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)
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