10.30.2014

The Facts of Helene - #Blogtober14 Day 30

I'm a sucker for get to know you posts. I love reading random facts on other blogs. Mainly because I like to see if they are even remotely as quirky as I am. So if you're new or old to Helene in Between, here are the facts of me:

-I've never had credit card debt. Not ever. I always pay my bills or I just don't buy it because I'm terrified of being homeless.

-My nickname is bird. I wonder why?
After this picture was taken Michael said it looked like a bird drinking wine.


-People have a really hard time pronouncing Helene.

-I will never get a tattoo.

-I buy too many sunglasses. I hoard them. I never want to throw any of them out, you know, in case they come back in style.

-Popcorn is my favorite food. I have a popcorn popper that I use at home that is the best thing ever.

- I don't watch the Real Housewives of Anything and I probably never will. I don't have cable and so I don't have access to that channel. But I still probably wouldn't watch it.

-My music of choice is electronic (duh) and I will figure out way to see it live every chance I can.

- I have a signature dance move, don't try to steal it:

- Michael often calls me a vampire. I work from home and rarely open the windows or blinds, save for the ones in my office. Why open them if I'm not going to be in that room anyway?

- I've always lived in Dallas. The only place I see myself moving is somewhere in Europe.

- I have 20-year-old twin sisters. I'm still waiting for us to get out of the stage of not fighting whenever we're together longer than 3 hours.

- My favorite scent is vanilla and when I remember to wear perfume it's vanilla scented. My all time favorite is Aquolina's Pink Sugar which is over the top sweet.

- I'll never run a marathon. 


Tomorrow's Prompt: Halloween Costume Reveal
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10.29.2014

My Most Embarrssing Moment - #Blogtober14 Day 29


In the 8th grade I had the confidence most 21-year-olds have on their birthday after 5 buttery nipple shots. Despite my slightly crooked teeth, (that would later be fixed by braces that I would wear until November, senior year of high school) my dishwater dull blonde hair, and the height of a 5th grader; I was fairly self assured. This mainly came from my theater teachers who praised my undying love for singing show tunes and acting timid as the lead role in Cinderella.
I went to a Catholic school and every Friday we went to All School Mass. I looked forward to the hour away from class and would situate myself near my best friend and slightly behind the pimply faced boy I had a crush on, so I could day dream about him as we spoke-sang the Our Father. But towards the end of 8th grade, all theater kids were to audition to perform in the end-of-the-year performance at church. We would be congratulating our priest for winning the NCEA award. What that was for, I'll never know. But I knew the entire school, parents, and even the bishop were invited to attend, and it was my time to shine.
I auditioned, and along with 7 other 8th graders, made the cut. I rehearsed after school for weeks before the performance. I practiced my kicks in the mirror at home. The day of the performance I wasn't nervous- just ready to win the hearts of all those around me. Maybe I can get a gig out of this, skip high school, and move right on to the Disney channel or Nickelodeon. I'll pick up a steady drinking habit along the way, if necessary.

The audience hushed as the piano teacher struck the first note. We walked down the aisle of the church. Top hat cocked, we began to sing the words "NCEA" to the tune of YMCA. Classic.
I looked out into the audience with a surge of adrenaline. The kick line started, but I was in my own world. Front and center, I continued on with the song, though this was the musical break. The piano teacher was so thrown off by my singing that she stopped playing and the crumpled noise of the piano ceased as wide eyes gazed over me. Then I noticed- I was still singing.
After a beat, I stepped forward, removed my black top hat and took a bow. I scooted back in the kick line and nodded at the piano teacher to begin again.
After the performance was finally over, I hid from the crowd in the choir room behind the altar. The priest and award winner found me and seeing my red, tear-streaked face said, "Well, you got what you wanted." I looked up, puzzled and dismayed. "Honey, you stole the show."
I wiped my tears, put back on the top hat and walked out with my head held high.
Every time I make a scene, I remember, at least I'm the star of the show.

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10.28.2014

The Business of Blogging

When I started blogging, I thought this would be a fun hobby. One where I could get creative and talk about the mundane or exciting things I found interesting. But blogging has turned into a passion of mine. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it often.
But I enjoy it. It's brought me to connect with a lot of great people and do things I would never have the chance to do. I never knew that blogging would take up so much of my time and how much money I'd spend on the blog itself. Sarah and I were talking about this the other day, so I give her full credit for the idea of this post.
Here are a few things I spend my money on for my blog, I'll break down how much each thing costs for a year.
The Business of Blogging - How Much money I spend on my blog

Things I buy for my blog:

1. Domain Name.
 I use Go Daddy and it's $10 a year. I also pay additional for protection which is $8 for the year. So total = $18

2. Photo Editing 
I will admit that I am cheap. I haven't paid for photoshop and I honestly don't see myself doing that anytime soon. PicMonkey can do a lot of what photoshop does and it's super easy to use. Oh, and it's $4.99 a month or $33  for the year to upgrade to Royale. Right now PicMonkey is offering a free week of royale so check it out. I plan on doing a tutorial on all the things you can do with it. = $33

3. Advertising on Other Sites
This obviously varies dramatically, but I'd say $50 a month-ish. Sometimes I don't sponsor anyone and sometimes I sponsor a lot of people. This is something I will continue to do as it has helped my blog grow immensely. = $300 (rough guess)

4. Advertising for my site
I use Passionfruit to sell all of my ads. It's an easy way to keep track of them all. = $50

5. Facebook Boosts
I really think that this can help your blog. I don't do it every week, but once a month, if I have a post I really care about, I'll give it a boost. =$100

6. Blog Design
This is a must have for me. I have a vision but I'm not wonderful at putting that vision into action. So I use Social and Chic for that. = $150

7. Photobucket
I've been using Photobucket for a long time to upload photos but I never needed the extra space. That was until the #Blogtober14 link-up crashed it! I paid to upgrade so that I could have more storage. =$50

8. Drop Box
I use Drop Box to store photos from my phone and have them easily accessible on my other devices. It's great if you're one of those people that can't bear to delete a picture off your phone. This frees up a lot of storage so I can continue taking pictures.  =$100

9. Business Cards
 Last but not least, business cards. I never knew how much I'd need these, except when I didn't have them.I might be biased, but I think my cards look pretty awesome.
 


I got them from a store in Dallas (but they ship worldwide!) called Signazon. Pricing varies but mine our full color and double sided. These are some of the highest quality cards I've ever seen and I've already started handing them out to everyone I know. Just because they look so good. About 500 cards is $30.

Signazon doesn't just offer custom business cards. Any printing job you need, they do. Custom signs for your shop or small business or even your Halloween party. Marketing materials, car magnets, decals, refrigerator magnets (perfect for Save The Dates), and even invitations and thank you cards. Basically, all your business and printing needs. I like working with a store that will respond back to me directly and let's me customize every single aspect. I'll be using Signazon again and again.

So total, for the year, I'm spending about $531.

What do you spend money on for your blog?

**Signazon sent me the cards to review, but all opinions are my own.

My Superstitions- #Blogtober14 Day 28

I'd like to come here and tell you that I'm not superstitious about certain things, but then I'd be lying. My superstitions stem from real life events or just good ol' karma. I really think karma helps keep me in line more than anything else. I'm not 100% sure I believe in it, but there are some things that I do just to be safe.

Here's what I'm superstitious about:

1. If I see a penny, I am picking it up. In fact, if I see any money I'm picking it up. That's good luck because I just became richer. Hello.

2. You have to blow out all your candles on your birthday cake at once for your wish to come true.

3. The number 66. I just don't like that number. And certainly not 666.

4. Make a wish on a wishbone. Two people choose a side and pull the wish bone and think of a wish. Then pull, whoever has the larger side will come true.

5. Make a wish on my eyelash. Whenever I find a stray eyelash I blow it and make a wish. I make Michael do the same. 

6. Speaking of wishes, don't tell anyone what you wished for. Otherwise it's not happening.

7. I like to take the same routes. Okay, this one might be very weird. But if I take a route (like a driving route or running path) and it went well - meaning I was there on time, it was a good day etc- , then I want to take the same way again. I'm I the only one?

Tomorrow's Prompt: Most Embarrassing Moment
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