Easy valentine treat bags

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easy valentine treat bags

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but you know that already.  You’re probably neck deep in chewy red candies at this point and I can’t say I blame you, we get as much Valentine’s candy as we do trick or treating loot around my house.  The kids already have it pouring out of their pockets and we’re still a week out.

There’s only so much a mother can do, you feel me?  And that is to say, not much. 

I’m pulling it out of the wash by the handful.

DIY favor bags

Anyhoo.

Abolishing vast amounts of candy from your life isn’t what I’m preaching today.  Today I’m here to share a quick way to make some easy valentine treat bags.  And by easy I mean you can practically make these bags in your sleep.  Make them for your significant other, your partner, your mother, your sister, your boyfriend, your kids’ class at school.

Make one for your nasty coworker, and one for each of your frenemies, it’s better to keep the sketchy ones close.

valentine's treat bagsSupply list for easy valentine treat bags:

  • heart doilies {you could use plain circle doilies but it’s for VALENTINE’S DAY}
  • plain brown lunch sacks
  • scissors
  • Elmer’s
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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!

Images from Warszawa Poland

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I started composing a huge post today about our family travels to Warsaw, but I can’t quite find the words to adequately express how I feel.  Instead I’m going to break it all down one post at a time in the coming months.

Before I jump into that though, I thought I’d share some images from Warszawa Poland.  That’s how the locals say it: Warszawa, only they don’t say Poland because that’s American-ese, they say Polska.  So it’s actually *garble garble garble Warszawa Poland*.

With lots of the shouting and more shouting.

cobblestone streets

Old town.

hala mirowska

Market.

images from warsaw

Apartments.

images from warsaw locals

Who says you can’t go home again?

image from warsaw

Carnival.

presidential palace

Presidential palace.

university of Warsaw

University gardens.

image from warsaw poland

Downtown view.

crosswalk

Crosswalk.

couple in love

In love.

coca cola

Coca-Cola light.

warsaw poland

Tunnel.

church warsaw poland

Pope John Paul II.

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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!

What’s in your purse series week 77

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This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Anne.  Thank you!

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

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
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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!

What to wear this Valentine’s Day

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Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Don’t throw things at me, I didn’t invent the whole shenanigan.  I just work here.

Love it or hate it, it’s time to get spiffy for a night of romance.  Valentine’s is all about making that perfect love connection, or renewing the one you’ve got, or lounging around in holey sweats and your ex-boyfriend’s t-shirt while you watch romantic comedies with a pint of ice cream in your lap.

It’s your day, whatever.

Let's get it on

I’m not one to pass judgement anyway;  Viktor is firmly in the camp of Valentine haters.  He thinks Valentine’s Day is made up of corporate greed and nonsense, and as such refuses to participate no matter how many tears I cry.  So I make cute little treats for the kids and make a special dessert for dinner and call it a day.

But in the world of Make Believe, the Valentine’s Day in my head is amazing. 

Viktor swoops into the house with flowers and a mix CD of love songs just for me.  He has planned an overnight sleepover for the kids and takes me to my favorite restaurant for a night of flirty nonsense.  >> find out more…

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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!

Longer lasting lip color

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Finding longer lasting lip color is like happening upon a pasture full of unicorns.  It just doesn’t happen.  Everyone talks about it like it’s no big thing,

Oh my amazing lipstick?  My girl at the {muffled muffled, garble garble} counter just keeps it in stock for me.  I don’t even know what it’s called!  *giggle*

long lasting lip color

Liar.

If girlfriend has perfect lipstick all through dinner, she’s got a secret up her sleeve she doesn’t want you to know about.  Especially if you’re frenemies.  Swapping that kind of secret is a thing for insiders only, best friends and sisters.  After that, it’s every woman for herself.

You know I’m always looking out for you though.  You can feel it in your blood, I always have your back.  I wouldn’t want you to {gasp!} go out in public with crackly uneven lip color.  *shudder*

I have a cheap solution for you: Revlon Lip Stain.  This stuff is available at the drugstore, your supermarket, probably the gas station on the corner.  It’s between $5-8 and is worth sacrificing your daily cappuccino.  It’s not meant to replace the hardcore stuff in your purse, but I really like it for day-to-day … >> find out more…

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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!

$100 giveaway for organizing bags

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This giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered, shared + tweeted!  The winner is suzieqw!  Please email me asap to claim your booty allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Thirty-One, a company full of organizing totes and accessories to make organizing your life easier. Today they’re giving away a $100 gift card to spend on whatever you’d like from their catalog; I have my eye on the wicker magazine holders, heaven knows I have enough of a magazine stash to fill one already.

$100 giveaway for organizing bags

The thermal totes are pretty amazing too, I mean who doesn’t want to keep groceries cold on the way home from the store?

Giveaway Details:

  1. Leave a comment telling me what you’d choose out of the Thirty-One Gifts catalog.
  2. Giveaway ends Monday January 30th at Midnight MST.
  3. If you want to Like Petit Elefant on Facebook and share this giveaway on your own page, you’ll get two extra entries.
  4. Tweet about the giveaway and you have one more.  Be sure to tell me in the comments.
  5. I’ll choose a random winner + announce on this page when the giveaway closes.

Good luck!

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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!

Today is your day

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I have the kind of pregnancies no one should ever experience.  The kind of pregnancies that didn’t exist 100 years ago because the mother died 12 weeks in and stopped bothering everyone with her nonstop complications.  I’ve talked a little bit about it here before, and even though I’m still haunted by the memories and don’t like to talk about it a ton, I learned some really amazing life lessons from the whole shebang.

There’s something about flirting with death a handful of times that makes one realize there’s only so much time to make the good stuff happen, and that time is right this very second.

playing in leaves

The last go-round {with Charming seven years ago} was the worst, worse than the most horrible I could have imagined, but the minute it was all over and I’d recovered enough to stay upright for more than 10 minutes at a time, I came out both guns blazing.  {sorry, couldn’t help it}  I had some major epiphanies, one of them being the fact that DUDE, I’m still alive!  Holy cow, I’m still alive!  No, really I made it!  The baby made it too, and he’s fantastic!

I took note mentally of a … >> find out more…

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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!

Tea light made from an orange

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It’s still Winter, even though the weather in Utah has been ten kinds of insane.  She’s a fickle little diva, that Winter.  Anyhow, since citrus is so widely available in the depths of despair December/January it’s a fun time to get your craft on and whip up a tea light made from an orange.  Or three.

Serious.

tea light made from an orange

Martha, procurer of all things beautiful, taught me how to do this little bit of magic with oranges and I’ll tell you what: it’s a super easy and totally gorgeous craft. 

Promise.

I just don’t have time and/or energy for any drawn out nonsense, and my guess is neither do you.  But this would be a little bit cool and romantic to try for a cozy Valentine’s day dinner.  Maybe I’ll whip out some magic and impress Viktor.  Then again, maybe I’ll eat a protein bar and have a Downton Abbey marathon instead, boys optional.

tea light from an orange

I’m betting on the latter.

votive candle holder

So here’s how it all breaks down, the nitty gritty details you need to know to make your own tea light.

How to: tea light made from an orange:

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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!

Winter riding clothes for women

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Winter riding clothes

 

 

 

 

Winter riding clothes by petitelefant featuring skinny leg jeans

Drykorn blazer
€199 - conleys.de

Rag & bone skinny leg jeans
$176 - barneys.com

Rupert Sanderson high heel booties
$945 - rupertsanderson.com

3 1 Phillip Lim clutch bag
$425 - barneys.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors gold jewelry
$250 - nordstrom.com

Jules Smith rose gold jewelry
£85 - flannelsfashion.com

Roberta Chiarella post earrings
$68 - maxandchloe.com

MTWTFSS Weekday blue shawl
€10 - weekday.com

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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!