Dublin! Have you ever been there? I have. For a day. Seriously. We were in Ireland visiting friends, and we had one day as a family to explore. Cliffs or Dublin? We chose Dublin, because the hazy, rainy day would have blocked any beautiful views of the cliffs. I guess we’ll have to go back someday.
First bit of helpful information you will receive today…how to get there. Since we were already in England, we opted to rent a car and take the ferry over to Dublin. It was such a fun experience for my kids! We took the StenaLine which was fantastic. There was plenty to keep the kids entertained.
I found Dublin to be a quaint little city. It lacked that hustle and bustle which was just fine with me. My husband was happy because there were so many people that looked like him…red hair, freckles, and fair skin!
When you only have a day, you have to plan wisely. Of course, we didn’t do everything we wanted (another reason to go back), but I’d say we covered a fair bit to etch a memory. Here’s what we did and my take on the experience.
1. Visited Trinity … >> find out more...
This post about love is sponsored by Fox Searchlight Pictures, presenting The Second Best Marigold Hotel, in theaters this weekend. #LoveBlooms Thank you for being generous and kind to Petit Elefant sponsors.
In thinking about the release of The Second Best Marigold Hotel, I’ve been pondering both my life love + my love of travel. Read on to discover how they’re both about to merge at the intersection of fate and awesome.
I love travel more than life itself. Life is travel, to me anyway. Some of the best moments of my life have been in weird hotel rooms or tiny apartments or huts scattered across America and assorted random spots on the globe. There’s really something to be said for leaving the comfort of home to discover parts of yourself previously unknown.
I highly recommend taking brave adventures as far as your pocketbook can carry you; you might be surprised what you find inside yourself.
The first time I traveled outside the United States was my junior year in high school. I was 16 years old and had never even seen a passport when I drove to the post office in our 1980’s beat-up, forest green, … >> find out more...
Anyone 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!
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...
// This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of YLighting, YLiving, YBath. All opinions, naturally, are my own. //
We’ve been busy behind the scenes at Casa Czarnecki over the last couple of years, redecorating and remodeling, sledgehammering walls and ripping out old flooring, and finally, FINALLY after our epic Master Bathroom Remodel, we’re moving onto the attached Master Bedroom.
I couldn’t be more excited.
Our master bedroom has been woefully outdated, with dirty textured ceilings, weird circular windows, a tan-ish brown wall paint, and forest green carpet pulling up at the corners of the room. There have been many nights where I’ve been tempted to grab a couple of blankets and a soft pillow and head to the pretty, shiny and new en suite bathroom to make a cozy little bed in the jetted tub of the master bath.
Luckily, it hasn’t come to that.
We finally put in new flooring and painted the walls of the bedroom a gorgeous, simple grey, and now it’s time to talk about decorating the old place.
It’s absolutely amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a new floor can do for a room. We still … >> find out more...
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.I’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...
I’ve never regretted buying band T-shirts. I have this whole collection of shirts, picked up at concerts or hunted down on E-Bay, that are all dedicated to the music I love. And I actually wear them. I don’t just wear them for me, though. I wear them for the people around me. Because first and foremost, band t shirts are conversation-starters.
Music is one of my all-time favorite things to talk about, and when I can talk about it with a stranger on a rainy day, that is a sort of magic to me. When a melody hits you just right, it is such a joy to share it with someone. It’s a phenomenon that crosses generations. Then there are the words.
There are some perfect lyrics in the universe, (the ones you write on your hand when you’re bored) they stick to you. Well sometimes those lyrics end up on a shirt, and you can carry them around all day. When someone feels those words the same way you do, and then sees your band t shirt – presto – instant friend, and perhaps possible soul mate.
So, search a bit on your favorite online outlet. You know that … >> find out more...
Home made bread and Sunday dinner rolls, and delicious fresh cinnamon rolls are a part of my DNA. And up to this point in my life, have only been in my DNA so far as I enjoy eating all of the above foods very much, because carbs = yummmm. But even though I love me some rolls, I’ve never actually been able to make them. Properly, and for real.
(if you want to skip the story behind the rolls and jump to the recipe, you can find it at the bottom of this post)
My grandmother and mother both were, and are, phenomenal cooks. My grandmother literally fed an entire neighborhood of boys (and girls too) throughout the better part of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Somewhere in her busy days of raising four children and their friends, (and doing it well) my grandma managed to work full time as a nurse at a state mental health hospital, attend Brigham Young University with her daughter (my mother) to finish her college degree, write papers and complete homework, and keep an immaculate house.
I can only imagine the exhaustion. But somehow through the fog of homework and child rearing … >> find out more...
Oh that Eddie Redmayne at the Oscars last night. So adorable and wonderful. The navy tux (whoa, yes) and that darling genuine surprise on his face just endeared him to me even more. I confess I’ve seen only one of the films honored last night, but I can still have favorites, right? Julianne Moore looked exquisite and genuinely happy all night long, and hooray for Birdman director, Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu. Really, it’s wonderful. Neil Patrick Harris was charming as always. And is there anything else, really, to say about the Lady Gaga-Julie Andrews moment? Besides, well, wow! Just wow. I’ve always loved that Julie Andrews (you don’t want to know how many times I’ve seen The Sound of Music) but last night made me a fan of Lady Gaga, too.
Some favorite looks from the 2015 Oscars:
Zoe Saldana in this blush color is sexy but demure. I love the lines and femininity here without being too fluffy or Barbie-like. Very, very pretty.
Julianne Moore in white–a trend on last night’s red carpet. Flattering, great texture and interest, and she just looked so happy and lovely. I love that she owns her … >> find out more...
The 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…
First 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.
By the time we arrived at the … >> find out more...