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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Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids

Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids | Dixon, IL
Fun Games to Play at Home With The Kids | Dixon, IL

In these strange and uncertain times, family comes first. Staying at home with your little ones is important for their health and yours, but it means needing to get creative to keep everyone engaged. Trying out some of these fun games to play at home with the kids will help you ensure that everyone is smiling at the end of the day.

Get a new (or classic) board game

Nothing quite says family fun and togetherness like a board game, and since the medium is in something of a renaissance at the moment, you have a ton to choose from. The editors at New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”have assembled a whole list of great games perfect for kids that includes classics like Connect 4 and Guess Who as well as newer favorites like Catan and Ticket to Ride.

Try out a video game

Whether you grew up on video games or have never tried them in your life, gaming with your kid is a great way to bond (and show your little people that you’re hip and with it). CNETrecommends a wide range of easy-to-find and kid-friendly video games for all different consoles and devices. If you have your old console up in the attic, now might also be a great time to break it out and show your kid old-school cool.

Bring back an old favorite

With the weather starting to get nice in Dixon, going outside and enjoying the sunshine might be good for everyone. Take advantage of a clear, sunny afternoon with a game of catch, horse, hopscotch, jump rope, or whatever activities your kids are into. On a rainy day, you can break out a classic like hide and seek, Simon says, or hot potato.

The team at Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, IL, wants to make sure that you’re safe and healthy in this challenging time. If you need service done on your vehicle, we’re here and will even pick up your vehicle so that you don’t have to leave your kids. To learn more, call or email and schedule your appointment.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL
Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle | Dixon, IL

Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your vehicle the refresh that it needs. Here are some spring cleaning tips for the exterior and interior of your ride.

Get rid of the junk. It’s easy to let fast food wrappers, water bottles, and other debris accumulate in your car during the colder months. Grab a trash bag and fill it with non-recyclable garbage from your car; make sure to recycle any objects that are recyclable.

Wash the outside. It’s likely that your vehicle’s exterior is coated with salt and dirt from the winter. Wash it with carwash soap and water, then use a hose to rinse off the suds. Dry the exterior with microfiber towels.

Scrub your floor mats clean. Your floor mats protect your floors from all of the dirt and salt that you track in with your shoes. Remove the floor mats then either scrub or hose them off, depending on if they are carpeted or vinyl.

Wipe everything down and vacuum. Use a vacuum to get the crumbs out of the cracks and wipe the cabin surfaces with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime.

Replace items like windshield wipers and tires. After a long winter, some auto parts display signs of damage. Consider replacing your windshield wipers and your tires to ensure that you stay safe on future drives.

For more ways to take care of your vehicle this spring, contact us at Ken Nelson Toyota. You can also schedule a service appointment if your ride is in need of any repairs.

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