How to celebrate Fathers-Day

How to celebrate Fathers-Day.

Because I'm Your Dad, Ahmet Zappa BookI’ve been a fortunate son to have my father in my life growing up and into my adult life.  We all get just one go at being a father and a dad.  My father is a different person today than he was when I was growing up and I am a different father to my children then I was when they were first born. Just as I became a father without any dry runs or formal training in fatherhood, my father did the same.  Being an effective parent requires three skills:

  • analyze
  • adapt
  • execute

 

Analyze:

Being able to analyze is critical to self-criticism about your station as a father, husband, and fellow human.  Having an honest conversation with yourself is a skill that needs to be developed and honed, always.  At the end of each day I try to have a moment of personal introspect where I take an accounting of my soul;  what worked, what didn’t, where can I affect change, and where can I not affect change?

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Adapt:

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How to make the best fruit smoothie recipe

How to make best fruit smoothie of your life recipe.

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best veggie fruit smoothie

This smoothie will make your taste-buds explode with happy.  It will make your mom happy (that you’re eating veggies), give you energy, fill you up, break you down.  I’m just kidding about the last part, this smoothie won’t do that.

The spinach is hardly noticeable and you’ll be so happy you’re eating healthy you might even want to go for a run!  (or not, that’s up to you)

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DIY how to home made facial with aspirin

DIY how to home made facial with aspirin.

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home made facial

Did you know Aspirin is kind of the unsung hero of skincare?  For serious, Aspirin does all kinds of awesome things when you smooth it all over your gorgeous face.  Those Native Americans really knew what they were doing, using Willow tree branches (Aspirin) to ease pain, and now I’m here to help you ease your pain.  The pain that comes with the price of a facial.

‘Ease his pain.’  (name that movie)

Go ahead give yourself a facial, you deserve it! (to all the men in the room, you need facials too, it’s not just lady business keeping that mug clean)

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How to DIY facial with fresh and healthy carrots

How to DIY facial with fresh and healthy carrots.

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how to carrot facial

Carrots are delicious, crisp miracles that work magic on us humans.  They’re great to eat raw, steamed, dipped in delicious things, and smothered on faces.

Wait, slow down a second.  Smothered on faces’, you say?

Yes.  Totally smothered all over your pretty face long enough to soak in and do some healing all up in there.  Your pores love it, and your skin has been crying for it.  It’s time, time to make dreams come true, so GIT!  Be gone.  Go rub some carrots on that face of yours.

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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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Memorial-Day from an immigrant perspective

1990-2013 has probably been one of the longest stretches of peacetime and economic prosperity in Poland since the end of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569–1795) after which Poland ceased to exist until the Treat of Versailles in 1918.  As an immigrant  thought that I would share a few thoughts about Memorial Day from an immigrant perspective.

The complete Czarnecki extended family; both of them.

Czarnecki Family: All of it.

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Recipe for super secret simple frog eye salad

How to make a super yummy and super simple frog-eye salad recipe.

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easy frog eye salad recipeIs frog eye salad a Utah thing?  Did your grandmothers and aunties across the globe make this for every Summer barbeque growing up?  I’ll tell you what: frog eye salad, and all its many iterations, makes a BBQ for me.  If none of the seasoned motherly figures in my life show up with a (huge avocado green Tupperware bowl with original lid from 1978) full of this chewy, marshmallow-y, fruity confection, as far as I’m concerned, the barbecue isn’t legit.

If you ever come to my house for a Summer barbecue, you’re in charge of frog eye salad.

QUICK AND EASY RECIPE FOR FROG EYE SALAD    <——— Click the link to go to the full post

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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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Wash your hair with natural household ingredients

How to wash your hair with natural ingredients found in your home.  Better for you and better for your hair.

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DIY natural hair cleanserIt’s almost Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which means one thing: I’ll be at the pool if you need me.  The kids will be there too, which is the whole point of this post.  The hair on the heads of my two short people was horrifically dried out and tinted green, crispy as straw.  So I mixed up a concoction of kitchen ingredients to help wash the nasty chemicals out and we’ve never looked back.  Every Summer we whip this up and pour it onto our long locks (some of us) to rinse that man right outta my hair.

Name that movie, then go rinse your hair with this cleanser and marvel in the glory of you.

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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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Roll some clothes to pack a bag for travel

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roll clothes to packI travel a lot, too much sometimes.  No that’s crazy, there’s no such thing as too much travel.  I love roaming the globe, but I hate packing.  It’s the worst thing.  It’s the most chaotic, stressful, over-involved what-am-I-supposed-to-take-what-if-I-pack-the-wrong-things events of travel.  It’s a necessary evil, the packing business, but I’ve figured out the least stressful way to make it work for me.

I roll my clothes.  I roll them on hotel beds one piece at a time until they’re so compact there’s extra room to do a little airport shopping.  I always bring a snow globe home for my little guy and now the only way to get them through airport security is to buy them on the other side of said security.

Next time you pack a bag, try it and see.  You may like it, Sam I am, you make like it on some ham.

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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!

Time for top 10 favorite post countdown

top 10 posts

It’s time for a top 10 countdown, of the blog post variety.  I’ve never done this, but I thought it would be a fun idea since there’s a lot of content some of you haven’t seen.  There’s a lot of good stuff in the early years, and I’d love to share it with you because, today I’m leaving on a jet plane.  Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

Just kidding, I do.  In 10 days.  But it’s always a good time to throw out some John Denver lyrics to make things sound melancholy.

top 10 favorite posts

Things are actually pretty awesome because today I’m heading to Paris!  I know, don’t hate me.  I’m jealous of myself. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just happened, and when life presents you with amazing opportunities, the thing to do, I’ve found, is grab the brass ring and get on board.  No matter what.  When my husband booked 4 tickets to Warsaw a couple of years ago I packed my bags and rearranged our whole life so we could take a month-log family trip to his home country.  It wasn’t super convenient at the time (it never is) but we did it anyway.

budapest hungary

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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!