Helpful Tips

Show your Mother Earth and yourself some love, by being conscious of the paint and other common items you use.

Did you know? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies paint as one of its top five most hazardous substances.

Effects On The Environment:
When VOC’s react with oxygen, they can form ‘bad’ ozone in the presence of sunlight. This is a contributory factor to the greenhouse effect and a cause of global warming. One study by C.E.P.E. attributes paints and varnishes to causing as much as five percent of all VOC emissions. – M Howard, J Miemczyk

A Long List of Health Concerns:
Solvent based automotive paints contain not just problematic VOCs, but also other air pollutants that decrease air quality and may pose a risk to painters and workers. Skin and eye irritation are only the beginning of the health problems that painters and workers could face when using solvent based automotive paints.Other health risks include central nervous system effects. The organic compounds found in VOCs can also damage internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys. Alarmingly, organic compounds found in solvent based automotive paint have been linked to cancer and reproductive health issues. By contrast, waterborne paints have lower levels of organic solvents are thus much less toxic. http://ellisandsalazar.com/auto-painting/why-is-waterborne-car-paint-better-for-the-environment/

The solution:
Eco-friendly paint for cars is waterborne, which means water is the main ingredient in the paint instead of the dangerous solvents. These paints emit up to 80 per cent less of the VOCs than traditional car paint. They have 70 per cent water, 20 per cent pigment, pearlescent and metallic particles and 10 per cent organic solvents. http://gearheads.org/eco-friendly-paint-for-cars-best-options/
Auto body Xperts uses waterborne paint, to insure we aren’t harming the environment or the health of our staff and neighbors. http://autobodyxperts.com/auto-body-paint-shop/earth month reusable grocery bag

To help you remember to be kind to your Mother Earth we are offering free reusable grocery bags at any of our locations. Stop in during business hours for your bag during the week of April 20,2017 until April 27, 2017.

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My name is Mandy and I am with Auto Body Xperts, we are local family owned business for over 68years and are so grateful for the communities that we are part of.   Auto Body Xperts has an annual open house every year at our Holland and Hudsonville locations.  This open house is a FREE community event with a pig roast, kid games and so much more.  We want to send this invitation for your organization to join us this year.  We have several different groups that join us such as: Ottawa County 911, Pine rest, local chambers, Fire Dept. and local hospitals with information that is available in our community.  We do not open this up to businesses, we want this to focus more all the great resources we have around us.  This will be our 9th year, and it keeps growing every year. Last year we had over 700 adults at one event plus many kids.  We would love if you can join us this year and letting the community know about you!  Please feel free to check out our website or face book for more pictures of just how huge this event is.   If you would like to reserve you FREE spot at this years events please contact Mandy at 616-669-6692 or aberoza@hudsonvillebodyshop.com (spaces are limited)

 

Holland‘s August 9th 11am-2pm

Hudsonville August 23 11am-2pm

www.AutoBodyXPerts.com

 open house collage

Trick Or Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find where and when to get the best treats near you

Allegan

  • Monday, October 31 | 5:30pm – 8pm

Allendale

  • Monday, October 31 | Unofficial time; 5pm – 8pm

Grandville

  • Monday, October 31 | 6pm – 8pm

Hastings

  • Monday, October 31 | 5pm – 8pm: Green Street will shut down between S. Broadway Street to S. Cass Street trick-or-treating

Holland

  • Downtown | Saturday, October 29. 10am – 12pm. Participating businesses will have orange balloons in their doorways, kids are invited to dress up and trick or treat.
  • City of Holland | Monday, October 31. 6pm – 8pm

Hudsonville

  • City | Didn’t set an official time
  • Indoors @ Sheldon Meadows Assisted Living Center | Friday, October 28. 6pm – 7pm

Jenison (Georgetown Township)

  • Monday, October 31 | 6pm – 8pm

Kentwood

  • Monday, October 31 | 5pm – 8pm

Wayland

  • City of Wayland | Monday, October 31. 5:30pm – 8pm

Zeeland:

  • Downtown, on Main Street | Monday, October 31.  3pm – 5pm.  Balloon Animals, Music, Treat Bags, Cider, Donut Holes. FeeltheZeel Facebook for more info
  • City | Monday, October 31, 5pm – 8pm.

 

Safety Tips from the City Of Holland

From the City’s website:

  • Wear a light colored costume with a mask that will not obscure your vision.
  • Carry a flashlight with you.
  • Parents should accompany their children.
  • Drivers of vehicles should take extra caution and be aware of children trick-or-treating.
  • Only go to the houses that have the porch light on.
  • You should only go to the houses that you are familiar with.
  • Make sure that parents check all candy given to children before they eat it.

Our latest video has some of the best tips to keep you safe on the road as the temperatures fall and the leaves are changing. Watch to learn more!

Whether you picked pumpkins up locally at a roadside stand, grew them in your garden, got some from one of our 3 shops for free for your kids, or bought them at a local convenience store, you may be looking for some extra ways to add some flair to your pumpkins this fall. Simply placing pumpkins around the home is great for decor, but there are always new ways to add an extra touch of design. And you and your kids may want to spend a night carving your favorite pictures and scooping guts and seeds out of your pumpkins. Here are a bunch of ideas to get you started.

Carving For Kids:

Stick to the basics and carve out a masterpiece on your pumpkin! Here are some great templates to use to make carving something even easier.

http://www.vivint.com/neighborhood/good-neighbor/pumpkin-templates/

Jack-o'-lanterns carved from pumpkins and lit with tea lights

Adult Carving:

Free Pumpkin Carving Patterns – Stencils and Patterns for Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Disney Themed:

Create the most magical pumpkin on the block with a Disney original. Follow the link below to get over 60 different Disney-themed templates for your pumpkin

60+ Disney Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Non-Carving Pumpkin Designs:

For a more non-traditional approach to pumpkin decoration, there are a variety of ways to spruce up your pumpkin.

  1. Use a drill on your pumpkin and add some pizzazz, with a stencil or a free-handed design.

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picture from: http://www.craftynest.com/2008/10/pumpkins-carved-with-a-drill/

2. Decorating with young toddles can be challenging, and since they can’t cut their pumpkins themselves, they miss out on the fun! Here are some toddler friendly ways, including painting and stickers, to decorate pumpkins that let them be involved in the art project.

http://www.totschooling.net/2014/10/toddler-pumpkin-decorating.html

3. Use stencils in a different way; don’t carve all the way through the pumpkin, but simply scratch off the surface. Here is a cute leaf designed pumpkin found on Country Living’s website. You could carve simple designs or more elegant ones. If desired, hollow out the middle of the pumpkin and put a candle inside to still see a faint “glow” through the design.

leaf pumpkin

 

 

 

 

Whatever you decorate your pumpkin or leave it plain to bring some fall decor into your home, enjoy the fall season and all of the joy that comes with it! And enjoy the moments with family and friends picking out the perfect pumpkin, or making it a little extra special.