Tips for a Self-Care Staycation in Raleigh, NC ft. @achotelraleigh @level7roofbar and more in @visitnorthhills + GIVEAWAY 🎉

Tips for a Staycation in Raleigh, NC

Tips for a Staycation in Raleigh, NC | Photo Credit: @SobeSavvy for SobeSavvy.com

Hi..my name is Leslie. I am a 47 year old mother to a lovely daughter age 9 and married to a wonderful husband for all most 22 years. And while I love them dearly, after us all being at home together for work, school and everything in between, this mama NEEDED a self-care break. I knew just the place where I could relax, recharge and reward myself! I headed to North Hills in Raleigh,NC where there are plenty of options to STAY, EAT, PLAY for a nice getaway! I want to share some tips on planning your next self-care getaway, PLUS giveaway some 2 gift cards to 2 lucky readers/followers to use for their staycation/vacation/momcation/solocation/daycation or whatever you want to call it..remember, you deserve it! Details in how to enter to follow, but first here are some tips:

STAY

AC Hotel Raleigh North Hills

Part of self-care for me is taking time out for oneself, getting good sleep, being in a clean environment and having personal space to be creative. AC Hotel Raleigh provides all of that along with being convenient to everything North Hills has to offer. After my one night stay, I woke up renewed and ready to seize the day! Check out my IG post/photos to get an inside look of the King w/sofa bed guest room:

You can literally walk out of the hotel doors to many options for dining and entertainment or opt to stay in and head up to their Level7 rooftop bar! They offer good drinks, good food and good vibes making it the perfect hangout spot!

Take a look at my IG reel to get a feel of what Level7 is like on a Sunday night:

I made sure before checking out to utilize their fantastic fitness center and I may have stayed in their waterfall shower much longer than I would at home. I loved the green tea/lemongrass shower gel which smelled so good!

EAT

STIR Raleigh

Across the street from the AC Hotel Raleigh is one of my favorite restaurants in North Hills, named STIR Raleigh. From the creative cocktails, to the flavorful food along with the beautiful decor and great staff, I love dining there. Sit inside or outside and just treat your tastebuds to something amazing from their menu.

#SobeSavvyGiveaway: Speaking of a treat, here is your chance to enter GIVEAWAY #1 for a $50 gift card to STIR Raleigh! *no IG, no problem. Just comment on this blog post what you would have at STIR

Here are some other nearby dining suggestions that I enjoyed during my staycation in North Hills.

For breakfast: Another Broken Egg

For Lunch/Dinner: bartaco

PLAY

Kings Dining & Entertainment

Right next to the AC Hotel Raleigh is KINGS Dining and Entertainment. I actually went there prior to check in to past the time as well as enjoy a bit of Sunday Funday! They offered a couple of drink specials and I ordered the Tequila Sunrise, which was just $4! I paired it with some wings and played a few games. Families were bowling, friends were shooting pool and I saw some few couples on a date! If you want some fun on your staycation agenda, I recommend going to KINGS in North Hills.

PLAY

#NorthHillsArt

Tour public art for free during your stay in North Hills by taking an Art Walk >>click here for full listing! One of the perks of being a hotel guest at AC HOTEL Raleigh is the use of a free bicycle during your stay. I had so much fun riding around and exploring North Hills!

SobeSavvy Tip: I made an appointment on a whim for a mani -pedi service at Midtown Nail Spa in North Hills. It’s steps away from AC Hotel Raleigh and across from Another Broken Egg. I enjoyed complimentary Sangria and Vinnie gave great customer service. Getting pampered while on a self-care staycation is a must!

GIVEAWAY

As you can see, North Hills is “The Place To Be” in Raleigh, NC and the perfect place to enjoy a Self-Care Staycation! I hope this blog post has inspired you take some time for yourself and delight in a change of scenery. Use my tips and discover some places to enjoy on your own in North Hills. They have plenty of shopping options as well to enjoy some retail therapy and I’d like to giveaway a giftcard for 1 lucky winner to do just that!

#SobeSavvyGiveaway: Here is your chance to enter GIVEAWAY #2 for a $50 gift card to use at almost any store, restaurant or salon in North Hills! *(some exceptions apply). To enter, like and comment on this blog post where you would go in North Hills. For an extra entry, share this blog post via IG, FACEBOOK, Twitter, Pinterest and tag @SobeSavvy |SobeSavvy.com

A random winner will be chosen Monday, June 21, 2021 at noon.

Good Luck!

Thank you for reading and I hope a staycation/vacation is in your future! Until next time….

Wish You Were Here art mural

Leslie Heigh , Founder of SobeSavvy.com kicks of her Raleigh, NC Staycation in front of the Wish You Were Here Art Mural in North Hills | photo credit: SobeSavvy.com, @sobesavvy

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#SobeSavvyPresents ..Gifts By Leslie! Find your fave #selfcare #love #gifts here 🎁 #giftsbyLeslie

“Gifting” is a love language and while the many online quizzes have shown me that gifting is not my primary love language, I have always liked creating “Thank You” gifts for friends/family. Combining my love for making gifts for others as well as treating myself to some self care love is how “Gifts By Leslie” came to be!

I launched in February 2021, just in time for Valentine’s Day to remind others to not only show some love to others but also to themselves! Take a look at what I am offering as of March 2021:

Self-Care Love Gifts by Leslie

♥️ Made With Love to Inspire Self-Care ♥️

“Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” -Unknown

Treat yourself or someone else with a unique gift basket filled with items to enjoy while practicing self-care! ♥️

•Tea Lovers Basket: includes chamomile tea, a mug, a mini scented candle, and a sweet treat

💲10.00

•A Bin of Zen: includes a mini soy candle, 100% Himilayan Bath Salt (lavender scented), Buddha art, meditation mood stone, incense holder 💲15.00

Here’s some BTS..behind the scenes of how I make the Rose/Lavender Infused Bath Salt:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CMUii9SHB-i/?igshid=1mtlri4ybgj40

•Candle Gift Mini Box- includes mini scented candle in a decorative keepsake box 💲5.00

•Paint Night Basket: includes canvas, display easel holder, apron, paint, 2+brushes, brush holder, chocolate candy kisses 💲18.00

• Zen Garden Gift Set: includes Zen Garden Kit & mini Healing Stone candle 💲8.00

~currently out of stock (ask to be added to Wait List or request substitute items)

..but don’t worry, we have 🆕 Gifts By Leslie items added to the shop every month‼️ Here’s what’s new for March 2021:

• I Love Paris Gift Set: includes 2 Stemless ( clear or smoke) “I Love Paris” Wine Glasses, 4 chocolate truffles, Fleurs & Jardin (which is French for Flowers & Garden) metal bin 💲20.00

***All gifts include a FREE Self Care Bingo printable to remind you of some ways to practice self-care!

Ready to order your special gift?! 🎁 DM me, leave comment or email SobeSavvy@gmail.com for any questions and order requests!

Payments accepted via:
CashApp $giftsbyLeslie

Paypal: Leslie Heigh/lesheigh@aol.com

Get ready to feel the love and place your order today! 🥰 Follow along with #giftsbyLeslie #selfcarelovegifts!

Sharing is caring..so don’t forget to tell a friend 🗣️

Effective March 23rd, I’ve added Easter Baskets! Take a look:

🆕 APRIL 2021 Inventory

• Zen Spa Basket, perfect gift for Administrative Professionals Day 4/21, Mother’s Day or anytime for yourself!

Includes Buddha Tealight Candle Holder, Lime/Coconut Tealight Candle, Citrus Loofah Soap, Rose/Lavender Pink Himalayan Bath Salt, Tropical Shower Cap, Face Mask Sponges, & Faux Succulent Arrangement, in a Straw Basket wrapped with love 💲22.00 ‼️

🆕Gifts By Leslie ~ Now Selling..
• Abundance of Hope Basket: includes Abundance Soy Blend Scented Candle, Bloom where you are Planted Mug, Hope to Live By collection of quotes Book, Peppermint Tea in a Green Straw Basket wrapped with love 💲15.00 ‼️ *Add on Taurus Astrology Book for additional $3.00
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I have added this #giftbasket to the #GiftsByLeslie April 2021 inventory just in time for #Taurusseason ♉, National #AdminProfessionalsDay, #NationalTeaDay, #GirlScoutLeaderDay, #HairstylistAppreciationDay, or anytime!

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• Customized Baskets/ Personal Shopping / Party Favors

🆕 MAY 2021 Inventory

Gifts By Leslie has Mother’s Day gifts starting at💲15.00‼️

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Here are 2️⃣ options made with Mom in mind:

• Coffee Lovers Basket…..includes ‘Mom Life Is The Best Life’ Mug, Hazelnut Coffee Creamer, ‘A Mother’s Love’ (Chicken Soup For The Soul Book), bag of Biscotti (an excellent compliment to coffee), wrapped with love in a straw basket. 💲15.00 ‼️
**Add on a bag of ground or whole coffee bean and/or Starbucks or Dunkin gift card for an additional 💲10.00 ‼️

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• Pamper Me Purse Lavender gift set.. size medium (💲18.00) size large (💲22.00) ‼️
..includes Lavender Aromatherapy Travel size products: body scrub, body wash gel, hand moisturizer, 30 ct facial wipes, & I Love You compact mirror, wrapped in a purse gift box.

** Large includes body butter & hand sanitizer

Since May is filled with lots of celebrations:
May 4- Teacher Appreciation Day
May 6- National Nurses Day
May 9- Mother’s Day

I am offering 1️⃣0️⃣ % off thru May 10th on any Gifts By Leslie purchases‼️ See full inventory available at SobeSavvy.com

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YES..we can customize your gift request, add on any type of gift card and SHIP anywhere❗ I can also arrange pickup or delivery within the Triangle area.

DM to place order/prepay via Paypal, Zelle
CashApp $giftsbyLeslie

Contact Leslie: sobesavvy@gmail.com, IG @sobesavvy
#giftsbyLeslie #selfcarelovegifts

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Give someone a sweet treat 🍬 🆕Gifts By Leslie ~ Now Selling..

• I 💗 Candy Jar: includes glass jar, assorted candies (which can be customized to your liking), wrapped with love 💲8.00 ‼️
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Gifts By Leslie has #NationalWineDay gifts starting at💲20.00Here are 2️⃣ options made with #winelovers in mind:
• I Love Paris Wine Glass Gift Set: includes 2 Stemless ( clear or smoke) “I Love Paris” Wine Glasses, 4 chocolate truffles, Fleurs & Jardin (which is French for Flowers & Garden) metal bin 💲20.00

• Rosé All Day Wine Tote Gift Set: includes 2 Stemless “Rosé All Day” Wine Glasses, rose gold round platter, faux floral arrangement/glass vase, tote bag 💲25.00

*Want to just purchase the glass by itself? Available for $6.00 with gift box

Since May/June is filled with lots of #wine holidays such as Chardonnay Day, Rosé Wine Day…. let #GiftsByLeslie help you celebrate! 👀 Watch my #instastories Gifts By Leslie highlights for a look at full inventory. Details also available at SobeSavvy.com **(Link in Bio)
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YES..we can customize your gift request, add on any type of gift card ( ex: Total Wine, Target) and I can SHIP anywhere❗ I can also arrange pickup or delivery within the Triangle area.

DM to place order/prepay via Paypal, Zelle
CashApp $giftsbyLeslie

Contact Leslie: sobesavvy@gmail.com
IG @sobesavvy
#giftsbyLeslie #selfcarelovegifts

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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 PureRelease® 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.

Superplump® 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.