Year: 2011

what’s in your purse series week sixty eight

leather purse

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Cabesh.  Thanks you! If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {nice, clear, non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom My purse is actually a camera bag from JoTotes.  My husband gave it to me for Christmas last year (Christmas got so much better when he started…
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how to: melting crayons

new crayon

Have you ever melted broken crayons?  My mom used to let us dump out our huge #10 can full of broken odds + ends to melt on the griddle about once a year, and let me tell you it’s one of the highlights of my childhood. There’s something magical about the smell of melting wax. Well, not really. It doesn’t smell amazing, but it’s so much fun to do!  And if you want, you can end up with a new…
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Dressing up for Fall

fall decor

Sadly this post isn’t about fashion, but I’ll get to that later, don’t you worry. A few weeks ago I wandered into the garage looking for all my Fall + Halloween decorations, and would you like to know what happened?  I discovered that Viktor had gotten rid of all my decorations.  He donated it all stuff to D.I.!  {that’s a local thrift store}  I wasn’t super happy about that, not one bit, but I took action. I usually do. What…
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remembering Calvin

floating lanterns

Today’s post is a serious one, about remembering Calvin.  Three years ago on Saturday I received a horrible phone call from my dear friend Donna telling me her oldest son Calvin had been killed in a car accident.  The whole thing was a nightmare, and I still don’t know how Donna walks around breathing every day.  Calvin was an adorable, handsome, sweet, gifted 14-year-old who died too soon. Calvin’s accident was just that; something tragic, an avoidable accident.  Calvin hated…
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oven cooked pumpkin seeds

how to pumpkin seeds

Do you have any special Fall traditions at your house?  We’ve sort of fallen into a few, by accident; the accidental traditions always end up being the crowd favorites.  One of our favorite traditions is making oven roasted pumpkin seeds after we carve our pumpkins. Have you ever eaten pumpkin seeds?  Oh man, they’re insane.  Salted, roasted?  Hold me. First things first: carve pumpkins with your family.  It’s a complete and total mess, and if your kids are anything like…
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high waist mama

high waist mama

I have a thing for high waist pants.  I think it might all lead back to the fact that my earliest memories of my mother involve her wearing platform heels and go-go boots, or high waist trousers and jeans.  I’m obsessed with all those things. Minus the go-go boots.  I’ve never really gotten into those. Anyway.  Here are some of my favorite finds from Pinterest this week.  Enjoy! 1.  wide leg jeans  2.  Diane von Furstenberg, 3. the sartorialist 4. …
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What’s in your purse week sixty seven

white leather purse

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Qui.  Thanks Qui! If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {nice, clear, non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom   I love soft leather, and The Sak really delivers.  This is my second The Sak purse picked up at Ross.  I was hesitant to buy a…
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Travel Face Wash

face wash for travel

I’m a bit obsessed with any beauty shortcut on the market, it’s just the kinda gal I am.  I’ve had a long love affair with Costco’s make-up remover wipes, and I recently rediscovered an old beauty flame from my past: Olay facial cloths. Have you ever used these?  They’re cheap {so am I}.  You can pick up a box of 33 for about six dollars and recycle them when you’re done.  What? That’s what she said. I used these face…
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Traveling Europe By Train

european train

One of my absolute, hands down, favorite parts of our European vacation this summer was traveling all over Eastern Europe by train. It’s been on my Life List as long as I can remember to travel across Europe on a sleeper train, so even though it’s the more expensive travel option, we sucked it up and did it anyway. Did you know it’s really REALLY cheap to fly between countries in Europe?  For us to have flown to the Czech…
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