fitness magazine 30-day fitness challenge.


Victor got me a subscription to Fitness Magazine last year, and I was a bit chagrined until I opened the cover and started reading. It’s fantastic! I’ve never met an issue I didn’t like, and I’m inspired to be a healthier person every time I read. It’s not one of those fitness magazines, it meets every woman at her level and strives to help her improve.

Their most recent issue has a 30-day fitness challenge for women everywhere. 30-days to lose 10 pounds. I’m in. I’ve gained 10 lbs. since starting this website, and my general lack of fitness is getting to me. So, will you join me in the 30-day fitness challenge? If we don’t lose 10 lbs. so what? At least we’ll be getting more physical, more healthy, more conscientious. And there *might* be some sweet goodies {the non-food kind} involved at the finish line.

Are you with me?

{sign up here}.

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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!

Edith Wharton.


“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

-Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance

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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!

new baby!

Alma is now the proud mother of a new bouncing baby boy! Doesn’t she look amazing? Congratulations Alma! Welcome to the magical world of parenting.

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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!

knitting supplies.

A big fat THANK YOU to Lori for her amazing posts last week. Didn’t she do a terrific job? I can’t wait until I have some time to sit down and use her step-by-step instructions to make a hat, sweater, and baby leg warmers. So cute. If you want to keep up with Lori in all her multi-talentedness you can do so here, she’s always making something great.

And now for the giveaway. Lori, in conjunction with Unwind {the knitting store where Lori can be found working most Saturdays} are the generous hosts of this giveaway. If you are local to Utah, you should sign up for some of the knitting classes offered by Unwind, they all look fantastic! The KNITTING GIVEAWAY includes all the knitting supplies you need to do the projects Lori demonstrated last week {and then some} yarn included! This giveaway is valued at over $80.

These are all of the tools you’ll need to complete the three tutorial projects from L to R:
  • Size G Rosewood Crochet Hook
  • US Size 7 Single Point 10″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 5 Single Point 9″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 4 Double Point 6″ Bamboo Needles (not pictured)
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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!

composting.


One of my favorite sites, Simple Mom, had a great article today about composting. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but haven’t really figured out how to make it happen. This article gives a pretty basic, step-by-step guide to making your own compost bin. I’m really going to do this, starting now. I can’t wait, this is going to be a lifesaver to my Summer garden as well as a contribution to the environment.


{photo via Simple Mom}.

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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!

book pick: dairy queen.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock
{via Amazon.com}
$10.88
I’ve been reading a lot of YA {young adult} literature lately. Lest you think I’m a bear of very little brain, I read a lot {4-5 books a week} and not all of it is YA. Young Adult just happens to be, in my opinion anyway, a hotbed of very very talented authors.


My new favorite is Catherine Gilbert Murdock author of my new favorite series, Dairy Queen and The Off Season. The narrator and heroine of the series, D.J. Schwenk is the hardest working, most loyal, likable character I’ve read in a long time. Murdock is an extremely talented author, I’m not the only one who thinks so, you can see a {lengthy} list of her awards here. I love her writing style and can’t wait to read more about D.J. and her life {the final book in the series is due this fall, hooray!}. Thank you Catherine, I love what you’re doing and look forward to many many more books in your talented future.

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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!

interview, featuring yours truly.

Kelly King Anderson, the fantastic woman behind Startup Princess had me over for lunch and an interview last week. She is a complete delight and her company has helped literally thousands of women. I can’t stand to watch it ever again, but I thought I’d share with the rest of you. If you’ve ever wanted to know what I sound like in real life, here I am, in all my glory.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C1r9ucyiqE]

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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!

inspiration


I often find myself inspired by the fun, creative ideas posted over at OhDeeDo. It’s a great conglomgerate of clever minds and resources. One of their latest posts: cupcake liner garland. They show it displayed in a bedroom, but I’m thinking it’s perfectly suited for birthday parties or baby/bridal showers. And can’t you just visualize it with Valentine-y cupcake papers? So simple, but also a bit charming. 

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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.

Basic Baby Sweater – Pattern and Tutorial

This sweater is constructed in 3 steps: knitting (5 pieces total), blocking, and sewing. It sounds more complicated than it really is, I promise. This is a variation of the first sweater I ever knit. I made a few tweaks as I knitted it the first time to make it even easier. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is.


SIZE
Instructions are written for 6 months. Changes for 12 and 18 months are in parentheses.

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
CHEST – (buttoned) 22 (24 ¼, 26 ½)”
LENGTH – 8 ½ (9 ½, 10 ½)”
UPPER ARM – 7 (8, 9)”

MATERIALS
2 50g balls (approx 135 yards each – you will use just over 1 ½ of this ball) cotton or wool yarn that knits to standard DK tension (MC).
1 50 g ball (approx 135 yard – you will use less than 1/3 of ball) coordinating color for trim (CC)
One pair size 7 (4.5mm) needles
Size G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
Stitch Markers
1 – 3 Coordinating buttons
Measuring Tape
Yarn needle

PROJECT LENGTH
Approx 10 – 15 hours depending on your knitting speed
KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS

BACK
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Lori