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Adventures in our National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

If you’ve never visited one America’s national parks, you have been missing out on all kinds of wonderful things. Really. You should get on it,  pronto. Especially if you have kids; they’ll remember it for a lifetime.  We journeyed up the road to Yellowstone, our nearest national park, last weekend and captured this direct quote from my 8 year old: “Yellowstone is the coolest place on earth!” And he’s been to Disney World, folks. We happen to live within a…
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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon

We finally made a visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument–and I can’t believe it took us so long! It’s only about 2 hours away from us, and it’s part of the National Parks system which we love. But since it’s a monument, it’s smaller than say, Yellowstone. Also, it’s lesser-known and less crowded.  This place is its own kind of cool. Craters of the Moon is located about halfway between Idaho Falls, Idaho and Sun Valley.  We have passed…
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Five Reasons to Love Snowshoeing


Snowshoeing is saving my life. And probably my marriage. And my family.  And my sanity. Well, all that is probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it is 100% true that it’s made my life much better for 6 months of the year. It’s like this. 7 1/2 years ago we left our cute little home in the Salt Lake Valley for another cute little home in the Snake Rive Plain. I loved all kinds of things about our previous…
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Moms Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

My mom’s granola is one of the better things this earth has to offer, and I’m not even kidding a little.  It’s the simple things in life that make it so good, you know?

homemade granola Growing up as one of the younger siblings in a family of 8 kids, I got ripped off a fair amount of my young life.  I never had anything new, and anything precious I did have was broken / stolen / maimed within moments of landing within my reach.  But, like any good cliché, I always had a playmate, which came in handy every year when we took our family vacation. >> Read More


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3 Simple Road Trip Tips Every Family Can Use This Summer

3 Simple Road Trip Tips Every Family Can Use This Summer | Petit Elefant

School is almost out for summer, which means parents everywhere are dreaming about hitting the open road with their families in good old fashioned road trip style. In theory. Because while while road trips might be the carefree calling card of summer, the reality is that being packed in a car with people who have a penchant for repeating “Are we there yet?” every five minutes, while fighting over whose foot is touching whose, can quickly lead to a very special kind…
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fun ways to fill a summer vacation.

I feel like Summer just got started, yet it’s nearing an end all too soon and I have little to show for it. No exotic vacations. No beaches. No bucket-list trips down the California coast. Seems this year we squeezed the best out of summer in small ways: sailing boats, tending our first vegetable garden, swim lessons, day trips to national parks, homemade jam, visits with grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles and cousins, small town parades, a cookout…
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Favorite Things for Fall

Fall Favorites Cowboy Boots

Happy first day of fall! Though I tend to resist the end of Summer sun and fun, I admit I always welcome this change into the fall season.  I’m ready for cooler temperatures, to pack my  flip flops away and inhale some crisp fresh air. I’m ready for the football games and pumpkins and the dappled golden-gray light of autumn afternoons. Fall is like a reset button for wardrobe, my home, and my soul. It’s a giant pause, a breathing deep and…
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Camping at Redfish Lake

Magic of Redfish Lake

A trip to Redfish Lake is every wonderful thing a lake vacation should be.  My little family recently spent 4 days camping in this Idaho wilderness, and it was bliss.  For 4 solid days we didn’t think at all about politics, highlighting-and-contouring, calories, or Pokemon. Instead, we soaked up towering mountain peaks, a sparkling lake, and the sweet sweet smell of campfire. Redfish Lake, just outside Stanley, Idaho, is a beloved gem of a place, for both native Idahoans and long distance visitors. The…
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The Longest Ride Movie and Ariat Giveaway

The Longest Ride

***UPDATE: Our randomly generated winner is #71, Chrysula! Congrats, you lucky gal! Please contact us via email directly so we can get you all hooked up with your boots. Thank you, to every one who entered. I feel some definitely cowboy-boot-love solidarity with all of you! Do you have a soft spot for cowboys, cowboy boots, books movies, or love stories? Yes, you do. And you’ll want to pay attention here. You’ve seen the trailers for The Longest Ride from…
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