RC Willey is your 4K TV Headquarters!

Posted by Kerry on February 5, 2016

Our Reno, NV, RC Willey was recently featured on KTVN CBS regarding our awesome selection of 4K televisions for your Big Game party or family movie night! Watch the video now!

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DIY: How to Make an Easy Valentine's Day Garland

Posted by Andie on February 4, 2016

 

I was never much of a holiday decorator (besides Christmas, of course)...... and then I had babies.  And it all changed.  I don't know if it's my inner domestic mama coming out or what, but all of the sudden I can't get enough of things like garlands, wreaths, and little holiday decorations.  My kids get so excited about it!  They make holidays so much fun!  I'm not the craftiest girl in the world, but if I see something at the store that I think I can make myself (for a heck of a lot cheaper), I'm all about doing it on my own.  

I'd seen a bunch of Valentine's day garlands around, that were cute, but way overpriced.  I decided to forego buying one and try my hand at making a few instead. This was so ridiculously easy.  It probaby took me an hour to put together (while watching tv), and the whole thing literally cost less than $1.00.  For the amount of time, money & effort involved I think they turned out pretty darn cute!  Now I just need to find somewhere to hang them up!

Here's what you'll need:

-Colored felt (you can pick a sheet up for about 15 cents at the craft store)
- Scissors
- String
- A needle
 


Simply cut out hearts of all shapes and sizes, and letters if you want to do a phrase (I just free-handed them- they definitely aren't perfect but I still like them).  Once your hearts are cut out, thread your needle and string the hearts and letters to create a garland!  Bam.  You've got yourself a cute little V-day decoration to put up on the wall.

 

 

 

 

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Essentials for the Big Game!

Posted by Kerry on February 1, 2016

superbowl essentials

There's a formula to throwing a good Superbowl party and it involves comfortable seating, great food, and an awesome viewing experience. This morning we were live on CBS 2 in Salt Lake City, breaking down a few of these elements for your party. You can see these items plus a lot more at RCWilley.com

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Super Bowls Of Delicious Snacks

Posted by Kerry on January 29, 2016

best super bowl snacks

The big game is upon us and I believe in the 3 C's. Competition, Cuisine, & Commercials. Today I want to promote the best part of gathering together to watch sports - the cuisine. It's one of the few meals a year that I actually care what is on the plate and I try and make sure we eat location specific foods to celebrate the two teams battling it out on the field. This year it's Denver VS North Carolina so we will be serving Denver Omelets & Carolina BBQ! 

The Superbowl is a test of strength and endurance and we are being tested on how much we can eat throughout the day. It's our American duty! So you gotta give yourself a solid foundation on Superbowl Sunday and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day we will start this year with a Denver Omelet. 

Denver Omelet Recipe

Check out this great Denver Omelet Recipe from Mr. Breakfast.

pulled pork recipe

Now we have to move on to lunch. You either like Carolina BBQ or you don't. Personally I love a good slow-cooked pulled pork but I can't get over that vinegar sauce they use in the Carolinas so we will be cooking pulled pork Carolina style, and substituting the sauce for a good old Texas BBQ sauce. If you like Carolina BBQ check out this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

salsa recipe

Meals are cool and all but personally I just like to snack all day during the game. A standard in my house is a tray with Guacamole, Salsa, & Pico De Gallo.chex mix recipe

And don't forget the party mix!

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Kondo Your Closet: The Best Cleanout Method Ever

Posted by Andie on January 29, 2016

I didn't think I had a hoarding problem, but it turns out I kind of did!  You see, I have always really really liked clothes, and I have a closet chuck full of them to prove it.  I found myself 'cleaning out' my closet every few months and getting rid of a few things here and there, but honestly, never enough to make much of a dent.  A little while ago I heard everyone talking about this hot new book, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing" by Marie Kondo, so I gave it a read.  I am not even kind of exaggerating when I say that it changed my life!!  

I have always thought myself to be a pretty good organizer, but Kondo's methods totally blew me away and opened up a whole new way of thinking!  I had never realized that physical clutter in your house doesn't just make for a disorganized and messy living space- it literally weighs you down emotionally and mentally as well.  "A dramatic reorginazation of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifesyle and perspective.  It is life transforming.....when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too."

One of Kondo's most compelling arguments is that we go about cleaning out all wrong.  We go through our closets and cupboards and houses looking for things that we can throw away, instead of deciding what things we truly cherish and want to keep!  Her method is pretty straightforward. 1. Collect literally every single piece of clothing that you own, and throw it all on your bed.  Bring it all to one place, so that you know exactly what you're working with.  2.  Go through your giant pile, and one by one, pick up each article of clothing and hold it in your hands.  Run your fingers along the fabric.  Hold it up and ask yourself, "Does this spark joy?"  If you can honestly answer that it does, in fact, make you incredibly happy and bring you pleasure, then keep it.  If not, get rid of it.

"The best criterion for choosing what to keep and what to discard is whether keeping it will make you happy, whether it will bring you joy.  Are you wearing clothes that don't give you pleasure?  Do you feel joy when surrounded by piles of unread books that don't touch your heart?  Do you think that owning accessories you know you'll never use will ever bring you happiness?  The answer to these questions should be no.  Now imagine yourself living in a space that contains only things that spark joy.  Isn't this the lifestyle you dream of?  Keep only those things that speak to your heart.  Then take the plunge and discard all the rest."

It kind of sounds a little ridiculous, but I was amazed at how well it really did work!  I decided to give it a go.  I felt a little silly at first, but I am happy to report that this simple process helped me purge over 90, yes NINETY items from my closet!!  I felt so liberated and free once I got rid of all the stuff (which turned out to be a lot more than I had anticipated) that didn't spark joy!  

If you want to live more simply and joyfully, feel more organized, and are tired of being burdened down by all of the 'stuff' around you, then this is a must read! Run, don't walk, to get snag yourself a copy!!

Have any of you read this?  What were your favorite take-away points?  

 

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Andie(4 days ago)

Hi Lance, I am pretty lazy these days and have just been using my iphone for photos I post on the blog..... but Kerry (our other blog contributor) might have some specs to share with you on his photos. Kerry, can you speak to that?

Lance(1 week ago)

I am pretty sure you are using high end DSLR for these photos. Will you share the brand, specs and lens details?

Alisa(1 week ago)

What rock have I been hiding under (or should I say what pile of clutter have I been under)? I have never heard of this book, but it sounds like it's exactly what I need. We downsized over year ago losing half of our finished square footage and more than a third of our total square footage. We sold and gave away a lot of stuff, but not nearly enough. I have struggled so much with this downsize and feel so overwhelmed with where the question of where to put it all. I have felt so unsettled since the move and don't even know where to start. Maybe this book will help.

Alisa(1 week ago)

What rock have I been hiding under (or should I say what pile of clutter have I been under)? I have never heard of this book, but it sounds like it's exactly what I need. We downsized over year ago losing half of our finished square footage and more than a third of our total square footage. We sold and gave away a lot of stuff, but not nearly enough. I have struggled so much with this downsize and feel so overwhelmed with where the question of where to put it all. I have felt so unsettled since the move and don't even know where to start. Maybe this book will help.

Tammy(1 week ago)

I am getting this book this weekend! I've heard about it from friends and what a difference it has made for them, their lives and their home and I literally NEED. THIS. BOOK! LOL... Let the purging begin!!!

Foxwoodguy(1 week ago)

Great advice, Andie. Now I have a weekend project.

Are Your New Year's Resolutions Working For You or Against You?

Posted by Andie on January 27, 2016

Happy Town USA via kindakind

I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's resolutions.  I love the idea of change, renewal, growth and improvement- and believe wholeheartedly that we were put here on this earth as human beings to do just those things. But I hate the pressure society puts on us (and we put on ourselves) to come up with these elaborate, lofty (not to mention usually unattainable) New Year's Resolutions.  After years of setting crazy resolutions for myself that I ultimately failed at within just a few weeks, I've gradually adopted a new approach to New Year's Resolutions that has proven to produce a much better success rate!  And isn't that what we all want to do?  January is nearly over, but in my opinion it's still the perfect time to get your goals for the year laid out- it's not too late to tweak your resolutions, or come up with completely different ones!

Here are some of my tips to help you set goals you can see yourself accomplish this year:

1. Pick one word or motto to focus on for the year.
I read about this concept a couple of years ago, and it was a total game changer!  Before you start thinking about any specific goals, you should come up with one word.  One word that you want to focus on for the year.  To pick your word you: Step 1: Determine the kind of person you want to become.  Step 2: Identify the characteristics of that person.  Step 3: Pick a word.  Resist the temptation to pick a handful.  You want to focus simply on ONE WORD.  This will give you clarity, vision, and a purpose for the year. My one word is a great resource to help you identify that one word for yourself!  (Many people believe that simply picking one word should replace your resolutions--- I still like to set smaller goals, all of which should ideally fall under the umbrella of my one word- does this make sense?)

2. Don't set your goals until mid-to-late January.
I know this sounds so counterproductive when society is telling us we need to start being perfect on January 1st, but I like to avoid the hype and slow things down.  I start thinking about what I want my new year to look like at the beginning of January, then I let those ideas perculate for a few weeks. Once everyone else has already given up on their New Year's resolutions, I finally write down and formulate goals for myself.  

3. Avoid the extremes.
There are people out there that have the willpower to commit (and succeed!) at doing really,really intense things- like giving up sugar cold turkey, working out at the gym every single day, or putting a 365 day ban on online shopping.  Power to those people!  I hate to break it to you, but you are probably not one of them (sorry to say, most of us aren't good at all or nothing). Don't set yourself up for failure!  Instead, give youself a little wiggle room.  Bottom line?  Avoid resolutions that are too strict or extreme, because you'll just end up quitting them. 

4. Keep things organized.
I like to to break things up into categories because it helps me pick goals or things to work on that will help me in specific areas of my life.  Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, Marriage & Motherhood, & Projects are the categories that I like to work with.  Under each category I think of a handful of 'goals' or things I'd like to try to be better at.  Many of them are simple, like ' get a babysitter at least once a month so that we go on a real date', or 'unplug every night at dinner time to spend more quality time with my family'.  I don't get too down on myself if these things don't happen every single day, but I just make the effort to keep trying.   

5. Revisit your goals often.
How many times have you written out a New Year's resolutions' list and then never looked at it again?  Or forgotten about it?  I'm totally guilty.  I keep all of my yearly goals on my phone under the "notes" section so that they are literally always with me.  I try to revisit and go over them at least once a week (preferably when I'm going over my calendar and schedule for the week). It's easy to get busy and completely lose sight of what your goals are- look over them often to remind yourslef, and you've got a much better chance of incorporating them into your daily routines!  

 

What are some of the things you do to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions?

 

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Kerry(1 week ago)

I love this. I feel like there's so much emphasis on resolutions but never any follow up to see how we are doing.

GoPro Spherical Virtual Reality Camera

Posted by Kerry on January 13, 2016

gopro spherical camera

The GoPro Spherical Camera solution allows you to film any experience in 360 degrees. When you pair this with a set of virtual reality goggles, you can look in any direction - up, down or sideways and see what you would have seen if you were the person filming the video. It's hard to explain how weird this is and it's definitely going to get cooler in the future. The rig will not be cheap - you are essentially buying 6 GoPros plus the rig, but the experiences we will share in virtual reality should be pretty fun. In the meantime you can just pick up a regular GoPro from RC Willey. If you want to see more watch this video below. 

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Roli Seaboard Rise Electronic Keyboard

Posted by Kerry on January 13, 2016

roli seaboard rise

Even the piano was reinvented at CES 2016. The Roli Seaboard Rise is a new electronic keyboard that can be "strummed" in 5 different ways giving you better control of your instrument mix. If you are a musician, check this video out!

 

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Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

Posted by Kerry on January 13, 2016

samsung family hub

Everyone knows the kitchen is one of the favorite rooms in the house. Every time I throw a party we clean the living room, dining room, bathrooms, etc., and everyone just spends the whole evening standing up in the kitchen! So, you might as well have a large and exciting fridge in your kitchen like the Samsung Family Hub. This fridge has a massive connected screen that can host your family calendar, photos, or notepad. There are 3 cameras inside and you can check your fridge's stock from the grocery store! You can also play music through Pandora or a ton of other apps. Watch this Samsung Family Hub video below to see how far the fridge has come. 

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Samsung WiFi Range Oven

Posted by Kerry on January 13, 2016

samsung wifi oven

We are entering the world of everything being connected. Samsung is even taking your oven to the internet! With the Samsung NE9000 & NX9000 you can start or stop your oven from an app or make sure you didn't leave a burner on. If you want to preheat your oven on the way home you can start it up. Check out this video and see the Samsung connected oven in use. 

 

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