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…

Winter Wonderland

McCall is an ideal destination for a fun winter vacation. With a wide variety of activities, breathtaking scenery and up to 300 inches of snow per year, McCall is the perfect place to enjoy snow sports and adventures. You may be familiar with the Winter Carnival, Brundage Mountain and Shore Lodge, but there is always something exciting and new to try.  

Deck the Halls

 Modern Farmhouse, designed by Marcia Houston  For this look, pair garlands of frosted cedar with cut birch branches in a bucket, recycled metal candlesticks, birdhouses and a "Merry Christmas" sign, with a burst of big red ornaments for color. Christmas tree cutout pillows made of burlap. All items shown can be purchased at the NEST, 3210 W. Chinden Blvd. #133, Eagle. TheNestBoise.com  Heavenly Wonderland, designed by…

American Red Cross Celebrates New Emergency Response Vehicle

The American Red Cross of Greater Idaho unveiled a new emergency response vehicle during a ceremony at the Ada County Public Safety Building in conjunction with the Ada City-County Emergency Management Executive Council meeting. The design of these new vehicles has been overhauled from the chassis up, making this generation nimbler when encountering difficult terrain … Continued

Waterfowl Watching:

The honk of a Canada goose or the quack of a mallard is nearly as common as traffic noise in the Treasure Valley. They’re the spokesmodels for the valley’s abundant waterfowl population, and if waterfowl watching were a bingo game, they would be the free space.

Expressions of Gratitude

1. Determine your theme: This is where both personality and availability come into play. Focus on the aspects of Thanksgiving ambiance that appeal to you: Are you drawn to more formal place settings? Do you prefer a more whimsical feel? What are your family dynamics? What are your favorite parts of this season? Family-focused? Food? Sports? Autumn? Color scheme? Choose what is…

Southern-Style Thanksgiving

Growing up in Idaho, I had never had cornbread stuffing. In Idaho, it seems the potatoes are the star side dish, and the stuffing is a sad little side note. Well, that all changed as our family grew and my sister's sister-in-law, Susan Hackney Richeson, started bringing the stuffing to Thanksgiving dinner. Now we all make Susan’s stuffing, and she is…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  My career path launched at a very young age, maybe 10 years old, watching my hero, Jacques Cousteau, explore the undersea world from his ship Calypso. The sense of adventure and discovery I felt then turned to action when, aged 18 years, I drove the length of Africa with a rag-tag bunch of…

Scentsy Rock-a-Thon Raises Raises Record-Breaking $260,568

For 12 hours, more than 1,300 volunteers kept 70 rocking chairs going nonstop to raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. Scentsy owners Heidi and Orville Thompson donated a total of $210,000, while $50,568 was donated by everyone at the Rock-a-Thon. Scentsy employees collected 2,635 jars of baby food, 441 baby snacks and 183 cans of formula.

What Chefs Eat

Treasure Valley is home to some world-class, award-winning chefs. This month we are getting to know three of them a little better. Take a look at what they like to do when they are away from their restaurants and what they make and eat at home. 

Pick Your Own Adventure

On a lovely day in the spring of 2000, Shannon and David Anderson were out for a drive through the Emmett Valley when they came across a beautiful blooming orchard for sale. It was love at first sight as they envisioned raising their young family among the trees. They didn’t know anything about maintaining the orchard of 315 trees, both Oregon Red…

Eat Around the World

 Who are the Basque people?  The Basques call themselves "Euskaldunak," which means "those who have Euskara, the Basque language." Their homeland is on the border of Spain and France where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the Bay of Biscay. The Basque people have a proud identity and cultural heritage.   “The singular remarkable fact about the Basques is that they still exist,”…

Flavor, All Natural

Autumn’s celebration of the harvest is the same whether your food came from your garden or Idaho’s forests, fields and streams. Hunters and anglers have long—as in forever—reaped nature’s bounty and used it as fuel for the body and nourishment for the soul.

Snake River Pool and Spa Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Snake River Pool and Spa celebrated 40 years in business with a remodel showcased at a Boise Metro Chamber ribbon cutting. The business was recognized as the North American Territory Dealer of the Year and Silver Club Award Winner for Outstanding Sales Achievement by Hot Spring Spas and was evaluated for marketing excellence, customer satisfaction, … Continued

Downtown Fashion

Article Julie Meyer | Photography Ruth Novella, Tiffani Given and Tana Photography

Backpacking in Style

 Article and Photography Richard Meyer  Blue Lake is one of my favorite backpacking destinations for a quick escape into the Boise National Forest. With a hike that is just under a mile, it’s a perfect introduction to backpacking and allows for packing some heavier, luxury items that you wouldn’t want for a longer trip into the backcountry. No problem on this…

Why Own Original Art?

 Article John LaBry | Photography LaBry Fine Art  In a time when technology has allowed us to place large flatscreens on our walls that can flood our lives with images of just about anything, one might ask why we should even consider original works of art.  To many, a desire for and a need to own original art is not…

Bearded Gentlemen

Article Julie Meyer | Photography Tana Photography & Blake Beckman- iRock Images

Scenic Drives

 Article and Photography Roger Phillips  As summer tips toward fall, it’s a good time to take a drive into Idaho’s backcountry and see the sites. The crowds are smaller, the weather a little cooler, and you might catch a sprinkle of snow on the high peaks. A road trip can be whatever you want it to be, and fortunately, in…

St. Jude’s Announces Winner of Dream House

Aaron Moore saw one of his dreams come true—and it only cost him $100. He's the winner of the 2018 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Valued at $460,000, the single-level 2,500-square-foot house was built by Berkeley Building Company and is located at the Vicenza at Bridgetower West in Meridian. 

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…

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…

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…

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

Hot Spots for Summer Fun

 Article Julie Meyer  This month, schedule some family time and create lasting memories. We recommend a variety of activities for you to experience with your loved ones. Some are old, some are new, some are close to home, some require a bit of travel, but whether you have a whole day to spend or only an hour, we hope you get…

Idaho’s Best-Kept Secret

 Article and Photography  Property  Real estate opportunities in Tamarack offer something for everyone, from six-bedroom luxury homes to well-laid-out chalets and adorable two-bedroom cottages. Private tours available daily. For more information, visit TamarackRealty.net.

Pool Party

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography JJ Jenkins  Backyard pools are trending in our area. Dion Battles from Snake River Oasis says there are a few factors that may be influencing this trend. As more people from California and Arizona move to Idaho, families are accustomed to having a private pool. Homeowners are also investing in recreation at home as opposed to taking big…

Men of Influence

 Article Julie Meyer  Bill Connors, President & CEO, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce  What is the best advice you've received? 

Unique Local Hangouts

 Article Julie Meyer  Often we fall into the trap of doing the same old thing day in, day out. To inject a bit of excitement into your daily grind, check out these three new hangouts for you and your friends.   

Keith and Skyler Jones, Father-and-Son Owners of Dickey’s Barbecue

 Article and Photography  Family gatherings where we can barbecue in the backyard.  We absolutely love playing games, bonding and having discussions.

Women to Watch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  The Executive  Debra Leithauser, Director of Corporate Communications, Idaho Power

DIY Mother’s Day Brunch

 Article Julie Meyer | Photography Kelsey Parfitt  Mary Anne & Ginger  Ingredients