homemade teacher gifts.


My daughter is out of school for the summer, and before I get to the fun summer stuff I have a great find for those of you with children still in school. When it came time to give teacher gifts to Precocious’ teachers a couple of weeks ago, I froze with performance anxiety and chickened out completely. I wish I’d seen these bags first, I could have wowed her teachers with my sewing skills. Craft Daisies is a really fun blog with tutorials that walk you through the crafting process, step-by-step. Brilliant. These Boo-Boo Bags were made by Simone for a teacher appreciation luncheon at her school. You obviously don’t need to make them in bulk, but I love the idea and think it adds a personal touch to end-of-the-year teacher gifts.


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father’s day tie.

It would be a shame to talk up such a great Father’s Day gift idea without giving one away. So here we go!

Use the word “Dingo” within a sentence or two as it references or relates to neckties or dress wear. That’s just for fun. Also, tell us who this necktie would be for and why you want it. References to Seinfeld and A Cry in the Dark (1988) will be docked points and disqualified. References to Meryl Streep might receive bonus points. Father’s Day is this Sunday, 15 June so let’s make this a quick one. If you are in New Zealand and Australia Father’s Day is not celebrated until 7 September; Here in America, we’re cutting is a bit close.

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  • Anonymous comments will be disqualified.
  • A winner will be chosen and announced Thursday 12 June on {Petit Elefant}.

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how guys really get dressed in the morning.

Ask any guy and they will tell you that they don’t wear outfits, they “just throw something on in the morning.” If you ever get a chance to see these brothers, you’ll know that chance encounters in the closet just do not happen. Just in case they do, here is something that can accidentally go well with pink, salmon, or just about any pastel colored shirt.

The Nankeen Elm Necktie

It’s funny how this professional model chose to wear washed jeans, a pink Nenkeen Elm Necktie with a loosely adjusted half-Windsor knot just to the bottom of the buckle of his designer leather belt. All by accident of course.
We’ll, thanks to President Nixon, Father’s Day is just around the corner and you can use this opportunity to help skew the odds in your (his) favor. {Not that I would ever condone such behavior.}

Here are the details:

  • 100% navy cotton lining
  • 59” length, 3.75” w tapers to 1.25” w
  • 100% Nankeen hand-dyed cotton
  • $65

–Victor

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bella & lina giveaway winner announced!

Mr. le Grand Elaphant here; Here to announce the winner for the Bella Lina bag giveaway. Now the reason that I am doing this and not Petit Elefant is because I need to make room for the Father’s Day giveaway. Stand by for details.

The stars have aligned and chosen…. bar.

bar wrote:

“My trips are mostly to babysit my grandchildren who live across town.But I usually stay overnight.Something like this would come in handy.Thanks for the giveaway!”

Quick! Tell us who you are and where you are so we can get this great bag out to you.

…and thanks for playing The Feud!!!

–Victor

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shea terra organics.

Shea Terra Organics is an amazing company {with an equally amazing founder} offering an assortment all natural, organic bath & body products. The products hail from Africa and the purchase of each contributes to the local economy. I’m not sure how I ever lived without the Organic Shea Butter; its healing properties are phenomenal. After a severe sunburn from the beach last week {C informed me ‘that’s what sunscreen is for’} I slathered this all over my body with fabulous results. The ingredients are all organic for a natural, clean, healthy feel. And if you’re interested, Angelina Jolie adores Shea Terra Organics too.

Shea Nilotica Certified Organic Shea Butter.
$16./4 oz.
{via Shea Terra Organics}.

Marula Face & Body Oil.
$16/2 oz.

{via Shea Terra Organics}.

While researching Africa’s ancient healing resources, Tammie experienced the extreme poverty and destruction of Africa. Profoundly affected, she vowed that Shea Terra Organics would offer significant long-term assistance to effective programs that provide African families with employment and education. A portion of the proceeds for each Shea Terra Organics’ product are donated to self-empowerment and environmental programs. She purchases many rare ingredients from communities throughout Africa with Fair Trade practices,
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old navy.

Old Navy has some pretty great offerings right now, and this ensemble is among my favorite.

Patent Wedges.
$24.99.

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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!

summer polaroids.

I love these Polaroids. They remind me of my golden hued {’70′s} childhood.



{via frolic!}


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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!

bella & lina giveaway!

Maybe it’s the road trip I’m on, but efficient traveling gets me kind of excited. So imagine my delight at our next giveaway from Bella & Lina. A Marrakesh-Leslie Bottle Bag. Not only is it the cutest travel bag I’ve seen in ages, it comes with all the organizational goods you’ll need on your next road trip.

“With two clear bottles, a soap dish, toothbrush holder, loofah and mirror included, this all-in-one bag is fully equipped for beauty on the go. Top handle makes it a cinch to transport. Featuring in olive green Moroccan inspired print.”

$70.
Marrakesh-Leslie Bottle Bag.
{6.5″ L x 4.5″ W x 6.5″ H}.
{via Bella & Lina}.

Giveaway Guidelines:

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  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Monday June 9th on Petit Elefant.
  5. One of you will win this adorable travel bag by Stephanie Johnson if you tell me where you’re going on your next trip and how this will help.
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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!

brain candy.

Over the next few months we’ll be adding some great interviews to Petit Elefant. I recently had the opportunity to interview Sam Reich-Dagnen, co-founder of Braincandy. She’s an amazing mother as well as a successful entrepreneur, and it has been a delight getting to know her a little better. Enjoy.
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:: How did your braincandy adventure begin?

braincandy:: Once upon a time, when our twins—Blaise and Logan–were almost two, my husband and I had a vision. That vision was enough motivation to rethink our lives, our sense of family and our careers… soon Braincandy was born! In April of 2004 we quit our jobs and set up an office in the laundry room of our Seattle home. Having young twins was a handful and like all parents there were times when we just needed a little down time to take a shower or make dinner! In our diligent efforts to be conscientious parents we discovered that what we were looking for—developmentally appropriate content that truly engaged our children— wasn’t available. That’s when we began to form the ideas and concepts behind Braincandy. Editing our first DVD, “Braincandy, My 5 Senses” between “spin cycles” and the zen-like >> find out more...

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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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