Month: December 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! I hope you and yours are enjoying a wonderful season, no matter where you are or what you’re celebrating.  I’ve been missing for a handful of days so I can really enjoy some much needed downtime with my kiddos.  I plan to be M.I.A. until after the new year so I can rest and recharge and continue to bring you fun content.

christmas table decor

I have a bunch of fun guest posts lined up over the next several days; I think you’ll really enjoy them.  They’re a bit irreverent and not at all serious, which is just how I like it.

remote control truck

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of a remote control car Charming received for Christmas.  You’ll be happy to know he’s been filling the truck bed with cat food, chasing and banging around the house teasing the cat.

She’s not amused, our cat.

But things are all right in the world if Charming is harassing the cat.

Happy Holidays!

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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Homemade holiday pot simmer recipe

My mother has been making her own homemade holiday pot simmer recipe since the beginning of time.  At least since the beginning of my time.

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Do you even know what that means?  Homemade holiday pot simmer recipe?

home made holiday pot simmer recipe

It’s basically a bunch of yummy smells thrown into a pot, filled with water, and left to simmer on a back burner on the stove while you wrap presents or hang out in your house.

I usually keep it pretty basic, using whatever I have in the kitchen around the holidays: orange peels, lemon peels, whatever holiday citrus I’m using, mixed with spices.  Sometimes I use whole cinnamon sticks I buy at the dollar store {never use the good stuff for a pot simmer, it’s a total waste}, some nutmeg, cloves, and whatever else I feel like adding.  Ginger is a yummy smell to add to the mix, but it’s really whatever you please.  Here’s my recipe:

homemade holiday pot simmer recipe

  • 1 or 2 orange peels
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon or
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves

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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!

Love letters from my grandfather

My grandfather was a prolific letter writer.  Even as a baby I was sent postcards from all over the world with little notes like this one:

“You would look so beautiful wearing a lei from Hawaii my dear Ali!  Wish you were here with me darling girl! Kisses, Grandpa”

golden gate bridge photo

What little girl doesn’t need a grandfather like that?  He entrusted me with all sorts of important tasks when he was away, things I still can’t believe he allowed me to do at the early tender ages of my life.  But he believed in me in a way that has scarcely been matched since his death sixteen years ago.

His death was one of the saddest days of my entire life.  I felt like I lost a part of myself.

love letters from my grandpa

Sometimes I dream about him, and can almost feel his huge engulfing arms all the way around me.  He smelled of Mercedes leather and mints, and almost always wore a fedora.

love letters to my darling

Oh how I miss him!

A few weeks ago at my mother’s house I came across a huge stash of old photos and letters from my grandfather.  He had extremely distinctive handwriting so I spotted his letters right away, and … >> 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!

2011 holiday card

I almost scrapped holiday cards entirely this year.  They’re such a pain in the neck, and even though I ordered the postcards way back in October, I still addressed and personalized every last one of them {100 of them, in case you’re wondering}.  It takes time, money, and patience, all of which are running a little low right now.

But there’s nothing I love more than mail in the month of December, when I get buckets of holiday cards and photos from friends across the globe.  It’s literally my very favorite thing about the holidays.  I tape every last one of them to my coat closet door and spend a month gazing happily at all my lovely friends and family.

Christmas card

Since I can’t mail a holiday card to each and every one of you {although I’d love it if I could}, this is my 2011 holiday card to you.  This is the Czarnecki family in Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria this summer.  Although I’m sporting the most unfortunate hair in the history of ever, I’d give anything to be back in Salzburg with my little family; it was completely magical.

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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!

Weekly web wrap up

It’s been the longest week of ever.  Well that’s not true, I had a jacked up week last week with a migraine from down under {not Australia, I love you!}, and this week was incrementally better.  Turns out I had a pinched nerve in my neck and a bunch of dislocated ribs.  Oh hooray!  Thanks Lupus, I sure do love weeks like that.

I lie.

Anyway, there’s a lot of cool stuff being pumped out around the web so I’m going to share my favorites.  Friday is usually the day I write about travel, and I have a million and one Europe travel stories to share, but during the holidays at least, I’m going to focus on other things.

mocktail recipe

Sound good?  I thought so.

Weekly web wrap up:

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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!

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Holiday gift guide for men #2

holiday gift guide for men
  1. men’s shaving kit
  2. my favorite tea
  3. Michael Kors watch
  4. rc car
  5. biscuits for tea

*disclosure

Holiday gift guide for men #1 here.

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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holiday gift guide games

holiday gift guide for games holiday gift guide board games
  1.  taboo
  2. yahtzee
  3. scrabble
  4. uno card game
  5. monopoly

*disclosure

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!

Stocking stuffers for boys + girls

holiday gift guide for boys stocking stuffers for kids
  1. band-aids
  2. Christmas classics DVD
  3. underwater digital camera
  4. Captain America
  5. flashlight
  6. Spider-Man

 

stocking stuffers for boys + girls
  1. gloves
  2. wallet
  3. toothbrush
  4. scented candle
  5. Rubik’s cube
  6. leg warmers

*disclosure

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 I wore Wednesday fur jacket edition

Today is What I Wore Wednesday Fur Jacket Edition.

This is what it looks like when you hand your 12-year-old a camera at 5:02 pm after the sun has set and command her to snap some not blurry pictures, when you’re one foot out the door on your way out the door to snatch up groceries lest you all starve, oh and it’s 20 degrees out.

what I wore wednesday fur jacket

But you had to see what I was wearing yesterday.  It’s my favorite new outfit.

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What I Wore Wednesday Fur Jacket Edition:

Have you worn anything fabulous lately?

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!