Airplane Guide For First Time Travelers

First Time Travelers

In our line of work in South Africa, we have the amazing privilege of taking adults on trips out of the country for the very first time. Some of these adults are people who have grown up in African communities and haven’t ventured as far as Johannesburg (3 1/2 hours away) much less ridden on a plane to a faraway place. Anxiety often gets high in anticipation of hovering in the air for several hours. A couple of years ago, my son took it upon himself to help our friends out. His eight step airplane guide for first time travelers is out of this world. With the holidays around the corner and travel in sight for many folk, I thought I would share it with you in hopes that anxieties felt by people stepping on a plane for the first time would be eased.

Airport Guide

Brace yourself. This is good. I’ve added my comments in italics.

1. Go through check-in and customs. This is obviously when you are traveling internationally.

2. Get a friend and walk the airport and look at shops and possibly get food and a drink. It always helps to have a buddy and a snack.

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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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DIY Home Made Grape Fruit Body Scrub

grapefruit sugar scrubIt’s DIY time again.  And today we’re DIY-ing some home made grapefruit bath + body sugar scrub.  This stuff is scrumptious, no two ways about it.  Whip it up to give to a friend, keep it next to your kitchen sink for after you wash your hands, stash it in the shower, or use it in the bath.  This scrub is multipurpose and smells divine; you really want to get in on making this business for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

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DIY Home Made Grape Fruit Body Scrub
 
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Make your own DIY grapefruit sugar scrub with only a few ingredients. Use all over your face and body to exfoliate and moisturize with all natural ingredients!
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Recipe type: Sugar Body Scrub
Cuisine: DIY Beauty
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup olive oil or coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons Jojoba oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl add the sugar and olive oil.
  2. Mix together sugar and oil until completely combined.
  3. Add Jojoba oil.
  4. Mix again until combined.
  5. Add essential
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Adorable Christmas Wreath Craft

Christmas Wreath Craft TitleThis adorable little Christmas wreath craft is possibly the easiest Christmas craft ever. It requires only 3 supplies and a pair of scissors, and is not only cute and festive, but it’s great for kids. Um, hello, room moms in charge of class Christmas parties? This is perfect. It’s low cost, low maintenance, and doesn’t involve any glue, glitter or paint. Hallelujah. 

Christmas Wreath CraftTo begin, gather your supplies

Green craft felt

Red or other festive ribbon, about 5/8″ thick

Green pipe cleaners

Scissors (fabric scissors are optional)

Rotary cutter and  mat–this is optional, but I found it really make quick work of cutting up that felt

Christmas Wreath Craft SuppliesChristmas Wreath Craft Instructions
  1. Cut your pipe cleaners in half and form them into circles, twisting the ends over. You can also use full length pipe cleaners to save a step, but you’ll have more excess on the ends to twist over–a 2-3 inch circle is just about right.
  2. Cut your felt into strips, 4 inches-5 inches long by about 3/4 inch thick. A little wider or narrower won’t matter at all. Closer to 5 inches makes them a smidge easier for little hands to manipulate, and they can always be trimmed off the finished product. Estimate about 12-15 strips
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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.

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Holiday Gift Guide For Beauty

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Beauty gifts are perfect for giving because they range from small to big, inexpensive to expensive, lipstick to hair styling, and everything in between. I don’t think I have one friend that doesn’t like getting new beauty products. Even girls that aren’t obsessed with makeup have a or few items they love to use. Cosmetics and styling tools make an ideal gift for just about any gal on your list. Here are some of our top picks from bargain brands to luxury labels.beautycollage3

1. Contour Blush: Contouring made easy with this gorgeous blush and bronzer duo from NARS. They’re kinds of the best.

2. e.l.f. Studio Brush Set: The most inexpensive but also high quality brushes out there. These are my fave, and so budget friendly.

3. Smashbox Lip Set: A glossy lip color for every day of the week! This is really a fabulous set.

4. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray: If you’re going to splruge on one hair item, this is the one! Plus it smells incredible.

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5. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara: The BEST mascara for under $7! Volumizes, lengthens, and lasts all day.

6. Mistral Holiday Bar Soap: These lovely soaps make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers with their beautiful … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

Great Holiday Gift Kit For Everyone

It’s holiday gift time and I have a gift idea (for under $10!) to make everyone on your list delighted.  Seriously.  Teachers, boys, girls, husbands, wives, mother-in-laws, co-workers; anyone and everyone you can think of.  A cute little Burt’s Bees holiday beauty gift kit (it fits right inside a stocking, I’m just saying) with travel sized lip balm, body lotion, hand salve, cleanser and foot cream to boot (for those poor winter feet).  See what I did there?

 

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On top of being adorable, travel sized, and perfect for a car or a desk, a purse, a briefcase or a backpack, all these delicious Burt’s Bees goodies smell absolutely delightful.  I’m personally pretty partial (alliteration, anyone?) to the coconut foot cream + the vanilla bean lip balm.  YUM.

Here are the details of all this delicious bath + body goodness:

 

foot-cream

In addition to smelling delightful, the coconut foot cream has coconut oil (so moisturizing!), rosemary, and peppermint extracts.  Who doesn’t want lovely feet, I ask you?

 

burt's bees lip balm

The lip balm is like your trusty mainstay Burt’s Bees lip balm, but with a delicious vanilla bean flavor.  Yum.

 

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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Holiday Gift Guide for Boys

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Don’t our sweet boys deserve the best? Spoil them this Christmas with these great gift ideas! I’ve heard people say that girls are easier to shop for than boys, or that it’s more fun to shop for girl stuff. But I disagree! There is something perfect and totally cool for every boy on your list in this guide. The builder, the athlete, the reader, the chef, you name it! Our holiday gift guide for boys is all you need to fill those Christmas wishes.

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1. Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven: Little chefs will go crazy over this play oven! Every kid should get one for Christmas at some point in their lives.

2. LEGO Minecraft Creative Adventures Crafting Box: Combining two all-time favorite boy activities into one awesome toy. Your boys will build all day with this LEGO set.

3. Over-the-Door Hoop: Buy this for your future basketball star! He’ll love it. He may even get those dirty socks in the laundry basket…

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Since books always make the perfect gift, no gift guide is complete without at least one. Your bookworm won’t be able to stop turning pages in this classic novel that … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

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Holiday Nail Colors 2015

OPI‘s nail colors in the 2015 holiday collection are, in a word, gorgeous.  OPI isn’t capable of producing nail polish colors that aren’t pretty, it’s just the way the universe works, but this collection is spectacular. I was sent a preview kit to check out and immediately painted the nails of everyone in the vicinity.  These colors are so much fun!

Let me introduce you to the colors in the OPI Starlight collection:

 

Holiday Nail Collection 2015

OPI HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2015

From left to right:

  • Love Is In My Cards
  • Comet Closer
  • Two Wrongs Don’t Make A Meteorite
  • Give Me Space
  • By The Light Of The Moon
  • Cosmo With A Twist

 

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Left to right:

  • Ro-Man-Ce On the Moon
  • Is This Star Taken?
  • I’m In The Moon For Love
  • Love Is In My Cards
  • No More Mr. Night Sky
  • Center Of The You-Niverse

 

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Left to right:

  • I Drive A SuperNova
  • By The Light Of The Moon
  • Ce-Less-Tial Is More
  • Press * For Silver
  • Infrared-y To Glow
  • An Affair In Red Square

 

If you want to buy a small collection of the holiday 2015 OPI colors you can buy a gift set with these three colors, (I’m partial to … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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Classic Stocking Stuffers for Kids

 

stocking stuffers for kidsNow that those stockings are hung by the chimney with care, it’s time to fill them up! As much as I love wrapping up a beautiful gift and finding that just-right-oh-so-special item for a loved one, I’m a sucker for the stockings, and always have been. I have fond memories of delightedly pulling lip gloss, chocolate Santas, new books, and once even a much-longed for Swatch watch out of my stocking as a child. So, I try to put plenty of love and fun into stockings for my own family. After all, some of the best things come in small packages, right? Check out these suggestions for universally appealing stocking stuffers for kids. There are even a few things here that teens and grown ups will love, too.stocking stuffers for kids title

 

  1. Books, whether the next in a favorite series (we love Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew) or something new.
  2. Any classic old fashioned toy like jacks, pick up sticks, or marbles
  3. Bubble bath or shower gel. These lovely formulas for sensitive skin are worth a try.
  4. Chocolate. I like old fashioned chocolate Santas, but any kind of chocolate or candy will do of course.
  5. Toy cars and trucks. Even girls
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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.

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe Home Made

A DIY sugar scrub recipe, just for you!

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

I’ve been waiting, holding onto this delicious peppermint sugar scrub recipe so I could share it with you during the holidays.  This is seriously such a delicious sugar scrub, perfect for your shower or tub or for a really thoughtful home made gift for someone you love.  It’s a perfect gift for the girlfriends in your life.  This sugar scrub recipe is so easy to make and only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!  It’s a perfect way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin at the same time, with all natural, inexpensive ingredients.  Make and share, or just keep it for yourself, I have a sneaky feeling you deserve a tiny little treat.

 

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peppermint sugar scrub

 

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe
 
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A delicious homemade sugar scrub to use in your shower or bath. A great invigorating exfoliant + moisturizer for your skin.
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Recipe type: DIY Beauty Recipe
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 7-10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil or vitamin E oil
  • 1
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!