Thursday, October 18, 2018

You'll Be In Shock Over This New Camaro Color





The Chevy Camaro has sported a fairly tame palette offering, until now. The 2019 models are here and they've received a total makeover, with vibrant, new colors and modernized nose detail. Shock, the latest color offering, is headed for unveiling at SEMA on the 30th of this month. This extreme highlighter yellow shade is garnering quite the buzz among auto enthusiasts producing a mixture of both positive and negative feedback.

Although Chevy has not released any information about exactly which Camaro models are being offered in Shock, we do know that production with the new neon offering will begin early next year and will likely be an extra-cost option like the current red and orange color options. The restyled front features a relocated bow-tie emblem, as well as stunning after-market accessories like black badges and a rear spoiler to round out the new appearance. The aesthetics aren't the only upgrades on the 2019 models, however, as they feature new wheel design, state-of-the-art Chevy Infotainment systems, full-display rearview camera mirror, and forward collision alert. In addition, the 2019 Camaro sports a lower price tag than the 2018 model, $405 dollars cheaper to be exact. 

Do you love the new color, but not muscle cars? Fun fact: this color is also currently available on the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

What are your thoughts on the 2019 Chevy Camaro models? How about the color shock? Do you love it, or is it a bit too much? Comment and let us know, we love hearing from you. 


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

All-Natural DIY Beauty Products You Can Make At Home


BAY CITY, Mich. -- Traditional beauty products are flooded with chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers that can cause major damage to your skin over time, in addition, if you are blessed with sensitive skin you may be allergic to the main ingredients in average cosmetic products. Experiencing redness, irritation, and breakouts after using a foundation or face scrub is your skin's way of letting you know it's time to go natural. While organic product lines are easier on your body because of their natural ingredients, they can be super expensive! Graff Bay City cares about your health and your wallet, so we've compiled a list of fun, all-natural beauty products you can make at home. 


1. Eyeliner

Homemade eyeliner? You might think we're joking, but we're totally serious, this recipe is super easy to make and if your eyes get itchy a couple hours after applying liner you should definitely give it a try. 

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • For color: 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal for black, or 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder for brown. 
Thoroughly mix all ingredients, and pour into an airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place and use with a clean brush so you don't get any bacteria in the mixture. 

2. Rose Face Tonic

Witch Hazel is a miracle liquid, full of astringent properties, it can be used to lighten blemishes, improve circulation, heal wounds, firm up, de-puff, and brighten the skin. This spray-on tonic is infused with rose petal, which has long been regarded by Middle Eastern women for it's balancing and healing properties, particularly on sensitive skin. 

  • 1 bottle of organic witch hazel
  • 1 handful of dried, organic rose petals
  • Glass mason jar
  • Glass spritzer bottle
  • Small Funnel
  • Cheesecloth 
Fill the mason jar halfway with the organic rose petals and cover completely with witch hazel, screw on the cap and shake vigorously. Let sit for 24 hours or until the rose petals turn white. Place the funnel into the neck of the spritzer bottle and drape the cheesecloth inside the funnel. Strain and squeeze any excess liquid left in the roses through the cheesecloth. Use this spray to cool your skin after a workout, or with your regular skin-care regimen. 

3. Bronzer 

We all strive to achieve that perfect, summer glow, and this recipe helps you get the tan without the chemicals. You will need to adjust the measurements based on your skin one, so this recipe may be one that you have to tinker with for a bit.

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder (for glow)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (for depth and darkness)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder (gives a sun-kissed brown)
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil
Adjust the levels of ingredients to your shade, break up any clumps and mix well, add the essential oils to hold everything together and thicken the mixture, or if you prefer a loose powder, leave them out. Place in a clean, empty compact and pack it in firmly. 

4. Shaving Cream

Most shaving creams are 80% water, but the foaming and moisturizing agents that make up the other 20% are definitely not ingredients you want anywhere near your skin. The two main offenders are propolene glycol, which is a humectant that can also be found in antifreeze and brake fluid and mineral oil which is a by-product of petroleum - otherwise known as gasoline. These ingredients have been linked to blocking pores, irritating the skin, and even causing cancer. Making your own shaving cream at home is a lot easier than you'd think, all you need is a few, simple ingredients and a hand mixer. 

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup liquid castle soap
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa or shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 drops of your favorite essential oil (we recommend tea tree for it's cleansing properties) 
Gently heat the coconut oil and cocoa or shea butter together so they melt and then pour them into a mixing bowl. Add the castile soap, baking soda and essential oil, using a hand mixer to whip the ingredients together. This will create a lovely, foamy cream that's perfect for shaving and isn't full of harmful chemicals. 

5. Eyeshadow

If the eyes are the window to the soul, shouldn't we be protecting them? You'd think so, but many of the main ingredients in your average shadow palettes are extremely damaging to your skin and eyes. Aluminum powder is used to give most eyeshadows their color, this toxin inhibits your body's ability to expel mercury when it's released into your bloodstream by your eyelid pores. When combined with thimerosal, an eyeshadow ingredient that's literally based off mercury, your body becomes one giant mercurial hub. Talc and coal tar are some other harmful chemicals found in most eye makeup ingredients, both are labeled as carcinogens and have been linked to lung, bladder, kidney, digestive tract and ovarian cancer. Try out this all natural eyeshadow recipe in three shades to keep your peepers free of harsh, unwanted chemicals. 

Pale Pink
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried beet powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon shea butter
Mauve
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried beet powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon shea butter
Golden Brown
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon shea butter
Start by placing the arrowroot in a small mixing bowl, add your spices/powders and mix until you've achieved your desired color. Add in the shea butter and use the back of a small spoon to mash the butter into the powder against the side of the bowl until you achieve a soft, creamy consistency. The shea butter will keep the eyeshadow on your lids and provide a glossy effect. Apply with a small brush like you would any other eyeshadow. 

Skin is our body's largest organism, and we should be caring for it just like we would any other part of our makeup. When it comes to choosing beauty products, make sure you read the label before you buy. If ingredients are listed that you don't recognize, look them up! Many of us spend so much time filtering what we put in our body, that what we put on our body isn't a priority, even though they're equally important. Try switching out our harmful cosmetics for an all-natural alternative, or giving some of these DIY recipes a try. What are your favorite all-natural beauty tips? Comment and let us know. 


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

You're In For A Scare: 5 Best Haunted Attraction in Michigan



BAY CITY, Mich. -- For many (including some of us guys and ghouls here at Graff Bay City), Halloween isn't just a holiday - it's a month long event. And a huge part of the festivities is enjoying a good old-fashioned fright fest at one - or several - the Mitten's many awesome haunted attractions! Of course, with so many to choose from, it's difficult to narrow down the list of potential destinations into the ultimate agenda of scares.

In order to help you out, here are our top five picks for the best-haunted attractions in Michigan!



1. EREBUS - PONTIAC


Recognized as one of the best haunts in the country having been featured on the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, and other networks, Erebus is a must-see attraction for any fright fan.

Erebus changes its basic effects from year to year but follows a central narrative of visitors being sent through time by a mad scientist, experiencing many different eras of history in the most terrifying way possible. The haunt utilizes a combination of live actors, animatronics, massive puppets, and altered landscapes to garner scares. No one is allowed to actually touch you during your walkthrough, but they push the boundaries with props and illusion tactics using such things as mirrors, a moving wall that pushes visitors towards a bottomless pit, and a chamber in which they're buried alive.

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Erebus website.





You're In For A Scare: 5 Best Haunted Attraction in Michigan

2. EDSON INCIDENT - BAY CITY


Haunted house? How about a haunted ship? Voted Michigan's Best Haunted Attraction in 2017, the Edson Incident is located aboard the USS Edson in our very own Bay City, utilizing all five levels of the Vietnam-era destroyer to as they say "scare the ship out of you" through the narrative of a military experiment gone horribly wrong.

Known as the "Grey Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast" in her services days, the USS Edson has been the subject of both paranormal investigation and thriller entertainment, having appeared on Destination America's Ghost Asylum and CBS' original Twilight Zone. In fact, she's open for both public and private investigations, during which visitors may choose to spend the night!

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Edson Incident website.






3. NIGHT TERRORS THRILL PARK - YPSILANTI


Cheery cider mill and pumpkin farm by day. Terrifying horror fest by night. Staged in Wiard's Orchard, the Night Terrors Thrill Park is a one-of-a-kind Michigan haunt featuring a total of six attractions all designed to give visitors a scary good time. Such as the Ultimate Haunted Barn, the Asylum, the Mineshaft, Splattertown (featuring live action paintball and alien caged clowns), and of course the Hayrides of the Lost for which the orchard is known.

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Night Terrors website.





You're In For A Scare: 5 Best Haunted Attraction in Michigan

4. HUSH - WESTLAND


With a long list of accolades including 2017 Attraction of the Year by Michigan Haunted Houses and one of America's Top 13 Haunted Houses by Coaster Nation, Hush is not one to pass up - but it certainly is not for the faint of heart. This haunt is known for its yearly rebuilds and expansions, delivering a nearly all-new show every season, with an overarching narrative revolving around the terrifying events within a locale known as Hush Falls.

Although the monsters of Hush may be some of the scariest in the land, they're not always such. For the past six years, Hush has designated one day out of the season as Friendly Monster Day, during which kids can trick-or-treat through the haunt with the lights on - all while being greeted by much nicer versions of the actors.

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Hush website.






You're In For A Scare: 5 Best Haunted Attraction in Michigan

5. EXIT 13 - MT. MORRIS


For adrenaline junkies seeking the ultimate fright of the night, Exit 13 definitely delivers - living up to its distinction as Genessee County's largest and most extreme haunt. This place has everything from wicked effects and atmosphere, but what really makes it the stuff of nightmares is the absence of the "no-touch" rule. That's right. Not only will every actor get right up in your face, but they will also touch and grab you to provide the most immersive horror experience possible. 

Learn more and purchase tickets on the Exit 13 website.


What haunted attractions are on your list to visit this Halloween? What's the scariest one you've been to? Comment and tell us about it!

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society "Make Strides" Against Breast Cancer

Chevrolet and the American Cancer Society "Make Strides" Against Breast Cancer

BAY CITY, Mich. -- For the eighth consecutive year, General Motors and Chevrolet employees continue their contributions to the fight against breast cancer this month by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, by participating in various activities including employee walks, customer engagement, and event sponsorships.

As social media has become a powerful tool of awareness, Chevrolet has pledged to donate $5 for every post showing support for those affected by breast cancer that includes the #IDriveFor hashtag during the month of October. The campaign has already gained significant momentum across many platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter - with posts comprising thousands of survivor stories, memorials, and displays of solidarity.

Through the #IDriveFor campaign and other Making Strides against Breast Cancer initiatives, Chevy pledges to donate all resulting contributions to the American Cancer Society to fund treatment and cure research, as well as the promotion of preventative and early detection procedures.

Chevrolet's continued support for breast cancer awareness is just one part of the brand's new community-focused marketing program, Chevy Cares. The program also encompasses the many efforts already put forth by Chevy such as support of military veterans and their families, youth sports, and disaster relief in areas where their employees live and work.

“We know that when we support causes that our employees, dealers and consumers are passionate about it helps bring communities together,” says Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “We are proud to roll out Chevy Cares as a unifying effort that will allow us and our dealers to do even more in the communities where we live and work, including building on the success of our partnership with the American Cancer Society to raise even more awareness and financial support for breast cancer research.”

Throughout the month of October, Chevrolet is participating in national, regional, and local activities, and encourage all to get involved with a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event near them to support those affected by breast cancer.

Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10 Spooktacular Songs to Get You in the Halloween Spirit



BAY CITY, Mich. -- It's October, and that means Halloween season has officially begun! Costumes and decorations aside, nothing quite sets the mood for this spooky time of the year like music, and we at Graff Bay City would like to share with you some of our favorites as you gear up for the tricks and treats! Without further ado, here are 10 spooktacular songs to get you in the Halloween spirit!




1. "I Put a Spell On You" - As performed by Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus

Kicking off our playlist is a song from one of the greatest Halloween movies of all timeAfter Max and the gang attempt to warn the people of Salem of the notorious Sanderson Sisters' return to no avail, the witches use this as an opportunity to use their wicked charms to distract the townsfolk through this spellbinding rendition of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic.





2. "Witchcraft" - Frank Sinatra

Speaking of witches, this supernatural love song has been sung by many, but none can hold a candle to the magic croons of Ol' Blue Eyes. In fact, this record earned him six nominations at the first-ever Grammy awards in 1959.





3. "In the Room Where You Sleep" - Dead Man's Bones

In addition to being a smoldering heartthrob of the silver screen, not many know that actor Ryan Gosling is also a musician. Inspired by their mutual experiences with the paranormal as children, he and his friend Zach Shields formed Dead Man's Bones, with most of their lyrical content featuring a theme of all things that go bump in the night. In 2013, the duo lent their talents to the soundtrack of The Conjuring in the form of this spooky tune.





4. "Keepin' Halloween Alive" - Alice Cooper

If there's anyone who embodies the spirit of Halloween, it's Michigan-native Alice Cooper. The "Godfather of Shock Rock" penned this timeless anthem in honor of his favorite holiday, and any passive or passionate fan alike knows that he lives every word of it.





5. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson

No Halloween playlist is complete without the "King of Pop's" epic homage to all things scary. This song has it all from a spine-tingling sound effect intro, a catchy hook, wicked choreography, and voiceover work from the legendary Vincent Price.





6. "Night of the Living Dead" - Misfits

Known as the progenitors of the horror-punk genre, the Misfits are definitely a band that's always ready for Halloween. This song, named for George Romero's iconic film, is an ode to everyone's favorite shuffling meat husks: zombies.





7. "Cry Little Sister (Theme from 'The Lost Boys')" - Gerard McMann

In 1987, Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys saw vampires ditching the capes and castles of their ancestors in favor of a more unassuming, mortal appearance; introducing the idea that they could walk amongst humans, camouflaged, making the concept all the more terrifying. Gerard McMann heralded this new era of modern bloodsuckers with this song that exudes the intensity and mystique that defines their legend.





8. "This Is Halloween" - The Citizens of Halloween

Who better to sing a song about Halloween than the citizens of a town in which it's a way of life? This one heads up Tim Burton's classic The Nightmare Before Christmas and should be belted at full volume with bravado on your way to wherever the night takes you.





9. "Spooky" - Classics IV
This sultry number about a "spooky little girl" is a Halloween favorite, and features a mean saxophone section. Unfortunately for Classics IV, the band is often mistaken for the Zombies, but their song's popularity and long-standing place on many a holiday soundtrack is undeniable.





10. "Black Magic Woman" - Santana

The legendary Carlos Santana puts a Latin twist on this spooky tune originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac. However, given the popularity of Santana's version which earned the band the number four spot on the Billboard 100 in 1971 and quadruple platinum status in 1986, it's obvious which one is on multiple Halloween playlists to this day.


What songs help you get into the spirit of Halloween? Share them with us!


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Monday, September 24, 2018

GM Brands Join Forces to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

GM Brands Join Forces to Aid Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

BAY CITY, Mich. -- On September 14th, Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas on the East Coast of the United States and is reported to have caused an estimated $38 billion in property damage, making it the 6th costliest hurricane in North America to date. In the wake of the devastation, thousands of people are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild, although they won't have to do it all alone.

To do their part, General Motors has mobilized all brands underneath its banner - including OnStar, GM Financial, Customer Sales, and Aftercare - to launch several special relief efforts to help their customers affected by Hurricane Florence recover as quickly as possible.

These efforts include:

  • Complementary Crisis Assist from OnStar to customers with properly equipped GM vehicles (2006 and newer) in affected areas, providing emergency services, routing assistance, survival resource information, Hands-Free Calling minutes and 4G LTE Wi-Fi data via AT&T. This all comes regardless of if the customer is enrolled with OnStar or not.
  • GM Financial is assisting impacted customers with payment arrangements and waiving most related fees. Eligible customers who must replace a vehicle destroyed in the storm may qualify for a 90-day deferred first payment on a new vehicle.
  • GM Genuine Parts and ACDelco is providing expedited delivery of service parts to help speed up vehicle repairs.
  • Inventory of new and used vehicles is being sent to the region to assist with meeting expected replacement demand, including demand for pre-owned vehicles, courtesy transportation, and insurance rentals.
  • Impacted customers replacing a vehicle damaged by the storm in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia are eligible for $1,000 in purchase assistance for almost all 2018 and 2019 models under the GM brand, in addition to other incentives including discounts to military families and first responders. Customers who are leasing are eligible for $500 lease allowance, on top of the aforementioned incentives.
    • Residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia must present an insurance claim form indicating vehicle damage as a result of Hurricane Florence. The offer is valid until the end of October, excludes select trim levels, and is not available with some other offers.
“The entire GM family of brands and services has come together to aid those experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence – this is personal for us as many of our families, friends, dealer partners, and employees are among those directly impacted,” says Alan Batey, president of GM North America.

From all of us at Graff Bay City, our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Florence, and wish you a smooth and speedy recovery process.


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.

Friday, September 21, 2018

5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

BAY CITY, Mich. -- October is nearly upon us, and that means Halloween is almost here too! You're never too old to dress up for the big night, and you'll need a great get-up for all the parties you'll be invited to leading up to it! Although, like many things in life, Halloween costumes are even more fun when shared with your bestie or that special someone.

From Graff Bay City, here are 10 couples and group costumes that are real winners!



5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

1. THE SANDERSON SISTERS - Hocus Pocus

Two words: squad goals. Heading to the party as this iconic trio from Disney's 1993 comedy horror fantasy film is sure to put a spell on all in attendance (and bring a tear of joy to the eye of any millennial).




5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

2. GOMEZ AND MORTICIA ADDAMS

Be prepared for lots of swooning and snapping when you and your favorite boo show up as this lovably eccentric couple.



5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

3. THE BREAKFAST CLUB

You and your friends are sure to never be forgotten as this 80s classic.




5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

4. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS AND KIM

The only fantasy couple involving an Edward that matters. And you can tell any vampires you run into that we said that.




5 Couple/Group Costume Ideas for Halloween to Win the Party

5. SCOOBY DOO AND THE GANG

A simple yet always appreciated throwback, the meddling kids from Mysteries Inc. never get old. Just don't tear off anyone's mask at the party, they might get angry.


What are you and your friends planning to dress up as for Halloween this year? Share it with us!


Hank Graff Chevy is located at 3636 Wilder Road, Bay City, MI 48706 and we are here to help our community grow to become an even better place to call home! For more information on Hank Graff Chevrolet, or for any questions call us at (989) 684-4411 or visit our website: www.GraffBayCity.com.