Guest Blogger – Heather from The Gift Closet

Hi there! My name is Heather, and I am visiting from my blog, The Gift Closet! I have been a reader of Petit Elefant for a while now, and love the fresh ideas Allison brings to us! I don’t know about you, but I feel so un-creative once I see all the great ideas people share on their blogs!


I do try to be somewhat creative and make a few products. One of my favs is my Paraben-Free Shea Whipped Body Butter.

You’ll love the thick, whipped texture of this body butter and the way it absorbs into your skin, leaving it feeling silky soft. This Body Butter contains Shea and is paraben-free, for those more environmentally conscience. Shea is great for sensitive or dry skin and has been used by many to treat Eczema, acne, rashes, and UV damage. It is a wonderful daily moisturizer. It comes in a variety of yummy & unique fragrances. Click here to check them out.

I also make a Soy Linen & Body Spray. I really love natural products & playing around with fragrances. I guess you could say I am a fragrance junkie!!

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Heather

Giveaway: The Body Shoppe

Don’t miss out on the fabulous giveaway from The Body Shop. 
Click here for details and to enter. Ends tonight! 
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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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easy crock pot dinner with roasted chicken.

[photo via betty crocker]
Busy? Need dinner? Me too. Here’s a technique I use over and over–it’s economical, easy, versatile and tasty.
Place one whole roasting/fryer chicken (thawed, emptied, rinsed, patted dry) in a crock pot. Add just a teensy bit of water, season generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook on low all day long. Voila! Tender, moist chicken that shreds off the bone and skin in a flash. Ideal for myriad recipes–anything really–like enchiladas, chicken salad, rice or pasta dishes, pot pie, chicken divan, or soup. Chicken soup that smells and tastes like you slaved over it all day long like Grandma, but really comes together in a snap. My chicken is in the crock pot this minute, awaiting addition later to broth, onion, carrot, celery and dumplings for homemade soup my guys gobble up over and over.
Enjoy!
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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.

interior divine.

I’m spending the day in the city today minus the kids, + the husband doing whatever it is we please for the whole darn day. The thought of so much uninterrupted kid time leaves me a bit speechless, and frankly I’m buzzing with excitement. Later tonight we’re headed up to Park City for a tweet-up gathering at the Sundance Film Festival. Soy muy excited!

Since I won’t be home at all today I thought I’d leave something for your perusing pleasure: Interior Divine {don’t you love the name?}. Check out this post on hanging art at home, I’ll definitely be using some of these tips in my blue room redecoration.




Have a lovely, lovely Thursday. If you haven’t already, hurry to enter the Body Shop Giveaway, you don’t want to miss out!

{via Desire to Inspire, from Australian Vogue Living, via Skona Hem, via interior divine}


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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!

shop for a better world.

Have you heard about Macy’s new collection Shop for a Better World? It’s an “exclusive collection of limited-edition masterworks designed to enrich your life while improving the lives of others. Building on the tremendous success of the Rwanda Path to Peace, Shop for a Better World creates trade partnerships with artisans in recovering regions to bring the power of change to Rwanda, Cambodia, and Indonesia.”


The shop is full of textiles, jewelry, baskets, crafts, and silks. The quality is not to be underestimated, everything is absolutely exquisite. Take a look around. What’s your favorite? I’m in love with this True Unity fruit bowl from Rwanda. The craftsmanship is otherworldly; each piece is unique and will surely add a touch of style to your home.

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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!

inauguration cake 2009.


I promise I won’t post any more about my excitement over yesterday’s events. Just one last post. My kids were so excited about the whole affair and wanted to celebrate, so we decided to make an Inauguration Cake. It was whipped up with whatever I had in the pantry, & the kids were thrilled with the results. We had cake, went ice skating, and thanked our lucky stars we live in the country we do.

{some icing may have made it into C’s mouth and on his face before it made it onto the cake}

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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!

Giveaway: The Body Shoppe

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY!
Because they love you, and want you to love your body and your baby, The Body Shop is offering up a fabulous giveaway for Petit Elefant readers: A gift package from their luscious new baby-care line, Buriti Baby.  Products are made from natural and organic ingredients like olive oil and aloe vera that are mild and soothing for baby, and ingredients available via Community Trade programs. Good for everyone. You may be tempted to keep these all to yourself.  Package includes: 
Total retail value $57.50.
Giveaway Guidelines:
  • visit The Body Shop and check out the entire Baby Buriti line
  • tell us which product you’d love to try and why
  • leave a comment on this post. just one comment.
  • be sure to include contact info in your comment
  • no anonymous comments, please
  • contest ends Friday, January 23rd at midnight, MST
  • winner will be announced Monday, January 26th right here
  • if you are the randomly chosen winner and fail to respond within 7 days of announcement on this blog, your prize will
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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.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop seems to keep reinventing itself while still staying true to it’s philosophy. I love the natural approach to body care and cosmetics, and I especially love the body butters. (Mango and Brazil Nut and Shea). Scrumptious. Their newest addition is all about your newest addition: Buriti Baby. It’s a complete line of baby bath and skin care products and they are fabulous. 

The product line includes body wash, organic cloths and towels, lotions, and my favorite: Buriti Baby Body Butter. Fabulous. Did I mention that already? I think I need to try the massage gel, too. It all sounds wonderful for baby and for mommy, no? Especially when battling the winter’s attack on sensitive skin. 
view the entire product line here
The Body Shop is currently offering free shipping on all baby product orders. Might as well get something for yourself, too!

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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.

beautifully made bed.

There are few things that make me happier than freshly laundered sheets and a tidy, made-up bed.


There’s nothing fancy about it {except maybe the high thread count sheets-I’m a complete devotee, they’re worth every penny} just a few pillows, a duvet, and some IKEA bedding. But it has such a nicely pulled together look doesn’t it?


Looking at it right now makes me want to crawl on top with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Mmmmmm.



I’m nothing if not a realist, so I’m well aware of the fact that it won’t stay this way for long. But it’s still a very nice way to start the day.

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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!