Lifestyle. {aka: What Makes Life Fun}

This lifestyle section is the toy box of my life. The things I like to do for fun, like garden, travel and try new restaurants. Heck, try new things in general. I might talk on of the rad cookbooks on my shelf because I mean really, you doesn’t love a good cookbook?

It’s a place I might share a photo that I like. Like this header photo, for example, that I took in the Swan Falls area in Southeast Idaho just as the season was starting to change.

Mainly it’s about all the things that round out what I like to think is my kick ass Idaho lifestyle.

eating my way across sacramento

I love to go new places – to put on my walking shoes and explore the streets and shops and restaurants of a new city. This past weekend when I was in Sacramento for the International Food Bloggers Conference I had this opportunity and boy do I have some restaurants...

citrus bliss salt scrub

As much as I love my December issue of Bon Appétit with all its glossy pages filled with drool-worthy holiday treats, the last thing I really need is more sugar – now, or anytime, for that matter. It's everywhere I turn these days. The break room at work is filled...

book review: the dirty life

Driven inside by days that are darker and colder, one of my intentions has been to read more. I renewed by library card and promptly started scouring internet lists for book suggestions. That's where I found The Dirty Life by Kristen Kimball. I had expected it to be...

indulge boise food tours

Although my first visit to New York City was a whirlwind work trip, my most awesome client knew I love food and wanted to give me at least a tiny taste of what the city had to offer. To do this, she signed us up for a culinary walking tour of Chelsea. Over the course...

albertsons grocery delivery

No wonder summertime is the darling of the seasons. It’s warmer, it’s light later and it seems like it is decidedly more fun. For me, that means gardening until way past my bedtime, riding bikes, swimming and cooking out with friends. Frankly, sometimes it’s hard to...

how to cook a wolf

Seattle's How to Cook a Wolf restaurant has been on my radar for several years and finally on a recent visit we made the trip to Queen Anne to give it a try. Not only is this our first visit to How to Cook a Wolf, it's also our first venture into the Ethan Stowell...

grow blueberries in idaho

I'd tried a couple times to grow blueberries and I'd failed an equal amount of times. Apparently my standard stick-it-in-the-ground-and-let-it-be approach wasn't going to work this time. Resolved to have blueberries as part of the SNOW Block Alley project, I signed up...

albertsons signature product launch event

After spending ten years working his way up the ladder at Safeway, Joe Albertson opened his first grocery store in 1939. That flagship store is my neighborhood market, just a few blocks from my house. When I was asked to attend the launch of Albertsons and Safeway's...

made in the shade

When Idaho Statesman writer Anna Webb wrote the story on the SNOW Block Alley last summer she happened to take a peak inside the gate to our backyard. She said she was working on a story on shade gardens for the spring and would I be interested in being featured. The...

diy all-purpose cleaner

Whenever cleaning supplies are on my grocery list I know it's going to be an expensive outing. That became even more so when I switched from the mainstream brands to those that were more natural. So I started looking into making my own and found that with some basic...

san diego

The day in early February that we left Boise, it was snowing. The Uber driver took one look at my flip flops and decided I was either optimistic, crazy or going somewhere warm. Turns out this time it was the latter. Because my birthday is really more of a weeklong...

diy lavender linen spray

Linen spray has always seemed like an indulgence. It seemed expensive for what it was and I didn't get the appeal. Then a couple summers ago the Hubs got a bottle at the farmer's market for me. From that first night I sprayed my pillow with that fine mist of lavender,...