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
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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.

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}.

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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!

build-a-bear workshop.

Build-A-Bear happens to be one of P’s favorite places on earth. All the adorable little accessories, the outfits, the underwear….oh it’s all too cute to stand. Any time we venture into the mall P persistently asks if we can just “take a peek” in Build-A-Bear so she can get a general idea of what to start saving for with her allowance.

So when Build-A-Bear sent us a {gasp!} High School Musical Build-A-Bear before it even hit the shelves, I hit the all-time peak of parenting coolness. Turns out the combination of High School Musical + Build-A-Bear= bragging rights on the playground.

$22.
High School Musical Bear
{via Build-a-Bear}.

I never can keep the love all to myself, so this post turns into a giveaway/happy ending. One of you will win a $25 gift card to Build-A-Bear when you comment on the post. Use it as bribery, an afternoon together with your kids, or {shhhh} a stocking stuffer for Christmas {we still believe in Santa around here}. See giveaway guidelines below:

High School Musical Slippers.
$6.

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter the Build-A-Bear Gift Card Giveaway, leave me a comment telling me what you/your kids love about Build-A-Bear.
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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!

Laundry for the little things

Before I had little M, I used a mesh laundering bag for my delicates and unmentionables. No snags or twists or whatnot. Shortly after I had M, I discovered that I needed a couple of extra mesh bags; they are ideal for laundering all the teensy tiny soft baby things that would otherwise get stuck inside the feet of his sleepers, snagged on a zipper, or caught in some remote corner of the washer or dryer, never to be seen again. Just the right thing for little socks, little caps, bibs, even onesies. Even now that he’s 2 years old I still use these bags for his socks and small items. 

Also good for: machine-washable shoes, mittens, hats, scarves, soft toys. Just zip them up in the bag and they are protected–as your delicates would be–from the assaults of the washer and other clothes, and vice versa. I’ve even found these little under-$5 wonder tools are great for laundering items that can’t be machine-dried, since I know to look for the bag, even if I’ve forgotten what item I’m supposed to remove from the wad of wet clothes before they all get tossed into the dryer. 
The bag shown is
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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.

thomas and friends board game.

Comrade, come join the kolkhoz!

So this is one of my stories that I break out when the kids complain about having to eat off-brand Mac & Cheese; or some other tragedy. This is not one of those stories where I had to walk to school barefoot, in the snow, up hill, both ways, using barbed wire for traction kind of stories; however, my father once made me a gift: A hand carved watch made from a real, honest to goodness, Kolkhoz raised potato.

I am here now sharing with you something that I never had:  A three dimensional Thomas Great Race board game from the folks at Briar Patch.  Now Briar Patch, are the same folks that bring to us some other great product lines that we are so familiar with such as I Spy, Fancy Nancy, DaVinci, Animal Sound, and my personal top ten, Goodnight Moon.  This game allows for an interactive activity with a child where activity and interaction is actually encouraged.  I tried to play Yahtzee once with a four year-old.  No dice.  Battleship?  Well, that one sank.  Puns were intentional.
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Michal

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book pick: in my backyard.

As we aim to make more earth-friendly choices in our household, I hope I’m able to teach my little one the importance of taking care of our world. These friendly books might be a great start for him. Newly created by The Little Environmentalists, the books encourage toddlers to become aware of all the wonderful things about the earth, starting in their own yard, using multiple senses.


Nature Discovery in My Backyard is the first in a series of books geared to preschoolers and emerging readers, and incorporates simple nature lessons for parent and child. Environmentally-friendly printing in Paperback, $6.95
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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.

nicole CARMAN photography winner!


Kat is the winner.

Count me in for this one!!! I have wanted to do a family picture for years, but my dear sweet husband has not been tolerant of it.


Kat, you apparently have a husband like mine, photographically averse. But no worries, Nicole is amazing and will capture your family beautifully. Congratulations! Email me asap and we’ll get you hooked up just in time for Christmas photos!

CONGRATULATIONS!


To all of you who didn’t win, you really need to contact Nicole {
nicolecalleen@gmail.com

801-787-2577}. She’s still doing her Fall special and if you miss that for some reason, you can mention Petit Elefant and she’ll give you a discount. Thanks everyone, and THANK YOU Nicole!


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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!

stride rite shoes.

This is about the time of year my kids come to me for new shoes having trashed their own beyond repair grown out of their school shoes. Is your family like this? I buy great shoes for the kids in September, and by Halloween their toes are bursting out the front searching for breathing room.

Dakota.
$54
Girl size 6-12
{via Stride Rite}.


I hadn’t experienced Stride Rite shoes until recently and I have to say, I am very impressed. My children possess the unique ability to destroy shoes, clothing, {bedrooms} at an alarming rate. They could single handedly complete all the research for toys, shoes, and clothing in their demographic. If a company wants to know how much wear and tear a product can take, send it my way.

$52
Sperry Top-Sider Barracuda.
{via StrideRite.com}
boy size 8.5-12


Stride Rite shoes not only hold up to my children {amazing!} they are actually attractive, comfortable, and built to last {gasp!}. I’ve become a convert. They are perfectly sturdy for my little destructos, and attractive enough for me.

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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!