Looking for some hot stuff? Check out SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical @dpac @DonnaSummerBway #DonnaSummertheMusical #Durham

Opening Night Review | SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical | Broadway’s Ultimate Disco Dance Party opens at DPAC on February 25th and runs through March 1st | SobeSavvy.com

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ A must-see ELECTRIFYING TRIBUTE to a music diva who defined an era, broke barriers and inspired a generation! Leslie H., @SobeSavvy| SobeSavvy.com

The 1970’s gave the world a new music genre called Disco. This music gets a bad rap due to more than a few awful bands and singers. A few stand out. One singer came along in the late 70’s and instantly became ‘The Queen Of Disco”. Her name was LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known as Donna Summer.

Production Photos courtesy of DPAC

See her story come to life in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which opens at DPAC on February 25th through March 1, 2020. This production began a Broadway run in 2018. It received critical audience acclaim and the demand for Broadway’s Ultimate Disco Dance Party allowed for a North American Tour to begin on September 20, 2019.

The musical tells the story of the young girl from Boston with gospel roots who broke through all sorts of barriers to become the ultimate icon of disco and beyond! The score features over 20 of her classic hits to sing along to including “Hot Stuff”, “MacArthur Park” and “Bad Girls” to name a few. Her voice of a generation ended up being a voice for the ages and this musical does a great job in telling the story with 3 different Donna’s representing the stages in her life and musical career. Here’s a fun fact: Alex Hairston, an NC native plays Disco Donna! Each actress did a fantastic job in singing, dancing and portraying Donna in their own unique way!

Disco Donna (Alex Hairston), Diva Donna (Dan’yelle Williamson), Duckling Donna (Elease Hardy) | Production Photos courtesy of DPAC

Go and experience a disco party and musical tribute like no other in SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. I made it a working date night and had so much fun!

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Looking for some hot stuff? 🔥 Check out SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical @dpac @DonnaSummerBway Tonight, I was invited to the opening night performance of this musical, which is playing Feb 25th – March 1st, and I can't wait to sing and dance in my seat to all of her hits! 💃 #Didyouknow…she was the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Now that's some #blackgirlmagic right there ✨ Get Tix Now..and stay tuned for my full review on the blog, SobeSavvy.com! . . . #DonnaSummertheMusical #DPAC #Durham #NC #SobeSavvy #soNCSavvy #LifestyleBlogger #thingstodoinDurham #datenightideas #NCBlogger #RaleighBlogger #DurhamBlogger #entertainment #performingarts #supportthearts #DonnaSummer

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For general event details, including the content advisory and age requirements, read here: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/summer-the-donna-summer-musical
DPAC| Durham Performing Arts Center | 123 Vivian Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701|DPACnc.com

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical opens at DPAC on February 25th and runs through March 1st

My Top Recommendations For A Family Fun Getaway in ATLANTA GA with @CityPASS @Ctr4CHR @FernbankMuseum @GeorgiaAquarium @WorldofCocaCola @CNNstudiotours @TheKingCenter and more

A 3 day weekend + a teacher’s workday was the perfect reason to plan a family fun getaway in Atlanta, GA. From Raleigh, NC it’s a straight shot on 85 South, which takes us approximately 6 hours by car. Although it was not our first time going to Atlanta, we were ready to make new memories spending time with family & friends, seeing some
historical sights and having some #HeighPartyof3 family fun!

On our way to have family fun in the A!

👀WATCH Vlog Trip Recap here:

SAVE $$, SEE MORE

CityPASS Atlanta helps you save $$ and see more top attractions!

My top recommendation for anyone who is planning to travel to Atlanta and want to go visit some attractions is to make buy a CityPASS! Here’s why:

  • 1 simple purchase
  • Valid 9 days
  • Skip most ticket lines
  • Save 40% on admission to 5 must-see attractions

There are two easy ways to make a purchase. You can buy at citypass.com, where you’ll get instant delivery with convenient mobile ticketing , opt to have the booklet mailed to you before the trip OR ask for CityPASS at any attraction.

CityPASS Atlanta Admission includes:

• Georgia Aquarium

Experience the underwater wonders at Georgia Aquarium

• World of Coca-Cola

Learn the story behind Coca-Cola and get to taste more than 100 beverages from around the globe at World of Coca-Cola

• CNN STUDIO TOURS

Wall thru the halls of CNN Center to experience a behind the scenes CNN STUDIO TOURS

• National Center For Civil And Human Rights

(or Zoo Atlanta)

Uplifting, Powerful, Inspiring, Educational, Amazing-all words to describe the National Center For Civil and Human Rights, a must-see experience

• Fernbank Museum of Natural History ( or Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame)

Spend an adventure filled day with immersive exhibits at the Museum, see a movie at the 3D Theater, explore the Forest at Fernbank Museum

For more information on the attractions we visited, check out these websites at:

GEORGIA AQUARIUM | georgiaaquarium.com

WORLD OF COCA-COLA | worldofcocacola.com

CNN STUDIO TOURS | tours.cnn.com

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY | FernbankMuseum.org

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS | civilandhumanrights.org

CityPASS | citypass.com

EXPLORE BLACK HISTORY FOR FREE

Visit the places where Dr. King was born, lived, worked, worshipped, and is buried at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park

While Atlanta has all sorts of world class attractions, visitors usually must pay an admission fee to enjoy. However, there is one square block here in the Sweet Auburn Historic District that requires no entrance fees and allows you to walk in the footsteps of the great Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Here are the places we visited:

Ebenezer Baptist Church

We started at 407 Auburn Ave where the historic and iconic Ebenezer Baptist Church sits. Dr. King was co-pastor with his father Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. at this location off and on from 1947 until 1968. Original pews, stained glass windows and organs are all inside. Sit and listen as the guides gives details about the church. To literally see the podium and actual microphone that Dr. King preached from was a wonderful experience to have with my family.

• National Park Service Visitor Center

Across the street is the MLK Jr. National Park Service Visitor Center. This facility houses some wonderful exhibits relating to not only Dr King, but to the struggle to equality in America. Some of our favorite areas was the “Freedom Road” marchers that my little one and myself joined.

• The King Center

Adjacent to Ebenezer Baptist Church is the resting place of both Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King. Dr. King was never shy in telling folks that he would not have been able to achieve anything without Coretta by his side. Visitors can see an eternal flame and the two marble tombs in the center/bottom of a cascading waterfall with a uniting message of peace and purpose in their words. Although there were people present, it was still peaceful, serene and reflective. His body was there but his spirit and legacy lives forever.

WHERE TO STAY

📍Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

Top Reasons To Stay at this location:

✔ Comfortable Beds & Bedding

✔ Accessibility to walk to many of the CityPASS Atlanta attractions

✔ Free Happy Hour (& breakfast)

✔Amazing Views

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S T A Y in the middle of it all … @embassysuitesatcentennialpark 📍ATLANTA,GA ———- My favorite thing about staying here was it's location! It's very convenient to walk to most @citypass attractions like: 🐟 GA Aquarium 📺 CNN Studio Tours ☮ National Center for Civil and Human Rights | @ctr4chr 🥤World of Coca-Cola Plus, we had an amazing view of 🎡Skyview Atlanta from our room ——– If you are planning a family getaway to Atlanta soon, I will be sharing my recommendations from our visit on the blog, SobeSavvy.com soon! Stay tuned . . . #embassysuites #centennialpark #atlanta #atlantahotel #hotelstay #hotelstagram #SobeSavvy #soTravelsavvy #TravelTuesday #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #familytravel #familyblogger #familytravelblog #ncblogger #mommyblogger #raleighblogger #hotelview #girlmom #momlife #mommyandme #travelling #motheranddaughter #igersatl #discoverunder5k

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Atlanta is a fun, fascinating place full of rich history and cool things to do. If you are planning a trip here soon, I hope these recommendations are helpful. Have you been to Atlanta before? Do you have any recommendations for our next family visit? Please leave a comment below.

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How To Host A Fun Book Swap | Event Recap #GalentineBookSwap ft. @mangopublishing @sassoolcafe @nothingbundt @loveblockwine

Hey ladies! I am back with another cool way to celebrate Galentine’s Day. If you read my last post, I went out with some friends for a wine tasting and hosted the event I decided to name: #GalentinesandWine. This past Saturday, I decided to do something at home with my bookish gals. If you love to read and want a creative way to share (or get rid of) the too many books you may have, here’s How to Host a Fun Book Swap Party:

THE INVITE

Inspired by a hair product swap party I attended in 2019 and a convo I had with a bookish friend, I decided to host a book swap party with a Galentine’s Day theme and used the hashtag #GalentineBookSwap. What is a #GalentineBookSwap? It’s a fun way to celebrate female friendships and our love of reading!

I sent an invite out via Facebook (and a countdown reminder via Instagram) as follows:

Hey Ladies..Let’s get together to celebrate Galentine’s Day and our love for reading at my first ‘GALENTINE BOOK SWAP PARTY’
There will be wine, small bites and books to exchange. You may have some books that you have read, given as a gift and will never read, but would like a chance to get a book that you want to read! Please read the following on how it will work.

6:00 -7pm: Eat,Drink,Be Merry
7:00-8pm: Will start drawing numbers for swap order to choose your selection

You are allowed to bring up to 3 books. You will receive a number for each book you bring in and I will draw number to see the order that you will pick a book (for fairness).

*RSVP closed at 10 guests*

WHERE: MY PLACE
WHEN: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2020
6PM-8pm

Hope to see you there! 📚🍷💕
#GalentineBookSwap

A WARM WELCOME

I like having an element of surprise, some festive decor and a welcome drink to set the tone when guests arrive. For the #GalentineBookSwap, I showered guests with rose petals as they came in the door and hit them with my own rendition of “She’s Your Queen To Be” from the classic movie “Coming to America”. Red Sangria was the welcome drink for this occasion. I simply set up a self serve Sangria bar along with some cute cocktail napkins that said #GALS which I got from Target dollar spot.

FUN PHOTO PROPS

Walmart was the place to shop for some cute photo props. I found a heart wreath and door fringe, which made for a cute backdrop for all the selfie lovers. The light up heart box came from Tuesday Morning some years ago and hangs up in my daughter’s room, but I borrowed it to make a #GalentineBookSwap sign and placed some red coiled chocolate Hershey’s Kisses nearby. I also picked up some heart shaped balloons from the Dollar Tree, and Viola! We had fun photo props to give the guests choices for photo ops!

DELICIOUS FOOD

When you want less mess and no stress, catering is the way to go for me when I host at home. I was very excited to introduce my guests as well as my own tastebuds to something new being offered by Sassool Cafe. All February long, Sassool Cafe will be offering a delicious and nutritious Heart “Beet” Hummus! This beautiful pink dip is the perfect side dish to all of your favorites at Sassool. This “lovely” hummus will be available at the Cary, Raleigh, and Sassool Select locations.

On the menu of heart healthy bites, we enjoyed:

-hummus

-Heart “Beet” hummus

-tatziki

-pita chips for all

-assorted mediterranean cheeses + grapeleaves + olives

-Spanakopita Triangles

-Mini Chicken and Beef Kabob Skewers

-Root Salad

-Assorted Baklava

Not only does Sassool Cafe provide the food, the platters but also the serving utensils. How convenient, how delicious!

For more information on their catering packages, go to sassool.com!

PRESENT A 🆕️ WINE

My husband likes being an at home Sommelier and presenting new wines to our guests by sharing tasting notes. I’ve even shared on the blog, tips on hosting a wine tasting at home, if you’d like to get some ideas for that as well. This always adds a level of intimacy to my at home events. After his presentation, we all get to enjoy our very own wine tasting! For this event, I partnered with Terlato Wines, who sponsored two varietals from LoveBlock.

We started off with the white and served the LOVEBLOCK Sauvignon Blanc,which was just released in Dec. 2019. LoveBlock SB is a classic example of New Zealand’s most famous varietal. Tasting Notes: Lots of grass and just the perfect amount of acid.

Next, we tried the LOVEBLOCK Pinot Noir, which went great with the grilled steak skewers. Tasting Notes: Deep finish and notes of berries on the palate.

PULL NAMES FOR BOOK SWAP

Everyone was instructed to write down their name and the # of books that they bought to swap. I advised to bring up to 3, but next timeI will say u limited. Any kind if books were allowed.

Everything from non-fiction, to fiction, self-help, children’s books, thrillers, devotionals…you name it, there was something for everyone! We all got a new book to dive into.

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#AboutLastNight…. these ladies and I got together to celebrate #GalentinesDay2020 and our love for reading at my #GALENTINEBOOKSWAP party! 💕📚💕📚💕📚💕📚💕📚💕 We enjoyed : •🍷wine from @terlatowines @loveblockwine • ❤ Heart Healthy catering from @sassoolcafe #tastetheyummus ..and lots of books to exchange! •Plus, every guests received a special "thank you" gift from: • 💕 @nothingbundtcakes • 📚 @mango.books.and.authors Thank you to all my guests and sponsors who helped make last night a fun time for all! #HappyGalentinesDay 😘 to all the #womenwholovebooks #blkcreatives Do you attend or hosts #bookswaps? Stay tuned for tips on how to host your own party on the blog, SobeSavvy.com . . . #SobeSavvy #SobeSavvyCelebrates #SobeSavvyPresents

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THANK YOU GIFTS

Although gifting is not my love language, I enjoy giving some type of swag or goodie bag for every guests to remember the special occasion. Everyone received a special “thank you” gift from:

Mango Publishing @mango.books.and.authors |If you read my February Reading List blog post, then you may recognize these two amazing books:

Say It Now – 33 Creative ways to say I Love You to the most important people in your life by Sherry Richert Belul

Friendship Isn’t A Big Thing,It’s A Million Little Things- The Art of Female Friendship by Becca Anderson

Nothing Bundt Cakes @nothingbundtcakes | no matter the occasion they offer moist, delicious, AMAZING, tasty, bundt cakes for any occasion in a variety of flavors. Vanilla, Chocolate and Red Velvet are the flavors I gave as a choice for the guests to take home.

This was my first time hosting/ attending a book swap and I had so much fun combining it with a Galentine’s Day theme! And although it was all about the ladies, I had help from my husband in having my event go smoothly.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO or HOSTED A BOOK SWAP PARTY BEFORE? Share your comments below!

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Tonight, I hosted a group of ladies for my 1st #GalentineBookSwap event, but if it wasn't for this man, my better half, who says I'm his better half, none of it would have gone as smooth as it did. 💕 Thank you all for fun, laughs, books, wine and good times! Pics coming soon 😘 Goodnight. Special thanks to 📸 @thegreenteablog for capturing us being us! Extra special thanks to my always and forever love, @btech1 est. 9.6.99 ❤ . . . #valentinesdayiseveryday #mrandmrs #loveofmylife #SobeSavvy #RaleighBlogger #NCBlogger #lifestyleblogger #blacklove #blacklovedoc #blackmarriage #blackloveisdope #relationshipgoals #marriageisbeautiful #marriedmybestfriend #discoverunder5k #blackcouple #heighpartyof3 #blackandmarried #ourlove #blackloveexists #couplegoals #blackloveisbeautiful #love #blackmarriedcouple #marriedaf

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Event Recap | Fun Times at #GalentinesandWine @IL_Palio #GalentinesDay #ValentinesDay #IlPalioNC #winetasting #ChapelHill

What do you get when you mix Girlfriends + Wine Tasting + Valentine’s Day? You get #GalentinesandWine 💕🍷 An event I hosted and created to celebrate good wine and fun times with some amazing bloggers/influencers in the Triangle!

THE INVITE

Inspired by artwork from Deborah Cartwright, I set out to invite 4 black women bloggers/influencers whom I had the pleasure of vibing with over food and wine in the past. It gave all of us a great opportunity to connect and explore the unique, hand-selected collection of wines at Il Palio Restaurant.

THE RESTAURANT | IL PALIO

Il Palio, located inside the The Siena Hotel, was gracious to host our group and take us on a journey of their hand-selected Italian wines and paired it with some delicious small plates. Known for their warmth of service and quality of their cooking, Il Palio was the perfect choice to celebrate Galentine’s Day along with the great tradition of Italian hospitality. Annabel Butler, the new Restaurant Manager and Sommelier, did an excellent job of hosting us!

THE WELCOME COCKTAIL

Nothing says festive like a cocktail in a flute. Make it pink and you got the perfect Galentine’s drink! Lucky for us, Il Palio already had a pink cocktail on their menu, called the Pom Reader, made with Suntory Roku Gin, pomegranate liqueur, honey, lemon, prosecco. We loved this as a pink welcome cocktail prepared by their bartender Bryan!

THE WINE and FOOD Pairing

The wines picked for us were all Italian wines with all native grapes, which gave a great snapshot of Italian wines. These wines were paired with small Italian plates and were provided with tasting notes for all of the following wines:

Sparkling / Wild Card:

• Denny Bini Lambrusco, a chilled sparkling red wine from the Emilia-Romagna region [..paired with Oven Roasted Caprese Salad]

White:

• Collestefano, Verdicchio di Matelica, a nutty, high-acid white wine from the Marche region [ …paired with cheese, nuts, dried fruits]

• Fontanassa, Gavi Ca’Adua, made from the Cortese grape this full bodied white wine is similar to Chardonnay and comes from the Gavi region […paired with wood grilled octopus]

Red:

• Tasca Regaleali Rosso, Nero d’Avola, a lighter bodied red wine from Sicily grown in Volcanic Soil […paired with two types of wood grilled crostini – Olives Tapenade & Chicken Liver Mousse]

• Podero Sapaio Pappolo , a deliciously rich Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend [….paired with Marinated Beef Carpaccio] ❣ While everything I tried was a delicious pairing, this was my personal favorite duo of the night!

Sweet:

• Vietti Moscato a sweet wine from the Piedmont region. […paired with dessert, which was a cookie plate of the chef’s selection of house made Italian cookies]

**SobeSavvy Tip: Not sure what to get that special person in your life for Valentine’s Day? How about the gift of an exquisite Italian dinner in Chapel Hill, NC? Il Palio will have delicious options with wine pairings including their well-known Tagliatelle alla Tartufo. Get details about Valentine’s Day at Il Palio here:
https://ilpalio.com/valentines-day

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Also, SAVE THE DATEIl Palio at the Siena Hotel is excited to host the Podere Sapaio Wine Dinner on February 26, 2020 at 6:30pm. This special six-course dinner highlights wine originating from the territory in Italy that runs parallel to the Tuscan coast. Executive Chef Adam Rose has prepared each course to pair perfectly with winery owner Massimo Piccin’s beverage selections.Tickets are $95 per person including tax and gratuity, with reservations available by calling Il Palio at (919)-918-2545.

THANK YOUs

Me and My #GalentinesandWine ❤🍷celebration was lovely! Everyone got a Thank You gift from me as a token of my appreciation: a candle, chocolates, and a poem I wrote & framed inspired by #debracartwrightart.

To see more highlights of the event, WATCH my YOUTUBE video here:

Thank you again to my wonderful guests for joining me for this special evening and to the wonderful staff at IL PALIO! The great service, amazing food & wine and wonderful memories made with the ladies is something I will cherish always!

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Me and My #GalentinesandWine ❤🍷celebration was lovely! I hosted and created this event to celebrate some amazing black women bloggers/influencers in the Triangle! Plus, it gave us a great opportunity to connect and explore the unique, hand-selected collection of wines at Il Palio Restaurant. Special thank you to @il_palio for their great service, amazing food & wine and wonderful hospitality to host us ladies! • Everyone got a Thank You gift from me as a token of my appreciation: a candle, chocolates, and a poem I wrote & framed inspired by #debracartwrightart WATCH my instastories & SWIPE 🔙 to see highlights of the event! • Do you plan to celebrate Galentine's or Valentine's Day this year? — . . . #SobeSavvy #IlPalioNC #TheSienaHotel #WineWednesday #ItalianWines #Wineandfriends #HappyGalentinesDay #BeWine #BeMyGalentine #GirlsNightOut #GalentinesDay2020 #GalentinesDay #SobeSavvyPresents #blackgirlswine #lifestyleblogger #eventblogger #NCblogger #RaleighBlogger #SobeSavvyCelebrates #foodblogger #blkcreatives #wineandfriends #Blackwomenbloggers #hostesswiththemostess #blacklifestyleblogger #ChapelHill #Raleigh #Durham

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Do you plan to celebrate Galentine’s or Valentine’s Day this year? Let me know in the comments below your plans or if you need some inspiration and other savvy ideas, I’d be happy to help! Cheers 🍷❤ 🍽

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Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day from National Pawn Shops @NationalPawnNC #ValentinesDayGifts

Have you finished Valentine’s Day shopping yet? Save money and find the perfect valentines day gift for Him, Her and YOU at National Pawn & Jewelry.

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❣Have you finished #ValentinesDay shopping yet? Save $$ and find the perfect #valentinesdaygift for Him, Her and YOU! @nationalpawnshops 📍6740 Fleetwood Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612 ——– This location is huge, clean, has great inventory and provides excellent service. If you are looking for jewelry especially, they have affordable 'outlet' bargain prices! ———– 👀Watch my #instastories for a inside look of what they have to offer & swipe 🔙 to see some of my favorite finds for Valentine's!❣ . . . #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #Raleighblogger #NCBlogger #Lifestyleblogger #jewelry #handbags #watches #pandora #michaelkors #RaleighNC #musicalinstruments #guitar #giftideas #ValentinesDayGifts #TuesdayTreat #shopping #nationalpawn #pawnshop #TuesdayMotivation #tuesdaytips

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National Pawn and Jewelry has been the premiere pawn destination in the Triangle since 1987. They have provided small cash loans in exchange for all sorts of property. Jewelry, electronics and everything in between can be found in one of their locations. I was invited to visit their flagship 📍6740 Fleetwood Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612, located off of Glenwood/70 to see what they had to offer. Being a few weeks from Valentine’s Day, I was seeking to find items that could be Valentine related (..think red, pink, heart shaped jewelry), but open to anything!

I was warmly greeted upon entering their bright and airy showroom. The stereotype of a dirty and dark pawnshop could not be the furthest thing from the truth. This store felt like a department store with friendly associates at every turn. They have a large jewelry department and customers are allowed to try on a few pieces. DID YOU KNOW… National Pawn and Jewelry are also the largest buyers of gold in the entire state?!

I continued to enjoy just browsing to see all the wonderful items in stock and actually decided to gift myself some love by getting a gold heart shaped ring and a red, Michael Kors tote bag! There were so many nice items, the decision was hard but shopping was fun. Here are some of my favorite finds for Valentine’s❣ :

Handbags

Depending on the day, you may find anything from vintage Louis Vuitton, to Coach, Michael Kors and more were available. All shapes, colors and sizes. What I liked most is that the handbag I selected was in mint condition.

Rings

I tried in a variety of rings. Some with diamonds, or stones, in gold and silver. I had fun finding and trying on all the heart-shaped rings in the store!

Necklaces

There were plenty of necklaces with and without pendants to buy. You could also find just the pendant to purchase. I saw quite a few heart shaped as well as a necklace that said ” LOVE”.

Bracelets

Who doesn’t like a little arm candy?! I think bracelets are the perfect gift if you are not sure of the size of ring or kind of jewelry your Valentine likes. There was a gold bracelet that had elephants and hearts and I thought to myself…”I know some Deltas who would love this one”.

Earrings

Here are some of the pierced heart earrings found in the store on this day. Aren’t they darling? Remember, inventory changes, so if you see something you like, get there as soon as possible!

Pandora Charms

Did you know..National Pawn & Jewelry has Pandora Bracelet Charms in store for a fraction of the cost that you would pay at a Pandora retail store. I was surprised by the selection and thrilled to learn this!

Musical Instruments

Here’s a gift idea for HIM: Ladies, maybe your guy has been dreaming of playing the guitar or has been talking about learning a new hobby. Or maybe you want to serenade him on Valentine’s Day with an original song, dressed in heels to match this shiny red guitar! I also saw keyboards and other instruments just in case you and your Valentine want to start a band. They also had electronics, such as cameras, tablets, laptops and more.

Unique Finds

Look at this heart-shaped pocket watch! Isn’t it cool? The manager I spoke with said he has seen everything under the sun brought into the store by all sorts of customers like rare coins, precious gems and stones, and expensive watches.

Great Service

This location is huge, clean, has great inventory and provides excellent service. Any questions that I had or any concerns were answered by an associate. On this day, LaKayla was there as well as the store manager to offer us any assistance needed. If you are looking for jewelry especially, they have affordable ‘outlet’ bargain prices and you are allowed to negotiate.

SobeSavvy Tip: If you see something you really want but just don’t have the funds for it that day, it’s ok..ask National Pawn about their layaway program!

For more information, follow National Pawn & Jewelry at:

Website: https://www.nationalpawnshops.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalpawnraleigh/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nationalpawnshops/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalPawnNC

HAVE YOU SHOPPED AT A PAWN SHOP BEFORE? WHICH ITEM WOULD YOU GET FOR YOU OR YOUR VALENTINE?

Thank you for reading and I hope you are inspired to shop at any of the 19 locations of National Pawn & Jewelry for your next gift find! ❤

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Cheers to Gals Everywhere! Celebrate Galentine’s Day with @TOPODistillery #DrinkTopo

Hey ladies, our special holiday is near! It’s time to gather up your favorite #gals and let them know how much they mean to you. Female Friendships are to be celebrated no matter the time of year, but if you are planning to celebrate Galentine’s Day, here are some ideas with TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin!

What is Topo Organic Piedmont Gin?
TOPO Piedmont Gin is an aromatic botanical mix that appeals to a wide range of palates. For those who profess a great dislike for the strong flavor of gins, they will appreciate how drinkable this one is. The understated juniper allows the ten other spices to really shine through. TOPO has put together a collection that truly showcases the glory of this five-hundred-year-old spirit.

IDEA #1

• Throw a Galentine’s Day party and serve a speciality cocktail-see above recipe for The Galentini-using TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin.

IDEA #2

• Purchase a bottle of TOPO Organic Spirits, send a memorable card & add a cocktail accessory, like Shaker 33.

What is Shaker 33?
The latest innovation in Cocktail Shakers – Shaker33, with its BPA-Free composition is revolutionizing the art of mixing drinks. The modern and sophisticated design helps users effortlessly create the perfect cocktail, every time. For more details, go to Shaker33.com

IDEA #3

• Enjoy a TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin cocktail before going out for a girl’s night out! Can you say pregame 🍸

Do you plan to celebrate Galentine’s Day this year? I am hosting a ladies night out for #GalentinesandWine on Wednesday and also hosting a Galentine’s Book Swap party this weekend. I hope you are inspired by these ideas and will add TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin or any of their spirits to your celebration! Cheers..and remember #DrinkTOPO.

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Celebrate February Holidays With These 7 Books #fridayreads #books #Februaryreads

February 2020 Reading List | SobeSavvy.com

Hello February 2020! Is it me or does it seem like January was the longest month ever? So much has happened in the world these last 31 days that we must remind ourselves to practice self-care and celebrate life! Stephen King once said “Reading is Self-care” and I most certainly agree. I also believe not only does it educate your mind but it is the perfect way to unwind and unplug when the world gets a little crazy. Even though February is a short month, it is jam packed with holidays to celebrate. I curated this February reading list to share with you based on the following holidays:

Black History Month

Bedtime Inspirational Stories 2~50 Black Leaders Who Made History by L.A. Amber

“Today a Reader. Tomorrow a Leader” Those words are on the first pages of this inspirational book for young readers. Filled with beautiful illustrations and affirmations, life lessons, historical facts and valuable information, every child would benefit from learning about Black Leaders Who Made History. We plan to read from this book every night at dinner time or bedtime during Black History month but I know my daughter will treasure this book always! Get Volume 1 and this 🆕️ Volume 2 available on Amazon.com.

February 3 National Women Physicians Day & February 11 National Inventors’ Day

101 Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by L.A. Amber

As a girl mom to a bright 8 year old daughter, I am thankful to author L.A. Amber for this book featuring the accomplishments of black women in S.T.E.M.! This book encourages our youth to “Get Out There & Explore The World. Have Fun & Make History”! In the back of the book there is an exploration journal for kids to write down their discoveries. Throughout the book, you’ll learn about physicians, inventors, engineers and more! This book truly celebrates Black Girl Magic and the magic that lies in us all! Next month, is Women’s History Month, so this one would be great to read in March and beyond! Available at Amazon.com

Creative Romance Month + February 14 Valentine’s Day

Say It Now..33 Creative Ways to say I LOVE YOU to the Most Important People In Your Life by Sherry Richert Belul

Sometimes when you have been with someone for a long time or maybe you’ve just entered a new relationship, it could be challenging to express love and appreciation. This book helps by teaching you ways to say I Love You..NOW. No matter the love language, you will find something that appeals to everyone. Celebrate the most important people in your life and find inspiration from the thirty-three ideas found in this book! Available at Mango Publishing.

February 13 Galentine’s Day

Friendship Isn’t A Big Thing, It’s A Million Little Things ..The Art of Female Friendship by Becca Anderson

February is a great time to celebrate Female Friendships. Give your Galentine a thoughtful gift with this book that celebrates the bonds between women. I plan to host a Book Swap party for Galentine’s Day and each guest will receive this book as a Thank You from me and a tribute to girlfriend power! Available at Mango Publishing.

February 15 Singles Awareness Day

Love & Relationship Secrets…That Everyone Needs To Know by David Essel M.S, O.M

If Valentine’s Day is for Couples then Single Awareness day is for those who choose to celebrate being single. But what if you are single because you struggle with family relationships…And not sure why? Or you are frustrated with love relationships and friendships? Maybe you still have resentment for past relationships? This book touches on all those topics and more! Psychology Today and Marriage.com has verified David Essel, who is the author of 11 books, four of which have become number one bestseller‘s, as one of the top relationship experts and counselors in the world. His work as a counselor and master Life Coach is highly endorsed by individuals like the late Wayne Dyer, and celebrity Jenny Mccarthy. “80% of relationships are unhealthy. My work, and this book, will help to change these statistics starting right now!” ~David Essel

For more info on this book and its author, go to www.davidessel.com

American Heart Month

The Joy of Fitness Compiled by Jackie Corley

Are you a fitness enthusiast or maybe you are (re) starting on a fitness journey and need some inspiration? This 🆕️Book, just released on 1/28/20, is a fun collection of over 200 inspirational quotes to motivate you to start moving and get active!
Whether you enjoy exercise or need a little more motivation, get inspired by this book. Exercise is good for the heart and this is a good read to have to inspire you to start! Remember, Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best.. “The first wealth is health.” 💪🏽Available wherever books are sold and www.hatherleighpress.com

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Be Healthy with Yin Yoga by Stedanie Arend

Take care of your heart, entire body, mind and soul by learning yin yoga sequences for overall health in this book from best-selling German author, nutritionist and holistic practitioner, Stefanie Arend. She offers a comprehensive approach to introducing readers to this form of yoga. Topics include: How Yin Yoga differs from other types of yoga, Why Yin Yoga is such a powerful way to relax and heal, Common ailments and illnesses Yin Yoga help to alleviate or reduce in severity, and more! One of the things I like most about the book, is the beautiful full color pages of poses, which are easy to follow along with. To check out Stefanie’s work, you can find it by watching >>here..👀 and also: https://www.yinyoga.de/en/

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I hope you are inspired to add some of these or all of these to your February reading list and will celebrate the holidays with a new book! Remember books make excellent gifts for someone else but also to yourself.

Which holidays will you be celebrating and what book(s) from the above list speaks your interest? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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My Top 4 Raleigh Restaurants for @TriRestWeek | @41Hundred @Sushimon_nc @Seasons52 and STIR

Triangle Restaurant Week Roundup January 2020

If you’ve been following me over on Instagram @SobeSavvy, then you may have noticed that I have been getting my eat on for Triangle Restaurant Week! You still have this weekend to make plans to try some delicious dishes prepared for you in 3 courses at a fixed price. Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas are participating but here is a recap of my Top 4 Raleigh Restaurants to enjoy during Triangle Restaurant Week!

41 Hundred

Located in North Hills, inside the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel, 41 Hundred is not your ordinary hotel restaurant. Chef Kevin Smith and his team gave us memorable dishes that left lasting impressions. Here is where I kicked off Triangle Restaurant Week and ICYMI, you can check out my full review on the blog>>here. The dinner menu was 3 courses for $30 and I chose the Seafood Gumbo, Sea Bass, and Blueberry Cobbler Cheesescake. Everything was great from the service to the taste/quality of the food. From start to finish, I enjoyed it all but my favorite bite of the night was the Sea Bass as seen here ⤵️

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🎉Kicking off TRIANGLE RESTAURANT WEEK with Dinner at @41hundredlounge From January 20-26, 2020 stop in the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel located in North Hills and enjoy this restaurant's special menu offering a 3 course Lunch for $15 or 3 course Dinner for just $30 for @trirestweek ———— Pictured here: Course 2 | Sea Bass One word: INCREDIBLE ❤ To see more amazing eats from #41Hundred, check out my #instastories and stay tuned for my full #TRW review on the blog, SobeSavvy.com ! . . . #trianglerestaurantweek #SobeSavvy #SobeSavvyEats #NCblogger #foodblogger #Raleighblogger #visitnorthhills #huffpostaste #foodietribe #foodies #dinner #raleighrestaurants #raleighfood #food #trianglefoodies #foodie #nomnom #foodpics #whatIate #instagood #visitraleigh #919eats #raleighfoodpics #foodphotography #ncfoodfinds #forkyeah #f52grams

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STIR Raleigh

STIR Raleigh is also located in North Hills and is one of my go to place for fresh oysters. I was interested in seeing what dishes they came up with for Triangle Restaurant Week. Because I associate STIR with fresh seafood, I was hoping to see more seafood items but was still pleased with the choices. From their $30 p/p dinner menu, I chose Crab Ravioli, Braised Pork Shoulder, and Banana Cheesecake. I really enjoyed the dessert which tasted like a mashup of banana pudding and cheesecake! Take a look at my photos here and feast your eyes on STIR Raleigh ⤵️

Sushi Mon

I highly anticipated going here to Sushi Mon after hearing so many great things about their restaurant, its menu and of course sushi. So when I saw them on the Triangle Restaurant Week list of participating restaurants, I was so excited! Located near NC State, Sushi Mon offers “elevated takes on sushi and Japanese fare“. Their 4 course dinner menu for $35 took my tastebuds on a culinary journey. They had ingredients imported from Bangkok,Thailand and Spain but even featured local food too. My favorite bite of the night: EVERYTHING. Seriously, you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Here is my video which recaps my dining experience at Sushi Mon ⤵️

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𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢 𝐌𝐨𝐧 × 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 is AMAZING! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy the experience of watching the chef create the phenomenal dishes available on the special menu. Now thru Sunday, Jan 26. enjoy a 3 course lunch for $15 or 4 course dinner for $35! 👀WATCH this video for a inside look of @sushimon_raleigh x @trirestweek + check out my #instastories along with my dinner date/foodie friend @citygirlcece to see more of their fantastic food! 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤?

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Seasons 52

When I found out my friend would be in town for a business meeting, we quickly made plans to meet for lunch. I told her it’s Triangle Restaurant Week here and we can go somewhere that would have vegan options for her. Seasons 52, located in Crabtree Valley Mall, is known for their healthy cuisine, fresh grill and wines. For $15 p/p, their 3 course Lunch menu is quite a deal! I got the Romaine and Kale Ceasar, Wood-Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout and Mini Indulgence Dessert. Those desserts are so good, it is hard to choose just one. Take a look at my delicious lunch at Seasons 52 here⤵️

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🙋🏽‍♀️Raise your hand if your face lights up when dessert arrives to the table?! ——– Today, I met a friend who was in town for a business meeting for an impromptu #lunchdate. She's vegan, I'm not, so Seasons 52 was a great option for us both! ——– The @TriRestWeek 3 course Lunch Menu @Seasons52, located @shopcrabtree is delicious, healthy, fulfilling, flavorful and just $15 p/p thru Jan 26, 2020! Pictured here: Romaine & Kale Ceasar • Wood Grilled Boneless Rainbow Trout • Red Velvet Mini Indulgence Dessert . . . #Seasons52 #trw #trianglerestaurantweek #SobeSavvy #SobeSavvyEats #NCblogger #foodblogger #Raleighblogger #dinecrabtree #huffpostaste #foodietribe #foodies #lunch #dessert #raleighrestaurants #food #trianglefoodies #foodie #nomnom #foodpics #whatIate #instagood #919eats #raleighfoodpics #yum #foodphotography #forkyeah #f52grams #healthyeats

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I hope that after reading this you are inspired to visit these restaurants NOW for Triangle Restaurant Week or LATER when the mood for good food hits you! What’s the best thing you had to eat during Triangle Restaurant Week January 2020? Have you been to any of the above restaurants before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Where to Eat in Raleigh for Triangle Restaurant Week|41Hundred @41hundredlounge @TriRestWeek @VisitNorthHills

41Hundred Dinner Menu for Triangle Restaurant Week Jan 2020

Foodies get ready! Triangle Restaurant Week is here, beginning Monday (Jan. 20-26, 2020) and we get to enjoy menu deals for lunch and dinner at some of our favorite restaurants. This is a good time to make your reservations at places you’ve always wanted to try. Or perhaps return to a restaurant you may have been to before but can now try something new and different from the menu. Since there are so many premier places to choose from, I thought I would help by giving you a my review of the special menu from one of my favorite restaurants, 41Hundred.

About 41Hundred |Located at 4100 Main at North Hills St. in Raleigh, 41Hundred is the new concept inside of the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. 41Hundred offers simply sophisticated, international cuisine crafted by Executive Chef Kevin Smith and team.

DINNER MENU

Known for their memorable food and drink selections, 41Hundred is all about using fresh, local high quality ingredients in their dishes. You can expect food that is simple, yet beautifully prepared and full of flavor. Triangle Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to experience 41Hundred‘s culinary chops at a great value. For $30 p/p, here is what is offered on their special dinner menu:

First Course

Although my guest, the beautiful Anna Haddock, & I had dined at 41Hundred before, we were both excited to try what was on the menu. Our server was helpful and ready to answer any questions for us. The Seafood Gumbo was the perfect start for both of us on this winter evening. Not only did it warm my heart but left an impression on my soul! It had a nice amount of flavor and was chock full of shrimp, crab, sausage, baby scallops & okra. One Word: AMAZING

Second Course

No matter if you are doing Whole 30, Paleo, Keto, or you are a meat-lover, a seafoodie or vegetarian, you’ll find something you’ll like on this menu. I ordered the Sea Bass, not only because I love seafood but the candied bacon listed as one of the ingredients used in this dish was calling my name! It was served with smoked fontina grits, king trumpet mushrooms and pomodoro. Each bite was better than the last. One Word: INCREDIBLE

If you love a nice tender piece of meat that falls of its bone, order the Osso Buco. It is prepared with a saffron sweet pea risotto, roasted baby vegetables and love. We were both impressed by the portion size and how tasty it was! One Word: SATISFYING

Third Course

Whatever you do remember the following Four Words: SAVE👏 ROOM👏 FOR👏 DESSERT. 41Hundred has two options on their TRW menu, one of them I recognized from their regular menu: The Blueberry Cobbler Cheesecake. The berry compote added a nice tart freshness to the sweet and creamy cheesecake. We loved it!

The second dessert option was created by the sous chef and is called The Impossible Cake. It is a chocolate cake layered with a caramel custard, similar to a flan on top. It comes with caramel sauce, whipped cream and bourbon pecans. We both enjoyed the combination of flavors.

**SobeSavvy Tip: Did you know you can stop in for lunch at 41Hundred during Triangle Restaurant Week and enjoy 3 courses for just $15 p/p?! Take a look at this fantastic menu ⤵️

Overall our dining experience was a great one filled with new foodie memories! Not only did we enjoy the service, but the 3 course meal from 41Hundred left a lasting good impression! **What dish is calling you in to dine at 41Hundred for TRIANGLE RESTAURANT WEEK? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!

**Also, be sure to follow me on social media and stay tuned all week to see more of SobeSavvy.com’s Triangle Restaurant Week options. Up Next: STIR Raleigh
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📍41Hundred

4100 Main at North Hills Street

Raleigh, NC 27609

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Hey #Raleigh! Get a first look at a NEW #familyfun spot, Stars and Strikes @StarsnStrikesGA

Hey Raleigh, there is a new entertainment venue in town I want to tell you about called Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers. This company hails from the metro Atlanta area and started as one location in 2005. This will be their 14th location and their first in the state of North Carolina. Although their Grand Opening Party is Saturday January 18, we went in on Friday for a preview. Under one roof you can find multiple high quality activities for adults and kids like bowling, arcade games, bumper cars, virtual reality games and they even have a 2 story laser tag arena!

FUN

So many options to choose from and so much fun. The bowling takes place in either the main area or the secluded VIP lanes where you will have a dedicated hostess taking care of your food and beverage requests. Food is not an afterthought here. Their introductory menu, which also includes a kids menu section, has some awesome choices to decide upon. We went with a sampler platter which comes in a neat fresh pretzel ribbon and kids cheese pizza and some wings. The wings are very good and you can choose a variety of flavors. Their chicken and waffles are delicious. Chicken has a crispy outside and steaming moist chicken inside. Paired with their maple syrup and airy waffles are a sure fire winner in my book. We had a couple of their speciality cocktails from their full service bar also. After enjoying our food and drink selections, we were fueled up after bowling to hit the arcade and Bumper cars.

FOOD

Their large number of brand new state of the art arcade machines meant there was always one available we were interested in. Whether playing a carnival water shooting game or an oversized Pac Man console game we were having a blast. Their reloadable cards also double as game winner ticket tally all in one. No more picking up paper tickets from all over the floor and sticking them in a machine to count. Just hand your one card over at their gift center and a rep will tell you the total and advise what gifts you can choose from.

WINNING

Last but not least, we rode the bumper cars and had such a blast! No old school overhead sparks flying, just smooth FAST spinning cars that handle like little sports cars! Pulsating music and friendly bumping friends really made this a thrill we will return to again and again. Stars and Strikes hits the right balance between adult fun {like the full service sports bar area} and kid fun. The staff could not have been nicer or more professional. Some of the management even joined in our bumper car experience and we all enjoyed being kids again!

RIDING

Such a class act and a welcome addition to the Triangle as a must do option for date night, family night or even corporate or church team building sessions. They specialize in all sorts of birthday packages so make sure you book yours as soon as possible!

SobeSavvy Tip: Go online and join their VIP club for their best deals, specials and promotions right in your inbox. They will even send you a special gift just for joining. For more info and to join the VIP Club/Birthday Club for FREE, click here: https://www.starsandstrikes.com/

Also follow on Facebook, Twitter @StarsnStrikesGA and IG @starsandstrikes

EVENTS

Me and my #HeighPartyof3 checked out Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers on a Friday night at 5pm and had a blast! Pics and videos may give you an idea but I really suggest seeing for yourself. There is definitely fun for everyone! And after 8pm, no kids are allowed, so adults can have their fun too. This place is like: sports bar meets Dave and Busters meets Kings Bowling meets Frankies.

CELEBRATE

Celebrate this 14th and newest location at the STARS AND STRIKES RALEIGH GRAND OPENING PARTY!

When: Saturday, January 18th from 10 am until 4 pm!

Where: 4020 Capital Blvd , Raleigh,NC

What:
•$2 Bowling
• Buy-One-Get-One Free Arcade Game Cards
• Buy-One-Get-One Free games of Laser Tag
• Buy-One-Get-One Free Sessions of Bumper Cars
• Prize Giveaways
• Much, much more!

PLUS, the first 50 guests in-line on Saturday, January 18th at 10 am will receive a pass for a FREE GAME OF LASER TAG or BUMPER CARS!

The party doesn’t stop at 4pm! Join us for a LIVE DJ PARTY beginning at 8pm!

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👀WATCH my YOUTUBE video for highlights from our visit!

HAVE YOU BEEN TO STARS AND STRIKES BEFORE? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!

Special Thanks to Stars and Strikes for hosting SobeSavvy.com!


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