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.

 

 

Simple Ways to Make Your New Year’s Eve Party Great

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New Year’s Eve symbolizes a fresh start for many, which is why it’s important to celebrate the holiday in the right way. If you’re planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party this year, there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

According to Real Simple, drinks and snacks are a must. It may be best to create a diverse spread, including healthy options as well as more traditional snacks. For example, you can have chips and dip, shrimp cocktails, and quiches, but also provide carrot sticks, almonds, and olives for those who may want to start their resolutions to eat healthy early.

Next, have some games ready. Nothing kills a party like an awkward silence, so have some fun party games ready to go as icebreakers. You can write everyone’s resolution on a card and take turns guessing who wrote it, or you can also play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolutions to help get the ball rolling. The best games are the simple ones, so don’t overthink it.

Finally, get some tunes ready. While “Auld Lang Syne” is a classic, there are a few songs you may want to add to your playlist. These include “Happy New Year” by ABBA, “It’s Just Another New Year” by Barry Manilow, and “This is the New Year” by A Great Big World. These tunes will set the perfect mood for your next New Year’s Eve bash.

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

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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.

Take a Road Trip to Some of the Best Fall View in New York

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Here in New York, we are just on the cusp of peak fall foliage season. According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map on SmokyMountains.com, Long Island will reach its peak somewhere between October 15th and October 22nd. Other areas of the state, like the Adirondack Mountains will peak earlier, near October 8th.

If you are looking for the best fall views in New York, here are a few places you should visit.

  • Great Dome Car. Driving through the countryside is great, but it is even better when you don’t have to do the driving. Give everyone a break by taking the train, specifically, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car, which leaves from Albany.
  • Bear Mountain State Park. Head to the top of Bear Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
  • Sands Point Preserve. For some great sights a little closer to home, head to Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington. Here, you can explore the trails, the 200-acre estate, and the historic mansions.
  • Niagara Falls. Take in the spectacular sight of the falls while surrounded by beautiful autumn colors.

Where is your favorite place for fall views in New York? If you need a new car for your autumn excursions, come visit us right here at Babylon Honda.

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.

Summer New York Destinations

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If you are located in The Empire State like Babylon Honda is, you know there are endless things to do all around us. Don’t just sit by your local pool all summer. Take a few weekends to get out and explore some of these New York destinations with friends and family.

 

Brewery Ommegang

This local brewery is situated in a beautiful part of New York, so the scenery here is always something to be appreciated. In the summer months, Ommegang hosts live music along with its regular public tours, so it’s a perfect place to take in sights, sounds, and, of course, beer.

 

Golden Hill State Park

If you live in the big city and are desperate for some one-on-one time with nature, you ought to drive to the northwest corner of New York to visit Golden Hill State Park. Bring your outdoor gear and set up a campsite right on Lake Ontario for a divinely peaceful weekend experience.

 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

If your family is dying for a way to cool down, this is the perfect place to visit. Here you can spend a weekend riding water slides and water rides and finish it all off with a hike in the nearby Adirondacks.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Of all the seasons, summer is by far one of the harshest, especially when it comes to cars. Hot, humid weather can do a serious number on vehicles, even if they’re parked in a garage. That can end up costing drivers quite a pretty penny in repairs if the car isn’t properly maintained. We here at Babylon Honda have a few summer car maintenance tips to share so you can enjoy your summer days cruising down the highway, not waiting on the side of it.

Belts
A problem with your serpentine belt will leave your car disabled on the side of the road. Waiting for roadside assistance isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s why it pays to have your car professionally inspected prior to a long road trip. Peak under the hood yourself. If the belt looks worn, shows signs of damage, or is loose, then it’s time for a replacement.

Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are a year-round safety mechanism that are both cheap to maintain and replace. Without them, you could find yourself driving blind through a summer thunderstorm. Don’t take the risk! Spend a few dollars and minutes to keep yourself safe on the road.

Tires
Tires that lack a good amount of tread could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Bad road conditions call for more traction. Take the time to properly inflate your tires for maximum surface-to-surface contact. Examine the sides and tread for any signs of cuts or bulges. Replace or repair the tire if necessary.

Don’t want to worry about it? Then schedule service at Babylon Honda for a complete inspection and we’ll leave the summer planning up to you!

Tips for Black Friday Shopping

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Black Friday deals bring out some incredibly massive crowds and it’s not a place for the unprepared. Holiday deals can be enticing but they’re no good if you miss them or simply can’t pay the bill. Don’t walk into Black Friday blind this year! Here at Babylon Honda, we have some helpful tips for Black Friday shopping to make your deal-grabbing adventure more successful.

Budget – Great deals may be enticing but they’re no good if you can’t pay your credit card statement later on. Make a strict budget and stick to it. Leave a small amount of wiggle room if necessary but avoid spending more than you can afford. Keep a record of how much you spend at each store or for each purchase as well.

Research – Many stores advertise their Black Friday deals well ahead of time so it’s worth researching. Compare the prices of different stores and determine which ones are worth your time. Don’t rely on price-matching guarantees, as some stores suspend that deal during Black Friday.

Technology – Smartphone apps can go a long way in helping to find the items you want. A QR scanner can quickly compare prices and find coupon codes, while shopping apps can guide you to the store with the lowest price.

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