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15 Creative Things to do with your Kids' Halloween Candy

Posted by Andie on October 31, 2015

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

After neighborhood trunk-or-treats, family halloween parties, work parties, school parties, and trick-or-treating of course, you are sure to have a LOT of candy on your hands.  If you're like me and.....

1. don't want your kids on a total sugar high for the next month 
2. have essentially no self-control when you know that Snickers' and Reeses' and M&M's are sitting in your kids' halloween buckets under their beds, and
3. don't really want to gain 10 lbs. from eating candy before the holidays even start

............. then this post is for YOU!

Here are 15 creative things to do with your kids' haul of halloween candy:

1. Tell your kids to pick out 10 pieces they'd like to eat, then throw the rest away!
2. Use it for educational purposes (learning colors, sorting, counting, etc)
3. Make milkshakes
4. Freeze it for later
5. Bake with it (brownies, cookies, etc) and take treats to your neighbors to kick off a month of thanksgiving
6. Save it and use it to decorate gingerbread houses at Christmas time
7. Perform candy experiments
8. Send a care package to grandparents
9. Donate it to a local charity that accepts candy donations (women's shelters, soup kitchens, children's hospitals, nursing homes, etc)
10. Send a package to the troops
11. Build a candy city (use a hot glue gun and a piece of cardboard and let your kids' imaginations run wild!)
12. Fill a pinata for a Christmas party
13. Make your own trail mix
14. Let your kids exchange their candy for something else- like a book, movie or game
15. Take it to your work and leave it in the break room 

 

 

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Employee Spotlight: Teri Whittaker's Halloween House

Posted by Kerry on October 30, 2015

SCARY HALLOWEEN HOUSE

Teri Whittaker is our motion furniture buyer and she and her husband take no prisoners when it comes to their Halloween home. What started out as a small attempt at decorating has now become an entire neighborhood's holiday project. Teri's husband takes a full week off work and Teri usually has to take a day or two off as well to help him get the house ready to show. This year they have added music that syncs with the lights so it will for sure be the house in the neighborhood for kids to visit. Like Teri says, our homes are an extension of our personality & creativity and the holidays are a great way to show that off.

 

 

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Black Interiors

Posted by Andie on October 29, 2015

In honor of halloween this week, I wanted to give a shout out to the color black.  Oh, what a wonderful color!  When it comes to dressing ourselves and our homes, there really isn't a more timeless, classic, awesome color to employ than the color black.  It's elgant, it's mature, and it never ever goes out of style.  It's also sleek, mysterious and incredibly versatile.  I love that it's powerful enough to stand confidently on it's own, but can also be paired nicely with literally every other color (I especially love black paired with white because of the deep contrast).

Whether you go all out with black walls, buy black furntiure, or simply opt for just a little added dose of drama with black lamp shades or accessories, you really can't go wrong!  Black interiors are always a good idea.  What do you love about the color black?  Here are some black themed interiors to get you inspired.....

 

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10 Tips To Keep Kids Safe on Halloween

Posted by Kerry on October 28, 2015

halloween safety tips

Halloween is such a great night for kids and adults but it is our job as adults to keep those kids safe. So I want to break this list into two parts. Things we do to keep the kids safe from themselves on Halloween and things we can do to keep kids safe from us on Halloween. I know Halloween is supposed to be fun and rules are a downer but going to the hospital on Halloween is an even bigger downer on such a fun night! 

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Things you can do to keep kids safe from themselves

  • make sure kids know not to run across the street without looking both ways
  • make sure kids have a light with them so cars and people can see them at night (if you subscribe to our blog you can get a free flashlight!)
  • teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
  • make sure kids travel in groups and don't trick-or-treat alone
  • make sure costumes are short enough that kids don't trip and fall

Things you can do to keep kids safe from us

  • drive very carefully around children & in neighborhoods
  • give kids extra time to cross the street
  • enter and exit driveways carefully
  • stay off of any electronics while driving
  • leave plenty of lights on to give kids a safe path to your door

I hope all of you have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Beautiful Carpet for Stairs & Staircases

Posted by Kerry on October 27, 2015

cool stair cases

Most people who have staircases in their homes love the fact that they act as such a strong focal point. It's a great place to hang family photos, tie your shoes in the morning, and decorate for the holidays. One thing your stairs might be missing is a fresh update in the carpet department. If your home is lacking in color or patterns, check out a bold print or color scheme that will tie a few things together in the room. Or if you want a minimalist look, grab a basic color with a cool texture to add subtle elegance and interest. We have a massive catalog of colors and textures and patterns to choose from the best carpet manufacturers. Just set up a free RC Willey in home carpet estimate and we will help you get the look and feel you desire for your home's staircase. 

upper west side stairs modern stair carpet

cool stair runner nautical stair case

transitional stair carpet beach house staircase

 

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How To Cook Meat With Less Carcinogens

Posted by Kerry on October 26, 2015

3 ways to cook healthier

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) reported eating processed meat such as ham, sausage, bacon, jerky, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, canned meat, lunch meat and meat-based sauces causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic. The WHO report said 50g of processed meat a day (which is only 2 ounces of meat or less than 2 slices of bacon) increased the chance of colorectal cancer by 18%. Another problem we are facing with carcinogens in food is how you cook it. You see there have been studies for a few years now that heating meat past 212F causes cancer as well! WHY MUST THEY TAKE ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS FROM ME?!!?!? 

I believe in moderation. I don't want to give up my favorite foods but I can always cut back a bit for my health and my family's health. So I googled how to cook meat while keeping it as low in carcinogens as possible. It comes down to a few cooking methods: stewing, steaming & poaching. I understand the idea of steaming a steak seems very weird - I absolutely love grilling a big sirloin on the weekends or smoking a rack of ribs but we aren't talking about getting rid of our grills - just changing one or two meals a week to increase our health. 

Here we have a chef who says he absolutely loves steaming beef tenderloin. The bad news is it comes out grey. The good news is, even grey it's delicious, and if the color grosses you out, you can stain them with a nice red glaze as seen below.

Steam is an awesome way to infuse your food with flavor. Take a salmon for instance. You can load up your water with lemon or lime juice, onion, garlic, etc., and let the flavor work it's way into every bite of your food as it cooks! Plus it's super healthy!

 And here's a real breakfast treat - the poached egg. I'm not sure if I have ever had a poached egg before but I will be trying it next Saturday morning. 

Hopefully awareness keeps us all cooking happily and healthy and it will make those delicious grill & smoker days even more exciting than they already are!

 

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RC Willey Employee Spotlight: Dave Bates's Bates Haunt

Posted by Kerry on October 25, 2015

Bates Haunt Utah House

Dave Bates is the man responsible for keeping our website alive and once a year he takes his technical expertise and turns his home into a spooky & fun Halloween destination. He does this through a technique called projection mapping. Essentially he turns his house into a movie screen and Dave and his family act out the parts of skeletons, ghosts, and a floating eyeball among other things. Dave also writes and performs his own music tracks and he and his family add more pieces to the show every year. Check out this video with Dave and if you'd like more information check out the Bates Haunt Facebook page

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How to Make Homemade Rootbeer

Posted by Andie on October 24, 2015

 

 


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In my book, a proper halloween celebration must always, always, always include....

1. homemade chili
2. glazed donuts, and
3. homemade rootbeer

Am I right or what?  You guys, I promise just like a can of chili from the grocery store pales in comparison to homemade chili, so does a gallon of store bought rootbeer to the homemade stuff.  Once you try it you'll never want to go back!  Today is your lucky day!  I'm going to share with you the easiest homemade rootbeer recipe in the world and convince you your life will never be the same once you whip some up.  

If you've never actually made homemade rootbeer you might be thinking to yourself that it sounds a little intense.  On the contrary!  You'll die over how simple it really is.  Honestly, the most difficult part about making it will probably be locating the dry ice.  I think it used to be a little easier to find, but if you call around to your local grocery stores you should be able to find some.  The only other thing you'll need to pick up is rootbeer extract.  The very best rootbeer extract, in my opinion, is The Big H Root Beer Extract, from Hires Big H.  This stuff is gold!  It was voted best root beer by SLC magazine so that's sayin' something!  If you're in Utah, you can pick it up at one of their locations, or if you're like me and thousands of miles away, no worries- you can order directly from their website or find it on amazon.  Mine just came in the mail yesterday:

 

 

Once you've got your dry ice and rootbeer extract, the only other incredients you need are sugar and cold water!  Follow the recipe below (also found on the back of The Big H extract), and you've got yourself the tastiest homemade rootbeer in all the land!  You can also watch this video demonstration.  

 


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Halloween is just a week away!  Make sure you pick up the ingredients for homemade rootbeer and you and yours will thank me later!! 

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5 Home Decor Trends You Need to Know About!

Posted by Andie on October 22, 2015

Last week I told you what 5 Home Decor Trends you needed to ditch ASAP, but today I've got my rose colored glasses on and we're focusing on what's hot and new and awesome!  Yes, trends are always evolving and changing, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't embrace them whole heartedly!  Just be prepared to eventually say goodbye:)  Here are 5 Home Decor Trends that you need to know about right now...

1. Rethink your Runners

Runner rugs are nothing new.  They've been around the block for a long time.  But here's the thing- runners have traditionally been banned to long, dark hallways, and it's high time they start getting a little more recognition!   Try placing runners in other long narrow spaces in your home, ideally a kitchen or bathroom.  Not only is it a perfect fit, but you'll get a lot more rug area than you're used to!

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2. Go Big or Go Home

While I'll always be a sucker for a perfectly manicured gallery wall, these days less is more. The hot current trend is supersizing your art. I must admit, I love how it looks. Think large! Instead of hanging 10 smallish photos over your sofa- opt for a giant piece of art that will stand alone. 


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3. Paint Your Trim

Accent walls might be a thing of the past, but when it comes to accent trim? DEFINITELY IN!  So pick a color, any color, and slap it onto your trim for a whole lotta' added oomph!  I personally love the look of black trim in a white room- the contrast between light and dark really energizes the space, conveniently hides imperfections and scuff marks, and highlights the view out the windows.  

 

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 4. Expose Your Shelves

Open shelving doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon.  It's lovely, and everyone is doing it.  If you're like me and the idea sort of stresses you out (hello, the inside of my kitchen cupboards aren't organized to perfection), consider starting small.  Before you rip out all your cupboards and go crazy with the idea, hang one shelf up in the corner to test out the concept to see if it's your cup of tea.

 

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5. Say Yes to Animal Artwork

Last week we talked about the fact that faux animal heads and antlers on the wall are headed out, but frame a picture of a parrot (or any animal really) and throw it up on your wall and you'll be setting the trend in your neighborhood!  I don't make up the trends folks, I'm just reporting on them.  For whatever reason, there is a huge trend towards funky animal artwork and photographs right now.  The quirkier, the better! 

 

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 What do you think?  Love these ideas? Hate them?  Let me know!

 

 

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RC Willey Goes Back to 1985 for BTTF Day

Posted by Kerry on October 21, 2015

Back to the future day rc willey 

Just in case you turned on a tv or read a newspaper, today is the date that Marty McFly went to in Back to the Future II. We are living in the future and you know this because you rode your hoverboard to work after you parked your hovercar. Of course that's after your shoes laced themselves and your jacket dried itself. All jokes aside, we live in an awesome future and today we decided to look back to our newspaper insert from October 1985. If you weren't sure of it before, this will show you just how far we've come. Anyone need a new VCR? 

rc willey 1985 newspaper ad

Check out this awesome sound system with a 25" color tv!!! Only $1299! Remember that camcorder Marty was filming Doc with? It shot on full size VHS tapes and only set you back $1399!

RC Willey vintage ad

VHS was so hot in 1985 and a 27" TV was considered big!

Back to the future 2 ad

After looking at all these products that seemed so advanced back in the day it makes me wonder where we will be in 30 years. All I know is it's going to be cool. Happy Back to the Future Day to all the fans out there and thanks to Raeleen, the RC Willey archivist, for taking care of our old ads all these years. 

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