mom calendar.

Part of my whole back-to-school ritual every year is to get a {big} new calendar for the school year. The moment the paperwork from school {and a myriad of extracurricular activities} starts flowing through the front door like a tidal wave, I write it all down on a master calendar. That way I’m not surprised in October when I’m expected to bring treats for sixteen preschoolers, and that come November I’m the head mom for the 3rd grade Thanksgiving Feast.

16″ x 19″
{via Time Too}.

I’ve tried several wall and desk calendars and am impressed with calendars from Time Too. Perhaps it’s because the creator of the Time Too product line Catherine Nunes, is the mother of four daughters and knows all too well how critical it is to be well organized during the school year. The calendar is huge, so there’s room to fit in all the family’s activities with additional room on the bottom for extra notes and special dates. Go get yourselves organized already.

Printed on 100% recycled, forest friendly, chlorine free paper.

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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!

unique russian matryoshka dolls.

Inga, (burgundy), $25
Oksana (blue), $25

There’s something so enchanting about traditional Matryoshka dolls. I’m rather fond of these soft, limited edition, hand-crafted beauties. Quiet Hours Toys (discovered via Design Mom) is an on-line shop featuring limited-edition, handcrafted children’s items. These sweet one-of-a -kind Matryoshka dolls, by Denise Mollison, are just one example of the many treasures you’ll find there. I think they’d make a lovely gift for a lovely little girl. FYI: Items sell out quickly, as nothing is mass-produced but rather skillfully hand-made by a few artisans.

Eloise, $25
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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.

personalized onesies.

Etsy never ceases to amaze me with its massive amount of talented artisans, and {handmade jig} is a perfect example. I am head over heels for {jig}’s onesies which are each custom made by Alyssa Coberly to your desired specifications. I recently had a custom {jig} onesie made for a dear friend of mine; there were squeals of approval across the room when she opened the gift. They are squeal inducing onesies.

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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!

hair accessories for little girls.

My eight-year-old daughter P is finally allowing me to style her hair again {I haven’t been in her hair circle of trust since she turned three} and I’m searching high and low for stylish hair accessories to remain in her good graces.

Corrine of C.C. Baby Inc. recently introduced me to her Etsy shop which is full of delightful floral hair accessories for little girls. Corrine started creating after she started a family a few years ago and discovered her love of crafting and I have to say I’m glad because there are few things in the world more charming than a flower in your hair.

Swarovski Studded Hair Clip.
$12.

{via
C.C. Baby Inc.}

Orange Sorbet Hair Flower w/ Matching Headband.
$13.
Go here to check out Corrine’s Etsy shop and here to check out her behind the scenes blog.

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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!

First Aid for Children


Last week, family friends almost lost their little boy to drowning. When they pulled him out of the water he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. They had just started CPR when a neighbor saw what was going on and rushed over to help. She told the family that they were administering CPR incorrectly because the boy was under five, and she took over. They were able to get the boy breathing again and they rushed him to the hospital. He’s now out of the hospital and back to being an active little boy.

What impressed me about this neighbor was how prepared she was. Her grandchildren come to visit her at her cabin every year, so she takes a CPR refresher course every year. If not for her preparation, my friends might have lost their son.

Even before this happened, I was recently thinking that I have forgotten all the First Aid that I learned when I was in high school. I think that I could successfully perform the Heimlich maneuver on an adult, but that’s about it. My friends’ close call has motivated me to sign up for a First Aid course. They’re pretty easy to find … >> find out more...

Alma

m. writes

A big thank you to Marta for guest posting last week on Petit Elefant. Isn’t she great? Best of luck to her as she’s thisclose to delivering her first baby. Follow Marta in all her adventures on m.writes, and Marta good luck, you’re going to make an amazing mama.


{photo via m.writes}

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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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inspiration binders.


i’m a big believer in
the binder. the binder doesn’t have to be frilly or expensive or time consuming to become your new best friend. i simply stock up on the 2″ black, 3 ring binders found at my local office supply store. i fill them up with ordinary plastic page protectors and insert my favorite articles, recipes, party ideas and household tips. this not only keeps my favorite magazine ideas separated and organized, but these binders become my one of a kind, inspirational go to books when i find myself in a slump and in serious need of a good idea. but wait, there’s more…


when life gets a li’l more complicated and hands you a big event (a wedding, a move across town, a first pregnancy, etc.) you’ll need to be prepared and organized to help it all go over smoothly. you need a binder to keep the collection of paperwork that inevitably piles up. and believe me, it piles and piles. therefore create yourself a pocketed go to binder. it’s super easy to create and will save you tons of time. get yourself a handy dandy 3-ring binder and toss in a cute piece of scrapbook >> 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!

beautiful custom note cards.

Most kids really dig anything personalized with their name. It’s something I  never outgrew. Maybe that’s partially why I’m loving these elegant custom note cards from DebsDesign. I’m repeatedly inspired by the bountiful talent on Etsy; Deb is no exception. The trees are especially a favorite, timeless and ageless in a fresh color scheme of cream, sage, and chocolate. But the birdies, the bikes and, of course, the darling little elephants are all rather snappy. Great for your own stationery collection or as a gift. I’m thinking teachers, newlyweds, and girlfriends. Also a thoughtful gift for the mommy-to-be.  I can’t wait to send someone a little happy thought on these happy little cards!

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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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oompa backpack GIVEAWAY.

UPDATE: That’s right, we are giving away an Oompa. ‘Which kind is it?’ you ask. Well, if the mailman brings you a box with holes poked in it, then it’s the kind that you’ll have to feed. Good luck guys. –Viktor
You didn’t think I would just show you an amazing backpack without sharing did you? I’m giving away an Allerhand backpack from Oompa Toys to one Petit Elefant reader. Just leave me a comment, any comment, to enter yourself into this sweet little back-to-school giveaway. Giveaway guidelines below.

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

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. Leave a comment on this post between now and Wednesday August 27th {Midnight MDT}.
  2. Leave only one comment please.
  3. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  4. A random winner will be chosen and announced Thursday August 28th on Petit Elefant.
  5. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days to claim your win another winner will be chosen.
  6. Good luck!



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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!