@American_Girl #WellieWishers Swimwear Fashion Fun Review with #outandaboutAva by SobeSavvy.com

Thanks to American Girl for sending #outandaboutAva these fashions and doll accessories for review! All opinions expressed here are my own.


🙋Raise your hand if you like building sandcastles in the sand? Well that’s what #outandaboutAva and her @agwelliewishers Kendall Doll did while having some fun in the sun sporting their matching Fun Fish Swimsuit & Cover-Up!

This undersea-themed swimsuit set includes a matching blue hooded coverup, sandals and a faux pearl headband for WellieWishers Dolls .

👙 Accessorize with @americangirlbrand Starry Sunglasses and your girl and her #WellieWishers doll can be ready for sweet summer memories in their American Girl Swimwear! Swimsuit/Coverup for girls range from sizes 4-7

I thought all of the pieces for both my girl and her doll were great quality and super cute! My daughter had so much fun dressing up like her doll and other beachgoers thought she was “Avadorable” in her bathing suit. The cover-up is very soft, almost like a terry cloth cotton towel material and is hooded. This made going from the beach to any indoor areas easy! My 5 year old and her Kendall Doll are ready to make a splash this summer in their swimwear and accessories from American Girl! For more info, visit http://www.Americangirl.com

To see more doll fashion and fun pics of #outandaboutAva and her American Girl WellieWishers Doll day at the beach..see here>>>https://www.instagram.com/p/BUMhteABLpV/

Top @Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms |#MothersDay Gift Guide by SobeSavvy.com

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product from Sephora for review, however the opinions are 100% my own. 

Mother’s Day is near and you may be wondering what to get for that special Mom in your life. Whether it’s your sister, friend, or your Mom, celebrate their beauty by giving them some top beauty gifts from Sephora. 

Sephora is my favorite place to shop for myself as well as others because it offers everything from makeup to skincare, fragrance and tools to provide solutions for anyone’s beauty needs. Plus, if you can not get to a store, you can conveniently shop online. Easy beauty is what Sephora specializes in and what every Mom can appreciate.

As a mom of a 5 year old, I have selected some of my favorites and must-try products and put together this list of ‘ Top Sephora Beauty Gifts for Moms’ . Check it out!

For the “Good with her Hands” MOM

Sephora Collection Hand Mask ($6) + Sephora Instant Nail & Cuticle Care

I love the instant nail & cuticle care so much that I keep it on my bedside table. This ensures that my nails get a treat before I go to sleep. No more dry cuticles. And because we moms use our hands alot, the hand masks hand gloves are essential to keeping our skin nourished and moisturized. 

For the “Gracefully Aging” MOM

Total Age Defy cream for eyes & lips and Total Age Defy cream SPF15 sunscreen

Since Ill be 44 this year, I started paying attention to products that minimize wrinkles. I am not anti-wrinkles, however I am pro radiant skin. This product works to support natural cell growth and boosts collagen. It absorbs quickly and has a nice moisturizing effect.

For the ” I See Everything” MOM

Mixology Eyeshadow Palette ($34) + Eyelash Curler ($16) + Sephora Collection Instant Eye makeup remover ($10)

Do you know a Mom with eyes in the back of her head? Well why not give her an eyeshadow palette to keep even her 3rd eye on fleek. LOL. Seriously, this is a fun gift for anyone who likes to create their own unique look. It has 18 colors: 9 matte, 9 shimmer that you can mix into endless combos. Add an eyelash curler and makeup remover and you have a eye-catching gift set! 

For the “Clean Freak” MOM

Clean Up Nice  ($15) + Color Switch Brush Cleaner ($18) + Sephora Collection makeup brushes

Sephora is known for their pro brushes and accessories. You can’t go wrong by gifting these because they are not only soft to the skin but effective in applying makeup. Pair these with proper cleaning products and your clean freak Mom will be pleased. Especially with the innovative Color Switch Brush cleaner which is a dry makeup removing sponge that allows you to switch colors without having to switch brushes! 

For the “Love the Skin Your In” Mom

Sephora Collection Gentle Melting Body Scrub ($18)

I love bath products that are nourishing to the skin. A good body scrub paired with a scented candle can turn your Mom’s next shower into a mini spa day. This gentle Melting Body Scrub from Sephora left my skin feeling soft and smooth. It’s not too abrasive and has a wonderful fresh scent. 

For the ‘Variety is the Spice of Life’ MOM

Sephora Collection Ready in 5 Face Brush Set ($25) + Sephora Collection Eyebrow Editor ($19) + Brow Highlighting Gel ( $12) + Wild Bunch Sponge set ($16)

Get a pretty box and gather up a variety of products that any Mom can use. Like the Ready in 5 Face brush set, perfect for Moms on the go and compact enough to fit in her purse. Speaking of compact, the Wild Bunch sponge set comes with 4 mini sponges that are perfect for blending concealer and foundation. And lastly, don’t forget the brow essentials like an eyebrow editor kit and highlighting gel. Both can be used to define brows and allows Mom to put her best face forward!

For the “Alicia Keys No Makeup” Mom

Sephora Collection Oil in Foam cleanser ($16) + Detoxifying foam cleanser ($16)

When Alicia Keys announced her no makeup beauty routine, many decided to follow suit and give their makeup the boot. Because Sephora offers more than just makeup, you can find skincare products suitable for everyone. You don’t have to wear makeup to shop Sephora. But if you do wear makeup,  you want to buy a cleanser that will clean your skin thoroughly and not leave it feeling dry. The Sephora Collection of cleansers gently removes makeup, impurites and is enriched with vitamins to nourish skin.

There’s still time to get to Sephora ASAP for that special gift for Mom or go to http://www.Sephora.com 

Happy Shopping!

Beauty|Enjoy some #SelfCare for your Hair from @MacadamiaHair @ColorProofHair ! #SelfCareSaturday

With the recent news of Shea Moisture’s controversial ad, many of the brand’s customers have ditched their products for new options for their hair. I personally stopped using them prior to their campaign because it no longer worked for my daughter or my hair texture. In my quest to try something new, I wanted to share 2 brands for your hair as my #SelfCareSaturday review.
In my past posts, I have shared why weekends are my time for self-care. As a mom and wife, its something of a balancing act to make sure I take care of me while taking care of the household. Saturdays are the perfect moment to put on a fave facial mask, do my nails, meditate, and treat my hair and scalp to some additional care.

Recently I learned of 2 amazing brands for hair care: ​ColorProof a vegan line of styling and care products, and Macadamia Professional, a professional line of styling and care products that are infused with a Pro Oil Complex, a unique blend of Macadamia and Argan Oils. Here are the deets:

Macadamia Professional Ultra Moisture Shampoo + Conditioner ($22.00/each; Ulta/Ulta.com): Ideal for coarser hair textures, the Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo provides intense hydration to the hair and scalp. It contains the exclusive Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair, while richer Mongongo Oil provides superior hydration, frizz control and helps to support the natural curl pattern and/or texture of the hair.

Ultra-Rich Moisture Conditioner is a luxe formula ideal for coarser to coiled hair textures. It contains the exclusive Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils to help strengthen and repair, while richer Mongongo Oil provides superior hydration, frizz control and helps to support the natural curl pattern and/or texture of the hair. Silk Amino Acids plus a blend of Vitamins A, C and E strengthen and improve elasticity.

Macadamia Professional Ultra Riche Moisture Masque ($36.00; Ulta/Ulta.com): Infuse coarse or coiled textured hair with an instant moisture boost. This hair masque provides nourishment to dry, damaged hair and strengthens the individual hair strands to help repair and defend against future damage. Hydration is locked in and hair is left healthy, shiny and restored.

*I wanted to show you the consistency of the hair masque. It has a nice feel and smell to it. And like the label says, my hair felt “Ultra Rich” after using it along with the shampoo and conditioner.

ColorProof PureReleaseÂŽ Instant Detangle ($27, ColorProof.com): Instantly detangle, repair, nourish and reduce breakage like never before possible. This high performance, 100% vegan, leave-in spray keeps hair manageable and tangle-free while breakthrough technology extends the life of your color and protects hair from heat damage. It’s like wearing a sunhat for your hair.

SuperplumpÂŽ Blow Dry Thickening Spray ($28, ColorProof.com) : Vamp up fine hair with this heat-activated, miracle body builder that weightlessly plumps each strand to expand volume and density while smoothing for touchably soft, noticeably thicker hair with maximum color and heat protection. Thicker. Fuller. Stronger.

  • Hydrolyzed Corn Starch grips to hair fibers to plump each strand while expanding volume and density
  • Hydrolyzed Jojoba and Pea Proteins strengthen and heal from within while smoothing and protecting against breakage
  • AquaFlex™ Polymer thickens and adds volume with long-lasting soft hold and style memory
  • Proprietary FlexShield Technology shrink wraps hair for ultimate protection against heat damage up to 450°
  • Advanced ColorLast System™ provides unsurpassed color and heat protection

*I am most impressed that this product is 100 percent vegan.  I am currently not putting any heat on my hair but my neighbor who is currently wearing a blow out style said she is excited to try these and impressed with the ingredients.

If you know anyone who is looking to add some self-care to their hair care routine, feel free to share this post! Thanks for reading. 

What self-care hair care routine do you do and what products do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

Disney Princess Pleybox by @MyPley|Unboxing with #outandaboutAva #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast #pleybox 

Disclaimer: We received the introduction box complimentary for review, however all opinions are my own.

April Showers bring May Flowers but it also brings lots of indoor play time for my daughter. With her being an only child, she has found creative ways to use her imagination and make indoor playtime fun. However, sometimes even #outandaboutAva gets bored with the same toys. So when I heard PLEY.com had launched Disney Princess Mystery Box service, I knew we had to try it! 
As the leading subscription toy company,  Pley.com is expanding its popular toy service by introducing a Disney Princess mystery subscription box line. The Disney Princess PleyBox subscription service will magically arrive every two months and includes a mix of toys, t-shirts, accessories and other goodies. The service is kicking off with a one-of-a-kind package inspired by Disney’s animated classic film Beauty and the Beast.

My daughter was very excited to unbox her very first Disney Princess Pleybox and couldn’t wait to explore the activities and discover the many fun surprises inside. Here is what you get for just $24.99:

  • a mystery box containing between 4-8 Disney Princess toys
  • activity book
  • fashion accessories (The Beauty and the Beast box includes a t-shirt, and role play item..this gorgeous gold crown!)
  • Each bi-monthly box tells the story of a new princess and, like a rags-to-riches princess story, the shipping box magically transforms into a castle, boat, or tower that can be decorated and played with, both reducing waste and increasing play value

Earth Day was just this past Saturday, so I appreciated this innovative, eco-friendly packaging that turned into a castle. I also liked the convenience of having cool toys delivered to our door without the  expense, waste,mess or stress. My husband was happy to have some Daddy -Daughter time by helping to put the castle together!

“Instead of throwing the packaging away, our physical shipping boxes become a part of the princesses’ story. Each box has instructions that transform the shipping box into a playable toy such as a castle, boat or a carriage that can be decorated and played with,” explains Pley CEO Ranan Lachman. “We call it ‘Pleycycle,” and are proud to be a leader in reducing the environmental footprint of toy packaging.”

Available now, the Disney Princess PleyBox subscription service will bring the stories of the brave, kind and adventurous Disney Princess characters to life in a unique and interactive way. Designed to empower girls, this mystery box is an ideal gift for kids who love the Disney Princess characters and their unique stories. The Disney Princess PleyBox delivery service can be ordered at https://www.pley.com/disney-princess. This box will be offered at a limited quantity, so make sure you order yours for your favorite little princess today! 
For more information visit: http://www.pley.com

Want to see more of  #outandaboutAva ‘s unboxing? Check out video slideshow here.

Do you use toy subsription box servives or subscribe to any subscription services? If so, share below!

#Twinning with #outandaboutAva for #LookAlikeDay in #LulaRoe #MommyandMe Leggings

April 20th is Look Alike Day , so I decided to have some fun with my little one by dressing alike in one of our favorite brands for Mommy & Me fashions, LulaRoe. Last time, I shared in a Fashion Friday post about how simply comfortable and stylish LulaRoe leggings are and today I feel the same way! This time we are trying a pair in a fun print perfect for Spring!

Leggings size S/M-her, Tall &Curvy-me

My LulaRoe Fashion Consultant, Kim Breton provides great customer service and surprises me & my lil one with special notes on the packages. Kim, like LulaRoe, combines fashion and fun perfectly! When her mail comes it feels like Christmas since we are always pleasantly surprised. I love the personal touch. Thank you Kim 💗

I hit up Old Navy to find matching tanks for me and #outandaboutAva ‘s new Lularoe leggings because I knew they would have something affordable and cute. I found a “Girls Rule” graphic tee for her and was looking for a “Moms Rule” tee because that’s the real deal in our house but alas there was no graphic tee for me. I did find this matching color tank that was fine for our look alike look. 

Enjoy the twinkle in our eyes-no filter, just sparkle and love 💖

Ever since my life has changed from being a Sahm to working full time and returning to school, I miss the frequency of our Mommy and me moments. Now that she is in kindergarten, I know the time is ticking of when the whole dressing alike will not be cool anymore. At this moment, she still finds it fun to dress like Mom. I’m thankful that LulaRoe provides these stylish leggings like these that we can enjoy together!

If you are looking for LuLaRoe matching looks for Moms and little girls, be sure to contact Kim Breton , 978-732-4530 lularoekimbreton@gmail.com                     IG @lularoekimbreton

GIRL MOMS – do you wear LuLaRoe with your mini me? What other ‘Look Alike’ brands do you wear with your little one? 

Please share below..and Thanks for reading!

Celebrate #EarthDay with #LiveCleanUSA and more Eco-friendly Bath-Beauty Products + Giveaway

Earth Day , which is celebrated on Saturday April 22, 2017, is all about lightening your footprint with upcycled and reusable items and keeping waste out. We all focus on spring cleaning our homes, but I wanted to share some products you should keep in your home when its time to spring clean YOU! The following are some amazing eco-friendly brands that are bringing clean, natural, organic beauty and skincare products to the masses. 
 Live Clean


Founded in 2006, Live Clean has a simple vision: to create high performance products that celebrate natural beauty while honoring the earth. Live Clean evokes the beauty in plant -based ingreients to create gentle and effective products that are safe for the environment at an extremely affordable price. Making a small contribution such as eco-friendly hand soap has a large impact on the environment, which is why more and more people are concious of the products they use in their home. My family loves the Argan Oil Restorative Liquid Hand Soap because not only does it gently cleanse our hands but leave them feeling moisturized, soft and smooth!  This exotic nectar fragrant hand soap is: 

  • Enriched with 100% pure Argan Oil
  • Certified organic botanical blend of grape seed and olive oil
  • 98% plant derived, SLS and Paraben Free

Live Clean also offers other varieties of hand soaps such as  Fresh Water Hydrating Liquid Hand Soap & Coconut Milk Moisturizing Liquid Hand Soap.  These are perfect in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere you chose to wash your hands and keep a clean environment. 

Other products my family uses by Live Clean that you must try is the

Live Clean Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner

Its gentle and cleanses while adding hydration to the hair. I especially like it for my daughter’s natural hair because it has nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C, E and rice protein in it. It not only strenghtens the hair but leaves it feeling soft. It smells good too, which is always an added benefit.

Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Body Wash

This body wash is infused with certified organic botanicals and also is gentle on the skin. It doesn’t leave you feeling dry, in fact my skin felt smooth and soft, refreshed and moisturized! I like that it has Vitamin E in it which helps give the skin a radiant appearance. 

Live Clean is available for purchase at Whole Foods, Walgreens, BedBathandBeyond.com and Target.com. Follow @LeaveCleanUSA #LiveCleanUSA to learn more about helping the environment one Hand Soap-Shampoo/Conditioner or Body Wash at a time!

Nailah’s Shea


In a previous post, I raved over how much I love Nailah’s Shea natural beauty products and why they are great for healthy & naturally glowing skin. Now that Spring has sprung, it is time to emerge from layers of winter clothing and show some skin. Yay warmer temps are here, but before you celebrate, you must exfoliate. Rejuvenate your skin by treating it to Nailah’s Shea Exfoliating Sugar Scrub ! I tried the Lemongrass Tabasam scent and its luxurious. Its gentle, it feels healing and it leaves my skin refreshed, smooth, and soft with a subtle glow. Like all of the products, it’s:

  • All Natural
  • No Parabens
  • No Sulfates
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Animal Testing
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Certified Fair Trade & Organic Ingredients 

Before using the body scrub, wash with any of their Organic Hand-Crafted Shea Butter Soaps ( the French Green Clay is my new favorite) and afterwards, finish with your favorite Nailah’s Shea Organic Whipped Body Butter. Everytime I use any of the products, it’s like treating myself to a spa experience at home. All products are available at http://www.nailahsshea.com

Kneipp Bath and Body Care 

Looking for some go-to essentials to keep your skin in full bloom for the new season? Well Kneipp has some wonderfully scented, plant-based, natural bath and body care products that have beneficial ingredients that do way more than just smell great! This brand has been around since 1891 and as stated on the packaging are ‘Nature’s Expert’ when it comes to powerful results for your skin. I took a bath using Kneipp’s Red Poppy & Hemp Aromatherapy Bubble Bath-‘Pure Bliss’  and it felt wonderful. The red poppy seed oil is known to ease pain as well as act as a sedative to reduce stress. After a long day, a relaxing aromatherapy bath nourishes the skin leaving it feeling soft and supple but is also good for the soul! Don’t forget after you relax, relate and soak to seal in the moisture with Kneipp’s Body Oil. They have a variety of products that will suit the needs of the entire family and you can customize your purchases by skin type. This brand’s holistic approach to its products is what I enjoy most.

  • No paraffins
  • No preservatives
  • No silicone oils
  • No mineral oils

Sebastian Kneipp said it best “Nature has provided us generously with everything we need to remain in good heath” . Since nature has been so good to us, I think it’s only right to be good to it on Earth Day and everyday! Kneipp products are available at Kneipp retail locations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and on http://www.kneipp.com

Beard Guyz

If the man in your life is bearded and looking for a true organic grooming experience, look no further than Beard Guyz products. These ultimate essentials are for the well groomed man who likes to use natural products on his beard. And since my husband is clean-shaven, I plan to Giveaway:Beard Guyz Daily Wash 35 and Beard Guyz Deep Conditioner 25 to 1 lucky ‘beard gang’ winner ! *Just comment below why you love your Beard Guy or why you love being a Beard Guy and I will choose a winner randomly on MCM-Man crush Monday, 4/24.* Here’s what you get:

  • Beard Guyz Daily Wash 35 gently cleans and conditions facial hair and the sensitive skin
  • A blend of 35 natural and organic botanical and fruit extracts combined with Keratin and Protein to clean and moisturize
  • Provides antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Helps improve blood flow for maximum growth
  • For all hair and beard types
  • Beard Guyz Deep Conditioner 25 helps soften and condition the beard while adding shine
  • A blend of 25 natural and organic oils, butters,extracts,vitamins and conditioners chosen for their benefits to the hair and skin
  • No parabens, alcohol or harsh chemicals

What all these brands have in common is that they demonstrate sustainability research and value the importance of helping the environment while providing quality products. I hope this Earth Day you celebrate by going green, living clean and treating yourself to some selfcare and wellness goodies.

 ~What eco friendly products do you use daily…SHARE BELOW! ~Good luck to all who enter the giveaway and HAPPY EARTH DAY !

My #SelfCareSaturday |Beauty & Body Care Product Review @NailahsShea #NailahsShea

Weekends are for ….

  • Longer than normal showers
  • Hot Bubble Baths
  • DIY manis/pedis
  • Washing & Deep Conditioning hair 
  • Detoxifying Face Masks 

Pretty much I am all into pampering me and enjoying some type of Self Care routine on Saturdays and Sundays. Well today is no different, as I plan to use some sample beauty products I received courtesy  of Nailah’s Shea. *Disclaimer: Although, I received product for review, the opinons are my own

I first heard of this brand last week at the Triad Womens Blogger Network meetup (see recap video here) in Greensboro, where all attendees received the Nailah’s Shea samples in our swag bags ! Here is what we received: 

I am a fan of shea butter because of its many benefits and my family personally uses it to help with 

  • Dry Skin 
  • Eczema
  • Preventing stretch marks &wrinkles
  • Minimizing Scars
  • Sunblock
  • Natural Shaving Balm
  • Insect Bites
  • Cuticle Repair

I was excited to try something new from this all natural Shea butter-based beauty and body care product line.My first impression was how wonderful it smelled! This Zanzibar Spice fragrance is a nice mix of citrus and spicy. It was truly love at first sniff !

I immediately reached out to Founder & Ceo, Camilia Majette to express my gratitude in receiving this swag and how much of a natural high I was on just from the smell of her product. I felt as if I were transported to somewhere exotic!  To my surprise, she offered to send the 2 Oz jar and matching soap too. Who doesn’t like surprises? How Sweet! 

Notice the Unscented Oatmeal Shea Butter Soap bar? I immediately thought my husband and/or daughter would love this too ! I was touched when the owner mentioned she thought of my family 🙂 We care to use natural products on our body, so it pleased me to learn that Naiilah’s Shea is a fair trade product and also…….

I showered this morning using the Citrus Manjano Shea Butter Soap. Talk about your morning pick me up! This soap infused with orange and lemongrass therapeutic-grade organic essential oils had me feeling like that OutKast song “so Fresh and so Clean, Clean”. Check out the packaging and how the soap is handcrafted:

This soap also smelled oh so good ! I appreciated the balance of fragrances and how it’s not a strong and overpowering scent.I loved how moisturized it made my skin feel. Now time to lock in and seal that moisture by using some of this Jasmine Asmini Whipped Shea Butter

But first, will it past my sniff test….YES!

I’ve had some shea butter products that were just too thick and seemed to take forever to absorb into my skin.  Not this one. Its texture was nice and I was able to glide it right onto my skin. You can tell she uses quality ingredients to make her hand-whipped shea butters. It did not leave me feeling too oily and I learned from the website that some of the ingredients used were high in anti-aging properties. Since I will be turning 44 this year, that was good info to know!
Although this business is based out of Greensboro, products are available to purchase online http://www.nailahsshea.com.

SobeSavvy Tip: You don’t have to wait to buy your products online. Tomorrow only, you can visit Nailah’s Shea this Sunday at West Elm in Durham from 12-5p at the Streets at Southpoint Mall! 

So far I am enjoying this journey to naturally glowing healthy skin. I look forward to continue using the products as part of my self care routine and plan on getting me some exfoliating sugar scrub from Nailah’s Shea. Be sure to follow FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

DO YOU HAVE A SELFCARE WEEKEND ROUTINE..DO YOU USE SHEA BUTTER PRODUCTS? Share below in the comments and thanks for reading !