The Horney Village: Is it time we live in our own neighborhoods?

July 6, 2021

By Jessie Horney Boy, am I sick of talking about the real estate market. I can’t even remember what people used to say at dinner parties before we started conversations with “Guess what my neighbors just sold their house for?” The valley is changing, from our tax-assessment values to the number of craft breweries in…

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Music’s Power: Songs and sounds — benefits for babies

July 6, 2021

By Cara Johnson-Bader Whether it is singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or playing music and swaying back and forth, engaging in musical activities with your baby helps brain development. Recent research shows that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and strengthens cognitive and sensory development.Language development – Learning to classify sounds…

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Needed now: 5 coping tips for parents and kids

July 6, 2021

By Sandy McDaniel Live in today. Don’t re-live yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. We only have today that we can live in. What can we do with today? Ask how the other person (child or adult) feels deep down inside. And be quiet when any words are spoken. Listen! Pain is stored in layers, so…

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COVID-19 end nears in U.S.: Author not quite ready to ditch the mask

July 6, 2021

Pull quote: With the war on COVID-19 seemingly winding down for many Idaho families, I still may not be able to take my mask off and stop incessantly drenching my hands in hand sanitizer for a few more years. By Dennis Lopez I am a 21st century Hiroo Onoda.For those of you who don’t know…

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Shawn White: Helping foster kids through 2 programs

July 6, 2021

By Gaye Bunderson Shawn White helps children every day. After holding what she refers to as “a lotta jobs” over the years, she now receives fulfillment in helping kids in foster care find their Forever Family.Shawn serves as the Recruitment Services Administrator for both Wednesday’s Child and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids programs. It’s a job she…

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Real Money, Real Families: The 7 main elements of ‘the good life’

By Luke Erickson “You can never have enough of what you don’t need.”I heard this quote recently, and it’s very true when it comes to managing our finances. How much is really enough? Do you have a number for yourself? The truth is that the vast majority of us think to ourselves, “If I just…




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: That mean ole man just up the road

July 6, 2021

By Chuck Carpenter In 1965 my family loaded up everything we owned and moved from Alaska back to Western Montana. We spent a few days with my grandparents in Hamilton, Montana and then rented a house south of Conner, Montana along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River.With lots of great fishing and hunting right…

Wednesday’s Child: Raymond, 13, likes pancakes and pizza

July 6, 2021

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Raymond, 13, is a spirited boy who describes himself as kind, smart and good in school. He enjoys reading, playing basketball, drawing and painting. He loves country music and to be outside with his friends, playing games…

Wednesday’s Child: Joseph, 16, is a funny, talented ‘jokester’

March 4, 2021

The following information is provided by Wednesday’s Child, an organization that helps Idaho foster children find permanent homes. Joseph, 16, is an outgoing young man with a passion for riding anything with wheels, including his bike, electric scooter, longboard or roller blades. When he’s not busy being active, he can be found reading novels by…

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…