Year: 2012

Oatmeal and protein breakfast smoothie

oatmeal breakfast smoothie

Lately I’ve been posting pictures on Instagram of my daily oatmeal and protein breakfast smoothie and a few of you have asked what’s in it, so I thought I’d share. The recipe is vegan, but the oats aren’t technically gluten free so it’s not completely vegan and gluten free like I’m trying to eat most of the time.  But oatmeal doesn’t seem to bother me too much, so I’m forging ahead until my stomach tells me otherwise. I suggest you…
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A little weekend reading for you

A little reading for you

This is the castle in Salzburg.  It has nothing to do with anything, but isn’t it amazing? After one of the craziest most exhausting weeks ever, I’m spending the weekend in bed watching Netflix with my pneumonia-ridden kiddo.  There will be sleeping in, there will be no bras {for either of us}, there will be magazines and lots of sparkling water, many hot baths, no interaction with the outside world.  Except for the 8:00 pm screening I’m planning of Crazy,…
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Instagram Friday

high fever

There aren’t enough words in the English language to adequately encompass the range of voodoo that has been my week. Voodoo hoodoo. Picture the Twilight Zone, especially the freaky music part.  Now throw in a family, a bunch of really important back-to-back deadlines for work, Valentine’s Day with 50+ cards and treats for kids, assorted school projects, a couple of reluctant trips to the gym, 4 stops at the pharmacy, two late night visits to the doctor, and one shellac…
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I’m giving away an iPad tonight

I'm giving away an iPad 2 tonight

*This post was sponsored by HGTV’s House Hunters the most entertaining and living vicariously show on the tee-vee.  See also: anything HGTV is a bestie of mine and I’m thrilled to bits and pieces to be working with them on this.* UPDATED: I will announce the winner of the iPad next week, stay tuned! Straight up, you heard me right: I’m giving away an iPad tonight.  Follow me on twitter: @petit_elefant, and don’t forget the underscore, it’s pretty important. Enter…
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Whats in your purse series week 79

what's in your purse series

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Jennie.  Thank you! If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to: allison AT petitelefant DOT com My bag is a waxed canvas and leather tote by LAMB. Contents: blue studded wallet camera in black and white case camera charger…
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How to involve kids in making healthy food

how to involve kids in making healthy food

At the Czarnecki house we try really hard to involve kids in making healthy food for the whole family.  By default our kids are included in every step of the process; we pretty much do everything together as a family, grocery shopping and cooking included. All the planning starts at the beginning of the week, usually on a Monday, when I’m trying to figure out some semblance of a meal plan.  After the kids come home from school, I sit…
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My very favorite Valentine

my valentine

My husband’s distaste for Valentine’s Day is long and well documented, but it doesn’t mean he’s a complete curmudgeon when it comes to love.  In fact, my husband is the most romantic guy I know, even though he spends vast amounts of energy protesting otherwise. This was our engagement photo.  I wanted to buck tradition and go with something a little more casual than the traditional super formal fare of the day. We’re not really formal people, it isn’t in…
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Personalized skin care for you

personalized skin care for you

I’m curious what you use for skin care in your life.  I’ve used a variety of anything and everything from Aspirin to  olive oil to  to try and help this mug of mine look illuminated in any way possible.  I blame my kids, they destroyed everything lovely about my superficial appearance years ago and I’ve tried everything since to get it back. BeautyMint, one of the divisions of the stylish company BeachMint, asked me to try some products from their…
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Valentine roundup for you

heart printable template

I’m currently snuggling a sick kid on the couch and re-entering life after a weekend away with my family, but I have a fun Valentine roundup for your reading pleasure.  I’ll have more later today, but in the meantime please to enjoy. printable Valentine cards on love and money lemon sugar cookies Valentine classroom party idea learning to forgive Komen foundation and social media hilarious he said she said give the best Valentine of all heart printable template for Valentine’s