10 Popcorn Summer Movies To Watch On Netflix

10 popcorn summer movies to watch on Netflix this summer!

10 Popcorn Summer Movies To Watch On NetflixEvery year when I was a kid, a small movie theater in my town did a series of kids summer movies for the masses of wiggly children home for the summer.  For a really nominal price, something like $1/movie and $1.50 for a movie AND treats, bored kids swarmed the theater all summer long.  The theater sold packages to elementary schools, and on every Tuesday and Wednesday there were two matinee showings a day of 2nd run family movies.  All my friends from elementary school would get together and choose a day and time to buy movie tickets, and then we all went home and told our moms we HAD to have tickets for Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. or else! and to keep everyone happy and out of their hair, all the moms agreed and promptly set up movie carpools. Then all summer long my gang of buddies and I would gather in the sticky-floored movie theater every week to giggle our way through Short Circuit, and The Whiz, Back to the Future, and the rest of the age-appropriate summer movies from the year before.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

E-Bikes Are The Glorious Future Of Transportation

Transportation by electric bikes is the way of the future!  I’m serious, so let’s talk about why.

// Thank you for your support of Petit Elefant sponsors!  This post is brought to you in partnership with eSpokes Electric Bikes, the largest electric bike retailer in Utah. As always, all opinions are my own. //

Last month I shared with you how in love I am with my electric bike as a new mode of transportation around my city and why.  This month I’m here to show you the bike in action (me! on an e-bike! in my favorite places around town!) and to talk more about the benefits of riding an e-bike.

I’ve already covered what an electric-bike is doing for me in my daily life, but here’s a recap: I’m getting out more, period.  I’m taking time in my day to spend at least 20-30 minutes on a bike ride, which I just wasn’t doing before, and I love it.  I’m obsessed.  An e-bike makes bike riding more fun! And exciting! And I look forward to it in a way I didn’t look forward to pedaling around before.  So there’s that, too.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Reasons to Love Sun Valley

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The West is brimming with all sorts of hidden heavenly nooks and crannies. Sun Valley, Idaho is one of them, with 4 distinctly gorgeous seasons and skies a dozen shades of blue in one day. If you ever have an opportunity to visit, take it. You’ll love it.The resort is sprawling and charming and brimming with traditions and history, while nearby Ketchum is snug and brimming with its own rugged charm and cool vibe. (Most visitors just refer to the entire area as Sun Valley.) There is so much to enjoy in both places, perfect for a  long weekend.

Sun Valley SunFirst and foremost, Sun Valley is known for incredible skiing in the winter months. If you visit in the winter, be prepared to pay premium rates for just about everything. The closer to the resort, the pricier the digs. Regardless of where you stay, though, there is plenty of great skiing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, even ice skating to keep you happy all day long, and plenty of toasty fireplaces and great dining options to keep you cozy in the evening. Guests  at the resort can even enjoy lovely heated outdoor pools year-round. It’s pretty magical to slip into a … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

Today’s how to: home made peppermint sugar scrub (with a recipe!).

Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

The last sugar scrub we made together (let’s pretend we had a girl’s night – more fun for everyone) was a lovely lavender body scrub, perfect for relaxing and exfoliating at the same time.

Today’s sugar scrub is the opposite of that.  It’s a delicious (and I do mean delicious) home made peppermint sugar scrub, which feels so invigorating and refreshing in the warmer months . . . hello, Summer!

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Peppermint sugar scrub genuinely feels a little tingly on your skin, and I swear it cools you down, if only mentally.  Exactly what a girl (and guy!) needs during a hot, sticky time of year.  This sugar scrub is genuinely one of my favorites; it smells so delectable and fresh, which is always what I crave when things get too warm.

how to make your own sugar scrub

Whip up some of this sugar scrub to stash in your shower, and let me know if you try it.  I promise, learning how to make this peppermint scrub was a huge revelation to me, and has saved me so much cash in the end.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Step By Step Spring Makeup Look

Today, a spring makeup look, step by step, with easy instructions so you can learn recreate it on yourself at home.

// This post is in collaboration with Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools® both of which are sold at WalMart.  Thank you for your kindness and support of Petit Elefant sponsors. //

step by step spring make up look

 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a step by step makeup look, so I’m excited to share today’s post, which is a really simple tutorial for a gorgeous, dewy Spring look with just a few makeup products.

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The first thing to know, before you start any makeup look, is that it’s really important to start with the right tools.  Good makeup is no different than any other job; the results are always better if you start off with the right tools for the job.  For this makeup I used these really affordable brushes from the EcoTools® Day-To-Night brush set which includes a highlighting fan brush, a pointed concealer brush, an eye shadow brush, a detailed lip liner brush, and an angled face brush.  They’re a great set of soft, inexpensive brushes that do a really good job for a great price.  I also used a … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Make Travel Affordable

Make Travel Affordable

When I talk to people, the biggest hindrance I hear in being able to travel the world is money. I get it. Things cost money and the more people in your party, the more money it costs. There’s basically only three categories that seem to wear on the pocketbook. Let’s have a look see, and maybe we’ll come up with some solutions.

1. Where You Lay Your Head. This is important. Who wants to sleep in a place that is dirt and uncomfortable? I don’t. When you’re on vacation, rest and comfort is key, but does that mean spending an arm and a leg on nice hotels? Sometimes, in the U.S., you can find good deals on decent hotels, however, when you travel the world, you’ll find that many places charge PER PERSON! That adds up fast! It’s totally possible to find relaxing places everywhere without draining the dinero. Personally, my go to spot to find a good deal on a place that’s clean is Airbnb. We’ve stayed in some fantastic places AND met some incredible people. Just be sure to read the reviews and find a place that’s going to accommodate your party. If you find yourself in White … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Guys, here’s an adorable spring outfit for you to think about today: a 3/4 sleeve button down denim shirt, a pink maxi skirt, grey messenger bag, floppy hat, simple gold hoops, and stacking bracelets.  Oh, and maybe the cutest blue sandal wedges (with a navy blue bow!) I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Are you as excited as I am to see the sun?  I love this time of year, when I start to pull out all the light, bright spring and summer clothes I packed away in the fall.  The best thing about it is that I always have something tucked away I’ve completely forgotten about, so it’s like I’m shopping all over again, but I don’t have to spend money.  EVERYONE wins.  Then I can start to look around and see what fun new spring fashion trends are popping up, and fill in my wardrobe with a few new spring-y accessories.  A perfect new spring outfit is the best way to break out of the I-hate-my-life winter blues and out into the sunshine and light.

And let’s get serious, spring is also a great time to start playing around with bright new color palettes in … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Why Vaccination For Children Across The World Is So Critical

Today we’re talking vaccination! This is really important, and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been doing behind the scenes with the United Nations Foundation campaign Shot at Life.

Before we even dig in, I want you to watch this video from the Shot at Life campaign.  It’s 1:38 seconds and it will make you cry.

Good?  That’s why we’re talking about vaccines.

shotatlife

A couple of years ago I was thrilled to be a part of the online blogging relay #Blogust to raise awareness of childhood vaccination rates and disease prevention.  Since then I’ve been delighted to be involved as a Social Good Fellow and ambassador for Shot@Life.  What’s Shot@Life?  Well, it’s amazing.  And last month I had the chance to go to Washington, D.C. to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of this amazing global campaign, and to learn more about Shot at Life and why the work we’re all doing is so critical to saving millions of lives.

shot at life

Vaccinations are a tricky debate in the United States, and the fact that we’re even having a debate shows our privilege.  Millions of mothers across the world would give anything to have that opportunity.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

How to Lay Out A Room Design On Paper

We’re doing a completely new room design right now in our home study, and I’m having so much fun, I have to share.  You can follow the behind-the-scenes here on Petit Elefant’s Instagram, but here’s the real skivvy on the new design.

study sketches

The study is the first room you see when you come in our front door, and so far it’s been a bit of a hodgepodge of furniture and random design.  You know how that happens sometimes?  A room just sort of gathers cast off furniture and picture frames as they come to you?  Maybe this doesn’t happen at your house, but it does at mine.

We’ve done a lot of redecorating and remodeling in the 12+ years we’ve lived in our house, including our huge master bathroom remodel and redesign, an overhaul of our laundry room, an office remodel, a new room design for our family room, a kitchen remodel, and a kids bathroom remodel.  And we’re just getting started.  Haaaaa, haaa.  Oh, now I want to cry just thinking about it, it’s been so much work.

study design layout

Anyhow, we’re finally getting to a new room design for the study and we’re having … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!