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Sing Street Movie DVD Release + Giveaway

Sing Street is the best coming of age movie out of the last, I don’t know how many years, with a 1980’s soundtrack to knock your socks off. From writer/director John Carney’s (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) the movie is filled Duran Duran, a-Ha, The Cure, plus a huge helping of the fictional newbie Irish teen band, Sing Street.  Let’s discuss.

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sing street movieI’m maybe one of the biggest U2 fans on the planet, so Sing Street, the sweet, touching, funny story of a bunch of teenagers set in the mid-1980’s in Dublin discovering their musical talent together felt like a delightful U2 biography. I mean that in the best way possible.

sing street DVDThe pack of musical prodigies is led by Conor, a soulful 14-year-old struggling with a transfer to a rough new Catholic school and a houseful of screaming parents, on a mission to form a band to impress the foxy, sophisticated wanna be model, Raphina.  In the process, Conor finds a handful of wicked talented friends and an escape, both from his current surroundings and a dead end future 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!

Home Made Corn + Goat Cheese Pizza Recipe

Goat cheese pizza with fresh summer corn!

homemade goat cheese + corn pizza

One of our favorite family recipes in the summer is this fresh, homemade goat cheese + corn pizza with prosciutto and basil.  It’s seriously the bees knees, and is in my dinner menu rotation at least once a week all summer long.

corn + goat cheese pizzaI didn’t even know you could put corn on a pizza until we tried it on our family trip to Europe a few years ago.  We spent a few days in Budapest, Hungary in a charming, crummy little hotel on a tiny cobblestone side street in the city.  Next to the hotel was a cheap little sidewalk cafe serving all sorts of Hungarian foods we didn’t recognize or know how to eat.  But it was so inexpensive we ate there at least twice a day.  Eventually we ordered a version of this pizza, not sure what to expect.  It took 45 minutes to get our food, way longer than any other food we’d ordered from the cafe, but we were assured everything was fine, and our pizza was on its way.  Eventually, a guy on a little Vespa scooter pulled up to the restaurant with a pizza bungeed to the … >> 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!

5 Reasons You Need To Watch Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls, 5 reasons you need to be watching right now.

Gilmore GirlsHave you ever watched the TV show Gilmore Girls?  I’ll admit, I was late to the game, but there was no turning back once I started. I got into the series in about 2004 when the series was already 4 seasons deep.  The reason I initially started watching, (aside from the raving recommendations from friends) is that one of the main characters, Rory, attends a highly snooty private prep high school, as did I, back in the day.  I was lured into the show by the promise of a light take from an outsider’s view, into the madness of private prep schools, and after one episode I was hooked.

But let’s back up a little, and talk about the 5 reasons you NEED to watch Gilmore Girls.

  1. The dialogue is fantastic
  2. The characters are relatable
  3. The town in which the show is set, is perfection
  4. Melissa McCarthy is in it
  5. It’s a perfect balance of light + fluffy with real issues

#1 The Dialogue

Like I said, I joined the show 4 seasons into its 7 season run, and it was hot and fast from the get-go.  … >> 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!

How To Make Your Own DIY Hat Cleaner

Hat cleaner: make your own DIY hat cleaner with this cool hack!

Make Your Own DIY Hat CleanerIf you’ve ever tried to wash a baseball cap at home you know how hard it is to get a flat brim hat clean without ruining the shape of the brim.  You can buy a special baseball hat washing frame, or you can use this easy, free DIY hack to wash your hats.

DIY hat washerI accidentally discovered this trick one day when I was loading my salad spinner into the dishwasher and realized the basket for the salad spinner was about the same size as a baseball hat.

I know, it’s crazy, but it’s true.

So I grabbed one of my son’s baseball caps and tried it on the salad spinner basket for size, and boom! Magic.  It turns out that a salad spinner doubles as a perfect DIY hat cleaner.

Here’s how it all goes down.

make your own hat cleanerHow To Make Your Own DIY Hat Cleaner

Step 1: Disassemble

Disassemble a salad spinner and separate out the salad basket.

DIY hat cleanerStep 2: Stretch

Flip the salad basket upside down and stretch a baseball cap over it.  Pull the hat taut until the crown is shaped perfectly over the basket.  … >> 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!

Roundup Four Fourth Of July Recipes

The Fourth of July!  It’s my favorite holiday of all holidays.  What’s not to love?  It’s summer, the pools are open, parades are everywhere, the freezer is stocked with popcicles, BBQ’s are front, left, and center, everyone is making festive American-as-apple-pie desserts, and the night ends in fireworks.  A girl could live in July forever.

Four Fourth Of July RecipesTo celebrate, I’m sharing four of my favorite, very American, Fourth of July desserts with you.  The American Flag cake has been my go-to 4th of July BBQ contribution for almost 20 years.  It’s so easy to make and looks so festive.  Every host/ess loves having at least one of these on the buffet.  The base can be made as a cake or as a Jell-O, (it doesn’t get more American than that), and are equally delicious.

The ice cream takes a little bit of pre-game prep but is worth every bite.  I tend to be a little more greedy with my homemade ice cream, because it takes so long to make, but you’ll be the toast of every party if you show up with this homemade peach ice cream.

The red + white Jell-O desserts are so much fun to share at a … >> 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!

Round-Up Of 9 Delicious Summer Drinks

summer drinks

Drinks!  It’s officially summer and all I can think about right now are delicious, cold, refreshing summer drinks.  I have an archive of so many summer drinks I thought I’d share a roundup of my top 9 favorite drinks to get your summer off to a tasty start!  Enjoy.

citrus cooler

Grapefruit Citrus Cooler

watermelon drink

Mint Watermelon Cooler

melon drink

Summer Fruit Slush

iced drinks

Tasty Homemade Iced Coffee

strawberry slush

Strawberry Slush

vegetable smoothie

Healthy Veggie Smoothie

orange julius drink

Orange Julius

vegetable smoothie

Vegetable Juice Smoothie

citrus punch

Citrus Springtime Punch

There you go, I hope you make at least one of these delicious summer drinks.  Cheers!

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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!

After Photos Of Our Newly Designed Study

Finally, photos of our newly redesigned study!  If you’ve been checking in lately, you’ll know that for several months we’ve been redesigning and redecorating our old, very brown, family study.  And today, the finished room, choc-a-bloc with pretty photos is here! I’m in love with the new room, and would love to hear what you think.

mid-century modern study redesign

The old study was, well, a study in brown.

HA.

But seriously, so. much. brown.  Which is my least favorite color, but just kind of the way it all worked out with the inexpensive + free furniture we inherited. It was so much fun to start from scratch to redesign the study in light colors and brighter walls.

study redesign

I’ve decided grey is the only wall color I’ll ever need.  I mean, don’t tell my laundry room, or my family room, but grey is such a great neutral color to decorate around.  It makes choosing furniture and decor so much easier, and creates such a mellow, bright background for any room.

 

organizing books by color

It’s hard to pick my favorite piece in the study, but I’m super in love with the sectional tufted sofa, and I’m crazy about the bookshelf my husband designed … >> 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!

Our Study Redesign Before With Photos

Our study redesign is finally finished!  But before I show you the new study, I wanted to give you a peek at the before photos of the old study before I do a reveal of the after photos.

solid wood bookshelves

Our study was perfectly lovely before the current redesign, but awfully brown, on brown, on brown, on BROWN and I was ready for some light.

study redesign

We put the study together on a major budget, as we did most of the house, when we first moved in 13 years ago, and it has evolved over the years as our family has evolved.

study before

And when I say budget, I mean this:  we majorly splurged on the bookcases at Costco for $600 (that was a lot of money for us 13 years ago.  it still is.), bought the mid-century modern desk at a garage sale for $30, the rolling office chair for $5 at a different yard sale, inherited the sofa from a rental unit we manage, bought the lamp at Costco and the light fixture (not pictured) at IKEA.  Even the carpet was a remnant piece given to us by our neighbors who have a flooring business.

comfortable sofa

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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!

Make Strawberry Lime Summer Slush

It’s slush time!  Summer is the very best, in every way, but one of my favorite things about the hot summer months is making delicious, fruity, slush drinks. I don’t drink alcohol, but any slush can turn boozy if you just swap out a couple ingredients, including this strawberry lime summer delight.

make your own strawberry slush

This strawberry lime slush is SO EASY to make and only takes a few ingredients, 2 of which are forms of water.  Unless you’re making it an alcoholic drink, in which case you’ll need to toss in some booze.   This drink is so easy you can make it in just a few minutes – serve it up with a pretty straw + paper umbrella and impress everyone you know.

make a strawberry slush

Print up the recipe for this strawberry YUM to add to your recipe collection – you’ll want to make this one over and over again.

Strawberry Lime Summer Slush
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 12 ice cubes
  • 32 strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen concentrated Limeade
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Blend ice cubes in blender until completely crushed.
  2. Add
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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!