How to Rock a 1950s Look Inspired by Vintage Appliance Ads

With the economy booming in the 1950s, consumer goods became available to more people, and an array of home appliances began to surface across America. By 1954, P.C. Richard & Son became completely committed to selling appliances, televisions, and radios. Kitchens filled with trendy pastel and vibrantly colored appliances: pink, turquoise, yellow, avocado, and ruby red. New movements were arising with everything from Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll to Andy Warhol and vivid, energetic pop art. Some of the most vibrant trends of the 1950s were the retro fashion styles with everything from funky cat eye sunglasses and winged eyeliner to soft curls and bold lipstick.

Our magnified and lighted makeup mirrors, along with tips from this blog, will help you master the precision and … Read more...

Sonos One: Alexa for Music Lovers

You’re an audiophile. You’re obsessive about sound, and you only allow your music to travel through the finest of speakers. You’ve been thinking about getting Amazon’s Alexa for years now, but the thought of using subpar audio inside your living space is enough to make you cringe.

We’ve got news that’ll be music to your ears.

Sonos is pleased to announce the release of its latest innovation: The Sonos One. This single-speaker device combines the convenience of Amazon’s Alexa with the auditory majesty of a Sonos speaker. With Alexa built right in, you’ll be able to do everything Alexa does, with the bonus of every note and lyric in your playlists being heard with Sonos-quality sound. Here are some highlights … Read more...

Foods That Keep You Awake: What Not To Eat Before Bed

While it’s certainly tempting to indulge in a late-night snack, it’s important to be careful with what you eat before bedtime. Certain foods will keep you from getting the sleep you need, whether by triggering a spike in energy levels or causing heartburn that leaves you lying awake. Keep reading, and we’ll tell you which types of food to avoid before you turn down the lights.

1. Spicy foods

It may not be your first instinct to enjoy a hot-sauce-laced pile of nachos before bed, but some folks simply yearn for a kick. Unfortunately, spicy foods are common triggers for gastric reflux. This can lead to heartburn and prevent you from dozing off for hours on end.

2. Greasy foods

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5 Common Causes of Sleep Deprivation & Insomnia

Sleep is a fundamental human function that serves many purposes. Not receiving the appropriate amount of sleep, whether voluntarily or otherwise, can result in a range of negative symptoms, including everything from moodiness and clumsiness to poor impulse control and reduced productivity. Oftentimes, recurring sleep deprivation will become categorized as insomnia, which refers to the habitual inability to fall asleep. And while these conditions can take a heavy toll on daily life, they can be remedied by pinpointing and addressing the cause(s) of your sleep deprivation. Below, we’ll outline a few of the most notable causes of sleep deprivation and insomnia in both adults and children.

1. Stress

If you’re constantly bogged down by stress, whether it’s caused by a … Read more...

Why Dishwashers Are Better Than Hand-Washing

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a dishwasher is present in 68% of American homes. However, a full 20% of people who own a dishwasher use it less than once a week. What gives? If people have access to such a convenient appliance, why wouldn’t they make it a point to use it whenever possible? Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about the effectiveness of dishwashers, and genuinely believe that hand-washing is a better choice. We are here to make the case in favor of dishwasher use and debunk some unsubstantiated rumors. If you’re on the fence, we promise you’ll be on Team Dishwasher by the end of this article!

Dishwashers Conserve Water & are More Energy Efficient

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Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Your family’s Thanksgiving torch has been passed, and now it’s in your hands.

Gulp.

We know that hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time can be overwhelming, but before you decide to curl into a ball and cower under your dining room table until Black Friday, allow us to share some helpful advice. We’ve got a collection of tips to help you run your Thanksgiving dinner as efficiently, smoothly, and enjoyably as possible. Take a deep breath, read on, and by the end of this article you’ll be ready to take on Turkey Day like a seasoned pro!

Timing is Everything

The most important (non-edible) ingredient for a successful Thanksgiving dinner is good timing. Make sure you schedule out adequate … Read more...

Born to Sell: The Story of Our Founder, A.J. Richard

With sound judgment for business and love for the company, our founder, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.) (1909-2004), lead the charge in developing P.C. Richard & Son into what it is today. We continue to cherish and implement his key values of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability that have become such an important part of our past, present, and future.

A.J. was born on October 11, 1909, the same year that his father, Pieter Christian Richard, opened a hardware store in Bensonhurst. It’s often said that A.J. was “born to sell” as he’s always had such a deep passion for customer service. At the age of four, he was already spending time with his dad in the store. “By the time I was seven, I was waiting on customers … Read more...

Can Thanksgiving Leftovers Be Frozen?

For many of us, Thanksgiving leftovers are as exciting as the dinner itself! Anyone who wants to extend this holiday’s deliciousness has probably considered freezing every morsel of Thanksgiving dinner remnants to keep them edible for as long as possible. If you’re unsure about what will or won’t hold up in the freezer, here’s a handy guide for freezing the most popular Thanksgiving favorites. Play your cards right, and you’ll be digging into Turkey Day leftovers for weeks!

Turkey

Turkey is at its finest when eaten fresh, but freezing it is certainly an option. You’ll get the best results by removing all the meat from the bones before you freeze it. The bones and other scraps can be used to … Read more...

How to Make Your Mini Fridge Colder and Run Longer

You’ve just bought a mini fridge, and you’re probably thrilled by the prospect of having cold beverages and refreshing snacks close at hand. Before you start stocking it with the finest edibles, make sure your mini fridge is set to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. Here are some important tips!

When you’re in the process of moving, always keep your mini fridge upright. Laying a refrigerator on its side allows oil to seep from the compressor into the cooling lines, which will hinder your refrigerator’s ability to cool. If you’re reading this too late and you’ve already stored your mini fridge sideways, don’t panic – just turn the unit upright and leave it for 24 hours before … Read more...

5 Ways a New Mattress Can Enhance Your Health

A good night’s sleep can work wonders on the mind and body alike. But if your bed isn’t as comfortable as it could be, you might be losing out on hours of valuable sleep each night. Selecting a well-made mattress is one of many ways to address these nighttime issues. Read on to discover how the right mattress can positively contribute to your quality of life.

1. New mattresses cut down on allergy symptoms.

They’re not a problem for everyone, but when allergies do develop, they’re never a joy to deal with. And if you’re sleeping on an especially old mattress, your bed just might be a haven for the allergens – in this case, dust mites are the most … Read more...