Make A Travel Bucket List

Make A Travel Bucket List

I’m not a dreamer. I don’t mean I don’t have dreams while I sleep. I mean I don’t naturally sit and dream up things about my future. However, as a healthy exercise for the mind and soul, every so often, I sit and make myself dream. Recently I did this around travel destinations. I encourage you to do the same. Make a travel bucket list. If anything, your search on the web will be delightful eye candy to all the beautiful places in the world!

My travel bucket list consists of…

1. Bali. My husband and I both have a fascination with Bali. The beauty of it simply takes my breath away. A bungalow right on the beach? Yes, please.

Bali

photo credit: The sunset@kuta beach via photopin (license)

2. Brazil. I have LOTS of Brazilian friends and I’ve yet to step foot on the South American continent. I think it’s high time to see what all the fuss is about. A vacation in Rio, perhaps?

Rio de Janeiro Brazil

photo credit: Blue Hour in Rio de Janeiro via photopin (license)

3. Ireland. I’ve been to Ireland, but it was a short visit. Our “tourist” day was misty and cloudy, so we didn’t get to … >> find out more...

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.

Napa Girls Weekend and Choice Hotels

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I have never taken the time for a girls’ weekend with friends. I’ve done girls’ night out, lunches, breakfasts, and day outings, but never an extended period of time, with just my girlfriends. I’ve been married for 14 years, come this October. Those of you that have had girls’ weekends, bravo!

The truth is, life is so busy, it’s difficult to find the time. With our family, we treasure travel time, and each weekend together, and work to maximize our moments together. With family as our primary priority, fun extras like a girls’ weekend, tend to get pushed further down our list. I was thrilled to participate when Choice Hotels said they want to get people out there, into one of their 5,000 locations across the US, and connect face-to-face. You can do the same. Remember to sign up for a free membership with Choice Privileges and start earning points, and perks, with your stays. 

Grape Juice

So being forced to get out of our routine, and get together with my friends from middle school days, was invigorating. Most of us hadn’t had a girls weekend, since we’d been married, and the trip to Napa was the first for a couple of my friends … >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

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4 New Favorite Cosmetics Products in 2015

Once in awhile a package lands on my doorstep full of random beauty products, or toys, or kitchen paraphernalia.  And to most of the time I give the contents away to someone who can make better use of whatever it is, than me.  Most of the time the packages are full of stuff I just can’t get excited about.  This is not one of those times.  This is one of the rare exceptions when something shows up that I can’t stop talking about and sharing with my friends, and now I’m going to share it with you.  So get excited.

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First of all, in a marketplace jam-packed with beauty products, I get really excited by clever ad copy and funny, tongue-in-cheek branding.

You have my attention, please proceed.

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Soap & Glory is a United Kingdom brand, (figures. all the good stuff comes from the U.K.) with a handful of bath + body products and some basic cosmetics.  I have yet to try anything beyond the four products I’m about to endorse wholeheartedly, but I’d imagine that’s about to change.

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Let’s start with the Sexy Mother Pucker gloss stick + Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump lip gloss, shall … >> 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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10 Things To Be Grateful For When Life is Hard

Life is hard sometimes, you know?  Sometimes it’s messy and downright ugly, which is why the beautiful stuff is so great when it shows up. But sometimes the beautiful stuff takes an awful long time to get to your door, and when that happens, you have to make your own beauty. Which I think is the very best kind.

I’ve been pretty sick lately.  In fact, as I write this, I’m in my pajamas, wearing a foxy orthopedic wrist brace.  I’ve been horizontal a lot, lying in bed, feeling a lot of sadness about this broken body of mine.  It gets overwhelming sometimes.

As I was recovering in bed this morning after a terrifyingly painful and debilitating migraine last night, I felt powerless to accomplish all the things I want to do, never mind the things I need to do.  But as I thought about it, I realized how awesome my life really is, and how important it is to get perspective and be grateful when things just flat out suck.  So I’d like to share my list of things to be grateful for when things are hard.

10 things to be grateful for

10 Things To Be Grateful For When Life is Hard

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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!

Braided Half-Up Tutorial

braided halfup tutorial

If you’re looking to try a new (but simple) hairstyle for fall, this braided half-up look is the perfect solution. It works for everyday or you can easily dress it up for a date or even a wedding. This works best with hair at the shoulders or longer, but could certainly inspire hairstyles for shorter cuts as well. And really, braided styles are easier than you think.

To start, make sure you have clear elastics, bobby pins, and a curling iron. You may also want hairspray and a finishing creme to prevent frizz. Let’s get started!

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First you’re going to create two small braids on either side of your head. I always recommend holding the braid in the direction you’re going to pin it so that you don’t get any weird bumps, etc. Then pin both braids from one side at the back of your head and repeat on the other side. Remove the clear elastics and add in 1-2 more bobby pins to secure the braids in place. Finish by curling the hair that’s left down (you can also leave it natural or straighten it!). I also used Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray to keep the braids in place without making the curls look … >> find out more...

Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

Quote Of The Week: YOU

It’s Quote Of The Week time!

This week’s quote comes from one of my favorite authors, John Green, a young adult author most prominently known for his book turned movie, The Fault in Our Stars.  First of all, if you’re not reading YA you’re missing out on some of the best authors in print, and John Green is no exception.  His work is ethereal and wise, and the writing in The Fault in Our Stars is so beautiful I weep every time I read a section of it.

This quote happens to be from The Fault in Our Stars, a moment on its way to somewhere else, and I love every word of it.

quote of the week YOU

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

You are so busy

being

you have no idea how

utterly unprecedented

you are.

-John Green-

Isn’t that a great quote?  Ugh, I love it.

If you’re new to this series you can catch up on it here: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7.

Have a great week, hope you enjoy it!

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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!

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Virtual Book Club Reading Recommendations

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A good book is the cure to all ills in the world, I genuinely believe that.  I’m always reading something, and  since I discovered Overdrive, an app that lets you check out books through your local library, but online, my world has opened right on up.  With my Kindle I’m listening to between 3-5 books a week and it’s the very best.  I’m  listening to / reading all the awesome books I haven’t had time to read over the last several years and the best part is I get to “read” while I do all the boring, mundane things in life.  Like laundry and dishes, and while I make dinner every night.   Now I not only look forward to doing chores, I knock out two birds with one stone.  Everyone wins, especially me.

When I started plowing through several books a week, I started a blog post with approximately one hundred and one million books to recommend.  But the thing is, I’m reading so many books the list now has too many books on it, and it’s always growing.  So I thought, what if we started a virtual book club, where I share my … >> 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!

DIY Halloween Roundup!

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Halloween is coming! Are you ready to get your DIY on? It’s time to bust out those pumpkins, costumes, treats and all things spooky and sweet. We’ve put some of our favorite Halloween DIY projects in one place, so read on for some great projects and crafts to do with your family this month–all of them simple and totally fun!

1. 3 Crazy Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

Looking for some super easy costume ideas for your kiddos? You’ll LOVE these three! They are gender neutral, fun, and adorable.

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2. Halloween Treat Bags

Spooky little ghost bags filled with yummy treats! The cutest. Just right for class parties or delivering Halloween treats and prizes to friends.

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3. Orange Pumpkin Craft

Turn little oranges into cute jack-o-lanterns with this pumpkin craft! It’s super easy, and your family will love seeing these little guys on the dinner table.

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4. Easy Ghost Suckers

This is the best craft for your kiddos to do all on their own, and one that’s been making the rounds for generations. Makes for a sweet treat too!

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5. Silver Pumpkin DIY

Isn’t it amazing what a little spray paint can do? Transform your pumpkins into fancy home decor that can be enjoyed right … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

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Raising Kids To Be World Travelers

World Traveler Kid

My oldest turned thirteen this year. As a parent, my boy entering the teen years felt huge. I mean, how did my baby get to thirteen so fast? I know. I know. It’s cliche jargon, but I have to say it.

My husband and I decided his rite of passage to the teen years would be a special trip, just him and dad. “Where would you like to go?” we asked him. “Thailand,” was his response. Perhaps his desire to go there was fueled by the fact that he was made in Thailand, or perhaps because his cousins live there. Whatever the reason, we were surprised by it. “We were thinking somewhere in country,” we politely told him.

It was a beautiful moment, realizing that my boy saw the world as his oyster. He didn’t get to go to Thailand, but I loved where his dreams took him.

I’ll admit. It’s easy for my kids to think about travel, because we do it often. We hop across oceans like it’s no big deal. I still remember about five years ago, when my daughter was in kindergarten and my son was in third grade. They came home incredulous that there … >> find out more...

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.

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