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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Free Doritos Locos Taco Today

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Are you craving Taco Bell? From 2pm - 6pm today, Taco Bell is offering customers a FREE Doritos Locos Taco. For more information on this awesome promotion, click here.

Prana Warehouse Sale

Friday, June 9, 2017

If you live near Carlsbad, CA, be sure to check out prAna's Warehouse sale from June 8-June 9th (8 am - 6 pm) and June 10th (8 am - 5pm) at 3209 Lionshead Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010. Items will be starting at $10 and up to 70% off. To learn more, click here.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 9, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Pure Leaf Tea House Collection Tea (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 Making a Volcano

Thursday, June 8, 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 has really enjoyed working on the Discover Science phase of SummerFest. We have gone to the MK Nature Center, the Boise WaterShed, read science books, watched a Boston Dynamics YouTube video and made a volcano. The volcano making process was very involved. We used the directions located here. I rinsed out a soda can to use as the base and made homemade clay to make land texture of a volcano. I found the following recipe on wikihow:
  • 1 cup (225 milliliters) water
  • 4 cups (560 grams) flour
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 ½ cups (420 grams) salt
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
My kids helped me mix the clay and place it around the soda can and on the paper plate. We decided not to use food coloring or glitter in our clay mixture. After placing the clay around the can we let it dry overnight.

The next day, we painted the clay using Crayola Washable Kid's Paint (very preschooler and toddler friendly). The kids had a lot of fun painting the volcano. We allowed the painted volcano to dry overnight.

After the volcano was dry, we rolled up 2 napkins with a little baking soda and stuffed them into the can. My husband then poured
vinegar into the can. The kids loved watching the volcano "explode." We had to add additional vinegar and baking soda so they could see the volcano explode again and again.

What SummerFest Activities have you enjoyed?


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Try a Mountain House Adventure Meal for Free

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Have you tried Mountain House? Mountain House products make hiking, camping, planning your 72 hr kit easier and now you can try it for free. For a limited time, if you buy an individual Mountain House pouch (between 3/1/17 and 10/31/2017), fill out the rebate form, circle the price on the original receipt and mail the completed form and receipt to: Mandlik & Rhodes PO Box 490 Dept 4001-R00749 Tecate CAA 91980, you can get a rebate back for your purchase and try the product for free. To find out more information, click here.

Picnic in the Park

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

During the Summer, many children lose their access to free and reduced lunches. To help children from going hungry, the Idaho Foodbank offers a program called Picnic in the Park that runs from June 5th to August 11th. Lunch is free for children ages 1-18. Adults can purchase a meal at a low cost. Picnic at the Park is offered Monday through Friday at a variety of parks around Boise. To find out more about this program, click here.

To find out how you can help the Idaho Foodbank with their programs and help to solve hunger, click here.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Black Forest Organic Candy (4 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.

FREE Doughnut Day

Friday, June 2, 2017

Today June 2nd, Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Doughnut Day all day long (at participating locations). To celebrate Krispy Kreme is offering each customer a FREE doughnut. The FREE doughnut is also your choice so you don't have to stick with the original glazed if you don't want to!

Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, stated“When everyone is able to participate by enjoying a Krispy Kreme doughnut of their choice for free, the experience is truly priceless.”

Which doughnut are you going to pick?

* Sometimes people are intimidated with getting freebies thinking it might be too crowded or busy....that's not always the case and it's usually worth giving it a try. If you're worried about huge lines, try going at non-peak times.

Things to Do in Boise for June

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The weather is getting warmer 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 June: 
  • June 2, 2017 - SummerFest Kickoff: Mad Science at the Library! Hillcrest from 3-5 pm. Come join the SummerFest Kickoff and participate in science experiments, enjoy fun edibles and make science crafts. Click here for more information.  
  • June 2-3, 2017 - Greek Food Festival rat the Sts. Constatine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 2618 W. Bannock St. from 11 am to 9 pm. $2 donation for entry. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.  
  • June 3, 2017 - Access to Justice Fund Run/Walk at 10 am at Fort Boise Park, 155 E. Garrison Road. Click here to register.  
  • June 3, 2017 - Wonder Woman Day at the Library! Main from 2 - 4 pm. Come sign-up for the SummerFest Program, make your own "bullet-proof" bracelets, watch an episode of the Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter, and more. Click here for more information
  • June 4, 2017 - Art and Roses at 10 am to 6 pm at the Julia Davis Park. Free Event.
  • June 6, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Bown's Crossing Library. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • June 7, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Collister. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • June 7, 2017 - Alive After Five at the Grove Plaza Fountain starting at 4:15 pm with the reopening of the plaza and then followed by Ned Evett at 4:25 pm, Steve Fulton at 5:15 pm, and Portland Band Shook Twins from 6:15 to 8:15 pm. Click here for more information.
  • June 8, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Cole & Ustick. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.  
  • June 8, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 9, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Hillcrest. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • June 10, 2017 - Free Fishing Day. All residents, non-residents and anglers can fish in Idaho waters without a license. Click here for more information.
  • June 10, 2017 - Conservation in the City from 9 am to 2 pm at the Kathryn Albertson Park, 1001 Americana Blvd. FREE. Click here for more information.
  • June 10, 2017 - Sing Along with Mr. Don at the Library! Main from 11 to 11:30 am.Click here for more information.  
  • June 13, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Bown's Crossing Library. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 14, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Collister. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 14, 2017 - Alive After Five at the Grove Plaza Fountain from 5 pm to 8 pm with Western Centuries opening Idyltime.  
  • June 15-16, 2017 - Deli Days from 11 am to 8 pm at the Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel 11 N Latah St. Boise. FREE. For more information, click here. 
  • June 15, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Cole & Ustick. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.  
  • June 15, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at Library! Main Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • June 16, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Hillcrest. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 17, 2017 - Meet Award-Winning Cartoonist Stephan Pastis from 2-3 pm at Library! Main. Pastis will give a 1-hour lecture followed by book signing. Click here for more information.
  • June 17, 2017 - World Refuge Day Celebration from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Grove Plaza, 826 W Main St. Free. Click here for more information. 
  • June 17, 2017 - Galatic Day at Zoo Boise from 9 am to 5 pm. \Come have photo-ops with Star Wars characters, Galatic themed enrichment with zoo animals, temporary tattoos and face paining and more. Admission: $10 (adults), $7 (kids 3-11), $8 (62+ seniors), FREE for 2 and under. Click here for more information.  
  • June 17, 2017 - Movies Under the Stars at 7 pm at the Julie Davis Park 700 S. Capitol Blvd. Includes free games and free movie screening of Sing. Click here for more information.  
  • June 18, 2017 - Free Admission for Dad's at the Aquarium of Boise from 12 pm to 6 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • June 20, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Bown's Crossing Library. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 21, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Collister. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 21, 2017 - Alive After Five at the Grove Plaza Fountain from 5 pm to 8 pm with Too Slim and the Tail-Draggers, opening Zach Quintana Band. Click here for more information. 
  • June 22, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Cole & Ustick. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 22, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 23, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Hillcrest. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 23, 2017 - Music on the Water Concert from 4 pm to 9 pm at the Esther Simplot Park, 614 N Whitewater Park Blvd. Free to attend. VIP package, $15. Click here for more information.
  • June 23, 2017 - Goin' for Owen: Un-mask Dravet 5k at 5:30 pm at the Ann Morrison Park. Click here for more information and to register. 
  • June 24, 2017 - Feed You Soul Festival from 11 am to 9 pm at 601 W Jefferson St. Boise. Festival includes music, food trucks, bounce house, obstacle course, games, prizes and giveaways. Free. Click here for more information. 
  • June 24, 2017 - Pet-A-Pawlooza from 10 am to 2 pm at the Julia Davis Park. Includes demos by the Boise Police Dept K9 unit, children's games, food trucks, local vendors, activities for pets and more. FREE. Click here for more information. 
  • June 24, 2017 -  Movies Under the Stars at 7 pm at Bowden Park located at 3230 W. Edson St. Includes free games and free movie screening of The Secret Life of Pets. Click here for more information.   
  • June 27, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Bown's Crossing Library. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.  
  • June 28, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Collister. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.  
  • June 28, 2017 - Alive After Five at the Grove Plaza Fountain from 5 pm to 8 pm with the Jamie McLean Band, opening Tylor and the Train Robbers. Click here for more information.. Click here for more information.
  • June 29, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information. 
  • June 30, 2017 - SummerFest STEAM Camp from 4 to 5 pm at  Library! at Hillcrest. Fun STEAM activities for kids ages 6-12. 
Click here for more information.If you have a family-friendly activity in Boise, please contact me to add to the listing.

June Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Thursday, June 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 Kohls Gift Card (ends June 1, 2017)
Captain Underpants Prize Pack (ends June 1, 2017)
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd (ends June 1, 2017) 
$100 Circle K Gift Card (ends June 3, 2017)
$100 Nordstrom Gift Card (ends June 3, 2017)
Elephant and Piggie Prize Pack (ends June 4, 2017)
Elephant and Piggie Prize Pack (ends June 4, 2017) 
Chloe & Isabel Hair Accessories (ends June 5, 2017)
Foster Farms Coupons (ends June 6, 2017)
Elephant & Piggie (ends June 6, 2017)
10-piece Rubbermaid Brilliance Set (ends June 6, 2017)
$300 Stitch Fix Gift Card (ends June 6, 2017)
Herb Scissors (ends June 7, 2017) 
Kansas City Steak Sampler (ends June 7, 2017) 
Kansas City Steak Sampler Pack (ends June 7, 2017)
Elephant & Piggie Prize Pack (ends June 7, 2017)
Sephora Waterproof Liner, Colorful Blush, Contour/Color Liner & Lipstick Duo (ends June 7, 2017) 
Beauty and Beast HD Download (ends June 9, 2017) 
Hanes Prize Pack (ends June 9, 2017)
Foster Farms Coupons (ends June 10, 2017)
$25 Mixology Gift Card (ends June 11, 2017)
$10 Amazon Gift Card (ends June 11, 2017)
The Good That Men Can Do Book (ends June 11, 2017)
$50 Visa Gift Card (ends June 12, 2017)
Brooks Glycerin 15 (ends June 12, 2017)
2 Boxes of Enjoy Life Pizza Crust Mix (ends June 12, 2017)
$50 Lululemon Gift Card (ends June 12, 2017)
$50 Brickyard Buffalo Gift Card (ends June 12, 2017)
Kansas City Sampler Pack (ends June 13, 2017)
Digital Movie Code for Bambi and Beauty and the Beast (ends June 13, 2017)
$50 Carabbas Gift Card (ends June 13, 2017)
Brooks Glycerin 15 (ends June 13, 2017) 
Elephant & Piggie Prize Pack (ends June 14, 2017)
5 lbs of Premium Sockeye Salmon (ends June 15, 2017)
$100 Radio Flyer Credit (ends June 15, 2017)
$100 Radio Flyer Credit (ends June 15, 2017)
$40 Applebees Gift Card (ends June 16, 2017)
Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters (ends June 16, 2017)
2 Jars of Coconut Oil Mayo, Coconut Oil Spray and Tote Bag (ends June 17, 2017)
Beauty and Beast Digital Copy (ends June 17, 2017)
4 Month Supply of PB8 Probiotics (ends June 18, 2017)
Cars 3 Prize Pack (ends June 18, 2017)
Hanes Prize Pack (ends June 18, 2017)
Pantry to Plate Recipe Book (ends June 19, 2017)
Kendra Scott Elle Earrings (ends June 19, 2017)
Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening (ends June 19, 2017)
Elephant & Piggie Mo Williems Prize Pack (ends June 19, 2017) 
$25 Mixology Gift Card (ends June 20, 2017)
Boulder Canyon Product Coupons (ends June 20, 2017) 
Non Dress (ends June 21, 2017) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends June 21, 2017)
Physicians Formula Bundle and $25 Walmart Gift Card (ends June 21, 2017)
Emile Henry Pizza Glazed Stone (ends June 21, 2017) 
$25 Taco Bueno Gift Card (ends June 22, 2017)
$25 Amazon Gift Card and Teletubbies DVD (ends June 22, 2017)
6 Quart Crock Pot Smart Pot (ends June 22, 2017)
$25 Kroger Gift Card (ends June 23, 2017)
$100 Radio Flyer Credit (ends June 23, 2017)
$50 Visa Gift Card (ends June 25, 2017)
Charles Viancin Prize Package (ends June 26, 2017)
Thule Yepp Bike Seat (ends June 26, 2017)
Triderma Prize Pack (ends June 26, 2017)
Beyblade Prize Pack (ends June 26, 2017)
Glazed Pizza Stone (ends June 27, 2017)
$25 Kroger Gift Card (ends June 27, 2017)
$25 Fry's Gift Card (ends June 29, 2017) 
$50 Amazon Gift Card (ends June 30, 2017)
LeCrueset Serving Platter (ends June 30, 2017)

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, May 26, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for either 1 FREE International Delight One Touch Latte (12 oz., any variety) or ONE (1) FREE Silk Almond Creamer, any variety (16 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.

Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in Boise

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day helps us remember those who have moved on and/or gave their life in service to our country. There are several ways that we can celebrate Memorial Day:

1. Visit Grave Sites of Ancestors: Many people on Memorial Day go to grave sites of loved ones and pay tribute with flowers or sharing memories.

2. Idaho Civil War Volunteers are conducting an annual Civil War flag raising ceremony, gun salute and eulogy at 12 pm at the Veterans Monument in Morris Hill Cemetery, 317 N. Latah. At 1:30 pm the ceremony will be repeated at the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery at 1101 Mountain Cove Rd. To learn more, click here.

3. Idaho Division of Veterans Services will hold a ceremony at 10 am at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery located at 1011 Horseshoe Bend Road. For more information, click here.

4. Thank a Veteran for their Service: Veterans take time to help our country and to provide a service, take the time to thank them.

5. Have a Barbecue and Celebrate the Freedom and Country: Many men and women have given up their lives so that we have freedom and safety. Celebrate and honor their memory by spending time with family and loved ones.

6. Hang up in American Flag: Show that you remember the loss of the lives of those who died, by putting up an American Flag in your home.

What are some ways that you like to celebrate?


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Boise Public Library New Summer Program

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Boise Public Library is doing a new summer program this year called SummerFest and a new community-wide reading program: BoiseReads! These new programs don't officially start until June 1st (and end July 31st), but you can register for the program NOW. To register for the program, click here.

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
If you complete five themed activities for each Discovery Track you can enter into grand prize drawings. For the Discover Science Track some examples of activities include: designing a building, making a volcano, doing a science experiment and more. To learn more about SummerFest, click here. (Even though the program doesn't start until June 1st, you can start planning what you are going to do with your kids for the Discover Science track and get the supplies i.e. clay for a volcano, registering a hold at the library for a science book, pvc pipe for a stomp rocket.)

BoiseReads
BoiseReads is a new, all-ages (includes babies to seniors), community-wide reading program. Track all the books you read (through the registered site, click here). The goal is for our community to read 50,000 books this summer.

Gap Factory and Banana Republic Factory Outlet Mystery Money

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Until May 29th, the Gap Factory Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Outlet are offering a chance to win Mystery Money to their store. You can win up to $25, $100 or $500 to be used towards a Banana Republic Factory or Gap Factory purchase and a chance to win a trip to Mexico. I signed up and took my mystery money bar code to the Gap Factory Outlet. The employees weren't able to figure out the amount that I would get until I made my purchase. There were a lot of great items for women, men and children. We found a couple of things that we liked. We received $25 off our purchase. I used a gift card I got from Ebates and Kellogg's Family Rewards with my $25 off coupon to get $55 worth of items for $5. The Mystery Money is worth using even if you only get the $25 off coupon, there were several items at the Gap Factory Outlet that were under $25: t-shirts, flip flops, pants, etc. To sign-up to get your own mystery money, click here.

Romancing Daphne Review

Monday, May 22, 2017

Romancing Daphne, by Sarah Eden, shares the story of Daphne Lancaster's first season in London. Daphne despairs at the thought of attending social events in London. She believes she doesn't have her sisters' beauty, talents, or the ability to converse easily. When an unexpected visitor, James Tilburn, comes to her door for a social call, Daphne becomes excited at the prospect of getting to know him. Is James what he seems? Daphne and James quickly become caught in others' greed, a tangle web of lies, and misunderstandings. James and Daphne will have to determine how to free themselves and find freedom in happiness.

Romancing Daphne is the third installment of the Lancaster books by Sarah M. Eden. Each of the Lancaster books can stand alone, but I've learned its better to read the books in order. When you read them in order, you can understand the references to characters and events. The other books in the installment are Seeking Peresphone and Courting Miss Lancaster. Romancing Daphne shared Daphne's fears and hopes. She seemed to exhibit common fears of finding ground in social settings, feelings of doubt and self esteem. Daphne's character also had many talents that are more known to the reader as she gets to know James Tilburn. The portrayal of Daphne was relateable. The hero, James Tilburn, had many flaws: believing lies without checking into them, snooping on a terrace like a peeping tom, allowing himself to be overrun by his father. Daphne and James throughout the story discover who they are and what they should and should not believe about themselves. The story is filled with drama, romance, and more. It was interesting to see the characters develop and see their reaction to adversity. To learn more about Romancing Daphne, click here.

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Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, May 19, 2017

Lately, my kids really, really like Ritz Crackers. They ask for them as a snack often. Ritz are also easy to pair with cheese, fruit and/or veggies. Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Ritz Crisp & Thins (7.1 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.

Olivia the Spy Review

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Olivia's birthday is coming up and she "accidentally" hears her mom saying not so good things about her behavior and that she  might be going to an institution. Olivia's imagination runs wild. Will Olivia's birthday be ruined?

When I first read Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer to my kids, they instantly loved it. I was a little disappointed in it at first. The book bothered me and I couldn't figure out why until I realized it was because my preschooler sometimes acts like Olivia. I like to encourage independence, but sometimes it drives me crazy...deciding he's hungry and getting himself and his sister a snack by climbing onto the counter while I am going to the bathroom, trying to pour himself something to drink, dumping an extra cup of flour in with dinner, or wanting to sweep the floor at the exact moment I need to hurry and clean because someone's coming for dinner. I have also noticed that my preschooler sometimes misinterprets what he overhears me saying to someone else. Olivia the Spy hits the nail on the spot in the way a kid's mind works. The kids kept asking to read it again and again and the more we read it, the more I enjoyed it. I highly encourage for you to read Olivia the Spy and all of the Olivia books if you haven't already. My kids love Olivia and her adventures. To learn more, click here.

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Preschool Learning About Flowers

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

We had a week where we discussed flowers and spring time. We talked about when flowers grew, the
weather in the spring and what flowers eat and drink. Here are a few of the things that we did to discuss flowers and spring:

  • I drew a picture of grass, a flower stem and a circle above the stem. I thought it would be cute to put finger prints around the circle to make flowers. My kids didn't like the idea of sticking their fingers into the paint so I pulled out some q-tips and they used those to paint flower petals and rain. I would highly recommend investing in washable paint. It's easier to clean fingers, clothes, furniture, etc.
  • I also printed out the Spring Flower Petal Counting Sheet from ABCs to ACTs blog, you can get it here. I laminated it so we can reuse it again and again. The kids liked the bright colors, placing the petals on the flower and taking turns counting.
  • We also reread Curious George Discovers Plants. My kids love Curious George and if we can tie in a book to what we're learning about it helps them understand the concepts more.
  • We had also download some preschool flower cutting sheets, patterning sheets and more, but I can't find the link or papers that we worked on. There are numerous educational blogs and sites where you can find free materials for learning.
What are some of your ideas for Spring time learning activities?


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Spring Wreath

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I wanted to make a Spring Wreath for my door. I got a few flowers and a foam wreath from the local dollar store. I grouped the flowers on the wreath according to color. For placing flowers into foam wreaths, I cut the stem of the plastic flower using wire cutters (about an inch or two from the top), stick the remaining stem into the wreath and then hot glue it near the hole. After I placed all of my flowers, I wrapped the remaining wreath in twine (occasionally hot gluing into place). This wreath took about 1.5 hours to complete.

What are some Spring Decorations that you have made?


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How to Make a Holiday Chair Backer

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pottery Barn has some cute chair backers that you can put on the back of chairs for holidays. I didn't want to spend the money on an expensive chair backer so I looked online for a DIY Chair Backer Tutorial. I found a tutorial I liked on One Little Project, click here to see the tutorial. I decided to adjust the tutorial to fit my needs. I wanted to make a basic chair backer for each member of my family and make it generic so I can use it for multiple holidays like: Easter, Birthdays, Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day. We get a lot of cards from grandparents and relatives and I thought that the chair backer would be a nice place to put them.

Here's how I made my backer:

Materials:
1.5 sheets of white felt
White Ribbon
White Thread

1. Cut one of the sheets of white felt in half. These will make up the body of your envelope. Cut a little bit from the top on one of the pieces to make it easier to slide cards in and out. I sewed a fancy-looking white stitch along all of the edges of the two halves and then sewed it together, but you could also just sew it together.

2.  Cut out a triangle for the envelope flap using the remaining felt piece. I sewed along the edges using a fancy-looking white stitch.

3. Cut out two equal sized pieces of white ribbon. The length will vary according to your chair and how far you want the envelope to hang down.

4. Bend the ribbon in half  and place it on the top part of the envelope. Pin the flap over the ribbon.

5. Sew the top flap and ribbons on to the envelope. (I liked the tied ribbon look better than the Velcro look, but you can do whatever your preference.)

It's a very simple and easy project and helps keeps your cards organized for the holidays. If you wanted to add an additional touch, you could stitch the names of your family members on each envelope you make.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Friday, May 12, 2017

This Saturday, May 13th, The National Association of Letter Carriers is asking everyone to "stamp out" hunger. This is the largest food drive in the nation and will help feed families throughout the United States. To participate place non-perishables in a bag (soup, low-sodium beans, tuna, etc) and leave them by your mailbox (or in it) for your letter carrier to pick-up. This is an easy way to help others! To learn more information, please click here.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, May 12, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Lindt Lindor Truffle Stick (1.3 oz., milk chocolate or caramel (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates. Click here for more details.

National Garden Day

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May 12, 2017 is National Garden Day. Admission to the Idaho Botanical Garden is FREE. National Garden Day helps to promote awareness of America's Public Gardens. The event goes from 9 am to 7 pm. This is a great for families. If you're planning on going be sure to bring: sunscreen, water and a camera. To learn more, click here.

Books to Read on Mother's Day with Kids

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There are a lot of great books to read with kids on Mother's Day. Here are some of my favorites:



Love You Forever is a tender book about a mother who sings to her child each night as he grows up. Eventually the mother gets too old to sing to her son and he sings the song back to her. To learn more, click here.



 
 P.D. Eastman has become one of my family's favorite authors. My son loves Are You My Mother? so much that the both of us have the story memorized. It's a sure classic to celebrate Mothers. To learn more, click here.


 
We love the Mercer Mayer books. They're fun and little Critter's adventures are similar to everyday kid life. In Just Me and My Mom, Little Critter spends special time with his mom. This is a great book to read with little ones. To learn more, click here.



 
The Runaway Bunny is an adorable, classic tale. The baby bunny decides he's going to runaway from his mommy in imaginative ways, but the mommy bunny comes up with imaginative ways to tell him she will always come for him no matter what. It's a tale of a steadfast and loving mother.  To learn more, click here.


What are some of your favorite books to read to kids about motherhood?


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