Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, Deals and Giveaways from Local NC Businesses

Hello May! There is no doubt that we are thankful for each month, each day but as Mother’s Day rapidly approaches on Sunday, May 10, I can only wonder how to celebrate. My Mom is in another state and with the Stay at Home order, we are staying safely away from each other while sending many virtual kisses and hugs and making the most of online chats. In the midst of it all, it is important for us Moms to celebrate our hardwork and dedication as we all try to balance work life, married life, homeschool life, and parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though this Mother’s Day 2020 will undoubtedly be different, we should take the time to recognize us Moms! I am happy to share these fun and budget-friendly ways to celebrate Moms while taking the opportunity to show appreciation to our local NC businesses throughout the Triangle and beyond! Check out these discounts, deals and giveaways to help you make it a special day (see details below and enter on IG @SobeSavvy) ! Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, Deals and Giveaways from Local NC Businesses

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โ€ข Tired of cooking? Get Sunday Brunch to Go at STIR + use special discount code SOBESAVVY10 for 10% off your order

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Dads, bring it home to MAMA and get #STIRToGo for Brunch ๐Ÿ“@stirraleighnc Ordering is simple and easy! You just place your order online and then select what day and time you'd like to pick it up. Plus, ๐ŸŽ‰Use SOBESAVVY10, for 10% off your orders๐ŸŽ‰ They are serving lunch, dinner, Saturday & Sunday Brunch and offering a special Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner to go. With so many delicious takeout options like The Breakfast Burger served with hand cut fries, fresh, shucked to order oysters and a Kid's Brunch menu, the whole family will be smiling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, STIR has partnered with #FeedTheFight to provide meals to first-responders and charities being affected by COVID-19. People donate meals to first-responders and charities via STIR's website. After a donation is made, STIR makes the meal and delivers it to the local first-responders or Raleigh charities.โค . . . #StirRaleigh #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #SundayBrunch #WeekendBrunch #BrunchtoGo #SundayFunday #brunchlover #brunchathome #RaleighFood #RaleighNC #RaleighRestaurants #VisitNorthHills #MothersDay #MothersDayBrunch #RaleighBlogger #NCBlogger #NCoysters #oysters #raleighfoodblogger #nomnom #foodblogger #lifestyleblogger #familyblogger #discountcode #foodiesofinstagram #blackfoodbloggers #trifoodies

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โ€ข Take her on a Pizza Picnic with Coronato Pizza + enter Giveaway for Mom to win FREE pizza

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๐ŸŽ‰ENTER TO WIN FREE PIZZA FOR MOM from @coronatopizza! Give Mom what she deserves a pizza all to herself! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿงบ๐Ÿ˜ My husband & daughter planned this pre-Mother's Day pizza picnic and I had my favorite FUNGHI. I love the Roman style pizza dough and how the crust is thin, crunchy and cooked to perfection. The ingredients are always fresh and the taste is always great! Thank you for being open for takeout and delivery โค Rules To Enter: 1. FOLLOW @sobesavvy @coronatopizza๐Ÿ’• 2. TAG a friend that loves pizza ๐Ÿ• 3. LIKE this photo ๐Ÿ™‚ โญBONUS entries for each friend tagged and /or sharing this post to your feed or stories. This giveaway will run from Saturday 5/2/20 and end Wednesday 5/6/20 at 6pm EST . Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via DM. *This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram and is only open to US residents. GOOD LUCK โค . . . #SobeSavvy #Coronatopizza #romanpizza #carrboronc #pizzaislife #nceats #eatlocal #sobesavvygiveaway #giveaway #pizza #picnic #gifting #chcbfoodies #pizzalover #Raleighblogger #NCblogger #soNCsavvy #ncfoodbloggers #foodblogger #discoverunder5k #visitcarrboro #visitchapelhill #lifestyleblogger #maygiveaway #coronatocommunity #takeoutforthetriangle #carrborofoodies #pizzaoftheday #mothersdaygiftideas #takeout

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โ€ข Treat her to some selfcare with organic skincare products from Nailah Shea + use discount code SOBESHEA2020
for 15% of purchases of $30 or more

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โ€ข Schedule a Front Porch Portrait Session by Images by Amber Robinson and take advantage of the Mother’s Day Special ..available until May 10th!

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Hey dads! Kids wonโ€™t be bringing home hand made crafts for Motherโ€™s Day from school this year, meaning gifts are ALL ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ UP ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ TO ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ YOU ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ But donโ€™t worry, Iโ€™ve got you covered with the one thing that EVERY mom want…. a family portrait with her kiddos ๐Ÿ“ธ Iโ€™ve got two amazing deals that will have any gift giver looking like a winner this Motherโ€™s Day!! ๐Ÿ’ Check out my stories and the links in my bio for the inside scoop, and tag a dad who needs to read this! . . . . . #mothersday #safeathome #homeschool #mothersdaygift #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #spreadjoynotgerms #stayathome #alonetogether #bettertogether #raleighfamilyphotographer #ilovemom #imagesbyamberr #raleighweddingphotographer #raleigh #wedding #photographer #raleighwedding #raleighphotographer #weddingphotographer #ncwedding #ncweddingphotographer #destinationweddingphotographer #blackfemalephotographer #heartofncweddings #letsgetmarried #weregettingmarried #isaidyes

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โ€ข Light up her life with a scented candle from Bright Black Candle + get free shipping & 10% off with code “happymoms” on all orders through Motherโ€™s Day 5/10

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Iโ€™m baaaaaaack!!! And where did I go, pray tell? Well, Iโ€™ve mostly been in the bed. Sick. After a few days, I engaged my doctors and they said it was the flu. It was B. A. D. So bad that I didnโ€™t work all week (completely not like me!). So bad that Dariel had to come home early to pick up the little one because my body hurt from head to toe and I couldnโ€™t move. Luckily Iโ€™m on the up and up. Had my first meal since Sunday last night. Feeling slightly more energetic today. Going to take it slowly throughout the rest of the week and hopefully hit the ground running on Monday. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ Naturally being sick and reading about the rapid progression of the coronavirus, health and disruptions to health have been on my mind. Iโ€™ve been praying for those who have been battling the coronavirus and for those taking care of those with the virus. Iโ€™ve been thinking about how traumatic mass loss of life is for society, and wondering what the psychological effects of this pandemic are going to be for us and generations to come. And admittedly, selfishly, Iโ€™ve been thinking about our business. Weโ€™ve worked to stabilize our supply chain (kinda sorta), which is great. But whatโ€™s more troubling is that in all likelihood the markets weโ€™ve been accepted to this spring will be canceled. That was our lifeline to the fall. This is terrifying but this is also where faith and smarts and community and resourcefulness and and and come in. In my gut, I know that everything will be ok, but when I play this scenario out, it ainโ€™t pretty. In fact, itโ€™s pretty bleak. Sorry to be a Debbie downer, but I wanted to explain the IG/FB silence and also share a bit about some of the coronavirus dynamics that will likely never make the news. Sending all of yโ€™all healing, healthful energy! #pleasewashyourhands ๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ˜Š โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข #brightblack #brightblackcandles #candles #comeshinewithus #flu #coronavirus #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #durm #durhamnc #bullcity #nc #welovenc #kingston #jamaica #kingstonjamaica #entrepreneurlife #entrepreneurship #entrepreneurmindset #supportsmallbusiness #womeninbusiness #blackownedbusiness #shopsmall #familybusiness #supportlocalbusiness #discoverdurham #meditate

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โ€ข Enter to win her a $100 National Pawn Gift Card

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April Showers Bring May Flowers and… GIVEAWAYS! โค Remember when I treated myself for Valentine's Day and got this cute, red Michael Kors tote bag from National Pawn? Now, it's time to treat yourself and enter this โญ GIVEAWAY for $100 Gift Card to National Pawn โญ I am excited to share that National Pawn's founder, Bob Moulton is generously giving back to the community and I am teaming up to gift a $100 Gift Card to one of my followers. This gift card can be used at any of their locations (there's 16 locations across NC) for something fun like a handbag, jewelry, pandora charms, a musical instrument or a necessity like a laptop, a camera, or gift it to a Mom for Mother's Day! โค Rules To Enter: 1. FOLLOW @sobesavvy @nationalpawnshops ๐Ÿ’• 2. TAG a friend that loves shopping ๐Ÿ› 3. LIKE this photo ๐Ÿ™‚ โญBONUS entries for each friend tagged and /or sharing this post to your feed or stories. This giveaway will run from Friday 5/1/20 and end Tuesday 5/5/20 at 6pm EST . Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via DM. *This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram and is only open to US residents. GOOD LUCK โค #SobeSavvy #nationalpawn #sobesavvygiveaway #giveaway #nationalpawnshops #gifting #raleighnc #shopping #Raleighblogger #NCblogger #soNCsavvy #shoplocalraleigh #michaelkors #luxurybags #totebag #redpurse #bag #purse #michaelkorsbag #ootd #discoverunder5k #RaleighNC #lifestyleblogger #Raleighmoms #shopping #michaelkorstote #aprilshowers #helloMay #maygiveaway

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Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10th. I encourage you to support local businesses and celebrate your Mother, your Mom friends and the Mom in you too! Know of any local deals, discounts or giveaways happening and want to share? Please do in the comments below. โค Thanks for reading and sharing!

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

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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 ๐Ÿ†•๏ธ 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 relationshipsโ€ฆAnd 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 bestsellerโ€˜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. โ€œ80% of relationships are unhealthy. My work, and this book, will help to change these statistics starting right now!โ€ ~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 ๐Ÿ†•๏ธ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.” ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸฝAvailable 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 Stefanieโ€™s work, you can find it by watching >>here..๐Ÿ‘€ 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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12 Books To Read For A New Year, New You In 2020 @MangoPublishing #FridayReads #Booksof2020

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is the year 2020?! One of the things I am committing to is reading more as well as putting my selfcare back on my to do list as a priority. I plan to take this whole month off from writing on the blog/social media to reset, refocus and READ! I have a goal to finish a book a month and have picked out 12 BOOKS TO READ FOR A NEW YEAR, NEW YOU! Here are some books (in no special order) that spoke to me either because of the inspiring title or the subject matter is relatable, it aligns with goals I have for the year or for no rhyme or reason, it just looked interesting. All these books can be found on the Mango Publishing website >>here and are also available on Amazon!

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1. Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Features true stories of women who made history in their lives and careers and changed the world!

2. Heart, Sass & Soul: Journal Your Way to Inspiration and Happiness by Greta Solomon

Provides tips on how to develop a writing practice by journaling and freewriting to bring you a deeper level of self-awareness.

3. Gratitude With Attitude: How Journaling Thankfulness For Just 5 Minutes A Day Can Change Your Life by Ronnie Walter

Use this 5 minute journal to create a space to grow in gratitude.

4. 20 Things I Know For Sure: Principles For Cultivating A Peaceful Life by Karen Casey

Life lessons and a collection of essays shared by a much loved self-help author.

5. The Lighten Up Book: Affirmations and Insights to Inspire Health and Happiness by Allen Klein

Inspirations Words and endless encouragement from this collection of quotes.

6. Real Life Mindfulness: Meditations for a Calm and Quiet Mind by Becca Anderson

Sharpen your senses, find serenity and make room for life by practicing real life mindfulness.

7. Getting My Bounce Back: How I Got Fit, Healthier, and Happier (And You Can, Too) by Carolee Belkin Walker

Learn how to make time for exercise and get inspired to get fit, healthy and happier.

8. The Joy Of Minimalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness with Less by Zoey Arielle Poulsen

This book teaches you how to live with less and rediscover the freedom of having less is actually having more!

9. Happy Healthy You: Your Total Wellness Toolkit for Renewing Body, Soul and Mind by KJ Landis

Includes tangible strategies and simple techniques for reclaiming ultimate wellness

10. Every Day Thankful: 365 Blessings, Graces and Gratitudes by Becca Anderson

Daily Reflections and Inspirational Prayers. See why this is the #1 Amazon New Release!

11. 8 To Your Ideal Weight: Release Your Weight and Restore Your Power In 8 Weeks by MK Meuller

Learn how to Reboot, Restore, Release, Reshape, Regain, and Reach your ideal weight.

12. Tea-spiration: Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers by Lu Ann Pannunzio

A great gift for tea lovers or anyone who can appreciate the simple Joy’s in life.

Do you have your reading list for 2020 yet? If not, I hope you are inspired by something on this list. Is there a book that spoke to you? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks and Happy Reading!๐Ÿ“š

PS..if you are looking for me, my head will be in a book! See ya in Februaryโค
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Last Minute Gifts for the Mind, Body & Soul


There are just 13 days left until Christmas 2019 …are you ready or are you like me and still shopping? Well don’t panic because I have some last minute gift ideas that could be fun for anyone! I like giving items that promote self-care and are good for the Mind, Body and Soul. Check out these gift ideas ๐ŸŽ :

MIND |Give the Gift of Strategic Games


The holidays are the perfect time to gather with family and have fun playing games. Create laughter ( which is good for the soul ) and exercise your mind with these strategic card games: “Llamas Unleashed” , Unstable Unicorns” and a new fan favorite, ” Runes & Regulations” , which is a strategic card game that combines the aggressiveness of a hoarde of dragons with the passive-aggressiveness of a suburban unicorn. These games are available on Amazon.com and ar sure to be instant classics that will create lasting memories. 

Who is this gift perfect for?  Since these games are for ages 14 and up, I would gift this to a teenager, an adult with teenagers, or anyone who likes to play games or entertain others in their home.

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BODY | Give the Gift of Luxury Skincare


Tis the season to fight against dry skin and get your holiday glow on! That’s why a beauty box from SkinStore, one of US’s leading online sources for luxury skincare and beauty would be an awesome idea. They have launched a Limited Edition Evergreen Holiday Collection for the season that is filled with 10 full and deluxe sizes products that you can use on your body. I really love the packaging, which can be used for storage now and later. Featured brands such as Rodial, Aesop, Christophe Robin and Caudalie and more are included! For the full product list and more details on how to buy a box, go to Skinstore.com.

Who is this gift perfect for? ME! Seriously, ladies it is ok to gift yourselves. I would also give this to a Mom friend, a female coworker or anyone who loves skincare and beauty products.

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UNBOXING | Limited Edition Evergreen Holiday Collection Thank you @skinstore for gifting me this beauty box filled with 10 full / deluxe sizes of quality skincare and beauty products from featured brands. Ladies, don't you just love the chic seasonal packaging to store our beauty finds in?! Plus, it is filled with holiday treats your skin needs! Order yours from Skinstore.com ๐Ÿ˜˜ . . . . #skinstore #skincare #beauty #selfcare #treatyoself #wellnesswednesday #wellnessgifts #holidaygifts #giftideasforher #healthyskin #beautifulskin #luxuryskincare #beautyproducts #unboxing #beautycare #SobeSavvy #lifestyleblogger #beautyblogger #ncblogger #raleighblogger #over40blogger

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SOUL | Give the Gift of Journaling


Writing in a journal is good for the mind and soul because it is an excellent way to write all about your day and express yourself. The editors of Quiet Fox Designs have such an amazing variety of both guided & blank journals and have recently made an adorable Sloth Journal. With cute and cuddly sloth cover designs and 96 blank pages to fill however you please- from doodling and drawing to writing and journaling- let this be a gift to someone that would enjoy this as a creative outlet to relax, collect their thoughts and feel inspired! This journal can be found on Amazon.com or www.FoxChapelPublishing.com

Who is this gift perfect for?  Anyone and everyone! Journaling can benefit us all. I found this cute sloth lip gloss in Big Lots and plan to pair it with the Sloth Journal and gift it to a sloth lover I know.

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MIND + BODY + SOUL| Give the Gift of Tea


Some say if you want to connect your mind, body and soul, just have a cup of tea and it will benefit all 3! I have the perfect last-minute stocking stuffer gift which would be a box of Wissotzky Tea! Family-owned since 1849, Wissotzky is beloved throughout the world for its superior blends of the highest quality  teas and infusions. Every bag of Wissotzky Tea contains 100% natural tea and hand-selected herbs and spices for a full-bodied, GMO-free, certified kosher tea drinking experience. Recently, I was introduced to one of their exotic mint teas called Simply Nana Teas.
Nana Mint is naturally sweet and refreshing and uses an exotic North Middle Eastern Mint only found in the Mediterranean region. Thanks to Wissotsky Tea, we can now enjoy this variety of all-natural mint tea served hot or cold right here in the U.S.  Choose any or all of the following and get “Nanified” :

  • Simply Nana Mint Black Tea
  • Simply Nana Mint Green Tea
  • Simply Nana Mint Herbal Lemon Tea
  • Simply Nana Mint Herbal Ginger Tea
  • Simply Nana Mint Herbal Chamomile Tea

Who is this gift perfect for?  Everyone and Anyone! Gift your favorite tea lover, present as a hostess gift or someone who can appreciate a great cup or glass of tea. I am going to be hosting a Holiday Tea party and plan to feature these teas to my guest as well as gift as a giveaway!

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Thank you for reading and remember  no need to stress and feel pressured to gift everyone. If you have forgotten someone on your list or just have not had time to find the perfect present, I hope these were some helpful ideas.
Need some help for the guy who likes simple pleasures.  ICYMI..check out my Guy’s Gift Guide>> here.

What would you choose from this list to gift yourself or someone ? Please share in the comments below & Happy Gifting ๐ŸŽ 

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Here Is Why You Should Get Your Next Eye Exam & Eyewear At MyEyeDr.

Here Is Why You Should Get Your Next Eye Exam & Eyewear At MyEyeDr.

Here Is Why You Should Get Your Next Eye Exam & Eyewear At MyEyeDr. | By SobeSavvy.com

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by MyEyeDr. ALL opinions and reviews expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am a 46 year old mom and wife, who shares the savvy of life here on my lifestyle blog, SobeSavvy.com. One thing I love to do is share with you savvy tips as well as real life experiences that can help you too. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Opening of MyEyeDr. located in the Midtown East shopping center near the new Wegmans Food Market in Raleigh.

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When was the last time you had an eye exam and fun at the same time? For me it was TODAY at the GRAND OPENING of @MyEyeDr at @visitmidtowneast * [near the ๐Ÿ†•๏ธ Drybar, Wegmans] #MEDMidtown #midtowneastraleigh ———– To celebrate its first #Raleigh luxury office, they had a family friendly tailgate-style event with a lemonade bar, free food, a photobooth, games and prizes! Check out my #instastories to see more of the #fun and help me choose a new pair of #eyeglasses. Cast your VOTE for your favorite #eyewear collection ๐Ÿ˜Ž ————- This location is accepting WALK-IN appointments and offers exclusive eyewear collections by Versace, Tiffany + stop by to preview Reese Witherspoonโ€™s 2019 Fall Collection @DraperJames and more. I will be sharing more about my eye exam experience and reveal which glasses I chose soon! Stay tuned!

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It had been too long since I had my last eye exam, so I decided to have one at MyEyeDr. after learning that location accepts walk-in appointments. Overall, it was a truly wonderful visit and the best experience I have ever had at an optometry and eye care center! Here Is Why You Should Get Your Next Eye Exam & Eyewear At MyEyeDr.

PATIENT-FOCUSED

As a blogger, content creator and someone who uses the computer daily working remotely as a medical coder, I must admit I spend a whole lot of time in front of a screen. At MyEyeDr., their whole patient centric approach allowed me to talk about my lifestyle. Learning my daily uses for glasses and contacts helped them determine my needs as well as wants. That was refreshing in a world where usually “the experts” do all the talking! MyEyeDr. asks the question to each patient ..”What do your eyes need to do today?” and then provides the solution based on your answer!

QUALITY EYECARE SERVICE

MyEyeDr. utilized amazing technology during my comprehensive eye exam, however a doctor will still perform a thorough exam just to make sure all is well plus fine tune your prescription as needed. But before seeing the doctor, you will be seen by a technician who will perform various diagnostic and sight testing. They will also ask about any medical conditions or medications. This is very important since so many different conditions can affect eye health and eye sight. I was very comfortable during my exam so much so that I felt like I was getting a pampering service for my eyes!

Part of the cutting edge technology that MyEyeDr. uses to obtain the best and most accurate data to determine eye health is their digital Retinal Screening. This allows the doctor to actually see the veins and blood flow in the eye and cornea. It is like something from a Sci-Fi movie! To actually see my eyeball like never before had me in awe.

STYLISH EYEWEAR BRANDS

As soon as you walk into this bright and airy office, frame choices galore adorn most of the walls with all the trendy and recognizable brands but they also have a wide range of exclusive frames for those seeking more high end eyewear.

This new MyEyeDr. location differs from the other locations in the Triangle because it is the first Raleigh luxury office! This means they have an expanded selection of designer eyewear collections by Michael Kors, Burberry, Tiffany, Versace and more! They even have a new exciting line of eyewear called Draper James, an eyewear brand that is the brainchild of actress Reese Witherspoon. Stop by to get a peek of her new Fall 2019 collection. So many cute styles but I have my eye on pair with pearl details.

With so many stylish frames, I was happy to have MyEyeDr.’s Eyewear Consultants available to provide a one-on-one styling session. They helped me decide on the best frames for my lens size and face shape. It was so much fun being apart of my very own eyewear fashion show!

CONVENIENT,AFFORDABLE

MyEyeDr. has eye doctors in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Midwest United States. They offer personalized service and care for patients of all ages and they ACCEPT ALL INSURANCES. Since eye care is an ongoing need (the doctor reminded me an eye exam is needed once every year) they also accept Care Credit, which is a healthcare personal credit card that allows you to make monthly payments as you would on any other credit card. MyEyeDr. also offers a special Contact Lens Reward Program. Free Shipping of new contact lenses and free replacement of torn/lost contact lenses are just a few of the perks.

Although I wear contacts more frequently, I can not wait to get my new eyeglasses next week. I did a fun poll on my Instagram page and asked viewers to select their favorite frames for me. Which is your fave for me …A…B..or C?

My experience with MyEyeDr. was such a pleasure and everyone I encountered was not only kind to me and my family but passionate about eyecare. No matter your style and budget, MyEyeDr. is the name you can count on for all of your vision health needs. I won’t neglect my eyes again and neither should you. Book your appointment>>here TODAY!

Have you tried MyEyeDr.? Share your experience in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

MyEyeDr.

#BeautyFinds | Five Summer Beauty Essentials Under $15

Summer Beauty Essentials Under $15 | SobeSavvy.com

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Summertime for me means:

โ€ข random family road trips (like the one we took this Father’s Day Weekend to Asheville,NC to see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. (Catch a glimpse of it’s beauty in my instastories on Instagram)

โ€ข finding ways to beat the heat

โ€ข enjoying more outdoor fun!

Today on the blog, SobeSavvy.com, I am sharing some Summer Beauty Essentials that will help you stay fresh, dry, protect you from harsh sun and make those bugs fly on by!
Since they are all under $15, you can save money and have more to spend on summertime fun!

* John Friedaยฎ Beach Blonde Sea Wavesยฎ Sea Salt Spray, $10.99

I am by no means a natural blonde, but I do have a fun wig that I rock sometimes in the summer. You can get the ultimate beach waves with Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. Infused with an ocean-fresh coconut fragrance, this sea-salt spray provides subtle volume and fullness for an effortless, matte-textured style. Suitable for all hair types and shades, including color-treated hair. Shake well before use and mist product thoroughly into towel dried or dry hair, combing through to distribute.

*Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin, $14

Yesterday, my family hit the hiking trails but not without applying Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard! I definitely won’t leave home without this. Donโ€™t let bugs get in the way of your summer fun. Protect your family when mosquitoes are most active with this fast-drying, dependable insect repellent. The non-greasy, DEET-free formulas provide long-lasting protection against deer ticks (that may transmit Lyme disease) and mosquitoes (that may transmit West Nile Virus). Available as Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly Towelettes. Available at http://www.avon.com.

* Nubian Heritage’s 24-Hour Aluminum-Free Deodorants, $8.99

I love using Nubian Heritage’s line of skincare and bath products. They use organic, fair trade shea butter as well as other natutal ingredients. Their deodorants are available in seven of the brand’s best-selling all-natural fragrances, as a healthier alternative to feeling fresh and smelling great! Available at The Vitamin Shoppe and online at vitamineshoppe.com.

* Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush, $9.38

Good things really do come in small packages! The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag. Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks. Itโ€™s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun. Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair. Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail. Available at HotheadsHairbrush.com.

* Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist, $10

The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecaryโ€™s Deep Sea Body Mist isโ€ฆthe water. Found at 3000โ€™ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium. A few simple spritzs to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes. It comes in 2 ounce sizes and available at HawaiianBodyProducts.com.

I packed some of these products in my travel bag along with a few of my everyday beauty essentials. Perhaps these products will make it into your suitcase to kick off Summer 2018!

Have you tried any of these products before? Do you have a summer beauty essential product that travels everywhere with you? Share below and Happy Summer 2018!

4 Reasons To Have a #DayDate for #ValentinesDay at @iPOLISHED Nail Bar #Raleigh #GetPolishedRDU

Hello February! Did you know it was Creative Romance Month? That’s right, you don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to celebrate your love or show off your romance skills, you can start now! If you are in NC, I have just the place you should go: Polished Nail Bar! In a previous post, I shared highlights of the Grand Opening event of Raleigh’s newest premier nail and waxing salon located in downtown’s hip Glenwood South District. I have been back on my own and with a good friend but today I surprised my best friend/husband with a visit to Polished Nail Bar for a pampering day date. While there are so many reasons to come here for a date, take a look at my Top Four:

1. LUXURY PEDICURE THRONES

Sit back, relax and enjoy your luxury pedicure on a throne fit for a King and Queen! Those chairs, along with the decor, are not only appealing to the eye but you can set it to massage your back while you receive your services.

2. COMPLIMENTARY MIMOSAS

Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks..and Mimosas are available for free with your services. While relaxing on your pedicure throne, imagine sipping on mimosas and then a hand appears to refill your glass! Refills are complimentary too…just remember to drink responsibly.

3. GREAT VARIETY OF OPI COLORS

As soon as you walk in take notice of the variety of colors from nail polish brands such as OPI and Essie. You can find the latest in OPI nail polish colors, like the new Lisbon Collection. I can definitely see me selecting any of those in the Spring but today I chose a purple color for #MyVioletValentine series (that I’ll be sharing more about soon..so stay tuned!)

4. COUPLE-FRIENDLY

Just like us, this lovely pair was there enjoying a pampering moment. Women, as well as Men (and little divas too) are welcomed. My husband commented on how comfortable he was and appreciated the cleanliness. We definitely will be coming back to Polished Nail Bar!

SobeSavvy Tip: Looking for Valentine’s Day gift idea? Gift Certificates are available. For a complete list of services, visit ipolished.com. Follow on Facebook at Polished Nail Bar RDU, Instagram @polished_nail_bar, and Twitter @iPolished.

Polished Nail Bar

222 Glenwood Avenue Suite 105

Raleigh,NC 27603

919.615.0092 | http://www.IPOLISHED.com

Open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Must Have ‘New Year,New You’ #Skincare from @Belli_Beauty @DesertHarvest & @KneippUSA

We are one month into 2018 and I have been doing alot of studying as well as adapting more selfcare habits and updating my skincare routine. In the winter when skin tends to get dry and flakey, I take the necessary steps to treat my skin (and hair) with these Must Have Natural ‘New Year, New You’ Bath & Beauty Products from Belli BEAUTY, Desert Harvest and Kneipp!

Belli BEAUTY

The New Year is all about out with the old and in with new right?! Belli has physician-formulated skin care products like exfoliating scrubs for sweeping away dead skin cells and debris to reveal the fresh new layer beneath. This skincare line focuses on ingredient safety giving expectant and new mothers piece of mind. It’s pure and planet-friendly approach is something we all can benefit from.

Did you know that it is important to prep the skin to absorb hydration and nutrients from moisturizers and other treatments? The practice of exfoliating is a necessary step that often gets skipped. Using Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub, an invigorating scrub for face and body, is the key to smooth, healthy skin. It helps prepare skin for the application of other products and the ideal start to any skin care regimen. Made with antioxident-rich green tea and ginseng, and the essential oil of peppermint. I found their micro-scrub formula to be invigorating and gentle.

Follow this by applying the Belli Fresh Stretchmark Minimizing Cream as the treatment to decreasing the appearance of existing stretchmarks. No matter the age or cause of your stretchmarks, Belli is offering a premium, at-home solution for diminishing the appearance of stretchmarks and help restore the look of smooth, healthy skin. Key characteristics include ginseng to help even out skin tone and avocado oil to soften and moisturize. I enjoyed its light citrus scent and intend to apply this twice daily for 4 weeks, then once daily as recommended until desired results are achieved. Available for purchase at BelliSkincare.com, buybuyBaby, Ulta, Ulta.com.

Desert Harvest

I recently learned about Desert Harvest, a family owned and operated company based in the state I now call home..North Carolina. Their unique Aloe Vera Gele skin care is a much healthier option than traditional skin care products that include chemicals and additives that can damage your skin making it great to use for the entire family.

Did you know that Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help in treating blemishes, acne, minor cuts or wound, a burn or a rash? It also softens dead skin cells and makes the skin smooth. It gets rid of signs of aging like fine lines and appearance of wrinkles and relieves itching too. Desert Harvest’s Aloe Vera is at the top of the line, and hereโ€™s why: โ€ขGele is 80% concentrated Aloe Vera
โ€ขNo added chemicals โ€ขNon-comedogenic

In addition to the gele, herbal shampoo/shower gel, herbal conditioner and hand & body lotion can be purchased just in time for February 14th. Make it an Aloe Vera Valentine for yourself and show love to your skin! Check out http://www.desertharvest.com for info.

Kneipp

No matter the season, moisturizing bath products are essential. Kneipp aids in leaving your skin feeling soft and supple and offers vegan products to soothe the mind and body by using aromatherapy. From the enchanting scents and blends of nature’s best plants, Kneipp offers a holistic shower/bath experience that I love. I am currently using the Kneipp Evening Primrose Body Wash “Calming” and Kneipp Sandalwopd Fruit & Grapeseed Oil Body Scrub “Beautiful Shape”, which are both gentle and beneficial to healthy skin. For a bath oil, I recommend Kneipp’s Mandarin & Orange Herbal Bath Oil “Stress Free” which uses natural essential oils to help you unwind! But honestly, any of their Body Wash, Body Scrub and Bath Oil products would be a great addition to your bathing routine as they have quite a variety to choose from!

SobeSavvy Tip: Head over to Kneipp.com for the #KneippLife sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Vermont for you & 3 friends + Kneipp gift baskets. All entrants will receive 20% off their next purchase. Sign up: http://bit.ly/TheKneippLife

As an over 40 yr old mom and wife, I have always cherished the little things in life. I am pleased with these products so far and they have found there way into my #selfcareSunday routine!

Let me know below if you have used any of these products before and do you have a selfcare skincare routine?

#BestNine of 2017 + Welcome to 2018 #SobeSavvy #LifestyleBlog

Happy New Year everyone! In my opinion, 2017 flew by which is why its so important to value time, cherish moments and  capture memories because before you know it a new year is here. I have enjoyed sharing the savvy of my life and inspiring others to be savvy via my lifestyle blog, SobeSavvy.com. In case you missed it, here are the BEST NINE 2017 (from left to right in photo above):

1. Family Travel Guide to Arlington,VA Read this #soTravelsavvy post about where to eat, stay, play for a weekend of fun in Arlington,VA

2. Jill Yoga Girls and Ladies Activewear  ~ Thru my #getLovelyfit fitness journey, my daughter and I had the opportunity to collaborate with a company that combines two of our interests: yoga + fashion. Check out our Mommy & Me moves and learn more about JillYoga.com  >>here.

3. Whispering Angel Rosรฉ Wine       ~Hello, my name is Leslie and I love wine. Not only did I share how to host your own wine tasting at home tips on the blog, but started a #SobeSavvySips series where I share recipes and reviews for not only wine but spirits/beer too. In honor of National Rosรฉ Day, I featured this wine on Instagram. It has been one of my favorite wines to introduce to others. Read wine review >>here.

4. ‘808 Converstion Starters for Couples‘ ~ This book featured on my Instagram and later reviewed on the blog sparked an interest amongst singles that were dating and couples who have been married for awhile. The art of conversation is a dying art with all the texting and ‘sexting’ going on, so I believe this book was refreshing and fun to explore. This book is available to buy >>here.

5. Polished Nail Bar’s Grand Opening      ~ I had a blast at this VIP event for media/bloggers here in Raleigh,NC and have since returned to get my nails ready for the holidays. I highly recommend you treat yourself and a loved one to a mani/pedi for Valentine’s Day (which is right around the corner). Read more about Polished Nail Bar >>here.

6. Our Visit to the North Carolina Zoo       ~My husband ,daughter and I planned a Sunday Funday to the North Carolina Zoo and shared a recap of the visit. Our daughter, fondly referred to on the blog as #outandaboutAva, loved the experience. I also shared some #SobeSavvyTips on why a visit to the zoo during the Fall season should not be missed!

7. Luxury Family Travel to Atlanta,GA    ~ We have enjoyed several family trips to Atlanta because there is so much family fun to be had there. In 2017, we road tripped to the ATL for our daughter’s Spring Break and stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta. That was a delightful (and relaxing) experience where we enjoyed making many family memories.

8. NC Farm Tour in Asheville,NC        ~This mom got a chance to getaway for a few days and joined other food and travel writers on an agritourism trip to Asheville,NC to get a true farm to table experience. We all left with a greater appeciation of our NC Farmers. That was my first visit to Asheville and staying at a bed and breakfast. I gave readers a #soNCsavvy full recap of the trip on the blog and also shared an inside look of the Sweet Biscuit Inn

9. byKikisol in store Fashion Event with Torrid + Groupon Promo                              ~if you ever had the pleasure of attending a byKikisol blogger event here in the Triangle, then you know it’s going to be a fun time for creatives, influencers , bloggers and fashionistas. I got my model on in the dressing room at their Torrid Fall Fashion event and shared a Groupon Promo encouraging readers to grab a deal!

For 2018, as always I do a detox ( which I have shared online in the past..you can read posts here). However, this year I will take the whole month of January to unplug, reset and prepare to bring you more Lifestyle|Food|Travel|Fun stories on the blog! 

Thank you for a wonderful 2017..here’s to all the best in 2018!

Get Your Nails Holiday Ready at the NEW @iPOLISHED Nail Bar @Glenwood_South #getpolishedRDU #Raleigh

Yesterday, SobeSavvy.com along with other invited guests celebrated the Grand Opening of Polished Nail Bar, Raleigh’s newest premier nail and waxing salon located in downtown’s hip Glenwood South District. The VIP Party gave local bloggers, influencers and media a chance to enjoy complimentary beverages, light bites and a free basic manicure while learning all about Polished Nail Bar and its services!

Front of Polished Nail Bar in Raleigh | Photo Credit JSW Media Group

As soon as I walked in the door, I noticed the inviting decor featuring luxury pedicure thrones. I felt that this would be a fun, pampering experience and indeed it was! This is the first location outside of the Charlotte metro area, where they are popular for offering superior customer service, along with speedy service , affordable prices in a top-notch, healthy, clean environment.

“This is our seventh location, our first outside of the Charlotte metro area,โ€ explains co-owner Sonny Kim. โ€œWe’re beyond excited to be in a new city and to offer our particular brand of nail bar experience to an entirely new clientele. We will offer our full range of services at this new locationโ€”manicures, pedicures, waxing, as well as our Man-E-Cures and Little Diva menu,โ€ says Kim

After picking from a variety of colors from nail polish brands such as OPI and Essie, I settled down at one of the state-of-the art manicure spots around the manicure bar. I was offered a complimentary beverage which I thought was being served to me as a guest of the event but I learned that each Polished location serves complimentary beverages, including wine and beer. I chose a Mimosa to go along with my midday nail treatment.

Nail Polishes at Polished Nail Bar Raleigh | Photo Credit JSW Media Group

I got a basic manicure which included having my nails /cuticles soaked, cleaned, trimmed, filed, buffed, polished and whatever other magic she did! This express service was quick yet done carefully. I appreciated the tools being used were opened for the first time on me and given to me at the end..sorta like a swag bag to compliment my services.
I would definitely recommend a girls day out at Polish Nail Bar. They were fast, efficient, and the flowing mimosas made it fun. Go and enjoy a day of pampering fit for a Queen, King or even your little diva. That’s right they offer services for little girls ten years and younger and Man-E-cures for the men in your life!

Raleigh Bloggers getting manicures at the Polished Nail Bar ‘Grand Opening Event’ VIP Party

SobeSavvy Tip: Looking for last minute gift ideas? Gift Certificates are available. For a complete list of services, visit ipolished.com.

Watch my video photo recap >>>>HERE of Polished Nail Bar in Raleigh Grand Opening Vip party event. Thanks again to JSW Media Group for the invite!

Lovely’ Leslie Heigh, Creator/Founder of Lifestyle Blog, SobeSavvy.com shows off her manicure at Polished Nail Bar in Raleigh

Lovely’ Leslie Heigh, Creator/Founder of Lifestyle Blog, SobeSavvy.com shows off her manicure at Polished Nail Bar in Raleigh

Polished Nail Bar

222 Glenwood Avenue Suite 105

Raleigh,NC 27603

919.615.0092 | http://www.IPOLISHED.com

Open Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.