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I’m a traveling girl. I love nothing more than a nice long stretch of road and a good playlist, a plane ticket and an unknown destination, an expanse of time and nothing to fill it with but the exploration of a new city, country, or state. I travel enough to have an entire section of Petit Elefant devoted to the subject, and I actively work on checking off my travel life list
(see also: surfing in Hawaii and Costa Rica and going to a soccer game in Barcelona
Travel is my lifeblood.
Over the last few years I’ve started traveling differently, using a site called Airbnb
. Have you ever heard of it? Airbnb is a way for people to rent out their homes to random people like me while they’re out of town, or during the summer when they travel. It’s usually far cheaper than a hotel and a more “local” way to experience … >> find out more...
There’s a castle. In Kenya. Just outside of Nakuru town, to be exact. When I think of castles, I think of Europe, not Africa, but in November, I saw it with my very own eyes. It belonged to Lord Egerton, someone I had never heard of. His story encapsulates true love and heartache like I’ve never heard before.
Maurice Egerton was born the fourth Baron Egerton in Cheshire. He was a keen photographer and aviator, even calling the Wright Brothers friends! After being granted some land and buying a further 21,000 acres from his pal Lord Delamere, he found himself a resident of the luscious Kenyan farmland in the 1920’s. He established a school, currently known as Egerton University, to teach young people about agriculture and farming.
The story gets crazy circa 1938 when he met a nice young lady that he fell in love with while on leave in England. Knowing a proposal was in the future, he took the lady (whose name no one really knows) to Kenya to see her future home. Apparently the four room structure wasn’t up to her standards. She exclaimed that she would not live in that chicken coop!
In an effort to … >> find out more...
Salad. It’s what’s for dinner. Or lunch. And this mediterranean spinach salad is packed with power foods and protein and color and flavors of the mediterranean. It’s the perfect meal to add to your weekly menu, whether or not you are working toward a healthier lifestyle. A salad that’s just plain good, and ideal for a light and healthy yet satisfying dinner. It’s also an easy one to prep the ingredients and portion out for lunches during the week.
Start with your favorite salad greens and add fresh veggies like crisp english cucumbers (I like these because I can skip the step of peeling them), juicy grape tomatoes and green onion. On top of that, go for the tangy brine of fresh olives. A local grocery store boasts a lovely olive bar, and I enjoy an assortment of black and green las seen here. Avoid the soggy kind in the can. Don’t forget the roasted red peppers for smokiness and sweetness and color. Toss in some protein with hard boiled egg and shredded chicken, then add some delightful crunch with toasted nuts (try it with pistachios!) and mmmmmm. Really, it’s gorgeous and savory and has so many wonderful textures and flavors. Healthy eating is beautiful and delicious.
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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.
Pride & Prejudice with Kiera Knightley
Jane Austen was brilliant, no question about it. And it’s rare that … >> find out more...
Years 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.
All you need to complete this little trinket is probably in your craft bin right this second. Scraps work perfectly. Gather up the following:
Tiny safety pins (best for children) or large decorative straight pin
Since 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...
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!
Enjoy all that citrus! Go out and make something delicious and lovely this week, and be sure … >> find out more...
Let’s make DIY boot holders!
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.)
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.
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...
This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable! Let’s get started.
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!
Anyway. Let’s paint some pencils.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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...