Posted by Andie on December 31, 2017
Happy New Year's Eve! I thought it would be fun to take you on a little virtual holiday tour today to say goodbye to 2017! My family and I live in Richmond, Virginia, and a little known fact about our city is that it's known for taking outdoor Christmas lighting to a whole new level! Yes, every year, one of the most anticipated holiday events is "The Tacky Lights Tour". The Richmond Times-Dispatch publishes a list of the top 65 houses in the area that take the cake as far as holiday lights go. The city goes wild for it! People rent limo's to drive from house to house, and it's basically a huge party until after the new year! It's become a fun family tradition for us to drive around, rank the Christmas light displays ourselves, and get hot cocoa afterwards.
While pictures don't even begin to do it justice, I thought I'd share a few. One of my favorite houses on Asbury Court, owned by the Phifer family, won $50,000 this year on ABC's 'Great Christmas Light Fight'. A mother and son have houses next door to each other, and they've been going all out now for 40 years each Christmas! It's truly incredible! Rose Phifer, the mother, died this past spring, and so it was sweet to see the house lit once again in her honor. Here are some photos I took.....
While pictures can't really begin to do it justice, don't you agree it's pretty incredible??
Here are a few other favorites from the tour this year....
Hope you're enjoying this post-Christmas holiday week!
Posted by Alyssa on December 30, 2017
If you’ve ever gotten overwhelmed at all the information that comes at you when it comes time to purchase a mattress, you’re not alone. For the answers to all the mattress questions you’ve ever had, keep reading! We’ve listed frequently asked questions about mattresses below.
Frequently Asked Mattress Questions
How long will my mattress last?
It’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7 and 10 years. Rather than focusing on the years of your mattress, you should focus on how you feel while each morning when you wake up. If you’re tossing and turning, wake up feeling achy, or have a hard time falling asleep each night you may want to replace your mattress. Check out this guide to see whether or not it’s time for you to replace your mattress.
How do I clean my mattress?
Vacuuming is the best way to clean a mattress. If there is a stain or spot you want to remove, the best way to do so is with soap and cold water. Do not soak your mattress! Use as little water as possible if you are cleaning a spot and make sure you let your mattress completely dry and air out before you put sheets back on. Make sure you always use a mattress covering like a mattress pad that is washable to help extend the life of your mattress.
Do I need to flip my mattress?
Most mattresses that are made today are one sided mattresses that do not require flipping. You may want to rotate or spin your mattress to help it break in, but you should not have to flip the mattress.
What are the dimensions of standard mattresses?
For information on different mattress sizes, click here.
What is the best way to protect my mattress?
Putting a washable mattress covering, like a mattress pad, on as soon as you bring your new mattress home is the best way to keep your mattress clean and safe from spills or stains.
Is there an adjustment period for my mattress?
It varies from person to person, but it could take about a month before you feel completely comfortable with your new mattress. Your mattress needs to soften and conform to your body and your body needs to adjust to the new mattress.
If you have more questions, let us know!
Posted by Andie on December 29, 2017
I used to have a complicated relationship with New Year's Eve. When I was single, I felt like there was SO much pressure for NYE to be the very best night of my entire year...... and I always ended up super disappointed because it never measured up to my lofty expectations. Then one day, I got a little older and wiser, and I stopped caring! I started looking at NYE and appreciating it for what it was (for me, at least)- a night to stay in and hang out with family and friends, eat good food, and play games. Once I let go of the weird pressure, I started loving New Year's Eve! Especially now that I have kids that can join in on the fun!
We are going to a cabin this year with some friends to celebrate over the holiday, and we won't have any WIFI. I'm actually pretty excited about this little factor. Doesn't it sound cozy and a little old fashioned? I love it. I'm planning some NYE games for our celebration for both the kids, and the adults- here are some of the best ideas I've come across...
1. Minute to Win It Games
2. Sparklers/ Fireworks
3. Guess How many objects in a jar
4. Beverage Bar/ Dessert Bar
5. Indoor Treasure Hunt
6. Photo Backdrop with props
7. Mock countdown at 8pm for kids
8. Toast with sparkling cider or hot cocoa with marshmallows
9. Slumber Party
10. Play dress up- put on fancy clothes!
11. Dance party
12. Make resolutions, then play 2 resolutions and 1 lie
13. Build a fort and have a movie marathon night
14. Pop balloons each hour before midnight starting at 4pm
15. Fill treat bags to be eaten every hour
16. Put together a "year in review" slideshow and watch it together!
17. Play New Year's Eve Bingo
18. Spa night- complete with nails, face masks, pedicures, etc.
19. Make party hats
20. Star gazing outside
21. Snowball fight (if you have snow!)
22. Eat fondue
23. Make a NYE surprise ball, then have everyone open the present with oven mits on. In each layer of wrapping, have a little treat or surprise.
24. Make a bucket list for the upcoming year
25. Create a time capsule
What are your favorite family-friendly games/activities to do on New Year's Eve?
Posted by Alyssa on December 28, 2017
The New Year is coming and it’s time to start setting your resolutions. I've set so many goals that haven't even made it past the first week, but this year I've decided to turn over a new leaf! I've done a little research to help me actually achieve my goals and I thought I'd share what I found out with you. With a little bit of planning and determination you’ll be able to accomplish all your goals for 2018! Keep reading for some goal setting advice and tips.
- After you've written your list of resolutions, pick just one to work on at a time. You'll be able to actually focus on your goal and come up with a plan to make it happen. Once you've accomplished your goal or formed a new habit you don't have to think about, it's time to tackle the next item on your list. Slowy but surely you'll be able to cross off your resolutions throughout the year!=
- Before you pick your goals to work on, read over your list and make sure that each of your resolutions is something you can actually accomplish. If you have an unrealistic weight goal or decide to earn a money amount that isn’t possible in your current job, you’ll end up discouraged and give up on things you could actually achieve.
Once you’ve picked the goal you are going to focus on, start by coming up with a plan of how you will be able to accomplish it. Write up a training schedule if you want to run a marathon or buy the art supplies if you’ve decided to learn how to paint. If you’ve done your research and have the things you need to make it happen, you won’t have any excuse for not working towards that goal.
- Think through your goal and anticipate any problems that might come up. You’ll be able to come up with solutions for different situations that may arise before it even happens. That way you won’t be derailed from working towards your goal!
Pick the date you’re going to start working towards your goal. It doesn’t have to be January 1 - if things are still crazy from the holidays you’re setting yourself up to fail. You may want to wait for things to calm down a little before actually starting on your goal. Make sure you have written your start date in your calendar though! If you haven’t, you might end up putting it off until January 1 of next year!
If you start something and fail, don’t be discouraged. That’s life and it’s all part of the process of bettering yourself. Learn from the situation and resolve to do better next time. No matter what happens, keeping working towards your goal.
Figure out a way to reward yourself for your hard work. You may want to include small rewards throughout the journey of achieving your goals with a bigger reward at the end. Whatever you need to do in order to motivate yourself! Keep your rewards in line with your goals, however. A giant cake at the end of a weight loss goal might not help you feel as accomplished as you should.
What other tips do you have for goal setting? What are some of your New Year resolutions?
Posted by Kerry on December 27, 2017
I have heard for a while that microfiber is a great fabric for sofas because of its mix of comfort, durability and the fact that it's easy to clean. I talked to Rick Spehar, who has worked for RC Willey in Salt Lake City since 1995 and he gave me the lowdown on cleaning microfiber.
Kerry: How do you clean a microfiber sofa?
Rick: First you want to find the manufacturer’s tag attached to the furniture (usually on the bottom of the sofa) indicating a cleaning code:
- “W” is for a water-based cleaning solution
- “S” is for a solvent-based solution
- “SW” is for either water or solvent based solutions
- “X” means vacuum only – no liquids
Most microfiber will be an “S” cleaning code. If one is not available a solvent based cleaning solution is the best guess.
Use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. (Do not use a water-based solution. It will leave watermarks.) Spray the soiled area and use a cleaning cloth to gently rub or blot the stain. Naturally colored sponges or white bristle brush may be used for more stubborn stains. Brush or rub to lift the stain from the material.
Once dry it may be necessary to “fluff” the material which may become stiff after cleaning. Use a soft bristle brush or a fresh cleaning cloth to rub the cleaned area. The fiber softness should return.
Kerry: And what exactly is microfiber?
Rick: Microfiber is a synthetic fiber finer than one denier or decitex (thread), having a diameter of fewer than ten micrometers (code for small, soft, closely woven fabric). These fine fibers are affordable, soft to touch and create very comfortable furniture. Most microfiber furniture is made from polyester; however other materials such as nylon or polypropylene may be used. It is an extremely durable and cleanable fabric.
Posted by Alyssa on December 27, 2017
With the start of the new year approaching, it’s time to start tackling that list of things to get organized! First on my list - the pantry. We don’t have an actual pantry and just use a large cupboard in our kitchen. Because of its size, it’s hard to keep organized and clean. I’ve decided to change how I’m keeping my pantry clean and have looked up some ideas of how to organize a pantry I thought I’d share.
How to Organize a Pantry
First, divide your pantry into zones. If you are like me and don’t have a ton of space, your zones might be different sides of a shelf, but either way try to keep similar things together. Some ideas of different zones would be snacks, lunch supplies, quick dinner supplies, baking, etc.
Keep everything in plastic, see through containers so you can see what is in each box before you pull everything out. If you want a classier look than plastic bins, these wire baskets would look great. Make sure you’ve labeled all your containers for even easier access.
If possible swap out some of the shelves in your pantry for drawers. You’ll be able to easily access the back of the pantry without having to take everything off the shelf and shove it back in afterwards.
via RC Willey
If you have a walk in pantry with some extra space, add a small cart for storage purposes. Make sure it’s on wheels so you’ll be able to move it easily. Something like this brown cherry bar cart would not only be useful, but look great.
How have you organized your pantry? Any tips you'd like to share?
Posted by Alyssa on December 26, 2017
Pedicure gone awry? Nail polish spilled all over your carpet? Don’t panic! For a quick and easy instruction guide on how to get nail polish out of carpet, check out this video below.
How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet
If you have you figured out how to get nail polish out of carpet that works for you share below! And if you are in the market for new carpet, RC Willey has a wide selection to pick from.
Posted by Alyssa on December 25, 2017
May your days be merry and bright! Happy holidays from all of us to you.
Posted by Alyssa on December 23, 2017
Tight top style mattresses are generally products that are not a pillow top design. As a general rule, manufactures use tight top products to offer a choice in comfort. Retailers will often show a firm and a companion product in a plush style, both in tight tops.
Adjustable Bed: A bed with a foundation that adjusts using an electric motor. You’ll be able to raise your head or lower your legs depending on your preference.
Base Foam: The super dense foam base is under the coil of the mattress. This provides a stable foundation for the rest of the mattress.
Bed Frame: Metal frame that supports the mattress and connects to the headboard and footboard.
Bed Rails: Wood or metal supports that support the box spring.
Body Impressions: Compressed layers of the mattress that leave an indentation of where someone sleeps.
Box Spring: The lower part of the mattress spring that acts as a shock absorber. Provides a foundation for the mattress.
California King: Mattress that is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long.
Coil Count: The number of innerspring coils in a mattress.
- Firm: Firmest mattress style. They have the most resistance to pressure and don’t conform.
- Plush: Softer foam components that include memory foam and latex.
- Euro Top: Two tape edges that are attached to the border of a mattress.
- Pillow Top: Floating top panel on the mattress that is still attached but allows top to conform more easily.
Convoluted Foam: “Egg crate foam” that provides pressure relief.
Foam Encasement: A firm piece of foam that runs around the edge of the mattress. This provides extra support.
Full Mattress: Mattress that is 54 inches wide and 75 inches long.
Gauge: The thickness of wire used in the mattress.
Helical Wire: Spiral shaped wire that attaches coils in a unit.
Innerspring Mattress: The wires in a mattress that create the core support. Usually coils, helicals, and border wire.
King Mattress: A mattress that is 76 inches long and 80n inches wide.
Latex: Natural foam rubber that is used in a variety of mattress types and styles.
No-Flip Mattress: A mattress that is specifically designed to not require turning your mattress over.
Queen Mattress: A mattress that 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Quilting: Top part of the mattress.
Ticking: Fabrics that are used on the top panel of the mattress.
Twin Mattress: A mattress that is 39 inches wide and 75 inches long.
Twin XL: A mattress that is 39 inches wide and 80 inches long.
RC Willey is your source for mattresses. Check out all our options here and let us know what mattress questions you have!
Posted by Alyssa on December 22, 2017
Spills, stains, and tracked in dirt seem to be the bane of carpet’s existence. Each time something spills or makes a mess you don’t have to panic or rush off to the store to buy an expensive carpet cleaner. Instead, gather together some ingredients you’ll be sure to have in your home, and make your own DIY carpet cleaner! Check out the recipe below.
DIY Carpet Cleaner
I found these instructions for a DIY carpet cleaner from PopSugar (you can see the original here) that is not only easy to make, but super effective! As with most cleaning solutions, you’ll want to do a spot check before you start on your bigger stains.
What You’ll Need:
- Small spray bottle
- 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Clean absorbent towel
- Clean sponge
- Gather the ingredients to make your carpet cleaner. Along with being an amazing concoction, vinegar and baking soda put on quite a show when mixed. Vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base, so when the two mix together, they create carbon dioxide, which results in lots and lots of cleaning bubbles. Add the dishwashing liquid to the spray bottle along with vinegar, and then top with the warm water. Working over a sink, with the top of the spray bottle close at hand, add the baking soda, and then quickly screw on the top of the spray bottle.
- Vacuum over the area and then wipe gently with the abrasive side of a sponge.
- Spray the soiled area generously with the carpet cleaner, and then gently rub and dab with the towel. You should start to see cleaning results right away.
- Continue dabbing and wiping with the towel to absorb the water and completely remove the stain.
Give it a try and let us know how it goes! If your carpet is past the point of saving, RC Willey has carpet options that everyone will love.