Looking Forward to Warm Weather? Here’s Some Spring Car Prep Tips

Spring Car Prep
March is here and spring has sprung. Here are some spring car prep tips to get you started on taking care of your vehicle.

March is here and spring has sprung, which means for a lot of people, it’s time to check some things off your list of spring cleaning and maintenance. Here are some spring car prep tips to get you started on taking care of your vehicle.

Wash Your Car

Winter leaves all kind of dirt and grime on cars that you wouldn’t even realize – for example, salt stuck up in the undercarriage, or dirt left behind by snow. Give your car a thorough spring cleaning to make it shine again.

Don’t Overlook Your Wipers

Spring means rain, which means you should probably swap out your wiper blades and refill the wiper fluid reservoir.

Inspect Your Tires

Check tread depth on your tires and also make a point to fill them up to the recommended tire pressure; cold temperatures cause tires to deflate faster.

Have Your Battery Tested

Tires aren’t the only thing cold temperatures mess with. Battery capacity also suffers through the winter, so you should have a shop run a diagnostics test on the strength of your car battery to see if you should get it replaced.

Get Your Oil Changed

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine. If you changed it in the fall, it’s about time to have another oil change after the winter months.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we take spring car prep seriously. If you need any service, don’t hesitate to call us.

Five Common St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

St. Patrick’s Day Myths
Not everything you’ve hear about St. Patrick’s Day is true. We’ve decided to bust a few St. Patrick’s Day myths to spread some little-known knowledge.

As with any holiday, there are lots of ideas and preconceptions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day that people don’t know about or just flat-out aren’t true. We’ve decided to bust a few St. Patrick’s Day myths to spread some little-known knowledge.

Myth: St. Patrick Was Irish

Reality: St. Patrick was from Britain, which was at the time a part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was kidnapped at 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.

Myth: Parades Have Always Been a Part of the Festivities

Reality: The first St. Paddy’s Day parade happened in the United States to honor Irish soldiers in the English army.

Myth: St. Patrick Used the Shamrock to Explain the Trinity

Reality: It’s a popular legend that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to converts in Ireland, but there’s no historical documentation proving this.

Myth: Leprechauns Have Always Been Short, Green-Clad Men

Reality: While the word Leprechaun comes from “luchorpan,” which translates to “little body,” the term originally described native water spirits and eventually got crossed with multiple other legends from fairy folklore.

Myth: Corned Beef and Cabbage is An Irish Dish

Reality: Pork and potatoes is a more authentic, traditional dish. Corned beef and cabbage originated in the United States when poor Irish immigrants used Jewish corned beef to flavor their cabbage by boiling them together.

See a St. Patrick’s Day myth you thought was interesting? We at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac are glad to help you out.

Best Movies To Watch On Valentine’s Day With Your Significant Other

Valentine’s Day is a day set aside for couples to celebrate their love for one another. Going out together, a few cocktails and a refined meal — that can be fun. However, a night in can be just as fulfilling. Here’s a list of the best movies to watch on Valentine’s Day with your significant other…

Dirty Dancing
Photo by Mercy555

Dirty Dancing

No one says you have to watch an Oscar-winning arthouse movie on Valentine’s Day. And Dirty Dancing is definitely not that. But it’s a lot of fun, and for many people, a nostalgic favorite. Maybe you and your partner can practice some of the moves!

As Good As It Gets

Couples that laugh together, stay together. So why not watch one of the greatest, funniest romantic comedies on Valentine’s Day? As Good As It Gets features great writing, memorable characters and one of the best lines ever. Hint: it happens when Helen Hunt’s character demands a compliment from Jack Nicholson’s character.

Before Sunrise

Ever dream of spending a night wandering in Vienna only to fall suddenly and madly in love with a French woman (or man, if you insist)? Watch those dreams come to life in Before Sunrise, a beautifully-shot and memorable romantic film. The chemistry between actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is palpable.

 

If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day, do not watch these movies. You may want to try something more like this.

Redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain Debuts At 2017 NAIAS

GMC took the opportunity to present the completely redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Needless to say, the new design was a big hit with the fans in attendance. Many in the automotive press also found themselves impressed.

Redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain

Design

Henry Payne, of The Detroit News, made a few remarks that got to the heart of the new design’s appeal, “Shedding nearly 500 pounds, the turbo-4 powered Terrain should ride as good as it looks.”

He’s right. This is one good-looking small SUV. It features a bold and redesigned grille, C-shaped wraparound LED signature lighting and is also available with 19-inch wheels.

Power

The redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain comes available with your choice of three, count’em three, turbocharged powertrains. There’s the efficient 1.5-liter four-cylinder. The more powerful 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder pumps out 252 horsepower. There’s also a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder option.

Variety

The Traction Select will return again — naturally. Available now on the 2017 model, this system lets you pick different driving modes to match road conditions. You can choose Off-Road, Snow, Sport, or Trailer/Tow.

The redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain is competing in an awfully crowded segment, but should benefit from the early exposure it got at the 2017 NAIAS.

Movies to Watch in 2017 – From Midland Buick GMC Cadillac

Hang on to the holiday season just a little bit longer, with these wonderful New Year-themed movies to watch in 2017!

  • When Harry Met Sally: This classic is already such a widespread favorite, that many people already insist on watching it around New Year’s every year! It’s just one (imaginary) relationship that never, ever gets old.
  • Ghostbusters II: Because seriously, who are you gonna call? This reboot boasts an all-women cast and is sure to leave your stomach in knots of laughter!
  • Boogie Nights: This funky Paul Thomas Anderson film is set in the 1970s, and sure to fill you with nostalgia and have you searching desperately for discos near you this New Year. William H. Macy makes a dramatic appearance at the New Year party that welcomes in the 1980s, and let’s just say you have to see it.

 

Keep your festive spirits high with these awesome movie picks from us. Can you think of more must-watch movies for this month? Come in and share them with us at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac today!

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

You were so excited to greet the New Year. You set all of your resolutions, and so far this month is going well. However, January is the least of your worries when keeping New Years resolutions going all throughout the year: nearly all resolutions made for a new year fail within the first three months. But this year, that won’t happen to you! Because now, you have these tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions until next Christmas.

 

Take One Step at a Time

It’s hard enough changing one habit—so, if you’re setting five immediate goals, you might be setting yourself up for failure. It’s great to set big goals for yourself, but try to see them through by also setting smaller goals to accomplish along the way. If you can celebrate meeting those smaller goals as the year goes on, you’re more likely to feel confident in your ability to carry out your resolutions.

 

Take It Easy

If you slip up or become frustrated with yourself, or if you’re just feeling overwhelmed in general, make the time to do something fun. Watch a funny movie, get lunch with a friend, or visit a nearby landmark. Resetting your mind will put you in a good mood and get you ready to keep trying.

 

Avoid All-Encompassing Resolutions

Planning on cutting out sugar altogether for the year? Get real! Be honest with yourself and set realistic resolutions. Giving yourself a little wiggle room will make you feel less like you’re messing up and more like you know yourself well whenever you sneak in that donut on the way to work.

Best Christmas Movies

Best Christmas Movies
The holiday season is upon us, and the cold weather is the perfect excuse to sit down and watch some of the best Christmas movies around!

The holiday season is upon us, and the cold weather is the perfect excuse to sit down with a warm beverage and a Christmas movie. Here are just a few of the classics that you have to watch this holiday season.

Home Alone

It’s simply a classic. It has everything from comedy to action to suspense, and it’s appropriate for all ages.

Elf

One of the funniest Christmas movies ever made, you can watch Elf every single holiday season and never get tired of it.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

The National Lampoon franchise has some real gems, and Christmas Vacation is yet another hilarious adventure with the Griswold family.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The Christmas season isn’t complete without a visit from everyone’s favorite reindeer.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

No matter what version of this classic you choose, you can’t go wrong.

It’s a Wonderful Life

One of the true Christmas classics, It’s a Wonderful Life is a gripping tale that gets everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Frosty the Snowman

From kids to adults, everyone loves Frosty.

White Christmas

Another one of the original Christmas classics, Bing Crosby delivers one of the best performances of his career.

No matter how old you are or where you live, you can’t go wrong with these classic Christmas tales.

DIY Christmas Decorations

DIY Christmas Decorations
If you are on a tight budget, then these are some easy DIY Christmas decorations that will save you money and keep your home looking nice.

Between travel, gifts, and parties, the Christmas season becomes expensive quite quickly. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your Christmas decorations. Here are some easy DIY Christmas decorations that will save you money and keep your home looking nice.

Wine Bottle Decorations

Don’t throw away all those wine bottles after your holiday parties. Replace the labels with a festive wrap, add a bow, and place a candle in the bottle for a simple centerpiece or side decoration.

Get Creative with the Coffee Table

Your coffee table is the perfect item to redecorate for the holiday. Dress up a simple tray with peppermints and a candle for a festive twist.

Use Leftover Ornaments

If you have leftover ornaments after decorating your tree, find other places around your house to use them (on wreaths, for example).

Use Candy as Decoration

Candy (like peppermints and chocolates) are an inexpensive way to make your home flavorful and festive. Candy canes are also great for hanging around the house.

Repurpose Mittens

If you have extra mittens lying around the house, hang them in different places as holders for other festive items.

Decorating your house doesn’t have to be a chore. Get creative with the items that you choose and turn your home into a cozy refuge from the cold weather.

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving

tips to decorate for Thanksgiving

When you think about decorating for the holidays, Halloween and Christmas are definitely the easiest. But right between the two is Thanksgiving. While we all know what to eat, you may not know how to decorate. Here are a few tips on how to decorate for Thanksgiving to give your whole house a festive feel.

  • As the complete fall staple, pumpkins are an easy way to decorate for the fall. But if you want to break up the orange, try chalk painting some pumpkins for a unique color palette.
  • Thankful tree. Create a thankful tree that family members and guests can add to. Print and cut out leaves for people to write on and share what they are thankful for. Add them to the tree and watch it grow.
  • Leaf table runner. Use colorful felt in whatever combination you choose to cut out large leaf shapes. Then, hand-stitch them together to create a unique table runner that doubles as a hot pad for Thanksgiving dishes.
  • Autumn door greeter. Use a small chalkboard or create your own using chalkboard paint. Write a welcome greeting and decorate the border with fall leaves and berries to hang on your front door.

Are you planning to decorate for Thanksgiving? Share your ideas with us!

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving traditions

While Thanksgiving is usually packed full of traditions, most of those family traditions usually involve food and the way it is prepared. If you’ve been aching to try something new this year, but don’t want to mess with the menu, consider adding some of these Thanksgiving traditions to your annual feast.

  • Eat breakfast. While some families have a strict “no breakfast” rule, why not indulge yourself? Search the internet for an intriguing fall-themed breakfast, such as this pumpkin pie breakfast bake.
  • Go for a walk. While this holiday is all about indulging on our favorite holiday foods, getting a little bit of exercise will lessen the stress of the day and perhaps even increase your appetite.
  • Create a thankful tree. Cut out colorful leaf-shaped pieces of paper. Have all of your guests write down what they are thankful for and attach them to the tree. You can share all the thankfulness over dinner.
  • Let the kids help. While toddlers and preschoolers may not be up to the task, older kids can definitely lend a hand. Put them in charge of dessert and they can take orders and serve.
  • Make a toast. Let everyone around the table make a toast. It will bring the family together and help slow down the meal.

What are some of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions? Share them with us!