You want home made wood polish? I’ve got your home made wood polish.
I’m your best friend like that.
A little while ago I needed to have the kids clean the wood floors and dust the wood furniture, (I’m a mean mom) only to discover we were totally out of wood cleaner / wood polish. I’m no Becky Home-Ec-y, sometimes we run out of cleaning products and it takes me months to notice.
Shut up, I’m busy.
Anyway, two things happened at once that day: I didn’t have time to go buy some new wood polish at the store (see above re: busy) and I realized before Lemon Pledge people were dusting and polishing their wood all by themselves with ingredients from home. So I decided I’d try making some home made wood polish, and I’ll tell you what: I liked it much better than the store bought stuff. I think
I’ll be the kids will be making natural home made wood polish from here on out.
It’s easy. Let me show you how it’s done.
Ingredients for Natural Home Made Wood Polish
(not to be confused with natural home made POLISH people, although I’m good at making … >> find out more…
It’s playlist time. Well, for me it’s always playlist time, but right now it’s time to listen to a little Fall something, something. And since I’m currently listening to a great playlist I made on Spotify, I thought I’d share what I’m loving right now. P.S. if you aren’t already on Spotify, go sign up right now. My dear friend Jane Maynard made me do it (I’ve been listening to Pandora for years) and I can’t tell you how much I love it. The basic version is free! (for the fellow cheapies like myself), and I can make playlists and listen to entire albums on demand. I can’t get enough Spotify in my life. Thanks Janey!
Maybe you’ll love this playlist, maybe you won’t. Hopefully you hear something new and interesting, and at the very least if you listen to different stuff, the neurons in your brain will fire like crazy and connect to all sorts of new neurons, and boom, you’re already smarter for having read this.
There literally are only about 2 genres of music I hate: Western (very twang-y) and death metal. I love everything else. Every type of music has a mood, and I have … >> find out more…
My family is the worst. Seriously, I love my kids but sometimes they’re just horrible.
Almost a year ago I scheduled family photos for August with the world-renowned husband and wife photography team Wendy and Tyler Whitacre from Blue Lily. I prepped my kids a year in advance by promising to lock them out in the cold if they messed up the photo shoot. Every couple of months over the year I’d
threaten remind them about the deal and how they were going to behave during said family photos.
‘We’ll be good‘ they said,
‘We’ll behave‘ they said.
If there’s anything I know by now, it’s that kids are liars. Little liars from liar-town. They know how to lie professionally. They could work for top level secret service organizations in the lie department.
Is that what it takes to survive being in a family?
Does this little man look like he’s behaving?
No. No he is not.
What about this guy?
He wasn’t (as) bad this time around, but there must be some old Russian / Polish folklore about the camera stealing your soul if you smile for a family picture. Otherwise there’s … >> find out more…
France. It’s okay I guess. If you happen to like gorgeous countryside, cold sparkling water, French men (that’s a whole post in and of itself, short story: they’re hot), cheese, delicious bread and shopping of any variety. Oh, and the south of France is the WORST. So boring and perfectly sunny with warm wave-less ocean and blue skies forever.
Basically France and Spain were a wonderland. Plural. It’s a thing.
A few months ago I went on a whirlwind 2 week trip to France and Spain with one of my very best friends, (BEST IDEA EVER) and when I came back I was so exhausted from the amazing happiness of it all, I basically took the entire summer off to dream about it by the pool.
I did manage to post about what to do on the French Riviera should you ever find yourself in Antibes, Cannes or Nice and are out of ideas (you shouldn’t be).
The short version is that France and Spain are beautiful and fun and lovely in every possible way. The long version will be laid out in a whole bunch of future posts, starting with this one. So let’s get … >> find out more…
It’s my birthday! Well, it was yesterday. I was so busy playing with friends and family I didn’t get around to writing a post, but I guarantee I’d share a piece of my red velvet birthday cake (cream cheese frosting on top) with each and every one of you given the chance. It’s sort of too late though, because early this morning dressed in my bathrobe I crammed the last bits of cake into my mouth, both elbows leaning on the counter with a fork in hand. Cream cheese frosting is no joke. I love you too much to leave you empty handed though, and today’s post is a birthday give away from me to you. Comment #37 Rachel R. is the birthday giveaway winner! Send us an email Steph so we can send a package your way!
I turned 36 yesterday, so in keeping with the theme of getting one year closer to 40 (eep!) I put together a package of all my favorite things to send to one of you. 36 of them anyway. I’m pretty disappointed I can’t ship my steam shower, an ice cold Pellegrino, and a slushy Diet Dr Pepper your way. You’ll … >> find out more…
How to transition into Fall fashion is all the buzz in the fashion world right now, and we’re talking about it today with Petit Elefant fashion editor Robyn. Get excited because it’s starting to get chilly (ish) out! (note from Allison)
Hello again lovely Petit Elefant readers! I am so excited to be back for another fashion post and I’m even more excited it has to do with one of my favorite all time things – Fall Fashion!
I feel like there is always a point in January or February when I start to get a slight hankering for summer trends and warm weather (as I’m sure most of us do!) but it never seems to be quite as intense as my desire to jump back into the fall trends! Summer is great and all but let’s be honest, layering chunky sweaters and boots are what we fashionable ladies live for!
Now here’s the tricky part- this awkward time of year when it is still too warm to be wearing any more than one or two layers (tops!) during the day but the nights are chilly. It’s also still a little premature to jump right into sweater season so there … >> find out more…
Hello! Hello. It’s the end of the summer (officially) and I’ve missed you. So hello to you and hello you and you. How are you? How’ve you been? Long time no talk.
I took an inadvertent hiatus this summer to avoid a nervous breakdown (success!) which is why Petit Elefant has been “content lite” for a bit. We should really catch up over lunch soon, but in the meantime let’s talk summer.
In May / June I took the craziest trip ever to the French Riviera, Spain, and Paris. Whirlwind time of my life, so much fun. I have lots to share with you about that trip, the least of which is that I’m now completely addicted to prosciutto (I haven’t been vegan for awhile) and airbnb, among other things.
I then took a family trip to L.A. to see my rheumatologist (YAY) and Disneyland. May I just say? Tower of Terror makes me very, very nervous. Every time.
Then all of a sudden it was the 4th of July and family BBQ’s and babies. Did I mention babies? BAYBEEZ. I like them, a lot. My sister is responsible for the crazy cuteness of this guy. … >> find out more…
It’s been DIY free on Petit Elefant for far too long, so I’m here to show you a ‘DIY make a custom welcome mat’, alternately titled ‘I’m late to the bandwagon but I love geometric neon shapes for home decor in spite of my 80′s childhood’.
Let’s get our DIY on, shall we?
This is my front door, and if you look closely yes that IS a snowflake painted sisal welcome mat. I’m pretty sure I got it two years ago for Christmas. Yes, it has been gracing my front doorway all season long, every season since then. Which means maybe I should’ve just left it until the snow starts falling this year.
OR it’s time to spiff things up and do some DIY damage with spray paint. Spray paint is almost always the answer. Unless we’re talking about food, in which case, it’s ice cream. Always ice cream.
Supplies for DIY make a custom welcome mat:
- construction grade / color spray paint
- ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
- (not pictured) grey primer spray paint
- (not pictured) lawn sized garbage bag
- (not pictured) acrylic top coat spray paint to finish
Once you’ve got your favorite worn … >> find out more…
I’m a card person. I love getting cards the old school way, in my tin mailbox. It can turn a blah blah blah Monday into YAY DAY. (See what I did there? Shhh.) But seriously, is there anything better than actual ink to paper mail in a friend’s handwriting? I’m serious, cards are totally my thing. I told you all about my love for legit handwritten snail mail few years ago, because I think you should say hello to someone you love every once in a while.
I leave a card for each of my kids when I travel, and love notes to my husband telling him how much I love his sexy manly beard, and on the regular I send cards to friends just for fun to tell them I miss their faces.
It’s a thing.
This is a pile of cards currently sitting on my dining room table, awaiting stamps so they can be sent off to a bunch of someone (s) I love.
I’ve partnered with Hallmark several times (obviously, I love them) and today I’m super excited to partner with them again to share their most recent awesome venture: Hallmark Card Rewards. Basically, … >> find out more…