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About Roni

I am a lover of Christ (John 3:16), wife, momma of three, daughter, sister, coupon clipper, self proclaimed fashionista, natural hair enthusiast, thift store fanatic, bargain hunter who is enjoying this journey called life to the fullest!

If at First You Don’t Succeed…

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It’s January 31, 2014, so that means we’ve made it through the first month of the New Year!

I’ve already experienced a few bumps in the road in these past 31 days. But I count in all joy and that’s why I wanted to share this post with y’all today.

Now I know a lot people find making resolutions pointless. But I think subconsciously we all make mental notes at the beginning of the year on how we want to improve ourselves and ways to make our life better. We create vision boards, set goals, hit the gym more often, begin saving money daily/weekly (y’all know about the money savings challenges out there) and even try eating right…I know I’m not the only one! But somewhere after January 1st all of our wishful thinking melts away just like the snow in Springtime, probably even faster than that.

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It says ALL things!

“They” say around only 8% of the people who set resolutions actually achieve them. How discouraging right? But that doesn’t have to be the case, we can be in that 8%! We can achieve all the things we set out to accomplish this year…we really can! Here’s what I plan to do to help me succeed this year…

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What you think has so much power! And if I doubt myself there’s no need anyone else trying to motivate me, right? Change begins within!

Eliminate and avoid the negative people!

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I saw this on Instagram the other day and it’s so necessary. There will always be naysayers no matter what it is you’re trying to do and those people have no room in my life. I want to surround myself only with those who want to succeed in their own lives and those around them.

Don’t quit!

20140130-154539.jpgI know that I won’t be motivated or filled with inspiration everyday but I have to remind myself why I started in the first place.

I know it’s all easier said then done, but I’m really determined to make this year different. So far I’ve been doing pretty good with most of my goals and resolutions for the year. I will admit there are some that I’m really struggling to maintain. But everyday is new day to do better! So remember *singing in  my Aaliyah voice*, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again…”

How are staying focused this year? What motivates you to set/accomplish your goals?

Free Beauty Events: January – March 2014

Y’all know I love freebies and giveaways, right! And if you’ve been following the blog for a while then you know how much I love sharing about Free Beauty Events!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted about them, so just in case I’ll refresh your memory about Free Beauty Events…

Free Beauty Events

Each month Free Beauty Events post a listing of all the free events, like makeovers, gifts with purchase, spa open houses and sampling events happening at various local beauty retailers, spas and salons across the US. Finding what events may be happening in your area is easy! All you do is enter your zip code over on Free Beauty Events and viola! A list of FREE events in your area will appear.

And if you host free events similar to the ones found on their site you can have you event featured on the there too. And it’s FREE! Just submit a form with your contact info and details of the event. Again viola! Both processes are super easy and did I mention that they were FREE!

But the icing on the cake for me is that Free Beauty Events also gives it’s readers a chance to win prizes each quarter. Check out what they are giving away the first quarter of 2014…

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This quarter Free Beauty Events will be giving away 5 prizes! So that means you have not 1 but 5 chances of winning (the odds are in your favor)! Each prize will consist of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Extreme Black, COVERGIRL Blast Flipstick, and Minx Essence of Beauty Forever Paris Fine Fragrance Body Mist. The contest runs from 1/1/2014 to 3/31/2014, winners will be chosen on 4/1/2014 and notified by 4/15/2014. To enter, all you have to do is go to Free Beauty Events and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

Connect with Free Beauty Events….

Have you checked out Free Beauty Events before? Will you be attending any beauty/fashion events soon? What’s your current favorite beauty product?

Manicure Monday: Feeling A Little Jaded

It’s Monday…already!!! And I swear it feels like the weekend just flew by! Isn’t that always the case…weekdays move at a snail’s pace but the weekend ends before you can blink.

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We didn’t do a whole lot, which I enjoyed. Sometimes it feels good just not to have anything pressing to do. I did get a chance to squeeze in a workout with my oldest son and two movie nights with the fam. And late last night I managed to squeeze in a little manicure me time….

I decided to try out one of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes from my most recent Influenster Vox Box. I went with my favorite of the three…Jaded. This shade is gorgeous! Initially I was slightly disappointed because it went on so sheer but after the second coat, I was more than pleased with the color payoff.

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Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box

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Excuse the creepy looking fingers.

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The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes offer 7 benefits of a salon manicure in 1 bottle:

  • Base Coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth Treatment
  • Color
  • Top Coat
  • Chip Resistant
  • Gel Shine

It’s been a while since I’ve polished my nails and I’m really loving this shade. I’ve used the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes before and the formula is great. And if you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend that you do…the wide flat brush is amazing!

What do you think of Jaded by Sally Hansen? Have you tried any of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes yet? What color are you rocking on your nails today?

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box (#CSMTKO)

Woot! Woot!

Influenster Vox Box

Y’all know I love nail polish! So I was super excited when I received my Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Influenster Vox Box in the mail, especially since I’m on a “no-buy” diet until March. Check out the reveal here…

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Have you tried the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes yet? Which shade should I try out first from the Influenster Vox Box? Have you signed up for Influenster yet?

Disclaimer: Influenster sent these products to me for free in exchange for my review but as always ALL opinion stated are my own.

 

 

 

 

My Resolution to Shop Less in 2014

While unpacking from my week-long vacay during the holidays, I became extremely overwhelmed. Ok, that’s a bit of an understatement…I thought I was about to lose my mind. I realized that I have too much stuff! And that’s even after several attempts (month after month) to purge what it is I don’t use, need or wear. So yes, I will admit that I have a problem…

Hi, my name is Roni and I’m a shopaholic!

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I truly believe that shopping on any level is therapeutic. And when you pair that with my love for great deals and coupons, my shopping addiction gets even worse. So I’ve decided to challenge myself this year…I will shop less in 2014!

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Now I know that most resolutions don’t make it past January. But I’m setting rules and guidelines for myself to help me stick to shopping less this year.

  1. I have shared my resolution with the hubs, a few friends and family members hoping that they will help hold me accountable throughout the year.
  2. From now until the end of March, I putting myself on a strict “no-buy diet.” That means I’m only allowing myself to purchase the necessities (i.e. the staple products I use daily that run out) and nothing else no matter how great of a deal it is. During this time I plan to re-evaluate what is in my closet and purge as needed.
  3. After March, I will re-evaluate my strict “no-buy diet” and decide if I want to treat myself with a mini shopping trip during my birthday month.
  4. Throughout the year I vow to shop my closet more and to be more creative with my outfit combinations. No more wearing the same ol’ thing from week to week.
  5. I  will live vicariously through the fashionista’s on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook  and various blogs that so graciously share their shopping hauls. And use their outfit of the day post as sources of inspiration.

Would you like to join me on my quest to shop less in 2014? Have you ever done a no shopping challenge or resolution? What steps did you take to help curve your shopping appetite? What resolutions have you made for 2014? Do you believe in making New Year’s resolutions?

Natural Hairstyles of 2013

I love my natural hair and it’s versatility. Since the year is coming to a close in a few days, I decided to take a look back at my natural hair styles of 2013.

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Early this year I installed Marley Twist, a style I hoped would last at a month but only lasted about a week or two. I ranted about it here.

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Bantu Knot Out

Bantu Knot Out

I also tried the Bantu Knot Out earlier this year. I love the shrinkage and fullness but it’s definitely a style that needs work.

Wash'n Go

Wash’n Go

I also revisited the Wash’n Go this year. I personally prefer the Wash’n Go on shorter hair but I might give this one another go too.

Mini Twist

Mini Twist

Mini Twist are always a favorite of mine!

Mini Twist Updo

Mini Twist Updo

20131229-193129.jpgI straightened my hair this year and was blown away! I couldn’t believe how long my hair has gotten. But unfortunately Jesus prefers my hair curly because it rained everyday.

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I experimented with a few new updo styles too.

The Twist'n Bun

The Twist’n Bun

The Twist’n Bun is my go-to style on a bad hair day. I love it…simple and chic!

The Pony Puff

The Pony Puff

And when all else fails, I throw in a what I like to call a Pony Puff.

The Twistout

The Twistout

I used to be a die-hard braidout girl but once I mastered the twistout,  I’ve been in love ever since. Now it’s my go-to style for all occasions!

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What’s your favorite natural hair style of 2013? Will you be trying any new hair styles in the upcoming year? Are you ready for 2014?