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The holidays seem to bring out the creative side in people. Many of these creative folks take advantage of this time of year to express these creative urges through decorating their homes, specifically their yards. As you drive around the Treasure Valley it’s not hard to spot these masterpieces. Some are elegant and minimalistic while others are whimsical and full of fun festivities. Each year it seems as if neighbors fall into competition with each other for the most creative and quirky displays. This, no doubt, is spurred on by department stores who readily supply these creative geniuses with the latest in holiday decorations.

Tradition dictates to many the longing to experience these displays of stunning successes. If you’re one who shares that

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The Pacific Northwest, or the Northwest for short, is arguably one of the most scenic regions of the United States of America. WIth mountainous vistas, verdant forestry, bountiful rivers and, in fine, just about any piece of wilderness you could imagine or want, the Northwestern United States just about has it all. Idaho, the Gem State of the Northwest, is no exception, but one thing that sets Idaho apart from a good chunk of the Northwest is that, for the most part, the entire state of Idaho experiences all four seasons. This might seem like a no-brainer to most, but for Idahoans, such a fact is, in fact, quite the boon.

With that fact comes a host of possibilities for year-round enjoyment, whether it be something as simple as watching the seasons

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It can be tough sometimes living in a house without enough space to move around freely. Many people in the world make do with living in smaller spaces to cut down on everyday costs, but it’s also becoming a trend to discover a quirky, tiny place to call home. Just because you live in a small house doesn’t mean you can’t have some personal space! Thankfully there are tons of clever space-saving hacks out there that will help you make the most out of the home you’ve claimed.

Some of the tips we will go into include furniture configuration, furnishings, color palette, and using natural light to open a room up. Making a compact living area more spacious can sometimes seem tricky, but with a little planning and some DIY magic, you can make it work!

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You may not be very fond of your tiny backyard, but the truth is they can be just as fun and entertaining as having a large outdoor space. One great thing about having a small backyard is that it requires less maintenance. So, you see, bigger isn’t always better! Having a place to enjoy the outdoors at home increases the enjoyment of living there. When the weather is great, it’s almost as if there’s a new wing of the house that’s been opened to entertain in. The trick is to utilize every corner, each unused nook and cranny, and choose furniture and decor that are minimal and multifunctional.

If you live in a big city, you are likely very familiar with the small backyard space you are allotted virtually anywhere you decide to live. Landscapers and

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We know there are plenty of people out there who love Boise and can discuss all the day long about how great it is, but for those of you who are looking for more information about this wonderful City of Trees, here are 15 things you need to know before moving to Boise!

Boise Basics

What kind of climate does Boise have?

A lot of people are under the impression that any place in Idaho is going to be mostly cold. Well, we are happy to report that is just not true. In fact, Boise has a pretty warm climate compared to the rest of Idaho. In fact, during the summer, Boise gets up to the mid to upper 90s and in the winter usually hangs around 40 degrees fahrenheit. We don’t get a lot of precipitation here; most of the moisture that we do get

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There are a number of exciting and beautiful campsites spread throughout the state of Idaho. However, if you are simply visiting the Treasure Valley and don’t want to drive very far for some good, old-fashioned camping, here are a few campsites that are within a two-hour drive of the Boise area.

French Creek Campground- This shady campsite is a little under two hours away from Boise and is located on Lake Cascade. To get to the campground, you will need to drive on the eastern side of Lake Cascade (which has no shade whatsoever). Once you get to the tip of the lake, you will drive onto West Mountain Road, which will eventually lead to the wonderful shade provided by the Boise National Forest. The campsite itself holds a total of 21 different sites,

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If you’ve never been to downtown Boise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Pioneers pushing west in the mid 1800’s passed through on the Oregon Trail. They were grateful for the fresh water of the Boise River and the shade along its banks, but they were eager to move on. Today more people want to put down roots in this oasis where wagons ruts have given way to streets and bike paths.

When gold was discovered in the nearby Boise Basin during the American Civil War, miners and entrepreneurs flocked to the area. In March of 1863 President Lincoln signed legislation creating the Idaho Territory. A few months later Fort Boise was established to keep the peace in the region and a townsite was laid out a few days later.

John and Mary Ann O’Farrell built a

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There are many DIY projects that can be done to the home for very little money; however, the feel and look of the home will be so much different. Here are some that you might enjoy.

Window treatment Replacement

When looking at those kitchen windows, have you noticed that they are deformation by the exposure of splashes and liquids from cooking that occur repeatedly? Something that will help this look after a while is by replacing the window that is stained covering by putting in a cheap but good quality fabric treatment. You will see love the new look and feel of your kitchen.

Message Center

Create a little message center on one of your walls, all you need is a simple piece of glass panel and wood to frame it. Once you have your

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Lucky Peak is located seventeen miles away from Boise. Once there was a victorious mining camp that was located just north of Lucky Peak and that is how Lucky Peak got its name. The Dam of Lucky Peak has offered flood protection of the Boise River since 1954. The Dam has prevented approximately one point three billion dollars in flood damages. Lucky Peak has approximately one million visitors annually who enjoy the lakeside outdoor activities the lake offers. Lucky Peak is home to deer and elk and is managed by the Wildlife department of the Idaho Fish and Game. Lucky Peak offers a great economic drive to the region as it offers irrigation water, wintering elk and water skiing.

Rooster Tail

One of the most common springtime attractions is the

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Camping in Idaho

Camping season is many people's favorite time of the year. Who would not love it, the fresh air, the constant sound of slapping mosquitoes, the rushing waters, and much more? If you are one of the ones who enjoys the search for new camping spots each summer, you might find one in the below list. You will find many gems in the list, anywhere from flatlands to the big mountain peaks. There are some for those who enjoy solitude, those looking for a little lesson in history, stargazing and must more.

French Creek

The campground of French Creek is located in a shady part of Lake Cascade. You will find the campground by driving past the campgrounds with no shade as it is treeless, into Donnelly. You will then continue on the road swinging around the

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