5 Reasons You Need To Watch Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls, 5 reasons you need to be watching right now.

Gilmore GirlsHave you ever watched the TV show Gilmore Girls?  I’ll admit, I was late to the game, but there was no turning back once I started. I got into the series in about 2004 when the series was already 4 seasons deep.  The reason I initially started watching, (aside from the raving recommendations from friends) is that one of the main characters, Rory, attends a highly snooty private prep high school, as did I, back in the day.  I was lured into the show by the promise of a light take from an outsider’s view, into the madness of private prep schools, and after one episode I was hooked.

But let’s back up a little, and talk about the 5 reasons you NEED to watch Gilmore Girls.

  1. The dialogue is fantastic
  2. The characters are relatable
  3. The town in which the show is set, is perfection
  4. Melissa McCarthy is in it
  5. It’s a perfect balance of light + fluffy with real issues

#1 The Dialogue

Like I said, I joined the show 4 seasons into its 7 season run, and it was hot and fast from the get-go.  … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

DIY Charcoal Pore Strips How To Make Your Own

Charcoal pore strips are so easy to make at home, there’s no reason to ever buy them at the store again!

pore removerHave you been seeing DIY charcoal pore strips all over the internet?  I have, and since I love making DIY facials, I thought it would be fun to try the charcoal version.  Activated charcoal is so good at removing toxins inside your body, I thought it would be good for the outside of your body, and I was right.  These DIY charcoal pore strips pulled out impurities and blackheads so effectively I’ve already made them again!

charcoal pore strips

Here’s the recipe to make your very own charcoal facial so you can skip the price of the spa, (or the cheaper, but still expensive grocery store version!).  You’ll have enough charcoal to make your own DIY charcoal pore strips again and and again, whenever your face needs a little clean-up.  It feels amazing and does such good work! Way to go, charcoal.

DIY Charcoal Pore Strips How To Make Your Own

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

A Week In Koh Chang, Thailand

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A yearly family vacation is essential to building family bonds and memories. At least, I think it’s essential. We picked Koh Chang, Thailand for this year’s family fun, and what fun we had! If you’re contemplating a trip to Southeast Asia, Thailand is a great choice, and Koh Chang should be first on your list.

All sorts of adventures were to be had on Koh Chang, otherwise known as Elephant Island. A mere five hours from Bangkok (our AirBNB hosts happily arranged shuttle service for us) and accessible only by ferry, its lush mountains and warm waters refresh your soul like a steaming cup of soup on a cold day. Northern Hemisphere Summer equals rainy season on Koh Chang, but we found it a perfect time to go as the island was less crowded with tourists. Seven days wasn’t enough, but it was enough for some amazing island adventuring with kids aged six to thirty nine!

1. THE BEACH. Of course you can’t go to the island without getting your fill of several days sitting beachside. We spent many days enjoying the Gulf of Thailand waters which proved to be warm with waves just the perfect amount of fun without … >> 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.

Enough is Enough is ENOUGH: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.

#blacklivesmatterI don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve spent the better part of the last week weeping, nonstop.  I’ve been following along on Twitter as the events of the last week, and month, and year have developed live, and have been horrified along with the rest of the world.  But the back-to-back killings of two black men, followed by the killing of 5 police officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, completely undid me.  I just feel completely unable to cope with the devastation and overwhelming sadness and despair over race relations in the United States (and the rest of the world) right now. And probably like most of you, I feel helpless to change any of it.

My friends of color are reeling.  They’ve had to live with this kind of devastation their entire lives, so none of this is new to them.  But what I think causes the greatest sadness, and I could be wrong here, is that on top of the danger of racism, is the constant defending they have to do about their black experience to white people.  Not only do my black and brown friends live in … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

OPI Summer Collection Nude Polish 2016

Nude polish summer collection: OPI’s Infinite Shine 2.

OPI infinite shine collectionI love a good nude polish.  Granted, nude color varies a lot by skin tone, but there are a lot of different shades of basic nude polish, and it looks good on everyone.

nude polishNude polish is especially good if you worry your hands or fingers are too short, (it’s a thing, I promise) because using polish the same color as your skin extends the visual line of your hand all the way to the tip of your fingers.  Does that make sense?  Instead of having a dark color break up the look, it makes for one long, gorgeous streamline.

Granted, this collection is a pretty white girl set up, but overall they’re still great colors that would look good on anyone.

OPI infinite shineThe extra cool thing about this particular Infinite Shine summer nail polish collection from OPI is that it lasts longer if you use it together with the whole OPI Infinite Shine long-wear system. It’s supposedly comparable to getting gel color on your nails.  And aren’t the colors gorgeous?

nude nail polishWhat do you think?  Do you love wearing nude polish during the summer?  It’s such a classy, simple, chic beauty statement.  I … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

How To Make Your Own DIY Hat Cleaner

Hat cleaner: make your own DIY hat cleaner with this cool hack!

Make Your Own DIY Hat CleanerIf you’ve ever tried to wash a baseball cap at home you know how hard it is to get a flat brim hat clean without ruining the shape of the brim.  You can buy a special baseball hat washing frame, or you can use this easy, free DIY hack to wash your hats.

DIY hat washerI accidentally discovered this trick one day when I was loading my salad spinner into the dishwasher and realized the basket for the salad spinner was about the same size as a baseball hat.

I know, it’s crazy, but it’s true.

So I grabbed one of my son’s baseball caps and tried it on the salad spinner basket for size, and boom! Magic.  It turns out that a salad spinner doubles as a perfect DIY hat cleaner.

Here’s how it all goes down.

make your own hat cleanerHow To Make Your Own DIY Hat Cleaner

Step 1: Disassemble

Disassemble a salad spinner and separate out the salad basket.

DIY hat cleanerStep 2: Stretch

Flip the salad basket upside down and stretch a baseball cap over it.  Pull the hat taut until the crown is shaped perfectly over the basket.  … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Roundup Four Fourth Of July Recipes

The Fourth of July!  It’s my favorite holiday of all holidays.  What’s not to love?  It’s summer, the pools are open, parades are everywhere, the freezer is stocked with popcicles, BBQ’s are front, left, and center, everyone is making festive American-as-apple-pie desserts, and the night ends in fireworks.  A girl could live in July forever.

Four Fourth Of July RecipesTo celebrate, I’m sharing four of my favorite, very American, Fourth of July desserts with you.  The American Flag cake has been my go-to 4th of July BBQ contribution for almost 20 years.  It’s so easy to make and looks so festive.  Every host/ess loves having at least one of these on the buffet.  The base can be made as a cake or as a Jell-O, (it doesn’t get more American than that), and are equally delicious.

The ice cream takes a little bit of pre-game prep but is worth every bite.  I tend to be a little more greedy with my homemade ice cream, because it takes so long to make, but you’ll be the toast of every party if you show up with this homemade peach ice cream.

The red + white Jell-O desserts are so much fun to share at a … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

If you’re looking for some super fun, easy crafts to do with kids, I’ve got 7 new ideas for you to try.  There’s never a reason for kids to be bored with such a variety of things to craft at home.

easy crafts to make with kids

Homemade Slime: Have you ever tried making your own homemade slime?  It’s so much fun for kids!  All you need is a few household supplies (who knew liquid starch was such a versatile staple for home?) and a place to make a crafty mess and you’re on your way!  Nickelodeon has nothing on you.

Homemade Soap

Have you ever thought about making your own homemade soap?  It’s so much easier than you think!  No need to be intimidated about this old craft that’s making a comeback.  And you can take control of the ingredients if you’re prone to allergies or sensitivities to regular soap ingredients.

Glittery Heart Art

Making glittery, confetti heart art is a craft even the littlest of kids can do with minimal adult supervision.  Perfect framed as a gift for loved ones or to keep at home.

Recycled Tin Can Desk Caddy

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Living In A Drought

Drought

When I was kid in elementary school, I remember hearing talks about El Niño. Although I didn’t quite know what it was, I thought it was some once-off thing that got blamed if the weather wasn’t just right. Now I’m an adult, and El Niño has reared its ugly head once again. The results are much more catastrophic than I ever knew as a youth.

In South Africa, the country I call home, we were not prepared for what El Niño would bring or actually what it wouldn’t bring. Rain was scarce during our named rainy season months of January and February earlier this year. Now that we’re in the dry Winter season, the drought is felt more than ever. How, you might ask?

We get our water supply from the local river. About two months back, they started closing down access to the river every other week. That means that we have water for a week and then no water for a week. Can you imagine turning the tap on and nothing coming out? Now, before I paint too dramatic of a picture, let me say that we do pay to haul in water so that we don’t go a … >> 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.