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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:39

Tubers, It's Your Time

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes tubing for families

Join locals on the Boise River. in Boise, ID.

Visitors to Idaho’s capital can enjoy a scenic six-mile float through the city’s well-preserved river habitat. Cranes, hawks and deer are as plentiful as those who relax and cool off on the waterway during the summer season.  

The Boise Parks & Recreation Department has established rest stops along the main floating route. River tubers can rent tubes, rafts and safety gear from Boise River Raft and Tube.

Discounts on Salmon River rafting trips are also possible from the same outfitter.


far and away

Are you a single parent looking for travel ideas?

Consider a rafting getaway.

Cast a line in the water in between rapids in on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Warm up in hot springs along the way and check out Indian pictographs. Join other parents and kids in camp for a short hike, organic seasonal fare and conversation around the campfire. For a luxury-in-the-wilderness experience , parents can treat themselves to a riverside massage.

Contact: 832-755-7661;

You'll find more single parent travel ideas here!

rushmore ice cream

Who knew that Thomas Jefferson could be considered the father of cream!

Word is he was an early adopter and regularly served the sweet confection to his friends and family at Monticello and beyond.

If you want to follow in his culinary foot steps, you'll find the recipe below. 

Thomas Jefferson's Vanilla Ice Cream 


  • 2 bottles of good cream
  • 6 yolks of eggs
  • 1/2 lb. of sugar
  • Stick of vanilla  


  • Put the cream on a fire, first putting in a stick of vanilla
  • When near boiling, take off the fire and pour it gently into a mixture of eggs and sugar, stirring well
  • Put it on the fire again stirring thoroughly with a spoon to prevent it from sticking to the dish
  • When near boiling, take it off and strain through a towel
  • Put the mixture in a Sabottiere and set it in ice (sprinkled with a handful of salt) an hour before it is to be served
  • Put salt on the coverlid of the Sabottiere and cover the whole with ice for 7 minutes
  • Turn the Sabottiere in the ice 10 minutes, and when well taken, stir well with the spatula
  • Put the mixture in moulds, which will sit in the same bucket of ice until serving

Looking for sweet spots? Find more here.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:14

Beach butler? Yes, please!

By Lynn O'Rourke Hayes


Who doesn’t love sunny beach days in SoCal? 

And if you check in to the oceanfront Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, you can expect the ultimate family beach vacation. It’s one where the kids are having fun, mom and dad are relaxed and you all connect while experiencing #bucketlist adventures.

Your clan can learn how to catch a wave, fly a kite on the beach, build sand castles or toast s’mores over an outside fireplace on your guestroom patio. Later, glimpse a Blue whale in its natural habitat, witness a pod of stampeding dolphins, or report a Garibaldi sighting while snorkeling in the Pacific.

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