Declutter for the New Year

A new year is here and you’re ready to take control of your life. It’s a widely known fact that an organized home leads to an organized life, or at least that’s what our mothers have always told us. But in reality, it’s possible that that actually is a fact. Humans are sensory beings; we continue to take in information whether it’s relevant or not, as a necessary survival tactic. Whether that information is a lion ready to spring from the grasses or the overflowing stack of books in your home in Suffolk or Portsmouth, your brain takes in information from your surroundings. It follows, then, that de-cluttering gives your brain less information to process because there’s less stuff to process and allows you to better focus on more important things. In this article, we’re going to help you figure out how to de-clutter for the New Year. There are many ways to de-clutter, so we’re going to dip into ways to de-clutter your house, your schedule, and your mind.

De-clutter your House

It’s great to not be wasteful and hang on to things you might need in the future. But it’s not great to be so bogged down by all of the stuff you might need and have to waste your time going through all of that stuff to get to something you actually do need. For example, garages are meant to house cars and other means of active transportation. Garages are not meant to hold ten boxes of Christmas decorations you will only pull out once a year, five boxes of baby clothes you keep meaning to take to your niece, and eight boxes of stuff you haven’t had time to go through. Get rid of it. If you haven’t needed it in the past year, you don’t need it now. Donate it to the closest place you can in Suffolk or Portsmouth. All of it. Make sure there isn’t anything you really, truly need to keep and then get rid of the rest. Seriously, you don’t need all of those mementos, and neither do your kids, grandkids, cousins, or anyone else.

De-clutter your Schedule

Is there something you really want to do, to be, to learn? The only way you’re going to get there is to take the time to take out all of the extras that you really don’t need. Do you spend a chunk of time every day doing something that doesn’t contribute to your happiness? These aren’t necessities like walking the dog or getting done your housework, but extras like having a Netflix marathon or playing video games for hours. Unless you’re planning to be a movie, TV, or video game critic, these things are not contributing to your happiness. Stop wasting your time with diversions and start spending your time investing in your dreams. Your life is not just going to show up and be what you want it to be. You have to go out there and make it happen. Take control so you can be proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

How to Declutter for the New Year

De-clutter your Mind

When you take control of your life, you earn the supreme reward of spending your life the way you want. Keeping all of those things you don’t really need and spending your time on things that aren’t contributing to your lifelong happiness, isn’t contributing to living the life you want to live. Take the time to invest in yourself, invest in the life you want to live, and invest in a clear mind so you can truly focus on your future. De-cluttering doesn’t happen in a day, it’s not supposed to. But if you take the time to do it little-by-little in the places that mean the most, you’ll start to see the big changes it can make. Each thing that you own, each activity that owns your schedule, each person in your life is an attachment to something other than yourself. With so many attachments, you can feel as though you’re being pulled by strings and there’s no way to break free. You just have to decide to let the strings go, one by one, and before you know it, you’ll be free as a bird to do and be who and what you want to be. Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy new year. If you’d like to start the New Year off right with a new 2015 Ford model, stop by today and we will schedule you for a test drive.

Holiday Attractions in Portsmouth, VA

Holiday Events in Portsmouth, VAIf you have a family with young children, finding great holiday events can add to the magic of the season. Whether you’re celebrating the winter solstice, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or Christmas, there are many opportunities to get out into the community and meet new people.

Around Portsmouth there are plenty of events to get you and your family involved. We’ve made a list of just four that are ongoing from now until the holidays are nearly over.

Visit Santa at Greenbrier Mall
Now through December 24th

Visit with Santa this holiday season and get your photo taken. With photo packages ranging from $22 to $47, there are great options for your budget. With the more expensive packages, you’ll get a free digital download of your photos, and every package comes with a free $10 or $20 promo code for Shutterfly. Your photos will be printed right there, so you can them to take home with you. Check out the website for special events with Santa, including pet photos with your dog or cat.

Snow Wonders – Let It Snow! at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth
Now through December 27th

Every Friday and Saturday evening at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm, this free event takes place between the museum entrance on High Street and the County Street parking garage. If you like the museum and the other events they have, such as the Family Gingerbread Workshops in December, you might consider signing up for the Holiday Pass for $12. They’re good for admission to three Portsmouth museums and activities at each one. 

Holiday Events Portsmouth, VAHoliday Events at Portsmouth Arts Center
From now until December 31st

The Portsmouth Arts center has a load of holiday events that can fulfill your family’s holiday wish list. On certain dates, Olde Town Santa will visit with the children, listen to holiday wishes, and take photos. Other ongoing events include ornament decorating, cookie decorating, and holiday candle dipping. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll hold a countdown at noon for the kiddos and have a party filled with magic, face painting, and balloons.

Winter Wonderland in Olde Town Portsmouth
On select dates from now until December 29th

Holiday Events in Portsmouth, VAAt the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, for just $3 per person (free for museum members), your family can enjoy a holiday celebration, a winter wonderland with animated carolers and skaters who visit Santa’s workshop, and an enchanted forest with deer and bears. The event will also include face painting, crafts, yummy holiday treats, and special performances, including music and carriage rides. Check the website for specific dates and times.

The holidays are all about celebrating the season, being thankful for all that we have, and having a great time. So take time this winter to contemplate with your family all of the wonderful things you experienced this year, whether it was an ending or a birth.

Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. If you’re in the market for a new car, come visit the dealership and check out our latest 2015 Ford models. Stop by today to take a test drive.

 

Best Holiday Gift Ideas 2014

Some holiday gifts are easy to choose: Little kids love anything that lights up or connects to something else, such as movies or video games, and coworkers and teachers appreciate small gifts such as ornaments or gift cards. But if you’re stuck as far as getting a thoughtful gift for the person you love most, here are five options to consider.

Best Holiday GiftsAside from the iPad, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the hottest tablets around right now. And with its reasonable price point, it’s not difficult to find a reason to give this exciting gift. The bonus of this gift is, of course, the ease of integration between Amazon and the Kindle. Kindle apps are some of the best, and the table integrates easily with all of your favorites and more that are specific to Kindle. With awesome graphics and terrific technology, this is a superior gift. 

Why not get the music lover in your life a new portable record player for the upcoming holiday. Record players are making a comeback as younger generations begin to appreciate the authentic sound of music on vinyl. And whether it’s the newest Taylor Swift album or a throwback to Aerosmith, music is one way we communicate and connect with those around us. 

As bigger phones make their way into Best Holiday Giftsthe hands of users around the world, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the favorite kids on the playground. With optical image stabilization on the 16-mexapixel camera and the ultra-high definition 5.7-inch display, the Galaxy Note 4 is perfect for those swooning in this big phone craze. This one is notably loved for its stylus, which makes taking notes, drawing, and texting, among other functions, easier than ever. 

The all-new iMac with Retina 5K display is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about items on everyone’s holiday gift list. With 14.7 million pixels, the 5-mm thick, 27-inch LED-backlit Retina display is heavy on your purse strings but light on the eyes—beauty paired with some serious brain power.

Best Holiday GiftsWith up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GM memory, AMD Radeon R9 M290X or R9 M295X graphics processor, and the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, your gift recipient will probably feel like a rock star. If they don’t, the built-in apps and beautiful design will definitely bring them around. 

The Ford F-Series is the #1 hottest selling car in America. With 63,410 sales just in October of this year, the Ford F Series, including the F-150, F-250, and F-350, are the best trucks for those who want to haul heavy loads or all of their family members. These trucks are reliable, with the stamp of the Ford brand in their corner. Plus, with upgraded models such as the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, buyers are getting everything they want in a heavy-duty work truck with all of the luxury Ford offers.

When you’re shopping for those you love most, getting a gift that shows this love is important. With any of these gifts, it’s easy to customize with accessories. Whether those are a couple records, a gift card, a cool case, upgraded software, or an interior upgrade, they’ll be particularly special to those close in your life. Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square in Chesapeake, VA, would like to wish you and your family happy holidays. If you’d like to check out our new 2015 Ford models, visit us today to take a test drive!

Where To Volunteer/ Donate Around The Holidays in Chesapeake, VA

In the spirit of giving and being thankful, families across the world take the time during the holiday season to share their wealth with others. Whether that wealth is extra time, extra money, or a small gift, for those less fortunate it can make a huge difference. Sometimes what seems like a small thing to some, feels life-changing to someone else.

If you’re feeling thankful this season or you’re in need of a reminder of your own blessings, consider donating your time to some of our favorite organizations in Chesapeake.

Where to Volunteer

Toys for Tots is a wonderful program that distributes toys to children from disadvantaged families in the Chesapeake community. Whether you have the time to donate your time at their local warehouse, assist with meals, or assist in transportation and storage of toys, you’ll be helping out your community when you volunteer here. Run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots partners with local businesses like 92.9 The Wave, ESPN 94.1, and the Tidewater Division Mid-Eastern Region National Model Railroad Association.

Chesapeake Care Clinic provides dental and medical care to adults who don’t qualify for medical insurance. With an entirely volunteer staff, Chesapeake Care Clinic is always looking for more

qualified practitioners. Whether you’re a medical provider, dental provider, pharmacist or other health care professional, they’d be happy to have you. There are also volunteer opportunities for those who don’t have a health care background.

Volunteers of America in Chesapeake is always looking for volunteers. If you have time to spare this season, consider signing up for one of their volunteer programs. They have three main programs at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, Residential Program Center, and Loudon Emergency Homeless Shelter. You can also search for other volunteer opportunities in Maryland, DC and other areas of Virginia like Portsmouth and Suffolk.

The Chesapeake Humane Society is a safe-haven for abandoned and mistreated pets. With thousands of pets being abandoned every year, many of them will not be adopted and will either be transferred to a rescue group of humanely euthanized. Spending your time or money at a please like Humane Society could mean saving a life. Volunteering your time, donating money, or adopting a pet instead of buying a puppy, could be one life-changing for you and your family.

The City of Chesapeake Police Department Animal Services Unit can use your particular talents to help an abandoned pet find a new home. With opportunities including being an adoption counselor, kennel assistant, office assistant, taking care of the pets, being a shelter media technician or volunteer driver could help save the lives of hundreds of animals.

The Salvation Army is open to volunteers and donators year round. Around the holiday season, though, they look for Christmas Assistance volunteers to help set up the Christmas Depot warehouse and distribution. This program helps families having a tough time this holiday season, get presents for their children between the ages of 0 and 11. You could also help fill over 13,000 stockings for children ages 6-14, which will likely be the difference between feeling loved and feeling left out this holiday season.

Not everyone has time to donate their time, and that’s completely understandable. If you’re not able to volunteer, consider donating to any one, or all, of these charitable organizations. A small donation for you may be nothing, but for someone else could be what helps them get through the holiday season this year.

At Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square, we strive to help our community and donate to those in need. For any additional information please contact us today. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by the dealership to take a test drive or view our current inventory page.

Cyber Monday Deals

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season for many in Chesapeake. Whether you’re out shopping right after dinner, or you’re waiting in long lines on Black Friday, it’s pretty likely you won’t get everything on your shopping list. That’s why Cyber Monday is a fabulous alternative.

How do you find the best deals? Finding Cyber Monday deals before the week of Black Friday is difficult. Retailers simply haven’t released the information yet. However, finding deals at your favorite Chesapeake retailers could be as easy as asking the sales clerk.

We’ve provided a roundup of some of the big Cyber Monday shopping sites, in case you’re more interested in the big name brands than the your local Chesapeake retailers.

Amazon.com always has tons of deals on anything from electronics and toys to clothing and niche items. They’ve got a Black Friday countdown on their website, which is when their deals will start. They’re adding more deals to their site every day, and some great deals end before Black Friday is even here. Be sure to check out their sales now if you’re looking for a hot item that might sell out quickly.

Best Buy is a favorite for those looking to buy technology products for a steal. On Black Friday, the store is a madhouse which is why shopping online on Cyber Monday has become such a big trend. You’ll also have the convenience of shopping without ever leaving your couch, and often you’ll get free shipping as part of the deal.

Target on Black Friday is crazy. That’s all there is to it. From doorbuster deals to some of the best discounts on movies and toys, Target is the place to be. But if elbowing other customers, or standing in line for 5 or 6 hours doesn’t seem like your thing, maybe you should shop online on Cyber Monday instead. It could be the difference between getting frostbite and eating ice cream on your couch.

Toys R Us has already released some of their deals in their Christmas Book. Though many of their coupons end on Saturday, there are so many ways to save with Toys R Us. With their great return policy and price match guarantee, it’s easy to shop there and know that you don’t have to worry about the after-effects of your purchase.

Walmart is great one-stop-shop for anything from toys and tech to camping gear and jewelry. Though they haven’t released their Cyber Monday deals yet, it’s likely they’ll have a great roundup of deals like they do every year. You can even sign up for Walmart emails to get updates on Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales.

Websites like CyberMonday.com and CyberMonday2014.com are also a great resource for deals at over 800 online retailers. With links direct to your favorite online retailers, it’s easy to search for the deals you want without having to click through ten different websites to do it.

Of course, there’s nothing like shopping at your favorite stores. Whether it’s in person or online, you can check out your favorite local stores at Chesapeake Square and Greenbrier Mall. Of course, shopping local also means checking out your smaller stores like 3 Little Black Birds and Fancy Stuff.

Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square of Chesapeake, VA would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday. If you are in the market for a new Ford vehicle or would like to test drive any of the new 2015 Ford models, visit us today!

Best Turkey Recipes

Thanksgiving is about three main things; family, food, and the beginning of the Holiday Season. Family can mean anything to everyone. It can mean a big family reunion with all of your cousins, aunts and uncles, and close family friends. Or it can mean a small get-together with your closest friends who might as well be related to you.

It doesn’t really matter because as long as there’s good food, everyone will have a wonderful time. And with Thanksgiving night and Black Friday shopping, Thanksgiving also traditionally marks the beginning of the holiday season. Whether you’re celebrating Chanukah this year, Christmas, or Mawlid al-Nabi, you’ll likely be getting in the holiday spirit just after Thanksgiving.

While we can’t help with the family, or the holiday shopping, we’d love to help you out with a short list of our favorite Thanksgiving turkey recipes this season.

Herb and Citrus Butter Roasted Turkey

This fresh flavored turkey takes only about 30 minutes of prep time. But it will take about 4 hours at 425 degrees F to roast. You’ll want to add a 20 minute rest time when calculating your timing. This recipe is designed for 10-12 servings and it includes a gravy recipe.

Herb-Roasted Turkey

This traditional turkey recipe only has about 20 minutes of prep time. It’ll take 3 hours and 45 minutes to roast at 375 degrees, plus about 25 minutes of rest time before carving. The recipe makes about 8 generous servings so you’ll likely have enough for leftovers, which some would say are the best part. This recipe also gives nutritional information, so those health-conscious guests can rest easy with that knowledge should you choose to share it.

Fried Turkey

This new favorite serves about 10-12 people. With the most time-consuming preparation, this turkey takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes of attention, with 45 minutes of that heating the oil in your turkey fryer. You’ll then add the turkey and fry for about 35 to 45 minutes with the oil temperature between 300 and 325 degrees. You’ll also want to include 25 minutes of standing time before carving for the best flavor and texture.

Apple-Brined Turkey

This less traditional, but delicious recipe fit for the fall season, takes quite a bit of prep. But that deep apple flavor will soak through every bite. You’ll have to brine it first, let it refrigerate for 12 hours, then uncover it and refrigerate another 12 hours. Thankfully it only takes about 2 hours at 400 degrees to cook.

World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

This super-simple recipe is a go-to for the no-muss-no-fuss cook. This recipe involves salt, pepper, and melted butter on the outside and whatever you want on the inside. You’ll roast for about 2 hours at 325 degrees, baste it again, and roast an extra hour at 425 degrees. Though this doesn’t include a gravy recipe, you’ll likely have plenty of giblets and juice to make it with.

Whether Thanksgiving is a big event at your house, or you’re just looking for a yummy turkey recipes for a get-together, these recipes are sure to fill you up, and lull you into a deep, comfortable post-dinner nap!

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