Month: April 2009

weight watchers momentum.

So you know how I’m trying to eat healthier and exercise, and lose a few lbs in the process? Well, it turns out I need a little help. Somehow {magically I think}, I gained 15 pounds over the Winter. I know, right? Unbelievable.

I don’t know if it was all the cupcakes {yummmmmm} or sitting at my desk for hours every day, but somehow I went from my ideal weight to….15 pounds around my middle. Blurg.



Well, in addition to exercising I’ve started doing Weight Watchers. They were kind enough to sign me up for an online membership so that I can get my rear seriously in gear. It doesn’t fit into my crazy life to go to meetings so I’m keeping track of my points, my meals, my occasional indulgence, and my weight all online. Works for me. It’s actually kind of {very} painful to write down every single bite I eat; I have to be accountable for that sprinkling of M&M;’s and a bite of my son’s granola bar. However, it’s been really useful to see what portion sizes are really supposed to look like, and how many points I’m using up on a
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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!

how to: look for whole grains in ingredients.

April’s theme for the month is………..Fiber

This is the last week of the month……so how did you do with eating more fiber? Were you surprised at how many foods have fiber? I hope you were all successful. The last question about fiber is….. What about all the fiber bars, and high fiber cereals…what is really in them. Is that all real fiber?

When you are at the grocery store, I am sure you see a variety of new products that claim to have 9 plus grams of fiber, and all that fiber is found in a granola bar!! How can that be… you might ask??? Well there are 2 different kinds of fiber that are in foods. The fibers are called Intact Fiber, (which also contain soluble and insoluble fiber) and Isolated fiber.

Intact Fiber


Intact fiber is found in whole grains, fruits, veggies and especially in wheat bran cereals. Intact fiber are found naturally in foods. The benefit of intact fiber is that your body digests intact fiber better, and they are nutrient dense. You want to try to get 25-30 grams of intact fiber a day.

Isolated Fibers

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Rachele Foushee-Beck

Spring centerpiece

spotted at Martha…I love this idea of recycling tin cans into such pretty centerpieces or gifts. Just right for May Day, Mother’s Day, a baby or bridal shower, or even a birthday party, for no reason at all! These hydrangeas are gorgeous, but I can see this with gerbera daisis, sunflowers, or any flower with a large blossom. 

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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.

And now onto a brighter subject.

Let’s talk giveaway winners.

E-Cloth EarthDay giveaway winners.  There are three to be exact.
Congratulations to:

Kristen said…

Ooooh, that would help me on my quest for lessening the paper towel situation in our house. I already try to use cloth for dinner and clean up, but the counters, stove, etc. are my downfall. 
Thanks!

Emily said…

I go through so many paper towels! I would love to win!

Anna said…

Love anything that doesn’t use chemicals, but can clean my house!

There there will be Clorox Canisters going to the following 5 germophobes:

Courtney said…

I just went to a class on MRSA and now I am paranoid about germs. I’d love to try these out.

Susan said…

These would be perfect to wipe down bathroom handles (I am seriously ooged out by these). Toilet handle, facet, door knob etc. They are cute to boot!

hannah said…

Cute packaging! I would love to have some of these…so handy!

Shel said…

I’d leave these out on my shelf unit in the bathroom right at eye level so I’d be reminded to grab one or two for a quick wipe-down every day.

krstrpp said…

I’d love to tell you how I would

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Michal

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what it was like to live in Poland during WWII



Both my father and my mother were born in Poland in 1937 and 1941 respectively. As a child, my father lived outside of Warsaw in a two story house in a small town built within a forest. I suppose that back then forests were not clear cut to make room for a city, but the city was built within the forest, clearing out only the trees that needed to be cut. Up until a few years back, the cobble on the roads still showed scars from the metal tracks of Soviet tanks as they rolled though the streets, “liberating” Poland.

Germany invaded Poland in 1939 when my father was only two years old. When he was five, the Warsaw Ghetto was liquidated by the Germans (read: slaughtered) and while on the banks of a river, my father watched train after train of cattle cars loaded with people being moved to the Treblinka Extermination Camp. It was said that in this specific camp, no one survived more than 24 hours, even the forced labor had a very quick “turnover”. To my father, being a child, he had no point of reference as to what was normal and what was not. … >> find out more…

Michal

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Summer Sewing

Earlier this week was bright and sunny in Utah. Yay! But then it snowed Saturday and Sunday. Boo! It was a good weekend to stay indoors. So this weekend I got (almost) all caught up on my laundry, and I decided on the spur of the moment to sew a sun hat for Little O so that he has a little shade for his eyes and protection for his head when the sun actually decides to come back.

Because I’m working on being more frugal, I went through my stock pile of fabrics to see if I had something that worked for the project. I chose a small blue polka dot fat quarter and some old canvas scraps left over from a project two years ago.

Then I tried to conceive of a hat that would be good to shade our son from the sun. It needed to have a brim. And I wanted it to be reversible.

So I started cutting out pieces of fabric and holding them up to Little O’s head. A couple hours later, I had this masterpiece:

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Alma

love and prayers to a blogging friend

I had known in a very peripheral way about Nie Nie Dialogues before last Fall, though I didn’t know Stephanie personally. I still don’t, but I love her. If you don’t know her story, Stephanie and her husband Christian were in a terrible airplane crash last Fall, barely made it out alive, and were severely burned in the process. At Christmastime the blog-o-sphere was abuzz with auctions to benefit Stephanie and Christian and their ever growing medical expenses. The New York Times picked up the story; it was all over the news.



The beautiful thing about it, to me at least, was that it brought the blogging world close to home. Stephanie is one of us, we’re just like her, it could happen to anyone. It made it real. The most beautiful thing actually, is what a survivor Stephanie has turned out to be! What an amazing attitude. That the first thing she thought after the crash was that she needed to get home and feed her family dinner. She is recovering in pieces, and documenting when she can along the way.



I love reading her posts because she has been to hell and back and she’s here to write
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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!

weekly fit tip: set yourself up for success.

I still need you to keep coming forward with your fit tips. I’m squirreling them away for a rainy day and I want as many as I can get. Please.

Today’s fit tip?

Set yourself up to succeed.

What does that mean? It means: assume you are going to meet your goals. Know you are going to meet your goals. Don’t set yourself up with even an ounce of self-doubt. You can do it, you know you can. Don’t let yourself think even for a second, that you aren’t going to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

If that means you need to tape little reminders all over your life, so be it. I have a magnet on my fridge that reminds me to be active. I cut out a picture from a fitness magazine to help me remember what I want to do. It’s a photo of a woman running her heart out, mid-stride. I mod podged her, glued her onto a magnet, and put her on my fridge. She helps me remember that I really can do it. And so can you.

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!

quick tips for getting more grain in your diet.

April’s theme for the month is…………..Fiber


The question we are looking at this week is Why eat more whole grains? “The strongest evidence is for cardiovascular disease,” says Eric Rimm, an associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard University School of Public Health. We all need more whole grains in our diet. So let see how to get more whole grains in your diet. First take a look at the foods you are eating and see if they are a whole grain food. Some of my favorite whole grains are wheat, barley, quinoa, rye oats, spelt oats, pasta, brown rice, whole grain cereals, energy bars, and crackers. Your heart and your taste buds will thank you!

If you are not familiar with Quinoa, you have to try it!! It is a grain that is eaten a lot in the Southern U.S. and found through out South America. Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. And your body loves those aminos!! So look in the bulk section at the >> find out more…

Rachele Foushee-Beck