Spring Fashion Style Trends For Women 2015

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Ladies, 2015 is officially jam-packed full of gorgeous fashion style, and I’ve been spotting fun, trendy new Spring lines practically all over the universe, (the internet counts!). So, girls, women, ladies, let’s get started.

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I can’t help myself. I sort of apologize.

 Spring Fashion Style Trends  2015Please hear me when I tell you there are some Spring 2015 trends you want to check out. Today I’m hitting a few that I’ll share below, but first, let’s break for a video. I’m starting up style videos again with the magical sparkly editing skills of my friend Jenny so let’s pause and watch. (are you excited about this? do you have topics you want me to cover? let me know in the comments!)

Now that we’ve seen the fun style stuff I hauled in almost-3D, let’s talk about discount shopping for a minute. You know I love a good deal, so much so that I’m genuinely incapable of buying anything full price. ANYTHING. Food, clothes, airline tickets, hotel rooms, cars, homes, stickers, you … >> 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!

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...

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Hardships Of Living With A Gorgeous Brother

It’s story time today, so pull up a chair and get comfortable.  I’m sharing a tragically funny story about the hardships of growing up with a gorgeous older brother.

Over the weekend we went out of town for a 4-day state championship swim meet a few hours away from home.  My little family stayed with my aunt and uncle so we could rest and hang out at their house in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions.  If you’ve ever attended a swim meet, you know that they go on, and on, and onnnnnnnnnn so even if a meet is only a couple of hours from home, it’s so much easier for everyone to stay somewhere close to the pool for the weekend.

Hardship Of Living With A Gorgeous BrotherI feel so lucky my aunt and uncle live so close because this is the third year in a row we’ve crashed at their house for this particular swim meet.  We not only get 5-star accommodations, we also get precious family time in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions.  And we all know the best thing about family time is the unedited story telling, especially when the heroes and heroines of the story aren’t with you to defend their name(s).… >> 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!

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

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, 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.

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I Flew On An Airplane Without A Ticket

No airplane ticketI’ve told this story many times, but the other day I realized I’ve never written it. It’s time to put it out there, because it’s unreal. I still don’t know how it happened, but it did. I flew halfway around the world on an airplane without a ticket. This is not fabricated. Honest. Perhaps I should start at the beginning.

It was 2006, the year before we moved to S. Africa, and we were taking lots of short-term teams over to do what we could to help with the orphan crisis that resulted from the AIDS pandemic. S. Africa is a long ways away, about an 18 hour flight from the U.S. East coast. For some reason, my husband and I planned a trip that was only a week long, including travel, with a four-year-old and a two-year-old. The odds were against us before we even began, but we were young and we forged ahead with that “I can do anything” attitude.

When we checked in at JFK airport in New York, something was up. The gentleman at the gate frowned slightly when he ran my boarding pass and told me the same thing the ticket agent said when we … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

Learning About Your Within Self

life philosophy

photo by Linsey Ybarra

 


I’ve been learning about myself over the last couple of years, in a very philosophical type of way.  I mean, I already know who I am, what I like, what I’m good at and what I’m not, what I don’t love, what I’m willing to tolerate, and on and on.  But the last couple of years of my life, more than any other, have been the hardest of my life.  There’s been a lot going on with my own health, and then there was the whole awful saga with my daughter over the last year and a half, where we couldn’t figure out why she was puking 25 times a day for months and months and months on end.


It would be trite to say it’s been a trying experience.  There isn’t any way, in any languages I know, to describe what my life has been like on the inside for the last couple of years.  So I won’t even try.  But what I will say is this:  as a result of my heart wrenching experiences, I know who I am within and without in a way that wouldn’t have been possible without suffering
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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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4 Favorite Clean Eating Fixes

clean eating titleFriends, gather round for some easy clean eating shortcuts. I mean, I really love a big fat cheeseburger every now and then, with a Diet Coke. But, the sodas and the burgers don’t usually leave me feeling healthy and energetic, and they definitely don’t leave me feeling swim-suit ready. So, though I’m not hard core or anything close to perfect, I try to stick to a fairly “clean” and wholesome diet most of the time. The definition of “clean eating” might be generally ambiguous, but for me it’s whole grains, fresh lean proteins, plenty of fresh produce, lots of water, less sugar, fewer refined white carbs, fewer preservatives & processing.

It’s not as complicated as you might think, this clean eating thing.  Breakfast and snacks seemed to be our weak points, so here I’ve gathered a few of our favorite easy fixes for sprucing up our eating habits.

kodiak cakes pancakes1. Pancakes. A major favorite at my house. Instead of enriched processed flour and high-sugar mixes, we really love this brand–I’ve found it at Costco and at Sam’s Club. My boys are crazy about it. To amp up the pancakes with extra power I often add mashed banana or a scoop of … >> 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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Cruising Tips for Families

Okay folks, let’s talk cruising. For those of you that have been on a cruise,  I’d love to hear your thoughts too. For those of you new to cruising, curious about cruising, not interested in cruising, or simply are turned off by it, scoot a bit closer. I’m talking to you. Frankly, my dear, I used to be you.

cruising tips for familiesI used to scoff at the bulging bulk of all those ships. I would turn my nose up at the blatant hedonistic buffets, and masses of humanity that would lazily float, nay, sludge through our oceans. I was afraid I would go stir-crazy, and feel trapped on a ship. I was skeptical about how much I would really see at port. Is a cruise really worth it?

Then I went on a cruise with my family, and I was changed.

My husband’s best friend had been trying to get us to cruise with them for years. They’ve been cruising for about half their lifetime, and their boys have been on more cruises than years they’ve been alive. So they are obvious fans.

In 2011, after a lot of research we embarked on our first cruise with our friends. I hope >> find out more...

Stephanie Porter

Aloha! I'm a food lover, joyful mother, travel addict, irreverent friend, hip-shaking dancer, car radio-singer, make-out lover, and writer. Love to travel? Join me. Cheers!

Everyday Bun Hairstyle

It’s time you learned how to put your hair in a bun. You can do it! Hair is a tough thing, sometimes. I mean, we’ve all got to live with whatever hair we we were born with. And deal with it every single day. Let’s be honest, sometimes we resort to pulling into a pony tail, or tucking it under a hat, or pulling it into a messy to-knot style bun. At least that’s on trend, right?featured photo

However, a top knot isn’t for everyone, so today I’ve got a tutorial for a very simple everyday bun that you can do in maybe 10 minutes flat. It’s easy, cute and people will think you spent quite a bit more time than you actually did!

Another benefit of this simple hair style? You can wear it on dirty hair. In fact, most styles look great with dirty hair! A little dry shampoo and tease at the roots and you will be good to go. Here’s the break down of how to do it.messy bun tutorial

  • I didn’t show it here, but you can start by teasing the crown and the sides of your hair. A little dry shampoo can never hurt!
  • Start by separating
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natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

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