Month: April 2010

Dive! Dive! Dive! Going down.

We’ve been working on updating Petit Elefant for the last little bit now and we’re ready to proceed.  Bear with us while we move hosting plans, platforms, etc., etc.  This move should be seamless to all, but we though we’d let you know just in case there’s a blip or two in your loading the site.

This is the part where we tell you about the great things that are to be expected with the new site; so I just did.

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Michal

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four seasons hotel houston, texas.

One of the perks of traveling all the time is getting to stay in awesome hotels. I worship staying in hotels. This might have something to do with the fact that growing up we didn’t stay in hotels. Ever.


We were a granola, hippie, tie dye loving, camping family. Which I’ve incorporated into my family life, to an extent, but I love a good hotel. They always have hot showers! And beds!


So, in February I went to Houston for the Mom 2.0 Summit which was held in the Houston Four Seasons hotel. Upon checking in I was presented with a stuffed horse for my children. Sweet right? It’s the little touches that count.

Then we saw the room.


Gorgeous.


We had to book a suite in order to accommodate guests for the Cambria Cove suite we hosted the second day of the conference {we being me and my partner in crime Marie LeBaron}, and you won’t hear me complaining about it. The suite was outstanding.

oh, hotel slippers, aaaah

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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!

kutv channel 2 fashion segment.


I did another fashion segment for a local t.v. station this afternoon, showing off the hotness that is DownEast Basics right now. I wasn’t nervous, even though my sweat glands disagreed. I’ve decided yellow isn’t my color, poofy tops make me look pregnant, and my arms could use some toning.

Other than that, it was perfect.

After watching the rehash through my fingers, I’ve decided it’s tolerable and can share the video link with you.

Petit Elefant talks fashion.

Thankfully I had some of my blogging buddies along for the ride. Don’t they look hot? Strength in numbers.

{Left to right} Jyl from Mom it Forward, Melissa from IS*LY, and Susan from Freshly Picked


{Jyl & Melissa}
Thanks for having me Channel 2, it was great. If anyone is looking for some hot spring fashion, DownEast has some seriously great stuff.

{I made zero dollars and zero cents for this promo. I would only like a parking validation thankyouverymuch. And if someone wants to pick up the tab for the Cafe Rio Chicken salad and Diet Dr. Pepper I picked up on the way home from Salt Lake City, that would be fabulous

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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!

kitchen remodel part 3.


I will be grateful till the end of my days about my Frigidaire kitchen appliances. Really, forever grateful. And even though it’s like complaining about getting free clothes because your closet is too full, I’m totally and completely sick of my kitchen remodel. Over it you guys, really reeeeeeally over it.

For starters, my family room still looks like this


the contents of my cabinets on display for the whole world to see. I have to go get sugar and spices from the family room floor every time I bake something.



The doors of the cabinets are still in the garage, halfway through being painted so I have open shelving. Which I’ve decided, is not the life for me.



I’d have to be much more of a minimalist for it to work. It’s just too messy.

Speaking of messy.


My kitchen table is littered with detritus from here and there, the family room stairs are covered with plywood, the kitchen is half tile/half laminate with a small strip of textured HardiBacker, and my brain feels like it’s about to explode.



At least I have my favorite frame back on the wall. That counts for something, right?

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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!

reason #5425 I love my new refrigerator.


I love my new appliances. Like, love them so much I want to sleep next to them on a little blanket in the kitchen. But here’s another reason I love my Frigidaire refrigerator.

It has removable shelf liners.

Nasty right?

You know when you’re trying to clean the condiment shelf of the refrigerator and you can’t get all the nooks and crannies because the shelf is so tiny, and it’s attached to the fridge and you let out all the cold air trying to get the mustard off one corner?


Problem solved. Pop it out, give it a scrub, pop it back in. It’s airtight too so there isn’t debris underneath.


See?

I love this fridge.

I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive Campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Frigidaire and received a Frigidaire Refrigerator, Range/Microwave, Washer/Dryer set, and a Dishwasher to facilitate my review.

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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!

justin hackworth + 30 strangers.


Surely you’ve heard of Justin Hackworth and his 30 Strangers project? He’s a local {Utah} photographer and I love him. It’s really simple: he’s an extremely pleasant person {we could hang for hours}, he’s got a fantastic aesthetic, and he’s obscenely talented. What more could you ask for in a photographer?

He’s done this really cool project for the last few years called 30 Strangers where he photographs mothers and their daughters to raise money and awareness for The Center for Women and Children in Crisis.

It’s just amazing all around.


I applied to be a part of the 30 Strangers project and made the cut to do it this year! I was so excited, I’d read all about it in years past and was dying to do it.



Precocious is uncomfortable around the camera but we had fun at our session anyway. Justin is so easy to work with it should be criminal. My head seems rather large though, no? Bobble-head like?

My little sister is getting married this Summer, so I’m crossing my fingers we get to work together again. His photography makes me weep with joy.

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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!

lost bird found giveaway!

Would you like a giveaway today? Yes, please? That’s what I thought. How about a tote bag from Lost Bird Found with a matching pocket bag {valued at $50}? I’m giving two sets away.

Holla.


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= happy.

Giveaway Details:

  1. To enter the Lost Bird Found giveaway, leave a comment on this post.
  2. Leave ONE comment on this post between today and Wednesday April 28th MST.
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  6. Become a fan of Petit Elefant on Facebook, and you guessed it smartypants, you get a third chance to win!
  7. Anonymous entries will be ignored, so please include your email with comment.
  8. If you’re selected to win, you have 7 days to claim the prize or it will be forfeited.
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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!

earth day round-up.


Are you doing anything special for Earth Day today? Tie Dying anything? Wearing your favorite pair of Birkenstock sandals?

I might whip out a craft or two this afternoon, but right now the earthiest thing on my agenda is going to feed the horses. Which is awfully earthy if you really think about it. I always end up with lots of earth, and poopy earth at that, on my shoes when I’m through.

Sounds fun, right?


Lots of people more clever than myself are doing earthy things today.

Jane has taken a vegetarian vow for the day
Marie has free Earth Day coloring pages
Martha shares 25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home and
Baby Center teaches you how to make recycled crayons with your kids.

Awesome.

Happy Earth Day! Love your Mother.

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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!

lost bird found.

The Altitude Design Summit was full of awesome. Awesome people, awesome swag, awesome fashion. Along the lines of really talented artistic people is a friend I met at Alt named Sara Jensen. Too hip to be square, Sara is an artist with many talents, design being one of them.


Right after the conference Sara sent me a tote bag from her line Lost Bird Found.

Do you love the pattern as much as I do? Pomegranate? Stop it.


Would you like to know my favorite part about the tote bag, aside from the fact that I now own the coolest library bag in the state?

Sara included a matching pocket bag. For the girl who can’t figure out which lipstick, lip gloss, or nail polish to take in her purse so she takes them all? That would be me.


It keeps all my assorted cosmetics in one zippered place {lined in waterproof material so the likes of me can’t ruin it with a smuggled and spilled diet dr. pepper};no purse rooting required.

Heaven.

Lost Bird Found carries all manner of lovelies: plates, tunics, bookplates, lunch totes.

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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!