Chocolate Loving + The Month Of Thanksgiving

Are you chocolate bingeing right now?  I’m not judging, I just want to know who else is sitting in their fat pants today.  Because I’m definitely wearing elastic waistbands all week while I sweat off all the delicious Halloween candy / chocolate I can’t stop double fisting eating.


Chocolate Loving and The Month Of Thanksgiving

Was Halloween as fun for you as it was for us?  I love having a teenager on Halloween so much, I can’t even tell you.   My girl is a riot.  Part of it is that is that she invents and designs and sews her own costumes.  Part of it is watching her get inspired and excited about ideas.  And I’ll be really honest, part of it, a huge part, is that I don’t have to have anything to do with it.

Sofie’s costume for all her random school musical performances over the last few weeks was been Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, but the costume she really put time and energy into building from scratch is the one in the photo above: Nyan Cat, (thank heaven for soundless costumes).

Anyway, we had a fabulous holiday and yesterday we celebrated Sofie’s 16th birthday.  16!!!!!!!!!!!  Shhhhh, I’m over it already (*SOB*).  I’ve been face down in a bowl of Halloween chocolate all weekend to drown my sorrows.  No bigs.

Chocolate Loving and The Month Of Thanksgiving

Speaking of which, if you need to re-purpose some of your Halloween chocolate, this Peanut Butter and Chocolate Candy Bar Trifle recipe is just the ticket.  Seriously delicious and if you hide the wrappers, no one will even know you stole your children’s candy to make it happen.


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In other news, the best thing about celebrating Halloween is that it leads immediately into not only Sofie’s birthday celebrations (SOB!) but the month of November / Thanksgiving.  There’s really no better way to get over yourself and your fat pants than thinking about and celebrating all the things you’re grateful for.  It’s time to start planning for your Thanksgiving dinner, and I’m giving you a head-start with some darling decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner table.  Aren’t these pumpkins from Oleander and Palm the most fabulous of all?  I love the modern nod to Thanksgiving, like, a lot.  It’s never too early to get started, guys, for real.  Let’s eliminate the stress this year, shall we?

Happy post Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving friends! I’m clinking my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to yours.  *cheers*

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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!


  1. Carol :

    I love Sofie’s costume. What is it about our oldest turning 16 that just causes heart attacks for us moms? My oldest just turned 17 (!) and my second oldest turns 16 in a month. That one scares me because he’s really interested in girls and getting his license. Heaven help us all.

    • Allison :

      16 is just such a milestone, isn’t it? It just feels like adulthood is LOOMING all of a sudden! Freaks me right on out. Congrats on a 16 AND 17 year old! eep!