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Showing posts with label blogtober. Show all posts


My Halloween Costume - #Blogtober14 Day 31

I blogged 31 days in a row. If you did too please accept a virtual high five from me. This was hard work. At one point I really didn't think I was going to make it. But we did it! And here we are on the last day. I'm a little bit sad it's over. It helps if you plan out post topics for each day. I really enjoyed this challenge and can't thank Taylor enough for being an excellent co-host. We *might* have to do this again next year. What do you think?

Helene in Between Blogtober
Oh, and happy Halloween! I'm going to a Halloween party tonight. To see me in costume, follow me on instagram @heleneinbetween.

My costume choice is a little embarrassing. I figured it out a while ago, then after I told people what I was dressing up as I was met with blank stares. It's a natural for me. One of the most popular posts on my blog is "The Best Baseball Movie Quotes of All Time." I grew up watching baseball movies. Sandlot tops the list, but A League of Their Own is one of my favorites as well. Geena Davis stars in a true story about women in the '40s hired to fill the vacancies of professional baseball players who left to fight in World War II. Tom Hanks plays the coach and delivers some really classic lines that I quote on a regular basis. Also in the movie: Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna. Basically, it's the best.

So I'll be playing a 1940s Rockford Peach Baseball player, whether anyone knows what I am or not. But I will definitely be spitting out some of these lines:

P.S. If you need a last minute costume, you can be Taylor Swift's 1989 album!

Thanks to all linked up over the past month! I have loved getting to know you and reading your posts!



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 I like to call the praying mantis. 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, or anything Halloween related, or ANYTHING!!!
Click HERE for all the prompts for #Blogtober14! TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY!!

Helene in Between Blogtober


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.

Tomorrow's Prompt: Facts About You
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Helene in Between Blogtober


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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Helene in Between Blogtober


A Letter To My Younger Self - #Blogtober14 Day 27

Dear 7-year-old Helene,

Is it wrong to say that I still think you were one of the cutest kids around? You were. Your struggles in life consisted of what to bring to lunch in the first grade and which boy you would have a crush on next. And your little sisters. You wanted a sibling so very badly, and all of a sudden your mom popped out two for the price of one. Who would have thought that you'd worry about them as if they're your own kids.  
You dropped out of ballet but kept up with hip hop, which you'll regret later. But let's face it, the tallest you grow to is 5'2" and you don't necessarily have a dancer's body. Even though you grow up, you always remain young at heart. 

Dear 17-year-old Helene,

Remember that guy that you had a crush on senior year of high school? You marry him. You worried about boys far too much to have married your high school sweet heart. In fact, you cared way too much about boys and how your hair looked. That's the difference between you and I. I've learned to care less. And that's a very good thing. You'll still have lots to learn 10 years from now, but you will be somewhat wiser. 
You'll do things you never thought you would do, you'll travel the world, you'll buy a house. You'll face cancer with your younger sister and your Dad. You'll be there for them and they'll both be okay (fingers crossed.) You thought your mom was wrong, but really she happened to be right about everything. She'll become your best friends. You won't always keep the same friends. You won't keep the same pant size either (sorry). You won't go on to do theater or be a star, but you will always dance when there's music. Even if everyone's watching.

Whether your 7, 17, or 27, you'll figure it out. Just keep on dancing.

Tomorrow's Prompt: Things You're Superstitious About
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Helene in Between Blogtober


A Day in Movie Quotes - #Blogtober14 Day 26

Don't get mad... but I'm about to shake up this prompt a little bit. The prompt is "Who'd Play You in a Movie." I've actually blogged about that before, so I'm changing it up a bit.
Sometimes, life is just better in quote form. We don't have to think, we just know if we quote a movie (or TV series) that what we say will be poignant or hilarious. I wrote a post called A Day in Movie Quotes so I thought since that was a while ago I'd do it again.

When I wake up in the morning: (insert work)

When my JAM comes on:

Whenever I'm driving:

When my diet isn't going too well and I'm starving:

20 minutes later...:

 When Michael is making me mad:
When it's 5pm, or just really anything that's awesome happens:

Trying to figure out what to eat for dinner:

The end of the day:

Tomorrow's Prompt: A Letter To Your Younger Self
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Helene in Between Blogtober


My Favorite Book - #Blogtober14 Day 25

My favorite book of all time isn't a classic novel. It's not a thinking piece. It's won't go down in history as an epic tale. It isn't an exquisite example of writing. But I love this book. I happened to read it at an important time in my life. By that, I mean puberty.

It was a time when I felt pretty bad about my crooked teeth and lack of any boys wanting to ask me to prom. This was junior year of high school. I wasn't asked to the prom. No one asked me. It was devastating. It was something I never really talk about. But it happened, and there was this book. I think I read it that weekend. All at once.
It was Rebecca Wells' "The Crowning Glory Of Calla Lily Ponder." It just made me feel good and remember the important things in life. And really, that I'll get over it.

Tomorrow's Prompt: Who'd Play You in A Movie
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Helene in Between Blogtober


One Beauty Product I Can't Live Without - #Blogtober14 Day 24

I don't wear make up much during the week, so on the weekends I like to play with it a bit. That is, if I have time. I admit that I'm horrible at eye make up. In high school I wore dark eyeliner around my entire eye. I finally realized that wasn't doing me any favors and stopped wearing it completely. Now it's saved for fancy occassions. I also used too much bronzer. (Although sometimes I know I still do.) One time Michael asked me if I had "dirt on my face" and I knew there was a problem.
the one beauty product i can't live without

Besides my trials and tribulations with eyeliner and bronzer my one make-up go to is lipstick. Not just any lipstick. Maybelline Vivids Lipsticks. I wish that I was being paid for this. I really do. Because I love this lipstick so much.

I have 5 different colors and you can tell how much I've worn some of them...

I'd like to think it's part of my "signature" look (if I had one of those.) Hot plum is my go to. Followed by Fuschia flash. On Fire red is my neutral and pink pop or wild rose if it goes with what I'm wearing.
Bright lipstick is fun and makes me feel made up without wearing much makeup. And these colors are neon, so basically it's everything I could ever want. Oh the best part, it lasts a long time and it's under $8. Sorryboutcha MAC.

I couldn't leave you hanging with just mine, so invited the darling Shelly of Behind Blue Eyes (great blog name huh?) to tell me her favorite beauty product today! Shelly knows a thing or two about beauty, getting crafty, and being a mom to her daughter! Take it away Shelly!

If you were to ask me what my favorite beauty product is, I would first tell you lip balm. But the more I think about it, I honestly do not consider lip balm a beauty product. It's more like a necessity to life. I do not go anywhere without lip balm. If I end up forgetting my lip balm, I will immediately go to the nearest Target, Walgreens, etc. to buy some. The Honest Co. organic lip balm is one of my favorites. This one is lavender mint. lip balm So, what is my favorite beauty product? My favorite beauty product is Juice Beauty's Conditioning Lip Color.
 juice beauty lip color 
I believe lipstick is a girl's best friend. On days I don't feel like putting on a full face of makeup, I just throw on a little lipstick. You could look like complete crap, but throw on a little lipstick and instantly enhance your appearance. shelly no make up I don't believe I ever loved a lipstick as much as the Conditioning Lip Color in Fig! The fig color goes with everything, looks completely natural and even works well with my red hair! I love that this is not one of those lipsticks that leave your lips with a dry, flaky color. It is full of jojoba and sesame seed oils which provides deep moisturizer and leaves your lips so soft. For a pop of shine, I add a little of the Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss in Fig. I also like the fig color because I think it makes my blue eyes pop. shelly with lipstick Juice Beauty is all I use for both skin care and cosmetics. Their products are organic, made without parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances and never tested on animals!

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Tomorrow's Prompt: Favorite Book
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Helene in Between Blogtober