How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Keep a New Year’s resolution

If you want to make a New Year’s resolution, but are afraid of messing it up, you’re not alone. A lot of folks are unsure of how to keep a New Year’s resolution for the entire calendar year and beyond. In hopes of making 2018 a successful year, the team at Babylon Honda has picked our favorite tips for keeping resolutions.

 

Pick Something Realistic

One of the keys to keeping your resolution is picking the right one. You need to make your resolution meaningful to you, but you also need to word it in a way that sets up a specific, doable goal. For example, rather than saying you want to save money, pick a specific amount of money to save each month that’s based on your monthly earnings so that it’s realistic and achievable.

Make a Plan

To keep your resolution going strong all year, you’ll need to stay in touch with it. Make a plan for sticking to your intentions, whether that be checking in with a friend who can hold you accountable or keeping a journal about your progress.

 

Persevere

 No matter how far you may stray from your goals, remember that you can always get back on track. When it becomes hard to stay positive, turn to a friend for support. At the end of the year, you’ll feel good knowing that you continued your efforts and followed through, even if there were a few hurdles along the way.

 

These are just a few tips for staying on track with your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re resolving to buy a new Honda, then Babylon Honda can help you make that goal a reality.

 

 

Things to Do in West Babylon: January Events

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Hop in your new Honda vehicle and start exploring your community today. There’s are many things to do in West Babylon, NY, regardless of what you’re looking for. From local football to meditation, you’ll find something to enjoy this January. Why sit at home when you can explore the West Babylon community?

According to I Love Babylon, one weekend tradition that’s perfect for sports enthusiasts is Football Sundays at The Local. Held every Sunday from September to the end of January, you can hang out and enjoy sandwiches, wings, and the game. There are 15 TVs set up around The Local, so there’s no need to arrive early to find a good seat.

Stressed out? Visit Create & Meditate in Deer Park. Held at 7:00 pm on Fridays, this event combines art and meditation to help you relax and have fun. There are 20 minutes of guided meditation—which is ideal for beginners—as well as an hour of arts and crafts.

Want to meet other local businesspeople? Check out the Business Networking Group. Meeting just a short drive from West Babylon, this Group will give you access to some of the top business experts in the area. There’s a small membership fee, but it’s a great way to meet people.

These are just a handful of the many things to do in the West Babylon area this January.

Check Out These December Events in West Babylon

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All of us at Babylon Honda love getting off the couch and getting involved in the West Babylon community—even in the cold winter months. Here are some fun December events in West Babylon that are most definitely worth your time.

Snowman Paint N Play Event

Head over to Amityville’s Darlings & Divas at 65 Merrick Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun event for your daughter. At the event, she will get to paint a snowman canvas, get a winter glitter tattoo, enjoy pizza, maker her own dessert, and enjoy a dance party. The event is $29.99 per child.

Start the New Year with a New Attitude

The West Babylon Library, located at 211 Route 109, will host this free wellness event on December 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Listen to motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan talk about the power of optimistic thinking as we head into the New Year.

Queens Holiday Bazaar

Get your holiday shopping done in the nearby city of Queens on December 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Fresh Meadows.

Need a new car to explore some of the holiday events in and around West Babylon? Visit Babylon Honda for a new ride today.

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts to Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts | Babylon Honda | West Babylon, NY

It’s Christmastime in West Babylon, and that means it’s time to transform your home into a winter wonderland with some easy DIY holiday crafts.

Make your own tree skirt

Head to the craft store for some felt in your favorite Christmas colors, then cut out a pattern to surround the base of your Christmas tree.

String up some garland or lights

Use command hooks to adorn your mantle, archways, and stairwells with evergreen garland or classic white Christmas lights.

Design tasty centerpieces

Use clear containers wrapped with pretty bows to hold holiday candy on your dinner table. Separate green, red, and silver Hershey’s Kisses to create a pattern in the container, and throw in some red and white peppermint candies for added flare.

Or use ornaments

Classic ornaments in blues, silvers, reds, golds, and greens make for lovely centerpieces. Place them in elegant bowls with some bits of evergreen and pinecones for an easy centerpiece.

Break out the wine

Repurpose empty elegant green wine bottles to hold long candlesticks. Adorn the bottles with red and gold bows.

Decorate a wreath

Take a plain evergreen wreath and make it pop with ornaments, fake snow, and more.

Come see how we’ve decorated the dealership for the holidays—and check out our holiday deals—at Babylon Honda.

Great Fall Road Trips in New York

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Here on Long Island, our leaves are just beginning to change, but if you head north to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you can capture breathtaking views with spectacular colors. We have gathered up a list of some of the best fall road trips in New York so you can be the best leaf peeper possible.

  • Gore Mountain. Head north to Gore Mountain to take a trip on a magnificent gondola ride. You will get to see all of the spectacular fall colors without having to do any driving.
  • Revolution Rail Biking. After riding over the treetops, take a ride on an old railroad track on a modified peddle pusher. The six-mile out-and-back trek takes you through the mountains and over the Hudson River. Be sure to bundle up for cool weather.

Keep in mind, that according to this fall foliage map, the Adirondack area will see peak colors around October 8th. The Hudson Valley and Niagara area will peak around October 15th, and here on Long Island, we will reach our maximum color a bit later near October 22nd.

If you need a new vehicle for your fall road trips in New York, come visit us at Babylon Honda before you hit the road.

October Events in Babylon

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October is a time to enjoy the cool fall weather, drink apple cider, and take the kids trick-or-treating. Babylon is home to a number of October events designed to bring people together for a night of fun. Here are some can’t-miss October events in Babylon recommended by us here at Babylon Honda!

Long Island Harvest Fest

The Long Island Harvest Fest takes place on October 7th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and kids 12 and under receive free admission. The festival will feature food vendors and craft beers as well as some seasonal favorites, such as roasted corn and access to a pumpkin patch.

This year’s event will feature a BMX Bike Show, live music, a free bounce house, and more. Plan to arrive early because the first 500 visitors will be entered in a free giveaway!

Not So Scary Halloween Party

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a party on Friday, October 27th. Darlings & Divas is hosting the pre-Halloween party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Not So Scary Halloween Party will feature desserts, a spooky dance party, and more. Kids will receive manicures to match their costumes and goody bags. Reservations are required and cost $29.99 per child.

Road Trip Ideas: The New York Taco Trail

New York Taco Trail

Looking for a fun road trip in New York? Check out the New York Taco Trail. The Empire State is home to some of the best cuisine in the country, including places outside of the Big Apple. You can follow the trail from Ithaca up to Syracuse and along the Finger Lakes. These are just some of the many places we here at Babylon Honda recommend.

According to OnlyInYourState, one of the best places to visit is Viva Taqueria in Ithaca, NY. This place has authentic Mexican as well as variations like Tex-Mex. You can enjoy imported beer with classic dishes like fajitas and tacos. With big helpings and a friendly atmosphere, you won’t want to leave.

Next, make your way to Mesa Grande Taqueria in Auburn. This restaurant has a modern, urban look with casual food and delicious toppings that will make you want to return time and time again. If you’re in the Finger Lakes, stop by Mesa Grande Taqueria for some of the best food around.

Also, check out Tres Primos in Elbridge. This location has been making quite a stir in the region, offering authentic cuisine, including tacos, pico de gallo, refried beans, and delicious rice. Whether you love spicy food or milder dishes, there’s something for everyone at Tres Primos.

Other places along the taco trail include Azteca Mexican Grill in Camillus, The Mission Restaurant in Syracuse, Papa Gallo in Fayetteville, and La Cocina in Chittenango. Plan your gastro-tour along New York to experience some of the best Mexican food around.

New York Natural Wonders: Get Away on a Scenic Day Trip

New York Natural Wonders Hikes

Summer isn’t over yet, which means there’s still time to take a drive through New York. While many people flock to New York City for an unparalleled cosmopolitan experience, the Empire State also has some truly memorable natural wonders. At Babylon Honda, we’ve compiled a list of impressive New York natural wonders for your next road trip. Whether you’re planning a family trip or a romantic getaway, these spots are must-see locations.

According to OnlyInYourState, the Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains is surreal. This aboveground cave system features hidden waterfalls and distinct rock formations. You’ll need to hike some to reach some of the out-of-the-way scenery, but it’s well worth it.

The Kaaterskill Falls in Greene County are renowned on the East Coast for their picturesque beauty. You can take an easy half-mile hike to the falls along Kaaterskill Creek to see a truly stunning waterway. Once you near the falls, just be sure to take extra precautions because the rocks can be slippery.

Finally, see the natural wonder known as Watkins Glen State Park in Watkins Glen, NY. With a thin veil of water streaming down rock faces and cenote-like pools, this is one park you won’t want to leave. Follow the Gorge Trail for a rewarding hike, and be sure to visit every one of the nineteen waterfalls along the way.

Best New York Patios to Visit This Summer

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Few things are nicer than a delicious meal al fresco in a beautiful setting. Fortunately, New York State has plenty of Instagram-worthy patios with equally Instagram-worthy food. These are some of the best New York patios in our book, and are perfect places to enjoy a special meal this summer.

 

Lanzi’s On The Lake in Mayfield

Lazni’s is up north, so if you’re headed towards the Adirondacks, this is a great place to stop along the way. At Lanzi’s, you can enjoy your meal on a cozy lakeside deck. The menu is to die for, as is the view of Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

Blue Canoe in Erieville

This restaurant is found next to Tuscarora Lake, and has its own breathtaking views of the nearby water. Its intimate and casual deck is sure to become a favorite. Make a stop here next time you’re headed to Chittenango Falls State Park.

 

Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor is a darling New York down that deserves plenty of exploring of its own. Fill up first on a feast from this seasonal spot, which offers delicious breakfast as well as lunch items.

 

If you head north towards New York’s many lakes, you’ll have no trouble stumbling upon many other delightful patio dining options. Just do us a favor and stop in at Babylon Honda to tell us which new spots you discover that we should try!

History of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest - July 4th, Coney Island, NY
Long Island is full of rich history and memorable traditions. One such annual tradition is held every year on the 4th of July at Coney Island, just a couple of hours from Babylon Honda. This annual 4th of July celebration honors one of Coney Island’s favorite snacks—the hot dog.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is put on every year by the century-old Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog stand. Legend has it that in 1916, four immigrants created the first hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. The winner would prove themselves as the most patriotic of the four.

How many hot dogs one can eat may not actually determine how patriotic a person is. However, there’s no denying that hot dogs are a symbol of ballparks, Coney Island, and other beloved and iconic American settings. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a fun way for folks to come together and celebrate the 4th of July each year.

In order to participate in the contest, contestants must enter one of several qualifiers, which take place in cities all over the country starting as early as March. If contestants do well here, they can move up towards competing in the official Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July. This year will mark the 101st contest, and is definitely a festive event worth witnessing if you’re in the area this summer.

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