share our strength.


Here’s a good cause you all need to know about: Bertolli has teamed up with
Share Our Strength, an national organization aiming “to fight hunger and poverty around the world”. In order to help raise money for this great organization go to ebay and bid on a celebrity autographed dish {yes, there’s even one by Oprah!}. There are currently 22 autographed dishes available for bidding and they’re going fast, so hurry over!


100% of the proceeds from Bertolli’s Signature Dish Program will benefit Share Our Strength® — a national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch every at-risk child.

{photos via ebay}.

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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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little pharo winner!


We have a winner! Sweetsue, who said:

My brother just found out they are having a baby after trying for 13 years. I would love to win them this great prize!

Congratulations! Email me A.S.A.P. so we can get your gift card off to you.

Thanks everyone who entered, and a big thank you to Little Pharo for hosting the giveaway.

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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!

sexy maternity tops for women.

I’ve been working the baby bump in denial for a couple of weeks; time to work it in style. Dreem creates some very cute maternity tees, complete with a little attitude. Which I love.  No surprise considering the brains behind the operation, Brooke, is a mom of 2 (plus another on the way) and a former school teacher in South Central LA. Short sleeves, long sleeves, tanks, and even hot mommy shirts for the non-preggers. These tees are comfy, soft & stretchy with plenty of bump-growing room, and they wash up beautifully.  I’m sorta crushing on some of her tattoo-inspired designs.
Not currently preggers, click here to check out the “hot mom” tees. Cute.
Dreem is generously offering Petit Elefant readers 20% off their entire order
Use promo code PEB20 at checkout.
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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.

pediped children’s shoes.


I was recently introduced to Pediped, an amazing award winning children’s shoe company renowned for their wide selection of comfortable and stylish shoes. It shouldn’t have to be one or the other with footwear, especially when it comes to your children’s shoes. Pediped has managed to design a whole collection of shoes that are both comfortable and completely adorable. If you need further proof that they’re the coolest shoes in town, check out the photo galleries chock full of celebrity tots adorned in Pediped footwear.

I’m swooning over these Abigail’s. Maybe it’s the stitching that pushed me over the edge? No, the flowers. No, the stitching. Oh, I can’t decide! Why don’t they make them in my size?

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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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easy pumpkin wreath.

I love this pumpkin wreath from the Armelle Blog. Caroline says it’s super easy, so I’m going to take her word for it and make one for my front door. I’m always in the market for a good front door wreath and this looks like it has the potential to last all the way to Thanksgiving. Here’s the original link to the wreath post with the instructions, but I put them here in case you’re feeling lazy. You really should pop on over to her blog though, it’s full of amazing craftiness including this post on canning peaches {I’m dying over her labels. My family wouldn’t know what to do with me if our canned peaches were that cute!}. Enjoy.


super easy. it probably took me 20 minute max.
supplies
mini pumpkins [enough fill your wreath]
wire wreath from craft store [found near flower supplies]
ribbon
hot glue gun/glue
directions
i basically just wrapped ribbon around the wire frame and glued in in place.
then, i hot glued each pumpkin one by one around it. tied a ribbon around the top to hang it from.
voila!


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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!

book pick: marley & me

Last week I shared some great kids’ books with you. This week, how about a little something for yourself? I don’t know about your weather, but here where I am, things have gotten a little chilly! What better time to curl up with a book and a nice warm cup of hot chocolate? Here are two books I’ve read recently that I can recommend.

Marley & Me.

Although this wasn’t a book that my book club read, it seemed that members of my book club were talking about it a lot. So I picked up a copy and read it. It definitely had me laughing out loud several times. The book talks about the family pet, a yellow lab named Marley. What surprised me (in a good way) is that it also talks a lot about building the family itself. Because I’m pregnant right now, I really can’t get enough of reading about other people’s pregnancies. Except that they go by WAY faster in the book than my actual pregnancy is going by… As I would read excerpts to my husband, and as the excerpts would be dealing with family (or with murder), Mike kept asking, “I thought this book … >> find out more...

Alma

Mommy Training

[photo via parents.com]
As we venture into the world of potty-training for the first time (our little boy is 2 and has shown some interest and ability), I’m slowly realizing I have no idea what I’m doing. The experts say this, some say that, but I’m thinking the real experts are the mommies in the trenches: YOU.  So it is with humility that I solicit the world of Petit Elefant and her hip, well-informed readers:  Advice? Tips? Warnings? Please? I want to know it all and enter the trenches completely informed. 


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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.

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?


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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!