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Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards for Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day cardsStorebought Valentine’s Day cards can be cute, but feel impersonal. Go the extra mile this Valentine’s Day by making a card for your crush all by yourself!

Host a Card-Making Party

This isn’t so much an idea for a card so much as a call for you to unleash your own creativity. Host a card-making party and have your guests bring their own decorations and supplies to add to the mix.

Your Biggest Fan

Make a cute V-Day card into a fun pun with this fan-shaped card that tells the object of your affections that they have a #1 fan.

Playdough Hearts

Do you like making things with your hands, or do you have kids that like to play with playdough? Use playdough to make these DIY Valentine’s cards with some extra flair.

Turtle Valentines

Does your loved one “bring you out of your shell”? The best way to tell them is with this silly turtle-shaped Valentine’s Day card!

Embellish Printed Valentines

There are lots of Valentine’s Day cards that you can print off the Internet, but you can add a personal touch to them by decorating with gems and ribbons.

 

So what are you waiting for? Surprise your significant other with these ideas for fun, unique Valentine’s Day cards.

Top 5 DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day gifts

Valentine’s Day gifts tend to fall in one of the following categories – chocolates, flowers, or jewelry. However, if you want to give the object of your affection a more personal touch, these DIY ideas might be a better option.

Make Your Own Bath Bombs

 

Did you know that you can make your own homemade bath bombs? Treat your significant other with these heart-shaped jasmine-and-sandalwood wonders.

Custom Glass

Practical gifts are the best, and you and your love can remember Valentine’s Day every time you drink together with this customized name glass.

Heart-Shaped Paper Clips

Here’s an easy one: if you have a way with words, write a long love note, then clip the pages together with these bent heart-shaped clips .

Personalized Candle

Ever carved your initials into a tree trunk? What about a candle? Try out this homemade candle tutorial that’s sure to impress your sweetheart.

Date Night Jar

If you and your significant other prefer experiences over presents, coming up with free or cheap date ideas and picking at random out of a jar can be a great option!

 

Try one of these DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to impress the target of all your admirations with all the hard work you put into their present.

How to Change Your Oil

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It might be intimidating, but learning how to change your oil is a useful skill!

 

The pesky oil change makes its way to the top of any car owner’s to-do list at least once a year, but often two or three times a year. While some car owners prefer to take their vehicle in to a dealership or shop, others would prefer to change their vehicle’s oil themselves. Luckily, oil changes are easy for any do-it-yourself car owner to do, whether you hope to save money or just enjoy working on your car yourself.

Here is how it’s done:

Gather your supplies. Start by referencing your user’s manual to make sure you purchase the right type of oil and oil filter (pay particularly close attention to the oil viscosity). If you don’t have your manual, Mobil Oil offers a useful tool to help you find the correct oil and filter for your car. Your manual should also tell you how much oil is needed – be sure to get enough. You’ll also need a car jack, car jack stands, socket wrench, rubber gloves, old towel or blanket, an oil drain pan, a funnel, and paper towels.

Prepare the car. You’ll find that the oil will flow out easier when it’s warm, so allow the car to run for a few minutes before starting. Once you turn the car off, go ahead and raise your car up with the jack, and be sure to use the jack stands for safety.

Drain the oil. Find the oil drain plug on the underside of the car, and place the drain pan right below it to catch the old oil. Make sure to put on a pair of rubber gloves, and then use a socket wrench to remove the drain plug. Allow all of the old oil to drain out before wiping the underside of the car with a paper towel and replacing the drain cap.

Replace the oil filter. Next, remove the oil filter, and install the new one. Follow the directions in your car’s user manual, since there are a number of different types of filters and procedures.

Refill the oil. Remove the oil cap from the top side of your car, and place the funnel inside. Pour the new oil inside the oil compartment until you’ve reached the amount specified by your owner’s manual, and replace the cap. Let your car run for several minutes, and then check your dip stick to make sure the oil is at the level it should be.

Be sure to properly dispose of the old oil, and voila! You’ve changed your car’s oil.

If oil changes just aren’t your thing, make an appointment at Lancaster Nissan, and we’ll help you out!