Month: November 2008

Muji

Another find via OhDeeDo is  UK Based website Muji (there are a limited number of stores overseas) offering goodies from the famed modern Muji line of gifts and household items. I can see why people are talking about it—their assortment of wooden toys and playsets is irresistible. Some of my picks: 
even little gondolas!

mysteries of the world like Stonehenge and Lochness monster 
an adorable mini bowling set
note: 5.95 British is equal to about $9 US currency
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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.

as promised, the giveaway winner.

and the winner is….

Rynell

Congratulations Rynell. Get in touch with me as soon as possible so I can get the gift card out to you. A big thanks to Build-A-Bear and to everyone who entered. We have a lot of fun giveaways lined up in the immediate future so STAY TUNED!

As always, if I don’t hear from you within a week a new winner will be chosen, so hurry!

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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!

how to: make a delicious homemade pie crust.

This weekend, Mike and I put together a little video tutorial for you on how to make a pie crust. We wanted to have it up before Thanksgiving. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s a little bit too lengthy, but due to our lack of video editing skills, it’s the best that we could do. We’ll work on acquiring better video editing skills in the future. For now, if you have a good 20 minutes to invest, learn how to make a pie crust!

When I was 17, I was lucky enough to have my grandparents living in our home. They had a downstairs apartment. My dad told me that it was time I learned how to make a pie from my grandma, and sent me downstairs for instructions. Grandma taught me her technique. The next Wednesday, I was doing homework in my room. My dad came and found me and said, “Alma. What are you doing?” I said, “I am doing my homework.” He said, “It’s Wednesday. Wednesday is pie night. You should be making pies.” I told him, “I’m doing my homework.” The next week, he came and found me again and asked, “Alma. What … >> find out more…

Alma

recipe for homemade pumpkin apple muffins.

Seems the season is ripe for sharing, and I promise this one is a keeper. And just right for Thanksgiving morning,  when you most definitely need sustenance to see you through to the big meal, but you most definitely don’t want anything heavy. Must save room for stuffing and pie! These are perfect for house guests–make a day or two ahead then allow guests to help themselves to muffins and juice or milk. I had a lovely roommate in college named Meadow (Meadow, are you out there somewhere?) who made these muffins, perfectly befitting her wholesome-vegetarian-mountain-biking style. She didn’t skimp at all on these, and they are delicious.  I don’t even butter mine, they are that good.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins
2 1/2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. orange zest
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 c.canned pumpkin
1 c. chopped apples (McInstosh, Granny Smith)
Streusel Topping
4 tsp. butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. flour

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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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p.s. the twilight soundtrack.

{image via Barnes & Noble}.

I promise I won’t beat the Twilight drum all day, but I forgot to mention that I love the playlist Stephenie Meyer compiled as her idea of the movie soundtrack, it was perfect. And even though the movie soundtrack doesn’t match her playlist, it did a great job portraying the emotions of the film. So, if anyone wants to send me an iTunes gift card or the Twilight Soundtrack please feel free, Christmas is just around the corner. In the meantime, enjoy my mix tape of Stephenie’s playlist.


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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!

twilight movie review.

I’ve been a Twilight fan from the beginning, through controversy and all, {and by the way enjoying them doesn’t make me any less of an intellectual, I take issue with that} and I love the whole series, even {gasp, sigh!} Breaking Dawn. I was one of those crazy people who went with a group of girlfriends last night to the Midnight showing of the movie adaptation of Twilight. I’m not going to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen it, but for those of you who have: spill. I want to know what you think. All of you, good, bad, or otherwise.


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!

Free Advent Calendar Download!


As my Christmas gift to you this year, I have decided to create a customizable paper advent calendar that you can download for free! This calendar is one part freebie and one part craft! (Meaning that it’s not as easy as downloading and printing—some assembly is required!)


Because my baby could be born in December, a lot of people have commented that my poor son might have a December birthday! But as a December baby myself, I know that mothers and families can do a great job of making a December baby feel special. My mom did a great job, and apparently I looked forward to December every year as the “present month.”

Part of what made my birthday so special was our Christmas advent calendar. My mother had made (or bought?) a craft at some point that allowed you to put in a slip of paper with an activity for each day leading up to Christmas. I remember that December 1st was always “make a paper chain for the days till Christmas.” Other activities included getting and decorating the Christmas tree, making gingerbread houses, watching “A Christmas Carol,” and driving around to see the Christmas lights. And December 10th … >> find out more…

Alma

cool modern growth chart.

As I child, I lived next door to a nice older couple that loved for my sis and I to pay little visits. At least they pretended to love it and made us feel important. They had a narrow section of wall where they had marked in pencil the growth of their own children. We loved that they obliged us in marking our growth, too. They wrote on the wall, for goodness sake! We definitely didn’t get to do that in our own living room.

Now I can show my little guy just how fast he really grows–and spare my walls–with these snazzy height charts from Australian Kideko. You’ve probably seen their fun and spunky bedding collections around blog land–darling, perfect for the in-between-stages modern kid. The coordinating charts are bold, lightweight, durable, and include plenty of lines for measuring growth. Happy green monsters, sunshine-y giant numbers, or love-able hearts.

Kideko Height Charts, $28

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.

decorating ideas for a kids room.


Megan, the genius behind Beach Bungalow 8 {one of my favorite daily reads} is redoing one of her kidlets bedrooms, and she posted some of her dreamy bedroom ideas on her site. The photo above is how the bedroom currently looks, {I love it!} below are a few photos of what she’d like it to look like.




What do you think? I’m in the process of picking paint color for my family room. Tan is far too boring for my taste and it’s time to switch it up a little. My current swatches are fun blues, greens and yellows. What do you like? What kind of decorating have you done in your home? Bold & daring, or do you keep it neutral? I’d love to hear!! I need some inspiration.

{all images via Beach Bungalow 8}.

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!