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Poetry of A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

Do you love poetry? I have just the book for a cozy moment of repose. I realize that summer is upon us, and lately the sun has been smiling ear to ear for most people – but sometimes, and especially during those thick summer months, you want a rainy space to curl up in. It doesn’t have to be a real rainy day to get that cozy and damp feeling, though.

A Thousand Mornings

It is so important to find a place to pause and think and feel, to take a break from the constant buzzing of May, June, July and just listen. It is so nice to take a break from the sunscreen and the chlorine and remember sweaters and cinnamon-flavored things. A little bit of poetry is just the thing for a mental respite, a little boost for your soul.

I find a rainy and reflective space every time I open my Mary Oliver book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings. It was given to me as aChristmas gift and then stored on my shelf until a flight to San Francisco. I read it a total of 5 times on the flight because my pencil found something new to mark every time.… >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Organizing Your House Week Four

Let’s clean house!

Okay.  Maybe we don’t have to do clean so much as we have to organize.  And when I say ‘we‘ I mean ‘me‘.  And also, probably, definitely there will be some cleaning involved.

Still with me?

Organizing Your House Nothing is safe in my house anymore.  If things aren’t nailed down, and frankly even if they are, they go straight to the donate + / or recycling bins.  I just don’t have it in me to keep crap around the house; I want it all GONE yesterday.

Let’s get back in the game.  Where were we?  We stopped at Organizing Your House Week Three, wherein we organized a bathroom cabinet / drawer / cupboard and this week we’re organizing the spot next to your bed.  Or your whole bedroom, whatever makes you happy.

 

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The side of my bed is always a virtual landmine of stuff.  Lotion, medicine bottles, 7 kinds of headphones, cough drops, gum, at least 3 different lip balms, blank notepads and notebooks, 75 million pens (approx.) and books, books, booooooooks.  I tidy my side of the bed regularly, but it always piles back up to a huge stack of … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Orange Cream Smoothie Recipe Just For You

// This post is brought to you by Kohl’s.  Thank you for your kindness and support of the sponsors that keep Petit Elefant running. //

Today we’re talking orange cream smoothies.  Because I love you.  Because citrus is delightful.  Because we all know orange creamies are the best, so it only follows that orange cream smoothies are a dream.

orange creamcicle

We’ll get to the recipe in a second, but let’s start at the beginning of the story.

This week I went to Kohl’s to buy myself a Mother’s Day present.  Because if I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this: sometimes you have to make your own dreams come true.  I didn’t know exactly what my dreams were for Mother’s Day, but I did spend a good long time wandering around Kohl’s thinking about it.

I flirted with some gorgeous flowy summer dresses, made heavy eye contact with a pair of suede loafers in the shoe department, tried out nearly every perfume in cosmetics, and had a hot and heavy affair with a delicate, stunning diamond eternity band.  But in the end, I came home with a new Ninja Blender.

 

Orange cream smoothie

It’s not terribly sexy, a … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Zucchini-Pesto Quesadillas for Summer

zucchini pesto quesadillas

Zucchini are by far one of the most versatile veggies, and their peak season goes from June through late August – so, now is the time to stockpile zucchini recipes (if there ever was a time for that). This is one of my favorite summer recipes for enjoying the lovely, green, balloon-shaped goodness.

zucchini pesto quesadillas

Ingredients (to make about 14 quesadillas):

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • ½ a medium yellow onion
  • 1 Tb. butter or olive oil
  • 8 to 10 oz. goat cheese
  • 14 flour tortillas (or corn if you prefer)
  • Pesto spread
Goat cheese for quesadillas

Pesto spread ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan

*Optional ranch dressing for dipping/drizzling:

  • 1½ Tb. Hidden Valley ranch mix
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of milk
Zucchini Pest Quesadillas

First, if you’d like the ranch dressing to dip the quesadillas in or drizzle inside, mix that first. The dressing needs to sit in the fridge for about a half hour, to thicken. I like to make the dressing because many of my customers (family) enjoy it, but the quesadillas are creamy and substantial enough without it.

zucchini pesto quesadillas

Next, I blend the pesto. Simply put all of the pesto ingredients in … >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Must Read – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

great-read

I’ve love to read.  I told you last week just how much I love reading.  It’s a huge part of my life.

I’ve always read.  In fact, I don’t remember not reading, although because of my education, I’m told I didn’t read in English until after the 3rd grade.  I was in a Spanish-Immersion program throughout Elementary School.  All day, every day, from the time I was 5 years old, I was completely immersed in Spanish in my classroom.  Every subject from Math to History to Geography was taught in Spanish.  It’s one of the happiest circumstances of my life, both the fact that Spanish is imprinted on my brain matter as a language as much as a memory, and the kids who were in my Spanish Immersion program with me.  We’re still friends, to this day, and they’re some of the most interesting and accomplished humans on the planet.  And my guess is that most of them, if not all, are voracious readers.

All of that is neither here nor there, but it’s something.

Jonathan Safran Foer

The bottom line is that reading, for me, a very happy thing.  I collect books the way some people collect shoes.  Wait, I … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Epic Lip Sync Battles Are My Guilty Pleasure

I’ll just put this out there: epic lip sync battles are my new guilty pleasure. In case you aren’t familiar with this viral sensation, they started out as a segment on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and have since exceeded all expectations. Guests like Will Ferrel, Blake Shelton, and Emma Stone brought down the house, as does Jimmy Fallon himself on more than one occasion. Seriously guys, it’s some pretty hysterically funny stuff. Emma Stone kills it in this episode here, but the Will Ferrel and Kevin Hart episode was also a riot.

And it just got better. Jimmy pitched his idea for an entire show just for lip sync battles, and NBC rejected it. Spike TV however (I know, I know) has taken it up and I can’t stop watching. Please don’t judge me. LL Cool J is the host, Chrissy Teigen is the eye candy, and the contestants are tearing it up. Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt! Dwaye Johnson (“The Rock”) vs. Jimmy Fallon!  I can’t decide if it’s comedy or talent show, but I don’t really care. It’s one show my husband and I pull up via our streaming service and binge on together, without thinking … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

DIY Make A Simple Chalk Board Frame

Today’s DIY: make a simple chalk board frame!

DIY make your own chalkboard

I’ll admit, I’m a bit obsessed with chalkboards.  I don’t care if they’re trendy or not in the home decor world, I love them. (are they still trendy?  I’m so behind!) I love the idea of painting an entire wall or the inside of a door with chalk, with a little cup of chalk nearby for random doodling.  How fun is that?

About 5 years ago I painted the inside of my pantry door with chalk, and have loved it every minute.  I use the chalkboard door as both a place to jot down a grocery list and to post a weekly menu, and my kids use the bottom half to chalk funny quotes only they understand, or the occasional drawing of a farm animal.  Just the usual stuff around here, I tell you.

But I’m also super enthused about the idea of a portable chalk board wall.  And the most inexpensive way for me to do that was to paint a framed piece of glass with chalk board paint and hang the frame anywhere I want.  Whenever I want.   (we’re big on making our own choices at my house)  So I went … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Keeping my Grandmothers Close

Remembering GrandmothersAre you close to your grandmothers? I always think of my Grandma Bee at this time of year. Her birthday is in April, she loved flowers, her fluffy white hair looked like a puff of cloud on her dainty noggin. Just like her mother’s before her. She was a sweet little thing. She’s been gone for over a decade, but lately I find myself missing her more than ever. Missing all my grandmothers and great aunties and the ladies that came before me. I have an aching sort of need to know them better and learn from them. To share the stories of my own little children with them, seek their advice and wisdom.

It’s not possible now, of course, they’ve all gone back to Heaven, right where they belong. So I’m finding connections, comfort in the tangible things they left behind.

Grandmother's QuiltMy great grandmother I never really knew; I met her once or twice when I was very small and she was very old and infirm,  During my last visit to my mom’s house, I found this quilt in her linen closet and quickly begged it off of her. It has a story, but I only know a small … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

DIY Springtime Watercolor Art

DIY Watercolor FlowersAlright, here is some art for the artistic and non-artistic alike. Now, I was a student who elected to take art classes (Art 2, Art 3, AP Art – you name it), but in my mandatory high school “Art 1” class, we used to have “blind contour days.” Blind contours are fun and simple; so, with my love of watercolor in one hand and my love of poppies in the other – I am going to tell you how to make an easy, springtime work-of-art.diy watercolor flowers

You are going to need:

  • Watercolor paints
  • Waterproof pen
  • Watercolor paper
  • A printed black & white flower picture (with clear lines)
  • Paint brushes

Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t looking the way you planned at first! Thinking about the end result can sometimes be daunting, so just focus on each step, one at a time:

diy watercolor flowers
  1. Search online a bit for an outline or sketch of your favorite flowers. I chose poppies this time because their shape and structure is fun to draw. Sunflowers are also a great choice. Pick a flower with moxie.diy watercolor flowers
  2. Print out that picture and set it near your sketchpad, now keep your eyes on that printout. Blind contour is about is
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elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.