Hi, Friends. I’m very happy to introduce Andrea Howe as the latest lovely contributor at Petit Elefant. Andrea will be sharing her awesomeness and expertise as a contributor in all things crafty and we are very excited about it. Please join me in welcoming Andrea to Petit Elefant.
Andrea is a wife and mother of 3 who spent 11+ years carving out a successful career in the fashion industry. After years of traveling and long hours, she decided to leave that world behind to focus on her family and pursue other passions. She now writes about life made more approachable at her blog For The Love Of, and covers topics as diverse as personal style and food and wellness, with some creative DIY’s thrown in for good measure. Andrea also recently committed to living a more healthy lifestyle, and writes about her misadventures doing so, at her Babble column and her Instagram account, named Gwyneth Made Me Do It.
Please welcome Pilar to Petit Elefant as one of our esteemed Contributors. Readers and friends, meet Pilar. Pilar, meet readers and friends.
A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared on Babble, Yahoo, and Fandango (where she’s Contributing Editor); and she’s been featured in and on cool places like CNN, Good Morning America and Huffington Post. A true bohemian (no DVR) and eclectic travelhound (all the wanderlust), Pilar is also an avid photog, and though she’s photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Skywalker Ranch, a lot of Scotland and Anne of Green Gables’ Prince Edward Island, her favorite shots always end up being the ones with her kids in them. Ok, and the one she snapped while tripping over Chris Hemworth’s foot. True story.
Still more awesomeness coming your way. Meet Jen, another of our new contributors.
Hi! My name is Jen Price, mother of two and wife to the hottest redhead around. I grew up in small town Texas. Despite the beauty and loveliness of the Lone Star state, it couldn’t contain my hunger for adventure and desire to see the world. Visiting 21 countries around the globe has only whet my appetite to see more.
In 2006, I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes
, a movement dedicated to bringing HOPE and HOME to orphans and vulnerable children. I wear the hats of wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. I write for several websites including my personal blog, I Believe In Love,
where I share my creative ventures, my photography, and the stories of the orphans I love on in S. Africa.
2014 is just bursting with good things around here. Today, please meet our fabulous friend and new contributor, Carrie.
Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography
After my second baby I found that I was suddenly thrown into the plus sized section at the store. What a shock! I was disappointed to find few pieces that I was willing to wear. I was a plus sized girl in her late 20′s looking at old lady clothes! While I don’t consider myself a fashion expert, I’ve learned to find plus sized clothing that is attractive and affordable. I’ll be sharing my plus size secrets with you here, on Petit Elefant.
You’ve actually met Robyn before, here, but we’d like to make it nice and official. Welcome, Robyn!
Hello, lovely readers! I am Robyn from Cleverly, Yours, where I blog about life, fashion, and funny things from time to time. I am a Utah girl who grew up in a small town but have anything but a small town sense for fashion! I definitely have a passion for fashion and I love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do and would love for you to stop by anytime to read a little more about me! www.cleverlyours.com
We’ve been working on some exciting things behind the scenes here at Petit Elefant. As such, we have gathered some fantastic talent in the form of several new regular Contributors. Lovely women with smarts and style who will be sharing their mad skills right here, with all of you. The very best stuff. For reals. Let’s get to know them one by one, shall we?
Please join us as we welcome and introduce our first fabulous contributor, Natalia Simmons.
Natalia, of Ma Nouvelle Mode, is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don’t have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn … >> find out more…
Okay, here’s a confession. I love the Super Bowl. Not just for the commercials. The food, the friends, and, actually the football. But maybe mostly the food. We’re having a small game-day gathering here, with plenty of noshing for all. We relax, put out some coloring pages and race cars for the little ones, and munch munch much through the entire game. Our game day menu has to meet some special requirements, like being gluten-free and totally delicious. Also? Easy to fix, serve and eat. Bonus points for being extra good for you.
My go-to is guacamole with a pile of blue-corn tortilla chips. I have just a few ground rules for this. It should be fresh, chunky, and should not ever ever contain mayo or sour cream or anything like unto such. Never. Got it? Now we can begin.
Start with 2-4 Avocados. Rather firm but yielding to gentle pressure . If the skin feels loose or squishy, toss ‘em. Then get on with the rest of the flavor party like so:
Juice of 1-2 fresh limes or 1 lemon. I prefer lime, but lemon is what I had today.
2-3 green onions
Kosher Salt to taste… >> find out more…
Friends, the first ever Trader Joe’s in my state opened shop a few weeks ago. Never mind that it’s still a good hour’s drive away from me. I’m still ga-ga for it. To say that I went a little crazy on my first visit would be quite accurate. I was even snapping pics with my phone, so giddy was I. It’s a mecca for the food-sensitive patron or all-around snack hound or conscientious consumer. So many gluten-free goodies to tempt, where shall I start?
Tossed with favorite veggies or sauce and dinner is D-O-N-E. No worries.
Always a good idea to keep mixes like this on hand, for cub scout meetings, sleepovers, breakfast…dont’ you eat brownies for breakfast?
Last box anywhere in the store. Mine. All mine.
I’m a leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free community, a great place to learn more about life without gluten. Live chats, recipes, wise words of wisdom and so on. Join us for a Live Chat Thursday, January 9th!
During a recent on-line chat, I mentioned one of my quick breakfast solutions, gluten-free, for busy mornings: Make ahead smoothies. The greatness here isn’t so much in the ingredients, but rather in freezing individual portions en masse, and using as needed. Busy morning ahead? Place the frozen smoothies in the fridge the night before and come morning, it’s ready to enjoy. Wholesome breakfast, minimal cleanup! We enjoy them year-round, whenever we’ve got to rush out the door for school, work, skiing, swimming, travel–with all the healthy things in one tasty shot.
We’ve shared other great smoothies here and here, but they haven’t been tested with this make-ahead method. To make-ahead, I usually fill my blender with greek yogurt, a splash of almond milk , organic nut butter, ground flax or oats, cocoa powder and mostly-frozen bananas (using frozen seems to improve the texture of the smoothie). Then whirr, whirr, whirr until it looks just right. After that it’s simply a matter of pouring into freezer containers (these are just right for individual portions) which can then be frozen for later, or enjoyed immediately.
My kids’ all-time favorite is the pb-banana-chocolate, though banana-orange-berry and banana-mango-pineapple are tied for … >> find out more…