Month: January 2010

winter beard.

I hate facial hair. A lot.



But Viktor’s latest growth has me rethinking things a little. Okay, I think it’s totally sexy, even though it’s red.

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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!

minted valentine cards giveaway $50.

Do you remember how cute my holiday cards were this year? I loved them more than I’ve ever loved Christmas cards, and guess what? Minted, the company that made them, is offering a giveaway for one of you. $50 worth of Valentine Cards for you to hand out as you please to the ones you love.

I’m having a hard time deciding which ones are my favorite, what do you think? Are you stuck on the *I Like You* one? I am. Giveaway details below.

Giveaway Details:

  1. To enter the Minted Valentine Card Giveaway leave a comment on this post.
  2. Leave ONE comment on this post between today and Friday February 5th Midnight, MST.
  3. Link to this post on your own blog (include the url in your comment) and receive an extra entry.
  4. Twitter about this giveaway with a link to this post for another entry.
  5. Become a fan of Petit Elefant on Facebook, and you guessed it smartypants, you get a third chance to win!
  6. Anonymous entries will be ignored, so please include your email with comment.
  7. If you’re selected to win, you have 7 days to claim the prize or it will

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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!

got diapers?

Once upon a time diaper was a diaper was a diaper, all pretty much about the same. Anymore, it seems, the competition is fierce, and the latest innovation is calld Dry Max, by Pampers. You know them because they also make those great swaddling diapers for newborns to ease all that umbilical cord drama.

So these new Dry Max dipes are thinner than other diapers and made with less materials and less packaging. Nice. Also nice, the pricing is the same as current swaddlers and cruisers. These are being launched in tune with the upcoming Winter Olympics (2 more weeks!) which means the new diapers are going to Vancouver with those Team USA athletes toting their wee ones along for the adventure. They are even sending special Team USA-printed versions with the parent-athletes.

Bummer (I couldn’t help myself) that the special Team USA dipes aren’t for sale, but beginning today you can request a free sample pack of the new Dry Max diapers. And if your pack happens to include a Team USA diaper, you win a year’s supply of the new Pampers Dry Max diapers. If you’ve done any diapering, you know that’s a dizzying number (avoiding … >> find out more…

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.

Petit Elefant talks fashion: NBC Studio 5 fashion segment.

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I was on Studio 5 again yesterday, talking about how to dress warmly while still being cute in the Winter. I was way more comfortable this time around, and didn’t flail my arms around quite as much. I still said *fun* a lot, but I guess I must say it a lot in regular conversation.

You can’t win them all.

Go to the Studio 5 website for the full article on what to wear right now. At least if you live where it’s cold, which I do.

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!

mom 2.0

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Have you seen this video from the peeps at Mom 2.0? It didn’t make me cry. Much.

Cannot wait to head to Houston for this conference, {where I’m speaking, squeeeeeee} next month. If you aren’t signed up yet, you really need to get on that.

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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!

handmade valentine cards.

I decided the other night, when I saw the dismal array of Valentines at the store, we were going to make our own this year. Both Charming and Precocious were totally on board and let me boss them around with the details.


I decided the best route would be to use my fabulous Cricut machine to do the dirty work for me, leaving me only to assemble and glue the pieces together. I kind of love the result.

I cut out little tags {isn’t the paper wicked cute?} and pieced together red rectangle centers where the kids can write Valentine sentiments along with their names.

Like so.

Just a dab of Elmer’s on each corner and we were ready to rock and roll.

I thought they needed a little more gussying up so I cut out some purple hearts {I could have never made them so straight if I’d done it by hand}, glued those babies on the top corner and we were good to go.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. I think I might loop a sucker through the tag hole before the kids take them to school.

Cute, right? Love my Cricut.

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!

beautiful perfumes.



A few weeks ago my good friend Carina casually gave me a bottle of this Banana Republic perfume, Alabaster. I spent the night sniffing the bottle every few minutes just to make sure it still smelled as delicious as it had the first time I took a whiff. It did. It does. It’s delightful.

And look at how pretty the bottle is, just lying willy nilly on its side. Mmmmmmmmmm.

This is my current perfume of choice, Vera Wang Princess. It’s in a tie with Alabaster right now. I’m not going to tell you who will be in the lead tomorrow because it’s too close a race to predict a winner at this point. They both have their virtues.

It’s like telling me to pick which child I love more. I can’t; they each have their good points.

What are you wearing? Or not wearing? Does perfume drive you bananas?

I’ve always worn it {since the 7th grade when my mom bought me Exclamation! at the drugstore}, and feel so much sexier when I have it on. I wear it to bed so I smell nice for my husband and in the morning so … >> find out more…

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!

travel seat for babies.

It’s been a while since I’ve traveled with babies, but I well remember the hassle of hanging out in a restaurant that didn’t have a high chair. It can be kind of a headache, no?

Check out this super compact travel chair you can throw into the diaper bag, carry on, or even your purse {if you travel with life sized purses like myself} and carry with you into the restaurant for your own ensured baby seat.

Love it.

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!

valentine gifts for kids.

Back when I was a good mom, I used to get gifts for my kids on Valentine’s Day. I’m a mean mom these days and I usually only spring for chocolates and a card for my kiddos come V-Day.

I have some great ideas for gifts that will make your kids go wild on Valentine’s Day. Seriously, they’ll love you forever. Unlike mine who will be in therapy for lack of toys when they get older.

Zebra Shooter
$26.95
via Marshmallowville

I cannot even begin to describe the amount of fun my children have had ambushing me with marshmallow guns over the past month. Perfect for any child old enough to shoot marshmallows at their unsuspecting mother while she cooks dinner. Some dads {cough, cough} may get caught up in the action too.

Magic School Bus
Slime Science Kit
via The Young Scientists Club
$19.99


For the Junior Scientist in your house, this slime kit could not be more perfect. This happens to fit the bill perfectly for Precocious, but Charming was equally as happy to contribute to the creation of slime. Fabulous stuff from start to finish.

FeltTales Pirates at Shipwreck Cove
via Babalu Inc.
$19.95


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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!