growth chart.

Growth Chart.
{Box measures 7.25″ x 7.25″ x 2.75″}.
$40.

I think Miss Natalie is onto something here. These growth charts {from her Etsy shop Miss Natalie} are the perfect solution for the transition years between apartment living and permanent home dwelling. I used the not-so-original idea of measuring P’s growth on a two-by-four before we moved to our home. Not cute. It served it’s purpose, but without any aesthetic appeal. I wish I’d had one of these.


Packaged in an heirloom wooden box, the chart contains a 4′ long jute ribbon, mounted on wooden dowels and hung with a red ribbon. With one simple nail, you can hang your chart 1′ (or more) above the floor to start your measurements. Twenty tags are included (ten in red, ten in manila) with space to mark your child’s name, age, and date of measurement. Also included are twenty large safety pins in a muslin bag to secure your child’s tag on the burlap ribbon. A dollop of glue at the pin head ensures a steadfast bond.When your child is fully grown, simply fold the ribbon back up and place in the wooden box for safe-keeping, a precious

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tru kid.

My kids really love TruKid bath & body products {o.k., I use them too and the Bubbly Body Bar is my personal favorite}. And don’t be fooled by the bright packaging, this is seriously organic stuff that smells like citrus heaven. TruKid is completely dedicated to using only certified organic ingredients and if you’re curious just what those are, all their ingredients are listed right on the packaging. No more wondering what is going on {and in} your child.

Bubbly Body Bar.
$6.
{via TruKid}.

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building a children’s library.


I was sorting through my children’s books the other day trying to weed out the irrelevant, no longer loved, and damaged books when I realized, we own a lot of books. A lot. I spent a lot of time accumulating children’s books for P when she was little, most of which have been passed on to C. As I sorted through the books I noticed a large portion of them weren’t new when they entered our home, and most of the ones I was getting rid of were still in perfect condition. This spurred a mental list of the best way to accumulate a children’s library of books without breaking the bank.

1. Buy from the library.
Buying books from the library is one of the best kept secrets around. As libraries update their collections they will often sell outdated or duplicate books for a song. Find out when and where your local library sells books and stock up. A lot of libraries have a small section entirely devoted to selling old books, magazines, records, etc.

2. Shop garage sales.
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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!

the see and sprout project.

If any of you are out & about in L.A. today {Saturday May 3rd} go check out the amazing see and sprout project. If you can’t make it but would like to donate to this international exchange art workshop go here; they’re doing wonderful things.

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drugstore finds.

There’s something really great about going into your local drugstore and finding your tried and true beauty staples. Below are some of my favorite must-haves. {Available at a drugstore near you, or from the comfort of your laptop at drugstore.com}.

OPI Nail Lacquer.
Quarter of a Cent Cherry.

$8.19
{via drugstore.com}.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
$4.49
{via drugstore.com}.

Carmex.
$2.29.

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colorwars 2008.

Go to Color Wars 2008 to submit Youngme & Nowme photos of yourself, or just stop in to check out the cool/funny/original photos already there. I love these:




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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!

magic tree house

Stage Fright on a Summer Night.
{via Amazon}.
$3.99

P loves Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the fabulous series Magic Tree House. Osborne has written 38 {and counting} historical fiction books for early readers covering topics like the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 {Earthquake in the Early Morning} and William Shakespeare {Stage Fright on a Summer Night}. As a mom I love them because they are full of strong female role models, the stories are engrossing {for both of us}, and P has learned a lot of history along the way. I highly recommend every last one of them.

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!

recipe for the perfect classic cannoli.


Just looking at this photo makes me hungry. I’m not sure I’ve ever had Classic Cannoli, but now I have to make some. If you’ve tried this recipe or have an amazing one of your own, let me know I’d love to hear about it. Here’s Martha’s recipe for the true Italian version.

{photo via Martha Stewart Living}.

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!

beautiful belly after baby.


I loved reading this article about your body after having a baby. Maybe I’m reading too many magazines because sometimes I get discouraged looking at celebrities looking slim and toned shortly after giving birth. I schlepped around in pajama bottoms for weeks after both of my babies were born, and it took me close to a year to get my body back {both times}. Check out the article on babycenter, for a realistic perspective on your {beautiful} body by baby.

{photo via babycenter}.

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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