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! 😊

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Most people feel that power and lift recliners are only for elderly people who have little to no strength available to operate a manual recliner.  The truth is: power and lift recliners are actually for everyone
Traditional recliners provide us certain benefits, like having a secondary place to sleep when bothered by conditions like acid reflux, sinus congestion, or even heart issues.  Sometimes we may be faced with physical difficulties, which is where power and lift recliners come in.  Muscle or joint injuries to the hip, shoulder, neck, back, knee, leg – any of these can make it extremely difficult to open or close a manual recliner, or even to stand.  Or perhaps someone is going through a surgery or illness resulting in the pain of recovery or loss of muscle strength.  Power and lift recliners can ease the problems that come with situations like that, while still providing a comfortable, relaxing chair. Simply by easing the strain on weak or injured joints and muscles, a power and lift chair can aide in a swifter or more comfortable recovery.  Even if someone doesn’t need help standing on a daily basis, having that option available for those bad days can sometimes make life significantly easier.
One other important thing to remember is that for those people who need assistance in standing, lift recliners can play an important part in maintaining independence.  It can allow some who otherwise wouldn’t be able to stand on their own to get around without assistance.  

Power recliners also provide benefits for those who are completely fit, by
offering a wide range of body positions. The power option means you can stop the recliner
at any point simply by releasing the button, you can choose a position that best suits your needs.  Some power recliners even include a zero gravity position, where your body experiences a minimum of internal and external stresses.  You’ll love the benefit of pressure relief and better posture to prevent back and muscle pain.

As far as the recliner itself, there are benefits in its own structure, too.  Power and lift recliner frames can sometimes stay more stable than a manual recliner, since the frame does not shake every time someone has to shift their weight to reach for the handle, lean back, or kick down a footrest.  Also, most power and lift recliners now come with a backup battery pack, that allows for the chair to still work for a few times when there is no power.  When used properly you won't need to worry about getting stuck in a recliner during a power outage.  There is even an option to purchase rechargeable full batteries, where a power or lift recliner can be plugged into. This offers a wider range of placement positions, rather than having to be placed near an outlet.  Certain recliners can also give the enjoyment of heat, massage, or both, just to enhance the comfort a little bit further.
With all the advancements now in power and lift recliners, they have quickly become a simple and affordable way to make life a little easier and a little more comfortable.  So many variations available mean it is not difficult to find the perfect one to make your home - and your relaxation - complete.
Be sure to stop by your nearest Wilcox Furniture store and find the recliner thats right for you! Or feel free to stop by our website and see the variety of power lift chairs that we carry. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Recently, Wilcox Furniture donated a new car to raise funds for the Good Samaritan Mission in Corpus Christi. But what exactly do they do? One of our employees visited and here is what she had to say about her experience. 

"I recently had an opportunity to tour the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission and it changed the way I viewed homeless shelters.  It was amazing how well the facility is run. This place has everything a person needs for a step up in life.

The mission helps people in all areas of their life.  The minute they walk in the door people are cared for. They have a place to get out of the elements with three meals a day. Also the Mission helps them find jobs, either at the mission or out in the community, where they learn to give back to society.

The Good Samaritan is run strictly on donations from individuals or businesses.  If anyone is interested in giving to others, I want to encourage you to help this mission stay open. Donations can be in two forms: money or personal items.  A small monetary donation can help in a big way."

The Good Samaritan Mission is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They even have a nurse on staff! Want to find out more? They encourage visitors. So drop on by and see how your donations can support a wonderful cause and help change lives!

Click Here to visit the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission Website

Thursday, June 29, 2017

It's the best feeling to actually live in your dream home! The decor and furniture is exactly what you've always envisioned.  Now if only it smelled like your favorite bakery....
With the following recipe you can do just that! Be warned, this is a Wilcox employee party favorite, and I'm sure it will be yours to!

Amy's Good to the Last Bite Frosted Brownies
Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
Spray a 9X13 baking pan with Pam. 

1/2lb butter                                    4 eggs                         2 pinches salt
4 squares baking chocolate          2 cups sugar
2 scant cups flour                          2 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and chocolate over low heat.  Set aside to cool some.  Beat eggs well and add sugar then stir in vanilla.  Add flour and mix well.  Then add the chocolate mixture and beat well.  Spread into the baking pan and cook for 20 minutes. Do not over bake.  
Frost HOT!!

2TBS butter                                   3TBS warm water
2 squares baking chocolate          2 cups confectionery sugar

Melt butter and chocolate together over low heat or in the microwave.  Stir and beat the confectionery sugar into the chocolate/butter mixture.  Blend in the warm water until the icing is spreadable.  Frost the brownies hot out of the oven.  Let brownies cool, and slice. 


Recipe is from neighbor growing up in Manchester, NH- Mrs. Pauline Reed. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Road Trip
        We all love to get in our cars and just go without thinking about anything other than having fun, fun, fun! Well there is one thing that I hate the most... an unexpected expense: especially from something that I could have avoided!
         I have learned my lessons, and have made some changes in my everyday life to help avoid having to dig deep into my pockets for those surprise bills.  Every morning, before driving off I check my vehicle from the front bumper to the rear bumper. Here at Wilcox Furniture we inspect our vehicles daily to make sure they are safe on the road, and to help us avoid those unexpected expenses.  Here are some safety inspections you can perform on your own vehicle to help you get to your destination.  Remember that a well maintained vehicle means that it will run for a long time. 

Regular Maintenance
Change your oil and filters as recommended by your vehicles manufacturer (usually every 3 months or 3,000 miles). This will help your vehicle operate efficiently and increase its odds of passing the emission test. It is also important to use the type of oil and fuel recommended by the manufacturer for best performance. 

Watch for Leaks
Low fluid levels can affect the efficiency and performance of your vehicle. 

Gas Cap
Check that you gas cap is in place to avoid excess evaporative emissions.  Having a properly fitting cap will save you money at the pump, and will help you avoid too many evaporative emissions, which can trigger your vehicles check engine light. 

Watch for Warning Lights
Check your dash to make sure you don't have any warning lights. A warning light is an indication that there is a malfunction in the vehicles engine and should immediately be taken in for inspection. 

New or Old Battery?
Check your battery to make sure there is no corrosion around the cable clamps and to make sure there are no leaks. 

Take Notice of Warning Signs
Road-weary vehicles can start to show sings of a faulty emissions system, including difficulty starting or staying running at idle, jumping or shaking at higher speeds and misfires. Taking your vehicle to a certified repair shop as soon as you notice a worsening trend can catch problems before they escalate into a more major repair.

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