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Today we’re talking orange cream smoothies. Because I love you. Because citrus is delightful. Because we all know orange creamies are the best, so it only follows that orange cream smoothies are a dream.
We’ll get to the recipe in a second, but let’s start at the beginning of the story.
This week I went to Kohl’s to buy myself a Mother’s Day present. Because if I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this: sometimes you have to make your own dreams come true. I didn’t know exactly what my dreams were for Mother’s Day, but I did spend a good long time wandering around Kohl’s thinking about it.
I flirted with some gorgeous flowy summer dresses, made heavy eye contact with a pair of suede loafers in the shoe department, tried out nearly every perfume in cosmetics, and had a hot and heavy affair with a delicate, stunning diamond eternity band. But in the end, I came home with a new Ninja Blender.
It’s not terribly sexy, a … >> find out more...
In February, a friend recommended I audition for a show called Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide show wherein people from across the country gather for an evening to hear original essays on motherhood. It never would’ve occurred to me to audition for the show had I not been pushed, and I’m so glad I was because it was a really powerful experience, both to hear other women’s stories about motherhood, and to write my own.
Motherhood is pretty hard. From every angle. But the resounding theme of the night, from every story heard, was overwhelming gratitude for the great and difficult gift of motherhood.
The show was recorded and will be made available on YouTube this Summer, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my piece on motherhood with you, for Mother’s Day.
In the words of the daughter, granddaughter and mother, Beyoncé Knowles,
“I am a result of my grandmother’s prayers.”
My mother, my daughter and I, are also the result of a grandmother’s prayers. My grandmother’s prayers; her fervent, specific prayers, for daughters. My mother was the last child, the only girl in a family of boys. My mother also prayed for daughters; she … >> find out more...
I love a good quote. Like, a lot. So I’ve decided to start a new series on Petit Elefant that I’ve been itching to do for awhile: a Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.
Starting today, I’m going to post a weekly quote. Something that resonates with me, is relevant to topical world events, makes my heart sing. Because a really good, timely good quote makes the world go round.
When I went away to college, my older sister sent a bound notebook to me with a note to write down a good quote when I found one, and I’ve been doing just that, faithfully, for the last 20 years. It’s interesting to go through my quote books and see what sorts of things were resonating with me at certain periods of my life, just like it will be interesting for me to look back on this time period and see what touched me right now.
I toyed with the idea of making a printable, and maybe I will at some point. Maybe I’ll do like Ellie and whip out my watercolor paints, get real artsy with it. But for now, I’ll just photograph my current quote journal. … >> find out more...
My face has endured a fair amount of abuse in its 37 years on the planet, some of which has even been caused by me. I had gorgeous skin as a child and teenager, and like most gifts, I took it for granted until the day it turned on me in my late 20’s.
It happens all the time.
And now, as a conscientious nearly-40-year-old woman, I’m doing a lot of work not only to cleanse my face, but to cleanse my life as well. I really, truly believe the two go hand-in-hand. Eating good things and living a clean and simple life makes for a good face, from the inside out.
Good face products are pretty key too, so I’m excited to try a 28-day Face Cleanse and share the results with you in a month. Have you ever done this? A lot of us do a nice body cleanse or detox on the regular, but how many of you have ever done a face cleanse? Raise your hands, even though I can’t see you.
I’ll assume you all knew that, because you’re a smart bunch.
But did you know our skin turns over new cells every 28 days? … >> find out more...
With spring in full force, it’s time to break out your sunglasses. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are created equal. What I mean is, there are certain styles that work better for certain occasions. For instance, you wouldn’t wear your playful retro sunnies to an outdoor wedding ceremony, nor would you wear your seven dollar aviators on your way to an interview. So today we’re going to break down the world of sunglasses so you’ll never have to wonder, “Do these work?” again.
Your everyday shades are the pair of sunnies that fit your face perfectly and give off a more casual vibe. For my oval shape face, aviators are my go-to. You can wear them while running errands, out to brunch, or at a BBQ. They’re your versatile pair that you carry with you at all times. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators!
For trendy get togethers:
Wearing your new maxi skirt or getting dolled up for a pool party? Now’s the time to break out your fun pair of shades. Go for a retro shape or something with color or texture. These Madewell sunglasses are my must-haves for outdoor get … >> find out more...
Hello! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day. I have the quickest ever giveaway and show information for Listen To Your Mother for this week’s show in Utah.
I’ve shared on social media, but I don’t think I’ve officially shared here yet.
A handful of months ago I auditioned an original monologue to be a part of a national show called Listen To Your Mother, and I’m so happy I did because I made the cut and am performing said monologue about motherhood this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.
You might be asking yourself ‘What on earth is Listen To Your Mother?’ Well, I’ll tell you! The brainchild of Anne Imig, a brilliant writer + humorist, LTYM is a series of shows across America wherein original monologues about motherhood are performed. It’s not just for mothers, by mothers, it’s for everyone, by everyone, and is pretty much the coolest show of all time.
One of the women performing with me this Thursday said she thinks of LTYM like “TED talks for motherhood”, which is spot on. The stories performed are thought … >> find out more...
Everywhere I look, women are doing something awesome. I mean well and truly cool, inspiring, life changing kinds of things.
It’s no secret I think women are amazing. I talk often about my phenomenally fierce mother and grandmother, and my posse of talented and strong girlfriends. Women rule, the end.
I love dudes too, don’t get me wrong. I’m married to the coolest guy I know, and my own father and brothers are great guys. But today we’re talking about the power of girls, because make no mistake, girls are getting it done.
And by ‘it’, I mean everything.
For example, last week I went to hear a friend of mine speak at a conference for women, and learned a bit about her vast educational knowledge of The Classics, Greek + Latin histories and their languages. This friend is an unassuming, hilarious and slightly snarky (the very best kind of friend) fellow swim mom you’d never guess from afar is actually one of the brightest minds of her generation. She’s a former Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford, lived in Germany for nearly two years as a missionary for her church, completed a PhD in the Classics at U.C. Berkeley … >> find out more...
Zucchini are by far one of the most versatile veggies, and their peak season goes from June through late August – so, now is the time to stockpile zucchini recipes (if there ever was a time for that). This is one of my favorite summer recipes for enjoying the lovely, green, balloon-shaped goodness.
Ingredients (to make about 14 quesadillas):
- 2 medium zucchini
- ½ a medium yellow onion
- 1 Tb. butter or olive oil
- 8 to 10 oz. goat cheese
- 14 flour tortillas (or corn if you prefer)
- Pesto spread
Pesto spread ingredients:
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup of olive oil
- ½ cup of grated parmesan
*Optional ranch dressing for dipping/drizzling:
- 1½ Tb. Hidden Valley ranch mix
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- ½ cup of milk
First, if you’d like the ranch dressing to dip the quesadillas in or drizzle inside, mix that first. The dressing needs to sit in the fridge for about a half hour, to thicken. I like to make the dressing because many of my customers (family) enjoy it, but the quesadillas are creamy and substantial enough without it.
Next, I blend the pesto. Simply put all of the pesto ingredients in … >> find out more...
About a year ago, one of my good friends and I were dreaming about her and her daughter traveling to South Africa one day to visit us. She said, “Can you promise me that I won’t see a snake?” Uh, negatory. First of all, what is it with people associating Africa with snakes? They don’t just dwell on the African plains. North America is home to rattlesnakes, something you don’t want to have an encounter with. Unfortunately, this post isn’t going to help any preconceived ideas about Africa.
Let’s just talk about snakes.
I moved to South Africa in 2007. I had been on numerous trips prior to moving there, but my first month was quite the experience. My whole family, with the exception of my son, got bit by a mango fly which burrowed its larvae into our skin. Gross, I know. A monkey was found perched on the door to our security gate in our kitchen, probably looking for food, because that’s what those annoying vervet monkeys do. And then there was the snake. I’ll never forget it. I walked into our bathroom to see something curled up in the window. At the sound of my intrusion, it … >> find out more...