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I’ve been working at the same company for 5 years and it’s my first professional job since I started my internship there. I knew it was time to start looking for a better opportunity since I’m not into the commercial real estate industry as a marketing specialist and that’s not my dream job. As much as I was comfortable where I am and love my job, I needed to move on.

I came across this job posting for a graphic/web designer for a marketing company that’s 10 minutes away from home. This is a huge thing since my commute is 1 hour each way with traffic. So working 10 minutes away from home is a dream! I applied and got an interview scheduled. I was so freaking nervous! The last time I had an interview was 5 years ago obviously.

I did research on their company since I wanted to make myself stand out. So I went to Paradise Bakery to get a cookie cake made. I asked them to have the cookie read, “Steph + Brickyard = AWESOME” with their colors- orange & black. It turned out great!

My interview went well and they loved the cookie cake! I got a job offer immediately the next day. I was sooo excited that I went straight to my parents’ house to tell them the news instead of going home. I was so nervous at the same time because I had to make a tough decision- to stay where I am or go for this new opportunity. I didn’t want to disappoint my team at work and my boss too but I knew it was the right thing to do.

So I got a job at Brickyard!!! I haven’t met everyone yet but so far everyone is so nice and friendly! My first day at Brickyard is on Monday the 15th and my last day is tomorrow. I hope I don’t get too emotional. It’s going to be weird walking out and not saying “see you tomorrow” to my team.

On to the next chapter of my life and looking forward to it.

The title says it all! I never thought dry shampoo would work for me until my friend at work convinced me to try it. So I tried it and thought it was amazing! It took a while to get used to it and figure out what works best for me.

I even tried seeing how long I could go without washing my hair and the longest was a week. Amazing, huh? This has definitely saved me more time in the morning! It’d take forever to wash my hair, dry my hair then curl it. Now if I wanted to curl my hair…that’s all I have to do after using dry shampoo! Oh and the curls stay in all day long! That is a huge thing for me since my curls would be dead by lunch time without dry shampoo.

I use Dove Dry Shampoo and absolutely love it! I’ve tried so many different ones and found myself loyal with Dove. It makes my strands smell awesome!

In the morning I sleep in as much as I can then take a shower without getting my hair wet & washed. Before getting fully dressed for the day, I wear a tank top to avoid the mess since it can be messy when spraying dry shampoo. I brush my hair and if it’s really messed up then I’ll use the straightener real quick. After that I spray my roots and then when I’m done, I’ll quickly spray all over my hair. There’s always some areas where I’ve sprayed too much and that is when I see too much white powder so I use my fingers to massage my scalp to get it in and give it some volume. I leave my hair alone to let the powder sit in for a while. I’ve got no time to waste in the mornings so while I’m waiting I put make up on. When I’m done then I’ll lightly brush my hair and some powder will come right off which is okay.

See how easy this is and how much time I’m saving in the mornings! Such a wonderful thing for me since I’m not a morning person at all.

Do you use dry shampoo? If so, do you do it a different way and which product do you use? #addictedtodryshampoo and #yesijustusedahashtaginapost

Yesterday Tyler and I had a spontaneous urge to tackle the guest bedroom. It’s been a while since we did a house project and we were itching to do one so this was a perfect opportunity. Also we have some relatives coming down next month so we wanted the room to be ready before then.

We went to Home Depot with no plans in mind. We went to look at paint swatches and I found this purple/pink color – Behr Majestic Orchid. I showed it to Tyler just wanting to see his typical “yuck no!” reaction to anything that was pink. To my surprise, he agreed to the color. We both agreed that it would be too much if we painted the whole room that color so we picked another purple grayish color – Behr Vintage Mauve. It was the easiest decision we made and could both agree on!

I told Tyler that I wanted to do a headboard too and thought it would be cool if it was silver and that’s when it came to mind to do a corrugated metal headboard. $10 for each sheet! What a deal since we got 2 sheets.

We also hung up the vintage arrow that I bought from the Junk in the Trunk vintage market a few months ago. I love how it looks from the hallway!

We still have more to do with the guest bedroom – add curtains, decorations, etc. Will anyone want to come stay with us when it’s done? ;)