October 22, 2014

Renee Zellweger isn't 25 anymore, and that's ok.


Social media blew up yesterday with people talking about Renee Zellweger's face. I don't know what the big deal is. She's beautiful and can do whatever she wants with her own face and body. Whether we age gracefully or pay for beauty, it's our decision to make. Being happy and comfortable in our own skin is what truly makes us beautiful. She's not 25 anymore, and you know what, that's ok.



"I'm glad folks think I look different!
I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."

"I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things."

"I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things,
growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself."

"People don't know me in my 40s. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?"


-- Renee Zellweger to People Magazine


October 21, 2014

Team Up With Timbaland || Win Tickets to Coachella 2015


If you're anything like me, music is a big part of your life. I grew up listening to a lot of Elvis and old country. Now, I listen to anything from Britney Spears and Eminem to Led Zeppelin and Al Green. Whether I'm in the car or at my desk, I've got music on. It calms me. It pumps me up. It lifts my spirits. No matter my mood, there's a song for it.


In recent months, Lenovo and Microsoft have teamed up with Timbaland to create a contest for independent music artists. Over 5000 music artists entered the song contest. Music fans have been sharing and voting for their favorites since August 27th. Timbaland and a team of judges reviewed the best songs and chose 5 finalists based on their creativity, originality and recording appeal. The finalists will be given a surprise musical challenge to help determine the winner. One lucky winner, chosen by Timbaland, will get to work with him in his Miami recording studio. For one artist, it is the opportunity of a lifetime! To learn more about the finalists and to hear their original songs, visit the Team Up With Timbaland website.

In addition, music fans have until tomorrow, October 22nd to enter the Team Up With Timbaland Sweepstakes where they can win Lenovo products, cool music gear... and of course, the Sweepstakes’ Grand Prize: a trip for two to L.A., plus two Weekend 3-Day VIP Passes to one of the largest, most popular, California music festivals from April 10-12! Yes, that's right. You can enter to win tickets to COACHELLA! This Lenovo and Microsoft contest is ending soon, so hurry up and ENTER TO WIN!


Must be over 18 years of age or older at the time of entry

Must be legal residents of the US (Continental US + the District of Columbia)



Lenovo Facebook // Lenovo Twitter
Microsoft Facebook // Microsoft Twitter

October 17, 2014

14 Things I'm An Expert At || Blogtober 14

It's Friday, and it's payday. The temps are dropping again this weekend. I'm going to a Grizzlies game tonight. We have football games tomorrow. It's also my son's 9th birthday on Sunday. So, I've got another busy weekend on the horizon. I'm not complaining though. I'll sleep when I'm dead.

I've been wanting to link up for #Blogtober14 since it started, but none of the prompts were speaking to me. That is, until today!


14 Things I'm An Expert At

1. Not being on time
I'm always running late. Always.

2. Remembering things
I'm good with names, faces and details.

3. Spending money
I'm really trying to be better about saving money.
"I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet." -- Carrie Bradshaw

4. Spray tanning
I'm a master of both the spray tan and the self-tan.

5. Being a Kid Rock fan
I've been to four Kid Rock shows. Who wants to join me for the fifth?

6. Pop culture
I know who was in that movie. I know who he's dating. I know who she's wearing.

7. Losing track of time on Pinterest
Pin this snack I'll never make. Pin this outfit I'll never remember to wear. Pin this inspirational quote I'll forget about tomorrow. OH MY GOD, IT'S MIDNIGHT AND I HAVEN'T EATEN ALL DAY!


8. Not wearing jewelry
I always forget to put on bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I give up.

9. Always Almost Always looking good in photos
I know my best side. I know good lighting when I see it. I know how to stand to enhance the skinnies.

10. Giving gifts
I'm an excellent gift giver because I pay attention. I try to avoid gift cards and thoroughly enjoy picking out item(s) for each individual person.

11. Listening and giving advice
I'm a good listener. I hear what you're saying and give advice when needed. I don't push though. You're a grown person who can make up your own damn mind. But don't say I didn't tell you so!

12. Keeping secrets
Some people say they can keep a secret when really they can't. I can and will. I am keeping a few that will go with me to the grave. Ask all you want. I'm not telling!

13. Being organized at work, but not home
My organization skills at the office are near perfect. I don't know why this skill can't carry over at home. I guess it's because I earn the dolla dolla bills at work.

14. Netflix
No explanation needed.

Helene in Between Blogtober

October 16, 2014

Dearest Netflix


I've been a Netflix subscriber for years, long before they offered instant streaming. I pay less than $10 a month to have thousands of movies and tv shows at my disposal. As a family, we use Netflix on a weekly basis. Each and every month, they add more titles that I already love or want to see.

On October 1, Netflix added Gilmore Girls. When I heard the news, I fixed a pot of coffee and did a happy dance. I've already finished the first season. Even though I know Luke and Lorelei eventually end up together, I still complain during every single episode.

"Why can't you see how much he loves you?"


Yesterday, Netflix announced they will add all ten seasons of Friends on January 1, 2015. Even though Friends comes on all the time, I'm still extremely excited by this news. This means I can watch Friends whenever I want and pick any episode I want. Also, no commercials.


Now, if Netflix could just add every episode of Sex and the City, my life would be complete. Dearest Netflix, please add ALL SIX SEASONS OF SEX AND THE CITY. The ladies of the world will thank you.



Is there anything you'd like to see on Netflix?

October 03, 2014

5 On Friday || October 3, 2014



||ONE||
I'm drinking coffee like water today. I need the caffeine, and it's freezing in my office. But, most importantly, look at how cute my Harry Potter mug is!


mug

||TWO||
I'm going to see Gone Girl tonight. It's been a while since I've been this excited for a film. I read and loved the book. I can't wait to see how it translates on screen.

||THREE||
We don't have any football games to attend tomorrow. It's our bye week. This means I can sleep in both Saturday and Sunday. Woohoo!

||FOUR||
The high temperature tomorrow is 66 with a low of 46 -- perfect fall weather. Even though it's warming up again, I'm going to enjoy the cooler temps while they're here.

||FIVE||
Tomorrow night, in the middle of the perfect fall weather, my girlfriend and I are taking our kids to Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms Park. We're going on a Nocturnal Nature Hike and a Headless Horseman Hayride. It's going to be so much fun!



TGIF!

October 02, 2014

2014 Fall Bucket List


October is my favorite month of the year. It brings about true fall weather and a ton of fall activities. I try to cram in as much fun stuff as I can before the bitter cold hits. This year, I decided to make a fall bucket list.

A couple of these will actually get crossed off this weekend. Yes, that's how excited I am for fall. I'm ready to get started RIGHT NOW.


blank printable found here


What fun things do you have planned for fall?

October 01, 2014

Woman Crush Wednesday || Lauren Conrad


I didn't know anything about Lauren Conrad until her clothing line with Kohl's came out. I never watched a single episode of Laguna Beach or The Hills. I just remember seeing snippets of her and thinking she was gorgeous. I love that she actually went to design school instead of using her reality star status to land a job. She's worked hard and seems to lead a fairly normal life despite her fame. She has a great sense of style, and I think we should be friends. The end.






images and fashion from Kohl's
















images from InStyle