New Year Resolution Ideas

Picking out the right New Year resolution can set you on the path to accomplishment or failure. Check out these New Year resolution ideas from us here at Midland Buick GMC.

Plan to Travel

Whether it’s for a vacation or to a famous attraction, planning to travel is a great way to get your mind working. In addition to looking forward to something, planning to travel can raise your spirits and generate a positive outlook on life. Once you’re our taking the trip, things only get better.

Start Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Contact a local charity in your area to see if they need a helping hand. You’ll make new friends, experience a new part of life, and grow as a person in the process. By choosing to volunteer, you can make a positive impact on both yourself and the community in one fell swoop.

Start a Blog

Starting a blog is relatively easy and doesn’t cost much. If you have a few spare dollars, you can afford to register your domain name and pay for hosting. Blogs are a great way to share your interests, create a portfolio, and keep yourself focused on your New Year resolution. You can even look at past posts for inspiration to keep your going throughout 2018.

Easy-to-Plan New Year’s Eve Party

Planning a New Year’s Eve party is only hard if you make it so. There are plenty of easy ways to plan the perfect party to ring the New Year. Check out this easy-to-plan New Year’s Eve party recommended by us here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.

Provide Cards

Create some custom cards that party attendees can use for some New-Year entertainment. Provide partygoers with cards that have part of a sentence, such as “The skill I want to learn in 2018 is,” then have attendees fill in the rest.

Get Some Grub

No party is complete without food and drinks. Create a platter of snacks with a range of delightful treats, like crackers, salami, cheese, olives, and whatever else your heart desires. Champagne, tea, and pop will do just fine for drinks. Make sure you don’t forget dessert! A pudding will work wonders and is simple to make.

Turn Up the Music

It’s a party after all, and no party is complete without a playlist created to ring in the New Year! Create a custom playlist on your smartphone with songs that put send 2017 off with a bang. “The Best is Yet to Come” by Tony Bennett and “Golden Years” by David Bowie are two great songs to start with.

December Events in Midland

December is a month packed with holidays, which means that there is plenty to do in Midland. Here are some events in Midland that you can enjoy throughout the month.

Miracle of 34th Street – Midland Community Theatre (November 24th – December 15th)

Enjoy your favorite Christmas movie on stage. It’s the perfect show to ring in the holiday season, running the last weekend of November and through December. Plus, you’ll be supporting the local arts community!

Holiday Evening – Midland College (December 7th)

Celebrate the holidays at the local college. There will be caroling by choirs from the school, opportunities to donate gifts, and exhibitions with student art. Plus, there’s complimentary baked goods, hot chocolate, and cider.

Museum Store Shopping Event – Petroleum Museum Gift Shop (December 12th – 14th)

The Petroleum Museum will open during extended hours the third weekend in December, featuring more gift shop items that will make the perfect (and unique) gifts for friends and family.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (December 28th)

Enjoy a peaceful night out on the ballet with this different take on The Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet will blow you away with their grace and talent. Make it a night out with the family or a romantic date night.

This holiday season, be sure to appreciate the Midland community and enjoy these events.

See the Leaves Change on a Texas Fall Road Trip

Though New England is the best-known region in the US for fall foliage, many visitors to Texas are pleasantly surprised at the changing leaves they find in the area. You just have to know where to look. That’s why we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of Texas fall road trip ideas to help you find your way to the most scenic views.

First, according to Only in Your State, you should visit Garner State Park in Concan. Perhaps one of the most stunning places in all of Texas—yeah, you heard right—the Garner State Park has old cypresses, oaks, mesquite, and persimmon trees. You can see an array of red, green, yellow, and brown colors in October, and there are over 11 miles of trails to follow. Perfect as a family getaway or for avid hikers, Garner is the place to be this fall.

Also, visit Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. The intense foliage is best seen in early November, and you can follow the East Trail for some of the best views. Lost Maples is a great place to bring pets or a picnic for the day as well.

Finally, Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose has some memorable views. The amber grass and red trees create a breathtaking contrast, and there is also hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. The best time to visit is in October or at the beginning of November.

Other places to see include Lake Bob Sandlin State Park and Daingerfield State Park, among others. Plan your road trip today.

Make a Fall Bucket List to Enjoy the Season

Families are often busy in the fall, especially with school and extracurricular activities. That’s why it’s important to make time to get away from your busy lives. In fact, many families create a fall bucket list—a list of things to do before the season comes to an end. From hiking to baking apple pie, there are some things that are best done in the autumn.

According to Creative Family Fun, you should be sure to get outdoors in the fall to experience the changing leaves. One of the best tips for hiking with young children is to keep it simple. Pack supplies, snacks, and water, but also be sure to stay close to home or your car. You don’t need to hike the Appalachian Trail for your kids to have fun—simply get outside and start walking.

Make an apple pie to celebrate the fall season. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find an orchard in the area that will let you pick apples (though apple picking is much harder to find in Texas than in the Northeast). You just need flour, salt, sugar, and unsalted butter for a pie crust, and the filling can be made with apples, a lemon, butter, syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour.

There are several other things to do in the fall:

  • Make leaf rubbings with wax paper.
  • Make your own Halloween costume.
  • Make bird feeders.
  • Play in the leaves.
  • Enjoy cider beside the fire.

These are just some of the fun things we at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac enjoy doing in the fall. Be sure to make your own bucket list with your family and friends to make the most of the season

Amazing Natural Attractions in Texas You Should Visit

While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.

Balmorhea State Park

Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.

Devil’s River

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.

Big Bend National Park

This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?

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The Texas Road Trip of Hidden Beaches

What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.

Surfside Beach

If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.

Matagorda Bay

Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.

San Jose Island

Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.

If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.

 

Best Texas Campgrounds

For many Texas families, it’s just not summer yet until you’ve taken a good camping trip. Get things underway by visiting one of these excellent Texas campgrounds.

Fritch Fortress Campground

Fritch is just a four hour drive north from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, which seems just right for a weekend getaway. Located near Lake Meredith, this campground offers plenty of breathtaking views and fun outdoor activities. It’s also perfect for family trips thanks to its accommodations like trash services, fresh water, and showers. Plus, it’s free!

Bolivar Flats

Bolivar is much farther away from Midland, but the journey is worth it for the beach camping. Pack plenty of food and water and your favorite water toys, because with a $10 permit you’re allowed to drive right onto the beach to set up your campsite there.

Camp Creek Recreation Area

This site is in the same direction as Bolivar, but much closer. Camp Creek is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and also features amenities like fire pits, picnic tables, and grills for easy meal preparation. The land is covered in pecan trees, filled with deer and other wildlife, and welcoming to visitors in every sense of the word!

July Events in Midland

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Now that summer is here, there will be plenty of things to do all season long. If you are looking for some fun July events in Midland to add to your calendar, check out this list.

The 69th Season of Summer Mummers. Catch this hilarious show that takes you back to the summer of ’69 as performed by the Midland Community Theatre. The show runs all summer long, every weekend.

Pops in the Park. Celebrate Independence Day with a great live concert at Comanche Trail Park on July 3rd in nearby Big Spring. You can start heading to the park at 5pm to take your pick from a variety of food vendors. Then, there is a pre-show at 6pm and the symphony and fireworks will start at 8:30pm.

Movies in the Park. Throughout the summer, there will be a free movie series hosted by the Odessa Parks Foundation. On July 8th, catch the Jungle Book at Lawndale Park. Then, head to UTPB Park on July 22nd for an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 8:30am through 12:30pm, head out to the Farmers Market to pick up some delicious locally-grown and prepared food. Find everything from carrots, to bread, to jams, and more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope to see you and your family at some of these fun events.

Best Ways to Spend Summer in Texas

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Summer in Texas is a beautiful thing. While it may be flaming hot most of the time, here are four places you can visit to help you take your mind off the heat.

Devil’s River. Head to Del Rio to take in the sights of the picturesque Devil’s River. Head to the bank, and stick your feet in the cool, clear water.

BSR Cable Park. Want to spend a day relaxing in the water? You can’t do much better than the world’s longest lazy river found at BSR Cable Park in Waco.

Barton Springs Pool. If you like the idea of swimming in a lake or river, but not the idea of what’s hiding under the water, try the Barton Springs Pool in Austin. This is a man-made swimming pool that looks more like a lake. It is filled with natural spring water, some small fish, and even some water plants.

Burger’s Lake. When you visit this lake in Fort Worth, the whole family is guaranteed to have fun. It comes equipped with water slides, a trapeze swing to jump in the water, and so much more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love our Texan summers. What is your favorite way to spend the summer?