Friday, January 19, 2018

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– Dark and cold winter nights make it very easy to just curl up on the couch and turn on the T.V. after work. While we recommend staying active and healthy, sometimes it is just fun to watch your favorite shows and relax. If you're looking for a new show to sink your teeth into though, you're in luck, as we have a list of 12 Netflix shows to binge-watch this winter. By the time you finishing watching all these shows, it will be springtime!

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

The Office

One of the most beloved comedies to enjoy thanks to its incredible cast of hilarious characters! Watch as the employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are (mis)led by their boss, Michael Scott's zany behavior.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Parks and Recreation

If you love The Office, then Parks and Rec is the perfect next show to binge. Enjoy the wackiness and good-natured humor of a comedy series about small government following the adventures of deputy director of Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope as she tries to make Pawnee, Indiana a better place to live.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Stranger Things

This horror thriller is dripping with 80's nostalgia, with all the drama and suspense to keep you hooked! Imagine if all your favorite 80's movies were combined into one spooky Netflix show with a telekinetic runaway battling an inter-dimensional monster at the center of it.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Scandal

Follow the exploits of Washington D.C. consultant, Olivia Pope, as she fixes public relations nightmares and scandals for the federal government's political elite. This drama is supremely addictive and you'll burn through every season of this show in no time.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Arrow

A superhero drama, which depicts a billionaire playboy who moonlights as a bow and arrow-wielding vigilante who combats a gallery of villains and fights crime and corruption.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Gilmore Girls

A beloved show about a quaint little town and the relationship between a witty single mother and her quirky teenage daughter as they deal with life and love while drinking plenty of coffee!

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Sherlock

A modern take on the classic detective tales from famed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, accompanied by his partner Dr. John Watson, uses his genius to solve the inexplicable crimes and cases plaguing London.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

The Walking Dead

Imagine waking up from a coma and the zombie apocalypse has overtaken the world. Follow a group of survivors who struggle to stay alive when faced with starvation, rival gangs, and flesh-eating zombies.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

A fun, irreverent, and fast-paced comedy based around Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who was locked in a bunker for the last 15 years, as she experiences the real world for the first time, in 21st century New York City.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Friends

Netflix has 10 seasons worth of perhaps the most popular sitcom of all time, Friends! If you've already seen every episode of Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe's adventures in New York City, you'll be amazed at how fun it is to rewatch them!

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

Mad Men

One of the most revered modern dramas, Mad Men peers in on the fast-paced world of major corporate advertising in 1960's New York City.  Don Draper, a brilliant creative director with a steely disposition and a secretive past, leads the staff of Sterling Cooper into the future.

12 Netflix Shows to Binge-Watch this Winter

So grab some popcorn, hot chocolate, and a blanket and prepare to hunker down and enjoy these 12 Netflix shows to binge-watch this winter! We also recommend looking after your vehicle's wellbeing this time of year, as the freezing temps and harsh weather can have significant negative effects on it as well! Complete our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to ensure your sedan, truck, or SUV's internal components aren't worn down, broken, or disabled by the cold or poor road conditions this year.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Car Care and Routine Maintenance Tips From Graff Mt Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, Mich., –– Winter in Michigan is about as harsh on your car as anywhere in the country! Freezing cold temperatures, icy roads, and corrosive road salt are among the many elements of winter's assault on your vehicle's performance and your safety on the road. The problem with the inclement weather in Michigan isn't just that it's tough to handle but also that it's unpredictable and can come at any time. So there is no "safe" time during the winter months to put off maintenance on your vehicle. Most of its components will be adversely affected by the cold temperatures and snowfall. We at Graff Chevrolet and Graff Buick GMC Cadillac of Mt. Pleasant want to keep you safe out on the road during this season, and that starts with providing superior service and information on the vehicle components that are the most critical to your vehicle's ability to handle the cold weather and the slippery and unforgiving driving conditions. By reading our Winter Car Care and routine maintenance tips from Graff Mt. Pleasant, you can learn how to keep yourself safe and your vehicle in proper working condition throughout the snowy months.


Winter Car Care vehicle components:

  • Tires - Perhaps the most critical piece to keeping your vehicle in control on snowy, slushy, slippery roads. Read our tire pages to learn how not only wear, but tire inflation and pressure can seriously affect your driving capability and handling and why upgrading to a set of winter tires may just be the best course of action.
  • Batteries - Cold temperatures slow the chemical reaction in your battery which creates the energy needed to start your vehicle, and could leave you unable to turn your car on. Additionally, if your battery is old it will have an even tougher time getting going on a chilly morning. Our experienced technicians run a simple diagnostic test to see if it's time to get a new battery to help brave the freezing temps.
  • Brakes - You never want to be the car that slides into the ditch on the side of the road, or into an intersection. Get your brakes checked and replaced at our Graff Mt. Pleasant Service Center to ensure that you have the proper stopping capability. 
  • Oil Changes - In general, your oil needs to be changed regularly. But like your battery, your vehicle's oil is greatly impacted by cold temperatures, making it less effective at keeping your engine components from overheating and warping. 
  • Wiper Blades - Your ability to see the road in front of you is crucial this time of year, especially if snow or other precipitation is falling. Your safety is too important to try and make it through the winter with a set of wiper blades that are broken or not functioning properly.

So make your safety on the roads this winter your highest priority by completing your Winter Car Care routine at Graff Mt. Pleasant. Learn which components are most important, need upkeep, and how to tell from home that they are in need of replacement. Or, schedule your appointment today to meet with ASE Certified technicians at Graff Chevrolet or Graff Buick GMC Cadillac!

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Friday, January 12, 2018

15 Incredibly Delicious Recipes to Celebrate National Pie Day

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––  January 23rd is National Pie Day, and it's a perfect opportunity to have a mini celebration with a scrumptious slice of pie. You're probably thinking, "Wait, I thought March 14th was pie day?" When in fact that is actually Pi day, in honor of the numerical symbol π (March 14 = 3/14, π = 3.14...). Either way, it works out better for all of us because we have two days that we can celebrate pie! January 23rd is also a chance to reward yourself for sticking to your New Year's Resolution to get in shape/eat healthy through the first month of the year! Pat yourself on the back with a slice of pie before you continue your resolution into February and on to the rest of the year! Try any of these 15 delicious recipes to celebrate National Pie Day including some of the classics, a few truly indulgent choices, and some recipes worth checking out if you're looking to try something new!

15 Incredibly Delicious Recipes to Celebrate National Pie Day

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15 Incredibly Delicious Recipes to Celebrate National Pie Day

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15 Incredibly Delicious Recipes to Celebrate National Pie Day

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15 Incredibly Delicious Recipes to Celebrate National Pie Day

Treat yourself to a slice of any of these 15 incredibly delicious recipes to celebrate National Pie Day! During the dark and dreary winter, any excuse to celebrate should be taken advantage of! If you're looking for additional ways to treat yourself this winter, we recommend browsing our online 2018 model inventory and other Special Edition vehicles to find a new ride for the new year. Also, make sure to take care of yourself the road by completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to ensure your vehicle is running in top shape and ready to handle the elements.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Chevy Unveils the All-New 2019 Silverado 1500

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Chevrolet has spent the last year reflecting on and celebrating the 100 year legacy of their trucks, and at their Chevy Truck Centennial Celebration recently they took a moment to show the world glimpse of the future. Chevy unveiled the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500, the next generation of America's most dependable, longest-lasting pickup to the delight and awe of their Truck Legends program members in attendance. To design this new Silverado, the Detroit motor brand got feedback and input from over 7,000 Chevy truck owners on what they wanted out of their next pickup.

Chevy Unveils the All-New 2019 Silverado 1500

Building on its heritage of power and capability, the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 also incorporates modern design to revolutionize the future of trucks. The new Silverado is designed with advanced manufacturing including a higher-grade alloy used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor that is lightweight and extremely durable. There is also word that there will be a total of eight 2019 Silverado models, each with specialized strengths, design, and capabilities to best suit the unique needs of their owner. On such model is the Silverado LT Trailboss, which integrates off-road equipment and a suspension lift for a truly rugged experience.


The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will make its public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January. If you're interested in a new 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500, you can browse our online inventory to find the truck that is right for you, with different choices in features, exterior color, and trim level. Schedule a test drive with our friendly sales staff at Graff Chevrolet Mt. Pleasant, today!

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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25 New Year's Resolution Ideas

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,––2018 is finally here and with the new year comes the prospect of self-improvement. If you're looking for ways to make this year better than last, we've got 25 New Year's Resolution Ideas for to you to consider taking on. Don't worry either, just because maybe you didn't start the resolution just as the ball dropped doesn't mean you have to wait until next year. It's never too late to start a New Year's resolution! However, they can be tough to keep, so it is recommended that you make specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals for yourself to ensure success. So start your New Year's resolution today and make 2018 the year of the new and improved you!

25 New Year's Resolution Ideas

New Year's Resolution Ideas

  1. Start Exercising More
  2. Eat Healthier
  3. Get More Sleep
  4. Read More Books
  5. Watch Less TV
  6. Become a Tidier Person
  7. Start Saving Up
  8. Learn a New Language
  9. Conquer a Fear
  10. Reduce your Social Media Use
  11. Pick Up a New Hobby
  12. Get Organized
  13. Adopt a Pet
  14. Learn to Cook
  15. Set Aside One Hour a Day to Achieve Your Dreams
  16. Be More Polite
  17. Travel (Even if it's not far away)
  18. Volunteer
  19. Meet New Friends
  20. Be More Optimistic
  21. Learn a New Skill
  22. Be More Confident
  23. Keep a Journal Throughout 2018
  24. Don't Be Late for Anything
  25. Spend More Time with your Loved Ones
We hope you make the most your 2018 with any or all of these 25 New Year's Resolution ideas. Keeping a resolution for a whole year can be difficult but think of how much happier and better you'll feel in the end. Plus, when the going gets tough, remember that you have your friends at Graff Mt. Pleasant cheering you on and supporting you throughout the year! We also want you to stay safe out on the road during the early winter months of 2018, so we strongly recommend completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to help protect your vehicle's internal components from being damaged or disabled by the cold weather and poor road conditions.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Michigan Winter Bucket List

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Winter in Michigan can be a particularly dreary, dark, and cold time of year, making you all the more likely to just curl up under a blanket at home and wait for spring to arrive. But you'd be missing out! There is so much to do during the winter in Michigan including the many events and festivals that are held this time of year to various outdoor activities you can enjoy such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice fishing, and more! So while we can't blame you for wanting to just sit winter out this year, we encourage you to use our Michigan Winter Bucket List to make the season a lot more fun and perhaps go more quickly!

Michigan Winter Bucket List

North American International Auto Show

January 13th-28th - Detroit, MI
The North American International Auto Show, or the 'Detroit Auto Show' as most Michiganders call it, is the ultimate gear-head experience. Walk around the enormous showrooms at the COBO Center in downtown Detroit to see what your favorite foreign or domestic car brands are unveiling.

Meridian Winter Blast

January 26th-28th - Detroit, MI
This event really is a blast! Located in and around the beautiful Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, this event has a unique combination of hip and fun winter events that including ice skating, zip-lining, the Meridian Winter Slide, marshmallow roasting as well as live music and a food truck rally.

Wild Winter at the Detroit Zoo

January 20th, February 3rd - Royal Oak, MI
Experience the magic of the Zoo during the winter! Visit your favorite indoor and outdoor habitats and special activities, zookeeper talks, crafts and much more. Especially their awesome Polar Bear exhibit!


Great Wolf Lodge

Traverse City, MI
If you want to escape the frigid weather of Michigan winters, we recommend heading to Traverse City to experience the most incredible indoor waterpark you've ever seen. With tons of slides, pools, lazy rivers, and hot tubs the Great Wolf Lodge is a perfect. 

See a Play

Mt. Pleasant, MI or Midland, MI
Don't just sit at home on your couch this whole winter, get out and see a show! You can take in a student production at the Central Michigan University Theatre or check out the professionals at the Midland Center for the Arts nearby. The MCFTA has fun and exciting plays on their schedule this winter such as Chicago and Disenchanted as well as comedy shows much more for your viewing pleasure.

See a Game/Event at Little Caesar's Arena

Detroit, MI
It's the inaugural season for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons at the new, state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. This building is truly remarkable and the new design, concourse, and amenities are worth the price of admission to experience a live event here, sporting or otherwise. We recommend purchasing tickets to the MSU vs. U of M hockey game on February 10th. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and it will give you a chance to show off your school spirit.


Traverse City Chili Cook-Off

January 13th - Traverse City, MI
Enjoy local restaurants competing in chili categories such as 1 Alarm, 2 Alarm, 3 Alarm, White, Vegetarian, Ethnic, and Seafood. Attendees vote for their favorite in each category and their overall favorite for the People's Choice Award.


Zehnder's Snowfest

January 24th-29th - Frankenmuth, MI
Enjoy larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings with additional entertainment for the entire family in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children's activities.


Visit Boyne Mountain

Boyne City, MI
It's not just a skier's paradise but a perfect spot for a winter weekend getaway with the whole family. If skiing and snowboarding isn't your thing, you can still enjoy the multiple other amenities and activities that Boyne Mountain has to offer including the Avalanche Bay Indoor Water Park, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, horseback trail riding, the tubing park, and a zip line course down the backside of the mountain.

So make the most of the upcoming months by trying to check off as many items as you can on our Michigan Winter Bucket List! There's fun to be had for the whole family, and being active and getting out of your house this winter will make you much happier and healthier to boot! Before you head out on any adventures this season though, make sure your vehicle is up to the task. Complete our Winter Car Care maintenance routine to help protect your vehicle's internal components from being damaged or disabled by the cold weather and poor road conditions.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe

MT. PLEASANT, Mich.,–– Michigan winters can be quite perilous and create dangerous roads for drivers of all experience levels. While there's no real way to avoid driving until springtime, you can follow a few rules and suggestions to keep yourself out of harm's way on the road. So read our winter driving tips to keep you safe this year!

Winter Driving Tips to Keep you Safe

Clean Off Your Vehicle

Before you even start driving, it is extremely important to clean all the snow and ice off of your vehicle's windshield, windows, headlights, and brake lights. Clear visibility while driving is crucial to your safety while driving out on winter roads and to the safety of other drivers. We can't tell you how often we see somebody trying to drive to work in the morning while looking through a tiny little hole they cleared in the ice on their windshield. Simply put, that is not safe, and you should never do it. Take the time to clear off your windshield and other windows.


Drive Slowly

May seem like a no-brainer, but driving slow is the number one way to stay safe on the roads this winter. It allows you to have more time to brake, react to other vehicles, and will lessen the impact of any uncontrolled steering.


Give More Space Between Vehicles 

This tip is under the same category as driving slower, but it is uniquely important all the same. Allowing for double or even triple the amount of distance you would normally give between you and the vehicle in front of you is important on snowy roads. In fact, the recommended that the normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds in snowy conditions. The added space allows you more time to react to their movements and stop if need be.


Don't Brake Abruptly

Putting your foot down hard on the brake pedal is not a wise choice this winter. Instead, if you need to stop, slowly apply the brake. This way your wheels will slow their rotation in a controlled manner before coming to a complete stop. A hard stop will make your tires lose their grip on the road and slip.


No Sharp Turns

Make slow, wide, and deliberate turns on poor road conditions to maintain control of your vehicle. Sharp or fast turns through intersections or elsewhere can cause your vehicle to fishtail, swinging the back of the car out of control.


Do Not Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is normally a helpful tool, but it can be extremely dangerous to use during winter. Let's say you're driving on the highway or just a normal road with cruise control activated. If your vehicle slides on some ice, slush, or snow and your wheels may be facing a different direction. The cruise control will then keep you acceleration on your new, accidental path potentially hurdling you into off the road, into a ditch, or maybe even into oncoming traffic.


Winter Car Care

The best way to ensure your vehicle is up to the task of winter driving is by completing our Winter Car Care maintenance routine. During freezing temps your vehicle's internal components can become compromised, crack, break, or become disabled. It's also important to get your vehicle's battery, tire pressure and tread, heating, and other components before the winter fully sets in.

Watch the Weather

Keep an eye on the weather channel or other meteorology services for what is headed your way. If possible, it is always advisable to avoid driving during snowstorms or in other poor road conditions.

Practice in a Parking Lot

The best way to become comfortable and skilled at winter driver is to practice. Find an empty parking lot with some snow and ice that you can practice turns, braking, and more so that you're prepared for anything out on the road.

Stay safe this winter by following our driving tips to let your vehicle handle best on the snow and ice while avoiding any accidents. If you're worried about you and your passenger's well being out on the road, in general, we recommend reading up on Chevrolet's new advanced safety features available on most new 2018 Chevy models. Features like the Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist Technology, Forward Safety Awareness, and more can help make driving a much safer and more relaxing endeavor.

At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.

Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com

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