What’s a Kid to Read?!

By Holland Jolley

Book Reviews ✅

Activity Ideas ✅

Book Lists ✅

Diversifying Bookshelves ✅

What’s a Kid to Read is a book review and recommendation page for parents, teachers, grandparents, anyone! As a former elementary school teacher, I’ve always seen the power in books with kids from a young age, and now as a mom I know just how...


Laura Aguirre

Who are you a mom to?

Two fun and enthusiastic girls. Esperanza, 5 and Frances, 3.

When and why did you get involved with Fit4Mom? How did you hear about it?

I started attending Stroller Strides in July. We had just moved to Boise and I really needed to find both a place for me to workout and something for my girls and I to do to meet people in our...


“If you made every decision based on logic and reason, life would be boring. Sometimes you gotta let go and believe.” ~Kelly Kaineg

I pulled this quotation from a text Kelly sent me last night. I received it in the midst of a flurry of messages about running, St. Patrick’s Day, Harper Lee, and beer. And this idea of opening ourselves up to seemingly-crazy possibilities has really stuck with me today. Like many moms, I’m a planner and I...


Each month, FIT4MOM Boise features a VENDOR OF THE MONTH - or a local business, Non-profit or mompreneur that we believe in.

The month of February is all about new parents with our featured vendor: Building Villages.

Building Villages is a new non-profit organization in Boise! Building Villages believes that the well-being of a community is enhanced when all parents have access to support and children's earliest experiences are...


I’m what’s known in the Fit4Mom community as a “Body Back Lifer.” Every time it works for my family’s schedule, I sign up for another eight week session. Despite having a terrible name (sorry, Fit4Mom), Body Back offers moms the space and support to focus on improving...


Instructor Spotlight: Megan Goodhew

FIT4MOM Boise Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby Instructor + Playgroup Captain + Moms on a Mission Director

Mama to twins, Addison and Jaxon (3.5) and Gavin (22 months) Before kids I was a teacher and in hospitality management before that, I grew up in the dance studio so fitness has always been a big part of my life.



Healthy Mama Highlight - Jennifer Yribar

Mamas - we love featuring you monthly because you inspire us! This month, we're highlighting Jennifer who joined us for Stroller Strides last May. We love having her! Get to know her here:

Who are you a mom to?

My daughter Ainoa (4) and my son Jon (turns 2 on Feb. 2)

When and why did you get involved with Fit4Mom?...


This season of my life has been one of the hardest and one of the most beautiful. The physical and emotional pain of losing part of my body, part of myself hits me in waves. But during each ebb, I am overcome with gratitude. I am alive and healing. My people have surrounded and supported me through this trial. I have never felt more loved.

During this Thanksgiving holiday I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my family and friends'...


It’s been ten days since my surgeries. In many ways life seems very much the same — the leaves continue to fall, my kids still refuse to nap most afternoons, and I’m always craving peanut butter cups. But every few days something happens to remind me that I’ve forever changed my body, that I’m not the same.

Today was one...


Ok, I admit it: I am a control freak. My books are alphabetized and organized by genre, dishes must be facing away from the silverware in the dishwasher, and I prefer to exclusively use eleven-point, Garamond font. And it really goes far beyond merely fancying things very particular ways; one of my core guiding principles is that we all have the privilege and responsibility to choose the lives we desire. From how I arrange my books to where I...


Stroller Strides at the Mall? Trust me, it’s awesome.

We’ve spent the last few weeks bundling up our little ones in blankets and jackets to keep warm during class outside. The weather is (unfortunately) only going to get colder in the mornings, so the time has come to move Stroller Strides inside. While working out in the great outdoors is AMAZING, so is working out from the comfort of a heated building with clean...


Welcome to our FRIDAY FEATURE, where we feature one of our members or instructors each Friday.

Meet Miranda, Stroller Strides & FIT4Baby Member since January 2017.

Who are you a mom to?

Mom to Fox, who will be 7 months old July 11th.

When and why did you get involved with Fit4Mom? How did you hear about it?

I started in Fit4Mom when I was in my third...


When I was a sophomore in high school my PE teacher made my class run one mile every Friday. It was terrible. After only a couple of laps around the gym, I was a sweaty mess and felt like I was going to puke. I *might* have found some creative ways to occasionally miss class on Fridays.

Fast forward 19 years. My sister Abby asked me to...


Annabelle is really into belly buttons. If you come over to our house, there is a good chance she will attempt to pull your shirt up and squeal, “Bell-bean!!” Each time she delightfully discovers another belly button, I’m reminded of how a thin cord used to connect us. Her belly button, her first (and dare I hope only) scar will forever be a physical reminder of this incredible bond. But today, only 20 months after the doctor instructed Curt...


Asher has been fascinated with the concept of growing up. Every time he puts on a shirt or pair of pants that doesn’t quite fit, he excitedly pulls it off and runs down the hall to deposit the item in Annabelle’s room. He understands that his little sister is also getting bigger and will soon be able to fit into the clothes he has outgrown (although she might not want to dress in dinosaur t-shirts and cargo pants). Asher is also recognizing...


When I was tucking Asher into bed the other night, I asked him if he needed anything. Often he will want a sip of water or a “Prince Asher” story. But on this evening, my sweet three-year old wrapped his arms around my neck, looked into my eyes, and said, “I need you.” I tilted my head and asked, “What do you need me for?” Asher smiled and replied, “I need you for you.”

Each day Asher, Annabelle, and Curt teach me new lessons about how...


The start of 2017 has been . . . rough. Boise has been covered with snow and ice for much of the last two weeks. And when our street has been drivable, I've often chosen to stay home rather than expose my little ones to the freezing temperatures. It's been challenging to do things that make me feel strong, connected, creative, and joyful when I've been stuck at home, reading Is Your Mama a Llama? and watching episodes of Daniel Tiger over and...