Sequin Peter Pan Collar DIY

My kids seem to be growing especially fast these days, so when I find a cute tee or dress on sale for a great deal, I usually buy their current size plus the size I know they’ll soon be fitting into. I found some bright neon shirts at Target a while back and bought a few colors, knowing they would be perfect for school and play time for my 9 year old. But when it came time to size up, I thought I’d make the tees a little more unique, and use up some sequins from my hoarded stash supplies. That’s how this sequin tee DIY was born. peter-pan-collar-diy

You may recall I made some cute sequin bracelets a while back? Well, I still have several bags of sequins just hanging around, so inspired by the Crew Cuts catalog which offers a bunch of cute sequined embellished tees for a bajillion dollars, I decided to make my own. I ordered a bottle of glue especially made for this type of DIY, and got to work, creating a couple of cute tee options for my sweet little gal. I decided to start with an easy pattern, this Peter Pan version, and have … >> find out more...

Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

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3 Simple Road Trip Tips Every Family Can Use This Summer

3 Simple Road Trip Tips Every Family Can Use This Summer | Petit Elefant School is almost out for summer, which means parents everywhere are dreaming about hitting the open road with their families in good old fashioned road trip style.

In theory. Because while while road trips might be the carefree calling card of summer, the reality is that being packed in a car with people who have a penchant for repeating “Are we there yet?” every five minutes, while fighting over whose foot is touching whose, can quickly lead to a very special kind of road rage.

The challenge of course, lies in keeping kids engaged, excited and comfortable the whole time – even on the long, potentially boring stretches of road. I’ve found this becomes a lot less difficult when you work with your family’s natural rhythm. That could mean dressing everyone in pajamas for the ride, making frequent stops to stretch and run around along the way, or not even heading out until late in the afternoon so that arrival time equals bedtime.

Here are the 3 most simple, yet most important tips you’ll need this summer, culled from my own childhood road trips, plus sanity savers mastered while traveling with my own family:

3 Simple Road Trip Tips Every Family Can Use This Summer | Petit Elefant

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Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

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Plus Size Dresses Wedding Edition

Plus Sized Wedding AttireIt’s wedding season. While you may be jumping up and down in excitement for your friends who will be tying the knot, you might also be dreading finding something to wear. Never fear! Consider this your guide to plus size dresses wedding edition.

The first step in finding your perfect outfit is to know a little about the wedding. I’ve attended weddings that range from sit-down catered affairs to sitting on hay bales in a grove of trees to a picnic atmosphere were the guests were asked to bring a potluck dish. If you don’t know the couple well enough to know the details, and you can’t deduce them from the invitation, don’t be afraid to ask! The last thing you want is to be the person who shows up in a gauzy skirt and has to sit on itchy hay bales (ahem, speaking from experience).

In general, a dress is appropriate. Any color except white is acceptable, for obvious reasons. However, black and anything that sparkles shouldn’t be worn during the day. Beyond that, the specifics are determined by the time of day and the formality/informality of the event.

Casual Weddings

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Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

5 Austin Food Trucks You Must Try

Warning: Food photography ahead. This post will leave you with your mouth watering while making a mad dash for something delicious.

Austin Food Trucks

On a recent trip to Austin, Texas, my goal was to eat every meal at a food truck. It felt like I basically ate my way through Austin. I’m pretty sure I gained an extra five pounds, all in the name of blogging, y’all. And eating.

While this is, by no means, an extensive review or round-up of Austin food trucks, it is a glimpse of some awesome meals on wheels that you might want to check out next time you’re in the capital of Tejas. Which, by the way, is a fantastic little city and totally worth a visit. Delicious eats from food trucks make it just a little more awesome. Here’s where we at this time around.

East Side King

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Oh my, this Asian Fusion was SO tasty. My favorites were the fried brussel sprouts and Thai chicken. Be sure to include some beet home fries in your order. No matter your feelings on beets, these things are a unique taste to your palate.

Food truck located at: 1104 East 6th St.

Gourdough’s

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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.

Home Made DIY Reduce Visible Face Pores Recipe

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Your face is pretty important to you, no?  I like mine, even if my neck is starting to betray me by sinking into my chest.  Why didn’t I know about this in my twenties?  If you’re young and hot (which, duh, of course you are!) be kind to your neck.  Wear sunscreen with 100 billion SPF, wear hats everywhere, MOISTURIZE!  Still, we all have to do our part to make sure we have a lovely face to present to ourselves in the mirror every morning, even if some of us *ahem* have sagging necks.  Also one of the best worst things about getting older is the visibility of facial pores.  As in, pores you never knew existed will start to show up all over your adorable mug.  Why?  WHY, Universe, whyyyyyyyyy???

Well, whatever.  I’ve already tried arguing with the skin gods, to no avail.  We’ll just have to take it on our own from here, and of course your ever loyal friend (that would be me) has got your back with a good DIY pore shrinking face mask.  Because there’s nothing more satisfying than a DIY beauty recipe with ingredients from your very own kitchen.  Truly.

So let’s go!

DIY pore shrinking mask

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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!

Half Up Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Half up fish tail braid

If you’ve never tried a fish tail braid before, today’s the day! I think every gal should have one good braid in her hair styling arsenal: French braid, traditional braid or otherwise. Especially because Summer is nearly here with all it’s relaxed styles, balmy afternoons and beachy vibes. And I love it. As you might have guessed, I’m a big fan of simple. Simple hair, simple outfits. I am a mom of two boys and I want to be cute and feminine but I have to be practical as well.

This braided style fits the bill whether you are going for casual or romantic. It’s  a half up fishtail braid that takes 10 minutes, tops, and it’s great for styling quickly when your hair is still wet. Any style that eliminates the hair dryer on a hot day is a keeper in my book.  Let me show you how it’s done!

Fish tail braid half up

Half-up Fishtail Braid

Here are the products I used:

  • Root lifter
  • Mousse
  • Teaser comb
  • Thin hair tie
  • Hair pins if you need them

That’s it! I might even consider the mousse optional, it’s mainly just for extra volume but the braid works without it.

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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.

Travel in Style with 10 Fresh Spring Accessories

Travel in Style with 10 Fresh Spring Accessories | Petit Elefant

Did you know that a few pretty Spring accessories can amp up your travel wardrobe without tipping the baggage scales? Yep. It’s the little things that make all the difference when it comes to traveling in style.

As it is, being part of the jet set comes with its own awesome skill set – understanding middle seat etiquette, getting the most mileage out of that carry-on space, and a carefully curated pile of tried-and-true clothes that don’t require any extra thought when they land in your suitcase.

The downside to being so streamlined however, is the lack of variety. Our favorite pieces don’t always make for the most practical of take-alongs, and packing too many extras could mean less room for treasures picked up along the way. Case in point: If I have to choose between packing tons of extra clothes from home just because and bringing home a gorgeous leather clutch plucked from the shops in and around the Spanish Steps… then I’d definitely rather have the extra room.

Good thing bright and bold accessories are an easy way to give the same old travel staples a pretty refresh perfect for any budget.

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Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

Easy Stylish Summer Outfit for You

Summer is almost here!  Summer is the best time, of all the times in the whole long years in my life.  That whole sentence sounded like gobbledygook which isn’t a real word but spell-check just allowed it, so who am I to judge?

Before we even really get started though, I want to apologize to those of you in the southern hemisphere.  Just bookmark this post and save it for next year, and then when I’m layering and freezing and miserable, you will be able to to giggle and feel superior.

Basically, it’s win-win.

Easy Stylish Summer Outfit

 

Back to the point at hand: SUMMER.  Summer is the greatest season of all (to some) but I find it a bit tricky to dress for.  Fall and Winter are a little easier for style because you just layer, and layer, and throw a scarf on top, and no one will ever even know you’re wearing your pajamas underneath your huge, long woolen coat because of the 15 layers on top.  It’s just the way it is, and there’s no help for it.

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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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Are You Fed Up with Your Diet? 7 Reasons You Should Be

Are You Fed Up with Your Diet

You and I both know a lot about food at this point, don’t we?  Everywhere we turn there’s information about food: calorie counters, ingredient lists, and labels on every processed piece of food we buy but somehow we’re not getting it, because America is just getting sicker every year.  It’s getting bad enough that health insurance companies are investing their money in the stock of fast food companies, just to hedge their bets.  Guys, it’s pretty bad.

FED UP

I just watched the new movie, Fed Up from Laurie David and Katie Couric and I have to tell you it’s enough to scare the sugar straight out of your cupboard.  In fact about 30 minutes in, after frantically taking two and a half full pages of notes, I had to turn the movie off and go to bed just to turn down my anxiety about the whole issue.

There are so many alarming facts and hard science about the food problem in America, it’s almost overwhelming to know where to start, so I’m going to break it down to 7 reasons you should be freaking out about your food right now.

7 Reasons You Should Be Fed Up With Your Diet

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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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