Month: June 2009

travel pillow for kids.

When we travel I allow the kids to pack one small pillow, one blanket, and a favorite animal so they’ll feel more at home wherever we are. I was beyond thrilled to discover Zoobie Pets, which combines all three. Is it a bird, a plane, Superman? Actually, it’s a Ladybug, a pillow, and a blanket. So clever.

Lily the Ladybug
$34
{via Zoobie Pets}

And the kids discovered that if you stuff the empty animal with your daddy’s sweatshirt {when you’d like to use the blanket, you can still have an animal and a pillow at your disposal. Not too shabby.


There’s a little bit of Velcro on the Zoobies, so we attached them to the kids’ luggage to take into all the hotels. No dragging special pillows and blankets along dirty hotel lobbies. Whew.

They’re seriously the cutest. I highly recommend getting one for your kinder.

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!

monterey bay, california


Next stop after San Francisco was Monterey Bay, California. Monterey is hands-down one of my favorite cities in the country, if not my all-time favorite. If I ever end up with a whole lot of extra cash, I’ll be plunking it down on a tiny cabin in Pacific Grove right on the ocean. I mean, a girl can dream right?

My family has always had a bit of a *love affair* with Monterey; going back three generations, I might add. Growing up, we stayed in Monterey as a family almost every Christmas for two weeks in a little turn of the century cabin right on the ocean. Some of my earliest memories are of exploring the nooks and crannies in the rocks across the street from the cabin and tide pooling with my siblings, so it was a really cool full circle moment for me to take my kids to do the same.

The drive from San Francisco to Monterey is unbelievable. Completely gorgeous. It was foggy and grey when we left San Francisco but sunny and beautiful when we arrived in Monterey. May in northern California though, is like Utah in October. Pretty, >> 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!


Mike and I are very excited to let you all know about a fantastic art retreat in San Francisco this August. In addition to my Illustrator classes and Mike’s Photoshop classes, you can learn about photography, letterpress, oil painting, and screenprinting. And in case that’s not cool enough, there’s even a photography class for kids and a cartooning class for kids. Some of the classes are sold out, but get on the waiting list if you’re interested!

Don’t live in San Francisco? I think it’s worth the trip! Mike and I plan to make a week-long vacation out of it. And hasn’t Allison’s travel report made you want to take a trip to San Fransisco?

Read the full details and find the class schedule on Nicole’s blog, here.

Classes Offered:

Photography
Tabletop Photography
Photoshop
Photoshop: Digital Workflow for Photographers
Photoshop: Digital Painting
Oil Painting
Letterpress
Illustrator
Illustrator: Making a Pattern
InDesign
Screenprinting
Photography for Kids!
Cartooning for Kids!

Cost:
1 class $45
3-4 classes: $40/class
5-7 classes: $35/class
7+ classes: $30/class
checks and paypal accepted.

Location:
The Ferney Studio, Valencia Street, SF, CA
Photography for Kids! will be held at Alta Plaza Park: at the steps of Clay St. … >> find out more...

Alma

family room re-design.


Remember way back in the Fall when I painted my family room blue? The room is still at a total standstill and it’s driving me crazy. So I enlisted the help of two of my favorite women, Deb & Erin, from Fresh Nest Design. I sent over photos of the space, what I hoped to accomplish with it, what kind of style I envisioned, and VOILA! just like magic I have a new design for my family room.

All I have to do now is incorporate the style. If you want to submit your own redesign, go here. Thanks Fresh Nest, I can’t wait to show you the *after* photos!

Design Instructions: Move the mirror that’s above the fireplace to above the sofa. This will help make the width feel larger than the 10?10? that it currently is. Move the clock you’ve got on the floor, and hang it above the fireplace instead. You’ve done a great job accessorizing the fireplace, the only thing I would add is to put the globe on the left side near the star. This will help to balance the accessories a little better.

1. Poang Chair from Ikea. This is one … >> 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!

Sephora makeup.

I’ve recently developed an infatuation with Sephora.com. I’ve enjoyed their stores in other cities–if you’ve visited a Sephora store you know how fun it can be with all those pretty, shiny containers of color and fragrance. But, I had never purchased makeup on-line before. Don’t know what I was worried about. Their selection of brands is unbelievable and I’ve been really happy with each of my purchases, like this, though if I hadn’t been happy, returns aren’t a big deal.
Other good things? They send lovely little samples with every purchase (you know you love free samples), regularly offer extra perks, and they sent me an actual birthday gift: 3 pretty lip glosses, all wearable. Lucky we have the internet way out here in small-town Idaho.

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.

stephanie nielsen’s birthday

If you happen to be in Utah this weekend, there’s a lot going on. And you’ll want to be a part of all of it. At least I do. In no particular order, here’s what’s on the calendar:



The ever talented Nicole Carman is hosting a boutique full of the cutest hand-made lovelies this side of the West on Saturday June 27th from 2-8 p.m. You really don’t want to miss it. If you need a birthday gift, wedding present, or a little treat for yourself be sure to stop by. And please say hello if you see me, I’ll be there!


Join Vanessa, last week’s guest blogger from I Never Grew Up, on Friday June 26th for Art Days. I hear the Walter Wick Exhibition is amazing!


Support one of my favorite blogs of all time, Nie Nie at The Sweet Tooth Fairy on Saturday June 27th. In celebration of Stephanie Nielson’s birthday Sweet Tooth Fairy will donate all the proceeds of the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes to the Nie Nie foundation & the Arizona Burn Center. These cupcakes are divine, I just devoured one a few nights ago and can’t wait to go back! 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!

fitness tip of the week.

Try something new.

That’s my tip for today. Are you a yogi? Try Tae Bo. Love running? Go for a swim.

Your body needs to be confused every once in a while if you’re going to get and stay in killer shape. You’ve gotta confuse those muscles!

Go get ‘em tigers.

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!

Tour of Boudin Bakery.


Day three in San Francisco was one of the highlights of the entire trip for me. We went to Boudin Bakery on the wharf for a tour of their San Francisco museum as well as their sourdough bakery. As it turns out, the Boudin sourdough starter, their “Mother Dough” has been around since the beginning of San Francisco and was the one thing that Mother Boudin saved from the burning building during the fires of 1906. If you know anything about growing yeast (we got a whole science lesson while we were there) you’ll know that yeast is a time machine. This time machine takes us back to the middle of the 19th century.



We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Terry who showed us around the museum as well as the factory. The factory bakes each day thousands of rolls of bread along with many more pieces of hand crafted artisan pieces as well. Below, you can see Terry {a master story teller if there ever was one} holding up a lobster and showing us it’s belly.



There is serious art in this artisan bread. Lobsters, crabs, alligators, fish, turtles, anything
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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!

kids in the garden

Without fail, if I’m working in the yard, my toddler wants to work in the yard. With the big heavy grown up sized shovels and rakes. It quickly becomes frustrating for both of us, but he’s not content with the small plastic toy shovel I keep offering. Apparently, it just doesn’t get the job done for him.
I’ve searched high and low and I may have found the perfect solution at Main Street Supply. The website is decidedly no-frills, but their children’s section offers up some fantastic, classically styled outdoor toys at great prices.
Rakes, spades and the like, $5.99
steel heads and solid wood handles. just what I’m looking for.

Kid-sized wheelbarrow by Radio Flyer, $43.09
I’m loving this.

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.