5 Austin Food Trucks You Must Try

Warning: Food photography ahead. This post will leave you with your mouth watering while making a mad dash for something delicious.

Austin Food Trucks

On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, my goal was to eat every meal at a food truck. It felt like I basically ate my way through Austin. I’m pretty sure I gained an extra five pounds, all in the name of blogging, y’all. And eating.

While this is, by no means, an extensive review or round-up of Austin food trucks, it is a glimpse of some awesome meals on wheels that you might want to check out next time you’re in the capital of Tejas. Which, by the way, is a fantastic little city and totally worth a visit. Delicious eats from food trucks make it just a little more awesome. Here’s where we at this time around.

East Side King

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Oh my, this Asian Fusion was SO tasty. My favorites were the fried brussel sprouts and Thai chicken. Be sure to include some beet home fries in your order. No matter your feelings on beets, these things are a unique taste to your palate.

Food truck located at: 1104 East 6th St.

Gourdough’s

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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.

Home Made DIY Reduce Visible Face Pores Recipe

face mask

Your face is pretty important to you, no?  I like mine, even if my neck is starting to betray me by sinking into my chest.  Why didn’t I know about this in my twenties?  If you’re young and hot (which, duh, of course you are!) be kind to your neck.  Wear sunscreen with 100 billion SPF, wear hats everywhere, MOISTURIZE!  Still, we all have to do our part to make sure we have a lovely face to present to ourselves in the mirror every morning, even if some of us *ahem* have sagging necks.  Also one of the best worst things about getting older is the visibility of facial pores.  As in, pores you never knew existed will start to show up all over your adorable mug.  Why?  WHY, Universe, whyyyyyyyyy???

Well, whatever.  I’ve already tried arguing with the skin gods, to no avail.  We’ll just have to take it on our own from here, and of course your ever loyal friend (that would be me) has got your back with a good DIY pore shrinking face mask.  Because there’s nothing more satisfying than a DIY beauty recipe with ingredients from your very own kitchen.  Truly.

So let’s go!

DIY pore shrinking mask

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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!

Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Half up fish tail braid

If you’ve never tried a fish tail braid before, today’s the day! I think every gal should have one good braid in her hair styling arsenal: French braid, traditional braid or otherwise. Especially because Summer is nearly here with all it’s relaxed styles, balmy afternoons and beachy vibes. And I love it. As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of simple. Simple hair, simple outfits. I am a mom of two boys and I want to be cute and feminine but I have to be practical as well.

This braided style fits the bill whether you are going for casual or romantic. It’s  a half up fishtail braid that takes 10 minutes, tops, and it’s great for styling quickly when your hair is still wet. Any style that eliminates the hair dryer on a hot day is a keeper in my book.  Let me show you how it’s done!

Fish tail braid half up

Half-up Fishtail Braid

Here are the products I used:

  • Root lifter
  • Mousse
  • Teaser comb
  • Thin hair tie
  • Hair pins if you need them

That’s it! I might even consider the mousse optional, it’s mainly just for extra volume but the braid works without it.

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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.

Travel in Style with 10 Fresh Spring Accessories

Travel in Style with 10 Fresh Spring Accessories | Petit Elefant

Did you know that a few pretty Spring accessories can amp up your travel wardrobe without tipping the baggage scales? Yep. It’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to traveling in style.

As it is, being part of the jet set comes with its own awesome skill set – understanding middle seat etiquette, getting the most mileage out of that carry-on space, and a carefully curated pile of tried-and-true clothes that don’t require any extra thought when they land in your suitcase.

The downside to being so streamlined however, is the lack of variety. Our favorite pieces don’t always make for the most practical of take-alongs, and packing too many extras could mean less room for treasures picked up along the way. Case in point: If I have to choose between packing tons of extra clothes from home just because and bringing home a gorgeous leather clutch plucked from the shops in and around the Spanish Steps… then I’d definitely rather have the extra room.

Good thing bright and bold accessories are an easy way to give the same old travel staples a pretty refresh perfect for any budget.

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Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

Easy Stylish Summer Outfit for You

Summer is almost here!  Summer is the best time, of all the times in the whole long years in my life.  That whole sentence sounded like gobbledygook which isn’t a real word but spell-check just allowed it, so who am I to judge?

Before we even really get started though, I want to apologize to those of you in the southern hemisphere.  Just bookmark this post and save it for next year, and then when I’m layering and freezing and miserable, you will be able to to giggle and feel superior.

Basically, it’s win-win.

Easy Stylish Summer Outfit

 

Back to the point at hand: SUMMER.  Summer is the greatest season of all (to some) but I find it a bit tricky to dress for.  Fall and Winter are a little easier for style because you just layer, and layer, and throw a scarf on top, and no one will ever even know you’re wearing your pajamas underneath your huge, long woolen coat because of the 15 layers on top.  It’s just the way it is, and there’s no help for it.

Summer, however, leaves you naked and open to the world (physically and maybe metaphorically).  Sometimes it’s trickier to dress for … >> 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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Are You Fed Up with Your Diet? 7 Reasons You Should Be

Are You Fed Up with Your Diet

You and I both know a lot about food at this point, don’t we?  Everywhere we turn there’s information about food: calorie counters, ingredient lists, and labels on every processed piece of food we buy but somehow we’re not getting it, because America is just getting sicker every year.  It’s getting bad enough that health insurance companies are investing their money in the stock of fast food companies, just to hedge their bets.  Guys, it’s pretty bad.

FED UP

I just watched the new movie, Fed Up from Laurie David and Katie Couric and I have to tell you it’s enough to scare the sugar straight out of your cupboard.  In fact about 30 minutes in, after frantically taking two and a half full pages of notes, I had to turn the movie off and go to bed just to turn down my anxiety about the whole issue.

There are so many alarming facts and hard science about the food problem in America, it’s almost overwhelming to know where to start, so I’m going to break it down to 7 reasons you should be freaking out about your food right now.

7 Reasons You Should Be Fed Up With Your Diet

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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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The Pair of Shoes Every Woman Should Own for Traveling

Every woman needs approximately one billion pair of shoes. Shoes for rain, for snow, for roaming around inside the house, for coffee lunch dates with the girls, for date night, for the beach and the pool, a good pair of shoes for traveling, the grocery store and the carpool pick up lane, and a few for the office. Almost every woman I know needs shoes just because sometimes she sees a pair and knows they’ll be her new best friends, until another gorgeous pair comes along and jumps into her arms.

Shoes will never betray you by not fitting after you’ve eaten an entire pie in one sitting, *AHEM* not that I’ve ever done that.

(editors note: I have done that. In fact I did that yesterday.)

Personally, I own a lot of shoes, and each has their purpose but I’m regularly on the hunt for the perfect pair of travel shoes. The shoes that are most comfortable to travel in usually look like they’re good for geriatric care (nothing wrong there, mom!) but I’ve had a hard time finding something stylish + practical. A pair of shoes you could totally wear with a skirt into a cathedral … >> 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!

Work-Out Wear Gift Card Give Away for You!

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All work-out wear images via Albion Fit

*** WINNER: #30, SARA. Congratulations, Sara! Contact us ASAP so you can get started on your workout in style! ***

You like wearing cute work-out clothes to the gym, yes?  Me too.  In fact, I feel about 87.5432% more confident working out if I’m wearing something cute, especially when said cute is holding all my bits and pieces in place.  Let’s hear it for my big busted girls!

ANYWAY.

work out wear give away

Today I’m hosting a giveaway for you, and you, and YOU (but really, only one of you) to win $100 spending money to Albion Fit, a local Utah company that makes gorgeous work-out gear and swimsuits for the ladies.  I love my own Albion Fit swimsuit so much I’m pretty sure I’ll cry when it finally gives out.  In fact, every time I wear it someone asks me where they can get their very own one shouldered emerald one piece swimsuit.  And I’m always happy to say: ALBION FIT, that’s where.

Work Out Wear Gift Card Give Away

This is the one-shoulder swimsuit I love so much.

 

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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!

Uganda Travel Essay To Inspire You

Uganda Travel Essay

The “four” hour drive from Kampala to Gulu, Northern Uganda was more like eight due in part to dusty, potholed roads that had seen better days. The outside breeze rushing through the windows in the big, nasty, dirty bus barely offered any respite from the humid air that kept my back in a perpetual state of wet. Over the eight hour journey, my bright white top turned a new shade of earth that no amount of bleach could help. All I could do was smile. I loved it. Uganda. Africa.

We reached our cozy hotel that was to be home for the next week. An attempted shower to wash my dirt streaked face and make sense of my tangled hair was almost more than I could handle. This girl was exhausted. The bed shouted my name, and I gave in.

Dino was our destination the next morning, a two hour journey from Gulu town in Uganda. I don’t think any amount of sleep could have prepared me for what the day brought. Let me set the scene for you.

Uganda Travel Essay

Mud huts with thatched roofs.

Green, green rows of corn stalks.

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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.