Category: Family

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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8 Holiday Gift Ideas For Kids

kids gift guide

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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7 Holiday Gift Ideas For Guys In Your Life

men's holiday gift guide

7 Gift Ideas For Guys So often it seems the guys in our lives are the most difficult people on our shopping lists. I love to spoil my man, my dad, my sons, but I always seem to fall back on the same gifts. With these gift ideas for guys I’m hoping to change that. 1. Have a sports fan in your life?  How about one of these team hats? 2. For the guy that loves to document his adventures, this…
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6 Holiday Pajama Ideas For Everyone

6 Holiday Pajama Ideas For Everyone Are holiday pajama sets a tradition in your family? From my childhood and into my adult life there was always a special present to open on Christmas Eve. Holiday pajamas. Every year. We were never surprised, but always delighted. It’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my own little ones. But here’s a confession: I’m a sucker for cute pajamas. All pajamas, all the time. Satin menswear styles, flannel bottoms, soft nightshirts, thermal long-johns, too….
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7 Holiday Gift Ideas For Women

womens holiday gift guide

Our annual round up of fabulous gift ideas is something we look forward to all year long. Perfect suggestions for all kinds of personalities and budgets, right here. 1. A gorgeous necklace stack from The Shine Project is understated and oh so pretty, with so many options–even charms and mantra rings. I love the “Sky” and “Nykelle.” On trend and sentimental, and purchases help put underprivileged students through college by employing them. Doing good is always good. 2. This champagne colored…
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Addressing My Christmas Cards While Snacking On A Satisfying Chocolate Snack

holiday snacking

Christmas cards can be a hassle sometimes, but I find myself sending them out every year like clockwork.  Is there anything better than getting handwritten addressed cards with smiling photos and happy wishes from friends and family?  I don’t think so. December is my favorite month of the year to open the mailbox, so I feel obligated to pass on the love I receive.  It’s like good karma, with pretty photos attached.  I just can’t quit. This year like years…
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A New Way To Give Gifts For My Little Family


Holiday Gifts: let’s talk about another way to do this. This holiday season is a little different for us.  My kids are 12 and 17, definitely old enough to understand the conversation we had at dinner last night, wherein I outlined how our gift plans will be different this year. How as a family we’re going to focus on giving gifts instead of receiving them. Because our basic needs are met, we can help other families enjoy the same peace…
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