Year: 2011

DIY facial 2 ingredients

DIY facial 2 ingredients

You want a facial. You need a facial. But your wallet is sort of… well… your wallet is a bit of a tightwad; it thinks you need to ease up on the beauty budget a little. Don’t worry, you don’t need to break up with anyone just yet;  I’ve got a cheap fix for your facial needs. You knew I would, I always do. A homemade facial mask using only baking soda and water.  Boom. Step 1: Measure 3 parts…
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Our Costa Rica vacation

costa rica gift of happiness

A few weeks ago I received an email from an ad agency who represents a small Central American country, claiming The Costa Rica Tourism Board had personally selected me, and wanted to send me on a vacation to Costa Rica. I did what anyone would do in the situation.  I sent a snarky email right back, asking about the hidden agenda. There had to be a catch right?  People don’t just call up and offer trips to a gorgeous Central…
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Double dream feet Thursday

Remember the fabulous Double Dream Hands fellow? He’s back better, brighter and smile-yer than ever in Double Dream Feet. Help me Rhonda, I’m so happy. What’s the best thing you’ve seen on YouTube lately?

What’s in your purse series week 72

what's in your purse series

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Kelly.  Thank you. If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom A bottle of Ibuprofen A bottle of Benadryl; I have allergies, I never know when I’ll need it! Eleven condoms (Don’t judge me!) Degree Sexy Intrigue Deodorant…
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A baby born too soon

a baby born too soon

I write a weekly column for BabyCenter‘s Momformation blog, and today I wrote a little something about my dear friend Kami Bigler.  She’s the proud new mother of a micro-preemie baby girl, Afton Jean Bigler, born 2 days ago at the tiny birth-weight of 12.7 ounces.  She was born way too soon. About 3 1/2 months too soon, in fact. Kami and her sweet family can use any and all support you have right now.  If you have any well…
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What I wore Wednesday chandelier earrings

what I wore wednesday fall boots

I’m getting a little better about posting What I Wore Wednesday, but I’m afraid for the next six months all you’ll see is parkas, boots, scarves, and gloves. Starting…right now. New fall boots and a gorgeous winter parka, mixed with a green leather purse. And the chandelier earrings?  I die.  winter parka with faux fur from L.L.Bean chandelier earrings Towne & Reese sunglasses Forever XXI leggings  Yummie Tummie white tee Nordstrom Rack brown lace up boots Botique 9 via Nordstrom…
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gratitude for friends

gratitude for my girlfriends

I am filled to the brim with gratitude every single day I get to wake up alive. Really. I’m grateful for the simple things in life: hot showers, massages, chiropractors, heating pads, indoor gyms, the invention of diet Dr Pepper, pebble ice. I could go on and on about the things I’m grateful for; instead I’m going to focus on one thing: My gratitude for friends. My girlfriends are my lifeblood.  There aren’t enough words in the English language to…
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How to to make less trash and recycle more

How good are you at recycling?  I’m not your mother or your mayor, I’m just asking out of curiosity.

See, at my house we create a lot of trash.  Like, a lot.  And there are only four of us, which makes me wonder about bigger families.

As a kid growing up with 10 of us in the house, we never had enough trash cans for all our garbage.  We spent more than a few Monday mornings {trash day} running the overflow garbage bags all around the neighborhood to see where we could stuff in a few extra.

how to make less garbage

I wish I were kidding, but that’s just the way it was yo.  Being one of 8 kids sometimes meant having to stuff trash bags into the neighbors’ garbage cans on the street.

It’s called sacrifice.

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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!

Muppet nail polish OPI

OPI muppet collection 2011

You know how I feel about OPI.  We’ve discussed this.  My love is as wide as a river, as high as a mountain, all that jazz.  So when I found out two of my lifetime favorites had merged to have a lovechild? ECSTASY. OPI created a Muppet nail polish collection just in time for the holidays, and I can promise you I almost passed out when it showed up in the mail. Rainbow Connection, are you kidding me? I grew…
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