There Is a New Publisher in Town

Continuing to Provide Great Resources for Family Fun

By Julie Franke February 21, 2020

Welcome to the New Edition of Macaroni Kid Nampa. I am Julie Franke, a mom, a businesswoman, pursuer of fun in my family, and now, the new Nampa Macaroni Kid Publisher. My husband, Sean, and I have been married for 23 years. I have lived in the Treasure Valley for just 1 1/2 years and love the history and community I live in.  I was a 3rd and 4th grade teacher for 8 years in California. When I left the classroom to become a stay at home mom, I had no ideas all of the changes my life had in store. I homeschooled my two oldest children for 7 years. When I returned to the workforce, it was not in education, but in business. I was a bookkeeper for 3 years and am currently owner of multiple businesses where I have the pleasure of working primarily with other business owners.  

I have been a Macaroni Kid subscriber for quite a long time. It has been my go to source for activities for my kids. I am a mom to four boys ages 19 to 5 years old. I have had many years to perfected the art of finding things for my kids to do. When I was a homeschooling, I organized field trips, classes, and activities for my kids, classes that I taught, and homeschool groups that I was a part of. Being relatively new to area I Have spent a lot of time researching what is available for my family fun.  I am excited to share all that I know and find more exciting resources to share with you and your family.  Having kids in all the different age ranges has given me the opportunity to stay on top of the latest and greatest in all age groups.  Also, because I have teens and toddlers, I want to be sure to make sure there is a variety of content published that will appeal to a wide range of families and interests.

Here's just a little bit about me. I am originally from Michigan. I went to college at San Diego State University and then spent the next 25 years in California. Moving to Idaho has been a huge life change, but we love it. I love being outdoors and the weather in the Treasure Valley is perfect (although snow is not my favorite).  I like to hike and travel. I love fitness; I am not super fit but enjoy doing things that promote good health and fitness.

Just a few of the things I have in store for this site making sure there are lots of events on the calendar so you will always have ideas and even choices each day. I would love to hear your ideas to make this site better. Please post in the comments things you want to see added.

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