Celebrating New Year’s Eve off the Beaten Path

 

Because big parties with crowds, expensive cocktails, and massive fireworks shows aren’t the only way to ring in the new year.

The holiday season is in full swing, and the year (and the decade!) is almost over. If a big party is not your scene, you’re not alone. Some of the most fun and meaningful moments in life are a little more intimate, and shared with people we love. Below, I’ve rounded up a few ideas for ringing in the new year that are a little off the beaten path.

Staying In

  • Dinner Party

Invite your favorite people to share a meal. Plan an elaborate menu, and go all-out fancy. It’s the end of a decade, after all. Not much of a cook? Plan a potluck instead. Challenge everyone to make something they wouldn’t normally cook. Or assign teams and host a cook-off competition. There are lots of possibilities, but the end result of spending the evening with those you love, reflecting on the past and planning for the future is always a win.

  • Game Night

Gather the gang for drinks, snacks, and some good-natured smack talk. Game nights provide an easy way to laugh, play, and get out of your comfort zone, together. To avoid a game night fail, make sure you think about these three questions: 1) How many people can comfortably fit in your space 2) How many people can play the games you want to play 3) What kind of group do you want to have?

There are tons of great games you can play together, but here are some ideas, broken down by category. May the best player win!

  • Wine Tasting

Invite a local wine expert and a few friends to a special NYE tasting. Or, choose a type of wine and a price-point, and have everyone bring a bottle. Whether you are supplying the wine, or leaving it up to your guests, you’ll need to make sure you have enough wine glasses and a couple of good corkscrews, as well as plenty of food to soak it all up. Here are some great tips and ideas for hosting a great tasting.

If wine isn’t your thing, you could host a tasting event with beer, chocolate, or a different food item you love!

  • Pajama Party

If you’d rather have a low-key, casual evening at home, throw a pajama party! Cocktails, appetizers, and jammies were definitely meant to be together! You could make it a girls night in, a sleepover, a movie marathon, a family affair… so many possibilities! To make the evening feel extra special, have a signature cocktail for the evening. Perhaps something with champagne? Plan lots of snacks, gather all the throw blankets and pillows you can find, and get cozy.

Out & About

  • Overnight Hotel Stay

Take a mini vacay! It could be a fun getaway for the family, a renewing solo adventure, or the ultimate date night. During the day you can do some shopping, go see a movie, take advantage of the hotel pool, or relax in the spa. Ring in the new year with a meal in the hotel restaurant, or order room service for a special treat.

  • Attend a Religious service

Also called a Watchnight Service or Mass, the late-night New Year’s Eve religious service is a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection, renewal and preparing for the year ahead.

  • Volunteer

Spend the day volunteering your time for a worthwhile cause that is important to you. Perhaps there is a homeless shelter in your city who is looking for help serving dinner. Or a nursing home nearby, full of people who could use a friendly visitor. Make it a family day, or ask a few friends to join you. Spending time serving others can be one of the most rewarding ways to close out the year.

  • Karaoke!

For a casual, fun-filled evening with friends, ring in the new year with singing, drinks, laughter, and fun. If you like the idea of karaoke, but you’re too shy to sing in front of strangers, rent a private karaoke room so only you and your closest friends can laugh at each other.

No matter how you decide to close out the year, choosing to spend your time with people you love will ensure that you have a holiday worth remembering.

Cheers!

 

Posted on November 22, 2019 at 1:02 am
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Events, Fun Things To Do

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebrations

 

Kick off the holiday season with a community tree lighting celebration. Thanksgiving falls late on the calendar this year, so the Christmas festivities will be right on it’s heels. Some of these celebrations start as early as the day after Thanksgiving!

The bigger celebrations feature Santa’s arrival, and most of the communities will have fun activities designed to put you and your family in the holiday spirit. live music, refreshments, crafts, and other fun activities. Santa will make an appearance at most of these as well.

 

Nov. 29 – Bellevue at Bellevue Place

Nov. 29 – Seattle at Westlake Center

Nov. 30 – Seattle at Pike Place Market

Nov. 30 – Tacoma at the Broadway Center

Nov. 30 – Edmonds at Centennial Plaza

Dec. 1 –  Bothell on Main Street

Dec. 1 – Olympia at Sylvester Park

Dec. 6 – Mercer Island at Mercerdale Park

Dec. 6 – Mountlake Terrace at Evergreen Playfield

Dec. 6 – Renton at Coulon Park

Dec. 6 – Sammamish at City Hall

Dec. 6 – University Place (south of Tacoma)

Dec. 7 – Kenmore at City Hall

Dec. 7 – Kent at Kent Town Square Plaza

Dec 7 – Lynnwood at City Hall

Dec. 7 – Mill Creek on Main Street

Dec 7 – Mukilteo at Rosehill Community Center

Dec. 7 – West Seattle at West Seattle Junction

Dec 7 – Woodinville at DeYoung Park & Wilmot Gateway Park

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Events, Fun Things To Do

Pumpkin Patch Guide 2019

 

Nothing feels more like fall than pumpkin picking, hay rides and corn mazes. Get your latte in hand and head out to any one of these great, local farms to have some harvest fun and find that perfect jack-o-lantern to light up your porch.

Times, dates & activities may change, please use the provided links to confirm details and hours of operation.

 

KING COUNTY

Baxter Barn
31929 SE 44th St, Fall City
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, fresh eggs, gift shop, pony rides, picnic area, farm animals

Carpinito Brothers
1148 Central Ave N, Kent
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm fun yard, hay rides, produce stand, concessions

Fall City Farms
3636 Neal Road, Fall City
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides, fresh honey, pre-picked produce, farm animals, snacks and refreshments.

Fox Hollow Family Farm
12031 Issaquah Hobart Rd SE, Issaquah
Pumpkins for sale, hay bale maze, bouncy house, face painting, haunted house, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, concessions

Jubilee Farm
229 W Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Carnation
Pumpkins, horse-drawn covered wagon rides, hay rides, hay bale maze

Oxbow Farm
10819 Carnation-Duvall Rd NE, Carnation
Pumpkins, produce, picnic area, playground

Mosby Farm Pumpkin Patch
12747-b South East Green Valley Rd, Auburn
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area

The Nursery at Mt Si
42328 SE 108th St, North Bend
Pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hay rides

Remlinger Farms
32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, animal barnyard, pony rides, steam train, hay jump

Serres Farm
20306 NE 50th St, Redmond
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, duck races, animal train

Thomasson Family Farm
38223 236th Ave SE, Enumclaw
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, kids korral, tractor train rides, pumpkin sling shot

Tonnemaker Valley Farm, Woodinville Farm Stand
16215 140th Pl NE, Woodinville
You-pick pumpkin patch, you-pick flowers, produce stand, on-site pepper roasting on Saturdays

 

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

Biringer’s Black Crow Pumpkins & Corn Maze
2431 Highway 530 NE, Arlington
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm market, picnic area

Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm
10917 Elliott Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, bonfire & picnic area, hay rides, pony rides, playground, concessions

Carleton Farm
630 Sunnyside Blvd SE, Lake Stevens
Pumpkin patch, train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, farm animals, farm market

Craven Farm
13817 Short School Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, face painting, farm animals, snacks & refreshment stand

The Farm at Swans Trail
7301 Rivershore Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, pick your own apples, pig & duck races, petting zoo, putt-putt golf and more

Fairbank Animal Farm & Pumpkin Patch
15308 52nd Ave W, Edmonds
Pumpkins, petting zoo, farm animals, picnic area

Fosters Pumpkin Farm
5818 State Route 530 NE, Arlington
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay bale maze, corn cannon, pre-picked produce, face painting, farm animals, snacks and refreshment stand, picnic area

Stocker Farms
8705 Marsh Rd, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, jumping pillow and more

Thomas Family Farm
9010 Marsh Road, Snohomish
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, monster truck rides, haunted house, gem mining, Zombie Safari Paintball Hayride, beer garden, putt-putt golf and more

 

PIERCE COUNTY

Double R Farms
5820 44th St E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides, farm animals, pumpkin sling shot

Maris Farms
25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted woods, farm animals, hay ride, trout fishing, play ground

Picha’s Farm
6502 52nd St E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin sling shot, concessions

Scholz Farm
12920 162nd Ave E, Orting
Pumpkin patch, corn maze, play area

Spooner Farms
9622 SR 162 E, Puyallup
Pumpkin patch, farm animals, face painting, pumpkin sling shot, concessions

Posted on August 22, 2019 at 6:46 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Events, Fun Things To Do

Top 10 Back to School Basics

 

The first day of school has snuck up on us again! Most local school districts will start just after Labor Day, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to start getting ready. Take advantage of these last weeks of summer to start settling into a new routine before life gets hectic.

 

Start talking about it. New teacher, new classmates, new schedules can all create some anxieties with kids. Start talking about school a few weeks before the first day. Talk about practical things like what the new schedule will be like, but also make sure to address their feelings and concerns about the upcoming year.

 

Ease back into the scheduled days. When you and your kids are used to lazy mornings and staying up late, shifting to the early morning school bus rush can be incredibly difficult. To ease the transition, start 7-10 days before school starts, and shift bedtimes and wake-up times gradually. Every day, start their bedtime routine 10-15 minutes earlier and wake them up 10-15 minutes earlier until they’re back on track. And don’t forget to readjust your bedtime schedule, too!

 

Re-set eating habits. When school starts, your student needs to maintain a high level of energy throughout the day. Implementing a routine for breakfast, lunch and snacks is just as important as their sleeping patterns. Begin this transition 7-10 days before school starts as well.

 

Inventory wardrobes. Before going school shopping, take some time to go through what you already have, donate things they’ve outgrown, and make a list of what is needed.

 

Go back to school shopping early. The store aisles are currently packed with school supplies. Take advantage of your summer schedule to shop while the store isn’t as busy and the supplies haven’t been picked through. Don’t forget to buy extras for homework time or the winter re-stock that inevitably happens in January.

 

Determine how your child will get to and from school and discuss it with your child so they know exactly what to expect. If they will be walking or biking, try to find a neighborhood buddy they can stick with, and be sure to practice the route with them.

 

Sync your calendars. If you don’t already have one, create a shared family calendar to track everyone’s activities and commitments. Add all the important school dates before the year starts, so important things like parent-teacher night aren’t missed, and everyone is on the same page.

 

Set rules for after school. After-school time and activities such as TV, video games, play time, and the completion of homework should be well-thought out in advance. Talk about the rules (and consequences) for these before school starts.

 

Set goals. Research shows that setting and tracking goals leads to success. Before school starts, talk to your child about some things they would like to accomplish this year. Write down their goal(s), post it somewhere visible in the house, and check in periodically with them to see how they are doing.

 

Implement a weekly family meeting. This will come in handy as the year goes on and schedules become fuller. Put it on the calendar and make it a priority: just a few minutes every week to sit down together, review the schedule for the coming week, and check in with each child about homework, projects, and goals. This is also a good time to clean out and organize backpacks and binders.

 

Posted on July 26, 2019 at 10:11 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Events

Windermere’s 4th Year of Partnering with the Seahawks

 

All of us at Windermere are very excited to kick-off our fourth season as the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks!

Once again, our #tacklehomelessnesscampaign is front-and-center, with the Windermere Foundation donating $100 for every Seahawks home-game defensive tackle to Mary’s Place, a Seattle-based non-profit organization that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services supporting women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness. We are looking forward to raising even more money – and awareness – for this important cause.

Our partnership with the Seahawks and Mary’s Place fits perfectly with the mission of the Windermere Foundation which is to support low-income and homeless families in the communities where we have offices. Through the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign, we hope to be able to do even more.

Check out the Seahawks schedule here, the preseason is just a couple of weeks away!

Posted on July 26, 2019 at 8:15 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Monthly Newsletters, Windermere Foundation

Windermere Foundation Update

 

We’re halfway through the Windermere Foundation’s 30-year anniversary and there’s no sign of donations slowing down. In the second quarter of this year, the Windermere Foundation collected $556,937, bringing our year-to-date total to $865,029, and our grand total to $38,871,157 raised since 1989. These donations are used to support non-profit organizations and programs that help low-income and homeless families throughout the Western U.S.

Every Windermere office has its own Windermere Foundation fund account from which we make donations to help those in need in our local communities. These funds come from each real estate transaction that we close, as well as individual donations from agents, staff, and the community.

Thank you for your support! Together, we are able to make a real difference for those in need in our local communities.

Posted on July 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Monthly Newsletters, Windermere Foundation

Outdoor Movie Schedule: Summer 2019

 

Detailed information can be found in the links in bold type:

 

SOUTH SNOHOMISH

 

Arlington’s Movies @ Olympic Theater

Olympic Theater

6/21     The Lego 2 Movie

7/19     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

8/2       Dumbo

 

Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night

Frances Anderson Center Field

7/26     Trolls

8/2       A Wrinkle in Time

 

Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars

Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field

7/19     Incredibles 2

7/26     Ralph Breaks the Internet

8/2       The Lego Movie 2

8/9       Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

8/16     How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

 

Everett’s Sail-In Cinema

Port of Everett North Guest Docks 6 & 7 (by boat) or Boxcar Park (by land)

7/19     Battleship

7/26     Transformers

8/2       Remember the Titans

8/9       Pirates of the Caribbean

8/16     The Proposal

8/23     Moana

 

Marysville Popcorn in the Park

Jennings Park

7/13     A Dog’s Way Home

7/20     Ralph Breaks the Internet

7/27     Bumblebee

8/3       Incredibles 2

8/10     The Karate Kid

 

 

Monroe Movies Under the Moon

Lake Tye Park

8/2       The Incredibles 2

8/9       Ralph Breaks the Internet

8/16     Mary Poppins Returns

8/23     Black Panther

 

Movies in the Park

Willis Tucker Park (Snohomish)

7/25     The Incredibles 2

8/1       How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

 

Lake Stevens Community Park (no link provided)

8/8       Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

8/15     Mary Poppins Returns

 

 

EASTSIDE

 

Bellevue Movies in the Park

Downtown Park

7/9       Hotel Transylvania 3

7/16     A Dog’s Way Home

7/23     Smallfoot

7/30     How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

8/6       The Lego Movie 2

8/13     Ferdinand

8/20     Wonder Park

8/27     Back to the Future

 

Crossroads Movies in the Park

Crossroads Park

8/1       Christopher Robin

8/8       Ralph Breaks the Internet

8/15     The Incredibles 2

8/22     Mary Poppins Returns

 

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies

Carillon Point Plaza

7/6       Mean Girls

7/20     Crazy Rich Asians

8/3       The Incredibles 2

8/17     Solo: A Star Wars Story

 

Movies at Marymoor

Marymoor Park

7/10     Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

7/17     Bohemian Rhapsody

7/24     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

7/31     Top Gun

8/7       The Incredibles 2

8/13     The Sandlot

8/22     Grease

8/28     The Princess Bride

 

 

SEATTLE

 

Bite of Seattle

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

7/19     Wayne’s World

 

 

Cinema under the Stars

Columbia Park

7/20     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

8/17     The Lego Movie 2

 

International District Summer Cinema

Hing Hay Park

8/3       Crazy Rich Asians

8/10     Iron Monkey

8/17     Mirai

8/24     Up

 

Movies at the Mural

Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre

7/27     The Princess Bride

8/3       Crazy Rich Asians

8/10     Bohemian Rhapsody

8/17     Dirty Dancing

8/24     Black Panther

 

Outdoor Movie Nights @ Peddler Brewing

Peddler Brewing Co Beer Garden

5/30     The Goonies

6/6       Bridesmaids

6/13     Super Troopers

6/20     Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark

6/27     Mean Girls

7/11     The Hangover

7/18     The Princess Bride

7/25     10 Things I Hate About You

8/1       Back to the Future

8/8       Point Break

8/15     Pitch Perfect

8/22     The Sandlot

8/29     The Big Lebowski

 

Seattle Outdoor Cinema  

South Lake Union Discovery Center (21+)

6/22     The Matrix: 20th Anniversary

7/20     Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 30th Anniversary

8/17     The Life Aquatic

 

 

Seattle Skyway Outdoor Cinema

Skyway Outdoor Cinema

8/2       Incredibles 2

8/9       The Princess Bride

8/16     Aquaman

8/23     Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Events, Fun Things To Do

June Monthly Newsletter

 

Changes are coming: The Washington State Legislature is changing the way in which real estate excise taxes (REET) are calculated. REET are different from your annual property taxes; they are the tax that a seller pays when they sell their home, based on the sale price.

Currently, the Washington State excise tax is 1.28 percent. Local municipalities add their excise tax on top of the state tax, with most cities in our area adding 0.50 percent, to total 1.78 percent. Effective January 1, 2020, Washington State will begin calculating real estate excise taxes based on a tier system. Below are examples of how this change will affect the difference price points.

 

 

The majority of sellers will enjoy a slight savings once the new tax structure starts in 2020, however, sellers whose homes are worth $1.5M or more should pay close attention as the tiered system will cost them more in 2020. If you own a high-end home and have been considering downsizing, doing so inside of 2019 may be a winning strategy.

If you or someone you know is curious about the value of your home or you have considered a move, please reach out. It is my goal to help keep my clients informed and empower strong decisions.

 

 

On June 7th, my office spent our annual Community Service Day with the Snohomish Garden Club constructing trellises, weeding and staking beds and planting and labeling a half-acre of produce!

The Snohomish Garden Club will harvest this half-acre, which will yield close to 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to be donated to various food banks and senior centers in Snohomish County. The land for the garden is generously donated by the Bailey Family Farm.

For more information on how you can lend a hand, please visit: SnohomishGardenClub.com

Windermere’s Community Service Day was established in 1984 to offer agents and staff a chance to volunteer an entire workday to give back to the neighborhoods in which they live and work.

 

 

The longer days and warmer weather means that your favorite movie is no longer relegated only to a dark stuffy room. Grab the folding chairs, blankets and popcorn, and check out a few of these fun outdoor movies. You’ll find classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Princess Bride, as well as newer releases like Mary Poppins Returns andSpider Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Most of them are free, and many locations also offer fun, family-friendly activities before the movie starts.
Posted on June 27, 2019 at 9:27 pm
Jill Langer | Category: Buying Homes, Community, Events, Fun Things To Do, Gardner Reports, Matthew Gardner, Monthly Newsletters, Selling Homes

Summer Camp Scholarships!

Every year, my office comes together to provide summer camp scholarships for local kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the adventures of overnight camp. This year we donated $17,125 to YMCA Camp Orkila and Camp Colman – our highest number ever! I am so proud to be part of an office that cares so deeply for the community!

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 4:08 am
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Fun Things To Do, Windermere Foundation

Windermere Roundation Recognized at Puget Sound Business Journal Philanthropy Luncheon

 

The Windermere Foundation was recognized last week, along with 74 other generous companies, at the annual Puget Sound Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy luncheon. The Windermere Foundation moved up the list (and it’s a very impressive list, full of national and international companies!) from #22 to #17!

Check out WindermereFoundation.com for more info on our culture of giving back.

Posted on June 9, 2019 at 2:31 am
Jill Langer | Category: Community, Windermere Foundation