Month: October 2010

Trick or Treating.

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candy

How was your Halloween weekend?  Trick or treating happened on Saturday night for us because we live in Utah and that’s the way things are here.  I had less than 20 kids stop by, which means I broke my sugar-free clause to eat the remainder of the trick-or-treating candy.

Not good.

I woke up with hands the size of bear claws.  Lupus + sugar don’t mix.  Sugar makes me swell.  To the size of a water buffalo.

whoppers candy

Oh well.  Those are the breaks.

Charming was a Pirate for Halloween and Precocious was a one person piggyback {a reference to a book}.  I didn’t get photos of the kids because it hailed for 30 minutes before they finally decided to brave the war to get some candy.

I was dressed up as a tired mom.  No, really.  I wore my pajamas, no bra, and a cardigan sweater with some Uggs.  I didn’t do my hair, or makeup, and I wore glasses.

Classy-like.

How was your weekend, anything awesome or spectacular happen?  Are you in a sugar coma?  What did you wear?

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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!

Halloween Weekend Wrap-Up

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pumpkin

If you need a few last minute Halloween ideas, I’ve been chock-a-block full of them this week:

And some from years past:

And from other places:

Have a fabulous Halloween weekend!  See you back here Monday after the sugar crash.

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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!

Treat bags for Halloween.

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ghost treat bags

I’m in love with these cute ghost treat bags for Halloween.  I know we’re down to the wire with time, but I had to share these with you before next year.  Little ghostie sacks filled with treats.

halloween treat bags

Supplies for Halloween Treat Bags:

  • white paper sacks
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • Halloween candy or other treats

paper bags

Step 1:

Cut the paper bag to the shape of a ghost.  Trim off the top of the bag in the shape of a semi-circle.  Cut off as much or as little as you’d like, this is your rodeo.

hole puncher

Step 2:

Punch holes as far down as you can make your hole puncher go.  You don’t want these ripping up to the top of the bag when you add your ribbon.  Place the holes about 2″ or 3″ inches apart.

elmer's glue

Step 3:

This is where it gets crazy {not really}.  Glue your googly eyes onto the sack right underneath the holes you just punched.  Glue big ones, small ones, mismatched ones, crooked ones, you decide.

google eyes

Aren’t they cute?  The ghost looks so innocent without a mouth and nose.

Looks can be deceiving.

halloween treats

Step 4:

Fill ‘er up.  … >> 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!

Cute Camera Bag.

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purse camera bag

At the Mighty Summit this cute Epiphane camera bag was one of many amazing gifts we were given.

Yes, this purse is actually camera bag.

Fo’ Shizzle.

contents of camera bag

There’s room enough in the bag for a large camera, like my Canon EOS Digital SLR, and a few lenses.  I always have my three lenses with me, wherever I go.  You never know when you might need to shoot in a low light situation!

camera case divider

This little thing, the one that looks like a maxi pad?  It’s a separator for the bag.  There are a few of these inside.  Velcro on three sides so you can arrange the inside of the purse to suit your particular camera needs.

Brilliant.

camera bag tag

There are lots of little touches all over the bag that make me deliriously happy.  Like this adorable camera pendant, attached on the side that screams to the world,

“Yep! I’m a camera bag! And I’m foxy!”

At least that’s what it sounds like in my world.

good camera strap

Best of all?  This very padded removable shoulder strap.

If you’ve ever lugged around a heavy camera and three lenses, you’re already breathing a sigh of relief as you look at this.  Aaaaah.  So … >> 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’s In Your Purse Series: Week Twenty Two.

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Hey you.  Yes YOU.  Have you submitted your purse for this series yet?  I didn’t think so.  What’s the holdup?  Dishes?  I hear you, mine are totally all over the counter right now.  It’s okay, pause for a minute wherever you are and take a photo of your purse.  Take one of the outside, one of the inside and send them my way.  You can find me here:  allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom.  You know I love you for it already.

This week’s: What’s In Your Purse Series purse is from my awesome friend Sue Bradford.  Aren’t you in love with the tassels?  Yes, please.

brown leather purse with tassels
what's in my purse

Here are the contents:
Purse RED by marc echo (otherwise known as Cute Orange Purse from TJ Maxx)

  • Contents:
  • Crystal Light Energy packets (aka Pink Bev)
  • Wisp toothbrushes
  • Extra Gum
  • Kensington iPhone charger
  • No iPhone photographed because I was using the phone to take the picture
  • Business card holder
  • pen
  • pick comb (in case I need to pick out my ‘fro)
  • Keys
  • A note from my daddy
  • Epi Pen (for my daughters nut allergy) Could they make those any bigger, really?
  • Kleenex
  • Tylenol bottle – filled with Advil
  • Hand sanitizer
  • lotion
  • 2 chap sticks
  • 2

>> 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!

Faux Fur for Fall?

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fur boots

Today on BabyCenter I’ve opened up a discussion.  Faux Fur for Fall?

What say you?

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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!

Pumpkin Craft for Halloween.

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It’s Halloween-a-palooza at our house this week.  Are you a big celebrator of holidays like this one?  My kiddos are going nuts for any distracting crafts keeping them at bay until Halloween and the massive drop of candy this weekend.

I’m doing my best to oblige.

pumpkin craft

This is the easiest craft known to man.  Easy pumpkin craft for Halloween?  Check.

Oranges with Jell-O brains?  Check, check.

jell-o

Supplies for Orange pumpkins:

  • 2 packages of Jell-O
  • 3 or 4 big Oranges
  • paring knife
  • spoon

jello

Make your Jell-O.  I chose red because I wanted red Jell-O brains.  I mean, they don’t sell grey Jell-O, so red seemed like the next logical option.

Follow the directions on the box for Jell-O jigglers.  It’s basically just really stiff Jell-O, using about half the water.  Once it’s set {4 hours or overnight}, you’ll have really non-jiggly stuff for making brains.

Put it off to the side while we get carving.

tools

Pretend your Orange is a pumpkin.  Go Pumpkin Zen on me for a minute.

slice of orange

You’re going to cut off a slice on the bottom so it will stay upright while you work.

orange

Now cut the top off and start scooping out the innards.

Gross>> 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!

how to: make your summer wardrobe last into fall.

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Here’s a quick video that will help you transition your summer wardrobe into fall. Surely you have some tank tops floating around, yes? I thought so.

Blazer: Gap $15 on sale

Shoes: Dillards $20 Jessica Simpson suede boots {SALE central}

Tank Top: GAP $1.98 on clearance {booyah}

fall outfits
suede boots

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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: make easy ghost suckers

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ghost suckers

I know there’s nothing fancy or amazing about these ghost suckers.  They’re as run-of-the mill as Halloween crafts come, but sometimes, oldies are goodies.

Here’s how to make easy ghost suckers for Halloween.  Make ‘em for your kids, make ‘em for your neighbors, make ‘em for your friends.

supplies for ghosts

The supply list for this craft is almost ridiculous.

Easy Ghost Suckers:

  • yarn
  • tissues
  • suckers
  • black marker

tootsie pops

STEP 1:

Take two tissues {more makes it too bunchy, less and you can see through to the sucker wrapping}, lay them flat and place a sucker in the middle.

I choose to use Tootsie Pops.  How many licks does it take?  I’ve never made it all the way through without chewing.

tissues

STEP 2:

Wrap the tissues around the sucker and grab on around the “neck” area of the ghost.  Twist it a little to give it a little flair.

Because there’s not enough flair in the world.

ghost heads

STEP 3:

Now cut a piece of yarn, string, ribbon, whatever you have on hand, to about 3 inches long and tie a knot around the neck.

I’m sorry, it’s still a neck even if it is a ghost.

ghost eye

STEP 4:

Using the … >> 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!