Year: 2012

Tips for good family road trips

activity travel bag for adults

Taking a road trip with your family is a little bit like Russian roulette, it’s all fun and games until one of your children kills the other in a weird parking lot just outside Reno. No, really. A bad road trip is enough to make anyone risk death at any opportunity.  But if you really plan ahead and prepare for the sort of contingencies that pop up with kids {which is to say all of them}, a road trip can…
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Whats in your purse series week 78 party edition

what's in your purse series

This week’s What’s In Your Purse Series is from Lindsey.  I love this one, 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 The purse is a Cynthia Rowley Tote-I’ve had it for almost 5 years, it’s well-traveled. Items: Small canvas bag (computer…
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Finding your dream home

how to find your dream home

*This post was sponsored by HGTV’s House Hunters.  A show I die watching because it makes me want to move everywhere, all the time, always.  See also: anything shown on HGTV is a mortal enemy of my productivity in any capacity.* If you had the resources to buy a home anywhere in the world, your absolute end-all fantasy dream home, where would you go?  What would you want it to look like? Honestly. If you could look at a globe…
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Holland OPI 2012

Spring 2012 OPI

It’s technically almost Spring.  Well no that’s a complete lie, it’s not almost Spring, but we’re within spitting distance of some sunshine in our lives, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for some color. Luckily OPI has your back, as they usually do with this sort of thing.  The new Holland OPI 2012 collection is amazing, and choc-a-bloc full of hot new colors for Spring. I’m personally planning on wearing Red Lights Ahead….Where? on my toes all Summer…
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Easy valentine treat bags

DIY favor bags

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but you know that already.  You’re probably neck deep in chewy red candies at this point and I can’t say I blame you, we get as much Valentine’s candy as we do trick or treating loot around my house.  The kids already have it pouring out of their pockets and we’re still a week out. There’s only so much a mother can do, you feel me?  And that is to say, not much. I’m…
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Images from Warszawa Poland

cobblestone streets

I started composing a huge post today about our family travels to Warsaw, but I can’t quite find the words to adequately express how I feel.  Instead I’m going to break it all down one post at a time in the coming months. Before I jump into that though, I thought I’d share some images from Warszawa Poland.  That’s how the locals say it: Warszawa, only they don’t say Poland because that’s American-ese, they say Polska.  So it’s actually *garble…
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What’s in your purse series week 77

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Anne.  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 purse is a basic black bag that my husband bought me about 5 years ago.  The brand is Longchamp and it has held up amazingly.  What’s in it? Until a few minutes ago, I had no idea.
what's in your purse series


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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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 this Valentine’s Day

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Don’t throw things at me, I didn’t invent the whole shenanigan.  I just work here. Love it or hate it, it’s time to get spiffy for a night of romance.  Valentine’s is all about making that perfect love connection, or renewing the one you’ve got, or lounging around in holey sweats and your ex-boyfriend’s t-shirt while you watch romantic comedies with a pint of ice cream in your lap. It’s your day,…
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Longer lasting lip color

long lasting lip color

Finding longer lasting lip color is like happening upon a pasture full of unicorns.  It just doesn’t happen.  Everyone talks about it like it’s no big thing, “Oh my amazing lipstick?  My girl at the {muffled muffled, garble garble} counter just keeps it in stock for me.  I don’t even know what it’s called!  *giggle*” Liar. If girlfriend has perfect lipstick all through dinner, she’s got a secret up her sleeve she doesn’t want you to know about.  Especially if…
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