Category: Holidays

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

January has only just begun, which means there is still plenty of time to make a New Year’s resolution, if you haven’t already. However, making a resolution is a lot easier than actually keeping one. If you really want to succeed with your goals this year, here are a few tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Keep it simple. Instead of attempting to redo your entire life, focus on one or maybe two important goals. Choose something that will hopefully have a big impact on your overall health or happiness.
  2. Be realistic. Keep your abilities and weaknesses in mind when setting your goals. For example, if you want to lose a lot of weight, instead of focusing on the total amount, break down your goal into manageable pieces. Try to lose a pound a week, instead of focusing on wanting to lose 50 pounds this year. If you can reach your mini goal each week, you will achieve your larger goal.
  3. Expect setbacks. Nobody is perfect. There will be times throughout the year when you don’t meet your goal. If you’ve been trying to save money for a vacation, but end up having to spend that money on car repairs, don’t give up. Think about the positive habits you’ve started to develop and reevaluate your total goal.

If you follow these steps and get support from your family and friends, you will be on your way to reaching your goal by the end of 2017.

Top 5 Christmas Movies on Netflix Right Now

Pop the popcorn! Warm up some hot chocolate! Take a break from Christmas shopping and settle into the holiday spirit with one of these excellent Christmas movies on Netflix.

 

‘Scrooged’

 

Is there really any better way to tell Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” than with Bill Murray in the 1980s? Murray plays a jaded television executive who gets a reality check when the ghosts of Christmas pay him a visit. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll want to watch it again next year.

 

‘Christmas with the Kranks’

 

If a good laugh is what you’re after, the Kranks are your people. Watch as Tim “the Toolman” Taylor—er, that is, Tim Allen—and Jamie Lee Curtis try to skip Christmas in favor of a Caribbean cruise. Leaving their traditions behind is not as easy as they expect.

 

‘The Ref’

Christmas movies on Netflix

Another fun and slightly less traditional Christmas movie, “The Ref” is Kevin Spacey’s holiday black comedy.

 

‘Love Actually’

 

It’s hard to believe “Love Actually” is over ten years old. This comedy-drama features an outstanding cast (including The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes) and follows several endearing plotlines. It’s a new classic you’ll want to add to your annual viewing list. Oh, and good luck getting character Billy Mack’s song “Christmas is All Around” out of your head.

 

‘Fireplace For You Home’

 

If you want to set a mood without setting yourself up for too much distraction, why not just play Netflix’s ambient fireplace video? With a little Christmas music in the background to accompany it, this video is sure to make gift wrapping all the merrier.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

With National Christmas Tree Day just behind us and the holidays right around the corner, most readers probably already have their tree. Even so, it’s never too late to add a little extra pizzazz to your decorations, or to give them a personal twist. Here are several Christmas tree decorating ideas that will give you a new spin this year and for the years to come.

 

Make it PersonalChristmas tree decorating ideas

 

If you’re reevaluating your tree’s decorations, consider what theme will mean a lot to you and your family. Perhaps you like to travel a lot, in which case you could collect ornaments that represent your favorite voyages. If you like the outdoors, opt for DIY pinecone ornaments, deer, owls, and other woodsy decorations. Find what suits you best!

 

Think Outside the Tree Skirt

 

Instead of using traditional accessories like a tree skirt, why not mix it up? You can use a vintage tin or pale as a container for a tree for a rustic spin. Or, instead of sticking with a wintery color scheme, add a little spring to your Christmas tree. Decorate with a winding wreath of silk flowers for a fresh look.

 

Rainbow Connection

 

For a new twist using what you already have, create an ombre rainbow effect by color coordinating your ornaments. Start with purple or red at the top and work your way through the spectrum. You’ll never look at your tree the same way again!

What to Do on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta?

For some Americans, Thanksgiving is their number one favorite holiday. Even if it’s not, you have to admit that you love the family time and the great food. However, besides all of the great stuff to eat, there’s also plenty to do on Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta.

Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K

Start your Thanksgiving Day by running off all of the food you’re about to consume. (That’s how it works, right?) This race in Midtown is orchestrated by the Atlanta Track Club and has thousands of participants every year.Thanksgiving Day in Atlanta

Holiday Lights in Atlanta

What better way to ring in the holiday season than to enjoy festive lights on Thanksgiving? At this event, you can see tons of lights in many different locations! All of the lights will be perfectly timed to Christmas music and are sure to dazzle you.

LEGOLAND Discover Center

LEGOLAND is open on Thanksgiving from 10am to 7pm, so it’s a great pre- or post-Thanksgiving dinner activity for the kids.

ClueTown Book Scavenger Hunt

If your family is coming into town, take them around the city by solving puzzles together! You can get a ClueTown Book from four different areas, so you can pick whichever is closest to you.

Whatever you end up doing this Thanksgiving, make sure to have lots of turkey and stuffing!

Best Summer Barbecue Recipes

Beating the summer heat is one thing, but throwing some meat on the grill is another. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to try out new barbecue recipes and there’s no better test subjects than friends and family. This summer, try something new. Here are some great summer barbecue recipes from us here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead!

Summer Barbecue Recipes

  • Classic Cheeseburger – A summer (and American) icon, the classic cheeseburger is relatively straightforward to make. To create the perfect burger, you’ll need some raw red onions, ketchup, a fresh tomato, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, and 80% lean ground chuck. Cook the meat on the grill, but don’t place it on the bun just yet! Brush a soft hamburger bun with butter and toast it. Place the burger on last to avoid making the bun soggy.
  • Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – A little more complicated, to make a grilled buffalo chicken sandwich, you’ll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, buns, some ketchup, hot sauce, and unsalted butter. Preheat the grill and combine the hot sauce, butter, and ketchup then add the chicken. Let it marinate for 20 minutes then grill the chicken until the internal temperature hits 165 degrees. Grill the buns until toasted and then add dressing. To finish things off, add blue cheese-apple slaw for an added burst of flavor!

Do you have any amazing recipes in mind for the summer? List them below and let us know!

Easy Winter Car Care Tips

Winter Car Care Tips

Of all the seasons, winter can be the most damaging for your vehicle. From the dangers of ice and snow on the road to the ferocity of the cold, there are plenty of things to be wary of, especially for all you drivers planning to leave the great, warm state of Georgia this winter (though we can’t think of any good reason why you’d want to do that).

 

In case you run into some rough weather, we’ve compiled a quick list of winter car care tips to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape:

 

  • Make sure you have new, working wiper blades. Even if your car is sporting the most state-of-the-art blades, they need to be replaced about every six months, and in the middle of a snowstorm is not the time to realize this.

 

  • If you’ll be spending a lot of time in snowy climates, consider snow tires, especially for vehicles that don’t feature AWD or 4WD. Snow tires greatly increase your traction on slippery surfaces; just make sure the tires you’re buying are snowflake-rated. Make sure to keep in mind: for Mercedes models if the temperature drops drastically during the day your tire pressure sensor can go off. This may just be the sensor going hay-wire but feel free to contact us with any questions.

 

  • Here’s one of our winter car care tips that’s easy to overlook: keep an eye on your battery. Even today’s reliable batteries can be ambushed by the cold weather. Furthermore, check your fluid levels often and make sure the battery-life window displays a full charge.

Above all, just play it safe. If the roads look too dangerous, don’t go out. Make sure to stay on top of the weather forecasts for the week and travel with the utmost vigilance.

 

Have a safe holidays everyone!

Our Favorite Holiday Eggnog Recipes

Everyone has their special Holiday traditions, whether that’s chopping down your own tree or being the one to light the menorah. No matter what families do to bring in the season- food is always on the mind. With food comes a healthy dose of drink. One of our all-time favorites is a cup of delicious eggnog.

 

Here’s a list of three easy and delicious holiday eggnog recipes for you to sample all throughout the season:

 

1) First, for something a little wild, try some spiced chocolate eggnog. This tasty, Mexican-flavor inspired drink is sure to warm you up with its combo of bittersweet chocolate and just a dash of hot chile.

 

2) Or, for something more traditional, give Martha Stewart’s Classic Eggnog a try. This flavorful and creamy recipe is perfect with just a little pinch of bourbon, rum, or cognac to raise spirits (and maybe a roof or too if it’s that kind of Christmas party).

 

3) Finally, the most festive of all our holiday eggnog recipes: peppermint eggnog. This one is perfect for the kids, especially when you add in an adorable candy cane or peppermint stick garnish.

 

If you have any wonderful recipes, leave them below so we can share the spirits of the holidays with everyone!