night light.


Martha never fails me. You can easily make a night light for your child’s nursery following these instructions. But hey, why stop there? If you’re going to make one for the nursery, why not make one for your room too? They look easy to make, and you can customize the light to match your tastes instead of a cheesy cartoon character.

{via Martha Stewart.com}.

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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!

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a tutorial.

I loved the tutorial on one of my favorite design blogs How About Orange yesterday. It looks super easy and I’m already dreaming of the possibilities for my house. See full instructions here.


{photos and instructions via How About Orange}.

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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!

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diet coke is no joke.

Hang in there with me this week as I’ve gone off caffeine cold turkey {not recommended} and am feeling the full brunt of it. I’ve read that it’s similar to detoxing off heroin, and while I can’t personally attest to that, I’m really struggling. If I’m not quite up to my usual posts this week, please don’t think I’m gone for good, it’s probably just that I can’t get rid of these darned headaches. I’m falling into the “extreme symptoms” category in all the detox books, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.

I have a fun giveaway lined up this week, and some fun things to show you, so stick around…

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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!

recipes from farmer’s market food.

Today seems like the first really fall day weather-wise this year. Fall is my favorite season of the year for so many reasons. I love the cool weather. I love fall colors and fall fashion. I love pumpkins and mums and changing leaves. And I love all the food that suddenly I’m able to cook again like soups and stews.

I am in a cooking group that meets together for dinner once a month. This month was my turn to host and I chose “Farm Fresh” as our theme. People had to make dishes using ingredients from their gardens or from local farmers. The feast was such a success that several of us accidentally made ourselves sick eating too much. You could really tell the difference that the fresh ingredients made in the dishes.

Now is the best time to really take advantage of your local Farmer’s Market. Tomatoes taste like tomatoes right now. Corn is sweet. Peaches—don’t get me started on peaches—I’ve averaged about three a day for the past week, and my mother-in-law and I are getting together this week to do some canning. That’s if I manage not to eat all the fresh peaches before we get … >> find out more...

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pottery barn sale.

So it seems Pottery Barn Kids is constantly advertising a “sale” of some kind. Sure, whatever. $5 off a gazillion dollar item. Whoopee.  I took the time to do a little browsing, however, and found some actually great deals on fun items–perfect for your own little ones or for stocking your gift cache. A sampling:

Though summer is ending all too quickly, I might snatch up one of these for next year. Looks like tons of fun, sure to make you the coolest house on the block.
I’m eyeing these for myself. My neighbor’s little boy is hearing impaired and attends sign school. I’d love to learn this beautiful language with my M so we can communicate with our friend.
For the modern kid with (or without) yoga-going parents, these are rather fun:
Namaste
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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.

“Before you scold me, Mom…”

So I am not sure that we will be able to turn this into a giveaway, but I thought that I would share this with our faithful readers nonetheless. How far have we come as a society. No Photoshop here. This is real.

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winners announced

So here is the giveaway winner roundup:

Giveaway #10:

Ava’s Closet doctor not diva. Personally, I have always had a problem with those juicy/shaggy/hairy/smelly slogans on the bottoms of shorts/shirts/pants/sweats/short-shorts. I just do not like them. Kudos to Ava’s Closet for thumbing their nose at this pretentious trend and congratulations to SocialWork4Kids for winning this giveaway. SocialWork4Kids wrote:

My vote goes for President not Princess. I avoid girly, princess clothing as much as I can for my little one. I love this website by the way since my daughter’s name is Ava!

Giveaway #9:

Circle of Friends



Congratulations to
Annie who wrote

…I really find cauliflower delicious!

Peace

Giveaway #8

Deb’s Design cards.

Nothings says thank you like a thank you note. After all, it was Theodore Roosevelt who made sure that each day he would send out at least one thank you note. If he did not have a reason to write one to someone, he would make one up. Not enough hand written notes are sent out.

Congrats to monky who in a shameless attempt as swaying the judges and editors wrote…

The elephant note cards are my favorite! :) Thank you

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how to look good naked.

I recently came across an episode of How to Look Good Naked with Carson Kressley, and I’m completely in love with him, no no, I mean the show. Am I the only one staying up late to watch this? Can I just say: kudos Carson. What woman doesn’t need to look in a mirror and see her beautiful body for what it is instead of what she thinks it should be?

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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!

gift ideas for kids: an apron.

I became acquainted with Amy’s Etsy shop, Vintage Fern, after receiving a stellar blog-swap package from her. I was so smitten with the goodies she had made that, when I needed 4 birthday gifts for a whole gaggle of nieces, I knew exactly where to turn.

Vintage Fern specializes in, well, vintage fabrics and styles that manifest themselves in aprons, dresses, handbags, and even children’s t-shirts with precious applique like birdies, butterflies, or monsters & aliens. She makes fun pieces for grown ups and young-uns alike, but I think her children’s items really take the cake.  And Amy is fantastic about doing custom orders, and doing them quickly.
For the little girls in my life, she made these adorable little aprons to my specifications. I’m told they were a smash hit at the birthday parties. These photos do not do justice to their cuteness.
And I couldn’t resist one of her Monster/Alien T-shirts for my little, ahem, monster. M and I both love it, and it warrants compliments whenever it’s worn.  With an accompanying “ROAR!” naturally.
A current favorite in her shop:
Living or visiting near the Wasatch Front? Check her out at the Oh
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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.