You know you want to get artistic today. Even though Valentine’s Day is notorious for reminding the single folk of their singlehood – with glaring, overstuffed bears and overpriced roses in every store. It pressure couples to heights of Olympic couple-ness, shaking once-stable sweethearts with heart-shaped everything and oversweet chocolate everything. I know, I have been both of those people on February 14th and neither is all that great. Try a Google search of “Valentine’s Day is…” and you’ll see results like “…a stupid holiday” or “…overrated”.
But remember Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Remember cutting out endless symmetrical paper-fold hearts? Remember pink and red versions candies? Remember writing every classmate’s name on every single card? (I would always save my favorite card for my favorite boy classmate.) Elementary school Valentines were actually fun.
I think we ought to bring the Valentine’s Day of grade school out of the memory box and back to real, adult life. We forget that Valentine’s Day can be about love in general. I love “love in general.” Love in general includes boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, wives, offspring and crushes – but more outstandingly, love in general closes its arms around our family, friends, co-workers, … >> find out more...
I love using free printable Valentines for my boys each year. It feels sorta like we are making our own adorable, homemade, super crafty Valentines filled with love and joy, but really, it’s just a matter of download-print-sign. Done. No folding or envelope stuffing or ribbon tying. Unless you want them that way, of course. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart to the mad talents out there who share their cleverness with the rest of us. It’s kinda the best.
This year, my little guy presented very specific ideas for his class Valentines. He wanted to give out fortune cookies, taped to cards with hearts and red words that said “You are my good fortune, Valentine.” Okee dokee, kiddo. We started searching, and found some reasonable options, but none that truly matched his vision. So we made our own! I know that in a year or two he’ll be less enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day, but for now he’s really pleased with these. And I admit, it was pretty fun to design these with his adorable 8 year old little brain in charge.
DOWNLOAD THE PDF FILE HERE: fortune cookie valentines
Today, it is your good fortune to grab … >> find out more...
Our young contributor, Whitney, has been waxing nostalgic ever since the announcement that a new Harper Lee book will be published on July 14. (She is also lovely, bright, clever and single, wink wink.) This is what she has to say about it!, and we couldn’t agree more.
To Kill a Mockingbird has been my favorite book since I first read it in fifth or sixth grade. (What can I say? I was precocious, even if I didn’t know exactly what “precocious” was.)
The big news made me want to create a tribute in words to the words that have meant so much to so many—even though I know Lee herself hates when others ride the coattails of Mockingbird‘s success. I tried some punny Valentines inspired by the book. But I could only think of one halfway decent pun:
So I scrapped that. It just feels wrong to say, “I ‘Atticus’ you out if you won’t be mine.”
Instead, I’ve decided to share a few nuggets of truth about love from the classic. Lee herself called the book “a love story, pure and simple,” so it seems fitting. Sure, Mockingbird doesn’t feature the romantic love that typically inspires Valentine’s … >> find out more...
Organizing Your House Week One:
Do you remember how I talked about how we’re about to get all organized up in here? Go read my post about organizing your house one week at a time, and then come back. I’ll wait.
Okay, now that you’re up to speed, let’s get started.
This week’s Organizing Your House Objective:
clean and organize the worst cupboard in your kitchen
I don’t know about you, but I have at least one cupboard, drawer in every room in the house that drives me banananananananas. Somehow there’s always a sneaky little place that ends up stashing all the odds and ends of your life, and never seems to stay organized.
Is it just me? Let’s pretend it’s not.
We’re starting this organization adventure in the kitchen (see? the enthusiasm!) because the cupboards and drawers in that blessed room can be some of the trickiest to keep organized.
Case in point: the lazy-Susan corner cupboard in my kitchen. It’s lodged between the kitchen sink and stove, a neat use of space that has been a mess since the minute we bought the house. It’s just so oddly shaped, and the most random junk ends up in … >> find out more...
Hello, friends, Happy Monday! It’s time to clean house. Don’t sad sigh on me now, we can totally do this, one week at a time, which is exactly what we’re going to do.
Last year was the year of if-it-doesn’t-kill-you-it-will-make-you-stronger. It almost did me in, 2014, but guess what suckas? (I’m referring to the universe, not you) I’m still here! My baby girl has turned a corner and is slowly, slowly but surely getting a little better every day. Things are looking up in every possibly way.
I’m back, and stronger than I’ve ever been.
What does that mean for you? It means I’m cleaning house both physically, metaphorically, and bloglisciously. (Not to be confused with the booty-smacking brilliant good time that is the social media conference Blogalicious.) That last word didn’t even make sense, but let’s pretend it did. The long and short is that the blog is getting a house cleaning and it’s going to be blogaliciously beautifully awesome (blogaliciously =blogging + delicious).
I’m only going to do sponsored posts that make sense for me and you. I’ve been very careful in the past with sponsored content, but I’m going to be even … >> find out more...
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. With picturesque Table Mountain and the beauty of the ocean, it’s not a place that will disappoint. There are many things to do in Cape Town, but if you’re going for a visit, then there’s a few things that MUST be on your list of things to do.
1. Go to the beach! But of course, this would be on the list. Along with beach life comes excitement…whale watching in September (the best) and shark diving (no, thank you, but it’s an option if you dare). Be aware that the Atlantic Ocean surf is cold! That’s why the sharks like them so much.
2. Go up to Signal Hill and watch the sunset over the city. This probably ranks as one of my top things to do in Cape Town. The views are stunning and watching the sunset over the water and the hustle and bustle of the city are nothing short of fabulous. This is a must! And it’s free!
3. Go up Table Mountain. You can pretty much see Table Mountain from anywhere in the city. A trip to the top allows you … >> find out more...
You know you want some free printable Valentines! Because yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Have you even started thinking about Valentine’s Day cards for you or your kids yet? If not, I’ve got you covered with these 5 AWESOME Valentine’s Day cards that are free, printable and super cute.
1. DIY Superhero Valentine’s from 100 Layer Cake-let: Loving these SUPER cute superhero cards that can easily be printed out and crafted!
2. Quick & Cheesy Hubby Valentines from Eighteen25: I am kind of obsessed with these cute tags for a quick gift for the husband in your life! They are cheesy, funny, and perfect for Valentine’s Day!
3. Frozen Olaf Valentines from One Creative Mommy: Who doesn’t love Olaf from the movie Frozen? I think any kid would LOVE recieving one of these fun and yummy Valentines!
4. Heart Sunglasses Valentines from Studio DIY: Pair these gorgeous Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite pair of shades and give them out to your friends!
5. You Color My World Free Printable Valentine from DIY Candy: This Valentine’s Day card is EASY and no candy is involved! Just add a few colorful crayons and … >> find out more...
I’ve been lurking in the corners of Petit Elefant for a few months, here and listening, but not participating in a way you, as readers, can see. I’ve been going through some health stuff, privately, and I’m ready to be back here in this great community, better than ever.
I have a lot of feelings about a lot of things, almost all of them completely happy and joyful and peaceful, totally wonderful. I’ve hesitated sharing anything quite yet, but I think it’s time. Not the difficult details of my journey, but the good stuff. The life stuff I’ve learned in the process.
If this doesn’t interest you, no sweat. Skip to the stuff you like the most. I’ll still be posting random videos of Jimmy Fallon being awesome, and sharing makeup tips, and how-to’s for your style life. In fact, I’ve expanded team Petit Elefant a bit, and you’re going to be lucky enough to hear from a whole host of new and amazing writers I’ve hand selected to give voice to a lot of different areas of life: beauty, style, travel, parenting, life. It will be very “LIFEY”, (to quote my brilliant, dear friend Laura Mayes) in … >> find out more...
Weekly meal prep is where it’s at, yo, especially if improving your health and spending less are on your priority list this year. I love to eat healthy, wholesome foods and do right by my body, and my family, but my reality isn’t quite so simple. The truth is, some days there just isn’t enough time to prepare 3 fresh meals from start to finish, and then clean it all up. Then the drive-through window with the chicken sandwich, diet coke and waffle cut fries becomes too great a temptation. You know the one. It’s so easy. But so bad. Taking one hour on the weekend to conquer some meal prep keeps me in check. With lots of fresh options ready and waiting, healthy meals and snacks get on our plates (or in our lunch boxes) in a snap.
Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and peppers are perfect snacks or addition to lunch boxes and salads. Same goes for sliced apples and oranges. Pre-chopped carrots, celery and onions make favorite soups and stews come together in a snap. Brown rice works well with just about anything. Add some chopped peppers to an omelet. Hard boiled eggs are a great high-protein snack, … >> find out more...