Get Happy! 10 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” –Oscar Wilde

Did you know March 20th, 2015 has been designated the International Day of Happiness by the U.N.?

The organization recognizes that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and invites international and regional organizations and individuals to observe the day “through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

And what’s the best way to get happy than to engage in acts of service for others? In fact, last month, people from all over the world observed International Random Acts of Kindness Week. This celebration got me thinking: why can’t we engage in simple acts of kindness all year round? Here are ten ways to get started in making the world—and our local community—a better place:

Start close to home. Say “I love you,” give someone you care about an extra hug or share simple praise. Today, is a great day to call someone out for something good (whatever day it may be and whatever the compliment may be).

Smile. Even something that seems as simple as smiling at a stranger can actually significantly brighten a person’s day. A recent study found that seeing one child’s smile provided the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.

Donate. Your local shelters, non-profits, and animal rescue organizations will appreciate your unwanted or unused clothes and household goods.

Give the gift of food. Make a plan to enjoy a meal with someone new who may appreciate the gesture. Consider inviting the neighborly widow over for a family dinner, or bring a meal to a new parent, or a friend who may be recovering from surgery.

Reach out. Send a positive message or handwritten note to someone who may be in need. Think: acquaintances recovering from an illness, loss, or depression.

Pay it forward. Begin an act of kindness chain at Starbucks, by purchasing the coffee for the next person in line.

Get acquainted. Try to learn the names of your coworkers or those who may work in your building. If you already know everyone, spend a few minutes each week getting to know one person better.

Help a neighbor. If you know of someone living nearby who might need extra help around the house (an elderly widow, a single mom, etc.), offer to lend a hand with household chores. Or, offer to shovel their walk when it snows or rake up leaves during autumn months.

Volunteer. Think of a local non-profit that could benefit from a few hours of your time. Consider coaching a youth sports team, helping out at a community garden, or preparing a meal at the local soup kitchen.

Keep it up. Most of the time, doing kind things for others and spreading joy means remaining aware of your surroundings and how you might help others. Did you know you can even join an Action for Happiness movement? Download your free “Happiness Pack”, and you can start making even more of a difference.

It has been a couple years since “the girls” and I read the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and tackled some of the to-dos it offered. We started with a weekend getaway in Loman and may have been more ambitious than practical in promising that we’d cook more, drink less, get organized, exercise and most ambitiously stick with 12 months of happiness resolutions. That said, it was a good idea that helped me shape my definition of happiness, and reminded me to forgive my over ambitions. “Forgive failure” Rubin advised right near the start. Thank goodness for that good advice it came in handy when we “completed” the “12-month” project in several months. :)

Happy warm fuzzies to you, my dear clients and friends,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho



Shana Foster Moore

your Boise real estate resource

14 Boise Foodie Destinations to Love

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“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” –George Bernard Shaw

This Valentine’s Day, we felt it appropriate to share a little love with some of our favorite local restaurants, just in time to share a special meal with that special someone. This is by no means an exhaustive list (there are many places about which we’ve heard rave reviews and have yet to try!), but here are my top 14.

1) a’Tavola Gourmet Marketplace & Café.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and Saturday brunch, a’Tavola is a satisfying answer to the question, “Where can I find fresh and delicious locally made food?” Inspired by Chef Lisa Peterson’s 20-year culinary background, a’Tavola’s ever-changing food menu features daily-made salads, sandwiches, and soups.

What’s to love: the simplicity and joy of freshly prepared food, pastries fit for a queen.

2) Bar Gernika.

Boise is home to the world’s second largest Basque population, so it stands to reason that our city would also be the perfect place to find authentic Basque fare. For a lamb grinder and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off, look no further than Bar Gernika, located in Old Boise Historic District.

What’s to love: beef tongue Saturdays, croquetas, a diverse beer selection with rotating taps.

3) Bleubird.

While this Downtown Boise hotspot is open only for lunch, and only on weekdays, it’s quickly becoming a Boise foodie’s staple—and for good reason. Lines are often out the door, so arrive early to grab seating, or order to-go.

What’s to love: sandwiches made on the spot, vegetarian options, house-made sodas.

On any given weekday, Bleubird is abuzz with sandwich-making, soda-slinging activity.

4) Bittercreek Alehouse (and Red Feather Lounge).

A list of my favorite Boise haunts wouldn’t be complete without this dynamic duo. The sister restaurants complement one another well; the alehouse is perfect for a laidback dinner with friends, and the adjacent lounge is ideal for cocktail hour.

What’s to love: Bittercreek’s extensive beer selection and great American grub, Red Feather’s hip, inventive drink menu and cool vibe.

5) Boise International Market.

The City of Trees is stepping up its game in the way of offering authentic foods from cultures all over the world, thanks to the Boise International Market. From Ethiopian/Eritrean food from Kibrom’s Restaurant, Middle Eastern fare from The Goodness Land, or Colombian from El Cafetal, these restaurants (and more to come) are well worth the visit.

What’s to love: ethnic foods with flair, Kahve Coffee’s Turkish coffee, Joyful Tea’s hot beverages and crumpets.

The Goodness Land (located in the Boise International Market) offers up tasty Middle Eastern fare.

6) Chiang Mai.

This is one of my favorite lunch spots, and I’m happy to be considered a regular. Despite its strip mall location, Chiang Mai offers some of Boise’s best authentic Thai food.

What’s to love: somtum papaya salad, crab rangoons, great service.

7) The Dish.

Dining here is always a pleasure; it’s apparent that the chefs have put the utmost care into preparing foods that will delight their guests, whether it’s a brie burger and fries or grilled salmon with coconut sauce and jasmine rice.

What’s to love: an innovative menu, local ingredients, gluten free options, intimate space.

The Dish provides a dining experience for all five senses.

8) Dutch Goose.

A perfect weekend activity is a bike ride to ‘the Goose’, as locals affectionately call this Boise mainstay. Here you can hang out and dine in a traditional pub setting with the entire family or watch the game (and play one of your own) with friends.

What’s to love: fingersteaks, chicken strips, horseshoe pits, pool tables.

9) Highlands Hollow

This Northend brewhouse is one of my family’s favorites, with its great food, great beer, and great atmosphere. Highlands Hollow offers growler specials every Monday, and live, local music on Wednesdays.

What’s to love: happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m., The Avalanche burger, huge plates of fresh-cut fries.

10) Kind Cuisine Café

Boise’s new fast casual vegetarian restaurant offers locally sourced, made-to-order entrees with a variety of vegan, raw, and gluten-free options.

What’s to love: rotating art shows, live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, from music and dance to poetry.

11) The Lift Bar & Grill.

We fell in love with The Lift back when they offered $2 fish tacos and 50 cent cans of Olympia on Tuesdays. Although they’ve stopped running that particular special, the rest of the menu is pretty great, and weekend brunch means $3 mimosas and bloody marys.

What’s to love: 50 cent wings on Monday nights, $7 all-you-can-eat spaghetti on Thursday (just through the winter).

12) Reel Foods Fish Market & Oyster Bar

Despite being the land-locked city it is, Boise still has access to some of the freshest seafood in the Northwest. It’s because of this availability I’ve been able to share my love of seafood with my young daughter (imagine my surprise at learning a 5 year old really likes clams!).

What’s to love: new lunch menu and oyster bar, fresh-made sushi, frequent cooking classes.

With its new oyster bar and lunch menu, Reel Foods is worth a visit.

13) Saint Lawrence Gridiron

Even the walk up to this food-truck-turned-restaurant makes an immediate impression, since meat is almost always smoking out front (and it always smells amazing). The menu changes frequently, but SLG’s brisket and pulled pork are standby items that make an appreciated appearance in several food items.

What’s to love: Saturday brunch (free glass of sangria when you bring your Capital City Public Market purchase), lunch buddy beer specials, poutine.

Smoked meats make a frequent appearance on Saint Lawrence Gridiron’s innovative menu.

14) Viking Drive-In.

I’d be remiss not to include this neighborhood burger joint, since it’s in the family, and they really do serve some of the most amazing milkshakes this side of the Boise River (along with burgers with flavor!).

What’s to love: the Eric 2 with grilled onions (yes, this is a burger), chocolate milkshakes, scotch and sodas.

Wherever you dine this holiday, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

A Year of Giving Ends; A 5-Year Anniversary Celebration Begins

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“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” -Clarence Odbody, It’s a Wonderful Life

This quote from the 1946 classic film perfectly summarizes why we believe even little things add up, especially when it comes to helping to foster a better Boise.

That was part of the inspiration behind Buy-Boise’s sponsorship of It’s a Wonderful Life, during the final Boise Classic Movies event of 2014. In case you missed it, you may click to view our Christmas announcement and end-of-year video.

And, in true George Bailey form, when we reflect upon 2014, I can’t help but think it was Buy-Boise’s best year yet. It feels good that nearly all of my business came from referrals. I value those connections and return client interaction.

Many of our clients have been surprised to learn that the spirit of holiday giving lasted the entire year, at Boise’s fully women- owned and operated independent real estate brokerage. At Buy Boise Real Estate Group, we put time, energy and nearly ALL of the company’s profits right back into the community in 2014, to support organizations that make Boise a better place to live.

2014: A Year of Giving

Buy-Boise Real Estate Group, with support from loyal clients, allocated nearly all their profits to support the following organizations:

  • Silver Sage Girl Scouts (cookies for clients!)
  • Ada County Sheriff’s Association event to support relationships between police and at-risk youth
  • Highlands Elementary Parent-Teacher Association
  • BUGS (Boise Urban Garden School)
  • The Boise Bike Project (BBP), in memoriam of fallen firefighter Mark Urban, and to support their permanent building fund
  • Kinderhaven – North Idaho’s community organization dedicated to supporting children in crisis, so that they may restore a feeling of safety and well-being in their lives
  • Community Cancer Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, dedicated to supporting people who receive a cancer diagnosis
  • A sponsorship of one year of shelter for a person in need at Interfaith Sanctuary

These philanthropic activities are just a few of the reasons why I feel proud to be a part of this dynamic, big-hearted, and generous team.

“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” -Pa Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

Celebrations to Follow in 2015

If 2014 is any indication of what’s in store for this year, we believe good things are ahead.

It’s Buy-Boise Real Estate Group’s five-year anniversary! That is a milestone anniversary indicating that a small business has beaten the statistics. We’ll also be paying extra attention to working with sellers at Buy-Boise Real Estate Group. If you’re in the market to sell a home, ask me (or any of my buyers) why now is the perfect time to move forward.

Call for sellers and future sellers – it’s your year!

Let’s talk now and plan ahead if needed. If you’re not already signed up to receive my email updates, I invite you to contact us and I’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date on all the latest real estate happenings in Boise as well as:

  • Market trends
  • Tips and insights for sellers and buyers
  • Community updates
  • Story Time

If you’re not familiar with Story Time, here is a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing: one-of-a kind buyer and seller stories that illustrate the home buying and selling process in a fun and unique way.

Looking forward, we expect 2015 to be not only a 5-year celebration, but also another year of community involvement, local thinking and successful buyers/seller introductions. After all, we believe fostering a better Boise really does make for a wonderful life!

We invite you to join us on the journey.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore


Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you to all of you who joined us at the Egyptian Theater on December 16th, to join us in watching the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is indeed a wonderful life and I’m so glad you’re a part of it.

Before the movie, Buy-Boise’s first video played on the silver screen for a packed house, as part of our sponsorship of this warm and fun annual event. We received great feedback on our giveaways and goodies, but also some surprise at all that we’ve done to support and foster the community in 2014. This sounds like the making of a future blog topic to recap of 2014, but for now, here’s a replay of Buy-Boise’s first video.

Thank you for supporting us this year, and helping fuel the support we’ve returned to your community. Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

My Favorite Places in Boise

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Eight Reasons I love Boise, Idaho

Evidenced in part by the pride people take in living in Boise, Idaho, this place has a lot to offer. The reasons for loving Idaho and being a Boisean are many, but today I’m sharing a few of mine.

The Foothills & Camel’s Back Park is one of my favorites. My daughter’s too – she had her birthday party at the picnic area near the park. I also appreciate  its proximity to the open spaces and foothills and trails that connect us to Bogus Basin, and beyond. Right now, the city is accepting commentary on your preferences for these lands, which it controls.

Local Food & Coffee.  True foodies might disagree with me here, especially when comparing Boise to the larger and more culinary cunning cities or the coffee culture of Portland and Seattle . . . and they have a point. We don’t have pizza like Chicago,  the ethnic diversity of New York or the beans of Portland. That said our city has a strong commitment to supporting local restaurants, particularly those who in turn support our local farmers, growers and ranchers with conscientious practices.
See my blog on my favorite restaurants to compare tastes, or comment on it to share yours!

Rivers.  The Boise River is my favorite, due to its proximity to my house and kid-friendly flows, however the Payette River system offers world-class whitewater and rapids of all levels, and I can’t imagine a Boise without this resource.

Bicycle Culture. I love it that the bike you drive is more of a material status symbol than your car. Then again, in a city that prioritizes the most practical rigs, like pick-ups and Subarus, it’s way more difficult to differentiate yourself by vehicle alone.

Green Belt. Many cities have one and every city should. When you need to “Take a Walk,” it’s where to go.

Location The Northwest has so much to offer. Boise has long-weekend access to Portland, the Oregon coast, Seattle, Yellowstone, Montana, Sun Valley, Stanley, Jackson Hole, Utah, Tahoe, etc.

Ski Hills. With Bogus Basin being half an hour door-to-door from my house, it was hardly surprising to find myself with a kid in love with skiing since being in the front pouch at 6 months old. It’s fully feasible to go after work  in addition to weekends.  For a longer journey, Brundage Mountain in McCall has great skiing and Targhee in Driggs has epic conditions comparable to Utah.

The Number One Thing To Love About Boise, Idaho is . . . Hands down, the people are the best thing about this valley. They make eye contact and return smiles; drive less competitively than everywhere else; and have the friendly, laid-back inspirations of the rural life that surrounds and once was this area. They treat their dogs like family members and bring them along more often than not. I like to remind those who move here to take a look at the culture as it is and try to adapt to it, if it’s part of the reason they were drawn to this special place. (Even if the slower driving drives them crazy).

No RSVP Required. Whether you’ve moved to Boise to retire, work, recreate or escape, or if you are considering a move, don’t worry about the social graces of RSVPing to our city, or the first invitation you receive here. Just show up here, with your pets, and find yourself welcome. You may also want to note that we’ll probably do the same for any parties you may throw (fair warning- Boise is simply not an RSVPing city).

If you’d prefer to be welcomed to Boise, Idaho with a home to call your own, I can help with that. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email and together we’ll find exactly what you need. When you’re ready for a second home McCall, let me know that too. We have a favorite agent there who we can refer you to.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho


Shana Foster Moore,

Your local Boise Real Estate Resource



The Boise Code: 15 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

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If Mr. Rogers taught us anything, it was that showing friendliness toward one’s neighbors goes a long way toward bettering a local community.

And Boise has long been known for the kindness of its community members—even amongst seasoned world travelers. In Rick Steves’ Road Trip, he calls his afternoon in Boise “a delight” and even refers to its residents as “freakishly friendly.”

open hands in a circle, Boise community

As the city and its surrounding areas have grown, Boise’s reputation remains one of friendliness and goodwill. But this is no accident. Locals in neighborhoods throughout the area seem to live by an unspoken code, one that would make the late Mr. Rogers quite proud. Here are 15 ways to be a good neighbor:

  1. Keep an eye on your “hood.” Watch and question anyone who seems suspicious or out of place. Lead or volunteer in a Neighborhood Watch program.
  2. Greet new neighbors when they move in. That initial gesture not only makes a great first impression but will go a long way to create amiable feelings down the road , especially if its accompanied by homemade cookies or garden goods.
  3. Keep up the good work! Mow, weed, and trim your yard regularly (and compliment the good-looking lawn or fresh paint across the street).
  4. Stay in touch. One way is to create an email list and send out regular updates to keep your neighborhood informed about local events and issues that may concern them. Another is to join which is a broader, local classified and news-sharing site.
  5. Share the bounty from your garden and/or fruit trees.
  6. Reach out to neighbors who may need additional help (such as single mothers, those who may be sick, and senior citizens) and offer to assist them with small household chores or repairs.
  7. Be a connector. Coordinate a neighborhood running or cycling group, community garden,  annual block party or potluck or attend community events. (PS – Our block party is this Thursday, 9/26 – come on by!)
  8. Be considerate of differing lifestyles and what times your neighbors might prefer quiet. For instance, if you have a teen son who plays in a band, inform your surrounding neighbors in advance and ask them to let you know if it gets too loud.
  9. Plan, or participate in, a neighborhood garage sale.
  10. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after its messes, especially if it has a tendency to run beyond your yard. If you have received comments about its barking while you are away, seek advice from your vet and/or training for the pet.
  11. Offer to care for a neighbor’s plants, pets, and mail while they are away on vacation.
  12. Show support. Buy the Girl Scout cookies, candy bars or latest fundraising items from the neighbor kids if you can afford them.
  13. Park in your garage, driveway, and in front of your own home (rather than in front of your neighbors’ homes) whenever possible.
  14. Let your neighbors know when you might be having a party. Better yet, invite them to attend!
  15. If you own a snowblower or feel strong, clear your neighbor’s walkway.

Most importantly, if any of your neighbors have done any of these things for you, let them know you noticed with a hearty “thank you.” Talking about their good deed with other neighbors is another sign of gratitude. Has one of your neighbors done something thoughtful for you recently? Tell us about it in the comments below.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional

Crime Time—Not on Boise’s Clock

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Stay Safe, Boise!

When it comes to criminal activity, Boiseans are fortunate to live in one of the safest places in the nation.

Elsewhere, crime is a subject that incites dread in people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. But there’s little need to fear being a victim when you and your family take extra precautionary steps (in addition to choosing a safe city).

In fact, overall, national crime rates have been declining nationally—as well as in Idaho—for the past 20 years. According to the FBI’s latest annual crime statistics report, Idaho has one of the lowest rates of non-violent property crime nationwide (with only New York and Puerto Rico coming in lower). Our state’s violent crime rate is also low; only six states have lower violent crime rates.

But while Boiseans can be pleased that their community’s crime rates are some of lowest in the U.S., more is needed to maintain a climate of safety and security in our local neighborhoods, especially when it comes to protecting your home and property.

See your neighborhood’s crime statistics—updated monthly—here.

Earlier this month, local residents convened at several community locations for National Night Out, an event intended to promote welcoming, safe neighborhoods. And this is clearly a topic on the minds of many, considering that over 67 neighborhoods in the Boise metropolitan area participated in the event. So how can we continue to keep our city safe for ourselves, our family, and our property?

Do Your Part

In addition to the “If You See Something, Say Something” admonition, which suggests contacting authorities regarding suspicious behavior, here are further steps the Boise Police Department recommends in protecting your home, family, and neighborhoods. (See entire list here.)

  • Install quality locks on doors and windows—and use them.
  • Trim shrubs surrounding doors and windows.
  • Install peepholes on exterior doors.
  • Ensure indoor and outdoor lights are in working condition, and consider hooking up timers to indoor lights and electronics.
  • Close window coverings when away from home.
  • Pay attention to suspicious activity and report it by calling 911 in the case of an emergency.
  • Beware of solicitors. Don’t let strangers into your home if you are not there to supervise.
  • Have a trusted contact check on your home if you’ll be out of town.
  • Photograph your valuables and engrave your property with a form of ID.
  • Have locks changed when moving into a new home or apartment.
  • Start your own Neighborhood Watch program.

Don’t Forget About Your Bike

bicycle, bike, bike lock

While Boise’s bike culture is primarily an advantage in our community, it unfortunately continues to present thieves with a bevy of opportunities. Take the following precautions to make sure you’re not a victim of bike theft.

  • Register your bike with the Boise Police Department. If it is stolen and later found by authorities, it will be easier to return the property to its rightful owner.
  • Don’t leave your bicycle unattended without using a secure locking system, whether in public (such as parked outside a restaurant) or on your own property (such as in your yard or on the porch).
  • Never leave your garage door open and the items inside unattended, especially if you store valuable sports equipment (including bikes) there.
  • Invest in a theft-deterrent bike lock (such as a U-lock). These are more secure than combination cable bike locks that can be easily removed with wire cutters.
  • If you see something suspicious, alert the authorities.

For more information about crime and safety in the Treasure Valley, including additional resources, visit the Boise Police Department website.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore

Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional

Interest Rates and NHS

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Interest Rates

Interest rates affect our buying power! They don’t change fast or dramatically, but they have been absolutely great and they really only have one way to go from here. As you read in my recent market trends update blog, the Fed has announced changes forthcoming in October that are expected to increase interest rates.

If you would like to calculate your payment (principal and interest), plug this formula into Excel and adjust 4.3% to the actual interest rate you’ll receive.


Don’t forget to add a monthly taxes and insurance amount for your true payment. I also recommend setting aside some home maintenance reserves!

Interest rates are a hair higher as of September 15, 2014, from Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU)

Interest Rates from Idaho Central Credit Union
July 23, 2014 Rates from Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU)






















If you’d like to inquire into the rates posted above, or get pre-approved to buy a home, I would recommend contacting Dave Rusk at Idaho Central Credit Union.

Try NHS. Neighborhood Housing Services

If you have not been able to get approved to buy a home, there are some unique programs available through NHS Neighborhood Housing Services that helps renters turn to owners. NHS also helps people refinance to prevent foreclosure. Find them on Facebook at

In addition to foreclosure prevention and lending, NHS brings us Paint the Town and Rake up Boise each year. Their focus is housing related, and includes affordable home building and creating sustainable housing options for under-served populations. This newly constructed home in Garden City is one of theirs

I find NHS to be an organization that truly helps Foster Boise. I support their endeavors, sit on their board and would be happy to introduce you them through one of their free lunch “Home Matter Tours.” NHS is always seeking volunteers for their fun, community-focused events and supporters and I’m happy to connect you.


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Shana Foster Moore,

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Where does your green grass go?

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Happy mowing season! I hear a lawnmower grinding away in the background as I write to inform you that the options for your grass clippings have increased.

Did you know that at the end of last mowing season, Boise introduced a grass recycling program to add to our grass clipping management options? With four hundred folks already enrolled, Republic Services is pleased that it started taking off this spring, according to a quick investigative phone call I placed.

For $7.95 a month, participants receive an extra, tan 95 gallon trash bin dedicated to clippings and leaves. They’re hauled to a Silage Pit in Ada County, instead of the landfill. The cart is dedicated specifically to grass clippings April through October, and leaves in November (that’s right –no more leave bags). December through March it serves as an extra trash bin.

The silage is tested for chemical content and safety, tarped and will be used as cattle feed. Participants in the program are asked to use only animal- and Earth-friendly products on their lawn.

While grass may not be the most water-wise investment, Boiseans love their lawns and have several choices on what to do with the waste.

Other options for grass clippings include mulching nutrient-filled grass back into the yard, or using as mulch in garden beds, offering them to your backyard chickens, and sending them to the landfill. The landfill option also is well managed.

“The Ada County Landfill employs a methane recapture system to generate electricity and provide power to thousands of local homes. The presence of yard waste and other organic material in the landfill actually facilitates the generation of gas and more electricity,” according to the web site with all the information on grass clippings .

Cutting out grass clippings all together in our arid location is another option many progressive Boiseans have converted to. Xeriscapes and edible gardens don’t create grass clippings but they do put water to wise use.

I hope you’re enjoying your yard this summer, no matter how you’re managing it!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of Boise housing market trends



Your Local Boise Real Estate Resource



Buying Buckets for Paint the Town- I’ll Match Your Donations!

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Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) is hosting the 32nd annual Paint The Town™, this Saturday, June 7, 2014. With the help of nearly 2,000 volunteers, dozens of community and business sponsors, and hundreds of generous donors, NHS will paint 51 homes this year! They still seek donors to “buy a bucket” of paint and I’m all in if you are!

Buying Buckets of Paint!

If you’re among my clients who love and support non-profits in Boise, you are cordially invited to get twice as much out of your generosity this weekend! For every bucket my clients buy to support Paint The Town™, I’ll buy a bucket to match.

Buy One Bucket (but they’ll get two, because I’ll match your donation) Simply enter “Foster Boise” in the special instructions section.

Help provide the paint and supplies & WIN prizes! For every bucket you buy, you’ll receive a raffle ticket!

Join NHS at the Block Party, June 7th in Cassia Park There will be food, neighbors, celebrating volunteers and raffle drawings!

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS)

Do you know NHS hosted Paint the Town? I’d be willing to bet, if asked, you’d have been tempted to incorrectly say “The City of Boise,” like many other neighbors and Boise locals.  The REAL host is this wonderful, local non-profit whose board I’m actively participating in. It’s their biggest event of the year. Thousands participate. The benefits directly affect individuals and the community and Boise City has no complaints about unwarranted credit they often receive for this successful endeavor.

NHS also brings us Rake Up Boise in fall and provides numerous programs that foster communities, families and future homeowners. They offer a series of programs that connect people with affordable housing options. They also find innovative ways to help people rent and progress toward sustainable home ownership.

Supporting NHS or Paint the Town is yet another fun way to Foster our Boise communities. Thank you for all who help make it happen through donations, volunteerism, or attendance!!! If raking is more your style, guess what else NHS does? If you said Rake Up Boise, than you guessed right. For information on NHS  or to invite yourself to a free informational luncheon, email

Thank you for all you do to Foster Boise!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho



Shana Foster Moore

Buy-Boise Real Estate Group

Board Member, NHS