How to Beat the Winter Blues

Every year, millions of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is usually caused by the lack of sunlight during the winter. Other people just generally feel down after all the excitement of the holidays has ended. If you are feeling this way, here are three ways you can try to beat the winter blues.

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Add some light to your life. After taking down all of your Christmas lights, it is understandable to feel a little down. However, you can still make your days brighter by using other artificial lights like a light box or simply sitting closer to the windows during the day.

  • Go outside. It might be cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. In fact, the more outdoor activity you get, the better you should feel. The combination of sunlight and exercise will give you a double dose of energy.
  • Make some plans. According to research, just the act of planning a vacation or other event, can significantly improve our happiness. Even if you don’t have a big vacation to plan, try looking forward to the weekend with a few activities in mind.

Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy winter this year.

Simple Christmas Hacks to Make Holiday Preparation a Breeze

Whether you’re short on time this year or just don’t feel like letting the holidays stress you out, use these awesome Christmas hacks from Gossett VW Germantown and get ready for the most stress-free Christmas season ever.

 

Decorate with what you’ve got

There’s no need to break the bank to go all-out for Christmas. This year, use what you’ve already got to make stunning decorations for your home. You can easily turn leftover fall gourds into snowmen with a little bit of paint, and trimmings from your Christmas tree make perfect all-natural centerpieces.

 

Reuse old condiment bottle

Trying to take your dessert decorating skills to the next level? Do yourself a favor and load up an old condiment bottle with your icing, then get as creative as you want with the cake and cookie decorating. We bet your guests will ask where you bought the dessert and will be stunned when you admit it was all done in-house!

 

Cookie cutter ornaments

Speaking of desserts, when the cookies are all done and cooling on the rack, wash off the cookie cutters and easily turn them into last-minute ornaments to fill out your Christmas tree if it’s looking sparse.

 

Leave the stress behind this year with these super simple Christmas hacks that’ll save you plenty of time and money.

Christmas hacks

Places to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Memphis

Sometimes it’s easier to have Thanksgiving dinner out instead of putting up with all the stress and confusion of hosting the event yourself. Thankfully, there’s tons of great places to grab a festive bite with your loved ones on Thanksgiving.

 

Peabody Hotel Restaurants

There are two different restaurants in the famous Peabody: Capriccio Grill, which is more casual and kid-friendly; and Chez Philippe, which provides a more elegant experience. Both restaurants will have special deals on Thanksgiving dinnersHaving Thanksgiving dinner.

 

The Cupboard Restaurant

An iconic local favorite, this family-friendly stop offers Thanksgiving staples like turkey and ham. However, this popular choice doesn’t accept reservations, so leave some time for a wait.

 

Paulette’s

Head out for a decadent date night at this French-inspired restaurant, which offers a different menu every Thanksgiving.

 

Kroger Deli

If you just want a meal to go without worrying about busy restaurants and long wait times, the Kroger deli is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal in the form of either a turkey or ham feast.

 

If you don’t want to have Thanksgiving dinner the traditional way, whether you’re short on time, tired of cooking, or just want something different, these options are a great way to enjoy a meal with the whole family.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips on the Road

Choosing to forgo costly airline tickets by hitting the road with your family instead? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that more families are choosing to road trip for the holidays in 2017 than ever before. In order to avoid all that traffic and stay sane and safe, here’s some Thanksgiving travel tips.

 

Avoid Driving on Wednesday

Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest days for travel, with Wednesday between 3 and 7 PM being peak traffic time. Avoid the rush by leaving before or after; if you can get there early or late, it’s your best bet for beating traffic.

 

Bring Activities for the Kids

This goes for any road trip. If you want to avoid the monotonous calls asking if you’re there yet, bring along plenty of entertainment for the ride, from gaming devices to books to music. This is sure to keep everyone happy and prevent backseat squabbling.

 

Stay Full

Never underestimate the power of keeping everyone happily full. Instead of packing grab-’n’-go snacks, feed the family filling sandwiches to assuage their attitudes. The same goes for your ride: keep it full on gas to avoid unwanted stops along the way.

 

Use Apps for the Trip

Apps like GasBuddy and Waze crowd-source information about the trip so you can get cheaper gas and always find the shortest route. What’s more, Waze will help you avoid traffic should a sudden buildup occur.

 

Avoid Highways

Many GPS devices allow you to avoid highways, which can help you fly past Thanksgiving congestion. It may take a bit longer, but the scenic route may be the most tranquil and successful bet.

 

With these Thanksgiving travel tips, your trip to see your relatives will be more stress-free than ever, and you can keep your family content in the car, too.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Tips for a Healthy Summer

People enjoying a healthy summer

Summer is a season full of fun—you can go swimming, get a tan, and explore the great outdoors—but you’ll want to make sure that you safely do all these things. Here are some tips from us at Gossett VW Germantown on how to have a healthy summer.

Sunscreen, Always

Always remember to take care of your skin! Sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays and prevents sunburn and more serious problems like skin cancer.

Hydrate

Because of the summer heat, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Make a goal to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. If you find water boring, you can drink flavored water to spice it up a bit.

Exfoliate

Again, take care of that skin! Using an exfoliating lotion can remove dead skin and give you a lovely, healthy glow. DIY tip: Use a mix of oatmeal, milk, and yogurt to exfoliate.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Create an exercise routine and stick to it. If it’s too hot outside to jog, you can try yoga in your house or use a workout DVD.

Eat Healthy                  

Change your poolside snacks to healthy treats, like vegetable sticks, hummus, and yogurt. Sandwiches and salads are healthy and portable lunch options.

Enjoy summer to the fullest by following these tips for a happy and healthy season!

Local Spring Events in Memphis

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There’s no shortage of fun local spring events in Memphis, Tennessee. Here’s just a few things the city has to offer as the weather warms up.

Lantern Light Festival
Catch this one before it goes away on May 7th! At Agricenter International, you’ll get the opportunity to experience Chinese culture up close and personal. All ages are welcome, with plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Chainsmokers Concert
This is one for the young adults or the young-at-heart. Enjoy electronic dance vibes from this award-winning musical duo at the FedEx Forums.

Peabody Rooftop Parties
These parties are occurring every Thursday night from April 13th until August 17th, featuring a live DJ, several bars, and a stunning view of the river for crowds 21 and over.

Nature Connects
LEGO is bringing its famous colorful bricks and nature together through the Nature Connects exhibit at the Zoo. This traveling exhibit will be around until July 9th.

Scavenger Hunt Adventure
This is a year-round event that you can access from your smart phone, turning the city of Memphis into a giant game that last about three hours!

All these great local spring events are just one of many reasons why we at Gossett VW Germantown love serving the community around Memphis. Use one of these suggestions, or find something to do on your own—the important thing is to have fun!

Volkswagen LEGO Journey Display at Chicago Auto Show

2017 Volkswagen Atlas at the Chicago Auto Show

For a display shown at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen reimagined the history of Volkswagen and the evolution of the brand’s design using 20,000 LEGO bricks. The display was 2 feet by 3.5 feet and includes a classic Volkswagen Microbus as well as the brand-new Volkswagen Atlas, coming to the lineup for the 2018 model year.

The Volkswagen LEGO Journey display was set up against a backdrop that gradually transitions from a cityscape to more rural scenery, showing that there’s nowhere you can’t take your Volkswagen. The LEGO Microbus is a perfect representation of the original bus, using blue and white LEGO bricks to replicate the two-tone exterior. It also keeps the Microbus’ rounded headlamps, silver hubcaps and side mirrors, a VW badge, and the distinctive V-shaped front fascia design.

The LEGO brick Atlas is made up of all white LEGOs and shows the utility of the vehicle, highlighting its seating for seven passengers and other utility features, plus the characteristic grille, black rims, Volkswgen badges, and even a trailer hitch.

Keep any eye out for more news about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the new full-size SUV that will hit dealerships later this year. At Gossett VW Germantown, we’d love to talk to you about the new Atlas!

Have a Safer New Year with These Car Safety Resolutions

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Drive safely in your Volkswagen by following these tips!

The New Year is here, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on making a resolution. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to have a better 2017, here are five car safe resolutions to help make you a better driver.

  1. Cut out the distractions. With our world being so connected, it can be hard to turn it off, but turning your car into a distraction-free zone will let you focus completely on driving. In addition to putting away your phone, don’t eat behind the wheel, or do other things that take your attention from the road.
  2. Seatbelts for everyone. Tell everyone who rides in your car, that you have a strict seatbelt policy. Don’t start driving until everyone is buckled up.
  3. No drinking and driving. If your plans include alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, or call for a taxi. Don’t take the risk of driving while intoxicated.
  4. Slow down. By driving the speed limit, not only will you be a safer driver, but you’ll save some fuel, too. Aggressive driving, which includes speeding is usually the biggest detriment to your efficiency.
  5. Keep up on maintenance. Get your oil changed and other routine maintenance done on time to preserve your car’s performance and help prevent major breakdowns.

We here at Gossett VW want to wish everyone a happy and safe 2017!

Thanksgiving Events in Memphis You Shouldn’t Miss

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett VW!

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. This is a great time of year to enjoy some delicious food and help those in need around us. Here are a few Thanksgiving events in Memphis where you can lend a helping hand or eat your favorite holiday treats.

  • Thanksgiving Fundraiser Dinner. All friends of the Lowenstein House are invited to this annual event. This is the 38th year for this special dinner that raises money to help those in the community with mental illness. The dinner will be held November 22nd and tickets cost $25 each.
  • ‘Friends’ Thanksgiving Trivia Night. If you love the show Friends and want to show off your trivia skills, head to the Red Room on Tuesday November 22nd or Wednesday the 23rd. Reserve a spot for your team now.

If you’re willing to travel, there are numerous musical events in the surrounding areas right around Thanksgiving.

  • Thanksgiving Experience 2016 Live Gospel Concert. Head to Little Rock on November 12th for this live gospel concert. See performances by Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Lisa Knowles, Joshua Rogers, and more.
  • Thanksgiving Weekend Ol’ School Cabaret. Head to Florence, Alabama on November 25th or 26th for this excellent event featuring The Midnighters.

Which events are you planning to attend this year?

Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy HalloweenThere are many ways to get into the Halloween spirit but there’s none better than paying a visit to a haunted house or trail. Tennessee happens to be home to many excellent attractions designed to inspire fright and thrills leading up to Halloween. Here at Gossett VW, we know of some wonderful Memphis haunted houses and trails that you should visit this fall!

  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – The Wicked Ways Haunted House is widely considered to be the largest indoor haunt in the area. The attraction is filled with zombies, clowns, ghosts, and many scarier obstacles to overcome. The haunt is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from September 30th to Halloween night.
  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – Located in Millington, the Shadowlands Festival of Fear is open on Friday and Saturdays leading up to Halloween. Doors open at 7pm. Jones Orchard operates a kid-friendly corn maze, hayride, and pumpkin patch until 10 pm so families have something to enjoy together.
  • Haunted Web of Horrors – The Haunted Web of Horrors is located in Cordova and is arguably the best haunted house in the Memphis area. There are multiple haunts to explore. Tormented takes visitors on a walk through an insane asylum, while Dark Matter boasts a labyrinth designed to frighten even the toughest of customers.