#HomeDecor|Tips on How to Give Your Small Patio a Big Makeover on a Budget

Hello June! Now that Memorial Day has passed, the official start of summer is upon us. Time to get your home ready for entertaining, visiting family members, and hosting cookouts/backyard barbeques. This year, instead of traveling for Memorial Day, we used the long weekend to revamp, refresh our small patio just in time for the summer. This is what we were working with “Before”

Now this is what we did to give ourselves a little outdoor oasis. “After”

Here are some tips on giving your small patio a makeover on a budget! 

  • Shop at your local thrift store       

These outdoor throw pillows were a thrift store find. I  love thrifting and really enjoy the hunt for treasure. I got two of the green tiger stripe and the neutral one which fit perfect on my patio set for $3! 

  • Check out the Dollar Tree for accessories

Because I plan to sit on my patio both day and night, candles and lighting will help with ambience. I got little citronella candles to help keep those pesky bugs away, drinkware for those summer cocktails I plan to enjoy, some artificial plants and these mini LED lanterns are Dollar Tree finds that reminded me of something you might see in stores like Pier One or World Market

  • Sign up for deals at World Market, save 15 percent off your purchase

Affordable outdoor and patio furniture is just one of the things I shop for at World Market . If you saw my last post about tips for hosting a wine tasting at home, then you know I also go there for food, drink and entertaining items. I had watched their Belize 4 piece Outdoor Occasional Furniture set go on sale and combined it with a coupon to get a great deal! My husband and I enjoyed lighting up some tiki torches and relaxing on our new ,comfortable patio set. It’s made out of acacia wood with a gray oil finish and includes 2 chairs, a bench, antique white cushions and a coffee table.

I now have a place to sit outside during the day while working from home! You may have caught me on IG @SobeSavvy instastories sippin like…

  • Remix and Reuse some things you already have. Remember, it’s all in the details!

Mixing old with new items is always a great way to save. I took an old 3 tier adjustable wire shelving-turquoise- from Target’s Room Essentials line and turned it into my outdoor beverage cart. I bought new pillowcases (from dollar store) to cover old pillows. Our new plant from BJ’s  was placed in an old wicker basket picked up from the thrift store. Another bargain store to check out for small accessories and details is 5 below. I got some side tables to place my faux plants from the dollar tree on…

..and these faux succulants from 5 below!

The one last thing I add is LOVE. As with any home project, it’s very important to love it because you have to live in the space.  From a shoppers perspective, I also love that here in Raleigh, NC I have access to great bargain shopping , thrift and discount stores.

We are super excited to have our small patio ready for bbqs, inflatable kiddie pool party fun with my little one and backyard entertaining. Our outdoor oasis was spruced up with an outdoor rug, outdoor funiture, pillows, plants, candles and love. We are now ready to live the patio life this summer! 

 

Do you plan to update your home decor for the summer season? Which home spaces do you plan to redesign..share below! 

 

#Raleigh, Plan your Mothers Day Brunch NOW @Seasons52 @shopcrabtree #Seasons52 #SundayBrunch 


This past Sunday, although rainy outside, my family and I found sunshine and the flavors of Spring inside Seasons 52. Located at Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall, SobeSavvy.com was invited to review their Sunday Brunch menu. Disclaimer: My husband and daughter joined me for this complimentary dine, however the opinions are our own.

Since we arrived after 12pm, we thought we’d start off trying their “Brunch Sips” Seasons 52 is well known to be a top notch spot for creative craft cocktails, so we were not surprised by how refresing their Sangria is..(yes it is as good as it looks)

…and how unique their Bellinis are. He ordered the white peach and I tried the rasberry Bellini for the first time. It was really good. Cheers!

Our daughter had her own kid’s brunch menu to review. Take a look at all these tasty choices for children under 12!

I am glad she chose the Brick Oven Brioche French Toast because that meant we could taste as well. She opted to have the pecans on the side and even ordered extra as those brown sugar pecans were so good, so addictive!

Before our brunch entrees came out, the Chef sent out an amuse bouche of their housemade orange marmalade, greek yogurt mousse with granola. It’s available also a mini starter and a great way to get your tastebuds ready for more amazing flavors.

On the Sunday Brunch Menu, there’s an array of creative entrees suited for anyone. Whether you choose sweet or savory, breakfast fare or lunch, Seasons 52 has one of the best gourmet menus that is very health conscious. I like how they actually list the calorie content of their dishes. Its good to know that the dishes we had not only taste good, but were good for us too! Here’s what we ate at Seasons 52 during their Sunday Brunch.

STARTERS

Hi my name is Leslie and I love Shrimp & Grits. So when I saw this listed on the menu, I knew I had to order it. I was not disappointed. The combination of cheesy grits, chorizo sausage and large shrimp were amazing! Warning it is not a shareable if you really love shrimp and grits. You are gonna want it all to yourself!

If you are looking for a shareable try the Meditteranean Hummus …Duck Lollipops (my least fave of the 3 only because it is a bit too gamey for me)

…or one of their flatbreads.  Lox on bagel lovers should definitely order the Smoked Salmon Flatbread. Our server Amy advised that it was one of her favorites and I really enjoyed Seasons 52 remix of this classic dish.


ENTREES

Even though Sunday Brunch starts at 10 am and ends at 1pm, dishes from the regular menu are available to order. My foodie family loves variety and Seasons 52 definitely serves up an array of “whats good now” emphasizing on fresh, seasonal ingredients. We tried two of their recommended egg based dishes. First up was their S52 Eggs Benedict. They put a new twist on this classic dish by replacing the traditional ham/canadian bacon with..wait for it..poached lobster ! Yup, it tasted BETTER than it sounds!!

Next we tried a beautiful dish served in a  ceramic dish called ShakShuka . This is a arabic middle eastern breakfast recipe of  of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, spiced with cumin. They added chorizo and feta cheese. It was so flavorful and just such a pretty dish to look at {prior to eating it !}

Seafood lovers must try the seabass. Mine was cooked to perfection. It’s served on “Forbidden Rice”  which I had for the first time. I don’t forbid you in trying this sticky black rice at all. It went well with snap peas and other asian flavors used to prepare this entree. Absolutely loved it!

Another fave dish that all of us enjoyed is the Lamb Chops. You get a nice sized rack of lamb that my daughter called the rack of love because she loved the lamb chops. We all agreed that it was tender, well seasoned and simply delicious. Just check out the pic below that I shared along w/others via InstaStories on my IG @SobeSavvy

DESSERT

We were full but still had room for dessert. They serve dessert in shot glass sized portions. Little glasses of heaven. Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Red Velvet Cake..got your attention yet. Pick your favorite. All made in house daily. Incredible ending to an incredible brunch experience.

SobeSavvy Tip: At some of their locations, they have a secret cocktail that is not advertised, nor is it on any menu but can be made upon request. But here in Raleigh, it is listed and goes by the name “Botanical Buzz”. We tried it and I will say its for the bold and not the faint of heart. After enjoying it, join the fun by sharing your reaction on Twitter and Instagram using #BotanicalBuzz

Still looking for a unique place to take mom on Mothers Day then look no more. Seasons 52 is the kind of place any mom would love to spend time at on her special day. Make reservations now to reserve your spot.

Seasons 52
4325 Glenwood Avenue
Crabtree Valley Mall
Raleigh, NC 27612

2 #Miami Events in April You Don’t Want to Miss + Giveaway ! Hint: Beer, BBQ, Fun #SobeSavvyGiveaway

Miami, Save the Date and Get Tix Now to 2 Fun Events happening April 1 & April 2 

Sprung Craft Beer Festival and Grillin N Chillin are both being held at the RC Cola Plant in Wynwood. SobeSavvy.com readers have a chance to enter HERE to win tix to these must go to festivals. There will be TWO winners ( 1 winner for each festival) selected at random on 3/24/17 to receive the following:

Sprung: 1 winner ~(2) Beer Socialite tix (which includes early entry, a backpack and 1 souvenir pint glass)

TICKETS & INFO:

$45 at the door (general admission). Pre-purchased ticket options include Beer Socialite ($70) and VIP ($90); both come with additional perks. To purchase tickets online, go to www.SprungBeerFest.com.


Grillin’: 1 winner ~ (4) general admission tix

TICKETS & INFO:

FREE for kids under 12, $15  (general admission). $25 Family Pack (2 Adults) To purchase tickets online, go to www.WynwoodBBQFest.com.

Be sure to follow SWARM , Sprung! and GrillinNChillin via @IGotSprung, #IGotSprung, @SWARM_EventAgency, @GrillinNChillinBBQ, #GrillinNChill… And @SobeSavvy for an event recap of all the beer and bbq fun! Don’t be a April’s Fool and miss out on these two festivals. Hope to see you there and Good Luck!

Enter to Win Tix to #YoungJeezy #TraporDieTour #TD3 @RitzRaleigh on 3/16 #Raleigh #NC 

We might have been experiencing some 70 degree days lately here in the Triangle, but get ready for a snowstorm when Jeezy’s “Trap or Die 3 Tour” comes to The Ritz Raleigh on March 16, 2017 ! And guess what? SobeSavvy.com is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan of the Snowman! 

Kicking off March 1 in Chicago with special guests Lil Durk and YFN Lucci, the 18-date US tour will make stops in North Carolina cities: Raleigh and Greensboro. “Trap or Die 3 Tour” will also hit nearby Myrtle Beach, SC before wrapping April 6 in San Diego.

The tour comes in support of Jeezy’s 2016 album Trap or Die 3. Featuring appearances by Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, French Montana, Bankroll Fresh, and more, the chart-topping album was a return to the Snowman’s TOD series. BUY TICKETS on sale now >>>>> here

Do you want a chance to see him live at The Ritz Raleigh on the Trap or Die 3 Tour? Enter by completing all or at least one of these steps. *Each step completed counts as an entry

  • 1. LIKE this blog post & Leave a comment below sharing why you want to go !
  • 2. Follow @SobeSavvy on Twitter and copy and paste this Tweet “I want to win #Jeezy Tix #SobeSavvyGiveaway #TD3 #Raleigh
  • 3. Follow @SobeSavvy on Instagram- find giveaway post with photo of Young Jeezy – TAG a friend who likes TRAP MUSIC
  • 4.  LIKE Facebook.com/SobeSavvy page -like ,share , comment on the post about this giveaway !

One winner (chosen at random) will recieve a pair of General Admission tickets to the show. Contest ends March 9th at noon. GOOD LUCK!

@ArgoTea offers 24 ways to Celebrate #NationalHotTeaMonth with New Garden Direct Collection

​January is Hot Tea Month and I wanted to let you know that Argo Tea, known for its all-natural tea-based signature drinks and loose-leaf teas, has introduced its most premium offering yet with the Garden Direct Collection. The new line includes 24 single estate teas that are sourced from the world’s premier tea growing regions, including India and Thailand. Each bottle features a design inspired by regional art, flowers and iconic patterns of the specific country where the tea was grown. The suggested retail price for each loose-leaf bottle varies from $10.95 to $39.95. 

This innovative collection was made possible because of the solid, long-standing relationships among Argo Tea and the various tea growers in each region. With a variety of flavors and levels of caffeine, ranging from popular pure teas like First Flush Darjeeling (Ambootia Tea Garden, India) to undiscovered teas like Hong Cha (Fang District, Thailand) or Sejak (Jeju Island, South Korea), the range of the collection provides unique offerings for all types of tea enthusiasts. I received the following Garden Direct teas from my friends at Argo Tea to sample :

Chamomile Blossoms – Grown in the Nile Delta at low altitude, this classic herbal tea exhibits a light, floral sweetness that is perfectly balanced by earthy undertones. * This is an herbal tea that I enjoyed having at the end of the day. I let it steep for about 6 mins and added just a little honey. I appreciated having it in its blossoms form as I believe that is what gave it the earthy, floral taste as described. These premium teas definitely lived up to my expectations. 

Armenian Mint – Delicious and refreshing, Armenian Mint tea revitalizes the mind, body and soul, naturally without caffeine *This one I have not tried yet but the smell of it is so inviting, invigorating and yes minty! I plan to enjoy this after my yoga practice. As a lover of exotic teas and blends, I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on my IG /Twitter @SobeSavvy   Stay Tuned!

“We literally traveled to all ends of the earth to source the best single estate teas for our Garden Direct Collection,” said Arsen Avakian, founder and CEO, Argo Tea. “Our partners not only make some of the best teas but also share in our commitment to making an impact on their communities. We’re proud to work with these world-renowned growers and are passionate about sharing these exceptional pure teas with enthusiasts everywhere.” 

 

About Argo Tea

Since brewing its first cup of tea in 2003, Argo Tea has quickly become a household name and leading multi-channel, branded beverage company. Its ready-to-drink teas in Argo Tea’s iconic bottles are now available in over 30,000 outlets nationwide through partnerships with premier retailers that value its brand-defining commitment to quality, sustainability and healthy living. With nearly 50 Argo Tea cafés globally, it has established a brand building marketing platform that serves over 10 million cups of tea annually fueling its innovation. Argo Tea’s menu includes all natural-tea based signature drinks, over thirty varieties of loose-leaf teas, premium coffee, fresh-baked pastries, specialty foods, and a selection of tea ware and accessories. 

There are so many health benefits to drinking tea daily and Hot Tea Month is the perfect time to try Argo Tea. All Garden Direct varietals are available for purchase online and in the majority of Argo Tea’s Chicago and New York City area cafés. For more information, please visit www.argotea.com and follow the brand on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram @argotea

Savvy Tip: During National Hot Tea Month, Buy 1 get 1 50%off  loose tea cannisters. FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50

Enjoy!

#FoodieFriday Last Minute Holiday Gifts + Giveaway @gmtgiftbaskets Gourmet Gift Baskets Review

Disclosure: I received products for review and promotional giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion
​It’s the holiday season. Christmas carols being sung, Celebrating Kwanzaa and Menorah’s being lit. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. No matter your faith, there is one binding force that we all love… GIFTS !! There is only one thing more rewarding and gleeful than receiving a special gift, and that is actually GIVING a unique gift to that special someone. 

Finding that unique gift for that particular person on your list is always a challenge — especially as the clock counts down to the holidays. But given the huge selection of offerings that GourmetGiftBaskets.com and KingOfPOP.com provide for every member of the family, the office, or even the neighborhood, it makes sense to take a good look at their latest and greatest items. Hundreds of choices abound, including: 25 different cheesecake flavors, almost 100 different popcorn flavors, beer buckets, cake pops, wine suitcases, towers, upscale baskets, and more. And there are many new and updated items for the holidays and beyond!

My husband is the King of Brunch as he loves to cook breakfast for me and our daughter. So I thought the perfect gift for my Top Chef would be the Christmas Breakfast Gift Basket . 

This basket defies description. Imagine you wake up one cold morning with a bear’s appetite. Well this basket literally has the making of a breakfast for champions. All the items are what makes this part of our nation so special. Their website describes it as the following: “Inside a gorgeous basket, your recipient will discover delicious foods, like Maine’s juiciest blueberries, New Hampshire’s sweetest maple syrup, and Broadbent’s hickory-smoked pepper bacon, creating a lovely gift that’s guaranteed to make any morning unforgettable. ” The basket also had pancake/waffle mix and coffees, scone mix and jams. Simply incredible. Here is how it looks out the box:

I can’t wait for Christmas morning to unwrap and make a fantabulous Christmas breakfast with my family as my little one shreds gift wrapping all around the living room ! I’ll be sure to share some Christmas Brunch pics via @SobeSavvy !

With Christmas almost here and New Year’s around the corner, the perfect gift for anyone ready to celebrate is bubbly! 

I received this Toasting to the New Year Gift Basket and was impressed by how quick the shipment came and how beautiful the handcrafted basket was.This basket came in a keepsake steel wired basket filled with La Marca Prosecco , gourmet crackers and cheeses and Dolcetto Chocolate Wafer Bites. This would make a great hostess gift and today I am giving one away for 1 luck winner to enjoy!

Simply comment below and share what items you would like to receive in your dream gift basket! Winner selected at random 12/20/16 at noon. Good Luck !

#Raleigh, Win Tix to @BringItLifetime #BringIt #DD4L #BringItLive Tour @DECRaleigh 7/13!

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Hey Raleigh! Hey Durham! Guess who is coming to the Triangle..DD4L !
That’s right, Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, the stars of Lifetime’s hit series “Bring It!,” will perform live at Duke Energy Center for The Performing Arts in Raleigh on Wednesday July 13 th at 7:30 pm  as part of the “Bring It! Live” tour
“Bring It! Live” will give fans the chance to become part of the action as they see Miss D and her Dancing Dolls perform their never-before-seen routines live onstage.  Audience members will take part in live voting, engage in Q+A with the cast, and get the exclusive “behind the scenes” lowdown on the hit Lifetime series.

In addition to audience participation, “Bring It! Live” will feature a new competition story line and an action-packed finale in what promises to be a stunning night of dancing sure to impress both die hard Bring It! followers and new fans alike.   

Details about the show can be found at bringitlivetour.com.
You don’t want to miss this!
Be sure to follow me on IG / Twitter @SobeSavvy for recap of the show!

SobeSavvy.Com has a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky fan !  Simply enter via Rafflecopter link below and I will randomly choose a winner on June 24 !Good Luck!

Enter Here.