Posted by Andie on April 25, 2012
Do you ever feel like the sailors in this picture on the job? Have a hard time staying awake throughout the day? Fall asleep within five minutes of your head hitting the pillow at night? Feel exhausted?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, chances are you're one of the 40 million Americans suffering from sleep deprivation and fatigue.
According to medicinenet.com, there are 14 common causes of fatigue:
1. Not enough sleep
2. Sleep Apnea
3. Not enough fuel (are you eating enough of the good stuff?)
4. Anemia (leading cause of fatigue in women)
6. Thyroid problems
7. Too much caffeine
8. Hidden UTI
11. Heart disease
12. Shift Work Sleep Disorder
13. Food Allergies
14. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia
Do you have any of these symptoms? Check out this slideshow to find out what you can do to help reverse your fatigue!
In addition to these causes of fatigue, one of the biggest in my opinion is sleeping on a bad mattress. Look, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that approximately 1/3 of your TOTAL LIFE is spent sleeping. Doesn't that fact alone warrant the need for a good mattress? Hello people! Skimping when it comes to a mattress is just not smart!
This week is Sleep Week at RC Willey. We've dedicated a whole week to help you sleep better! Take this Sleep Quiz from Everyday Health to find out how well you're really sleeping, and if your sleep could use some improvement, head on over to your local RC Willey and start testing out new mattresses. With incredible savings this week on mattress brands including Simmons, Spring Air, Serta, Tempur-Pedic, and Aierloom, there's definitely something for every person and every budget.
In the mean time, you can start implementing these 9 ways to get a better night's sleep!
Posted by Andie on April 19, 2012
Ever since I was a little girl, birds have always freaked me out a little. This probably stems from an early childhood experience when a mean swan chased my 3 year old self around a duck pond and pecked at my cute red shoes. It was a terrifying experience for a little person. Clearly, I'm still not over it.
Seeing Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds in junior high probably didn't help either. It just solidified my inherent belief that all wild birds have it out for me. Just ask my husband and best friend about the army of devil seagulls that randomly attacked us last summer on a crowded beach, and then you'd be convinced too.
The point is, despite all of the horrible experiences I've had with wild birds over the years (believe me, there are plenty), for some reason now that I have a backyard I have this overwhelming desire to feed them! I know. It makes absolutely no sense, and I just hope that I'm not turning into the "bird lady" from Home Alone. SCARY.
We have a bird feeder full of bird seed hanging from one of the trees, but the other day I decided to make an extra special little treat for the birdies that frequent our backyard. (What is happening to me?) I couldn't believe how many "recipes" were out there- I had no idea so many people liked feeding birds.
Here's the recipe I ended up using. Apparently birds are supposed to love the stuff, but I'm not going to guarantee anything since I didn't taste it.....
Honey Banana Birdie Bites
Here's what you'll need:
2 Whole Bananas
1/4 cup Honey
3 tbsp. Banana Baby Food (* I used a pureed banana instead)
1/4 cup Millet, Oats, or chopped Almonds (I used oats)
1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
Start by pre-heating your oven to 300 degrees, and greasing a cookie sheet with a little oil. Slice the two bananas into discs and set aside. In a small bowl, mix one egg (you can leave the shell or take it out) and 1/4 cup honey.
Next, add 3 tablespoons of banana baby food (I didn't have baby food lying around so I used 3 Tbsp of pureed banana instead and it worked great). Stir mixture up (it's going to look pretty nasty). Take the little banana discs, dip them into the mixture, then place them on the greased cookie sheet.
Once the banana discs are all in place, cover with 1/4 cup oats (you can also use millet or chopped almonds), and throw them in the oven and bake them for 10 minutes.
Here is the finished product. They actually look pretty gross, but I'm assuming birds like them? I put them out on a plate on our patio and several hours later a good portion of them were already gone.
Do you like feeding birds?
What recipes or seeds have you used?
Congratulations to this week's random patio furniture winner, Linda!
Linda, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your information so that we can get you your new Mosaic Tile Bench! It's perfect for bird watching if you're into that kind of thing!
Posted by Andie on April 17, 2012
When it comes to technology, I feel like I'm always late to the party. It's probably due to the fact that I'm convinced the newest, latest & greatest technological advances and gadgets are over-rated and not worth the money--- that is, until I try them out. When I finally get around to testing something, I'm almost always an instant believer.
Such is the case with nice headphones. Quality headphones have always been a definite waste of money in my book. Who wants to spend a big chunk of change on high tech headphones, when the cheap five dollar ear buds work just fine??
Then we had a headphone "listening party" at the corporate offices of RC Willey a couple months ago and my thinking changed pretty quickly. All of our "Get Connected" Technology specialists, plus a lot of associates came to test out dozens of different kinds of headphones to help determine which headphones were the very best, and which ones we would carry at RC Willey this year.
Oh my heavens I was totally blown away. BLOWN AWAY I tell you! Every single pair of headphones I tested out made my cheapo ear buds that have been through the wash one too many times look (and sound) pretty darn pathetic. I honestly couldn't believe the difference in the clarity and sound! Some of my very favorite songs sounded completely different and 100% more wonderful than normal.
So, let it be stated for the record: I am now an advocate of headphone technology, and I'm saving my pennies to get me a new pair!
The final decision was a tough one since all of the headphones we tested out were pretty amazing (at least according to me), but we ended up picking up some of the very best brands out there. Come into one of our store locations and test them out if you don't believe me when I say they're incredible- I promise you'll fall in love with them too. Here are some of my favorites you should check out.....
SOUL by Ludacris Gold Noise Canceling Headphones
Eskuche Control White Headphones
SMS Audio STREET by 50 Cent Wired over Blue Headphones
Audio Technica Black Noise Canceling Headphones
Monster BEATS by Dr. Dre High Performance On-Ear Headphones
What kind of headphones do you use?
Posted by Andie on April 13, 2012
For the past couple years my husband and I had been apartment dwellers. Now that we're living in a house this will be the first summer we've had the responsibility/opportunity to take care of a yard together. We're both really excited about it! Unfortunately the poor lawn is definitely begging to be mowed, but we still don't have a lawn mower. Yet, that is.
via inhabitat- as cool as this mowercycle looks, I think it would get old real fast.
After doing a little research I've been shocked at how many different kinds of lawn mowers are out there. It's actually quite overwhelming. According to Jessica Groach, a Lawnmower columnist, there are 6 questions you should ask yourself before you start shopping for a lawn mower:
1. How big is your lawn?
2. Are there any slopes or steep grades?
3. Are there obstacles like trees or flower beds?
4. How dense is your grass?
5. What is your environment like? (Is noise or air pollution a concern for your neighbors?)
6. How much can you spend?
Once you've answered these questions, it might be a bit easier to navigate through the world of lawn mowers to find which one is right for you and your yard. Here are some of the basics to get you started....
Self-Propelled Mowers: If you have a large and or sloped yard, you'll want a self-propelled mower. Most of them have adjustable speeds so that you can set it at a pace that's comfortable for you. This type of mower is a dream for people who want lawn mowing to be pretty easy and effortless.
Push Mowers: While push mowers are much less complex and costly than self-propelled mowers, the downside is that they are a lot harder to push! So, if you have a fairly level and small yard, or you want to get a work-out when you mow your lawn, a push mower might be the way for you to go!
Electric Mowers: These mowers have a lot of great benefits- they're easy to start, are super quiet, and are good for the environment since they don't use gas. There are a few drawbacks though- the biggest being the fact that many require cords. Cordless versions are available, but the battery drains in about an hour. You'll also have to cut more often since they aren't designed for deep cutting.
Reel Mowers: Believe it or not, these retro mowers seem to be making a comeback as yards get smaller and houses are getting closer together. They actually cut closer than motorized mowers, so you don't have to cut as frequently... but when you do, it's a LOT of work.
Riding Mowers: If you're lawn is an acre or larger, don't even think about getting anything besides a riding mower! Yes, they are expensive, but mowing is effortless and quite fun!
And if you really want to be a trend setter among your friends and neighbors, consider forking out the dough ($2,800) for this Eco Friendly Robotic Mower! Technology has really come a long way over the years. I think we'll most likely end up purchasing some sort of self-propelled mower, although I'd take the robotic mower if someone gave it to me!
Last but not least, I'm going to give this Four Season Mosaic Tile Bench to a reader for our weekly patio giveaway! It's the perfect outdoor accessory to spruce up your yard, garden, or patio. To enter, simply become a blog follower if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me what kind of lawn mower you prefer using! (Or would like to use:) I'll pick a random winner next Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 am MST. Good Luck!
P.S. Need a lawn mower? Check out RC Willey's selection!
Posted by Andie on April 9, 2012
Have you heard about our South Shore Furniture Promotion going on right now?
This week, until Wednesday night, all South Shore Furniture products on our website are 20% off! Plus, we're offering FREE nationwide shipping to boot! All South Shore room group pieces are sold individually, so you can buy up a whole set, or pick up just a few pieces.... whatever tickles your fancy.
Here are some of my current favorites......
Step One Collection- Chocolate
City Life Collection
Step One Collection- White
Summer Breeze Kid's Room Collection
U @ Work Collection
In other news, Congratulations to our first Patio Furniture Winner, Brooke Christensen!
Brooke, go ahead and email me at email@example.com and we'll go ahead and get you your Free 3 Piece Bistro Patio Set so that you can start soaking up the sun!
Posted by David on April 5, 2012
Last night I got home from work and found my husband grilling some fierce BBQ chicken outside on the grill. We tend to use the grill year round, but last night was different. For the first time this year, we ate dinner outside on the patio! Hallelujah, bring on the warm weather!
Who else is excited for BBQ season?
But that's not all. I decided that I wanted in on the fun too!
This month, I'll be posting about grilling, gardening, patio decor, and all things outdoors! If you have any suggestions on a topic you'd like covered, let me know!
The best part? Every week I'll be giving away some of my favorite patio/garden furniture! To start off, I am going to give one of you lucky readers this sleek metal and iron 3 piece bistro set. To enter, simply become a follower of the blog if you aren't already, and leave a comment telling me why you're excited for summer to get here already!
A winner will be randomly chosen Monday afternoon, April 9th at 4:00pm MST.
Good luck, and Happy Easter!