how to: recycle old crayons into new ones


When P was a toddler {and we were in our college poor days} we used to make these for birthday gifts. We always have a vast supply of stubby crayon odds and ends in our craft containers and this is a really fun project to use them all up. IKEA has some great ice trays that come in different shapes and sizes that are perfect for this craft. Wrap them up in a pretty package with a coloring book and you’re good to go.


Directions here.

{via Martha Stewart Living}.

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!

labor & delivery kit

Labor & Delivery Kit.
{via Ms. & Mrs.}
$45.

The first time I was pregnant I did what any neurotic mommy-to-be does and packed my hospital bag months before I was due to deliver. I dutifully followed the packing lists of every pregnancy book and magazine I had read, packing almost anything that wasn’t nailed down.


Ms. & Mrs. has taken all the guesswork out of it for you with their Labor & Delivery Kit which includes: stopwatch, slipper socks, headband, back massager, body lotion, lip balm, Preggie Pops Lollipops, breath mints, pre-paid calling card, contact list, disposable camera, & bubblegum cigars. Just pop it in your hospital bag and you’re ready to go. The labor & delivery part I can’t help you with.

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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!

kangaroom storage giveaway.

Our next giveaway is from Kangaroom storage, a company full of simple & pretty home organization gear {which I wrote about here}. Petit Elefant is giving away one Joey & Jane Underbed Zip Bag {valued at $25}.


“Take advantage of the most overlooked storage space in the home: under the bed! Our Joey & Jane Underbed Storage Zips can be used as one large single compartment, or together with two separate clear bags that fit inside and divide the larger unit, so it is easy to see what you’ve got stored in there. For your convenience, pre-printed labels are included to customize and organize your storage.”
$25.
Joey & Jane Underbed Zip Bag.
{via Kangaroom Storage}.


Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you/your child needs this bag between now and Wednesday May 21st {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced Thursday May 22nd on Petit Elefant.
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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!

talking first aid kit.

Check out this first aid kit from Generation Orange:

First Aid Talking Kit.
{via Generation Orange}.
$149.99

“The kit is separated into individually labeled and color-coded injury packs so the user has all the supplies and easy to follow instructions for managing a specific injury. The audio module in each injury card takes the technology a step further. By the squeeze of a button, the module narrates step-by-step instructions to manage the injury, pausing and repeating when necessary for accurate response.”

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!

baby because.

Green to Grow.
$7.99.
{via Baby Because}.

Baby Because is the ultimate one-stop-shop for all your {green} baby needs. My current favorite from their shop are the Green to Grow bottles; they’re made of “PES plastic…They are free of Phthalates and free of bisphenol A- a suspected hormone – disrupting chemical used in polycarbonate plastic, from which most baby bottles are made.”

Not only that, Green to Grow uses 100% recycled paper & soy inks in all their packaging & printed materials. They also donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes. Love that.

Phil & Ted’s Vibe Buggy.
$709.90
{via Baby Because}.

While you’re perusing the amazing selection of green baby products at Baby Because check out the Cadillac of strollers: Phil & Ted’s Vibe Buggy. This ridiculously well designed stroller makes me want to own it just to stroll {strut} C around my neighborhood. The Vibe has a one-touch brake, smart fold {you can easily stow it in the trunk of your car}, a 5-point safety harness, and is made of aluminum so it only weighs 22 lbs. You could easily maneuver this baby up the stairs of a subway platform.
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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!

mother’s day giveaway winners.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was very low-key which was perfect. I’ve officially reached the stage of life where I’m happy with very little on Mother’s Day. P gave a book she had written and illustrated at school highlighting the reasons she loves me. So sweet. And without further adieu, the winners of the Mother’s Day Giveaway-a-Day are:

Marta’s Mini Mart.
Lori:

Everybody need note cards. The red floral is totally cute. I deserve to win because I’d send you a note on one.
;)
Two Blonds & a Brunette Apron.
Annie:


Tres Saucy!! I NEED one of these! My youngest just moved out and this apron would do wonders to heat up the relationship between my hubby and myself. *wink* *wink*


Blue Poppy Necklace.
Liv:

i heart that necklace!!


Face Lift in a bottle.
Jenna:

Oh, I SO need de-sagging. Everyone’s been commenting lately that I look “tired” when I’m not actually tired. :( I’m just aging quickly all of a sudden this year and I hate it. Thanks for the chance to try this!


Congratulations! Thanks to all who entered, it was really fun to read all your comments. If you
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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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hobo international giveaway winner.


Thanks to everyone who entered the HOBO International giveaway! 463 of you to be exact. And the random winner is:

Jane, who said:

okay, NO WAY I’m going to win with this many comments…but I’m entering anyway!


Congratulations Jane! Please send me your info so we can get the bag to you ASAP.

And for the rest of you who didn’t win? Stick around. There are some sweet giveaways just around the corner. Take my word for it.

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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!

boutique bags and hair accessories.

Isn’t the whole point of Mother’s Day to pamper yourself, to buy things for yourself you would never otherwise consider? I’ve found some goods for you to do just that. Two lovely ladies {Kimberly and Lori} are selling some pretty adorable goods right now.

Lori is a very talented seamstress who makes the cutest bags you’ve ever seen. Her Market Bags make me want to go grocery shopping just so I can take one along. She is selling them right now on her blog I Can Make It so hurry over and pick up one or two. You’ll be the envy of the produce aisle.

Pink/Green Market Bag.
$25.
{via I Can Make It}.
19.5″ x 19″

The ever wonderful Kimberly {of The Piggy Says} is cleaning house and has leftover inventory of this nature. The same fabulous accessories you can find at the likes of Nordstrom & Anthropologie. Pop over to her site to do some {seriously discounted} shopping.

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!

mother’s day giveaway-a-day #4!


My dear, sweet P is as forthright about my grooming as she is about everything else in my life. When I recently commented to my husband V that {sigh} “I’m starting to look my age” P felt compelled to pipe in from the background, “Mom, you’ve looked old for a while now!” So it will come as no surprise that I’ve been in the market for some {anti-aging} skin care products. I don’t really have a lot of wrinkles and I’d like to keep it that way, thank you very much. But for the wrinkles I do have and that telltale {aging} sign of a little bit of sag, these Tripeptinon Facial Lift Capsules are a-ma-zing, a “face lift in a capsule”. The amino acid complex inside these precious little capsules “actually triggers the skin’s own collagen making and repair mechanism to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines…” I’m telling you your skin will look {and feel} different overnight.

One of you lucky ladies will win a bottle of the amazing Tripeptinon Facial Lift Capsules 6-week treatment from AmnioGenesis {valued at $79}. Hooray! Good luck.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you need to be de-wrinkled
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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!