Natural Deodorants: The Truth About If They Work

Natural deodorants: here’s my truth about my year-long experiment with aluminum-free deodorants.

 

natural deodorants

Guys.  We need to talk about natural deodorant. It’s a thing.  And there’s a lot of kerfuffle about whether or not natural deodorants work.  I’m sure you’ve read about how terrible regular deodorants are. How your aunt’s mom’s sister got breast cancer from using deodorant with aluminum.

I’m not here to dispute any of the aluminum arguments.  I’ve read all the research.  Aluminum isn’t awesome for you to ingest or apply topically, or to absorb into your skin.  It’s aluminum.

HOWEVER.  Some of us sweat like banshees.  Some of us being me, and me, and me.  Like ugly crying, but from my sweat glands.

 

soapwalla deodorant

So.  About a year ago I ended up in bed for a month with a life-threatening Lupus flare-up.  It was really bad. And the long and short of it is that my body basically reset itself while I was down.  I hardly ate, or opened my eyes for that matter, for a whole month, and of course, I didn’t wear deodorant.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Living In The Third Largest Slum In The World

Living In The Third Largest Slum In The World

A slum is defined as a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people.  If you’ve never visited such a place, then I’m sure the word “slum” conjures up all sorts of images from noise to filth. While there is merit in those thoughts, it would be ashamed to stop there, because you would be missing the greatest asset that gives life to such a place, and that’s the people.

Kids In Slum

I recently returned from my third trip to Kenya, a land that I love dearly. Each time I’ve visited Kibera, the third largest slum in the world nestled 5 kilometers from Nairobi’s city center. Two of those visits I actually lived in the slum. It proved to be a rich experience, because it gave me a taste, a glimpse, of what life is like in a place that is so foreign to my upbringing. It’s noisy. It’s dirty. It’s hard, but the people are gold. Their smiles and warmth melt away the rough edges of life in a place marked by hardship.

Getting Gas

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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.

Easter Ideas Round Up

Easter Ideas Round-UpIt doesn’t feel like Spring quite yet around these parts, but it’s coming. I can feel it. It’s coming, and I for one, am ready to brighten things up around here and turn my thoughts toward Easter. Bright colors, fun crafts, beautiful desserts, fresh decor are all on my mind right now. Maybe I’ll start with one of these wonderful ideas from our archives, plus a link to a beautiful free download that’s just too pretty to resist.  Everything here is completely within reach and something to look forward to every year.

These little animal silhouette easter eggs are easy and obviously adorable. Kids will love this.

Animal Easter Eggs

If brunch is in your special plans, this frittata is an excellent choice. And there’s bacon.

Easter Brunch Frittata

You know you want some gorgeous printables from Just The Bees Knees.  They are absolute perfection.

Easter Watercolor Print

For dessert, this carrot cake is positively divine. Like, for reals. Pineapple, a glaze, and cream cheese frosting send it over the top. Easter Carrot Cake

 

Try your hand at these stunning Ukrainian Easter Eggs, for the adventurous crafter. You’ll love making these.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

 

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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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Oscar Night Fashion Favorites

oscars imageIt’s true I pay far more attention to the Oscars red carpet than I do to the actual show. I’m sure it was great, and I’m sure all the films represented are great, (my husband insists The Revenant is the most incredible film he’s seen) but I really just love the gowns and accessories and the handsome gents in their tuxedos and 3 piece suits. I mean, even Sylvester Stallone looks suave in a tux. A navy blue one at that. And Eddie Redmayne in a velvet jacket? Mmmmmmm. But back to the dresses. Though there were a few questionable Oscar looks last night, we’ll skip over those without naming names (Heidi Klum), and just talk about our very favorite Oscar night fashions.

oscars jennifer garner

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Jennifer Garner. Forget that she’s wearing basic black. Her look is beautiful and classic.  The slightly asymmetrical neckline, echoed in the back as well, the draping at the skirt, the beading on the bodice, and the hidden slit all make for a classy, sophisticated, stunning look.  Her soft makeup (smokey eye + nude lips) and relaxed up-do with fab earrings and cuff bracelets? Can’t go wrong with any of it. Safe, maybe, but she looks confident and incredible.

oscars sofia vergara

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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.

An Inspirational Motivational Quote For Your Week

Motivational quote time!

This week’s Quote Of The Week is from one of my personal favorites, Michael Phelps.  It kind of goes without saying that if you have a swimmer in the house, Michael Phelps is a huge inspiration.  Even if you’re not a swimmer or a swim fan, it’s hard not to be impressed with Michael Phelps.

Would you like to know something about Mr. Phelps?  In all his years of training, he only missed swim practice TWICE.  Once because he had his wisdom teeth removed, and another because he was snowed in and couldn’t get to the pool.  I don’t care who you are, that’s amazing.  I can barely drag myself on a walk around my neighborhood a few days a week.

Here’s an inspirational, motivational quote from Michael to help you on your way to achieving your dreams:

 

Motivational quote

 An Inspirational Motivational Quote For Your Week

So many people along the way,
whatever it is you aspire to do,
will tell you that it can’t be done.
But all it takes is imagination.
You dream.
You plan.
You reach. 
There will be obstacles.
There will be doubters.
There will be mistakes.
But with hard work,

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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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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12 Favorite Shows To Watch As A Family

What are your favorite shows to watch as a family?  We have quite a few, actually.  In fact, we’ve started instituting Family Movie Night every Sunday night after dinner.  I make a big, special dinner (including homemade dinner rolls) topped off with a tasty dessert like chocolate cake, or homemade apple pie with ice cream (that’s what we had last Sunday).  The idea is to make family time that’s separate and more special than the hurry-up-crazy we push through the of the rest of the week, and it’s so much fun.

 

favorite family shows to watch

 

We have a lot of favorite shows as a family, but we’re trying to branch out, watching something new every week.  Right now we’re working our way through the Disney classics, many of which my youngest has never seen.  Crazy!

Anyway, here’s a list of 12 Of Our Favorite Shows To Watch As A Family:

 

For Younger Kids

The Emperor’s New Groove -G

Hilarious movie about a selfish emperor and his royal sidekicks on adventures through the kingdom as the emperor learns to be more kind.

Chicken Run -G

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Easy + Delicious Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Chicken salad sandwiches are for dinner at my house tonight, so I thought I’d share my recipe for you to enjoy.  This is one of my favorite quick + easy recipes for dinner, and it’s one my kids always love.  The best part is that most of the prep for this chicken salad happens in the crock pot while you’re at work / painting your nails / sleeping / at school / watching TV.

It’s amazing.

Don’t you love crock pots?  They’re miracles for all kinds of things, including hot chocolate bars and leftover Thanksgiving turkey reboots.  And of course, shredded chicken for chicken salad croissant sandwiches.

 

easy chicken salad sandwich recipe

First, season the chicken breasts and put in the crock pot set to high for 5 hours, or on low for 7 hours.

 

chicken salad sandwich

Once the chicken is cooking in the crock pot you can start prepping the rest of the salad.  Chop the grapes, the almonds, and all the vegetables and set aside.

 

chicken salad sandwich recipe

Mix together the Greek yogurt and some seasoning salt (seriously, skip the mayo, no one will even notice!) and then add the grapes and the veggies.  Put the whole mix in the fridge and go find … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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Make It: Relaxing Homemade Lavender Bath Salt Recipe

Lavender bath salt: let’s make some!

 

make it lavender bath salt

Guys, we’re all in need of a little relaxing spa time aren’t we?  I am.  For sure I am.  If you ever want a spa buddy, I’m your girl.  But it’s not always in the budget to pop off to a spa, so we make do with what we’ve got.  Which in my case is to lock my bedroom door, barricading myself in my bathroom for a little “me” time.

 

lavender bath salt how to

Let’s be honest, my kids always pick the lock and harass me when I try to have a little alone time escape them, but I’ve gotten pretty good at blocking them out.  The smell of lavender is pretty good at masking the sounds of whiny children.  Swearsies.  If you don’t believe me, go make some lavender salt scrub.  It’s the business.

 

make it lavender bath salt

But if you don’t want a salt scrub, a nice soaking bath with lavender bath salt is the perfect alternative.  It has the relaxing properties of lavender, the detoxing stuff from Epsom salts, and the skin softening from baking soda.

In other words, perfection.

 

lavender bath salt recipe

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Grammy Red Carpet Looks 2016 Favorite Looks

The Grammy red carpet looks last night for the 2016 Grammy’s were, well, mostly boring, with a few exceptions.  Some of the red carpet looks were a little more bold than the Golden Globes, thank the heavens above, but mostly chill.  Should we talk about what we loved?  I think so.

 

adele red carpet grammys 2016

I know Adele’s sound was hijacked by a rogue mic falling on a piano (at least that’s what everyone is saying on Twitter), but I don’t even care.  It’s Adele, and girlfriend can do no wrong.  Plus, let’s talk about her dress.  I really liked it on her, a lot.  Adele usually wears more flouncy stuff, but I’m a huge fan of the form fitting, black sparkly, 3/4 sleeve dress she wore for this year’s Grammy awards.  It looked great on her with her new “mum bob” and minimalist jewelry.

 

Taylor Swift Grammys red capret 2016

Love her, hate her, Taylor Swift looked fabulous on the red carpet last night.  I really like that she dressed her age, and I’m a huge fan of the flouncy hot pink skirt.  Foxy.

 

Bonnie McKee Grammys Red Carpet 2016

 

If Bonnie McKee had boring hair this tuxedo might not have looked as awesome as it did, but with hot … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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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