Life List Surfing in Hawaii and Soccer in Barcelona

Hawaii

I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years.  Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here.  And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot.  Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.

What does that look like for you guys?  For me, my Life List changes every year.  I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List)  I made in 2010 and change it up all the time.  Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now.  So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.

cleanse diet

For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list.  The last few years of my health have been pretty awful.  What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really.   Well, a month ago I … >> 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 Make Your Own DIY Valentines

Home made valentines

Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day.  Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank.  Who’s your girl?

Me, that would be me.

Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal.  It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it.  The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere.  Maybe.  I hope.  If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.

diy valentines supplies

 

How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:

  • 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
  • large knife to cut lettuce
  • stamp pads + / or craft paint
  • paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
  • card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice

 

valentine's stamp

 

How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:

This is the really easy part.

  • Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
  • Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
  • Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
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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!

Wide Calf Boots

Let’s talk boots. I have been dying to get a great pair of boots for years. Literally, years. The first problem I found was calf size. It took me a couple of years to realize that wide calf boots exist. That was a game changer. I started ordering boots online because finding them in stores is next to impossible. Despite multiple purchases (and returns) I still haven’t found a pair that fits. Why? Simple.

Most boots are made so that as the shoe size increases, the boot shaft also increases in width. I’m short, so most boot styles that fit my 6 1/2 sized foot aren’t wide enough for my calf. If you have a larger foot you won’t have this problem. But, if you’ve got small feet like me, you’ll have to hunt a little harder.

To determine how wide you need the boot shaft to be simply measure around the widest part of your calf. Then, look at the boot’s specs online. They will list how wide the shaft is at it’s widest, and which shoe size has that width. It’s a gamble to order them online, but it’s really the only option for a great selection.

Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

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For me, I get just as excited as Valentine’s Day breakfast as I do the dessert and dinner recipes. I mean, really, how fun is a special breakfast? The kids love it. My husband loves it. I love it. Crepes seem like they are too fancy for a weekday breakfast, but it’s completely not true! With this crepes recipe, you can make the batter the night before, and all you need after that is a really great nonstick skillet and loads of butter. You could even make them in advance, layer them between sheets of waxed paper, and reheat in the morning.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberry cream
strawberry cream crepe filling

Plain crepes are great, but adding vanilla bean takes them up a notch and adds a little special V-Day flair. These are filled with a lightly strawberry cream which is nothing more than your favorite strawberry jam mixed with low-fat cream cheese. Simple and easy. That’s how we like it.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberries
vanilla bean crepes

 

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean,
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Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Washable Style in Real Life Designer Pieces

wearable fashion
New York Fashion Week

Real life and high fashion don’t usually mix terribly well, at least in my world.  I make it to the dry cleaners about twice a year, if that, and the only reason I’m wearing things that need to be dry cleaned (on the rare occasions when I do) is because my kids are old enough not to spit on me anymore.

Most of the time.

I’m not much for unwearable style because at the end of the day if I can’t throw something in the washing machine, it just isn’t going to happen.  Period.  But you remember when I talked about Fall Fashion in Real World Conditions back in December?  The collaboration with Tide Pods® + Tracy Reese and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Washable Fashion Initiative?  I’m happy to report it all went extremely well.  So well in fact, the two pieces you voted for on Pinterest in December walked the runway yesterday in New York for NYFW*.

Do you see how gorgeous these pieces look in real life?  Those metallic cargo pants are the cutest thing I’ve seen since, well, ever.  I want a pair now, like riiiiight now, in light … >> 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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Pretty in Pink Eye Shadow Tutorial

Salut Petit Elefant readers! I’m Natalia from Ma Nouvelle Mode and I’m back with a fun, flirty pink eye shadow tutorial just in time for Valentines Day. I know smokey eye is always a fun when you’re going out, but I thought I’d mix it up and show you a light, pretty in pink eye shadow look. It’s pretty and fresh and still has that wow factor!

 pretty in pink eye makeup

Can I start by saying that I am so sorry for the crazy brows? Mine get outta control if I miss a waxing appointment and I’m pretty sure you can see that I’m overdue. So we’ll just pretend they’re nice and clean and maybe I’ll have another post for another time talking all about shaping your eyebrows. Does that sound good? Thanks!

Pretty in Pink eyeshadow look

I am going to run through the directions, but please feel free to ask questions in the comments. Also, the makeup I used I bought in downtown LA at a specialty makeup store. So I don’t have the exact colors for you. I am going to try to make similar suggestions, both higher end and less expensive.

  1. Start with a base. I use a primer that you can find in
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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.

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Why It’s Important To Travel With Your Kids

 Travel With Kids

We’ve never hesitated to tote our kids around the world. Our son made his first flight overseas before the age of one and our daughter before the age of two. We broke them in at an early age.

I remember one time, several years ago, my husband and I were sitting at P.F. Chang’s in Austin, TX. We were on a little kid-free getaway. Somehow, we started talking with the manager about some of the work we’ve done in Africa with orphans. He left our table and came back later. You could tell he had been pondering the conversation. He said, “I’d love to travel like that, but we have kids.” I countered him and said, “We have two little ones.” He was so blown away that he comped our meal.

Kids don’t have to keep you from traveling.

In fact, I think it’s important to travel with your kids. Let me tell you why…

1.  It’s educational. Kid’s minds are like a sponge. They learn an incredible amount of knowledge in their childhood. How awesome would it be to not only read about the Rosetta Stone but to see it with your own eyes? Last Fall we were … >> 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.

Plus Size Coats

Plus size winter coats
We need to talk about plus size coats. Because it’s snowing at my house right now, and forecast says it isn’t going to stop any time soon. We also have highs in the teens lined up for the next few days.  Brrr! I just want to stay inside, but despite my tendency to sit in my comfy chair next to the fireplace there are times I do have to go outside.

We take our coats seriously in the northeast. They need to be warm and functional, but I like them to be attractive too. I have three winter coats that I wear for specific activities. They’re still going strong, but if I had to replace them these would be my picks. For plus size coats, look for a little structure and don’t be afraid of bright colors!

1. I love the nod to the 50′s that this coat offers. I’d wear this coat to church and other occasions that require a dress….and I’d feel all Jackie Kennedy fabulous in it.

2. This would be my every day coat–warm and sleek. It’s perfect for running errands, meeting friends for lunch or volunteering at the kids’ school. And you know you’re going

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Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

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Budget Drug Store Beauty Finds

Don’t we all want to look beautiful? Preferably without spending a ton of money? At least that goes for me. Well, have no fear! I am a firm believer that you can find products at the drug store that work just as well (sometimes better!) than their more expensive halves. And today, I ‘m going to share some of my favorite budget drug store beauty finds with you!

Revlon Lipstick

Revlon lipstick

I’m not gonna lie, I do own a MAC lipsticks that cost me upwards of $20. And I love them and consider them worth it. However, I do not think it’s a necessity to spend that kind of money on lipstick. My first budget drug store beauty pick is lipstick. I personally own & love quite a few Revlon lipsticks. More specifically the Super Lustrous™ Shine Lipstick in three different colors (coral, red & pink) and their Colorburst™ Lip Butter. They go on silky smooth and feel great all day and you only spent a whopping $8!

L’Oreal Voliminous Mascara

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For years I would spend $27 on DiorShow mascara. I was convinced it was worth it. Until one time when I was in Italy I bought one that didn’t seem to perform as well … >> find out more…

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.

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