Sometimes it seems easy to get swept away in a sea of impersonal purchases during the Holiday season. That’s why this year some of us are looking to give alternative gifts. These ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru are often less expensive and yet much more meaningful than store-bought items.
Homemade Baked Goods
Everyone loves a freshly baked pie or a tin of homemade cookies. There are plenty of recipes that are easy to make in bulk, and a number that will keep well in the freezer. A treat baked with love and packaged in a cute tin is a great gift—especially when you include the recipe!
The Gift of Time
No one has enough time for the things that they want to do, so giving the gift of time is invaluable. Give your friends and family members homemade coupons for free babysitting, dog walking, a homemade dinner, or whatever you think they may enjoy.
If your nieces and nephews already have plenty of sweaters and toys, consider giving them gift certificates for classes instead. Look into local offers, like painting, martial arts, music lessons, etc. You could be giving at gift that will continue to give for a lifetime.
Maybe 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.
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.
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!
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!
Whether it’s sand dragged in on the soles of bare feet, pairs of cleats coated in dust tossed into the trunk, or just a whole lot of driving done with the windows rolled down, keeping a clean car interior can feel like an impossible feat in the summer time. Now that the sunny season is almost over (we know, we’re sad too), it’s the perfect time to get your cabin back into tip-top shape — and we have a few clean car interior-tips to help you keep it that way!
Use Q-tips to scrub out hard-to-reach places
Start by dipping a q-tip in water and cleaning solution. Then, primp your cup holders and odd crevices that are somehow always filled with equal parts loose change and mysterious ooze.
Remove stains with water and vinegar
Use half water, half vinegar (that’s it!) and scrub up stains on seats and mats with just a wash cloth. Memories of burst ketchup packets, spilt coffee, and dropped chocolate-dipped cones, be gone!
Save old tissue boxes
Empty tissue boxes aren’t just for the trash bin! Fill them with plastic bags and stash them under a seat, and you’ll have grab-bags always at-the-ready.
Hang a shoe organizer behind one of the front seats
This inexpensive contraption will help your passengers keep games, toys, and other small odd-or-end organized and within reach.
Take a deep breath
Now that you have a clean car interior, keep it smelling like one with a simple concoction of two cups of baking soda and 20 drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil mixed in an old shaker container and left beneath a seat.
If you think your engine might need a little sprucing up as well, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at Steve Lewis Subaru today!
It’s no secret that all of us here at Steve Lewis Subaru think that every car buyer in America should be purchasing a Subaru vehicle. There are thousands of reasons to buy a Subaru, but here are some of our favorites:
Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Almost every automaker offers some version of AWD on some of its models, but no other automaker besides Subaru promises standard AWD on all of its models. Its innovative symmetrical AWD system is more reliable and high-performing than other systems adapted from two-wheel drive.
As Safe as Safe Can Be
Subaru regularly earns IIHS Top Safety Pick awards across its model line-up, a feat few other automakers can boast. Innovations such as Subaru’s ring-shaped frame construction, safety brake pedal system, and the Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control put Subaru in a league of its own when it comes to Safety.
The Price is Right
No other automaker provides standard ahead-of-the-curve innovations within financial reach of everyday drivers the way that Subaru does.
Of course, the top reasons to buy a Subaru are those that you discover yourself. You’re invited to Steve Lewis Subaru for a test drive any time — try not to fall in love too fast!