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Prepare for your Superbowl Party- Recipes and a FREE TV!

Posted by Andie on January 28, 2010

 

 

I start getting excited for the Superbowl at the beginning of January every year.  I can't wait for next Sunday.  My husband, father, and brothers are all really pumped for the big game, but let's be honest, I don't even know what teams are going to be playing, and I probably won't even remember what team won after all is said and done.  In my opinion, there are more important matters other than football at hand, like deciding what we will EAT at our Superbowl get-together.  Anyone out there with me?  It's all about the food.

In preparation for the Superbowl, I am going to solicit your help.  What are the tastiest appetizers you make for your Superbowl Parties?  Email me your favorite appetizer recipe (andie@rcwilley.com) and I'll send the first 25 of you a coupon that can be used at any of our locations to pick up a Free 14 Piece Deluxe Ginzu Knife Set!  (These are really sweet knives.)  I'll also post some of the recipes I receive on the blog so others can enjoy!

 

 

BEST of all, we're going to pick a random follower of this blog on February 5th and they'll win this Haier 32" LCD TV- just in time to watch the Superbowl!

Sign up now if you aren't already a follower, and get your delicious recipes to me!!

P.S. We have great TV options if you're looking for something new to watch the big game on!

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The Chaise Longue

Posted by Andie on January 26, 2010

I went to a bridal shower a little while ago and was totally in awe of the decor in the entry way of the host's home: a gorgeous deep blue Victorian Chaise Longue with a beautiful quilt strewn across the back.  It was so chic.  I even snuck back into the entry way later on by myself to stare again.  I'm going to be honest, Chaise Longue's have been on my mind ever since.  I want one.  So bad.

Why am I so intrigued by the Chaise Longue?  Probably because it originated in France, during the Rococo period.  I'm not going to lie, I'm a sucker for anything Europe. What's funny, is that we Americans have managed to completely butcher the pronunciation of this fine 'long chair'. The French say "Shayzz Long", and we pronounce it, "Chase Lounge".  Yes, I can agree that it makes sense because they are good for lounging, but still.  Doesn't the French version sound so much more refined?

Anyway. In my opinion, the Chaise Longue is seriously the epitome of cool when it comes to furniture.    You can put it in any room and it brings an element of class like nothing else.  Whether it's in your entryway, living room, bedroom, patio, heck, even the garage- it would still be timeless.  When I think "Chaise Longue" I think 1. Expensive. French Aristocracy, anyone? 2. Daring. How many people do you actually know that own one?  Not everyone can pull it off. 3. Stylish.  Need I say more?

Here is the one that I want.  1787100

Doesn't this Chaise Longue scream, "Hey, I'm sophisticated! I'm original! I'm classic! I'm individualized!"

I'm saving my money starting now.

 

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Didn't win the elliptical? Get some free knives instead!

Posted by Andie on January 22, 2010

 

 

Have you ever tried cutting raw chicken, steak, or a potato with a butter knife? 

I'm sorry to say, it's not so pleasant.  My fingers were aching for hours.

That's what you get when you don't have a set of knives in your kitchen.

Stupid, I know.  But we were hungry!

Next thing on our To-Purchase list?  KNIVES. 

 

Good news.  Just in case you are suffering without any knives, or it's time to get a better set.... During the 30 Million Dollar Clearance Sale, going on through January, RC Willey will give you a Knife Set of 3 with any purchase!  YAY!

Stop suffering now.  

P.S. These knives would make an excellent present for newlyweds.

 

*This week's winner of our random blog follower Contest is Cynthia Sund, of California!  She's got a brand new Elliptical coming her way!

She said, "Andie:  I am so excited!!!  My Mother passed away last month and I have gained 5 pounds over the stress and sadness of losing her!  She was truly my best friend!  I am going to use the elliptical every day in honor of my Mother, Bobbie!  She was 83 and looked 65!  She was always in shape!!"

Congratulations Cynthia!  Next Friday, we'll draw another winner, so sign up to follow this blog now if you aren't a follower already!  Have a great weekend!

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Conserving Energy

Posted by Andie on January 20, 2010

Winter is my least favorite season, mostly because I hate the cold.  I might loathe it more than normal this year due to the fact that in an attempt to save money, my husband and I have been keeping our thermostat at a chilly 60 degrees.  Neither one of us are hardly ever home, and so it just seemed like the practical thing to do.  We're newlyweds.  Enough said, right?  After some research, I found that there are actually a lot of little things that we can do to keep our bills down, and to be nicer to the environment.

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1. Change Your Heating System's Filter

   - Dirty filters waste a lot of energy because they make your heating system work a lot harder than normal to heat your home. In order to prevent that from happening, it's important to change your filters often, preferably once a month, especially in high-use times like winter.  

2. Caulk and Weather Strip your windows and doors

    - Take a walk through your house, and examine all of your doors and windows.  Can you feel bursts of cold air, or see light shining through the cracks?  Caulking and weather stripping those places will decrease your heating bill and help keep your home a lot warmer throughout the winter. 

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3. Start using a Smart Thermostat

   - One of the easiest ways to save money is to stop heating your house when nobody is home!  By using a programmable thermostat, you can lower temperature settings when you aren't home during the day, and when you are asleep at night.  According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling bill by turning your thermostat back 10-15% for 8 hours of the day.

4. Get a low flow shower head and take shorter showers

    - The typical shower head uses between 5-8 gallons of water per minute, while low flow shower heads use about 2.5.  Low flow shower heads used to mean less water pressure, which meant less satisfying showers.  But now you don't have to sacrifice the quality of your shower because new technology has developed high pressure, inexpensive, low flow shower heads.

5. Wash only full loads in your Dishwasher and Washing Machine

    -A top load washing machine uses about 40 gallons of water per load of laundry, and a front load machine uses 10-24 gallons.  The average dishwasher uses approximately 4 gallons of water each time its run. The numbers speak for themselves.  Waiting to run the dishwasher and washing machine until they are fully loaded will save a lot of water, and also a lot of money

6. Launder clothes in cold water

    - About 90% of energy used by top-load washers is for heating the water.  Newer, front load washers are more energy efficient, but it still saves in the long run to stick with the cold cycle. 

7. Unplug Electronics

- Even if you aren't using them, when electronics are plugged in they are constantly using energy and costing you money. Making little changes like unplugging the iron, toaster, and phone charger will help a lot.

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8. Switch out light bulbs

    - If it's feasible, get rid of your high wattage light bulbs (75-100 Watts) and replace them with lower ones (30-60 Watts).  This will decrease your energy usage dramatically.  Consider replacing your Incandescent bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL's).  They cost a bit more to purchase, but they end up saving you money in the long run since they use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than Incandescent bulbs.

9. Turn off the Lights and TV

    - Get yourself into the habit of always turning off the lights when you leave a room.  It might take a while to get used to, but practice will make perfect.  You might want to consider getting motion detectors on lights in your kid's bedrooms so that they never accidentally get left on.  Also, don't keep the TV on just for background noise... if no one is watching it, turn it off!

 

 

 

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Green Chile Chicken Soup

Posted by Andie on January 19, 2010

As a kid, one of the first things I'd ask my my mother while hurrying through the front door after a long day at school was, "What's for dinner, mom?"  It didn't even matter that we weren't going to be eating for another three hours or so.  I was raised in a family that gets excited about food.

About 95% of the time, I was happy with her reply.  My mother is an amazing cook.  Usually everything that she creates in the kitchen is absolutely scrumptious.  That being said, there was only one response that I really dreaded to hear.  "Soup". 

Soup is the one food group that I consistently wrinkled my nose at growing up.  I thought it was such a waste of a meal.  It seemed more like a hot beverage with chunks of meat and vegetables in it than it did an actual main course. Well, I struggled through those soup days, and I'm not sure when or how it happened, but now that I'm an adult, I LOVE it.

Did you know that it's "National Soup Month"?  At least the horrible month of January has something going for it.  I'm going to share with you one of my favorite soup recipes.

GREEN CHILE CHICKEN STEW
 
8 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 skinless chicken breast (cut into bite size pieces)
2 Bay leaves

 Combine above ingredients in pan.  Bring to a boil, cook for 10 minutes.  Discard Bay leaves.

6 cups cubed red potatoes
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
2 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons Paprika
3 cans (4.5 oz.) chopped green chilies (I add only 2 but can add
the other can if you like it hotter)
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies (such as Ro-Tel)
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes

 Add to the chicken broth mixture and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes until potatoes and carrots are done.

1 large can evaporated milk
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 lb. Velveeta cheese (cubed)

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese for garnish

Mix cornstarch with canned milk and stir into soup mixture.  Cook until almost boiling. Add Velveeta cheese and stir until melted (but don't boil).  Remove from heat and Sprinkle with shredded sharp cheese for garnish

 

 

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Last Week's Elliptical Winner... You Could Be Next!

Posted by Andie on January 18, 2010

Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Friday's winner of the Elliptical Giveaway was Edward Sosa, of Utah!

Man, I'm jealous.  Unfortunately, since I'm an employee, I am not eligible to win.  The good news for the rest of you, is there are 3 more scheduled Elliptical giveaways.  Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already, and you'll have a chance to win this Friday!

Good Luck!!

 

 

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Appetizer Recipes

Posted by Alyssa on January 15, 2010

RC Willey's Delicious Superbowl 2010 Appetizers

 

Stacy's Spicy Bean Dip

1 can refried beans

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 cups sour cream

cayenne pepper to taste

1/2 c. salsa

1 can black beans

3 cups shredded cheese

1 can green chilies

 

Mix together in a crock pot on low until cooked through.  Serve with chips.

 

 

 

Kari's 5 Layer Mexican Dip

 

1 can refried beans

1 Tbsp. chili powder

3/4 tsp. ground cumin

1 cup sour cream

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3-4 green onions, sliced

1 small can black olives

1 large or 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

 

Mix beans with chili powder and cumin; spread onto serving dish (8 or 9-inch pie plate).  Layer remaining ingredients.  Chill in refrigerator.  Serve with Tortilla chips

 

 

 

Kari's Hummus

 

1 can garbanzo beans

1-2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice

1/3 -1/2 tsp. cumin

salt and pepper to taste

 

Put all ingredients in a blender.  Mix until pureed.  Serve with pita chips.

 

 

 

Jennie's Spinach Dip

 

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well

1 cup mayo

1 cup sour cream

1 pkg. Knorr vegetable soup mix

1 can water chestnuts, chopped

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup chopped green onions

 

Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.  Serve in a hollowed out bread bowl or serving bowl.  Serve with bread cubes, sliced baguettes or vegetables.

 

 

 

Nancy's Spinach-Feta Dip

 

3/4 cup sour cream

1/2 cup cottage cheese

1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

2 green onions, sliced

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1/3 cup feta cheese

 

Place sour cream and cottage cheese in bowl of food processor.  Process until smooth.  Add spinach, green onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper, process.  Add feta to combine.  Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate 1 hour.  Makes about 2 cups.

 

 

 

Terese's Spinach Dip

 

1 pkg. Knorr Vegetable recipe mix

1 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1 16 oz. container sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1 8oz. can water chestnuts drained and chopped

3 green onions, chopped

 

Combine all ingredients and chill 2 hours.

Serve with your favorite dippers.

 

 

 

Raw Vegetable Dip

 

1 cup sour cream

1 cup Best Foods Mayo (I've tried different brands, Best Foods is my choice)

1 1/2 tsp. Bon Appetit

1 1/2 tsp. dill weed

1 1/2 tsp. chopped chives

 

Mix all together and refrigerate for a couple of hours so the spices will blend in.

 

 

 

Kristy's Spicy Pretzels

 

1 1/2 lb. mini pretzel twists

3/4 cup oil

1 pkg. ranch dressing

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp lemon pepper

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

 

Combine all dressing ingredients well and pour over pretzels, stirring until coated.  Bake at 250° for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes.

 

 

 

Gail's Mini Beef and Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

 

1 (15-ounce) package Tomato Herb Parmesan Sauce

1/2 pound ground beef, cooked and drained

1/4 cup diced pepperoni

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 (8-ounce) packages refrigerated crescent rolls

 

1. Preheat oven to 350° F.  Lightly grease baking sheet.

2. Combine sauce, beef, pepperoni and cheese in medium bowl.

3. Separate dough into 12 rectangles and press seams together.  Spoon about 2 Tablespoons filling onto dough along the long side of the rectangle.  Roll the dough lengthwise, like a jelly roll.  Cut each roll into 3 pieces.  Place seam-side-down on prepared baking sheet.

4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until hot and golden brown.

 

Makes 36 Appetizer Servings

 

Estimated Times

Preparation Time: 25 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

 

 

 

Lynda's Lit'l Beef Smokie Blankets

 

1 tube Crescent Rolls

1 1lb. pkg. Lit'l Beef Smokies

Assorted mustards and barbeque sauces for dipping

 

Open tube of biscuits and cut each rectangle into 4 smaller triangles.  Wrap Lit'l Smokies in the triangles, starting at the large end.  Bake as directed for Crescent Rolls.  Arrange on a platter with assorted dipping condiments.

 

 

 

Ryan's Sweet little Smokey's

 

1 pkg. Little Smokeys

1 pkg. bacon (thin sliced)

brown sugar (to sprinkle on top)

toothpicks

 

Cut bacon slices in thirds.  Wrap a slice of bacon around each little smokey and place on a jelly roll pan.  Sprinkle each wrapped wiener with brown sugar (be generous!).  Place a toothpick in each one and bake at 300° for 8-10 minutes.

 

 

 

Carrie's Stuffed Mushrooms

 

40 white button mushrooms

1 pkg. Jimmy Dean sausage (whichever flavor, spicy is good)

2 pkgs. cream cheese

 

Directions:

First, heat oven to 300° F.  Next, take the mushrooms and pop the stems out.  You can do this with a spoon or push the stem gently to the side.  It should break off pretty easy.  Rinse the mushrooms and set on a cookie sheet or in a cake pan.  Next, cook the sausage on the stove.  Empty grease in separate container.  Put the cooked sausage into a medium sized bowl.  Mix the packages of cream cheese in with the sausage.  If the sausage has a hard time mixing, put the mixture in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.  When mixed well, use a spoon to scoop spoon fulls of the mixture into the mushrooms (where the stem was).  Cook the mushrooms for 20-30 minutes or until the top of the mixture starts to brown.  Be careful when you remove from the oven.  They will be VERY hot.  That's it!  Hope you and your family/friends enjoy these as much as we do.  Happy Superbowl!

 

 

 

Wendy's Potato Skins

 

Scrub several potatoes, and place in a baking dish.  Bake at 450° for approximately an hour.  Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  When you can handle the potatoes, slice them in half, lengthwise.  Scoop out most of the potato, leaving you with a "shell" of skin.  Make sure you leave enough potato flesh that the skin can support itself.  Put all of the potato filling in a bowl, and add a bit of garlic powder and some ranch dressing.  Mix up, and let people have a scoop of mashed potatoes.

 

Now, back to the skins.  Sprinkle a bit of cheddar on each skin, and add a few crumbled bits of bacon, and some chopped green onion.

 

Put the skins back in the oven, and let back for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

 

Arrange the potato skins on a large serving dish with a container of sour cream in the middle.  Your guests will LOVE it.

 

 

 

Carolyn's Crab Pie

 

1 lb. flaked crabmeat

2 Tbsp. horseradish

2 Tbsp. capers

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

dash of tabasco

2 cups mayonnaise

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

 

Mix together all ingredients.  RESERVE 1/4 cup of the grated cheese.  Spread in a 9" pyrex pie plate and sprinkle reserve cheese on top.  Bake at 350° F 20-25 minutes.  Serve with crackers.

 

 

 

Pepper's Gumbo

 

5 lbs. Dungenous Crab (you may also use Snow Crab or King Crab.  get the claws or the body.)

1 can real crab meat

2 cups gumbo file (this is a green powdered spice)

2 cups peeled shrimp

1/2 cup fish sauce (looks like a white wine bottle.. they sell it in the Asian food section of the grocery store.  brings out the fish flavor, and makes it taste it taste more fishy!)

2 cans smoked oysters

a little Old Bay Seasoning

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup Louisiana hot sauce

add 2 links sausage or chicken, or all the sea food that you want

you may also add canned corn or Ocra

 

Put all of the above ingredients in a crock pot for 3 hours, and add 2 cups of water.  Delicious!

 

 

 

Doni's Superbowl Energy Peanut Butter Bars

 

1 1/2 cups butter

1 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup peanut butter

2/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. vanilla

6 cups oatmeal (not quick oats)

1 additional cup of peanut butter

 

Heat oven to 350° F.  Grease and flour 9x13 cookie or jelly roll pan.  Cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl.  Add eggs and peanut butter, mix well.  Add salt, baking soda, and flour and mix well.  Stir in vanilla and oatmeal.  Spread dough in pan (you will probably need a metal spatula to spread in pan).  Bake for 15 minutes (do not over bake).  Remove from oven and let cool, then spread with 1 cup of peanut butter, let set for 30 minutes and frost with the following frosting recipe.

 

Chocolate Frosting

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cups cocoa powder

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup evaporated milk

 

Sift together sugar and cocoa, add softened butter and milk, beat until smooth and spread on peanut butter bars.

 

 

 

Charmaine's Coconut-filled Chocolate Delights

 

3/4 cup roasted & salted almonds

1 1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 pkg. (16 oz) ready to bake refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)

1/3 cup baking cocoa

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

 

Reserve 20 almonds.  Chop remaining.  In medium bowl, stir chopped almonds, coconut and milk until well blended.  Refrigerate mixture 25 minutes.  Then let stand at room temp for 8-10 minutes to soften just a little.

 

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, knead cookie dough and cocoa with hands until well blended.  Cover with plastic wrap. 

 

For each cookie, press 1 rounded tablespoon dough into 3-inch round.  Place 1 Tablespoon coconut mixture in center and wrap dough around filling.  Press edges to seal and shape into a ball.  Place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Press each ball with fingers into 2 1/2 inch round.  Press 1 whole almond on each cookie.  Bake 9-12 minutes or until puffed and edges are set.  Remove from cookie sheet immediately.  Place on cooling rack and cool completely, about 30 min.  In small microwave bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on high 10-20 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds, until smooth.  Place in resealable food-storage plastic bag, cut small tip from corner of bag, and drizzle over cookies.  Let chocolate set and store cookies in airtight container.

 

 

 

Joseph's Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

 

1 pkg. 8oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup butter

1/4 tsp. vanilla

2 Tbs. brown sugar

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

chocolate graham crackers

 

Beat softened cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy.  Slowly add sugars until blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Place mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a ball.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.  Roll ball in pecans.  Serve with graham crackers.

 

 

 

Kay's Corn pops

 

1/2 lb. butter (2 cubes)

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. water

 

Boil 4-5 minutes (thickens).  Remove from heat, add 1 tsp. vanilla

 

Pour over 2 packages (Country Crisp) Corn Pops (I like mine gooey so I only use one bag of Corn Pops)

 

Stir the mixture over the Corn Pops, covering evenly.  Pour on a large cookie sheet.  Bake at 225° F for 10 minutes.  Then, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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New Carpet Disaster

Posted by Andie on January 15, 2010

My parents had just re-carpeted their bedroom with the most beautiful, soft, fluffy white goodness I'd ever seen.  It was literally only days old; it even had the new carpet smell still.   I had been told to stay off the carpet.  My parents didn't trust me with anything new and white.  For good reason, I guess.

One afternoon I was playing dress ups with some friends.  My parents weren't home.  I had just put on a great sequin dress and boa, but I needed some makeup to complete the look.  I quickly danced across the white carpet with my bare feet, and snuck into my mother's bathroom.  After searching through her makeup, I found the perfect dark blue eye shadow!  As I started running through the bedroom to show my friends what I'd discovered, the blue eye shadow I was clutching in one hand went flying through the air, landing face down on the blanket of white underneath my feat.  Oh NO!!!  To my horror, there was a circle of blue powder on the carpet the size of a fist. 

The first thing my nine year old brain thought was Water!!  Yes, that's it!  Just clean it up with water!  I quickly grabbed a washcloth in the bathroom, and as my friends watched with terrified, wide eyes, I started scrubbing the blue carpet with hot water.  Much to my dismay, two minutes later the eye shadow was not only still there, but this time it was the size of a bowling ball!!  OH NO!!

I started looking around the room trying to figure out how I could cover up the spot.  It was a bust.  The stain was in the center of the room.  There was no hiding it.  I thought about blaming it on my little sister, but I knew they wouldn't buy it.  I waited in agony until my parents got home, secretly hoping that they just wouldn't notice.

As it turns out, they did notice.  Two weeks, and a lot of sunflowers pulled out in the hot summer sun as the form of my punishment later, my parent's bedroom carpet was replaced, once again.  I learned two important lessons that day.  #1Only get white carpet if you don't have children.  #2 Blue Eye Shadow is just bad on so many levels.

What's YOUR furniture/carpet/house disaster story??

 

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Sounds like there's a Fitness Crisis! More free Ellipticals!

Posted by Andie on January 12, 2010

There must be a lot of us that made New Years Resolutions to exercise, get in shape, and lose those extra holiday lbs, because from the comments and emails I've gotten, it sounds like tons of people are desperate for a free elliptical!

Because of the great response and obvious need, I am going to be giving away 1 free elliptical per week for the next month to a random follower starting this Friday, January 15th. 

So, if you aren't already following this blog, you'd be crazy not to sign up right now.

Happy Exercising!  Stay tuned for this week's winner!

 

 

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How to Sleep Better

Posted by Andie on January 10, 2010

Do you ever get frustrated with the fact that you aren't sleeping as well as you'd like to?  I don't have a magic pill for you, but I do have some simple suggestions that just might help you improve the overall quality of your sleep......

 

1. Don't stress and look at the alarm clock!

    If you are like me, you are constantly looking at the clock.  Each night as I climb into bed, I am silently calculating how many hours of sleep I am going to get, and if I don't fall asleep right away I start stressing myself out about the fact that I'm going to get less than I had anticipated.  The trick is to RELAX and IGNORE that stupid alarm clock.  It's probably hurting more than it's helping.

2. Go to bed only when you are tired

How often do you waste hours lying in bed trying to fall asleep, when you really aren't even that tired?  Don't you get frustrated when you think of all of the things that you could be doing?  Next time you don't fall asleep after 15-20 minutes of trying, get up and read a book. Clean your kitchen.  Write a letter.  Watch a movie.  Do something useful until your mind and body decide it's time to hit the sack.

 

3. Don't eat (2-3 hours) or drink large amounts before going to bed.

I stopped eating foods after 8pm a while ago, and not only did I start sleeping better, but I also started losing weight!  My body just FELT better.  My problem is that I love to drink water. If I don't remember to stop drinking a few hours before I go to bed, I'm constantly making trips to the bathroom throughout the night.  So annoying.

4. Develop a relaxing bedtime routine. 

Help your mind and body adjust from wakefulness to sleepiness, by easing into it.  You might try taking a warm shower, reading a book in dim light, or listening to soft, relaxing music.  Take time to meditate- think about what happened during your day and determine how you can make tomorrow better.

 

 

5. Make your Bedroom suitable for sleep.

It might sound weird, but I always sleep so much better when my clothes are picked up off of the floor, and my room is clean.  Keep it dark, and cool.  Make sure that you have good curtains or blinds to block the light from your windows, and use an electric blanket or fan to establish your ideal sleep temperatures.

6. Try to limit Afternoon Naps to 30 Minutes or Less.

I've never been much of a nap person, because it's hard for me to fall asleep in the day.  If by chance I DO fall asleep, a 20 minute cat nap turns into a 5 hour sleep session and then I'm groggy for the rest of the day.  If you ARE a nap person, try to keep them short and you'll most likely sleep better at night.

7. Exercise Regularly!

Having a pattern of regular exercise will not only contribute to better health, but also better sleep.  Don't worry- you don't have to be a marathon runner, or belong to a gym....just getting outside to take a walk will help!

8. Establish a Regular Sleep Routine

Try to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning at the same time every day.  It will help your body's biological clock adapt.  This can be hard with scheduling, but if you can, GO FOR IT!

 

9. Make Sure you've got a bomb.com Mattress and Pillow

About 1/3 of your life will be spent sleeping.  Doesn't it stand to reason that you should be resting on something comfortable?  In my opinion, one of the biggest contributors to poor sleep is a bad mattress.  If you had a horrible mattress in college, then you know exactly what I'm saying here.  Life is too short to be sleeping on a crappy mattress.  You should be replacing yours at least every ten years.  My husband and I just bought a new mattress from RC Willey (you guessed it) and we LOVE it.

 

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