Do you love poetry? I have just the book for a cozy moment of repose. I realize that summer is upon us, and lately the sun has been smiling ear to ear for most people – but sometimes, and especially during those thick summer months, you want a rainy space to curl up in. It doesn’t have to be a real rainy day to get that cozy and damp feeling, though.
It is so important to find a place to pause and think and feel, to take a break from the constant buzzing of May, June, July and just listen. It is so nice to take a break from the sunscreen and the chlorine and remember sweaters and cinnamon-flavored things. A little bit of poetry is just the thing for a mental respite, a little boost for your soul.
I find a rainy and reflective space every time I open my Mary Oliver book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings. It was given to me as aChristmas gift and then stored on my shelf until a flight to San Francisco. I read it a total of 5 times on the flight because my pencil found something new to mark every time.… >> find out more...
Last week I started a new series on Petit Elefant, Petit Elefant Quote of the Week as a way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world. Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life. I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys. I hope you enjoy!
This week’s quote below.
Petit Elefant Quote of the Week
If you have a bad thought
tell it to go to
because that is exactly
where it came from.
– Brigham Young –
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Do you remember the post I shared with you a couple weeks ago with a title like that of a Dr. Seuss book: Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere? I was pretty touched by those of you who reached out in comments, emails, and on Instagram about how inspired you were by the SCA all-girl sailing team and their journey across the globe. In fact my 15-year-old daughter read the post and asked, “How can I get involved? I want to do this! Who are these women and how can I be one of them?”.
If you’re involved with young girls of any kind you’ll understand why that reaction from my own girl was so powerful. To my teenage daughter the strong, smart, empowered women comprising the SCA sailing team are way better than any rock star or celebrity, and for that I’m eternally grateful. What better role models can a mother ask for than strong women unapologetically pursuing difficult, but fulfilling passions?
My daughter isn’t the only one who looks up to smart women. I’m constantly in awe of the women in my life who light it up in political arenas, boardrooms, school PTA’s, churches, and as … >> find out more...
Let’s clean house!
Okay. Maybe we don’t have to do clean so much as we have to organize. And when I say ‘we‘ I mean ‘me‘. And also, probably, definitely there will be some cleaning involved.
Still with me?
Nothing is safe in my house anymore. If things aren’t nailed down, and frankly even if they are, they go straight to the donate + / or recycling bins. I just don’t have it in me to keep crap around the house; I want it all GONE yesterday.
Let’s get back in the game. Where were we? We stopped at Organizing Your House Week Three, wherein we organized a bathroom cabinet / drawer / cupboard and this week we’re organizing the spot next to your bed. Or your whole bedroom, whatever makes you happy.
The side of my bed is always a virtual landmine of stuff. Lotion, medicine bottles, 7 kinds of headphones, cough drops, gum, at least 3 different lip balms, blank notepads and notebooks, 75 million pens (approx.) and books, books, booooooooks. I tidy my side of the bed regularly, but it always piles back up to a huge stack of … >> find out more...
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Today we’re talking orange cream smoothies. Because I love you. Because citrus is delightful. Because we all know orange creamies are the best, so it only follows that orange cream smoothies are a dream.
We’ll get to the recipe in a second, but let’s start at the beginning of the story.
This week I went to Kohl’s to buy myself a Mother’s Day present. Because if I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this: sometimes you have to make your own dreams come true. I didn’t know exactly what my dreams were for Mother’s Day, but I did spend a good long time wandering around Kohl’s thinking about it.
I flirted with some gorgeous flowy summer dresses, made heavy eye contact with a pair of suede loafers in the shoe department, tried out nearly every perfume in cosmetics, and had a hot and heavy affair with a delicate, stunning diamond eternity band. But in the end, I came home with a new Ninja Blender.
It’s not terribly sexy, a … >> find out more...
In February, a friend recommended I audition for a show called Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide show wherein people from across the country gather for an evening to hear original essays on motherhood. It never would’ve occurred to me to audition for the show had I not been pushed, and I’m so glad I was because it was a really powerful experience, both to hear other women’s stories about motherhood, and to write my own.
Motherhood is pretty hard. From every angle. But the resounding theme of the night, from every story heard, was overwhelming gratitude for the great and difficult gift of motherhood.
The show was recorded and will be made available on YouTube this Summer, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my piece on motherhood with you, for Mother’s Day.
In the words of the daughter, granddaughter and mother, Beyoncé Knowles,
“I am a result of my grandmother’s prayers.”
My mother, my daughter and I, are also the result of a grandmother’s prayers. My grandmother’s prayers; her fervent, specific prayers, for daughters. My mother was the last child, the only girl in a family of boys. My mother also prayed for daughters; she … >> find out more...
I love a good quote. Like, a lot. So I’ve decided to start a new series on Petit Elefant that I’ve been itching to do for awhile: a Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.
Starting today, I’m going to post a weekly quote. Something that resonates with me, is relevant to topical world events, makes my heart sing. Because a really good, timely good quote makes the world go round.
When I went away to college, my older sister sent a bound notebook to me with a note to write down a good quote when I found one, and I’ve been doing just that, faithfully, for the last 20 years. It’s interesting to go through my quote books and see what sorts of things were resonating with me at certain periods of my life, just like it will be interesting for me to look back on this time period and see what touched me right now.
I toyed with the idea of making a printable, and maybe I will at some point. Maybe I’ll do like Ellie and whip out my watercolor paints, get real artsy with it. But for now, I’ll just photograph my current quote journal. … >> find out more...
My face has endured a fair amount of abuse in its 37 years on the planet, some of which has even been caused by me. I had gorgeous skin as a child and teenager, and like most gifts, I took it for granted until the day it turned on me in my late 20’s.
It happens all the time.
And now, as a conscientious nearly-40-year-old woman, I’m doing a lot of work not only to cleanse my face, but to cleanse my life as well. I really, truly believe the two go hand-in-hand. Eating good things and living a clean and simple life makes for a good face, from the inside out.
Good face products are pretty key too, so I’m excited to try a 28-day Face Cleanse and share the results with you in a month. Have you ever done this? A lot of us do a nice body cleanse or detox on the regular, but how many of you have ever done a face cleanse? Raise your hands, even though I can’t see you.
I’ll assume you all knew that, because you’re a smart bunch.
But did you know our skin turns over new cells every 28 days? … >> find out more...
With spring in full force, it’s time to break out your sunglasses. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are created equal. What I mean is, there are certain styles that work better for certain occasions. For instance, you wouldn’t wear your playful retro sunnies to an outdoor wedding ceremony, nor would you wear your seven dollar aviators on your way to an interview. So today we’re going to break down the world of sunglasses so you’ll never have to wonder, “Do these work?” again.
Your everyday shades are the pair of sunnies that fit your face perfectly and give off a more casual vibe. For my oval shape face, aviators are my go-to. You can wear them while running errands, out to brunch, or at a BBQ. They’re your versatile pair that you carry with you at all times. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators!
For trendy get togethers:
Wearing your new maxi skirt or getting dolled up for a pool party? Now’s the time to break out your fun pair of shades. Go for a retro shape or something with color or texture. These Madewell sunglasses are my must-haves for outdoor get … >> find out more...