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The reptile zoo

The Reptile Zoo

Situated right off Highway 2, The Reptile Zoo is impossible to miss. Its plot of land practically kisses the roadside. Despite its modest size, I believe this zoo packs a punch. While an average visitor might breeze through in 30 to 45 minutes, my experience lasted longer.

The Secret to Selling Your Home

The Secret to Selling Your Home

According to statistics, it seems so. However, like many things, there’s an art to it. When depersonalizing your home, it’s crucial to find a balance between making it less personal and not stripping away its warmth and humanity.

10 Steps to Make

10 Steps to Make in the First 30 Days of Home Ownership

Congratulations on achieving the milestone of home ownership! Now that you’ve successfully acquired your new residence, it’s time to ensure a smooth transition into this exciting chapter of your life.

Books of Winter

Books of Winter

As winter’s chilly embrace settles in, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a warm blanket and a captivating book. In this season of introspection and cozy nights, literature becomes a gateway to other worlds, offering comfort and adventure from the comfort of your home.

12 days of indoor winter

12 Days of Indoor Winter Activities

It’s that time of year again—school’s almost out, and parents are on the lookout for ways to keep their kids entertained indoors, especially here in Washington where the weather keeps us cooped up. Growing up in my house, this season meant a ton of indoor fun, all thanks to my mom. From December 1st through the 24th, my mom put together the most engaging Christmas crafts and activities that kept me and my four siblings entertained for hours. In that same spirit, here’s a list of 12 indoor winter activities to beat your winter boredom.

Winter Emergency Car Kit

Winter Emergency Car Kit

So winter weather is here, and whether we like it or not, we’ve got to tackle it head-on. Maybe you’ve already winterized your house using our Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, but there are other aspects of life that need some attention in the cold too. I get it, no one really wants to brave the freezing weather, but with work and holiday plans, hitting the road is inevitable. That’s why it’s a smart move to put together a winter emergency car kit. Trust me, it can be a lifesaver if you find yourself stuck in the cold.

FREE Christmas Events 2023

FREE Christmas Events 2023

Tis the season to be jolly, and I’m thrilled to bring you a sack filled with joy in the form of FREE Christmas events for the 2023 Holiday Season! As the year draws to a close, the Christmas spirit surrounds us all, and what better way to celebrate it than by partaking in festivities that won’t cost you a dime. From enchanting light displays that adorn homes and city streets to heartwarming community gatherings; there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit without breaking the bank. These events offer an opportunity to create cherished memories with loved ones, share in the warmth of the season, and spread the message of goodwill.

Overcoming Real Estate Fears

Overcoming Real Estate Fears in a Volatile Market

With fluctuating interest rates and market volatility, it’s not uncommon for potential buyers and sellers to feel a bit apprehensive about making a move right now. It’s like playing a game where the rules can change at any moment. But what if I told you that there’s a way to navigate this game successfully and conquer your Real Estate fears?

Prioritizing Your Wellness

Prioritizing Your Wellness Through Seasonal Blues

Fall is a season of change here in Washington State. As the leaves turn color before gently falling down, and as frost begins to settle on the ground and car windows, I can’t help but feel the shift in the air. The sky, once a bright blue gray, transforms into a moody gray ripe with rain clouds. Our automatic headlights beam all day, signaling the approach of winter. It’s a time of transition and given the cooler weather and darker skies it’s tempting to head indoors to hibernate for the season. But I’ve come to realize that fall is the perfect time for prioritizing your wellness to promote happiness and personal growth. Just like planting tulip bulbs in the fall ensures a vibrant bloom in spring, this season presents an opportunity for us to bloom.

Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State Park

Are you a thrill seeker or history buff looking for a place to set your skin alive with goosebumps this fall? If so, I’ve got a recommendation that’ll tick both those boxes: Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island! And guess what? Fall is the perfect time for this eerie escapade. Picture this: exploring dark, damp, moody places in a labyrinth of eerily unlit underground passageways. As a kid I raucously played my way through the 999-acre park, and I can tell you even in the daytime it can be a hair-raising experience.

Fall Curb Appeal

Fall Curb Appeal

Hey homeowners! I’m super excited to share with you some fantastic ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost this fall, all without breaking the bank. You see, first impressions are kind of a big deal, and having a house that catches everyone’s eye can make a world of difference, especially if you’re thinking about selling your home. So, let’s dive into these five wallet-friendly tips!

Spooktacular Events in Snohomish

Spooktacular Events in Snohomish County

Get ready for a month full of spooktacular events in Snohomish County! From September 30 to October 29, we have a lineup of fun, thrilling, and hair-raising events that will ensure a memorable Halloween season. Here is your guide to some of the best Halloween events in Snohomish County.

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

Picture this: it’s a cold blustery November day and a group of college students stand outside of their rental home waiting for an emergency repair service to be performed to stop the water damage taking place in their basement from a burst pipe because they didn’t prepare their home for the cold. A burst pipe can happen to anyone. But I witnessed this event firsthand. Fortunately, as a guest, and not one of the renters. But it did teach me very quickly the importance of seasonal maintenance for homes.

Books of Fall

Books of Fall

Autumn is the perfect time to fall headlong into a world of fiction, and we’ve got just the books to sweep you off your feet. ‘Happiness Falls’ and ‘Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World’ are the literary treasures you’ll want to cozy up with this season. These stories are filled with intrigue, emotion, and the kind of magic that only fall can conjure. So, grab your favorite blanket and a steaming mug of apple cider, and prepare to lose yourself in the pages of these captivating novels.

Second Annual Cruise-In Car Show

Second Annual Cruise-In Car Show Charity Event

I’ve been a part of this event since its very beginning, volunteering at the original Cruise-In Car Show. It’s truly impressive to see how the combined efforts of our team and the local community have turned this year’s event into a HUGE success!

Deception Pass

Deception Pass State Park Day Trip

Deception Pass State Park is Washington’s most visited park for a reason. Its beauty and ease of access are unmatched. First off, this park is spread out across two islands, Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. Picture this: over 3,854 acres, a marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater combined from three lakes. It’s like a playground for outdoor enthusiasts like you and me!

Community Service Day 2023

Community Service Day 2023

Once a year, amidst the hustle and bustle of real estate transactions and property listings, the dedicated agents, and staff here at Windermere Mill Creek make a detour from our regular routine and head out to serve a cause on Community Service Day. This year our spirited office got hands-on and partnered with the Mill Creek Y to help revitalize their Community Garden.

Books of summer

Books of Summer

Welcome to our Summer Reading Books Blog, where we invite you to embark on an exciting literary journey through the library. As the temperature rises and the days grow longer, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in captivating stories, discover new worlds, and let your imagination take flight.

Houseplants

Houseplants

Have you heard that houseplants are the new pets and pets are the new children? The popularity of houseplants grew substantially during the pandemic when people were isolated and looking to make connections with any living thing. Luckily, unlike some quick unions, embracing these leafy companions came with many benefits.

Father’s Day Originated

Father’s Day Originated in Spokane Washington

Hey there curious readers! Did you know that Father’s Day originated in Washington State? Believe it or not, the nation’s very first Father’s Day took place on June 19, 1910, in non-other than Spokane Washington.

Perfect Outdoor Summer Oasis

How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Summer Oasis At Home

Get ready, folks! Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to turn your outdoor space into an inviting outdoor summer oasis.

Molbak’s Garden Home

Molbak’s Garden + Home

Have you ever driven past Molbak’s and wondered what was inside? I had passed the store a handful of times on my way to other places and never thought to stop in and check it out. All that changed once I discovered the hidden oasis that awaits inside its unassuming exterior. Let me tell you, you don’t have to be a plant lover to enjoy Molbak’s because Molbak’s Garden + Home offers more than just plants and it is dog friendly too!

4 Benefits to a 1031 Tax

4 Benefits to a 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange for your Investment Property

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a seminar on wealth preservation led by Annamarie Kooning, the NW division manager of 1031-Asset Preservation Inc. The topic was especially relevant in that we have experienced unparalleled real estate appreciation for the last decade, with the drawback being the tax implications when selling a long held real estate asset.

Native Plant Appreciation Month

Native Plant Appreciation Month

April is an exciting month for plant lovers in Washington State as it is Native Plant Appreciation Month. Governor Inslee officially declared this month-long celebration on February 1st, 2023, to raise awareness of the importance of native plants in supporting healthy ecosystems in the state.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting

Did you know that your garden plants can benefit from having a friend planted beside them? Companion planting is a great way to improve the health and yield of your garden. By planting certain crops together, you can create a mutually beneficial environment that promotes growth and deters pests.

Spring Reading List

Spring Reading List

Spring is here, spring is here, I’m so excited! Spring brings lots of new beginnings and new book choices from yours truly! Check them out, one is adventurous and the other is a thriller. As always let us know what you think!

Skagit Valley Tulip Guide

Skagit Valley Tulip Guide

The Skagit Valley Tulips have become the undisputed royalty of blooms in Washington State! It’s no wonder, given their renown.

Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry Blossom Trees at the University of Washington

Here in Washington, we have a few celebrity flowers that have blossomed their own dedicated cult following. One of these blooms even has its own Twitter account and a year-round live feed webcam. That’s right! The beauty of the Cherry Blossom Trees at the University of Washington’s quad is a renowned crowd drawer.

Washington State Daffodil Guide

Washington State Daffodil Guide

Washington State has a reputation for wielding moody gray skies. Given that, you may find it odd to learn that Washington is the largest supplier of daffodil bulbs and daffodil flowers in the United States. Such a sunny dispositioned flower may seem out of place here, but they thrive in Washington. Below you will find a Washington State Daffodil Guide discussing where to see them and how to grow them.

Kerloo Cellars

Kerloo Cellars

Our 11th stop of the tasting took us to Lilac and Lemon to use our bonus token on a wine tasting with Kerloo Cellars. If you have stuck with us throughout our series, you will know that this was our final tasting of the event.

Wandering Wolf Cellars

Wandering Wolf Cellars

Our 10th stop of the evening took us to People’s Bank where we tried wines by Wandering Wolf Cellars. I will preface this review by stating that we were in a rush to complete our tastings before the evening ended. As a result, the tasting was brief. We didn’t sit with the wine as we had done with the previous nine reviews.

Color the Year Viva Magenta

Color the Year Viva Magenta

I remember seeing articles in 2022 about how the world was slowly losing color. When I stopped and thought about it, I realized there was some truth to that.

Winter Reading List

Winter Reading List

Winter is here, and with a vengeance! Wow snow already twice this year and we haven’t even gotten through December yet….need a good book to read? Good thing I’ve got you covered. Here are my picks for you, one is inspiring and the other is a thriller.  As always let us know what you think!

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