Give a Toy to Share the Joy!

trainlogoInsight is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as they bring hope and holiday cheer to less fortunate children through their Toys for Tots program.

Help us share the joy of the holidays! Simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to any of our branches by Friday, December 9. We’ll make sure your donations are delivered to well-deserving children in time for Christmas.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a difficult time, you can request toys on the Toys for Tots website. Click on “Request A Toy” and follow the instructions to find the Toys for Tots campaign in your local area.

5 Tips to Host Thanksgiving on a Budget

Thanksgiving Dinner.jpgThere’s no doubt that the holiday season can be expensive, and maybe a lavish Thanksgiving feast just isn’t in the books for this year. If you’re not riding the gravy train, it’s still possible to cook a delicious Thanksgiving meal that doesn’t cost you an arm and a (turkey) leg. Here are some easy as pie tips to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving on a budget!

  1. Make it a potluck. You don’t have to tackle the whole menu by yourself! In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, get everyone involved and ask them to bring one of their favorite dishes. Just keep a list of everything that everyone is bringing so you can make sure to have all of the Thanksgiving staples on the table.
  2. Stick to your shopping list and budget. Create your menu and budget well in advance. Bring your Thanksgiving shopping list with you on your regular grocery store trips to pick up non-perishable and frozen items when they’re on sale. You can also check your grocer’s weekly ad for current sales.
  3. Start from scratch. Pre-made items are often full of preservatives and seldom taste better than homemade items. Instead of buying powdered mashed potatoes, make delicious mashed potatoes with this simple recipe. You can also make a yummy stuffing with this easy recipe.
  4. Buy a frozen turkey. The turkey is usually about 40% of the cost of the meal. Opt for a store brand frozen turkey instead of a fresh one. Just remember to allow ample time for thawing. Click here to see how you can safely thaw your turkey.
  5. Find decorations at the dollar store. Believe it or not, the dollar store has some great decorations for the holiday season. Check out your local dollar store to see what you can find! Click here for 70 cheap DIY fall decor ideas.

We hope these tips help you stress a little less and enjoy time with your family during Thanksgiving! Do you have any other great tips? Comment and share them with us!

2015 Holiday Events in Central Florida

holiday events.jpgThere’s plenty to do this holiday season with free (or low cost), family-friendly events all over Central Florida. Check out the list below and join us as we are out and about in December!

Citrus County
From Inverness to Homosassa, there are several events to attend in Citrus County. Music, festivals, parades and chili await you and your family! Click here to learn more.

Hernando County
From boat parades to Candy Cane Acres and train rides to the North Pole, Hernando has some serious fun lined up! Check out all the details here.

Lake County
The Villages is ready to celebrate the holidays! Christmas is certainly on the list, but there is also a great Menorah Lighting Ceremony to check out.

Leesburg’s calendar is jam packed with fun events for the holidays, including the Festival of Trees, Holiday Concert Series and Christmas Wine Walk!

Light Up Clermont is December 3 – 5. This is a “can’t miss” event for those in the South Lake area. Enjoy holiday music, a tree lighting ceremony and much more!

Marion County
The City of Ocala has some great holiday events lined up! (Hint: check out their skating rink!) Click here to learn more.

Orange County
Lake Eola Park is packed with events this holiday season, including Holiday Movie in the Park, What’s Up Downtown for the Holidays and the Tree Lighting Celebration. Check out the details here.

Seminole County
The Big Bang Bazaar on December 6 is a sure bet for the creative artists out there! Bring the whole family out to enjoy handmade arts and crafts and more.

On December 12, Children ages 12 and under can enjoy An Afternoon with Santa at Magnolia Park. The evening also features face painting, cookies, crafts, games and more! (This one costs $4 per child, but adults are free.)

Volusia County
On December 5, Check out the annual Christmas Parade put on by the City of Deltona! Click here for details.