#GiftIdeas|Giveaway @Root7products G & T Cocktail Set, Books from @DrinkLikeLadies @CherylCharming + @TopoDistillery Gin Recipes

Tis the season of celebrations, traditions and holidays. Raise your hand, or glass if you enjoy a good cocktail to kick off the festivities? 🙋‍♀️ Well today I have something for you or the cocktail lover in your life!

I am hosting a #SobeSavvygiveaway for this really stunning gift set. It’s an amazing invention by leading drinkware brand Root7. It allows at home mixologists to make their own gin & tonic creations.

Root 7 G & Tea Cocktail Set | photo credit www.Root7.com

The Root 7 G & Tea set is a fun, stylish and uber-unique way to mix and serve a cocktail for two. With a spectacularly chic design it’s ideal for master mixologists and fashionistas.

Root 7 G & Tea Cocktail Set | photo credit www.Root7.com

The set is made of high-quality rainbow tinted borosilicate glass with a shimmering gold pattern, which enhances any table setting and balances beautifully with your lighting.

Root 7 G & Tea Cocktail Set | photo credit www.Root7.com

The teapot comes with a filter basket keeping fruity lumps and pips out of the tea cups. If gin isn’t your cup of tea, then it can be used with real tea, so little fingers up and drink in class. It’s also perfect for any other cocktail and certain to be the centerpiece of any gathering.

Root 7 G & Tea Cocktail Set | photo credit www.Root7.com

Available on Amazon.com, this is a wonderful gift idea for a cocktail/tea lover and makes a great hostess gift! Or maybe you want to keep for yourself to make a ‘hot toddy’ to keep you warm. Watch this YouTube video for more info about Root7’s G & Tea set:

If that doesn’t inspire the mixologist in you, then perhaps these next two items (that I am also including in this #SobeSavvygiveaway) will. Check out these cocktail books both written by women authors who are passionate about sharing their cocktail knowledge.

Drinking Like Ladies | website

What I like about this book is how it pays homage to the accomplishments of women in history while giving you creative cocktails crafted by female bartenders. Cheers to the authors, Kristen Amann and Misty Kalkofen who sought out to dismantle the patriarchy one cocktail at a time!

The Cocktail Companion |website

What I like about this book is the fun facts about each type of alcohol. For example did you know that Gin is just vodka after its first distilling? The herbs and botanicals are added during the second distilling. It is fair to say that gin is flavored vodka! The photography in this book is beautiful also.

We love to make cocktails at home using TOPO Organic Spirits, which is locally distilled in Chapel Hill,NC. Their award winning TOPO Piedmont Gin is made from 100% North Carolina wheat and well balanced, which makes it easy to drink.

Here are some G & Tea Time recipes from the website that I plan to make using TOPO Piedmont Gin :

Photo Credit Root7.com

GIN & TONIC
All you need to do is put the ice into the bottom of the teapot, fill with gin and tonic and then place ingredients into the filter compartment and leave to steep for 5 – 10 minutes depending on how strong you want the flavours to be.
Easy:
‘Gin’gle Bells
  • Earl Grey Tea – 1 bag (scoop)
  • Lemon Zest – 1/2 Lemon
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 stick
  • Cloves – 6
  • Tonic- 500ml
  • Gin – 100ml
  • Orange Zest – 1/2 Orange
  • Ice – handful

Medium:

Gin & Apple Pie
  • Green Tea – 1 bag (scoop)
  • Tonka Beans – 5
  • Vanilla Pod – 1
  • Gin – 100ml
  • Apple – 1/2 cut into slices
  • Cinnamon – 1 Stick
  • Muscovado Sugar – 3 teaspoons
  • Tonic – 500ml
  • Ice – handful

Harder

Vesper Mar’tea’ni
  • Breakfast Tea – 1 bag (scoop)
  • Gin – 100ml
  • Lemon Grass – 1 stick
  • Lillet – 50ml
  • Hibiscus – 2 flowers
  • Lime Zest – 1/2 a lime
  • Tonic – 500ml
  • Ice – handful
    Follow @Root7products for more recipes and cocktail ideas.

    #DrinkDifferently

    Enter my #SobeSavvyGiveaway for your chance to win:

    • a G&Tea cocktail set from Root7

    • ‘Drinking Like Ladies’ book

    • ‘The Cocktail Companion’ book

    Comment below your favorite cocktail or tea! BONUS entry- Follow @SobeSavvy on IG. Winner will be chosen randomnly Dec.6, 2018 at noon. Good Luck!

    4 #Books To Make Holiday #FamilyTravel Easier + #ChildrensBook Giveaway

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    Do you pack books for yourself or family when you travel? I do. No matter if it’s by plane, train or automobile each member of my #HeighPartyof3 will have some type of reading material or activity book. We are heading up to Charlotte, NC for Thanksgiving weekend and I have already started packing up what books my daughter will read on the roadtrip and keep her entertained during our hotel stay. Sure she has a tablet and my husband has his kindle, but there is still something special about having and holding a book. Here are 4 Books To Make Holiday Family Travel Easier:
    Football Freddie and Fumble Dog by Marnie Schneider, Goldie Grace, Illustrated by D.Moore

    Description: Football Freddie and Gameday in the Carolinas is a book that follows Football Freddie, a football loving girl who also loves to learn, as she travels around the Carolinas taking in the sights, ending her trip at a Carolina Panthers game in Charlotte.

    This book is beautifully illustratrated and includes dome fun facts about the Carolinas and even some Charlotte stops, which is right on time since we will be visiting there in a few days! Our daughter is including this book in her #outandaboutAvareads series to enjoy along the way.

    *Available at Amazon.com >here
    Color My Washington DC by Elina Diaz

    Description: Color Washington, D.C., the way you want to see it… Color your journey through the capital of the United States. Color elaborately hand drawn pen and ink illustrations of some of the most iconic destinations in the District—from to the White House, down through the National Mall and across to the Washington Monument, enjoy all the treasures this city has to offer. Each page contains facts about the District of Columbia, so regardless if you’re a Democrat or a Republican or a first time visitor to Capitol Hill, you’ll have your own relaxing coloring experience for years to come.

    I am from the DMV area and enjoy traveling back to DC to see family, friends and share our #soDMVsavvy highlights. With this book, I get to learn more about the city while coloring. When my daughter pulls out her coloring books in the hotel, this is the one I will use!

    *Purchase at Amazon.com >here

    48 hours in North American Cities

    Description: 48 Hours In…North American Cities | How to Enjoy the Perfect Short Break in 20 Great Destinations By Simon Calder

    Every Saturday in The Independent’s award-winning Traveller section, our “48 hours” stories explore new and exciting city-break itineraries. Now, 25 years after the series was first launched, we’ve produced this special, designed to help you get the most from a visit to a selection of 20 key North American cities. Among them, you can choose from New York’s dizzying nightlife, the rollercoaster thrills of Orlando, the Hollywood glitter of Los Angeles or Vancouver’s great outdoors. We’ve also included a range of accommodation options to suit your budget.

    We love weekend getaways! While my husband and I both have a background in working in a Travel agency (it’s how we met actually), we still like referring to books on what to do in certain cities. Our family just came back from a 3 Day Vacation in Orlando and this book gave us some ideas outside of the Disney box!

    *Get your copy on Amazon.com>here

    BigFoot Fun Book!: Puzzles,Coloring Pages, Fun Facts! by D.L.Miller

    Description: The idea of the book brainchild of Pennsylvania artist D.L. Miller, was to marry fun activities along with learning. “Children have the opportunity to have fun while learning about the world around them with BigFoot,” says Miller.

    The activity book is a treasure trove of engaging activities such as mazes, word search games, dot-to-dot pictures, coloring, and of course his classic seek-and-find activities. As with his other BigFoot books, the activity book is intended to help children learn about the world in an engaging and exciting way. As an added bonus, the book also includes animal stickers.

    This book, which is recommended for children ages 5-12 years old, grade level:4-6 , is 136 pages of fun for my 7 yr old 2nd grader. The variety of educational, fun and interactive activities is why we parents love this book for our daughter. It keeps her engaged and gives a good balance between playing with apps on the tablet doing an activity in a book. She enjoys the Bigfoot seek and find series, which you can find out more information at IFoundBigFoot.com

    *Available at Amazon.com >here

    SobeSavvy Tip: Enter my #SobeSavvyGiveaway to recieve a copy of the BigFoot Fun Book!: Puzzles, Coloring Pages, Fun Facts for a child in your life! Comment below in blog comments with ” I Found BigFoot” to enter. One winner will be selected randomnly. Contest ends Monday, Nov 26, 2018 at noon. Additional entry if you comment in this IG post also ⤵

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    Enter to Win 2 Tix @GreatGrapesFest on May 5 + @drinkeatrelax ‘s Beer & Bacon Fest May 19 @BoothAmp in #Cary #NC

    Springtime here in the Triangle means the beginning of outdoor festival season and there are two ‘drink.eat.relax‘ events coming up in May that you don’t want to miss! Koka Booth Amphitheatre in the Town of Cary is where all the fun is happening on May 5, 2018 at the GREAT GRAPES WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL and again on May 19, 2018 at the BEER & BACON FEST. Tickets to both of these fun festivals are ON SALE NOW and I have two tickets to giveaway for each event! Two lucky readers will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to enjoy the fun! Here are the details about both festivals:

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    Follow @SobeSavvy and Enter to Win Tix to 2 @drinkeatrelax events happening in May @boothamp!🍷🍴🍺🥓 Details at https://www.SobeSavvy.com

    Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

    Spring is Here and It is Wine Time! Join us for the largest and most fun casual NC wine festival in the Triangle with HUNDREDS of wines available from over 22 wineries. As you enter…take your souvenir tasting glass and stroll from tent to tent and table to table, tasting and sampling the rich heritage of North Carolina vines. As you sip and savor the afternoon, relax in the beautiful green setting of the Town of Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.

    •200+ Wines from 22+ Wineries
    •Great Live Music
    •Fun Festival Eats
    •Arts and Crafts and Gourmet Items
    •FREE Kids Area

    Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the lawn. Bring the family, bring your friends and take a day to UNCORK THE FUN!

    TICKETS

    VIP SESSION TICKET: $49.00 IN ADVANCE: $55.00 ON THE DAY OF EVENT
    VIP Session: 11am – 6pm.

    REGULAR SESSION TICKET: $33.00 IN ADVANCE…..$35.00 ON THE DAY OF EVENT
    Regular Session: 12-6pm.

    Designated Driver Ticket: $20 ONLY AVAILABLE ONSITE! Includes admission into the event ONLY.

    For more information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com.

    PLEASE NOTE: Photo ID IS REQUIRED as proof of age & proof of identity.

    KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE!

    PARKING
    GENERAL PARKING: Parking is free of charge in Amphitheatre owned lots. Some local businesses may charge a fee to parking in their lots. A limited number of PREFERRED parking space are available for $10.00 per car in advance or $15 on the day of event (cash only).

    A limited number of accessible parking space are available on a first come first served basis with the proper hang tag or license plate. If using *Uber, I’m giving you $5 off each of your first 4 Uber rides. To accept, use code ‘2ackv’ to sign up. Enjoy! Details: https://www.uber.com/invite/2ackv

    Please follow the signs & our Parking Staff to the pick up & drop off area.

    ALL EVENTS WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED RAIN OR SHINE, however in the event of severe weather please check website and social media for any updates or changes to the event.


    ITEMS ALLOWED
    •Lawn chairs
    •Sealed Bottle of water (1 per person)
    •Cameras
    •All bags are subject to seach

    PROHIBITED ITEMS
    •Pets
    •Drones
    •Alcohol
    •Weapons of any kind

    For more information please visit www.uncorkthefun.com. Please drink responsibly.

    BEER & BACON FEST

    The BEER & BACON TASTING SESSION offers an exclusive tasting experience. Each guest will enjoy 15+ restaurant tasting stations (until 2pm) and fresh griddled bacon (until 3pm), a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, plus 2 extra hours of alcohol sampling and all live entertainment. These tickets are limited and will SELL OUT!

    Bottoms Up, Bacon Down
    75 Craft Beers
    15 Restaurants
    10 Bacons From Across the US
    LIVE MUSIC… and lots of Piggy Love

    Cary’s Porkiest Playtime Returns and this time it will be even better. The ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza comes complete with the best craft beers for your tasting pleasure… and of course the food of the Gods: BACON.

    TICKETS
    VIP Beer & Bacon Ticket Advanced Price: $59.00 Feb 9-March 18TH (midnight),
    $69.00 March 19-May 18 (midnight), $79.00 DAY OF EVENT. Beer tasting session 12-6pm.

    Regular Beer & Bacon Ticket Advanced Price: $39.00 Tickets are $45.00 DAY OF EVENT. Beer tasting session 2-6pm.

    Designated Driver Ticket: $20 ONLY AVAILABLE ONSITE! Includes admission into the event ONLY.

    For more information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com.

    PLEASE NOTE: Photo ID IS REQUIRED as proof of age & proof of identity.

    Kids 12 & under are FREE.

    PARKING
    GENERAL PARKING: Parking is free of charge in amphitheatre owned lots. Some local businesses may charge a fee to parking in their lots. A limited number of PREFERRED parking space are available for $10.00 per car in advance or $15 on the day of event (cash only).

    A limited number of accessible parking space are available on a first come first served basis with the proper hang tag or license plate. If using *LYFT, Download LYFT app and you get 10$ off your first ride with code: BESAVVY1

    Please follow the signs & our Parking Staff to the pick up & drop off area.

    ALL EVENTS WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED RAIN OR SHINE.


    ITEMS ALLOWED
    Lawn chairs
    Sealed Bottle of water (1 per person)
    Cameras
    all bags are subject to seach

    PROHIBITED ITEMS
    Pets
    Drones
    Alcohol
    Weapons of any kind

    For more information please visit www.beerandbacon.com. Please drink responsibly.

    Mandatory #SobeSavvyGiveaway Entry– Please answer the following question below in the comments:

    Which festival would you like to attend:

    a) Great Grapes Wine & Food Fest on May 5

    or

    b) Beer & Bacon Fest on May 19

    **For more chances to win, click 👉a Rafflecopter giveaway to ENTER.

    *One winner will be chosen to win 2 general adult admission tix for option a: Great Grapes Wine & Food Fest Valid Noon – 6pm. Includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine samples, and all performances

    *One winner will be chosen to win 2 Beer Only Tasting session admission tix for option b: Beer & Bacon Fest Valid 2pm – 6pm. Your admission includes a souvenir glass and boundless portions of over 75 craft beers and wines, and all live entertainment. Bacon/Food is a la carte.

    Contest ends April 26, 2018 at noon. Winners will be chosen at random and have until 4/27/18 to claim prize. Good luck!

    Enter #SobeSavvyGiveaway and #Win ‘THIS IS IT’ by @DariaPeoples @HarperChildrens #newrelease #book

    I am excited to tell you all about a new book from author Daria Peoples-Riley, titled ‘This Is It‘ and even more excited to offer you a chance to win this book!

    This Is It ,which released on February 6, 2018, is published by Harper Collins and written/illustrated by Daria People-Riley. It is the author’s picture book debut and was inspired by her daughter. My 6 yr old daughter, fondly referred as #outandaboutAva on the blog, loves to dance and has practiced ballet which made me interested in learning more about this book. I also believe in supporting diverse books and authors because representation matters. This book, recommended for ages 4-8 yrs old, celebrates the joy of dance and shows how confidence can be gained from within.

    For those of us who live in North Carolina, there is a special connection. Take a look at this lovely trailer + interview for This Is It ….

    BOOK TRAILER INTERVIEW

    Tell us a little bit about the trailer. It’s not the average book trailer for a picture book.

    I know, right? Well, I’ve always been interested in making films, so when THIS IS IT was
    acquired, I knew I wasn’t going to do an animated book trailer. Creating a live action book trailer
    would be the perfect opportunity to try filmmaking. I thought the idea of bringing my heroine to
    real life would be more impactful. To be honest, as a child, I wasn’t very interested in cartoons. I
    liked shows and movies with real people. It’s hard for me to believe there aren’t more kids out
    there like that. The book trailer is the prologue to the book, and you have to read the book to
    find out what happens next. It was a wonderful opportunity to create my first experience as a
    filmmaker.

    Who was some of the talent behind the scenes of the trailer?

    I enlisted the expertise of Patrick Lascu, a Los Angeles based filmmaker, and he put together a
    crew of amazing talent. He really went out of his way to involve me in the creative process. I
    learned a lot from him, and hope we can work together again in the near future.

    And in front of the camera, who plays the shadow?

    The shadow is played by my daughter, Jonah Marie. She is an aspiring ballerina who inspired the poem in THIS IS IT.

    Jonah, can you tell us a little bit about your ballet training?

    I train in Vaganova Ballet, a style of Russian ballet. I train about ten hours a week right now, and
    in the summer I attend summer intensives. Last summer, I attended Los Angeles Ballet School
    and next summer I will attend UNCSA’s classical ballet intensive.

    What was it like dancing as the shadow?

    It was really fun because I didn’t have to worry about being on the camera, but I was still a part
    of the trailer.

    Besides ballet, what are some of your other interests?

    I like fashion and baking.

    What are some of your dreams for the future?

    I would love to become a professional ballet dancer.

    The mom and the daughter—who plays those roles?

    The mom is played by Tanya Hill, and her daughter Jalyn Noelle. They are real mom and
    daughter, so the connection was natural.

    How did you go about finding Tanya and Jalyn?

    It was pretty unconventional actually. We call it a God story—one of those acts of Providence
    only God could orchestrate. Patrick and I were looking for actors, and reached out to a few casting directors, but we hadn’t found anyone who looked quite like the character in THIS IS IT.
    However, after a couple of weeks of unsuccessfully finding anyone, I was leaving a hotel in Buena Park, California when I drove by Tanya and Jalyn who were standing along the street at a crosswalk. Immediately, I was amazed at how much Jalyn looked like my heroine, so I pulled over. It wasn’t until I got out of my car to approach them, I realized Jalyn and Tanya were holding a homeless sign and asking for money.

    What did you do next?

    Truthfully, it caught me off-guard a little and probably out of nervousness, I commented on
    Tanya’s t-shirt, a North Carolina Panther’s shirt. I don’t really watch football, but I am a Cam
    Newton fan because of all the wonderful things he does for kids, so the first thing I said was
    something like “I’m a Cam Newton fan!” Awkward, right? So funny. But she said, “I am too!”
    Then, we Cam-dabbed together.
    Once the ice was broken, I told her I was an author/illustrator who wrote a book, and her
    daughter looked a lot like the character in my story. I asked her if she was interested in acting in
    my book trailer, and that was when Jalyn told me,“Of course, I’m an actor.” Tanya told me she was struggling after relocating to California from North Carolina. She cried tears of joy when I offered Jalyn the role. Then, I cried. Then, we celebrated by taking a selfie.

    We exchanged information, and Jalyn became my real life heroine. The best thing about it was I was
    able to compensate Jalyn for her talent.

    How are Jalyn and her mom doing now? Can you give us an update? Do you still keep in touch?

    Absolutely! We keep each other updated. Jalyn and her mom will be in my heart forever. They are doing wonderful. Shortly after our first meeting, I reached out to my aunt who lives in the LA area to find Tanya and Jalyn housing. She
    enlisted the help of Boys II Men singer, Nathan Morris who has a heart for helping the homeless.
    Together, we raised $9,000 in three days on GoFundMe. Jalyn and her mom moved back to the Carolinas. Jalyn is acting and attending school and mom is working as a manager of an optical gallery.

    Jalyn, what did you think about Daria asking you to be in her trailer?

    I felt excited because I wanted to be an actress and she just came in my life and helped me fulfill my dreams, and well, it was the first time I was on onset with cameras. I did NarroWay, A Christian theater in South Carolina, but it wasn’t like that.

    How was your experience? What was your favorite part?

    I loved the experience. It was a lot of fun doing it. My favorite part was learning ballet. It was the
    first time I ever tried it, but now I actually want to do ballet.

    What are you doing now?

    Well, I went back to NarroWay and now I’m doing a show called Not Just Another Love Story.

    What are some of your dreams for the future?

    One of my dreams is becoming a veterinarian. I love animals and I really want to help the homeless. I’ve been in that situation before, and it’s not fun.

    I am happy to host a book giveaway for one winner (who must be a US or Canadian resident) to receive a copy of THIS IS IT! Winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, February 23 at noon. Leave a comment below and answer the following:

    Why would you like to win this book? 📚

    Remember this book is not only good for little girls or aspiring dancers, you could gift this book to a child in your life or even a homeless shelter. Thank you for reading and entering. GOOD LUCK!

    “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair” @ncartmuseum Upcoming Events + Giveaway #NCMAEbony

    Have you seen the new exhibition at NCMA yet? Recently, I shared with you my Top 5 Reasons To Visit North Carolina Museum of Art Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair Exhibition and I wanted to follow up with some related events you do not want to miss! I also have a #SobeSavvyGiveaway for one lucky reader to win a girls night out to a special event that I will share at the end of this post. 

    Here are some upcoming events that I wanted to make sure you had on your radar to go check out. These popular ticketed events sell out quickly, so reserve your spot early! Visit mcartmuseum.org/ebony for more details.

    NCMA Fashion Show Ensembles on Display at Crabtree Valley Mall ~ Opening Reception Sat. Nov 11, 12-2pm

    Opening Event-Runway Fashion Show in Celebration of Inspiring Beauty | Photo Credit : NCMA

    The 12 ensembles from the opening night fashion show event in celebration of the NCMA’s fall exhibition Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair is on display from November 5th thru 17th at Crabtree Valley Mall.

    You’re invited to an opening reception to celebrate this pop-up on Saturday, November 11 from noon to 2 pm, where the designers will be floating around to talk and answer questions, as well as representatives from the NCMA.

    Shoppers will have the chance to see the ensembles and snap a photo in front of a life-size magazine cover. You’ll be able to get an up-close look at the looks, including the three winners of the evening, in a pop-up fashion show! Whether you missed the opening event or were able to attend, this is a great way to see those fabulous ensembles from North Carolina’s rising designers again.

    Located on Lower Level A near H&M, the looks will be on view each day during mall hours (Monday through Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday 12pm-7pm). This is a FREE EVENT and open to the public.

    Desiree M. Hendrick, North Carolina A+T State University – first place winner | Photo Credit : NCMA        

    Family Fun Saturday: Ready to Wear Art ~ Workshop Sat. Dec 9, 10 am-12p, 1-3pm  

    #outandaboutAva enjoys Family Fun Saturday: Couture Cloth workshop at NCMA

    There is something for everyone to enjoy and themes to explore while viewing this exhibit. Because I am a mom of a young fashionista, I was happy to see that NCMA had youth/family programming and workshops developed for Inspiring Beauty. On November 4th, my husband and our daughter enjoyed a Daddy-Daughter date at NCMA for Family Fun Saturday: Couture Cloth. Inspired by the colors and patterns found in the clothing on view in Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, families with children ages 5-11 created their own patterned and printed fabric to make a dynamic work of art! Our little one had so much fun using materials to stamp, write, iron and paint onto her own masterpiece.

    In December 9’s workshop, participants will cut, shape, and build a wearable artwork fit for the runway. This family friendly workshop is $5 for Members, $8 Nonmembers and held in the East Building, Education Studios.

    Young Artists at Work – Family Fun Saturday at NCMA

    SobeSavvy Tip: Let your college student know there is a Free College Night on Friday, November 17, 7-10pm. Admission is free with college ID. No ticket required. This event will pay homage to the five decades of fashion on view in Inspiring Beauty and will feature student work, contemporary dance, and a DJ. Students are encouraged to dress for the runway!

    Behind the Seams–Girls in Gowns in the Gallery ~ Special Event 

    Girls in Gowns in the Gallery at North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition ‘Inspiring Beauty’

    Grab your girls and get ready to twirl in your best gowns on Thursday, November 30 at 6:30 pm in the East Building for a special event~ “Behind the Seams–Girls in Gowns in the Gallery”.  You’ll have a chance to stroll the galleries, enjoy a cocktail, have your lip print analyzed, tour Inspiring Beauty and much more! . Cocktail and treats included. Event ends at 9pm.

    #SobeSavvyGiveaway: Behind the Seams–Girls in Gowns. One lucky winner and her guest will enjoy an ultimate girls night out! Enter SobeSavvy Giveaway>>>HEREWinner will be chosen randomnly on November 16, 2017. GOOD LUCK! 

    Be sure to follow @SobeSavvy, @NCartmuseum and share your experience on social media using hashtag #NCMAebony. I am excited to attend the ‘Behind the Seams–Gurls in Gowns in the Gallery’ and will be sure to share some highlights with you. Stay tuned and remember to support the arts!

    *UPDATE-CONGRATS TO MARTAMIQUE A. WINNER OF THIS #SobeSavvyGiveaway!*

    North Carolina Museum of Art

    East Building

    Meymandi Exhibition Gallery

    October 28, 2017- January 21, 2018

    #Raleigh, Win Tix To See @RLT1936 ‘s #GraceForPresident @NCmuseumofhistory #FamilyFun

    Grace for Presidenta play based on the book by Kelly S. DiPucchio, with illustrations by LeUyen Pham, is coming to the North Carolina Museum of History as part of the Raleigh Little Theatre Family Series. The book, music and lyrics for this production are by Joan Cushing and will run from October 13 thru October 22, 2017. *One lucky SobeSavvy reader will have a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to see the play on Friday Oct. 20, 2017, 7:30pm Entry details will be at end of this post.*

    If you are not familiar with this childrens book, it is an inspiring tale that empowers little girls! The whole family can enjoy this musical experience and follow Grace’s ambitions as the story unfolds. Here is the plot: 

    One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. “Where are the girls?” she asked, as her third-grade teacher rolls out a poster of all 44 U.S. presidents. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and inspires a school election. She seems the likely winner until the most popular boy runs against her. Through the throes of campaigning and pep rallies, service projects and posters, Grace and her classmates discover what it takes to be the best candidate and find the fun and hilarity in the wonderful world of politics!

    Tickets are available for purchase online or from box office at 919.821.3111 *Seating is General Admission

    SobeSavvy Tip: Go one hour before the show for a “Grace” inspired gallery hunt in the Museum, to create your own campaign button to take home and pose for a selfies as a future North Carolina Hall of Fame-er!

    #SobeSavvyGiveaway Details: In partnership with Raleigh Little Theatre, I am giving away 4 tickets for 1 winner to enjoy this family friendly show on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm . To enter, click >>>HERE. Winner will be chosen randomly on October 13. 

    Good Luck!   (..and be sure to stay tuned of my review of this show. I can’t wait to see this play with #outandaboutAva)

    North Carolina Museum of History

    Daniels Auditorium 

    5 East Edenton Street

    Raleigh, NC 

    *UpdateContest has ended. Congrats to Rada Mills! Thank you all for entering !*

    #Raleigh Event |10/18 @Whiskey_Kitchen #SupperClubNumber2 + Giveaway 🍴

    Whiskey Kitchen | Supper Club No. 2 | SobeSavvy.com

    What’s the first country that comes to mind when you hear the word Whisky?Ireland? Scotland? How about Japan?! Yes, the Japanese have quietly been making and distilling top notch whisky now for almost 100 years. The Japanese brand Yamazaki has a single malt that actually won “World Whisky of the Year” in 2014. 

    Got your attention yet? Good! As I have a special announcement about a fun foodie event you do not want to miss! The renowned Whiskey Kitchen is holding their second large scale celebration of whisky and food with a curated selection of rare Japanese whisky. Here are some additional details:

    YOU’RE INVITED ~

    WHERE: Whiskey Kitchen , Raleigh

    WHAT: Supper Club No. 2 |An Evening of Whisky, History, Food and Celebration

    WHEN: October 18, 2017  | 7:00 – 10:30 pm

    Purchase Tickets >>>> Here 

    SobeSavvy Giveaway:  One lucky SobeSavvy reader will be randomnly selected to win a pair of tickets to this exclusive one night only event. Click on this link >> here << and follow the instructions to enter. Contest ends on Monday October 9, 2017. 

    * There is a chance to enter via social media as well. Be sure to follow @SobeSavvy on Instagram for details as well as during the event photos and recap! * 

    Whiskey Kitchen | Supper Club No. 2 Event

    Join me and others as we raise our glasses to Japan’s finest offerings at Whiskey Kitchen! I am excited to learn more about Japan’s reinterpretation of a spirit I enjoy at a restaurant that always serves inspired cuisine with a southern flair. Hope to see you there! 

    Gannbatte Kudasi“..that means Good Luck in Japanese !

    *Contest has ended. Congrats to Andrea Bates ! Hope you enjoy !*

    WHISKEY KITCHEN

    201 W Martin St.

    Raleigh, NC 27601

    Recap|Open House @HubbsCornMaze + Enter Giveaway to win #familyfun day! #10yearsofhubbs #VisitNCFarms

    On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 SobeSavvy.com was invited to join Media, Corporations and County Officials to Hubb’s Farm & Corn Maze Open House with Lunch on the Farm. It was my first time visiting their farm, located in Clinton, NC, and I (along with my guest Cecilia from Food Diary of a City Girl) had a blast! Take a look at the youtube video below to see how we all embraced our inner child at the Open House!

    https://youtu.be/n0thUhdNNUY

    I’m giving one lucky reader a chance to have a blast with their family and win a ‘Crops of Fun’ day this Fall at Hubb’s Farm and enjoy their upcoming family events. (Keep reading for details on how to enter the giveaway.) But first let me share with you why Hubb’s Farm should be on your to -do list of Fall Fun activities.

    Hubb’s Farm ‘Crops of Fun’

    Hubb’s Farm 10th annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze is under way with two new additions to the popular attraction – Paydirt Pete’s Treasure Mine, where visitors “mine” for treasures, and a mini zip line. During the open house, we all had a chance to experience all the activities but mining for treasure was unique. I not only hit ‘paydirt’ but got to take the gemstones I learned about and discovered home with me as a nice souvenir.

    Paydirt Pete’s Treasure Mine at Hubb’s Farm

      

    Mini Zipline at Hubb’s Farm

    The 10-acre corn maze promotes this year’s theme: Carolina Gold Rush, celebrating the discovery of gold in America, which occurred in North Carolina. Hubb’s Farm bills itself as “Growing Crops of Fun,” with activities that include a pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn hayride, a double-barrel 17-foot giant slide, a giant jump pillow, Rope Mountain, Cranky the Combine, Animal Acres, “Crops of Fun” Play Land, Toddler Town, Giant Sand Box, House of Corn, Human Foosball, the Hubb’s Express Train Ride, a covered picnic area and more. I especially appreciated how clean the farm was and how thoughtful they were to include a ‘Baby Hubb’ area for new moms to have a comfortable place of their own!

    The Baby Hubb at Hubb’s Farm

    Now that you know some of what to expect at Hubb’s Farm, make plans to attend the Fall Festival event, held each weekend through Nov. 11 with the farm opening on Fridays from 6-10 p.m., Saturdays from noon-10 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. In addition to the fun themed weekend activities, Hubb’s Farm promotes education with school tours for kindergarden-3rd graders in the fall and spring. Each school tour includes educational elements from history to math.

    Events at Hubb’s Farm

    Themed weekends include: Hay Bale Festival, Sept. 23-24; First Responders’ Weekend with Blood Drive, Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Thank A Farmer Weekend and Overalls Pageant, Oct. 7-8; Pirate Invasion, Oct. 14-15; Freedom USA Weekend, Oct. 21-22; Scarecrow Express and Halloween at Hubb’s, Oct. 28-29; Tough As A Farmer Competition, Nov. 4; Smashing Pumpkins Sunday, Nov. 5; and Last Dance, Nov. 11. 

    Map of Hubb’s Farm

    It was a pleasure to meet Tammy and John Peterson, who started Hubb’s Corn Maze shortly after the birth of their son, Luke, 10 years ago. Tammy grew up on the farm, but John had never been to a corn maze. “We are creative people and we were asking ourselves, ‘What can we do for a youngster?” and also, we knew there was a lack of things to do in Sampson County. We wanted something for families to do.” Being the creative people that they are, the corn maze evolved into “Crops of Fun,” a whirlwind of entertainment activities involving three seasons – fall, Christmas and spring. 

    Tammy Peterson speaks to media guests during Hubb’s Farm Open House

              
    SobeSavvy Tip :  Make sure to shop for your pumpkins while on the farm. They have many varieties and great prices!

    Pumpkins for Sale at Hubb’s Farm

    Now that you have learned about how great Hubb’s Farm is, check out the giveaway details:

    #SobeSavvyGIVEAWAY – One reader will win (1) Family Pass Silver-good for a one day visit to Hubb’s Farm Fall Festival and Corn Maze Sept. 16- Nov., 11, 2017
    Click>>HERE<< to enter. Contest ends 9/27 and winner will be chosen randomly. 

    #SobeSavvyGiveaway to Hubb’s Farm for the day!

    For more information, contact the farm at www.hubbsfarmnc.com . I look forward to returning with my family and hope you are inspired to check out Hubb’s Farm, one of the state’s largest agri-tourism farms, this Fall! Don’t forget to spread the word and enter the giveaway.

    GOOD LUCK! *Giveaway has ended. Congrats to K.Massey and family! Enjoy!*

    Hubb’s Farm

    10276 US Hwy 421 N

    Clinton, NC 28328 

    info@hubbsfarmnc.com

    910.564.6709

    Special thanks to Hubb’s Farm for hosting us and partnering with SobeSavvy.com to facilitate this awesome giveaway!

    Leslie H. ,Founder SobeSavvy.com ~Posing with Pumpkins at Hubb’s Farm

    #Raleigh, Grab Your Tribe & Get Ready to Run the @colorvibe5k on 9/16 + GIVEAWAY for 2 #ColorVibe Tix! 

    Disclaimer:  SobeSavvy.com is partnering with The Color Vibe, who is providing 1 lucky reader TWO FREE tickets to participate in the most #VIBErant 5K run!

    Hey Raleigh! It’s time to lace up your running shoes and get ready to bring your coloful spirit to the Color Vibe 5K, Good Vibes Tour 2017!  Me and my #HeighPartyof3 plan to join others for this 5K Fun Run/Walk taking place on 9/16/17. 

    For a limited time (expires soon), you can REGISTER early and get 60 % off tickets NOW. You don’t want to miss out on this fun running event that inspired people to live a more active life! 


    Here’s why you should do THIS run :

    • It’s for the entire family. toddler and grandparents are all welcome. Kids 1 to 12 run for FREE !
    •  A portion your registration fee goes toward local charities and non profit organizations.
    •  The only competition is who can have the most FUN ! There are no shoe race timing chips or checking your stop watch. This is for FUN FUN FUN.
    • Free Hair coloring ! End the race looking like a rainbow or a purple people eater. You will literally LOL when you look at yourself when it is over.


    #SobeSavvyGiveaway Details: One Lucky Reader will get a chance to win 2 FREE Tickets to this years’s
    Color Vibe 5K held at the Triangle Town Center Mall on Saturday Sept
    16. Just comment below why you want to go for (1) entry and head over to Instagram and Follow @SobeSavvy for details on how to get an additonal entry. Look for this picture and leave comment there also! *winner will be chosen at random on Sept 12 at noon*

    Good Luck and see you at the Color Vibe!

    Win 2 VIP Tix to #BeerBourbonBBQ @DrinkEatRelax in #Cary #NC on Sat July 29 ! #sobesavvygiveaway

      

    It’s ‘Win It Wednesday’ today on SobeSavvy.com and I have 2 VIP Tickets to giveaway to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival happening on Saturday, July 29th noon – 6pm at Town of Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre – Cary, NC ! Winner will be selected randomly on Monday July 17.

    How to Enter: 

    1. Subscribe to SobeSavvy.com and be the first to know about giveaways/ fun places to go! 

    2. Comment below why you want to go!  

    So what does the winning ticket get you? Early Entry into a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, and barbeque eatin’. You/a guest will receive a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day. In addition to the all of the features above, the VIP Bacon and Whole Hog Session offers 2 extra hours of sampling, specialty beers and bourbons, a goodie bag, and other surprises. 

    Items Allowed
    Lawn Chairs (any height)
    Blankets
    Rain Coats & Ponchos
    Cameras
    One bottle of Factory Sealed water

    Bring: Cash*Valid ID


    Prohibited Items
    Weapons
    Umbrellas                                            
    Pets 

    This festival is fun for foodies, beer and bourbon lovers. {Check out my post HERE of past event recap} Families are welcome (in fact, kids 12 & UNDER ARE FREE. However, this event is not designed for children. They are welcome but you will find very little of interest to them. Other perks of this event: General parking is free and it’s for a good cause! A portion of event proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation. 

    If you want to get your pig out on all weekend, there is a Friday Night Whole Hog Pig Pickin’ event from 6pm-10pm . Be sure to check out the variety of Admission options and ticket prices for Saturday also. For more details and ticket information, go to:  http://beerandbourbon.com/cary/show-info

    60 BEERS, 40 BOURBONS + Lots of BBQ awaits ….so Enter Now!  GOOD LUCK! 

    SobeSavvy Tip: Be sure to Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SobeSavvy to see fun event photos and get information in real time @BeerBourbonBBQ / @DrinkEatRelax – Don’t forget to use #beerbourbonbbq when posting! Hope to see you there!