Year: 2015

Our Disney World Vacation Part 4

DisneyWorld Fireworks

We finally came limping home from our big vacation to Walt Disney World, exhausted and happy and bursting at the seams with great memories, a couple of blisters and perhaps the evidence of a few too many churros. We did everything that was important to us, though not even close to everything that’s possible at Disney World. It’s a massive magical place. And hot. Really really sticky blazing hot. Today I’ll give you our favorite highlights from each of the 4 parks, and Typhoon…
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Walking With Giraffes

Walking with giraffes. I swear that sounds like a movie title starring some animal conservationist that is trying to save the giraffe species. Well, that’s not quite what the story is about. Although, if that movie had the tagline, “Based on a true story,” then these narratives would have something in common. Venture with me as I tell the tale of walking on the African plains with one giraffe. Once upon a time there was a gal named Jen (that’s…
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How to Take Your Summer Dresses from Day to Night

summer dresses

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to…
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Quote of the Week: The Impossible

quote of the week

This week’s Petit Elefant Quote of the Week is from the poet Theodore Roethke. (If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 6 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 of the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.) This week’s quote, isn’t just a Quote of the Week, it’s also part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—where…
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Back to School With Fancy New Shoes

Back to School With New Shoes

This year, we’re oversimplifying our life in an effort to stay on top of the crazy school madness before it even begins! So in that vein, we emptied out our closets instead of cramming them full of new school clothes, and what happened is we, magically, discovered exactly what we need for school and the next 9 months of life. It turns out, all my son needs to get through school and swim and everything inbetween was three pair of…
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How To Make A DIY Recycle T-Shirt Bag

DIY recycled t-shirt bag

Today’s DIY:  how to make a recycled t-shirt bag. Have you ever wondered how to recycle an old t-shirt into something more awesome?  A bag, perhaps?  I’ll be honest, it might be weird, but I’ve actually wondered that very specific thing.  In fact, I wondered about it so much that I decided to play around with some t-shirts I was about to send off to donation.  And as it turns out, making a DIY recycled t-shirt bag is one of…
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The Show To Watch On Netflix Now

The Show You Should Watch On Netflix

Month by month I’m bringing you news of my favorite things to watch on Netflix.  First we talked about the adorable Ellie Kemper in the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Tina Fey can do no wrong.  Don’t argue with me, it’s true.  Then, we talked about Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, which I really liked, a lot, despite all the critics.  This month we need to talk about Luther. You guys.  LUTHER.  I’ll be honest, I genuinely hesitated for a…
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A Summer Full of Sun and Swim

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It’s been the Summer of Swim Meets at my house.  Let’s be honest, it’s always the Summer of Swim Meets, but this summer has been pretty back-to-back.  Swim practice every day, and a swim meet every weekend, all over the state.  We’ve been out in the sun nonstop. We’re vigilant with sunscreen, always, but sometimes when we get a little too much sun, and our skin is a little extra dry, I like using a nice moisturizer to give everyone’s…
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Quick Refrigerator Pickles

quick pickles

My Auntie Nan is famous around my hometown for her homemade sweet pickles. She makes and bottles them every year, and delivers them at Christmas time to her friends. My family happily has been on the receiving end of Auntie Nan’s sweet pickles for 3 decades.  They are delicious, and always make an appearance on our holiday relish plates. I had wicked cravings for them when I was pregnant–and that dear lady who isn’t really my Aunt at all–mailed me…
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