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Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!

Posted by Andie on December 31, 2010

 

 

 

I am pretty much a freak about celebrating holidays and making up excuses to have parties all year round.  The only time I really don't feel like partying is ironically New Year's Eve, arguably the biggest party night of the year.  Ironic?  Every year it rolls around, I'm still exhausted from Christmas, I'm sick of eating fudge and cheese balls, and my body is begging me to go back to the gym and get more sleep.  If you haven't heard enough of my griping, please refer to last year's New Year's Eve post detailing the multiple reasons I feel this holiday is largely over-rated.  

 

That being said, I am looking forward to a relatively quiet evening watching Psych episodes and playing card games with my husband and parents.  Boring?  Probably.  But so appealing to my tired, broken body.  Whatever you choose to do to ring in the new year, have a great time!  Happy New Year!  May all your 2011 wishes come true!

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Post-Christmas Wish List Contest/ Contest Winners Announced!

Posted by Michael on December 27, 2010

Didn't get EVERYTHING you wanted for Christmas?

 

Or worse, didn't get ANYTHING you wanted for Christmas?

 

You've still got a chance.

 

Browse our website, and make your own wish list with up to $5,000 worth of products by Dec. 31st.  One lucky person will win absolutely EVERYTHING on their list! Good luck!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations!

 

Craig, Emily, and Shannon are our 3 Scary Santa Photo Contest Winners!!  Each of them will be receiving a new digital picture frame so that they can constantly view all of their funny santa photos.  Thanks for entering!

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Funny Santa Pictures

Posted by Andie on December 23, 2010

This is my friend's daughter, Gigi sitting on Santa's lap for the first time.

Clearly, it was a frightening experience.

 

 

I can't say that I really blame her.

Sitting on a total stranger's lap would creep me out too.

 

 I want to see your funny pictures with Santa!  Whether it's you, a spouse, sibling, friend, etc... Email me {andie@rcwilley.com} your picture by Dec. 28th, and become a blog follower if you aren't already.  On Dec. 29th, three random photo submitters will win one of these Digital Picture Frames!

 

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the funniest submissions I've received so far.... Keep them coming!

 

-Submitted by Dave

 

 

-Submitted by Shannan

 

 

 

-Submitted by Amy

 

 

 

-Submitted by Heather

 

 

 

-Submitted by Craig

 

 

-Submitted by Craig and Emily

 

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Christmas Movie Trivia Quiz! Congrats to our Winners!

Posted by Andie on December 21, 2010

I love watching Christmas movies even more than I adore eating toffee, sugar cookies, and cheese balls this time of year.  And that is sayin' somethin'.  In order to see if you are as polished as you should be on your Christmas movie trivia, I've put together a little quiz.  The first person to leave a comment with all of the correct answers will win this old fashioned popcorn popper!  Isn't she beautiful?  Talk about the perfect movie accessory.

 

 

 

 

*Update: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!  Congrats to Janet and Chase- their comments came in at the exact same time, and they were the first to answer all correctly!

 

Thanks to all who participated!  You can still take the quiz for fun, answers are posted at the bottom!


 

1. Name that movie: "I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."

 

2. What grade does Ralphie Parker get on the essay he writes about wanting a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas?

 

3. What elementary school does Ralphie attend?

 

4. Name that movie: "Buzz's Girlfriend! WOOF!!!"

 

5. What is the name of the angel that visits George Bailey on Christmas Eve?

 

6. Name that movie: "First we'll make snow angels for a two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can, and then we'll snuggle."

 

7. What was the birth name given to the song writer who wrote "White Christmas"?

 

8. What elf took 1,200 years perfecting her hot cocoa recipe?

 

9. Name that movie: "We're kicking off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols."

 

10. What does the boy in The Polar Express choose to receive as the First Gift of Christmas?

 

11. Who is Ebeneezer Scrooge's deceased business partner ghost who visits him and warns him to change his ways?

 

12. Name that movie: "I'm not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor. You know, I... I... I'm a symbol. I'm a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives. If... you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt."

 

13. What does Kevin give the pigeon lady for Christmas in Home Alone 2?

 

14. Name that movie: "All right, you're a reindeer. Here's your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you're a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you. Then, one day, Santa picks you and you save Christmas. No, forget that part. We'll improvise... just keep it kind of loosey-goosey. You HATE Christmas! You're gonna steal it. Saving Christmas is a lousy ending, way too commercial. ACTION!"

 

15. What is YOUR favorite Christmas movie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas

2. C+

3. Warren G. Harding Elementary School

4. Home Alone

5. Clarence

6. Elf

7. Israel Isidore Baline

8. Judy

9. Christmas Vacation

10. Silver Bell from Santa's Sleigh

11. Jacob Marley

12. Miracle on 34th Street

13. a turtle dove

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Sugar Cookie Recipe

Posted by Andie on December 16, 2010

One of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood was our annual sugar cookie bakeathon.  My mother always made the dough and baked dozens and dozens of cookies in the afternoon; then that evening my whole family gathered in the kitchen to frost and decorate the cookies while we danced around to our favorite Christmas tunes.  Two hours later, we had frosting all over our faces and clothes, sprinkles dotting the kitchen floor, and approximately 97 (minus the 15 or so that made it to our stomachs) decorated sugar cookies to show for it.

 

Now that I'm an adult, I've realized my parents were absolute troopers.  Mom and Dad, thanks for being patient and realizing that family Christmas traditions were worth the trouble of total chaos and a messy kitchen!

 

Have you made sugar cookies yet this season?  I've decided to share my grandmother's sugar cookie recipe with you.  It's a family favorite. My husband and I are planning on making them this weekend..... you should too!

 

Grandma's Vanilla Rolled Christmas Cookies


3 1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 t. vanilla

Sift flour, add baking powder and salt. Cream shortening, add sugar gradually, beat until light. Add eggs and blend thoroughly. Add vanilla. Combine dry and creamed mixture. Mix and chill 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Roll dough 1/4 inch thick, cut into different shapes. Put on greased pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes. Makes about 50 cookies

Frosting: (Jackie Mckay)
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. margarine
5 c. powdered sugar

 

 

 

 

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The 12 Deals of Christmas- Sneak Peak!!

Posted by Andie on December 14, 2010

Yesterday I ordered a cookbook my mom has been wanting for Christmas, only to find out hours later that a friend beat me to it and gave it to her as an early Christmas present.  Strike one. Although disappointed, I quickly changed my plans and settled on a different gift.  All was well until this morning, when my brother informed me that he had in fact already bought said gift for her.  Strike two.

 

I'm failing miserably this year when it comes to gift giving.

 

Whether you are still trying to square away your Christmas shopping (like me), you want to splurge a little on yourself during this crazy time of year, or you are simply a bargain shopper at heart that knows how to appreciate a killer deal, we are here to help.  Starting yesterday, we began "The 12 Deals of Christmas" for you, our online shoppers.  Until Christmas, we are showcasing a product a day for a super hot price on the front page of our website!

 

I want to help a fellow shopper out, so I'm going to give you a sneak peak at the products that will be running this week so that you can plan ahead!  Check out these awesome deals!!

 

 

On the Second deal of Christmas (Tuesday, Dec. 14th).....

 

Hamilton & Spill Side Chair for $29.99

Savings of $100



 

 




On the Third deal of Christmas (Wed, Dec. 15th).......


92" Red Microfiber Sofa for $299

Savings of $200

 



On the Fourth deal of Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 16th)........


Coby 32" LCD/DVD Combo HDTV for $299.95

Savings of $200


 

 

 


 

On the Fifth deal of Christmas (Friday, Dec. 17th).........


Hillsdale King Bed for $299.99

Savings of $700!



 

 

 

 

 

On the Sixth deal of Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 18th).........


Emerald 24" Counter Stool for $39.99

Savings of $110



 

 

 

 

 

On the Seventh deal of Christmas (Sunday, Dec. 19th).........


Thornwood Pier Bookcase for $19.99

Savings of $100



 

Remember, these products are available at these low prices for ONE DAY, ONLINE ONLY!!  Stay tuned to see the rest of the 12 Deals of Christmas lineup!


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5 Electronic Gifts Everyone Will Love

Posted by Andie on December 10, 2010

Do you ever feel like technology is moving so fast, you can't keep up?

 

The fact that I still have a brick sized iPod with a dead battery from five years ago is probably evidence enough that I'm swimming behind the pack...

 

Thankfully I have a bunch of electronic guru friends here at work that can always be trusted to know the hottest, latest, and greatest technologies out there.  So thanks to them, I've put together a list of the top 5 gender neutral must-have electronic gifts this season, available here at RC Willey...

 

 

 

1.The iPod Touch

 

 

 

 


2. Xbox Kinect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Sony 55" 1080p 3D LED HDTV

 

 

 

 

 


4. Sony Blu-Ray Player

 

 

 


5. Nintendo DSI

 

Check out these products online for more information or come into any of our store locations!

 

P.S. The iPod touch is on my Christmas wish list this year.... what's on yours?

 

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Andie's Life Lesson #122

Posted by Andie on December 8, 2010

Christmas is Best When You Compromise.

 

The other night my husband and I went to pick out our very first Christmas tree!  Unfortunately we quickly realized that we both had very different Christmas tree decorating expectations.  I was set on pretty white lights. He was dying for colored.

 

Well, I figured since he hefted 12 boxes of Christmas decorations up 2 flights of stairs for me, and has been patient with the fact that our apartment has turned into a mini Christmas village this month, the least I could do was let the guy have colored lights.

 

And you know what? 800 little colored lights on our tree later, I'm so glad I did!

 

I seriously feel like a kid again!

 

 

 

 

Have you compromised this year?

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Santa Claus is Coming to RC Willey!

Posted by Andie on December 3, 2010

As a child I believed going to the mall and sitting on Santa's lap was MANDATORY every December.  If I didn't personally deliver my Christmas wish list with a plea that I'd tried my best to be a good girl all year, I could be in serious trouble come Christmas morning.  And believe me, I wasn't ever willing to settle for a lump of coal in my stocking!

 

If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, or heck, even if you feel like you need to do some explaining to Santa this year, head on over to RC Willey!!  Santa will be at all of our store locations (besides the outlets) every Saturday of December before Christmas!  Come stop by between 12-4pm and bring your camera!

 

And just to get you excited, make sure you watch Ralphie and Randy Parker from A Christmas Story and their lovely account with Santa Claus!!

 

 

P.S. Our Santa will actually like children and we won't have creepy elf costumes!

 

 

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Kick off Christmas With FREE New Music!

Posted by Andie on December 1, 2010

The other day my husband and I were driving in the car listening to a rousing rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock" when he turned to me and asked, "Is it a bad thing that I honestly don't like Christmas music?"  I was horrified in every way.

 

Ever since then, I've been scouring the earth for a larger assortment of holiday tunes.  I'm determined to de-Scrooge my husband!  As fate would have it, I was introduced to "The Gift of Christmas" Album just days after said conversation.  Success!  This husband of mine just might be on his way to a full recovery.  It's such a fresh, eclectic compilation of Christmas music, featuring a variety of artists and sounds.  I like it so much, that I want all of you to have your own copy this holiday season!!

 

 

Dear readers,


Simply print off this Gift Certificate and take it into any of our RC Willey store locations to redeem your FREE Christmas CD!  Thank you for reading Room to Talk.  I so appreciate all of your comments, emails, and participation!  Here's to the beginning of a great holiday season!

 

xoxo Andie

 

 

 

 

 

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