in the garden.

I hope everyone had a fun & relaxing Memorial Day weekend. It rained here the whole time with only a few patches of sun, so we didn’t get to have much fun outdoors. I can’t wait for it to get nice again so I can head out to work in my vegetable garden. And this is what I’d like to have when the time comes:

$62.
Canvas Sun Hat.
{via Hable Construction}.

$34.99
{via Target}.
$25.
Bead Garden Gloves.
via Hable Construction.

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fuel economy.


Are all of you feeling the gas crunch like we are? Read this article from Popular Mechanics for some great tips to help you save some {much needed} cash.

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Allison

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kangaroom storage giveaway winner.

Congratulations to Andrea who is the winner of the Kangaroom Storage giveaway {Joey & Jane Underbed Zip Bag worth $25}.

My child needs this because not only do I like to have things organized…but he is a little organizer too!


Andrea, get in touch with me ASAP and let me know your color preference and shipping information. Thank you Kangaroom Storage!

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bio-oil.

Bio-Oil.
$11.89
{via drugstore.com}.

I’ve been interested in trying Bio-Oil for a long time. Any product that even halfway implies it might help with my scars & stretch marks automatically peaks my curiosity. There is no shortage of scarring and stretch marks on my body, from both pregnancy and my ensuing parenting experiences. Let’s just say, I’m not the woman I used to be. Bio-Oil feels like liquid silk on your skin while performing all sorts of medical miracles. It contains Vitamins A & E {which are both known for their restorative properties} as well as Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, and Calendula oils. Not only that, endless moms have reported amazing results using this on their stretch marks; and honestly if nothing else, rubbing oil on your itchy baby belly will feel amazing.

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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!

{re} encoded DOT com.

These are the some of the coolest business cards I’ve ever seen:


Go here to see more.

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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!

10 years ago today.


Today Viktor and I celebrate our TEN year anniversary. I’m happy to report that despite unemployment looming on the horizon, we are happier than ever. We’re honestly living our dream: a happy marriage, two kids {one boy, one girl}, amazing friends, and a beautiful house in the suburbs. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

So, as is only appropriate after 10 years of marriage, the 10 things I love most about Viktor:

  1. I’m absolutely, 110% smitten with him. Completely taken. No regrets, no what-ifs, or woulda, coulda, shoulda.
  2. He’s an amazing father. Amazing.
  3. He creates fun wherever, whenever, for whomever. There is not a dull moment with Viktor around. And even when I’m laughing {a guilty laugh} and telling him to stop, I still secretly want him to keep doing whatever he did to make me laugh in the first place.
  4. His heart is much bigger than his head. Which is no small feat. A few years ago I casually mentioned to him that I’d never owned my own bike growing up, that I’d always gotten the second and third hand bicycles of my older siblings. He leapt out of bed mid-conversation {really late at night},
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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!

beautiful pottery from labour & wait.

Blue/Cream Enamel
{1/2 liter}
Price: £16.50

I love this lidded mug from the British Labour and Wait. Perhaps because it’s a rainy & blustery day here, and I’m dreaming of the perfect hot cup of cocoa. Check out the rest of their lovely shop here.

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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my mom’s recipe for easy white bread.

I grew up in a home where all of our bread was made by my mother. In a family of ten it was necessary for her to bake bread every other day. I didn’t fully appreciate this act of service until I was married & wanted to try my hand at bread-making. It has taken me nearly 10 years to perfect my mother’s recipe, and even still, I can’t replicate what she does with bread. Over the years she’s pared her recipe down to an absolutely basic loaf of white bread. I’ve been making a lot of bread lately using this recipe, and it’s practically fail-proof. My kids go bananas when I make it, wanting to be involved every step of the way. It’s such a treat for my family to eat, and my house smells like heaven while it bakes.


Mom’s Easy Bread
{makes 3 loaves}

4 cups very warm water
2 tablespoons yeast
pinch or two of sugar

{let it sit 5 minutes to activate the yeast}

add a heaping tablespoon of salt. mix in 7-8 cups of flour until the dough pulls of the sides of the mixing bowl. knead 10 minutes in mixer & then

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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!

dropps.

Dropps.
20 pouches/$6

{via Dropps}.

These are simply fabulous. Not only are they eco-friendly {292 empty dropps pouches= 1 plastic liquid laundry jug}, they do an amazing job laundering clothing, and they’re so portable. I will happily stow these in my luggage for my next late-night hotel laundering adventure. Available for purchase here.

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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!