Enter to Win Tix to #YoungJeezy #TraporDieTour #TD3 @RitzRaleigh on 3/16 #Raleigh #NC 

We might have been experiencing some 70 degree days lately here in the Triangle, but get ready for a snowstorm when Jeezy’s “Trap or Die 3 Tour” comes to The Ritz Raleigh on March 16, 2017 ! And guess what? SobeSavvy.com is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan of the Snowman! 

Kicking off March 1 in Chicago with special guests Lil Durk and YFN Lucci, the 18-date US tour will make stops in North Carolina cities: Raleigh and Greensboro. “Trap or Die 3 Tour” will also hit nearby Myrtle Beach, SC before wrapping April 6 in San Diego.

The tour comes in support of Jeezy’s 2016 album Trap or Die 3. Featuring appearances by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Bankroll Fresh, and more, the chart-topping album was a return to the Snowman’s TOD series. BUY TICKETS on sale now >>>>> here

Do you want a chance to see him live at The Ritz Raleigh on the Trap or Die 3 Tour? Enter by completing all or at least one of these steps. *Each step completed counts as an entry

  • 1. LIKE this blog post & Leave a comment below sharing why you want to go !
  • 2. Follow @SobeSavvy on Twitter and copy and paste this Tweet “I want to win #Jeezy Tix #SobeSavvyGiveaway #TD3 #Raleigh
  • 3. Follow @SobeSavvy on Instagram- find giveaway post with photo of Young Jeezy – TAG a friend who likes TRAP MUSIC
  • 4.  LIKE Facebook.com/SobeSavvy page -like ,share , comment on the post about this giveaway !

One winner (chosen at random) will recieve a pair of General Admission tickets to the show. Contest ends March 9th at noon. GOOD LUCK!

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#FoodieFriday Spotlight | The Table on Elm | Best CoffeeShop Eatery & Bakery in Downtown Greensboro

If you read my ‘Travel Tuesday’ blog post on Greensboro, NC , then you know my family I enjoyed our weekend in the Gate City. I shared where we played, where we stayed and wanted to give you a more in depth review of The Table on Elm as a ‘Where to Eat’ place when visiting Greensboro!

This little charming to go bakery/bistro/coffee shop has become a very popular place for all things fresh. The original eat in restaurant location is in Asheboro so some locals were already just waiting for this outpost to open. Their baked items are now iconic. Very fresh and their selections sometimes vary to keep things interesting. They also have ready to go salads and sandwiches. My daughter wanted a picnic so we stocked up on a salad, some soup, iced coffees and pastries and off we went. The service here was refreshingly genuine and competent. The ladies out front gave some great suggestions and I think we took them up on all of them. Their extensive coffee offerings have something for everyone. They also use fresh local dairies for their milk and make their own in house syrups. Some of which are for sale in the store. Local and fresh are the two words used here a lot and it shows.

So the next time you are in Downtown Greensboro and looking for a place to have a couple of espresso drinks, enjoy some dessert or baked goods or want to grab some sandwiches, salads or soup to go…..then tucked away in a lovely alleyway, adorned with murals and botanical wrought iron gates, lies a hidden gem that every Foodie should visit, The Table on Elm.

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#TravelTuesday Feature ~ #FamilyTravel Fun Itinerary for Greensboro, NC #VisitGSO

With a great selection of 135 attractions, Greensboro has been on my family’s radar to visit ever since we moved to Raleigh, NC almost 2 years ago. That’s why when I learned the Triad Women’s Blogger Network was holding their first meetup of the year in The Gate City, I took the opportunity to reach out to VisitGreensboroNC.com, who guided us in where to stay, eat, play while there. Here is a look at my family’s, aka #HeighPartyof3, itinerary during our weekend visit. 

FRIDAY

We checked into the Home2Suites by Hilton Greensboro Airport . 

This extended stay property is located near the airport, so for those flying into and out of Greensboro this is a great location. They have a nice gym and a indoor pool. Breakfast is included so you have fuel to start your day of exploring Greensboro !

SATURDAY

I attended the meeting with Triad Women Bloggers Network, while my husband and daughter checked out The Greensboro Children’s Museum.What is the Triad Women Bloggers Network? It is a group, founded by Ashley Carter of http://www.fabellis.com, of women bloggers in the Triad North Carolina area who connect, build, empower and encourage each other. The meetup was held at Urban Grinders which is part coffee shop, part art gallery, 100% cool. It was the perfect place to hold the event, which included an amazing Blogger panel, swag bag for each attendee and great networking. Check out photos from the meetup here.

Photo Credit:Triad Women Bloggers Network

According to my daughter, aka #outandaboutAva, I missed all the fun at The Greensboro Children’s Museum.

Having a 5 yr old means that you first realized that there are actual museums devoted to just children, What a concept !!

Having visited other kids museum, this one turned to be pretty unique. Besides the usual pretend Post office and Dentist office , this museum has an extensive outdoors area dedicated to agriculture, vegetation and even a tractor and a hen house. Science and hands on arts and crafts made this museum a fun and a learning experience. Centrally located downtown , this is a can’t miss for families with the under 10 set.

We met up for lunch at The Table on Elm, located in Downtown Greensboro . I will be sharing an in depth review of this restaurant as my #FoodieFriday feature this week, so stay tuned! I will say that this place is a must try and I am still dreaming of their desserts. It’s the perfect grab and go eatery to get lunch, and walk to one of the 2 nearby parks.

LeBauer Park and Center City Park are both adjacent to each other

City Center Park is a stylish park with beautiful walkways sprinkled with public art pieces that sometimes are actually benches ! They have an attractive amphitheater where free concerts and events are held all summer long.

Lebauer Park is a new urban park/playground area we had heard so many positive things about. It takes up a few acres of prime real estate downtown so it did not disappoint. What makes this place great is the plethora of activities that can be had at one time in a clean and modern park setting. Ping Pong tables, badminton, miniature golf..ALL of the equipment right there for the public to use at their leisure. I have not seen anything like this here in the states before. Other places would charge for these facility perks but here it all for free. They have a lot of tables on the perimeters where coupes and families were enjoying their lunches whilst their kids romped around. It was very pleasant and even though there was a crowd there on a Saturday afternoon, it never felt crowded. A must see for any visitor to the Gate City of Greensboro.

#soTravelSavvy tip: Get off the beaten path when visiting a new city. You never know what you may find. We saw so many beautiful murals while doing so!

SUNDAY
No Family Travel to Greensboro would be complete without a visit to the Greensboro Science Center.

This attraction has a trifecta of activities. The aquarium, Science museum and the outdoor zoo. We spent the entire morning here looking at snakes and sharks and tigers ! The layout is logically set up so guests meander throughout the indoor sections that eventually lead them to the outdoor zoo and Skywild zipline/elevated walkway attraction. We so enjoyed every part of this complex. The interactive science experiments were so much fun. The zoo had Gibbons and of course that big Bengal Tiger.The petting zoo was an awesome part also that my little one enjoyed. The whole complex is just a wonderful concept.Here is a video roundup of our day at the Greensboro Science Center. Enjoy!

#soNCsavvy Tip: Don’t leave Greensboro without learning more about the role this NC city played in the Civils Right Movement, Black History and American History.

Although it was our first visit to Greensboro , it won’t be our last as it is a quick road trip away. Tell me, have you been to the Gate City of Greensboro and explored all they have to offer ? If not, what are you waiting for?! If so, share your experience below….as seen here at The Greensboro Science Center, we’re all ears! 

Hey #FitFam, check out my #FitnessFriday Book Review ’60 Second Sweat’ by @pjstriet

Overindulged on Valentine’s Day and looking to start a new great workout/nutrition regime? Then you should check out the revolutionary book entitled “60 Second Sweat” by Patrick Striet who is the owner of Live Fit Cincinnati.

There are a million “workout books” out there but none quite like 60 Second Sweat. It proclaims that you too can get a rock hard body one minute at a time. Patrick’s approach is two fold. Not only does he show the reader how to get a rock hard body 1 minute at a time with High Intensity Interval and metabolic resistance training. Just as important he lays out a sensible AND realistic nutrition {not a diet but a lifestyle nutrition change} plan to those who seek to not only lose weight and gain muscle but more importantly to maintain it over the long term. Eating habits must change if you are to maximize results.

What I loved most about this book is that Patrick has numerous pictures with real people showing how to do most of the moves. This visual is essential to make sure you have the correct form and posture to get the most out of the workouts. I followed some of the routines but the warm up was first.He spends time going through various warm ups. These warm ups also work specific body areas, so it is like a 2-for-1 !

Below I am doing two of them. This one is called the “Cat/Camel”

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This next one is the “Bird Dog” which activates your rear end and shoulder muscles. Trying to get my Flotus arms !

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These are just two of the many warm ups that slowly get your body ready for the workout and reduce injury or strains.

He splits up the workouts to different quadrants of the body. Upper, Lower and Core. So readers can concentrate on all or cherry pick what they want to focus on. Patrick also has a myriad of ” Metabolic Blast Exercises also to get the heart pumping faster. He encourages beginners or those who had a long break from working out to step up and try his program out. You do not have yo have a gym membership either. Some dumbells and a power band and you can perform the vast majority of exercises in the book

Below, I am using the “Dumbell Front Squat, which is a lower Body Exercise. Each one he has put a little blurb to tell the reader specifically what each exercise is for. This one strengthens all the muscles in your hips and thighs !

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This is a workout book for life, not just a goal. A friend of mine called and said after the amazing Valentine’s day she enjoyed, she was looking to get back in tip top shape. I immediately put her on to this book. ” I am starting that book tomorrow so I can come back like those Patriots did in the Superbowl”!

You’ve enjoyed the roses, chocolate and champagne, now it’s time to gift yourself or someone else this book as gift for wellness and health…. all in 60 seconds !

#TastyTuesday Spotlight on @BoneFishGrill delicious #SundayBrunch @VisitNorthHills 

Bonefish Grill https://www.bonefishgrill.com/ has been a mainstay of mine over the years. I used to live on the road almost 200 days a year. If I was working/living in a city then as long as they had a Bonefish Grill, I would be okay !!

The only thing Bonefish Grill was missing was my favorite meal of the week. Brunch. Spending the past 18 years living in Miami Beach, FL { the defacto king city of brunches} I became a expert at this meal. This past Sunday, my family and I headed to the always chic area of Raleigh called North Hills to do brunch the Bonefish Grill way. https://www.bonefishgrill.com/brunch-menu/brunch-favorites

Brunch without mimosas is just a sad breakfast! I am happy to report their mimosas/bellinis are just $5. What a great price for the crown jewel of brunch libations. They also have specialty drinks for a nominal price. I had the mimosa and hubby tried their blackberry sangria. It was out of this world. So we were well hydrated so food was up next.

 

Besides their inventive fresh seafood menu, Bonefish Grill also has stellar service. Our waitress was informative, cheery and efficient. Good service means I will return. Bad service means no matter how good the food is, I will be a one time guest.

They had a myriad of sweet and savory options on their menu. For some reason hubby and I both were in a eggy mood ! I ordered their crab omelette. It came with asparagus and a generous amount of REAL LUMP crab meat on top. Being from Maryland, I take my crabs serious so needless to say, my omelette vanished promptly !

Hubby ordered their twist on the crab benedict. They took traditional crab benedict and instead of ham/canadian bacon they used their uber popular Bang Bang Shrimp and put on an egg benedict ! Yes, it was as good as it sounds. Their hollandaise sauce had a little kick to it and it worked perfectly. I should thought of that !!

To sum it all up, Bonefish Grill is now in the Brunch game. The only question is are you coming to play ? You should.

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Need a #ValentinesDay gift idea? Visit @townofapex #PinotsPalette art studio to Paint, Drink, Have Fun!

Looking for the perfect night out? Well Pinot’s Palette , a newly opened paint & sip studio in Apex, NC is the perfect place to disconnect to reconnect. 

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to learn what it is like to be in their studio painting, drinking and having fun. I chose to attend a lovely painting event called “Paris Rendezvous” for several reasons: Paris is one of me favorite cities, the colors of black/white/red would fit perfect in my bedroom, and my cousin who has an upcoming birthday this month happens to be named Paris! I thought this would be a great girls night out.  

Paris Rendezvous is one of their “Paint and Sip” events. I was invited by the owners to come experience what they have to offer. You pay a flat fee for a 2 or 3 hour event. They supply everything you need to make your own personal masterpiece. The canvas, paints and brushes. There is a expert artist to guide guests through every aspect of the portrait of the day.

A novice like myself was very relieved to know I would have someone to hold my hand through the whole process. The paintings change depending on the event and date. This week it was to paint a Parisian scene. Two lovers gazing at the Eiffel Tower in a rain shower was the objective. We were shown what the finished painting should look like and followed the artist who was front and center to guide us.

My nerves were soothed also by the wide selections of wines they have on sale for a nominal price. Reds and Whites. Sweet wines and dry and everything in between. They also have a great beer menu for those that prefer suds over grapes.

The expert artist never once made anyone in attendance feel less than adequate for their painting {or lack thereof} skills. It was lighthearted and fun. The studio had excellent lighting and I actually managed to being home a painting that I felt proud to hang in my home office. It will make for an excellent conversation piece.

Pinot’s Palette is the perfect place for date night, family night or for hosting a private corporate team building event !

Ever wanted to paint ? Do you enjoy wine ? This is THE place for a unique outing that produces results !

 

Click link to experience Pinot’s Palette:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=0isuvcW_v9c&app=desktop

Savvy Tip: Receive a special offer to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your best friends and receive $10 off your reservation! Visit http://www.pinotspalette.com and use code VDAY-SCFRCC at checkout*

* code valid for one reserved seat, one time use. Expires 3/14/17  Redeemable on regular, public events only. Not redeemable for merchandise,food or beverages. Cannot be combined with any other offer.*

Enjoy these photos from yesterday’s event and be inspired to reserve your date!

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#FashionFriday ‘Red & Black’ #Amiclubwear #ValentinesDay Look and SALE !

Disclaimer: Product from Ami Clubwear featured in this post was sent complimentary to facilitate this review. The opinion of SobeSavvy will always stay honest and true for our readers. 

Ladies, be prepared this Valentine’s Day with a dress that will make you feel flirty and fun! AMI Clubwear has a variety of dresses that will look great on you no matter what plans you have! This affordable and show stoppin’ line will get you excited to strut your stuff on Valentine’s Day! I’m attending a black and red affair this weekend and knew that a dress from AMI Clubwear would be the perfect place to shop online for a V-Day style. Here is what I ordered:

Sexy Red Black Glitter Mesh Paneled Short Sleeve Bodycon Party Dress Rock this eye catching dress for a date night out! Featuring; two tone, glitter, round neckline, short sleeve, mesh panels.

I love how comfortable and fun this dress is.The back is sheer so be prepared to strut your sexy when you turn to walk away. Whether you’re going out on the town with your sweetheart or having a girl’s night, AMI Clubwear’s got you covered and has something for every woman including plus sizes. Make sure to check out their selection of sexy shoes to add the finishing touch to your Valentine’s Day look, like these hot heels!

 Strappy Open Toe Platforms: Strut your stuff in these classy pumps, featuring a bold strappy design, open toe and back zipper closure. Match it with your favorite little black dress and your date will be loving your look!

Savvy Tip: Today only, use code RED55 and take advantage of their RED HOT Friday sale! 

Go out and get your perfect Valentine’s Day outfit all from AMI Clubwear! With all their seductive heels, platforms and boots, you can match it with just about any outfit. Get ready to make everlasting memories with the one you care most for while looking more desirable than ever. To shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day vibe, visit https://www.amiclubwear.com.

~Here’s a special Valentine from me to you~

What plans do you have this Valentine’s Day weekend and what do you plan to wear? Please share below and thanks for stopping by! 

With Love, SobeSavvy.com 💋