Teach your kid to shift gears: 5 easy tricks

  I don’t really remember learning to ride a bike. I have a vague memory of the training wheels coming off, realizing my Dad was no longer holding onto the saddle, aware I was on my own, wobbling and falling as a result. I think I was around 7. Red started on his balance bike…

Snap It Outdoors: Balancing Act

We went to the zoo this week, ate a picnic, and visited our favorite animals, which are currently the zebras and the giraffes. Red was amazed to watch a giraffe reach up high and stick it’s tongue out to reach the high leaves on the tree above. “There’s no way any other animals here could…

The Less-Stress Staycation

For Red’s first real spring break, I started making plans to take them on a vacation. The main reason I chose to work part-time for myself, from home, was so I could have flexibility and be with the boys if they are ill or off school. I was wary of going away, however, because they…

Snap It Outdoors: Maps

‘The boys haven’t been wanting to go out much recently.  A cold snap hit Boise again this week, the temperatures have been in the teens on the way to school, and there’s been indoor recess again. We’ve been playing in the yard, but not much more than that. The spring that seemed to beckon for…

Lifestyle Photo-shoot: Photos that tell a story

My friend Paige is a genius photographer, who shoots families and newborns with Glean & Co in Boise, Idaho, and all across the Pacific North West.  I have been working with her on some copy writing, and jumped at the chance to sample for free her ‘lifestyle’ family photo-shoot. Our family do not get photos…

Wild Child: Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Red and I attended his first film festival last week.  It was the Wild Child program, part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival which was put on by the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club. Red is not a fan of movies; he finds the structure too scary.  TV show length is as much…

Snow Activities: Tracks in the snow

In Boise, we have had the inversion for a week, and we are done! It was so nice to wake up on Saturday to some snow (just a tiny bit) and more importantly, clear skies! The inversion causes all the smog and yucky particles to get trapped down in the valley, and I could feel…