Note To Self

I'm sure you have heard by now but if you haven't, allow me to break the news: 

Google Reader is done-zo after today. This means all of you who have so kindly clicked on that follow button over there on that sidebar of mine will now have to find a new way to be notified of my posts. Horrific really, I know. But do not fear. Other brainiacs who are now making millions from this transition have got ya  covered. Here are the additional (and recommended) ways you can follow me to know the second a new post is up on this ole bloggy blog. Can you imagine the tragedies if you didn't? Alas, here we go: 





Email Subscription

You of course can follow just one of the above. 
Or zero really.
However, to receive full Living In Yellow at it's finest, all of the above would be the wisest choice.
You know, to ensure that you you are aware of what I am eating for lunch, what I am wearing to mow, and how I feel about Grillz when it plays on Pandora. Hint: I feel really good about it. 

K, that's all I got for now. 

Peace out Google Reader, it's been real. 



What I See When I Look At You...

Dear Shawn, 

Happy 29th handsome. I spent a little while searching for a picture of just you to use for today's post as 98% of them turn out looking like a giant hand in front of your face while exclaiming "don't!", but then I landed on this one up above and my eyes filled up with tears instantly. How perfectly it captures exactly what I see when I look at you. You are a man that has had to work for every little bit of where you are now. The adversities thrown your way throughout the past 29 years would have been enough to make me give up on life. But you? You have taken those challenges and have turned them into something great. The way you take a hardship and turn it into an opportunity to become stronger, smarter, and often happier is an amazing and admirable trait. I hope you know the pride that is behind these eyes of mine when looking at you. I wish so badly that your dad was here to witness the man you have become, but I trust he is watching it all from up above saying "job well done son". You are exactly what so many people would've never guessed you to be years ago. Your work ethic is out of this world. Your lighthearted spirit is inspirational. Your smile is contagious. Your stability is appreciated. And best of all, your love is unquestionable. Not only have you taught me what joy, peace, comfort, and protection feel like but you have also shown me how grace and forgiveness are played out in very tangible ways. Thank you for loving us through life. Without you, I would be half of the woman I am today. And hey. I know I don't always say it, but the man that you are...is exactly the man I want you to be. Keep doing you. It's the best thing I've ever experienced. 

Love you. 


....now let's go celebrate before you turn 30. 



Paying Attention To My Surroundings. Or Something.

back when I didn't have to be responsible per his orders. 
this would've also been around the same time I lived in the tanning bed. 
ironically enough they somewhat go hand in hand.
oh but hey--notice the bling in his ears? we like to call this "baller". 

Shawn has this thing he always says to me that drives me absolutely crazy. 
It goes something like "pay attention to your surroundings". This is usually said right after I run face first into an elderly person, slam the door as he is right behind me, or when a bird shats all over my shoulder

Just kidding. He wasn't there for the bird event but I can imagine that statement would've come flying out of his mouth at full force in that moment. You know what? I don't even want to talk about that bird now that I mention it. 

With that being said, I've started to "pay attention to my surroundings". This doesn't necessarily mean I've done anything different about what I see in my surroundings, but at least I am paying attention to them. 
Say for instance, yesterday when I went grocery shopping. I slipped and almost fell two times, which really. I'm convinced that almost falling is worse than actually just going down. Every jolt of HOLY SHITAKE runs through your body and leaves you feeling quite exhausted. I then proceeded to run my grocery cart smack dab into the automatic door on my way out which BROKE the freaking door. Thankfully nobody really noticed the broken door. I take that back. I didn't stick around long enough to know if anybody noticed or not. I was too busy paying attention to my groceries surroundings and they were saying to me "get us in the stupid car before you drop that bottle of wine in your hands". Except too bad because I dropped the bottle of wine too. 

All of this has had me become a little more aware of other things that either I do, or that others do which really don't make much sense to me. Let's go through some shall we? 

Sunglasses. I have gone the past three years using the same over sized, non-flattering, $5 glasses. The ones that the lens pop out of on the reg. I finally decided to take the plunge and spend $16 at Target on a new pair. Within two days I have zero idea where they now are. My expensive, fancy, fit my face sunglasses...gone. My $5 one lens ones? Still in tact at the bottom of my purse. I just don't get it. 
i'll probably just stick to these from now on

Pies. To the women who make them from scratch: you know you can buy these things right? For $8 at your local grocery store at that. You're welcome. 

Single vs Not Single Ladies. Women who are single complain about wanting to be in a relationship. Women who are in a relationship complain about wanting freedom. I think the problem here is women. 

Wine. Probably best kept in the upright position after opened. 

Home Parties. Why is it that we can live for 26 years of our life never knowing a certain product existed but the minute we get to a home party and learn about the newest cleaning supply we absolutely without a shadow of a doubt can not live without them? Like really though. Existence would be impossible if you didn't buy the entire catalog. 

Air conditioning on and the windows open at the same time. While I have learned that others think this is "illogical" I find it to be totally acceptable. You get to feel cool while looking cool. It just makes sense. 

Dogs vs Kids. People who don't have dogs but yet have kids concern me. You know the dogs save money rather than cost an arm and a leg right? Dogs lick your plate clean. Kids throw plates. Dogs poop in the grass. Kids poop on your leg. Dogs sleep with you. Kids don't let you sleep at all. 

For the record, I love kids. I just love dogs more. Okay fine. I like kids more. I think. 

Motors on the back of boats. Why are they conveniently placed in the same exact spot that you have to pee? You'd think these engineer type people would think through such matters, but no. This engineer did not. 
I may or may not have paid attention to my surroundings on this matter this past weekend and am now dealing with a cut on my knee.  

And last but not least, the cupid shuffle. Any person willing to do this dance at any given time no matter the location, is bound to lead a fulfilling life. That's really what I've gathered from this whole paying attention to my surroundings thing. 
What about you? Notice anything that does or doesn't make sense that you need to address? Allow yourself below. In the words of my husband while listening to Jimmy Buffet "just let the music move you.." or something emo like that. 

For the record. My husband is not romantic unless it involves Jimmy Buffet. We will see if he still feels this way when he wakes up Sunday morning after the concert. Fins up Schrader. 
Going with today's theme...let's talk about what I've observed about bloggers. 
There are ones that you connect with and then there are ones you uhhhhhh don't connect with. 
My favorites happen to be the ones I connect with. Helene is one of those who has my heart. 
Not only is she HILARIOUS (seriously. funny.) she has a genuine good heart. I am so thankful for this lady and am truly saddened if you don't pay her a visit and get to know her. Your life has the potential to go one factor up on the coolness level by clicking a single link, just come to terms with it and proceed. 
When did you start blogging and why?
Oddly enough I started blogging when I fell rock climbing. I broke my ankle and leg and I was bored. I always enjoyed writing, but not really able to express myself in a more personal way. I started talking about "deals" and that didn't last very long as I saw I was more successful with personal/humorous posts, and Helene in Between was born. It is now my favorite hobby and I can't see myself NOT blogging. Silver lining to my broken ankle.

What is one of your favorite blog posts you have written? 
The blogging drinking game. You'll be drunk in no time. And on a more serious note, this one about the importance of being there for each other where I write about both my sister and dad's battle with cancer. 

What inspires you?
People that work hard with good intentions. This sounds odd. But what I admire is that people that work hard for the things they want but do it in a way that doesn't hurt others. I believe in building up those around you as well as yourself in order to succeed. Other things that inspire me: sloppy dog kisses, summer sunsets and people that dance like no one's watching. 

no she is not eating him. she is just happy he proposed. 

What is your favorite form of social media?
Yelling. It's really the most effective way to get attention. Kidding of course, my favorite is twitter. It's weird, since I didn't have it before I started my blog (so I've only had it for about 6 months). I just love looking at what people have to say.
Blog // Twitter // Facebook



50 Shades of Cray

This picture has nothing to do with this post, however I look relatively calm and like I have my life together in it. I am using it as a nice reminder that someday soon I will maybe look like that again. 

Let's talk about this week for a minute.
It's cray. I could go into detail here why it's a little chaotic but we'll save that for another day. Perhaps a day when I am "allowed" to fully disclose what's been going on in my world the past ten days. Trust me, it's not exciting. I mean it kinda is, but it kinda isn't. Let's see how long I can how draw out this topic that none of you actually know what I am talking about.... 

So because I am over here trying to ensure that no additional hairs of mine turn gray (I mean seriously though--what the !*&!^@ why do I have gray hairs to begin with?) I am throwing a giveaway your direction. Listen, I really, really hate to have multiple giveaways in one week however, this one kinda makes up for the whole lack of real content I've got goin' on. Which reminds me I need to say something. 

Readers, I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Truly, my heart is 50 shades of pink because of you all. And sometimes I think I forget to tell you that. The fact that you take time out of your day (which really, could be spent on much better things) means more than you will ever know. I know I don't always hear from you (and I know that I have been doing the most horrible job at responding back to you recently) but know that your presence here does not go unnoticed. I check that stat counter of mine like a mother to see where you are popping your lovely faces in from daily. I'd especially like to thank those of you who live in Los Angeles, CA. Every time I see LA on my recent visitor activity, I can't help but assume it's Giuliana Rancic so thank you for brightening my day even though you aren't technically G. It's the little things you know? So with that being said, I love you and I appreciate you. And to show you a small smidgen of love, I am giving you the chance to win some of my all-time favorite things. More so the Keurig that's down below. I swear by that thing. Literally. There is a 78% chance I would die if I had to get rid of mine. 

The Kindle Fire is pretty sweet as well assuming you read. I wouldn't actually know much about this device but I trust you others do. 

Keep reading to see what other items are up for grabs and the lovely ladies that put this together for you all...
And seriously. Thank you. 

Kindle Fire and Keurig Giveaway 

 a Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB
Kindle Fire HD
  a Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System with Bonus 12 K-cups and Water Filter Kit -B70 Keurig K75  
an Amazon Kindle PowerFast for Accelerated Charging
  Amazon Kindle PowerFast for Accelerated Charging 
 a Moshi iVisor XT (HD clear) No-Bubble Screen Protector for Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Moshi iVisor XT (HD clear) No-Bubble Screen Protector for Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 
 a $30 Kindle Fire Gift Card
  Kindle Fire Giftcard 

A Total Prize Package valued at approximately $550.00 
 One very lucky person will take home all these goodies!!! 

  A HUGE Thank you to my Co-Hosts (from Top Left): Georgina @ Notes on Lifestyle Jennifer @ Busy Being Jennifer Erin @ Living in Yellow Brie @ Sophistifunk Janette @ The Johanson Journey Katie @ Katie Thinks Melissa @ Home on Deranged Neely @ A Complete Waste of Makeup Tif @ Ramblings of a Southern Belle Alisha @ Alisha & Brandon Kate @ Another Clean Slate Neri @ Sparkling with Sneakers Tessa @ Tessacotton 

  A HUGE Thank you to all the other bloggers who have teamed up with us to bring these amazing prizes together!! 

So, let's get this giveaway started!! You have 91 ways to enter plus a tweet every day (but you gotta come back to the form to get credit for the tweet every day so Rafflecopter can count your entry!) Enter via the Rafflecopter Widget Below. US Residents Only. Must be 18 years of age to enter. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to enter. 



Blame It On The Rain

What started as this....
Turned to this...
And left us with this. 

All regular blog posts will resume tomorrow. 
You know, after the power is back on and stuff. 

Amish..mad props to you people. I for one, have had enough. 





While I Nap, You Can Enjoy This.

Sweet baby Jesus it's that time of the month again. 
I am particularly excited about today's giveaway because if you are reading it, it means that I was able to scratch off "put together group giveaway" and am now laying on the couch. 
Something about sleeping only 5 hours last night (I blame the local streets that magically turned into dance floors in our town) and then doing physical labor all day that just isn't sitting well with me tonight.
I want to scream "HOLY FRICK BALLS I AM TIRED! SOMEBODY LET ME TAKE A NAP!" But because I am never dramatic, I will remain silent and allow you to enter to your hearts content in today's giveaway. If by chance your heart is telling you "hello, I would really like to be in July's group giveaway I think" well then, you better listen to it. To oblige with your hearts request you can do so here. I like to think of my blog as a party, and you know what they say about parties...the more the merrier.

Happy entering. And if you are in my position, night night and sweet dreams. 
A 7:30 bedtime has never sounded better. 

ps. some amazeball blogs and shops are tucked into this giveaway. I dare you to check them out. 

Venus Trapped In Mars: $15 Sephora Gift Card
Found Love Now What: Two Months Ad Space (200x200)
Ricci Alexis: $15 Target Gift Card + Ad Space
Pursuit of Pink: Individual Feature + Ad Space 
Northern Belle Diaries: $20 Design Credit
All Things White: $10 Starbucks Gift Card
Undeniably, Me: $10 Target + Ad Space
A Dash Of Gold: $25 Piperlime Gift Card
Jane Heinrichs: One Print of Choice From Shop **yellow10 for 10% off all prints**
Sweetpea Lifestyle: Ad Space
Nykki Talks Beauty: Six Months Ad Space
Making Each Minute Count: $20 Etsy Gift Card
Sunny With A Chance Of Sprinkles: Large Ad Space
Landing On Love: $15 Target Gift Card

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