Friday, March 25, 2016

Get a Jump on Easter Fun!

The Best Easter Egg Hunts Around! 

Grab your Easter basket and your kids and head out to one of these great Easter egg hunts in the Portland area and beyond.  For more options, check out the Portland-Area Guide to Easter Egg Hunts.

Welcome spring with egg hunts, activities and pet table bunnies. Eggs-citing times are in store at the Rabbit Romp, a celebration of spring geared toward the under 10 crowd. Rabbit Romp is free with zoo admission. Rabbit Romp features candy egg hunts every 10-15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guests should bring their own baskets to collect the eggs and candy.

Alpenrose Dairy Egg-Stravaganza!

Head to Alpenrose dairy for the 54th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 26, 2016. This year's event will feature lots of candy and hundreds of great prizes for all kids. One lucky kid will win the Grand Prize: a fun-filled family weekend stay and breakfast for four at Great Wolf Lodge! Plus, the world famous Easter Bunny will be on-site to meet all egg hunters and take pictures! Kids ages 3-5 start at 10:30 a.m., and kids ages 6-8 join the fun at 12:30 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunt in Tualatin!

Come join the fun on March 26th at 9 a.m. at the Tualatin Commons for a great family event including prizes, food and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Ages 0-11.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Easter Egg Hunt

Come join the hunt in Woodburn, Or on March 26th at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! The Easter Egg hunt begins at 10a.m. and 12noon in the Wooden Shoe Event Gardens located near the gift shop. Ages 0-2 will begin at 10am followed by 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and ending with ages 9-11. There will be 10 minutes between each age group hunt. 


Friday, March 18, 2016

SOLD! Private Gated Lake Oswego Estate with Waterfront! - $1,850,000

Dreaming of a slice of Oregon heaven, in Lake Oswego's premiere school district, yet longing for a feeling of space and elbow room? This is it! Welcome to this exquisite, gated, private 4 acre waterfront estate! Thoughtful floor plan, welcoming entry w/Porte cochere, tall ceilings, spacious chef's kitchen, private office, party room, theater room, sumptuous master suite, and all bedrooms en suite- this home is truly custom built! From the moment you open the front doors, a feeling of calm and elegance abounds. This wide open floor plan with expansive views, southern exposure, and loads of light offer a sense of calm and elegance. The location is excellent with quick access to NIKE, OHSU & downtown all inside of 30 minutes. Welcome home!

  • 6522 Total Square Footage
  • 4 Bedroom, 5 1/2 Bath
  • Built in 2008
  • Exercise Gym and Media Room
  • Entertainment Room with full bar, sink, 2 beverage coolers, ice machine, and dishwasher.
  • Gourmet kitchen with double islands, 2 walk-in pantries, a butler's pantry and high-end appliances.
  • Both formal and casual dining rooms
  • Master Suite vaulted ceilings, walk-in closet with island, glass brick enclosed shower and heated floors.
  • Massive laundry room with double washer/dryers, loaded with cabinetry and soaking sink.
  • Home office with gas fireplace
  • Exquisite sitting room/library
  • Central vacuum system
  • Oversized 4 car garage with work station/sink
  • Mapped for future sports building
  • More features than can be listed! A Must See! 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Summer Camp Fun!

The Oregon Zoo offers many camps throughout the summer.

From OMSI’s outdoor camps to a week of art at MetroArts Kids Camp, it’s time to sign up your kids for summer fun! With so many great camp choices in the Portland metro area, it’s easy to find one that appeals to your child’s interests. Take a look below at some of the most popular camps and check out the Metro Parent 2016 Summer Camp Guide to narrow down the choices by age or topic. Also, be sure to check out the NW Kids Summer Camp Expo on April 2nd at OMSI from 10am-5pm! 


Your zoo connects kids to wildlife. Campers explore little-known areas of the zoo, learn about animals by meeting them face-to-face, and leave inspired to care for the natural world. Enrich your kids with a day camp like no other! Special overnight camps for older kids, and some ages offer add-on “2nd week” days.


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers indoor and outdoor camps focusing on math, earth and space science, life science, physical science, technology, and skill building. 


This summer, have your child experience the arts by enrolling in Portland Metro Arts’ summer camps! Camps are one of the best opportunities for children to explore their creativity and artistic passion in ways that school year schedules may not allow. Our camps are exciting, educational, engaging, and FUN!

Northwest Children’s Theater provides award-winning theater camps for ages 3-18. Explore the stage with our First Stage camps, embark on an epic adventure in our explore camps, or don full costume and make-up in our playlab camps. Full and half day camps available!


Catlin Gabel Summer Camps offer a wide variety of integrated day camps and programs in arts, music, technology, robotics, writing, sports, outdoor adventures, and more! All camps are taught by accomplished and dedicated teachers on our beautiful 67-acre campus in Southwest Portland.


Summer at YMCA Camp Collins is more than horseback riding and swimming, silly songs and making s’mores. It is a place where campers come together to discover a place that will challenge, support, and show them that by being themselves, they are being the best version of them there is.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spring Maintenance for Your Home

Spring is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to take care of some routine home maintenance to keep your household running efficiently through the summer. Winter wind and rain can take a toll on your home. Now is a good time to assess what needs to be cleaned or repaired both indoors and outdoors: 

  • Clean all gutters. Poor or improper drainage can cause water damage to your home. Check for loose and leaky gutters and ensure downspouts are positioned to drain away from your home's foundation. Clear debris from all gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect the roof. Visually inspect the roof, looking for signs of warping, moss, cracking and loose shingle or tiles. Examine flashing around chimneys, skylights and vents. Damaged covering and flashing should be replaced. For roof areas too high to inspect from the ground, hire a licensed roofer to perform the inspection and make necessary repairs.

  • Check seals around windows and doors. Cold weather can cause seals around windows and doors to loosen, harden and crack. Inspect these areas for damage and make repairs as needed. This will help reduce summer cooling costs and keep water out of your home.

  • Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

  • Service your home's cooling system and change HVAC filters. No one wants to be caught in the dog days of summer without air conditioning. It's a good idea to have your home's cooling system checked yearly, about one month prior to regular summer usage.

  • Clean your dryer vent. Not all lint gets caught in the lint trap; some makes its way into the dryer vent. A clean vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run, while a plugged vent not only wastes money but could cause a house fire.

  • Check the washing machine fill hose. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time, so you want to look for cracks that could become leaks.

  • Spring cleaning for the disposal. When you think about everything that goes down the kitchen sink, a good yearly cleaning for the disposal is definitely in order. Simply feed a tray of ice cubes through it while running cold water.

  • Clean decks, driveways, fences and other outside surfaces. With moss and debris build up over the winter, a pressure washer makes this job easier. If you don’t have one, borrow one from a neighbor or consider renting one from a home center.

  • Check smoke detector batteries. This is an easy and potentially lifesaving task. Take time now to change the batteries in all your home's smoke detectors. Better safe than sorry.