chalkboard dining room.

Spotted this on Design*Sponge today. I love the unconventional-ness of chalkboard paint in a dining room. I’ve thought many many times about painting a wall outside the kids’ bedrooms in chalkboard paint, but haven’t because I picture chalk dust as a constant companion on the carpet. Has anyone tried it and loved it? Or tried it and hated it? I love the concept. In theory.


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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!

america’s song on oprah.

I’m not much of an Oprah watcher, but I tuned in yesterday for the tail end of her Inauguration Special and I wasn’t disappointed. I was especially moved by the compilation of America’s Song which you can download today for free. Watch it here.

http://play.dipdive.com/p/984

If you want to download America’s Song be sure to hurry, it’s only on her site for 24 hours.

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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!

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share my inauguration.


This project, engaging the next generation of voters, is pretty inspiring. Check it out with your kids today.

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inauguration 2009.

I am so excited about tomorrow I can barely contain myself. I can’t believe the history that’s being made, and am itching to watch the coverage on t.v. tomorrow. The official 2009 inauguration website has a kids page so your little-ish ones can get in on all the excitement too. I’ve shown P and she’s now hovering over my shoulder waiting to get started.


What are you planning to do tomorrow in celebration? A special breakfast, or treat in the kids lunchbox? A special inauguration dinner for the family? I’m still not sure what we’ll do to celebrate but it will be good. I do know that I’ll be pulling P out of school to come home & watch the ceremony with me. Her school doesn’t have t.v.’s and they aren’t planning to watch it online. It’s a moment in history I don’t want her to miss, regardless of school policy.

What are you doing in celebration of this new era?

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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!

weekly fitness tip: make exercise a part of your day.

I have a friend who is a workout devotee. She is the most faithful exerciser I’ve ever known, ever. I asked her once to give me some tips, some motivational inspiration, something, anything to help me get a move on. She told me this:

“It’s just a part of my day, like feeding my kids, brushing my teeth, taking a shower. It’s just not optional.”

I asked her if she loved it, if it is her favorite thing to do in the world, and she told me that no it isn’t, but she feels better when she’s fit and it’s not an option not to fit it into her day. I’m not like this. I hate working out, hate it. I love the way I feel after I’m done, and I love the way my body looks when I’m in a regular workout routine, but I HATE IT. I have to force myself to do it.



So here’s my plan of attack: I’ve enlisted the help of a friend and we’re going to do it together. Between the two of us we practically have an entire gym of equipment, we just need the motivation and support
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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!

Knitting supplies giveaway WINNER

Congratulations to coriwestphal who has been chosen as the winner of the great knitting giveaway.
coriwestphal said…
I am a beginner and don’t have much of a knitter collection. This would be a great addition!
I also twittered but couldn’t find an email for you so here’s the link: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/status/1117698902
Thanks to LORI who was actually the SOLE sponsor of this giveaway, and for her knitting tutorials to help us all along, and thanks to all who entered.
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Michal

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thinking ahead to Spring

…and to quickly returning to my normal clothing size. I’ve been charmed by some of the new pieces at, of all places, Old Navy.  Maybe it’s the happy, contrasting colors, or the apparent comfort-factor, or the mommy-functionality that’s tempting me. 

mid-rise pants, $32.50. for schlepping around town in comfy style. 
hooded henley, $16.50. love those bright blue stripes
umbrella, $9.50. darling dots  say “bring on the rain!”
button front raincoat, $39.50. an ideal layer in cheery yellow
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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.

new advertiser: daisy princess paperie.

I’m really excited about our newest advertiser Daisy Princess Paperie. Need some wicked cute calling cards to hand out on the playground or in the carpool pick-up lane? How about some of these?


Remember these fabulous calendars from the Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza? The work of Daisy Princess Paperie of course. So welcome Daisy P, we’re happy to have you here!

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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!

delicious girl scout cookies.

Girl Scout Cookie Season is upon us. Go here to find cookies near you. Worried about those New Year’s Resolutions? Don’t you know that sweets for a good cause are consequence-free? No fat grams, no calories. Really. Trust me. I promise. I go for Samoas. And Thin Mints, from the freezer. Which do you go for?

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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.