Make Travel Affordable

Make Travel Affordable

When I talk to people, the biggest hindrance I hear in being able to travel the world is money. I get it. Things cost money and the more people in your party, the more money it costs. There’s basically only three categories that seem to wear on the pocketbook. Let’s have a look see, and maybe we’ll come up with some solutions.

1. Where You Lay Your Head. This is important. Who wants to sleep in a place that is dirt and uncomfortable? I don’t. When you’re on vacation, rest and comfort is key, but does that mean spending an arm and a leg on nice hotels? Sometimes, in the U.S., you can find good deals on decent hotels, however, when you travel the world, you’ll find that many places charge PER PERSON! That adds up fast! It’s totally possible to find relaxing places everywhere without draining the dinero. Personally, my go to spot to find a good deal on a place that’s clean is Airbnb. We’ve stayed in some fantastic places AND met some incredible people. Just be sure to read the reviews and find a place that’s going to accommodate your party. If you find yourself in White … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Guys, here’s an adorable spring outfit for you to think about today: a 3/4 sleeve button down denim shirt, a pink maxi skirt, grey messenger bag, floppy hat, simple gold hoops, and stacking bracelets.  Oh, and maybe the cutest blue sandal wedges (with a navy blue bow!) I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Are you as excited as I am to see the sun?  I love this time of year, when I start to pull out all the light, bright spring and summer clothes I packed away in the fall.  The best thing about it is that I always have something tucked away I’ve completely forgotten about, so it’s like I’m shopping all over again, but I don’t have to spend money.  EVERYONE wins.  Then I can start to look around and see what fun new spring fashion trends are popping up, and fill in my wardrobe with a few new spring-y accessories.  A perfect new spring outfit is the best way to break out of the I-hate-my-life winter blues and out into the sunshine and light.

And let’s get serious, spring is also a great time to start playing around with bright new color palettes 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!

Why Vaccination For Children Across The World Is So Critical

Today we’re talking vaccination! This is really important, and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been doing behind the scenes with the United Nations Foundation campaign Shot at Life.

Before we even dig in, I want you to watch this video from the Shot at Life campaign.  It’s 1:38 seconds and it will make you cry.

Good?  That’s why we’re talking about vaccines.

shotatlife

A couple of years ago I was thrilled to be a part of the online blogging relay #Blogust to raise awareness of childhood vaccination rates and disease prevention.  Since then I’ve been delighted to be involved as a Social Good Fellow and ambassador for Shot@Life.  What’s Shot@Life?  Well, it’s amazing.  And last month I had the chance to go to Washington, D.C. to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of this amazing global campaign, and to learn more about Shot at Life and why the work we’re all doing is so critical to saving millions of lives.

shot at life

Vaccinations are a tricky debate in the United States, and the fact that we’re even having a debate shows our privilege.  Millions of mothers across the world would give anything to have that opportunity.

I’m … >> 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!

How to Lay Out A Room Design On Paper

We’re doing a completely new room design right now in our home study, and I’m having so much fun, I have to share.  You can follow the behind-the-scenes here on Petit Elefant’s Instagram, but here’s the real skivvy on the new design.

study sketches

The study is the first room you see when you come in our front door, and so far it’s been a bit of a hodgepodge of furniture and random design.  You know how that happens sometimes?  A room just sort of gathers cast off furniture and picture frames as they come to you?  Maybe this doesn’t happen at your house, but it does at mine.

We’ve done a lot of redecorating and remodeling in the 12+ years we’ve lived in our house, including our huge master bathroom remodel and redesign, an overhaul of our laundry room, an office remodel, a new room design for our family room, a kitchen remodel, and a kids bathroom remodel.  And we’re just getting started.  Haaaaa, haaa.  Oh, now I want to cry just thinking about it, it’s been so much work.

study design layout

Anyhow, we’re finally getting to a new room design for the study and we’re having … >> 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!

How An E-Bike Is Getting Me Outside More

// Thank you for your support of Petit Elefant sponsors!  This post is brought to you in partnership with eSpokes Electric Bikes, the largest electric bike retailer in Utah. As always, all opinions are my own. //

Are you an outside kind of person?  I love being outside as much as the next girl, maybe even more.  I’ve lived in the Wasatch mountain range in Utah my whole life, camping and fishing, biking and hiking in the mountains and desert the better part of 40 years.  Outside is a great place to be, especially in Utah.  Truly, if you haven’t ever visited Utah, make it happen ASAP-like.  I’m super lucky to live in a truly gorgeous, versatile state with everything from world class skiing, to climbing in the red rock canyons of Zion, and biking and camping in Moab.  It’s an astonishingly beautiful (and fun!) place to be.

electric bikes

I used to spend a great deal of time outside.  My family was an outdoorsy bunch; we camped for two weeks every summer, all tents and Dutch oven stoves over fires, hammocks in the trees, hiking during the day with my siblings.  My mom made a special granola once … >> 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!

5 Netflix Shows You Should Be Binge-Watching ASAP

Netflix shows are where it’s aaaaaaaaaaaaat.  Actually, I hate ending sentences in a preposition so let’s restate that:  you need Netflix in your life, and I have 5 binge-worthy TV shows I recommend you binge-watch immediately.

Netflix

If you’re just getting started with my favorite Netflix shows / recommendations, you can start here:

 

Let’s get onto more of the good stuff now.

House of Cards

If you haven’t seen House of Cards by now, it’s time to get started.  Fasten your seat-belt and prep your living room for the apocalypse because you won’t be going anywhere for awhile.  It’s a show about American politics and the minutia of the daily life of a senator climbing to the top of the political game one person at a time. The writing is SO good you can’t believe it.  It’s such an enormous leap up from your standard TV fare, never-mind the terrific acting and twist and turn plot, it’s no wonder people crashed the Netflix server when season 3 … >> 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!

Mid-Century Modern Family Room House Tour

My family room is on tour today, just for you.  It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a room tour, any home decor, really, so I thought I’d show you a peek into my house.  It has a little mid-century modern flair, using inexpensive furniture and decor, and it’s one of my favorite rooms in my house – a little slice of heaven.

house tour

Our house is an early 1990’s builders kit that the previous owners built from scratch.  There are so many weird idiosyncrasies, I don’t even have enough space to share them all here.  It has taken us the better part of 13 years getting this house up to speed, and we still have so much work to do.

One of the weirdnesses of our house is how narrow it is – the family room being the perfect showcase of bad proportions.  It doesn’t look super odd here but I promise you, getting this family room usable has been a trick of using the right furniture and design layout.  The width of the room is unusual, and it’s been super hard to furnish.

midcentury modern end table

In the end, after trying a whole bunch of different configurations and types of furniture, … >> 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!

Summer Sandals I’m Loving Right Now

Right now we need to talk about summer sandals.  I know it’s only March, but we all need to start our shoe shopping ASAP-like.  Mostly because it’s March and it’s ugly outside and I’m dying to go on a good Spring Break trip, but I’ll probably be doing yard work and laundry instead. It’s a pretty glamorous life I lead.

 

Summer Sandals

Do you have your eye on anything special right now?  I’m super loving high heeled sandals, that little peep toe adds a whole other level of sexy, especially in gorgeous muted shades like pale grey and soft pinks and gold.

I think when you have gentle, soft colors on shoes you can go a little more daring with the style.  Imagine those gold spiky little Michael Kors numbers in hot pink or yellow – you might think twice before buying those.  But in gold, or light blue, or grey?  Totally gorgeous.

What’s in your line of sight right now?  Are you more of a flat sandals kind of girl or do you wear only heels, all the time?  I can only wear heels for so long before I start to cry a little, but I do love a … >> 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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Best Book Ever About Hipster Kids

Today, a review of the best book ever.

best book ever

A couple of years ago my friend Tiffany Beveridge wrote a book based on her popular Pinterest board, called How to Quinoa: Life Lessons From My Imaginary Well-Dressed Daughter.

I’d been following Tiffany’s Pinterest board with absolute delight, being the lover of snark that I am, and maybe even harassed her a little bit about putting together a book with all the delightful romps of Quinoa, her imaginary well-dressed toddler.

Tiffany is a great writer, and her observation of ridiculous hipster child photo shoots tickles my every fancy.

 

well dressed children

The whole book is filled with gorgeous photos of fantasy children, whom I’m sure were full of tantrums and sticky hands behind the scenes of these photo shoots, dressed in ridiculously expensive, grown-up clothes.  Along with captions like this one, “Believing that there is no freedom in free range, Quinoa is proud to have started the first underground chicken railroad.”

I die.

free range chicken

And this little gem about fancy, organic, all-natural foods?  Come on.  It’s the best.

hipster kid

 

kid models

I really just laughed out loud at every single page.  “As the saying goes, the friends who faux-hawk together stay together.”

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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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