Thursday, August 25, 2016

See Yah Summertime!

Well, it's official. The end of summer is upon us. Really, I saw it coming we all did. The days on the calendar just kept flying by, and time certainly wasn't slowing down. Nonetheless, it's happening, it's ending.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love fall just as much probably more than the next person, but summer has been pretty great. that being said, it's time to wind down on the summer fun, and get ready for fall. I have so many things to do in order to get ready for back to school, fall around our home, and of course, football season, but I can't do any of that without bidding adieu to summer.
I'm sharing a few of my favorite things to do to properly close out the fabulous summer months!
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine, and as always, we thank you for supporting the brands that support Savvy Southern Belle.

1. Print off summer pictures and change frames. I don't know about you, but I take a LOT of pictures, and seeing all of the memories around my home brings me a serious bit of nostalgia. Whether I'm buying new frames, or just switching the photos on my old ones, it warms my heart to see all the pictures of us basking in the sun.
2. Put away bright summer decor. This ones hard for me, because I HATE HAVING A BARE HOUSE. But there is something incredibly peaceful about having a clean slate to start my fall decorations. I usually leave the walls bare for about a week (two weeks if I'm being lazy) before I start decorating for fall, so I can properly asses where everything is going to go.
3. Organize your closet. Oh my ew. Why am I even saying this one. Cleaning out my closet is such a chore, but y'all, it has to be done. I start putting the tank tops and sun dresses away, or at least moving them to the back of my closet. Mostly to asses what fab fall clothes I have, and what I need to buy, but really, it's a necessary evil.
4. Get a haircut! Your hair endures so much during the summer months. Sun, sand, chlorine and anything else you throw at it- literally! Groupon has you covered with their Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons. With discounts ranging from 20%-85%, there's no way you can pass up the deals. What better way to cut out summer (you see what I did there) and trim your dead ends. I've used these tons of times, and I always find amazing deals on Groupon, and the Health, Beauty and Wellness deals are no exception. By snagging a health, beauty & wellness Groupon, you are sure to save money and find some awesome hairstylists!
What are you doing to say "See Yah Summertime?"

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wine At Your Door {VineBox}

You know what's fabulous? Wine. You know what even move fabulous? Wine samples delivered straight to your door! I've teamed up with VineBox to give you exactly that! 
VineBox is a wine subscription box that provides you with three perfectly portioned samples of some of the best wines from across Europe.
Wine Subscription Box
VineBox provides subscribers with three samples, accompanied with an info card for each of the three samples that provide information about the wine itself, recommendations for parings and the year each wine was harvested. 
Wine Subscription Box

Wine Subscription Box
 "We Want Everyone To Drink Great Wine. One Glass At a Time. It's That Simple!"
Wine Subscription Box
With the rise of festival in the park events, wine nights at your girlfriends house and of course, monthly subscription boxes, VineBox is the  perfect addition to the wine market. 
Now, I know what you're thinking... Anyone who knows anything about wine knows that a majority wines just don't do that well when they're left in glass for that long. Well the fabulous people at VineBox have patented wine by the glass technology to ensure that their wine is never exposed to oxygen and the taste is just as fabulous as the samples the sommelier hand picked. 
Wine Subscription Box
Now, I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of money each month on wines, a lot of which I end up pouring out because I can't finish the bottle before wanting to open another one. With VineBox, for roughly $30/month, you get three incredible wine samples, hand picked from Europe, delivered straight to your door.  You also have the option to skip a month or cancel at anytime. It's a win-win situation y'all!
VineBox is a perfect gift for your wine lover BFF or parent, and it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

*Disclosure: Savvy Southern Belle was compensated through product or compensation for this post. While it is a sponsored post, all opinions are that of Savvy Southern Belle, and we thank all SSB readers for supporting brands we love*
Please drink responsibly

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Doin' it for the Dogs

Dog Mom Shirt
You guys, the dog mom life is hard work.
 Last week, Thomas and I spent over 8 hours (between two days) cleaning the house from top to bottom because we saw a couple fleas on our fur baby. When I say cleaned the whole house, I mean the whole house. Beds, floors, rooms, ceilings, stairs, shower, and did I mention we bathed her? Yep, like three times.  And this week? Vet visits, and a very needy pooch after receiving some new meds and her annual shots.
Needless to say, I'm exhausted. But you know what? It's so worth it. Sophie is already doing better, and knowing I was able to help her do that, is all the good feels I need in life.
Dog Mom Shirt
While I've been trying to do good by one dog, Kaitlin from Treat Dreams Bakery is doing a lot of good for a lot of dogs! She sent me this adorable "Namast'ay Home With my Dog" shirt to help me show off just home much I'd rather be at home with my dog! Not only does Treat Dreams Bakery have adorable shirts and delicious treats for doggies, they also do some pretty incredible work. Every month, Treat Dreams Bakery chooses a new organization to donate 10% of their profits too. This month, they are working with Mission K9 Rescue which is currently working to bring home our service dogs from overseas. Previously, they worked with organizations like Fetch Fido a Flight Home and Country Roads Animal Rescue. You guys, Kaitlin is doing amazing things with Treat Dreams Bakery, and she loves doing it.
Namast'ay Home With My Dog
Via Treat Dreams Bakery Instagram
If you have a dog, you have a friend who has a dog, or you are dying for a dog, you need one of her adorable shirts. Or if you're a crazy dog mom like me, you totally need to order your doggies next birthday cake from her!  
Whatever is is you end up buying from Treat Dreams Dog Bakery, you are not only getting a fabulous product, but you are helping them help organizations all of the world provide better care and more love for dogs.
You can get my shirt HERE or check out all of the goodies HERE!

While I did recieve either compensation or product for this post, all opinions and photos are my own. As always, Savvy Southern Belle thanks you for supporting companies who support us.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Surviving a Long Distance Relationship

With so many new peeps starting college in just a few weeks, I thought this might be a great topic to cover. LDR or long distance relationships are a major thing for new college students, or college students who have spent the summer together and are now going back to college in separate places. 
This is such a huge thing for me, because the first part of mine and Thomas' relationship was spend in an LDR. 
I met thomas the summer after my senior year of high school, and since he's a grade level above me, he was already in college and going to school 400 miles away. Neither he nor I knew our little summer fling would turn in to this incredible life we now have, but I sure am glad it did. I remember so many things about our first summer together, I remember the trip up to Kansas the weekend we started our journey as long distance significant others, but more than anything, I remember leaving, in tears, terrified of what was to come.
I didn't know how things would turn out, heck, at that moment, I didn't even know the next time I'd see him. It's scary, it's really freaking scary, but it is not impossible. 
We made it through our LDR but not without a lot of hard work. 
Obviously, things like planning and trusting are big, and they are not things to just forget about, but to me, those are the obvious things. LDRs are all about extra planning, and more than anything, trusting. 

Set up virtual dates.
Skype, Facetime, Google hangouts, the list is really endless. With a little planning you can have date night anytime you want. Just grab some popcorn and your favorite candy and it'll almost be like you're at home cuddling on the couch together.
Send each other small gifts or care packages.
You know that popcorn and candy I talked about? This is how you'd get it. Care packages are a great way to send pictures, sweets and handwritten notes to your significant other. Thomas and I made it a point to buy each other a little gift each month on our monthly "anniversaries" to show each other we were thinking about the other. Regardless of how big, or small, it's always the thought that counts.
Rely on your friends (and family)!
My BFF Becca and I have been friends since we were 12, and she was there for me from the minute Thomas and I started dating (we literally all hung out the night he asked me out), to the day I got home from dropping him off at school. She helped me when things were really tough, and I am so grateful for that friendship, and the support I had.
Create small countdowns until the next time you get to see each other. 
This is such a huge thing. Knowing how many days you have until the next time you get to see each other is a major thing. Like I said, you might not have an actual end in sight, but knowing that there are little checkpoints before the end will keep you looking forward to something.
Stay committed.
This is vital. Commitment is key in just about any relationship, regardless of how far apart you are. Showing that you are committed to your parter is easy, and it'll give you and them reminders of why you are both going through this- together.
And most importantly, know that this is not forever. 
Thomas and I started our LDR with no end in sight, initially we both thought he'd finish all four years, and then hopefully get drafted, and that'd be a whole different ballgame (literally), but that wasn't in the books for us, and we have made the most out of the situation we were given. Needless to say, just because you think you can't see the end of this hard time, know there is always and end!

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