on the 7th day of christmas my true love gave to me…


I’m totally excited about this one because I have a 9-year-old who inhales books; I just can’t keep her book lust satiated. Excite Books is like the “Netflix of Children’s Books”. Here’s how it works:

  • you choose a plan that works for you, starting at $4.99 a month {for one book} up to $14.99 {for three books + an educational activity},
  • pick a reading level that would most appeal to your child, and bing, bang, boom! you have books shipped to your door.

They come with an extra mailing envelope so when the time comes you can mail them directly to a ….wait for it…. school that is in need of books! Your kid not only gets hand picked books shipped to your door, they get donated to someone in need when they’re all done reading! Genius.

One of you is going to win a set of books of your choice of age group for your kids! Hooray. Some for you, some for someone else. A perfect sentiment for the holiday season!


For those of you who don’t win Excite Books is offering a free trial! Try it, it’s fun.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Excite Books 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!

wooden animal play sets for kids.

Have you seen them? Do you know how to pronounce it? No matter how,  (Is it cheek-EYES, like eyeballs, or is it cheek-EES?), just get them. Cheekeyes makes some of the cutest wooden play sets I’ve seen.  A special gift for any toddler that parents also will appreciate. Yes, I clearly have a thing for wooden toys, and as a result, Oompa Toys is one of my favorite online haunts for utterly delightful blocks, trucks, games and these very sweet wooden animal sets by Cheekeyes. As every toddler is crazy about animals, these are just the right size for little hands. I especially love the beautiful wood grain of each piece and the teensy pops of color. Little ones will love the friendly shapes of both familiar and unique animals, plus the very cool accessories like trees and glaciers.

Bonus: class-act Oompa will send your package promptly, expertly (i.e. no visible tape) gift-wrapped in sleek and jolly red paper.
Polar Animals, $29.99
Forest Animals, $29.99
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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.

helpful grocery shopping list gadget.

SmartShopper
$79.99

I can’t believe gadgets like the SmartShopper even exist, just to make the lives of people like myself easier. If there is a gadget a woman needs to own {besides the requisite iPhone} it is this, the SmartShopper.

Here’s how it works: you speak into it when you remember something you need to add to your grocery list. If for example you need apples, just push the ‘record’ button and say ‘apples’ into the speaker. The word ‘apples’ pops up on your screen, you confirm it, and it’s added to your grocery list. You do this however often you need to until you’re ready to shop. When the time comes to go to the store you simply press ‘print’ and out comes a little grocery list, neatly arranged into sections: produce, deli, pharmacy, etc. So clever! Not only that, you can mount it to the wall in your kitchen, or slap it on your fridge because it’s magnetic! I love it. You must all get one.

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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!

lands’ end.

You know who’s always been a part of Christmas from the time I was old enough to remember? Land’s End. Seriously, Land’s End just reminds me of Christmas: flannel nightgowns, slippers, sweaters for school, snow boots, turtlenecks. You get the idea. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Utah where it is cold, cold, cold in December, but I’ve always loved opening presents from Land’s End and knowing they’d make me a little bit cozier in the coming months. Not only is Land’s End “outerwear headquarters”, they have a lot of other great stuff too. Did you know for example, Land’s End sells furniture? I’m not even kidding. It’s not all ski gear and uniforms, there’s a lot of other fun stuff there too.

For example, for the woman in your life, how about a Cashmere sweater? Land’s End has these very lovely, soft, light, and comfortable Cashmere sweaters. Now who doesn’t want that for Christmas {I do, I do!}?

Cashmere Sweater from Land’s End
{sale} $79.95

How about some slippers for the kiddos? That’s one of the traditions at my house, new slippers along with some new pajamas on Christmas Eve. Snuggly

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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!

recipe for delicious rice pudding.


While you’re waiting for me to put up today’s giveaways, have a little something to eat. Please. Here’s my go-to recipe for rice pudding: a quick, yummy meal during the holidays. Honestly my kids would be thrilled to eat this every night but vegetables have to sneak in there somewhere and ruin all the fun.

Rice Pudding
{serves 4}

3/4 c. uncooked rice
{I’ve been using brown rice this year, it’s better for you and the kids don’t even notice}

2 c. milk {divided}
1/3 c. white sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
2/3 c. raisins
{craisins are fun too}

1 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon

Bring 1 1/2 H20 to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 min.

In another combine 1 1/2 cooked rice, 1 1/2 c. milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy {15-20 min}. Stir in remaining 1/2 c. milk, beaten egg, and raisins.
Cook 2 min. more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla.

Serve and enjoy!

{image via flickr}.

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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!

daisy princess paperie GIVEAWAY!

Always in Season.
$14


On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me two calendars from Daisy Princess Paperie {again totally unplanned, but it rhymes!}. Daisy Princess is a store filled to the brim with delicious stationery, calling cards, calendars, and art paper. Up for grabs are two calendars for 2009, one Always in Season + one Beauty Bird
. Giveaway details below.

Beauty Bird.
{$14}

Giveaway Guidelines:
  1. To enter the Daisy Princess Paperie Giveaway leave a comment on this post telling me which calendar is your favorite.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you put the Petit Elefant Button up on your blog you can get an additional entry, send me an email with a link to your blog so I can verify.
  4. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get THREE {total} extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  5. Leave only one comment please.
  6. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  7. One winner will be chosen and announced Saturday December
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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!

YOU CAN MAKE THIS christmas giveaway!


You know when I told you about the amazing e-site called You Can Make This, where you can download seriously cute patterns to make all sorts of darling things at home? It’s time for TWO of you to win an eBook from You Can Make This. Whip something darling together before Christmas, or make something together with your kids while they’re home for the holidays, I’m planning on it.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the You Can Make This giveaway leave me a comment on this post telling me which book you would choose.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get TWO extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  4. Leave only one comment please.
  5. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  6. One winner will be chosen and announced Saturday December 20th on Petit Elefant.
  7. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days to claim your giveaway another winner will be chosen.
  8. 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!

personalized children’s book.


I love personalized children’s books, there’s just something magical about them. Me Media makes two versions of personalized children’s books, one for younger kids {2-5 year-olds} and another for the older ones, {3-7+}.

Both books are completely adorable, customizable with photos of your child. Just download photos onto your computer, upload them onto the pages of the book and you’re done. Then wait for the book to arrive in the mail and you will have your own little piece of magic. Nothing quite like it.


One of you will win a gift certificate good for a customized book of your choice from Me Media valued at $39.95.

Giveaway Guidelines:

  1. To enter the Me Media giveaway leave me a comment on this post telling me which book you would choose.
  2. If you blog about this, you get an extra entry. Email me to let me know you’ve posted about it with a link to the post.
  3. If you twitter about it, you will receive an additional entry. Again, email me. This means you can get TWO extra entries for this giveaway! What are you waiting for? Shoo!
  4. Leave only one comment please.
  5. Anonymous comments will be deleted.
  6. One winner
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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!

on the 11th day of christmas my true love gave to me…

A Streamliner Rally, {it even rhymes!}. How sleek is this little Playsam rally car from Spunky Sprout {valued at $35}? It has the smooth look and feel of Scandinavian design and is a perfect simple little car for any little boy on Christmas. Need at your house? I know I do.


Giveaway Guidelines:

1. To enter the Playsam Streamliner Rally Car giveaway, leave a comment on this post before Midnight Thursday December 19th.

2. If you blog about this contest you are eligible for an extra entry, just send me an email with a link to the blog post.

3. If you twitter about this, you can receive an extra entry. That gives you a possible THREE entries to this giveaway!

4. Leave only one comment please.

5. Anonymous comments will be ignored.

6. One winner will be chosen and announced FRIDAY DECEMBER 19th on Petit Elefant.

7. If I don’t hear from you within 7 days of the winner announcement another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!


Petit Elefant readers take 10% off your order when you use code petitelefant10 at checkout
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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!