Year: 2008

Let’s talk more baby stuff…

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Really, who doesn’t love to gush and coo over baby things? Because, when it comes to baby things, they can never be too soft or too cute, like those found at West Coast Baby. Based in Vancouver, B.C., and founded by mommies (naturally), their designs are simple, darling, comfy, cozy, sweet. Loving everything in their collection, particularly their layette. You’ll be so happy to get your next baby shower invitation, because you’ll be dying to give something from West Coast Baby. My favorite: infant kimono wraps, a stylish take on the oh-so-functional infant gown. Modern, very soft, a wee bit stretchy, and ideal for those first newborn weeks when diapering is a very frequent occurrence and quick access is critical. (Alma, take note!) It’s just right. 

Blue Lagoon Kimono Wrap, $24.95
Another pick? The Kimono PJs. The hip kimono styling is ultra functional, and the prints in this collection are irresistible. Betcha can’t pick a favorite from these soft, custom made cuties. Wouldn’t you love to see these in your own size? I know I would. 
 

Ginger Kimono PJs, $54.95

West Coast Baby is currently offering 20% off all purchases for a limited time. 

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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.

holiday entertainment.

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I’m still here. Barely. There was so much to-do-ing about Christmas this year that I’m taking a little bit of time to just relax and enjoy the holiday. My kids are still out of school, and my husband {miracle of miracles!} is still off work, so we are just hanging out doing puzzles, sledding, drinking hot cocoa, sledding, eating leftover sweets, skiing, sledding, and watching a lot of good movies.


Speaking of which, P went to see Bedtime Stories {love, love, loved it!}, while Viktor and I have been hanging out at home watching DVD’s we got for Christmas. I can’t get enough of the awesomeness that is Flight of the Conchords {thanks Burr!}


and Mad Men {it took a bit, what with the blatant sexism and all, but it’s growing on me}.


Also, I’ve been watching dvd’s of Masterpiece Theater classics {think: Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility} like it’s going out of style. Which reminds me that this is about the time of year I want to hole up with some hot cocoa and a knitting project in front of Masterpiece Theater. Round the clock. That isn’t totally realistic, so I’ll settle for once a week >> find out more…

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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!

Still Waiting

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It’s me here—Alma—and I’m still waiting for the baby to come. I’m at 39 weeks and for some reason I really thought that he’d come before now. Probably I felt that Murphy’s Law would have him come on Christmas. He didn’t! And I even went on a walk through a foot of snow on Christmas night to see if I could put myself into early labor (or really to bring down my blood sugars after Christmas dinner because I have gestational diabetes) and he still hasn’t come!

At least I feel prepared on the home front. After last writing about baby preparation, I went out immediately and bought all (most) of the items on the lists that I linked to, plus all (most) of the items that you recommended, too! Thanks so much for your help!

I thought today I’d show you my nursery progress. It’s funny that I’ve put so much effort and emphasis on getting this room all ready when really, he’ll be sleeping in our room for a while in a bassinet. Oh well. This room will at least be ready for feedings and diaper changes and for accommodating my mom who will be staying with us … >> find out more…

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Alma

recipes for christmas eve.

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We have a myriad of traditions on for Christmas, the majority of which take place on Christmas Eve. My husband is from Warsaw, Poland {for those of you who haven’t heard me mention that 18 times already} and we like to follow his Polish traditions for Christmas Eve {Wigilia} and my American ones on Christmas Day.

The biggest thing about Christmas Eve, for the kids anyway, is that we open all the gifts that night. That’s the grand culmination of the day though, and not the most important part by a long shot. Food is the central theme; we basically eat from sunup to sundown, and beyond. Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal in Poland. It’s a really big meal, something like 11 courses. We have yet to attempt all the courses ourselves {my mother-in-law does it} but we just make a sampling of what we like.

We start the day with just a nice breakfast, which Viktor makes. Today it was oven-baked French Toast, {yum!} but it doesn’t really matter just as long as we’re eating. We eat before we start cooking, and eat while we’re cooking, and cook while we’re eating. You get the >> find out more…

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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!

On this Christmas Eve

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enjoy hot cocoa while watching a beloved Christmas movie. cozy up with little ones and a beloved Christmas story. sing favorite Christmas songs.  wrap packages in pretty ribbon.  eat and enjoy and think naught of calories. hang your stocking with care. love & laugh & reminisce. celebrate. travel safely. listen for sleigh bells. remember what matters.
Merry Christmas!

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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.

how to: ingredients for making reindeer food.

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One of the most important Christmas traditions at our house for is making reindeer food. We leave cookies and milk every year for Santa, so why would we forget the reindeer? We make up a batch for the reindeer that will come to our house, then mix up a bit extra to give to the kids’ friends. You can vary the recipe however you want but don’t forget the glitter, that’s the most important part. If you don’t add that how will Rudolph ever find the food in the snow?

Reindeer Food Recipe:

3 C. Oats
5 T. Glitter {we use Red & Green typically}


Pour 3/4 cup Reindeer Food into cellophane baggies, tie with ribbon, and attach this poem:

Inside this special package is a treat
but not for you!
It contains magical reindeer food
and here is what you do.
Sprinkle this magical reindeer food
carefully on the ground.
And tonight if you are lucky
Santa’s reindeer will come around.
But here’s a secret I have to tell,
one you must try to keep.
That Santa’s reindeer only come
when you are fast asleep.
So quickly put your jammies on
and get a story read,
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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!

track santa with norad.

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We love to track Santa Claus every year with NORAD {the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace and maritime defense of the United States and Canada.}

Check up every few hours to see which kids all over the world are lucky enough to have been visited by Santa already! He’s really busy on Christmas Eve and you can watch his sleigh in Google Earth 3-D; It’s really magical.

{photo via NORAD}.

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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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giveaway winners list!

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Here are the winners. Thank you to Excite Books, Family Talk, The Young Scientists Club, Nankeen, Snorg Tees, Macy’s, Jishaku, and The Peanut Shell! These giveaways have been so much fun, I’ve loved reading your comments. I still have a few giveaways left but I’m going to leave them for January. My kids are wrapped around my legs, just waiting for me to get off the computer and start Christmas already! Thanks for entering the contests, get in touch with me if you’ve won, and Happy Holidays!


The winner of the Excite Books Giveaway is
JamericanSpice:

Wow. I love books. I’m a bookworm! This would be soooo cool!


The Young Scientists Club Giveaway Winner is donna444444:

I like the volcanoes.


The Macy’s Gift Card Giveaway Winner is Belinda:

I’m going to be honest – this Macy’s GC would be for me, me, me!



The
Snorg Tee Giveaway Winner is Emily:

I think the “Pi be rational” shirt is hilarious. My dad would love that one.


The Jishaku Game Giveaway Winner is {littlefam}:

we are the game people! this would be awesome!



The Family Talk Game Giveaway Winner is Poulsen Family


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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!

holiday card.

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Since my holiday cards are still sitting on my desk unaddressed, unstamped, and unmailed, I thought I’d post it for all of you. That way I don’t feel quite so guilty for not getting it all done this year. Thanks for all your support of Petit Elefant this year; I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings! Happy Holidays!

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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!