Celebrate Your Favorite Team with These Tailgating Tips

With these tailgating tips in mind, your pregame party is sure to be a hit

Football has returned once again, which means it’s time once more for one of America’s favorite pastimes: tailgating. If you’re looking to head out to your favorite team’s game in the future and want to celebrate before it begins, make sure you keep these tailgating tips in mind.

Think ahead. Planning your tailgating beforehand is a sure-fire way to ensure you don’t forget anything. After all, you don’t want to get to your destination only to realize you forgot something essential like burger meat or beer! Create a checklist of all the items you need and go through it before you head off.

Create your own warming oven. Don’t want your pre-cooked food to get cold before you can dive in? Use bricks, some wet tea towels, and your oven at home to create your own to-go warming oven. Just wrap the bricks in aluminum foil, stick them in your home oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes, and line the bottom of your cooler with wet tea towels. Then, place the hot bricks on top and layer another layer of wet tea towels. Finally, put whatever you want to keep hot in the cooler and there you go!

Don’t forget an extra storage tub for dirty dishes. No one wants to worry about dirty dishes when the game’s going on. Rather than washing your dishes as you go or using disposable options, simply bring a large plastic tub with you to put all the dirty dishes in. That way, they stay separate from everything else and you can easily get them into the house and washed.

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3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Games

Keep your family fun and engaged with these great road trip gamesLong road trips can sometimes get a bit boring, which is why it’s important to have some fun, family-friendly road trip games in your pocket. Here are three games that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained when you next hit the open road.

The Animal Name Game

Have one person begin this game by naming an animal. The next person has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. Repeats aren’t allowed! Keep going until you can’t think of any more. Then, either start again or begin a new game.

Telephone

If you’re looking for a classic, there’s nothing quite like Telephone to keep people of all ages entertained. The first person should whisper a sentence in someone else’s ear. That person then has to whisper the same story – word for word – into a third person’s ear. Continue until everyone has heard the story. The last person should then repeat the story as they heard it and note the differences.

The Alphabet Game

This one is quite simple. Split the car into two teams. One team should take the left-hand side of the car, while the other takes the right-hand side of the car. Each player must look for letters of the alphabet that appear on signs or license plates on their side. The first team to get from A to Z in order wins!

There are plenty of games to play in the car on your next road trip, but there’s only one vehicle that’s right for the job: Toyota. Make your summer fun come—visit the Capital Toyota showroom and ride away in the new vehicle of your dreams.

Tailgating 101

Tailgating 101

The start of the official football season is nearly upon us, which means it’s nearly time for some good, old-fashioned tailgating parties. Whether you’re a first-time tailgater or a 20-year veteran, it never hurts for a quick refresh as tailgating season approaches. Here’s some tailgating 101 from us here at Capital Toyota!

Arrive Early

If you think for a moment that you can arrive at the parking lot any later than three hours before the game, you’re wrong. Tailgaters should plan to arrive three to four hours before kickoff. That means supplies packed and ready to go. Keeping a list of essential items can help speed up packing. Additionally, tailgaters should expect the party (and clean up) to continue around one to two hours once the game is over.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead goes along with making a list of essential items. Take the time to have your recipes ready to go prior to leaving to ensure you don’t forget anything. Make sure you’re wear your team colors too!

Clean Up

No one likes the guy who parties then leaves a mess behind. Take the time to clean up your mess. Pack some trash bags for the occasion. Leaving things as clean as you found them is a great way to maintain the spirit of the game.

Chattanooga Celebrates July 4th with Pops on the River 2017

Looking for something to do for Independence Day? Celebrate the birth of the ol’ red, white, and blue at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga on July 3, 2017, with the Pops on the River 2017 event. We at Capital Toyota think it’s the best local celebration and fireworks show to honor the nation’s birthday, featuring an outdoor live performance by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. The best part? It’s all free.

The live entertainment for the event kicks off at 5:00 pm with the Operation Song, a tribute to veterans written by veteran songwriters. Until 7 pm, the stage will be dedicated to veterans sharing their stories and musical work. Then, by 8 pm, the Symphony & Opera will take the stage to perform traditional patriotic music, followed by the concluding fireworks show at 9:45 pm. There will be concessions onsite and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Coolidge Park closes to vehicular traffic at 4 pm, so make sure you get information on nearby parking and the event’s shuttle services so you don’t get stuck. Other than that, we at Capital Toyota urge you to spend a nice evening out enjoying Pops on the River 2017 with your friends and family in Chattanooga.

Easter Traditions

Many Americans celebrate the Easter holiday with egg hunts, edible marshmallow birds, and a giant bunny. While they’re common traditions today, their origins aren’t quite as well known. The traditions themselves are interesting and their stories only add to the appeal. Here are the origin stories of a few popular Easter traditions.

Easter Eggs

Many ancient societies used the egg to represent the coming of spring and as a religious symbol of the resurrection. Painting the eggs red began in the thirteenth century and served as a symbol of the blood of Christ.

Easter Bunny

Someone in a giant rabbit suit can be quite the odd sight, but not on Easter! The Easter bunny dates back to the 1700s with German settlers. They would create nests for rabbits, then wait for an Easter Eve rabbit to lay eggs.

Peeps

More than two billion small, edible, marshmallow birds are produced each year and over 75 percent are made specifically for the Easter holiday. Even more interesting, nearly 33 % aren’t actually eaten.

Their origination starts with a man with the name Sam Born, who opened a marshmallow candy factory in the early 1900s. He then moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The first marshmallow peep was made by squeezing marshmallow through pastry tubes in the 1950s.

Happy Easter from us here at Capital Toyota, however you celebrate it!

Great Money-Saving Tips for 2017

great money-saving tips - chattanooga, tnIt’s a month into 2017. No big deal! You still have plenty of time to set a goal for yourself. If you’d like to keep better track of your spending, consider these great money-saving tips for achieving a savings goal.

Set a savings goal

Think of how much money you’d like to have set aside for a savings account, and then do it! Be realistic about it, though.

Choose your bank wisely

When choosing where to keep your money, make sure you research things like interest, fees, and minimum balances. Every bit of interest counts in the long run.

Track your monthly spending and set a budget

Lots of people jump straight to the “setting a budget” part, but many find it helpful to keep track of your spending via a money diary first. It will help you see what areas of your life you spend the most money on, and help you decide what to prioritize.

Shop smart

Invest in good credit cards with awesome loyalty programs, and make sure to check places you shop for sales, coupons, and other discount programs.

Track your progress

On your way to your savings goal, you should mark milestones throughout your journey and allow yourself a few rewards here and there. Pick a day once a week to look at your records to track your progress.

Use these great money-saving tips to get smarter about spending and have a better, more financially productive year than ever!

4 Delicious Thanksgiving Day Desserts

Thanksgiving Day DessertsIt’s no secret that Thanksgiving is famous for its incredible entrees and side dishes. However, you will want to save a little room after all of that Turkey and Mashed Potatoes, because Thanksgiving is also famous for its delicious desserts. If you are looking for ideas on what to make after a hearty Thanksgiving meal, then consider these 4 delicious Thanksgiving Day desserts.

Apple Pie

Nothing is more American than a good slice of delicious apple pie. So it only makes sense to make and bake this pie during an American tradition like Thanksgiving!

Sweet Potato Pie

For a more unconventional Pie choice, you can also create a Sweet Potato Pie. Top that pie off with some marshmallow crème for an unusual, but delicious dessert addition.

Pumpkin Roll

One of the most iconic desserts during the fall season, the pumpkin roll fits right in with all of the other delicious dishes that you will be dishing out during and after your big Thanksgiving meal.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

For a dessert that a little on the smaller side, you can always create a batch of Apple Cider Doughnuts. These treats taste even better when you dunk them inside a cup of warm apple cider!

Halloween Chattanooga Events for the Whole Family

Halloween Chattanooga events

 

Chattanooga really knows how to get into the spirit of the season, which is why there are so many great Halloween Chattanooga events to be found in the city. Explore these choices and beyond; there’s too many activities for one list!

Halloween Eerie Express

Are you ready to take an old-fashioned train around Chattanooga and enjoy everything from storytelling, a costume contest, and games to goodies like hot cider and even pony rides? Tennessee Valley Railroad presents this fun-filled, spooky adventure on October weekends.

 

ChattaBOOga!

Chattanooga transforms itself into a spooky wonderland all October long, with activities like ghost hunts, cavern crawling, an enchanted MAiZE, pumpkin carving, and more. Experience the city-wide celebration today.

 

WinnepeSPOOKah!

Open until the end of October 29th, this haunted amusement park on the edge of Lake Winnepesauka thrills visitors with both kiddie rides and thrill rides, a Thriller Parade, and the brand-new Feargrounds.

 

AquaScarium

Come in costume to the aquarium on October 28th for a night of trick-or-treating with the fish. You might find a few new friends in the tanks – like costumed divers dressed as mermaids and more. Aquarium mascots, superheroes, and fairies can also be found wandering the halls of the building.

 

These Halloween Chattanooga events are sure to be a great time for you and anybody in your family. Be sure to check them out before the end of October!

Visit the Tennessee Aquarium

Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or live here, the Tennessee Aquarium is an attraction that should not be missed! Visitors rate it the Best Aquarium in America for overall guest satisfaction, and it is easy to see why!

River Journey, the first Tennessee Aquarium building
River Journey, the first Tennessee Aquarium building, Chattanooga, TN. Photo by TheCustomOfLife

The Aquarium offers a remarkable journey through aquatic areas and animals through two buildings. Located on the beautiful downtown riverfront, the River Journey building traces the path for freshwater from the mountains to the sea. In these exhibits, you will see brightly colored trout, mischievous alligators, curious otters, and other freshwater animals.

 

Ocean Journey viewed from Ross's Landing Park
Ocean Journey, the second Tennessee Aquarium building, Chattanooga, TN. Photo by Womump

 

The second building is called Ocean Journey and focuses on saltwater habitats. These exhibits house playful penguins, touchable stringrays, and beautiful displays of coral reefs. Immerse yourself in the marine life of the ocean and discover great diversity.

 

 

You will need at least two hours to visit the Aquarium, but we highly encourage spending more time there. There are also many free animal programs throughout the day which enhance the Aquarium experience.

In addition to the two buildings, there is an IMAX theater which will take you to beautiful new places!  There is an extra fee, but it is definitely worth the experience! For even more of an experience, add a trip on the River Gorge Explorer. An Aquarium naturalist will guide the two-hour excursion, help spot wildlife, and bring local history to life.

There is even a free Tennessee Aquarium app which you can use to plan your visit! We at Capital Toyota hope you find time this summer to visit our amazing Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

Mother’s Day Car Gifts

Mother’s Day comes early this year. It’s right around the corner on Sunday, May 8th. When you think about it, moms probably spend as much, if not more time in their cars than the rest of us. Just imagine how many hours a week she spends playing chauffeur. So, whether you’re shopping for your own mom, your wife, or another mother in your life, here are some Mother’s Day car gifts to make her time in the car more enjoyable.

  • Detailing. Any mom, especially those with young kids, would LOVE the gift of a car detailing. The stashes of old goldfish crackers, sticky lollipops, and more won’t clean themselves and Mom definitely doesn’t have time to clean it. Whether you choose to clean it up personally or pay a professional, Mom will thank you.
  • Music. Many of us like to listen to our favorite tunes while we drive. Give her the chance to do the same. You can give her the gift of a satellite radio subscription, or create a playlist with a range of music that will keep the whole family happy—and a happy family equals a happy mom.
  • Mother’s Day Car GiftsComfort. Give the mom in your life the gift of a more comfortable drive. Things like seat warming cushions, lumbar support cushions, or a neck cushion and lap blanket for when she isn’t driving.
  • Love. Telling your mom or wife that you love her will always warm her heart, but surprise words of appreciation and affection have an extra nice touch. Hide sticky notes with words of love throughout her car for her to find and it might just have the magical touch of turning a bad day into a great one.

Are you planning any Mother’s Day car gifts this year?