Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Free car washes tomorrow at all Brown Bear Tunnel Wash Locations to Celebrate their 59th Anniversary! - Thursday, August 25th 2016 from 8am-8pm

Celebrating its 59th anniversary, Brown Bear Car Wash to offer free “Beary Clean” washes at all tunnel wash locations next Thursday (August 25)

Brown Bear Car Wash tunnel wash locations will offer free “Beary Clean” car washes on Thursday, August 25 as the family-owned company celebrates its 59th anniversary. The company’s 22 tunnel wash locations across the Puget Sound will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the special event.

Last year’s one-day “birthday” added sparkle and shine to 26,437 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area. For the past nine years, family-owned Brown Bear has provided over 250,000 free washes as it celebrated its August “birthday” with customers and honored veterans and current service members on Veterans Day. 

During the celebration, on August 25 only, two lucky customers will be selected to receive free car washes for a year: an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly-washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Brown Bear founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 44 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.  

“This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the community that has supported us for nearly 60 years,” said Odermat. “It’s a fun and busy day as we celebrate with our customers while benefitting the environment.” 

Widely recognized for its environmentally-friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

For tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash go here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Free Lollypop at See's Candies today for National Lollipop Day! - Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - All day!

Free candy!! Need I say more?!

"Sugarcoat your year by entering our National Lollypop Day sweeps for the chance to win 12 months' worth of Lollypops! And don't forget to celebrate with us at a shop tomorrow to get your free Lollypop! "

 A FREE Lollypop from See's Candies to celebrate National Lollipop Day!
Just a little excited 4 years ago!

For more info. go here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

SandBlast Festival 2016 at McCormick Park in Duvall featuring live music, craft vendors, food, kids' art activities and a massive in-progress sandsculpture! - Today and tomorrow, Saturday, July 16th from now until 7pm Sunday, July 17th 2016

SandBlast Festival 2016


July 16 & 17, 2016

This years theme is "Kia Kaha" which means to "Stay Strong" in memory of a committee member who passed earlier this year.

 " Presented by Duvall Foundation for the Arts (DFA), SandBlast Festival of the Arts has been a staple in the community for over two decades. On July 16 and 17 there will be fine arts, live music and sand sculpting along the shores of the beautiful and historic Snoqualmie River at McCormick Park (26200 NE Stephens St, Duvall). "

For more info. go here.

For pics of previous ones go here.

Molbak's 60th Anniversary Party with Classic Car Show, Live Music, Food Trucks, a Molbak's History Walk, Artist Market, Birthday Cake and Lemonade and more in Woodinville! - Today, Saturday, July 16th 2016 from 10am-5pm - Some things free, some for a fee.

For more info. go here.

Friday, July 15, 2016

News Flash! Pokemon Go fans head to CenturyLink Field for live music and access to the field, etc. to catch Pokemon!! Now until 7pm in Seattle - Friday, July 15th 2016 - "Less than a Latte" at $1 per person!

" Happy hour, live music, and Pokémon Go - What more could you ask for?! 

Join us for Summer Nights in the North Plaza from 4-7pm tomorrow to gain access to the Pokéstops inside the stadium, including the field!
We will even drop Lures to keep you playing 👍

Admission is just $1. Proceeds benefit The Alliance for Pioneer Square. "

For more info. go here.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Compassion Experience in Snohomish - (Worth the trip!) - Interactive global experience exhibit with headphones provided for all - family friendly! - Monday, February 1st 2016 from 10am-5:40 (free online tix available, as well as, walk-ins) Highly recommend!

Image courtesy of The Compassion Experience

Went to this event today and wanted to share it because I thought it was a great experience and my 7 year old loved it too. I try to teach him about our global world and to have compassion for all others. 

This is a good event to attend and there are openings tomorrow online for free tickets and walk-ins as well.  :-)

For more info. go here.

Heads up! January 2016...A New Year and a really great, brand new giveaway coming up...

Hi All! I have a great new sponsor giveaway coming up very soon to kick off this wonderful New Year! You are gonna REALLY love this one! Coming up soon...

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We did and I am looking forward to getting back on track with the blog now that my schedule has finally solidified. Happy 2016 Everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2015


While Christmas is always magical, it won't be too many more years before my little guy doesn't think there is a real Santa. So, I make sure we do this every year until that happens:

1) Watch a special video letter from Santa customized just for my son...

2) Watch the reindeer, their friends and sometimes Santa at their home at the "North Pole" before their big night of deliveries at 

3) Track Santa's and the reindeers' trek across the world on Norad's Santa Tracker and making sure we're (well he's) asleep before Santa arrives in Seattle! ;-)

What are some things you do to enjoy these moments with your kids while they are still young and still believe in Santa Claus?

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Art Market and Open House in Kirkland - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 10am-7pm

KAC opens its doors for a Holiday Art Market and Open House on Saturday, December 5th, from 10am to 7pm.  Join us for an annual favorite holiday tradition, with opportunities to:
  • Get your holiday shopping done early this year during a one-day Art Market featuring the work of over 50 local artists and KAC students! Pick from a variety of one-of-a-kind selections including pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry and more. (10am-7pm)  
  • Watch the magic of art-making during Live Printmaking and Raku Firing Demonstrations! All ages welcome, participation invited. 11am- 6pm.
  • Marvel at the creations made by the masters before your eyes during the "Cropped" Competition. Four KAC all-star artists will battle it out on the easels during this 3-round competition. Each round, after making works of art utilizing unexpected mystery items, one competitor will get "cropped" until the final artist stands to be named the ultimate "Cropped" Champion. Begins at 5pm.
  • Get creative with your family at a Craft and Activities Table. Guided by a KAC instructor, children (and adults) will get to partake in holiday crafting activities.(11am-3pm)
  • Enjoy a selection of crepes sold from the Crisp Creperie food truck or delicious mulled wine and cider.
  • Get your chance to register for Winter Art Classes (ages 2 to 102 - beginning through advanced).
  • Tour the historic 121 year old Peter Kirk Building. Completed in 1892 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Peter Kirk Building exemplifies commercial Victorian-era architecture, and is one of the last vestiges of the man for whom the City was named. 
Event is free to the public and there is plenty of free street parking.  

For more info. go here.

Holiday on the Bay with Santa visit, tree lighting, entertainment, fire trucks, refreshments, kid activities and more in Everett - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 12-6:30pm

For more info. go here.

New Year Celebrations from Around the World Workshop presented by Live Paint at the Shoreline Library - Saturday, December 5th 2015 at 11am

Take the kids and learn how other cultures celebrate the New Year.

" In many cultures, ringing in the New Year is a time to celebrate and honor new beginnings. Through storytelling, cultural artifacts, music and art children will explore New Year celebrations from China, Japan, Russia, Peru and Ireland and create pretend firecrackers to take home. "

For more info. go here.

Santa Arrival and Tree lighting with choirs, a gingerbread display, the grinch, pony & train rides (for a fee), treats and more at Country Village in Bothell - Saturday, December 5th 2015 from 10am-8pm

I miss Santa "flying in" but still a fun event!

" It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local choirs all day long, whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 40 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights. An animated light display featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more!
Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop featuring on the spot Santa Photos by Arthur & Associates. Complimentary hot roasted chestnuts begin at 4 pm ‘til they last. Our own Town Crier will herald the arrival of Santa at 7 pm on his dazzling Christmas float followed by a traditional tree lighting. Everyone will get a chance to greet Santa and receive a candy cane. 
The Gingerbread House Contest winners will be announced just before Santa arrives. 
Pony and train rides (weather permitting) are open for a nominal fee. 
This event is free and open to the public. "

For more info. go here.