Okay, so I took a summer vacation off of everything, including blogging, and blogging about organizing. But I’m back and there’s so much more organizing to do to get all of our houses in order, so let’s get started!
If you’re just getting started on this organizing project, here’s the drill: I’m helping you get your house organized, one week at a time. Sometimes we take breaks, and sometimes we organize two weeks in a row. The main thing is that we’re consistently organizing, and doing it in bite-sized chunks so it’s not overwhelming. You can totally do this. I’ll hold your hand the whole way.
You can catch up on what we’ve organized so far right here!
- Organizing Your House Week One (kitchen cupboard)
- Organizing Your House Week Two (bathroom drawer / vanity part 1)
- Organizing Your House Week Three (bathroom drawer / vanity part 2)
- Organizing Your House Week Four (nightstand / bedside table / under the bed)
- Organizing Your House Week Five (your jewelry box)
How-To Organize Your Tupperware Drawer
This week we’re organizing the Tupperware / reusable dishes cupboard in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but that drawer (it’s a drawer in my … >> find out more...
While it’d be nice to run to the nail salon every week for a professional manicure, I think every woman should know how to do her own nails. But when an at-home manicure rarely lasts more than a day or two, it makes sense that we turn to the salon so often. The key is knowing how to do your at-home manicure as well as the professionals to make it truly last. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Just follow this tutorial below.
In order to make your manicure last, it’s important to start with a super smooth surface. Buffering your nails is the best way to achieve that. (You can snag a buffer block from any drugstore.) Next, as you get ready to apply your color, always wipe one side of the brush onto the edge of the bottle so that all of the polish wipes off of that side. You may want to dab the other side just a touch as well — you really only want a little bit of polish on the brush. Apply a thin first coat to all of your nails. (I’m using Essie Marshmallow.)
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September 11, 2001 is a date that is etched in every American’s mind. Most of us can remember exactly where we were when we heard the news that two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. I know I certainly can. It was a day that brought fear around one of the greatest joys in life…travel.
My husband and I were in transit on 9/11. It was our second anniversary, and we were traveling with a group of friends to a small nominally Muslim country. We had a full day layover in London on the 11th, so we ventured out to the city for some sightseeing. Even though we were exhausted from travel and in the company of several people, it felt romantic and adventurous to be walking down the streets of London, celebrating two years of wedded bliss. We snapped our mugs in front of Big Ben, admired the beauty of Westminster Abbey, strolled by Buckingham Palace, felt the cool grass of Green Park between our toes, and stuffed hot pizza down our throats (a welcome change to airplane food) all before catching the Tube back to Heathrow.
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As my daughters started school this year, I started thinking about what it was like when I was kid. Things were different. We had a TV where you had to walk to the screen, and turn the knob to change channels. Sometimes the channels were just black and white fuzz. Sitting through commercials was still torture. I remember when we had a Beta and a VHS VCR, that’s a video cassette recorder for you young people. Back in the day Beta and VHS were two different video recording formats. Beta was the superior format, but VHS won out because they had better price points for consumers.
Wow, I’m rambling like an older person.
Well, back then we didn’t even have Facebook, so if you moved frequently, like I did, you had to write letters and wait days, perhaps weeks for a return letter from your friend. This is why I love Facebook, and all things social media. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my friends enjoying their lives, and keeping up “virtually” with all the good my friends do in their daily lives and for those around them. My friends inspire me.
Life is busy, and with Facebook, and tools like it, … >> find out more...
I sort of disappeared from Petit Elefant around the beginning of June. Not intentionally. I thought I’d roll into another summer the way I have since 2007, when I started this blog. I’d have a lot of kids underfoot, out for summer vacation, all sand and noise and sweat and activities, but I thought I’d still pull out the laptop when I had a chance to make sure I stayed on top of the blog.
Except not so much.
A few things happened. One of them is that I’m 8 years older than I was when I started Petit Elefant, and with that age has come the realization that time is slipping through my fingers faster than I’m prepared to deal with. My 15-almost-16-year-old is a handful of years away from leaving the house to go to college. My now 11-year-old was a toddler when I started blogging, and will be entering junior high in a couple of years. Both of them are only home for short periods of time at the end of their days during the school year, so busy with extracurriculars and academic work. I just don’t have enough time with them, period.
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Movie to watch on Netflix this week: To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird via IMDB
It’s that time of the month again, when we talk about what you NEED to be watching on Netflix right this very second. So far in this series we’ve talked about Tina Fey’s most recent T.V. project, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, the BBC’s Luther and now To Kill A Mockingbird.
To Kill A Mockingbird just popped up as newly added to Netflix, and if you haven’t ever watched it, or it’s been a long time, go watch it right now. If you haven’t read the book, get on that business and then start on the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
There couldn’t be a more currently politically relevant movie than To Kill A Mockingbird, which is set in the South in the 1930’s, in the heat of racial segregation. Right now the world is a hotbed of racism and boiling racial tensions, the United States in particular, and no matter where you stand on the issue, To Kill A Mockingbird is full … >> find out more...
My little guy turned 11 today. He’s not so little anymore. It’s hard to know how to feel about this, but I can tell you that the two prevailing emotions are pride and a bittersweet nostalgia.
photo by Ashley Thalman Photography
This son of mine was so hard to come by and is such an impossibly perfect outcome of a terrible medical situation; sometimes the closeness of it all just takes my breath away. During my a nightmare of a pregnancy with him, I was on permanent bed-rest with an I.V. and an in-home nurse and my body shut down one organ at a time. About once a week I was rushed to the hospital for some emergency or another.
And yet, and yet. Here he is.
On August 25th, 2004 I went into labor. I was watching the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, watching some virtually unknown kid named Michael Phelps blow up the pool. I was actually, literally watching Phelps swim while I labored at home, with no earthly idea 11 years later almost to the week, we’d be in Hawaii as a family watching my boy swim at the national championships of … >> find out more...
Boyfriend jeans. We all want them but it’s easy to assume they only look good on super skinny models. Well, as a not super skinny model (or a model at all for that matter) I am here to tell you that they can be worn by us curvier women too!
Recently I got a pair of boyfriend jeans in my fashion subscription box and I couldn’t be happier with them. They are the perfect summer jeans, if you ask me, because they aren’t shorts, but they’re not jeans. In fact, they are great for any season. They’re fitted but they’re not tight and they are most certainly not skinny jeans. They just look easy and cool and that’s exactly what they are!
Boyfriend jeans style
See what I mean? Easy-breezy, right? I paired these boyfriend jeans with my plain white t-shirt, wedges and some long necklaces. The half up top knot is a summer favorite of mine and I love the look with this super casual style.
If you were wondering how to wear or if you could wear boyfriend jeans, you can. I’m sure you can. And with how comfortable they are, you’ll be thankful you gave them a try. Here are … >> find out more...
We spent last Christmas in Durban, because that’s what you do here in S. Africa. You spend Christmas at the beach. It’s hotter than hot that time of year, and the only respite you can find is in your toes touching that cool water. Durban resides along the Indian Ocean making it more popular in my book than Cape Town which borders the arctic waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
There’s loads of touristy things you can do in Zulu nation, but if I had my choice, I would take my tourist hat off and spend my time doing two things.
1. Going to the beach. In my opinion, the best beach spots are found just outside the city. Aptly named the Dolphin Coast, Ballito is the best with its beautiful beaches and cafés. It’s perfect for families, but even if you’re not in that season of life yet, Ballito offers a peace and tranquility that the big city lacks. Get up at sunrise and watch the dolphins ride the waves of the surfers. Who wouldn’t like that?
2. Eating a good curry, like all the time. I’ve heard it said that every person in India has a cousin either in … >> find out more...