Hey all! Valentine’s day is coming up here quick, and despite how you feel about the holiday there are a ton of great events in our area to check out!

Idaho Falls

2/12 Valentine’s dinner @Arugula Deli

2/14 Drinks and Brother Coyote @The Celt

2/14 All the single ladies dinner @Diablas

2/14 Valentine’s dinner @The Cellar

2/14 Valentine’s Day Dinner @Keefer’s Island

2/14 Yes, You Can Live a Happy Marriage @ Iglesia Centro Evangelistico

2/14 Be Mine Valentine Dinner @ A Street Soup Market

2/14 Valentine’s @ Bee’s Knee’s w/Idaho Muscle

2/14 Super Valentine’s @ Kids Town at the Falls

2/14 Ryan King Live! With Special Guests Jonny and McKenzie Willmore@Blackrock

2/15 Casablanca viewing

2/16 Valentine’s Dinner for You & That Special Someone @ Grandpa’s Southern Bar-B-Q

 

Pocatello

2/14 Valentine’s Wine & Cheese Tasting @The Tasting Room

2/14 For the love of chocolate @Idaho Museum of Natural History (Three chocolate fountains…Nuff said)

2/14 Valentine’s Day @PV’s

 

Rigby

2/16 Valentine’s Dance @ The Loft Reception Center

 

Jackson

2/17 Partner Yoga @ Akasha Yoga

 

Victor

2/14 The Brewleywed Game

Downey

2/14 Valentine Dinner @ Downata Hot Springs

 

Harriman

2/17 Winter Stargazing (Not associated with V-Day, but sounds like a realllly cool date!)

 

Wishing you a wonderful Valentine’s Day whatever you do!

 

 

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Hey all! This is the FINAL post in the Live a Little Local Resolution series.

Thank you so much for participating. It’s been fun creating the first series post for this blog.

The final message I want to leave you with is to LIVE A LITTLE LOCAL! There are so many wonderful places that can help you achieve this goal, and living local is such a great resolution.

Included is a gallery with some of my favorite places/experiences I’ve had living local. I would love to see some of yours! Send them to kenziejo2121@msn.com and I might feature them on the Live a Little Local Facebook.

 

 

 

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Supporting your 2018 living local goal is easy and AWESOME!

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The newest post in the Live a Little Local Resolution Series is all about new hobbies! I love trying new things and luckily there are tons of awesome activities to try in our area. Keep reading to find out what the New Year, New You should try this year.

Shred

I started taking lessons with Craig Green about 2 years ago. Since then I have really expanded my music experience by playing with others, singing, and writing original songs. I love it! I had no idea how big a role music would end up playing in my life. Now, I play in a local band with my husband and friends called Wined Up Birds. Come see us at the Blackrock sometime! Wined Up Birds Facebook 

Wined Up Birds

Below is a list of people and groups that made my music experience grow.

Guitar lessons from Craig Green

Chesbro Lessons

East Idaho Songwriter’s group

East Idaho Songwriter’s Facebook

Jams

Wednesday evening song circle

Celtic jam at IBC

Jazz & Blues at City Bagels

 

 

Get Artsy

Art is something I definitely need more of in my life. Hoping this year to combine it with wine (which I also need more of!) and try a Paint n Sip this year.

The Art Museum of Eastern Idaho

Adult class schedule

The Grape Van Gogh

The Grape Van Gogh Facebook

Paint and Sip at Bee’s Knees on 2/19

Paint and sip event link

 

 

Get Crafty

Winter makes me feel especially crafty. There is no better time to start knitting!

Knitting classes at The Yarn Connection

Spring 2018 schedule

Knit and Sip at The Bee’s Knees

Keep an eye on The Bee’s Knees Facebook page for the next Knit and Sip! The Bee’s Knees Facebook

 

 

Shake it!

Who doesn’t need to let loose and shake their booty for awhile!? Fortunately, there are a variety of different ways to do this and below are ones that I am interested in.

Partner Latin dance lessons

Partner Latin dance event

The Dance Collaborative

The Dance Collaborative Facebook (They are having their showcase on April 21st. Don’t miss it!)

Ashley Curry Zumba/Pound

Ashley’s Zumba/Pound Facebook

 

Get Cookin’

The College of Eastern Idaho offers cooking lessons this spring. I have already put them in my calendar!

Cooking lessons with Sous Chef Avery

Spring 2018 class catalog

Community Ed home page

 

 

Get Writing

The College of Eastern Idaho is offers writing classes with Clark Chamberlin this spring. I have taken classes with Clark before and he is a fantastic teacher! If you have any interest in writing or want to learn about the publishing process I would make sure to take a class with Clark.

Spring 2018 class catalog

Community Ed home page

 

 

Supporting your 2018 new hobbies goal and supporting local is easy and AWESOME!

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This post in the Live a Little Local Resolution series is all about getting organized!
This topic is my downfall… I love the idea of getting organized, but every time I try to start my year of deep cleaning/donations/ marie kondo/minimalism. It doesn’t last long. Here is to another year of trying and some realistic ideas to get there!

Planners and Journals

 

Boise

Paperie + Pen

Getting organized is much more fun with beautiful journals. Check out Paperie + Pen for custom stationary and paper products. They also have workshops for Hand Lettering and Bullet Journaling!

Paperie + Pen Facebook

Paperie + Pen Workshops

 

Organize Your Garage

If you are like most people who have a garage, it ends up being a dumping ground for all sorts of tools, random items, etc. that you don’t know what to do with. GarageCraft is a locally owned business in East Idaho that loves to help you get your garage organized with cabinets, shelving, racks, and more. If this is the year to remodel your garage, give Garage Craft a try and let us know what you think!

Recycle

 

Western Recycling

Western Recycling has been supporting local recycling efforts since 1976, and currently serves 6 locations in Idaho: Boise, Nampa, Fruitland, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello. Visit their website to get started today!

Bingham Curbside Recyclers

There are many ways to get organized for your 2018 resolutions and recycling can be one of them. Bingham Curbside Recyclers is a great local business that started in 2009. They service Bingham county, which includes: Riverside, Moreland, Groveland, Blackfoot, Wapello and Firth. They make is super easy and convenient to keep your goals. For $5 a month they provide the container, pick it up twice a month from your driveway, and you don’t even have to do any separating. It can all go in the one bin. With it being so easy and stress-free, it’s easy to start recycling. Call  (208)681-8597 to start!

Bingham Curbside Recyclers Facebook

 

Donate

 

There are many thrift stores worth supporting with your donations. Below are two that I frequent:

Idaho Youth Ranch

The Idaho Youth Ranch provides support for children in our area that are in need. You can help support this mission by donating money or your gently used items to thrift stores that are found through-out the state. To find one near you visit the link below.

 

Idaho Youth Ranch Locations

 

Idaho Falls

 

The Haven

The Haven provides women and families with short-term housing when they are in need. Call The Haven to see when donations are needed (208) 523-6413.

 2480 S Yellowstone Hwy

 

Pro Tip – Team Up with Friends

 

Whichever goals you choose to set in getting organized, team up with friends to hold each other accountable! I have found great results by doing the Minimalism Game with a friend (https://www.theminimalists.com/game/). We talked about things that we got rid of, complained about the challenge as it got harder to get rid of things, and encouraged each other to keep going.

 

Supporting your 2018 get organized goal and supporting local is easy and AWESOME!

Thank you to my fellow writers and Live a Little Local team: Alexis Goodwin and Jordan Wixom

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This post in the Live a Little Local resolution series is to READ MORE! 

This is a resolution that I can get behind. I have always been an avid reader and prone to enter any bookstore I see.

This list below will help you support your year of bibliophilia! Hoorah!

Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls Public Library

If you have a long list of books to read and don’t want the financial/clutter commitments, a library card is for you, my friend. I love the Idaho Falls Public Library. They have a great selection, and it is so easy to go in and check out books yourself. They have a lot of nice places to hang out and read too. No coffee shop yet, but hey The Villa Coffeehouse is within walking distance!

457 W Broadway St. Idaho Falls, ID

https://www.facebook.com/idahofallspubliclibrary/

 

Eastern Idaho Book Swap

This is a fantastic outlet to buy and trade books with people in East Idaho. I have made some excellent trades already! You should definitely join. I need more people to trade with… 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1834852833451478/

 

Pocatello

Walrus & Carpenter Books

In my opinion there aren’t enough local bookstores around these days! So, I am absolutely enthralled with Walrus and Carpenter. This bookstore is crammed with used books at really great prices. They also have new and popular books at the front of the store. I would have a hard time believing that you can’t find something you need. Perfect for the book-lover on your list!

251 N Main St. Pocatello, ID

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walrus-Carpenter-Books/693713047333621

 

Boise

Trip Taylor Bookseller

Trip Taylor Bookseller is a bookshop straight out of your favorite indie movie. With two stories of used books assembled in a bit of a maze, it is certainly possible to “get lost in a good book”…store. The upper level of the shop includes a rather cozy couch to browse your stacks of possible purchases. My favorite part of Trip Taylor? The long row filled with leather bound classics, which are great for reading as well as setting on your coffee table for company to admire.

210 N 10th St. Boise, ID

https://www.facebook.com/triptaylorbookseller/

 

Trip Taylor Bookseller

 

Rediscovered Books

8th Street in Boise is filled with a lot of great resturaunts, a wonderful yoga studio, and a few cute clothing boutiques. It also has a fantastic bookstore! Rediscovered books has a wide selection of new and used books, and many books from local authors, whom you can read about on their website. They also offer ongoing book clubs for kids and adults, and frequently host book readings/signings with some incredible authors. Also, the staff is top notch at helping find just the right book to suit your interest!

180 N 8th St. Boise, ID

rdbooks.org

https://www.facebook.com/rediscoveredbooks/

 

Ogden

Booked on 25th

This is probs my fave bookstore, and that makes me sad, because I rarely am able to go there! It boasts as being Ogden’s Uncensored Bookstore which appeals to me on so many levels. The shop features interesting reads and has a great selection of both used and new books. They also hold events and book clubs. Once a month they hold a social justice book club that sounds amazing!

147 25th St. Ogden, UT

https://www.facebook.com/Bookedon25th/

 

Join a Book Club!

Being part of a community is a fantastic way of holding yourself accountable in reaching goals! Book Clubs also offer the opportunity to reflect in-depth on the books you read and hear different perspectives. You can start your own through your local library’s Book Club Kit or join one that is already happening! A few of us in the Live a Little Local community are part of a Book Club crew that meets once a month  at A Different Cup (amazing coffee) in Pocatello (typically 10:30am on a Saturday)! It is a new group, and we have read Secret Life of Bees and Sold. We are currently reading Kite Runner and have The House on Mango Street and All the Light we Cannot See in line next.

 

Supporting your 2018 reading goals and supporting local is easy and AWESOME!

Thank you to my fellow writers and Live a Little Local team: Sharece Mecham and Jordan Wixom

Do you live a little local?

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It’s that time of year again! Time for planning and resolutions. I LOVE it. Nothing better than that new planner smell!

To kick off the year Live a Little Local is going to feature a resolution series. All the posts will be geared towards how to keep your resolutions with help from local businesses.

This first post is about how to support your Be Healthier goal.

We all know how this goal works. Every year we decide to be healthier. We go to the gym and eat salad every day for 2 weeks. Then we are over it.

Included are some ways to support your resolution in less stressful ways.

 

Idaho Falls:

Idaho Yoga Co-op

The Idaho Yoga Co-op has been a huge benefit to me. It helps me get my MIND and my body right! One of my favorite classes there is the Restorative yoga class. It is usually offered on Friday and Sunday nights which is perfect. It helps me end and start my week on a good foot. The class is very relaxing I often feel like I have had a nap after, and the atmosphere is wonderful!  Low lighting and essential oils, ya’ll. The co-op is a must to get feeling great this coming year. Check their Facebook for New Year deals!

https://www.facebook.com/Idahoyogacoop/

 

The Persnickety Lemon

This is a fantastic place to come grab some healthy grub. Everything is delicious and flavorful, and it is a co-op so you can support local people by shopping here. The service is quick and friendly with some delicious options in their grab and go. That’s right you can get healthy food fast!

https://www.facebook.com/ThePersnicketyLemon313ParkAve/

 

The Edge Climbing Gym

Rock climbing is as fun way to get your heart pumping! This is an activity that you can do with the whole family.  A little extra support for you. The gym has all skill levels, so no need to worry if you’re a neophyte. No gear? You can rent it from the gym. Reasonably priced, this gym is a great way to go for someone who doesn’t like the traditional workout. But, if you are feeling extra motivated, they also have exercise equipment and yoga classes.

https://www.facebook.com/edgerockgym/

 

Red Clover Herbs & Market

Red Clover Herbs & Market is located in Idaho Falls, and owned by Tim and Liesl Vosika. Tim greeted me when I went inside and showed me around, introducing me to his products. Not only do they sell herbs and locally made products, they make their own tea blends of different sorts for health problems. Their signature product is a tea Liesl hand-blends called Red Clover Blend. Made with red clover (in case you couldn’t guess), red raspberry leaf, nettle, chamomile, wintergreen, and spearmint, it contains all the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy body. Stir in some of Cox’s Honey (conveniently sold in-store) to slightly sweeten it and you’ve got a delicious herbal tea that is good for you!

https://www.facebook.com/RedCloverHerbsAndMarket/

 

Shelley

Shelley’s Fresh Produce & Cut Flowers

Shelley’s Produce and Flowers is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) opportunity. It is such a wonderful and beautiful thing. Brent and Shelley make CSA easy and fun to do. They will deliver to your door (for a small extra fee) a basket of fresh and varying produce. Last year was my first time doing CSA and I learned what kohlrabi was. Yeah, I had no idea, but it is delicious and you can make a fantastic slaw out of it! Besides the produce you can get homemade jams, syrups, and other yummies. Don’t wait to sign up, because it will fill up quickly!

 

https://www.facebook.com/ShelleysFreshProduceCutFlowers/

They also have a Go Fund Me started to help them afford the weed barrier that they need to keep this excellent service going! Please check it out and help as able.

https://www.gofundme.com/support-local-healthy-produce

 

There are so many ways to support local and small businesses and achieve your resolution of getting healthier this year.

Best wishes to you in 2018!

Thank you to my contributors: Alexis Goodwin

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Hi everyone!

Shop Small Saturday passed and it left me thinking… Where do I go to shop small during the holidays? It is very easy to get caught up in the corporate frenzy of the holiday season. I don’t even want to count the number of emails I received on Black Friday for cyber deals! Therefore, I wanted to work on compiling a list of some of my faves to share.

Idaho Falls:

Love at First Bite:

https://www.facebook.com/loveatfirstbiteidaho/

I have been here countless times for gifts. They are especially great if you are looking for some tasty treats(cupcakes, candies, you name it!). They also have specialty cooking items, lotions, decor, and more!

Bear and Blue:

https://www.facebook.com/bearandblue/

https://www.facebook.com/thehollowatbearandblue/

This place is so unique and I am absolutely in love. They have handcrafted wood items (like coasters, wine tags, decor). They also have artisan food items and other local fares. To top it off they have a bar called The Hollow. If you get pooped from shopping recoup with a drink. Please don’t miss their Whistle Stops! They have tastings and pairings for local companies. The next is a Cider Tasting (12/14) and it features great local music.

WeeBee Toys:

https://www.facebook.com/weebeetoys/

This shop is so much fun, and an incredible option for shopping small for little ones (and for big ones that like toys!).

Boise: 

Olivin Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom

https://www.facebook.com/livinevoo/

This shop features fresh olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar from around the world, but is bottled in store. Samples of mild to robust olive oil can be paired with fresh bread, as well as, a variety of balsamic. You can try a basic balsamic or one of the many infused balsamics. They include lavender, champagne, and a personal favorite the cranberry pear white balsamic. The olive oil also has infusion options, such as rosemary, basil, and lemon. There are over 30 different options, and you can find them downtown on 9th Street!

Pocatello:

Walrus & Carpenter Books

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Walrus-Carpenter-Books/693713047333621

In my opinion there aren’t enough local bookstores around these days! So, I am absolutely enthralled with Walrus and Carpenter. This bookstore is crammed with used books at really great prices. They also have new and popular books at the front of the store. I would have a hard time believing that you can’t find something you need. Perfect for the book-lover on your list!

A Different Cup

https://www.facebook.com/A-Different-Cup-144966565919944/

Owned by an adorable family from California, A Different Cup is HANDS-DOWN the BEST coffee you will find in east Idaho. I cannot say enough about how great it is…you need to try it for yourself. In addition to their amazingly fresh hot and Nitro coffees, they have bottled Cold Brew and house-made Kombucha prepared and ready to gift your family and friends.

Pocatello Co-op

https://www.facebook.com/pocatello.coop/

If you are looking for gifts that are more conscious this co-op is perfect for you! They specialize in sustainable, organic, fair-trade, and eco-friendly products and carry locally crafted items. Find local cheese, fresh breads, and wines. A perfect combo to bring to your holiday parties.

Blackfoot:

Collecting Americana

https://www.facebook.com/CollectingAmericana/

If you are looking for truly one-of-a-kind gifts, this is your stop. A business new to the area in 2017, Collecting Americana offers a great variety if vintage, 70’s contemporary, mid-century, political, collectibles, and souvenirs. They currently have a WHITE ELEPHANT room where you can find gifts that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Support local and make a statement with your gifts by shopping here.

I hope you have some favorite places to shop small. It is so important!

Thanks to my contributors Sharece Mecham and Jordan Wixom.

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Hey all!

It is Cinco de Mayo today. A perfect day to enjoy the warming weather , and maybe enjoy a margarita or two!

I wanted to give you some of my restaurant suggestions to enjoy this evening, weekend, or anytime at all.

Idaho Falls

My favorite place to go is Morenita’s! I love Morenita’s. My favorite thing to get there is the mulita. It is like a small quesadilla sandwich with your choice of filling (adobada or asada is my go to!), cheese, cabbage, lime, onion. It is to die for! They make really amazing posole on the weekend too, and offer delicious desserts like flan and churros.

Oh ya. No denying the deliciousness of that! I would have more pics, but things disappear quite quickly at Morenita’s. NOM.

Check out Morenita’s Facebook page to keep up with their promotions: Morenita’s

Blackfoot

El Mirador is always my go to when I am in Blackfoot! They have great service, margaritas, and sopapillas.

Check out El Mirador’s Facebook page to keep up with their promotions: El Mirador

Pocatello

Mama Inez

If I’m in Pocatello hands down I want some Mama Inez. They have tasty margaritas, nachos (I really like the flour tortilla chips they make there), or the gordos.

Mama Inez-nachos

Check out Mama Inez’s Facebook page to keep up with their promotions: Mama Inez

Salt Lake City

The Blue Iguana

I highly recommend The Blue Iguana. My favorite dish is the tinga tacos, which are deliciously spicy, washed down with a 32oz MEGA MARGARITA! As seen in featured image.

Check out The Blue Iguana’s Facebook page to keep up with their promotions: The Blue Iguana

I hope you have an amazing day. I will be at Tap N Fill tonight drinking Coronas, and eating the street tacos that Pachangas is providing.

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I have been watching Soda Tsunami since their sign went up across from the Cabela’s in Ammon. So, of course I jumped at the chance to attend their grand opening last week.

Rating: (on a 0-5 scale, 0 not so great-5 Sailing blissfully away on a sea of sugary delight)

Over-all Tastiness: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Experience:5

TASTE: When I went I got the Volcano which is a delicious flavor explosion, so I totally dig the name. The Volcano is much like an Italian cream soda with Sprite, raspberry syrup, whipped cream, and my favorite SPRINKLES! The cream mixes in with the drink, and it is all around delicious. My boyfriend got the Coconut Wave which was also delish ( Cola, coconut, and lime). We didn’t get any of the cookies, bagels, or personal pizzas but I have no doubt that they are amazing as well!

ATMOSPHERE: Soda Tsunami is really neat in the fact that it has a nice sit in area, and also has a drive thru. So, if you want a place to meet up before a movie or game S.T. has got you, and if you want to swing by while on the way to the park good ol S.T. has got you there too.

EXPERIENCE: I had a great time going to Soda Tsunami. I went on the Grand Opening, and they were BUSY! But we were helped promptly and the service was very friendly. I was referred to try the Volcano and I wasn’t disappointed. Can’t wait to go back and get my soda fix!

If you haven’t been to Soda Tsunami I encourage you to do so. Try the Volcano!

https://www.facebook.com/sodatsunami/

The Persnickety Lemon (love the name!) opened up here within the last month or so, and needless to say I was excited. It is downtown on Park avenue, so I walk past it everyday on my way to work.

This quaint market focuses on artisan products, and healthy options. I came over to bombard them on their first day of serving lunch with my boyfriend and two guy co-workers.

Rating: (on a 0-5 scale, 0 not so great-5 Why are my socks on the floor? Oh, that’s right. They were knocked right off!)

Over-all Tastiness: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Experience:5

TASTE: The sweet shop owners (Jennifer and Jed) were serving a Cowboy quinoa wrap. It was a multi-grain flatbread with a tex-mex quinoa salad which was spicy and filling. When she told us this was the option for the day I started getting ready to walk out. I thought there was no way that all these guys would eat a quinoa wrap! She gave us all a taste test, and they went ahead an ordered it. I was pleasantly surprised. This is certainly a testament to how delicious it is. Since then I have been back, and had more delicious experiences!

Everything tastes fresh, and doesn’t leave you filling gross. There is a lot of attention to detail that I appreciate. There are Gluten-free, and vegan options which is a really lovely difference here in the city of meat n taters.

ATMOSPHERE: The downstairs dining area is vintage, comfy, and eclectic. It has a neat sitting area with a sofa and coffee table that is cozy. It really is the perfect place to meet up or host an event! Check their Facebook to find out how to rent their space including the commercial kitchen.

EXPERIENCE: The owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. I’m excited to see that there are new options in downtown Idaho Falls! I hear that they will be starting classes (how to build terrariums and make artisanal cheese and such) and I can’t wait to go.

The Persnickety Lemon is a co-op. They feature locally made breads, sweets, salsas, nut milks, juices, and more. Their menu changes often, so go in to see what yummy items they are serving up!

The Persnickety Lemon