The Easiest Way to Cut an Avacado

Posted by Andie on July 20, 2017

Avacados go like hotcakes at my house.  I could and would happily eat an avacado 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 avacado I was shocked to learn that after all these years of avacado 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 avacado 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?

 

 

How to Install an Over-the-Range Microwave

Posted by on July 19, 2017

kitchen

Read tips on installing a new over the range microwave, provided by RC Willey - your Las Vegas and Salt Lake City furniture store. 

Tips for Installing an Over-the-Range Microwave

microwave

via Better Homes and Gardens

There are few things that take up more space on your kitchen countertops than a bulky microwave. That’s why over-the-range microwaves are such a popular option. Doubling as a vent for your range, an over-the-range microwave like this GE model sits above your stove top and is both out of the way and easily accessed. Knowing how to install your over the range microwave will help save you money. Keep reading for some tips on how to best install a microwave.

Your microwave should come with a template that will help you know where to drill and install the mounting bracket that will hold up your microwave. Use a level to make sure your template is straight and even before you start drilling. The last thing you want is a crooked microwave hanging on your wall.

A microwave weighs about 20 - 30 pounds, so you need to make sure you have drilled your mounting bracket into studs that will be able to hold the weight of the appliance. You can easily find a stud with a stud finder, or use these three techniques if you don’t have access to a stud finder.

Because you’ll need to lift and position the bulky microwave, make sure you have an extra person to help you out. It will be helpful to have someone guide the microwave onto the mounting bracket and finish the installation once the microwave is positioned.

 

Watch this video below for more help in knowing how to install an over the range microwave.

 

Now that you know how to install a microwave, check out the over-the-range microwave options at RC Willey and see which one will work best for your family!

 

How to Buy and Install a New Dishwasher

Posted by Alyssa on July 18, 2017

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What should you think about when choosing a new dishwasher to buy, and how do you install it? Check out these tips from RC Willey! 

How to Choose and Install a New Dishwasher

A dishwasher is one of the most useful appliances you have in your kitchen and knowing how to buy a dishwasher will help you decide on the perfect one for your family. There are a couple of things you need to think of before you go to the store to make your purchase.

MEASURE YOUR SPACE

You will need to measure your space before choosing your new dishwasher. Standard dishwashers are about 24” wide while compact models are about 18” wide. Most dishwashers are designed to fit under the typical kitchen countertop, but you will want to measure the height of your space to be sure. You will also want to measure the depth you have available in order to avoid having your dishwasher jut out into your kitchen.

THINK ABOUT EXTERIOR FINISHES

Decide what exterior finish you want on your dishwasher. There are many options including white, black, bisque (off-white) and stainless steel. There are also dishwashers like this Thermador panel ready dishwasher available that can have a panel installed on front to match your cabinets if you prefer to have it hidden.

NOISE LEVEL

Some dishwashers can be very noisy while others have been specifically designed to be virtually silent. Think about how important the noise level is to you and be sure to look at how loud the machine will be while running. The decibel level will help you know about how load the machine will be. Decibel ratings of 45 or lower are basically silent, 45 - 50 decibels sound similar to rainfall, and anything higher than 50 decibels will be the noise level or normal conversation.

INSTALLING YOUR DISHWASHER

Once you know how to buy a dishwasher, you may be wondering how to install it. If you’re choosing to install the dishwasher yourself, you’ll want to watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to install a new dishwasher.

 

Knowing how to buy and install a dishwasher will make a huge difference when it comes to your daily dish washing! Check out all our dishwasher options at RC Willey and let us know which one you want in your home.

 

 

Entertainment Room Furniture and Design Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on July 17, 2017

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Get tips for creating an entertainment room your guests will love from RC Willey - your #1 destination for entertainment room furniture and more. 

Entertainment Room Design Ideas

entertainment room 

via HGTV

When brainstorming entertainment room ideas, think about what you want from the room and divide your space into different areas. Having a specific place for snacking, watching television, playing games, and an open area for play will make your entertainment room a space for your entire family.

sectional

via RC Willey

Comfortable entertainment room furniture is a must. If you’ve got a large family or entertain frequently, a sectional is a great choice to fit everyone during a movie or the big game. Whatever furniture you pick, make sure it’s comfortable. Something like this red sectional couch would be perfect!

television

via Maria Killam

What is an entertainment room without a nice TV? When you’re watching a movie or a sporting event, you’re going to want the best quality available. A Sony 4K television will give you sharper images, brighter colors, and more detailed images than other TV options.

tv stand

via RC Willey

Even if you’ve got a small space, it’s important to include a TV stand in your list of entertainment room furniture. Not only will a TV stand like this mid-century tv stand protect all your electronics, it will keep your space feeling organized and put together.  

bookcase

via RC Willey

Don’t forget about all the toys, games, blankets, and pillows you’ll be storing in your entertainment room. An idea to think about is having easy access to storage - and lots of it. A bookcase with baskets or bins to store loose items is a quick way to keep your room clean and organized.

What ideas do you have for an entertainment room?

 

 

DIY Reusable Shopping Bag

Posted by Alyssa on July 16, 2017

shopping bag

Reuse those old T-shirts and pillowcases you’ve been meaning to get rid of and make yourself a DIY reusable shopping bag! Not only is bringing your own shopping bags better for the environment, I’ve found that I can fit more groceries in my own bag than the plastic bags they offer at the store. Fewer trips from the car to the house? Yes, please! Here are three DIY reusable shopping bag ideas that I want to try out. 

From an old T-shirt, try out one of these ideas - 

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Or, if you have an old pillowcase you'd like to get rid of, try this -

shopping bag

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Try out one of these DIY reusable shopping bags and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

6 Ways to Help you Drink More Water

Posted by Andie on July 15, 2017

It's officially summer time, and boy is it HOT outside!  Are you drinking enough water?  My friends used to call me 'the camel' because I had a water bottle with me literally everywhere I went.  Fast forward ten years and now my hands are full of diaper bags, children, and THEIR drinks.....certainly not mine!  I've been really making an effort to drink more water this summer.  There are so many health benefits to staying adequately hydrated!  When you drink enough water it can improve your mood, treat headaches, help your digestive system work properly (and regularly), flush out toxins in your body, promote clear, glowing skin, and aid in healthy weight loss.  It's kind of a no brainer, right?  

Here are 6 easy things you can do that can help you drink more water....

1. Start Early!  Drink a tall glass of warm (or room temperature) water when you first wake up
Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning gives your metabolism a jump start and gets things going!  If you want to take it a step further, make it a warm or hot glass of water.  I read about this philosophy in a chinese medicine book, and I'm telling you, it works wonders.  The warm water relaxes your muscles and really gets your digestive system working smoothly.  *Side note: If you already drink a lot of water, but still have constipation issues, take out the ice and opt for room temperature or warm water instead.  It's a game changer.  It sounds crazy, but you'll thank me later!  

2. Invest in a good water bottle
This can help make all the difference! Keep it on your desk at work, or in your car if you're running errands. I love my camelback, and  

3. Set a daily goal to help you stay committed
The medical community has differing opions about how much water you should be drinking everyday.  The standard is 8-10 glasses a day, but I've also heard that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces.  Listen to your body, decide what is best for you, and then stick to your goal!  There are lots of free apps out there that will help you track your progess, or compete with your spouse or a friend and turn it into a contest!

4. Drink a full glass of water 30 minutes or so before every meal 
This is a great rule of thumb to follow, because you'll drink 3-4 glasses of water per day without having to remember or make much of an effort! It will not only keep you hydrated, but it will help you from over-eating because your stomach will feel full!

5. Use a straw
Why does every liquid taste so much better with a straw?!  I buy them in bulk and use them every single day.

6. Infuse your water with fruits & veggies
You hate the taste of water?  I get it.  I love my Dr. Pepper, and if I wasn't concerned about the calories I would opt to drink 8-19 glasses of soda per day!  I try to reserve sodas for special occasions or the weekend, and opt for water during the week.  Adding fruits and vegetables to your water can really spice things up and take it from boring to refreshing and delicious!  There are lots of health benefits too!  Below are some great recipes.


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What do you do to help you drink water?

 

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Planning a Road Trip

Posted by Alyssa on July 14, 2017

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Pack your bags, fill up your gas tank, and start planning a road trip! There is nothing like a road trip in the summer. Because you are the one in charge of your adventure, a road trip is one of the most freeing ways to travel. If you’re planning on hitting the road this summer, make sure you’ve followed these tips for planning a road trip. 

1. Plan your routes and stops before you leave. If you are alone or with friends, you may be able to just start driving to see where the road takes you, but anyone traveling with kids knows how important it is to find pitstops and activities along the way. Have hard copies of your maps in case your phone dies or you have no service.

2. Be flexible with your plans. Don’t give yourself such a tight schedule that you won’t be able to stop at a park or go on a spur of the moment hike if you want. I read somewhere that you should always have a free day with nothing scheduled to allow for emergencies or extra adventures.

3. Get your car completely checked out and ready to go before you start driving. In addition to your regular car maintenance check your oil, washer fluid, tire pressure, brake pads, etc. to make sure there are no surprises once you start your trip.

road trip

via RoadTrip America

4. Have emergency things ready in your car. In addition to your luggage, you should have a spare tire and the supplies to change a tire, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, your car manual, and some extra cash on hand. Check out this list of 30 essential things you should carry in your car for more ideas.

5. Be smart with what you pack! Remember that the lighter your car, the farther your gas tank will take you. Leave room for a cooler with food and snacks within easy access and pack light enough that all your passengers will have a comfy ride. My parents used to say, “If you bring it, you carry it” which really limited the number of books and toys we brought to the most essential. No one wanted to drive to Mt. Rushmore with a bag of books on their lap!

6. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have figured out ways to stay entertained on the road! Come up with playlists before you leave and pick out an audiobook or two that will appeal to the whole family. Decide how you feel about screen time for your kids so you have set expectations before you even get in the car. For some classic car games, look here and here for ideas.

 

Where are you going this summer? What ideas do you have for planning a road trip?

 

Animal Prints

Posted by Alyssa on July 13, 2017

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How do you feel about animal prints? I’ve never really thought about incorporating any animal prints into my home before, but I’ve been seeing some different animal print accents that have gotten me excited about trying some out! Here are some different ways I’ve been inspired to include animal prints in my home. 

WALLPAPER

wallpaper

via Style at Home

I’ve been looking for fun wallpaper to put into my daughter’s room and something like this dalmatian print is subtle enough that I think it’s a contender.

animal prints

via Conde Nast Traveler

I also love how this zebra print feels so abstract and modern. Wouldn't it make a bold statement somewhere in your home?

ACCENT FURNITURE

accent chair

via Brit + Co

accent furniture

via RC Willey

An easy way to bring in animal prints to by using a piece of accent furniture. You won't look like you're trying to bring in the entire jungle with just a small piece of furniture and you'll have a fun pop of personality in your home when you find one that you love. 

RUGS AND ACCESSORIES

animal print rug

via Tag and Tibby

A rug can be a subtle way to include an animal print in your home. Even though it might not technically be considered an animal print, I love the idea of layering a cowhide rug on top of a neutral rug as well. 

pillow

via Pillow Splash Studio

cow print pillow

via Olivia's Smile Decor

And of course, throw pillows are one of the best ways to bring in a print that you're not ready to commit to! Don't you love both of these pillows? I want the cow print one for myself!

Do you use animal prints in your home? 

 

Outdoor Movie Night Ideas

Posted by Alyssa on July 12, 2017

movie nights

There is nothing that screams summer more than an outdoor movie night. Pick out your favorite flick, invite some friends over, grab a couple of blankets, and enjoy a summer night! If you’re wanting to host an outdoor movie night, here are some ideas of how to make it perfect. 

projector

via RC Willey

First, you’ve got to make sure you have the right equipment. A nice projector and screen will make your evening so much easier than trying to wrangle a sheet or work with a cheap projector. Nothing is more frustrating than a movie cutting out halfway through and ending the party early. 

outdoor movie night

via Fresh American Style

Make sure you have a variety of seating options for your guests. Sitting on the ground for a whole movie may get tiring, so be sure you have chairs available. You may also want to lay a rug, tarp, or waterproof blanket down for people sitting on the grass so they won’t get wet or cold.

outdoor movie lighting

via Divine Party Concepts

Try to incorporate some lighting to light up your seating area and help your guests move around easily.  

snack bar

via Happily Hughes 

Nothing beats good snacks! Have a popcorn bar with different add-ins available or different types of drinks and sodas to make the movie seem even more special.

Have so much fun with your friends and family this summer! What outdoor movie night ideas do you have to add to the list? 

 

 

Galley Kitchens

Posted by Alyssa on July 11, 2017

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On the surface, galley kitchens may seem less desirable than other kitchen layouts. For small spaces with more length than width, though, a galley kitchen is exactly what you need! Not only will the parallel counters fit most small areas, if you’ve planned it out correctly you’ll have easy access to the work triangle (sink to fridge to cooktop). If you’re redoing a galley kitchen or hoping to do an easy facelift, these tips are for you! 

kitchen appliances

via Jenny Wolf Interiors

One of the best parts of having a galley kitchen is that because it is smaller than other kitchen layouts, your budget will go further leaving you more money to spend on fixtures or appliances

open shelving 

via The Inspired Room

Because your galley kitchen may seem small or low on storage, go all the way up the walls with your storage. To keep things feeling light think about using open shelving above your sink.

galley kitchen

via Emily Henderson

Keep all your features consistent. Whatever finish you use on your sink, try using it with your light fixtures and cabinet knobs or handles to create a more cohesive look.

galley kitchen

via deVOL

To make your room feel bigger, think about using a monochromatic color scheme.

galley kitchen

via HGTV

To make your galley kitchen feel cleaner and more spacious, keep your galley kitchen focused on food prep and, if possible, use adjacent spaces for dining.

Do you have a galley kitchen? What ideas have you used to make your galley kitchens amazing? 

 

 

 

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