Review: Old Navy Maternity Online

Last week when I posted about maternity clothes, a commenter recommended shopping Old Navy Maternity online. So I spent a bit of time on the Old Navy website and found some things that I thought looked worth trying out. They have free shipping on returns, after all. And even better, right now I’m still not huge, but I will be much larger in the fall and winter, and Old Navy Maternity had a lot of long-sleeved clothing on sale. In fact, they had a lot of clothing on sale period. I only ended up paying full price for one item.

I am sure that many of you have had interesting online shopping experiences. When you shop online, you can only see the item of clothing on the model or mannequin. You have to pay for it, wait for it, and then try it on. After receiving my clothing shipment and trying on the pieces with varying results, I decided to document my experience for all of you because I’m sure that most of you can relate.

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Alma

co-editors alma & kimberly.


Alma Loveland is a freelance graphic designer based in Springville, Utah. She and her husband Mike are expecting their first baby right in the middle of Holiday Season 2008. Her house, though never immaculate, sometimes approaches an acceptable level of cleanliness. More often than not, however, there are traces of a DIY project that she is working on or an art project that her husband is in the middle of and dishes in the kitchen sink. Her best motivator for cleaning is surprise visits from friends and family. In fifteen minutes, she can clean the house top to bottom. (Without the threat of an impending visit, that same amount of cleaning would take days.) Currently Alma has a lot to say about preparing for a baby, and soon she’ll become very familiar with the goings on in the life of a new mom.


A forever-in-blue jeans kind of gal that abandoned the corporate world for Baby Number 1 and hasn’t looked back since. Loves clean, happy, comfortable spaces and combines good-old-fashioned parenting with fresh ideas and modern opportunities. Yes to pedicures, no to acrylic nails. Yes to story books, no to video games. Yes to the great outdoors, no to >> find out more...

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!

lil’ rinser.

Lil’ Rinser Shampoo Shield.
$9.99

Check out this clever little bath aid by Lil’ Rinser. It’s an updated version of the juice pitcher used by my mother when I was a child. Pop it on the head of your little one after you shampoo so the suds don’t run in their eyes and make both of you cry. Clever, clever.

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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!

book pick: when you are engulfed in flames.


To say I love David Sedaris is putting it mildly. The man is a wildly talented writer and storyteller. Not only has he written several books he’s a regular contributor to This American Life, one of my absolute favorite shows on N.P.R. There have been times listening to him where I’ve literally had to pull the car to the side of the road so as not to endanger the lives of my children. He’s that funny.

When You Are Engulfed In Flames.
by: David Sedaris.
{via Amazon.com}
$14.29

Sedaris’ most recent collection of stories ‘When You Are Engulfed In Flames‘ does not disappoint. I enjoyed it thoroughly from beginning to end, especially the chapter detailing his time spent living with an eccentric antique collector and her slew of boarders. Classic. Sedaris isn’t for the faint-of-heart; he has a comfortable relationship with profanity and vulgarity. Disclaimer aside he’s one of my top 10 favorite authors, never failing to impress.

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!

book pick: jamberry.

One of our favorite books is Jamberry by Bruce Degan. C wants to crawl into the pages of the book and live there forever. Berries as far as the eye can see. It’s an absolute classic children’s book and if you haven’t read it, go check it out from the library right now. Simple, sweet, great illustrations.

$7.99
Jamberry.
by: Bruce Degen
{via Amazon.com}.

And speaking of Jamberry, I’m up to my neck in strawberry jam right now. Harvesting for the winter like a little squirrel. Homemade strawberry jam on a grey Winter day is one of the happiest simple pleasures in my life.


Here’s my recipe for really really easy strawberry freezer jam:

2 cups mashed strawberries
2 cups sugar
1 pkg. pectin
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Step 1: Use a potato masher to smash strawberries. You can use a blender, but I like chunks of strawberries in my jam. It’s about a pound of strawberries per recipe, but when I’m making big batches like I’m doing right now I always double it.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, measure out your sugar.

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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!

summer love.

I absolutely love this shot. Makes me want to dive right in and go for a swim.

Via Black*Eiffel & Flickr.

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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!

rufflebutt.

When I was three I had a favorite pair of tights. They were ribbed white tights with ruffles on the bum, and they were the cutest things you’ve ever seen. Sometimes I wore them with a dress, sometimes I wore them alone. I held onto them for years and pulled them out from time to time just to see what I was missing.


When P was born I was determined to find a pair of ruffled something. I looked extensively for ruffled tights, diaper covers, {anything} to no avail and P went through her baby years sadly ruffle-free.

Pa-pa-ta-pa: RuffleButt! I recently became aware of a company that sells a myriad of ruffled things to adorn the bottom of your little girl: ruffled onesies, diaper covers, panties. Ruffle heaven. They are honestly so adorable I want to buy a pair for every little girl I know under the age of five. Do me a favor and buy some for your little girl to make up for the fact that P never wore ruffles. A deprived childhood indeed.

RuffleButts Crawler.
$27.
{sizes 3 months-4T}.

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!

there’s no place like home.

At the wedding dinner.

Hello all, I’m back from NYC. We had so much {kid-free} fun it should be illegal, and we’re finally home; exhausted but also oddly rejuvenated. A great trip has the ability to change my perspective in such a way that coming home is a new trip in and of itself. In a good way. I missed the kids terribly, and I remember now why I love living where I do, with grass and a swing set, a garden and a deck. I love that it’s quiet at night, and that it’s not too bright to see the constellations while lying on the grass in my backyard.

Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

That being said, the wedding was all it was cracked up to be {and more} and I’m glad I decided to vote ‘yes’ to sugar because there was a “dessert HOUR” in addition to all the freely flowing sugary foods throughout the night {I think I drank at least four Piña coladas}. In fact, I think dessert was the theme of this vacation. I ate a minimum of two desserts per day. And despite the fact that we did nothing but walk, >> find out more...

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!

Self Promotion Moment?

Blogging at Petit Elefant was a lot of fun this week. I am very grateful for all your comments and suggestions on books and baby items!

As I sign off, I might take this moment for a shameless bit of self promotion. Remember that I design lots of great things, including baby announcements! I don’t have my website up yet, but in the meantime, you can always look through the blog that my husband and I share. Contact me if you want a unique baby announcement, wedding announcement, or anything announcement! Or anything else, really… I’m up for it!

Thanks again!!

(This is a project that I finished today for a couple who is ready to adopt a baby. If you have any leads, feel free to drop them a line at their email address.)

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Alma