Month: November 2010

the incident of the motorcycle

Today’s a random sort of day for me, so I thought instead of sharing the newest beauty secret in my pocket, I’d share a quick story with you.  I know, you’re waiting with bated breath, I can feel it.

girl

Several years ago when Precocious was a toddler, we lived in a small condominium in a different city.  We lived close enough to Viktor’s office that he decided to buy a motorcycle for the quick commute.  It didn’t hurt that his best friend/boyfriend had a motorcycle too, and they always buy toys in pairs.  Story for a different day.  Anyway, Viktor had a motorcycle and it was a lot of fun.  The rowdy side of me was excited about the whole thing, the mother side of me was less than thrilled.

I learned how to ride a motorcycle all by myself, and I’ll tell you, there really is something to all that wind in your hair.  It’s a liberating feeling being all exposed to the elements at 60+ M.P.H.  Dangerous and whatnot but you know, fun, and lots of it.

So this one day, in the parking lot of a grocery store Viktor decided to let our 3-year-old daughter … >> 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!

rocker child

I uploaded a bunch of photos yesterday from my camera after doing a few tutorials, and here’s what I found:

kid rocker

Anyone missing a little rock star?

On a side note, where did he learn this?  Not from Avatar, surely.

**UPDATED**

Apparently, he learned it in Kindergarten.  Ahem.… >> 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!

Windows 7 Phone Giveaway Winner!

We have a Windows 7 Phone giveaway winner!

windows 7 phone

Thanks everyone for entering the Windows 7 phone giveaway.  I loved reading all your comments about what makeup you’d wear if you were stranded on a desert island.  For what it’s worth, you’re smart if you picked an S.P.F. moisturizer.  Good choice.

The winner is…… drum roll…..

Dele O

All the make up needed will be on the deserted island. charcoal for eyeliner, and a natural tanning salon. With a sand bed and sun-light. LOL.

Dele O, get your info to me stat so we can hook you up with a new phone.  Serious, email me: allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom… >> 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!

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how to: homemade facial mask

I’ve only had a couple of facials in my life, and I’ve loved each one with the fire of a thousand suns.  The sad truth however, is that I don’t have the time or the funds to get facials on a regular basis.  The good news, of course, is that I’m a total cheapskate and will find a homemade solution to almost anything, including a facial mask.

face mask

This homemade facial mask includes 3 ingredients:

  • uncoated aspirin
  • honey
  • water

Right? Right.

uncoated aspirin

Step 1:

Put a few uncoated aspirin in a bowl

Step 2:

Add a few drops of water, just a few

Step 3:

Let the aspirin dissolve completely, it will only take about 30 seconds or so

Step 4:

Mash the aspirin around a little bit

face mask

Step 5:

Add a tablespoon or so of honey and mix it in completely with the aspirin

facial

Step 6:

Hold yourself back, I know I’m super hot, you don’t need to tell me about it.

Apply the honey aspirin mixture all over your face.  Scrub it as you’re applying, the aspirin gently exfoliates and has salicylic acid {the ingredient used in acne creams} so it’s great for your skin.  The honey helps … >> 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!

What to do with your left-over Thanksgiving turkey

I don’t know about you, but I’m all full up on Thanksgiving turkey and I’ve got loads to spare.  Would you like to know what we’re having for dinner tonight?  Yep, turkey.  Only a different incarnation of the regular Thanksgiving variation.

Here’s one idea for what to do with your left-over Thanksgiving turkey:

Barbecued turkey sandwiches.

left-over turkey

Here’s what you need:

  • left-over Thanksgiving turkey
  • bottle of barbecue sauce
  • crock pot
  • 2 cans mushrooms
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Throw all the ingredients in the crock pot, let it simmer for a few hours, all day, overnight, whatever fits your fancy.  Spoon into left-over Thankgiving roll for a delicious BBQ sandwich.

barbecue

Yum.>> 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!

how to: wear jewelry

Yes to fashion

How many things have you said yes to since I started this series?  Red lipstick A scarf? I hope so.

This, my final installment, is all about how to wear jewelry.  I am an accessorizing fool, and I’m about to show you how I like to put jewelry together to fox up any outfit on the cheap.

–This post is part 4 of a 4 part series sponsored by Yes To, Inc. the makers of the brilliant natural beauty lines Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers, and more.  This month they are encouraging women to say “Yes To” the things they love on Facebook. I say Yes To Wearing a Scarf, Trying Red Lipstick, and buying cool shoes on the cheap.  Say Yes to is offering a 15% off code right now using the code *YTCOOL*.
>> 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!

What’s in Your Purse Series: Week Twenty Six

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Michelle.  Thanks Michelle!

Hope you’re all having a happy Thanksgiving!

My Purse:  Vera Bradley mailbag in Very Berry Paisley
Starting from the “weird” wolf notebook moving clockwise

vera bradley

what's in your purse
  • Weird wolf notebook.  I have paint chips, measurements and things I want to buy all in this book and weird notes I’ve written to myself which I no longer understand what they mean.
  • Blue plastic container of various insurance cards, red Clinique wide tooth comb and some tissue  (hidden underneath is a panty liner…just in case)
  • my glasses (that I never ever wear)
  • various small items from inside pockets, tide to go, mascara, cream for my nasty cold sores, chap-stick (my best friend) and a pin drive.  Seriously I am amazed there is only one tube of chap-stick I must be living dangerously lately!!
  • my iPad (love love love that this thing drops right down in my bag) and my Blackberry curve phone in sparkly pink
  • my car key and house keys
  • a toothbrush (pre-pasted) and Clinique dual end lip gloss/lipstick
  • that teeny tiny little VB coin pouch holds an extra contact lens case and a tiny bottle of solution  (that was
  • >> 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!

great board games for families.

I am a huge fan of board games.  Huge.  I have yet to convince Viktor of their import in our lives, but the kids are finally old enough to appreciate their mothers’ mad skills.

Mad skills.

mythbusters

I think however, when the kids open up a package to reveal this Mythbusters board game on Christmas day, they might wipe the floor with me.

I don’t know if it’s unhealthy or not but my kids are Mythbusters obsessed.  Charming knows what ballistics gel is and routinely requests C4 for special holidays.  He also wrote a love letter to Kari Byron, and I’m not even kidding.

myth busters

Look! It’s Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman.

buster

And Buster!  With a catapult!

Holy cow, I don’t even want to think about the things that will fly around my kitchen come Christmas morning.… >> 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!

Fun Thanksgiving Ideas.

I write for a few places around the web, one of which is a holiday blog on AOL called Holidash.  Holidash is filled to its adorable brim with holiday ideas of every sort, and I recently added a couple of my own ideas for Thanksgiving.  Do you need some fun Thanksgiving ideas?

I do.

First up is a gratitude tree.  An easy craft to help you remember why it is we’re all gathering for this holiday in the first place.

gratitude tree

Secondly, an idea for a kids table at your holiday feast.  A place to relegate the masses of squirming-glass-knocking-over-children at your dinner table.

fun thanksgiving ideas

Have a great time this Thanksgiving holiday.  I plan on hanging out in special pants with an elastic waistband while I watch Veronica Mars.  What are you doing?… >> 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!