Category: Family

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

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!

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

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!

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

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 An E-Bike Is Getting Me Outside More

// 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. //

Are you an outside kind of person?  I love being outside as much as the next girl, maybe even more.  I’ve lived in the Wasatch mountain range in Utah my whole life, camping and fishing, biking and hiking in the mountains and desert the better part of 40 years.  Outside is a great place to be, especially in Utah.  Truly, if you haven’t ever visited Utah, make it happen ASAP-like.  I’m super lucky to live in a truly gorgeous, versatile state with everything from world class skiing, to climbing in the red rock canyons of Zion, and biking and camping in Moab.  It’s an astonishingly beautiful (and fun!) place to be.

electric bikes

I used to spend a great deal of time outside.  My family was an outdoorsy bunch; we camped for two weeks every summer, all tents and Dutch oven stoves over fires, hammocks in the trees, hiking during the day with my siblings.  My mom made a special granola once … >> 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!

Powerful Michael Phelps Video

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so perhaps your wearing a bit o’ green or downing a Guinness or enjoying some Irish soda bread and corned beef. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you. Several members of our Team Petit Elefant, though, are swimming their hearts out at swim meets. Lots and lots of swim meets, today, tomorrow, and what feels like forever. It’s really something quite amazing, to witness all the hard work, time, sacrifices, physical strain, discipline and pancakes that are shaping these kids. They are developing a skill, a talent, for sure, but also character and stamina and wisdom. And we are tremendously proud of them. Parents who stand by and support these crazy kids? We are proud of them, too. Heck, we are them. Or they. Or, whatever.

swim meet In case you didn’t know before now, swimming is some gosh dang hard work. And in case you haven’t yet seen the new Under Armour ad featuring Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, we are sharing it with you today. Not just for the swimmers in your life, but for all the athletes, musicians, scholars, caregivers and loved ones you know that work their guts out (literally, in this case) to do their very very best, every single … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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An Inspirational Motivational Quote For Your Week

Motivational quote time!

This week’s Quote Of The Week is from one of my personal favorites, Michael Phelps.  It kind of goes without saying that if you have a swimmer in the house, Michael Phelps is a huge inspiration.  Even if you’re not a swimmer or a swim fan, it’s hard not to be impressed with Michael Phelps.

Would you like to know something about Mr. Phelps?  In all his years of training, he only missed swim practice TWICE.  Once because he had his wisdom teeth removed, and another because he was snowed in and couldn’t get to the pool.  I don’t care who you are, that’s amazing.  I can barely drag myself on a walk around my neighborhood a few days a week.

Here’s an inspirational, motivational quote from Michael to help you on your way to achieving your dreams:

 

Motivational quote

 An Inspirational Motivational Quote For Your Week

So many people along the way,
whatever it is you aspire to do,
will tell you that it can’t be done.
But all it takes is imagination.
You dream.
You plan.
You reach. 
There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work,

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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Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp How to

Make your own DIY Valentines with this super easy (very crafty!)  homemade stamp.

Secret craft supply needed?  A potato!

 

make your own potato stamp

Potato stamping might be one of my all time favorite homemade crafts because it’s so cool that you can take a potato out of your pantry, carve it up a little, and within minutes you have your very own stamp!

Right? So very cool.  Kind of like these pretty DIY rose stamps I made with lettuce a couple of years ago.

Leftover pantry food for the win.

 

Make Your Own DIY Valentine Stamp

DIY Valentine Stamp How to
 
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Make your own homemade DIY stamp with just potatoes and some paint!
Author:
Recipe type: Paint Craft
Ingredients
  • potato
  • paring knife
  • tole paint
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • card stock or plain note cards to print on
  • scissors to cut card stock
Instructions
  1. Cut card stock into note cards and fold to use in a minute.
  2. Slice the potato in half.
  3. Use the pencil to trace a shape into the potato. I made a heart but you can make whatever you'd like!
  4. Using a knife, cut away the potato around the shape you
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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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Easy Valentine Pin Craft

Valentine Pin CraftYears ago, I made a Valentine for my hubby. Something fun and silly, but also a little expression of love, that he could keep with him all day long. So I made him a super quick little Valentine pin, a crafty little boutonnière. It was a hit, and he did wear it all day long and he keeps it pinned on his bulletin board in his office year round. I followed suit with smaller versions for my little boys. It only takes 4 supplies and takes about 5 minutes.

Valentie Pin Craft All you need to complete this little trinket is probably in your craft bin right this second. Scraps work perfectly. Gather up the following:

Craft felt

Ribbon

Tiny safety pins (best for children) or large decorative straight pin

Craft scissors

Valentine Pin CraftSince I was making mine for men and little men, I went with red felt and blue ribbons with a bit of a striped edge. Still valentine-y, but not too frilly. If you are making your for girls, go crazy with pinks and ruffles and tulle and all good stuff. Get original–grey hearts with red polka dot ribbon? Totally cute. Pink hearts with ruffled edges and red gingham ribbon? Go for it.… >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft

This craft how to for making painted plain wooden pencils is so easy and adorable!  Let’s get started.

 

painting plain pencils

 

I love pencils.  I just do.  I love the way they smell a little bit like fresh wood, I love it when they get sharp to a perfect point, and I love writing with them.  It takes me all the way back to Kindergarten, which is basically the very best year of anyone’s education.  Freshly sharpened new pencils, treats, crafts, and nap-time.  I wish all of life was like that.  The best!

 

Plain Painted Pencils Craft

Anyway.  Let’s paint some pencils.

 

paint plain pencil craft

How To Plain Painted Pencils Craft Supplies:

  • plain wooden pencils
  • craft paint
  • sharpened pencils or pins (to make dots)
  • masking tape (to make stripes)
  • paintbrush or small paint sponge
  • newspaper or recycled paper

 

Step 1: Lay out your craft supplies on a few layers of recycled paper or a newspaper so you don’t get paint on your nice counter or table surfaces.

Step 2: Squirt some craft paint onto the newspaper or in a small bowl.

Step 3: For polka-dot pencils, dip the sharpened tip of a pencil or the top of a pin into the paint and gently press … >> 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!