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Featured Partner of the Week: Fast Lane Quick Lube

If you’re like me you aren’t always on top of things when it comes to car maintenance. One of the things I do make sure to keep up with is my oil changes! Whether it’s every couple months or every 3,000 miles, it’s an important part of car maintenance that doesn’t take too long. Where do you get your oil... Read More

If you’re like me you aren’t always on top of things when it comes to car maintenance. One of the things I
do make sure to keep up with is my oil changes! Whether it’s every couple months or every 3,000 miles, it’s an important part of car maintenance that doesn’t take too long. Where do you get your oil changed? If you’re in the Canton, CT area, check out Fast Lane Quick Lube! Conveniently located on the Albany Turnpike, Fast Lane Quick Lube is a great spot for not just your oil change, but also for your auto repair needs.

When it comes to auto repair, it’s important to have a hometown place you can trust, and that place is Fast Lane!
As a family run business, operated by the owner, they offer you a convenient drive-thru oil change service and it gets better because you don’t need an appointment. With their value oil service you will get Mobil Oil, factory quality oil filter, an interior vacuum, filling of washer fluids, lube grease fillings, and an inspection of fluids, belts and hoses. How much? Just $26.95 for all of this and if you want to add a tire rotation, it’s just $8 more!

For more information about their services or hours, visit their website or give them a call at 860-352-5549! Check out our blogs for more featured partners!

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Featured Recipe of the Week: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Twenty minutes and some time in the freezer is all it takes to serve up a delicious frozen dessert! This recipe for Ice Cream Sandwich Cake proves accessorizing isn't just beneficial for your wardrobe. Who knew store bought ice cream sandwiches would look and taste so good! Your guests will never guess how easy this dessert is (we promise)! Ingredients 19 ice cream sandwiches... Read More

Twenty minutes and some time in the freezer is all it takes to serve up a delicious frozen dessert! This recipe for Ice Cream Sandwich Cake proves accessorizing isn’t just beneficial for your wardrobe. Who knew store bought ice cream sandwiches would look and taste so good! Your guests will never guess how easy this dessert is (we promise)!

Ingredients

  • 19 ice cream sandwiches
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1-1/2 cups salted peanuts
  • 3 Heath candy bars (1.4 ounces each)
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

Cut one ice cream sandwich in half. Place one whole and one half sandwich along a short side of an un-greased 13-in x 9-in dish. Arrange eight sandwiches in opposite direction in the dish. Remove lid from fudge topping. Microwave 15-30 seconds to warm; stir. Spread one-half of fudge topping over ice cream sandwiches.

In a food processor, combine peanuts and candy bars. Cover and pulse until chopped. Sprinkle one-half of mixture over fudge layer. Repeat layer of ice cream sandwiches and fudge topping. Spread whipped topping over top of cake. Sprinkle with remaining peanut mixture.

Cover and freeze. Remove from the freezer 20 minutes before serving. Cut into squares. Yield: 15 servings.

For more recipes, visit our blogs!

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The Right MA Home Insurance & Great Zoos in the Area!

I would like to think it’s been a pretty good summer for the kids with all of this beautiful weather. They may be getting tired of playing around the yard, so I have the perfect day of fun planned outdoors! With five zoos in Massachusetts, there’s sure to be one in driving distance that you can take the kids to. The great... Read More

I would like to think it’s been a pretty good summer for the kids with all of this beautiful weather. They may be getting tired of playing around the yard, so I have the perfect day of fun planned outdoors! With five zoos in Massachusetts, there’s sure to be one in driving distance that you can take the kids to. The great thing about zoos is that not only are they a fun day trip, but they can also be educational. While the kids are spending some quality time with some of natures’ most exciting creatures, they can also learn about conservation, and protection. Zoos are a great place to learn about one of the many reasons it’s important to keep our earth clean, to protect the very animals they are getting to spend time with. Still not sold? Check out some of the Zoos in Massachusetts to see if there are any close to you:

  • Southwick’s Zoo is located in Mendon, MA and among the highlights are the “skyfari” and rides on an elephant, camel, or pony. The skyfari is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the park before deciding what route you want to take around. You get to see the Deer Forest, Chimp Exhibit, and more, all from above! With over 100 species of animals, your kids’ favorites are sure to be there, and they may just be able to ride them.
  • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro is open year round (with the exception of some major holidays) and the coolest thing about Capron is what happens when most zoos close. Ask the kids if instead of sleeping over a friend’s house, they’d like to sleep at the zoo. I bet I can guess what they would say! The Capron Park Zoo offers a snooze program that gives you the option of sleeping indoors or outdoors. The snoozes include snacks, behind-the-scenes tours, evening walks, and breakfast.
  • Zoo New England oversees the Stone Zoo in Stoneham & Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Both of which offer Snorin’ Roarin’ Sleepovers, and summer zoo camps. The Franklin Park Zoo has a carousel open seasonally and a butterfly house in the summer. The Stone Zoo has animals such as a snow leopard, cougars, and a bald eagle, as well as shows that run throughout the day.
  • Lupa Zoo in Ludlow is home to giraffes, buffaloes, and the kids’ favorites: bears and monkeys! They also have a Family Farm petting zoo and a playground, if the kids get bored with animal watching. Goats and sheep are just a couple of the animals the kids are allowed to pet at the petting zoo.

Is there one close to your home? Well, what are you waiting for? Getting the kids out of the house for the day makes a great mini road trip, but before you leave the house make sure you have the right protection. A basic homeowners insurance policy covers the structure of your home, liability, personal possessions, and more. While it’s not required, you can never predict what will happen to your home, whether you’re in the yard with the kids or away! Talk with an agent today about your insurance coverage, they can help walk you through the process of protecting you and your family.

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Go Green on a Budget!

Earth Day might be the time to make your “go green” resolutions for the year, but we think it’s never too late to make some changes! As parents, it might be a little more difficult to go green. Sometimes what’s better for the environment may not always be better for your wallet. This year, think about adopting some of these “greener”options for you and the kids at... Read More

Earth Day might be the time to make your “go green” resolutions for the year, but we think it’s never too late to make some changes! As parents, it might be a little more difficult to go green. Sometimes what’s better for the environment may not always be better for your wallet. This year, think about adopting some of these “greener”options for you and the kids at home, that won’t break the bank:

AusPens ($29.95) are a non-toxic white board marker made from 100% recycled material, and they’re refillable.

This summer, instead of wasting energy using your outdoor lights, use a Solar LED Grill Light ($35.00).

Did you know that the shock and vibrations that happen with your washer and dryer are wasting energy and money? If you place EcoPod pads ($20.00) under your appliances, it will reduce noise, and be more energy efficient!

There’s no good way to pick up after your dog, but there is a greener way. Flush Puppies ($3.99) are flushable dog bags that are easier to dispose of and better for the environment.

Do you or the kids have a friends’ birthday party coming up? How about using a gift wrap than instead of
throwing it away, they can plant it and wild flowers will grow? Try Little Kay Gardens ($12.00) gift wrap wedding and birthday season.

By Plugging the Sensor Plug ($19.99) into the wall, it will automatically turn off electronic devices when there is no motion detected for 2-6 minutes. It’s a great way to save money, no matter where you use it.

Just a couple of ideas on ways to be a little more green this summer, even though we missed Earth Day. They are all small things, under $40.00 that can save you money and help save the environment! While you’re trying to save money for you and your family, talk to an Encharter Insurance agent about your current insurance policies. Each New Jersey home insurance policy is different; make sure yours matches all of your needs and you are getting the best deal for you!

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For the Love of Coupons & Boat Insurance

I love coupons. Clipping them out of the newspaper does not exactly feel natural in my early-twenties state of mind, but the satisfaction of seeing discounts at the end of my purchase puts a smile on my face as I walk to the coffee shop to get a medium iced coffee. Oops. But did you know that there are numerous... Read More

Featured Partner of the Week: Bonafine Jewelers

Whether you’re searching for that perfect engagement ring, a gift that says it all for a friend or loved one, or something to brighten up your own day, Bonafine Jewlers in Lexington, MA has a great selection in store, as well as connections to other vendors to get you exactly what you’re looking for. During the summer, the store is open... Read More

Motorcycle Insurance & Your MA Ride

The wind is blowing; Your hands are firmly placed on the smooth handlebars of your motorcycle; The calming hum of your engine is the only sound on a clear, summer night; At last, you are free to roam the open highway on your trusted motorcycle. You don’t want anything going wrong on this perfect night. With Encharter’s choices for Motorcycle Insurance Policies,... Read More

How to Choose the Right Contractor

Hiring a contractor is no small decision. Not only are you entrusting an individual with the future of your home, you are also choosing someone who will inhabit part of your home for a better part of the work week. Before choosing a contractor it is important to find out who will be the best fit for your home, your lifestyle,... Read More