Do you dream of traveling to Scotland? Smoky whisky, lilting brogues, family tartans, medieval castles, bagpipes, mythical creatures, verdant backdrops – all that and more makes Scotland easy to fall in love with, something my family discovered first hand while visiting the small, incredibly vibrant country peopled with some of the most welcoming folk in Europe.
And though my husband and I are used to overnight travel and jet lag, this was the very first time my kids had gone beyond the limits of the Caribbean. Adventures by Disney invited us to join them as a family to experience an abbreviated version of their Scotland itinerary, and after a proper night’s sleep, both kids proved themselves seasoned travelers, excited to go exploring from the minute the sun came up until long after the stars appeared in sprays across the inky night sky.
We can’t wait to go back, and if you’re not smitten with Scotland already, these five adventures should leave you convinced and ready to pack. (Besides, you kind of have to heart a country whose national animal is the unicorn.)
EXPLORE OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH
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I’ve got 5 ways to dress up t-shirts for you, friends. If you’re anything like me, you probably love your comfy t-shirts and you probably have a tee in every color and shape–scoop neck, v-neck, crew- neck, etc. Alas, the good old plain t-shirt and jeans gets pretty old, pretty fast. I find myself gravitating to a white v-neck and comfy jeans almost daily, but like to jazz up the look! Here are my favorite ways to dress up t-shirts for any occasion.
Pair it with a fun skirt, bright accessories- or both! Some of my favorite outfits have been a mixture of casual pieces with slightly dressier pieces. You may usually wear a pencil skirt with a chiffon top or button down, but why not pair it with a fun t-shirt?! This will definitely dress up the t shirt without being fussy or fancy, great for brunch or a date night. Play it up with other prints! A grey tee by itself looks fine, but when you throw a fun camo, chambray or striped blazer over your it, there’s a whole new look in play. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans and adorable flats for a look … >> find out more...
I love that with a few different hair appliances you can create so many different looks. Especially with this interchangeable clipless curling iron, often called a curling wand. I absolutely love it. It comes with three sizes, small, medium, and large, and each creates a different look. Now I know that the fact that it’s clipless makes it seem harder to use, but fear not! It’s actually super easy and you’ll love it once you’ve got the hang of it. Follow along and learn how to use a curling wand!
The one that I am using is called NuMe 3 in One although it looks like they’ve added a fourth since I got mine! I love it, no complaints here. For this tutorial I am using the medium barrel. Let’s do this.
First start by separating your hair. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up so you don’t have to mess up curls as you go. The smaller sections you take, the more curls you’ll have. Then arm yourself! I double up in the glove department because I like to be able to completely grab the curling iron wand without it burning me.
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I just so happen to live about thirty minutes from one of Africa’s top safari destinations, Kruger National Park. Being the size of Israel, this park offers an amazing African adventure that no tourist will want to miss. It has perpetually ruined my kids appetite for the zoo and with good reason. There’s something so beautiful about seeing Africa’s animals in their natural habitat. If you find your travels taking you to the beautiful country of South Africa, then I have no doubt safari at Kruger National Park will be at the top on your “things to do list.” Along with a spirit of adventure, you might also find these nine tips helpful for your safari in the park.
1. Bring your passport. You will probably have it on your person anyway, but you can’t get into the park without it, so double check that it’s on your person!
2. Bring plenty of food and beverage. You can only leave your car at marked areas, and driving through the park can be hot and long. Be sure you’re stocked with food and beverage for your journey.
3. Beware of elephants. Do a search on YouTube, and you’ll understand this tip. … >> find out more...
Hi, Friends. I’m very happy to introduce Andrea Howe as the latest lovely contributor at Petit Elefant. Andrea will be sharing her awesomeness and expertise as a contributor in all things crafty and we are very excited about it. Please join me in welcoming Andrea to Petit Elefant.
Andrea is a wife and mother of 3 who spent 11+ years carving out a successful career in the fashion industry. After years of traveling and long hours, she decided to leave that world behind to focus on her family and pursue other passions. She now writes about life made more approachable at her blog For The Love Of, and covers topics as diverse as personal style and food and wellness, with some creative DIY’s thrown in for good measure. Andrea also recently committed to living a more healthy lifestyle, and writes about her misadventures doing so, at her Babble column and her Instagram account, named Gwyneth Made Me Do It.
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It’s the first day of spring! I wish someone would let the weather in on that secret. I’m itching to pull out my spring wardrobe, but let’s be honest: I’ve probably got a few more weeks left until that can really happen. In the meantime, I’ll try to transition a few pieces, and adding scarves is a great way to do that! Luckily there are several different ways to wear scarves that won’t add bulk to a curvaceous figure.
I’ve already told you how I’ve been afraid of scarves in the past. When I finally worked up the courage to give them a whirl I tried lots of different ways to wear scarves, but quickly found that simple was best on my frame. Long lines and not a lot of fabric around the neck and face is flattering for most plus size women. Eliminate the bulk!
So here they are, 5 ways to wear scares without overwhelming your body.
Simply draping one end of the scarf over a shoulder is a great look if you’re not wearing a jacket, but still want a little bit of warmth.
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Traveling is one of my favorite things, my very special, very favorite things in the whole world. But travel has its ups and downs. Air travel usually means heading somewhere exciting, but just thinking about getting through security makes me break out in a sweat. I’m getting better at the whole process, but almost always something goes wrong; last time I flew from LA —> SLC my Cookie Butter was confiscated by the T.S.A.. It was all very traumatic. The T.S.A. needs to get their own Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s from now on and leave my stash alone.
Anyhoo. We were talking about traveling. And how wonderful it is, T.S.A. aside.
One of the things I’ve gotten better at in my travels across the globe, is how I organize all my gear. I’ve gotten much better at traveling with less, WAY LESS, than I once did. And part of all that organizing and gear wrangling means getting smarter with the kind of products I take with me on my travels. Having the right tool for the right job doesn’t only apply to garage tool stashes and construction sites, it also applies to wrangling toiletries and … >> find out more...
Ah, travel. I heart it so. Nothing inspires me more than really great, really deep quotes from fellow travel lovers both vintage and modern, and I’ve adopted the ones that speak to me most as personal travel mantras.
Travel is what makes me pore over travel books and magazines like a fan-girl tears through Tiger Beat. It keeps my wanderlusting mind filled with happy thoughts.
That we’re a family of travel hounds is no secret, and when we’re not flying off somewhere, we’re talking about the places we want to explore next (the kids want to go to England and the Caribbean while my husband and I want to lose ourselves in France and Mexico), or making note of the adventures we want to try (my seven-year-old has visiting a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica at the top of his life list).
And though we can’t live the life of nomads, what with things like school and work and funds to consider, we’ve found that travel quotes are a wonderful way to harness all that free-spiritedness and channel it into what amounts to warm hugs via cleverly crafted words and phrases.
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Let’s talk Spring fashion trends. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah we had a few pretty amazing days that made me feel like Spring will be here sooner than later! On Sunday we walked outside to 60 degree weather! 60 degrees! Now to some that may still feel freezing but to us and our usual 30-40 degree February, 60 is practically a heat wave. So with my wishful thinking, I decided a Spring fashion trends post was necessary. When we think of Spring and fashion, what comes to mind?! Color. Bright colors! Basically anything you would see in a flower shop is a must have.
Now once you have your pop of color, whether it be a bright top, colored denim
, or a pair of cute neon shoes, then comes the fun! Play it up with a fun print or get really brave and mix bright colors! Spring fashion trends mean having fun with your colors and patterns. It’s also good to mix dressy pieces with casual ones- similar to this dressier pencil skirt paired with a fun striped baseball tee!
A shopping list for Spring fashion trends inspiration:
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