Dear children, be whatever you want

Dear children,

I know you’re still small, that you’re growing into your feet and arms, and long, long legs.  I know you don’t have to decide right now who you want to be when you grow up, or what you want to do with your life.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time thinking about you when I fall asleep at night, when I wake up in the morning, and when I’m at stoplights.

In fact, I spend almost all of my consciousness thinking about you and your happiness in this life.  I worry a lot about making sure you eat the right kinds of foods to make your little bodies strong, and I think a lot about you making friends at school so you’re not alone on the playground.  But mostly I think about how I want you to learn how to be good, kind little humans.  And no matter what, I want you to learn to be happy.  Now, and especially when you grow up.  I want you to be whatever you want to be, as long as it makes you feel completely awesome about getting out of bed every day.

dear children, be whatever you want

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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!

New favorite lipgloss

We like to talk about makeup around here, in case you hadn’t noticed. All kinds of makeup, and I confess to being something of a lipgloss junkie. It would not be inaccurate to say I probably have 5 different glosses in my purse right now, not to mention how many others in my makeup case at home or kept in the console of my car. Lip gloss at all times and places, all favorites for different reasons. At the top of the heap, though, is this Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color.

Creamy and shiny at the same time with just enough pigment to use in place of regular lipstick. Bonus points for being not so sticky. I’m in love with the color my husband gave me as a gift (way to go, babe!), which is called Perky, a perfect neutral with a bit of pink. Goes with everything–smoky eyes or a more natural look.  This particular color isn’t available any more, but Fearless and Courage look promising as well. Go get some. And then tell me about your favorite lip gloss.

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.

New York International Auto Show

Hello! Allison’s faithful assistant Kimberly strikes again while Allison is otherwise detained in a subtropical locale. This time I’m pulling car duty in Manhattan, which it turns out isn’t such a bad gig. 

Does a high gloss finish turn your head? Do terms like “800 horsepower” and “rear suspension geometry” get you a little hot and bothered?

My answer is YES. Yes, now that I’ve spent a little time around the world’s hottest cars and some serious auto lovers. I was invited me to the very shiny  New York Intentaional Auto Show last week, a rather sexy sort of event, and I quickly fell for the lights, adrenaline, and ooh-la-la of the whole thing. Hard. Ever since, I’ve been having all kinds of fantasies and daydreams about what I’ll be driving on my next road trip or vacation. Make that vacations. Plural. Woman cannot live by convertible alone. Confucius said that, I’m pretty sure.

Car fantasy number one? A late summer cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway. With Robert Downey Jr. my handsome husband beside me in the new Jaguar XKR convertible. Indigo metallic. Gray leather interior with contrast stitching. 500 horsepower (that’s a lot, by the way). Top down. … >> 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.

What I wore Wednesday corduroy + stripes

I think the last time I did What I wore Wednesday it was my How I like to wear jeans post about Levi’s.  I’m a slacker, I need to be better about this.  But hold onto your hats, I have a new one.  This is What I wore Wednesday corduroy + stripes.

Before I get into detailing the outfit I want to tell you something.  Usually when there’s a photo of me on my blog, someone who is not Viktor takes the picture.  Viktor isn’t really into the whole posing, standing around, looking for better angles.  He’d rather be tearing something apart somewhere in the house/garage/shed.  These photos are (AWESOME HONEY!) a reflection of that.

What I wore Wednesday

Did you know corduroy is totally having another moment?  These aren’t the swishy, noisy, brown and orange corduroys of my youth; cords are completely adorable now.  In fact, this pair of grey corduroy pants fit like skinny jeans.  Love them.

What I wore Wednesday corduroy + stripes

The lowdown on the outfit:

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 shoes to wear for Spring

shoes to wear for Spring

Utah weather is jacked up, and that’s a fact.  Regardless of the time of year, Utah likes to mix it up.  There’s almost always snow on the ground for Easter, and once in a while January throws us a 70 degree day.  You know, for fun.  It’s cold right now, but it’s warming up so I’m picking out what shoes to wear for Spring.  Here are 6 options for you, no matter the weather.  (well, kind of.)

1.  Wedges

2.  Kitten Heels

3.  Ballet Flats

4.  Spring boots

5.  Espadrilles

6.  Sandals

Wear the wedges with, well, anything in your closet.  They would look adorable with a skirt or a pair of cut-off jeans.  The kitten heels are perfect for a work outfit, or with dark skinny jeans for a night out with your girls.  Ballet flats go with anything and everything, including your mom (bonus!).  You might be scratching your head about the boots, but don’t.  Short little sassy cowboy boots are RIDONKULOUS with a denim mini or a blousy maxi dress.  That outfit makes me happy just thinking about it.  Espadrilles go with everything, but your boss might not feel happy with them at the office, … >> 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 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

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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!

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!