What To Watch On Netflix This Weekend

Netflix is my other lover, there’s just no getting around it.  My husband has accepted it, I’ve accepted it, and our life is all the better for it.  In fact, there’s not much else that gets my motor running in a deep, dark, grey, snowy cold winter than a snuggly night in front of the fireplace with some good shows to watch on Netflix.  It makes me happy just thinking about it.  I wanted to share the love, so I came up with a good solid list of 5 things you should be watching on Netflix now.

I couldn’t in good conscience come up with a list of what you should (binge) watch on Netflix this weekend without adding a good British drama / romance.  It’s not good bingeing if accents aren’t involved, it just isn’t.  One of these days I’m going to write a post of ALLLLLLLLLL the BBC shows you need to watch before you die.  And there are many.

But I digress.  Let’s get to the list of what you need to be watching THIS weekend.

Focus, Allison.

 

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Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightley

Jane Austen was brilliant, no question about it.  And it’s rare that … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Easy Valentine Pin Craft

Valentine Pin CraftYears ago, I made a Valentine for my hubby. Something fun and silly, but also a little expression of love, that he could keep with him all day long. So I made him a super quick little Valentine pin, a crafty little boutonnière. It was a hit, and he did wear it all day long and he keeps it pinned on his bulletin board in his office year round. I followed suit with smaller versions for my little boys. It only takes 4 supplies and takes about 5 minutes.

Valentie Pin Craft All you need to complete this little trinket is probably in your craft bin right this second. Scraps work perfectly. Gather up the following:

Craft felt

Ribbon

Tiny safety pins (best for children) or large decorative straight pin

Craft scissors

Valentine Pin CraftSince I was making mine for men and little men, I went with red felt and blue ribbons with a bit of a striped edge. Still valentine-y, but not too frilly. If you are making your for girls, go crazy with pinks and ruffles and tulle and all good stuff. Get original–grey hearts with red polka dot ribbon? Totally cute. Pink hearts with ruffled edges and red gingham ribbon? Go for it.… >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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DIY Citrus Season Recipes And Ideas

I have ideas for you for citrus season, so many ideas.  A heap of recipes and beauty DIY’s and drink ideas using lemons, oranges and grapefruits, oh my!

I love citrus season the most.  There’s something so fresh and delicious about citrus, isn’t there?  I love everything about it.  The smell is so refreshing and crisp and can make anything better: bath scrubs and salts, candles, soaps, air freshener, salads, and drinks.  Oh, it’s just the very best!

So, buckle up because I have a roundup of almost 20 citrus lovin’ recipes below.  YUM!

 

lemon and rosemary bath salt orange cream smoothie

 

orange-lemon-poppyseed-muffins fresh juice recipe DIY Citrus Season Recipes And Idea citrus punch natural home made wood polish how-to-citrus-scrub home made detox water easy recipe for frog eye salad

 

 

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

How To Make Your Own DIY Boot Holders

Let’s make DIY boot holders!

 

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Did you know you can make your own DIY boot holders with a couple of empty paper towel tubes?  And it’s SO EASY.  Because you basically have to do nothing.  This is one of those DIY’s where all you have to do is show up, so even your mom can do it.  Especially your mom.  (sorry, mom joke. I can’t even help it.)

 

DIY homemade boot holders

I have a few pairs of leather boots, all of which end up sad and collapsed in my master bedroom closet if they don’t have internal reinforcement.  And it’s not great for boots (or any shoes, actually) to collapse in on themselves when they’re not being worn.  Which is one of the reasons shoes in stores are filled with cardboard and tissue paper.  Shoes need something to hold the place of feet when they’re not in use, otherwise they crumple, and leather (and suede and every other material) can fold in on itself and crack.  No bueno, friends.

 

Make Your Own DIY Boot Holders

The easiest solution, for boots, is empty paper towel tubes.  I was pretty skeptical the first time I tried this trick, but it’s basically cheap magic (which is the … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

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How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft

This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable!  Let’s get started.

 

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I love pencils.  I just do.  I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them.  It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education.  Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time.  I wish all of life was like that.  The best!

 

Plain Painted Pencils Craft

Anyway.  Let’s paint some pencils.

 

paint plain pencil craft

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:

  • plain wooden pencils
  • craft paint
  • sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
  • masking tape (to make stripes)
  • paintbrush or small paint sponge
  • newspaper or recycled paper

 

Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.

Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.

Step 3: For polka-dot pencils, dip the sharpened tip of a pencil or the top of a pin into the paint and gently press … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Golden Globes Fashion Favorites

Alright, I admit it. I watched Golden Globes, almost all of it even though I’ve only seen one–that’s right, one–of the films or television programs mentioned or honored last night. There were some bad jokes, and some lackluster moments, but I do love me some red carpet and evening gowns. So, congratulations to all the wonderful, beautiful, handsome talented winners, and now how about those dresses?

Golden Globes Gina

Gina Rodriguez wore a beautiful navy blue gown by Zac Posen. I love navy for evening gowns, and this one was sophisticated and feminine, a smidge youthful and sweet with the perfect splash of ice with her earrings and bracelet. Navy is always a good choice for evening gowns.

Golden Globes Rachel

It’s always refreshing to see patterns and prints on these fabulous gowns, and Rachel McAdams nailed it in this one with a gorgeous red and black floral with a bit of shimmer and drape. The red lipstick was the perfect accessory. I’d wear this one, you know, if I ever go to the Golden Globes.

Golden Globes Kate

Kate Winslet. Again with the navy. She doesn’t stray too much from understated, svelte looks, but they really work for her. I especially like the neckline and the contrasting textures on this … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Life as an Expat

Catching up with our Travel Editor, Jen Price, and the quirks of living abroad.

Expat Life Title

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “expat,” let me enlighten you. An expat, or expatriate, is simply someone who resides in a country other than the one of their citizenship. My name is Jen, andI’m an expat. My family and I reside in South Africa, and it wasn’t until this last trip to the USA that I realized just how weird the expat life can be.

Although I will never be South African, I have settled in quite nicely to the culture. It is home. So is America, and yet, I find myself having to make mental shifts every time I return to my home country. If you’re an expat, have ever been an expat, or travel extensively, then you will know what I mean. It’s just weird. To get a glimpse into the life of an expat, read the weird challenges I face when I return to the country of my birth.

Expat Life Bikes
  1. Driving takes total concentration. Not only driving, but getting into the car takes mental energy, because we drive on the opposite side in South Africa. I hate it when I’m in a busy
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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

How To Bath Salts With Lemon And Rosemary

Lemon is having a moment in my life right now.  Which is a euphemistic way of saying, I’m kind of obsessed with everything (everything) lemon.  I don’t know how it happened, but I’ve fallen headfirst and I never want it to end.

 

lemon rosemary bath salt

The thing about lemons is this:

  • they’re pretty to look at
  • they’re delicious
  • they’re so refreshing
  • they’re SO good for you
  • they’re ridiculously multipurpose
  • d, all of the above

 

lemon bath salts

I’m whipping up all sorts of lemon creations in my kitchen right now; to eat, to clean with, and a bunch of recipes for the bath.

My current favorite bath + body concoction is this recipe for lemon + rosemary bath salt.  It smells like fresh summer deliciousness and is actually really detoxifying for your body.  Winning, all around.

 

bath salt

Once you make the lemon + rosemary bath salt (see printable recipe below), pour it into a hot bath and soak for as long as your body can take it.  The lemon and Epsom salts will pull all sorts of bad stuff from your body, and the smell of fresh rosemary mixed in will help maintain your fantasy that you’re actually bathing in the South of … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Quote Of The Week Work On Dreams

Dreams! I love this week’s quote. A good dream makes the world tick on from day to day, year after year.  Dreams are what gets us out of hopeless situations into better ones.  Dreams are what make us reach for hard things that feel just a teensy (or a lot) out of the realm of possibility, but often enough turn into reality.  So keep on dreaming, friends. I don’t know about you, but dreams are the reason I get out of bed every day to do the hard work of life.

 

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Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

 

Never give up on a dream

because of the time it will take

to accomplish it.

The Time will pass anyway.

– Earl Nightingale –

 

If you’re just starting with this series, or need to catch up, here are all the quotes so far:

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!