Year: 2015

Why We Need To Be Open For Refugees

why america has to stay open

My husband is a refugee.  A refugee whose family sought political asylum in the United States in the 1980’s in the face of the stuff of nightmares.  The details are personal, but the bottom line is this: my husband’s life, and the lives of his family were in imminent danger; fleeing the country was the only option.  They had two choices: America or Libya.  They chose America, and the difference in that choice turned out to be everything. It’s interesting,…
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Make A DIY Oatmeal Bath How To

how to oatmeal bath

Have you ever made a DIY oatmeal bath? Oatmeal is so great for dry, stressed out, rashy, and irritated skin.  We used to buy the lovely packets made by Aveeno, but they get pricey if you need a soothing oatmeal bath more than once a year, so I made my own DIY oatmeal bath mixture for pennies! Check it out.   How To Make A DIY Oatmeal Bath 1-2 cups oats (any kind: old fashioned, instant, etc) 1/2 cup baking…
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Travel Makes The World A Little Bit Smaller

Travel

When I think of the word “world,” small does not come to mind. In fact, the words that rise to the front are more like vast, big, wide. You get the picture. There’s so much to see and experience. There’s nothing small about it. However, over the years of traveling, I’ve realized that even though we live in a big, wide world, travel actually makes the world a little bit smaller. Have you ever been in route and bumped into…
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Not Perfect Makes For Happy Holidays

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// This post is sponsored by CBS Films.  As always the opinions, naughty children, and stories are all mine.  Thank you for being kind to Petit Elefant sponsors. // Congrats to Number 23, Rachel! Please contact us right away, Rachel, and enjoy your trip to see family this holiday season!  I’m a recovering perfectionist.  Which is to say, I strive for happy perfection always but at least now I recognize the fault in it, and the impossibility of actual, true…
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Quote Of The Week This Week: Space – Petit Elefant

petit elefant quote of the week

It’s Quote of the Week time!  This one has been on our DIY chalkboard for a few months, because we all need a little reminder everyday.  A reminder that the universe is bigger than us, and that at the very same time, we’re all a part of it.  That within every one of us is something huge and important, and special.  Carl Sagan was a wise one, and I love looking at these words every day and feeling both critical…
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DIY Thanksgiving Platter

thanksgiving platter

Do you have a favorite quote about gratitude that you like to keep in your heart? Especially this time of year, our thoughts turn to taking note of our many many blessings and messages of inspiration. This easy little Thanksgiving Platter project is a simple, sentimental way to immortalize those thoughts of gratitude. What you’ll need: An oven safe plate, platter, or mug Rubbing alcohol Cotton pads or puffs or cotton swabs Oil based paint pens-sharpie brand or other. Mine…
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Thanksgiving Round Up Of Links

peanut butter pie

It’s Thanksgiving time!  Almost.  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  But it’s time to round up my best, most favorite, most delicious, prettiest posts so you can start prepping for your Thanksgiving holiday.  I’ve got pie recipes, gluten free stuffing, crafts and more!  I hope this helps you have a wonderful, stress-free, glorious Thanksgiving dinner with the ones you love the most.  Cheers! tasty peanut butter chocolate pie (my favorite pie recipe.  EVER.) layered white chocolate pumpkin cream pie best tasting gluten free…
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2 Ways To Style Your Fall Boots

leather boots

Why Fall is the best season, for style, reason #1: boots.  BOOTS.  Boots.  Any kind of boots you can get your hands on.  I’m partial to riding boots, but ankle booties and cowboy boots also don my closet shelves.  I’m not so much picky about the kind of boots, just as long as I get to wear them once it cools down.   How do you like to style your boots?  There are so many different ways to wear them,…
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What To Watch On Netflix This Month

What To Watch On Netflix

It’s the Neflix binge-watch recommendation time of the month, are you ready?  Oh boy, do I have a good one for you.  I had the unfortunate luck last week to get waylaid by a terrible flu, but the good news is I had plenty of time in bed to binge on a new Netflix show.  Since I was down and out for the count, I took the advice of my husband and watched Hell On Wheels.  My husband and a…
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