Free Little Library

What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

There are two LFL’s in Sammamish (none in Issaquah right now)!  When I went for the first time (last week), we took 3 books & left 2.  Check out the map on the LFL website to locate them & give a book/take a book!  The addresses of the two in Sammamish are:

  • 20537 NE 27th Pl. Sammamish, WA
  • 23630 Northeast 7th Court Sammamish, WA 98074

They are both located in the front yard of the homes.  The one on 7th Ct even has a flash light inside (brilliant since I was there after dusk) to see the books inside.


Halloween Costume Swap

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Before you toss out that “old” costume or head to the store to buy a new one, plan to participate in National Costume Swap Day with Macaroni Kid on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 8:00am-10:00am.

We’ve come to the conclusion that National Costume Swap Day is about showing our children a better way to celebrate!  Because something as simple as a costume swap does make a difference.  “Swapping the costumes of only half of the children who celebrate Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons!”

Admittedly, swapping costumes is a shift in the way kids think; it has become the norm to decide what you “want to be” and then head to the nearest box store and buy a new costume.  A swap offers children the chance to make a costume decision with an open-mind and possibilities laid out before them!  Dare I say it may even be reminiscent of those times you raided your parent’s closet to put together a costume … you know, back in the day!

Here’s the bottom line: Halloween has become a holiday filled with traditions that are unhealthy for our children and our planet. We owe it to ourselves and future generations to serve as role models.  Participating in a costume swap not only encourages celebrating in a way that is healthier and more earth-conscience, but it also empowers our children to think about how small changes can have a big impact.  All while still having fun!

A costume swap is recycling at its most fun. Kids get new-to-them costumes, and parents get to save money and the planet.  National Costume Swap Day is the brainchild of Corey and Lynn, moms living right here in Issaquah, and founders of a grassroots, non-profit known as Green Halloween®. For the past three years Macaroni Kid has partnered with Small ThreadsAdventure Kids, and CleanScapes to bring this event to our community with DROP-SWAP-SHOP, and we can’t wait to do it again this year!
Here’s how …

Anytime between now and October 11th, participants are encouraged to drop off swap-able costumes during business hours at one of these locations:

In exchange for costume(s) you will be given a Swap Ticket to be brought back for the event on October 12th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Small Threads for Kids.

If you’re a little reluctant to give swapping a try, local businesses are providing great incentives. In addition to swapping, you can also shop with 20% discount off purchases at Small Threads and get a discount at Adventure Kids Playcare.  To make sure you get to the swap on time, AKP is opening early at 7:00 am.  If you’re new to AKP, be sure you’ve filled out 1st Visit Forms.  Both offers are only valid during the event on October 12th.

If you are a community business interested in participating as a sponsor (including our Swag Bag program), please contact


Eastside Baby Corner’s 4th Annual Pants Party!

Saturday, September 7th from 10am-1pm at EBC Hub – 1510 NW Maple Street in Issaquah.

Bring a donation of new or gently used pants for children, ages 0-12, and stay to enjoy a fun filled day of games, food and fun.  Visit the Eastside Fire & Rescue fire truck, have fun with bubbles, coloring, and fun activities!

Eastside Baby Corner’s “Pants Party” is a great to help local kids in need in our community get off to a great start this school year. The goal? To collect at least 3 pairs of pants for every school aged child we serve during the first 6-8 weeks of school.  That’s 2,500 pairs of pants! 

EBC helps children succeed in school by providing clothes, shoes, socks and school supplies.

Pants may also be dropped off at the following locations:

For more information, to volunteer or to sponsor, please contact Cori Benson at, 425.865.0234, ext. 705.

Pants Party!
Pants Party!

Add your Birth Announcement to the Sammamish-Issaquah Patch!

Get a Birth Announcement for Your Bundle of Joy

If you’ve recently had a baby or will soon…often times those baby books have the page for the birth announcement…and in this “online” age, what the heck are you supposed to put there?  I found it hard, so when I had my 2nd baby, I put it online in the Sammamish-Issaquah Patch.  If you aren’t familiar with the Patch, its a local news outlet, which is really community-centric.  The editor is local & very friendly.  She was kind enough to throw Marin’s birth announcement on the front page for us so we could get a nice “screen shot” of it for the baby book.  You can add as many photos as you like too…pretty nice (and free of course!).

If you want to know how to post your announcement, CLICK HERE, then simply click the button on the right side that says ADD ANNOUNCEMENT and viola:

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birth announcement

Incidentally, little Demsie born to Katie H. is featured at present on the homepage of the Sammamish Patch:

birth announcement
birth announcement

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary


If you aren’t busy on Friday afternoon, here’s an idea (thanks Jill Loveland for passing this on):

From the City of Sammamish:

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook -Friday, December 21 from 3 – 5 PM at Beaver Lake Lodge, 25101 SE 24th Street, Sammamish

Please join other families in our community this Friday for a Snowflake making party!

We’ve all wondered how we can help in the wake of last week’s tragic events in CT. Let’s help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! The Sandy Hook PTSA wants to decorate their new school with as many snowflakes as possible when classes resume in January. They are moving to an empty school in a neighboring town.

Bring some white paper, scissors and your imagination. We will make sure the snowflakes get to CT.

Kids Without Borders – a local, all volunteer non-profit, will be there with additional supplies and also be collecting donations for the “Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund”.

The message for this event is positive – We know many small kids are innocently unaware of the tragedy. This is going to be a fun “Snowflake Making Party” to help decorate a school on the other side of the Country to help make kids happy.

Let’s get creative!! No two snowflakes are alike…and that is a beautiful thing. Yes this is short notice but we hope to see as many people there as possible!!