Seeking Advice


OK wise mommies of the blogosphere. I need some advice. 

We are gearing up for the arrival of baby #2 in just a few weeks, a boy. Our other child, also a boy, is 2.5 years old and is quite a pistol. A charmer, and sometimes tender, but still a pistol. Described by others as “3 little boys rolled into one.” We are thrilled to be adding another one to our little home–I always wanted 2 boys. 
Here’s where the advice comes in: How do I make the transition from only child, alpha male to big brother as positive and sweet as possible? I expect some roadbumps–the big brother in question is 2, after all. Recommendations for before the baby arrives? For after? Does he need a baby of his own? I have no idea!
Tell me everything you know! 

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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.

fitness challenge: group fitness made fun.

So you remember when I talked about how we’re starting a 30-day fitness challenge? Well, I’m extending it. I didn’t truly start working out until last week, and I’m going to need a little more time to get in shape. We‘re going to do it all year long, and you’re going to love it right along with me. And even if you don’t love it, we’ll at least have a mutual respect for the fact that we need to get into shape. At least I do, and I could use some moral support.

In that vein, I have created a Petit Elefant Fitness Group here. You need to let me know if you want to join {yes, yes you do} and we can all track our progress together.

Are you up for it? Of course you are! Send me an email and let’s get started…

allison@petitelefant.com

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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!

homemade felt fortune cookies.


Are these fortune cookies not adorable? I’d love to make them with my kids so they can hand them out at their school Valentine parties next week. I think they might be a lot of fun to make for that *special someone* as well. Instructions here.

{via Martha Stewart Living}.

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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!

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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.

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farmers market bags.

Organic Tote.
$20 {customized}

via The Sweet Life

I love the simplicity and sweetness {no pun intended} of all the great things in The Sweet Life shop. Hand embroidered to your specification, each piece lends a piece of homemade to your life. Love the tote, which you can use for just about anything. I love mine. I take it with me weekly to church as a perfect corral for all my children’s quiet time toys. Get one to use as a library bag or as a side to your weekend jaunts to the local farmer’s market.

Organic Onesie
$20

{sizes 3-18 months}

Or how about an Organic Onesie? Wouldn’t that be a great baby shower gift? A personalized, organic, hand stitched onesie. It just doesn’t get sweeter than that.

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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 ideas.

Some happy valentines from around the web
Pottery Barn Kids
(I’m certain you crafty queens could replicate this easily)
(I love scalloped edges!)  M.Writes
Dandee Designs
Be Mine Baby Legs
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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.

beautiful sterling silver jewelry.


I’ve I were absolutely hard-pressed to decide which pieces of jewelry I love best from bel kai designs, I would choose the, um… I can’t do it. I love everything. Whitney, the owner & creator of said jewelry has a great eye for design and has a unique collection of beautiful pieces to show for it. I really really love the Square Initals Necklace, and the Damask Ring is priceless.

Whitney is also the founder and owner of i know a mom a marketplace for women, by women. She’s awfully creative & full of talent, and I for one can’t wait to see more from her.

Vintage Damask Ring
$34
Square Initials Necklace
{$38 for one charm}

bel kai design
Blue Sunburst Print Necklace
$38
{via bel kai}.
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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!

valentines with a little *flare*

I love Fred Flare. It’s full of quirky, fun, irreverent things for everyday life. Currently I’m loving Fred Flare valentines. Check out this assortment of valentines. Bonus: 100% of the proceeds go to the amazing NY based charity Elder Craftsmen. Hard to choose my favorite, but I really like this one.


{via fred flare}.

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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: set a fitness goal.


Set a fitness goal. Setting a weight goal for me is self-sabotage. It just doesn’t work. But if I set a goal to say, run a 5K, I’ll stick with it because I have a deadline. A tangible goal that I have to work towards every day. If I don’t train daily for the 5K that I’ve signed up and paid for, I’ll either look like a fool come race day, or I’ll forfeit my money because I wasn’t ready for the race. Neither option works for me. So every year I run at least one local 5K. It’s motivation enough to get my bum outside or on the treadmill.

What fitness goal works for you?

{photo here}.

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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!