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Easy Beach Sand Souvenir DIY

How To Make A Simple Keepsake with Sand From Your Beach Vacation | Petit ElefantYou want to make this beach sand souvenir for yourself. I know, because, well, if the amount of sand we shake out of our suitcases, vacuum out of the car and wash out of our hair every summer is any kind of indicator, then we are definitely a family of beachcombers.

And no matter whether we drive to a local lakeside beach or fly to a more far flung oceanside locale, our modus operandi is always the same: build sandcastles that never stay up, hunt for pretty shells/interesting rocks until sunset, and bring a little bit of beach sand home in a bucket.

It’s become a beloved family tradition, especially now that I figured out how to make beach sand keepsakes from our found treasures.

It takes less than 20 minutes to make a display-worthy beach sand souvenir that you’ll  enjoy year round, and all you need are measuring cups and a few empty jars with tight-fitting lids. Plus your beach sand and little shells, of course!

How To Make A Simple Keepsake with Sand From Your Beach Vacation | Petit ElefantMaking sure your jar is clean and dry, start by pouring sand that you’ve already sieved (to remove bits of driftwood and seaweed) into the bottom until it’s filled about halfway. Gently shake to make the sand level, then layer … >> find out more...

Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

Simple Summer Makeup Look

simple summer makeupThe heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup.  I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural.  So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.

Simple Summer Makeup

Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:

  • Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
  • Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to
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natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

My Top Five Reads For This Summer

Summer is the best time of year for me to tackle the stacks, and stacks, and STACKS of books I accumulate all year long.  I never really get around to reading all of them, I’m aspirational when it comes to what I think I can get through, but I do end up reading a fair amount of books in the summer.  It’s just easier to read when there’s more daylight and hammocks and pool time.  At least for me.

summer reads

I’ve already powered through about 10 books in the last two weeks, reading at day camp pick-ups, swim practice, doctor’s offices, trips to the hospital, and late night sick watch with my daughter.  Thank heaven, because the book stacks next to my bed seem to multiply in the night when I’m not watching.

beach reads

I also have a few stipulations about Summer reading: nothing heavy.  Period.  I’m not reading Tolstoy next to the pool.  The most complicated I want to get is whether Tiffanie should choose Todd the fireman or Chad, her long lost high school boyfriend to help her raise her complicated teenage daughter from a previous relationship.

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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!

Fun Photo App You Have To Download

surf in costa rica

I have a photo app to share with you.   It’s free, and it’s amazing, and you have to go download it ASAP.  It’s called Studio Design a design + photo app to make your pictures even better.  To tell a story.

france

Imagine your favorite Instagram photo with gorgeous designs layered on top, and the perfect amount of text to help the photo tell a little bit more of the story.

live life

Like this picture of my little guy in Warsaw a few years ago.  It was the perfectly captured photo of my son, who at that time legitimately believed he could fly.  He lives life at 200%, all the time, and even though we didn’t plan for his yellow shoes to match the yellow bench, it was perfect.  Add a little bit of text and you get a bit more of the picture.

sofie

This photo is a capture of my daughter who’s been sick for several months, throwing up all day every day, and the graphics and text on this photo of her complete the picture: think positive.

omelette

Go download the app.  It’s free and available for both Apple and Android devices and so much fun to play with.  Remix … >> 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!

Fabulously Simple Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Ice Cream Sandwich CakeIf you need an easy dessert for any sort of gathering this summer, look no further than this simple, extremely tasty ice cream sandwich cake. A mountainous slab of ice cream sandwiches covered in soft, snowy white caps of whipped cream. Henceforth known to my family as The Matterhorn Cake. It’s not vegan or paleo or clean or in any way healthy, and requires zero baking, and can be made a day or two in advance. Yes to all of those things, thank you very much.

My husband is a Cache Valley, UT native and a Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwich, made in his hometown, is a beloved treat. It’s the only ice cream sandwich worth eating, he maintains. Thus, the foundation for this dessert, a mountain of totally worth-it calories. Awesome, just like the real Matterhorn in Switzerland. Or the one at Disneyland. Whichever. But you can truly use any kind of ice cream sandwich you prefer.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

You will need:

12 Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwiches (or your favorite)

1/2 jar of your favorite caramel sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

1/2 jar of your favorite hot fudge sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

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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.

The Fault in Our Stars Is A Movie Now

the fault in our stars movie

Which Summer movie opens today?  The Fault In Our Stars.

I for one, can’t wait to see it.  My teenage daughter read the book by John Green a million years ago and fell instantly in love with the story.  I read it last night, sobbing into my pillow well past my bedtime.  It’s a beautiful story, the characters are smart and witty and caustic, and handle cancer as I hope I would: pissed off but philosophical about the whole thing.

the fault in our stars

It’s a beautiful, wonderful story and you should rush to see it ASAP.  I’m going tonight.

Visit the official website // Like TFIOS on Facebook // Follow @TheFaultMovie on Twitter // Follow on Google+ & Instagram

It’s a perfect Summer movie.

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!

Fruit Slush Made with Melon and Berries

summer melon berry slush

There’s nothing I love more than sipping an icy drink on a hot summer day. A fresh fruit slush is a perfect poolside drink (or while you’re hiding from the kids and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy). Just a few simple ingredients (really!) make for a yummy, refreshing beverage that you’ll be wanting to sip all summer long. Also great: this fruit slush made with melons and berries is pretty good for you!

melon berry slush recipe

This fruit slush calls for watermelon and berries which are fantastic together, and both are plentiful during the summer months. You can mix it up and use any variety of melon and berry you prefer. Maybe honeydew and blackberry or cantaloupe and blueberry, or any combo really. Hopefully the fruit is ripe and sweet on its own, but if not, you can add a little sugar or honey to sweeten it up.

For an extra refreshing drink, we like to fill our glasses with 3/4  fruit slush and 1/4 sparkling water. It’s a little bit like homemade soda, only totally fresh and healthy. Win win.

These melon berry slushes are also great for a crowd, say a BBQ or even a baby shower. Make up several batches and … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

How To Make Some Fun Summer Bags For Kids

make your own summer bags Make Some Fun Summer Bags For Kids

Every summer I put together a little ‘Welcome to Summer‘ bag for my kids.  Just a collection of small summer toys and fun things to get the kids excited about the start of a fresh new summer after finishing a long, hard school year.  The bags have gotten a little different as the kids have gotten older, but they always include some element of fun, and once in awhile they include something related to whatever trip we have planned for the summer.

This summer we’re not taking a big trip, we’re hanging out closer to home while we try to figure out why my baby girl has been throwing up for almost three months.  But we’re still planning to have the Summer of All Summers at home.

Make Some Fun Summer Bags For Kids

Grab whatever bags you’ve got hanging around the house.  Sometimes I use beach buckets, but this year I used some reusable shopping bags I had left over from a party called SocialLuxe Lounge which I co-hostess every year.  The bags just need to be big enough to include whatever you’re tucking inside.

How To Make Some Fun Summer Bags For Kids

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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!

Are You Fed Up with Your Diet? 7 Reasons You Should Be

Are You Fed Up with Your Diet

You and I both know a lot about food at this point, don’t we?  Everywhere we turn there’s information about food: calorie counters, ingredient lists, and labels on every processed piece of food we buy but somehow we’re not getting it, because America is just getting sicker every year.  It’s getting bad enough that health insurance companies are investing their money in the stock of fast food companies, just to hedge their bets.  Guys, it’s pretty bad.

FED UP

I just watched the new movie, Fed Up from Laurie David and Katie Couric and I have to tell you it’s enough to scare the sugar straight out of your cupboard.  In fact about 30 minutes in, after frantically taking two and a half full pages of notes, I had to turn the movie off and go to bed just to turn down my anxiety about the whole issue.

There are so many alarming facts and hard science about the food problem in America, it’s almost overwhelming to know where to start, so I’m going to break it down to 7 reasons you should be freaking out about your food right now.

7 Reasons You Should Be Fed Up With Your Diet

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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!

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