DIY hand warmers Valentine heart

Hearts are everywhere right now!  It’s time to make some DIY hand warmers Valentine hearts to keep you nice and toasty.

how to make valentine handwarmersIt’s Steph here again from Stuff Steph Does. It seems like as soon as January rolls around all the red ornaments, lights, and other decorations from Christmas transform into glittery hearts and cupids for the upcoming day of celebrating love. Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about your Valentine? Nope, I can’t either. But what better way to start thinking about it than with a fun DIY project!

The saying goes “Cold Hands, Warm Heart,” right? Well who wants cold hands? I know I don’t! Warm up your Valentine’s hands and their heart with these adorable, reusable hand warmers.

DIY hand warmers Valentine heart (s)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% Cotton or 100% Wool Fabric* – (2) 3” squares per handwarmer
  • A heart stamp (use one you have or make your own!)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Rice
  • Thread

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Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

3 tips for a nice road trip with kids

A nice road trip with kids?  Is it possible?  Today we have 3 road trip tips for a nice (no really, NICE) road trips with kids from editor Lyndsey Payzant Wells, a brave traveler with toddler in tow.

road trip with kids

(the tulip festival in northern Washington)

Road tripping is one of the great American pastimes. Load up your car, gather the family and you’re on your way. But when you’ve got kids in tow, there are a few extra road trip tips you need to take to be prepared — whether you’re driving to the next city or all the way across the country. To save your sanity, I’ve put together my 3 best tips for a family road trip…along with a few photos of fun places we’ve successfully “tripped” to over the years. 

3 tips for a nice road trip with kids:

  • 1. Pack accordingly. I’m always tempted to over-pack for road trips, since it’s not like I have to get all my stuff to fit in one carry-on or something like I would if traveling by plane. This gives you a little extra leeway to be super prepared. In addition to your regular daily sets of clothing, toiletries,
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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!

Football Food

Okay, here’s a confession. I love the Super Bowl. Not just for the commercials. The food, the friends, and, actually the football. But maybe mostly the food. We’re having a small game-day gathering here, with plenty of noshing for all. We relax, put out some coloring pages and race cars for the little ones, and munch munch much through the entire game. Our game day  menu has to meet some special requirements, like being gluten-free and totally delicious. Also? Easy to fix, serve and eat. Bonus points for being extra good for you.

My go-to is guacamole with a pile of blue-corn tortilla chips. I have just a few ground rules for this. It should be fresh, chunky, and should not ever ever contain mayo or sour cream or anything like unto such. Never. Got it? Now we can begin.

Start with 2-4 Avocados. Rather firm but yielding to gentle pressure . If the skin feels loose or squishy, toss ‘em. Then get on with the rest of the flavor party like so:

Juice of 1-2 fresh limes or 1 lemon. I prefer lime, but lemon is what I had today.

2-3 green onions

Fresh Cilantro

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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.

Style resolutions for the year 2013

style resolution for the year 2013New year, new resolutions and the perfect time to amp up your style. While setting a goal to lose weight or eat more veggies in the new year is great and all, there’s something just a little more fun (and less stressful) about setting goals for your wardrobe. Here are some style resolutions I recommend for for the year 2013:

style resolutions for the year 2013
  • 1. Wear more color!

Brighten up your daily routine of neutrals with pops of color this year. Not only will they brighten your complexion, but they’ll also brighten your day.

  • 2. Experiment with layering.

Especially in these colder months, layering is a great way to add dimension to an outfit and  stay warm all at the same time. Start with something simple like a chambray shirt over a striped t-shirt and work your way up. Soon you’ll be rocking a fur vest over a sweater, over a dress, over tights….you get my point.

  • 3. Shop your closet.

Mix and match items you already own in new ways. If you clean out your closet and reorganize it every few months during the year, it will help resurface items you may have forgotten about and spark your creativity.

  • 4. Only wear
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Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

Five simple ways to throw a great party

// Today’s post: five simple ways to throw a great party from guest blogger and event + party planner Aly Brooks, one of the sweetest and most talented girls I know.  Aly co-owns an event planning business in Utah and knows how to throw a seriously great party.  Today she’s here to share five of her top tips for putting together an amazing party, in a way even party rookies like me can understand. – Allison //

 

how to throw a party
1. Ways to choose a great color scheme and theme for your party

 

The pros know that selecting and sticking with a color scheme is simply Über important.  It makes everything look planned and seamless and believe it or not, actually makes your life easier.  When you stay within a color scheme, there are fewer decisions to make since you are only going to select items for your party that work with your scheme (find out more about selecting your party color scheme). There are many things that might influence your theme selection like, the guest of honor, the season, or a holiday.  But remember, you are always free to add your own touches to the theme.  As you … >> find out more...

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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3 ways to wear green eye make up in 2013

Wear some green eye make up this year, it’s on my the list.  You know, that New Year’s Resolution list you’re currently carrying around in your purse/sitting on your desk/in the notebook on your nightstand, and feeling guilty about?  How’s about you put some fun stuff on there, (losing 10 lbs doesn’t count as fun) such as:

learn how to wear fun make up in the year 2013.

3 ways to wear green makeup

As of course you already know, because you’re savvy and in-the-know, emerald green is the color of the year 2013.  That’s at least according to Pantone, (the color bosses of the universe) and that’s a-okay with me.  Green is one of the pretty great colors of the rainbow, and I personally cannot get enough.  We really don’t need to talk about the fact that my 3 main purses are varying shades of the color green, and that I own a whole host of green eye liners, eye shadows, and bright nail polish.

Me and green, we have a thing.

So how does my emerald green obsession help you with your resolutions?  Easy.  I’m here to help you step back from the ledge.

3 ways to wear green eye make up

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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!

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Mid Summer fun in Sweden

summer sweden

Summer vacation fun, FUN SUMMER VACATION.  If you’re dressed in a winter parka, shivering like a baby seal (I’m not sure if baby seals shiver, but it sounded cute) and keep looking at your tropical screen saver, fantasizing about summer skin and fun sandy beaches, then we have something in common.

Although the tropics are great, I am convinced to get ya’ll over to Stockholm this summer. Palm trees and beaches full of Brazilian hotties are definitely beautiful visualizations, but Sweden in the summer is better than all of those visualizations, I PROMISE. The forests, the beaches, the fashion, the music, the culture, the food, the fun, the fact that you will get to experience 19 hours of sunlight everyday! If Stockholm is your perfect vacation-destination, I would encourage you to visit at the end of June, during Swedish Midsummar, the fun festival of the summer solstice; it is completely incomparable.

The first things you will notice are the Swedish flags, proudly blowing over each wooden home.

traditional swedish midsummerIf you want to have an authentic experience, you’ve GOT to try the food. Fresh salmon and potatoes, perfected sauces, fermented herring, great beer… Okay, I may have casually tried to throw … >> find out more...

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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Trader Joe's, I love you.

Friends, the first ever Trader Joe’s in my state opened shop a few weeks ago. Never mind that it’s still a good hour’s drive away from me. I’m still ga-ga for it. To say that I went a little crazy on my first visit would be quite accurate. I was even snapping pics with my phone, so giddy was I. It’s a mecca for the food-sensitive patron or all-around snack hound or conscientious consumer. So many gluten-free goodies to tempt, where shall I start?

Tossed with favorite veggies or sauce and dinner is D-O-N-E. No worries.

Always a good idea to keep mixes like this on hand, for cub scout meetings, sleepovers, breakfast…dont’ you eat brownies for breakfast?

Last box anywhere in the store. Mine. All mine.

I’m a leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free community, a great place to learn more about life without gluten. Live chats, recipes, wise words of wisdom and so on. Join us for a Live Chat Thursday, January 9th! 

 

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.

How to paper flag banner

how to make paper flag bannerToday it’s how to make a paper flag banner day.

Because it’s January, because it’s literally 7 degrees (F) today, because I need some sun and cheer, because everyone needs a banner in their life, because you’re fabulous.

DIY paper bannerI didn’t intend for this paper flag banner to be a how to tutorial on Petit Elefant.  I was teaching my son how to sew over the weekend, and I decided I needed a paper banner for January because I’m telling you, January is not  my friend.  I need all the sunshine and sparkle and fun I can get in this dark month of the winter, so I whipped one of these up on Saturday.  And then I thought: everyone needs to know how to make a quick paper banner, so you get a tutorial today.  The easiest tutorial known to man, for realsies.

How to paper flag banner supplies:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • sewing machine
how to paper banner

Step 1: Make a template for whatever shape you’d like to have for your banner.  I chose a triangle because I’m conventional like that (no, not really but let’s pretend), but you could do hearts, squares, whatever your heart desires.  Cut the shape out of … >> find out more...

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!