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?

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Our Christmas Card 2016

I'm only only four days late, but I'm finally sharing our Christmas card. This is the first year I've done a photo Christmas card. I usually print a photo and include it with our card to our families, but this year I did the actual photo card. I actually got ours from Costco, and I was very happy with them. And even happier with the cost. You guys, it was only $15 for 50 of them! With envelopes! And there was a $5 coupon when I got ours, so it only cost me $10 for 50 cards! You design and order them online and pick them up in the store. So easy. I will definitely be using Costco for our future Christmas cards. Here's how ours turned out this year:

I used a couple photos from our fall photos that Mckensie anne Photography took. It was so hard narrowing it down to just a couple photos, but these were two of my favorites. I hope our family and friends liked them too!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

12 in 12

In 2016, I ran 12 races. It wasn't a goal of mine when I started the year, but around August, I realized it was going to happen and I was kind of proud of it. And even though I titled this post "12 in 12" it was actually 12 races in 10 months. 

7: 5ks (3.1 miles)
1: Marathon Relay (5 miles)
2: 10ks (6.2 miles)
1: 10 Miler
1: Half Marathon (13.1 miles)

When I started running about four years ago, I never even dreamt about running a half-marathon. Three miles was more than enough for me. But once I reached my time goal for my 5k (under 30 minutes), I decided to try a 10k. And then I thought it wasn't so bad, so I tried the 10 mile race. And then I figured what the heck, what's three more miles? And I did it. I ran 13.1 miles. Sometimes I still can't believe I was able to do it. I'm definitely not fast, but that isn't my goal. My goal is just to get out there and do it.


So what's next? Well, I might be losing my mind, but I am planning to run a marathon in 2017! 26.2 miles. I can't even comprehend that right now. I am signed up for a half-marathon in April, and a 25k (15.5 miles) in May, so I'm preparing for an October marathon. 

But do you know the best part? Kevin (my husband) is going to run it with me! As much as I never thought I'd attempt it, I never x100 thought Kevin would. He never understood why I ran or did races, but now that he's been running, I think he's getting addicted too. And I'm not mad about it.

As of right now, my only goal is to finish. As I train, I hope to come up with a time goal to try and beat. Wish me luck! And if you have any tips for a first-time marathoner, send 'em my way!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fall Photos (FINALLY!)

The last weekend in October we had a little photoshoot with Mckensie anne Photography (same photographer that did our wedding photos and other fall photos). We hadn't had "professional" photos done in a couple of years, so I wanted to get some done this year. We also used a couple of them for our Christmas cards, which I'll try and share later this week. But for now, here is photo overload of some of my favorites!

 And I have to share this one. It basically sums us up perfectly. Admiral going crazy at 100 mph and we just laugh and follow along :)

If you are in the West Michigan area and need a photographer, I HIGHLY recommend Mckensie anne Photography. She is so easy to work with and always gets us super great photos.