Month: September 2010

Sassy Fall Outfit.

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It’s sweater weather in Utah {at least at night} and here’s the sassy fall outfit I’m about to buy, top to bottom.  When it gets a little cooler you can wear a long sleeved tee or a turtleneck underneath.  Would you wear it?

I would, and will.

fall outfit1. Textured Elastic Wide Belt $6.80, Forever 21 2. Women’s Shawl Collar Vest $26.99 Lands’ End Canvas 3. Women’s Tweed Trousers $39.50, Old Navy 4. Leather Ankle Booties $74.00, Zappos

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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!

What’s in Your Purse Series: Week Eighteen.

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love playing, ‘What’s in Your Purse‘? I haven’t?  Well, I do.  Very much.

Please keep sending in your purses, this whole series has been awesome.  Send me two good quality photos of your bag, one of the outside, one of the contents, along with a bullet list of what I’m looking at to: allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom.  Muchas gracias.

This week’s purse is from Abby of Tales and Trials.

hobo bag
what's in your bag

baby wipes:: for little people messy faces/hands

snacks:: don’t ever leave home with out those! {for the littles and myself}

notebook & pen:: for the my to-do, grocery, and party planning lists

point & shoot:: for memories on the go

jr. epi-pen:: for Noah’s peanut allergy

wallet:: i have had this one forever {since college?} I really need a new one!

favorite hand cream

small make-up bag

lip gloss:: bare minerals

chapstick:: burt’s bees

monogrammed mirror

sunglasses

phone

keys:: Noah made me the I love you key chain for mother’s day last year

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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!

Quick and Easy Recipe for Frog Eye Salad.

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frog eye salad

I don’t know if Frog Eye Salad is a Utah thing, or an American thing, or just a plain old family thing, but I love the stuff.  Chewy, delicious pasta soaked in sugary pineapple syrup and coated with coconut, marshmallows and cream? Yes, please.

frog eyed salad

Here are your ingredients for Frog Eye Salad: {isn’t the name nasty? I know}

  • -1 & 2/3 cups Acini-de-Pepe pasta, uncooked
  • 1 can {20 ounces} pineapple chunks, drained {reserve 1/4 cup of the juice for later}
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits
  • 1 can {8 ounces} crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cans {11 ounces each} mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • Whipped Cream or Cool Whip

Okay, before you get started with any of the ingredients, cook the pasta for about 6 minutes.  Rinse it with cold water, and drain.  Pour 1/4 cup of lemon juice over it, and chill in the fridge.  You’ll need it later.

cooking sugar

Now you’re going to make the sauce.

Mix 1/2 cup sugar,

salt

1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of flour in a saucepan.

cooking with pineapple juice

Add 1 cup pineapple juice.  At this point, you probably want to turn on the stove.  I’m just saying.

Stir it … >> find out more…

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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!

Weekend in Vegas.

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I still haven’t written about Mighty Summit because I’m tired, and still processing the happiness of the whole weekend, and in the interim, I went to Vegas for the weekend.  Because apparently being in two major cities in one week isn’t enough, I needed to make it three.  Sigh.

family in las vegas{this is the whole family, schlepped to Vegas, in the Bellagio hotel which is made of awesome}

So a couple weeks ago my girlfriend Carina told me she had extra tickets to The Pixies in Las Vegas.  The Pixies are one of my favorite bands, ever.  I mean, any band that has a song called ‘Allison’ in their repertoire is on my books for life, so having free tickets to the show seemed like a given.  Although.  I’m tired, I’ve been traveling a lot, and my house is a mess.

While I was sitting at the airport waiting for my flight home from San Francisco, Viktor called to see where I stood on the issue.  I told him I thought it was too much work, I didn’t know where we’d find childcare, and did I mention I was tired?  I turned to my friend Heather>> find out more…

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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!

My Everyday Earrings

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gem stone earrings

These sterling silver gemstone earrings are my new favorites.  They were part of the swag from SocialLuxe Lounge and have become a part of my outfit every single day.  Unless I’m going somewhere fancy and want to wear bigger earrings, I pop these in as a go-to staple.  Aren’t they fabulous?  They’re from Cambria Cove, a crowd favorite, and while I can’t these exact ones on their site right now, they have plenty like them that will get the job done.

Do you have everyday earrings?  A go-to pair that make every outfit better?

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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!

My Laundry Room is….

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A complete disaster.  If yours isn’t, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.

messy laundry room

This, despite the fact that I painted a completely adorable red bench from D.I. a beautiful bright red to give the kids a place to remove their shoes.  Despite the great coat rack from IKEA for the school backpacks.  Despite the new front loading washer and dryer which take up so little space it’s practically criminal.  Despite the white board on the wall from Costco that organizes my children’s schedules.

multiplying laundry

A mess.

front loading washer and dryer

Send help, I’m being swallowed by breeding laundry.

– The new front loading washer and dryer are from Frigidaire.  I’ve been participating in a campaign with them since the beginning of the year.  I love the washer and dryer, but perhaps they could have sent someone WITH the appliances to do the actual work.

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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!

Where to Eat in Park City.

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tomato soup

I know I got sidetracked by life for a little while.  Hijacked is more accurate.  But I’m back, and I want to finish out the Park City series.  I started out with a post about where to stay in Park City on vacation, and I have two more in me.  This one on where to eat while you’re there, at least if you stay at The Canyons, and what to do in Park City.  Besides ski.

So.  Where were we?  If you stay in Park City, The Canyons has got your back.  Yes, that.  And, they totally have delicious food to boot.  The second day there Viktor hauled me out of bed to head up the mountain on a gondola ride and have lunch midway up the mountain at Red Pine Lodge.

No judging.  I was tired from all the New York nonsense.  If he hadn’t woken me up it would have been dinnertime before I found the light.

cranberry chicken salad

Red Pine served us some extremely delicious tomato bisque soup ever {me}, a chicken salad for Viktor, and, wait for it….the best Tiramisu I’ve ever eaten in my life.  Ever.  I’m no stranger … >> find out more…

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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!

What a six-year-old packs for a trip

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Since we’re doing What’s in Your Purse today, I’ll show you what Charming packed for me last week.  I was throwing together things to take to the Mighty Summit and here’s what he contributed.  He brought it over to my desk, all shoved in a little plastic make-up container and said, “Here mommy, I packed this for your trip.  It’s full of everything you’ll need in California.”

stuff for a trip

Here’s what you’re looking at:

- A pedometer.

- 2 eyeliners, one white and one sparkly purple from Sephora

- 1 mechanical homework pencil

- 1 length of yarn in case I wanted to play Cat’s Cradle with my friends

- Charming’s personal hair comb

- binder clip labeled, appropriately “Crap” from a friend

I don’t have to tell you how much I worship the kid, right?  Downright adorable.  If I could only live inside a 6-year-old’s brain.

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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!

What’s in Your Purse Series: Week Seventeen

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This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series is from Danielle, of Elleinad Spir.  Thanks Danielle!

My current (and favorite) bag is by Marc Jacobs. I love that it holds everything I need as a mother of a 3 ½ year old, and yet is still a cute purse.

marc jacobs bag

inside marc jacobs bag

The front two pockets:

  1. Sani-Hands for kids. I love these – they are very gentle and yet still effective. (http://www.amazon.com/Sani-Hands-Wipes-Kids-Cloth-White/dp/B0016T69LI/ref=pd_sbs_op_2)
  2. iPhone

The zippered outside pocket:

  1. a zip lock bag with flushable Kandoo wipes 9 http://www.pamperskandoo.com/),  for the toddler, not me.
  2. a zip lock bag with an extra pair of underwear…again, for the toddler, not me.
  3. a zip lock bag with Neosporin spray, band aids and a few bug wipes. And some pepto. Why is everything in it’s own zip lock? Because the bags themselves have come in handy!

Inside the bag:

  1. Coach wallet I have had for years and years.
  2. The red zippered bag holds….
    1. Smarties and a dum dums (rewards for good behavior…sometimes bribes for it)
    2. Crayons
    3. A matchbox car
    4. A small coloring book. They come in a 4 pack as party favors and are the perfect size for taking with you. I got mine at Target
  3. >> find out more…

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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!