Spring Break In The Treasure Valley

It seems hard to believe but spring is just about here and that means Spring Break is right around the corner. Although it feels like we just got the Christmas decorations down and we are still getting the occasional snow, spring is knocking on the door. For those of us with kids we are facing the question of what to do for Spring Break. Luckily we are blessed to live in the beautiful Treasure Valley where there is an endless list of things to do. We put together a selection of options from high action to totally chill and we took the unpredictable local weather into account, giving you options for rain or shine. 

High Action

For the family that is looking to get their adrenaline pumping on Spring Break there are plenty of things to get your thrills. If the weather is nice, head to Jump Creek. A short trail weaves through awesome rock formations and ends at a spectacular waterfall. From there you can keep exploring different trails and have fun bouldering. Or head to Bruneau Sand Dunes and surf the sand on the tallest single dune in North America. Be sure to take some kites because the wind is usually perfect for kite flying. 

If it's more rain than shine head to one of the Treasure Valley’s indoor climbing gyms. Even if your family has never climbed before they can have an incredible experience since most climbing gyms offer auto belay. Auto belay means that you and your kids can climb with the safety of a rope without having to know how to belay. If climbing is not quite your thing you can reach heights another way at one of the many indoor trampoline parks. Flip and flop while getting in a great workout at a place where you can literally jump off the walls. Keep active this break at one or all of these great options.

More Mellow

Grab the family and head to Julia Davis Park in downtown for Zoo Boise. Fun for any age you can enjoy taking in the various animal exhibits. Have your sack lunch next to the lions, peer in at the penguins underwater, and even get a chance to feed a giraffe. The visual spectacle of the wild world is matched with the thoughtful interpretation helping you learn a little about these beautiful animals while you watch their entertaining antics. From there unwind on a walk along the greenbelt or play in one of the many adjacent parks. 

If the weather makes this outdoor option fall flat head to Meridian’s The Village. There are plenty of options in this one awesome location to please even the pickiest person in the family. From gaming arcades to feature films and tons of shops to browse in between. End the day with a family meal at one of the many eateries on site. 

 

We hope these options help you get started planning a great Spring Break where you can spend meaningful time with your entire family and make memories that can last a lifetime. There is nothing better than coming back to an immaculate and beautifully cleaned home. While you are out having family fun we can be getting your chores done. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Holiday Family Fun In The Treasure Valley

The holiday season is a great time to take the family out for a day trip to one of the many family friendly events happening in and around Boise. If you want to take your kids to visit Santa or to see a fun holiday themed museum exhibit, then this article is for you! We have gathered some of the very best and fun family events from all around the Treasure Valley this year. Enjoy!

Idaho Historical Society Holiday Events (All December And January, Various Dates)

We just wanted to give a quick shout out to the Idaho Historical Society and all they do regarding providing fun family friendly and inexpensive events all year round, and especially during the holidays. This year, they are doing several fun events including a Nativity Scene at The Bishop’s House, a free holiday movie night at the Idaho State Museum, and a Winter Wonder Village family night experience. You can read about all of that and more on their events page here

Zoo Boise’s Breakfast With Santa, December 17th

Zoo Boise strikes again with yet another fantastic family friendly and fun event at their location. This time it is a little different. It is a new spin on spending time with Santa by having breakfast with him! At this event you will be able to have a buffet breakfast and have your kids play with a fun Christmas themed craft project and also be able to spend time with Santa. Full details here

Victorian Holiday Open Parlors At The Bishop’s House Near The Old Pen. December 1st Through 22nd

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas, then this is your chance. The Bishop’s House will be open to the public all December through the 22nd. You can view a proverbial forest of decorated Christmas trees throughout the different rooms of the house. Each tree more vibrantly and elegantly decorated than the last with thousands of ornaments, including new selections for 2023. While you and the family are taking in the sites, you can enjoy complimentary warm spiced cider to help warm your hands and brighten your spirits. Hours vary, so please check the event website for full details. Free to the public!

Visit With Santa At The Village In Meridian! Now Through December 24th

There are always so many fun things to do at The Village and this holiday season is no exception. Santa will be there all month long until Christmas, so reserve your child’s spot now! Here’s the full details on their website.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect family outing during the holidays is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Thanksgiving And Holiday Recipes That Are Easy For Kids To Help With

The holidays are a great time for spending time with family and for cooking delicious food. You can do both at the same time by having your kids help you cook so you can teach them the fundamentals and help them discover the joy of cooking. Even if they are not a budding future chef, they will enjoy the delicious food to eat at the end, so everybody wins! We have put together a few easy to make and kid friendly recipes that you can try this year that will allow your kids to help you both make excellent food and memories together. 

Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If you have a slow cooker, crockpot, or Instant Pot, then you are in for a serious treat! This recipe will also save you time and energy on or around Thanksgiving because it is a much easier and foolproof way to make mashed potatoes. It’s a great recipe for a kid to help with. They can help you cut and peel the potatoes and they can add the seasonings to the pot. Very straightforward and impossible to mess up. Here’s the full recipe

Cute Thanksgiving Turkey Shaped Cheese Ball Appetizer

Here is a great recipe that combines the fun of cooking with the fun of arts and crafts. You and your child can put together a hilarious looking turkey guy that will be perfectly seasonal and tasty to eat. It will make a fun appetizer that your child will enjoy making and eating. Recipe here.

Amazing Homemade Cranberry Apple Sauce Side Dish

This is a pretty creative one that is healthy and easy to make as well. Most of it involves chopping up the apples and peeling and separating the oranges. You will put everything into a single pot and simmer until everything has had a chance to combine and soften and then you blend it together with a hand mixer/immersion blender. This could easily become a family staple!

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Dessert

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? This is a great twist on the classic recipe that is perfect for the holiday season. They are light, fluffy, and a little chewy and not too sweet. The natural pumpkin flavors are rich and complex and pair so well with the chocolate chips. You will hardly believe that they are healthier than your average chocolate chip cookie. Your kids will enjoy measuring and stirring and shaping the cookies as they go on the pan for cooking. It is super simple since you will only need one bowl! Enjoy the full recipe here.

For The Road

Putting together the perfect family meal with a little helper at your side is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Best Practices For Safe Trick or Treating

Halloween is truly a time of year that has something for everyone. Whether you’re a teenager or college aged person looking for a fun night of partying or you’re a young child looking forward to getting lots of candy and dressing up and having fun with your friends, or even if you are an older adult with small children, it is fun to take them trick or treating and see their excitement. No matter what, Halloween is just fun! But, with that fun comes a certain amount of risk. In today’s article, we’re going to give you some excellent tips for helping your child stay safe and have fun this year as they go trick or treating. 

Leverage Costume Accessories To Increase Your Child’s Visibility To Drivers

Many costumes come with certain accessories like a sword or fairy wand or broom or just about anything in between. Increase your child’s safety and visibility by purchasing an accessory that fits with the costume but also either lights up or glows on its own. You can even get creative and attach some reflective tape to an accessory if you have the time and inclination. If your child’s costume doesn’t come with an accessory, then you can add lights or glow sticks to their candy bucket or bag to help them stay visible during the dark hours of trick or treating. 

Make Sure Their Costume Is Visible At Night

To really reinforce their safety and overall visibility, you will want to make sure that your child’s costume is also visible at night. Try to add a layer of brighter fabric if possible or ensure that their shoes light up when they walk. If neither of those are possible, then adding a few strips of reflective tape to the backs of their legs, their lower back, and/or their feet will greatly help increase their visibility at night. Adding tape to areas of their body that move the most will help to ensure that the reflective tape is working in the most effective way possible. 

Flashlights For Everyone!

We recommend giving your child a small flashlight to carry and play with as they trick or treat so that they can see their way up dark paths or parts of the neighborhood street that are less well lit. It’s also a good idea for the grownups to also have flashlights to help keep an eye on everything and to make sure that there are no tripping hazards in the dark. 

Comfort Can Also Be Safety

It’s a good idea to ensure that your child’s costume is also not dragging or otherwise hindering their feet as they are walking. Make sure they have comfortable shoes that fit them well since they will be doing a lot of walking. We want to avoid tripping as much as possible!

Regarding masks, we strongly recommend using a mask that has a wide field of vision or one that does not cover the eyes. If a kid can’t see, then it’s harder for them to know where they are and for them to see possible tripping hazards as they bounce along the neighborhood street. 

For The Road

Planning your family’s trick or treat run is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Fall Pumpkin Patch and Family Activity Guide

Just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean that having fun in the outdoors has to as well. There are so many fun and family friendly things that you can do this fall in the Treasure Valley. For today’s blog, we’ve picked out some of the most fun and exciting family friendly pumpkin patch tours that you can start working into your busy schedule today. Have fun out there and remember to pack an extra thermos of hot cider! You can never have too much cider. 

Cherry Hill Farms. Caldwell

If you haven’t heard of Cherry Hill Farms then that’s ok because this is only their second season open to the public. Last year they kicked off a tremendous opener with their inaugural run. Even though they are a bit of a drive from Boise, it is well worth the trip. They have so much on offer and they are eager to please. Here is a little taste of what they have in store for you:

Lowe Family Farmstead. Kuna

A tried and true staple, the Lowe Family Farmstead is the pillar to which all other pumpkin patch farms aspire. They have a ton of great attractions and are adding new and exciting things to do every year. We suggest taking at least two trips during the fall each year. A September trip to see all of the beautiful flowers blooming in their you-pick flower fields and again in October at the height of Halloween and harvest festival season for the ultimate corn maze experience. It’s also a good idea to try planning a visit for a Tuesday afternoon or evening since tickets are half off! Here are just a few of the amazing things to do at Lowe Family Farmstead this year: 

The Berry Patch. Caldwell

The Berry Patch isn’t as big or flashy as some other working ranches around the state, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in variety and charm. Here you can definitely enjoy a large pumpkin patch and catch a genuine hayride on a genuine tractor, but you can also pick other fall delectables like sweet corn, berries (like blackberries and blueberries), and even things like winter squash! They have so much to offer and it’s right there for the picking, literally. More information on their website here

For The Road

Planning your family’s recreational outings in the fall is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

How To Prepare Your Home For When You Are Away On Summer Vacation

Vacation time! It should be a time of deep relaxation, fun, and a way to generate lifelong happy memories with friends and family. But, in order to even get to the point where you are finally on the beach sipping a cold drink with a tiny umbrella, you have to put in some footwork, especially when it comes to preparing your home. Before you go, especially if you’re going to be gone for two weeks or more, your home will need to be prepared to operate without you for that length of time, which is actually more of an undertaking than you would have imagined. In today’s article, we’re going to cover some of the basic and even not so basic best practices that you can deploy the next time you and the family get to hit the open road on vacation. 

Secure Food And Trash

Before you leave, make sure that you dump all of your home’s trash cans and make arrangements for your large trash cans to be taken to the curb and brought back in while you’re away. You will also want to go through your fridge and pantry and either throw away, give away, or consume any food that may spoil while you are out of town. The last thing you want to do is come back to a house full of rotted food.

Around The Yard

The outside of your house can be just as important to secure as the inside. Make sure that your lawn gets mowed just prior to your leaving so that it doesn’t get too overgrown while you’re away. Also make sure that your sprinklers are on a good schedule that allows for your lawn to stay green and healthy. 

Do a perimeter check around your house and make sure that there are no branches or trees that have grown in such a way that would allow a burglar to have access to a window or upper deck. Trim any trees that are this way and feel free to trim any tree branches that may get overgrown or shabby while you are away too. 

Clean your gutters in order to ensure that they won’t overflow or spill water during a storm while you are gone. That could lead to other problems down the line as well. 

In the garden, make sure that you either arrange for someone to come by to water your plants and trees or to set up an automatic watering system for when you are away.

Inside The House

You will want to clean your house before leaving so that you can come back to a nice clean home that won’t stress you out once you finally get back from your travels. 

Clean out your garbage disposal and make sure it isn’t clogged before you go. Empty the dishwasher and leave the door cracked open slightly so it can dry out while you are gone. You will also want to ensure that all of your laundry is clean and that your washer and dryer are empty before you go. You don’t want to leave dirty soiled clothes in the hamper for a few weeks and you definitely don’t want to accidentally leave wet clothes in the washer either! 

For The Road

Making sure your home is ready for when you go on vacation is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Father's Day Activity Guide For The Treasure Valley

It’s almost time for Father’s Day this year and we want to help you make this year’s extra special. We’ve put together a guide to some fun activities that you and your dad (and the whole family!) can do on the special day to make it awesome. Whether your dad is at home in the great outdoors or in his favorite comfy chair, we have some ideas that will be great for you and your pops. Sound off in the comments with your favorites from our list or your own ideas from years past. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

Movie Night/Day

Since it is smack dab at the start of the summer each year, Father’s Day is an excellent day to catch the latest summer blockbuster. Treat your dad to a fun day at the movies with an exciting double feature of two films that you know he’s been dying to see but has been too busy to make time for. Or, you can get together for a fun dinner and then see a later feature to top off the night. Either way, your dad will appreciate you thinking of him and will love to spend the time together with you. If your dad is less interested in the latest blockbusters, search out your local arthouse cinema and see if they have something on offer that he will like. The bonus to going to that type of theater is that they typically serve hot food and cold beer, which dad’s typically like, or so we hear… 

Round Of Golf Or Driving Range Fun

Heading out to the links is a great way to spend Father’s Day together and to get some much needed sunshine and exercise. Try one of the valley’s excellent golf courses, like Warm Springs Golf Course off of Warm Springs Ave. in Boise or snag a reservation at the driving range instead. You can have high quality food and drinks brought right to your private golfing booth over at TopGolf in Meridian. Fun for the whole family!

Hike Cervidae Peak

One of the best things about living in the Treasure Valley is that the hiking trails close to town are second to none. We have tons of fantastic hiking and biking trails to choose from, you really can’t go wrong. For Father’s Day, we recommend a trek just outside of town to the Lucky Peak area in order to hike the scenic and rewarding Cervidae Peak trail. It offers some of the best views of the valley and is home to many species of wildlife that you can photograph along the way. Make sure to bring some refreshments or snacks since having a meal at the top of the peak is a true treat. 

For The Road

Putting together a fun and memorable Father’s Day is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Camping Gear Checklist

Now is the perfect time to start planning your family camping adventures for this year. Whether you’re a first time camper or you’re a seasoned pro, it may help to have a quick camping gear checklist for your first trip out this year. Getting a family ready to go to the supermarket is hectic enough, let alone trying to pack a family for an overnight camping trip. We’ve created a list that is a good start to putting you and your family on the right track for having the necessities for your next camping excursion. Let us know in the comments if we forgot something or if you have had success with other list additions!

Trial Run To Get Your Bearings

If you don’t have time for this, then that is fine, but doing a trial run in the weeks leading up to the official leave date can do wonders for your packing preparedness level. Gather the supplies you think you will need for an overnight stay and set up the tent and cooking area in your backyard. Go ahead and try to cook dinner out there as well! A test run will tell you just about everything you will need to know before you actually get on the road. Pay attention to the little things that you need like aluminum foil, extra napkins, and water, etc. 

Sleeping Gear

We like to split our camping supplies into separate categories like sleeping, cooking, personal hygiene, and others. For sleeping gear you will need (for starters) the following:

Cooking Gear

For cooking gear, you can really be all over the proverbial map. Some people bring pre-made and pre-packaged food and only use their fire for warmth and light at night while others will turn their campfire into the equivalent of a Michelin star restaurant. Here is a good starter kit for someone wanting to cook basic meals like eggs, steak, and burgers.

Clothing And Hygiene Gear

One mistake that a lot of novice campers will make is not packing enough cold weather items, even when camping in the middle of the summer. In higher elevations, the night can get brutally cold, especially when you are camping at the beginning or end of the camping season. Make sure to pack extra clothing like socks, long underwear and blankets!

For The Road

Putting together a family camping trip in the summer is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Treasure Valley Easter Activities Guide

This Easter, why not try something a little different than just the traditional dinner or brunch with friends and family? We love to support other local businesses around the Treasure Valley so we’ve put together a list of fun family friendly activities that you can do between now and Easter Sunday this year (2023). Whether it’s seeing the sights at the zoo or having a fancy brunch at a thriving local restaurant, there’s something for everyone. 

Explore The ‘Hoppinings” At The Zoo!

Zoo Boise is nothing if not reliable for a great holiday celebration. You can always count on them to be celebrating just about every kid friendly holiday, and Easter is no egg-ception. This year at Zoo Boise, they are pulling out all of the stops in order to bring in your hops. On April 8th only, they are going all in on Easter. They will have the Easter Bunny there for photos and he will be passing out candy and high-fives to all the kids who see him. There will be face-painting booths, special treats for the animals, fun activities, local vendors, and so much more! Check out their website for more details

Biscuit&Hogs, Fancy Brunch

One of the best parts of Easter is the chance to have craveable food in a brunch time setting. We’ve got a great new restaurant to recommend called Biscuit&Hogs that will knock your proverbial socks off! See, you know it is a fancy place if their name is difficult to put into a search engine. They have dishes that frankly put a lot of other brunch spots to shame. Here are a few hand picked favorites (view the full menu and schedule at their website here):

 

Handmade Chicken And Waffles

Served with sharp aged cheddar, and adorned with a fried egg and a hot honey bourbon maple syrup. 

 

Biscuit French Toast

A buttermilk biscuit halved and fried golden brown, topped with huckleberry compote, powdered sugar & home made whipped. Served with two eggs and their signature pork belly bacon strips.

 

Smoked Brisket Eggs Benedict 

Slow smoked and thick sliced brisket topped with smoky bacon hollandaise, poached eggs, crispy onion straws and drizzled with homemade BBQ sauce all on top of a grilled homemade biscuit.

Tree City Church 5K And Easter Egg Hunt Party!

This is a unique blend of competition and fun that will have the whole family jumping (or hopping) for joy! Participate in a fun springtime 5k run that begins at 11am. At 12:15pm, you and the kids are welcome to the Easter Egg hunt event that kicks off a whole block party that lasts the rest of the day. Here are some of the featured attractions:

For The Road

Easter is a fun time to get together with friends and family for fun and good food. With a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!

What To Do On New Year’s Eve in the Treasure Valley

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching. If you don’t have any plans thus far or are maybe open to changing or adding to your current festivity plans, then you’re in the right place. In today’s article we are going to show you some of our favorite New Year’s Eve events and activities happening in and around Boise, Idaho. Don’t worry, we absolutely included the famous Great Idaho Potato Drop. We even included some activities that you can do to celebrate the coming of the new year from the comfort of and warmth of your own home. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

The 10th Annual Great Idaho Potato Drop

The granddaddy of them all. The Great Idaho Potato Drop. This is the premier event of the Treasure Valley’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Come on down to the steps of the Capitol building just outside of downtown Boise and you will get to hear a free concert featuring Andrew Sheppard, Boise Rock School, and Cassandra Lewis among other great entertainment. Be sure to also check out the live Urban-Air 2022 Ski and Snowboard Exhibition. It is a custom built course designed by top Olympic Snow Park engineers. Truly a sight to behold! There will also be food and snacks from local vendors as well as a beer garden. More info here: https://idahopotatodrop.com/

The Noise Reggaeton New Years Party

Drop on by the new venue at the corner of State and Collister for this year’s hottest Reggaeton concert. The biggest reggaeton party in the state is hitting Boise once again! Playing the best in reggaeton, dembow, HipHop and more. Featuring Idaho's biggest DJs- Knick Knax, Armada & AlexTop. Ticket’s start at $15 and the doors open at 10pm. More info here.

New Year's Eve Farm-To-Fork Dinner

Head on over to the other side of the Treasure Valley for this event. Found in Nampa, this delicious five course dinner will be served with specialty paired cocktails, all inspired by the native foods and cuisines of Idaho. Tickets are $75 per person. Full details here

Stay-Cation Celebration At Home

You can have a blast at home with your loved ones or with a few friends as well. Make sure to have some festive food and drinks on hand. You can even do a theme for your food like “enchanted evening” or “everything must be green”. The sky’s the limit! Here are a few more activities to get your party roaring:

In Conclusion

This New Year’s Eve is going to be great! It all just comes down to how you schedule it. We hope that you were able to get a little inspired by today’s article. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!