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


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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!

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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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!

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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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!

what’s in your fridge?

The lovely Black Eiffel had a pretty cool post last week featuring photos of the insides of the fridges of a few popular bloggers. The photos capture the essence of their kitchens in a shot or two, {similar to MTV’s CRIBS} giving you a slice of recognition into the lives of these women. Love the idea.


{via Black Eiffel}.

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!

book pick: max cleans up.

I was first introduced to Rosemary Wells when P was an infant. She loved Goodnight Max so much we read it almost every night of her infant and toddler life. I absolutely adore every one of her books. Her writing has a simple cadence with relatable and funny story lines that lend themselves to being read time and time again.

Max Cleans Up.
$5.99.
{via Barnes & Noble}.

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 pedicure how-to.


I’m one of those people who has had my toenails painted since Kindergarten. Really. My toenails look very odd to me without any polish on them {in the rare moments between polish changes} and I’m always experimenting with new brands & colors of polish. While it’s a rare treat for me to get a pedicure in a salon {something I didn’t even discover before I was pregnant with C} I have all but perfected the home pedicure. If you don’t have the time/babysitter/funding for a full-fledged salon pedicure but are dying to get your feet ready for summer espadrilles, here is my go-to-guide for an at home pedicure:

  1. Soak your feet in a tub of hot water & Epsom Salt {1/2 cup}.
  2. Once your feet have had a good soak, towel them off and remove your old nail polish.
  3. Clip your toenails {straight across}, and use a nail file to shape your toenails into a square shape {round the edges a bit} before you put your feet back into the tub for a few more minutes.
  4. Dip a foot file into the hot water before you use it to buff your heels & the balls of your feet. Rinse
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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: recycle old crayons into new ones


When P was a toddler {and we were in our college poor days} we used to make these for birthday gifts. We always have a vast supply of stubby crayon odds and ends in our craft containers and this is a really fun project to use them all up. IKEA has some great ice trays that come in different shapes and sizes that are perfect for this craft. Wrap them up in a pretty package with a coloring book and you’re good to go.


Directions here.

{via Martha Stewart Living}.

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!