sugarplum dreams giveaway winner!

A big thank you to Sugarplum Dreams for the $50 gift certificate! The store is absolutely filled to the brim with wonderfulness as I’m sure you know, having browsed the virtual aisles.

Without further adieu, the winner of the giveaway is: deedleweedle

I’d probably be getting some cute shoes and books!

Congratulations deedleweedle! Get in touch with me a.s.a.p. so we can get you your gift certificate! Thanks to everyone who entered, and be sure to enter this week’s Superhero Giveaway from BabyPop.

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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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Giveaway: BabyPop Super Hero Set

Remember these fabulous Super Hero capes from last week? BabyPop is generously giving away a custom made cape and matching mask to a lucky Petit Elefant reader. Custom made. Your choice–from loads of options. Super cool for your super cute super hero or super heroine or super princess. 

Giveaway Guidelines
  • Visit BabyPop’s shop on Etsy
  • tell us what superpower you’d most like to have
  • leave a comment on this post. just one comment
  • include contact/email info in your comment
  • no anonymous comments please
  • contest ends Friday, February 6th at midnight, MST
  • winner TBA Monday, February 9th 
  • if your name is chosen and you fail to respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen
  • good luck and many thanks to Sherry at BabyPop

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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.

sense & sensibility.


I think the Masterpiece Theater version of Sense and Sensibility might just be my favorite out of all the Sense & Sensibilities out there. Happy for me {and you, really} the 1st installment is on PBS tonight, with the 2nd half airing next Sunday. Tune in, even if you’re not an Austen fan, you don’t want to miss it. Check your local listings here.

{via PBS/Masterpiece Theater}.

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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 Superhero Capes.


Just yesterday my little guy expressed that he needs “superpowers”. As if the powers of destruction, mayhem, and charm weren’t enough for a 2 year-old. So glad I stumbled across yet another delightful Etsy find: BabyPop offers the coolest super-hero gear around! Capes, masks, fingerless gloves for super little boys and super little girls. The pieces are custom done by Sherry in dazzling super hero colors appropriate for any little one amazed by their own abilities, real or imagined. And the workmanship is exceptional–flawless stitching and sturdy construction.  Velcro fasteners on the capes make for easy-on, easy-off, and the coordinating masks are easy, too. Pieces are available separately or as  complete sets with Tees, Capes, Gloves and Masks definitely cute. Something I especially like: the great options for little girls–ideal whether you are riding the princess wave or the girl-power wave.

I’ve got a super “M” cape just waiting to grant it’s powers to my kiddo. He’ll receive it when his baby brother arrives in a few weeks.  A special gift to tell him what a Super Big Brother he’s going to be. I can only imagine his exuberance when he dons his shiny blue cape and
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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.

cheap kid storage solution

From the word go as a parent I’ve wondered how to go about decorating the way I like while integrating all the gear that comes with kids. While I know that IKEA gets a bad rap for being really cheap, it has saved my hide time and again when it comes to decorating. Especially in small spaces, and with children. Not many companies are conscious of children in their design, but IKEA is, and I love them for it.

Take for example, my study. It’s the first room people see when they enter my home and it’s my office as well as being the main play area for my children. It wasn’t my idea to design it this way, but I’m trying to make the best of it. And that means that I get to hang out with my kids at the epicenter of activity in our home while I’m working. This has been a bit of a challenge as far as storage goes, and the best solution I’ve found is using these bins from IKEA. Sure they’re not the prettiest, but they’re indestructible, they fit almost any space, and they were literally .99 cents when I bought them. >> find out more...

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!

automoblox.

T9-SE Limited Edition
$40
{via Automoblox}

Remember when I wrote about Automoblox? How much I love their cars, and I wish they made life size cars, or at the very least that Automoblox would pimp my ride. They are honestly my hands down, top, favorite toy car. The engineering is ridiculous, in a really good way. Someone with a small little destructive 4-year-old boy has put some serious time into these cars because from what I can tell, they can’t be destroyed. In fact, it’s encouraged to take them apart, pull the wheels off, & change the people around. You can even pull the tire tread off the rims and switch it up, should you {or your destructive 4-year-old} feel so inclined. Do you see the seam in the car? It comes apart. And it has little jutting out shapes so your little one will know how to put it back together again, and become smarter in the process. What’s not to love?


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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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valentine crafts.

I’m loving the Valentine themed ideas going on at Tip Junkie right now. My personal favorite? The heart button pillow from Katie. Here’s the tutorial. Love love love it.



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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!

How to Make A Scrabble Pendant

Hi! Heather from The Gift Closet here! I’ve had lots of fun “meeting” some of the readers here on Petit Elephant this week! In case you didn’t see my earlier posts, Allison has been sweet enough to let me be the guest blogger this week here on Petit Elephant!

I have shared pictures of some of the products I make this week, and one of those was my Scrabble Pendants.
Emily left a comment and asked how these were made, so I thought I would share!

I promise I am not being lazy, but I thought I would send you directly to the link that taught me! Instead of me re-typing all of it and possibly missing something, I am sending you directly to the pro!!!

Annie Howe makes gorgeous pendants! She shared on her blog last year how to make them, and that is how I learned!

Click here for How To Make A Scrabble Pendant.

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Heather

get started on twitter.

Are you using Twitter? I think Design Mom said it best when she described Twitter as Facebook on crystal meth. I’ve been on Twitter for a while now, but I just haven’t been using it to its fullest capacity. I recently learned about Girls Night Out on Twitter or to the expert, #gno. It was started by the two ladies behind Mom It Forward and is the hottest place to be on the internets on a Tuesday night. I honestly met over 50 new ladies last night {hi twitterers!} and had so much fun networking, catching up on girl talk, current events, and randomly, what to do when your girl is getting bullied by other girls at school. I’m telling you, it’s just the greatest place to be. Start Twittering, right now. I’ll wait. Go, shoo, get signed up already!

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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!