Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Five Photos

Today, Andrea from Momfessionals, is hosting a Show & Tell link up. Today's topic is your top five photos of all time. Well, since there is no way I could ever decide my top five photos, I decided I'd share my five favorite photos of Admiral. It seems like it's been a while since I've dedicated a post to him, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. And who doesn't like seeing cute dog photos? So here they are, in no particular order:



 



his face just cracks me up in this one...he's obviously annoyed with me




had to include a puppy pic!




And that quickly got out of control and turned in to way more than five. But I couldn't choose just five, and I figured you wouldn't mind if I threw in more :) Make sure you head over to Andrea's blog to see everyone else's top photos!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Healthy Eating (Recipes)

We've been trying to eat healthier for the past couple of years now. As in, I haven't bought pasta, rice, or bread in literally two years. Hello low carb eating. Over the past couple of months, we've been trying out some new recipes to add to our rotation. Kevin found this great app called Mealime that we've been using a lot. It's a meal planning app for healthy eating. We've found some delicious recipes and everything has been easy to make. It gives you all of the ingredients, creates a shopping list for you, and gives you detailed cooking instructions. And no, they aren't paying me to say any of this...Mealime has no idea who I am. We just really like this app.

Along with the Mealime recipes, I love trying recipes I see on blogs or ones I find on Pinterest. Here are some of our favorites:

This is one is SO GOOD. We make it a lot. And it's super easy. A must try.


We made this one for the first time a couple weeks ago, and it was a winner!


Chili (by Carolina Charm)
This is my favorite. I could make this once a week and not get sick of it. SO GOOD.

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce (by Pinch of Yum)


In the summer, our favorite thing to do is grill our meals. We grill about 80% of our meals in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. We broke the grill out a couple of weeks and I couldn't be happier!

My biggest downfall when trying to eat healthier is snacking. I snack morning, afternoon, and night. We started using Nature Box over a year ago and we love it. Nature Box sends 4-5 healthy snacks, every month, for $19.95 (including shipping). You can choose your snacks every month, or let Nature Box choose for you. I figured it was better than spending $20/month at the grocery store on chips and other snacks that were far from healthy. They add new snacks all the time, so you don't keep getting the same thing over and over. It's worth trying it for a few months to see if you like it. You can learn more HERE.

We definitely still have our "cheat" days, but we try hard to eat pretty healthy at home, so we can live a little when we go out with friends or to parties. It was super hard at first, but it has become our new normal. What are some of your favorite healthy recipes?? I'd love to try them!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Five on Friday


Thought I'd use Five on Friday to give a little update via a list. Because lists are just easier (and more fun) to read. Am I right?

1. Blogging. This I have not been doing. I have some posts in the works, so look for those coming soon. I've still been reading blogs and following along on Instagram (it's my favorite), but I miss being engaged like I used to be.

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2. Sickness. I think every bug that's going around has hit our house. Kevin and I both got the nasty cold that was going around about a month ago, and then last week, I got the stomach flu and Kevin got another cold. I think we're in the clear now, but man that was rough.

3. Running. I've been running as much as I can when I'm not sick. I think I'm back on track now. I run a couple of days during the week before work, just a 2-3 mile run and then I get in a longer run on the weekends. I did a 7 mile run on Sunday and it felt great. Even though it was windy and cold. Only about 1.5 months until my half-marathon!



4. Food. At the beginning of the year, Kevin and I started meal planning and cooking more meals at home and it's been going great. I've got a post in the works about the app we've been using (and loving) and some of our go-to recipes. Meal planning has helped us eat healthier and save money at the grocery store. Definitely worth the 15-20 minutes a week it takes us to plan.

5. Projects. We've done a couple DIY projects at home, which you may have seen a sneak of if you follow me on Instagram. I'm working on blog posts for both of them. And if you don't follow me on Instagram, here's a little sneak (obviously I have paint to touch up and I need to style these, but you get the idea):



So there you have it. A little life update. Thanks for sticking around during my unplanned breaks. I hope to be around here more often now.






Sunday, January 8, 2017

Bedroom Closet Makeover

I've wanted to do something with our closet since we moved in to our house 4.5 years ago. The one hanging bar and shelf were just not enough in that small closet (and this is the biggest closet in our house!). After reseraching DIY options and some pre-made organizers, I decided to go with this CloseMaid organizer from Home Depot. The organizer was $53 and an additional hanging bar was $10 (it comes with three hanging bars). For that price, I decided to give it a try.


So we went to Home Depot on Saturday morning and bought it. I took everything out of the closet and this is what we were left with:


Kevin took down the metal hanging bar and then ripped out the wood self. When he was done, I did some major cleaning and got to work painting the trim inside the closet. I probably should have painted the walls too, because they were pretty faded, but I had already done two coats of primer and two coats of paint on the trim, and I was over painting for the weekend. 



I followed the instructions that came with the organizer and put the shelf part together myself. I had Kevin help me attach it to the wall and mount the hanging rods. We had to cut the hanging rods because our closet is so small, they wouldn't fit! But after cutting them all down slightly, it worked great. 


Then I got to work putting everything back. I still have some sorting and organizing to do, but it gives us so much more hanging space! I love it. Our clothes aren't packed so tight and we each have our own side. Definitely worth the $63 it cost to get this done in one weekend.


I love it! It feels so much more organized and it's not stuffed with clothes. Such a great way to make a big difference in a small closet.



“Mrs.AOK,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year Goals

To kick off 2017, I thought I'd write down my goals for the year. I'm always hoping to do the usual: be healthier, more organized, and an overall better person. But I feel like I need some tangible goals to help push me. So here are a couple:

1. Run a marathon. Whoa. Crazy talk. That's 26.2 miles. I don't think I've fully comprehended what I got myself in to. Thankfully, Kevin is doing it with me, so we can push each other. We signed up already, so that's the first step!

2. Grow this blog. I miss writing posts, interacting with readers and other bloggers, and reading other blogs. I want to be more intentional about my posts and social media presence. 

3. Home improvements. That's pretty vague. I've decided that I want to go room by room in our house and "finish" the rooms. I don't think rooms will actually ever be finished because I'll want to change things all the time, but I have lists of things I want to do in each room in our house. Some lists are longer than others, but there are things I want to do in each. I'm not putting a timeline on any of this, so I don't get overwhelmed. But I already know what's first (hint: bedroom closet) and I plan to start on it this weekend!

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So there you have it. My three goals for 2017. Here's to making this year great! 

Did you make any goals or resolutions for the new year?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016

I love yearly recap posts, so I thought I'd share my 10 most viewed posts from 2016:

I changed the name of my blog and got a new blog design in April. And I still love it!


I hosted a chalk school party at my house and it was a blast!

I had a custom drawing done of our house and wanted to share it with everyone. Such a great gift idea.

I decorated a tree from Tree Classics all pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Recap of my 29th birthday weekend.

Apparently July posts were popular with my readers!

I love gift guides. This one is perfect for the dad in your life.

Celebrated our three year wedding anniversary this year.

I went to Baton Rouge and New Orleans (Mardi Gras) in February and had a blast!



Helene in Between

Friday, December 30, 2016

Holiday Home Tour 2016

Just like yesterday's Christmas card post, I know this is late, but I wanted to share it anyway. I love being able to go back and look at my old posts to see how my decor and style has changed, so at least I'll have it to look back on. You may have seen some of these if you follow me on Instagram, because I participated in the 12 days of decor, which made me take pics on a daily basis. I'll let the photos do the rest of the talking.



wine bottle vase made by my sister
This little shelf used to hold our DVDs and Blu Rays, but I got sick of looking at them, so I boxed them up and put them in containers in our TV stand. So now I get to decorate all the little shelves and I kind of love it. I also want to paint this thing white at some point...




joy wood sign from Kate's Crafty Heart

tree wood sign from Kate's Crafty Heart









deer hoop made by my mom


I LOVE seeing holiday home tours, so I hope you enjoy this little glance in to our home all decorate for Christmas. This weekend I'll be taking it all down and replacing it with some simple winter decor, which I'm kind of excited about. As much as I love decorating for Christmas, by the time the holidays are over, I'm kind of ready for a little simplicity. Anyone else feel that way?