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My #Gals + Galentine’s Day Book Swap Γ— Dunkin’ Brunch Board x Hey! It’s Your Day Book Giveaway

Galentine’s Day falls on February 13th and it’s a day to let your gals know how much you appreciate them. Last year I hosted a “Galentine’s Day” party and shared How to Host a Fun Book Swap with my readers. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to host another #GalentineBookSwap this year!

THE INVITE

#GalentineDayBookSwap Invite | SobeSavvy.com

#GalentineDayBookSwap Invite | SobeSavvy.com

What do you do when it’s a pandemic among us but you still want to get together with some girlfriends? You take the necessary precautions, send an invite to a chosen few and mask up! I used a group pic from the last book swap and created a collage invite to send. Between the cold rain and Covid-19, I was thankful to still celebrate Galentine’s Day!

SIPS

Now Pouring ..Shoe Crazy Wine | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

Now Pouring ..Shoe Crazy Wine | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

I received a wine gift from Shoe Crazy, which is owned by a African American female. So I was happy to serve their Peach Mango Sparkling Wine as a welcome cocktail. This fruity, sweet wine was the perfect blush color to cheers to Galentine’s Day!

EATS by Dunkin’

Dunkin' Brunch Board | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

I made a Dunkin’ Brunch Board! | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

Feast your eyes on my Dunkin’ Brunch Board! Since I was hosting the ladies late morning/early afternoon on a Saturday, I thought why not share some of my favorite snacks from Dunkin’! With charcuterie and cheese boards being all the rage, I hoped my guest would enjoy the presentation and they did! I added items from the Dunkin’ Snacks menu : hash browns, snackin’ bacon, stuffed bagel minis, munchkins and their speciality heart-shaped Valentine’s donuts (Cupid’s Choice & Brownie Batter)! It was all so delicious!

Leslie of SobeSavvy.com serves up a Dunkin' Brunch Board

Leslie of SobeSavvy.com serves up a Dunkin’ Snacks Board for Brunch!

I also got a Box of Joe to go from Dunkin’ with their Original Blend of coffee and a shot of Hazelnut. It serves 10 ppl and comes with cups, kids, sugars, creams,and stirrers. It was convenient and brewed to perfection. Definitely order one for your next gathering!

Box of Joe to go from Dunkin

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Book Swap + Review + Giveaway

Book Swap Ready!

Book Swap Ready | Photo Credit: SobeSavvy.com

After we sipped, snacked and shared stories, it was time to swap books. Guests are welcome to bring whatever type of literature they want to exchange. As a thank you gift, I gave each guest an uplifting book from Mango Publishing titled Hey! It’s Your Day written by June Cotner.

Hey ! It's Your Day  by June Cotner - Review/Giveaway by SobeSavvy.com

Hey! It’s Your Day by June Cotner – Review/Giveaway by SobeSavvy.com

Hey! It’s Your Day! is a collection of quotes, personal essays, and aspirations for anyone to live by, making it the perfect reminder of how valuable these life events are. June Cotner is an author well equipped in helping people rediscover excitement in life, with millions of books sold on momentous occasions such as marriage in Wedding Blessings and special events in Graces. Featuring multicultural lessons, thought-provoking compositions, and gorgeous pages, Hey! It’s Your Day! will remind readers that life isn’t just living in the moment, it’s also about looking forward to the future.

This book provides so many inspirational reminders to live your best life! I enjoy reading positive affirmations and quotes from some of my faves such as Rumi, Oprah, The Obamas..just to name a few. There is an eclectic mix of people as well as nearly 50 topics that cover subjects like love, friendship, family, growth, happiness, success, creativity and more! Hey! It’s Your Day! would be a great gift for anyone at anytime but I can see me gifting this for some upcoming celebrations such as Mother’s Day or Graduation. But I don’t want to wait that long…I am excited to partner with Mango Publishing to host a giveaway and gift someone this wonderful book! Head to my Instagram @SobeSavvy to enter there:

*No instagram.. no worries..leave a comment here on the blog and share a favorite quote!

RECAP

For this to be my first time having guests over inside the house since the pandemic, I think it went well. I made everyone feel safe, comfortable and we all had fun! Take a look at my video recap, here:


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How To Host A Fun Book Swap | Event Recap #GalentineBookSwap ft. @mangopublishing @sassoolcafe @nothingbundt @loveblockwine

Hey ladies! I am back with another cool way to celebrate Galentine’s Day. If you read my last post, I went out with some friends for a wine tasting and hosted the event I decided to name: #GalentinesandWine. This past Saturday, I decided to do something at home with my bookish gals. If you love to read and want a creative way to share (or get rid of) the too many books you may have, here’s How to Host a Fun Book Swap Party:

THE INVITE

Inspired by a hair product swap party I attended in 2019 and a convo I had with a bookish friend, I decided to host a book swap party with a Galentine’s Day theme and used the hashtag #GalentineBookSwap. What is a #GalentineBookSwap? It’s a fun way to celebrate female friendships and our love of reading!

I sent an invite out via Facebook (and a countdown reminder via Instagram) as follows:

Hey Ladies..Let’s get together to celebrate Galentine’s Day and our love for reading at my first ‘GALENTINE BOOK SWAP PARTY’
There will be wine, small bites and books to exchange. You may have some books that you have read, given as a gift and will never read, but would like a chance to get a book that you want to read! Please read the following on how it will work.

6:00 -7pm: Eat,Drink,Be Merry
7:00-8pm: Will start drawing numbers for swap order to choose your selection

You are allowed to bring up to 3 books. You will receive a number for each book you bring in and I will draw number to see the order that you will pick a book (for fairness).

*RSVP closed at 10 guests*

WHERE: MY PLACE
WHEN: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2020
6PM-8pm

Hope to see you there! πŸ“šπŸ·πŸ’•
#GalentineBookSwap

A WARM WELCOME

I like having an element of surprise, some festive decor and a welcome drink to set the tone when guests arrive. For the #GalentineBookSwap, I showered guests with rose petals as they came in the door and hit them with my own rendition of “She’s Your Queen To Be” from the classic movie “Coming to America”. Red Sangria was the welcome drink for this occasion. I simply set up a self serve Sangria bar along with some cute cocktail napkins that said #GALS which I got from Target dollar spot.

FUN PHOTO PROPS

Walmart was the place to shop for some cute photo props. I found a heart wreath and door fringe, which made for a cute backdrop for all the selfie lovers. The light up heart box came from Tuesday Morning some years ago and hangs up in my daughter’s room, but I borrowed it to make a #GalentineBookSwap sign and placed some red coiled chocolate Hershey’s Kisses nearby. I also picked up some heart shaped balloons from the Dollar Tree, and Viola! We had fun photo props to give the guests choices for photo ops!

DELICIOUS FOOD

When you want less mess and no stress, catering is the way to go for me when I host at home. I was very excited to introduce my guests as well as my own tastebuds to something new being offered by Sassool Cafe. All February long, Sassool Cafe will be offering a delicious and nutritious Heart “Beet” Hummus! This beautiful pink dip is the perfect side dish to all of your favorites at Sassool. This “lovely” hummus will be available at the Cary, Raleigh, and Sassool Select locations.

On the menu of heart healthy bites, we enjoyed:

-hummus

-Heart “Beet” hummus

-tatziki

-pita chips for all

-assorted mediterranean cheeses + grapeleaves + olives

-Spanakopita Triangles

-Mini Chicken and Beef Kabob Skewers

-Root Salad

-Assorted Baklava

Not only does Sassool Cafe provide the food, the platters but also the serving utensils. How convenient, how delicious!

For more information on their catering packages, go to sassool.com!

PRESENT A πŸ†•οΈ WINE

My husband likes being an at home Sommelier and presenting new wines to our guests by sharing tasting notes. I’ve even shared on the blog, tips on hosting a wine tasting at home, if you’d like to get some ideas for that as well. This always adds a level of intimacy to my at home events. After his presentation, we all get to enjoy our very own wine tasting! For this event, I partnered with Terlato Wines, who sponsored two varietals from LoveBlock.

We started off with the white and served the LOVEBLOCK Sauvignon Blanc,which was just released in Dec. 2019. LoveBlock SB is a classic example of New Zealand’s most famous varietal. Tasting Notes: Lots of grass and just the perfect amount of acid.

Next, we tried the LOVEBLOCK Pinot Noir, which went great with the grilled steak skewers. Tasting Notes: Deep finish and notes of berries on the palate.

PULL NAMES FOR BOOK SWAP

Everyone was instructed to write down their name and the # of books that they bought to swap. I advised to bring up to 3, but next timeI will say u limited. Any kind if books were allowed.

Everything from non-fiction, to fiction, self-help, children’s books, thrillers, devotionals…you name it, there was something for everyone! We all got a new book to dive into.

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#AboutLastNight…. these ladies and I got together to celebrate #GalentinesDay2020 and our love for reading at my #GALENTINEBOOKSWAP party! πŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ’•πŸ“šπŸ’• We enjoyed : β€’πŸ·wine from @terlatowines @loveblockwine β€’ ❀ Heart Healthy catering from @sassoolcafe #tastetheyummus ..and lots of books to exchange! β€’Plus, every guests received a special "thank you" gift from: β€’ πŸ’• @nothingbundtcakes β€’ πŸ“š @mango.books.and.authors Thank you to all my guests and sponsors who helped make last night a fun time for all! #HappyGalentinesDay 😘 to all the #womenwholovebooks #blkcreatives Do you attend or hosts #bookswaps? Stay tuned for tips on how to host your own party on the blog, SobeSavvy.com . . . #SobeSavvy #SobeSavvyCelebrates #SobeSavvyPresents

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THANK YOU GIFTS

Although gifting is not my love language, I enjoy giving some type of swag or goodie bag for every guests to remember the special occasion. Everyone received a special “thank you” gift from:

β€’ Mango Publishing @mango.books.and.authors |If you read my February Reading List blog post, then you may recognize these two amazing books:

❀ Say It Now – 33 Creative ways to say I Love You to the most important people in your life by Sherry Richert Belul

❀ Friendship Isn’t A Big Thing,It’s A Million Little Things- The Art of Female Friendship by Becca Anderson

β€’ Nothing Bundt Cakes @nothingbundtcakes | no matter the occasion they offer moist, delicious, AMAZING, tasty, bundt cakes for any occasion in a variety of flavors. Vanilla, Chocolate and Red Velvet are the flavors I gave as a choice for the guests to take home.

This was my first time hosting/ attending a book swap and I had so much fun combining it with a Galentine’s Day theme! And although it was all about the ladies, I had help from my husband in having my event go smoothly.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO or HOSTED A BOOK SWAP PARTY BEFORE? Share your comments below!

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Tonight, I hosted a group of ladies for my 1st #GalentineBookSwap event, but if it wasn't for this man, my better half, who says I'm his better half, none of it would have gone as smooth as it did. πŸ’• Thank you all for fun, laughs, books, wine and good times! Pics coming soon 😘 Goodnight. Special thanks to πŸ“Έ @thegreenteablog for capturing us being us! Extra special thanks to my always and forever love, @btech1 est. 9.6.99 ❀ . . . #valentinesdayiseveryday #mrandmrs #loveofmylife #SobeSavvy #RaleighBlogger #NCBlogger #lifestyleblogger #blacklove #blacklovedoc #blackmarriage #blackloveisdope #relationshipgoals #marriageisbeautiful #marriedmybestfriend #discoverunder5k #blackcouple #heighpartyof3 #blackandmarried #ourlove #blackloveexists #couplegoals #blackloveisbeautiful #love #blackmarriedcouple #marriedaf

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Cheers to Gals Everywhere! Celebrate Galentine’s Day with @TOPODistillery #DrinkTopo

Hey ladies, our special holiday is near! It’s time to gather up your favorite #gals and let them know how much they mean to you. Female Friendships are to be celebrated no matter the time of year, but if you are planning to celebrate Galentine’s Day, here are some ideas with TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin!

What is Topo Organic Piedmont Gin?
TOPO Piedmont Gin is an aromatic botanical mix that appeals to a wide range of palates. For those who profess a great dislike for the strong flavor of gins, they will appreciate how drinkable this one is. The understated juniper allows the ten other spices to really shine through. TOPO has put together a collection that truly showcases the glory of this five-hundred-year-old spirit.

IDEA #1

β€’ Throw a Galentine’s Day party and serve a speciality cocktail-see above recipe for The Galentini-using TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin.

IDEA #2

β€’ Purchase a bottle of TOPO Organic Spirits, send a memorable card & add a cocktail accessory, like Shaker 33.

What is Shaker 33?
The latest innovation in Cocktail Shakers – Shaker33, with its BPA-Free composition is revolutionizing the art of mixing drinks. The modern and sophisticated design helps users effortlessly create the perfect cocktail, every time. For more details, go to Shaker33.com

IDEA #3

β€’ Enjoy a TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin cocktail before going out for a girl’s night out! Can you say pregame 🍸

Do you plan to celebrate Galentine’s Day this year? I am hosting a ladies night out for #GalentinesandWine on Wednesday and also hosting a Galentine’s Book Swap party this weekend. I hope you are inspired by these ideas and will add TOPO Organic Piedmont Gin or any of their spirits to your celebration! Cheers..and remember #DrinkTOPO.

Thanks for reading!

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

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Hello February 2020! Is it me or does it seem like January was the longest month ever? So much has happened in the world these last 31 days that we must remind ourselves to practice self-care and celebrate life! Stephen King once said “Reading is Self-care” and I most certainly agree. I also believe not only does it educate your mind but it is the perfect way to unwind and unplug when the world gets a little crazy. Even though February is a short month, it is jam packed with holidays to celebrate. I curated this February reading list to share with you based on the following holidays:

Black History Month

Bedtime Inspirational Stories 2~50 Black Leaders Who Made History by L.A. Amber

“Today a Reader. Tomorrow a Leader” Those words are on the first pages of this inspirational book for young readers. Filled with beautiful illustrations and affirmations, life lessons, historical facts and valuable information, every child would benefit from learning about Black Leaders Who Made History. We plan to read from this book every night at dinner time or bedtime during Black History month but I know my daughter will treasure this book always! Get Volume 1 and this πŸ†•οΈ Volume 2 available on Amazon.com.

February 3 National Women Physicians Day & February 11 National Inventors’ Day

101 Black Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by L.A. Amber

As a girl mom to a bright 8 year old daughter, I am thankful to author L.A. Amber for this book featuring the accomplishments of black women in S.T.E.M.! This book encourages our youth to “Get Out There & Explore The World. Have Fun & Make History”! In the back of the book there is an exploration journal for kids to write down their discoveries. Throughout the book, you’ll learn about physicians, inventors, engineers and more! This book truly celebrates Black Girl Magic and the magic that lies in us all! Next month, is Women’s History Month, so this one would be great to read in March and beyond! Available at Amazon.com

Creative Romance Month + February 14 Valentine’s Day

Say It Now..33 Creative Ways to say I LOVE YOU to the Most Important People In Your Life by Sherry Richert Belul

Sometimes when you have been with someone for a long time or maybe you’ve just entered a new relationship, it could be challenging to express love and appreciation. This book helps by teaching you ways to say I Love You..NOW. No matter the love language, you will find something that appeals to everyone. Celebrate the most important people in your life and find inspiration from the thirty-three ideas found in this book! Available at Mango Publishing.

February 13 Galentine’s Day

Friendship Isn’t A Big Thing, It’s A Million Little Things ..The Art of Female Friendship by Becca Anderson

February is a great time to celebrate Female Friendships. Give your Galentine a thoughtful gift with this book that celebrates the bonds between women. I plan to host a Book Swap party for Galentine’s Day and each guest will receive this book as a Thank You from me and a tribute to girlfriend power! Available at Mango Publishing.

February 15 Singles Awareness Day

Love & Relationship Secrets…That Everyone Needs To Know by David Essel M.S, O.M

If Valentine’s Day is for Couples then Single Awareness day is for those who choose to celebrate being single. But what if you are single because you struggle with family relationships…And not sure why? Or you are frustrated with love relationships and friendships? Maybe you still have resentment for past relationships? This book touches on all those topics and more! Psychology Today and Marriage.com has verified David Essel, who is the author of 11 books, four of which have become number one bestsellerβ€˜s, as one of the top relationship experts and counselors in the world. His work as a counselor and master Life Coach is highly endorsed by individuals like the late Wayne Dyer, and celebrity Jenny Mccarthy. β€œ80% of relationships are unhealthy. My work, and this book, will help to change these statistics starting right now!” ~David Essel

For more info on this book and its author, go to www.davidessel.com

American Heart Month

The Joy of Fitness Compiled by Jackie Corley

Are you a fitness enthusiast or maybe you are (re) starting on a fitness journey and need some inspiration? This πŸ†•οΈBook, just released on 1/28/20, is a fun collection of over 200 inspirational quotes to motivate you to start moving and get active!
Whether you enjoy exercise or need a little more motivation, get inspired by this book. Exercise is good for the heart and this is a good read to have to inspire you to start! Remember, Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best.. “The first wealth is health.” πŸ’ͺ🏽Available wherever books are sold and www.hatherleighpress.com

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Be Healthy with Yin Yoga by Stedanie Arend

Take care of your heart, entire body, mind and soul by learning yin yoga sequences for overall health in this book from best-selling German author, nutritionist and holistic practitioner, Stefanie Arend. She offers a comprehensive approach to introducing readers to this form of yoga. Topics include: How Yin Yoga differs from other types of yoga, Why Yin Yoga is such a powerful way to relax and heal, Common ailments and illnesses Yin Yoga help to alleviate or reduce in severity, and more! One of the things I like most about the book, is the beautiful full color pages of poses, which are easy to follow along with. To check out Stefanie’s work, you can find it by watching >>here..πŸ‘€ and also: https://www.yinyoga.de/en/

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I hope you are inspired to add some of these or all of these to your February reading list and will celebrate the holidays with a new book! Remember books make excellent gifts for someone else but also to yourself.

Which holidays will you be celebrating and what book(s) from the above list speaks your interest? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!

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Event Recap |Fun Times at #GalentinesDayPJBrunch !Celebrating #GalentinesDay in #Raleigh #NC

Product gifted to SobeSavvy.com by Bedlam Vodka, Hard Candy and Lit Cosmetics

I have never celebrated Galentine’s Day before until this past Saturday when the lovely Nekeyeta Newkirk (Raleigh’s BBU Director, Stylist & Blogger @the_key2style) invited me along with some fellow bloggers and closest friends to a Galentine’s Day Pajama Jam Brunch. I love a great theme party as well as a chance to fellowship with other creatives, so I found me some PJs (shout out Carolina Thrift) and was ready to network and party! But first, I got in a quick mini photoshoot at home because that’s what we bloggers do!

Pajama Set: Soma Intimates, Embraceable Pajama Pants + Top French Scroll Black | Lipstick: Hard Candy Fierce Effects Matte , Crave

If you are like me and never celebrated Galentine’s Day before, it occurs on February 13 and its a chance for women to get together with their friends and celebrate sisterhood, friendship, Valentine’s Day and self-love! It’s a chance to connect with your tribe and support each other. We did all of that over some amazing food and drink of course. Take a look:

THE FOOD + DRINK

The Brunch menu was an amazing fusion of island and southern cuisine with buttermilk waffles including donut, blueberry and red waffle flavors and savory chicken wings sponsored by Big C Waffles + delicious strawberry cupcakes provided by Southern Lady Sweets ! Cohost Laing of Laing & Co., @justlaing, brought the vibes of the island with her saltfish and jerk chicken. Other brunch items like grits, andouille sausage, dumplings, eggs were also on the buffet style spread.

Sangria and speciality cocktails made with Durham’s own Bedlam Vodka were available to enjoy. I highly suggest when you are going to a party and asked to bring an adult beverage, #BringTheBedlam! And feel free to make this Galentine Martini aka Galentini to celebrate on Galentine’s Day or anytime!

THE GIFT BAGS

Parties can be a drag without some kinda of swag..that is a gift bag for your guests to take home to remember how fun it was! The #GalentinesPJBrunch had some great swag bag sponsors. Make sure you check out these brands and upcoming projects:

Original Artwork from @Millifemme

Candles from @habibaloveskenton

Satin Bonnets from @captivatingcaps

Shea Butter Bath Soaps from @nailahs_shea

Upcoming Events

Darkness Rising Project ~ @castcarlita

Upcoming event @baabsbeauty

Upcoming event @shopnoblecompanion

I would like to thank the following SobeSavvy.com gift bag sponsors for the ‘Galentines Day Pajama Jam Brunch’. We randomnly selected a few ladies to go home with the following goodies:

Bedlam Vodka crew super soft t-shirts + Bedlam Vodka mini bottles | @bedlamvodka #bedlamvodka #bringthebedlam

Hard Candy cosmetics | @hardcandylife #hardcandymakeup #hardcandylife

Lit Cosmetics | @litcosmetics #LITCOSMETICS Follow Facebook: www.facebook.com/litcosmetics

…And Crabtree Valley Mall (where I recently went shopping for #MyVioletValentineseries and dining at Brio for Valentine’s Day Preview) and picked up sample goodies from Belk, complimentary dining coupons from Brio and some Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream.

We all had a wonderful time filled with laughs, good eats, great conversation, dancing and pictures of course. Find more of the fun at #GalentinesPJBrunch #BlogBaeBrunch, my instastories @SobeSavvy and my YouTube recap. Until next time ladies…

The Galentines Day PJ Brunch 2018 in Raleigh,NC was so much fun!

Have you celebrated Galentine’s Day before. How do you plan to celebrate this year? Let me know below and Happy Galentine’s & Valentines’s Day to you! πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’–