Trip to Williamsburg Virginia

 – Note from Allison: (post number 2 in a series of 2) Last week my friend Lindsey Johnson {an amazing food blogger you need to  know about} took a trip to historic Williamsburg Virginia on behalf of Petit Elefant.  Williamsburg looks like an amazing destination for a family trip and  I can’t wait to go with my kids.   Doesn’t the colonial house look so charming?  P.S. Lindsey’s photography is my favorite; all photos were shot by her. –

trip to Williamsburg Virginia

If you’re into history like I am, you have to take a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.  If you aren’t into history?  You have to go to Colonial Williamsburg because you will end up loving it — both history and Williamsburg.

Picture a Revolutionary War era village where interpreters dressed in period costumes give you a peek into the daily life of Williamsburg colonists.  Williamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony in the New World.  It was the wealthiest and most populated British colony.  The living museum is the largest of its kind in the world’s, and will blow you away with restored historic buildings, beautiful gardens, and trade shops.

colonial williamsburg virginia

Every little detail has been seen to in Colonial Williamsburg.  The interpreters … >> 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 marbled Easter eggs

I’d never even heard of marbled Easter eggs until Martha came into my life.  I mean, who thinks up this stuff?  I can see a boardroom in Martha Stewart‘s immaculate and towering offices in Manhattan,

We need new eggs people, it’s time to mix it up!  Minions, I am QUEEN of crafts and I need new, better, inspiring eggs.  Let’s do marbled, they’re so now, so sophisticated.  So Upper East Side.”

how to marbled Easter egg

So friends, today we learn how to make marbled Easter eggs.  They’re so easy and fun, and my kids went nuts dyeing them over the weekend.  Whip up a dozen or so for your Easter celebrations just to show who’s the boss of crafting in your world.

how to marbled Easter eggs

Here’s how the whole marbled Easter eggs thing goes down.

You only need a few more supplies than usual to marble your eggs and it’s only one extra step.  Trust me though, it isn’t a complicated one or I wouldn’t have done it.  You know how I like it: simple, easy, no fuss.

Supply list for marbled eggs:

  • olive oil
  • white vinegar
  • food coloring and/or dye tablets
  • hard boiled eggs
  • water
  • small deep bowls
  • shallow bowls

Step 1:

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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!

1000 memories photo scan service

How many of you right this minute, this very instant, have at least 4 dusty shoe boxes {or let’s be honest, IKEA boxes} crammed full of photos under your bed?  In the back of your closet?  At your mom’s house?
 
I do.

You don’t really want to know how many photos I have stashed away.  My first baby was born in the pre-digital age so I have approximately 1,300 3×5 photos of her in huge boxes under the stairs.  {I was too tired to do a baby book for her then, and I’m too busy now}  The scant handful of videos we have of Precocious as a baby sit on old VHS tapes; they sit next to our wedding video in a box.  Somewhere.

Enter: 1000 memories, a photo service.  This company is amazing.

{you want to read all the way to the bottom of this post, trust me on this one}

photos of memories1000 memories works a couple of different ways.  The first is to count and collect all your dusty photos, let 1000 memories know how many you have, and get a box delivered to your door.  Put your photos in the box, … >> 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!

Trip to historic Williamsburg Virginia

 – Note from Allison: last week my sweet friend Lindsey Johnson {an amazing food blogger you need to  know about} took a trip to historic Williamsburg Virginia on behalf of Petit Elefant.  Williamsburg looks like an amazing destination for a family trip, I can’t wait to go with my kids. Lindsey is a phenomenal photographer and all the photos in the post belong to her. –

 

As I’ve gotten older I’ve become less of an amusement park person, so when I say this believe me:  I loved Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.  It’s been voted The World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park for over twenty years by the National Amusement Park Historical Association, and it’s truly gorgeous in every way.  The landscaping and gardens, the buildings, the rides, the shops.  Everything.  Also it was scrupulously clean–even the restrooms, which is something I always check for when I’m traveling.  The employees were also incredibly friendly and helpful which is always awesome.

trip to Williamsburg Virginia

What’s special about Busch Gardens VA?  Well … aside from being gorgeous, it’s a European themed parkFun, right?  You can visit the British Isles, Ireland, France, New France (Canada), Italy and Germany all … >> 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!

World War 2 memorials in Warsaw Poland

I’ve been having a hard time corralling my thoughts about all the World War 2 memorials in Warsaw Poland from our family trip last summer, but it’s time to share.

world war II memorials warsaw poland

Honestly, a huge part of my desire to visit Warsaw while Viktor’s parents were still alive was so my children would learn about their heritage straight from Babcia and Dziadek {grandma and grandpa} in their home country.  The things Viktor’s family has experienced over the last several generations are almost unfathomable, and I needed my children to see it with their own eyes so they would appreciate what kind of life they live due to the sacrifices of their ancestors.

World War II memorials warsaw

We walked everywhere in Warsaw, and every time we left the apartment we came across a memorial like this one.  A plaque in the middle of the sidewalk briefly detailing the approximate number of people murdered by German soldiers in that spot in one day during World War 2.  The first time we saw one of these memorials my sweet Precocious almost threw up.  She’s old enough to understand exactly what it all means and that it happened to so many of her daddy’s family and friends.  At each … >> 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!

What’s in your purse series week 82

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series is from Anne.  Thanks Anne!

If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to:

allison AT petitelefant DOT com

what's in your purse week 82

My purse is a basic black bag that my husband bought me about 5 years ago.  The brand is Longchamp and it has held up amazingly.

What’s in it? Until a few minutes ago, I had no idea.

what's in your purse series week 82
Row 1:
  • -Ziploc bag of extra kid’s clothes, some of which have been outgrown
  • -Central Market gift card
  • -frequent user card from the cafeteria in the basement of the state capitol
  • -business card from the beauty school where I get my hair dyed various colors on the cheap
Row 2:
  • -receipts and my W-2
  • -my Junior League badge
  • -Kleenex, both used and unused
Row 3: 
  • -red luggage tag
  • -purse hanger
  • -Twix (how have I not eaten this yet?)
  • -collar stays from the dry cleaner (taken out of my husband’s shirt)
  • -Coach wallet and my state employee ID badge
Row 4:
  • -my daughter’s sunglasses
  • -crayon
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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!

Perfect Springtime punch

It’s Spring-y out.  Okay, it’s flat out Spring.  Officially anyway.  Utah’s Spring is a little different than it is for the rest of the world.  Here it’s just less cold than it usually is, which is to say: cold-ish.  Which is neither here nor there.  What IS here and there is a perfect Springtime punch recipe I’ve put together for you!

perfect springtime punch

Make it how you want, it’s your party and you can drink if you want to.  I don’t drink so my version of this punch recipe is non-alcoholic, but if you like you can use vodka and a fruit liqueur to spice things up.  This is your rodeo, not mine.

party drink

Let me lay it on you, this thing is all citrus and it is so right.  So good, so right, so perfect for Spring.  This drink will carry you through slushy Spring into magnificent, beautiful, glorious Summer.

Perfect Springtime Punch:

  • 3 cups orange juice, fresh/frozen/pre-made
  • 4-6 limes freshly squeezed, about 3/4 cup juice
  • 1 grapefruit freshly squeezed, about 1/3 cup juice
  • 1-2 oranges freshly squeezed, about 2/3 cup juice
  • 2 limes, 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit cut into wedges for garnish

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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!

Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games

The world is exploding right now with The Hunger Games.  Okay, maybe not the whole world, but definitely my corner of it.  Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy?  Suzanne Collins, the author of the series has written what are arguably some of the best novels ever written.  If you haven’t read them, go do it now.  I’ll wait.

Done?  Good.  That’s about how long it took me to devour the set.

Hunger Games - Katniss
The first book, The Hunger Games, was turned into a movie which was released in theaters over the weekend.  I thought I was strong enough to wait until the crowds died down before I ventured into theaters, but I was wrong

I am no Katniss Everdeen.

This is the first time, maybe ever, I haven’t been disappointed in a movie adaptation of a favorite book.  The movie was SO good and the 2 1/2 hours {seriously.} flew by so fast I was ready for the next one on the spot.  That never happens.  I’m all kinds of invested and dying a little that the next movie isn’t slated to come out until November 2013.  I’m just not that patient.

I’ll spend the next FOREVER re-reading the original

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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!

Sunrise in the Czech Republic

I leave you for the weekend with some photos of Europe.  Viktor snapped these pictures from our train car as we were headed into Prague for the day.  The children and I were completely sacked out, blissfully oblivious to the whole world {you’ve never slept until you’ve slept on a moving train – I slept like the dead} while Viktor captured the morning calm of a new country.

We have shots like this from every different country we visited in Eastern Europe, slices of the countryside outside major cities.  Farms, animals, people walking to the market with a cart full of produce to sell for the day.  There’s nothing like it, it’s just pure magic looking into people’s lives for a fraction of a second behind the glass.

before sunrise in the czech republic

sunrise in europe

sunrise in the Czech Republic

 Have a happy weekend, even if we aren’t in the Czech Republic looking at a beautiful sunrise.

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!