2017 New Year + New Goals + New Journal

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New Goals Guys.  Real talk.  How are you feeling about 2017? I’ll be honest, I’m discouraged.  I’m looking for the light, and looking for it, and squinting my eyes really tiny up at the sky searching for it, and getting out my binoculars, and my magnifying glass, and welp.  I’m having a hard time finding it just now.  But the good news is this:  I’m pretty sure it all works out in the end.  In fact, I feel that to…
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Hello 2017 + Welcome Back Friends!

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Hello 2017 + welcome back, friends! How are you?  How were your holidays?  I’m jumping right back in after two weeks of a self-mandated break, and I’ll be real honest: things are bleak over here. I don’t want to be back at work.  Does anyone ever want to be back at work? I feel especially so today.  Like a kid on the first day of school after a long summer vacation who’d rather be at the pool, or wasting time…
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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016

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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016 (right now!) I don’t know about you, but I spend a significant amount of every Christmas break snuggled up with my family in front of movies and shows I don’t normally have time to watch.  It’s my idea of a very good time.  We light a fire and keep it stoked for better part of our holiday break and take turns choosing shows to watch on Netflix while we do massive puzzles,…
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Simple Grocery Shopping Online + Parking Lot Pickup

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Grocery shopping online – why it’s my newest obsession. Many grocery stores now offer online grocery shopping as a service, and Walmart is one of them. It has quickly become one of my favorite things to come out of the internet age. Here’s how it works: 1. Go to Walmart.com/grocery online to see if there’s a Walmart near you offering grocery shopping online. If your Walmart does grocery shopping online, hooray for you. I’m being serious. 2. Create an account….
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Makeup And Beauty Gift Ideas At Every Price

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Makeup and beauty gift ideas! If you’ve ever tried to buy a gift for a makeup and beauty lover, you know how tricky it is to find the right gift.  There are so many makeup and beauty options, how do you even know what you’re looking for?  How do you choose the right color palettes? There are so many deeply philosophical questions here.  The good news for you is that I’m a makeup and beauty connoisseur.  By which I mean…
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Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers 2016

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Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers 2016 Stockings, and the stuffing of them, might be my favorite part of the gifting traditions over the holidays. I find great joy in collecting all the gift ideas and stuffing them into those big ole’ socks. I love watching and listening as my loved ones exclaim with delight over all the little surprises they find inside. Sometimes I put big surprises in those stockings, too, like tickets to a stage production or sporting event. …
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List Of Organizations Accepting Donations For Syria

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Donations for Syria If you’ve been reading Petit Elefant for any length of time you’ve heard me talk about how my husband was a refugee who fled Poland as a child. He and his family received aid from global organizations both before and after they came to America.  You can imagine how personal the current refugee crisis and civil war in Syria are for me and my family.  There are children in Aleppo, Syria right now who are like my…
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8 Holiday Gift Ideas For Kids

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8 Holiday Gift Ideas For Kids What to gift all the special kids in your life? Fret not, dear friend. This year’s edition of our annual gift guide for kids has something for every kind of kid; boy or girl, for a range of ages and interests. You’re sure to find the perfect surprise, or find inspiration for something else wonderful. If you’re looking for a gift guide for women, this is it. Need pajamas for the whole family?  We’ve got…
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Getting Mistletoe Ready For Holidays This Year

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Are you mistletoe ready for the holidays? If the answer is ‘no’ don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style, Author, and Host Joe Zee has some holiday style tips just for Petit Elefant readers, (that’s you!) in the personalized video below. Let’s recap what it means to be mistletoe ready: 1. Let it shine It’s always fun to include a little bit of sparkle in your outfits during the holidays.  Even if you don’t normally…
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