Share A Holiday Slideshow!

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Olay. Photo credit: family selfie taken by me on a frozen lake in Spokane, Washington

Did you know that Photobucket isn’t just a resource for finding stock images anymore? It’s true, Photobucket is also a super easy hub for making any and all things photo product related. You want gorgeous holiday cards? They got holiday cards. You want a slideshow? Photobucket has super easy to build slideshows. Remember how I shared some tips for how to get beautiful for holiday photos? I used some of the photos from that post and easily pulled together a super rad slideshow featuring some of my favorite photos from 2014. Turns out, even though our year was less than amazing, there were still some pretty good moments. It took me less than 5 minutes to upload the photos and toss them all together in a slideshow to help me remember those good moments, and then with their handy sharing tools, I shared that slideshow on Facebook in a snap! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Such a fun feature, especially if you’re looking for a low-key alternative to traditional holiday cards or even if you just … >> 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!

Last Minute Gifts Under $50

Who else doesn’t have all of their shopping done for the holidays? I hope I’m not the only one! Don’t despair! Last minute gifts aren’t that hard to come by.

Moms do a lot right? I think they deserve the best when it comes to Christmas presents. Let’s give the moms (and other important gals) in our lives the greatest Christmas ever with these awesome gifts under $50. I’m not going to lie, I would want any (or all!) of these! Word on the street is that most of our staff would, also. Kids- are you paying attention.

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1. How fab are these gloves from Anthropologie? Gotta keep those fingers nice and warm! ($48)

2. Every house needs a beautiful calendar for 2015! I love this one from Rifle Paper Co. ($26)

3. Get cozy in these polka dot printed pj’s from Gap! ($44.99)

4. This 3-wick candle from Bath and Body Works will fill your home with the most divinely cozy smells! ($22.50)

5. Isn’t this scarf beautiful? Looks super comfy too! Get it at Loft! ($34.50)

6. Everyone needs a classic pair of stud earrings! THESE from Kate Spade! ($48)

7. I think any mom would love to … >> 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!

Do You Remember The Smells Of Christmas?

Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Isn’t it the greatest? The warm feeling of friends and family everywhere, plans of spending time in front of the fire with my favorite books or a 5,000 piece puzzle and even a cup or two of ridiculously rich eggnog. And I didn’t even get to the presents. Not that they count, or anything materialistic like that.

Not to be cliché, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

I’m lucky to live in a state where, more often than not, Christmas is a snowy wonderland. I might grumble about it for the rest of the Winter season, but around the holidays there just isn’t anything better than a snowy front yard on Christmas morning.

Like all good holidays, the smells are what trigger memories of Christmases past for me. The Christmases of my childhood and even the smells of new traditions created with my own little family. They all blend in a happy place in my mind, delicious smells and warm thoughts mixed simmering together. In fact, I have a handful of my favorite smells during the Christmas season, ones I count on as part of … >> 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!

Taylor Swift 1989

Taylor Swift 1989Here is the point in our relationship where I confess to my closet love for the one and only Miss Taylor Swift. Or T. Swift, if you live at my house. Or if you are cool.

I finally gave into my urgings a few days ago and downloaded her new, 1989,  album and it’s been looping on repeat since. Taylor Swift 1989. IT’S THAT GOOD, ear worm type stuff. So what, I’m a 30-something wife and mother with decidedly more mature tastes than that of an early (and I do mean early) 20’s country-to-pop-crossover star. But I love her, I do.

Taylor Swift, I couldn’t quit you if I tried.

Don’t judge me, it just feels right.

I’m guessing if you haven’t admitted it already, you probably love her too and that’s okay. This is a safe space. A safe, Taylor Swift friendly place.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

 

 

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!

You Do You – A Mantra For Holiday Cheer

If you are in need of a snappy mantra for holiday cheer to get you through the season, stick around. Friends, please meet Kalli Verbecky. She’s visited us before, is generally fabulous, and today has shared a refreshing perspective and gentle reality check, to which I say amen.

IT’S ALMOST FREAKING CHRISTMAS

christmas tree lotI mean, duh, right?

You have your advent calendar out, your halls are decked to the max, and cookies and treats, and zoo lights, and making gingerbread houses, and trimming your tree, and an elf on a shelf and hot cocoa for all! Because that is what celebrating the holidays in 2014 means I guess. This level of festive commitment is what your kids are counting on because you ARE the source of friggin’ holiday magic! So get with the program and try not to ruin their childhoods with a lackluster December showing. You don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a shame cycle now do you?

Let’s dial that back for a minute with a short vignette: last December I had a bit of a wake-up call. Let me preface this by saying I love the holidays, I love Thanksgiving, I love Christmas, … >> 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!

Handle Your Holiday Shopping The Smart Way

I don’t know about you, but online shopping is my best friend this time of year, a godsend actually, considering that we’ve been in survival mode for the past several months at our house. Not that that makes us any different from any other family, aren’t we all in survival mode? Preach!

I haven’t left my house to Christmas shop at an actual brick and mortar store once this year, and I’ve somehow managed to avoid the mall all together, hallelujah! Praise the online shopping gods for delivering everything straight to my door. Of course, lots of online shopping means lots of shipping costs and dealing with hassle filled returns and exchanges. Is it just me or do those things take F-O-R-E-V-E-R? So annoying, right? It’s kind of the worst. That stuff adds up and time is money, chop chop!

All of those reasons are why I’m glad I discovered Shoprunner this year.

Won’t lie, it’s kind of saved my bacon with its free 2-day shipping, free no-hassle returns, and then of course there’s all those handy dandy member only deals where I get access to sales and deals available only to Shoprunner members like myself. Plus, if you >> 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!

Finding Holiday Spirit

christmas decor holdiay spiritFriends! It’s December and the holiday spirit is everywhere, except I’m not feeling it. I thought November would never ever end, but here we are on December 4th and the festivities are upon us. Somehow in the last 3 days we’ve managed to decorate a Christmas tree, put lights on the house, mail greeting cards, and listen to every Christmas album we own. A stack of our favorite holiday movies is on standby for the coming weekend, and the shopping is nearly done. It certainly seems like we are all ready for holiday joy and cheer, but I just don’t have my usual holiday mojo. I’ve gathered a few bits and pieces of inspiration to help me along, feel free to join me.

It’s really cold here, but not snowy and pretty, just cold and grey. So, I’m going to simmer up a lovely pot of this wassail to warm me up from the inside out–including my spirits!

cranberry wassail

Then I’m going to fantasize that I have a fancy holiday party to attend. I don’t, but a little day dreaming never hurt anyone. This collection of holiday party dresses all styled up with fabulous shiny accessories ought to brighten my day … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

How To Get Beautiful For Holiday Photos

Post Sponsored by Olay Regenerist

Beauty might not be top of mind when you think about the holiday season, but it probably should be. I mean, when you get together with so many different groups of people for work and family and church parties, you want to look your best.

Stress (ie bad skin + frizzed out hair) goes hand in hand with said family / work / church parties, and sometimes you’ve got to primp and pamper yourself a little bit to combat the *fun* of the season. Especially if you’re having family photos taken for holiday cards. You want to look all glow-y and shiny (in a good way), your best beautiful face forward and everything.

So how does one get all glow-y and sunshine-y for holiday photos? Well. It all starts on the base layer. Your inner beauty matters first and foremost, but after that, you’ve got to work on your skin. My skin is a train-wreck when I’m stressed, so I have to take extra care of it, especially during the holidays.

I happen to be a very big fan of Olay products of every sort: face wash, face brush, and especially the moisturizer>> 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!

Bourke’s Luck Potholes South Africa

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

I grew up in small-town Texas, about 40 miles North of Dallas. Potholes were an everyday occurrence in that small town. In fact, even though I haven’t lived at my parent’s home for 19 years, I still remember the path you had to drive to dodge every pothole, dip, and crater that presented itself in my parent’s neighborhood. Suffice it to say, I viewed potholes as evil little ploys to slow me down and ruin my car. Naturally, they were not a source of beauty.

When I moved to South Africa and heard of a tourist destination with the word “pothole” in it, I brushed it off. What could be so great about going to look at potholes? Well, there is something great, and let me tell you why visiting the Bourke’s Luck Potholes should be on your “things to see” list next time you’re in the Mpumulanga region of South Africa.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

1. You can have a picnic. My family laughs at me for my love of picnics and picnic baskets, but seriously, isn’t there something that’s just so great about having a family picnic together with your favorite food and the fresh air?

2. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are >> 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.