Our master bathroom remodel take 2

Our master bathroom has, for the last 5 months, been a sea of insulation and drywall dust, host to a sea of random construction guys streaming in and out at all hours, ladders and buckets and 30 gallon garbage cans strewn about with an odd assortment of tools landing on my bedroom floor.  It hasn’t been the most fun ever in MY! WHOLE! LIFE! but at the same time, it’s kind of awesome to finally be able to do a remodel on the master bathroom that has been moldy and nasty for 10 years.

We’re fortunate to be in a place to do something about it finally.  I recognize that.

However.

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It’s kind of terrible.

It’s balanced out by a cool factor, but only just.  I sketched out the plan I wanted from scratch on the back of a bill and gave it to the contractor, and over the months I’ve watched my ideas come to life.  Fun!  As fun as a ride at the carnival!  But with the same amount of puking and sketchy Carnies!

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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!

DIY crafts for dad this Fathers Day

Gifts for dad: DIY crafts for dad this Father’s Day.

do it yourself father's day gift

DIY Father’s Day Mugs

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed all the BBQ’s and lawnmowers for sale all over town.  I already bought a vacuum at Costco for my husband because I’m fancy and super thoughtful, and I love him, especially when he vacuums.  Although if the dad in my life were to get a vacuum for me, or laundry basket, or I don’t know, a sleeping bag for any holiday I would probably completely lose my crap.

I’m going to pay for this somehow.

Do you have Father’s Day for the dad(s) in your life outside the US?  I know there’s a Kid’s Day in Poland, which is also National Water-Fight Day, for serious, but I don’t know much about other countries celebrating random odd holidays like we do in the U.S.

 

fathers day printables

Father’s Day printables

Anyway I found some ridiculous cute stuff on Pinterest, like you do, some super cute crafts for dad.  I know you have it in you to whip any and all of these up, because you’re the craftiest sort of readers out there.

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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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Make some cool Fathers Day cards

Father’s Day, an entire day devoted to loving, remembering, hanging with, and showering the fathers in our lives with happiness and sparkling unicorns and ponies.

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For the dads who like those kinds of things, anyway.
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Father’s Day at our house is a pretty chill affair, much like Mother’s Day; we sometimes have a BBQ and maybe some fancy Jell-O with whipped cream, but not much.  Because really, at our house, every day is Father’s Day.

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My husband works random hours which means he’s home for a huge portion of our life together.  Dad (or daddy, depending on the kid) is home as much as I am, sometimes more.  He’s the one who takes the kids to the pediatrician, the dentist, and almost every field trip.  Our dad makes dinner most nights, is in charge of the laundry, and does the dishes more than me.  But in turn, he enjoys most of the privileges historically reserved for women and mothers: at home time with the kids, helping with homework, going on hikes and climbing trips and camping and kayaking, both kids in tow.

The fun stuff, the memory makers of family life.

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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!

How to screw up the laundry at home

How to screw up the laundry at home, a comprehensive guide.

how to screw up laundryOK so maybe this isn’t an all-inclusive, super secret handbook on how to screw up the laundry system at your house, but it might be a good substitute until someone decides to write that book.  It won’t be me though, I’m the girl still working on last month’s laundry pile-up.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So how does it go down in your house, the laundry?  Does one adult bear the whole burden of the household (and man, sometimes it feels like a burden), or is there a fair amount of shared responsibility?  I think laundry can be one of the stickier points in the early years of marriage, right along with who’s responsible for the dinner dishes (hint: not me).  I’m super curious how it all breaks down in your house.  If you’re in college, I’m a little jealous of your small laundry pile, but not even sort of envious of your quarter-hoarding-for-the-washing-machines-babysitting-laundry-for-6-hours-at-a-time-if-you-leave-the-laundry-room-someone-will-take-your-laundry-out-and-put-it-on-the-dirty-floor stage of laundry life.

That’s just messed up.

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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!

How to womens dots on dots

Today’s how to comes to us from new Petit Elefant fashion editor Robyn Stewart.  We’re so excited to have her on the Petit Elefant team!  Robyn’s first post is all about how to wear dots on dots, mixing patterns, which is super trendy and fun right now.  Let’s welcome Robyn to the Petit Elefant hood. – Allison

dots copyHello lovely readers! I am Robyn from the blog Cleverly, yours and I am so excited to be joining the Petit Elefant team! I can’t wait to show off some of my favorite fashion trends and tips, starting this week with one of my favorite all time trends, polka-dots!  Today it’s all about how to wear dots on dots for the ladies.

Polka-dots are in no way a new trend, but today I’ve taken a little spin on the classic simple look and doubled up on the fun.  There are a few things to consider if you’re thinking of learning how to attempt the “double dots” look, so keep these tips in mind:

IMG_79581. Make sure your dots are sized appropriately.

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What to do on the French Riviera

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What to do, what to do.

Let’s say your friend calls you randomly one nasty freezing grey day in the Spring and says casually, ‘Hey so I’m headed to Cannes at the end of May, wanna come?’.  How would you react?

What to do in Antibes France

I was on my way to swim practice with the kids on my headset in the car, on a cold and rainy grey day in early April.  It had probably snowed 6 inches the day before.  I was in an endless cycle of work, swim practice, dinner, groceries, dishes, and laundry with a touch of regular migraines thrown in for spice.  What would you have said?

I’m pretty sure some profanity came out of my mouth, let’s get real here, and I sputtered something along the lines of, ‘DUDE.  Dude.  DUUUUUDE.  What the fuh?  For serious?  DUDE.’

My speech gets really articulate under duress, stop judging me.

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Initially I said no.  No, I’m sorry, I can’t leave for two weeks at the end of May right when the kids are finishing school for the year and doing all the end of school performances and plays and all the rest of the end-of-year-wrap-up-nonsense.  We don’t have piles … >> find out more...

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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!

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.

//  While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure.  These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy!  See you soon.  //

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)

BEST VEGGIE FRUIT SMOOTHIE EVER     <——— 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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DIY how to home made facial with aspirin

DIY how to home made facial with aspirin.

//  While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure.  These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy!  See you soon.  //

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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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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