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Helpful Parenting Books

Posted by Andie on July 31, 2017

 

Kids are the best, but sometimes kids are also the worst.  Am I right??  I've learned over the past five years that parenting is a wonderfully wild rollercoaster where you experience the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows.  It's beautiful, hard, messy, challenging and awesome, all at the same time.

I vividly remember being pregnant with my first child and thinking that since I now had mother's intuition I would never need to waste my time reading parenting books.  Ha! Oh how wrong I was. I've found that motherhood brings out the very best in me.......but unfortunately, also the very worst in me.  I've come to really appreciate learning from the wisdom and experiences of others when it comes to raising children into kind, honest, good, contributing members of society.  In my opinion, we are all here to help each other, and I will gladly take all the parenting help I can get!  

Below is a list of parenting books worth reading!  Some of them have saved me in my own child-raising crises over the years, and others are on my must-read list....

 

 

1. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

2. The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion & Connection
by Brene Brown

3. The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother
by Heng Ou

4. 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
by Thomas W. Phelan. Ph.D.

5. The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
by Jessica Joelle Alexander & Iben Dissing Sandahl

6. Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting
by Pamela Druckerman

7. Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
by Dr. Laura Markham

8. The New Strong-Willed Child- Surviving Birth Through Adolescence
by Dr. James Dobson

 

Have you read and loved any of these parenting books??

What am I missing?  What parenting books have you read that you'd recommend??

 

 

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How to Clean a Tub

Posted by Alyssa on July 30, 2017

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The last thing you want to do is bathing in a grimy, moldy, stained bathtub. That’s why it’s so important to know how to clean a tub! You’ll be able to turn your bathroom into the spa-like oasis you’ve always wanted it to be if you follow these tips to get a sparkling clean tub.

 

  • For light cleans, pick your favorite cleaner and spray the surface of the tube all over. Do this before you begin cleaning any other part of the bathroom to let the cleaner sit and have time to work its magic. After a couple of minutes, wipe the cleaner off, rinse with water, and then do another wipe down to make sure you’ve gotten everything off.

 

  • For more intense grime, make a mix of equal parts warm water and white vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on the tubs surface and spray with the vinegar-water mixture. Let the mixture bubble, and then mix everything together into a paste. Let the paste sit on for 15 minutes before you scrub and rinse.

 

  • If you have hard water stains, dip paper towels into white vinegar and place them on top of the stains. You may need to let this sit for an hour or two before you scrub it with the baking soda and vinegar paste described above. After you’ve scrubbed and removed the stain, rinse your bathtub thoroughly.

 

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via New Darlings

A couple of tips:

Avoid having to scrub your tub too often by rinsing and wiping down your bathtub after every use. You’ll remove excess soap and avoid build up that you’ll have to rub off later.

Be careful with using abrasive brushes or scouring powders. Depending on the material your tub is made of, you may end up scratching the tub.

Make sure you rinse your tub well after you’ve cleaned it to remove any cleaning products.

When you are working with cleaning chemicals, it’s important to make sure you are in a room that is well ventilated. You may also want to wear gloves to protect your skin.

Wear gloves to protect your skin

 

Do you have any tips on cleaning a tub? What’s your favorite bathtub cleaner?

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Favorite Traeger Recipes

Posted by Alyssa on July 29, 2017

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If you haven’t had a meal cooked on a Traeger Grill, you’re missing out. Traeger Grills use wood pellets rather than propane or charcoal as fuel and can be used to grill, smoke, bake, bbq, and roast depending on what you need at the time. You can also get a variety of wood pellets like apple, pecan, hickory, and maple that will impact the flavor of what you’re eating. I can honestly say that I have never had a bad meal cooked on a Traeger. 

My husband and I have this small Traeger that is the perfect size for our family. It’s small enough that it doesn’t take up too much space in our yard and big enough that we were able to fit three racks of ribs (barely!) for a party we hosted a few months ago. To quote my husband, “Every time we use the Traeger it feels like an event.” I agree!  

This summer I’ve been collecting some of my favorite recipes I’ve made on our Traeger Grill that I thought I’d share. Click on each link to get to the recipe!

Traeger Recipes

al pastor

BBQ Tacos Al Pastor

pulled pork 

BBQ Pulled Pork

pizza

BBQ Chicken Pizza

ribs

3-2-1 Baby Back Ribs

brisket

Brined Brisket

If you're in the market for a new Traeger Grill RC Willey has what you're looking for! What are some of your favorite grilling recipes? 

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How to Choose a Rug Shape and Size

Posted by Alyssa on July 28, 2017

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Knowing how to choose a rug that will fit your room’s size, shape, and style is key to pulling everything together and finishing off your space. If you need a rug but aren’t sure what to look for, check out these tips from RC Willey. 

How to Choose a Rug 

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via Nicole Valentine Don

One of the biggest problems people run into when choosing a rug is getting the correct size. A rug is meant to pull a room together, not chop it up, so bigger is better. While you should keep your rugs proportional to the space, don’t be afraid to fill the area something like this ombre blue rug.

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via Decoholic

In your living room, be consistent when it comes to how you are placing your furniture on the rug. With floating furniture you should ideally be able to fit all the furniture on the rug easily, but if your rug is too small for that, just make sure you are doing the same thing with all your furniture. For example, if only the front legs of your couch are on the rug, make sure only the front legs of other chairs are on the rug as well.

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via Amber Interiors

If you have a rug that is too small for your room but you love it too much to replace it, you can either center it under the coffee table or layer it on top of a more neutral rug to give the appearance of size. A tan, natural fiber rug like this is a good backdrop for your favorite rug. The goal is to have at least six inches extending from either side of the couch.

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via Domino

It’s awkward to sit on a dining chair that is half on a rug and half off, so when placing a rug under a dining room table make sure it extends at least 24” out on all sides. Not only will it be more comfortable, you’ll avoid any issues with chair legs getting caught when sliding in and out from the table. If you have a circular table, think about using a circular rug like this charcoal and ivory rug.

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via Alyssa Rosenheck

In a bedroom, you want to have your rug frame the bed. Center the bed on the rug and have enough rug extending from the sides of the bed so that you will be stepping on the rug when you get out of bed. If you can’t find or afford a rug that large, think about using a runner on each side of the bed. Something geometric like this red and ivory runner would look great next to your bed.

  • Some final quick tips to help you know how to choose a rug:
  • Measure the space for your seating area and size up - bigger is better!
  • If you’re concerned about getting the right size of rug, lay down some painter’s tape so you can see how much of the room the rug will take up.
  • You should lay the rug to mirror the room - if you have a long rectangular room, lay the rug longwise to match.

Now that you know how to choose a rug that will fit your room’s shape and size, check out all the rug options available at RC Willey and let us know which one is your favorite!

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Do You Need a New Mattress?

Posted by Alyssa on July 27, 2017

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Have you been waking up in the morning wondering why you’re still tired and your back is aching? A good night’s sleep could be a lot closer than you think if you change your mattress, especially if your mattress is over seven years old. Read these five signs to see if it’s time for you to pick out a new mattress. 

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  1. Is your mattress saggy? Over time springs will break down, memory foam will get softer, and different fibers will compress leaving you a mattress that is giving your back enough support. If you can see a definite indent in your mattress, it’s time for a new one.
  2. Is your mattress lumpy? Over time your mattress padding will shift around and clump into lumps that will impact how well you sleep.
  3. Are you waking up sneezy or with a stuffy nose? Your mattress may have taken on dust or mold that will trigger your allergies. It might be time to replace your mattress if you’re constantly waking up congested.
  4. Are you waking up feeling achy? You may not be able to see the sags or lumps, but that pain in your back won’t lie. If you’ve got pains when you get out of bed, your mattress may not be giving you the support you need.
  5. Do you sleep better away from home? If you look forward to hotels stays just so you can get a good night’s sleep, or if you find yourself sleeping on the couch more often than not, it might be time for a new mattress.

 

Once you can figure out what mattress is right for you, you’ll look forward to bedtime each night! Check out all of the mattress options at RC Willey and start sleeping well again. 

 

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Sitting Rooms

Posted by Alyssa on July 25, 2017

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I love the idea of sitting rooms. My sister-in-law has a sitting room in her home that is completely dedicated to cuddling, conversing, and reading - their CCR room. I love going to their home and having a place sit and chat without the temptation of turning on the TV and zoning out. With the size of house I’m in right now, the idea of having a room dedicated to just sitting seems like the ultimate luxury, but if I ever end up in a slightly larger home I would love to have a CCR room! If I ever get to design my own sitting room, here are some of my inspirations. 

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via Heather Scott

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via Country Living

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via The Room Edit

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via Style Me Pretty

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via Lismary's Cottage

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via 99 Architecture

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via Brit + Co

Check out these chairs at RC Willey and see which one would look good in your sitting rooms! 

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Compare Tempur-Pedic Mattresses Side by Side

Posted by Alyssa on July 24, 2017

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Specially designed materials used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses give support where you need it, relieve pressure while you sleep, and minimize any motion to give you the perfect night’s sleep. With all the options available, we’ve come up with a list to compare Temper-Pedic mattresses so you can make an informed decision before you make your purchase.

Learn about different types of Tempur-Pedic mattresses, including the Cloud Supreme, to find the Tempur-Pedic mattress that best suits your sleeping needs. 

 Compare Tempur-Pedic Mattress Collections

TEMPUR-Flex

Memory foam mattresses have a very different feel from traditional spring mattresses, and people who are looking for the familiar “springy” feel with all the benefits of a Tempur-Pedic mattress will love the TEMPUR-Flex. Layered with coils under the TEMPUR material, the TEMPUR-Flex responds quickly to your movements and adapts to give you the support you need. This brand of mattress is middle of the road when it comes to firmness.

TEMPUR-Contour

The TEMPUR-Contour mattress is the classic memory foam mattress. Because it is a more firm mattress, this is a great option for people who sleep on their stomach or back. Side sleepers may have a hard time getting comfortable with the firmness of the mattress.

TEMPUR-Cloud

If you’re looking for the softest Tempur-Pedic mattress, the TEMPUR-Cloud is what you are looking for. With extra plush layers to make the mattress as soft as possible, this is a good mattress for side sleepers. The TEMPUR-Cloud collection of mattresses are some of the more expensive Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

TEMPUR-Breeze

There have been complaints in the past about memory foam mattresses being too hot, which is why the TEMPUR-Breeze mattress collection was created. With a wide variety of firm and soft mattress options, TEMPUR-Breeze mattresses have been designed to be ultra-breathable. The cover of the mattress is made with cooling technology that will help pull heat and humidity away from your body.

 

Within Tempur-Pedic mattress collections, you can find different varieties of each mattress. There are differences between Elite, Supreme, Luxe, and Prima mattresses. For example, the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme mattress has a thicker comfort material, making it softer than the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Prima.

You’ll want to compare Tempur-Pedic mattress and test out each variety before you make your purchase. At RC Willey, you’ll be able to test out as many Tempur-Pedic mattresses as you need to find your perfect fit!

 

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95 Easy Ways to Serve Others

Posted by Andie on July 21, 2017

 

 

Sometimes we have the mindset that in order to make a big difference, our acts of service need to be big.  If you don't have the funds or time to volunteer in a clinic in a third world country, foster a troubled teen, or quit your job to start your own non-profit..... is it worth even trying?  I submit to you that yes!  Yes it is!  Obviously providing large scale acts of service is important and commendable, but sometimes the most beautiful acts of service, in my opinion, are the small and simple daily acts of kindness you never see posted on social media.  

Also, I've realized that as a parent I can talk my kids' ears off about the importance of serving and reaching out to others, but actions speak louder than words.  Showing is always so much better than telling!  Here are 95 easy ways to serve and help others in your daily life.  I think you'll realize that you are already doing more than you think you are....

1. Smile at people
2. Spark conversation with cashiers and ask them how they are doing.
3. Write hand written letters to your loved ones.
4. Call the friends you haven't talked to for a while.
5. Go visit the elderly, who often feel lonely and need a friend.
6. Offter to babysit for someone for free so they can go on a date.
7. Offer to share your musical talents with others.
8. Do the dishes for someone.
9. Fold someone's laundry.
10. Wash someone's car.
11. Visit people in the hospital.
12. Offer to go to the store to pick up someone's groceries.
13. Write thank you letters to your local heroes.
14. Bring care kits to the homeless.
15. Go through your clothes and find something warm you can give.
16. Bring toys to a family.
17. Donate food to your local homeless shelter or ask what they need most.
18. Use your artistic skills to make something special for someone.
19. Make dinner for a busy or sick friend.
20. Make treats and bring them to your neighbors.
21. Send a care package to the military.
22. Give baby blankets, hats, and diapers to a family expecting a baby.
23. Donate pet food to an animal shelter.
24. Buy the groceries for the person behind you in line.
25. Donate to a non-profit.
26. Send someone flowers and a note.
27. Donate to a kickstarter to help a budding entrepreneur.
28. Donate to a Gofundme account.
29. Donate to your alma mater to help future students.
30. Buy dinner for someone.
31. Fill up someone's gas tank.
32. Buy lemonade from a child's lemonade stand.
33. Give an extra large tip to the waitress at a restaurant.
34. Hold the door for someone.
35. Help someone get where they want to be.
36. Take a co-worker out to lunch.
37. Mow your neighbor's lawn.
38. Invite someone over for dinner.
39. Help someone achieve a goal.
40. Shovel snow from more than your own walks.
41. Write an article that helps people.
42. Teach someone a skill you have
43. Listen intently in conversation.
44. Volunteer in your community.
45. Pick up loose garbage.
46. Be a mentor to someone.
47. Give away your old stuff.
48. Buy someone a book.
49. Be genuine with your apologies.
50. Bring baked goods to work.
51. Compliment someone.
52. Help organize a charity event.
53. Show good sportsmanship on sports teams.
54. Encourage people.
55. Give books you've read away.
56. Be a friend to someone you don't have a lot in common with.
57. Promote someone else's idea.
58. Stay calm and don't react in arguments.
59. Share successes.
60. Offer your seat on the bus/train.
61. Put and keep your cell phone out of site in conversation.
62. Inspire others.
63. Share appreciation aloud.
64. Share gratitude in life.
65. Demonstrate perseverance.
66. Make moral decisions.
67. Avoid and gaurd against gossip.
68. Keep excuses to yourself.
69. Say "thank you"
70. Keep emails and texts positive.
71. Use your talents to help others.
72. Be patient.
73. Forgive easily.
74. Cancel a debt.
75. Donate blood.
76. Use positive dialogue.
77. Do extra household chores.
78. Give anonymously.
79. Leave a specific compliment with a tip.
80. Say hello often to strangers.
81. Keep your promises.
82. Help someone with homework.
83. Star your spouse's car so that it will be warm or cooled off when they hop in.
84. Keep $5 McDonald's gift cards in your car for the homeless.
85. Host a garage sale or bake sale and give the proceeds to someone less fortunate.
86. Play music at a nursing home.
87. Volunteer to read to kids at a local school.
88. Let someone stay in a spare room for cheap or free.
89. Put a cooler of water or Gatorade in your car on a hot day and hand them out to homeless people you see.
90. Invite someone over with nowhere to go to celebrate a holiday.
91. Visit a shut-in.
92. Tell someone you love them.
93. Take someone out for hot chocolate and listen to their story.
94. Leave a thank you note and/or present for the people we often take for granted (policemen, firemen, paramedics, nurses, mailmen, teachers, etc.)
95. Continue dating and doing nice things for your spouse or significant other.

 

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Home Office Design: Choosing a Desk and More

Posted by Alyssa on July 21, 2017

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With more and more people working from home, it’s important to have a home office design that will meet all of your needs. Get ideas and tips for designing your home office from RC Willey - your #1 Salt Lake City and Las Vegas office furniture destination. 

Home Office Design Ideas

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via Decoist

Think about your needs and be creative with your space to make it work for you. If you’re lucky enough to have an entire room set aside as a home office, you shouldn’t have a problem fitting in the desk of your dreams. If you’ve got a smaller space to work with though, coming up with home office desk ideas that will be functional and attractive. Something like this retro writing desk would fit into a small corner perfectly and make a great home office.

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via Glitter Guide

Make sure you think about all the ways you can include storage in your home office design. For small corner spaces, use the entire wall behind your desk for storage. If you have a larger room and are able to fit in bookshelves, this cubby bookcase has lots of space for books, baskets, and bins to store anything you need in your office.

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via Lighting Majestic

Lighting makes a huge difference in your home office. By incorporating natural lighting in your home office design you’ll make your office feel brighter and more open. Whether you have natural lighting or not, it’s important to have a well-lit work space and something like this brushed brass desk lamp would look great on your desk.

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via RC Willey

Staying organized and on top of your files can be tricky. Keep your files organized by keeping all your paperwork in one place, throw away anything you don’t need, and sort your files into specific categories. With a dedicated filing cabinet like this cherry sideboard, you’ll be able to have quick access to anything you need.

With these home office and desk ideas, you’ll be able to create an ideal workspace! What ideas have you used for your home office design?

 

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The Easiest Way to Cut an Avocado

Posted by Andie on July 20, 2017

Avocados go like hotcakes at my house.  I could and would happily eat an avocado with every single meal for the rest of my life, and even all of my kids (who are incredibly picky eaters) love them too! The other day I was at a friend's house for breakfast.  As I watched her cut up an avocado I was shocked to learn that after all these years of avocado cutting and peeling....I've been doing it completely wrong!  Ha!  Really though.  I've been making the whole process a lot more complicated than it needs to be.  I've always tried cutting it into strips and then scooping it out with a spoon, which rarely works that well.  This new and improved way not only preserves more of that avocado for eating, but also keeps it looking pretty!  Check this awesome You Tube video below that I found for a great tutorial.....

 

 

How do you cut your avacados?

 

 

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