10 Spring Date Ideas on a Budget

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Spring is FINALLY in the air and I am so excited! I feel like I’ve been shut up inside the house for months and I can’t wait to get out and do all the fun things on my list for 2017. After doing my taxes this year that refund is just begging to be used for something good this year. The BF and I were discussing what we wanted to do with our weekends this summer and I thought it was the perfect way to maximize our refund and get some more quality time together! I just bought the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan, which is unlimited* Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G) plus a free VUDU movie credit every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88, and I thought this was the perfect starter for our best spring date night ideas!

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The Weekly Recap + Links and Sales I Love

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I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy to see Friday as I was yesterday! As you can tell by the lack of regular posts this week, it was pretty busy. Sometimes real life gets in the way and when I finally got a night to myself last night, I was asleep before 10pm. Bloggers lead some real exciting lives! Saturdays are always my favorite day of the week because I set aside almost the entire day for blogging: photo shoots, filming, writing with a nice cup of coffee or La Croix and I’m happy as can be! Here’s some of the other things I’m loving this week, and don’t forget to go enter in last week’s roundup for a chance to win a $15 Starbucks gift card!

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How I Balance a Side Hustle with a Full Time Job

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Whenever I tell people about myself and what I do for a living their jaws usually drop a little closer to the floor by the time I’m done! I cram a lot of work into my 24 hour days but that’s how I am – I live the hustle. I’m incredibly lucky to have sponsors and companies that want to support A Thing of Beauty and the kind of person I want to be, but it isn’t always easy. I’m a full time marketing specialist, a blogger, a freelancer, a girlfriend, a best friend, a sorority sister and a daughter, and it can be challenging to balance all those roles in one person! So here’s my top secret tips on how to balance a side hustle with a full time job.

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The Weekly Recap + Starbucks Giveaway!

We made it to the weekend! It was a pretty stressful week for me so the BF and I decided to have Harry Potter weekend with a movie marathon and some homemade butterbeers. Needless to say, I live quite an exciting lifestyle! We had quite an amazing week here on the blog though, I really must say. It was stressful to get THREE sponsored posts in a row up but I’m proud to say that I did it and I’m really pleased with the content I created! And to celebrate surviving the work week…I’m giving away a $15 Starbucks e-gift card! Anyone can enter, as long as you’re able to redeem it at a Starbucks near you. Enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post ⇊

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My Spring Pampering Skincare Routine

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Bring on the glow! I’m already thinking about getting my skin beach ready and I know you are, too! The sun finally peaked out from behind the clouds in Michigan last week and I immediately started up the best of my spring skincare. Whenever the seasons are drastically changing I like to revamp with a pampering skincare routine to give me that effortless supermodel glow. I don’t do this routine every night, just when I’m looking for a Beyonce-level of glam and glow! I have a few secret weapons for my spring pampering skincare routine, and it’s more than just a few “magic” potions!

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How to Choose the Right Color to Decorate Your Home

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Every spring I get the urge to redecorate – the BF and I went home goods shopping a few weekends ago and we may or may not have spent 3 hours in the kitchen section alone! I can buy all the things in the world to fill up my home but one of the things I personally struggle with is incorporating color. My day job is as a graphic designer and my personal aesthetic is very minimalistic and I definitely bring that home with me. So in my quest to give my life a pop of color, I turned to a new book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson (launching March 14!) and it is a great start to choose the right color to decorate with!

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My Spring Fresh Face Beauty Routine

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Summer is so close I can almost touch it! I’ve finally started putting away my winter beauty products and I’m so happy to say “adios” to those heavy creams and dark colors and let my skin breathe and soak in the sun. I’m not kidding, Michigan had under 3 days of sun in January – it’s been deep, dark and gloomy and my skin is ready to be freshened up! So I revamped my entire beauty routine over the weekend since it was 60 degrees and gorgeous out, so here’s what my current fresh face beauty routine looks like:

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The Weekly Recap + Links and Sales I’m Loving

Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week again – since the start of this year has been a little difficult for me in many aspects of my life, I’ve been looking forward to the weekends more than ever. All the fun things I get to do with friends and family on the weekend has become my main motivation to just get up and do it on Monday so that I can get through the week. So if you’ve been having a rough month at all lately, just know that you’re not alone! I’ve been looking forward to lots of little projects on the weekends, from DIYs to organizing to shopping and giving myself something to look forward to is a lot of motivation to get through the week.

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My Custom Moo Business Cards and Free Templates

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I’ve never owned business cards – crazy, right? As a go-getter graphic designer, you’d think I had a boss lady set of cards but I never really had a need until I started my full time job. I’ve spent the last few weeks hunting around for internet for a company that could produce a quality card at a budget-friendly price. This isn’t a sponsored post by any means, I just wanted to share my amazing experience ordering my blue, white & white marble (yes, white marble!) MOO business cards – and there’s a special little surprise at the end of this post!

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This is the Best Part of Waking Up

// This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Coffee is one of the most iconic parts of American culture. There’s just something about starting your day with a cup of Joe, just the way you like it. I think I can smell coffee in my sleep sometimes, that’s how much I appreciate a good cup! Personally, I make mine with a shot of espresso, 1/2 cup boiling water, two creamers and a sugar – if it sounds intense, that’s because it is! Making my morning coffee (or coffees) is the best part of waking up for me and it’s about to get a little bit better!

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