Friday, February 27, 2009

Best of...


Take a look at this cool house on youtube.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Green Day

Some Green resources for ya...

1. J. Renee Blain HeelThese slingback pumps feature a lime green fabric accented in gold. The kitten heel makes these a great choice for the office or an evening out. These versatile shoes are on sale at for just $59.99.2. Via Spiga Baffle SandalThis T-strap sandal from Via Spiga is ideal for St. Patrick's Day, Easter and beyond. Classy and sassy, this high heel is perfect in green. This shoe is available at for $198.95.3. Michael Kors Carina Patent Leather Pump This patent leather pump is slick and sophisticated. What really makes this shoe unique is the demi-wedge heel covered in the basket-weave. You can get these pumps at Nordstrom for $118.95.4. Keds Bliss Canvas WedgeThe comfort of Keds sneakers in a high heel wedge! This shoe features a green upper complemented with a coordinating plaid wedge. These shoes are a cute option when you want to be comfy and dress down just a little bit, but still stay stylish. These are $54.95 and Solestruck.
Green Handbags5. Xhilaration Envelope ClutchDon't overlook Target as a place to shop for affordable, fun and flirty handbags . This green clutch features a chain strap handle that can be hidden away in the bag. Get this envelope clutch from for just $14.99.6. Gryson Sydney Shoulder BagThis soft Italian lambskin bag features both a shoulder strap and a short handle. This green bag has a turnlock closure hidden by the flap. It's a luxurious handbag with a price to match. At $875, this shoulder bag is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.7. Jessica Simpson Arena SatchelThis synthetic patent bag offers lots of shine. With its fun style and roomy interior, this satchel can carry all your essentials wherever you go. Whether you are wearing jeans to go shopping or a suit to a meeting, this green bag is a terrific choice. Get it at for just $88.8. L.A.M.B. Glazed Love Capri Handbag From Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B line, this structured bag is a bold alternative to your everyday handbag. Featuring quilted logo insets, double handles and lots of detailing, this bag is available at ShopBop for $625.
Green Accessories9. Chunky Turquoise NecklaceThis green turquoise necklace is perfect for springtime. It's a statement piece that will certainly garner some attention. This necklace is not only beautiful but also affordable at only $129 from Oceana Jewelry.10. Wide Green Patent Leather BeltThis neon green belt in shiny patent leather will add a big boost to any basic black outfit. This wide belt also comes in other fun colors such metallic gold, bright orange and daring red. Get this belt from Belt is Cool for just $14.99.11. Melinda's Apple Green Cocktail RingYou don't need to break the bank to wear dazzling jewelry. This sparking cocktail ring features a peridot green oval stone in the middle surrounded by shimmering cubic zirconias all around. You can get this ring from Eve's Addiction for only $48.12. Lee Angel Enamel Stretch BangleThis bangle bracelet features a green and turquoise scallop pattern to create a very unique look. Wear it anywhere from the office to a dinner date. This bangle is $235 at Macy's.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Actually Simple

The city bus...a very simple, very cheap, very ecologically friendly way to get from point A to point B.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Imago Dei

I don't know what it is about this picture that reminds me of God. I found this scene in the Daniel Boone gardens in Boone, NC last fall. I stumbled upon it and chose to take a few pictures. I love the texture of the plant and shadow. I love the bright color and the leaf laying beneath the plant. Something about it says something to me. Maybe beauty alone is part of the essence, image, of God.

H is for....


That's me!

(Brushing teeth with John Tyson.)

If you Google Helms, this is what comes up.

I am on facebook, etsy, the Hyaets blog, and myspace (I never check my myspace account, though.)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Green Day, Best of..., and Bold and Beautiful all in one again

I don't know why I haven't been updating the blog as well as usual. I've added a few people to my "follow" list and I look daily to see what other people have blogged about. As much as I like blogging, I just CANNOT seem to enter anywhere near the amount of material that Poppytalk does. My goodness! Sometimes it is 4 entries a day! Good grief. Sorry, readers. If you're looking for that to happen, you are looking in the wrong place.
That said, here is my attempt at catching up.

Make it a GREEN DAY pact to purchase clothing that is either second hand or fair trade. My favorite thrift show (BEST OF THRIFT SHOPS) is the lovely Value Village on Freedom Drive in Charlotte. Here's a BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL picture of someone dressed in some nice GREEN second hand clothes!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Imago Dei

At our last youth devo at Hyaets, I asked for prayer requests and Brianna said, "I want you to pray for the people I don't like."

I was astounded! We had been talking about love and had read out of 1 John. This had a connection to praying for our enemies, but not an overt one.

I was impressed with her willingness to ask for prayer for those she doesn't care for.
In the picture, Brianna is the one in the back right hand corner with a brown shirt on making bunny ears on Chardonai's head.
Read my blog about Hyaets by clicking here.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Best of, Bold and Beautiful, and G is for...all wrapped into one

I got a little behind on blog posts, so to catch up, I'm going to combine last week's "Best of.." and "Bold and Beautiful" with this week's "G is for....". Here goes:

G is for....

The best of painters, Georgia O'Keefe.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Actually simple

from the "Sustainable is Good" blog:

"Three products from Trader Joe's stores have found their way into my life on a daily basis. Now mind you these may not be the most exciting products but I use each of them every day and collectively they all cost less than $9 and last me a long time. The three products are Trader Joe's All Natural Anti-Cavity Toothpaste, Trader Joe's unscented deodorant and Trader Joe's Pure Castile Soap.
Trader Joe's All Natural Anti-Cavity Toothpaste with Baking Soda & Fluoride uses natural ingredients like hydrated silica and Essential Oil of Peppermint to form a gentle great tasting tooth paste that doesn't harm the enamel of your teeth. Made with no artificial sweeteners (like saccharin), No Sodium Laurel Sulfate and No Propylene Glycol this toothpaste is safe, basic, effective and cheap what else do you want?
Trader Joe's unscented deodorant is hands down the best natural deodorant I have ever used. I have tried many of them believe me in my quest to get away from the large amount of chemicals found in most of the conventional deodorants on the market, especially antiperspirant deodorants. This deodorant is paraben and aluminum free and is actually made with cotton fibers to fight wetness by absorbing moisture. Hands down this is my favorite product I just love it and its made in Canada.
Perhaps the best overall bargain is Trader Joe's Pure Castile Soap which comes in a 16oz bottle for $2.99 try finding Dr. Bonners for that. TJs Pure Castile Soap has a peppermint scent to it containing oils of peppermint, olive and coconut as well as aloe vera. Contains no animal products of any kind - I use it every day in the shower its just fantastic. It can also be used as a regular hand soap, shampoo, fruit wash, general use cleaner in the kitchen for scrubbing pots and pans etc. I cannot recommend this product enough and at the price its one of the best values out there.
Now good news - Trader Joe's stores are located across the country these products are available nationwide so check them out."

I have started using the toothpaste. At first, it was really strong on the baking soda taste, but I really like it now!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Actually simple

When I was pregnant, I craved the fizziness of soda, but didn't want to take in the caffiene. I don't really like Sprite (sorry Courtney), so I turned to Sunkist. I didn't like the way too much sugar issue with Sunkist, so I tried club soda with a splash of juice. It hit the spot! Then, Greg introduced me to Pellegrino water with a slice of lime. Now I'm addicted! I'm not pregnant, but I still love the fizzie feel and the limey taste. It is a great treat!

Painting by Richard Peligrino :)

Peligrino night light at

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Imago Dei

Today, Greg was home sick, so I went to work without John Tyson. It was a relief not to have to pack as much and not to have to worry about him interrupting the meeting I had to attend. It was a wonderful experience to come home to my beautiful baby boy. He was so happy to see me and I was so happy to see him. Just that 3 hours away gave me some distance with which to see him in a new light. Instead of being frustrated because he was begging to be picked up, I had joy because I was given the pleasure of picking him up. God created a beautiful child in John Tyson and I grateful for the honor of being his mom.

Monday, February 9, 2009

F is for faith

Window of faith by Larry Poncho Brown
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the certainty of things unseen. Hebrews 11:1

Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine. O what a foretaste of glory devine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. This is my story, this is my song. Praising my Savior all the day long. This is my story, this is my song. Praisingmy Savior all the day long.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bold and Beautiful

These recyclable greeting cards are posted by Heart of Nature on Etsy. Also posted by Heart of Nature is this great poppy print!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Best of...

My good friends from home are on a mission trip to Honduras. Three years ago, I went with them on a similar trip. Honduras is a beautiful place with especially beautiful people. I wish I was there with them, but instead I am living vicariously through the Honduras Mission team blog at:

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Green Day...

Green eyes by phitar
I hardly ever wear green. It is not because I don't like the color, I just don't really wear it much. I stick to reds and pinks and purples and blues. My husband, Greg, has green eyes and blond eyelashes. He can pull of wearing green better than I can.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Actually Simple

While technology is nice, it is not always the most personal and sometimes I question whether or not it actually saves us any time (exhibit A: this blog). Why not take a minute to sit down and write someone a handwritten note? If K. Hepburn can do it, so can you!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Imago Dei

If you grew up where I grew up, you'd know this image very well. This rose window is a proud symbol of my home church, FBC Raleigh.

Monday, February 2, 2009