life in boise

LOVE IN THE BOI: Carlleen + Michael

Cupid did strike Carlleen and Michael when they first met on OK Cupid (dating app). From a first date watching football to enjoying exploring Boise together — this is Carlleen & Michael’s LOVE IN THE BOI story.

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How did you two meet?

We met on a dating app site (okcupid) back in 2014. What made Michael so special compared to any other guy that messaged me was his greeting was hey. No pickup lines, no commenting on my beauty or how tall I was. Just a simple hey. We messaged back and forth for a while, mainly about college math classes (I was good at math, he was not) but we also did the classic get to know each other topics too.

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Describe your first date.

Our first date was the Packer's/Seahawks game on September 4th, 2014. I asked him to watch the game with me. However, we met a few times before the date and Michael showed me around the Treasure Valley because I'm from Wisconsin. He never once made a move on me until he felt comfortable and so did I. Actually, Michael didn't make us official until 2 days after the Packer/Seahawks game. We were hanging out on the tailgate of his best friends truck and I was showing "interest" of him holding my hand. It took so long for Michael to actually hold my hand that his best friend said that if Michael didn't hold my hand that night (because I was showing all of the signs) that he would have kicked his butt and made him hold my hand.

What advice do you have for those looking for love in Boise?

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Act like tourists and see what sights the other person wants to show you! Michael showed me where he worked at, the schools he attend, and some of his hangout spots. Don't be afraid to date someone who's a normal human being! Michael and I are completely different people with different interests but sharing the love with someone you love is the best feeling ever.

Where is your favorite place to go (or thing to do) together as a couple?

If we are eating out at a restaurant/bar our go to for the Boise area is Quinn's on Vista. Our favorite things to do together would be fishing or taking a boat ride in my boat at the lakes around the area.

Go follow this couple at @carlleen13 & @wrxbumm 

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20 Fall Activities to Cross Off Your #BoiseBucketList

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Fall is in full effect here in Boise. From the foliage, to the pumpkin patches, to the cool, crisp weather, there’s no denying Boise is an amazing place in Fall. Here are 20 activities I feel you should cross off your Boise Bucket List this fall:

Do the Scarecrow Stroll @ Idaho Botanical Gardens:

Looking to see all types of scarecrows throughout a beautiful garden? Throughout the entire month of October, you can head over to the Idaho Botanical Gardens to checkout scarecrows created by local community organizations. You can vote for your favorite, as well as visit the pumpkin patch.

 Linder Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Who doesn’t like a good corn maze and pumpkin patch? Linder Farms is wildly popular and a must-see place for fall. From hayrides to pumpkin patches to petting zoos – there is no doubt you will have your fair share of fall fun.  You can visit Linder Farms Corn Maze the entire month of October.

Source: Linder Farms

Source: Linder Farms

Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival

For the entire month of October, you can visit Idaho’s “original corn maze.” Nestled in Meridian, the Farmstead Corn Maze gives its fans so many offerings, including the traditional hayrides, a huge slide, and the Field of Screams.

Hoptober Freshtival, Downtown Boise

Beer lover? Look no further. Boise Brewing is hosting its annual Freshtival in downtown Boise. You will have a variety of beers to choose from, games to play, and downtown Boise as your backdrop. Event is October 6.

Boise has its fair options for pumpkin patches. You can visit Linder Farms, the Farmstead Corm Maze, Idaho Botanical Gardens, or Jordan’s Pumpkin Patch and Tree Lot. Who else likes to carve pumpkins and roast the pumpkin seeds?

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See Spot Run

On October 6, come out and support the Idaho Humane Society for its biggest fundraiser of the year! There will be lots of vendors, contests, and food to enjoy.

See a Classic Movie at the Egyptian Theater:

 This fall, Boise Classic Movies has some of your favs coming to the Egyptian Theater: Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus, and The Shining - just to name a few. What’s fun about going to see a classic movie is that attendees are encouraged to dress up. For more info and to purchase your tickets, visit:

Binge during the Idaho Horror Film Festival

If horror films are your thing, I strongly suggest you checkout the Idaho Horror Film Festival. Its 3 days of films across 10 venues.  All the binging you can take starts on October 11.

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Crawl around Boise Bars for 2nd annual Crawl-o-Ween:  

Crawl-o-ween is back! Come bar hop with fellow bar hoppers dressed in your favorite Halloween costume. Event is on October 19th and starts at 8pm.


Go Apple Picking

Within driving distance from Boise, you can head to Emmett and enjoy picking your own apples. Candy Apple Orchard, Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard, and Williams Fruit Ranch are examples of local places where you can go apple picking.

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Hike Table Rock and See the Beautiful Fall Foliage

With all the amazing outdoor recreation, you cannot help but to be outside during this time. Seeing the leaves changes colors is one of my favorite parts of fall (aside from the cooler weather after a hot summer).  Hike up Table Rock (or any hiking trail, TBH) and enjoy the scenery.



Freak Out at Freak Alley

Freak Alley is one of Boise’s largest tourist attractions.  On October 5th, they are hosting their 1st annual fundraiser, a night where art, stories, and entertainment are combined.  The huge part is the story-telling from the artists, including a tale from the founder himself.  Click HERE for more info

No Escape at The Haunted World

Haunted World is proclaimed to be the scariest haunted house in Idaho. And I don’t doubt that! Since 2000, Haunted World has perfected the art of fear. It includes an indoor and outdoor haunted attraction. Tickets are only purchased at the door (NO online purchases). Click HERE to see for yourself. I will be going with a group - why not join me?! Join my New to the BOI Group for more info.

Become a bartender at Mai Thai’s Bartender School

Each month Mai Thai has hosted a bartender school, where you can learn how to mix our own craft cocktails. This fall, they are hosting a class on Sunday, October 28th called “Spooky Spirits.” Each attendee gets 3 cocktails, 3 appetizers, and enjoy learning how to mix drinks.  Follow Mai Thai on their Instagram page for more info.


Do a Halloween Boise Trolley Tour

Drive around Boise on the vintage trolley called Miss Molley Trolley. You will enjoy a narrative Halloween-themed tour for 90+ minutes. Tickets are $18. You can purchase your tickets HERE.

Make sure you TAG @boise_bucketlist on Instagram or use the hashtag #boisebucketlist so I can share your adventures! Do you have ideas or suggestions of activities to cross off your Boise Bucket List? Email me at