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Things to do this Weekend in Snohomish County!

Looking for something to do close to home?  Want to stay in Snohomish County? Check out the website snohomish.org! I came across this site by accident but am so happy I found it. I wanted share it with everyone I knew. Below are my top 3 picks for for things to do this weekend. Click on this link for all of the events!

 

Improv Night

When: Saturday December 17th 8:00PM-10:00PM

What: The Womb Escape X Improve Tournament is in its tenth year. The audience gets to  vote on the winners.

Where: Edmonds Community College located at 20000 68th Avenue West Lynnwood 98036

Cost: $12

More info click here

 

 

Christmas Lights Parade

When: Saturday December 17th 6:00PM- 7:00PM

What: You can drive your decorated and lighted vehicle down First and Second Streets for the 5th annual FreeStyle Christmas Lights Cruise in downtown Snohomish or just watch. To enter just show up. Since its freestyle you can do one lap or keep just turning right and stay the entire hour!

Where: 1st & 2nd Streets Snohomish 98290

Cost: FREE

More info click here

 

 

Cooking Class for Game Day Appetizers

When: Sunday December 18th 11:00AM- 12:00PM

What: A hands on demonstration teaches you how to make an appetizer that you create and get to take home to eat during the afternoon game! This includes a platter & take home appetizer for 4!

Where: The Hungry Pelican located at 113 Avenue C Snohomish 98290

Cost: $45 for 1-2 people

More info click here

 

Snohomish County Housing Update for December

2016 has been one of the best years on record! Pending sales for December were the highest they have ever been in 10 years! There were 44% more sales than new listings. Buyers are still talking advantage of the historically low interest rates and buying homes fast. 75% of homes are selling within the first 30 days on market. Take a look below for more information.

 

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Make Your Home Your Sanctuary

With the arrival of the holiday season our schedules can become overloaded. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. With that in mind, I wanted to create a blog about how we can make our home our sanctuary. So that when we do finally arrive home from  work, a party, a meeting,  we can relax and really just let the day go. As I was writing this blog and researching ideas, I kept coming back to a blog I had read on freshome.com. After some time, and a few drafts,  I realized that rather than creating my own list, this blog was perfect to share and had many more ideas than I had thought of. So please check out the full article written by Jessica featured on freshome.com. by clicking here. 

 

Here are just some of a few of the ideas presented in the article:

  • Flowers are incredibly soothing both visually and aromatically.
  • White candles add an air of calm and relaxation. Do stay away from the fragrant ones as they can often be overwhelmingly strong.
  • Lighting is so very important. Natural sunlight does wonders to one’s spirit.
  • Remove clutter. Clutter is distracting and immediately instills a sense of chaos and disorderliness.
  • Surround yourself with books and throw pillows and blankets.
  • Hardwood floors and soft area rugs can tie in furniture to help create a focal point and unity. Layering soft textures can create this effect as can fireplaces.

 

 

Take some time to sit back, relax & enjoy the holiday season.

My Top 5 Pinterest Picks for the Week

Finding inspiration on Pinterst is something I do a lot… probably more time than I should. Putting my pinning prowess to use, I thought I would share with you my 5 favorite pins of the week. Click on the image to be taken to the source. Enjoy and follow me on Pinterest by clicking here.

1. Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Chances are if you have came to my house for dinner I have made this dish for you. I usually make this for dinner for myself once a week. If you are looking for side dish to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner, makes this! Super easy and delicious!

 

2. Designing with Plants. I am really loving grouping plants together. Using a beverage cart to do this is something I would never have thought of. And if its on wheels you can move it in different areas of your home to switch things up! Genius!

 

3. Dog Bowls. These rustic, stylish bowls are going on my Christmas list. Only $59 on Esty from hout1design.

4. Outfit of the Day. Love the big sweater with the leggings. If anyone can find this sweater let me know, I need it!

 

5. Nook Inspirations. I have been obsessing over nooks lately. Check out blogger’s Whimages space.

 

Housing Market Update for Snohomish County for November

This November is looking a lot like last year at this time: low inventory, a backlog of buyers, and very low interest rates. Typically we see the amount of new listings decrease by about 50% compared to Spring and Summer. We will remain tight on inventory throughout winter. Check out the infographic below for more information!

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An Afternoon at Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar in Mukilteo

The Sydney Bakery & Wine Bar located in Old Town Mukilteo was the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon yesterday. The views are gorgeous and The Sydney  is situated perfectly above Puget Sound. There is an outside seating area that is ideal for summer days.

This is a bakery, wine bar and coffee shop all in one. The bakery items are to die for with many delicious choices. Cookies, carrot cake, cheesecake, triple chocolate cake, cinnamon rolls, pies, macarons, scones, & much more.  They offer espresso and teas. They also have small menu that includes breakfast, lunch and happy hour bites! Every Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM they invite you to bring your children for a story time while up sip a coffee.

I met a friend there in the late afternoon and we opted for lunch. We were welcomed by a friendly face. I was torn between the Paddington- an adult grilled cheese and the Veggie Roll, served with chili sauce. I decided on the Veggie Roll & with glass of Rose. My friend ordered the Sydney Salad with an orange tea. Both were delicious.

We sat at a small table right next to the window. There is a bar that faces the water and also a larger room in the back with a larger table if you are with a group of people.

There were a few people in there having coffee. Another couple came and ordered a piece of carrot cake to go. Another patron ordered lunch.

The decor is tasteful and inviting. I felt like I could stay there for hours, the atmosphere is very welcoming & laid back.

Looking forward to going back soon when I am already planing on having a coffee & the freshly baked cinnamon roll!

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So many choices!

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View from the wine bar.

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The Sydney, so good!

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The Veggie Roll. I love when places have vegetarian options!

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The view from our seat overlooking the patio and the water!

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Cute decor and a great message for us all.

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Some fun names… Foreplay Chardonnay anyone??

 

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Love the fireplace with the cute Halloween decor.

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The view on a cloudy, rainy PNW afternoon…my favorite kind of day!

Things to Do This Weekend Around Town!

Fall is here and Halloween is just around the corner. I thought I would take some time to share with you a few cool things that are going on around Snohomish County this weekend that are not your average pumpkin patch and corn maze. Have some fun and enjoy!

Friday 21st 

 

What: Unexpected Productions Presents Haunted Doorways

Description: Haunted Doorways is a theatre production of a ghoulish game show. This runs for two weekends only!

When: 8:05 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Black Box Theatre at Edmonds Community College

Contact: jennifer.matthews@email.edcc.edu

More Info: Click here

Saturday 22nd

 

 

What: Everett Massacre Centennial Events Day 2

Description: This one might be my favorite and they have a bunch of other dates! Everett Public Library presents a series of programs on the centennial year of the Everett Massacre events that took place November 5th 1916.

When: 1:00 PM

Where: Everett Public Library

More Info: Click here

Sunday 

 

What: Watch the Hawks for Sunday Night Football on the big screen.

Description: This event is free. There are adult beverages and a meal available for purchase!

When: 5:30 PM

Where: Everett Historic Everett Theatre

More info: Click here 

 

Monday 24th

What: The Bride of Frankenstein

Description: This was the 1935 American Sci Fi Horror film classic, the first sequel to Frankenstein.

When: 6:00 PM

Where: The Marysville Opera House

More Info:  lwoodmansee@marysvillewa.gov

 

October Housing Update for Snohomish County

Last month we saw the best September ever!  Inventory is still low, we are at about 1.4 month of supply in our county. But we are seeing a slight decrease in the amount of multiple offer situations for new listings. So if buyers have missed out in the past they can feel more confident moving into fall getting their offer accepted. And 68% of all homes are selling within the first 30 days on market which is excellent for sellers!!!

Check out the infographic below for more details.

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September Housing Update for Snohomish County

Our market here in Snohomish County is still intense!  Last month the amount of pending home sales outnumbered new listings. So the countdown to November has begun! A decrease in new listings will begin in November and typically  lasts through about the end of February. The best opportunity for home buyers will be in the next 60 days while more inventory is still available.  See the infographic below for more info!

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3 Things to Remember When you Purchase a Home

So you decided to buy a house and you are ready to close. This time can be very exciting and stressful since so many things are going on. Packing, moving, changing utilities over, maybe even switching schools…  When you do purchase a home please make sure to remember these 3 things.

 

1. Sellers Do Not Clean the Way Professionals Do

Many times when I am doing a final walk through with a client or after the house has closed, buyers comment on the uncleanliness of the home. I recommend getting a professional cleaner into the home BEFORE you move in. Personally, I give my buyers a closing gift and this has been something that I have gifted in the past. Sellers will never clean the house the way you want and that’s okay, just prepare for it and hire it out before your belongings move in! A lot of companies clean vacant homes at very reasonable prices that vary with square footage.

 

2. Get a Home Warranty

If the house you purchased did not come with a home warranty; buy one. Lets face it, being a home owner means you are responsible for everything in your home. No more calling a landlord to fix the problem. It is your problem and things can and do malfunction. Home warranties cost $300-$500, so at most, it will cost you maybe $40/month. This will give you a peace of mind knowing that if something stops working, like a water heater, washer/dryer, AC, you can pay $60 to have someone come out and repair or replace it! You also can extend the warranty after the 1 year mark with a lot of companies. Click here for the blog I wrote on home warranties.

 

3. Change the Locks

Call a locksmith and schedule an appointment. You never know who has keys to your house. The sellers may have given family, friends, or even neighbors keys at some point. This cost can range but expect to pay around $200. You can also reprogram the garage door openers. Garage door manuals are readily available online, if the homeowner did not leave one.

 

 

Becoming a home owner comes with its share of responsibilities. But it also comes with the freedom to never have to rent again and pay someone else’s mortgage for them. I think one of the biggest pieces of advice that I can give to a new home owner is to be excited.  You maneuvered through the home buying process and can now enjoy your new home. Making new memories, laughing with friends & family, having a pride of ownership… You did it, now enjoy it!

 

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