The Best Places To View Fall Leaves In Boise

The Best Places To View Fall Leaves In Boise

There is just nothing quite like fall, and every year we always try to soak it up as much as possible with walks in the park to see and play in the leaves. And as peak fall foliage time is here, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite places in Boise for viewing fall leaves (and taking those obligatory fall pictures too!). If you want to find the estimated time for peak foliage where you are, this map is super helpful!

Kathryn Albertson Park

Of all the places in Boise to take in the fall leaves, this one tops the list. This is (in my opinion) the most beautiful park in Boise and it is absolutely stunning in the fall.

 

Barber Park

This is a lovely rustic park that is right next to the Boise river. There are lots of yellow leaves and tall yellow grasses which gives it a beautiful golden fall feel.

 

South Surprise Way

This 2 mile road is an incredibly beautiful place to take a short drive and view the leaves. While the whole road is gorgeous, there is a stretch of road where the entire roadway is lined on both sides by towering trees with bright red leaves.

 

Idaho Botanical Garden

Not only can you look at the changing fall leaves here, you can also enjoy the blooming fall flowers!

img_6765-1My Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Sunglasses  —  Cole’s Tee // Jeans // Shoes  —  Evan’s Tee (Gymboree – old, similar) // Jeans // Shoes

 

MK Nature Center

This sweet little nature center just off the greenbelt near downtown, is a great place to view some beautiful fall foliage and wildlife.

My Sweater // Jeans // Jacket // Bag // Sunglasses // Boots  —  Cole’s Tee // Vest  —  Evan’s Tee // Jeans // Shoes

 

Table Rock or the Boise Train Depot

Take in a bird’s eye view of the city and view all of the leaves from above. If you time it right you can also get a glimpse of snow in the mountains!

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Life Lately

Life Lately

My Sweater // Jeans // Booties // Bag // Sunglasses — Cole’s Tee // Jeans // Shoes — Evan’s Tee (Gymboree, old – similar) // Jeans // Shoes

Fall is officially here and I’ve made it my mission to check off all of our fall bucket list activities! In between our typical routine of school, extracurriculars and lots and lots of birthday parties, we we’ve finally been able to start having some fall fun. Last weekend Cole went to another friend’s birthday party, but after we were able to squeeze in one of our favorite fall activities – the fall festival at the Idaho Botanical Garden. This is such a fun annual event with live music, food trucks, and fun crafts/activities for the kids.

This past week was bitterly cold here in Boise! We had record low temperatures and woke up to 20 degree temps a few mornings. It has definitely served as a reminder to us to get outside and enjoy the mild temps while it lasts, because those colder temps will be here to stay awhile before long! We’ve taken several walks and bike rides to the park to play in the leaves.

My Sweater (Nordstrom, old – similar here and here) // Jeans // Boots (Sperry, old – similar) // Sunglasses // Bag  —  Evan’s Tee (similar) // Joggers // Shoes

Evan also attended a sweet little birthday party for one of his school friends at the Nature Center. They had a scavenger hunt and it was so cute! Cole ended up tagging along and even had fun participating in the hunt. The nature center is one of my favorite places to visit in the fall too.

My Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Jacket // Bag // Sunglasses — Cole’s Vest // Shirt // Jeans — Evan’s Shirt // Jeans // Shoes

One of my fall bucket list activities this year was to actually attend a football game – we never miss our Boise State Broncos on TV but haven’t been to watch them in a few years. This past weekend we went to watch them take on Hawaii at our homecoming game! It was not only a great game (and win!) but it was a record attendance crowd just shy of 37,000 people which made it even more fun. I bought this bright orange, balloon sleeve sweater specifically for the game – but it will actually be cute to wear for upcoming Halloween festivities too!

My Sweater // Jeans // Boots (Marc Fisher, old – similar) // Coat // Lipstick (Lady Danger) — Cole’s Jacket // Beanie

The game ran super late and we didn’t even get home until after midnight, and we are all still pretty tired today. We have no school this coming Friday and we are all looking so forward to this upcoming 3 day weekend! Hope you are having a great Monday!Signature

Halloween (And Fall) Decor Around Our Home

Every year I am always so excited to pull out all of our fall and Halloween decorations and start making our home feel festive. We typically make a fun Sunday afternoon of it, and turn on a Halloween movie to watch while we decorate. Most years we wait until just after Cole’s birthday, but this year I really couldn’t wait and we decorated about a week before his party. While our decorations have now been up for several weeks, I’m finally getting around to sharing all of the fall and Halloween touches around our house!

Tray // Towel (Target, similar) // Candle // Vase (Arthur Court, similar) // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Similar Metallic Pumpkin

Olive Plant // Sign

Similar Halloween Sign // Similar Halloween Tray // Chairs // Paper Towel Holder // Utensil Holder

Plant // Similar Metallic Pumpkin // Skeleton Hand // Spiderweb bowl (Target, similar) // Similar Pumpkin Filler

Faux Fur Pillow

Plaid Pumpkin // Similar Glass Gourd // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Crows // Similar Skull // Bats // Wreath (Target, similar)

Spiderweb Mantle Scarf // Similar Faux Fall Leaf Branches

Photo Printable // Book Cover Printable

Creepy Cloth Lamp Covering // Similar Spooky Tree // Suede Pumpkin // Similar Book Decoration // Similar Skull // Similar Velvet Pumpkin // Rat // Spider // Spider Web

Creepy Cloth // Crows // Candlestick Holders // Gold Pumpkin // Similar Glass Pumpkins // Similar Velvet Pumpkins // Orange Pillows

Black Succulent

img_6794Fall Wreath (old – similar) // Plaid Mat // Door Mat (old – similar)

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Fall Craving: Houndstooth

Fall Craving: Houndstooth

Jacket: Ralph Lauren (old, similar here & here) // Sweater // Jeans (AG old, similar) // Flats // Bag // Necklace // Sunglasses

Evan’s Shirt (Gymboree – similar here, here, here) // Jeans // Shoes

Ev and I ran some errands the other day, and it is finally cold enough here to start wearing jackets and sweaters! I bought this coat last winter, and while it isn’t quite warm enough for winters here, it’s a perfect fall coat. Houndstooth is trending really strongly again and I keep gravitating towards it when I’m browsing online for a few fall updates for my wardrobe! Here’s a few pieces I’m loving…

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One  Super affordable oversize blazer. Comes in 2 color options.

Two This bomber is literally perfection.

Three How chic is this cute little dress?! Under $35.

Four Step up your footwear game this fall with these booties.

Five Designer splurge under $200.

Six Such a cozy looking sweater.

Seven Channel your inner Kate Middleton in this under $20 cape.

Eight Another similar option to my houndstooth coat. So perfect for fall.

Nine Not sure about houndstooth? Dip your toe in the trend with a subtle accessory.

Ten Two trends in one piece – turban headband in a houndstooth print.

Eleven I adore the buttons on this darling dress.

Twelve I’m digging this whole look with the leather jacket and sneakers.

Thirteen Super affordable and a great color.

Fourteen I just bought this jersey knit blazer which looks structured but feels like a sweatshirt. Polished and comfortable which is perfect for a mom looking to dress up a basic jeans/tee look.

Fifteen Super ladylike take on the trend.

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Our Halloween Costumes Over The Years

As I’m sitting here planning our Halloween costumes for this year, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and share all of the costumes we’ve worn over the years! We haven’t accomplished it every year, but many years we’ve done family theme which we are doing again this year – and it is a lot of fun! Plus I know we only have a few years left before I’m quite certain Cole will be too “cool” to dress up with mom & dad, so I want to make the most of it while we can.

Baby Lion

Lion Costume

Yoda

Yoda Costume

Hippie Family

Cole’s Hippie Costume // My Pants, Glasses, Similar Headband // Hubs’ Wig, Vest, Glasses, Peace Medallion

Firefighter

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Firefighter Costume

Skeleton

Similar Skeleton Sweatshirt

Scarecrow, Pumpkin, and an Astronaut

Similar Overalls, Bandana, Similar Straw Hat // Astronaut Costume // Pumpkin Costume

Star Wars

img_6606Princess Leia Costume // Yoda Costume // Luke Skywalker Costume, Lightsaber

The Nightmare Before Christmas

img_6639-e1570162750394.pngSally Costume // Jack Skellington Costume // Similar Lock Mask, Devil Tail // Oogie Boogie Mask

An Astronaut and a Bandit

Astronaut Costume // Bandit Costume

Jessie and Buzz Lightyear

Jessie Costume // Buzz Lightyear Costume

Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks, and Mr. Krabs

Spongebob Costume (DIY), Socks, Shoes // Patrick Costume // Spacesuit (DIY), Astronaut Helmet, Chipmunk Tail // Crab Mittens

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Life Lately

It’s been awhile but I’m finally back with a life lately post! Here’s what we’ve been up to the past several weeks…

Evan started soccer again! I think he has more fun running around and chatting with his friends (he has a few preschool friends who play!) than he does playing soccer…but he’s having fun and it’s pretty dang cute.

We had a neighborhood block party which was a lot of fun and it was nice getting to know our neighbors a little better! The kids made a few new friends and we got to enjoy some great food and play some fun games. (Evan refused to take his shin guards off because he wanted everyone at the party to know he plays soccer).

Cole’s school celebrated kindness week a few weeks back and they had a ton of great activities all week long! Cole was selected as a school kindness ambassador and he also participated in the after school bike rodeo! I volunteered at school one day to take a group of kids (including Cole!) around the neighborhood dropping off kindness notes to random houses. It was a lot of fun and I am so happy that Cole gets to attend a school that is such a positive environment and puts such emphasis on kindness and inclusivity.

I wore this cute poplin top for my day of volunteering that is on major sale. Comes in two colors.

Top // Jeans // Bag // Sneakers

Cole also ran in his school’s color run fundraiser! And after picking him up from the run we had to get a pic at one of the school’s many student kindness artworks that are all around the school.

“Every time you extend kindness to another you spread your wings”

Our leaves are finally changing here and I’m absolutely loving it! Its even inspiring me to start making some fall foods and the other night I made this slow cooker butternut squash soup that I’ve been making for years. Its the perfect, simple comfort food that is super quick to throw together for a chilly weeknight or lazy Sunday. I love to top it with a splash of cream or coconut milk and some pumpkin seeds.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I finally got around to getting some dining room lighting installed. I had originally wanted one large chandelier but I had a few concerns about that. One – it was going to be a significantly bigger project as we didn’t already have wiring in that spot so we would have to cut dry wall and add electrical. Two – we have a large piece of art behind our table and putting one large light fixture there would obstruct it. So I decided to go with two pendants as we already had recessed lights there and it would be a much easier project. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! And as you can see I have begun my Halloween decorating too.

Lights // Side chairs // End chairs // Candle sticks // Orange pillows

Up until a few days ago the weather was still in the 70s in Boise so I was able to wear this Reformation dress I snagged on sale before putting it away until next summer. (Evan wasn’t in the mood for a pic and his side eye is cracking me up!)

Dress // Shoes // Bag   —   Evan’s tee // jeans

I recently bought this Vitamin C, E, and Ferulic Acid serum which is a dupe for this pricey Skinceuticals one. While I’m not opposed to splurging on quality skincare products, vitamin C is not shelf stable for very long so I just don’t see the point in buying expensive vitamin C as it’s likely I wouldn’t even get close to finishing the bottle before it oxidizes. I’m always looking for good dupes and I used to use one that was incredible, but they’ve recently changed their formulation. However this one seems promising with the same concentration of active ingredients as it’s pricier counterpart and has lots of great reviews. I’ll have to use it a few more weeks to see how it is and report back! (I always keep my Vitamin C in the fridge to make it last as long as possible!)

img_6419.jpgVitamin C Serum

This past weekend we went from summer to winter literally overnight! It got down really close to freezing and was cold and rainy (our mountains even got snow!). Cole was off having fun with friends going to multiple birthday parties over the weekend (with dad being his shuttle driver!), so Ev and I went to his Taekwondo studio’s block party and out for a mommy son coffee date.

My coat (Topshop, old – similar) // Sweater // Jeans // Boots // Bag // Sunglasses  —  Evan’s Raincoat // Boots (Target, old – similar)

Yesterday Evan had his school pictures! He picked out his new shirt for pics and was pretty excited about it! These flannels are my absolute favorite for the kids – Cole has had several that we’ve passed down to Evan. They really hold up, and are so cozy and warm. I need to grab a new one for Cole for this fall.

Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // Coat (Gap, old – similar)

We stopped by this gorgeous tree for a quick snap yesterday! (Within a week or so this whole row of trees will turn this color!) October really is such an incredibly beautiful month here in Boise.

Sweater // Jeans // Boots (Sam Edelman, old – similar) // Hat (Rag & Bone, old – similar) // Bag (similar)Signature

Trader Joe’s Fall Picks

Trader Joe’s Fall Picks

You know fall has officially arrived when Trader Joe’s rolls out all of the fall and pumpkin goodness. Grabbing some of my favorite fall goodies there is always a must, and when I went the other day to check out their fall offerings, I was excited to find several new items I’m looking forward to trying out!

OLD FAVORITES…

Canned Organic Pumpkin: I always have a can or two on hand for fall baking. Their organic pumpkin is really reasonably priced!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee: I’ve heard mixed reviews from people on this, but I personally love it and stock up every fall. My husband who isn’t big into pumpkin flavored coffee actually really likes it too.

Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps: A must have and are great for a snack on their own or for adding to a cheeseboard.

Pumpkin Butter: This stuff is heavenly and can be used for so many things. We even like it on basic toast but it’s fun to take it up a notch and put it on homemade pumpkin bread.

Halloween Joe Joe’s: My kids DEVOUR these. A box doesn’t last long at our house so I seriously have to keep them hidden and dole out a few at a time. Adding one or two to a lunchbox is a great treat.

Pumpkin Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries: A fun weekend breakfast treat to have on hand.

Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal (not pictured): I have some packets lying around that are leftover from last year (and still good!) so I didn’t buy more this trip. But I totally recommend it – it’s a delicious instant oatmeal!

Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix (not pictured): I recently bought Kodiac’s pumpkin pancake mix, so I held off on buying any more on this run, but we’ve tried this before and this makes really good pancakes!

Pumpkins: Trader Joe’s has great prices on pumpkins. Even their “fantasy” pumpkins (the fancy Cinderella kind) are only $5.99 which is way cheaper than I’ve seen them anywhere else.

Vanilla Pumpkin Candle: Trader Joe’s candles are SO good and so affordable. I always grab several whenever I go. They also had an apple one which was too sweet smelling for my liking – but this scent is perfection.

NEW FINDS…

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese: Ok I’m pretty sure they’ve actually had this one around for awhile, but I tried a sample for the first time the other day and really liked it! Will definitely make for a great busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal for the kids with a side of veggies.

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole: While the kids have noodles, this looks like a delicious low carb option for the adults. I’m excited to try this one.

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds: My whole family (kids included) like pumpkin seeds as just a snack on their own – but the seasoning on these has me excited to make some fun uses with them! I think they would be great on a salad, with a cheeseboard, or on a smoothie bowl.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix: So I’m a bit of a snob about baking with mixes (I just don’t do it) but Trader Joe’s rarely disappoints me so I’m willing to give theirs a go. I’m actually super excited to try these and if they end up being a hit, I’m grabbing a few more canisters to get us through fall.

Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn: My kids are huge popcorn junkies, so this is definitely going to be a fun fall treat for them. It would be great for a family movie night, or even just a fun snack in their lunchboxes.

Cinnamon Bun Spread: My kids love toast and eat it often for breakfast, so I thought this would be a fun special treat! I can imagine it would also be amazing on French toast, pancakes or waffles. (Spreading on pumpkin pancakes perhaps?)

Pumpkin Bisque and Autumnal Harvest Soup: On a chilly day, there’s nothing like a warm fall soup. These will definitely make life easier for me on a busy day when I don’t have time to let a homemade soup simmer for hours. These would also be great as a light appetizer on Thanksgiving if you are having a later meal!

Fall Leaf Tortilla Chips and Fall Harvest Salsa: My kids love chips and salsa, and having a special fall themed version is just too adorable.

Hot Cocoa O’s: We’ve tried (and liked!) the pumpkin O’s, but when I saw these I knew these would be right up my kids’ alley. One of their favorite cereals is Annie’s cocoa bunnies, so I’m guessing these will be a hit (especially with the added marshmallows).

Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark: This looks like an amazing grown up treat and would be great to have on hand around the upcoming holidays! (If I don’t eat it all first)

Pumpkin Spice Face Mask: Ok this is SO extra. And kind of ridiculous. But isn’t pumpkin supposed to be good for your skin? Or something? All I know is I love pumpkin so why not put it on my face. I’m totally trying this.

Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit: Last year at Christmas I made the huge mistake of buying one gingerbread house and making the kids share. Let’s just say…there were lots of disagreements about how the house should be constructed and it was a lesson for mom. Just get 2 houses. So for Halloween I grabbed two and I think this will be a super fun activity for them! We have a few long weekends coming up in October so this will buy me a few hours of keeping them entertained.

STILL WANT TO GRAB…

Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing: I totally intended to grab a tube of these and forgot. One of my favorite fall treats is these homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls, but homemade rolls are an all day chore. While they are totally worth it I don’t always have the time. These would be a great quick and easy option.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese: I think this would be absolutely delicious on homemade pumpkin bread. TJs also has pumpkin bagels this fall too for a double pumpkin breakfast! You could also make a killer cream cheese frosting with this.

Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies: A fun lunchbox treat or a cute treat you could leave in a little bowl over the Thanksgiving holiday or any other fall gatherings.

Happy Friday!

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