Chocolate Chip Cookies From Me to You

Chocolate is my boyfriend.  My other lover.  My favorite mistake.  And I’m totally okay admitting it.  Cutting sugar from my diet makes me a raging lunatic, so I’m not even going to try anymore.  Sure, maybe I’ll stop at one cookie instead of the whole batch, but breaking up with chocolate, permanently, just isn’t in the cards.

We should make some chocolate chip cookies to celebrate this declaration of love, yes?  I think so, too.

chocolate chip cookies from me to you

Chocolate chip cookies are one of the ultimate comfort foods.  The treat you hope your mom has made for you, cooling on the counter, just waiting for you on your very worst days.  And for whatever reason, for me, oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies are all the better.  Eat one or two of those bad boys with a tall glass of cold milk and all the sadness in your life just magically disappears.

We’re not talking calories here, because magic and calories don’t mix.  Just go with it.

Today I’m sharing my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, which with a few tweaks you can make into chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, if you’re so inclined, or my very favorite: chocolate chip oatmeal raisin … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Have you been following along with our new series, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week?  I love thinking about quotes, writing them down, and am currently loving sharing them with you, and I hope you’re loving reading them.

If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 4 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2 and week 3 of Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.

 

the quote of the week

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Simple

is

good.

– Jim Henson –

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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 Show You Have To Watch Right Now

Admittedly, I watch less TV right now than I have in the past, but that just means as I’m more selectively watching, the stuff I do watch is straight up awesomesauce.  And one of those awesomesauce shows I’m watching right now is the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

 

Show You Have To Watch Right Now

Please tell me you’re watching Kimmy Schmidt.  If you’re not, now’s the time to start.

If you like Tina Fey, (and let’s get serious here, who doesn’t?) this is the show for you.  Tina Fey + Robert Carlock are the executive producers and writers of this new ridiculously fabulous, off-kilter, sarcastic comedy TV show.  If you’ve been living in a cave, Tina Fey is a brilliant actress + writer from Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and now Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame.  Robert Carlock has been behind-the-scenes as a producer and writer with Tina Fey in SNL and 30 Rock, and now Kimmy Schmidt.

All of which is to say, you’re in the very best of comedy hands with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Ellie Kemper (of The Office) stars as Kimmy Schmidt, a woman rescued from an underground bunker where she’s been hanging with a totally bananas doomsday cult for … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Easy Tips for Gorgeous Flower Pots

Gorgeous Flower Pots

Spring has sprung, summer is on its way, and its time to perk up your front porch with a burst of color. The nurseries and garden stores are overflowing with bright, cheery annuals (those are flowers that only bloom and live once, rather than perennials which come back every year) and you really ought to get your hands on some. There is definitely something therapeutic in working with the soil and colors. Pinks, yellows, reds, purples, oranges, white…the combinations are endless. So, grab that tired old pot out of the corner of the garage or and give it some life! Follow these tips for gorgeous blooms all summer long, and I think you’ll even enjoy yourself along the way.

flower pot patina

First, select your flower pots.  Any size or shape will do. Make sure it’s a good size for your space and make sure it has good drainage. I’m using this old yellow one–I love the aging patina and texture. If your pot is quite large and deep, like mine, stack some recyclable material in the bottom third–old plastic flower pots placed upside down, empty aluminum cans, styrofoam packing peanuts, etc. This helps create better drainage and spares the waste of unnecessary … >> 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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Do You Believe In Life After Death?

People often believe only what they choose to believe, not what may be unbelievable but true.” – Janis Heaphy Durham

Do YOU believe in life after death?  Stay with me here, I know it’s an off-putting question to ask on a random Thursday, but let’s talk about it for a bit.

Life After Death

I’ve always believed in life after death, primarily because I’m a Mormon and one of the main tenets of my religion is that there was life before this one, and another after we die.  It doesn’t seem strange to me at all to think of the state of life as fluid, moving from one sphere to the next.

But I absolutely understand that it’s a strange concept for a lot of people; I get it.  It’s one of those feel-y, faith-y things, and plenty of people think the idea of life after death is completely bananas.  In fact, the author of the new book, The Hand On The Mirror, Janis Heaphy Durham, was one of them.  Durham was a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of the newspaper the Sacramento Bee, a fact-based professional if there ever was one, whose notion of the whole thing was flipped … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Maui For Families

Maui is my favorite Hawaiian island. Frankly my dear, I would not be opposed to retiring on the island of Maui. I already envision myself at sunset, strolling along the shore with my husband, with the water lapping at our toes. I glance around the area and smile as I see my daughters, with their children enjoying the last rays of the sun. I can feel the warm breeze, and hear the comforting crush of the waves, and I feel at peace.

Maui for familiesWhen I saw that Trip Advisor had named Maui number two in the world, of the top 10 islands for 2015, I was pleased, but not surprised. I raised a shaka sign, and smiled.

In April, our family of four went home to Maui for about ten days. I say home, because as soon as my feet touch the ground in Hawaii, and I breathe in, I’m home. In all our travels, there isn’t another place that has felt like that to me. 

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands, and the third most populated, following O’ahu and the Big Island. For us the Big Island is wild, and arid. O’ahu is busy, >> 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!

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On Learning to Let Go: Motherhood

 

// Today’s post is brought to you in partnership with OGX Beauty to help them celebrate the 1st annual #BadAssHairDay, a holiday created to banish the idea of bad hair days, and to help all women feel more confident, to embrace what makes them feel truly Bad Ass.  One of the things that makes me feel Bad Ass (all caps, really) is being a mom, a really good one.  To me being a good mom, a Bad Ass mom, is learning to listen to, and trust myself.  I’d love to know what makes you feel Bad Ass, in any + every area of your life.  As always, thank you for your kindness to and support of Petit Elefant sponsors. //

 

family

Motherhood has been the theme of my life.  The purpose of my being.  A few weeks ago I shared a piece I wrote about Motherhood and its central role for me, and before and since I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, this grand title of mother and what it all means.

The love of children, of infants and babies, of other souls and their quirks and singular humanness is maybe the only part of mothering … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

I’m loving this new inspiring series on Petit Elefant, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.  It’s been a fun way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world.  Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life.  I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

This week’s quote by Maya Angelou below.

 

Maya Angelou

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Success is liking yourself,

liking what you do,

and liking

how

you

do

it.

– Maya Angelou –

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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Mamagama Maternity Giveaway

mamagama giveaway

 

**CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay, comment #4, and Lori #9, the winners of our giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Mamagama!

So, friends, I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, in my third trimester (yay!) and REALLY struggling to find a cute outfit to wear everyday. It’s hard work to find something stylish, comfortable, and flattering to that ever-growing bump. Am I right ladies?

mamagama giveaway

That’s where Mamagama Maternity comes in. You guys, these are the most comfortable and soft t-shirts I have found, maternity or otherwise! And BONUS- they are totally cute. Like, really really cute. Ruffles? Graphics? Totally on trend, feminine but not fussy. Dress   them up, or not, it all works.

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Mamagama Maternity is so awesome that they are giving away TWO adorable t-shirts to TWO lucky readers of Petit Elefant! They are giving away this Captian American t-shirt that is perfect for the 4th of July and this purple beach ball t-shirt that is one of my favorites. All of their other t-shirts are pretty adorable too. How cute is The Peek A Boo Chicken t-shirt? It’s just hilarious. And I loved wearing the blue “Flirty” t-shirt! So feminine and pretty.

mamagama giveaway

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Rachel Utterback