what to read when you’re pregnant.

When my cousin who lives in France found out that I was pregnant, she sent me two very long emails full of advice. Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes a deluge of both unsolicited advice and horror stories. But I was grateful to receive her emails because all of the advice was written down. Usually advice comes during a conversation, and it’s pretty much forgotten as soon as it’s given. How can I be expected to remember the lists and lists and lists of “crucial” advice that they’re giving me if it’s not written down? So I have only these emails from my cousin that I can refer back to as I get ready for the baby.

The first email talked about several books, three of which I’ll share with you. I think that these could help me out adjusting to the first few months of motherhood. (The comments in quotations are from her email to me.)

The Contented Little Baby Book
“You will hate it at first, her writing is terrible, and you will swear you will never be the cold-hearted parent putting baby on a schedule, BUT her schedules quite accurately frame the natural rhythm of most babies … >> find out more...

Alma

Cool Mint Body Wash- Pamper Yourself This Summer.

For Valentine’s Day this year, among the many gifts that my husband gave me (it was our first Valentine’s Day so he went all out to make it count) was Tea Tree minty shampoo and conditioner. At the time, I was waking up at 5:30 every morning to commute an hour and a half to work. The minty shampoo and conditioner would wake me up a little more and give me the extra little kick that I needed in the morning.

But I wanted to complete my minty shower experience so I looked for a mint soap. After a few failed attempts, I finally saw Nicole Hill spotlight Bath & Body Works‘ Mentha Body Wash on her blog last week.They’re having a sale right now, so the bottles are $6 each. I bought several because as a pregnant woman, I feel entitled to spend a little money on increasing my own comfort. I highly recommend that you go out and buy some, too, if you want an extra pick-me-up in the morning. I come out of the shower feeling refreshed and just a little bit chilly, which is a nice feeling on these hot summer days.

Alma

Catch ya later…


Thanks again for having me over to play here at Petit Elefant; it’s been a treat for me. The always witty Cicada will be here next week, and please feel welcome at The Piggy anytime. Have a perfectly  wonderful  summer weekend. 

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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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custom rubber stamps for home.

I love these custom rubber stamps from Sweet Paperie. Each one unique and charming. I purchased one for my husband, to label his extensive personal library, and we were both thrilled with the results.  Sweet Paperie’s Farrah is a delight to work with and is always introducing snappy new styles. Her objective: designs that are fresh, fun and high quality. She succeeds.
So many darling things to choose from, I’m eying this for my book collection:
You might like this for the bride to be, this for the new homeowners, this for a talented friend, or this for your favorite gourmet.  The possibilities are practically endless.
*** Sweet Paperie is offering a 15% discount to Petite Elefant readers
enter coupon code ELEFANT15 at checkout.

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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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!