sugarplum dreams giveaway!

It’s about time for another giveaway isn’t it? It’s a bit of a dreary snow day here, so I thought it was about time to do something fun.


Do you remember the adorable Twilight Turtle I wrote about here? It came from the Über customer friendly boutique Sugarplum Dreams where you can find anything from kids apparel, furniture, and decor to keepsakes and toys. It’s a really cute store. And one of you is going to win a $50 gift certificate to spend as you’d like at Sugarplum Dreams. Yay! See below for details.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Sugarplum Dreams $50 Gift Card Giveaway, leave me a comment on this post telling me how you’ll spend your money.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get TWO extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  4. If you post my button on your blog, again, you guessed it, an extra entry.
  5. Leave only one comment please.
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Scrabble Anyone?

Hi there! Heather, from The Gift Closet again! I am delighted to be a guest blogger on Petit Elefant this week!!

The other day I shared about some Bath & Body products I make & today I wanted to share a little something I started making last year.

Last Summer I came across some beautiful Scrabble tile pendants on Annie Howe while cruising blogs (something I rarely have had time to do lately!;). I fell in love with them, and decided to give them a try!

I have had lots of fun making these Scrabble Pendants. The most popular ones have been personalized & monogrammed pendants.

I also learned how to turn them into magnets. Those are lots of fun & something unique for the frig!

As I said the other day, you can learn how to make just about anything on the Internet! But be careful….you may end up like me!

Wanting to try everything you see + not enough time to do it all=hundreds of bookmarked websites in your sidebar!!! LOL……

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Heather

weekly fitness tip: drink plenty of water.


Water. This is my Monday fitness tip to you today: water. Become best friends with it. Drink it all day long. Just drink it. It cleanses your system, hydrates you, {I tend to get as dehydrated in the Winter as the Summer} fills you up, keeps you focused. I’m less hungry if I drink properly. I feel better, have more energy, and consume less garbage during the day.

If you don’t like it plain {I struggle with it} do a few things to spice it up a little:

  1. -add Lemon, Lime, Orange, or Cucumber slices to it for some flavor
  2. -drink sparkling {it’s my favorite!}
  3. -keep it cold, sometimes that’s all it takes for me, a cold drink
  4. -make it pretty; put it on your desk in a pretty glass pitcher and drink out of a lovely tumbler that will keep you motivated to keep drinking


Cheers.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

WINNER: The Body Shop Giveaway

according to the integer gods of random.org, the winner of our The Body Shop/Baby Buriti giveaway is…
 #74  
Sassy, who said: The hooded towel is so cute! It looks like it would go perfectly with the baby shampoo!
Congratulations, Sassy! Please respond quickly (you have until Sunday!) so we can get your sweet-smelling bundle of Baby Buriti goodness off to you! 
Thanks again to The Body Shop.
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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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Guest Blogger – Heather from The Gift Closet

Hi there! My name is Heather, and I am visiting from my blog, The Gift Closet! I have been a reader of Petit Elefant for a while now, and love the fresh ideas Allison brings to us! I don’t know about you, but I feel so un-creative once I see all the great ideas people share on their blogs!


I do try to be somewhat creative and make a few products. One of my favs is my Paraben-Free Shea Whipped Body Butter.

You’ll love the thick, whipped texture of this body butter and the way it absorbs into your skin, leaving it feeling silky soft. This Body Butter contains Shea and is paraben-free, for those more environmentally conscience. Shea is great for sensitive or dry skin and has been used by many to treat Eczema, acne, rashes, and UV damage. It is a wonderful daily moisturizer. It comes in a variety of yummy & unique fragrances. Click here to check them out.

I also make a Soy Linen & Body Spray. I really love natural products & playing around with fragrances. I guess you could say I am a fragrance junkie!!

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Heather

Giveaway: The Body Shoppe

Don’t miss out on the fabulous giveaway from The Body Shop. 
Click here for details and to enter. Ends tonight! 
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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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easy crock pot dinner with roasted chicken.

[photo via betty crocker]
Busy? Need dinner? Me too. Here’s a technique I use over and over–it’s economical, easy, versatile and tasty.
Place one whole roasting/fryer chicken (thawed, emptied, rinsed, patted dry) in a crock pot. Add just a teensy bit of water, season generously with kosher salt and black pepper. Cook on low all day long. Voila! Tender, moist chicken that shreds off the bone and skin in a flash. Ideal for myriad recipes–anything really–like enchiladas, chicken salad, rice or pasta dishes, pot pie, chicken divan, or soup. Chicken soup that smells and tastes like you slaved over it all day long like Grandma, but really comes together in a snap. My chicken is in the crock pot this minute, awaiting addition later to broth, onion, carrot, celery and dumplings for homemade soup my guys gobble up over and over.
Enjoy!
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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.

interior divine.

I’m spending the day in the city today minus the kids, + the husband doing whatever it is we please for the whole darn day. The thought of so much uninterrupted kid time leaves me a bit speechless, and frankly I’m buzzing with excitement. Later tonight we’re headed up to Park City for a tweet-up gathering at the Sundance Film Festival. Soy muy excited!

Since I won’t be home at all today I thought I’d leave something for your perusing pleasure: Interior Divine {don’t you love the name?}. Check out this post on hanging art at home, I’ll definitely be using some of these tips in my blue room redecoration.




Have a lovely, lovely Thursday. If you haven’t already, hurry to enter the Body Shop Giveaway, you don’t want to miss out!

{via Desire to Inspire, from Australian Vogue Living, via Skona Hem, via interior divine}


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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

shop for a better world.

Have you heard about Macy’s new collection Shop for a Better World? It’s an “exclusive collection of limited-edition masterworks designed to enrich your life while improving the lives of others. Building on the tremendous success of the Rwanda Path to Peace, Shop for a Better World creates trade partnerships with artisans in recovering regions to bring the power of change to Rwanda, Cambodia, and Indonesia.”


The shop is full of textiles, jewelry, baskets, crafts, and silks. The quality is not to be underestimated, everything is absolutely exquisite. Take a look around. What’s your favorite? I’m in love with this True Unity fruit bowl from Rwanda. The craftsmanship is otherworldly; each piece is unique and will surely add a touch of style to your home.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!