Month: May 2011

homemade sidewalk paint

– This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. –

We made homemade sidewalk chalk paint at our house last week, and it was a big, fat hit. It’s basically liquid sidewalk chalk you paint onto the sidewalk with a brush. So much fun. It only takes 3 ingredients, one of which is water. Hallelujah.

Ingredients for Homemade Sidewalk Paint:

-1/4 cup cornstarch

-1/4 cup cold water

-food coloring

-paintbrush

Seriously, can it get any easier?

Measure your cornstarch into a bowl.

I chose to start off without doubling the recipe, but in the end I needed to double it to make enough for 4 colors.

Add water and start mixing.

It’s going to be a little tough, because you’re mixing cornstarch and water, but be persistent. I know you can do it! I believe in you!

Once it’s thoroughly mixed together, add a few drops of food coloring. This is the best part.

Mix well. Isn’t it pretty? I think … >> 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!

dollar store beauty

– This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. –

I wrote an article for BabyCenter a couple weeks ago about dollar store makeup, and I want to know if any of you buy makeup there. Beauty products? I buy makeup from the dollar store on a regular basis, truly. Nail polish, nail polish remover, eyeliner, and most recently, eyeshadow and liquid liner.

dollar store beauty

I’m not saying you have to get all your beauty supplies on the cheap. I’m as apt to spend $18 on a good eyeshadow as the next girl {M.A.C. anyone?} but I think it’s smart to economize once in a while.

And would you like to know what?

I really like their eyeshadow. It leaves me room in my budget to buy magazines, a Diet Dr. Pepper, and a Redbox or two on the way home.… >> 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!

One if by train, two if by plane

salzburg

We’ve been traveling all around Eastern Europe for the last week, on a little vacation-within-a-vacation.  We took a handful of overnight trains and a few day trains to see Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, and Budapest.

prague

If I could move to Prague or Salzburg tomorrow, I’d do it.  I cannot believe how gorgeous those cities are, and Austria has my vote of approval, which I’m sure they were waiting for with bated breath.

castle

After a week sleeping on trains, I felt totally sideways by the time we got back to Warsaw, but I’ll tell you what, trains are the way to travel.  Especially sleeper trains.  Man, that’s the life.

sound of music

We visited the gardens where part of The Sound of Music was filmed, and they were more gorgeous than I expected.  Can I move to Austria already?  Pretty please?

park

Another thing we’ve discovered is that parks in Europe make parks in America look like small little playthings for toddlers.  We found a park in Prague with an honest-to-goodness zip-line and a park in Salzburg with hammock swings, a huge climbing wall, and a slide to die for.

My kids were in heaven.

park

We’re getting ready to take another side trip to Krakow, which … >> 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!

taking kids to a museum

– This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. –

j. paul getty

When we went to California in June we took the kids to one of our favorite museums on the west coast, the J. Paul Getty. Now I have to warn you, my kids aren’t the most city slicker sophisticated types. They aren’t afraid to burp in public and make loud declarations about how bored they are when looking at some of the world’s best art.

J. Paul Getty

Stinkers.

run the stairs

They were far more excited to run the stairs up to the museum than they were about the amazing works of art inside the museum.

stair

The Getty has some of the most beautiful artwork in the world, including my most favorite Monet of all time. In fact, there was a huge Leonardo da Vinci exhibit with tiny detailed drawings and notes, and facts about Leonardo da Vinci I never would have known in a million years.

da vinci

Amazing. Awe inspiring. Invigorating.

bored kids

Apparently.

taking your kids to a museum

Seriously, you’d … >> 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 wear to a barbecue

A few weeks ago after the really fun 4th of July parade, I walked down the street to where Justin Hackworth was hosting his 30 Strangers open house. I wanted to show my sister my 30 Strangers portrait, and I got to see Justin {which is always a bonus} and his wife Amy. She’s my favorite. Bubbly, adorable, kind, wonderful. Anyway, she was wearing what was perhaps the most perfect summer outfit of all time.

what to wear to a bbq

Isn’t Amy darling? This outfit is perfect for a summer parade that transitions into a barbecue, as they are wont to do.

floral converse shoes

Worn, lived in converse. With flowers no less.

summer hats

And isn’t that summer hat to die for?

I’m telling you, top to bottom Amy was wearing the perfect summer outfit, one I plan to wear to a barbecue in the next few weeks.

What do you wear to a barbecue? As little as possible? Flip flops and a maxi dress?

P.S. Justin just took some bridal shots of my little sister. Aren’t they outstanding?… >> 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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What’s in your purse series week forty nine

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

–If you want to submit your purse to the series take two photos of your purse {nice, clean non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom
coach purse

what's in your purse series
what's in your purse

The purse: I bought this for myself, and for a long time it was the most I’d ever spent on a purse.  It’s about 8 years old now and fits perfectly under my arm.  I frequently buy bigger bags, but I always go back to this one for simplicity.

  • Netflix DVD to return
  • Gold necklace- I felt like I had on one too many accessories for a cookout last weekend.
  • Coach teeny tiny wallet- really more of a card case
  • Blue cosmetic bag {contents below}
  • Keys
  • Kleenex
  • Broken piece of my key chain- hard to see in this photo
  • Random recipes I’ve printed that haven’t made it into my recipe binder
  • My day planner {AKA: my life- also holds random coupons, notes, etc.}
  • E.L.F. Cuticle Pen- pretty sure this has made my cuticles worse, but it was only $1
  • 1/4 Cookies & Creme Hershey’s Bar- why only 1/4 you ask?
  • >> 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 decorate a homemade gift bag

– This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. –

brown paper gift bag

Who wants to make a homemade gift bag today? I do, I do! Seriously, the economy is terrible & you can save a few dollars making this darling gift bag yourself; you probably have what it takes to make this in your house right this second.

Supplies for a homemade gift bag:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Brown lunch sack
  • Scrapbook brads

Step 1:

Rip several pieces of scrapbook paper into little jagged edge circles. You’re making flowers out of paper and the circles are the petals, so the sizes you rip is totally up to you. My biggest circle was about 2″ in diameter.

Step 2:

Rip as many circles as you’d like layers of the flower. Lay them out on top of each other until you’re happy with what you have.

Step 3:

Grab a scrapbooking brad and poke it through the middle of all the layers of the ripped paper, … >> 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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the essentials for a stylist’s kit

– This is a re-posting of an article from last Summer’s archives.  While I’m away in Europe I thought I’d give you a tour of my blog.  I’ve got years of content to delve into and plenty of fun content to keep you entertained while I’m away. –

For the Park City photo shoot I’m styling {yesterday and today}, I needed a stylist’s kit. An odd assortment of pieces every stylist needs to make sure an outfit looks put together for a photo shoot, movie shoot, or red carpet.

stylist kit

I needed one for real life anyway, but it was really fun to put one together for the photo shoot. I put it into a Caboodle makeup kit and now that I’ve assembled it, I’m going back to the store to buy one for my own make-up. This thing is off the hook. It opens into 3 tiers on each side with a large main area for bigger items.

Hopefully I’ll be using it a lot this year and in years to come.

Here are the essentials for a stylist’s kit:

stylist's kit
stylist kit

  • sewing kit
  • scotch tape
  • straight pins
  • bobby pins
  • safety pins
  • Black Sharpie markers
  • scissors
  • lint roller
  • seam ripper
  • paper
  • >> 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!

Swimsuit Confidence Week with Land’s End

Ladies, this is Kimberly, Allison’s trusty sidekick here beseeching you to gird up your loins. Swimsuit season is upon us. For real. And I say, down with the string bikini! Down with T-shirts in the pool! We don’t need to go there. I say we make this the summer of swimsuit confidence. All shapes, all sizes. Don’t you agree? I thought you would. Land’s End does, too, and asked me to prove it. Well they actually asked Allison but she’s gallivanting across Eastern Europe or something. So, in all my new swimsuit glory, I give you proof of my own swimsuit confidence:

Can’t believe I just did that, although I will admit that having the right swimsuit goes a loooong way in boosting that confidence. Land’s End asked me to choose one to show off and I do actually like it. A lot. In case you were wondering–ha!–my teensy weensy bikini days are long gone, and most of my swim suit time involves chasing toddlers around a pool so, momma’s gotta keep it G-rated. But momma also wants to feel cute, not matronly. And a tankini (best invention ever) was my perfect solution. I love the flirty little skirted mini,  and … >> find out more…

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.