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

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

Cole is Nine

Cole is Nine

Yesterday my Cole bug turned nine. I just don’t know how it’s already been 9 years – it honestly feels like just yesterday I was bringing this sweet little guy home. The day he was born really was the start of the best chapter of my life – motherhood. Nothing has brought me as much joy as getting to be a mom, and every day I’m so thankful for my boys. I hate to sound like one of THOSE parents because of course Cole isn’t “perfect” (like all kids he has his struggles and his moments!) – but he’s pretty dang close. He’s just one of those kids that for the most part is easy to parent. He’s smart, responsible, kind, compassionate, and funny. He’s a kindness ambassador at his school, he’s dedicated to Taekwondo, he is always determined to do his best at school and extracurriculars, and he’s a good friend to anyone he comes across. He’s incredibly sweet natured and loves to make people laugh. I don’t even know how I got so lucky to have this awesome little human as my son and I’m continually so proud of him. He’s truly one of the best people I know.

This past weekend we celebrated his birthday with a fun superhero themed party at our house! I created the backdrop using PVC pipe (tutorial here) and made a DIY balloon garland which I will share a quick tutorial post of how I create my garlands in the next few days! Cole told me for months that for his birthday he just wanted a bounce house with a slide and to have toys guns for a gun fight like he had at last years party. He also loves hot dogs, so I thought it would be fun to have a hot dog bar! I had a variety of toppings & a “menu” of some different creations – and the more adventurous kids had fun trying some of the different toppings. While we kept the overall theme of the party a somewhat generic superhero theme – we had a “Cole Danger” birthday cake as one of his favorite TV shows is Henry Danger. In addition to the toy guns (which the guests took home as a party favor) we also had superhero masks for the kids to wear (and keep) as well as a candy bar to take home a goodie bag of treats!

(It was windy so I had a tough time getting pics of the backdrop/balloons without it blowing all over!)

PARTY DECOR SOURCES:

Superhero backdrop

Backdrop frame: DIY (tutorial here or purchase backdrop here)

Balloon garland: DIY (tutorial coming soon! I use inexpensive balloons like these)

Plates, cups, napkins, black tablecloth: Zurchers

Red table runner

Galvanized tray

Galvanized tub

Galvanized utensil caddy

Cake stand: Arthur Court (similar)

Popcorn boxes

Superhero tablecloth

Candy jars

Gun party favors: Dollar Tree

Superhero masks

Superhero name tags

Bounce house: Idaho Inflatables

Cake: Albertsons Bakery

For his actual birthday yesterday, we had a simple family celebration at home. I kept up his backdrop from the party and added some party hats (and of course another cake because you can never have too much cake!). Evan picked out a few small gifts that he paid for himself (so cute!) and we surprised him with an Xbox which he’s been asking for for well over a year. We’ve kept telling him no so he was stunned when he got it – and it was a really fun surprise!

Cole’s PJs

Happiest of birthdays my sweet boy! I love you more than words can say…

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Throwback To Cole’s Plants vs Zombies 8th Birthday Party

Throwback To Cole’s Plants vs Zombies 8th Birthday Party

As Cole’s 9th birthday party is creeping up on us and party prep is in full swing, I’ve been reminiscing about birthdays past and I thought it would be fun to do a throwback post to his 8th birthday party from last year! Plus it’s Friday the 13th so sharing his zombie party seemed fitting.

Every year Cole picks his party theme and last year I was a little concerned I wasn’t going to be able to come up with anything when he told me he wanted a Plants vs Zombies party (if you aren’t familiar it’s a popular video game!). While I think his “Where the Wild Things Are” 6th Birthday Party will always be my favorite – this ended up being one of my favorite party themes and was a ton of fun to put together.

I always keep food pretty simple for my kids’ parties (the kids are usually more interested in playing than eating!) but the brain jello was definitely a hit. To keep the kids entertained we had a bounce house, and a zombie survival station where the kids could arm themselves with guns, glow sticks, and candy that fit in with the theme. The guns were a huge hit and the kids formed zombie teams and spent hours playing! They also made for a fun party favor to take home (I’m even thinking of getting them again for this year’s party). We also had a “jalapeño piñata” – because you can never have too much candy.

Plants vs Zombies Party Decor:

Birthday banner

Tablecloths/Plates/Cups: Zurchers

Balloons

Traffic cones

Galvanized serving tray

Galvanized bin

Galvanized caddy (similar)

Brain jello mold

Artificial sunflowers & vases: Dollar Tree

Candy jars with galvanized tray (also here)

Dart shooters: Dollar Tree

Glow sticks

Beware of zombies sign

“Keep out” streamer (similar)

Bloody handprints

Chili pepper piñata

Cake by Albertsons Bakery

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Life Lately

It has been awhile since I’ve blogged! After returning from our trip to Wyoming school started and life has been CRAZY. The first few weeks of school are always chaotic trying to get into our routine and adjust to all of the extra commitments that we have. I always say we aren’t going to join every club and volunteer for every committee…but like a crazy woman I always end up doing it anyway. (Say hello to room mom, party planner, reading volunteer, art auction committee member, soccer mom…) Yes I’m insane – but I do love getting to be so involved with my kids’ schools and activities.

The kids’ first few weeks of school have actually been going great for them. They are off to a great start and really enjoying their school year so far.

Cole’s shirt // shorts // shoesI love Cole’s first week of school musings (#futurephilosopher)

Evan’s shirt // shorts // shoes

Mom and dad also had our first day back to school with back to school nights for each of the kids’ schools. I wore this outfit to Cole’s and this cute top is such a steal. It reminds me of this Reformation top for a fraction of the price.

Top // Skirt (H&M – old, similar) // Sandals // Bag // Earrings

We’ve also been squeezing in some time for fun! One of my favorite annual Boise events is the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic which was a Labor Day weekend. This year the kids even got to go for a tethered balloon ride!

We also celebrated one of our dear family friend’s kids birthdays! They had the cutest little under the sea theme pool party.

I have some organizing projects I’m trying to get finished with the kids back to school – and one big one I finally finished was my entry way closet (it was becoming a “Monica closet” situation). I had all of the kid’s school art and memorabilia crammed in there and I have been meaning to organize it into boxes for each of them…and I finally got around to it (it’s only taken a few years). These boxes are great for storage!

Boxes

I’m also starting to work on 2 of our biggest projects this time of year…Cole’s birthday and Halloween! Cole’s birthday is coming up very soon and I’m really excited about his theme and what we have planned this year. I think it will be a lot of fun! We have also started looking at Halloween costumes and getting ideas of what they will be this year. It’s one of our favorite holidays and we love doing a family theme, so it’s never too soon for us to start planning! We had lots of fun at the Halloween store recently getting some inspiration.

No we aren’t doing these – but these masks were hysterical!

Evan has been wanting to be like his big brother and do Taekwondo for ages, and he’s finally old enough. He just started a few weeks ago and it is the cutest thing ever. The beaming on his face the first time he put on his uniform was priceless.

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