You Do YOU

you do youI’ve been lurking in the corners of Petit Elefant for a few months, here and listening, but not participating in a way you, as readers, can see.  I’ve been going through some health stuff, privately, and I’m ready to be back here in this great community, better than ever.

I have a lot of feelings about a lot of things, almost all of them completely happy and joyful and peaceful, totally wonderful.  I’ve hesitated sharing anything quite yet, but I think it’s time.  Not the difficult details of my journey, but the good stuff.  The life stuff I’ve learned in the process.

If this doesn’t interest you, no sweat.  Skip to the stuff you like the most.  I’ll still be posting random videos of Jimmy Fallon being awesome, and sharing makeup tips, and how-to’s for your style life.  In fact, I’ve expanded team Petit Elefant a bit, and you’re going to be lucky enough to hear from a whole host of new and amazing writers I’ve hand selected to give voice to a lot of different areas of life: beauty, style, travel, parenting, life.  It will be very “LIFEY”, (to quote my brilliant, dear friend Laura Mayes) in … >> 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!

Weekly Meal Prep

weekly meal prepWeekly meal prep is where it’s at, yo, especially if improving your health and spending less are on your priority list this year.  I love to eat healthy, wholesome foods and do right by my body, and my family, but my reality isn’t quite so simple. The truth is, some days there just isn’t enough time to prepare 3 fresh meals from start to finish, and then clean it all up. Then the drive-through window with the chicken sandwich, diet coke and waffle cut fries becomes too great a temptation. You know the one. It’s so easy. But so bad. Taking one hour on the weekend to conquer some meal prep keeps me in check. With lots of fresh options ready and waiting, healthy meals and snacks get on our plates (or in our lunch boxes) in a snap.

 

Carrots, cucumbers, celery, and peppers are perfect snacks or addition to lunch boxes and salads.  Same goes for sliced apples and oranges. Pre-chopped carrots, celery and onions make favorite soups and stews come together in a snap. Brown rice works well with just about anything. Add some chopped peppers to an omelet. Hard boiled eggs are a great high-protein snack, … >> find out more...

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.

Cure For Your Taylor Swift Addiction

Taylor Swift 1989

Guys, I’m not even kidding when I tell you I can’t stop listening to Taylor Swift.  When I feel like the world is just too much, I turn on Taylor’s (relatively) new album 1989, close my eyes, and sink into the happiness.

I’m not even trying to fight it anymore.  I’ve given in to the fact that girlfriend can write, for real write, and her music makes me feel happy inside, all the time.

 

 

I was browsing my brother Hans’ media podcast blog when I found a link to this Saturday Night Live skit about ‘Swiftamine’, the cure for what ails your Taylor Swift addiction*.  Give it a look, it’s a little laugh-out-loud funny for your day

*For the record, I won’t be taking any ‘Swiftamine’.  I love Taylor Swift, and am very proud of it.

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!

Planning a DisneyWorld Vacation Part 1

I’ve been up to something. Something big. Something 2 years in the making. Something, dare I say, incredible? It’s a surprise for my little family, but I’ll give you 3 guesses. The first 2 don’t count.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

I’ve been saving my pennies for almost 2 years now, and so have my little boys–though they only know that it’s a vacation fund. They don’t know this is happening, and we plan to keep it a secret until the last possible moment.

The moment we booked our DisneyWorld hotel (more on that later), this snappy little package was sent to us in the mail. See how they customized it? And that cute little thumb drive in the snappy little box? If DisneyWorld is going the extra mile to keep us excited about our trip, and make me feel relevant, it’s working.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

The booklet and thumb drive contain helpful details for planning our vacation, how to use Fast Pass and Magic Bands (more on all that later), and reserving activities, all based on info I provided online. When I set up my on-line profile, I chose The Incredibles as my Avatar. I suspect (but cannot confirm) that’s why my vacation planning kit was created … >> find out more...

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.

GREAT.LY

Everyone listen up! Have you heard of the super awesome site great.ly? They are all about connecting the dots between makers and tastemakers and bringing the best of the best to you! Everything on that site is absolutely GORGEOUS. Just the right things for a refresh in your style, your wardrobe, or your home.

great.ly“Tastemakers are a powerful force online, motivating the purchasing habits of millions of people worldwide daily, yet no one has made them central to an online shopping site where makers go to sell their fabulous products. GREAT.LY is an ecommerce platform that will leverage the audiences of tastemakers to drive sales for the maker economy. It is a simple WIN-WIN situation.” ~ SARAH BRYDEN-BROWN, FOUNDER/CEO

Petit Elefant is honored to be a tastemaker for the site and I’ve picked out some of my favorites for all of you to browse, shop, and drool over! Here are just a few of the things in the Petit Elefant Collection and Boutique:

great.ly artThe Gilded Pineapple Printgreat.lyNeon African Trible Pillow with Beaded Accents

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Mamuye Leather Tote

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Cheers Mini Bowls

pictured above: Double Strand Mint Green and Gold Necklace

 

Now head over to great.ly and get your hands … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

New Names for Benedict Cumberbatch

In case you thought we were done mooning over our beloved Benedict Cumberbatch, fear not. There’s more. Mr. Cumberbatch played sportingly along with Jimmy Kimmel in this little video about changing his name. On of my favorite literary heroines, Anne Shirley, once surmised it would be hard to imagine a rose could smell as sweet were it called a skunk cabbage. So, then, would a Benedict Cumberbatch be as totally awesome if his name were, say, Gary Miller? I say not. For sure not. (No offense to any Gary Millers out there, or to anyone who might know or love one. Of course.). The set up is absurdly incongruous: Benedict Cumberbatch hitting on women in a bar, using a variety of potential new names for himself. You’re welcome.

Which new name was your favorite? I not telling mine, but I will say I lost it at “Chad” and snorted til the end. Jimmy Kimmel has it right, Benny’s parents deserve an Oscar for bestowing the grand and quirky name upon him. No other name will ever do.

 

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.

Simple Day to Night Makeup Look

Somehow even though you do a full face of makeup in the morning, it does not look quite the same in the evening. The toll of the day’s activities and general life kinda smudge it around and wipe it off. But what happens if you have a date night or cocktails with the office after a long day at work? You definitely don’t have to do another full face of makeup. Use these simple tips to touch up your makeup for a night out.

Day to Night Makeup Look

day to night makeup lookFirst of all, let’s talk about what you’ll need. It’s very simple, and I’ll tell you the brands I’m using, but use whatever you’ve got on hands or the products you already love! If you are looking to try a few new products, these are the ones I personally use and can recommend.

What you’ll need:

what you'll need for a day to night makeup look
  • Powder – I am using Younique powder and I really like it!
  • Red Lipstick – use your favorite shade, recently I’ve been loving these Burt’s Bees lip crayons. The color I used here is called Redwood Forest. They’re only $8.99 too!
  • Black liner – I really recommend this liner, especially if you have
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natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

Would You Hit A Girl?

Kids are the best, right? And sometimes the worst, let’s be real. Whenever I begin to fret about their choices and about whether or not I’ve taught them too be good, kind people,  I remind myself of this: they were born good people. Kids have instincts and senses we often underestimate as adults. Leave it to those tiny bearers of truth to lay down the hammer in this domestic violence PSA filmed by an Italian media company. Though there are some rough edges, the overall anti-violence message is strong and one hopefully inherent in all of our kids, not just these adorable Italian ones. Have you see it? Have your kids seen it?

Would you hit a girl? Watch this.

 

Out of the mouths of babes, right? What did you think? I know I’m thinking I should have a conversation with my boys, and check in with their inner barometer of goodness. Talking to kids about this stuff is hard but definitely important.

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!

Subscribe Online With Target

You know what kills me as a wife and mom? It’s those supposedly “quick” trips to the store for stuff I forgot to stock up on or ran out of that end up eating all my time because let’s be honest here, quick trips turn into long trips and I’m automatically behind before I even started.

This post is sponsored by Target Subscriptions – everyday essentials delivered on the schedule you set.

Enter Target Subscriptions. All my favorite stuff I buy there on a regular basis, but delivered to my door with free shipping, free return shipping AND in-store returns. The free in-store returns is a huge perk for me, because how inconvenient can it be return stuff via the mail?

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So let’s play this out for a minute. My favorite Method laundry detergent and cleaning products, which I can only find at Target anyway, gets delivered to my door on a schedule that I set, with all the convenience and none of the additional cost to me. I don’t have to burn gas driving from the country boonies where I live to my nearest Target store for this stuff, instead it comes directly to me. I save gas, time, energy, AND … >> 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!