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Summer lovin’ in Kirkland

| June 22nd, 2016 | 2 Comments »

No more pencils, no more books – and especially true in my family: no more teachers’ dirty looks!  School’s out for summer! Thanks Alice Cooper. I certainly felt your excitement on that last day of school, but now that we are in the early days of 60, how will we ever fill the long days and nights?

You can’t beat summer in Kirkland with the sun glinting off the lake, the boulevard packed with people and warm nights… Here’s a list of fun things to do until we are back to fleece and boots. Residents and non-residents are all welcome!


  1. Fourth of July parade: this is the best small town parade you ever did see! Bring your red, white and blue but get there early because the streets fill up fast. After the parade, head to Marina Park for fun family activities, food and music. Settle in because the fireworks at 10:15 are a must see!
  2. Kirkland Uncorked: this event gets more and more popular every year.  Warning: this is only for people who like good wine and great food – and beer and cocktails if wine isn’t your thing. Don’t miss it July 15-17.
  3. Kirkland Wednesday Market: each Wednesday you now have an excuse to stay out of the kitchen. Down at Marina Park from 2-7 pm you can sample food from different local food trucks and stock up on fresh produce and flowers.
  4. Juanita Friday Market: start your weekend off right at Juanita Beach. Fridays from 3-7 pm you can enjoy good food, crafts and live music! Can’t beat that. Bring your dog too!
  5. Carillon Point Outdoor Movies: get out of your hot house and catch a flick in one of the prettiest settings around. Movies are alternating Saturdays in July and August.
  6. Kirkland Classic Car Show: hot rides, hot damn! Vintage cars will line Kirkland streets on July 31st from 10 am -4 pm.5996173202_8226e3af13_q
  7. Kirkland Summerfest: music, food, art, beer garden. BEER GARDEN. Don’t miss it August 12 & 13.
  8. Junior Softball World Series: way more fun than you think! Hosted right here at Everest Park August 2 – 8, you can be up close and personal with all the action, and rub elbows with the folks from ESPN.

I hope to see you at one of these great events. If buying or selling your home is your great event for the summer, invite me along!



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!