Category: Family

What You Need To Know About ’13 Reasons Why’

13 reasons why

What You Need To Know About ‘13 Reasons Why‘ WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS CONTENT THAT MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. You can also take a suicidal person to any Emergency Room to be treated immediately. ‘13 Reasons Why‘, a Netflix original series, came into my periphery a few weeks ago during a conversation with my teenage daughter.  My daughter…
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Life Is Big Beautiful Busy Ordinary

everyday humans

Life Is Big Beautiful Busy Ordinary Friends, I’ve missed you.  It’s been a minute since I’ve written anything on Petit Elefant, and I wish I could say there’s some freak busyness in my life keeping me away. Some massively cool reason I haven’t been here hanging out with your gorgeous mugs. But the truth is, I’m as busy as all of us, living our everyday lives. I’m parenting and disease-ing (that should be a real, non-hyphenated word so I’m claiming…
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Valentine Mail Bag Craft


If you’ve ever been told by your child, frantically, at 8pm on February 13th that she needs to make a mailbox for her valentines for the class party the next day, and it has to be homemade and it has to have a theme, then this Valentine Mail Bag craft is for you. A hack. A DIY.  A time saver and a valentine rescue all in one. 2 years ago we went all out and made a super cute yeti…
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Dear United States Of America, Love A Refugee

letter from a refugee

Refugee stories help all of us understand the current refugee crisis better.  They make the statistics personal and help us understand the real stories behind the headlines, so today I’m sharing one of my own. Many of you know my husband is a refugee from Poland.  I’ve written about his experience as a refugee many times over the years on Petit Elefant, but my husband seldom shares his story personally, both because he’s private and because most refugee stories, including…
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Favorite Valentine DIYs

PE valentine DIYs

It’s really the little things I love about Valentine’s day. A bright pop of red or pink, a crayon-written note from a dear little one, some fancy chocolate, or a special breakfast to show love to my family or sweetheart.  Enjoy this collection of some of our favorite Valentine DIYs to celebrate your special people. Homemade crepes with juicy red berries (strawberries, raspberries or even cherries!) are a special breakfast that shows lots of love. And they are de-lish. Valentine crafts are…
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10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You’re Struggling

10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You're Struggling

Truly Happy: how to feel happy even when you’re struggling I don’t know about the rest of you, but once in awhile I wrestle with massive sadness.  I’ve dealt with depression for as long as I can remember, (diagnosed, clinical depression) but over the last few months I’ve been fighting the darkness like never before.  And even though I’m using all the tricks in my well-packed arsenal of coping tools, I’m still struggling to find a new center of gravity….
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Hello 2017 + Welcome Back Friends!


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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Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers 2016

stocking stuffers

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


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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