Special friends
What a therapist learned from patients

September 6, 2022

Possible pull quote: I often hear the phrase “I just want my kid to be normal.” But normal is such a relative term. What does it even mean? I know I sure don’t feel ‘normal’ most days. If we were all the same, life would be so boring. Possibly pull quote: Every tiny finger that…

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Helping your child navigate school

September 6, 2022

By Sandy McDaniel School is off and running – are your children keeping up? As a former elementary schoolteacher, I will tell you that it is critical that a child does not get lost in the beginning of the year. Attitude is half the battle! If a child gets discouraged, they will give up on…

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Food wars
Dealing with picky eaters

September 6, 2022

By Cara Johnson-Bader We’ve all been there. After a long day at work, you come home and cook dinner only to have your child refuse to eat anything on his plate and demand mac and cheese or chicken nuggets. You want your child to eat a well-balanced meal, but they simply refuse, and you feel…

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Gluten Free Orange Cinnamon Rolls

September 6, 2022

Ingredients:3 c. Amazing Grace (or other) gluten free pastry flour1 c. Amazing Grace (or other) all purpose gluten free flour2 t. salt1¼ c. milk1 T. quick yeast4 T. sugar4 t. brown sugar2 T. orange juice1 egg and 1 egg white4 T. butter flavored Crisco1 t. vanilla4 T. plain potato flakesZest of 1 orange Directions:In a…

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Down Syndrome Month Sadie, age 4, helping to raise awareness

September 6, 2022

Caption for Just Sadie: Sadie, 4, is helping her family and others realize the value and beauty of a child with Down syndrome. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. (Photo by Arrowleaf Photography) By Gaye Bunderson When asked what she’d say to a mother who just gave birth, Steffanie Larriba replied, “I would say, ‘Congratulations’.”…

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Real Money, Real Families
How to purchase a healthy existence

By Luke Erickson Every person needs a healthy place to exist. That’s why we never make eye contact with others at fast food joints, because we all know we’re not there to be our best-selves. “I’m just here to pick up something for a friend…I mean enemy, I would never give this stuff to a…




J.J. Plew is an Idaho born and raised. J.J. and his wife, along with their 4 kids have lived in the Treasure Valley for the past 20 years. J.J. has stayed actively involved in his kids’ activities as a coach, umpire, and volunteer. He enjoys music, dance, sports, and anything fun which helps keep him a kid at heart. J.J.’s desire for Idaho Family Magazine is to be a parenting magazine for the Treasure Valley area, with tips and children’s activities, while also providing a positive and enjoyable magazine for readers. Feel free to reach out to J.J., he would love to hear from you.

Editor’s Intro: The absolute fun of a good scare

October 1, 2019

I crouched under the theater seats, waiting for the zombies to pass by. Live zombies, mind you, not zombies on the movie screen. I was scared; I didn’t want those awful-looking things to see me. My younger sister sat calmly in her seat, looking down on me with bemusement. But never mind that. I didn’t…

Meet Our New Associate Publisher Adrianne!

March 21, 2019

Hello Boise Area! My name is Adrianne Goff, I am the new Associate Publisher for Idaho Family Magazine family. I am very excited to be a part of this creative team! I have worked in the publishing and print manufacturing industries for over 17 years. My expertise spans from print production to project/product development. I am fortunate to…