Purses with a Purpose
Bringing hope (and items) to women in need

July 8, 2022

Caption for Lots of Purses: Launee Wolverton’s grandchildren sit with an array of purses donated to their grandmother’s ongoing project for women: Purses with a Purpose. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Lopez I guess I can blame my mother.I was never allowed to touch my mom’s purse, let alone plumb the depths of its many pockets,…

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Throw a party
Don’t spend a big bundle of cash

July 8, 2022

By Melanie Nelson Why is it that birthday parties always end up costing more time, energy and money than you planned? I think that sometimes, as moms, we get caught up in the “Pinterest-Perfect” mindset, meaning that everything has to look and be perfect in order for anyone to have fun. I, too, get caught…

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Summer fun
‘Messy play’ and its many benefits

July 8, 2022

By Macaile Hutt Summer is now here after what felt like an endless cold season, so I thought it would be fitting to share some fun and easy summer activities to get outside, promote messy play, and stimulate the sensory systems of our kiddos. It’s important to encourage messy play anytime we can to help…

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Your newborn & you
Meet the challenges of traveling with baby

July 8, 2022

By Heidi Christianson As parents start feeling more comfortable getting out and about with baby, it may be stressful to think about travel, especially when it comes to keeping little ones on their nap and sleep schedules. Don’t let the prospect of baby getting off schedule worry you, though; here are our Top 5 tips…

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Teaching kids a love of the natural world

July 8, 2022

Caption for Children in Outdoor Preschool: Children in the Outdoor Preschool program enjoy playing and learning in nature at the Foothills Learning Center. (Photo provided by FLC) By Gaye Bunderson Nature surrounds us and, yet, we frequently fail to experience it to the fullest. Helping people of all ages get the most from nature’s bounty…

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Start Each New Task or Event with a Reminder

“I just want to be able to go to the store and pick up a few things without it turning into a huge battle.”Right? You have a plan, it’s not unreasonable. A few errands, get a few things at the store on the way home and then maybe even have time for a quick treat….




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…