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Holiday survival 1-2-3

| November 30th, 2015 | 3 Comments »

My first thought for this post was to provide a comprehensive overview of fun holiday activities for you and your family.  But who am I kidding?  You can find and ignore that information anywhere.  I’ve got the truly useful details below…


<– don’t forget to read the Elf’s note!


1.   Make a list. Check it twice. It’s so important to plan ahead to avoid any last minute headaches. Also find out who’s naughty or nice so you can get the naughty ones something extra.

2.   Avoid Costco when they open. And when they close. Also avoid Costco during the day and evening. Pay your neighbor to do your Costco shopping. Ditto for ToysRUs.

3.   Tell your spouse you will do all the gift wrapping and in return they can figure out the different hiding spots for the Elf on the Shelf.  This will allow for you to get a good night sleep instead of waking up in a panic that you didn’t hide the damn elf.

4.   Visit only holiday attractions with good parking.

5.   Make sure you go ice skating at the Downtown Bellevue Park. You can park at the mall and walk over (see number 4). It’s the next best thing to ice skating at Rockefeller Center and way easier on the pocketbook.

6.   Pick a cause or two and donate. Adopt a family, help serve hot meals, visit the Humane Society and accidentally leave with a dog and a cat, or donate food and gifts to Hopelink. Giving is truly better than receiving. It’s also a good lesson if you have children. Or a husband who likes expensive gifts.

7.   Give yourself permission to give gift cards and do as much online shopping as possible. Even if you wait until the 11th hour, Amazon will have you covered.

8.   Plan a fun night out with friends. Use this as intel to figure out what they are getting their family and friends and then copy them.

9.   Bake cookies, watch a good ol’ holiday movie and maybe sing a carol or two. Remember, there’s nothing that great about January or February so enjoy this time.

10. Think about your friends and family who may want to buy or sell a house next year and tell them all about me. #referralsarethebestgift  #newyearsresolution

Get out there and make the most of December. You can cocoon in January!


Tis the season…for thinking of others!

| December 4th, 2011 | 4 Comments »

I have truly been inspired by some of your Christmas spirit this holiday season. I have also doubled over with laughter. Let me explain…

First we have Sonia: friend, former co-worker, and Cara in the House client. She and her sister have decided to spread holiday cheer by performing one random act of kindness a day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. Every day they post a picture and describe their random act of kindness. Here they are on Day #3 bringing gifts to the Sunrise Children’s Home in Arizona. And their good cheer is spreading…a lady overheard them talking about their random acts and gave them $10 to contribute towards the giving! I’m looking forward to seeing what these 2 lovely ladies will think of over the next few weeks.

Next we have Windermere Real Estate. Again, they have outdone themselves in only a way that a true family-owned company who truly cares about their employees and their community can do. This past Saturday, the 5 Windermere offices owned by the Deasy family met at the Factoria Target. 100 agents were paired with a child from a low income family and were given a $175 gift card to help them purchase gifts for their family. The kids arrived at 8 am with smiles and their lists. When the shopping was done, the other agents helped wrap, tag and box up their gifts while providing Christmas treats, activities and free Santa pictures. It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Next up is 180 Degrees Chiropractic in downtown Redmond. Even though their doors have been open less than a month, they are raising money for Hopelink. From now until December 23rd, they are offering $50 for a first visit (exam and x-rays) and every penny they collect will go to Hopelink to help local families in need. Call to make your appointment: (425) 636-8354.

Last but not least is Sheila: friend, Cara in the House client and co-founder of Tale of Two Elves. This facebook page was created by two ladies who are friends on facebook but have never actually met in person. This hilarious page (you should definitely like it by clicking here) shows the elf from the book “Elf on the Shelf” on various adventures in Seattle and Chicago. Thank you for giving me the gift of laughter! Here he is in one of my favorite poses!

However you are giving back this holiday season, I want to say thank you. “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

If you have a charity or tradition that you would llike to share, please consider leaving a comment below. Happy Holidays!