Cleanse Your Face and Cleanse Your Life

My face has endured a fair amount of abuse in its 37 years on the planet, some of which has even been caused by me. I had gorgeous skin as a child and teenager, and like most gifts, I took it for granted until the day it turned on me in my late 20’s.

It happens all the time.

And now, as a conscientious nearly-40-year-old woman, I’m doing a lot of work not only to cleanse my face, but to cleanse my life as well. I really, truly believe the two go hand-in-hand. Eating good things and living a clean and simple life makes for a good face, from the inside out.

Good face products are pretty key too, so I’m excited to try a 28-day Face Cleanse and share the results with you in a month. Have you ever done this? A lot of us do a nice body cleanse or detox on the regular, but how many of you have ever done a face cleanse? Raise your hands, even though I can’t see you.

I’ll assume you all knew that, because you’re a smart bunch.

But did you know our skin turns over new cells every 28 days? … >> 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!

Sunglasses and Getting the Right Style

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With spring in full force, it’s time to break out your sunglasses. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are created equal. What I mean is, there are certain styles that work better for certain occasions. For instance, you wouldn’t wear your playful retro sunnies to an outdoor wedding ceremony, nor would you wear your seven dollar aviators on your way to an interview. So today we’re going to break down the world of sunglasses so you’ll never have to wonder, “Do these work?” again.

For everyday:

Your everyday shades are the pair of sunnies that fit your face perfectly and give off a more casual vibe. For my oval shape face, aviators are my go-to. You can wear them while running errands, out to brunch, or at a BBQ. They’re your versatile pair that you carry with you at all times. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators!

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For trendy get togethers:

Wearing your new maxi skirt or getting dolled up for a pool party? Now’s the time to break out your fun pair of shades. Go for a retro shape or something with color or texture. These Madewell sunglasses are my must-haves for outdoor get … >> find out more...

Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

Listen To Your Mother Show Info + Tickets

Hello! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day.  I have the quickest ever giveaway and show information for Listen To Your Mother for this week’s show in Utah.

I’ve shared on social media, but I don’t think I’ve officially shared here yet.

A handful of months ago I auditioned an original monologue to be a part of a national show called Listen To Your Mother, and I’m so happy I did because I made the cut and am performing said monologue about motherhood this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah.

 

Listen To Your Mother Show

LTYM: Charleston 2015, photo by Jody Mack Photography

 

You might be asking yourself ‘What on earth is Listen To Your Mother?’  Well, I’ll tell you!  The brainchild of Anne Imig, a brilliant writer + humorist, LTYM is a series of shows across America wherein original monologues about motherhood are performed.  It’s not just for mothers, by mothers, it’s for everyone, by everyone, and is pretty much the coolest show of all time.

One of the women performing with me this Thursday said she thinks of LTYM like “TED talks for motherhood”, which is spot on.  The stories performed are thought … >> 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!

Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere

Everywhere I look, women are doing something awesome. I mean well and truly cool, inspiring, life changing kinds of things.

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It’s no secret I think women are amazing. I talk often about my phenomenally fierce mother and grandmother, and my posse of talented and strong girlfriends. Women rule, the end.

I love dudes too, don’t get me wrong. I’m married to the coolest guy I know, and my own father and brothers are great guys. But today we’re talking about the power of girls, because make no mistake, girls are getting it done.

And by ‘it’, I mean everything.

amazing women are absolutely everywhere

For example, last week I went to hear a friend of mine speak at a conference for women, and learned a bit about her vast educational knowledge of The Classics, Greek + Latin histories and their languages. This friend is an unassuming, hilarious and slightly snarky (the very best kind of friend) fellow swim mom you’d never guess from afar is actually one of the brightest minds of her generation. She’s a former Rhodes Scholar who studied at Oxford, lived in Germany for nearly two years as a missionary for her church, completed a PhD in the Classics at U.C. Berkeley … >> 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!

Zucchini-Pesto Quesadillas for Summer

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Zucchini are by far one of the most versatile veggies, and their peak season goes from June through late August – so, now is the time to stockpile zucchini recipes (if there ever was a time for that). This is one of my favorite summer recipes for enjoying the lovely, green, balloon-shaped goodness.

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Ingredients (to make about 14 quesadillas):

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • ½ a medium yellow onion
  • 1 Tb. butter or olive oil
  • 8 to 10 oz. goat cheese
  • 14 flour tortillas (or corn if you prefer)
  • Pesto spread
Goat cheese for quesadillas

Pesto spread ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan

*Optional ranch dressing for dipping/drizzling:

  • 1½ Tb. Hidden Valley ranch mix
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of milk
Zucchini Pest Quesadillas

First, if you’d like the ranch dressing to dip the quesadillas in or drizzle inside, mix that first. The dressing needs to sit in the fridge for about a half hour, to thicken. I like to make the dressing because many of my customers (family) enjoy it, but the quesadillas are creamy and substantial enough without it.

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Next, I blend the pesto. Simply put all of the pesto ingredients in … >> 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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Let's Talk About Snakes

About a year ago, one of my good friends and I were dreaming about her and her daughter traveling to South Africa one day to visit us. She said, “Can you promise me that I won’t see a snake?” Uh, negatory. First of all, what is it with people associating Africa with snakes? They don’t just dwell on the African plains. North America is home to rattlesnakes, something you don’t want to have an encounter with. Unfortunately, this post isn’t going to help any preconceived ideas about Africa.

SnakesLet’s just talk about snakes.

I moved to South Africa in 2007. I had been on numerous trips prior to moving there, but my first month was quite the experience. My whole family, with the exception of my son, got bit by a mango fly which burrowed its larvae into our skin. Gross, I know. A monkey was found perched on the door to our security gate in our kitchen, probably looking for food, because that’s what those annoying vervet monkeys do. And then there was the snake. I’ll never forget it. I walked into our bathroom to see something curled up in the window. At the sound of my intrusion, it … >> 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.

Must Read – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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I’ve love to read.  I told you last week just how much I love reading.  It’s a huge part of my life.

I’ve always read.  In fact, I don’t remember not reading, although because of my education, I’m told I didn’t read in English until after the 3rd grade.  I was in a Spanish-Immersion program throughout Elementary School.  All day, every day, from the time I was 5 years old, I was completely immersed in Spanish in my classroom.  Every subject from Math to History to Geography was taught in Spanish.  It’s one of the happiest circumstances of my life, both the fact that Spanish is imprinted on my brain matter as a language as much as a memory, and the kids who were in my Spanish Immersion program with me.  We’re still friends, to this day, and they’re some of the most interesting and accomplished humans on the planet.  And my guess is that most of them, if not all, are voracious readers.

All of that is neither here nor there, but it’s something.

Jonathan Safran Foer

The bottom line is that reading, for me, a very happy thing.  I collect books the way some people collect shoes.  Wait, I … >> 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!

Thank You For Being Awesome

THANK YOU.

Thank You For Being Awesome

Seriously, thank you the most.  From the deepest place in my heart, thank you.  It’s a bit scary to put yourself out there, really super out there, like I did last week when I wrote about how I’m figuring out the purpose of life.  Being vulnerable is awesome, and also terrifying, but you made it terrifyingly awesome by your response to me opening up.

Thank you for all the texts, comments, and emails about how that post resonated with you. You’re pretty much the best. Of all time.

SO MANY of you are where I am right now: sick of being overstimulated and exhausted, led around by the collar on the leash of our fabulous new electronic age.  It was super reassuring to hear from those of you who feel this stress and want to do something about it. Because we can.  Do something about it, that is.

I’m super stoked to tell you my life is less and less stressful, and more purposeful and happier every day.  I’ll totally share with you the things I’m doing to make it so.  It’s super easy and hard at the same time, and my life is so much … >> 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!

Epic Lip Sync Battles Are My Guilty Pleasure

I’ll just put this out there: epic lip sync battles are my new guilty pleasure. In case you aren’t familiar with this viral sensation, they started out as a segment on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and have since exceeded all expectations. Guests like Will Ferrel, Blake Shelton, and Emma Stone brought down the house, as does Jimmy Fallon himself on more than one occasion. Seriously guys, it’s some pretty hysterically funny stuff. Emma Stone kills it in this episode here, but the Will Ferrel and Kevin Hart episode was also a riot.

And it just got better. Jimmy pitched his idea for an entire show just for lip sync battles, and NBC rejected it. Spike TV however (I know, I know) has taken it up and I can’t stop watching. Please don’t judge me. LL Cool J is the host, Chrissy Teigen is the eye candy, and the contestants are tearing it up. Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt! Dwaye Johnson (“The Rock”) vs. Jimmy Fallon!  I can’t decide if it’s comedy or talent show, but I don’t really care. It’s one show my husband and I pull up via our streaming service and binge on together, without thinking … >> 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.

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