On Learning to Let Go: Motherhood

 

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Motherhood has been the theme of my life.  The purpose of my being.  A few weeks ago I shared a piece I wrote about Motherhood and its central role for me, and before and since I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it, this grand title of mother and what it all means.

The love of children, of infants and babies, of other souls and their quirks and singular humanness is maybe the only part of mothering … >> 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!

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

I’m loving this new inspiring series on Petit Elefant, the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.  It’s been a fun way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world.  Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life.  I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

This week’s quote by Maya Angelou below.

 

Maya Angelou

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Success is liking yourself,

liking what you do,

and liking

how

you

do

it.

– Maya Angelou –

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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!

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Mamagama Maternity Giveaway

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**CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay, comment #4, and Lori #9, the winners of our giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Mamagama!

So, friends, I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, in my third trimester (yay!) and REALLY struggling to find a cute outfit to wear everyday. It’s hard work to find something stylish, comfortable, and flattering to that ever-growing bump. Am I right ladies?

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That’s where Mamagama Maternity comes in. You guys, these are the most comfortable and soft t-shirts I have found, maternity or otherwise! And BONUS- they are totally cute. Like, really really cute. Ruffles? Graphics? Totally on trend, feminine but not fussy. Dress   them up, or not, it all works.

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Mamagama Maternity is so awesome that they are giving away TWO adorable t-shirts to TWO lucky readers of Petit Elefant! They are giving away this Captian American t-shirt that is perfect for the 4th of July and this purple beach ball t-shirt that is one of my favorites. All of their other t-shirts are pretty adorable too. How cute is The Peek A Boo Chicken t-shirt? It’s just hilarious. And I loved wearing the blue “Flirty” t-shirt! So feminine and pretty.

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Rachel Utterback

In Transit Is Part Of The Destination

In Transit AirportsOne of my all-time favorite movie scenes is the final three minutes of Love Actually. Do you know the one I’m talking about? It’s where travelers are greeted by family and loved ones as they exit the privy part of the airport that only those with boarding passes can enter. I do have a thing for airports, but I think what draws me to the scene is the value of a tender, excited greeting to the weary traveler. I’ve been on that side many times, a long journey that ends with someone glad to see you. It brings rest to the tired soul.

In Transit Boarding Pass

I recently went on an insanity trip. I live in S. Africa, and I went to the states for a week. To be exact, I was in country for 6 days. Do you know how many days I spent getting there and back? Three…one day to get to Texas, six days in Texas, and two days to get home. Told you I was insane.

In Transit Plane

As I sat in Heathrow Terminal 5, a place that has become all too familiar since living in S. Africa, my eyes happened upon people trying to sleep in uncomfortable plastic chairs, frantic … >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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Poetry of A Thousand Mornings

A Thousand Mornings

Do you love poetry? I have just the book for a cozy moment of repose. I realize that summer is upon us, and lately the sun has been smiling ear to ear for most people – but sometimes, and especially during those thick summer months, you want a rainy space to curl up in. It doesn’t have to be a real rainy day to get that cozy and damp feeling, though.

A Thousand Mornings

It is so important to find a place to pause and think and feel, to take a break from the constant buzzing of May, June, July and just listen. It is so nice to take a break from the sunscreen and the chlorine and remember sweaters and cinnamon-flavored things. A little bit of poetry is just the thing for a mental respite, a little boost for your soul.

I find a rainy and reflective space every time I open my Mary Oliver book of poetry, A Thousand Mornings. It was given to me as aChristmas gift and then stored on my shelf until a flight to San Francisco. I read it a total of 5 times on the flight because my pencil found something new to mark every time.… >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, 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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Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Last week I started a new series on Petit Elefant, Petit Elefant Quote of the Week as a way to pass on and share a little inspiration and hope with the world.  Some will be silly, some majorly serious, others basic tenets of living a happy life.  I just love quotes and love sharing the good ones with other people I love, which means you guys.  I hope you enjoy!

This week’s quote below.

 

Brigham Young Quote

Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

If you have a bad thought

about yourself

tell it to go to

hell

because that is exactly

where it came from.

– Brigham Young –

 

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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!

Wake Up A Mother Wake Up The World

Do you remember the post I shared with you a couple weeks ago with a title like that of a Dr. Seuss book: Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere?  I was pretty touched by those of you who reached out in comments, emails, and on Instagram about how inspired you were by the SCA all-girl sailing team and their journey across the globe.  In fact my 15-year-old daughter read the post and asked, “How can I get involved?  I want to do this! Who are these women and how can I be one of them?”.

If you’re involved with young girls of any kind you’ll understand why that reaction from my own girl was so powerful.  To my teenage daughter the strong, smart, empowered women comprising the SCA sailing team are way better than any rock star or celebrity, and for that I’m eternally grateful.  What better role models can a mother ask for than strong women unapologetically pursuing difficult, but fulfilling passions?

My daughter isn’t the only one who looks up to smart women.  I’m constantly in awe of the women in my life who light it up in political arenas, boardrooms, school PTA’s, churches, and as … >> 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!

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Organizing Your House Week Four

Let’s clean house!

Okay.  Maybe we don’t have to do clean so much as we have to organize.  And when I say ‘we‘ I mean ‘me‘.  And also, probably, definitely there will be some cleaning involved.

Still with me?

Organizing Your House Nothing is safe in my house anymore.  If things aren’t nailed down, and frankly even if they are, they go straight to the donate + / or recycling bins.  I just don’t have it in me to keep crap around the house; I want it all GONE yesterday.

Let’s get back in the game.  Where were we?  We stopped at Organizing Your House Week Three, wherein we organized a bathroom cabinet / drawer / cupboard and this week we’re organizing the spot next to your bed.  Or your whole bedroom, whatever makes you happy.

 

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The side of my bed is always a virtual landmine of stuff.  Lotion, medicine bottles, 7 kinds of headphones, cough drops, gum, at least 3 different lip balms, blank notepads and notebooks, 75 million pens (approx.) and books, books, booooooooks.  I tidy my side of the bed regularly, but it always piles back up to a huge stack of … >> 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!

Orange Cream Smoothie Recipe Just For You

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Today we’re talking orange cream smoothies.  Because I love you.  Because citrus is delightful.  Because we all know orange creamies are the best, so it only follows that orange cream smoothies are a dream.

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We’ll get to the recipe in a second, but let’s start at the beginning of the story.

This week I went to Kohl’s to buy myself a Mother’s Day present.  Because if I’ve learned anything in life so far it’s this: sometimes you have to make your own dreams come true.  I didn’t know exactly what my dreams were for Mother’s Day, but I did spend a good long time wandering around Kohl’s thinking about it.

I flirted with some gorgeous flowy summer dresses, made heavy eye contact with a pair of suede loafers in the shoe department, tried out nearly every perfume in cosmetics, and had a hot and heavy affair with a delicate, stunning diamond eternity band.  But in the end, I came home with a new Ninja Blender.

 

Orange cream smoothie

It’s not terribly sexy, a … >> 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!

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