Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE PowerBar single bar, any variety (1.41- 2.29 oz.) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Planning for the Eclipse

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Solar Eclipse is coming on Monday August 21st and the path runs through Idaho. Idaho residents have been told to expect a lot of traffic and that the hotels that are near the path have been booked for a long time. There are a couple of things that you can do to make the Eclipse experience easier and more fun:


1. If you haven't already gotten your Eclipse glasses, get them NOW! There are stores that are carrying Eclipse glasses, but make sure that they are one of the approved vendors. We bought ours off of Amazon made by Thousand Oaks Optical. To learn more about approved vendors by NASA, click here.

2. Plan to get your groceries ahead of time. Areas close to the Eclipse may be filled with travelers stopping by grocery stories to pick up snacks, food items, etc if you get everything you need ahead of time you can avoid the crowds. You may also want to have all your food planned out and able to prepare yourself - restaurants may be overcrowded.

3. Plan your route to see the Eclipse. There are many theories of what routes to take. Plan ahead and make sure you have a hard copy of maps and directions.

4. Plan to be patient with traffic. Traffic is going to be increased as people rush to get a prime spot for the Eclipse.

5.  Fill-up on gas before the Eclipse weekend. Gas stations may be overloaded. Fill up on gas prior to the weekend.


What are some of your tips?


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Things to Do in Boise This Week August 14-August 20, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Are you looking for fun and exciting things to do this week in Boise? Check out some of these great events:

  • Monday August 14, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday August 15, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - All-American Eclipse Preview Party at the Library! at Collister. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Juke Daddy's, opening Blues Addicts and Brass Tacks from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St 
  • Thursday August 17, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information. 
  • Thursday August 17, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with $oul Purpo$e from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
  • Friday August 18, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Friday August 18 - August 26 at noon to 11 pm and August 27 from noon to 9 pm - Western Idaho Fair at Expo Idaho. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday August 19, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Rogue One at Julia Davis Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information. 
If you have a family friendly event that you want to add to this list, contact me via email.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, August 11, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Kind Single Bar (1.2-1.6 oz., any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). This will be great to stash away for hikes, days at the park, road trips and in your 72-hour kit. The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

The Secret of the India Orchid Review

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

In The Secret of the India Orchard by Nancy Campbell Allen, Anthony Blake plans to court his best friend's sister, Sophia Elliot, but his plans are put on hold when he needs to resume his role as an undercover spy for the crown to recover a missing document that lists the names of the entire British Spy network. Anthony cuts all ties to Sophia and pretends to be a playboy in order to figure out what happened to the document. Sophia is confused and heartbroken. She decides to try seek healing in India, but instead finds a mystery with a missing sea captain, murder, kidnapping and Anthony asking numerous questions.

The Secret of the India Orchard was well written, clean and interesting. I enjoyed the characters and the descriptive tale. The main characters were instantly likeable and intriguing. I wanted to find out what happened to them and where their story was headed. For romance readers, this story is a must. To learn more about The Secret of the India Orchard, click here.

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This Week in Boise

Monday, August 7, 2017

Here's a list of things to do this week in Boise:

  • Monday August 7, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday August 8, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - DIY Mason String Art at the Library! at Cole and Ustick from 6 pm to 8 pm. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St  
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Scars on 45, opening Know Reaction from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Create Your Own Solar Eclipse T-shirts at the Library! at Cole and Ustick at 6 pm. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with Big Wow from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
  • Friday August 11, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday August 12, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Lego Batman at Fort Boise Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.

Things to Do in Boise for August

Friday, August 4, 2017

Its summer in Boise and there are plenty of things to do. Are you looking for things to do with your family in Boise? If you have a family-friendly event that you would like at add to this list, please contact me via email. Here's a listing of some of the events happening in Boise for July:

  • Saturday August 5, 2017 - Sing Along with Don Ritchey at 11 am at the Main Library. Click here for more info.
  • Saturday August 5, 2017 - Flutology at 1 pm at the Library! at Bown Crossing. Listen to a flute trio. Click here for more info.
  • Saturday August 5, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Finding Dory at Ivy Wilde Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.
  • Monday August 7, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday August 8, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - DIY Mason String Art at the Library! at Cole and Ustick from 6 pm to 8 pm. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St  
  • Wednesday August 9, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Scars on 45, opening Know Reaction from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Create Your Own Solar Eclipse T-shirts at the Library! at Cole and Ustick at 6 pm. Click here for more information and to sign-up.
  • Thursday August 10, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with Big Wow from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
  • Friday August 11, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday August 12, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Lego Batman at Fort Boise Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.
  • Monday August 14, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday August 15, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - All-American Eclipse Preview Party at the Library! at Collister. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Juke Daddy's, opening Blues Addicts and Brass Tacks from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St 
  • Thursday August 17, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information. 
  • Thursday August 17, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with $oul Purpo$e from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
  • Friday August 18, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Friday August 18 - August 26 at noon to 11 pm and August 27 from noon to 9 pm - Western Idaho Fair at Expo Idaho. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday August 19, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Rogue One at Julia Davis Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 23, 2017 - DIY Cat Scratching Board at the Library! at Collister from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 23, 2017 - Flower Book Folding at the Library! at Cole and Ustick from 6-8 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 23, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Jon Wayne and the Pain, opening Rebecca Scott Band from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday August 24, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with The Fabulous Chancellors from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday August 26, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: BFG at Molenaar Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday August 26, 2017 - Color Run at Albertsons Corporate Headquarters. Click here to learn more and get $10 off your registration cost.
  • Saturday August 26-27, 2017 - Library Comic Con at the Library! at Main starting at 10 am. Head to the library for a fun comic celebration. Don't forget to wear your costumes! Click here for more information.
  •  Wednesday August 30, 2017 - Alive After Five featuring Leeroy Stagger, opening Low-Fi from 5 to 8 pm at the Grove Plaza located at 826 W Main St. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday August 30, 2017 - Boise Community Band Swinging Through the Summer from 7 to 9:15 pm at the Gene Harris Bandshell at Julia Davis Park. FREE. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Thursday August 31, 2017 - Thursday Thunder with Pilot Error from 6 to 9 pm at the Boise Spectrum. Listen to bands for free. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, August 4, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for a ONE (1) FREE Airheads Bites (2 oz.) or Airheads Mini Bars (6 pk/3.3 oz.)(you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Costco Membership

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Groupon is offering a Costco Membership for only $60 with a $20 Costco Cash Card. This is an
awesome deal! The membership will also include:
  • A One-Year Costco Gold Star Membership, which includes a membership card for the primary cardholder as well as one free Household Card
  • $20 Costco Cash Card
  • Exclusive coupons for three free Kirkland Signature (TM) products ($35.63 value*):
    • Free Paper Towels Create-a-Size 12/160 ct ($15.69 value)
    • Free VitaRain Zero Flavored Water 24/20 oz bottles ($9.99 value)
    • Free Food Court Whole Pizza ($9.95 value)
  • $25 off an order of $250 on Costco.com
  • $75 Costco Cash Card toward Costco Travel to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, or the South Pacific (excludes cruises)
To save even more money on this deal, I found Groupon on Ebates and saved an additional 3% off my purchase. To use Ebates with Groupon: log into your account or sign up for one, search for Groupon, click on the link to go to Groupon, seach for Costco on Groupon. To find out more about this groupon deal, click here.

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August Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them.

If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.


$25 Applebees Gift Card (ends August 2, 2017)
Arctic Zero Coupon (ends August 3, 2017)
$25 Moe's Southwest Grill Gift Card (ends August 3, 2017) 
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends August 4, 2017)
1 Pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins (ends August 5, 2017) 
$25 Crazy 8 Gift Card (ends August 5, 2017)
$50 Gymboree Gift Card (ends August 5, 2017)
Mrs. Wages Tomato Prize Pack (ends August 5, 2017)
$200 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends August 5, 2017)
Tea Set and The Queen is Coming to Tea Book (ends August 6, 2017)
Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD (ends August 6, 2017)
Dinner Hero Coupons (ends August 7, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 7, 2017)
$25 Crazy 8 Gift Card (ends August 8, 2017)
$50 Gymboree Gift Card (ends August 8, 2017)
2 Fandango Tickets (ends August 9, 2017)
The Secret of India Orchard (ends August 9, 2017)
$50 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends August 9, 2017)
Ele Story Mommy and Me Gingham Set (ends August 10, 2017)
$25 Crazy 8 Gift Card (ends August 10, 2017)
Minnie and The Happy Helpers DVD (ends August 10, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 10, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 10, 2017) 
$50 Visa Gift Card and Easy Elegance Gloves (ends August 10, 2017)
Kitchen-Aid 5-Speed Mixer (ends August 11, 2017)
$25 Gift Card and Honeycomb (ends August 11, 2017) 
My Little Ponies Movie (ends August 12, 2017)
The Sheriff of Savage Wells (ends August 12, 2017)
Land of Nod Get Reel Fishing Game (ends August 13, 2017)
Mickey and the Roadsters Start Your Engines DVD (ends August 13, 2017)
Bird's Eye Prize Pack (ends August 14, 2017)
The Secret of India Orchard (ends August 14, 2017)
My Fair Gentleman and The Vicar's Daughter (ends August 15, 2017)
Mickey and the Roadsters Start Your Engines DVD (ends August 15, 2017)
Proper Romance Book (ends August 15, 2017)
Edenbrooke (ends August 15, 2017)
Edenbrooke (ends August 16, 2017)
Longing for Home (ends August 16, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 16, 2017)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 16, 2017)
$25 Gift Card and Honeycomb Box (ends August 17, 2017)
$25 Gift Card and Honeycomb (ends August 18, 2017)
$50 True Value Gift Card (ends August 19, 2017)
Crate of 5 Household Essentials (ends August 20, 2017)
Paul Mitchell Neuro Light Hair Dryer (ends August 20, 2017) 
Foster Grant Sunglasses (ends August 21, 2017)
Krusteaz Protein Buttermilk Pancake Mixes (ends August 21, 2017) 
31 Bits Fall Necklace (ends August 21, 2017)
$50 Lavender Fields Gift Card (ends August 22, 2017) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 22, 2017)
$100 to Beach House (ends August 22, 2017)
Descendants 2 DVD (ends August 22, 2017) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends August 23, 2017)
$50 AMC Gift Card (ends August 23, 2017)
Summer Essentials for Baby Tote (ends August 23, 2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (ends August 26, 2017)
$50 Simon Gift Card (ends August 30, 2017)
Choice of 3 Proper Romance Books (ends August 31, 2017)
$25 Bonefish Grill Gift Card (ends August 31, 2017)

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 28, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for a FREE Gatorade Sports Nutrition Bar (2.1 - 2.8 oz.) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Faithful Workouts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Are you in need of a change? Faithful Workouts offers healthy workouts, meal plans and daily
Christian inspiration to help encourage uplifting choices. The founder, Michelle Spadafora said, "We often feel it's selfish to spend time on ourselves, when really it's one of the least selfish things we can do. When we exercise, eat healthy and spend time alone with God each day, we are truly better moms, wives, daughters, employees, friends, etc, etc." Exercising and taking care of ourselves helps us to feel better and to have more energy. It also provides our children with a good example in being healthy. Faithful Workouts have a variety of workout videos that work with different levels and lengths of time so that you can find a workout video that works with your schedule and needs. The workout videos are easy to follow and easy to follow along. I loved that I could also find videos that worked with the equipment that I had at home and with my "workout" interests.

Faithful Workouts has invited ALL of my readers a 1-month free trial membership. Click here to sign-up and learn more about Faithful Workouts.

Faithful Workouts has also provided a 1-year membership to their f4 plan to giveaway to one lucky reader. You can enter to win by entering the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway will run until 12 am on July 3, 2017  wherein I will select 1 winner through Rafflecopter. This is for U.S. residents only and 18+ please. I will notify the winner. Please respond within 24 hours or the prize maybe forfeited to another winner. Please read the disclosure down below.


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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Faithful Workouts for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  

Today Only!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Today only, you can download a Kroger (Fred Meyer) Coupon for a FREE Calypso Lemonade, any variety or size.. You must have a Kroger or Kroger Affiliate Account. To download the coupon, click here.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 21, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Kraft Snack Trios, any variety (1.5 oz)
(you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 14, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Quaker® Overnight Oats, any variety
(2.18-2.57 oz.) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Dress Up Like a Cow and Get Free Chicken

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

You can get Chick-fil-a today! Here's how:
  • Make or buy your cow costume - white clothes and black paper spots. 
  • Wear your cow costume to your favorite local Chick-fil-A between Opening and 7 p.m.
  • Receive a free entree! 
Click here for more information.

Author Recommendation: Molly Idle

Monday, July 10, 2017

Are you looking for something fun to read to your kids? Check out the books by Molly Idle. Her stories and illustrations are creative, fun, and different. Molly Idle's Tea Rex and Camp Rex books remind me of Disney Goofy cartoons where there's a commentator saying the proper way to do things and the image being shown is the "wrong" way to do it. I also love Flora and the Flamingo There's no words just pictures, but the pictures are enough to tell a cute story of a girl pretending to be a flamingo. Molly Idle's stories are clever and imaginative. I think it also encourages kids to use their own imagination in new ways. To learn more about Molly Idle, click here.

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Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 7, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Private Selection™ Regional BBQ Sauce (19 oz., any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Meal Ideas For When You Don't Have an Oven or Stove

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our kitchen is torn apart right now and we are without an oven or stove (due to a leak coming from the plumbing to our dishwasher).  Surprisingly enough, you don't need an oven or stove to make meals for your family. Crockpots, microwaves and grilling are excellent tools to make homemade meals for your family when you don't have a stove or oven for a time. Here are some of the meals we've made:
  • Chipotle Chicken: Place 4-5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a crockpot with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Cook for 6-7 hours on low. Shred after cooking and top on microwaveable brown rice, black beans (cooked in microwave), tomatoes and cheese.
  • Pork and Sauerkraut: Cook pork and 1 large container of sauerkraut in a crockpot for 6-7 hours on low. Serve with microwaveable, steamed veggies.
  • Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot: I used this recipe here, but replaced the meat with pre-cooked diced ham.
  • Taco Salad: Place hamburger meat and taco seasoning in a crockpot. Cook on low for 5 hours. Check often to stir and crumble meat more (with fork). Serve with taco chips, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese.
  • Tostadas: Heat refried beans from a can in a microwave. Put beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese on tostada shells.
  • Roast with Potatoes and Carrots: Place a roast, cut potatoes and carrots in a crockpot and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  • Barbecue Chicken: Place Barbecue Sauce and Chicken in a crockpot and cook for 5-6 hours.
  • Grilled Shrimp: Peel and devein raw shrimp and place on skewers. Grill until completion. You can also add bang, bang sauce: plain greek yogurt, sweet chili sauce and siracha sauce. Serve with veggies.
  • Hot Dogs: Wrap a papertowel around a hotdog in a bun and microwave for a minute. Serve with veggies.
  • Grilled Chicken and corn on the cob: Grill chicken on a grill with your favorite seasoning. Grill corn on the cob by peeling some of the husk and layers. Run under the sink and then grill until done.
What are some meals that you like to make without the use of an oven or stove?

Things to Do in Boise for July

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Its summer in Boise and there are plenty of things to do. Are you looking for things to do with your family in Boise? Here's a listing of some of the events happening in Boise for July:

  • Saturday July 1, 2017 - Family Storytime at 10:30 am at the Main Library. Click here for more information.
  • Monday July 3, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday July 5, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St
  • Thursday July 6, 2017 - First Thursday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Free tours of the Cyrus Jacobs/Uberuaga Boarding House and live music. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday July 6, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Friday July 7, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information.
  • Friday July 7, 2017 - Puppet Show at 10:30 am at the Main Library. Click here to learn more.
  • Friday July 7, 2017 - Harry Pottery Mystery Dinner Party from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm at the Main Library. A Hogwarts student has been murdered. Who did the crime? Register to receive an assignment and participate. Find out more here.
  • Saturday July 8, 2017 - Fiddler Duo from 4-5pm at the Library at Cole & Ustick. Click here for more information.
  • Monday July 10, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday July 11, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday July 12, 2017 - DIY Cactus Pin Cushion from 6 to 8 pm at the Library! Cole & Ustick Location. Sign up online and find out more information by clicking here.
  • Wednesday July 12, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St
  • Thursday July 13, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Friday July 14, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday July 15, 2017 - Boise Woman's Classic 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon at Julia Davis Park. For more information, click here
  • Saturday July 15, 2017 - Gar Hackney Y-Not Triathlon at 8:00 am. For more information, click here.
  • Saturday July 15, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Moana at Julia Davis Park starting at 7pm with games. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday July 15, 2017 - Star Party at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area from 7pm to 11 pm. FREE with a canned donation to the Idaho Food Bank. Click here for more information.
  • Monday July 17, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday July 18, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday July 19, 2017 - DIY Cactus Pin Cushion from 6 to 8 pm at the Library! Cole & Ustick Location. Sign up online and find out more information by clicking here
  • Wednesday July 19, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St
  • Thursday July 20, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Friday July 21, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday July 22, 2017 - Run Wild at Zoo Boise from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Run Wild is a race designed for ages 2-11. Registration is $25 ($20 for Zoo Members) and includes race registration, participant admission (+1 adult). Click here for more information.
  • Saturday July 22, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars: Pete's Dragon starting at 7 pm with games at Sunset Park. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday July 22, 2017 - Freakin Fast Half at 6:15 am on Bogus Basin Road. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday July 22, 2017 - Desert Windsong Flute Choir from 12:30-1:30 pm at the Library Cole & Ustick location. Click here for more information.
  • Monday July 24, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.;  6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday July 25, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.; 3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.; 6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave
  • Wednesday July 26, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St
  • Thursday July 27, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from  12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.; 3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln; 6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St. Click here for more information.
  • Friday July 28, 2017 - Mobile Recreation Program from 12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.; 3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd. Click here for more information. 

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July Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog giveaways I've entered and found online. Check back often to see if I have posted more giveaways. I try and post them as I find them.

If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

Teletubbies Prize Pack (ends July 2, 2017)
$50 Amazon Gift Card and Cookbook (ends July 3, 2017)
$25 Kroger Gift Card (ends July 3, 2017)
$50 Versona Gift Card (ends July 3, 2017)
$350 Remedy Road Gift Card (ends July 5, 2017) 
Freshly Picked Moccasins (ends July 5, 2017)
$50 Sprouts Gift Card and Superfood Green Smoothies ebook (ends July 6, 2017)
$25 Kroger Gift Card (ends July 7, 2017)
4 Bristol Metal Chairs (ends July 7, 2017)
Freshly Picked Sandal (ends July 7, 2017)
Stevia In the Raw Product Sample and $25 Visa Gift Card (ends July 7, 2017)
Despicable Me Prize Pack (ends July 7, 2017)
$60 Famous Footwear Gift Card (ends July 10, 2017)
Stevia in the Raw Baker's Bag and $25 Visa Gift Card (ends July 10, 2017) 
My Gnome on the Roam Adventure Kit (ends July 11, 2017)
Fossil Watch (ends July 12, 2017)
Kendra Scott Jewelry and Vera Bradley Bag (ends July 12, 2017)
Sunday Brunch and 1-Night Stay at Peabody Hotel (ends July 12, 2017)
$25 Mixology Gift Card (ends July 13, 2017)
$50 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends July 13, 2017)
Whipped Cream Dispenser and Changers (ends July 13, 2017)
Cars 3 Juicy Juice Prize Pack (ends July 13, 2017) 
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 13, 2017)
Toddler Dress-up Area (ends July 14, 2017)
$100 Home Depot Gift Card (ends July 14, 2017)
$100 Radio Flyer Credit (ends July 15, 2017) 
I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug and $250 Land of Nod Gift Card (ends July 15, 2017)
A Stork's Journey Movie Prize Pack (ends July 16, 2017)
I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug Book (ends July 16, 2017)
$200 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 16, 2017)
Coupon for FREE Arctic Zero (ends July 16, 2017)
Karen's Naturals Dried Fruits and Veggies Assorted Pack (ends July 16, 2017) 
$100 Premium Outlet Gift Card (Must live near Norfolk, VA) (ends July 16, 2017) 
It's Hot Out There Prize Pack (ends July 17, 2017) 
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 19, 2017)
$200 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 19, 2017)
$200 Nordstom Gift Card (ends July 19, 2017)
1 Month Subscription to Bookaroo (ends July 19, 2017)
$125 Worth of Elf Cosmetics (ends July 20, 2017)
30 Piece Train Set (ends July 20, 2017) 
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 20, 2017)
I am Going to Give You a Bear Hug Book and $100 Land of Nod Gift Card (ends July 20, 2017)
$50 Modern Market Gift Card - check to see if a location is near you (ends July 21, 2017)
$250 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 21, 2017)
$300 Nordstom Gift Card (ends July 21, 2017) 
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 21, 2017)
Home Canning Starter Kit (ends July 23, 2017)
$50 AMC Gift Card (ends July 24, 2017)
$50 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 24, 2017)
$100 to Kortni Jean Swimwear (ends July 24, 2017)
$200 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 24, 2017) 
Lily & Val Kitchen Essentials (ends July 25, 2017)
$25 Cleo Madison Gift Card (ends July 25, 2017)
$25 Applebees Gift Card (ends July 25, 2017) 
mywalit purse (ends July 26, 2017)
LILLEbaby Carrier (ends July 26, 2017)
$50 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 26, 2017)
Florida Orange Juice Prize Pack (ends July 27, 2017) 
$270 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 27, 2017) 
$50 Office Depot Gift Card (ends July 28, 2017)
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends July 30, 2017)
Victoria Road Girls' Lawn Cotton Twirly Dress in Cherry Blossom (ends July 30, 2017)
Minnie's Happy Helpers Movie (ends July 30, 2017)
Smurfs the Lost Village (ends July 30, 2017)
Graeter Ice Cream Pint Coupons (ends July 30, 2017) 
Sydney Jordan Shoes (ends July 31, 2017) 
$25 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends July 31, 2017)

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 30, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Haribo Gummi Candy (4.5-5 oz., select varieties) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The solar eclipse is happening on August 21, 2017. There's a path of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun's tenuous atmosphere which will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. NASA has provided a guide for this event and it can be found here. The rest of the country will see a partial eclipse.

Looking directly at the sun to see the eclipse can be harmful for your eyes. A safe way to look directly at the partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters or eclipse glasses or a solar viewer. Since this is a special event, get your eclipse glasses soon! The later you wait to buy them, the greater the likelihood of them selling out or being harder to get. According to the NASA website, four manufacturers have certified eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. To learn more about safety during the Total Solar Eclipse, click here.

Here are some examples of Solar Glasses/Viewers that are available:

 
 









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Author Recommendation: Anna Kang

Tuesday, June 27, 2017






If you have toddler or preschool aged children, you might want to check out the author, Anna Kang. We have read three of her books, I Am (Not) Scared, That's (Not) Mine, and You Are (Not) Small several times over. The books are easy and fun to read, the illustrations are clever and engaging, and great for young readers. My kids love the stories and they are fun to do in different reading voices. To learn more about Anna Kang, click here.

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FREE Summer Activities in Boise

Monday, June 26, 2017

I have heard a lot of moms struggling to find activities for their kids to do in the summer. In Boise, there's so many good summer programs available that there is always something to do. Here's some of the FREE summer activities to do around Boise:

  • MK Nature Center: The MK Nature Center is one of our family favorites. I think we go a few times a year. My kids love watching the fish tanks, the beauty of nature within the center, the butterfly garden and even looking at the signage. Click here for more information.
  • The Boise Watershed: We went to the Boise Watershed as a part of the Boise Public Library's Summerfest program. There wasn't a ton of things for little kids, but the things that they did have could entertain for quite awhile. The Watershed had a very small stream of water where the kids could build dams out of rocks. My kids loved this and it was very hard to pull them away from it. I am sure if I had let them they would build dams out of rocks all afternoon. The Watershed also had a fish tank with baby trout and big pipes that the kids could explore. To find out more about the watershed, click here.
  • Boise Public Library Summer Programs, SummerFest and more: We love going to the library. The librarians at our local library see us quite often. I often have holds to pick-up and we love going to the kid programs. My kids also like to play with the toys at the library and pick out books. Each of the libraries seem to have different toys and kid programs available ranging from STEM activities, preschool storytime, baby storytime, crafts, music programs, etc. We've also been enjoying SummerFest, the new library learning program. SummerFest provides lots of ways to get out there, learn and interact with things in the community. I have also heard a lot of moms raving about the Garden City Library which has a puppet show theater for kids to use. The Ada County libraries also offer a lot of cool summer programs and have cool toys for kids to use. To find out more information, click here.
  • Boise Parks: There are a lot of great parks in Boise and some of them have splash pads, which are great for warm days. You can also make the summer epic by trying to slide down all the slides in Boise in one day! Check out Some the Wiser's post, here. The Boise Parks and Recreation program also has a Mobile Recreation Program, Free After School Program and Movies Under the Stars.
  • Hiking Trails: There are many great hiking trails around in the foothills and mountains to enjoy. It's free to hike and you can enjoy the beauties of nature.
  • Idaho Botanical Garden: From 7:30 am to 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (May to September), The Idaho Botanical Garden is FREE to stroll around. For more information, click here.
  • Picnic in the Park: From June to August 1st, the Idaho Food Bank sponsors Picnic in the Park. Picnic in the Park provides free lunches for kids to help them from going hungry when school is not in session. To learn more, click here.
  • Kids Bowl Free: Kids can bowl free all summer long at select bowling centers. To find out more, click here.
  • Visit the Boise Capitol: Tour the Boise Capitol and learn more about the Idaho Capitol. Click here to learn more.
  • Tasty Tales: Enjoy a FREE storytime at Guru Donuts on Tuesdays at 10 am and 10:30 am. Click here for more information.
  • Pottery Barn Weekly Storytime: Pottery Barn does a weekly storytime on Tuesdays at 11 am. If you become a Pottery Barn Kids Book Club Member and go to five events, you will get a special surprise. Click here for more information.
  • Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids: Every Saturday Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft for kids to do from 11 am to 3 pm. The craft is for ages 3 and up. To learn more, click here.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 23, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Chef’s Cut Real Steak Jerky (2.5 oz., any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

Boise Parks and Recreation After School Programs

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Come join the fun at the Boise Parks and Recreation's After School Programs at Grace Jordan (6411 Fairfield Ave), Morley Nelson (7701 W Northview) and Whitney (1609 S. Owyhee St.) on weekdays from 1-5 pm. The After School program offers free supervised games, activities and healthy food. Activities range from gardening, ping pong, board games, reading, computers, organized games, playground, open gym, art, drama and more. Plus it's FREE!

What activity would your kid most enjoy?

Boise's Mobile Recreation Program

Monday, June 19, 2017

Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? The Boise Parks and
Recreation Department has a fun Mobile Recreation Van Program. The Mobile Recreation program is FREE and Boise Parks and Recreation staff members coordinate field games, art techniques, and serve a healthy snack all summer long (closed July 4th). The staff members have experience in planning fun activities for a wide range of ages and abilities. Each site varies on how many kids may come. Some of the sites may have a few kids and others up to a hundred! The mobile recreation program typically caters from preschool ages to high-school. The Manitou Park and Owyhee Park locations are popular with younger children. Some of the benefits of the program is providing healthy recreation, healthy snack and helping local refugee children to integrate into the Western culture.


Monday
12-2 pm: Redwood Park 3675 N. Shamrock St., Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.
3-5 pm: Borah Park 801 S. Aurora Dr., Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St.
6-7:30 pm: Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St., Whispering Pines Apartments 7865 W. Ustick Rd.

Tuesday
12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.
3-5 pm: Fairview Crossing Apartments 8519 W Fairview Ave, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.
6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N 29th St., Steward Ave. Apartments 3015 Steward Ave


Wednesday

12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Redwood Park 3675 N Shamrock St.
3-5 pm: Owyhee Place Apartments 2544 S. Owyhee St, Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln
6-7:30 pm:  Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd, Latah Apartments 3905 W Alpine St

Thursday
12-2 pm: Manitou Park 2001 S. Manitou Ave, Owyhee Park 3400 W. Elder St.
3-5 pm: Oak Park Village Apartments 2888 Cherry Ln, Magnolia Apartments 3549 W Magnolia St.
6-7:30 pm: Davis Park Apartments 970 N. 29th St., Central Pointe Apartments 1368 Hartman St.

Friday
12-2 pm: Veterans Park 930 N Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Liberty Park 520 N. Liberty St.
3-5 pm:  Arbor Crossing Apartments 5122 W Stoker Ln, Northwest Pointe Apartments 3475 N Five Mile Rd

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 16, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for  1 FREE Ocean Spray Mocktails Juice (33.8 oz., any variety) (14 oz., any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

SummerFest and Art

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Boise Public Library is doing a new program this summer called SummerFest. The SummerFest
program is designed for readers and hands-on-learning. It's open to ALL ages.  The SummerFest features seven Discovery Tracks:
  • Discover Science: June 1 - 11
  • Discover Art: June 12 - 18
  • Discover Outside: June 19 - 25
  • Discover Boise: June 16 - July 2
  • Discover Reading: July 3 - 9
  • Discover Coding: July 10 - 16
  • Discover Your Library: July 17 - 23
  • Celebration Week: July 24 - 31
Our family really enjoyed the Discover Science
and the Discover Art Tracks of the SummerFest program.  For the Discover Art Track, we made a giant Father's Day Card, drew "portraits of dad," made play dough, drew with sidewalk chalk on our driveway and painted using paintbrushes and forks. The Discover Art Phase was more stressful and messy than the Discover Science Track. While we were making play dough, my son got excited about using food coloring and it got all over his clothes, skin, on the table. I scrubbed his hands and then ended up putting him in the bathtub with lots of bubbles to help get the dye off. Surprisingly enough, the dye came off of his clothes when I rubbed Tide into it and immediately put it in the wash! My kids also got marker all over their hands and clothes and sidewalk chalk all over themselves from crawling over their drawings. Part of Art is making a mess, right?  For the dad portraits, I got a dad head outline from Totschooling - you can find it here.
 
What are some fun things that you did for Discover Art?

Father's Day Books for Kids

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When a holiday is coming up, I love to read to my kids books that have a similar theme. There are a lot of great kid's books that emphasize fathers/fatherhood that will be great to read to kids this week in celebration of Father's Day. Here are some of our favorites:


 
We love reading Little Critter books. They're fun and easy for kids to relate to Little Critter and his family. To find out more information, click here.



My sister-in-law introduced our family to the author Bob Shea. We really enjoy reading his books. I like Oh, Daddy! it's clever and fun to read to kids. It also shows a different parenting method. The son refuses to get dressed so the father puts on his clothes funny and asks his son if that's the way to dress. The son then shows him the "right" way to do it. Its a different way to handle situations that could become difficult with toddlers. I also like that the book shows a great relationship between the father and son. To learn more, click here.


Sebastien Braun is one of our favorite authors. Our much "loved" (and battered) books are usually written by him. I love this sweet story about how the bear cub loves his dad. To learn more, click here.


Guess How Much I Love You is a classic story. I love how the father and son try and compete by telling each other how much they love each other. To find out more, click here.


What are your favorite stories to read to your kids about fathers?

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