Celebrate #FirstDayofFall with #EndofSummer Sips made with @BedlamVodka #bringthebedlam

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all pictures and opinions are 100% my own.

If you attended the NC Restaurant & Lodging Expo or followed my stories on Instagram, then you know that was an amazing event to meet vendors in the restaurant, food service, lodging & hospitality. While there I got to sample and learn about Bedlam Vodka who is distilled and bottled by Graybeard Distillery in Durham, NC. After one sip, I knew I had to help spread the word about this amazing Vodka via my Spirits/Beer blog, as well as share some of my favorite #SobeSavvySips cocktail recipes (crafted by favorite at-home mixologist, my husband).

Before I share two cocktail recipes that will have you dancing like the bottle of Bedlam in the above video clip, let me tell you the number one reason we found this vodka to be enjoyable. It is so S.M.O.O.T.H! There was no burn and very smooth to drink. Per the company and as printed on the bottle: “Vodka Need Not Burn” 

Bedlam Vodka “Vodka Need Not Burn”

How is that ‘no burn’ possible you ask? Bedlam Vodka is distilled from rice instead of wheat or potato. Designed from an Irish vodka recipe handed down over a few generations of Scott Russ’ family, this spirit is sure to elevate any vodka cocktail recipe you may have already in your repetoire. Speaking of recipes, brand director/bartender Jesse Cortez, mixes the versatile vodka into unique drinks that are unexpected and delicious. Be sure to follow Bedlam Vodka on Instagram for inspiration!

#BringtheBedlam | Bedlam Vodka

We have tried Bedlam Vodka in two cocktail recipes that I think everyone over 21 would love:  Moscow Mule & Thyme for Fall Martini

RECIPES

Bedlam Vodka | #SobeSavvySips Moscow Mule

MOSCOW MULE

PREP 5mins TOTAL 5mins

This perfect all-year round drink is a classic, easy to make drink that only requires 3 ingredients. Invest in some His and Her copper (a favorite autumn color) mugs and enjoy!

Makes 1 drink

YOU WILL NEED

A half of lime

2 ounces Bedlam Vodka

4 ounces cold ginger beer

Ice

DIRECTIONS

●Squeeze lime into a copper mug
●Fill glass with ice then pour in the vodka and ginger beer
●Garnish with a lime 

Bedlam Vodka | #SobeSavvySips ‘Thyme For Fall’ Martini

THYME FOR FALL Martini

PREP 15mins TOTAL 20mins

This cocktail is inspired by a recipe called The Salty Dog . I’ve made some variations to suit my taste. For example I prefer a sugar rimmed martini glass while the recipe calls for course salt around the rim. This tasty, thyme-infused drink calls for gin in some recipes, but my husband thought Bedlam Vodka would go well in this light, citrusy, herbal cocktail. He was right!

This recipe calls making a Thyme Simple Syrup with these ingredients: 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup water + 8 sprigs Thyme

*The Cocktail Novice has a great guide for infusing herbs in simple syrups , that you can check out >>here.*

Makes 1 martini drink

YOU WILL NEED

2 oz. Bedlam Vodka
3 oz. Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice
½ oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
½ oz. Thyme Simple Syrup
1 Tbsp Sugar, For Glass Rim
1 Grapefruit wedge

DIRECTIONS

●Combine Vodka, Juices, Thyme Syrup and Ice in a Cocktail Shaker
●Shake Well
●Sugar the rim of a Martini Glass
●Strain Cocktail Into Martini Glass
●Garnish with a Thyme Sprig &      Grapefruit Wedge

Bedlam Vodka is available in NC ABC Stores plus bars and restaurants across the state.  Also, those of you in SC and GA can also enjoy the smooth taste of Bedlam Vodka. This company has plans of going nationwide, and to #bringthebedlam to everyone! Be sure to follow www.bedlamvodka.com to see what locations they will be in next!

Bedlam Vodka Cocktails

Hope you enjoy these 2 cocktail recipes and are inspired to go out and buy Bedlam Vodka and toast to the first day of Fall! 

Cheers!

3 Ways to Feel Relaxed, Refreshed & Rejuvenated for #RelaxationDay with @KneippUSA @Rituals @NailahsShea

Disclaimer: I received complimentary product for editorial review, however the opinions are mine to share with you!

August 15th is National Relaxation Day and in honor of this day (which I’d celebrate any time of the year), I would like to share with you 3 ways to Feel Relaxed, Refreshed and Rejuvenated using bath & body products from KneippRituals and Nailah’s Shea.

Relaxing for me usually involves slowing down, enjoying a quiet moment and taking in some deep breaths, while enjoying a long hot bath. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine and voila ~instant relaxation. So you’ve ran your bath water..now what?!?! 

1. RELAX by using a Kneipp body product made with Lavender oil

Lavender is known to be a natural herb that produces a gentle, balancing effect while creating a relaxing impact for the mind and body. Let Kneipp help you find your sanctuary by using any of their best selling bath products to help you relax after a long day. Kneipp Lavender Body Lotion in ‘Relaxing’ has a sweet almond oil fragrance that has been blended with high-quality essential lavender oil which is known for comforting the mind. What I like most is that it’s suitable for everyone in my home. So no matter your skin type, this lotion is designed to have your skin nourished and soft. It’s also vegan, so this product doesn’t contain any animal origin components. There is also no paraffin, silicone or mineral oils included. Massage into your skin after showering or bathing, slip into your favorite nightwear and get ready to relax! Available at Kneipp.com

2. REFRESH and transform your bathroom into a luxurious spa with the NEW Ritual of Hammam

Ever wanted to experience your own wellness ceremony at home? Well close your eyes and be inspired by one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world. The Ritual of Hammam collection is offering a range of luxury body products designed to meet the needs of modern times by relaxing our body and purifying the mind with the revitalizing fragrance of refreshing eucalyptus. YOUR HAMMAM RITUAL IN 5 STEPS:

 1.  After you’ve set the mood, start your cleansing ritual with the NEW Black Soap ($15). This nourishing black soap deeply cleanses and purifies the body, removing old skin cells and leaving the skin silky soft and prepared for exfoliation. 


2.  Follow with the Hot Scrub ($29), which contains purifying sea salt, warming ginger and refreshing eucalyptus, immediately reducing fatigue and boosting your mood. Apply on top of the Black Soap for an even smoother result. 

3.  Continue with the Body Mud ($17) with mineral-rich rhassoul clay, a mud that intensively purifies and polishes the skin by helping to remove dead skin cells.

4.  Use the Foaming Shower Gel ($15), containing a purifying, refreshing fragrance that pleasantly and softly cleanses the skin. The gel also soothes and helps the skin to repair itself.

5.  After you shower, apply the soothing NEW Body Cream ($33) to the body for a nourished and toned skin. SobeSavvy Tip: The packaging for the body cream is eco-chic allowing you to refill while benefitting the environment and your budget!

Finally mist your skin, bed linen or other textiles with the Body Mist ($25) ,which is infused with rosemary (known for its aromatic fragrance, revitalizing and warming effect and soothes/supports the ability for the skin to repair itself ) & refreshing eucalyptus( known for its healing properties & stimulating effect on body/mind). It does not stain, which makes this light mist good for your skin and in your home.

Available at Rituals.com and Rituals stores throughout NYC

3. REJUVENATE and Exfoliate with Nailah’s Shea Zanzibar Spice Sugar Scrub 

What do you get when you mix spicy orange and sweet clove scents with organic Fair-trade cane sugar? An exotic scrub that is good for your face and body called Zanzibar Spice. This product is also combined with coconut, shea and grapeseed oils which is good for moisture, skin toning and anti-aging! Inspired by owner Camilia Majette travels to Zanzibar, Tanzania, this fragrance is also available as a hand-crafted shea butter soap and whipped shea body butter. I absolutely loved how it made my skin feel as well as the scent after using it in the shower. I even imagined I was on a relaxing getaway to the “Spice Island” while using these products! 

Made locally in Greensboro, NC., this all natural Shea butter-based beauty and body care line is one of my faves because its free from parabens, alcohol, harsh chemicals, vegan friendly and organic. If you want to begin your journey to healthy naturally glowing skin and travel to Zanzibar in your mind like me, you can purchase online at www.nailahsshea.com.

SobeSavvy tip: Come to West Elm, Southpoint Mall -6910 Fayetteville Rd #1375 in Durham to shop Nailah’s Shea in person on Saturday 8/26 12-5pm . If you don’t need any for yourself, these make amazing gifts!

I hope you are inspired to relax, relate and release using any of these 3 brands products for your bath and body.  

How do you like to relax? Do you plan to celebrate “National Relaxation Day” ?

#GetOutThere and Celebrate #NationalSunglassesDay with @sunglasswarehse + SobeSavvy.com 

Hi ..My name is Leslie and I am a sunglass-aholic. (Well to my husband who thinks I have one too many pair.) I actually see myself as a collector of sorts. I mean after living in the ‘Sunshine State’ for almost 18 years, a girl needs sunglasses for different occassions.

Today is National Sunglasses Day, and I wanted to share one of my go to online retailers for affordable sunglasses: Sunglasswarehouse.com  They have different styles, trendy frames and lenses for discount prices. You can also get the necessary accessories needed to keep your shades protected. Everyone in the family can get fashionable sunglasses for every face shape in dozens of colors. 

This past Spring, I collaborated with Sunglass Warehouse to bring awareness of the brand and to sport their frames during some of my vacation moments. Some of my selections were based on where we were going and/or what we were going to see or do when we got there. Take a look at my picks and make your Summer selections now at SunglassWarehouse.com!

In March, we traveled to Arlington, VA & Washington DC and went sightseeing in style in these…

*”Arlington” Sunglasses for him Gold/Tortoise with Green Lenses

* “Lincoln” Sunglasses for her perfect to see the Lincoln Monument with tortoise/clear fade

In April, we celebrated #outandaboutAva’s 1st Spring Break and took a road trip to Atlanta,Ga, where we shared our Family Travel adventures as well as our sunglass style. 

*”Roadie” His and Her Grey Frame, Black Frame

*assesories “Baja” car visor clip 1 silver,1 gold 

..and for those of us who enjoy running outside, these *”Yellowstone” blk /orange frame with mirrored lenses turned my 5K Spring Training for my 1st Color Run into a fashion statement! 

For Mothers Day weekend, we headed to Miami Beach ( the place where my sunglass collecting began) for some R&R and fun! 

* Miami Sunglasses Silver Frame with Yellow Mirrored Lenses 

* Slay Sunglasses  Gold Frame with Pink Mirrored Lenses

I had fun reliving not only my travels but sharing my obsession of sunglasses with you. (My husband now respects my Sunglass game ) Will you be treating yourself with a pair or two before summer ends?   If so, be sure to check out the selections at Sunglass Warehouse and again, Happy National Sunglasses Day from SobeSavvy.com! 

 

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 www.Sephora.com 

Happy Shopping!

#SnowDay Date Night Idea ~ READ 808 Conversation Starters for Couples | Book Review by SobeSavvy

Disclosure: I received this book for review and all opinions are my own.

One of my goals for 2017 is to read more. While I do get to enjoy reading children’s books with my daughter, I often do not find the time to pick up a book of my own and have neglected my love for reading. I also have found myself too tired to engage in coversation with my husband at the end of the day.

That has changed starting with this fun read“ titled 808 Conversation Starters for Couples. It is a new book that offers the ultimate list of casual conversation prompts to spark fun and interesting dialogue, deepen communication, and increase intimacy during dinner time, date night or any other moment.

Now if you know my husband, he always has something to talk about and because we have been married for 17 years, I just believed that I would know most of his answers. WRONG. I learned quite a bit about him just from asking the following questions: What would be the title of your autobiography? Would you say you were born in the wrong decade? What TV show is your guilty pleasure? 

Ask any of these questions to your partner, and you’’re guaranteed to share an interesting conversation. 808 Conversation Starters for Couples” is the perfect antidote for you and your significant other to get closer through the simple exchange of talking and listening.The art of communication is a lost art for some and this book is a way to bring that back to your relationship while having fun! 

This book is not just for couples but for anyone. During our holiday party, we shared this book amongst friends and introduced it as a party game. We had each guest flip to any page and ask any question that piques their interest.The book not only has questions but there are Do It! suggestions like “give your partner a piggyback ride”. Not only does this book reveal things about yourself, your partner but you never know what passions, hopes or even funny stories might be revealed amongst your friends! 

Sample Questions:

What are three jobs you definitely could n’ot do?

What’s the most important piece of advice you ever received?

What’s the very first memory you can recall?

Do you correct people’s grammar or pronunciation?

Can you name five things you hate spending money on?   

This weekend was the perfect time to review this book, as I know some of you are snowed in and tired of “netflix and chill” as a way to have a date night. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cuddle on the couch and watch a good movie with my man but I also enjoy asking him questions, listening to his answers, sharing my thoughts and loving on each other even more! I believe intimacy creates understanding which creates love and it all starts from a good conversation. If you are not sure where to start, let this book be your guide. It’s available here http://amzn.to/2j5VFtR Get it before Valentine’s Day and have your fun conversation starters ready for your date night! 

Now for fun ..answer this sample question from the book below in the comments: DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? 

#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 !