2 Spring fashion outfits for you

It’s Spring.  Summer is only a hop, skip and a jump away.  I mean, there are days where I can almost taste it.  Summer you’re not hiding from me, I’ll find you sooner or later so you might as well come out from behind the bushes.

Here are 2 Spring fashion outfits for you to prime the closets for Summer.

I want to go to there.

Summer Lovin'
Surf's Up
Spring, let’s do this thing.

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!

Costa Rica I love you forever part I

A handful of weeks ago I mentioned my family trip to Costa Rica where I enjoyed what can only be called a ‘spiritual experience’.  If you need a dose of life affirmation in your life, a little yes-you should-be-on-the-planet-and-the-world-is-good, Costa Rica is your girl.

tourism

I think of countries as genders, don’t you?  Germany is totally a dude.

costa rica I love you forever part I

Right after we showed up in San Jose (the nation’s capital) we were escorted by minibus to a tour of a coffee plantation in the rainforest.

I need a minute to process that statement.

costa rica I love you forever

A coffee plantation in the middle of the rainforest you guys.  That business doesn’t happen to me every day.  Or any day, actually.  I live in Utah, one of the most arid states in the U.S. – it took some time for my little family to absorb all the green.  The greeeeeeeen!  And the humid (oh so humid) air in Costa Rica is like chewing gum, so thick you can roll it around on your tongue for awhile before you continue swimming.  By the time we happened upon this little waterfall off the side of the road we were all pretty *moist*, which is the polite society … >> 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!

Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes

A few weeks ago I wandered into the kitchen to make breakfast for the short people in my life, as one does, only to discover we were low on groceries.  But I gots some skillz you guys.  I sniffed around the kitchen for a bit and what, WHAT? I found just enough ingredients to whip up some insanely delicious + easy German pancakes.

Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes

When was the last time you had German pancakes?  Last night for dinner?  I hope so, I really do.  These things are ridiculously easy to make and only need a few ingredients, a blender (or child slave labor) and a hot oven.  Anyone can make German pancakes and they pop out of the oven bubbly and beautiful and ready to snarf.

That’s totally a word, yo.

insanely delicious and easy German pancakes

German pancakes are a modern day miracle, a product of perfect German engineering and years of discipline.  Maybe.  Probably.

Here’s what you need to make your own Insanely delicious + easy German pancakes:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

And if you want to eat the pancakes with buttermilk syrup:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup
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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!

Four easy teacher’s appreciation week gift ideas

Did you know it’s teacher’s appreciation week?  Even if you don’t have kids in school, I’m sure there’s a teacher in your life who could use a little thank you gift.  My mother is a retired 1st grade teacher, my brother-in-law teaches Junior High, and my sister teaches special education.  It can be a rough job with low pay and thankless struggles, so let’s all do something awesome for the teachers we know.  They deserve a standing ovation. 

And probably a gift card or two.

I’ve rounded up four easy teacher’s appreciation week gift ideas from some clever bloggers I love, in case you need a little help getting started (like me).

Four easy teacher appreciation week gift ideasTeacher gift by Angeli via Living Locurto

easy teacher appreciation week gift ideasDIY bookplates by Lavender’s Blue via Tip Junkie

free printable teacher's appreciation giftPaper Lollie via No Biggie

teacher appreciation week gift ideaSummer relaxation kit by The Lovely Cupboard via Skip to My Lou

I love the idea of plant-able flowers,  cold hard cash, a gift card to: amazon, a local movie theater, a favorite local restaurant, Office Max, a local mall, or Costco.  A little chocolate never hurt anyone either.  If you happen to be a teacher, please know how much I love and respect you.

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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!

Hawaii please be my best friend

One of the earliest memories of my childhood, from the wee baby age of two, is that of my parents and grandparents leaving for a trip to Hawaii.  Without me.  It was 1979 and the memory is still crystal clear: on my parent’s old gravel driveway under the carport, I wove in and out of all the adult legs I could find, pleading my case for a tropical vacation while the grown-ups loaded suitcases into the old Volkswagen.

I was two.

Hawaii'an beach

They left me of course, even though I promised I could be super quiet on the plane, that I would sit completely still on my grandfather’s lap the whole way there.  I promised I wouldn’t eat very much food, and proffered my deep love for the mysterious unseen land of Hawaii.  I tearfully explained to my grandfather that if my little sister, my non-stop-screaming-brand-new-infant-sister was going to Hawaii with the grown-ups, I should be going too.  I quietly vowed to him that I wouldn’t even cry at all.

My grandfather locked sad eyes with me as the car backed out of the long driveway, waving and honking as he and my grandmother, my parents and my screeching newborn sister … >> 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!

And then I went to Hawaii

You guys, major major Life List stuff has been happening around these parts recently.  None of which feels real, because I’m not the sort of person whose life has been filled with exotic vacations up to this point.  Growing up, my family’s version of vacation was tent camping next to the Harley gang at the KOA in Reno.  Seriously, true story.

I don’t even have the vocabulary to express my gratitude to be in a time and place in my life where this kind of stuff is happening, but I’ll try to get it all out.  Not today though.  Today I’m so swollen I can barely open my eyes and have cankles/tree stumps where my feet used to be.  I can’t get shoes on my feet today, so I’m going to rest up.  I have a lot to tell you when I get back on my feet.

I went to Hawaii

Between Costa Rica and my quick jaunt last week to the North Shore of Hawaii I feel like I’m in a medicated dream, albeit a really, really great one.  Catch you on the flip side.

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!

Love Feast: Mother’s Tree of Life Giveaway

Winner:

My most favorite mother’s day memories are the annual bike rides we took. I went from a seat on the back of my mom’s bike, to my own with training wheels, to a 10-speed, and we could reflect on my growth each year. To my mom, a great memory with her children was better than any gift, but because I can’t physically be with her, I’d love a way to represent the growth my brother and I have made through the years. -Amanda

I’m bumping this one to the top again because it doesn’t look like many of you have had the chance to enter!  Check out the pretty necklace + comment to enter a chance to win!

Mother’s Day plans yet?  Love Feast has a gift idea for you, even if you haven’t made plans yet.

If you’re looking for something for your mother, grandmother or yourself Love Feast Table is giving away a wonderful heirloom gold or silver Tree of Life necklace.  This tree necklace is weaved with birthstones and would make the perfect gift for someone special to you.  Including you.  (I won’t tell)

Tree of Life necklace

 Giveaway details:

  • Leave a comment to enter the
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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 83

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

what's in your purse

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 series week eighty-three
what's in your purse series
Contents:

  • Android phone (not pictured-taking picture)
  • Wallet
  • Ear buds
  • Bread tie (random!)
  • Jo-Ann’s coupons
  • Two notebooks
  • Band aids from Urgent Care my son visited for stitches twice in 3 months
  • Sunglasses
  • Chap stick, 2 Lip glosses, Eyeliner
  • Pen
  • Kindle Fire
  • Lotion (Lemon Watkins is the best!)
  • Knock off Swiss Army Knife
  • Altoids
  • Daughter’s ponytail holder

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 acne cream

I am at the mercy of all things beauty related, especially when it comes to skincare.  More specifically, I’m at the beck-and-call of every bit of acne that showed up 20 years too late.  I’m a hot mess of hormonal imbalance and my poor, poor face has taken the brunt of it all.

how to make acne cream

I didn’t have bad skin in high school, or even in college for that matter;  my skin practically glowed through all the angsty years of my youth.  But I guess the hormone riddled, teenage acne of my past has been lying in wait for some payback, because ALL the combined acne of my life knocked on my door right after kid #2 showed up a few years ago, ready to party.

Yay!  Party at my house.  Bring your favorite Trapper Keeper, Cabbage Patch Kid and all your colored Swatch watches.  We’ll watch Full House and a little bit of Truth or Dare, if we’re lucky, and trade jelly bracelets.  Maybe crimp each others’ hair if we stay up late enough, so be sure to bring a couple cans of Aqua Net.

how to make your own acne cream

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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!