Wednesday, January 24, 2018

While we are on the subject of sleep.....

Doctors, researchers and scientists agree: quality sleep is crucial for good health. 

Our bodies need sleep to recover from the wear and tear of daily life while our brains rely on sleep to sort and store memories and problem solve.  Under the cover of sleep, our veins are flooded with age-defying human growth hormones while an army of T Cells are raised and sent into battle to fight against colds and infection.  What's more, sleep lowers the risk of just about every scary health issue as we age. 

What happens when you skimp on sleep and build up a sleep debt? In short, the price you pay is more than just lost productivity.  Don't you think its time to wake up and learn why sleep is so important?

Grab your headphones because we've gathered the best (in our opinion) TED Talks videos that focus on napping-paying back that sleep debt in smaller chunks rather than a whole night.  These videos are short, smart and will give you something to consider the next time you think it's okay to skimp on sleep.  

Give it up for the Down State-Sleep: Sara Mednick
Dr. Sara Mednick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the university of California, Riverside.  Her work on sleep research continues to shape the way we understand the importance of healthy sleep hygiene.  In her talk, she argues for everyone to take a nap during the day. 
Click here to watch her video. Also check out Restonics article about the 7 Deadly Sins of Sleep. 

Sleep-Engineering: Improve your Life by Manipulating your Sleep-Penny Lewis

We spend 1/3rd of our lives asleep, which suggests it's important.  But, what is all this sleeping and napping for?  And why does every animal species appear to need sleep?  Based on the latest neuroscientific research, Penny Lewis shows why sleep is critical for combining and restructuring memories and how it forms the foundation creativity. 
Curious??? It just takes one click here to find the answers!

Redefining Rest, Slowing Down to Speed Up- Bec Heinrich
Bec studies, develops, coaches and consults to leaders of all ages.  in this talk, she shares about how the disease of busy-ness is corroding our lives and why rest is critical for inspiring and sustainable leadership.  Bec explores how napping transformed her life and leadership, and from her research, shares about the impact of naps on people's performance.
Lets fight "The Doing Disease" by clicking here!

The Power of Rest and Reflection-Daniel Rubin
By changing how we grasp the concept of time, we can take back control of our time.  Daniel will discuss the importance of appreciating resting and napping as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation on time and life, a topic often missed in today's modern, fast paced lifestyle. 
Here's to changing our perspectives with one click! 

One more Reason to get More Sleep-Jeff Iliff
The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, and yet it only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass.  So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? Sleep!

The Facts of Napping
Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, JFK and John D. Rockefeller were all dedicated nappers-everyday! If you're considering swapping out caffeine for an afternoon quick snooze, this video should give you all the motivation you need.  
If you're pro napping, click here!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Some people claim they're asleep before their head even hits the pillow. The other not so lucky group, punch and shift their pillows for an hour before sleep claims them for the night. If falling asleep is a nightly struggle for you, there are dozens of ways you can trick yourself into claiming your spot on the sleep train, quickly and painlessly.

Six Scientific Ways to Fall Asleep Without a Prescription

Block Out the Light- Not only is it easier to fall asleep in the dark, there's also a good chance you'll stay asleep longer too.  Think of yourself as a human solar energy panel.  When you're exposed to light, sunlight or artificial light, it boosts alertness and reaction times, elevates your mood and keeps you awake.  When the light goes away, melatonin levels naturally rise, energy subsides and sleep begins to commence. 

Curtail the Arguing with your Partner- Being tired can lead to arguments with your partner, which could lead to more sleepless nights (for both of you.) See the potential for a vicious cycle? If anxiety and stress with your partner is interfering with a good nights sleep, talk it out: just not right before bed. 

Check your Thyroid- When your thyroid gets out of sync, hormones that regulate your moods and energy levels suffer.  If you're overly energetic-or overly tired- its time to consult your doctor for a blood test.  Falling asleep faster may simply require a chemical rebalancing. 

Tweak your Sleep Space- When you get ready to go to the gym, you grab your must-have's for a successful workout: running shoes, playlist, maybe some protein.  Falling asleep is the same: you need a comfortable mattress, bedding and pillows.  (Time for an upgrade?? Wilcox Furniture can help with that! Come by and test out the many mattresses on display to see which suits your body best.)

Review your Diet- Sleep and food go hand in hand.  Adjusting your diet (and alcohol consumption) can dramatically affect how easily you fall asleep, and stay asleep.  Just so you're not surprised, a diet high in saturated fats and carbs can lead to disrupted sleep.  A diet based in leafy greens and whole grains tends to lead to a better quality sleep.  

Turn Off Social Media- We've been hearing for a long time how harmful electronics are to sleep, but its not just looking at the screen thats dangerous.  What you're looking at can be equally disruptive.  Study after study shows a strong argument for ditching your virtual friends before you get into bed at night.  

Six Slightly Odd Suggestions for Falling Asleep
If you're open to different ways to trick your body into falling asleep, this list should satisfy.  While these tips come with (quasi) documented claims, we'd love to hear if they work for YOU!

Inhale through your Left Nostril- Lie on your left side, rest your finger on your right nostril and breathe deeply.  Try not to worry what happens if you get your lefties and righties mixed up, and try not to giggle.  

Squeeze your Toes-Lie on your back, curl your toes downward and breathe through your nose at the same time.  Tapping your heels together, optional. 

Try to Stay Awake- Apparently our brains are like toddlers and respond to empty challenges with sleep. Please don't call us at 4 am if your brain is more evolved....

Rewind your Day-We have to be honest, we think this is a guaranteed recipe for staying awake.  

Channel your Inner Teenager- Rolling your eyes can help trigger the release of melatonin, which explains why teenagers sleep better than anyone else on the planet. 

Hum Softly- Sing yourself a little song about how much you love sleep.  You might fall asleep but your partner will either think you're crazy or curse you for waking them up. But you'll be asleep so who cares????

Heres to a good nights sleep!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Best Home Furnishings: That's the promise this Ferdinand, Indiana company tries to live up to in each of their products. In many ways, when you consider, selection, value, and quality, we think you would agree they earn their name “Best”.

      Chairs, Glide Rockers, Recliners, Reclining and Stationary Sofas & Loveseats, Sleeper Sofas.
      Space SaversTM, Rockers, Swivel Rockers, Gliders, Swivel Gliders, High Leg Recliners, Swivel Chairs, Power Rockers, Power Space SaversTM, Power Lifts, Power Tilt Headrests, Lock Glide Rockers, Console Loveseats, Dining Chairs
      Thousands of style, fabric, and finish combinations. Need we say more?

      Build the best quality product, at the most affordable price."
      A simple, yet powerful philosophy is the foundation from which Best Home Furnishings was built. Their legendary quality standards are just as evident today as they were over 50 years ago. Close relationships with vendors and tight, efficient manufacturing processes allow them to remain very price competitive. They are a value leader.

      Hardwood frame parts using native trees provide the backbone to a sturdy frame.
      Fully automated computer scan and cut systems process nearly 20 miles of lumber per day to read and cut out defects.
      Joints are doweled, screwed, glued, stapled and corner blocked.
      High stress points are reinforced with deep penetrating truss plates.
      Best employs over 60 seasoned upholsterers with an average of 16+ years of experience.
      Sewing inspection utilizes an 18 point checklist ranging from seam allowance to the number of stitches per inch.
      Each product that leaves our facility is inspected and must pass our QUALITY standards

      Consumers work hard for their money and are proud to know that by buying Best they are supporting their fellow U.S. workers.
      For over 50 years, Best has employed some of the hardest working, most skilled citizens of this great country.

Our 950+ U.S. workers are part of the Best family and are proud to be responsible for the promise that is our name. Best Home Furnishings

Please visit our online showroom at or

Better yet, come in and see for yourself why buying from “Best” Chairs is one of the best decisions you'll make for your home.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The holidays are over and things around the house are calming down.  You look around and realize your new sofa has a stain! What do you do?? Here are some tips for keeping your furniture looking as new as the day it arrived. 

Fabrics can be cleaned in various ways depending on the type of fabric on your furniture. 

1)     Look on the furniture label for some of the following symbols or a symbol indicating type of cleaner to be used:

  • WS– Water base cleaning agents and foam may be used for cleaning. This fabric may also be cleaned with mild, water-free dry cleaning solvents.
  • W–Water based cleaning agents or water-based foam may be used for cleaning.
  • S–Only mild, pure, water-free dry cleaning solvents may be used for cleaning this fabric.
  • X– This fabric should be vacuumed or brushed lightly to remove soil. WARNING: Do not use foam or liquid cleaning agents of any type.
  • V–This fabric should be washed with warm water and mild soap. WARNING: Do not use cleaners or liquid cleaning agents of any type.

2)    Important!  Whichever solution is recommended, always keep in mind that you always want to test any solution in an inconspicuous area.  This will avoid any staining in a visible spot.    

3)    Before cleaning, it’s best to vacuum your furniture, being sure to get between cushions and in crevices to avoid rubbing in further dirt.

4)    Apply the recommended solution with a clean soft rag or microfiber towel and gently blot the treated area. 

5)    Allow the furniture to air dry or follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  Always check this before you beginning cleaning.  

Depending on the use in your home will determine the frequency of the cleaning.
No two homes are identical so there can be no specific amount of times to clean your furniture.  A good rule of thumb perhaps, may be with daylight saving time change.  See how that works for you and your family. 

            By following manufacturers cleaning recommendations and their instructions, you too can perhaps keep your furniture looking as new as possible!  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

We all know the importance of walking.  But why is it so beneficial? It will literally prolong your life. You will not only feel, but look healthier. It's not expensive, the only thing you'll need is a good pair of shoes! It has actually been proven that walking is even healthier than running.  Runners that "push" themselves most days of the week, actually have the same risk of death as sedentary individuals.  Moving at a pace such as a brisk walk, or a slow jog for 1-2.5 hours every week could lower your risk by 25%. 

Prolonged running, and other intense activity, increase levels of certain inflammatory proteins that dampen your immune system and can allow viruses-such as those that cause the common cold- to thrive.  Risks of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease all dropped almost the same amount for both walkers and runners.  While it is true that running burns more calories, research shows that intense workouts are more likely to make you feel hungry: So you're more apt to gobble down the calories you just burned while running! So go on....start walking!!!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Recently Hurricane Harvey devastated the coastal bend area.  Many in the area had damage to their property, some even losing everything.  There are many organizations providing relief to the local victims. One of which is the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Fund.  Wilcox Furniture wants to be a part of that support!

For the whole month of September, we are applying 5% of every purchase to help provide relief to those that suffered from the recent disaster. Please join us by adding to the CBDRF and help our friends, family and neighbors rebuild their lives. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Here at Wilcox Furniture, we view our employees as a family. We regularly have pot luck lunches where everyone gets to share their favorite dishes. Below is one of our employees stories and recipe for another family favorite....Super Yummy Tator Tot Surprise!

"I remember when I was in college, I was always looking for a fast, easy, and most important inexpensive meal to make. This recipes was one of my favorites that I still like to make, and its always a crowd pleaser, so don't let the name scare you. 
  • Brown 1-2 pounds of ground beef (depending on the size of batch you want to make) and place in the bottom of a casserole dish (i.e. Pyrex)
  • On top of the ground beef, pour in 2-3 cans of cream of chicken soup. 
  • On top of the soup, make a layer of frozen tator tots. 
  • Then cover the tator tots with shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar)
  • Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 min, or until the cheese on top turns golden brown. 
  • Let stand a few minutes to cool, then serve.  
I did not come up with the recipe myself, so I can not claim this as something I invented. I honestly have no idea who created this recipe, but every time we have a potluck lunch, I have several requests to make this.  Why not "surprise" the family with it tonight?!"

Cooking/Baking is such an essential part of our everyday lives.  If you're in need of a new range, be sure to check out your local Wilcox Furniture or check us out online! We've got some hot deals! 😊