Posted by Andie on February 23, 2019
The worst part about getting hooked to a television series is the day that you finish the very last episode. I'm always honestly quite relieved to get my life and productivity back, but another part of me is sad it's over. TV withdrawls are a very real thing. Am I right? I conscioulsy try to stay away from getting sucked in to television series.... but in January and February all bets are off! I'm game!
What are you watching right now? What are your favorite series you've already finished watching? With cable, hulu, netflix, amazon prime, youtube tv, sling, etc there are SO many options out there, it can be a little (or a lot) overwhelming!
In no particular order, here are some of my personal favorite television series I've watched over the years..
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
*we watched some of the shows listed above on an editing streaming service and really liked them!
Also, check out the links below to see what's hot right now...
And now, most importantly, do you have a good TV? If not, check out our televisions at RC Willey- there is truly something for everyone at every price point!
Posted by Andie on February 21, 2019
Has winter gotten the best of you, too? I am trying hard to live in the present and enjoy everything about February...including the cold.... but really, I just can't wait until spring. If you're like me and looking for ideas to help you live it up for the remaining month or so of winter look no further! Here are 25 winter activities for the whole family....
Bake cookies and take them to your neighbors
Play with food coloring in the snow
Build a cozy fort and have a family movie night
Go jumping at an indoor trampoline park
Play laser tag in your house after dark
Build a snowman
Have a family game night
Put up wallpaper and re-decorate a bedroom
Roast s'mores on an outdoor bonfire (or in your fireplace if you want to opt for the warmer option)
Have a family "Great British Bakeoff"- split up into two teams and have a guest judge pick the winning dish!
Have a dance party
Do a puzzle
Have a Harry Potter movie marathon weekend
Have a painting night and let each family member paint their own canvas
Go snow shoeing
Go ice skating
Go around town to find the best hot cocoa
Have a knitting party
Visit your local art museum or children's museum
Make Snow Angels & have a snowball fight
Write cards to send to family that lives far away
Watch old family movies
What do you do to stay sane in the winter months?
Posted by Alyssa on February 19, 2019
How in the world do you keep your room organized? I live in a small house with little storage options, which means my husband and I share a small closet. Let’s just say the top of our dresser has become the second dresser and it drives me crazy! I’ve decided it’s time to take control of our room and the mess. It’s time to get organized! I had to look up some ideas for inspiration to help me get started, and I thought I’d share in case any of you are having a hard time staying on top of your mess as well.
How to Organize Your Room
- Purge your closet and get rid of your junk! Your life will be so much easier with fewer things to keep organized.
- Figure out your storage situation. If you’re lucky enough to have a huge walk-in closet, bring in baskets, bins, hangers, etc. to keep everything where it belongs. If you’re like me, on the other hand, and have very little storage you’ll have to get creative. Use under the bed storage, dressers, and shelves to help add more storage options.
- Store off-season clothing out of sight and away from the clothes you’ll be using. You’ll have to rotate your clothes with the new seasons, but that’ll give you even more chances to go through and clean out unworn, damaged, or ill-fitting clothing.
- Shoes are so hard to store so figure out something that works for you and your space! Lining them up in cubbies, on shelves, or in hanging shoe racks will help keep them organized and easy to find.
- Keep a garbage can in your room so you can keep trash from gathering on your dresser or on the floor.
- Find a small bowl or basket to keep your small accessories, wallet, phone, etc. in. Your dresser will be clean and you’ll know exactly where to find what you need.
Hope that helps!
How are you keeping your room organized?
Posted by Alyssa on February 18, 2019
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to consider painting your dining room a new color! If you've been debating whether or not you should give your dining room a facelift, you might want to consider painting it one of this year's hottest paint colors. Check out some ideas below and don't forget that RC Willey has all you need to make the dining room of your dreams!
Benjamin Moore - Metropolitan
Which one of these colors would you want to paint your dining room?
Posted by Andie on February 17, 2019
Now that the novelty of a fresh new year has sort of worn off a little... how are your New Year's resolutions coming? Are you still working on them, or have you already forgotten what they are? I always like to do a reassment in February to see where I'm at, and re-commit myself. Here are a couple goal setting ideas that have helped me stay on track.....
1. Condence your List and PICK ONE GOAL.
I have a tendency to rattle off an entire list of intentions and goals when the New Year begins, but I almost always forget about all of them by February. If this is the case for you, throw out your big long list of goals, and just pick one. I know that might sound counter intuitive, but I promise it will work. Chances are you will achieve it because you can put all of your energy into one goal instead of twelve! Go big or go home!
2. Make Sure You Pick a Goal, and Not Just a To-Do.
To-do lists are great, and there is definitely a place for them in your life. However, in order for it to be a true goal, it needs to require some negative emotion. Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Fearful? Nervous? Unsure you can achieve it? If you said yes to any or all of those questions, you are on the right track! The more willing you are to experience some discomfort, the more incredible your life will be.
How to do you stay on track to achieve your goals?
Posted by Andie on February 16, 2019
I am a firm believer that fresh lemon and lime juice is better than juice from a bottle any day of the week. After years of sqeezing lemons and limes to get fresh juice for recipes, I learned a trick a little while ago that literally gets you twice as much juice when squeezing. It's simple really.....
Instead of cutting the lime in half, you cut it into thirds!
I had planned on showing you with lemons, but it turns out I only had limes in my fridge. So we're going with limes instead. I"ll show you both ways, and you can decide for yourself which way is more effective.
Here we are with two limes. One cut in half, and the other in thirds.
Now, squeeze those babies! For the sake of our little experiment, I juiced each lime separately, to compare how much juice each method gave me.
The difference was pretty significant!
The lime cut in half yielded 1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp
The lime cut in thirds yielded 2 1/2 Tbsp!!!
That is more than double!!!!
Now, go get squeezing all the lemons and limes in your fridge! It really is that fun.
Posted by Alyssa on February 15, 2019
When was the last time you had a family game night? There is no better way to bond as a family than spending an evening together having fun. Some of my best memories are sitting around our kitchen table playing dominoes and eating popcorn. I can’t wait for my kids to get old enough to play some of my favorite games! If you’re looking for an idea for your own family game night, here are some game ideas you might want to try out.
Family Game Night
Five Crowns - This card game has been played for years at our house and we still haven't gotten tired of it!
Charades - One of the easiest games to throw together without a lot of preparation.
Qwixx - There is a whole lot of luck involved in this dice game, but it's a quick moving game that your family will love.
Farkle - Another dice game that requires a combination of strategy and luck to win.
Code Names - Break into teams and use clues to help your teammates win enough points to win!
Qwirkle - Match shapes and colors to earn points. If you like puzzles, you'll love this game!
Trouble - A classic board game that never gets old.
Pictionary - Another easy game to throw together that the artists in your family will adore.
What are some of your favorite games to play as a family?
Posted by Alyssa on February 14, 2019
While an all-white bathroom is, in my opinion, super appealing, don’t discount the idea of a colorful bathroom! You can pack a lot of personality into the small space of your bathroom. It’s time to be bold and pick a paint color that will make your bathroom pop. If you’re looking for some color ideas, I’ve gathered some great bathroom paint colors below to help get you started.
Bathroom Paint Ideas
What bathroom paint color do you want to have in your home?
Posted by Andie on February 13, 2019
I'm sure I've said it before here, and I'll just go ahead and say it again: one of my very favorite color combos in all of the land is red and pink. I like both colors when they stand alone, but they are just better together. I mean, you can't but help feel cheery! I put red and pink together whenever possible- in my wardrobe choices, in fresh flowers on my countertop, and definitely when it comes to art and interiors in my home!
Miles Redd, one of my favorite designers, loves pairing red and pink. "Red is the great clarifier and adds sharpness and strength; it is the masculine counterpart to pink’s femininity," says Redd. "It is the yin to the yang, and gives a balance."
Here's a little sampling of some great examples of red and pink doing it right.....
Cheers to red, pink, and the holiday celebrating love tomorrow!!
Posted by Alyssa on February 12, 2019
Each year Pantone picks the color of the year and that color often ends up influencing fashion, graphic design, interior design, and other products. Once you know the color chosen for the year, you’ll start noticing it pop up everywhere! This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is...
This is what the Pantone website says about Living Coral - "Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression."
via Casa Claudia
Whether you want to completely embrace this color and paint an entire room coral, or you just want to add a pop of color here and there, adding coral to your home will keep it looking updated and fresh. If you're looking for some accessories to add here and there, I've gathered some fun ideas you might want to consider!
How will you bring The Pantone Color of the Year in your home?