And then I went to Hawaii

You guys, major major Life List stuff has been happening around these parts recently.  None of which feels real, because I’m not the sort of person whose life has been filled with exotic vacations up to this point.  Growing up, my family’s version of vacation was tent camping next to the Harley gang at the KOA in Reno.  Seriously, true story.

I don’t even have the vocabulary to express my gratitude to be in a time and place in my life where this kind of stuff is happening, but I’ll try to get it all out.  Not today though.  Today I’m so swollen I can barely open my eyes and have cankles/tree stumps where my feet used to be.  I can’t get shoes on my feet today, so I’m going to rest up.  I have a lot to tell you when I get back on my feet.

I went to Hawaii

Between Costa Rica and my quick jaunt last week to the North Shore of Hawaii I feel like I’m in a medicated dream, albeit a really, really great one.  Catch you on the flip side.

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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!


  1. Emily :

    Hooray!!! Enjoy! :)

  2. Kami :

    Totally worth it, right?!

    I hope you swell down fast. So glad for you and a we bit jeal-y. :)

  3. RachelSD :

    So sorry you’re feeling crummy, but glad you’ve been able to do some great stuff lately!

    I almost snorted when I read about camping next to a Harley gang at the KOA in Reno… sounds an awful lot like the family vacations I was subjected to for years. :)

  4. Kelleyn :

    So excited for you! Have a blast!

  5. Erin O. :

    All the best stories start with, “this one time at the KOA in Reno”. ;)