Abraham Lincoln quote.

Words of wisdom from today’s birthday honoree.
“I do not know that man. I must get to know him better.”
–Abraham Lincoln
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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.

Valentine Song Mix- Because I’m Old School

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Mixtape from http://favtape.com/petitelefant/Valentine Mix 2009

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

cute valentine’s day breakfast ideas.


Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, which may mean a little extra time in the morning to make the day a little extra special for your sweethearts. My mother always tried to do something fun for breakfast on Valentine’s Day–she even had a special toast embosser  that said “I love you” which she stamped into the bread prior to toasting. I’ve never seen another one like it…

Love Toast
Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, “stamp” but don’t cut all the way out, a heart shape in each slice of bread. Toast as usual. The heart will show up perfectly. Butter the entire slice, and spread your favorite toast topping in the heart (Strawberry Jam? Cinnamon Sugar?)
OR
for heartier fare,try this version from Martha
Sweetheart Pancakes
Add chocolate chips to your pancakes as they cook. When done, top with sliced strawberries, sliced almonds and whipped cream. Bonus points for making them heart shaped. More bonus points for extra chocolate chips.
Stuffed French Toast:
There are dozens of versions out there, utilizing everything from bacon and apples to cream cheese and strawberries.  This recipe from Gourmet Magazine sounds perfect. I’d serve with a little bit of Nutella. Yummmm.

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.

custom return address name stamp.


Have you ever visited the Etsy shop lettergirl? Oh, the cuteness! Gina has designed rubber stamps with your name or return address that look like they’re handwritten. By a well seasoned scrapbooker. Or someone like Marta, with the cutest handwriting known to man. But you can fake it with these rubber stamps! I must have one, they are so adorable.

Gina has kindly offered to give away a self-inking name stamp to one of you. Sadly I can’t participate, so do it for me will you? Choose from lunchbox, delight, or patchwork. And if you don’t win, go buy one anyway. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Giveaway guidelines below.

Delight Name Stamp
{via
lettergirl}
$32

Lunchbox

Patchwork


Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Giveaway ends Saturday February 14, 2009 Midnight MST
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me which stamp is your favorite.
  3. Include your contact info in comment.
  4. Anonymous comments will be ignored.
  5. Winner will be announced Monday February 16, 2009 on Petit Elefant.
  6. If I do not hear from you WITHIN 7 DAYS, another winner will be chosen.


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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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 gift ideas for her.

Here are some Valentine ideas for your daughter, your girlfriends, your sisters, your mom. And you, don’t forget you. There’s no rule about not getting yourself something for Valentine’s Day.

Cherry Checker Brag Book
{via Hable Construction}

$35

Bright Pink Cable Blanket
{via Pure & Honest Kids}

$36

Bamboo Robe
{via Layla Grayce}
$78

Red Bubblegum Two Step Tights
Pure & Honest Kids

$12

O! To be a girl notes
16 notes & envelopes
{via Daisy Princess Paperie}
$24

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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 ideas.

It’s Valentine Week! My husband thinks Valentine’s is {and I quote} “a manufactured Hallmark holiday geared at forcing men to buy unnecessary trinkets to keep their women happy”, so I take care of my own needs during Valentines. And that includes doing things that are fun for myself, such as: officially declaring it to be Valentine Week on Petit Elefant. What does this mean for you?

  • Valentine Crafts
  • Gift Suggestions
  • Favorite Romantic Songs
  • Valentine Decorations
  • &
  • Giveaways!!


Let’s get right to it, shall we? I know the internets have been all abuzz with all things Matryoshka lately, and I’m one of those on the bandwagon. I love Matryoshka dolls and I don’t think it’s just because my husband is from eastern Europe. They’re beautiful and intricate at the same time without trying too hard.

Sweet Tweets, one of my favorite Etsy shops, is full of all kinds of Matryoshka loveliness and Trevlyn Nally, the owner of Sweet Tweets has been kind enough to offer a one-of-a-kind, hand stitched doll for our giveaway worth $14.50. Thanks Trevlyn! See giveaway details below.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Giveaway ends Saturday February 14, 2009 Midnight MST
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

petit elefant in the news.

I’m blushing. Petit Elefant is in the news again. Go here to read the full article.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

weekly fitness tip: buy cute workout clothes.

Treat yourself to cute workout gear.


It helps me get motivated to work out if I’m going to wear something fun. The frumpy sweats and oversize tees just don’t cut it for me. You don’t have to break the bank to get cute gear either, I’ve found some really really good deals on workout gear at Old Navy of all places. I wouldn’t *ahem* buy my sports bras there, but for the cute stuff go ahead! It’s worth it, I promise.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

BabyPop Giveaway Winner!

Fascinating choices in super powers from all of you, thanks for entering the giveaway. 
The random integer gods have chosen 
#50
Oh yeah! I love the princess cape. Very cute!
Congrats Wendy!  We hope your princess feels extra super with a new custom cape!
And thanks again to talented Sherry from BabyPop
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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.