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
- 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*.
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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.
- 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...
We take our coats seriously in the northeast. They need to be warm and functional, but I like them to be attractive too. I have three winter coats that I wear for specific activities. They’re still going strong, but if I had to replace them these would be my picks. For plus size coats, look for a little structure and don’t be afraid of bright colors!
1. I love the nod to the 50’s that this coat offers. I’d wear this coat to church and other occasions that require a dress….and I’d feel all Jackie Kennedy fabulous in it.
2. This would be my every day coat–warm and sleek. It’s perfect for running errands, meeting friends for lunch or volunteering at the kids’ school. And you know you’re going
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
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How are those resolutions going? Still hitting the gym? Hopefully your first few weeks have been solid, and your resolution is turning into a habit. If not, there’s nothing like a new outfit to inspire you to keep it up.
Today I’m sharing three different looks with you; one for Zumba, one for Yoga, and one for weightlifting or general workouts. Plus size workout clothes aren’t easy to find, so I’ve included the sources.
Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.
We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more...