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.

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.

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.

printing photos

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.

Dublin for a Day

DublinDublin! Have you ever been there? I have. For a day. Seriously. We were in Ireland visiting friends, and we had one day as a family to explore. Cliffs or Dublin? We chose Dublin, because the hazy, rainy day would have blocked any beautiful views of the cliffs. I guess we’ll have to go back someday.Dublin Ferry

First bit of helpful information you will receive today…how to get there. Since we were already in England, we opted to rent a car and take the ferry over to Dublin. It was such a fun experience for my kids! We took the StenaLine which was fantastic. There was plenty  to keep the kids entertained.

Dublin BikesI found Dublin to be a quaint little city. It lacked that hustle and bustle which was just fine with me. My husband was happy because there were so many people that looked like him…red hair, freckles, and fair skin!

When you only have a day, you have to plan wisely. Of course, we didn’t do everything we wanted (another reason to go back), but I’d say we covered a fair bit to etch a memory. Here’s what we did and my take on the experience.

Dublin Trinity College1. Visited Trinity >> 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.

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!

Packing for a Beach Getaway

pack for beach getawayAnyone else dreaming of summer like I am? There is nothing better than spending a day in the hot sun at the pool or the beach. Preferably with a cold beverage in hand. And a good book to read. It all sounds so perfect! I love that packing for a beach weekend means packing light. Just a few essentials and I’m good to go.

Luckily I am headed to Mexico this week for a quick getaway with my husband and some of our friends! I can’t wait! I’ve rounded up a few MUST-HAVE’s for a weekend getaway in the sun! Check these beauties out!beach getaway packing

1. Tie Dye Cover Up from Forever 21: Cutest cover up ever! Looks comfy too.

2. Tanning Lotion with SPF 15 from Coppertone: This is my favorite sunscreen when I want a little bit of color but also don’t want to look like a lobster at the end of the day!

3. Embroidered Bag from ASOS: How fab is this bag? Perfect for holding all of your beach needs!

4. Botanical Maxi Dress from ASOS: I love ASOS dresses! They always run true to size and they are adorable!

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Rachel Utterback

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!