sale time!

Target is doing some major house cleaning before the holidays and they have some wicked cute things on sale. Some of my favorites:

$11.24
I could score some serious points with the P.T.A. if I showed up in this jacket.

Circle Ruffle Tank Dress.
$8.74

Wouldn’t this be a sassy little number for the holidays?

Come on. This trench is darling, don’t you think? You might need to take a closer look to be completely sold on it, but I need.it.now.
So, recession resmeshion. Splurge. You need a little pick me up right? Go crazy, spend $20 and get a little bounce in your step! I must have the Grey jacket {but shhhh don’t tell Viktor}.

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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!

animal kids dish set.

This tableware set from Trebimbi is so adorable C refuses to eat on anything else.

Trebimbi Party Tableware Set.
$46.
{via Barebabies.com}

My favorite part of the set is how user friendly it is for little kids. C doesn’t have the most advanced small motor skills, but he does really well with this silverware. They fit perfectly in his chubby little hands, and when he’s done with them, he can clip them on just about any old part of the cup or plate until he’s ready to eat again.



The cup clips onto the plate, and all the silverware fits onto the side of the cup. Oh, the kids had hours of fun with that when we opened the box! But my favorite part? When you take the cup and silverware off the plate and hold it up, it looks like a monkey. Honestly, now how cute is that?


pl10offtre
for 10% off of any Trebimbi orders from barebabies.com.

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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!

little pharo.

Have all of you heard of Little Pharo, the luxurious line of precious newborn baby clothes {all made from 100% Egyptian cotton}? You haven’t? Well, allow me to introduce you:

long sleeve shirt.
{$38}

via
Little Pharo.

leggings.
{$36}


It’s not hard for me to love these simple, clean, lovely pieces. The line embodies everything I love about newborn babies without any of the usual accompanying characters {you know what I’m talking about}. None of the pieces have tags {thank Heaven for that} and all of them can transition from day to night seamlessly; if only we could transition between the two as easily.

I have a $40 gift certificate for one of you to spend as you like on Little Pharo. And if you don’t win, don’t fret because I have a super secret discount code for the rest of you. Use code SS2008 for 10% off your order.

bundler.
$68.

{via Little Pharo}.


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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!

cute notebooks as journals.

Scooters, by Rabbit and the Duck, $40
When I was expecting my first baby, M, I couldn’t seem to find a ready-made baby book that suited my taste and needs. Pastel cartoon characters just didn’t appeal to me; ultimately I would be using the book, right? Then I had a teensy little light bulb moment: Who needs a baby book to tell them what memories and milestones are most important and where to put what photo, memento or memory? Besides, who really keeps up with a baby book anyway?
I purchased a pretty little notebook that I took to the hospital.  After M was born, I began to jot things down every few nights as I lay in bed. The books stays next to my bed and serves as a journal for both mommy and baby.  It’s now a log of things about M and motherhood and our new little family that were important to me along with all the typical milestones and special events.
That same notebook was used until his 1st birthday. I acquired another one and have kept the entries coming. As for photos, I simply keep them in archival photo albums in chronological order. Nothing too elaborate, but my memories … >> find out more...

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.

frédéric fekkai haircolor.


Just about the time the Grey in my hair was threatening to take me hostage {shhh, don’t tell anyone} I received some of this in the mail. Perfect. I love everything Frédéric Fekkai and this was no exception.

Fekkai Salon Color.
{via Bloomingdale’s}.

$30.


This color turned the Greys a lighter brown {phew!} and the rest of my hair a lovely chestnut Brown, all from the comfort of my own home. Really, I’m one of those gals who prefers to color my hair at home, {again, don’t breathe a word to anyone} and this was a bit more fun because it comes with a professional mixing bowl and a brush so it felt a little less seedy than the regular box I use.

For you moms out there who don’t have the time/money/childcare to go to a salon to combat your Greys, consider the new hair color line by Frédéric Fekkai. While your child might be screaming at your feet while you color your hair, and you probably won’t be catching up on US Weekly while your color sets, at least you’ll be taking care of yourself with the best product out there. And I, for one can’t >> find out more...

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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book collection for a nursery.

Part of the baby preparation that Mike and I are doing right now involves amassing a great children’s books collection. As an illustrator, Mike has collected a variety of samples of books with great illustrations. As for myself, I’ve collected a couple books that require a slightly mature sense of humor. Here are a couple of my books that I came across yesterday that I’d love to share with you.


Squids Will Be Squids is a fantastic book that, as advertised, shares fresh morals and beastly fables. Think Aesop with a twist.


Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book is a classic. If you haven’t seen this side of Shel Silverstein, run out and buy this book immediately. And then hide it from your children. Set up to be a children’s book, every page is intended to inspire children with naughtiness and mischief. I don’t know how long I’ll wait before I let my kids read this… Considering that G is for gigolo (with a picture of a piccolo), I may have to decide how old I want them to be before I have to explain the real meaning of gigolo to them…

And onto a much tamer note, Monkie is a book … >> find out more...

Alma

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

I made these delicious cookies recently and could not get over how wonderful fresh ginger is in a cookie! I couldn’t keep my hands out of the jar so to speak. I’ll definitely be making these again soon.


If you are invited to a cookie exchange over the holidays, this might be a good recipe to make. You won’t have to compete with the other chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin versions. You’ll be in a category of your own both in the taste and appearance departments.

You can find the recipe here.

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Stephanie

Organizing Tip for the Day

On my blog I occasionally post an organizing tip…usually something I need to work on as well (somehow posting it increases my motivation). Anyway, this would be my 17th organizing tip thus far. You can view the other sixteen here.

#17 Create a drawer, just for toys, in your kitchen.

Move the pots, the plastic containers, the large serving pieces–do whatever it takes to clear up one drawer (closest to the floor) for just toys. I gleaned this idea from my mother-in-law a few years ago and must say having a toy drawer in my kitchen is wonderful. I find that my kids like to stay close and having fun diversions for them keeps them out of trouble too! Well, it helps at least :)

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Stephanie

Reusable Shopping Bags

I recently jumped on board with the whole reusable shopping bag campaign. After seeing many different designs (and many different price points!), I finally decided on these bags from Whole Foods. They are only 80 cents! And, they promise to replace them if they develop holes or what not. Reusable bags also pay for themselves after a few trips to the store as I’ve noticed I receive a discount at every grocery store I take them too (besides Costco). It feels good to be generating less waste by toting around these sturdy bags here and there.

Admittedly, I sometimes forget to bring them inside the store (even though I’ve already made the effort to put them in the car!). I feel pretty dumb when I walk back to the car and see these bags sitting on the front seat. How did I forget those I wonder? I guess we all have those days :) But, I make the most of the situation and reuse my plastic bags for diaper disposal. Going a week between trash removal can make for a smelly garage without proper measures, as many of you know!

Bottom line: snatch up a few of these bad boys … >> find out more...

Stephanie

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