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Merry Christmas!!

Posted by Andie on December 23, 2013

 

 

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I hope this Christmas goes down in the history books for you as one of the very best!

Hug your family and friends, tell them you love them, and make sure you eat an unhealthy amount of processed chocolate and sugar cookies over the next few days:)

 

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

 

Andie

 

 

P.S. Congratulations to our Christmas Giveaway Winners, Jan and Irina!  Ladies, shoot me an email (andie@rcwilley.com) and we will get you your foosball and air hockey tables!  Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Are you an Early Bird or Last Minute Shopper?

Posted by Andie on December 19, 2013

 

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You know that person who is frantically scrambling on Christmas Eve to finally drop their Christmas cards in the mail, pick up last minute presents, and find all of the gifts they've stashed around their house so that they can get everything wrapped up before Christmas morning?  That person is totally me.   Albeit stressful, procrastination has seemed to work out just fine for me in years past.  This year however, I decided to turn over a new leaf.  I went full throttle, and by December 5th, 90% of my Christmas shopping was complete, all of the presents in my possession were wrapped (still waiting for a few I bought online), and Christmas cards were addressed and ready to go to the post office.  

 

Can I just say, I'm kind of loving this?  I feel like I can suddenly watch Christmas movies, make sugar cookies with my little family, drive around our neighborhood to look at all of the Christmas lights, and go to holiday parties without stressing and worrying in the back of my mind about when and how I'm going to find time to get everything checked off of my list.  This is bliss!!

 

So what are your methods when it comes to holiday shopping?  Are you an early bird, or do you wait until the last minute?  This Christmas, I'm going to give away a foosball table and an air hockey table to two of you lucky readers to either help you with your last minute shopping, or reward you for already having it done!

 

 

 

 

Simply leave a comment telling me what kind of shopper you are!  Two random winners will be selected and announced next Monday morning, Dec. 23rd.  Good Luck!!

 

 

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Inspiration: Christmas Creches

Posted by Andie on December 17, 2013

The Christmas decor at my house is pretty minimal when it comes to snowmen, reindeer, santa claus, etc.  What I do have a lot of though, are nativity scenes.  I've been collecting them since I was a little girl.  These days finding a spot for all of them in my little house is getting to be quite the predicament!  

 

Last week I attended a local Christmas Creche Exhibit in Midway, Utah. (If you have a Creche exhibit in your area I highly recommend going!) There were hundreds of beautiful Nativity scenes on display from all over the world.  It was truly incredible to see the many unique representations of the manger scene- all of them so fascinating and lovely in their own way.  Here's a little sneak peek at some of my favorites....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creative Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

Posted by Andie on December 11, 2013

While technology certainly makes it easier to keep in touch with family and friends, sometimes I wish we could take a few steps back as a society when it comes to communication.  With text messages, emails, e-vites, and social media sites that we can access from our smart phones with a simple click of a button--- it seems that phone calls, hand written letters & even friendly personal visits have all but become a thing of the past.  

 

Some might think it totally old fashioned at this point in time, but to me a personalized Christmas card that I get in the mail will ALWAYS be superior to a holiday facebook post.  There's something almost special about receiving a Christmas card in the mail, and although the tradition seems to be dying among my generation, I hope that it never goes away.  Let's keep this long-standing tradition going!  

 

Oh, and by the way- here are some pretty creative ways to display those cards after they come in the mail.....

 

 

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Gift Ideas for Neighbors

Posted by Andie on December 6, 2013

I was lucky enough to grow up in a real tight-knit neighborhood.  Everybody knew each other, and for the most part, everybody even liked each other!  One of the perks of living in such a neighborhood as a kid, was the plethora of neighbor gifts we received at Christmas time each year.  The doorbell would ring on a cold December night, and it was a pretty sure bet that on the other side of the door there was a plate of homemade caramels and fudge, a bucket of cheese flavored popcorn, a loaf of freshly baked bread, or some other delicious treat.  YUM.  As a kid it never got old!

 

As an adult, the hardest part about doing neighbor gifts each year is deciding what exactly to give!  It's tricky!  Do you find something that works and repeat it every year, or do you like to get creative and try new things??  For the past few years our standby has been bags of chips and salsa from a local restaurant--- but after seeing so many cute ideas online I think it might be time for me to branch out!  If you're needing a little inspiration, check out some of these awesome neighbor gift ideas from around the web....

 

 

1. diy christmas coasters  2. pineapple  3. christmas kisses

 

 

 

1. popcorn with seasoning salts  2. rosemary infused olive oil

 

 

 

1. stovetop potpourri 2. ice cream cone kit  3. personalized christmas cookies plate

 

 

 

1. mason jar with licorice  2. festive christmas straws  3. favorite children's christmas book

 

 

 

1. diy color blocked wooden spoons  2. cozy blanket  3. glass soda bottles filled with candy

 

 

 

 1. cookies for santa jar  2. christmas ornaments

 

 

 

1. simply lemonade with straws  2. tin filled with baked goodies  3. holiday flavored hand soap

 

 

 

1. bake-at-home pizza in a box  2. quickbread in a jar  3. holiday printables in a frame  

4. fresh baguettes and homemade flavored butters

 

 

 

1. christmas cookie dough  2. all i want for christmas chalkboard

 

 

 

1. cheese ball and crackers  2. homemade bath salts

 

 

 

 1. homemade nativity  2. fresh baked bread  3. homemade caramel sauce  4. pretty holiday mugs 

 

 

 

1. oven mitt filled with kitchen supplies  2. wooden spoon cookie recipe & ingredients  

3. hot chocolate on a spoon 

 

 

 What kinds of things do you like to give for neighbor gifts??

I'd love to hear your ideas!!

 

 

 

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Trend Alert: 8 Hot Christmas Decor Trends of 2013

Posted by Andie on December 2, 2013

Have you ever peered into a box of old, dusty Christmas decorations and thought, "Oh, these are so ugly!  How did I ever think it was okay to display these in my house?"!  I know I have!  Let's face it.  While many Christmas decorations are timeless and can be passed down from generation to generation, there are also many that are not.  Christmas decor trends come and go, so how do you know what's 'in' and what's not?  

 

One of our amazing designers here at RC Willey has identified 8 of the Hottest Christmas Decor trends of 2013 to help you decorate your house in style this year!  Thanks Teresa!  

 

And now, here are the trends......

 

 

1. Ditch the Bows

 

 

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3. Incorporate fun holiday words around the house

 

 

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4. Embrace the Natural- pine cones, sticks, fireplaces full of logs, etc.

 

 

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5. Use gold, sparkles and color to glam things up!

 

 

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6. Instead of a plain wreath, put a fun sign on the front door!

 

 

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7. Use battery-lit candles (they don't burn down the house)

 

 

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8. Showcase Chalkboard Art 

 

 

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 And there you have it!  

 

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