Category: Family

Hello Friends + Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m one of those people who love a new year. I love the clean slate of it, I love making resolutions, I love thinking about new possibilities. I’m also a little ridiculous; I spent entire days dreaming about new businesses I’d like to build but probably never will. The real fact of the matter is that I’m ambitious and want to start a new business every single day, but mostly…
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A Christmas Gift Idea For Everyone On Your List

babblebox gift box

Looking for Christmas gift ideas for everyone in your life? This list has got you covered. Something for everyone from grandma, to dad, to your darling college aged niece, (and something for you too!).

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Hello I’m Back And Now It’s Fall, Boo


Guys. First of all, hello. Did you have a beautiful summer? Did you travel far and wide making wonderful memories the whole way? I really hope so. I hope the summer of 2017 was one for the record books. My summer was fantastic. It started out with a trip to Europe and ended with me making peach jam in my kitchen while I listened to audiobooks. I know the end sounds like lame, but making jam is actually pretty enjoyable…
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What You Need To Know About ’13 Reasons Why’

13 reasons why

What You Need To Know About ‘13 Reasons Why‘ WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS CONTENT THAT MAY BE TRIGGERING FOR SUICIDE AND DEPRESSION If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. You can also take a suicidal person to any Emergency Room to be treated immediately. ‘13 Reasons Why‘, a Netflix original series, came into my periphery a few weeks ago during a conversation with my teenage daughter.  My daughter…
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Life Is Big Beautiful Busy Ordinary

Life Is Big Beautiful Busy Ordinary Friends, I’ve missed you.  It’s been a minute since I’ve written anything on Petit Elefant, and I wish I could say there’s some freak busyness in my life keeping me away. Some massively cool reason I haven’t been here hanging out with your gorgeous mugs. But the truth is, I’m as busy as all of us, living our everyday lives. I’m parenting and disease-ing (that should be a real, non-hyphenated word so I’m claiming…
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Valentine Mail Bag Craft

If you’ve ever been told by your child, frantically, at 8pm on February 13th that she needs to make a mailbox for her valentines for the class party the next day, and it has to be homemade and it has to have a theme, then this Valentine Mail Bag craft is for you. A hack. A DIY.  A time saver and a valentine rescue all in one. 2 years ago we went all out and made a super cute yeti…
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Dear United States Of America, Love A Refugee

letter from a refugee

Refugee stories help all of us understand the current refugee crisis better.  They make the statistics personal and help us understand the real stories behind the headlines, so today I’m sharing one of my own. Many of you know my husband is a refugee from Poland.  I’ve written about his experience as a refugee many times over the years on Petit Elefant, but my husband seldom shares his story personally, both because he’s private and because most refugee stories, including…
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Favorite Valentine DIYs

PE valentine DIYs

It’s really the little things I love about Valentine’s day. A bright pop of red or pink, a crayon-written note from a dear little one, some fancy chocolate, or a special breakfast to show love to my family or sweetheart.  Enjoy this collection of some of our favorite Valentine DIYs to celebrate your special people. Homemade crepes with juicy red berries (strawberries, raspberries or even cherries!) are a special breakfast that shows lots of love. And they are de-lish. Valentine crafts are…
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10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You’re Struggling

10 Ways To Feel Truly Happy When You're Struggling

Truly Happy: how to feel happy even when you’re struggling I don’t know about the rest of you, but once in awhile I wrestle with massive sadness.  I’ve dealt with depression for as long as I can remember, (diagnosed, clinical depression) but over the last few months I’ve been fighting the darkness like never before.  And even though I’m using all the tricks in my well-packed arsenal of coping tools, I’m still struggling to find a new center of gravity….
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