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Best Seattle Hikes for Kids

Want to know what we love most about living and working in the Pacific Northwest? Its close proximity to nature. Being outdoors and taking a deep breath of fresh air is good for the soul-but any parent knows it can be hard to venture in the Great Outdoors when you have little ones. They like to nap. You like to nap. And, going too far from home might wear them down. Let's rethink that notion. Here are 4 of the best kid-friendly hiking spots near Seattle that offer low mileage, exciting features, and flat terrain. These Are The Best Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Seattle ... read more

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How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

Summer is all about taking your Subaru on an adventure. Whether you're taking out-of-town guests to see the best scenic views in Seattle or you're heading off into nature for a Saturday hike, you'll need a car you can rely on. Here's how to prepare your car for the summer so you can enjoy more and worry less. 6 Tips for Preparing Your Car For Warm Weather1. Check your AC In summer, no one-and we repeat no one-wants to drive around with a broken AC. The first step in preparing your car for the summer is to check your AC and make sure it's working. If the air doesn't' feel as cool as it should, have a professional check the refrigerant. 2. Test your tires As the temperatures begin to warm, you may notice a change in tire pressure-don't be alarmed. External forces, like cool morning temperatures, can have an effect. If your tire pressure light stays on after your ... read more

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Here's Why Dogs Are Afraid of Fireworks and How to Comfort Them

Does your pet go nuts at the sound of crackling sparklers and fireworks booms? They're not alone. More than any other time, the Fourth of July is the number one day for dogs to run away from home. Why? Because they're scared of fireworks. Here's why they are afraid and how you can comfort them next year. Why Are Dogs Afraid of Fireworks? For you, fireworks can be a great way to celebrate a holiday or big event. For Fido, it can be a traumatic experience. Here are a few reasons why. 1. Fireworks are loud. Compared to humans, dogs have a more acute sense of hearing. Fireworks are loud and a bit alarming for us. Now, imagine if your sense of sound was intensified. Scary, no? Dogs experience fireworks at a louder, more intense volume-so those booms, snaps, whistles, and pops are terrifying and instill a sense of fear in your best friend. 2. Fireworks are unexpected. Dogs also don't understand why fireworks happen. For one second, the ... read more

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Leave Your Registration in the Car

To avoid being a victim of car theft, you probably follow a certain set of rules. Lock your car doors. Never leave your purse unattended in the seat. Don't display money or valuables in your dash. Always put the shopping bags in the trunk. But, what about your car registration? Whether you've been a car owner for quite some time or you're a newbie driver, you probably keep your registration card in the worst possible place: your glove box. It's true-your registration should not be kept in your car. Here's why. Why Shouldn't I Leave My Registration In the Car? Car registrations contain some important personal information about you and your vehicle. While many petty car thieves are just looking to make some quick cash, others may have more sinister motives. Leaving your car's title, registration, or insurance information in the glove box could put you at risk for identity theft-a far more complicated problem than losing $20 in cash. Even if nothing comes of your s ... read more

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Here's How to Keep Your Parked Car Cool This Summer

Few things are worse than sticky leather mixed with a hot summer day. Whether you're driving to the pool or heading home from work, cruising around in a cool car (and not sweating!) is the ideal situation...but how? Parking your car in the shade isn't always possible-so we've rounded up 5 simple tips to keep your car cool this summer. 5 Tips to Keep Your Parked Car Cool This Summer Inside your parked car, temperatures can rise quickly. Depending on the outside weather, indoor temperatures can reach up to 200 degrees-and your car's interior can start to feel like an EasyBake oven. Here are 5 tips to keep your parked car a little bit cooler this season. 1. Use a sunshade. When you can't find a shady place to park, a sunshade will always do the trick. Metallic windshield covers help to keep harmful rays out of your car-and, in turn, lowers temperatures. Easy to find online or at most car shops, sunshades make a great investment during the summers ... read more

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