Planning a DisneyWorld Vacation Part 1

I’ve been up to something. Something big. Something 2 years in the making. Something, dare I say, incredible? It’s a surprise for my little family, but I’ll give you 3 guesses. The first 2 don’t count.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

I’ve been saving my pennies for almost 2 years now, and so have my little boys–though they only know that it’s a vacation fund. They don’t know this is happening, and we plan to keep it a secret until the last possible moment.

The moment we booked our DisneyWorld hotel (more on that later), this snappy little package was sent to us in the mail. See how they customized it? And that cute little thumb drive in the snappy little box? If DisneyWorld is going the extra mile to keep us excited about our trip, and make me feel relevant, it’s working.

Disneyworld Vacation Planning

The booklet and thumb drive contain helpful details for planning our vacation, how to use Fast Pass and Magic Bands (more on all that later), and reserving activities, all based on info I provided online. When I set up my on-line profile, I chose The Incredibles as my Avatar. I suspect (but cannot confirm) that’s why my vacation planning kit was created … >> 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.

GREAT.LY

Everyone listen up! Have you heard of the super awesome site great.ly? They are all about connecting the dots between makers and tastemakers and bringing the best of the best to you! Everything on that site is absolutely GORGEOUS. Just the right things for a refresh in your style, your wardrobe, or your home.

great.ly“Tastemakers are a powerful force online, motivating the purchasing habits of millions of people worldwide daily, yet no one has made them central to an online shopping site where makers go to sell their fabulous products. GREAT.LY is an ecommerce platform that will leverage the audiences of tastemakers to drive sales for the maker economy. It is a simple WIN-WIN situation.” ~ SARAH BRYDEN-BROWN, FOUNDER/CEO

Petit Elefant is honored to be a tastemaker for the site and I’ve picked out some of my favorites for all of you to browse, shop, and drool over! Here are just a few of the things in the Petit Elefant Collection and Boutique:

great.ly artThe Gilded Pineapple Printgreat.lyNeon African Trible Pillow with Beaded Accents

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Mamuye Leather Tote

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Cheers Mini Bowls

pictured above: Double Strand Mint Green and Gold Necklace

 

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New Names for Benedict Cumberbatch

In case you thought we were done mooning over our beloved Benedict Cumberbatch, fear not. There’s more. Mr. Cumberbatch played sportingly along with Jimmy Kimmel in this little video about changing his name. On of my favorite literary heroines, Anne Shirley, once surmised it would be hard to imagine a rose could smell as sweet were it called a skunk cabbage. So, then, would a Benedict Cumberbatch be as totally awesome if his name were, say, Gary Miller? I say not. For sure not. (No offense to any Gary Millers out there, or to anyone who might know or love one. Of course.). The set up is absurdly incongruous: Benedict Cumberbatch hitting on women in a bar, using a variety of potential new names for himself. You’re welcome.

Which new name was your favorite? I not telling mine, but I will say I lost it at “Chad” and snorted til the end. Jimmy Kimmel has it right, Benny’s parents deserve an Oscar for bestowing the grand and quirky name upon him. No other name will ever do.

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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.

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Simple Day to Night Makeup Look

Somehow even though you do a full face of makeup in the morning, it does not look quite the same in the evening. The toll of the day’s activities and general life kinda smudge it around and wipe it off. But what happens if you have a date night or cocktails with the office after a long day at work? You definitely don’t have to do another full face of makeup. Use these simple tips to touch up your makeup for a night out.

Day to Night Makeup Look

day to night makeup lookFirst of all, let’s talk about what you’ll need. It’s very simple, and I’ll tell you the brands I’m using, but use whatever you’ve got on hands or the products you already love! If you are looking to try a few new products, these are the ones I personally use and can recommend.

What you’ll need:

what you'll need for a day to night makeup look
  • Powder – I am using Younique powder and I really like it!
  • Red Lipstick – use your favorite shade, recently I’ve been loving these Burt’s Bees lip crayons. The color I used here is called Redwood Forest. They’re only $8.99 too!
  • Black liner – I really recommend this liner, especially if you have
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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.

Would You Hit A Girl?

Kids are the best, right? And sometimes the worst, let’s be real. Whenever I begin to fret about their choices and about whether or not I’ve taught them too be good, kind people,  I remind myself of this: they were born good people. Kids have instincts and senses we often underestimate as adults. Leave it to those tiny bearers of truth to lay down the hammer in this domestic violence PSA filmed by an Italian media company. Though there are some rough edges, the overall anti-violence message is strong and one hopefully inherent in all of our kids, not just these adorable Italian ones. Have you see it? Have your kids seen it?

Would you hit a girl? Watch this.

 

Out of the mouths of babes, right? What did you think? I know I’m thinking I should have a conversation with my boys, and check in with their inner barometer of goodness. Talking to kids about this stuff is hard but definitely important.… >> 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!

Subscribe Online With Target

You know what kills me as a wife and mom? It’s those supposedly “quick” trips to the store for stuff I forgot to stock up on or ran out of that end up eating all my time because let’s be honest here, quick trips turn into long trips and I’m automatically behind before I even started.

This post is sponsored by Target Subscriptions – everyday essentials delivered on the schedule you set.

Enter Target Subscriptions. All my favorite stuff I buy there on a regular basis, but delivered to my door with free shipping, free return shipping AND in-store returns. The free in-store returns is a huge perk for me, because how inconvenient can it be return stuff via the mail?

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So let’s play this out for a minute. My favorite Method laundry detergent and cleaning products, which I can only find at Target anyway, gets delivered to my door on a schedule that I set, with all the convenience and none of the additional cost to me. I don’t have to burn gas driving from the country boonies where I live to my nearest Target store for this stuff, instead it comes directly to me. I save gas, time, energy, AND … >> 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!

To See Is To Feel – Best Photos Of 2014

Justin Hackworth Photography This treasured photo of my daughter is what started my friendship with Justin Hackworth, photographer and maker of art. It was taken for his 30 Strangers Project in 2009 and is one of my most valued possessions. Justin also photographed my baby sister as a bride, isn’t she stunning?

Justin Hackworth PhotographyJustin and his most lovely wife Amy have since become dear friends, much to my pleasure, and we’ve made some amazing memories along the way and hope to make many more. They’re just the best kind of people, you know? Genuine, creative, funny, and just wonderful all around. I feel lucky to be included in their circle.

Justin just posted his best photos from 2014 and boy oh boy, you’ve got to take a look. I’m not exaggerating when I say I had a visceral reaction to many of them. There’s just something about an image that conveys a feeling, an emotion, inspires a response. We need more of that in our lives! Consider this a friendly public service announcement, click over and see them for yourself, and then maybe give him a call to take your portrait after. You won’t regret it, not a single bit.

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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!

Golden Globes 2015 Highlights

I confess. I spent the bulk of last night wrapped in a blanket, watching the Golden Globes. Mostly just for the clothes. Of all the shows recognized last night, cinema or television, I think I’ve only seen 3. But, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? Pretty darn funny. The George Clooney Lifetime Achievement Award joke was probably the best joke of the evening, along with “…to prepare for my role as Human Woman.” Amen.

Other highlights: George Clooney’s speech, Michael Keaton’s speech (way to go, Mr. Mom!) and for goodness sakes, that beautiful Gina Rodriguez: “I can, and I did!” Fantastic. And, well, Prince. What? John Legend and Common–so good. But enough with the talk. Let’s get back to the clothes, with just a few of my favorites from the Golden Globes Awards.

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1. Julianne Moore (in Givenchy Haute Couture) made an entrance with this glamorous number. Those feathers and shimmer gave such great movement and interest to the gown. Congrats on the win, also!

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2.  Katie Holmes–this rich plum color is gorgeous on her, and a beautiful wintery shade with lovely pleats and drape, plus that jeweled cuff bracelet. Understated and timeless.

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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.

Plum Lipstick

Winter is the perfect time to try plum lipstick. There are plenty of ways to be daring in this life, and if you’re not planning that grand and defiant uprising (yet), I would suggest utilizing the not-so-extreme but just-as-gratifying place for rebellion: make-up. Though there are an estimated ba-zillion ways to make a statement with the inky, powdery magic of liners and brushes to the face, let’s talk about one. Lipstick. Plum lipstick.

Plum LipstickSince there is nothing “more articulate than a kiss,” your lipstick ought to be a precocious start – the accessory to the smile, the speech, or the kiss. Deep, silky purple communicates the perfect level of coolness and daring for the task. I admit my own love of dark lipsticks was once stifled by an unfortunate blitz of events: in an encounter with a potential crush I was told that dark lipstick was too intimidating for him; I found “dramatic lips” on an online list of 7 Beauty and Style Trends That Guys Hate!; and then the most disastrous reason – I didn’t have the courage necessary to dip into my spectacular, plum war-paint. I was forgetting the best style advice of all – wear >> find out more...

elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

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