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New Movie: Going In Style + $100 Giveaway

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New Movie: Going In Style (and a $100 Visa gift card giveaway!) // This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures.  All opinions, obviously, are my very own.  Thank you for always being so kind + supportive of the sponsors that keep Petit Elefant running. // Friends, the new movie “Going In Style” opens April 7th and I, for one, can’t wait to see it.  It’s a comedy starring some of the greats: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and…
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Before And After: My IKEA Basement Pantry

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IKEA basement pantry, before and after. Guys, we need to have a talk about IKEA.  I’ve discussed IKEA many, many times on Petit Elefant, because I’m obsessed. I love the aesthetic of IKEA like bonkers (yay for Scandinavian living!) and because it’s affordable.  Two of my favorite things in one place, plus: they have delicious meatballs. I’ve shown you all the projects I’ve done in my house using IKEA products over the years, including the beautiful home office my husband…
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12 Romances To Watch With Your Valentine

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Romances: 12 to watch with your Valentine I don’t know how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or even if you do, but if you’re anything like me, things are a little casual. My husband and I have been married almost 19 years, and we realized early on in our relationship that fighting 900 other couples for a spot at Olive Garden on Valentine’s Day is the opposite of how we enjoy spending our time. While the entire student population of the…
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Recipe: Home Made Chocolate-Covered English Toffee

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Chocolate-Covered English Toffee Recipe English toffee is easily one of my favorite homemade candies, so it makes sense to me to pour chocolate on top.  Actually, it always makes sense to me to add chocolate, to everything, all the time. But especially to salty, buttery, caramel-flavored homemade toffee.  Is there a better combination of sweet flavors on the planet?  I think not. Normally I just make plain English toffee, but I made a batch of chocolate-covered English toffee recently –…
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How To Do A Baked Potato Bar For Groups

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Baked Potato Bar: how to do your own. A baked potato bar is one of the easiest buffet dinners on the planet, but for some reason I don’t make it very often.  Which is crazy-pants bananas, and I’m planning to remedy that in the immediate future. So, I made a baked potato bar last night for a high school swim team dinner and not only was a huge success, (rave reviews! two thumbs up by every teenager in the house!)…
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This Turkish Soap Opera Is The Gift We All Need

This Turkish Soap Opera Is The Gift We All Need

Turkish Soap Opera – The Gift We All Need We have so much to talk about but before we even get started, has it ever occurred to you to watch a nighttime soap opera in a different language?  I mean, I watch BBC shows all the time, so I kind of get it* (*not really) but I don’t know how it has never occurred to me to watch another country’s subtitled version of say, Grey’s Anatomy.  I watched season 1…
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2017 New Year + New Goals + New Journal


New Goals Guys.  Real talk.  How are you feeling about 2017? I’ll be honest, I’m discouraged.  I’m looking for the light, and looking for it, and squinting my eyes really tiny up at the sky searching for it, and getting out my binoculars, and my magnifying glass, and welp.  I’m having a hard time finding it just now.  But the good news is this:  I’m pretty sure it all works out in the end.  In fact, I feel that to…
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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016

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Holiday Shows For Every Age On Netflix 2016 (right now!) I don’t know about you, but I spend a significant amount of every Christmas break snuggled up with my family in front of movies and shows I don’t normally have time to watch.  It’s my idea of a very good time.  We light a fire and keep it stoked for better part of our holiday break and take turns choosing shows to watch on Netflix while we do massive puzzles,…
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Simple Grocery Shopping Online + Parking Lot Pickup

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Grocery shopping online – why it’s my newest obsession. Many grocery stores now offer online grocery shopping as a service, and Walmart is one of them. It has quickly become one of my favorite things to come out of the internet age. Here’s how it works: 1. Go to online to see if there’s a Walmart near you offering grocery shopping online. If your Walmart does grocery shopping online, hooray for you. I’m being serious. 2. Create an account….
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