Posted by Andie on January 28, 2011
Last October, my parents, husband and I found ourselves in the great state of Ohio. One morning my mother and I were convinced by our football junkie husbands that while passing through Canton (on our way to visit Amish Country), we just HAD to stop at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum. After all, this was a 'Once in a lifetime opportunity'. And so stop, we did....
Anything involving football typically isn't on my radar, so here is photo proof for those of you who have a hard time believing I spent two hours at this glorious man paradise.
You know what? I ended up really enjoying it. I mean, I didn't emerge as a football super fan or anything, but it was interesting nonetheless. They had a lot of cool old-school football paraphernalia, engaging displays, and fun facts that even an outsider like myself could understand. Here are some tidbits about the Super Bowl that I learned....
My very favorite part however, was the display that showcased every Super Bowl Ring ever made. I learned that diamonds are not only a girl's best friend, but also a super bowl champion's. Talk about HUGE and gaudy! (Sadly, the pictures don't accurately portray size- the rings would have hit way above my knuckles if they had let me try them on!)
An old Denver Bronco's Ring
An old Pittsburgh Steelers Ring
So, here comes the important question... What team is going to take the ring this year?
The Pittsburgh Steelers? Or the Green Bay Packers?
Confession: I know nothing, absolutely nothing about either team! BUT.....Since I have warmed up to football this year, I want to make sure that you watch the big game in style next weekend!
This Prizmo 40" 720P LCD HDTV is going to come and live with one of you lucky readers! All you have to do to be eligible to win, is become a blog follower if you aren't already, and vote for the team you'll be cheering for on February 6th! Votes must be submitted by Thursday, Feb 3rd at midnight.
A random winner will be chosen and announced next Friday, February 4th, just in time for the weekend!
*Entries submitted in the comments section of this post will be deleted. Make sure you visit the Voting Page to enter properly!
Posted by Andie on January 26, 2011
The one thing I regret when it comes to our purchases when we first got married is that we didn't pony up and buy nice lamps. We made the mistake of getting cheapos from somewhere I won't mention, and they're falling apart on us after just a year! So, if you are in the market for new lamps, please learn from my poor judgment.
Just yesterday, RC Willey started carrying Kichler lamps. What originally started in 1938 as a little family-run lighting business in Cleveland, has grown significantly over the years and is a major leader in the lighting industry today. Known specifically for their imaginative styles, unique design, fresh colors, and supreme quality, Kichler's got something for everyone!
We have a great selection of Kichler lamps available to our online shoppers only, and best of all, there are desk lamps and floor lamps available in many different price points.
Here are a few that I would like to have in my home (now I've just got to justify replacing our lamps ASAP)....
Get busy checking out all of our Kichler lamps! Which one do you want in your home?
Posted by Michael on January 21, 2011
While it's wise to follow most rules the world puts out there, some rules were made to be broken, especially when it comes to design. There are hundreds of so-called 'decorating rules' people like to talk about, but in reality those rules don't exist! After all, folks who aren't afraid to go against the norm, take big risks, and think outside the box are usually the ones who end up with book deals, television shows, and lots of money. Bottom line: Trust yourself and your design sense, and go for it! In the meantime, here are 10 so-called 'decorating rules' that you should start breaking right now........
1. "You should always match your night stands"
image via Apartment Therapy
2. "You shouldn't put a big piece of furniture in a small room"
3. "The most important piece of furniture is the sofa"
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4. "Every room needs a rug"
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5. "Different furniture styles shouldn't be mixed together"
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6. "Always put a coffee table in front of a sofa"
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7. "The chairs around your kitchen table should all match"
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8. "Don't hang a lot of picture frames on one wall"
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9. "Don't mix different colors of wood"
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10. "Stay away from lots of patterns"
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UPDATE: Congratulations to Cindy Staples and Kathy Combs, the winners of our Trash the Pillow Giveaway! Ladies, contact me at email@example.com so that we can set up your pillow fitting consultation!
I must say, I could not believe how many people have had similar experiences as I did with neck/back/body pain and horrible pillows! If you didn't win the giveaway, please do yourself a favor and invest in some quality pillows! You will thank me later.....
Posted by Michael on January 18, 2011
**END OF UPDATE**
Did you know that an estimated 14,500 TONS of chips and 4,000 TONS of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday each year?!
Guess I might not be the only person in America who is more interested in the snack table than the football game....
With the big game in just a little over two weeks, it's time to begin our annual Super Bowl Recipe Contest! Here's the drill:
The first five people to submit a recipe will win a free old fashioned popcorn maker, and everyone else will snag a $25 RC Willey gift card!
Best of all, you can view some of the recipes I receive on this page
so that everyone can get some fun, new appetizer ideas this year. Thanks in advance for sharing!
Here's a favorite recipe of mine. Just don't make it while you're home alone because you won't be able to stop yourself....
image via nanny kim's recipes
Mango Avocado Dip with Black Beans and Lime Vinaigrette
2 ripe avocados, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 ripe mango, pee led and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 jalepeno, seeded and minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
In medium bowl, toss mango and jalepeno with 1 tablespoon lime juice and salt. Add avocado and gently toss to combine. In small bowl, whisk together the remaining lime juice, zest, sugar, cilantro and oil. Toss the black beans with the vinaigrette. Mix all together and serve with pita bread or tortilla chips.
UPDATE: Congratulations to our speedy recipe submitters! Our five popcorn maker winners are....
Melissa Halvorsen- Syracuse, UT
Tammi Perdew- Boise, ID
Kelly Bone- Layton, UT
Brad Horrocks- Eagle Mountain, UT
Stephanie Shoell- Murray, UT
Posted by Andie on January 14, 2011
Six months ago my neck was killing me. I was waking up every morning with an intense shooting pain, and I was frustrated because I couldn't determine what the problem was. I'm only 25 for crying out loud! Neck pain already? This went on for months, and nothing relieved the pain. I finally chalked it up to stress, and figured I was just going to have to live with it. Until the night I had a major breakthrough.....
I couldn't sleep because my neck was bothering me, and in utter frustration I chucked my pillow across the room. I woke up the next morning without a pillow, and without the normal back pain I was accustomed to. This got me thinking. Could my pillow really be the problem? You see, I was emotionally attached to my pillow. Heck, I'd used it since middle school at least! It suddenly became very clear to me that ten or so years had really taken a toll on the thing. Once it had been perfect and plump, but now it was just a sorry little flat pathetic wad of lumpiness. And so, after much contemplation (remember, I was freakishly attached) and persuasion from my husband, I said sayonara and took it out to the dumpster.
Instead of buying a random new pillow at a department store and hoping it would work out, I decided to do a little research to learn what kind of pillows are best for side sleepers like me. I discovered that RC Willey carries a great selection of pillows, ranging from $4- $400. How is that I work here and didn't know that!? Anyway, I went down to an RC Willey showroom, found a mattress that was similar to mine in firmness, and began testing pillows.
After trying out about a dozen pillows, I ended up buying a Tempur-pedic neck pillow, and a Health Care air pillow. Please hear me out when I say that THEY HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!! I'm healthier, happier, and I can sleep through the night now! And best of all, my neck pain is completely gone. I've become such an advocate of finding the right pillow for your body, because it makes all the difference!
Looking back, I wish I wouldn't have wasted so many years of my life sleeping on a crappy pillow. And I don't want you to either! So, I'm going to give two of you readers a pair of wonderful new pillows! For a chance to win, all you have to do is become a blog follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment by Thursday Jan. 20th at midnight telling me why it's time for you to trash your pillows! Two random winners will be announced Friday, Jan 21st!
Since everyone is different and the pillows I love might just make you miserable, the winners will get to go to their nearest RC Willey for a free consultation and get "pillow fitted" for two new Health Care Air, or Latex International pillows (both brands carry different styles for stomach, side and back sleepers!) In the meantime, go into RC Willey and test out our fine selection of quality pillows! You won't regret it!
Posted by Andie on January 12, 2011
Christmas is over, and the decorations are stowed away. Now all you've got to figure out is when you're going to take the lights off your roof. This can be tricky. It's dangerous business anytime of the year, not to mention when your roof looks like an ice skating rink!
For all of you folks that are bound and determined to get the lights down pronto, follow these suggestions so that you don't break your back this winter.......
1. Make sure your ladder is secure before stepping onto it.
2. Don't be stupid and try to take down the lights at night! You need plenty of light.
3. Wear eye protection so that loose branches and icicles don't poke your eyes out.
4. Don't drink alcohol beforehand! Pretty sure you don't want to be drunk 30 ft. above the ground.
5. Keep a cell phone nearby to call for an ambulance.
6. Don't try to show off for your kids by doing kart wheels on the roof.
7. Don't attempt to use hairdryers or hot air popcorn poppers to melt the ice.
8. Make sure your will is up to date.
9. Turn OFF the lights before taking them down so that you don't get electrocuted.
10. Don't take the lights down until July, or when the ice has completely melted.
11. Hire somebody else to come and submit themselves to your icy roof.
Posted by Andie on January 7, 2011
The Pantone Institute is a major global authority when it comes to color, and setting design standards. Each year, the institute determines what the "Color of the Year" will be in fashion, home decor, and design. Let me just say that they are always dead on when it comes to hot color trends. The Color of 2010 was turquoise, and I've got a whole slew of turquoise in my closet, pillows on my sofa, and a turquoise table in my living room to prove it.
Recently, the institute announced the Color of the Year for 2011! Get excited, because this year's color is.......................Honeysuckle!!!
Honeysuckle just might solve the world's most complicated problems this year. (besides hunger, war, and politics). Planning a wedding? Updating your wardrobe? Re-decorating your home? Look to the magnetic, captivating, and lively tones of Honeysuckle. When it comes to home interiors, honeysuckle accents can add flair to any room- be on the lookout in 2011 for honeysuckle bedding, patterned pillows, artwork, small appliances, and tabletop accessories!
image via apartment therapy
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What do you think? Are you going to jump on the honeysuckle train this year?
Posted by Andie on January 5, 2011
Have you ever looked over your list of New Year's Resolutions at the end of the year only to realize that you a. didn't accomplish any of them because they were too lofty, or b. completely forgot that you had even set goals? Sound familiar, or is it just me?
It's January 5th, and I'm still perfecting my list of goals for 2011. Have you written down any goals for the new year yet? It's not too late. Here are 5 SMART questions to ask yourself when setting goals that will not only help you set the right goals, but also help ensure that you'll be able to confidently check them off by the end of the year!
Are your goals......
S- Specific ?
R- Realistic ?
T- Timely ?
If you need to do some revising, check out this SMART Goal Setting Guide for help!