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The Oregon Coast Belongs On Your Bucket List

Oregon Coast

We officially crossed something off our proverbial bucket lists this summer: a family trip to the Oregon coast. If you’ve been there, you already know the joy of it. Never been? Go. You’ll be forever delighted with the memories, sights and sounds of a rugged, breathtaking, magical slice of the Pacific coast. We enjoyed hikes through the towering forests, running across crescent beaches, kite flying (a favorite pastime here), a first attempt at skim boarding, early misty-morning beach combing, sand…
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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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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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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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The Very Best Smell Of All – The Ocean


Do you have a very favorite smell? Like, you go into a bookstore and breathe in a huge, yoga type breath, and you’re transported by the smell of new books and coffee to a happy place? I have a few of those smells in my life. Apple scented candles transport me instantly to back-to-school time; something about apples being ripe and being canned in my mother’s kitchen when I was a child, right around the time I started school every…
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Petit Elefant Contributors

Robyn Earl, style blogger from Cleverly, Yours Hello, lovely readers! I am Robyn from Cleverly, Yours where I blog about life and fashion. I’m a Utah girl from a small town but have anything but a small town sense for fashion. I have a passion for fashion and style and I love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do; stop by anytime to see what I’m wearing. A native of Chile with deep Chicago…
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New Lineup of Contributors: Carrie

2014 is just bursting with good things around here.  Today, please meet our fabulous friend and new contributor, Carrie. Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography. After…
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delicious hydrating drinks for summer months.

Summer drinks to refresh!! I love summer and the warm sun!! Last month we looked at water intake, so this month lets look at some other ways to increase your fluid intake. Nothing beats a cold glass of ice water, but often I find clients get a little tired of just water. You may find that adding a lemon wedge adds some flavor, or getting the small ice chips. You may want to add some flavor to your water or…
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