This is a continuation of my cruise post you can find here on Petit Elefant.
Our first cruise embarked on Jan 28, 2011, it was a nine-day Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit. We loved that ship’s set-up. We booked two cabins. On the Carnival Spirit, on decks five through seven there are six interior cabins that connect to balcony cabins. What that means for those of you that haven’t cruised before, is that you get a phenomenal deal, due to the fact that interior’s are less than balconies. We chose this option so that our girls could sleep in the interior room, and we’d have the balcony, but because the rooms connect, we’d leave the door open and our living space was much more comfortable. For nine days the cost was $67 per person, per night, all inclusive.
Sadly the Carnival Spirit was moved to Australia in 2012 with it’s sister ship the Carnival Legend. However, they have two other sister ships with that sweet set-up, the Carnival Pride which sails on the west coast, and the Carnival Miracle which sails on the east coast.
What does that mean, all inclusive? First of all the food, taken … >> find out more...
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Ladies, 2015 is officially jam-packed full of gorgeous fashion style, and I’ve been spotting fun, trendy new Spring lines practically all over the universe, (the internet counts!). So, girls, women, ladies, let’s get started.
Heeeeey, hey laadieeeees!
I can’t help myself. I sort of apologize.
Please hear me when I tell you there are some Spring 2015 trends you want to check out. Today I’m hitting a few that I’ll share below, but first, let’s break for a video. I’m starting up style videos again with the magical sparkly editing skills of my friend Jenny so let’s pause and watch. (are you excited about this? do you have topics you want me to cover? let me know in the comments!)
Now that we’ve seen the fun style stuff I hauled in almost-3D, let’s talk about discount shopping for a minute. You know I love a good deal, so much so that I’m genuinely incapable of buying anything full price. ANYTHING. Food, clothes, airline tickets, hotel rooms, cars, homes, stickers, you … >> find out more...
Easter is just a couple weeks away! It’s time to get crafty with eggs, bunnies, and pretty pastel colors! I know you’ll LOVE these projects I’ve found from some great DIY blogs. Decorate your home with these crafts or gift them to friends and family in their baskets!
1. Metal-Leaf and Washi Tape Eggs from Miss Renaissance: You guys. These Easter eggs are just TOO GORGEOUS! I think these would be so fun to make!
2. Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart: This is the perfect craft to make with your little ones! Stuff yummy treats inside these cute envelope bunnies!
3. Funny Bunny Easter Favors from Oh Happy Day!: Having guests over for Easter dinner? Make these adorable bunny favors to hand out at the end of the night!
4. Dip Dyed No Sew Placemats from Eighteen25: Serve a delicious meal on these DIY dip dyed placemats! I am in love with these beautiful pastel colors.
5. DIY Easter Tote from Small Fry: Your kiddos will have a ball collecting all of their eggs into this fun bunny tote! It’s a cinch to make!
6. Dry Erase Easter Card Printable from Handmade Charlotte: Make … >> find out more...
It’s story time today, so pull up a chair and get comfortable. I’m sharing a tragically funny story about the hardships of growing up with a gorgeous older brother.
Over the weekend we went out of town for a 4-day state championship swim meet a few hours away from home. My little family stayed with my aunt and uncle so we could rest and hang out at their house in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions. If you’ve ever attended a swim meet, you know that they go on, and on, and onnnnnnnnnn so even if a meet is only a couple of hours from home, it’s so much easier for everyone to stay somewhere close to the pool for the weekend.
I feel so lucky my aunt and uncle live so close because this is the third year in a row we’ve crashed at their house for this particular swim meet. We not only get 5-star accommodations, we also get precious family time in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions. And we all know the best thing about family time is the unedited story telling, especially when the heroes and heroines of the story aren’t with you to defend their name(s).… >> find out more...
To a lot of people, spring means “Spring Cleaning,” so then we start to see images of watering lawns and dusting shelves – but I think a more important kind of cleaning is sometimes over looked: yourself. The most vital thing for us to take care of is our own skin and bone house. I confess that for me, winter always involves a kind of winter coat (unfortunately, I don’t mean a pea-coat, or cute neon Northface – I mean a warming fatty layer – the kind a bear develops for hibernation). So whether you are trying to get rid of your sweater-body and move towards the swimsuit body, or you simply want to feel refreshed like the blooming trees; this homemade detox ought to do the trick.
You will need:
- 6 slices of cucumber
- A lemon or a lime (or both)
- 1 tbsp. grated Ginger
- 5-8 Mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. honey
- water (duh)
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- Squeeze the lemon/lime juice into your bottle. (I like to add a few extra slices of lemon for flavor and for color.)
- Slice and add the cucumber slices. Tip: the thinner the cucumber slices, the stronger their flavor.
- Grate or finely slice
I’ve told this story many times, but the other day I realized I’ve never written it. It’s time to put it out there, because it’s unreal. I still don’t know how it happened, but it did. I flew halfway around the world on an airplane without a ticket. This is not fabricated. Honest. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.
It was 2006, the year before we moved to S. Africa, and we were taking lots of short-term teams over to do what we could to help with the orphan crisis that resulted from the AIDS pandemic. S. Africa is a long ways away, about an 18 hour flight from the U.S. East coast. For some reason, my husband and I planned a trip that was only a week long, including travel, with a four-year-old and a two-year-old. The odds were against us before we even began, but we were young and we forged ahead with that “I can do anything” attitude.
When we checked in at JFK airport in New York, something was up. The gentleman at the gate frowned slightly when he ran my boarding pass and told me the same thing the ticket agent said when we … >> find out more...
Friends, gather round for some easy clean eating shortcuts. I mean, I really love a big fat cheeseburger every now and then, with a Diet Coke. But, the sodas and the burgers don’t usually leave me feeling healthy and energetic, and they definitely don’t leave me feeling swim-suit ready. So, though I’m not hard core or anything close to perfect, I try to stick to a fairly “clean” and wholesome diet most of the time. The definition of “clean eating” might be generally ambiguous, but for me it’s whole grains, fresh lean proteins, plenty of fresh produce, lots of water, less sugar, fewer refined white carbs, fewer preservatives & processing.
It’s not as complicated as you might think, this clean eating thing. Breakfast and snacks seemed to be our weak points, so here I’ve gathered a few of our favorite easy fixes for sprucing up our eating habits.
1. Pancakes. A major favorite at my house. Instead of enriched processed flour and high-sugar mixes, we really love this brand–I’ve found it at Costco and at Sam’s Club. My boys are crazy about it. To amp up the pancakes with extra power I often add mashed banana or a scoop of … >> find out more...
Okay folks, let’s talk cruising. For those of you that have been on a cruise, I’d love to hear your thoughts too. For those of you new to cruising, curious about cruising, not interested in cruising, or simply are turned off by it, scoot a bit closer. I’m talking to you. Frankly, my dear, I used to be you.
I used to scoff at the bulging bulk of all those ships. I would turn my nose up at the blatant hedonistic buffets, and masses of humanity that would lazily float, nay, sludge through our oceans. I was afraid I would go stir-crazy, and feel trapped on a ship. I was skeptical about how much I would really see at port. Is a cruise really worth it?
Then I went on a cruise with my family, and I was changed.
My husband’s best friend had been trying to get us to cruise with them for years. They’ve been cruising for about half their lifetime, and their boys have been on more cruises than years they’ve been alive. So they are obvious fans.
In 2011, after a lot of research we embarked on our first cruise with our friends. I hope … >> find out more...