let freedom ring.


Happy Independence Day! Have a lovely holiday weekend. We’ll see you Monday.

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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!

exfoliating weleda body scrub.


I’m not exactly the poster child for skin cancer prevention {as I spend the majority of my summer poolside, and love being chocolate brown come fall} but I have been known to dip into the self-tanner once in a while in a pinch. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned about self-tanner, it’s the importance of proper exfoliation prior to its application. Not doing so results in nasty streaks and patches of blotchy tanner {and is completely inadvisable}.

Birch Body Scrub.
{via Weleda}.
$15.

Enter Weleda’s Birch Body Scrub. It just smells, well, natural. In a really good way. Chemical-free. It’s made from “natural plant wax pearls and pure plant oils” and “organic birch leaf extract” and is divine on your skin. You’ll be pre-tan ready in no time flat.

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!

handmade purses.

I’ve got a new favorite Etsy shop: 3 C’s Creations. Donna Hansen is a mom of 3 boys who runs a daycare in her home and manages to make adorable purses and clutches on her kitchen table {in-between changing diapers and running her kids to practices}. Her sewing is impeccable and her creations are adorable. I bet she’ll even do custom orders if you ask nicely. My favorite purse in her shop right now is this Amy Butler Medium Tote. So cute, {and a great price to boot!}.

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!

backyard retreat.


Doesn’t a backyard retreat like this look like heaven right now? I’ve always wanted to turn the shed into an office/retreat for myself. This specific retreat {via Cottage Living} is a converted garage that actually functions as a one-car garage in the winter season. Functional & lovely.

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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!

neatnix.

$16.
Stuff Bucket.

{via Neatnix}.

I love this Stuff Bucket from Neatnix, a company that sells nothing but organization tools {oh the happiness!}. This particular organization tool is perfect for any hobby or household need: sewing bucket {my personal favorite}, gardening tool kit, make-up organizer, or craft supply holder. Choose from a variety of your favorite color combos {I love the chocolate/baby blue} and stash them all over the house. End result= organized, happy mama.

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!

bugalug.

Head Over Heels Headbands.
{$8 each}.

bugalug is another fantastic company born out of necessity, the greatest mother of invention{s}. Look at all the sweet barrettes and headbands for your adorable little girl{s}. I especially love the headbands because they’re made to stay put on even the most active head of hair {P being case in point}.

Lollipop Barrettes.
$4 each.
{via bugalug baby}.

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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!

how to make a flag cake.


The Fourth of July is, next to Christmas, my favorite holiday of the year. I run in a local 5k, watch early morning hot air balloon launches, eat a pancake breakfast in the park, cheer for the annual patriotic parade, attend barbecues, swim, and top it all off with fireworks at dusk. The culmination of a perfect summer day.

This flag cake from Martha Stewart is the perfect combination of decoration and dessert, perfect to take along to a holiday barbecue. I’ve been making a variation of it for years and think I’ll try Martha’s recipe this Fourth. If any of you try it, send photos and I’ll post them on Petit Elefant.

Recipe and video demonstration here.
{via marthastewart.com}.

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!

summer school for you!

If you live in the Salt Lake or Utah Valley area and are looking for something to do this summer, why not try some fun classes?

Nicole Hill and Mike and Alma Loveland teach photography, Photoshop, and Illustrator classes in Orem, Utah. Learn to take great pictures of your kids, then touch them up to make them look perfect! And use Illustrator to make great invitations or announcements. There really are so many possibilities!

Nicole’s photography class is full for July, but watch her blog for her August classes announcement.

Mike Loveland teaches Photoshop. He’ll teach you how to correct colors in your pictures, bringing out the absolute best in the photo. He’ll also cover how to remove unwanted elements from the photos or even combine two photos! The class is definitely worth taking. Check out some samples of his work.

Sign up for his July classes on Thursday evenings at 6:30-8:00 or 8:00-9:30. They start on July 10th and run through the 31st. Or keep checking back for August classes, which will be announced soon. (Check the link for more details.)




Alma Loveland
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Alma

braincandy giveaway.


Braincandy Bundle of Joy
$59.99
If you, like me, are going a bit bananas with the kids home for the Summer it’s time to take advantage of this giveaway. We’re giving away a complete Braincandy Kids DVD set {which I wrote about here}. You don’t even have to feel guilty for plopping the kids in front of the T.V. because the Braincandy DVDs are educational as well as entertaining. If you happen to be going on vacation {lucky you!} you can take the DVDs with you on the road or in the sky to keep the kidlets happy while you catch up on your reading. Happy traveling!

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you need these amazing DVDs and how they’re going to keep you happy {sane} this Summer between now and Sunday July 6th {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be chosen and announced Monday July 7th on Petit Elefant.
  5. You have 7 days to claim the giveaway if you win. If you don’t contact me within 7 days, someone else will be the recipient of the giveaway love.
  6. Good luck!

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!