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RC Willey Employee Spotlight: Dave Bates's Bates Haunt

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on October 25, 2015

Bates Haunt Utah House

Dave Bates is the man responsible for keeping our website alive and once a year he takes his technical expertise and turns his home into a spooky & fun Halloween destination. He does this through a technique called projection mapping. Essentially he turns his house into a movie screen and Dave and his family act out the parts of skeletons, ghosts, and a floating eyeball among other things. Dave also writes and performs his own music tracks and he and his family add more pieces to the show every year. Check out this video with Dave and if you'd like more information check out the Bates Haunt Facebook page

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RC Willey Goes Back to 1985 for BTTF Day

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on October 21, 2015

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Just in case you turned on a tv or read a newspaper, today is the date that Marty McFly went to in Back to the Future II. We are living in the future and you know this because you rode your hoverboard to work after you parked your hovercar. Of course that's after your shoes laced themselves and your jacket dried itself. All jokes aside, we live in an awesome future and today we decided to look back to our newspaper insert from October 1985. If you weren't sure of it before, this will show you just how far we've come. Anyone need a new VCR? 

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Check out this awesome sound system with a 25" color tv!!! Only $1299! Remember that camcorder Marty was filming Doc with? It shot on full size VHS tapes and only set you back $1399!

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VHS was so hot in 1985 and a 27" TV was considered big!

Back to the future 2 ad

After looking at all these products that seemed so advanced back in the day it makes me wonder where we will be in 30 years. All I know is it's going to be cool. Happy Back to the Future Day to all the fans out there and thanks to Raeleen, the RC Willey archivist, for taking care of our old ads all these years. 

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How to Choose the Best Baby Crib

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Guest Posted by RC Willey Community on June 8, 2015

Preparing for the arrival of a baby is expensive and that’s why it’s smart for you to purchase items that multi-task. After all, your baby is going to grow up and his/her needs will be constantly changing. This crib converts to a toddler bed and later with optional bed rails, into a twin bed, saving you from buying new furniture as your child grows. For the toddler stage there is a removable side rail that will keep your little boy or girl in bed and not rolling onto the floor, and the low mattress makes it easy for him or her to climb into bed at night. The Bradford bed is classically designed and will last your child for years while staying in style. 

Once you know which bed you want to buy you have to decide on color. If you want this purchase to last a long time I would recommend getting a neutral color (one that goes with everything) so that you can use it for more than one child. Unless you have a fantastic crystal ball, you don’t know what your future children will be, but brown or white should work fine for a boy or girl. If you have a lot of dark wood in your house, you might want to get a similar finish and if you have white woodwork and want a “lighter” feeling, go with white.

Today, medical experts warn against bumper pads, pillows, and blankets in the crib for baby safety (SIDS). Grandparents may not be aware of this shift in nursery design and safety, as those things used to be part of accessorizing the nursery, however, you can still play with themes and color schemes with fitted bottom sheets and dust ruffles that coordinate with curtains or valances, wall hangings or art, paint color, lamps, etc. Be honest with family and friends on what you want your nursery to look like and prepare yourself for mountains of coordinating baby gifts!

Beth is a designer for O Baby! Originals, an American-made baby clothing brand.  

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The RC Willey Father's Day Gift Guide

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on June 5, 2015

p nbsp img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 fathers-day-rv.jpg alt width 779 height 250 p p Last year my wife had to leave town for the week of Father s Day and I was sad. So Father s Day morning I took a look at the KSL classifieds put my daughter in the car and we headed down to Provo where I bought a vintage camper on the spot. It was a very expensive impulse buy. We ended up using the camper one time on a weekend getaway to Park City and a few months later I sold it. The lesson from this is don t leave the nbsp Dad in your family alone on Father s Day and make sure he knows he doesn t need to go buy himself a gift he might regret nbsp --more-- img class hidden src https static.rcwilley.com images more-tag.png alt p p This expensive amp time consuming experience led me to putting together the definitive a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp target blank 2015 Father s Day Gift Guide a and I seperated it based on what kind of Dad you have. Like many Dads I am a little bit of all of these and I am sure your pop is too so go ahead and check out each Dad-type and hopefully you will find something that suits him perfectly. nbsp p p To all the Dads out there keep up the good work and if you need me to add anything to this list as a hint to your family leave it in the comments below p p a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp NewDad target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 NEWDADSBUTTON1.png alt width 120 height 52 a nbsp a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp chef target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 CHEFDADS2.png alt width 120 height 52 a nbsp a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp couch target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 couchdads2.png alt width 120 height 52 a nbsp a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp sport target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 SPORTYDADS2.png alt width 120 height 52 a nbsp a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp outdoor target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 OUTDOORSYDADS2.png alt width 120 height 52 a nbsp a href http www.rcwilley.com Fathers-Day-Gift-Guide.jsp tech target blank img src static.rcwilley.com blog 34 5586 TECHIEDADS2.png alt width 120 height 52 a p
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Are You Emotionally Ready For Your Remodeling Project?

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Guest Posted by RC Willey Community on May 28, 2015

At some point many of us decide to undertake a major remodeling project, and sometimes you have no idea what you have done until the project is in full swing. I know when we redid our kitchen I had no idea what a pain it would be to eat peanut butter sandwiches everyday and wash dishes in the bathroom sink. Throw children and pets in the mix and you end up with white painted paw prints across your brand new floors! It can get messy very quickly. So I reached out to Kristen Floyd, the owner of THM Construction & Remodeling, to see if there were some pro tips to ease the pain. Since Kristen does this every day, the first thing she wanted to do was help you know the ins and outs of remodeling and whether you are emotionally prepared for a new project. Here are her tips for remodeling success!

  • Ease your worries and concerns right from the beginning by selecting a reputable company that is able to show proof of a contractor’s license. A business license is not the same as a contractor’s license. You will want to see proof of both.
  • Check references for the company you have selected. 
  • Ask for assistance selecting items that are necessary for your project. These people are the experts so let them help you. If possible, meet with the on staff interior designer or establish an online HOUZZ account. If you are able to see how everything will look before it is installed you will reduce the chance of getting selection remorse.
  • Get a schedule from your contractor and find out what the process will be if the schedule needs to change. Make sure you know the normal days and hours of operation for your project so you can plan for your personal life. Sometimes there are surprises during a construction project that will delay or shorten the schedule, so it will be important to know how you will be notified. Sudden changes in schedule can cause a lot of anxiety for the homeowner but can be avoided through communication.
  • Introduce yourself to the staff. You will feel more comfortable if you know everyone by their first name.
  • The DIRT! Your house is about to get dirty. Even with the best protection, dirt will go through your vents, get into your carpet, coat the walls, and end up in places you least expected. Don’t try to keep up with it all, wait until it is done. You may want to add a professional cleaner to the cost of your project. The best place to start is your vents. The dirt accumulates there the most and is always the place we forget to clean.
  • OHHHH the Noise! Do you work from home or will be home frequently during the construction process? You may want to find somewhere else to be or limit your time around the construction zone. Even having a simple phone conversation will be difficult. Most types of construction involve hammering, stapling, cutting, sawing, and other loud activities. For those not around construction every day, we tend to forget there is noise involved.
  • Surprise, Surprise. Everyone starts out thinking they know exactly how much everything will cost and how “easy” the project is going to be. However, most projects come with some sort of unexpected surprise that was not part of the original budget. In order to avoid the emotional toll of a surprise, tuck a little extra in your budget just in case. Don’t tell anyone how much you have in the surprise fund but take comfort knowing it is there.
  • So, you thought it looked good at the store but now that it is installed you hate it! Lean on the experts to help you put all of your materials together. Believe it or not, your paint selection can change the way everything looks when put together. Select items that will compliment each other based on color, texture, and style. The best examples can be seen on different design sites such HOUZZ. Put together an online portfolio on the free sites and utilize the expertise of those in the field.
  • Lastly, just breathe. Even with all the noise and different surprises, your project will look beautiful when it is all said and done.

Remodeling is a big commitment and you need to be ready emotionally and financially. However, it will also be a fabulous experience you will want to share with everyone. Take pictures throughout the process so you can remember where you started and the journey that brought you an amazing result. Enjoy!

If you have any further questions contact Kristen Floyd at THM Construction|Remodeling at 1483 Wall Ave. Ogden, UT, 84404. 801-648-5939.

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Add a little red, white & blue to your home!

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 22, 2015

 

Memorial Day serves as a reminder to all of us what sacrifices were made to build this great country and many times when you visit a veteran's home or the parents of an active-duty soldier, you see this pride in their home decor or color choices. They display flags, needlepoint pillows and framed photos...and for some they don't even realize they do it until you point out their bright red sectional with blue pillows and the white blanket draped across the back.

As I walked around the store today I started noticing a ton of items in red, white, and blue, from bedspreads to washing machines, and I assume they stood out because this holiday is a time of reflection. If you are one of these people who has chosen to design your home with patriotism you will love this array I put together - and other's of you might see something in one of these great colors that would add a touch of color to your home. Most importantly though, I hope each one of you takes a moment to reflect in the sacrifices that built up this country that we are so proud of and you enjoy the company of those who continue to make it great. Happy Memorial Day to all of you, and a big thanks to my grandfathers who served in WWII and my two cousins who currently serve in the United States Air Force. 

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How to Smoke Ribs on a Traeger Grill

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 15, 2015

 

In this week's episode of #rcwilleycommunity we introduce you to Rod and Roger from R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City. Rod & Roger are brothers and the owners of R&R BBQ and they just won best ribs in Utah! They teamed up with RC Willey and Traeger Grills to bring you some simple smoker recipes for the summer - the first of which is St. Louis style ribs. Watch how easy it is to cook award-winning ribs at home with the proper ingredients and the right smoker. If you want to get a solid gift for your Dad this Father's Day that will pay your stomach dividends, check out Traeger Grills and accessories at RC Willey. Or, if you are hungry now, head on down to R&R BBQ in Salt Lake City and let Rod and Roger know you liked their video.  

Each RC Willey store is a proud neighbor to diverse people and businesses who make their local communities thrive, contributing services, goods, and expertise to the common good in order to help make our lives stimulating and meaningful. This #rcwilleycommunity project will showcase our neighbors who dedicate energy and creativity to this cause, focusing specifically on people who work to improve ours lives at home.

 

 

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How to Choose a New Mattress

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 11, 2015

 

Knowing how to choose the right mattress can be an intimidating process. It's something you need, they can be expensive, and most of us don't even have a starting point in mind. I too need a new mattress so I decided to do some research and I'm here to share that info with you. As always, I would reccommend visiting one of our stores and getting the info from one of our professional salespeople, but I hope I can at least give you a starting point. I wrote up a decent page on our site about all the different types of mattresses including innerspring, memory foam, gel, latex, air, and adjustable as well as their pros and cons.

Once you are ready to purchase a new mattress make sure you have your dimensions (don't want too big of a bed in a little room), personal preferences on comfort, and of course your budget. Remember, most of us spend a third of our lives asleep, so if there's one place you should be comfortable it is your bed! Now follow this link to our Which Mattress is Right for Me page and let me know if you think I left anything out! 

 

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How To Make A Mother's Day Cupcake Centerpiece

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Kerry Posted by Kerry on May 8, 2015

 

The RC Willey Community is a project dedicated to recognizing and reaching out to the communities that support us. 

Each RC Willey store is a proud neighbor to diverse people and businesses who make their local communities thrive, contributing services, goods, and expertise to the common good in order to help make our lives stimulating and meaningful. This project will showcase our neighbors who dedicate energy and creativity to this cause, focusing specifically on people who work to improve ours lives at home.

We know what it takes to start and build a small business: it was only 83 years ago that RC Willey started selling electric appliances door to door, and only 61 years ago when Willey's son-in-law, Bill Child, took over the tiny business from his ailing father-in-law. Since then, thousands of women and men have worked tirelessly to grow RC Willey into the robust company it is today. We want to honor our neighbors who — like RC, like Bill, like those who followed them — are working hard to develop the fabulous places we call home. We want to connect with you; we want to pay tribute to you; we want to thank you.

Today is our very first #rcwilleycommunity experience — a lesson from Leslie Fiet, owner of Mini's Cupcakes in Salt Lake City. Many of you who live in Salt Lake City will remember Leslie as the woman who saved baby Bella after she was kidnapped in a car theft earlier this year. Leslie was the perfect person to comfort that sweet girl, and we wanted to give back to Leslie for her good deed. So when we found out that her old bakery mixer had kicked the bucket, we brought her a new BOSCH Universal Plus mixer with all the bells and whistles. While we were at Mini’s, we asked Leslie to teach us some tricks of the treats, and she graciously obliged.

Here begins a series of cupcake and bread tutorials by Leslie, which will air on our YouTube channel throughout the summer. Please head on over to the RC Willey YouTube channel now and subscribe — we don’t want for you to miss a single video from Leslie, nor from our other #rcwilleycommunity members and stay tuned to the Room to Talk blog where other members will be guest blogging for us!

Now, without further ado, sit back and relax, and learn how to make the mothers in your life a beautiful and delicious cupcake centerpiece for Mother's Day. 

You can visit Leslie’s cupcake bakery, Mini’s Cupcakes, in Salt Lake City or on the web at www.mini-cupcakes.com.

 

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World's Toughest Job

RC Willey Blogger Profile Picture - Andrea Posted by Andie on May 7, 2015

  

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"All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother."- Abraham Lincoln

I couldn't agree more with Abraham Lincoln.  It's only since becoming a mother myself that I've begun to understand just how much my own mom has done for me throughout my life.  I love you mom!!

And to all of you mothers out there, I salute you!  

And now, one of my favorite Mother's day videos of all time....... enjoy!

 

 

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