Our Friday News Roundup + I Like Giving

Friday News Roundup Time! This week: a campaign to help the Sundance Ski Team get some funding, and a few tidbits of happiness from around the web.

Friday News
  • Have you ever been to Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah?  It’s absolutely gorgeous, one of my favorite places to visit with my family in the Fall and Winter months.  Right now, the Sundance Ski Team is thisclose to winning a video competition which will help fund the build a training facility for their very young team.  It’s a huge, big fat deal and they would really love our help inching over the top.  Voting only takes a few seconds on Facebook (literally) and you’ll automatically be entered to win either a Sundance Foundry Grill dinner for 2 (so yummy) or a Half Day Fly Fishing Getaway for 2.  The giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight, will you help us get this team to their goal?

 

  • The movement I Like Giving is really picking up steam, have you seen it yet?  It’s basically a place on the internet where people like you and me are able to gather together to figure out what specific type of giving makes us the happiest.  I really like
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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!

Homemade Watercolor Valentine Cards

homemade watercolor cardsYou know you want to get artistic today. Even though Valentine’s Day is notorious for reminding the single folk of their singlehood – with glaring, overstuffed bears and overpriced roses in every store. It pressure couples to heights of Olympic couple-ness, shaking once-stable sweethearts with heart-shaped everything and oversweet chocolate everything. I know, I have been both of those people on February 14th and neither is all that great. Try a Google search of “Valentine’s Day is…” and you’ll see results like “…a stupid holiday” or “…overrated”.

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But remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Remember cutting out endless symmetrical paper-fold hearts? Remember pink and red versions candies? Remember writing every classmate’s name on every single card? (I would always save my favorite card for my favorite boy classmate.) Elementary school Valentines were actually fun.

I think we ought to bring the Valentine’s Day of grade school out of the memory box and back to real, adult life. We forget that Valentine’s Day can be about love in general. I love “love in general.” Love in general includes boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, offspring and crushes – but more outstandingly, love in general closes its arms around our family, friends, co-workers, … >> find out more...

elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Good Fortune Valentines and a Free Printable

good fortune valentine printable I love using free printable Valentines for my boys each year. It feels sorta like we are making our own adorable, homemade, super crafty Valentines filled with love and joy, but really, it’s just a matter of download-print-sign. Done. No folding or envelope stuffing or ribbon tying. Unless you want them that way, of course. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart to the mad talents out there who share their cleverness with the rest of us. It’s kinda the best.

good fortune valentine printable

This year, my little guy presented very specific ideas for his class Valentines. He wanted to give out fortune cookies, taped to cards with hearts and red words that said “You are my good fortune, Valentine.”  Okee dokee, kiddo. We started searching, and found some reasonable options, but none that truly matched his vision. So we made our own! I know that in a year or two he’ll be less enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day, but for now he’s really pleased with these. And I admit, it was pretty fun to design these with his adorable 8 year old little brain in charge.

fortune valentine printable

DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE HERE: fortune cookie valentines

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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.

Advice on Love from To Kill a Mockingbird

Our young contributor, Whitney, has been waxing nostalgic ever since the announcement that a new Harper Lee book will be published on July 14.  (She is also lovely, bright, clever and single, wink wink.) This is what she has to say about it!, and we couldn’t agree more.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird has been my favorite book since I first read it in fifth or sixth grade. (What can I say? I was precocious, even if I didn’t know exactly what “precocious” was.)

The big news made me want to create a tribute in words to the words that have meant so much to so many—even though I know Lee herself hates when others ride the coattails of Mockingbird‘s success. I tried some punny Valentines inspired by the book.  But I could only think of one halfway decent pun:

Harper Lee Valentines

So I scrapped that. It just feels wrong to say, “I ‘Atticus’ you out if you won’t be mine.”

Instead, I’ve decided to share a few nuggets of truth about love from the classic. Lee herself called the book “a love story, pure and simple,” so it seems fitting. Sure, Mockingbird doesn’t feature the romantic love that typically inspires Valentine’s … >> 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.

Organizing Your House Week One

Organizing Your House Week One:

Do you remember how I talked about how we’re about to get all organized up in here?  Go read my post about organizing your house one week at a time, and then come back.  I’ll wait.

organizing-kitchenOkay, now that you’re up to speed, let’s get started.

This week’s Organizing Your House Objective:

clean and organize the worst cupboard in your kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I have at least one cupboard, drawer in every room in the house that drives me banananananananas.  Somehow there’s always a sneaky little place that ends up stashing all the odds and ends of your life, and never seems to stay organized.

Is it just me?  Let’s pretend it’s not.

organizing-cupboardsWe’re starting this organization adventure in the kitchen (see? the enthusiasm!) because the cupboards and drawers in that blessed room can be some of the trickiest to keep organized.

Case in point: the lazy-Susan corner cupboard in my kitchen.  It’s lodged between the kitchen sink and stove, a neat use of space that has been a mess since the minute we bought the house.  It’s just so oddly shaped, and the most random junk ends up in … >> 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!

Organizing Your House One Week At A Time

Hello, friends, Happy Monday!  It’s time to clean house.  Don’t sad sigh on me now, we can totally do this, one week at a time, which is exactly what we’re going to do.

organize your house week 1Last year was the year of if-it-doesn’t-kill-you-it-will-make-you-stronger.  It almost did me in, 2014, but guess what suckas? (I’m referring to the universe, not you)  I’m still here!  My baby girl has turned a corner and is slowly, slowly but surely getting a little better every day.  Things are looking up in every possibly way.

I’m back, and stronger than I’ve ever been.

What does that mean for you?  It means I’m cleaning house both physically, metaphorically, and bloglisciously.   (Not to be confused with the booty-smacking brilliant good time that is the social media conference Blogalicious.) That last word didn’t even make sense, but let’s pretend it did.  The long and short is that the blog is getting a house cleaning and it’s going to be blogaliciously beautifully awesome (blogaliciously =blogging + delicious).

Organizing Your House Week 2I’m only going to do sponsored posts that make sense for me and you.  I’ve been very careful in the past with sponsored content, but I’m going to be even >> 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!

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.

Adorable and FREE Printable Valentines

You know you want some free printable Valentines!  Because yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you even started thinking about Valentine’s Day cards for you or your kids yet? If not, I’ve got you covered with these 5 AWESOME Valentine’s Day cards that are free, printable and super cute.

Free Printable Valentines

1. DIY Superhero Valentine’s from 100 Layer Cake-let: Loving these SUPER cute superhero cards that can easily be printed out and crafted!

Free Printable Valentines

2. Quick & Cheesy Hubby Valentines from Eighteen25: I am kind of obsessed with these cute tags for a quick gift for the husband in your life! They are cheesy, funny, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Free Printable Valetines

3. Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy: Who doesn’t love Olaf from the movie Frozen? I think any kid would LOVE recieving one of these fun and yummy Valentines!

free printable valentines

4. Heart Sunglasses Valentines from Studio DIY: Pair these gorgeous Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite pair of shades and give them out to your friends!

free printable valentines

5. You Color My World Free Printable Valentine from DIY Candy: This Valentine’s Day card is EASY and no candy is involved! Just add a few colorful crayons and … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

You Do YOU

you do youI’ve been lurking in the corners of Petit Elefant for a few months, here and listening, but not participating in a way you, as readers, can see.  I’ve been going through some health stuff, privately, and I’m ready to be back here in this great community, better than ever.

I have a lot of feelings about a lot of things, almost all of them completely happy and joyful and peaceful, totally wonderful.  I’ve hesitated sharing anything quite yet, but I think it’s time.  Not the difficult details of my journey, but the good stuff.  The life stuff I’ve learned in the process.

If this doesn’t interest you, no sweat.  Skip to the stuff you like the most.  I’ll still be posting random videos of Jimmy Fallon being awesome, and sharing makeup tips, and how-to’s for your style life.  In fact, I’ve expanded team Petit Elefant a bit, and you’re going to be lucky enough to hear from a whole host of new and amazing writers I’ve hand selected to give voice to a lot of different areas of life: beauty, style, travel, parenting, life.  It will be very “LIFEY”, (to quote my brilliant, dear friend Laura Mayes) in … >> 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!