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Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on March 30, 2018

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If your kids are tired of just searching for eggs full of candy and of the same old Easter egg hunts, it's time to try out some new ideas! Have you gone to an Easter egg hunt where the kids find the eggs quicker than it took you to lay them out? Or do you have one child who ends up with 90% of the candy while everyone else ends up sulking over their empty baskets? There are so many ways to make your Easter egg hunts more entertaining and enjoyable. I've listed some of my favorite Easter egg hunt ideas here! 

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

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Make your Easter egg hunt last a little bit longer this year by having an EASTER EGG SCAVENGER HUNT. This requires a little bit of preparation, but your kids will be busy for quite awhile! Hide eggs filled with candy or small treats around your house and yard and take pictures of where they're hidden. Print out the pictures and put them in your "clue eggs." You can make this as easy or hard as you want with as many clues as you'd like! Either give all the clue eggs out at once or hide one with each new location. 

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This is a great option for older kids! Hide pieces of a puzzle in each egg and once all the eggs are found, try putting the puzzle together as a family. 

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To help keep things fair, especially in groups with large age differences, assign each kid a color of egg they are in charge of finding. 

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If you have teens or even married kids, this is the perfect egg hunt for you! Hide the eggs (and some decoys!), pass out the flashlights, and let them start searching. Click here for more ideas of how to make this egg hunt a success.  

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Much like the puzzle idea above, hide pieces of a Lego set that your family can put together after the hunt in your eggs. You may want to make sure you have the instructions and larger pieces set aside in a safe place and if you're planning on having your egg hunt outside, consider taping the eggs shut so you don't have lost pieces floating around the grass. 

 

What are some of your Easter egg hunt ideas? 

 

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Small Master Bedroom Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on March 29, 2018

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Just because your bedroom is small doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on comfort and style! I have never had a master bedroom with an ensuite bath, more than one closet, or that would fit more furniture than just a bed and a dresser. In the beginning, I ended up ignoring the room and leaving it pretty much empty, but after awhile I decided to step up my game and make my master bedroom look as nice as the rest of my house. It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve utilized some of these small master bedroom ideas below. 

Small Master Bedroom Ideas

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First, you need to make use of the limited space you have. While you might have high expectations when it comes to a master bedroom, you need to let the reality of your space take the lead. Look at your room, decide what you actually need, and think creatively about how it will fit.

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Keep your furniture to scale. A giant bed that leaves no room for anything else, including you, will make your space feel cramped and cluttered. Make sure you measure twice before you bring anything in!

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If you can, consider adding built-ins. They’ll give you more storage while saving space and adding visual interest. Built-ins aren’t always a realistic option, but bookshelves can be a good alternative.

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Speaking of storage, try to think of ways you can add aesthetically pleasing storage. Under the bed storage or headboard bookcases can be an easy solution.

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Choose a cool color scheme as opposed to a warm one. Cool colors make spaces feel and look larger while warm colors make rooms cozier and smaller.  

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Mirrors reflect light and give the illusion of a larger space. Adding a full length leaner or a mirror above your dresser will make the space feel much larger - and be a practical addition to your room.

 

What ideas do you have for your small master bedroom?  

 

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Easter Menu

Posted by Andie on March 28, 2018

Easter is just four days away!  Are you all ready?  There is nothing like a delicious and special Easter brunch.  Well, maybe only Easter dinner!  Have you started planning your menu?  If you still have some holes, I've got you covered!  Check out the links to recipes below of delicious brunch, dinner, and dessert options to help make your holiday scrumptuous!.....

 

BRUNCH IDEAS:

Overnight Breakfast Berry Bake with Caramel Syrup via a Bountiful Kitchen

 

Bunny Head Fresh Fruit Platter via worthpinning

 

 

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Muffins with fresh lemon glaze via a Bountiful Kitchen

 

DINNER IDEAS:  

Pineapple Brown Sugar Ham Glaze via Bountiful Kitchen

 

Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls via Mel's Kitchen Cafe

 

Classic Potato Salad via Genius Test Kitchen

 

 

Roasted Vegetables via the New York Times

 

 

Easy Roasted Asparagus via Simply Recipes

 

Twice Baked Potatoes via cooking channel tv

 

DESSERT IDEAS:

 

Strawberry Shortcake via the NYT

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream Frosting via a Bountiful Kitchen

 

 

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Free Wall Anchors at RC Willey

Posted by Alyssa on March 27, 2018

If you haven’t already anchored the furniture in your home to the wall, you need to make sure you do so! Tipped furniture and falling TVs send kids to the emergency room every 24 minutes. By properly anchoring your furniture, you’ll be able to keep your kids safe.

For a limited time only, RC Willey stores in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada are giving away free wall anchors for your furniture. Come visit a store near you and stop by Customer Service to retrieve your free wall anchors today!

 

 

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Cool Home Offices

Posted by Alyssa on March 26, 2018

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No one wants to work in a dumpy, sad little office - even if it’s in the comfort of your very own home. You might having your filing systems down, every office supply you’d ever need, and the nicest computer you can afford, but don’t forget about the rest of your surroundings! Make your home office an inspiring, comfortable, and fun place to be. Whether your office space is a small corner or an entire room, you’ll be able to find some inspiration from these offices below. 

Cool Home Offices

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I love the idea of having a chalkboard to write your notes, ideas, and thoughts on - and have a place for your kids to be occupied as well! Find a similar chair here.

 

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via Shift Interiors

For a brighter, more simple look this home office would be perfect. Complete the look of your home office with a similar lamp and chair found at RC Willey. 

 

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It can be tricky finding a way to fit two people comfortably in a home office, but how cool is this set up? Similar rug and chairs found here. 

 

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If you only have a small corner for an office, this set up is perfect. If you want to recreate this look, take a look at this desk and this chair

 

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Another small space, cool home office solution! I love this mid-century modern look. For a similar desk and rug check out RC Willey. 

 

Whatever shape, size, or style your home office is, you'll be able to make it look just right with the home office options at RC Willey

 

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Landscaping Photos

Posted by Alyssa on March 23, 2018

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When it comes to landscaping your yard, there are endless ideas. If you're like me, however, you might not be able to visualize the end result until everything is completed. This can make it a little tricky to come up with ideas or plans for landscaping. We had to completely landscape our backyard last summer and I spent more time than I want to admit looking at landscaping photos for ideas. If you're wanting to come up with new ideas for your yard, or if you just want to spend a minute or two looking at beautiful yards, keep reading to see some yard inspiration! 

Landscaping Photos

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Don't forget to finish off your landscaping with some comfortable patio furniture and get ready to start working on your landscaping! 

 

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How To Cook Delicious Pasta

Posted by Andie on March 22, 2018

I read an article in the Huffington Post yesterday that completely challenged everything I've ever believed about cooking pasta!  My mind is still feeling blown, and so I thought I'd share the little nugget I learned with you guys!  Read on! 

The title of the article is "Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink".  Immediately I figured it had something to do with all of the hundreds of millions of microorganisms growing in a kitchen sink.  I almost didn't read the rest of the article, but my curiosity was piqued and I wanted to know just HOW dirty my kitchen sink is at any given moment.

I kept reading, and was surprised to find that it actually had nothing to do with the kitchen sink, and everything to do with the white cloudy pasta water in the bottom of the pot.  Turns out, the starchy pasta water your noodles cooked in isn't 'dirty' as we sometimes think- no, it's actually like liquid gold!  It also happens to be the secret to a delicious plate of pasta!  How, you might ask?  It's the key to emulsifying and thickening your pasta sauce.

Here's more from the article itself:

"All too often, a plate of spaghetti is encircled by a watery, red puddle. You know what we’re talking about. It pools around the edge of your plate and ruins a gorgeous plate of pasta. That puddle results when the water and oil in your pasta and sauce separate from each other.

Here’s where emulsification comes in.

Emulsification is the process of blending two liquids that would otherwise repel each other ― in the case of pasta, it’s oil and water ― into a smooth, inseparable mixture. The starch in your pasta water, as luck would have it, is an emulsifying agent and also a thickener. So if you save some of your pasta water and then slowly mix a ladlefull of it into sauce, you’re binding together the liquids and oils, creating something creamy and thick that won’t ever separate into a puddly mess."

You guys!!!  GAME CHANGER!! Have you heard of this before, or am I the only person on planet earth that has been in the dark? My biggest pet peeve about making spaghetti has always been the inevitable pool of red that ends up taking over my plate.  I'm literally making spaghetti for dinner tonight because I can't wait to try this trick out!

Check out the rest of the article

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Spring Activities

Posted by Alyssa on March 21, 2018

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Spring is officially here and it’s time to start spending time doing activities for spring. One of the best parts of this season is how anxious it seems everyone is to start being outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. If you’re looking for ideas of what to do this spring you need to check out the list of spring activities listed below. 

Spring Activities

  • Pull out your bikes and go for a ride
  • Camp outside, even if it’s just your backyard
  • Go on a hike
  • Play with sidewalk chalk

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  • Start a family garden
  • Make homemade ice cream
  • Go to the zoo
  • Set up a lemonade stand

 

What are some of your favorite spring activities? 

 

 

 

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How to Host a Party

Posted by Alyssa on March 20, 2018

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Nothing breaks up this last stretch of winter before we can spend evenings outside like having people over for a casual get together, sit down dinner, or game night. Don't let fear stop you from sending out those invitations! We've compiled a list of tips on how to host a party below. 

How to Host a Party 

  • Think through your guest list. If you have a room full of complete strangers, you may find it difficult for people to relax and enjoy themselves. Bringing in new people is great, maybe just not all at once.
  • Whether or not you feel like you need to make your home spotless before your guests arrive, you should always do a quick pick up of your bathroom. Dirty clothes on the floor or an empty toilet paper roll will definitely leave an impression - just not the one you were hoping for!
  • Turn down the heat and maybe even open a window or two (or vice versa depending on the weather). Just because you’re a comfortable temperature doesn’t mean you’ll stay that way when your home is suddenly full of people.
  • Try to get everything ready as much ahead of time as possible. That way you’ll feel relaxed and ready to entertain the moment your guests enter your door.
  • If you’re serving food, don’t try making something you’ve never made before! Stick to something you’re comfortable making or serving and don’t be ashamed to order something in. The purpose of your party is to spend time with your guests, not to feel stressed over feeding everyone.
  • Turn on music! Conversations have a natural rhythm and silence is often part of it. With no noise, these lulls in conversation can be awkward or uncomfortable, but with a good playlist and sound system, no one will even notice.
  • When the party's over, don’t feel like you need to get everything deep cleaned and put away immediately. Just focus on the things that will be harder to clean or gross tomorrow - food-encrusted plates or spilled drinks, for example.
  • Most importantly, just relax and have a good time. That’s what parties are all about! The people you’ve invited will be understanding of any issues that come up (if they even notice!) and if they aren’t, make sure you remember not to invite them back next time.

What tips do you have for hosting the perfect party?

 

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Stylish Area Rugs

Posted by Andie on March 19, 2018

I'm in the market for a new area rug for my living room, and to be honest, it's stressing me out a little!  It's such a huge decision!  Some of you might be rolling your eyes at this, but I'm being completely serious.  The rug you put on the floor can really make or break a room!  It acts as an anchor for everything else, and literally plays a major role in defining the style and feeling of a space.  So, when it comes to rugs you've got to choose wisely!  I've scoured the entire RC Willey website, and these are my very tip top picks for stylish rugs.  Still haven't decided what I'm going to do about my living room, but these are a good start!  Check them out...

 

10" Round Mint Green Area Rug

 

Magnolia Home 8 x 10 Area Rug

 

8 x 11 Large Ivory & Blue Rug 

 

Magnolia Home 8 x 11 Large Pewter Gray Rug

 

 

5 x 8 Ivory & Sea Blue Rug

 

 

5 x 8 Blue-Gray Contemporary Rug

 

8" Round Navy Blue Oriental Indoor-Outdoor Rug

 

 

 

8 x 10 Large Transitional Red Area Rug

 

 

8 x 10 Large Transitional Blue Rug

 

 

 And if these rugs aren't necessarily your style, check out the other rugs we carry!  

We've got a great selection, and you'll be sure to find something that you love.  

 

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