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Easter Craft Round Up!

Easter is just a couple weeks away! It’s time to get crafty with eggs, bunnies, and pretty pastel colors! I know you’ll LOVE these projects I’ve found from some great DIY blogs. Decorate your home with these crafts or gift them to friends and family in their baskets!

easter craft roundup1. Metal-Leaf and Washi Tape Eggs from Miss Renaissance: You guys. These Easter eggs are just TOO GORGEOUS! I think these would be so fun to make!

2. Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart: This is the perfect craft to make with your little ones! Stuff yummy treats inside these cute envelope bunnies!

3. Funny Bunny Easter Favors from Oh Happy Day!: Having guests over for Easter dinner? Make these adorable bunny favors to hand out at the end of the night!

easter craft roundup4. Dip Dyed No Sew Placemats from Eighteen25: Serve a delicious meal on these DIY dip dyed placemats! I am in love with these beautiful pastel colors.

5. DIY Easter Tote from Small Fry: Your kiddos will have a ball collecting all of their eggs into this fun bunny tote! It’s a cinch to make!

6. Dry Erase Easter Card Printable from Handmade Charlotte: Make … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

Homemade Detox Water

homemade detox water title picTo a lot of people, spring means “Spring Cleaning,” so then we start to see images of watering lawns and dusting shelves – but I think a more important kind of cleaning is sometimes over looked: yourself. The most vital thing for us to take care of is our own skin and bone house. I confess that for me, winter always involves a kind of winter coat (unfortunately, I don’t mean a pea-coat, or cute neon Northface – I mean a warming fatty layer – the kind a bear develops for hibernation). So whether you are trying to get rid of your sweater-body and move towards the swimsuit body, or you simply want to feel refreshed like the blooming trees; this homemade detox ought to do the trick.

homemade detoxYou will need:

  • 6 slices of cucumber
  • A lemon or a lime (or both)
  • 1 tbsp. grated Ginger
  • 5-8 Mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • water (duh)

homemade detox gingerInstructions:

  • Squeeze the lemon/lime juice into your bottle. (I like to add a few extra slices of lemon for flavor and for color.)
  • Slice and add the cucumber slices. Tip: the thinner the cucumber slices, the stronger their flavor.
  • Grate or finely slice
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elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

Organizing Your House Week Three

Guys, it’s house cleaning central over here these days.  I’m a cleaning / organizing / tidying fool, and I’ll tell you what: my house has never looked better.

Organizing Your House Week 3If you’re new to this challenge, let me catch you up to speed.  This year I’m tackling one organizing project at a time in my house, in an effort to help my life become more tidy and simplified.

In the end simplification + tidiness = happier everyone.

Read the beginning of the project Organizing Your House One Week At A Time here, and Organizing Your House Week Two here.  Then come back, and we’re about to get all tackle-y in here in Organizing Your House Week Three.

organized-vanityAre you ready to jump on the bandwagon?  Please say yes.  There’s strength in numbers, I really believe that to be true, and I’d really love you on my team.  It keeps us all accountable to know there’s someone, somewhere out there, doing the same fun cleaning + organizing extravaganza.

And it is FUN, I can assure you of that!  Even if my idea of fun has shifted a bit in my more *cough* mature years.  A Friday night sorting and organizing old makeup?  Sign … >> 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!

Printing Actual Photos to Hold

printing photosNostalgia is something that waxes strong in me, so I have a great affinity for actual, physical photographs. However, most of the pictures for my generation exist on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.; in other words, they exist on screens and in “clouds”.

printing photosFor the most part, I think the cyber-plane that all of these images exist on is amazing. I think it is amazing that I can see my friends hiking in Hawaii if I look at Facebook for 3 seconds, and I think it is amazing that I can see the dressing room magic of the eyebrows of Cara Delevingne just by looking at Instagram. I think that the way people stay connected in real life and in real time is a remarkable and uplifting thing.

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But for all this, I still want something to hold on to. I want to feel connected to what happened yesterday, or last summer, or when I was six. An actual, physical photo. So, I’m still using one of my favorite Christmas gifts: the Canon “SELPHY” Wireless Printer. There are quite a few printers that do what this one does (Fujifilm Instax Printer, Smartphone Photo Cube, Polaroid Zip, etc.) but I … >> find out more...

elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

How Far Would You Travel For Love?

This post about love is sponsored by Fox Searchlight Pictures, presenting The Second Best Marigold Hotel, in theaters this weekend.  #LoveBlooms  Thank you for being generous and kind to Petit Elefant sponsors.

In thinking about the release of The Second Best Marigold Hotel, I’ve been pondering both my life love + my love of travel.  Read on to discover how they’re both about to merge at the intersection of fate and awesome.

I love travel more than life itself.  Life is travel, to me anyway.  Some of the best moments of my life have been in weird hotel rooms or tiny apartments or huts scattered across America and assorted random spots on the globe.  There’s really something to be said for leaving the comfort of home to discover parts of yourself previously unknown.

I highly recommend taking brave adventures as far as your pocketbook can carry you; you might be surprised what you find inside yourself.

tropical-beachThe first time I traveled outside the United States was my junior year in high school.  I was 16 years old and had never even seen a passport when I drove to the post office in our 1980’s beat-up, forest green, … >> 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!

My Master Bedroom Redecorating Ideas

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// This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of YLighting, YLiving, YBath.  All opinions, naturally, are my own. //

My Master Bedroom Redecorating

We’ve been busy behind the scenes at Casa Czarnecki over the last couple of years, redecorating and remodeling, sledgehammering walls and ripping out old flooring, and finally, FINALLY after our epic Master Bathroom Remodel, we’re moving onto the attached Master Bedroom.

I couldn’t be more excited.

master bedroom remodel Our master bedroom has been woefully outdated, with dirty textured ceilings, weird circular windows, a tan-ish brown wall paint, and forest green carpet pulling up at the corners of the room.  There have been many nights where I’ve been tempted to grab a couple of blankets and a soft pillow and head to the pretty, shiny and new en suite bathroom to make a cozy little bed in the jetted tub of the master bath.

Luckily, it hasn’t come to that.

master bedroom redecoratingWe finally put in new flooring and painted the walls of the bedroom a gorgeous, simple grey, and now it’s time to talk about decorating the old place.

bleached wood floorsIt’s absolutely amazing what a fresh coat of paint and a new floor can do for a room.  We still … >> 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!

Moms Home Made Sunday Dinner Rolls

Home made bread and Sunday dinner rolls, and delicious fresh cinnamon rolls are a part of my DNA.  And up to this point in my life, have only been in my DNA so far as I enjoy eating all of the above foods very much, because carbs = yummmm.  But even though I love me some rolls, I’ve never actually been able to make them.  Properly, and for real.

mom's sunday dinner rolls(if you want to skip the story behind the rolls and jump to the recipe, you can find it at the bottom of this post)

My grandmother and mother both were, and are, phenomenal cooks.  My grandmother literally fed an entire neighborhood of boys (and girls too) throughout the better part of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  Somewhere in her busy days of raising four children and their friends, (and doing it well) my grandma managed to work full time as a nurse at a state mental health hospital, attend Brigham Young University with her daughter (my mother) to finish her college degree, write papers and complete homework, and keep an immaculate house.

Rolls I can only imagine the exhaustion.  But somehow through the fog of homework and child rearing … >> 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!

Oscars 2015 Recap

Oscars 2015 Eddie Redmayne

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Oh that Eddie Redmayne at the Oscars last night. So adorable and wonderful. The navy tux (whoa, yes) and that darling genuine surprise on his face just endeared him to me even more. I confess I’ve seen only one of the films honored last night, but I can still have favorites, right?  Julianne Moore looked exquisite and genuinely happy all night long, and hooray for Birdman director, Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu. Really, it’s wonderful. Neil Patrick Harris was charming as always. And is there anything else, really, to say about the Lady Gaga-Julie Andrews moment? Besides, well, wow! Just wow. I’ve always loved that Julie Andrews (you don’t want to know how many times I’ve seen The Sound of Music) but last night made me a fan of Lady Gaga, too.

Some favorite looks from the 2015 Oscars:

Oscars 2015 Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana in this blush color is sexy but demure. I love the lines and femininity here without being too fluffy or Barbie-like. Very, very pretty.

Oscars 2015 Julianne Moore

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Julianne Moore in white–a trend on last night’s red carpet. Flattering, great texture and interest, and she just looked so happy and lovely. I love that she owns her … >> 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.

Organizing Your House Week Two

Organizing Your House Week Two:

 

I’m an organizing fool up in here these days!  I’m so excited so many of you are with me on getting your homes + lives organized in the new year (and hopefully for years to come).  We can totally do this one week at a time.  Thank you for the feedback on Organizing Your House Week One!  Leave comments or email me if you’re really stressed about one area of your home / life and I’ll try to tackle it with you.  Safety and strength in numbers, right?  RIGHT?  I can feel your enthusiasm all the way from here.

 

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This week’s Organizing Your House Objective:  Bathroom Drawer or Cupboard

 

organizing beauty products

How-To Organize Your Bathroom Vanity / Cupboard or Drawer

  • Step 1: Pull everything out and see what you’ve got

I’ll be really honest with you and tell you that in the short time since we’ve remodeled our master bathroom, the vanity has become a cluttered mess.  A total catch-all disaster of makeup and beauty products and random toiletries.  Barf.  I pulled everything out of one side (I needed to break this project up into smaller sections) and put it in a … >> 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!