I was so excited when an ad for Door Dash popped up in my newsfeed. Then I found a promo for $1 deliveries for 30 days. Super exciting, right? Wrong. I decided to place my first order when I was on my own for dinner one night. I started an order from the local Chinese restaurant. What I get there is usually about $14. When I got to the cart, I double-checked the delivery fee and then noticed the total. The deliver fee was in fact $1, but my order total was $23 and change.
While the increased cost was displayed in the food items, the fact of the matter is that having the food delivered was going to cost me an extra $9! For $9 I would get out of my pajamas and drive myself 2 miles up the road.
So does the restaurant charge the service a higher rate than they charge me walking in? Or does the delivery service tack on extra money to cover mistakes in their pricing? Either way, we can't be sure that we aren't being mislead.
I cannot stress enough the importance of being an informed consumer. Check your receipts. Check your cart when you shop online. Then check the order confirmation too. Be cautious and know where your money is going!
At Home by Ashley Furniture arrived in our region several years ago, but I just made it in for the first time over the weekend. My first impression - overwhelming. Pictured above is the Pineville location, located behind Carolina Place Mall. This place is H-U-G-E, HUGE! It is very much like a HomeGoods in that there are many random things and not necessarily two or more of everything, so the hunt is real. However, the organization is MUCH better than a HomeGoods or Marshall's. Everything is in categories with clear signage hanging from the ceiling. They have tons of furniture (not cheap), decor, seasonal items, pillows, rugs, paintings, photographs, organization, kitchen utensils, dishes and silverware, cups and mugs galore. The selection was overwhelming.
My favorite find was the tobacco baskets, also pictured above. The square basket on the bottom shelf was $29.99. Not too bad, but after a quick look at Hobby Lobby, the same basket was on sale for $24.99. Had they not been on sale this week at Hobby Lobby, these would have been a good deal (LINKED BELOW).
My thoughts on At Home: an overwhelming amount of items, organized well, at moderate to slightly over-priced, but an interior decorator's dream.
My advice: Always compare prices before making a purchase, but certainly on standard items. Use the Amazon app to quickly scan barcodes on name-brand items to see what they are selling for online. Sometimes Amazon is a better deal, but sometimes it is not. Give the item a quick Google and check the shopping tab to compare prices from other retailers. If you're in a hurry, or the store with the better price is not in your immediate area, don't drive and spend more in gas than the few dollars you will save by purchasing there instead. SHOP SMART.
At Home Pineville address: 11415 Carolina Pl Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134
I am so excited to have finally ordered the Cricut Explore Air 2 and for such a good deal too! Like with any purchase of significance, I did all of my research, waited for sales, checked prices and compared bundles. After all of this research, I just ordered my new Cricut in mint (pictured above). With a retail value of $419 - I found the bundle to be the best bang for my buck. I had the original Cricut, so I already have tools and mats, but like with anything, the mats are worn and why not start fresh when the extra accessories are such a good deal!
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Santa brought an Instant Pot to several of us HITC girls, so of course I had to create this quick cook time reference guide. You can save this image to your phone or print it and have a quick reference for your instant pot meals you'll be whipping up this winter!
feel good meals - ant soriano
Ant, owner of Feel Good Meals, has been providing cooked, ready to heat and eat meals delivered to residents of Belmont for several months now. His business is growing rapidly and anyone that has tasted his dishes has no reason to wonder why. Delicious meals that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, on your own schedule just by heating the dish!
We partnered with Ant to bring you four great recipes to try yourself!
MIZUNA & WATERCRESS SALAD
8 oz Mizuna greens, washed
8 oz Watercress, washed
2 oz Crispy Pancetta lardons
2 oz Candied pecans
1 oz Sliced Strawberries
1 oz Crumbled Gorganzola
1 oz Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
Toss all ingredients gently in a mixing bowl with 1 oz of the Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. Serve immediately.
STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
Makes about 2 cups
16 oz Strawberries, cleaned and halved
1/4 C Sugar
1 C BalsamicVinegar
2 oz Dijon mustard
2 oz Honey
1 Tsp Salt
½ Tsp ground white pepper
½ Tsp Basil, Dry
½ Tsp Oregano, Dry
½ Tsp Thyme, Dry
1 C blended oil
Quarter strawberries toss w/sugar, refrigerate for 10 min. Then puree and strain, reserve. Combine balsamic, dijon, honey, herbs, salt & pepper in blender. Slow drizzle and emulsify strawberry puree and then the oil. Chill and serve.
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED SCALLOPS
8 ea U-10 Sea Scallops
8 slices Prosciutto di Parma
3 oz Sesame Sauteed Brussels Sprout Leaves
Trim the height of each prosciutto slice to match the height of the scallop it will be wrapping. Wrap each scallop with a 1 piece of the trimmed prosciutto. Skewer each wrapped scallop with a toothpick to hold the prosciutto in place.
Heat a sautepan over medium high heat with a 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once the oil starts to smoke, add in the scallops one by one, placing the exposed sides down. Sear 2 minutes, flip and sear on the other side for another 2 minutes. Serve over the Sesame Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
SESAME SAUTEED BRUSSELS SPROUTS
2 lbs Brussels Sprout leaves, separated
1 oz olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp sesame oil
juice of ½ lemon
salt and ground black pepper to taste
In a large sautepan, place the olive oil and crushed garlic clove over medium heat. Slowly heat up the oil until the garlic begins to brown. Remove the garlic before it burns and increase the heat to high. Once the oil begins to smoke, carefully add in the Brussels sprout leaves and quickly sauté for about 1 minute. Toss the leaves with the sesame seeds and sesame oil and finish with lemon juice and salt and pepper. Serve hot.
This weekend we went to New Orleans to see App State play in the NOLA Bowl. It was the best weekend I have had in such a long time and a true adventure from start to finish! It is on my bucket list to visit all 50 states, so I take advantage of every opportunity to visit somewhere new. I had never been to New Orleans, and still had Mississippi and Louisiana to cross off the list, so we drove it!
We stopped just off the highway near Biloxi to try the real Whataburger. We almost went on to New Orleans down the highway without stopping by Biloxi and boy would that have been the biggest mistake of the trip! We drove south of the highway to Biloxi, got out on the beach and checked the map. There is a scenic highway bypass from Biloxi all the way to New Orleans. It was an extra hour and it brings you into a pretty rough area of New Orleans, but it was the best part of the trip (other than the big APP WIN). From Biloxi, we passed through Gulfport and Pass Christian Mississippi. Beautiful towns with beautiful homes and the road right along the ocean for miles and miles. When you travel down the interstate, you don't usually get a safe place to stop and get a picture with the "Welcome to [insert state here]" sign, but when you travel the back roads you do! With NO cars behind us as far as the eye could see, we even got to stop for some cool pictures a few times.
I would strongly recommend this alternate route to anyone traveling the Gulf. It was a big reminder that life is not always about the destination, but about the beauty in the journey.
Oh, and if you're wondering about the game........it was a GREAT day to be a Mountaineer! :)
There are many reasons why I do what I do, with Housewives in the City. Two of those main reasons are to support local business and to serve as a helpful resource for local women. And so, the Housewives in the City Holiday Gift Guide was born!
The vendors in this gift guide have carefully selected the products displayed below as recommendations this holiday season, though they all offer many other items. For your convenience, there is a "Shop" button for every vendor. Take a look and see if you can check some items off of your shopping list and support these small businesses at the same time!
Scroll through slideshows from each of our Gift Guide vendors!
WAVERLY PAPER COMPANY
Waverly Paper Company is a local, small business that offers beautiful, handmade, handlettered cards, bookmarks, ornaments, place holders, gift tags and more! Megan is exceptionally talented and her products are both beautiful and great quality! If you don't see something on her website, send her an email! Remember to shop small, shop local and support small businesses like Waverly Paper Company!
Origami Owl offers necklaces, bracelets, charms, rings, watches and more! Be sure to check out their SWAROVSKI® charms and their holiday collection!
Senegance provides cosmetic products that last ALL day! Here are some of Tyler's favorite LipSense shades for the holiday season!
Gorgeous nails in minutes
Do your nails at home, with no mess, no trimming, no heat and no dry time, in 10 minutes, for as low as $10!
KEEP offers bracelets, necklaces and charms that help you share and cherish your personal story. New customers save $10 on their first order of $50 or more. Plus, when you spend $50 you receive access to December exclusives at 50% off!
doterra essential oils
Essential Oils are a GAME-CHANGER! Whatever your body needs: focus, stress-relief, energy, pain relief, upset stomach - there is an all-natural, essential oil that will help you get back to where you need to be!
Introductory Kit: Lavender, Lemon & Peppermint $26.67
Eucalyptus and Lemongrass used together will keep you alert and focused. Purchase both for $34.32.
Petal Diffuser $62.66
Mix & Mask $46.00
Set includes a fragrance-free protecting softener, a scented shea scrub, a scented shea cream and a giftable bag perfect for holiday giving!
Mary Kay® Essential Brush Collection $55.00
The collection includes Mary Kay®:
Norwex helps you turn your home into a safe, chemical-free environment. Norwex products are reusable and will cut your cleaning budget dramatically! Give the gift of a safe, clean, healthy home this holiday season.
Rescue & Renew Detox Soak $38.00
Take time to release your stress and soak in all the goodness of a warm bath. Quick-dissolving sea salt crystals help remove surface impurities and cleanse the skin, while turmeric root extract helps boost radiance. Emerge from your bath with smoother, softer skin, all ready for replenishment. Net wt.16 fl. oz./ 453 ml
Shea Butter Hand Duo $57.00
Cleanse and condition. Rich, creamy and moisturizing, this powerful duo replenishes your skin with just the right amount of hydration. Includes Hand Lotion and Hand Wash. Paired in a sleek, water-resistant bamboo holder for your counter area or sink.
Arbonne Essentials® Cranberry Fusion Herbal Tea $18.00
Pour a delightful cup of holiday joy with this sweet and tart cranberry, hibiscus, and rose hips blend. Caffeine-free; vegan and gluten-free certified. | 20 non-bleached tea bags
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CHLOE + ISABEL
The Feather Bun Cuff has always been a favorite among my friends! Dress up your messy bun or ponytail with this exclusive bun cuff by Hollywood hair phenomenon, Jen Atkin.
iTurban offers pre-tied head wraps for women and children. iTurban makes donations to those suffering hair loss as a result of cancer. You can donate a wrap, or make a personal purchase to contribute to iTurban's sales and they will continue to make donations based on their sales.
The Magical Vacation You've
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!