Month: August 2008

flashcards.

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My little one really enjoys flash cards–we’re working on the ABCs right now. While I love the idea (a great learning tool!), I’ve often wished the images had more significance to him.

Enter Goosie Cards, created by clever mom Jennifer Marchetti to enrich her own baby’s learning process. They are large, colorful, and sturdy, having thus far withstood the hands of my monster, I mean toddler.  The best part: you can custom design your own cards with your very own photos. As Jennifer says: “You can make a special set of flash cards that stars each member of the family to teach your child who’s who or maybe their own set of  personal ABCs to teach them every letter in the alphabet from their own point of view…like M is for Mommy.” Naturally.
The process is simple: log in, upload your photos, and presto! Your cards are shipped out 3 days later.  Very slick. You can even select from their original sets for ABCs, Sign Language or Favorite Foods, among others. All with clear, bright images that great teaching and bonding tools for your little one.

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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.

oompa backpack GIVEAWAY winner.

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I know it’s taken me all day to get it up, but here is the winner of the Oompa Backpack Giveaway:

comment #195, Terry Fisher


Terri, get in touch with me as soon as possible with your mailing address so we can get the backpack to your son. Thanks to everyone who entered, and as always, stay tuned for more fun giveaway love.

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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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Love to Nie Nie

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Stephanie, of the beloved Nie Nie Dialogues, and her husband  were involved in a horrific plane crash recently. Friends, family and strangers have harnessed the power of the internet and the blogosphere to do them a good turn, as their recovery will be long, arduous, and extremely costly. Learn about Stephanie, Christian and the crash here.

Gracious Design Mom has instituted today, Thursday,  August 28th 
Nie Nie Day.
She and several other thoughtful blogging mommies (like this one and these) are hosting auctions, with all proceeds benefitting Stephanie and Christian in their mighty battle. Click on over, won’t you? 
Why help? Stephanie is a woman, a mother, a sister, a friend, a wife, a daughter, a blogger, and inspiration to so many. Simply, she’s just like you.  Never underestimate the power of kindness multiplied by the internet. 

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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.

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mom calendar.

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Part of my whole back-to-school ritual every year is to get a {big} new calendar for the school year. The moment the paperwork from school {and a myriad of extracurricular activities} starts flowing through the front door like a tidal wave, I write it all down on a master calendar. That way I’m not surprised in October when I’m expected to bring treats for sixteen preschoolers, and that come November I’m the head mom for the 3rd grade Thanksgiving Feast.

16″ x 19″
{via Time Too}.

I’ve tried several wall and desk calendars and am impressed with calendars from Time Too. Perhaps it’s because the creator of the Time Too product line Catherine Nunes, is the mother of four daughters and knows all too well how critical it is to be well organized during the school year. The calendar is huge, so there’s room to fit in all the family’s activities with additional room on the bottom for extra notes and special dates. Go get yourselves organized already.

Printed on 100% recycled, forest friendly, chlorine free paper.

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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!

unique russian matryoshka dolls.

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Inga, (burgundy), $25
Oksana (blue), $25

There’s something so enchanting about traditional Matryoshka dolls. I’m rather fond of these soft, limited edition, hand-crafted beauties. Quiet Hours Toys (discovered via Design Mom) is an on-line shop featuring limited-edition, handcrafted children’s items. These sweet one-of-a -kind Matryoshka dolls, by Denise Mollison, are just one example of the many treasures you’ll find there. I think they’d make a lovely gift for a lovely little girl. FYI: Items sell out quickly, as nothing is mass-produced but rather skillfully hand-made by a few artisans.

Eloise, $25

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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.

personalized onesies.

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Etsy never ceases to amaze me with its massive amount of talented artisans, and {handmade jig} is a perfect example. I am head over heels for {jig}’s onesies which are each custom made by Alyssa Coberly to your desired specifications. I recently had a custom {jig} onesie made for a dear friend of mine; there were squeals of approval across the room when she opened the gift. They are squeal inducing onesies.

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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!

hair accessories for little girls.

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My eight-year-old daughter P is finally allowing me to style her hair again {I haven’t been in her hair circle of trust since she turned three} and I’m searching high and low for stylish hair accessories to remain in her good graces.

Corrine of C.C. Baby Inc. recently introduced me to her Etsy shop which is full of delightful floral hair accessories for little girls. Corrine started creating after she started a family a few years ago and discovered her love of crafting and I have to say I’m glad because there are few things in the world more charming than a flower in your hair.

Swarovski Studded Hair Clip.
$12.

{via
C.C. Baby Inc.}

Orange Sorbet Hair Flower w/ Matching Headband.
$13.
Go here to check out Corrine’s Etsy shop and here to check out her behind the scenes blog.

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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!

First Aid for Children

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Last week, family friends almost lost their little boy to drowning. When they pulled him out of the water he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. They had just started CPR when a neighbor saw what was going on and rushed over to help. She told the family that they were administering CPR incorrectly because the boy was under five, and she took over. They were able to get the boy breathing again and they rushed him to the hospital. He’s now out of the hospital and back to being an active little boy.

What impressed me about this neighbor was how prepared she was. Her grandchildren come to visit her at her cabin every year, so she takes a CPR refresher course every year. If not for her preparation, my friends might have lost their son.

Even before this happened, I was recently thinking that I have forgotten all the First Aid that I learned when I was in high school. I think that I could successfully perform the Heimlich maneuver on an adult, but that’s about it. My friends’ close call has motivated me to sign up for a First Aid course. They’re pretty easy to find … >> find out more…

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Alma

m. writes

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A big thank you to Marta for guest posting last week on Petit Elefant. Isn’t she great? Best of luck to her as she’s thisclose to delivering her first baby. Follow Marta in all her adventures on m.writes, and Marta good luck, you’re going to make an amazing mama.


{photo via m.writes}

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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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