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.
While it’s a lot of fun to get a freshly cut Christmas tree every year or put up your artificial one with all of your favorite ornaments, you don’t have to be afraid to shy away from tradition. These alternative Christmas tree ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru just might inspire you to try something different this season.
This alternative tree is perfect for the person who gets plenty of holiday cards. A tree-shaped piece of plywood is simply attached to the wall, and decorated with string in place of lights and a star on top. You can use the string to display your holiday cards, which take the place of ornaments.
You can make an easy, rustic DIY tree replacement by dipping twine in white glue, wrapping it around a styrofoam cone, and allowing it to dry. Decorate with small ornaments of your choice.
Peg Board Light Tree
If your favorite part of a Christmas tree is the lights, then you’ll love this option. All you need is a pegboard and a few strings of lights. Stick lights in the board in the shape of a tree and lean it against the wall where your normal tree to go. This option is easy to put up and reusable for years to come.
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!
All-wheel drive (AWD) is a major selling point for some car buyers. Perhaps you even know someone who would never even think of buying a car without AWD. But, what are the actual benefits of AWD? Let’s find out, so you can shop smart.
Because power is sent to all four wheels, AWD vehicles provide improved traction. Especially in slippery, snowy, muddy, or off-road conditions, AWD reduces the likelihood of getting stuck. Improved traction can be especially helpful when towing.
Since AWD vehicles distribute the traction load between the four tires more evenly than front-wheel or rear-wheel drive cars, you can expect better acceleration from an AWD vehicle.
Increased Resale Value
Though the additional cost of some AWD models may seem like a drawback, this up-front cost translates into higher resale value if you ever decide to sell your car. Investing in AWD not only makes your vehicle more capable, but it could save you a big headache when the time comes to sell it.
Peace of Mind
Even if you’re not taking your car off-road and into the mountains, or through icy terrain in a remote location, the unexpected still happens. Bad weather can turn paved streets into uncertain territory. Being prepared offers the peace of mind that you and those around you are ready for whatever comes your way.
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!
In 2015, Subaru partnered with PFLAG National (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and its chapters nationwide. The goal was to create safer school environments for LGBTQ youth. In June, in honor of Pride Month, Subaru announced its support for PFLAG again and its plans to partner with the company for the Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program.
According to PFLAG, 9 out of 10 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) students report being bullied and harassed by classmates and even faculty on the basis of their orientation or gender identity. Through the Cultivating Respect program, PFLAG chapters will work directly with schools to develop programs, provide training and resources, and create policies to help ensure safer environments for LGBTQ students.
The Subaru PLFAG partnership is expanding this year. Subaru is increasing its funding and supporting the Cultivating Respect Program’s Top Ten Ways to Keep Schools Safe publication. Subaru is also supporting PFLAG’s We Are the Change national convention, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, this year. The convention focuses on education and relationship building and will recognize individual chapters for outstanding work in their communities.
For more information about Subaru’s philanthropic partnerships and donations, give us a call today at 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!