International Travel Checklist

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International Travel Checklist International travel can be a bit daunting, especially if you’re a first timer. Don’t worry. This continent hopping extraordinaire has you covered with an international travel checklist. I don’t necessarily pretend that this is an exhaustive list, but the ten questions below should help create some peace of mind as you prepare for that excursion to a different land. 1. Did I update myself on travel laws and do I have the appropriate documents? Laws are always changing. Don’t make…
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How We Decorated Our Study In Mid-Century Modern

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Mid-century modern is my new favorite everything.  Period.  I had no idea I had such a thing for 1950’s and 1960’s style until we started renovating my house one room at a time, and over and over again mid-century modern pieces kept popping up on my inspiration boards.  Our family room remodel ended up having bits and pieces of mid-century modern throughout, and as we’ve decorated the rest of the house it has become obvious I have a major thing…
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My Easy Tips For Putting Together My Weekly Menu

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A weekly menu is the best thing since sliced bread.  Or cream puffs.  Actually, a weekly menu is the best thing since chocolate.  Well, maybe not chocolate, that’s crazy talk, but let me put it this way: my weekly menu saves my life. I’ve done every kind of meal planning there is: flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants planning, organized-but-not-written-down planning, no-planning-of-any-kind, eating-out-instead-of-planning, and most recently, writing-it-all-down-and-being-extra-organized. The best out of all the meal planning options?  Writing it all down and being extra organized. For…
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Love And Friendship Movie + A Giveaway

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It’s giveaway time! Get excited because not only is there a Jane Austen book + bookmark involved (hooray!), there’s also a $100 Amazon gift card and movie t-shirt up for grabs. Let’s talk about the new movie and what this means for you. // This post is in partnership with Roadside Attractions.  Thank you for always being so gracious to Petit Elefant sponsors. //  The new movie, Love & Friendship (in theaters now) is based on the unfinished Jane Austen…
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Tips For Handling Jet Lag

The PG version of explaining jet lag is that it’s a bear. I’ve never experienced an alcohol induced hangover, but I imagine morning hangovers have similar characteristics as jet lag…foggy brain, headache, blurry vision, slurred speech. If you’ve flown over multiple time zones and have the above symptoms along with the inability to form coherent thoughts, then you’re probably deep in the trenches of jet lag. I recently flew over seven time zones. As if 23 total hours trapped with…
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A New Inspiring Quote For You This Week

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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about my Quote of the Week series that sort of fell by the wayside a few months ago.  Things get weird in the winter around here.  It’s all cold and hunkering down to get through the long winter nights.  I’m more of a summer girl. But I want to keep the series going, so I’m starting today with a new quote from one of my favorite artists of all time, Mr. Vincent Van…
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Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

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DIY dry shampoo is one of the best behind-the-scenes beauty secrets of all time.  It’s so easy to make and does such a good job, you’ll never spend money on store bought dry shampoo again. Have you ever used dry shampoo?  I’ll admit, until a decade ago I’d never even heard of dry shampoo, let alone people making their own DIY dry shampoo, but it has opened my eyes to the wonders of beauty shortcuts. And as far as beauty…
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My Favorite Trick For Hanging Pictures On Your Walls

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Hanging pictures can be so intimidating, especially when you’re staring at a fresh new wall and don’t know where to start.  Or, when you’re like me and have too many pictures and artwork and you want to hang them all.  So, where does one start when a room is ready to hang pictures? Let me share my favorite trick for hanging a lot of pictures at the same time, so they all have a cohesive feel to really pull the…
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What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks

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Spring makeup is my favorite, and a few weeks ago I showed you a really gorgeous, super easy before and after Spring makeup look on my daughter.  Today I’m sharing the makeup I used to create the look. It really didn’t take too much to create such a gorgeous, fresh Spring makeup look on my daughter, and as with any makeup look, it’s just a matter of using the right products in the right colors to really make your face…
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