Summer vacation might be coming to a close but it’s never too late to squeeze in some little weekend vacations. Those are my favorite kinds! Not too much work to prepare and just enough time to get away and enjoy yourself without being gone too long. On those types of vacations, whether you’re flying or driving, it’s nice to keep things simple, am I right? I’m all about minimal makeup, dry shampoo (hello, life saver!) and cute hairstyles. So today I thought I’d share some of my beauty travel essentials.
These are some of my very favorite drug store beauty products. With these items you should be good to go for your next vacation! I don’t usually wear very little to no makeup at all when I’m camping, but these lightweight products would be perfect for that or even a beach vacation, and ideal for long flights as well. Here’s what I included:
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- Face sunscreen (I got it in my BirchBox and really like it)
- Aveeno CC Cream – it’s lotion with coverage and SPF. Wins all around!
- Revlon Nearly Naked Powder – just as the name says, it’s barely there! Enough to give some nice coverage but it doesn’t feel heavy at
We finally came limping home from our big vacation to Walt Disney World, exhausted and happy and bursting at the seams with great memories, a couple of blisters and perhaps the evidence of a few too many churros. We did everything that was important to us, though not even close to everything that’s possible at Disney World. It’s a massive magical place. And hot. Really really sticky blazing hot. Today I’ll give you our favorite highlights from each of the 4 parks, and Typhoon Lagoon. I’m sharing a ton of info today, so prepare for a lengthy post you may wish to bookmark.
The Magic Kingdom was our first stop, and also our very last. I love starting the Disney World circuit with that magical stroll down Main Street U.S.A. and finishing our trip with the Main Street Electrical Parade, Tinkerbell, and those amazing fireworks. All are musts for anyone visiting the Magic Kingdom. I get goosebumps every time! My boys especially love the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s the newest attraction in Fantasyland and it’s great–a fun interactive queue to help pass the time, and just enough thrills to please, but not very frightening. My rather … >> find out more...
Walking with giraffes. I swear that sounds like a movie title starring some animal conservationist that is trying to save the giraffe species. Well, that’s not quite what the story is about. Although, if that movie had the tagline, “Based on a true story,” then these narratives would have something in common. Venture with me as I tell the tale of walking on the African plains with one giraffe.
Once upon a time there was a gal named Jen (that’s me!) who lived in South Africa. She loved the country for its beauty, animals, and people, even though it was a long way from her friends and family in the great state of Texas. Her scenery was much different than her Dallas homestead, but her days were much like those of her friends across the ocean…shuttling kids to and from school, keeping the house clean, working hard to put healthy, home cooked meals on the table. She worked, too, but her work was where things were not so much the same. Everyday was different, and Jen loved it that way.
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With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to night.
Start with an easy breezy dress like this white one from Old Navy. Your key pieces for making your summer dresses more casual? Flats and denim. Denim is my go-to when I want to dress down a look. Try a denim jacket or a chambray shirt. Simple sandals are a great daytime staple as well. I recommend a pair of slides (these go with everything!). Bring in some color to brighten up your day look with a printed tote.
The best way to make your dress nighttime ready is by swapping out your accessories. Instead of flats, go for something dressier like a wedge or heel. Jewelry is key — opt for something that really … >> find out more...
This week’s Petit Elefant Quote of the Week is from the poet Theodore Roethke.
(If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 6 of the new inspiring quote series. If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 of the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.)
This week’s quote, isn’t just a Quote of the Week, it’s also part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—where some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).
So please, pretty please, comment, share, take social media action, and help us reach 50,000 vaccines. Last year I asked for your help on behalf of my sick daughter Sofie. Not only did you help raise money for a record number of vaccines, you lifted up my … >> find out more...
This year, we’re oversimplifying our life in an effort to stay on top of the crazy school madness before it even begins! So in that vein, we emptied out our closets instead of cramming them full of new school clothes, and what happened is we, magically, discovered exactly what we need for school and the next 9 months of life. It turns out, all my son needs to get through school and swim and everything inbetween was three pair of shoes: a pair of shoes for church, a pair for school, and a pair of flippy sandals for swim team practice.
It’s a variation on the theme my mom played every year: simplicity, basic needs. My mother took all 8 of her children shopping the week before school to pick up two pair of shoes each: a pair for church and a pair for school. And I have to be honest, I kind of like it. It keeps things basic and full of purpose and easy to maintain. It was also a fun way to shop with my 10-year-old for whom shopping isn’t usually his favorite activity. It forced him to really think about a pair of shoes he could … >> find out more...
Today’s DIY: how to make a recycled t-shirt bag.
Have you ever wondered how to recycle an old t-shirt into something more awesome? A bag, perhaps? I’ll be honest, it might be weird, but I’ve actually wondered that very specific thing. In fact, I wondered about it so much that I decided to play around with some t-shirts I was about to send off to donation. And as it turns out, making a DIY recycled t-shirt bag is one of the easiest DIY’s, crafts, how-to’s, and/or sewing projects you can possibly think of.
So let’s get started.
- old t-shirt
- straight pins
- sewing machine
Find an old t-shirt you don’t wear anymore. An old sports t-shirt, your favorite college tee, that hideous thing your mother-in-law got you for Christmas, you name it. Just grab it, wash it, dry it, and lay it out on a solid surface to do some cutting.
Cut the sleeves off. Dukes of Hazzard style. Make sure to cut the seams off entirely, and make the cut as smooth as possible. It’s okay to shave off a few extra centimeters if you don’t get it straight … >> find out more...
Month by month I’m bringing you news of my favorite things to watch on Netflix. First we talked about the adorable Ellie Kemper in the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Tina Fey can do no wrong. Don’t argue with me, it’s true. Then, we talked about Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, which I really liked, a lot, despite all the critics. This month we need to talk about Luther.
You guys. LUTHER. I’ll be honest, I genuinely hesitated for a while about whether or not to recommend Luther. It’s violent, and scary, and very TV-14. And it’s also brilliant, fascinating, and so, SO well done.
It’s no secret I’m obsessed with all things BBC. In fact, if a show has BBC in the top corner, it’s practically a guarantee I’ll give it 5 stars. But I’ve really hesitated with Luther because I hate scary shows. I end up scared and shivering deep into the night, convinced there’s a serial killer in my closet every single time I watch one, so I waited. Luther has been around since 2010 and the reviews have been amazing from day 1, so I was willing to look past the … >> find out more...
It’s been the Summer of Swim Meets at my house. Let’s be honest, it’s always the Summer of Swim Meets, but this summer has been pretty back-to-back. Swim practice every day, and a swim meet every weekend, all over the state. We’ve been out in the sun nonstop.
We’re vigilant with sunscreen, always, but sometimes when we get a little too much sun, and our skin is a little extra dry, I like using a nice moisturizer to give everyone’s skin a little therapy in-between sunny days at the pool.
Because let’s be honest, the dry Utah mountain air + sunshine = thirsty / needy skin. And the occasional sunburn on top of that makes for misery.
We’re currently loving this Vaseline Aloe spray. It smells tasty, yummy and feels so cool and refreshing on ouchy burned skin. We tried some after a pretty intense all-day swim meet on the red skin of my little swimmer and the overall consensus was:
- 1) it’s easier to use spray aloe on burned skin than to rub it in
- 2) it smells good
- 3) we’re packing this in the car for every remaining summer swim meet
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