spring

Idaho doesn’t have a banana belt, it has a bunch of them, and the top banana is Hells Canyon. It’s North America’s deepest gorge, and the combination of low and high elevations makes a fascinating environment that attracts people year-round, but spring is a prime time for exploring it.

Art for All

1. Vox Poplar, Library! at Bown Crossing, 2153 E. Riverwalk Drive

Inspired by Success

When did you know you were going to have a career in art?

Confessions of an Art Addict

I admit it. I have an addiction. I'm addicted to great art in all genres and from all cultures.

No Sled? No Problem!

Dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh might make a great Christmas carol, but dashing through the snow on a snowmobile is a whole lot more fun. Snowmobiles are amazing pieces of machinery that make snowy places like McCall a vast playground and a great winter getaway.

This Is How You Vegan

To me, health doesn’t only encompass our dietary or physical habits. It is also defined by the dynamic of our relationships, how we cope with stress or trauma, our thought processes and the way in which we treat the world around us.

New Year, New Success!

The new year fills us with energy to rise to new challenges. We feel inspired to achieve new goals. We resolve to be better. But a few weeks go by, and slowly we drift from our targets. Here are some tried-and-true tips for staying on track with New Year’s resolutions once and for all.

How to Find Your Winter Groove

I grew up on the Oregon Coast where 50 shades of gray described winter, not a tawdry novel. The weather ranged from overcast to misty to monsoon rains and gale-force winds, and if you loved the outdoors, it was a mental test of endurance. 

Live for Today, Prepare for Tomorrow

When and how did you discover you were serious about cycling? 

Wish List

 In the Kitchen with Jackie Kiralla  Why do you enjoy cooking?  Cooking is a combination of science and creativity—what could be more fun? I love both experimenting with new recipes and making tried-and-true family favorites. I also like collecting kitchen gadgets and appliances and putting them to use, sometimes with good results and sometimes not so much. Cooking and sharing…

Staying In or Going Out: Sweet Treats for the Holidays

 Blue Ribbon Café & Bakery   515 S. Washington Ave., Emmett  Angelique (Angie) Rose Dauenhauer has been head dessert baker at the Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe in Emmett Idaho for the past six years. Angie discovered this recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies four years ago in an old baking book, and they were an instant hit. Big, fat, cake-like cookies are sandwiched with a…

Four Winter Activities that Won’t Break the Bank

We’re in the middle of the holiday season, and many of us are hosting with a revolving door of family, extended family and other guests. Nothing against Idaho’s favorite winter activities, such as skiing and snowmobiling, but it can be tough to get a bunch of folks outfitted and into those sports if they don’t have the gear and the…