Category Archives: The Savvy Life

Happy Mother’s Day

Today we celebrate our moms….


And a special Mother’s Day to my momma! Love you lots!


Blogger Box Swap Party


About a month ago my girl Mo of Curls and Mo tagged me in a tweet about a Blogger Box Swap Party sign up happening over on Keep Sitting Pretty and Melissa Chanel. After clicking the link, I thought “wow what a fun way to mix & mingle with other bloggers and score some cool stuff too!” So I immediately signed up! A few weeks later I got an email from Melissa of Melissa Channel stating that I was chosen as one of the bloggers…I was super excited! This was going to be my first Blogger Box Swap and I couldn’t wait to find out who I was paired up with.

Well about week after receiving my confirmation email, I received an email from Kelly of Keep Sitting Pretty with my Blogger Box Swap buddy’s information. And guess who I paired with??? My girl Mo…I laughed because the entire time I was thinking who coincidental and funny it would be if we had gotten paired up. One, we already know each other via social media and emails. Two, we have been working together for several months as natural hair staff writers for Longing4Length. And three, I like to think of her as one of my virtual BFF’s (if there is even such a term) because she has been super supportive since we virtually met months ago through Bloggers Like Me. Needless to say I was thrilled to be paired with Mo! I immediately started working on her box and you can check out what I sent her here.

I was so excited when I my box from Mo came in the mail, y’all know I opened it immediately! She sent me some awesome goodies…see for yourself.

Can you say MANICure Monday...Mo good looking out!

Can you say MANICure Monday…Mo good looking out!

NYC Black Eyeliner Pencil

NYC Black Eyeliner Pencil

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Scrub

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Scrub

Shea Moisture Lavender & Wild

Shea Moisture Lavender & Wild Orchid Body Scrub

I love all of the goodies that Mo sent. But if you have been following my blog for a while then you know how much I love Shea Moisture products and I have been dying to try out their body scrubs…so those would have to be my favs!

I would like to thank Kelly and Melissa for hosting such an awesome Blogger Box Swap Party. I had so much fun participating. And thanks Mo for sending me all the great goodies; I can’t wait to try them all out!

Have you tried any of the products in the box I got from Mo?

The October Pillow Box

 Hey y’all!

I wanted to share some exciting news as well as show you what came in the mail yesterday!

Well, I’m sure you can tell from the title above that I received the October Pillow Box from My Shade of Brown yesterday! And y’all know I love makeup, cosmetics and all the girly stuff so to say I was excited would be an under statement…lol.  

If you’re not familiar with My Shade of Brown, it is an amazing company. MSB was created to help provide women of color with beauty products that actually meet our needs. I personally know how challenging that can be and that’s why I love the MSB signature Pillow Box. Each month a Pillow Box filled with 4-5 premium samples is delivered right to my door. I’ve posted about the Pillow Box in the past, here and here. Check out goodies in this month’s box…

Alaffia Skin Care
From left to right: Skin Recovery Facial Cleanser; Skin Recovery Face Cream; Skin Recovery Facial Toner

Ada Cosmetics Blush in Dorothy

Hair Rules Finishing Hair Cream

So far I’m most excited about trying out the Alaffia Skin Care products but I can’t wait to give them all a test run, so be on the look out for reviews.

Now for the exciting news! You can try the MSB signature Pillow Box too! MSB is a monthly subscriptions service that retails for just $10/month…totally affordable right? But even better…you can score your first box half price. Head over to My Shade of Brown, sign up and use the promo code MSBSavvyHW to score $5 off your first box. So check it out and let me know what you think! Make sure to check out MSB on Facebook and Twitter too!

Promo Code MSBSavvyHW

Disclaimer: The products/services mentioned in this post were sent to me for free for review purposes. However and as always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Operation Get Yo’ Life: Part 1


Well, its October already, fall is officially here and the holiday season if right around the corner. Where does the time go?

Did you know that there are only 90 days left in this year? It seems like just yesterday I was eating black-eyed peas and spouting off my New Year’s resolutions, half of which I don’t even remember. smh And the other half I didn’t keep, which is even worse.

Since the move to Georgia (well way before that but whose counting), I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. And I’m sure some would ask why? how? aren’t you a SAHM? But let me tell you this job ain’t easy. And not to mention I’m easily distracted by the littlest thing…natural hair, makeup, shopping, FB and the list goes on. Sad I know .So today I started reflecting on all of the great things that have happened throughout this year so far and all I can say is God sure is good! With that being said, I have no reason what so ever to walk around stressed, frustrated or overwhelmed…I’m too blessed! So I’ve decided to challenge myself over the next 90 days by improving some things that just can’t wait until 2013.

Operation Get Yo’ Life starts now! I’ve decided to make some lifestyle changes and to become more organized. I’ve been researching, brainstorming and creating some things to help me get my life! lol

Here is what I’m working on…

  • Calendars and schedules for both myself and the kiddos
  • A personalized blog planner
  • Menus/Meal Planner
  • Workout Regimen
  • Diet/Eating Habits

I plan on sharing my progress with y’all real soon. I’m hoping that I will have my life together (or at least as together as it can get) before the new year!

What are you doing with the 90 days left in 2012?



Big News…


I am over here super crunk!!! I’m sorry but there are very few words that can express how I’m feeling so crunk it is *insert happy dance* (lol). I’ve been bursting at the seams and I can finally let it out! All I can say is God is truly in control and it’s amazing how He works. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to (virtually) meet some amazing women, my BLMgirls. I have learned so much and been inspired to take The Savvy Housewife to the next level…So on yesterday evening the announcement was made and now I can finally share the news with y’all.

I’m now a Natural Hair Blogger for Longing 4 Length (L4L)! *hammer dance* My girl, fellow BLMgirl and founder of Longing 4 Length EbonyCPriness is amazing! She initially created L4L to document her personal healthy hair journey but recently decided to expand. And I’m so glad that she chose me, along with two other lovely chicas, to be a part of the L4L Team.

So head over to Longing 4 Length and check out the new L4L Team…there is my girl EbonyCPrincess (of course), creator, brainchild and visionary of L4L; myself; my girl and fellow naturalista Monet (Mo as I like to call her) of CurlsandMo; and the fab, diva and a personal fashion inspiration Kelly of KellyMonroe.

 Meet the L4L Team here!

Free Beauty Events for September 2012

How many of y’all enjoy freebies? I know I do! And it wouldn’t be any fun if I couldn’t share them with you. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you are already familiar with Free Beauty Events and you know I post about them every month. For the new Savvy Readers out there, Free Beauty Events is an awesome website. It allows you to search for free makeovers, gifts with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening at your local beauty retailers, spas and salons. All you do is enter your zip code over on Free Beauty Events and viola! Here are few of the events that are happening this month…

  • On September 15, there will be Rite Aid Grand Opening Events happening across the country where customers can get free Maybelline, CoverGirl, and Almay makeovers. They will also be demonstrating Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Cleansing Facial Wipes and Purell Hand Sanitizers. And for those of you who like freebies (like me), they will be giving away great gift bags filled with coupons and samples.
  • Also in September there will be free CoverGirl makeovers at select college Barnes & Noble stores.

For more information about the events above and those like them, head over to Free Beauty Events. And if you host free events similar to the ones above you can have you event featured on the site too and it’s FREE! Just submit a form with your contact info and details of the event. And if all of that isn’t enough for you…Free Beauty Events also gives it’s readers a chance to win prizes each. Check out what they are giving away this September…

For the month of September 2012, Free Beauty Events will be giving away 10 prizes (yes, 10 so the odds are in your favor). And each prize will consist of Clear Total Care Nourishing Shampoo, Clear Total Care Nourishing Conditioner, and Shakira Eau Florale Perfume. The Contest runs from 9/1/2012 to 9/30/2012, winners will be chosen on 9/30/2012 and notified by 10/15/2012. To enter, all you have to do is go to Free Beauty Events enter your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip code.

Like I said the contest ends on 9/30 but I suggest you head over to Free Beauty Events now! In addition to the monthly contest there is the Free Beauty Events
, where you will find product reviews on some of the latest, popular beauty products on the market plus a weekly contest with smaller prizes too. Oh yeah, don’t forget that you can connect with Free Beauty Events on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pintrest.  So what are you waiting on?!?! You don’t want to miss out on any freebies do you?

Good luck y’all! And let me know if you are one of the 10 lucky winners!

The School Blues

So if you have been wondering why post have been few and far between lately it’s because I’m back in the 6th grade…not literally. But my oldest started 6th grade this year and its been a rocky start to say the least. In fact things have been a bit out of whack the past few months…We recently moved to another state, the farthest away we’ve ever been from our family and friends and we all trying to adjust. My son is having to get used to the whole “middle school thing”…changing classes, lockers and gym. Not to mention the girls look like “real” teenagers now (his words not mine) and like the old folks used to say he’s beginning to smell himself. So it’s no wonder that we are (all) going through some growing pains around here.

It’s amazing how much has changed since I was in the 6th grade and even more amazing how much I’ve forgotten. We hit the ground running with homework and studying as soon as we get home from school. And it doesn’t end until bedtime. We are struggling to fit everything in…It’s ridiculous! But I’ll give the kid credit. He’s been working extra hard lately (and we have too) and it’s paying off. He received his mid-semester progress report and has A & B’s. WOOT! WOOT! plus a sigh of relief.

Right now we are trying to work on time management and creating a schedule, in hopes that we can become more efficient in the afternoon. Because staying up late is not the business…lol. So I apologize for being MIA lately, it’s definitely been with good reason. I promise I will be back to posting on a regular basis soon!

If you have any tips on time management, scheduling or study tips for middle schoolers PLEASE share! =)