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!

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Stephanie

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halloween kitchen supplies from williams sonoma.

Might be the season, might be the pregnancy, but I can’t stop thinking about food! Williams Sonoma has some fun items for your fall festivities in the kitchen–sure to delight little ones and grown ups alike! We’re way past sugar cookies here, for Halloween and beyond.

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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.

lego.

{via Lego}

How is it that I’ve never had Lego’s in my home? Honestly, I must be the last person in the civilized world to have not realized the beauty of these itty bitty plastic toys before now. C recently turned 4, and when I asked my older {and much wiser} girlfriends what toy did I have to get him for his birthday? what toys did their kids love when they were little? It was universal, LEGOS! I don’t remember if I played with Lego’s when I was little, but I’m making up for lost time in case I didn’t. My two kids have done nothing but play with C’s Lego’s since his birthday, and I’m always the last one to leave the party.

Hey, where are you guys going? Come back! We just built the most killer helicopter/fire engine/crane! Don’t leave now, mommy’s just getting started. Kids? Kids?”

The kids are hooked, as am I. The possibilities are endless, the playtime is constructive and creative, everybody wins. Go team Lego.

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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!

Winners!

Viktor here:

I have always heard that being able to give someone the shirt off your back is a character trait to aspire to. Well, how about the pants off your… Well, since these pants would never fit me, we are announcing some winners.


Rynell said…

Wow! I’m salivating over those jeans because not only are they smoking hot, but because in a month or so I will no longer have a need for stretchy maternity jeans and I’d love such an awesome pair of jeans.

mogrill said…

Ive lost 60 pounds so far, and would love a new pair of jeans to CELEBRATE!

Congratulations to both of you. Please get a hold of us quickly so we can get these out to you.

–Viktor

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Cupcakes…

…oh how I love thee.

I’m an avid fan of the current cupcake crazed taking over our country right now, are you there yet? :) I enjoy both baking cupcakes here in my kitchen and consuming them at local joint So Cupcake. These beautiful scalloped tulip baking cups are my favorite to use when baking cupcakes and since I ran out of them recently, it’s time to stock up again (this website offers the best deal). I just think these are the prettiest baking cups I’ve ever seen.


While we are on the subject of cupcakes, here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Barefoot Contessa Coconut Cupcakes

Mini Paris Cupcakes (except I don’t make them “mini”)

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Stephanie

Affordable French Children’s Clothing

I know “affordable” and “French” are typically oxymorons, but I promise you it isn’t in this case. One of my favorite places to shop for my kids in France, Du Pareil au Memes, is the equivalent to Old Navy here in the US (shirts for 6.90 Euros, dresses for 16.90 Euros, crazy cheap). And lucky for us these adorable clothes are available in the US via an English website! As an added bonus, the site carries both seasons (cold & warm), so both Floridians and Minnesotans can find appropriate clothing for their kiddos during the same month. You just can’t beat classic, French styling…

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Stephanie

the Good Guide

Recently, my hip-to-the-hop and tech-savvy friend Chris emailed me about a new site called Good Guide, which evaluates the environmental and social impact of everyday products we use and {for the moment} love. Since this blog often features the latest and greatest products for kids, I thought many of you would be interested in this grand idea. Given the creator’s MIT and UC Berkeley background, I feel it’s a site to be taken seriously. As an added bonus, Good Guide is easy to navigate and information is easy to find in a matter of seconds. Needless to say, I’ll be making a few difference decisions the next time I’m at the store.

You need to listen to this two-minute ditty and you’ll see what I mean! Seriously, carcinogens in baby shampoo? Yikes.

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Stephanie

last chance!

If you haven’t yet entered the Pine IV Denim Giveaway, do it now because it expires at Midnight tonight! Hurry, you know you want those jeans…

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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!

Well Stocked


One of the greatest things that my house has is a convenient, large pantry. Shortly after marrying Mike and moving into this home, I spent a day organizing the kitchen cupboards and pantry. I designated spaces for everything—plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, large appliances, small appliances… you get the idea. But soon after, with the abundance of wedding gifts we received, the pantry turned into a catch-all place for items without a real home. It turned into an absolute, unorganized mess. I couldn’t see what food we had or what food we needed. And I certainly couldn’t find the dishes that I’d stashed away in there, either.

In addition to this problem, Mike and I had another problem. We were eating out way too often. We were both working full time and I was commuting 2.5 hours every day, in addition to my 9-hour workday. So we fell into a habit of eating out for convenience’s sake and continued that habit even after I started working from home.

With a baby on the way, I figured that now is the right time to get back into the habit of making good, home-cooked meals, like I did in college. But the first … >> find out more...

Alma