Haba Haba Haba

An on-line search to expand M’s beginner set of wooden building blocks, I came across these fantastic sets by Haba, of course. I can’t seem to settle on a favorite!  For your budding architect or engineer: 

Roman Coliseum
How cool are these? 
United States Capitol
Also available: Japanese, Middle Eastern, Mayan and Medieval sets, to name a few. Very cool. Via Amazon.com  and Oompa Toys

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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.

scented soy candles.

Small towns like mine really do have a lot to offer. I recently discovered SimpliNature Soy Candles and I’m impressed!

“Our candles have no added chemical dyes and we use cotton-coreless wicks. We hand-pour our soy candles into American made glass…When we started the company three years ago, we wanted the best clean-burning candles on the market. We developed our own soy wax recipe that burns straight across and down.”

Get this–the wax can be rubbed into the skin like a lotion. Seriously. The fragrance options are wonderful, right now I’m loving  Lavender Basil (not listed online) and a blessed unscented option.  Simpli Nature also offers lip butters in those hip little tins, pretty hand butter, and fragrance reed diffusers. I love the minimalist packaging, but they’ll even do custom orders and custom labels for weddings or other special events. Clever!
bonus: free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

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.

bright lights, big city.


I’m headed off for a week of much needed R&R; with my husband, but will be leaving you in the very capable hands of Kimberly and Cicada. You won’t even know I’m gone. I’ll be back shortly with fun wedding details and some new finds from NYC.

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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!

about kj.

So happy to be posting here at Petite Elefant these next few days, hoping to live up to the classiness that lives and visits here. A little bit about me:

I’m married to a rough-around-the-edges Prince Charming. 2 years ago I abandoned the rickety corporate ladders for motherhood, which I  embrace and  adore. In fact, my little one (M) is probably the best boss ever. Born a city girl, I now reside in small-town Idaho surrounded by farmlands, rivers, mountains and wildlife. I love pretty things, great books, playing with M, Costco, the outdoors, Sharpies, tidiness, salt & vinegar chips, dark chocolate, and the occasional Diet Coke.  Things I don’t like: mayonnaise, pantyhose, ironing.  I worked a summer at DisneyWorld. I’ve been hugged by Karl Malone (solid steel, I tell you). I once spent the night in a monastery. I’ve never mowed the lawn. If Mr. Darcy were to ask me today to run away with him, I’d strongly consider it. If not, well, my life is pretty good as is.
Best,

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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whomi.

Everyday Pad.
$19
{via Whomi}.

I love being organized, I really do. Having kids makes it trickier than I thought possible to stay organized however, & I’m constantly on the prowl for new, innovative ways to make my life easier. I love the What To Do Pad from Whomi. It separates your tasks by day so you can see {and tear off} your activities one day-at-a-time. I love that each day is color coded so your muddled brain {well, definitely my muddled brain} won’t get confused.


Home/Work/Play
$16.

The Home/Work/Play pad is pretty fantastic too. Tear ‘em off, throw them in your purse, and you’re good to go.
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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!

moxie kids.

Paper Wings All Over Shoe Tee.
{via Moxie}
Sale $30.

I’m loving Moxie Kids, a North Carolina based kids store started by two mothers of toddlers. My kids most definitely have more moxie than they know what to do with, and the clothing found at Moxie Kids definitely fit the bill. Spunky, non-traditional, perfect. Check out their collection of clothing along with accessories, decor, & gifts.

Glug Eagle Tee.
{via Moxie Kids}.
Sale $20.40.

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!

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Brain Candy giveaway winner announced

Congratulations!!!!

hannademaster said…

I’d love this set for my son, although he may not be able to enjoy them quite yet. However, I know that they would help keep my sister sane this summer on HOT days when she can’t send my nephew outside!

Best of luck to you, your sister, and your house-bound-too-hot-to-go-outside nephew.

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wedding week.


Remember when I told you about the impending nuptials of one of my favorite family members {and great friend} Miss NYC {that’s us together at her brother’s wedding last summer}? Time flies & the wedding is this weekend in {where else?} New York City. I can’t wait to go enjoy the wedding weekend. Weddings are one of my favorite pleasures in life {who says you can’t buy wedding magazines once you’re married?} and I couldn’t be happier for this particular bride & groom. I may have to amend my no-sugar lifestyle, just for one night, as the dessert menu alone is worth flying across the country to taste.


I’m also excited because V and I are traveling without the kids in celebration of not only the wedding but our {belated} ten year anniversary as well. Is there anywhere in particular we should go? Anything we can’t leave NYC without trying? We’re feeling pretty footloose and fancy free, so feel free to suggest away.

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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!

let freedom ring.


Happy Independence Day! Have a lovely holiday weekend. We’ll see you Monday.

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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!