Category: family_holiday

Some Ideas To Help You Celebrate The 4th Of July

4th of july fireworks fireworks

4th of July, 4th of July!  You know there’s nothing better than a summer holiday, right?  For me, it’s the 4th of July.  It’s my favorite holiday, hands down.  The weather is gorgeous and hot, the pavement is baking, kids sit on the sidewalk eating dripping Popcicles, and fireworks end the day.  It’s the most fun of the whole year, and that’s saying something.

 

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I make my famous American flag cake.  We sometimes run a 4th of July 5k and watch the early morning hot air balloons.  There’s a parade in Provo, and we never miss it.  There are afternoon naps, BBQ’s and frosty cold caffeinated beverages abound.

cute babies

Cousins, adorable cousins come from near and far.

fun with cousins

Sometimes there’s a baby or two, on a good year.

fun with cousins

There’s grilled corn on the cob, and squirt gun fights and sparklers and a table full of desserts.  There just isn’t a better holiday than the 4th of July.

I have a couple of favorite recipes for you, so you can whip up something red, white & blue for your own celebrations.

4th of july jell-o

A yummy 4th of July dessert recipe made with the most American of ingredients: whipped cream + Jell-O.  An American Flag … >> 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!

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!

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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!

Teenage Gift Lists and Ideas for You

You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens.  Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.

teenage gift lists and ideas

If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift.  See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so.  I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life.  The emotions, they are everywhere.  So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right.  It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.

Teenage Gift Lists and Ideas for 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!

Cutest customizable holiday cards ever

 

custom christmas cards

Guys, the holidays are officially almost upon us.  And for whatever reason (just a guess – mom guilt?) at Christmas time, I get super Type-A obsessive about making sure my holiday cards are finished early and mailed out before the serious crazy sets in.  Life is insane during the holidays, and I really prefer to do tiny little things all year long in anticipation of December being the worst month of my life, in the history of ever.

christmas cards

ALL OF THE THINGS happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and for some reason having my holiday cards done ahead of the choir, orchestra, and drama performances, not to mention the swim meets and candy-cane-read-a-thons and all of the homework the world has ever known, well, it makes me feel like a better human.  It just does.  That way I can sit back and smugly relax and enjoy the holiday panic about everything else that needs to be done immediately, if not sooner.

This year I really do have reason to feel all extra celebratory, because it’s not even Halloween yet and my holiday cards are D-O-N-E.

Let’s talk about that for a second.

cute customized holiday cards

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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!

DIY crafts for dad this Fathers Day

Gifts for dad: DIY crafts for dad this Father’s Day.

do it yourself father's day gift

DIY Father’s Day Mugs

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed all the BBQ’s and lawnmowers for sale all over town.  I already bought a vacuum at Costco for my husband because I’m fancy and super thoughtful, and I love him, especially when he vacuums.  Although if the dad in my life were to get a vacuum for me, or laundry basket, or I don’t know, a sleeping bag for any holiday I would probably completely lose my crap.

I’m going to pay for this somehow.

Do you have Father’s Day for the dad(s) in your life outside the US?  I know there’s a Kid’s Day in Poland, which is also National Water-Fight Day, for serious, but I don’t know much about other countries celebrating random odd holidays like we do in the U.S.

 

fathers day printables

Father’s Day printables

Anyway I found some ridiculous cute stuff on Pinterest, like you do, some super cute crafts for dad.  I know you have it in you to whip any and all of these up, because you’re the craftiest sort of readers out there.

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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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Make some cool Fathers Day cards

Father’s Day, an entire day devoted to loving, remembering, hanging with, and showering the fathers in our lives with happiness and sparkling unicorns and ponies.

love your dad father's day
For the dads who like those kinds of things, anyway.
fathers day

Father’s Day at our house is a pretty chill affair, much like Mother’s Day; we sometimes have a BBQ and maybe some fancy Jell-O with whipped cream, but not much.  Because really, at our house, every day is Father’s Day.

fathers day bike ride

My husband works random hours which means he’s home for a huge portion of our life together.  Dad (or daddy, depending on the kid) is home as much as I am, sometimes more.  He’s the one who takes the kids to the pediatrician, the dentist, and almost every field trip.  Our dad makes dinner most nights, is in charge of the laundry, and does the dishes more than me.  But in turn, he enjoys most of the privileges historically reserved for women and mothers: at home time with the kids, helping with homework, going on hikes and climbing trips and camping and kayaking, both kids in tow.

The fun stuff, the memory makers of family life.

make a father's day card
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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!

Easter how to cute washi tape decoration

how to cute washi tape decoration

Washi tape!  Have you hopped on board the washi tape bandwagon? I’ll admit I’m a late comer to this fantastic trend, but now I can’t get enough! Who would have thought there would be so many uses and adorable things you can make with these little sticky strips of colored printed paper?

Because I’m so enamored with this cute little tape craft supply, and since Spring is right around the corner, this week’s project is a quick and easy to way to make some cute decorated “eggs” to add to your Easter and springtime decor! Keep reading to see how to make these Washi Tape Egg Decorations: >> Read More

Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

How to make a Valentines centerpiece

valentine themed vase

Make a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.  Making one is surely at the top of your to-do list right this very second.  I know it’s late, you’ve procrastinated a little, you’re not really feeling it this year (I’m projecting, I do that on Valentine’s Day) but I still want you to make a Valentine craft, spruce up the old homestead for the holiday.  No?  Play with me here, it will end better for all of us.

Learning how to make a Valentines Day centerpiece will: cure cancer, make your mother-in-law love you, end childhood poverty, and make your mama proud.  No, that’s not true, none of those things will happen if you use a bunch of conversation hearts to make a pretty something-something for Valentine’s Day.  But it might make your holiday a little lovelier, and if you put it on your nightstand your kitty will be thrilled with an extra toy to knock over in the night and interrupt your slumber.

Jerk.

valentine heart filled vase

Supplies for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece:

  • a few bags of conversation hearts
  • vase
  • smaller vase
  • flowers
valentine's conversation hearts

This whole Valentine’s centerpiece thing is pretty simple, you just need a few sundries and about 5 minutes, max.  The … >> 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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