polkadot papoose.

Scarlett Sling.
{via Polkadot Papoose}.
$64.

Slings are nothing new in the history of parenting, but it’s taken the West a bit to get into the swing of things. I wore a baby sling with both C and P and endured the sidelong glances {and o.k. a few *hippie* comments} from the uninitiated. I’m happy to see they’ve taken off in popularity because the benefits of using a sling are abundant. Never mind that getting some laundry done with a happily snoozing baby snuggled next to you is considerably easier than listening to them cry from the other room.

Polkadot Papoose has gone a long way to improve the style of the original sling, and I know you won’t get snickers but compliments on your fashionable baby attire. The slings are made from 100% cotton so they’re breathable and light, and the patterns are so cute I wouldn’t mind wearing one everywhere I go. The slings are reversible {!} so you get two patterns in one, and each side has a binkie pouch {genius} so the binkie doesn’t get lost somewhere in sling-land.

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brick house paperie.

It’s no secret that I can’t get enough when it comes to great paperie and brick house paperie is my latest and greatest discovery. The store is filled to the brim with both classic and adorable baby announcements, personal stationery, & invitations.

Our Little Boy Baby Announcement.
25 for $66.

{via brick house paperie}.

I love the classic Our Little Boy Baby Announcement; not too blue or full of trucks. Just right. It makes me happy just to look at it.

Allison Casey Personal Stationery.
{via brick house paperie}.
25 for $40.


And how fun is the Allison Casey stationery? It makes me want to spend the afternoon composing notes to loved ones near and far. The contrast of black and color is perfectly eye-catching and snappy. Love it.

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book pick: queen of babble gets hitched.

Thanks to Viktor for posting again today. I’m finding it hard to do anything in the throes of the lazy days of Summer. All I want to do is lie around {at the beach *sigh* I wish} reading Meg Cabot books. She’s written over 60 books, and I haven’t read every last one of them {yet} so lying around doing nothing but reading is proving to be a very possible feat.

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched.
$15.74.

{via
Amazon.com}.

Her latest book ‘Queen of Babble Gets Hitched‘ came out yesterday and I can’t wait to read it. I requested it from the library months ago and received a phone call yesterday from the library that it was in and I needed to come pick it up. We only have one car these days so I put C on the back of my cruiser bike in his seat and pumped downhill to the library {fun on the way down, not so fun on the way uphill} only to find that the library decided to close early last night. Grrrrrr. We satisfied ourselves with snow cones before heading uphill empty handed. Which was the second disappointment of
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bath products for kids.

Circle of Friends is company that offers a wonderful variety of hair and bath products for children. With products like Chocolate body lotion, hair detangler, and a sudsy-soap-filled-ducky-sponge it’s amazing that the kids ever get out of the bath. Finding the children in the bath after I come back from work in the evening; I am always curious as to what interesting cultural factoid they will be sharing with me that evening that they read on the bottles.

Circle of Friends® was founded and nurtured by the world’s great experts on children: moms. Since its inception, the mission of Circle of Friends® was to create a professional hair, bath, and body line for children, while introducing them to a world of styles and cultures.

Best of all….

Pablo’s Blazing Blue Hair Paint
In quantities of 24 or more, these things are only $0.92 each. That would be so worth it to me to send each kid home after a birthday party not just with a gift bag, but with blue hair.

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{swell} surfing poster.

If you haven’t been to beach bungalow 8 I highly recommend a browse, Megan posts great stuff. Like this surfing poster from Swell. It’s not possible for me to get my fill of anything beach related, and I love vintage photos of surfers. Quintessential summer.

Don James Poster.
{$29.95}
via
Swell.


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giveaway winners.

Ready!!!!???? OK! We have all been very impressed with the number of people that have shown interest in this week’s giveaways. Thank you to all that have participated, but mostly, thank you to the companies, reps, and proprietors that made last week such a great success. As names are read, we ask that you to please hold your applause until all winners have been announced. No ‘WHOOO’s’ or ’3 or 4 claps.’ You have been warned. We will attempt to contact you. Better yet, contact us first. One way or another, if we don’t hear from you within 14 days we will have to make someone else happy.

We are to be commence begin:

.:Total Sun Protection Package:.

idahomom said…

Cool prizes great sun protection. Thanks for the chance.

Having lived in south-east Idaho for two years, I can say with confidence that Idaho has twice as much wind as it does sun. I am sure that idahomom’s kids will have a blast with these items during those two short weeks between spring and fall. Congratulations again. Thank you to Sun Protection Zone and My First Shades for arranging these great gifts.

The Host
Cocoa said:

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book pick: the host.


It shouldn’t be any big surprise that I love Stephenie Meyer’s new book The Host since I adore her Twilight series {which I wrote about here}. Her writing is getting better and better with each book, and I think the premise of The Host is brilliant. It’s not just something to bide our time with until Breaking Dawn comes out either {although it doesn’t hurt to have a Stephenie Meyer fix while we wait}. It’s something different altogether and has definitely been one of my favorite Summer reads so far. And since this is a Petit Elefant Summer Giveaway what better to finish off the week than with a great book to read at the beach, in the plane, or by the pool?

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me who you love more, Edward or Jacob {and why} between now and Sunday June 22nd {Midnight MDT}. And if you don’t know who Jacob and Edward are {sigh} just leave a comment of your choice.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday June 23rd on
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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!

sunscreen for your kids.

Remember when I told you about the great sun protection gear I used at the beach a few weeks ago? Time to set one of you up for the summer. We’re giving away a ‘Total Sun Protection Package‘ {valued at $72} courtesy of My First Shades and Sun Protection Zone. Giveaway guidelines below. The package includes:

  • a pair of {award winning} My First Shades Sunglasses
  • a long sleeved swim/surf suit
  • a package of Solar Safe Strips
  • a sun hat
Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Sunday June 22nd {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday June 23rd on Petit Elefant.
  5. Good luck!

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!

custom made tee giveaway.


The Etsy shop PoppySeeds has some of the cutest kid shirts I’ve seen in ages. The tees are customized with adorable & unique hand made appliqués, guaranteeing your child the number one spot on your neighborhood’s best dressed list.
Petit Elefant is giving away one PoppySeeds tee & the winner will get to pick from the assortment of customized tees. Sizes 6 months to 6 years. Giveaway guidelines below.

$22-$24.
Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me which PoppySeeds tee is your favorite between now and Sunday June 22nd {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday June 23rd on Petit Elefant.
  5. Good luck!

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!