Category: Family

Time to Stand + Have Uncomfortable Conversations

It’s time to have a conversation about race.  And it might be uncomfortable, but it’s time to stand up and start the discussion.

I can’t sit back for one more minute and hear some of the things that are being said by my white friends and neighbors and perfect strangers about black people in America today.

I know you mostly come to Petit Elefant for fluffy, fun recipes and beauty DIY’s and tutorials but today we’re having a serious, badly needed discussion about race.  If you don’t like it, feel free to skip it and wait for tomorrow’s post.  But I do hope you’ll stick around and read to the bottom, because figuring out how to stanch the bleeding is going to take all of us.

 

cousins

Let’s start by stating the obvious:  I’m white.  A super lily-white Mormon girl from the actual middle of Utah.  I grew up in a super wealthy neighborhood in Orem, Utah whose population is primarily educated white Mormons.  My school classes in elementary school were filled with all white kids, and mostly white teachers and administrators, (except for my Spanish-Immersion teachers, most of whom were from Mexico).  I attended a super elite private school … >> 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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.  We’re starting out a new week with a new quote, this week from beloved Emily Dickinson.  A little encouragement and love spread out in the world is never a bad thing, and life’s purpose doesn’t always have to be grand.

But Emily said it best.

emily dickinson

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

If I can stop one heart

from breaking

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life

the aching,

or cool one pain,

or help one fainting robin

unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

– Emily Dickinson –

 

 

If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 5 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 of Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.

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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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Have you been following along with our new series, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week?  I love thinking about quotes, writing them down, and am currently loving sharing them with you, and I hope you’re loving reading them.

If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 4 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2 and week 3 of Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.

 

the quote of the week

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Simple

is

good.

– Jim Henson –

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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!

Do You Believe In Life After Death?

People often believe only what they choose to believe, not what may be unbelievable but true.” – Janis Heaphy Durham

Do YOU believe in life after death?  Stay with me here, I know it’s an off-putting question to ask on a random Thursday, but let’s talk about it for a bit.

Life After Death

I’ve always believed in life after death, primarily because I’m a Mormon and one of the main tenets of my religion is that there was life before this one, and another after we die.  It doesn’t seem strange to me at all to think of the state of life as fluid, moving from one sphere to the next.

But I absolutely understand that it’s a strange concept for a lot of people; I get it.  It’s one of those feel-y, faith-y things, and plenty of people think the idea of life after death is completely bananas.  In fact, the author of the new book, The Hand On The Mirror, Janis Heaphy Durham, was one of them.  Durham was a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of the newspaper the Sacramento Bee, a fact-based professional if there ever was one, whose notion of the whole thing was flipped … >> 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!

On Learning to Let Go: Motherhood

 

// Today’s post is brought to you in partnership with OGX Beauty to help them celebrate the 1st annual #BadAssHairDay, a holiday created to banish the idea of bad hair days, and to help all women feel more confident, to embrace what makes them feel truly Bad Ass.  One of the things that makes me feel Bad Ass (all caps, really) is being a mom, a really good one.  To me being a good mom, a Bad Ass mom, is learning to listen to, and trust myself.  I’d love to know what makes you feel Bad Ass, in any + every area of your life.  As always, thank you for your kindness to and support of Petit Elefant sponsors. //

 

family

Motherhood has been the theme of my life.  The purpose of my being.  A few weeks ago I shared a piece I wrote about Motherhood and its central role for me, and before and since I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, this grand title of mother and what it all means.

The love of children, of infants and babies, of other souls and their quirks and singular humanness is maybe the only part of mothering … >> 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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

I’m loving this new inspiring series on Petit Elefant, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.  It’s been a fun way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world.  Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life.  I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

This week’s quote by Maya Angelou below.

 

Maya Angelou

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Success is liking yourself,

liking what you do,

and liking

how

you

do

it.

– Maya Angelou –

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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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Last week I started a new series on Petit Elefant, Petit Elefant Quote of the Week as a way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world.  Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life.  I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

This week’s quote below.

 

Brigham Young Quote

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

If you have a bad thought

about yourself

tell it to go to

hell

because that is exactly

where it came from.

– Brigham Young –

 

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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!

Wake Up A Mother Wake Up The World

Do you remember the post I shared with you a couple weeks ago with a title like that of a Dr. Seuss book: Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere?  I was pretty touched by those of you who reached out in comments, emails, and on Instagram about how inspired you were by the SCA all-girl sailing team and their journey across the globe.  In fact my 15-year-old daughter read the post and asked, “How can I get involved?  I want to do this! Who are these women and how can I be one of them?”.

If you’re involved with young girls of any kind you’ll understand why that reaction from my own girl was so powerful.  To my teenage daughter the strong, smart, empowered women comprising the SCA sailing team are way better than any rock star or celebrity, and for that I’m eternally grateful.  What better role models can a mother ask for than strong women unapologetically pursuing difficult, but fulfilling passions?

My daughter isn’t the only one who looks up to smart women.  I’m constantly in awe of the women in my life who light it up in political arenas, boardrooms, school PTA’s, churches, and as … >> 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!

Some Words About Mothers From Me To You

In February, a friend recommended I audition for a show called Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide show wherein people from across the country gather for an evening to hear original essays on motherhood.  It never would’ve occurred to me to audition for the show had I not been pushed, and I’m so glad I was because it was a really powerful experience, both to hear other women’s stories about motherhood, and to write my own.

Motherhood is pretty hard.  From every angle.  But the resounding theme of the night, from every story heard, was overwhelming gratitude for the great and difficult gift of motherhood.

The show was recorded and will be made available on YouTube this Summer, but in the meantime I thought I’d share my piece on motherhood with you, for Mother’s Day.

Words About Mothers

In the words of the daughter, granddaughter and mother, Beyoncé Knowles,

I am a result of my grandmother’s prayers.”

My mother, my daughter and I, are also the result of a grandmother’s prayers. My grandmother’s prayers; her fervent, specific prayers, for daughters. My mother was the last child, the only girl in a family of boys. My mother also prayed for daughters; she >> 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!