back to school.


P started the Third grade today. Back to school, back to our busy routine, to studying, and spelling tests, and soccer games. Although I relished every minute of the Summer, I adore everything back-to school: the new clothes, new pencils, new books, new friends, and the electric anticipation of starting all over again.

P was delirious with joy as she skipped out to carpool this morning, and I can’t say I blame her. The kid has an entirely new wardrobe topped off with a sweet new backpack from Oompa Toys. The backpack has everything your kid could ever need {or want} in a backpack.

Allerhand Backpack.
{via Oompa Toys}
$57.99
L 12″ x H 17″ x W 9″

  • Five zippered pockets
  • Waterproof splash bag to keep wet things in or out
  • Thermal sleeve to keep drinks hot/cold
  • Lots of pouches for pencils, books, cell phones, mp3/cd players, or even a snack
  • Lightly padded back and straps for comfortable use
  • Reinforced handle for easy locker hanging
  • Two straps for heavy duty backpacking


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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!

simple birthday parties for kids.

As M nears his 2nd birthday, I realize that the era of birthday parties will soon be upon us. We are foregoing a party this year, but plan to involve his playmates at his 3rd birthday celebration. A daunting feat, must admit. But, ta da!  Just a couple of days ago I received my bonus family issue of Real Simple (a perk of subscribing faithfully–I don’t know what I’d do without it). It’s a great issue, and happens to feature clever suggestions for kids birthday parties: “Little” Italy (an upgraded twist on the typical pizza party), or my favorite, the Treasure Hunt Party. Great suggestions for decorations, food, games that can be used literally or as an inspiration for your own ideas. I thought the make-your-own telescope activity and peg-leg races were perfect for several age groups. The newspaper pirate hats are great, though I’d have to recruit a friend to make them. I’m hopelessly un-crafty.
Click here for all the details and downloadable party invites.

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.

living green.

For some time we’ve had a list of green living projects to do, and this sumer we checked two off the list:

  • a successful vegetable garden
  • an outdoor clothesline.

The garden was smooth sailing. We started out with some fail-safe plants: carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and pole peas, all of which produced a bountiful crop throughout the summer. Next year we’ll add even more to the garden; I’m thinking broccoli, cauliflower, rhubarb, cucumbers. Any other ideas?


Crispy. Crunchy. Deliciousness.

Fresh. Juicy. Tangy.


The clothesline was easy enough. V bought two lengths of heavy duty coated wire and strung it between the kids play equipment and the fence. I’m not only saving energy by drying clothes outside, I’m also cutting down on our utility bill and thoroughly enjoying myself in the process; it’s really quite relaxing. And there are few things in the world that smell better than fresh laundry off the line.

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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!

ju ju be giveaway winner.

The winner of the Ju Ju Be BeLight Giveaway is Kristen who said:

Oh so cute! I haven’t even thought of getting a diaper bag yet and the baby comes in less than 18 days!


Congratulations Kristen! Send me your contact information a.s.a.p. so we can get you the diaper bag before the baby gets here. Thank you to everyone who entered & stay tuned for a new giveaway tomorrow.

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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!

cabinet snooping by guest mom alma.

Mike and I felt we deserved a trip to IKEA last week to celebrate the news that we’re having a baby boy. Really, any reason is a good reason to go to IKEA. Among our purchases was this medicine cabinet. I’m tired of looking through every drawer of every bathroom when I need an Advil or a band-aid. I scouted this out online, and was struck by the product description that says, “Lockable top cabinet keeps curious fingers out.”


It made me start to wonder how many people actually snoop through other people’s medicine cabinets. I asked a couple friends and both admitted to doing it at one point in their lives. Is this something that a lot of people do?

I pointed out to a friend that enough people must do it because this cabinet comes with a lock to “keep curious fingers out”! Then she (a mother of two) told me that “curious fingers” meant kids.

Oh yeah. I forgot all about the fact that kids can and do get into their parents’ medicine (our nephew went to the hospital this past year because his father’s heart medicine looked like Skittles). And since the lockable part of this … >> find out more...

Alma

last chance!

Don’t forget, tomorrow is the last day to enter the Ju Ju Be Belight Diaper Bag Giveaway. Hurry, you don’t want to miss this.

$35.

BeLight.
6.4 oz.
11 x 12.5 x 1.5

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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cute shoes for kids.

Am I the last mom on the block to know about the adorable shoes from See Kai Run? I’m now singing their praises. It seems that toddler shoes readily available on the market (especially for boys) are too often bulky and without character. Not these from See Kai Run, which are obviously designed by a mom with an eye for style, function and comfort. All shoes are made of leather and are sturdy yet flexible, blessedly shoe-lace free with velcro closures, and there are lots of snappy styles for every kind of kid.
After much deliberation, I chose these for my M, understated yet dapper and just right for dressier occasions. At first sight M demanded to try them on and wouldn’t take them off until I forced them off at bedtime to sobbing wails:  “New shoes! New shoes! Pweeeease!” Totally my kid.  If only they made shoes for grown-ups!

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.

safe wooden teethers.

Look at these cool teething toys from the etsy shop Little Alouette. They’re made from Maple wood so they’re 100% natural for your baby to chew on, and the teethers are filled with brown rice to keep your little one entertained while they munch. I always gave my babies frozen bagels, which worked great until they bit off chunks of bagels and tried to choke themselves. Wood is better, much better.

Maple Waldorf Teether/Rattle.
$14.
{via
littlealouette}.

Made with love by our family in a back yard in Ohio. Master carpenter daddy creates them and mom and wee one hand sand and package! These 5 inch teethers are finished with certified organic seed oils. Hand-made in the U.S.A. with Ohio Maple.

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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bare naked ladies album for kids.


I’ve been a fan of the Bare Naked Ladies for a long time. The band, of course. Not actual naked ladies. Upbeat tunes, clean and witty lyrics, music with great personality in general. The talented band members are now parents and, inspired by their own offspring, have created a CD for kids. Titled Snacktime, some of the songs are about food, like raisins,  but there are others about wonderful things like pollywogs and wishes.  Classic BNL cleverness, without that saccharine kids-album taste.   Click HERE for a sample of Snacktime.

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.