Posted by Andie on March 23, 2010
Are You Ready to Start Eating Like this Every Night??
RC Willey wants to help.
On April 1st, we are going to pick one lucky random social follower to take home this Weber Genesis E- Propane Gas Grill! Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already, and you'll automatically be entered into the drawing!
Say hello to fine dining at home this summer!
Just in case you don't win this time, check out our selection of grills.
Posted by Andie on March 19, 2010
My husband and I have been staying at my parents house "babysitting" my little brothers while my mom and dad have been out of the country this week. Lucky for us, they are both in middle school and can pretty much take care of themselves. We're here to drive them to and from all of their sports practices, to make sure they get their homework done, and to fix them more nutritious meals than mac and cheese (because if it were up to them, they'd probably eat that all week.) Everything had gone smoothly until yesterday morning.....
I'm getting ready for the day and I go to the little nightstand next to the bed where I had placed my wedding ring, watch and earrings the night before, and to my complete horror, MY WEDDING RING IS GONE. Of course the one time I leave my ring box at home this happens. At first, I try not to freak out. I start looking on the carpet next to the bed. Nothing. I pick up the night stand, move the arm chair, attack the drapes, take all the sheets off the bed. Still nothing. At this point I have a pit the size of a black hole in my stomach. I shriek down to my husband, telling him to come quick!
Two minutes later husband and I are both searching, tearing apart the entire room. I'm a nervous wreck, crawling around frantically with a flashlight and husband is still calm as a cucumber. That pretty much sums up our relationship. Just then, it hit me like a ton of bricks. "Oh my gosh! Somebody got into the house last night and stole my ring! That's the only thing that makes sense!!" Husband looks at me as if I'm crazy, but kindly explains that no one could have gotten into the house last night, and even if they did, he, the lightest sleeper I know, would have woken up. Deep down, I know he's right.
He leaves for work, promising me we'll find it. I'm almost in tears. Now I'm looking all over the house, and really starting to question my sanity. After a while, I make it back to the bedroom, feeling totally defeated and confused. I'm sitting on the bed, and I think to start looking in all the pillow cases. We had washed all of the bedding the night before. My little brothers had gotten all of the pillows back on the bed for me, so it seems kind of pointless to look through them since I hadn't touched them, but at this point I'm desperate. I examine most of them, (there are close to 10 on the bed) and just as I'd imagined, nothing. There are two over-sized pillows still to check. I pick up the first, and just as I'm about to quit this nonsense, I feel something hard in the corner of the pillow. In total disbelief, I reach in and pull out nothing other than my wedding ring. WHAT THE???
I hope it's just enough for you to know that I found my ring, because I'm sorry to say that I still don't have any answers. After questioning my brothers, tracing back my steps, and racking my brain for clues, I still have absolutely no idea how my wedding ring found its way into the decorative pillow.
I'm grateful I found my ring, but I'm still confused. Perhaps it will remain a mystery forever.
Have you ever lost your wedding ring?? Leave a comment and share your story!
Posted by Andie on March 16, 2010
Have you ever found something that you couldn't live without at a store, only to find that it wasn't in stock, and you were going to have to wait weeks, or maybe months until that item came in? I have, and it was pretty frustrating. I can get a little impatient. When I want something, I want it NOW. Not in twelve weeks.
Most of the time that scenario will never happen at RC Willey. I'll tell you why.
RC Willey has a HUGE Inter-Mountain Distribution Center (IDC) in Salt Lake City. It's literally the size of 12 football fields. This gigantic warehouse holds over 276,574 pieces of inventory, worth over $50 million on any given day. That means, you want something, we've got it. Today. Or tomorrow. No waiting twelve weeks.
Here's how it works: Manufacturers from all over the world ship their products to IDC (or the distribution centers in Nevada and California). Each day, 40-45 truckloads arrive with about 5,500 pieces of new inventory. The product is then unloaded, organized, and stocked in shelves up to three stories high.
From IDC, inventory is taken to our RC Willey Stores, our other distribution centers, and also delivered directly to your home.
Thanks to our large pool of inventory, RC Willey has the ability to deliver quickly. When you buy product from us, we try to get it delivered to your home within 3 days. (Within 5 days if you are out of the Utah market and your inventory is coming from IDC) Everything about our delivery process is smooth. Customers receive an e-mail the night before their delivery with an approximate delivery time, and the next morning the drivers call them to confirm that time. Drivers then embark on a computerized route that gets them from house to house quickly and efficiently. The system has been improved over time, and so it's no surprise that delivery trucks visit 500-600 homes per day.
Getting furniture from RC Willey is almost as quick, convenient, and painless as picking up french fries and a chocolate shake from the fast food drive-through. Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself!
Posted by Andie on March 12, 2010
I wasn't given a middle name at birth.
Nope, just a first and last name. When I was young I often signed my signature with a fake middle name. That's how much I wished I was one of those middle-namer kids.
I just got married a few months ago, and I'm happy to report that I'm now officially part of the Middle Name Club, thanks to my maiden name becoming my middle name!
I'm now entitled to celebrate, because today is "Middle Name Pride Day".
No, I didn't make it up. It's totally legit. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate your middle name, especially if you are embarrassed of it or hide your middle name. (According to holiday tradition, you are supposed to tell three people who don't already know it, what your middle name is).
So be grateful if you've got a middle name, and no matter how heinous it might be, embrace it today!!
Posted by Andie on March 9, 2010
I've got a major case of spring fever. Who else is ready for winter to be over? In an effort to rebel against the cold, I've been dreaming of barbeques, swimming pools, and patio sets to adorn the backyard. Check out these little gems that I found.....
I love these backyard planters... cute with or without plants inside
I am craving an afternoon in this hammock
I'll take this Agio patio set, thank you very much
This Adirondack chair is so classic. And it's even on sale!
If you can't wait for summer either (or at least spring), take a look at RC Willey's Patio Furniture. While you are at it, if you plan on spending a lot of time relaxing outside in the next few months, you'd better make sure you've got a good Grill. It's all about the food, right?
We are going to give one of you the opportunity to feast on mouthwatering grilled cuisine all summer. On April 1st a lucky random social follower (blog, facebook, twitter) will be chosen to win this Weber Genesis E- Propane Gas Grill.
If you aren't already following this blog, sign up now and stay tuned for the winner!
Posted by Andie on March 5, 2010
When I was 19 I lived in London for a semester studying film and travel writing. Besides falling in love with the theaters, art museums, restaurants, fashion, and ethnic diversity found in each European city I visited, I also became fascinated with the cars that frequented their roadways. I had been under the impression that my Mitsubishi Lancer back in the states was a petite vehicle, but once I met the European Smart Car, my little Lancer seemed more like a Mini-Van.
The first time I saw a Smart Car parked on the road, I honestly thought it was fake. Remember those battery-powered toy cars? You know, the ones kids could actually sit in and drive around the neighborhood? I thought it looked like one of those. After a few moments of intense observation, I began attempting to measure the Smart Car with my arms, peering inside the windows out of curiosity, and thinking how great it would be to parallel park one of those beauties. I came to the conclusion that these would NEVER make it to the United States. There was just no way.
Okay, so I was dead wrong. It's been five years, and Smart Cars have definitely started to make their presence here in the U.S. Have you seen them around? What do you think of them? Would you want to drive one?? You might be able to soon....
RC Willey is Giving Away a Smart Car!!
Alright, I'm just going to lay it out on the table. At first, I was incredibly skeptical when I thought about owning a Smart Car. I've already been in way too many car accidents at my relatively young age, and as a result, I prefer safe cars. At first glance, the Smart Car didn't seem all that safe to me. It's definitely not like the Buick my father made me drive when I turned sixteen. (At the time, I was mortified, but I actually appreciate the experience looking back).
This inspired me to do a little research. First, I went and looked at a Smart Car, and got all of the information I could. Next, I turned to the internet. Interestingly enough, I found that the Smart Car is actually pretty safe. In fact, it has earned very high safety ratings thanks to its steel, race-car style frame, and liberal use of high tech front and side airbags. Surprised?
Here are some of the Pro's of owning a Smart Car:
*FUEL EFFICIENT: can you say up to 50 mpg?
*Perfect for city driving
*The ultimate parallel parker
*Mercedes Benz engineered
*Roomy interior (I was shocked at how spacious the inside felt)
*Makes a statement
Some of the features I (a non-car person) thought were cool in the Smart Car Guidebook:
*5-speed automated manual transmission
*4 Airbags (2 in the front, and 2 on the sides) and Tire pressure monitoring
*Acceleration skid control and Automatic hill start assist
*Heated Seats and door mirrors
*Air Conditioner with automatic temperature control
I'm obviously no expert, so if you want to learn more about the Smart Car, go to the official Smart Car Website.
To enter the RC Willey Smart Car drawing, all you have to do is print out an entry form online, fill it out, and drop it off at the nearest RC Willey. A winner will be randomly chosen on March 29th. It could be you! Good Luck!!!
Posted by Andie on March 2, 2010
Thank goodness February is finally over, and March is here. Make room for blossoming buds on trees, waking up to the sound of chirping birds, neighbors coming out of winter hibernation, and looking ten pounds thinner after you've shed your parka. I can't wait.
Spring has always signified new beginnings for me. A fresh start. No wonder I love spring cleaning. Out with the old, and in with the new. This is the perfect time of year to clean out, throw away, de-clutter, and re-vamp. One of the best places to start is your bedroom. Here are ten easy things you can do to give your bedroom a fresh new look!
Get two big garbage bags. You will use one for actual garbage, and the other for gently used items that you can donate to charity or give away. Go through your closet, and drawers and GET RID of anything you haven't worn or used in the past year. If you are like me, you might need a friend with you to act as the voice of reason. She'll convince you that no matter how much you loved those sandals five years ago, you're never actually going to wear them again. The more you junk, the better. Plus getting rid will give you an excuse to do some shopping to update your wardrobe.
2. Take the time to REALLY clean
This should not be a half-effort job. Get a bucket of soapy water (Mr. Clean is my personal favorite), a sponge, and a toothbrush and attack everything. The shelves in your closet, the baseboards, the walls, the doors. Dust your furniture, and get rid of any cobwebs on the ceiling. Clean your carpets if you have access to a carpet cleaning system. Throw your mattress pad, sheets, and pillowcases in the washing machine. Remember, the more thorough, the better.
*Now that you've cleaned and de-cluttered, we are on to the fun part. Re-vamping and re-freshing. You might want to try some of these ideas to bring new life to your room if you haven't already...
3. Move Around Your Furniture
The most obvious way to change your bedroom is to buy a new bedroom set. If you are in the market, perfect. You'll have a lot of gorgeous furniture to choose from. If this isn't an option for you, try moving around your furniture to create a new look. If that's not enough, and you just can't stand the furniture that you've got, try re-painting some of it and finding new knobs for your dresser drawers.
4. Need a Headboard?
Since your bedroom is primarily used for sleeping, the bed should be the focal point of the room. If you don't have a headboard, you can find some for a reasonable price. Another option is to try making your own! HGTV gives great headboard ideas and step by step instructions on how to create your own chic fabric headboard.
5. Don't Skimp On The Bedding
No matter how lovely the furniture is or how great the paint on the walls looks, if the bedding doesn't impress, then the whole room is kind of a bust. It's usually the first thing I notice. Unfortunately, purchasing new bedding gets very expensive, very quickly. If you don't want to purchase a whole new bedding set, try layering blankets and folded plush throws at the end of your bed for a luxurious look. Add lots of colorful, patterned pillows (you can make your own if you know how to sew). The more pillows the better.
6. Accessorize With Furniture
If you have the space, try to get your hands on any type of furniture you can to help embellish your bedroom. Placing a bench at the foot of the bed, or a comfy reading chair with an ottoman in the corner can help transform your bedroom into more of a suite, not just a place to sleep.
7. Get More Light
If you don't already have lamps on your nightstands, dressers, or the floor, you should definitely invest in some. If you are sick of your perfectly good lamps, start looking for new lamp shades. You can usually find them for a fraction of the price that an entire lamp will cost you, and they will still help change the style of your room.
8. Give Your Walls Some Love
Re-paint your entire room a new, fresh color, or simply paint one wall a bold accent color. If you want to go out on a limb, say hello to wallpaper! Can you believe that it's back? Well, it is, and it's a much improved version of the old stuff. Now you can find highly textured and very elegant wall paper that is easier to remove than it used to be. I'm loving bold, bright patterned wallpaper at the moment.
9. Hang Stuff Up
I love mirrors because you can get them in a myriad of different shapes and sizes. Nothing makes a room look bigger than it really is more than a mirror hanging on the wall. Next, personalize your bedroom- hang the things you love up on the wall. You could showcase anything from expensive paintings, to photographs from your travels, to your child's artwork. Be creative, and make it your own.
10. Fresh Flowers Deliver
Have you ever stayed in a hotel room that had fresh flowers on the nightstand? It's such a simple gesture, but it makes all the difference. Invest in some plants, and get fresh flowers as often as you can to adorn your bedroom. It will bring new life to your room, and also wonderful fragrant smells.