Treat Your Partner to a Sweet Ride with Car-Related Valentine’s Day Surprises

One of the most exciting parts about Valentine’s Day is finding new and surprising ways to show your partner how much you care. Instead of leaving a note on the bed or sending flowers to their workplace, make your love known in an unexpected location—their car! There are lots of ways to hide Valentine’s Day surprises in a car or truck. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Leave a Note

Leave a short and sweet love letter on your partner’s dashboard, windshield, or steering wheel. You could also write the things you love about your partner on post-it notes and stick them all over the inside of their car.

 

Give a Clean Start

Does your partner tend let his or her vehicle get a little messy? Surprise them by having their car cleaned inside and out. For an added sweet touch, purchase a car vase and leave some flowers inside.

 

Heart-felt Decorations

Make sure your partner takes your love with them on the road by leaving sweet and thoughtful decorations he or she will love. Pick out a decorative steering wheel cover or a cute air freshener that will make your partner think of you. Anything you can do to make your partner feel loved and cherished during their daily commute is a gift they will never forget.

Why Michigan is the Best State to Live In

If you’re a Michigan native, you know that our awesome state is the best state to live in, hands down. If you’re not a resident and you’re looking for a new place to call home, here are a few of the many reasons why Michigan is the perfect choice!

First of all, most of Michigan has an incredibly affordable cost of living. Homes that cost thousands of dollars to rent in more expensive states are hundreds of dollars in the biggest Michigan cities. If you live in Michigan, you can afford to enjoy your close proximity to all four of the Great Lakes—buy a boat, go on frequent weekend trips. Michigan is your oyster.

The lakes, and all the other beautiful nature you can see in Michigan, are another reason to make the state your new home. Day trips to the beach, hiking in the forest, and picnics in the park are all just a few minutes away from any given place in the state.

Michigan also has a rich culture of sports and arts. Few states have football fans as passionate as the fans of the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan is home to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Whether you want to live in a big city, a bustling college town, or somewhere more rural, Michigan has something for everyone.

Fun Upcoming Events in Michigan

Fall is filled with so many fun things to do that it’s hard to break it down into one list. However, here are some of the most fun events in Michigan going on this fall.

Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival- Big Rapids (October 9-16)

For anyone interested in classical music, the Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival provides free shows every Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon from September-October.

2016 Season!- Beaverton (September 17-October 30)

Get outside and enjoy some family fun with corn mazes, fresh donuts, and animals that will eat right out of your hands.

Hell-O-Hollow Weekends- Hell (September 17-October 31)

What better way to get ready for the Halloween season than by going to a festival in Hell? You receive a Death Certificate when you try the Grave Digger Sundae, and there’s free kiddie cones for those dressed in costumes.

Kent Harvest Trails- Grand Rapids (September 8-October 31)

There will be over 20 farms participating in this year’s Kent Harvest Trails program, giving families all kinds of country fun. Kent Harvest Trails provides all kinds of classic fall fun activities like pumpkin picking, trail riding, and other fun activities for all ages.

There are all kinds of different fairs and festivals this fall, so get outside and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Go Exploring in Your Honda: Check Out This Epic US Road Trip

Are you an outdoors sort of person with a sense of adventure? You should get to know the name Randal S. Olson. It’s the name of a data scientist, researcher at University of Pennsylvania, and avid search path fan who likes to plan the best-ever cross-country road trips. On the list of his latest hypothetical trips, he pinpointed 47 of the 59 US national parks along the best possible route. Are you up for this wild US road trip?

Spanning 14,498 miles, Olson’s latest tribute to the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year, runs through a number of memorable and famed parks, including landmarks like California’s Redwood National and State Parks, home to the largest trees in the world.

Olson created the route using an algorithm known as the Gurobi TSP solver. TSP stands for “traveling salesman problem,” which alludes to the algorithm’s purpose – to find the fastest, best, and most efficient route through multiple destinations, with the end of the route looping back to the origin point where the traveler began.

The loop-shaped design of this national park packed US road trip is made to make it easy for anyone anywhere in the States to hop on the route and go. The question is, are you brave enough to take this estimated two-month-long trip?

Brighton High School Ranks Among Top 25 Public Schools in State

Brighton High School was recently ranked among the best in Michigan. The annual US News & World Report High Schools ranks the high school 21st in the state, as well as 777th in the nation. With more than 21,000 public high schools in all 50 states, that’s pretty impressive.

According to the Brighton Patch, the top 25 schools were determined based on things like graduation rates and standardized testing. Brighton students perform among the best in the state, as well as in the top percentiles in the nation. Not only that, but Brighton students have gone on to perform well in college as well.

“Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college,” according to U.S. News & World Report, which looked at curriculum, test scores and student demographics.

The number one high school in the US was the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas. The number one school in Michigan was the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, which also ranked number nine overall. Nonetheless, we here at Brighton Honda couldn’t be more proud of our local high school students. Not only that, but the faculty and staff also deserve recognition for their ability to teach and inspire students.

Things to In Ann Arbor, Michigan

If you live Michigan and want to spend a day getting to know your state, Ann Arbor is a great place to visit. Plan a road trip to this great city and you won’t be disappointed. Here are some great things to do in Ann Arbor.

  • Michigan Stadium. Football fans anywhere in the country know which stadium you’re talking about when you say The Big House. Even when it’s not football season, the stadium still offers tours and you’ll get to see things even the biggest fans never do.
  • Hands-on Museum. Your kids will love going to a museum where they are actually allowed to touch everything. They will learn about science and how the world works while having fun at the same time.
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Tour the beautiful gardens including a large Peony garden and other native plant life.
  • This unique part of Ann Arbor has a special blend of both residential and business locations. You’ll find one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, and a rich and diverse culture.
  • Hill Auditorium. Catch a performance by a local group, university ensemble, and more at this beautiful performance space.

Where you planning to go the next time you visit Ann Arbor?

Take Your Dad to Brighton Honda to Test Drive a Car on Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is on June 19th this year. If you’re trying to plan a fun outing for you and dear old Dad, consider bringing him here to Brighton Honda to test drive a car on Father’s Day. Why? Here are five great reasons.

  1. Kids are expensive. According to the S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost of raising one child is right around $300,000. Think about how many amazing cars your dad could have purchased with that money.
  2. He had a lot of missed sleep. Your dad has probably racked up his fair share of sleepless nights staying up with you when you were sick, or staying up waiting for you to get home.
  3. He taught you what you know. Odds are high that your dad is the one who taught you how to drive. He may have taught you a few other valuable lessons too, like how to change the oil, how to properly trim the hedges, or how to bake his signature dish.
  4. He was your first playmate. Nobody roughhouses like Dad. Dads are also willing to play anything, whether that’s a tea party, Legos, or astronauts.
  5. He put you first. No matter what it was, your dad always put your needs before his.

Now, that you’re feeling all sentimental, pay your dad back in the biggest way by helping him out with a new car. You know he deserves it. If you can’t afford one on your own, have the whole family contribute to give the best Father’s Day gift ever to the best dad ever.

Firecrackers and Karaoke: Cool Themes For A Christmas Party

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Cool themes for a Christmas party could send your event over the top!

If you are planning to throw a Christmas party this year, have you thought about your theme yet? Sure, the ugliest Christmas sweater contest is a cool idea, but if you feel it’s become a bit hackneyed, here are some other cool themes for a Christmas party!

 

Think about it. What could be more fun than watching Christmas movie after Christmas movie? Marie Claire magazine suggests adding a drinking game to your Holiday Movie Marathon if things get a bit dull.

 

Let’s face it: People are boring. So why not introduce your pets into the mix? Does a Pet Christmas Party sound like chaos? That’s part of the fun! And if putting Christmas outfits on your pet seems cruel, well, you want to make an omelet; you’ve got to break some eggs.

 

Karaoke is cool. Christmas is cool. Why not combine them? A Christmas Carol Karaoke Party gives you a chance to appreciate all of the wonderful music that the holiday has inspired and at the same time, make a fool of yourself.

 

At the very least, if you are going to have a regular run-of-the-mill Christmas, can you at least set off some firecrackers for us?

How to Keep Dogs Cool in the Car

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This little guy wants you to know how to keep your dogs cool in the car.

Being stuck in a hot car is unbearable for anyone, especially dogs. Every year, hundreds of dogs tragically die after being left in a hot car. In order to raise awareness, we have provided some tips on how to keep dogs cool in the car while traveling below. With temperatures soaring this summer, please remember to never leave a dog in a hot car for more than a few minutes without implementing some of these tips below.

  1. Sun Shades – If leaving the air conditioning on with someone else in the car isn’t an option, one way to prevent the car from overheating so quickly is to use sun shades. They can easily be found in any automotive section or baby section.
  1. Portable Battery Powered Fans – To keep airflow moving, invest in a portable battery powered fan. They can be found in most camping or outdoor sections of your local store.
  1. Cooling Mats or Coats – Another way to keep your dog cool is to use cooling mats on the seats of your vehicle, or to use a cooling coat. Great options can be found here and here.
  1. Pack a Cooler – If you’re planning a longer trip with your furry friend, make sure to pack a cool full of water and ice packs. When you stop, cool your dog off with some fresh water and ice packs if they start to overheat.

We love our pets and treat them as family, and we hope you do too! It’s not always possible to take our dogs into stores with us, so make sure your visit is brief and that you don’t leave them stuck in the car without knowing they’re properly taken care of and won’t overheat. For more information on how to keep your dog safe in the car, click here.