BLOGTOBER | 30 Facts About Me

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Well, today is my first day being 30!  I'm not sure how I feel about it yet.  I'm not as upset as I thought I would be.  I've done a lot of pretty cool things in 30 years!  I can't wait to see what I do for the next 30+ years. lol!  So, to celebrate my 30 years I thought I would share 30 facts about me...
  1. I've known my husband since I was 13 years old
  2. I've lived in 5 different states.  Pennsylvania is the one that has felt the most like home to me.
  3. I LOVE owls and penguins.  I'm a little obsessed and I think it wore off on my daughter, because now she loves owls too. lol
  4. I can quote every single line from Robin Hood:Men In Tights. haha!  Not sure if I should be proud of that one or not...
  5. I am super OCD about applying my strawberry chapstick
  6. I am a super big sissy about cold weather.  I'm a summer kind of gal....but my favorite holiday is Christmas.  I don't make any sense
  7. My first celebrity crush ever (when I was a preteen) was Indiana Jones. haha!
  8. I didn't wear any makeup until I was around 18 or 19 years old.  I've been more of a tomboy my whole life.
  9. I have a bit of a shopping addiction problem...I kind of want everything.
  10. I hate talking on the phone with people.  I'm more of a texter.  If I have a story I need to tell them I just call but if it's just the usual "hey, how ya doin" then it's a text.
  11. I thought I would always want to live near Pittsburgh but now as I'm getting a little older and have been here for so many years, I would LOVE to try another state.
  12. I've been dying my hair since I was 15 years old.  I've had black, dark brown, reddish brown, fire engine red, and natural looking red.  No blonde
  13. I have 7 siblings. 1 brother, 3 half-sisters, 1 step-sister, and 2 step-brothers.
  14. When I was in 3rd grade I carried my Roger Rabbit doll with me everywhere, until my teacher told me I wasn't allowed to bring it to school anymore
  15. The sun makes me instantly happier and I tend to feel "down" on cold, rainy days
  16. I've suffered from depression on and off since I was 16 years old.  I was also an insomniac from 15- 24 years old.
  17. I've always had more guy friends than girl friends.  I'm not really sure why.
  18. I can't remember the last time I was drunk...it's been YEARS!  I rarely touch alcohol now.
  19. I used to be a dancer: ballet, tap, hip hop, etc.  I miss it a lot
  20. Even the sight of mayonnaise makes me gag.  Can't do it!
  21. I sing all the time when I'm alone or in front of my husband/daughter but I won't in front of anyone else.  Even though my husband says I have a great voice. lol
  22. When I was younger I never ever cried, but now I swear I cry about the dumbest things!  Disney movies even make me tear up.  What happened?!
  23. I can't handle the little wooden stick they give you with those ice cream cups or in popsicles ... they make me gag.  I don't know what it is about it.
  24. I gave up all coffee and soda a few years ago.  Now I really only drink tea and water.
  25. I hold on conversation while I am asleep.  My husband and friends tell me all of these stories. haha!  It's pretty embarrassing
  26. I love musical theater!  I've been in the theater since I was 13 and I love it.  I've even painted sets for larger scale productions in Pittsburgh
  27. My hands and feet are always cold unless I'm sick
  28. I have a HUGE public speaking phobia. I was the matron of honor at my best friend's wedding and had to give the speech.  It was horrible.  I thought I was going to pass out!
  29. I don't like ranch dressing.  I know, I'm the weirdest person alive
  30. I am fiercely loyal to the ones I love.  I will do anything I can for people.  I have a really hard time saying no.

Helene in Between

It's my 30th Birthday!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Oh boy, I'm finally 30!!  I can't believe it!  I remember when I was little I thought 30 sounded so old, but here I am.  I'm not super sad about it like I thought I would be. I get to go out to eat with my family today, so it will be fun.

Some actresses in the early 30s club with me:
Anne Hathaway(31),  Jessica Alba (33),  Jessica Biel (32), Christina Ricci (34),  Claire Danes (35), Elisha Cuthbert (31), Eliza Dushku (33), Emily Blunt (31), Jennifer Love Hewitt (35), Kate Bosworth (31), Kate Hudson (35),  Katie Holmes (35), Kirsten Dunst (32), Kristen Bell (34), Kristin Kreuk (31), Mena Suvari (35), Mila Kunis (31), Olivia Wilde (30), Rachel Bilson (33),  Rachel McAdams (35), Rosario Dawson (35), Zooey Deschanel (34), Cobie Smulders (32), Jennifer Morrison (35)

Aaaaand on that note, I am going to take this bloggy day off and enjoy it!  I will play catch up tomorrow.

BLOGTOBER | Things I am superstitious about

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Very superstitious....writings on the waaallll.....Sorry, I had to!!  I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for weeks now!!  Anyway, as you've probably guessed by now, today's writing prompt is: Things I'm Superstitious About

//  If I wore a certain jersey/team shirt on game day and we won, then I have to wear the exact same thing for the next game.  If we lose then I'm not allowed to wear that shirt again that season, haha!  Good thing I have a few jerseys and a bunch of tee shirts!

//  If I have a series of really bad days when I am wearing the same necklace, I automatically take the necklace off and refuse to wear it for a while.  I'm kind of crazy

//  Sometimes I go into a creative spurt where I will draw/paint a lot of different portraits at once and I end up being pretty happy about all of them.  When these creative spurts happen I have to use the same pencil/paintbrush for every drawing because it just MUST be giving me some artistic power, right?!  Yeah, probably not..

//  When you see a shooting star you have to make a wish!  And don't tell anyone what it is, or it won't come true

//  Pulling out a gray/white hair will cause 10 more to grow in it's place.  My grandma has always said that, and now that I'm getting older I have some grays and I'm too scared to pull them...so I just dye it! haha

Do you do any of the same things??  Or am I just crazy?!  haha

Helene in Between

OUTFIT: Lace and leather

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's been getting chilly here in Pittsburgh!  Last week I had to break out the blazer to wear over my lace Express top.  I guess I shouldn't be so surprised that it's getting cold.  It's the end of October already!  I can't believe it.  Lace has always been a little too girly for me but once I added the leather boots I feel like it added just enough edge to the outfit.

Another slightly depressing thing about it being the end of the month....  I turn 30 on Wednesday!  Yuck!  My husband says I'm not allowed to lay in bed and cry all day with a bottle of wine, so I guess we will go out to eat instead. haha!  Is there anyone else out there in the dirty 30 club??

Anyway, back to the outfit!  The blazer is REALLY old from Guess.  I honestly don't remember where I got the boots and they are so old that the logo wore off so I can't even look.  All I know is that they are the comfiest heel boots ever.  I will be sad when I have to retire them soon.

All of my accessaries are from Charming Charlie.  Seriously, isn't that place the greatest?!?! 

...and unfortunately I didn't notice that part of the necklace flipped until I loaded the pictures on my computer... and I was too lazy to retake them. LOL!

Do you like pairing leather with lace?  Or am I just crazy?! haha!

linked up at: Rhea EtCetera, Pink Sole and Cha Cha the Fashion Genuis, More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express, Fizz and Frosting, I do deClaire, Bless Her Heart Y'all, Induffinitely Me

BLOGTOBER | Who'd play you in a movie version of your life?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This is actually a post that I published back in July but I thought I would reshare it for the Blogtober Challenge....with a few changes!

Have you ever been watching a movie and wondered, if there was a movie about my life who would play me??  I have, and it's not like I have an overly exciting life or anything...maybe I just have a crazy imagination

ME- Mila Kunis
We don't really look alike but we seem like we have very similar personalities (from her movies).  In a lot of her movies she is sort of the tomboyish girly girl, if that makes any sense.  She has a sarcastic sense of humor and isn't afraid to make fun of herself.

MY HUSBAND - Jason Statham
Because, why not?!  I mean, look at him!  But seriously, I have always thought that my hubby resembles him.  He doesn't have the sexy accent though.....but he can fake it!  In all of his movies he has a walk like he means business and so does my husband, Chris.  They both also know martial arts!

MY MOM - Goldie Hawn
Not only does my mom already sort of resemble her but she LOVES her.  My mom has a bubbly, goofy personality when you get to know her....and she's also very found of the "bling". haha!  My mom is always complimented on her smile and that's one of the things that Goldie Hawn is known for!

MY BFF - Zooey Deschanel
My best friend Nikki, is a lot like Zooey Deschanel from The New Girl.  When she gets nervous and/or drinks a little too much, she can not get herself to stop talking.  She rambles and talks so fast that you can barely understand her. lol. She's always optimistic and friendly, and is super gorgeous but doesn't know it or act like it.  Besides, who would not want to be friends with Zooey Deschanel?!?!

Do you look like any celebrities??  Who do you think would be cast in a movie about your life?

Helene in Between

BLOGTOBER | Favorite Book

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today is day #25 of the Blogtober Challenge and today's writing prompt is: Favorite Book.

This was probably the easiest post for me to write out of this whole challenge. haha!  My favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice.  I re-read it once a year, and I own the movie (the one with Keira Knightley).  I'm a little obsessed.


Not only am I a complete sucker when it comes to a great love story but I also really fell in love with the characters.  I loved Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's witty banters but also how deeply he loved her.  And of course the moment she realizes she loves him too.  Soooo soo good!  What girl didn't dream of having her own "Mr. Darcy"?!

What is your favorite book of all time?  

Helene in Between

Painting pumpkins!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Earlier this week I decided to FINALLY paint my pumpkins!  Yeah, I've really been a slacker this year!  Sometimes I decide to carve them and sometimes I paint them.  This year I wanted to make something for my daughter.  After she went to bed I sketched out this Minnie and Mickey design because she LOVES them.  When I finished it, I couldn't wait to show her in the morning!


Needless to say, she was a very happy girl in the morning!

I also painted a quick little owl pumpkin.  She is just as obsessed with owls as I am so I thought she would enjoy that too!  It's pretty sloppy but she could definitely tell what it was


Here is her little excited face when she got up in the morning...   excuse her bedhead, she was a sleepy girl. lol!  She kept screaming Meenee and KeeKee ( Minnie and Mickey) and Whoo whoo, for the owl.  She was a happy girl


Here are our pumpkins from previous years:

Jack and Sally from Nightmare before Christmas

aaaand I even painted a Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin... I am a little obsessed. LOL


Did you carve or paint pumpkins this year??
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