Category: family_holiday

How we celebrate Christmas Eve

christmas tree decoration

How we celebrate Christmas Eve with my little family of four is vastly different from how my family growing up celebrated Christmas.  I’m one of eight kids, so Christmas was an entirely different prospect altogether, but Christmas eve especially so.  Everyone’s holiday traditions are so different, and my new family traditions took a bit of getting used to in the early years. As a kid on Christmas Eve we grew up singing Christmas carols around the tree, 10 family members…
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Happy Thanksgiving

happy thanksgiving from my family

Happy Happy Thanksgiving!  Today I’m taking the day off to spend time with my family.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  There’s no pressure for gifts, no celebration of gluttony {except maybe the gluttony of all the food in mah belly}, nowhere to go but on the couch next to the fireplace with a game of Monopoly. I promise you though, while I’m eating pumpkin cheesecake pie today I’m also stashing away a little love for…
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On being full of thanks

thanksgiving craft

I know it’s early, but I’m ready to talk about Thanksgiving.  Sharing gratitude.  Being full of thanks. Especially since it’s cold and officially Fall in Utah. It’s hard for my children to fully grasp the concept of Thanksgiving past The Pilgrims + The Indians.  In fact, it’s really hard for them to see past the turkey and pumpkin pie. I personally get a little weepy every Thanksgiving, so full am I of thanks for everything in my life.  I have…
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Halloween round up

halloween potion bottle

There are a million and one amazing things on the interwebz, many of them made by amazing friends with mad skills.  Here’s a Halloween round up of absolute fun for everyone. Get excited, get very excited. Poison bath oil party favors from Hostess with the Mostess Pumpkin cream cheese spread from This Week for Dinner Aged Halloween potion bottles from Make and Takes Don’t be a sexy panda for Halloween from Joy the Baker How to pumpkin face mask from…
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Halloween craft roundup

how to make a pumpkin orange

Looking for a few last minute ideas for a Halloween party this weekend?  I’ve got your back.  Need some treats for your: co-workers, roommates, kids classroom?  Did and done. Treat bags for Halloween Pumpkin craft for Halloween And: How to make caramel apples How to make easy ghost suckers   Have a safe + fun Halloween weekend!

Thanksgiving with Jennifer Garner

jennifer garner

Last week I traveled to Los Angeles to spend time with Jennifer Garner.  Again.  I really love that Jennifer but the real reason I love these events is getting to bring awareness to each seasonal Save the Children campaign. Frigidaire + Save the Children team up, and everyone wins. The highlight of this event was watching renowned Los Angeles chef Suzanne Goin cook Thanksgiving recipes while I asked her amateur questions like, “How long should the butter cook before you…
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Holiday weekend

4th of July

I may have mentioned {a time or three} that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year.  This weekend did nothing to dispel my bubbly feelings about the holiday. Our weekend went something like this: pool, BBQ, late night fireworks, sleep in late, pool, parade, BBQ, fireworks, sleep in late. My sister and her family came over for some holiday festivity, in which our husbands had giggly discourse over the state of the world. These two are…
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What to do on the 4th of July

4th of july recipe

How to: votive candle holder If you live in America, or are celebrating American Independence Day, there are a million and one fun things to do.  In fact, the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year. Dessert for the 4th of July It’s hot outside {hooray, hooray!}, the freezer is stocked to the brim with popcicles and creamies, there are cold drinks in the fridge, the kids are running rampant around the neighborhood, and more often than…
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Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!


Happy Valentine’s Day! We don’t really subscribe to the whole thing at my house {AHEM, Viktor}, so it’s pretty low key around here today, holiday wise.  But if you’re itching to get your craft on, I did a Valentine’s Day Craft roundup last week with a few fun ideas to try. Just a few things going on around here at Petit Elefant you might want to know about: I have TWO, yes TWO Old Navy Giveaways live right now, each…
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