Jun 172016
 

Summer is in full swing. If you’re a parent, this means you are probably spending a lot of time in the car heading from one summertime event to the next. Here are a few summer essentials for your car to make sure your summer rolls smoothly on.

summer essentials for your car

Vehicle Must-haves

  • Sun protection. The summer rays from the sun can be brutal. Keep a stash of sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats in your car to prevent you and the kids from getting burned.
  • Window shade. Nobody likes climbing into a sweltering car after a hot day in the sun. Use a window shade in your front window to block some of the heat and help your car cool off faster.
  • Water bottles. Keep a stash of reusable water bottles in the car to keep everyone hydrated. Add a few cardboard juice boxes in case you can’t find a water fountain.
  • Heat resistant snacks. Kids seem to be perpetually hungry, especially when they’re running around playing all summer. Keep snacks, such as graham crackers, granola bars (without chocolate), nuts, and other foods that won’t melt in your car.
  • Paper towels. You’re going to need to clean up a spill at some point, so be ready by keeping a roll of paper towels in your car.

What are some of your summer essentials that you keep in your car?

Apr 152016
 

family hiking trails near Epping, NH

Are you an avid hiker in the Epping, New Hampshire area, or new to the hobby? Luckily, we have some of the best hiking trails in the region! Thanks to TrailLink, there are ratings and maps for most of the trails present. Pick the distance that you would like to hike, and see which ones will give you the greatest views of the Epping-area natural landscape.

  • Amesbury Riverwalk – Essex, MA
    • This 1.3 mile hike is perfect for a relatively short walk through the wooded area along some former rail lines. With a rich history, this is a great stop to feel connected to the past!
  • Conway Branch – Carroll, NH
    • Between summer hikes and winter snowmobile-riders, this path is usually pretty busy! All 21 miles are very active when there is a ton of snow, which just makes it more fun.
  • Eastern Trail – Cumberland & York counties
    • With free parking areas near most entrances, this enormous trail system can lead to some amazing journeys. The entire network is 2,900 miles, so you can definitely pick whatever distance you feel like hiking that day.
  • Windham Rail Trail – Rockingham county, NH
    • Scenic only begins to describe this hike – the views are great, abundant wildlife, and historical 19th-century sawmill. It’s just about 4 miles long, so it’s great for a morning hike.

Remember, whenever you’re hiking, stay safe at all times. Hike with a buddy, and don’t forget to bring snacks and water! Even a short hike can take a lot of energy, so it’s best to be prepared. Always follow the trail rules, like not hiking while it’s dark – it can be very hard to see the hiking trails, and you don’t want to get lost!

Feb 192016
 

parking lot safety tips

Going to the store can be a hassle. Once you make it through the aisles to find everything you need, finding an open checkout lane can be difficult if the store is busy. Before all that, though, there’s the hassle of finding a parking space. While you should be focusing on driving, looking for an open parking space usually takes priority once you enter the lot. We here at Hurlbert Toyota have a few parking lot safety tips to help you both as a driver and a pedestrian.

  1. Make Yourself Visible. Making sure other drivers can see you is a priority, especially in the dark. Wear bright colors and try not to walk between cars too often. When driving, keep an eye out for pedestrians as they can often come out of what seems like thin air.
  2. Slow Down. While you may be in a rush, you’ll have to spend more time at the store if you hit (or are hit by) someone or something. Avoid an accident or injury by obeying the speed limit (10 to 20 mph) and keeping yourself visible.
  3. Back In. Pulling forward is many times easier than backing out. As a result, it’s smart to back into a space or pull all the way through. Doing so will give you better visibility when it comes time to leave the store.
Nov 202015
 

Whether Thanksgiving will be hosted at your house or you’re travelling, it tends to be a stressful time of year. If you want to help lessen some of that anxiety, here are a few tips on how to have a stress-free Thanksgiving.

How to have a stress-free Thanksgiving

  • Play it safe. If you love to cook, you might want to try some adventurous new recipes, but everyone is expecting the classic dishes like mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and turkey. And, when cooking a new recipe, you never really know how it’s going to turn out. Just stick with what you know and everyone loves for a classic Thanksgiving feast.
  • Delegate. You really don’t have to do all the cooking by yourself. Ask guests to bring their favorite dishes, or you can even request a specific dish for them to make.
  • Work ahead. Make as much food ahead of time as you can. Bread and pie crust can be made weeks ahead and kept in the freezer, and you can always make your non-refrigerated pies a day or two in advance. Be sure to clean out the fridge and freezer so you have plenty of space.
  • Plan. Make sure you know how many people are coming and when, and make sure you make a schedule for what you need to cook, when.
  • Take a break/ask for help. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break. Thanksgiving will still be there even if you burn the rolls. And, don’t forget that there are plenty of people who are likely more than willing to lend you a hand.

How will you handle your holiday stress this year?