Category: Family

Enough is Enough is ENOUGH: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.

#blacklivesmatterI don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve spent the better part of the last week weeping, nonstop.  I’ve been following along on Twitter as the events of the last week, and month, and year have developed live, and have been horrified along with the rest of the world.  But the back-to-back killings of two black men, followed by the killing of 5 police officers at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, completely undid me.  I just feel completely unable to cope with the devastation and overwhelming sadness and despair over race relations in the United States (and the rest of the world) right now. And probably like most of you, I feel helpless to change any of it.

My friends of color are reeling.  They’ve had to live with this kind of devastation their entire lives, so none of this is new to them.  But what I think causes the greatest sadness, and I could be wrong here, is that on top of the danger of racism, is the constant defending they have to do about their black experience to white people.  Not only do my black and brown friends live in … >> find out more...

Allison

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!

7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

7 Easy Crafts To Make At Home With Kids

If you’re looking for some super fun, easy crafts to do with kids, I’ve got 7 new ideas for you to try.  There’s never a reason for kids to be bored with such a variety of things to craft at home.

easy crafts to make with kids

Homemade Slime: Have you ever tried making your own homemade slime?  It’s so much fun for kids!  All you need is a few household supplies (who knew liquid starch was such a versatile staple for home?) and a place to make a crafty mess and you’re on your way!  Nickelodeon has nothing on you.

Homemade Soap

Have you ever thought about making your own homemade soap?  It’s so much easier than you think!  No need to be intimidated about this old craft that’s making a comeback.  And you can take control of the ingredients if you’re prone to allergies or sensitivities to regular soap ingredients.

Glittery Heart Art

Making glittery, confetti heart art is a craft even the littlest of kids can do with minimal adult supervision.  Perfect framed as a gift for loved ones or to keep at home.

Recycled Tin Can Desk Caddy

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Allison

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!

Goop: How To Make Your Own With Recipe + Tutorial

Time for goop, a super fun craft recipe to make with kids!

make your own gloop

Today I’m sharing one of the easiest, most delightful kid’s crafts of all time: home made goop, or slime.  We’ve called it a lot of things as we’ve made it together over the years: goop, gobbledeygook, homemade slime, Ogre boogers, gloop.  Whatever you call it, it’s super fun and easy to make!

Check out the recipe below, and print it up to keep in your craft stash.

slime

How To Make Goop
 
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Make you own homemade goop (or slime) with this easy how-to with a recipe + tutorial! With only a few ingredients you can have your own homemade slime!
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Recipe type: Kid's Crafts
Serves: 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • ½ cup liquid starch
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup Elmer's Glue
  • a few drops of food dye (optional)
Instructions
  1. Mix together water and Elmer's Glue in a medium sized bowl until completely combined.
  2. Add a few drops of food dye (or glitter!) to glue mixture and combine.
  3. Add starch to glue mix and use hands to mix completely until you have slime.
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Allison

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!

10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials

10 tutorials of gorgeous DIY jewelry!

10 jewelry tutorials

I realized today that I have so many cool, DIY, recycled, up-cycled, crafty do-it-yourself tutorials in the archives of my blog and I want to bring them front and center for you in one place.  So, here is a collection of 10 Gorgeous DIY Jewelry Tutorials.  Everything from a gold-leafed clay pendant necklace, to earrings, a necklace, and bracelet all make out of hex nuts from the hardware store, to recycled old brooches made into bobby pins and bracelets, to baked clay earrings to a beaded necklace made out of recycled t-shirts.  There’s so much goodness here, and I didn’t want you to miss out so they’re all gathered together here for you.  I hope you try at least one of these chic, simple, fun jewelry DIY tutorials! Enjoy.

 

  1. DIY Geometric Earrings
  2. DIY Make Your Own Hex Nut Bracelet
  3. Make It: Hardware Earrings
  4. DIY Geo Earrings
  5. Make It Sequin Bracelet
  6. Make It Knit Bracelet
  7. Make It T-Shirt Necklace
  8. DIY Pendant Necklace
  9. DIY Jeweled Bobby Pins
  10. Make Your Own Brooch Bracelet

 

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Allison

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!

Stay Off The Field – Parents Staying Out Of Sports

staying out of sports

Sports are in my blood:  I grew up playing sports.  Every kind of sport popular in America: basketball, softball, swimming, volleyball, soccer.  You name it, I played it, whether it was on my parents front lawn or the high school soccer field.  I can count on one hand the number of my games my parents attended, and there wasn’t a single time my parents talked to one of my coaches, on or off the field, about their goals for my performance. I never knew whether or not I was getting adequate playing time, or whether or not my coaches were doing their job to my parents satisfaction, because the truth is: my parents didn’t care.

They loved me, but they weren’t invested in my athletic success.

parents stay out of sports

It was a different era, 20+ years ago, but even in high school, there was seldom a parent on any of my sports teams who pulled a coach aside to talk about expectations.  The ones who did were all crazy, and everyone rolled their eyes behind their backs.

Things are very different now.  Professional level sports injuries are showing up in elementary school aged kids.  Kids are dropping out of sports before they even … >> find out more...

Allison

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!

Every Day Is A Gift

This week’s quote of the week (even though it’s been a couple weeks) is a simple mantra to remember the good things in life.  The image is a photo I took a few weeks ago of some mountains I love in Utah, as I was taking a bike ride after dinner.  I forget sometimes, how beautiful Utah is, because I’m constantly wishing I lived near the ocean.  But the whole point of the quote is to take every day for what it is, which is truly a gift, and figure out how to be grateful for it.

 

every day is a gift quote

Quote of the Week

“Every day comes bearing its own gift.

Untie the ribbons.”

-Ruth Ann Schabacker-

 

If you’re looking for more awesome, inspiring quotes, check out the whole series here:

 

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Allison

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!

Making Biking A part Of Your Every Day

Biking is quickly becoming a part of my daily routine since my new bike came into my life, and is my new favorite way to get around.  Most of us grow up riding bikes as kids, but not many of us keep riding as adults, especially as a primary mode of transportation. But we should all be out biking, all the time.  It’s so much fun I almost feel like a kid again, and it’s such great exercise.  I love it.

bike helmets

I live in an especially gorgeous small town, nestled right up against the Wasatch mountains, so it’s no chore to get out and bike every day, even if I’m not headed anywhere specific.

beach cruiser bike

If I don’t get a chance during the day to head out on a ride by myself, (which is quickly becoming my favorite way to decompress in the middle of the workday) a post-dinner ride with my family is the next best thing.

sunset bike ride

Okay, let’s be honest, biking with my family is probably the first best thing.

biking to work

Everyone in town seems to hang out in their yards and streets at night, relaxing from the day by gardening, playing with kids, running, skating, or … >> find out more...

Allison

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!

A New Inspiring Quote For You This Week

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about my Quote of the Week series that sort of fell by the wayside a few months ago.  Things get weird in the winter around here.  It’s all cold and hunkering down to get through the long winter nights.  I’m more of a summer girl. But I want to keep the series going, so I’m starting today with a new quote from one of my favorite artists of all time, Mr. Vincent Van Gogh.

new inspiring quote

Quote of the Week

The fact is that we are

all painters in real life, and

the important thing is to

breathe

as hard as we ever

can breathe.

-Vincent Van Gogh-

If you’re looking for more inspiring motivational quotes, you can find them right here!

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Allison

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!

E-Bikes Are The Glorious Future Of Transportation

Transportation by electric bikes is the way of the future!  I’m serious, so let’s talk about why.

// Thank you for your support of Petit Elefant sponsors!  This post is brought to you in partnership with eSpokes Electric Bikes, the largest electric bike retailer in Utah. As always, all opinions are my own. //

Last month I shared with you how in love I am with my electric bike as a new mode of transportation around my city and why.  This month I’m here to show you the bike in action (me! on an e-bike! in my favorite places around town!) and to talk more about the benefits of riding an e-bike.

I’ve already covered what an electric-bike is doing for me in my daily life, but here’s a recap: I’m getting out more, period.  I’m taking time in my day to spend at least 20-30 minutes on a bike ride, which I just wasn’t doing before, and I love it.  I’m obsessed.  An e-bike makes bike riding more fun! And exciting! And I look forward to it in a way I didn’t look forward to pedaling around before.  So there’s that, too.

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Allison

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!