Cleaning Out Your Car After Summer

cleaning out your car in Hadley, MA - washing blue vehicleMaybe it’s been a long summer. Perhaps you have gone on vacation, ferried the kids to soccer camp, or been through a few camping trips. In any case, you might have some cleaning to do now that the little ones are back in school. Cleaning out your car in preparation for fall and winter can be a major undertaking, so here are some major points you should hit.

Wash Your Car

This might be an obvious tip, but when cleaning your car always start off with a sparkling exterior. Make sure to get the undercarriage of your vehicle, too, and do your windows last – soapy water drips down and gets windows dirty again!

Separate “Toss” and “Keep” Piles

If you have a lot of junk in your vehicle, bring out a box and a trash bag. Put all the garbage you don’t want, like fast food wrappers, in the trash bag, and put the things you want to keep in the box.

Scrub the Floors

It’s a good idea to scrub the carpeted floors of your vehicle so that you get out any stains or dirt stuck in the corners.

Vacuum

Finish up your floors by running the vacuum and sucking up any crumbs. Don’t forget the trunk!

Cleaning out your car can be intimidating at first, but if you take it step by step, the cleaning process gets much easier.

Local Halloween Activities in MA

local Halloween activities near Springfield, MA

Looking for local Halloween activities for you and your loved ones? Here are a few suggestions.

 

Great Pumpkin Nights

Families in Central Massachusetts love this fun festival, entering its 14th year! This all-ages event features over 3,000 carved pumpkins and a vintage passenger train ride.

Zoo Boo Days

If you’re looking for something tamer, this event at the zoo is great, wholesome Halloween fun. And as an added bonus, kids aged 3-12 who come in costume get in free at Southwick’s Zoo!

Frightfest

Six Flags New England is sure to thrill you with more than just its amusement park rides this fall season when it rolls out Frightfest. Exclusive Halloween-themed activities and costumed monsters and ghosts await you at this event.

Factory of Terror

Known as New England’s top haunted house, Factory of Terror is sure to scare a few screams out of you. Located in Worcester, with sister locations in Fall River and West Warwick, RI, the Worcester location features five different haunted attractions to make you scream.

13 Nights of Jiminy

This one is not for the faint of heart. In fact, no little ones under 10 are allowed! Head to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort to explore the depths of the mountain’s haunted peaks, where villagers once lived in fear of creatures in the woods and deadly diseases.

Check out these local Halloween activities for a great time this October. We at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait for the fall fun!

Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for Road Trips with Kids - Steve Lewis Subaru

Taking road trips with kids can be a stressful experience. Kids can be distracting and definitely make things take a little longer than they would if you were by yourself. Here are some tips on road tripping with kids that will make things go smoother and keep you from going crazy.

Get snacks to keep your kids from getting hungry on the road. Choose dry snacks that you won’t mind cleaning up if they spill. Even if your kids have outgrown sippy cups, dig them out from storage and put their drinks in them so you don’t have to clean grape juice out of your nice tan seats.

Check out items from your library to keep the kids entertained instead of spending money on new books and games. Libraries have tons of children’s books, DVDs, board games, and even mobile hotspots. They’re a great resource!

Traveling with your spouse or another adult? Have them sit in the back and entertain the kids to keep them from getting too cranky. Factor in extra time for bathroom breaks and stopping to let them run around and get some energy out, and again, make sure they have access to snacks and drinks. Sometimes though, you’re just not going to be able to stop them from crying. And if nothing is wrong with them you just have to tune it out.

For great, road tripping vehicles, give us a call or stop by Steve Lewis Subaru!

Subaru’s Seven-Passenger Vehicle is Coming in 2018

Coming soon Subaru's seven-Passenger Vehicle

Everyone knows and loves Subaru for their capable, all-wheel drive vehicles that beg to be taken on an adventure. The brand has its lineup of go-to 5-passenger utility vehicles, like the Forester and the Outback which have continued to gain followers since their debuts in the 1990s.

But one thing Subaru has lacked at times is a vehicle that can hold more people. There hasn’t been a larger, three-row option in the lineup since Subaru’s seven-passenger vehicle the Tribeca which was discontinued in 2014. Something about the Tribeca just didn’t stick in the three-row crossover segment. Yet Subaru doesn’t let that keep them from trying again.

Recently, spy photos of a new Subaru seven-passenger crossover were released. Their second attempt at success in this class looks boxier than the last, reminiscent of the Forester’s design. With that in mind, the new SUV—still officially unnamed at the moment—should have a very roomy interior. Despite having not released a name for this new crossover, enthusiasts in the industry are calling it the Ascent, drawing from the fact that Subaru applied for a trademark on the name Ascent earlier this year.

No matter what this new three-row crossover is called, we can’t wait to have some on the Steve Lewis Subaru lot. As far as we’re concerned, Subaru can’t do wrong and we expect that we’ll have plenty of clients who are excited to have another chance at a Subaru with more seating.

Five Achievable Bucket List Ideas for 2017

There are resolutions, and then there are bucket lists—those things you just have to try at some point or another. But like resolutions, bucket list items should come in all shapes and sizes. Here are ten creative bucket list ideas for 2017 that will take you out of your routine.

Bucket List Ideas for 2017 - family on beach

Journal Every Morning

There’s nothing like starting the day off with a little self-reflection. Don’t set limits, but try to write every morning for as many days in a row as you can, even if it’s just a sentence.

 

Be a Tourist

It’s too easy to take for granted that which we see every day. Plan a staycation weekend where you explore all that there is to see in your own town. Eat out at local restaurants, take lots of photos and visit the attractions.

 

Write a Book

Start small and write a ten-page eBook on one of your favorite things. There are resources out there that will help you learn how to write and publish your book for free online.

 

Set Reading Goals

Whether you read a book a week, a chapter a day or a series in a year, it’ll be fun to make reading a part of your daily routine.

 

Organize a Picnic

Get some friends together and plan an elaborate picnic to welcome in the spring or summer. Collect blankets, pillows, candles, and prepare a delicious menu. The more extravagant, the more unforgettable!