Category: Travel

Packing for a Beach Getaway

pack for beach getawayAnyone else dreaming of summer like I am? There is nothing better than spending a day in the hot sun at the pool or the beach. Preferably with a cold beverage in hand. And a good book to read. It all sounds so perfect! I love that packing for a beach weekend means packing light. Just a few essentials and I’m good to go.

Luckily I am headed to Mexico this week for a quick getaway with my husband and some of our friends! I can’t wait! I’ve rounded up a few MUST-HAVE’s for a weekend getaway in the sun! Check these beauties out!beach getaway packing

1. Tie Dye Cover Up from Forever 21: Cutest cover up ever! Looks comfy too.

2. Tanning Lotion with SPF 15 from Coppertone: This is my favorite sunscreen when I want a little bit of color but also don’t want to look like a lobster at the end of the day!

3. Embroidered Bag from ASOS: How fab is this bag? Perfect for holding all of your beach needs!

4. Botanical Maxi Dress from ASOS: I love ASOS dresses! They always run true to size and they are adorable!

5. Twist Scarf from Ban.do>> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

Atlantis for Families

Atlantis for Families

Atlantis.

Just the name conjures up mysterious treasure, mythical stories, and mountains of adventure. The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers up all of that intrigue.

My husband and I visited Atlantis in October of 2008. It was a sales incentive trip through his company. It was an amazing trip, but I desperately missed our young daughters, who were just four and two years old at the time. We kept thinking, during that trip, of how lovely it would be to return with our girls, once they were older.

In February of 2013, we were able to do that. We were grateful that it was another sales incentive trip, so we only had to purchase flights for our daughters.Atlantis for FamiliesI’m not going to sugar coat it, Atlantis for families, is an expensive vacation. Yes, the resort runs deals, and special offers throughout the year, and I do recommend you take advantage of them. Since everything has to be brought to the island, there’s no way around the high prices, even when someone else is footing the lodging bill. However, there are things you can do to try to save your budget.

Since we had been to the >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

A Family Trip To Kenya

Family trip to KenyaThe end of last year I was homeschooling my kids when an opportunity for our whole family to go to Kenya came up. It was a chance to find education outside of a textbook and to do something for others. It was right, so we went. This is the first time I’ve sat down to write and reflect on the trip and the impact it had on my kids. I don’t know if I will ever fully know how what they witnessed with their eyes, traveled to their hearts, but perhaps telling the story of the day I met one amazing sho sho will help…

Family Trip to Kenya

Family Trip to KenyaFirst stop…the market. While waiting to buy food parcels, the kids and adults gathered to see the song and dance show that we were performing to entertain the kids gawking at this small army of white skinned weirdos who obviously weren’t from around these parts. We failed miserably at trying to be inconspicuous to avoid mzungu prices. However, if the color of our skin affected the price, I wouldn’t have noticed. Seventy dollars to buy food parcels for 24 elderly families was a steal, and I would have gladly paid more.

HandClapBy the time we arrived at the … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Oahu for Families

Oahu for families Frankly, my dears, I am not made for winter. Maybe it’s the low blood pressure, but I am always cold. My nose, my toes, my fingers, and my rear, sweet cheeks, are always a bit chilly. This is why in the winter, even in Northern California, my heart sings arias for tropical climates. Hawaii is hands down, my favorite place to visit when I crave ocean breezes, fresh flavors that make my mouth water, and a laid back, relaxed attitude towards life.

Hawaii is a perfect place to visit, and fantastic with kids, if you’re looking for easy. There aren’t any passports, language barriers, or currency exchanges to worry about. I’ve found that if you go off-season, you can usually find fabulous flight deals from Hawaiian Airlines.

Oahu is great for families, and is a great pick for the first island to visit. It’s the third largest Hawaiian island, and is the most populated of all the eight islands. About two-thirds of Hawaiians live on Oahu. With so much to do, or not to do, you won’t get bored on Oahu. Oahu is also ideal for discovering the flavor of what Hawaii is like, and from there pick the other >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

Things To Do In Cape Town

Cape TownCape Town is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. With picturesque Table Mountain and the beauty of the ocean, it’s not a place that will disappoint. There are many things to do in Cape Town, but if you’re going for a visit, then there’s a few things that MUST be on your list of things to do.

 Cape Town1. Go to the beach! But of course, this would be on the list. Along with beach life comes excitement…whale watching in September (the best) and shark diving (no, thank you, but it’s an option if you dare). Be aware that the Atlantic Ocean surf is cold! That’s why the sharks like them so much.

2. Go up to Signal Hill and watch the sunset over the city. This probably ranks as one of my top things to do in Cape Town. The views are stunning and watching the sunset over the water and the hustle and bustle of the city are nothing short of fabulous. This is a must! And it’s free!

Cape Town

3. Go up Table Mountain. You can pretty much see Table Mountain from anywhere in the city. A trip to the top allows you … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Planning a DisneyWorld Vacation Part 1

I’ve been up to something. Something big. Something 2 years in the making. Something, dare I say, incredible? It’s a surprise for my little family, but I’ll give you 3 guesses. The first 2 don’t count.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

I’ve been saving my pennies for almost 2 years now, and so have my little boys–though they only know that it’s a vacation fund. They don’t know this is happening, and we plan to keep it a secret until the last possible moment.

The moment we booked our DisneyWorld hotel (more on that later), this snappy little package was sent to us in the mail. See how they customized it? And that cute little thumb drive in the snappy little box? If DisneyWorld is going the extra mile to keep us excited about our trip, and make me feel relevant, it’s working.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

The booklet and thumb drive contain helpful details for planning our vacation, how to use Fast Pass and Magic Bands (more on all that later), and reserving activities, all based on info I provided online. When I set up my on-line profile, I chose The Incredibles as my Avatar. I suspect (but cannot confirm) that’s why my vacation planning kit was created … >> 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.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes South Africa

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

I grew up in small-town Texas, about 40 miles North of Dallas. Potholes were an everyday occurrence in that small town. In fact, even though I haven’t lived at my parent’s home for 19 years, I still remember the path you had to drive to dodge every pothole, dip, and crater that presented itself in my parent’s neighborhood. Suffice it to say, I viewed potholes as evil little ploys to slow me down and ruin my car. Naturally, they were not a source of beauty.

When I moved to South Africa and heard of a tourist destination with the word “pothole” in it, I brushed it off. What could be so great about going to look at potholes? Well, there is something great, and let me tell you why visiting the Bourke’s Luck Potholes should be on your “things to see” list next time you’re in the Mpumulanga region of South Africa.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

1. You can have a picnic. My family laughs at me for my love of picnics and picnic baskets, but seriously, isn’t there something that’s just so great about having a family picnic together with your favorite food and the fresh air?

2. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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A Beautiful Boutique Hotel NYC

A good hotel is my kryptonite.  For real, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous hotel in a cool city.  Fresh linens, a plush bed, room service (in theory, if you’re a kazillionaire), and if you’re really lucky, a thick white robe and slippers.

hotel upper east side

I have a weakness for white robes in gorgeous hotel rooms.  It will be my ultimate downfall.

central park NYC

So a few weeks ago I went to New York City for some meetings around the United Nations annual meetup, as a social good fellow with Shot@Life for two days of the Social Good Summit (which is where all the smart people of the world gather to rally around global issues).  It was amazing, and I’ll share the details of that later, because you all want to get involved.

Anyway, I stayed in the most adorable boutique hotel on the Upper East Side called Hotel Wales.  If you were walking past the building on the street you probably wouldn’t even notice it’s a hotel, which is pretty much the best.  I totally forgot to get a photo of the outside of the hotel because I was all caught up in being in NEW YORK CITY without being in charge … >> 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!

Picture Of the Day Utah Mountains

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Utah mountainsHello friends, I’m so happy you’re here today!  I really am.  Because I want to introduce something new I’m going to try on Petit Elefant. I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and will be for a little while, but I want to stay connected to you and yours while I do it.

The best way I can think to do that is to post a photo with a little something about what you’re looking at.  This way we can stay in touch and you’ll still get your daily dose of Petit Elefant with something pretty to look at. <—— (preposition)

Sound good?  Anything in particular you’d like to see?  Today’s photo is one I took last week during a brief detour from the elementary school carpool lane.  The mountains near my house are absolutely stunning, always, but this time of year they’re spectacular with the changing leaves and low Fall sun.  So pretty.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends.  I hope life is treating you right today. xo

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!