Monday, September 17, 2018

Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant Review - Apex, NC

1411 Beaver Creek Commons Drive
Apex, NC  27502
(919) 303-4889


Exterior View


Interior View


Bar


Shrimp & Lobster Chowder


House Salad


Steak & Loaded Baked Potato


Steak & Brocolli


This is a review of a steakhouse located in Apex, North Carolina called Longhorn Steakhouse. It's located in the Beaver Creek Crossing Shopping Center located near TJ Maxx & Regal Cinema. It's a franchise and while we tend to avoid franchises, this one is pretty good. Their health score is currently 98.5 which is very good. They are open from 11 am until 10 pm except Friday and Saturday when they stay open one hour later. We arrived around 2:30 pm on a Thursday, a rare weekday off for my husband before the hurricane arrived. They only had a few other customers. We were immediately greeted by a friendly hostess and seated at a booth. The decor is lovely and it looks clean for the most part. There was some food on the carpet though which wasn't picked up at any time during our visit.

Shortly after being seated the friendly waitress arrived and took our drink order. The arrival of our drinks and the honey wheat bread were prompt arriving only a couple of minutes later. The bread was warm, not hot. It's pretty tasty, but not crave-worthy. They are currently having a lunch special called the Great American Steak Dinner for only $12.99 which includes an appetizer, soup or dessert, plus a salad, a 6 oz. sirloin steak, and one side. We both decided to have the special. We chose the Shrimp and Lobster Chowder and the House Salad. The soup arrived about four minutes after our drinks and bread. The chowder was ok, but I don't think I would order it again. There were just a couple of shrimp and I didn't notice any lobster. Perhaps it was just lobster flavoring. I think I'll try the Potato Soup instead next time. The salad arrived thirteen minutes after the soup. The salad didn't have enough toppings, I would have liked a lot more onion and cheese! It was fresh, chilled and tasty. We both had the Ranch Dressing on the side and it was of high quality and delicious. Seventeen minutes later our entrees arrived.  I asked for my steak medium rare and Hubby asked for medium. After a bite, we realized they had swapped our steaks. We mentioned it to the waitress and shortly after the manager came by and apologized for the mix-up. We didn't make a fuss yet he took my steak off the bill so that was unexpected and a nice surprise. The steak was tasty and tender, but not as delicious as Firebirds. The small loaded baked potato was missing butter, so I used some of the butter that came with the bread. I recommend skipping the bacon since it's chewy, not crisp. The steak is very small, but since it comes with soup, salad, bread, and a side it's enough to be filling. If you are craving a steak, I'd go for a larger size steak. They offer an 8 oz. sirloin steak for $15.99 or you could skip the special and just order a steak dinner instead. I enjoyed the special since it offered several courses. I was grateful that each course arrived separately. I really dislike it when wait staff delivers more than one at a time or without enough time between courses. Overall it was an enjoyable experience. We shall visit again and I recommend you give this restaurant a try.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Bargain Alert - $5 Julep Nail Polish





Julep is offering their regularly priced $14.00 nail polish for only $5 through this weekend.* Yep, you heard it right only $5.* This is a rare sale that you need to act on quickly since colors will sell out. Usually, this is reserved for subscribers only. Never tried Julep nail polish before? This is the perfect time to try them out. Check out my Pinterest Manicure Board and you will see I've been a fan for many years. Click on the photo to see the matching blog post. They are also great for nail art. Plus, grab a set of 10 Clean Slate Polish Remover Single-Use Wipes, your free gift with only a $30 purchase. Use promo code: "CHANGEITUP".

Also, check out their subscription box which is fully customizable. They will pick beauty and nail polish products for you based on your profile, but on the 20th of the month it's up to you if you want to keep it a surprise and just have them send it to you or you can change what they picked for you or you can send it to a friend as a gift or skip that month. I've been a Maven (aka Julep subscriber) for many years actually since the beginning. They always have exciting choices and new products and colors! It's the affordable way to try their award-winning beauty and nail products.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

QVC's TSV Preorder Info for October 2018

Today's Special Value Preorder Links

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October

1st - Perricone MD
2nd - Shark Solutions
3rd - Lenox Elegant Entertaining
4th - Creede Silver Sale
5th - Northern Nights Linens
6th - HP Computer
7th - Power Air Fryer
8th - Fashion Day Kickoff
9th - Casa Zeta-Jones
10th - Gifts Under $30
11th - Dennis Basso Home perhaps his yearly throws, check out my reviews 2015 & 2012
12th - Earth Brands Footwear
13th - Dyson Designs for Living
14th - Amazon Electronics
15th - Cuddl Duds
16th - bare Minerals
17th - Corky's Southern Christmas
18th - For the Love of Shoes
19th - Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skincare
20th - Halo
21st - Kitchen Aid
22nd - come back September 17th for 7 more days of brand updates! (Oct. 22nd - 28th)

Update Alert - I'm in the path of Hurricane Florence and if the power goes out, we are last to get it back due to low population. As a result, if I'm not updating the September list come Friday - Monday (Sept 14th-17th) or longer you'll know that's the reason. I'm asking my helper friends to post on the blog's Facebook page in the comments section any TSV preorder numbers or links they find to help if I'm gone. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. 

Well, September has arrived so it's time to put up the October TSV list while we think of fall and some cooler temperatures. Here in North Carolina, those cooler temperatures won't be arriving until October, but we can hope for maybe a day or two below normal and hopefully not a 100-degree day. With the arrival of fall, brings thoughts of Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts to buy. This is the best time of year to shop QVC since the TSVs tend to be more exciting and better priced. So buckle up for a ride to the end of the year. Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year, what's yours? 

What brands are you hoping to see have a TSV before the end of the year? I can't wait to see Dennis Basso's faux fur throws, I'm addicted. They are so comforting and snuggly during the cooler temps and our dogs love them too. I have to resist buying another faux fur coat since I can only wear them a couple days a year here and Hubby says they make him feel underdressed. The WEN TSV will probably be another set for gifting, so I look forward to seeing which scents he chose. I'll be looking forward to seeing what Josie Maran has to offer, her best prices are around the end of the year. It will be another year that I miss watching Joan Rivers during her Thanksgiving shows. I'll also be watching for Bethlehem Lights, Bare Minerals, Joan Rivers Jewelry, Harry Slatkin, Barefoot Dreams, Kitchen Aid, Vionic, L'Occitane, and Mr. Christmas offerings. So inquiring minds want to know what TSVs did you purchase in August? I made zero purchases, but Julep sent me their TSV to review which I'm so grateful for. Early September WEN and Lock & Lock somehow showed up at my door, yeah, I couldn't resist.

I want to thank again Anonymous, Barbara, Dana, Dawn, Elizabeth, Karen, Kenneth, Lisa, Lon, Lynn, Mary Anne, Michele, Michelle, Nicole, Rebecca, Roula, Ruth, Sally, Susan, and Terrie for their donations in August. Thank you to those who have donated in September so far: Joleen, Tammy, and Tina. I really appreciate your support since the TSV lists are a time consuming daily chore. Sadly, QVC doesn't make it easy to find the preorder numbers. Any support is appreciated greatly. If you check this list daily or weekly, consider a donation of only $1-5. If you don't want your name mentioned, just state so in the PayPal comments section when donating. Simply click on the PayPal donation button below to help out and show your appreciation:


 

Thanks also go out to my kind helpers who gave me heads up in August and early September when QVC posted a new preorder link or they provided the link. Thank you, Amy, Anonymous, Bren, Kristina, Lynn, Nicole, Stephanie, and Tanya. Sometimes it's really hard to find these TSVs in advance and I have limited time daily to keep searching for them, so it's really appreciated. If I forgot anyone, my apologies. Thanks go out to those that use my referral links also. I've added three new ones, Harry's Razors, Simple Canvas Prints, and Ring. I only list products that I use and recommend. Thank you for your support!

I sure hope that September and October bring you joy, peace, wealth and health and that you are able to spend lots of time with those that you love. What exciting things do you have planned? Till next month...

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

QVC's WEN TSV Review - Four Piece Classic & Seasonal Kit


WEN Four Piece Classic & Seasonal Kit


This is a review of the Today's Special Value that aired on QVC September 1st, 2018. Chaz Dean offered the WEN Four Piece Classic & Seasonal Kit for $69.95 available in 5 payments of $13.99. That's works out to only $17.48 for each of the four pieces, bargain! This kit has a retail value of $197.50. It's currently available for $76.96 which is $7.01 more than the TSV price. Included in this collection are the following pieces:
  1. Cleansing Conditioner in a classic scent, 32 fl. oz., $49.50 retail value
  2. Treatment Oil in a classic scent, 4 fl. oz., $54.00 retail value
  3. Re-Moist Hydrating Mask in a classic scent., 4 fl. oz, $58.00 retail value
  4. Cleansing Conditioner in the new scent Fall Fresh Apple, 16 fl. oz., $36.00 retail value
The classic scent choices are Lavender (shown above), Cucumber Aloe, Fig, Sweet Almond, Tea Tree, and Pomegranate. I tried out the new scent, Fall Fresh Apple and it's now on my top three scents list! It smells like an apple pie made with red delicious apples rather than Granny Smith apples. It's a clean, comforting, yummy, calming scent that is wonderful! I highly recommend it. 

I've been using WEN for many years now, I can't even remember how long now. Lavender is my go-to scent for the classic selection. I have tried Pomegranate and Sweet Almond in sample sizes, but Lavender is my favorite. Lavender is calming and it's not an artificial scent since he uses essential oils in all of his products. I have a really sensitive scalp and the WEN hair products don't irritate it. Most shampoos strip your hair of oils and then you have to use a conditioner to put it back in, it's damaging to the hair and harsh to the scalp. Plus I try to stay away from products with cancer-causing ingredients. WEN makes my long hair really soft so much so that I've had hairdressers comment on it. One was even feeling it up a bit too much for my comfort level. So funny! It has a bit of a learning curve in the beginning so I started using it as a conditioner until I learned how much to use and rinsed long enough. It takes more product than you would think and rinse time is longer at least for me since I have an oily scalp. I'm happy to report Fall Fresh Apple takes less rinsing time. I receive lots of shampoo samples via subscription boxes, but I stick with WEN. My favorite scents are Ginger Pumpkin, Winter Mint and now Lavender has been pushed to fourth place and Fall Fresh Apple is now in my top three. I haven't found a scent I haven't liked since he uses essential oils, so it never smells artificial. I have tried many of the seasonal scents over the years. I prefer them over the classic scents. His holiday TSV usually offer a set of seasonals, so stay tuned for that. I also love his styling creme which is on sale right now. It rarely goes on sale, so if that's one of your favorites, buy it now. I also recommend using a shower filter.

So far I have bought the Treatment Oil in Lavender in several TSVs and Winter Mint on its own because it is in my top three favorite scents. Winter Mint is very soothing to the scalp. I like to add several drops to a small spray bottle filled with filtered water. This is much like his Replenishing Treatment Mist, but less expensive. I love to spray my hair with it after I brush it any time of day to refresh it. Since I shower at night, every morning it refreshes my hair after sleeping and it's wonderful aromatherapy.  

I don't find I really need the Hydrating Mask since the Cleansing Conditioner keeps my hair in great shape. It's a thicker version of the Cleansing Conditioner and it is aromatherapy. I recommend keeping it on as long as possible. He recommends 30-45 minutes.  I like to use it while I'm in the bath.

He also offers a Body Cleansing Creme and when it was offered at QVC years ago I gave it a try. I really like it, but since it's for a larger area of the body it becomes quite unaffordable. I really enjoyed it when it was offered in a TSV at a more affordable price. I wish he would bring it back in a TSV set with the Nourishing Body Lotion. He suggests that the Cleansing Conditioner can be used on the body, but again it's expensive. I've also tried his Pet Cleansing Conditioner, but I'm not a fan of having to mix it with water and trying to figure out how much I need each time. Before that came around, I used the regular Cleansing Conditioner on my dogs as a conditioner on the body only, not the head. Don't get it anywhere near their eyes. Having four dogs with long hair, this really helps detangle and smooth the hair for easy combing and it reduces frizz. It also makes them smell so good. The Replenishing Treatment Mist for pets is awesome. The spray bottle works very well for a quick spray. Just cover your dog's eyes. I have refilled it with filtered water and the Treatment Oil. My go-to dog shampoo and conditioner is Royal Treatment from HSN. I have used it since Prince Lorenzo Borghese first offered it many years ago. It's made in Italy with organic and natural ingredients. 

I highly recommend you give WEN a try if you haven't already. If you have, what are your favorite WEN scents?

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Friday, September 7, 2018

QVC's Tatcha TSV & Beauty IQ Steal Review - Ageless Renewal Skincare Ritual


Tatcha Ageless Renewal Four Piece Skincare Ritual


I noticed that today QVC is offering a previous Tatcha TSV (Today's Special Value) as a Beauty IQ Steal, so I thought I would review it for you to help you decide whether or not to order it. This was the TSV on June 23rd, 2018 for $135.00 available in 5 payments. That makes each piece only $33.75, bargain! Today it is up for sale under a different item number with no reviews. The website is not pulling up the old item number when it was a TSV, it just says sold out. I was hoping to see the reviews, so that's disappointing. QVC is offering it as a Beauty IQ Steal for $141.75 available in 5 payments which is only $6.75 more than the TSV price. The retail value of this set is a whopping $447.60! I'd never spend that much on these products! All of these cosmetics are made in Japan. Included in this set are the following products:
  1. Revitalizing Eye Cream, .38 oz., $102.60 retail value
  2. Enriching Renewal Cream, 1.86 fl. oz., $185.00 retail value
  3. The Essence, 5.1 fl. oz., $95.00 retail value
  4. Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, 2.1 oz., $65.00 retail value
  5. Goldtone spoon 
I had purchased the Classic Rice Enzyme Powder in a small trial set a couple years ago and the Revitalizing Eye Cream in the Tatcha TSV in the summer of 2017. So let me review those two products first since I have the most experience with them. The Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is for cleansing your face with a bit of exfoliation. If you find scrubs are too harsh for your sensitive skin, this product is for you. It's very gentle and it takes off a bit of dry skin each day rather than a weekly product that may irritate your skin. So that's my favorite part of this product. My least favorite is that you have to mix it with water, so it's a bit fussy. I wash my face with one hand at the sink, so I wet my face and pour some into one hand and add a bit of water to that and mix with my fingers, then I apply it to my face, scrub and rinse. They suggest mixing it with water in your hands and rubbing your hands together prior to applying. Just a warning, if you don't use enough water, you will be breathing in the powder. It comes in a heavy glass container with a plastic lid. It has a small hole about the size of a pea with a sliding door to allow just enough product out. I shake out some 1-2 times. This classic version is for normal to dry skin. I find it leaves my dry skin too dry, it's not moisturizing. They also have a normal to oily, dry and sensitive version. In conclusion, I really like how it exfoliates a little each day gently, but I don't enjoy the messy application process or that it's not moisturizing. It's my least favorite product in this set so much so that I'm thinking of selling it since I'm still using last year's TSV jar. It lasts so long! On days I'm in a rush or can't be bothered I skip it and use Julep's Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil instead.* It's my favorite face cleanser. It's easy, quick and it leaves my face hydrated. 

The Revitalizing Eye Cream is my favorite product in this set. I stopped using it after almost a year of use for a couple of months due to trying to save time. One day while looking in the mirror at the wrinkles around my eyes I was shocked at how many wrinkles reappeared. I had no memory of there being so many! So I immediately started making time to apply it again and they went away again thankfully. I highly recommend this product! It's my favorite eye cream! My other favorite is Wei East's China Herbal Eyes Alive Cream. Those two products actually work! This year's container is only .38 oz., so it's not going to last as long as the previous TSV. The .5 oz version lasted about nine months. Out of five, five being the thickest this one has a consistency of three. It comes in a heavy glass container with a purple plastic lid. 

Now on the most interesting product, The Essence. I had not tried this product before and was very curious about it. On air, it looked like the consistency of water, but it's a wee bit thicker than that. Close your eyes before applying, since it is an irritant to the eyes. At first, it leaves a bit of stickiness, but it goes away after you let it sink in and as long as you don't use too much. Thankfully, the silicone spout only lets out a couple drops when you turn it over. I've used about 1/4 of the contents in the past two months. This product comes in a heavy thick plastic container. It's described as "a concentration of pur micro-nutrients, softens and plumps skin with deep hydration while maximizing the performance the Tacha skincare ritual". I believe it does plump the skin and it's definately hydrating.

The Enriching Renewal Cream feels really good on the skin and it gives a good amount of hydration. It's more on the thin side so it's easy and quick to apply. Out of five, five being the thickest, this one has a consistency of a two.  The goldtone spoon is to help you lift out of the jar just the right amount since you need so little. On this person half a century old, it has improved my smile lines considerably and forehead lines a bit though I don't have many, but it hasn't helped my frown lines or squinting lines which are what bother me the most. Anyone have a product suggestion for those wrinkles? It has lifted a bit near the jawline.

After applying all four products, I recommend waiting a bit prior to the application of makeup since it needs some time to sink in. I also recommend using the least amount you can because it will be too sticky to apply makeup over. I highly recommend the eye cream, that's my favorite product. This set is an affordable way to try such an expensive brand. The eye cream alone almost pays for this set and the Enriching Renewal Cream costs more than this set! This set is available on auto delivery every three months, it lasts much longer than that! The Essence looks like it will last eight months, the eye cream probably six months at least, the renewal cream probably five months and the enzyme powder nine months or more. I can't see anyone going through it in only three months unless you are sharing with another person or simply using too much. Since Tatcha has only one TSV a year featuring this large set, if you missed out last June, I'd recommend snagging it now since you may have to wait till next summer to see a similar one at this bargain price.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

26th Hello Fresh Subscription Box Review & $40 Coupon


Southwestern Beef Tacos with Bell Pepper, Lime Crema, and Pepper Jack Cheese


Ingredients


Amazing Apricot Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans


Ingredients


Thyme and Honey Pork Chops over Couscous with a Peachy Salad


Ingredients


This is a review of our 26th delivery from a weekly meal kit subscription box called Hello Fresh. This week we gave two recipes four out of five stars and one recipe three stars. Calories range from 550 to 810 and preparation time stated on the recipe cards range from 40 to 45 minutes. Actual preparation time was 40 to 60 minutes.

Southwestern Beef Tacos with Bell Pepper, Lime Crema, and Pepper Jack Cheese

This is the 2nd time I have ordered this meal kit, it's scrumptious. We gave it four out of five stars. We would have liked more spice and prefer green pepper over red. Plus, we would have liked more sour cream and pepper jack cheese, but that would raise the calorie count and it's already coming in at 810 calories. It took 40 minutes to prepare while the recipe card states 50 minutes preparation time. It was a filling and healthy portion. This recipe is being offered again September 29th to October 5th.

Amazing Apricot Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Green Beans

We gave this recipe three out of five stars. While the Apricot Balsamic Sauce and green beans were very tasty, the potatoes were bland and they needed some spice or something to liven them up. I would have preferred a side salad over the potatoes. The sauce is made with French apricot jam, shallot, thyme, olive oil, vinegar, water, stock concentrate, and butter. The recipe card states 45 minutes preparation time while it took Hubby 60 minutes to prepare. This one comes in at only 550 calories and it was a healthy portion.

Thyme and Honey Pork Chops over Couscous with a Peachy Salad

This is the 2nd time we have ordered this meal kit, it's very tasty. We gave it four out of five stars. We would have liked more arugula and the peach wasn't ripe. We bought a ripe one at the store and I ate their peach as a snack later. We used a white peach and it was really delicious on top of the arugula with the scrumptious dressing. The dressing is made with 1 tsp honey, 1 tbsp vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. So simple yet delicious! The sauce on the pork chops was yummy. It's made with shallot, thyme, stock concentrate, honey, water, salt, and pepper. It took 50 minutes to prepare while the recipe card states 40 minutes. It was a healthy portion with only 570 calories and it was filling.

It was another week of delicious meals. We are looking forward to our 27th box next week. This week we will be receiving our 62nd box from Home Chef. Stay tuned for my reviews on those. In the meantime, check out all the recipes we have made so far on my Hello Fresh Pinterest Board

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