I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years. Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here. And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot. Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.
What does that look like for you guys? For me, my Life List changes every year. I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List) I made in 2010 and change it up all the time. Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now. So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.
For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list. The last few years of my health have been pretty awful. What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really. Well, a month ago I … >> find out more...
Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day. Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank. Who’s your girl?
Me, that would be me.
Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal. It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it. The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere. Maybe. I hope. If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.
How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:
- 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
- large knife to cut lettuce
- stamp pads + / or craft paint
- paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
- card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice
How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:
This is the really easy part.
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- Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
- Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
- Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
Let’s talk boots. I have been dying to get a great pair of boots for years. Literally, years. The first problem I found was calf size. It took me a couple of years to realize that wide calf boots exist. That was a game changer. I started ordering boots online because finding them in stores is next to impossible. Despite multiple purchases (and returns) I still haven’t found a pair that fits. Why? Simple.
Most boots are made so that as the shoe size increases, the boot shaft also increases in width. I’m short, so most boot styles that fit my 6 1/2 sized foot aren’t wide enough for my calf. If you have a larger foot you won’t have this problem. But, if you’ve got small feet like me, you’ll have to hunt a little harder.
To determine how wide you need the boot shaft to be simply measure around the widest part of your calf. Then, look at the boot’s specs online. They will list how wide the shaft is at it’s widest, and which shoe size has that width. It’s a gamble to order them online, but it’s really the only option for a great selection.
For me, I get just as excited as Valentine’s Day breakfast as I do the dessert and dinner recipes. I mean, really, how fun is a special breakfast? The kids love it. My husband loves it. I love it. Crepes seem like they are too fancy for a weekday breakfast, but it’s completely not true! With this crepes recipe, you can make the batter the night before, and all you need after that is a really great nonstick skillet and loads of butter. You could even make them in advance, layer them between sheets of waxed paper, and reheat in the morning.
Plain crepes are great, but adding vanilla bean takes them up a notch and adds a little special V-Day flair. These are filled with a lightly strawberry cream which is nothing more than your favorite strawberry jam mixed with low-fat cream cheese. Simple and easy. That’s how we like it.
Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling
adapted from The Joy of Cooking
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- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean,
Real life and high fashion don’t usually mix terribly well, at least in my world. I make it to the dry cleaners about twice a year, if that, and the only reason I’m wearing things that need to be dry cleaned (on the rare occasions when I do) is because my kids are old enough not to spit on me anymore.
Most of the time.
I’m not much for unwearable style because at the end of the day if I can’t throw something in the washing machine, it just isn’t going to happen. Period. But you remember when I talked about Fall Fashion in Real World Conditions back in December? The collaboration with Tide Pods® + Tracy Reese and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Washable Fashion Initiative? I’m happy to report it all went extremely well. So well in fact, the two pieces you voted for on Pinterest in December walked the runway yesterday in New York for NYFW*.
Do you see how gorgeous these pieces look in real life? Those metallic cargo pants are the cutest thing I’ve seen since, well, ever. I want a pair now, like riiiiight now, in light … >> find out more...
Salut Petit Elefant readers! I’m Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode and I’m back with a fun, flirty pink eye shadow tutorial just in time for Valentines Day. I know smokey eye is always a fun when you’re going out, but I thought I’d mix it up and show you a light, pretty in pink eye shadow look. It’s pretty and fresh and still has that wow factor!
Can I start by saying that I am so sorry for the crazy brows? Mine get outta control if I miss a waxing appointment and I’m pretty sure you can see that I’m overdue. So we’ll just pretend they’re nice and clean and maybe I’ll have another post for another time talking all about shaping your eyebrows. Does that sound good? Thanks!
I am going to run through the directions, but please feel free to ask questions in the comments. Also, the makeup I used I bought in downtown LA at a specialty makeup store. So I don’t have the exact colors for you. I am going to try to make similar suggestions, both higher end and less expensive.
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- Start with a base. I use a primer that you can find in
We’ve never hesitated to tote our kids around the world. Our son made his first flight overseas before the age of one and our daughter before the age of two. We broke them in at an early age.
I remember one time, several years ago, my husband and I were sitting at P.F. Chang’s in Austin, TX. We were on a little kid-free getaway. Somehow, we started talking with the manager about some of the work we’ve done in Africa with orphans. He left our table and came back later. You could tell he had been pondering the conversation. He said, “I’d love to travel like that, but we have kids.” I countered him and said, “We have two little ones.” He was so blown away that he comped our meal.
Kids don’t have to keep you from traveling.
In fact, I think it’s important to travel with your kids. Let me tell you why…
1. It’s educational. Kid’s minds are like a sponge. They learn an incredible amount of knowledge in their childhood. How awesome would it be to not only read about the Rosetta Stone but to see it with your own eyes? Last Fall we were … >> find out more...
Don’t we all want to look beautiful? Preferably without spending a ton of money? At least that goes for me. Well, have no fear! I am a firm believer that you can find products at the drug store that work just as well (sometimes better!) than their more expensive halves. And today, I ‘m going to share some of my favorite budget drug store beauty finds with you!
I’m not gonna lie, I do own a MAC lipsticks that cost me upwards of $20. And I love them and consider them worth it. However, I do not think it’s a necessity to spend that kind of money on lipstick. My first budget drug store beauty pick is lipstick. I personally own & love quite a few Revlon lipsticks. More specifically the Super Lustrous™ Shine Lipstick in three different colors (coral, red & pink) and their Colorburst™ Lip Butter. They go on silky smooth and feel great all day and you only spent a whopping $8!
L’Oreal Voliminous Mascara
For years I would spend $27 on DiorShow mascara. I was convinced it was worth it. Until one time when I was in Italy I bought one that didn’t seem to perform as well … >> find out more...