Warm weather and sunny skies mean it’s about time for spring cleaning. This annual tradition is important for getting rid of clutter and grime from the winter months. That’s why we’ve put together a list of spring cleaning tips to help you make the most of your housework. Plus, you can apply many of these tips to your car to get a spotless shine.
According to Good Housekeeping, one of the first things you should take advantage of your dishwasher. For example, you can easily put in a load of glass light fixtures, ceramic toothbrush holders, toys, and more. Just be sure everything is dishwasher safe before you put it in.
Tips and Tricks
Next, clean the doormat. This is one of the first things that visitors will notice—why not clean it or get a new one. The best way to get rid of dirt is by simply shaking it out, though some suggest washing with detergent and hosing off. You can also apply most of these rules to the mats in your car; be sure to shake them out once in a while.
Clean your mattress. Many people regularly clean their sheets, but few take care of their mattress. Take off any covers and vacuum your mattress thoroughly. Be sure to use the highest setting, and try spot cleaning stains. After it’s dry, spray your mattress with disinfectant for a like-new smell and feel.
These are just the basics of spring cleaning. If you’re also cleaning your car, be sure to schedule regular maintenance at Cambridge Classic Ford as well.
April Fool’s Day began nearly 500 years ago. When the modern calendar was invented, the start of the year shifted from spring (roughly April) to mid-Winter, or January. Those who didn’t realize the calendar had changes were subject to jokes and pranks, thus starting one of the most popular traditions of the year. We’ve listed a number of April Fool’s Day tricks for you to consider.
According to Deal News, one of the most important things to remember is to gauge your audience. Make sure they would appreciate a good April Fool’s Day prank, and be sure to keep everyone safe and the mood light. One of the best pranks around is writing “PUSH” on a pull door—a simple trick that’s bound to fool a few unsuspecting people.
Another popular prank is to tape over electronic devices. Specifically, you’ll use clear tape to cover the sensor of a television remote, video game remote, or mouse. This simple trick will leave many baffled for a few moments, a light but fun way to celebrate April Fool’s Day.
Finally, consider the anti-prank. This trick is great for those who are already suspicious on April 1. Simply get an empty can and fill it with your favorite treat. As you walk around, in an especially distrustful manner, ask if anyone would like the snack in the can. When they say no, thinking it’s a trap, that’s when you open the can and chow down.
At Cambridge Classic Ford, we love a good prank or two. Be sure to have a fun April 1, but always keep tricks safe and fun for everyone.
Take a second to think about what you associate with March. Is it basketball? St. Patrick’s Day? Spring break? Weird, rainy weather? There’s a lot to March besides just all of the above, so here are some examples of fun March holidays so you and your friends have an excuse to keep celebrating all month long.
March 9: Panic Day
If you’re into panicking, I guess you can celebrate. If you’re not too busy panicking.
March 11: Johnny Appleseed Day
This traditional figure straight out of American folklore is a great reason to party.
March 14: National Potato Chip Day
Take some time to appreciate arguably one of the best snack foods in the world.
March 16: Everything You Do Is Right Day
We like this sound of this one.
March 19: Corn Dog Day
Even better than the last one!
March 20: National Alien Abductions Day
Get out your tinfoil hats.
March 22: International Goof Off Day
Like you need to tell us twice.
March 26: Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
We’re not joking. If you’ve run out of other reasons to celebrate, use this day to do your own thing. Maybe you could make it a yearly tradition.
Do you know the origins behind these common St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Read on to find out.
St. Patrick Was a British Missionary -Born a British noble during the occupation of the Roman Empire, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved at 16 in Ireland. He eventually escaped but came back later as a missionary to convert the native Irish.
The First St. Paddy’s Day Parade Was in America -While St. Patrick’s Day has been an Irish celebration for centuries, the first parade happened in the 1700s to celebrate Irish soldiers in the English army.
The Shamrock Is A Sham -There’s no evidence that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the trinity to converts, as the old legend goes. The association of the shamrock started around the 17th century when people would wear shamrocks on their coats and end the day by “drowning” it in their whiskey.
More Than 3 Million Pints of Guinness Are Consumed -Guinness originates in Dublin, Ireland, and roughly 3 million pints of the Irish beer are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day – a drastic change from the typical 600,000 pints every day.
Poor Irish-Americans Invented Corned Beef and Cabbage -When Irish immigrants came to America, they opted for the cheapest options on the market, with corned beef being the cheapest meat and cabbage being a common spring vegetable.
We at Cambridge Classic Ford hoped you learned something you didn’t know before from reading this list of St. Patrick’s Day traditions!
According to Ford, the augmented-reality system can be thought of as x-ray vision, though it doesn’t use x-rays to function. Essentially, it lets you see beneath the surface of Ford vehicles, looking at suspension components, the frame, engine, and more. It’s an entirely new way to shop for a car, an especially appealing feature for the tech-minded.
“Think of augmented reality as the blending of virtual reality with real life,” says Garett Carr, Ford global auto shows manager. “It’s like having x-ray vision, with the power to take people deeper into our product and technology stories – it feels a little like magic.”
Other cool cars revealed at the show include the latest F-150, Ford Performance, and EcoSport to optimize power and fuel economy, as well as a self-driving Fusion. When placed alongside the new augmented-reality system, Ford is demonstrating its innovative ideas for the next few years.
Do you have additional information on Ford Augmented Reality? Tell all of us at Cambridge Classic Ford in Cambridge, OH in the comments below.
Car lovers can be difficult to shop for on Valentine’s Day; however, we’ve provided a list of gift ideas to consider. While some people might be able to afford a new supercar (every car lover’s dream), some are just looking for accessories or even road trips. Read on to learn more about Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.
According to Autobytel, you should think about getting a car wash kit if your significant other already has a car they love. This includes a sponge, chamois cloth, premium wax, tire cleaner, detailer, and high-quality wash. You can also splurge for aluminum and chrome metal polish, perfect for making any car shine like new.
Next, consider a headlight restoration kit for older vehicles. Does your valentine’s car have yellow headlights? They might need a special kit to bring it back to the original condition. Such kits usually include abrasive materials, including multiple grades of sandpaper, cotton, and more. They also come with special compounds to restore lights to their original look.
Finally, if your valentine has a clunker, you might consider a diagnostic scan tool. Some car lovers enjoy owning a jalopy because it gives them a chance to do some work. However, fixing complex problems can be difficult if you’re not a technician. Consider an app or code reader (usually under $100) for Valentine’s Day.
Did this help you find a gift for your significant other? Tell all of us at Cambridge Classic Ford in Cambridge, OH about it in the comments below!
Winter can be the harshest season of the year and it can easily strike at the heart of a driver’s transportation. In those situation, it’s important to be prepared with the proper equipment for the job. While you can’t take your entire garage, you can certainly store a few important items in your car. Here’s are a few suggestions on what to store in your car for winter from all of us here at Cambridge Classic Ford.
Blankets – If you’ve ever been stranded in a snow drift in a car that won’t start, you already know how important blankets are. It’s important to stay warm when you’re trapped on the side of the road awaiting help. There’s no knowing how long you’ll be out in the cold and a car can’t stay warm forever. Pack in several blankets in case disaster strikes.
First Aid Kit – You should always have a first aid kit in your car in case of an emergency. This simple item is incredibly important during winter. Slipping and falling can result in a nasty injury while car accidents are a constant threat as well.
Jumper Cables – It takes more current to start a car and some batteries can die under the strain. Having a pair of jumper cables increases the likelihood you’ll be back on the road sooner rather than later.
2017 is a new year which means there are plenty of opportunities to cross a few items off your bucket list. First, however, you have to have a bucket list. If you don’t have a list yet, now is the perfect time to create one. Even if you don’t know where to start, you can always change the list later on. Here are a few bucket list ideas for 2017 suggested by us here at Cambridge Classic Ford!
Learn a Language – Becoming bilingual, or even multilingual, is a great way to ingrain yourself in a new culture. Learning a new language can open many doors in social groups as well as job opportunities. Best of all, many programs provide ways to learn a new language in as little as a year.
Travel – Not everyone has the money to visit a foreign country, but heading to a major city you’ve always wanted to visit is much more affordable. Never been to New York City? Add it to your bucket list. Interested in Hollywood? Well, you know what to do.
Run a Marathon – Those feeling particularly ambitious and looking to get into shape should consider running a marathon. This is a great accomplish that would put you in an elite group of runners. Long-distance running isn’t for everyone so consulting a doctor might be a good idea before you head out on that 26.2-mile trek.
Though there is much to disagree on when it comes to the holiday season, there’s one thing that can bring anyone together – a love of holiday films. In fact, AMC recently conducted a poll of the best Christmas movies. Thousands weighed in, and we have to agree with the results. Here are a few of our favorites:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – The oldest movie on our list, this classic animated film first debuted in 1996 and has been airing year after year since, making it a true holiday staple.
A Christmas Story – We’re also a huge fan of 1983’s A Christmas Story, which – although it is family-friendly – has a bit more adult humor and is ideal to play in the background at any Christmas party.
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Similarly, 1993’s semi-spooky TheNightmare Before Christmas can light up television screens guilt-free, from October through December 25th.
The Santa Clause – One of our other favorites is 1994’s The Santa Clause, in which Tim Allen quickly finds himself in charge of Santa’s entire Christmas ordeal, beard and all.
Elf – Lastly, the newest film on our list is 2003’s Elf, which quickly became loved by both young and old. Who can deny Will Ferrell’s elven charm, especially when accompanied by the adorable Zooey Deschanel?
So what was AMC’s number one Christmas film? It was the 1990 classic, Home Alone.
The holiday season is the ideal time to start up a tradition, creating memories that your loved ones will remember and re-visit year after year. Looking for some ideas? Check out these easy-to-start Christmas traditions:
Pick out a Christmas tree at a tree farm, where you can find the perfect addition for your home and family.
Decorate the Christmas tree together, perhaps while listening to your favorite Christmas album.
Every year, make a new Christmas tree ornament together with the year listed somewhere on the ornament to chronicle the tradition.
Make Christmas cookies and decorate them with various colors of frosting and sprinkles.
Go caroling, or simply sing a song or two at home around the fire.
Learn about how other cultures spend their Christmas season, and consider incorporating one of their traditions into your own.
Find a way to volunteer locally, improving the Christmas of other families in your neighborhood.
Lastly, watch your favorite holiday movie, whether it’s an animated classic like How the Grinch Stole Christmas! or something more contemporary, like Elf, and watch it every year!
And of course, to start your holiday season with a brand new car – ready to topple snowy conditions – stop by and visit us anytime at Cambridge Classic Ford.