New Lineup of Contributors: Robyn

fashion editorYou’ve actually met Robyn before, here, but we’d like to make it nice and official. Welcome, Robyn!

Hello, lovely readers! I am Robyn from Cleverly, Yours, where I blog about life, fashion, and funny things from time to time. I am a Utah girl who grew up in a small town but have anything but a small town sense for fashion! I definitely have a passion for fashion and I love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do and would love for you to stop by anytime to read a little more about me! www.cleverlyours.com

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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New Lineup of Contributors: Natalia

We’ve been working on some exciting things behind the scenes here at Petit Elefant.  As such, we have gathered some fantastic talent in the form of several new regular Contributors.  Lovely women with smarts and style who will be sharing their mad skills right here, with all of you.  The very best stuff. For reals.  Let’s get to know them one by one, shall we?

Please join us as we welcome and introduce our first fabulous contributor, Natalia Simmons.

Natalia

Natalia, of Ma Nouvelle Mode, 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 >> 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.

Make it Your Own Coffee Body Scrub DIY

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Your ever-lovin-coffee-minds are about to be blown with this DIY coffee scrub.  Yes, truly, today I’m going to show you how to make your own coffee scrub.  We’ve done citrus scrub, regular ol’ sugar scrub, and strawberry salt foot scrub, so I thought it would be fun to mix it up (wakka, wakka) and try some coffee scrub.

coffee scrub

Let me tell you right now, if you hate the smell of coffee, you should maybe go learn how to make a layered white chocolate pumpkin cream pie instead.

DIY make it coffee scrub

If you’re still with me, I trust you love the smell of coffee.  When you walk into a bookstore + or coffee shop, you lift your head in the air and inhale, deeply.  Because coffee smells like magic and fairy-tales, that’s why. So it makes sense to me then, that you and I would love to wake up with a morning shower featuring a coffee scrub finale before heading out into the world.

Every little bit helps, you know.

DIY coffee scrub ingredients

If you remember, the sugar and salt scrubs I make always feature some sort of natural oil.  The combination of the exfoliant, in this case coffee grounds, … >> 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!

Happy Happy New Year to New You!

happy new year to you

Hello, you.  And you, and you.  I’ve missed you.  I hope every last one of you took a big fat break over the holidays.  If you didn’t get a break, please know you deserved one whether it happened or not.  If you were in my hood I’d invite you in for a hot cup of tea and make you put your feet up, because man, last year was hard.  Take a load off, relaxers are welcome here.

So what did you do over the holidays?  We took a big fat break and a road trip to Spokane to visit a dear college friend of ours (my husband and I met in college so we have a lot of mutual friends from those days) and had such a great time.  I really don’t like traveling during the holidays and had low expectations for a great Christmas, but I’m telling you, sometimes a road trip to a faraway place is just what you need.  We hung out as a family because there wasn’t anything else to do BUT be together.  I didn’t putter around the house cleaning and organizing, and I didn’t open my laptop once.  That wouldn’t have happened at home.… >> 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!

End The Fat Talk Part Two Think Positive!

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So, fat talk. Where are we with that?

This time of year can be especially toxic when it comes to body loathing. So many treats! Holiday bloat, ugh. Whatever, it happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to turn in to a war on your psyche if your pants are a little snug after a few days of indulging. If you’ve got some weight loss or health goals for the New Year, you have my full support. Get healthy, go on and be your best self, whatever that looks like!  But do it the right way. Don’t cut yourself where it can hurt the most.  The answer lies is in positivity. There is nothing about self-hate that can motivate a person to being happy with who they see in the mirror. I think back on some of the things I’ve said about myself and to myself and I’m horrified. We are our own worst critics

63% of women surveyed admitted to engaging in fat talk at least once a week and I’m willing to bet that in truth, that number is even higher. Disturbing, right? I’m guilty, I’ve done it, and it … >> 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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Friday News Roundup + Happy Holidays!

Friday news roundup time!  It’s been a couple of weeks since my last Friday News Roundup, and so much has happened since then.  How are you, my pretties?  December has flown by, and also ARE WE DONE YET?  I have mixed feelings about this time of year.  It’s my favorite but so riddled with guilt and stress.  I need to figure out how to rid myself of both, they’re counterproductive to happiness, and it’s the HAPPIEST time of year.  Happy Holidays, Mazel Tov, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, and happy-almost-new-year’s-eve!

salted caramels

What’s going on? Well, so glad you asked.  There’s a lot of news to share.

  • Russia’s president, the honorable humanitarian terrorist Vladimir Putin released political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky today, out of the goodness of his heart due to (my personal opinion) the heat he’s feeling from the international community prior to this Winter’s 2014 Olympics. Oh Vladi, you’re such a softie.
  • I have two giveaways currently on Petit Elefant, and you want a part of this action.  Two $100 gift card giveaways.  Guys! It’s the holidays, and everyone needs cash.  Thanks Ricola + MiniTime.
  • Lindsey made some tasty wassail to die for.  Grab the recipe + make some
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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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Whats in My Purse Series Winter Edition

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winter purse contents

It’s been a while since I’ve done a What’s in Your Purse Series post, but it’s time again.  Do you miss it?  I kind of love the purse series  and I really miss seeing what’s in your purses!  Should we get it started again?  I’ll be first.

This is my purse right now.  The only thing I edited out was an extra huge stash of lip products.  For reals, I had an extra 5 or 6 lip glosses and lipsticks and just thought it might be a little excessive for this photo.  I always carry around too much makeup in my purse, it’s just part of who I am.  You never know when you might need red lipstick. Or hot pink!  What if you’re out and you need hot pink?  I mean, that’s a worrisome situation and I’m prepared for any potential beauty disaster.

Here’s what you’d find in my purse this very minute, if you dumped it all out on your living room floor.

What’s in My Purse Series Winter Edition

  • my wallet
  • Band-Aids
  • car keys, with a gym membership I haven’t used in
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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!

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2013: Give it to Someone Nice

amazon kindle 2013

The Amazon Kindle has been on my Christmas wish list since the beginning of time.  I mean, not really, because Amazon only came out with the device in 2007.  Even then, no one could get their hands on a Kindle because they were such a hot seller.  Plus?  The first generation Amazon Kindle was $399.

The Amazon Kindle of yore was groundbreaking, but it didn’t hold a candle to even the smallest tablet now.  In fact, the 2013 Amazon Kindle Fire is practically a computer (it is) you can take on the road (minus all the headache).  They tablets get bigger, better, faster every year, and this year’s Kindle is no exception.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2013

For a super reasonable $139.00, you can be the owner of your very own Amazon Kindle Fire (HD!) with 8GB.  For $20 more you get 16GB.

Dude.

That’s a hefty amount of space on a tiny, teeny, little lightweight tablet.  What really kills me though, is what this baby can do.

Here’s the short list of all the fabulous from the Amazon Kindle Fire 2013:

  • Access to a billionty and one books, (not a real number) use the Kindle owners’ lending library of 400,000 titles (whak?!)
  • Front
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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!

Tasty Homemade Wassail Recipe For The Holidays

cranberry wassail

 

My wassail recipe is one of my favorite holiday beverages. Not only does it taste great, it makes your house smell fabulous as it’s simmering away on the stove. My recipe for cranberry wassail is one that everyone in my family really loves and differs a bit from other wassail recipes. I like to mix a few different kinds of fruit juice – cranberry, apple, orange, lemon and grape. This version is non-alcoholic, but you could certainly add some liqueur or wine for a warm, boozy adult beverage. The other great thing? It’s also really good chilled. I’ve served this recipe with our Christmas morning brunch for years and it’s always a hit.

cranberry wassail-2

 

ingredients for wassail

Here’s what you need for this recipe: orange juice, cranberry-apple juice, one orange, fresh lemon juice, a spice packet (see below), fresh sliced ginger (not pictured) and white grape juice (below), and cane sugar (optional, not pictured.)

white grape juice for wassail

The spice packet is the most important part of the wassail recipe. I place whole spices into a few layers of cheesecloth and tie it with twine.  You don’t have to do this, but it makes it easier to remove the spices when it’s time to serve the … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.