Memorial-Day from an immigrant perspective

1990-2013 has probably been one of the longest stretches of peacetime and economic prosperity in Poland since the end of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569–1795) after which Poland ceased to exist until the Treat of Versailles in 1918.  As an immigrant  thought that I would share a few thoughts about Memorial Day from an immigrant perspective.

The complete Czarnecki extended family; both of them.

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Michal

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Recipe for super secret simple frog eye salad

How to make a super yummy and super simple frog-eye salad recipe.

//  While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure.  These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy!  See you soon.  //

easy frog eye salad recipeIs frog eye salad a Utah thing?  Did your grandmothers and aunties across the globe make this for every Summer barbeque growing up?  I’ll tell you what: frog eye salad, and all its many iterations, makes a BBQ for me.  If none of the seasoned motherly figures in my life show up with a (huge avocado green Tupperware bowl with original lid from 1978) full of this chewy, marshmallow-y, fruity confection, as far as I’m concerned, the barbecue isn’t legit.

If you ever come to my house for a Summer barbecue, you’re in charge of frog eye salad.

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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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Wash your hair with natural household ingredients

How to wash your hair with natural ingredients found in your home.  Better for you and better for your hair.

//  While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure.  These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy!  See you soon.  //

 

DIY natural hair cleanserIt’s almost Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which means one thing: I’ll be at the pool if you need me.  The kids will be there too, which is the whole point of this post.  The hair on the heads of my two short people was horrifically dried out and tinted green, crispy as straw.  So I mixed up a concoction of kitchen ingredients to help wash the nasty chemicals out and we’ve never looked back.  Every Summer we whip this up and pour it onto our long locks (some of us) to rinse that man right outta my hair.

Name that movie, then go rinse your hair with this cleanser and marvel in the glory of you.

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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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Roll some clothes to pack a bag for travel

//  While I’m away in Europe (hopefully not getting knifed on commuter trains) I’m running a series of Top 10 Favorite Posts on Petit Elefant for your reading pleasure.  These 10 posts are some of the most popular posts on Petit Elefant, so enjoy!  See you soon.  //

roll clothes to packI travel a lot, too much sometimes.  No that’s crazy, there’s no such thing as too much travel.  I love roaming the globe, but I hate packing.  It’s the worst thing.  It’s the most chaotic, stressful, over-involved what-am-I-supposed-to-take-what-if-I-pack-the-wrong-things events of travel.  It’s a necessary evil, the packing business, but I’ve figured out the least stressful way to make it work for me.

I roll my clothes.  I roll them on hotel beds one piece at a time until they’re so compact there’s extra room to do a little airport shopping.  I always bring a snow globe home for my little guy and now the only way to get them through airport security is to buy them on the other side of said security.

Next time you pack a bag, try it and see.  You may like it, Sam I am, you make like it on some ham.

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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!

Time for top 10 favorite post countdown

top 10 posts

It’s time for a top 10 countdown, of the blog post variety.  I’ve never done this, but I thought it would be a fun idea since there’s a lot of content some of you haven’t seen.  There’s a lot of good stuff in the early years, and I’d love to share it with you because, today I’m leaving on a jet plane.  Don’t know when I’ll be back again.

Just kidding, I do.  In 10 days.  But it’s always a good time to throw out some John Denver lyrics to make things sound melancholy.

top 10 favorite posts

Things are actually pretty awesome because today I’m heading to Paris!  I know, don’t hate me.  I’m jealous of myself. It wasn’t a planned thing, it just happened, and when life presents you with amazing opportunities, the thing to do, I’ve found, is grab the brass ring and get on board.  No matter what.  When my husband booked 4 tickets to Warsaw a couple of years ago I packed my bags and rearranged our whole life so we could take a month-log family trip to his home country.  It wasn’t super convenient at the time (it never is) but we did it anyway.

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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!

Master bathroom remodel part II

My master bathroom is in flux.  Change.  Deep into the no-turning-back-please-kill-me-now phase.

Are you big into home renovation?  Do you love to rip out floors in a do it yourself kitchen remodel, and then lay 250 square feet of tile all in the same day?

You’re nuts.

master-bathroomI’m nuts, you’re nuts, together, collectively we are all insane.  DIY is awesome; until you have to start the actual DIY.  Or you start the DIY and run into all sorts of problems, budget increases, *COUGH, COUGH*, scope creep, and the general inundation of crap all over the house all the time.

Maybe it’s just me.  It probably is.  I’m sure you’re organized when you remodel things at your house.  I’m sure that if you were in the middle of YOUR master bathroom remodel project things would be coming along swimmingly.  But things are sketchy at my house right now.  I’ll show you photos in another post so you don’t just think I’m saying that, but just you wait until you see photographic evidence of the mess that is my life right now.  You’ll swoon on my behalf, and not in a good way.

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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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Makeover a mom handbag

mom purse makeover

Makeover a Mom Handbag

I’m a mom who needs a makeover for my handbag. My name is Stephanie.  I’m the mom who carries everything AND the kitchen sink in her handbag.  Don’t you? Do you remember Allison’s long running ‘what’s in your purse‘ series? I loved those posts because I’m always curious how other people, (mom-people specifically) organize their stuff. Seeing what was inside all those pretty purses was fascinating!

Once or twice I thought about submitting my own (mom) purse, but then thought better of that humiliation. Because on most days I’m lugging around a purse stuffed with notebooks and magazines, a diaper bag with paraphernalia for 3 kids, and a car seat with a 19-pound kid. No matter how hard I try there’s just a lot of stuff.

 

mom diaper bag

And this is my not-so-stylish diaper bag. OK, it’s not even a diaper bag – it’s what I call the purse side car. You know, the old, ugly, tired canvas bag that you fill with all the stuff that you don’t want in your purse.

what to put in diaper bag

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Stephanie Gerber

Stephanie Gerber is a mother of 3 who writes for pretty mommies on a budget. She shares stylish and crafty adventures on her blog Henry Happened.

How to geometric earrings

Today, how to geometric earrings, a DIY involving clay and and Xacto knives.   Get excited, this is a how to DIY you want to pay close attention to so you can whip up some earrings this weekend.  Check out the how to details.

geometric earrings craft

Have you guys noticed this geo trend going on? There’s been geometric shaped everything lately, from how to jewelry to candles to how to geometric planters; even holiday decorations are getting geodified. Yes, geodified. Well, now it’s time to add some geometric flair to your ears with these simple earrings you can make in just an hour (and that even includes bake time)!

materials for geometric earrings

Materials for How To Geometric Earrings DIY:

  • Polymer Clay in the color(s) of your choice
  • Blank Earring Posts – available at most craft stores
  • Razor blade, Xacto knife or clay knife – something to carve and slice the clay.

how to make geometric earrings

  • Step 1: Cut off a ½” x ½” cube and then slice a tiny sliver off of the cube
  • Step 2: Place the post on the back of cube
  • Step 3: Stack the sliver on top and smooth together with your fingers
  • Step 4: With your cutting instrument start slicing different angles until
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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.

Enter to win a Canon camera big give

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It’s a big, huge, epic, GIVE-AWAY, for YOU!  And you, and you, and you!

12 amazing bloggers teamed up to bring you the most blowout giveaway of the year. One lucky winner will win a big fat brand new Canon Rebel DSLR t4i camera (boom goes the dynamite) along with a gorgeous chevron purse camera bag from Epiphanie in which to carry your new precious.

DSLR camera giveaway

Are you dying yet?  I’m dying a little for you.

I love Epiphanie camera bags a lot, and not just because Maile (the brilliant girl behind the bags) is one of the best humans on earth, but the new chevron camera bag is a big, big, fat, cute win.  Winning at life.

Here’s how this whole Epic May Giveaway thing goes down:

Canon Camera Big Giveaway

  • To enter to win the Canon Camera + Epiphanie Bag you MUST enter using the widget on the blog post.  No other entries will be counted.
  • The giveaway runs May 10th through May 24th.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email once the big give
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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!