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10 Popcorn Summer Movies To Watch On Netflix

10 popcorn summer movies to watch on Netflix this summer!

10 Popcorn Summer Movies To Watch On NetflixEvery year when I was a kid, a small movie theater in my town did a series of kids summer movies for the masses of wiggly children home for the summer.  For a really nominal price, something like $1/movie and $1.50 for a movie AND treats, bored kids swarmed the theater all summer long.  The theater sold packages to elementary schools, and on every Tuesday and Wednesday there were two matinee showings a day of 2nd run family movies.  All my friends from elementary school would get together and choose a day and time to buy movie tickets, and then we all went home and told our moms we HAD to have tickets for Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. or else! and to keep everyone happy and out of their hair, all the moms agreed and promptly set up movie carpools. Then all summer long my gang of buddies and I would gather in the sticky-floored movie theater every week to giggle our way through Short Circuit, and The Whiz, Back to the Future, and the rest of the age-appropriate summer movies from the year before.

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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!

E-Bikes Are The Glorious Future Of Transportation

Transportation by electric bikes is the way of the future!  I’m serious, so let’s talk about why.

// Thank you for your support of Petit Elefant sponsors!  This post is brought to you in partnership with eSpokes Electric Bikes, the largest electric bike retailer in Utah. As always, all opinions are my own. //

Last month I shared with you how in love I am with my electric bike as a new mode of transportation around my city and why.  This month I’m here to show you the bike in action (me! on an e-bike! in my favorite places around town!) and to talk more about the benefits of riding an e-bike.

I’ve already covered what an electric-bike is doing for me in my daily life, but here’s a recap: I’m getting out more, period.  I’m taking time in my day to spend at least 20-30 minutes on a bike ride, which I just wasn’t doing before, and I love it.  I’m obsessed.  An e-bike makes bike riding more fun! And exciting! And I look forward to it in a way I didn’t look forward to pedaling around before.  So there’s that, too.

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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!

How to Lay Out A Room Design On Paper

We’re doing a completely new room design right now in our home study, and I’m having so much fun, I have to share.  You can follow the behind-the-scenes here on Petit Elefant’s Instagram, but here’s the real skivvy on the new design.

study sketches

The study is the first room you see when you come in our front door, and so far it’s been a bit of a hodgepodge of furniture and random design.  You know how that happens sometimes?  A room just sort of gathers cast off furniture and picture frames as they come to you?  Maybe this doesn’t happen at your house, but it does at mine.

We’ve done a lot of redecorating and remodeling in the 12+ years we’ve lived in our house, including our huge master bathroom remodel and redesign, an overhaul of our laundry room, an office remodel, a new room design for our family room, a kitchen remodel, and a kids bathroom remodel.  And we’re just getting started.  Haaaaa, haaa.  Oh, now I want to cry just thinking about it, it’s been so much work.

study design layout

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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!

5 Netflix Shows You Should Be Binge-Watching ASAP

Netflix shows are where it’s aaaaaaaaaaaaat.  Actually, I hate ending sentences in a preposition so let’s restate that:  you need Netflix in your life, and I have 5 binge-worthy TV shows I recommend you binge-watch immediately.

Netflix

If you’re just getting started with my favorite Netflix shows / recommendations, you can start here:

 

Let’s get onto more of the good stuff now.

House of Cards

If you haven’t seen House of Cards by now, it’s time to get started.  Fasten your seat-belt and prep your living room for the apocalypse because you won’t be going anywhere for awhile.  It’s a show about American politics and the minutia of the daily life of a senator climbing to the top of the political game one person at a time. The writing is SO good you can’t believe it.  It’s such an enormous leap up from your standard TV fare, never-mind the terrific acting and twist and turn plot, it’s no wonder people crashed the Netflix server when season 3 … >> 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!

Mid-Century Modern Family Room House Tour

My family room is on tour today, just for you.  It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a room tour, any home decor, really, so I thought I’d show you a peek into my house.  It has a little mid-century modern flair, using inexpensive furniture and decor, and it’s one of my favorite rooms in my house – a little slice of heaven.

house tour

Our house is an early 1990’s builders kit that the previous owners built from scratch.  There are so many weird idiosyncrasies, I don’t even have enough space to share them all here.  It has taken us the better part of 13 years getting this house up to speed, and we still have so much work to do.

One of the weirdnesses of our house is how narrow it is – the family room being the perfect showcase of bad proportions.  It doesn’t look super odd here but I promise you, getting this family room usable has been a trick of using the right furniture and design layout.  The width of the room is unusual, and it’s been super hard to furnish.

midcentury modern end table

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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!

Best Book Ever About Hipster Kids

Today, a review of the best book ever.

best book ever

A couple of years ago my friend Tiffany Beveridge wrote a book based on her popular Pinterest board, called How to Quinoa: Life Lessons From My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter.

I’d been following Tiffany’s Pinterest board with absolute delight, being the lover of snark that I am, and maybe even harassed her a little bit about putting together a book with all the delightful romps of Quinoa, her imaginary well-dressed toddler.

Tiffany is a great writer, and her observation of ridiculous hipster child photo shoots tickles my every fancy.

 

well dressed children

The whole book is filled with gorgeous photos of fantasy children, whom I’m sure were full of tantrums and sticky hands behind the scenes of these photo shoots, dressed in ridiculously expensive, grown-up clothes.  Along with captions like this one, “Believing that there is no freedom in free range, Quinoa is proud to have started the first underground chicken railroad.”

I die.

free range chicken

And this little gem about fancy, organic, all-natural foods?  Come on.  It’s the best.

hipster kid

 

kid models

I really just laughed out loud at every single page.  “As the saying goes, the friends who faux-hawk together stay together.”

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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!

Easter Ideas Round Up

Easter Ideas Round-UpIt doesn’t feel like Spring quite yet around these parts, but it’s coming. I can feel it. It’s coming, and I for one, am ready to brighten things up around here and turn my thoughts toward Easter. Bright colors, fun crafts, beautiful desserts, fresh decor are all on my mind right now. Maybe I’ll start with one of these wonderful ideas from our archives, plus a link to a beautiful free download that’s just too pretty to resist.  Everything here is completely within reach and something to look forward to every year.

These little animal silhouette easter eggs are easy and obviously adorable. Kids will love this.

Animal Easter Eggs

If brunch is in your special plans, this frittata is an excellent choice. And there’s bacon.

Easter Brunch Frittata

You know you want some gorgeous printables from Just The Bees Knees.  They are absolute perfection.

Easter Watercolor Print

For dessert, this carrot cake is positively divine. Like, for reals. Pineapple, a glaze, and cream cheese frosting send it over the top. Easter Carrot Cake

 

Try your hand at these stunning Ukrainian Easter Eggs, for the adventurous crafter. You’ll love making these.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

 

Enjoy all the beautiful things, friends. And don’t forget to check out last year’s Easter crafts round up for more of our … >> 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.

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12 Favorite Shows To Watch As A Family

What are your favorite shows to watch as a family?  We have quite a few, actually.  In fact, we’ve started instituting Family Movie Night every Sunday night after dinner.  I make a big, special dinner (including homemade dinner rolls) topped off with a tasty dessert like chocolate cake, or homemade apple pie with ice cream (that’s what we had last Sunday).  The idea is to make family time that’s separate and more special than the hurry-up-crazy we push through the of the rest of the week, and it’s so much fun.

 

favorite family shows to watch

 

We have a lot of favorite shows as a family, but we’re trying to branch out, watching something new every week.  Right now we’re working our way through the Disney classics, many of which my youngest has never seen.  Crazy!

Anyway, here’s a list of 12 Of Our Favorite Shows To Watch As A Family:

 

For Younger Kids

The Emperor’s New Groove -G

Hilarious movie about a selfish emperor and his royal sidekicks on adventures through the kingdom as the emperor learns to be more kind.

Chicken Run -G

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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!

Easy + Delicious Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Chicken salad sandwiches are for dinner at my house tonight, so I thought I’d share my recipe for you to enjoy.  This is one of my favorite quick + easy recipes for dinner, and it’s one my kids always love.  The best part is that most of the prep for this chicken salad happens in the crock pot while you’re at work / painting your nails / sleeping / at school / watching TV.

It’s amazing.

Don’t you love crock pots?  They’re miracles for all kinds of things, including hot chocolate bars and leftover Thanksgiving turkey reboots.  And of course, shredded chicken for chicken salad croissant sandwiches.

 

easy chicken salad sandwich recipe

First, season the chicken breasts and put in the crock pot set to high for 5 hours, or on low for 7 hours.

 

chicken salad sandwich

Once the chicken is cooking in the crock pot you can start prepping the rest of the salad.  Chop the grapes, the almonds, and all the vegetables and set aside.

 

chicken salad sandwich recipe

Mix together the Greek yogurt and some seasoning salt (seriously, skip the mayo, no one will even notice!) and then add the grapes and the veggies.  Put the whole mix in the fridge and go find … >> 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!

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