Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summertime Saving

Do you ever get stuck in a rut of doing the same thing over and over again? Some days, I feel like someone hit repeat and I can't seem to find the pause button to save my life. It. Is. Terrible. 
I'm not saying I don't know how to change things up, but some times, it's just easier to slip in to a routine of the same old thing. But if there's one sure fire way that I can change up my rut, it's with Groupon. I've been using Groupon for as long as I can remember. Whether it's their fabulous deals on goods, or their super savings on deals in whatever town I'm in, I know Groupon had something for me to do or buy.
Knowing that I've used Groupon plenty of times, you'd be surprised to hear that I had no idea about Groupon Coupons until about 3 months ago. Groupon Coupons is an area of Groupon's site, literally filled with discount codes, secret sale links and free stuff! Yep, you read that correctly, free stuff!

You would be so surprised to see just how many options there are on Groupon Coupons! With retailers like Nordstrom Sur La Table PetSmart and Sephora I couldn't image why anyone would not want to use them.
If none of the ones I mentioned strike your fancy, just take a look at some of their most popular ones: 

I don't know about you, but being able to change up my routine with some shopping or a fun restaurant seriously gets me out of the same old rut.
With some of the coupons, it takes you directly to the retailer's website and gives you a little message the Groupon Coupon has already been applied.
With others, it will pop a code up immediately on the Groupon Coupon page, and have you copy and paste it in to the checkout area of the retailer's website.
Regardless of which way you are linked to the deal, they are equally as easy, and equally as fabulous because either way, you are saving money!
I think my favorite part about Groupon Coupons is that they're free! All you have to do is input your email address, and not only do you have access to tons of sales, but tons of other goods on Groupon as well.
Have you tried Groupon Coupons yet? What are some of your favorite retailers on their site?

*While Groupon Coupons is a favorite of Savvy Southern Belle, this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Ballparks #6 & #7 {Tour of the Ballparks}

If you've been following along for a while, you know I am a major baseball fan. So big, that the boyfriend and I have made it our goal to visit every ballpark in the country in the next few years. A major part of why we chose San Francisco for our recent vacation was so we could not only see a fabulous city, but knock two more ballparks off of #TourOfTheBallparks list.
If you haven't checked them out before, you can read all about our trips to Boston, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Houston!  
After landing in San Fran early in the week, and doing some sightseeing for a few days, we headed to AT&T park to watch a Giants game! Now, I am definitely not a Giants fan, but it's all in a good days work. 
We had great seats, right behind the dugout! And in perfect view of the awesome coke bottle slide and giant glove (pictured above). 
This little snack may have been my favorite part of the ballpark... There were tons and tons of food options at AT&T park, be seeing as how we had just eaten lunch, we weren't in the mood for anything heavy. But after hearing some ladies talk about the "popcorn crack" we knew we had to get some... And that we did, and I must say, it was definitely popcorn crack! If you're ever visiting AT&T Park, this is a must try!
AT&T Park sits literally right on the water. It was so cool to look over, from inside the ballpark and be able to see the bay right there. Despite being total anti-Giants fans, we had a great time at the ballpark.
Next stop... Oakland!
After taking countless Ubers, Thomas and I decided we would take the ferry from San Francisco to Oakland. Definitely not something we could do in Dallas! 

It was absolutely freezing in Oakland and Thomas and I definitely were not dressed for temps in the 50's! And having a ballpark in the same place where football games are played was a little weird, but we enjoyed our time there. 
We loved the time we were able to spend at both AT&T Park and Coliseum! And we can't wait for our next ballpark trip in August!

Where are you headed for vacation this summer?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Day In Napa

If you follow me on just about any social media platform, you know I've been counting down the days until my San Francisco trip. Not only because Thomas and I would be able to cross of two more ballparks on our #TourOfTheBallparks, but because we carved an entire day out to spend in the greatest place on earth... Napa! Okay, it may not be the greatest place on earth, but it sure is close!
Before heading out to Napa, we booked a wine tour driver so we wouldn't have to worry about having too many glasses of wine. Our tour driver's name was Barry, and he was absolutely fabulous. We chose our wineries, but he had some great suggestions on other things to see and do.  
Our first stop was Del Dotto Winery. A few weeks before our trip, Thomas and I were trying to nail down the wineries we wanted to make reservations at, so I posted on social media asking if anyone had any great recommendations... Cristina from Cristina Was Here came to the rescue, and suggested we check out Del Dotto, as it was one of her dad's favorites. Within moments of entering this fabulous winery, we knew exactly how and why it landed a spot on Cristina's Dad's favorite list.
Like many places in Napa, Del Dotto Winery (the Napa Location) is lined with gorgeous ivy and tons and tons of hydrangeas that created the perfect ambiance to walk up to. We showed up a few minutes early and were able to get started on our wine tour almost immediately. With our wine glasses in hand, and our fabulous tour guide Dan, we were ready for some wine!

At Del Dotto, not only did we taste some delicious wines, but we learned so much about the wine making process, origins, burning oak and so many other things. Did I mention our tour was IN the wine cave? Our samplings were straight from the barrels, and have not even been bottled yet... Crazy to think all of the wine we purchased is not even bottled yet!
After a whole lotta wine, some cheeses, bread and chocolates, we were in business. We could not have asked for a better place to start our wine tour that day. Del Dotto had so much to offer and such incredible wines, we will definitely return!
I only found out after we returned home that Del Dotto Winery was featured on a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians... How cool is that? 
Our next stop was one that our wine tour driver, Barry, recommended. V. Sattui, the picnic capital of the world, at least thats what the sign said. We had consumed our fair share of the wine from Del Dotto, so our main concern was getting some food in our systems. We had the most delicious lunch at V. Sattui. Thomas and I shared ravioli, an Italian sandwich, and a crab cake. Holy yum, it was all beyond delicious.

Our last winery of the day was Sterling Vineyards. Our main reason for checking out Sterling was to ride their famous gondolas up to the top of their vineyard. Unfortunately, the wine was lacking and we were a little let down with the quality of wine, but we made the best of it. 

Despite the wine, Sterling had some amazing views!

We had the most incredible time in Napa, and I couldn't have imaged a better day. Now, I'll just sit here patiently and wait for my wine to arrive!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

5 Car Essentials

Ever since I got my new car after my big wreck back in February, I have been so conscious about how much time I'm spending in the car... That may be because my new car tells me how many hours I've spent in the car each week... But regardless, It's a lot of time. I'm not saying it's' bad, because I love driving, and when you have a car you love, shouldn't driving be something you enjoy? Sure. Anyways, over the years, I've learned there are just some things I have to have in my car.

Hand Sanitizer
Ever been pumping your gas and rubbed your hand along the pump and been greeted by a nice sticky mess? Yeah, that's me just about every time I pump my gas. Between that and all the other possible messes, I don't see how anyone can not carry hand sanitizer with them.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Now-a-days, most cars tell you when your tire pressure is even slightly below normal. But those number aren't always right. When in doubt, pull out your tire pressure gauge, especially if you car does not have tire pressure sensors, you should always have one of these bad boys with you.
I love Starbucks, and I love to drink my Starbucks on the way to work. More times than not, I spill. Whether it's a $4 cup of coffee or water from my own refrigerator, I always spill. Napkins are imperative.
I can't lie... Some days, I go through the Sonic Drive Thru just to get a medium water with lime and extra ice. Some may call me a Sonic-holic, but it is what it is. Most days, it costs me a whopping 47 cents, and I absolutely hate using a dollar bill to pay for it.
Laugh all you want, but how many times have you left the house and realized you forgot to put deodorant on? Maybe not every day, or even every week, but all it takes is one time to be super grossed out. I always grab the little travel size one and stick it in my middle console- problem solved!

What is something you just have to have in your car with you at all times?

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