By: Allison

Look For the Best Natural Foundation for You

What do you look for in a foundation?  Do you look for anything special in a foundation?  Do you even wear foundation?  A lot of us don’t, and I’m in and out of that camp all the time because I just don’t like the feel of heaviness on my skin.  At all.  The most I can handle on my face normally is a very lightweight moisturizer and some blush.  When it’s a special occasion or I need serious coverage for family photos or a random photo shoot.  In my day-to-day life I just don’t like the feel of anything on my skin.

find the right foundation

Still, my skin is a train wreck, and I feel a little better covering up some of this mid-30′s hormonal skin nonsense.   I’ve been on the lookout for just the right thing for awhile, and today I’m partnering with bareMinerals to share a new liquid foundation with you, called bareSkin, and so far I like it a lot.

how to choose the best natural foundation
It’s pretty important to shake up any liquid foundation before you start applying it because all the mineral and liquid goodness sinks to the bottom of the jar in-between uses.  bareSkin® foundation has been 20 years in the making and

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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!

Repurpose Your Easter Baskets After the Candy is Gone

monsters inc easter basket

When Easter is over, as it is about to be, what do you do with all the leftover Easter baskets?  In my house growing up, my mom would stash all 10 Easter baskets back under the stairs, grass and all, to wait it out until the following Easter holiday.  I’m not quite as organized as my mother, maybe because I’m free to wing it with only 2 kids instead of 8, which means each year is different than the next.  More often than not, I forget I even have Easter baskets under my stairs, or I’m lured into buying new ones every year both by the children and myself.

children's storage

What does one do with all the baskets of the world flowing everywhere?  I’ll tell you what I do: after Easter half the time I send them to a thrift store and the other half I re-purpose them into something useful for the remaining 11 months of the year.

monster

This year my little guy (he’s still little to me) is getting an adorable little monster basket filled to the brim with Peeps and chocolate eggs.  And when he’s all done using it I’m filling it with toy cars to sit … >> 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!

How To Home Gel Removal DIY

how to remove gel nails

Manicures at home are pretty much my specialty.  I love doing my own nails, so much so that I have a regular old salon party every Sunday night with my ridiculous collection of OPI nail polish; I watch my stories and give myself a manicure and go to a super happy place before the week turns to madness.  It’s a ritual I’ve had for a long time and I don’t feel quite right on Monday if I don’t have pretty painted nails.

It’s just a thing, and we all have our things, don’t we?

how to remove shellac nails

Well anyway.  I always have my nails done, it’s just how I roll.  But when I travel I hate to take nail polish with me unless it’s an emergency (sometimes I have, in fact, had nail emergencies, deal with it) so if I’m traveling for more than 5 days I like to get a shellac/gel manicure so I’m not stressing about chipped nail polish (a trashy look on me).

how to remove a gel manicure

Eventually though even a gel manicure starts to peel, taking the whole nail-bed with it, and the temptation to peel the manicure all the way off becomes too much for me (gel peels off like a … >> 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!

Traveling Toiletry Cases Cute + Stylish

traveling toiletry cases

Traveling is one of my favorite things, my very special, very favorite things in the whole world.  But travel has its ups and downs.  Air travel usually means heading somewhere exciting, but just thinking about getting through security makes me break out in a sweat.  I’m getting better at the whole process, but almost always something goes wrong; last time I flew from LA —> SLC my Cookie Butter was confiscated by the T.S.A..   It was all very traumatic.  The T.S.A. needs to get their own Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s from now on and leave my stash alone.

Anyhoo.  We were talking about traveling.  And how wonderful it is, T.S.A. aside.

makeup travel case

One of the things I’ve gotten better at in my travels across the globe, is how I organize all my gear.  I’ve gotten much better at traveling with less, WAY LESS, than I once did.  And part of all that organizing and gear wrangling means getting smarter with the kind of products I take with me on my travels.  Having the right tool for the right job doesn’t only apply to garage tool stashes and construction sites, it also applies to wrangling toiletries 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!

The Best Photographers Ever World Tour Dates

World renowned portrait photographers Wendy and Tyler Whitacre of Blue Lily Photography have announced their world tour dates for 2014, and guys, you want to get on that train.  Wendy photographed my little family on a hot August day last summer on a leg of their 2013 world tour and they’re some of my favorite family photos we’ve ever taken.

They’re all about getting the real stuff, none of the canned studio photography nonsense my family won’t sit still for.

best photographers

As is clearly evidenced by my little wild man, who is notoriously naughty during photos.  Wendy didn’t bat an eyelash, shooting away while both children whacked each other with sticks and threatened to throw deer poo at one another from the ground in the orchard.

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Still, amidst my naughty babies, greatness was captured.  I love what Wendy shot.  The photos she took are actually representative of my family and everyone’s special spirit individuality.  I didn’t feel stressed, sweating over the photographer being mad while said poo throwing occurred.  Wendy rolled with it, and the kids visibly relaxed when they realized she was a mom / photographer not easily riled.

best photographer ever

Especially this cute daughter of mine who, while not a … >> 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!

Life List Surfing in Hawaii and Soccer in Barcelona

Hawaii

I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years.  Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here.  And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot.  Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.

What does that look like for you guys?  For me, my Life List changes every year.  I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List)  I made in 2010 and change it up all the time.  Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now.  So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.

cleanse diet

For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list.  The last few years of my health have been pretty awful.  What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really.   Well, a month ago I … >> 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!

How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines

Home made valentines

Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day.  Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank.  Who’s your girl?

Me, that would be me.

Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal.  It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it.  The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere.  Maybe.  I hope.  If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.

diy valentines supplies

 

How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:

  • 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
  • large knife to cut lettuce
  • stamp pads + / or craft paint
  • paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
  • card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice

 

valentine's stamp

 

How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:

This is the really easy part.

  • Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
  • Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
  • Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
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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!

Washable Style in Real Life Designer Pieces

wearable fashion
New York Fashion Week

Real life and high fashion don’t usually mix terribly well, at least in my world.  I make it to the dry cleaners about twice a year, if that, and the only reason I’m wearing things that need to be dry cleaned (on the rare occasions when I do) is because my kids are old enough not to spit on me anymore.

Most of the time.

I’m not much for unwearable style because at the end of the day if I can’t throw something in the washing machine, it just isn’t going to happen.  Period.  But you remember when I talked about Fall Fashion in Real World Conditions back in December?  The collaboration with Tide Pods® + Tracy Reese and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Washable Fashion Initiative?  I’m happy to report it all went extremely well.  So well in fact, the two pieces you voted for on Pinterest in December walked the runway yesterday in New York for NYFW*.

Do you see how gorgeous these pieces look in real life?  Those metallic cargo pants are the cutest thing I’ve seen since, well, ever.  I want a pair now, like riiiiight now, in light … >> 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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Please Save Me From My Laundry Room


My laundry room is no different than any other laundry room in the country, in that most of the time I’d love for it to just disappear. Poof! Absorb itself right back into the atmosphere from whence it came, never to harass me again.

The laundry room really isn’t terrible in and of itself, but the muck and mud, swim gear, random tools, shoes from people who don’t even live here, in addition to the shoes of those who do, clutter around the debris that should actually live in a laundry room: the piles dirty clothes + baskets of clean clothes waiting to be folded.

The worst offender of the place was Swim Corner (the opposite of the serene and always cheerful Pooh Corner). My kids are on a competitive swim team, and swim 5-6 days a week, after school and sometimes in the morning. It’s great, but there’s a tremendous amount of gear involved with swim, times 2 kids, and it seems to multiply and have swim gear babies on the regular.

The solution?

(it’s always the solution in our house)

BINS. Plastic stacking storage bins.

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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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