The Horney Village: Clearing the air … about many things

October 11, 2020

By Jessie Horney Every morning I see the sunrise reflected in a mirror before I see it in the sky. There’s an eastern window in our front room that captures the sunrise, framing dawn in a way that directs the light to a mirror hanging in the entryway, and that’s also how I know when…

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A teacher’s perspective: Students ace the pandemic protocols

October 11, 2020

By Dennis Lopez Listening to Bob Marley sing in my headphones about how “every little things goin’ to be alright” makes me hope he is right and forget that we are hunkered down and sheltering in place from a worldwide pandemic. But we are. The rubber gloves I am wearing as I type this are…

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Real Money, Real Families: Insights on happiness and money

October 11, 2020

By Luke Erickson With the holidays that come this time of year we’re reminded of many of the things that bring happiness to our lives, such as candy, turkey, and presents. If only happiness were so simple, right? Happiness is an elusive thing. Yes, food and gifts can provide small, temporary paths to a little…

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Treatments: A Parents’ guide to what’s new in asthma

October 11, 2020

By Brian Bizik With COVID-19 taking most of the health headlines, other medical ailments have been pushed to the news cycle background. One of those conditions is asthma. But that cough you hear might not be the latest virus; it might be asthma, a disease that is frequently worse in the fall and winter months.…

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Child care decisions: Good choices impact your child’s future

October 11, 2020

By Cara Johnson-Bader Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your child. Research increasingly tells us that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping his or her future health and development. High-quality child care and education in the early years can make a…

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Our baby was able to thrive thanks to Tongue Tie Release

By Samuel P. Zink Jr., DMD Our first son was born during my final year of dental school in Louisville, Kentucky. We were expecting a blond-haired, blue-eyed baby. He came out with a handsome full head of reddish-brown hair and a quizzical brow. We enjoyed being parents, but sometimes I wondered, is it supposed to…




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 15 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.

The Outdoorsman: Catching a bear is the ‘easy’ part

October 11, 2020

By Chuck Carpenter In the late 1950s my dad worked for the government, helping livestock producers with predator problems. We lived at a little place called Wolf Creek, Montana. Early one morning he received a phone call that a black bear had killed a lamb on a small ranch not too far from where we…

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…