custom made books for kids.

The First Adventures of Incredible You.
{via Custom Made for Kids}.
$32.95


Custom Made for Kids has created a really fun gift idea; a personalized keepsake book called “The First Adventures of Incredible You“. P doesn’t know it yet, but she’s getting her own
customized book for her 9th birthday this year, and I for one can’t wait to see the look on her face when she reads it for the first time and discovers all sorts of personalized details on the pages. It’s such a clever idea, I love it. What kid doesn’t want a book written specifically about them? And what mom doesn’t mind having someone else go to all the trouble of personalizing a book for their child? All you have to do is fill in details specific to your child and Custom Made for Kids will do the rest.



Now through August 31st use code: adventures20 for 20% off your custom book order.

{photos via Pottery Barn}.

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!

Baby Projects


I am a Design*Sponge devotee. I read it and a couple other design blogs for my work, and collect images of current trends, of things I love, and of potential inspiration. Last week, on DIY Wednesday, I found this wonderful gem. Now Mike and I already have a mobile for the baby, but I can’t wait to think of ways to incorporate these sweet birds into the baby’s room (which is still a storage room right now). Full instructions for the project can be found here.

This weekend, Mike and I started the dejunking project by doing a thorough cleaning of the house. My laundry room has never looked better, and I feel like I can really get started clearing out the baby’s room now. And once that’s done, it’s open season on craft projects for the baby! What crafts have you found and tried in preparation for your babies? I’d love to collect more great ideas.

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Alma

breaking dawn giveaway.

I’m not sure there are any Stephenie Meyer fans left that haven’t already attended Breaking Dawn release parties, or picked up {and halfway finished} your pre-ordered copies of the latest {and final} installment in the Twilight series. But just in case there are a few of you who haven’t gotten your hands on one, I thought it would be fun to do a Breaking Dawn book giveaway {retails for $22.99}



One of you lucky people can get your hands on a completely free copy if you comment on the post. If you have a copy already, don’t be greedy, let’s let someone win who hasn’t been converted to the religion that is Stephenie Meyer have a crack at it.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Saturday August 9th {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday August 11th on Petit Elefant.
  5. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days to claim your win another winner will be chosen.
  6. Good luck!

{via Barnes & Noble}.

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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!

payless shoes.


Is anyone else in love with these shoes from Payless? They’re even on sale for $20 {!!!}. And they fit in perfectly with my current love affair with all things green.


Where {and how} do you wear these sassy little hot pink numbers? With jeans? With a shirt dress? Heaven help me, I think I need a pair of hot pink heels. Is that the ’80’s in me coming out?
I didn’t think it would come to this.

I blame my yearning for these entirely on my trip to N.Y.C. Everyone but the tourists was wearing them. And even though I thought they were a little ugly at first, they’ve grown on me, and now I want some. How do you think they’d hold up in the snow?

The moral to this story is, mama needs to pick up a few pair of shoes while taking the kids “back to school” shopping in the next few weeks. Who says moms don’t need a new{ish} wardrobe come Fall?

Have an amazing weekend everyone! Summer is sneaking past me at the speed of light so I think we’ll try to get in at least one trip to the pool this weekend. … >> 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!

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fine hair accessories for women.

I’m blessed with rather healthy hair, though it was wrought many a bad hair day in my life. From various stylists I’ve been told my hair is too slippery for styling, too straight to be curled, to wavy to be straightened, my widow’s peak is so severe I must always wear bangs, and that my cowlick is so severe I couldn’t do bangs.  What’s a busy mom to an active toddler to do with such tresses? Two words: hair accessories.

I’ve done business with Francluxe (a.k.a. The Finest Accessories) in the past so I may be a bit partial, but truly I love their endless line of luxury hair accessories.  Beautiful tortoiseshell barrettes and clips made in a tiny village in Provence, France. Gorgeous  headbands covered in imported silks, snappy little ponytail holders bedecked with beads and flowers. Something for every head shape, every hair type, and all ages. A few favorites:
the tige boule barrettes are ideal for fine hair, little girls, and growing out bangs. I love these happy little flowers for little girls.
The silk scarf headbands come in dozens of stunning colors and patterns of silk, duipioni, even eyelet and velvet. Lightweight and without pinchers or grips they are headache-free. This … >> 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.

NICOLE carman PHOTOGRAPHY.


I’ve wanted to post about NICOLE carman PHOTOGRAPHY for a long time but shelved it because she’s local. I can’t take it anymore, I have to share her with the rest of you. She’s that great. And, she’ll fly to your desired location {for a fee, of course} to do your shots. What more can you ask?





Nicole is
really artistic with a great eye for detail. She’s got the uncanny ability to capture snappy photojournalist shots, portraits, and amazing family photos. She’s SO fun to work with {which speaks volumes when trying to photograph children} and has taken the best photos of my family we’ve ever had. I’ll never go anywhere else.


{All photos used with permission from NICOLE carman PHOTOGRAPHY}.

Contact Nicole:
nicolecalleen@gmail.com

801-787-2577


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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!

No-Go Days

Play dates, movies, swim lessons, family reunions, camping trips, little league, vacations, barbecues, whew! Sometimes the lazy days of summer aren’t.  Hectic days, hectic weeks can take a toll on toddlers.  As a result, I’ve instituted what I call No-Go Days.  On these days we don’t go anywhere, but rather enjoy special activities at home and in the yard. My little M, seems to be a happier, more mellow kid after a No-Go Day.   I love the following  activities because they are enjoyed outdoors, inspire creativity, are easy on the budget, and can be enjoyed into early fall when the older kids are skipping off to school…

Build-Your-Own Sandbox
I had contemplated getting M a sandbox for the yard but worried about the inevitable sand in the eyes, sand in the nose problems. And neighborhood pets. I also wanted something I could move around easily & store in the garage during winter. My friend Brit shared her solution to this dilemma. You will need:
  • 1 clear plastic storage bin with a lid, deep enough to hold the sand & shallow enough for little ones to reach in
  • 10-12 bags of dried lentils or split peas 
  • A few inexpensive
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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.

maternity shirts.

Peek-a-Boo Tee.
$44.
{via 2 Chix}.

Maternity clothes have come a loooong way since I was pregnant with P 9 years ago. I was resigned to wearing things like flowered print blousy tops and leggings {eek!} throughout my pregnancy. And with C I wore nothing but a hospital gown and an I.V. pole, so that doesn’t count.

2 Chix Maternity has some pretty cute {figure flattering} tops to choose from for your 40 weeks of misery {bliss, I mean bliss}. I really like the Peek-a-Boo tee; I think the current trend of belly hugging tops is flattering and stylish and the Peek-a-Boo is the epitome of both.

My Boys Can Swim.
$38.

And if the daddy-to-be feels a little left out, 2 Chix carries shirts for the daddy-to-be. I don’t think I could ever persuade my husband to wear the ‘swimmer’ tee, but I think it’s funny nonetheless.

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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Review: Old Navy Maternity Online

Last week when I posted about maternity clothes, a commenter recommended shopping Old Navy Maternity online. So I spent a bit of time on the Old Navy website and found some things that I thought looked worth trying out. They have free shipping on returns, after all. And even better, right now I’m still not huge, but I will be much larger in the fall and winter, and Old Navy Maternity had a lot of long-sleeved clothing on sale. In fact, they had a lot of clothing on sale period. I only ended up paying full price for one item.

I am sure that many of you have had interesting online shopping experiences. When you shop online, you can only see the item of clothing on the model or mannequin. You have to pay for it, wait for it, and then try it on. After receiving my clothing shipment and trying on the pieces with varying results, I decided to document my experience for all of you because I’m sure that most of you can relate.

Luckily, my husband works at a professional studio so we had access to a white studio and great camera equipment. And so, here is … >> find out more...

Alma