DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day - Dixon, IL
DIY Gift Ideas for Father’s Day – Dixon, IL

Father’s Day is just around the bend. Here are some DIY gift ideas that are easy enough for the kids to make for dad, if you want to give him something more unique than a store-bought gift.

Homemade Coasters

Country Living suggests two different types of coasters you can create. The first uses Mason jar lids lined with cork shelf liner. Use a stamp and acrylic paint to personalize them with a pattern or monogram. Or you can make DIY agate coasters with just some polymer clay and acrylic paint.

Lego Cufflinks

These Lego-themed accessories are perfect for the geeky dad that enjoys building masterpieces. Just spray paint similarly-sized Lego pieces and glue them to cufflinks.

Pre-Shave Oil

If you have essential oils on hand, you’ll only need two more ingredients to make homemade shaving oil. Simply mix the essential oil of your choice with grapeseed and olive oils to make an all-natural shaving product for dad.

Eyeglass Carrier

Transform an old neck ties into a cloth case for reading glasses with a just a few steps. It’s a great way to help preserve your dad’s eyewear in an attractive way.

Book Cover Boxes

Have those old Reader Digest books hanging around? Repurpose them into boxes he can use to keep desk items organized. (Use one book for the cover and cut up another book to make the box.)

Another way you can show appreciate to dad is to take his car in to Ken Nelson Toyota for a seasonal checkup. Call us to schedule an appointment with our Service Department.

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Five Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day - Dixon, IL
Unique Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Dixon, IL

For many couples, dinner and a movie is a common way to celebrate Feb. 14. If you’re craving something new, though, here are some unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day to help rekindle the romance.

Homemade Chocolates

A new spin on the classic “cooking dinner together at home” date, buy some chocolate molds and chocolate to melt. You can buy sprinkles as well as different colors and flavors to the chocolates you create.

Ice Skating (or Roller Skating)

February is a great time of the year to go ice-skating. Can’t balance? It’s a great opportunity to hold hands. If you’re really a lost cause, however, consider heading to the roller rink instead for a fun alternative.

Dance Classes

Sign up for a dance class with your Valentine to add something fun and new to your routine. The best part is you’ll walk away from the experience with a new skill to show off.

Spa Day

Many spas offer special couples’ packages around Valentine’s Day. Get a massage, do a face mask, or light some scented candles for some aromatherapy.

See a Live Show

There’s something about seeing a live performance — whether it’s a theater production, your favorite band, or even stand-up at a comedy club — that’s exciting and unlike anything else.

Need a new vehicle to further impress your date? Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to browse our shiny new 2020 models.

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3 New Year’s Eve Parties near Dixon

New Year’s Eve Parties - Dixon, IL
New Year’s Eve Parties – Dixon, IL

You don’t have to go far from Dixon to find fun New Year’s Eve parties in northern Illinois. Try these three venues for an upbeat way to welcome 2020.

Lake Carroll Clubhouse

Closest to Dixon is the 2020 New Year’s Eve Celebration at Lake Carroll. Not only is a night to ring in the new decade but a full night of entertainment. Try your hand at five courses in the dinner beforehand, the Comedian Jay Harris in the middle, and the band Outlaws & Angels to bring things to close. $50 a person.

Bar Louie Geneva

The bar in Geneva will be saying goodbye to the year and decade on Dec. 31 with a huge party focused around the Roaring 20s. You can either come free with a champagne toast, or upgrade for $50 for the elite package. You can get the toasts, appetizers, and four drinks at the elite level. Don’t forget the Instagram photo contest! Period attire encouraged but not required.

Vargo’s Dance

For a less formal experience with lots of dancing, try the New Year’s Eve Dance Party 2020. For $25 you can get access all night to hustle, swing, salsa, cha cha, rumba, West Coast swing, and foxtrot music at 8:15 p.m. Have a champagne toast and White Castle sliders as you party the night away. The dress code is lenient but steer clear of jeans.

Ken Nelson Toyota wishes you a happy (and safe) New Year’s. Remember to call us to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment, if you haven’t done so already.

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