Who are you?
My name is LaVae Mathis & I am the creator of Saves & Faves. I am so excited that you’re here and hope that you will take a moment to say hello!
Saves & Faves is part of my company Bella Atto LLC. Bella Atto started as a hobby for gifting and has grown into my very own small business which includes this website.
Here at Saves & Faves, we enjoy helping you Save Well, Give Well, & Live Well. Save Well by enjoying all of the great deals we find & share with you. Give Well by enjoying our special gifting ideas and gift ribbon tags. And, Live Well by enjoying our additional posts related to other interests and endeavors aimed at simply living well and enjoying life.
How did you come up with the name Bella Atto for your business?
We all know Bella is Italian for Beautiful but Atto is unfamiliar to many as it was to me when I started thinking about what to name my original website. Although, I have not yet been to Italy, I love Italian design, lust for life, and scenery! And of course, Italian food & wine, right?! Who’s with me on that? And, my favorite movie of all time is Under the Tuscan Sun! So I opted for Atto attached to Bella for Bella Atto. Atto translated individually is Act or Gesture. Bella Atto together translates as Beautiful Place. Do you like it?
What inspired you to embark upon creating your own business?
I have been an accountant for many years and although I had a great day job as the Controller of an engineering firm & worked with some fantastic people, once my husband & I became empty-nesters (Yep, it’s true, our kids are all leading sweet & successful lives as grown-ups now & btw, we’re very proud of them!) I desired a new baby of sorts, a creative outlet. I started asking the universe “what I should do”? Then, I was admiring a piece of artwork given to me by a friend that was lost unexpectedly and I thought about how much that gift meant to me, especially now that he’s in heaven. You can read about that here -> Gift of Art – The Bella Atto Gift Story
Then I thought about how much I love gifting in general. My mother practiced a religion when I was a child that disbarred Christmas and Birthday giving along with other holiday celebrations. As a child I always felt I was missing out. Not just on getting gifts but giving them as well! Although, I still have friends who practice the same, I did not adopt the same religious beliefs as an adult and in fact adore these celebrations in many ways. So, there I was, in the midst of thinking about things I missed & desiring to make something I love come to life in what I hope inspires others! It’s like I’ve heard people say in that, sometimes.. what you don’t get in life gives you something else. Bella Atto became my something else and I started a small website about gifting.
I found during this endeavor that my readers were particularly interested in saving money while gifting well & shopping for themselves too. Over time, my initial creative effort grew from gifting ideas into saving, giving, & living well ideas too. Hence, Saves & Faves was born!
How do you find the great things you share here and at Saves & Faves?
Many of the posts you’ll find here are just about favorite things we do (& share with you) to enjoy and pursue a life well lived. But we are also an affiliate advertiser rather than a store. As an affiliate advertiser, we have access to a wide range of products via our available partnerships with thousands of merchants. We enjoy sharing many great deals and sweet finds via these partnerships that help you Save Well, Give Well, & Live Well too. In return we may earn a small profit when you decide to purchase from our partners and advertisers and we are very grateful and appreciative of your support!
What other interests do you enjoy personally?
My husband and I are both pretty simple people. We enjoy finding ways to make life fun and beautiful (Bella that is), in our own ways, without breaking the bank as they say. We enjoy the same things as most of you: time with family, getting outdoors, good food, movies, light travel, enhancing our home life, trying to stay healthy and active, etc. amid this and that of your typical middle class lifestyle.
We were blessed with 3 children between us and they have all grown up to be the kind of people you’re so proud to know even if you weren’t related to them. We enjoy time with them when we can to include their families and our sweet, sweet, sweet grandbabies too! We’re so blessed!
We are also dog lovers. We had 2 dogs which we affectionately refered to as our four-pawed children Ranger and Tigger. I’ll just call them Big & Little here because they were in fact, ‘BIG & wittle’. Big was our Lion Hunter – the Rhodesian Ridgeback that was over-sized for his breed weighing as much as me on most days & Little was a Maltese coming in at only 8 pounds or so. They were quite the pair and kept us delightfully busy much of the time when we’re at home.
They had both passed away come 2017, but we had added Zuzu Sugars to our pack. She is a delightful Canaan Dog that we adore. We spend a lot of our time enjoying her and you’ll find posts about her here as well. And, we just recently added a rescue we named Biscuit. We think he is a Leonberger mix but he’s small for Leonberger. If you were to blend a Rhodesian Ridgeback with a Maltese, you would probably get something that looks like our sweet Biscuit. So, I think of him as a reincarnated spirit blend or our late Ranger and Tigger. So cute!
More FAQs coming soon & thank you for visiting us here at Saves & Faves! Where we find ways to ‘Save’ and things to ‘Fave’!
Have a Fabulous Day & Happy Lady Bug Hunting! If you’ve seen Under the Tuscan Sun, you know what that means! 😉
” I enjoy helping you, Save Well, Give Well, & Live Well! “