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Spring Car Care Tips
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Spring Car Care Tips

Now that the spring season is beginning in Opelousas, Louisiana, it’s important that you adjust your car care routine accordingly. Follow these easy spring car care tips to prepare your Toyota for warmer weather and more frequent rain showers.   Wash your car Spring is the perfect time to wash and wax your car. Doing so will get rid of the debris and road grime that your car accrued over the winter and improve your car’s appearance. It’s also a good idea to clean the inside of your car by getting rid of trash and disinfecting high-touch areas. Check the wiper blades Give your wiper blades a once-over, looking for any cracks or other signs of wear. If you notice any issues with the blades or find that they’re not clearing away water as effectively as they once were, be sure...
Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear
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Top 5 Signs of Tire Wear

It’s important that you properly care for and replace your tires when needed to make sure you have optimal traction and handling on the road. If you notice any of the following signs of tire wear, your Toyota is likely due for maintenance or a tire replacement. Overinflation and underinflation You need to keep your tires properly inflated at all times. If they’re overinflated, the center of the tire can wear down. If they’re underinflated, the edges of the tire tread can wear down. Either way, it’s a good idea to address the issue and adjust the air pressure quickly. Disproportional wear If one edge of your tires has more wear and tear than the others, this is a good indication that your wheels are misaligned and should be looked at by a service technician. Inconsistent...
Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely in 2020
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Tips for Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely in 2020

As the world continues to work through this global pandemic, the holiday season is going to be a bit different this year. As Thanksgiving approaches, you can still make plans for celebrating family togetherness in a safer way. Following guidelines from the CDC will help you plan some new traditions as you celebrate in Opelousas, Louisiana. The CDC groups activities into low, moderate, and high risk. For the best safety, choose activities that fall in the lower risk group. For Thanksgiving, low-risk activities include having a Thanksgiving dinner with just the people who live in your household, making no-contact food delivers to high-risk individuals, having a virtual family dinner, and shopping online instead of visiting stores. With these activities, we can help protect others and...
Great Automotive Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gifts
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Great Automotive Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gifts

Appreciating the important people in your life is more important than ever, especially when it comes to your parents. With Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day coming up in June, you can take the opportunity to express your gratitude with a great gift. If your parents or parental figures love their vehicles, these automotive Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts are great gets. Car washes You can treat your parents to a car wash, or you could take it a step further and do it yourself. Present your mother or father with a coupon for a free car wash that you’ll perform yourself on some sunny day. Be sure to bring some lemonade so that you can kick back and appreciate the great work after.  Toyota merchandise If your mom or dad drives a Toyota, buy them some apparel, gear,...
Don’t be a Fool: Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Spring
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Don’t be a Fool: Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Spring

The joke won’t be on you this April if you pay attention to regular vehicle maintenance. Here’s a checklist of key vehicle maintenance tips for spring. Check the tires Be safe where the rubber meets the road. Make sure your tires have adequate tread and are properly inflated. If they are more than six years old, they should be replaced. Check the alignment and have the tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or per the recommended mileage from your owner’s manual. Get an oil change The owner’s manual for your vehicle will recommend how often to have your oil changed, but it also depends upon how much you drive. Be sure to check the other fluids as well. Turn on the lights Not only are headlights, brake lights, turn signals and taillights necessary for you to see and...
Top Tips to Prepare for Tax Season
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Top Tips to Prepare for Tax Season

Are you dreading the process of filing your taxes? It can be a stressful time to gather all of your important documents and then try to understand what seems to be a completely different language. To help ease your mind a bit, we’ve compiled some of the top tips to help you prepare for tax season. Get organized Purchase a folder or file cabinet that will be specifically for tax information and be sure to label it with the appropriate tax year. Once you’ve got a place to put everything, get all of your tax documents and place them in said storage unit. This should include your: W-2, health insurance forms, bank documents, and receipts for travel or meal expenses. Choose your method If you’ve got a CPA or finance guru in the family, you might be able to convince them to help...
Must-Try Mardi Gras Dishes for 2020
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Must-Try Mardi Gras Dishes for 2020

The biggest holiday season of the year might be at an end, but don’t forget that Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning for your Mardi Gras party. And since no Fat Tuesday celebration is complete without food, try out some of these Mardi Gras dishes for your 2020 get together. Jambalaya Jambalaya is about as classic Creole as it gets, and is sure to be a hit at any Mardi Gras party. Hearty, spicy, and loaded with the best shrimp and andouille sausage you can get your hands on, jambalaya is simple to whip up and a definite crowd pleaser. Beignets What’s not to love about beignets? Fried to perfection and covered in powdered sugar, beignets are the perfect finger food for any Mardi Gras party. Fried Catfish Fried catfish is a...
Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
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Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

A new year is all about making a fresh start, an opportunity to put your best foot forward. We all know that keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough, but with the right approach, you’ll find yourself heading into 2021 with the confidence that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Take it a step at a time If you have a loftier New Year’s resolution like hitting the gym, eating better, picking up a new hobby, or letting go of a bad habit, it’s easy to get discouraged when you don’t see progress in the big picture. Remind yourself that you can’t run until you walk and focus on achieving small, attainable goals that lead up to your big commitment. If you want to lose 20 pounds, you won’t get there until you’ve lost your first. Be kind to yourself Even if you have an i...
Wonderful Holiday Treats to Make with Your Kids
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Wonderful Holiday Treats to Make with Your Kids

The holidays are a time of creating memories with family and celebrating the festive season. What better way to do both than to create some delicious holiday treats? These are some holiday treats to make with your kids this year. Christmas Tree Pizza Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean your treats have to be sweet. Serve a Christmas Tree pizza for Christmas Eve dinner! Simply take some pre-made pizza dough (or make some yourself) and use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. Then, top with sauce, cheese, spinach, and peppers in the shape of ornaments. Cook it for the time and at the heat recommended by the pre-made dough instructions, and then dig into your delicious Christmas trees. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels Do you need a quick, easy sweet treat f...
Must-Try Thanksgiving Side Dishes for 2019
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Must-Try Thanksgiving Side Dishes for 2019

We all know that the typical centerpiece of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey. But for as much spotlight as the big bird on the table gets, your meal would not be complete without a wide range of accompanying sides. These must-try Thanksgiving side dishes offer up unique takes on familiar faves, ensuring that this year’s gathering is among the most memorable. Butternut squash macaroni and cheese If you love the thickness and creaminess of mac and cheese but want to cut down a bit on the calories, try adding roasted butternut squash. Not only does this help the flavors pop even more, but it gives the dish a texture that pairs well with your turkey and dinner rolls. Cornbread dressing While it’s hard to beat straight-up cornbread and dressing on their own, this rec...