Chuy’s Rogers: Delicious, fun Tex-Mex comes to Pinnacle Hills

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Yep, Chuy’s Rogers is here, and it opens today, Jan. 14. The crowds will be wild at the place, located at 4889 Pauline Whitaker Pkwy (don’t try to GPS it just yet; it’s not on the map but it’s past Target/Cabela’s on the way to Walmart Neighborhood Market.) I am so excited that I had the opportunity to try out the menu before the restaurant opens, and here’s a bit of what you can expect.

“Have you ever been to Chuy’s before?” – I was asked this several times after an entourage of staff greeted me. I hadn’t. In fact, I had no clue what Chuy’s was until last week when I was invited to this event. Once I announced on Facebook that I was going to Chuy’s, the responses were wild. Everyone said, “OH, be sure and try this!” “I could live on their jalapeno ranch sauce!” “I’m so excited we’re finally getting a Chuy’s!” I asked my friends if if was pronounced like “Chewies,” and as it turns out, I was correct.

When I entered, there were tons of extremely friendly staff there to greet me and direct me to my booth, where my guest Danielle was already dining on some chips, salsa and queso and drinking a “Texas Martini,” which tastes a lot like a margarita but with no ice and a jalapeno-stuffed olive. I opted for the Sangria, which you can get frozen or on the rocks. It’s winter, people – on the rocks, please! (Last night $1 of all drink purchases went to the Benton County Sunshine School. Isn’t THAT awesome?)

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With the exception of the adult beverages, which are around $10, the food is VERY reasonably priced. Most entrees are around $10-11 and are guaranteed to send you home stuffed if you decide to give in and finish the whole plate. I decided on what is apparently a favorite at the restaurant, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – two chicken enchiladas wrapped in blue corn tortillas and doused with this delicious, spicy, creamy Boom Boom Sauce, which is DELICIOUS but will also have you grabbing your drink on breaks. Fortunately it’s served up with rice and beans to cut the spiciness a bit.

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I spent the next few minutes NARM NARM NARMing to myself, while Danielle feasted on her Tacos el Carbon, which are two steak soft tacos served up with guacamole and other goodies. She said the steak was EXCELLENT.

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Our waiter, Joseph, came by frequently to ask how everything was, and all we could say was “Awesome.” The General Manager, Jason, also stopped by to check on us. I grabbed a photo of him so you guys could see who to ask for if you need anything or have suggestions or accolades for him. Advance apologies for the slight blurriness in the photo, but I was in a hurry and had to get back to more important things, i.e., my food. So here’s GM Jason, at your service:

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Look at what’s above Jason. Can we get a close-up of that? Of course. It’s a ceiling of hubcaps!

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Your ceiling may vary. As I peeked across the restaurant I noticed LOTS of different decorations. There is plenty to look at. It’s practically like the Smithsonian; it’s impossible to see everything in one visit. Also, the music? Totally 80′s. I was very excited that they played Hall and Oates’ “Out of Touch,” as I am known to be one of the best karaoke singers of Hall and Oates in the history of anyone who has ever heard me sing Hall and Oates.

Danielle and I were way too stuffed to even attempt the dessert menu, which includes Sopapillas, Tres Leches, Flan, and a special of the day. “I’m drinking my dessert,” Danielle said as she poured the rest of her shaker into her martini glass. I’d already glugged down my Sangria, and I’ll have you know we drank responsibly by having no refills.

I was honored to be invited to this, never asked to review the place, but I thought you guys should check it out to see what you’re in for. It’s a great place to visit, NOT a place to frequent if you are a calorie-counter like me, but if you’re gonna splurge, I suggest you make your next one at Chuy’s Rogers. Give ‘em a call at (479) 254-2489 to check on hours and see if you need to make reservations. This is going to be a big hit for at least a little while.

Solving Sebastian’s Snarkiness with Solgave Animal Solutions – Northwest Arkansas Dog Training

Disclosure: As of September 16, 2013, I am employed as a pet sitter with Solgave Animal Solutions, a provider of professional dog training in Northwest Arkansas. When this behavioral coaching session happened on 8/2/2013, I was not an employee,  nor intending to become one. Solgave Animal Solutions provided me with this session in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own unless indicated otherwise.

It’s true. I really do have the most adorable pumpkin in the world for a pet.

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But beneath that cute facade is a face that means business that is really hiding a lot of anxiety. Here’s Sebastian, sitting in one of his favorite spots in the home – on top of the loveseat, looking out the front window with the blinds open. It allows him to get some sun, and also allows him to check out what’s going on in the neighborhood – when the neighbors walk by to get their mail, when the kids ride along on their bicycles, and moments that particularly excite him, such as when the Black Lab across the street comes out to do her business. Or when I return home from wherever I’ve been; Sebastian just knows I’ve been gone. Or when delivery drivers ring the doorbell.

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Sebastian is a great dog. He’s very smart and intuitive, he’s great at listening to commands and even solves puzzles like the one above!  He went through three training classes and did well in all of them. But sometimes classes aren’t enough, and there are behavioral problems that still need to be corrected. We’ve had a lot of problems with Sebastian being a barker, a door-dasher and a jumper. The jumping and barking can typically be stopped, but the door-dashing is the scariest – especially because we live adjacent to one of the busiest streets in town. So while I’ve been concerned about his barking and anxiety at the window, I want to make sure he is safe.

Through a friend, I was connected with Sunniva and Jared Ritter, owners of Solgave Animal Solutions in Fayetteville, Ark., for the opportunity to experience a behavioral coaching session for Sebastian. I was so relieved, because I really needed these issues addressed.

Sunniva and Jared Ritter, playing with Sunniva's ex-boss's dogs back in Norway. They're very good with other people's animals.

Sunniva and Jared Ritter, playing with Sunniva’s ex-boss’s dogs back in Norway. They’re very good with other people’s animals.

I cannot find an English translation for the Norwegian word “Solgave.”  But as Jared describes it, “Solgave as a philosophy is about healing, understanding relationships, and connecting people back to the Earth through a variety of ways.” I asked Sunniva about her experience in animal behavioral training, and she said that she just grew up around dogs in Norway and has basically been caring for them since she was a young girl.

So I wanted to see if Sunniva’s experience in Norway could help Sebastian. As soon as the door was opened, of course, Sebastian ran toward the front to greet Sunniva, who ignored Sebastian as she walked in. As he attempted to jump on her, Sunniva simply snapped her fingers at him and he stopped.

It was then that I became pretty confident that Sunniva was going to help me and Sebastian. Sunniva explained that since Sebastian is part Schnauzer and part pug, he has two different personalities: The Schnauzer is a guardian and a hunter, while the pug is sweet and submissive. She also noticed that Sebastian is insecure – something I’ve known since I adopted him.

Sebastian revealing his mix of sweetness and guardianship in the backyard.

Sebastian revealing his mix of sweetness and guardianship in the backyard.

The Black Lab across the street instigates fear in Sebastian, and also brings out the sense in him that he needs to put up a protective front by barking at her. As the pack leader, it’s my job to keep Sebastian away from such distractions, and also to let him know when he starts barking out the window that I can handle whatever he’s afraid of; that his role is not to protect me. I’m the alpha – and it’s something I have to remind him of every day.

The next thing we worked on was Sebastian’s horrible habit of door-dashing. You have no idea how many times I have driven along my street, pretending to leave to try and convince Sebastian to get in the car with me; telling neighbors not to go after him because he will think you’re playing chase, and literally SQUEALING as I saw him on the edge of a busy road, checking out some roadkill as an enormous van flew past him. The thing is, Sebastian always knows to come back, because he knows he will be treated with love and good things to eat. We NEVER scold him, because why would a dog want to return to a place where someone’s going to be mean to him?! Also, dogs have very short attention spans.

So our goal was to get Sebastian to stop running toward the door in the first place. I decided that our tiled entryway was a boundary he could not cross as anyone walked in the door. He could stay on the carpet; that was it. Jared and Sunniva and I did a lot of exercises, including creating potential scenarios. If his paws were on the tile, I simply told him “no-no-no” nicely but firmly, and would reward him whenever he was where I wanted him to be. We worked on this for quite a while.

I am SO excited to report that since Jared and Sunniva came to visit me in early August, Sebastian has not run out the front door ONCE. This is SUCH a relief to me, because the thought of my little pooch being hit on the street absolutely horrifies me!

I actually made a video just to show you the progress Sebastian had made. I had been out of the house, running errands for approximately two hours. I had NO idea what he was going to do. This is what he did:

IS THAT NOT THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER?! He didn’t even run up to me! He ran straight to his spot on the couch, where he knows he will get pettin’s from his mom. And that’s how it’s been.

Solgave does not just do behavioral coaching; they offer a number of other services, including animal care,dog boarding, dog walking, pet-sitting, dog kennel, cat-sitting, dog day care and even pet photography! Compared to other similar services in the area, their prices are very competitive.

This is the end of my sponsored review. Read below about how I joined the team at Solgave Animal Solutions.

Jared and Sunniva knew how good I was with animals, as they’d seen how I worked with my own dog as well as other dogs in various dogsitting gigs. They have recently branched out their services to the Rogers/Bentonville area, and I have joined the team of two here! I will provide dog-walking, dogsitting, dog errands (such as taking your animal to the groomer), and lots of love. And if you are going to be gone for a few days, I’ll be sure to update you with photos and videos, because that’s my way, as well as Solgave’s way. Unfortunately, I am allergic to cats, so I will not provide services as a cat-sitter. But if you’re interested in hiring me or any others at Solgave to take care of your pets, click here to book now or call (479) 871-9013. Be sure and tell ‘em Bellesouth sent you!! :)

If you want to meet the team at Solgave, come out to Gulley Park in Fayetteville for Solgave’s sixth Pack Walk at 2 p.m. Sept.29. Bring your dog; we’ll have ours, and there will be lots of activities for the whole family, followed by a good and healthy pack walk in some great weather. Hope to see you there.

Tutorial: Fun with Sally Hansen’s new Fuzzy Coat and Sugar Coat polish #iheartmynailart #cbias #shop

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If you’ve wandered into the nail section of your nearest Walgreens recently, you’ve probably noticed Sally Hansen’s newest polishes: Fuzzy Coat and Sugar Coat. The Fuzzy Coat gives your nails a fuzzy appearance – much like yarn – and the Sugar Coat makes your nails look like their topped with a crunchy, candy coating. Think of your grandmother’s Divinity recipe or an iced cookie from the bakery.

I had the opportunity to try these out with my neighbor/nail gal/bff, Nails by Tammi, as well as her adorable daughter Katie. Tammi is a great mom and an amazing northwest Arkansas manicurist. Here’s Katie pictured with her Sugar Coat nails and her favorite shirt of the summer: Her Reptar tee.

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I drew my summer inspiration from various Pinterest images and renderings of Sunshine. I’m not big on orange nails, so this would be a new and exciting experience for me!

So let’s begin Katie’s nails. Tammi decided to do some green polka dots on top of the Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix.

Using no bottom coat, put two coats of the Sugar Fix onto the nails. If this is your first time using textured polish, it’s gonna be weird!

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Notice below how that second coat really makes a difference:

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After your polish is dry, use a dotting tool, a toothpick or a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen to add your polka dots. Using one of these instead of the brush will give the dots more precision.


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Now check out Katie’s nails! White with green dots, they look like dinosaur eggs to me. What do you think? RAWWWR!

 

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Now, let’s go to my Sunshine-inspired nail look, which I achieved with the help of the Fuzzy Coat polish in Peach Fuzz.

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Since the Peach Fuzz is colored sort of, well, peach – we needed to make it have a “sunnier color.” so we did two coats of yellow nail polish on the nails first.

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Then we topped it with two coats of the Peach Fuzz Fuzzy Coat.

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Then, take your dotting tool/pen out and put orange dots on the very tip of the nail.

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Then, take a white polish and make small white polka dots right underneath the orange ones. this will really give your nails a “sunburst” look.

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You can leave the Fuzzy Coat as-is or put a top coat on it for th efuzzy look, but not the texture. I loved the look of the polish but not the texture, so I opted for the top coat.

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And this is how your nails will look at the end: Like a bunch of little rays of sunshine on your hands!

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Might I add that the shine from the top coat really added to the “sunny” theme. photo (16) These nails have been a lot of fun; I’ve been wearing them for a few days and the polish has stayed on extremely well! They’re also like nothing I’ve ever seen before on nails.

To see what others have done with the textured and other Sally Hansen polishes, check out the I Heart Nail Art app on Facebook.

Also, check out these great deals on other Sally Hansen products at Walgreens:

  • TLC: Xtreme 2/$4 (month of July)

  • BOGO 50% on Magnetic, Nail Miracle Growth, and Crackle (month of July)

Check out my Google+ album to see my shopping experience at a local Walgreens in finding the textured polishes!

Tiny Prints. Business Cards. Totally awesome.

I was given free product from Tiny Prints for this review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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For the second year in a row, I asked Tiny Prints to help me out with conference season by providing me with their superb custom business cards. Last year’s cards were SUCH a big hit at Reviewer’s Retreat that I knew I had to have them again at SoFabCon.

Last year I put my logo on the front of my business cards, but this year I decided to put my face on the front so those I met could instantly see my face while flipping through the cards they collected, remember the conversations we had, and reconnect from there. I decided to put my skills set and my logo on the inside.

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I even had my nails done to match my logo, so those who received my card could even remember me as the gal with the nails who matched her business cards! Ha!

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On the back of my card, I added a QR code, just as I did last year, but this time I  indicated where the QR code would lead.

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Now, I have done some shopping around in the business-card department. I’ve even been given the opportunity to get free cards from other companies. But when I look at their selection and what they have to offer, absolutely NOTHING compares to Tiny Prints.

Tiny Prints offers products in a number of shapes and designs, and you can either use your template or upload your own photos and logos to create your own design. They have flat business cards, folding business cards, a sweet number of designs that will definitely get you noticed.

Also, Tiny Prints has a team of designers who will work with you to get exactly the look you want.

Are you unable to center the text? Need to match up some colors correctly? Are you unable to enter text where you want? Just leave a note for the designers, and they’re awesome about communicating with you if they have any questions.

The designers also send you proofs to view and approve before they go out, so you know exactly what you’re getting when they arrive!

I’m serious. I know there are about 40 billion business card companies out there. And I will note that Tiny Prints may be a bit pricier, but I have NEVER had a better experience than I have with Tiny Prints. It’s why I keep coming back to them as an endorser and a customer; because I truly believe their products are top-notch.

Check out the latest coupons from Tiny Prints. Through May 28, enter the code MEM20SW to get a 20% discount on all business essentials orders, including business cards, business address labels, business stationery and more!!!!

This is truly an amazing way to make a great first impression, whether at a networking event or just leaving your card at the local coffee shop. Give ‘em a try!

Allergens: Get outta my car, get into my dreams with the FRAM Fresh Breeze! #freshercar #cbias

freshbreezefront I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and FRAM #cbias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own unless otherwise attributed.

I don’t just have seasonal allergies. I have year-round allergies. From pollen to pet dander to potpourri, if it has the potential to make anyone’s eyes water and nose itch, chances are I’m allergic to it. It reminds me of the pilot episode of The Wonder Years, in which older Kevin narrates that his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, was “allergic to his own snot.” That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

My dog, Sebastian, may be adorable, but he sure knows how to stink up the place and spread his doggie dander about.

My dog, Sebastian, may be adorable, but he sure knows how to stink up the car and spread his doggie dander about.

As the owner of a dog who has to take trips in the car, as well as a resident of the South, I face allergens every day. So I was really excited to head to my local Walmart to purchase and try out the FRAM FreshBreeze cabin air filter for my almost-new 2012 Honda Civic. I headed to FramFreshBreeze.com and used the easy tool to choose my car’s year, make and model and was instantly able to find out the perfect size filter for my car. You’ll need to know this before you start purchasing your filter!

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The cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment in my 2012 Honda Civic. I was able to get to it with no tools and without even breaking a nail.

First of all, I didn’t even know my car had an air filter. But, yes, just like my house, it does. Unlike the standard filter for my car, the FRAM FreshBreeze is a carbon air filter that also includes Arm & Hammer baking soda to add deodorizing to the amazing filtering qualities of carbon. (I’ve changed enough air filters in my home to know that if you suffer allergies, carbon air filters are far superior to standard ones.)

Let’s see how this thing works. I headed out to my car to install it, almost certain that I would not be able to do this by myself, I would have to call someone who has fixed a car or two in their lifetime, and need assistance. Not so! It was extremely easy to open the cabin and take my car’s original filter out.

The original air filter for my car. According to framfreshbreeze.com, your air filter should be changed every 15,000 miles. Since I've put slightly over 4,000 miles on my car, it's no surprise that there's very little dust. However, my car has yet to see the wrath of pollinating insects yet to come this year. I'm saving this air filter since the condition is still pretty good.

The original air filter for my car. According to framfreshbreeze.com, your air filter should be changed every 15,000 miles. Since I’ve put slightly over 4,000 miles on my car, it’s no surprise that there’s very little dust. However, my car has yet to see the wrath of pollinating insects yet to come this year. I’m saving this air filter since the condition is still pretty good.

The box for the FRAM Fresh Breeze has a QR code you can scan on your smartphone to access a tutorial video. I tried scanning the QR code on the box during the installation, but alas, the video was not available. I really hope they fix that soon. I had to do it the old-school way and (gasp) actually read the instructions in the box.

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One mistake I made was failing to line up the filters to make sure I was installing them the correct way. I assumed that because my old filter had the “down” arrows on the side that I immediately saw when opening the filter cover, that the arrows on the FRAM Fresh Breeze needed to be in the same part. So I slid my new air filter and realized it didn’t fit. Naturally I started trying to force it in there. Which of course you don’t do with anything because it will never work. So I finally decided to actually compare the two filters and line them up. Above you’ll notice they’re uneven just because the filters aren’t lined up. Let’s fix this.

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That’s much better! So I slid my new carbon filter in. It fit perfectly!

I closed up shop and was ready to test this thing out.

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I haven’t had much time with my new FRAM Fresh Breeze, but today I took Sebastian The Dog to the vet and somehow he managed not to fill the car with his rolling-in-the-grass, eating-weird-things-in-the-yard stench. This made me an extremely happy puppy parent, and I’ll continue to monitor this as I go on many more trips with dogs, cat owners, smokers, leftovers from Indian restaurants, and of course, my own sweaty self after I’ve been outdoors in the middle of July.

My entire purchase (including tax) was just over $20, and it will last me over 15,000 miles or for the next year – whichever comes first! That’s about as much as I spend for indoor air filters that I have to change every three months! I’ll remind myself to change my filter easily, because I happened to install it around May 1 – May Day, the day you’re supposed to start planting!

If you want to try out the new FRAM Fresh Breeze air filter, you can get a $4 mail-in rebate by visiting http://cbi.as/itn-w. I plan to use mine! Also, be sure to visit my G+ album in which you’ll see how easy it is to select, purchase and install the perfecgt FRAM Fresh Breeze for your car!

In the meantime, hope you survive the end of spring, the entire summer, and the dust, pollen and stickiness in between. Maybe the FRAM Fresh Breeze can help make it that much easier.

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