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 !

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!

#WellnessWednesday : Gym Bag Swag Giveaway #bandeodorant #AD #totalrefresh #SobeSavvy

Hi, my name is Leslie. I am a member of a gym (shout out to LifeTime Fitness) and I love going to Zumba!  It’s a fun cardio workout and with any great cardio class comes alot of sweat. That’s why when I heard about Ban products and how they help you stay fresh, I figured I’d add some new swag to my gym bag!

I learned Ban Roll-On Deodorant ($4.99),  offers 24 hours of invisible protection against odor causing sweat! The formula that glides on easily contains Ban’s breakthrough technology, which specifically targets and virtually eliminates (not cover up) stress odor that other
antiperspirant/deodorants may leave behind. I usually opt to use a solid vs a roll on, but
am excited to put Ban to the test!

Did you know that Ban has a product that will help your skin feel smooth and silky, not wet and sticky after a workout? It’s called Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths ($3.29) which work to slick away excess body sweat with just one wipe ! This would be great for after a workout or a touch up throughout the day and fits perfectly in a purse.

 
Thank you Ban for sending some samples to giveaway to some of my Zumba peeps. I put together this Ban gym bag essentials duo and surprised a few ladies with some new gym bag swag of their own!

Like I always say….Friends who sweat together, stay fresh together! 

No matter where you go this season – whether it’s work, running errands or to the gym– Ban products promises to help you stay fresh and smelling clean all day long! Choose from Unscented
for sensitive skin, Regular for a light and clean floral fragrance, Powder
Fresh
for a classic powder scent, Satin Breeze for a feminine touch
with green and citrus notes, Fresh Cotton for a refreshing floral heart
with a hint of fruit, and lastly Simply Clean for fresh and powdery
amber notes with hint of peach nectar! 

For a full list of scents and additional information, visit www.feelbanfresh.com.  

#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 !

@CarolinaBallet Presents The Nutcracker Review + Giveaway,Win 2 Tix 12/16 show #NC #FamilyFun 

Photo Credits: Carolina Ballet

On Saturday​ December 10 , SobeSavvy.com joined other ballet lovers in celebrating the 15th anniversary of Carolina Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker. This family friendly show, performed today at DPAC, is totally unique: it’s the only one that features illusions from world-renowned magician Rick Thomas. We got to experience breathtaking ballet, mind blowing illusions and see our favorite characters levitate, disappear, and reappear!

My daughter just had The Nutcracker story read to her at school as well as learned the music in class, so the timing was perfect to introduce her to this holiday classic. Carolina Ballet, under the direction of CEO/Artistic director Robert Weiss, does an outstanding job performing this magical tale of holiday adventure based on a novel by E.T.A. Hoffman. The Nutcracker is one of the most recognizable scores in the ballet repertoire and definitely a performance everyone should see! 

In case you need a refresher of what The Nutcracker is about, here is a quick synopsis:

It begins when young Clara receives a nutcracker from her godfather, a wizardly toymaker named Drosselmeyer. Sneaking downstairs to see the toy after everyone else has gone to bed, she suddenly finds herself caught in the middle of a pitched battle between the toys and an army of mice. After saving the nutcracker with a well-thrown shoe to the Mouse King’s head, Clara and her now-living prince venture into the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets to celebrate. Throughout their adventures, Tchaikovsky’s dazzling inventiveness propels the dances of nimble flowers and regal fairy queens. The “Waltz of the Snowflakes” floats weightlessly whereas the “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” tiptoes to the haunting, music-box chimes of a celesta. A medley of exotic national dances—including a Spanish bolero and Russian Trepak—add to the phantasmagoric celebration before the whole dream ends, as all dreams must. 

This was my first time taking #outandaboutAva to see Carolina Ballet presents The Nutcracker and to share the moment with her will be a holiday memory that I will never forget!

Now I would like to give you the chance to be awed by the magic and choreography of Carolina Ballet and giveaway 2 tickets to see The Nutcracker perform on Friday December 16, 7pm at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. 1 winner will be randomly selected on December 14th at noon. Enter by leaving a comment below sharing why you want to go! 

Good Luck! 

Win 3 Ride Pass to #SpinClass @CB_BrierCreek #GivingTuesday #SobeSavvyGiveaway 


This #GivingTuesday, SobeSavvy.com is kicking off the giving season by giving away a free 3 ride pass to spin class at Cycle Bar Brier Creek. Tis’ the season to give back and get back to a healthier you!

I have been able to go check out CycleBar for myself and can’t wait to give my full review soon but before I do, I am hosting this giveaway for 1 lucky reader to win a 3 ride pass to attend any of their classes! That’s three spin classes to burn off that Thanksgiving feast and get you into gear for the New Year.

Here’s what you can expect at CycleBar Brier Creek:

  •       CycleBar is a low-impact and high-intensity exercise method, offering an intoxicating sense of community in state-of-the-art studios with concierge-level service, premium amenities and pay-per-class options.
  • ·         The dynamic cycling classes offer a multi-sensory workout in a concert-like atmosphere, where experienced instructors take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride.

  • ·        The studio features tiers for the bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.

  • ·         CycleBar classes are invigorating and fun, with themed rides for charity fundraising, Throwback Thursdays, Happy Hour on Fridays, artist-specific playlists and more.

  • ·         After a class, riders cool down with complimentary fresh fruit, water, and if its Sunday, free mimosas after the Brunch themed ride!

  • ·         Riders can also easily track performance data via CycleStats and download music used in the class session. 

    To learn more about CycleBar in Brier Creek, visit briercreek.cyclebar.com 

         See below to enter today for this awesome giveaway! Winner will be chosen at random on 12/6/16 ..Good Luck!

    ENTER HERE

    Tix Giveaway! South African Wine Social Oct 8 #DeansSeafood @RockyTopFood @TownofCary #RDU #TriangleEvents

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    SobeSavvy.com has a couple of pairs of tickets to giveaway for Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar South African Wine Social on 10/8/15 from 6:30-7:30pm. Three South African wines will be featured and paired with delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. Not a bad way to Unwind with wine on a Thursday and jumpstart your weekend! Simply leave a comment here on why you would like to attend. Winner will be chosen randomly on Monday October 5, 2015 at noon. 

    Here are more details about the event: 

    South African Wine Social
    1080 Darrington Dr. Cary, North Carolina 27513 
    Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar 
    * Join us at Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar for our South African Wine Social  These socials are just that – a casual, after work cocktail hour, perfect for co-workers or friends to gather and unwind. Wine reps will be on hand to answer questions.

    Welmoed Chenin Blanc with Zucchini Pancake. Oven Roasted Heirloom Tomato. Pancetta Lardoons. Crispy Parmesan. Italian Parsley.

    Kumhani Pinotage with Aromatic Chicken Meatball. Cilantro-Basil Yogurt. Smoked Peanuts. Raisin Crumpet.

    Arniston Bay Cabernet/Merlot Blend with Ricotta. Pickled Cherries. Basil Cracker.

    Tickets are $25 each per event (plus sales tax, fees and 18% service charge)
    Check out the schedule through 2015 and purchase tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/deans-seafood-grill-wine-beer-socials-tickets-18414282615?aff=es2

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    SobeSavvy.com will be there so be sure to check back here for the highlights! Hope to see you there….
    Cheers!