Put it to the Test: Giovanni Hair Care Routine

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Another month, another hair care line to test out! I’ve been getting so many hair care samples lately that my hair has never looked so good! This month I’ve been putting the Giovanni 2Chic line to the test and man, has it been getting tested in this Michigan weather lately. I raved about a cleanser from Giovanni a few months ago and they since contacted me asking if I would like to try more of their products and I have the opportunity to share many of them today. This post is just going to be an overview, for some of the other products like hair wipes or body products, I’m going to dedicate separate posts. Let’s see how they fared…

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The Weekly Recap + Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

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I made it through the week! To say this week has been crazy for me is 110% an understatement. I’m spending this weekend prepping for an awards ceremony I’m attending for work Monday evening and that included running out for a last minute dress! Which, I’m proud to say I found for under $50 – I’m a budget-shopping babe! But to reward anyone else who’s having a busy or tough month, I’m giving away a $15 e-gift card to Nordstrom, in honor of the new month! Details to enter are at the bottom of this post.

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Five Hacks to Turn Your Space into a Personal Movie Theater

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Happy Monday! It seems like the weekend has flown by yet again but I spent it in the best of ways – watching movies! It’s been a cold, rainy weekend in MI and there’s no better way to relax than hanging out on the couch with all the essentials. I finished up my taxes on Saturday (finally) and I finally started putting my new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan to use finding movies, plan my new personal movie theater space and more, right from my couch!

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Trend to Watch: Gingham Sneakers

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I was shopping in Target again over the weekend (major surprise, there!) when the BF spotted these shoes and I was told I had to buy them! He was right, these are the most adorable pair of sneakers I’ve every owned and I’m seriously considering going back to buy a back up pair. Most of the summer I usually only wear my Sperry’s but I’m starting to get on the sneaker trend this year. I bought my first pair of white Adidas a few weeks ago and fell in love so naturally these gingham sneakers were the perfect addition to my shelf! Side note, white Adidas, gingham sneakers and my Sperry’s have basically completed my summer wardrobe in only three pairs of shoes – what a steal.

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The Weekly Recap + Links I Love and Starbucks Winner

Happy Sunday! This week’s recap is a little bit late due to losing power yesterday – Michigan has just been getting hammered with wind storms and snow in the past week and our power finally gave out yesterday. We ended up going out for brunch, Target (YAS.) and shopping while we waited for it to come back on so it was quite a busy Saturday. Before we get into the links, thank you to everyone who entered the Starbucks giveaway! There can only be one winner but check back on April 1 when I upload a new gift card giveaway to an even more exciting store! Without further ado, the winner of the Starbucks $15 e-gift card is…Michele C! Congrats Michele, I will be emailing you your prize today or tomorrow.

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My Navy Blue Bedroom Reveal

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If you caught my post a few weeks ago on choosing the right color to redecorate your home, then you’ll know that I have been itching to reveal my newly-redecorate bedroom! My last post focused on the interior design book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson, an inspirational interior designer, which launched March 14 at Target (in stores and online) and after reading Moll’s thoughts and notes on colors, I decided it was time to transform my boring, bland bedroom to a new navy blue bedroom by introducing a pop of color here and a pop of color there. Here’s the reveal!

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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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