It’s Quote Of The Week time!
This week’s quote comes from one of my favorite authors, John Green, a young adult author most prominently known for his book turned movie, The Fault in Our Stars. First of all, if you’re not reading YA you’re missing out on some of the best authors in print, and John Green is no exception. His work is ethereal and wise, and the writing in The Fault in Our Stars is so beautiful I weep every time I read a section of it.
This quote happens to be from The Fault in Our Stars, a moment on its way to somewhere else, and I love every word of it.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
You are so busy
you have no idea how
Isn’t that a great quote? Ugh, I love it.
If you’re new to this series you can catch up on it here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7.
Have a great week, hope you enjoy it!
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Halloween is coming! Are you ready to get your DIY on? It’s time to bust out those pumpkins, costumes, treats and all things spooky and sweet. We’ve put some of our favorite Halloween DIY projects in one place, so read on for some great projects and crafts to do with your family this month–all of them simple and totally fun!
1. 3 Crazy Easy DIY Halloween Costumes
Looking for some super easy costume ideas for your kiddos? You’ll LOVE these three! They are gender neutral, fun, and adorable.
2. Halloween Treat Bags
Spooky little ghost bags filled with yummy treats! The cutest. Just right for class parties or delivering Halloween treats and prizes to friends.
3. Orange Pumpkin Craft
Turn little oranges into cute jack-o-lanterns with this pumpkin craft! It’s super easy, and your family will love seeing these little guys on the dinner table.
4. Easy Ghost Suckers
This is the best craft for your kiddos to do all on their own, and one that’s been making the rounds for generations. Makes for a sweet treat too!
5. Silver Pumpkin DIY
Isn’t it amazing what a little spray paint can do? Transform your pumpkins into fancy home decor that can be enjoyed right … >> find out more...
// This post is sponsored by Chegg Tutors. All the grumpy opinions about homework, and uncharitable comments about math in particular, belong to me. So do the frustrated children. Thank you as always, for being kind to the sponsors that help maintain Petit Elefant. //
Homework is universally loathed, isn’t it? The word itself is rough enough, but when you add the actual implications of a load of very real school work to do at home, homework can be just a little bit too much to handle.
In fact, since school started for my kids a few weeks ago, our nights have been full to the brim with school assignments and hours of homework. And the thing is, my kids aren’t the only ones dreading school nights. My husband and I are up to our necks in explaining math concepts we haven’t practiced for 20+ years, on top of physics, spelling, book reports, you name it.
We’re all tired. All of us loathe the after-dinner routine of sitting down at the kitchen counter or the computer to hammer out several hours of hair-pulling assignments, most of which the grownups in the room don’t know how to explain.
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It’s quote of the week time! If you’re just joining us, once a week I’m doing a quote of the week to inspire me and whomever else needs it. Something that speaks to me in particular for that week, something I think maybe everyone else needs to hear. This week’s Quote of the Week is from one of my favorite smart funny girls, Amy Poehler. I just finished reading her book, ‘Yes, Please’ and there were so many good quotable nuggets in there, but this one is my favorite.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
Sleep helps you
I think this one really speaks for itself. Not a lot of embellishment needed.
Gosh, I love Amy Poehler.
If you’re just starting with this Quote of the Week series, or need to catch up, here are all the weeks so far:
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I read this great article last week about parenting teenagers and part of what’s so hard about it, and it totally resonated with me. You should go read it right now, whether you’re the parent of a teenager or are even remotely close to the edge of this particular minefield of parenting. It’s a great piece. And it’s part of a greater whole of the conversation I seem to be having with everyone I know, and plenty of people I don’t. I’ve written a fair amount about motherhood (and parenthood in general) on Petit Elefant, and the things I’m figuring out along the way, but the teenage years are a whole other bag.
See, here’s the thing: when you parent a baby, or a toddler, or young child there are rule books aplenty. Entire doctoral dissertations are written about the different parenting styles, ad nauseum; attachment parenting, free-range, baby-wise. But once you get to a certain stage of parenting life, you have to let it all go. None of the styles really matter anyway because your little human will establish himself, (or herself) with or without your help, thankyouverymuch. None of the books matter, (spoiler alert: they didn’t matter … >> find out more...
I sort of disappeared from Petit Elefant around the beginning of June. Not intentionally. I thought I’d roll into another summer the way I have since 2007, when I started this blog. I’d have a lot of kids underfoot, out for summer vacation, all sand and noise and sweat and activities, but I thought I’d still pull out the laptop when I had a chance to make sure I stayed on top of the blog.
Except not so much.
A few things happened. One of them is that I’m 8 years older than I was when I started Petit Elefant, and with that age has come the realization that time is slipping through my fingers faster than I’m prepared to deal with. My 15-almost-16-year-old is a handful of years away from leaving the house to go to college. My now 11-year-old was a toddler when I started blogging, and will be entering junior high in a couple of years. Both of them are only home for short periods of time at the end of their days during the school year, so busy with extracurriculars and academic work. I just don’t have enough time with them, period.
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My little guy turned 11 today. He’s not so little anymore. It’s hard to know how to feel about this, but I can tell you that the two prevailing emotions are pride and a bittersweet nostalgia.
photo by Ashley Thalman Photography
This son of mine was so hard to come by and is such an impossibly perfect outcome of a terrible medical situation; sometimes the closeness of it all just takes my breath away. During my a nightmare of a pregnancy with him, I was on permanent bed-rest with an I.V. and an in-home nurse and my body shut down one organ at a time. About once a week I was rushed to the hospital for some emergency or another.
And yet, and yet. Here he is.
On August 25th, 2004 I went into labor. I was watching the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, watching some virtually unknown kid named Michael Phelps blow up the pool. I was actually, literally watching Phelps swim while I labored at home, with no earthly idea 11 years later almost to the week, we’d be in Hawaii as a family watching my boy swim at the national championships of … >> find out more...
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 some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).
So please, pretty please, comment, share, take social media action, and help us reach 50,000 vaccines. Last year I asked for your help on behalf of my sick daughter Sofie. Not only did you help raise money for a record number of vaccines, you lifted up my … >> find out more...
If you haven’t made your own jam before, you’re really missing out! Nothing store-bought can compare to the look and taste of homemade freezer jam. And it’s crazy simple. Really. And you know what else? My top secret fool-proof recipe comes straight from inside the little box of pectin. It hasn’t failed me yet! Follow along and you’ll be licking your own glittering spoonful of summery super-sweetness in no time.
A few tips to begin with: use fresh, ripe in-season fruit that has been thoroughly rinsed. I’m using strawberries in this example, but raspberries, blueberries and apricots also work beautifully. You can use any strawberries you like, but I’m convinced that the small-ish imperfect ones like you find at the farm stand have a truer strawberry flavor than the gigantic kind you often find in grocery stores, and result in a better jam. If you prefer less sweetness, opt for low-sugar pectin and follow those instructions for tasty results. I simply prefer the look, texture and taste of the original.
Ingredients for this strawberry freezer jam:
4 cups of strawberries, rinsed and hulled (about 2-3 pints)
4 cups of sugar
1 box of regular pectin
3/4 cup water
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