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Back To School Party Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on August 19, 2019

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Whether you can’t wait to get your kids back into a routine or you’re crying at the thought of your kids starting school, the time has come. School is starting! Make your kids feel like school is a celebration by throwing a back to school party this year. Get your school supplies together and read on for some back to school party inspiration. 

Back to School Party Ideas

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via Catch My Party

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via Celebrate in Detail

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via Satsuma

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via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Good luck with this school year! And remember, if your student needs a laptop or tablet to help them succeed, RC Willey has electronics in enough styles and prices that you'll be sure to find what you need. 

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How to Get Stains Out of Clothing

Posted by Alyssa on August 16, 2019

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As a mom of two little kids, I find myself doing loads and loads of laundry. Yesterday, I had just finished a load of laundry when my one year old rubbed his bean and cheese burrito all over my pants and shirt. They obviously ended up right back into the washing machine and we had another load of laundry waiting. With all these messes, stains are inevitable. Luckily I found the best stain remover and I wanted to share it with you. 

How to Get Stains Out of Clothing

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via Purex

 

Fels-Naptha! This laundry bar has been around forever. All you have to do is get the bar wet, scrub the stain, and after letting it sit for a bit, toss it into the laundry like normal. You can find this pretty much anywhere in the laundry area and I promise you won’t regret having this bar of soap in your laundry room. 

RC Willey has such a wide variety of washers and dryers to fit any budget and home. Whether you want a front or top loader, or your laundry to be stacked or side-by-side, you’ll be able to find what you need!

 

 

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Pool Patio Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on August 14, 2019

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Are you lucky enough to have a pool in your yard? If so, I’m jealous! Just because you have a pool doesn’t mean you use it though. If the area around the pool is less than appealing, chances are you haven’t been lounging too much. Take the time to make your pool patio a relaxing retreat!  

Pool Patio Ideas

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via Architectural Digest

Create a seating area with chairs that will allow you to take advantage of that sun! Include some umbrellas to add shade and some side tables so you have a place to put your drink and book. 

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via Kansas City Star

Think through your landscaping and include greenery. Planters or pots of flowers will add an earthy feel, as well as pops of color. Be careful about planting trees too close if you aren’t interested in scooping leaves out of the water. 

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via Structured Settlement Advisors

Put a firepit in so that your night swims can end with s’mores!

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via Livabl

Include storage options, like this storage bench, to hide away your swim toys. And speaking of pool toys, wouldn’t this basketball hoop be such a fun addition? 

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via Bontrager Pools

Don’t forget the outdoor speaker! What’s a pool party without some fun music? 

 

What do you have on your pool patio? 

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Butcher Block Countertops

Posted by Alyssa on August 12, 2019

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Butcher block countertops are an affordable, natural-looking countertop and can add a lot to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. You may love the look of butcher block, or you may love the price, but before you make your final decision, know the pros and cons of butcher block countertops.  

Butcher Block Countertops

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via Domino

Butcher Block Pros

These countertops are easy to restore. Because wood is softer than other countertops, nicks, stains, and scratches will happen. If the rustic look isn’t for you, simply use fine-grit sandpaper and sand out the imperfections. Remember to oil your countertops after sanding and you’ll never know the difference. 

The softness of the wood will actually make your kitchen quieter as well. Plates, glasses, and pans will not make as big of a clatter when you set them down. 

Wood looks great with a variety of materials and appliances. It’s easy to mix and match textures and styles with butcher block countertops. 

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via Domino

Butcher Block Cons

You will need to oil your butcher block about every six months to keep the wood from drying out and cracking. Make sure you are using food-safe oil or wax, but stay away from cooking oil as it will damage the wood. 

Standing water is your enemy. Excessive water will damage the wood of your butcher block. 

You will need to use hot pads before putting a hot pan or tray on your countertops. 

 

What do you think? Would you put butcher block countertops in your kitchen? If you are redoing your kitchen, check out all the appliances available at RC Willey. You’ll find something you love!

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How to Get Rid of Pet Smell in Your Home

Posted by Alyssa on August 10, 2019

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I generally pride myself on keeping our home smell like there is no animal living in the house, but the other day I walked in and caught a whiff. There was definitely a dog smell in our house and I immediately set to work figuring out where it came from. After giving my dog a bath and letting her dry off outside, the smell was gone! Thank goodness. 

Is there a dog smell in your home? Are you tired of having your house smell like a pet store? There are a few simple things you can do to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. 

How to Get Rid of Pet Smell in Your Home

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  • Keep your pet bathed and groomed.
  • Vacuum up any dog hair, including on pet beds and any furniture your pet may sit on. 
  • Sweep and mop your hard floors frequently. If you pets shed you may need to do this more often. 
  • Use an air purifier to trap allergen particles and keep the air in your home clean. 
  • Immediately pick up and clean any messes in your home. If needed, use a pet odor eliminator. 
  • Wash your pet bed frequently. Most beds have a removable cover you can toss into the washing machine. 
  • Open your windows and let the fresh air in!
  • Change the air filter in your home. 

Good luck keeping your home smelling nice and clean!

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Outdoor Activities for Kids

Posted by Alyssa on August 9, 2019

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With summer coming to an end, it might be hard to find some activities for your kids to fill the last few days. End this summer on a high note and create fun memories with your kids, all while enjoying the great outdoors! 

Outdoor Activities for Kids

Go to a new park or splash pad

Find a kid-friendly hike

Sidewalk chalk - put out some mallets, water, and paintbrushes for a new chalk experience

Create an obstacle course

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via Women's Day

Yard games like corn hole or horseshoes

Night games - classics like kick the can, flashlight tag, and fugitive can never go wrong!

Picnic in the mountains

Make a movie

Homemade slip and slide

Water balloons

 

What are you going to do with your last few days of summer?

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How to Hang Large Art

Posted by Alyssa on August 6, 2019

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Hanging art can be intimidating, especially if it’s an especially large work of art. What do you use to anchor it to the wall? How do you center it correctly on the wall? How do you get the frame to be level and not crooked? If you’ve got a large piece of art just leaning against the wall because you’re secretly afraid to hang it, have no fear! We’re here to show you how to hang large art.  

How to Hang Large Art

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via Decoomo

First, this will be much easier if you have two people. Have one person hold the piece of art up to the wall where you want it. Mark where you want it with a light pencil mark, making sure you have centered it correctly on the wall. 

Measure where the hanging hardware is on the back of your art. If there are two pieces of hanging hardware you’ll need to measure how far apart they are as well as the distance from the top of the frame to the hardware. If your art has a wire, make sure you pull it tight to get a correct measurement.

Using your initial pencil mark of where you want your painting to go and the measurements you’ve taken, tap in the hardware you'll be using to hang the art. Depending on the weight of the art piece you’re using you may need to use different anchors for safety. 

Hang your artwork! If needed, use a level to make sure your art is perfectly straight. 

Empty wall in your home? Check out all the wall art at RC Willey and get started hanging your next piece of art!

 

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How to Deadhead Plants

Posted by Alyssa on August 5, 2019

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If you’re new to gardening, you may not be sure how to deadhead plants, or what deadheading even means. If you want to have your flower garden look beautiful and colorful all season long, you need to know how to deadhead plants! Check out how below.  

How to Deadhead Plants

Deadheading, or removing the dead or spent blooms, helps your plant look better and grow stronger. It's important to remove the dead flowers so your plant has the energy to produce more blooms. With just your fingers or some snips, you can easily deadhead your plants. 

I worked in my garden today and it was so satisfying to see how good my garden looked afterward! What is your favorite thing to do in the garden?

 

 

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