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!📚

PS..if you are looking for me, my head will be in a book! See ya in February❤
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Host A Holiday Tea Party With Wissotzky Tea

A stress-free holiday is all I want for Christmas 2019 and so far it has been so good! I spent this past weekend spreading cheer, seeing folks and staying far away from the malls. I am done shopping and now it is is time to unwind and cruise into the new year. But first, I had one more party to host just for the ladies: a Holiday Tea and Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!

It was easy to create and send the following facebook invite:

Hey LADIES!

Join me for HOLIDAY TEA at my home
* 3pm-5pm *

Enjoy Hot Tea + Small Bites + Cheer
in a casual, comfortable setting!

🎁 Please bring a gift wrapped MUG for a fun exchange 🎁

But first some selfies/usies :

Party set up was simple. In addition to the wrapped gift/mug exchange, I had a Mimosa Bar,

….a buffet style spread of Sweet & Savory Bites,

..we played a fun “Sips Tea” game, (similar to the Have You Ever drinking game and if your answer is yes then you would sip tea!)

… and there also was an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest!

👀Watch the participants model their sweaters below⤵️

Thanks to all who participated and Congratulations to Rada @simplysoutherngirlcharm for winning the contest! She received a book from award-winning blogger of The Cup of Life, Lu Ann Pannunzio, titled TEA-SPIRATION Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers courtesy of Mango Publishing and was also gifted some Wissotzky Tea‘s Simply Nana Mint Teas, which was the featured tea of the party!

I was excited to introduce my guests to Wissotzky Tea’s Simply Nana Mint Teas, an exotic mint variety that is an all-natural, delicious tea with Mediteranean origins. Nana is unlike any other variety of mint because it unleashes a subtle layer of earthiness and invigorating minty flavor in every tantalizing cup. Nana Tea is sure to awaken the spirit whether served hot or icy cold!

Here are some recipes to try with Simply Nana Mint!

Nana Mint Iced Green Tea & Honeydew

Green tea pairs perfectly with Honeydew Melon and the refreshing & invigorating finish of exotic Nana Mint and just a little touch of honey makes this an iced adventure you won’t want to miss.

How to make:

Brew two Nana Mint Green tea bags per 16oz of water

Let steep for 3-5 minutes

Remove tea bags and let chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours

Dice Honeydew and lightly coat with honey

Add to a glass and muddle slightly to release its sweetness

Top with ice and chilled tea and enjoy!

Nana Mint Iced Simply Black Tea Half & Half Sparkle

The rich and refreshing taste of our premium Black tea and exotic Nana Mint are artfully paired with sparkling lemonade to create a refreshing twist on the traditional half & half. Add fresh lemon and mint and you are ready to sip back and enjoy the warm weather.

How to make:

Brew two Nana Mint Simply Black tea bags per 16oz of water

Let steep for 3-5 minutes

Remove tea bags and let chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours

Add lemon slices and fresh mint to a classic Highball glass

Fill each glass halfway with chilled tea

Top with sparkling lemonade

Garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh mint

SobeSavvy Tip: Did you know January is National Tea Month? Celebrate and host a tea party with these easy tips that I have shared here in my previous post! ⤵️

Host A Tea Party With These 5 Quick Tips! By: SobeSavvy.com

We all had a refreshing good time and enjoyed sipping tea, celebrating sisterhood, the holidays and slowing down for a couple of hours! Hope you enjoyed my party recap & introduction to Wissotzky Tea’s Simply Nana Mint Teas. For more info, follow @wissotzkyteaofficial @wteananamint!

Let me know in the comments below which one of the Simply Nana Mint teas would you sip first?

  • 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

Happy Holidays!

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8 Wines For Gifting And Gatherings During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to stock up on your favorite wines for gifts, holiday gatherings and cozy nights in. I keep a variety of wines at home for any occasion and I love sharing and discovering new wines. Here are 8 Wines For Gifting And Gatherings During The Holiday Season!

WINTER WHITES

Enjoying white wines in the summertime are a no-brainer but did you know there are some rich, full-bodied white wines that are bold, warming, and pair beautifully with winter dishes? There is truly a wine out there for any occasion and time of year! Here are some of the best white wines to drink in cold weather and toast to the winter season recommended from Vineyard Brands:

Four recommended white wines from the Vineyard Brands portfolio to enjoy this winter! | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

From left to right:

1. Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2018 (SRP $13.99)

Made by the legendary Famille Perrin, producers of Château de Beaucastel, this Côtes du Rhône is made from traditional varietals including Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. The Perrin family are masters in blending, and these particular Rhône varietals offer richer tastes. Round and supple in the mouth with minerality, this wine pairs beautifully with spicy dishes.

2. Umani Ronchi Vellodoro Pecorino 2018 (SRP $16.99)

Not only does the Pecorino grape grow well in cooler setting, it also is a varietal that is perfect for drinking in cooler settings. Produced by Umani Ronchi in the Abruzzo region of eastern Italy, this wine has high aroma concentration, good alcohol content, and wonderful acidity. It’s food friendly while maintaining fullness on the palate.

3. Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Blanc 2017 (SRP $28.99)

A family-run Domaine in the heart of Burgundy in the Côte d’Or, Domaine Matrot vineyards are farmed and harvested organically. This 100% Chardonnay is fruity and round, but still with the rich taste for which Chardonnay is known. With fruit sourced near Meursault, this unoaked wine is not only an excellent value but a great representation of Burgundian Chardonnay.

4. Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Blanc 2017 (SRP $45.00)

The Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Tablas Blanc is a blend of five estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. With core richness provided by Roussanne, anise flavors and a lush mouthfeel from the Grenache Blanc, and a saline minerality from the Picpoul Blanc, this blend has spicy notes and rich texture that make it ideal for cooler temperatures. Certified organic and biodynamic, this wine is a beautiful example of the heights Côtes du Rhône varietals can reach in the United States.

Here’s a tip per Vineyard Brands: When choosing a white wine to drink in cold temperatures look for a wine that is weightier on the palate to stand up against hearty dishes.

VIBRANT REDS

No matter how crazy your holiday shopping gets, here is one thing to have on your shopping gift list: a bottle of Montecucco from Tuscany! It is the ideal gift to surprise everyone, from the most curious wine geek to the longtime Italy aficionado or simply the wine lover searching for the best wine buys. Crafted with extreme care and dedication by small family-owned wineries, these hidden gems represent an undiscovered treasure, a perfect gift and holiday meal companion, thanks to their high quality and affordable price.

5. Parmoleto Montecucco Rosso DOC (SRP $20)

Montecucco, a small region nestled in the Maremma area, between the Brunello di Montalcino and Morellino di Scansano appellations, is the new star of Tuscan wine. Considered one of the best rising expressions of Sangiovese, Montecucco Rosso DOC is a blend of three grapes: 70% Sangiovese, 25% Montepulciano, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes about Montecucco’s wines: Their vibrant acidity, medium to full-bodied profile with hints of dark fruits, tobacco, vanilla, elegant tannins and a flavorful long finish, make them great pairings with grilled meats like veal and pork, game, black and white truffles, mushroom soup, pasta with meat sauce or Ragu’ and Pecorino cheese.

SOMETHING SWEET

In the not so far past Moscato was an obscure niche wine that was not well known. Those days are over. This grape has seen it’s popularity soar over the past 20 years. Sam’s Club private label Member’s Mark, offers a beautiful Moscato that is very accessible for all.

6. Member’s Mark Moscato D’Asti (RP $9.98)

The grapes from the Member’s Mark Moscato d’Asti are hand-harvested and grown in a combination of limestone and sandstone soils from the cool, hilly Asti region. Moscato d’Asti is fresh, fragrant, and frizzante with vibrant flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines and honey. The wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy; sweet, yet balanced.

Did you knowThe Moscato d’Asti appellation is located within the northwestern Italian region of Piedmont. In 1993, it earned Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) status, Italy’s highest wine classification—reserved for the country’s most classic, expressive wines.

BUBBLY CELEBRATIONS

As the year comes to an end, there is one thing that comes to mind when celebrating: Sparkling Wine. It’s so lovely sipping on bubbly anytime but especially this time of year!

7. Member’s Mark Champagne (RP $19.98)

Most people use the term “Champagne” as a generic word for any sparkling wine. Some may be surprised to know that it is actually illegal to label any product Champagne unless it comes from the French region called Champagne and it must produced under the rules of that appellation. This king of grapes does not have to always break the bank either. Sam’s Club Member’s Mark label has a Brut that is both delicious and reasonably priced. Notes of apple and pear are found in this wonderful wine. Champagne has a unique neutral taste that goes with, well almost any dish whether cheese or chicken. December 31 is National Champagne Day so make sure to raise your glass this New Year’s Eve or any eve with a flute of Member’s Mark Champagne!

8. Member’s Mark Prosecco (RP $7.98)

Often thought of as Champagne’s first cousin, Prosecco has a life all of it’s own! The grapes are from a particular region in Italy called Veneto. Prosecco is meant to be consumed young and once it is bottled, no aging necessary. Member’s Mark ASOLO-PROSECCO D.O.C. hails from the Aslo Appellation of Italy within Veneto. With low residual sugar this Prosecco is vibrant and refreshing to the palate. Having spent time in Italy, I can attest that Prosecco is the main sparkling wine of choice that native Italians enjoyed quite often and now we can too!

Quick Refresher: Sam’s Club private label Member’s Mark brand has a full fleet of highly-rated, delicious, award-winning wines at low prices..many under $10! Member’s Mark wine is currently available in 37 states, and the wines are sourced all across the globe – everywhere from California to Spain to Germany, to name a few.

Now that you have learned about these great 8 wines, which one or more are you most interested in gifting or taking to a gathering this holiday? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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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 🎁 :

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.

👀 WATCH my unboxing video here:

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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 🎁 

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Guys Gift Guide For The Man Who Loves Simple Pleasures

In T-minus 9 days, my husband will be turning FIFTY years old! I am excited to be on this journey of life and love with him and have enjoyed seeing him evolve over the last 26 years. Gift giving for him has been easy because although his age and the years may change, most of his adult interests have remained the same. He loves his family and simple pleasures!

So I decided to put together a Guys Gift Guide {inspired by my soon to be husband who is turning 50 on Nov 27th} with potential gift ideas for any guy who feels like he has everything, doesn’t really want gifts, and prefers the simple pleasures in life! Take a look at this list for some ideas for any guys you may be getting gifts for soon.

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Need a #giftidea for the #MCM in your life? Check out @execsocks a Raleigh-based subscription service delivering new pairs of fresh, stylish socks to members across the U.S. every month! They have expanded its offerings into men’s accessory boxes, which contains FIVE hand-picked items ranging from business professional attire like cufflinks, laser cut bowties, belts, watches and pocket squares, to meticulously designed accessories, such as fountain pens, technology cases and sunglasses. ———- Everything is made with quality and style in mind and designed to help take business attire to the next level! The best part? For every sock subscription or accessory box purchased, Exec Socks donates a pair to @HealingTransitions, a recovery center in Raleigh for homeless, uninsured and underserved individuals with alcoholism and other drug addictions. ———- If your guy likes to use bold accessories to express his personality and build out a flexible wardrobe while giving back, then Exec Socks is a great gift option for birthdays, holidays and special occasions, such as groom or groomsmen gifts for a wedding party. ———– Exec Socks continues to offer its original sock subscriptions with plans starting at $10 per month. For more information about the new Exec Socks Accessory Box subscription,visit execsocks.comand follow Exec Socks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. . . . #gifted #execsocks #unboxing #menssocks #mensaccessories #guysgifts #giftsforguys #giftsformen #menstyle #mancrushmondays #mancrushmonday #businessattire #socksformen #carolinablue #phibetasigma #subscriptionbox #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #RaleighBlogger #NCblogger #Lifestyleblogger

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Bedlam Vodka + Swag

How’s that holiday shopping list coming? 🍸 If you want to get ahead of the game, Bedlam Vodka had got you covered! Visit Graybeard Distillery in Durham,NC and get some merch to go along with this smooth tasting vodka.

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Tis the season to gift Bedlam! 🍸 @bedlamvodka, which is distilled from rice offers a smooth, quality taste and is perfect for the vodka loving guy or gal in your life! ——— Pair a bottle of Bedlam vodka with some swag like: shot glasses, pints and a T-shirt! These merch items can be purchased from Graybeard Distillery in Durham,NC, Bedlam Vodka is available in all ABC stores and the 750s come with a FREE white Bedlam T-shirt! ———— Add on: 📓 The Cocktail Companion by Cheryl Charming, made avail by @mangopublishing Put it all in a basket and Viola…. a great #giftidea for any #cocktaillovers! . . . #bedlamvodka #bringthebedlam #durham #nc #ncdrinkfinds #guysgiftguide #giftsforguys #giftsformen #giftideas #vodka #vodkadrinks #fridayreads #cocktailbook #igcocktail #SobeSavvy #soNCsavvy #RaleighBlogger #NCBlogger #lifestyleblogger #drinkblogger

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Get Him Books Based On His Interests

Are you putting together a books gift list for a special guy in your life? 📚 Here are some great books from Mango Media that any guy (or girl) would love! Books make great gifts when catered to ones interests, plus every man could use a 🆕️ book! All books are available on Amazon or on Mango Media’s website.

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Are you putting together a books gift list for a special guy in your life? 📚 Here are some great books from @mangopublishing that any guy (or girl) would love! Books make great gifts especially when catered to ones interests. Every man could use a new book, whether they're looking for ways to learn more photography skills, try a new cocktail or food recipe, laugh at some political satire or want to read history. Check out these amazing books & swipe 🔙 and pick out a few you think he will love this holiday season! 📚 Books featured: BLACK MAN ON THE TITANIC | By Serge Bile THE SECRETS TO CREATING AMAZING PHOTOS | By Marc Silber THE BOOKLOVERS' GUIDE TO WINE |By Patrick Alexander JIM MORIN'S WORLD | By Jim Morin THE COCKTAIL COMPANION | By Cheryl Charming EATING WELL TO WIN | By Richard Ingraham *****Which book would you choose for your guy or yourself? *******

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☕My husband loves coffee so I am excited to introduce him to the newest trend in specialty coffee from Steeped Coffee. The innovative startup is committed to premium coffee, convenience, and saving the planet with their eco-friendly coffee that comes in single-serve bags much like tea. No machines or brewing equipment required makes for a uniquely “unplugged” coffee experience.

Best of all, each Steeped Pack contains hand-roasted, ethically-sourced, Direct Trade coffee that’s precision ground to showcase the distinctive flavor profile of every crafted blend. Whether you’re looking for light, medium, dark, French roast, or even decaf, there’s something for every coffee lover! Visit the Steeped website to see some of the one of a kind gift items like mugs, The Steeped Coffee Subscription or order The Steeped Lineup Sampler which includes five alluring blends ranging from Light, Medium, Dark, and French Roasts to the Swiss Water Processed Decaf. I am filling up his christmas stocking with the sampler and who knows, we may just get the subscription! For more info about STEEPED, check them out on Instagram, here ⤵️

https://instagram.com/steepedcoffee?igshid=9n7bnnemitxm

I hope I have helped you in deciding what to gift the guy who loves simple pleasures this year! What would your guy (or you) choose from this list to enjoy? Please share in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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Tips for Hosting a Happy Halloween Wine Tasting ft. Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Wines and Casillero del Diablo

This past weekend, I combined my love of wine and a good time by hosting a “Hallowine” happy hour at my home. I had a Hallowine Party before and it was such a success I decided to do it again! What exactly is “Hallowine”, you ask ? It’s a halloween themed party where wine tasting is the main event. This year I partnered with Sam’s Club Member’s Mark Wines and Casillero del Diablo.

THE INVITE–

I customized an invite via Canva and created a FaceBook invitation. Wine loving guys and gals were invited to come over to enjoy. My Halloween decor was kept fun, frightening and frugal. For example I found plastic spiders that I used for glass charms at the Dollar Tree. This way people can keep track of their wine glass all evening by their colored spider!

I also picked up some fun “Witch Don’t Kill My Vibe” napkins from Walmart. I came across a dozen plastic “Witches Brew” tumblers for $2.99 from Ross that I used to serve my guests a welcome drink. I firmly believe that a welcome drink when entering a party sets up a festive mood! This year we had Sangria from Wegmans for just $6 a bottle. Put it in a pitcher with some fruit and VOILA..Witches Brew is served!

THE WINES —

Member’s Mark Chardonnay {SRP $7.98}
Member’s Mark Pinot Noir {SRP $8.98}

Did you know…Sam’s Club private label Member’s Mark has a full fleet of highly-rated, delicious, award-winning wines at low prices… We’re talking under $10! I was very excited to be able to preview these two Sonoma Valley wines prior to their public availability at Sam’s Club starting in mid-November. I started the tasting of these wines from white to red. Everyone liked the Chardonnay but if you love Pinot Noir, this one is pretty good for just $9! Here is some additional info:

I created a cheese and charcuterie board using a variety of soft and hard cheeses, from goat cheese to brie, to cheddar and gouda, that paired well with both wines!

Member’s Mark Zinfindel {SRP $7.98}

Did you know…Member’s Mark wine is currently available in 37 states, and the wines are sourced all across the globe – everywhere from California to Spain to Germany, to name a few. There are 11 other existing wines in the line, including Champagne, Rosé, Moscato, Prosecco, Bordeaux and more. This Zinfandel wine is an intense, full-flavored Zin made in Lodi from some of the oldest vines in California. A glass gives off blackberry and black cherry aromas and jammy fruit flavors with a hint of peppercorn. Pair with your favorite meat for summer grilling. Pizza and pasta also work well with this wine. With the holidays upon us, bring this one anywhere for the perfect hostess gift!

SobeSavvy Tip: Have your guests download Vivino app before arrival to keep track of their fave wines from the evening! Already use Vivino? Let’s be friends..find our wine reviews under “SobeSavvy” on the Vivino app! Salud!🍷

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere & Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir {SRP $12.00}

I first learned about Casillero del Diablo when the winery invited me to a special event with Head sommelier, Massimo Leonori, was there to discuss the new wines from the 2018 vintage, deemed an Extraordinary Vintage. Unfortunately I was not able to attend but thankfully able to try this brand known as the official wine of Halloween!

About Casillero del Diablo:
Born from a 140-year-old Chilean legend, Casillero del Diablo has emerged as a global powerhouse. The legend began in the late 1880s with Don Melchor de Concha y Toro, one of Chile’s most revered winemakers. Many thieves coveted his precious wines, so Don Melchor spread a rumor the Devil himself guarded his cellar. Although never confirmed nor disproved, the tale protected his prize and spawned a legend spanning generations. The cellar where those bottles rested nearly 140 years ago still stands today in Chile’s Maipo Valley, home of Casillero del Diablo’s illustrious portfolio under the Concha y Toro banner. Casillero del Diablo, twice named the #2 most powerful wine brand in the world, leads the Chilean 750ml segment in dollar sales and volume sales in the United States.1 2 Since 2009, Casillero del Diablo wines have garnered 170 Gold and Silver medals at international competitions and 19 Best Buy/Best Value designations; the wines have earned 50 scores of 90 or above in the past five years. The rugged topography of Chile’s winemaking regions reflects the country’s thirst for exploration; Casillero del Diablo is at the forefront of the world’s attention on this South American gem, sparking a uniquely Chilean sense of adventure in every glass.

The 2017-2018 season in Chile had unbeatable climatic conditions that resulted in an “Extraordinary Vintage” for Casillero del Diablo. The winemaker was able to create incredible flavors using the perfectly ripened fruit from the harvest. The varietals include a Cabernet Sauvignon,Carmenere, and Pinot Noir. Here are some tasting notes regarding the Carmenere and Pinot Noir:

Remember, these wines are not just good for Halloween but for enjoying anytime! For additional information about Casillero del Diablo and the Extraordinary Vintage, follow on @CasillerowineUS on Instagram or go to the website at http://www.casillerodeldiablo.com/en

Do you plan to enjoy some HalloWINE this Halloween? What are you doing to celebrate?

Cheers🍷and Happy Halloween 2019!

SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ROSÉ PISCINE WINE | #rosepiscine #wine #roséallday

Hello May! Time to celebrate Moms, Grads, and patio season with rosé all day! I recently tried a new wine that is meant to be served on the rocks called Rosé Piscine. I personally had never tried wine [not including Sangria] over ice before. As everyone knows as the ice melts the wine would become watered down but that’s just not the case with this wine that has already sold over two million bottles in France and Brazil, and now it’s available in the U.S! It has been created specifically to be served with ice. From its sleek, uplifting bottle appearance, to the one-of-a-kind over ice concept Rosé Piscine is not your average bottle of wine, here’s Seven Things To Know About Rosé Piscine Wine

  1. The wine has been selling in France and Brazil and just recently has been released in the United States. It’s available at select stores around the country, and can be ordered online.
  2. It’s uniquely a wine that has been created to be served over ice. Rosé Piscine is made by Pascal Nacenta in southwest France.
  3. The French rosé is 100 percent destemmed, fermented for 20 days with cold stabilization at 60 degrees and then filtered.
  4. The Rosé Piscine tasting notes include being pale salmon in color, with a light to medium body. On the bouquet, it offers hints of Meyer lemon, skin of peach, vanilla, kiwi and McIntosh apple. Mineral quality to the bouquet. On the palate, it offers rounded, well-balanced tannins and acidity, with a long finish.
  5. Rosé Piscine is made with an indigenous varietal of southwest France: Négrette, which is a small, very dark and tough-skinned grape known for its powerful aromatic qualities. The fruit is sourced in Côtes du Frontonnais, which is located just southwest of Gaillac and just north of the city of Toulouse, on the western bank of the Tarn river. Rosé Piscine is one of very few French rosés made with the Négrette grape, mainly due to the limited geographic availability of this unique varietal.
  6. Wine Enthusiast named Rosé Piscine’s region in France the Wine Region of the Year 2017.
  7. Rosé Piscine was originally created by Jacques Tranier, the president of Vinovalie, a group of producers in the French Southwest. In 2003, he was on a vacation in Saint Tropez when he saw many women drinking rosé wine over ice in large wine glasses. He ordered one to give it a try, only to be disappointed in the diluted taste of the wine. This set him on a mission to create a rosé wine that could maintain its integrity while being served on ice.

My mom recently visited and we enjoyed some of this wonderful rosé out on my patio! We loved how easy it was to drink… not too dry, not too sweet..just right! With mother’s day just around the corner, this wine would be the perfect pour to toast to your mom. Make Mom feel like a Queen for the day, and celebrate with Rosé Piscine!

To find a store near you or to order online, visit the site at: www.rosepiscine.com or follow on Instagram @rosepiscine. CHEERS!

3 Easy Easter Basket and Gift Ideas for Ages 7 and Up #easter #easterbasket #eastergifts #eastergiftguide

Do you like to make, create or buy Easter Baskets for your child? I still do! But I will say this year, with my 7 year old, I found myself needing to think out [and inside] the box for Easter Basket/Gift Ideas. My daughter is no longer into what she calls a “baby” basket filled with a plush bunny, toys, and candy. So I came up with 3 Easy Easter Basket and Gift Ideas for Ages 7 and Up to share with you!

For The Aspiring Chef/Kid Foodie

Does your son or daughter love to help you cook? Or maybe you have an aspiring Chef or young food critic in your home then do what I did, fill a basket filled with items any kid cook would love! I went to the Dollar Tree and got one of those stackable bins and filled it up with kitchen tools like a timer, veggie brush, portatoe masher, a pizza pan, ingredients like olives, pepperoni, chocolate chips for making homeade cookies and a fun Easter egg towel. My daughter is going to love this and she can keep all her new kitchen tools in the bin!

This basket was inspired by this book I recently was gifted, a new title from Prestel Junior that is perfect for spring break/summer activities: 20 Recipes Kids Should Know by Esme Washburn and photographer Calista Washburn (ISBN: 978-3791385075; Hardcover $16.95). The perfect book for children, this fun and engaging cookbook is written and photographed by a pair of young sisters for budding chefs.

Whether they’re helping stir cake batter or producing their own YouTube cooking channel, kids of all ages are getting increasingly busy in the kitchen. This cookbook features twenty classic recipes that are fun, healthy, adaptable and easy to prepare. From banana bread and the perfect grilled cheese to breaded chicken and apple pie, each recipe is written in a clear, accessible style that young cooks of every level will be able to follow. The author is a young chef whose love of cooking developed from her own family’s food traditions like baking popovers with her grandmother and Sunday-night pizza making. By teaching kids basic recipes that can be adapted in endless ways, this book is the perfect launching pad to finding their way around the kitchen–or launching their own cooking careers.

For The Kid Who Loves Unboxing

Looking for something stunning, affordable for many budgets, and very different than a traditional basket for Easter? Check out the brand new Easter Care Package from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, a leading online gifting site, which has released its 2019 collection of new Easter baskets and other treats.

This very colorful care package has blue bunny Peeps, jelly beans, a chocolate bunny, gourmet popcorn, cookies, and even carrot-shaped chocolates to match the bunny theme. Super fun, this package will really make recipients “HOPPY.” 🙂 Lol! To see the rest of the Easter offerings at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, go here.

👀WATCH #outandaboutAva Unboxing Video of this Easter Care Package from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

For The Kid Who Would Enjoy A Customized Basket Filled With Their Favorite Things

I customized my daughter’s Easter Basket based on her current likes and faves. One of the things that she enjoys doing is doodling/journaling. I recently was gifted a new journal by Jess Volinski that Quiet Fox Designs has released titled Notebook Doodles Peace Love. This journal is fun, positive and perfect for tween girls! The pages are filled with inspirational writing prompts designed to build confidence and self-esteem. I can’t wait to give this to my girl!

I recycled her Easter Basket that I got from Ross last year and filled it with items found at Dollar Tree, Tuesday Morning, and Walmart. Because she likes bright colors, I got glossy plastic eggs and filled it with polish, lip balm, bath bomb and a lil cash was put in her Golden Egg! I found some slime, sunglasses, a windchime craft and cilantro herb growing kit just in time for Spring! I got the cello wrap from Dollar Tree and voila, a customized Easter Basket tailored to her likes!

SobeSavvy Tip: Add some of your child’s favorite snacks in their customized basket as an extra special treat! Check out these 4 Easter Treats for your child :

1. Welch’s Easter Fruit Snacks

The limited-edition Welch’s Easter Fruit Snacks box and pouch have custom Easter-themed graphics with festive egg, bunny, and chick shaped pieces – perfect for egg stuffing, egg hunts or to simply snack on all season long! Welch’s Mixed Fruit Easter Fruit Snacks are available online at welchsfruitsnacks.com as well as in-store at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Dollar General, Family Dollar, BJ’s, and other local retailers.

Here is what we like about this treat:

•Made with REAL Fruit
•Fruit is our first ingredient
•Gluten-free
•No preservatives
•Fat-free

2. OREO THINS BITES

OREO THINS BITES cookies, a 2019 Product of the Year award winner, are thin and crispy bite-sized OREO THINS cookies made with OREO cookie’s distinctive rich cocoa and signature crème that are covered in a smooth, thin coating of fudge. The delicious combination of a thin crispy cookie, signature OREO crème and a thin coating of fudge make OREO THINS BITES cookies the perfect bite-sized treat to munch on and enjoy. They are available on Amazon.com in delicious varieties like fudge dipped Original and Mint. I must admit these are my favorite to snack on too!

3. Kinder Joy

KINDER JOY™, a 2019 Product of the Year award winner, is all about creating special bonding moments between parents and children through the elements of surprise and joyful play. Their mission is to inspire parents to spark, share, and celebrate the simple joys of childhood with their kids, every day. KINDER JOY™ is a two-in-one treat: half smooth cocoa and sweet cream topped with crispy wafer bites, half mystery toy. To enjoy, simply pop, peel, scoop, and play!

4. Butterfinger

You’ve gotta get your fingers on the better Butterfinger – a 2019 Product of the Year award-winner! The recipe for one of America’s most iconic candy brands, Butterfinger, has been improved and it’s BETTER! A richer, chocolatey coating with more real milk provides a creamier mouth feel, better quality Georgia Jumbo peanuts deliver robust flavor, and new packaging to provide improved freshness. It’s the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery Butterfinger beloved by consumers, now even better!

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I hope you enjoyed reading my Easter Gift Guide and found my ideas for basket stuffers to be helpful. My final suggestion is to have fun,get creative, keep it simple and save those baskets and plastic eggs to remix/refill next year! ARE YOU GIFTING OR MAKING A BASKET FOR A CHILD THIS EASTER? Tell me something that is going in your basket!

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3 Books That Celebrate Strong Women | Book Review + Giveaway @MangoPublishing #books

Hello Readers and Hello April! Can you believe how quick March went?! I can not, but I am always happy for a new month to arrive and to share new books that I have read. Since March is National Reading Month and Women’s History Month, I thought I would share with you 3 Books That Celebrate Strong Women, which is something we should do no matter what month it is, right?! Plus, I have a gift for you to win and keep the celebrations going! Stay tuned..but first, let me tell you about these three phenomenal books from Mango Publishing.

STILL I RISE

STILL I RISE- THE PERSISTENCE OF PHENOMENAL WOMEN- by Marlene Wagman-Geller

You may recognize the title Still I Rise from a poem by Maya Angelou. The Author’s Note shares that this book is a tribute to that poem and dedicated to the women who helped her rise. STILL I RISE, [which was #1 New Release on Amazon] is a paperback book that answers the questions— Who are the great women leaders in history? Who are the women heroes who personify “girl power”?
STILL I RISE embodies the strength of character of the inspiring women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great women heroes who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. There are so many unknown stories of women who quietly and courageously changed the course of history! I can guarantee there will be stories in this book that will not only resonate with you but leave you inspired to lead a life well-lived!

SobeSavvy.com Book Review | STILL I RISE- THE PERSISTENCE OF PHENOMENAL WOMEN- by Marlene Wagman-Geller

DEAR WOMAN

DEAR WOMAN by JUST MIKE THE POET- Michael E.Reid

I have heard so much about this author [@justmikethepoet] via social media and hearing how empowering this book has been for women that I was excited to read DEAR WOMAN. This hardcover book is poetry+self help+inspirational all wrapped up into one dope read! This book was respectfully written by Michael E. Reid aka Just Mike The Poet to encourage all women to:

Stop cutting yourself short: You must wear your crown at all times. Every woman is a queen, and you don’t have to wait for someone to give you your crown. 👑

Take a journey: No one has just one page in their life story. That’s why DEAR WOMAN has everything—quotes, letters, short stories, and poems to educate, motivate, encourage, and provide a little tough love.

Want the best for yourself: Michael E. Reid wrote this book and started with these encouraging words “Dear Woman, This is YOUR book. With it comes the responsibility to be a better woman.” This is more than a self-help book, more than just relationship advice for women—though it does include both of those things. No, this inspirational open letter, full of poetry and wisdom, is life advice just for you.

Do it for you: You are an amazing woman. Deep down, you know that. DEAR WOMAN isn’t here to tell you that you need to improve. Rather, it’s here to tell you that you can be your true self—for yourself.

Filled with great advice and written to shed some love and light, DEAR WOMAN is a great read and reminder for every woman to Be Confident, Know You Deserve The Best and Love Yourself!

SobeSavvy.com Book Review | DEAR WOMAN by JUST MIKE THE POET- Michael E.Reid

THE FEMINIST FINANCIAL HANDBOOK

THE FEMINIST FINANCIAL HANDBOOK •A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Wealthy Life• Brynne Conroy

I start a new, full time job in a couple of weeks and this time around I want to be smarter about saving and investing my earnings as well as paying off debt. I was attracted to THE FEMINIST FINANCIAL HANDBOOK to help me with these goals. I plan to start reading this book this week and can’t wait to learn more about general financial planning principles. THE FEMINIST FINANCIAL HANDBOOK provides actionable tips for overcoming obstacles and explores financial issues with anecdotes and perspectives of women of different races, sexual orientations and abilities. I look forward to reading the stories and learning from the advice of women who have worked through the struggle, and achieved their goals.

SobeSavvy.com Book Review | THE FEMINIST FINANCIAL HANDBOOK •A Modern Woman’s Guide to a Wealthy Life• Brynne Conroy

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#WineWednesday Feature|5 Things to Know About Vilarnau Cava #Vilarnau #VilarnauCava #GonzalezByass @Vilarnau_UK

Vilarnau Cava Brut and Vilarnau Cava Rose

This past Sunday, I hosted a bloggers/influencer event called the #ScentandSipEvent (stay tuned for full recap) in honor of National Women’s Month in March. The event was to not only celebrate women who have made herstory before us but to toast to ourselves and the history we are making! I thought what is a celebration without a proper toast with bubbles?! Thanks to some PR friends, my guests were able to sample a wonderful Spanish Cava producer — Vilarnau. For this #WineWednesday Feature, here are 5 Things To Know About VILARNAU CAVA:

1.Environmentally Friendly

I was happy to learn that Vilarnau uses no herbicides and utilizes a nearby lake and rain water to irrigate their vineyards. All this makes for a great tasting,organic wine.

2. Made in Barcelona, Spain

They are located outside of Barcelona Spain so on your next visit, you can book a tour of the entire vineyard complex. The use of indigenous Spanish grapes gives it a wonderful taste and a distinct,bright, crisp finish. In 1982, Vilarnau was purchased by thr Gonzalez Byass family of wines.

The bottles are very photogenic — very Gaudi-esque

3. Very Fresh and Fruity

The Brut is complex, made from 3 separate wines and has the primary aromas of grapes. The rosé is intense with red berries and subtle violets. The rosé uses two types of grapes: Gamacha and Pinot Noir and pairs well with dishes like paella, pizza or pasta. Enjoy both as an aperitif or anytime!

Vilarnau Cava Rose | Photo Credit @nikimcneil @sobesavvy #ScentandSipEvent

4. Suitable For Vegans

Vegans are very limited to drinking wine due to the fact that part of most winemaking processing includes gelatin or animal by product. Vilarnau wine uses none of these so Vegans can now raise their glass with assurance!

5. Aged in bottle for over 15 months

Vilarnau Cava has a second fermentation in the bottle(same method as Champagne) where it is in contact with yeast for at least 15 mos. This gives it’s bubble their slow and long lasting effervescence.

Maxine Lee of @drinkgoodwithMax presents the perfect pour of Vilarnau Cava Brut | photo credit Samuel Holt Photography @samuelholt

Everyone enjoyed the brightness of the flavors and of course the fantastic bubbly. The beauty of the bottles added to the celebration. As Vilarnau would say.. “life is full of little moments worth celebrating, so #makeitsparkle” with these spanish sparkling wines from Vilarnau!

Have you ever tried Vilarnau Cava Brut or Vilarnau Cava Rosé before? Let me know in the comments below! CHEERS 🥂