It’s quote of the week time! If you’re just joining us, once a week I’m doing a quote of the week to inspire me and whomever else needs it. Something that speaks to me in particular for that week, something I think maybe everyone else needs to hear. This week’s Quote of the Week is from one of my favorite smart funny girls, Amy Poehler. I just finished reading her book, ‘Yes, Please’ and there were so many good quotable nuggets in there, but this one is my favorite.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
Sleep helps you
I think this one really speaks for itself. Not a lot of embellishment needed.
Gosh, I love Amy Poehler.
If you’re just starting with this Quote of the Week series, or need to catch up, here are all the weeks so far:
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I read this great article last week about parenting teenagers and part of what’s so hard about it, and it totally resonated with me. You should go read it right now, whether you’re the parent of a teenager or are even remotely close to the edge of this particular minefield of parenting. It’s a great piece. And it’s part of a greater whole of the conversation I seem to be having with everyone I know, and plenty of people I don’t. I’ve written a fair amount about motherhood (and parenthood in general) on Petit Elefant, and the things I’m figuring out along the way, but the teenage years are a whole other bag.
See, here’s the thing: when you parent a baby, or a toddler, or young child there are rule books aplenty. Entire doctoral dissertations are written about the different parenting styles, ad nauseum; attachment parenting, free-range, baby-wise. But once you get to a certain stage of parenting life, you have to let it all go. None of the styles really matter anyway because your little human will establish himself, (or herself) with or without your help, thankyouverymuch. None of the books matter, (spoiler alert: they didn’t matter … >> find out more...
This summer we had the unique opportunity to spend two months in the Boston, Massachusetts area. While there we tried to squeeze as much out of our time on the East Coast as possible.
Our first weekend exploration adventure began in a quaint town just 30 minutes from where we were staying in Andover, MA. If you’re driving from Boston, it’s only 50 minutes. Newburyport is absolutely darling. If you’re looking for boutique shops, homemade ice cream, gelato, strolling down streets and great eats to enjoy a breezy day, Newburyport is it. Our family are official fans of Newburyport and Plum Island, MA.
Best of British is a quaint little shop filled with everything an Anglophile like me would want to browse. They also have a selection of loose leaf teas. We brought three different flavors home with us.
Village Silversmith is filled with all things silver, crystals, fossilized gifts, and gemstones, along with many more fascinating finds that my daughters loved.
Pawsitively Best Friends is a darling shop for pet lovers. They have so many cute signs, gifts, and supplies for the discerning pet friend. We also noticed that many of the shops, not just the pet shops, had … >> find out more...
Okay, so I took a summer vacation off of everything, including blogging, and blogging about organizing. But I’m back and there’s so much more organizing to do to get all of our houses in order, so let’s get started!
If you’re just getting started on this organizing project, here’s the drill: I’m helping you get your house organized, one week at a time. Sometimes we take breaks, and sometimes we organize two weeks in a row. The main thing is that we’re consistently organizing, and doing it in bite-sized chunks so it’s not overwhelming. You can totally do this. I’ll hold your hand the whole way.
You can catch up on what we’ve organized so far right here!
- Organizing Your House Week One (kitchen cupboard)
- Organizing Your House Week Two (bathroom drawer / vanity part 1)
- Organizing Your House Week Three (bathroom drawer / vanity part 2)
- Organizing Your House Week Four (nightstand / bedside table / under the bed)
- Organizing Your House Week Five (your jewelry box)
How-To Organize Your Tupperware Drawer
This week we’re organizing the Tupperware / reusable dishes cupboard in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but that drawer (it’s a drawer in my … >> find out more...
While it’d be nice to run to the nail salon every week for a professional manicure, I think every woman should know how to do her own nails. But when an at-home manicure rarely lasts more than a day or two, it makes sense that we turn to the salon so often. The key is knowing how to do your at-home manicure as well as the professionals to make it truly last. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Just follow this tutorial below.
In order to make your manicure last, it’s important to start with a super smooth surface. Buffering your nails is the best way to achieve that. (You can snag a buffer block from any drugstore.) Next, as you get ready to apply your color, always wipe one side of the brush onto the edge of the bottle so that all of the polish wipes off of that side. You may want to dab the other side just a touch as well — you really only want a little bit of polish on the brush. Apply a thin first coat to all of your nails. (I’m using Essie Marshmallow.)
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September 11, 2001 is a date that is etched in every American’s mind. Most of us can remember exactly where we were when we heard the news that two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. I know I certainly can. It was a day that brought fear around one of the greatest joys in life…travel.
My husband and I were in transit on 9/11. It was our second anniversary, and we were traveling with a group of friends to a small nominally Muslim country. We had a full day layover in London on the 11th, so we ventured out to the city for some sightseeing. Even though we were exhausted from travel and in the company of several people, it felt romantic and adventurous to be walking down the streets of London, celebrating two years of wedded bliss. We snapped our mugs in front of Big Ben, admired the beauty of Westminster Abbey, strolled by Buckingham Palace, felt the cool grass of Green Park between our toes, and stuffed hot pizza down our throats (a welcome change to airplane food) all before catching the Tube back to Heathrow.
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As my daughters started school this year, I started thinking about what it was like when I was kid. Things were different. We had a TV where you had to walk to the screen, and turn the knob to change channels. Sometimes the channels were just black and white fuzz. Sitting through commercials was still torture. I remember when we had a Beta and a VHS VCR, that’s a video cassette recorder for you young people. Back in the day Beta and VHS were two different video recording formats. Beta was the superior format, but VHS won out because they had better price points for consumers.
Wow, I’m rambling like an older person.
Well, back then we didn’t even have Facebook, so if you moved frequently, like I did, you had to write letters and wait days, perhaps weeks for a return letter from your friend. This is why I love Facebook, and all things social media. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my friends enjoying their lives, and keeping up “virtually” with all the good my friends do in their daily lives and for those around them. My friends inspire me.
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I sort of disappeared from Petit Elefant around the beginning of June. Not intentionally. I thought I’d roll into another summer the way I have since 2007, when I started this blog. I’d have a lot of kids underfoot, out for summer vacation, all sand and noise and sweat and activities, but I thought I’d still pull out the laptop when I had a chance to make sure I stayed on top of the blog.
Except not so much.
A few things happened. One of them is that I’m 8 years older than I was when I started Petit Elefant, and with that age has come the realization that time is slipping through my fingers faster than I’m prepared to deal with. My 15-almost-16-year-old is a handful of years away from leaving the house to go to college. My now 11-year-old was a toddler when I started blogging, and will be entering junior high in a couple of years. Both of them are only home for short periods of time at the end of their days during the school year, so busy with extracurriculars and academic work. I just don’t have enough time with them, period.
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Movie to watch on Netflix this week: To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird via IMDB
It’s that time of the month again, when we talk about what you NEED to be watching on Netflix right this very second. So far in this series we’ve talked about Tina Fey’s most recent T.V. project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the BBC’s Luther and now To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird just popped up as newly added to Netflix, and if you haven’t ever watched it, or it’s been a long time, go watch it right now. If you haven’t read the book, get on that business and then start on the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There couldn’t be a more currently politically relevant movie than To Kill A Mockingbird, which is set in the South in the 1930’s, in the heat of racial segregation. Right now the world is a hotbed of racism and boiling racial tensions, the United States in particular, and no matter where you stand on the issue, To Kill A Mockingbird is full … >> find out more...