petit elefant advertising.

I still have room for some additional advertising on Petit Elefant. If you’re interested, please drop me a line and I’ll get my media kit out to you. allison@petitelefant.com
Thanks!

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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!

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Unique Women’s Magazine



Have you seen Eliza, this sweet magazine? I can definitely stand behind their philosophy:

“Created for women who want to be stylish, sexy, and engaged in the world while retaining high standards in dress, entertainment, and lifestyle.”


Do any of you have a subscription already? Have you seen it in the flesh? I can’t wait to see what else they have in store.


Go here for a list of stores that carry Eliza, here to purchase a subscription.

{images via Eliza}.

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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!

sugarplum dreams.

Sugarplum Dreams is an adorable store {with a new online presence} featuring impeccable customer service to cater to your every need. Sugarplum offers everything you could ever want in a baby and children’s boutique: special occasion clothing, decor, toys, keepsakes.

My personal favorite toy is the Twilight Turtle, a fun little nightlight in the form of a turtle that changes colors between amber, green, and blue. It shuts itself off so you won’t waste battery time, and it casts 8 constellations on the ceiling of your little one! So cute!

Head over to Sugarplum Dreams to see what all the fuss is about. You won’t be disappointed.

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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!

fitness magazine 30-day fitness challenge.


Victor got me a subscription to Fitness Magazine last year, and I was a bit chagrined until I opened the cover and started reading. It’s fantastic! I’ve never met an issue I didn’t like, and I’m inspired to be a healthier person every time I read. It’s not one of those fitness magazines, it meets every woman at her level and strives to help her improve.

Their most recent issue has a 30-day fitness challenge for women everywhere. 30-days to lose 10 pounds. I’m in. I’ve gained 10 lbs. since starting this website, and my general lack of fitness is getting to me. So, will you join me in the 30-day fitness challenge? If we don’t lose 10 lbs. so what? At least we’ll be getting more physical, more healthy, more conscientious. And there *might* be some sweet goodies {the non-food kind} involved at the finish line.

Are you with me?

{sign up 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!

Edith Wharton.


“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

-Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance

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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!

new baby!

Alma is now the proud mother of a new bouncing baby boy! Doesn’t she look amazing? Congratulations Alma! Welcome to the magical world of parenting.

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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!

knitting supplies.

A big fat THANK YOU to Lori for her amazing posts last week. Didn’t she do a terrific job? I can’t wait until I have some time to sit down and use her step-by-step instructions to make a hat, sweater, and baby leg warmers. So cute. If you want to keep up with Lori in all her multi-talentedness you can do so here, she’s always making something great.

And now for the giveaway. Lori, in conjunction with Unwind {the knitting store where Lori can be found working most Saturdays} are the generous hosts of this giveaway. If you are local to Utah, you should sign up for some of the knitting classes offered by Unwind, they all look fantastic! The KNITTING GIVEAWAY includes all the knitting supplies you need to do the projects Lori demonstrated last week {and then some} yarn included! This giveaway is valued at over $80.

These are all of the tools you’ll need to complete the three tutorial projects from L to R:
  • Size G Rosewood Crochet Hook
  • US Size 7 Single Point 10″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 5 Single Point 9″ Bamboo Needles
  • US Size 4 Double Point 6″ Bamboo Needles (not pictured)
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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!

composting.


One of my favorite sites, Simple Mom, had a great article today about composting. It’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time but haven’t really figured out how to make it happen. This article gives a pretty basic, step-by-step guide to making your own compost bin. I’m really going to do this, starting now. I can’t wait, this is going to be a lifesaver to my Summer garden as well as a contribution to the environment.


{photo via Simple Mom}.

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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!

book pick: dairy queen.

Catherine Gilbert Murdock
{via Amazon.com}
$10.88
I’ve been reading a lot of YA {young adult} literature lately. Lest you think I’m a bear of very little brain, I read a lot {4-5 books a week} and not all of it is YA. Young Adult just happens to be, in my opinion anyway, a hotbed of very very talented authors.


My new favorite is Catherine Gilbert Murdock author of my new favorite series, Dairy Queen and The Off Season. The narrator and heroine of the series, D.J. Schwenk is the hardest working, most loyal, likable character I’ve read in a long time. Murdock is an extremely talented author, I’m not the only one who thinks so, you can see a {lengthy} list of her awards here. I love her writing style and can’t wait to read more about D.J. and her life {the final book in the series is due this fall, hooray!}. Thank you Catherine, I love what you’re doing and look forward to many many more books in your talented future.

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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!